January 27th, 2015

WestConn Drives Local Meteorology Studies

by Christopher O'Brien

Can you use “bombogenesis” properly  in a sentence?
Can you describe what a dew point is?

Western Connecticut State University has the state’s only meteorology program and if you’re curious about the background of some of the meteorologists predicting this week’s blizzard, check out our friends at CTByTheNumbers ‘ profile on two local TV meteorologists forecasting the weather on WTIC and WTNH.  Read it HERE.

January 27th, 2015

Wolcott Ready for Blizzard

by Christopher O'Brien
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Shoppers jammed Pat’s IGA Monday morning. All parking spaces were full at 9:15 am.

By Chris O’Brien

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  Wolcott stands at the ready for Tuesday’s snowstorm, says town officials.

“Its like the song ‘Waiting on a Woman‘,” says Mayor Thomas G. Dunn around 8:45 Monday. “Well, we’re waiting on a storm.” At that time only 2 inches of blowing snow had fallen on the area throughout the day – allowing the few motorists out and about to return home with last minute provisions.

Town officials say they are ready for  the pending blizzard which may bring anywhere from 12 to 30 inches of snow through Tuesday. “We have the Emergency Operations Center open at the police department, the roads have been pre-treated and we’re ready,” the Mayor tells the Whisper.

The two day storm is expected to be similar to one experienced in 2013 which dumped upwards of 30 inches on the town with higher drifts. The challenge following that storm however was the restoration of commercial services, although Wolcott fared very well compared to other area and state towns. “I don’t think we could have done much better than we did in 2013, but we have a few more four-wheel drive vehicles read to respond if we need to – all of the emergency services are ready.”

January 27th, 2015

Nursing Homes Fined for Deaths, Injuries

by Christopher O'Brien

Thirteen state nursing facilities have been fined by the State’s Department of Public Health for lapses in patient care. Two of those instances involved patient deaths, one of which included delays to immediately activate 911. The two articles are provided by CTWatchdog.com:

Two Nursing Homes Cited After Patient Deaths

Seven nursing homes were recently fined more than $1,000 each by the state Department of Public Health, including a Bridgeport home and a Hamden facility that were each cited in connection with the death of a resident.

The residents who died were at Bridgeport Manor and Arden House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Hamden.

On Nov. 24, Bridgeport Manor was fined $1,020 in connection with the Oct. 6 death of a resident whose tracheostomy tube was dislodged.

DPH records say that the resident, who had been admitted to the home Sept. 21 with throat cancer, was spotted on the floor with the tube in her hands. DPH found that a nurse failed to

December 22nd, 2014

School Bus Company Purchased

by Christopher O'Brien
All Star Transportation President John Dufour and Operations Manager Leslie Sheldon

All Star Transportation President John Dufour and Operations Manager Leslie Sheldon

By Chris O’Brien | The Wolcott Whisper

The Worhunsky Corporation has been purchased by All-Star Transportation, according to a news release last week.  All-Star is owned and operated by the Dufour family, which has been in the school transportation business in Connecticut for nearly 50-years. The company provides bus service to Waterbury and Prospect with a headquarters and maintenance facility on Huntingdon Avenue.

“The Worhunsky family has been a well-regarded provider of school transportation services in Connecticut since 1951 and we are delighted to be taking over this well-run family business,” said, John Dufour, President of All-Star Transportation. “As another family-owned company already providing service to schools in the region, this was a perfect fit for us and the communities we serve.”

December 17th, 2014

Dunkin Donuts Manager Passes

by Christopher O'Brien

Phillip Comer, a longtime manager at the original Dunkin Donuts on Wolcott Road passed away on Friday at Ingraham Manor in Bristol. He’s a well known fixture in the Wolcott community and became a close friend to many of his employees and customers.

A gathering of friends will take place at Della Vecchiia Funeral Home at 690 Woodtick Road on Saturday, December 27th from 11 am- 2 pm.

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December 10th, 2014

Volunteers Needed to Set Carolling Record

by Christopher O'Brien

christmasClipart1The hours are fading if you’d like to help Wolcott make a huge holiday statement in a beautiful way.

Voices from Wolcott residents will fill the air this Saturday to spread holiday cheer and potentially set a new World’s Record for most carolers in a single event. The event begins at 4 pm at Wolcott High School, but participants must pre-register by midnight tonight at www.encorescholarship.org.

