Skip to comments.Need Freeper Help in Connecticut
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.
PS -- if you bump into my in-laws, don't talk them: they will just annoy you.
But do bee sure to visit the Stew Leonards' closest to you...and take the kids if you have any...
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.
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!
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.
Stew Leonard’s has great meats, produce and milk. Lots of fun at Christmas time.
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.
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.
If you have children, seriously think of Home or Private Schooling.
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.
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.
I live in Waterbury, fyi...
I live in Waterbury, fyi...
I live in Waterbury, fyi...
guns laws - bad
self defense - good luck!
“red” areas - I’ll have to get back to you on that.
I thought maybe you meant where can you find a decent 10,000sq. ft. fixer-upper.
From a friend that moved there a couple of years ago complaint was housing cost and heating cost.
You need to specify what town or city but Litchfield County is closer to Red. And alot less expensive. But it’s a commute.
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.
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.
http://www.dondodd.com/# aka known as Radiofree West Hartford.
You poor person. Your boss must hate you to transfer you to the most expensive, bluest, and least free state in the nation.
Hey, I live in Waterbury (only once, though).
You live on the wrong side of CT. The quiet corner is the “sheetz” as the kids would say. n/s
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:
Parts of Stamford and Norwalk
Milford (actually NH County)
Shelton & Long Hill
Stay away from:
Parts of Stratford
Parts of Norwalk
Ask me about golf course....
Bad time to move to Ct. All of us freepers are moving out....
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.
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
Okay, so we have lions and bears—but absolutely no tigers! Well, unless you count the bobcats...
Got something against Darien and New Canaan? ;-)
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.
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:
Hosmer Mountain Soda
So, I hear you live in Waterbury.
(Just kidding about the multiple posts. It seems the system burps from time to time.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
With three exceptions -- the Bluefish baseball team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team and the Beardsley Park Zoo (CT's only zoo).
A few of the small towns are Republican (Hebron, Marlborough, Ellington, South Windsor, too)
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.
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!!