National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, 10/27

Posted on October 22, 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:

WEST HARTFORD PUBLIC WORKS
LT. SAM FERRUCCI

17 Brixton St. – West Hartford, 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Initiative, visit:  www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 11, 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 proudly supported legislation which was signed into law (PA 18-159) and became effective October 1, which advocates for women’s health by expanding insurance coverage for mammograms, including tomosynthesis, a three dimensional mammogram which enables the radiologist to better determine if small cancers are present in the breast tissue. The test has been shown to reduce by 40 percent, patient callbacks for an additional test due to the uncertainty of images.

I am committed to helping 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, including key facts and statistics, please visit the American Cancer Society website.

“Tax Free Week” 2018: August 19-25

Posted on August 14, 2018 by admin


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With the start of school just around the corner, I wanted 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.

Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 6.35 percent sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.

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.

State Legislators Host 8th Annual Memorial Day Essay Contest

Posted on July 30, 2018 by admin


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COLLINSVILLE– State Representative Tim LeGeyt (R-17) and State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) recently hosted the 8th Annual Memorial Day Essay Contest, sponsored in conjunction with Collinsville Savings Society in Canton.  In the spirit of the Memorial Day holiday, sixth grade students from Thompson Brook Elementary in Avon and Canton Intermediate School in Canton submitted essays on the topic, ‘What Memorial Day Means to Me’.

Representative LeGeyt joined Gary Roman, Collinsville Savings Society President & CEO, along with parents and guests, at the June 7th award ceremony, held at the bank.  During the ceremony, the students read their winning essays to the audience, sharing why they felt the Memorial Day holiday was important to them.

“Each year, I look forward to hosting this essay contest and seeing the fine work put forth by all of our bright and creative students from Thompson Brook Elementary and Canton Intermediate Schools,” said Rep. LeGeyt of his 8th and final year hosting the contest. “This year’s essay contest was somewhat bittersweet for me, as this is my final term as a legislator. It is my hope that this annual tradition will continue for years to come, and enrich the learning of our young students. Thank you to this year’s student participants, whose essays were again, exemplary reflections on the importance and meaning of Memorial Day to them. I also extend my thanks to the teachers and staff, who continue to support the writing process. My sincerest gratitude and thanks go to Collinsville Savings Society, for their continued partnership in making this important event possible for students and their families, year after year.”

“Congratulations to all the students who participated and were selected as winners,” said Sen. Witkos, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to a legislative schedule conflict. “It is always impressive to see the amazing work of our local students in these essay contests. I enjoy reading about how they see the world and what is of value to them. I want to thank all those students who took the time to think about this important topic and share their perspective. Amazing work!”

The winners were presented with a monetary award from Collinsville Savings Society, along with a citation from the General Assembly in recognition of their accomplishment.

Thompson Brook Elementary School – Avon
1. Alexandra Gliwinski
2. Danielle Chung
3. Bridget Harris

Canton Intermediate School – Canton
1. Olivia Daigneault
2. Zainab Khan
3. Sam Bradley

Pictured left to right: Rep. Tim LeGeyt, Thompson Brook Elementary School winners Alexandra Gliwinski, Danielle Chung, and Bridget Harris, Canton Intermediate School winners Sam Bradley, Zainab Khan, and Olivia Daigneault, and Don Lorusso, Executive Vice President, Collinsville Savings Society.

Over 140 essays were submitted by students from Thompson Brook Elementary and Canton Intermediate Schools for this year’s contest.

Canton Legislative Update with Sen. Witkos & Rep. LeGeyt on Wednesday, February 21

Posted on February 14, 2018 by admin


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CANTON– State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) and State Representative Tim LeGeyt (R-Canton, Avon) are holding a Legislative Update in Canton on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The event is open to the public and will take place in the Canton Town Hall located at 4 Market Street in Collinsville. The lawmakers will discuss the 2018 legislative session and major state issues.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, including information about any potential weather related cancelations, visit www.senatorwitkos.com or www.replegeyt.com.

 

WHO:  Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos and State Representative Tim LeGeyt
WHAT: Legislative Update
WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Canton Town Hall, 4 Market Street, Collinsville, CT
WHY: Opportunity to meet with local state lawmakers to discuss state issues and the 2018 legislative session.

New Laws Effective January 1

Posted on January 5, 2018 by admin


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Please note that this is provided as information, and inclusion in this message does not indicate my support or opposition to an individual measure.

A number of new laws took effect beginning January 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here. I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE – Public Act No. 17-131 – requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduces the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allows patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed. Summary

AN ACT CONCERNING WITHHOLDING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INCOME FOR CHILD SUPPORT – Public Act No. 17-27 – requires an employer promptly notify the dependent (i.e., spouse, former spouse, or child owed the support) or judicial branch’s Support Enforcement Services, if an employee, whose income is withheld to enforce a child support order, makes a workers’ compensation claim. Summary

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A VETERAN FOR A CERTAIN HONOR AND CERTAIN BENEFIT – Public Act No. 17-83 – broadens the eligibility criteria for certain veterans’ benefits, allows additional people to receive a service ribbon and medal, be buried in a Connecticut veterans’ cemetery, or have veteran status indicated on their driver’s license or identity card. Summary

Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect this new year in the State of Connecticut.
New legislation typically goes into effect on January 1st, July 1st, or October 1st in a calendar year, although a few laws go into effect immediately upon passage.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns relating to state government.