CHESTER – Imagining Chester, a special exhibit of paintings interpreting scenes of Chester will be shown during November at Maple and Main Gallery and will benefit residents in need.
A percentage of each painting sold will be contributed to the Community Fund and Emergency Fuel bank which allocates money to residents who need help with their heating bills and other emergencies.
The show will be in Maple and Main’s Stone Gallery and will feature paintings done from photographs of Chester Creek, the Pattaconk Brook, the Connecticut River looking toward the East Haddam Bridge, a red barn in town and a scene from the Winter Carnivale.
On Saturday, Nov. 1, there will be an informal wine reception to usher in the exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m.
The gallery, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of the Chester paintings can be seen in the events section of the gallery website: mapleandmaingallery.com.
To the Editor:
I attended the debate between Representative Phil Miller and Challenger Bob Siegrist at the Valley High School. I enjoyed the policy debate over issues that face Connecticut. There was one comment that did catch my attention by Representative Miller when he said he wanted to get rid of the gas tax and replace it with tolls. I love a good research project and looked into this campaign idea.
When you combine both the gasoline taxes (gas tax and the gross receipts tax) it totals approx. $900M. One would say great, get rid of burdensome taxes. However, to replace that revenue one would have to litter CT with tolls. And remember that tolls cost money. For comparison, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority incurred approx. $470,000 in costs last year to run them. By the way, there is currently a Federal prohibition of tolls on all interstate highways in CT as they are currently configured (with few exceptions).
While CT is discussing tolls in Southwestern CT along 95, it is part of a pilot program to strategically place tolls in a limited basis in the hopes of reducing traffic congestion, not to raise revenue. In fact, one of those exceptions to place tolls in CT includes all non-interstate highways. Rt. 9 is a non-interstate highway. Get ready for more traffic on Rt. 9 if tolls go up. Do we really need I95 traffic in our backyard?
I would only suggest that before you make any campaign suggestions as massive as this one that you do the research first. What we don’t need are more ways to raise revenue and more spending in a bloated budget. Let’s vote for a candidate who won’t raid the transportation fund and wants to fix our roads and highways, not create more traffic on them. I’m voting for Bob Siegrist on November 4th.
To the Editor:
I just received the latest campaign mailer from Emily Bjornberg in which she repeats claims that she has made during her debates with Senator Linares regarding his use of “cheap Chinese products over American jobs” in his business. This attack on Senator Linares is odd in that Emily also claims a great deal of experience working in her family’s small business, Reynolds Subaru, a company that has not sold an American brand car since the Studebaker in 1964.
The hypocrisy is not the real issue. The lack of understanding of the needs of small business and their need to compete in a real world based upon cost of goods sold and satisfying customers’ need is the real issue.
Obviously Emily’s family recognized the changing environment in the 1960’s for automobile purchasers and adapted to the new market realities by importing cars that meet consumer demands. What she fails to understand, and why she is a bad candidate for representing small business, is that Senator Linares has had to deliver to his clients the product they want at a price that is competitive.
By the way, how many of us have products, for example televisions, or for that matter automobiles, that are entirely made from parts that are only made in the USA? I suggest that not many can make that claim.
I will vote for Art Linares, a realist, with real business experience. He knows how to deliver a product that his customers want, knows how to create jobs, and knows how to stimulate business. Emily apparently does not have that real world knowledge.
The yacht Flo skippered by Toby Doyle from the Essex Corinthian and Pettipaug Yacht Clubs, took overall honors in the 2014 Tri Club River Race Series. The Tri Club series consists of three Connecticut River races sponsored each October by the Essex, Essex Corinthian, and Pettipaug Yacht Clubs.
Joined by crew members Bill Robinson, John Peterson, and Cindy Gibbs; Toby guided Flo to first place in the Thomas Willets Memorial Race, sponsored by the Essex Yacht Club on October 4th; and the Tom Clark Memorial Race sponsored by the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club on October 11th.
