Warm Weather Forecasted this Weekend

May 20, 2022

Staying Current with Currey
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Friends and Neighbors,

This weekend, Connecticut is expected to experience high temperatures reaching 95 degrees. Cooling centers are opening across the state to provide residents with immediate relief from the heat. To find a cooling center near you, dial 2-1-1 or click here.
While extreme heat can put us all at risk for certain illnesses, especially heat exhaustion and heat stroke, some vulnerable populations are at greater risk than others:

  • Infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.
  • People 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.
  • People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.
  • People who overexert during work or exercise may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, including medications for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.

In these extreme temperatures, it’s important to stay cool and stay safe. Here are some tips to help manage the extreme heat.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to cool off. (Call 2-1-1 for a list of cooling centers).
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk several times a day.
  • Pets that cannot be brought indoors should be provided ready access to water and shade to keep them cool. 
  • Drink at least two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

Please make sure you are staying cool, hydrated and safe during these extra hot summer days. Check in on loved-ones and neighbors who you think may need a little extra help. 

 To stay up-to-date with everything happening in Hartford, click the "At the Capitol, In District, & Beyond" link below, but also please check out the other subject links in this intro to go right to the topic in the body of this email.

You can find additional resources and information on my web site,
www.housedems.ct.gov/currey. If there's something you need help with that isn't included in this email, please check my website. If you can't find what you're looking for there, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.


With the recent uptick in positive tests, not including those testing at home, but more importantly the rise in hospitalizations, we once again are asking that our friends, family, and neighbors consider using all the tools at their reach in combatting this wave. Information for testing, vaccine clinics, and those who are homebound and need assistance are noted below. We must be in this together.

Overall Summary

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Past 7 days

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All PCR/NAAT Tests



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Data on COVID-19 associated deaths is updated once per week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 10,922.

Click Here for COVID-19 Data Updates
Click Here for Governor Lamont's Updates
Click Here for Information on Getting Vaccinated

Specific Updates for Our Community

Town Total Cases Total Deaths Number of Tests Number of Positive Tests
East Hartford 13,420 198 223,578 16,921
Manchester 11,395 191 218,082 13,961
South Windsor 4,412 66 79,016 5,168

Weekly Update of the Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Alert Map

Vaccines continue to be effective tools in protecting residents from severe COVID-19 infections. To get vaccinated or your booster, please click here to locate vaccination sites in our community.

Below are several vaccine clinics happening in our community:

  • Wednesday, May 25
    • Raymond Library, 840 Main St, East Hartford, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., for ages 5+
  • Tuesday, May 31
    • Stone Academy, 745 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., for ages 5+

Information about getting vaccinated, including how to make an appointment and a list of clinics, is available on Connecticut's Vaccine Portal, here.

If you need assistance finding transportation to and from a vaccine appointment, you can find transportation resources here.

If you're a homebound resident, you can receive your COVID-19 shot at home. Complete the state Department of Public Health's Homebound Intake Form to get the appointment process started.

Testing remains a vital strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of someone who has had a confirmed case of COVID-19 should get tested. There are several drive-up and walk-up test sites in our area for residents who need a COVID-19 test now. Click the links below to find sites near you.

East Hartford

South Windsor

Nationwide, states have experienced a wave in catalytic converter thefts. On Tuesday, the governor signed a bill into law that will help curb these thefts in an effort to eliminate the market for these parts.

Public Act 22-43 addresses the receipt and sale of these parts and provides our law enforcement officers with tools to better track and identify potential criminal activity. The law prohibits motor vehicle recyclers to receive a vehicle's catalytic converter unless it is physically attached to the vehicle. Recyclers must also put the stock number on the part and create a written record of the transaction. The law limits the sale of catalytic converters to a scrap metal dealer to one per day.

Catalytic converters contain several precious metals and are easy targets as they're accessible from underneath a vehicle. This issue has contributed to a part shortage and higher costs.

This is a smart, proactive first step to deterring these kinds of thefts and we expect to continue this fight in the coming years.

Prior to the start of the 2022 legislative session, House Democrats pledged to support policies that would help cut our carbon footprint, increase our reliance on clean energy sources, and protect the health of Connecticut residents.

I'm happy to report that two of these bills - S.B. 10 and S.B. 176 - have officially been signed into law!

