Archive for August, 2013

August 29th, 2013

Congresswoman Seeks Feedback Through Local Forums

by Christopher O'Brien

With the Obama administration quickly gearing up to launch cruise missle strikes on Syria, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is holding two opportunities for residents to provide feedback on Congress.

The two events, titled “Congress on Your Corner” will be held this evening in Torrington and on Wednesday, Sept. 4th at Cheshire

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August 29th, 2013

Brown Pleads Not Guilty in Impersonation

by Christopher O'Brien

By Karen Florin | The Day

Bruce Browne, a Wolcott resident and half brother of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty in New London Superior Court on Thursday following charges from an August 8 incident in Old Lyme where he commandered a boat and stopped other vessels while wearing Coast Guard identification. He is accused of impersonating a police officer, interfering with an officer, and possession of a dangerous weapon in a motor vehicle.

Bruce W. Browne, also requested, through his attorney, the return of his car and other personal property that was seized by Old Lyme and state police.

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August 28th, 2013

Rental Cars: To Fill up Now or Later?

by Christopher O'Brien

hertzBy Jenn Strathman

When you rent a car, you’re bombarded with questions from upgrades to insurance. I always say no to everything including the gas, but I recently thought twice about saying yes. The salesman told me the pre-pay gas price was cheaper than nearby gas stations. The price of gas seemed cheap on the sign behind the counter, but I wasn’t willing to take the risk. After all, I’ve always been told to say no to all the add-ons at the rental car counter. How did I know the gas at the counter really was cheaper?

As a consumer reporter, I have a natural skepticism toward the rental car salesman. I’ve done stories with drivers who dropped off their car flawless only to be billed later for damages they say they didn’t cause. Some companies are even requiring receipts for gas to make sure you fill up the tank close to the airport and don’t get a few extra miles out of that full tank of gas.

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August 28th, 2013

Larson Trip To Ireland Was About Trade

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart

The junket U.S. Rep. John Larson took to Dublin earlier this month was bipartisan, productive, and not paid for with taxpayer dollars. Or at least that’s how he described it Monday after a tour of a defense manufacturer here in Connecticut.

The trip, including lodging, airfare, and meals for both Larson and his son, Ray, was paid for by the Ripon Society and the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. According to the travel expense form filed with the House Clerk’s office, the center paid about $15,300 for Larson and his son to attend the conference and stay at the 5-star Merrion Hotel in Dublin.

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August 28th, 2013

Republican Candidates Host Picnic

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott Republicans will be hosting a picnic at the lower pavilion at Woodtick Recreation Area on Nichols Rd. Friday evening. Anyone is welcome to attend. Proceeds will benefit the party’s campaign effort.

Republicans currently have control over both the Town Council and Boards of Education in town. The picnic will feature grilled items, soda, beer and wine. There will also be raffle prizes.

Tickets are available from any town committee member. They are $12 per person and any child under 12 is free.

August 21st, 2013

Christmas Tree Falls to Age

by Christopher O'Brien

By Roger Picard

Roger Picard

Roger Picard

    At 10 am Wednesday morning, the Christmas Tree on the Wolcott Town Green fell to the hands of the chain saw.
    The 70 year old blue spruce served the town well over the years. As our town Christmas tree it provided shade to many wedding ceremonie and stood at attention during the many Veterans day ceremonies. Through the years, it brought smiles to the faces of young and old with it’s Christmas lights and withstood many winter storms and hurricanes.
    Unfortunately, the most recent winter storms took their toll on our old tree and disfigured it beyond repair. A new tree is planned to replace it in the coming weeks. Public Works Arborist Mark Bove came up with fine idea that will allow our old tree to live on. A local lumber miller will transform the remaining 22 foot trunk into a bench that will be placed upon the green in the near future. The bench will be marked to inform it’s users what they are sitting on and how this magnificent tree will continue to serve the citizens of Wolcott.
August 21st, 2013

BBQ Teams Sought

by Christopher O'Brien

Whether you use traditional smoking or Carolina flavors, cooking teams are being sought for the 8th annual Rib-off at Peterson Park next month.

The Russell and Rainone families are organizing event where teams will compete in meat, chicken and dessert categories.

The competition started between two neighboring families in Wolcott, and when their friends learned of it, gradually grew. This year is expected to be the largest event so far. Cash prizes will be awarded, and other monies donated to the Wolcott Food Bank.

Any team interested in competing should contact Ben, Leigh or Keli Russell at 879-5092.

August 21st, 2013

Holyland Restoration and Fundraisers Planned

by Christopher O'Brien

HolylandCrossWaterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary and businessman Fritz Blasius are spearheading efforts to purchase Holyland on top of Pine Hill in Waterbury. The once thriving tourist attraction with the landmark lit cross seen for miles along I-84 has deteriorated into shambles by vandals over the past 30 years.

The new owners intend to purchase the property through donations and restore the old and brighter lit cross. The property will be for the community’s use. Volunteers and donations are being solicited for the effort.

A community picnic fundraiser at the Ponte Club will be held this Sunday, August 2tth from 12- 5 pm.

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