summons issued, and food confiscated. There were sermons, and in the end there was a law changed, a lawsuit and a settlement.
Sunday evening, members of Food Not Bombs Middletown, invited friends and the community to join them in a meal at the Buttonwood Tree to commemorate the end of a sustained struggle to maintain the right to share food with people in need.
"I'm happy to be here because the food is good, and the people are great," said Wesleyan senior Abe Bobman who was at the center of the controversy. "It's great to actually be finished with what we been through and we made it work."
At the gathering Sunday, there was little in the way of gloating about the $15,000 settlement the City of Middletown was forced to pay to Food Not Bombs as a result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of the organization.
"The goal was just to be able to do what we wanted to do," said Hartford Food Not Bomb advocate Dave Rozza, an ally of the Middletown organization during the legal struggle.
Goselin said that the settlement is a fraction of what the legal costs would have been if the firm had billed as they would for a normal lawsuit.
"There's no sense of vengence," Rozza said. "At the end of the day no one was harmed. And on the other side, the sky never fell. There weren't people falling down sick in the streets of Middletown."
The food for the Sunday night event was supplied by volunteers and not prepared in a licensed kitchen.