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Democrat Voter Fraud in Middletown

October 28, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) –
A longtime Connecticut state representative may be getting some votes from his children.

Most times, that wouldn’t be an issue, but in this case, it may be against the law.

The state is investigating claims that all four children, who use their father’s Middletown address, don’t live in Middletown and haven’t for years.

State Rep. Joseph Serra has been serving District 33 since 1992, but recently his campaign has come under scrutiny, asking why his four children are still using their parents’ Randolph Road address to vote absentee when they haven’t been living in Connecticut for years.

“I just want a fair election. Joe Serra is not going to let that happen,” said Republican Linda Szynkowicz, who is Serra’s challenger.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, residency for voting purposes is established by where you live and, if you’re away, if you intend to return.

In Serra’s case, two of his children live in New York, one in Massachusetts. Another is in Santa Monica, California.

Serra said even though one of his daughters has been away for years, “her intent is to come back. According to the law, what I understand, is that they have the right to do that.”

The Eyewitness News I-Team also discovered Serra used his daughter’s donation to qualify for public funding for his campaign in 2014. It came via the Citizens’ Election Program. To prevent just any candidate from cashing in, under the rules, candidates need to obtain 150 donations, between $5 and $100 that equal or surpass $5,000, to show they have “adequate” public support.

Records show his daughter Lauriann, who works at Ogilvy Advertising in New York, donated $10.

“I didn’t want it. She said, ‘dad, you know, it’s part of the family’,” Serra said.

Szynkowicz took these concerns to the state Elections Enforcement Commission when she lost to Serra in 2014.

An investigation was opened, and two years later, its still open and nothing has changed.

The I-Team found Serra’s four children, Joseph Jr., Lauriann, Lisa, and Steven all on the voter rolls, still, claiming Middletown is their home.

Records show three of the children last voted absentee, in 2014.

“You would think if you’re under investigation for doing something you know is voter fraud, you wouldn’t still be registered in the town that you know you don’t live,” Szynkowicz said.

Serra said Szynkowicz is just upset because she lost in 2014.

In the 2014, Serra beat Szynkowicz by more than 1,300 votes. In fact, Eyewitness News couldn’t find one election where District 33 had been decided by less than 1,000 votes.

“It’s up to my children, they can decide what they want to do,” Serra said.

Serra said he’s spoken with his children and they’ve been interviewed by the State’s Election Enforcement Commission.

“I don’t know what the law is. As I said, the complaint is up there. It’s been there for two years, it hasn’t been decided yet. We’re waiting and we’ll abide by whatever, not me, but my children will abide by it. They’re adults,” Serra said.

The Election Enforcement Commission declined to go on camera, but said they’re inundated with cases…more than 200, and only have three people to investigate them.

As for voting absentee for an extended period of time, the Secretary of State’s office said it’s not frowned upon and the law is written to accommodate the voter.
Video here

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30th Annual Middlesex Historical Society Car Show

October 4, 2015

October 4, 2015: Here is a potpourri of photos of the classic and antique automobiles assembled at Palmer Field in Middletown CT.The event is sponsored by the Middlesex County Historical Society.

1936 Auburn

1936 Auburn

 

Cadillac 1959

Cadillac 1959

 

Classic Car & Trailer

Classic Car & Trailer

Ford Model A & Owner

 

 

 

Ford Model A 1930? (tmnp)

Ford Skyliner

Model A (yellow) (tmnp)

Packard 1933

The Featured Automobile at the Show-1933 Packard V-12

Sun Dog

February 9, 2014
Sun Dog by Steadyjohn
Sun Dog, a photo by Steadyjohn on Flickr.

Sun Dogs are a relatively rare occurrence. Sometimes, usually in Winter, when the sun is low on the horizon the sun’s light can be projected thru ice crystals high in the atmosphere to create a second, or ghost image, of the sun. In this image the actual solar disk is at the right behind the utility pole and the “sun dog” is to the left where you see the disk and a vertical colored column.

Often sun dogs occur as pairs on opposite sides of the solar disk as in this example.There may have been another ghost image yesterday but I could not see the portion of the sky in the other direction.

