Archive for January, 2015

January 27th, 2015

WestConn Drives Local Meteorology Studies

by Christopher O'Brien

Can you use “bombogenesis” properly  in a sentence?
Can you describe what a dew point is?

Western Connecticut State University has the state’s only meteorology program and if you’re curious about the background of some of the meteorologists predicting this week’s blizzard, check out our friends at CTByTheNumbers ‘ profile on two local TV meteorologists forecasting the weather on WTIC and WTNH.  Read it HERE.

January 27th, 2015

Wolcott Ready for Blizzard

by Christopher O'Brien
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Shoppers jammed Pat’s IGA Monday morning. All parking spaces were full at 9:15 am.

By Chris O’Brien

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  Wolcott stands at the ready for Tuesday’s snowstorm, says town officials.

“Its like the song ‘Waiting on a Woman‘,” says Mayor Thomas G. Dunn around 8:45 Monday. “Well, we’re waiting on a storm.” At that time only 2 inches of blowing snow had fallen on the area throughout the day – allowing the few motorists out and about to return home with last minute provisions.

Town officials say they are ready for  the pending blizzard which may bring anywhere from 12 to 30 inches of snow through Tuesday. “We have the Emergency Operations Center open at the police department, the roads have been pre-treated and we’re ready,” the Mayor tells the Whisper.

The two day storm is expected to be similar to one experienced in 2013 which dumped upwards of 30 inches on the town with higher drifts. The challenge following that storm however was the restoration of commercial services, although Wolcott fared very well compared to other area and state towns. “I don’t think we could have done much better than we did in 2013, but we have a few more four-wheel drive vehicles read to respond if we need to – all of the emergency services are ready.”

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January 27th, 2015

Nursing Homes Fined for Deaths, Injuries

by Christopher O'Brien

Thirteen state nursing facilities have been fined by the State’s Department of Public Health for lapses in patient care. Two of those instances involved patient deaths, one of which included delays to immediately activate 911. The two articles are provided by CTWatchdog.com:

Two Nursing Homes Cited After Patient Deaths

Seven nursing homes were recently fined more than $1,000 each by the state Department of Public Health, including a Bridgeport home and a Hamden facility that were each cited in connection with the death of a resident.

The residents who died were at Bridgeport Manor and Arden House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Hamden.

On Nov. 24, Bridgeport Manor was fined $1,020 in connection with the Oct. 6 death of a resident whose tracheostomy tube was dislodged.

DPH records say that the resident, who had been admitted to the home Sept. 21 with throat cancer, was spotted on the floor with the tube in her hands. DPH found that a nurse failed to

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