The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) is pleased to announce our special guest speaker Jen Siskind who will educate us on the issue of fracking waste and how to support the passage of town ordinances to effectively ban fracking waste in all of its forms. Over 35 municipalities in the state are now protected, and many more waste bans are on the way! Read more here about Food and Water efforts in CT.
Each year, billions of gallons of liquid wastes and hundreds of thousands of tons of solid wastes are generated from extraction procedures in New York and Pennsylvania. These wastes are then processed and shipped to other states without proper labeling and distributed for a variety of uses including de-icing of roads and in construction fill products. The composition of these chemical mixtures are often withheld as trade secrets making it difficult to know what dangers they might pose to the environment and to public health.
Bring a friend! The Westbrook Library is located at 61 Goodspeed Drive on the left, before you reach the Daisy Ingraham Elementary School. You can park in the back of the library, and enter directly into the Community Room.
The 2018 12th Democratic State Central Committee District Convention will convene on April 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Memorial Town Hall located at 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443. The Temporary Chair, Martha Carlson, will preside for the following purposes:
1. To elect a State Central Committeewoman from the 12th Senatorial District.
2. To elect a State Central Committeeman from the 12th Senatorial District.
3. To elect one representative to each of the following Convention Committees:
- Rules and Resolutions
- Permanent Organization
4. To select an Honorary Vice President and an Honorary Secretary for the State
Convention to be held on May 18-19, 2018 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT.
Delegates from Madison:
- Mark Aron
- Jim Ball
- Susan Glantz
- Pamela Greene
- Paul Kessinger
- Seth Klaskin
- Peggy Lyons
- Scott Murphy
- Emily Rosenthal
- Katie Stein
- Joan Walker
The Madison Board of Finance will hold its second budget hearing on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Polson Middle School Auditorium. This is the last opportunity to speak up publicly before the referendum in May.
One hot-button issue is a $300,000 cut to the Scranton Memorial Library’s budget. This is a 24% reduction to the Scranton Library operating budget, a cut that the Library claims it cannot sustain without firing almost half of their current staff and severely curtailing services and hours. The library is the only town funded organization to receive a drastic cut this year. If you care about our public library, please come and speak out in their support. Ask the Board of Finance to restore at least $200,000 to the Library budget to preserve staff, hours, and services.
Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI) will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 am. Special guest speakers will be State Attorney General George Jepsen who will not be running for re-election this year, and two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for that office in November: State Representative William Tong and Assistant Attorney General Clare Kindall.
Please note that the venue this month will be the First Congregational Church in Madison (not Guilford).
Daniel Hand High School will be hosting a town hall event with U.S. Congressional Representative Joe Courtney on Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00 PM in the DHHS Dining and Assembly Hall, 286 Green Hill Road in Madison, CT. This is a student-led event being supported by the Madison Public Schools and Superintendent Thomas Scarice. Here is his statement about the DHHS students and their commitment to civic engagement:
“Last month I had the distinct opportunity to work with our secondary students in supporting a remarkable student-driven event on March 14 in an effort to amplify their voices in demanding an end to the unspeakable episodes of school violence across the nation. As I stated last month, I could not be more proud of our student body. As they planned their events, I made a commitment to our students. I committed to continue to find ways to get their voices heard beyond the borders of our campus. I am proud to inform the school community that, due to this commitment, Daniel Hand High School will be hosting a town hall event with U.S. Congressional Representative Joseph Courtney on Wednesday May 2 at 5:00 PM in the DHHS Dining and Assembly Hall. Congressman Courtney is most interested in hearing the voices of our students, and our students are most interested in being heard!! In addition, we have invited area high schools to join us so that the collective voices of this generation are heard.
In my humble opinion, too many adults are underestimating this generation. They are passionate about making a real difference, socially aware of the challenges of the world they will be entering as young adults, and they have potent access to messaging like no generation that preceded them through social media, and the ubiquity of access points through the web.
This is a community event and community members are free to join us, however, I want to emphasize that our primary participants are our students. If you look closely enough, you’ll see they are leading the way.”
Superintendent of Schools
Madison Public Schools
Madison residents will be gathering in front of the Memorial Town Hall at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3rd for a time of corporate prayer for our town, schools, state, families, and nation. This event is being held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer established in 1952 to be observed on the first Thursday in the month of May. All are welcome to attend!
The Madison Democratic Town Committee has moved its regular meeting to Monday, May 7 to avoid conflicting with the U.S. House of Representatives nominating convention for Joe Courtney on May 14.
A main focus of this meeting will be the endorsement of candidates for the Constitutional Offices at the State Convention, particularly the offices of Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer.
We will convene at 7:00 pm in the Hammonasset Room at Madison Town Campus. All are welcome!
The 2108 Democratic 2nd Congressional District Convention will convene on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Windham High School, 355 High Street, Willimantic, CT 06226. The Temporary Chair, Tom DeVivo, will preside for the following purposes:
1. To endorse the Democratic Candidate for election of the 2nd Congressional District.
2. To transact such other business as may be proper to come before the Convention.
Delegates from the town of Madison:
- Andrea Aron
- Mark Aron
- Jim Ball
- Jason Brown
- Anne Foley
- Al Goldberg
- Pamela Greene
- Jude Hession
- Peggy Lyons
- Katie Stein
- Joan Walker
The Budget Referendum for this year’s School and Town Budgets will be held on Tuesday, May 15th. Voting is critical as typically turn out is low. Polls open at 6:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.
District 1: Madison Senior Center
29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443
District 2: Dr. Robert H. Brown Middle School
980 Durham Road, Madison, CT 06443
On Wednesday, May 16th the towns of Madison and Durham will be meeting at a convention to nominate John-Michael Parker as the Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 101st District. We encourage everyone to join us for a campaign kick-off celebration/discussion after the official nomination! All MDTC members are encouraged to join us at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Town Hall in Madison on May 16th! (Reminder that Official Delegates need to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for check-in).