Holiday Party in Westborough / Special Invitation to Dispatch Readers
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Greetings from Kate
For the past several years my husband and I have hosted the Westborough DTC Holiday Party at our home. The party is co-sponsored by the M&W Dems and the MNW Alliance. I invite you, all of the Dispatch readers, to join us. I hope that you will consider attending this event. We always have a lot of fun. It is "kid friendly" and is also "football friendly" for those spouses who think that Sunday afternoons are for watching football, rather than talking politics.
This year there are several candidates/office holders who are confirmed or hoping to join us. For Lieutenant Governor, Worcester Mayor Tim Murray has confirmed; Deborah Goldberg has also expressed an interest in attending. Wrocester DA John Conte, and Rep. Mike Festa, candidate for Middlesex DA, are both planning on attending. Two special guests include my own State Senator Pam Resor and vice-chair of the MW Dems, Representative James Eldridge.
Please join us on Sunday, December 4 from 2 to 6 PM at 17 Gary Circle in Westborough. Click here for details and directions.
I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Highlights of the Next Few Weeks
There are a number of holiday events coming up. Since December is a difficult time to get people to come to the regular meetings, consider making the time to go to one or two of the events at which you can hear some of the candidates speak. Events include the Alliance meeting in Framingham with Mike Festa and Andrea Silbert on Tuesday or to hear Deval Patirck in Sudbury on Thursday this week. Congressman Meehan will have "Town Meetings" in Hudson and Concord on Saturday. There are many other candidate events!
The MDP's Gala and events for John Kerry, Deval Patrick, Martha Coakley, Sam Kelly and Andy Nucifero are all coming up Boston in the next week or two. And don't forget the Plymouth County Democratic League's 70th anniversary event. These are all festive events in this holiday season.
As the editor I'm also allowed to mention that I am on the Host Committee for a fundraiser for Rep. Mike Festa in Framingham on Saturday 12/3. And in the interest of equal time there is a fundraiser in Sudbury for Jarrett Barrios on 12/5.
Check out the calendar for details on all of these events and many others.
Ongoing Anti-War Events
Bring the Troops Home, Saturday 12 - 12:30, Sudbury Town Common
Anti-war vigil, Wednesday nights from 7 PM to 8 PM at the corner of Park Avenue and Highland Street in Worcester.
Anti-war vigil every Wednesday night from 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM in Medford Square.
Bring a candle or a sign and stand out for ending the war in Iraq.
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You Have to Laugh Occasionally
A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "No way they're getting divorced!" she shouts, "I'll take care of this." She calls Phoenix immediately and screams at her father, "You are not getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."
Event details:*11/28/2005 Meet Deval Patrick in Medfield*
Monday, November 28, 8 - 9 PM
Zullo Art Gallery, 456 Main Street. Medfield, MA
Meet Deval Patrick in Medfield Candidate for Governor in 2006
The entrance to Zullo is on the side of the Casabella building, facing the Library. A few places to park would be behind Lords, behind Town Hall or at the bank.
Please RSVP to Susan Bernstein at bernstein2000@... or 508.359.6653.
*11/29/2005 Belmont DTC wtih Deval Patrick and Deb Goldberg*
Tuesday, November 29, 7 PM
Selectmen's Office, Belmont Town Hall, 455 Concord Ave.
Deval Patrick, candidate for Governor and Deb Goldberg, Candidate for Lt. Governor. The public is welcome.
11/29/2005 Social Security, Pension & Retirement Forum
Tuesday, November 29, 7:15 PM
Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton
Social Security, Pension & Retirement Forum Whoever thought that Social Security would be a hot topic? If you would like to submit questions in advance, please email to boltondtc@.... If you have any questions, call Jeff Boudreau at 978-779-5284, or email at address above. This event is sponsored by the Bolton Democratic Town Committee and co-sponsored by the MW Dems.
Contact: Jeff Boudreau 978-779-5284 boltondtc@...
Location: Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton.
11/30/2005 Reception honoring State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr.
Wednesday, November 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Union Oyster House 41 Union Street Boston
$125 donation per person
to RSVP call Nuciforo Committee at 413-997-4848
11/30/2005 Women for Sam Kelly Event
Wednesday, November 30, 6 - 8 PM
Hotel Commonwealth, Foundation Lounge, 650 Beacon Street, Boston
WOMEN FOR SAM KELLEY Invite you to A Special Evening with Dr. Sam Kelley
Suggested donation: $50, $100, $350, $500
RSVP to Bob Colt Bob@... 617-314-7382
*11/30/2005 Book Signing Event/Janis F. Kearney, former diarist to President Bill Clinton*
Wednesday, November 30, 7 PM
Borders Bookstore, CambridgeSide Galleria Mall
Special Book Signing Event with author, Janis F. Kearney, former diarist to President Bill Clinton
You will not want to miss this opportunity to join former Clinton Administration officials and local groups in welcoming Janis to the Boston area. You will have a chance to meet and speak with Janis about her inspiring life and learn more about her family of 19 children and two incredible parents. For more information or to request an invitation, please email MikeLake13@...
