Connecticut - Paradise Lost

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"A wave of education funding cuts hit Connecticut cities and towns on Monday, forcing them to freeze spending and consider tax increases as the state moves into its fourth month without a budget."  "  Joseph De Vaila, The Wall Street Journa l, October 2, 2017. For family-oriented Manhattan professionals, CT was a good bet to buy a house. At least in the right suburb or town. The resale value would likely remain high.

Fatal Christmas Fire, Stamford, Connecticut - Eighth Anniversary

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For the residents of Stamford, Connecticut, the transition involved encountering unspeakable tragedy. That story still remains in the hearts of human beings way beyond the Gold Coast of Connecticut. Christmas Eve was over. Then the seasonal joy moved into actual Christmas Day. It was still very early. And it was 2011. Some heard the sirens. Some saw the flames. Some received the news on their digital devices. A This Old House had caught fire.

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Connecticut - Is it jinxed?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Recently Fairfield, Connecticut lawyer, Christopher Andrews , was shot dead by police as he was attacking his wife and three children. Mega corporation GE is pulling out of CT and relocating across the border in Boston. Three horrors haunt the state.

Thaddeus Farrow Dies in Connecticut Car Accident

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As USA Today reports, he died in a Connecticut hospital after a car accident. Disabled Thaddeus Farrow had once been a "throw-away" human being in India. Then celebrity Mia Farrow adopted him. He made a life for himself as part of the large Farrow family and learned a trade as a mechanic. His short life was once of inspiration for all the disabled. Current Affairs Personal Musings Travel Values

Connecticut - Souring of The American Dream

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Residing in the state of Connecticut used to be  the symbol of having made it. That was hammered in pop culture. Ad executive from fictional programming "Mad Men" Peter Campbell got on the Metro North in Cos Cob, CT to play the big game in Manhattan. Earlier, in a novel and film, it was Tom Rath in "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" who hopped the commuter train in Westport, CT.

Brand Connecticut - In The Crapper

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In influential New York Magazine, Annie Lowrey publishes her article "What's The Matter with Connecticut?" " Here you can read that insightful deep dive into the erosion of Brand Connecticut. When I had first moved to Fairfield, Connecticut from Washington D.C. Given the vestige of WASPY aloofness in Connecticut, no one seemed to give a damn about anyone else as we struggled in the snow, ice, and frigid temperatures. 

Jon Nowinski (1981-2019) - Connecticut's St. Francis of Assisi

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Francis of Assisi of Connecticut.  The measure of a man is not in years. It's done in how much he gave of himself to others.    Jon Nowinski only was with us 37 years. But during that time he managed to cram in three major missions on behalf of others. The most recent has been in animal rescue. As I remember Jon, he had been the St.   The New Haven Register recounts how he parachuted in after disasters to not only help animals in distress.

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Lawyers as Character Actors - The Norm Pattis Show Opens in Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On May 24th, 2019, Jennifer Dulos went missing on the Gold Coast of Connecticut. Today, the arrests for murder or conspiracy for murder have finally been made. Those include estranged husband Fotis Dulos. He is accused with capital murder, murder, and kidnapping. His one-time girlfriend Michelle Troconis has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. And Fotis' former civil lawyer Kent Mawhinney will probably be accused of conspiracy to commit murder.

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A Truly Heroic Speech

Manner of Speaking

Six-year-old Benjamin Wheeler was one of the victims of the 14 December 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Recently, Benjamin’s father, David Wheeler, gave testimony at a public hearing before the Connecticut State Legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. Analysis of a Speech David Wheeler Newtown Connecticut speech analysis

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Holiday Season Had Been Cruel To Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Early one Christmas morning, a fire broke out in Stamford, Connecticut. The three Badger young daughters and their grandparents died. The house was torn down. The mother, Madonna Badger, was hardly injured. Physically. Later she attempted suicide. To give life a shot, she spent time out west with a therapist. That worked. She returned to the advertising business in Manhattan and married. The children's father and she had divorced before the tragedy.

Connecticut Living + Family in Disney's Celebration Florida - Anthony Todt, Allegedly Overextended

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The typical Connecticut story is the family living beyond their means. That's not difficult to do since the tax situation in itself is outsized. For example, property tax on a residence in Trumbull (not exactly Greenwich or Westport) is about $21K annually. There is also a forever property tax on each vehicle. Buy a new car and the fee is slow to go down. In a three-car family, oh boy! Public schools are viewed as not acceptable. Private schools can cost what college does. 

