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Public Health & Safety Update: Thanksgiving, Travel, Executive Orders, and Vaccines

Posted on November 25, 2020 by admin


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Dear friends and neighbors,

I would like to provide an update on the following items related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Public Health Guidance for the Holidays
  • Additions to the Tri-state Travel Advisory
  • New Restrictions on Sports Activities
  • Increased Fines on Small Business
  • Pfizer Fact Sheet for Vaccine Distribution

I would also like to extend my warm wishes to you and your family for a joyful, safe, and healthy Thanksgiving. Although our holiday plans will look different than years past,

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Capitol Update: Small Business Grant Applications Now Available

Posted on November 13, 2020 by admin


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I would like to provide a quick update on the following items related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Applications now available for CT CARES Small Business Grant Program
  • Two states added to tri-state travel advisory
  • DPH provides new guidance for youth/recreational sports activities

CT CARES Applications Now Available

The CT CARES Small Business Grant Program is now accepting applications. Businesses and nonprofits with 20 or fewer employees OR annual payroll of less than $1.5 million as of

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Honoring Our Heroes: Veterans Day 2020

Posted on November 11, 2020 by admin


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Our retired service members and their families have made tremendous personal sacrifices in order to protect all families across this great nation. They have represented us in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and they have done so with honor and humility.

I am grateful to each of them, especially our local veterans who reside in Darien and Norwalk, for answering our nation’s call to service. You are role models for the next generation, and heroes to us all.

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Rep. Wood, First Selectwoman Stevenson Congratulate Darien for Securing a $92,000 STEAP Grant

Posted on November 10, 2020 by admin


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Funds to be Used for Ongoing Highland Farm Project

DARIEN – State Representative Terrie Wood and First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson thanked the governor and congratulated the town of Darien for securing a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant from the state that will be used for a special project at Highland Farm.

Towns were allowed to submit one application for one project with a maximum request of $128,205. In total, $11,000,000 was distributed to 94 Connecticut towns. Darien requested

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Capitol Update: CT Returns to Phase 2.1

Posted on November 6, 2020 by admin


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In response to an increase in Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate, Governor Lamont has ordered the state to return to an amended version of Phase Two. The governor has also moved the state from a local response model back to a statewide action plan.

Phase 2.1

As such, the following restrictions are now in effect:

Restaurants

  • Reduced to 50% capacity with a maximum of 8 people per table

Restaurants & Entertainment (i.e bowling allies, movie theaters, arcades, etc.)

  • Required to close by 9:30 p.m.

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Capitol Update: Halloween Public Health Guidance and More

Posted on October 31, 2020 by admin


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Please see below for a few updates regarding the following items:

  • Public Health Guidance for Halloween
  • Updated Travel Advisory
  • Mental Health Resources for Kids
  • Assistance for Small Businesses
  • Assistance for Workers
  • Voting Information

Public Health Guidance for Halloween

Today is Halloween and it is always a fun celebration for our youngest residents and their parents. With the ongoing public health crisis, we have had to reassess our traditional fall activities. As such, trick-or-treating has been

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“Hartford Current” – State Control of Local Zoning?

Posted on October 20, 2020 by admin


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In recent polling, Connecticut scores high on quality of life and low on affordability. As our state economy continues to struggle, the latest “fix” coming out of Hartford is state control of local zoning. This is purportedly to address issues of housing affordability and opportunity. Yes, Hartford would be in charge of making decisions on zoning in Norwalk and Darien and every other city in Connecticut, not your locally elected zoning officials.

Highlights of this proposed legislation include:

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Aquarion Issues Mandatory Irrigation Ban

Posted on October 15, 2020 by admin


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Today, Aquarion Water Co. announced a ban on automatic irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers as drought conditions persist in Fairfield County. The ban applies to Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford, and Westport. Customers may continue to use hand-held watering, soaker hose, and drip irrigation for new plantings.

Aquarion is also encouraging customers to take the following measures to reduce water usage:

  1. Turn off the water while lathering up, shaving, or brushing your teeth.
  2. Minimize baths

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“Hartford Current”: Where is the common ground and common sense?

Posted on September 25, 2020 by admin


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Where is the common ground and common sense?

From the hundreds of conversations I’ve had, 80 to 85 percent of us fit a “moderate middle” description: center right on state fiscal issues and center left on social issues. So why is it that the very far left in our state carries such weight in setting public policy? Where is the balance, respect for process and common sense? Where is the sense of responsibility to work together to craft good policy to benefit all in our state?

An example of this lack

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Voice Your Concerns About Eversource: September 8 & 10

Posted on September 4, 2020 by admin


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For those of you who did not have the opportunity to voice your concerns about Eversource’s recent energy rate increases during the recent public hearings, there will be two more opportunities this week, as well as more in October.

This issue affects customers throughout the state, and the more we speak up, the more likely we are to see the results we want.

Please consider submitting testimony if you have not done so already. I have provided details on the hearings and instructions for submitting

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