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Rick Stahr March 18, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Thanks for the heads-up. The website wasn't updated to include the second mailing that went toRead Moreevery address in South Windsor. The second mailing included information regarding tax implications. Here it is: http://supportsouthwindsorschools.org/media/SWBOE%20Master%20Plan%20Second%20Mailer%20(2-3-2014).pdf Sorry for the delay!
Robin February 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Spotted a young coyote and adult in the street on Orchard Hill Drive just after I'd picked upRead Moreschool children on my bus route there this morning. Please monitor your pets AND small children!
Robin February 27, 2014 at 01:00 PM
I saw a young coyote and an adult in the street on Orchard Hill Drive this morning , just after IRead Moreha d picked up small children on my school bus route there. PLEASE monitor your pets and small children!
Tig March 04, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Increasing awareness, getting newspapers involved, and getting the town involved sound like a bunch Read Moreof liberal ideas. We need some "control measures" alright - shoot 'em.
Elizabeth McGuire February 03, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Agreed. What's the point of a local Patch, if the news isn't local? Guess it was an experiment that Read Moredidn't work, unfortunately. It is a reflection of the sad state of journalism..print and electronic
Gail Pison Montany February 03, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Thanks guys. I'm doing my best though.
Elizabeth McGuire February 03, 2014 at 01:21 PM
And you are doing a great job, Gail. That's why I subscribe to the JI. Your coverage of SouthRead MoreWindso r is terrific. But, I have to admit that I really liked the ease of being able to get up in the morning, open the Patch on my phone and check the local news. I wish someone could find a way to make the hyper local on-line model work.
Philip E. Koboski January 30, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Actually, the Town Council did the town a tremendous service by choosing an Ambulance service withRead Morea proven track record over one that has not serviced the town in a proper manner, both fiscally and medically. The Manchester company will be providing the higher level of service at no additional cost, where SWAC wanted to charge the town extra for that service. As an aside, since both of these companies are not Town Departments, there is no "outsourcing" here. It was an interesting way to twist the word in order for it to meet your point in the post, but like your point, the use is incorrect. I go back to a point I made a little while ago; The attorney for SWAC should allow the report that the Town Council received to be mad available to the public so everyone has a full understanding of how this decision was made. We have to believe that there is informatin in that report that is far from flattering to SWAC, otherwise we would see parts of it all over the Patch.
Eileen K February 01, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Right, so chosing an ambulance service that had a 20 minute response time to a critical situationRead Morela st year is a "good service". I think what they meant by outsourcing was seeking an out of town service. Not so settling when ASM covers 10+ city/towns in addition to transfers. Also, im pretty sure both SWAC and ASM offered a zero bid. Plus SWAC is offering two ALS ambulances and fly car, and ASM is offering one from what I hear.
Tom Lines February 01, 2014 at 04:45 PM
It sounds like the specture of an RFP was the catylst for SWAC to offer what they had already beenRead Morea sked to do multiple times before. If their inaction was the fault of leadership that is no longer there, then I feel badly for the hardworking members of SWAC. If that is true, a gamble was taken by that leadership with the workers' chips. I suggest that the ire of those SWAC members is therefore misplaced. With respect to the tragic incident that happened, the reason that it took so long for an ASM ambulance to show up was because both SWAC ambulances, housed nearby, were not available. If SWAC had upgraded as they had been previously asked by the TC, perhaps they would have been equipped and staffed and could have been there in seconds. ASM would not even have had to be summoned. It makes no sense to blame that incident on ASM bc of a delay that was caused by SWAC's inability to respond at ALL, much less 20 minutes. In the larger scheme of things, it is a tragedy that it took the loss of a beautiful young girl to force everyone, the town included, into giving this the urgency it should have been given. For whatever reason, and on whatever topic, SW's elected officials have never been able to make decisions. Our mantra seems to have changed to "Lets form a committee and study [fill in the blank] some more, and when the committee is finished, let's argue over the results, and after that, let's ignore their work and allow people to spread lies and mistruths. And when that is ovet, let's have a refetendum". The best thing that can happen here is that the Patrea (sp?) tragedy will ensure that it never hapens again. And yes, I would be amazed if there wasnt a huge lawsuit. People like to complain about the abundance of lawsuits, includng me, but if there were ever a case that cried out for one, look no further. And if there was ever an example that the threat of a lawsuit is what it sometimes takes to get people to change, this is also a textbook case. A big and and painful lesson to pay for waiting for 20/20 hindsight to guide us.