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State launching Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program

Posted on October 21, 2020 by admin


I just wanted to share with you that the state is launching the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000.

Funding for the program will come from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which utilizes federal

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Phase 3 Update

Posted on October 9, 2020 by admin


Governor Lamont recently announced that Connecticut would move forward with Phase 3 of reopening beginning October 8th.

Phase 3 Business Updates include:

  • Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors – subject to COVID-19 safety requirements – for restaurants, personal services, hair salons, barber shops, and libraries;
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.) will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing requirements;
  • Indoor

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Purple Thursday on Oct. 22nd

Posted on October 8, 2020 by admin


October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which strives to raise public awareness about domestic violence and the help that’s available to support victims. What began in 1981 as a “Day of Unity” has evolved into a nationwide month of action that celebrates survivors and raises awareness not only about the issue of domestic violence, but also about the services available to help victims and survivors. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, it is estimated that 1.3 million women and 835,000

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Yaccarino is Honored by Quilts of Valor

Posted on October 1, 2020 by admin


State Representative Dave Yaccarino (R-87) was honored to receive a quilt of valor for his service in the Navy Reserve from Quilts of Valor (, which was presented to him during a special legislative session held on Thursday, September 30, 2020 at the State Capitol building in Hartford.

Photo Caption (l to r): House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Representative Dave Yaccarino and House Democrat Leader Joe Aresimowicz

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Absentee Ballots Process: What You Need to Know

Posted on September 28, 2020 by admin


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we conduct business, educate our children, and go about our daily lives. It has also changed our election process.

In July, the legislature passed a bill, now law, making all residents eligible to vote by absentee ballot (AB) in the November general election citing COVID-19 as their reason. All you need to do is check the appropriate box on the application and be sure to sign the application.

We passed this legislation because it is important that all residents

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Veterans Stand Down September 24-25

Posted on September 15, 2020 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding the 2020 Veterans Stand Down virtually on Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th.

This two-day event provides Connecticut’s Veterans with a wide variety of programs and services offered by State and Federal agencies, Veterans Organizations and Community Based Non-profits.

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Bridge Maintenance – I-91 northbound and southbound in North Haven and Wallingford.

Posted on September 8, 2020 by admin


Please be advised that the Connecticut Department of Transportation will be repairing/replacing pipe rail on Interstate 91 northbound & southbound bridges in North Haven & Wallingford from Monday, September 14, 2020 through Friday, October 30, 2020.

This work is included in the Department of Transportation’s regular bridge maintenance.


You can expect various lane closures on Interstate 91 northbound and southbound between Exit 9 (Montowese Avenue) and Exit 14 (Woodhouse Avenue)

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Legislators’ Produce Distribution Event a Success

Posted on September 4, 2020 by admin


NORTH BRANFORD—A handful of state representatives from around the region worked together last week to deliver 1,200 boxes of fresh produce to residents of their communities.

State Rep. Vincent Candelora worked with Cecarelli’s Harrison Hill Farm in Northford to supply the produce, and Candelora then pulled in House of Representatives colleagues Noreen Kokoruda, Joe Zullo, Craig Fishbein, and Dave Yaccarino to help distribute the fruits and veggies.

The free boxes distributed by the legislators on

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Connecticut State Department of Education: COVID-19 Resources

Posted on September 2, 2020 by admin

RESCHEDULED for Fri. August 28 – Rep. Yaccarino to Help Distribute Free Fresh Produce to Local Families

Posted on August 26, 2020 by admin


After Tropical Storm Isaias forced the postponement of a previously planned food distribution event earlier this month, I want to announce that the rescheduled food box pickup event will take place on Friday, August 28th at the Connecticut Sportsplex in North Branford.

I encourage constituents, and anyone in need, to make the short drive to this wonderful event that provides families in the region with free, fresh produce at a time when many are struggling financially.

The drive-up food box pickup

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