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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 ...

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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GMO Film Screening in Winsted

  Please attend our free screening of Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. This important film concerns genetically modified organism and how they affect our health. The screening will take place at the Winsted Town Hall in the Blue Room on Thursday, June 13th at 7pm. It is presented by the Office of the Community Lawyer. For more information call: (860) 738-1262 or visit our website at: http://c ...

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What’s a GMO? Just label it

May 10, 2013 By Charlene LaVoie Finally — growing mainstream criticism of Monsanto’s so-called science of genetically engineered food. For the past 20 years, independent researchers, farmers and consumers have criticized Monsanto science. Now the New York Times is joining the chorus. Mark Bittman, food columnist for the Times, dismantles the genetically modified organism (GMO) science in his April 2 column, ...

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Recognizing Law Day

April 3, 2013 By Charlene LaVoie In 1958, the American Bar Association proposed that May 1 be designated as Law Day as the peaceful answer to the traditional May Day military displays in Communist countries, particularly the former Soviet Union. President Eisenhower agreed and thus, the Law Day tradition was born. In 1961, a Congressional resolution pronounced Law Day as a way for Americans to celebrate “a ...

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Connecting the dots

Fri, 04/05/2013 By Charlene LaVoie An angry citizen at the Water & Sewer Commission meeting last week made a pointed comment. “Where are the checks and balances?” From this question comes the answer to how we got into this financial mess and how to get out of it. Here’s the first dot. The Board of Selectmen acted as the Winsted Water Board for over 130 years. In 1998, a change to the charter shifted the ...

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