Connecticut First
4:33 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Fracking Protests; High Chances of "Sneeze" This Spring; Metro-North Update

Hundreds of advocates for prohibiting the storage of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as it’s called, delivered petitions with over 5,600 signatures to lawmakers at a rally on Wednesday at the LOB. Though Connecticut doesn’t have the natural resource deposits to engage in the process of digging for natural gas,  many fear that companies seeking to store the waste created by the process will make their way to into Connecticut from outside the state. They want Governor Dannel Malloy and lawmakers to prohibit it.

Cold Winters Mean Bad Times for Allergy Sufferers

Tuesday night’s snow was a reminder that the cold Winter might not be done with us yet here in the northeast! In addition, the winter might have adverse affects on those of us who suffer from allergies. Simply put, cold winters make healthier trees. Healthy trees produce plenty of blooming flowers…and that means plenty of pollen! The winter weather did not allow trees to bloom early, as milder winter’s have promoted in years past, but according to researchers and local scientists, look for a ‘maximum strength’ allergy season due in part to higher pollen counts this year, especially from red maple trees.

Metro-North Updates Commuters on 100-Day Plan Progress

Metro North Commuters got an update on the Railroad’s 100-day Improvement plan at a meeting Wednesday night in Stamford.  Executives of the commuter railroad, including the senior vice president of operations, were scheduled to address the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, an independent state board that acts as an advocate for Metro-North commuters. The meeting was open to the public: and among the topics covered were the railroad’s stated priorities to operate safely, communicate better and restore performance. 

UMASS Probes the Affects of Gambling in Massachusetts

Researchers at UMASS Amherst are conducting a 3 and a half million dollar project which covers almost every area of the potential effects casino gambling will have on the state.  The research team gave two members of the Massachusetts gaming commission a report on Tuesday. A UMass spokesperson said, ”The purpose of the research is to investigate as many as possible the social and economic impacts of the introduction of casino gambling in Massachusetts as those roll out over a number of years.” Many have an adverse reaction to the news of casino’s coming to their area, but according to Massachusetts gaming Commissioner Stephen Crosby, nobody has very good data on the subject. The UMass research team plans to introduce all of its findings to the commission in September.

The Buyer Saved $70 Million on This Home!

Connecticut residents can boast about a lot of things they are proud of. People are still talking about our  duel college basketball champions. Now they can say this state hosts the most expensive single family home ever sold in U.S. History. The Copper Beech Farm in Greenwich went on the market last spring with an asking price of $190 million. The Greenwich Times reported that the 51-acre home, which once belonged to the Lauder-Greenway family, was sold to the Conservation Institute LLC for the final price of $120 million. According to realtor David Ogilvy, who listed the property, that makes the sale the most expensive residential transaction in U.S. history, beating a $117 million home sale in California. 

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