Monday, July 16, 2018

Gun Range Sound Study Presentation Tuesday

The Police Department has been evaluating how to reduce the sound of bullets that regularly spreads into Westfield neighborhoods from the gun range on the slopes of Mount Higby. The Council approved a large bond to study and develop recommendations for improvements to the gun range.
  • Community Meeting:  Sound Study for Police Department’s Dingwall Horan Joint Firearms Training Facility
  • When:   Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7pm
  • Where:   The cafeteria of the Middletown High school, 200 La Rosa Lane

The vendor conducting the sound study of the Middletown Police Department’s Firearms Training Facility will be on hand to explain the process and discuss possible recommendations.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Meet Your Greens at Spoke + Spy July 19th

This month at Meet Your Greens (Rockfall's Monthly Environmental Networking Happy Hour), we'll be talking apples with permaculture expert Tom Christopher at Middletown cidery Spoke + Spy. 
Learn about local apple production, sample locally brewed ciders and connect with local environmentalists. We'll also be joined by the Bread Pitt, which will be serving up sandwiches right outside Spoke + Spy, so bring your appetite!
Meet Your Greens starts at 5:30pm and Spoke + Spy is located at 180 Johnson Street.
Also, save the date for upcoming Meet Your Greens
  • On August 16th, we'll be touring Smith Farm in East Haddam, a farm offering meaningful work to people with developmental disabilities, and providing food to the Brian House group home and the local community.
  • On September 20th, Jane Harris of the Middletown Garden Club will be discussing rooftop gardening on the Community Health Center's rooftop.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient And Benefit The Jonah Center

Home Energy Solutions (HES) work crews have a slow period in summer, but you can take advantage of that by calling the Jonah Center’s partner, New England Conservation Services at 1-877-389-7077. Mention the “Jonah Center Promotion” and schedule a home visit.

Home Energy Solutions is a state-sponsored program funded by utility rate-payers like you. Yes, you have already paid into the fund that will pay for these services. Why not take advantage of them.  Even if you have had HES at least 3 years ago, you may be eligible to benefit from it a second time.  John and Susan Hall have actually had 3 HES visits at their home, spread over 8 years.

For every sign-up that results in a completed visit, NECS will donate $50 to the Jonah Center. Not only that, but for visits made before August 31, the customer co-pay will be reduced to $124.
To see a video about Home Energy Solutions, click here.

During a Home Energy Solutions assessment, a team of courteous technicians perform a number of tests to locate energy inefficiencies in your home, including pinpointing drafts and air leaks. Once identified, the technicians perform weatherization services that include caulking and installing insulation and weather strips. The technicians will also swap out traditional incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency replacements, and install low-flow water devices on showers and faucets to help reduce your hot water bill. The value of these improvements to your home is estimated to be $1200, on average.

Phil Oulette Announces Sale of Eli Cannon's

As an organization which has held its annual meetings at Eli Cannon's, it's with regret and joy that the Middletown Eye shares Phil Oulette's announcement that Eli Cannon's has been sold to long time employees Rocco and Aubrey Lamonica.

Phil is unlikely to acknowledge his essential role in the revitalization of the North End of Main Street in Middletown, as he and his restaurant became known as early champions of the craft beer culture.  He coined the term NORA, for the neighborhood (North of Rapallo), and was a huge factor in the opening of NORA cupcakes, and cross-the-street rivals, Krust.

Phil is also unlikely to brag about all he's done for the neighborhood, donating generously to Macdonough Elementary school, Gilead Community Services, Films On Foss and other organizations, and for being a champion of downtown Middletown business.  We'll all miss Phil, who likes to pretend he's a hardass, but he really has a heart of gold.  And for anyone who has had a glass of amazing beer on the beach, and is worried about the next, the joint is in good hands.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Music At The Mansion Kicks Off Tonight!

Rani Arbo, our city's former music ambassador will perform with her group in a FREE concert at Wadsworth Mansion tonight.

The concert will begin at 6:30pm. The grounds will be open for picnicking at 5:30pm.  

