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Anne K. Mulligan April 13, 2014 at 10:51 am
Joseph, if you don't Patch, you can simply unsubscribe to it.
Ilene Coman April 13, 2014 at 05:47 pm
I appreciate the Patch greatly. I don't know what Joseph's problem is with it but he looks prettyRead More silly going off on a rampage about things that have nothing to do with Patch readers or the "Blue Moon" article he chose to spew his political hatred under! If you don't like Patch, don't click on it to see any of the news and information. I appreciate reading about what is going on locally because the Hartford Courant doesn't bother covering our community news anymore like it used to when they had different regional editions. It's as if our part of CT doesn't exist when you read through the skimpy Courant! I hope that the Patch continues to give us what's going on in our area of CT, if not thru AOL, then online somewhere else. Thank you, Patch!!!
citizen April 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Only a patch reader can connect something that is 210,000 miles away to Leftist demagogues.
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Linda C March 17, 2014 at 11:55 am
Unfortunately both Thomas and Basha are correct, what took Jackson and the LC to destroy in 5 years,Read More will take a lot longer to make right. Similar to the state of the country, it has been destroyed beyond it ever being fixed in my lifetime I'm sure. As far as the percentages go Thomas; I would love to know just how many of the 51 % were home owners and how many were renters. It seem as with the Presidential Elections you were given a choice between a Politician and a Game Show Host giving away a grand list of prizes! What chance do the Republicans have when the Democrats Promise the world? And how long will it take the ones who fell for those promises to realize that's all they were - empty promises? Basha if this article were 25/30 years ago I'm sure Hamden would have been at the top of the list, but I'm afraid sadly our time has long since past!
Shelley March 17, 2014 at 01:37 pm
Wethersfield? A small town? Really???
Everett Henry March 18, 2014 at 10:20 am
I wish I knew what the criteria was for this committee to pick the ideal small town in Connecticut.Read More I just feel choices could be better for picking the idea of a smown. Personally, two towns I would pick as my top 10 would be either Essex or Old Saybrook. Each build these towns today show a quaintness and historical perspective that cannot be beat. Each has its own characteristics but most importantly each is privy two being located on a river – an important factor in our colonial period for transportation. Even Middletown should be considered as top 10 due to the location and ease of formidable transportation. I wish the committee would outline the criteria.
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WilsonSmith March 13, 2014 at 04:34 am
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Karoline Barrett April 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm
I live in Southington and my debut novel, The Art of Being Rebekkah came out in December 2013. It'sRead More available on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble. Doing a book signing at the Mark Twain House 4/27 with other authors. Please visit my website for more information on me and my book! karolinebarrett.com
Alana Joli Abbott April 17, 2014 at 07:53 am
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D May 8, 2012 at 12:12 am
I've wondered the same thing. Why not approach Yale which is rolling in dough, a very good patron ofRead More the arts and a succesful producer of its own theatre-works? .
JRP June 16, 2012 at 09:33 pm
No disrespect is meant to Councilman Santi, but for those who lived through the REAL GreatRead More Depression, it is a bit insulting to claim we are currently "in a great depression". In the REAL Great Depression, unemployment rose to 25%, the GDP of the U.S. dropped by 33%, international trade decreased by 50%, and soup kitchens were flooded--not just with those that had been poor or lower middle class. Let's stop making excuses for a poorly run town and making it sound like there is some Great Depression sweeping the nation that is hurting us regardless of how well the town is run. If the Town of Stratford is experiencing a true "Great Depression", it's not because economic activity that is uncontrollable is occurring across the State and Nation as a whole. Let's take a look at why local Governments in the majority of towns across CT and the nation would simply say "times are tough", "we're in a recession", or "we've been lucky", and see what they're doing right. Then let's look at what we've been doing wrong, because despite the economic downturn, only the unluckiest or poorest run towns would claim they are in a "Great Depression".
OpportunistWatch July 17, 2012 at 08:20 pm
We own a small business blocks from the theater and would rather see emphasis put on theRead More redevelopment of the Army engine plant that could generate 5X's more revenue then a theater. I wish these Shakespeare writers would get as creative on finding a way to get 60+ acres on the same riverfront property alive and breathing. It makes me very disappointed that the Army Plant has literally "Gone to the dogs". Stratford and local area drug task forces use the inside of the contaminated plant for police dog training. The speech writers who are so determined to shake the trees for this lost cause theater should be ALL creating ways to develop the Army Engine Palnt Theater down the road. The job maybe an uphill battle but the rewards of having 60 acres of business development up running is better that the blight of over 10 years right in every visitors face to Stratford going to the beach. Atleast they can't see the Shakespeare problem. The 1% will go to this theater and we would be hard pressed to see a dime of profit for decades to come from investing in such a liability of the future.
A family at Disney World. Credit: Corey Fyke
OpportunistWatch September 26, 2013 at 01:51 pm
I would love to know the names of those wealthy opportunists who abuses this policy of Disney. TheyRead More need to be exposed and not just called wealthy Manhattanites. Incomplete article and poor journalism that protects the 1 % or you lose your job is the way of the land in Politics and the media. Isn't Bloomberg a wealthy billionaire from NY, wonder if he took advantage of this scheme to get infront of the line for his family.
