Rep. Cummings, CT Fair Housing Center Hosted Successful Moving Forward Workshop

Posted on August 9, 2018 by admin


State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) and community leaders Jacqueline Jamilah Jackson and Liz Bullard hosted a successful and informative workshop with Fionnula Darby-Hudgens, of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, to help people identify housing discrimination, and to provide tools, tips and techniques to overcome barriers to stable housing.

About a dozen people gathered for the Moving Forward Workshop that took place on Tuesday, August 7, at Waterbury City Hall and featured an in-depth powerpoint presentation by Darby-Hudgens.  The presentation  covered everything from the basic definitions of housing discrimination to the services and resources available for Connecticut residents who have been victims of discrimination.

If you need help accessing housing or dealing with an eviction record, or if you have issues or concerns regarding housing discrimination, please contact the Connecticut Fair Housing Center at

New EB 23 on-ramp to Open Monday Night, August 13; EB 25 off-ramp Entrance to be Relocated

Posted on August 9, 2018 by admin


The Connecticut DOT is announcing that the new eastbound (EB) 23 on-ramp, east of Hamilton Avenue Bridge, will open beginning on Monday night, August 13. The temporary loop ramp, west of the bridge will close permanently. EB Exit 23 off-ramp, from I-84 and downtown Waterbury to Hamilton Avenue, will remain open as a one-way off-ramp.

Hamilton Avenue Bridge will open to its new full width, and be temporarily striped to provide one thru-travel lane in each direction and a left-turn lane from southbound Hamilton Avenue to the new EB 23 on-ramp.

Access to the EB Exit 25 off-ramp will open in its permanent location, west of Hamilton Avenue Bridge. The EB Exit 25 detour route, that has been in effect utilizing EB Exit 23, will close permanently.

Tax Free Week – August 19-25

Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin


With the start of school just around the corner, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.