In the lineage of string bands who blur the boundaries of American roots music, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have always been standard-bearers, with a particular knack for pairing words and music. From bluegrass barnstormers to sultry swing, old-time gospel to bluesy folk-rock, they consistently turn in lush arrangements with “stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar). Original songs fit seamlessly aside artful re-workings of Georgia Sea Islands music, Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen — just a few of the many places this band is willing to go.

The Friends of Long Hill Estate and the Long Hill Estate Authority with sponsorship from Middlesex Hospital host the Music at the Mansion series in the month of July.

The concert schedule is:
  • July 11: Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem 
  • July 18: Funky Dawgz Brass Band
  • July 25: Mixed Signals
  • August 1: Shaded Soul Band 
Parking will be at Wilbert Snow School, 299 Wadsworth Street, and at Mercy High School, 1740 Randolph Road.  Handicap parking is available at the Mansion.   As there is limited parking at the Mansion, ALL vehicles will be directed to Mercy High School/Snow School when Mansion parking is full. Concerts will be held in light rain or the threat of showers, but cancelled with the proximity of electrical storms that may endanger both guests and musicians.

Films on Foss This Saturday

Films on Foss returns on July 14th this year for Films on Foss: Hidden Figures and has two more films; Films on Foss: Coco (July 28th), and Films on Foss: The Goonies (August 11th).

Picnic starts at 7pm and movie around 8:30pm. The event is free to attend, just bring your own blanket or chair and enjoy.

This completely youth-developed and youth-led project wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our community. A HUGE thanks to our lead sponsors Wesleyan University College of Film, Middlesex United Way, and Eli Cannon's.

We'd also like to thank A.R. Mazzotta Employment Specialists, Community Health Center, Inc., and Malloves Jewelers of Middletown for their support as well.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Open House July 12: MxCC Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate at Eversource


Middlesex Community College and Eversource Energy have partnered to offer the Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate, a new program designed to help develop the future workforce in the growing natural gas industry. Classes for the certificate program will begin in August 2018 at Eversource’s new state-of-the-art training facility. Come to the open house to learn more!

Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate
Thursday, July 12, 2018
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Eversource Energy training facility, 107 Selden Street, Berlin
Click here for more event details.

To register for the open house, call 860-343-5716 or email DBordonaro@mxcc.eduWalk-ins also welcome.

The natural gas industry is experiencing tremendous growth in meeting and serving the energy demands of homeowners, businesses, and municipalities across Connecticut. Expanding access to natural gas and accelerated replacement programs have driven a higher demand for skilled resources to construct, maintain, and service the natural gas infrastructure.

“We’re always working to better serve our customers and a well-trained workforce is critical in accomplishing that goal,” said Eversource President of Gas Operations Bill Akley. “We’re proud to partner with Middlesex Community College to cultivate a new generation of highly skilled and efficient natural gas technicians. Upon successful completion of this program students will have a better understanding of our industry and learn skills that will open employment opportunities for them in the fast-growing natural gas business.”

Applications close on Friday, July 20, 2018. Please visit the Middlesex website for details, class schedule, and program requirements at


Oddfellows Family Barn Dance this Saturday

The third annual Summer Fling at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown will be a Family Barn Dance featuring legendary Contra Dance caller Billy Fischer. The event runs 5:15 to 8 pm on Saturday, July 14 at the Playhouse, which is at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. This is a party that you won't want to miss!!

From 5:15 to 6 pm pizza from Mondo and Krust Restaurants in Middletown and drinks will be for sale while live music is provided by AEIOU, featuring Kalidasa Joseph Getter on woodwinds, Mick Bolduc on guitar, and Tim Gaylord on percussion.

The dancing will start at 6 pm, and no experience is required. And, have no fear, the theater at Oddfellows is fully air-conditioned!

Bill Fischer has been calling dances for over thirty years, starting out in New Haven, Connecticut with a contra dance series that has been a fixture of the folk music and dance scene since 1976. In addition to contra dances in and around the northeast, he has called at various dance camps regionally and nationally. Bill is committed to fostering community through dance, music and ritual.

