Archive for October, 2013

October 31st, 2013

White House: CT Has 4th Highest Insurance Premiums

by Christopher O'Brien

The White House report released Wednesday morning showed that Connecticut, which is operating its own health insurance marketplace, will have the 4th highest premiums in the country when enrollment begins on Oct. 1.

The report was meant to highlight how competition between insurance carriers has lowered costs for consumers. The idea behind the law was to get insurance carriers to compete by offering various tiers of insurance through an online marketplace where they could compare the plans side-by-side and no one could be denied.

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October 31st, 2013

Couple Learns Downside of Travel Club

by Christopher O'Brien

By George Gombossy | CtWatchdog

Marilyn Lennehan and her husband Jim were enjoying their La Cabana timeshare six years ago in Aruba when they heard a presentation from a BlueGreen Vacation Club representative.

His spiel of how they could be vacationing for free all over the United States and in Europe was enticing.

“They told us we would not be stuck in one place,” Marilyn recalled.

The two seniors were so impressed that they turned their timeshare over to BlueGreen and paid an additional $6,500 to become a member of the vacation club.

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October 31st, 2013

Prevailing Wage Debate Pits Towns vs. Unions

by Christopher O'Brien
Rep. Richard Smith R-New Fairfield and Rep. Peter Tercyak D-New Britain

Rep. Richard Smith R-New Fairfield and Rep. Peter Tercyak D-New Britain

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie

Municipal associations asked the legislature’s Labor Committee to support changes to the state’s longstanding and politically secure prevailing wage policy at a public forum Tuesday in New Britain.

Connecticut law requires contractors working on state and town construction projects to pay their workers wages and benefits at least equal to rates posted annually by the Labor Department. The prevailing wage law applies to all new government construction projects above $400,000 and renovation projects costing more than $100,000.

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October 30th, 2013

How To Take Holiday Pet Photos

by Christopher O'Brien
Photo: Flickr user DaPuglet

Photo by Flickr user DaPuglet

By George Gombossy | CT Petlovers

Walk through the card aisle at your favorite retailer, and you’ll see picture after picture of dogs and cats grinning back at you. Yet wrangling your own pet into a cute Santa suit and asking him to sit still while you snap a shot is less than simple. Taking great pictures of pets for your holiday cards takes skill and photography know-how, and these tips will get you started. Continue Reading…

October 30th, 2013

Town Treasurer- Three Quality Candidates in Open Race

by Christopher O'Brien

clipArt_moneySymbolRoger Levesque will be retiring as Town Treasurer this year. As we result, three respected men have thrown their hats into the ring for the position. In our view, each one is qualified in their own right. For a change, its nice to have such a tough decision between candidates that are well known and have good qualifications. It will be up to voters to decide who has the best ideas or qualifications for the office.

Profiles appear as they are listed on the ballot: Anthony Marino (R), David Gentile (D) and George Phelan (PC).

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October 30th, 2013

Network Halts Enrollment in Connecticut

by Christopher O'Brien

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By Christine Stuart | CT NewsJunkie

Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, which has largely avoided the technical problems that have plagued the federal Healthcare.gov website, was caught in the middle Sunday when it was no longer able to verify information through the federal data hub.

Terremark, a Verizon company that operates a data center for the federal government, was trying to replace a networking component Sunday when it brought the entire network down.

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October 30th, 2013

Candidates for Board of Assessment Appeals

by Christopher O'Brien

This three person board reviews assessment rates given to residents. For example, if a resident believes their assessment is too high (resulting in a higher tax fee), they can appeal it to this board. Voters can choose any two of the four candidates.

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October 30th, 2013

Olmstead Hosts Forum Friday

by Christopher O'Brien
Steve Olmstead, Democratic Candidate for Mayor

Steve Olmstead (PC)

Steve Olmstead, who is one of two challengers for Mayor is inviting the public to ask him questions during a Town Hall style forum at Wolcott Town Hall Friday. The event will occur at 7 pm.

Olmstead says that he also invited mayoral candidates Tom Dunn and Mike Gugliotti to join him as well. Dunn declined citing previous commitments. It is unknown wehtehr Gugliotti will join him as of Tuesday evening.

Olmstead was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2011, but this year is running as a Petitioning Candidate.

October 30th, 2013

Meet The Candidates Wednesday

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartThe Junior Women’s Club is sponsoring their annual Meet The Candidates night tonight at Tyrell School. The event will start at 7 pm. All residents are invited to attend the free event. Refreshments will be offered.

While there are several heavily competitive races, this event is not a debate. Every candidate will have a few minutes to address the crowd on why they are runnign for the office they’re seeking.

October 29th, 2013

2013 Municipal Election Guide

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartHere we will provide links to stories about this year’s election. Check back often for updates.

Latest Update: Tuesday 3 pm -Endorsements added: Board of Education; Tax Collector, Treasurer, and Town Council; Mayor

Tuesday 11 am – video of speeches by Michael Gugliotti, Neil O’Leary and Bridget Dunn

 

1. Wolcott Ballot  – Here’s where you can see who’s running for each office and where their name will appear. Be sure to scroll down on the link to see BOTH sides of the ballot!

2. Not registered to vote yet? You can still vote in this year’s Election. Go to Town hall on Tuesday between 6 am and 8 pm with proper ID. Your ballot will be counted separately pending verification of your identity.

3. Want to meet the candidates and hear them speak? Tom Dunn and Michael Gugliotti each are holding wrap-up rallies Sunday. Republicans will join Dunn at the VFW at 6 pm. Democrats will join Gugliottiat J&M Pizza  at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served at each event and the public is invited. This may be your last chance to meet the candidates and ask them questions in person before Tuesday.

4. Name That Job – Do you know what a Town Treasurer does? How about a Zoning Board member? Click on this link to see descriptions for each elected official and what skills might be good for those candidates.

5. Go to WLCT96 to see candidates talking about why they are running. They presentations were at the annual Meet The Candidates night sponsored by the Junior Womens’ Club.

6. The Mayor’s Race has been the most competitive in ten years. Here’s a snapshot of that race. Profiles and links to candidate websites where you can see the candidate’s platforms in their own words, are below.

7. The race for Tax Collector has been equally intense. Cheryl McQueen Brundage faces her first election for the office and is being challenged by Darlene Tynan.

8. We know you’re here because you want the honest truth about candidates. You want to feel comfortable with your choices. Unfortunately, campaigns often get ugly and its hard to know what’s fact from fiction. In this section, we’re try to give you the background on issues… and call out what’s just an exaggeration… or if there may be some truth:

a) Tax Collector: Does Darlene Tynan really deserve an “F”? (coming soon)

b) Dirty Water: Mike Gugliotti accuses Tom Dunn of violating the Charter. Did he? (coming soon)

9. Candidate Profiles. Here they are. Keep checking back as we update this list. The number after the office shows how many profiles there are for each. In reverse order by office:

Zoning Board of Appeals   1 / 6

Board of Education – Democrats  3/6

1st District Town Council  2/6

Town Treasurer 3/3

Tax Collector’s race – article 2/2

Mayor 1/3