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With thoughts to the victims, their families, and the citizens of Aurora, Colorado

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

I have read many of the news stories regarding the situation out in Aurora, Colorado with respect to the diabolic actions of James Eagan Holmes while I have been away on vacation.

My thoughts go out to all the victims, their families, and the citizens of Aurora that have been impacted by this senseless tragedy.

This is my one and only blog post about it; it will be pulled to my Facebook page and my Twitter account and then I am not going to comment further on my own post or on other postings.

There is nothing I can really say, other than “you are in my thoughts and the thoughts of my family” that is going to lessen the impact on those directly affected and to continually post and comment on it may be exactly part of what the offending scumbag wanted – more attention and limelight – which I am not going to give him.

It is a shame the courts simply do not do summary judgments and executions in cut and dried situations like this. If they did perhaps, perhaps, it might stem one or two of these events and they might not occur because a few of the potential perpetrators wouldn’t get the end result of attention they were looking for and might decide against that action. (Yes, wishful thinking – I know).

I was never for or against gun control.  I figured above and beyond the constitutional rights of it all, the “legal” gun owners were mostly responsible and this was an area where Government would be best served just staying out of it. Let the gun owners have their right to their guns and be “policed” under existing laws (which I felt were enough).

In the wake of this tragedy I find myself wishing that one or two of the friends I have that are gun owners were in the theater for that midnight show. One old friend I believe would have done his best to ensure the safety of his family first (had he been in there with them) and most likely would have tried to stop the carnage if he could after. It would not have been a shot to the knee either even if it was a clearer shot.

People were going to die that night – that was this scumbag’s plan all along. Perhaps, just perhaps, if someone with a concealed carry permit was in the theater and carrying, a few more might have made it out.

I will say one final thing to all that are reading this, here and abroad, don’t let events like this stop you from going outside, mixing in large social environments or tourist areas, enjoying life, and meeting new people. This was totally random and senseless; it could happen in your hometown grocery store or somewhere you’re visiting as you go about your work or vacation travels. The end result is simple, random, chance unfortunately.

If you change the way you live your life wholesale because of situations like this the scumbags win.

Myself and my family, we will not let them win – not in this way. Ever.

Sides rally on Massachusetts swearing code (I’d be so “fined”).

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass.— Several dozen people have held a profanity laced rally to protest a Massachusetts town’s bylaw allowing police to hand out $20 tickets for public swearing.

Some people shouted curse words while others carried profane posters supporting free speech at Monday’s rally in the rain on the Middleborough Town Hall lawn. People who support the bylaw also showed up.

The protest rally was organized by Adam Kokesh, a libertarian who publishes podcasts online from a Virginia studio.

He says police can “steal from you if they don’t like what’s coming out of your mouth.”

But police won’t be issuing any tickets until the state attorney general determines if the bylaw making public cursing a civil offense is constitutional. The bylaw was passed overwhelmingly two weeks ago at a town meeting.

Public swearing was a crime under a seldom-enforced 1968 bylaw.

3rd Annual Burgers for a Cause

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

3rd Annual Burgers for a Cause

Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburger (Meriden location)

Today – Tuesday May 15th, 2012

11:00am until 9:00pm

Meriden, Connecticut

“Burgers for a Cause” is a fundraiser in support of Relay for Life (“We are Family” team). We participate in honor of Ted and Fran Moynihan, both cancer survivors. Also, Burton Underwood and Carleen Underwood, who lost their battle with cancer. Simply come by Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburger (Meriden location) and enjoy anything on their menu and a portion of sales will go to the American Cancer Society.

On Mother’s Day: Thinking of all those, not just Mothers, lost to Leukemia and / or Lymphoma

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

This fundraiser RUNNING WITH JOY-(CE) is being run by a friend of mine, Sunshine Taylor, who is working on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with her husband, Lynn Parkin.

If this is something that you support please consider making a donation to them; it is a very worthy cause and I can’t think of more genuine people to help, on Mother’s Day or any other day for that matter.

ELECTION DAY Locations to vote in Wallingford

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

District 1: Pond Hill School gym, 297 Pond Hill Road.
District 2: Stevens School gym, 18 Kondracki Lane.
District 3: Moses Y. Beach School gym, 340 N. Main St.
District 4: Dag Middle School gym, 106 Pond Hill Road.
District 5: Cook Hill School gym, 57 Hall Road.
District 6: Parker Farms School cafeteria, 30 Parker Farms Road.
District 7: Yalesville School cafeteria, 415 Church St. (Route 68).
District 8: Senior Center, 38 Washington St.
District 9: Rock Hill School cafeteria, 911 Durham Road.

If you need additional information:

Registrar of Voters

45 South Main Street, Room #211
(203) 294-2125

Registrars:
Samuel Carmody
Chester Miller

http://www.town.wallingford.ct.us/Content/Registrar_of_Voters.asp

Tomorrow, Tuesday November 8, 2011 is Election Day

Monday, November 7th, 2011

It’s not often that you get your chance to have your say, really have the opportunity to voice your mind and thoughts.

