Archive for January 2010

Solar heaters to get rebates | Wilton Bulletin

Jan 31st, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund is offering immediate rebates to homeowners, businesses and organizations that purchase solar-powered hot water heaters when they work with an approved contractor. Under the new federal program, homeowners and businesses gather cost estimates from a list of eligible contractors, who evaluate how much energy is generated from sunlight at the

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Route 7 towns exploring idea of multi-use trail – NewsTimes

Jan 31st, 2010 | By

Linking a network of pedestrian and bike trails from Norwalk north to Danbury would not only improve access to the Norwalk River Valley’s wooded shores, but also serve residents by allowing them to ride bikes to rail stations, stores and other destinations, said Patricia Sesto, director of environmental affairs for the town of Wilton. via

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Don’t Let Rail Run Roughshod Over Cities And Towns – Courant.com

Jan 31st, 2010 | By

The $40 million that Connecticut will get from President Obama’s $8 billion high-speed rail pot should put the New Haven- Hartford-Springfield commuter project on steroids and help link it to a larger New England system. As a transit advocate, I’m in favor of high-speed rail. But here's the question I feel compelled to ask: Does

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Unprotected Flow: Plainfield Trash Plant Allowed Year-Round Tap On Quinebaug – Courant.com

Jan 31st, 2010 | By

Earlier this month, an ad hoc citizens group named the Friends of the Quinebaug River filed an unusual motion with the state Department of Environmental Protection. We asked the DEP to modify an approved water diversion permit held by highly controversial Plainfield Renewable Energy, a proposed power plant that will burn primarily construction and demolition

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Q&A with Brian Driscoll, President and Co-Owner, Phoenix Press Inc., New Haven | Hartford Business

Jan 31st, 2010 | By

Q&A with Brian Driscoll, President and Co-Owner, Phoenix Press Inc., New Haven via The Answer Is Blowing In The Wind | Hartford Business.



Communities could grow around rail stations – NewsTimes

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

DANBURY — It’s an age-old idea whose time has reemerged — providing housing, shops and transportation within walking distance. City and town planners throughout the area want to develop village centers around mass transportation — namely the Danbury branch rail line — where shops, apartments, dry cleaners, restaurants and health clubs, for example, could all

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‘Maybe we were a little premature’ | Huntington Herald

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

A dog park’s best friend is the Shelton Parks and Recreation Commission, which went ahead clearing a patch of open space land for the new facility even though it hasn’t actually been approved yet. Or has it? via ‘Maybe we were a little premature’ | Huntington Herald



Measuring environmental benchmarks

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

What would you recommend for benchmarks particularly suited to Milford? They should refer to natural resources, yes, but, in keeping with the long history of “benchmarks,” they should also be able to accommodate a human scale. via Measuring environmental benchmarks | Milford Mirror.



Landowner appeals shoreline zone rules – The New Haven Register

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

GUILFORD — A resident has filed an appeal against recently approved shoreline zoning regulations, saying they contradict other town development plans and have a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Dirck Goss, whose family recently sold a 624-acre site to the town, filed the appeal against the Planning and Zoning Commission Jan. 7 in Superior Court in New Haven

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This tiny house udate | Yale Daily News

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

When Elizabeth Turnbull SOM ’11 FES ’11 was accepted to the University’s MBA-MEM degree program in March 2008, she didn’t bother applying for housing, hunting for apartments or going anywhere near Ikea. Instead, Turnbull bought graph paper and started sketching her dream home. “The idea was to build a house as small as I could

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Connecticut Parks Bring In The Deer Hunters : NPR

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

[Audio expected to be available today — Saturday — around noon] To some, deer are a beautiful symbol of nature. To others, they’re a nuisance and a hazard to public health and the ecosystem. Much of that population growth is in suburbs, where hunting isn’t a big part of the culture. But as Craig LeMoult

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Utility will repair Rail Trail, test nearby property; portion of trail is closed

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Light & Power has put forward a plan for both temporary and permanent repairs of drainage problem that caused Monday’s wash-out of the Rail Trail, as well as soil and water testing on downstream Ivy Hill Road properties where arsenic is a concern. via Utility will repair Rail Trail, test nearby property; portion of

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Town gets DEP grant for new study | The Avon News

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

AVON — Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection, the town will begin a six-month study this week aimed at developing new “low impact development” zoning regulations. via Town gets DEP grant for new study | The Avon News.



Powder Ridge to get $540,000 state grant

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

MIDDLEFIELD –Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Thursday that Middlefield would receive $540,000 for infrastructure improvements to Powder Ridge. via Powder Ridge to get $540,000 state grant | The Record-Journal.



Cytec reports $9.8 million earnings in 1Q

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

WALLINGFORD – Cytec Industries Inc. reported fourth-quarter profits Friday, after the chemical company posted steep write-downs in 2009. In October of last year, the Wallingford-based chemical company paid a civil penalty of $155,000 to resolve claims it violated the Clean Air Act. Cytec Industries would also spend $150,000 to perform an environmentally beneficial project to

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Hunt for contamination source in Scofieldtown water continues – The Hour

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

A 55-gallon drum found on the property of Scofield Magnet Middle School this past weekend was tested and found to contain oil and water and thus not connected to the well-water contamination, but the hunt for the source of the toxic pesticides continues. via Hunt for contamination source in Scofieldtown water continues – The Hour.



Business owners working to comply with Aquifer regulations – The Hour

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

Three quarters of the businesses subject to the Norwalk’s new Aquifer Protection Area Regulations have registered with the city, according to officials. via Business owners working to comply with Aquifer regulations – The Hour.



New London development goals need to be clearly defined, planner suggests | The Day

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

Transit forum elicits ideas, advice on how city’s future might take shape New London – When John Renne, a professor at the University of New Orleans and an expert on transportation and urban planning, gets invited to talk to a municipality, he likes to walk around and get a feel for whether or not he

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New Video On Windsor Locks Canal To Be Shown – Courant.com

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., the Enfield Public Library will host local documentary film maker, Peter Doherty. He will premiere his latest video, The Windsor Locks Canal Trail State Park, a short film that highlights the canal’s almost 200-year history and the natural and recreational attractions that can be found in the park

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Watershed group seeks Weston photographers for exhibit

Jan 30th, 2010 | By

A new collection of outdoor photographs by amateur photographers and professionals is being assembled in the coming weeks by the Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA) for its 2010 traveling photography exhibition. via Watershed group seeks Weston photographers for exhibit.