Thursday, September 30, 2010
Music in the Hubbard Room
Based in West Hartford, both Katalin and Pi-Hsun are faculty members of the Hartt School, Community Division. They are extensively involved in music education and have been recognized for their motivating outreach programs for students of all ages in their community. Katalin was a top prize winner of the Hungarian National Solo Violin Competition, and Pi-Hsun also garnered a top prize at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.
For more information, call 860-347-2528.
Non Profits Alert.
A local activist says, "I downloaded and went through all 127 pages for CT. I was amazed. I am hoping that all of you will recognize some group in your town and alert them. There are friends groups, American Legion, Lions, historical societies, cemetery, scholarship, Knights of Columbus, you name it. It takes a few minutes but it may save the day for some worthwhile organization in your town. I was surprised to find important groups in my own."
The link to the CT list is here. It is in alphabetical order, and contains quite a few Middletown organizations.
Loffredo Challenges Resolution to Approve Deputy Chief
Section I. Agenda and General Meeting Procedures # 3.:
“Any proposed resolutions and ordinances must be reviewed by the appropriate committee and/or commission before being included on the agenda. Items that have been through committee and/or commission shall have a line at the bottom of the resolution indicating the date it went through committee and a statement as to the financial impact of the action on the City’s general fund and future indebtedness. The Clerk of the Council shall ensure that each resolution shall have these statements prior to submittal to the council.
In case of an emergency where an item cannot go through committee and/or commission, an individual member of the Council may sponsor the item or the item may come through the Mayor’s office.”
4. The City did declare a vacancy for the office of Chief of police. It was properly posted, and advertised. Applications were reviewed and candidates were selected and tested. The Mayor made his nomination and has asked for the Common Council’s confirmation. The nominee was vetted at the September 21 of the Personnel Review Commission. Resolution 9-1 was properly reviewed and discussed by the commission.
Drift at Wesleyan CFA
special eco-art event at Wesleyan.
Dance Exchange Performs a New Work About Food, Land
and How They Change Over Time
Co-Sponsored by the College of the Environment
Discounted Tickets for Jonah Center Members
Where: CFA Theater, located on the Wesleyan University campus at 283 Washington Terrace in Middletown, CT
About: Farmland becomes a strip mall. Time passes. Businesses move out and a church takes over. The corn field that yielded to a supermarket is now a church sanctuary--complete with automatic doors. By turns comic, provocative, and wistful, Drift moves forward and backward in time. What happens when land changes hands? What becomes of people and their jobs? Where does our food come from? And what are California peaches doing in Georgia?
Five years after the premiere of Ferocious Beauty: Genome, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange returns with a new work by company member Cassie Meador. They will also be performing excerpts from from How to Move a Mountain, which examines how our resources come to us and Blueprints of Relentless Nature which explores the concept of “pure” movement. The company is known for creating groundbreaking dance works that make meaningful connections between people and art and are performed by a multi-generational company. Presented in conjunction with the campus-wide exploration, Feet to the Fire: Feast or Famine.
Admission: $18 Jonah Center Members, non-Wesleyan Students, Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Staff and Faculty; $21 General Admission
To Redeem Offer: Call the University Box Office at 860-685-3355 and identify yourself as a Jonah Center member
Drug Bust Across From Macdonough School Playground
Axel Nunez was found to be in possession of a large amount of Marijuana he also had an outstanding arrest warrant for Failure to Appear 1st Degree.
Turn Up the Volumes: Wesleyan Library Book Sale Saturday
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Born Learning Trail Opens
Council Hears Plan For Parking Garage
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Candidates For Governor Debate Education At Macdonough
ConnCan also failed to invite, or introduce Mayor Sebastian Giuliano, who attended anyway, and made sure that organizers understood his feelings about being left off the guest list. On the list were many state-level Democratic politicians (Tom Gaffey, Joe Serra, Jim O'Rourke, Matt Lesser and Paul Doyle) and Meriden Mayor Michael Rohde. Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission Quentin Phipps and member Richard Pelletier along with alternate board member Michael Johnson attended along with numerous teachers, union representatives, parents and other interested parties. Members of the Common Council were also absent due to a workshop on parking held at city hall.
Malloy repeated referred to his "seventeen page plan" for education in the state from pre-K to higher ed as "the only plan" on paper issued by any candidate. He championed recently-legislated parent governance council which allow parents at failing schools to reconstitute education there. He also demanded that more money be put into classrooms than into administration.
In terms of higher education, Malloy said that higher education needs to be more in reach for all families.
