Dottie Berger’s Endorsement Speech for Incumbent Jim Zeoli

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Jul 262017

The Orange Republicans hosted their caucus at High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, July 19. 

Former First Selectman Dottie Berger gave the following speech to endorse incumbent First Selectman Jim Zeoli for the upcoming municipal election: 

Good Evening.

Charles Dickens wrote = “It was the best of times it was the worst of times.”

Today we are in the times of uncertainty. That is one of the major challenges to be faced by our towns and cities. However, in our town, I see one man who is prepared to address that uncertainty. — That person is James Zeoli, He’s started already. 

Just as Joseph stored the grain for his people in Biblical times and just as the farmer of today maintains a strong hand on the tiller keeping a straight forward line. Jim has done so in governing our town by storing in the barn a healthy fund balance. 

With foresight over the past years, town expenditures have been closely monitored. 

The guiding word for spending town funds is NEED. In an orderly fashion, the town departments’ NEEDS are met. 

As I reviewed the town budget and bond projects it appears that every department received needed funding to maintain the quality of town services expected. 

People make things happen. Jim’s appointments are of those who are knowledgeable and who best will serve the town of Orange. 

Jim’s knowledge of the demands of town operations – trust me he knows – is uncanny. 

Ask about a truck – don’t because for the next 10 minutes he will talk about what it can do; concerned about the habitat at the conservation sites – prepare for a lecture on flora and fauna – and who else finally could get the flag pole painted while the church steeple was being tended. 

At the same time, he is diligently working with Economic Development seeking to improve the tax base with quality businesses. 

So important for this allows the community to maintain an outstanding school system, the leading priority in our town forever. 

He is Johnny on the Spot. He possesses the “common touch” Rudyard Kipling wrote of. He is a roll up the sleeves person. He is committed to providing the best services to the young, the elderly and those in between – through the support of those “helping hand special places” – Case Memorial Library, Community Services, Park and Recreation and Visiting Nurse Association. 

He has provided for the safety and security of the community. He has kept pace in the ever changing business world of electronics and computers. 

He is dedicated to providing a quality of living in our town that we take for granted. He doesn’t take it for granted. He is on the job 24-hours a day making it happen. 

He is proud of our town and his mother and I are proud of him. He grew where he was planted and through his efforts he has produced a better Orange each year of his time in office. 

Without reservation, it is my privilege to nominate James Zeoli for the office of First Selectman of the Town of Orange. 

NOTE: Richard Cenami seconded the nomination and said a few words as well. 

Mar 022015

IMG_9890-1024x682The Orange Republican Town Committee is sponsoring its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Monday, March 16 at Biagetti’s Restaurant, 77 Campbell Ave., West Haven at 6 pm.

There will be a complete Irish Dinner with Corned Beef and Cabbage and all that goes with it.

Tickets are $38 per person and reservations must be made in advance by Sunday, March 8.

Checks should be made out to ORTC and mailed to P.O. Box 632, Orange CT 06477.

There will be a cash bar and door prizes. We hope many of our friends will join us. It is always an enjoyable opportunity for “Wearing of the Green” by all who attend.

For questions and/or reservations, please call Pat Zeoli at (203) 795-9679.

— press release from the Orange Republican Town Committee

Originally Published on: Feb 7, 2015 @ 13:04

Klarides, Staneski, and Slossberg Tour Sikorsky

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Feb 242015

State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119), Jason Perillo (R-113), Kim Rose (D-118), Sen. Gayle Slossberg,(D-14), State Rep. Laura Hoydick, (R-120) with House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114), State Rep. Ben McGorty and United Technologies, Government Relations, Jackie

State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119), Jason Perillo (R-113), Kim Rose (D-118), Sen. Gayle Slossberg,(D-14), State Rep. Laura Hoydick, (R-120) with House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114), State Rep. Ben McGorty and United Technologies, Government Relations, Jackie

State Representatives Themis Klarides (R-114), Pam Staneski (R-119) and State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-14) participated in a two-hour-long facility tour for area lawmakers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Stratford on Monday, Feb 23.

Both Rep. Klarides and Sen. Slossberg voted last session to support an incentive program to bolster Connecticut’s aerospace industry, foster the creation and retention of jobs and protect our national defense. United Technologies Corporation, which is the state’s largest private employer, does business with companies in Orange and Milford, and many employees reside in the towns.

Staneski, is serving her first term in the General Assembly was impressed with the Sikorsky plant.

Staneski said, “The presence of Sikorsky in the region has a direct impact on the district, we have a vested interest in keeping them in our state. After touring Sikorsky my belief is only reinforced that we must maintain and encourage good paying jobs for Connecticut residents.”

Klarides said, “Sikorsky Aircraft is a beacon for jobs and manufacturing in our state. We recognize that Sikorsky’s continued strong presence in Connecticut has a substantial impact on hundreds of small companies that do business with them and the thousands of employees they employ.”

“This is a great example of a successful partnership between state and private enterprise,” said Sen. Slossberg. “Sikorsky is thriving and continues to hire a large number of students from UConn and our vo-tech schools. Their business success is great news for the more than 1500 UTC employees and nearly 100 UTC suppliers in our towns.”


Orange Republicans To Host Celebratory Affair in February

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Jan 022015

Themis_Speaking_MADD_CeremonyThe Orange Republican Town Committee is hosting a celebratory party in honor of Republican Minority Leader Themis Klarides and newly elected House Representatives Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneksi at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange, on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

The ticket price is $100 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, wine on the table, music and dessert. A cash bar will be available. The special guest speaker will be State Senator Len Fasano.

There also will be an ad booklet with advertising opportunities of $100 for a full page and $50 for a half page.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 26th.

Make checks payable to ORTC and mail to Debra Marino, 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477. If you have any questions, reservations or ad book requests, please email Deb Marino at dmarinolaw@yahoo.com or call 203-298-0611

Get your tickets now for what is expected to be a fun-filled, exciting evening.