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Connecticut - Taxes Driving Out Rich (and middle-class)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Connecticut, there is annual property tax on every auto you own. It's assessed according to the value of the car. So, if you buy a new one, for several years your tax will be high. Late in paying in? Your car is towed away. The property tax on your residence is even more brutal. In Trumbull, which is about a 45-minute-ride east from Greenwich, the annual tax on a modest single family house is about $21,000. And, yes, for years there has been an income tax in CT.

Hearts Break in Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's such a heartbreaking day in Connecticut.    I wish that attorney David Dow, who recently wrote AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXECUTION, could come from Texas to Connecticut.    The great hope of the state economy - gambling at Monhegan Sun - sputtered.    It announced that 355 people would lose their jobs.    Actually more than that many positions were eliminated but some of those cut could be deployed in other jobs. 

The Moving Van - Rethinking that Symbol and Lots More about Relocating from Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's the dominant meme among those whose earnings have peaked or, after a career setback had gone on a downward trajectory: leaving Connecticut.    The gallows humor for that is the cliche request for the last person to leave to shut off the lights. And, the moving van has become a symbol of the victory of financial common sense over comfort zones.    In the Hartford Courant , Susan Campbell chronicles the trend. Of course, she mentions the high CT taxes.

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Peace Be to Madonna Badger - 7 Years After Fatal Christmas Fire in Stamford, Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In addition, in the years after that fire in 2011 in Stamford, Connecticut, in Badger's life was also the loss of the girls' father Matthew Badger.   I had awaken very early Christmas morning in Connecticut seven years ago. How do you "get over" the loss of three young daughters, your mother, and your father in a fatal Christmas morning fire? You don't.

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Connecticut - UBS, Aetna, GE and I All Fled

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For three consecutive years, the state of Connecticut has lost population. In addition, it has lost major corporations such as UBS, Aetna and GE. Yet, those supposedly in the know can't agree on why this is happening, explains Derek Thompson in The Atlantic. All that is certain is that CT is not what it once had been in fact and in fiction. One of its wealthy towns - Westport - had been the setting for the 1955 anti-corporate novel "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit."

Connecticut - Tragedies Seem To Occur In A Set Of Three

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The state of Connecticut, part of scenic New England, has been the setting for three relatively recent horrific tragedies. As the state continues to heal, let's pray this holiday seasons that the universe will smile on Connecticut for the next 100 years. One was the home invasion of the Petit family. Compared by many to the senseless crime chronicled by Truman Capote in "In Cold Blood," it resulted in three murders.

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Message: Few Showed Up For Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy's Parade

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Jessica Roy reports in New York Magazine , today was Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy's parade celebrating his inauguration. Sometimes the public signals in subtle ways. Other times the messaging is blatant. Few showed up.    I wasn't among the few who did. That's because last April I threw in the towel on trying to succeed professionally in CT. The cost of doing business was too high.

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Petit Home Invasion: Connecticut's 9/11

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Connecticut time is divided into Before and After the Petit home invasion in tony town of Cheshire.  "  Over and over, out of nowhere, someone in Connecticut will reflect, "How can that man go on, how can he, after losing his wife and two beautiful daughters."  It's not that Connecticut has been spared other kinds of tragedies. 

Connecticut: We are mourning our dead, again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The 20 children massacred at Sandy Hook, Connecticut Elementary School - this is the third time we have lost children.    Connecticut is with them.    Last Christmas day we woke up to hear the news that three girls and their grandparents had died in an early morning fire in Stamford.    Their mother Madonna Badger made it out of the house but probably will never be able to exit her grief.    We understood why she tried suicide. 

Michael Skakel's Next Trial: Gawking, reporting in Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 There is now much to look forward to Connecticut.   Connecticut-based established media and bloggers like myself can make names for ourselves before, during, and after the second trial. Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel is out on $1.2 million bail.   Here is the account in NEW YORK Magazine.  While the new trial happens, some of the Kennedys will be here.  We can gawk. the global media will be everywhere.

