Saturday, July 31, 2010
The only child of the late Claude and Roseanne (Neiser) Clow, she was born in Dallas, Texas but considered Dayton, Ohio her hometown. Claudea was a sophisticated, independent, self-made woman who lived a fascinating and remarkable life. She was a graduate of Ohio State University, earning a bachelor of arts degree in European history and a masters degree in political economy in the 1940s. Bored with studying and with Ohio, she moved to New York City to study classical ballet and flamenco dance at the American Ballet Theater with Igor Schwezoff, formerly of the Original Ballet Ruse, and later with former Ballet Ruse member Jorg Fasting at the The Capital City Ballet in Columbus, Ohio. While at Capital City, she helped train members of the Ohio State University football team in ballet technique under the orders of Coach Paul Brown, who felt his team was “too earth-bound.” Claudea said she got a kick out of seeing the players “fumble around” in ballet slippers and recalled, “the training did improve the team’s performance...or else.”
Claudea’s career as an editor began at the American University Press in Columbus. When the company was purchased by Wesleyan University in 1953, she was forced to relocate to Middletown, Connecticut, much to her dismay. She accepted the transfer only because of Middletown’s close proximity to New York City. In between these assignments and “in the spirit of adventure and poverty,” she took two months off to explore Europe, which launched the beginning of a life-long love of world travel to many exotic locales including Morocco, Africa, India, Japan, Israel, China, Poland, Soviet Russia, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, and Singapore. She made over 30 trips to London during her lifetime, taking in the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, the theater, and the fabulous shopping in Knightsbridge and Oxford Street.
Claudea’s career at the Wesleyan University Press spanned the 1960s and 1970s editing many books and articles. She was a colleague of author William Manchester for several years, including the time just preceding his work on Death of a President. They maintained contact throughout that long and difficult writing process.
In her later years, she enjoyed her friends at Heritage Commons, listening to National Public Radio, witnessing the restoration of her historic, brownstone home, and many sushi lunches at Japanica Restaurant in Middletown. She was a patron of the arts including opera, sculpture, and theater, loved fashion, particularly Coco Chanel, Eames furniture, and 20th century Modern design. She cared deeply for all animals, especially cats.
She was predeceased by former spouse Herbert Levine, MD, of Middletown and is survived by a close friend in Middletown. She will be greatly missed.
Burial is planned in a columbarium (a vault to hold cremains) scheduled for installation at Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown at a later date. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Animals’ Respect and Friendship Fund through the Middlesex County Community Foundation, 211 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tonight The Buttonwood Tree will be alive with memories and sounds of Nathan Knowles and Wendy Boardwell. Wendy Boardwell, a former Middletown High School student, who sang in Michael Gosselin's chorus, will come back to Middletown tonight. She attended CCY Wesleyan in 1986, and is an alum of . But tonight she is joined by Nathan Knowles in a concert starting at 8 pm. Join us for some music and conversation. Doors open at 7. $10 suggested donation. Wendy Bordwell, Salem NY resident, has been involved with the local music scene for more than a decade…in cabaret performances with Kevin McGuire at Hubbard Hall and the Cambridge Hotel, as the duo "Tom and Wendy," as well as joining forces with Nathan Knowles on his album "The Vermont Line". Powerful vocals drive her performances, while her light finger-picking and acoustic guitar accompany. She studied Voice and Music at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and earned a B.F.A. in theater from . She has also been the driving force behind the community concert series “Summer Sounds of Salem” since its inception in 2007. Their performances are highlighted with original compositions, which are rooted in their love of the area....making mention of local people, familiar roadways and area landmarks. Nathan Knowles represents the very best of Americana music. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and performer appearing throughout the Tampa Bay area, and touring the Northeast through the 2010 summer. His music has been enthusiastically received by audiences throughout the U.S. Nathan is from the New York/Vermont region, where he built a reputation as one of the most versatile entertainers in the area. His music can be found on his CD's "Songbird" or "The Vermont Line". Nathan has performed with talents such as John Hartford and The Dillards to , and opened for and Bad Company. His vast knowledge of various musical styles allow him to put his own stamp on the songs of artists such as , , Louis Armstrong, Steve Earle,Jackson Browne and Van Morrison. http://www.reverbnation.com/#/nathanknowleswwendylawrence -- submitted by Anne-Marie Cannata Executive Director N.E.A.R., Inc. / The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
North End Farmers' Market returns today, Friday from 10 to 2 with the same great line-up of farmers, O'Rourke's Diner, Linda's Sweet Memories, and Whey Better Soaps.
