East Lyme and Salem


Rep. Cheeseman and Sen. Formica to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army

Posted on December 4, 2018 by admin


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EAST LYMEState Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-38) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) will be volunteering to raise money for local residents in need by collecting for the Salvation Army at the Flanders Stop and Shop on December 8th. All proceeds collected during the one hour of bell ringing will be donated directly to the Salvation Army.

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Stop & Shop, 248 Flanders Road, East Lyme

Rep. Cheeseman welcomes all constituents to stop by the store and help make the fundraising event a success! If you are unable to make it on December 8th you can donate on the Salvation Army’s website at www.salvationarmyusa.org, which also lists other ways to do good this holiday season; for example, by donating cars, clothing, household goods, airline miles, bonds and stocks, or volunteering for the community.

The House Republican Caucus as a whole has raised nearly $200,000 for the Salvation Army over the past several years. The Salvation Army responds to natural disasters such as wildfires and tornadoes, provides meals and toys to families in need, and conducts research and analyses regarding human needs around the country. They also provide adult rehabilitation, veteran services, elderly services, missing person searches, housing assistance, youth recreation, sponsorship, and support in the fight to end human trafficking.

For more information on the event, please contact Rep. Cheeseman at 800-842-1423 or Holly.Cheeseman@housegop.ct.gov, or Sen. Formica at 800-842-1421 or Paul.Formica@cga.ct.gov.

Home Heating Assistance

Posted on December 4, 2018 by admin


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Connecticut currently has the second highest energy costs in the nation. With colder weather on the way, many residents will struggle to pay their heating bills. However, fuel assistance is available to those in need.

 

Operation Fuel is now accepting applications for one-time grants of up to $500 per household for deliverable fuel, gas and electric utilities. Qualified individuals are those who have received a shut-off notice, have no utility service, or need assistance to maintain payment arrangements or have a past due balance of 30 days or more.

 

In order to apply for an Operation Fuel utility or deliverable fuel grant, you must submit an application through a fuel bank. To find the fuel bank that serves your town, please either use the Fuel Bank Finder or call 2-1-1.

 

You will need to provide proof of the last 4 weeks of income for all household members, the name of your fuel vendor (for deliverable fuel customers only), or your utility bill and payment history (for electric and gas utility customers only).

 

Operation Fuel is a non-profit organization that partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance. Their partner agencies may also be able to connect residents with programs that provide assistance for food, clothing, health services, childcare, and more.

 

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

Four Local Veterans Begin Certified Maintenance Apprentice Program at Millstone

Posted on November 23, 2018 by admin


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Reps. Cheeseman and McCarty Congratulate Dominion Energy and New Apprentices

WATERFORD– In honor of Veterans Day and the state’s “Registered Apprenticeship Week”, Dominion Energy’s Millstone Power Station celebrated the establishment of its first-ever….on station equipment. This certification also allows veterans participating in the training to apply for federal GI Bill benefits. State Holly Cheeseman (R-East Lyme) and Representatives Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford) were in attendance at the matriculation ceremony on Wednesday to congratulate the four veterans now participating in the program, Benjamin Cregger of Mystic, Jeffrey Fluet of Waterford, Grannis Richardson of Niantic, and Joshua Wilkinson of Westerly, R.I. According to Millstone Site Vice President John Daugherty, Dominion sees military veterans as an experienced pool of potential employees and feels that this program provides them an “earn while you learn” experience. He also attributes the possibility of making this program happen to the public-private cooperation between Dominion and state and federal government entities. “As a member of the Legislature’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, workforce development is of course a great interest and priority of mine,” said Rep. Cheeseman. “I am particularly passionate about supporting our veterans and their families, who sacrifice so much for our freedom and safety, in finding quality employment. We should continue working with the federal government to offer more programs like this one.”
“This is a memorable occasion to celebrate success for our veterans here at Millstone,”said Rep. McCarty. “It is rewarding to witness top talent being recruited from our United States military through the apprenticeship program at Dominion. Millstone has always been a great community partner involved in mentorship programs and advancing education in collaboration with our local schools. The apprenticeship program is another positive employment training initiative. In addition, with approximately one-third of Connecticut’s military population living here in Southeastern Connecticut, this is an extraordinary program that will continue to bring valuable job opportunities to our local veterans. Congratulations to Millstone, the Department of Labor and our veterans for their participation in the apprenticeship program.”

State Representatives Kathleen McCarty (left), and Holly Cheeseman (far right) congratulate Joshua Wilkinson, Benjamin Cregger, Jeffrey Fluet, and Grannis Richardson all of Dominion Energy for their participation in the Connecticut Department of Labor certified maintenance apprenticeship programs at Millstone Power Station.