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WNYC News

Hardest Hit by Blizzard, Hamden Still Digging Out From Record Snow

Monday, February 11, 2013

Three days after the blizzard, quiet settled over snow-sacked neighborhoods in Connecticut. Light rain on Monday emptied residential streets that had been dotted with crowds of sledding children and optimistic driveway shovelers over the weekend.

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WNYC News

Long Island, Connecticut Still Struggling to Recover

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Most of the region was preparing for an almost normal Monday morning commute. But eastern Long Island and much of Connecticut and were still digging out from more than two feet of snowfall.

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WNYC News

Connecticut, Long Island Dig Out from Winter Blizzard

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Connecticut and Suffolk County, Long Island, were among the areas hardest hit by the storm that blew through the region Friday night. The storm knocked out power to thousands and dumped almost three feet of snow in some areas.

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WNYC News

Pro Tips: Snowstorm

Friday, February 08, 2013

Much of the region is under a blizzard warning as a nor'easter bears down on the area. Here's the latest on official statements, planning and updates that you'll need to watch.

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Transportation Nation

YEAR IN REVIEW Connecticut

Thursday, January 03, 2013

A Metro-North commuter train arriving at Westport station (photo by Matt Hintsa via flickr)

(Neena Satija - CT Mirror) As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, it’s time for that obligatory look back on the last one. Some big stories for Connecticut commuters in 2012:

A major storm prompts rail closures for the second year in a row. In 2011, Metro-North suspended service during Tropical Storm Irene and suffered severe damage to its Port Jervis Line; this time around, it was the New Haven Line’s New Canaan branch that was badly hit. But most praised the quick recovery of the tri-state area transportation system, much of which was back online within two to three days after the storm. The full consequences of the damage incurred by the storm are probably yet to be felt, however, with damage to the New York’s MTA system in the billions — and, as of Jan. 2, a federal aid package for the region affected by Sandy has yet to be voted on.

An old rail line gets … well, older. As Metro-North officials keep telling us, the New Haven Line is one of the oldest in the country. Commuters had several painful reminders of that this year, as everything from derailing trains to power problems (or perhaps squirrels???) to signal issues to 100+ year-old bridges that wouldn’t close stranded them for hours. And yet, some data suggest it was still actually a better year for the rail agency than 2011, when severe winter weather and extreme heat caused even more issues.

Fare hikes, followed by … more fare hikes! Metro-North prices jumped 5.25 percent in January of 2012. By the time the legislative session in Connecticut rolled around several months later, a few lawmakers tried to make sure more hikes wouldn’t be in the cards — but they weren’t successful. Ticket prices jumped up again this year, by 4 percent.

Tolls?! Often considered the third rail of Connecticut politics for the past three decades, tolls quietly entered the conversation last year as a way to pay for badly-needed transportation projects and infrastructure upgrades. The calls got louder by the end of the year, and the state will begin studying the prospect of tolls on I-84 and I-95 in earnest in the coming months.

CTFastrak. Following plenty of spirited debate, the Connecticut General Assembly approved a $567 million to built a 9.4-mile road from Hartford to New Britain that will be exclusively for buses. Known affectionately — and derisively — as the Hartford-to-New-Britain busway, the huge project (mostly funded by federal money) saw skepticism even from those who eventually became its greatest proponents. Now, construction is well underway, to the chagrin of many — including some downtown Hartford residents.

A conversation starts about the future of rail travel in the Northeast Corridor. OK, so it’s really just the environmental review process that’s starting, and maybe some people are kicking around some early ideas for what rail travel could really look like between Washington, D.C. and Boston in the next few decades. Also, we don’t really have money to do any of this stuff, on a federal or state level. But still, it’s good to dream!

A fight over parking in Stamford. Given that the waiting list for a monthly parking pass at Stamford’s train station — the busiest in Connecticut — is about two years long, there really is a fight going on about this. First, Connecticut’s Department of Transportation asked people for their input on plans to improve the parking situation at the station — but wouldn’t tell people anything about those plans. After much public fuming, the state created an advisory panel consisting of five citizens who were given a tiny bit more information about those plans than the rest of us. Most of us still have no idea who has submitted proposals to replace a parking garage at the station, and what exactly their proposals are — for which they will get $35 million in state aid. The DOT is expected to make a final decision soon.

Here’s to bigger — and hopefully, better — stories for commuters in the coming year.

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WNYC News

Reflections on Newtown: No Safe Place

Friday, December 28, 2012

If it were fiction, you couldn’t call the place Newtown. That would be too much. You couldn’t name the devoted, martyred principal Dawn. Or the shooter, Adam Lanza – lanza meaning lance or weapon, but also thief.

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WNYC News

Reflections on Newtown: How My Ill Mother Took the News

Thursday, December 27, 2012

For many, 2012 is ending on a sad note following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month. WNYC asked five writers to reflect on the tragic event.

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WNYC News

Reflections on Newtown: Beautiful Town

Thursday, December 27, 2012

For many, 2012 is ending on a sad note following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month. WNYC asked five writers to reflect on the tragic event.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting

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WNYC News

McCarthy, Gun Control Advocate, Says Newtown 'Hit the Heart of Everybody'

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy has been calling for gun control since her husband was among the six people killed during a mass shooting on the Long Island Railroad in the late 1990s — and she told WNYC on Wednesday that she thinks the Newtown shooting is enough to move the needle.

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WNYC News

In Newtown, The General Store Becomes A Grieving Town's Front Porch

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The General Store in Newtown, Connecticut, is playing a central role following the mass school shooting last week.

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The Takeaway

Connecticut Tries to Move Forward after School Shooting

Monday, December 17, 2012

The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has left the community reeling. Colin McEnroe, host of "The Colin McEnroe Show" on Connecticut Public Radio, explains how the state is trying to move forward.

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WNYC News

Seeking Refuge at Church, Residents of Newtown Turn to One Another

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Houses of worship all across Newtown, Connecticut have been open day and night since news of the shooting ripped through the town Friday.

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WNYC News

First Sunday Mass After Sandy Hook Shootings Ends Abruptly

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Families in Newtown seeking solace and trying to find a sense of normalcy kept up with their usual Sunday morning tradition of attending mass in the wake of Friday's mass shooting.  But that peace was abruptly shattered as a bomb threat at a local church forced an evacuation.

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WNYC News

In a Tight-Knit Community, Friends Grapple With Consoling Loved Ones

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Residents are gathering at a local diner and at places of worship, overwhelmed with the weight of the tragedy and finding comfort in one another as investigators puzzle together what happened.

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WNYC News

Coach, A Father, Finds Out Little Leaguers Are Among the Dead

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Brian Butler and his wife coach little league in Newtown. Their 7-year-old son is on the team.

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WNYC News

A Father Mourns the Loss of His Daughter's Best Friend

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Newtown, Connecticut, is a small town nestled in Fairfield County. It is home to roughly 27,000. Its main street, Churchill Road, winds through the town center past restaurants and shops and Colonial style homes draped in Christmas decorations.

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WNYC News

Names of Victims in Conn. School Rampage

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Share your thoughts for the families or your remembrances of the victims. We've included a list of their names — and encourage you to share your reflections on the lives cut short.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Special Coverage: Newtown, CT School Shooting

Saturday, December 15, 2012

At 12pm, Brian Lehrer hosts a one-hour special on the Sandy Hook school shooting, in conjunction with WSHU and WNPR in Connecticut.

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The Takeaway

Shooting at Connecticut School Leaves Dozens Dead

Friday, December 14, 2012

We'll have live updates starting at 3 PM Eastern on the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that has reportedly left at least 27 people dead, including over a dozen children.

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