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Rep. O’Neill Recognizes Shepaug Students

Posted on June 12, 2018 by admin


State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) last night congratulated two Shepaug High School Juniors who were awarded the Connecticut Global Engagement Certificate.

During an awards ceremony held in the Old Judiciary Room of the Capitol, Rep. O’Neill commended Shepaug students Bridget Snyder and Wilson King, and the rest of the awardees, for their work to better understand difficult and important issues, including genocide, that affect our world on myriad levels.

“I want to congratulate Bridget and Wilson for meeting this challenge and displaying their knowledge and concern for others through their research and presentations,” Rep. O’Neill said. “While only a handful of students achieved the certificate this year, it is important to note how impressive it is to see two Shepaug students on the list.  It says a lot about their commitment to learning, our community and the teachers within our system who motivate and empower students to think about others and to see things from a global perspective.”

According to program documents, in order to complete the program students must “demonstrate achievement toward global competency, as defined by an ability to the world beyond their immediate environment, recognize their own and others’ perspectives, communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences and translate their ideas into appropriate actions to address a contemporary global issue.”

To be eligible, students needed to complete a minimum of 20 hours of work related to a global/cross-cultural public service project and write a reflection paper or provide a project to demonstrate the student reached an understanding of the issue.

Both students researched and wrote about the plight of refugees with Bridget concerned with Somalia, noting the Kenyan Dadaab refugee camp has a significant Somali population, and Wilson worked diligently to educate the local community about refugee issues.

The awards were presented by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents  International Committee.

Rep. O’Neill talks with Bridget Snyder and Wilson King after the awards ceremony.

From left- Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell, Bridget Snyder, Bill King, Wilson King, Rep. Arthur O’Neill and Region 12 curriculum director Teresa DeBrito.


Rep. O’Neill Congratulates Nicholas Pietrini on Making Eagle Scout

Posted on June 7, 2018 by admin


Rep. Arthur O’Neill recently congratulated Nicholas Pietrini on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout during his Court of Honor Ceremony held at the United Church of Christ in Southbury.  Nick is a member of Southbury’s Boy Scout Troop 60.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and the designation is more than  one hundred years old. Approximately, four percent of Boy Scouts achieve this rank, and to do so need to complete a lengthy review process, earn at least 21 merit badges and always demonstrate Scout Spirit.  Eagle Scout candidates must also complete an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.

Rep. Arthur O’Neill congratulates Eagle Scout Nick Pietrini and his parents, Anthony and Julie Pietrini

Anthony Pietrini, his son, Eagle Scout Nick Pietrini, his mother, Julie Pietrini, and his grandparents, Tom and Patricia Pietrini.

Friends and family watch during the Court of Honor ceremony.

Rep. O’Neill Applauds Grant for Police Body-Worn Cameras

Posted on June 5, 2018 by admin


State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) praised the state’s Bond Commission for approving a grant to offset the cost of cameras and related recording equipment for several local police departments, including Southbury.

The grants are to be used for “the purchase of body-worn recording equipment and digital data storage devices or services for law enforcement officers, provided $2,000,000 shall be made available to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for members of the state police and $13,000,000 shall be made available to municipalities for local law enforcement officers.”

“As a strong supporter of our police and first responders I’m pleased the Bond Commission saw fit to provide these funds to Southbury to help offset the cost of equipping our officers with body-worn cameras,” Rep. O’Neill, said. “Knowing there is a record of interactions between police and the public can deter those who wish to do harm to our police, or provide important and valuable evidence if a crime is committed. Recordings can also provide context in confusing situations and be used by the department for training or to update certain policies.”

In 2017, Rep. O’Neill introduced legislation – H.B. 6472 – An Act Concerning Grants-In-Aid for Body-Worn Recording Equipment – to permit municipalities with resident state troopers to access grants-in-aid for reimbursement of costs associated with the purchase of body-worn recording equipment.

During today’s Commission meeting, $429,634 was allocated to the following six departments:

  • Cheshire Police Department $122,962
  • Monroe Police Department $96,225
  • Southbury Police Department $10,000
  • Stratford Police Department $66,550
  • Torrington Police Department $125,724
  • Woodbridge Police Department $8,173

To date, $4,638,835 of the $13 million has been allocated.