Child Guidance Center Serves More Child Victims of Crime
The number of child victims of crime seeking services in our communities is increasing. The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC) served 125 new child victims of crime from July 1 through September 30, 2016 — a 30% increase compared to the four months prior. Children who have been victimized often struggle with a tremendous amount of physical, mental, and emotional trauma. These children may display symptoms such as sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, and nightmares. The long-term consequences of not receiving quality treatment include poor physical and mental health, substance abuse, and involvement with the criminal justice system.
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Dec 29, 2016 - 2:33:55 AM

A Letter to the Norwalk Community from Mayor Rilling
Dear Friends,


I am happy to announce the date of the 2017 Mayor’s Ball will be Friday, January 27, 2017. As most of you know, Continental Manor, which graciously hosted the Mayor’s Ball for over 20 years, closed unexpectedly last January. Since it was the only location in Norwalk large enough to accommodate the 500 or more guests who attend the Ball each year, my staff and I went to work right away to look for alternatives. We researched and priced potential locations, and left no stone unturned. When a thorough search confirmed that none of Norwalk’s facilities had the capacity needed, we asked for ideas, and considered a number of other options.
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Oct 26, 2016 - 2:07:31 PM

OPINION: Wood-burning fire pits and other wood burning appliances create the new "second hand smoke."
Wood smoke has become the new "second hand" smoke and it is making thousands of people sick across the country. The components of wood smoke are virtually the same as cigarette smoke and yet wood smoke is hardly regulated while cigarette smoke is highly regulated.
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Oct 17, 2016 - 6:25:32 AM

Opinion: We Deserve a 21st Century Transportation System
From ancient times, the major cities of the world were established along well-traveled trade routes. Even in the short history of Connecticut, cities like Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and Norwalk were established on major waterways. As these cities grew they were connected by post roads, then railroads and finally highways. Each means of travel advanced communication and commerce, allowing Connecticut cities and their suburbs to flourish.
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Oct 4, 2016 - 5:49:38 PM

OPINION What the world needs now
I know you think it’s love, sweet love (and that is probably true) but, at least when it comes to financial markets, what the world really needs now is a weaker dollar. And, no, not just for some, but for everyone. More
Feb 15, 2016 - 3:33:51 PM

OP-ED: Norwalk Fire Department- a 10 year perspective
First, I am honored to have had the privilege to serve the City of Norwalk as Fire Chief. It has been an experience of a lifetime. Norwalk is a dynamic and exciting place that presented many opportunities and challenges. Personally and professionally, this made every day interesting. My sincere thank you to the community, City departments and partners who have made this journey memorable and life-changing. More
Sep 1, 2015 - 1:06:42 PM

OPINION: Is America Headed For Nothing At All?
Our congress should immediately put on hold any H-2A agricultural visas and H-2B non-agricultural visas. People are brought in from other countries on these visas to work for as much as 20 - 45% cheaper labor than our own American people. Business owners need to invest in America. They need to hire the American people.
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Aug 23, 2015 - 11:03:37 AM

OPINION: President Jimmy Carter is still working and work will save this nation
America is only as good as our workers and doers. Dreamers are critical. Faith is vital. However, faith and dreams without works are dead.
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Aug 16, 2015 - 2:31:23 PM

OPINION: Why are our children playing on toxic playgrounds and athletic fields?
Why is it when PCBs are found in a school, the school is closed while they remove it? No one says - we know it is a carcinogen but we do not know whether the children will be exposed at a level that will harm them. Instead, the carcinogen is removed before the children return.
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Jun 29, 2015 - 9:07:33 PM

OPINION: West Haven Domestic Violence Case Demonstrates Need to Strengthen Protections for Victims
It is alarming how quickly some domestic violence offenders are able to get out of jail after posting bond, sometimes after paying a certain portion of the bond up front, and other times having paid nothing. The announced on Tuesday settlement in a 2010 case involving a domestic violence murder-suicide in West Haven reminds us of the importance of strengthening our laws to protect victims of domestic violence. The offender in the case was released from jail following an arrest for assault on his wife and he returned to their home and killed her less than twelve hours after the arrest.
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Apr 22, 2015 - 9:03:18 AM

OPINION: Taking the Entrepreneurial Approach to Philanthropy
Individuals and corporations in Connecticut are among the most generous in the country when it comes to supporting non-profit organizations.
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Dec 17, 2014 - 5:18:36 PM

Four Suggested Priorities at the Crossroads for Hartford Education
Achieve Hartford! today issued its first Annual Open Letter to the Superintendent and Community, urging full community attention to sustain the momentum of Hartford school improvement.
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Jul 22, 2014 - 9:58:04 PM

SBA Op-Ed: Getting More Loans into the Hands of the Underserved
As the New England Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, it’s my job, and the job of the agency, to try to help as many small business owners and entrepreneurs as possible access the capital they need to start or grow their business.
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Jul 15, 2014 - 10:48:48 AM

