Got plans for Saturday? How about joining a beach/park cleanup near you?

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The non-profit Save the Sound is sponsoring 17 state events on Saturday as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. “Every piece of trash volunteers find will be tracked and included in an annual index of global marine debris to be released in 2015,” the group says, noting that last year, nearly 650,000 people picked up […] [Read More]
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“Jane Doe,” troubled transgender teen whose custody has been controversial, “escaped” facility today

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This is from Dept of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz: “This morning, Jane Doe escaped while attending her first day at a therapeutic program. Attendance at this program was approved by all the parties, including her attorneys and her guardian ad litem. This was part of the ongoing treatment that all involved agree that […] [Read More]
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Deputy director of DMV resigns

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A source has told Blog-o-rama that Deputy Motor Vehicles Commissioner Victor M. Diaz of Waterbury has resigned. Agency Commissioner Melody Currey told The Hartford Courant that she accepted his resignation Tuesday night “for personal reasons.”   [Read More]
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State Dept of Ag, losers in the legislative session, now changing the regulations for shellfishing

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Laws that would have changed the way shellfish beds are leased and reduce the size of harvestable oysters to 2.5 inches, down from 3 inches, failed in the last days of the General Assembly. But the Department of Agriculture is going its own way on new regulations, which are angering some shellfishers, who have complained […] [Read More]
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State property taxes a heavy load on municipalities: CCM issues annual report it hopes will affect election debates

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities continues its annual battle with municipal property taxes today, issuing a report it hopes will influence legislative and congressional races. “Towns and cities in Connecticut are responsible for providing the majority of public services in our state: pre-K-12 education; public safety; roads and other infrastructure; elderly and youth services; other social […] [Read More]
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Imperious judge in Rowland trial a closet Yankee fan?

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It’s no secret that U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton is a no-nonsense jurist. Just ask Joe Ganim, who thought going to trial on corruption charges was a good idea back in 2003, then got whacked with a nine-year federal prison sentence for accepting half a million bucks in bribes. Or ask Josh Nassi and […] [Read More]
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Low hanging fruit! DOT starts crackdown on texting while driving

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office has announced that starting tomorrow, a new anti-texting enforcement project called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” will start. It will run through September 24 in at least 25 towns across the state. The enforcement will use federal funds to discourage the unsafe behavior. Violations include $150 for […] [Read More]
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State Police: holiday weekend had three fatal DUIs.

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  Here are the Labor Day Weekend statistics from the Connecticut State Police. For reporting purposes the holiday weekend began on Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ended Monday at 11:59 PM.            ___1727__ speeding        ___200___ seat belt violations        ___3720__ other hazardous moving violations cell phone follow, too close etc        ___35____ driving while under the influence        ___315___ total accidents […] [Read More]
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