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Save a life and win money for your heating bill

February 20, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

Patients need blood every day, including during the winter season when blood donations often decrease. Photo courtesy of American Red Cross

The need for blood is always with us, but the chance to save a life and win $200 to pay down your winter fuel bill comes to an end on March 1.

As a special thank you, all those who come in to donate blood at American Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut during the month of February will be eligible to win free heat for a month.

Weekly drawings will be held from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29, 2012. ($200 maximum, paid directly to your utility provider. Prize is not redeemable for cash and is non-transferable.)

Patients need blood every day, including during the winter season when blood donations often decrease.

Each donation of blood can help to meet the daily needs of patients in Connecticut hospitals.

Across the country, on average, 44,000 blood donations are needed each day to help trauma victims, surgical patients, burn victims, patients with blood disorders and many others.

Who can donate?

Potential blood donors must be at least 17 years old, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on your height) and be in generally good health.

Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

Did you know? Eligible donors can give whole blood every 56 days.

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive at a convenient location near you and to make an appointment.

Posted Feb. 20, 2012

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Water company cancels alert for Hebron customers

February 14, 2012 Business, Local News No Comments
Connecticut Water has lifted the "boil water" advisory for a group of Hebron, CT customers, as of Feb. 14, 2012.

Connecticut Water has lifted the "boil water" advisory for a group of Hebron, CT customers, as of Feb. 14, 2012.

The Connecticut Water company today (Feb. 14) lifted a “boil-water advisory” for customers in the London Park water system in Hebron.

In a notice sent to customers, and posted on its Web site, the company states:

“Connecticut Water is pleased to inform you that water quality testing in the London Park water system in Hebron, which serves customers on Carolyn Drive, Jan Drive, Laura Drive and London Road, has confirmed that your water is safe to drink and use for all other purposes.

We collected water samples after water service had been restored yesterday (2/13/12) following the repair of a broken fitting at the well. The samples were tested in a state certified laboratory, and the lab has confirmed that the water is safe to drink.

There is no longer any need to take any precautions before you use your tap water.

Connecticut Water appreciates your patience while worked to restore service and then to test the water to confirm its quality.”

Customers with questions should call customer service at 1-800-286-5700.

Public meeting Thursday, Feb 16

Also, a reminder about Thursday’s “public availability” meeting with Connecticut Water…

In January 2012, he Connecticut Water Company issued a drinking water warning for the Amston Lake water system – which serves 181 customers in Hebron, Lebanon and Colchester – when unsafe levels of copper were found in the water.

When the advisory was lifted, the company said the water was safe but that the cause of the elevated levels of copper was not discovered. In a recent update, the company stated, “the investigation is continuing into the underlying cause of the drop in pH that led to the elevated levels of copper.”

Connecticut Water is hosting a “public availability session” for customers of the Amston Lake water system from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Douglas Library in Hebron.

Customers will have the opportunity to ask questions directly of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), the local health department, Connecticut Water and Matco Services (the consultant that has been analyzing pipe samples).

More details about this meeting, as well as ongoing investigation of the copper problem is available on the company Web site at http://www.ctwater.com/en/News/Service%20Updates.aspx

Posted Feb. 14, 2012

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Some Connecticut Water customers in Hebron under drinking water advisory

February 13, 2012 Local News No Comments
The Connecticut Water notice states, “We are issuing this advisory as a precaution because of an equipment failure that allowed the pressure in the water system to drop below 20 pounds per square inch.”  Map source: Connecticut Water Co.

The Connecticut Water notice states, “We are issuing this advisory as a precaution because of an equipment failure that allowed the pressure in the water system to drop below 20 pounds per square inch.” Map source: Connecticut Water Co.

Connecticut Water issued the following warning today (Feb. 13):

The company advises customers of the London Park water system in Hebron (on Carolyn Drive, Jan Drive, Laura Drive and London Road) to boil their tap water before using it for -

  • drinking,
  • cooking, food preparation,
  • reconstituting baby formula
  • or any use where the water would be consumed.

However, customers can continue to use the water for bathing, cleaning, sanitation (i.e. toilet) or other purposes where the water is not consumed.

The advisory affects 78 Connecticut Water customers.

Problems at Amston Lake

The Connecticut Water Company previously issued a drinking water warning in January 2012 for the Amston Lake water system – which serves 181 customers in Hebron, Lebanon and Colchester – when unsafe levels of copper were found in the water.

When the advisory was lifted, the company said the water was safe but that the cause of the elevated levels of copper was not discovered. In a recent update, the company stated, “the investigation is continuing into the underlying cause of the drop in pH that led to the elevated levels of copper.”

Connecticut Water also is hosting a “public availability session” this week, on Thursday, Feb. 16, for customers of the Amston Lake water system. It will be held at the Douglas Library in Hebron from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Customers will have opportunity to ask questions directly of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), the local health department, Connecticut Water and Matco Services (the consultant that has been analyzing pipe samples).

More details about this meeting, as well as ongoing investigation of the copper problem is available on the company Web site at http://www.ctwater.com/en/News/Service%20Updates.aspx

Equipment failure

As for the current concerns, the Connecticut Water notice states, “We are issuing this advisory as a precaution because of an equipment failure that allowed the pressure in the water system to drop below 20 pounds per square inch.”

“The equipment has been repaired but we need to restore operations and test the water. The advisory will remain in effect until we collect water samples from the distribution system and have them tested in a state certified laboratory to be sure that no bacteria got into the water as a result of the low pressure,” the notice states.

The company expects to receive the results by early Wednesday morning (Feb. 15).

The company will notify customers when the boil advisory is lifted, “but until then please continue to boil the water before consuming,” the notice states. “We thank you for your patience as we work to restore water service and apologize for the inconvenience.”

Questions? Call The Connecticut Water Company at 1-800-286-5700.

The company Web site is http://www.ctwater.com

Posted Feb. 13, 2012

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Some DMV offices to close temporarily during computer system upgrade

ct-dmv-bannerThe Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles is upgrading its computer systems to offer more online transactions.

Therefore, DMV offices will have temporary downtime – between Feb. 7 and March 21, 2012 – so staff can learn about developing features in the new system.

The multi-million dollar project, which is expected to produce new online services later this year and next, aims to make it easy for customers to conduct a number of online services with DMV.

It is also designed to streamline DMV’s electronic files so that customers can be served more quickly when doing business with the agency.

The temporary downtime – dates when an office will be closed only on a specific day – will affect offices statewide beginning next week according to the following schedule:

February 7 – Willimantic

February 8 – Willimantic and Putnam

February 14 – Norwich

February 15 – Norwich and Putnam

February 21 – 24 Old Saybrook

February 28 – March 2 – New Britain

March 6 and 7 – Bridgeport and the Milford Photo License Center

March 8 and 9 – Danbury

March 13 – Hamden Office

March 14 – Hamden and the Derby Photo License Center

March 15 and 16 – Norwalk

March 20 – 21 – Waterbury and the Winsted satellite office

With the exceptions of these temporary downtimes, other DMV and AAA offices will be open normal hours and serving customers. Remember, DMV offices are normally closed on Mondays and in observance of state and national holidays.

Customers should check the DMV website at http://ct.gov/dmv/ for hours and the most convenient locations.

The computer modernization project, which is underway, is divided into three phases that are expected to be completed during the next two years.

Some of the early work in phase 1 includes:

  • An online service for customers to cancel their marker plates when lost or stolen.
  • A registration verification system to check whether a vehicle is properly registered in the state.
  • Design of an improved process for issuing new dealer and repairer licenses that could someday lead to filing information online for these businesses that are also customers of DMV.
  • Customers to handle online issues surrounding compliance matters with state law.
  • Customers to renew any vehicle’s registration online (Now doing only passenger cars whose owners do not owe property taxes or have other violations that prevent the registration of the vehicle).
  • Customers to order vanity plates online (now customers can only check online whether a combination of letters or numbers are available, but they still need to mail-in the order).
  • DMV to give customers 8-character vanity plates. (The state now does only 6 characters.) This opens up the possibility of more vanity plates than currently produced.
  • Allow customers to do certain information research that might tell them whether they can obtain a license or registration, i.e. suspension records and driver history records that show violations that prevent someone from getting a license or registration.

Posted Feb. 3, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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CL&P says victims of October storm outages to get $140 credit

The CL&P credit system was established with help from New York-based Atty Kenneth Feinberg who administered compensation funds to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The CL&P credit system was established with help from New York-based Atty Kenneth Feinberg who administered compensation funds to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Approximately 192,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers who lost power for days in the wake of the freak snowstorm of Oct. 29 will receive a $140.22 credit in their February bills, the utility company announced Wednesday (Feb. 1).

In the face of intense criticism over its response to failure to restore power in some parts of the state for as much as 7 days and threats of more state regulation, CL&P parent company Northeast Utilities scrambled to improve public relations.

NU set aside $10 million for customers whose electricity had not been restored as of noon Nov. 5. When questions were raised about the appropriateness of the amount, the company upped it to $30 million.

Applications for the credit were accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

The utility company said 225,000 customers were eligible.

“Our goal was to reach every eligible customer and we made a concerted 10-week effort to meet that commitment,” Jim Muntz, CL&P’s chief operating officer, said in a Feb. 1, 2012 statement. “Many heard from us multiple times through letters and phone calls – it was our way of demonstrating that their opportunity to apply was a priority for us, too,” Muntz states.

The credit system was established with help from New York-based Atty Kenneth Feinberg who administered compensation funds to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In Wednesday’s press release, Feinberg is quoted as praising the storm credit effort. “The claimants’ response is proof positive of the effectiveness of the company’s outreach,” Feinberg said.

He also states192,000 customers receiving the money represents more than 80 percent of those eligible. “In my experience, claim fund response rates are typically around 20 percent,” he states.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued his own statement in which he calls the credits “a good first step,” but also cites the continued need for longterm reforms that improve utility responses to severe storms, such as creating restoration benchmarks and establishing related fines.

“And later this year our Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection will conduct the largest statewide emergency preparedness drill in recent history, so that we know what to do when a real-time situation comes our way,” Malloy said.

Posted Feb. 2, 2012 – as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan – reprinted through partnership with The Chronicle

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Hebron students on UConn Deans List

January 31, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

uconn-logo1The University of Connecticut recently distributed the list of students who attained the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester.

To make the Dean’s List, students must take at least 12 credits, finish the semester with a grade point average (GPA) that is among the top 25 percent of students enrolled in their school or college, and have no grade below a “C.”

The following edited list includes students from the HTNP.com general readership area. Some categories were grouped together where students listed their residence as a village within a town, i.e. Moodus (East Haddam, CT) and Storrs (Mansfield, CT) and therefore may not be in alphabetical order.

While HTNP.com is happy to correct any errors, we are not responsible for any omissions or incorrect information, as this list was provided by the university.

CT Hebron Michael Chapman
CT Hebron Erin Duffy
CT Hebron Abby Fromme
CT Hebron Michael Hovey
CT Hebron Drew Hund
CT Hebron Dana Lovallo
CT Hebron Dana Lovallo
CT Hebron John Mango
CT Hebron Ethan Sarnoski
STATE CITY FIRST NAME LAST
CT Andover Emily Boushee
CT Andover Kristin Burrington
CT Andover Robyn Caron
CT Andover Elizabeth Rey
CT Ashford Rebecca Banning
CT Ashford Emily Baron
CT Ashford Rachel Forbes
CT Ashford Stephanie Gardner
CT Ashford Emily Hanink
CT Ashford Stephanie Kalinowski
CT Ashford Maya Kalonia
CT Ashford Andrew Kelly
CT Ashford Ghali Lemtiri-Chlieh
CT Ashford Yichun Lin
CT Ashford Roger Marinelli
CT Ashford Claire Nelson
CT Ashford Joshua Paul
CT Ashford Destiny Printz
CT Ashford Caleb Rupert
CT Ashford Jennifer Schoennagel
CT Ashford Agne Sierkeviciute
CT Ashford Brandi Stenglein
CT Colchester William Bartol
CT Colchester Alexandra Catarino
CT Colchester Ryan Clauss
CT Colchester Jordon Ford
CT Colchester Hillary Gannon
CT Colchester Kandice Goguen
CT Colchester Robert Guarino
CT Colchester Kaitlyn Larew
CT Colchester Lauren Midgette
CT Colchester John Mohrlein III
CT Colchester Justin Morse
CT Colchester Ashley Palma
CT Colchester Cara Pianta
CT Colchester Cathryn Ryan
CT Colchester Austin Shea
CT Colchester Marissa Stanton
CT Colchester Riddhi Thaker
CT Colchester Rebecca Uliasz
CT Colchester Mary Jo Valenzuela
CT Colchester Mary Jo Valenzuela
CT Columbia Matthew Cavanagh
CT Columbia Emily Curry
CT Columbia Ryan Drager
CT Columbia Riley Houle
CT Columbia Kevin Hurley
CT Columbia Brigid Keenan
CT Columbia Shane Kelly
CT Columbia Melanie Mather
CT Columbia Molly Ray
CT Columbia Sarah Ray
CT Columbia Sarah Ray
CT Columbia Alison Risley
CT Columbia Lauren Roberts
CT Columbia Camryn Santos
CT Columbia Jessica Stonger
CT Columbia Madelyn Briggs
CT Coventry Brien Buckman
CT Coventry Meagan Cairns
CT Coventry Sam Cohen
CT Coventry Seamus Connolly
CT Coventry Jessica Dimock
CT Coventry Keri French
CT Coventry Jacqueline Garland
CT Coventry Harrison Goodale
CT Coventry Omeed Gousheh
CT Coventry Shane Hickey
CT Coventry Mallory Kozuch
CT Coventry Travis Marshall
CT Coventry Amanda Modeen
CT Coventry Robert Powers III
CT Coventry Jessica Pratt
CT Coventry Jessica Pratt
CT Coventry Jason Quint
CT Coventry Faith Raymond
CT Coventry Jenna Simmons
CT Coventry Kelley Smart
CT Coventry Stephanie Stroud
CT Coventry Anna Maria Vromans
CT East Haddam Michael Bellows
CT East Haddam Emily Betts
CT East Haddam Brittany Ciullo
CT East Haddam Macallister Harris
CT East Haddam Megan Novak
CT East Haddam Rachael Pelletti
CT East Haddam Lane Peterson
CT East Haddam Kayla Rutland
CT Moodus/ East Haddam Michael Augustine
CT Moodus/ East Haddam Jennifer Barney
CT Moodus/ East Haddam Hunter D’Addeo
CT Moodus/ East Haddam Theresa Govert
CT Moodus/ East Haddam Allison Olderman
CT Moodus/ East Haddam Amanda Smith
CT Moodus/ East Haddam Devin Smith
CT Moodus/ East Haddam Jeffrey Ventres
CT Amston/Hebron Chelsea Fenton
CT Lebanon William Carlson
CT Lebanon Luci Chaplin
CT Lebanon Gerald Chaviaras
CT Lebanon Samuel Decaprio
CT Lebanon Jessica Deschenes
CT Lebanon Chloe Duhaime
CT Lebanon Micah Duhaime
CT Lebanon Julie Jahoda
CT Lebanon Katie Lamb
CT Lebanon Casey McCall
CT Lebanon Gabriel Paun
CT Lebanon Stacie Savage
CT Lebanon Brian Seilhammer
CT Lebanon Samuel Wentworth
CT Mansfield Spencer Hamlin
CT Mansfield Arun Hegde
CT Mansfield Charles Jones
CT Mansfield Doris Lin
CT Mansfield Seanna McLaughlin
CT Mansfield Nicholas Moskwa
CT Mansfield Sonya Poulin
CT Mansfield Anna Rozman
CT Mansfield Kaylee Sawyer
CT Mansfield Center Kathryn Becker
CT Mansfield Center William Cassidy
CT Mansfield Center Christian Pelletier
CT Mansfield Center Bethany Scafidi
CT Mansfield Center Rachel Stewart
CT Mansfield Depot Louisa Sonstroem
CT Mansfield center Kailun Sun
CT MANSFIELD STORRS Anne Lee
CT STORRS Zhe Li
CT STORRS Ran Xu
CT Storrs Irini Agaraj
CT Storrs Daniel Allie
CT Storrs Christie Attanasio
CT Storrs Anila Bakullari
CT Storrs Michael Basile
CT Storrs Melica Bloom
CT Storrs Peter Boutros