Jerkfish Restaurant will sell authentic Jamaican food for lunch, and the Vecchitto's truck will be back (the forecast is warm and sunny, perfect for Italian ice!) String Band Madness will return with their sweet, old-timey sounds.
Despite steady rain, many people gathered last week at the market to buy local produce, hula hoop with Crystal Pistritto's beautiful hoops, and listen to the Wesleyan Ghanaian Drumming Ensemble. Rain or shine, the market goes on!
In the news: The Kids Market was featured in the Hartford Courant this week. Read about it here.
Also, if you haven't already, please join us on facebook! "Like" the North End Farmers' Market and use this as a forum to discuss recipe ideas and share photos.
NEAT's Director and NEFM Market Master, Izzi Greenberg was on CT Outdoors radio show on WMRD this week. Click here to listen to the audio. They talked about the North End, the Farmers Market and other programs in the community.
Despite the delay, Zacarias finished the work in time for a planned trip to her hometown of Mexico City, and then onto Guatemala where she will be working on her sixth wall mural installation this year.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
At Wednesday's monthy meeting of the Finance and Governance Operations Commission, representatives from the city's audit firm BlumShapiro answered questions about an audit currently underway at the Board of Education.
While the audit is an annual event at the BOE, auditors have been directed to examine areas of interest based on complaints made to city hall and to members of the Common Council.
"We would extend our regular procedures where there are concern that have been brought to our attention where there might be a problem," according to CPA Joseph Kask, Director of Governmental Services for BlumShapiro.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
A few months later I was standing at an event in front of Amato's with the mayor and deputy mayor and looked across the street as Hartley went meter to meter checking the new automated, card-accepting meters on Main Street.
Then, recently, I heard that against odds, Hartley was advocating for building a parking garage not on the site of the current arcade, behind the Police Station, but on a portion of Melilli Plaza behind Main Street's main commercial strip.
"The numbers hold the answer," Hartley said to me when I visited him in the new, tiny Parking Department office in the basement of City Hall. "Some years back the city did a parking study, and if you look at what's said, it seems obvious where we need to put the parking."
In raw numbers, currently the Melilli lot (even after its current makeover) provides 1.63 spaces for every 1000 sq. ft. of commercial space it services in the blocks around the lot. The arcade currently offers 12.99 spaces for the same 1000 sq. ft. of commercial space.
The discrepancy is obvious, and Hartley says it makes space to build more parking where it's needed, and that's the site of the current Melilli Plaza lot.
Hartley says a five story parking garage in part of the lot closest to Washington Street, with modest retail space at street level, will give the city 550 spaces where it needs them most.
"My goal as Parking Director," Hartley said. "Is to drive economic growth by providing appropriate parking where it's needed, because you want parking to support the growth."
Hartley has to convince city leaders that abandoning the building of a garage on the arcade site, and putting it on a lot that is currently being improved to the tune of $1 million, is a good idea.
"We will lose very little of the proposed improvements," Hartley said.
In his view, lighting, cameras, safety features and parking controls could all be used in the new garage, and in the remaining lot space on Melilli plaza. What would be lost is the new blacktop covering the 113 spaces, in the Northernmost portion of the lot, where the garage would be built.
"In addition, we would retain the revenue from the arcade," Hartley said, indicating that in the demolition and construction of a lot on the arcade site, the revenue from its 366 spaces would be lost. Hartley admits that needed repairs would have to be made to the current arcade.
"And we need that revenue," Hartley said. "That revenue, and the revenue from the new garage will help to pay for the 20% match the city needs to acquire federal funding for garage construction."
Armed with statistics and parking revenue projections, Hartley hopes to convince the Economic Development Committee and eventually the Common Council to pursue a switch in construction sites.
Since Hartley started there has been a significant increase in parking revenues to the city.
The Parking Department exceeded expectations and delivered $660,000 in revenue ($450,000 net) to the General Fund. He projects $815,000 in revenue for the current fiscal year.
"I expect parking to generate the funds to help us improve parking in the city - resurfacing, lighting, emergency call boxes. Parking is the first impression made on visitors to the city, and I want it to be a good one," Hartley said.
One improvement many merchants and parkers have lauded are some test meters on Main Street which accept credit and debit cards, along with change. These meters, installed free-of-charge, with no obligation by the IPS Group, on a trial basis, also allow the Parking Deparment to get instantaneous reports because the meters report results via SIM card to a centralized data base.
"When I came to the city for my job interview it was pouring rain," Hartley recalls. "I remember seeing an elderly couple standing in the rain fishing in their pockets for change, and then having to run into a restaurant to get some to feed the meter. That wasn't a good thing, and I hope we can change it."
