Archive for January, 2014

January 10th, 2014

Boughton Jumps Into The Race

by Christopher O'Brien

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Fundraising was a big hurdle for Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton when he was the Republican Party’s lieutenant governor nominee in 2010, but in announcing his bid for governor on Wednesday, Boughton expressed optimism.

“We raised more money in four weeks than we did in the entire 2010 campaign cycle,” Boughton said from a podium at the Holiday Inn in Danbury.

The seven-term mayor said most of the money was raised in December because “we couldn’t go out and ask people to write two checks: one for the mayor’s race and one for the governor’s race. That was a challenge for us.”

Boughton will traBoughton, who has been exploring since August, joins an increasingly crowded field of Republican candidates, including state Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Joe Visconti of West Hartford, Gordon Ward of Manchester, state Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton, and Tom Foley, the 2010 Republican nominee.nsition his exploratory campaign over to a campaign committee today.


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January 10th, 2014

Shelton’s Lauretti Kicks Off Governor Run

by Christopher O'Brien
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti kicks off his campaign for governor Jan. 9 at the Inn at VIlla Bianca in Seymour. | Fred Musante

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti kicks off his campaign for governor Jan. 9 at the Inn at VIlla Bianca in Seymour. | Fred Musante

By Fred Musante  – Valley Independent Sentinel

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti’s campaign for governor needs campaign contributions — lots of them.

Lauretti told supporters Thursday that he needs at least 2,500 people to give him $100 each so he can qualify for public financing by May if he is going to bring his tax-cutting, economic growth message to voters statewide in 2014.

About 150 people, mostly politically active Republicans from the lower Naugatuck Valley, gathered for a minimum $50-per-plate dinner at the Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour to help him launch his campaign.

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January 10th, 2014

Governors’ Race Kicks Off

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

The Wolcott Whisper, along with CTNewsJunkie, The Valley Independent and other news groups around the state want to ensure you have the clearest and most accurate information about this year’s election.

Wait a second… election?!?!?! Didn’t we just vote recently? Well, yes you did. The great thing about America is that you get to vote! And Vote! And Vote again! Yes, only here can choose everything from your American Idol contestants to the President. And do it somewhat frequently. Last year, in 2013 we elected our local officials. That was the race where Mayor Thomas G. Dunn was re-elected to a sixth term and Republicans regained control of the Town Council and Board of Education.

Later this year in 2014, you will be able to vote on our state elected leaders.

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January 8th, 2014

Wolcott Brewery Serves Cannoli

by Christopher O'Brien

By Brien Stephen

There are a ton of great breweries in CT, but one that is on the cutting edge of “beer you didn’t know you already loved” is Shebeen Brewing Company. I did a big write-up on these guys a little while back; their claim to fame is making such beers as Bacon Kona Stout, Double Rye Porter, German Cerveza, and their infamous Cannoli beer. In other words, beer that may make purists and beer neophytes alike roll their eyes — at least until they actually take the first sip!

Now Shebeen had been brewing off of a pilot system until fairly recently: in fact this past Saturday they brewed up a batch of their Cannoli beer on their new bigger system for the first time!

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January 7th, 2014

Help Wanted

by Christopher O'Brien


IMNCTLogoThe Independent Media Network seeks a go-getter who can help us connect advertisers to quality online news sites.

Experience is helpful but not necessary. The right candidate will be comfortable on cold-call visits with small business owners and should be able to connect with people. You’ll need an understanding of online media and you should be proficient with Google Apps and basic office applications like Word and Excel. Hours are flexible. Perfect for students or people with crazy schedules. You must have transportation. Send us your resume and cover letter and let’s get started!

January 7th, 2014

History Repeating: Modular Cell Phones

by Christopher O'Brien

By Brian Buchanan

I heard an interview on CBC’s The Current a week ago with Dutch designer Dave Hakkens (PhoneBloks), who is attempting to bring to market the very first of what he calls “modular” cellphones. Essentially, a modular device is one that is customizable and upgradable by the consumer. Don’t like your hard drive? Swap it out. Want a better camera, but you’re not too concerned with the quality of the built-in speakers? Pick your own poison. Check out the PhoneBloks video here.

The idea is that today’s tech-savvy consumers are growing fatigued of the “new model” cycle – they’re sick of having to upgrade their whole phone every year or two just to stay current when the hardware changes are often incremental at best. In lieu of a wholesale replacement, many users would rather just drop $50 on a new battery or add a couple dozen gigabytes of space for their ever-expanding media collection. The modular phone could be an answer to the gadget-flogging philosophy of planned obsolescence.

I won’t get into the advantages and disadvantages of a modular phone ecosystem – I don’t really know enough about the supply-side economics of a system like this. What really got me thinking was the fact that this idea is being heralded as something brand new and revolutionary. It’s not. And the philosophy behind it is certainly nothing new.

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