Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cat Tales Annual Walk-A-Thon/Run Fundraiser - June 10

Cat Tales Annual Walk-A-Thon/Run Fundraiser

WHEN:  Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:30AM Registration, 10:30AM Walk & Run Begins

WHERE:  Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT (Upper Parking Lot)

INFO:  For more information, please visit

Time Is the Original Nonrenewable Resource -- The Colonel Carries On #86

by Avara Shuss and Segundo String 

Epigraph: “Roger Moore isn’t a great actor, but what acting he does, he does with his eyes.” --Paul E. Harris (1910-1996)

Undoubtedly the best-known pangram is “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” but at 35 letters, it’s easily beaten by the 32-letter “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.”

“Perfect pangrams” (26 letters) exist, but they are usually far-fetched. Example: “Junky qoph-flags vext crwd zimb.” It means “Trashy flags showing the Hebrew letter qoph vexed an Abyssinian fly playing a Celtic violin.”

“The Perfect Pangram” would be a good pub name. The pub’s motto would be “If every trashy flag bearing the Hebrew letter qoph vexed one Abyssinian fly playing a Celtic violin, the world would be a better place, so drink up.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

Celebrate CT Trails Day At Wadsworth Falls State Park

Join the Rockfall Foundation for a fun, family hike at Wadsworth Falls State Park  to celebrate Connecticut Trails Day on Saturday, June 3 at 9:30 am. Led by geologist Christine
Witkowski, we’ll hike through the woods to the Little Falls and on to Wadsworth Falls. Along the approximately 2.5 mile hike, there will be stops to discuss the geology and ecology. We’ll examine beautiful exposures of sedimentary and igneous rocks that formed 200 million years ago as the supercontinent Pangaea began to break apart and create the landscape we know today. 

Wadsworth Falls State Park was created through the generosity of Clarence S. Wadsworth. According to his wishes the 267 acre parcel of land was donated to the State of Connecticut shortly after his death in 1942. The land known as the “Rockfall Tract of the Great Falls Region” contains two rock falls for which the Rockfall Foundation is named.

Meet at the Wadsworth Falls State Park main parking lot, 721 Wadsworth Street in Middletown (Rt 157) at 9:30 am. The hike will go until 12 pm and is rated medium and appropriate for families. Healthy snacks will be provided, but please bring your own water. No dogs or strollers are allowed. This event is free, however, preregistration is recommended by contacting The Rockfall Foundation at 860.347.0340 or via email. Steady rain cancels the hike. Call 860.347.0340 or 860.227.4176 (day of hike only) for cancellation updates.

For further information on events taking place on Connecticut Trails Weekend visit the Connecticut Forest & Park Association website.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fake News - Can You Spot It? presentation at Russell Library This Thursday

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 6:30pm a special program on fake news will be presented in Russell Library’s Hubbard Room. The program, Fake News: Can you spot it? is a collaboration between the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Journalism Department and Reference and Instructions Librarians at CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library. It began as an hour-long interactive workshop delivered designed to define fake news and develop strategies to fight it. 

According to Craig Silverman, media editor of Buzzfeed, fake news traveled better online than mainstream news did in the three months preceding the recent presidential election (8.7 million hits to 7.3 million hits, respectively). 
The program begins by defining fake news on a spectrum. There is a difference between actual fake news, misleading news, biased news, and (at the other end of the spectrum entirely) news that simply challenges a held belief. 
Social media has made every information consumer into an information producer. It is our habit, when a piece of news makes us feel strongly, to share that piece of news with others. Given that, when we improve our abilities to determine news quality we do not just help ourselves; we help others too, as we let dubious news die instead of adding fuel to a false fire. 
Presenters are: Theodora Ruhs, Professor of Journalism; Martha Kruy, Reference, Instruction and Assessment Librarian; Briana McGuckin, Reference and Instruction Librarian; and Susan Slaga-Metivier, Head of the Reference and Instruction Department, Elihu Burritt Library.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ STEPHEN!!

Meet STEPHEN!!  
He is the Cat Tales Cat of the Week!!

