Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Have You Seen This Grave Robber?

A Middletown Police Department press release, unedited.  There ought to be a statue against stealing statutes.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Middletown Police were called to investigate a theft of a statute placed at a grave site at Calvary Cemetery. The cemetery is located at #307 Bow Lane. The family of the deceased recently placed a camera near the grave site of their loved one to identify the person(s) vandalizing the gravestone. What was captured on video from Saturday, September 13th, 2014, was a white female operating a white SUV who stops, exits her vehicle, picks up the statute, and places it in her vehicle. The female stands in front of the gravesite momentarily, walks past it, and then returns to her vehicle to leave the area with the stolen statute.

The statute of the angel is valued at approximately $100.00, but the sentimental value is priceless. Middletown Police asks for the public’s assistance in identifying this female. Officer Robert Kraeger can be reached at 860-638-4000 x310 or at rkraeger@middletownctpolice.com.
Update from the Middletown Police, 9:40PM

The Middletown Police Department would like to thank the media outlets for assisting us with the investigation into the stolen statue from Cavalry Cemetery. After the media aired the video and/or the still photographs, the detective bureau received several phone calls identifying several possible suspects.

A local person of interest was identified. Shortly thereafter the person of interest contacted the Middletown Police Department. She agreed to come into the police department for an interview. Upon her arrival at the police department the suspect turned over the statue and was cooperative with detectives. The suspects name is being withheld at this time as detectives are still investigating the larceny.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact the MPD Major Investigations Unit at 860-638-4140.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Public Input Needed for CT Wildlife Action Plan

Tuesday, September 30, at 7 p.m.
At the deKoven House
27 Washington Street in Middletown

The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites the public to a talk and slide presentation by Julie Victoria on her work to update the CT Wildlife Action Plan, including the need for public input and support.  Julie Victoria is a widely known and respected wildlife biologist who worked for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for over 32 years, specializing in raptors, shorebirds, invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians. Co-sponsors of the event are: Connecticut Forest & Park Association; Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District; Middlesex Community College Environmental Science Program; and the Middletown Resource Recycling Commission.

Participation by conservation partners, academic institutions, and the public is key to making the revised Wildlife Action Plan an effective tool for conserving Connecticut's diversity of wild species for future generations. Come to learn how you can make a difference. The overview presented at this talk will inform participants who may want to attend a facilitated workshop on November 6, to be hosted by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association at 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall CT 06481. For more information, go to www.thejonahcenter.org

A $5 donation will be requested at the door to help cover program expenses

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ Cameron!! Please adopt me today. Come visit me at Cat Tales!!

Cat Tales 

My name is Cameron and I am 6 year old with orange and white fur. Aren't I so cute?  My owner lost their home and could no longer care for me so I am back at Cat Tales and very confused. I am such a loving boy and really want to be in a forever home. I would do very well as the only pet, but would probably be okay with another non-dominant cat.  Once I know you I purr for attention and love to be pet. I am such a sweet guy and can't wait for you to adopt me. Please hurry!
(Note: No Dogs, No Children)

Please call Cat Tales at (860) 344-9043 or
Email: Info@CatTalesCT.org to inquire about Cameron.

Cat Tales is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill rescue organization 
in Middletown's only all feline cat rescue and shelter.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DOT Announces Public Meeting For Route 9 On-Ramp Alterations

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will conduct a Public Informational Meeting for the Reconfiguration of Route 17 On-Ramp onto Route 9 North (Project No.82-309).

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Where:                 Middletown City Hall, in the Council Chambers (1st floor),
245 Dekoven Drive,
Middletown, Connecticut
What:                   An open forum with Department staff will begin at 6:30 p.m.
with a formal presentation at 7:00 p.m. 

"This is an important change for Middletown and the State really needs to hear from residents whether about they support this potential solution,” said Rep. Matt Lesser (D- Middletown). “The current on-ramp is one of the most accident-prone intersections anywhere in Connecticut and it limits access to our city's waterfront."

The Public Informational Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning the Reconfiguration of Route 17 On-Ramp onto Route 9 North.

The meeting facility is ADA accessible.  Deaf and hearing impaired persons wishing to attend this meeting and requiring an interpreter, must make arrangements by contacting the DOT’s Office of Communications at (860) 594-3062 (voice only) at least five working days prior to the meeting.  Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public, and efforts will be made to respond to request for assistance.

Details of the proposed concept: This project is designed to develop a plan that will enhance the safety of vehicles at the on-ramp of Route 17 onto Route 9 North, which has a high frequency of accidents. The proposal includes the widening of the existing bridge immediately north of the stop-controlled on-ramp to accommodate a full length acceleration lane and remove the stop-control condition. The widening of the Route 9 Bridge would be facilitated by the relocation of the intersection of Union Street, Harbor Drive and River Road currently located under the bridge. This intersection would be moved further east across Sumner Brook, which would require the construction of two new bridges, and the realignment of the three intersecting roadways.