Last year’s defender, Celebration, skipped by Jeff Going and Ed Birch, won the Charles Birch Memorial Race sponsored by the Pettipaug Yacht Club on October 18th. Jeff and Ed are past commodores of both the Essex Corinthian and Pettipaug Yacht Clubs.
While each race presented unique challenges around wind, weather, current, and river navigation; every race provided crews fun sailing and camaraderie during and after racing.
The series traditionally ends at the Decommissioning Party of the Pettipaug Yacht Club where the Tri Club River Race trophy was presented to the winning crew.
To the Editor:
I attended the debate between State Senator Art Linares, Emily Bjornberg, and Colin Bennett on October 8th at Valley Regional High School. With regard to the letter from Sue Huybensz, who also attended the debate, I am certain that she misunderstood the discussion. In particular, she completely misinterpreted the response by Senator Linares regarding his stand on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision.
In no way did Senator Linares say that he is opposed to a woman’s right to choose. He pointed out that this issue is not germane to candidates running for the State Senate. If he were running for the United States Senate or were in line for consideration for a position on the Supreme Court, the issue of what methods of birth control must be paid for by a private enterprise would be a worthwhile topic for debate. At a debate for election to State Senator, the issue is a red herring.
When Art shared that he was raised Catholic, he was pointing out that nobody’s personal and religious beliefs supersede the laws of our country. The aim of Senator Linares on the evening of October 8th was to bring the debate’s discussion back to issues that are germane to CT residents, issues that a state senator is empowered to do something about: returning prosperity and top-notch educational and professional opportunity to the residents of our state. As a CT woman, I plan to cast my vote for Senator Art Linares.
Alice van Deursen
Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, will host author James Rourke at a Book Talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Mr. Rourke is the author of two non-fiction books, The Comic Book Curriculum: Using Comics to Enhance Learning and Life, and From My Classroom To Yours: Reflections on Teaching. He will present his novel, The Eternal Struggle, a “supernatural adventure” for Young Adults, and discuss the writing and publishing process. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call the library at 860-395-3184, or visit during regular business hours. The library is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, CT, Inc. encourages you to pay it forward by donating your gently used 2004 and newer books to replenish its bookstore. You can feel great knowing you are supporting an organization that makes a difference by helping to sustain its tutoring programs. During fall cleaning address that clutter you’ve been meaning to get to by going through books you have already read. Come full circle by dropping off your old books and choosing new ones from our bookstore. Drop off your used books and visit the bookstore Monday-Thursday, 9-2PM, and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10a.m.-noon. We have a wide selection of hardcovers, paperbacks, children’s books, puzzles and DVD’s. We are located on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Drive. For more information visit www.vsliteracy.org or call 860-399-0280.
ESSEX — The Connecticut River Museum will bring past and present together for this program exploring the local heritage of submarine design; from David Bushnell’s American Revolution submarine, Turtle, to Old Saybrook High School’s submarine design program. Come for an afternoon exploring the story of human powered submarines with noted submarine historians Fred Frese and Roy Manstan, along with students from Old Saybrook High School. After a short talk, Old Saybrook High School students and their teachers Fred Frese and Gretchen Bushnell will have their one-man sub Jesse III on view. They will share their experiences designing, building and operating the sub. The students in the OSHS submarine program are involved in all aspects of the engineering and operations of this human powered sub, including testing the sub at the Bethesda, MD naval testing facility against submarines from around the world.
The program will take place from 2:30 – 5:00, Saturday, November 15, 2014. It will begin with a short talk by Fred Frese and Roy Manstan. Following the talk, visitors can talk with the speakers and the OSHS students, view the Connecticut River Museum’s replica Turtle and the OSHS submarine Jesse III. Admission to the program is free with museum admission. To register, please call 860.767.8269.
The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, call 860.767.8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.
Why Liberal Arts? At Books & Bagel in Chester, Wesleyan University’s president defends the liberal arts in the age of specialization
Jobs for young people prove scarce today, and those that are most often available seek graduates who are skilled in specific areas of study. But Wesleyan University’s president, Michael Roth, author of the very influential new book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, argues that it is more important than ever for youngsters to get a well-rounded education.
