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Daily Five: Waterford Promotes Wellness

Five Things To Know For Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

1. Today should be mostly sunny, with a high near 83, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 69, according to the service.

2. Monday night, as the Representative Town Meeting was debating to approve , the 72-member Local 1303-037, RTM member Sharon Palmer questioned the town’s wellness programs.

Palmer said raises for town employees were relatively low. Instead, the real issue is containing health insurance costs, and research shows the best way to do that is to provide effective wellness programs, she said.

“I think that is where we are going to have real cost savings, and that is where we should be focusing,” Palmer said.

First Selectman Dan Steward agreed, and said the town is looking to install new wellness programs to keep employees healthier and to lower health insurance costs. Steward said new human resources director Adrienne DeLucca has already started a Weight Watchers program for employees at no cost to the taxpayers. DeLucca volunteered herself to oversee more wellness programs.

3. Well, disaster averted.

Monday night the to continue to be part of the Southeastern Council of Governments.

Mayor Daryl Finizio originally said , something that would have hurt all 20 towns in SCCOG, including Waterford, according to SCCOG Executive Director Jim Butler. Butler said all the towns in SCCOG have all paid their dues for at least 30 years, and SCCOG has recently  secured $1.9 million for New London to improve the city’s infrastructure. He also said losing New London’s contribution would be a “big hit” to SCCOG's budget.

Waterford First Selectman Dan Steward is the chairman of SCCOG. Steward said he was happy New London paid its dues and will continue to be a member of the group.

4. The is holding its monthly

Miranda Creative, a Norwich-based branding agency specializing in social media, will lead the session on how organizations can optimize social media for their benefit. The event is free and open to all members of the chamber.

The luncheons will take place on the second Wednesday of each month from June to December.

5. On this date in 1974, President Richard Nixon announced on he was going to resign from the presidency the following day. And on this date in 1963, Confederate General Robert E. Lee sent a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis following the Confederate’s defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg. Davis refused to accept the resignation, and Lee stayed on as general.

Quote of the Day

“What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.”

-Sammy Davis, Jr.

Trivia of the Day

What was Confederate General Thomas Jonathan Jackson’s nickname?

Yesterday’s Answer: The Rock of Gibraltar sits off the tip of Spain, and is owned by the United Kingdom.  

Tambria Moore August 08, 2012 at 01:45 PM
To be more accurate, the city council would not fund the membership (and others) under their department budget, the administration budget was not funded by city council for memberships they passed to admin. but instead further cut..so they had to work it out. Since both the mayor and a designee from city council or a city mgr can attend the meeting per the groups rules, it became a rather silly discourse. A ridiculous tug of war in a tight fiscal environment.

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