Archive for November 2nd, 2012

November 2nd, 2012

Those Eligible for FEMA Must Register

by Christopher O'Brien

Residents of Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties who suffered damage from Sandy will need to register with FEMA to be eligible for federal aid either on-line or by phone.

Federal assistance programs will be available to residents, municipalities, businesses, and non-profits.
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November 2nd, 2012

National Park System Growing; Coltsville Awaits OK

by Christopher O'Brien

When U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited Hartford a little more than a year ago, the hope was that his support would push plans for a National Park designation for Hartford’s Coltsville complex over the goal line in Congress. The project has been advocated for more than a decade by state political leaders in Washington, most visibly by First District Congressman John B. Larson. The slow pace of final approval may be related to what USA Today recently described as a “growth spurt” in the national park system.

Among states with pending National Park Service sites: Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio. Ten sites have been added since May 2004; a record 33 were added in 1978. Only Congress can create national parks, but the president can designate national monuments. A commission that proposed goals for the National Park Service’s future recommended in 2009 that the process for selecting new sites be streamlined.

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November 2nd, 2012

FTC Shuts Down “Rachel” From Cardholder Services Again

by Christopher O'Brien

By Jenn Strathman

In an ideal world, you should no longer hear from “Rachel” with Cardholder Services. The Federal Trade Commission disconnected the lines for five operations the FTC says were responsible for making these Rachel calls. Do I think the calls will stop? Unfortunately, no. It’s the harsh reality of robocalls in 2012.

The FTC is getting 200,000 complaints A MONTH on robocalls and Do Not Call list violations. That’s a ton! It shows how big a problem this is right now for Americans.

The FTC said technology is making it hard to track down the responsible companies. They can fake their phone number or buy a number that’s been resold several times making it more difficult to find the violator.

 

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November 2nd, 2012

Bridgeport Election Large Concern Without Power

by Christopher O'Brien

Can Bridgeport catch an election break? Just days before a presidential election that produces the highest city turnout only five of the city’s 20-plus polling precincts had power as of Wednesday night–most of them schools–throwing local elections officials and Mayor Bill Finch into overdrive to accommodate Tuesday’s vote.

Here’s what’s going on after…
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November 2nd, 2012

Journalists Fiddle as Bengazi Burns; Murphy Silent

by Christopher O'Brien

By Don Pesci

It would be a disgrace to journalism in Connecticut if questions concerning the murder of a U.S. ambassador attached to the consulate in Benghazi were not put to all the members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, preferably before Connecticut voters march to the polls to decide who among the candidates for Congress this year are best fitted to represent them.

Among candidates who may find themselves in Congress after November has come and gone are Representatives John Larson and Rosa DeLauro, both of whom occupy safe districts that, so it would seem, likely will not fall to Republicans. Other Congressional seats are more competitive. On the Democratic side in the U.S. House, incumbent U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney in the 2nd District and Jim Himes in the 4th District are defending their seats against Republicans Paul Formica and Steve Obsitnik. The 5th District race, an open seat, pits Democrat Elizabeth Esty against Republican Andrew Roraback and could go either way. In the U.S. Senate race, current Democratic U.S. Representative Chris Murphy has a slight edge over Republican Linda McMahon.

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November 2nd, 2012

Crew Restoring Power; Water Available

by Christopher O'Brien

Ninety-Three customers remained without power in Wolcott Thursday night as two CL&P crews worked late to try to restore power to homes on Central Ave. For residents without power and who might be running out of water, a shipment of water bottles is available at the Town Garage.

Updates of the Town’s efforts to restore services have been made regularly on the Wolcott Police Department’s Facebook page.