Archive for ‘Wolcott’

November 16th, 2011

Construction Update

by Christopher O'Brien

Woodtick Road & Rt. 69 – Work at the realigned intersection is concluding shortly. On Monday morning state DOT contracters placed the final blacktop coat on Wolcott Rd, evening the road surface. Yellow dividing lines on the state road have been painted. Traffic cones are still in the road. Drive slowly.

The new section of Woodtick was opened just over a week ago. The old section is already dug up and biological scientists are working on restoring that section as a small wetlands area which would be on the same level as wetlands on either side of the old roadbed.

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November 14th, 2011

Marsella Wins Recount, Council Seats Wednesday

by Christopher O'Brien

First term Councilman Charles Marsella won a recount against fellow Democratic candidate David Gentile for a seat on the Town Council. The recount for the First District seat was held Saturday morning and Marsella garnered 1600 votes to Gentile’s 1592. There was a two vote difference between the recount and the original numbers during the election.

This finalizes the slate of members that will be seated at Council’s organizational meeting Wednesday evening at Town Hall. Mayor Dunn will be sworn in for his fifth term as mayor and the Council will then be seated at 7 pm, in accordance with the Town Charter.

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November 12th, 2011

Recount To Be Held for Council Seat Today

by Christopher O'Brien

Democrats will father at Town Hall today to see whether or not 1st District Councilman Chuck Marsella’s 10 vote victory over former three term councilman David Gentile will hold up. Under state law, an automatic recount is held if there is a difference of 1/2 of one percent of the vote separating the winner and loser of a contest or if the vote count is within 20 votes votes.

This will be the fourth municipal election in a row which has required a recount. Both Marsella and Gentile are Democrats and therefore will not affect the new 6-3 balance on the Council. Republicans regained control of the Council in a stunning across-the-board run last Tuesday.

The recount will being at 10 am in Council chambers. It is expected to take several hours. In past recounts, the vote difference has not changed by more than two or three votes in either side.

November 12th, 2011

Granny Snatching: Euthanasia Battle Among Baby Boomers

by Christopher O'Brien

Ron Winter

Not a single day goes by without several emails hitting my inbox, warning of new attempts to legislate euthanasia in the US or telling me of a poll being run on a newspaper or other website, and urging people to log on and vote.

As the population ages, and funding to provide housing and medical services… continue reading

November 11th, 2011

High Winds Could Bring Down Limbs Trees Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

By George Gombossy
CT Watchdog.com

Governor Dannel P. Malloy is cautioning residents to be aware that strong winds today are bringing down damaged trees and limbs, already weak from the October nor’easter that impacted the state two weeks ago. As a result, thousands more lost their power today in Cheshire, Simsbury, Rocky Hill, Newington and Southington. More outages can be expected this evening.

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November 11th, 2011

Auto Show Starts Friday; Industry Rebounding in CT

by Christopher O'Brien

CT Auto Retailers Association

By Ellen Delisio
CT Tech Junkie

State automotive leaders are celebrating a re-energized industry this weekend at the Connecticut International Auto Show, set for Friday through Sunday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plans to open the show Friday, joined by Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody Curry and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty. The show features some of the newest models of hybrid, luxury, family, and specialty cars.

New car sales in the state are revving up again… Continue Reading

November 11th, 2011

Books: ‘Best Kitchens on Wheels’

by Christopher O'Brien

By Karen Swartz
The Middletown Eye

There’s a lot of buzz lately about food trucks. They’ve been around for over a hundred years, originally as chuck wagons to feed people during westward expansion in the late 1800s, and later as mobile canteens or lunch carts at workplaces beginning in the 1950s. Today, food trucks are popular and trendy, and are a respected outlet for making excellent quality food affordable and accessible. Published this year, Heather Shouse’s book Food Trucks – Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels, contains mouth watering photographs from food trucks scouted out in big cities all over the United States. The book has profiles of multiple acclaimed restaurant chefs who have turned to food trucks later in their career. The trend is not just a big city one, it’s hit smaller cities and towns like Hartford and Middletown just the same.

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November 10th, 2011

Welcome to the Whisper

by Christopher O'Brien

Welcome, new readers!

I’m glad you found us. There is alot of news that goes on throughout Wolcott and is not covered in the traditional and more established news outlets. The Whisper is here to fill that void!

We are always looking for writers that can help us create a communication tool that readers throughout the Wolcott area can find value in. Whether the topic is hard news, sports, school events, or human interest stories, if you have an interest in people or a knack for writing, contact us!

Are you a new or existing business and want to increase your advertising base? We offer competitive monthly rates. Please take a look at our advertising page and give us a shout. Our ad representative will respond quickly.

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November 10th, 2011

Communication Failures Continue; NU President Offers Apology and $10M

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart
CTNewsJunkie.com

In what could be seen as another communications failure for Northeast Utilities, the parent company of Connecticut Light & Power, a press release calling for a conference call with the media went out minutes before the telephone conference was held. Only two reporters were on the call.

In the press release announcing the conference call, Charles W. Shivery, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities, offered an apology and announced the establishment of a fund to help its customers impacted by the October snowstorm.

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November 10th, 2011

Group Wants Cell Phone Carriers to Start Overage Notifications

by Christopher O'Brien

Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

If your cell phone company is going to charge you extra money for going over your usage limits, you will be notified under an agreement passed last month. The proposal takes effect in a year to stop what’s known as “bill shock.” While the notification is a bold step of unity, Consumers Union is pushing cell phone companies to offer this notification now rather than waiting a year.

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