Back-To-School Sleep Schedule and Improving Water Safety

August 25, 2023


Summer is coming to an end, and the first day of the new school year is just around the corner. Please read below to learn how to help your kids get in the back-to-school routine.

There is a big update below on the Town of Stonington's push to build a Water Loop project, and you don't want to miss the new Groton transfer station prices

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What's Our Rep Been Up To?
I was privileged to join Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Senator Heather Somers, and Groton Town Mayor Juan Melendez in visiting the Mystic Seaport Museum to highlight the 2023 CT Summer at the Museum program. CLICK HERE to learn more about this amazing campaign!
Alexis Rockman's stunning Oceanus exhibition uses saturated colors and dreamlike imagery to create a powerful vision of a polluted and overexploited ocean.
This program provides a great opportunity for local families to take in our great history and enjoy art in our district. Institutions like Mystic Seaport, as well as summer camps/programs, sports, and the arts, can help ensure that all children have equitable access to learning opportunities.
We celebrated as officials from the ISAAC - Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication cut the ribbon and unveiled its $2.5 million expansion that added new science, music, and computer spaces. As an ISAAC alumnus, it was so special to see how the school has grown and evolved over the years.
I'm thrilled that ISAAC was able to utilize federal funding for this project, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for this school!
I had the pleasure of checking out some planes at Aviation Day at Groton-New London Airport! It was fascinating to hear from the Civil Air Patrol and to participate in an FAA Drone Safety Seminar! So many families were enjoying the aircraft and displays!
Sales Tax Free Week
I hope you saved some money on back-to-school supplies for Sales Tax Free Week, which wraps up tomorrow. If you plan to go shopping on Saturday, keep in mind that most clothes and footwear under $100 are exempt from the Connecticut sales and use tax. You can find a full list of individual items by CLICKING HERE!
Back-To-School Sleep Schedule
We're approaching the end of the summer, and some children need to get into a routine before heading back in the classroom. Some adjustments require getting more sleep at night.
According to doctors, children aged 5-12 should be getting 9-10 hours of sleep per night, and teens should bet getting 8-9 hours.
Helpful Techniques For Your Child's Back-To-School Sleep Schedule
Improving Water Safety in Stonington
The Town of Stonington is inching closer to building the Water Loop project. The town posted a request for qualifications for design and engineering work at the beginning of August. This significant infrastructure project will eliminate a safety concern by creating a continuous loop of pressurized water within a critical section of Westerly Water’s piping.
An engineering firm may get involved as early as October, and that work is estimated to take about nine months. Construction on the loop may start in the fall of 2024.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the project’s funding and timeline.
New Groton Transfer Station Prices
Each year, the town of Groton rolls out a new price structure for using the transfer station. New permits will be effective from September 1, 2023, through August 31, 2024, for Groton residents.
Annual Permit:
Annual Permit (65+ at time of purchase):


Annual Permit (Active & Retired Military & Dependents):
Purchased after March 1, 2024:


50% off

Permits are issued through the Public Works Office at the Annex, 134 Groton Long Point Road. Sales are from 8:30 A.M. - 4 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Click Here For More Information
Groton Signal Project In the Works

The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Office of Engineering is developing plans to signalize the I-95 interchange at Route 614 in the town of Groton.

Crews would install signals on the I-95 northbound and southbound on-ramps and off-ramps on Route 614, along with signalizing the intersection of Route 614 and Sandy Hollow Road.

The proposal includes building sidewalks that would connect with the existing one north and south of the project area. Maintenance work will take place on the Route 614 overpass bridge.

The design should be done by August 2025 with construction expected to start in spring 2026 as long as the project is accepted, funded, and respects environmental permits.

The DOT wants to hear from you and plans to hold a public information meeting once the preliminary design is completed.

If you have any questions, contact Scot Bushee, who is the principal engineer at (860) 594-2079 or Please reference State Project No. 0058-0341.

Support For Women-Owned Businesses

Time is running out to apply for the next round of the Women's Business Development Council’s (WBDC) Equity Match Grant Program. The deadline is September 27.

The program offers grants up to $10,000 to women-owned businesses in Connecticut who have been in business for two or more years and have revenues between $25K and $2 million.

Since the start of the program, WBDC has distributed 216 grants of over $2 million to women-owned businesses in Connecticut.

Click Here To Learn More About the Program
Community Events
Take part in the Dog Day Pawttery Print Workshop at COMO Pottery Studio on 28 Cutler Street in Stonington. Celebrate your pups by getting their unique paw print pressed into clay to preserve on a tile keepsake! All the fun is happening on National Dog Day, which is Saturday, August 26 from 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.
Click Here To Learn More
Enjoy an evening out while your children, ages 6 to 12, spend the evening of Saturday, August 26 from 5 P.M. – 8 P.M. at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic. Kids will play games, do nature activities, meet live animals, take a summer evening hike, followed by fireside pizza and s'mores!