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self | jimjohn

Posted on 08/15/2011 10:29:31 AM PDT by jimjohn

Just learned I need to move to Connecticut - Fairfield County area (like within 30 days) . I have questions that are not for Realtors, but for Freepers. You know the ones.


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KEYWORDS: connecticut; ct; moving; travel
guns laws, self defense, and where the heck are the 'red' areas as opposed to the 'blue'
1 posted on 08/15/2011 10:29:36 AM PDT by jimjohn
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To: jimjohn
The red areas of CT are in northern NH.

PS -- if you bump into my in-laws, don't talk them: they will just annoy you.

2 posted on 08/15/2011 10:34:50 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: jimjohn
Dependign where you're moving from..be prepared for housing price sticker shock compard with most other areas of the country..

But do bee sure to visit the Stew Leonards' closest to you...and take the kids if you have any...

3 posted on 08/15/2011 10:36:31 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: jimjohn

Housing in Fairfield county is very expensive. Most people who are not highly-paid live in less expensive communities, but the commuting traffic is terrible.

If you give more info about your situation, I might be able to give further advice.


4 posted on 08/15/2011 10:37:48 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: jimjohn

Fairfield County has the worst Lowell Weicker style Republicans. The northwest part of the state is a little better. The area between Hartford and New Haven is lost, with pockets of country club Republicans in areas like Glatonbury, Avon and West Hartford.

Waterbury is somewhat right-leaning in a decaying city kind of way.

STAY AWAY FROM BRIDGEPORT. REALLY!


5 posted on 08/15/2011 10:42:41 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: jimjohn

Oh, and go to Sally’s on Wooster Street in New haven and get yourself and your family a nice apizza. That will make everything else a little better.


6 posted on 08/15/2011 10:43:52 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: ken5050

Stew Leonard’s has great meats, produce and milk. Lots of fun at Christmas time.


7 posted on 08/15/2011 10:45:46 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: jimjohn

Welcome from Southern Hartford/Northern New Haven County! There really aren’t any “red” areas of Connecticut. I think we’re mostly spread out and living amongst the libs.


8 posted on 08/15/2011 10:46:03 AM PDT by surroundedinCT
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To: jimjohn

You need a CCW permit to buy a hand gun or even go to a shooting range with one. Long guns are not subject to the same restriction, though there might be a waiting period.

Red areas? Pfft. We’re lucky to get 35-40% Republican votes in any election, and most GOP politicians here are RINOs.

Not sure where you are coming from, but you are likely in for tax shock—property, sales, etc.


9 posted on 08/15/2011 10:46:32 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: jimjohn

If you have children, seriously think of Home or Private Schooling.


10 posted on 08/15/2011 10:50:29 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: jimjohn

It is Yankees Blue & white strips. Beyond Fairfield Cty, it is Red Sox country. Politically used to be Blueblood, country club republicans but it has voted in Jimney Himes 2x, a Pelosi puppet. This last election Himes had Obama in twice for fundraisers. He still had to hold the polls open in Bridgeport beyond the closing time to win.


11 posted on 08/15/2011 10:51:35 AM PDT by tomd2
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To: Dr. Sivana

I live in Fairfield County. Much of what is said is true. However, it is more nuanced than it appears. Our tea party group is doing fairly well. Just held a rally Sunday in Stamford. There are a couple other groups as well in RINOland. The best combination of saving on money and finding true conservatives is Ridgefield, CT, south of Danbury. The schools are decent, but not great. Bethel, nearby, might be a second choice. Roxbury is also cheaper. If you need to be close to I-95 and the railroad, there are sections of Fairfield near Black Rock Turnpike which will work. Housing prices start to get reasonable because it is near Bridgeport, but not like Bridgeport. Fairfield has tended to be conservative. The latest word is that community is trending to more conservative attitudes.

That being said, remember you are moving into not just a blue state, but THE blue state that recently gave obama a 60% approval rate, while the national average is 39%.

The tea party was able to put a good dent in the liberal hegemon that has controlled Hartford for some 30 years. We managed to tilt the ratio from 3 dems for each republican to 2 dems for each republican in the state legislature and we are just a couple away from taking back the state senate. But with liberal maniac Dan Malloy, it is an awful situation. EVERYBODY who is tea party inclined needs to be working feverishly at the grass roots level. One sign that we can do it is that a couple of the districts that went republican in 2010, stayed democrat even under Reagan. We have to work our butts off.


