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Show some respect for the grieving

Friday, July 29, 2022
Time: 7:24 AM

There is a father grieving over the loss of his ENTRE family. The last thing he needs is for his neighbors and residents jumping to conclusions about the motives behind the tragedy because of the media is grasping at anything to report on since the city only released a brief statement as opposed to holding a press conference.

As someone who was ON THE SCENE yesterday and was in CONSTANT contact with the police department while awaiting a statement, there is NO evidence that his matter had ANYTHING to do with the tragedy...none.

Out of respect for the grieving family members, the media should do the right thing and inform readers that THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE DAY CARE OPERATION IS CONNECTED TO THE INCIDENT.

Do Better.

Sonic (finally) comes to Danbury

Monday, July 25, 2022
Time: 11:54 AM

Last Thursday, I attended the long-awaited opening of Sonic Drive-In restaurant located across the street from the Western Connecticut State University's midtown campus on White Street.

It's been at least twelve years since rumors first circulated about the fast food operation's desire to open an establishment in Danbury.

In 2012, the city approved a plan to build a Sonic location at the property on Newtown Road that currently occupies The EDGE fitness center. The tenant at the property at the time (XPect Discounts) filed and won a lawsuit blocking the restaurant's construction, arguing that the placement of the franchise on the property would violate their lease agreement.

Fast forward to today, and the White Street property that once housed food establishments such as Wendy's and Arthur's Treacher's, now has Sonic as their new tenant.

Here's my video recap of Sonic's ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as my interview with Mayor Dean Esposito where we discussed what the opening means for the economic development efforts on the city's east side.

Coelho campaign announced threshold reached for public finance grant

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time: 1:06 PM

Today, Republican 24th State Senate district candidate Michelle Coelho announced that her campaign has reached the threshold required to qualify for the state's public campaign finance program.


Citing “Significant Support from Fed Up Taxpayers Who Want New Leadership in Hartford,” Michelle Coelho qualifies for CT Financing Grant

Michelle Coelho, who is running to be the next Connecticut Senator from the 24th District, has qualified for Connecticut’s public campaign financing grant, through the Citizens’ Election Program.

“I want to thank the over 400 individual campaign donors, who helped us reach our goal. Our campaign has momentum, our positive message is resonating with voters, and I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response we have received from people across the district,” Michelle Coelho said.

“The support for my campaign has been from all party affiliations: Republican, Independent, Unaffiliated, and Democrat voters. All who simply are fed up with the direction our state is heading. People of all ages and backgrounds are hurting financially. They want someone representing them in Hartford, who will fight for lower taxes and safer communities, while keeping local control.” Coelho added, “I also support state funding for a public Charter School in Danbury. My number one job is to listen to the residents of our district, something which has been lacking for far too long. As their state senator, that’s exactly what I will do. I will listen to the people of our district and I will bring their voice to our State Capitol.”

In order to qualify for public financing, candidates for state Senate must raise $17,300, with at least 300 (Coelho far surpassed that) contributions from individuals residing in their district. The 24th Senate District includes Danbury, New Fairfield and Ridgefield.

Michelle Coelho has applauded the Republican plan to send more money back to residents through immediate tax relief for struggling families. (The plan and its petition can be viewed at AffordableConnecticut.com) “As your state Senator, I will vote ‘yes’ on immediately cutting the income tax, sales tax, diesel tax, and the highway truck tax. I will vote ‘yes’ to lessen the burden on middle-class households. We need action now, and we need to elect state lawmakers who will fight to protect people’s wallets. I am asking the voters from all political parties for support - and their vote - on November 8th.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. It has energized me to campaign tirelessly from now, until Election Day.”

Coelho is running against two-term State Senate Julie Kushner who qualififed for public financing in February .

Watch (and listen) to a unique view of "The Greek Experience"

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Time: 8:41 AM

After a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic, the big tent returns to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church for my favorite event in Danbury: "The Greek Experience."

