Five Questions with Adam Teller

Adam Teller, a longtime member of Bolton’s Planning and Zoning Commission, was unanimously elected chairman of the commission two years ago. He’s up for reelection this year. Recently, we asked Adam to answer a few of our questions. Here’s what he had to say.

How many years have you lived in Bolton?

All together, about 30 years—10 years before going away to college, and then I moved back to town 20 years ago.

What town groups or activities have you been involved in?

I have been a board member and president of the HCA Montessori School; a member and chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission; member of the Bolton Land Trust; member, vice chair, and former chair of the Democratic Town Committee.

I graduated from BHS, where I played soccer and baseball, and my kids have participated in rec baseball, soccer, and softball and both graduated from BHS, where they played baseball and volleyball.

What do you think is the biggest single issue facing the town?

Providing good town services, facilities, and quality of life with the resources we have.

How do you think your life experience will help you serve the town?

I have an engineering background, but my professional life has been as an attorney helping individuals and small businesses, usually in finding solutions to their conflicts with each other or with larger entities or the government. I’ve been a partner in a small business and known what it is to find health insurance for employees and still meet a payroll. I’ve raised children and been part of a large and varied family.

In both my personal and professional life, I’ve learned the value of integrity and justice, but also patience, kindness, and compassion. I think my life experiences have given me analytical and personal skills to learn about problems, identify and test possible solutions, and gather people toward those solutions while not losing touch with the values that (I hope) we share as a community.

What do you love most about Bolton?

I love that Bolton is a place where parents know their children’s friends and those friends’ parents and grandparents, and people still try to be welcoming and accepting of each other. I also like that Bolton still has a connection to the natural world.

P&Z chair Adam Teller with Heritage Farm barn in background

P&Z chair Adam Teller

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Bolton Democrat of the Year

Thank you to everyone who attended today’s Bolton Democrat of the Year celebration honoring Bolton First Selectman Sandra Pierog.


Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz with Sandy Pierog and Sandy’s granddaughters

Connecticut’s Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz was on hand to present Sandy with proclamations from the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s offices. Senator Steve Cassano presented a proclamation on behalf of the Connecticut State Legislature. Finally, Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Treasurer Sean Wooden, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Attorney General William Tong, and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy also sent proclamations.

On behalf of the Bolton DTC, chairperson Christopher Davey presented Sandy with the Franklin Delany Lifetime Achievement Award. The award proclamation read:


The Bolton Democratic Town Committee is pleased to award
the Franklin Delany Lifetime Achievement Award to

Sandra W. Pierog

This award is given in recognition of your years of dedicated service to the Town of Bolton, including multiple terms as First Selectman and Selectman, as Vice Chair of the Board of Finance, as Chair of the Bolton Heritage Farm Commission, and as a member of the Senior Citizens Commission. In addition, you have generously supported numerous town-wide organizations, including the Bolton Historical Society, the Bolton Land Trust, the Bolton Women’s Club, Friends of the Rose Farm, and the Bolton Democratic Town Committee. Your efforts on behalf of the Bolton community have not gone unnoticed. Today we pause to say thank you and to applaud your commitment to making Bolton better for all.

Congratulations, Sandy, and thank you again for all you do on behalf of our great town!

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Sandy Pierog and John Toomey look on as Senator Steve Cassano speaks.


DTC emeritus chairperson John Toomey stepped away from his emcee duties to offer refreshment to Pat Morianos and Senator Steve Cassano. All three are former recipients of the Bolton Democrat of the Year award. 


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Democrat of the Year Celebration

Please join us on September 22 from 1:30 pm, as we honor Bolton First Selectman Sandy Pierog with the Franklin Delany Lifetime Achievement Award.


Tickets for the event are $40 per person. Please click for full details and a contribution form.

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Congratulations, Candidates!

Bolton Democrats held a caucus last night to endorse candidates for the fall municipal election. Congratulations to the following candidates!

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Caucus date set

Bolton Democrats will caucus on Thursday, July 18, at 8 pm, in the Notch Road Municipal Center (Room 9) to select a slate of candidates for the November 2019 municipal election. The monthly Bolton Democratic Town Committee meeting will precede the caucus at 7:30.

All registered Democrats in Bolton are invited to participate in the caucus. BDTC meetings are always open to registered Democrats.

If you are considering a run for office this fall, or if you’d like to find out more about what’s involved in running, please contact us! Every elected board in town has openings this year.

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Get to Know Jim Dwire

BDTC Get to Know-Jim-Dwire

What’s the farthest you’ve been from Bolton, and why were you there?
Paris, just a week’s vacation.

What’s the most useful thing you own?
An electric chain saw. You asked!! We all live in a forest!

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with your extra time?
Play my piano.

Lightning round:

Dog or cat? Cat
Coffee or tea? Neither
Back roads or highways? Back roads
Pro sports team? Nah! But Red Sox comes closest.
Last restaurant you went to? Subway
Favorite spot in Bolton? My back yard with barbecue.

Jim is a member of the Bolton Democratic Town Committee and is the Registrar of Voters.—Ed.

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Get to Know John Toomey

BDTC Get to Know...JohnToomeypost

What’s the farthest you’ve been from Bolton, and why were you there? 
San Francisco. Gay Pride & 25th Anniversary Of The Summer Of Love

When people come to you for help, what do they usually need help with?
Bolton History information

What’s your favorite season?
All of them
That’s what our planet offers.

Lightning round:

Dog or cat? I don’t enslave any species
Coffee or tea? Ok
Back roads or highways? Yes
Pro sports team? I don’t participate in corporate bread and circus activities
Last restaurant you went to? Mama’s
Favorite spot in Bolton? Toomey Lane before the nouveau riche McMansions. [Does that include my house, John? -Ed]

Learn more about John in his bio.

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