Haddam River Days This Sat., Sept. 7th, 4-8:30 at Haddam Meadows: Meet Our Candidates, Enjoy Freshly-Spun Cotton Candy, Delicious Dogs & Fabulous Fireworks!
Dem Candidates at Haddam Neck Fair!
First Selectman candidate Brenda Buzzi, Representative Christine Palm, and Selectman candidate Sean Moriarty at our Dem booth at the Haddam Neck Fair. See information on the slate!
The Haddam Democratic Town Committee nominated a dynamic and diverse group of candidates for this November 5, 2019 municipal election that spans generations and political affiliations. The group of 13 women and 8 men are eager to serve with honesty and transparency to create a vibrant future for all residents of our great community.
TONIGHT! Our next DTC meeting will be replaced with a joint one with Nancy Wyman as featured guest speaker on Tuesday, August 27 at 7pm at the Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, Chester. Christine and Norm will be there as well. Guests are welcome.
Nancy will be addressing the new initiatives along with resources CT Dems have for our towns, as well as Democratic messaging on the local, state and national level.
Don’t miss an exhilarating night of trivia & music by What trivia?, prizes to the top 2 teams, and teacup auction chances to win great baskets!
Warm up your trivia prowess by answering these video questions!
Rules of the Game
Our format will be General knowledge TRIVIA. This is very popular around the country, bringing families and friends and individuals together for an entertaining game to challenge your mind and wit, and have chance to win some great prizes. Bring a Team up to 8, or form a team there, or smaller groups also welcomed. Just come to have a good time.
The game is designed so that everyone has an equal chance. In the final question, you can wager it all or none, allowing anyone to “come from behind”.
The event will be conducted by the famous WHAT TRIVIA emcees. They will challenge us with lots of general knowledge trivia questions (music, movies, geography, sports, science and pop culture) for example. They will entertain you with great music and repartee.
We will provide soft drinks and snacks. You can BYOB if you like and are legal.
It promises to be a fun event for all. The price of admission will be $20 per person, which you can pay at the door or at http://www.bitly.com/haddamtrivia.
- Teams of Eight – Find the smartest friends you have, or hire someone to help you. It doesn’t matter who they are, if you call them you’re team, we won’t judge you. You’re more than welcome to play by yourself, just be sure your table has no more than 8 people.
- No Cheaters! – There are no lifelines. Absolutely no cell phones, no internet enabled devices, no wicked smart uncle who isn’t included on your team, can help you with the answers. Watch out, people get competitive and aren’t afraid to tell on you.
- Don’t Yell Out Answers – Having fun is allowed, being obnoxious is not. Yell out an answer when a question is asked, right or wrong, and you’ll be asked to leave.
- Don’t Forget to Wager – If you forget to write a wager on your answer sheet, your host will wager for you. They will most likely give you the lowest available number if you’re right, or highest available number if you’re wrong, so like we said, don’t forget!
- Need more information: Call Sean Moriarty, 860-614-4924
The Haddam Democratic Town Committee is seeking good candidates to run for a number of commissions and boards on Nov. 5, 2019.
Do you see yourself running and serving as:
- First Selectman (2 yr term), need 1 candidate
- Board of Selectmen (2 year term), up to two candidates
- Tax Collector (4 year term), need 1
- Board of Finance (6 year term), need 4 full members
- Board of Finance Alternates, (6 year term), need 2
- Planning & Zoning Commission (4 year term), need 3
- Planning & Zoning Alternate (4 year term), need 1
- Board of Assessment Appeals (4 year term), need 1
- Zoning Board of Appeals, (4 year term), 3 full members
- Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate (4 year term), need 1
- Board of Education (4 year term), need 3 See BOE minutes at http://www.rsd17.org/district2.shtml. Volunteer position.
Whether or not you decide to run, come to the
Haddam Democratic Town Committee meeting on Wed., April 17th at the Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum, at 7 p.m.
Learn about running, campaigning and being part of the team!
Sign up that night if you’re interested in running or contact Tanja Moriarty, HDTC Secretary at 860-614-5158 before the meeting. Our Nominations Committee will interview prospective candidates this spring and make a recommendation of the 2019 Slate of Candidates to the Haddam Democratic Town Committee. The HDTC will then vote on the slate, file it with the State and campaign to get good folks like you elected on November 5, 2019! You need not be a member of the HDTC to check it all out!
