Stratford Needs a Mayor 'For All,' Says Paul

Sep 26, 2013 Full story: Patch.com 8

First of all, thank you to the 1,700 citizens who participated in the Democratic primary last week .

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Rick

Stratford, CT

#1 Sep 27, 2013
Beth would have been the mayor for all, she was the endorsed democrat
Curtain Call

Dayville, CT

#2 Nov 13, 2013
Proponents’ plan

By Greg Reilly on November 7, 2013

Regardless of how the mayoral election turned out, it appears that the champions of re-opening the Shakespeare Theatre missed an opportunity to present a cohesive plan of their own during the election campaign.

Those currently in leadership positions and those who ran for office against the mayor have been loudly criticizing him for not doing enough to get the theater reopened. It is easy to criticize. It is harder to lead with a concrete plan.

The mayor may be taking a long time to get final reports from the hired consultants and final plans from his appointed task force, but that created an opportunity for the proponents to show their vision, their marketing plan and their financial plan for what can work and how it can work.

For those who say there is the money out there, and that the theater will grow out in stages, and that operations of a theater can be covered without Stratford tax dollars, there was and there remains an opportunity to put plans to paper. What are the projected expenses and estimated shares of revenue from ticket sales, educational programs, state grants, corporate support, individual support, etc.?

How much would be needed to get the theater buildings opened in a satisfactorily presentable way, and where would that money come from?

What would be a conservative estimate of economic activity that local businesses might gain from an active theater?

Why just criticize and not come forward with a workable plan? It could not hurt to present a plan, and it could help to compare and contrast it with whatever the task force presents by year’s end.

The plan for the 14-acre theater property on the Housatonic River will have great impact on Stratford; some say Stratford’s future will be molded by the decisions.

Big plans require bold leadership, both in office and out. If a group has enough confidence that a plan for a re-opened theater can work, let the townspeople see it.

Well Matt??? Joe??? Eddie??? Beth???

Anyone with a real plan?
Non Thespian Speaks

Dayville, CT

#3 Nov 14, 2013
MORE IMPORTANT than Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford Star 11-7-2013

At the risk of committing ‘high heresy’(Stratford Style), I am more concerned about the closing of Barnum Duckpin Lanes than I am about whether or not Shakespeare Theater opens.

In fact, there are lots of issues, such as drugs and crime and Stratford’s children receiving an education that prepares them for their future, that are vastly more important than the Shakespeare Theater. Add concerns about our tax money being spent wisely to this list.

Let me explain. In last week’s Stratford Star, there were two stories about candidates crossing party lines, to endorse the other party’s candidate for mayor. Putting your town ahead of your political party is wonderful — true bipartisanship in action. However, the reason for doing this must make sense. To me, issues about fighting for improving quality of life and fighting against the spread of crime and drugs in Stratford are important.

However, this quixotic quest to recover this legendary, storied past of Stratford and the Shakespeare Theater, when New Yorkers rolling in dough came to town and dropped some coin and, in the process, put Stratford on the cultural map, to me, seems a colossal waste of time.

While I usually can’t speak for anyone other than myself, I do think I am on solid ground when I state that, for whatever number of years the current residents of Stratford have been here, for the overwhelming majority of those years, the theater has been closed, even as politicians mouths were open over that same span of time, yacking about this or that plan.

Barnum Duckpin Lanes, in contrast, has been open, most of the time, for years, serving as a great recreational facility for young and old alike. So while I acknowledge the historical and cultural importance of Shakespeare Theater to Stratford, and I certainly wish it were viable, if this theater were to be the cultural beacon its advocates envision, it would have happened by now.

Jerry Cunningham
Non Thespian II

Dayville, CT

#4 Nov 14, 2013
To the Editor:

Well, the race has been decided, but I want to comment on this front page article (Star, Oct. 31.) It’s not surprising that Mr. Catalano, chief lobbyist for the defunct Shakespeare Theatre, would throw his support to a man who knows nothing about the financial realities of producing live theatre in today’s economy, and has never seen a viable plan for re-opening the theatre.

This whole move “smells” of back-room politics … so much for “transparent” Joe. I have my eye open for any eventual commitment of Stratford’s tax revenues to the operation of this folly.

Obviously, Mr. Catalano has made no progress in attracting patronage support (individual or corporate) without a solid plan.

John Dean
Othello

Dayville, CT

#5 Nov 17, 2013
Hey Matt - When's the grand re-opening?

Still on for February 30th?
No Theater but Sales UP

Dayville, CT

#6 Nov 18, 2013
Home sales up 24% in Stratford; prices up 8%
By Greg Reilly

The Stratford home sales market is up across the board comparing the January through September period of 2013 to the same period in 2012, according to a report compiled exclusively for The Stratford Star by Greater Fairfield County Consolidated MLS.
Single-family home sales rose 24% in units — from 285 in 2012 to 353 this year.
The average price rose by 8%— from $214,041 to $230,194.
The favorable news hit the number of days on the market, too. Single-family homes are selling on average three weeks faster in the first nine months of 2013. Last year the time on market for a single-family home was 150 days; this year it is 21 days fewer, at 129.
Diane Camella of ReMax told The Star,“We had a fantastic start to 2013 and were encouraged by the volume as well as decreased days on market of the average home in the area.”
The Stratford home sales market is up across the board comparing the January through September period of 2013 to the same period in 2012, according to a report compiled exclusively for The Stratford Star by Greater Fairfield County Consolidated MLS.
Single family home unit sales rose 24% from 285 in 2012 to 353 this year. The average price rose by 8%— from $214,041 to $230,194.
The favorable news hit the Days on Market too. Single family homes are selling on average three weeks faster in the first nine months of 2013. Last year the time on market for a single family home was 150 days; this year it is 21 days fewer at 129.
Gauntlet

Dayville, CT

#7 Nov 18, 2013
With the mayor determined to resolve the question of how the Shakespeare Theatre property will be used — whether as a re-opened full-sized theater or some sort of park for outdoor arts performances or some other use — we come back to our message from last week. If there are people in the wings with financial and operational plans in mind for how a theater can be sustained, we recommend coming forward now to make the plan known.

Then there would be something to compare with the mayor’s task force plan that is expected by year’s end.
FatCat

Stratford, CT

#8 Nov 20, 2013
If you finance it they will come

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