HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — REPORT FINDS NEARLY 100 CONNECTICUT STATE EMPLOYEES MAY EARN MORE THAN $100,000 IN OVERTIME. HEARST CONNECTICUT MEDIA REPORTED SATURDAY THAT STATE POLICE OFFICERS, MENTAL HEALTH NURSES AND CAREGIVERS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE THE WORKERS WHO’VE RECEIVED THE HIGHEST OVERTIME. THOSE ARE ALSO AGENCIES THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED STAFF REDUCTIONS. ONE STATE POLICE SERGEANT HAS SO FAR EARNED MORE THAN $214,000 IN OVERTIME THIS YEAR.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — CONNECTICUT’S HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE COO SAYS A FEDERAL COURT RULING DOES NOT AFFECT SIGN-UPS FOR HEALTH CARE PLANS. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER JAMES MICHEL SAID SATURDAY THAT ACCESS HEALTH CT “WILL NOT LET THIS NEWS GET IN THE WAY” OF EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED. ACCESS HEALTH CT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT CUSTOMERS NOW HAVE UNTIL JAN. 15 TO SIGN UP FOR COVERAGE THAT BEGINS FEB. 1. SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR COVERAGE BEGINNING JAN. 1.

 

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (AP) — THE NEW ENGLAND BALLET HAS DONATED HUNDREDS OF NUTCRACKER TICKETS TO FOSTER FAMILIES IN THE BRIDGEPORT AREA. THE PERFORMANCES ARE BEING HELD ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT KLEIN MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM. DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMISSIONER JOETTE KATZ SAYS THE DONATION OF 300 TICKETS IS THE PERFECT EMBODIMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN SUPPORTING CHILDREN IN VULNERABLE CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

LITCHFIELD TOWN CLERK LISA LOSEE HAS A MESSAGE FOR LOCAL VOTERS AS THE DECEMBER 19TH REFERENDUM ON A TOWN HALL OPTION & AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT APPROACHES. FOR RESIDENTS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ON THE 19TH BUT UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE POLLS THAT DAY, ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH TUESDAY DECEMBER 18TH IN THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE. THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN WEEKDAYS 9AM TO 4:30PM TO CAST ABSENTEE BALLOTS ON THE REFERENDUM QUESTIONS.

 

 

GOSHEN HAS OPENED 95-ACRES OF REMOTE FOREST LAND FOR PASSIVE RECREATION. FIRST SELECTMAN ROBERT VALENTINE SAYS THE LAND OFF EAST STREET NORTH NEAR THE NORFOLK LINE COMBINES TWO TOWN-OWNED PARCELS OF 52.4 & 43 ACRES WHICH BORDER TORRINGTON WATER COMPANY LAND. VALENTINE INVITES RESIDENTS TO CHECK OUT THE NEW ACCESS AREA OFF EAST STREET NORTH AND ENJOY THE PROPERTY. A GRAVEL-COVERED PARKING, PICNIC TABLES AND MARKED HIKING TRAILS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. SOON, A KIOSK WILL BE INSTALLED WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPERTY.