July 5th, 2014

Catholics Change Mass Schedule

by Christopher O\'Brien

HolylandCrossWolcott’s two churches – St. Maria Goretti and St. Pius X both on Woodtick Road- now sharing the same priest, the two churches governing bodies have agreed to a new mass schedule. Father Kevin Donovan will be the pastor for both churches. Obviously with only one priest serving the two communities, the old schedule could not facilitate him being at both churches at the same time.

Here is the new mass schedule which begins on July 4th Weekend:


4: 00 pm Vigil – St. Pius X *

This mass will alternate between the churches every three months. For July-August and September it will be at St. Pius. For October, November and December, it will be at St. Maria Goretti.


8:30 am  – St. Pius X

10:30 – St. Maria Goretti

This mass schedule will be permanent


Weekday Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday  -8:00 am


This mass schedule will operate the same as the rotating schedule of the Saturday vigil according to the following months:

January, February, March – St. Pius X

April, May, June – St. Maria Goretti

July, August, September – St. Pius X

October, November, December – St. Maria Goretti

May 31st, 2014

Town Referendum Today on $11.9 Million Road Bond

by Christopher O\'Brien

Town residents head to Wolcott High School today to vote on whether to approve an $11,910,000 bonding projects for roads, schools and a new public works garage. The High School is the only polling place for the vote including for those residents who normally vote at Wakelee or Tyrrell schools. The polls are open from 8 am – 8 pm.

The bonding package, involves the following general areas:

March 31st, 2014

Local GOP Holds Caucus Tonight

by Christopher O\'Brien

RepublicanElephantRegistered Republicans will be selecting delegates tonight who may have a role in selecting Connecticut’s next Governor. Any registered voter who is a Republican can attend the meeting and vote or nominate candidates to be delegates starting at 7 pm at Town Hall.

Delegates selected tonight will represent Wolcott A statewide convention scheduled for May 16-17th at Mohegan Sun Resort will select candidates for US Congress, as well as the six state Constitutional Offices: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General and Comptroller.

Local conventions will also be held to nominate candidates for local legislative races and the Judge of Probate. Those delegates will also be chosen tonight.

March 28th, 2014

Dean Claims Underdog Status in Governor’s Campaign

by Christopher O\'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid | CT News Junkie

Martha Dean began what she expects will be an adversarial gubernatorial campaign Tuesday night with a far-ranging speech at Hartford’s Old State House where she framed herself as a persecuted but resilient candidate.

Dean, an Avon lawyer and two-time Republican nominee for Attorney General, advocated for some policy initiatives during her address to about two dozen supporters. She called for repealing the state income tax, ending public sector unions, and establishing tolls to pay for repairs to roads and bridges.

But Dean also took the unconventional step of voluntarily bringing up controversial elements of her past in a speech designed to kick off her late entry into an already crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates.


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March 5th, 2014

Esty Invites Residents to Telephone Conference

by Christopher O\'Brien

One day after President Obama visits New Britain to join Governor Malloy in calling for a nationwide $10.10 minimum wage, Congresswoman Esty is asking residents to join her in a conversation about raising that baseline pay standard.

Her office writes:

On this Thursday night, I’ll be holding a telephone town hall to discuss raising the federal minimum wage, take your questions, and hear your feedback. I’ll be joined by a representative from the U.S. Department of Labor. To make sure you’re on the call, sign-up at http://esty.house.gov/teletownhall by tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5, at 5 pm. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

WHAT: Telephone Town Hall
WHEN: Thursday, March 6, at 7:15 pm
Sign up at

February 19th, 2014

Boating Course Offered

by Christopher O\'Brien

A boating safety class will be offered March 8th at the Youth Center by the US Coast Guard Auxillary. Anyone is welcome to attend the course. The course is $50. Pre-registration is available HERE, or participants can also bring this form to the class and pay on site.

A certificate of completion is required to operate an engine powered boat on inland lakes or the ocean in Connecticut. This includes motorboats, jet skis, and other craft up to 62 feet in length.

February 13th, 2014

Adopt That Hydrant!

by Christopher O\'Brien
Can you find this hydrant?

Can you find this hydrant?

By Chris O’Brien

As snow and ice piles up, residents are reminded to clear fire hydrants near their homes. You never know if your house might be the one saved because of it.

Wolcott firefighters work to detach hoses from a Beach Road hydrant during a recent ice storm.

Wolcott firefighters work to detach hoses from a Beach Road hydrant during a recent ice storm.

Several areas of Wolcott now have public water and hydrants as well. It doesn’t take long for a fire to get out of control – perhaps as little as five or ten minutes. With the ice storm we are currently experiencing, seconds and minutes could make all the difference as fire trucks will have to deal with very slippery and icey roads in the next twelve hours.

A Beach Road family’s home was saved by firefighters Thursday evening in part because they happened to be leaving another call less than half a mile away. There was also a fire hydrant at the corner of the property.

All hydrants are marked with red-and-white poles and flags. Residents are requested to adopt a hydrant and clear at least five feet around the hydrant. This way firefighters can quickly access the hydrant to reach a structure to extinguish a blaze.

February 13th, 2014

Beach Road Fire Stopped Fast During Icey Storm

by Christopher O\'Brien

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Despite piles of snow, an icey rain and 40 mile an hour winds, Wolcott firefighters were able to prevent a basement fire from claiming a Beach Road home Thursday evening.

January 10th, 2014

Boughton Jumps Into The Race

by Christopher O\'Brien

boughtonphyllis_488_347_86_sha-40By Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie

Fundraising was a big hurdle for Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton when he was the Republican Party’s lieutenant governor nominee in 2010, but in announcing his bid for governor on Wednesday, Boughton expressed optimism.

“We raised more money in four weeks than we did in the entire 2010 campaign cycle,” Boughton said from a podium at the Holiday Inn in Danbury.

The seven-term mayor said most of the money was raised in December because “we couldn’t go out and ask people to write two checks: one for the mayor’s race and one for the governor’s race. That was a challenge for us.”

Boughton will traBoughton, who has been exploring since August, joins an increasingly crowded field of Republican candidates, including state Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Joe Visconti of West Hartford, Gordon Ward of Manchester, state Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton, and Tom Foley, the 2010 Republican nominee.nsition his exploratory campaign over to a campaign committee today.


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January 10th, 2014

Shelton’s Lauretti Kicks Off Governor Run

by Christopher O\'Brien
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti kicks off his campaign for governor Jan. 9 at the Inn at VIlla Bianca in Seymour. | Fred Musante

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti kicks off his campaign for governor Jan. 9 at the Inn at VIlla Bianca in Seymour. | Fred Musante

By Fred Musante  – Valley Independent Sentinel

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti’s campaign for governor needs campaign contributions — lots of them.

Lauretti told supporters Thursday that he needs at least 2,500 people to give him $100 each so he can qualify for public financing by May if he is going to bring his tax-cutting, economic growth message to voters statewide in 2014.

About 150 people, mostly politically active Republicans from the lower Naugatuck Valley, gathered for a minimum $50-per-plate dinner at the Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour to help him launch his campaign.

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