February 19th, 2015

What’s a Catholic to do for Lent?! Pope Francis’s Tips

by Christopher O'Brien

By Kevin Cotter
Every year Catholics try to answer the age old question: What should I do for Lent? Well, who better to pick for as your Lenten spiritual director than Pope Francis? He has some great ideas for you!

Here we selected 10 of his best tips:

1.  Get rid of the lazy addiction to evil

“[Lent] is a ‘powerful’ season, a turning point that can foster change and conversion in each of us. We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us and thus we leave behind old habits and the lazy addiction to the evil that deceives and ensnares us.” – General Audience, March 5, 2014


2.  Do something that hurts

“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.” – Lenten Message, 2014


3.  Don’t remain indifferent

“Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation.” –Lenten Message, 2015


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February 18th, 2015

by Christopher O'Brien

Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, right, and Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy. Photo: Hugh McQuaid

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission wrapped up more than two years of work Friday by accepting its report on the 2012 Newtown murders and making a plea to policymakers to adopt its recommendations.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy created the panel of education, mental health, law enforcement, and safety experts to report on the Dec. 14, 2012, murders of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The group made final changes to the report Friday and will meet next month to send the finalized version to the governor.

The more than 250-page document contains recommendations to further tighten Connecticut’s firearm regulations, harden the security of schools, and improve insurance coverage and access to behavioral health programs.

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February 18th, 2015

Malls Offer Exercise Alternatives to Snowbanks

by Christopher O'Brien

With wind chills hovering well below zero and snow and ice piled high just about everywhere, it is a tough season for joggers and walkers.

The dangers of trudging along snow snarled streets is plainly evident, and every so often tragedy reminds us of the degree of danger. mallwalkers

Just over two decades ago, at age 33, a local television reporter at the pinnacle of her career, a popular, talented reporter for New Haven’s WTNH, was killed after being struck by a car while jogging in mid-March.  Ellen Abrams was “facing traffic while jogging west on the side of snow-banked Frog Hollow Road in Ellington,” according to published reports at the time.

Tragically, it would not be the last fatality involving someone looking to get some exercise on local roads before the snow banks had receded.  Last month, police in Torringtonreported that a jogger was fatally struck by a snowplow.

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February 17th, 2015

Malloy Looks to Cut Sales Tax; Eliminate Exemptions

by Christopher O'Brien
Hugh McQuaid, photo

Hugh McQuaid, photo

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNews Junkie

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called for lowering the state sales tax and scrapping certain exemptions during a Sunday morning television appearance. According to a spokesman, the change will boost revenues by $68 million next year.

During an interview on WFSB’s “Face the State,” Malloy said the budget proposal he unveils next week will include a two-step cut in the state sales tax. If approved by the legislature, the tax will drop from 6.35 percent to 6.2 percent in November. The rate would decrease to 5.95 the following year.

The sales tax “will be the lowest it’s been since 1971,” Malloy told Dennis House, the show’s host. “I think it’s a way to give some relief to the middle class, as the economy is improving. I’m proud to present this as a proposal to the legislature. My budget will assume this is happening.”

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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.