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Connecticut Water refutes criticisms of UConn water plan

September 18, 2013 Business, Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off
Connecticut Water CEO Eric Thornburg was a guest on CTV14s "Town Talk" regarding UConn's future water needs.

Connecticut Water CEO Eric Thornburg was a guest on CTV14’s “Town Talk,” regarding UConn’s future water needs.

Letter to the Editor

Editor’s note: The following is a rebuttal to a Letter to the Editor published by HTNP News on Aug. 8, 2013 by Atty. Halloran, counsel for the Metropolitan District Commission, “UConn water plan is short-sighted.”

Connecticut Water Company is pleased it was chosen by the University of  Connecticut Board of Trustees, following an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE), to bring additional water supply to the university and the Town of Mansfield to serve the community’s long-term water needs.

The comprehensive EIE process undertaken by the town and university clearly demonstrates that the Connecticut Water proposal is the most economically sound, financially responsible option, with the least environmental impact.

As important, the option is deemed to be the most consistent with Connecticut’s state Plan of Conservation and Development.

The parties are now engaged in preparing the necessary agreements and plans to implement this important public-private partnership.

Connecticut Water will continue to serve our customers and easily provide for the projected water supply needs of the university and the Mansfield area.

These needs, estimated to peak at 2.2 million gallons of water per day (mgd) over the next 50 years, will come from our Shenipsit Lake Reservoir, which has a capacity of 5 billion gallons of water, a registered diversion of 15 mgd and an approved safe yield of 10 mgd.  These water supply reserves far exceed the company’s average daily reservoir withdrawal of 4 mgd.

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UConn water plan is short-sighted

August 28, 2013 Business, Letters to Editor Comments Off
In 2012, the University of Connecticut asked water utilities to propose new ways to increase drinking water supply to its Storrs campus.

In 2012, the University of Connecticut asked water utilities to propose new ways to increase drinking water supply to its Storrs campus.

Opinion

By Atty. R. Bartley Halloran | MDC District Counsel

In 2012, the University of Connecticut asked water utilities to propose new ways to increase drinking water supply to its Storrs campus.

Those submitting knew that an industrial park was planned, that what is now known as the Storrs Center would be constructed and that UConn was dependent on groundwater wells which, because of excessive pumping, had dried up the Fenton River in 2005.

However, Next Generation Connecticut, the $1.5 billion decade-long expansion plan, had not even been proposed.

That project increases the number of students and faculty at Storrs by about 7,000 (the size of the town of Essex), and so dramatically increases the need for water for housing, labs, restaurants and most important, fire protection.

Conservatively, this new plan will require at least 500,000 gallons a day of additional water.

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Congressman Joe Courtney on looming budget cuts

February 21, 2013 Areawide, Letters to Editor Comments Off
COURTNEY - Congressman Joe Courtney headshot 2012

Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney.

Dear Friend,

Last Friday, with sequestration’s across-the-board, indiscriminate cuts looming and a host of outstanding issues still unaddressed, Speaker Boehner called a vote on whether the House should adjourn and return home for the week.

I voted against adjourning and said, “As precious seconds tick away, the House should be in Washington doing its job and finding a compromise to protect our economy. Speaker Boehner should reverse course, and keep the House in session.”

Sequestration was designed to spur bipartisan action in Congress to address our long-term fiscal outlook. When used in the past, that is precisely what happened. In fact, former-Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) said: “It was never the objective of Gramm-Rudman [legislation that used sequestration in 1985] to trigger the sequester; the objective of Gramm-Rudman was to have the threat of the sequester force compromise and action.”

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Letter of support to reelect State Rep Linda Orange

October 26, 2012 Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off

Linda Orange was elected to the Legislature in November 1996 to represent the 48th Assembly District, which serves Colchester and East Haddam, CT. With the boundaries redrawn every 10 years, it will now include most of Colchester and parts of Lebanon, Mansfield and Windham, CT.

Dear Editor,

Linda Orange has been an integral part of our community. As a resident of East Haddam and President of the Bashan Lake Association, I can attest to the fact that she has devoted countless hours supporting our endeavors.

She was instrumental in arranging meetings, between the town of East Haddam and DEEP, to discuss the concerns with water draw-down in the winter months and issues with damage to lake front properties.

