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October 21st, 2015

Candidates Forum Thursday

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxDo you know who you’ll be voting for in November?
Every two years voters will renew or change the neighbors who represent them in town government, and this year is no exception. The Junior Women’s Club will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum Thursday, October 22nd in the Tyrrell School gym. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Current Mayor

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November 6th, 2013

Tynan Captures Tax Collector; Dunn Cruises in Sweeping Victory

by Christopher O'Brien
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter

Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter after winning re-election Tuesday night.

By Chris O’Brien

Despite a last minute appeal for change by Democratic nominee Michael Gugliotti, voters overwhelmingly returned Thomas G. Dunn to the Mayor’s office with 78% of the vote. Gugliotti received about 16% of the vote and Petitioning Candidate Steven Olmstead received 6% in his second bid for Mayor.

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

However, all eyes were on the Tax Collector’s race where where current Municipal Agent Darlene Tynan defeated Cheryl McQueen Brundage by about 350 votes. All vote tallies did not include absentee ballots. The final count will be available Wednesday morning.

There was standing room only at the VFW as family, friends, and well-wishers packed the hall.

“They sent out the report cards. Before I got all F’s,” giving reference to a piece of campaign literature received by many voters. “But tonight I received all V’s (for victory)!” said a beaming Tynan of her win.

(Correction: We originally reported the wrong candidate had won a seat to the Town Council from District 3. Joe DelBouno won that seat. We regret the error but thank a reader for the correction.)

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November 5th, 2013

O’Leary Electrifies Dunn Rally; Lt. Gov. Rallies Dems Towards Finish

by Christopher O'Brien
Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father and Republican Town Chairman gets their car ready for a final motorcade Sunday afternoon

Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father Greg Dandio readies gets their minivan for a Republican rally Sunday afternoon

By Chris O’Brien

Heavy hitters from Waterbury and Hartford pumped up political campaign rallies as teams gathered their supporters before their final push towards Election Day.

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

“We have two days and twenty minutes enjoy the pizza, because this is your last meal,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman told town Democrats in her trademark red dress and heels at J & M Pizza Sunday night. Second District Council candidate Anthony Gugliotti reminded supporters that their ticket had vastly more experience at running town government than Republicans. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be successful.”

Democrats were backing recently retired Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti to challenge current Mayor Tom Dunn’s 10 year record. But just down the road was another former Waterbury Police Chief giving a different kind of speech.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O'Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O’Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

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“You don’t just wake up and say you’re qualified to become the Mayor of Wolcott. You put your time in with the community and townspeople. Your family gets involved intimately with the community. And that’s what the Dunn family and Tommy have done,.” O’Leary said, working up the standing-room only crowd of over 250. He and Dunn’s daughter Bridget warmed up the crowd noting Dunn’s record on taxes and keeping stable budgets.

Democrats echoed how important personal relationships are to local governance. Wyman recalled how she couldn’t leave supermarkets without getting stopped by neighbors to talk about her service on Tolland’s Board of Education. “The milk reached its expiration date before I left the store!” the restaurant erupted in laughter. Now, she says its easier because her role isn’t as direct.  “To me its the most personable and caring – you can deliver faster than any of us can (at the state level).” said Wyman.

CHECK BACK SOON AS VIDEO WILL BE ADDED….

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October 30th, 2013

Olmstead Hosts Forum Friday

by Christopher O'Brien
Steve Olmstead, Democratic Candidate for Mayor

Steve Olmstead (PC)

Steve Olmstead, who is one of two challengers for Mayor is inviting the public to ask him questions during a Town Hall style forum at Wolcott Town Hall Friday. The event will occur at 7 pm.

Olmstead says that he also invited mayoral candidates Tom Dunn and Mike Gugliotti to join him as well. Dunn declined citing previous commitments. It is unknown wehtehr Gugliotti will join him as of Tuesday evening.

Olmstead was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2011, but this year is running as a Petitioning Candidate.

February 11th, 2013

Snow Begins To Disappear; More Work To Do

by Christopher O'Brien

Almost all businesses in Wolcott’s retail areas are open again, fuel deliveries are being made and both of the town’s IGA stores are open again. By large degrees, life is beginning to return to normal after an avalanche of snow fell on our hilly town.

Improvement has been telling since the Blizzard dumped over 36 inches of snow on Wolcott (we’re guessing the measurement – send us how much is in your yard at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com) with drifts covering cars everywhere. Even though the storm – complete with 40 mph winds and brilliant lightning through squals bringing more than fives inches of snow per hour – ended by 9 am on Saturday, many folks were still digging out on Sunday. Connecticut has not seen a storm like this since the late 1880s.

