Monday, May 31, 2010



Why is the New Britain’s common council radical & socialistic leadership so distanced from what the general public wants; and that is to regain the use of the public parks.

Maybe it is time for the “Democratic Zealots” to work in finding a solution rather than continuing the blame game they are so accustomed too. The city residents wants to get rid of the continued after leavings; and the possibility of our youth contracting the Asian flu along with other diseases.

CPOA Gemeral Meeting Held on 5-27-10

During the CPOA membership meeting held Thursday Evening with Rep. John Geragosian, the Co-Chair of the Appropriations committee, Rep. Geragosian made his presentation regarding the state budget and how it impacts New Britain Taxpayers. He forecasted budget deficits of $4 billion for 2010 and $4.7 billion for 2011. He used multiple pie charts to show us where the legislature is spending our tax monies.

But when it came time for the membership to present their questions to him he avoided answering directly but kept referring to his state issues in his presentation. When asked why the state delagation made state funding available for schools in Waterbury, Hartford, New Haven, & New London but nothing for New Britain, his answer was simply that the other towns had “more problems“.

He was also asked if he would, as a city resident, call the New Britain Board of Education to put pressure on their releasing their current line by line budget information that the local Council membership are not able to obtain from them. Again he evaded answering this question by simply stating that the state is very open with their reporting and suggested going to the state Freedom of Information Commission in furthering the group’s efforts to obtain the records. The FOI would only obtain the prior year’s information since the current information is not available to the public because it is in a draft document!

Unfortunately, we elected our state delegation to first represent the needs of New Britain and not those of other towns and cities to be the primary recipients; but they are ignoring our city’s educational needs.

Unfortunately and sadly, question after question asked by our membership that attended this meeting, were deflected by the appropriations co-chairman.

I must also commend the membership for being respectful throughout the meeting by not showing any resentment for the avoided answers.


Frank Smith, a member of the Board

Minority Leader Speaks out on New Britain's School System

Lou Salvio said...

This is totally ridiculous. The reputations of our schools should be built on the work that they do with students. At this point in time what do we have? By whatever standards that exist, New Britain Schools have not performed well at all. It appears that the only statistics in which they seem to excel are not academic. Our schools excel in lack of respect for others in many categories, discipline problems and substandard test scores. Doris Kurtz and her leading administrators excel only in asking for exorbitant budgets which, for ten years since she arrived in NB, are opaque. New Britain school budgets are a "black hole" of waste and incompetence. Bloated budgets and payrolls and among the lowest standardized test scores in the state. Sad, sad, sad!

The taxpayers should revolt against this incompetence. Dr. Kurtz has no answers nor solutions to offer, just, give us more money! For what?

I will not vote for one additional penny for the schools. The person manning the rudder of the New Britain Schools has failed, pure and simple! No slick videos produced by someone or some, "FOR PROFIT" firm is going to change that. Our BOE too has no answers - a one-sided, purely political, totally partisan and self serving Board is as useful as mammary glands on a bull. VIDEOS! What a sorry misuse of taxpayer money!

May 31, 2010 8:05 AM

Bridgeport woman stabbed, abducted by husband - The New Haven Register (

Turn off the highway lights?---

Around Town: Golden Hurricanes march for 75 years - The New Britain Herald ( to be held on June 6th.

LETTER: Reader says place humans over geese - The New Britain Herald (

NEWINGTON: John Larson Calls The Military "A SOCIAL PROGRAM," Blames It For The National Debt: The Courant

Saturday, May 29, 2010

NEW BRITAIN: School System Hires Production Company To Create Videos Promoting New Britain Schools: The Courant

7 Republicans Call For Special Prosecutor In Sestak Case

Senator Suggests Situation Could Lead To Impeachment of President Obama: Political Hotsheet

Several pundits have described the felonies alleged to have been committed in this White House as rising to a much higher level than Watergate, but why is the media ignoring the situation? Click the headline above to read the entire story.

Herald's "OUR VIEW"


The new Britain Herald’s editorial, that appeared today, “Our View” citing Canadian Geese? Harass them; don’t kill them.

Unfortunately, with this editorial the Herald has shown a disdain towards the health and general well being for the city’s children who are forced to be exposed to the unhealthy conditions that the after leavings present, such as the Asian flu, while playing their desired sports in all our parks.

The Parks and Recreation director did explain that they used all methods known to man in attempting to rid of the geese from our parks. He even went so far as to explain that they even resorted using guns with blanks to no avail. The state DEP along with the U. S. Department of Agriculture evaluated the city’s problem and came up with a recommendation to use a vendor to round up some, not all, of the geese that are plaguing our parks.

Therefore, it is quite evident that the Herald continues to side with the Democratic control of the city’s common council and their radical socialistic stance of knowing what is best for the residents and ignoring what the residents want. Somehow, they were elected to represent our residents but they know best by forcing their radical view points down the resident’s throats.

It is hoped that the Herald should understand that our residents want to regain the use of our recreational facilities without the interference of the Herald’s Our View Stance.

Herald, Press staff win multiple SPJ awards - The Bristol Press (

Congress Blocks Larson's Attempt To Strip Funding For Alternate Jet Engine -

CHRIS POWELL: Are state colleges UTC Divisions now? - The Middletown Press (

Middletown Press takes home 21 statewide journalism awards at annual dinner - The Middletown Press (

What Is It About the Sestak Mess That Sounds So Familiar?

John Lillpop of the CFP

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Conflicts of Interest Continues with Alderman Catanzaro!


Past reports of his ethical lapses have been reported on this blog and apparently to no avail. During Wednesday's Common Council Meeting the Alderman's appearance of conflicts resurfaced.

