Weekly Update and Local Happenings

July 21, 2023

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Hey Neighbor,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well. I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for the overwhelming support and concern I have received in the aftermath of the recent attack on me. Your messages, emails, and calls have been a source of great strength and comfort during this challenging time.

First, I want to assure you that I am on the mend and recovering. I am surrounded by a strong support network of family and friends. 

My dedication to serving you, our community, remains unwavering. This incident has only strengthened my resolve to work tirelessly on your behalf, addressing the issues that matter most to our constituents. I will continue to advocate for safer neighborhoods, better access to care, and improved education opportunities so that we can build towards a future that works for all of us.

As promised, I will be hosting '5th District Khanversations' on topics in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye out for the first Khanversation that will be on Public Safety and complete this form so I know which topics to host in the future.

I am also proud to announce that Speaker Ritter has chosen me to lead an Education commission that focuses on accountability measures on Education on Public, Magnet, and Charter schools. Once the commission starts to meet, I will send updates out here on our progress. Please see the press release here.

This email has updates on events in the district and other important information. Below are some helpful links to click on to jump between sections.

The Community Calendar

Come enjoy the many Caribbean Flavors & Festivities in the Heart of Connecticut!

West Indian Heritage Day at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford is Sunday, August 6. Read the flyer above for more details!
Saturday, August 12 is the 61st West Indian Independence Celebration at Bushnell Park. The parade begins at noon, and the Carnival Village is from 1-6 pm. I hope to see you there!
The 56th Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series in Bushnell Park (the “Series”) will be held on six consecutive Monday evenings beginning on Monday, July 10 and concluding on Monday, August 14, 2022.
The Series has been recognized as a New England Legacy and is referenced in the Library of Congress as the oldest free continuously run jazz festival in the United States. Each year the Hartford Jazz Society seeks to present a diverse program featuring musicians exhibiting the highest artistic excellence, many of which are often new to the Greater Hartford audience

The Riverfront Food Truck Festival brings three days of delicious outdoor dining, vendors, and live music to the river, along with celebrity chef demonstrations by Rasheed Philips and Erica Roby in partnership with Mohegan Digital.

Get your veg on at Connecticut’s Old State House Farmers Market. Nestled on the East brick plaza near the lawn you can peruse some delicious treats from a variety of vendors, listen to some tunes from local musicians, and then you can explore the oddities inside at the Museum of Curiosities
Summer Concerts on the Windsor Town Green on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM from July 6 through August 24, 2023. Rain dates are always the following Tuesday. 
The Windsor Farmers Market takes place each Thursday through October 19, 2023 from 3:00 – 6:30 PM at 240 Broad Street in Windsor Center.

This well-attended local marketplace in Windsor Center includes locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods, herbs, eggs, cheese, skincare products, candles and more.

Mark your calendars for the Northwest Park Country Fair on September 30, 2023 and get ready to experience a day filled with fun, food, and festivities. This annual event, held in the beautiful Northwest Park in Windsor, CT and hosted by The Friends of Northwest Park, is one of the largest community celebrations of the year, with all proceeds going supporting the Park and its programs.

The Northwest Park Country Fair is an event that brings together the community and provides a fun-filled day for attendees of all ages. Whether you are a local resident, tourist or just looking to enjoy a great day out with family friends, the fair has something for everyone.

The Fair website and details can be found here, and will serve as the central resource for all things Fair related, providing regular updates and events information as they are added, right up until the day of the Fair itself. 

South Windsor
Every Saturday, 9 am - noon visit the South Windsor Farmers' Market!

South Windsor Parks & Recreation Department presents the 2023 Summer Concert Series at The Shops at Evergreen Walk. Join for live music in The Park every Thursday from 7pm-9pm through August 17. 

9 WEEKS until Delicious Fun for Everyone at South Windsor's Apple Festival!
Enjoy the signature apple pie, 100+ vendors & food trucks, hot air balloon & pony rides, dunk tank, live music/dancers & much more! FREE parking & admission!

John J. Mitchell Fairgrounds
75 Brookfield St.
South Windsor, CT
The fairgrounds and parking area are flat, and accessible for all.

Bonus Bytes
This week, Governor Ned Lamont signed some critical bills on reproductive rights into law, including:
  • Public Act 23-128 - Protecting medical providers from adverse actions taken by another state
  • Public Act 23-52 - Allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control
  • Public Act 23-41 - Increasing access to reproductive care by college students at public institutions of higher education
  • Public Act 23-56 - Protecting the privacy of patient health data online

When faced with the Supreme Court's terrible decision to turn over Roe v. Wade, Connecticut emerged as a national leader on reproductive rights. I'm so proud of everything our state has accomplished, and I look forward to passing even more bills protecting this fundamental right.

Important info to know! 

Simply bring your EBT card to the table with the sign that says "SNAP/EBT accepted here" at participating Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands. The Market Master will swipe your card for the amount that you want and give you Market Tokens that can be used at all the stands at that market.

Learn more here: portal.ct.gov/dss/SNAP/Farmers-Markets

List of Farmers' Markets: portal.ct.gov/-/media/DOAG/ADaRC/Farmers-Markets/2023/2023-CT-Farmers-Markets.pdf
Why do we have #MinorityMentalHealthMonth? Because mental health doesn't discriminate by your race or background...but access to care might.

I will always fight for health equity in Connecticut and work to ensure that anyone in need, no matter their race, gets affordable access to mental health care.

Learn more about the impact of health inequity and disparities in Connecticut here: rb.gy/okmcv
If you have any issues, concerns, or feedback, I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me at 860-240-8585 if you ever need anything or by email at maryam.khan@cga.ct.gov.


Maryam Khan


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