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Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 05:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
Ragged Mountain on the Metacomet Trail. Photo Credit: 5ju989nfhs50 via Wikipedia
JERRY DOUGHERTY April 14, 2014 at 03:32 pm
Talcott Mountain State Park should not be overlooked.
JERRY DOUGHERTY April 14, 2014 at 03:39 pm
I would like to defend Fort Griswold State Park, also.
JERRY DOUGHERTY April 14, 2014 at 03:52 pm
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gcdougherty/sets/72157643591771774/ Photos of Connecticut State Parks.
cheryl April 15, 2014 at 09:15 am
OK OK- you guys live in denial. You're choice- Just remember- if you can't recognize the enemy, youRead More will lose. UN cannot dictate anything to America we are a sovereign nation with sovereign states and states rights. Or don't we? If you believe that, that is in jeopardy. So you can sell, donate, your land to the state, feds, land trust, for whatever THEY determine the land use, whether its open space or an apartment complex. maybe not at this time, but then again- they can do whatever they wan with it. And of course you trust them. But "YOU" won't be able to put a swing set on it for your grandchildren. Good luck.
Peter F. Alexander April 15, 2014 at 09:18 am
As we get closer to Scamalambadingdong Day (originally Earth Day) we need to spread the credit weRead More find the mess we call Connecticut to both Parties. The Californication of Connecticut is accelerated by being down wind from Christie land and Schumerville. Planning does not exist, has not in the Pop Culture era. US is 3% of all dirt on Earth. 5% of US is "developed'. 50% of the US population lives within 50 miles of an Ocean or Great Lakes. High risers near our fabulously run State rail system, with easy access to our pristine Federal I95 with no industry (especially gun manufacturing) polluting our Nutmeg crops we are already in Paradise...why more open space. Our nutcase proud descendants of the original Tea Party are scoffed at and dismissed, while our eminent Brooklyn transplant Senator Suethemall gets no credit for our past or future. He was Attorney General for 25 years and created every wonderful land law we thrive under. Just 'cuze his heroic service as a boot on the neck of landowners does not have any mud from the swamps of Viet Nam, we should not hold that against him. Just 'cuze he amassed his fortune erasing neighborhoods with his Empire State bottom dredging in-laws we need to take them seriously. Rowland will probably be able to reflect from his confines about his glorious legacy and chumming his way through the Shays Daze of creating the most Politically Korrect State in the Union. (Union approval required of course.) Please know that the Tea Party is responsible for all of this. Without tea as a choice we would just all be gulping down Green (union only manufactured) Kool Aide paid for by taxes collected by RepublicanDemocrats. Next thing the tea people will be accused of is trying to protect our environment with common sense instead of common cents and even daring to consider hunting on open space. Time to pop the green bubble and return to 200 plus years of success, all started by the original Tea Party.
Joan April 15, 2014 at 11:22 pm
I offered 7-1/3 acres of old forest to Avalonia and Groton Open Space but it was not accepted.
An image on the Facebook event for the CT Working Families vigils.
Tabasco April 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm
Yet somehow pertinent.....
Kevin April 16, 2014 at 06:29 am
Hilarious! I posted that comment Monday to see if you left wing kooks were still hiiting this,andRead More you took the bait.Tabassco,theres no doubt you are a shut in with nothing else to do.For your information Plato,Bush never uttered the words "mission accomplished". That was a sign put up by the Captain of the aircraft carrier.Bush did fly jets in the National Guard.Obama did,well,what?Hand out flyers?
Tabasco April 16, 2014 at 08:14 am
Sorry, Kev. Blaming the captain of the USS Lincoln for the banner... much like the BushRead More administration blaming the faulty Iraq WMD intelligence on the CIA means you don't have a grasp of the facts. "When he received an advance copy of the speech, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took care to remove any use of the phrase "Mission Accomplished" in the speech itself. Later, when journalist Bob Woodward asked him about his changes to the speech, Rumsfeld responded: "I was in Baghdad, and I was given a draft of that thing to look at. And I just died, and I said my God, it's too conclusive. And I fixed it and sent it back... they fixed the speech, but not the sign." What Bush DID say repeatedly was 'major combat operations are over'. But between the famous May speech and October that same year, 217 US military deaths and over 1000 wounded occurred in Iraq. And if Bush and his team didn't like the banner as a backdrop, they could have had it removed. The last time Bush flew and landed a jet was in the 1970s. No respectable military pilot or commander would allow someone that far out of practice to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier. He may have been dressed up as the commanding pilot, but the guy dressed as a co-pilot landed the A-10. The USS Lincoln was NOT in the Persian Gulf at the time. It was 30 miles off the coast of San Diego.... well within helicopter range.
Rainfall of 2 to 3 inches, and locally up to 4 inches, could cause flooding of small streams, as well as significant urban and poor drainage flooding. Credit: Patch file photo
Kevin M. Ziolkovski March 29, 2014 at 02:52 pm
Deja Vu: 4 years ago (March 30, 2010) severe flooding occurred along Hunt's Brook. How chillingRead More that the residents of that area should face the possibility of flooding again, on the same date, without any corrective action by the Town of Waterford being done. Lightning might not strike twice in the same place but flooding certainly can; 1982, 2007, 2008, 2009, 3/14/2010, 3/30/2010. Now, before people jump on the bandwagon with the infamous "You live in a floodplain, move out" take a moment to educate yourself; look up the 100 and 500 year flood zones at the FEMA Map Service Center. Interesting isn't it, that we haven't experienced a 100 or 500 year rainfall event, but the residents continue to be flooded out. Kevin M. Ziolkovski / flood victim
The Bethel Bacon March 31, 2014 at 04:13 pm
In related news, Noah opens in theaters nationwide. Coincidence? You be the judge.Read More http://bethel.patch.com/groups/movie-fridays/p/trailer--review-in-noah-aronofsky-builds-a-vessel-of-fearless-filmmaking_3830e921-bethel
James Bond April 10, 2014 at 02:56 pm
It's going to rain,WOW big important Patch news. What's next a news flash that water is wet?
A dog loving life at Jennings Beach in Fairfield, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Peter March 28, 2014 at 07:23 am
Matt, the answer is enforcement. The existing rules are adequate, but left unenforced, they becomeRead More meaningless. And when you erect a "STOP" sign that it is clear everyone will simply coast through (or more), it reinforces the value of lawlessness, and encourages disrespect to the public-at-large. "Clean it yourself... knock yourself out!" was the response shouted back by one dog walker at the beach recently. Many let their dogs loose in the parking lot (dangerous for more than the dog), and this is part of intent to NOT clean up: the dog often relieves him/herself at or near the access points. We've watched one family park in the handicapped area (illegally) and let their dog "go" on the ramp. Responsible dog guardians are being defined by by those who "hate dogs" in public places as being universally responsible because of this minority. Those that won't clean up after their dogs or otherwise let them run rampant are generally "serial offenders," and won't change that behavior until they are confronted with a meaningful consequence. News of aggressive enforcement and ticketing would spread, quickly. We will seek to explore these issues with P&RC this spring: those that would like to comment should feel free to use the form on our website, (comments can be submitted anonymously).
Igor March 28, 2014 at 08:10 am
Peter it's not just a dog problem. It's a lot deeper than that. It's the whole mindset. I'm betterRead More than everyone else. My self importance allows me to do what I please and not have to answer for anything. You can tell by the people who intentionally litter the streets. Speed down the highway and or refuse to use stop and yield signs. People who park in the fire lanes and handicap parking because they are just too damn important to walk. The driver talking on the cell phone. All the way to the motorist that parks in one restaurant parking lot and then goes to eat in another. The list goes on and on. It's a way of life now. I like to think of it as "It's all about me syndrome".
Peter March 28, 2014 at 08:33 am
Yes, I agree absolutely. All of what you describe (and more) are a collective lawlessness that isRead More growing in Fairfield. On some levels, I believe this is a byproduct of the (still) declining economy: many are "angry" at personal and professional situations, and public lawlessness (littering, using cell phones in the car, etc.) are ways of striking back for what many see as the "injustice(s)" heaped upon them by society. You see this when patrons abuse store clerks or others that they can easily dominate with volume and bluster. Our major issue at the beach is those who refuse to clean after their dogs or refuse to leash them above the water line at Penfield Beach. It's not ignorance of the rules: in addition to Town signage, WE'VE posted our own. It is willful disrespect... it is "you just can't tell me what to do." Our group has made extraordinarily effort... but we are tired of working to compensate for this minority, as we try to protect the reputation of "dog guardians" as a whole, since the whole is what is attacked ("get dogs off the beach"). It has reached a point of crisis that cannot be held off, any longer. We have ideas that we will propose: but the main one, really, is that those who want to pay for the "fun," can do it! Those that want to disrespect the community and ignore rules, can continue to do so... but they should be made to pay for that through enforcement and fines. The beach is a community resource that we need to protect... and we want to make it an inhospitable place for those that want to use it disrespectfully.
