Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
REPS. SHARKEY, VILLANO LAUD FUNDING FOR NEW PLAYGROUND IN HAMDEN
Cut-a-thon on Sunday for Jamelkowski/Bassett family
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Town of Hamden National Night Out
ENTER TO WIN: Best travel photo wins $100 to Antonio's Restaurant from Tweed Airport
Visit CelebrateTweed.com for details on how to enter.
Entries will be posted to an album on Tweed's Facebook page. Facebook users who "like" Tweed's Facebook page are then able to vote for their favorite photos.
The entrant with the most "like" votes will win $100 in dining certificates to Antonio's Restaurant in East Haven.
Photo submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., July 31. Voting on the Facebook page will take place from Aug. 1 - 7.
Tweed New Haven Airport was officially dedicated as the New Haven Municipal Airport on August 29, 1931. This year the airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary. In 1998 AFCO AvPORTS was hired to manage the airport on behalf of the Airport Authority. Currently US Airways is the current commercial carrier.
League of Women Voters of Connecticut receives National Training
Submitted by the League of Women Voters --
The League of Women Voters of Connecticut, recently selected by the Washington-based Ruth S. Shur Leadership Institute for a nationally funded development initiative, held training for 24 members from nine of its 28 Connecticut local Leagues. The League of Women Voters of Hamden-North Haven was represented by its co-president Mary Bigelow and Eileen O’Neill; attending as an observer was Elona Vaisnys, former president and a Ruth S. Shur Fellow/National Coach.
The Ruth S. Shur Leadership Institute was established by the League of Women Voters of United States thanks to a gift by Walter Shur in memory of his late wife who had been an active League member. The Institute’s Membership and Leadership Development program will be implemented by the local leagues in all 50 states with the support of a national coaches team and a cadre of state coaches.
The Connecticut coaches are Nancy Donoghue of Canton who will coach the Cheshire-Wallingford and Hamden-North Haven Leagues; Jara Burnett of Greenwich will coach the East Shore, Ridgefield, and Stamford Leagues; Christine Lodewick of Ridgefield will coach the Fairfield and Mansfield Leagues; and Barbara Checksfield of Canton will coach the Greater Hartford and Westport Leagues.
During the training held at the Meriden Sheraton July 16-17, the participants attended “best practices” workshops conducted by national trainers, Cheryl Graeve of Washington, DC, Brenda Rogers of North Carolina, and Carol Reimers of Connecticut. Training included techniques for empowering citizens to have a voice in their communities and for heightening League visibility. A national coach will advise state coaches, and the state coaches will advise their assigned Leagues monthly as they implement leadership and membership growth activities.
Commenting on the national development initiative, LWVCT President Cheryl Dunson said, “In this time of increased political incivility and growing polarization, the League of Women Voters is needed more than ever. A strong League in every community is the best way to ensure that we have an American citizenry that is informed on the issues, ready and able to cast a ballot, and to ensure that every vote is counted.”
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men that encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. For more information about the national leadership initiative or to join the League, contact the LWVCT at 203/288-7996, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.lwvct.org
Cheryl Graeve, trainer, League of Women Voters US,
Nancy Donoghue, state coach,
Mary Bigelow, co-president, LWV of Hamden-North Haven.
Happy Birthday Obama Event in town Saturday
Friday, July 8, 2011
State Rep. Dave Yaccarino on the state budget
Late last Thursday night June 30th -- the deadline for a balanced state budget -- the majority Democratic Party voted to give almost unlimited power to the Governor to make revisions to an underfunded and unbalanced budget that passed without a single Republican vote. That failed budget hinged on state workers giving back $1.6 billion in concessions which weren't obtained. I said at the time that the legislature needed a backup plan, and to prepare a comprehensive budget that all parties could agree to. Instead, July 1st came with the highest tax increase in state history and the promise of even more pain as the Governor now decides which state offices and programs stay open and which employees keep their job.
The elected members of the state legislature are responsible for finalizing and approving a state budget. By ceding this authority to the Governor this legislature has abdicated their authority -- and with it the will of the people who elected us -- and its ability to make the proper decisions to move our state out of the massive hole we find ourselves in and towards fiscal prosperity. Our government was firmly established with three co-equal branches to make sure no single group or individual had more power or influence over the people. We must avoid making the mistakes our Founding Fathers warned us about.
Instead of taking the easy way out and allowing the Governor to pick “winners and losers,” the state legislature needs to go back to doing their jobs, return to session and work out the problems we were elected to fix. If we have to sit down and go through the budget line-by-line then we should do just that. Months ago an alternative budget was presented by the Republican minority that balanced the budget, didn’t increase taxes and preserved essential state and town services. Instead of using those ideas- or even using them as a springboard for discussion- the Governor and the Democrat majority party went on their own and passed an impossible budget that relied on empty promises and failed concessions.
The question we need to answer going forward is how to get back to fiscal responsibility?
I believe we must cut out-of-control spending, eliminate overlapping state agencies, reduce overhead, become more business-friendly, sell off unused or underutilized state assets and reduce redundancies in the state workforce.
We all must work together for the common good of
Tonight's concert moved to Hamden High
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Bring your kids to see cops and firefighters on Saturday