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"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." 
FDR's Second Inaugural Address
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February 7, 2016

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Groton Democratic Town Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Groton Democratic Town Committee will be February 28 at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street. We'll be finalizing preparations for the primary and holding elections of delegates to the March 26 Democratic State Committee District Conference. There is a contest for the conference-elected (as opposed to ballot-elected) state committeewoman seat.

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Sun Jan 31, 2016

January Meeting

4 pm
Legion Hall
75 Hollis St., Groton, MA 01450

All democrats welcome. 

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January 23, 2016

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Storm Advice from Bangor Maine Police Department to Mid Atlantic States

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153904589291079&id=227432866078

Dear Mid-Atlantic of these United States of America.

I think we all knew it could happen. Every year when you pack up your well tanned family and head back home from our tiny piece of paradise, you look back and see us raking up our leaves and putting our snow shovels by the door. You always sigh, knowing that we will be dealing with winter in a far different way than you will.

With lobster traps on your roof and pine cones in your carry ons, you think of us with with warm memories of fantastic sunsets, thick accents and great clam chowder. You talk to the family about coming back next year and enjoying all that Maine has to offer.

Down deep, you feel sorry for us. You know that we will be moving snowbanks, raking our roof, smashing ice dams off the shingles and stoking the wood stove with the dollar bills that you left behind.

Listen, this storm is going to miss us. This is not typical and we want to share a little advice of how to make it through an epic "snow event" unscathed. We want you to come back next year. Here are a few tips.

1. Don't panic. It's just frozen rain. It does go away so don't try to move too much at one time.
2. Don't shovel too early and don't wait too long. Pace yourself. Go out every few hours and move a little at a time. It can hurt your back, arms and legs. You always wonder why we all walk funny. It is not because of the clam chowder.
3. Heart attacks in big snow storms are rather common. Help out your neighbor who is older, out of shape or that has known health problems. Helping them move some snow (better yet, let your offspring do it) is better than calling EMS while you are doing CPR. Seriously.
4. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT buy all the bread on the shelves. As a lifelong Mainer, I recommend cereal. No better reason has ever been invented to eat Golden Crisp, Honeycomb or Captain Crunch (don't get the peanut butter flavored. That stuff sucks). You will need milk and of course a bowl and spoon. You probably already have that in the house. I have lived for several weeks on only Rice Crispies and Snickers. 
5. Get some batteries and flashlights that work. Nothing is worse than going through the junk drawer and finding only 1 D battery when you need two. LED flashlights are awesome, cheap and last and last. You might need one to find the cereal.
6. Charge your Cellphone. If you have a generator, you need gas. You look stupid trying to start a generator with no gas in it. Don't ask me how I know. Do not run the generator inside a basement or garage. Yes, people do that. Usually only one time.
7. Toilets flush without electricity. If you fill your tub with water, you can use it for all kinds of things, including flushing the toilet. Also, to wash cereal bowls.
8. Fill your car up with gas. If you get stuck somewhere and have to run the car, make sure you clean out around the tail pipe and do not fall asleep with the car running. We need you to come back next summer to buy more lobster and lobster traps. Pine cones are free.

Most of all, take care of each other. Be nice and invite neighbors to hole up at one location. Hide expensive things, but help them. (that's the cop talking).

You will be fine. We drink lots of coffee and complain when we get hit like this storm. It works ok. It makes us grouchy but that's why you come here in the summer. To hear stories from grumpy Mainers who sell lobster traps. Now, you will have some of your own to share with us when you get back.

Be safe and well and if you have any Cap'n Crunch left after the storm. It keeps very well. Bring it up this summer.

The men and women of the Bangor Police Department are rooting for you. You got this.

We will be here!

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January 23, 2016

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Jan 31 - Groton Democratic Town Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Groton Democratic Town Committee will be Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street. All Democrats are welcome. For more information contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com or www.Democracy.Com/GrotonDemocrats.

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November 22, 2015

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Cindy King Wins Townsend Selectmen's Race

Congratulations to Cindy King, new chair of the Townsend Democratic Town Committee, who won the special election last week to fill a vacancy on the Townsend Board of Selectmen. 

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November 22, 2015

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Groton Democrats Meet Dec 6 - Guest Speaker Solar Energy Prof. Bob Parkin

Our next and final meeting of the year will be on Sunday, Dec 6 at 4 pm at Legion Hall on Hollis St. 

Our guest speaker will be Robert Parkin from Dunstable who is a professor at U/Mass Lowell in Mechanical and Renewable Energy Engineering and coordinator of their Solar Engineering Program. Solar energy is increasing competitive and should be incorporated into the design of all new homes. He will showcase an economical home he built as an example. Parkin will discuss the key public policy hurdle of getting utility companies to incorporate distributed power generators onto their grid when they have who have little incentive to do so. He is also the author of "Building Integrated Solar Systems".

