Weekly Updates & Local Happening

February 17, 2023

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Dear Neighbor, 

Last week, I was joined by my colleagues - Representatives Conley and Bumgardner - to share our legislative update with the community. It was great to share the work we are doing to serve Southeastern Connecticut and hear from you! 

Thanks to all who came out and participated! If you weren't able to make it, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns - I'm happy to help! 
Testifying Before the Banking Committee
Last week, I had the opportunity to testify on a bill that I co-introduced with colleagues State Senator James Marony and State Representatives Travis Simms, Treneé McGee and Hubert Delany. My testimony was in regards to support for SB 658, an act concerning first-time homebuyer mortgage loans for properties in certain locations, specifically for distressed communities.
UConn Students Rally at the Capitol 
Last week we heard from administrators, faculty, supporters and hundreds of UConn students in regards to the funding for the university. I was happy to hear, meet and see so many students as we jumped from meeting to meeting.

Thank you all for coming out to share, show and shout out your concern to keep the funding strong as it has been. We will try our best to support UConn to be what it has always been. #1! Keep up the fight!

Happy Birthday Toni Walker!
Myself and members of the Appropriations team had the opportunity to celebrate our Queen of Appropriations! Please help me wish State Representative Toni Walker a Happy, Happy Birthday.

We love you Rep. Walker, thank you for all you do!

Black History Live Performance of "A Woman With A Railroad"
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a great Black History live performance of Harriet Tubman performing "A Woman With A Railroad" at MT Olive SDA Church. Adwoa Bandele - Asante did an amazing job! Thank you to Pastor Yohance Perry, Pastor Gil Anderson, City Councilor Akil Peck and MT Olive Church family for the great time.
Waterford RISE Event to Recognize Ann Petry
I had the pleasure of attending the Waterford RISE event to recognize Ann Petry. I was honored to give two Citations; a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly and a second citation from the Office of Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz that recognized Ann Lane Petry.
Ann Petry was born and raised in Seabrook, Connecticut. The daughter of a pharmacist, she majored in pharmacology at the University of Connecticut. Petry was a Black writer of adult novels and children's literature who chronicled the urban Black female experience. Her first novel, "The Street" (1946), was a resounding success, eventually selling more than two million copies, the first book by a Black woman to do so.

Thank you to panelists Lonnie Braxton, Professor Jose Gonzalez and Professor Kate Rushin for leading such an amazing discussion. Big thanks to Waterford RISE and host Stephanie Browder for doing such an amazing job!

Attending the 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration
I had the great opportunity to join the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information & Welcome Center, Mystic and Noank Library, and Booker Empowerment, LLC in Downtown Mystic CT for the 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration. 

We gathered at the flagpole where ISAAC School Students Amira Ahmed, Orianha Chavez, Mackenzie Dwyer, Mika Rosos and Jayda Schneider led us in a walk to Union Baptist Church to hear speakers, performers, poets, artists, musicians and have great food. Thanks to all who made this event happen! 

Shout Out to the 2023 Wrestling ECC Division I Champions 
Please help me give a big congratulations to the New London Whaler wrestling team for a great achievement earning their place as the 2023 ECC Division 1 Champions!
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern, CT announces the 2022 ECTy Winners! 
Congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern, CT  ECTy winners:
  • STEPS, Inc.City
  • Lighthouse Inn
  • Flanders Fish Market
  • Robinson+Cole
  • Veterans Rally Point
  • Barn CT
  • Dime Bank
  • The Gilman Brothers Company
  • Olde Mistick Village
  • Jessica Talerico Old Lyme Hardware
  • Dara Wicken
  • Angie Clay
  • Alwyn Christy

Congratulations to all of the winners, a well deserved honor! Celebrate the winners with us March 30 at our Annual Meeting & ECTy Celebration being held at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The Day Spotlight: New London Youth Citizens Police Academy 
The Day recently highlighted the New London Youth Citizens Police Academy - a ten-week program gives youth, ages 13 -17 years-old, a look at law enforcement, the tools they use and learn how police officers work.

Check out the full story here

Black History Month Ceremony
I have the great honor to be the keynote speaker at the CT Department of Veterans Affairs Black History Month Ceremony on Thursday, February 23, 10AM at the Goldstar Families Auditorium.

To RSVP email Lori.ConchadoCT.Gov or call (860) 616-3684.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Presents Beauty and the Beast
Come see the U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets as they share their musical and acting talents this spring in performances of "Beauty and the Beast."

Performances will be in the Leamy Auditorium on Saturday, February 25 at 7PM and Sunday, February 26 at 2PM. 

Tickets are free and open to the public, pre-registration is encouraged! Register by clicking here

Scholarship Opportunity - Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut 
The Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut is exited to announce that we extended the 2023 Scholarship Application deadline is March 15. This scholarship is open to eligible Hispanic students pursuing higher education at two-year and four-year colleges.

Learn more and apply by clicking here

Apply Now - CT State Building Trades Training Institute
Connecticut State Building Trades Training Institute is actively seeking New London Residents! There are a lot of construction projects happening in town, how would you like to be apart of them? Apply now for FREE construction readiness program aimed at getting people hired into a union apprenticeship.

For more information, email yrivera@csbtti.org or call (860) 200-1545 ext. 100. 

Capacity-Building Grant Program Accepting Applications
Reminder that applications are currently being accepted for the Capacity-Building Grant Program Connecticut cohort, a COA partnership with Assets for Artists! 

This is a 6-month cohort program providing artists of all disciplines and at any stage of career with the entrepreneurial support they need to grow and thrive in an economic climate that’s often stacked against them. Artists accepted to the 2023 CT Capacity-Building cohort will hone a variety of skills to advance their creative careers. 

The deadline to apply is February 22. Learn more and apply by clicking here

Thames River Heritage Park Hosts Docent Academy 
Reminder that beginning tomorrow, February 22, Thames River Heritage Park hosts its second Docent Academy - a 10-week, highly-acclaimed program on the history and heritage of the lower Thames - on Wednesdays from 9AM-12PM. 

A collaborative effort by Thames River Heritage Park Foundation and the heritage sites that comprise the Park the Docent Academy features several weeks of lively and informative talks and presentations, combined with site visits to heritage sites along the Thames in Groton and New London.

The tuition for the 10-week program is $150 ($15/session). Thanks to the generous funding from the New London Cultural District Commission, up to 10 residents from New London will receive fully-funded scholarships for the program. Note: The Groton Utilities is also fully-funding up to 10 scholarships for New London residents.

Registration is limited and the program fills up quickly. Contact Catherine M. Foley, Executive Director for more information at v(860) 443-3352.

Three Rivers Hiring Mental Health and Wellness Counselor
Three Rivers is among seven community colleges that will hire a mental health and wellness counselor as part of CT State’s plans to provide greater access to on-site counseling and wellness services for all students of CT’s 12 community colleges. Read more 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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