Newsletter 7/2/21

July 1, 2021

I hope you and your family had a happy week and stayed safe in heat!

Below you will find information on the following:

  • Free CT Museum Admission 
  • PTSD Awareness Day 
  • Understanding Gender Pronouns
  • Plastic-free Connecticut
  • Newington Community Champion Award 
  • Veterans Advisory Committee 
FREE CT MUSEUM ADMISSION
The past year was very difficult for families across Connecticut as children and parents both navigated remote learning, new childcare demands, and social distancing measures. As our communities re-open, Connecticut has launched several summer enrichment initiatives to provide children with fun and educational opportunities that capitalize on the outstanding resources throughout our state.  
Starting yesterday, July 1st, all children—plus one accompanying adult--will receive free admission to over 90 museums across Connecticut. This program will be offered through September 6th to all Connecticut children, ages 18 and under.
 
This initiative will be available at museums, science centers, aquariums, and historical landmarks across the state. Participating centers include the Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Mystic Aquarium, and Mystic Seaport Museum. Click below to view the full list of participants. 
CT Summer at the Museum
I hope you and your kids take time to explore all our state has to offer this summer- especially throughout hot weeks like this one!
PTSD AWARENESS DAY
This past Saturday was PTSD Awareness Day. Although PTSD Awareness Day is only one day of the year, the battle against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is ongoing for approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults every year, with women being twice as likely as men to have the disorder. 

For PTSD resources, please visit: https://bit.ly/3gQgB8e

UNDERSTANDING GENDER PRONOUNS
Respecting pronouns isn't just polite - it is suicide prevention. As of 2020, around 28% of U.S. transgender and nonbinary youth who reported that no one respected their pronouns attempted suicide in the past year, compared to 12% of youth who reported that all or most people around them respected their pronouns.

Learn more about this study here: https://bit.ly/3qwOJZU

If you’d like to learn more about the importance of pronouns and gender identity, please click here: https://bit.ly/2ThpwXe

PLASTIC-FREE CONNECTICUT

Starting yesterday, Connecticut stores will no longer provide single-use plastic bags. Bring your own bag and join the fight against plastic pollution.

NEWINGTON COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD

Every year, and particularly this year, our community witnesses countless advocates fighting for positive change. These advocates come in all shapes and sizes from leaders of non-profit organizations, to students creating initiatives within our community. I think it is important for us to take the time to thank and honor these everyday champions for all that they do. Please continue to send in your nominations for the Monthly Newington Community Champion Award.

This monthly award aims to acknowledge Newington residents who are advocating and contributing towards positive change in the community.

In order to nominate a Newington friend or neighbor, please email gary.turco@cga.ct.gov with the following information: 

-Newington Resident's Name 
-Reason for Nomination 
-Nominee Contact Information

VETERANS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
If you are a Newington veteran, the family member of a Newington veteran, or anyone interested in helping veterans in Newington, and across CT, then please join the Newington Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. This is an opportunity to ensure the voices of veterans and active service members are heard throughout the legislative process. Members of this committee will help inform decisions made at the state capitol and will also learn about the legislative process, bill tracking and more.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please sign-up through the link below, or email me at Gary.Turco@cga.ct.gov

Click Here to Sign up