Harlem hospital does Shakespeare


The gangs of Verona

Describes 17-year-old boy shot in head as in “grave condition”. “And for sure,” hospital spokesman Dr. William Mercurio told FWIW, “if you look for him tomorrow, you’ll find him a grave man.”



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  1. OT. It’s really heartwarming to see a young man with this kind of determination and purpose in his life.


  2. Anonymous

    From the WSJ. After all why open a business in CT that can employ 120 people. The downside s that once folk are employed, they are no longer beholden to the Democratic Party for handouts and might vote Republican. No wonder way CT is one of the worst states in the country for business.

    A water war has broken out in Connecticut.

    A bottled-water company’s plan to use up to 1.8 million gallons of water daily in the town of Bloomfield is driving a debate about the state’s natural resources and prompting legislation to address complaints about the way the project won approval.

    Opponents say the public didn’t have a chance to weigh in on the Hartford suburb’s approval of Niagara Bottling’s venture or a discounted water rate that benefits the California company—claims the company denies. Critics also say the project tells out-of-state businesses that Connecticut’s water is up for grabs.

    “It’s undermining our statewide efforts to properly manage our water,” said Lori Brown, executive director of Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, an environmental group.

    Defending the project are Niagara Bottling and the Metropolitan District, the nonprofit municipal corporation that provides water to about 400,000 residents and business in 12 towns, including Hartford, West Hartford and Bloomfield.

    It “in no way would pose a threat or strain on the [district] water supply,” said Stan Bratskeir, a spokesman for Niagara Bottling. The plant would employ up to 120 people, he said. The company plans to filter, purify and add minerals to the water it buys.

    The district sold 49.6 million gallons of water a day on average last year, said Scott Jellison, chief executive of the district. The district can safely sell 77.1 million gallons daily, he said.

    The district sells water from the Barkhamsted Reservoir, in northern Connecticut near the Massachusetts border, and the Nepaug Reservoir, about 20 miles west of Hartford.

    Mr. Jellison said the district raised water rates in recent years as costs have increased and residents and businesses have used less water. If Niagara begins buying a lot of water, the district would be able to cut rates for all customers, he said.

    “We are trying desperately to mitigate the increased water rate,” Mr. Jellison said. “The only way we can do that is to sell more water.”

    The Niagara project nevertheless set off a movement in Bloomfield, where many residents have rallied against it.

    Water shouldn’t be “a commodity that a for-profit corporation uses to make profits,” said Donna Landerman, a retired Bloomfield resident and member of the Bloomfield Citizens, a group formed to oppose the project. “It’s our water.”

    After discussions with Niagara, the district approved discounted rates in December to customers who buy more than 500,000 gallons of water a day, Mr. Jellison said. That discount, along with one on sewer services, would save Niagara about $2 million a year, Mr. Jellison said.

    State lawmakers have introduced legislation that would direct the state Department of Public Health during emergencies to order that water sales to residential consumers take priority over commercial water-bottling companies that exported water out of state. The bill also would forbid utilities from selling water or providing sewer services to water-bottling companies at a discounted rate.

    “This has started a conversation about who controls the water and what kind of safeguards are in place to make sure there is enough,” said Democratic state Sen. Beth Bye, the legislation’s main sponsor.

    The bill would better protect residents during droughts and would remove a financial incentive for more water-bottling companies to come to the state, said Kevin Gough, a Bloomfield Citizens member.

    Raul Pino, commissioner of the state’s Department of Public Health, opposes the legislation and said it could have unintended consequences.

    “It would force the commissioner of public health to prioritize one group over another and diminishes agency authority to implement a water conservation plan,” Mr. Pino said. “Enforcement would be challenging…as we currently don’t know how many public water systems have water bottling customers.”

    Ms. Bye said she would discuss modifying the bill with the Department of Public Health to address Mr. Pino’s concerns.

    Elizabeth Gara, executive director of the Connecticut Water Works Association, which represents public-water supply utilities, says water utilities comply with strict oversight from the state to make sure there is an “adequate margin of safety” for the public’s water supply, she said. “A water company is not going to jeopardize that by serving an additional industry,” Ms. Gara said.

    Many Bloomfield residents also are upset because they say that the town and the district hid Niagara’s plans. Mr. Gough, a member of the town’s Conservation, Energy and Environment Committee, said Niagara’s plan never came up for review in his committee. “No one knew,” he said.

    Mayor Joan Gamble said it was public knowledge that Niagara had expressed interest in the site as far back as 2014. Town commissions and committees, including the Economic Development Commission, held meetings in the summer and fall of 2015 where they discussed Niagara, she said. “No attempt was made to hide the business that was coming to Bloomfield,” she said.

    Opponents point out that Niagara’s applications for local permits and approvals didn’t list the company as the applicant and didn’t indicate that the facility would be a bottling plant. Mr. Bratskeir, the Niagara spokesman, said the company choose not to broadcast its intent for competitive reasons. He added that Niagara executives attended a zoning commission meeting and a wetlands commission meeting.

    Rep. David Baram, a Democrat, sponsored legislation that would require land-use and tax abatement applicants to disclose all the parties involved and the specific purpose of the application. “To me, the public interest outweighs the private interests of competitiveness,” he said.

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    • It’s not just CT, unfortunately; the irrational mob has infected our country, and elected politicians who share their hysteria. Reader Inagua often points out here that the US won’t self-destruct in the immediate future and that it’ll take decades or even longer to finally collapse. Stories like this make me fear that don’t have that long to wait.

      • Societal collapsing is happening very quickly. Look at all the institutions that have been under sustained attack and are crumbling – Boy Scouts, Christianity generally and the Catholic Church in particular, Police, private medical practices, etc. all that’s left standing is government. By design.