CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 17, 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 are 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

New – Text-to-9-1-1

Posted on September 5, 2018 by admin


Dear Neighbors,

Last week, the State of Connecticut launched a new Text-to-911 capability as part of the state’s new Next Generation 9-1-1 Emergency Telecommunications System. Text-to-911 provides residents with the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 from a handheld device in emergency situations when it is either unsafe or they are unable to place a voice call. The system, which is available statewide, is now in effect.

How does it work?

1. Enter the numbers 911 in the “To” field
2. Text the exact location of the emergency
3. Briefly describe what kind of help you need
4. Push the “Send” button
5. Respond to any questions
6. Follow instructions
7. If you’re driving, pull over when it’s safe. Do not text and drive!

As mentioned in the Governor’s announcement, public safety officials are cautioning residents that voice calls to 9-1-1 remain the best and fastest way to contact emergency services whenever it is feasible to do so. Text-to-911 is only intended to be used when absolutely necessary or needed, which is why the new system’s theme is: Call if you can, text if you can’t.

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

Rep. Zawistowski Hosts Successful Stuff a Humvee

Posted on August 15, 2018 by admin


SUFFIELD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) in partnership with Suffield Emergency Aid Association, Suffield Police and Highland Park Market hosted a successful ‘Stuff a Humvee’ drive to benefit students in need. The event was held at the Suffield Highland Park Market on Saturday morning on August 8th.

By the end of the drive the Suffield Police Humvee was completely filled with note pads, pencils, rulers, back packs, lunch box items and other needed supplies. Additionally, Highland Park Market offered prepared donation bags for purchase filled with school supplies sold at cost. The grocery store also made a $2,500 donation to Suffield Emergency Aid.

“Suffield is an incredibly generous community,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “The weather didn’t keep anyone away and we completely filled the Humvee. I am extremely grateful for all the help provided by Suffield Police Department and Highland Park Market, and especially those who stopped by to donate. This event was a team effort and a great success!”

“I am pleased to report that we raised just over $3,400,” commented Emergency Aid Director Janet Frechette. “More importantly we collected enough school supplies to make sure families in need can start the school year without having to worry. I am truly grateful for the tremendous community support and to State Rep. Tami Zawistowski, the Suffield Police Department and Highland Park Market for teaming up to sponsor such a successful event. It will make a meaningful difference in our ability to respond to requests for aid from those in our community requiring a little extra help to make ends meet.”

Suffield’s Emergency Aid Association is a local non-profit founded in 1903 to provide social services and programs for residents in need. For more information please visit www.suffieldeaa.org.