Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Hi Guys:

Well it appears that I don't have a challenger in the primary. The person did not qualify. This means that the polls will not be open this September 11th as there is no primary for either me or the Mayor.

I ordered yard signs prior to knowing that no one was running, but if you want one just shoot me an email and I will get one over to you.

Once again thank you to everyone that offered to walk with me and hand out literature.



What is going on at 131 Colony

Well folks, Mr. Stein paid his taxes and late fees and got his permits back. He now placed a "For Sale Sign". When the house goes up he is asking for $475,000.

I spoke with Any Rizzo of LCI & the Building Department. He said that the plywood nailed to the foundation is considered a fence and Mr. Stein has no other obligation to fence more then this.



Updated Range Schedule


Dear Eric,
The following is the range schedule for the this week and next week.
This, of course, is subject to change.
August 27, no classes scheduled
August 28 & 29, 8:00am - 3:45pm
August 30 & 31, no classes scheduled
September 3, no classes scheduled
September 4 & 5, 8:00am - 3:45 pm
September 6 & 7, no classes scheduled

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact theacademy at 203.946.6309.


Academy Staff

See you at Beaver Pond tonight!

This is from Nan...


Please meet tonight in Beaver Pond Park . We will weed and mulch the garden beds, watch the birds, and survey our summer's accomplishments. Yesterday evening, I saw a huge osprey with its bright white belly sitting for a long time in the bare branches of one of the trees. We have many wonderful birds on display to observe while we work.

Date: Wednesday, August 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Beaver Pond Park by the benches

In addition, come tomorrow, Thurs., Aug. 30 anytime between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to the area beyond the Wildflower garden near Bowen Field. This is the final workday for the Mods at Beaver Pond Park . Students from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) will be working with Chris Ozyck, Colleen Murphy-Dunning, and our summer intern of 2006, Margaret Carmalt, to help us clear out the invasive vegetation and plant in its place new evergreen trees (white cedar, red cedar, and spruce.)
Come to look. Come to chat. Come to help. Bring your children in a stroller. Come to walk your dog. All manner of interest is welcome. The students want to meet our community members who care about Beaver Pond Park .

Thanks for all your cooperation and help. Together we will make Beaver Pond Park a field, a forest, and a pond of beauty.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Hi Everyone:

The city is going to be restarting the Bootfinder program for unpaid car taxes. Please pay up or they will tow your car!


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Cautiously Optimistic Update on 131 Colony Road…

Dear All:

I have some news to share with everyone. Once again we were able to get the building permit on 131 Colony Road issued to Daniel Stein rescinded.

The reason I am cautiously optimistic is because he was able to work his way out of this in the past. But the order was issued August 8th and he did not get out of it yet so you never know.

Please inform me ASAP if you see ANY work being done on the property.

A big thanks to all the folks in the various offices in the City that were able to turn this around so quickly.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Updated firing range schedule

Hi All, this just came in via email...

Dear Eric,

The following is the range schedule for the next two weeks. This, of course, is subject to change.

August 13-15, 8:00am-3:45pm
August 16 & 17, no classes scheduled
August 20-22, 8:00am-3:45pm
August 23 & 24, no classes scheduled

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact the academy at 203.946.6309.


Academy Staff

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Vote on the Executive Pay Scale from last night...

Hi Everyone:

As you may have read in the NH Register and the NH Independent today I voted not to re-hear the Executive Pay Scale and vote that to pass it. For the reasons why I think it is a good idea please check out my earlier post here.

The issue at hand is that one member of the public felt that he did not have the opportunity to testify on the item. He wrote a letter to the President of the Board of Aldermen to stating that the original meeting in February 2007 was not properly noticed and therefore we should rehear the item.

I sit on the Finance Committee and I was in attendance at both meetings. I would like to point out the following

The staff of the BOA has noticed meetings in this format for over 7 years. The chair of the committee had staff pull the hearing notices for then and they were worded the same just the dates and topics changed. No one ever had a problem understanding that this was open for public testimony.

The Chair of the committee at the February meeting did call for public testimony and no one asked to speak. As is the rule he called out 3 times does anyone wish to testify on this item. No one responded.

