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Connie April 24, 2014 at 07:13 pm
I posted this on the Wallingford Patch about Drop Boxes for drugs. "I am watching local TV withRead More the Wallingford Town Council and the Mayor debating putting in a Drop Box. I did not know what a Drop Box is and I am finding out it is a place to leave medicine that is not used. Mayor Dickinson has excuses for everything. In the case of the Drop Boxes he either says he does not know, he talks to the police, anyone can put something in a Drop Box that might be dangerous, how much it would cost and more. The people that had questions said there is grant money for the boxes. The people question the council but one woman brought up the Mayor is the only one that answers the questions. I find the Mayor is like a bully. I do not see many issues on the Wallingford Patch about the way the town addresses issues. To me the issue is not Drop Boxes, it is how the Mayor takes over and answers all the questions. I have seen him at times being very rude to people and the council members say nothing. I cannot believe one man, Mayor Dickinson can be in office so long and not listen to people of Wallingford and still keep getting elected, something is not right."
A HazMat team responds to Clinton Street in Fairfield, Conn., where a man reportedly took his own life by ingesting cyanide. Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
Connie April 21, 2014 at 07:00 pm
JBrad By suicide I am saying I am against it but I don't want anyone being involved in helpingRead More killing someone else. The government is using Women's health for businesses to pay for abortion. This is a political issue. The government is not helping people with mental issues but they allow them to smoke pot and now Eric Holder wants to let drug addicts out of jail. CT is making a big deal about domestic violence but read the article about how it is not being funded enough here http://ctwatchdog.com/health/103-times-womens-pleas-for-help-went-unmet I cannot stop someone from doing what they want to do. Just like I cannot stop anyone from doing anything God is in charge and he gives us free will. I do feel sorry for this man. He had no support to stop him from doing what he did. The government supports only what it wants and it is helping decay human beings.
Tmc April 22, 2014 at 08:12 pm
@bill; the solution to not losing your belongings is to invest in a long-term care policy. I startedRead More paying into it back in 1998 and my dad is currently using his now. As long as you meet one of 5 criteria that is needed, they pay for everything except cable until your policy is exhausted. that can give your family time to sell off your assets so you have that money to live on until you die. also, it's a good idea to consult with a geriatric lawyer and follow his advice.
Brian J Monahan April 23, 2014 at 11:43 am
Living on Earth theses days is a form of Spiritual Suicide- He didnt kill himself, he set himselfRead More free from the Morons that are beset opon us during the Apocalyptic New Millenium. He could be a Trend setter yes, thats true, but is life what it used to be? No its not. Be ready its Jacobs Ladder Boys and Girls-Be quick or be Deado-just like the Movie said. Zombies to the left, Vampires to the right, stuck in the middle may be ok as long as we keep laughing at the absurdity of Modern existance. Big respect brother, a Brave warrior never dies!
East Haven Police cruiser. Credit: Julie Weisberg
Flowers April 10, 2014 at 08:52 am
Wow! 82 and still raisin' hell.
Richard Poulton April 10, 2014 at 09:28 am
Flowers, don't forget the 70 yr old involved on prostitution.
CitizenVoice April 10, 2014 at 11:59 am
Gotta lay off the Viagra!
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Sue Polaski April 4, 2014 at 08:29 am
Any info on the caller?
chuck April 4, 2014 at 09:12 pm
It was John Rowland trying to draw some heat away from himself.
OpportunistWatch April 15, 2014 at 11:36 am
Sue if there was any information on the caller the media would have drawn the conclusion for us andRead More stated the caller had PTSD or mental problems if he/she had an American surname. Ft Hood shootings are perfect examples of how the media creates pictures for our thoughts on who is called a terrorist and who has PTSD even though THEY DID NOT SEE ONE MINUTE OF COMBAT.
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DM April 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm
Statistical or factual......pick one can't be both!? haha
Andrew Mitchell Blum CT April 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm
I'll have to check this out for some of my classes - thank you! Andrew Mitchell Blum Fairfield, CT
A federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging John Vailette and Steven Martone with committing an arson in March 2006. Credit: Patch file photo
Richard Poulton March 28, 2014 at 04:36 pm
Remember that old saying 'What If". What if Martone who in Nov 2005 spent some of the 5 yearsRead More in prison he got for his felony drug conviction, he wouldn't have been able to do this. Or even what if he got part of that 1 yr sentence given in Jan 2006 for another crime, he wouldn't have been able to be involved. What if! Just hope they (Fed's) have a solid case.
George Kenyon March 28, 2014 at 07:40 pm
Seems to be a common denominator in many murders. The concept of putting criminals in jail cellsRead More eludes our courts and lawmakers.
Flowers March 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm
What a tragic story. Was all this to cover up the theft of a silver tray? Is there some kind ofRead More story here that explains the motives of these people?
Troop I State Police barracks in Bethany, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Craig R March 25, 2014 at 02:57 pm
FYI-the Mianus river bridge collapsed on O'Neill's watch - HE WAS THE WORST GOVERNOR MALE OR FEMALERead More (Weicker a very close second). O'Neill closed all the tolls because of the West Haven accident which dried up all the highway funding and never spent a penny on infrastructure before, during or after the collapse.
Igor March 25, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Closing the tolls was a dumb ass move. Every state around us has tolls, but Connecticut is soRead More wealthy we don't need any money. We'll just beat our tax payers to death.
Dave D March 27, 2014 at 08:36 am
Stay focused folks... Several troops consolidated dispatch to save money. Now the troops that wereRead More closed at night because troopers were out on patrol, will cost us more tax money so a trooper can stop patrolling and sit inside a nice warm barracks. Real smart move... NOT
A state police investigation into a crystal meth-dealing operation in the greater New Haven area has led to the arrest of two men — as well as the seizure of several bags of illegal drugs, cash and drug-making items. Credit: CT State Polic
Norm Brody March 20, 2014 at 08:33 pm
Sorry Julie, but I see no mention of Branford in your post or the link. Milford is two towns awayRead More from what I/we consider "the shoreline". I have to agree with Richard- looks like an attempt to smear "the shoreline".
Julie Weisberg (Editor) March 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm
Norm: Thanks for your comment. You're correct, I forgot I actually edited Branford out of thisRead More version of the post, to try to keep it more general so I could share it across a handful of sites in the area. I have a slightly different version of this posted on Branford Patch. And I can promise you, I have never, ever posted anything with any intention of "smearing" a town, region or individual. I was just trying to create a headline that I could use over several sites in the area. I now edit and manage 11 sites every day — they run from Stratford across the shoreline to Clinton, and up to Durham, Haddam and Killingworth. And so I am now looking to write posts that I can run over several sites in the region. That being said, as always, I appreciate your comments as well as Richard's — and I'll look to use the term "shoreline" more carefully as far as geography in the future.
Norm Brody March 21, 2014 at 07:34 am
I strongly protest the headline. It was not a "shoreline crystal meth drug factory", itRead More was a New Haven crystal meth drug factory" spreading their trash throughout the shoreline.
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Connecticut15 March 29, 2014 at 02:41 pm
Parents of minors even those ages 16-18 should have the right to have their children's hair follicleRead More drug tested. Any law that prohibits the parents to do that needs to be changed. A drug test would have provided proof of drug use and/or abuse - a foundation for knowing or navigating how to try to help the child. No one can assume that this boy was depressed and that was all and therefore he may have used drugs. What if it were the other way around - drugs and the consequential abuse to his internal biochemistry that caused his acts or perhaps symptoms that mimicked or were depression. Not all drug users are depressed. These parents were looking for answers. Having concrete evidence of drug use can break apart the wall of denial, step one.
Still in Stamford April 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Connecticut 15, I don't disagree with you. I do think that parents should have the right to haveRead More their children tested. He could have been taking drugs without having underlying depression, but I know from personal experience that drug use often occurs because of depression and that the same symptoms of drug use are also often caused by depression. The majority of drug abusers however, don't commit suicide. He didn't overdose. He died by suicide. That is a mental health issue. So while I do agree that parents should be able to have their children tested, I also think that the mental health issues are just as important in a case like this, because both things likely were factors in this boy's death, and if so, both things need to be treated. I'm sorry if I didn't explain myself better in my first post.
