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WBDC Grants for Women Owned-Businesses

Posted on May 20, 2022


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The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC)is offering grants of up to $10,000 for qualified women-owned small businesses as part of their “Equity Match Grant.” Since the start of the program, WBDC has distributed 129 grants of $1.2 million to women-owned businesses in Connecticut.

See the announcement and website below for more information:

THE GRANT APPLICATION WILL OPEN ON MAY 23, 2022
The deadline to apply is July 3, 2022

Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 will be awarded for clearly defined

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Budget Recap

Posted on May 13, 2022


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Budget adjustments for the fiscal year ending in 2023 were released around 4:30 a.m. Monday May 2nd and taken up later that day in the House of Representatives. The budget passed the House with a party line vote.

Overall, the package will increase spending by 6.4% over the previous year adding $1.4 billion to the budget. Much of the spending involves one-time allocations setting up fiscal cliffs, and election year gimmicks to support favored constituencies.

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Town Hall – East Lyme 5/23 6pm

Posted on May 10, 2022


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

On May 23rd, I will be hosting a town hall meeting with State Senator Paul Formica to discuss the recently concluded 2022 legislative session, as well as state issues that matter to you.

Monday, May 23rd

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

East Lyme Town Hall

108 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic

Route 156 Bridge Closure Niantic and Waterford

Posted on May 9, 2022


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Below is an announcement from the Connecticut Department of Transportation regarding bridge work that may impact your travel:

Closure of Bridge No. 06026 on Route 156 over Niantic River in East Lyme/Waterford

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a road closure of Route 156 over the Niantic River will occur on May 13, 2022 from 12:01 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. for cleaning of the span locks. This work cannot be accomplished in concurrence with traffic flow.

DETOUR INFO

Route 156

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Deterring Catalytic Converter Theft

Posted on May 4, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) voted for SB 256 “An Act Concerning the Purchase or Receipt of Catalytic Converters by Motor Vehicle Recyclers, Scrap Metal Processor and Junk Dealers.” The legislation will impose additional restrictions on catalytic converters to deter theft.

Catalytic converter theft has increased dramatically nationwide. Communities across Connecticut reported incidents of theft from school bus lots, car dealerships, and parked cars. Replacing the part and

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Rep. Cheeseman Supports Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation

Posted on April 29, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) voted in favor of HB 5417 “An Act Concerning Juvenile Justice and Services, Firearms Background Checks, and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.” Reforms in the legislation include expedited arraignment and services for juvenile offenders, electronic monitoring in certain circumstances, expanded juvenile crime reduction programs.

“Juvenile offenders have increasingly been at the center of dramatic and dangerous crimes,” said Rep. Cheeseman. “These reforms

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Rep. Cheeseman Supports Bipartisan Mental Health Legislation

Posted on April 29, 2022


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HARTFORD – During the House Session on Wednesday, April 27th, State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) advocated for the passage of HB 5001 “An Act Concerning Children’s Mental Health.” The legislation seeks to address both the immediate and long-term needs of the state’s mental health systems.

As a co-sponsor the legislation, Rep. Cheeseman commented, “The mental and behavioral health of our children and young adults have suffered greatly during the pandemic response.”

Rates of depression, suicide,

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Reducing Lead Poisoning

Posted on April 29, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) advocated for HB 5045 “An Act Reducing Lead Poisoning.” The bill seeks to reduce the impact of lead poisoning by changing testing thresholds and improving reporting and remediation.

“We know the negative consequences that lead poisoning – even at low levels – can have on children’s healthy development. This legislation will bring our standards for children’s elevated lead levels in line with new CDC recommendations and help expedite treatment

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National Drug Take Back Day April 30 2022

Posted on April 27, 2022


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

This Saturday, April 30th, is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

Take Back Day Events are happening across the state from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Use the link below to search for local collection events close to you:

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Local Collection Drop Boxes

As of 2021, there are 116 drop boxes across Connecticut located at local police stations, state

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Rep. Cheeseman Co-Sponsors Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis

Posted on April 25, 2022


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Bill Would Implement Pilot Peer Navigator Program

HARTFORD – State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) co-sponsored and voted in favor of HB 5430 “An Act Concerning Opioids,” which would update existing laws affecting opioid abuse, prevention, and treatment.

Among the changes in the bill are allowing for mobile treatment programs, adding more non-opioid treatments to the list of options practitioners must provide their patients, and amending the definition of “drug paraphernalia” to allow individuals

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