Monday, July 26, 2010
The MCA-sponsored "Summer Sounds" series presents The Ken Morr Band at 7 p.m. on South Green. Expect to hear folk and folk/rock, sweet sounds for a Summer evening. In case of rain, the show moves indoors to South Church. The event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday July 28:
www.uscg.mil/band/. For more information about the Mansion, go to www.wadswortthansion.com.
Thursday July 29:
"Writers Out Loud!: Cream of the Crop" features a number of writers from the Middletown area who have been in a workshop, submitted their best work and will be presenting these pieces at 7 p.m. in the Green Street Arts Center. Cocomo Rock and Al Bowers have been working with the writers and I have the honor of presenting the best pieces to come from their efforts. For more information, call 860-685-7871.
http://indra.dk. The concert is free and open to the public.
YPCCA 2010 Presents:
"Les Miserables" School Edition
Thursday 7/29/10- 7 P.M.
Friday 7/30/10- 7 P.M.
Saturday 7/31/10-7 P.M.
Sunday 8/01/10-2 P.M.
Tickets are available at www.ypcca.org for all shows, or at the door the evening of the show.
$12.00 for Adults
$10.00 for Seniors and Children ages 6-16
Children under 5 are free!
All shows will be performed at East Hampton High School, 15 North Maple Street, East Hampton, CT. 06424
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
a local variant on the “Green Drinks” themed events in many cities. Inspired by Claire Rusowicz, Director of Development at The Rockfall Foundation, and executed with great flair and verve by local environmental consultant and co-coordinator, Jennifer Weymouth, “Meet Your Greens” has just celebrated its first anniversary.
While most of the monthly events have been in restaurants around and about the county, the occasion of this birthday warranted something more exciting. RiverQuest, a locally-owned and environmentally-minded excursion company, leaped into the breech. Their offer: come along on their spanking-clean, newly renovated boat, and see Middlesex County from the river’s point of view.
Twenty-five or so green folks were unable to resist the offer, and arrived toting astonishing quantities of food and beverages. Not to be outdone, host and hostess Mark (Captain) and Mindy (First Mate) provided lavish snacks and unobtrusive nature commentary. Want to know how many pairs of eagles Connecticut boasts right now? They can tell you.
In tune with the celebratory nature of the evening, Mother Nature served up dazzling blue skies, refreshing breezes, the occasional cirrus cloud, an early-rising gibbous moon and, finally, a spectacular sunset. A young osprey looked back at our multiple pairs of binoculars with a look that said, “Big deal!”
To us featherless bipeds, it was a big deal, and a sweet deal – many thanks to RiverQuest!(RiverQuest, aka Connecticut River Expeditions, runs daily from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Go to http://www.ctriverexpeditions.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Next week the beer selection will be even more amazing than usual.
To my surprise it's the second annual Beer Gods week at Eli's. How did I miss the first?
Here, pun intended, from Eli's Facebook page, is what's on tap.
Tuesday Night - "Out with the Old and In with the NEW" promo featuring New England Brewery. We will be featuring Atlantic Amber (OLD) and Alpha-Weizen (NEW) along with Elm City Lager, Sea Hag IPA, 668 Neighbor of the Beast (NEW) and a very special limited Ghandi-Bot CASK conditioned firkin! Get here early - Matt and Rob will be here to mingle!
Wednesday Night - "Are You Firkin Kiddin Me?! Night" featuring four different cask conditioned ales. Blue Point Oatmeal Stout, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion, Shipyard xxxx IPA, and whatever is left from New England's Ghandi-Bot.
Thursday - First up from 1-4pm Saranac will be holding open interviews for those interested in part time work as a new promo rep. Details will be posted on our wall.
Starting at 5pm - we are hosting Live Mural Art with Matt and Adam - come check them out while they create a new masterpiece on our fence out back.
Starting at 7pm - 3 Olives brand vodka will be holding a promo to announce our very own winner for this year's bartender challenge. Since the entire bar staff will be here promoting their own creations - we are welcoming back 3 "retro" guest bartenders - Brandon, JD, and Leslie!
Hope to see everyone at some point this week to celebrate the beer gods everywhere!
The North End Farmer Market will run today, Friday from 10-2 in front of It's Only Natural Market.
We are looking forward to another exciting market this Friday! Tandoor will be selling Indian food for lunch, and Crystral Pistritto will be back with her famous hula hoops. She sold out last time, so now is your chance if you didn't get one!
