Saturday, February 18, 2017

Local Man Says New Starbucks “Classes Up” Middletown -- The Colonel Carries On #71

By Caspar “Mad Dog” Milquetoast

One little mistake cost Germany WWII. ๐Ÿ‘น Dark secrets of everyday love. ๐Ÿ‘น Advice for the rejected and resentful. ๐Ÿ‘น What the recent bad weather taught us about Satan. ๐Ÿ‘น Hidden cameras in local supermarkets. ๐Ÿ‘น Phone taps and bugged offices enliven City Hall infighting. ๐Ÿ‘น Obamacare replacement: Medicare for All (MFA). ๐Ÿ‘น Lowe’s announces it’s now “The Lowe’s.” ๐Ÿ‘น Why people laugh at you behind your back. ๐Ÿ‘น  

Let’s start a movement to locate the Clickbait Hall of Fame in Middletown.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cultural Connections at Russell Library February 22

Meghann LaFountain, an immigration lawyer in Middletown, will be speaking at the Cultural Connections meetings at Russell Library beginning February 22nd at 5:30pm in the Hubbard Room.

Cultural Connections invites women of all nationalities are invited to come and meet other immigrant women in order to help one another adapt to American culture. Get help with local resources and network. Share stories, tips and make new friends.
Children are welcome. Fluency in English is not necessary.
Drop-in, no registration.

Attorney LaFountain will be happy to answer any questions that anyone has about immigration here in the U.S. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Poet's Corner Special Event

Middletown's Poet Laureate Susan Allison will present her monthly 'Poet's Corner' with a specific topic:
Writers Resist!

Writers Resist is an online literary collective founded in response to the 2016 presidential campaign and election.
Write Our Democracy is a project to get the stories of immigrants into the mainstream media.
Writers are asked to tell their own stories or write the story of someone they know and submit it to Writers Resist.

The purpose of this event is to create a place for writers who feel, along with others, that democracy is running amok. They may also feel that our basic civil rights are threatened. 

Participation does not require anything more of you than to attend. You can read, write, listen, and meet other writers who share your concerns. There will be open mic beginning approximately at 1:30 p.m. and lasting until 3:00 (or longer).

This event will be held in the
Hubbard Room of the Russell Library, 
Friday - February 17 - beginning at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15-21 at The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457 / 860.347.4957
Derek Knott - Opening by Lamont Stevens
Friday, February 17
8 pm $10

Derek Knott – After a stint touring with Grammy winner and world figure Joanne Shenandoah, Derek opted for solo performance. His first album Dream This Picture sold out on Amazon and his second album Speak Less Say More has been selling briskly since it’s release in 2012. Derek plays regularly in NYC and throughout the northeast with stops in Montreal, The Hudson Valley and New England. He is now recording his third album slated for a springtime release.
Lamont Stevens – Lamont has been singing since he was 10 years old, and playing the piano since he was 12. He’s an Anything Goes Open Mic regular excited to share his positive vibes and inspirational hip hop/gospel music at this Friday night performance.

OR call 860.347.4957 to reserve your seat 

Uri Shaham Trio
Saturday, February 18
8 pm $10
Uri Shaham is a CT-based Israeli jazz pianist. Since moving to the US, Uri has performed regularly all across Connecticut with various groups; in particular, his trio and his 9-piece group, USP. Uri’s main influences are Kenny Barron, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Stan Getz and Chet Baker. Uri will be performing at The Buttonwood Tree with his trio, featuring Silvain Castellano on bass and Gil Hawkins jr. on drums, both very highly esteemed jazz musicians.
Follow him on Facebook!

OR Reserve your seat by calling 860.347.4957

Other Events this Week:
Thursday, February 16  @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $15
At MAC 650 - Meditate to the sound of gongs, bells, ocarinas, drums, horns, shakers, singing bowls and more to help drive stress away
Saturday, February 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm $5
An interactive workshop and meditation with Annaita Gandhy
Saturday, February 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Come see and celebrate Rick's art, on display for the month of February 
Monday, February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm $5
Come share your talents and gratitude with us!
Tuesday, February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A fun and supportive Hatha Yoga class with instructor Theresa Govert
Tuesday, February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Laugh, feel good, and de-stress with instructor Lisa Teicher
Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor Lou Sorrentino will use music and psychological therapies to heal the body

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Board of Education Votes to Approve 3.34% School Budget Increase

After months of discussions and paring of Middletown's school budget, the Board of Education voted (8-1) to support a budget that is, in fact, slightly higher than the budget originally proposed by the Superintendent.  The lone no vote came from Board Member Linda Szynkowicz.

The proposed budget for 2017-2018 is $82,969,436 or an increase of $2,681,836 from the budget for the current year.

The budget includes add-backs suggested by Board of Education members for a district Purchasing Coordinator, a Software Technologist to deal with troublesome budget software, new AP programs, curriculum expenditures and money to preserve the iCare program, at a stripped-down level.  The Purchasing Coordinator position is essential if the Board of Education decides not to renew the food services contract with current vendor Sodexo.

This is the first step in the school budget process.  The proposed budget will be reviewed by the mayor, who will propose his own school budget, and then reviewed and voted on by the Common Council.

Governor Dannel Malloy has proposed a state budget which, according to some estimates, is $8 million more than the city receives from the state currently.  However, there is much skepticism that Malloy's proposal will hold.

The school budget also anticipates retaining nearly half a million dollars from the 2016-2017 budget for expenditures in the next school year.  Such a holdover has to be approved by the Common Council.

Cat Tales ~ Seeking Volunteers to feed Feral Cat Colonies

Seeking Volunteers to Help Feed Feral Cat Colonies

Cat Tales Non Profit Rescue manages several feral cat colonies in Portland and Middletown and is 
actively seeking volunteers to help feed the cats in these managed colonies.    
You can make a difference in the lives of these cats and the community. As a Feral Colony Caretaker you will:
· Need to have a minimum of 1 day/week available to volunteer
· Need to dedicate 1 hour per morning on designated day(s)
· Have a car and valid driver’s license
· Ability to drive in inclement weather and shovel snow to access the colonies in the winter
· Communicate with Cat Tales Feral Colony Coordinator after each visit
Optional: learn how to trap feral cats for spay/neuter/release
Cat Tales provides all food and supplies.
To volunteer, leave a message for Becky C at Cat Tales by phone 860-344-9043 or by email: