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Rep. Ackert Celebrates Grand Opening of Umami Japanese Restaurant

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined other local dignitaries, residents, and the Chen family at the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration of the Umami Japanese Restaurant in Vernon.

“I am pleased to welcome the Chen owned family restaurant to Vernon,” Rep. Ackert said. “It is wonderful to see all of the work they have done to transform this once unoccupied location into a beautiful restaurant with delicious food.”

The former Rockville Friendly’s location at 172 Union Street will feature authentic Japanese cuisine including an expansive sushi menu, various noodle dishes, and desserts. The restaurant will also feature a full sushi bar where patrons can sit in front of their chefs and watch as they individually prepare their sushi rolls.

Before the ribbon cutting, Rep. Ackert and Rockville Mayor Daniel Champagne presented owner Paul Chen with a legislative citation to commemorate the occasion.

State Rep. Tim Ackert and Rockville Mayor Daniel Champagne present Paul Chen, owner at Umami Japanese Restaurant with a legislative citation for the grand opening of their family business.

Rep. Ackert Applauds Efforts to Bring Essential Services to Veterans

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined his fellow lawmakers in a show of support for our veterans during the 22nd annual “Stand Down” event held at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Rocky Hill.

The event hosted by the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs provides an opportunity for all veterans to receive a wide variety of federal, state and local services. Some of the services offered during this event include veterans benefits, medical, dental, recovery services, mental health, housing, employment, and education.

“These men and women have selflessly, honorably, and bravely served this great country of ours and events such as this one allow us to say thank you for your service,” Rep. Ackert said. “As a veteran myself, ensuring all branches of our military are taken care of is extremely important to me and I was honored to have had an opportunity to attend this event.”

The state’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs was the event’s lead sponsor, also working with state, federal and private agencies such as the U.S. Social Security Administration, the state’s Social Services and Judicial departments and the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Events like these are vital for not only providing our veterans with the necessary services they require but also letting those individuals who may not be aware of their existence,” Rep. Ackert said.

Rep. Ackert Welcomes a New Business to Coventry

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined municipal leaders and residents at the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for Elm Human Performance, LLC.

Elm Human Performance is an alternative and holistic health service specializing in massage therapy and reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing.

“I am extremely happy to welcome Jennifer Wendry and her business to downtown Coventry,” Rep. Ackert. “This location holds a special place in my heart as it is where I first started my business many years ago.”

After the ribbon cutting, Rep. Ackert presented Jennifer with a legislative citation to commemorate the occasion.

“Local business owners like Elm Human Performance are essential pieces of our community and state,” Rep. Ackert said. “We as a legislative body must continue to do all that we can to help promote their continued growth along with the development of future businesses within the state.”

Elm Human Performance, LLC, is located at 1199 Main Street, Coventry.


State Representative Tim Ackert and Jennifer Wendry prepare to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of her business Elm Human Performance, LLC, a massage therapy facility in Coventry.

State Representative Tim Ackert represents the 8th General Assembly district towns of Coventry, Columbia, Tolland, and Vernon.

Local Program Rewards Children Who Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) in conjunction with John Elsesser, Coventry Town Manager, and the Booth and Dimock Library, presented several local children with certificates for completing a book reading challenge.

In order to complete the program, young children were required to read 1,000 books before they began Kindergarten. Throughout the process, those involved would receive various milestone acknowledgements from the library. Parents helped them log their books, either on paper or through the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten mobile app.

For every 100 books, children could bring their journal into the Children’s Department and receive a sticker along with having a picture taken and displayed on their wall of fame.

“This program allowed students to get involved in reading at an early age and truly hit the ground running as they prepare to enter kindergarten,” Rep. Ackert said. “To have completed this challenge is quite an impressive feat and I’d like to congratulate both the children and their parents for putting in a tremendous amount of time in order to accomplish this goal.”


Photo: State Representative Tim Ackert and John Elsesser, Coventry Town Manager congratulate a student who has recently completed the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.

Community Event Strengthens Neighborhood Relationships

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined his fellow state colleagues in support of National Night Out (NNO), an event designed to bring members of the community together with local law enforcement to help promote neighborhood relationships among everyone involved.

“It takes a special kind of person to put on a uniform for the main reason of helping and protecting people,” Rep. Ackert said. “Whether that is a member of the military, EMT’s, police, fire department, or doctors and nurses, these men and women dedicate their lives to keeping us safe, they are the true definition of heroes.”