Shooting at Short Beach Golf Course in Stratford Credit: Contributed Photo
Laura Christine September 26, 2013 at 11:06 am
Wow, thank you to Jason Bagley and The Stratford Patch for reposting what I wrote! This is a greatRead More film, and Lombardi is a fantastic filmmaker. I'm so glad he is being recognized.
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OhNoYouDidn't September 22, 2013 at 08:37 am
OpportunistWatch September 22, 2013 at 09:23 am
OhNoYouDidn't ....had too much to drink? .....yawning!!!!
OpportunistWatch September 22, 2013 at 09:28 am
Oxymoron supports teenage abstinence to alcohol and then drags them to a ShakesBEER drunk fest. TheRead More same give out huge fake cries when the same kid does keg stands and posts it on facebook before getting arrested for drunk driving. What a way to present the Arts to our children.
Credit: ShakesBeer Festival Facebook page
Steven Bilodeau August 27, 2013 at 05:41 pm
First off to Opportunist watch, if I had been a car dealer owner and wanted to showcase the cars IRead More sold on the theatre grounds as part of a car show to raise money for the theatre you would have nothing to say. Your biggest complaint is because I work at a as you put it, "for-profit" package store which you deem alcohol as being a "sin full" substance. The beer festival is a vehicle in which we can ultimately raise money over time for the theatre. Peaople tend to forget that change does not happen over night, look at the current system we have as federal government as an example. The problem Opportunist Watch is that the Shakesspeare Theatre has been closed for almost 30 years, and we as a people let it be closed for that long whether it was the states nor the towns. The theatre has a history that can be utilized to promote beneficial aspects for the town, and is why I am endeavoring to ensure its survival. I guess its easy to say that demolishing it is your answer. Well lets look at the facts, how expensive will it be for the tax payers to have it demolished, and then to rebuild another facility there? Isn't it easier to revitalize something that is already standing, that already has history and recognition? It's much more fiscal to restore the theatre and have it run shows, plays and musical events... and of course to hold events on the grounds as a venue. Your idea that Wines Unlimited is some sort of tyrant company because it wants to help give exposure to the theatre, it's own business and raise money for the theatre is completely backwards. And I'll ask you again, what are you doing to help make Stratford a better place, what kind of money, time and resources are you investing in this town other than just your taxes. Let me guess, NOTHING. The ShakesBeer Festival will be an event that will be held annually at the American Shakespeare grounds every summer, even if the theatre does get the funds to open. You claim that there are other projects overlooked, and other things tax payer money should pay for... but what are you doing to help this change happen besides posting angry blog comments to a Beer Manager of a local package store. Opportunist Watch, you are nothing but what your alias describes. You are probing your own ideology into this debate purely biased of your anti alcohol message. We encourage every one who loves this town, lives in this town and knows its potential... do something for the town besides constantly bickering over ideas without any action. Whether its a left or right wing, whether its a Miron vs Harkin dispute, we need to be able to create positive change for the town. So, I am the Beer Manager of Wines Unlimited, and I am making a change, I am doing something for this town. This debate can literally go on forever, because merely our ideologies collide. Honestly, I don't care what you think, or any one thinks. I am going to hold the best damn beer festival CT has to offer, and its going to be the ShakesBeer Festival. This festival will attract people and consumers... and it will help the theatre be able to reopen. You can sit there on the other side of your screen and rant and rave up and down, but come next year... ShakesBeer Festival will be back in town.
Mike Reynolds October 6, 2013 at 10:01 am
If you want to do it right and for only $30 a person Smoke in the Valley is something to copy.Read More There were thousands of people there.
OpportunistWatch October 8, 2013 at 11:01 am
Steven, first of all, you work for a for-profit business that receives revenue from the sale ofRead More alcohol. Second, you could not have said it better, 30 years of throwing money at a dead horse is long enough, time for a referendum on this event you are sugarcoating as a fundraiser when its an advertising campaign for Wines Unlimited. Alcohol consumption has long been a problem and not because I think its a "sin" and you so tried to paint my stance. Promoting an event where large amounts of people attend for the primary purpose of consuming alcohol in large amounts is not sinful, its a liability. Again, your assumptions that I don't drink is irrelevant and shows how opportunistic you are in defending this ad campaign for your job on the public's dime. I do not have to write lengthy speeches on how this is not a family event and your consumers will go home buzzed or drunk creating unnecessary liability for Stratford residents because you have a pipe dream of resurrecting a horse that has been dead for 30 years. Ask yourself, if the people of Stratford really truly wanted this theatre to open after 30 years, what make you think a "for-profit liquor store that sells a few 100 tickets at $75 will do the job? You didn't even break even! Rant and rave after the referendum.
Painting by Wallace Sloves (Credit: Contributed Photo)
Dolores Rpse July 12, 2013 at 03:00 pm
I intend to be at the Winemakers' Boutique on Friday, the 19th. I've seen Wally Sloves work andRead More it's exquisite. Don't miss it. D. Rose