November 5th, 2016

Saturday Presidential Roundup

by Christopher O'Brien

If you haven’t made up your mind on the Presidential election, you’re not alone.

Through interviews, we’ve found many voters still fraught with the choice of two popular -and also unpopular candidates, and trying to determine if there is an alternative. Each day until the election, we will attempt to provide links on the news of the day for each of the most plausible 5 Presidential candidates. Four are on the ballot in Connecticut, and a write-in candidate has a probability to earn electoral votes.

First, we’ll briefly highlight the event of the day for each campaign. Then, we’ll cover a policy issue for each. Finally, we understand that some folks might weigh their decision between two candidates based upon polling data. We’ll provide the approximately projected Electoral Vote count nationwide.

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November 5th, 2016

Mickey Mouse Not Eligible for Write-ins

by Christopher O'Brien

Does your vote count?

If you plan on writing in the name of “Mickey Mouse”,  Bernie Sanders, or Tom hanks on the write- in line of your ballot, you very well could be wasting your time. Your vote will not be counted.

That’s not to say that Mickey Mouse isn’t a popular option, nor that Tom Hanks might be a better President than the other candidates in 2016. Of any candidate over the past 80 years, Mickey is probably the most popular. However, state laws, require that a candidate be registered with the Secretary of State’s office, so we may never know how many votes he’s ever actually had.

Denise Merrill’s office released a list of 20 eligible names for write-in votes last week. State law says that voters can write in the pair of President and Vice President candidates, or simply just write in the name of the Presidential candidate in the write-in space provided on your ballot. Either will count for a vote for the candidate ticket specified by the voter.

Click HERE for the list of eligible write-in candidates

Have trouble spelling your candidate’s name? No problem, as long as the spelling errors are minor and the election worker would understand the intent of the voter. But, it still helps to write the name on a piece of paper to take with you to the polls, especially in case two eligible names might be similar. You don’t want to write “McCain” when you intend “McMullin”. Oh, and make sure your handwriting is legible!

Learn about some of the local write-in candidates for President

There’s another qualification for write-in votes

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September 17th, 2016

Man Loses Gun on Trail

by Christopher O'Brien
Mill Pond Trail goes around Scovill Reservoir

Mill Pond Trail goes around Scovill Reservoir

A local man may face charges after falling on the Mill Pond Trail Friday afternoon. A passerby called 911 after finding the man having trouble getting off the ground while walking a small dog near the Munson Rd. parking lot. When Wolcott Police and Ambulance personnel arrived,

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September 17th, 2016

Tag Sales Abound Today

by Christopher O'Brien
Tag Sale Locations 2016

Tag Sale Locations 2016

Get your wallet ready for some deals Saturday for the 2016 annual Town Wide Tag Sale!

Over 38 different locations have signed up with the Mayor’s office this year to host tag sales today. Saturday is the official day for the sale, although some homeowners may extend their’s into Sunday – while others will only do their’s for a single day. The list of locations is below and has been organized by neighborhood for your convenience.

 

North End

80 Cedar Ave.

14 Hunters Ridge

Company #2 Firehouse – North Street (multi family)

1233 Spindle Hill Rd.

1507 Woodtick Rd.

 

Center of Town

40 August Ave.

46 August Ave.

458 Boundline Rd.

500 Boundline Rd.

164 Brooks Hill Rd.

70 Center St.

7 Chandler Dr.

7 Harrison Dr.

91 Harrison Dr.

92 Kalko Dr.

1 Short Ave.

38 Sunset La

 

West Side

78 Bayview Cir.

226 Beach Rd.

4 Birchwood Ct.

9 Birchwood Ct.

6 Deepwood Rd.

7 Disanto Dr.

45 Edgemont La.

7 Kimberly Ct.

76 Kingswood La.

27 Overvale Dr.

114 Potuccos Ring Rd.447 Wolcott Rd.

690 Wolcott Rd. (near Wolcott Bait & Tackle)

 

 

Woodtick / Hitchcock Lake

44 Colman Dr.

64 Farview Ave.

8 Frisbie Cir.

Kimberly Ct.

50 Knollwood Dr.

18 Mohawk Dr.

12 Scovill Rd.

19 Scovill Rd.

20 Wolf Hill Rd. – Clearview Condos

June 9th, 2016

Ambulance Fundraiser at 5 Guys

by Christopher O'Brien

Customers at Five Guys Flipping Pies will be doing more than eating a delicious meal Friday night. Owner Bill Acousti says he will donate 10% of all take-out or eat-in orders to Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Association’s efforts to train townspeople in CPR.

