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A4 SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009 THE HARTFORD COURANT NEWS PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICE Commuters Share Ideas For Waterbury Line By DON STACOM dstacomcourant.com Consultants are studying a series of long-term, high-cost ways to improve mass transit to ease rush-hour traffic congestion on Route 8, but commuters say the answer is simple: Add more trains to Metro-North's Waterbury line. "What people want is more service another train in the evening," Roger Cirella of the Metro-North Commuter Council told planners at a public forum in Derby this week. "The things you're talking about will happen in seven years?" commuter Jim White of Derby asked. "What we need to know is what you can do in six months." Consultants from Parsons Transportation said they're examining small-scale improvements, too, but acknowledged that even those could take five years or longer to implement. "This is unacceptable," state Rep. David McCluskey D-West Hartford, said Friday "There are things we could be doing now. All the stimulus money will be gone. " The Bridgeport-Waterbury route draws the fewest passengers compared to Metro-North's other branch lines, but it's also the fastest growing: Ridership shot up 34 percent last year, and Parsons projects it to triple by 2030. State Rep. Theresa Conroy D-Seymour, told Parsons staffers that the Naugatuck Valley is becoming a bedroom community for people who can't afford to live closer to jobs in Fairfield County, meaning that congestion on Route 8 and 1-95 will only get worse unless the Metro-North service is improved. The line has only one track and no signals, so service will remain severely limited without improvements, consultants said. They're considering some low-cost options, such as adding signals and two or three railroad sidings to allow for more frequent train trips, and far more expensive options, such as double-tracking and electrifying the whole 27-mile route or even converting it to a busway or light rail system. The Department of Transportation and Parsons said for any Waterbury line upgrades to qualify for annual federal transit funding, they've got to examine those big-ticket options. But McCluskey said that's no reason to miss out on applying for one-time-only federal stimulus aid; he called on Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the DOT to apply now for aid to build sidings, signals and perhaps a second track. McCluskey and others see the Waterbury-Bridgeport line as a link in a potentially bigger passenger transit system: A Hartford to New York route that would run from Union Station in Hartford through New Britain, Plainville, Bristol and Plymouth before connecting to the Waterbury line. "We have stations along the Waterbury line with no shelter, no restrooms and unsafe parking areas. There are many things that could be done this year and in the next construction season to improve the quality of service," McCluskey said. Val Lott of Woodbridge, who drives to Seymour to commute to her job at Peoples Bank in Bridgeport, said she wants quick improvements, too, but for different reasons. "The primary goal should be building ridership, and you'll do that by adding more trains. If we miss the 5:55 p.m., there's not another train until 8:15," Lott said. "If you want to see your new customer base, just take an aerial shot of Route 8 over Shelton around 5:30," Jim White of Derby told consultants. Rick Dunne of the Naugatuck Valley Planning Agency cautioned that even with infrastructure improvements, the DOT would need more operating funds to add trains. Subsidies on the line run over $24 per rider, but would drop if ridership improved. Commuters said a single additional run a northbound trip at mid-evening on weekdays would dramatically increase regular commuter business. Consultants conclude their study this fall. GIBBS COLLEGE Farmington Campus To Stay Open By ARIELLE LEVIN BECKER alevinbeckercourant.com Gibbs College will keep its Farmington campus open beyond this year, the school said Friday, reversing plans to close in December. Gibbs' Norwalk campus will still close as planned at the end of 2009. The college's parent company, the Career Education Co., announced in February 2008 that both campuses, along with eight other schools nationwide, would close after attempts to sell them failed. The Connecticut campuses stopped accepting new students but remained open with a closing date set for the end of 2009 to allow most of the students to complete their associate's degrees. On Friday, school officials announced that the Farmington campus will remain open because market conditions had changed enough that it could be successful. A "primary force" in that change was the struggling economy, which has led many people to consider going back to school as a way to update their skills or pursue a new career, said Andrea Meyer, director of media relations for the Career Education Co. "Education is very viable at this time," she said. Gibbs College President Kurt Peterson said that market research did not support keeping the Norwalk campus open. It proved too expensive to maintain, he said. About 105 students are now enrolled at the Farmington campus, while 115 are enrolled in Norwalk. Before the closing was announced, the Farmington campus had about 450 students, Peterson said. Peterson said that the school is re-evaluating its curriculum and working with state officials to get approval for new programs, with hopes of beginning them early next year. The school will continue to offer programs in business administration, and fashion design and merchandising. Preliminary plans for the school's new direction are scheduled to be laid out at a meeting with state higher education officials next month. New enrollment could begin by October. At the time the closings were announced, most students were on track to complete their degrees by the end of this year, but some fewer than 50 were not that close to graduating and expressed concern that they would have trouble finding other schools to honor their credits. The state Department of Higher Education and the college worked to accommodate those students, and several colleges in the state arranged to allow Gibbs students to transfer their credits. Another Gibbs school in Boston that was scheduled to close is also expected to remain open. SAVE ON YOUR ENERGY BN Premium White. Energy Efficient. Double Hung, vjjjjjy, tfi VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS 189 Insulated Glass - Tilt-In Sashes Fusion Welded Seal Failure Warranty -All Styles Available Lifetime Warranty HURRICANE RATED WINDOWS! 