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City Charter Revision Commission Public Comment Meeting Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm

At the November 4, 2020, City Charter Revision Commission meeting, Chairman Robert Blanchard suggested the City of Middletown could introduce legislation in Hartford to have the Westfield Fire Department’s charter with the State revised or revoked, thereby allowing the City of Middletown to proceed with consolidating the three separate fire districts into one district under control of the city. The State would have to revoke South Fire District’s charter as well.

This Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7pm, members of the public will be able to address the City Charter Revision Commission. It is critically important that residents weigh in on the proposal to consolidate the three fire districts. The meeting can be attended electronically here: https://www.middletownct.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=244 You will be able to electronically raise your hand and speak at the meeting.

Written comments can be submitted ahead of the meeting to the City Charter Revision Commission at  CharterRevision@MiddletownCT.gov. Be sure to ask specifically that your comments are read into the record during the meeting.

The prior meeting (November 4, 2020) can be streamed from here:
https://www.facebook.com/100377038209078/videos/711851469687694/

Minutes from that meeting, which include the discussion on fire district consolidation, are here:
https://www.middletownct.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_11042020-5583

WRA Quarterly Meeting and 6th Annual Dessert Night

January 27th, we gather at 7pm in the Westfield Fire Department’s Community Room for our Quarterly Meeting and Dessert Night.

Note New Location: Westfield Fire Department, 653 East Street, Middletown

Please bring a dessert to share, we’ll provide the coffee and paper goods. All homemade desserts will be eligible for the dessert contest, with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Here’s the details:

WRA Quarterly Meeting and Dessert Night
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7pm
Westfield Fire Department, 653 East Street
Upstairs in the Community Room

You are more than welcome to be dropped off at the front door if you’d like to avoid as many steps as possible, otherwise parking is in the back or on the side.

As always, all members of the public are welcome to join us, and you may forward the newsletter and meeting invitation to your friends and neighbors.

See you tomorrow night!

Jennifer Mahr
Chair, WRA

WRA Annual Meeting and Meet the Candidates Forum

Annual Meeting – Monday, October 28 at 6:30pm
Keigwin Middle School Auditorium
99 Spruce Street, Middletown CT

Meet the Candidates Forum – 7:30pm
Keigwin Middle School Auditorium
99 Spruce Street, Middletown CT

46 candidates for municipal office have been invited, and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

The candidates are as follows:

Mayor – 2 candidates

Common Council – 16 candidates

Treasurer – 2 candidates

Board of Education – 10 candidates

Board of Assessment Appeals – 4 candidates

Planning and Zoning Commission (including alternates) – 12 candidates

This is not a debate, but rather an opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves and to explain why voters should consider their candidacy. If a candidate does not attend, his or her time will be give back to the block of candidates, or to another block as appropriate.

Recent odd posts

Apparently a security issue has allowed some very odd posts to our Westfield Residents Association website. We are looking into the issue and have already started taking steps necessary to block the unauthorized access in the future. The posts have been removed, but several of our users had the posts emailed to them when they were first created.

Sorry for the odd posts, and thanks to those that brought them to our attention!

Westfield Residents – your input is needed!

There are two upcoming opportunities for Westfield Residents to give input on proposed City projects:

URGENTLY: There will be a hearing tomorrow, February 13, at the Public Works & Facilities Commission meeting (6:30pm at the Middletown Police Department Community Room) on the Newfield Corridor Trail. For more information on the history of this proposal, see here. A strong public showing at this meeting will help make this project a city priority.

On March 13th, the Public Works & Facilities Commission is scheduled to consider a draft of a Bring Your Own Bag ordinance. The following night, March 14, the same ordinance is on the General Counsel Commission agenda. In both meetings, there is opportunity for public comment on this proposal. If both meetings go well, the ordinance will be on the April 1 Common Council agenda for consideration. For additional information as well as links to how to contact Middletown Common Council members, see here.

Newfield Corridor Trail

The Jonah Center for Earth and Art is encouraging all Westfield Residents to support the connection of the Mattabesset Bike Path in Westlake (at Tuttle Road) to Veterans Park. There will be a presentation on this proposed project on Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30pm in either the Community Room at the Middletown Police Station or in Room 208 at City Hall.

More information on the project is available here.

Meeting Alert: Inland Wetlands on 12/5 at 7pm

Wednesday night’s Inland Wetland and Watercourses Agency meeting has an agenda item that affects Westfield. Here are the details if you’re interested in attending the public hearing:

Proposed driveway for ingress and egress for future residential building within the 100 foot upland review area on Country Club Road (near Massa Tom Road). Applicant/agent Little Higby, LLC/Linda Pierce/Dowley & Associates 18-15 (Scheduled as Public Hearing for 12/5/18)

The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall on 12/5 starting at 7pm.