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October 25, 2015

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Groton Democrats Meet Oct. 25

The monthly meeting of the Groton Democratic Town Committee is Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 4 pm. It will be held at Legion Hall 73 Hollis Street. 

We'll be talking about the Presidential campaign.

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October 4, 2015

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Straw Poll Results

The Groton Democratic Town Committee held a straw poll for the Democratic Presidential Primary at its September 27, 2015 meeting. The results were:

  • Hillary Clinton – 42%
  • Bernie Sanders – 32%
  • Joe Biden – 21%
  • Lawrence Lessig – 5%

The poll was held as part of the annual friend-raiser where the film Iron Jawed Angels, about the American Suffragettes – was shown. The film spawned lively discussion about how important it is to exercise the right to vote and to have a voice. 

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August 23, 2015

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Groton Democrats Friend-Raiser Sept. 27 - Free Film: Iron Jawed Angels

The Groton Democratic Town Committee will hold its annual friend-raiser on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 163 West Main Street.  Join us for the free showing the 2004 film, Iron Jawed Angels, about the women who mobilized the American suffragette movement. Come discuss how important the right to vote is as we prepare for the 2016 Presidential election. For more information contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com  or www.Democracy.Com/GrotonDemocrats.

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August 23, 2015

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Groton Democrats Meet August 30

The Groton Democratic Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street. All Democrats welcome for lively discussion of the issues of the day and planning for 2016. For more information contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com or www.Democracy.Com/GrotonDemocrats.

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July 13, 2015

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Video of Bernie Sanders rally in Portland, Maine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d9poJU6Kiw

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July 13, 2015

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Hilary's Economic Plan

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-time-raise-incomes-hard-working-americans-hillary-clinton

 

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July 7, 2015

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Massachusetts Democratic Leadership Summit

Join us Saturday July 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. This event is open to all Democratic activists.

We’ll train, share best practices, and work to collaborate on successful tactics for building momentum and strengthening our party. Topics Include: Strengthening local democratic committees Digital Communication and Social Media Fundraising and OCPF Demystifying VoteBuilder And more! The day will also include a keynote with a Special Guest Speaker to be announced, and regional gatherings for applying the knowledge of the day.  RSVP here!  For more info: http://massdems.org/event/massachusetts-democratic-leadership-summit/

 

If you need a ride from the First Middlesex District - email GrotonDTC@gmail.com. The First Middlesex Democrats will hold their quarterly meeting over the lunch at the event. 

 

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May 17, 2015

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Groton Democratic Town Committee May Meeting

The Groton Democratic Town Committee meeting will be held Sunday, May 31, 2015 around 4 pm, right after the caucus to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention adjourns. 

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May 17, 2015

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Groton Democratic Caucus: May 31, 2015

Democrats in Groton will hold a caucus to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s 2015 Charter Convention on Sunday, May 31. 2015 at 3 p.m. at Groton Town Hall, 173 Main Street.  All registered Democrats in Groton (as of 1/31/15) are eligible to participate. Groton will elect five delegates and four alternates divided equally between men and women. This convention will have exciting workshops on issues and party building and for some is more interesting than a nominating convention. 

The convention will be held in Springfield (we usually car pool) on Saturday, September 19, 2015 which unfortunately conflicts with Grotonfest (assuming good weather). 

The Groton Democratic Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting after the caucus adjourns at about 4 p.m.  For more information contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com or www.Democracy.com/GrotonDemocrats or www.massdems.org. 

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April 13, 2015

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Voter Registration Drive

On April 11, 2015, the Groton Democratic Town Committee participated in the State Party's 1965 Voter Registration Project. The goal is to register 1,965 new voters by the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on Aug. 6, 2015. We had tables at Town Hall, the Transfer Station and the Library. 

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Sat Apr 11, 2015

Voter Registration Drive

10 and 2
Town Hall and the Transfer Station 10-12 and the Library 2-4
Groton, MA 01450

Contact GrotonDTC@gmail.com for more information or to  volunteer. 

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Sun Apr 26, 2015

Groton Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting

4 pm
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street
Groton, MA 01450

All Groton Democrats welcome to join us!

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April 5, 2015

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1965 Voter Registration Project

The Groton Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring a voter registration drive on April 11, 2015 as part of the State Democratic Party’s 1965 Project. The goal is to register 1,965 new voters (of any party but hopefully many Democrats!) by August 6, 2015 – the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. If you have recently moved, are about to turn 18 or have a child who will, pick up the forms to change your address or register to vote. Look for our tables at Town Hall and the Transfer Station in the morning (10-12) and the Library in the afternoon (2-4). For more information or to volunteer, contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com.

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Sun Mar 22, 2015

Groton Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting

4 pm
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street
Groton, MA 01450

The monthly meeting of the Groton Democratic Town Committee will be held this Sunday, March 22 at Legion Hall (75 Hollis Street). 

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March 9, 2015

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March Meeting

The March meeting of the Groton Democratic Town Committee will be Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street.

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