Our great line up of farms, Linda's Sweet Memories and O'Rourke's will also return. Guest vendors for the week are Paoletto Farms from Trumbull, CT, which sells homemade honey and honey-based body care products, and Urban Oaks Farm, a non-profit farm from New Britain, CT. Local resident, Deb Flynn will also be selling her beautiful handmade decoupaged items.
Last week, we enjoyed desserts from Linda's Sweet Memories and purchased soothing, aromatic soaps from Whey Better Farm. The Atticus Kelly Quartet entertained us with jazz as we ate lunch from Iguanas Ranas, and kids participating in the kids' market program enthusiastically bought fresh fruits and vegetables. You can read more about the program in the Middletown Press: "North End Kids Market lets local children take part in buying produce at farmers market."
Guest restaurant:Tandoor Indian Restaurant (Lunch is from 11:30-1:30)
Guest Vendor: Paoletto Farms, Deb Flynn Decoupage, Urban Oaks Farm, Crystal Pistritto Hoola Hoops
Recipe of the Week: Babaganoush
Music: Wesleyan Ghanaian Drumming Ensemble (11:30-1:30)
Farmers' markets are all about knowing where your food comes from. Whereas supermarkets shelves are stocked produce that is often picked up to two weeks in advance from industrial-scale farms, farmers' markets are much more intimate. Your produce is local, probably picked by same person that is selling it, and you are free to ask questions to the farmer.
Leah Beckett, Glastonbury CT
Leah's favorite product: Lemon Basil
Most popular: Blueberries
Why are local farms important?
"Know your farmer, know your food."
How is this growing season?
"Good, dry--rain is helpful, so hopefully it rains again soon. Last summer was extremely wet. Unfortunately, apples arent ready yet because it's been so hot."
What is your favorite part about working on the farm?
I really enjoy working with the guys from Mexico. I learn a lot from them and respect a lot."
The North End Farmers Market is now on facebook! "Like" our market and use this as a forum to discuss recipe ideas, share photos, and make suggestions.
Also, you can vote for our market in America's Favorite Farmers Market contest! Click the button to vote.
I'm starting up a community music program in Middletown this fall. And I'm desperate for instruments! I have a very small budget, so I was thinking that before I went out to buy stuff, I might just see if any of my musically-inclined friends had used instruments they might want to get rid of.
My definition of instrument is quite broad. Kazoos are instruments. Actually, kazoos are awesome. And if you have a banjo that you always meant to play but know you never will, maybe this would be a good home for it! Instruments should be in playable condition as I am no repair expert.
Instruments will be used communally for the most part - to facilitate jam sessions by providing a variety of musical possibilities. On occasion, I will rent an instrument out for a few dollars and a signed agreement to be nice to it, both of which will be returned when the instrument is returned to the program.
If you have lonely instruments looking for some music-making - PLEASE send them my way! Just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can talk details. All donations are tax deductible. You'll receive a thank you letter from my organization which is an official 501-c3.
Thank you so much for your support!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
On 07/22/2010 at approximately 0001 hours the Middletown Police Department Patrol division midnight shift responded to a reported Domestic Violence disturbance in progress at 121 Saybrook Road. 1st Floor. Police arrived on scene and conducted an investigation. James S. Timbro of that residence was arrested for Domestic Violence. It was also learned that he had several firearms registered to him inside the residence that were not involved in the actual incident. While officers were searching the residence in order to safe keep the firearms a room was located in the basement where several marijuana plants were located along with grow lamps. James Timbro was charged with Assault 3rd Degree, Strangulation 2nd Degree, Unlawful Restraint 1st Degree, Cultivation Of Marijuana Without A License, and Possession of 4 Ounces or More of Marijuana. James Timbro was held on $100,000.00 dollars bond and is due in court Thursday.
Mayor Sebastian Giuliano, who was the only person wearing a tie at the race, said that there were many calls about downed trees and branches but that the city avoided the major power outages experienced in other cities.
One local distance runner, Kevin Markowski, made good time in the race despite narrowly avoiding being crushed by a huge section of an ancient sugar maple that stood in his yard on Erin Street.
"My neighbor saw the whole thing happen, and she said I pulled up about two minutes after the tree fell," Markowski said. He made it to the race despite a visit by the Fire Department because the fallen tree had blocked part of the roadway.
"Who said Middletown didn't have fireworks this year," said Chamber of Commerce president Larry McHugh as he worked his way through the throng of runners.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
An acoustic version of the band will be appearing at the 2010 Heirloom Tomato Fest, held on Sunday August 22 on the grounds of Upper Forty Farm, 86 Nooks Hill Road in Cromwell. For more information, call 860-632-9029.
The start of the race will be delayed until thunder and lightning has moved through the area, and will be delayed in fifteen minute increments.
