Mayor’s Agenda: Road Trip!

23Sep09
Another work day

Another work day

So here we are in the middle of a work week. All the signs that can possibly have Mayor Moron’s name on it have been put up. He sent out his latest robo-calls about broken toilets at Birdseye and paving at Hawley Lane. Let’s see…what to do? Play golf with the Chief of Police, Dick Miron and the Director of Public Works again? Nah…those guys are boring. Fire someone? Nah…that’s getting old too. Put together some silly flier with Heather? Nah…she always adds words. I know!

Today James R. Miron, Susan McCauley and McCauley’s secretary of the week jumped on the Senior Bus trip to the Big E! today. A free ride at taxpayer expense, some fattening food and a chance to pander and lie again to Seniors. What could be more fun!

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5 Responses to “Mayor’s Agenda: Road Trip!”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Q. What do politicians know about senior citizens?

    A. They vote!

    Stratford program to help elderly shoppers wins reprieve
    By Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER
    Updated: 10/06/2009 04:03:34 PM EDT

    STRATFORD — A popular program that provides helpers to assist elderly residents shop for groceries, threatened by a loss of funding, will not be cashiered after all.

    The pilot program, the only one of its kind in the state, was sponsored this summer by the town’s Senior Services Department. Funding from unspent Community Development Block Grants was used to hire shopping “companions” who helped about 20 elderly people get around stores like Super Stop & Shop and Shaw’s.

    With the program scheduled to end when money ran out late last month, Mayor James R. Miron announced Tuesday at the Baldwin Senior Center that the town has found an additional $2,500 in block grant funding to keep it going until early- or mid-November, and that if re-elected to a second term Nov. 3, he would try to secure financing to make it permanent.

    The program relies on Baldwin Senior Center buses to pick up and drop off elderly Stratford residents at their homes and on companions from the Shelton-based home-care franchise, Comfort Keepers, to help them shop.

    “We have a very high percentage of elderly residents in Stratford, nearly 25 percent and we decided in June to try this as a pilot program,” Miron said. “It has worked extremely well and been very popular, so we went back and found some additional funding to keep it going another six weeks. Then we hope to find a way to make it permanent in January.”

    Senior Services Director Diane Puterski said she is seeking grants and other sources of funding to keep the program going.

    And what do we learn from this article? Well, that the program was funded by leftover grant money. I am going to take a wild guess that someone at the Baldwin Center had the idea for the program and corralled the money before Jimmy was able to transfer to the Town Attorney.

    Of course, Jimmy makes it seem that the program will end unless he is re-elected. Which is not true at all.

    By the way, not to promote any particular commercial service, but it wouldn’t seem like a bad idea to set up a computer or two at Baldwin Center and let seniors (perhaps with a little help) shop online via Peapod.

  2. 2 1george1

    Supermarkets allow shoppers to e-mail or call in orders.
    Peapod delivers.

    Yet, this is not a “bad ided.”

    Maybe we should have monthly elections?

  3. 3 jezebel282

    George,

    I think the point was helping Seniors.

    Some of the best net surfers are Seniors. They tend to have more patience/diligence when looking for something.

    On the other hand, there are others who would never think of purchasing a computer or exploring the Internet.

    Setting up a couple of computers at the Baldwin Center with a volunteer or two (Stratford High is FULL of them) to allow Seniors to order groceries on-line for home delivery (are you listening, Stop & Shop?) would give them the opportunity to SEE what they are buying and avoid the trip to and from the store.

    Who knows? They might like it and buy a computer for themselves (did you hear that Best Buy and Staples?).

  4. 4 1george1

    Jeze,

    Miron’s idea was not a bad one.

    Your idea is a better one.
    Second hand computers are dirt cheap, even free.
    Don not need a lot in the computer RAM or memory or programs
    for simple searches and e-mail.

    However, I am constantly told many seniors are NOT net surfers.
    Especially the older old ones.

  5. 5 jezebel282

    George,

    “Miron’s idea was not a bad one.”

    I would bet real money that it was not his idea. But it is election time and seniors vote.

    “However, I am constantly told many seniors are NOT net surfers.”

    Well they obviously do not know my senior relatives who constantly email pictures and smurfs to me.

    However, it is the case that computers and internet connections are not free. Neither Cablevision nor AT&T offer senior discounts. Seniors who’s only income is their SS checks would be hard pressed to justify the purchase.

    But a couple of computers (with logos) donated to the Baldwin Center and purchased with an advertising/marketing/business development budget would certainly increase deliveries in this Town. And benefit seniors.

    Sounds like great content for a press release as well …. if you ask me.


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