S.B. 10, AN ACT CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION requires Connecticut to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions produced by the state's electric grid by January 1, 2040. After the transportation sector, our electric grid (essentially, how energy is supplied and consumed) is the second highest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the state. This law seeks to change that by giving utility companies and suppliers the necessary push to find cleaner, zero-carbon ways to provide consumers with energy.

S.B. 176, AN ACT CONCERNING CLEAN ENERGY TARIFF PROGRAMS looks to increase commercial reliance on rooftop solar energy by modifying existing energy caps involving shared clean energy facilities and expanding the Non-Residential Energy Solutions (NRES) and the Shared Cleaner Energy Facilities (SCEF) programs.

While more remains to be done, these new laws represent significant steps forward for Connecticut in increasing our reliance on clean energy sources and protecting our environment for ourselves and for future generations.

Those who interact directly with our education system often have critical insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted teaching and learning. The State Department of Education is soliciting input from education stakeholders on how the department should use dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund to transform the academic experience for our students. There will be an opportunity for CT residents to share their ideas on Thursday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. You can register here.

Can't attend? You can complete the survey linked here to provide written feedback. The survey will stay open until June 15, 2022.


WrapCT is part of the Connecting to Care network and emphasizes a holistic approach to addressing mental and behavioral health changes for children and family. It puts children and family at the center of care and surrounds them with a support network of providers, community members, and more to support them and help them achieve their goals. Click here to learn more.

In addition to WrapCT, here are additional resources if you or someone you know is in need of support: 

  • Mobile Crisis Service 2-1-1: If your child is actively harming themselves, having suicidal thoughts, or planning to hurt others, call 911, or 2-1-1 and press option 1 for the Mobile Crisis Service. This is a 24 hour, 7 day a week free service to have your child immediately evaluated by a mental health professional. NOTE: If calling by cell phone, 2-1-1 can also be reached toll-free at: 800-203-1234 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628- 9454 for Spanish, or Lifeline Crisis Chat.
  • Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741-741, or visit http://www.crisistextline.org/ for more info.
  • NAMI Education Courses: The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers online education programs for parents and caregivers to learn more about supporting youth who are experiencing mental health symptoms. The NAMI Basics OnDemand is a free, six-session that can be completed on-demand, at your pace.
  • The State of Connecticut has several mental health resource. Find the list here
  • The Connecticut Children's Behavioral Health Toolkit also has helpful resources for children experiencing a mental health crisis. 
  • State Rep. Liz Linehan's website also has helpful mental health resources for children.
  • CHR Health can help young adults and teens who may be struggling with substance use disorder through a comprehensive network of support. For more information about CHR's Substance Screening and Treatment Recovery services, click here.
Although the rate of suicide in young people is lower than the rate of suicide in adults, in 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death among U.S. adolescents. Studies analyzing suicide risk have found that overall, more sexual minority and gender minority adolescents will attempt suicide compared to their heterosexual and cis-gender peers. There are resources for LGBTQ adolescents who may need support.

This session, our work in the Connecticut General Assembly was focused on making our state more affordable for all residents. We passed a state budget adjustment bill that delivers over $600 million in tax relief for retirees, property owners, workers, and parents. 

Our budget plan CUTS YOUR TAXES by:

  • Cutting state income taxes for retirees
  • Lowering property taxes on homes and cars
  • Extending the 25-cent gas tax cut until December

The budget also helps fund key initiatives helping seniors like nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels, and local services. The budget also includes helpful funding to support enhancements at local senior centers.  

In addition to our budget plan, we passed legislation that will help our state's efforts to prevent malnutrition among seniors. We also passed a bill that works to address staffing shortages in our residential care facilities so that residents have access to high-quality, reliable care.

LGBTQ+ adults and allies are invited to join the Connecticut LGBT Moveable Senior Center via Zoom for Rainbow Lunch Hour on the fourth Thursday of the month at noon! The next Rainbow Lunch Hour will be on May 26, 2022. Pre-registration is required. Please click here to register or to learn more.
The 2021 Connecticut LGBTQ+ Needs Assessment was published recently. The assessment surveyed 3,048 LGBTQ+ residents across Connecticut about their needs, including housing, mental health, and food security. Residents 65 and older made up 18% of the population surveyed. On Wednesday, May 25 at 1 p.m., the New Haven Pride Center will be holding a virtual and in-person Rainbow Elders meeting to discuss the survey result and how to make our state a better place for the LGBTQ+ elder community. To learn more, please email Freddie Swindal, Manager of Support Services at fswindal@newhavenpridecenter.org
For additional state and local resources, click the links below:

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is working to assist families across the state that have struggle to access baby formula during the nationwide shortage. The shortage started last fall due to pandemic-related supply chain issues, but has worsened after Abbott Nutrition recalled powdered baby formula in February and temporarily closed one of its production facilities. 