The committee voted to move out of the public portion of the hearing and go to the closed portion (only members of the BOA can speak at this time). During the public portion and in the closed part of the hearing a number of colleagues had issues with the plan as presented. So during the closed part we said that we will table the item for now ask the city staff to get back to us with the answers we wanted (they did) and then we will reconsider the item.

After we got what we asked for, it was June. Then, because the item already was heard back in February we just had to un-table the item and vote on it. The chair of the committee decided that there was no reason to rehear the item, as a committee, had heard from the public and discussed the item already in the closed part of the hearing. There was relatively little discussion in the closed part because we got the answers and documentation we were looking for.

When the time came last night to vote on it I felt – and a majority of my colleagues as well – that the rules were followed and that we should enable the city staff to be able to have the opportunity to get raises after waiting 6 months.

This is a bit more detailed then usual but this is a complex issue and to be understood needs the details.

Yours truly,

Monday, August 6, 2007

Up for re-election

Dear All:

I am announcing that I am running for re-election, and want to thank the Democratic Ward and Town Committees for endorsing me again as the Democratic candidate for alder in the 28th Ward. I hope I have earned your support for a full term.

Like the rest of the state, we will be using new voting machines in the next election. You will receive a paper ballot and will fill in the oval next to the candidate's name. Then you will feed the paper ballot into the optical scan machine for verification. This technology is the most common form of voting in America today and provides a paper trail for each vote cast in compliance with state law and the federal Help America Vote Act.

I would greatly appreciate your help in the coming weeks. If you can offer time making phone calls, walking door to door with me, delivering campaign literature, or just advice, please send me a note at or call me at 203-772-1805.

If you need to register to vote or expect to be away and will need an absentee ballot, contact me!

Thank you so much.

(With thanks to Ina)

Something to do in New Haven...

Sound intresting....

Connecticut's Second Annual Movie Day!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
People's Center,
37 Howe Street, New Haven

Bring-your-own-film event puts the spotlight on historic amateur worksand home film preservation.
On Saturday, August 11th, 2007, local archivists, librarians,filmmakers and film enthusiasts will help the public learn about, enjoy, and rescue films so often forgotten about.
Home Movie Dayshows how home movies offer a unique "you are here" view of decades past, often in gorgeous living color, and are an important part ofpersonal, community, and cultural history.
"Saving our film heritage should not be limited only to commercially produced films," says legendary director and film preservation advocate Martin Scorsese. Filmmaker John Waters echoes that sentiment saying, "There's no such thing as a bad home movie.
Home Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenlybecome show business. If you've got one, whip it out and show it now.
"Connecticut's second annual Home Movie Day is free and open to publicand will be held in New Haven on Saturday, August 11 at the People'sCenter (37 Howe St, between Crown and George). Film drop-off time isnoon to 2pm; home movie screening is from 2 to 6pm. Film and video assessment and preservation tips will be provided throughout theevent, prizes will be given away and continuous screenings of home movies will be enjoyed! Damaged films cannot be screened, but participants whose films are at risk can learn more about how to rescue those precious images before it's too late. No films? Come and watch the show! Accepted movie types are 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm. Participants are urged to introduce and even narrate their movies. Participants areurged to contact organizers in advance to drop-off film for inspection and projection preparation or arrive at noon on the event day.

Drop-off contacts: New Haven area: Molly Wheeler ( 203.430.4157.

Home Movie Day is an internationally organized event that began in 2003, when a small group of film archivists decided to go beyond traditional preservation methods to try and save the countless reels of home movies shot on film during the 20th century. The first HomeMovie Day on August 16, 2003 was an unexpected success, with over twenty cities in four countries participating. In each following year, Home Movie Day grew bigger still, with as many as four dozen venues taking part from Australia to Arkansas. Last year, the Center for Home Movies targeted New Orleans, LA as the2006 Home Movie Day highlight city. A curated screening and special community events brought attention to local collections of historic footage, and shed light on the many moving images that were already atrisk from the hot and humid local climate before the disastrous impactof Hurricane Katrina. Dwight Core, Sr. and George Ingmire's "Think ofMe First as a Person," a father's home movie portrait of his developmentally disabled son, was first shown at the New Orleans HomeMovie Day event. The film was subsequently named to the Library ofCongress's National Film Registry in 2007. Don't throw your films away-take them to Home Movie Day!Information:
Phone: Molly Wheeler 203.430.4157