Archive for November, 2013

November 28th, 2013

Grange Honors Members

by Christopher O'Brien

Grange #173 honored several of its youngest members Sunday evening in an evening pot-luck dinner ceremony. State Representative Robert Sampson was on hand to present citations to the members who have generously devoted time and effort into helping with the success of the Grange in the past year.

Wolcott’s Grange has increased its membership, re-outfitted its meetinghouse on Boundline Road and is a center of social activity for dozens of area families.

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November 28th, 2013

Tree Lighting Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

ChristmasTreeThe town’s new 30 foot tall Norway Spruce will be lit for the Chrsitmas season on Sunday evening at 6 pm on the Green. All residents are invited to attend. There will be singing. After the lighting, townsolk are invited for coffee and hot chocolate at the Congregational Church.

Santa Clause will also be on hand to hear Christmas requests.

November 26th, 2013

Recoiling from ‘Black Thursday’

by Christopher O'Brien

By Nicole Stacy

The first time I heard some blogger quip about “Black Thursday,” I recoiled like a vampire from a cross. You think that’s cute now, I thought,  just wait until it starts to stick.

About this time last year, I was struck with sadness by the juxtaposition between these two headlines on MSN Money’s Smart Spending blog:

Juxtaposition

I never really went for Black Friday, but I figured if people wanted to take their lives in their hands for cheap waffle irons, and it gave them a rush, it wasn’t my problem.  I feel strongly that the creep into Thanksgiving is different.

blackfridaypicThanksgiving may be just a day, but unfortunately it’s one of the only major, anti-materialistic holidays we have left.Even the celebration of Christmas has metamorphosed into something that I think it’s fair to say neither Jesus nor the real Saint Nicholas would entirely recognize.  More than many other holidays, Thanksgiving has held out as a national expression of gratitude for the important things in life; the turkey is just a perk.

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November 26th, 2013

Town Officials Installed

by Christopher O'Brien

 

Over 100 people were on hand while three local officials were sworn in on Veteran's Day

Over 100 people were on hand while three local officials were sworn in on Veteran’s Day

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Kate Anderson hugs Mayor Dunn after beginning his 6th term

By Chris O’Brien

On a cold Tuesday, the Town’s newly elected leaders were sworn in to their new offices before about 100 townspeople and supporters.

Besides Mayor Thomas G. Dunn who was re-elected for a sixth term, Darlene Tynan was sworn in by former Mayor Edward Wilensky.

Anthony Marino, the first new Town Treasurer in 18 years was also sworn in.

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November 26th, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner Offered

by Christopher O'Brien

TurkeyClipArt A free Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be offered at the Senior Center starting at 11:00 am on Thursday. The dinner is open for everyone thanks to Walter Sherman and several volunteers. This group is donating their time and money towards providing this meal. It is open to all, not just for the needy. Anyone who might otherwise spend the holiday alone or have no where to go is certainly welcome to attend.

November 25th, 2013

For Profit Hospital Care: Proceed With Caution

by Christopher O'Brien
Chris Murphy

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

By Sen. Chris Murphy

Hospitals represent many things to Americans, from hope during time of illness to philanthropic organizations assisting the uninsured to a major employer within many communities.

But hospitals have also become something else: big business. In Connecticut, we are accustomed to patient care provided by nonprofit, community-oriented hospitals. That is because in Connecticut, 28 of our 29 acute-care hospitals are not-for-profit. Every dollar they make goes back into their mission and their community.

 

However, Connecticut is quickly becoming an anomaly. Today, one in five American hospitals are owned by for-profit entities — an astonishing 50 percent increase from a decade ago.

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November 24th, 2013

Fingerprint Protection for your Phone

by Christopher O'Brien
Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

By Jenn Strathman | Invesigative Consumer Reporter

Security is one of the leading features in Apple’s latest model iPhone, the 5S. Security experts say fingerprint technology is needed to protect the data on our phones, but getting users away from a PIN or password is a tough sell.

Smartphone users are already swiping pictures or typing a PIN to unlock their phone. With the new iPhone 5S you’ll just swipe your finger to unlock your phone and make purchases on iTunes.

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November 24th, 2013

Rash of Late Night Fires Considered Suspicious

by Christopher O'Brien

By Megan Merigan | NBC Connecticut

Residents are urged to be extra vigiliant as dozens of  late night brush fires have been set along town roads over the last few months.

Wolcott Police and the town’s Fire Marshal are  investigating the cause of nearly 25 suspicious roadside fires, which have been growing in frequency since April.

Of the 25 roadside brush fires that have occurred in town since April 27, Wolcott’s police and fire departments consider the majority of them to be suspicious, according to Police Chief Edward Stephens.

“It’s not just thunder or lightening,” Stephens said.  “Something’s going on here.”

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November 24th, 2013

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie

Connecticut will join New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont in deciding not to allow insurance plans canceled under the Affordable Care Act back into the marketplace.

“The truth is the solution offered a week ago by the president doesn’t work in Connecticut,” Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday.

President Barack Obama offered last week to allow plans that didn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act back into the marketplace for a year, if states agreed.

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November 22nd, 2013

Boutot Fundraiser Planned Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

A fundraiser will be held on Sunday, November 24th from 1-5 pm at The River Restaurant and Pub for Kyle Boutot who suffered a debilitating spinal injury over a year ago. Proceeds will assist his family with medical expenses and to install a ramp so he can return home.  A $20 donation ($15 for children under 10) is requested.

Tickets are available at The River, and Snips & Tips on Wolcott Rd. You may also contact Pat Towle (203-879-4580) or Kathy Sullivan (203-910-2394).