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[28 Jul 2005|11:06pm]

Hey, how about that thunderstorm last night? I lost power for about 5 hours around 1800-2300.
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Voices Weekend - Vol. 14, No. 25 [20 Jun 2005|03:43pm]

Hey, guess what! We don't have any articles about us except for people bitching in the letters to the editor section and the Rotary Club giving scholarships to foreigners.
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New [05 May 2005|09:58am]
Hey guys. Ive noticed no one has posted in a month maybe im watsing my time but I live in Seymour. Would that be acceptable as ebing part of this LJ? Let me know if you guys dont mind me posting in here as well. LATA
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Voices: Vol. 38, No. 14 [07 Apr 2005|07:43pm]

Some of the highlights:

HSBC Learns School Funding May Fall Short
OXFORD- Apparently the $44 million dollars set aside for the new high school "will not be sufficient to accomplish it in its entirety." This is due to construction costs rising 10% in this past year and "are expected to rise another 5% per year in the future." This comes after the original $50 million dollar building was shorted of what was voted on by the citizens.
In order to cut costs, the following were proposed and accepted by the High School Building Committee:
  • The track will be left out and bidded on later.
  • 4 classrooms will be left out and bidded on later.
  • The greenhouse will be left out and bidded on later.
  • The football field will be left out and bidded on later.
  • The hockey field will be left out and bidded on later.
  • The tennis courts will be left out and bidded on later.
  • The auxiliary gym will be left out and bidded on later.
  • The transportation lab will be left out and bidded on later.
  • Shrinking the auditorium down to 600 seats.
  • Paving 50% of the parking lot.
    However, school board members objected to this and refused to budge on the "core spaces". Their proposal is as follows:
  • CAD and life skills programmes will be moved to the visiting team locker room space.
  • A faculty room will be gotten rid of.
  • A graphics art room will be gotten rid of.
  • The computer lab will be moved into the media centre.
  • All science labs will be reduced in size.
  • 500 square feet will be added to the auditorium.
  • The greenhouse will be left out and bidded on later.
  • Four classrooms will be left out and bidded on later.
  • All outside sports facilities will be left out and bidded on later.
    The contractor, O&G Industries, basically said: The 4,000 square foot reduction in space will "have a relatively small impact" on the cost of the project.
    The project goes up for bid in October and it is possible that during the slow season for construction, labour/etc will be cheaper.

    Departments Seek More Funds
    OXFORD- The library budget was raised by $15,487, but was about $30,000 less than what they asked for. Funds allocated for part-time employees are $8,000. The books account is at $25,000.
    The Public Works Department asked for funding for a new $135,000 dump truck [You know, the yellow town trucks] and $52,000 for a new salt and sand shed because the current one is corroded. A proposal is also being considered to charge citizens to drop off items containing freon at the recycling centre.

    Car Wash
    OXFORD- The Park and Recreation Commission is having a car wash 0900-1700 on Saturday, 16 April. Proceeds will go toward making a skate park on Great Oak Rd.

    Church Plans Art Auction
    OXFORD- The Great Hill United Methodist Church will have an art auction on Friday, 08 April.

    Brush Fire Extinguished
    OXFORD- Over two dozen fire fighters from Oxford and Southbury put out a 1 acre blaze at Southford Falls. A plane reported it to the airport.

    Board Terminates Car Program[me]
    OXFORD- Town selectmen voted 2-1 to stop allowing cops to bring cars home if they paid a monthly fee. The original plan put in place in October 2003 allowed full-time, local cops with five years experience could take the cars home for a $200 monthly fee. Officers also had to pay maintenance on the vehicle. The goal of this policy was to have the cars maintained better and have officers better able to respond to crimes.
    The objections came after it was realised that 2 of the 3 cops lived out of town and that the cars taken in this programme racked up significant mileage. Instead, the idea is to keep cars available for two shifts. An additional officer is to be added into next year's budget, too. Eventually, the town hopes, it will increase the police force to 16-18 officers [Holy shit! That's a 100-125% increase over our current 8 officers.]

    Blood Drive in Southbury
    SOUTHBURY- The American Red Cross will be having a blood drive at Sacred Heart Church [910 Main Street] on Saturday, 09 April from 0800-1245.

    Random Oxford Trivia:
  • Oxford has had a 2 acre zoning law for two years. Since that time, no new sub-division bids have been placed.
  • Single family homes cost Oxford money, while the 55+ retirement communities do not.
  • The most current book on solar power at the Oxford Library is from 1979.
  • Most of Oxford's police cars have over 65,000 miles on them.
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    Whoa... We have police?? [15 Mar 2005|07:17pm]

    According to the Oxford, CT police website, we do.

    Two Resident State Troopers and six actual cops. [Up from the 1 State, 2 full time, 2 part time we used to have.]