The fact that he is an employee of the Parks and Recreation department creates an appearance of conflicts on three issues affecting his own department when the Alderman casted votes on those matters.

The first was an issue regarding the purchase of an Exmark Lazer Mower for the Fairview Cemetery which is under the Parks and Recreation Department. Much discussion occurred with the Democratic side of the aisle noting that we have a 1.5 million dollar budget short fall and they saw difficulty spending $10,000 for this Mower. The Director pointed out that the existing mower was constantly in the repair shop and needs replacing. It was reported that this lazer mower can maneuver around the un-even stones because the cemetery was built without engineering design two hundred years ago. Much was said to not allow this expenditure with Alderman Mark Bernacki pointing out that the funds were approved by the council when they approved the annual budget and that the Director was merely attempting to get the council's approval to spend the money.

The second issue was the request by the parks and recreation department to approve the purchase for liquid propane gas for heating fuel and hot water heaters.

The third issue of appearance of conflict was with the engineering services for the designing for the Veteran's Stadium Grandstand structural remediation and partial roof replacement.

It is a complete mystery why this high vote getter has to resort to these tactics by not removing himself from the council floor, when these type of resolutions are discussed by the council, in order to eliminate any appearance of a conflict.

Democratic Controlled Council Voted Against Protecting our Children's Health!


The Parks and Recreation Department requested the council to provide the funds that have been allocated by the approved Council Budget in order to reduce the population of geese in order to reduce the waste products within New Britain Parks effecting the heavy usage by young children for little league, soccer, and other enjoyments use of the parks.

The State Department of Envoirmental protection and the U. S. Department of Agriculture who have jointly proposed a coordinated plan of action to be undertaken by the City with a round up plan.

This action has to take place during the month of June during the geese molting season.

After debating the issue for nearly an hour long with the democrats arguing that the city has a budget short fall.

The Director did point out that the droppings are a source for the Asian flu therefore the reduction plan would help reduce this health problem to the children who slip and slide, while playing their desired sports, into the adverse product left behind in the parks by the geese. He also pointed out to the council members that the money was available in the park maintenance; account a sum of $6,000.00.

These radical democrats would like to tell you what is best for your children and you have no say in protecting your children; because they know best!

I hope that the parents will recall the democratic no vote for protecting the city's children come the next election day.

CROMWELL: Police To Conduct DWI Checkpoint Friday: Middletown Press

Buy Socialism Now, Pay for It Later

By Daniel Greenfield of The CFP

Kids Banned From Learning Family Business - Connecticut News Story - WFSB Hartford

Video: ACORN CEO Arrested at Immigration Protest | The FOX Nation

Republicans Release Web Ad On Senate Candidate Dick Blumenthal, Including Clips From MSNBC's Chris Matthews------Capitol Watch Blog

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

NEW BRITAIN: School Employees Brace For More Possible Layoffs: The Courant


YouTube - Governor Christie: Style

MERIDEN: Pedestrian Struck By Car Crossing Berlin Turnpike: The Courant

--- Quotable

Zydanowicz hopes for grass-roots GOP support in 1st - The Bristol Press (

By Steve Collins
Staff Writer

Alderman Salvio on the Blumenthal Issue!!!

In Sunday's Herald, 5/23/10, The Herald scored a trifecta. Editor Jim Smith and columnists, Chris Powell and Kathleen Parker all weighed in on the Blumenthal, Vietnam lie.

In three different ways, all three decried the attempts by AG Richard Blumenthal to pooh pooh his gaffe/lie about whether he served in Viet Nam with the U. S. Marines. Pure and simple, Blumey tried to pass himself off as having served with the Marines in Viet Nam. Again, pure and simple, it was a lie. Not one of the writers attempted to portray the situation as an "all right" act by Blumenthal. All three columns were objective and avoided finger pointing. Nonetheless, all three characterized the situation as less than acceptable behavior by Blumenthal. Why is it so difficult for some to say. "I'm sorry?" Kathleen Parker’s final comment was the most interesting. Then, following the Democrat State Convention, Blumenthal issued a “coerced’ apology. Too late, too bad, too phony!

Louis Salvio

Monday, May 24, 2010

Rob Simmons Expected to Drop Out of Senate Race Today: The Courant

Car Crash Involving Mass. Lawmaker, Suspected Illegal Immigrant Heats Up Debate: Fox News

According to the report, the suspect "just laughed, slurring that he was going to go back to 'my country' Mexico. 'Nothing is going to happen to me, man.'"

Though the suspect is being held after his blood alcohol content registered at .25, Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio told that state policy prohibits police from looking into the suspect's immigration status.

That's after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick rescinded an order three years ago by his predecessor Mitt Romney that empowered state police to enforce immigration law.

New Britain Teen Dies After Being Pulled From Hebron Pond: WFSB

Personal Liberty Digest » Obama The Hitman: First A Cleric, Who’s Next?

CPOA Quarterly Meeting:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

7PM – 8PM

Room 201, New Britain City Hall

State Representative John Geragosian

Representative Geragosian (D- New Britain), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, has agreed to speak to CPOA members about the State of Connecticut budget and how it impacts taxpayers of the City of New Britain.

This is CPOA’s first quarterly meeting featuring a guest speaker. Please come and hear how the State’s actions affect New Britain and ask Representative Geragosian pertinent questions about items like property taxes, unfounded mandates, etc.

We request those CPOA members with email addresses kindly alert us to them in order we communicate with you in a timely manner. Email CPOANB@GMAIL.COM and put your name on the subject line to register for our email alerts.

2010 DUES:

Please email your $10 if you have (not already) to PO Box 2312, New Britain, CT 06050. Thank You.
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Charles Krauthammer - The fruits of weakness

Connecticut River Community Bank Under Closer Regulatory Scrutiny After Losses -


Blumenthal: Our Lawsuits Create Jobs? Welcomed by Businesses?

