Sunday, October 10, 2010
P.O. Box 308
South Hadley MA 01075
Date: October 12, 2010 for Immediate Release
Contacts: Sarah Etelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Eaton at (413) 533-0346
South Hadley Democrats Welcome All Residents
to Help Elect Democrats on November 2
South Hadley, MA – The South Hadley Democratic Town Committee announced today that all residents of South Hadley are welcome to help elect Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, and other Democrats who will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 2.
Sarah Etelman, Chairwoman of the Committee, said, “Gov. Patrick and Lt. Gov. Murray are working hard to create jobs, improve education, extend health insurance, and invest in clean energy and the life sciences. They deserve to be reelected.”
In October, Committee members are supporting Patrick’s reelection by holding signs, making phone calls, and sending postcards. They welcome all S. Hadley residents to become involved in the campaign.
According to Ann Eaton, the Committee’s Vice-Chair, “Massachusetts is coming out of this recession faster and stronger than other states, because of Gov. Patrick’s leadership.”
Etelman said that the South Hadley Committee is one of the strongest in western Massachusetts and that many of its members are also supporting Steve Grossman for State Treasurer, Suzanne Bump for State Auditor, and Congressman Richard Neal, among other candidates. Many Committee members also oppose one or more of the three ballot questions that will be on the ballot.
According to Eaton, “The Town Committee meets regularly during the year and we welcome any resident to attend a meeting to find out more about the Committee, with no obligation.”
Besides its campaign work, Committee members are involved in community service work in South Hadley and serve on many town boards and commissions. More information is available at http://southhadleydemocrats.blogspot.com.
Any resident who wants to get involved in the campaign should send an email to Sarah Etelman at email@example.com or phone Ann Eaton at 413-533-0346.
The South Hadley Democratic Town Committee is officially recognized by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, which in turn is recognized by the Democratic National Committee.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 14:12:15 -0400
Subject: Re: Task Force invite
I will attend on May 5. May I invite someone who I think would be interested?
- Bob Judge
On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Emily Pritchard wrote:
...You are all invited (Tanya can elaborate more...) to join an action group that is newly born! We are called "Count Me In" as of now and we are committed to on-going action that will develop events through out the year for South Hadley community members to work with in a "Restorative Justice" healing model.
The goal is to create a forum for people to be seen and heard - much like our group now, and active and engaging events to work on healing and growth organized with the value framework outlined in Restorative Justice (forgiveness, accountability, respect...) We need people who want to continue this work and put it into action in the community. This will look like whatever YOU can design and inspire us with! Please come and bring a friend...The next meeting is this Wednesday, May 5th at 7pm at the All Saints' Church in the commons. Excited to work with you all and really inspired by your dedication to being positive transformation! Look at us making a difference! Thanks for reading,call or email with any questions.
Emily Pritchard (SHHS Special Ed. teacher)538 5063 ext 4602
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:18:16 -0400Subject: Minutes of 4/12 Meeting
From: firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com
Monday, April 12, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Join Organizing for America for our 2010 Strategy Session in your area. The Strategy Sessions are a chance to talk with OFA staff and other volunteers in your area about our legislative and electoral plan for 2010.
As an organization, we have come a long way in the past year. We have lessons to learn from the budget pledge drive, health insurance reform and the Massachusetts Senate Race.
Now is the time to bring those lessons together and look forward to 2010. There are countless opportunities to create change in the coming year and we have an important role to play in making that happen. As a team, we will talk about how to be involved in creating change in our country, both legislatively and electorally. We will talk through national strategy and discuss together what that means for our local community.
Time: Saturday, March 13 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Host: John Spears
Contact Phone: 617.806.6137
The Dam Cafe (Holyoke, MA)
2014 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Monday, March 1, 2010
Lt Governor Tim Murray will be in town this Saturday, March 6th, at 1:00 p.m. to hold a Patrick-Murray Campaign Organizing Meeting for Greater Springfield!