Thanks to Representative Orange, our voices were heard and the DEEP has a greater understanding of draw-downs and why they are needed.

I am also an active member of the Auto Body Association of Connecticut and Linda Orange has been working for all of the consumers of Connecticut by actively supporting an important bill that the Association put before the legislature.

Thanks to the efforts of Linda Orange, we now have a law that states you have the right to repair your car at any auto body shop of your choice, despite what your insurance company might tell you.

For all of her professionalism, timely returned phone calls, driven support for East Haddam residents, and efforts in protecting the consumers of Connecticut through the Auto Body Association, I proudly support Linda Orange in her bid for re-election.

Respectfully Submitted,

William Denya

Posted October 26, 2012

Linda Orange was elected to the Legislature in November 1996 to represent the 48th Assembly District, which served Colchester and East Haddam. With the boundaries redrawn every 10 years, it now includes most of Colchester and parts of Lebanon, Mansfield and Windham.

2012 Redistricting map – section showing areas of Mansfield and Windham that are now part of the 48th House District (orange).

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CT State Police to host K-9 Olympics at UConn

A K-9 team emerges from the moat at the beginning of the obstacle course at the 2009 Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics. Photo © by Brenda Sullivan 2009.

A K-9 team emerges from the moat at the beginning of the obstacle course at the 2009 Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics. Photo © by Brenda Sullivan 2009.

The pub­lic is invited to attend the 20th annual Connecticut State Police K-9 Olympics on Saturday, July 23 on the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Police dog teams will test their knowledge, ability, strength and stamina in the areas of obedience, obstacles, simulated apprehension and handler protection.

Police, fire, corrections, emer­gency services and local busi­nesses will have displays at this free event.

In addition, the Connecticut Child Identification Program (CHIP) will be on hand offering ID packets for children.

The packets include fingerprints, photograph, videotape and dental bite impressions, at no cost.

Food, beverages and T-shirts will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting the CHIPS program, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Hometown Foundation in support of the Special Olympics.

All proceeds from a raffle will also benefit these causes.

No pets are allowed at the event, which is scheduled at the UConn Depot Campus on Route 44 in Mansfield between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the UConn Police Department web site at www.police.uconn.edu.

Posted 7-22-2011

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Attention surprises 'Nine Lives' author

nine-lives-of-chloe-kingWhen E.O. Smith High School graduate Liz Braswell saw advertisements displaying the name of one of her book series and heard people express excitement, it was a new experience.

Braswell said she has received fan mail before but authors do not typically get the level of public exposure or response she has received since ABC Family debuted its TV show “The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” based on her book series of the same name, two weeks ago.

“It’s crazy, it’s really bizarre,” she said, adding she overhears people talking about the show and her books in public.

The three books have been released together and have reached the New York Times Best Sellers List for children’s paperbacks.

Braswell wrote the three-volume series, which was originally released in 2004, under the pen name Celia Thomson.

The series is about Chloe King’s life as an everyday teenager with “cat-like superwoman powers,” according to its web site.

She said ABC Family, which airs the show at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, contacted her in January about turning the show into a television series.

She said the fact some of her literary work was becoming a TV show “took sev­eral months to sink in,” but soon noticed the amount of support ABC Family was put­ting behind the show.

“The amount of mar­keting ABC has put into it is insane,” said Braswell, who now lives in North Brooklyn, N.Y., and has even seen ads placed on public buses.

Braswell was born in England but grew up in Mansfield and graduated from E.O. Smith in 1989 before going to Brown University to focus on Egyptology, or the study of Egypt.

She also had in interest in com­puters and decided when she graduated to work as a video game producer until 2002.

But she also said she has always had a love for reading and writing, never giving up writing during her time as a video game producer.

“As soon as I learned how to write, I’ve written stories,” she said.

Braswell got her first book contract in 2002 on the exact same day she was laid off from her job as a game producer.

“It was great, I got to switch gears imme­diately,” she said, although she admitted she sometimes misses the gaming industry.

Braswell said she had an outline and a few chapters of her first book completed when she got the contract, but it took her nine more months to write the book.

It also took a few months for editing and other work before her first book “Snow,” written under the pen name Tracy Lynn, was released in 2003.

She was also one of a team of writers, who shared the pen name Rob Kidd, who wrote a series of books based on the character Jack Sparrow from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series.