(the referenced comments are near the end of the video)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton's Vehicle Involved In Accident On Merritt Parkway -

Another Major Blow For the Democrats: Hawaiians Elect a Republican Congressman in Obama's Own Childhood District: Fox News-Fair & Balanced

YouTube - Glenn Beck Shorts 03-30-09 Attacks Atty General Blumenthal over AIG Bonuses

Modern Liberalism & Islam: An Uncanny Resemblance

By Kelly O'Connell

Republican’s Nominate 30-Year-old Entrepreneur for 24th Assembly District

Republican Candidate for the 24 District Representative Seat Cris Carillo
Republicans recently nominated Cris Carillo as their candidate for the office of State Representative for the 24th district, which includes parts of both New Britain and Newington.

Carillo, 30, is a resident of New Britain and owner of

“I am honored and humbled to be the Republican nominee for the 24th District,” said Carillo. “I greatly appreciate the support I have received from both Newington and New Britain during this process and look forward to beginning a conversation with all the voters of the 24th. When people hear the common sense solutions I am offering to make our state more desirable for job-creating businesses and to lift our state out of this fiscal crisis, without tax increases, I believe they will want to join our campaign.”

Mayor Tim Stewart, who expressed his support for Carillo stated, “Cris’ election to the General Assembly in Hartford is extremely important to New Britain. Cris will work tirelessly to make Connecticut and New Britain more business friendly and to solve our current budget crisis. Cris is a principled fiscal-conservative that can be counted on to fight any efforts to increase taxes on our residents.”

Carillo also has the support of House Republican Leader Larry Cafero.

“Cris has the energy and ability to run a strong campaign. He understands the Common Sense Principles that our state needs to embrace as we face the state budget deficits that are in our future. As a small businessman, Cris has seen the devastating affects of the recession and will bring real-world experience to the Capitol,” said Cafero.

Carillo is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. His parents currently reside in Avon. He has been a property owner in New Britain for over four years.

Carillo worked for ESPN for several years. In 2008, he started where he is self-employed. Carillo is currently a member of the New Britain Lions Club and has been a member of UNICO. He is an Eagle Scout. Carillo earned a Bachelors of Science in economics from the University of Connecticut in 2002, where he was the founder & president of the UConn Real Estate Society.

Insulting voters---Rep. Christopher Murphy

All Mail Direct makes move to John Downey Drive - The New Britain Herald (

-Martha Dean Wins GOP AG Endorsement; Ross Garber Qualifies For Primary -----Capitol Watch Blog

-Mark Boughton Wins GOP Endorsement For Lt. Governor -----Capitol Watch Blog

By Jon Lender

Unconventional Times: McMahon Pushes Simmons Aside --

Veterans on Blumenthal: It’s about ‘stolen valor’ - The New Haven Register (

By Ed Stannard, Register Metro Editor

Saturday, May 22, 2010

-Obama Finance Bill Will Allow Seizure of Companies ----Newsmax

By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

Tom Foley Wins GOP Endorsement For Governor, Fedele And Griebel Qualifies For Primary----Capitol Watch Blog

Hartford Courant

Dems endorse Malloy for governor - The Middletown Press (

No Mas el Presidente Calderon

By Neil Braithwaite of the cfp

Democrats' History of Dishonesty

Blumenthal's blunder not the first time a Democrat has fabricated their service record: Hannity Fox News Video

What Blumenthal might have learned from the war zone

By Kathleen Parker

Sunday, May 23, 2010; A13

I have a thing for Marines, always have. It began a long time ago when I watched my older brother amble away in the night toward his barracks at Camp Pendleton near San Diego.
I cried myself dry that evening, thinking that I might not see him again, knowing that the next morning he was off to Vietnam. Khe Sanh, his ultimate destination, might as well have been another planet. As it turns out, it was Hell.
Jack came home eventually, a different boy than the one who left. Still just a teenager, he was leaner and meaner. His eyes gave nothing away. When our father and I visited Jack at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was being treated for "battle fatigue" and other afflictions, we stuck to safe subjects: college, cars and girls, his primary interests at that point.
To this day, I've yet to hear any stories of war from him, or, for that matter, from any of the men in my family, all of them veterans of various conflicts. A few scattered pictures of tough boys sporting knives and guns occasionally find their way to the top of a shoe box, but there are no videos or journals, no displays of Purple Hearts.
Like most veterans, with a few notable exceptions, my brother has expressed no desire to revisit that time and place, nor any need to boast of his exploits. When you've witnessed the horrors of war, you apparently don't need to tell anyone.
All of these thoughts surfaced as I pondered Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut attorney general recently infamous for exaggerating his role as a Marine reservist during the Vietnam era. At various times, he has accurately said that he wore the uniform during that period; other times, he has said that he wore the uniform in Vietnam. In fact, he received several draft deferments while a student at Harvard and Cambridge and enlisted in the Marines only when those deferments were running out.
And, he did falsely and knowingly imply that he was a combat veteran. The question is: Why? And what should voters make of it when they go to the polls?
Blumenthal, a Democrat, is running to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Chris Dodd. His fiercest opponent has been Republican Linda McMahon, who says her campaign assisted with a New York Times investigation into Blumenthal's false claims. As an unintended consequence, McMahon's involvement may have provided momentum to her principal Republican rival, former representative Rob Simmons, who did serve in Vietnam and received two Bronze Stars.
On a certain level, it is gratifying that those who served in America's most unpopular war -- and who were vilified back home -- now can enjoy some measure of pride in their service. But the humility common among heroes is in scant evidence these days, and selective memory has rarely been so repugnant.
Blumenthal isn't the first to exaggerate his service, of course. "Stolen Valor" is the title of a book that chronicles phony heroes falsely claiming to have served in Vietnam.
There is, indeed, something unique about the Vietnam era that haunts a generation. All are familiar with the deep divisions that brought students to riot, leaving four dead at Kent State and others to trek to Canada. The draft was the Maginot Line of America's heart, and too many of the unlucky never came home.
Who knows what motivated Blumenthal to stretch his truth? Perhaps it was survivor's guilt.
"There is nothing that binds Marines together like combat and, if you missed it, I can understand that he [Blumenthal] may have actually convinced himself he was there," my brother wrote in an e-mail. "But those who served in combat consider Marines who did not the same brothers, regardless. We are a team and those in the rear are just as important as those on the line."
The deception, as always, is something else. Blumenthal had every right under the law to seek deferments. He had every right to be proud of his service during the Vietnam era. But he did not have the right to build personal equity on the borrowed suffering of others.
Had he gone to Vietnam, as he apparently thinks he should have, he would have learned that, and this: Real heroes never brag, and real Marines don't lie.

