Rep. Cheeseman and Sen. Formica to Host Discussion on Youth Vaping

Posted on November 12, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) invite constituents to attend a panel discussion for parents and students that they will be hosting next week on the issue of youth vaping. Local leaders and experts will be in attendance to share information on the dangers of youth vaping, its impact on our schools and community, and more.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: East Lyme High School
Room B101
30 Chesterfield Road,

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Safe Connect: CT’s New Domestic Violence Resource Hub

Posted on November 12, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has launched its newest online initiative, Safe Connect, which enhances and strengthens access to safety for all victims and survivors by transforming the operation of Connecticut’s statewide domestic violence hotline.

Under Safe Connect, access to live certified domestic violence counselors – who are located right here in Connecticut – will be available via phone, text, chat and email 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year (similar to the traditional hotline). It is available to victims and survivors regardless of age, ability, gender identity, sexual identity, racial or ethnic identity, religion, socioeconomic status, immigration status. It is 70% bilingual in English and Spanish with several other languages also spoken and the cultural backgrounds of staff span over ten different countries and four continents.

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Scheduled Closure & Detour of Route 1 in East Lyme

Posted on November 6, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will be closing a portion of Route 1 in East Lyme starting this Monday, November 11th, between Heritage Road and Lovers Lane, to facilitate replacement of a bridge over the brook.

The closure will last for two weeks, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on November 11th, and re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25th.

Signs will be installed to detour drivers as follows:

Route 1 South: Proceed on Route 161 to the intersection of Interstate 95. Take the ramp

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Important Notice for Civil Air Patrol Members

Posted on October 24, 2019 by admin


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I would like to let local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members know that, according to a new law that went into effect this summer, you must inform your employer that you are a CAP member by October 31, 2019 in order to be allowed to take time off to support CAP missions.

Public Act 19-95 prohibits employers from discriminating against, disciplining or discharging an employee because of their membership in the CAP; or if they are absent from work under certain circumstances as a member of the CAP.

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Veterans’ Coffeehouse in East Lyme

Posted on October 21, 2019 by admin


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East Lyme is going to be hosting a monthly Veterans’ Coffeehouse event at VFW Post 5848 in Niantic on the second Wednesday of every month. The first meeting will take place on November 13, 2019.

This will be an occasion for veterans to get together, discuss issues they are facing, enjoy the comradely friendship of other veterans, and meet with people and organizations that are interested in helping veterans.

Come out to learn about benefits, the Veterans History Project, Quilts of Valor, VA enrollment,

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Temporary Closure of I-95 SB Ramps in East Lyme

Posted on October 11, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will be temporarily closing the I-95 Southbound ramps at Exit 74 in East Lyme between Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – starting at 6:30 p.m. – and October 20, 2019 – ending at 6:00 a.m. – to facilitate construction activity associated with the realignment of the ramps.

Detour signage will direct I-95 southbound traffic to Exit 73, to East Society Road, to Society Road, to Flanders Road.

Detour signage will direct Flanders Road traffic trying to access

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In Light of EEE Deaths, Coalition of Senators and Representatives Ask Governor to Study Spraying Pesticides in Heavily Impacted Areas

Posted on September 27, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – Today, in light of continuing concerns over the spread of the virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a coalition of legislators led by State Senators Norm Needleman (D-Essex) and  Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) addressed a letter to Governor Ned Lamont, requesting for his administration to review and consider selective use of mosquito pesticides in areas with high EEE activity. This week, a second Shoreline resident passed away after contracting EEE; the elected officials believe more could be done to protect the public before the threat fully subsides.

Legislators who signed the letter include State Senators Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) and Heather Somers (R-Groton) and State Representatives Tim Ackert (R-Coventry), Devin Carney (R-Old Saybrook), Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell),  Holly Cheeseman (R-Niantic), Christine Conley (D-Groton), Joe de la Cruz (D-Groton), Mike France (R-Ledyard), Robin Green (R-Marlborough),  Irene Haines (R-East Hampton), Jesse MacLachlan (R-Westbrook), Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), Anthony Nolan (D-New London),  Linda Orange (D-Colchester), Emmett Riley (D-Norwich), Kate Rotella (D-North Stonington) and Kevin Ryan (D-Montville).

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What to Expect on October 1st: New Tax Increases

Posted on September 27, 2019 by admin


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October 1st marks the onset of millions of dollars in new tax and fee increases on some of our most-commonly consumed goods and services. These taxes, along with those that went into effect in July, were included in the Democrats’ state budget plan that passed in June, and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the families, seniors, and businesses in our community.

You will notice increased costs on:

Digital Goods – The current tax on digital goods of 1% will increase to 6.35%. This increase applies to a myriad of online services, including – but not limited to – streaming (e.g. Netflix, Hulu), music (e.g. Spotify, Apple Music), eBooks, software downloads, and in-app purchases made on smartphones.​​​

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Grocery Tax is Back

Posted on September 18, 2019 by admin


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I stand in opposition to newly released details on a 7.35% “meals tax” set to go into effect on October 1, 2019. The tax was included in the Democrat budget passed during the 2019 legislative session – which I voted against – and will include nearly all prepared food items from bags of spinach weighing 8-ounces to rotisserie chicken.

According to a recently-issued Department of Revenue Services (DRS) policy statement, the Democrat-approved 7.35% tax will be applied to a long list of food items, including

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CT Veterans Stand Down Event

Posted on September 6, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting their annual “Stand Down” event for veterans on September 20, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs main campus located at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity for the veterans in our community to receive free employment and job training guidance. More than 30 government agencies and social services organizations will be offering education and recovery based services, as well as

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