DPH has been working closely with local agency staff to help families find retailers that have in-stock formula, or even switch the participant's benefits package when needed. DPH also has been working directly with manufacturers to order emergency formula. 

While WIC encourages breastfeeding for at least the first year of life, only about one-third of Connecticut infants are breastfed.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by the shortage, there are resources in our state and community that could help. Please note that the below is not a comprehensive solution and is only meant to share helpful information:

Information for Families to Looking for Formula During Nationwide Shortage
  • It is unsafe to add more water to formula, make homemade infant formula, or use regular cow’s milk, or other milk substitutes to feed infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding infants iron-fortified infant formula during the first year of life when breastmilk is unavailable
  • Ask your pediatrician or doctor if they offer baby formula samples
  • Check smaller stores or pharmacies for availability. It may help to visit stores more frequently and buy formula as it becomes available
  • If you can afford it, buy formula online until store availability improves. Purchase from well-recognized distributors and pharmacies
  • Use caution when purchasing formula from individual or private sellers. You can report price gouging and scams to the CT Office of the Attorney General, HERE, or to local police
  • Check social media groups that are dedicated to infant feeding and formula. Members may have ideas on where to find formula. Always check with your pediatrician regarding any advice
  • WIC families can contact their local WIC office with questions. If you are unable to reach your local WIC office by phone you can send an email. Find local WIC office phone numbers and emails by clicking HERE. You can also reach out to ctwic@ct.gov or 1-800-741-2142 for assistance 
  • Call 2-1-1 or visit 211ct.org to locate community organizations that may provide emergency formula
  • Connecticut participates in Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast, which sends most of its donated breast milk to neonatal care units across the state. It’s also available for purchase. Please visit milkbankne.org/receive to learn more
  • The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has additional resources for families to use. Click HERE for more information
As you may know, electric rates are adjusted twice each year on January 1 and July 1. Eversource's new electric supply rate be 12.050 cents per kilowatt-hour starting July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. It is important to prepare now for increased temperatures and cooling demand, especially as supply rate will be higher this summer compared to previous years. 

Below are some helpful resources you can take more control over your energy expenses:

  • EnergizeCT can help you make the upgrade to more efficient cooling systems
  • Eversource offers payment plans to smooth out monthly bill fluctuations in utility expenses and assist with past due payments. You can learn more here.
  • Eligible low-income customers may be able to receive heating assistance benefits through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. The application deadline has been extended through June 30.

Additionally, Eversource and United Illuminating customers can compare these rates to licensed electric suppliers' current offers on CT's official generation rate board at EnergizeCT. Customers are encouraged to review the supply summary on the first page of their electric bill each month.

Pride Month is just around the corner, kicking off on June 1, 2022. Below is a snapshot of Pride celebrations happening in our region and around the state this summer: 

Is your organization holding a Pride event? Send me an email at Jeff.Currey@cga.ct.gov with the details and I'll include it in this newsletter!

The Connecticut Partnership for Strong Communities will hold its next IForum, Navigating Connecticut's Housing Continuum: The Experience of Seeking Stability, on May 25, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. During this conversation, participants will gain an understanding of the challenges and experiences individuals and families often have navigating Connecticut's housing market. There will be a panel discussion covering housing barriers and successes, how housing subsidies have impacted communities and residents, and how our state and improve policy to make housing more accessible and affordable. 

To learn more and register for this informative event, please click here.