Papa’s Dodge hosts 30th annual Auto Show Sun. - The New Britain Herald (


Brickley, Caligiuri garner GOP nods - The Bristol Press (

By Steve Collins
Staff Writer

Utility Pole Smashes Out Windows Of Business After Being Struck By Car -


Former Conn TV anchor earns right to wage primary -

Linda McMahon Wins GOP Senate Endorsement: The Courant

Click the headline for the printed story and a video report.

Friday, May 21, 2010

NEWINGTON: Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested At Motel: The Courant

Nicholas Mercier, Commissioner, Board of Finance and Taxation, New Britain speaks Out.

Citing the recent budget hearing held at the New Britain High school were several hundred parents and teachers out to express their concern over the Mayor's proposed budget.

With the school officials threatening a possible elimination of over two hundred positions citing that the parents would have better spent their time with their attending the Board of Education meeting to state their concerns.

Since little information was made available by the school Board's Superintendant's request for the $131,000,000 new annual budget which included a $13,000,000 increase which was far too much for the city to bear. The commission decided on a three million cut to the request.

The Administration still hasn't provided our commission a full budget detail report and is so protective of their budget activities that even board members are not given these documents during budget deliberation by its membership.

We should find and reduce waste, spending the wasted money where it matters------on our children.

New Britain Republican Town Committee Cites Over budget By The Board Of Education!

New Britain Town Committee Cites Over budget By The Board Of Eductaion!

Education Increases:

There has been a great deal of press lately over the state of the budget that the Mayor has proposed for education. Members of the central administration and the Board of Education are threatening that hundreds of teachers may need to be laid off in order to close the budget gap. While it is impossible to know the true figures, the central office does not even provide the Board of Education with a detailed accounting of their finances, we can glean just how much potential waste exists in the school budget.
• The self insurance fund was funded in 2009-2010 at roughly $10 million. The request for 2010-2011 is over $14 million, an increase of $4 million.
• Library books was funded at a level of $9200 in 2009-2010. The request for 2010-2011 was $19,200, over twice as much.
• Requests for Data Processing funding increased from $171,500 to $208,625, an increase of just under $40,000.
• Fuel and Oil requests increased from $600,800 to $654,535, an increase of over $50,000.
The worst part about these increases is that there is no way for the Board of Education, the Board of Finance and Taxation, the Mayor, or the Common Council to know whether or not these budget amounts are justified or whether or not these increases are justified. That is because the central administration keeps a tight lid on their records to avoid oversight and scrutiny.
When every other department goes before the Board of Finance and Taxation the Board can see their past expenditures, how much they spent each year on a line item for the past five years. The Board can also pull up exact records of how much has been spent year to date from any account, what the money has been spent on, and what the outstanding balances are on any open purchase orders.
By refusing to provide accurate and timely information the central administration for the school district is in short asking for blind trust from the tax payers and from the Common Council. Considering the level of oversight that every other department must go through it is alarming that over half of the municipal budget goes to the Board of Education with little to no oversight. It is easy to provide lip service to the value of education. It takes much more political willpower to actually take a stand for accountability and demand a fair display of how the central administration is spending the millions of dollars they already receive.
Until there is an open process by which the Board of Education and the central administration of the school system demonstrate a real need for the massive increases in funding they request it is the duty of the Common Council to remain skeptical. The Common Council should demand transparency before they consider returning any funding to the education budget.

Obama Guiding The Decline And Fall Of American Power --

Charles Krauthammer

New Britain Community Foundation Announces Grants -

Ken Byron

CHRIS POWELL: Was 80 percent approval not enough for Dick? - The Middletown Press (


LegalNewsline | Blumenthal tops group's list of 10 worst AGs

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BERLIN: 3 Arrested After Police Chase: Found With 5 Pounds of Marijuana: WTNH

FARMINGTON: Water Main Break Snarls Route 4 Traffic: The Courant

The `Messiah’ swaggers down the aisle of church

By Judi McLeod of the CFP Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In the breakneck speed changes fired off daily from the Obama regime, we now know why they have always touted President BHO as “The Messiah”.

It now becomes clear that it had much less to do with protocol and more to do with competition when Obama wanted the cross removed from view when he addressed University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University.

The Pocket Messiah is stepping out of the shadows into your church. Hallelujah, for blowing the whistle, Glenn Beck.

“Your church is being attacked through a faith-based initiative headed up by Barack Obama’s administration,” Beck said on his FoxNews program last night.

It’s called the merging the EPA with churches. Jesus is out and Gaia Global Warming is in.

While we were waiting to see the Messiah walk on water, he was stealing it.