Dr. Roth, a member of CBSRZ, will spell out his arguments at a free Books & Bagels program, open to the public, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 16.
His book quickly became a national sensation, with its second printing already sold out, and is required reading for every freshman at Harvard.
He says his motivation for writing it can be traced to prevailing attitudes in the age of technology to shun the liberal arts and train just for the job market. “If we dumb our educational down so it’s vocational we’ll become the call center of the world.” But, he says, “We won’t educate people in the broadest sense, and prepare them to be problem solvers. The liberal arts prepare students for a lifetime of learning.”
Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester. No reservations are necessary; for more information, call the office at 860-526-8920.
Keryn Nightingale presents her one-woman show, ‘Sympathy for the Devil: The Cancer Initiation of the Handless Maiden’, on Saturday, November 15, at the Deep River Auditorium.
‘Sympathy for the Devil’ is the story of two women: one, a modern-day mother of three, the other, the heroine of an old Eastern-European fairytale. Both women are transformed through trials of endurance.
Keryn Nightingale expertly weaves her personal narrative with that of the handless maiden, creating a show of spellbinding imagery and heartfelt honesty. Lessons about the beauty of helplessness, the relief of letting go, the inspiration of laughter and the power of transcending illusion are presented with humor and punctuated by contemporary music.
Saturday, November 15, at the Deep River Town Hall Auditorium, 174 Main Street. 7:30
$20.00 General Admission (A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Mobile Mammography Lab at Hartford Hospital). Tickets can be purchased at Chester Gallery or at scratchproductions2014.weebly. com.
Sister Cities Essex Haiti is delighted to have been invited once again by Essex Meadows to display a collection of Haitian art in their Meadows gallery. The opening reception on Monday, November 3 is open to all.
An important aspect of the mission of Sister Cities Essex Haiti is to make people of Essex and all of Southeastern CT aware of the many positive aspects of Haiti. Haitian art is wonderful- from their colorful paintings to their unique work with metal from discarded oil drums. This show will focus on the metal art work but will also have several of colorful paintings depicting rural scenes. The profits from the sale of the art work will benefit the work of SCEH in Deschapelles Haiti.
The opening reception is open to all and representatives from SCEH will be there until 7:00. Essex Meadows is located at 30 Bokum Road, Essex.
The Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will hold its next meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street in Deep River. The Coalition is comprised of all who live or work in the tri-town area who are concerned about substance abuse and interested in its prevention.
In addition to ongoing prevention programming in our schools and communities the tri-town area is currently involved in Healthy Communities ● Healthy Youth and the Drug Free Communities federal grant. With 2014-15 being “The Year of the Story” many activities, programs, and events are highlighting the use of stories to promote developmental assets.
Please do join the Coalition to share your thoughts, to learn more about prevention, and to get involved! For further information, call 860-526-3600.
Linda Levene, President of the Friends of the Essex Library presented Richard Conroy, Director of the Essex Library with a check for $10,000 at the Annual Meeting of the Library on Wednesday evening October 15. The donation will be used to install new, easy to operate front doors on the Library’s Grove Street entrance. Richard Conroy thanked the Friends for their gift, saying it would be “…appreciated by everyone each time they visit the Library.”
The Friends donation is the result of two very successful fundraising events this Fall: “Our Library Rocks” in September and the annual Fall Book Sale in October.
To the Editor:
I am a fellow Republican woman who always wanted to be married, but I wanted a career instead of children. Thankfully, when I headed off to college in 1974, I had access to birth control and thanks to Roe v. Wade I also had access to what could be a very excruciating choice. [Thankfully I never had to make that choice.] So it was time travel for me to hear Art Linares’ answer to this question at the debate held on October 8 at the Valley Regional High School: “Where do you stand on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision?” Linares only stated that “he was raised Catholic and isn’t up for appointment as a Supreme Court Justice.” In other words, he is against a woman’s right to choose even birth control!