"I think people who are against teacher performance evaluations are against progress," Foley said.
Foley champions what he calls the "market forces" of choice including the support and creation of magent and charter schools, the identification and promotion of excellent teachers, the need for money to "follow the student" and not lag behind with test results, strict teacher evaluation and reform-minded people on the state Board of Education. Foley also called for a universal high school graduation test.
"This is a war, and we can't afford to lose it," Foley said.
Surprisingly, no candidate talked about the inequities of municipal property taxes as a method for funding schools across the state, or how that impacts the achievement gap between wealthy suburban districts and strapped city schools. Nor did candidates acknowledge that the success of many schools of choice (magnet and charter schools), is determined by their ability to be selective about students admitted, to reject and eject students who are problems, to ignore standardized testing and to work outside of negotiated contracts with teachers. Though each candidate did concur that not enough magnet or charter schools could be created in the state, early enough, to solve the crisis they observed in education.
WORKSHOP TONIGHT: SHOULD CITY TRANSFER PARKING GARAGE FUNDS TO MELILLI LOT?
Tonight in city hall at 7 pm there will be a workshop to aid the common council in considering transfering funds to design/plan a parking garage from the College/Court St block to Washington/Court. A federal fund of approx $8 million plus the required 20% city match of $1.6 million will pay for the garage construction once designed. A 2007-08 parking study led by a committee headed by Gerry Daley concluded with the decision to use the funds to rebuild the city-owned Arcade over other choices.
Recently hired parking director Tom Hartley has suggested the change of location would be a better use of funds, as the Washington/Court (“Melilli”) block has significantly more retail and commercial space along Main Street than the College/Court (“Arcade”) block. Hartley believes the Arcade is best used as is (can be repaired, paid for by parking fees), and left to a future developer to reconfigure the parking as a future project would deem necessary.
Hartley’s primary interest is to increase parking capacity on the Melilli block, not to advocate a particular location or garage design within that block. His hope is that if funds are transferred, then the ideal design can be figured out. He has made one suggestion of where the garage might be located, so as to not disturb more than a section of the current $900,000+ repaving and regarding of the Melilli lot. The suggestion is to build a 270’ long parking garage along Washington Street, one of the 2007 plans. Some property and business owners have been led to believe this is the purpose of the workshop tonight: that is incorrect. The workshop is only to discuss the benefit or disadvantage of shifting the money to the Melilli block from the Arcade block.
COMMENTARY: How to Kill a Street
Why building a parking garage along Washington Street is a Bad Idea
I fully support the idea of investing in a garage on the Mellili block instead of rebuilding the Arcade. I believe Tom Hartley’s logic is sound regarding the Arcade: repair it but otherwise leave it as is and reserve it for a deserving future project. It will not help a developer or the city encumbering the site with a recently built but possibly inappropriately designed parking garage on this site. However, the location of where it goes on that block and how it relates to existing surroundings must be done with great care.
In my opinion, it would be a bad idea to use it to build a 4- or 5-story garage along Washington Street.
Rockfall Foundation Seeking Grant Proposals
The Rockfall Foundation invites grant proposals from nonprofit organizations, towns, and schools to support environmental education, conservation and planning projects in Middlesex County. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 11, 2010 and awards will be announced in mid-February, 2011.
Middlesex Community College $cholarship 5K
MIDDLETOWN – Runners, walkers and spectators alike at the seventh annual $CHOLARSHIP 5K October 30 at Middlesex Community College are in for a special treat: the Pratt & Whitney Screamin’ Eagles Jazz Band will be back for a second year.
The Screamin’ Eagles are a 20-piece big band of Pratt & Whitney employees led by Dr. Charles Gendrich.
The $CHOLARSHIP 5K is part of Community Day, presented by the Middlesex Community College Foundation. Residents are invited to run or walk as families and connect as a community. Major sponsors of the event to date are MiddleOak Insurance, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Whelen Engineering, Teamsters Union Local No. 1150 and Webster Bank. Additional sponsors include Tower Laboratories, Ryan Business Systems, Technical Education Solutions, Reid and Riege, P.C., Super 8 Motel – Cromwell, The Lee Company, and World Instructor Training Schools.
The 3.1-mile tree-lined race course starts at the college’s main entrance on Training Hill Road, runs up Training Hill past Connecticut Valley Hospital Reservoir #3, turns left on Brooks Road, left on Cedar Lane and, just past the Reservoir Road intersection, does a U-turn and returns to campus via the same route in reverse. The finish line is near the college parking lot on Training Hill Road.