InterCommunity's annual Fairways to Care Golf Tournament is happening on Wednesday, June 1 at 9 a.m. at Blackledge Country Club, 180 West St, Hebron. The event will consist of breakfast and lunch, a putting contest, virtual auction, longest drive contest, and more. Proceeds will benefit InterCommunity, which has provided high-quality healthcare and mental health services to Greater Hartford children and families for over 45 years. To register for the tournament or learn more, please click here.
The East Hartford Veterans Commission is inviting members of the public to a memorable experience to honor our veterans by placing an American flag at veterans' headstones for Memorial Day. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 8 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in East Hartford. All volunteers who want to honor fallen veterans are welcome to attend. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a long screwdriver. For more information, please call John Cook, Veterans Commission, at 860-212-9966.
The East Hartford Memorial Day Parade is happening on Monday, May 30. The Parade will start at 10 a.m., proceeding from 9 Riverside Drive to the Fallen Star Memorial at Goodwin University. It will conclude with a C-130 flyover. The program will feature remarks from Mayor Mike Walsh, Goodwin University President Mark Scheinberg, Congressman John Larson, and Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, among others. Following the program, there will be a celebration perfect for the whole family. It will include food trucks, a travelling WWII museum, Pratt & Whitney Engine display, Historical Society WWII artifact display, face painting, K-9 demonstrations and more. 

Please not that from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., the exit 5 on- and off-ramps on Route 2 will be closed. 

You can learn more about this event here.

After a 2-year hiatus, the Manchester Memorial Day Parade is coming back on Monday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. The parade will step off in front of the Army & Navy Club, 1090 Main St. It will turn east onto East Center Street, west at Agostenelli Memorial Park, and end at the Center Memorial Park for a Memorial Day Program. If the parade is cancelled due to inclement weather, the Center Memorial Park Program will be held indoors at the Salvation Army, 661 Main St., at 11 a.m. You can read more here.
The South Windsor Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30. The parade will go south on Nutmeg Road, East on Pleasant Valley Road, and will end at Veterans Memorial Park for the town's Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. and will feature guest speakers, music, and a wreath laying. 

With the end of the school year approaching, have you been thinking about fun ways to keep you child active and engaged this summer? On Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m., join East Hartford Schools Board of Education Chair Tyron Harris and Superintendent Nathan Quesnel for a virtual Summer Opportunity Fair! You'll learn about resources available to East Hartford residents and how you can register your child for summer fun. Guests include the East Hartford YMCA, East Hartford Parks and Recreation, East Hartford Library, Channel 3 Kids Camp, and Child Safe Kit. Click here to register. 
The Manchester Recreation Division will be offering Summer Day Camps from June 27 to August 5! There will be three two week session. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with options for morning and evening extended care. 

Summer Camp is open to any Manchester child between the ages of 5 and 13. Children must have already completed kindergarten to attend. 

In addition to Summer Day Camps, the town is offering the Recreation Leader in Training Program for 15 years-olds. This program is designed to train youth to be future leaders and provide them the opportunity for possible future employment with the Manchester Recreation Division in its Summer Aquatics or Summer Camp program. 

Camp registration is underway. Click here to learn more about these programs and register today.

South Windsor Parks and Recreation is offering Summer Day Camps for kids to have fun, make friends, create and more! South Windsor is offering a variety of camp options for kids ages 3 to 15. Each camp will offer morning and afternoon extended care. Click the links below for more information about South Windsor's Camp Programs. 

Little Explorers (Ages 3 - 5): The Little Explorers camp is eight, one week sessions offering three camp choices: 3 half days, 5 half days, or 5 full days. Campers can sign up for one or all eight sessions. The camp is located at Wapping Parks and Recreation in the same classrooms as the preschool program. You can learn more here.

Camp Discovery (Ages 5 - 11): Camp Discovery is great for children who want to explore and see as many friends as possible each day. The week if full of games, sports, arts & crafts, and teamwork. This camp is held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wapping Parks and Recreation Facility. You can learn more here.

Adventure Unit (Ages 11 - 15): This is an exciting adventure camp full of day trips three days a week. It's a great camp for the teen who is gaining independence, looking to make new friends, and take a break from technology. This camp is help Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wapping Parks and Recreation Facility. You can learn more about this camp here

Last year, I voted for the future of our communities by establishing the $875 million Community Investment Fund (CIF). This is a transformational opportunity to invest in underserved communities in Connecticut through economic development and small business, education, and infrastructure projects.
The CIF allows $175 million per year for the next five years in bonding, with the option to renew the program for an additional five years. This funding will be directed to projects proposed by eligible municipalities, community development corporations, or nonprofit organizations.

East Hartford and Manchester are eligible municipalities and could receive grants available through the CIF for:

  • Capital Improvement Programs: brownfield remediation, affordable housing, infrastructure, clean energy development, and home or public facility rehabilitation
  • Small Business Capital Programs: revolving or micro loan programs, gap financing, and start-up funds to establish small businesses

Applications for the fund have not yet been posted on the CIF website, but are anticipated to be by the end of the month. In the meantime, the Department of Economic & Community Development is hosting an informational webinar on June 1 from 11AM – 12PM. If you have any questions about the CIF, this will be a great opportunity to ask them.

