Editor's Note: We normally run this column on Sunday, but we have another story we'd like to share on Sunday. So here is the week in review, a day earlier than expected (you can thank us later).
This week was a really busy week. And I know, I write that every week because it is a good way to start the column. But this really was a busy week, highlighted with three breaking news alerts – Three! – issued on Thursday alone (the previous daily high was one).
There were many stories that were well read this week, but let’s start with a series of articles about a string of daytime burglaries in Waterford. On Wednesday, we had a story about how Waterford Police asked residents to be vigilant, as six homes were burglarized in the daytime in the past two weeks. On Thursday, we had a story about how police allegedly caught the alleged burglar, Scott Tyrone of New London.
On Friday, we had the story of how they caught Tyrone, with his downfall a gold pocket watch. And later in that day, police raided Tyrone's home, and along with finding many of the stolen items, they found marijuana plants as well.
But it wasn't all crime, as there was some good news to balance it out. Our story Tuesday was about a Waterford family that appeared on Family Feud. The family wound up winning big on the show, completing one of the greatest comebacks in Feud history, and then was flooded with congratulatory texts and phone calls from the community.
Thursday, there was a story about everybody’s favorite issue, taxes. In a blunt meeting Wednesday night in Town Hall, some of Waterford’s most influential elected officials debated how to control the tax rate and if services needed to be cut. The group didn’t seem to embrace the idea of cutting services, but did demand more out of town boards – particularly the Representative Town Meeting – when it came to holding department heads responsible for their budgets.
On Thursday night, the Waterford Board of Education laid out its goals for the upcoming school year, and Monday we had a story about the Women’s Shelter changing its name and its mission. There was also a piece on a new grant that gives low-income Waterford residents a loan to make home improvements, another about the importance of flu shots and yet another saying the DMV will finally allow PETRONE to be a license plate. Also, Thursday there was devastating news that Mohegan Sun was laying off hundreds of people.
Then there was this piece of news, for which the nation will be unlikely to recover from. And on Wednesday, we gave you one more reason to hate the nation's big banks.