This concept also proposes to close the existing on-ramp onto Route 9 North located at the north end of Harbor Drive and transform Harbor Drive into a local access road with on-street parking, and various pedestrian amenities.

This project will be concluded at the end of the public comment period for the public informational meeting. At that time, the DOT will consider the initiation of another project to move forward with the design and construction of this concept.

More detailed information is available at the DOT’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Plans are also available for review at the Middletown City Hall – Town Clerk’s Office, 245 Dekoven Drive, Middletown, Connecticut. Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Mr. William W. Britnell. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friends of Russell Library Monthly Book Sale

The Friends of Russell Library will hold its September book sale in the children's activity room of the library at 123 Broad Street this weekend on Friday from 9 to 6 and on Saturday from 9 to 5.  The library will be closed on Sunday.  A large variety of fiction is available, all published after 2006, as well as non-fiction in many categories, and books for children of all ages.  All proceeds go towards library programs and materials.

Mushroom Program Saturday, September 20, Haddam Neck, 9 a.m.

Please join the Haddam Land Trust  on the Pine Brook Preserve in Haddam Neck on Saturday, September 20th at 9:00 am (1-2 hrs).

Amazon guide and Mycologist Gerry Miller will walk with us in search of  mushrooms growing along the edges of the brook and throughout the preserve. After we find and pick the wild mushrooms Mr. Miller will identify what we have harvested and how to tell the edible from the poisonous. This will be a unique chance to learn about mushrooms from an expert on the subject.

Free and open to the public.  Please bring a basket or bag to hold the mushrooms you collect.

Pine Brook Road is approximately 5 miles south of Cobalt on Route 151. It is a little over a mile north of the
Route 151-Salmon River bridge coming from the south. Follow Route 151 to Pine Brook Road and go to the end
of the road.

UConn Master Gardener Program Accepting Applications for 2015

The UConn Master Gardener program is now taking applications for 2015 class beginning in January 2015 at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam.


Students enrolled in this program receive training in an extensive range of horticultural and environmental topics, including botany, plant pathology, entomology, integrated pest management (IPM), herbaceous and woody ornamentals, edibles, turf grass, invasive plants, and diagnostic techniques for the home gardener.


Following formal classroom instruction, Master Gardener students receive hands-on training in the Extension offices or the Bartlett Arboretum; they are supervised in researching a broad range of horticultural questions, including identifying insects and plants, diagnosing plant diseases, and providing sound cultural recommendations.  In addition, interns engage in a wide range of community outreach projects. Examples include community gardens, horticultural therapy, educational booths for programs ranging from Earth Day celebrations to agricultural fairs, and working with the CT Invasive Plant Group, just to name a few.


Please see our website for additional information. 

Middlesex Community College to Celebrate Constitution Day

Middlesex Community College will celebrate Constitution Day with an art exhibition, a singing of the National Anthem, perspectives from a Holocaust survivor, and a musical rendition of the Bill of Rights. This vivid and unique opportunity is free and open to the public.
The kick off event on Sunday, September 14 is the Commemoration of the 200-Year Anniversary of the National Anthem. This event features a history of “The Star Spangled Banner,” a personal testimonial from a survivor of Nazi Germany, readings of original poems on freedom from high school students, and a singing of the national anthem. K-12 student artwork will be on display as well. The program will take place 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.in Chapman Hall, located at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. The K-12 Student Art Exhibition will be open from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Professor Judith de Graffenried atjdegraffenried@mxcc.edu.
The second event is a concert performed by Neely Bruce, professor at Wesleyan University. The performance is titled “The Bill of Rights: Ten Amendments in Eight Motets” and features the singing group Festival Harmony. The performance will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 in Chapman Hall room 808, located at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. This event is made possible with support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts and the Middlesex Community College Student Senate. For more information, contact Professor Rebecca Loew at rloew@mxcc.edu.
“The U.S. Bill of Rights plays a central role in American law and government and we are delighted to have this opportunity to reflect on the content and significance of this document through the medium of superb music,” said Rebecca Loew, assistant professor and coordinator of “The Bill of Rights” performance. “Civic engagement is a core principal of democracy and part of our responsibility as educators is to prepare students to effectively participate in our democracy.”
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Lobby Book Sale is Back

As of September 9, Russell Library patrons can once again purchase books from shelves at the rear of the main lobby.  There is a good selection of fiction, non-fiction, and children's books, and the prices are reasonable:  $1.00 for hardcovers books and $.50 for paperbacks.  A box on top of the shelves is provided for payment by the honor system.  The books will be replaced regularly, so be sure to
snap up that novel you've always wanted to read, or a cookbook that looks intriguing.  All proceeds go towards library programs and materials.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Quintessential New England Art Show / Poetry Day and Night on Saturday at The Buttonwood Tree

Artist’s Reception: Erik Person

September 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sponsored by KRUST Pizza

Erik Person

“I grew up in Connecticut and have always been an enthusiast and seeker of adventure. My parents and family’s constant support and love have a lot to do with the way that I am. My son Jacob first inspired me towards photography. I believe in making the most of what life has to offer. Life is filled with “moments” in time, which often become diluted over years in time. The only way to regain these moments is to follow your dreams, and within your passion will ignite. Truth lies within natures beauty, exemplifying these moments from the past and sparking glimpses of the future. The path has been laid for you, it is time to step forward.”

