Archive for November 4th, 2011

November 4, 2011

Electricity’s Blame Game

Commentary
By Chris O’Brien

For those of you who are still without power, hang in there. I hope it returns soon, most of all for your comfort and so that we can live as we did before last week. Normalcy is important. If you need anything, particularly some spare bottled water, ice, or anything else, let me know. I’ll be happy to help.

For my other friends, I hope that you’ll find the time to help out at a shelter, distribution site or any other way you can. There is a great need out there. Even a simple check on your neighbors would be appreciated.

To my political friends- butt out. I’ll get to you later.

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November 4, 2011

Did You Get the Code Red?

Wolcott, Waterbury, and many other towns relied upon new technology to keep everyone informed of town assistance during the storm this past week. The Code Red , which is a reverse 911 service is a feature that dials residents if an emergency exists that town officials want to notify residents about. Wolcott used its warning system to inform residents about the warming center opening and showers being available.

Councilman Michael Bokon pointed out, however, that some residents lost their phone service

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November 4, 2011

2011 Election Guide

Welcome to our coverage of this year’s election.

On Tuesday, we will have a bi-annual ritual of picking our local leaders to serve and lead our town. I’ve been fortunate to get to know many of these candidates, although some I am still unfamiliar with. But, like you, I will have to make my best judgement of whom I believe will best listen to the town’s needs, my neighbor’s needs, and even my needs.

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Here are our election articles organized by office:

1. Want to glance at theballot before going to the polling place? Don’t forget there are two sides
2011 Ballot – Front Side; 2011 Ballot – Back Side

2. Board of Assessment Appeals: You may select any two candidates. Joseph Santopietro is running on Row C. View his profile here. Republican candidates June vitiello and Adam Glasser profiles are here

3. Board of Education: You may select any six candidates. They may be in the same column or row, including above each other. Nine will be seated to the board.
Democrats
Republicans

4. Town Council: Wolcott has an unusual at -large voting method. You may vote for two candidates in EACH of the three voting districts – including the two you don’t live in. This year, there are six candidates running in each voting district. You may choose candidates that are above or below each other in the same column as well as in any row.

Democrats
Republicans
Row C

5. There’s a race for Town Treasurer this year pitting two longtime politicians.

6. The race for mayor will conclude between Democrat challenger Steve Olmstead and petitioning Mayor Tom Dunn.

7. Candidate Michael Perrone issues a challenge to the town to vote.

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November 4, 2011

Perrone Challenges Voters

Second District Councilman Michael Perrone isn’t only running against five other candidates for re-election this year. He’s upping the stakes by challenging voters. “If we can get 60% of voters interested in this year’s election – and vote – both political parties and Mayor Dunn’s campaign have pledged to give money to our seniors and children.” Perrone has

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November 4, 2011

Who Takes Tax Collection Credit?

Debates from 2009’s municipal election are still being made this year, as Assistant Tax Collector Michelle Brundage took issue with a quote in the Repubilcan – American several weeks ago. At Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, Brundage read a statement questioning how 3rd District Councilwoman Gale Mastrofrancesco could take credit for collecting $840,000 in back taxes in the last two years.

“Gale Mastrofranscesco has no authority of collecting back taxes,” she clarified. Brundage is the town’s back tax collector and stated that the credit should

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