Last year nearly 150 runners and walkers took part in the event. Organizers are hoping for an even larger turnout this year--runners, fitness walkers, alumni, campus neighbors, and community members looking for an invigorating run or walk on the beautiful tree‐lined roads near the CVH reservoirs behind MxCC...a great starting point toward a healthier lifestyle!
Registration is accepted up to the starting time and opens at 8:30 a.m. on race day (in Founders Hall cafeteria). Registration forms are available on the Foundation website (www.xccfoundation.org
For additional $CHOLARSHIP 5K information, please contact race director Trenton Wright, coordinator of Institutional Advancement at MxCC, at 860-343-5708 or via email at email@example.com.
The MxCC Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to the support of Middlesex Community College. The 5K is a fundraiser to benefit student scholarships and programs at the college.
Things seen in other places
•gives you an extra five minutes when you buy an hour of parking:
•feels strongly about street trees
•uses the topography to offer unobtrusive parking
•has a traffic sign that allows "right on red" for drivers, but reminds them that pedestrians have the right of way:
•has gardener storekeepers:
•has joined the FroYo revolution:
New York City, NY
•has FroYo too...on a truck
New Haven, CT
•is building a pretty new parking garage on Chapel Street (with retail on the first floor!)
Speaking of New Haven, they not only have FroYo, they have Self-Serve FroYo. Middletown doesn't have Froyo -- self-serve or otherwise -- but back in the day, you could unleash the Captain Crunch dispenser over your Soft Serve at MoCon.
But we do have Fred Carroll, who papers my Main Street neighborhood with stick-figure wisdom, often on the topic of coffee, but sometime on other topics too.
One from O'Rourke's:
Two from Klekolo:
No place like home.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Seeking ... someone to spare a couple hours...
Main Street Paving Begins Tonight
MAIN STREET PAVING & CONSTRUCTION
Since September 14th, when Main Street milling began, along with the CL&P project, it has been a challenge to negotiate your way down Main Street , whether walking or driving!
All the work for milling and paving was done after 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day. CL&P has been removing vaults located under Main Street , as the salting of the street in winter, along with the rain and snow, has deteriorated them. They are being placed under the sidewalks, where they will be better protected.
All road work has been completed, so today, September 27th is when paving will begin at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday (weather permitting) and will continue with these hours until the paving and striping is completed!
CL&P will continue with the sidewalk work and depending on weather (rain), all work, paving included, should be completed by Friday, October 1st.
Questions? Contact Bill Russo at 860-344-3410 or e-mail at William.Russo@cityofmiddletown.com.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
From 1965: Wesleyan Finds Romance goes Whrrr, Bleep, Click
Computerized romance has hit the Wesleyan University campus here with a vengeance.
For girls there is this come on: “You learn immediately the names, schools, class year, etc. of all your dates, but you never even have to call them because they have your name and will contact you.”
The 100-part questionnaire is divided into six main sections: “Perequisites, interests, correlations, compatibility, opinions and values.”
“Perequisites deal with height, age, race, college class and religion.
Who is behind CONTACT?
“A machine,” suggested one Wesleyan Student.
What are the chances of CONTACT’S success in plans to to a pool compatible form dates from New Enland campuses?
The firm claims that its system “works,” but doesn’t explain the basis for its claim.
“Do you think it really works?” asked one student at all-male Wesleyan in a tone of mingled hope and doubt.
Random checks at other Connecticut campuses--Yale, Trinity, the University of Connecticut and Connecticut College for Women--failed to indicate that CONTACT had yet made its appearance there.
But a Wesleyan CONTACT’s appeal to “simplify the FUN of calling or being called by someone whom some giant bundle of wires says you would enjoy dating” was being widely read.
And a few students could be seen furtively fingering pencils ...
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Native American Dance Workshop at Green Street Saturday
Dance Workshop with Rebecca Perry-Levy
Saturday, September 25th | 2 PM
$10 Adults; $8 Members/Children/Seniors
Wesleyan Students: Free Admission
Join Rebecca Perry-Levy and her family in an exploration of a number of different Native dance traditions, in full regalia, from the Northeast and beyond. Workshop includes a question and answer forum, explanation and teaching of social dances, and requests (but does not require) audience participation. Learn about the northern traditional dances, the jingle dance, and much more. This event is co-sponsored by the Wesleyan University Dance Department.