*12/01/2005 Dennis Guyer Recpetion in PIttsfield*
Thursday, December 1, 6 - 8 PM
Zucchini's Restaurant, 1331 North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
For info or to RSVP: 413-442-5183.
Suggested donation: $25 $50 $100
You may also send a check payable to "Citizens for Denis Guyer" to One Haworth Street, Dalton MA 01266.
12/01/2005 Deval Patrick in Sudbury
Thursday, December 1, 7 - 9 PM
Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA
Meeting is open to the Public, Free Admission
Cathy Ashton, 508-655-4929; Maxine Yarbrough, 978-443-6568.
*12/03/2005 Fundraiser for Mike Festa in Framingham*
Saturday, December 3, 2:30 PM
125 Prospect Street, Framingham
You are cordially invited to a MetroWest Fundraiser for Rep. Mike Festa
Suggested donations of $25, $50, $100
Please RSVP to Parwez Wahid at pwahid@...
*12/04/2005 MW Dems/Alliance Dems Holiday Party in Westborough*
Sunday, December 4, 2 - 5 PM
17 Gary Circle, Westborough, MA
Come join the Westborough DTC at our annual Holiday Party, co-hosted by the MW Democrats and the Alliance Democrats. All candidates welcome! Please RSVP to KateDonaghue@....
RSVP If you can so that we can plan for food. I can be reached at KateDonaghue@....
From Route 495 Take the RT-9 W exit, exit number 23B, towards Worcester. On Rt. 9 west go approximately 3.3 miles to Route 135. Take Route 135 East for 0.8 miles. Immediately after a sign reading 108 Milk Street Station, turn right onto Kings Grant Road. Follow Kings Grant Road 0.3 miles until the end of the street. Turn right and 17 Gary Circle is immediately on the left. It is a white house with blue shutters.
From the Worcester area, take Route 9 to Route 135. Take Route 135 East for 0.8 miles. Immediately after a sign reading 108 Milk Street Station, turn right onto Kings Grant Road. Follow Kings Grant Road 0.3 miles until the end of the street. Turn right and 17 Gary Circle is immediately on the left. It is a white house with blue shutters.
*12/05/2005 Fundraising Reception for Jarrett Barrios in Sudbury*
Monday, December 5, 7 - 9 PM
179 Marlboro Road, Sudbury, MA
Fundraising Reception for State Senator Jarrett Barrios, candidate for Middlesex County DA
Suggested donations $100, $250, $500
Please RSVP to Eric Shienbrood, eshienbrood@...
12/06/2005 MDP Holiday Gala
Tuesday, December 6
Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave., Boston, MA
Chairman Philip W. Johnston and the Masschusetts Democratic Party invite you to a Holiday Gala, featuring Senator Edward Kennedy and honoring Senate President Robert Travaglini and Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi.
RSVP by November 25 to David Howard at 617-776-2676.
*12/07/2005 Deval Patrick Reception "No Ordinary Evening"*
Wednesday, December 7, 6 - 8 PM
Fairmont Copley Plaza, 136 St. James Street, Boston
Please join us for a night of vibrant ideas, engaging conversations, and politics that is anything but the usual.
Suggested donation $500-Host Committee; Friend-$250; Supporter-$100.
RSVP to Jane Corr 617-367-3006.
12/07/2005 Southborough DTC Meeting
Wednesday, December 7, 7 PM
Owen O'Leary's, Rte. 9, Southborough
- Raise a glass in memory of Charlie Aspesi and of Ellie Maclauchlan
- Dessert and discussion
- A draft of bylaws
Please RSVP if possible so that I can reserve a table that will hold us. Non-members are of course welcome.
For more information, call Kelly Roney at 508.460.9451 or email him at kelly.roney@....
*12/07/2005 "Just Desserts" on Martha's Vineyard*
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 PM
Vine Lane, "Golden Oaks" West Tisbury
Democratic gathering for friendship and cheer to talk about plans for the cp,omg New Year. RSVP to 508-693-8165.