2018 Meet the Candidates Night – Monday, October 22 at 7pm

Please join us for the WRA’s Annual Meeting and Meet the Candidates Night on Monday, October 22 at 7pm. The Annual Meeting will begin at 7pm, followed by light refreshments, and the Meet the Candidates forum will begin at approximately 7:45pm. The evening is not a debate, but rather an opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves and then answer questions posed by the audience. All members of the public are invited to attend, but WRA members will be allowed to ask questions first. The following candidates have been invited, and RSVP status will be updated as it becomes available.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz                  Democratic Party           TBD
Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley                   Republican Party        Markley-NO
Rodney Hanscomb and Jeffrey Thibeault    Libertarian Party           TBD
Oz Griebel and Monte E. Frank                         Griebel-Frank for CT   TBD

United States Senator       (* indicates incumbent)

Christopher S. Murphy*                                     Democratic Party           TBD
Matthew Corey                                                       Republican Party            TBD
Richard Lion                                                            Libertarian Party            YES
Jeff Russell                                                               Green Party                       YES

Representative in Congress District 1        (* indicates incumbent)

John B. Larson*                                                     Democratic Party            TBD
Jennifer T. Nye                                                       Republican Party             TBD
Thomas McCormick                                            Green Party                        TBD

Representative in Congress District 3       (* indicates incumbent)

Rosa L. DeLauro*                                                Democratic Party              NO
Angel Cadena                                                        Republican Party               TBD

State Senator District 9

Matt Lesser                                                           Democratic Party               YES
Ed Charamut                                                        Republican Party                YES

State Senator District 13        (* indicates incumbent)

Len Suzio*                                                            Republican Party                YES
Mary Daugherty Abrams                                Democratic Party               YES

State Representative District 33       (* indicates incumbent)

Joseph E. Serra*                                                 Democratic Party              YES
Linda Szynkowicz                                             Republican Party               YES

State Representative District 100

Quentin W. Phipps                                           Democratic Party               YES
Anthony Gennaro                                             Republican Party               YES

Secretary of the State       (* indicates incumbent)

Denise W. Merrill*                                             Democratic Party             TBD
Susan Chapman                                                  Republican Party              TBD
Heather Lynn Sylvestre Gwynn                   Libertarian Party              TBD
S. Michael DeRosa                                              Green Party                         TBD

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden                                                  Democratic Party               TBD
Thad Gray                                                             Republican Party               TBD
Jesse Brohinsky                                                 Libertarian Party               TBD

Comptroller

Kevin Lembo                                                      Democratic Party               TBD
Kurt Miller                                                          Republican Party                TBD
Paul Passarelli                                                   Libertarian Party                TBD
Edward G. Heflin                                              Green Party                           TBD

Attorney General

William Tong                                                     Democratic Party               NO
Sue Hatfield                                                        Republican Party               NO
Peter D. Goselin                                                Green Party                          YES

Judge of Probate District 15          (* indicates incumbent)

Joseph D. Marino*                                            Democratic Party              YES

Registrar of Voters          (* indicates incumbent)

Elizabeth N. W. Santangelo*                         Democratic Party             NO
David Bauer*                                                        Republican Party             YES

 

 

Upcoming Events in Westfield

September and October are busy months in Westfield! Here’s a summary to keep you informed:

Westfield Community Celebration, September 22 (9am-9pm) and September 23 (11am – 6:30pm) at Third Congregational Church (94 Miner Street, Middletown). This free event has something for the whole family – a Fall Celebration, Arts and Crafts Festival, live music, and a pig roast. The event website is here.

Fire Prevention Week starts October 8th. The Westfield Fire Department will run an open house on Saturday, October 13th.

WRA Annual Meeting and Meet the Candidates Night – Monday, October 22 at 7pm at Third Congregational Church, 94 Miner Street, Middletown

Upcoming Westfield Events and Important Public Safety News

I did not want to wait for the upcoming newsletter to get this information out to you. We’ve had to change the date of the Annual Meeting, there are some events happening in Westfield, and then there is an issue of concern to pass along. Please pass along to your neighbors and friends as you see fit.

Important upcoming events:
1. The WRA Annual Meeting and Meet the Candidates Night will be Monday, October 30 at 7pm in Fellowship Hall at the Third Congregational Church on Miner Street. This is a change from the original date of October 23rd due to a scheduling conflict with Fellowship Hall. More information to come on this event shortly.
2. The Third Congregational Church is hosting a free Westfield Community Carnival the weekend of October 6, 7 & 8. More information is available here. (If the link doesn’t work at first, the website is westfieldcarnival.com or google search Westfield Community Carnival. I had to refresh my browser to get it to work, but it is approaching the time in the afternoon when my internet does not work…).
3. The Westfield Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 10am – 2pm. This event isn’t just for small children who like to tour fire trucks! Stop in and say hello to the fantastic crew and see what important safety issues you should know as we head into the fall and winter seasons.
Important Public Safety Warning:
One of the WRA members living on Higby Rd. reported being approached a few weeks ago by a man claiming to represent a solar company. He showed a letter, supposedly from the State of CT, saying that residents would be fined for not having solar panels on their homes. The WRA member turned the individual away, but did not report it to the police at the time. Beware – this is a scam and any similar activity should be reported to the Middletown Police non-emergency number at 860-347-2541.
The same WRA member was also approached this week by a man wanting handyman work, but who didn’t leave any contact name or number.
Please be aware of strange vehicles or people in your neighborhoods and promptly report suspicious people or behaviors to the police. There have been a number of car break-ins in Berlin over the summer, and last week, a homeowner near Country Club Rd. and Bell Street interrupted a similar event at about 12:45am while letting the family pet out.
The WRA Executive Committee will be meeting in early October before the Annual Meeting, so if you have issues or concerns to pass along, please do so.
Thanks and see you all soon!