Haven’t we already dealt with this issue 40 years ago? This extremely right-wing view could have totally changed my life and taken my choice to have a career away from me. Also, I would note that extremist views such as Linares’ are not a fit with his own district’s constituency.
Birthing a child sometimes can be life-threatening. Linares doesn’t care: “No exceptions.” I have had a colleague who died from a brain hemorrhage while she was trying to have a child.
I may have wanted to hear more on Linares’ stances, but it seems he doesn’t like to show up to debates.
Please, if you value your choices as a woman, do not vote for Art Linares.
“A Letter From Paris” is Back! Amidst Economic Depression, Two Nobel Prizes for France Lift the Communal Spirit
We are delighted to welcome back Nicole Logan, who has returned to Paris for the winter from her summer home in Essex. She writes our weekly, “Letter from Paris,” which gives a unique insight into France and the French. Today she writes about the depressing state of the French economy and contrasts it to the tremendous excitement that winning two Nobel Prizes has brought to the country.
It is the time of year when financial laws are voted on and budgets submitted. The 2015 budget represents a triple hurdle for France since the country is under scrutiny from the European Union (EU) Commission in Brussels headed now by Jean Claude Yuncker from Luxemburg; the Eurogroup (made up of the ministers of finances from the 18 members of the euro zone) and led by Jeroen Dijsselbloem from the Netherlands; and finally by the European Council, presided over by Herman Van Rompuy from Belgium.
Will France meet the criteria set in the 1992 Maestrich Treaty, namely an annual deficit of less than 3 percent and a public debt no more than 60 percent of that GDP? It is most unlikely, since the latest figures stand at a 4.3 percent deficit. François Hollande is criticized for not having used the two years respite, granted in 2013, to undertake structural reforms. Instead, he has limited his action to carry out an austerity program by steadily increasing taxes on the most vulnerable individuals like retirees, wage earners or small entrepreneurs.
So to-day the French government is scrambling for ways to reduce its expenses by 21 billion Euros. Three sudden measures have shocked public opinion: closing of the Val de Grace hospital, an historical institution in Paris, the military base of Chalon, and the oldest air base of France in Dijon. More savings are on the table but promise to provoke violent confrontation since they are all considered as untouchable taboos.
Given the fact France’s economy is the second of Europe, the widespread opinion is that it cannot be allowed to fail. Imposing sanctions of 0.02 percent would make it even more impossible for the country to pull out of a recession with dire consequences for the rest of the continent. Behind the scenes, the new French Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron and his German counterpart are at work on the elaboration of a common investment policy.
Two Nobel prizes have just been awarded to French nationals. This unexpected news has definitely lifted the spirits here.
Patrick Modiano received the prize for Literature, following in the footsteps of Camus, Sartre and Gide. Several of his many novels take place during the German Occupation of France. One of them inspired Louis Malle for his outstanding 1974 film Lacombe Lucien.
The Nobel prize for Economics is particularly interesting because it rewards not only an individual, but also an institution. Jean Tirone, born in 1953 and a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, holds a PhD from MIT. In 2007, he founded the Toulouse School of Economics (note that this name is in English), inspired from an American model. It is today one of the world’s 10 most important centers for economic research.
Tirone belongs to the school of economists using a rigorous scientific and mathematical approach. His research is centered on the regulation of free market economy. Tirone’s nomination follows the phenomenal success of Thomas Piketty ‘s ” Capital in the Twenty First Century” published in 2013.
About the author: Nicole Prévost Logan divides her time between Essex and Paris, spending summers in the former and winters in the latter. She will write a regular column for us from her Paris home where her topics will include politics, economy, social unrest — mostly in France — but also in other European countries. She also will cover a variety of art exhibits and the performing arts in Europe. Logan is the author of ‘Forever on the Road: A Franco-American Family’s Thirty Years in the Foreign Service,’ an autobiography of her life as the wife of an overseas diplomat, who lived in 10 foreign countries on three continents. Her experiences during her foreign service life included being in Lebanon when civil war erupted, excavating a medieval city in Moscow and spending a week under house arrest in Guinea.