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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Third 100% Voting Record for Rep. Cheeseman

Posted on August 22, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – For the third year in a row, State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) is being recognized for her outstanding attendance record at the Legislature in Hartford.

Rep. Cheeseman cast a vote on all 391 pieces of legislation that came before the House of Representatives during the 2019 Regular Legislative Session and Special Session. According to statistics compiled by the House Clerk’s Office, perfect attendance is a very difficult thing to achieve, with only about 20% of legislators able

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Plastic Bag Fees Begin August 1st

Posted on July 23, 2019 by admin


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It is now even more important to remember your reusable bags when you head to the store.

Starting on August 1st, a $0.10 fee will be charged on every single-use plastic checkout bag at stores across the state. After June 30, 2021, these bags are scheduled to be banned.

A “Single-use checkout bag” is one with a thickness of less than four mils that is provided by a store or restaurant to a customer at the point of sale. It does not include: (A) a paper bag; (B) a reusable plastic bag (four mils or thicker); (C) a bag provided prior to checkout that is used only to contain meat, seafood, loose produce or other unwrapped food items; (D) a newspaper bag; or (E) a laundry or dry cleaning bag.

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Extreme Heat Precautions and Local Cooling Centers

Posted on July 19, 2019 by admin


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The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for all of Connecticut. Please prepare for extreme heat over the next several days.

Many cities and towns open cooling centers or shelters during heat waves and extreme hot weather. Local cooling shelters include:

East Haddam Municipal Office Complex
Meeting Room #3
One Plains Road
Saturday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

New London Senior Center
120 Broad Street
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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10-Day Closure on I-395 South

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin


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WATERFORD – The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will be closing a portion of I-395 southbound over Route 85 in Waterford to facilitate rehabilitation of the bridge.

The closure is scheduled to begin on Friday, July 19, at 6:00 p.m., and will reopen to traffic on Monday, July 29, at 6:00 p.m.

I-395 southbound at the Exit 2 interchange will be rerouted down the Exit 2 off-ramp.  Traffic will be able to cross Route 85 through the signalized intersection to access I-395 southbound via the

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Roadwork on Route 156 in Waterford

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin


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WATERFORD – The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will be resurfacing a 2.71 mile segment of Route 156 (Rope Ferry Road) in Waterford between Monday, June 24th and Friday, July 19th.

The regular work schedule for this project is from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The milling segment for this project is scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2019, through Tuesday, July 2, 2019.  The resurfacing segment of this project is anticipated to be performed on Wednesday, July 10, 2019,

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