Tuesday, April 15, 2014

‘Governor of The Hidden Public Records’

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    From Danbury City Hall


    the City has not received any warnings from actuaries regarding the funding of City pensions


    Cool Justice column:
    More bad jokes emanate from Danbury City Hall as public records are sought

    Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s legal team – famous across the land for baseless threats against a local blogger – continues to write new chapters in the delay, deny, defend game over access to public records.

    Curiously, these efforts now focus on stonewalling requests for financial records as gubernatorial candidate Boughton proclaims the mantra, “People Over Politics.” Already criticized for hypocrisy over his alliance with indicted former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson Foley, a flip-flop on gun control and deletion of critical Facebook comments on the gun issue, Boughton’s war on freedom of information poses a grave threat not only to the citizenry at large, but also to his own political fortune.

    What was up with the Boughton-Wilson Foley deal? After the New Haven Register and Register Citizen broke the story that former Gov. John Rowland had a shadow role in Wilson Foley’s campaign while ostensibly working for her husband’s nursing home chain, Boughton helped deliver Danbury delegates to his former rival. Maybe he’s like Mother Theresa and just did it out of the kindness of his heart. Or, maybe there’s more to it.

    As CT News Junkie reported, Boughton’s decision to end his relationship with Mayors Against Illegal Guns came just a few days after he was criticized by Second Amendment supporters at a Capitol rally. “I am not sure that the timing of his departure will help his campaign at this point,” a leader of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League told the news site. The daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung criticized Boughton for “putting his political ambitions ahead of the safety of Connecticut families.”

    A normal and reasonable person might think Team Boughton would have wised up after being exposed in federal court for amateurish attempts to silence Hat City blogger Al Robinson ...

  • Complete column & DOCUMENTS at Register Citizen

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  • Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Trane Tribute, Smithsonian Jazz

    The official poster for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 features the Joseph Holston screen print “Jazz.” Created and printed in 1990 by Holston, the print is his tribute to American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

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  • More Cool Justice: She ‘imagined hearing poems read in a variety of languages by people who just love poetry’
  • Tuesday, April 08, 2014

    She ‘imagined hearing poems read in a variety of languages by people who just love poetry’

    Bessy Reyna, the poet and arts editor for @IdentidadLatina, reports that about 70 languages are spoken in Hartford.

    Reyna saw this as an opportunity to bring poetry – not just any poetry, but poets reading from at least 16 of those languages – to every neighborhood in the capital city. The city government and the Hartford Public Library agreed.

    “I’ve long wanted to work with Bessy and this is the perfect opportunity,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, the city of Hartford’s director of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs. “So many people in Hartford don’t realize how diverse our city is. I’m excited to attend all of these events – It’s like taking a trip without having to leave home.”

    As a result of this collaboration, a two-week celebration called “Hartford Loves Poetry” was to open Monday evening, April 7, at the Park Street branch of the library. The opening event was to feature Fulbright Scholar Jose Gonzalez, an English professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Each of the 10 branches of the HPL will host readings and workshops with opportunities for the audience to share works via open microphone sessions. A complete schedule is posted under programs and exhibits at the library website, https://www.hplct.org/.

    “The opportunity to create a poetry festival for Hartford sparked thoughts of the diversity and cultural richness of our many communities,” Reyna said. “I imagined hearing poems read in a variety of languages by people who just love poetry.”

    Along with English translations, poets will read from languages including Chinese, Italian, Nepalese, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, Bosnian, Greek, Polish and Hebrew.

    The program is a homecoming of sorts for poet John Stanizzi, who grew up on Albany Avenue in Hartford. Stanizzi – currently teaching English at Manchester Community College – will read at the Albany Avenue library branch on Saturday, April 12. His poem “Cardinals” was featured on National Public Radio’s The @WritersAlmanac with Garrison Keillor

    “This is Bessy’s vision – she hit at least a three-run homer,” said Stanizzi, named New England Poet of the Year by the New England Association of Teachers of English and the author of “Ecstacy Among Ghosts,” now in its fourth printing. “I bet a lot of people didn’t know there were that many library branches in Hartford. Bessy’s sending a message that poetry is alive and well and an uplifting way to bring our lives in focus.”

