Archive for February 8th, 2013

February 8th, 2013

State BOE May Slow Teachers Evaluation System

by Christopher O'Brien

By Kathleen Megan | Hartford Courant

The state Board of Education is expected to consider a recommendation Wednesday to allow school districts to more slowly phase in a new teacher evaluation system for staff this coming fall.

“This approach enables districts to implement the evaluation system in a flexible way, one that will increase confidence at the local level and decrease anxiety,” about the new system, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said. “The idea will be to ramp up implementation for all certified staff in every school the following year.”

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February 8th, 2013

Danbury Hosts Chili “Warm-Up” and 5k Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

What do Cincinnati, San Antonio, and tailgating have in common? Chili. Whether with beans or without – a culinary dilemma – this winter warm-up tops the comfort food list.

On Sunday, February 10, the Danbury Westerners, CityCenter Danbury, and the Danbury Arena will host the fourth annual Chili Winter Warm-Up, featuring a chili cook-off, entertainment for kids and families, a discounted public skate, and downtown Danbury hospitality. The event takes place from 1-4pm and will be preceded for the first time this year by the “Big Chili” 5K run, which kicks off at 10:30am.

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February 8th, 2013

Snow Begins… Pictures

by Christopher O'Brien

Long Swamp Rd. is covered in an inch of snow at noon, Friday | Chris O'Brienphoto- Chris O'Brien     So far only a couple inches of snow have fallen, but there are spinouts along Wolcott Rd. already. The wind is already picking up to around 20 mph in places.

At around 11 am, a new shipment of gas has arrived in town at Cumberland Farms to replenish thousands of gallons residents bought in the past 36 hours in preparation for the storm.

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February 8th, 2013

Winter Storm Links

by Christopher O'Brien

Below is a list of helpful storm links including updatable weather forcasts, live dopplar radar, and discussion. If you know of additional resoucres we can share, please let us know at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com

Radar

Dopplar Radar (zoomable): http://www.ctnow.com/weather/radar/

Connecticut Doplar: http://www.wfsb.com/category/211192/doppler-loop

Closings

From WFSB: http://www.wfsb.com/category/211195/school-closings

From Fox CT/ Hartford Courant: http://www.ctnow.com/weather/closings/

Weather

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February 8th, 2013

Blizzard to Shut Down Area

by Christopher O'Brien

As a historic blizzard bears down on the region, all residents are urged to stay off the roadways beginning Friday afternoon and through the storm’s expected completion around mid-day Saturday. Wolcott can expect to receive around 20 inches or more by the storm’s completion. According to meteorologists at Fox CT, we should have 6-8 inches by around 7 pm tonight after the snow begins to accumulate around noon. Snowfall will intensify to about 3 inches falling per hour after midnight. At around the same time, winds are expected to ramp up to 50 mph which will create widespread whiteout conditions and snow drifting for several hours.  As of 7:00 am, the snow line has already crossed into Greenwich.

School is closed on Friday.

A parking ban has been declared throughout Wolcott beginning 6 am Friday until 5 pm on Saturday. Do not park on any roadways in town to ensure roads can be plowed and emergency vehicles can make their way if they need to do so.

Local gas stations ran out of gas Thursday evening. Cumberland Farms on Wolcott Rd. didn’t have gas

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February 8th, 2013

Samsung Tops; Acer at Bottom of Computer Reliability Survey

by Christopher O'Brien

By George Gombossy

Samsung computers came out on top of the latest reliability report with Apple slipping to number 6 and Acer at the bottom.

“Samsung’s reliability trends noted at the start of 2012 have held as we enter 2013,” stated David Milman, CEO of RESCUECOM. “Samsung’s reliability score is nearly double the score of the next nearest competitor, while Asus has made strong strides to reach and maintain second rank in reliability.”

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February 8th, 2013

Handgun Permitting Process Debated by Police Chiefs

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CT News Junkie

If you’ve never had your handgun or pistol permit denied by your local police chief, you probably aren’t aware of the state Board of Firearm Permit Examiners.

In Connecticut, obtaining a permit to carry a handgun is a two-step process. First, you must apply with your local police chief or resident state trooper. The application process includes fingerprinting, a background check, and a questionnaire. The local police chief or resident state trooper has eight weeks to either approve or deny the application.

If the application is denied, then the individual can appeal to the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners.

But local police chiefs have recently expressed reservations about…

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