Archive for December, 2012

December 31st, 2012

Liquor Stores Closed Tuesday

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie

The Department of Consumer Protection is reminding Connecticut residents that, while they may be able buy alcohol on Sundays now, they won’t be able to stop by the liquor store on New Year’s Day.

This year’s alcohol legislation, which among other things legalized the sale of booze on Sundays, did not change the state law prohibiting package stores from opening on Jan. 1. Grocery stores also are prohibited from selling beer.

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December 31st, 2012

‘Danbury Fare’ On First Night Menu

by Christopher O'Brien
By Ted Kilmer
Jay Green, three time national juggling champion, eating fire at First Night Danbury in 2010. Photo: Michael Duffy / The News-Times. First Night Danbury 2012-2013, enjoying its 23rd year as a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, salutes “Danbury Fare.” The pun is intended, with memories of Danbury’s historic and iconic “Fair” along with recognition of our City’s “Fare”, continuing to develop and service within our CityCenter downtown hub.

First Night takes place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 4 to 8pm in downtown Danbury downtown venues, all within easy walking distance. Through the support of Union Savings Bank; Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith; Hat City Pools; Danbury Cultural Commission; Danbury Parking Authority; BRT; Danbury Arena; and the Savings Bank of Danbury, as well as merchants, artists, residents and others, Downtown is Happening (DisH)! First Night Danbury annually provides everyone a chance to close out a year and begin anew with community spirit and lots of surprises.

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December 31st, 2012

Snow and Wind Announce Winter

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

8-9" of snow kept drivers off the roads after 5 pm Saturday

8-9″ of snow kept drivers off the roads after 5 pm Saturday | Photo: Chris O’Brien

This first significant snowstorm in more than a year left almost nine inches of snow in most of Wolcott Saturday night. While most residents wrapped up their Christmas vacations enjoyed the storm’s beauty, it was a reminder of what a real winter can be like as strong winds whipped flags and plummeted temperatures Sunday night. This snowfalls light talcum powder- like flakes were a welcome relief a storm earlier this week that dropped four inches of snow, ice and heavy rain causing strained backs and broken shovels.

Many of Wolcott’s hilly streets were impassable Saturday night, yet drivers headed in aroudn 5 pm. Wolcott Police Capt. Domenic Angillilo said that there were few problems to report. “One motorist was stuck on Beach Rd, but that was it.” Lakewood Autobody responded for the job overnight Saturday..

Wind blows snow across Charles St. Sunday afternoon | Chris O'Brien

Wind blows snow across Charles St. Sunday afternoon | Photo: Chris O’Brien

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December 25th, 2012

A Sailor in Newtown

by Christopher O'Brien

On Saturday, eight Wolcott’s police officers supported Newtown police through patrol, funeral, and memorial post assignments. The town has been inundated by visitors from all over Connecticut and the nation after the tragic deaths of 26 schoolchildren and teachers as well as two other residents. Police, firemen and charities throughout the state have descended upon the town to assist during a tumultuous week of sorroe. Officer Bryan Spiotti wrote about his experience.

By Bryan Spiotti

     Today I worked in Newtown, stationed near the Sandy Hook Elementary School and also at the Town Hall. I met many wonderful people who all shared in the mourning and grief. I met firefighters who volunteer their time and police officers who are all at a loss for words. Everyone agreed that it is a senseless tragedy. Many people walking by the droves of letters, posters, stuffed animals and other memorials with teared eyes and heavy hearts. I met a Marine / Police Chaplain who prayed

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December 19th, 2012

Wolcott Starts Newtown Relief Fund

by Christopher O'Brien

The Town of Wolcott has established a fund for the Town of Newtown after the school shooting on Friday. Miss Wolcott and Wolcott’s Miss Outstanding Teen have already collected over $400 for this fund and other town residents are welcomed to contribute. Donations can be made at Town Hall or mailed to:

Sandy Hook Relief Fund

attn: Finance Department

Wolcott Town Hall

10 Kenea Dr.

Wolcott CT 06716

December 19th, 2012

Supporting Sandy Hook

by Christopher O'Brien

     State Police have urged anyone who needs help discussing or coping with the Sandy Hook shooting and is connected to the Town of Newtown, can call 203-270-4283. The number is being staffed by mental health professionals from Yale- New Haven Hospital.

Infoline, which can be contacted by dialing 211 from any phone, is also available for any resident in Connecticut that would like to talk to a professional about any kind of emotional trauma or disterss.

The Connecticut State Police would like to direct anyone who has any services to offer those who were traumatized by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.   All interested parties offering any type of assistance please call the 211 Infoline. Any victims’ or residents’ who may need any type of assistance should feel free to contact 211 infoline to access these offered services.

Assistance may include, but is not limited to, victims’ assistance agencies, counselors, Religious or ministry services, dog therapy, transportation services, and any other type of support goods or services. 211 infoline is prepared to accept all offers and assist those in need.

December 19th, 2012

One Reason Women Earn Less Than Men

by Christopher O'Brien

By George Gombossy

Why do many women earn less in high paying jobs than their male counterparts? One reason, according to Bloomberg Businessweek is that women are less likely to haggle for a larger starting salary.

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December 19th, 2012

‘Tentative’ Budget Deal Brokered

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CT News Junkie

Speaker Chris Donovan | Photo: Christine Stuart

Outgoing Speaker of the House Chris Donovan said Monday that they’ve reach a tentative bipartisan agreement that will close this year’s $365 million budget deficit. “We got all four caucuses to come to agreement,” Donovan said Monday in the hall of the Capitol. “People were serious and wanted to get the job done.” Democratic and Republican lawmakers worked…

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December 19th, 2012

After Massacre, Sen. Looney Vows Gun Control Fight

by Christopher O'Brien

Paul Bass | New Haven Independent

As the horrific details of the school shooting rampage in Newtown continued trickling out Saturday, New Haven state Sen. Marty Looney promised a push to strengthen Connecticut’s gun-control laws. Looney (pictured) made that vow in an interview as New Haveners came downtown for a 6 p.m. vigil on the Green on behalf of the 26 students and adults massacred at Sandy Hook elementary school by a gunman who then killed himself.

The shooting provoked a national outpouring of grief—and an immediate call for a resumption of efforts by gun control proponents to take on the NRA and pass tighter legislation. Looney, a Democrat who’s now the Senate majority leader, cosponsored Connecticut’s assault-weapons ban (with a Republican, then-state Sen. Bill Aniskovich of Branford). The ban passed into law in 1993.

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December 19th, 2012

Letter: Long Term Treatment and Special Officers Could Improve Society

by Christopher O'Brien
     In light of the horrible tragedy recently in Newtown, I believe it is time that we as a community begin to at least consider an obvious option. If we are willing to hire security guards to protect our money, gold, silver, properties and businesses, why don’t we demand that security (police) be posted in the schools to protect what we value most of all – our children. I understand that some school districts already do this periodically with Officers from their local police departments which is great. However, it is obviously insufficient. It should be regular posting for the foreseeable future.

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