Bill will be joined by Bill Walach on mandolin and Dave Howard on guitar. They have performed together for over 30 years. Together they create a cohesive, joyful sound that just makes you want to dance.

Oddfellows’ Family Barn Dance will feature easy dances clearly taught for all ages and all levels of experience, and different styles of dance -- with dancers in couples, lines and circles. Come with a group, or come alone; in either case you will leave with a bunch of new friends!

This is a Fun- and Fund Raiser for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater. Dance till you drop, enjoy great music, and support scholarships for young people to participate in the performing arts. General Admission tickets for the Family Barn Dance start at $15, but patrons are encouraged to give more to support the Playhouse’s programs for youth.

Tickets can be purchased at
For more information, email or call (860) 347-6143. 

Tonight: Free Outdoor Concert by Castlefield Trio in Middletown

Image by HotShots by Christine Petit

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8pm
"Summer Sounds" Concert Series in Middletown
Harbor Park Gazebo, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT 06457
Price: FREE!

The Castlefield Trio will perform a free concert to kick off the annual "Summer Sounds" Concert Series in Middletown. The group features (from left to right) Andy Chatfield on drums, Sarah LeMieux on vocals and guitar, and Joe Casillo on bass. Click here for more information about the band.

This concert is presented by the City of Middletown Commission on the Arts and the City Arts Office.

Thursday Bookstore Event: Robert & Kathleen Hubbard, "Hidden History of Middlesex County, Connecticut"

From RJ Julia

While Middlesex County is one of the most historic in the nation, some of its past is little known.

City authors Robert and Kathleen Hubbard will present some of the little-known history of our county on Thursday at the bookstore. The Hubbards have authored the recently published "Hidden History of Middlesex County, Connecticut.

7:00 PM
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

Researchers found dinosaur tracks in Middlefield that date back 200 million years. The author of Dr. Dolittle, Hugh Lofting, lived in Killingworth, and a young Dr. Seuss spent summers in Clinton. Constance Baker Motley, the first female African American federal judge, resided in Chester. A Portland lake has water levels that fluctuate for no apparent reason. An Essex blacksmith shop was America's oldest continuously run family business. Local authors Robert and Kathleen Hubbard reveal these and many other unforgettable stories.

Robert Hubbard is a retired professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. Kathleen Hubbard is a retired teacher from the Middletown, Connecticut public school system. Both were born in Middletown, and each has lived in Middlesex County for thirty years. They are the authors of Images of America: Middletown and Legendary Locals of Middletown. In addition, Robert is the author of Armchair Reader: The Last Survivors, Images of America: Glastonbury, Connecticut's Deadliest Tornadoes and Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cat Tales ~ Cats of the Week ~ Bailey & Milo

Gender: Female (Bailey) and Male (Milo)
Breed: Domestic Short Hairs
Color: Brown Tabbys
Age: 3 years (Bailey) and 2 years (Milo)

Hi, my name is Bailey, and my best friend in the world is Milo! We were both rescued off the streets of Middletown as strays. We came to Cat Tales about the same time and formed a wonderful bond together. Milo loves his belly rubbed more than I do, as I’m a bit more shy. However, I am fond of some of the volunteers and let them pet me. We are both very sweet kitties and would love to be adopted together. We dream of being on a sunny catio, where we can lay next to each other and soak up the warm rays! Milo is FIV+ but he’s a lover, not a fighter so it’s very difficult for other cats to catch it – we’d need to exchange blood. Milo has helped me come out of my shell at Cat Tales so I would love to spend my life with him, and with you! We would love to sit next to you while you’re watching TV, or snuggle up in your warm bed with you. Would you consider adopting us together? We promise to love you forever! Please take us home today!
Phone:   860.344.9043
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This Week: Middletown resident Toto Kisaku at Wesleyan University

Toto Kisaku: Requiem for an Electric Chair
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Pay what you wish (suggested ticket price: $10)

Middletown resident Toto Kisaku’s Requiem for an Electric Chair tells the story of his imprisonment and near-execution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mr. Kisaku will also give a free talk about his artistic process on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 12:10pm in Ring Family Performing Arts Hall.

Visit the Center for the Arts website for more information.