For the town’s part, the last of the town’s roads were plowed out by mid-Sunday and overnight Public Works crews were expanding roadways to the curbs. Hazardous driving along Wolcott Rd. and a narrowed Woodtick Rd. was hampered with five to seven foot snow piles at all drivway and roadway intersections.

“We hired some private contractors to help with snow removal and they’re working hard,” says Mayor Thomas G. Dunn. “They’re going to keep working on widening the roads and pushing back the piles.” The Mayor hopes that most of that work will be completed by Tuesday night. He says that the school parking lots still have not yet been cleared.

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October 28th, 2012

Wolcott Ready for Hurricane

by Christopher O'Brien

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on New Jersey and the Connecticut shoreline, Wolcott is ready for coping with the storm. Mayor Thomas G. Dunn is informing residents to be prepared. As of Sunday evening, traffic was sparse around town and some were topping off their cars with gasoline just in case. Yet, many area businesses still have plenty of provisions of batteries, bottled water and other necessities if residents still need to stock up.

If a shelter is needed to be opened, residents will be notified through the emergency notification and reverse 911 system. Residents with cell phones should register with the town’s alert system right now so that they can be notified should phone service also be interrupted. The link to do so is here.

Mayor Dunn tells the Whisper that a decision to open the storm shelters will be done when the need arises. The Senior Center was used last year for a temporary shelter and housed about thirty residents. Tyrrell School is the designated shelter for the town and has capacity for residents to sleep overnight.

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November 7th, 2011

Dunn: Keeping That Small Town Feeling

by LonSeidman

Thomas G. Dunn

Four term incumbent Mayor Thomas G. Dunn is facing his biggest challenge since becoming the first unaffiliated mayor in the state in 2003. Yet, after the passage of a bonding referendum and four budgets in a row approved without any tax increases, he is ready for another two year term. His large homegrown family is helping him out as they always have.. Dunn is the 5th of 11 children – five boys and six girls – all except one of whom still live in town.

“We rode our bikes to EZ Pickens and met up at Bill & Sam’s all the time. We walked all over town back then,” he recalls. The Dunn family is still very close and some of the extended family still meets for a family meal on Sundays. His wife Lisa and he grew up together, meeting in high school and raising a family of two daughters and one son on Pleasant St. His son is a member of Fire Company #3.

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November 7th, 2011

Olmstead: I’ll Make Wolcott Better

by LonSeidman

Steve Olmstead

Two years ago, a picture ran in the Wolcott Community News featuring a dog, Steve Olmstead, and his mother. Above the photo were the words “My Mother Would Vote for Me”. Voters saw an honest, sincere and apolitical man intent on doing what’s right. “That ad is why people voted for me,” Olmstead explains. As folksy as it was, he won a seat to the Council with the second largest number of votes in town.

One day later, he was the newly seated Council’s Vice Chairman’s. The Council was a mix of factions, never seen before in Wolcott history. Four Democrats, one Republican and four Row C candidates all grappling to control the financial body. Olmstead didn’t align himself with any group of candidates in 2009 and was waiting for results on his home TV when a defeated councilman knocked on his door to congratulate him on his victory. The stocky moustached former pastor of Grace Living Church says he recognizes today’s financial difficulties and the need to guide Wolcott through it. “We’ve been here before three or four times since the 1970s and 1980s. Its nothing new,” he tells the Whisper. The local business owner and former pastor has had to balance payrolls, write checks and other tasks which he says will assist him to running the town like a busienss.

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November 6th, 2011

2011 Election Ballot

by LonSeidman

There are fifty two candidates running for seven offices this year. For some offices, you vote for two candidates, others three or six. (And more than that actually win, but that’ll confuse your job on Tuesday). You’ve seen the signs. Now here you can see where they are on the ballot.

Remember that in the last two elections, many offices have been decided by 7, 20, and 42 votes. As of this writing, not a single one has been counted. Our soldiers fought for this right – so do your research, and make sure you participate!

There are TWO sides to the ballot. Don’t forget to look at both!

2011 Ballot – Front Side

2011 Ballot – Back Side

October 26th, 2011

Candidates Forum Thursday

by LonSeidman

Candidates will be addressing residents Thursday evening at 7 pm at Tyrell School giving reasons they are running for office. All residents are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to ask questions of the candidates.

The format will allow candidates to speak for just a few minutes. Mayoral candidates Tom Dunn and Steve Olmstead will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.