Bethel Daily Briefing: Election Day 2011 Edition

What you need to know about Election Day this year.

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of the year. In the United States, today is also Election Day.

Election Day Weather

  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Light north wind. 
  • Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 2 a.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Calm wind. 

Information About Voting in Bethel 

- Polls will be open from 6 a.m to 8 p.m. 

- There are five voting districts in the Town of Bethel. To find your district by address, click here.

- For each district, there is a specific polling location:

  • District 1: , 1 School Street
  • District 2: , 59 Stony Hill Road
  • District 3: , 200 Whittlesey Drive
  • District 4: , 1 School Street
  • District 5: 200 Whittlesey Drive

- In the state of Connecticut, voters are required to present a form of identification prior to casting their ballots. A photo ID is not required but it must be a preprinted form of ID that shows your name and address, name and signature or name and photograph. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • a Connecticut State driver's license 
  • a social security card
  • a copy of a utility bill 
  • a bank statement
  • a paycheck or government check

- The office of the  (203-794-8505) or the  (203-794-8516) can answer any additional questions about voting in town. 

- If you or someone you know needs a ride to the Bethel polls, please call 203-300-9193.

The Candidates

To the right is a sample ballot, which will be front and back at the polls. Below is a list of candidates in order of which they appear on the ballot (* indicates an incumbent):

First Selectman

  • Democrat/Working Families: Matthew S. Knickerbocker* 
  • Republican/Independent: Kevin L. Cleary
  • CT Tea Party: Robert E. Burke


  • Democrat/Working Families: Richard C. Stration*
  • Republican/Independent: Paul R. Szatkowski*
  • CT Tea Party: Robert Z. Crnic

Town Treasurer

  • Democrat/Working Families: Thomas O'Leary
  • Republican/Independent: Robert L. DiMatteo
  • CT Tea Party: Jack J. Moody

Board of Finance (vote for any three)

  • Democrat/Working Families: Claudia J. Stephan
  • Democrat/Working Families: Eileen Freebalm
  • Democrat: Patricia Smithwick
  • Republican/Independent: James Roden*
  • Republican/Independent: William H. Slifkin*
  • Republican/Independent: John L. Dietter*
  • CT Tea Party: Salvatore A. Maniscalo
  • CT Tea Party: George A. Gaylord, Jr.

Board of Education (vote for any five)

  • Democrat/Working Families: Lisa M. Johnson
  • Democrat/Working Families: Robin A. Renner*
  • Democrat: Robert Rogers
  • Democrat/Working Families: Janice L. Chrzescijanek*
  • Republican/Independent: Bryan Terzian
  • Republican/Independent: Kristen M. Lacey*
  • Republican/Independent: Scott Anthony Clayton*
  • Republican/Independent: S. Lawrence Craybas*
  • Republican/Independent: William I. Duff*
  • CT Tea Party: Kevin J. Gallagher

Board of Education To Fill Vacancy for Two-Year Term (vote for any two)

  • Democrat/Working Families: Ted Stevenson
  • Democrat: Janet Cosgrove
  • Republican/Independent: Beth A. Gorry
  • Republican/Independent: Elizabeth A. Frey

Board of Assessment Appeals (vote for any two)

  • Democrat/Working Families: Robert F. Pitt, Jr.
  • Democrat: Steven DeMoura
  • Republican/Independent: Alfred J. Bernard
  • Republican/Independent: Robert Fand
  • CT Tea Party: Clinton A. Monroe, Jr.

Planning & Zoning Commission (vote for any four)

  • Democrat: Donald W. Brown
  • Democrat: Diana Carlino
  • Democrat: Dick Shannon*
  • Democrat: Keith Watson
  • Republican/Independent: Earle Finch*
  • Republican/Independent: John Lennon*
  • Republican/Independent: Henry Karl, Jr.
  • Republican/Independent: Robert J. Legnard*

Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate (vote for any two)

  • Democrat: Louis F. Valenti*
  • Democrat/Working Families: Sandi Richards Forman
  • Republican/Independent: Nicholas F. Hoffman
  • Republican/Independent: Stanley L. Weston

Zoning Board of Appeals (vote for any two)

