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March 2 ~ 15, 2011 the Resident 860.599.1221 www.theresident.com


residentGovernor Record Crowd Hears Governor Malloy Explain Controversial Budget


story & photo by Lisa Saunders


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packed room gathered at the Mystic Marriott, Groton, to hear Governor Dannel


P. Malloy speak about his contro- versial budget at the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut breakfast on February 22.


“Our attendance - 442 people - set


a record. It was the largest turnout for a breakfast program in our history,” said Bruce MacDonald, Director of Communications, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. Gov. Malloy, who won by a close election in early November, was warmly greeted with a standing ovation. Discussing the budget he was handed on November 15 with the more than three billion dollar defi cit, he said, “There was a structural defi cit which we have ignored so long at our own peril that it was about to swallow our state.”


He described how he immediately went to work on balancing the budget, which he is legally required to do. “We cannot borrow money to cover our operating expenses. That’s why we got into this problem to begin with.” In addition to increased taxes, some of his proposals include downsizing the government, like the number of state agencies from 81 to 57, which is a 30% reduction. ”We’re going to draw a line in the sand, establish our means and then from this day forward, at least while I’m governor, we are going to


Women in Biz


Vicki Anderson Executive Director


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center


The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center is a 501-C-3 non-profit in its 25th year of service to the community. Vicki Anderson will begin her 10th year as Executive Director of the PNC on April 1. To her, it’s more than a career – it’s a ministry. The PNC services are divided into two


categories. They are (1) Preventing Homelessness by providing an array of vital basic needs services and programs to help financially stabilize a family/ individual in order that they can continue to pay their rent/mortgage, and (2) Preventing the Loneliness and Isolation of Seniors by providing services such as transportation to medical appointments and life-enhancing activities; congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, exercise classes and creative classes as well. The PNC has a staff of five full-time and fiver part-time people actively engaged in their jobs. Every program area is populated with a wonderful crew of exceptional Volunteers.


Vicki Anderson Areas such as the Emergency Food


Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently spoke at the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut breakfast at the Mystic Marriott, Groton, before a record turnout of 442 concerned CT entrepreneurs and business owners. To help explain his controversial budget proposal, he said he will be boosting tourism advertising dollars to entice visitors to our state. He believes his budget will produce jobs and makes his case clear by stating “We’re going to draw a line in the sand, establish our means and then from this day forward, at least while I’m governor, we are going to live within those means.”


live within those means.” The tourism industry, however, was going to get a boost. Despite budget cuts, Gov. Malloy promised to make “strong strategic investments, like 15 million dollars a year to advertise our state.” Stating that this area is the “hot spot of Connecticut” because of the two casinos and many other points of interest, Gov. Malloy said he wants to get the story out about why tourists should come


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Local Girls go to State Basketball Competition


roton Parks and Recreation is proud to announce that two local girls, Alexandria Huber and Taylor Wolfgang, have won both the


local and regional Hot Shot Contests sponsored by the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association. At the regional level they competed against girls from six other towns in their age division. The Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association Hot Shot Contest is a statewide basketball event. Each player has one minute to shoot from “hot spots” placed on one half of the court. Starting at the center of half-court, the player dribbles into shooting range.


The contest challenges a


player’s speed, shooting, dribbling, and rebounding ability. Three one-minute rounds constitute the duration of play for each player. The top scorer in each division moves on to the next level of the contest.


Alexandria Huber advances to the State event in the Girls 9-10 year old bracket and Taylor Wolfgang advances in the Girls 11-12 year old bracket. Alexandria and Taylor, who both play basketball with the Groton Parks and Recreation GBA program, will represent Groton on April


(l-r) Groton Park & Recreation announces two local girls, Alexandria Huber and Taylor Wolfgang, have won both the local and regional basketball competitions, Hot Shot Con- tests and CT Recreation and Parks Association. Alexandria advances to the State event in the Girls 9-10 year old brack- et and Taylor advances in the Girls 11-12 year old bracket.


2 in East Hampton against other regional winners. Congratulations to Alexandria and Taylor. The staff


at the Recreation offi ce along with their coaches and teammates, wish them well at the State competition To post your comments, visit: www.theresident.com


to the State of Connecticut. For example, he keeps a photo in his offi ce of Mystic Seaport’s large boat in dry-dock so he can entice people to visit the maritime museum. Gov. Malloy believes his budget will ultimately produce jobs in Connecticut. “If we stay the course, we will be better for it and we will own our state again.” To post your comments, visit:


www.theresident.com


Pantry, the Career & Casual Clothing “Closet,” the Weekender Backpack Food Program for Children, “Keeping Babies Warm & Well,” the Office Receptionists (12!), Senior Lunch Program, PNC Newsletter Mail Team, Special Events – PNC Volunteers one and all! This Spring the PNC looks forward to tilling its Community Garden. It will feed the spirit and stomachs of a community. Volunteers will be needed to help plant, weed, and harvest. The garden is the PNC’s symbol of hope. It symbolizes our belief that tomorrow will be better – but only with the help of our neighbors. We celebrate Spring on April 30, at the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration with our Spring Fling! Please join us!


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center www.the-pnc.org • 860.599.3285


Professional Paperhanger The Great Wall


Sonia Barone


Sonia Barone of Waterford is a talented, well-liked and admired woman in the wallpapering profession. Her business, The Great Wall in Old Saybrook, was started almost 25 years ago in 1986. Wallpapering was Sonia’s passion then and it is her passion now.


Her customers are very satisfied and keep coming back.


“When I started out in business, my goal was to provide homeowners and designers with a professional, reliable, competent service with an emphasis on being highly detail oriented,” Sonia explains. “Next was to build a solid customer base.”


Sonia Barone


“My customer base includes homeowners with whom I’ve done multiple projects, and often, multiple homes. My customers are confident when calling me that I will take care of their homes as if they were my own. Pet and child safety, dependability, and completing a project promptly are standards I strictly adhere to.” “People often ask me how I got started. I started out as an Industrial


Painter in a factory. I was the first woman in maintenance in the facility’s 100 years. The lead painter took me under his wing and taught me what he knew about painting and wallpapering. Quite soon I knew that wallpapering was my passion and would be my career.” Sonia has also completed wallpaper projects at The Griswold Inn in


Essex, Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme and Harkness Mansion in Waterford. Testimonials from some of her customers can be found on her website:


www.finewallpapering.com. Sonia is fully insured and licensed by the State of CT. Sonia offers free estimates and free consultations. You can contact her by phone: 1.800.767.0992 or 860.395.3709 or email: greatwallct@yahoo.com.


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