Archive for July 2012

UConn to receive part of $2 million federal grant

Jul 31st, 2012 | By

The University of Connecticut is among universities that will receive part of a $2 million federal grant to support the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems, known as NERACOOS. For more on this story, visit: The Day – UConn to receive part of $2 million federal grant | News from southeastern Connecticut.



Poquetanuck Cove to be target of conservation plan

Jul 31st, 2012 | By

The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, with funding provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as part of the Long Island Sound Study, is preparing a conservation action plan for Poquetanuck Cove, a two-mile brackish tidal cove of the Thames River in Ledyard and Preston. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Poquetanuck

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Earn $1 per signature — Petition help needed to get Jill Stein on the ballot in CT

Jul 31st, 2012 | By

CT Green Party is offering $1 per signature to qualified petitioners to help gather the several thousand signatures needed to get Jill Stein on the ballot in Connecticut. Click on this environmental headline for more information on how to help balance the political scales in Connecticut and possibly earn a few bucks while you’re at it!



Making Stamford’s Transit Center a Gateway to the City

Jul 31st, 2012 | By

As Stamford continues its work to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly district around the roughly 30,000 passenger per day facility, a ConnDOT plan to redevelop station-area properties and replace a parking facility must be designed to help—not hinder—these efforts.



Connecticut, clean air and Indian Point

Jul 31st, 2012 | By

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have teamed up to improve air quality, an especially formidable challenge in densely populated communities clustered near major highways like I-84, I-95, Route 8/25 and the Merritt Parkway.



CT renewables program holds millions for small business

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

Up to 150 small businesses could receive help installing renewable power systems this year when the state utilities open a $2.1 million program on a first-come, first-served basis. Electric utilities Connecticut Light & Power of Berlin and United Illuminating of New Haven will unveil a new zero emissions renewable energy credit program later this year

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Fishing ban alone won’t restore lobsters Stamford Advocate editorial

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

Anxious to stop the downward spiral of the lobster population in Long Island Sound, the government next fall will institute a 12-week ban on lobster fishing from Connecticut to southern Massachusetts. It’s a more aggressive strategy than minimum-size restrictions that have had no success. But if the waters of Long Island Sound are becoming uninhabitable

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Eruv Fits Early Into New Haven’s Route 34 Plans

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

The rabbi pointed high up in the sky to a light pole bearing a barely distinguishable wire. “Do you touch that one?” he asked the civil engineer beside him.

“I need to look at my plans,” replied the engineer as cars whooshed by on Martin Luther King Boulevard.



9 Town Transit Bus Ridership Climbs

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

The shoreline’s public bus system, 9 Town Transit, once again saw tremendous growth in bus ridership during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, with passenger trips up 29% over the prior year. 9 Town Transit Executive Director Joseph Comerford contributes the growth to expanded service hours and improved awareness of the service.



Connecticut Siting Council tackling regulations for future wind turbines (w/video)

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

NEW BRITAIN — Just over one year before Tuesday’s meeting at the Connecticut Siting Council headquarters, the council signed off on two proposed wind turbine installations in Colebrook. On July 24, most of the players in the battle over those turbines reconvened at the council’s offices to discuss proposed regulations for future turbines. For more

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National Park Service study on Lower Farmington River, Salmon Brook study released

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

The National Park Service has released the Study Report and Environmental Assessment for the proposal to designate the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook in Connecticut as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. The report is available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=261&projectID=35651&documentID=48466. The public is encouraged to

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New Haven Food Policy Council is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

The New Haven Food Policy Council is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant to support the council’s work in the community and to improve the local food system.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with the council as we get ready to launch the first ever Food Action Plan for New Haven, support community driven

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Complaints mounting as remediation project winds down in Hamden (video)

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

By Ann DeMatteo, Register Staff HAMDEN — As the largest residential environmental cleanup in state history starts to wind down, pockets of complaints are emerging in the Newhall neighborhood. Residents whose questions range from why their yards weren’t dug up when adjacent yards have been, to why their yards and basements now fill with water,

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Maritime museum looks for help to preserve Little Gull Island light

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

Group opposes site becoming ‘rich person’s plaything’ New London – The director of New London Maritime Society is hoping that by preserving public access to lighthouses within view of the city, this waterfront community could become a mecca for lighthouse enthusiasts. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Maritime museum looks for help

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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math | Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

By Bill McKibben If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere –

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FuelCell Energy of Danbury Awarded $3.8M Navy Contract

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

FuelCell Energy Inc. has announced a $3.8 million contract award from the U.S. Navy to develop and test a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)-Battery power system for large displacement undersea vehicle propulsion. This 18 month phase-I award will fund development and laboratory testing of the SOFC propulsion system. Successful performance results may lead to a phase II award that would involve the delivery of a full scale system for testing in an unmanned undersea vehicle.



Old CT Transit HQ For Sale | New Haven Independent

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

Shykwon Warren knows just what he’d do with the abandoned garage the state just put up for sale in his neighborhood—bring in some bowling alleys, go-carts, and laser tag. Shykwon (pictured), who’s 15, offered that vision as he walked by 470 James St. Wednesday afternoon on his way to the laundromat. “Kids don’t have a

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The Rise of ‘Phoenix Pharm’ in New Haven | Melissa Waldron, via LCI

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

To the average observer, the site in the photo might look like an uninhabitable, barren moon-scape vacant lot but to us at New Haven Farms, it’s a gorgeous, mouth-watering, hunka-hunka piece o’ land that is due to become the next New Haven Farms site! Melissa Waldron reports for New Haven’s Liveable Cities Initiative.



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Jul 26th, 2012 | By

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The Park River: Exploring Hartford’s Underbelly | Where We Live – WNPR

Jul 26th, 2012 | By

A hundred years ago, a river ran through the city of Hartford. And I don’t mean the powerful, 400 mile long Connecticut river. It was the Park River…and it was not loved. Due to massive pollution, the spread of disease, and a few devastating floods –the Park River, was buried beneath the city, entombed in

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