Archive for August 2011

Blue Back Square’s for Sale

Aug 26th, 2011 | By

Blue Back Square, a centerpiece of retail in West Hartford since it opened in 2007, is on the market. The principal owner of the shopping center, Atlanta-based Ronus Properties, reportedly told town officials it’s not just Blue Back that’s up for sale. The company plans to sell off all of its real estate holdings in Connecticut,

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New London port to get $3.4M for dredging

Aug 26th, 2011 | By

The port at New London will receive $3.4 million in federal and state money to accommodate larger vessels through dredging of its channels and docks, opening Connecticut to a larger portion of the shipping trade.



Climate cycles linked to civil war, analysis shows

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

Cyclical climatic changes double the risk of civil wars, with analysis showing that 50 of 250 conflicts between 1950 and 2004 were triggered by the El Niño cycle, according to scientists.

Researchers connected the climate phenomenon known as El Niño, which brings hot and dry conditions to tropical nations and cuts food production, to outbreaks of violence in countries from southern Sudan to Indonesia and Peru.

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Canton: Board Decides On Trash Vendor

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

In a 3-1 vote Wednesday, the board of selectmen decided to sign another contract with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority when the current trash disposal and recycling contract expires in November 2012. Read more here: Canton: Board Decides On Trash Vendor – Courant.com.



Financially struggling Garbage Museum closes its doors

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

STRATFORD — After 16 years of operation, the financially strapped Garbage Museum closed its doors to the public for good Thursday afternoon. Read more here: Financially struggling Garbage Museum closes its door – Connecticut Post.



Report Released Analyzing Toxicity of Dispersants Used In Gulf Oil Disaster

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

EPA Urged to Disclose Ingredients, Test Chemicals and Set Standards NEW YORK – August 25 – A report released this week states that five of the 57 ingredients in dispersants eligible for use in response to oil spills are linked to cancer.  Dispersants are used to clean up oil spills and contain chemicals that break

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Migratory Bird Hunting Season Dates Set

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

The Connecticut DEEP has announced the dates for the 2011-2012 migratory bird hunting seasons, which include seasons for hunting ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, and rails. Specific details on season dates, bag limits, regulations, and other reminders are published in the 2011-2012 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which will be available from DEEP and town clerk offices by early September. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.



Gov. Malloy appoints James P. Redeker Transportation Commissioner

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that he has chosen to appoint his interim Dept. of Transportation Commissioner, James P. Redeker, to lead the department permanently. The DOT is comprised of six bureaus – Aviation & Ports, Finance & Administration, Highway Operations, Policy & Planning, Engineering & Construction and Public Transportation – and employs around 3,000 people across the state. Read more inside.



Waste Disposal Services: Manchester Staff Recommends Splitting Waste Disposal Services

Aug 24th, 2011 | By

The Manchester board of directors heard a recommendation Tuesday morning to split the town’s waste disposal services between Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and Enfield-based Murphy Road Recycling. One major benefit of the proposal, which will be on the board’s September agenda, would be an approximatley fourfold increase in annual recycling rebates, town General Manager Scott

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Connecticut state senator targets bus-only corridor plan

Aug 24th, 2011 | By

An opponent of a proposed $573 million bus-only corridor between Hartford and New Britain said Monday he is optimistic that the project will be killed because full funding has yet to be approved.



New Haven aldermen want Route 34 crossing to be less ‘car-centric’

Aug 24th, 2011 | By

The city’s active cycling community has teamed up with a group of aldermen and state Rep. Roland Lemar, D-New Haven, to propose changes to the Route 34 plan that would shift focus from cars to pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit.



Today’s Gripe: Nature trail in New Haven an ‘eyesore’ (with response)

Aug 24th, 2011 | By

While SeeClickFix is often a place for residents of a community to share concerns and quality of life issues in the hope they get fixed. But it’s also a place where users can seek action by members of the community. In a recent post, a concern about the West River Trail area in the 800

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Bill McKibben in jail — and how you can help.

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

Dear friends, We thought you should know that as of today over 150 people, including Bill McKibben, have been arrested at the White House. Bill is still in jail as I type this — but here in DC spirits are high and resolve is strengthening with each passing hour. For the past three days, large groups

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GE Achieves Rare LEED-Platinum Rating for New Data Center

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

General Electric lifted the curtain this morning on a $48-million project to make the data center serving its global appliances and lighting business leaner, greener and more capable of growth.



A New EDAF Ad Campaign for Clean Air | EDF

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

There’s very little that’s more important to our health, and our families’ health, than the ability to breathe clean and unpolluted air. But some Members of Congress are seriously considering overturning critical new and pending EPA clean air rules. That would mean our children would keep breathing unacceptable levels of toxic pollution linked to everything from asthma to heart attacks. The Environmental Defense Fund reports on their blog Climate 411.



OUR VIEW: State should help clean former hospital property

Aug 21st, 2011 | By

In a matter of weeks we should know if there are potential suitors interested in developing the former Norwich State Hospital property. It’s a process we’ve seen played out in the past, and unfortunately, not with a lot of success. The property, located in Norwich and Preston, offers tremendous economic development opportunity. Adjacent to the

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Connecticut’s new brownfields legislation is major step forward

Aug 21st, 2011 | By

Connecticut took a major step forward during this year’s difficult legislative session when it passed legislation that will help spur economic development, remediate brownfields and restore our position as one of the leaders in brownfield redevelopment — at no direct taxpayers’ expense. Read more here: Connecticut’s new brownfields legislation is major step forward | Hartford

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Clean energy fund gets promotion, targets industry

Aug 21st, 2011 | By

The remade Connecticut Clean Energy Fund will launch new programs in the coming months to make clean technology more affordable and bolster the energy industry in the state. After two months of delays due to the state budget uncertainty, the newly created Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority soon will have a full board of

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New Haven gardens growing healthful eating habits (video)

Aug 21st, 2011 | By

A new urban farm project is sowing the seeds of green beans and good health for families in New Haven struggling to ward off diabetes. New Haven Farms is the grassroots organization behind three community gardens popping up around town. The idea was born out of Chabaso Bakery’s garden partnership with the Diabetes Prevention Program

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Labor groups differ over US-Canada oil pipeline | The AP

Aug 21st, 2011 | By

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Canadian company’s plan to pipe oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast is pitting traditional Democratic allies against each other. Two major unions said Friday they oppose the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline. That stance aligns them with environmentalists but puts them at odds with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one

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