Kids Never Cease To Amaze Me




back11-year old Naugatuck girl invents “chemo backpack” to help cancer patients
By Jocelyn Maminta Published: August 4, 2014, 6:02 pm

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) – A creative invention, designed for kids with cancer by an 11-year old Naugatuck girl, after her own fight against cancer.

On a day like today, Kylie Simonds would be outside with sister Savanna, brother Mikey, and Mom Kelly, enjoying the warm days of summer.

Three years ago, she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer.

“I lost my hair and always used to get sick easily,” Kylie said.

A positive prognosis from her doctors now has her focused on something else, designed to benefit children with cancer.

“I used to have to use the I-V poles and I always tripped over all the wires,” she said. “It was hard to walk around, and I always had to have someone push it for me because I was kind a weak when I was in chemo.”

So Kylie came up with the idea of a pediatric I-V backpack.

“They are very light and they’re more convenient,” she said, compared to the poles normally used. “To have something small for them and not as big like when I first went into the office, I was like — whoa — those things are huge and scary.”

The prototype won a number of awards at the recent CT Invention Convention.

“The bag would have all the medicine that you needed for chemotherapy and this would be the drip and it would go through the machine on the front and you just put it on and you can walk around with it,” Kylie said, demonstrating how the backpack worked.

The young inventor was the only one who went home with the patent prize, and now has a provisional patent for the cool and comfy necessity.

Her own testing included: “I sat back with it a lot and it doesn’t hurt,” she said.

Kylie had good friends in mind when she created it.

“My friend Marik, he has a prosthetic leg and he has to, well he has crutches and he always has to have someone push it for him but if he had something like that he could just slip it on.”

For her other friend Brooke, “Well she had to sometimes go home with it and she had to stay overnight in the hospital, so I think she would have really liked something like this.”

She wishes that somebody would have come up with something like it for her.

“Yeah, it would have been so much easier and I can get around quicker. It usually prevented me, the bars prevented me from actually playing.”

Cancer free for two years now, play time is any time.

Kyle is a determined little girl.

She is now raising the capital to get the I-V backpack manufactured.

Click here to visit her GoFundMe page, and to donate.


Time To Evaluate Property Values In Fairfield Again.

House-made-of-money-300x192The last time the Town of Fairfield  did a property reassessment, it resulted in many homeowners, especially those with waterfront property, to become outraged at the increase of their property taxes. I know personally of one homeowner who put her house on the market and moved out of town because the tax bill went from $12,000 a year to $24,000. I myself am almost at the breaking point where it will make sense for me to do the same thing. I’m a lifelong townie who can no longer justify paying high taxes to live in a town that has become too tony for me. This next revaluation just may be my ticket out of here.

From Fairfield News:

7/7/2014 – Town Initiates Property Tax Appraisal Revaluation

It has been five years since the last appraisal and the Town is just beginning the process to update our valuations. To optimize the appraisal results, the Town will perform a full revaluation which includes a data collector visiting each property in Town.

The Town of Fairfield’s primary revenue source is property taxes. It is important that the Town have an accurate appraisal of all residential, commercial, and industrial properties to ensure taxes are fairly distributed.

Property values do fluctuate over time and by neighborhood. To maintain accurate appraisal records, the Town, in accordance with state statute, conducts a Town wide appraisal every five years.

The data collector’s responsibilities include visiting every property to document physical characteristics, noting a building’s location, size, age, quality of construction, improvements, a property’s topography, utilities, zoning restrictions, if any, and numerous other characteristics both inside and out.

The site visits will be performed by Vision Government Solutions, Inc., which has been contracted by the Town to assist with the appraisal process. Site visits will commence on July 14, 2014.

Data Collectors generally work between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. If the homeowner is unavailable at the time of the Vision Government Solutions visit, a letter with instructions on how to schedule an appointment will be sent.

Data collectors will carry badges and clothing identifying them as Vision Government Solution employees. They will carry written documentation from the Town stating their affiliation with the project. Vision Governmental Solution employees and their vehicles will also be registered with the Fairfield Police Department and the Assessor’s Office.

Homeowners are encouraged to ask for this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes. If a homeowner has a question as to the identity of a data collector, they may call the Fairfield Police Department non-emergency number (203-254-4800). They are also encouraged to contact the Vision Government Solutions Office in Town Hall (203-256-3189), Vision’s Fairfield Project Manager (1-800-628-1013, Ext. 3634) or the Town of Fairfield Assessor’s Office
(203-256-3110) with any questions or concerns.

For additional information click here


A&P And Russell Chevrolet


The A&P on the Post Rd after it closed



Russell Chevrolet before it moved.





Pretty sure this is Clarke’s house on Beach Rd as they were demolishing it.


Fairfield Memorial Day Parade Pictures PART III




Fairfield Memorial Day Parade Pics PART II





Fairfield Memorial Day Parade Pics PART I












Job Opening

lineGynecologists Assistant Job Opening

A retired man went into the Job Center in Downtown Conroe, Texas, and
saw a card advertising for a Gynecologist’s Assistant. Interested, he
went in and asked the clerk for details. The clerk pulled up the file and
read, “The job entails getting the ladies ready for the gynecologist. You have
to help the women out of their underwear, lay them down, and carefully wash
their private regions, then apply shaving foam and gently shave off the
hair, then rub in soothing oils so they’re ready for the gynecologist’s
The annual salary is $65,000, and you’ll have to go to Billings , Montana

“Good grief, is that’s where the job is ?

