Archive for August 2009

‘Well, That’s No Way to Run a Railroad!’ – Waterford Times

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

‘Well, That’s No Way to Run a Railroad!’ would have a suitable exclamation at a recent meeting this reporter attended with Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, members of our legislative delegation, and local Shoreline East activists about the railroad that runs through southeastern Connecticut. via AT THE CAPITOL ~ ‘Well, That’s No Way to Run

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Lobsterman fears increase in legal harvest size will hurt industry | TheDay.com

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

State association officer says it will drive some out of business via Lobsterman fears increase in legal harvest size will hurt industry | TheDay.com.



Hinckley Proud of Woodbury Efforts | Litchfield County Times

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

WOODBURY-Democratic First Selectman Paul Hinckley and his running mate, George Hale, say they will continue to find innovative ways to bring Woodbury into the future as they run for re-election in November against Republican challengers Gerald Stomski and Barbara Perkinson. via Hinckley Proud of Woodbury Efforts | Litchfield County Times.



Sherman Trust Holding a Feast | Litchfield County Times

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

“The Naromi Land Trust owns about 200 acres of farmland … . We have held celebratory events for many of these properties, but we really wanted to introduce the public to this agricultural gem in Sherman,” said NLT land manager Hunter Brawley. An article about last Friday’s event. via Sherman Trust Holding a Feast |

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Our view: Recycling ash an idea worth pursuing – Norwich Bulletin

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Connecticut Resource and Recovery Authority decided Thursday to abandon its plans to construct an ash landfill in Franklin. It was a wise, yet costly, decision for the authority, given the growing opposition to the plan. via Our view: Recycling ash an idea worth pursuing – Norwich Bulletin.



Chester: Under Construction – Valley Courier

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Chester is just 16 square miles and, at some points during this summer, it might have seemed as though most of its roads—and certainly those in and around the center of town—have been closed, under construction, marked as detours, or filled with dump trucks. via Chester: Under Construction – Valley Courier.



Energy audit: Local Realtor puts her house to the test | Redding Pilot

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Redding Realtor Maryann Levanti of The Higgins Group discusses her home’s performance on an energy audit conducted by Jim Baker of Gault Inc. via Energy audit: Local Realtor puts her house to the test | Redding Pilot.



He Spread His Love Of The Outdoors To Others — Courant.com

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Allan Williams’ life combined service to others with his love of the outdoors, and his greatest joy came from introducing others to the world around them. Williams died of pancreatic cancer, and asked that his tombstone read “Lover of the American Landscape.” via He Spread His Love Of The Outdoors To Others — Courant.com.



U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Buys 290-Acre Parcel In Haddam — Courant.com

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

HADDAM — – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday bought an undeveloped 290-acre parcel from the Nature Conservancy and the town of Haddam for $1,755,000, officials said. The purchase establishes the Salmon River division of U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Silvio O. Conte refuge, which was established in 1997 to protect plants, fish and wildlife

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Global warming equal time: warning extremists ahead – Rick Green | CT Confidential

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

A group of local climate change skepitics who think we have nothing to worry about are mad at the Courant, charging “censorship” of a recent paper they wanted published. via Global warming equal time: warning extremists ahead – Rick Green | CT Confidential.



New Labeling Rules Empower Those Who Crave Local Produce — Courant.com

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Until this spring, grocers didn’t have to label where anything was grown. In March, that changed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture began requiring retailers to identify a commodity’s country of origin. Most produce and unprocessed meats and seafood must bear some kind of sign or sticker indicating where it was grown. via New Labeling Rules

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NASA gets ready for new green building – San Jose Mercury News

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

NASA’s Ames Research Center is ready to begin construction of what is planned as the greenest building ever built by the federal government, a structure that will use state-of-the-art sensors developed for space missions but also rely on the age-old strategy of opening the window to catch a cool breeze. Christened “Sustainability Base” about ain

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Renewable Energy Focus – DoE to invest nearly US$300m in clean vehicles initiatives

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc.’s Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project is on a map published by the DOE showing the geographical distribution of the Clean Cities awards. The project will deploy multiple fuels and technologies. Vehicles to be deployed include 163 CNG, the vast majority for high mileage taxis and 18 heavy-duty

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U.S. Biofuel Boom Running on Empty – WSJ.com

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

Two-thirds of U.S. biodiesel production capacity now sits unused, reports the National Biodiesel Board. Biodiesel, a crucial part of government efforts to develop alternative fuels for trucks and factories, has been hit hard by the recession and falling oil prices. via U.S. Biofuel Boom Running on Empty – WSJ.com.



Commentary: Stimulus and transportation

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

On Aug. 19, Gail Lavielle participated in a forum in Hartford organized by the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee to evaluate how effective Connecticut has been in putting federal stimulus funds to use in the transportation sector. Department of Transportation (DOT) staff effectively clarified the detailed and complex federal and state rules required to put these

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Acorn Ridge project gets 1st public airing- The New Haven Register – Serving Greater New Haven, CT

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

WEST HAVEN — If the project that developer David Beckerman has in mind is approved, Acorn Ridge would become the city’s top taxpayer — to the tune of $4.49 million. via Acorn Ridge project gets 1st public airing – The New Haven Register.



Advocate criticizes delay of rail cars- The New Haven Register – Serving Greater New Haven, CT

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

Metro-North passengers will be paying for new M8 rail cars before they get a chance to ride in one, despite Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s promise that that wouldn’t happen, according to a commuter advocate. via Advocate criticizes delay of rail cars – The New Haven Register.



Bicyclists promoting sustainable living – Norwalk News – The Hour

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

Their motto is: “Only once we reach within is sustainable community within reach.” Mandy Creighton and Ryan Mlynarczyk are “bike-packing” on a 12,000 mile cross-country journey to encourage sustainable living, talk about how and why it exists and produce a film on the subject called “Within Reach.” via Bicyclists promoting sustainable living – The Hour.



Guilford Completes Purchase Of 624 Acres For Open Space — Courant.com

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

GUILFORD — – Guilford purchased 624 acres of open space Wednesday, completing one of the largest coastal land projects in the history of the state’s coastal management program. The purchase is significant not only for its size, state and local officials said, but for what it will protect — tidal marshes, meadows and woods along

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Groton, Ledyard, Preston plan 14-mile walking trail – Norwich, CT – Norwich Bulletin

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

A group representing four communities wants to create a 14-mile recreational trail from Bluff Point in Groton to Preston Community Park, to connect the towns and possibly serve as a path for commuters. via Groton, Ledyard, Preston plan 14-mile walking trail – Norwich Bulletin.