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Bill Hillman April 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM
What I had heard is that the intersection at the entrance to the school will have a lane open withRead Morea traffic signal. Expect pain. the October 2013 town newsletter saidPlumtrees at Whittlesey and Walnut Hill Roads: This long awaited improvement, in the planning and permitting stages for nearly a decade and a half, is scheduled to go out to bid soon, with con- struction beginning in 2014. This project will realign Whittlesey, Plumtrees and Walnut Hill into a standard four - way intersection, which will decrease the rush hour traffic backups caused by the current “dog leg” bridge configuration.Construction will probably last two years, but is NOT expected to create major traffic problems as the majority of work will occur adjacent to the current roadway, without the need for major closures.
Bill Hillman April 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM
http://www.hvceo.org/transport/tprojectsbethel.php
efiddes April 13, 2014 at 02:15 PM
from your mouth to the god of traffic's ear. LOL
Dan Gaita March 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Make it more efficient for businesses to operate in CT. Incentives for reinvestment in CT's townsRead Morean d cities desimated by the economic collapse. How? tax free zones for businesses willing to hire CT, operate in CT and keep jobs and production in CT.
Dan Gaita March 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM
All the above requires a combing through the existing business and corporation legislation.Read MoreCurrentl y this chapter of the CT Statutes has 399 separate sections. We also need to look at how the post 9/11 homeland security features have retarded CT businesses through export laws that have killed manufacturing industries.
mjk March 26, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Governor of The Constitution State! Please ask CT to reconsider having "sunsetted"Read Moreth e renter's rebate program. I could not qualify as a first time applicant last year which left me sore. The program would have given me a much needed $440 benefit that would have allowed me to meet my winter needs. I'm a 5 year disabled Bethel resident with a Social Security Disability income of less than $800 per month. Thank you.
Paula Antolini March 09, 2014 at 08:29 PM
A valid question. Mr. Duff not all "media" allow anonymous authors, just some do.Read MorePublish ing standards are up to the individual publication. The internet is a forum for the free exchange of ideas. I happen to agree with you that people who use their real name have more conviction in what they say. Those who choose to remain anonymous should have their ideas evaluated, as it might be a mere matter of privacy, unless they abuse the system. A good idea should always be considered and abusive words looked upon as not coming from a reputable source. However, do not confuse different opinions as abusive words. I don't think I have to explain the difference. Common sense will discount unacceptable behavior and respectable ideas will prevail. Yes, we have to wade through the bad stuff unfortunately, but if not for anonymous screen names many good ideas might never be heard.
Rick March 10, 2014 at 07:41 AM
I personally just use my first name for privacy reasons, and to avoid any physical confrontationRead Morefro m those who may disagree with my views on a given subject.....people have been attacked for less.
Paula Antolini March 10, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Yes Rick, exactly what I had mentioned, the privacy issue in the choice to use an anonymous screenRead Moren ame, and there could even be many more reasons than you mentioned, to choose that route. I think anonymous names would not even be an issue if certain individuals had not abused the privilege. Unfortunately, the internet opened up a whole host of problems we are still sorting out. We have witnessed individuals online that make a game (or shall we say in some cases, a career) of using harsh words upon other people who post comments, and I've seen that in some cases it does not even have to do with a constant subject matter, they just bash across the board. How sad for them that they feel this disruption is amusing. Many of the issues on Patch are very thought provoking and range from the lighthearted to serious issues, and some extremely interesting discussions transpire on Patch. Readers who choose to exchange ideas in an intelligent manner, and often on Patch, are most appreciated.
Bill Hillman March 08, 2014 at 10:42 PM
most spoke against 4 year terms for 1st selectman
J. P. Gallagher March 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Could someone really be "inside looking out" instead of "outside looking in"??
Outside Looking In March 10, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Oh John Philip- we've gone over this before. Get a grip on life, you and your republican buddiesRead Moresee m to think that once someone disagrees with your pathetic rants or whining that they must be involved in the current administration. News Flash for you, that isn't the case.
Andrew Wiggin March 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Ms. Smith I would have your lawyer request the IP addresses for both MK and Jane D for yourRead Moreupcoming suit. In addition, I would ask Bethel Patch editor Aaron Boyd to take down this post and deactivate the accounts of MK and Jane D. I would begin tracking any fluctuations in business so you can determine damages to be sought from MK and Jane D.
Taylor Smith March 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Thank you Andrew for the editor information. I have copied the thread and forwarded it to my lawyer Read Moreand will contact Aaron as well to see about getting the IP addresses.
Rick March 28, 2014 at 06:29 PM
"Jane D March 27, 2014 at 09:48 PM Ive only read your first line and if you want to talkRead Moreabout slander, then please continue." I can't believe what I'm reading....especially after you responding to my post that I'm an "idiot".....definitely suffering from some disorder
Bill Hillman February 28, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Looks like there's only one public hearing on the 7th. an "informational" meeting isRead Moreplann ed for the 12th... meaning the only PH where the input counts (legally) for this is on 3/7. Presumably the majority selectmen plan to listen on the 12th and consider what's said, but can't call it a public hearing because of Statute. hmmm
Outside Looking In March 05, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Oh look two of the Bethel Republican all-stars complaining again. JP Gallagher, the martyr of theRead Morepa rty. Wasting people's time on greenwood ave and in front of the post office pontificating about a run down old town hall building and then subsequently purchasing misleading election signs. What's next JP? Then we have Bill Hillman, really bill, what better do you have to do on a Friday night? The comedy you two provide is great, keep up the good work!
