Posts tagged ‘Connecticut’

October 29, 2011

Governor: Expect to Be Without Power

Governor Malloy addressed the state at 6:30 tonight giving cautions reminescent of Hurricane Irene as over 300,000 residents are already without power. “We are experiencing outages beyond what we experienced during Hurricane Gloria,” he told reporters.

As of the news conference, one person has died on Rt. 85 in Colchester and a State Trooper was injured in an accident. His injuries are not life threatening.

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July 2, 2011

Fireworks Schedule

The weather is supposed to be consistently in the low 80s and beautiful for the four day holiday weekend. Below are the scheduled fireworks and other Independence Day related events throughout Connecticut. If you have an event or know of a display, fair, or other event, send it to the Whisper – wolcottwhisper@gmail.com. Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday July 2
Cornwall – Country barn dance from 7- 10 pm at Town Hall $5 adults, $3 children

Groton

Greenwich – beaches

Manchester- Manchester Community College with festival starting at 4 pm

New Milford – fireworks off of Ft. Hill Rd and Peagler Hill.

Putnam – Rotary Park on Kennedy Dr.

Ridgefield

Salisbury – Lime Rock Race Track

Stafford – High School

Wallingford – Sheehan HS

Warren – over Lake Waramaug

Sunday July 3
Bristol – Lake Compounce. Can also view from Lincoln College in Southington

Bridgeport Seaside Park

Madison – West Wharf

Norwalk – Calf Pasture Beach

Stratford – Army Engine Plant, South lot

Waterbury – Municipal Stadium. Swing Shift concert at about 7 pm, fireworks afterward – POSTPONED TO MONDAY, JULY 4

West Haven – Bradley Point, area beaches

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June 30, 2011

New Taxes Take Affect Today

Local Wolcott property taxes are due on July 1st. They can be paid by mail, or online. Go to www.wolcottct.org to pay these.

State Senator Joe Markley has a summary of the taxes taking affect on July 1st. Some of the income taxes are retroactive to January 1st as well. State taxes which go into affect on July 1st include:

JULY 1ST
Sales and Use Taxes:

The general sales and use tax rate increases from 6% to 6.35%; (make sure your cash register is reprogrammed!)

The room occupancy tax increases from 12% to 15%;

Renting or leasing of a car for 30 days or less increases to 9.35%;

Luxury tax of 7% for cars more than $50,000, boats more than $100,000, jewelry more than $5,000, clothing or footwear, handbag, luggage, umbrella, wallet or watch more than $1,000.

Service Taxes:
Valet parking provided at any airport;

Yoga instruction provided at a yoga studio;
Read the full list of taxes here

June 17, 2011

Organic Farming: More Slaughterhouses Coming To Connecticut?

By Kathleen Kiley
CTWatchdog.com – As Connecticut’s love affair with locally grown food intensifies, more slaughterhouses might be needed right here in the Nutmeg State.

Connecticut already has three United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspected slaughterhouses, which most consumers are not even aware of. And there’s a debate in the farming community as to whether additional ones are needed. Several farmers and restaurateurs say more slaughterhouses could help the economy and result in more locally produced meat. However, some farmers say the need might be overblown.

“For some farmers, it’s been a continue reading at CtWatchdog.com

February 21, 2011

Tuesday’s Special Elections Could Impact Governor Malloy’s Tax Hike Proposal

Special Elections will be held in the shaded areas. State House races are in yellow, Senate in green

Shortly after taking office, Gov. Malloy needed additional staff to run his administration. Being the first elected Democrat to the office in 20 years, he looked to those with experience within his own party. This prompted a tidal wave of resignations of 8 of the most prominent legislators from the state house and senate. A 9th legislator – Sen. Tom Gaffey of Meriden – resigned for unrelated reasons stemming from larceny charges where he double billed the state for expenses for himself and his girlfriend.

Special elections will be held this Tuesday to ensure that the 18 towns affected have proper representation. The legislature has been in session for just over a month, although no meaningful legislation has been voted upon except in committees which are currently reviewing bill proposals. Once the new legislators are elected though, they will hit the ground running to analyze Gov. Malloy’s budget proposal. How many seats Republicans pick up could have an impact to whether Malloy gets what he wants, or an alternative plan is approved.

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