Green Street Arts Center 51 Green Street Middletown, CT 06457 860-685-7871 www.greenstreetartscenter.org
Gubernatorial Candidates To Debate on Education at Macdonough Tuesday
|From the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now|
On September 28, Connecticut gubernatorial candidates Dan Malloy (D) and Tom Marsh (I) will participate in a forum hosted by ConnCAN and focused exclusively on public education in Connecticut. Candidate Tom Foley (R) was also invited to participate, but has not responded to our request at the time of this release.
The forum – which will be moderated by Robert Frahm of the Connecticut Mirror and Tom Monahan of NBC 30 – will take place at Macdonough Elementary School, a 2009 ConnCAN Success Story school that has made exceptional progress in closing the achievement gap in Middletown.
The forum is designed to elevate the issue of education reform in the gubernatorial race and provide the candidates with a unique opportunity to speak to voters in depth about their plans to fix Connecticut’s public education system.
On why ConnCAN felt it was important to hold a debate on education, Alex Johnston, ConnCAN's CEO, said: “Every other pressing issue we face in this campaign season, from the budget to jobs to security, is ultimately an issue about getting public education right."
ConnCAN is elevating the issue of education reform in the campaign season through its Vote for Ed campaign. For updates on forum coverage and for more information, please visit www.votefored.org.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Today at the Market
Looking for exciting new ways to prepare meals? Tired of the same old recipes? Take part in the North End Market Cookbook Swap! Bring an old cookbook to the market and grab a new one! The swap will continue until the market ends the last week of October.
This week's guest restaurant is Tandoor, and the guest vendors are Crystal's Hula Hoops and Addeo's Italian Ice. For this week's live music, there will be a guitar and vocal duo.
This week check out new products from some of our farmers. Chris from Chaplin Farm grows his own line of herbal tea, called Ummah Teas, and will have some available at the market. He'll also bring fresh cheeses from SweetPea Farm. And Gotta's Farm will have homemade apple cider, right from the orchard!
See you there!
BOE Says Elementary Class Sizes "Look really good"
"I look at those class sizes," Senges said. "And they look really good."
Senges said that class sizes across the district average between the high teens and the low twenties. The lowest class sizes are three kindergarten classes at Wesley School which are at 12, 14 and 15 students. Initially, three fifth grade classes at Laurence School, and one fifth grade class at Macdonough, topped out at 28 students, but new teachers where assigned for each of those classes, effectively cutting class size in half in each case.
The teachers certified and are interventionists who were already in the system, though being paid an hourly wage of $20, and not on contract. Interventionists are used in situations where individual students need special attention.
While the redistricting had two goals, to relieve overcrowding at Moody School, and to improve racial imbalance at Macdonough, Senges was only sure that one goal had been met.
"Moody's not crowded," Senges said. "And they've gotten their rooms back."
Moody had been using offices and other non-classroom space as classrooms during severe overcrowding which occurred during previous school years.
Senges said she didn't know if Macdonough had achieved the goals of racial balance which had been projected with the redistricting.
"We don't know that yet," Senges said. "But even if we don't make the goals, I don't think we will be sanctioned by the State Board of Education. They just approved our plan and I have a feeling we will be given credit for making the effort."
Senges said she didn't know if the State Board of Education would make demands about racial balance after the current school year.
"The truth is, they (Macdonough) do a better job of handing kids classified in the free and subsidized programs," Senges said. "All you have to do is look at the scores. It's a real learning community."
Children in the free and subsidized lunch programs are often from families lacking financial resources, and have a high percentage of minority students.
"When we look at the class size numbers, we are really pleased with the effect redistricting has had," Senges said.
The enire district serves 2731 pre-K through fifth grade elementary school students.
School census as of Setember 14 is as follows:
Bielfield - 364
Farm Hill - 372
Laurence - 377
Macdonough - 251
Snow - 352
Spencer - 342
Wesley - 312
From the West Coast Bureau
One of The Eye's regular correspondents sent us the above photo from California and writes, "Almost as nice as the Arrigoni."
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Coginchaug River Cleanup & Duck Race: Oct 2
Board of Education Policy for School Resource Officer
Goals of the SRO program
- Reduce juvenile delinquency through close personal contact with students on a daily basis.
- Bridge the gap between police officers and young people and increase positive attitudes toward law enforcement.
- Teach the value of our legal system.
- Promote respect for people and property.
- Reduce juvenile crime by helping students formulate an awareness of the rules, authority and justice.
- Take a personal interest in students and their activities.
- Allow students access to the legal system.
- Provide students a realistic picture of laws and the legal system.
- Educate students how to avoid becoming a victim through self-awareness and crime prevention.
- Work in concert with the Youth Service Bureau, DARE, and other school community-related organizations.