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Oxford Officials Going Directly to Jail for MDA

First selectman and assistant tax collector will head to jail to raise money for a good cause.

Oxford First Selectman George Temple hasn't been in office much longer than two months and already he's done something that will put him behind bars. The crime: volunteering for a good cause. 

Temple will be locked up to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Original Antonio's in Ansonia. Temple will be one of two officials who will head to jail - assistant Tax Collector Sharon Scinto is the other. (Oxford Patch editor Paul Singley is also heading to the "clink" for MDA on that day.) 

According to a news release, several Valley community leaders will be arrested at their place of business and transported to Antonio’s, located at 314 Main Street in Ansonia, to serve their time at the local MDA Lock-Up. At Antonio’s, the “jailbirds” will be served complimentary “jail” food while they each attempt to raise at least $2,400 in bail money.

Last time this event was held in Ansonia, local “jailbirds” raised over $13,000 in bail money, all of which went towards the fight against neuromuscular disease, according to the release, which says this year the local MDA has set a goal to raise over $20,000 at the event.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. The majority of contributions to MDA come from individual donors.

For more information on this event please contact Chasity Bothman, Executive Director, New Haven District Office, at cbothman@mdausa.org or at (203) 248-6500.

To read more about the Valley leaders who will be arrested here at the Valley Independent Sentinel.

Bonnie January 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Just to let you know, Thursday February 17th doesn't exist. Thursday is the 16th. I started to panic because I leave for vacation on the 16th.....

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