So Many Dems Who Work on Haddam’s Behalf Were Elected on Nov. 6, 2018
Restoring our Hope and Sanity at the Regional, State and National Levels!
All, please read this Hartford Courant article reflecting the realization of “the other side” after this election.
“‘It’s a tough time to be a Republican in Connecticut’ Stewart said.”—-Hartford Courant reporter Neil Vigdor.
That’s music to OUR ears! Let’s keep the volume cranked up!
(Go ahead and Cheer Out Loud!)
Official results from the Secretary of the State’s office as of 2 pm. Norm Needleman wins the 33rd senate district and Christine Palm wins the 36th house district.
Congratulations to all who ran.
Total registered: 6,142
Know where to Vote on November 6th? Just follow this link and fill in the blanks! It’ll tell you where to go!
Do you know Your Democratic Candidates who want to serve Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck at the Senate, Congressional, and State levels? Get out and vote for them on Nov. 6th, 2018!
Haddam Dems at Youth and Family Services annual Pumpkin Run provided candidate information, and a chance for people to meet candidates. Here is Christine Palm for State Representative. Norm Needleman also came by.
HDTC Recommends Sean Moriarty to Fill Board of Finance Vacancy: Board of Selectmen Unanimously Approve!
The Haddam Democratic Town Committee recommended Sean Moriarty to the Board of Selectmen on Oct. 22, 2018 to fill the full Board of Finance seat recently vacated by Christopher Alexy, who recently resigned. The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to accept Sean for the remainder of the term which ends November of 2019. See more at Sean Moriarty for Haddam.
NEXT NORM DEBATE: Thursday, Oct. 25 at Old Saybrook High School, 1111 Boston Post Road. The Day‘s 33rd district debate between Norm Needleman for State Senate and Melissa Ziobron. Hope you can make it!
The hour-long debates begin at 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed on www.theday.com.
The Day and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut are sponsoring the debates with help from the League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut.
See the Debate between our well-informed, qualified and highly-endorsed Democratic candidate Christine Palm and incumbent Bob Seigrist (R) on Oct. 17th, at Valley Regional High School. (Unedited footage so start viewing at 10:12 to where debate begins)
Instead of our regular Oct. Haddam Democratic Town Committee meeting, we will meet Wednesday, October 17 at Valley Regional High School in Deep River at 6:30 for Candidate Christine Palm’s Debate! All of the community are welcome!
Essex & Haddam Libraries to Sponsor Debates Between Candidates for State Rep. & Senate Oct. 17 and 22nd.
The Essex and Brainerd (Haddam) Libraries will jointly sponsor two debates in October. Moderators will be Essex Library Director Richard Conroy and Brainerd Library Director Tom Piezzo.
The first debate will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. It will feature incumbent 36th District State Representative Bob Siegrist (R) and challenger Christine Palm (D) who will square off beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.
Democrat Norm Needleman and Republican Melissa Ziobron, candidates for the open 36th State Senate seat, will debate at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 also at Valley Regional High School. Conroy and Piezzo will once again serve as moderators.
District residents are encouraged to submit questions for the candidates in writing by mailing or dropping them off at either the Essex Library (33 West Ave, Essex, CT, 06426) or Brainerd Library (920 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438) or by sending them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. In order to be considered for inclusion questions must be relevant to issues facing our state, particularly at the district level, and not constructed in such a way as to favor a particular candidate.
Highlights from the Chilliest! About 35 people met Norm Needleman for State Senate, and Christine Palm for Representative (see more about the candidates here). We learned highlights of their campaigns and encouraged each other to keep going! There were 10 different kinds of chili to sample and vote for the favorite with real beans! Tanja Moriarty won the most votes with her beef chili!
We need to make big changes on Nov. 6th! Vote for our Democratic candidates. Need info on registering to vote? How to get an Absentee Ballot? Click here.
Do you know Your Democratic Candidates who want to serve Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck at the Senate, Congressional, and State levels? Get out and vote for them on Nov. 6th, 2018!
Come Meet Candidates & Sample and Vote for the Best Chili in Haddam on Oct. 14th!
Regular HDTC Meeting, Wed., Sept. 19th 7 p.m. at Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum.
