June 21st Update

June 21, 2024

I hope everyone is handling the heat wave to the best of their ability. We expect hot weather - even heat waves - in the summer, but this one hit before the first official day of summer. Remember to keep an eye on young children, the elderly, and your pets, and remember there are places you can go for respite, such as the library, stores, etc. 
This newsletter includes:
  • Bills Signed by the Governor
  • Honoring Flag Day
  • Oliver Wolcott Technical School's Graduation
  • ICSP Legislative Summit in Washington
  • Torrington/WBDC Small Business Grant Program
  • Reminder About Pets at the Parks
  • Torrington PD Warns of Local Cryptocurrency Scam
  • Torrington Farmers Market is Now Open!
  • High School Summer Pass from Planet Fitness
  • DATE CHANGE: Torrington PAL Car Show
  • CT Science Center's Party on the Plaza
  • 2024 Northwest Vocal Showcase
  • Family Trivia Night at Torrington Library
  • Police Entry-Level Exam Coming Up
  • Afternoon Tea with the Princesses
  • And More!
Bills Signed by the Governor!
Governor Lamont also signed two pieces of legislation this week to make childcare more accessible and affordable to parents. You can click the graphic below to watch WTNH's story. 
Honoring Flag Day
On Friday evening, I had the privilege of attending and participating in the Flag Day ceremonies at Coe Park with Elks Lodge 372.

June 14 - Flag Day - is mandatory service for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In 1907, the Elks became the first fraternal body to adopt by Resolution that June 14 be designated as Flag Day in our Order. President Woodrow Wilson established a National Flag Day in 1916 by presidential proclamation. In 1949, President Harry Truman, himself an Elk, signed an act of Congress designating June 14 each year as Flag Day.

(Noted in the Elks script to celebrate Flag Day): The evolution of the American Flag marks the progression of the government of the American people. From the founding of Jamestown in Virginia in 1607, until 1775, the Flag of England was the Flag of the Peoples of America. The original thirteen Stars and Stripes represented the original thirteen colonies. In 1795, two additional Stars and Strips were added to represent admission to the Union of Vermont and Kentucky. Under this banner of 15 Stars and Stripes was fought the War of 1812. It was the sight of it flying over Fort McHenry, on September 14, 1814, that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what was to become our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Congratulations, Oliver Wolcott Tech!
Congratulations to the graduates of Oliver Wolcott Technical School, who received their diplomas at the Warner Theatre on Tuesday. Best wishes in your future endeavors and I was honored to be included in your special day. 
ICSP Legislative Summit in Washington
I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. this week for the Interstate Compact for School Psychologists (ICSP) Legislative Summit, hosted by the Council of State Governments. Among the topics discussed: the state of school psychology in the United States, meeting minimum qualifications for school psychologists, the importance of school psychology regulation, learning what other states do regarding licensure regulation, and more.   
Torrington/WBDC Small Business
Grant Program
I was happy to join the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC), along with Richard Lopez Jr, Torrington Economic and Community Development Coordinator; Torrington City Council Member Stephen Ivain; William Wallach, Director of Economic Development; Senator Lisa Seminara, and City Council Member Anne Ruwet at Torrington Library on Monday to discuss the Torrington/WBDC Small Business Grant Program.

If you’re a Torrington-based business, you have until August 15 to apply for a $10,000 grant that can help your business grow! To learn more, click HERE

Reminder About Pets at the Parks
A message from the City of Torrington Parks and Recreation Department: When you bring your dogs to any of the parks or fields, they can ONLY be off leash in the fenced-in dog park, NOT let loose to run throughout the parks.

Please be courteous and clean up after your pets while you are there too. Thank you!

TPD Warns of Cryptocurrency Scam
Cryptocurrency Scam Alert

Torrington Police would like to alert area residents of a cryptocurrency scam involving a hacked Facebook account. The account was taken over and is promising financial success by investing in cryptocurrency through their platform. The account owner is no longer in control of his page and has reported the takeover to Meta Platforms Inc. (Facebook). Victims also report they have reported the fraudulent account to Meta Platforms Inc. but Meta has not taken any action to remove the account.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to this scam, contact your local police department as soon as possible. In addition, victims should file a report with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center HERE.

