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Canton Real Estate Notes: What Sold in January of 2015?

February 13, 2015 Opinion, Real Estate No Comments
David Sinish

David Sinish

Most of the Real Estate news that we hear and read is on a national basis. One important bit of news is that nationwide the number of folks looking at homes has shown a sharp increase. Locally, of course, with the amount of snow that we have had, the traffic has reduced. Many local Realtors say they are prepping homes for market. Spring will come along with a pent up demand for homes. The question is how is the local market doing?     … Continue Reading

Letter: Farmington River Volunteers Sought

FRCClogoNGNT524Do you enjoy being outdoors?  Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community?  The Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) is seeking volunteers for the summer of 2015 to help preserve and protect the Farmington River, and make it a safe and fun place to recreate on.  This is a great opportunity for students to build experience, or for adults to get involved with something they believe in.

These ‘Assistant River Stewards’ will have several responsibilities including:

– Being a presence on the river during busy times
– Teaching proper river etiquette to the various users – fishermen, kayakers, tubers
– Collecting information about users’ experiences on the river
– Reporting any river hazards encountered
– Helping to pick up trash along the river
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Capitol Connection: An Invisible Danger

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos

About 1 in 5 Americans suffer from allergies. We’re familiar with the effects of many of these. For example, pollen can cause severe congestion, cat dander can cause itching, and peanuts can cause hives and even anaphylaxis – a life threatening reaction. But how familiar are you with the effects of a latex allergy? And how sensitive and dangerous is this allergen really?

I recently learned about latex allergies at a public hearing at the state Capitol before the Connecticut General Law Committee. Up for discussion was a bill proposing a new law that would prohibit the use of latex gloves at food businesses. The purpose of the bill: to prevent latex particles from coming into contact with food in restaurants, stores, and manufacturing establishments. … Continue Reading

Letter: Chamber’s Gifts for Canton Project Thanks the Community

February 5, 2015 Business, Community, Opinion No Comments

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 7.57.08 PMA huge thank you from the Canton Chamber’s Gifts for Canton Project goes out to all of you, Canton’s residents, businesses, and organizations, who once again responded with love and generosity to help your struggling Canton neighbors during the 2014 holiday season. … Continue Reading

The Gift of Lifts

January 25, 2015 Community, Opinion No Comments
Amla Mehta

Amla Mehta

By Amla Mehta

My name is Amla Mehta and I am legally blind.

During my sophomore year in high school, at the age of 16, I was diagnosed with a rare eye disorder called Gyrate Atrophy. Gyrate Atrophy causes significant vision loss over time and eventually blindness occurs between the ages of 45 and 60.

Currently, I have what is commonly known, as “tunnel vision,” which is basically like viewing life through binoculars. A few years ago, my ophthalmologist predicted that the majority of my vision would be lost by the age of 50.

Throughout the years of high school, college, and beyond, I have been inundated with challenges, while facing gradual vision loss.  Living in Canton, Connecticut is extremely difficult getting around when one doesn’t drive. The state of Connecticut does not provide sufficient public transportation for those living outside of Hartford. Therefore, I heavily depend upon rides. One of my consistent struggles, especially with “friends,” is the occasional need for rides. … Continue Reading

Canton Real Estate Notes: 2014 in Review

January 23, 2015 Opinion, Real Estate No Comments
David Sinish

David Sinish

Most of the Real Estate news that we hear and read is on a national basis. Although that can be interesting and can eventually shape our local market, wWhat really matters is what is going on in Canton and our neighboring towns. It has long been said that the real estate market is local, and that is very true

How did the Canton market fare in 2014?

In 2014 there were 128 homes sold,   UP by 7.6 percent from 2013

The median sales price was UP by 5.9% from 2013, to $331,250 reflecting a larger number of sales over $600,000.

Sales prices were closer to their list price in 2014. The 2014 median sales price was 3.8% below the list price, compared to 4.3 percent below list price in 2013. This favored sellers.

The time that it took to sell a house increased by 22 percent, or 11 days. … Continue Reading

Capitol Connection: A Local Approach 

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos

At the annual Connecticut Council of Small Towns earlier this month, towns from the Litchfield hills to the Rhode Island border united to discuss their 2015 legislative priorities. Together, town leaders shared their ideas and made their voices heard. One united and strong voice clearly emerged – a voice that spoke out against burdens on municipalities.

Every time new costs are imposed on our towns by state agencies, towns are tasked with finding new revenue to fund the new requirements. More red tape often translates to higher local taxes, something both town officials and residents hate to see.

Connecticut is ranked as one of the worst states for property taxes, with our high fees putting us in the #2 spot, according to the Tax Foundation and Kiplinger. So this year at the Capitol, in addition to tackling our state budget, legislators need to focus on giving towns the tools they need to reduce property taxes and wrangle in their own costs. That means stopping unfunded mandates and making it easier for towns to fund their own projects. … Continue Reading

Letter: Volunteer Drivers Needed for Medical Transportation

January 16, 2015 Community, Opinion No Comments

The Town of Canton Senior & Social Services office is soliciting volunteers for Focus On Canton, Inc. to assist with the Medical Transportation needs of several Canton residents. Volunteer Drivers and Back-up Drivers are needed to transport several Canton residents to and from Canton to appointments (located on Farmington Ave in Farmington, or in Bloomfield). … Continue Reading

Capitol Connection: Starting the Conversation 

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos

Last week marked the official start of the 2015 legislative session. With the pomp and circumstance of an inauguration and the swearing in of Connecticut’s lawmakers and leaders, Connecticut opened another important chapter in our modern day history.

It is the start of a conversation; the start of a discourse that will lead us to new bills, updated laws, and legislation that I hope will improve Connecticut for our families, our children and our futures.

I’m ready to discuss the key issues at play in our state, and ready to tackle state spending, rising healthcare costs, burdensome taxes, and access to the best education. I’m also ready to put forward some ideas that I know will brighten our futures. Here’s a closer look at just some of the ideas I plan to propose legislation for this year.  … Continue Reading

Canton Little League Shares Informational Letter

January 8, 2015 Opinion, Sports No Comments

llDear Canton Little League Families,

As the 2015 season approaches we wanted to let you know about some important events and changes in the upcoming season.

NEW WEBSITE: Our new website is live. Take a moment to check it out www.cantonll.com

ONLINE REGISTRATION: This year we are offering online registration in addition to two in-person registration events. Online registration is open. Go to www.cantonll.com and click on register in the upper right-hand corner to begin the registration process. … Continue Reading

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