The superintendent's proposed $187. 6 million spending plan for 2011-2012 has no surprises. It maintains services without adding new programs, school board members said. The plan serves the needs of the city's 10,100 students and the board doesn't expect to make major reductions until the city makes its allocation. But Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Friday he was sure there would not be money for the $4.7 million or 4.1 percent increase over current spending.
Needless to say that last year's budget allocation from the city council resulted in hardships at the schools, which are reflected in the number of teachers and parents expressing their concerns towards the board of education about the state of school system over the past year.
One board member sums up the attempt to decrease school's budget proposal...
"If we have to cut more, we'll have to cut into the classroom," she said, "and I don't know how the teachers will be able to do what they have to do."
I have the feeling that this year's wrangling over the education budget is going to make last year's battle look like child's play.
I can not stress how important it is for residents to take the time and clean around fire hydrants when cleaning snow from their driveways. It shouldn't take public humiliation or photographers snapping pictures of problems in the city for people to do the right thing.
First off, if a hydrant becomes buried in snow, firefighters will have a difficult time locating the buried hydrant during a fire when every second counts.
Second, if you don't clean around a hydrant right after a snow storm, as tie goes on the snow around the hydrant will harden and make clearing all the more difficult for firefighters.
Third, if you live near a hydrant, you're only hurting yourself and your neighbors when firefighters waste time clearing around a hydrant during a fire.
In short, you're PLACING LIVES AT RISK when you don't properly clean around a fire hydrant...which is exactly what happened yesterday in at a condominium complex fire in Branford.
Again, you shouldn't need city officials to tell you to clean the hydrants...common sense should tell you to do the right thing...
"I can't deny the fact that you like me! You like me!"
Monday, January 24, 2011 Time: 8:46 PM
I've never been good at responding to people who compliment my work here at the site. I don't know, I just feel strange when someone I don't know say "hey, I love your stuff on that blog" or something like that.
With that being said, I really love it when fellow reporters give me props for my work because they, more than anyone else, knows how hard it is to keep a site like this going.
Recently, Danbury's AMAZING art, news and entertainment site "The Mercurial" added your truly in their 325 project, a year-long compilation of 325 "things" that are great about the Greater Danbury area.
Al Robinson, a.k.a. the Hat City Blogger, has been Danbury's tireless watchdog for nearly six years. He's unafraid of making enemies, saying what he thinks or stating the facts. He rides Mayor Boughton like a seasoned cowboy and regularly reams out City Clerk Jean Natale for reported incompetence and racism. Robinson also consistently points out subpar reporting in the mainstream media and has a camera at all the right moments.
He knows how to have fun too – his harsh criticisms are often paired with hilarious quips – and his design work will make you laugh out loud. He also posted video footage of one of the recent snowstorms hour by hour, straight through the wee hours of the morning. Check out his Star Wars-themed ode to the Jets, too.
Some may call him renegade, but the Hat City Blogger is a crucial community voice. Robinson can be found at most city meetings, local events, filming an episode of locally broadcasted "Progressive Soup" or refueling at Nico's with his daughter, video camera in tow.
A REALLY big thanks goes out to The Mercurial's incredible Founder/Publisher/Editor Amanda Bloom. If you haven't already, show Amanda some love by visiting The Mercurial website OFTEN, it's truly a rare gem to have a such a great source of media in Danbury!
For a bonus, can anyone break down the degrees of separation between the now defunct Hat City Press and The Mercurial? For those in the know, the answer is a no-brainier.
04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school
06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"
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.