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Turn on a Green Light For Veterans This November!

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Each year, the “Green Light A Vet” campaign encourages homeowners and businesses to show their support for the sacrifices veterans of our community have made to protect our country by asking them to swap out a porch or entryway light bulb for a green one as a visual symbol of our appreciation. The Town of Glastonbury will be showing support with green light bulbs at various town facilities.

This year, Glastonbury EMS will be handing out 100 green light bulbs at the Apple Harvest Festival, which starts today, October 13th and runs through the weekend!

If you can’t make it to the festival, you can also obtain a green light bulb from retail stores like Walmart.

The campaign asks that you take a photo of your green light and post it to social media with the hashtag #greenlightavet to support the movement and inspire others to do the same. You can also map your light at www.greenlightavet.com.

Rep. Tweedie: We Can Still Override the Budget Veto

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HARTFORDState Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) on Tuesday afternoon helped beat back a political scheme from House Democrat leadership to kill the bipartisan budget that would give cities, towns, and local school districts the state funding they need to keep normal operations up and running.

Tweedie, with House and Senate Republicans, has been working behind-the-scenes to get additional Democrats to join in on overriding Gov. Malloy’s recent veto of the bipartisan budget. They planned to motion for an override during an upcoming veto session. House Democrat leadership, however, called an impromptu session Tuesday when it became apparent that some legislators—including key Democrat votes—would be unavailable. Tweedie said Connecticut can’t afford that kind of gamesmanship.

“Majority leadership provided little notice of the session and the day’s agenda, and called us to the capitol without even asking whether we intended to roll out our motion,” said Rep. Tweedie, who serves Manchester and part of Glastonbury. “Simple and plain—they wanted to kill the bipartisan budget because they knew it had momentum among not only legislators, but also local leaders. We ignored their bait, and will instead make our motion in the near future. The byproduct is that the bipartisan budget is still alive, providing hope to Connecticut residents that we can, in fact, get a budget done.”

At present, the state is operating under Malloy’s executive orders. That means local funding, in particular education funding, will be slashed throughout the state. With that in mind, Rep. Tweedie said it was an irresponsible act for House Democrat leadership to try and kill the only budget out there—the only plan that had enough votes to make it through both of the legislature’s chambers and onto the governor’s desk.

“The people who are trying to run our cities and towns, our school district, and core social service programs—they can’t afford to see the legislature start from scratch,” Rep. Tweedie said. “At the very least, the bipartisan budget should be preserved to use as a starting point—to get it to become law, and then tweak it as necessary. That’s what we did yesterday, and I look forward to getting more support from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle.”

Visit www.cthousegop.com/budget to learn more.

Rep. Tweedie Checks in With Local Business to See How They’re Faring the Budget Crisis

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MANCHESTERState Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13), long-time customer of local building supply company Sanford & Hawley, Inc., visited the Manchester store last week to talk with Co-Owner Bob Sanford, Manager John Horoho and Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut Lobbyist Carrie Rand about how the budget crisis is affecting their business.

Rep. Tweedie with Sanford & Hawley Co-Owner Bob Sanford (left) and Manager John Horoho (right) in Manchester.

“Everyone relies on business to keep our economy stable,” Mr. Horoho said. “With business declining and so much uncertainty surrounding the state budget, people are getting worn down and unfortunately we know we’ll be right back here next year. I do not envy [legislators’] jobs – but at some point you just have to sit down and face the tough decisions like we do in managing our business and employees. We don’t get to just say we’re expanding our business – we have to justify where the money is coming from – and so should our state government.”

“This is a big turning point for the future of Connecticut – a state that currently does not have the reputation of being business friendly,” said Mr. Sanford. “The abstract number of the deficit is lost on many people, which is a shame because a great deal of them are relying on pensions that might not be there for them when they retire. We ask the legislature to get something done to help Connecticut businesses stay open and competitive across the state.”

TOMORROW: Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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The Town of Glastonbury is offering all residents an opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste. This includes ALL paints and stains, acids, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, household cleaning products and other hazardous materials that may have accumulated in your home.

Collections will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 324 Olcott Street in Manchester.

Directions: From Route 384 East take Exit 1, Spencer St., then make a left on Spencer and at the 4th traffic signal take a left onto Olcott St. The facility will be on the left. Olcott St. is at the intersection with Hartford Rd.

Need-to-Know Information:

  • Please leave all materials in their original containers.
  • DO NOT BRING motor oil or antifreeze. These are accepted at the transfer station recycling facility located at 2340 New London Turnpike in Glastonbury.
  • Proof of residency is required (via driver’s license, tax bill or vehicle registration).
  • Asbestos waste will NOT be accepted.

Visit www.paintcare.org to learn more about the year-round PaintCare takeback program.

Glastonbury Flu Clinics

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The first official day of Fall is already this Friday! To protect you and your family from the flu, once again the Health Department is gearing up to provide three walk-in flu clinics for all town residents aged 9 years and older. The clinics will be held on the following Thursdays in the Academy School Cafeteria located at 2143 Main Street, Glastonbury:

  1. September 28, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  2. October 19, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  3. November 16, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This year, the Health Department is partnering with the Healthy Choices program to administer the Flublok Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine for those 18 years and up. Flublok is manufactured using modern recombinant DNA technology, meaning that it contains NO egg proteins, gluten, thimerosal, antibiotics or latex. For those 9-17 years old, Flucelvax and Fluarix will be available – both are quadrivalent vaccines.

What you will need to bring with you to the clinic:

  • Your insurance card(s)
  • A photo ID
  • Short sleeve/sleeveless shirt to allow easy access to your shoulder for the vaccine

In order to minimize wait time at the clinics, the Health Department also asks that you print and complete the attached consent form prior to arriving at the clinic

For more information about the 2017-18 flu Season, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.