Archive for June, 2012

June 7, 2012

Council Approves Tax Hike, Increases Spending

By Chris O’Brien

The Town Council approved an 11.4% tax increase on Tuesday night. The mill rate rose from 22.68 to 25.27 and tax bills will be mailed to taxpayers in early July. Declining overall property values, a recent revaluation and a 2.74% increase in Education expenditures all contributed to the tax hike. “We didn’t take this lightly,” Council Chairman Dave Valletta told the audience just before the vote was taken.

Six separate votes were taken for…

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June 7, 2012

ACLU Defends WHS Student Expression

by Elizabeth Bowling |

The Front of the shirt worn to school

His classmates were allowed to wear duct tape over their mouths in silent support of gay rights, but a Wolcott High School student was told

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June 7, 2012

Political Roundup: Congressional Races

McMahon Gains on Shays, Murphy;

Donovan’s Use of State Property Queried;

One Candidate Asked to Drop Out, Another Does

This has been far from a boring election year thus far. Wolcott is in the 5th Congressional District and our current Congressman, Chris Murphy is opting run for an open US Senate seat instead. This has left four Republicans, three Democrats and an Independent working hard for voters attention to replace him. This shifting around from one race to another, as well as the FBI probe into one candidate’s campaign gives voters alot to think about. And November’s election is still five months away.

Yet, with an August primary for both parties, voters enrolled in political parties have an opportunity to weed out undesirable candidates and choose the best representative for the November run-off.

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June 7, 2012

Student Wins Energy Contest

New Britain, CONN. (May 24, 2012)   The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, in partnership with The Connecticut Light & Power Company and The United Illuminating Company, announced the winners of its eighth annual eesmarts™ student contest for students in grades K-12.  The contest gave Connecticut students the opportunity to showcase their “energy smarts” about saving energy by answering grade level-specific prompts regarding energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and sustainability through various media forms, including poems, songs, news articles, essays, artwork/posters, and television commercials.

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June 7, 2012

Vets Storm New Haven People’s Center

By Paul Bass

1989: Forces of freedom breach the Berlin Wall. Communism begins collapsing worldwide.

2012: Forces of freedom converge on New Haven’s Howe Street to confront a surviving outpost of the Red Menace and the pinko governor trying to prop it up.

At least that’s what the Republicans politicians, Vietnam vets and motorcycle club members from throughout Connecticut said they were up to Friday when they massed for a protest outside the red-brick New Haven People’s Center.

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