Alderwoman Black To Receive Leadership Award…Dan Malloy in New Britain…Remembering Butch Wierbicki

Alderwoman Shirley Black To Receive Democratic Women’s Leadership Award

Ward 3 Alderwoman Shirley Black will be one of 11 women to receive a Leadership Award on Monday, September 27th at the 7th annual Ella Grasso Women’s Leadership Breakfast. The 7th Annual Ella Grasso Women’s Leadership Breakfast will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville. The keynote speaker is best-selling author, humorist and professor, Dr. Gina Barreca. Tickets are $50 pp payable to the Democratic State Central Committee- Federal Account. RSVPs are requested by Tuesday September 21st. Info 860-560-1775.

In 2009 Alderwoman Black was re-elected to a third two-year term as a city alderwoman representing Ward 3 on the City Council. In her capacity as a member of the Planning, Zoning and Housing committee, Alderwoman Black has worked to improve the neighborhoods she represents by sponsoring and supporting the Willow Street Park project with federal funds (completed in 2009), re-establishing a city Building Commission and bringing sweat equity and home ownership to the area through a six-house Habitat for Humanity project. Alderwoman Black, who turned 70 in July 2010, is a widower who has raised three children in New Britain — Charissa, Alfred Jr. and Kevin. She is a retiree from the Machinists Union (IAM 26) where she first became involved in Democratic politics. For years Democratic candidates and the town committee would turn to Shirley as a representative of the Machinists for support and Get Out The Vote efforts. Following retirement, Shirley joined the union’s Seniors In Action to support legislation and initiatives for the rights of workers and retirees.

Black is the third New Britain woman to receive the leadership award. Previous honorees include Realtor Harriet Geragosian and State Central Committeewoman Emma Pierce, who received the first Ella Grasso Award in 2009.

More information at

Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza: Breakfast, lunch or both at the Pride of Connecticut Lodge Saturday

A good reason to stay home on Labor Day weekend will be the Labor Day Extravaganza organized by the Pride of Connecticut Lodge of Elks. Sat, September 4, 8am – 3pm, 24 Elm Street New Britain with breakfast and lunch open to all.

On the menu are: Breakfast of bacon, ham, fish, grits, sausage, eggs and biscuits ($5) and/or Lunch of pig roast, pigs’ feet, fish, chicken, ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn on cob, hash and rice and mustard greens. ($8) Further Information 860-223-8443

Malloy Urges Dems To Get Out The Vote In NB; No Post-Primary Lull In Campaign

Dan Malloy (left) discusses campaign with John McNamara, Terry Reid and State Rep. Peter Tercyak at DTC event 8/26 (F. Gerratana photo)

Within the same week in late August Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Dan Malloy made three stops in New Britain. Setting a non-stop post-primary pace, Malloy is urging Democrats to run a campaign like underdogs. In New Britain, Malloy discounted polls that show him ahead of the GOP nominee statewide. He asked New Britain supporters of him and primary challenger Ned Lamont to wage a campaign as if Democrats were “20 points down” to drive Democratic turnout in New Britain and other cities

Malloy appeared at Dozynki, the city’s annual Polish harvest festival, the Black Democratic Club Soulfood Fest on August 21st and the Democratic Town Committee’s Thursday Night Football party August 26th. It’s all been part of crisscrossing the state for support in the fall campaign to re-take the Governor’s office for Democrats for the first time in 20 years.

To join New Britain Democrats in getting out the vote for Malloy/Wyman and the Democratic slate, interested persons are urged to contact the Town Committee at or by calling the Town Chair, 860-827-9469.

In Memoriam: “Butch” Wierbicki

The New Britain Democratic Town Committee draws its strength and purpose from the labor movement and the people who represent it. Through the years dating back to the post-war 50s, DTC members have steadily come from the ranks of the UAW, IAM, UE, SEIU, AFSCME and others.

Michael “Butch” Wierbicki, 67, was one of these labor Democrats. Wierbicki died unexpectedly August 13th. A longtime member, Butch was our anchorman in Voting District 10 and the 26th Assembly District.

Butch worked for Fafnir Bearing Co. and had been retired from the United Auto Workers. He continued his union activism as leader of the UAW’s Retirees Local 133 and he was a district leader on the Town Committee. Without much fanfare, Wierbicki reliably gave of his time and talent to Democrats over many elections and was uniformly respected. He will be deeply missed. New Britain Democrats extend condolences to his wife, Maryjayne, his children and grandchildren.

End Quote

“We must ask ourselves what kind of country will be fashioned by the man who believes that the laws against discrimination against people go too far; a man who threatens Social Security and Medicaid and help for the disabled….We Democrats believe in a government strong enough to use the words like “love” and “compassion” and smart enough to convert our noble aspirations into practical realities…We believe that while survival of the fittest may be a good working description of the process of evolution, a government of humans should elevate itself to a higher order.”

– former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, San Francisco, 1984.

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