Archive for March, 2011

March 31, 2011

Legislative Quote of The Day

A freshman legislator from Redding summed up why Hartford can’t get anything done. Three months into the legislative session, only a handful of legislators have so far had a part in framing the budget deficit. On an unrelated bill, the following exchange occurred:

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March 30, 2011

Pizza Battle Beckons Police, Firefighters

Coney Island has an annual hot dog eating contest. Dallas has a wing eating contest. Chicago has a rib contest and Adam Richman regularly takes on the country’s biggest food challenges on the Travel Network’s Man vs. Food. But nothing will compare to Saturday’s grudge match between Wolcott’s police and firefighters. Over pizza. One Big Pizza.

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March 25, 2011

Food Donations Requested for New Pantry

Founders of the Wolcott Food Pantry will be on the Town Green Saturday deom 9 am- 3 pm to fill the needs of residents hurt by the economy. Non-perishables re requested. Any questions, please contact Helen Donovan at 203-704-7402 with any questions.

March 23, 2011

Sen. Markley’s Day in Court photo

By Christine Stuart

The Supreme Court hasn’t ruled yet, but Sen. Joseph Markley walked out of the court Wednesday content that a lawyer for the state agreed he had exhausted his administration remedies in his lawsuit against the Department of Public Utility Control.

The trial court ruled that Markley hadn’t exhausted his administrative remedies with the DPUC before filing the lawsuit challenging the extension of the competitive transmission assessment on Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating customers.

Markley, who initially filed the lawsuit himself, had two…..

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March 23, 2011

Its Not Spring Yet!

Well those two weeks of grass and leaf cover was nice while it lasted.

Hopefully you didn’t put your snow brushes and shovels away yet, because we’re in for a modest 3-7 inches today. Most of the accumulation will only take place on grassy areas. It will be less on pavement because the ground has warmed some. Some areas east of town will receive rain for part of the afternoon which will lessen the accumulation but…. it’ll still be white. Highs today will be just under 40 today and tomorrow while lows at night in the upper 20s.

Most of the snow will occur overnight although it may affect evening plans tonight.

Meteorologist Rachel Frank’s Forecast for today
WTIC Weather
WFSB Weather Maps

March 23, 2011

Markley’s Electric Challenge Goes to High Court

Sen. Joe Markley’s challenge to a hidden tax on electric bills will be heard at the Connecticut Supreme Court on Wednesday. Supporters are gathering outside at 11:30 for remarks by Markley and his attorneys, Peter Bowman and Doug Dubitsky. The case itself is expected to last under an hour.

March 21, 2011

Letter: New Laws Feel Good but Erode Basic Freedoms

As I campaigned for office last year I talked to a lot of folks concerned about the federal government’s slow but steady encroachment into our lives.

But here in Connecticut, that overreach from elected officials is more aggressive.

Our roster of legislative action this year is rife with reactionary proposals—many of them thinly veiled attempts to pursue personal agendas far adrift of the needs and opinions of the men and women whose tax dollars cover their salaries and benefits.

For an example, look no further than the Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on S.B. 1094, An Act Banning Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines.

This proposal seeks to ban the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, and it would require law-abiding citizens who already own such cartridges to turn them over to authorities—or risk a felony charge and prison time.

The bill’s proponents will say their goal is to protect residents from gun-wielding criminals driven to commit murder. To make their point, they’ll resuscitate hysteria generated by headline grabbing police cases in other parts of the country—crimes driven by the perpetrator’s frame of mind and motivations rather than a gun.

People who commit such crimes are criminals and criminals, by definition, don’t care about laws. A person bent on shooting another won’t be deterred by an arbitrary—the 10 bullet limit—restriction shackled on the rights of law-abiding citizens who understand the responsibilities of gun ownership. If you think criminals will turn in their illegal weapons, then I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you.

How will this proposed ban make us safer if law-abiding citizens are the only people who dutifully march down to a police station to hand over their weapons?

It won’t, and the people who wrote and support this proposal know it. Their true target isn’t our guns, but our right to own them. Recent history shows us they’ll continue to attack that right—one proposed bill after another.

This country was built on the principle that its citizens—and not the government—hold the power to control their own lives. The 2nd Amendment clearly states that our right “to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This is a key protection to our sovereignty as individuals, acknowledging our right to protect ourselves.

That’s a Constitutional right I’m unwilling to give up.