Advocating for Dyslexia Resources (opinion by State Rep. Michael L. Molgano (R-144))
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As I sat in the public hearing for “An Act Concerning Special Education,” I was deeply disturbed to hear the stories from students and parents about the lack of support and knowledge about dyslexia. The bill, which I co-sponsored, would include dyslexia on the individualized education program form, to require boards of education to inform parents and guardians of their right to withhold enrolling their child in kindergarten and to create a three tier funding scheme for excess cost payments.
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Mar 28, 2014 - 5:39:18 PM

Christmas Is About Hanging in There
A lot of people have given up. My father fell off a barn when I was about thirteen years old. He cracked his vertebrae and missed about six months of work. There was no unemployment insurance, or federal relief money. Everything became very lean as life was put on hold in hopes of better days.
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Dec 19, 2013 - 9:17:49 PM

OPINION: America's Miserable Minimum Wage Crisis
Americans do not want to work for the minimum wage. Who does? Recent demonstrations at McDonald's restaurants demanding $15 an hour wages are understandable. American people need more money to exist. Making a minimum wage only means you are living in poverty and need government and charitable assistance in order to survive.
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Dec 13, 2013 - 4:00:27 AM

Mollette: American Universities - Taxpayer lottery winners
A 501(c)3 not for profit is normally a charity, church, religious group or community service organization. It could even be Liberty University in Virginia that enrolls over 50,000 students a year online and receives over 450 million dollars each year from the federal government. The money comes from the students who use federal aid to pay for their education. This happens in all states but usually on a smaller scale. The college or university eventually qualifies for a Council on Higher Education Association accreditation. Schools who want the free federal dollars jump through every hoop and dance every step necessary to keep their accreditation.
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Dec 8, 2013 - 8:29:09 AM

OPINION: Our New Affordable Care Act - Hold On
America cannot afford to be without medical insurance. You cannot financially survive without medical insurance. One trip to the hospital for a few days can devastate you for a lifetime.
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Oct 2, 2013 - 11:12:38 AM

A Common Budget for a Common Goal
On August 20, 2013 the Stamford Board of Finance will vote on whether give the Turn of River, Springdale and Long Ridge fire departments an additional $1.4 million dollars in taxpayer money. This is despite the fact that Stamford voters overwhelmingly approved the consolidation of fire services under the direction of one citywide fire chief this past November.
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Aug 16, 2013 - 4:55:51 PM

Molgano: Budget desecrates spending cap
Due to a recent health issue, I was unable to vote on many issues towards the end of session, including the budget. However, I would like to let my constituents know my vote would have been a firm “No.” This budget does everything but “balance” and uses a variety of dishonest ploys to prove it does; it raids special funds, especially Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund, generates new revenue from the gambling game “Keno,” and increases the gas tax to about 4 cents/gal immediately. All of these actions further leave Connecticut in a state of crisis and guide us toward an uncertain future.
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Jun 14, 2013 - 3:19:37 PM

Our American Economy
We can have a stronger economy by creating jobs in America instead of sending them to Mexico, China, India and other parts of the world.
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Apr 16, 2013 - 11:27:04 AM

ConnCAN: “Delaying Statewide Educator Evaluation Program Breaks Promise to Connecticut Kids”
As voters across Connecticut express their desire for the state legislature and governor to continue moving forward with teacher and principal performance evaluations, the legislature’s Education Committee is considering a bill that would break the promise of great teachers and principals made to our kids less than one year ago. This bill, S.B. 1097, would delay implementation of a statewide educator evaluation system.
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Mar 15, 2013 - 4:19:01 PM

The new immigration proposal - trying to fix squares with triangles when the wheel was already invented
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What makes us a great nation sometimes makes us forget that we are not the only ones out there that have the right answer to a problem. On Monday, a bipartisan group of senators in Washington proposed a “blueprint” for a comprehensive immigration reform. Great. Finally, playmakers on both side of the aisle are sitting together to work out something that has been needed for decades. Let's see how long this relationship lasts.
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Jan 29, 2013 - 10:45:00 AM

CCADV: Domestic Violence important part of gun safety debate
Of the ten people killed last year in Connecticut as a result of intimate partner violence, eight of them were killed with a gun. On Wednesday, President Obama outlined his proposals for federal gun regulation policies, including criminal background checks for all gun sales, including private sales. While gun safety is and should be a broad topic, an important component of that conversation is the connection between guns and domestic violence fatalities.
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Jan 17, 2013 - 10:36:29 AM

State Rep. Molgano (R-Stamford) letter to voters
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From the sleepless nights I’ve spent debating legislation in the House of Representatives to the long hours of committee meetings spent diving deeper into the issues facing our state, I’ve always done my best to keep your hearts and minds with me on every vote I have cast.
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Jan 3, 2013 - 8:04:51 AM

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