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Today is a sad day for journalism in Danbury

Friday, June 27, 2014
Time: 6:05 PM

Today is a very sad day for journalism in Danbury...and local reporting will NEVER be the same.

Last night, while covering the budget fiasco in Bethel, I learned that three well-respected veteran journalists, Eileen Fitzgerald, John Pirro, and Bob Miller, are leaving the Danbury News-Times at the end of the week.

Words can not express how sadden I am to hear that three remarkable and irreplaceable writers will be no longer working for a newspaper which is more known for their ever-shrinking coverage of local news in Greater Danbury.

When it came to educational matters or coverage of events in Bethel, to say that Fitergerald was the go to beat reporter would be an understatement. After the local newspaper, the Bethel Beacon, folded, Fitzgerald became the only source of coverage of the town's happenings...and given the lack of proper coverage on the happenings in Bethel, her departure will be a great loss. In terms of educational matters, Fitzgerald provided readers with an inside view of the workings within the Danbury Board of Education. Although I was at times critical of her coverage, Fitzgerald's reporting provided parents a much needed view into what was right and wrong with educational matters in Danbury.

When it comes to court reporting, no one did it better than John Pirro...no one.

From the rape case against anti-immigrant hate group co-founder John McGowan, the child sex abuse case against Tony Grant, to the manslaughter case against landlord Joe DaSilva, Pirro covered it all and did it with a level of professionalism that is lacking in newsrooms of today. Pirro and I worked along side each other on a countless court cases and I can't see any scenario where the News-Times can replace him with someone with the same level of journalistic integrity and passion.

Robert Miller...his amazing writings speak for itself. There's not enough compliments I can heap upon him for what he has done in terms of supporting great causes in the area such as the AIDS project. His presence in Danbury will be missed by many who are grateful that he bought attention to their causes.

These journalist come from the old school of reporting, which is definitely missed in our current opinionated world of journalism. In the end, the residents of Danbury lost three of their finest reporters and the News-Times will never be the same again.

Controversy at Kennedy Park?

Time: 1:53 PM

Seems like our dishonest part-time mayor has some explaining to do regarding the renovations done to Kennedy Park...stay tuned (and prepare to be outraged)!

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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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