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Joe Mancini July 22, 2014 at 09:22 am
Dairy Queen? Carvel? What a stupid survey.
Christy Chi July 22, 2014 at 08:29 pm
Dairy Queen doesn't serve ice cream. It has to be classified by them as a frozen treat since itRead More doesn't meet the content requirements to be called ice cream.
Katherine Davis July 23, 2014 at 02:59 pm
Its obvious that most people in this poll are from the Mid and Western portions of the state.
Ray Dalio, a Greenwich resident, has a net worth is about $12.9 billion. (Credit: World Economic Forum on Flickr)
Gus R. Horvath July 21, 2014 at 07:29 pm
Frank in bury. If you are old enough to remember the O,Neil budget fiasco that resulted in theRead More implementation of the state income tax of 4.5%, the alternative was a 12% sales tax. That sales tax would have been also paid predominantly by Fairfield County residents. They carry,financially, the other 8 counties in Connecticut.
arkay July 22, 2014 at 12:57 am
@Gus, counties don't actually mean anything in CT, just geographic borders. Bridgeport is as much ofRead More a money suck as any city in the state, and that's in FFC. There's plenty of affluent communities in New Haven, Hartford, Litchfield counties (and elsewhere) that pay their fair share. Fairfield County does pay a proportionally high amount of taxes, but that is in a select few towns - definitely not northern or eastern FFC, which is more in line with other parts of the state.
Gus R. Horvath July 22, 2014 at 11:55 am
arkay. I was born and grew up in Bridgeport in the 1930s to1960s when it was known as the park city.Read More It was not the drag on Fairfield County it is today. The point I wish to make is that the much maligned billionaires of Fairfield County contribute an inordinate amount financial resources to the state of Connecticut helping to reduce your and my tax burden. My son is a building engineer for Ray Dalio's hedge fund so I am aware of the goings on there.
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Tmc July 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm
Never been a fan; I won't miss it.
Joeseph Biff July 17, 2014 at 07:15 am
Bye bye!
Vito Moscato July 17, 2014 at 02:34 pm
The landlord must have someone lined up at the higher rent.
A Crumbs cupcake, from the Crumbs Cupcake website
Russell July 11, 2014 at 01:45 pm
The Cake Boss is completely wrong as to why Crumbs failed. As someone who has some food industryRead More experience. He is living in bubble most food items which we consume are touched by many different companies, just like cars and planes. Small bakeries generally source their dough and baking items from large suppliers, virtually no one is scratch anymore. If someone is scratch they are subsidized by a big company or they aren’t in business long. Small bakeries like food service just brand it well that they are home town. The cake boss gets his stuff from the same big suppliers as well. Crumbs was successful for 8+ years so they started off right just went astray. Crumbs could be great as a company if it can recapture it’s Mojo glory. The Cake Boss is a star brand manager, it's been a while since he has baked. 1)Starbucks, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Cracker Barrel, source their products from all over while maintaining a responsible quality level. High volume, low cost, and consistent is the way to go US FOOD and Sysco are built on this premise. The labor cost, thus operational cost, would triple by having Baker in every store. Inconsistency would skyrocket and customers would get pissed off. Don’t try to be a Magnolia or other high-end bakeshop chains. Should just be yourself, high end enough. 2)The big one, what is the repeatability of a huge cup cake or cake? You are in Acoma if you have two or more. Diversify your product line for repeating sales. Offer seasonal item more in line with climate like ice cream baked items in summer. 3)Too many people at the top were from the art and apparel industry not enough from the food industry in senior roles according to public documents. Focus on fundamentals. 4)Failure to adapt to overall trend in cupcakes as being lower calorie & smaller size would go a long way. 5)Failure to become a bakeshop with a diverse menu items for lunch and dinner not just brunch items. 6)Adding reheated items in some stores, the small bakery set up would improve smell. Starbucks manages its smell of coffee. Why not Crumbs do the same. 7)Expanding too quickly in a niche market with-out proper market research like Krispy Kreme. 8)Spending too long on random projects without focusing on basic product line innovation. 9)Holding consistent core and corporate values.
Sue D Swanson July 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm
When Marcus lemonis gets involved I know for sure; " That Crumb Cupcakes Co will def make aRead More come back" !!!
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oldtimer June 26, 2014 at 01:07 pm
As a Telco craftsman retiree, CWA always did right by me. It did not "cost" to belong to aRead More national union, it "paid" to belong!
Jim Dooble June 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm
I must say with all due respects to our vets, that many were wished to join but were not allowed forRead More health reasons, simply asthma disqualified me. I myself have given to the community for 15-20 years. Are the towns supporting local community service volunteers with preferential chances on jobs? Lord knows after the 100s of thousands of hours I've done for the local towns I've lived in, I could use some help getting a job, because putting someone in front of me simply because they were in the reserves is offensive to me.
Igor June 23, 2014 at 04:28 pm
Jim there is a valid reason that vets should be getting special treatment in the job market. As IRead More was serving in the Navy for 4 years men my age were building seniority at their place of employment thus they got the promotions. That being said I don't think that should be the deciding factor on hiring someone.
Patricia Pell June 24, 2014 at 01:06 pm
Tips are great and appreciated by wait staff. That said, those of us who don't have extra sometimesRead More can't tip at all. Given the choice we would. When is comes to no tip or not eating out at all. No tip wins. A built in system would be better. Incentive should be the responsibility of the owner, however they choose to do it. You are in the service industry after all. That is your job. You would not expect better service from your doctor if you tipped him. It is his job to make you well. You don't tip your construction worker... it is his job to build your house. They get paid to do their job.
Set the Controls June 24, 2014 at 01:57 pm
In the USA diners tip, never been disputed. If you can't afford to tip don't go out to eat.
REVMAN June 27, 2014 at 11:11 am
I tip 20-25% for good service and 5-8% for not so good service and 0% for bad service. If theRead More servicers wised up they would ALL get 20% plus.
John Child June 23, 2014 at 07:27 am
It's called inflation. Inflation today is nearly 10% (if you measured it like we did in 1980), notRead More the 2% the Gov't keeps re-defining it to. They've redefined inflation 22 times , why? To cover-up the massive wealth transfer (theft) that results from inflation. The Top .1% in the Government and the Banks are robbing the 99.99% with inflation. Quantitative Easing is nothing more than inflation ... The Fed & The Gov't are inflating their way out of the National Debt pure and simple. Get used to smaller and smaller packages. Get used to higher and higher prices. Pantry Portfolios all over the country are expected to yield 10% or better over the next few years, so load up on non-perishables, it'll prove to be a great investment! Welcome to the Zero-Growth New Normal.
. June 23, 2014 at 09:21 am
If this story was about any other business raising their prices, we'd be reading about protests orRead More "fat cats" getting fatter, etc. etc.
Lee Snover June 25, 2014 at 06:04 pm
Already too expensive. But costs of Obamacare must be covered somehow.
CT's GDP, courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Captain Obvious June 19, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Since Ms. Antolini has taken to the patch to assail our community with her vindictive rhetoric sheRead More has negated a once useful source of information. Her abrasive, self-serving approach is not representative of our community. Her irrational rants create unneeded controversy doing nothing but leaving Ms. Antolini feeling fulfilled that she has cast, yet again, a dark cloud over our community. Credible community leaders will not engage with any patch representative because of Ms. Antolini. Her act has grown tiresome and we, as a community we need to send her the resounding message that she is not our voice, advocate or representative in any way and her work is of no value to our town. Obviously, we can't prevent Ms. Antolini from posting, that is her right, what we can do is no longer react to her and allow these incessant rants to die a death through not validating them with a response. A.W.
Paula Antolini June 19, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Nice to see you think of me often "Andrew Wiggins."
Dave Lersch July 10, 2014 at 08:25 am
No problem here with energy production...fracking/drilling .... If you don't like it stop usingRead More products made from, or transported by petroleum or gas. As to schools and quality of life....I've spent 30 years travelling around the country and lived in 10 different areas. All had great schools and a rich/pleasant culture to raise a family. In fact, generally speaking, folks in the midwest and south are overly friendly, courteous, civic minded, etc, and that draws attention. I ended up here when I retired and just can't make up my mind as to where I want to move next. P.s. this state government overreacts and fails to understand longer term implications of their actions.... like last year's firearm legislation may not seem like a big deal to most of CT; however for businesses to see how quickly something significant can change, without the benefit of a healthy two-sided debate, portrays a sense of instability and poor mgt. People from around the US aren't flocking to CT because we're safer or due to other reasons stated above. Anyone who votes to keep an incumbent politician in power is just asking for more of the same stagnancy as we've seen.
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REVMAN June 14, 2014 at 09:50 am
This is where D.D. will have to close half of their stores because people won't buy it.
Philip June 22, 2014 at 08:41 am
Donut Delight is way better than Dunkin - so DD can raise all they want
Tmc June 23, 2014 at 08:00 am
Dunkin is fast and convenient; that's what people want nowadays.
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Harry June 10, 2014 at 03:08 pm
40 years of Democrat rule and we see the results. Worst Roads and bridges in the Nation, WorstRead More state to retire, 5th worst to work in, Highest tax burden, highest energy costs. Seriously how much longer before we benchmark a State like Wisconsin? I have ZERO confidence that the CT Gop will bring it home this Nov
MAC June 10, 2014 at 03:40 pm
Harry, shame on you to be so Defeatist as you are in your last sentence! Are you planning to stayRead More home and not vote on election day?
JBrad June 10, 2014 at 04:37 pm
You mean 40+ years of capitalist rule, democrat or not.
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