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Middletown's World-Class New Year's Fete Starts at 3 p.m.

Happy New Year Middlesex County.

 

It is New Year’s Eve in Middlesex County, and I want to again remind everyone about a wonderful event that is happening tonight in downtown Middletown.  It is hard to believe, but the 2nd Annual Middnight on Main is upon us.  Tonight, downtown Middletown will be filled with people of all ages enjoying over 100 fun events. 

The evening’s activities will include music, dance, games, art, film, and entertainment and the free 6:00 PM rooftop fireworks show will again be the main attraction along with the ringing of the New Year’s bells as 2013 officially begins.  Middnight on Main is just in its second year, but it's already a popular new tradition.  Downtown Middletown will be rocking again so don’t miss out on this family oriented event right here in our city. 

  • Middnight on Main: Two Headliners Return for Second Year
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  • Two Commanding Female Singer-Songwriters Take Middnight on Main Stage
  • Herald Dawn of New Year Downtown at Middletown's Own First Night

I want to publicly recognize the efforts of Event Coordinator Lucy McMillan along with the hundreds of volunteers and sponsors of this great event.  Without their hard work and dedication, Middnight on Main would not be possible.  For more information on Middnight on Main, please visit http://www.middnight.org

As 2012 draws to a close, The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce looks ahead to the promise of a new year.  As we look ahead, we must also reflect on what has been a very interesting 2012, full of accomplishments and successes, as well as challenges and heartache.  This organization continues to stand with our friends in Newtown who have endured an extremely difficult December.  We continue to hold the entire Newtown community in our thoughts and prayers and will support them in any way that we can as we enter 2013. 

This Chamber will continue to support the business community in Middlesex County by working with our elected officials at all levels of government, and by being a positive voice for economic development and a more educated workforce.  Under the leadership of our Board of Directors, led by our Chairman Chandler Howard, we are more committed than ever to our region and most importantly, our members. 

2013 comes with a lot of promise. The Middlesex Chamber continues to grow and thanks to our recently completed membership drive, we now have over 2,450 member businesses that employ over 50,000 people.  We will continue to engage in responsible dialogue with constituent groups that may be on the opposite side of issues, but we will never waiver on supporting growth and jobs. 

We will continue to reach out to local businesses and organizations that are not members and will convince them that there is no better way to be involved in local issues than to be a member of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.  Finally, we will continue to support the men and women of our armed forces and will continue to support the Veterans who have served our country so bravely.  2013 is upon us, and I know it will be a terrific year.  Happy New Year Middlesex County!

Looking ahead, Russell Library will host an event that will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation.  This community program will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 10th.  The event will include performances by the Middletown High School Chamber Choir Singers, Oddfellows Playhouse, and The Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church Male Chorus. Writer and educator Kate Rushin will discuss Watch Night and Patricia Charles, Superintendent of Schools, and Middletown Mayor Dan Drew will judge a debate about the Emancipation Proclamation presented by the Middletown High School Debate Club.  An audience discussion is planned, and refreshments will be served. 

Olin Library at Wesleyan University and the Middlesex County Historical Society will feature exhibits on slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad in Middletown, and colonization.  The Friends of the Russell Library and the Middletown Human Relations Commission are co-sponsoring the celebration. The Snow Date for this event is Thursday, January 17th

In closing, I want to honor a good man who recently passed way.  Howard May was a terrific member of our Chamber and someone who I was proud to call my friend.  He inspired all of us as he courageously battled multiple sclerosis for over 28 years.  Howard is at peace now, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Irena, his son Jonathan, and his entire family during this very difficult time.  He will be missed.

For more information on Chamber events and activities, please contact Jeff Pugliese at jpugliese@middlesexchamber.com.

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