Today’s Headlines

Dec 16th, 2007 | By | Category: Mass Transit, Nuclear

LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

Wow. This reminds me of pictures of the grass taken at Hammonasset that clearly show the tide is rising further nowdays than it ever has.
High Sea, High Risk — Courant.com: “GUILFORD – Pollyanna Rock has always been a familiar foothold for Kathy Waugh, the spot she swam to as a child to test her mettle in the sea during summer days at her grandparents’ cottage on Mulberry Point. The Long Island Sound tide rose and fell, but the black boulder never dropped completely out of sight beneath the water surface. Forty years later, she still visits the modest two-bedroom house, though her family rents it out most of the summer. And now, for about six hours a day, she can no longer see Pollyanna Rock.”
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The Republican-American Middlebury residents to defend town on Straw Pond suit: “MIDDLEBURY — Residents opposed to a North Haven developer’s plans to build senior housing on 57 acres around Straw Pond expect to intervene in a pending lawsuit on the town’s behalf this week.”

The Republican-American Kent sportsmen work to create new ecosystem: “KENT — Biologists and sportsmen have teamed up to create better diversity on 18 acres within the Housatonic Wildlife Management Area, a state forest in Kent.”

NewsTimes.com – New Milford: “When New Milford invited residents to come talk about their visions for the town’s future, more than 80 people showed up. And that was on a Saturday morning in a typically busy month. The strong attendance last week speaks to the importance of the issue at hand: how the town should look in the coming years.”

The Connecticut Post Online – DeLauro lauded for safety push: “Anyone who doesn’t want lead poisoning for Christmas should cheer U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro for her continuing push to keep dangerous toys off the shelves. Contending that gaps in federal legislation are leaving children vulnerable to unsafe products, DeLauro is again pushing for tougher standards.”

TheDay.com – Plans Languishing For Heritage Center In Downtown Norwich: “Norwich — Dreams of a Smithsonian satellite museum, an eastern Connecticut visitors’ center and a five-story portal to the past still linger at the Main Street home of Norwich’s would-be heritage center.”

TheDay.com – New London Dropped Its Plans To Build A Heritage Park: “New London — Around the same time that the Norwich Heritage Discovery Center was getting its state grants, the city of New London received a grant for $1 million for a visitor center from the state Department of Environmental Protection.”

TheDay.com – Stenger Farm Big Enough For Kids, Dogs: “Waterford — Canines and children won’t have to compete for space if current plans for Stenger Farm Park succeed. There’s plenty of land to go around. Two groups in town have begun efforts to create both a dog park and a playground at the 95-acre park across from Clark Lane Middle School.”

The Connecticut Post Online – Search must find mass transit chief: “As highway congestion continues to increase across the state, and especially in Fairfield and New Haven counties, it is going to be imperative that the DOT refocus its efforts, along with other state agencies and the Legislature, to transit-oriented development.”

Journal Inquirer – Cleanup of nuclear contamination at site in Windsor to be completed in 2010: “WINDSOR – The cleanup of nuclear contamination at the site of the former Combustion Engineering on Day Hill Road is expected to be finished by 2010, two years later than expected, officials say.”

SUSTAINABILITY

Journal Inquirer – Andover, Coventry among most affordable towns: “A new study reveals that the 10 most affordable towns in Connecticut are, in order, Union, Eastford, Franklin, Bozrah, Norfolk, Scotland, Hartland, Canaan, Andover, and Coventry, according to an analysis measuring the ratio of median household income to median home sale prices. The study was released by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc.”

The Advocate – Letters To The Editor: “Is it asking too much for Metro-North to add at least one more car to a train so that the people they are collecting huge fares from can actually sit? It seems that Metro-North spends more time justifying fare increases and apologizing for service interruptions than making meaningful attempts to remedy the situation.”

The Advocate – Letters To The Editor: “At this time of year especially, I am reminded of ways that each of us homeowners/vehicle owners can do our part to help reduce the amount of energy that is wasted.”

The Connecticut Post Online – Shelton is unsafe for pedestrians: “Mayor Lauretti needs to take control of the situation and not pass the buck again. He brags about a surplus every year. Let’s put it to good use by making our town safer. By Joan Flannery, Shelton.”

Yale and New Haven Find Common Ground – Yale has become a welcome partner in a revitalization – New York Times: “AS a former real estate developer, Bruce D. Alexander is particularly well positioned to lead Yale University’s effort to improve downtown New Haven. On a recent tour, he crowed about the city’s revival as a destination for urban shoppers and suburbanites out for a night on the town, and was quick to promote the city’s thriving restaurant scene.”

Michael Pollan – Argiculture – Sustainability – New York Times: “The word “sustainability” has gotten such a workout lately that the whole concept is in danger of floating away on a sea of inoffensiveness.”

Nation’s ‘First Suburb’ Aims to Be Most ‘Green’ – New York Times: “IT was last spring, during a dinner conversation with a friend about global warming, Thomas R. Suozzi said, that he got the idea to develop the nation’s first “green” suburb in Nassau County.”

It Was a Very Organic Year – New York Times: “The idea that the apples and tomatoes, even the cheese we are buying, should be produced locally, using sound environmental practices, is catching on in Connecticut. Several of the best restaurants I reviewed define themselves significantly by their commitment to this philosophy.”

ENVIRONMENT

Quotas Draw Fire Over Black Sea Bass, Scup and Fluke – New York Times: “LOOMING congressional mandates have federal regulators proposing cutbacks to the 2008 catch of three popular fish species, including summer flounder, prompting complaints from fishermen that the quotas hurt more than they help.”

GLOBAL WARMING

Simple Numbers to Shape Climate Talks | World Latest | Guardian Unlimited: “BALI, Indonesia (AP) – Behind the millions of words at the Bali climate conference, in documents, speeches and slick brochures, lay a set of simple numbers: 2 and 445 and “25 to 40.” That’s 2 degrees Celsius, 445 parts per million of carbon dioxide, and a 25-to-40-percent reduction in global-warming gases – a formula, some say, to save the planet from climate change’s severest consequences.”

Bali climate deal paves way for hotter U.S. debate – washingtonpost.com: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A breakthrough deal forged by delegates from 190 countries has revived world efforts to fight global warming and may help push the debate to the front and center of the U.S. political debate. The United States joined the deal reached on the Indonesian island of Bali in a dramatic U-turn. But significantly, the accord sets late 2009 as the target for a climate treaty, months after U.S. President George W. Bush leaves office.”

Climate – Global Warming – Carbon Dioxide – China – Developing Countries – New York Times: “GIVEN the accelerated melting these days in Greenland, it’s probably no longer appropriate to use the adjective “glacial” to describe treaty negotiations aimed at curbing dangerous human interference with the climate.”

EXTRA

RegisterCitizen.com: “Area food banks preparing to deliver toys to families in need are experiencing record lows in donations this Christmas.”

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