Archive for November 1st, 2013

November 1st, 2013

‘Nightmare’ Isn’t Your Typical Halloween

by Christopher O'Brien

CIMG9380The UFO hovering near Lakewood Rd. isn’t a meetingplace for Area 51 enthusiasts – but a new local business that is one the area’s most sought after fightening attractions.

Even though Halloween is over, there is still one more weekend for folks to visit the Nightmare on Wolcott St. just over the Waterbury line across from Planet Fitness. Visitors will be frightened and amazed by animatronics and over twenty actors playing zombies and Freddie Kreuger.

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November 1st, 2013

Democratic Candidates for Board of Education

by Christopher O'Brien

BOEBuildingPhotoThe largest industry in Wolcott is education. With over 500 teachers and staff educating about 2800 students, the Board of Education is also the town’s largest employer. It manages a $32.2 Million budget -65% of all town expenditures. Members meet twice a month and are prohibited from receiving any payment by state statute.

Their role is to manage the school system, oversee the Superintendant, approve hires and resignation, approve curricula and many other roles. The Board is governed by State Statute and operates entirely independent of the Mayor and Town Council. The only role the Town C

ouncil has officially with the Board is approving the total requested whole budget allocation (For example, the Council can approve its $32.2 million budget, but has no input into any specific line item).

When new contracts are approved, Board and Superintendant often submit those contracts to the Council for approval.

Republicans currently have a 6-3 majority. Each party will present 6 candidates to voters to choose from on Election Day. Voters may select up to 6 candidates on their ballot, although 9 will be elected.

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November 1st, 2013

Candidates for 1st District Town Council

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartThe Town Charter requires that Town Council members live in each of the three voting districts in town. ALL voters can vote for candidates in EACH of the three voting districts. Thus, if you vote at Wakelee School (3rd District), you can still cast votes for candidate in the 1st and 2nd Districts.

There are four candidates running for the 1st District Town Council. You may vote for any two.

The candidates are: David Valletta (R), Jeffrey Slavin (R), Chuck Marsella (D), and Richard Irwin (D). Their profiles appear as they appear on the ballot from top to bottom.

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