CT Storrs Kristin Brady
CT Storrs Alison Branciforte
CT Storrs Michael Brannan
CT Storrs-Mansfield David Bravo
CT Storrs Martina Burn
CT Storrs Christine Butler
CT Storrs Molly Callahan
CT Storrs Cara Callahan
CT Storrs Yan Cheng
CT Storrs Lilian Cheung
CT Storrs Chelsea Cottle
CT Storrs Jessica Cunningham
CT Storrs Shurui Dai
CT Storrs Kayla DeCristofano
CT Storrs Samantha Desantis
CT Storrs Timothy Doyle
CT Storrs Ainslee Erhard
CT Storrs Ryan Faroni
CT Storrs Andrew Ferraiuolo
CT Storrs Shane Feyers
CT Storrs Marisia Fikiet
CT Storrs Emily Francis
CT Storrs Andrea Galanto
CT Storrs David Galgowski
CT Storrs Monica Garvey
CT Storrs John Giardina
CT Storrs Georgina Giddings
CT Storrs Marc Gillig
CT Storrs Anna Green
CT Storrs Dana Haddad
CT Storrs Alex Hayek
CT Storrs Nicole Hodgdon
CT Storrs Jacob Hodson
CT Storrs Amy Holland
CT Storrs Sarah Hoyle
CT Storrs Julianne Hubbard
CT Storrs Felix Irizarry
CT Storrs Darius Jahandarie
CT Storrs Ruzena Jata
CT Storrs Andrew Jorgensen
CT Storrs Hannah Kalichman
CT Storrs Milod Kazerounian
CT Storrs Milod Kazerounian
CT Storrs Melissa Kuhn
CT Storrs Emily LoTurco
CT Storrs Yuriy Loukachev
CT Storrs Aysha Mahmood
CT Storrs Grace Malloy
CT Storrs Alan Marcarelli
CT Storrs Conrad Marcewicz
CT Storrs Shayna Marmon
CT Storrs Stephanie Martin
CT Storrs Adam McNeiece
CT Storrs Amit Mehta
CT Storrs Michael Mei
CT Storrs Tian Ming
CT Storrs Andrew Moynihan
CT Storrs Daniel Nadhazi
CT Storrs Brittany Nkounkou
CT Storrs Kathryn Nolte
CT Storrs Victoria Nowak
CT Storrs Joslynn Noyes
CT Storrs Cristobal Ortega
CT Storrs Sean Packard
CT Storrs Evan Paradis
CT Storrs Rafael Perez-Segura
CT Storrs Tiffany Phillips
CT Storrs William Pratt
CT Storrs Ellen Pudney
CT Storrs Waleed Qamar
CT Storrs Minerva Ranjeet
CT Storrs Michael Ratner
CT Storrs Juan Romero
CT Storrs Alicia Rozkuszka
CT Storrs Linda Ruutu
CT Storrs Jun Sakaki
CT Storrs Srivats Satish
CT Storrs Brenna Sellars
CT Storrs Vadim Serebrinskiy
CT Storrs Amar Singh
CT Storrs Shepherd Stearns
CT Storrs Kelsey Sullivan
CT Storrs Kelsey Sullivan
CT Storrs Ryan Sullivan
CT Storrs Peter Surovic
CT Storrs Wendy Turek
CT Storrs Elise Ursin
CT Storrs Christine Vogel
CT Storrs Kyle Weber
CT Storrs Benjamin Willis
CT Storrs Heather Wilson
CT Storrs Xiling Yan
CT Storrs Cheng Yang
CT Storrs Andrew Yellen
CT Storrs Benjamin Young
CT Storrs Deric Zhang
CT Willington Valerie Anderson
CT Willington Annabelle Atkin
CT Willington Michelle Bashaw
CT Willington Cory Charpentier
CT Willington Matthew Coleman
CT Willington Christie Czarnecki
CT Willington Lisa Dauten
CT Willington Jacqueline Evans
CT Willington Paul Hills
CT Willington Katherine Histen
CT Willington Michele Huang
CT Willington Michele Huang
CT Willington Adam Hurwitz
CT Willington Christopher Keefe
CT Willington Shalini Khare
CT Willington Christine Kohn
CT Willington David Leduke
CT Willington Meagan Lindsay
CT Willington Jiajun Lu
CT Willington Yevgeniy Lymar
CT Willington Colin Macgregor
CT Willington Derek Miller
CT Willington Alex Minge
CT Willington Joel Mulligan
CT Willington Sadie Nazer
CT Willington Aaron Nelson
CT Willington Max Newlon
CT Willington Tara Raymaakers
CT Willington Linda Shaw
CT Willington Allison Smith
CT Willington Jennifer Stansfield
CT Willington Emily Szkudlarek
CT Willington Christopher Tomori
CT Willington Emily Udal
CT Willington Darren Vine
CT Willington Jusi Wang
CT Willington Jesse Williams
CT Willington Savannah Williams
CT Willington Zachary Woods
CT Willington Scott Walsh
CT Windham Alexander Marrotte
CT Windham Jordan Stearns
CT Windham Nicole Wilson
CT Willimantic Yiwen Ding
CT Willimantic Andrew Quinn
CT Willimantic Zihang Zhou
CT East Hampton Andrew Briere
CT East Hampton Kelly Chasse
CT East Hampton Jason Foberg
CT East Hampton Bridget Galanto
CT East Hampton Christopher Hanson
CT East Hampton Robert Haswell
CT East Hampton Kayla Perkins
CT East Hampton Tyler Raddatz
CT East Hampton Benjamin Simmons-Telep
CT East Hampton Nicholas Vasquenza
CT East Hampton Anthony Williams
CT East Hampton James Winkler

