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Veterans: Aspen Dental’s Day of Service, June 9

Posted on June 4, 2018 by admin


Doctors and their teams from nearly 450 Aspen Dental-branded practices across 37 states are opening their doors exclusively to veterans as part of their annual Day of Service on Saturday, June 9. Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care as Aspen’s way of thanking them for their service.

An estimated 191,607 veterans live in Connecticut, and most don’t receive dental benefits through the Veterans Administration. Appointments for Day of Service are still available, so please help us get the word out to veterans in your community.

Here’s how: 

  • Share the Day of Service phone line! Interested veterans should call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-277-3646) to find a local participating practice and schedule an appointment. Space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!
  • Share the news on social media! And don’t forget to use #HealthyMouthMovement and tag Aspen Dental in your posts.Participating Practices in Connecticut
    Bristol, CT
    Farmington, CT
    Torrington, CT
    *These practices currently have openings, but space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!

For more information, please contact annie@curleycompany.com or visit www.AspenDental.com.

More About Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement
The Healthy Mouth Movement (HMM) was launched in 2014 and since that time has provided free dental care to veterans in need in communities across the U.S. In fact, more than 17,000 patients in 37 states have received over $10 million in free dental care through the program thanks to the generosity of dentists and team members from Aspen Dental practices.

Reps. Piscopo, Wilson Applaud Compromise Final Budget Deal

Posted on May 21, 2018 by admin


Cite Medicare Savings, Teacher Pensions, Transportation Funding

HARTFORD – State Representatives John Piscopo (R-76) and David Wilson (R-66) voted in support of a compromise budget, noting that it fully restores Medicare Savings Plan funds that were cut, adds money for teachers’ healthcare and provides more money to the Special Transportation Fund without raising taxes.

The final budget plan that passed by a vote of 142-8 on the final day of the legislative session, is the result of lengthy negotiations with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. The budget adjustment does not contain any tax increases, a critical requirement that Republicans insisted on.

“This budget adjustment ensures that those most in need, including seniors and the disabled, continue to receive critical resources with through the Medicare Savings Plan funding without increasing taxes on Connecticut residents. It also funds the Retired Teacher’s Healthcare, emergency placements for the developmentally disabled, and fire training schools. While this compromise does not address all of the issues Connecticut faces, it is a step in the right direction,’’ Piscopo said.

“This budget adjustment was necessary in order to address the $384 million FY’18 deficit that Connecticut was facing. It is indeed a compromise, as neither side of the aisle came away ecstatic about the document. However, it was essential in order to address the shortfall and to ensure that critical programs and core government functions remain funded. We fully restored the Medicare Savings Plan, and we’ve addressed the governor’s holdbacks on municipal aid and educational funding. In addition, we’ve secured funding to ensure that our veterans continue to receive quality care at our state Veterans’ Home, and military honor guard final honors, for their selfless sacrifice to our country,” said Wilson.

The plan will also provide $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects by accelerating the existing tax on new cars. The funding will ramp up dramatically in the coming years, and all municipal aid and education cost sharing funding will remain whole in 2019.

Republicans were able to negotiate numerous provisions from their budget plan into the final legislation, including a hard hiring freeze on new state employees to save $7 million.

In addition the deal features:
$16 million in additional funding for Retired Teachers’ Healthcare to bring the state’s portion of funding to 33%
$5 million for emergency placement for DDS patients
$9.5 million for coast of living increases for private providers
$1.8 million for Old Age Assistance
$1.4 million for Aid to Disabled
$16.2 million for Community Colleges to cover fringe benefit costs
An additional $12.5 million to support VoAg students
$1 million for dairy farmers

Republicans also were successful in including some provisions for long-term structural changes, such as allowing for volunteerism at the local level to ease burdens on towns and cities, and hiring a consultant to come up with $500 million in savings for Connecticut.

The GOP also blocked a proposal that would cut funding for military funerals.

Republicans also secured language in the legislation that would inhibit Gov. Malloy’s ability to cut funding for towns and cities as he did under his authority following the passage of the bipartisan budget last October.

The Senate approved the budget unanimously by a vote of 36-0 and was signed by Governor Malloy on Wednesday, May 16.

The 2018 legislative session came to a close at midnight on May 9.


CT DOT: Alternating One-Way Traffic on U.S. Route 6/Route 222 (East Main St.), Thomaston, Starting Monday Night, May 21

Posted on May 15, 2018 by admin


The Connecticut of Department of Transportation has issued this statement regarding bridge repair work in our area. Please be sure to read this information as it may affect travel plans: 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that U.S. Route 6/Route 222 in  Thomaston (East Main Street near Crabby Al’s Restaurant) will have alternating one-way traffic starting on Monday May 21, 2018, at 7 P.M. and continuing until 6 A.M. the following morning.  The weekday nighttime alternating lane closures will continue until all of the concrete deck/joint repairs on Bridge 00468 are completed (estimated one month).

The work performed in this project is preventative maintenance and will repair structural steel deficiencies, replace bearings as necessary, and some incidental minor rehabilitation such as deck patching and concrete repairs.  The following bridges are included in this Project; Bridge No. 00468, Route 222 and 6 over Naugatuck River in Thomaston, Bridge No. 01154 Bullet Hill Road over I-84 and Ramp 40 in Southbury, as well as Bridge No. 01161 Christian Road over I-84 in Middlebury.

DOT Project No. 0174-0402 was awarded to Olympus Painting Contractors, Inc., at a cost of $3,105,533.26 on December 21, 2017 and is scheduled to be completed October 26, 2018.

Nighttime lane closures will not occur during periods of scheduled nighttime special events held by the Railroad Museum of New England, Inc.