The car on fire shown in the newspaper was mine. It was caused by an oil leak in the engine compartment, following routine maintenance by the dealer earlier that morning. I’m writing to commend a lot of people who helped extinguish the fire and clean up afterward.
First, a huge thank-you to the Cheshire Fire Department, from Captain Jack Kasner and Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Kozlowski to the half-dozen volunteers who all showed up within five minutes of my 911 call. They performed beautifully. These first responders were preceded by a local policeman who ably directed traffic.
Within an hour of my call, the Public Works Department sent a sanding truck to cover the oil trail I unknowingly left behind me.
The dealer acted promptly to begin correcting the situation. Within a few hours they had hauled away the burnt hulk on a flatbed and shortly thereafter sent a two-man cleanup crew to take away the broken glass and melted car parts in my driveway. And within a short time after that, I was given a loaner car to use while our insurance companies determine the cause of the fire.
Altogether, I was very fortunate the fire didn't happen on a highway and there were no passengers. I’m very grateful for the prompt, professional action taken by everyone to relieve my situation. I said “God bless you” to the firemen as they left and I repeat that publicly here.
John White, Cheshire
Thanks to the 2016 update of U.S. chemical policy, the EPA now has the authority to protect us from toxic chemicals. EPA proposed rules to restrict three dangerous chemicals many months ago, but the Trump administration has yet to act.
The case for action is strong: More than 300,000 workers and consumers are exposed to tricloroethylene (TCE) through both industrial processes and dry cleaning.
It has been shown to cause cancer and has been linked to fetal heart malformations. Methylene chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) can be found on the shelves of our local hardware stores in paint strippers.
Acute exposure to methylene chloride is responsible for at least 50 reported deaths since the 1980’s. Exposure to NMP is associated with developmental harm, including increased fetal and infant mortality.
By finalizing bans on these high-exposure industrial and consumer uses — in dry cleaning, vapor degreasing and paint stripping — EPA can protect thousands of workers and millions of consumers.
What are they waiting for?
Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro, Meriden
In the spirit of giving thanks, I would like to thank our amazing volunteers and supporters for all that they do to help Girl Scouts in Connecticut thrive and succeed.
Without our resilient volunteers and dedicated supporters, we would not be able to serve over 27,500 girls in the state of Connecticut.
When you volunteer your time or financially support a girl’s participation in Girl Scouts, you are setting her up for a bright future.
It’s no secret that Girl Scouting works for girls, and with your help, you are encouraging girls to reach for the stars and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Girl Scouts offers the best leadership development experience for girls in the world — one that is designed with, by, and for girls.
Girl Scouting unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader™) in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership — from taking a night-time hike under the stars to accepting a mission on the International Space Station; from advocating for something she’s passionate about at the city council with her troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running her own cookie business today to tackling cybersecurity tomorrow.
Our work never stops, and thanks to your dedication and support, we continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. To join Girl Scouts or to learn how to support Girl Scouts of Connecticut, visit gsofct.org.
Mary Barneby, CEO,Girl Scouts in Connecticut
The Holiday for Giving program is coming up on its 49th year of assisting Wallingford families in need during the holiday season. Non-perishable food, new toys, hygiene items and monetary donations are needed. We ask that you please support the food drives at all our town schools, help fill the empty collection boxes in the over 50 Wallingford businesses hosting them, match a donation to help purchase a ham for each family, support any of the fundraisers coming up, or send a monetary donation. Please help us keep the 49-year tradition of helping our Wallingford families enjoy the holiday season as you do. Your simple act of kindness will help put food in their empty cupboards, place warm meals on their table, and add a few toys under their tree. For all the details, please visit www.holidayforgiving.com. Like us on FaceBook Holiday for Giving -- Wallingford, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Linda Adamo, Wallingford