If you go to http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/ you can sign up for alerts and they will send you an e-mail a few hours before it passes over head telling you when it's going by, how long you can see it for, and how high in the sky it will be. It's a great way to find out. View Comment
This would be the same Tom Kines who on February 7th said
The snow should start sticking by 2 p.m. Friday, he said. By 5 p.m., there may be a couple of inches on the ground, and winds will start to pick up. Gusts of up to 40 miles per hour are possible late Friday evening, which Kines said will cause the snow to drift. The heaviest gusts will be between 9 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday, he said. He projects 6 to 10 inches, slight less than the National Weather Service, which forecasts up to 14 inches farther north.
I so want a job where I can be horribly wrong all the time and yet people still call me for quotes for the newspaper. View Comment
As you drive down the Merritt and see the groves in Greenwich, Westport, Fairfield, and the other places, it's hard not to appreciate the beauty of the plant. The person planting it needs to be responsible for where they plant it and where it grows. Banning it is not the answer, as it's already so established, and like most things, the plant isn't the problem. Irresponsible owners are the problem. View Comment
There are no power lines along that section of Black Rock. The power lines stop at 136 and don't start up again until about the area of the dam at the end of the reservoir. So in that area, no power lines were downed by trees, as there were no power lines to be brought down. View Comment
If people Need WiFi, there are many solutions out there that will let you get it for $40 a month or so, and on any given rush hour train, you can see dozens of people using them. The legislature should stay out of it, there's no way that "mandating" something is not going to translate into higher costs for those riding the trains. This bill is pretty much exactly what Metro North put out in their 2010 RFP (available here - http://www.mta.info/mta/realestate/PDF/Wireless_Broadband/WirelessBroadband_RFP_2010.pdf ), so I really don't see how it's any different, though it is good for the press. Passing the bill or not passing the bill is not going to change how long an undertaking like this takes. Look to the airlines and Amtrak, they are still struggling to make Wifi work in their planes and trains. View Comment
These parts crack me up from their report -
When service is cancelled due to bad weather, commuters should be given refunds on tickets they purchased but could not use.
The council handles dozens of complaints from riders who see other riders’ tickets go uncollected on the trains
Monthly pass users pay for less than eleven days of round trip service, the rest of the month they ride for free. They should stop their complaining about the very few times a daily user doesn't get their ticket taken, or they can't use their free fare because of a storm.
Metro North should take away the monthly discounts alltogether so everybody can pay for what they use, and not have the people who can't use a monthly subsidize those who can.
Why is it every time the train does not collect a fare the monthly people all get their panties in a wad? From Fairfield monthly riders pay $325, or about the cost of 22 tickets. After using it eleven days you clowns ride free the rest of the month. Those who can't use a monthly have little sympathy for the constant bellyaching from monthly pass holders because in November they will only be getting 18 free trips instead of the 24 free trips they would normally get in the month. Oh the pain and suffering you have to endure because some "common folks" may get on the train and not have to pay for it.
You didn't pay for the week you didn't get. You stopped paying on October 15th and have ridden free since then. Stop whining. View Comment
Did they actually say that 95% of EASTON will have power or that 95% of their customers will have power? Easton accounts for a fraction of one percent of UI's customers, and as in every other storm will probably be the very last to see a truck. View Comment
Why give them a deadline? They stole something, turn on the GPS and go get them. Telling them you are going to track them will just alert them to toss it in a river and move on with their lives. Sorry, if you have the ability to catch a thief who took something worth $4,700, go get them. This isn't third grade, you don't shut off the lights and hope whoever took Mrs Woodwards stapler returns it to her desk. If I was speeding through town would they give me a week to slow down? Of course not. Something isn't right here. If you can find out who it is, go arrest them. View Comment
And once again Easton is pretty much ignored, with their cute little map showing 14 hours after the storm, most of the pins in Easton don't even have crews assigned to them yet. Many of the pins are listed as one customer, new outage, but that's probably only because it was pretty much impossible to report an outage to them last night, the automated system would not take it, the transfer to an agent would wait ten minutes and put you back into the automated system. I would guess the number of customers is significantly higher than they are stating, because they just don't have any clue how many people don't have power. View Comment
Maybe Silverman's will leave a jug of cider in the sun to ferment. It's sad they just use a headline generator and replace each town's name without even considering if there is actually a store selling it or not. News by search and replace. View Comment
Right after the hurricane came through on a Friday or Saturday night, I was driving on Congress Street behind the rest area on the Merritt. A giant bird slowly floated down to the road, stopping in the middle of the road. We stopped, and it very slowly turned it's head to look at us. It was unlike anything I've ever seen before. For about a minute it just stood there, staring at us deciding what it was going to do. Spread it's giant wings, and in a sight I'll never forget, took off just as silently as it landed. Spend the next morning trying to find out what it was, and it was a Snowy Owl. At the time I was sure it was one of the ones from the Zoo in Bridgeport that was caught up in the storm, as it's not something you expect to see sitting in your headlights. A totally unforgettable sight. View Comment
Kudos to Ms Rasmussen for realizing something was wrong and stepping up to make it right. She should serve as a model for all the others who saw what was going on but looked the other way. View Comment