Friday, November 9, 2018

Middletown Protestors Join Others In Nation to Protect Mueller Investigation

Communities across the country called on activists to take to the streets in a call to protect the Mueller investigation after the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by the president. The protest, marching under the theme of "Nobody Is Above the Law" began at Middletown's City Hall and marched, escorted by MPD, to the South Green.  Between 70-100 marchers participated.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Today through Saturday: Royal Yogyakarta Court Residency at Wesleyan University

Don’t miss these exciting free events during the Royal Yogyakarta Court Residency at Wesleyan University:

Javanese Dance Lecture Demonstration
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 11:50am
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Lecture and demonstration by former Wesleyan visiting artist Dr. Suharti, with participation of the visiting court dancers.

Symposium: Enacting Ethnicity and Nationalism in Indonesian Performing Arts
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9am
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Featuring keynote by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X; Professor of Theater Ron Jenkins, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, Anderson Sutton '71, and others.

Wayang Golek Puppet Play
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:30pm
World Music Hall
FREE! Tickets required.

Yogyakarta Court Puppeteer Ki Gondo Suharno and the Court of Yogyakarta gamelan group perform in collaboration with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, featuring three-dimensional puppets made of wood and cloth.

Visit the Center for the Arts website for more information.
First Church Middletown
Holly Fair
Saturday, Dec. 1st 

9:30am – 2:30pm

190 Court Street in Middletown

FIRST CHURCH Holly Fair features: reasonably priced holiday wreathes and centerpieces, made by hands, with fresh, local greens. Also, crafty gifts made by specially selected holiday vendors, gently-used jewelry, original art prints, children’s holiday pop-up books; as well as baked goods, cookies-by-the-pound, and gourmet soups to take home.

You can also enjoy a sit-down gourmet lunch of homemade soups, breads, and pies. A classic Christmas video will be shown, and Santa Claus! will visit from 10:30am to 1:30pm. 

The fair runs from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Admission is free and open to all. First Church is open & affirming. Come with family, friends, partners, and children.

First Church is handicapped accessible; free metered parking is available, on Saturdays, i
n city parking lots during the month of December. For more information, call the church office at (860) 346-6657. Or find us at

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Cat Tales ~ TWO Events on November 17th!! Ladybug Boutique Shopping Spree & Book Signing at AGWAY of Middlefield

Cat Tales ~ Announcing 2 Events on Saturday, November 17th!

Join Cat Tales at Ladybug Boutique on Saturday, Nov 17th from 10am to 4pm at 122 College Street, Middletown for the "Annual Shop As You Drop Shopping Spree"!  Support a local small business owner and Cat Tales at the same time. Up to 20% of the total sales for the day will be donated to Cat Tales! Complimentary snacks and wine are available. Visit Ladybug Boutique on Facebook at\

“Tales for Tails” Book Signing, Product Launch, & Adoption Event with Chicken Soup for the Soul author Jeanne Blandford on Saturday, November 17th from 11am to 3pm at AGWAY of Middlefield. Author, Jeanne Blandford will be holding a Book Signing and Product Launch Event and ALL PROCEEDS from book sales will be donated to Cat Tales Non Profit Rescue of Middletown, CT. Cat Tales will also be holding an adoption event and collecting shelter supplies. For more information on the event and to RSVP for the book signing, visit:  

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ Stormy

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week




Breed:Domestic Short Hair

Color:Brown Tabby

Age:12 years old

I'm such a sweet and affectionate kitty and I just love getting attention once I know you. I need a quiet home with a very patient person who is willing to give me as much time as I need to adjust.  I'd love to curl up with you on the couch or bed. Please adopt me!  

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Annual Candlelight Christmas Concert at First Church

Candlelight Christmas Concert

First Church
in Middletown 

190 Court Street 

Sunday, Dec. 9th
4 o'clock pm

The Candlelight Christmas Concert at First Church is a good time to unwind during this busy season and reflect on  your own Christmas blessings—we think you'll enjoy it. It takes place on SUNDAY, December 9, at 4:00 PM. The concert is free and open to all.

First Church Austin pipe organ,
at the heart of First Church sanctuary.

The concert features classical and traditional, as well as Gospel and spiritual selections from our choirs, our bell choir, and the Court Street Singers men's choir; as well as Christmas readings and carol singing with the congregation.

This year Minister of Music Shari Lucas will be playing the newly refurbished Austin pipe organ; and the redecorated and renewed Sanctuary will shine with the light of peace in this our 350th anniversary year. A generous buffet-reception will follow the concert in the Parish Hall.

FIRST CHURCH in Middletown is at
190 Court Street, in Middletown, and there is plenty of free parking nearby.
The concert is free: donations are appreciated. For additional information, please call our office manager at 860-346-6657.  Or see us at or on FaceBook, First Church Middletown FB.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lesser and Abrams Get Big Boost

UPDATE: Lesser and Abrams have been declared victors in each of their races.
The city voted overwhelmingly in favor of Matt Lesser for the 9th State Senate District, and Mary Abrams for the 13th State Senate District. The outcome of these races will depend on the outcome of voting in other cities in each district.

The 9th State Senate District encompasses roughly the north and east of the city, and also Cromwell, Rocky Hill, Newington, and Wethersfield. In our city:

       Matthew Lesser      6732
       Eduard Charamut   3414

The 13th State Senate District encompasses the south and west of the city, and also Middlefield, Meriden, and Cheshire. In our city:

      Mary Abrams      3477
      Len Suzio            2428

These numbers are unofficial results, with all precincts reporting, but no absentee ballots included.

Phipps and Serra Projected To Win In State House Races

Unofficial returns indicate that Quentin Phipps has handily defeated Anthony Gennaro to win the 100th District in the State House of Representatives:

             Quentin Phipps     4913
             Anthony Gennaro       3350

Joseph Serra looks to win an even more comfortable majority in the 33rd District, defeating Linda Szynkowicz

             Joseph Serra             3658
             Linda Szynkowicz   2011

These numbers reflect unofficial tallies from most of the precincts, they do not include absentee ballots or same-day registration.

Ballot Questions All Projected to Pass Overwhelmingly

It appears that voters have overwhelmingly supported two city bond referenda.

With half of the precincts reporting:
Question 3 ($1M bond referendum for wells): 
    YES      6104
    NO        2553 
Question 4 ($16.35M bond referendum for road improvements):
    YES      6291
     NO        1942
The State constitutional initiatives also passed overwhelmingly in our city
Question 1 (Transportation Fund Lock Box): 
    YES      7825
    NO        1107 
Question 2 (Restrictions on State Land Transfers):
    YES      7356
     NO        1371

Post-Election VIGIL--THURSDAY, 5:30-7pm--FIRST CHURCH

Monday, November 5, 2018

Anti-Abortion Lobbying Group Endorses Suzio

District 13

The Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC) recently announced that it has endorsed Len Suzio for the State Senate District 13, which includes the southwestern half of our city.

The FIC is affiliated with the national group Focus on the Family, which is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to the authority of Scripture as the inspired Word of God. Its literature proclaims "God created men to be protectors, just as women are nurturers." And with respect to same-sex relationships, "The Bible leaves no room whatsoever for confusion or ambiguity .... Scripture both explicitly and implicitly regards it as falling outside of God's intention."