CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 18, 2018 by admin


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 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

Free Dental Clinic for Veterans Coming to CT – Tues., 9/11

Posted on September 7, 2018 by admin


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 Deptartment 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.

School Bus Safety: Tips for Parents & Children

Posted on September 7, 2018 by admin


With school now in session, I wanted to remind all drivers in our communities to be extra cautious on our public roadways.

With thousands of children being transported to and from school either by school bus or a parent every day, remember, when school is in session drivers should be sure to drive with EXTRA caution.

Below are a few tips motorists should obey while traveling along our local streets:

  1. Watch for children traveling to school when driving through local neighborhoods with school zones. Drive SLOWLY.
  2. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. In addition, be on the lookout for children playing and gathering near school bus stops.
  3. State law prohibits vehicles from passing a school bus while its lights are flashing.
  4. Many busses are now equipped with cameras to record those individuals who fail to comply with this law. Always observe the no-passing law and expect the unexpected while traveling near school buses in school driveways.

Here are a few tips you can share with your children:

  1. Be waiting at your bus stop at least five minutes ahead of the scheduled pick up time.
  2. Wait approximately 10 feet back from the road.
  3. Try and wear clothing with colors that can easily be spotted by motorists.
  4. Always wait until the bus driver tells you to cross the street before you actually do. That way you can be sure that he/she has safely verified that no motorists are coming. If you drop something in the road leave it. If it is important, make sure the bus driver knows you are about to bend down and possibly disappear from his/her sight.
  5. If an important item ends up underneath the bus leave it alone.
  6. Do not retrieve it unless the bus driver gives you permission to do so. When it’s time to board the bus, do so quickly and safely.

CT DOT: Bridge Replacement, Rte. 202 Bridge Over Bantam River, Litchfield

Posted on August 30, 2018 by admin


The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has issued a press release regarding bridge replacement of Route 202 over the Bantam River in Litchfield. Please read for information and lane closures as this may impact your travel plans:

Replacement of Bridge  00908, Route 202 over Bantam River in Litchfield

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that construction activity for the replacement of Bridge 00908, Route 202 over Bantam River in Litchfield, will begin on August 29, 2018.

The project involves the full replacement of the structure. The project will install new drainage, guiderail, and landscaping as  well.

DOT Project No. 0073-0177 was awarded to The Brunalli Construction Company of Southington, CT at a cost of $3,707,957.70 on July 18th, 2018, and is scheduled to be completed June 14th, 2021.

Route 202: Alternate one-way traffic operations, not to exceed 300 feet of length on a travel path not less than 11 feet. A temporary Traffic Signal will be installed to direct traffic during alternating one-way operations.

The contractor is permitted to halt vehicular traffic for a period not to exceed 15 minutes to perform necessary work.

During roadway construction the contractor will be allowed, only when necessary, to maintain traffic on processed aggregate for duration not to exceed 10 calendar days.

CT DOT: Thomaston – Rehabilitation of Bridges 03350 and 03351 on Route 8 Northbound and Southbound

Posted on August 14, 2018 by admin


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the start of construction and lane shifts for bridge rehabilitation work on Bridges 03350 and 03351, Route 8 northbound and southbound in Thomaston, beginning on August 13, 2018.


  • Beginning Monday, August 13, 2018, motorists can expect lanes closures from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM for the purpose of stage 1 construction activities.
  • The contractor will be allowed to halt Route 8 traffic for a period not to exceed 10 minutes to perform necessary work for repairs and rehabilitation of the existing bridge superstructure between 12:01 AM  and 5:00 AM on all non-holidays.

DOT Project No. 0140-0172 was awarded to Northern Construction Services, LLC and is scheduled to be completed by November 24, 2019.

“Tax Free Week” 2018: August 10-25

Posted on August 14, 2018 by admin


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.