Archive for June, 2012

June 28th, 2012

Obamacare Protest In Cheshire Friday

by Christopher O'Brien

Residents upset about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s healthcare law plan on protesting and holding a press conference at Cheshire Town Hall on Friday evening at 6:30 pm. 

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June 28th, 2012

Fireworks Light Up Connecticut

by Christopher O'Brien

If you missed the news, Waterbury announced that they will NOT be hosting its annual fireworks display at Municipal Stadium this year due to renovations. Yet, there’s plenty of towns and cities hosting brilliant shows beginning this weekend.

The Whisper, in particular highly recommends our favorite venues, if you can get to them:

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June 27th, 2012

Governor Braces for Healthcare Decision

by Christopher O'Brien

Tomorrow’s expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act could have major implications for Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday.

The high court could potentially strike down the entire health care law or the federal mandate requiring people buy health insurance. Malloy said it could cost the state as much as $100 million and impact 500,000 people who receive Medicaid benefits, buy coverage through insurance exchanges, or receive subsidies through small business employers.

 

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June 27th, 2012

Troopers Vote “No Confidence”; Admin Says “Change is Hard”

by Christopher O'Brien

When the ballots were counted Tuesday, the State Police Union overwhelmingly said they had no confidence in State Police leadership, following a decision to consolidate police dispatch centers.

Connecticut State Police Union President Andrew Matthews announced last month that the union planned to take a no confidence vote against Public Safety Commissioner Reuben Bradford and state police Col. Danny Stebbins.

The union has objected to the consolidation of state police dispatch centers and the reduction in the number of staff available to answer the phones, changes they say could impact public safety and trooper safety.

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June 22nd, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Looking for Playground Volunteers

by Christopher O'Brien

Want to help out some neighborhood kids enjoy the outdoors this summer?

Waterbury’s Chase Park’s current playground consists of run-down, outdated equipment that does not allow for active play. Non-profit organization KaBoom!, along with the Greater Waterbury Habitat for Humanity, and American Heart Association will be constructing a playground in Waterbury’s Chase Park Saturday morning. Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the shoveling, hammering and painting. The new, custom made playground will be complete with climbers, slides, zip lines and a spinami. This much needed park improvement will provide children with a place to have fun and exercise at the same time.

 

Various local organizations including the Greater Waterbury Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers rounded up by State Senator Joe Markley plan on helping out. “Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1 in 5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy!” says Markley in a recent press release.

 

For questions, click on the above link, or call Talia Kurtz, from the American Heart Association 203-303-3325.

 

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June 19th, 2012

Hartford: A Mad, Magical World

by Christopher O'Brien
Sen. Len Suzio

Sen. Len Suzio

By Len Suzio

“It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change.” Those words, spoken by Alice in “Alice in Wonderland,” have taken on a whole new meaning for me.

I have been a Connecticut state senator for 16 months. I have come to find out that inside the State Capitol is a magical world – a Wonderland rarely visited by reality or common sense. How else would one explain the zany legislation, proposals and procedures we have seen from our Democrat-controlled state legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office during that span of time?

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June 18th, 2012

Boating Course Offered

by Christopher O'Brien

Its summer time (if you hadn’t noticed)!

Time to break out the boat, and just weeks before the Fourth of July, I’m sure you’re already thinking about taking it out on the water. Before you do though, its always safe to take a U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Course.

 

A course is being offered beginning tonight at St. Maria Goretti Church Hall. Please call the Church office at (203) 879-4608 to register. The fee is only $20 a person.  Here are the dates:

June 18, 20, 25, and 27th.

June 14th, 2012

Taste of Wolcott Is Here!

by Christopher O'Brien

Town of Wolcott

Here’s your chance to experience many of the fine dining establishments located in Wolcott at an incredible price.

The 2012 Taste of Wolcott kicks off on June 3rd and runs through June 28th. Each week, Sunday through Thursday (excluding Father’s Day), you’ll be able to enjoy a multi-course lunch for $10.12 or a multi-course dinner for $20.12.

The following restaurants are participating:

  •    Bin 300 World Bistro
  •    East Street Eatery
  •    Mona Lisa Restaurant
  •    LaFortuna Restaurant
  •    McBrides Restaurant

Try them all, Great food at a Great price!

June 14th, 2012

Volunteers Save North End Home

by Christopher O'Brien

by Chris O’Brien
A North End resident is thankful he took that breath of fresh air Wednesday night.

Francis Burby, a cook at Illusions Cafe stepped outside a back door to take a break on the foggy night, and noticed something odd near his house which sits adjacent to the club’s parking lot. “I looked over and thought I saw smoke coming from near the side vent of the house.” Concerned someone might be trespassing from one of the neighboring bars, he and a co-worker went over to investigate, and called 911.

Wolcott firefighters received the call at 10:52 pm.

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June 14th, 2012

Flag Day Ceremonies

by Christopher O'Brien

Flag day US flag FlyingJune 14th is Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States. It was offficially recognized by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and by an Acto of Congress in 1949. President Barack Obama proclaimed the week “National Flag Week” in commemoration of when the 2nd Continental Congress “brought 13 colonies under one standard” in 1777.

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