“Let the beauty we love be what we do”. Rumi

Join us for a reception with complimentary refreshments and the opportunity to speak with the artist.
Erik's website: stillpassions.com
Krust Pizza:  http://www.krustpizzabar.com/

Saturday and Sunday The Buttonwoor Tree features poets of all sorts, day and night.

We start at 1pm with the CT Beat Poetry Festival, presented by the Free Poets Collective. That runs til nearly 6, and then at 8 we'll start off with some poetry by the venerable John Basinger. He's followed by some talented gals, Emily and Cali, coming up from NYC to share their musical poetry with us. Check it out:

CT Beat Poetry Festival

September 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Donations welcome to support TBT
Come celebrate the contemporary poetry of many out-of-state poets with a bow to the legends of the Beat Era.
Lori Desrosiers’
Virginia Shreve
Mark McGuire-Schwartz
Kate Lamberg
for more info:  http://www.buttonwood.org/event/ct-beat-poetry-festival/

SLAM UP!   Opening by John Basinger

September 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 / $5 with Student ID

It’s TMI time with Cali & Emily!   Show opens with some poetry by John Basinger

Prepare for a musical ride through the many stages of life and shades of love– requited, unrequited, gay, straight, queer, or, well, just “creative.”
WARNING: Contains wonderfully, hilariously, poignantly, adult material.  
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiuF9j6TeAk


CT Beat Poetry Festival

September 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Beats: Their Words, Their Legacy, Their Music
Readings from selected Beat Poets, original poetry performed by The Meeting House Poets, and music of the Beat era performed by pianist David Sergio and New York-based vocalist Janice McCune.  Featured poets are Cassandra Angelo, Jim Govoni, Clare Mazur, Esther McCune, Alexandrina Sergio, Isabelle Bruder Smith and Andy Weatherwax. 
Musician performing:
Janice McCune is a New York City based vocalist, originally from Connecticut.
Janice McCune - Beat Poetry Festival

Donations will be gratefully accepted. 
This presentation is the concluding event of the 2014 Beat Poetry Festival sponsored by the Free Poets Collective. 

 The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center is located at 605 Main St., next to It's Only Natural market, in UPtown Middletown :)  www.buttonwood.org

It's That Time Again at Cat Tales!! We have KITTENS!! Adopt today!!

It's That Time Again...
We Have Kittens!!

This little kitty is just one of many adorable, healthy kittens ready for adoption at Cat Tales NOW!!  

If you are interested in a kitten, one year or younger, we have several breeds, colors, and personalities to choose from. Some kittens are best in single cat homes, others could be adopted in pairs. Let's connect and find these wonderful feline babies safe and happy forever homes!! 

Email us at info@CatTalesCT.orgsubject line: "Kittens" or call 860.344.9043.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Saturday: Soroptimists, Civitan, and Altrusa To Collect Food For Amazing Grace

Submitted by Patti Nettis Deegan "Publicity Patti" 
On Saturday, September 6th , three local Service Clubs, Altrusa International of Central CT, Civitan Club of Middletown and Soroptimists of CT River Valley will Pack a Pickup with Proteins for the Pantry. The event will be held at the Stop and Shop on 416 East Main St. 8 AM to 3 PM. Members will be at both entrances to accept donations and thank the public for their generosity.

Amazing Grace Food Pantry is a program of St. Vincent de Paul located in Middletown on Stack St. Amazing Grace offers food free of charge. The Pantry assists approximately 950 households monthly. All food or monetary donations are greatly appreciated and all donations will go to support the Pantry to help stock their shelves. Altrusans, Civitans and Soroptimsts serve the needs of greater Central CT. 

Altrusa International of Central CT is part of an international organization dedicated to building stronger community through Service, Leadership and Fellowship. Locally, their focus promotes Literacy for All Ages. Civitan Club of Middletown, part of Civitan International has been active in the Middletown area since 1964. Middletown Civitans provide community service with an emphasis on improving the lives of those with disabilities.

Soroptimist of Connecticut River Valley is part of an international volunteer service organization for professional and community-minded women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. There will be an opportunity to learn more about each organization at the event. For additional information Altrusa.CentralCT@gmail.com