August 21st, 2014

by Christopher O\'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie

A broad coalition of advocates gathered Tuesday at Union Station in Hartford and called on the gubernatorial candidates to adopt a set of guidelines for approaching transportation policy.

“We all agree that the public deserves safe and efficient travel and a transportation system that provides transportation options for all the residents,” Karen Burnska, coordinator of the Transit for Connecticut coalition, said. “Transportation here in Connecticut affects the lives of every person, every day.”

The coalition is asking gubernatorial candidates for a debate focused on transportation issues.

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August 21st, 2014

Joe Visconti Seeking Traction in bid for Governor

by Christopher O\'Brien

By Heather Brandon | CT Public Radio

Republican Joe Visconti, a petitioning candidate for Connecticut governor, said he’s an insider with the ability to get traction this season, and that he has enough signatures to get onto the November ballot.

On WNPR’s Where We Live, Visconti said he voted for Republican nominee Tom Foley in 2010, but the candidate is falling a little flat. “I like Tom,” Visconti said. “He is a great guy. He’s done a lot for the party.” Visconti said, however, that Foley seems like a solid Republican struggling to campaign in a difficult context when intelligent, media-savvy voters are looking for specifics in a campaign platform.

“Tom’s trying to have it both ways,” Visconti said.

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August 20th, 2014

Foley Endorsed by Independents

by Christopher O\'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CT NewsJunkie

tomfoleyindy_488_318_86_sha-40WATERTOWN —  Republican Tom Foley received the endorsement of one faction of the Independent Party on Tuesday night. Unless the other faction disputes that endorsement, Foley’s name will appear on the ballot twice on Election Day in November.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party and will also appear twice on the ballot in November.

“If Gov. Malloy was not allowed to be listed by the Working Families Party, I would have won the election,” Foley testified at a legislative hearing in 2013. Foley lost in 2010 by 6,404 votes. That year, the Independent Party endorsed Chester First Selectman Thomas Marsh, who received more than 17,000 votes.

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August 20th, 2014

Why are Local PD’s Getting Military Gear?

by Christopher O\'Brien

By Dan Lovallo

Maybe you read the story in the Hartford Courant on Sunday, headlined “Local Police Acquire Heavy Military Gear Courtesy Of Pentagon Program.”   For example, the West Hartford Police Department has a grenade launcher locked in the armory, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.  We have witnessed the gear on display in Ferguson, Mo.

The existence of this equipment in our local police departments evoked some comments from concerned citizens, when I was guest host on the Talk of Connecticut radio stations, Monday morning.

Now the website Pro Publica has produced an even more detailed version of how our police departments have received all this equipment.  The story is headlined: “The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police.”   The history of the program may surprise you.

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August 20th, 2014

CT’s Population Stable for a Century

by Christopher O\'Brien

Connecticut’s nickname as the Land of Steady Habits, is well-earned, as evidenced by a review of population origin during the past century.   Connecticut’s domestic migration pattern has been remarkably steady through the decades, and most of the change has been due to immigration, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

The hundred year comparison:  In 1900, 57 percent of the state’s residents were born in Connecticut.  A century later, in 2000, a nearly identical 55 percent of the state’s pCT bornopulation was born in Connecticut.

The percentage of Connecticut residents born outside the United States was as high as 29 percent in 1910, steadily declined

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August 12th, 2014

Republican Primary Voters’ Guide

by Christopher O\'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

Good Morning. Today there is a statewide Republican Primary. In Wolcott, registered Republicans can vote at their usual polling location:

District 1 – Tyrrell School

District 2 – Wolcott High School

District 3 – Wakelee School

This is a closed primary, meaning that only registered Republicans can vote in the primary. The deadline for unaffiliated voters to switch was noon yesterday. However, new residents and voters to Wolcott who have not yet registered can register to vote at Town Hall and then cast a ballot.

Any resident who is currently 17 years old but will turn 18 on or before November 4th can vote today as well.

 

While the Whisper has issued its endorsement for Governor and Lt. Governor, we suggest readers click over to the CT Mirror’s informative voting guide. This guide covers a range of topics discussed between the Gubernatorial candidates.

You may also want to watch the debate between the three candidates for Lt. Governor, or the televised debate between Foley and McKinney.

August 12th, 2014

Endorsement: Walker for Lt. Governor

by Christopher O\'Brien

By Chris O’Brien | Wolcott Whisper

As a local columnist recent wrote “a study hall monitor has more power than the Lt. Governor in Connecticut,” there may be some truth to the position mainly being symbolic, yet three of the last seven state governors have acceeded to the top job. We hope that doesn’t prove prophetic, but it is with that seriousness in mind that three very qualified and interesting candidates seek the office this year.

Let’s first be very clear about these candidates. Despite the vitriole and nasty accusations between them in the last few weeks, each of them bring qualities that will make them successful in the office. One is a current state legislator, another both a businesswoman and councilwoman, and the third a Reagan and Clinton appointee who sounded the alarm on federal deficits while overseeing federal finances.

August 12th, 2014

Endorsement: McKinney for Governor

by Christopher O\'Brien

vote boxBy Chris O’Brien | Wolcott Whisper

This may come as a surprise to many of you, but on this beautiful summer day, there is an important VOTE today for the Republican nominee who will face Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman in November. If you are a registered Republican, I URGE you to vote. Why? Well, many Independent and Democrat neighbors of our are just as frustrated with our state government as you are. But they can’t vote today. You can. If you don’t have a strong preference, at least vote for them so that we don’t lose 49% of our state’s population who want to move out of state.

Note: If you moved into town and haven’t registered, you can still do so at Town Hall and vote today.

With all of our problems in Connecticut, I have to say that I really do like this state. We are naturally situated along a body of water, enjoy four seasons, skiing, proximity to New York City and Boston, and have a diverse population. Now if only we had smarter people in office, perhaps we’d all be a little nicer to each other and enjoy life here too!Here are my choices for tomorrow’s primary:

Endorsement
First, I have to say that in 2010 I worked for Tom Foley, but this year am choosing John McKinney as my nominee.

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:

Saturday 

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.

Sunday

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: