1. Today should be mostly sunny, with a high near 88, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight should be clear, with a low around 66, according to the service.
2. Patch got an interesting fact sheet by Board of Education member Anne Ogden of Monday.
Just for some background, last year the mall held a press conference announcing and said they would be taking the crystal chandelier out of the mall, saying it was not made of real Waterford Crystal. Patch was later contacted by the person who said the crystal was indeed real Waterford Crystal and it was an extremely valuable piece. The mall later agreed
Anyway, Ogden gave us a fact sheet Tuesday about the chandelier that her recently-passed father had stored away. Some facts are interesting, like there are 12,826 crystals in the chandelier, more than 100 people worked to build the chandelier over a four-month period and it was the largest crystal chandelier ever made by Waterford Crystal Inc. The chandelier weights one ton and is 8-feet high and 12-feet wide and has 4,960 watts, according to the sheet. And perhaps most impressive of all, each piece of crystal on the chandelier was hand-cut by a master craftsman, according to the sheet.
3. Recently, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the firing of an employee by a company that does contracting work at after the employee did not report her arrest, according to energycentral.com.
The company Securitas, which does work at Millstone, fired a female employee in December after the employee was arrested last April and did not tell Securitas about the arrest, according to the website. Employees are required to report all arrests to their employers if the company does work for Millstone, according to the website.
The NRC said the firing was appropriate and will take no further action on the issue, according to the site.
4. Okay, I need everybody to vote for Erin Eccleston’s dog, Hunter, in the Patch regional Top Dog contest. Hunter easily won the Waterford contest and now is competing against other town’s Top Dogs, lame towns like Montville and Ledyard (boooo). I think all in Waterford should take two seconds and vote for Hunter, as he is in a very tight race for first place (and it is a winner-take-all contest). To vote, and leave a comment for Hunter!
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5. On this date in 1840, Samuel Morse received a patent for the telegraph. And on this date in 1863, West Virginia was admitted as a 35th state.
Quote of the Day
“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”
Trivia of the Day
What former Celtic center played in the most games in NBA history?
Yesterday’s Answer: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for passing along American information to the Soviets about America's nuclear program.