At 5:45 PM racers were arriving and were being registered for the run.
"Because of an amendment to the state constitution, this is the first time seventeen year-olds are eligible to vote in a primary election," Bysiewicz said. "What we're trying to do is get the word out to some 10,000 seventeen year-olds who are eligible."
Deadline for party registration is August 9. It is also the deadline for any unaffiliated voter to register with a party to become eligible to vote in the primaries.
Bysiewicz held the press conference in Middletown, because there is particular resonance with this community in the effort that led to the passing of the amendment. Middletown legislative representatives Matthew Lesser and Gail Hamm were instrumental in passage of the amendment. In addition Liz Gionfriddo, daughter of a former Middletown mayor, was a student at Mercy High School and collected and submitted signatures to the legislature for passage of the amendment. Gionfriddo, who spoke at the press conference, is now 21.
Mazhar Bokhari, a seventeen year-old graduate of Kingswood-Oxford, who is heading to Syracuse University, also spoke at the press conference.
"In the 2008 elections we had a good amount of young people come out and vote," Bokhari said. "And this amendment will encourage even more young people to vote."
Bokhari's government class teacher, Dr. Ann Serow, encourage all 60 of Bokhari's classmates to register to vote.
"Our country's not in that good a shape right now," Bokhari said. "We are going to be growing up in this bad economy. Voting gives us the chance to elect people who will help fix up the state, and the country."
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz today reminded Connecticut voters that absentee ballots are now available for any Connecticut voters who will be out of town or otherwise unavailable to go to their polling place and cast a ballot in statewide primaries on August 10, 2010. At the same time, Secretary Bysiewicz is also urging unaffiliated voters across the state to enroll with the Democratic or Republican Parties by August 9th at 12:00 p.m. so they can vote in the primaries, since only registered Republicans or Democrats can cast a ballot on Tuesday August 10th.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
MIDDLETOWN, CT – Science classes at Middlesex Community College could become significantly more current this fall, thanks to new compound light microscopes that will be purchased with a $20,886 grant awarded to the Middlesex Community College Foundation by the Dorr Foundation.
The grant will enable MxCC to acquire 15 new microscopes and a camera to serve 75 students in Biotechnology and allied health programs.
The new compound light microscopes employ state-of-the-art equipment, similar to that which students may encounter in research and clinical environments. Development of an undergraduate research program is also underway and will be greatly enhanced through the acquisition of these new microscopes.
In addition to the microscopes for student use, the grant is funding the purchase of a microscope with digital technology that can send images to a computer. Student-created work will be able to be integrated into ePorfolio so Biotechnology students can show potential employers a body of their work. The new digital microscopes will enhance these classes by integrating laboratory experiments into the lecture material.
The microscopes will serve about 60 microbiology students and 15 molecular genetics students per year. Marci J. Swede, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and coordinator of the Biotechnology and Forensic Science programs at MxCC, worked with the staff of the MxCC Foundation and the college’s advancement office to develop the grant project.
“Student success is our number one priority,” said college Interim President Dr. Jonathan M. Daube. “Having state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to use, thanks to the Dorr Foundation grant, enhances the education our students receive at MxCC and contributes to their academic success. “
“Ongoing state budget restraints prevented this purchase using college budget resources. We are so appreciative of the Dorr Foundation and their generous support that makes acquisition of these wonderful classroom resources possible,” Dr. Daube said.
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MIDDLETOWN, CT – On July 6, 2010, Dr. Jonathan M. Daube became the interim president of Middlesex Community College (MxCC). The Board of Trustees of Community-Technical Colleges appointed Dr. Daube to the post earlier this year, replacing President Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, who is now president of Capital Community College.
Dr. Daube brings several decades of commitment and leadership in education, beginning as an English teacher and school superintendent, as a graduate school director and a community college president in Western Massachusetts. Dr. Daube joins MxCC after a distinguished career over twenty years as president of Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT.
His other leadership roles include, a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and a four-year term as chair of Connecticut’s recently formed Adult Literacy Leadership Board, appointed by Governor Rell.
He was born and educated in Great Britain and came to the United States in 1963. Dr. Daube earned an academic diploma and post-graduate certificate from the University of London, a master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen, and holds a doctorate from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He has been married to Linda Daube for almost forty-six years, and they have three children and three grandchildren.
He said in a statement that he was pleased to have flunked retirement and quoted, “I think Middlesex Community College is a gem and I hope to be helpful as they move forward serving eighteen towns and providing access to high quality higher education.”
Dr. Daube will continue as interim president until the position is filled, which is expected in the spring of 2011.
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