    Oxford Connecticut police website
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    Anybody interested? [25 Feb 2005|12:11am]

    Well, my family listed the house for sale. People actually came to look at the place today while I was at work. If you want to see the house, click the link below:

    The Oxford house
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    Moving- Corning, NY 14830 [07 Feb 2005|06:26pm]

    Well... I am back from my trip to New York. I made up some blueprints of the house, the electrical engineer came, the structural engineer came and the heating/plumbing guy came. After the four of us looked over the house, we figured it didn't need too much work and so my family put in a bid before we left on Sunday. Today we heard back that we won. So, we will be moving in at the end of June. The following are a couple pictures of the house:

    Eastern exterior
    Exterior- east

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    [25 Jan 2005|08:55pm]

    Hate to make this all about the weather ... but school cancellation predictions for tomorrow, anyone? :)
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    [23 Jan 2005|12:17am]

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH iufgsidugsiudgboiasnoidjoifnaosifnoi!!!!!!! MAKE IT STOP!!! I was in work all night watching it blizzard out the window and I KNEW this time that its the end. I absolutely know it. It just kept snowing and snowing and snowing. And plow guys just kept plowing and plowing and plowing. And it did NOTHING. NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!! The snow just kept accumulating and accumulating and accumulating. And I pretty much thought I was going to go insane (or more insane if thats possible).
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    [22 Jan 2005|10:45pm]

    What's everyone's take on this snow?

    My house is so cold, I think I'm going insane.
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    strange things happen here [13 Jan 2005|08:02pm]

    [ mood | i hate midterms ]

    As I was inviting people here, I started thinking about strange Oxford occurrences in the past few years... ones that came to mind were the anthrax incident, the battle between the optometrists, some body being dumped in the woods by Riggs St ... can anyone think of any others?

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    WTH!? [13 Jan 2005|02:18pm]

    OMG! I totally saw Brendan Schlenk the other day. I thought that kid disappeared off the face of the planet. Along with pretty much everyone we went to school with.
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    What up Gs [13 Jan 2005|02:10pm]

    Name & Age: Ashleigh, 17
    School Status: Rep'n the 05 at SHA baby!! Umm I mean... senior at Sacred Heart Academy
    Job description and location: Dunkin Donuts - Oxford... the worst place on earth
    How long have you lived here: 9 years. yuck.
    Favorite things, if any, to do here or in the area: drugs, sex, alcohol, cow tipping, tractor races
    Positive/negative aspects of Oxford:
    Positive: leaving
    Negative: everything about this place... p.s. PLOW THE FUCKING ROADS!!!!!!!!!!! gisuhgohsgoiahg!
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    [12 Jan 2005|07:31pm]

    So... How much snow did people get? I got three and a half inches.

    [Do we want to include a semi-frequent weather post?]
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    Because Spanish And Bio Homework Aren't Looking Any More Interesting [11 Jan 2005|09:32pm]

    Name & Age? Gautam Jayanthi - 17
    School Status Senior at St. Marget's-McTernan; hoping that college will give me an excuse to move out.
    Job description and location Oh God, don't get me started. Alright, you know that brown kid behind the register at Shing Jet, Tommy K's Plaza, every Friday and Saturday night? Yeah, that's me. I sit there and basically listen to the overweight population of our town piss and moan about how they liked their General Tso's Chicken extra-fried, and it's obviously our fault for not reading their minds because they forgot to tell us. But don't get me wrong - I'm not one to complain about it, since my boss has to put up with it everyday, which has caused him to lash out at his son, making me a very happy Hindu.
    How long have you lived here? Sadly, all my seventeen years.
    Favourite things, if any, to do here or in the area? My house.
    Positive/negative aspects of Oxford?
    Positives: It's quiet, and the roads get all crappy in the winter, which means I get to work less often than my boss would like. Oh yeah, and it looks pretty in the snow.
    Well, there's the complete abscence of anything to do...period. Okay, so we've got a video store, a package shop, a greasy Chinese food place, a couple more restaurant, a Dunkin Donuts, and about eight churches. So, if you're into gorging yourself, getting drunk off your ass, watching movies, and praying, then Oxford's the place to be. For the rest of us, I usually find myself going to Waterbury or New Haven to find something to do. Oh yeah, and there's too many old people. Hate the old people.

    Right, and there's the fact that Shing Jet is still around, but we're working on that...
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    Check Me Out [11 Jan 2005|07:38pm]

    Alright, I'm Oxfordian, and I'm here.


    God, I need to get out of this town...
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    Form: City, State, Zip Code... Hahaha!! City? We don't even qualify as a town... [10 Jan 2005|05:55pm]

    Name & Age? Antonio Pedicone, 18.
    School Status: Senior @ Fairfield Prep. Just accepted to RIT today.
    Job description and location: Calabria Deli and Catering in Oxford, less than 1 minute from Seymour.
    How long have you lived here? Since 1997. [Essentially, too long]
    Favourite things, if any, to do here or in the area? Um, we have a state park and lots of land for paintballing.
    Positive/negative aspects of Oxford?
    Positives: Houses come with lots of land, second largest town in the state and we have a local airport.
  • The complete absence of anything fun. The most exciting things to do in town are get drunk and/or drag race.
  • No high school.
  • The schools we do have violate state regulations.
  • Non-state roads are crappy unless recently paved by Haynes.
  • Soaring housing prices.
  • Lots of old people.
  • The only minorities are adopted Asian girls.
  • High yuppy count.
  • 8 police cars [grey Ford Crown Victoria P71s] and 1 police SUV [grey Ford Explorer] for 2 full-time cops and 2 part time cops.
  • [Former?] centre of New England cocaine trade. [The old distribution house is less than half a mile from my house]
  • Lots of burgalaries due to distance between neighbours.
  • National chains are: Dunkin' Donuts, Quiznos and Subway, Tommy K's, Texaco [maybe it is a Citgo], Webster Bank.
  • The Post Office is 1/8 of a barber shop and all the mail must be routed through Seymour before it can go anywhere.
  • 2 Gas stations
  • 3 Traffic lights [2 of them completely useless, but Haynes wanted them, so they got them]
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