Wolcott was designated as a “Heart Safe” community several years ago. The title requires a certain number of townspeople to be trained in CPR and also make life-saving Defibrilators (known as AED’s) at public places in town.

Currently all public buildings, including the five elementary schools, the library and golf course have AED’s available should a patron collapse. They can be used by any trained user and have instructions on the unit.

April 26th, 2016

Delegates? Do Votes Count? How this “Primary Thing” Works in Connecticut

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

There has been alot of discussion about delegates, conventions, and votes in recent weeks.  Today Connecticut Democrats and Republicans have their say (sorry unaffiliated – you didn’t join the club, so you sit this out) in who their nominees should be.

Donald Trump in particular has raised many questions about the process. Some of what he says is political persuasion and posturing. The rest are honest questions that many political novices are asking. When you hear the answers, asterisks, parenthesis and tangents show that those answers are not neat and simple from state to state. The Whisper’s editor, Chris O’Brien has been intimately involved with Presidential elections since 2008, working for five candidates, including three just this year. Its amazing how fast these primary campaigns last. When they are decided in July, there will still be a four month long General Election.

Each state is allocated a particular number of delegates based upon their population and how many federal and statewide officeholders that party has. We’ll start with the Democratic Party first, because its the easiest to understand. Connecticut has 78 delegates at stake today. They will be apportioned between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders based on the vote. And that’s it.

So, if Bernie has a landslide win,

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April 26th, 2016

Our Democratic Endorsement: Senator Sanders

by Christopher O'Brien

Here at the Whisper, we pride ourselves in doing deep background on candidates. This year’s election is no different, except for the interesting types of people who have thrown their hat into the ring for our nation’s top job. To be fair, we have three branches of government with checks and balances. Yet, throughout the history of our Republic, the Presidency has a unique position of power. He (or she) commands the military and its nuclear weapons, engages in diplomacy among nations, appoints Supreme Court and other federal justices, manages a sprawling beauracracy of over 3 million employees that must provide services of justice and fairness to all Americans. These are just part of a few of the tasks of President. The rest are laid out in the Constitution or been acquired over the decades.

Let’s first start with the Democratic nomination. 78 Delegates are at stake, all awarded proportionately. A large win could help the underdog overcome the odds, or force him to consider the purpose of his campaign. A close win probably won’t change much at all.

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April 24th, 2016

GOP Candidate Interviews

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartRegistered Republicans will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their preferred nominee for President. 28 delegates are at stake. Most recent polls suggest that each of the three candidates are likely to receive delegates. The question is how many. If Ted Cruz receives more than 20%, he’ll likely get 3 delegates. (Polls range from 17-21%). Kasich is polling in the high 20s which would result in at least 4 delegates. If Donald Trump receives more than 50%, he’ll get all 28 delegates- but if not, he’ll only get a proportion. His polls range from the low 40s to about 51%.

 

Unaffiliated and new voters have until noon on Monday to register – in person – at Town Hall. 17 year olds can vote as long as they turn 18 on or before November 8th.  WTNH has some resources to verify your eligibility and your voter location: WTNH Voter’s Reference Guide

We’re providing links to voter guides and interviews with all three candidates here below and later today.

Family Research Council’s Voter Guide on Family oriented issues: http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF16B01.pdf

Politifact: Ascertains the truth or untruth of many of the candidates’ statements. They have their own biases, but can give a guide to what has been said. http://www.politifact.com/

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April 11th, 2016

Conneticut Primary Ballot Announced

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartSecretary of State Denise Merrill announced which candidates will be on the Republican and Democratic ballots for the state’s April 26th Presidential Primary.

(By the way, if you like to vote, Connecticut will hold ANOTHER primary in August if more than one member of a party is seeking the same seat in Congress, US Senate, or the State legislature)

Connecticut’s primary is a closed primary, meaning that voters must

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April 9th, 2016

Fire Department Open House Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott Fire Company #2 on North Street is hosting a Fire Safety Day Sunday from 1- 4 pm. Bring the family for an open house and lots of fun activities!

Music, refreshments, a coloring contest and hourly raffle drawings will be held. Kids and adults alike can try on the fire gear and learning how to use a fire extinguisher.