Posted Jan. 31, 2012

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Police officer killed in Hebron car crash

January 31, 2012 Local News No Comments
The accident occurred at about 1 a.m. near the intersection of Routes 94 and 85 in Hebron, CT. State Police say Marvin’s car left the road and hit an embankment, that he was not wearing his seatbelt and that he died from the impact of the crash.

The accident occurred at about 1 a.m. near the intersection of Routes 94 and 85 in Hebron, CT. State Police say Marvin’s car left the road and hit an embankment, that he was not wearing his seatbelt and that he died from the impact of the crash.

Connecticut State Police say a 28-year-old, Hartford Police officer, John Marvin, was killed in a one-car crash that occurred in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 27.

Marvin was off-duty at the time and no one else was in the car.

The accident occurred at about 1 a.m. near the intersection of Routes 94 and 85 in Hebron, CT.

State Police say Marvin’s car left the road and hit an embankment, that he was not wearing his seatbelt and that he died from the impact of the crash.

State police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Marvin was a member of the Connecticut National Guard, was a decorated Iraq war veteran, and had been with the Hartford Police department for two years.

Posted Jan. 31, 2012

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Congressman Courtney introduces bill to curb student loan costs

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act lowered subsidized Stafford student loan rates from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent over a four-year period, to ease the burden on thousands of students and their families.  However, without Congressional action, this act expires; loan rates will double later this year and cost students and families thousands of dollars, over time.

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act lowered subsidized Stafford student loan rates from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent over a four-year period, to ease the burden on thousands of students and their families. However, without Congressional action, this act expires; loan rates will double later this year and cost students and families thousands of dollars, over time.

Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney today (Jan. 25) introduced H.R. 3826, legislation that would ensure that interest rates on certain student loans do not dramatically increase this year.

In 2007, Congress made an historic investment in higher education when it passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

The legislation includes a provision that reduced the fixed rate on Stafford student loans for undergraduate students.

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act lowered subsidized Stafford student loan rates from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent over a four-year period, to ease the burden on thousands of students and their families.

However, without Congressional action, this act expires; loan rates will double later this year and cost students and families thousands of dollars, over time.

Courtney’s bill would eliminate the existing “sunset” and ensure that rates remain at 3.4 percent.

“A college education is key to success in today’s economy, but for many students, the spiraling costs of higher education are creating an immense barrier,” said Congressman Courtney.

U.S. Rep Joe Courtney, Connecticut 2nd Congressional District. File photo by Frank Funk

U.S. Rep Joe Courtney, Connecticut 2nd Congressional District. File photo by Frank Funk

“President Obama’s message was spot on last night when he said: ‘When kids do graduate (from high school), the most daunting challenge can be the cost of college. At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July.’

“This legislation will defuse that ticking time bomb, and help young people repay the student loans that have weighed them down too heavily for too long,” Courtney said.

According to the non-partisan U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), if Congress does nothing, borrowers who will take out the maximum $23,000 in subsidized student loans will see their interest balloon to an additional $5,200 over a 10-year repayment period and $11,300 over a 20-year repayment period.

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Firefighter’s mission is to aid Sept. 11 responders now struggling with cancer

January 24, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments
South Windham, CT firefighter Jim Preston (third from left), Northeast Director of the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation, is working to provide air purifiers for the homes of sick responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. With him are (L-R) Willimantic firefighter Natalie Siebecker, fundraiser David Wollner from the Willimantic Brewing Co. and Willimantic firefighter Ron Miles Jr.  Photo by Al Malpa

South Windham, CT firefighter Jim Preston (third from left), Northeast Director of the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation, is working to provide air purifiers for the homes of sick responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. With him are (L-R) Willimantic firefighter Natalie Siebecker, fundraiser David Wollner from the Willimantic Brewing Co. and Willimantic firefighter Ron Miles Jr. Photo by Al Malpa

Currently, the Northeast Director of the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation, Jim Preston, 52, has been a volunteer firefighter at the South Windham Fire Department for more than 16 years.

He’s also a supervisor at Home Depot.

And he’s a man on a “mission” – to help those who rose to the occasion on one of the darkest days in U. S. history – the firefighters, 9/11 responders, Ground Zero workers and family members who have been stricken with cancer.

While the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks immediately killed thousands at the World Trade Center in New York, as well as more in Washington, D.C. and those aboard Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, more of those who came to their rescue are dying as well, mainly due to cancer and other diseases associated with the environment of Ground Zero.

The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation, which has grown internationally to Australia and England, is working now to provide air purifiers for the homes of sick 9/ 11 responders and others involved.

Preston, has worked at the foundation for more than eight months. “We are losing, sometimes, up to three (responders) a week,” said Preston.

More than 1,000 Sept. 11 responders have died since the cleanup ended, he said.

Preston joined the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation when its President Cindy Ell asked him if he’d be interested, at a press conference in Boston. “I couldn’t say no. How can you?” Preston recalled.

Preston lost his first wife to cancer when she was only 27, and then his mother three weeks later to the same disease.

Now he is joined by Cheryl Preston, his wife of 20 years, in this different kind of rescue effort. “We try to find these people and find out exactly what they need,” Preston said.

The foundation will help with anything from legal advice to finding them cheaper, better medications, Preston said.

Preston admits to feeling guilty, even today, for not going to Ground Zero right away. At the time, he was working for American Ambulance Services and couldn’t leave Connecticut immediately.

Many of his coworkers left right away, but Preston waited for his days off to go.

When Preston arrived, it was already the first weekend after the attacks. With his wife by his side, Preston went to as many firehouses as he could.

