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Pratt Whitney Cuts 200 Connecticut Jobs

After a voluntary separation program eliminated 575 Pratt and Whitney workers last month, the technology giant is cutting an additional 400 salaried positions, half of which will be from their Connecticut offices. These cuts are effective immediately and will impact mostly administrative positions within the company.

Pratt & Whitney spokesman Ray Hernandez gave a statement noting that the job cuts were difficult to make but, “necessary to remain competitive.”

The aircraft company is offering severance pay to the employees who were laid-off and claims the group insurance will continue. Pratt & Whitney’s parent company UTC (United Technologies Company) was listed by Fortune Magazine as the second largest in the state of Connecticut, and today 200 residents are without employment.

At the time of the report, no further details were available although the company plans to release more information in the coming days.


I-95 Lane Closures and Traffic Shifts in New Haven Continue

If you’re headed into the city from the South bound lanes, the latest traffic shift will move drivers toward the new lanes of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. Transportation officials are even warning drivers of serious delays in next weekend’s plans to shift southbound traffic to the new Pearl Harbor/Q Bridge.

Along with the detour drivers will have to deal with lane closures. During the day only two lanes will be open and one at night. Ramp closures will also occur.

Although electronic signs will warn drivers of the detour and lane closures, it is important that all motorists stay alert of shifts in traffic. It is estimated that in the last five years more than 200,000 persons have been injured in construction zone accidents.

In Connecticut specifically, approximately 124 accidents involved construction vehicles in 2008 and more than 13% of all accident collisions occurred on the interstate.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction zone accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical, expenses and more. Contact our knowledgeable New Haven attorneys today to find out more about your legal rights.


Prepare Your Home for the Winter

Fall has finally arrived, the air is crisp, and the leaves are changing colors! While we are enjoying the New England autumn, now is the time to prepare your home for the winter months. Follow the tips below to ease into the winter season:

  • Make sure to service your oil burner every year.
  • Remove air conditioner window units or covers.
  • As far as the outdoor plumbing goes, turn off outside faucets from the inside and drain, leaving the outside handle open.
  • Check the chimney draft by opening the damper and testing with a lit piece of newspaper held up into the chimney. Have a professional clean and inspect the chimney even if you don’t frequently use it.
  • Put up storm windows.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Clear any leaves out of the gutter.

Click here for tips on winter car care.

Following these safety tips will keep you and your family safe during the winter.