LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Danbury Live 07.02.11 broadcast (Dog Park Ad-Hoc second meeting)

Friday, July 08, 2011
Time: 2:23 PM

Dog Park Ad-Hoc committee (second meeting):

Dropping the ball

Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Time: 10:49 PM

Look, I hear ya people, the local media is seriously dropping the ball on important manners in Danbury. I promise I'll do all I can in terms of covering current topics and pitching stories of interest to the press...I can only do so much.

Again, my deepest apologies to my readers...and you're right, it's a disgrace what's being under-reported and I'll do everything in my power to fill in the gaps.

...my bad.

City Center Farmers' Market opens Friday

Time: 6:45 PM

Being that I'm a HUGE fan of organic food, this is great news...

City Center Press Release:

The Greater Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative (DFMCC) today announced receipt of a $10,000 donor-advised grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Granted now for the second consecutive year in a row, these philanthropic funds from the Community Foundation, these philanthropic funds from the Community Foundation will support the return of DFMCC’s major initiative to promote health and nutrition while expanding opportunities for families with limited resources to obtain local fresh foods; increasing their purchase power for health. Once again, because of the Community Foundation’s support, the value of government food benefits will be doubled and SNAP/EBT food stamps will be accepted. A new program, the fruit and veggie voucher program will enable those with limited income but not receiving benefits, to obtain extra market dollars from some of the collaborative partners. In addition, debit cards will now be accepted. This year, to greatly enhance accessibility to the market, HARTransit is providing program participants free bus passes for their return trips.

Friday, July 8, is opening day for the CityCenter Danbury Farmers’ Market. Everyone is invited to Opening Day Ceremonies, which will begin at 10:45 am and end with Mayor Boughton ringing the opening day bell at 11. The market is open every Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 28 in Kennedy Park at the corner of Main Street and Kennedy Avenue. The downtown market offers a huge selection of very fresh Connecticut Grown fruits and vegetables, shoreline shellfish, baked goods and other specialty food items. This year, an added feature is the presence of Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance (HVCA) artists who will be participating in ‘plein air’ painting while displaying their artwork for purchase during market hours.

The Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative is composed of more than 30 local private, public and non-profit organizations dedicated to expanding utilization of the Danbury Farmers’ Market, encouraging access to fresh foods by all members of the community and enhancing health promotion efforts to prevent chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

Born out of the desire to provide equitable access to fresh fruits and vegetables for all in Danbury, promote health and nutrition, help sustain Connecticut farmers, and increase economic development downtown, the program incents recipients of federal food assistance programs and those identified through community programs, to buy fresh produce. By accepting EBT cards for those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and providing dollar for dollar matches, up to $6 per market, for SNAP and the Farmers’ Market Nutrition programs for WIC and Seniors, the DFMCC will enhance the purchasing power of the community’s most needy and encourage the buying of fresh fruit and vegetables. Complementing this effort will be food education, health cooking demonstrations, health screenings, fitness and wellness activities and a variety of arts and cultural experiences designed to promote an engaged, healthy and active lifestyle.

CityCenter Danbury Executive Director Andrea Gartner, whose organization serves as the farmers’ market manager, stated: “We are excited to be part of this cooperative effort that will encourage economic activity in downtown Danbury while addressing serious health needs in the community. This idea started among three of us looking to really have an impact in the community and it has truly blossomed. It speaks volumes about what we can accomplish when we work together. We are especially grateful for the support of our financial sponsors: Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Housing Authority of the City of Danbury, the Danbury Housing Partnership and the HARTransit - Housatonic Area Regional Transit. ” Gartner noted that CityCenter Danbury will donate the services of a staff member to help manage the program.

The program builds on a successful pilot program introduced by Peggy Zamore in 2009 in response to a large increase in demand for SNAP benefits in the Danbury area and increasing concern about the need to address nutrition related health issues including diabetes and childhood obesity.

Danbury Housing Partnership Chairman Mark J. Nolan applauded the collaborative’s effort: “This innovative initiative will give an economic boost to our downtown while addressing the nutrition and health needs of vulnerable populations in our community as called for in Danbury’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.” Mr. Nolan singled out the Partnership’s Social Services Co-Chair Denise Valeri for her efforts in working on this project. Mr. Nolan also noted the efforts of Partnership Vice-Chair M. Carolyn Sistrunk as well as Board Chairman Domenico Chieffalo of the Housing Authority of the City of Danbury for their support of the program.

An anonymous donor with a fund at the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) is the major financial contributor to the project, with additional funding coming from the Danbury Housing Partnership and the Housing Authority of the City of Danbury. The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $110 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.
“The Farmers’ Market in Danbury has many positive impacts. It brings people to downtown Danbury and provides fresh produce from local farms to area residents, including low-income residents and senior citizens,” said Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs at the Fairfield County Community Foundation. “We are also impressed with the number of local nonprofits working together to make this another successful season. The Foundation is pleased to be a member of the Collaborative and to support this initiative for the second year in a row.”

Donations to Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative can be made through The United Way of Western CT, 85 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Further information on events and activities connected with the Danbury Farmers’ Market will be posted online at www.citycenterdanbury.org. For more information please call the CityCenter Danbury office at 203-792-1711.

Documents verifies Public Works Director's dishonesty regarding temperature problems at police station

Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Time: 1:54 PM

The drumbeat continues…

As we approach the dog days of summer, complaints over the air quality at the new police station continues.

It all started last month when Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola assured members of the city council that no where in the police station has the temperature risen above 73 degrees.
Iadarola (at 1:49 of the video): "I see a couple of emails flying around of some temp readings, let me just tell you…I have a sensor in every room and by computer I can determine what the temp is. There is no temp in any part of that building that was over 73 degrees."

Since Iadarola made this unbelievable statement, the rank and file officers at the police station have been in an uproar over the public works director's remarks since they have long complained about the excessive temperature problems at the new building.

First, sources at the station provided an image of a thermostat at the building that clearly shows the temperature at 80 degrees. Although I could provide more images showing showing the same temp setting, last week, documents provided by the police department via an Freedom of Information request reveal several instances where complaints were made about the high temperature problems at the building…and in almost every instance the documents (which includes shift commander reports) clearly state that the temperature in the building was well over 73 degrees.


Fourth of July memories

Time: 10:45 AM

Fourth of July fireworks finale at Lake Quassy...

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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

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(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

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Order on Motion to Dismiss

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2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe



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