Joint Democratic Town Committee Meeting Sept. 11th
Democratic Town Committees from Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex are continuing to meet, having joined forces this earlier this year as Joint Democratic Town Committee meetings. The next one takes place at the Chester Meeting House, Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, Chester on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 7 p.m. Come experience the strength in numbers as we share ideas and make plans.
Members of the Haddam Democratic Town Committee at Haddam Neck Fair and Haddam River Days This Fall!
Posts below from a very interesting summer…
Susan Campbell gets it. http://www.courant.com/…/hc-op-campbell-schlag-kneeling-ple…
‘Do that on your own time’: Official’s decision to kneel during pledge divides her small town- Washington Post 8/2/18
Haddam official, vilified for kneeling during Pledge, apologizes, pleads for constructive dialogue -Middletown Press 8/2/18
Supporters of All Backgrounds Protest
Haddam selectman faces harsh criticism, condemnation for taking knee during Pledge of Allegiance–Middletown Press
Haddam Board Of Selectmen Meeting Draws Supporters, Critics Of Official Who Knelt During Pledge- Hartford Courant
Haddam and Killingworth Officials Exercise First Amendment Rights—They Kneel Disheartened With Our Country’s Leadership. Two Republicans Go Unscathed; Our Democrat Deals with Politically- Charged Bullying!
Selectman, Democrat Melissa J. Schlag Takes A Knee and Takes the Heat Exercising First Amendment Rights
For about a year, two members of the Haddam -Killingworth Board of Education began taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance in school meetings. Maura Wallin, a Haddam Republican, admits she is no fan of President Trump, said she takes a knee in protest of our criminal justice system. She believes it singles out minorities. Eric Couture of Killingworth kneels because he feels “..we are not living living up to what we say we stand for, and we should call attention to that.”(see Middletown Press link)
They kneel. That is their constitutional right! No one in Haddam or Killingworth, nor anyone with any political affiliation has ever said one word about it—for over a year!
Yet, on Monday, July 16th, Selectman Melissa Schlag, Democrat, knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the Board of Selectmen meeting in protest of Trump’s visit with Putin that day. She also knelt “in sorrow” for a number of issues she felt our country is facing (see her letter on our website).
The meeting continued after the Pledge as usual for about 35 minutes, then adjourned. That seemed to be that. But later, the video of her kneeling was handed over to the mass-media by people who wanted to agitate and to promote the unprecedented division in our town, state and nation.
It wasn’t us.
A firestorm of controversy spread globally. Though well within her Constitutional rights, Melissa Schlag in her silent protest, has endured a backlash of hatred and unbeliebable name-calling and threats. First Selectman Lizz Milardo called Melissa’s refusal to stand during the Pledge a “selfish act of attention.” (see Middletown Press link) Melissa was even hassled by Republican Art Linares on this video clip who said she should resign! (Linares is currently hot on his campaign trail, facing a primary soon as he runs for Treasurer.)
Fortunately, Melissa has received some powerful validation and support from reasonable people who understand our sacred freedoms. We must not lose them to warped or uninformed “lock-step” regimes or bullies. We must protect our rights and those who take the heat for exercising our American freedoms.
The links below follow some of news stories and articles of the past few weeks. A non-violent vigil, Support The First, has been organized to take place at 5 p.m. before the next Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, July 30th at the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company. Please attend.
In Defense of the First Amendment
Statement by Christine Palm concerning Art Linares’ attack on the First Amendment. July 27, 2018
“We in the Constitution State need to defend the Constitution. This bedrock of our democracy is broad, deep and elegant as written; no one should pick and choose which of the 27 ratified amendments to support and which to deem insignificant. Patriotic people across this nation see the first 10 amendments, which constitute the Bill of Rights, as most directly governing our lives.
While I understand being upset by any action that disrespects the flag, “taking a knee” is not such an action. Rather, it is an act of supplication — an earnest and humble request. Those who kneel in non-violent protest do so out of love for our country because they are moved by a fervent desire to see the rights of all people respected and restored.
Therefore, despite the anti-democratic narrative and political opportunism of Senator Art Linares and others, at the center of the controversy in Haddam is the First Amendment itself.
This Amendment specifically protects five freedoms, three of which Selectwoman Schlag has invoked: the freedom of speech, the freedom to peaceably assemble, and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Put simply, these three freedoms mean that if you disagree with your government, you have a right to express your opinion, as long as it doesn’t create a riot or harm others.
