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CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 13, 2018 by admin


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On Friday, September 21st, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2018 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.

Additional details are below:

  • Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 12:00 p.m.
  • No pre-registration required! Attendees are encouraged to bring documentation verifying military service
  • Recovery Based Services
  • Medical Screenings, Dental Services, Eye Care
  • Veteran Benefit Information (State and Federal)
  • Legal and Motor Vehicle Assistance
  • Employment and Educational Assistance
  • Housing Resources and Information
  • Free Bus Transportation provided at designated areas
  • Go to www.portal.ct.gov/DVA and click on “Stand Down 2018” or call 860-616-3803 for general information and the transportation schedule

Rep. D’Amelio, Waterbury Delegation Applaud Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant for Boys and Girls Club

Posted on September 11, 2018 by admin


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The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury will announce receipt of a Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant from the State of Connecticut for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club.   In attendance will be State Representatives Stephanie Cummings, Larry Butler, Tony D’Amelio, Jeff Berger and Geraldo Reyes, and State Senator Joan Hartley, who were instrumental in the passage of Public Act 18-81 which included Waterbury in the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

The Boys & Girls Club provides members with a healthy and safe environment that aims to empower teens to make good choices while reducing violence among youth.  Club programs provide youth the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and interests, including sports, technology and art, during a critical part of the day.  Providing exposure and opportunities to anti-bullying, anti-violence and life-skills programing opens youth to new possibilities and helps them find positive ways to spend their time while also allowing them to consider and explore positive futures – both school and career.  Keeping students occupied in the after-school hours is proven to reduce at-risk behaviors including violence, substance use and sexual activity.  The Youth Services Prevention Initiative and Youth Violence Prevention Grant will serve to ensure that members have a safe, positive environment to learn, forge supportive relationships among their peers and have opportunities, expectations and recognition.

“The Boys and Girls Club does incredible work for the kids of our community and I can think of no better organization to receive this grant money,” Rep. D’Amelio said.  “I’m confident these funds will be used to continue their mission of providing engaging programming to help our kids make positive life decisions and to avoid the pitfalls of drugs, gangs and violence that harm so many.”

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Tax Free Week – August 19-25

Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin


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With the start of school just around the corner, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.