Rep. Zawistowski Celebrates Reopening of Old New Gate Prison and Copper Mine

Posted on July 16, 2018 by admin


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EAST GRANBY – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) welcomed visitors to the official reopening of Old New Gate Prison and Copper Mine on Saturday, July 14th. The site was closed for renovations and repairs in 2009 and was opened on a limited basis in 2016 and 2017 for special events.

“I can’t possibly overstate how happy I am that this incredible landmark is back open. One of the main reasons that we were able to do this was because of strong community support and volunteers,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “I have long viewed reopening Old New Gate as a key to increased tourism in North Central Connecticut, capitalizing on this site and the other wonderful museums and attractions we have in our area.”

Old New Gate Prison and Copper Mine is the oldest surviving state prison structure in the country and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and a State Archaeological Preserve.  The site was first opened as a copper mine in 1705 and converted into a prison in 1773. After the state closed the prison in 1827, it became a local tourist attraction.

For the 2018 season the museum will be open on Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Monday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There are several special events scheduled, including Old New Gate Halloween. For more information about Old New Gate and other Connecticut Museums visit www.cultureandtourism.org or find the museum on Facebook.

Suffield Stuff a Humvee for Students

Posted on July 12, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61), in conjunction with Suffield Emergency Aid, the Suffield Police Department and Highland Park Market, is hosting a “Stuff a Humvee” event to collect needed items for students returning to school.

The Stuff a Humvee event will take place on August 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Highland Park Market located at 68 Bridge Street, Suffield, CT.

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Sen. Kissel and Rep. Zawistowski Applaud Grant to Suffield Housing Authority

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Senator John A. Kissel (R-7) and State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) expressed their support of an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant to the Suffield Housing Authority for facility improvement.

The funds disbursed through the State Department of Housing will go towards renovating Broder Place, Maple Court, and Laurel Court. Combined these properties have 70 units for low income elderly and disabled persons. The renovations include kitchen replacements, walk-in showers, efficiency upgrades to water heaters and more handicap accessible ramps.

“The Suffield Housing Authority does excellent work within our community,” said Sen. Kissel. “Ensuring that our low income elderly and disabled residents have adequate housing accommodations is very important and ultimately helps our local towns succeed and grow. The Housing Authority in Suffield understands the importance of helping all residents live independent and productive lives. This grant will be put to good use helping to make the housing units more handicap accessible, improving the quality of life for many.”

“The Suffield Housing Authority does exemplary work operating self-sufficiently. When it comes to maintenance and ongoing repairs, they understand how to maximize value for the dollars spent. These additional resources will certainly help them to fund important larger projects,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “The Authority does great work helping these low income residents live more independent and productive lives.”

The grant for Suffield is part of $10.5 million being awarded by the Department of Housing to 16 municipalities in Connecticut to provide infrastructure upgrades and improvements with the goal of combating blight, improving neighborhoods, and increasing economic development.