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What Would You Improve in Stonington in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Stonington, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Stonington to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Stonington wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below.

Bartlett January 01, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Higher salaries for staff in Town. Most Town employees are paid quite low when compared to other towns in the region.
mk dorta January 01, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Increase the pay of the first selectman. That is something that needs to be at the top of our list. We are very fortunate to have someone who works around the clock for all of us. A "thank you"is nice but a proper pay for a job well done is in order.
Gail Watrous January 01, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Tenant for the old Stop and Shop.
Edward Planeta January 01, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Expand affordable workforce housing. Most of the people who work in Stonington cannot afford to live here
Wendy G January 01, 2013 at 02:58 PM
I agree with Edward. Lets lessen the gap!
KENNETH KNOTT January 01, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Replace the burnt out empty store fronts in downtown Mystic .
Donna Pearlman January 01, 2013 at 03:38 PM
I agree with higher salaries for town staff employees and especially for our incredibly hard-working dedicated town First Selectman, and also agree with a tenant for the old Stop and Shop already (can't Rite Aid get some sort of incentive to move in there and expand?), expanding affordable workforce housing for people like me and generally improve the mostly still blighted area (but improving thanks to super local businesses like Mel's Creamery and more) downtown most of all we look like Westerly's poor neighbor!
Connor B January 01, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I agree with Donna. Maybe more police patrol in Pawcatuck. I don't think those buildings are up to code. Look at the wood window at the Elm Tree Inn. I think the blight ordinance should be stricter, therefore, Pawcatuck wouldn't look as bad as it does now. I think Mel has done a great job! My grandfather owned Higgins Pharmacy with his two brothers, and he'd be proud of the job she's doing. We need more businesses like that here in Pawcatuck!
janis albamonti January 02, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I would love to see The Velvet Mill developed to it's highest potential. I would allow a section to be Apartments/ Condos like the Monsanto Bldg. in the Boro. I would like to see great cooperation by the Boro Zoning Board,as it can bring much in taxes and bring in some fresh faces & business to our area . The potential is so great...I don't think we should wait too much longer.
Kathryn Giampietro January 03, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Low-lying areas in Stonington that continue to get flooded need assistance before anything else happens. We need to deal with this situation right away. Expansion of the Velvet Mill can help to make it even more of a destination town for visitors and therefore hopefully entice more vibrant merchants for Water St. Ground floor spaces occupied by offices instead of retailers are a negative.

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