December 21, 2014

They’re Collecting Pennies for Peace

Left to right are Heidi Samuelson, Katie Wright, Leslie Strauss, Tom Marsh, Sherrie Coleman, Rachel Ryan, Nicole Dolan .

Tri-town area businesses and stores are collecting pennies for the next two months to benefit the Pennies for Peace program of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute established by Greg Mortensen, author of “Three Cups of Tea.”

The book, and its two editions for younger readers, is the subject of Tri-Town Youth Services’ Community Read this summer. Pennies for Peace was initiated to teach children the rewards of working together to bring hope and educational opportunities to children in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where one penny buys a pencil.

Shown in the photo, left to right, are Chester businesspeople Heidi Samuelson, New Alliance Bank; Katie Wright, Hammered Edge Gallery; Leslie Strauss, Century 21; Tom Marsh, Chester First Selectman; Sherrie Coleman, eo Art Lab; and Rachel Ryan, Rachel Ryan’s Fitness; with Nicole Dolan of Tri-Town Youth Services. More information about the community read is at www.tritownys.org

Marsh, Other Independent Candidates Qualify for the Fall Ballot

CHESTER–Chester First Selectman Tom Marsh has secured a line on the Nov. 2 ballot for his run for governor as the nominee of the Connecticut Independent Party.

Marsh and five other Connecticut Independent Party candidates submitted more than the required number of petition signatures from registered voters by an Aug. 4 deadline and have been confirmed for the ballot by the Secretary of the State’s office. The candidates and about 50 friends and supporters celebrated the successful ballot access effort Tuesday evening with a gathering at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Essex.

The candidates for statewide office were required to submit petition signatures from at least 7,500 registered voters. Marsh said Wednesday after nearly 11,500 signatures were submitted by the deadline.

Marsh, elected first selectman in 2005 as a Republican, had announced in January that he was running for the Republican nomination for governor. But in April Marsh announced he would pursue his candidacy in the general election as the nominee of the Connecticut Independent Party, a Waterbury based group that has elected members of the Waterbury Board of Alderman and has town committees in several Waterbury area towns.

Marsh is running with Cicero Booker as the candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Booker, an African-American, is a former Waterbury police officer who currently serves on the city’s Board of Alderman. Booker also successfully petitioned for a spot on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Other candidates on the ballot include Michael Telesca for secretary of the state, and Andrew White for treasurer. Telesca, of Waterbury, is a property manager who also serves as chairman of the party. White, of Ridgefield, is a financial analyst who was initially a candidate for the Republican nomination for treasurer.

The party currently has two candidates for U.S. Senate with separate ballot lines. John Mertens, a college professor from West Hartford, has the ballot line of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party, a grouping created by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman after he was defeated by Ned Lamont in the 2006 Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate nomination. The Connecticut for Lieberman Party already had ballot status left over from Lieberman’s 2006 general election victory but is no longer affiliated with Lieberman.

Warren Mosler holds the Connecticut Independent Party ballot line for U..S. Senate. Mosler, a financial commentator from Middletown, began the year as a candidate for the Democratic nomination.