Weekly Update & Local Happenings: August 26

August 26, 2022


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Dear Neighbor,


Here's a breakdown of President Biden's recently announced student loan debt plan, which will help thousands in Connecticut! More info to come soon and I'll be sure to keep you updated.


And millions of government and private, non-profit employees have federal student loans and may now be eligible for loan forgiveness or additional credit toward forgiveness under these time-limited PSLF changes.


Click here to see if you qualify!

New London Senior Center Visit to the Capitol

Some special guests stopped by the Capitol this week! It was an honor to visit with and provide a tour to the New London Senior Center. We had some great conversation, lots of walking and a delicious lunch. We talked about the upcoming legislative session, how the City of New London is is growing and what we can do to make our community better.

Event at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum

I had the great opportunity to attend an event and present citations to grant recipients at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. It was a pleasure to celebrate the recipients for their thoughts, dreams and pushing hard to help improve our community through arts, music, and theater. Thank you to the City of New London, New London Cultural District, Cultural Coalition, and New London Arts Council – I greatly appreciate how they are investing in the city.

Keel Laying Ceremony for the National Coast Guard Museum

It was a great day in New London on Saturday as I joined the United States Coast Guard for a keel laying ceremony for the National Coast Guard Museum. The museum will serve to share the history of the coast guard with the world and continuously support our renewed vibrancy in New London.

New London Police Department Backpack Giveaway

I had such a great time at the Elks Club on Washington Street in New London with the Connecticut Salvation Army and Whalers Helping Whalers for the New London Police Department Backpack Giveaway. And, a special thanks to "I Got You Next" for doing free haircuts! The kids are ready to head back to school! 

Pride at the Beach

Pride at the Beach, the New London Pride Festival, is back on Saturday, August 27 from 12PM-6PM with an array of events, including free LGBTQ+ artist, musical entertainment, vendors, resource booths, a dance party for our LGBTQ+ youth, HIV testing, and more! The OutCT Pride Festival offers a space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning individuals and allies to find social and peer support; plus enjoy entertainment, drag performances, local vendors, and more!

Resources for Connecticut Minority-Owned Businesses

It's Black Business Month! Did you know about all of these resources Connecticut offers minority-owned businesses?

  • Minority Business Initiative: bit.ly/3cfmTP6
  • Minority Business Revolving Loan Fund: bit.ly/3dWq9zD
  • State Contracting Opportunities: bit.ly/3dSy3db
  • Department of Economic and Community Development: portal.ct.gov/DECD

Don't Miss These Shows at Hygienic Arts 

Reminder of two great shows at the Hygienic Arts downtown New London: 

Emerson's Monsters, An Exhibition by Nicole Miner: On display until Friday, September 23

Connecting Cultures, with Featured Artists Fernando Zumba and Samson Tonton: On display until Friday, September 23

Hot Rods Cafe Awarded "Best Wings"

I want to extend a great big shoutout to Rod Cornish, owner of Hot Rods Cafe, for continuing to hold the title of "Best Wings" and earning two first place awards this week at The Reader's Choice Awards. Congratulations to Chef Carlos representing Hot Rods in the above photo. Be sure to check them out -Hot Rods Cafe, Wings, Beer & Good Atmosphere is at 114 Bank Street in New London.

Garde Arts Center Wins the League of Historic National Theatres’ 2022 Outstanding Historic Theatre Award 

A huge congratulations to the Garde Arts Center for winning the League of Historic National Theatres’ 2022 Outstanding Historic Theatre Award. 

L+M Hospital Celebrates Completion of Emergency Department Waiting Room

Lawrence + Memorial (L+M) Hospital celebrated the completion of the Emergency Department patient waiting room and triage areas this week with a ribbon cutting. The new waiting room is just a small portion of the overall plan to add more than 11,000-square-feet to the ED. When the project is complete in 2025, the Emergency Department will have 57 private treatment rooms, with dedicated pediatric and behavioral health treatment rooms.

"Food to the People" Seeking Volunteers

A great group, Food to the People, was established to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. They are currently seeking help to pack and distribute boxes on Wednesday Mornings from 9AM-12PM at the New London Community Center.

Advancing Racial Equity Symposium

Join myself, The Hartford Times, the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors Equity and Opportunity, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and members of the Connecticut Black and Puerto Rican Caucus for the Advancing Racial Equity Symposium on Thursday, September 8 from 9:30AM-3:30PM. Through discussion, we'll learn more about racial and ethnic impact statements (REIS) in Connecticut and across the country.

We Are New London Parade

Put it on the calendar! Our official parade, "We Are New London" is back on Sunday, September 25 at 12PM. The parade will begin on state street and end with a ceremony at the whale tail.

"SPARK" Offers Homeschooling

Homeschooling at SPARK is a 6-week course running Thursdays, September 29 to November 3 from 10AM-1PM for ages 14-18. Students will learn to draw, design, and screenprint. At the end of the class, participants will take home new drawing skills, the screen of their own work, all the prints and drawings they have created, plus a screen-printed zine with the work of each classmate. Students need to provide their own T-shirts for printing (optional).

There will be a short break for each session. Bring a snack or beverage if desired. All materials are included in the cost of the class (sketchbook, screen, printing materials provided).

Register Now by Clicking Here

Visiting the Drop-In Learning Center Program

I stopped by the Drop-In Learning Center Program to visit and grab some pizza while they were at the Hygienic Arts downtown New London, CT. The Drop-In ran a great childcare program for up to 8 weeks with 60+ youth in our community. And it was great to see our recently graduated High School students helping. I want to extend a big thanks to for their continued service in New London!


Learn more about the Drop-In Learning center by clicking here.

Back-to-School COVID Relief Special Benefit

The Connecticut Department of Social Services delivered a one-time, back-to-school, COVID-19 relief special benefit this past weekend. Known as the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF), this special benefit comes from a $7 million federal grant the Connecticut Department of Social Services received from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the American Rescue Plan Act.

6th Annual Naked Canvas Body Painting Competition

In case you missed it…I had the great opportunity to attend "The Show," Hygienic's 6th Annual Naked Canvas body painting competition. Naked Canvas is a live body painting competition held inside the Frank Loomis Palmer Amphitheater at the Art Park. A big shout out to the organizer and host, Roe Roe Rosado, for the amazing work put into making this great event happen!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 860-240-8512 or email me at Anthony.Nolan@cga.ct.gov. 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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