Archive for February 6th, 2013

February 6th, 2013

Council Breezes Through Quick Meeting

by Christopher O'Brien

TownCouncilMayorsReportBy Chris O’Brien

The Town Council held a fourteen minute meeting Tuesday evening, breezing through four items on their agenda and the Mayor’s report.

The Mayor is busy meeting with department heads to work towards a proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year which will begin on July 1st. The Mayor and some departments typically meet with the Council to justify their proposed expenditures during the month of April. Much of the upcoming budget will be determined upon how much money Wolcott will receive from the State of Connecticut.

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February 6th, 2013

Did Malloy Live up to His Previous Budget?

by Christopher O'Brien

by Dan Lovallo
This will be Malloy’s second, two-year budget and if it’s anything like the first, you can expect our esteemed chief executive won’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

As is customary, the governor will make the rounds on morning radio and TV, the day after the speech.  More than likely, it will be the usual softball game, with hosts gushing over the fact the governor has given them some of his precious time.  Such was not the case, two years ago, when I interviewed Malloy, the day after his first budget address.  To begin with, he was six minutes late to the interview.  And then we got into it.

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February 6th, 2013

Senator Murphy To Hold Office Hours

by Christopher O'Brien

Newly elected US Senator Christopher Murphy’s office has announced town hall meetings around the state. The Senator formerly represented Wolcott as a Congressman and State Senator. The first meeting will take place in Litchfield this Saturday at Wamogo High School from 3:00- 4:30 pm

The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 pm in Hamden. The exact location will be announced at a later date.

February 6th, 2013

Strathman Marries; Presents Wedding Series

by Christopher O'Brien
Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

Jenn Strathman

Former Wolcott resident Jenn Strathman was married in August, 2012. We congratulate her and wish them the best wishes for a happy marriage. Strathman is an investigative consumer reporter for a television station outside of Cleveland, Ohio and has begun writing a series of articles on how to save money while preparing for a wedding.

We will be running her series here beginning this weekend. Stay tuned!

February 6th, 2013

Beauty Queens Challenge Mayors

by Christopher O'Brien

Crowns-KingsBowling2013UPDATE: Due to the predicted snowstorm, this function is being postponed.

By Chris O’Brien

What do politicians have in common with beauty queens?
Well their love of dogs, of course!

This Saturday, the annual King Pins vs. Crowns bowling competition will take place at Wolcott Lanes from 6-9 pm.  The public is invited to also play in teams of four. All proceeds will help buy food for dogs at the Waterbury and Bristol Dog Pounds. Call Wolcott Lanes at 879-1469 to book a lane for your four man team.

Last year, the King Pins were reported to have won the feature match, with Wolcott’s own Mayor Thomas Dunn throwing several strikes. Bristol Mayor Art Ward, Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary are both expected to attend. State Rep. Rob Sampson is expected to rotate in as well.

February 6th, 2013

Weekend of Ski Jumping in Salisbury

by Christopher O'Brien

You don’t have to travel too far to see Olympic-caliber competition in Connecticut. The 87th annual Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, as part of the annual Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA)’s ski jumping competition at legendary Satre Hill. Future Olympians have competed at Satre Hill before going on to represent our country.

Ski jumpers will be showing off the tremendous coordination, skill and grace it takes to soar 64 meters–over 200 feet–with a happy landing. Traditionally, the enthusiastic crowd cheers them on by jingling cowbells as the jumpers soar.

     Winter Carnival activities begin Friday night…
February 6th, 2013

Courtney Chides Spielberg Over Slavery Slander

by Christopher O'Brien

By Mark Pazniokas | CT Mirror

Like many Connecticut moviegoers, at least those who are politically minded, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, was surprised to see two members of the state’s House delegation depicted as voting to uphold slavery in Steven Spielberg’s well-received movie, “Lincoln.”

“I could not believe my own eyes and ears,” Courtney wrote in a letter to Spielberg. “How could Congressmen from Connecticut — a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War-have been on the wrong side of history?”

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February 6th, 2013

Assisted Suicide Legislation Proposed; Opponents Say its Bad Policy to Help Death

by Christopher O'Brien

By Daniela Altimari | Hartford Courant

Douglas Peary says he became a believer in laws allowing the terminally ill to obtain a doctor’s prescription for a lethal dose of medication after three family members died from complications of cancer.

“I watched my father die of prostate cancer [that] spread to his bones for months on end with pain so great he that had to be drugged to oblivion,” said Peary, who is 70 and lives in North Haven. “He looked like a concentration camp victim.”

He recounted the equally heartrending end-of-life suffering endured by his wife and his sister. “These things have to stop,” Peary said. “There’s no good God that would ever expect us not to help these people.”

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