Braswell said she is often working on multiple books at one time, some of which take longer to complete than others.

“It’s not easy. You don’t go into (writing) because it’s easy,” she said, adding she has been working on one book for 10 years.

She said the “biggest misconception” other people have about writing is the amount of work that actually goes into writing a book.

Braswell, who has two children, said she also sometimes needs to find the time to write, but finds it rewarding when she does. “It’s both refreshing and it’s hard,” she said.

Braswell’s work tends to target young adults, a group she said is “much more accepting” of new ideas, while authors targeting adults often specialize in one genre.

“At that age, kids just want to read anything and everything,” she said, adding she first fell in love with reading as a teenager.

Braswell said she prefers to write about fan­tasy and the supernatural, but she has also writ­ten about other topics.

And while the ABC Family TV series has sparked a new level of interest in her work, suc­cess is nothing new for Braswell.

“The Stolen” and “The Fallen,” both part of the Chloe King series, were named American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers in 2005.

“The Fallen” was also named one of the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age.

Braswell also said she has always received fan mail, and added it is “humbling” to hear positive feedback from fans after spending so much time alone developing her characters.

“I always get a little embarrassed,” she said.

Posted 7-5-2011

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This weekend – Farmers Markets, Parades and more

Saturday July 2

HEBRON FARMERS MARKET
The Hebron Farmers’ Market located on the grounds of Church of Hope and the Red Barn, at the intersection of Routes 66 and 85, Hebron, is held every Saturday through Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

DRAGONS AT THE GOODWIN CENTER
The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center and the Goodwin State Forest will host an exploration to learn more about the fascinating world of dragonflies from 10 a.m. to noon. The center is located off of Route 6 at 23 Potter Road, Hampton. Pre-registration is requested but not required. For more information or to register: (860) 455-9534 or juan.sanchezjr@ct.gov.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour guides lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

PUPPET SHOW – UCONN
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut’s Depot campus, will host a puppet show at 3:30 p.m. Thomas Getchell, excerpts from “The Proleptic Voice: A Visual Poem.” A marionette tour-de-force of vignettes revealing themes of faith, hope and charity in the poetry of one of America’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson, inspired by her metaphor of life as a circus. Admission $3 for children, $5 for adults.

COLONIAL ADVENTURE FOR KIDS DAY CAMP
Children will be able to travel back to the 18th century at Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry with the “Colonial Adventure for Kids” day camp. Registration sought now for the camp, which is Monday July 18 through Friday July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children ages 8 to 12 have the opportunity to enjoy a week of summer fun and explore the way colonists did things in the 18th century. Cost is $150 for the week, $135 for members. Registration required as space is limited. To register, contact the Nathan Hale Homestead at (860) 742-6917 or e-mail hale@ctlandmarks.org.

Sunday July 3

CANTERBURY VFW BREAKFAST
Canterbury VFW, Route 169, North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, will host a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $5.50 with children 5­years-old and under free.

AHM GOLF OPEN
Registration is being accepted for AHM Youth and Family Services’ golf tournament at Blackledge Country Club on Monday, July 11, beginning at 9 a.m. The tournament is scheduled for a “shotgun” start at 9: 30 a.m. An afternoon picnic will be hosted by the Armata Family from Ted’s Supermarket. Cost is $125 for individuals, with an added incentive of a $100 discount for all pre-registered foursomes ($ 400). Registration forms and sponsorship forms can be sent via e- mail from the AHM offices. Questions about playing or serving as a sponsor for the tourna­ment should be directed to the AHM off ices (860) 228- 9488.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from the Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earth­link.net.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS WANTED
Network Inc. is seeking arts and crafts vendors for a fall fair, “Connecticut’s Own,” to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the grounds of Network’s main office on Route 6 in Andover from 9 a.m. to 4 p. m. 10-foot-by-10-foot space costs $25. Info: Kathleen McLean (860) 753- 2923 or e- mail kmclean@network-programs.com.

Monday July 4

CANTERBURY FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
Canterbury’s Fourth of July Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Any orga­nization, family or individual who is interested in participating should come to the Baldwin School (Route 14) parking lot at 9 a.m. The parade steps off promptly at 10 a.m. The route of the parade is Baldwin School west to the town hall complex. Following the parade, there will be a flag-raising ceremony.

