Haskell readies to serve all in Senate

Will Haskell visits Wilton Center last week where he discussed his ideas for the next legislative session. — Jeannette Ross photo

State Sen.-elect Will Haskell acknowledged that while he received 53% of the vote in the November election to represent Connecticut’s 26th District, 47% of electors voted for his opponent. “I want to be their state senator, too,” the Democrat said in an interview in Wilton last week. He recognized they are “intelligent, honest and compassionate members of this community.” “I’m … read more

Arora and Himes clash in debate

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Election security, gun violence, health care, immigration, climate change, and partisan politics were the topics addressed during a debate between candidates vying to represent Connecticut’s Fourth District in Congress: Democratic incumbent Jim Himes and Republican challenger Harry Arora. The debate, attended by about 400 people, took place Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21, at the Clune Center in Wilton. Despite exhortations not … read more

Barack Obama endorses Will Haskell for 26th district senate seat

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The race for state senate in Connecticut’s 26th district just went national with Democratic candidate Will Haskell winning the endorsement of former President Barack Obama. “Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something — to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public … read more

Himes reintroduces three education bills

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) reintroduced three bills on Thursday designed to help students in Connecticut and across the nation. The Supporting Early Learning Act expands on investments by the Obama administration into early education by establishing the Early Learning Challenge Fund. It would support states in building and strengthening high-quality early learning and development programs. The bill authorizes $350 million … read more

Battle of the Chefs raised $48,000 for Founders Hall (SLIDESHOW)

[wide][/wide] Chef André Gainer (Luna Rossa) edged out competing chefs, Brian Bender (David’s Soundview Catering) and Zachariah Campion (Bailey’s Backyard) to win the Battle of the Chefs, a fund-raising event to benefit life-long learning at Founders Hall. In just 60 minutes, the three chefs opened ingredient baskets containing frenched pork rack, Shirakiku fresh pickled ginger (both courtesy of The Chefs’ Warehouse), kohlrabi (sourced from … read more

Toni Boucher: Tolls more complicated than public is led to believe

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) issued a press release today saying proponents gloss over the details when promoting tolls as the answer to Connecticut’s transportation funding issues “In their zeal to bring tolls to our state, legislators are not talking about the cost to plan for and build tolling gantries. They don’t talk about the fact that the federal government … read more

Four governors announce gun safety coalition

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island today (Feb. 22) announced the formation of the new “States for Gun Safety” coalition to combat gun violence. “In the face of repeated federal inaction, the multi-state coalition will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding … read more

Ways around deductions cap? Rudy’s looking

Could the town or state restructure local taxes to circumvent federal tax code changes and preserve the deductions Ridgefielders have long used to hold down their payments to the IRS? First Selectman Rudy Marconi thinks it’s worth a look — although changes serving that goal would be difficult to design, and their legality would doubtless draw close scrutiny from Washington. … read more

Boucher, school board talk budget problems

Connecticut is in serious financial trouble. That was the message state Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) delivered to the Board of Education at its Jan. 8 meeting. “In 2015 to 2016, Connecticut lost 20,000 more people than it brought in,” she said. Far from just retirees, she said, those are people moving away from the state from every demographic — and … read more

Help wild birds in the winter

A male and female cardinal share sunflower seeds on a snowy birdbath. —Patricia Gay photo

Connecticut’s birds are generally well-adapted to New England winters. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help them get through periods that are particularly cold and snowy. The keys are food and water. Give them plenty to eat. And when ponds and streams are frozen, fresh, clean water is particularly important. Here are six ways to help birds in winter, based … read more

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