“I was freelancing and doing whatever I could to help,” said Preston. “You could see it in their eyes. It was a heartbreaking thing.”

To each firehouse he went to, Preston left a letter titled “Heavens Fire Department” in which he tries to make sense of the horrible events.

“In heaven of course there is a grand department,” says one of the letters. “This department is staffed with our Brothers and Sisters from all over the world. God, the ultimate Chief, knew this would be a tough transition so he needed the very best, and he called the FDNY.”

500 purifiers needed

The foundation has a list of 500 responders who need purifiers. Each costs $500. Made by the MagneGrip Group, they are hospital grade. They can even sense toxic chemical fumes in the air and break them down.

“What we are doing is all worthwhile,” Preston said. “This may extend someone’s life.”

Preston has another goal, and that is to get the Zadroga Act amended. The controversial federal bill was supposed to improve services and protection for 9/11 responders, but lacks coverage for cancer.

“We need to get these people the help that they need,” said Preston. He noted the bill covers carpal tunnel syndrome, but not cancer.

“We never hear about that bill or the responders anymore,” Preston said. “We are only 145 miles from Manhattan. This is terribly frustrating.”

His message to those responders in the Northeast whom he hasn’t found yet is to just sit tight – Preston will find you. “To the people out there, we love you and we aren’t going to leave any of you behind,” he said.

However, for all the foundation’s work, they are losing men and women on a weekly basis. Purifiers won’t save their lives, but they may add more time.

Preston said he and his wife attend the funerals of those who lose their battle with cancer.

“She’s incredible,” said Preston. At the last funeral they went to, he said, Cheryl Preston pulled her husband aside and told him that she loved him.

“She said, ‘I’m so glad you didn’t go (that day),’” Preston said, tears in his eyes. “‘I know you feel guilty.’”

The next step for Preston is to keep spreading the word. He has a couple of conferences lined up in New Hampshire and Massachusettsto get more people involved.

For more information about the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation, visit www.ffcancer.org

Also, donations can be mailed to Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 2830, Wilmington, Del. 19805.

Questions? Call Jim Preston at (860) 617-7450.

Posted Jan. 24, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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The Willimantic Public Library, Main Street, Willimantic, will host a Chinese New Year celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. in the children's department. Families are invited to attend a fun-filled hour that will include traditional Chinese stories, arts and crafts, games and sample Chinese food. To register, stop by the library or call (860) 465-3082. Image source: www.chinesenewyearcardsblogspot.com

The Willimantic Public Library, Main Street, Willimantic, will host a Chinese New Year celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. in the children's department. Families are invited to attend a fun-filled hour that will include traditional Chinese stories, arts and crafts, games and sample Chinese food. To register, stop by the library or call (860) 465-3082. Image source: www.chinesenewyearcardsblogspot.com

Tuesday Jan. 24, 2012

FOOT-CARE APPOINTMENTS – Mansfield

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, will offer foot­care appointments with a podiatrist beginning at 9 a.m. Call Kathy for an appointment at (860) 429-0262.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – Willimantic

The Willimantic Public Library, Main Street, Willimantic, will host a Chinese New Year celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. in the children’s department. Families are invited to attend a fun-filled hour that will include traditional Chinese stories, arts and crafts, games and sample Chinese food. To register, stop by the library or call (860) 465-3082.

LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETING – Lebanon

All local mothers and pregnant women are invited to a mother­to-mother breastfeeding support and advocacy group at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Community Center, 872 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon. Children welcome. Info. (860) 642-6638 or (860) 423-2170. No cost.

Wednesday Jan. 25

ADULT HEALTH SCREENINGS – Mansfield

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, will offer adult health screenings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with VNA East Nurse Mary Hess. Info: (860) 429-0262, ext. 4.

INTERFAITH SEWING AND SERVICE GROUP – Willimantic

First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects: CWS – school bags and layettes, Nursing Homes – lap robes. Snow date: Jan. 26. Info: (860) 228-9658.

HOSPICE HOSPITALITY LUNCHEON – Chaplin

Hospice of Eastern Connecticut will hold its hospitality luncheon at the Pine Acres Restaurant, Route 6, Chaplin from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a social gathering of people who are successfully moving on with their lives after a loss. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.

Thursday Jan. 26

LIBRARY FUNDRAISER – Willington

The Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road, Willington, will host “Demarle at Home” library fundraiser at 6 p.m. Info: (860) 429-3854.

ROSS MILLER ON PHILIP ROTH, UPDATED – UConn

Ross Miller, who is writing the official biography of Philip Roth (with Roth’s cooperation), will update those who are interested on the progress of this project to be published by Houghton Harcourt. Roth’s talk at the University of Connecticut Co-op, 2975 Hillside Road, Storrs, is at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://generalbooks.bookstore.uconn.edu/event/ross-miller-philip-roth-updated-0 or call (860) 486-5027.