I am proud to see our community recognized with the investments that can be made through the CIF. A special thank you to the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus leadership and the Speaker of the House Representative Matthew Ritter for all their hard work to create this fund.

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology has received Connecticut's highest honor for technological achievement in fields making Connecticut economically competitive - the Connecticut Medal of Technology. CCAT has received this award for its leadership of regional and national partnerships to assist the industrial base with the advancement of applied technologies and workforce initiatives to strengthen the global competitiveness of the manufacturing ecosystem in Connecticut. You read more about this incredible recognition here.
Applications for the Women's Business Development Council's Equity Match Grant will open May 23 and close on July 3, 2022. This program is designed to help grow women-owned businesses. Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 will be awarded for projects that have a measurable impact on the business, its growth, and profitability. The grants cannot be used towards operating expenses, payroll, or real estate improvements. Applicants must provide at least a 25% match. You can learn more about this program here.
Are you looking to break into a trade? Learn how during the first annual Trade/Construction Career Fair on Tuesday, May 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Manchester High School Cafeteria. Industry experts will be available to explain the numerous job and apprenticeship opportunities that are available because of the Bowers Elementary School Construction Project Labor Agreement. If you're planning to attend, make sure you're ready to network and don't forget to bring copies of your resume and a face mask (optional).

For more information, please contact Yolanda Rivera, Program Director at Capital Workforce Partners, at 860-899-3448 or Beth Hayes, Career and Technical Education Director at Manchester Public Schools at 860-436-8904 or b11bhaye@mpspride.org.

Small businesses in East Hartford that have been impacted by COVID-19 can receive assistance through the Town of East Hartford's recently launched Small Business Assistance Program. Eligible businesses can apply for financial grants, reimbursements, or in-kind services for initiatives that counteract the negative impacts of COVID-19. The program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and administered by the Town of East Hartford's Development Office with assistance from the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce. You can read more about this program and start the application here.

Through the state's Department of Labor, the American Job Center offers resources, information, and support for individuals throughout the state searching for a job. You can receive help writing a resume and attend interview technique workshops for those currently on the job hunt. For more information, click here.
The State of Connecticut is hiring! You can find a variety of seasonal, part-time, and full-time positions. There are jobs open to members of the public as well as those already employed at a state agency or organization. You can find a full list of openings here.
U.S. Congressman John Larson is hiring a Staff Assistant for the Hartford office. Responsibilities include managing the front office, welcoming office visitors, supervising interns, organizing incoming mail and phone messages, providing general administrative support to the office, and other duties as assigned.
The position requires strong written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, along with the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. While not required, fluency in Spanish is a plus.
The salary for the position is $45,000 annually, along with a competitive benefits package that includes health dental, and vision insurance, retirement benefits, transit or parking benefits, 18 days of paid vacation, and 12 weeks of paid FMLA.
The office is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, minorities, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. Please submit resume, cover letter, one short writing sample (one-page max), and two references to ct01SA@mail.house.gov with “Staff Assistant: Hartford Office” in the subject line. Please send all materials in ONE PDF. No calls or drop-ins, please. The deadline to apply is May 20th.

Game on! 

It's spring sports season at our middle and high schools! Click the links below for schedules of this week's games:

You can also find schedules and results on the CIAC website.

CIAC Website

Click here for the Town Meetings calendar.

Click here for the Community Events calendar.

Click here for information on the East Hartford Public Library. 

Click here for East Hartford Community Television. 



Click here for the Public Meetings calendar.

Click here for the Community Events calendar.

Click here for information on the South Windsor Public Library. 

Click here for South Windsor's Government Television Programming - watch LIVE town council meetings! 



Click here for the Town Meetings and Community Events Calendar.

Click here for information on the Manchester Public Library. 

Click here for Manchester Public Television. 

Upcoming Meetings and Events

A full calendar of all events happening at the Capitol next week, including public hearings, is available on the General Assembly website

You can find the agenda for public hearings on the calendar by clicking on the calendar item and following the link to the committee page. For instructions on how to testify at a public hearing, please click here.

You can view a list of all the bills passed by the House this session here.

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