12/08/2005 Maynard DTC Meeting
Thursday, December 8, 7 PM
'The Maynard DTC has changed its regular monthly meetings from the third Wednesday of every month to the second Thursday of every month. Its next meeting will be Thursday, December 8th.' [back]
*12/08/2005 Haverhill Democratic Party Meetup*
Thursday, December 8, 7 PM
Dunkin Donuts, 15 S. Main St. Haverhill (978-372-1705)
Dunkin Donuts, 15 S. Main St. Haverhill (978-372-1705) Meeting is open to Haverhill supporters pf the Democratic Party to discuss issues of local concern. Please contact Roz McKeon (978-373-4032) for more information or visit our web site http://democrat.meetup.com/709/ [back]
*12/08/2005 Rep. Kaufman Open House/Energy Costs*
Thursday, December 8, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
National Heritage Museum, Lexington
Representative Jay Kaufman will host his monthly public policy forum, OPEN HOUSE, on the topic of energy policy. The topic of the forum is "Reining In the Costs of Energy - Financial, Environmental, Social." The National Heritage Museum is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Marrett Road (Route 2A) in Lexington.
12/11/2005 Senator Kerry Birthday Celebration
Sunday, December 11, 6 - 8 PM
Boston Park Plaza
You are cordially invited to join a birthday celebration for Senator John Kerry. Suggested donation: $100, $250, $500, $1000.
If you would like to R.S.V.P. offline or for additional information, call Jon Patsavos 617-263-3379 or email to jpatsavos@....
*12/14/2005 Deval Patrick at Melrose Democratic City Committee Meeting*
Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 PM
235 West Foster, Beebe Estate, Melrose
Monthly City Committee meeting. December meeting features candidate for governor, Deval Patrick
Contact: Nyal Fuentes Phone: 781-620-1150 Email: melrosedems@... Web Site: www.melrosedems.org
12/15/2005 70th Anniversary Celebration of the PCDL
Thursday, December 15, 7 PM
BR's Monponsett Inn, Route 58, Halifax
Special guest speaker Congressman Barney Frank. Buffet dinner, $20/person. Commemorative Book Ads available. Contact Bob Joy @ (508) 295-1538.
01/08/2006 Four Town 6th District Democratic Committee
Sunday, January 8, 7 PM
Hanson Town Hall
Next meetings April 23, August 6 and October 1, 2006. Contact Kathy DiPasqua-Egan (781) 293-2166.
01/11/2006 Melrose DTC Meeting
Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 PM
Beebe Estate, Melrose, MA
The Melrose Democratic City Committee will hold an organizational meeting. At this meeting we will elect ward and city committee officers. City Committee by-law's require this organizational meeting every even year; on non-Presidential primary election years this meeting must be held before April 15th. The Chair has elected to run this organizational meeting prior to the caucuses for the nominating convention in June which will be held in February at the Beebe School. Dan Barry will not be running for another term as City Committee Chair.
01/14/2006 Salisbury Town Democratic Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 14, 9 AM
Hilton Center on Lafeyette Rd in Salisbury
All registered Democrats are welcome. For more information, contact Linda Firth, Secretary of the Salisbury Town Democratic Committee at lfirth1@...
01/19/2006 PCDL Candidate's Night
Thursday, January 19, 7 PM
Charlie Horse Restaurant in West Bridgewater
Candidates Night cosponsored by West Bridgewater DTC. For more info: Neil Conley neil@... The Charlie Horse Restaurant is at the intersection of Route #24 and #106 Alternate contact Bob Joy 508-295-1538. All candidates and officials welcome.
01/21/2006 GLAD Breakfast meeting at SKIP'S in Chelmsford
Saturday, January 21, 7 AM
Skip's, Route 110, Chelmsford, MA
Regular Breakfast Meeting of GLAD
Skip's can be reached from Exit 43 off Route 495
Candidates, officials and guests are welcome. Please advise the Chair. Marie Sweeney, Chair, 978-851-3867, sweeney133@...
01/21/2006 PCDL Chair's Breakfast
Saturday, January 21, 9:30 AM
Fireside Restaurant, Middleboro Circle.
All Plymouth County CC/DTC Chair's welcome. Free Breakfast. Guest Speaker Phil Johnston. Speakers will address 2006 Victory efforts.
01/21/2006 Celebration of Senior Citizens on Hopkinton DTC
Saturday, January 21, 1 PM
Carbones Restaurant, Hopkinton, MA
Celebration of Senior Citizens who have served the Town of Hopkinton Democratic Committee. Watch this space for details.
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In the days of chamber music, 200 or 300 years ago, people would gather in their drawing rooms or salons to listen to live musicians. It was a way to get together with friends and, at the same time, to be introduced to artists and their work. It was a time when involvement in the arts was a part of everyday life. Today, most of us are accustomed to concerts where the performer is inaccessible, so the experience of a private concert in an intimate setting provides a refreshing contrast. House Concerts are unique events. The audience is close enough to see the details of the artist's performance - the nuances of a facial expression - or hear the artist's fingers attack the strings before they hear the sound of the notes. Not only can the guests see the performance better, they also have multiple opportunities to meet and mingle with the performer.