We will meet at DeNardo’s Restaurant, 39 Maple St., in East Longmeadow
In the next 5 weeks we’ll be getting signatures for the Nomination Papers for Governor Deval Patrick and Lt Governor Tim Murray. We’ll be canvassing some neighborhoods and targeting high traffic areas in others. We’ll also begin to ID our voters.
Come and get “fired up” with Tim!!!
Refreshments will be served and everyone who attends will be entered in a raffle to win a great prize, to be announced!
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Be nice, Ms. Palin
Friday, February 26, 2010
HAYDENVILLE - It is so vital that the issue of bullying is finally coming into the spotlight. It's sad it took a teen's death in South Hadley - and no doubt the deaths of many others unknown to us.
But we all should have seen the bullying epidemic coming and we need to recognize that it is everywhere.
On TV, shows like "Survivor" exalt a cunning, conniving Social Darwinism that has been the dark side of humanity since the beginning, something society has struggled to subdue. "Real life" TV shows send a schizophrenic message because they're not about real life. They exist to sell products, and social consequences of the programming are of no concern.
The programmers think that if it draws eyeballs and advertisers, it must be good. And viewers think if it's on TV and people watch and talk about it, it must be good.
Now, modern communications technology has given everyone a voice and the ability to speak to - or sometimes bully - large audiences without consequence.
Apparently 25 percent or so of our nation, people with "family values," embrace Sarah Palin. Yet it seems to me that she is a bully. She seems to attack for the sake of putting people down and offers little beyond name-calling and playing to the crowd. Nothing constructive. Nothing that informs. Just attack. Isn't that bullying? Or worse, isn't she inciting bullies?
Would one of the definitions of bullying be aggressively slighting someone with misleading or incorrect assertions? Ms. Palin says Obama is "pallin' around with terrorists" # "might be a Muslim" # is "creating death panels"# or "wants to kill your grandmother." Isn't creating fear a part of bullying?
Another definition of bullying might be to attack someone no matter what they actually say. Ms. Palin says Obama is "that charismatic guy with a Teleprompter," yet as Palin said this, she had three talking points written on her hand.
Recently the use of an unsavory word, in private and among friends, led Ms. Palin to call for the resignation of the President's closest advisor. She's trying to bully him into resigning. Yet Rush Limbaugh can say the same word, repeatedly, and he is left untouched by Palin.
Palin recently said she wasn't quite up on world affairs when she ran for the vice presidency. She said on a recent Sunday that "I sure as heck better be more astute on these current events, national issues than I was two years ago."
The nerve of this woman! To run for the nation's second-highest office. The former candidate says that as for her political future, she'll do what's best for the nation "and for the Palin family."
Oh, thank goodness. And for her to be so condescending as to mock American dreams and desires by calling them "that #hopey, changey' thing" at the Tea Party convention shows not just her juvenile approach to serious matters, but her apparent contempt for the voters' electoral choices.
It's no surprise she is adored by the Tea Party people. We are all concerned and disappointed with what has come out of Washington. We are alarmed about what happened on Wall Street after the GOP deregulated the financial world.
But some of us are also alarmed about this Tea Party movement. I am worried about its rising power and wonder what it is doing to our democracy. Tea Party people, in my view, reveled in having their bullying live on TV for all the world to see.
The incivility I see on display does not represent the best of America.
And now, just about everyone carries on personal conversations using devices that can easily be monitored. We carry electronic tools that can track our whereabouts, minute to minute.
Who is listening - and who is watching? Who really knows who? In the hands of bullies, what might this mean?
In these difficult and pivotal times, it is ever so important to have a fresh look at bullying. It's always been there, rearing its ugly head. But now I fear it's out of the bottle and in treacherous bloom.
It's no longer something in the school yard, to be outgrown as we enter the civil, adult world, but rather something to be admired.
It's here within us - and increasingly, it appears to be socially acceptable.
If we don't speak out, we are the bullies.
David Maxwell is a photographer and resident of Haydenville.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Check out registration options for February 26, 27 and 28th at www.massdems.org then click on the DCI logo. Mass Dems contact is Training Director, Gloribell Mota at 617-776-2676. Below is the schedule for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday with the workshop titles for Saturday underneath the schedule - amazing offerings! Sunday's Candidate session is a must if you are thinking of running, are in the midst of a race or a have a contest coming up - nothing can be taken for granted.