NIGHTSONGS OPEN MIKE/SONGSHARE – Coventry

The Nightsongs Open Mike/Songshare will be held at the Song-­a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Turnpike (Route 44) in Coventry. Music begins at 7 p.m.; sign-up is at 6:30 p.m. Songwriters, music and spoken-word performers and the musically curious are invited to share music and discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Come and share songs, swap stories and enjoy the company of musicians. For more information, call (860) 742-6878 or e-mail inquiries@songaday­music.com

Friday Jan. 27

LEGENDARY PIANIST/COMPOSER AT JORGENSEN – UConn

Chucho Valdés, pianist and composer will perform at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs, on the University of Connecticut campus at 8 p.m. Tickets/info: (860) 486-4226 or online at jorgensen.uconn.edu

Saturday Jan. 28

ICE FISHING CLASS AND DERBY – Coventry

Members of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program will conduct a Family Ice Fishing Derby at Patriot’s Park on Coventry Lake in Coventry from noon to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). A Family Ice Fishing Class is planned prior to the derby at the Patriot’s Park Community Center. The class will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. (with or without ice) and registration is required. The derby is free of charge and will be conducted by certified DEEP Fisheries CARE instructors. The DEEP Derby is sponsored by the Coventry Parks and Recreation Department. For registration and more information, call (860) 742-4068.

MOVIE – ‘DOLPHIN’S TALE’ – Willington

The Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road, Willington, will host the movie “Dolphin’s Tale” in the Community Room at 12:30 p.m. This movie is rated PG and runs for 113 minutes. Participants can also bring their own snacks.

MUSIC WORKSHOPS – Coventry

The Song-a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Turnpike, Route 44, Coventry, will present two music workshops, “Mountain Dulcimer Potpourri” and “The Songs of the Carter Family” from 2 to 4 p.m. Space for the workshops is limited. Call for reservations. Fee for each work­shop is $30. Info: (860) 742-6878 or go to www.songadaymusic.com

ARMY BAND CONCERT – Chaplin

The 102nd Army Band will perform a free concert at Parish Hill High School, Parish Hill Road, Chaplin, at 7 p.m. The band consists of several ensembles including a concert band, big band and a jazz combo. Info: (860) 455-9584.

LEGENDARY PIANIST/COMPOSER AT JORGENSEN – UConn

Chucho Valdés, pianist and composer will perform at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs, on the University of Connecticut campus at 8 p.m. Tickets/info: (860) 486-4226 or online at jorgensen.uconn.edu

Sunday Jan. 29

WINTER TREK AT ALLANACH-WOLF WOODLANDS – Windham

Join naturalist Ken Metzler for a tour of the winter world at 1 p.m. Walkers will snowshoe if there is snow. EMS will provide snowshoes at half the regular rental price ($10) as available.  Instruction will be pro­vided at 12:30 p.m. Space is limited, registration is required. Contact Richard Bunce at (860) 647-1455 by Jan. 22. Find information about Joshua’s Trust at www.joshuaslandtrust.org

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Monday Jan. 30

WILLIMANTIC WHITEWATER PARTNERSHIP DRIVE

The annual meeting, fundraiser and membership drive of the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Willimantic Brewing Co./Main St. Café, 967 Main St., Willimantic.

VOICEMAIL, THE OPEN MIKE FOR STORYTELLING – Storrs/Mansfield

VoiceMail, the open mike for storytelling, will be held at The Mansfield General Store, Route 195/Storrs Road, Mansfield Center, at 7 p.m. Come for the soup and chili bar and stories. Proceeds of free will donation benefit the Connecticut Storytelling Center. For more information, visit www.connstorycenter.org And visit Mansfield General Store on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MansfieldGeneralStore

Tuesday Jan. 31

SOCIAL SECURITY SEMINAR – Willington

Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road, Willington, will host a free Social Security seminar in the Community Room at 7 p.m. Come and get all the latest information and answers to all those important questions. Info: (860) 429-3854.

Wednesday Feb. 1

INTERFAITH SEWING AND SERVICE GROUP – Willimantic

First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects: Hospital – red flag blankets, CWS – schools bags, hospice – quilted prayer shawl. Snow date: Feb. 2. Info: (860) 228-9658.

Friday Feb. 3

‘THE CITY DARK’ – E.O. SMITH – Storrs/Mansfield

E. O. Smith High School’s auditorium, Storrs Road, Storrs, is the location of a film screening of “The City Dark” at 7 p.m. Free. Info: (860) 208-7273.

Posted Jan. 23, 2012

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