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CORNWALL — Part of the mystery of the white boxes installed on utility poles around the town was solved at the Tuesday, Oct. 1, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.

First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported that Altice (parent company of Optimum) installed the boxes as an early step in offering mobile phone service to the town. The information was reported in an email from Andy MacDavid, who had attended a recent Cable TV Advisory Council meeting in Litchfield as Cornwall’s representative. At that meeting an Altice representative gave a report.

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Cornwall

BOE adopts bullying prevention policy

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CORNWALL — A Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy — and a plan to implement it — were adopted by the Cornwall Board of Education Jan. 17.

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It takes a village (and the state) to make vault safe for paint job

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CORNWALL — It’s been about 40 years since the Town Hall vault walls have been painted. Behind the shelves there are patches of bare cement block. What was painted is now peeling badly. The cement floor could use work, too.
Town Clerk Vera Dinneen’s original plan was to do the work herself, maybe with a little volunteer help, over a weekend. She envisioned a much brighter atmosphere, with light from the old fluorescents reflecting off glossy white paint.

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Preparing for emergencies

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CORNWALL — Staying safe during emergencies begins with preparation. Cornwall residents can start planning right away.
To do now
•Register at www.Ctalert.gov to receive mass notifications via means other than landline.
• Register cell phones and other emergency contact information at www.cornwallassociation.org.
Keep this handy
• 911 — Call for all emergencies.
• 211 — Call the United Way Infoline for immediate needs.
• Call the selectmen’s office at 860-672-4959 for non-emergency aid and to report problems.

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Everything you need to know in an emergency

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* but didn’t know you needed to know

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After all that, the cell tower still hasn’t been built

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CORNWALL — The cellular communications tower planned for Bell Road Extension, on property high above Popple Swamp Road and Route 4, received approval from the state Siting Council more than 15 months ago.
So why has construction not started yet?
Verizon Wireless recently applied for and received an 18-month extension, according to Kenneth Baldwin, the attorney representing Verizon (Cellco Partnership).

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Cornwall Child Center plans winter social, auction

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CORNWALL — Ready for something a little different? This year’s Cornwall Child Center fundraiser will be a Winter Social and Vacation Home Auction on March 3, 6 to 9 p.m., at the West Cornwall Railroad Station.
The Board of Directors, which organizes fundraising for the nonprofit center, looks carefully at new approaches. Among the directors is Karolene Carlson, who has learned from experience that shaking things up can often prove very successful. The key may be in knowing the degree of change to make.

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Where’s Chiapas? I know, I know

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CORNWALL — Chiapas, site of several Mayan ruins, is the southernmost state in what country?
Jamie Murphy knows. And that knowledge won him first place in the Cornwall Consolidated School Geography Bee.
The competition was stiff. It took an overtime championship tiebreaker round for Jamie to best second-place finisher Malcolm Scott. The third-place competitor was Eliana Calhoun.

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Who may serve on boards?

Out-of-towners, family members seek to volunteer
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CORNWALL — The selectmen are chipping away at a list of vacancies on town boards and commissions.
An appeal for volunteers interested in a dozen available spots went out earlier this month. Nearly that many letters of interest were received. But it’s not that easy to fill them.
The Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Agency was popular. Three people volunteered to fill two alternate seats.

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School budget planning begins

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CORNWALL — The Board of Education is expecting a relatively quiet budget planning season. A workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. (the public is always invited to all board meetings) and details will no doubt be reviewed at the regular Feb. 21 meeting.
A draft proposal for a 2012-13 spending plan for Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) is due to be presented to the Board of Finance March 8.
Principal Michael Croft said at the Jan. 17 Board of Education meeting he has two budgeting priorities for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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Cavanaugh raises funds for Special Olympics

Warm heart, cold water
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CORNWALL — A little cold water doesn’t scare Julie Cavanaugh. Make that a lot of icy water.
On Feb. 4, she plans to jump into Highland Lake in Winsted as part of the Penguin Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics held across the colder parts of the country each winter.
Cavanaugh lives in Cornwall Bridge. She competes in swimming on a local team, and in the Special Olympics in cross-country skiing, track and field, bowling and, you guessed it, swimming.

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