    Appearing twice in “Hartford Loves Poetry” is Kate Rushin, whose reading of “The Black Backups” at Farmington’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival was also featured on National Public Radio. Rushin has taught at Wesleyan, MIT and UMASS Boston. Her long poem, “My Lord, What A Morning,” was commissioned by the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and is inspired by the Marian Anderson Studio at the Danbury Historical Society. Rushin will appear April 12 at the Barbour Street branch and April 16 at the Ropkins branch ...

  • Complete column at Register Citizen

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    -- MURDERER'S ROW - Gaby "She Be Stinging" Calvocoressi, Kate "La Terrible" Rushin and Binnie "The Demon Barber" Klein take a breather after reading from their works in a boxing ring Jan. 15, 2010 at The Hartford Club. Also among the presenters during the CT Young Writers Triple Knockout Event -- Poetry, Prose And Pugilism -- was a former State Poetry Champion, Amy Ma, who now teaches for the Hartford Public Schools. The festivities -- including writing workshops, two bands and a boxing exhibition -- drew about 150 guests to the Hartford Club.

    -- Triple KO photos by Bob Thiesfield for the CT Young Writers Trust

  • More Cool Justice: Comprehensive coverage, family court troubles, follows column
  • Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    Every Now And Then, Some Legislators -- Like Gonzalez & Vargas -- Step Up For Justice

    Comprehensive coverage
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    'The system is broken … the system is letting these people down … they are losing their houses, they are losing their money ... '

    -- State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez

    'The fact is, family court is run like North Korea. In North Korea they can deprive you of your freedom and your wealth without due process. In family court they can deprive you of your freedom and your wealth without due process. They don’t kill you, like in North Korea, but for some parents not being able to see your child is like being killed.

    `It sure ain’t America.'

    -- State Rep. Edwin Vargas

    Cool Justice column:
    Is Family Court A Racket: Or What?

    Pay no attention to the men and women behind the curtain.

    All is well in Connecticut’s family courts.

    It’s so swell in family court, the administration of justice is probably even better than that of this state’s outstanding purveyor of kleptocracy, the probate court.

    Just kidding.

    This ground is incredibly fertile for responsible legislators and reporters to uncover which court shafts citizens worse – probate or family. Both courts share the shield of doing much of their business out of public view.

    Aggrieved parents who have not been able to see their children for years put so much heat on the legislature and the judicial branch that even Chief Justice Chase Rogers has acknowledged some sort of reform is needed. Rogers characterized the system as not “totally broken.” Many of these parents trapped in the system have shelled out huge sums – tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars – not only to regular lawyers, but also to court-ordered and unsupervised guardians.

    For example, a Torrington parent testified on Jan. 9 before a legislative task force that he has spent more than five years and $50,000 unsuccessfully trying to enforce visitation with his child. That’s small change compared with many of the horror stories told during a 15-hour hearing that day.

    The task force also heard testimony regarding an entity called the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) which allegedly functions like a vendor and has had questionable practices, ties and relationships with judges, guardians and other court officials. Questions about AFCC have been raised in news reports by The Washington Times, which posted a 2013 opinion by the Connecticut Commission on Judicial Ethics stating: “An appearance of impropriety would arise if a Judicial Official serving on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization or member of the Judicial Office’s staff were to refer clients to the nonprofit organization.” At its worst, the AFCC operations have been likened to that of a racketeering enterprise. This could be fodder for the U.S. Justice Department, which disclosed to parents in January that it is conducting a review of the training that Connecticut judges and support staff receive regarding family court cases relative to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    As expected, lawyers, judges and guardians have circled the wagons to protect their turf. Lackeys in the Legislature can always be counted on to help. This is particularly true in the Judiciary Committee ...

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