Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Complimentary tickets to South Hadley "Wine Tasting" fundraiser!


Thanks so much. We look forward to working with members of the committee in the future. We are holding a fundraiser on June 6th, 2009 at the Knights of Columbus Castle in Chicopee. I have ½ dozen tickets which I’d like to donate to members of your committee. - Mary Rice

From Susan Newton

From: []
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 1:49 PM
To: Bob Judge
Subject: Re: Food Pantry meeting update

Hi Bob and Sarah,


Two quick things now, though:

1) It's striking the enormous amount of need already documented by members of our group--your discussions, Bob, with the Girls Treatment/RFK director; Norma's conversations with Jesse's House--and the eagerness of local groups for our help. The needs in South Hadley are virtually invisible compared to many of our neighbor communities, or at least they are to me. Our subcommittee and the DTC as a whole clearly have their work cut out for them.

2) We shouldn't forget the skill set of SH DTC members when thinking about how we can best serve. In addition to "normal" volunteer activities, some of us have high tech skills (both of you, for example) that could come in handy; for lack of a better descriptor, I'm now a professional grantwriter, so may be of some help to nonprofits in that way; some members have marketing expertise that could help nonprofits extend their services; etc. So in the case of some groups, we should be prepared to think outside the box about how to match our potential contributions to specific volunteer opportunities, and may need to suggest those directly to the groups we end up helping. This might also pull in more volunteers from the DTC, especially those who aren't good at, or aren't comfortable with, direct service provision.

All best,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Community Forums to Address the Budget Crisis

Message -----
From: Corinne Wingard
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:53 AM

Hi Everyone!

The Governor has scheduled 36 Community Forums around the State with himself, the Lt. Governor, and Cabinet Secretaries about the Budget. The purpose is to provide an opportunity to educate our fellow citizens about what is at stake in the budget crisis and let their voices be heard.

State Legislators have been invited to attend and to speak at the hearings.

In Western Mass Forums are scheduled:

Today, Tues, May 12th, at 6:30 p.m. with Commissioner Sullivan at Westfield State College, Administration Building, Garden Level Room.

Today, Tues., May 12th at 5:30 p.m. with Registrar Kaprielian at City Hall Council Chambers, 70 Allen St., in Pittsfield.

Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30, Municipal Offices, 8 Conway St.,in Deerfield with Registrar Kaprielian.

Thursday, May 14th, at 5:00 p.m. at STCC in Springfield with Secretary Bowles.

Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire House, 411 Main St. in Monterey with Secretary Kirwan.

Thursday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the Brimfield Elementary School, 22 Wales Rd., in Brimfield with Secretary Bowles.

Friday, May 15th at 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 31 North St. in Williamstown with Secretary Bump.

Tuesday, May 19th, at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave., in Amherst with Secretary Biialecki.

The Governor himself will not be in Western Mass on this round of Forums, however has been here so much of late that the Boston Globe today in an article about his schedule complained that the Governor is spending too much time in Western Mass!

Please attend a Community Forum if you possibly can, and equally importantly, invite folks you know to be there. I'll be at the Forum in Springfield, and hope to see some of you there!


Corinne Wingard
Western Mass Co-Coordinator
Deval Patrick Committee

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Draft text of the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform

The draft text of the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform is now available online (cut and paste the following into your browser):

Delegates will vote the platform up or down or make amendments at the state party convention on June 6.

Friday, May 1, 2009


From: sarah compton 
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:54 AM

Hi everyone,
You can now register for the Organizing for America - Massachusetts (OFAMA) Grassroots Organizing Forum! The event is Saturday, May 16,
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at SEIU, 150 Mt. Vernon St., Boston (near the JFK/UMASS T Stop on the Red Line; there is also plenty of free parking!)
More details on the attached, printable flyer.
Sign up now at:
Mitch Stewart, National Director of OFA, will join us, along with some great speakers and panelists. You will have the opportunity to become involved in significant initiatives to support President Obama's agenda, AND the event is part of a national "Listening Tour" so you can share your ideas about OFAMA directly with national staff.  You can network and begin working with others from your region. The details of the evnt are below--THERE IS GREAT INTEREST IN THIS EVENT--PLEASE REGISTER NOW!
You can show your support for OFA and this exciting event and help defray costs by contributing here: https://www.democrats.orgpage/contribute/OFAMay16


  PLEASE JOIN US ON MAY 16! This is the event you have been waiting for!

Click here for Center Church Car Wash, Bake Sale and Food Drive - Saturday May 16, 1-4 pm