Brookfield, Bethel, Danbury

Reps. Harding & Duff Hosting a ‘Stuff a Humvee’ Event to Help Local Veterans

Posted on June 20, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD — State Representatives Stephen Harding (R-107) and Will Duff (R-2) in conjunction with Veterans Services of New England are hosting a ‘Stuff a Humvee’ event to collect items to benefit local veterans in need.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the Bethel Municipal Center on 1 School Street in Bethel.

What: Stuff a Humvee Veterans Collection
When: Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel

There will be a ‘Humvee’ on the premises to collect non-perishable food items and toiletries that will then be donated to local Veterans in need. The Veteran Services of New England is a registered Connecticut not-for-profit, Veteran Service Organization* (VSO).

The Veteran Services of New England assist those in the reserves, active duty, prior service members and their immediate families, includes providing employment, mental health, recreational rehab assistance and other services associated with the transition from military service to the next phase of life and beyond.

Rep. Harding said, “I know that our local community has great appreciation for our military who protect our freedom here and around the globe. This initiative is a great way to support these brave men and women who do so much for us.”

“We can never forget the great sacrifice that our brave men and women in the Armed Forces gave so that we can enjoy our daily freedoms. I appreciate those selfless sacrifices and believe that it is our duty to at least provide some basic needs and services to our most vulnerable veterans, this Humvee collection is one small gesture for our veterans,” Rep. Duff said.

Some of the needed items include:

Personal Care:
• Deodorant, men’s and women’s
• Razors, men’s & women’s
• Shaving cream
• Soap
• Hand soap
• Shampoo/conditioner
• Shower gel
• Toothbrushes
• Toothpaste
• Mouthwash
• Dental floss
• Feminine hygiene products
• “Depends” type products
• Vaseline and hand lotion
• Medicated foot powder
• Nail files/nail clippers
• Cough drops
• Vicks vapor rub
• Reusable water bottles
• Combs/hairbrushes
• Hand sanitizer
• Contact solution/eye drops
• Chapstick/lip balm
• Individual tissue packs
• Band aids
• Wet Ones type hand wipes
• Q-Tips
• Dry shampoo
• No-rinse wipes (for adult personal hygiene)

• NEW packs of adult socks, male and female – cotton or wool
• NEW packs of men’s & women’s underwear

Food Items:
• Nonperishable food items
• Cases of individual bottled spring water
• Gallon size spring water
• Regular “ground” coffee
• Nonperishable canned goods
• Packages of hard candies
• Instant coffee and hot cocoa
• Powder drink mixes
• Chewing gum

• New household cleaning supplies
• Non-prescription reading glasses (“Readers”)
• Can openers for nonperishable foods


State Representative Stephen Harding to Host Legislative Update in Brookfield

Posted on May 30, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) will be holding a Legislative Update at Jesters Coffee on Thursday, June 7th.
Rep. Harding will discuss the recently adopted compromised budget, major pieces of legislation discussed during the 2018 session along with any other state related issues or concerns.

WHEN: Thursday, June 7th from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Jesters Coffee, 331 Federal Road, Brookfield.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend but would still like to connect with Representative Harding, please call 1-800-842-1423 or email him at for more information.

Please check Representative Harding’s website for any cancellations prior to the scheduled meeting date.


Rep. Harding represents the 107th district of Bethel, Brookfield, and Danbury.

Reps. Harding & Duff Support Bethel Schools with Passage of Construction Legislation

Posted on May 18, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD –State Representatives Stephen Harding (R-107) and Will Duff (R-2) successfully shepherded critical school construction grant funds through both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly during a special session last week.

The Bethel legislators worked in concert in both the House and Senate to gain approval of $11,125,544 in state funds for Anna H. Rockwell School with the project estimated to cost
$24,723,432 with the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 45% of the entire cost of the project.

The Bethel legislators additionally gained approval of $18,498,470 in state funds for Ralph M.T. Johnson School with the project estimated to cost $41,107,711 with the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 45% of the entire cost of the project.

“I was proud to work with my legislative colleagues to secure State funding for the construction and renovations at Johnson and Rockwell schools in Bethel,” Rep. Harding said. “This has been a collaborative effort with many officials in Bethel and certainly well deserving for our local students.”

“In tough economic budget times, the legislature has to prioritize how the state spends its money and focus on the core functions of government. Building a strong education system for our children is one of those priorities we must always work to protect. I applaud the state for this much needed local school support. These funds will be wisely invested in both Anna H. Rockwell and Ralph M.T. Johnson schools to add value to our quality education system and Bethel community. This investment will enable our students to go to school in an environment conducive to learning, social development and growth. An investment in education is an investment in our future,” said Rep. Will Duff.

The legislation SB-184, An Act Concerning Authorization of State Grant Commitments for School Building Projects, passed the General Assembly unanimously and now moves to the governor’s office for his final signature.