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What Zoning Tells Us About Our Town

What Zoning Tells Us About Our Town

By Charlene LaVoie Land use and zoning regulations govern the use and development of real estate and are used by municipalities to guide the development of property.  New York City ...

Hands off NCCC

Hands off NCCC

By Charlene LaVoie In 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy announced a sweeping plan to overhaul higher education to provide more resources for classroom teaching to help increase the numb ...

A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

In September 2012, convicted felon Henry Centrella’s scheme was uncovered. In November 2012, he was put on leave. In January 2013, he was fired. In August 2013, he was arrested. In ...

Vote No on Charter Revison

Vote No on Charter Revison

Vote No on Charter Revision By Charlene LaVoie 10/31/14 ...

Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit

Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit

Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:28am Civic Beat Opinion/Viewpoint By Charlene LaVoie More trickery from appointed Mayor Marsha Sterling that piggy ...

Town does not need micro-managing

Town does not need micro-managing

Town does not need micro-managing- Civic Beat column, by Charlene Lavoie ...

Half-truths do not promote transparency

Half-truths do not promote transparency

Fri, 06/13/2014 - By Charlene LaVoie Mayor Marsha Sterling has assured us that she is trying to be “clear and transparent.” But actions speak louder than words. Her actions at the ...

Winsted’s water is crystal clear

By Cecilia Petricone Americans are paying greater attention to their water quality in the wake of the highly publicized lead water contamination in Flint, Mich. It is important that citizens remain informed about the quality of their municipal water supply. The good news: Winsted public water is clean and safe. The Flint water crisis resulted from two errors. First, the town changed its water source from tr ...

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Contracts of Adhesion

View powerpoint presentation from Wednesday, June 22nd Civic & Legal Skills Series class on Contracts of Adhesion: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nwTI9NIT2f-f03axv1vAGXToP6TYbzzyEWImCRMfBts/edit?usp=sharing View packet with more detailed information: contract packet for civic skills     ...

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What Zoning Tells Us About Our Town

By Charlene LaVoie Land use and zoning regulations govern the use and development of real estate and are used by municipalities to guide the development of property.  New York City adopted the first zoning ordinance in 1916. In 1924, the Connecticut legislature granted towns the right to zone.  These rights are derived from English feudal law that gave the sovereign control over all land.  In the United Sta ...

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State bans microbeads

By Selena West The Connecticut General Assembly passed a budget bill in June that includes a provision to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic added to over 100 different personal care products, including facial scrubs, shampoos and toothpastes. It is estimated that Connecticut residents wash more than three tons of microbeads down th ...

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Drug companies must fund take-back programs

By Selena West Community leaders in Alameda and three other counties in California and Washington have adopted laws requiring pharmaceutical companies to finance drug take-back programs. Drug take-back programs combat prescription drug abuse by removing unused medications from homes and are an environmentally safe method of disposal. A study by the U.S Geological Survey in 2000 found measurable amounts of o ...

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GMO has got to go

By Cecilia Petricone In 2013, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law requiring that GMOs be labeled in food products. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have undergone a process that alters their genes or DNA. Sometimes it is done to mutate superficial aspects like shape or color, while other times it is done to alter growing habits or reactions to pesticides. You may be wondering, if the law w ...

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Does Connecticut give a frack?

By: Cecilia Petricone In June 2014, Governor Malloy signed Public Act No. 14-200, an act prohibiting the storage or disposal of fracking waste in the state of Connecticut. Hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) is the process of drilling into the earth and injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into shale, causing the rock to release oil and natural gas. Fracking to extract oil from the ...

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Electric bill passing a step in the right direction

By Selena West A bill banning variable-rate electric contracts in Connecticut passed the General Assembly on May 27. In a bipartisan effort, legislators agreed the variable-rate contracts used by some electric companies take advantage of consumers, especially senior citizens. These companies use variable-rate contracts to attract customers with low introductory rates then quickly inflate rates above the sta ...

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Hands off NCCC

By Charlene LaVoie In 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy announced a sweeping plan to overhaul higher education to provide more resources for classroom teaching to help increase the number of students. The plan was supposed to empower the four state universities and 12 community colleges without closing or combining them and save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars over time. A central state Board of Regents wa ...

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A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

In September 2012, convicted felon Henry Centrella’s scheme was uncovered. In November 2012, he was put on leave. In January 2013, he was fired. In August 2013, he was arrested. In April 2014, after pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail. By September 2013, changed procedures and multiple safeguards were in place in Town Hall. All this was accomplished under the Democratic majority on the Boa ...

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