Local resident and former Miss Wolcott Stacy Perrone is organizing the effort to instill Christmas spirit and a sense of pride. “This is a great way to give back to the community,” she told Michael Bruce in an recent interview on WLCT96. She is hoping that at least 2000 carolers show up so that Wolcott has a chance to break the world record for number of carolers in a single event. That record is currently held by Waukesha, Wisconsin after 1822 carolers took the crown from Westport when they set a record in 2002 with 502 carolers. A committee is assisting with this effort.

Registrataion on site will start at 2 pm at Wolcott High school. Carolling will begin at 4 pm through the Kalko Drive neighborhood. Hot chocolate will be provided by the Wolcott Community Bible Church. Streets in the area will be closed to allow the procession to proceed safely. Should there be inclement weather, then the event will the next day, Sunday the 14th.

Residents – as well as area visitors and guests are invited to participate, but are asked to sign up by midnight tonight.

Any questions, please contact Ms. Perrone at 203-228-7305.

November 5th, 2014

Sampson; Markley Win Re-election

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott’s legislative duo nicknamed “Wolcott’s Taxfighting Team” easily cruised to new terms in the state legislature Tuesday evening according to state party officials and several media sources. Full results have not yet been posted to the Secretary of State’s websire as of 5:00 am, and are not posted on the Town website.

A reported shortage of ballots at a Wolcott polling place likely resulted in a lengthier count Tuesday evening and delay in reporting the results. Southington results also were not posted.

Markley easily cruised to re-election against a challenge by Working Families candidate Christopher Robertson.

November 4th, 2014

Amend the State Constitution for Voting? No!

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxConstitutional Amendment: No!

A careful reading of today’s question to amend Connecticut’s Constitution to allow more reasons for absentee ballots is needed before you vote on this question. Voting yes may lead to computerized voting and other venues where vote tampering, corruption or just plain human or errors by technology can occur. Recall last year when millions of Americans’ credit and debit card numbers were stolen by shopping at Target? What happens if the same occurs with your vote?

November 4th, 2014

Endorsment: Esty a Politician, Not a Leader

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

Every two years we reflect upon our elected representative’s records to see if they deserve to be re-elected for another two years. It is difficult to find reasons why Rep. Elizabeth Esty deserves a contract renewal.

Early in her first term, while acknowledging that the law is imperfect, she trumpeted the benefits of Obamacare. As many of us are forced to change the health insurance and low premiums we used to have, I have never heard of a single attempt by Rep. Esty to improve the law. What happened? To date, we know of no proposals to improve the law. Mark Greenberg, has proposals on his website that will reduce insurance premiums.

 

I was hopeful when she held several forums to hear concerns about the terrible situation in Syria. I went to one of these forums with a newspaper article describing the capabilities of some organizations we could support and we had a good conversation for a few minutes discussing our options. As ISIS has grown into a world threat, she continues to say that “something must be done” about the terror organization, but only says what she won’t do. She won’t commit ground troops. She won’t approve money to support opposition rebels. She won’t push Turkey to take a role or our own President to do what’s necessary. There’s no question that our nation is war-weary and that our current military infrastructure relies too heavily on reservists. However, as time moves on – we have seen that ISIS is consuming the Middle East, threatens our allies in Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, and the Egyptian government, and will soon attack Western nations. She has acknowledged a dangerous threat to our national security but has become the representative of “no”. No solutions. We need a leader willing to take a risk here for our own safety.

When it comes to domestic policy, I’ve never heard her propose changes to our tax policies that drivenbusinesses overseas. We all know that Social Security will go broke in a few years yet she hasn’t seem to have any drive to fix that either. I’m 35 years old and know it won’t be around if I or my peers need it when we retire. I’m also old enough to remember that the eligibility age was once raised without hurting seniors who were eligible.

In contrast, I’m impressed that Mark Greenberg is willing to tackle these very difficult challenges. He may not have all the answers but as an experienced entrepreneur he seeks out input for the best solutions. He is willing to find a solution to Social Security and as a man with five young children will have his eyes set on improving our nation for the future.

Ms. Esty has proven herself an adept politician, but she is not a leader. While he is not as polished a politician, Mark Greenberg is the leader we need for the challenges America faces today. He will have my vote on Election Day and deserves your’s.

November 4th, 2014

The Most Important Offices to Vote For

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien
Secretary of State: The SOTS is responsible for collecting election information, overseeing the election process- although much of this role is delegated to individual towns. They also register businesses and assist businesses navigate requirements the state has for businesses. Peter Lumaj – an immigrant from formerly Communist Albania truly undertands the meaning of American Democracy and wants to restore it. HE is calling for teeth to election enforcement laws that can restore the integrity of the voting process.