Connecticut Council of Small Towns

Webinar:  Civility - Building Better Relationships

April 18, 2:00-3:00 pm

FREE to attend


Led by The Institute for Civility in Government, and sponsored by the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST), CCM, and the University of Hartford Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service, this interactive ONLINE training session focuses on building better community relationships through increased empathy, greater awareness, and decreased reactivity.

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The Long Road Toward LGBTQ+ Rights and Equality in the United States

Dr. Kelly Marino, Sacred Heart University

March 26 - 4:00-5:30p

In the 16th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “A Rocky Road: The Struggle for Rights in America.” During this program, Kelly Marino, Lecturer in History at Sacred Heart University, will discuss the history of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States beginning in the mid-20th century. In her presentation, she will consider the transition from the homophile campaign to the gay liberation movement. She will talk about interconnections with other social and political campaigns in the 1960s and 70s, the activism and ideology of the movement, the culture of the Sexual Revolution, and the influence of key events such as Stonewall. Her discussion will help to provide context for current events making headlines today.

Dr. Kelly Marino, PhD, is a Lecturer in the History Department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University and Program Director of Women's Studies. She received her Ph.D. in History from Binghamton University (SUNY) and MA in History from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Marino is a Connecticut native. She is passionate about state and local history as well as women’s history and the history of sexuality. Her research focuses on social and political movements, 20th-century American history, and Gilded Age/Progressive Era America. She writes about reform, minority struggles and activism, and is especially interested in issues of age, education, gender, and sexuality. She is currently working on a book project about advances in women’s higher education and the women’s rights movement in 20th-century America.

Reception following the talk. No charge but a $10 suggested donation is always welcomed. Click here to donate. This lecture sponsored by Virginia and Tom Gunther. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. Registration required. Please register for each lecture individually. 

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How Wilton Works:  A conversation with Wilton Board and Commission Members

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 7-8 pm | The Little Theater, Wilton High School

We thank the Wilton Board and Commission members who shared their stories at the event:

Pam Ely - Board of Education

Kim Healy - Board of Selectmen

Prasad Iyer - Economic Development

Bill Lalor - Wilton Library

John Macken - Parks & Recreation

Donna Merrill - Amenities

Bas Nabulsi - Board of Selectmen

Chris Pagliaro - Planning & Zoning

Allison Sanders - Historic District

We also thank Connecticut Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas who provided closing remarks.

You can view a recording of the panel by clicking here.

You can also view Frequently Asked Questions about how to get involved in Wilton's commissions and boards by clicking here.

Finally, please click here for the League's introductory overview from the March 15th event.  

Thank you all for joining!




How Wilton Works:  A Conversation with Wilton Board and Commission Members

Wednesday, March 15th, 7-8pm

The Little Theater, Wilton High School

Please join the Wilton League of Women Voters, along with our co-sponsor the Miller-Driscoll Parent Teacher Association (PTA), in a conversation with a panel of fellow Wiltonians who will share their personal stories of why they wanted to serve our town and how they went about doing it.

This program, which builds on the foundation of the How Wilton Works program of last spring, will give Wilton residents an opportunity to hear how fellow townspeople came to serve on different boards and commissions.  This will be an informal, dynamic conversation that leaves room for Wilton residents - new to town and/or new to thinking about how to more deeply engage and serve in our community - to pose questions and learn about the many ways to participate in making our town work and thrive.

Panelists will include members of Wilton's Board of Selectmen, Board of Education, Parks and Recreation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Historic District Commission, Master Plan Subcommittee, Amenities Subcommittee, and the Wilton Library Board of Directors.  We will also provide some Frequently Asked Questions on different facets of the process of serving in different appointed and elected capacities, including links to last spring's How Wilton Works program. 

Stephanie Thomas, Connecticut's new Secretary of the State, for whom grassroots efforts to expand civic engagement are a passion, will join the event to make final remarks.

The event will be held in person at the Little Theater and will also be viewable HERE.

Refreshments will be available following the program.


Connecticut Women in Politics:  Past, Present, and Future

League of Women Voters of Connecticut


You are invited!  What is it like to be a woman in politics and how has that changed over the years?  Why are women still underrepresented in politics today?  What can we do to move toward equity at all levels of government?

Please join the League of Women Voters of Connecticut on March 9th from 12:30 to 1:30p for this special Women's History Month virtual event hosted by the Capitol Information and Tours, a program of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut.

You will hear from:

  • Kay Maxwell, League of Women Voters of Connecticut
  • Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
  • Gemeem Davis, Bridgeport Generation Now
  • Callie Heilmann, Bridgeport Generation Now

Click here for registration.