Waterford Goes All Democrats; Town Rushes to Save Waterford Beach

A look at the week that was.

Well, I guess any week that features a Presidential election is a pretty busy news week. And this was no exception.

On Tuesday, America – and Waterford – voted to re-elect Barack Obama to a second term as president. , also voted Joe Courtney to another term in Congress and Chris Murphy to succeed Joe Lieberman in the US Senate. On the state level, Waterford again re-elected Betsy Ritter to her fifth-term as the representative of Connecticut’s 38th District and Andrea Stillman to her fifth term as the senator of Connecticut’s 20th District.

What do all those people have in common? All Democrats, as the party swept the board. Also, all those candidates are incumbents with the exception of Murphy, who was serving in the US House of Representatives before taking over Lieberman’s post.

Perhaps more interesting though than the real election was the mock election at Clark Lane Middle School. There, students split their ticket, voting for Obama for president but Republican Linda McMahon for senator. It was also interesting to interview the students and hear what issues were important to them, with many saying they were worried about gay rights, clean energy and, as it seemed to be the theme this election, “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

It wasn’t all election news though. The town was still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, as the storm damaged some areas that might take years to repair. Perhaps the best example of that is the sand dunes at Waterford Beach, which have protected the beach for all these years and prevents Alewife Cove from running right through the beach, meaning residents would lose access to it. The dunes were breached in three areas by the massive storm surge of Sandy, and now the town is figuring out ways to fix them.

On Monday there was an event very dear to Waterford Patch’s heart, the first ever trunk-or-treat event at Cohanzie Fire House. With the town telling residents not to trick-or-treat on Halloween, Waterford’s Shannon Mayer decided to hold a trunk-or-treat event at the firehouse as a Halloween make-up event. The event drew a huge turnout, which was spiced up by Jamkat, a husband and wife DJ duo that donated their time for the event

At the event, Patch collected non-perishable food items to give to Waterford’s interfaith food locker. On Thursday, we donated the food, and found out the interfaith food locker is busier than ever. Apparently the Great Recession has left more people than ever without food in Waterford, as people have lost their jobs or had their hours cut back.

In other news, a Quaker Hill man was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography, it was revealed that Connecticut had the third-highest tax burden in the country, the alleged Crystal Mall peeping Tom was told to stay away from the mall and a Nor’easter struck Waterford. O, and a huge Patch shout out to this very deserving 17-year-old...

Ron November 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM
It is an absolute dream come true now that Waterford and CT is 100 % Democrat. This is the dream ticket and nothing could be better for the town and State. Sit back citizens who made this dream become a reality and enjoy the benefits as they will be coming fast, furious and too numerous to count. Thank God, things will just get better and better now our team is at the wheel and driving us all to victory.
Matt Bartkowski November 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
That cool-aid must taste delicious.
Daniella Ruiz November 11, 2012 at 05:22 PM
let's all buck up and get our hands dirty! time to put aside old grudges,put that long long nose to the grindstone, wear it down a bit so we don't look so aristocratic. bow the head to the greatest leader of the greatest nation on the orb. line up for your deserved lashes at the hands of those who don't need to work! after all, "The One With Tears" is destined to greater things! We are at your command! Lead us to the promised places you mentioned earlier! Poor Romney, some said he was 'crestfallen' or something such. Not to worry, another will soon fall into place, to give the masses another infusion of great ideals to aspire to, wonderful rewards to come. Think warm fuzzy thoughts, through the haze of the alcohol, drugs, and Diazepam so many seem to need to get through each day. Pharma you'self up good, make it worth the while of the doctor visit, don't go away empty handed, even if your pockets have been turned inside out looking for spare change to pay the co-payments! (he he, I'll do anything to get my mind off reality at this point, can't you tell?)
Justin November 11, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Lol Ron! You elected officials to give you benefits! Go get a job you leech.
Casey November 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM
So now our National agenda is defined by Blacks and Hispanics and paid for by working white men - beautiful!
Ron November 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Justin: Why work ? I voted Democrat. There is absolutely no reason those who voted Democrat have to work anymore. Have you been out of the country during the election, or the last 4 years to be missing the benefits our party has promised all of us ? With Molloy and Obama leading or nation and State, work is a thing of the past, is obsolete, and completely unnecessary unless you are bored of the beach, boats, cars, dining out, gambling, and travel. I hope you keep working, and get a lot of overtime, because we Democrats are needing some good rest and relaxation, and can use the money. Thanks for making our lifestyle possible.
ZIGGY November 12, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Well Obama got the majority of the minority vote including single white woman...Romney got the majority of the male vote including married woman...does that mean the Republicans should run a poor minority to relate?
Casey November 12, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Absolutely - you only need to look at how the voting for Jesse Jackson Jr. went to know how capture this voting block. Jackson, who did not campaign at all, is under investigation by FBI and is in rehab for a serious disorder won his election by a landside. I am very concerned that voters such as these get a say in setting the political agenda. If you don't think this matters, you only need to look at how Obama dealt (or did not deal) with issues relating to illeagal aliens. His actions were not in the best interest of Americans but he certainly got the Hispanic vote. Politicians (Democrat or Republican) make decisions based on whose vote they need to stay in power - this fact is destroying the US.
ZIGGY November 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
How are the Obama lovers gonna love him when 6 million get fined because they don't have Obama care----how are the 12 million Medicare Advantage subscribers gonna love him when their rates go up(notices going out within a few weeks---how is the general public gonna love him when on Jan 1st their tax rate will be going up------------gotta love Obama-----so glad the ignorant selfish & stupid voted for him
BJ November 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
ZIGGY: You miss the point for the selfish. There is no cure for willful ignorance. The media will spin whatever happens to be republicans fault. The liberals want what they want, and they do not care how they get it... as long as it does not require sacrifice on their part and as long as they can feel good about themselves in the process. "Tax the rich!" That is their cry. TARGETED DISCRIMINATION, and they feel good about it. They are hateful people, looking for a scapegoat.
Ron Kadlecik November 18, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Connecticut is the most indebted state in the union (on a per capita basis). What have we done? We put the same people back in office that got us into this mess and we expect change??? We just told our elected officials that they have been doing a great job and we want more of it! Guess what - we will get more of it!


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