Rep. Rob Sampson
80th General Assembly District
Southington, Wolcott

March 15, 2011

Proposed Blight Ordinance Hearing Tonight

There will be a Public Hearing tonight at 6:30 on the proposed blight ordinance. Anyone may attend to listen or offer comment. The proposed ordinance is below:

Proposed Blight Ordinance

March 15, 2011

Town Council Agenda

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Council Chambers, Wolcott Town Hall
7:30 P.M.

I. Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, Attendance

II. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting – March 1, 2011

III. Taxpayers’ Time (Limited to Items on the Agenda)

IV. Correspondence

V. Mayor’s Report

VI. Finance Officer’s Report/Transfers

VII. Sub-Committee/Liaison Reports

VIII. Unfinished Business

1. Discussion & Possible Action on Proposed Blight Ordinance
public hearing will begin before the Town Council meeting

IX. New Business

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March 14, 2011

Malloy, Sampson, Markley Hold Public Meetings

Gov. Malloy will be back to the Wolcott area with another Town Hall meeting tonight in Bristol at City Hall on 111 North Main St. Anyone is welcome, although if you want to ask a question try to arrive as early as possible. People asking questions in Waterbury were in line at 6:30 though some almost got shut out when they closed the doors due to so many in attendance. Hopefully Bristol will have more room.

State Sen. Joe Markley and State Rep. Robert Sampson will hold a public meeting at the Southington Town Hall on Wednesday, March 16th from 6:30 – 8 pm. Both will be talking about the state’s budget, the deficit, and alternatives to the Governor’s plan to raise taxes. Southington Town Hall is at 75 Main St.

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March 13, 2011

Monday’s Schedule at the Capitol: Mandated Recycling at Businesses, Electric School Busses, and Drug laws

Below is the schedule for public hearings on various bills to be heard at the capitol. Any member of the public may testify in person or submit written testimony by e-mail or snail mail. Written testimony is attached to the bill reference number so that all legislators can see it before they vote both at the committee and floor level (if the bill gets that far). Click on the heading of any committee to see the complete agenda. Beneath each is a sampling of bills to be heard.

Judiciary Committee – 10:00 am, Room 2C
SB 952 – Increasing Penalty for Sale of drugs nearing Public Housing Projects
SB 953 – Non Violent Drug possession offenses
SB 1014 – Penalty for nonviolent drug offenses
SB 1015 – Medical Marijuana
SB 1098 – Sale and Possession of Synthetic Marijuana
HB 6554 – Emergency Medical Assistance for Persons Experiencing a Drug Overdose
HB 6566 compassionate Use of Marijuana

Transportation Committee – 10 am, Room 1E

HB 5941 – A bill about electric powered school buses
HB 6568 – Authorizing wide load vehicles to deviate from their routes or exceed the permitted hours of travel because of inclement weather or traffic incidents
HB 6573 – Requires signage of refuge areas for use by motor vehicles during inclement weather
HB 6578 – prohibits the state from charging a fee for electronic transactions
HB 6579 – Permits the Governor to order the closure of highways or limit specific types of vehicles for a period of time
HB 6580 – would allow motorcycles on the Wilbur Cross Pkwy

Environment Committee- 11 am Room 2D

SB 1116 – Would require Food wholesalers, Manufacturers, supermarkets and conference centers to recycle ‘organic material waste’ at a facility less than 20 miles from that facility.

All of these bills can be looked up by bill number at the top of the page at:

March 9, 2011

Residents Spar With Malloy Over Budget

It was standing room only and then some.

In a tightly packed room meant to only hold 150 people, Waterbury area residents gathered to listen and share their thoughts with Connecticut’s newly elected Governor. The new Veterans Hall within renovated City Hall hosted Dannel Malloy’s 4th Town Hall Meeting in just over two weeks. Malloy unveiled a two year proposal to close Connecticut’s massive $3+ billion deficit with hopes for $1 B in government employee concessions and taxes on virtually everything.

People began gathering at 5 pm according to some attendees, and at 6:30 the Veterans Hall was full. On the opposite end of City Hall, a video screen was set up in Aldermanic Chambers for another 100. Rumors were that the Mayor Jarjura tried to get the forum moved

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March 8, 2011

Icey Roads Prompt Street Closures

Monday Morning brought flooding worries. Monday night brought icy roads. Be careful out there.

A drive around 3 am during the heavy rains Monday morning found water flowing over parts of County Rd, as well as a field of rocks covering the southbound lanes for about 100 feet. Most of that area was cleared by rush hour. The Mad River also crested near the Sharon Rd. apartments in Waterbury. It was foggy in spots, though the wind helped blow it away quickly away from the patches though.

Monday night though has proven more hazardous. A patch of ice at

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