We will be there regardless; Saturday is the longer of the two days and looks to be the better chance of good weather.
Please come by our 2014 fundraising booth and say hello
Hi Wallingford Fireworks supporters. I am writing to you this morning on behalf of an event, a spot in the Chicago Marathon, that Stephanie Clock is participating in.
Most of you do not know who Stephanie Clock is but if you are a fan of the Wallingford Fireworks you should.
She has been an integral part of the people at Gale Development and Campus at Greenhill that have supported our Wallingford Fireworks show over the past two years and granting the fund $30,000.00 in donations in 2012 and 2013.
With her current efforts to run the race she is fundraising and I would like Wallingford to consider helping out her cause.
Her goal as listed on her page is $1,500.00, presently she is sitting at $585.00 and Race day is October 13th.
Here is my ask Wallingford, let’s make donations online and get her over that mark. Let’s support her effort like she supports ours and in the same manner - $10.00 or whatever at a time.
Send me your receipt that you donated (forward me via email the acknowledgement of your donation – Jason@Zandri.net) and I will match all the donations up to $500.00 personally.
So what say you Wallingford? Let’s “pay” the goodwill and the kindness back and all for a good cause.
Thank you for the consideration.
Hi gang – first and foremost I wanted to let everyone know we will be at Celebrate the whole weekend like last year and each of the prior years.
If you’d like to make a donation for 2014 we’ll be collecting and if you supported us for 2013 please stop by so we can say “thank you.”
I will be circling back shortly with more details on this over the next couple of weeks.
I would also like to take this time to address a recent issue brought up with our efforts with the Fund and my being the President of the fund and running for Mayor this election season.
Celebrate Wallingford has been run by Wallingford Center INC. since its inception and it’s always been a rule there that Political Action Committees (PACs) as well as Political Parties are not allowed to have or sponsor booths as a permanent presence at the event.
We’ve all seen politicians making the rounds at Celebrate, walking around and talking to people and this was always accepted as a necessary evil by WCI as there really isn’t much you can do with people walking around in public short of them breaking a law.
This year however with my running for Mayor there was some escalating discussion with WCI regarding changing the rules to permit Political Action Committees (PACs) as well as Political Parties to have or sponsor booths as a permanent presence at the event. This was partially predicated on my being there in my capacity for the Fireworks despite the fact that I ran a successful Council campaign in 2011 and ran my booth at Celebrate for the fireworks without issue or “confusion”.
This change was voted on and approved. The pressure was on to make the change effective this year but it is going to be deferred until 2014 as there just isn’t enough time for WCI to undertake all the changes.
In the interest of full disclosure and transparency I am making public my email exchange with the Director of WCI on this matter:
From: Elizabeth Landow [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 11:03 AM
To: Jason Zandri
Hey Jason -
Just wanted to let you know that I did decide to postpone letting the two parties have a food booth until next year - we will be allowing it in Celebrate 2014 - but taking the time to come up with proper guidelines.
As we already spoken about, I have been getting much feedback positive and negative about this - one concern that has been expressed is that you have a booth for the fireworks and the other party is concerned that the booth will be used as a "Democratic" booth and they cannot have a "Republican" booth - and that there will be fundraising done for your party out of that booth.
I explained that is a "FireWorks" booth only and you reassured me that you will be not be campaigning in the booth - you have (avoided doing) this in the past and respected the fact that the booth was for fireworks fundraising only - you always leave the booth and walk around in order to do your meeting and greeting.
I love having the fireworks booth at Celebrate - I think it is very important - but I do want to make sure that the politics are left outside of the tent - I am confident you will do that because you gave me your word and that is good enough for me - I guess what I am trying to say - is just if you could keep it from becoming a "democratic" hangout - I would appreciate it
Thanks for your help and for listening to me the other day - I do appreciate the fact that you always give me your support!
Thanks so much
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 11:43 AM
To: Elizabeth Landow
Cc: Jason Zandri; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Re: celebrate
Thank you for taking the time to have the phone conversation the other day with me regarding all of this.
