Weekly Update & Local Happenings: November 25

November 25, 2022


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Dear Neighbor,

I hope you all enjoyed a happy thanksgiving spent with those you love! 

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we’re thankful for. I’m so grateful for family, friends, neighbors and the faith you’ve placed in me to be New Londons State Representative for the 39th District. 

November is Native American Heritage Month

Reminder: Native American Heritage Month is observed in November but can always be celebrated.

This is to to call attention to the Native American culture, traditions, and achievements of the nation's original Family, Friends, Neighbors and of their descendants dating back thousands of years to the original people of this land. Take time to join our communities around Connecticut in honoring America’s indigenous people sharing the history, culture, struggles and accomplishments in our Nation.

CT General Assembly Called for Special Session

The General Assembly will be called in for a special session next week to approve an agreement for essential worker pay, extensions on bus transportation funding and the gas tax holiday, and more home heating assistance. Bipartisan talks have been ongoing since we concluded the last legislative session, and I'm glad we've been able to work together to find solutions for the people of Connecticut.

Click here to learn more.

Four Siblings Share Passion to Serve Through the Coast Guard 

This is so great! What do Nicholas, Edward, Lea and Dana all have in common? They are all siblings, and are all now serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.

For the first time in years, the Walkers reunited last Friday as Nicholas completed Officer Candidate School at New London's Coast Guard Academy, officially joining his brothers and sisters in service to our nation.

Learn more here

Connecticut College’s Joseph Walewski Win "Best Student Poster" at the 10th annual Aquatic Models of Human Disease Conference

Big congratulations to Connecticut College’s Joseph Walewski ’23 who was one of only four undergraduate students at the 10th annual Aquatic Models of Human Disease Conference, where he won the ‘Best Student Poster’ prize over more than three dozen Ph.D. students from around the country.

Walewski’s research, which he is conducting under the mentorship of Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics Stephen Douglass, is focused on finding the most cost-effective way to obtain an organism’s genome.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3Xd9VEf

Beechwood Post-Acute & Transitional Care Receives Notable Recognition

Congratulations to Beechwood Post-Acute & Transitional Care for being recognized among the elite 16% of skilled-nursing facilities that earned a "High Performing" rating - the highest possible achievement - from U.S. News & World Report. 

Beechwood is the only independent family-owned facility in New London County, owned by William G. and Diane White with son, William E. White as the Administrator, continuing the family tradition.

The White family is proud of the staff at Beechwood and recognizes their dedicated commitment to their chosen profession. It shows in many ways through awards, 5-Star ratings and the quality care that provide to our community.

Learn more about Beechwood by clicking here

Congratulations to New London Police Department's Newly Promoted Officers 

Please join me in sending a big congratulations to our the newly promoted at the City of New London, Connecticut Police Department! I wish them a continued commitment in service to the New London Community - Lieutenant Cornelius Rogers & Sergeant John Michaud. So good to see the great turn-around and work to promote!

Congratulations to Title IX!

A huge congratulations to New London's own, Title IX - the locally owned bookstore marked two years this past weekend. From a holiday pop-up to a full fledged bookstore and community hub, Title IX offers an enormous array of diverse literature for youth.

Not only has the bookstore thrived, they have had the opportunity to launch The Bookstore Community Fund, a gift card wall for all to use at Title IX to purchase new books in the store! If you haven't already - be sure to check them out. 

Big "Shout It Out" to Tony D's Italian Restaurant 

I'd like to send a big "Shout It Out" to Tony D’S Italian Restaurant! Owner, Tony D’Angelo, has created a rustic Italian gem on the corner of Huntington Street and Broad Street in downtown New London. Tony D’s Restaurant has been a New London favorite since 1999 – loved by couples, friends, families and singles, alike. More than just a place to eat, Tony D’s is a gathering place where you and your friends and family can slow down, enjoy a homemade meal and reconnect.

Be sure to check them out! 

