Archive for February 10th, 2013

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!

February 10th, 2013

Connecticut Moose Here to Stay

by Christopher O'Brien

By Will Michael

Moose sightings were rare in Connecticut once upon a time, but beginning in the mid-1990s, sightings increased dramatically.

As old farmlands reverted back to forests and moose populations increased in neighboring Massachusetts, the moose bagan expanding their territory into Connecticut.

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