The first Tuesday in August has become a 30 year tradition for residents of Rockville thanks to the sponsorship and organization by the Rockville Community Alliance (RCA) and the Vernon Police Department.

Participants in NNO included members from social service agencies, churches, service-oriented businesses and other local volunteer groups working together to interact with members of the community in order to build relationships.


State Representative Tim Ackert, a guest speaker at the event, gives thanks to the local organizers of the event and first responders for their hard work in making this year’s National Night Out a success.

2nd Friday in December is Named ‘PJ Day’

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HARTFORD – A bill co-sponsored by State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) that promoted wearing pajamas in support of children who are battling cancer has been signed into law.

Earlier this year, Rep. Ackert and Nick Wesoloskie, a young student from Coventry Grammar School testified on behalf of SB-1002, An Act Designating Various Days, Weeks, Months and State Symbols and Naming a State Office Complex in order to raise awareness for all of those children being treated and cared for in hospitals across the state.

“While we continue to work on the fiscal issues facing the state, I am extremely pleased when we are able to pass legislation like this along the way.” Rep. Ackert said.

Wesoloskie’s sister Charlotte was treated at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center when she was only three weeks old and in order to give back and support other patients at CCMC, he came up with the idea of wearing pajamas. Challenging his classmates to do the same, Wesoloskie was able to start something that just continues to grow.

Since its inception in 2011 and with the assistance of more than 100 schools, 53 Dunkin Donuts locations, local business partners, and CCMC staff, the event has raised more than $89,000 in 2016 for the Cancer Care Center at CCMC.

According to CCMC in order to participate you will need the following:

  • Receive permission from your school to host PJ Day with a suggested donation of $1 or more.
  • Send notices home and advertise at your school.
  • Designate a staff member to collect donations.

You can also register online at pjday.kintera.org, or by calling 860.837.5737

Crumbling Foundations Update: Agreement Extension Made to Prevent Stone from Becker Quarry

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An agreement between the State of Connecticut and the Becker Construction Company has been made to extend the prohibition of stone aggregate from being sold or produced from the Becker Quarry until June 30, 2018.

Becker Quarry has been identified as a hot spot for pyrrhotite, the mineral that causes concrete foundations to crumble.

“While I am happy to see this extension as it does halt any new homes from being affected, I would prefer a much stronger agreement put into place,” Rep. Ackert said. “I would personally like to see this quarry permanently shut down.”

To see the full agreement click on the letter below.

Crumbling Foundations Issue to Be Addressed During Special Session

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HARTFORD – Today, on behalf of those residents who have been affected by crumbling foundations, Republicans called an amendment on the resolution that would authorize the General Assembly to include the issue as part of the items to be considered during a special session.

The House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter (D – Hartford) quickly assured Republican legislators that the House would be taking the crumbling foundation issue up during the special session as part of the budget implementation and bond authorization processes.

After receiving this assurance from the Majority Leader during the debate on the amendment it was withdrawn as the bipartisan group will continue working to provide relief for this tragedy.

Thousands of homeowners in Eastern Connecticut may be impacted by the crumbling foundation issue. The price tag to replace a crumbling foundation is upwards of $150,000, with little to no coverage from most insurance companies.

“By withdrawing this amendment, we have taken the promise given to us by Rep. Ritter in good faith that we will continue to have discussions on the best ways to mitigate this issue,” Rep. Ackert said.

Throughout this legislative session, Rep. Ackert has spent countless hours talking with families and businesses that have been affected by crumbling foundations in order to ensure they get the relief they need.

“This issue has been a massive concern of mine throughout this session and I aim to keep those promises I’ve made to these individuals throughout the year,” he said.

“This collective body will continue to work together in order to come up with a resolution that best serves the people of Connecticut,” Rep. Ackert said.

In total, 19 pieces of legislation were introduced by lawmakers this session pertaining to crumbling foundations.

I-95 and I-84 Tolls Study

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I-95 Corridor Congestion Relief Study – Executive Summary by Connecticut House Republicans on Scribd

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Toll Study (I-84 and I-95)

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I-95 Corridor Congestion Relief Study – Executive Summary by Connecticut House Republicans on Scribd

Full Executive Summary by Connecticut House Republicans on Scribd