Archive for June 2010

Oil-drilling protest in Milford, elsewhere a ‘line in the sand’ (video)

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

MILFORD — More than 100 people drew a line in the sand Saturday to deliver this message to Americans and their government: “No to offshore (oil) drilling. Yes to clean energy.” via Oil-drilling protest in Milford, elsewhere a ‘line in the sand’ (video) – The New Haven Register.



Get it Fresh: Buying a share of a local farm provides the best vegetables

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

Massaro Farm at 41 Ford Road in Woodbridge, which is noncertified organic, had been preparing for last week for several years. The farm is now part of the state’s growing Community Supported Agriculture trend, where farms sell shares to members. Massaro has 125 members who paid $400 per share and who pick up fresh vegetables

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Conn. officials to meet with lobstermen – The AP via The New Haven Register

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

OLD LYME, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental officials plan to meet with lobstermen  July 12 in Old Lyme and July 15 in New Haven to discuss a regulatory group’s proposal for a five-year regional lobster fishing ban. via Conn. officials to meet with lobstermen – The AP via The New Haven Register.



Advocates cite need to protect Sound | New Haven Register, staff reports

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

BRANFORD — Long Island Sound generates more than $5.5 million in revenue each year through the tourism, recreation and fishing industries, but pollution — including beach closings resulting from outmoded sewage treatment facilities — threatens that, environmental advocates said recently at a waterfront press conference. via Advocates cite need to protect Sound – The New

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NOFA’s 10th annual Taste! Organic Connecticut Sept. 19, 2010

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

Experience the only local and organic festival in Connecticut offering a farmer’s market, fresh prepared food, live music, sustainable vendors, artisans, free workshops and free kids activities! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Sept. 19 at Manchester Community College. For more information  click here.



Governor Rell: Connecticut Joins Multi-State Effort to Improve Air Quality and Create “Green Jobs”

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

Regional Agreement Promotes Transportation Efficiencies Governor M. Jodi Rell has announced that Connecticut has joined with 10 other states and the District of Columbia to work together on regional transportation initiatives that will ultimately reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. “Together we will clear the air and clear the way for a

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Living in the Petroleum Age | CommonDreams.org

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

… While we are all busy pointing fingers, let’s not forget that old adage — when you point a finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at you. All of us, as consumers of petroleum products, have been swimming in a sea of crude as long as we have been alive and

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Connecticut Lobstermen’s Livelihood Endangered

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

Local lobstermen are facing extinction if the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission adopts a report by one of its technical committees recommending a five-year moratorium on lobster fishing off the Atlantic Coast from Cape Cod south.



Long-planned super highway may yield to greenway

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

For a variety of reasons — political, environmental, financial and cultural — Super 7 was never built. And unless there’s a grand reversal of public policy and sentiment, it never will be. But now, representatives from the five towns along the Super 7 corridor — Danbury, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield and Wilton — are planning a

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Bristol plans for development of new corridor

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

BRISTOL — In a rare example of preparing ahead of time, the city put a plan in place five years ago to try to make sure that the new Route 72 extension doesn’t become a commercial free-for-all following the same pattern that transformed Farmington Avenue during the past half century. A Route 72 corridor plan

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Bethany among winners in national energy competition

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

The proposed project received the support of the entire Connecticut Congressional delegation. Over the life of the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, the project will create and/or retain nearly 400 jobs, reduce an estimated 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution, and save households nearly $150 million on their energy bills. via Bethany among winners

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Sewer takes center stage in Kent

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

Kent residents will be asked Wednesday to show support for a nearly $1 million grant and corresponding loan through the USDA for the design and reconstruction of failing sewer lines and a pump station. A town meeting will be start that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall for residents to authorize the Board of

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Donation makes river guide possible

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

Salisbury Bank recently made a donation to the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) which provides the last piece of funding necessary to produce a guide to all the parks and historic sites along the Housatonic River; from it’s headwaters just north of Pittsfield, Massachusetts through Kent, Connecticut. This section of river is designated as a National

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Paine Barn will soon have a new home

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

An early 19th Century barn from Easton will soon have a new home. The Paine Barn has been dismantled and transported to a private residence in Canterbury, a small town in eastern Connecticut, where it is expected to be reassembled this fall. Last week, a crew from Yankee Restoration removed the structure from just off

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Ferris Conservation Easement Dedicated in Newtown

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

NEWTOWN – Members of the Land Use Agency, Conservation Commission, several dignitaries, and members of the Ferris family dedicated the conservation easement on Ferris Farm on Route 302 Friday, June 11. Rob Sibley, Deputy Director, Newtown Land Use Agency, thanked everyone who made it possible for the Town of Newtown to purchase the development rights

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Mansfield among towns receiving $150,000 in Last Green Valley grant program

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

The Last Green Valley, Inc. recently announced the recipients of the Last Green Valley grant awards, totaling almost $150,000. The purpose of the grant program is to promote activities that conserve, celebrate, interpret or enhance The Last Green Valley’s significant natural and cultural resources, working agricultural lands and recreational opportunities. via Mansfield among towns receiving

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Town will appeal to property owners for help with deer hunt

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

The Wilton Deer Management Committee will shift gears with a new plan after “an unacceptably low harvest last year,” according to Patricia Sesto, Wilton’s director of environmental affairs.



Aspetuck Land Trust builds all natural playground

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

The Aspetuck Land Trust has built an all natural playground that features no metal or plastic in Westport town in Connecticut state. The all natural playground is situated in the Leonard Schine Preserve in Westport.



Government sued over Cape Wind project

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

The federal government’s approval of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm earlier this year is facing its first legal challenge. A coalition of nine individuals, environmental organizations and the project’s primary opposition group, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. They claim the U.S. Department of

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Springfield river group earns national honor

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

SPRINGFIELD – The Black River Action Team has received national recognition for its grass-roots cleanup and education efforts. The Black River flows into the Connecticut River, and BRAT’s efforts dovetail with those of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which has performed a “source to sea” cleanup for the last 13 years. via Springfield river group

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