UN Poster Boy and Obama mentor Maurice Strong is on the public record for predicting that water will have to be rationed by armed guards as soon as 2031.

“Exactly how Strong, who is a businessman and not a scientist, can make such a prediction is an unknown factor.” (The Water Barons, CFP, May 26, 2003)

Berlin council approves streetscape contract - and waived it's fees for the nutmeg games-- The New Britain Herald (

By Scott Whipple
Staff Writer

Obamaitis: Spend more, raise taxes | Washington Examiner

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Senator Arlen Specter Loses to Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania Primary: CBS NEWS

Supreme Court Rules Against Bysiewicz -

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: In Connecticut, Dems May Need to Draft New Candidate

Media Lets Conn. Dem Slide on Vietnam Lies for Three Decades

Warner Todd Huston of the CFP

The first of Czar Cass Sunstein’s mandated websites now online

The City of New Britain Budget Hearing Fiasco!


Minority Leader Alderman Louis Salvio was correct when stating that he didn’t want to hear from out of town speakers, He was referring to the individuals that may be New Britain school teachers but live out of town and do not pay city taxes.

However, the Majority leader was quick to admonish the alderman for his comment and appeared to be grand standing to the teachers that were their to push their agenda.

With over 400 attendees only three of the speakers were from the general public.

Mr. Michael Foran the New Britain High School Principal cited that the school is off probation but if the budget is cut the state may put us back into the probation status.

With some four hundred teachers in attendance with mostly not city taxpayers; shores up Alderman Salvio’s original opening statement.

The main theme of all the school personnel was to push for the return of the proposed three million dollars cut for the school budget by the Mayor.

Mrs. Ann Mikulak a former president of the CPOA a taxpayers watchdog organization asked “Why do we continue to pay some $40,000 in rent for the Probate Court? I spoke to the people at city hall and asked why don’t we make room for the Court in the new police station? They replied it has already been decided. She continued her remarks by saying how can they say that when they haven’t even put a shovel into the ground yet!

Mr. Tony DePietro also with the CPOA made his point by pointing out that many of the seniors received no raises that are on social security and cannot afford the proposed increase.

The biggest question of all is the fact that the overall school enrollment has decreased 600 students that used to cost the city $11,000 per student saving the school board administration a total sum of $6,600,000 dollars annually. What happen to that large sum of money? Why the big push for more money by the board of education?

I trust that the Common Council Members will find the answer as to where the money disappeared too!

Friendship Center Receives Food Donation -

By: Ken Byron

White House honors UConn women's team | Connecticut

CHRIS POWELL: Will primary win cost Dem election? - The Middletown Press (


Richard Blumenthal's Military Record Questioned in New York Times Story; Service During Vietnam War At Issue---Capitol Watch Blog

Monday, May 17, 2010

NEW BRITAIN: Teacher Layoffs Loom: As Many as 300 to 400 Teachers May Be Let Go: WFSB

Click the link above for the printed story or to watch the video of WFSB news coverage on this important story.

FARMINGTON: Drunken Man Fell Asleep in Wrong Home: WFSB

Terry Eastland: Why Obama nominated Kagan | Washington Examiner

Attention: CPOA Members

The Common Council and the Board of Education members will be holding a Budget Hearing in the New Britain High School Lecture Hall at 6 P. M. tonight.

Hopefully, many of our membership will be there to voice our group's concerns over the proposed Seven Per Cent tax increase.

Please be there and Speak Up.

Aldermen Salvio and Catanzaro Votes No!!!

Alderman Salvio recalling his days spent at the New Britain Senior High School, in the early fifties, stating I was taught that “ours [in the U.S.A.] is a government of laws.” I didn’t appreciate the meaning of that statement then but, was always aware that I had heard it; but, as the years went by and I became somewhat involved in the government of our City, I have become more appreciative or the statement’s meaning. Realistically, at times it is annoying but it makes me think.

We live with many adages: “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”; ” it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, etc. People have laws to which they must adhere, federal, state and local laws. These “laws” are supposed to apply equally to all citizens. Locally we have ordinances that are our “organic” laws. The folks who enact these laws are our Common Council members: aldermen/alderwomen. Our City Departments//Agencies, etc., enforce (or are supposed to) these ordinances. Now, back to who you know vs. what you know.

Sometimes our “laws” seem to apply more stringently to those who have little or no voice as compared to those “who have friends in high places.”

An example to make a case in point: in the past month or two, two petitioners asked the City to allow them a motor vehicle repair/used car sales licenses. One, an “unconnected” individual who has a property on the extreme, southeastern corner of NB, a person, whose property was allowed a license to repair autos but whose license has lapsed and another, who bought a useless piece of property at the busiest intersection of the city but, who is “connected.”

The first – unconnected - was made to “jump through hoops” by the Building Dept. – for 4 or 6 months – at considerable personal expense. The second, “connected” individual had friends “in high places”; he sailed through the preliminary processes even though his petition received a thoroughly negative review from the city’s City Plan Dept. This second petitioner, while locally “connected”, does not meet state statute requirements for an auto repair/used car sales license; but he is, “connected.”

At the Common Council meeting on Wed., 5/12/10, both petitions came up for a vote. The first petitioner had no problems though he had no one to speak in his behalf. The second, connected petitioner had many local civic and religious supporters and, despite an objective, yet negative report from the City’s, Plan Department, was also granted a favorable vote. Only Aldermen Lou Salvio and Paul Catanzaro voted against granting the license to this second petitioner. The vote was, eleven yes, two no! Go figure! Is it who you know?

