Monday, May 30, 2011

Special Thanks To All Who Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice.

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foe? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and found mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice of neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude, -- the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.
By order of

Adjutant General

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday Was A Good Day In Danbury.

Friday was a good day for our city– Pitney Bowes announced that they will be expanding their operations in Danbury.
Wayne Shepperd and I have been meeting with officials from Pitney Bowes for the last 6 months or so. The objective was to help them consolidate their business in Danbury.
About two weeks ago, I toured the Pitney Bowes facility in Danbury with members of their staff and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. Pitney Bowes has a world wide reach with a wide variety of products and services in the mail fulfillment field– If you receive an invoice from a major utility or vendor, chances are it was processed by Pitney Bowes or with Pitney Bowes equipment. They also have a new product that will be launched shortly that will revolutionize bulk mail and electronic mail.
Job growth  and job retention must be the number one priority for the State of Connecticut. It is critical if we are ever going to pull ourselves out of the economic slump we are facing. New jobs mean new taxpayers and ultimately more revenue for our state.
That’s why job growth and job retention is so important for Connecticut and for our residents.
Because we are now in a global competition for job growth and job retention, we cannot have the state Legislature pass anti-business legislation like the “captive audience” bill and the “paid sick days for part time employees” bill.
As state we must become business friendly, recognizing that a pro-business environment helps all of our residents.
Pitney Bowes had a choice on where to consolidate their business. They chose Danbury– for that we are grateful.
They will be bringing 200 engineering positions from Shelton to Danbury.
We welcome them and honor them for their commitment to our city.
Let’s hope the State of Connecticut gets it- so that we have can have more good days in Danbury.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Army Reserve Project Is A Good Compromise.

Yesterday we presented the latest plan to build a comprehensive Army Reserve Center on the Lee Farm Property.

The presentation was conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers, various military officials, Congressman Murphy and me.

The meeting was well attended by members of the neighborhood and the Corps of Engineers was gracious in answering as many questions as possible regarding the size and the scope of the project.

The redesigned project is approximately 50% smaller than the initial proposal and uses just 18 acres of the property compared to the earlier version which used 30 acres.

Most importantly, the Army Corps has agreed to incorporate our recommendations as it relates to traffic flow and has agreed to utilize the Rt. 7 on ramps for military vehicles.

The $45 million project will generate a significant amount of construction jobs as well as permanent maintenance staff and will have an emphasis on using local vendors for supplies and services. Soldiers will be staying at our hotels and motels as well as eating in our restaurants and shopping in our stores.

Finally, there will be no live fire of weapons or moving of heavy equipment- and no helicopters.

Special thanks to Senators Lieberman, Dodd,  and Congressman Murphy for working with our city to make this a  compromise that we are all comfortable with.

I am honored to have played a role in bringing the Reserve Center to Danbury.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Some Interesting Facts About Clean City Danbury Day.

With tomorrow's Clean City Danbury Day rapidly approaching, I thought I would share some interesting facts about the day.
Winters Brothers (the new owners of AWD) will be donating the complete cost of the disposal, the dumpsters and the manpower for the day. Special thanks to Joe Winters and his team for the donation-- this is a huge expense and last year the City of Danbury had to foot the bill for the disposal.
For the first time, the FCI is providing manpower for the event at several key locations. Special thanks to Warden Maureen Baird and her team- look for more strategic partnerships between the City and the FCI in the future.
Here are some other key facts:
  • Nearly 500 volunteers & over 60 teams are particpating.
  • Over 60 streets will be cleaned by clean teams.
  • Community groups as diverse as the Ecuadorian Civic Center (they are cleaning 3 streets) to the DHS Air Force Junior ROTC will volunteering.
  • We anticipate collecting over 150 tons of bulky waste and debris.
  • We will collect over 200 refrigerators and stoves and other white goods.
  • Our Public Works Department will have all parking lots cleaned and cleared by 2 pm.
For more information about Clean City Danbury Day, click here.
See ya tomorrow and special thanks to all who help keep our city clean.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Save the Clock Tower!"

Save the Main Street Post Office! – kinda sounds like “Save the Clock Tower!” from Back to the Future..

Now that I have got that out of my system, just a short note to remind you that tomorrow is the Public Hearing for the future of the Main Street Post Office.
The USPS has been sending signals that it intends to close the Main Street Post Office because of declining use and because of the sky rocketing cost in running such a large building.
If you are as concerned about this as I am, then please come down to community meeting scheduled for 5 pm tomorrow night in the City Hall Council Chambers.
This is the time to have your voice heard..


About 80 people showed up to the meeting last night. Good turn out, and I believe that the USPS heard the message loud and clear from our residents. In the meantime, I will continue to lobby our federal representatives and the Post Office to keep a Post Office on Main Street.