The weekend-long event that showcases the best in Greek food, culture, and arts and crafts, is best known for its music and folk dancing performances. With my new binaural/3D sound microphones, I can finally capture the sights and sounds of the experience like never before.

Basically, unlike regular mono microphones, binaural audio captures all the audio from a 360-degree perspective. The result is a video with sound that's captured from every angle as it happened.

Here's a video clip of one of the many folk dance performances at the event captured in binaural/3D audio (you'll need to wear headphones to hear and fully appreciate the sound in binaural format).

NOTE: You can watch the 15 minite entire performance by clicking here.

Voters approve bond referendum education package

Wednesday, June 08, 2022
Time: 7:55 AM

Yesterday, by a final vote of 2641 to 433, residents gave their seal of approval to spend 208 million dollars to construct the proposed Danbury Career Academy School, and a childhood center at Great Plain Elementary School, as well as support numerous school infrastructure improvements throughout the city.

While the final tabulation of turnout was unavailable last night, as of 7 PM, an estimated 6.4 percent of the voting public expressed their opinion on the bond package designed to alleviate long-standing educational concerns in the city.

After the vote, I caught up with Mayor Dean Esposito to get his opinion of the bond referendum passage.

In a future post, I'll evaluate the results of the bond package against past referendums and the results of last year's municipal election to get a clearer picture of the public's willingness to express their opinion on one of the top concerns in the city.

HatCityBLOG LIVESTREAM: Child care tax rebate press conference

Thursday, June 02, 2022
Time: 2:53 PM

Earlier today, I attended Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz's press conference in Danbury where the Lietenant Governor, along with Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, and state and local officials, announced the start of the state's child tax rebate program designed to assist working families who are currently coping with COVID-realted expensses.

Press release from Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz:

(DANBURY, CT) – Today at 10:00am, as part of Governor Lamont’s $600 million tax cut package, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz will join State Representative Sean Scanlon and Danbury officials to announce that beginning today, June 1, 2022, families can apply to receive a state tax rebate of up to $250 as a result of the recently enacted 2022 Connecticut Child Tax Rebate. The rebate provides direct relief to workers, up to three children, doing their best to provide for their families while confronting pandemic-related costs from masks and tests to childcare and internet access.
Here's my recorded livestream of the presser held at the Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc. Early Childhood Education Center.

Danbury Area Republicans pick Coelho for State Senate

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 1:05 PM

Republican delegates from Danbury, Ridgefield, and New Fairfield gather together Monday night at the Maron Hotel to nominate Michelle Coelho as their choice for the 24th State Senate district and pick to remove current incumbent Julie Kushner from the General Assembly.

Here's highlights from the political ceremony...

HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: City Council education funding debate

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Time: 4:28 PM

Last week, I attended the monthly City Council meeting and listened to the debate regarding education funding for the next fiscal year.

There have been a lot of discussions recently regarding what was discussed at last week's meeting so, in order to provide full transparency to readers, I videotaped the proceedings and combined my footage with the audio and video feed that the city provided. The result is footage from the meeting that is easier to follow.

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(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

Second quarter
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
Esposito Jul 10th SEEC filing

Third quarter
Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
Esposito Oct 12th SEEC report

Alves "Jan 6th" attack mailer 10.21.21
Esposito "you can't trust Alves" attack mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 09.30.21
Esposito mailer 09.28.21
Alves mailer 09.27.21
Esposito mailer 09.27.21


Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

Danbury 2007 election results
(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

Danbury 2009 election results
(VID) 2009 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2009 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2009 DDTC nomination convention

Danbury 2011 election results
(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

Danbury 2015 election results

Danbury 2017 election results
(VID) Al Almeida concession speech
(VID) 2017 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) Al Almeida nomination acceptance speech

Danbury 2019 election results
(VID) 2019 NewsTimes Editorial Board interview with Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro
(VID) 2019 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2019 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2019 convention endorsement speeches from Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro

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

trans_button Santos Family Story
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