Home Heating Assistance Now Available

Posted on December 7, 2018 by admin


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Connecticut currently ranks in the top five highest energy costs in the nation. With the cold weather upon us, many residents may struggle to pay their heating bills. However, fuel assistance is available to those in need.

Operation Fuel is now accepting applications for one-time grants of up to $500 per household for deliverable fuel, gas and electric utilities. Qualified individuals are those who have received a shut-off notice, have no utility service, or need assistance to maintain payment arrangements or have a past due balance of 30 days or more.

In order to apply for an Operation Fuel utility or deliverable fuel grant, you must submit an application through a fuel bank. To find the fuel bank that serves your town, please either use the Fuel Bank Finder or call 2-1-1.

You will need to provide proof of the last 4 weeks of income for all household members, the name of your fuel vendor (for deliverable fuel customers only), or your utility bill and payment history (for electric and gas utility customers only).

Operation Fuel is a non-profit organization that partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance. Their partner agencies may also be able to connect residents with programs that provide assistance for food, clothing, health services, childcare, and more.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.
Sincerely,

Rep. Noreen Kokoruda

Department of Veteran Affairs App

Posted on November 15, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs has a number of resources to assist our military men and women following their courageous service to this nation.

The mobile app offers CT veterans access to crisis assistance by phone, text and online chat. The app also includes information about housing assistance, healthcare options and employment opportunities.

Click here to learn more and download the application.

Our military men and women make tremendous personal sacrifices while deployed. It is our responsibility to make sure they are taken care of when they return home. If you or a loved one has served our nation, I hope you will take advantage of this app.

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.
Sincerely,

Rep. Noreen Kokoruda

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10/27

Posted on October 25, 2018 by admin


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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Held on the last Saturday of April and October of every year, this national event addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

The DEA is again calling on Americans to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and bring them to collection sites for proper disposal. This includes pet medication as well.

DEA Collection Sites closest to our area include:

MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT 

9 Campus Dr. – Madison, CT

MIDDLEFIELD RESIDENT TROOPERS OFFICE

405 Main St. – Middlefield, CT

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April, Americans turned in 474.5 tons (over 949,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,600 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9.9 million pounds — nearly 5,000 tons of pills, with Connecticut accounting for over 94,000 pounds.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Click here for more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Initiative.

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Sincerely,

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 22, 2018 by admin


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase breast cancer awareness and education, while also promoting research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Please consider supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, whether it be through a donation, or simply by purchasing the “pink” version of your favorite everyday products.
I am proud to help spread the word about the importance of this cause, which is meaningful to so many families in our community.
Please be aware of the following facts about breast cancer:
  • Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in women
  • Besides being female, age is the most notable risk factor for breast cancer
  • Potentially modifiable risk factors for the disease include weight gain and obesity, use of menopausal hormone therapy, physical inactivity, having high breast tissue density and alcohol consumption
  • Mammography can often detect breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective and a cure is more likely
  • In 2018, it’s estimated that among U.S. women and men there will be 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,920 breast cancer deaths among women. Also, there will be 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 480 breast cancer deaths among men
For more information on breast and other types of cancers, please read these key facts and statistics from the American Cancer Society.
As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.
Sincerely,

Rep. Noreen Kokoruda

CTrail Shore Line East Monthly Pass Promotion and Additional Cross-Honoring with Amtrak

Posted on October 19, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has issued the following statement regarding CTrail Shore Line East​.

Please read for more information as this may impact your travel plans.

Sincerely,

Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District

 

CTrail Shore Line East Monthly Pass Promotion and Additional Cross-Honoring with Amtrak

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that CTrail Shore Line East (SLE) customers who purchase a November Shore Line East monthly pass will be eligible to ride Shore Line East service through December 31, 2018.  CTDOT also announced an expansion of Amtrak’s cross honoring program, which entitles Shore Line East monthly, weekly and ten-trip multi-ride ticket holders to ride Amtrak trains between New London, Old Saybrook and New Haven.

Customers should check shorelineeast.com for more information about the expanded Amtrak cross-honoring program which will run from Monday, October 22, through Friday, November 16.

This announcement continues the campaign that was announced on September 18 to restore reliable Shore Line East service.

Amtrak, under contract with the CTDOT, has continued the extended shifts at their New Haven Rail Yard maintenance shop seven days a week in order to repair out-of-service locomotives and rail cars. In recent weeks, Amtrak has provided additional locomotives to replace locomotives that are under repair and sent locomotives to out of state Amtrak facilities to reduce the repair backlog.

