Archive for January, 2010

January 31st, 2010

Sunday fun: Apples & Cheese

by LonSeidman

Rogers Orchards on Rt. 322 in Southington (only a few hundred feet from the Wolcott line) is hosting a free Apples and Cheese tasting today until 4:30.

Sounds like a nice family friendly event (so if you’re not sure of the diference between an Empire and Red Delicious or a Macoun and a Macontosh, now’s a good day!)

January 28th, 2010

Schools Close Early, Cars Slide

by LonSeidman

Wolcott Public Schools are closing early today due to the snow. Bristol, Cheshire, Plymouth, and Southington are also calling school off early. As of 11 am, Waterbury schools are still in full session for the day.

While the storm seems to have caught most residents by surprise, John Bagioni of the fax alert weather service says that the snow we’ve experienced this morning are still classified as snow squalls. “They’re much like summer thunderstorms. Usually there are signs in the atmosphere that they will be there, but you never know how they will actually play out. Around six or seven this morning this band just exploded -much like summer rain showers or thunderstorms sometimes morph from hitting one or two towns to a much larger area.” Bagioni added that most of the snow experienced by Wolcott hasn’t made it much

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January 27th, 2010

Wolcott Helps in Mass Senate Win

by LonSeidman

The course of the country was changed last Tuesday when Republican State Senator Scott Brown upset Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley by a five point margin in a special election for US Senate. The race has national implications for Democratic proposals for healthcare reform. Senator-elect Brown announced that Democrats would need to begin working with “Democrats and Republicans to reform healthcare in an open and honest way – no more closed door meetings, and backroom deals with an out of touch party leadership, no more hiding costs, concealing taxes, collaborating with special interest and leaving trillions more for our children to pay. We need to start fresh in order to the job right. We can do better! ”

The campaign in the Bay State went into high gear around Christmas when Coakley went on an extended vacation. “He just kept campaigning right through it -that was the game changer,” noted a Brown staffer. Senator Kennedy held his seat for 42 years and the state is considered very Democratic where Republicans only number about 13%. Voters without affiliation account for 50% of the electorate. Despite Coakley’s popularity in Massachusetts, many observers note that she lost the election.

Nick Taylor, a volunteer driver for Brown noted how he got started in the race. “I left the Navy and

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January 25th, 2010

Council, Mayor Appoint Boards and Commissions

by LonSeidman

At its regular meeting last week, Mayor Dunn presented the following list of appointments to the Town Council. Some required Town Council approval. The Council approved all of the recomendations unanimously. They approved the Library Board at their December meeting.

2010 Boards and commissions

January 24th, 2010

Haiti Fundraiser In The Works

by LonSeidman

Flyers have gone up around town suggesting a fundraiser be put together to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. This is to prepare for an anticipated fundraiser to be held in February.

If you can play music or sing, please contact If you would like to get involved with this project, please contact the Mayor’s office at (203) 879-8100.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

January 22nd, 2010

Dog Missing: Hitchcock Lake

by LonSeidman

A 3 year old male black lab named “Dakota” is missing from the east side of Hitchcock Lake #1. He has a collar on for an electronic fence collar, and is about 100 pounds. If you have any information or you have seen Dakota please call the Voghels @ 203-879-9347 home or 203-232-8645 cell email

Dakota was found Friday evening. Thankyou!

January 19th, 2010

Wolcott Residents Impact Mass Election

by LonSeidman

Townspeople are talking about today’s election between Republican Scott Brown, Democrat Martha Coakley and Independent Pat Kennedy to take the seat previously held by Ted Kennedy for over 40 years. The results of the election is expected to have a pivotal impact on national politics, as Democrats currently control 60 votes in the Senate. Because it takes 60 votes to shut down debate on any issue, losing the seat may mean Republicans will have a larger role in framing legislation.

A couple of articles will be in the Whisper soon regarding this election. If you personally have travelled to Massachusetts in the last few weeks, please let me know so you can be included in an article.

Send an e-mail to or call (203) 558-5817.

January 13th, 2010

Councilman Petroniro Returns Stipend

by LonSeidman

First term Councilman Randy Petroniro announced he would be declining his $2,000 a year stipend at a Council meeting last month. “This is a bad economy and I know people that are hurting out there,” said Petroniro. Petroniro ran as an independent minded petitioning candidate in November’s election and manages three local businesses on Wolcott Rd. Those businesses include Musco Fuel, Musco Propane and a lawn service. “Working in this business, I’ve seen how people are affected by this economy” he said.

At the December Town Council meeting Petroniro presented a letter

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January 13th, 2010

H1N1 Flu Clinic Thursday

by LonSeidman

A free H1N1 flu clinic will be held at the Tyrrell School Cafeteria this Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30. Anyone may revieve a flu shot. Use the lower driveway entrance.

This information was given out in a Code Red phone message Tuesday evening.

The CDC has advised that pregnant women and elderly get the H1N1 shot when the height of the swine flu was spreading in late summer. However, they strangely are asking that those yonuger than 6 not get the shot. Common sense would dictate that pregnant women should be very cautious when they consider getting this flu shot. There has been anecdotal evidence that the H1N1 shot has caused miscarriages. If children younger than 6 are being asked not to recieve the shot, then one should wonder what it may do to an unborn child. You should consult your doctor as to whether or not children or pregnant women should receive the shot.

Thus far there have been two waves of the H1N1 virus. The first one was in May of last year near the close of the school year. A second wave has been making its way through the population through this past fall. While the media has reported almost any death that has occurred, the H1N1 virus has actually caused far fewer deaths than the seasonal flu. Almost all of those patients died as a result of other pre-existing illnesses and have mainly been elderly.

January 12th, 2010

Rell’s Out: Who Wants To Be Govenor?

by LonSeidman

On November 9, 2009 Governor Rell announced that she will not be running for Governor.

What might interest you is that unlike many past elections, there are plenty of interested citizens running for a variety of offices. In past years, there was usually only two choices for these two offices, yet to date there are 13 for both.

It should be noted that it is still early in the game, however and many more may jump in the race. Yet, there’s an irony in the way politics selects candidates. Unless you are registered as a Republican or Democrat, you may still get only two choices in November. The game for choosing your next Senator in Washington and Governor of Connecticut starts with your local parties, state political conventions, and probably a primary in August.

Below I have outlined who I know of is running for Governor. Where possible I have included links to their campaign websites. Please add any comments below.

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