Rep. Tweedie Shares Benefits of New Text-to-911 Technology

Posted on September 4, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – A new emergency response system, called “Text-to-911” has launched in Connecticut. State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) says that 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 if absolutely necessary.

“This system will increase the protection of Glastonbury and Manchester residents – as well as residents all across Connecticut,” said Rep. Tweedie. “It will be particularly beneficial to victims of domestic violence or a home invasion, or those who are deaf or hard of hearing. I applaud the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) for leading Connecticut in becoming one of the first few states, alongside our close neighbors like Maine and Vermont, to implement this very helpful option that could save countless lives.”

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 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 DESPP Commissioner, the state plans on improving the system’s mapping capacities and adding a function for people to text videos and photos to emergency call centers — which is not currently allowed.

For more information, please visit www.text911ct.org.

Rep. Tweedie Announces Renovation Grants for Glastonbury & Manchester

Posted on August 27, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – The State of Connecticut will award more than $61.5 million in grants and loans to 20 towns and cities across the state to help create, rehabilitate or expand 24 housing developments. Rep. Mark Tweedie (R-13) announced that more than $5 million will go two developments in his district, one in the Town of Glastonbury and one in the Town of Manchester.

The Housing Authority of the Town of Glastonbury will receive over $3,013,000 from the Department of Housing (DOH) to make exterior and interior upgrades to the 45 units at the Herbert T. Clark Congregate. Additional funding will be provided by the owner as well as utility companies.

The Manchester Housing Authority will receive over $2,047,000 from the DOH to improve the exterior and interior of the 80-unit elderly property of Spencer Village. In addition to state assistance, the owner, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), and utility company will contribute funding.

“Investments in structural maintenance and improvements in senior housing and affordable housing will help many residents of Glastonbury and Manchester,” said Rep. Tweedie. “I thank DOH, CHFA and other partners for investing in our communities.”

Rep. Tweedie Meets with Group from Corporation for Public Management at the Captiol

Posted on August 22, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – Yesterday morning State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) met with a group from the Manchester office of Corporation for Public Management (CPM), an I/DD assistance group operating under the umbrella of Partners for Communities, during their tour of the Captiol.

CPM operates programs that enable people to break the cycle of welfare dependency and allows those with special needs to remain in the community, supporting their capacities to lead productive lives surrounded by friends and family rather than in institutionalized settings. They seek innovative solutions to such social issues as teenage pregnancy, welfare dependency, joblessness and illiteracy. Each CPM program is based on the belief that self-esteem and personal dignity start with an ability to become self-sufficient.

The Manchester, CT office is located at 75 Summit Street and can be reached by phone at 860-643-0355 (Day Program) or 860-646-8683 (Supported Living Services).

Tax Free Week

Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin


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As the beginning of a new school year approaches, I would like to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week,” beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending Saturday, August 25, for back-to-school shopping!

This one-week long event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Please note that since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, the sale will still be exempt from taxes as long as the final price is less than $100. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week, which occurs the third Sunday in August through the following Saturday, was first enacted in 2000. It applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use. Legislation enacted in 2015 reduced the exemption to clothing and footwear costing less than $100; which is substantially reduced from previous years.

For a complete listing of items that qualify as tax exempt and others that do not, please click here. If you would like to review additional details about the event, you can consult the Department of Revenue Services webpage by clicking here, or by speaking with your local retailers.

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Legislators Send Letter to DEEP Regarding Draft Notice for Zero Carbon Energy

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – Led by State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), lawmakers from all over Southeastern Connecticut joined together last week in an opinion-editorial to urge the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to amend its draft RFP (Request for Proposals) that essentially excludes Millstone from participating in a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity until 2023. The legislators reminded DEEP of their responsibility to comply with a law passed last year which requires that Millstone be allowed to compete in a competitive auction for carbon-free resources.

This week, legislators from across the state have joined Rep. McCarty’s effort, with the help of Senator Paul Formica, and sent a letter directly to DEEP Commissioner Klee. In the letter, 46 Representatives and 9 Senators in a bipartisan manner informed DEEP of the adverse economic and environmental ramifications of a premature closing of Millstone.