Cromwell CT; February 8, 2014

Celebrate Saturday With Rocky Hll-Glastonbury Ferry

June 8, 2012

This report originally appeared at Rocky Hill Patch:

Saturday June 9,,,


Anyone who wants to cross the Connecticut River on the nation’s oldest continuously operating ferry service can do it this Saturday for free.

The Friends of the Connecticut River Ferries along with the Department of Transportation will be hosting an open house day celebration on Saturday, which is part of a statewide event.

The state is offering Connecticut residents discounted or free admission, free gifts, special exhibits and activities at more than 175 destinations across the state.

In Rocky Hill, the open house, which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature the following:

  • Exhibits
  • Activities
  • Food
  • Music

Continue reading at Rocky Hill Patch

Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry

Memorial Day 2012

May 28, 2012

Go HERE for enlarged image

Middletown Reads – Connecticut Reads

July 2, 2011

Encouraging our Youth to Read is of Utmost Importance – The Summer Reading Programs Statewide and Here in Middletown are Most Welcome – Public Must be Vigilant to Prevent Politically Slanted Textbooks from Entering the Curricula – Some Questions About Gender

The July issue of The Chronicle (Middletown’s Community Newspaper) carries an article by Karena Garrity about a Bookmobile that will travel about the city offering used books to students. The project,  sponsored by Middletown Public Schools, is called Middletown Reads.

In addition to the Bookmobile there is a contest offering a free Kindle e-Reader to the student, in grades 6-12, who creates the best project relating to a book or books read over the summer.

The winning project will be the one that best illustrates the student’s connection to the material read. Graphic works on paper or even audio or visual material are suggested. Entries are to be submitted on opening day of the 2011-2012 school year. for more information go to this link or email Ms. Buchanan at buchanana@mps1.org.

According to The Chronicle the Bookmobile will operate on Wednesdays through August 17 driven by the principals from each of the eight elementary schools in  the city. According to Donna Marino, partnership coordinator for Middletown Public Schools; “…studies have shown that if we can keep students reading over the summer months they are less likely to slide back academically.”

Credit: Catherine Avalone - The Middletown Press

Unfortunately the web site at Middletown Reads does not yet include details about the Bookmobile schedule merely stating; “Information about the book mobile on the way!”

Connecticut Governor's Summer Reading Challenge

Middletown Reads is part of the statewide effort Connecticut Reads sponsored by the CT Department of Education and the The Connecticut State Library.

I do have a question about the statement of purpose posted at the Middletown Reads home page where is stated;

“The theme for Connecticut’s summer reading program is One World, Many Stories. Middletown has embraced this idea with the understanding that any book has the capacity to take the reader somewhere new. To this end, the recommended lists contained on these pages promote stories about different countries, cultures, races, genders, socio-economics situations.”  (emphasis added)

Huh! Promoting “stories about different…genders”. What does that mean? Last time I checked there were two genders, male and female. If this simply means stories about men and women, or boys and girls, all well and good. Just wondering though…

To illustrate the extremes to which this “gender” business can be taken is a recent report regarding a school in Sweden where teachers have eliminated “gender” from their vocabulary and school activities.

 “At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys…The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm for kids aged 1 to 6 is among the most radical examples of Sweden’s efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood onward…Some parents worry things have gone too far. An obsession with obliterating gender roles, they say, could make the children confused and ill-prepared to face the world outside kindergarten…” 

Brave new world here folks! A more sober, but still very liberal view, also from Sweden, can be read here.

One final note about politically slanted textbooks. I can only caution vigilance towards textbooks that  examine culture, government and public service in the U.S. and other countries but subtly promote foreign political systems while disparaging the U.S.

One such book, ““Social Studies Alive! Our Community and Beyond” became the subject of controversy in the Frederick, Maryland public schools where a parent complained; The entire slant of the book is you’re getting used to the idea of government running your life…Government is setting the rules. We’re all going to live by it, and we’re all a collective society”

Source: Washington Times, June 22, 2011

Also see Middletown Press, June 30

Motorcycle and Car Collide – Washington & West St.

June 9, 2011

Officer Examines Motorcycle Wreckage

June 9, 2011; 4:00 PM. While it is not clear exactly  how this happened but it appears that a car Westbound on Washington St attempted to turn left onto West St and either struck or was struck by and oncoming motorcycle. The motorcycle was demolished and the operator was thrown to the pavement;  the car’s airbag deployed. Both drivers were taken from the scene by Hunter’s Ambulance whose quick arrival was due to the fact the ambulance station is near that intersection.