It's a 'revenue problem?' Caused by Legislative Liberals

Sherwood wants more money for education - The New Britain Herald (

LARRY McHUGH: Pratt & Whitney is a worldwide leader, great corporate citizen - The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT

GEORGE WILL: Europe’s lack of discipline - The Middletown Press (

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton To Be Named Fedele's Running Mate: The Courant

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Minority Leader Salvio Responds To The New Britain Herald Editorial

" Mr. Smith, it is you who are "clueless", as you say as to what is being done in New Britain with regard to downtown redevelopment. What little I know about Bristol is provided by a few relatives that live there, a high school classmate that became Mayor there and ESPN.
You use pejorative terms such as, "clueless", " an odd little sentence" in our ordinances to demean the City. While you are protected by free speech and freedom of the press arguments, it is you who appears clueless., Nonetheless, you should avoid being bigoted when someone disagrees with your point of view.

The New Britain Common Council has been briefed every step of the way regarding downtown redevelopment. The Master Developer has pledged to use local businesses and contractors whenever possible; Downes Construction and Kaestle Boos Architects have been cited by the developer to be the firms of choice. NOTHING has been hidden from public scrutiny. Mr Smith: if you don't agree with our ordinances, work to change them. In the meantime, demeaning the efforts of the City of NB is counterproductive. I don't think you are really interested in that point of view, but rather, only in throwing stones and selling newspapers.
Your reporters and you are constantly looking for something to pin on the current NB Administration. Try being happy for a change! "

Lou Salvio

Editor's Note: This is Alderman Salvio's response to a 5/15/2010 editorial authored by New Britain Herald Executive Editor James H. Smith. Alderman Salvio's references to "Mr. Smith" has caused some confusion among my readers that he might be referring to me, when in fact he is referring to the Herald Editor.

Enemies within the Patriot Movement--Obamatons

JB Williams

April Showers: MacMahon Put Another $2 Million into Campaign. — Daily Ructions

by Kevin

Visconti hopes to challenge Larson again - The New Britain Herald (

By Steve Collins
Staff Writer

Shays endorses Fedele-----Capitol Watch Blog

Republicans Endorse Candidates For State Senate -

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hardware City Journal closes, to be replaced by new weekly - The New Britain Herald (

By James Craven
Staff Writer

Geragosian To Discuss State Budget at The CPOA Quaterly Meeting! -

— Don Stacom

NB School District may be forced to pay $800K to special ed teachers - The New Britain Herald (

By James Craven
Staff Writer


Budget Hearing Monday at 6:00 pm at the Lecture Hall at the High School.

Public is invited to make comments.

Little League Can and Bottle Drive This Saturday




New Britain Police honor officers killed in line of duty - The New Britain Herald (

NEW BRITAIN: Man Charged With 15 Counts of Raping Underage Girls: The Courant

Thursday, May 13, 2010

NEW BRITAIN: Cops: Woman Tried To Sell Assault Rifle: The Courant

WEST HARTFORD: Bicyclist In Critical Condition After Collision At Westfarms Mall: Fox 61

New Britain Police Station Story Continues!!!!!


One of the most interesting moments of the Common Council meeting held on 5-12-10 was when Mr. McDonald of the Downes Construction Company announced that the design engineers, Kaestle Boos Associates, who has designed many police stations throughout our state has been the firm selected to draw up the blue prints stating that we are a team and we work well together.

Alderman Trueworhty question why their wasn't an RFP bidding procedure? With the Mayor responding that design work doesn't require an RFP'S.

Then the Majority leader, Alderman Phil Sherwood, jump in with his peppering many question directed to Mr. McDonald and finally referring to the "team" connection of Downes and Kaestle Boos is making me "very uncomfortable".

After the pompous display for the audience and the press both Aldermen Sherwood and Trueworhty voted in granting their approvals of the architectural selection.

Obama’s Can’t Fail Way to Cut Healthcare Spending - Deny Services to Seniors

By Fred Dardick of CFP

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Karl Rove: How Badly Will the Democrats Do? -

City of New Britain Budget Hearing!

Budget Hearing Monday at 6:00 pm at the Lecture Hall at the High School.

Public is invited to make comments.

PLAINVILLE: Men Charged in House Party Assault: "The Courant"

Geragosian To Discuss State Budget -

Don Stacom

State GOP appealing Bysiewicz decision - The Middletown Press (

Tuesday, May 11, 2010



NEWINGTON, May 11 – Republicans of the 24th Assembly District Tuesday night nominated Cris Carillo as their candidate for the office of State Representative. The 24th district includes parts of both New Britain and Newington.

“I am honored and humbled to be the Republican nominee for the 24th District,” said Carillo. “I greatly appreciate the support I have received from both Newington and New Britain during this process and look forward to beginning a conversation with all the voters of the 24th. When people hear the common sense solutions I am offering to make our state more desirable for job-creating businesses and to lift our state out of this fiscal crisis, without tax increases, I believe they will want to join our campaign.”

Mayor Tim Stewart, who expressed his support for Carillo stated, “Cris’ election to the General Assembly in Hartford is extremely important to New Britain. Cris will work tirelessly to make Connecticut and New Britain more business friendly and to solve our current budget crisis. Cris is a principled fiscal-conservative that can be counted on to fight for tax cuts for our residents.”

Carillo also has the support of House Republican Leader Larry Cafero who stated, “Cris has the energy and ability to run a strong campaign. He understands the Common Sense Principles that our state needs to embrace as we face the state budget deficits that are in our future. As a small businessman, Cris has seen the devastating effects of the recession and will bring real-world experience to the Capitol.”

Cris was born in New Britain. He has been a property owner in New Britain for over four years. Cris, after working at ESPN for several years, started his own business in 2008,, where he is self-employed today. Cris is currently a member of the Lions Club and has been a member of UNICO. He is an Eagle Scout. Cris obtained a Bachelors’ of Science from the University of Connecticut in 2002, where he was the founder & president of the UConn Real Estate Society.

