“I was disheartened to hear about the preliminary DEEP recommendation for this solid waste facility that would affect the quality of life for so many residents. Among the many issues is the overwhelming traffic necessary to process 800 tons of waste per day. Since day one I have been against locating it in such close proximity to a residential neighborhood. I will continue to do so and will closely monitor all related decisions.”
"While I am disappointed with DEEP's decision, I intend to continue the fight, along with Rep. David Arconti and the City of Danbury, against this ill-conceived and onerous proposal which is bad not only for the local neighborhood but the City as a whole."
Why demolish the playground at Rogers Park in August?
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 Time: 7:12 PM
To say that the demolishment of the playground at Rogers Park is boneheaded would be an understatement.
The playground at Rogers Park has a very popular destination for youths (my kids play there several times a week) this summer so I was shocked is dismayed to see the playground be dismantled earlier today.
Although the city will probably install an upgraded playground, the question that I have, as well as many members of the public who are scratching their heads over this bizarre move, is why did the city have to demolish the playground NOW as opposed to the end of the summer when kids return to school. What are kids suppose to do in the meantime while the playground is being upgraded?
I've ALWAYS been a HUGE supporter of the local music scene in Danbury and during those rare moments when I have a free night to myself, I make sure to stop downtown and listen to the latest talent in the area.
During my recent visit to Billy Bean's Cafe and Pub, I caught up with group Lys Gulliorn and Her Band as they played their song "Ghost Child."
You can hear great acts at Billy Bean's on Tuesday and Saturday nights...stop by and show your support for local music.
Advocates for the rights of immigrants will never forget June 12 2005!
It was on that beautiful Sunday afternoon, over 1,000 residents stood in solidarity with Danbury's immigrant population and stood against the anti-immigrant/racist policies of Mark Boughton, his chief of staff (and architect of many of the city's anti-immigrant policies) Mike McLachlan, and their extremists admirers within the city's nativist movement.
Here's a small sample of the how the march was reported in the press.
Angered and energized by Mayor Mark Boughton's call for tougher enforcement of immigration laws, a new immigrant rights group announced Wednesday it would sponsor a march here on June 12.
The very existence of the group is one of the many unexpected developments since Boughton asked Attorney General Richard Blumenthal April 15 to seek federal approval to have state police enforce immigration laws.
The creation of the Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants marks the first foray into political activism for the growing local immigrant community. It is also the first time immigrants from many countries -- including Brazil, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Columbia and Argentina -- have worked together closely.
Leaders of the group said Boughton's proposal has aggravated fear among immigrants.
``It was not something that was here before,'' said Wilson Hernandez, coordinator of the group and a former president of the local Ecuadorian Civic Center.
Boughton's proposal drew national attention to Danbury, a city struggling to deal with a dramatic increase in immigrants in recent years. City officials say there could be 10,000 to 20,000 immigrants here, although immigrant leaders say the number is lower.
Coalition leaders said they need to respond to increasing anti-immigrant sentiments and show they are an important part of Danbury.
``We want all Danbury residents to know immigrants are not a threat,'' Hernandez said. ``The threat is intolerance.''
Shortly after the coalition held a press conference at her church Wednesday, Pastor Juana Jourdain Villavicencio of the Hispanic United Church of Christ said the unity within the diverse immigrant community would not have been possible if not for Boughton's proposal.
At 2:36 p.m., the silent march on Main Street was anything but silent.
It happened as the crowd of 1,200 marchers went past Elmwood Park, just south of the police station on Main Street.
About 30 people, mostly Latinos, were in the park watching the procession pass. Suddenly, the marchers broke into a chant.
"Latinos! Unidos! Jamas seran unidos!"
It means "Latinos united will never be defeated."
The marchers flailed their arms wildly, urging the people in the park to join.
A man with a smiling toddler on his shoulders joined in. A few laborers got off a bench and joined in. They were smiling as well.
Anderson Andbade, 25, and Vanilde Cavacante, 28, joined in - and they were only in town for a day to visit friends.
"It just makes me feel good to see this," said Andbade, from Port Chester, N.Y., by way of Brazil.
Cavacante, meanwhile, recorded the whole thing on a digital video camera. She's going to send it back to her mom in Brazil.
So it went Sunday during the first "Danbury Unity March," an event organized by the Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants.