Friday, February 26th
5:00-8:00 pm - Registration
6:30 pm - DCI Opening Presentation
8:00-10:00 pm - Welcome Reception
Saturday, February 27th
8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast and Registration
9:00-10:00 am - Open Plenary session
10:15-12:15 pm - Track Sessions
12:15-1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm - Track Sessions
3:15-5:15 pm - Track Sessions
5:30-6:00 pm - Closing Plenary
6:30-8:30 pm - Networking Reception
Sunday, February 28th
8:00-9:00 am - Registration
9:00-12:00 pm - Prospective Candidate Session
Organizing a Campaign Track
9-10:00am: Open Plenary
Winning Campaigns, Part I-Core Principles of Campaigning
Winning Campaigns, Part II-Planning your Campaign-Roles and Structure, Vision, Goals, Strategy and Tactics
Participants should select topic based on their area of interest
Topic: Developing an Effective Field Plan- Voter Contact, GOTV, Field Structure, Volunteer management, recruitment and retention; List management
Topic: Developing an Effective Message and Media Relations-Forming your message, identifying your target audience, strategy, tactics and media relations.
Topic: Netroots, New Media and Campaigning Online
Topic: Fundraising and Budgeting
5:30pm-6pm Closing Track
Assessing Campaigns-Defining features of Winning--and Losing--Campaigns
9-10:00am: Open Plenary
The Power of Grassroots Organizing-How Organizing from the Bottom Up is Creating Change
Participants should select a topic based on their area of interest
10:15-12:15pm: Session 1
Topic: The Essentials of Fundraising, Events and Being in Compliance
Topic: Strengthening your Democratic Town Committee
1:00pm-3:00pm: Session II
Topic: Running an Effective Campaign-Strategies, Tactics and Using New Media
Topic: Volunteer Management-Building, Developing and Retaining your Volunteers
3:15pm-5:15pm: Session III
Topic: Volunteer Management-Building, Developing and Retaining your Volunteers
Topic: Data Management: Best Practices, Tools and Examples
5:30pm-6:00pm: Closing Plenary
9:00 - 10:00am Plenaria de Apertura –
Presentation on the state of Latinos in Massachusetts- Presentación sobre el estado de los Latinos en Massachusetts
10:15-12:15pm- Sesión 1
Taller: Los Elementos Esenciales para Desarrollar una Campaña Enfocada en Asuntos de Interés/The Essential Elements of Developing an Issue Campaign
Taller: Los Elementos Esenciales para Desarrollar una Campaña Electoral/The Essential Elements of Developing an Electoral Campaign
1:00-3:00pm- Sesión 2
Taller: Cómo Desarrollar una Campaña Efectiva de Base Comunitaria Enfocada en Asuntos de Interés-How to Develop an Effective Issue Based Campaign
Taller: Cómo Desarrollar un Plan Efectivo para el Campo de la Campaña Electoral-How to Develop an Effective Field Campaign
3:15-5:15pm –Sesión 3
Taller: Recaudación de Fondos para Principiantes/Fundraising 101
Taller: Cómo Reclutar, Desarrollar y Mantener a sus Voluntarios/Volunteer Management, Recruitment and Retention
5:30-6:00pm- Plenaria de Clausura: Podemos Hacer una Diferencia en el 2010/Making a Difference in 2010
We have made the settings on this blog as tight as are allowed. Nevertheless, a spammer was able to make two posts on February 7, which I deleted, of course.
Sarah and I monitor the activity on this blog. However, if you see something that does not seem right, please alert either of us right away.
- Bob Judge
Monday, February 1, 2010
Dear South Hadley Democrats,
I've had several people respond to my e-mail about the Caucus, asking for more information, so I thought this would be a good way to get the word out to everyone...
