Jim Shea: Of Models And Limos – Hot Enough For You?

So, the Manchester Fire Department gets a call late last month for a vehicle fire on I-84, and when the truck gets there finds an overheated limo and 20 stranded occupants, among them being several models who had been on their way from Boston to New York.

(Let me just pause here to note that there is no evidence to support the rumors that when the nature of the limo's cargo became known the department's switchboard was flooded with calls from off-duty firefighters, department retirees, fire trainees, and concerned citizens all just looking to help out.)

Anyway, because there was no other available means of getting the passengers off the highway, the fire chief dispatched several pieces of apparatus to the scene to ferry everyone back to district headquarters.

While that decision seems reasonable, one town resident disagreed calling it a misuse of public equipment and personnel.

The larger question, of course, is whether the fact that models were involved had anything to do with the way the call was handled.

Let's look at this hypothetically:

Say a call for a car fire on I-84 comes in and a truck is dispatched. Upon arriving the firefighters find an overheating limo containing a bunch of fat guys on their way to a game at Fenway, or maybe a group of female shot putters from the Ukrainian National Team.

What would be the response?

A. Every piece of available equipment would be rushed to the scene to bring the passengers back to the station.

B. A call would be placed to Dial-a-Ride.

C. Firefighters would toss the limo driver a couple of bottles of water for the radiator as they sped past.

You make the call.

Of UConn, Gift Horses, and Hartford

According to the old maxim, you should never look a gift horse in the mouth. I have no idea what that means, but I suspect the City of Hartford could be getting ready to do just that.

Back in June, the University of Connecticut settled on the long vacant former Hartford Times building on Front Street as the new home for its West Hartford branch. The branch relocation would bring some 2,200 students and 300 faculty to the downtown area.

Now Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and other city leaders are asking UConn to consider a different site because they say moving the branch to the old Times building would hurt the Front Street entertainment district. (Apparently 2,200 college kids adding their foot traffic and vitality to an entertainment district is a bad thing.)

Does anyone else have a bad feeling about where this is headed: UConn becomes frustrated and angry, complies with Hartford's demands and picks a new location – outside of Hartford.

New Haven Mayoral Smackdown

Henry Fernandez, who is running for mayor of New Haven, gives an interview in which he talks about drug dealing and prostitution in his Fair Haven neighborhood.

State Sen. Toni Harp, who is also seeking the Democratic mayoral nomination, responds to Fernandez remarks saying:

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