COLUMBIA LIONS CLUB INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
The Columbia Lions Club will host the 49th annual Independence Day Parade starting at 10 a. m. from Horace Porter School to Lake Road and Route 87.

WILLIMANTIC BOOM BOX PARADE
Willimantic’s Annual July 4 Boom Box Parade, sponsored by WILI, starts at 11 a.m. with lineup starting at 9 a.m. in the Jillson Square park­ing lot. Participants and spectators should wear red, white and blue and bring a radio to the parade tuned to 1400/WILI AM. The radios provide the music. Anyone can march in the parade, create a float or just watch this memorable event.

Posted 7-1-2011

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Developers see Haddam land swap as good for the region

May 15, 2011 Letters to Editor Comments Off
An artist's conceptual drawing of the development proposed for 17-acres of land currently preserved by the state in Haddam, CT  Source: www.haddamlandswap.com

An artist's conceptual drawing of the development proposed for 17-acres of land currently preserved by the state in Haddam, CT Source: www.haddamlandswap.com

Dear Editor:

The proposed Haddam land exchange [See “Legislation would allow developers to use state-protected land” posted May 12, 2011 ] will benefit our local communities and the state as a whole, both environmentally and economically.

Our plan is to create a resort destination in the Tylerville [section of Haddam] near existing development while preserving woodlands for the Cockaponset State Forest in Higganum.

Recognition of the positive attributes of the plan is reflected in the broad support our proposal enjoys within Haddam from people intimately involved with the town’s economic development, land conservation, wetlands protection and zoning regulation.

They all believe the proposal is a win-win for everybody – environmentalists, the tourism industry, as well as municipal and state governments.

Our proposed development is consistent with the Town of Haddam’s Plan of Conservation and Development that was approved in 2008. The Plan calls for development and commercialization to happen in Haddam’s two village centers  Tylerville and Higganum – and that natural resources should remain conserved in the rest of town.

The planners reasoned that Haddam should promote targeted economic opportunities while also being smarter about residential development that has sprawled in recent years. Therefore, Riverhouse Properties is proposing to give the state 87 acres of Higganum forest land adjacent to Cockaponset State Forest and Haddam Land Trust property.

This land was previously approved as Phase Two of the Walkley Heights subdivision. If not preserved, the 33 residential properties would likely be increased in a new application because of the town’s recent cluster regulation.

However, if preserved, it would create a Greenway connecting the Haddam Land Trust Cedar Hill Preserve on Route 154 in Higganum through the Cockaponset State Forest and south to the town of Killingworth. Haddam citizens, wildlife, hikers, hunters, trail bikers and countless tourists would all benefit.

In exchange for the forestland, 17 acres of state-owned property in Tylerville overlooking the Connecticut River would be provided. This parcel surrounds our Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station banquet and conference center on three sides and is itself nearly surrounded by fully developed commercial and industrial properties.

We believe the most logical development for this parcel would be tourism-related, creating a synergy with nearby existing attractions such as The Goodspeed Opera House, Essex Steam Train, Cruise Boats, Gillette Castle and of course the Connecticut River.

The site is ideal for a boutique hotel, retail shops, a train station and a transfer point for the Valley Railroad. Our vision is a Mystic-type experience linking “The Haddams” so that visitors can enjoy what both sides of the river will have to offer.

The one thing all interested parties can be sure of is that because our popular Riverhouse is directly overlooking and surrounded by the 17 acres, we would never do anything to jeopardize this existing business. Any development on the 17 acres will be thoroughly reviewed by all state and local boards and commissions and it will be of the same high quality as the Riverhouse which has been so well-received by people of the area.

We look forward to working closely with the community toward the common goal of enhancing the natural resources of our town while also providing an economic boost to the region.

Signed,

Jim Bucko

Trevor Furrer

Mark Poole

Steve Rocco

Posted May 15, 2011

Related links:

Web site for supporters of the land swap http://www.haddamlandswap.com/

Web site for opponents of the land swap http://www.landswap.org/Mission.html

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In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

UConn President responds to accusations school failed to act on sexual assault complaints

UConn President Susan Hebst. File photo.

There are circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student who may have been suspended or expelled from campus will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case that occurred three years ago and it should have. This process was corrected. – UConn President Susan Herbst

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