Common Council Meeting Wednesday 5-12-10

The Common Council of New Britain will meet this Wednesday.

Public comment will begin at 7:00PM where any member of the public can address the Common Council,

Is the War Coming Home? - HUMAN EVENTS

by Patrick J. Buchanan

How the U.S. Can Become Greece

By Alan Caruba of The CFP

'Lutheran Church Celebration' @ 77 Franklin Square New Britain

On Saturday, May 15th, starting at 10:30 AM, Mayor Stewart will be the guest
speaker as First Lutheran Church of the Reformation as it celebrates the
restoration of its twin towers and its renewed dedication to being a vital part
of the New Britain community. With its location at 77 Franklin Square the church
building, [...]

Pelosi Tells Catholic Church to Preach Amnesty | The FOX Nation

Malloy to tap Wyman as his running mate---Capitol Watch Blog

By Daniela Altimari

Vital questions for Kagan | Washington Examiner

HuffPo Touts CNN’s “Major Ratings Victories” Last Week; Really? - TV Ratings, Nielsen Ratings, Television Show Ratings |

Monday, May 10, 2010

Is Elena Kagan a Lesbian? Media Ignores Four Harvard Students Outting Supreme Court Nominee

By Christian Newswire Muslims Appointed to Department of Homeland Security?

Good Riddance to Newsweek

By Alan Caruba of the CFP

Alderman Mark Bernacki Speaks Out On Small Business Problems In Conn.

Small businesses have led Connecticut and our nation out of economic downturns, depressions, and recessions. Small businesses account for between 70-75% of our entire economy and employ 9 or less employees. Small business owners are active in communities, like New Britain, raise their families here, promote volunteerism, and contribute to the fabric of our community.

With 2010 being an election season there is great bluster and fanfare coming from the Washington and Hartford claiming they love small business. Yet few know how to help us grow and prosper. Washington and Hartford talk about wanting to help small business yet promote policies, regulations, and increase taxes that damage the job creation engines in every community. Remember “too big to fail”? The President’s supposed jobs stimulus summit included every entity except one, small business. I guess we really were “too small to matter”.

There are many factors in the high price of doing business in Connecticut and New Britain. Since the implementation of the state income tax Connecticut has seen ZERO net private sector job growth. That’s ZERO growth in almost 20 years. The only sector that grew was government. Income taxes take money out the pockets of not only businesses but also their employees.

New Britain is not only in competition with towns in Connecticut, but regionally, nationally and internationally. We must compete to keep the businesses we have and attract new ones. We need to incubate, not exterminate its local and small businesses.

Here are things that can help:

Businesses are concerned about the impact of long term budget deficits and record spending levels. Record debt and increased taxes at all levels are the last thing Connecticut and New Britain need in these tough economic times. Long term spending cuts must be implemented. New Britain has been able to hold the line on taxes for six straight years. This has helped us compete with our neighbors. Connecticut now must do the same to compete regionally.

Businesses will not hire, grow or prosper with economic and political uncertainty. Joe the Plumber was told to work harder and give his hard earned income to the government to “spread the wealth” to others. Businesses do “spread the wealth” by creating and providing jobs. Private sector job creation IS the “spread the wealth” solution. Not government intervention.

The key to turning around the economy is private sector jobs. History has proven time and time again that lower taxes, reduced government spending and reduced burdensome regulations provide the true stimulus to economic growth. Small businesses don’t need more taxes. They need less.

Forcing businesses to offer benefits they cannot afford will cost Connecticut and New Britain jobs and revenue and inhibit small businesses from growing. Mandates and higher taxes are bad ideas any time, but are particularly destructive in the current economic environment.

One of the largest unfunded state mandates that impacts New Britain is binding arbitration for government worker contracts. This system ensures automatic cost of living increases with little, if any, downward movement in wages, health care costs and pensions. Since employee costs are New Britain’s single highest cost this has the biggest impact on New Britain’s property taxes.

Small businesses in Connecticut need immediate, meaningful tax relief to help turn the State’s economy around. Lower tax rates help businesses keep more of their money to reinvest, grow their businesses and hire more people. New Britain residents need jobs. Lower income tax rates, state sales tax rates, property tax rates, electric and gas tax rates, insurance rates, college tuition, help families keep more of their hard earned money and help build better communities in New Britain and Connecticut.

Mark Bernacki, owner Sir Speedy Printing Center and
Alderman, New Britain City Council

New Britain Police Department Double click it for New tickets - The New Britain Herald (


Staff writer

Joe Visconti back for a rematch in CT-1 Against John Larson ----Capitol Watch Blog

GOP Prods AG On Bysiewicz Inquiry --

Jon Lender

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Little League Can and Bottle Drive

This upcoming Saturday the New Britain Little League will be holding a can and bottle drive.

Please bring all your refundable cans and bottles to the concession stand at A. W. Stanley Park. They will be collecting from 10am-5pm.

Please Turn out to support our Little League.

Calhoun Contract With The University

Westby drops out of congressional race, supports Caliguiri - The New Britain Herald (

By Scott Whipple
Staff Writer

1 Killed, 3 Injured In Bridgeport Lightning Strike - Connecticut News Story - WFSB Hartford

Saluting Obama, Our Demagogue in Chief

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Secretary of State Primary Races!


With the recent court ruling regarding Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz ability to run for the Attorney General position; has placed for primary candidates vying for her vacated seat with Gerry Garcia-D, Jerry Farrell, Jr., Michael DeRosa, Green Party, Denise Merrill-D.

Ms. Merrill, a current State Representative, stated that she supports felons to be able to vote while on probation and went on to say that the courts were too harsh with their handling of the Pettit family murderers--which indicates her being an ultra socialist radical with her view point.