You do get an optimum chance on Election Day more so than any other time of the year.

There is no body of government that can affect you as much and that you have as much effect on as your municipal government.

Your municipal leaders regulate your ordinances, set the local budget for the town and the schools, as well as maintain and manage the tax base of the town.

If you voted in the federal election in 2008 you were one voice in 169 million registered. (About 133 million showed up to cast a vote).

86 million democrat – 55 million republican – 28 million others registered.

Of those voters there were 132,645,504 total voters out of an eligible voting age population of 212,702,354, which gives you a 62.4% participation rate.

For the elections held at the state level here in Connecticut as of 2010 the total number of registered voters is a hair over 2 million.

The largest group of registered voters in Connecticut is unaffiliated, accounting for 831,962 voters. There are 743,580 registered Democrats and 413,854 registered Republicans.

So when 73 percent of the state voters turnout, your voice is one in 1.46 million.

You as the voter in Wallingford during a municipal election are one of about 25,000 registered. During our last municipal election only 35.6 percent of the registered voters turned out.

Your voice there is one of about 8,900.

Where do you think your voice is the loudest?

Where do you think your voice is best heard among all the noise?

Wallingford is your town – get informed, get involved and VOTE on Tuesday November 8th

Remembering 9/11, 2001

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Today is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I am going to stay offline from 8:46AM until 10:28AM (from the time the first plane hit until the last building dropped)…. No Facebook posts, no blog posts, no chat and so forth. I am turning the TV off and I am going to spend the time doing some quiet reflecting.

Police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, members of the armed forces – people that put on their uniforms, kiss their spouse, pat their kids on the head and then head out the door to serve their community and who put themselves into harm’s way to project our freedom and way of life.

Heroes all.

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Wallingford Public Schools will be closed tomorrow Wednesday August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

According to the Wallingford Public School channel (99 on AT&T U-verse)  school has been cancelled for Wednesday August 31st.

 

Unfortunately buses still cannot travel down many roads in town. Wallingford Public Schools will not be open on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

Only administrators, clerical staff and custodial staff report to work.

 

WALLINGFORD – Hurricane Recovery – Compost Center Expands Hours

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

As posted on the Town of Wallingford website:

The Wallingford Compost Center on John Street will observe expanded hours this week to accommodate residents who wish to compost yard debris generated by the recent storm.

The expanded schedule is as follows:
Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WALLINGFORD – Hurricane Recovery – Electric Division – Updated Information

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

As posted on the Town of Wallingford website as of 2PM 8/30:

The Wallingford Electric Division (WED) continues its efforts to restore power to all of its customers. The WED system sustained substantial damage from Hurricane Irene, with power lines down in a number of locations.

Safety remains our primary concern and our first priority has been to secure all downed wires and hazardous sites. In addition, beginning yesterday, we deployed our line crews and Engineering personnel to perform damage assessment and to begin making system repairs. The assessment phase is nearly complete. Restoration work began Sunday afternoon and is ongoing.

The first priority in the restoration process is to repair the distribution feeders that make up our system backbone. This approach enables us to provide power to the greatest number of customers in the most efficient manner. As we get the primary system conductors back in service our crews will begin repairing damaged service wires to customers. This process will continue after the completion of system backbone repairs until all customers are connected.

The WED provides electrical service to the Town of Wallingford and to the Northford section of the Town of North Branford. We estimate that approximately 9,500 WED customers were without power immediately following Irene. Since that time, we have restored power to approximately 8,500 of these customers.

Based on our assessment of the work remaining to be done, we anticipate that there will be less than 500 customers without electric service by the end of today, Tuesday, August 30. Due to the variety of problems that may affect individual customers’ service wires, we are unable to provide a precise time frame at this point for restoration of service to all customers.

The WED has called upon outside resources to supplement its regular work force in order to restore service in the shortest time feasible.

The work force engaged in the field with the restoration effort:

  • 7 WED line crews

  • 6 line crews from Thirau, LLC, the WED’s line emergency line restoration contractor (3 crews are on site and 2 crews are in-bound).

  • Line crews from neighboring municipal electric systems, through the WED’s Mutual Aid Agreement with the Northeast Public Power Association

  • 2 from Chicopee MA Municipal Light

  • 1 from South Hadley MA Electric Light Dept.

  • 1 from Westfield Gas and electric Light Dept.

  • 3 tree clearing crews from Asplundh Tree Expert Company

We ask our customers to remember that they are responsible for certain components of the facilities to which the WED delivers service. If any customer-owned facilities are damaged due to a storm or accident these facilities must be repaired by a licensed electrician before the WED can safely restore power. WED crews can only work on WED equipment.

Customers who have questions regarding which components of their electrical service are their responsibility should contact the WED Customer Service Group at 203-265-5055 or 203-294-2020.

To aid in the restoration of power, the WED has prepared a helpful diagram, entitled, What You Need to Know About Your Electric Service Connection.

Customers who use or plan to use a portable electric generator should follow basic safety guidelines detailed in the WED Home Generator Safety Checklist.