Toddlers & Books: Miller Public Library, Hamden, Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That's what I have concluded from observing the brisk business at the check-out counter at the Miller Public Library, Hamden, Connecticut.  Print books still cast their spell on toddlers.    Pre-schoolers, with their mothers, grandmothers, and sometimes even fathers, check out about 7 print books at a time.    Those books are from the children's section, oversized with many images and the minimum of words.

Linda E. McMahon Has Spent Nearly $100 Million in Senate Races

TJ Walker Interactive

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Connecticut - We had our White Christmas, thank you

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Before the snow really started to pound New Haven County, Connecticut, the stores were jammed with people. Today had all the characteristics of Christmas Day.   They weren't scooping up bread and milk.  Their carts were full of the kinds of goodies we tend to splurge on for a special holiday like Christmas.  I had a sugar high just observing their merchandise go along the conveyor belt.  I was no slouch either with the treats.

Ad Executive Madonna Badger Cuts Last Tie with Stamford, Connecticut - Lost 5 Family Members in Christmas Fire

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was in a fire that swept through her large house at 2267 Shippan Avenue in Stamford, Connecticut. On early Christmas morning in 2011, advertising executive Madonna Badger lost her three young daughters, mother and father. At the children's memorial in Manhattan celebrities, including Calvin Klein, attended. The world wondered how any mother could heal from such a catastrophe.    A few years later her former husband, the children's father, died of a heart attack.

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Connecticut, Cars, Nemo: The worst isn't over

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The trusty red roaster is in the parking lot serviced by an outside vendor, not those maintaining the complex where I live.    After an ample breakfast I dressed warmly and headed out to that parking lot to dig out my car.    Tomorrow I don't have to be at the client's office until 4 P.M. but I wanted to get all my ducks in a row. The red roaster was at the far end of the parking lot which had not yet been plowed. 

Veteran's Day: Connecticut Legal Help Needed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You're an attorney in Connecticut specializing in expungement of records.    If you are a Connecticut attorney specializing in expungement who can work for a low fee or know of someone, please contact David Schmidt at dschmidt@lslawyers.com , 908-709-0500.   And, although this is not pro bono, it will be low paying. A veteran back from combat duty in Iraq needs your expertise.    His superiors want him to apply to Officer Candidate School. 

Triple Petit Murder: Connecticut's "In Cold Blood"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

More than the lousy economy and midterm elections, we in Connecticut are transfixed by the trial in the triple murder Petit case and the push for the death penalty.  So do many other residents of Connecticut.    The world will watch if Connecticut gives in to the mob and agrees to the death penalty. 

Barnes & Noble: Hero of Connecticut Small Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  My section of Connecticut was one of the few which didn't lose electricity. Hurricane Irene has been the enemy of small business.    Much of our low-cost communications systems were knocked out.    After all, we don't have all the redundant back-ups of a large corporation.  Without the Internet, we would soon be out of business. 

Connecticut - Metro-North commuter train, symbol of success, crashes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Metro-North commuter train from Westport, Connecticut to Grand Central Station in Manhattan is a symbol of success in that iconic novel "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit."    THE NEW YORK TIMES reports that yesterday during the evening rush hour the train heading back to Connecticut crashed with another Metro-North train. 

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NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT ADVOCATE, Dead: Bad sign for alt-weeklies

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Amidst the shifting landscape in media, the print NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT ADVOCATE couldn't manage to survive.  Begun in 1975 as an alternate weekly, it took on issues in an edgy way.  As of today, it is dead. Here is the coverage on how it has been rebranded by corporate parent Tribune Company as CT NOW.   This casts a pall over the future of all print alt-weeklies.

Newtown, Connecticut: It could become tourist mecca like Salem, Massachusetts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is a capitalist society so some alert entrepreneurs could spot the tourism potential in Newtown, Connecticut just as they did in Salem, Massachusetts.    Both were places where horrific events took place.    That revenue pouring into Newtown could fund building a new school to replace Sandy Hook Elementary. 

Gold Coast of Connecticut: Too few had flood insurance

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Why didn't more homeowners on the Gold Coast of Connecticut carry flood insurance? THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reports on three towns in that area.    In Norwalk, 6% had it, Westport, 13%, and Fairfield 12%.    Given the high income levels in those towns, the premium cost of about $585 couldn't have been a deterrent.    And after Irene, homeowners had to have been aware of the risk of severe weather. It's odd what people will not spend on. 