Why are House Concerts so great?
House Concerts are fun, and they take a common social gathering to a whole new level. Since most people have never been to a private concert in someone's home, your guests feel they are part of something special. The concert provides a unique focus to the evening with plenty of time to socialize. The intimacy and warmth of the experience enchant most people who attend. Many hosts find that House Concerts are a tangible way in which they can support the arts in their community. Your guests don't have to dress formally or make large contributions. They simply get to enjoy the artistry of a new talent in the gracious setting of your home.
The growing popularity of House Concerts has given independent artists opportunities to build grass-roots audiences. By hosting a House Concert and sharing this unique opportunity with those in your intimate circle, you are making a significant contribution to an artist's career. I am connected with >250 Boston-based as well as nationally known independent singer songwriters, and do this for fun, not profit (well, maybe profit down the road).
If you are interested in discussing bringing an artist to your holiday or other event, or for a FUNDRAISER (I know some very excellent political artists) send an email to notlobmusic@....
Jeff Boudreau Bolton
p.s. A WONDERFUL Virgina-based singer-songwriter will be in our area in early December and has an open date 12/10, before heading to the west coast.
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Caucus Window for 2006 Established
The MDP has established the time period during which caucuses for the June 2 and 3, 2006 nominating convention are to be held. Please refer to the exact text from the applicable rules below.
The caucus window will be February 4, 2006 to February 12, 2006. The caucus date will be February 4; a caucus can be held between February 5 and February 12, if the Chair applies for and receives a waiver.
As in other nominating convention years, a candidate for delegate must be present to run, although there is an exception for potential candidates serving in the armed forces.
Although no business other than that specified can be conducted at the caucus, some committees find it convenient to call a regular meeting of their committee immediately following the caucus.
The Field Services Committee is sending this information out to allow for Committees to set schedules for the 2005-2006 year. Chairs will be mailed the full information later in the year.
Steve Fradkin, Co-chair, Field Services Sub-Committee
Kate Donaghue, Co-chair, Field Services Sub-Committee
from METHOD OF SELECTING DELEGATES TO THE 2006 MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION
From Rule 4
"It shall be the responsibility of the chairpersons of the Democratic ward and town committees to call and chair a local caucus at a time to be determined on February 4, 2006 and no later than February 12, 2006 with the consent of the Chairperson of the State Committee. (unless the caucus is postponed due to a severe snowstorm or another weather-related event with approval by the Chair of the Democratic State Committee or his designee), in a public place that is accessible to the disabled and does not inhibit participation by any Democrat, and to promptly notify the Democratic State Committee of that time and location by January 13, 2006. The Chair of the State Democratic State Committee or his designee shall grant a waiver at the written request of the chairperson of any ward or town committee filed prior to January 13, 2006, to transfer the date and/or time of the ward or town caucus to a date between February 4, 2006 and February 12, 2006 and to any time reasonably convenient for participants."
From Rule 19
"A candidate for Delegate or Alternate at the local caucus must be present and give his or her written consent to nomination; except that a person serving in the Armed Forces of the United States who advises his ward or town chair of his/her desire to be considered for election prior to January 10, 2006 shall be eligible."
Kennedy for Senate
56 Roland St. North Lobby Suite 203 Boston, MA 02129
Tel: 617-776-2676 Fax: 617-776-2579
Deval Patrick for Governor
P.O. Box 961629, 56 Roland St. Suite 100 D, Boston, MA 02196
(617) 367-2006, (617) 210-7998
Fax: (617) 210-4787
Tom Reilly for Governor
PO Box 6320 Boston, MA 02114
Deborah Goldberg for Lt.Governor
75 Center Street 6th Floor Boston,MA 02190
www.deborahgoldberg.com e-mail: info@...
Sam Kelley for Lt. Governor
71 Commercial St. #222, Boston, MA 02109
phone: 617-314-7382 fax: 866-528-7875
Andrea Silbert for Lt. Governor
67 Coddington Street Quincy, MA 02169
Martha Coakley for Massachusetts Attorney General
358 Broadway, Suite 2 Cambridge, MA 02139
Secretary of State Bill Galvin
444 Washington St Boston, MA
State Treasurer Tim Cahill
Cam Kerry Committee
Suite 304, 376 Boylston St., Boston MA 02116
John Bonifaz for Secretary of State
The Bonifaz Committee
P.O. Box 300007
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
New Address and Phone Number! Massachusetts Democratic Party
56 Roland Street Suite 203 Boston, MA 02129
The Sullivan Square stop on the Orange line is a two-minute walk to the office.