Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Holidays and some important dates to know - Click HERE for January 19 Senate election information

Dear South Hadley Democrats,

Well, this was the Storm That Wasn't of 2009! Most of you are probably rejoicing... I'm very happy for you. For those of us who were hoping for a whopper, soon, very soon...

In the meantime, here are some dates for you to jot down:

Our next DTC meeting:
Tuesday, January 12th, 7:00pm at the South Hadley police station

MA U.S. Senate Election:
Town of South Hadley Election: - Two Selectboard members
Monday, January 19, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m

South Hadley Caucus:
Saturday, February 13th at the South Hadley Public Library, 27 Bardwell Street
Registration will begin at 11:30am
The caucus will begin at 12:00pm

MA Democratic State Convention:
Friday and Saturday, June 4th and 5th in Worcester
(The Convention itself is on Saturday the 5th - there are usually parties and such on Friday, but you do not need to attend those if you don't want to.)

Looking forward to seeing all of you at these events!

Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 4, 2009

Bob Robertson and Bob Judge support Mike Capuano for Senate

Below is a message from Bob Robertson:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Robert Robertson
Date: Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Senate (fwd)
To: Bob Judge

Bob Judge:

I would be pleased to have you post my opinion below on the SH Democrats blog. I might add that a further reason for my preferring Capuano over Coakley is the flipflop that she did on the crucial issue of the death penalty.

Bob Robertson

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:47:05 -0500 (EST)
From: Robert Robertson
To: Sarah Etelman, Bob Judge
Subject: Senate

Good morning, friends:

After our email exchange last week (and a conversation with Bob Judge...), I spoke with Ellen Story on the phone. I've never met her, but have been impressed by what I've read of her over the years -- a progressive, thoughtful state rep., I believe... She is for Mike Capuano in the primary.

She likes what she's seen of Mike and also had a former asst. go to DC to work in his office, yielding a rave review of him. They say he's plain-spoken but able to build coalitions. Obviously he's a liberal. I know that Bob (Judge) has some things on which he's uncertain or at odds with Mike. I don't have those reservations, so will support him.

... I want to believe that the Coakley lead is weak and overstated. The misleading polls on Bloomberg for NYC mayor suggest that an early lead can be misleading if the leader hits a ceiling. Who knows in our case? So a vote of public preference for Khazei might be a mistake. Again, who knows?

Thanks for sharing your earlier ideas with me. On to Tuesday, however.

Bob Robertson

REQUEST: MHC Dems 'blurb' for blog

Dear Mr. Judge and whomever may be interested,

My name is Elisa Loeser and I am the Parliamentarian for the Mount Holyoke College Democrats. The MHC Dems will soon be launching a political blog called "The Sententia" to encourage political debate in the Mount Holyoke and South Hadley community. We are asking for submissions or 'blurbs' to post on the blog that are 250 words or less. Feel free to write about a national or local issue about which you are passionate. Writing about a political issue concerning the Mount Holyoke or South Hadley community is encouraged!

Questions? Or to submit a blurb please email Elisa:

Check out the site! be launched w/ articles soon... (

Thank you!
- Elisa Loeser
Parliamentarian, MHC Democrats

Thursday, December 3, 2009

If you don't belong to Know Your Town, please read this post, then click HERE

Know Your Town (KYT) is a fine organization that serves S. Hadley well. If you are not a member, you are missing out on what will be KYT's terrific progessive dinner on December 12, never mind KYT's excellent public affairs programming. However, Martha Terry tells me that it is still not too late to join KYT in time for December 12. If you are not a member of KYT, I encourage you to join today!

Please see below for more information and please click on the link in the "Title" to access the KYT member application.

- Bob Judge

Hi Bob,

Yes, this is a wonderful idea! I have attached the KYT brochure. There is a membership form on it that they can fill out and mail back with their dues.

Thank you for encouraging people to join KYT!

And thank you for all you do for the town.


Martha Terry

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Judge
To: Martha Terry
Cc: 'Robert Judge'
Sent: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 9:54 am
Subject: RE: Final reminder of Know Your Town Progressive Dinner

Is it too late for someone to join KYT and attend the dinner? If so, I understand.

If not, I would happy to forward this email to a few people as a way to encourage them to join KYT.

Please advise.

- Bob Judge

From: Martha Terry
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:43 AM
To: Bobbie Salthouse
Subject: Final reminder of Know Your Town Progressive Dinner

Dear KYT Members,

I'm emailing you one last time concerning the KYT Progressive Dinner, to be held on Sat. December 12.

If you have not already done so, please RSVP NOW to attend this festive event!

Below is the latest list of members who Barb Fisher has heard from and are coming. If you do not see your name below and if you had emailed her that you are coming, it means she has not received your reply.

Please send her an email at this address: (deleted) Or, if you wish to reach her by phone, her number is (deleted).

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Progressive Dinner. It will be a most enjoyable evening--

Many Thanks,

Bobbie Salthouse
KYT, Progressive Dinner Chair

*#** **Name** **Appetizers** **Entree** **Dessert*

2 Linda/Doug Young dip/crackers/veggies/wine pecan tarts/whipped cream
2 Patricia Kraske & son Seafood dish
2 Lucia/Bill Foley veggies
2 Bobbie/Robert Salthouse x
1 Ellie Kepacki Squash/apple casserole
1 Marion Pascone Chile/corn chips
2 Carol/Richard Constant smoked salmon/crackers
2 Bob Judge/Brenda Mathieu Lasagne
3 John/Pat/Sarah Scibak wine
(2) Martha/Tom Terry (App course only) hot dish
1 Julianne Roberts HOST
2 Barb/Mike Fisher HOST (ham/rolls/salad/etc)
2 Julie Miller/H.Boroff HOST

*24* (including 2 for appetizer course only)

Please bring the following if your name starts with:
A-I Appetizers: Hot or cold, chips and dips, veggie platter, beverages, etc.
H-P Dinner Buffet: Hot meat/vegetarian main dishes, pastas, cold cut platter; hot vegetables/side dishes, salads, rolls/butter, beverages, etc.
Q-Z Desserts: sparkling cider, coffee/tea with cream and sugar, etc. (NOTE: Julia Miller's daughter will be baking up a storm and will provide all the desserts, so Q-Z people can either provide drinks for dessert or if you prefer, wine for the appetizer or dinner locations...)

From Judith Ellenburg RE Capuano for Senate

Thanks for your message Bob and for all the time you spent on the phone.

I talked to Kate Crowther, a MHC Francis Perkins student, who is Capuano's Western Mass Coordinator.

She is bringing signs tomorrow, and I think I'll go out early Friday and Monday.

She is really looking for folks to phone.  You have been superb at phoning - and you appear to enjoy it - so I thought I should tell you that they need more folks to do phone banking.  I'll try to do some too.  Jim Reardon is the other person in South Hadley who has been very helpful to Kate.  You probably know him.  He has been phoning from his home.

All best wishes and many thanks,