Sandy Hook School Shooting: Tragedy again visits Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A state known for its quiet living, Connecticut has become the national focus of tragedies set there.    That began in the home of Dr. Petit in an upscale neighborhood. His wife and two teenage daughters were murdered by two thugs. Both  Both have been sentenced to death.  Last Christmas, three young girls and their grandparents died in a house fire in upscale Stamford. 

March 31, 2014: Snow in Central Connecticut, Hold the Troubles Talk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Snow began in central Connecticut about 7 A.M. There seems to be a correlation: The longer the snow season lingers in the high-pressure Northeast the less bearable is listening to Troubles Talk.  Or, come to think of it, any uninvited conversation.  However, those with a deficit of Emotional Intelligence (EI) seem clueless about that principle. This morning the date is March 31, 2014. It is now almost 9:30 A.M. and it is getting heavy.

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Connecticut Post-Alfred - 430,000 still w/o power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Wet snowstorm Alfred hit Connecticut last Saturday afternoon.    Here it is Friday evening and 430,000 are still w/o power.    It seemed like all of them were at my 12-step meetings this week.    And none at the meetings had drunk through the ordeal, even though some had to bunk with with their grown children whose power hadn't gone off. One couple who had sobered up together five years ago turned the ordeal into an adventure. 

Newtown, Connecticut Slaughter: Spare us reminders of that, Madonna Badger fire, Chelsea home invasioin

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Who doesn't know that the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut murder of 20 children and six adults is coming?   We here in CT know that most of all.  And most of us struggle to put that behind us.  Along with that tragedy, we have had to absorb the fatal fire in Stamford which took the lives of Madonna Badger's three children and parents.  Before that there was the Chelsea home invasion which took three lives. Our feeling is predictable.

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My Boring Life in Senior Housing in New Haven, Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The 1400 unit complex called Bella Vista in New Haven, Connecticut provides subsidized housing to us geezers.   They marvel how fast I can get around, and without a walker, electric wheel chair or scooter.    Given that this is senior housing, no one is focused on the worsening tragedies in Japan.    As usual, the preoccupation is personal aches, special rides to medical doctors's offices, and, damn it, bingo is cancelled again.

Healing in Connecticut: Dr. William Petit, Wife Christine welcome baby boy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Six years ago, the Cheshire, Connecticut home invasion shocked the nation. Two years ago, another tragedy happened in Connecticut.  At the end of it, Dr. William Petit II was the sole survivor. Two thugs had snuffed out the lives of his wife and two young daughters. Dr. Petit attended the trials of both, with ended in death sentences for both. On November 23rd, Dr. Petit and his wife Christine Paluf welcomed a baby boy.

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No Cars on Road: Nemo makes Connecticut look like day after end of whatever

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here in Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy banned all driving, except for emergency vehicles.  The next election is won or lost, depending on how adeptly politicos manage a severe snow storm.    Nemo has been severe.    So, it's no surprise that the powers that be have been taking decisive action.   As I look out my window from my high rise residence, all roads are empty of cars.    All.

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One = Three religious questions in Obama's Connecticut speech

Max Atkinson

The full transcript of President Obama's speech at the Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. For students of rhetoric and oratory, there's always a silver lining to the horrific mass shootings that have become such a regular feature of American life - because one thing that's certain is that we'll get to hear yet another example of President Obama making a masterful speech that catches the mood of the nation.

Petit Murders: It's not over for Dr. Petit or Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The one survivor Dr. William Petit and our state of Connecticut still have to go through the execution and then the trial of his partner next year.  There was no closure today with the jury's decision on the death penalty for Petit murderer Steven Hayes.    After that trial, depending on the verdict, there will be more. Somehow this reality that horrific things just don't end is jarring.    Everyone wants the Petit legacy to disappear. 

Staples in North Haven, Connecticut: Mario hero of small business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Off to Staples in North Haven, Connecticut I went to buy one.  Chastened by The Great Recession, I was determined to extend the life of my Dell laptop as long as possible.    So when the keys began to stick on the keyboard I had no intention of buying a new one.    From experience I knew that I could just switch over to an external keyboard.    Here in New Haven, the car situation is much like that of Manhattan: forget owning one.