Closure of Exit 19 Off-Ramp from I-84 Westbound and Bank Street On-Ramp

Posted on November 13, 2019 by admin


Beginning Monday, November 11, 2019, the Exit 19 off-ramp from I-84 Westbound to Route 8 Southbound and the Bank Street on-ramp to Route 8 Southbound will be closed for construction associated with bridge rehabilitation.

These closures will extend for approximately one year.

Motorists are advised to follow posted detour routes. Motorists looking to access Route 8 Southbound from I-84 Westbound should take Exit 20 (Route 8 Northbound) and continue to Exit 35 (Watertown) to utilize the U-Turn and proceed

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Rep. Cummings Reacts to Governor’s Transportation Plan

Posted on November 8, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) today voiced strong opposition to Governor Lamont’s recently released $21 billion transportation plan that would be funded in part by adding “temporary” tolls to 14 highway bridges across the state, including Waterbury’s Mixmaster and Route 8.

Release of the long-awaited plan had been repeatedly delayed as the governor faced mounting public anger after he diverted $171 million from the Special Transportation Fund to help balance the state budget and then proposed adding tolls to state highways to pay for their repair. So far, more than 100,000 people have signed a statewide petition against tolls, and a recent survey of more than 100 of Rep. Cummings’ constituents showed that 96% were against adding tolls, including temporary tolls, to Connecticut highways.

While scaled down from his previous proposals that included as many as 82 tolls, the plan released yesterday will still cost Connecticut drivers approximately another $256 million annually as they navigate 14 proposed “temporary” toll locations on eight highways.

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Samuel K. Beamon Bridge Dedication

Posted on November 1, 2019 by admin


During a moving ceremony in Veteran’s Memorial Hall inside Waterbury City Hall Friday morning, the West Main Street bridge that spans the Naugatuck River was officially dedicated as the Samuel K. Beamon, Sr. Memorial Bridge.

Family, friends and local and state officials gathered to honor Samuel K. Beamon, Sr.’s years of dedication and service to our community, and share stories about how he always used his infectious, positive attitude to persuade people to do the right thing.

Sam’s many years with

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Weatherizing Your Home Saves Money

Posted on October 30, 2019 by admin


Today, on National Weatherization Day, and in an effort to determine how to better utilize our taxpayer dollars, I took a tour of The School for Energy Efficiency on Railroad Hill Road in Waterbury. The school, founded by Wesson Energy, helps companies and individuals capitalize on the growing interest in cost savings through improved energy efficiency.

Right now, people across Waterbury spend significant amounts of money to stay warm all winter and the state spends a lot of money on fuel assistance

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Join Us for the Sam Beamon Bridge Dedication on Friday, November 1st

Posted on October 28, 2019 by admin


Please join us at City Hall on Friday morning, November 1st at 10:30 a.m., for the dedication of the Samuel K. Beamon, Sr. Memorial Bridge.

In honor of Samuel K. Beamon, Sr.’s years of dedication and service to our community, we will meet inside Veterans Hall to officially rename the West Main Street bridge that spans the Naugatuck River in his memory.

Mr. Beamon was a distinguished United States Marine Corps Veteran, former Lieutenant of the Waterbury Police Department and dedicated public servant.

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Rep. Cummings to Host Social Security Workshop

Posted on October 21, 2019 by admin


State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) is hosting a “Social Security 101” workshop for seniors on Thursday, November 21st at the Waterbury Senior Center from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The program, Understanding and Navigating Social Security Benefits, will be directed by Benjamin Rhodes III, a Metropolitan Public Affairs Specialist from the U.S. Social Security Administration. He will be on hand to answer questions regarding retirement benefits, disability benefits, Medicare benefits, survivor

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Drug Take Back Day is October 26

Posted on October 14, 2019 by admin


Saturday, October 26th 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.

Collection sites are set up throughout the area, including:


Waterbury Police Department

255 East Main St., Waterbury, CT


Wolcott Police Department

225 Nichols Rd., Wolcott, CT


Naugatuck Police Department

211 Spring St., Naugatuck CT

Help prevent over-the-counter (cough medicine, pain relievers, etc.) and

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Rep. Cummings Honors Veterans

Posted on October 10, 2019 by admin


State Representative Stephanie Cummings recently joined hundreds of Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans, their families and friends, local dignitaries and her colleagues from the Waterbury Legislative Delegation for a moving Vietnam Veteran Recognition Ceremony at Kennedy High School.

More than 150 Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans from Waterbury were recognized at the event which was hosted by Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz.

During the ceremony, several veterans shared personal and poignant stories

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AG Tong Advises Caution Regarding “Do-it-yourself Rape Kits”

Posted on October 4, 2019 by admin


Attorney General William Tong recently issued warnings that the “MeToo,” “PRESERVE” and other “do-it-yourself” rape kits being marketed and sold in Connecticut may not provide a victim with full legal protection and could destroy vital evidence.

In a statement on his state website, Attorney General Tong wrote, “Contrary to their representations, there is no guarantee that any evidence self-collected by these DIY kits complies with Connecticut standards or will ever be admissible in court. Use of

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Digital Tax Hike Starts Tomorrow

Posted on September 30, 2019 by admin


Last week, Connecticut users of the streaming music service Spotify received emails that the state sales taxes will be going up.

Effective October 1, 2019, sales of “digital goods,” which includes audio works, visual works, audio-visual works, reading materials or ring tones, which are electronically accessed or transferred, will be subject to sales and use taxes at the standard 6.35% rate.

Currently the tax is 1% on digital goods.

In an effort to capture a new revenue stream as people flee cable

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