Archive for November 2009

Event: Final Town of Fairfield GreenDrinks of 2009 Tuesday, Dec. 1

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

Tuesday, Dec. 1, is the final Town of Fairfield GreenDrinks of 2009. Please join us, and help support Operation Hope by bringing an item from the list below. Also joining us will be some of the businesses that we featured throughout the year. As always, organic beverages are available and there is no cover charge.

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USDA Grants Governor’s Request For Disaster Declaration Due To Widespread Crop Damage

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that farmers across Connecticut are eligible to apply for low-interest federal loans to recover their losses caused by severe rainfall, hail and flooding this past spring. The Governor said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack notified her today that he was granting her request for a disaster declaration for several

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Wave of small businesses start banding together | News from southeastern Connecticut | The Day

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

The SouthEastern Alliance, a Wave of Independent Businesses, an offshoot of the American Independent Business Alliance, or AMIBA, is in the process of incorporating. It has 38 members and aims to attract about 70 more in Mystic, Groton, North Stonington, Stonington, Pawcatuck and Westerly. via The Day – Wave of small businesses start banding together

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Keeping The Harvest In Early New England: Food Historian To Speak | newhartfordplus.com

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

The New Hartford Land Trust sent NewHartfordPlus the following press release giving details of an upcoming presentation they are co-sponsoring with the New Hartford Historical Society: via Keeping The Harvest In Early New England: Food Historian To Speak | newhartfordplus.com. Noted food historian Sandy Oliver will be giving a presentation on the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 30,

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Wild swans’ occasional visits are worth the wait | The Republican-American

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

Swans have become familiar fixtures on local lakes and ponds. This is a relatively new development resulting from the increase and spread of a non-native species, the mute swan. via Wild swans’ occasional visits are worth the wait:The Republican-American.



Varekamp, Thomas Present Papers at Estuarine Research Conference

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

Johan Varekamp, the Harold T. Stearns Professor in Earth Science, and Ellen Thomas, research professor of earth and environmental sciences, presented papers at the Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation in Portland, Ore. Nov. 1-5. Their talks were titled “Proxies for Eutrophication in Long Island Sound” and

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Obama to push for cuts in emissions – The New Haven Register

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

WASHINGTON — Putting his prestige on the line, President Barack Obama will personally commit the U.S. to a goal of substantially cutting greenhouse gases at next month’s Copenhagen climate summit. He will insist America is ready to tackle global warming despite resistance in Congress over higher costs for businesses and homeowners. via Obama to push

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Bright idea: Lighting company rebrands itself, goes ‘green’ – The New Haven Register

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

WEST HAVEN — Allison Schemitz Schieffelin will forever hear her dad’s voice: “Innovate. Differentiate. Educate.” Her father, the late Sylvan R. “Sy” Shemitz, was a lighting designer who in 1977 founded Sylvan R. Shemitz Designs Inc., a company whose engineers created elliptipar, a line of asymmetric reflectors that can illuminate surfaces evenly — no matter

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Clinton using biofuel for vehicles, buildings – The New Haven Register

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

CLINTON — A dozen school buses, some Public Works vehicles, and three of the Clinton Connecticut’s largest buildings have just begun operating on biofuel, a blend of 80 percent heating oil or diesel fuel and 20 percent recycled vegetable oil. School Superintendent Jack Cross said the new biofuel program is the community’s first “baby step”

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French vintners see threat from climate change – The New Haven Register

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

PARIS — Global warming is giving French vintners a new potential headache: In a few years, champagne could be going head-to-head with British bubbly. A leading organization in France’s fabled wine industry sounded the alarm Friday about the ill-effects of rising temperatures on the livelihoods of winegrowers ahead of a climate summit in Copenhagen next

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Supporters of Colchester dog park hoping it will open by next spring – Norwich Bulletin

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

Colchester, Conn. — Supporters of a dog park in Colchester say they hope to have it open by next spring. Members of the Dog Park Subcommittee were at the 2-acre site at the old town dump on Old Amston Road on Nov. 21 to clean up the property in preparation for marking the site layout.

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Dems want inquiry into Mattabassett lobbying – The New Britain Herald

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

NEW BRITAIN – Majority Leader Phil Sherwood said Mattabassett District Chairman William Candelori is alleging that Mayor Timothy Stewart lobbied for The Maguire Group, a New Britain engineering firm bidding on a project to design the district’s future upgraded facility. The project, originally bid out at $80 million is now estimated to be approaching nearly

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Downtown Goes ‘Eco-Chic’ | New Haven Independent

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

New Haven’s newest clothing store — and first vegan fashion shop — will offer shoes made from … recycled flat screen TVs. The price won’t include cable hook-up. It will include eco- consciousness. via New Haven Independent | Downtown Goes “Eco-Chic”.



Downtown Shelton Plans Inch Forward | Valley Independent Sentinel

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

This month, the Board of Alderman moved forward plans for Canal Street development. The board approved a $900,000 bond that ensures road work and railroad crossing renovations will be completed. Those two projects will pave the way for Primrose Companies to bring in 250 rental units at the former asphalt plant site on Canal Street,

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Madison project teaches children about joys of the great outdoors – The New Haven Register

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

The Brown School POND Project (Providing Outdoor Nature Discoveries), meets every Friday after school. Pam Meier and her friend, Julie Ainsworth, who, between them, have five school-age children, have been developing and running outdoor education programs as a way of ensuring that kids have a chance to explore — and embrace — the outdoors. via

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Smooth-flowing streams is goal of regulations | The Day

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

The new regulations, if adopted, would for the first time establish comprehensive standards for how much water can be taken from and emptied into water sources tapped for drinking and businesses, Wingfield said, using a four-tier classification system of each source’s ecological condition and human use. Dams, municipal and private water company supplies would be

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Event: Hartford Landfill Advisory Committee Mtg. Dec. 2 | landfillreuse.blogspot.com

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

The Landfill Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Council Chambers of the City Hall at 550 Main St. to begin discussions on ideas that the public has discussed. via Hartford Landfill Post-Closure Community Advisory Committee | landfillreuse.blogspot.com.



Scientist Looks To Find Ways To Turn Fungus Into Biofuel — Courant.com

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

Yale Professor Scott Strobel went hunting for a specific type of fungus in the West Rock Ridge Forest, located within a mile of his Hamden home. Strobel was in search of ascocoryne, otherwise known as a Jellydrop fungus which has been shown to be a producer of hydrocarbons. This specific fungus was found by Strobel

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Area ticks laden with disease, study shows – NewsTimes

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

The percentage of black-legged ticks in the area infected with at least two disease-causing microbes — the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and the parasite that causes babesiosis — may be much higher than previously thought, according to a new study, performed by Dr. Eva Sapi of the University of New Haven, which looked at

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Blaze hits chemical warehouse in Fairfield – The Connecticut Post Online

Nov 30th, 2009 | By

FAIRFIELD — No one was hurt, despite heavy flames that erupted shortly before 2 a.m. in a storage warehouse at Superior Plating Co., 1480 Post Road, corner of Lacey Place, and officials said initial tests show there was no significant environmental impact from the fire. via Blaze hits chemical warehouse in Fairfield – The Connecticut

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