“While we are pleased that DEEP recently issued a draft RFP, we were shocked and dismayed to discover DEEP is ignoring the legislative intent of the law,” the legislators wrote. “Unfortunately, in the draft RFP, DEEP usurped legislative authority by defining a new term, “at risk time period” to 2023, which would significantly delay the time frame of potential contracts for certain resources. This language is inappropriate and unfair.

“Millstone Power Station – the source of 50% of the state’s power, 90% of its carbon-free electricity and 1500 jobs – is the only resource participating in the comprehensive “At Risk” determination process and thus is the only resource potentially impacted. What’s more,” they continue, “DEEP waited until it knew that Millstone was the only resource seeking “At Risk” treatment before it defined the new term. This language in the draft RFP is unacceptable and MUST be removed before the Final RFP is issued on July 31, 2018. If Millstone is determined to be an existing resource confirmed At Risk, the risk is NOW and it should not be forced to wait until 2023 to be treated as such.”

DEEP has confirmed the receipt of this letter and states that they “appreciate” the legislators’ input and “will take [their] comments into consideration.”

View a copy of the letter here.

Signatories include:

Representatives:
Ackert
Belsito
Betts
Bocchino
Bolinsky
Buckbee
Camillo
Candelora, V.
Carney
Cheeseman
Conley
Cummings
D’Amelio
Davis
de la Cruz
Delnicki
Dubitsky
Dunsby
Floren
France
Green
Hall
Klarides, T.
Kokoruda
McCarty
O’Dea
Orange
Petit
Piscopo
Riley
Reed
Rutigliano
Ryan
Siegrist
Simanski
Skulczyck
Smith
Soto
Srinivasan
Storms
Tweedie
Vail
Wilms
Wilson
Yaccarino
Ziobron

Senators:
Fasano
Formica
Frantz
Hwang
MacLachlan
Martin
Miner
Osten
Somers

Tips on Keeping Your Family (and Pets) Cool!

Posted on June 29, 2018 by admin


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Some extreme heat is expected to arrive in Connecticut this weekend, and I’d like to remind you to please look after yourselves and your loved ones – particularly infants, the elderly and pets – in the hot weather.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health gives some great tips on protecting your health and keeping cool while temperatures are extremely high:

  1. Drink Plenty of Fluids

Even if you’re not very active, you will need to drink more fluids than normal and avoid hot and heavy meals. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol, or a lot of sugar—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

During heavy exercise in the heat, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour. If you exercise with your pet, always carry extra water (ideally with ice cubes) to keep them from getting dehydrated as well.

  1. Replace Salt and Minerals in Your Body

Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. A sports drink can replace these important minerals. If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports drink or taking salt tablets.

  1. Wear the Right Clothing and Sunscreen

Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear as little as you can when at home. Sunburn not only causes pain and damages the skin, it also affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels) 30 minutes before going out. Reapply it according to the package directions.

Also, be especially careful with pets who have white-colored ears as they are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets as they typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.

  1. Go Outside When it’s Coolest

Try to limit your outdoor activity – and your pets’ activity – to the morning and evening and pace yourself. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to cool off.

Stay indoors if possible, ideally in an air-conditioned place. Using your stove and oven less helps to keep your home cooler. Taking cool showers and using electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illnesses. Fans don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people, either. Pets respond differently to heat than humans – dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.

If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call the Glastonbury Health Department at (860) 652-7534 or the Manchester Health Department at 860-647-3173 to see if there are any local heat-relief shelters open.

  1. Use a Buddy System

When working in the heat, watch the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know someone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day.

  1. Check The Car Before Locking It

Finally, though it may seem like common sense, it is critically important to never leave a child or pet in a hot car. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, or even death.

Click here for information from The Humane Society on what to do if you see a pet trapped in a hot car.

My dog, Truman, loves shopping in air-conditioned stores!

Further tips on keeping your pet safe from heatstroke include:

  • Keeping track of their temperature (a dog’s temperature should not rise above 104 degrees).
  • Providing shade under trees or with tarps that allow for air flow (a doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse).
  • Making pet-friendly popsicles.
  • Soaking them in a bath or using a cooling body wrap, vest or mat.