Ella Jameson April 9, 2014 at 05:15 am
If anyone is concerned that their child may be abusing drugs, check out this new tool which pointsRead More out the early warning signs http://www.sobercollege.com/telltale-signs-of-drug-use/
East Haven Police Department cruiser. Credit: Julie Weisberg
Norm Brody March 19, 2014 at 05:35 pm
Cute, this should spark some colorful conversation around the dinner table.
Bob Fawkes March 19, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Thanks Norm. I was going to go with the Coe Avenue light bulb joke but we've all heard that oneRead More before.
Richard Poulton March 20, 2014 at 07:26 am
Bob, just had issues dealing with my 94 y.o. Mom and then read your "joke" this morning.Read More Couldn't stop laughing. Thanks for the change in attitude.
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Craig Zac March 18, 2014 at 08:22 am
...And I agree 100% With Brandon Stevens about the State Police driving as bad or worse than anyoneRead More elses on the roads... How many times have you had a state cop suddenly appear right up your butt on the highway? so you get over and WHOOSH!!!! off they go like a bat out of hell. I guess its time we all install dash and rearview cameras and video tape these guys, ya know, keep em honest so to speak. they aren't that much $$ and can save your butt in times of trouble too. Is it me or does it seem like now a days, the police seem to treat us all as if we were all common criminals, they no longer protect and serve, they are more or less acting as prison guards and we are all inmates of the state of CT!
Craig Zac March 18, 2014 at 08:25 am
"The Connecticut Department of Transportation will support this ‘Stop Tailgating’Read More project by posting ‘Tailgating Enforcement Zone’ on overhead message boards along designated areas of these highways to remind motorists of this project. " I HATE thos signs, they are a total distraction to drivers, I cant tell you how many times I have almost driven into the next lane while looking up at one of those over head signs and trying to read it... Also, watch next time youre coming up on one when youre still a good distance away from it, watch how many cars hit their breaks when they get close to the sign, I guess its a natural response to hit your breaks when trying to read it, sorta like turning the radio down when your looking at house numbers or street signs, trying to find an address or street! lol
Debbie March 24, 2014 at 08:12 am
I do not find name calling, as if we are two years old, beneficial in this conversation ie:Read More egotistical ninnies, etc. Whatever happened to being kind with words we use? Also, a little patience, goes a long way. Empathy: Older driver who must drive to get food, Dr. Appts, etc. For those with no patience/empathy for especially the elderly; may you live to be old enough to annoy the "young" driver someday! Then and only then will you understand the struggles elderly residents deal with on a daily basis just to survive. Find some kindness in your heart and words! p.s. there are areas on some of our highways, where if your in the slow lane, you must move into the speed lane to let oncoming ramp traffic merge on: EX: entrance ramp/merging area is appx 300 ft. long and it is only a 2 lane highway..... Old Saybrook (95) heading toward Westbrook/Clinton comes to mind. Also The Merrit Parkway in Wallingford has a really short entrance ramp... There are many more... Just slow down and be kind to one another!
Jarhead March 9, 2014 at 11:23 am
I find it amazing that with all the gun issues people have these days that two guys who wereRead More illegally buying and selling guns only face up to one year in prison. This is the part of the system that is broke. Making law abiding citizens re-register weapons and magazines is not the answer. How about we make existing laws harder on offenders and hears a crazy idea. Enforce them. Leave us law abiding citizens alone. You're gonna need people like us when the crap hits the fan.
The East Haven Police Department's next monthly community meeting on March 1. Credit: Patch file photo
Flowers March 5, 2014 at 05:44 pm
The NHR stated that the Chief was furious about high numbers of departing police officers. I onlyRead More met the Chief once but he didn't seem like a guy who was subject to fits of fury. In my experience people leave jobs for two reasons: pay or conditions. Assuming the pay is similar among towns, it must be working conditions. My guess, its that consent decree that has everyone under constant review and scrutiny, endless paperwork and retraining. Gives each officer a sense that he/shes on their own without support. Have you ever attended sensitivity training? Tedious and insulting.