12 posted on 08/15/2011 10:55:39 AM PDT by bioqubit
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To: Dr. Sivana

I live in Waterbury, fyi...


13 posted on 08/15/2011 10:56:03 AM PDT by brivette
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To: Dr. Sivana

I live in Waterbury, fyi...


14 posted on 08/15/2011 10:56:07 AM PDT by brivette
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To: Dr. Sivana

I live in Waterbury, fyi...


15 posted on 08/15/2011 10:56:07 AM PDT by brivette
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To: jimjohn

guns laws - bad

self defense - good luck!

“red” areas - I’ll have to get back to you on that.


16 posted on 08/15/2011 10:57:27 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: jimjohn

I thought maybe you meant where can you find a decent 10,000sq. ft. fixer-upper.


17 posted on 08/15/2011 11:01:19 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: proxy_user

From a friend that moved there a couple of years ago complaint was housing cost and heating cost.


18 posted on 08/15/2011 11:07:53 AM PDT by hope
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19 posted on 08/15/2011 11:10:38 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: jimjohn

You need to specify what town or city but Litchfield County is closer to Red. And alot less expensive. But it’s a commute.


20 posted on 08/15/2011 11:15:28 AM PDT by McGruff (a Sarah Palin supporter and proud of it.)
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To: jimjohn

CCW is not prohibitively bureaucratic but sufficiently so to discourage the casually interested. Shotgun laws are minimal. AR type weapons are highly and weirdly regulated so if you have one make sure it conforms to Ct laws.

OTOH in my neck of the woods, Northeast Ct, you can fire your weapons on your property so long as the nearest neighbor is more than 100 yards away.

There are no real red areas in CT, we are a minority everywhere though my neck of the woods had a RINO as a Congressman for a couple of terms. But where I live even most democrats have some sort of gun in the house for defense and critters.

Fairfield is a different world though from my part of CT. Never lived there but it is an expensive county.

One more thing bring gas and heating oil with you, Ct has the highest petro taxes in America.


21 posted on 08/15/2011 11:18:11 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: brivette
I also live in Waterbury.
Very “Blue-collar Conservative” is how I would describe lots of it, if talking about the working class. But more and more the place is being overrun by the welfare-class.
22 posted on 08/15/2011 11:22:30 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Visit CTF.org)
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To: jimjohn

I grew up in CT and just recently moved out. It’s full of weekenders from NYC buying up the houses and land and generally being as annoying as liberals from the city can be. Agree that Stew Leonard’s is terrific. Litchfield County is wonderful but is in the process of being spoiled irretrivably—by the weekenders. It used to be full of decent Connecticut Yankees, now it’s full of democrats. Those bad points aside, there isn’t a day that goes by I don’t wish I was “home”. I would kill for a 121 from Main Moon or a slice of John’s Best.


23 posted on 08/15/2011 11:26:57 AM PDT by Rytas
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To: jimjohn

http://www.dondodd.com/# aka known as Radiofree West Hartford.


24 posted on 08/15/2011 11:29:54 AM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: jimjohn

You poor person. Your boss must hate you to transfer you to the most expensive, bluest, and least free state in the nation.


25 posted on 08/15/2011 12:00:27 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: brivette
"I live in Waterbury, fyi..."

Hey, I live in Waterbury (only once, though).

26 posted on 08/15/2011 12:09:36 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: brivette

You live on the wrong side of CT. The quiet corner is the “sheetz” as the kids would say. n/s


27 posted on 08/15/2011 12:13:17 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kuffir!)
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To: jimjohn
jimjohn, welcome to the belly of the beast in the blue northeast.
Very high cost of living.
CCW not hard to get.
Very homeschool friendly (well, the CT state constitution is, the Libtards aren't).
NYC is just a short train ride away (but not too close).
We have some nice beaches, decent ski areas, and Vermont/NH is less than a couple hours away.
New haven is a cool town (but beware, they are illegal-friendly).
If you hunt and fish, there is lots of that here.
Mystic Seaport is a great day-trip.
Bridgeport has the only zoo in the state.
Did I miss anything?
28 posted on 08/15/2011 12:19:11 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: jimjohn

The cities are all mini-ghettoes or have mini-ghetto areas... Especially Bridgeport (Tha armpit of New England) as well as parts of Norwalk, Stratford and Stamford.

Depending upon where in Spouthern CT you will be, there are some towns which might make sense... Usually if schools are not a concern.

