Archive for November, 2012

November 30th, 2012

Students Compete in Lego Challenge

by Christopher O'Brien

Kids sure do love Legos. But those small colorful bricks aren’t just for toddler play. As ten high school students discovered, they are the perfect tool to bring out imagination to solve real world problems

Twenty teams of ten students children guided by their volunteer coaches will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community at Wolcott High School on Saturday. The competition, called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will begin at 9 am and is open to the public. This is the second stage in the competition and winners will go to the finals at CCSU next month.

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November 30th, 2012

Weekend Events: Cans and Greens

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott Boy Scout 231 will be holding a bottle and can drive this Saturday. Simply leave a bag of bottles and cans by the curb and the Troop will collect them during the day.

The annual Gifts and Greens fair will be held at Wolcott Congregational Church all day Saturday and after services on Sunday.

November 28th, 2012

Winter Calendar Items

by Christopher O'Brien

The Holiday Season is giving an opportunity for many clubs and organizations to bring Wolcott residents together. The Whisper is compiling a calendar of upcoming events for the month of December. Please send us your items to WolcottWhisper@gmail.com . The Calendar will be published in upcoming days.

November 28th, 2012

Election Never Ends… Ballots Being Counted Again

by Christopher O'Brien

Election moderators convened at Town Hall tonight to empty out bags of ballots to begin counting again. No, there isn’t a contested race from this month’s annual elections. Instead, tonight’s election audit is being conducted to make sure the new voting machines are working accurately. Since the introduction of the voting machines, state lawmakers have required that 10% of all voting precincts in Connecticut are audited to ensure accuracy. Wolcott’s voting district #1 was chosen as part of that audit.

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November 28th, 2012

State’s Insurance Exchange Seeks Input Thursday Night

by Christopher O'Brien

Connecticut’s proposal to have insurance coverage for all residents will have a hearing at Waterbury’s City Hall Thursday night. The forum will be from 5:30-7:00.

The Insurance Exchange will be required to cover each of about a dozen required coverage areas, with regulations within each of these. Any member of the public can pose questions to the panel or give their opinion.

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November 23rd, 2012

Connecticut’s Fiscal Cliff

by Christopher O'Brien

Sen. Joe Markley

By Sen. Joe Markley

You may have heard that our state is facing a ‘gloom and doom’ budget scenario: a $365 million hole this fiscal year, and deficits of over a billion dollars in each of the next two years.

The current budget took effect just four months ago, but already revenue is down sharply, and spending is up.  The causes are clear, and not surprising:

  • People are not buying goods, so sales tax collection is less than expect.  Corporation tax revenue and money received from the state’s casinos have also declined.
  • Medicaid costs have increased by over $260 million
  • Personal expenses, salaries, and overtime for state workers is up over by $10 million

A November revenue report by the Office of Policy and Management and the Office of Fiscal Analysis (the state’s number crunchers) has just announced the alarming $365 million shortfall. As recently as November 1, the administration projected a deficit of only $61 million.

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November 22nd, 2012

Surviving Black Friday Week

by Christopher O'Brien

By Jen Strathman

The much anticipated Thanksgiving week has arrived. Get the aspirin ready if you’re travelling or planning to shop. Put the scale away and get the beer ready if you’re planning to be lazy and watch some football and eat. Don’t expect the hype over the shopping season to end next week. There’s a lot at stake this year for retailers, so  there will be sales throughout the season.

While we typically think of Black Friday as the shopping day after Thanksgiving, the unofficial holiday is getting redefined. Call the new shopping deals on Thursday whatever you want — Gray Thursday, Black Friday Creep, or Black Thursday.  No matter what you call all these deals, here’s a shopping survival guide:

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November 22nd, 2012

Paving Still Continues

by Christopher O'Brien

Road paving isn’t quite done in Wolcott quite yet this year. Many streets have been paved recently, including Town Line Rd. and Potoccus Ring Road. Getting up and into various driveways has proven to be a challenge for some residents who say the 3-4 inch lip of asphalt has wreaked havoc on some smaller vehicles. Mayor Dunn says that there is a reason for it though. “They’re going to come back for a second coat of pavement,” he tells the Whisper. At that point the pavers will flatten out the lips of driveways and other connections that need to be made.

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November 5th, 2012

WIll Voting on “Women’s Issues” Really Change Anything?

by Christopher O'Brien

It is often said that fear drives more voters than facts. And throughout this election we are all shutting off the TV and banging our heads against the wall wringing our hands of all the negative ads on TV. It seems to be worse than usual. Yet, one of the themes throughout the year has been ‘women’s issues’. Now, when President Obama or Chris Murphy or any other Democrat brings up “women’s issues”, we all know that they are not talking about the issues that most women have on the forfront in their minds: The economy, jobs, healthcare, education, childcare, faith or marriage. You know.. the the issues that we deal with almost every day. No, they are only talking about ONE issue: Abortion.

The fear that these candidates send is that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Could it be? And what would that mean? What is the reality of how quickly, or how much impact your vote for a ‘anti-choice’ candidate make on this issue? Let’s talk about this in the proper context.

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November 5th, 2012

Mazurek Misleads on Breast Cancer

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott, Southington, Prospect and Waterbury residents received pink flyers in their mailboxes today. No, it wasn’t requesting a donation on breast cancer research. Instead, it was a last minute ad from State Senate candidate Corky Mazurek accusing Joe Markley of voting against breast cancer screening and rape crisis center funds.

The problem with the ad though, is that it doesn’t attribute which bill Mazurek is refferring to (general practice requires that citation). A search of the General Assembly’s proposed bills has yielded nothing that validates Mazurek’s claim.

One bill – Senate Bill 97, which requires insurance companies to cover breast cancer density screenings at no additonal cost – passed in both the House and the Senate chambers of the General Assembly. Markley voted for it. In fact, no legislator voted against the bill.

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