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" The glory of children are their FATHERS" (Proverbs 17:6) GOD AND HIS BLESSING ARE TO BE FOUND BY THE BELIEVING HEART. "BLESSED are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. BLESSED IS THE MAN to whom the Lord will not impute sin" (Rom. 4:7-8). "But WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE HIM: for he that cometh to God MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of them that DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM" (Hebrews 11:6). FAITH KNOWS AND SHOWS THAT GOD IS. God has spoken and "we have heard and known, and OUR FATHERS have told us. We will not hide them the truths of God from the God of Truth from their children sons, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done" (Psalm 78:3-4). "Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare WHAT HE HATH DONE for my soul" (Psalm 66:16). "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" ( John 5:24). GOD DESIRES HIS WORD TO BE KNOWN. "For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded OUR FATHERS, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, EVEN THE CHILDREN which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children" (Psalm 78:5-6). GOD'S PURPOSE IS A HOPE-FILLED RELATIONSHIP. "That they might SET THEIR HOPE IN GOD, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments" ( Psalm 78:7). "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him" ( Psalm 62:5). THE PERSON WHO BELIEVES ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (Acts 16:31) will know God's SAVING GRACE in his HEART and for his HOME. The heart that knows God's SAVING GRACE will seek to exercise God's gracious management in one's HEART, in one's HOME and thus rightly influence one's SOCIETY God said of ABRAHAM. "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment" ( Genesis 18:19). THE NATIONS BENEFIT as God-honoring persons encourage God-honoring families. Such an influence leads to or makes for a God-blessed nation. "Blessed is the NATION whose God is the LORD" (Psalm 33:12). "There is no God else beside Me. LOOK UNTO ME, and be ye SAVED, all the ends of the earth: for I AM GOD, and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:21-22). What is your relationship to the living God? Are you in need of God's saving grace as provided in the Lord Jesus Christ? Will you receive Him as your personal Saviour today? Come and worship with us this Sunday! Middletown Bible Church 860-346-0907 349 East Street, Middletown, CT 06457 Route 217 (East St., Westfield) midway between Rts 66 & 372 WEDNESDAY: www.middletownbiblechurch.org 7:30 pm Independent Bible Centered Christ Exalting Prayer Meeting For information or spiritual help, please call or write, and Bible Study "A friendly church where you're a stranger only once!" SUNDAY: 9:30 am Sunday School - all ages 10:45 am Morning Worship 7:00 pm Evening Worship BIBLE LINE: Call 860-346-0021 for a timely message 24 hours a day. BIBLE LINE for CHILDREN: Call 1 -800-368-1 1 1 5 HARTFORD Police Discover Drug Factory Hartford police say they stumbled upon a drug factory in a building at 1921 Vineland Terrace Thursday and ended up seizing 22 pounds of marijuana, 5.3 pounds of cocaine and $5,800 in cash. They also arrested four people seen fleeing the apartments when police arrived in the area to work on an unrelated case. As the four people fled, they left the doors ajar, police said. Detectives saw the drugs, detained the four people, secured the apartment and applied for search warrants for two apartments. The marijuana, which LOTTERY FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009 Connecticut Play 3 Day: 601 Play4 Day: 8459 Play3 Night: 957 Play4 Night: 1547 Cash5: 3, 5, 15, 28, 31 Classic Lotto: 3, 6, 29, 31, 39, 40 No first-prize winning ticket was sold. Tuesday's estimated Classic Lotto jackpot: $2 million Tonight's estimated Powerball jackpot: $86 million Massachusetts Numbers Midday: 0902 Numbers Evening: 1729 Mass Cash: 8, 11, 25, 30, 33 Mega Millions: 4, 9, 12, 16, 46; Mega Ball: 44 AJ Visit our online archive W of previous winning numbers from all over New England at courant.com lottery. police valued at $70,000 to $80,000, and the cash were found in a first floor apartment. The cocaine, which police valued at $150,000 to $200,000, was found in a second floor apartment. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia was also found in the second floor apartment, police said. Those charged were: Kanda Thompson, 31, of 50 Forest St., Hartford; Garth Lennon, 38, of 19 Vineland Terrace; Leonardo Johnson, 24, of 942 East 38th St., Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Terrell Hunter, 28, of 421 Allen St., New Britain. All were charged with possession of more than a kilogram of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and operating a drug factory HARTFORD Man, 22, Shot In Ankle A 22-year-old man was shot in the ankle late Thursday in front of the STG Spanish American grocery store on Barbour Street, police said. The man told police he was walking by the store when he felt a pain in his left ankle and noticed he had been shot, police said. A family member drove the victim to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT The one-car crash that fatally injured a Burlington teen occurred on June 10 at 2:06 p.m. Vikki Barrow, 16, of Knollwood Street, died the next day at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. The time of the crash was incorrect in a story on Page A5 Tuesday A TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY Richard J. Graziano President, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey S. Levine Senior Vice President, Director of Content Thomas J. Anischik Senior Vice President, Managing Director Richard S. Feeney Senior Vice President, Managing Director Nancy A. Meyer Vice President, Advertising Joseph A. Schiltz Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services NEWS EXECUTIVES Naedine J. Hazell Interim Editor Carolyn Lumsden Editorial Page Editor BUSINESS EXECUTIVES Mark F. Lukas Retail Advertising Director Gene Mazur Human Resources Director Julius C. Neto Packaging and Transportation Director Andrea J. Pape Production Director Hillary L. Patz Director of Human Resources, Integrated-Media Robert R. 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