Event To Bring 700 Ct National Guard Troops Home Saturday, Read NEW Details

November 10, 2009
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Event To Bring 700 Ct National Guard Troops Home Saturday, Read NEW Details

Our Saturday event has changed!!! Fathom, Lisa Davenport’s Home Gallery, CT TweetCrawl and Agave are banding together to help Governor Rell bring 700 CT National Guard troops home for winter break and we are doing it without big pockets but instead with the small and mighty! Event is: “Open House to Bring Them Home”...

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Fed Survey Shows Consumers Hurt Since Credit Card “Reform” Enacted

November 10, 2009
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Before we jump on the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency, let us take a look how well consumers were treated as the result of another “reform” that Congress passed this year – the CARD Act which was supposed to protect us from high credit card rates and fees. According to today’s analysis of  the Federal Reserve’s...

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Charities: Check Them Out Before Donating

November 10, 2009
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Three Internet sites you should be using before giving your hard-earned money to a charity: www.Guidestar.org – 2 million charities, non-profit reports and tax forms www.CharityNavigator.org – annual analysis and ratings on thousands of charities www.GiveWell.net – analysis of charities, including how successful their programs are

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Sen. Dodd Proposes Major Federal Financial Reform, AG Blumenthal Gives Full Support, I Have Reservations

November 10, 2009
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Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) today made public what he says is a sweeping financial reform package to restructure and regulate our financial regulatory system. The more than 1,000 page proposal would create an independent watchdog within the proposed controversial Consumer Financial Protection agency would provide for one regulator to end the so-called...

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Enjoy A Snack (Oreos): Follow Cheryl’s Mindful Snacking Method

November 10, 2009
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Enjoy A Snack (Oreos): Follow Cheryl’s Mindful Snacking Method

Do you know how many calories are in one Regular Oreo? 55! Have you ever sat in front of the TV and polished off a row without even realizing you were doing this?  That equals 660 calories! Besides finding a way to burn that row off, you probably feel guilt and shame.  If it’s...

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Ct Atty Gen Permitted To Join Legal Battle Against Pratt Layoffs

November 10, 2009
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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced that a federal judge has granted his office permission to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a union lawsuit seeking to block transfer of about 1,000 jobs out of state and overseas. Blumenthal plans to file a brief next month to protect the state’s vital interest in...

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Dec. 15: Save The Date: Watchdog To Moderate Free Financial Seminar In Glastonbury

November 10, 2009
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Rockville Bank and I will be hosting a free financial seminar on Dec. 15 titled “How to grow and protect your nest egg during these treacherous time.” We are expecting to have two certified financial planner and a market economists on the panel. Starting next week I will post a series of blogs on...

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Renting? Time To Seriously Consider Buying Your Own Home

November 10, 2009
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While there are no guarantees in life, I don’t know of a better time to buy a first home. With mortgage rates slightly over 5 percent, huge unsold inventory of houses and condos, and thousands of dollars from the federal government, this could be your last chance to buy a home on the cheap. The...

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National Consumer Attorney Group Honors Connecticut Watchdog Editor & Publisher

November 9, 2009
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National Consumer Attorney Group Honors Connecticut Watchdog Editor & Publisher

The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) presented George Gombossy with NACA’s 2009 Media Award at their annual meeting held last month in Philadelphia. The award last year was given to two reporters from Business Week. Gombossy was the first investigative consumer columnist in the Hartford Courant’s history, and unfortunately, probably its last, as he...

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