Archive for January, 2012

January 25th, 2012

Lawmakers Host Town Hall Meeting Thursday

by Christopher O'Brien

State Representative Rob Sampson and State Senator Joe Markley will be hosting a Town Hall meeting Thursday evening from 6- 7:00 at Wolcott’s Town Hall. Any resident is invited to attend and give suggestions for the upcoming legislative session which begins in two weeks. The lawmakers also will give updates on the plan to unionize day care and healthcare workers statewide.

Again, all residents are invited to attend to listen or bring their input.

January 20th, 2012

Jepsen Wants CL&P Fined For Failing to Upgrade Waterbury

by Christopher O'Brien

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz said state utility regulators should fine Connecticut Light & Power Co. for failing to correct and upgrade long-standing problems in an underground electric distribution system in Waterbury.

Frustration mounts over miscommunication from the field to public statements by the state's largest utility

They made the recommendation in separate written exceptions, filed Wednesday, to a draft decision by the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). The Authority, which has been investigating the safety of the underground system for more than five years, issued a draft decision Jan. 4.

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January 20th, 2012

Greeting Card Money Maker

by Christopher O'Brien

By Jenn Strathman
I recently posted about my frustration with the high cost of greeting cards when I went to pick up Mother’s Day cards. Another big holiday is around the corner, but this Valentine’s Day there is a way to sweeten the deal.

Thanks to ConsumerQueen for this money saving offer or shall I say money earning offer at CVS. Printable coupon sites have a $2 coupon on their site for American Greeting cards. You have to buy three cards. If you pick 99-cent cards, you’d pay about $.97. However, coupon sites say this purchase will qualify you for $3 in ExtraCare bucks so really you’ll make $2.03 on the deal.

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January 17th, 2012

Want to Choose The Next President? You have Two Weeks

by Christopher O'Brien

Are you registered to vote yet?
Or are you an unnafiliated voter but want to vote in the Republican Primary in Connecticut?

If you haven’t taken the initiative to get involved, you have to register by January 27th. Registration is easy, and only takes 5 minutes at your local town hall.

Connecticut’s primaries are

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January 17th, 2012

First Snow Delays School

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott Schools will be opening on a 90 minute delay this morning.

Almost two inches of flight and fluffy snow fell overnight across most of town. In some spots, there could be slightly icey conditions as the storm brought a mixture of wintry weather conditions dependent upon the elevation. In the town center along Wolcott Rd., all roads are plowed to a slushy base pavement. Rt. 69 at the base of the mountain into Waterbury is plowed curb to curb.

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January 15th, 2012

Behind the Scenes at Consumer Reports

by Christopher O'Brien

What Happens to all the Products Tested?
By Jenn Strathman

Consumer Reports tests thousands of products a year and helps us find everything from the best printers to paper towels. Did you know they name the machines that tests those products? During a recent visit to Consumer Reports in Yonkers, New York, for a NewsChannel 5 story, I found a side of CR that’s rarely seen on TV.

So, what happens to all those products? The baked goods like…

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January 13th, 2012

Bank of America Hosting Mortgage Assistance Reviews in Hartford & Bridgeport

by Christopher O'Brien

By Attorney General’s Office

Attorney General George Jepsen and state Banking Commissioner Howard F. Pitkin announced today that Bank of America is hosting free mortgage assistance reviews in Hartford and Bridgeport for customers who are having trouble paying their mortgage loans.

The free events are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday Jan. 19 through Saturday Jan. 21, 2012 at both the Hartford Hilton, 315 Trumbull Street, Hartford and the Bridgeport-Trumbull-Fairfield Holiday Inn, 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport. Free parking is available at both sites at the Church Street Garage in Hartford and Imperial Parking Garage in Bridgeport, which is adjacent to the hotel.

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January 13th, 2012

Subscription Delivery Problems

by Christopher O'Brien

The Wolcott Whisper is testing our new subscriber service. Please bear with us as we work on the problem over the weekend. If you haven’t subscribed already, please do so on the right side column! Subscriptions are free and delivered to your e-mail inbox.

We hope everything will be working soon so we can provide you with informative news and information around Wolcott.

Publisher, Chris O’Brien

January 13th, 2012

Continental and United Airlines Merge

by Christopher O'Brien

By Jenn Strathman
If you travel, you’ve probably noticed the changes at the Continental ticket counter as they merge with United. Some airports are adopting the new “United” name earlier than others. One thing is clear — this merger is supposed to be seamless to the consumer but it can get downright confusing.

In Cleveland, Continental is the only game in town so there’s not much of a difference other than your miles which I will get to in a minute. In Kansas City, it’s a whole different ballgame. United and Continental are in two different terminals. I didn’t realize this until we got on the rental car bus and the driver announced United as the first terminal. We had no idea if that was our stop. It wasn’t.

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January 12th, 2012

Presidential Race: The Candidates You Haven’t Heard From Yet…

by Christopher O'Brien

credit: Thomas Macmillan

By Thomas MacMillan

Manchester, N.H. —A presidential candidate pulled into a rival’s diner campaign stop and promised, if elected, to re-invade Iraq and make it the 51st state. “Where do you stand on the free ponies for all Americans program?” he demanded

he prankster rhetoric issued from the bullhorn of 62-year-old Vermin Supreme, who has run for president every four years since 1988. He ran again on Tuesday in New Hampshire’s presidential primary.

He wasn’t the only outside-the-box character you never heard of whose name was on the ballot, and whose antics left something of an impression on the trail.

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