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Daily Five: Waterford Lends New London a Paw

Five things to know for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

1. Today should be partly sunny, with a high around 43, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight there is a chance of snow, with a low around 20, according to the National Weather Service.

2. Since November, Waterford has been helping out New London shelter animals, according to a story written by our friends at the Montville Patch and the New London Patch.

New London’s animal shelter was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy after a tree fell on it and the municipality was left without a place to shelter animals. The city was using Montville's animal shelter but also has been using Waterford’s animal shelter as well, according to the article.

To read the full piece, click here.  

3. Tonight is a busy night of town meetings, and there might actually be ones that people will actually want to go to.

Tonight at 7, the Board of Education is holding its second budget workshop in Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public and the Board of Education will take feedback on a $44.87 million proposal by Superintendent Jerome Belair for the 2013-14 school year. This is the last budget workshop, and then the Board of Education will take final action on the budget at their regular meeting on January 24th.

The proposal represents a 1.5 percent increase over this year’s total. For more information about the budget, click here. Also, it is worth noting that once the Board of Education takes final action on the budget on the 24th, it will be sent to the Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting for review. Both of those bodies can only cut the budget, they cannot add to the total.

4. Also tonight, the Board of Selectmen continues its budget reviews at 5 in Town Hall.

The board will review six budget proposals for the 2013-14 fiscal year by six departments: Public Health and Nursing, Social Service Grants, Youth Service Bureau, Senior Services, Recreation and Parks and Community Use of Schools.

Again, the meeting is open to the public.

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5. On this date in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address to the nation, and warned of the military-industrial complex. And on this date in 1917, the United States bought the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.

Quote of the Day

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

-Dwight Eisenhower

Trivia of the Day

If there were 13 months instead of 12, how many days would each month have (not including leap years)?

Yesterday’s Answer: In 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service during the Spanish-American War.

Bill Lessig January 17, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Why not bond Waterford-New London resources, talent and vision to better the lives of all citizens? Can we get out of the survival mode and enter the thrive mode? time has a way of slipping into the future...begin today! Your thoughts/ideas in this regard...think big.
Kevin Girard January 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM
I'll recommend bonding with New London when we both pay the same amount of taxes. Since my tax bill is rather large, I call that thinking big. Also, if you've watched the government debacles unfold in New London (think about a mayor asking his police to look the other way when someone has drugs), you gotta think Waterford would be getting the losing end of the stick in the "talent and resources" department.

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