“No Sir. That is where the end of the line is right now.”


Gripe Of The Day Mar. 28, 2014

dewyPolls. I can’t stand when people use polls as a source for an argument, especially political commentators, but also Joe citizen. Why? Because they are in the context of the argument worth shit. It grates me to no end when I hear somebody say , quoting a poll result, “59% of the American people believe”……… then I see the pollsters asked a group of 1200 people their opinion. Yikes! So it’s legit to extrapolate 1200 people into 300 million? No people, it’s not 59% of “The American people”, it’s 59% of the 1200 people they polled. It also bugs me when they do a comparison poll a year later and report the changes. Excuse me, did they repoll the same people? NO!!! So who knows what group # 2 would have said if they were asked a year earlier? I refuse to cite poll results to bolster my argument, they are worthless in my opinion, and my gripe is, that it’s commonplace and legitimate in news circles to perceive these results as an accurate reflection of the entire country. Hey just ask Gov. Thomas Dewey.


Gripe Of The Day Mar. 27, 2014

carTip jars. C’mon, tips have gotten out of control. If I go into Subway and there’s a tip jar next to the register, I have to ask why. Why should I tip you for

1-Doing your job (which you are already getting paid for)

2- A job by the way that only took you a few minutes to do.

The whole concept of tips have gone from something to show you’ve gone above and beyond  your job duties for the benefit of those you are serving, to a right that you should get them. Bullshit.The person handing me a coffee and muffin at the Dunkin Donuts window needs a tip for handing me my purchase? Bullshit again. Store owners, do us a favor, and make it store policy that no tip jars be allowed. Oh yeah I forgot, you won’t because you have a racket going for having the customers subsidize your payroll.



Gripe Of The Day Mar. 26, 2014


To that unsolicited telemarketer Kevin, who  is in the carpet cleaning business, and takes up 3 minutes worth of my voicemail tape….get some of those carpet cleaning supplies, preferably something with lye in it, and shove it as far up your ass as it will go, until you are incapacitated enough to stop calling my number.


Gripe Of The Day Mar. 24, 2014

blahThe TV weather report. Why does it take so long to give a weather forecast for what should be a two minute report? Here’s why. First we have to watch the weather dude stand in front of a map of the state, with 22 towns listed, showing their current temperatures. The weather dude then proceeds to name each town individually and cite their temps (I guess we can’t see or read them ourselves).  Instead of just saying most of the state is in the low twenties, they have to itemize. Then we have the history lesson. That’s telling us what weather we just had and what happened (guess we couldn’t comprehend that ourselves either). Then we have the geography lesson. That’s where they show a map of the United States and tell us where the pressure systems originate (the midwest, the Gulf of Mexico, any panhandle, etc). Then comes the science lesson (cold front meets the warm front, moisture from the low pressure system will collide with the arctic cold front swooping down from Canada, etc). How many times I have missed the forecast because I was so distracted and bored by their droning on and on, that I was forced to sit through the next round of babble. Then they just go on and on and on… kinda like this gripe.


Gripe Of The Day Mar.23, 2014

jogToday’s gripe is about those idiot parents who jog with their little ones in a stroller on a main road. If you don’t care about putting your life on the line jogging with heavy traffic on a busy road (a lot of them not so wide for both car and jogger), then at least consider the innocent little ones in the stroller. You can’t take them down to the school track and run? Or map out a route on side roads where there is little or no traffic? Sorry the road is not for sharing the likes of you with cars.


Gripe Of The Day Mar. 22, 2014

carWeavers. You know, those assholes on the thruway who keep changing lanes, thinking they’re making progress. After 5 miles of that, they find they are no further than if they stayed in one lane.When they move into another lane that they can clearly see is backed up with a line of cars, where do they think they are going?


Gripe Of The Day Mar. 21, 2014

annoyEating out, I hate when the manager/waitress/waiter keeps coming over to ask if everything is all right. (usually when I have a mouthful of food)  I’m there to eat not give you a status report on the service I’m suppose to receive. Just do this-be available should the need arise that I do need you for something. Simple and non intrusive.


Gripe Of The Day Mar. 20, 2014

longChecking out at the grocery store and finding long lines and only 2 registers open.


Gripe Of The Day Mar. 19, 2014

carDrivers who don’t move when the light turns green.


Thought Of The Day Mar. 18, 2014

geoThe very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.
George Carlin


Thought Of The Day Mar. 16, 2014




Thought Of The Day Mar. 15, 2014

abb[Costello lights up a cigar]
Abbott: Put that out. There’s no smoking in here.
Costello: What makes you think I’m smokin’?
Abbott: You’ve got a cigar in your mouth!
Costello: I’ve got shoes on… don’t mean I’m walkin’.


Thought Of The Day Mar. 14, 2014


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