While some expected it to be a protest march, the event felt more like immigrant pride day. The crowd was large - at one point, it stretched from the Boughton Street intersection up Main Street for as far as the eye could see.
Flags from other nations were everywhere. Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia were just a few of the countries represented.
Labor unions, local church groups and a large contingent of marchers from Hartford participated as well.
Some people rode bikes and plenty of young families brought their babies in strollers.
Everyone, it seemed had a camera.
A man videotaped the event from the roof at Pao Gostoso, a Brazilian bakery. A young Latina wearing a Dunkin' Donuts uniform snapped photos and waved from the balcony of her apartment above the old Palace Theater.
Organizers sold "Danbury Unity March" T-shirts for five bucks a pop. They sold hundreds of shirt at Kennedy Park. Men changed into the shirts immediately after buying them.
A boisterous group of young Puerto Rican men and women cheered loudly at the entrance of Rogers Park each time a flag representing a country from Central or South America passed by.
Kathiria Alba and Beberlee Maldonado, of Danbury, were part of the cheering crowd.
"This is the first time in history Danbury has had something like this," Maldonado said. "We didn't know the Latin culture was so big here."
Joseph Lopes, a 78-year-old World War II veteran from Bethel, stood at the entrance of Rogers Park applauding the marchers.
"I like to see the youth united and working together intelligently. This is very American," Lopes said.
Exavier Avaca, who came to Danbury from Ecuador three years ago, said the day was important protect the rights of everyone.
"We want to protect our opportunity to work in this country," he said.
Johanny Peimentel was born in the Dominican Republic, but has lived in the United States most of her life, believes it was important to for the community to speak on the matter.
"This is a free country and it is the first place that was started as an immigrant country," Peimentel said. "Illegal aliens, all they want to do when they get here is work. They're not coming to kill anyone or steal anything. They just want to work."
I first arrived at the rally on Kennedy Street around 1:00 and to my disappointment, there were under 100 people at the site but by the start of the march, the number of people grew to about 500 and took up all of Kennedy Street. While the people marched down Main Street and people saw that their was nothing to fear, what was once a modest crowd of 500 quickly doubled in size (news reports have the crowd estimated at 1,200) and took up a good portion of Main Street (if anyone knows Danbury, the size of the march at it's largest stretched from the corner of Main and White to the library on West Street.
Overall, the march made it's case but except for a couple of politicians, most Democrats were noticeably absent from the event which does not surprise anyone who lives in the Danbury area. Most Democrats have been silent on the issue of immigration and few have criticized the mayor in public. One would think that more democrats would stand up an go after the mayor and his policies and until liberals take a stance against the conservative mindset in Danbury, they will continue to lose elections.
Finally, for your viewing pleasure, here's video of the rally in full.
IMPORTANT public hearing for development proposal on Newotwn Road TONIGHT
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 Time: 10:43 AM
Tonight, the Danbury Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing regarding a significant development proposal at the locaiton of the old Action Motors adjacent to Stop and Shop and the Holiday Inn on Newotwn Road. Critics of the proposal are concerened with the impact this proposals will have on an already clogged Newtown Road, which is well-known as a overflow road when I-84 is congested.
The Danbury Planning Commission is holding a public hearing tonight on a proposed development on Newtown Road. The Planning Commission is meeting to discuss special exceptions. Those are for a medical facility, a drive-thru and the anticipated trip generation from the three buildings planned for the former car dealership site next to Stop & Shop.
SG Newtown Road Partners LLC has proposed the plans to spread to what is currently part of the Holiday Inn property as well. One 7,500 square foot building is proposed to be a Texas Roadhouse restaurant. The closest Texas Roadhouse restaurants are in Waterbury, West Haven & New Rochelle.
A 3,100 square feet Hardee's with a drive thru is also proposed. Hardee's has several locations, none in Connecticut, but in the PA, DE, DC area.
A 12,000 square foot multi office building with retail, medical, a salon and restaurant is also proposed. The multi-use building is proposed to have an auto store, Aspen Dental, and a Jersey Mikes sub shop, which are already in Brookfield and Ridgefield.
Tonight's public hearing will start at 7:30 at the city council chambers at City Hall.
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.
All the information regarding the first degree sexual assault case against the 2007 Danbury mayoral candidate and former VP of Elise Marciano's the United States Citizens for Immigration and Law Enforcement hate-group is here!