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Hamden Car Tax Rally at the Capitol April 25

From our neighbor Christina Crowder:

A Promise is a Promise!

Join Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng at a Press Conference and Rally at the State Capitol in Hartford on Weds. April 25, 11:30 am to Demand that Hartford fills the Car Tax Deficit Pothole in our town budget! 

How is it that after a year’s worth of promises that Hamden, Torrington and Bridgeport would be made whole on the car tax loophole, we find out now that our town has been offered less than 40 cents on the dollar? These three Alliance grant towns have already cut personnel and services to the bone after years and decades of under-funding in ECS (Education Cost Sharing) dollars.

Let’s tell the state legislature IN PERSON what the loss of millions of dollars is doing to our town budget! Let’s remind our legislators that we were PROMISED that we would be made WHOLE after passage of the state Car Tax Mil Rate Cap. How are we to find more cuts when our property taxes are three of the top ten in the state and our budgets are already stretched to the breaking point by decades of under-funding?

The loss of this revenue means cuts to schools, cuts to libraries, cuts to public safety, and cuts to necessary infrastructure maintenance. Hamden, Torrington and Bridgeport have three of the top ten Mil rates in the whole state of Connecticut, and now we’re expected to do more with less?

Enough is Enough! Bring a sign, bring your voice, bring your story! A promise is a promise and Hamden needs to get full restoration of the car tax deficit!! We know that most people are at work during weekdays, but if you can spare a long lunch, or know anyone who can join us for the rally, our many voices WILL make a difference. 

Press conference at 11:30am at the Capitol Building with Hamden Mayor Curt Leng and other elected officials. Rally and protest to follow.

Bring a sign, bring your voice, share your story — Hartford needs to fill our Car Tax Pothole!  Please visit the Facebook event page created for this rally for updates!

And feel free to share this message through your networks!

 https://www.facebook.com/events/438921143220448/

 

Christina

2nd Annual Whitneyville Branch Library Fundraiser

Support your local library, the heart of our Whitneyville community, and celebrate Spring at the same time. Join friends and neighbors on Friday, April 27th from 6-8 pm at The Playwright Banquet Room, located at 1232 Whitney Avenue.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and readings by Hamden poet Franz Douskey. Lightheartedly called “Books & Booze” (with alcohol optional of course), net proceeds will be used by the Whitneyville Branch of the Hamden Public Library to support expanded programming and provide additional resources for residents and families in the community. Tickets are $30/person.

See our flyer for details and to mail in your donation.  You can also RSVP online.

Sponsored by the Whitneyville Civic Association.

Upcoming Free Event at the Whitneyville Branch Library

Save the Date!  February 3, 2018

Please mark your calendar for:

Morning in the Stacks:  Children’s Author Deborah Freedman
Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Book reading, family activity, and celebration of National Carrot Cake Day!
At the Whitneyville Branch Library, 125 Carleton Street

We hope you can attend this free family event to celebrate our local authors and local library!

Co-sponsored by the Hamden Public Library and Whitneyville Civic Association

 

Upcoming events at the Whitneyville Branch Library

Please mark your calendar for upcoming neighborhood events at the Whitneyville Branch of the Hamden Public Library.  We hope you can attend these free events to celebrate our local authors and local library!

Evening in the Stacks:  Poetry with Bruce Coffin
Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Poetry reading, light refreshments and nourishing conversations with your neighbors

Morning in the Stacks:  Children’s Author Deborah Freedman
Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Book reading, family activity, and celebration of National Carrot Cake Day

Both events at the Whitneyville Branch Library, 125 Carleton Street, and are co-sponsored by the Hamden Public Library and Whitneyville Civic Association.

 

Mayor’s Night Out

Mayor Curt Balzano Leng will be hosting a “Mayor’s Night Out” event on Monday, October 23rd, from 6pm – 8pm at the Board of Education Headquarters, located at 60 Putnam Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517. The Mayor will be available for dialogue and citizen input on neighborhood as well as Town-wide issues in an informal coffee hour type setting.

The goal of this initiative is to provide greater accessibility to the Mayor throughout the community and foster a direct connection with residents. “Mayor’s Night Out” will continue to be held in various Hamden neighborhoods throughout the coming
months.

For further information, please contact Information & Research Officer, Patrick J. Donnelly at (203) 287-7009 or by email at pdonnelly@hamden.com

Hamden Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters (LWV) to sponsor Hamden Legislative Council Forum and Mayoral Debate

 

ALL Hamden District and At-Large Legislative Council candidates and Mayoral candidates have been invited to participate in the LWV Legislative Council Candidates Forum and Mayoral Debate on Oct. 26th at 7:00PM in the Thornton Wilder Auditorium,  2901 Dixwell Avenue.

Ray Andrewsen, General Manager and Morning Show Host of Quinnipiac University’s community radio station, will moderate the event.

The 1st part of the evening will be devoted to the Legislative Council District and At-large candidates.  Each candidate will be introduced and have 2 minutes to name the district they plan to represent and state the reason they are running.  

The second part of the evening will be devoted to a Mayoral debate between Democratic candidate Curt Balzano Leng and Republican candidate Salman Hamid.

PLEASE ATTEND!   Residents will be encouraged to submit their questions on local town issues at the debate The questions will be asked of the candidates by the moderator.  

Learn about your candidates!  Ask questions! Get Answers!

Free Music Jams in DeNicola Park

The 4th annual free Whitneyville Music Jam series kicks off June 14th with live Bluegrass music in DeNicola Park in Whitneyville,.

The Music Jam series features a different style of music for each of the three dates.

June 14: Bluegrass: Influenced by the music of Appalachia, bluegrass has mixed roots in Irish, Scottish, and English traditional music.

July 12: Klezmer: Soulful Jewish music of Eastern Europe influenced in the 20th century by ragtime, blues, and jazz.

Photo of musicians performing
Klezmer Musicians July 12 at DeNicola Park

 

August 16: Celtic: Traditional music of the Celtic countries – Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (in France), Galicia (in Spain) and later the United States and maritime provinces of Canada.

Sponsored by the Whitneyville Civic Association, the annual Jam series is anchored by local musicians, but these are jam sessions, so if you play, please bring along your instrument. All jams are acoustic.

Bring a chair and a picnic basket: eating dinner is encouraged! Music begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8.

In case of rain, please check Whitneyville.org for weather updates.

DeNicola Park is on Treadwell Ave. in Whitneyville, across the street from the intersection with Lake Street and features a huge playground, basketball and bocce courts, tall shady trees, and a great open space for picnicking, throwing a Frisbee, and playing tag.