Archive for ‘Connecticut’

July 30th, 2012

Republican Congressional Candidates Face Off In Debates

by Christopher O'Brien

While the public takes a break from politics to enjoy the international competition in London, the final debates for Republican candidates vying to represent Wolcott in US Congress will be held this week. An August 14th primary will narrow the field down to one nominee. Democrats will also vote the same day choosing from three candidates.

Tonight, at Brookfield High School, four Republicans will debate the issues beginning at 6:30 pm. The school is on Long Meadow Hill Rd. A second debate this week will take place in Newtown at the Edmund Town Hall on Main st. on Thursday. That debate will be at 7 pm.

Candidates participating include former Naval intelligence officer Justin Bernier, local developer Mark Greenberg, Apple Rehab owner Lisa Wilson-Foley and current State Senator Andrew Roraback.

Each candidate thus far has either already been running ads or will be starting next week. In 2010, the Republican nomination was fiercely contested with the three contendors then coming within just three percentage points of each other.

December 31st, 2011

New Years Eve Events Calendar

by Christopher O'Brien

courtesy: CT Out and About

By Edwin Bartlett
CT Out and About

Time to reflect on the year that has passed and ring in the New Year. I am not going to do a year in review thing, as everyone and their brother has got one of them planned, and I have never been one to follow the rest of the herd anyways. Kind of because Rudolph and I never really played them reindeer games. Me? I am going to focus on all the great things 2012 is going to bring us. But first, let’s give 2011 a very cool Out and About send off!

As of now, I have listed close to 40 very cool events. Some are family friendly, and some are just going to be smokin hot parties with some of the best local bands in Connecticut. Some actually have both going on. I have listed these events on the CtOutandAbout.com events calendar, and linked each event to the appropriate website or Facebook page.

 

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November 16th, 2011

DoD Flies Malloy to Kuwait

by Christopher O'Brien

Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie | Nov 15, 2011 5:33pm (Updated 6 p.m.)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and US Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta (contributed photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is in Kuwait.

Yup. That’s right, Malloy flew to out of Washington D.C. on Monday evening as part of a Department of Defense program which provides state governors with the opportunity to visit deployed National Guardsmen and Reservists in the field.

The announcement released at 5:05 p.m. today came as a surprise to news media who have been inquiring as to Malloy’s whereabouts this week.

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November 15th, 2011

Murphy Blasts Tea Party, GOP Early in 2012 Race

by Christopher O'Brien

Chris Murphy

By Richard Weizel
The Daily Norwalk

U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, in his third term representing Connecticut’s Fifth District, says he’s “more frustrated” by government inertia than at any time during his 14-year political career.

But that isn’t stopping the 38-year-old Democrat from seeking the seat being vacated by longtime U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

“The Tea Party and Republican extremists in Congress, especially in the House, have brought the economy to a grinding halt to hurt President (Barack) Obama’s chances for re-election next year,” said Murphy, a former state legislator who now represents northwestern and central Connecticut in Congress.

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November 14th, 2011

Sen. Blumenthal Wants to Repeal Marriage Act

by Christopher O'Brien

US Senator Blumenthal spoke during a senate hearing to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which was enacted just a few years ago. The Act decided that the federal government would recognize marriage as one between a man and a women. It does not override state laws, but merely defines the term marriage when it applies to federal taxes, benefits, and other issues before the government.

In part, Blumenthal testified: “There is no question we need to focus on jobs and econ growth, no certainty on when the senate vote will be. But the cause of justice will be advanced when this committee votes… in favor of repealing DOMA.”

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November 4th, 2011

Electricity’s Blame Game

by LonSeidman

Commentary
By Chris O’Brien

For those of you who are still without power, hang in there. I hope it returns soon, most of all for your comfort and so that we can live as we did before last week. Normalcy is important. If you need anything, particularly some spare bottled water, ice, or anything else, let me know. I’ll be happy to help.

For my other friends, I hope that you’ll find the time to help out at a shelter, distribution site or any other way you can. There is a great need out there. Even a simple check on your neighbors would be appreciated.

To my political friends- butt out. I’ll get to you later.

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October 29th, 2011

Governor: Expect to Be Without Power

by LonSeidman

Governor Malloy addressed the state at 6:30 tonight giving cautions reminescent of Hurricane Irene as over 300,000 residents are already without power. “We are experiencing outages beyond what we experienced during Hurricane Gloria,” he told reporters.

As of the news conference, one person has died on Rt. 85 in Colchester and a State Trooper was injured in an accident. His injuries are not life threatening.

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August 30th, 2011

High School Opening Could Be Delayed; Community Hurricane Center Still Open

by LonSeidman

The first day of school is Wednesday, but Wolcott High School students may get one more summer day off. Wolcott School superintendent Joseph Macary has informed the Whisper that power has been out since Hurricane Irene rolled through Connecticut. “We know where the tree branch came down, but it’s just a matter of CL&P of fixing it.” Macary says that a determination of whether or not to open school will be made closer to the opening period tomorrow morning, as the electricity could be restored at almost any time.

Classes will start at the other four town schools on schedule. “We’ve had no other problems other than some

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August 25th, 2011

Biggest Hurricane Threat to Connecticut in 2 Decades

by LonSeidman

Biggest Hurricane Threat to Connecticut in 2 Decades.

August 23rd, 2011

Earthquake Shakes CT: Did You Feel It?

by LonSeidman

Open forum today – tell us where you were when you felt the ground shake (if you felt it… some did not, including this author) and perhaps if you thought it was something else. What did you do?

There was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered between Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia at about 1:51 pm and the rumble felt across Connecticut about four minutes later. Buildings up and down the east coast as far north as Boston have been evacuated as a precaution. Some damage has been reported in Farmington and Millerton, NY.

Do not call 911 or any other critical service unless you have an emergency. Any general building inquiries should be directed to Wolcott’s Building Inspector at (203) 879-8100. Wolcott Police and the Building Inspector’s office reported that “not one” call was made to them about any damage in town.

Connecticut receives

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