Archive for July 2010

Planning for high-speed rail on track

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Hartford – Transportation officials are working to keep plans on track for high-speed trains running through Connecticut, western Massachusetts and Vermont. The three states have received a total of $160 million in federal economic stimulus money for track improvements to link high-speed trains from New York City to New Haven, and north to Hartford, Springfield,

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True high-speed rail would revolutionize Northeast travel from Boston to Washington, D.C.

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

By Alex Marshall If trains zipped between Boston, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington at average speeds of 160 mph-plus, with local service to smaller cities as well, this would give the Northeast a leg up on Chicago, Seattle or Los Angeles and help it keep pace with London, Shanghai and other world cities

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MDC chairman says there is “absolutely no way” the agency would close its lands around Hartford to the public

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Public access to the Metropolitan District Commission’s network of walking and cycling trails seemed threatened this spring by a jury award of almost $3 million to a woman injured eight years ago when she crashed her mountain bike into a gate at the MDC’s West Hartford Reservoir. On Thursday, commission Chairman William A. DiBella tipped

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell seeks state OK to borrow $260 million to push high-speed rail

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

With plans to pursue federal money to get high-speed rail on track in the state, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she would ask the State Bond Commission to authorize $260 million in borrowing to pay for double-tracking a rail line between New Haven and Springfield, Mass. via Gov. M. Jodi Rell seeks state OK to

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Sikorsky rolls out first all-electric helicopter

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

BRIDGEPORT — Sikorsky Aircraft Monday will unveil something thats never been attempted before: an all-electric helicopter. The Firefly, as it’s called, is a one-person, single-rotor helicopter that gets its electricity from two lithium-ion battery packs. via Sikorsky rolls out first all-electric helicopter – Connecticut Post.



Winsted rejects zone change for turbines

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday night to deny an application from Torrington-based alternative energy company Optiwind that would have amended the town's zoning regulations to permit wind turbines in rural areas. via Winsted rejects zone change for turbines The Republican-American.



Smoron Farm: Probate Court decision

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

It’s no surprise that Judge Walter Clebowicz didn’t want to get anywhere near the toxic Somoron farm probate court debacle. This shell game will eventually end badly for the parties that attempted to rig the estate of Josephine Smoron, removing Sam Manzo as heir to the old woman’s Southington farm — a prime parcel along

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EDITORIAL: Lobstering ban was too extreme

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

A proposed five-year ban on harvesting lobster south of Cape Cod would have meant the end of Long Island Sound’s already declining population of commercial lobstermen. The ban would have a similarly drastic impact on lobstermen in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. via EDITORIAL: Lobstering ban was too extreme – The New Haven Register.



Weevils eating into mile-a-minute vine – GreenwichTime

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Scientists are encouraged that a tiny weevil unleashed last year in northwest Greenwich is beginning to make a dent in the spread of an invasive plant species. “We are seeing good establishment of the weevils,” said Donna Ellis, co-chairman of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group. “They made it through the winter just fine and

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Portland residents want Kleen Energy reconstruction stopped

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

PORTLAND – The explosion at the Kleen Energy plant may have faded from the headlines, but it has not faded from the memories of a number of Portland residents.



Gulf spill inspires father-daughter forum

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

NORWALK — The oil spill in the Gulf Coast is an “environmental tragedy,” stated Bob Kunkel, president of Alternative Marine Technologies in Stamford. “We need to learn that the industry must be responsible for its actions.” Kunkel, a Norwalk-based marine engineer who organized a U.S. Oil Spill Awareness Seminar, was one of the seminar’s presenters

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State board approves $500,000 loan for Plainfield power plant

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Plainfield, Conn. — The state agreed today to loan $500,000 to an energy company which plans to construct a $160 million biomass power plant in Plainfield. via State board approves $500,000 loan for Plainfield power plant – Norwich Bulletin.



High Speed Trains: Gov. M. Jodi Rell Calls For $260 Million In Bonds To Pay For Rail Improvements

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell is set to call today for one of the state’s biggest bond issues in recent memory when she proposes selling $260 million in bonds to make improvements to the New Haven-to-Springfield rail line. The money is intended to attract an additional $220 million in federal aid to begin building a high-speed

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Himes, Finch, Pavia Announce Funding for Local Transportation Projects

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Jul 26 2010 Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), Stamford Mayor Mike Pavia, and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced today that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has approved $1 million for completion of the Stamford Urban Transitway and $450,000 for the construction of Bridgeport’s Congress Street Bridge. “Even in tough economic times, investing in

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Single-stream lifts recycling 39 percent

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

STAMFORD — Municipal recycling has increased by 39 percent since Stamford adopted a single-stream system one year ago, according to city officials.



CCEJ to sign up participants for Clean Energy Options

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice is signing up Hartford residents to take part in Clean Energy Options, a voluntary program to support clean energy. Through Clean Energy Options, participants purchase clean energy from one of two providers by paying a small charge on their regular CL&P monthly utility bill. The charge is based on the

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Blumenthal, DEP Seek Injunction To Stop Continued Destruction From Illegal Logging

Jul 26th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is seeking a court order to stop illegal logging in Bethel and Pomfret where extensive unpermitted tree harvesting — enough timber to build about 75 houses — has already caused significant environmental damage to trees, soil and stream channels. Blumenthal, in coordination with the Department of Environmental Protection, has asked

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Local farm brings fresh produce, fresh perspective to children

Jul 26th, 2010 | By

CANTON — Passersby will remember the farm for the bright sunflowers lining Albany Turnpike in the late summer, but Bristol Farm has been a local tradition since 1870. For the past seven years the farm has been run by and known in farmers’ markets as Wild Carrot Farm LLC., and farmers Mark Palladino and Joan

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Sewage plant’s neighbors threatening to sue

Jul 26th, 2010 | By

NAUGATUCK — Residents of an east side neighborhood who have complained for nearly six years about putrid smells from the local wastewater treatment plant say they have grown tired of waiting for local and state agencies to fix the problem. via Sewage plant’s neighbors threatening to sue | Citizen’s News.



Going urban — Urban Oaks in the news again

Jul 26th, 2010 | By

NEW BRITAIN — Urban Oaks Organic Farm is earning recognition in the city and beyond as its field of dreams continues to grow. via Going urban – The New Britain Herald.