East Lyme and Salem

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Munzner Honored by State Lawmakers

Posted on December 13, 2018 by admin


NIANTIC – In a December 11th ceremony at the Civil Air Patrol Thames River Composite Squadron in Groton, Niantic resident Christopher Munzner was named the recipient of the Brigadier General Billy Mitchell award in recognition of his accomplishments as a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet.

State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) presented Munzner with an official state citation, citing his dedication, commitment and hard work.

“You set a fine example for other cadets to follow and are a role model for young people throughout your community,” the lawmakers wrote in the citation.

Munzner joined CAP when he turned 12 years old in January 2017.  He quickly worked his way up through the squadron and is currently the Commander of Cadets. An accomplished string bass player in the East Lyme Middle School orchestra, Munzner is a member of the recreational junior rifle team at the Niantic Sportsman’s club, volunteers at a local food pantry and through the Niantic Community church. He hopes to eventually attend the United States Air Force Academy.

The Brigadier General Billy Mitchell Award honors a fearless pilot whose patriotism, foresight, and tenacity surpassed the ridicule he faced. The “Father of the Independent Air Force,” Billy Mitchell led an aerial bombing demonstration resulting in the sinking of the surplus German battleship Ostfriesland in 1921. The Navy had said such a feat would be impossible, and the Army remained skeptical toward airpower. Mitchell continued his all-out public campaign for airpower, even facing court-martial for his persistence. Not until World War II did the full U.S. military establishment realize how right he was. After the Allied victory, and by a special act of Congress, Mitchell was posthumously awarded a gold medal. With General Mitchell as their role model, cadet officers know that speaking truth to power is a moral duty.

The Mitchell Award marks completion of Phase II of the CAP Cadet Program, recognizing sustained excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character.

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

Posted on December 4, 2018 by admin


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


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!