Photo Credit: GoonSquadSarah via Flickr
Thomas Alegi March 25, 2014 at 11:45 am
Beth Smith, Is the HamdenPatch truly a local newspaper? The answer to that question can only beRead More determined by what side of the paper fence you are on. The HamdenPatch does cover some Hamden local news, but the better name for this Patch newspaper would be the Regional Patch News.
Beth Smith March 26, 2014 at 04:37 pm
Truly regional, as I read the article on the Clinton Patch. You may see it on Hamden's, but I was onRead More Clinton's. The articles just get reposted across the board. Really sad.
Beth Smith March 26, 2014 at 04:38 pm
And interestingly, when I just posted, apparently I'm suddenly on the Brookfield Patch.
Photo Credit: _-0-_ via Flickr
Steven DeVaux March 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm
G2 - but that wouldn't be FAIR.
Robert J. Noonan April 2, 2014 at 07:17 am
Resentments are too heavy to carry. Dismiss them and feel better. Impoverished peopleRead More are not impoverished by choice and remember why we live in organized communitedls. Robert J. NOONAN
Igor April 2, 2014 at 08:07 am
Robert I'm afraid that you are somewhat disillusioned. A lot of impoverished people areRead More impoverished by choice. All the women that have 6 kids all by different men. They have a choice of not having unprotected sex, but they choose to have it. Who winds up paying? Us. One is a mistake, 2 maybe a bigger mistake, but 6?
Joseph Miro stands in front of the farm stand in 1976. Photo Credit: Fairfield Museum & History Center.
Lisa Miro March 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
The two boys in the picture above are Joe Miro ( Joe Miro's only son) and his best friend, MichaelRead More Gosselin.
Thomas J. Collimore March 21, 2014 at 02:37 pm
I remember working at the farm when I was young. Joe & Bill were great guys. My dad was aRead More Fairfield cop (later went on to become a lawyer). I don't know the financial arrangements (if any) but I remember carrying a salt shaker, brushing dirt off the tomatoes, licking a spot so the salt would stick and biting into warm juicy heaven!! Ah, the good old days. Tom Collimore
Susan Williams March 21, 2014 at 08:18 pm
I remember the Miro family well...I worked at Ann's Bakery next store. They were a greatRead More family...simple days..warm hello's and great memories. My mom still see's one of the kids now and again...she always makes sure to tell me they say hello...Warde is having its 40th this May and a lot of people are connecting through facebook.....memory lane.....miss those days..:). Sue Williams (Keiser)
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Tmc March 17, 2014 at 05:54 pm
@Creeky; never apologize for speaking the truth. :)
Jim Eastwood March 18, 2014 at 07:20 am
Creeky Right Again !!!! Lithium is a strongly unstable metal--Plus the fact WHERE does theRead More Electric Power come from ????4
Tmc March 18, 2014 at 09:25 am
Magical electricity trees! Not coal-fired plants at all...
If this sight rings a bell, you've got longtime roots in Fairfield. Credit: Fairfield Museum and History Center on Facebook
Karen Pagliuco-Guastelle March 9, 2014 at 07:07 am
I heard that the Brown Bros property is going to become a Walgreens and that they are taking overRead More that entire property. I, too, miss Kuhn's. My aunts worked there when I was younger. I loved going there with my Dad for hot dogs and our biggest treat was going for the hot roast beef sandwiches. Thanks for the great memories!
Karen Pagliuco-Guastelle March 9, 2014 at 07:07 am
I heard that the Brown Bros property is going to become a Walgreens and that they are taking overRead More that entire property. I, too, miss Kuhn's. My aunts worked there when I was younger. I loved going there with my Dad for hot dogs and our biggest treat was going for the hot roast beef sandwiches. Thanks for the great memories!
Jeff Zeleny March 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm
1956 we moved into the corner house on Whitewood and Tunxis Hill Cutoff. Right across the streetRead More from Kuhns. I was ( lets say very young ) but I would sneak across the street for hot dogs and chocalate milk when ever I could. The two ladies on the counter scared the hell out of me. But the hot dogs were the best. To this day I am still a great hot dog afectiato (sp). There was one traffic light on BRT at the corner by the Angus. Katona's farm was were we went for produce ( now Shoprite and JAlbert Johnson ). The Rocket and Miro's was across the street. Later we moved to Brookside Dr and the Anderson sisters ran the small concession stand on Brookside by the river. Spent many a summer there. Fairfield has always been good to me. It's a shame to see what this town has turned into.
Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence volunteers with a few of the signs prepared for the Greenwich Rally to Support the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington. Photo credit: Jonathan Perloe.
Jim Eastwood March 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Just Leave the Sandy Hook issue/people ALONE !!!!! THE REAL ISSUE IS SPOILED KIDS With Parents inRead More Denial !!!! Not Guns !!!!! Get with it for Even Fairfield is Loaded with parents like Ms. Lanza and kids like Adam----To Say it's not so and it can't happen in Fair???Field is to Hide one's head in the sand !!!!! Enough already in beating up LEGAL Gun owners and collectors---GO AFTER THE CRIMINALS(Oh they had a Bad Child hood) Politicians LIE and People DIE !!!
Gus R. Horvath March 4, 2014 at 11:55 am
P Troy, It is interesting that IPv6 was instituted to replace IPv4 because it had run out ofRead More addresses!!!!!
Maria Young March 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Matt - why would I have a speed dial on a number I never called before? And for those who have moreRead More than one kid today, better have a net of $100K income per year to have that big house, 2 cars, $200-$300 cell and cable bills and maybe have enough left to buy that prepared mac and cheese for $8.99 lb at the grocer. Save for retirement and college too and ever rising gas prices. Conservatism will never trump the selfish needs.
Matt March 4, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Maria: What on earth does any of that babble have to do with dialing a different area code? (answer:Read More nothing) I think you are completely missing the point here. It is a new area code for NEW phone numbers. This changes nothing with current phone numbers. This changes nothing for you. This changes nothing for anyone, anywhere. It is just making more NEW numbers available for NEW phones and NEW people. Not you. So there is no inconvenience to you or anyone else anywhere. P Troy: That would be wonderful. You get started on replacing the entire twisted pair POTS dial tone telephone infrastructure with an IP based network. Let us know who is going to pay for it and when it will be done.
Valley-Shore Weatherdogs expected snow totals map. Credit: Valley-Shore Weatherdogs Facebook page (http://ow.ly/u9MUA)
nascarblue March 3, 2014 at 06:29 am
love your comment frank, so true, right now the only thing I can complain about is I made my coffeeRead More to strong this morning...other then that, its New England, like they used to say about the weather,"it's New England, if you don't like it wait a minute..why complain, don't worry about something you can not change
Lisa Gaw March 3, 2014 at 09:49 am
I sincerely believe the weather forecasters are in cahoots with grocery stores. Every storm isRead More going to be "a major event". Except for when they aren't - which is most of the time. It's like the boy who cried wolf. Listen, tell us there's a chance of snow. Then, instead of hyping the snot out of it 5 days ahead of time, why don't you just wait until you have better information before sending out calls of doom and gloom? I'll give WTNH credit this time - they were saying Friday morning that this was going to be a non-event.
Tmc March 3, 2014 at 09:59 am
WTNH has been spot on all year...Weather Channel was always wrong
The Valley-Shore Weatherdogs are Tom Coon and Kevin Burwell. Credit: Valley-Shore Weatherdogs Facebook page
Connie February 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Picture of dog so cute.
Butch Fleming February 28, 2014 at 01:01 pm
Great looking mut!
MikeP February 28, 2014 at 04:45 pm
I understand how the weather can be so off. I live by the shore, one mile inland the snowfallRead More amounts can be completely different.
I-95 in Norwalk, Feb. 26, 2014.  Photo credit: Barbara Heins.
Jim Eastwood February 26, 2014 at 01:43 pm
SO ---- SLOW DOWN !!!!!!!!! Show a little respect for other drivers !!!! Stop Texting andRead More Start DRIVING !!!!!
Workers shovel snow from a warehouse roof in Greenwich. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.
BuckWheat February 18, 2014 at 08:24 am
Jenna Gaffney, please step away from the keyboard.
A. G. P. February 18, 2014 at 08:54 am
I'm sure I would get argument if I said ""the worst thing" about the snow, but let'sRead More call it "insult to injury"; whether it's strays or those I will not describe honestly letting their cats out to eat song birds, the varmints are finding their travel restricted by the snow and have taken to pissing on my car and front door. Let's just say I'm more of a dog person...
Thomas Alegi February 18, 2014 at 11:49 am
Yes, snow does have some negative aspects to it, but remember this snow will fill our state waterRead More reservoirs. This winter’s snow will help the growers of medical POT in CT; pay the 21 % State Sales Taxes, on medical Pot, which will increase the state budget surplus even higher. Governor Molly has been heard singing “Hha A Ouyay”, which simple means “TAX THEN TILL THEY DROP!”