Mr. Garcia stated the reason for his candidacy simply is because he feels that the Hispanics have no reason to come out to vote and in New Britain that is why O’Brien lost. The reality is that both tickets in New Britain had Hispanics on their tickets.

Jerry Farrell, Jr. is currently the Consumer Protection Commissioner, an attorney, and has been involved with many of his hometown of Wallingford’s political and humane society organizations.

Mr. Michael DeRosa a candidate with the Green Party has run as a candidate for various positions and is from Wethersfield Ct. He is a computer network specialist and also an editor for the Green Times.

I wish them all a good luck with their new political hopes.

Pelosi: It's Cheaper to Treat Teens for Drug Use Than Stop Drugs at Border | The FOX Nation

And one more Republican running in the 1st Congressional District ---Capitol Watch Blog

License Plate Readers Used To Fight Terrorism - Connecticut News Story - WFSB Hartford

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Police respond to E. Hartford shooting | connecticut

Susan Bysiewicz Wins Court Suit!

With a recent court decision Susan Bysiewicz-D will be allowed to run for the state’s Attorney General position in the democratic primary being opposed by former state Representative George Jepsen-D.

However, an appeal of the court decision may materialize if the Republican State Chairman, Chris Healy, should decide to further the party’s efforts.

The winner of the primary will face Martha Dean-R and Stephen Fournier of the Green Party.

She’s In--Janet Peckinpaugh seeks Republican Nomination to Run Against 2nd District Rep. Joseph Courtney — Daily Ructions

Nutmeg Games return to city for first time since 1994 - The New Britain Herald (

By James Craven
Staff Writer

Health deal a ‘leap foward’ - The New Britain Herald (

By Scott Whipple
Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Running of the Rich Redux: Richard Blumenthal's Bucks---Capitol Watch Blog

By Daniela Altimari

Rep. Chris Murphy’s Congressional Seat is in Jeopardy!


With Justin Bernier, Mark Greenberg, and Senator Sam Caligiuri all vying for this democratic congressional seat even to the point with Mark Greenberg announcing that he his currently circulating petitions in the event he does not win the Republican nomination; he will primary. He guarantees that this will happen. He continued by stating that he supports to end big government because local government works better. He also supports to have the parents help their children with their homework which will tend to end the educational need for government intervention.

When asked if he would be available for town hall meetings at a reasonable hour for the public to attend his reply was simple. Here is my cell phone number; call me anytime. I am always available; not like to guy that is in office now. This is a common complaint I hear from the voters as I travel throughout the district.

It does appear that REP. MURPHY is in DEEP DEEP trouble!

HARTFORD: Police Search For Missing 11 Year Old Girl: WSFB Story & Photo

UPDATE 5/6/10: Journal Inquirer reports this girl has been located by police.

NEW BRITAIN: Police Make Arrests In Shooting, Robberies: The Courant

$362 Million Plan Passes: UConn Health Center Will Get New Hospital Tower -


Democrats Reach Budget Deal With Gov. Rell; Republicans Hope To Sell Bradley, Brainard Airports For $800 Million----Capitol Watch Blog

By Christopher Keating

What's New in New Britain, Connecticut--- The Mayors Office Hours with the Public

Monday, May 3, 2010

Simsbury's Mary Glassman Joins Ned Lamont In Race; Male-Female, Upstate-Downstate Ticket For Democrats --Capitol Watch Blog

By Christopher Keating

The Lamont- Glassman Ticket for Governor Announced @ Trinity On Main, New Britain Ct.

The introduction of the candidates was made by George Springer, Jr. of New Britain stating that he was very proud to support Ned, a professor at Central Connecticut University, calling it a team to win.

Hopeful Ned Lamont cited his central Connecticut blueprint team to getting more jobs in Ct. He mentioned that there are 100,000 employers with less than 100 employees, we need to get them to hire at least one additional employee each.

Mrs. Glassman proudly mentioned her young days of growing up in New Britain mentioning all the schools she attended as a youngster here in the city. She indicated her advantages to get a good education, here in the city, attending the University of Connecticut and graduating with a law degree. She further stated that education for our youth is slipping away these days and we can fix that for Connecticut.

Mrs. Glassman cited that her a Ned can build a winning team together.

In attendance were many of the ultra liberals from New Britain and throughout the state.

BERLIN: Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash: The Courant

200 New Britain School Employees Could Be Laid Off In Summer -


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Let me see if I got this right.....

* - IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET................................
* 1 - A JOB,
* 4 - WELFARE,


Subject: HB 1388 PASSED !!

Doubtful? To verify this for yourself:


WE are losing this country at a rapid pace.

You just spent $20,300,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States ; They get housing, food, the whole enchilada.


Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U. S. Needs to know.....

Something happened.... House of Rep. 1388 authorization bill was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it.. It wasn't mentioned on the news... Just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN

Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news th at didn't make the headlines...
By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza .

The "presidential determination", which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register.

Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have dis played their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

Let's review....itemized list of some of Barack Obama ' s most recent actions since his inauguration:

His first call to any head of state, as president, was to Mahmoud Abbas , leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.

His first one-on-one television interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.

His first executive order was to fund/facilitate abortion(s) not just here within the U. S. , but within the world, using U. S. Tax payer funds.

He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.

He ordered overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.

He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and the "terror attack" on 9/11.

Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.

These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.

Doubtful? To verify this for yourself:


WE are losing this country at a rapid pace.

Do messiahs mess around?

By Judi McLeod Saturday, May 1, 2010

CapitoFormer U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson Endorses Oz Griebel For Governor; Biggest Endorsement For Griebel So Farl---- Watch Blog

Governor, Democratic Lawmakers Agree On Economic Development Bill -


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