New London Students Testify, Session Update, and more

March 22, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,
New London Students Testify
I was so happy to hear and see City of New London, Connecticut Youth come to the Legislative Office Building and testify in the Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on SB 50 Legislation in regards to An act concerning exclusion of aid to distressed municipalities from the spending cap. They did an amazing job advocating for themselves, peers and staff in the Schools. Big thank you to CJ Parker and Nicole Broadus from Hearing Youth Voices I appreciate you all.

Click the links below to see each students video:
Destiny Underwood:
Serenity Lancaster:
Da'Shaun Phillips:
CJ Parker (Education Justice Youth Organizer):
Rollin' with Rep. Nolan - OIC
On this week's Rollin' with Rep. Nolan, I was joined by Nekeisha Grant, executive director, Phyllis Russell, healthcare training director, and students from the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of New London.
OIC is a national organization with five locations in Connecticut that provides vocational training services and job placement assistance to adults from low-income communities to help place them back into the workforce.
I loved hearing directly from the students of this program about the value they find in the work they do, and I can't wait to see what their bright futures have in store for them. Thanks again to Nekeisha, Phyllis, and the OIC students for chatting with me!
Watch our full conversation here!
A Whole Life Forum
This week I was able to attend "A Whole Life Forum" held by State Representative Treneé McGee along with State Representative Robyn Porter, State Representative Minnie Gonzalez and State Representative Anabel Figueroa: Our Voice. Our Narrative. Whole Life Forum
Wrong Way Detection Installations
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a wrong way detection installation will be performed at the I-95 northbound exit ramp to Route 1 South (Colman Street) in New London starting Thursday, March 28, 2024.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is announcing that a wrong way detection installation will be performed at the I-95 northbound exit ramp to Route 1 South (Colman Street) in New London. The nighttime project work is scheduled for Wednesday evening, March 27 to Thursday morning, March 28, 2024. The rain date will be Thursday evening, March 28 to Friday morning, March 29, 2024.
Motorists can expect a temporary exit ramp closure to occur at the I-95 northbound exit ramp to Route 1 South (Colman Street) in New London. Traffic will be detoured to the Briggs Street exit ramp, take a left onto Briggs Street, and go over I-95, take a left onto the Frontage Road on ramp and follow Frontage Road back to Colman Street. Variable message boards will be set approximately one (1) week prior to the start of this project. Crash attenuator vehicles and signing patterns will guide motorists through the work zone. The nighttime work schedule for this project is from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this area.
Recognizing Women's History Month
Recognizing Colonel Ruth A. Lucas, Helena Hill, and the Connecticut Women's Suffrage Association. Thank you to all women for holding down our families, communities, and country. Wishing you all a great day, great month, great year.
United Way of Southeastern CT Financial Wellness and Empowerment Grant
A very special congratulations for the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut for receiving a $50,000 grant for their Path to Financial Wellness program. The organization was one of three programs chosen by Governor Lamont to receive a state grant supporting financial wellness and empowerment programs.

The program's mission is to provide an opportunity for BIPOC and female-led households to engage in financial literacy education and to provide an opportunity for those individuals to make empowered financial decisions. The grant funding allows the organization to provide their program to the Greater New London area.

Congratulations again!

New London St. Patrick's Day Parade
City of New London, Connecticut had a great day to have a well attended parade. Was great to see so many residents, friends, families and neighbors come out and have such a great day. Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers who made this such a terrific event.
CT Native is a National Champ!
Congratulations to Connecticut College junior Justin Finkel (Cheshire, Conn.) was crowned national champion in the 500 freestyle on Wednesday night at the 2024 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
After turning in the fastest time in the morning preliminaries, Finkel outdid himself in the championship finals. He swam a controlled race that saw him power to the finish in 4:21.32, breaking his own school and NESCAC records in the process.
Fiddleheads Food Co-Op
Great news....City of New London, Connecticut. Fiddleheads Food Co-op introduced a new SNAP doubling loyalty program to FIddleheads customers!
You will now be able to match SNAP purchases of produce daily, allowing #SNAP users to get twice as many fresh, healthy,
CT-Grown goodies. 
Thank you to CT End Hunger Connecticut! for the generous partnership in making local produce more accessible for #NewLondon and beyond!
Lyman Allyn Art Museum's 2024 Student Exhibitions
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum will be hosting the 2024 Student Exhibitions, including the works of New London Public Schools students! Check the flyer for more information on our students' amazing artwork!
UConn Spring Pow Wow
Coming March 24th UCONN SPRING POW WOW 12-5PM
Union Students Ballroom Drug & Alcohol Free Event. Open to Public
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony
Thursday March 28th at 11:00am Connecticut Veterans Affairs will be having the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony. This event will be at the Gold Star Families Auditorium 287 West Street Rocky Hill, CT.
TVCCA Family Fun Night!
For families enrolled in the Thames Valley Council for Community Action Little Learners Early Education, Early Head Start, and Head Start Programs, I hope you'll attend the family fun night! The event is Thursday, April 4 from 5-6:30pm at Tyl Middle School (166 Chesterfield Road).

Registration closes Thursday, March 28. If you're interested in attending, please see your child's teacher for more information and to register!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 860-240-8512 or email me at 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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