Archive for November, 2011

November 20, 2011

Our New Website

Wondering why we haven’t updated? We have. Here’s our new website. CLick here: www.wolcottwhisper.com

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November 18, 2011

Whisper Moving

Relax, we haven’t been bought out, and we’re certainly not moving to another town. (even if beachfront sounded enticing…). Yet, for simplicity’s sake and smarter marketing, we decided to move to a new web address. Our new website looks almost the same as this one. The main difference will be that the ‘wordpress’ tag will be dropped. You may find some subtle differences, but for the most part it will be the same site. Here is the direct link: www.wolcottwhisper.com.

This site will still exist, but will not be updated.

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November 15, 2011

DoD Flies Malloy to Kuwait

Christine Stuart | Nov 15, 2011 5:33pm(Updated 6 p.m.) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is in Kuwait.

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

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 15, 2011

Construction Update

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.

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November 14, 2011

Murphy Blasts Tea Party, GOP Early in 2012 Race

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 14, 2011

Marsella Wins Recount, Council Seats Wednesday

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 14, 2011

Board of Education Results

Below are the results of Tuesday’s Elections for Board of Education. Results are compiled from the Town Clerk’s office.

The previous Board consisted of five Republicans and four Democrats. The new board favors a firm Republican lock with a 6-3 majority.

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November 14, 2011

Sen. Blumenthal Wants to Repeal Marriage Act

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 12, 2011

Recount To Be Held for Council Seat Today

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 12, 2011

Granny Snatching: Euthanasia Battle Among Baby Boomers

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 11, 2011

High Winds Could Bring Down Limbs Trees Tonight

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 11, 2011

Auto Show Starts Friday; Industry Rebounding in CT

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.

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November 11, 2011

Books: ‘Best Kitchens on Wheels’

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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