A new week… what’s happening in WH?

What’s fun and interesting this week? Anything?

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22 responses to “A new week… what’s happening in WH?

  1. EJ

    Town GOP kicks off its’ campaign this week.

  2. Elmwoodian

    Town GOP kicks off its’ campaign this week.

    It seems to get earlier and earlier every year. (Sigh…)

  3. turtle

    Well, a rat was seen deserting a sinking ship.

    Oh, sorry, that happened out of town.

  4. On a somber note, I meant to post these links here a few days back. It’s always sad when you see young people (http://www.ctcentral.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18747867&BRD=1643&PAG=461&dept_id=10486&rfi=6) taken from this Earth prematurely.

    My prayers goes out to the parents and brother of Jordan Gagnon (http://www.legacy.com/hartfordcourant/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=93348465) , a recent Hall High School graduate, and to the families of Alyssa Roy, Sean Landry, and Myles Gosselin. I hope you can find peace.

  5. Gary Reger

    Here are some thoughts:

    1. We got our kids CMT reports yesterday. They showed that the WH district (at least in the grade levels we have kids in) met the goals in all categories, with plenty of room to spare. What’s that mean?

    2. How many people have now moved out of West Hartford to escape the onerous taxes?

    3. What are the major policy questions facing the Town that should be discussed seriously and at length in the upcoming political season?

    4. Newt Gingrich has recently proposed a great idea to improve the quality of political discourse on the national level (an Op-Ed in the Courant a day or two ago): he suggests that before the election the presidential candidates agree to do nine one-hour one-on-one discussion/debates, with just a moderator. How about we do something like that in West Hartford? Let’s put that auditorium in Town Hall to serious political use! And debates could be held evenings in all the elementary schools, to make it easy for people from all over Town to attend.

    5. What happened to the tree project?

  6. Hey Now

    The major policy questions that the Town is facing is rising taxes and the fact that the school budget is 2/3 of the total town budget. The town (i.e. school board and town council) need to sit down face to face and address the large school budget with no end in sight to the increases.

    What also should be discussed is a financial manager for the school side of the budget just like there is a financial manager for the town side of the budget.

    It is making me mental that we have an educator who is in charge of an $100 million plus budget with no financial oversite. Who then can pull $500K out of no where— OOOH! LOOK WHAT I FOUND.

  7. EJ

    Hey Now, notice how no one cares about that question?
    I brought it up weeks ago.

    They scared the parents.
    Then decimated the Quest program
    And then they find $500K.
    Ya think maybe they were looking for an excuse to get rid of the Quest program?

  8. Gary Reger

    What do folks think about the debate idea?

  9. What’s happening in WH? Well, let’s see, we had our own version of a California police chase during the morning commute down Farmington Avenue. And whoever said, fun things don’t happen in this town? How much more exciting can it get? I guess the saving grace is that it didn’t start in town and it didn’t involve a bus full of our kids. And there were even shots fired. Damn, it’s getting too exciting for me and BBS has even opened yet.

  10. Hey Now

    EJ

    A B S O L U T E L Y ! ! !

  11. Hey Now

    Does anyone have any more info about what happend on Farmington Ave and Four Mile?

  12. Gary Reger

    Can I suggest a different topic here as relief from the politics?

    What are folks reading these days?

    Believe it or not (shame on me), I am reading for the very first time The Last of the Mohicans! I’m amazed at what a page-turner it is, and how much it resembles (diction aside) a Grisham thriller — there’s danger at every turn!

    What’s on other folks’ bedside tables?

  13. Harry Captain

    Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides and Harry Potter Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling.

    (Year 5 at Hogwarts… yeah, I know I’m a little behind!)

  14. Gary Reger

    Okay Harry, I won’t tell you what happens in Book 7!

    How’s Middlesex?

  15. EJ

    Light This Candle – Alan Shepard’s Biography

  16. Harry Captain

    I just cracked it. So far, so good. Middlesex won the Pulitzer and is on Oprah’s list. That’s not what attracted me to it though; my cousin told me of it because it chronicles a Greek familys immigration and assimilation to America. (We are 2nd generation Greek-Americans and can relate. Yes, My Big Fat Greek Wedding IS accurate and “we are proud to be Greek”.)

    And yes, it’s about a hermaphrodite. It’s also about coming-of-age and family.

