CT Green Bank ‘s Green Liberty Bonds
The Connecticut Green Bank was the nation’s first green bank. What is a green bank? It’s an entity that accelerates the deployment of clean energy using limited public dollars to attract private capital investment in clean energy projects. In doing so, it makes clean energy more affordable and accessible to consumers.
Established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011, Connecticut Green Bank supports the Governor’s and Legislature’s energy strategy to achieve cleaner, less expensive, and more reliable sources of energy while creating jobs and supporting local economic development.
As part of the continued celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Connecticut Green Bank is launching a new program to increase and accelerate the flow of capital into markets that energize the green economy and extend the reach of its benefits to all of society - the Green Liberty Bond, a retail climate bond that will allow residents to invest in the deployment of more rooftop solar power in Connecticut. For information on these bonds, visit https://www.ctgreenbankbonds.com/. You can also read more about these bonds here.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors film presented at Sharon Playhouse
Sharon Playhouse has been working tirelessly to find new and creative ways to provide community events while also protecting public health. One of their first efforts at doing a drive-in event took place this past weekend, when they showed the film Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a documentary short by award winning writer and producer Anne Makepeace, that offers a unique look into the extraordinary skills and services our local first responders provide. The film highlights the hard work, training and dedication of these courageous local men and women. Watch it here.
The volunteer spirit in our community was on display on screen, on stage with a Q&A with local first responders Jackie Rice from Salisbury and the Downs family from Falls Village, and through the work of work of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, which made the film possible. You could also see that spirit in all of the volunteers who figured out the parking situation, working skillfully and cheerfully to get it done safely, including rearranging big cars and small ones so that everyone got a view of the screen. Thanks to all involved!
UConn performed 150 tests on student athletes and all results came back negative
UConn announced that it has performed 150 COVID-19 tests on student athletes since June 19 and all of the results came back negative for the virus.
“While this is good news, it is certainly no time to relax the standards and protocols we have in place to ensure the safety of our student-athletes and staff,” David Benedict, UConn director of athletics, said. “We will remain vigilant throughout this process. I’d like to commend our public health officials and medical staff for planning and implementing these protocols while also passing along my gratitude to our student-athletes and staff for adhering to the guidelines. It is my expectation that a future positive test is inevitable but I am confident that the procedures we have in place will mitigate any community spread.”
Facebook Live Town Hall on voting by absentee: July 15 at 6:00 pm
COVID-19 has changed the way we go about our daily lives in profound ways, including how we vote. There are only two ways to vote: in person, or by mail. In Connecticut, as we do not have early voting, in person voting happens on on a single day, which creates significant public health risk in a time of pandemic, for both voters and poll workers. This has led to efforts to expand voters’ ability to vote by absentee ballot this year, including an executive order that paved the way for the Secretary of State to send out absentee ballot applications to every eligible voter for the upcoming primary election on August 11. In special session next week, we expect to vote on legislation that could allow all voters to vote by absentee in the general election on November.
That’s a lot of change, and I wanted to help shed some light on how it will work. Join me for a conversation with Town Clerks Linda Amerighi of Sharon and Carol Anderson of Torrington, and Salisbury Registrar of Voters Karin Gerstel on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00 pm to clarify the process and help voters ensure their absentee ballot gets counted in the upcoming elections.
Conversation with DECD Commissioner David Lehman: July 15, 8:00 am-9:00 am
The Northwest Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Hills Council of Governments are hosting a conversation with David Lehman, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). David will be talking about what is going on in Connecticut and what is in the works for the future of our state.
Click here to register for the event on Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 am. You will be sent a link to the Zoom conversation once you register.
Fair food drive-thru event on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday August 2
Brooker Memorial and St. Maron Church are organizing a Fair Food Drive Thru event on the weekend of August 1 and 2, from 12:00 – 6:00 pm each day at the Goshen Fairgrounds. For more information, or to become a sponsor of the event, call (860) 489-1328, ext. 113.
Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system
Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
Providing information to Connecticut residents
For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.
Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Relay services can be accessed by calling 7-1-1. Anyone who is out-of-state or using Relay can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 toll free by dialing 1-800-203-1234. The hotline is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.