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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 7:55 AM

...and never forget

Mayoral debate announced

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Time: 3:23 PM

After a ten year hiatus, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce announced that they will host a mayoral forum.

Chamber of Commerce Facebook page:

Danbury Mayoral candidates Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro go head-to-head on the issues impacting Danbury and its citizens. Join us to hear firsthand where they stand so you'll be informed when it comes time to cast your vote.

Twelve years ago Dennis Elpern sounded the alarm...did anyone listen?

Time: 9:58 AM

This December will mark four years since the passing of Danbury City Planning Director Dennis Elpern.

When it came to matters involving development in the city, Elpern was the first person at City Hall I would contact...Dennis was a good friend whom I still miss dearly.

Twelve years ago this month, the city's planning department conducted a comprehensive community attitude survey that gauged the resident's thoughts on a variety of issues of concern, with the most critical being the need for smart development. Elpern presented the findings of the survey to the Planning Commission and gave a dire warning about the future of development in the city...and twelve years later, his dire warning still resonates today.

“To know your future you must know your past”

Monday, September 09, 2019
Time: 12:18 PM

As I start my reporting on the municipal elections in my neck of the woods, this week, I do is my time reviewing topics of concerns in Danbury over the last fifteen years.

One of the TOP concerns I’ve heard from residents since I first started blogging in Danbury centers on downtown revitalization. Ten years ago, I conducted an interview then CityCenter Danbury chairperson Andrea Gartner and talked to her about the efforts being made by the city at the time to bring people back to the downtown area.

Take a look and decide for yourself whether things in the downtown area have improved since the recording of this interview.

(Note: Gartner is now a member of the Zoning Commission and the chairperson of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee).

What's on your mind?

Saturday, September 07, 2019
Time: 12:44 PM

As we enter the home stretch of the municipal campaign season, I'm in the process of scheduling interviews with Democratic and Republican candidates...but first, I want to hear from you!

When it comes to Danbury, what are your concerns? Pass your questions along and I'll make sure that the appropriate candidates will address your concerns.

Feel free to pass your concerns along to me at hatcityblog@yahoo.com, on Twitter at @hatcityblog, or on the HatCityBLOG page on Facebook...I look forward to hearing from you!

The Danbury election lineup

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 7:51 PM

Here's a side by side breakdown of the 2019 municipal election lineup. The order of the candidates will be determined by the Registrar of Voters at a later date.

NOTE: The Danbury Democratic Town Committee did not run a full slate of candidates for Board of Education (three out of six) and Zoning Alternate (two out of three), therefore, technically as in the case in 2017, the DDTC is incorrect in stating that they presented a full slate to the voters.

One on one with Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker

Time: 7:26 PM

As someone who at one time reported on Bethel matters extensively, I've had the pleasure of following the career of Matthew Knickerbocker as First Selectman since his 2009 victory over incumbent Bob Burke.

A lot has changed in Bethel in the last ten years and at the Bethel Democrats Democratic Town Committee picnic, I had an opportunity to ask Knickerbocker about the differences in the town throughout his time as the town’s top elected official.

Uncle Sam returns to Danbury

Sunday, July 28, 2019
Time: 11:04 AM

Last Thursday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the return of the Danbury Fair's Uncle Sam to the city.

Here are highlights from the ceremony...I highly recommend that you view the video footage of the entire ceremony which includes remarks on the history of the Danbury Fair by the event's former Vice President Jack Stetson.


WLAD: Ribbon cutting ceremony held for Uncle Sam statue in Danbury.

NEWSTIMES: Danbury’s Uncle Sam stands tall again.

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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.



Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint

Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park

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VIDEO: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe

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