The town caucuses being held in February are the times when each town elects its delegates to send to the Democratic State Convention, which is being held on June 5th, 2010. The delegates go the Convention to nominate the Democratic candidates for various offices. This year, we'll be nominating for the Governor, Auditor, and Treasurer's offices.
To become a delegate you must be a registered Democrat in South Hadley as of December 31, 2009, and be nominated and elected at the Caucus. Last year, for the first time, if all slots were not filled after the election process, those who have expressed interest but are not able to be present at the Caucus, could be elected. Except for last year, all slots were filled by those present.
Once again, the important info:
Saturday, Feburary 13:
Registration begins at 11:30 AM, Caucus begins at 12:00 PM
Held at the
Saturday, February 20th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Ledges Golf Course
Know Your Town has organized a Winter Wonderland to acquaint residents with the Ledges during the winter.
Cross country skiing skating sledding snowshoeing
Activities are FREE Bring your own equipment
The restrooms will be open, and a concession stand will offer hot dogs, popcorn, desserts and hot chocolate for a minimal charge out on the deck.
A Snowman Building Contest will be organized by the High School Leo Club.
Wagon rides pulled by Belgian horses will be offered for a small fee.
Please find attached above a volunteer sheet. KYT needs your help for this event. Call Margaret Jodoin 532-0856 to volunteer.
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Cancellation notice will be given by 8 am at Know Your Town or by calling the Ledges 532-2307
Saturday, January 30, 2010
So far, the contest is between two Democrats, Michael A. Cahillane, assistant Northwestern district attorney, and David E. Sullivan, register of probate.
Granted, it's early in the election season, but let's hope as the race picks up steam, voters will snap to attention. The position of Northwestern district attorney is a big job and it should not be filled without the residents of Hampshire and Franklin counties having an informed say.
As chief law enforcement officer for the Northwestern district, the DA oversees two full-time offices in Northampton and Greenfield that encompass 47 towns; there are satellite bureaus in the district courts in Orange, Northampton, Belchertown and the juvenile court in Hadley. The DA is in charge of a staff of about 70 and an annual budget - not counting grants - of $4,746,396.
The district comprises every community in Franklin and Hampshire counties, in addition to the Worcester County town of Athol. It is the only one of 11 district attorney offices across the state that operates two full-time offices.
Scheibel has been the DA since 1993, when she was appointed to replace former DA Judd Carhart, who was named to a judgeship.
Set by the state Legislature, all 11 DAs earn a salary of $148,000.
Cahillane has the support of his boss, Scheibel, a South Hadley Republican, who, he said, "is reaching across the aisle to endorse me."
Sullivan has been endorsed by, among others, former DA and now-retired Judge W. Michael Ryan.
Both candidates say they will campaign by going door to door, meeting people in the far-flung district, and educating people about the role of the office. "A lot of people don't know what the DA does," said Cahillane.
And given the pattern that once elected to the post, the incumbent can pretty much take re-election every four years for granted, this race is one worth watching. What follows are thumbnail sketches of the two announced candidates for the seat so far.
Cahillane, a Northampton native, earned a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 1999.
Since 2000 he's served as assistant Northwestern district attorney, starting off in the DA's Greenfield office taking cases in Orange District Court. He has handled all manner of criminal matters, now working in the DA's main office in Northampton and responsible for major felony cases that run the gamut from home invasion, child abuse and child pornography to domestic violence, animal abuse and homicide.
Cahillane, 39, says from the early days in law school, he decided where he wanted his career to head.
"I knew that my heart was to be a prosecutor," he said.
He first got a taste of the DA's office while a senior at Northampton High School, when he was an intern there. He did another internship in the office the summer after his freshman year of college.
After college, he spent several years working in the health care field doing customer service and provider relations before deciding to go to law school. He worked full-time while attending Suffolk Law at night, an experience that likely prepared him well for the 24/7 pace of being a prosecutor.
"It was a grind," he said cheerfully. "Basically, you have no life for four years."
Cahillane said he decided to run for DA in June, as soon as he heard Scheibel wasn't seeking re-election.
"It's an opportunity that doesn't come along very often," he said. "It's a dream for me, so I wanted to continue my dream."
