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February 13, 2019

Lower Farmington River Could Gain Federal Protection

by Peter Urban | Feb 13, 2019 10:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Environment | Public Health | Avon | Bloomfield | Burlington | Canton | East Granby | Farmington | Granby | Hartland | Simsbury | Windsor

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to designate portions of three New England rivers as “wild and scenic” — including two in Connecticut.

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January 2, 2019

Lamont Nominates Senator To Head Office of Early Childhood

by Christine Stuart | Jan 2, 2019 10:18am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Bloomfield | Burlington | Farmington | West Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — There will be a special election in the state Senate District that includes Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington and West Hartford. That’s because Gov.-elect Ned Lamont has nominated Sen. Beth Bye to lead the Office of Early Childhood.

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November 28, 2018

Lamont Says He Will Watch UTC Breakup ‘Like A Hawk’

by Christine Stuart | Nov 28, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | International Trade | Corporate Watch | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Election 2018 | Federal Budget | Jobs | Labor | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security | East Hartford | Farmington

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The decision by United Technologies Corp. to break up the company presents an early challenge for Governor-elect Ned Lamont.

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October 15, 2018

Will Shift In Public Opinion On Healthcare Impact 2018?

by Christine Stuart | Oct 15, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | Health Care | Insurance | Farmington

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FARMINGTON, CT — A Maryland Congressman told a group of Connecticut residents last week that public opinion of the Affordable Care Act is changing.

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May 25, 2018

Auditors Discover ‘Conflict of Interest’, Overpayments at UConn Health

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2018 12:49pm
Posted to: Education | Health Care | State Budget | Pensions | Transparency | Farmington

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HARTFORD, CT — The University of Connecticut Health Center increased the salaries of employees who approved a consulting contract for the interim head of the center, rehired retired employees, and paid employees more than they should have been compensated under their contracts, according to the Auditors of Public Accounts.

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May 11, 2018

OP-ED | Community Colleges: A Resource Worthy of State Investment

by Barth Keck | May 11, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Workforce Development | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Education | Jobs | Manufacturing | Opinion | State Budget | Farmington


I have to admit I’m somewhat surprised by the difficulties currently facing Connecticut’s community colleges. As a high school teacher for 27 years, I’ve seen many students choose one of the state’s 12 community colleges to further their education. Besides convenience and affordability, these colleges offer a variety of programs for direct entry into a competitive job market or into a baccalaureate program at a four-year institution.

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March 14, 2018

Connecticut Students Express Fears Over School Safety

by Jack Kramer | Mar 14, 2018 10:28am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Education | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Burlington | Farmington | Middletown

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MIDDLETOWN, CT — Instead of holding a walk-out protest as many of their peers did across the country on National School Walkout day on Wednesday, students at Woodrow Wilson Middle School held a forum on school safety and gun legislation.

Students met with school leaders, local officials, and state Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-Middletown, for two walk-in forums.

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November 10, 2017

West Hartford Attorney Named First Independent Consumer Advocate for the MDC

by Doug Hardy | Nov 10, 2017 2:09am
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Economic Development | Environment | Jobs | Public Health | Weather | Bloomfield | East Granby | East Hartford | Farmington | Glastonbury | Hartford | Newington | Rocky Hill | South Windsor | West Hartford | Wethersfield | Windsor

doug hardy / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — David Silverstone, a 71-year-old West Hartford attorney, came out of semi-retirement to represent customers of the Metropolitan District Commission, the Hartford region’s water and sewer authority.

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November 7, 2017

It’s Election Day! Voters Head to the Polls for Municipal Elections

by Christine Stuart | Nov 7, 2017 10:09am
Posted to: Election 2017 | Town News | Bloomfield | Bristol | Farmington | Greenwich | Westport

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut voters are heading to the polls until 8 p.m. today to vote for their mayors, first selectmen, and all the members of their local boards and commissions.

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March 2, 2017

OP-ED | Savings Over Safety Just Won’t Work

by Glenn Terlecki | Mar 2, 2017 9:00am
Posted to: Labor | Opinion | Public Safety | State Budget | Taxes | Farmington

Since 1971 the UConn Health Fire Department has been the premier fire department in the Farmington Valley. The Department responds to over 2,000 emergency calls annually and was the first fire department in the State to have a paramedic response service, but now, they are scheduled for closure. The decision to shut down the fire department comes at a time when the State of Connecticut struggles to rein in a $1.7 billion budget gap. While State lawmakers argue over partisan politics and who’s to blame for the state’s fiscal deficit, UConn Health officials have apparently figured out who’s at fault for their own budget woes; 16 career firefighters.

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