Torrington Farmers Market is Open
The Torrington Farmers Market is now OPEN for the season on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. It will be open every Saturday rain or shine through October.

There is also a Tuesday market starting July 9 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Both markets are located in the same location: St. Paul’s Church parking lot: 837 Charles St, Torrington.

Fighting Hunger Through the Summer
Free summer meals will be available starting June 30 and ending August 18. No sign-up is required for the weekly pick-up.

WHO: All children 18 and under, special needs up to age 21
WHAT: Weekly pack of seven breakfast & seven lunch meals for each child!

WHEN & WHERE:  Every Wednesday at the times listed below:
Vogel Wetmore School 68 Church St. Torrington 9 - 9:30 a.m. & 4 - 5 p.m.
Northside Terrace 4 Terrace Dr. Torrington 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Friendly Hands Food Bank 50 King St. Torrington 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Woodland Hills 330 Highland Ave. Torrington 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Berry & Cherry St. Corner Cherry & Berry Torrington 2:30 - 3 p.m.
Torrington Library 12 Daycoeton Pl. Torrington 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

For more information, click HERE

Updates from Friendly Hands Food Bank
Warner Theatre's Lumaria
Lumaria, an audio-visual immersive experience is happening this Friday through Sunday at the Warner Theatre! You are invited to explore “Lumaria,” a vivid fantasia of animation and dance video projected from floor to ceiling across towering ribbons of fabric inside the Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. There's a happy hour, yoga, dance class, family hours, and exploring the exhibit on your own. For more information, click HERE and click the video below to see what Lumaria is all about. 
High School Summer Pass
from Planet Fitness
Planet Fitness has announced the return of its High School Summer Pass™ program, inviting high school teens ages 14-19 to work out for free at any of its 2,500+ Planet Fitness locations across the U.S. and Canada this summer, until August 31. Visit PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass to register for the program. Teens under the age of 18 in the U.S. and 19 years old in Canada must register with a parent or guardian online or in the club.

Since the High School Summer Pass program began, Planet Fitness has invested more than $200 million in waived membership dues to promote youth health and wellness and improve the physical and mental health of millions of teens.

Torrington PAL Car Show: DATE CHANGE!
Due to weather conditions, Friday night's car show is canceled! It has been rescheduled to Friday, June 28. Same time, same location!
CT Science Center's Party on the Plaza
Torrington, Show Your Vocal Talent!
Torrington Citywide Tag Sale
A Citywide Event Hosting over 50 Sale Locations!

F E A T U R I N G:
Residential Tag Sales:
​De-clutter your home and bring in the cash! List your yard sale on our map and have the greatest sale ever!

Neighborhood Tag Sales:
Block sales, residential associations, and apartment complexes. ​Get together with neighbors and plan a great time and sale event!

Business Locations:
​Businesses can join in by offering special discount coupons or sale events on the day of our Citywide Sale Extravaganza.

​Marketplace Locations:
Locations offering vendor space the day of our event get included in our Citywide Sale Extravaganza marketing, map, and promotions.

Churches and other non-profits holding tag sales or other events on the day of the ​Citywide Sale Extravaganza​ get a special discount.​

Profits go to support the "Torrington Fireworks Fund"

This fundraiser event is hosted by The Lions Club of Torrington, Torrington Parks and Recreation Department and Torrington INFO.

Click HERE for more information. 

July 4th Festivities
Torrington Parks & Recreation's Summer Concert Series
Family Trivia Night at Torrington Library
Police Entry-Level Exam Coming Up
From the Torrington Police Department: entry-level examination will be held on July 25 at the Litchfield County Fire School in Torrington. Please click HERE for access to the test registration/download and directions for submission.
Afternoon Tea with the Princesses
Enjoy a magical afternoon with Nutmeg Fudge Company while you mingle with your favorite princesses and characters. The event is July 28 from 1-3 p.m. at Nutmeg Fudge Company, 20 East Main Street. You're encouraged to dress to impress!

The cost of $45 per 1 adult and 1 child includes: assorted drinks, snacks, make-your-own-sundaes, freeze dance, crafts to take home, and more!

Additional adults or children attending are $22.50 per person.

Advanced reservations required. For more information, click HERE