The GOP outcry is nothing more than political posturing. Linares chose to attack a Democrat but has been completely silent for more than a year regarding a Republican who has also shown her independence by taking a knee at Haddam town meetings to protest the injustices of the current administration.
Linares would better spend his time addressing what is critical to our district – enhancing economic security for working families, creating jobs that pay a living wage, and protecting the elderly, the environment, veterans, teachers’ pensions and women’s rights.
People of all political persuasions and parties — including the GOP – should stand up for our Constitution in all its glory. It’s time to honor all the U.S. soldiers who have died defending what our flag stands for, those who currently serve our country to defend our Constitutional rights, and all who invoke the First Amendment as they challenge our nation to become “a more perfect union.”
- Rep. Jeff Berger (D)
- Rep. Linda Gentile (D)
- Rep. Lonnie Reed (D)
- Rep. Danny Rovero (D)
- Rep. Kevin Skulczyck (R)
- Rep. Diana Urban (D)
- Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R)
- Sen. Ed Gomes (D)
- Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D)
- Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D)
The following Representatives have declared their intention to seek a State Senate Seat:
- Tony Guerrera (D) – replacing Paul Doyle (D) in the 9th District
- Rob Sampson (R) – replacing Joseph Markley (R) in the 16th District
- Pam Staneski (R) – replacing Gayle Slossberg (D) in the 14th District
- Mark Tweedie (R) – challenging Steve Cassano (D) in the 4th District
- Melissa Ziobron (R) – replacing Art Linares (R) in the 33rd District
The following legislators are running for statewide office:
- Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R) (Governor)
- Sen. Joseph Markley (R) (Lieutenant Governor)
- Rep. William Tong (D) (Attorney General)
- Rep. Michael D’Agostino (D) (Attorney General) -ended campaign
- Sen. Toni Boucher (R) – ended campaign
- Sen. Paul Doyle (D) (Attorney General)
- Sen. Art Linares (R) (State Treasurer)
Our next Haddam Democratic Town Committee meeting is Thursday, May 10, at the Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Road, so we can endorse candidates for the various offices in advance of the conventions.
Don’t forget to go to the Town Budget Meeting where we’ll vote on the upcoming Town Budget, Wednesday, May 30 at Firehouse 1 at 7 p.m.
1. Solar Fees
Selectmen Milardo and Maggi want to undo an ordinance we passed four years ago that waives solar building fees. As our federal government (thanks to polluting Pruitt) rolls back environmental protections every day in this country, we should be making it easier and cheaper for people to install solar panels not more difficult and more expensive.
Haddam was on the cutting edge of solar installations in Connecticut during the Solarize CT campaign and should be proud of our accomplishments.
The permit fees are astronomical in relation to the type of inspection solar panels need–the inspection is very quick compared to other building projects worth $25-30K and does not justify the fees charged. Furthermore, it’s the principle that Haddam stands for clean air and a clean environment. Haddam won awards, grants, and free solar panels for a town building because of our efforts. These efforts should not be undone.
Selectmen Milardo and Maggi also want to institute an ordinance that the folks along any sidewalk or path on a street/highway/etc have to remove snow AND maintain the sidewalk, as well as hold all the legal responsibility if someone falls etc.
There are lots of older folks along the sidewalks in Haddam center and they won’t be able to shovel snow off the sidewalks, nonetheless repair them. And along the main highway, the state trucks throw snow and ice onto the sidewalk that would sometimes be impossible to remove.
So please come out to the town meeting and VOTE this TONIGHT: April 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Firehouse, 439 Saybrook Rd Higganum
Selectman Melissa Schlag
Submitted by Sean Moriarty:
There will be a public hearing at the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company Community Hall on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:00 pm followed by a Town Meeting at the same location to discuss and vote on two important topics. There is a proposal to repeal the Town Ordinance that waives the building permit fees for the installation of renewable energy sources on our properties. The waiver of the fees is an incentive for people to try to install renewable energy generators such as solar to help them reduce their personal energy costs and help reduce the environmental impact of non- renewable energy producing plants that we rely on.
The repeal is a short-sighted money grab by the first selectman. The town has not suffered in the four years since the ordinance has been enacted and in fact has become a better place to live as people are trying to make a difference in how we treat our environment.
