Archive for January 7th, 2013

January 7th, 2013

Grange To Host Dog Ball

by Christopher O'Brien

The Wolcott Grange is hosting a dog’s ball on Saturday, Jan. 12, that will feature entertainment provided by members and volunteers of the Grange.  The event, at the Grange’s facility, 313 Bound­line Road, is from 1 to 4 p.m.
Members of the public and their dogs are invit­ed. The event is free, but the Grange requests donations.

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January 7th, 2013

Newington Home to First US Sled Hockey League

by Christopher O'Brien

Most of us are unfamiliar with sled hockey, but the sport received major attention recently in The New York Times, which focused on – of all places – Newington, Conn., which hosts the Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) monthly at the Newington Arena.  It is the first-ever organizsled hockeyed, multi-state, adult sled hockey league in the U.S, with teams representing Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Western Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

Sled hockey, also known as sledge hockey, is a fast, exciting, rough-and-tumble version of ice hockey played primarily by people with lower limb mobility impairments. The game is essentially the same as “stand-up” ice hockey, the major difference being that the players use a sled with two hockey skate blades mounted under a seat.

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January 7th, 2013

CT Braces for Defense Industry Cuts

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid

With Congressional battles over government spending likely to continue into the foreseeable future, Connecticut’s defense contractors will need to evolve their businesses to remain successful, a Pratt & Whitney executive told a business forum Friday.

Jay DeFrank, vice president of communication and government relations for Pratt & Whitney, was one of three speakers at a panel discussion of the defense industry at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and MetroHartford Alliance’s annual Economic Summit.

This week, Congress brushed up against a deadline of their own making that’s been referred to as the “fiscal cliff.” In hopes of hammering out meaningful deficit reduction measures, they imposed tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts meant to serve as motivation to work together to eliminate some of the federal deficit.

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January 7th, 2013

Sampson Votes Against State Budget Mitigation Plan

by Christopher O'Brien

By Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

First things first, Happy New Year!  I’m writing this month’s column on New Year’s Eve and it has me thinking about some of the important events of 2012 and also looking forward to how we can make 2013 a better year.  Without a doubt, the biggest issue that has been on everyone’s mind for not only 2012 but for the past few years is the poor state of our economy, both as a country and also right here in Connecticut.

Just before Christmas, the State Legislature was called back into special session ostensibly to clean up our previous budget mess and to vote on a deficit migration plan put forward by the Governor to plug a $415 million budget deficit created by his 2011 tax plan.   The Governor met with legislative leaders to craft a compromise and come up with a solution to the deficit.

Unfortunately, the final product was something I could not support.

I do want to make it clear that there are many well intentioned people that did vote in favor of that plan.  The problem is

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