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Feb 062014
 
State Rep. Themis Klarides greets House Republican Leader Larry Cafero in the House Chamber on the opening day of the 2014 Legislative Session.

State Rep. Themis Klarides greets House Republican Leader Larry Cafero in the House Chamber on the opening day of the 2014 Legislative Session.

State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114) ushered in the 2014 Legislative Session today with fellow legislative leaders at the State Capitol who took part in the traditional joint convention of the General Assembly.

 

The Opening Day ceremonies mark the beginning of a three-month-long “short session,” during which only bills related to budgetary, revenue and financial matters may be considered, or bills submitted by committees on any subject.

 

Rep. Klarides continues to serve as Deputy House Republican Leader – the second highest position in the 53-member caucus. This year she also continues to serve on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Legislative Management, Public Health and Screening Committees.

 

State Rep. Themis Klarides (center) listens intently as Governor Malloy delivers his State of the State address to a joint convention of the General Assembly on the opening day of the 2014 Legislative Session.

State Rep. Themis Klarides (center) listens intently as Governor Malloy delivers his State of the State address to a joint convention of the General Assembly on the opening day of the 2014 Legislative Session.

One of the most pressing issues facing the General Assembly is making adjustments to the state’s biennial budget. Despite a $500 million one-time boost of excess revenue expected this year, which largely exists on paper, non-partisan analysts project a $1.1 billion deficit for the next budget cycle.

 

“This year I will continue to focus on getting Connecticut’s fiscal house in order, and improving the state economy by making it easier for job creators to hire and make long term investments in our state,” Rep. Klarides said. “Families in our region are facing a lot of challenges, and I look forward to addressing those issues as the 2014 session gets underway. Please reach out to me with any questions or feedback regarding state government.”

 

Rep. Klarides will join her colleagues in the coming weeks to announce their caucus priorities for the 2014 session, which adjourns May 7th.

 

Constituents can follow committee meetings and House debates as they unfold live on Connecticut’s public affairs television network, CT-N, or by streaming the proceedings online by visiting www.ctn.state.ct.us.

 

Rep. Klarides can be reached at [email protected] or 800-842-1423. Constituents can follow her legislative activity throughout the session by logging on to her website, www.repthemis.com, by connecting on Facebook at www.facebook.com/repklarides and on Twitter with the handle @RepTKlarides.

Feb 062014
 
The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road offers these two events next week.

Drop-In Tech Help

Tuesday, February 11, 10:30-11:30 AM

Hands-on assistance with downloading e-books & audiobooks; using your device; Microsoft Office applications; using the Internet; basic computing; and more.  Help is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Winter Craft and Stories

Saturday, February 15, 10:30-11:30 AM

Members of Girl Scout Cadets, Troop #60239 is hosting this children’s event.

Create a glittery snowflake! For children ages 4-8.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170

http://www.casememoriallibrary.org

Feb 062014
 
The 2012 Seniors are Bringin' Sexy Back

The 2012 Seniors are Bringin’ Sexy Back

Come out and watch some of your favorite senior boys dance and perform their special talents as they compete for the title of Mr. Spartan on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road.

Here are a few videos from the 2012 competition, which was won by Robbie Schwartz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryAIMFPimGI   All Contestants Bringin’ Sexy Back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQAG2rYha5M  Ryan Shea doing the Napoleon Dynamite Dance

 

Senior Ryan Shea performs the Napoleon Dynamite Dance

Senior Ryan Shea performs the Napoleon Dynamite Dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwgWpNuQJuI  Robbie Schwartz, Piano Man, 2012 Mr. Spartan

 

The 2014 Mr. Spartan contestants include:
Brent Marieb
Michael Yuan
Rishi Mutalik
Jeff Curtin
Eric Styrcula
Patrick Dudley
Arlo Eitzer
Stephen Cheung

Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door! It’ll be a great time and you won’t want to miss it.

Feb 062014
 

Turkey Hill SchoolSome residents have contacted me about a disturbing story they read about the condition of Turkey Hill School, worried that it is on the verge of falling down.

The “story” it turns out, was an opinion piece, written by a parent who attended a Board of Ed Building and Grounds Committee meeting that contained many interesting facts about his child’s  elementary school (Peck Place) but also included his interpretation of a discussion regarding a problem discovered at Turkey Hill School.

I did not attend the committee meeting, but this is what I have come up with after inquiring about the problem and the seriousness of the situation.

On the Friday before last (Jan. 24) a custodian at Turkey Hill School noticed a strange gap between a window and the wall in the last classroom in the front of the building on the far right.

He immediately reported it, and Superintendent Lynn McMullin and Facilities Director Mike Luzzi called town building official Fred Trotta, who, in turn asked a structural engineer for some advice.

Everything was moved out of the room, and the children were relocated to the Spanish Room as a precautionary measure until school officials get some solid answers.

In the Blog it stated that “engineers (plural) looked at the problem and estimated that 50% of all classrooms may be at risk.”

Those who attended the meeting said there was only one (1) who looked at the one (1) room. 

The blogger also stated that the state code requires school building walls to withstand 110 mph winds — this is true, but, one school official said your children would not be in school in the middle of a hurricane where 110 mph winds may be present.

The blogger wrote, “Turkey Hill is not considered safe to occupy if those winds exceed 50mph.” Not sure where he got this information, but that statement is what has parents asking if the school is falling down.

Anyone who did not see the blog or read the entire thing may be concerned about the safety of the flat-roof school with the weight of the heavy snow from the recent storm.

The blog and Supt. Lynn McMullin both state that there is no issue with the roof.

On Monday, Feb. 10, the Board of Education will take action and make a motion to recommend (to the Board of Selectmen) retaining a structural engineer to determine the severity and best course of action for this situation at Turkey Hill. This could cost upwards of $7,500.

The Superintendent did not wish to make any official comment until  after a full analysis had been done.

The Board of Ed meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Feb 062014
 
Area of proposes Cell Tower

Area of proposes Cell Tower

At Tuesday night’s Plan and Zoning Commission meeting the subject of a proposed Wireless Telecommunications Facility at 831 Derby Milford Road was reviewed and discussed.

Now, before you get all up in arms about not wanting an ugly tower clogging up the landscape there are a few things you should know.

1.) Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice put the item on the agenda only as an FYI for the commission.

2) The 100-foot monopole tower is exempt from town regulations according to state statute — the Citing Council already has given it a nod.

According to the discussion as commissioners viewed the map, the tower would be in the vicinity of the Jewish Cemetery on Derby-Milford Road behind the Bespuda Farm.

Commission Chairman Walter “Beau” Clark said the area is a problematic dead zone for cell phone users.

Even though the commission cannot make any decision as to whether or not the tower goes up, they do have a right to air concerns and send questions and suggestions to the Citing Council within a specific block of time. — Clark said monopole towers can be disguised as trees (one suggestion).

Clark said that he would appreciate it if the cellular company would come forward and make some kind of presentation to the commission so they could fully understand what it plans to do.

Dinice said he would try to make arrangements.

 

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