Gender:  Male

Breed:  Domestic Short Hair
Color:  Black
Age:4 years old
  Hi there everyone. I'm kinda new on the block. I was found in a feral colony in Middletown that Cat Tales needed to close. I recently have realized it is okay to trust humans again. I really like to be petted and love when you talk to me. I am really good friends with Larry and would love to go home with him. I am FIV positive. Humans cannot catch this and it is very hard for other cats to catch. Larry is FIV+ too, so we would be great together! I am a little nervous but he makes me feel more confident. I'd love a cozy couch to sleep on and would love for someone to show me what love is. Please adopt me or us together!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Realigned Equestrian Fez Bewilders Picky Monarch -- The Colonel Carries On #85

by Omani Padme-Humm

Epigraph: “Everybody is a genius except those who judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.” --after Albert Einstein

The headline isn’t a pangram because it has no “x.” It needs a quick brown fox.

A dose of sayings is called for:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hip Hop and Hoopfest at Russell Library This Saturday!

Alex Pock's work can be seen in and around Hartford. 
Saturday, May 20,  is a busy day at Russell Library. The library will host an exhibit opening of the photos from Middletown's Summer Hoopfest., as well as Hip Hop Day, with four separate workshops in Hip Hop.

Photos by Tony Donovan of The Middletown Summer Hoopfest are on the lobby walls and upstairs in the information area. Hoopfest, produced by Malik Pemberton, has been a summer time tradition for the past ten years. The opening reception runs from 11:00am through 1:00pm.   

The series of Hip Hop workshops have been organized in the same spirit of the Hip Hop cultural ideals that rose out of the late 1970’s and 1980’s in the Bronx. These ideals focused on using the arts as a positive force of change in the community, which at the time was suffering from extreme poverty and gang violence. While much of the subsequent attention of Hip Hop has been given to the separate and distinct arts of the movement (such as rap and breakdance), the positive ideals of Hip Hop still resonate with us to this day.

Funded in part with a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, these workshops are offered to the community free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided.

Turntablism with DJ N.E.B.
Saturday, May 20, 10:00am – 11:45am. The Hubbard Room. 
One of the four pillars of Hip Hop is 'Turntablism' -- the art of creating music using two turntables and cross-fading from one to the other. DJ N.E.B. (also known as Arun Ranganathan) is well-known. He has a vast collection of LPs he uses to provide the music. His technique of “scratching” is awesome to behold! 

Breaking with B-boy Bryan Giles
Saturday, May 20, 10:00am – 11:45am. Activity Room.
All ages are welcome to participate or just watch as teaching artist and b-boy Bryan Giles demonstrates and teaches the classic movements of breaking and its many variations. Bryan Giles is also known as “Lingba Flare” leads a b-boy team entitled Of Shadow and Earth.

Graffiti Art with Alex Pock
Saturday, May 20, 12:15pm – 2:00pm. Activity Room Patio. 
Alex Pock is a community muralist, working in and around Hartford and West Hartford.  

Rhyming with Tang Sauce
Saturday, May 20, 12:15pm – 2:00pm. The Hubbard Room.
Hartford Rap artist Tang Sauce will teach the basics of rhyming! Tang Sauce has recently produced an album entitled Maturity

Celebrity Artist Shows Warmth and Beauty at The Buttonwood Tree

Middletown is fortunate to have a Performing Arts Center that is so well known around the world and so well situated. Not only is it located on Main Street, but also half way between New York and Boston, making it a convenient stop for many touring artists. World-class musicians, and now comedians too, have been increasingly discovering The Buttonwood Tree (TBT) and its positive reputation as an inviting, intimate and enjoyable place to perform that offers warm hospitality, attentive audiences and terrific acoustics.

Artists who have played at the White House, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Israeli stadiums and all over the world, come to TBT for a real, intimate experience. This weekend TBT features one of these artists, (a true celebrity who doesn't like to be called a celebrity), but by her talent and gentile manner, reveals her true nature as a super star. See what she says about this on her Facebook page.