Bill Hillman March 05, 2014 at 11:33 PM
Outside, or whatever you are, I'm a member of the Charter Commission. The question here is notRead Morewha t better things I have to do, and there are many, but how and why Mr. Knickerbocker chose or forgot to schedule this till literally the last minute. Having spent over 16 months on the commission, it's an insult for this to have been scheduled the way it was done. Don't you agree? Or, perhaps the charter interests you not!
Val March 02, 2014 at 07:50 AM
But aren't they planning on fixing the other bridge at the bottom of the hill that goes to theRead Moreschoo ls?? Does anyone know??
Dre March 02, 2014 at 01:46 PM
May?? 2015??
Paula Antolini March 03, 2014 at 12:29 PM
View latest UPDATE interview with Knickerbocker, and 117 PHOTOS of Walnut Hill Road / LimekilnRead MoreBrook Bridge Project (last 3 months of documentation photos) here: http://bethel.patch.com/groups/paula-antolinis-blog/p/photos--update-latest-from-knickerbocker-walnut-hill-road--limekiln-brook-bridge-project
Dan Gaita February 18, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Here is an excerpt from Dave Walker: from the link above. "Malloy celebrated an allegedRead Moresurplu s of about $500 million. I use the word "alleged" because it is largely a contrived illusion. The claimed surplus is due primarily to temporary factors, selected gimmicks, and various creative accounting practices. For example, most of the revenue increase is attributable to a temporary extension of taxes that were supposed to expire, a surge in revenue due to the dramatic rise in the equity market in 2013, and a new, and presumably long-term, gas tax increase. The state deferred or refinanced scheduled bond payments, including accrued interest, and used bond premiums and borrowed additional funds for operating purposes. And believe it or not, our state treated certain bond proceeds as revenue for budget purposes. The "bottom line" is the alleged surplus is manufactured with additional taxes and more debt. The governor also conveniently failed to mention in his address that, based on reasonable assumptions, we are expected to have a budget deficit of at least $1 billion in the next biennial budget period (2016-2017) and that Connecticut has the highest liabilities and unfunded obligations per taxpayer of any state in the union. These are facts and they represent a real threat to our collective future. Despite the above, we heard Malloy propose a number of election-year giveaways in an attempt to curry favor and buy votes. For example, he has proposed a one-time $55 per taxpayer credit when he permanently raised taxes by an average of hundreds of dollars a year per taxpayer early in his tenure. In addition, Malloy proposed to exempt half of teachers' pension payments, and not other government workers, from the state income tax. Interestingly, the governor's support among teachers has declined significantly during his tenure. Both of these proposals represent political pandering and are inappropriate given the current and projected financial condition of the state. It is time for more truth and transparency regarding the true state of our state. Connecticut ranks at or near the bottom of all 50 states in connection with a range of key economic, financial and competitiveness statistics. We are rapidly approaching a tipping point and a major course correction is in order."
Paula Antolini February 20, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Here's some food for thought to solve the "mandatory" deer-killing andRead Morehunters/guns/enviro nmental dilemma: THERE IS A BETTER WAY! I love "TED" talks....and if you have some time and want to learn that "Everything is Connected" in this world, (and that humans have messed up the balance of nature because they think/thought they knew better, DUH!).... take some time to view these 4 talks, ranging from 11 to 13 minutes each, and become enlightened! http://www.npr.org/2013/09/27/216098121/everything-is-connected
Paula Antolini February 20, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Another issue has now become the railroad lines, Danbury line in particular, MTA/Metro-NorthRead Moreproblem s of which have now created a hazardous situation for resident not only while they cross the tracks but also on the road approach to those tracks, as cars stop abruptly when suddenly seeing a train on the tracks, yet other cars behind them might not realize that car stopped, thus causing a possible collision to happen. THERE IS A DISCONNECT between MTA/Metro-North, the CT DOT, MTA police and town police and elected officials, in that dangerous problems are not addressed promptly due to haggling over who is in charge of what. Meanwhile citizens are put at risk daily. There is NO excuse for train gates not working for extended periods of time particularly (months, even after officials are notified) and NO excuse for not IMMEDIATELY providing traffic warning signs at EVERY crossing concerned. This mismanagement is likely to cost lives if not corrected. Residents have reached out to all possible sources yet the hazard still remains to this day while a date for and end to railroad repairs is still not on the horizon by anyone. SHAME!!!!
Val March 02, 2014 at 07:53 AM
My husband came home with a flyer from Metronorth saying they are working on the 'lines' andRead Moreschedul ing will be different. Do you know if the tracks in Bethel will be part of that?
Paula Antolini March 02, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Val, Bethel is part of the Danbury branch so here is the scheduleRead Moreinfo.: http://bethel.patch.com/gro ups/paula-antolinis-blog/p/until-further-notice-metronorth-danbury-line-has-new-temporary-schedule
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