November 6, 2014

Election 2014

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Many thanks to all the Avon volunteers who supported the Democratic ticket in the Tuesday’s election. Thank you for your time, effort, and your donations, that led to many of our successful candidates achieving victory in yesterday’s elections.

While we did not take the Senate Seat held by Kevin Witkos, otherwise we did do well One of the best results in Avon, was the improved performance of Congresswoman Esty, who missed taking the Town by approximately 400 votes. Representative Brian Becker’s performance in Avon looks very strong as well. Many of you participated in these campaigns and in our Statewide Races, that obviously have led to Governor Malloy’s strong victory over Tom Foley!

Connecticut can look forward to a great future.

July 30, 2014

DCTA Fundraiser

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The DCTA Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th on the patio of the Lime Bar Restaurant at Riverdale Farms from 5pm to 7pm. Contributions of $25.00 or more are greatly appreciated. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman is our featured guest. Refreshments and a cash bar are available. Bring a friend!

July 23, 2013

Republican McKinney has announced his candidacy for Governor of Connecticut

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As you may have heard, Republican John McKinney (Senator, 28th district) has announced his candidacy for Governor of Connecticut. In nearly a decade-and-a-half in the Connecticut General Assembly McKinney has been responsible for creating and supported the failed policies that drove our state to the brink. For the last three years we have worked together as Democrats to clean up that mess and improve the quality of life for all residents of CT. There is more work to be done.

We need your help today;

Please review the official release below and share it with your network; DTC members, friends, family, etc.

I have highlighted a few passages critical to our message that you should utilize for writing letters to the editor or calling into radio or TV shows.

In addition please post the link to the release below to your Facebook and/or Twitter pages (McKinney Out of Touch with Connecticut’s Middle Class).

Thank you for your support.

July 4, 2013

NOTICE OF CAUCUS – AVON Democratic Party

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This is to provide notification that the Democratic Town Committee of Avon will conduct a caucus to endorse candidates for the 2013 Municipal Election. This meeting will be held on July 23rd, in the Avon Room, located in the lower level of Town Hall. The meeting will be called to order at 7:30 PM.

Further information regarding this meeting can be obtained from Daryl Worobow, Town Chair, at 860-716-5730.

May 7, 2013

Voter Forum Press Release

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For Immediate Release     Contact: Daryl Worobow

May 6, 2013                                (860) 716-5730

Avon, CT – On Wednesday evening, May 1st the Community Room of the Avon Free Public Library was alive with the spirit of the traditional New England town meeting as the Democratic Town Committee of Avon hosted a Voter Forum to do what is increasingly rare in the political arena….listen.  And listen they did as a group of over 40 Avon residents, Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated, opened up about what they like and dislike about Avon, their hopes for the future and fears of what could dash those hopes.  It was nothing short of enlightening…and inspiring.

Led by Avon resident and professional town planner, Valarie Ferro, virtually everyone in the audience spoke up on topics as diverse as recreational activities, the Town’s grand list, the need for coordinated long term Town planning, bike paths, the upcoming budget referendum and the 2013 municipal election.  The event was a great opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about the Town from the many different perspectives represented in the room.  While the general assessment of Avon was strongly positive, there was a clear message that we can do better.

One of the most common sentiments expressed by the participants was the feeling of community in the room, the feeling long experienced by New Englanders attending town meetings.  It was noted that Avon residents often come together in small subsets of the community, at PTO meetings, churches, civic organizations, but rarely do they assemble as a broad cross section of the community to talk about our community and how we feel about it.

Originally conceived of as a one-time event to test resident sentiment, the May 1st Voter Forum so successful at so many levels that the Democratic Town Committee has decided to host at least two and potentially more Town Meetings over the next several months.  We will announce the dates of the upcoming meetings in the next few weeks and are hopeful that Avon Town Meetings will become a part of the fabric of the Town.

For more information please visit www.avondems.org or www.avonfirst.org.

May 5, 2013

AVON MATTERS!

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Recently, the Avon Democratic Town Committee launched a campaign to connect with residents of all political affiliations to identify issues and understand residents’ perspectives on these issues. The campaign began on May 1st with a focus group discussion. Issue-specific forums will be held in the coming months but in the interim we invite you to share your ideas and thoughts with us on any topic concerning the Town, the way it operates, the quality of life, affordability, any issue that is important to you. Thank you!