Fairfield County Towns that are liveable include:
Greenwich
Redding
Fairfield
Parts of Stamford and Norwalk
Monroe
Newtown
Easton
Weston
Westport
Trumbull
Milford (actually NH County)
Shelton & Long Hill

Stay away from:
Bridgeport
Parts of Stratford
Parts of Norwalk


29 posted on 08/15/2011 12:21:42 PM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: jimjohn

Ask me about golf course....

Bad time to move to Ct. All of us freepers are moving out....


30 posted on 08/15/2011 12:30:13 PM PDT by y6162
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To: jimjohn

Welcome. Other Freepers are right, though Republicans are relatively plentiful in Fairfield, they are the ultimate country club, RINO squishes. (Altogether CT just scored the highest approval ratings for Obama of any state in the country.) Still that’s better than the rabid Dems you’ll encounter when you are in “The City”.

As to towns, Greenwich is much stronger on the GOP side than say Westport which has traditionally been more Democrat.


31 posted on 08/15/2011 12:42:27 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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Shall we tell him about the cougars we DON'T have in Fairfield county?

SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. DEEP says we don't don't. Not to worry.... since you can't carry in state parks & forests....help is only a 911 call away.

I don't think CT has any reciprocal CCW advantages. You'll be starting from scratch. Every town seems to have their own way of *awarding* you your God-given Rights. The town you're moving to, should have it on their town website under the police department. Good luck.

Ironic that Connecticut's nickname is the *Constitution state.* "Qui Transtulit Sustinet." If that doesn't tell you something, be prepared to find the COL high, very high. Laws and permits required for everything.

Connecticut Income Tax Comparison
A Minimum Wage worker earning $15,000/year pays $750.00
A worker earning the median salary of $45,000 pays $2,250.00

Welcome. An upper class worker earning $100,000/year pays $5,000.00

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32 posted on 08/15/2011 2:10:06 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: Daffynition; jimjohn

Okay, so we have lions and bears—but absolutely no tigers! Well, unless you count the bobcats...


33 posted on 08/15/2011 2:30:28 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Bon mots

Got something against Darien and New Canaan? ;-)


34 posted on 08/15/2011 2:36:30 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
Got something against Darien and New Canaan? ;-)

I do. Though I must admit, their "downtown" areas are fun for spotting every variety of snoot, snob, nouveau-riche, liberal, RINO, stereotypical CT finishing school moron you could ever imagine. (though you do see some rather nice cars there too.)

I do love the Darien train station though and it's my "go-to" when I have to go into the city for work.

Gee, I wonder if the OP is moving into Glen Beck's house now that he's leaving New Canaan? that's the funny thing about Fairfield County -as blue as CT is, a great number of conservative TV/radio personalities live there. Hell, Ann Coulter grew up here.
35 posted on 08/19/2011 10:38:10 AM PDT by whattajoke (Let's keep Conservatism real.)
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To: whattajoke

Yep, she’s a CT country club Republican—which is I’m sure why she’s so excited about Christie. This is Romney country for sure, and my guess is she’ll end up pulling the lever for him, wherever she’s voting now.


36 posted on 08/19/2011 10:47:59 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: jimjohn
as others have pointed out, unless you're moving from a very few select places (Provence, Monaco, Oslo, Upper east side, Westchester County, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Amalfi Coast, um, Redmond WA), please prepare for your head to explode.

It's not just that the housing prices are insane, but everything else is too. Highest gas prices in the lower 48! Taxes on everything you can possibly think of that can be taxed - and then also on everything you didn't think of too.

But CT being CT, know that our counties designation doesn't really mean shit. BRIDGEPORT is in Fairfield county. A city that went bankrupt a few years ago, that has one of the lower literacy rates in the country and eternally corrupt politicians. Despite that, Fairfield County remains one of the "richest few counties in teh country." Take out Bridgeport and it wold be the richest year after year forever. it takes some getting used to - even if you are rich yourself. Because rich here is a different kind of rich.

But with that, depending on where you live, you'll find some incredible restaurants and if you have kids, the public schools in some towns are better than private schools in others. (Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan.)

Here's the thing about CT that will never change and will either benefit you greatly or drive you nuts. Each of out 169 towns is its own little fiefdom. So the super rich towns keep their tax base to themselves. Your roads will be plowed before the snow hits the ground. (seriously, they do that here with some blue chemical treatment.) You will pay through the nose,but your town services will be some of the best in the world. Yes, I do believe that. However, if you end up in one of the bigger cities, it's like a different country. The stark contrasts here are sort of creepy at times, esp up around Hartford and Waterbury.

CCW laws are actually not bad, beleive it or not.
37 posted on 08/19/2011 10:48:32 AM PDT by whattajoke (Let's keep Conservatism real.)
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To: jimjohn

I do miss some things in CT - I do miss my hometown (even if it is controlled by Dems - not liberals, thou) and the seasons, along with the following:

Stew’s

Hosmer Mountain Soda

Autumn


38 posted on 08/28/2011 9:04:02 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Palin/Bachman 2012....What would the NAGS say? :-))
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To: brivette

So, I hear you live in Waterbury.

(Just kidding about the multiple posts. It seems the system burps from time to time.)


39 posted on 08/28/2011 9:32:13 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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To: whattajoke

Boy, you are so right with your description. My sister married into a family that used to own a 36 room mansion on the shore down there. Richer than God.

The parents were nice, self made. He was a pilot in WWII. I enjoyed talking to him about England and his time in the war.

His kids: Alcoholic idiots with expensive schooling and nothing to show for it. And my sister married the worst of the bunch.

Funny thing is that the parents recognized it. They left ALL of their money to charity. I laughed out loud when I heard that story. The looks on the faces of the kids was priceless.


40 posted on 08/28/2011 9:36:48 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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To: whattajoke

RE: CCW laws. I took our LTC carry class at Smith and Wesson in Springfield, MA. Half the class was from CT. The instructor covered everything required in both states in the six hour class. The CT people had to stay for another 90 minutes to cover the class time they needed.

Not a big deal. But the carry rules in CT are easier than MA.


41 posted on 08/28/2011 9:41:33 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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To: ExCTCitizen; All; jimjohn
I do miss CT. If people think FL is better, talk to me. I am leaving FL because the schools sucks (unless you want your son to be in the NFL) and the drivers can't drive.

More bicyclists die in Hillsborough County (and not because of bicyclists though they aren't perfect, but drivers pull out in front of bicyclists and drivers don't give bicyclists the required 3 feet. Again, bicyclists - and I do alot of biking - do not follow the rules -- some of them ride with two on a bike going against the traffic.)

I'm moving to Maine -- I may not have palm trees in my front yard, but at least the lakes won't kill you.

42 posted on 08/28/2011 12:41:59 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Palin/Bachman 2012....What would the NAGS say? :-))
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To: Vermont Lt

I forgot to mention my favorite thing in Fairfield County: All the national radio ads and sunday paper inserts for, say, fastfood joints - in the fine print it’ll often say, “Offer not valid in HI, AK and Fairfield County, CT.

I think that says all that needs to be said!


43 posted on 08/28/2011 1:53:15 PM PDT by whattajoke (Let's keep Conservatism real.)
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To: whattajoke
I forgot to mention my favorite thing in Fairfield County: All the national radio ads and sunday paper inserts for, say, fastfood joints - in the fine print it’ll often say, “Offer not valid in HI, AK and Fairfield County, CT.

With a place like Rawleys, why would a discriminating Freeper ever need to eat at a fastfood joint in Fairfield?
44 posted on 08/28/2011 1:59:25 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Dr. Sivana
STAY AWAY FROM BRIDGEPORT. REALLY!

With three exceptions -- the Bluefish baseball team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team and the Beardsley Park Zoo (CT's only zoo).

45 posted on 10/26/2011 11:44:35 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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To: smokingfrog
Red Area -- in East Hartford it is the Southeast part of town and Sunset Ridge area!

A few of the small towns are Republican (Hebron, Marlborough, Ellington, South Windsor, too)

46 posted on 10/26/2011 11:51:06 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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To: ExCTCitizen

I think the pt Barnum museum is also in Bpt.

Regarding schools and FL/ct, CT is a moral mess everywhere, and an unmitigated mess in Meriden, nh, hfd, etc.

I went to prep school in ct, and even that wasn’t such a much. We are homeschooling ours, so it is a nonissue.


47 posted on 10/26/2011 12:39:17 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.--1970s PSA)
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To: Dr. Sivana
I think the pt Barnum museum is also in Bpt.

You are correct! I forgot that and also Barnum and the grave of Tom Thumb is in Bridgeport, too.

Bridgeport could be a tourist destination if it wasn't a HELLHOLE!!

48 posted on 10/27/2011 11:00:32 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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