  17. Harry, your post sparked my attention… so I had to comment (untypical of the King out of Kayfabe) – we attended a Greek Wedding last weekend! It was fabulous!

    Our long time friend was married in a beautiful Greek church in Hartford (name escapes me but I’m sure you know the place as I’m told its a preferred Church for Greek weddings). The paintings and architecture were extrodinary! The tough part was that the ceremony was 98% in Greek (there were a few sentences in English).

    And all in all, the wedding after party was a lot of fun – living up to the Greek reputation! Greek food, and of course, Greek dancing to a Greek band (circle dancing etc). I don’t think I’ve ever danced like that in my life before and it was amazing to experience the whole thing. Definite highlight of the summer. I’ll say this for the Greeks, you guys absolutely know how to have fun and do it first class!!

  18. Gary Reger

    I love Greece. I’ve been there several times. Harry, do you speak Greek?

    EJ: bio of Alan Shepard — is it good? One has in one’s head, from The Right Stuff, a picture of those Mercury astronauts, but I recall reading once somewhere one of them ruefully saying that a Mercury astronaut might as well be a monkey, since they were basically allowed to do nothing. I have the memory that those complaints were part of the reason the shuttle was designed to be piloted.

  19. Elmwoodian

    I recommend:

    Non-fiction: 1776 by David McCullough. A great, tight, telling of a major turning point in American history. Reading this book makes you realize just how close we came to remaining tea-and-crumpets subjects to the Queen.

    Fiction: Life of Pi by Jan Martel. An incredible story of survival. Is it true? Read the book!

  20. EJ

    Elmwoodian – 1776 – good choice, read it last spring and could.nt agree more

  21. Harry Captain

    King:
    The church is the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Fairfield Ave. They hold a Greek festival annually; complete with wonderful food, music, and Greek dancing. It’s a very good time.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the wedding! Yes, it can go a little long as everything is done 3 times – once for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Gary:
    Unfortunately no, I do not speak Greek. When my grandparents immigrated and had children (my parents and their 13 siblings), they were to “learn English” and assimilate to American culture in order to ensure their success here in America.

    It truly amazes me to think of all the immigrants and the courage it must have taken to leave your home, cross an ocean, and start a life in a world you only new by word-of-mouth or newspapers. Either that or it must have been REALLY BAD in Europe at the time for all those people to leave for America.

  22. eafinct

    These days I read mostly history and historical fiction.

    “Middlesex” is a great book but I thought it was rather strangely constructed — the immigrant saga and the hermaphrodite saga could have been two separate books, in my opinion. I didn’t feel that the one story was an integral part of the other. I loved the sections about bootlegging in Detroit during Prohibition, and the part where the nice Greek lady teaches the nice Muslim girls how to raise silkworms.

    Things DID stink in Europe for most of our forebears — for a fun look at all that, read the “alternative history” series “1632” and its sequels by Eric Flint and others, to get fiction, based on solid research, about what living through the Thirty Years War was like. The idea behind the series is that a small town in West Virginia accidentally travels through time and get plunked down in Germany during the wars, and start disseminating all kinds of startling notions about democracy, machine tools, and separation of church and state. It’s a good read and a lot of fun too.

    I thought Harry Potter 7 was good — only problem I found with it was the afterwards, which I thought improbably peaceful after all the hatred and bloodshed that had preceded it in the last several volumes. Will say no more to keep from spoiling it for those who have not gotten through the series.

    My own latest read is a bestseller from 2002 which somehow I had never heard of before: “Enemy Women” by Paulette Jiles. It’s the beautifully-written story of a young woman who is falsely accused of provisioning the Confederate army and is imprisoned for months before making an escape and travelling by foot back to her home. Based on true situations, it is one of the few depictions I have ever seen in fiction of the ghastly and overlooked war that raged in Missouri during the Civil War. Not many Americans know that we had our own version of Bosnia right here, with execution-style murders and neighbor betraying neighbor. It hit home for me because one of my ancestors’ entire family disappeared in Missouri during the war, and it’s a mystery what happened to them. But we do know that raiders descended on their town in September 1864 and slaughtered people, and that he joined the Union army a few months later. This all fits in with the sectarian violence in all the other books mentioned above, and a cautionary tale about what happens when you demonize the Other in your community.

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