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Reps. Betts, Pavalock-D’Amato Welcome Special Olympics Athletes to State Capitol

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representatives Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) attended a send-off rally for Special Olympics athletes that will be competing in the Special Olympics 2018 USA Games hosted by Seattle, Washington, in July.

Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato were joined by legislative colleagues, welcoming the athletes, coaches, and supporters to the State Capitol, and sharing words of encouragement to the men and women that will be representing Connecticut in the national competition.

“Thank you to the athletes, unified partners, and coaches for coming to the State Capitol and share your energy and enthusiasm with us! Congratulations to all of the athletes who will go on to represent Connecticut this summer. We know you will all do an excellent job and make us proud,” said Rep. Betts.

“To be an athlete takes hard work, determination, and sacrifice. I’m so proud of all of the athletes who’ve worked so hard to make it to the USA Games this year, and I wish them the best of luck in their competitions. We’re particularly proud of Dale Akerley from Bristol, and we’re cheering him and his team on,” added Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato.

Following the rally, Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato met with Bristol resident Dale Akerley, the Unified Sports Partner of Special Olympics Athlete Anthony Thibeault of Southington, congratulating them on their accomplishments and wishing them well in Seattle. Akerley and Thibeault will compete in Unified Golf.

(Pictured L-R: Coach Kevin Smith, West Hartford, Athlete Anthony Thibeault, Southington, State Rep. Whit Betts, Unified Partner Dale Akerley, Bristol, and State Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato.)

More than 4,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners from all 50 states will be competing. The 2018 USA Games will also celebrate Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary.



Posted on May 2, 2018 by admin


The House of Representatives will be taking up the debate on tolls today, Wednesday, May 2. This information, provided by the CT Department of Transportation, provides details on the proposal to bring tolls back to CT roadways.

Tolling FAQs Final Version
Overview of a potential CT Toll System

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 4/28

Posted on April 26, 2018 by admin


On Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public its 15th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The DEA is again calling on Americans to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and bring them to collection sites for proper disposal. This includes pet medication as well.

Collection Sites for greater Bristol area include:

119 Riverside Ave. – Bristol, CT

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 15 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds — about 3,200 tons of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Initiative, visit:

Take Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato’s 2018 Legislative Survey

Posted on April 6, 2018 by admin


Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato is inviting Bristol residents to take her brief online survey on the issues that are being discussed and will be debated during the 2018 legialtive session. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard on the issues that matter most to you and your family.

Click here to begin survey:

‘Heroes 4 Hire’ Annual Veterans Career Fair, 4/4

Posted on March 29, 2018 by admin


I wanted to alert you to the upcoming “Heroes 4 Hire” 14th Annual Veterans Career Fair being held on Wednesday, April 4, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor website, this fair will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will allow attendees to meet with prospective employers and take advantage of the following free services:

  • Nationally certified resumé writers available for resumé critiquing
  • Access to CT jobs, our electronic job matching system, part of the nation’s largest internet employment service
  • Veterans Services Representatives to provide assistance and guidance
  • Information on Educational and Job Training Programs
  • Information on employment and unemployment services

Rentschler Field is located at 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118.

If you are a veteran or currently serving in our armed forces, or know someone who is, please consider attending this career fair and passing this information along.

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: for more information.