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Free Job, Health & Legal Help for Veterans

Posted on September 4, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) 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. Handicap-accessible buses will be leaving from the Covenant Shelter at 42 Jay Street in New London, and The Buckingham House at 307 Main Street in Norwich, at 7:00 a.m.

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

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You Can Now Text 911 in an Emergency

Posted on August 29, 2018 by admin


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A new emergency response system, called “Text-to-911“, has launched in Connecticut. Though calling 911 remains the best and fastest way to receive emergency help, if you are not able to make a phone call due to an unsafe environment or speech impairment, texting can be used.

This technology was created to increase protection for all Connecticut residents, though it will be particularly beneficial to victims of domestic violence or a home invasion, or those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

To use the free system, enter 911 as the recipient of a text message. Then, text the exact location and a brief description of the emergency. Dispatchers will respond with the same questions and prompts they would use on a typical 911 call.

The system has been tested by all of Connecticut’s 109 emergency response call centers for more than a month and was beta-tested by a small group of centers beginning in May. According to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Commissioner, the state plans on improving the system’s mapping capabilities and adding a function for people to text videos and photos to emergency call centers, which is not currently available.

For more information, please visit text911ct.org.

Legislators Celebrate Local Environmental Advocate at 15th Annual Kayak Regatta, Beach Dedication Ceremony

Posted on August 16, 2018 by admin


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WATERFORDState Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) attended the Save the River Save the Hills Kayak Regatta in Waterford on Sunday, August 12 and celebrated the dedication of the new Grimsey Beach in honor of environmental advocate and Save the River Save the Hills President Fred Grimsey.

The 15th annual kayak regatta was held in honor of Niantic River Appreciation Day. This year, the event included a special ceremony in which the town of Waterford dedicated a portion of the shoreline at Oswegatchie Road as Grimsey Beach.

“We are all so grateful to Fred for his decades of passionate work preserving the environment and the river,” said Representative McCarty. “The Oswegatchie Hills provides our region with an invaluable ecosystem. I am proud to know Fred and to advocate along with Save the River, Save the Hills for the preservation of this beautiful area. It is very fitting to dedicate this beach on Oswegatchie Road as Grimsey Beach to him not only as a thank you, but as a reminder of what Fred has accomplished in our own community.”

“The Niantic River and surrounding environment are beautiful resources we must work together to protect and respect,” said Senator Formica. “This annual event is an important way to bring the community together to celebrate our natural resources and preservation efforts. This year’s event was particularly special for the well-deserved recognition of Fred Grimsey. By dedicating this beach to Fred, the town of Waterford has found a way to recognize the incredible work Fred has done for our community over the years, and to memorialize his compassion and dedication to our environment for today, tomorrow and future generations who will enjoy Grimsey Beach.

Fred Grimsey has been a long time local advocate for protecting the environment and was founder of Save the River Save the Hills, a non-profit grassroots environmental organization based on the Niantic River Estuary in Waterford & East Lyme. The organization is dedicated to preserving the health of the Niantic River Estuary, its Watershed and the natural beauty of the Oswegatchie Hills by operating a pump out boat on the Niantic River, conducting water quality testing, and advocating for the preservation of the Oswegatchie Hills.

For more information visit: http://www.savetheriversavethehills.org