Barack Obama endorses Will Haskell for 26th district senate seat

Will Haskell

The race for state senate in Connecticut’s 26th district just went national with Democratic candidate Will Haskell winning the endorsement of former President Barack Obama. “Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something — to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service,” Obama tweeted this afternoon, Oct. 1. “They deserve your vote.” Obama endorsed 16 Connecticut candidates, including Ned Lamont for governor, Susan Bysiewicz for lieutenant governor, as well as Haskell. “In President Obama’s farewell address, he made a call to … Read more

Himes reintroduces three education bills

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) reintroduced three bills on Thursday designed to help students in Connecticut and across the nation. The Supporting Early Learning Act expands on investments by the Obama administration into early education by establishing the Early Learning Challenge Fund. It would support states in building and strengthening high-quality early learning and development programs. The bill authorizes $350 million for this program in its first year to support two competitive grant programs — Quality Pathways Grants and Development Grants. Funds from both grant programs would be used to implement or improve early learning systems, to help these programs meet … Read more

Sacred Heart poll outlines issues pressing on state residents

A new poll from Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy shows that Connecticut residents continue to be concerned about quality of life in the state, cost of living and taxes, transportation and infrastructure and more. The statewide public policy poll was conducted from mid-July to early August and asked 53 questions of 1,003 state residents. Respondents also commented on the issues that will determine their decisions at Tuesday’s polling places. “The top issues driving voters’ behavior heading into the race for governor was the high overall tax burden (32.1 percent) or high cost of living (21.9 percent) in Connecticut,” … Read more

Toni Boucher: Tolls more complicated than public is led to believe

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) issued a press release today saying proponents gloss over the details when promoting tolls as the answer to Connecticut’s transportation funding issues “In their zeal to bring tolls to our state, legislators are not talking about the cost to plan for and build tolling gantries. They don’t talk about the fact that the federal government would have to approve any proposals before construction could start, and once that hurdle is crossed, that it will take years before the work is completed and the state sees one dime,” said Boucher, who serves as co-chair of the … Read more

Son of Hollywood legend to discuss his mother’s career

Frances Dee may well be the most beautiful, talented actress that you never heard of from Hollywood’s golden age. She was considered for the roles of both Scarlett and Melanie in “Gone With the Wind.”   During the 1930s, ’40s and into the ’50s, Dee had an active career, co-starring in dozens of movies with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Joan Bennett, Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Howard, Irene Dunne, and Lionel Barrymore, to name a few. She also appeared opposite her husband of 57 years, Joel McCrea, in several classic films.  Late in life, James … Read more

Kennedy Center dedicates building to retiring CEO

For 39 years, Martin D. Schwartz’s presence has loomed over The Kennedy Center, as its first president and CEO. Now, with his retirement nearing, the Kennedy Center board is making sure his name remains connected with the center, as the agency’s Trumbull headquarters was named after him in a Monday morning ceremony attended by dozens of staff members, volunteers, clients, and elected officials from throughout the region. “All our board members felt it was fitting to commemorate Marty’s many achievements and dedicate the Reservoir Avenue headquarters in his honor,” said Kennedy Center board Chairman Michele Macauda of Monroe. “He has … Read more

Quinnipiac University students visit Probate Court

Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal students visit the Trumbull Probate Court.

The Trumbull Probate Court recently hosted the members of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Probate Journal during a day of hearings held in the courtroom at Trumbull Town Hall. T.R. Rowe is judge of the District of Trumbull Probate Court, which includes the towns of Easton, Monroe and Trumbull. He wanted to build on the success of last year’s visit and has made the day an annual tradition. It is an opportunity for Probate Law Journal members to gain real-life experience of the legal issues they typically deal with only in a law school setting. The members reached out … Read more

HAN Network’s cartoonist exhibits at library

HAN Network cartoonist Doug Smith.

The work of HAN Network’s editorial cartoonist, Doug Smith, will be on display at the Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road, through Feb. 14. A reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. He will make a presentation at the library on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Smith hosts a weekly segment on HAN Network’s podcast Connecticut Pulse, called Drawing Conclusions.

Connecticut’s job decline continues

The November employment report signals a job crisis requiring bold economic reforms to jump start Connecticut’s stalled economy, an economist with the state’s largest business organization said last week. “We’ve lost 15,300 jobs since June,” Pete Gioia, an economist with The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA). Connecticut lost 3,500 jobs in November, according to the state Department of Labor, while the unemployment rate rose to 4.6%, the highest in the region. “It’s difficult to define the glass as half full when we see continued job losses like this,” Gioia said. After hitting a post-recession high in June, Connecticut’s year-over-year … Read more

Democratic Town Committee to hold caucus

The Easton Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at the Easton Public Library. The purpose of the caucus is to select party-endorsed candidates for the town committee. Nominations will be accepted between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Voting, if necessary, will begin at 8 p.m. Residents interested in serving on the Easton Democratic Town Committee may attend the caucus or send an application with a proxy. Applications may be obtained by emailing Adam Halberg, [email protected] The primary date for the election of town committee members is March 6.

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