  • Democrat: Justin E. Hurgin*
  • Democrat/Working Families: Nicholas W. Vitti, Jr.
  • Republican/Independent: John F. Hawkins*
  • Republican/Independent: Melanie Ryan

Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate (vote for any two)

  • Democrat: Gary F. Passineau
  • Democrat/Working Families: Jennifer Davidson
  • Republican/Independent: Susan J. Catino
  • Republican/Independent: Susan M. Dolan*

Inland Wetlands Commission (vote for any two)

  • Democrat: Patrick Perrefort*
  • Democrat/Working Families: Don Goodrich*
  • Republican/Independent: Margarita Dietter
  • Republican/Independent: Suzanne M. Fand

Inland Wetlands Commission Alternate

  • Democrat: Robert C. Wallace
  • Republican/Independent: Daniel W. O'Grady*

Police Commission (vote for any two)

  • Democrat: Tony Fernandes
  • Democrat: Christopher McCollam*
  • Republican/Independent: Peter Sefsik, Sr.
  • Republican/Independent: Michael Duff
  • CT Tea Party: Tulio J. Belardinelli
SmallMinds November 09, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Of course we all know how quality and truth and track directly with "smokes everyone else in the ratings". Time has shown that the more popular something is the more accurate and honest it is. Like Father Charles Coughlin. And Jerry Springer. Unity of million promoting fictional notions, in one voice, has never been seen in the history of western civilization. I understand that "smokes everyone else in the ratings" is an important hallmark of excellence and journalistic standards for you. For me, not so much. I think they've been smoking something else. But why would anyone be offended with the idea that "you get the news you deserve"? If you think it's an excellent source of news, and you are a most excellent consumer of news, why get you back up? Sit back and enjoy!
johnqpublic November 09, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Are you saying that its a false report that Issa is investigating? What about the link is false? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/darrell-issa-seeks-probe-_n_1080698.html http://oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=550:issa-releases-report-follow-the-money-acorn-seiu-and-their-political-allies&catid=22 http://twitter.com/#!/DarrellIssa/status/133677620247281665
--- November 09, 2011 at 03:24 PM
@jqp, Facts are useless in this discussion. You need to be more emotionally-driven to be understood. Facts are too...you know...factual.
SmallMinds November 10, 2011 at 12:32 AM
"""Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is pushing for a federal probe of a New York City community organization based on a Fox News report that accused the organization of improperly aiding the Occupy Wall Street movement and linked the group to the now defunct ACORN""" Any looney who starts to investigate ANYTHING "based on a FOX News report" deserves the derision that will surely come his way. ACORN was a small group that went out of business over a year ago. He's feeding FOX news and they're feeding him. Ain't that yummy? And I quote: "June 2010 Media Consumption Survey. For 2010, respondents were asked four questions -- which party controlled the House of Representatives, what post was held by Eric Holder, which company was run by Steve Jobs and which country has an active volcano that had recently disrupted international air travel. This time, Pew didn’t specifically use a "high knowledge" measurement but rather broke down responses by how many were answered correctly by each media outlet’s followers. Once again, Fox News as a whole ranked fairly low among regularly used media outlets -- 20 percent answered all four correctly and 18 percent answered three correctly."" By the way, FOX news has the smallest percentage of college grads watching. Guess that's why you like it so much. The small words and simple ideas.
--- November 10, 2011 at 01:00 AM
@SmallMinds, You said: "By the way, FOX news has the smallest percentage of college grads watching. Guess that's why you like it so much. The small words and simple ideas." I actually don't need to watch FOX News myself. The liberal media talks all about FOX's news stories the next day after they are broadcast, since they can only feed off of the strength of FOX News' ratings. The liberal media is essentially akin to crumbsuckers (great 80's band) under the table of FOX News. Oh, and also Rush Limbaugh's table as well. I reckon it's hard for your college grads to watch any TV when their heads are under the tables of those with superior intellect. And SmallMinds, please stop trying to flirt with me using such language. I'm very married, and I like girls. If you wanna talk sexy, you can email me: bethelconservative@ymail.com, and avoid the embarrassment of the public seeing how you talk to me. :)


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