This weekend The Buttonwood Tree offers two fine acts to watch: Friday night, the well known local band, Stanley Maxwell, takes the stage at 8 pm. They play jazz in their own funky style, all very talented musicians having a good time together.

Saturday night we welcome for her first concert at TBT, the "Beautiful and Electric" Phoebe Hemenway Legere. As a Multi-Format Artist she is a composer, soprano, pianist and accordionist; a painter, a poet, and a film maker. She also started and runs her own nonprofit agency, Foundation for New American Art, to educate, nurture and strengthen, the artistic and musical spirit of the children of low-income communities of New York City. She is graciously donating half of her art sales to TBT and half to her foundation.

On Wednesday night Phoebe entertained a small group at TBT, after driving four and a half hours in Trump traffic, for her Artist's Reception. She came out of the car, without an ounce of complaint, put down her guitar and accordion, put organic red wine on the table, and after brief introductions, started to sing and play piano. She was amazingly sweet, attentive to everybody individually, and sang like an angel. She told stories, educated us about Steinway pianos, explained her paintings and was as gracious as could be. After selling four paintings, as suddenly as she arrived, she left - with the promise to return Saturday. Her show is expected to sell out - reservations are recommended. For those who wish more roomy seating, TBT now offers a live video feed into the bookstore, thanks to McEwen Construction and local comedian and promoter, Paul Gregory.

TBT's Executive Director, Anne-Marie Cannata McEwen and granddaughter with Phoebe Legere.

Thanks to local restaurant partners, Typhoon, Keagan's Irish Pub, Cardinal Pizza and O'Rourke's Diner, for providing delicious refreshments. Phoebe and the audience were delighted to experience the Lobster Ravioli with Sherry cream sauce and Irish Lasagna specially prepared by Brian O'Rourke.

Reservations are recommended for both shows as seating is limited.
TBT is located at 605 Main Street, Middletown. Next to It's Only Natural market, where there is free parking for the show. Beer, wine and snacks are available.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Untraceable Ways to Get Co-Workers Fired -- The Colonel Carries On #84

by J.R.R. Tuchas, Sedona Trinkets, Margarita Wings, Eunika Burns, Amber Beata, Freida Rothman, D. Funkt, Bonnie Delaney, Phantasma Geist, and L.G.B.T.Q. Bach

Epigraph: “You are too intelligent to beleef in Gott.” --Ayn Rand’s first words upon meeting William F. Buckley, Jr.

Epigraph 2: “Just an ordinary dead man wearing a green dress and chains.” --Anne Perry

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Governor's Budget Proposal Favors City

Governor Malloy's latest budget provides a very large increase in state aid to our city, according to The CT Mirror. Middletown would receive  $9.2M more than last year's $31.8M.

This 28.9% increase is the 8th largest increase by percentage, of the state's 169 municipalities.

The final state budget is set by the state legislature, which may make significant changes to the Governor's proposal.

Last year, the legislature added a last-minute, special appropriation to the budget bill, turning what would have been a $3.1M decrease into a $2M increase in state funding (Eye article).

This year, one of the sources of new revenue for our city would be a hospital tax. If the legislature, as expected, eliminates such a tax, then Middletown's increase in revenue would fall to $2.2M.

The Common Council approved a budget for the city at their meeting last night. They used last year's number for the state revenue. Any increase or decrease in that number would lead to adjustments in our city's budget.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ OLIVER!!

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week!


Gender: Male
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Color: Buff
Age:5 years old

I had a rough life living on the road but I’m a social guy who enjoys being pet or sharing your lap when you are reading.   I really enjoy just hanging out with people and relaxing by lying in the rays of sunlight.  Since I had such a rough life on the streets, I am looking for someone who will understand that I will need some time to adjust to my new home and be OK with occasionally giving me medicine when my mouth gets inflamed (stomatitis).  I’m a real sweet boy who is ready to soak up all the love someone is ready to give and would be OK sharing my new home with another non-dominant cat. Come meet me and see how sweet I can be!

Special NeedsNo Dogs

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