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You call this news Dirk?!?

Thursday, December 02, 2010
Time: 9:51 AM

It's articles like this that demonstrates why the Danbury News Times desperately needs more political reporters...or get their priorities straight.

On Tuesday night, News-Times "political" reporter Dirk Perrefort
filed this gem of a fluff piece.
State Sen. Michael McLachlan, a longtime member and past president of the Danbury Kiwanis Club, recently unearthed the organization's original charter.

McLachlan, a Republican elected to his second term in November, said he was cleaning out his attic recently -- at the urging of his wife -- and found the document, which was signed on Oct. 15, 1942.

The state lawmaker said a former president gave him the document more than a decade ago when he served as the club's chief official. It had been in his attic ever since.

On Tuesday the document, which has since been framed, was placed on the wall in the taproom at Chuck's Steak House on Segar Street.

To recap, Mike McLachlan was "cleaning" out his house and found the original charter to the Kiwanis Club...a document that was given to him ten years ago.

Two words: SO WHAT. Four more words: WHO GIVES A CRAP!

As the political writer for the News-Times, this article is a joke...in fact, knowing how things operate in this city, this article probably originated from the do-nothing State Senator giving Perrefort a call and asking for a favor (you know who politicians love to see their name in the paper.

What political news did Perrefort skip on Tuesday in order to cover this EARTH shaking event? Lets take a look at the Danbury Patch...

  • 1. Library ad-hoc committee sham:

    On Tuesday, the city council ad-hoc committee met to discuss the library boxes situation and from the feedback from those in attendance, the whole meeting was a complete joke. I'll have MUCH more on what really transpired at the meeting later.

  • 2. City Council considers raising permit fees:

    On Tuesday, the city council ad-hoc committee meeting was held to consider raising permit fees in order to help fund the building and permit department.
    Danbury's building permit fees may rise within the next few months, but how much they might rise, and who Danbury competes with for commercial or residential development is the question.

    Building Inspector Leo Null presented a proposal to members of the City Council at City Council subcommittee meeting Tuesday, and he had been instructed by Finance Director David St. Hilaire to compare Danbury's permit costs to those of other state cities.


    The committee agreed it needed more information, and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton suggested the city speak to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, and ask that organization to compare building permit fees in Danbury with those of towns and cities.

  • 3. Christmas tree lighting ceremony:

    On Tuesday, CityCenter Danbury held a tree lighting ceremony at the library center.
    Danbury lit its holiday lights Tuesday night before a crowd of 200 people who braved the light rain.

    The crowd saw a holiday dance performance by 5-6-7-8 Dance Arts, performed by Bridget Carroll, Theresa Carroll, Claire DeChaiaro, Mariah Fortunato, LeAnn Golino, Allie McCarthy, Ameila McPartlin and Jennifer McPartlin.

    That was followed by a sing-a-long by the St. James Episcopal Church Choir, and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton counting down to the lights and a visit by Santa.

Now, those were THREE articles (two of which were political) ALL HAPPENED ON TUESDAY! Perrefort ignored the REAL NEWS in the area and covered Senator McLachlan's dog and pony show.

Did I mention that the THREE ARTICLES (and photographs) from the Danbury Patch was done by the ONE PERSON...former News-Times political reporter, and current Danubry Patch editor Mark Langlois.

I guess the term "all the news that's fit to print" doesn't apply to the Perrefort or the News-Times. No wonder reporters are leaving print media and joining the AOL-PAtch bandwagon in droves.

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