Archive for October, 2012

October 30th, 2012

Gov. Secures Funding; “Sandy Worse Than Irene”

by Christopher O'Brien

Governor Malloy meeting in the State's EOCEarly estimates show that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is “substantially larger” than the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

At his last briefing of the day, Malloy said the storm partially or fully destroyed buildings in Milford, damaged homes in East Haven, East Lyme, Old Saybrook, and caused flood damage to buildings in Bridgeport, contributed to a fire which spread to three homes in Greenwich, and that’s just the beginning. .

“The damage is far more extensive up and down the coast… Seawalls were actually destroyed as well,” Malloy said.

After two phone conversations with President Barack Obama Tuesday Malloy said he was able to get a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London counties, including the two tribal nations. Continue reading…

October 30th, 2012

Shelter, Showers Open, Cleanup Begins

by Christopher O'Brien

For Wolcott residents still without power due to Hurricane Sandy, the town has opened the town’s Senior Center on Nichols Rd. as a warming and charging station for electrical devices. Any resident is welcome to stop by to recharge until 9 pm.

Tyrrell School has also been opened for showers. People using the showers will be checked in and should enter the school from the South Entrance.

Schools will

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October 29th, 2012

Outages Down Before Brunt of Winds

by Christopher O'Brien

As of 6 pm, only 2% of Wolcott residents were without power – a number much smaller than earlier today. CL&P has dedicated a crew to the town and that crew has been making repairs throughout the day. A significant number of residents on the west side of town were temporarily out this morning as CL&P intentionally shut down power so they could make a repair affecting residents on North Main St. in Waterbury.

If winds exceed 40 mph, CL&P will stop making repairs and residents should expect to be without power until at least Wednesday if that occurs.

At 6 pm, nine Connecticut towns were entirely dark, mostly in eastern Connecticut. It remains to be seen whether gusts in that area of the state are moving from east to west. That area also is less sparsely populated and customers are further apart than in Western Connecticut.

Mayor Dunn has been touring

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October 28th, 2012

Help Us Track Outages, Other Storm-related Issues Here

by Christopher O'Brien

The Wolcott Whisper, along with a number of state and local websites throughout Connecticut, is partnering with SeeClickFix to track storm related problems during Hurricane Sandy. This project will assist local, state, and utility officials to see where to direct resources. Remember though, that 911 should be called in any emergency situation.

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October 28th, 2012

Wolcott Ready for Hurricane

by Christopher O'Brien

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on New Jersey and the Connecticut shoreline, Wolcott is ready for coping with the storm. Mayor Thomas G. Dunn is informing residents to be prepared. As of Sunday evening, traffic was sparse around town and some were topping off their cars with gasoline just in case. Yet, many area businesses still have plenty of provisions of batteries, bottled water and other necessities if residents still need to stock up.

If a shelter is needed to be opened, residents will be notified through the emergency notification and reverse 911 system. Residents with cell phones should register with the town’s alert system right now so that they can be notified should phone service also be interrupted. The link to do so is here.

Mayor Dunn tells the Whisper that a decision to open the storm shelters will be done when the need arises. The Senior Center was used last year for a temporary shelter and housed about thirty residents. Tyrrell School is the designated shelter for the town and has capacity for residents to sleep overnight.

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October 24th, 2012

UPDATED: Candidates Debate on Friday

by Christopher O'Brien

The candidates for State Senate and State Representative will meet Thursday night at 7:00 pm in the Tyrrell School Auditorium for a debate sponsored by the Junior Women’s club. All residents are invited to attend the free event.

Candidates for US Congress will also be in attendance. Representatives from President Obama’s and Governor Romney’s campaigns for President have also been invited.

What questions would you like to see asked?


note: We regret to say the day of the event was previously incorrect.

October 22nd, 2012

Markley, Mazurek Take Calls on WATR

by Christopher O'Brien

Two well known candidates vying to represent Wolcott’s 16th Senatorial District in Hartford will be on 1320 AM WATR beginning at 10:30 am on Monday.

Any resident is invited to call into the live show.


October 17th, 2012

Legislative Candidate Forum Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

State Representative candidates Charles Marcella and Rob Sampson, along with State Senate candidates Corky Mazurek and Joe Markley will face off during a candidates’ forum at St. Pius X Church on Woodtick Rd. tonight starting at 6:30 pm.

Each of the four candidates will be on the ballot in November. Republicans Sampson and Markley are both serving out their freshman terms representing Wolcott in Hartford. In 2010, Sampson defeated Mazurek in a close election which required a recount. Mazurek is now challenging Markley in the 16th Senatorial District which includes Southington, Prospect and portions of Cheshire and the East End of Waterbury.

Two term Town Councilman Charles Marcella is challenging Rob Sampson for the state representative seat.

All residents are encouraged to attend this forum.