Information on the Spotted Lanternfly

Posted on December 6, 2021


In July 2021, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station issued a Quarantine Order with defined restricted areas for the invasive pest spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (SLF for short). This insect has been detected in Connecticut with established populations identified in Fairfield and New Haven Counties and single individuals intercepted in numerous towns. The spotted lanternfly is a new plant pest to the United States and represents a threat to Connecticut’s environment, residential

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Honoring Veterans Day

Posted on November 10, 2021


Tomorrow, we observe Veterans Day and pay tribute to the unbroken line of brave citizen soldiers going back to the Revolutionary War who stepped forward and served our great nation in times of peace and armed conflict.  We honor the brave men and women who fought to preserve freedom for each successive generation.

This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end the First World War – “the war to end all wars”.  First proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919,

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Alzheimer’s Association November Caregiver Month Programs

Posted on November 1, 2021


November 3 at 12 PM ►Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Special Program – November 4 at 1 PM ► Journey of Dementia: What Are Caregivers Experiencing?

November 4 at 4 PM ► Safety and Memory Challenges

November 10 at 1:30 PM ► Living WIth Alzheimer’s: For Late-Stage CaregiversThis program will meet on November 10 and November 17.

November 10 at 6 PM ► Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Caregiver Tips For The Holidays

Special ProgramNovember 12 at 10 AM ► Alzheimer’s

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Rep. Harrison Tours O&G’s Southbury Solar Site

Posted on October 28, 2021


Hidden well off Route 67, toward the back of a massive property, and at the top of a small plateau reclaimed from previously-processed ground are several long rows of solar panels. O&G officials say the solar panels gather enough energy to offset the power used for the entire on-site quarry operation.

Rep. Harrison, Rep. Labriola, State Senator Berthel, Selectman George Bertram, and other officials and advocates were recently granted a rare tour of the Southbury O&G property to get a close look at

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Rep. Harrison, Local Advocates Tour New Beacon Falls Glass Recycling Facility

Posted on October 26, 2021


State Rep. Cindy Harrison, and Southbury residents Tom Connor and Ken and Barbara Donahue, took the short drive over to Beacon Falls last week for a first-hand look at a new, state-of-the-art facility that turns used glass bottles into “Pozzotive,” an environmentally friendly component used to make concrete.

After learning the new company was recycling municipal glass into building products, including some locally, Rep. Harrison arranged the tour and invited local recycling advocates.

“This is an

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Rep. Harrison Tours Rochambeau Bridge Construction

Posted on October 25, 2021


The Rochambeau Bridge span replacement is on or ahead of schedule according to DOT officials!

Last week, Rep. Harrison joined Rep. Bolinksy and DOT officials for a tour of the bridge construction site.  The lawmakers said it was interesting to see such difficult and important work being done up close, and even more so when the project engineer noted that the project is on or even a bit ahead of schedule.

DOT anticipates that new westbound span will be open to traffic before the end of December, and

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Alzheimer’s Association Offers Virtual Education Programs

Posted on October 14, 2021


The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter is promoting several virtual events to help seniors and their caregivers learn about dementia, the warning signs, behaviors, and strategies for families coping with this sensitive issue.

The list below contains links for information or to register for each program.

VIRTUAL Education Programs – for General Public 

October 18th at 10:30 AM Understanding & Responding to Dementia Behaviors  

October 19th at 12 PM Dementia Conversations

October 19th at

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State Legislators to Host American Red Cross Blood Drive

Posted on October 13, 2021


State Representatives Cindy Harrison (R-69), David K. Labriola (R-131), and State Senator Eric Berthel (R-32) are asking the community to join them as they roll up their sleeves and give blood during an American Red Cross Blood Drive in Southbury on Monday, November 22.

“Whether this will be your first donation or you are a regular donor, join us to make this blood drive a success,” Rep. Harrison said. “Your donation will help to save lives.”

“The need for blood is constant, and every donation helps,”

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SBA Announces Thursday Webinars / Cyber Security Tips

Posted on October 8, 2021


The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) offers many resources for businesses, including during October for Manufacturing Month 2021.

On the next several Thursday afternoons, the SBA will be hosting manufacturing webinars with exporting and manufacturing experts featuring SBA’s New England Export Finance Manager Joe Raycraft.

  • Financing/Credit Insurance – Oct 14: Listen in on a discussion of finance challenges and solutions for manufacturers. Learn from the experts!
  • Supply Chain – Oct 21: The Manufacturing

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Honoring Veterans

Posted on October 7, 2021


It was my honor to join Ken Korsu, Commander of VFW Post 1607, the Connecticut State Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association to pay my respects as eight military veterans were laid to rest last week. No veteran should be buried alone.

The military funeral ceremony recognized eight U.S. veterans’ unclaimed cremated remains, including veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The ceremony took place at the State Veterans

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