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Daily Five: Ritter Seeks Public Input Today

Five things to know for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

1. Today should be sunny, with a high around 31, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight should be partly cloudy, with a low around 22, according to the service.  

2. State Representative Betsy Ritter, D-Waterford, will meet with anybody who wants to come today in the Waterford Public Library.

The session is designed to give residents an opportunity to discuss issues important to them and address any concerns with Ritter as the 2013 legislative session gets under way.

"This is an opportunity for people to make recommendations for changes to our laws, discuss more general concerns or just say hello,” a statement from Ritter read. “In previous years, these conversations have been valuable to me and have provided good ideas for initiatives that have helped our community.”

Ritter will meet with residents today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the basement conference room in Waterford Public Library. Ritter is Waterford's sole state representative.

3. The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is now accepting nominations for the organization's 63rd-annual Citizen of the Year award. This honor is given each year to a man or woman for outstanding contributions to the civic and business community, according to a chamber release.

Nominations must be received by February 15th. The PDF to nominate someone for the award is attached to this article. For more information, contact the Chamber at (860) 701-9113.

4. Tonight, three new movies open at Waterford’s Regal Cinemas.

Broken City, a movie starring Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, plays at 4:35, 7:15 and 9:50. The Last Stand, an action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, plays at 4:40, 7:10 and 9:45. And Mama, a horror, plays at 4:10, 7 and 10.   

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5. On this date in 1990, Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting. And on this date in 1993, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed in all 50 states for the first time.

Quote of the Day

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

-Anais Nin

Trivia of the Day

On this date in 1958, Willie O’Ree became the first black player to play in what sport?

Yesterday’s Answer: If there were 13 months instead of 12, each month would have exactly 28 days, not including leap years.

Fake Mr. Fuji January 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM
I thought it was John Ritter coming to Waterford. Got all excited for nothing.
Dave Lersch January 18, 2013 at 04:07 PM
What can we do to get earlier notification of these public comment opportunities? I feel you're missing an opportunity to hear from a wider and more diverse audience.
Deb Roselli Kelly January 18, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Also Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm : WATERFORDrama presents "The Laramie Project" and Sunday at 6:30pm "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later".

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