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Supplemental tax unanswered questions

Supplemental tax unanswered questions Wed, 11/27/2013 - 9:22am By Charlene LaVoie The Winsted Journal Civic Beat At the Nov. 18 Board of Selectmen meeting, on the job for just 13 days, the new Republican supermajority used the most significant power they have and imposed a 3-mill supplemental tax, bypassing the town meeting. The supplemental tax is troublesome for two reasons: the amount of the tax was not ...

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Majority rules? Winsted’s 2013 election results by the numbers

November 15, 2011 By Charlene LaVoie The 2013 local election results are final and the numbers are revealing. The turnout was 36 percent, or 2,512 voters, out of 6,853 — 5 percent higher than 2011. Fifteen people took advantage of the new law allowing registration on voting day. The five Republican selectmen candidates were elected with 39 percent of the votes. For comparison, in 2011 the five Democrats rec ...

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Vote yes on water and sewer issue

10-25-13 Vote yes on water and sewer issue The town financial crisis continues. A large part of the crisis is the $3.2 million owed to the town by the Water and Sewer Commission. Members of the commission trusted the former finance director who used the Water and Sewer account to cover his tricky accounting of the town books.   It is alleged that Henry Centrella was able to use Water and Sewer to cover ...

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Differences between the local parties

10-11-13 Differences between the local parties   It’s a wild election season. The Republican ticket is headed by a former selectman who voted with the Republicans to underfund education but now says she supports education. This same former selectman also voted with the Republicans on a measure that helped undermine the town’s fund balance. Both actions made the town more vulnerable and less financially ...

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Civic education makes good citizens

Civic education makes good citizens Thu, 08/29/2013 By Selena West In response to discouraging test scores in civics among 12th-graders, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) asked a group of more than 4,000 young people, ages 18 to 24, general knowledge questions about the political process, their civic education backgrounds and specific issues about the 2012 Ele ...

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Town Garden is Winsted’s hidden gem

Town Garden is Winsted’s hidden gem Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:15am By Sage Hahn The Winsted community garden on Wallens Hill is a special place for green-thumbed residents. Photo by Anita Garnett Special to The Winsted Journal WINSTED — Above the buzz of Main Street at the top of Wallens Hill lies a hidden Winsted gem. The Wallens Hill Town Garden is beautiful: blooming with fresh vegetables, bustling with dedica ...

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The Three Minute Egg: GMO Updates

UPDATE: http://registercitizen.com/articles/2013/06/27/news/doc51cb7a805b7f7922912809.txt For general information: http://gmofreect.org/ http://gmoupdates.wordpress.com/ To write to Governor Malloy: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp... Suggested language: "Dear Governor Malloy, Thank you very much for your support of the GMO labeling bill, Public Act No. 13-183. I am looking forward to hearing the news ...

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GMO Labeling in Connecticut

    June 10, 2013 By Charlene LaVoie   On June 1, following attempts by both chambers to pass their own versions of legislation regarding the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMO), the Senate voted unanimously to approve a compromise bill supported by House leadership and Governor Malloy. Advocates have pushed throughout the session to see Connecticut enact first-in-the-nation legislat ...

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