Archive for February, 2013

February 28th, 2013

Public Hearling on School Budget Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

Superintendant Joe Macary will be presenting a proposed budget for the school system tonight at 7:30 at Tyrell School. The public is invited to attend and provide input.
The final budget for the Board of Education is expected to be transmitted to the Town Council on April 1st. The Town Council will then consider that budget when they establish a new tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year which begins July 1st.

February 20th, 2013

Esty Hosts Gun Violence Forum Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

Newly elected US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will host a forum on gun violence tonight at Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury at 7:00 pm. The school is at 380 Pierpont Rd., not far from the Wolcott town line. There is no RSVP required and anyone in the public is welcome to attend. Please note that no large bags or backpacks  will be permitted into the building.

Esty will discuss the policy principles announced by the Congressional Gun Violence Task Force, answer questions, and listen to residents’ ideas on the proposals. Esty serves as one of twelve vice-chairmen on the Tast Force. Its recomendations can be viewed HERE.

February 13th, 2013

Town Excels in Storm Cleanup

by Christopher O'Brien

By Roy Balkus

Munson Road after the storm | photo: Chris O'Brien

Munson Road 24 hours after the storm | photo: Chris O’Brien

Given the severity of the recent snow storm, and tales of disaster from surrounding towns, the Town of Wolcott Public Works Department did an excellent job dealing with the storm. With depths of almost 3 feet and wind driven snow making for 5 foot to 6 foot drifts the town crews did a fabulous job keeping the streets open for travel. They should be proud of the great job they did in the face of difficult conditions.

This reporter was out at 7:30 AM Monday morning to travel to Farmington to get a part needed to repair a broken snow blower. I traveled through several towns. None appeared to be as well plowed as Wolcott’s.

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February 12th, 2013

Mouths Agape at Cartoon Museum

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christopher Baldwin and Carrie Johnson

On a Saturday afternoon, Carrie, Jim Clegg of Pink Missile fame and myself decided to take a little day trip up to Cheshire, CT to visit the Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum. We didn’t really know what to expect, riding on a recommendation from a couple of friends of ours who said the place was worth the trip. After working around Jim Clegg’s world-domination schedule (which I might add usually keeps him thoroughly detained), we set up the date and off we went on a surprisingly enjoyable non-alcoholic adventure. Some red Gatorade, anyone?

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February 11th, 2013

Youth Jobs: Waterbury Needs Shovellers

by Christopher O'Brien

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary is calling upon any youth at least 14 years old and older who wants to earn minimum wage on Tuesday. After 34 inches of snow fell on the Brass City, the City’s public works crews still haven’t had a chance to dig out the thirty-odd schools in town.

Any person interested should show up at City Hall at noon on Tuesday dressed warmly and with a shovel. City Hall is at 235 Grand St., downtown Waterbury. 203-574-6712

The notice was posted to the Waterbury Police Athletic League’s Facebook page and reposted on the Mayor’s Facebook page Monday evening.

February 11th, 2013

1 in 5 Consumers Has A Mistake on their Credit Report

by Christopher O'Brien

By Jenn Strathman

We rely on our credit to buy homes, get a credit card, and get a job. A new report by the Federal Trade Commission found five percent of consumers had errors on their report that could lead them to pay higher prices for everyday products like auto loans and insurance. Plus, one in five consumers had an error on at least one of their three credit reports. So, when was the last time you checked your credit report?

“These are eye-opening numbers for American consumers,” said Howard Shelanski, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics.  “The results of this first-of-its-kind study make it clear that consumers should check their credit reports regularly.  If they don’t, they are potentially putting their pocketbooks at risk.”

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February 11th, 2013

Snow Begins To Disappear; More Work To Do

by Christopher O'Brien

Almost all businesses in Wolcott’s retail areas are open again, fuel deliveries are being made and both of the town’s IGA stores are open again. By large degrees, life is beginning to return to normal after an avalanche of snow fell on our hilly town.

Improvement has been telling since the Blizzard dumped over 36 inches of snow on Wolcott (we’re guessing the measurement – send us how much is in your yard at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com) with drifts covering cars everywhere. Even though the storm – complete with 40 mph winds and brilliant lightning through squals bringing more than fives inches of snow per hour – ended by 9 am on Saturday, many folks were still digging out on Sunday. Connecticut has not seen a storm like this since the late 1880s.

For the town’s part, the last of the town’s roads were plowed out by mid-Sunday and overnight Public Works crews were expanding roadways to the curbs. Hazardous driving along Wolcott Rd. and a narrowed Woodtick Rd. was hampered with five to seven foot snow piles at all drivway and roadway intersections.

“We hired some private contractors to help with snow removal and they’re working hard,” says Mayor Thomas G. Dunn. “They’re going to keep working on widening the roads and pushing back the piles.” The Mayor hopes that most of that work will be completed by Tuesday night. He says that the school parking lots still have not yet been cleared.

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February 10th, 2013

Gov. Lifts Travel Ban; Urges Voluntary Restriction

by Christopher O'Brien

As much as three feet of snow blanketed parts of Connecticut Saturday morning, making roads impassable, causing power outages, and five fatalities. As the day progressed, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy lifted a travel ban, but asked residents to stay off the roads as much as possible.

State police have responded to 3,000 calls for assistance and with temperatures expected to reach zero Malloy asked people to call 211 if they need assistance finding a shelter.

At an 11 a.m. briefing, Malloy said a Prospect woman in her 80s was snow blowing the end of her driveway when she was hit by a motorist. The vehicle did not stop and the police are investigating the incident. A 49-year-old man in Shelton died Saturday morning when clearing snow from his driveway. The specifics about the other three fatalities is unknown, but they are storm-related.

“While we are lifting the ban on travel this afternoon at 4 p.m., I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible,” said Malloy.

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February 10th, 2013

Mayor Dunn: Stay Off The Roads

by Christopher O'Brien

Parking Ban Still In Effect

Police: “We know what roads are still unplowed – we’ll get to you”

Mall closed; Some Onramps Still Closed

Some I-84 onramps are still closed SundayAfter a blizzard dumped 36 inches of snow in parts of Wolcott, the mayor and police department are urging residents to stay home. “There’s nothing open and nowhere to go,” says Police Captain Domenic Angelillo. As of 9 am this morning, State DOT was still working on opening the downtown entrance ramps to I-84 in Waterbury and widening exits to ensure tractor trailers and delivery trucks can exit safely.

Mayor Dunn is urging resident to stay home while the town widens roads. At 10:00 town police responded to an accident on Woodtick Rd. near Wilson Rd. “The roads are only wide enough for emergencies right now and we still have a parking ban in place.” Dunn says that the town will be working on widening the roads throughout the day and that most roads should be cleared already.

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February 10th, 2013

Have a Plow? Need a Plow?

by Christopher O'Brien

After an unprecedented amount of snow fell in town – three feet at minimum with drifts in many areas of town – plowers are raking in the dough after a year long snow drought. Demand is high, but the need is also high. If you need a plow, please post your first name and phone number here. If you HAVE a plow or would like to advertise your business, just list your name, the type of equipment you have (snowblower, plow, payloader, manpower etc.) here as well. Or, you can e-mail the Whisper at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com or call us at 203-558-5817. If you want your name removed, contact us either way as well.

Hopefully this will assist you with your plowing needs!