WATERBURY – Angela Rose (LaVecchia) Calli, 99, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 in the VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit of Saint Mary’s Hospital. She was the loving wife of the late Anthony Calli Sr. Angela was born in Willimantic on March 14, 1919, to Diego and Cologera (Guarneiri) LaVecchia. Angela was one of seven children. She and her twin sister, Rose Angela, married brothers in a double wedding on Sept. 6, 1948. They raised their families together in Waterbury, while helping their husbands run Calli Brothers Fruit & Produce on South Main Street in Waterbury. She was a loving mother, and the gold standard of grandmothers. She was always there when her family and friends needed her. Angela will be remembered for her strong spirit. She was generous, creative and independent. She prided herself on being able to get anywhere the bus could take her, taking it weekly downtown to shop and do other activities, even taking her … [Read more...] about Angela Rose Calli
WASHINGTON – Poland’s leader pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to consider creating a permanent American military base in Poland, offering a tempting incentive: The installation would be called “Fort Trump.” Polish President Andrzej Duda extended the invitation during a one-on-one meeting with Trump at the White House that focused heavily on the U.S. presence in Poland as the country faces Russia’s increased military activities in the region. Trump said during a joint news conference with Duda that he was considering the idea and noted that Poland had offered more than $2 billion to the U.S. to pay for such an effort. Duda, for his part, came away confident that he had taken a major step toward lining up a permanent American military base in his country. “I was smiling when talking to Mr. President. I said that I would very much like for us to set up a permanent American base in Poland which we would call Fort Trump,” Duda said through … [Read more...] about Can U.S. president resist Fort Trump?
BOSTON – More than a century ago, the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi pioneered long distance, wireless communications from Cape Cod’s famous coastline. But two shark attacks this summer – including Massachusetts’ first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years – have underscored a troubling reality: In many parts of the vacation destination, great white sharks are now plentiful, but cell phone signals are still not. Local officials say better communication, particularly at some of the Cape’s most picturesque but remote beaches, should be among the priorities as they gather later this week to discuss what can be done. Everything from building more cell towers to installing emergency call boxes or even placing old school pay phones on beaches should be explored, some say. Other officials say it’s also time to revisit other shark safety methods, like using ocean netting to create protected enclosures around popular beaches, posting planes and … [Read more...] about On Cape Cod, no one can hear you call 911
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California Senate, rarely have much in common. But they’re united in their condemnation this week of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein is playing a central role in the battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. She received a confidential letter earlier this summer from a constituent who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party more than three decades ago, allegations that didn’t begin to surface publicly until last week. Feinstein has argued she sought to honor the confidentiality of the letter, whose author, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward this weekend in an interview with The Washington Post. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, slammed Feinstein for keeping the letter “secret until the 11th hour.” De Leon, who is challenging Feinstein in the Nov. 6 election, said … [Read more...] about Feinstein’s foe seizes on court fight
Recently, I contacted the offices of Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins with a question. Both expound that veterans be given total care, as they declare that today’s military and veterans are the protection of the nation’s democracy. Senate Bill SR 299: “The restoration of presumptive rights to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans exposure to Agent Orange,” is before the Senate. The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously. The Senate has 52 members as cosponsors for passage of that bill so I asked why neither of Maine’s senators were cosponsors. Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans have had their rights to treatment for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure denied. Originally, all who served in Vietnam, including the U.S. Navy Vietnam veterans, were granted presumptive rights. Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans then had their rights taken away. A requirement that “boots on the ground” was made to have presumptive rights. With … [Read more...] about Navy veterans overdue for benefits