If the ordinance is repealed your taxes will not go down in any measurable manner but it may very well deter some people from trying to install a renewable energy generation source on their property.
I am asking you to join me at the hearing and meeting on Wednesday, April 11 to stop this repeal from going through.
There is a second item on the agendas that deals with sidewalk maintenance after a winter weather event. The Town is going to require residents who have property the abuts a town owned sidewalk remove snow and ice from the sidewalk within 12 hours of the end of the weather event. While this is not a new idea in municipalities, I feel the twelve hours is not enough time, especially if those property owners have a lot of clearing to do other than the sidewalks. Many municipalities give property owners 24 hours to clear the sidewalks. This time frame is more than reasonable.
Joint Dem Town Committees Meeting Updates:
We had great Turn Out at the Joint DTC meeting we hosted on March 28th at Fire House 1. The hall was filled and we heard from candidates Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for Secretary. Guy Smith, Mark Stewart Greenstein, and Joe Ganim for governor. The next joint meeting is Monday, April 30th at the Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty St., Chester at 7 p.m.
Double the Turn-Out at 2nd Joint Meeting with Area Towns! Haddam hosts next one Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Haddam Fire House 1.
Over 130 Democrats from area town committees met on Wed., Feb. 28 in Essex to hear from 12 candidates for governor, treasurer, attorney general at Essex’s town office building. This number from Haddam, Chester, Deep River and Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme and Portland is double the amount that met last month in Deep River to share ideas and collaborate on how to restore sanity and good sense in our local, state, and national government. The four chairs of the local committees, Lori Ann Clymas, (Chester), Lisa Bibbiani (Deep River), Brian Cournoyer (Essex), and Melissa Schlag (Haddam) began this collaboration in the new year. The purpose of these gatherings is to stand strong together to take back our towns, state, and nation by campaigning together, instead of as individual town committees. Right now we are receiving reports from local political dignitaries and pitches from future candidates.
Each Democratic Town Committee plans to host a joint meeting in the coming months. The next one is Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Haddam Fire House 1. State-wide Candidate Presentations will be from:
- Eva Bermudez Zimmerman (Sec)
- Guy Smith (Gov)
- Clare Kindall (AG)
- Mark Stewart Greenstein (Gov
- Joe Ganim (Gov)
Please take the time now to click and like the Chester, Deep River, and Essex Democratic Town Committees on line or visit their websites so you can stay informed at this crucial time!
Highlights from the First Joint Meeting
Over 65 Democrats from Haddam, Chester, Deep River and Essex (with a few from Portland and Middletown) assembled at the Deep River Town Hall on January 24th to share ideas and collaborate on how to restore sanity and good sense in our local, state and national government. The four chairs of the local committees Lori Ann Clymas, (Chester), Lisa Bibbiani (Deep River), Brian Cournoyer (Essex) and Melissa Schlag (Haddam) lead the organizational meeting and encouraged reports from local political dignitaries and future candidates. Each Democratic Town Committee plans to host a joint meeting in the coming months. The next one is Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall. Please take the time now to click and like the Chester, Deep River and Essex Democratic Town Committees on line or visit their websites so you can stay informed at this crucial time!
Democratic Town Committees from Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam are joining forces this new year with a series of Joint Democratic Town Committee meetings. The first takes place at the Deep River Town Hall on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Come experience the strength in numbers as we share ideas and hear from:
- Gubernatorial candidate Joe Ganim (Bridgeport Mayor)
- AG Candidate Mike D’Agostino (State Rep. Hamden)
- First Selectman Norm Needleman
- Judge of Probate-elect Jeannine Lewis
The next joint meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall . We’ll host one in March, date to be announced.
Let us know if you can make it, if you need directions, or are interested in carpooling.
Nine New Members Added at Caucus
Congratulations to nine new and returning members!
We had a great caucus and now have 39 members on our committee. What a dynamic group! We will see third Wednesday of each month. After our February 7 meeting which will be at the Town Hall, we will be meeting at the Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum. Since we can get cell service at the community center, we will be able to offer live Facebook or Skype meetings for folks who are not able to make it.
Who We Are and Why You Should Join Haddam Democrats
We are a hybrid of Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck neighbors who embrace progressive values such as:
- employment and economic opportunity
- a healthy environment
- quality, affordable health care
- civil rights
- affordable housing
- access to good public education
- and fair taxation
We insist on open and fair town government here at home. Read more.