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Time: 3:52 PM
In fact he/she can't seem to get any of the videos to work.
This made me realize that I haven't done my friendly reminder to everyone to make sure you update your flash software. In order to see video content correctly on this (or any) site, you need to make sure your computer is running the latest version of Adobe Flash.
Click here to go to Adobe's homepage, click on the "Get Adobe Flash Player" button to update your system and everything should be fine.
HatCityBLOG "semi" EXCLUSIVE: Common Council Ad-hoc Committee, 2010 CT Film Festival
Time: 3:42 PM
NOTE 1: I missed the first five minutes of the meeting where it was discussed that the person who was to provide the council with the figures from the '09 festival was unable to attend the meeting. For that reason, this committee will meet again when the individual is available to present the numbers.
NOTE 2: This is a "semi" exclusive because John Neumeiller "from Danbury Live" was on-hand to videotape the meeting also...I just beat him to the punch in showing the meeting to the public :-)
NOTE 3: I'm designing a special section of HatCityBLOG that will be dedicated to everything surrounding the CT Film Festival. This includes video footage of EVERY meeting that centered on the funding of the film festival as well as the release of my footage of this year's festival (including the complete audio of the New Media Frontiers panel which I and Fairfield County Weekly reporter Dave Bonan participated on.
Okay, enough typing...here's the video.
LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Forum 09.16.09 broadcast
Time: 1:34 PM
HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: Common Council Ad hoc committee: 5 Lakeside Road
Time: 2:44 PM
Goncalves accepts mayoral debate dates
Time: 2:18 PM
Unlike the case in congressional races or state races, where you're likely to see candidates do a series of debates, when it comes to municipal races, besides the one debate held by the Danbury chamber of commerce, the community gets the short end of the stick.
...which is why this announcement from Democratic mayoral candidate Gary Goncalves is refreshing.
Democratic Mayoral candidate, Gary M. Goncalves, announced today that he has accepted offered dates extended by the League of Women Voters for a Danbury Mayoral Debate.
“I have accepted the debate dates of October 20th and October 22nd and expect the incumbent to do the same,” Goncalves said. He added, “Danbury voters deserve to hear from the candidates regarding the issues that affect our daily lives and those of our children. I challenge Mr. Boughton to agree to more debates so the important matters of our city can be thoroughly discussed and, as a result, our positions better known. Danbury and her citizens truly deserve nothing less”.
Mr. Goncalves already has agreed to participate in a Mayoral Forum to be hosted by the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce on October 14th.
“Debates assist voters in making well informed decisions come Election Day (November 3rd). These are decisions that determine the leadership that will govern our city and its future for at least the next two years,” Goncalves concluded.
Mayoral debates serve the public as it gives an opportunity for the public to compare and contrast to two candidates. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen if Boughton accepts the offer from the League of Women Voters...given his track record with debates in the past, lets just say that the chances in residents seeing the two candidates debate the issues in public (as opposed to a chamber of commerce luncheon) isn't all that great.
LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup (The 287g/ICE ACCESS edition)
Time: 12:57 PM
LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Bethel Watch 09.14.09 broadcast
Time: 10:37 AM
HatCityBLOG (the TV show) premieres TONIGHT!!!!!!!
Time: 2:36 PM
The LONG awaited HatCityBLOG (the TV show) launches TONIGHT!
If you like the blog, you're going to LOVE the TV show (trust me).
UPDATE: Here's the first episode. Some of the questions I asked are a bit dated seeing that I conducted the interviews in late August and I pushed back the premiere of the show by three weeks...
Eileen Coladarci: Democratic candidate for City Clerk
Gary Goncalves: Democratic mayoral candidate
Dan Malloy: Mayor, City of Stamford
A look back at the Bethel Republican primary
Time: 2:04 PM
As you know, yesterday I made the long and difficult trek from Danbury to Bethel to cover that town's Republican primary. As you know, by the end of the night, Republicans in Bethel made Larry Craybas and Paul Szatowski their choice for the top of the ticket over current First Selectman Robert Burke and Bill Slifkin.
From yesterday, here's how the official vote count unfolded.
After the total vote count was announced, I turned my attention from reporting on the results to conducting interviews...
First. I talked to First Selectman Robert Burke and Bill Slifkin about their plans for the general election. I also gave primary winners Larry Craybas and Paul Szatowski a chance to give their thoughts regarding their victory.
Since Bethel is facing a three-way race, I questioned Republican Town Committee chairman Paul Improta about the danger of having a split vote among members of his party in the general election.
At the end of the night, I worked out arrangements with the Democrats and was able to interview Democratic First Selectman candidate Matt Knickerbocker and get his thoughts on the upcoming general election.
At the end of the day, although the Republicans in Bethel had their say, we now have a situation where three candidates will make their plea to the general public. If the events leading up to the primary are any indication of things to come, lets just say that the campaign season in Bethel should be interesting (to say the least).
PRINT: News-Times primary article:
LIVE BLOG: Bethel Republican primary
Time: 6:51 PM
THIS IS A LIVE BLOG: This post will be updated throughout the night.
Today, registered Republicans in Bethel are going to the polls and casting their ballots for their choice for First Selectman and Selectman.
Now, to say the primary campaign between the team of First Selectman Robert Burke and Selectman challenger Bill Slifkin versus Republican Town Committee endorsed First Selectman candidate Larry Craybas and Selectman Paul Szatkowski has been rough is an understatement.
Between the anonymous postings on the News-Times site, accusations between the two camps, and dueling appearances on local access television, Bethel Republicans are taking the term "eating their own" to new levels.
Add on the recent legal troubles for the First Selectman and you have in place one the most interesting election in Bethel in recent memory.
Will Burke or Craybas win the primary? We'll soon find out in a couple of hours. I'll be on hand in Bethel and will bring the results as soon as they're available.
10:00: Sorry for the delay. Just finished interviewing Matt Knickerbocker. I'll be posting my images from the primary in a few minutes.
8:45 based on unofficial numbers Craybas' team has beaten Burke's camp. Waiting on the official numbers.
8:30 results are coming in now.
7:30 PM: As we wait for the results, I'll post my observations on what I saw at the various polling places. Till then, here's video footage of the last television appearances of Burke and Craybas.
Time: 10:40 AM
Adrian Rodas (a.k.a Troop) was loved by SO many people in Danbury. He was a kind hearted person who got along with just about everybody in the city.
Everyone knew Troop...which is why his unexpected passing is so hard on everyone. I usually don't write personal stuff on this site but I'm still in a state of shock over the whole thing, and seeing that Troop had SO many friends, I'm sure several readers of this blog knew him and are feeling the same way.
The News-Times did a write-up on Troop which you can read by clicking here.
RIP my man, you will be missed.
UPDATE: The Rodas family have set up a website in honor of Adrian.
Are you kidding me?
Time: 11:20 PM
Ad-Hoc Meeting - 5 Lakeside Road
Start Time 2:30 PM
Third Floor Caucus Room
Extra Details for entire event
Who: Common Council Ad Hoc Committee
Purpose: 5 Lakeside Road
When: 2:30 PM, Tuesday - September 15, 2009
Where: Caucus Room, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue
Fred Visconti, Chair
Oh, I gotta make this meeting...
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