As children, the Hunt brothers — Mark and Brian — spent a lot of time camping on a 107-acre parcel that borders Route 7. Generations of children will have similar experiences with the opening of the Eleanor & Howard Hunt Nature Preserve, named for the brothers’ parents who owned the land for 50 years.
“We think there’s a lot of good ideas,” from both parties, CCM Executive Director Joe DeLong said. “But we also think that the time for the dueling press conferences is over.” The new fiscal year began on July 1 absent an approved state budget. “We think it is time for the adults to get in a room together to negotiate,” he said.
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Cruz’s youth center is just one of the stalemate’s many casualties. Nonprofits serving adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities have been informed of cuts that will bar anyone not already approved from enrolling in day programs or entering residential facilities. The halt will exacerbate the wait for these services.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vetoed a bill that he said would make it easier for municipalities to “deny proposed affordable housing projects and shield themselves from an appeals process designed to overcome local resistance to fair and affordable housing.” Municipal organizations said the goal of affordable housing is laudable, but not attainable under the current 1990 law.