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Reps. Zawistowski and Storms Join Local Police and Officials to Announce a North Central Regional Collaboration to Address Mental Health Emergencies

Posted on November 2, 2018 by admin


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SUFFIELD – State Representatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Scott Storms (R-60) joined Community Health Resources (CHR) and command staff representatives from the Suffield, East Granby, Windsor Locks and East Windsor Police Departments and local officials to announce a new initiative to effectively address mental health emergencies.

The collaborative effort between the departments is made possible through a five year $1.65 million federal grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The goals of the North Central Co-Responder Team Collaboration are to promote diversion form the criminal justice system, strengthen officer responses, promote officer safety and reduce use of force, and promote community awareness of available resources.

Rep. Zawistowski commented, “The Town of Suffield and surrounding communities have been experiencing increased demand for mental health services related to emotional distress and substance abuse, and this includes our veterans. This grant would help increase the availability of crisis intervention and expanded community-based services through CHR for those in need of urgent mental health and addiction services, reduce arrests, promote better health, and potentially save those individuals and those around them from harm.”

“I am very excited to see this new collaboration between police departments in the region and CHR. Mental health and substance abuse emergencies have been increasing and impact all of our communities,” said Rep. Storms. “Over the past two years as State Representative I have been doing my part to shine a light on these difficult issues and connect people and resources by hosting forums on the opioid crisis, suicide prevention and senior depression. Local care providers and the Windsor Locks Police Department have been incredible partners in raising awareness. The resources unlocked by this federal grant and the new regional cooperation will make a real difference and hopefully save lives.”

The new collaboration will serve a population of over 34,000 adults in the four towns and add an embedded behavioral health clinician to assist the departments.

National Drug Take Back Day October 27th

Posted on October 24, 2018 by admin


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Friends and Neighbors,

This Saturday October 27th is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications. There are opportunities to dispose of your unwanted medications in Windsor and Windsor Locks.

Windsor Police Department Drop Box

340 Bloomfield Drive, Windsor

Available 24/7 in the Lobby

Windsor Locks Police Department Drop Box

4 Volunteer Drive, Windsor Locks

Accessible anytime the Department is open

Help prevent over-the-counter (cough medicine, pain relievers, etc.) and prescription drug abuse by dropping off any unwanted, expired, or unused medicines, vitamins, or nutritional supplements. All medications must be in original containers, with all names crossed out.

**The service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked**

No needles or sharps will be accepted.

Examples of sharps include:

Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin

Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.

Auto Injectors, including epinephrine and insulin pens – syringes pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body

Infusion sets – tubing systems with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.

Connection needles/sets – needles that connect to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis.

Reps. Zawistowski and Storms Co-Host Economic Development Presentation with Bradley Regional Chamber of Commerce

Posted on October 18, 2018 by admin


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(L-R) Rep. Storms, Rep. Zawistowski and Leslie Marques

WINDSOR LOCKS – State representatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Scott Storms (R-60) co-hosted a program with the Bradley Regional Chamber of Commerce featuring two presentations from the Department of Economic and Community Development.  The presenter was Sheila Hummel Business Development Manager for the Small Business Express Program. The program is designed to offer businesses with fewer than 100 employees access to grants or loans between $10,000 to $300,000 for job creation, training or capital improvement. The second presentation covered brownfield remediation programs and was presented by Cynthia Petruzzello VP for Brownfield Redevelopment. More information can be found at www.ct.gov/ecd. Representatives Zawistowski and Storms shared that they were pleased to be able to bring these presentations to the Bradley Regional Chamber of Commerce and that audience members found the information valuable.

Rep. Storms Honors Medal of Honor Recipient Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman

Posted on October 4, 2018 by admin


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WINDSOR LOCKS – State Representative Scott Storms (R-60) participated in the Commemoration Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman on Sunday, September 30th. The day began with a monument dedication at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Windsor Locks. The dedication address was given by State Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Major Thomas J. Saadi and the ceremony was carried out by Windsor Locks American Legion Post 36 and VFW Post 6123. The new stone monument in front of Memorial Hall was uncovered by Chapman’s mother Terry Chapman and sister Lori Chapman Longfritz.

“This celebration of John Chapman’s life was truly a special day for our community and our Veterans,” remarked Rep. Storms. “This commemoration would not have been possible without the dedicated support of local volunteers and the Chapman family. It was incredibly moving to see our community come together to celebrate the bravery and heroism of our native son John Chapman.”

The dedication was followed by a Veterans’ parade along Main Street towards town hall where the Commemoration concluded. During the Commemoration, there was a flyover by the Connecticut Air National Guard, 103rd Air Wing and a parachute landing by members of the USAF 24th Special Operations Wing. Featured speakers included Air Force Colonel Claude L. Tudor, Jr. Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and 1st District Congressman John Larson.

Rep. Storms co-chaired the event planning committee with Windsor Locks First Selectman J. Christopher Kervick, Commander Roger Pearl VFW Smalley Brothers Post 6123 and Commander David McKemmie American Legion Gensi-Viola Post 36.

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Commemoration for Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient John A. Chapman

Posted on September 24, 2018 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

This Sunday, the Town of Windsor Locks will host a Commemoration of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman to honor his memory and recognize his service to his country. The commemoration will feature a memorial dedication at Memorial Hall, a procession of service members and veterans, an Air National Guard flyover, a concert featuring the USAF Heritage of America Band and remarks from state and local dignitaries.

Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman is the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Chapman was raised in Windsor Locks and is a 1983 graduate of Windsor Locks High School.  He was killed in combat at Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2002.

Schedule

The dedication will begin at 1:00 pm and will be held at Memorial Hall, 1 South Main Street, Windsor Locks, CT. The dedication will be co-hosted by the American Legion Gensi-Viola Post 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smalley Brothers Post 6123.  Major Thomas J. Saadi, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will give the dedication address on behalf of all Connecticut veterans.

Following the dedication there will be a veterans’ procession from Memorial Hall to the new Windsor Locks Amphitheater adjacent to Town Hall on 50 Church Street, Windsor Locks, CT.

The Commemoration will begin at 2:00 pm at the amphitheater. United States Air Force Colonel Claude K. Tudor, Jr. and Chief Master Sergeant Jeffrey Guilmain will deliver keynote speeches. Colonel Tudor is the Commander and Chief Master Sergeant Guilmain is the Command Chief of the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, which is the special operations unit to which then Tech. Sgt. Chapman was assigned at the time of his heroic actions on Takur Ghar Mountain.

A musical program will follow the commemoration featuring the United States Air Force Heritage Brass Band and the award winning Glastonbury Pipe Band.  The event will also feature a flyover of military aircraft.  Food will be available for sale from several food truck vendors.

Road Closures

South Main Street from Elm Street to School Street will be closed from approximately 12:30 to 1:45 pm with traffic re-routed. Main Street from Elm Street to Church Street will be close from approximately 1:20 to 1:50 pm.

Parking

Parking for the event is available at Windsor Locks High School (via shuttle bus), Windsor Locks Middle School lower lots, St. Mary Church, Windsor Locks Municipal Parking (behind CVS) and Pesci Park. Reserved parking for disabled individuals is available at Windsor Locks Town Hall.

Reps. Storms and Zawistowski Recognize Brown’s Harvest

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


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“In recognition of: Celebrating 40 years of high quality produce, family entertainment and giving back to the community. As part of the Brown Family Farm, a Century farm established in 1874, Brown’s Harvest has become a popular agriculture tourism destination and has offered opportunities for children of all abilities to enjoy outdoor fun. Your good works to benefit charitable organizations is highly commendable.”