Please comment below or email us at avonctfirst@gmail.com.

April 6, 2013

Support Avon Schools April 8th

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Source: CC4A the Coalition of Citizens for Avon

Elective Courses: Rally Now.
Join the movement to make Avon schools stronger, Monday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m.*

As standardized test results suggest, Avon students know their core subjects of Reading, Writing and Mathematics.  They are getting a good ‘academic education.’ But success in the competitive global economy requires a good ‘comprehensive education’ — one that teaches students to think, solve, innovate and create.

In the 1990s, Avon had a rich comprehensive curriculum that included dozens of elective courses in Applied Education, Business, Career Planning, Family & Consumer Science and Fine Arts.  There were high school work-study programs and seminars; grade school gifted and talented programs; and robust performing arts and athletics programs beginning in 6th grade.

But years of budget cuts and underfunding have resulted in extreme ‘gutting’ of Avon’s curriculum over time, leaving little more than the basics for today’s students. Meanwhile, students in other high-performing districts like Simsbury, Glastonbury and West Hartford can choose from courses in Engineering, Aerospace, Automotive, Biotechnology, Entrepreneurship, Banking & Investments, Marketing and Technology.  A rich elective curriculum like this reaches students at all academic levels – expanding their minds, engaging their hands, and inspiring them.  Avon’s curriculum pales in comparison.

But, with your help, that’s about to change.

For the first time in twenty years, enriching elective classes are gradually being restored and added to the school curriculum (instead of eliminated) in the proposed 2013-14 budget.

A proposed budget, however, is not an approved budget.  April 8th is your only chance to tell the Board of Finance** that Avon’s children need 21st century elective courses.

Rally Now.

CC4A the Coalition of Citizens for Avon

*Source: 2013-14 School Budget supplement document, APS Past to Present

**Avon’s budgeting protocol allows the Board of Finance to reduce the proposed school/town budget before it proceeds to a town-wide referendum vote.  If board members cut the 2013-14 budget, high school electives are at risk.  The BoF meeting will be held at the Avon Senior Center, West Avon Road, Monday 4/8 at 7:00 p.m.  Audience comments and questions are welcome and encouraged.

March 15, 2013

Community Forum on Issues

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Avon Dems are sponsoring a Community Forum on Issues, May 1st, at the Avon Free Library from 7PM til 8:30 PM.  Please come and join us as we discuss critical issues in our town.

If you have an questions, issues or other things you’d like to share please contact us.

January 1, 2013

Avon First is back!

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It’s that time again…time for our town elections.

Avon First and the Avon Dems are building our team for the November 2013 town elections.

If you’re interested in getting involved or running for office, please contact us.

November 2, 2012

ELECTION DAY FAQs

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Below is a simple FAQ to use and distribute on Election Day. It contains the numbers to use forrides to the polls and a “legal questions” hotline if necessary.  NOTE about voting ID requirements, while most voters have historically not been asked for ID, wethink it’s best to err on the side of caution and are encouraging people to bring ID to the polls.

We strongly encourage people to call the legal hotline (number below) with any questions.

Where do I vote?
You can look up your polling place and address here: http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

What do I need to bring to vote?
Voters who registered by mail for the first time on or after 1/1/12 must be prepared to present one ofthe following current documents:

- valid photo identification that shows the voter’s name and address;

- utility bill;- bank statement;- government check;

- paycheck; or

- other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

All other voters must be prepared to present:

- Social Security card; or

- any other preprinted form of identification which shows the voter’s name and either their address, signatureor photograph.

How do I get a ride to the polls?

You can call the following numbers for a ride to the polls:  855-444-3367 This number will work state-wide and callers will be directed to a local source for a ride.

What if I am told that I cannot vote?

A legal team is standing by to answer your Election Day voting questions, please call: 860-560-1775 Please distribute this as you see fit.

**OBAMA LAWN SIGNS**

We have 175 lawn signs available at a cost of $5 each (if you buy in bulk, we’ll give you a very generous discount!)

Please email Nathan for info: nwilson@ctdems.org

**SAVE THE DATE: POST-ELECTION PARTY**

We’re hosting a post-election get together / going away party for Moriah Moriarty.

Please save the date: Thursday, November 15 | 6:00 p.m. | Salute in Hartford| $30 ticket