TONIGHT: Christmas Tree Lighting at Parade Plaza 

Tonight, November 25 from 5PM-6PM be sure to stop by the Christmas Tree Lighting at Parade Plaza! There's so much to enjoy: 

5PM-5:15PM: The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Latino Children Choir, sponsored by the Cultural District

5:20PM-5:30PM: Krystalia Arroyo performing "Santa tell me," by Ariana grande, "All I want for Christmas is you" by Mariah Carey, and "Mistletoe" by Justin Bieber

5:30PM-5:45PM: Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a holiday light parade down Bank Street by the NLC Jeep Club.

5:45PM-5:50PM: Dance Performance by The New London Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School Dance Program

5:50PM-5:55PM: Shoreline Ringers Bell Choir

5:50PM-6PM: Christmas Tree lighting by Santa and Mrs. Claus

6PM: Krystalia Arroyo performs "Joy to the World"

New London Police Department to Receive Significant K-9 Donation

On November 29 at 10AM, the New London Police Department will be presented with an extremely generous donation of $10,000 from retired Connecticut State Trooper Bill Flanigan to support the department's K-9 program.

The public is invited to join the celebration in the department lobby. Learn more by clicking here

12th Annual Whaling City Hayden Keating Fun Run & Plunge

The Annual Whaling City Fun Run & Plunge is an informal event that started on January 1, 2011, with a small, intrepid group of New Year's Day runners/swimmers.

Sadly, in 2014, one of the original runners/swimmers, Hayden Keating, passed away suddenly on December 3. In a huge outpouring of compassion and love, his family, friends and classmates turnout to take his place in the run and swim. So now we run in his memory! 

Join the fun on Sunday, January 1 at 12PM. Learn more by clicking here

Spark Makerspace Hosts Open Sew

For all those who sew or want to sew, Spark Makerspace is now offering Open Sew, Mondays 6PM-8PM. Stop by to sew, share projects, or just meet the gang at 7 Union Street, New London.

Open to the public. Free ($5 suggested donation. Anyone under the age of 18, please be accompanied by an adult.

Update on Project in New London

Municipal Brownfield Grant funding will be used to complete the remaining investigation, abatement and remediation of the properties located at 90 and 100 Garfield Avenue in New London, CT. The properties, totaling 3.59 acres were formerly occupied by the Edward Bloom Silk Mill. Following the remediation activities, the project developer, Garfield Mills, LLC, will redevelop the buildings into 87 units of workforce and affordable housing (the “Redevelopment Project”).

The City of New London has been awarded a brownfield remediation grant to assess and remediate the property located at One Recreation Way (Parcels 3B), a portion of which was occupied by the former Naval Underwater Warfare Center. Following remediation activities, the city is planning to construct a Community Recreation Center on the land adjacent to the historic Fort Trumbull State Park.

Additional information about the project can be viewed in person at City of New London Community Development Office, 181 State Street, 2nd Floor, New London, CT 06320.Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on: December 8, 2022

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population. This Lung Cancer Awareness Month, help us share these resources for Connecticut firefighters and their families: https://bit.ly/3UU1HPk

Calling Vendors: Mile Long Craft & Tag Sale Vendor Registration Open Now

Call for vendors! The Annual Mile-Long Craft & Tag Sale on the Boardwalk at Ocean Beach Park in New London is scheduled for  Saturday, May 13 from 9AM-3PM (rain date Saturday, May 20th).

Sell your household rummage, arts and crafts, flea market items, antiques and collectibles, farmers market produce, specialty foods, plants and flowers and more without the fuss. Save Ocean Beach will provide publicity for the event!

Over 100 vendors at our 2022 event so register early to insure space availability. 10' x 10' space available for $35. For more information, click here

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 860-240-8512 or email me at Anthony.Nolan@cga.ct.gov. Don't forget to "Like" my official Facebook page and follow me on Twitter for news and legislative updates.



Anthony Nolan

State Representative


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