Further progress is being made to improve customer communications. CTrides, which provides Shore Line East customer service, has extended their call center hours until 7 pm on week nights. Customers are encouraged to call or email customer service with any continuing concerns, so appropriate steps can be taken.

The CTDOT management staff has been riding SLE trains to monitor the rail line and to listen to customers’ feedback and concerns. Customers have noticed cleaner trains, but indicate communication regarding service delays needs to improve greatly. In the near future, customers will be able to sign up to receive customized service alerts by text or email to stay informed of the status of their SLE train.  CTDOT is also exploring how existing digital signs at stations can be used to provide real-time information.

SLE customer service can be contacted by calling or texting 1-877-CTrides (1-877-287-4337) or through email at info@shorelineeast.com. Customers can also chat live with customer service through the SLE website (www.shorelineeast.com).

Kokoruda to Hold Office Hours in Madison

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


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State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda will hold office hours at the Madison Town Hall, located at 8 Campus Drive, on Tuesday, October 2, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will serve as an opportunity for constituents to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government. Anyone with questions can also contact Kokoruda’s office at 860-842-1423.

Kokoruda represents the 101st General Assembly District, which includes Madison and Durham.

Area Legislators Announce Durham Coffee Hours

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


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The public is invited to Coffee Hours with State Representatives Vincent Candelora and Noreen Kokoruda on Wednesday, October 3, at Dunkin Donuts, located at 38 Main St., in Durham from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This meeting is an opportunity for residents to express any concerns they may have and to ask questions pertaining to state government.

This event is free and open to the public.

CT DOT Announces Steps to Help CTrail Shore Line East Customers

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is taking several steps to improve communication with CTrail Shore Line East (SLE) rail customers and the reliability of the aging SLE rail fleet. As a result of an Amtrak construction project and the ongoing rehabilitation of locomotives, the service has not been operating at levels customers have come to expect.

Several steps are being taken in response to specific feedback received from customers at public forums and train rides by CTDOT management.

Amtrak, which operates SLE under contract to CTDOT, will expand the hours at the maintenance shop to three shifts, seven days a week in early October, and immediately  increase over time allowances to repair out-of-service locomotives and rail cars.  In order to reduce the impact to customers when trains are unexpectedly canceled, buses will be on standby at stations until more reliable service can be maintained.

To improve communications, CTDOT management staff will be riding SLE trains for the next 30 days to monitor the situation and talk to customers.  SLE customer service hours will be extended until the end of evening peak through the end of October.  Customers are encouraged to call or email CTrides with any continuing concerns, so appropriate action can be taken. Also, by the end of October, customers will be able to sign up to receive customized alerts by text and email to stay informed of the status of their train, instead of having to monitor @SLEalerts on Twitter for information.

 

CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 17, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting their annual “Stand Down” event for veterans on September 21, 2018 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 information about state and Veterans’ Administration benefits, and legal, motor vehicle and housing matters.

Medical, dental, eye care, hearing and mental health screenings – as well as free clothing – will also be provided. Pre-registration is not required, but the DOL asks that attendees arrive no later than 12:00 p.m. and encourage that you bring documentation verifying your military service/veteran status.

If you are in need of transportation to the event, please know that the Department of Transportation is providing free bus services from a number of locations around the state.

For more information, please call 860-616-3803Click here for a state-wide transportation schedule.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

Best Regards,

Rep. Noreen Kokoruda

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Free Dental Clinic for Veterans, 9/11

Posted on September 5, 2018 by admin


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A free dental care event for veterans is coming to Connecticut! 

Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile – a 42-foot-long dentist office on wheels – is coming to Hartford on September 11th to provide free care to local veterans as part of this year’s 30-stop cross-country tour. Dentists and their teams from area Aspen Dental practices are volunteering their services for the event.

·Date: Tuesday, September 11th

·Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

·Place: Connecticut Capital State Park, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106 

If you or someone you know is interested and would like to set up an appointment, please reach out to Mary Harris at (860) 436-9986 to schedule your visit.     

Aspen Dental is working with American Legion Department of Connecticut to identify interested veterans and schedule their appointments. The MouthMobile, which will be parked at the State Capital Park, is handicap accessible and fully equipped with two operatories, digital X-rays and a denture lab.

The Healthy Mouth Movement, sponsored by Aspen Dental, is a community giving initiative that works to provide millions of veterans living throughout the United States who either live where there is little or no access to care or who face other barriers like expensive costs, lack of insurance, or fear, with an opportunity to receive free dental care.

For more information about the Healthy Mouth Movement visit www.aspendental.com/about/healthy-mouth-movement.

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.