He said he sees the DA's office both as an agency that prosecutes crime, and works in partnership with communities and a variety of social service programs and schools to do outreach and education to prevent crime.
If elected DA, he vows to be available and accessible, and notes that he has fostered good relationships with police departments across the region as well as criminal lawyers.
"My success with the defense bar and the community is because I'm willing to listen to people," he said.
He says his relationships with police officers in the region are equally positive.
"I'm one of the people in the office who gets the early-morning phone calls," said Cahillane. "Most police departments in Hampshire and Franklin counties have my cell phone."
In terms of skills, Cahillane notes his experience on a wide variety of cases, his track record in court, and his work "with victims and families, being able to bring justice for them, and to be their voice in the courtroom."
He is married to Christine Capers Cahillane. They live on Bridge Street with their two rescued greyhounds, Gracie and Blue.
If elected, Cahillane said he will remain in the job for a long time.
"My heart and soul is into doing the job of a prosecutor. I have no intention to go anywhere else," he said. "I'm not using it as a stepping stone to any other office."
Sullivan, 50, register of probate since 2003, also vows the DA's office is no stepping stone. He says he sees the post as that of a public servant.
"I think it's a great way to make a difference in the community," said Sullivan. "It's part of my record in community service to really help the public. The public needs a DA who's involved not only in prosecuting crime but preventing crime."
As register of probate, Sullivan oversees a staff of 11 and a budget of $910,760, managing the entire caseload for the county's family court - adoption, paternity, divorce, custody, guardianship cases, estates and other such matters - "in a fair and efficient way."
As register of probate, he said, he's made the office more accessible to the public, in part by improving its Web site and fostering a more visitor-friendly and welcoming environment. He noted in particular innovative programs to support families going through divorce, including a training program for never-married parents, mediation programs, and helping people who come to court without lawyers.
"What I'm really most proud of is making a responsive and accessible court," said Sullivan.
But Sullivan said his "first love" in law is as a trial attorney, one reason he decided to run for DA more than a year ago.
After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 1986, Sullivan spent two years as a civilian lawyer representing members of the armed services facing court martial and administrative hearings in West Germany.
He and his family moved to Easthampton in 1989, where he and his wife, attorney Catherine M. Hancock, operated a general law practice for 10 years. About 90 percent of that practice, he said, was handling criminal cases. In 1999, he was appointed Easthampton's town counsel, a post he held until being elected register of probate.
He said he sees similarities in the jobs as register and DA in that both are "unique public service jobs." He decided to run for DA in January 2009, before Scheibel announced she wasn't seeking re-election, saying the office needed improvement.
"A district attorney has a real impact on the quality of life in a community," he said. "It's more than being a trial attorney, it's about being a leader for the criminal justice system and the community. It's about being a good manager. It's a unique skill set."
Sullivan said the DA must foster relationships with police in all communities to be successful.
"I think you need those relationships built and strengthened on a daily basis," he said. "And I think you need to have those relationships developed prior to any particular crisis."
Sullivan is active in Democratic Party politics, serving last year as the Hampshire County coordinator for the Obama campaign, and this year working on behalf of Martha Coakley's failed bid for U.S. Senate.
But Sullivan says his work as a lawyer is what's most important to him, which is why he's running for DA.
"It's the best attorney's job in western Massachusetts, really," he said. "This is the people's law office."
Sullivan and Hancock have three children, Marie, 19, Anne, 17, and Minh, 11.
DA candidates have until April 27 to collect and certify 1,000 signatures with the registrar of voters and until May 25 to get those signatures to the state's elections division to see their names on the Sept. 14 primary ballot. The general election is Nov. 2.
The race is on. Do your civic duty. Pay attention.
Laurie Loisel, the Gazette's cities editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
For additional information about this watch party and to RSVP, please go to: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/stateoftheunionwatchparty/gp8z3g
Monday, January 25, 2010
Valley vote goes to Coakley, but Brown takes the big prize ...
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 10:23 AM
Subject: Know Your Town Candidates' Night