Please feel free to forward this email directly to anyone that needs to see it as an on the record response for any questions they have from what you've communicated below and I will make the response as part of public disclosure. As to the main concern - I'll address that current point now.
"One concern that has been expressed is that you have a booth for the fireworks and the other party is concerned that the booth will be used as a "Democratic" booth and they cannot have a "Republican" booth -and that there will be fundraising done for your party out of that booth."
As I mentioned to you prior, I ran for Council in 2011 and fundraised for the Fireworks for 2012 out of the 2011 Celebrate booth. I did zero fundraising for that whole campaign (I spent less than $1,000.00 on that election so there was no fundraising to speak of). I have two formal fundraisers planned for later in October so I have neither the need nor the desire to “mix or confuse” the funds being donated at the Fireworks Booth – those funds are all to be for the fireworks in the event that funding is needed for 2014. If someone wanted to make a campaign donation I would hand them my treasurer’s contact information (my sister) and ask that they contact her. This would be no different in my opinion than someone approaching the Mayor in the Recycling Booth (or wherever he might stand that day) and doing the same – I would presume he would pass the supporter along to his treasurer so in my estimation that playing field is equal.
I am content enough in the interest of fairness to allow Mr. Prentice, Mayor Dickinson or any Republican candidate that wishes, full access to the booth so they can walk around and inspect. I have nothing to hide in there.
Steven and Wayne are scheduled to help me in the booth and I will tell them they can wear the Fireworks shirts or any other ones but not my campaign ones in the booth. As long as I am in the booth I will not wear my campaign shirts either.
I would expect the same courtesies from the Republicans as well. As an example – if John Letourneau is selling lamps out of a booth I would not expect it to become a “long term” Republican “hangout”. I am sure 10 to 15 minutes of collective group standing can be presumed to occur “naturally” at an event like this but if it happens more than two or three times it’s going to be assumed to be done intentionally.
The same can be said in my prior example of the Mayor standing at the Recycle booth; let’s collectively agree that we all should keep the times to where the candidates are grouping together accidentally and unintentionally to a couple of occurrences and for less than 15 minutes.
The same would be true at the Registrar’s booth where Chet Miller works; let’s be mindful of the collective gathering there.
I think we can all agree with the considerations above that the playing field is level but if there are still concerns please let me know right away and I will address them directly.
Letter to the editor as published in the Record Journal Friday July 12, 2013
Editor: It was Saturday, July 6th. A hot summer night, clear with no rain in sight. And then they began. The town of Wallingford’s sky was lit up with a super spectacular fireworks display. Seeing the colors paint the sky, feeling that boom inside you, seeing the smiles and glee on the children’s faces, feeling patriotic for the love of our country — that’s what it is all about. All this made possible for the Town of Wallingford by the tireless efforts of Jason Zandri, all the wonderful people involved in helping through the Wallingford Fireworks Fund and all the generous contributions from caring people and organizations.
This was the 4th year that this effort to give the town of Wallingford an awesome fireworks display was successful to keep an ageless joy and tradition alive. No money was allocated for fireworks in the Wallingford town budget, not for the fireworks, the police overtime, the fire department overtime or any of the other town services; the entire burden was on the fund to come through with the money and they did in spades as they were able to restore the R Band performance and add to the show’s grand finale. Jason and his effort through the fund saw to it that the children and adults of Wallingford had the thrill of watching the sky sing “happy birthday” to America. It was all grand and the grand finale was second to none. Blasting away on a hot summer’s night, beautiful fireworks, colorful and bright.
DIANNE J. MANVILLE, WALLINGFORD
I probably will not have a whole bunch of posts or updates today as we did last year when the weather looked a little iffy there for a while.
According to the latest updates there’s barely a threat of any rain.
The show starts around 9:20PM or so but I recommend getting there around 8PM for a good parking spot as well as a good place on Sheehan’s Front Lawn if you’re looking to take in the sounds of the R Band which should start playing a little after 8PM.
We will make a few quick announcements from the Wallingford ShowMobile and then go around the grounds passing out the 2013 program books as well as collecting donations for the 2014 show.
See you there.
July 4, 2013
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Robert Treat Paine