Sharon, Rick and Mike Vie For The 24th….O’Brien To Fill City Commissions….A Personal Way To Support Marines In Afghanistan….Hibernians Remember JFK…We Are The 99.9% Quote

24th State Rep Nominating Convention Tuesday, 11/29 In Newington

The convention to nominate a Democratic candidate for the 24th House District seat vacated by Mayor O’Brien will be held Tuesday, November 29th at 7 p.m. at Newington Town Hall Council Chambers, 131 Cedar Street.

Three candidates with considerable public service and legislative experience have emerged to replace O’Brien: BOE President Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, Former Ward 1 Alderman Rick Lopes and Common Council President Mike Trueworthy.  They are seeking support from 13 delegates chosen last year for Rep. O’Brien’s re-nomination.  The 24th District lies in New Britain and Newington — a multi-town district that requires a delegate convention instead of a nomination through the Town Committee.  In New Britain the district comprises the Vance, NB High School, Roosevelt and Gaffney school polling places.

At a New Britain Democratic Town Committee meeting November 17th involving New Britain and Newington DTC members and delegates, Beloin-Saavedra, Lopes and Trueworthy all pledged to abide by the result of the convention and unify for a special election that is expected to be held January 10th.

The candidate elected in January will served in the short session of the Legislature that begins in February and will almost immediately roll into the endorsement for a new term with Town Committees’ selection of delegates in March.  New political boundary lines will also be established by then as the result of the 2010 Census and the work of the Redistricting Commission that has not completed its work. All of the announced candidates are expected to remain in the 24th District after the district lines are re-drawn.

It Takes A Village: Mayor O’Brien  Preparing To Fill Commission Appointments

It takes a village (of involved citizens) to run a city.

And Mayor Timothy O’Brien will be making appointments to 27 city boards and commissions in the first weeks of his administration.  Individuals — Democrats, Republicans and Unaffiliated voters — are welcome to submit their names and qualifications  to be considered for a nomination to one of the volunteer boards where citizen oversight and participation can make local government more accountable to residents.

Commissions such as Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Finance and Taxation, Civil Service/Personnel and Veterans are mandated by the City  Charter. Special acts require the Board of Water Commissioners and the Fairview Cemetery Commission to be filled.  Other commissions that have been established or re-established by ordinance after Charter change in 2003 include  the Arts, Building, City Plan, Aging, Persons with Disabilities, Youth and Family Services, Ethics, Human Rights and Opportunities, Parking, Public Works, Health, Conservation, Ordinance Appeals Board and Housing Board of Appeals.  Mayoral appointments will also be made for the Commission on Community & Neighborhood Development and the Municipal Economic Development Agency.

Complete information on commissions, their composition and schedules is available at  the city’s website:

Questions and inquiries may be directed to the Town Committee at  e-mail:

Persons interested in serving may call the Mayor’s office at 860-826-3303

Support Our Troops: A Personal Way To Say Thanks To Marines in Afghanistan 

Through the continuing efforts of  Elbridge Road resident Marjorie Hackett-Wallace  and her family the annual drive to send personal care items and goods from home to U.S. Marines serving in Afghanistan is underway during the holiday season.  Hackett-Wallace organizes the annual drive through the

Help us bring holiday cheer to those who won’t be home with their families this holiday season. We are collecting items to be shipped to our Marines deployed to Afghanistan. We need personal care items, soap, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, body/foot powder, disinfectant wipes, hand warmers, Q Tips, Band Aids, antibiotic ointment, pain reliever. We also need snacks, cookies, candy, granola bars, instant coffee, hot cocoa, mac & cheese, cup o’soup. Playing cards, dice, paperback books, magazines, Sudoku, puzzle books.

Donations are being accepted throughout the Thanksgiving weekend and in December at Hackett-Wallace’s home, 103 Elbridge Road, New Britain, Call 860-280-6686 or e-mail 

It’s Been 48 Years: JFK Remembered at Walnut Hill Park

JFK Monument Walnut Hill Park (Michael Herrick,

New Britain’s Ancient Order of Hibernians were joined by Mayor O’Brien last Tuesday in laying a wreath at the monument for President Kennedy.

It marked the 48th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, a day seared in the memory of anyone old enough to recall where they were and what they were doing in the early afternoon of November 22, 1963.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them” – John F. Kennedy, Thanksgiving Proclamation, November 3 1963

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“We are the 99 percent” is a great slogan. It correctly defines the issue as being the middle class versus the elite (as opposed to the middle class versus the poor). And it also gets past the common but wrong establishment notion that rising inequality is mainly about the well-educated doing better than the less educated; the big winners in this new Gilded Age have been a handful of very wealthy people, not college graduates in general.”

“We Are The 99.9%” New York Times Op-ED Columnist Paul Krugman, November 24, 2011

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