Update: Hartford Courant reports:

A 22-year-old Bristol man is in critical condition following a serious motorcycle accident on Washington Street, police said.

Lucas Espinosa was traveling east on Washington Street, Route 66, when his motorcycle collided head-on with a 1999 Pontiac Grand AM attempting to turn left onto West Street about 4 p.m., police said.

The driver of the car, Jeanette Mosier, 21, of Middletown, was taken to Middlesex Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police said she was later released…Espinosa was taken to Hartford Hospital. Police said they did not know if Espinosa was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.”

Update June 11: Middletown Press is reporting today that Mr. Espinosa’s condition has been upgraded from critical to fair.

The Scene at Washington and West St - Middletown 4 PM June 9, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Video from the scene. Credit: CLAIRE MICHALEWICZ Middletown Press

Samuel Wadsworth Russell House (1828)

May 9, 2010


Samuel Wadsworth Russell House (1828)

Originally uploaded by Steadyjohn

Samuel Wadsworth Russell House (1828)

High Street, corner Washington Street; Middletown, Connecticut. May 7, 2010.

This Greek Revival masterpiece was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001. This house is frequently cited as one of the premier examples of Greek Revival Architecture in the Northeast. The house remained in the Russell family for five generations and was finally deeded to Wesleyan University in 1937.

Samuel Russell (1789-1862) became fabulously wealthy in the China trade in the early 19th century. He smuggled Turkish and Bengal opium into Canton and brought back fine porcelain, silk, and tea to Europe and the United States. In 1828 when his house was built Russell was in Canton, and his friend Samuel D. Hubbard worked with Mrs. Russell to supervise the building of the house. In 1831 Russell returned to Middletown and his new home where he resided until his death in 1862.

Source 1: Historic Buildings of Connecticut

Source 2: Wikipedia

Additional Photos from the site:

Iron Gate and Shadows

Samuel Russell House (1828)

Uganda Echo at Willimantic Co-Op Feb 14 2009

February 15, 2009

29 Cakes for Willi Co-Op Birthday

Valentine’s Day 2009 was also a birthday celebration at the Willimantic Food Co-Op in Willimantic (CT). This is their 29th year and the organization appears healthy and active. The February 14 shindig featured food displays and sampling, music and dancing, and 29 special cakes. We were able only to catch the first hour or so of the party but had fun photographing the crowd and making the following video:

Below is an earlier video with most of the same personnel:

Let Them Eat Cake....

Let Them Eat Cake....

The Arrigoni Bridge in Paint and Photo

January 25, 2009

The Charles J. Arrigoni Bridge crosses the Connecticut River connecting Middletown and Portland Connecticut.

Constructed from 1936 to 1938, when it opened in 1938 the Arrigoni Bridge was the most expensive bridge, costing $3.5 million. With two 600 feet (180 m) steel arches, the bridge is still the longest in the state. In 1938 it won the American Institute of Steel Construction’s first prize “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge” in the large bridge category.The bridge is somewhat of an icon and landmark in the area and is also a marker of where the water begins to freeze in the river (as south of this point the tides are able to bring enough salt water north to keep the water from freezing over.) It was named after the state legislator who promoted the project, Charles J. Arrigoni, and was designed by William G. Grove of the American Bridge Company and Leslie G. Sumner of the State Highway Department.

Source: Wikipedia

Bridge by Peter Waite (Acrylic on Panels)

Bridge by Peter Waite (Acrylic on Panels-2006)

New Britain (CT) Museum of American Art
h/t Ed McKeon, Middletown Eye

Steadyjohn Photos

PostcardMiddletownCTPortlandPassengerBridge1907.jpg
This is a postcard view of the Portland Passenger Bridge (1895) which was replaced by the Arrigoni Bridge.

Arrigoni Bridge from landfill summit (Middletown CT)

Arrigoni Bridge from landfill summit Middletown CT-(Steadyjohn Photo)

See Connecticut’s Historic Steel Truss Bridges

See Connecticut Roads