Day: November 3, 2018

Candidate Statement Ira Kaplan Candidate for Selectman

I am Ira Kaplan and I am seeking your vote to join Easton’s Board of Selectmen.

My wife Susan and I moved here in 1999 with our two young children.  Jason and Amy went through our public schools and graduated from Joel Barlow High School.  My wife taught at Samuel Staples Elementary School and Helen Keller Middle School and is now principal at HKMS.  I’ve worked as an actuary at General Reinsurance since 1992, where I am a senior vice president, and I serve on the Region 9 Pension Committee.

I was on the Easton Democratic Town Committee years ago, left it for a few years, rejoined in early 2017, and was appointed secretary. In that role I have become involved in different details about how statutes work and how government is organized. The more I learned about it, the more interesting I found it. So when the Selectman seat opened up, I realized, “Yes, I can do this and do a good job.”

I am new to politics, but I am not new to analyzing problems, seeking creative solutions, examining options, and implementing the best answer. I am not afraid of speaking difficult truths, or of making difficult choices.

Unchallenged power is often unresponsive to constituents, a danger Easton is not immune to. Adam Dunsby continues the uninterrupted decades-long one party control of the First Selectman’s office. The Board of Selectmen has the potential to give Easton direction and actively build community. Instead, we see citizens frustrated with repetitive arguments that bring no resolution. We see inaction and inertia, and a sense that Easton is on autopilot. We watch our taxes increase, without being given a vision of where this story ends. We see no plan for the future, no open discussion of our challenges.

Without leadership willing to face reality or get its hands dirty trying, our problems and needs will remain unaddressed. The future is coming, and we won’t prepare for it by putting our heads in the sand.

I’m a Democrat, but have never been an orthodox Democrat. I do not believe that one party has a monopoly on good ideas. I’m always happy to debate with people of different political views. Sometimes I convince them, sometimes they convince me, sometimes no one is convinced but we understand each other better. That’s what I want our public discussion to be like – open, honest, factual, respectful.
I love our country, the ideals it strives for, the example it has often set for the world. I want us to keep striving. In Easton too, I want us to make smart decisions in a way that includes all voices and treats those voices fairly.

I ask for your support on November 6th.  Thank you.

Annual Turkey Dinner

Jesse Lee United Methodist Church
Annual Turkey Dinner
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Jesse Lee, 25 Flat Rock Rd, Easton
Cost: $20 per adult, $8 kids 5-12. Children under 5 eat free!
Please call 203-345-4395 to make a reservation
Menu: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Rutabagas, Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans, Dinner Rolls, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, and Ice Cream!

Boys’ Varsity Soccer

Falcons advance to SWC final in nail biter – Brookfield 1 – 2 Joel Barlow

Barlow win in sudden death overtime.

Barlow triumphed in their SWC semi-final against an enterprising Brookfield side in dramatic fashion. The Falcons started on the front foot and the forwards twice charged down clearances from the Bobcats keeper but were unable to convert any of their chances into goals. By the 10 minute mark, Brookfield had taken over the game and Barlow were struggling to keep the Bobcats forwards in check. In the 18th minute Falcons keeper John Hoeing’s bar was rattled by a fierce shot from distance and the Barlow defense didn’t learn their lesson, as Mikey Bento put Brookfield into the lead 3 minutes later with a very similar effort. The Bobcats continued to press and only intervention by Jack Ledbetter prevented a second goal with a block as the forward was about to shoot.

Brookfield started the after the break in the same mode and thought they had extended their lead in the 54th minute when the ball was in the net from a corner, but the referee had seen a push on Hoeing. Barlow then started to get a foothold in the game and a Jack Warren cross from the right was met on the volley by Adam Ortiz but without enough power to force the ball home. However, on 62 mins the Falcons drew level when a Max Baer chip was flicked on by Warren to Nathan Fenningdorf who in turn advanced the ball to Pablo Correa-Ramirez who gleefully smashed it home. Seven minutes later Ortiz had to make a last ditch tackle to prevent Barlow going behind, but most of the pressure was now being exerted by the away side and this resulted in Warren being brought down when through on goal and the Bobcats defender receiving a red card a minute from the end of regulation.

Buoyed by the man advantage, the Falcons dominated the first period of overtime and, with 40 seconds to go, Warren, again through on goal, was once again hacked down but this time in the area, picked himself up and coolly placed the spot kick into the bottom right corner to send his team into the final and their bench and supporters into raptures.

The JBHS Boys Soccer team is off to the SWC Finals.
Thursday, November 1 at 7pm against