It seems that the summer has gone by so quickly and now we’re already beginning to prepare our homes for the winter season and colder weather. Along with that in mind, we are also preparing to nominate a new slate of municipal candidates, evidenced by the onslaught of signs as “gentle” reminders.
I most likely would not be writing this letter now if it wasn’t for my initial desire to install a gazebo in my yard that I imagined to be in front of the fir trees. However, I soon learned that my planned building was not in compliance with the setback requirements documented in the town regulations, as it would be too close to the street. Since I had a genuine “hardship” that existed, I filed an appeal. During the subsequent hearing the ZBA board members were able to consider some flexibility with the regulations. Furthermore, I found our commissioners to be most understanding and helpful, as I became acquainted and educated with town rules and procedures. So, the original idea at my house culminated in my present, beautiful gazebo and a destined position on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Consequently, this is a time to thank you, my Cheshire town neighbors, for the opportunity to diligently serve in my term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. It allowed me to continue my initial, meaningful government role with the Cheshire Historic District Commission into a broader spectrum, where I could similarly interact with others to consider appeals. Coincidentally, I find that my past employment in state and federal agencies enables me to better comprehend and apply legalities and terminology. But most importantly, I have great satisfaction in volunteering my time, skills and efforts in a variety of town organizations, while meeting and helping my fellow residents to the best of my ability in my proud town of Cheshire.
Once again, I most appreciate your kindness and support and am asking for your vote on November 5th for the ZBA position.
Breina Schain, 62 Hilltop Road, Cheshire, CT 06410-3644 (Cell: 203-592-6660)
Letter to the Editor by Ron Gagliardi
I am composing this letter to support the candidacy of Breina Schain for Zoning Board of Appeals. Breina is the consummate volunteer, always willing to give of her time and energy to assist in projects and events town-wide. I initially met her around a decade ago when she visited the Ramon Beard Lock 12 Museum and volunteered to assist me with tours. I next encountered her through our membership on the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee and her dedicated service on the Zoning Board of Appeals. She has been helpful on numerous boards and committees and has dedicated many hours assisting at Cheshire Chamber of Commerce events and other festivals and meetings. I have witnessed her attention to detail and her willingness to devote time and energy to projects until their completion.
Breina is running for re-election to the Cheshire Zoning Board of Appeals. I urge you to vote for her and to consider the candidacies of other members of the Democratic team on November 5th.
5 Dover Court
Cheshire, CT, 06410
Prominent Democrat is Moving to Massachusetts
By Ron Gagliardi
CDTC Communications staff
CHESHIRE--Jo-Ann Vitarelli, long-time Cheshire resident and valued member of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee and the Cheshire Democratic Women's Club, has sold her house and is moving to Massachusetts. Jo-Ann has always been ready to assist the party, especially during elections.
She has been the CDTC liaison to the Cheshire High Young Democrats for the past few years, making sure that the students have been accompanied by adults while canvassing and campaigning and serving as the key contact person between the Young Dems, candidates, and volunteers. Additionally, Jo-Ann served on the Cheshire Human Services and Beautification Committees.
In 2017, Jo-Ann became the first woman to be elected to the position of Town Constable, resulting in extensive print and electronic coverage of her milestone.
Judy Villa, chairperson of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee had this to say about Jo-Ann: “We will miss her and wish her well in her new home. She has already been contacted by Democrats in Natick as they are excited to work with her.”
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