Local Updates and Weekly Happenings

April 21, 2023

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Dear Neighbor,
Passing of New London Public School Student
It is with a sad heart in the passing of a beautiful young queen in our community that I have been in contact with many youth grieving and looking for peace. If you know of any youth needing someone to talk or wanting to meet, please share - we are here. Going through grief and pain of the loss of a loved one and friend is not easy. I am here even if it is just for prayer. Peace & Blessings.
Fyi: City of New London, Connecticut New London Public Schools also have staff available for students also.
Message also from the Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie
Dear New London Public Schools Community,
It is with the deepest regret and sadness that I inform you about the tragic and sudden loss of one of our high school students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and to the entire school community of which this student was a beloved part. This news is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions, especially for our staff and students.
New London Public Schools has both district-level and school-level crisis intervention teams made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, families, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. Counselors are available at all schools for any students or staff members who may need support surrounding this loss. If students, staff, parents or guardians are in need of immediate supports, please contact one of the following staff members below:
Ms. Erin McGuire, Assistant Director of Mental Health: 860-514-7511
Mr. Bryan Mahon, Principal – New London High School Multi-Magnet Campus: 860-625-4719
Mr. Chris Vamvakides, Principal – Bennie Dover Jackson Multi-Magnet School Campus: 860-912-8149
Dr. Jennifer Hills – Papetti, Assistant Superintendent of Schools: 860-834-7680
Dr. Cynthia Ritchie, Superintendent of Schools: 860-389-7301
Thank you for your support of each other as we work together to cope with this incredibly sad loss.
Honoring D'Nazia Uzzle
I visited the City of New London, Connecticut Multi - Magnet High School several days this week. I was able to meet and chat with several youth as they honored one of their amazing peers, D'Nazia Uzzle with a pink out day. It was very heart warming to hear and understand the great impact D'Nazia carried with many friends. I will always have great memories knowing D'Nazia since her elementary school days. I pray God provides family and friends the needed comfort, peace, and strength to deal with this tragic loss.
HUSKY For All Press Conference
Next Tuesday, April 25, I will be joined by Husky 4 Immigrants, CT Students for a Dream, and fellow legislators to host a press conference advocating for HB 6616, which expands HUSKY health benefits to those ineligible due to immigration status.
The event will be held at Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building, and I hope you'll join me to discuss this important piece of legislation.

Women-Owned Business Day
I hope you'll join me next Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30 am for the 2023 Women-Owned Business Day to celebrate women-owned and led small businesses in Connecticut.

Over $120,000 has been given to 13 women-owned businesses in my district since 2020, and I'm excited to see what comes next.

HUSKY Expansion
Lets make so much difference that no one is treated different. This week I met with advocates in regards to fighting for change for HUSKY expansion. Lets fight to make that change.
Funding for School Lunches
Unfortunately at this time, funding for universal school meals was not in the recently released budget. Today I was proud to stand with legislative colleagues State Representative Gary Turco, State Representative Anne Hughes "End Hunger Connecticut" and the United Way of Southeastern, CT at a press conference to further advocate for the addition of funding to keep feeding our youth free meals in schools.
I, along with many other advocates, believe we have a responsibility to ensure our kids do not worry about being hungry while in school. No child should worry about a stigma of not being able to afford lunch; not only the affordability but also being able to eat a healthy lunch. Funding universal school meals in every community across the state ensures that we can reduce a barrier for students' ability to learn, or worry about criticism in regards to eating.
We plan to keep working hard toward making universal school meals a reality to ensure no child in the classroom goes hungry in Connecticut again.
I personally want to thank the Brigade Chefs and staff in the New London Public Schools for the amazing meals they create for our children along with the Wednesday meals they provide for the City of New London, Connecticut community. https://www.facebook.com/chefsbrigaid?mibextid=ZbWKwL
Theater Tax Credit
So glad to co sponsor HB 6919: An Act Establishing a Tax Credit for Certain Pre-Broadway and Post-Broadway Theater Productions. This is a committee bill that was initially introduced by State Representative Treneé McGee to establish a credit for certain expenditures of accredited theater productions at qualifying production facilities in the state.
Legislative Interns Mock Session
Legislative interns did an amazing job with their mock session. It was so great to see them stand up and use their voice in regards to concerns and issues in the Legislative Office Building. Great job y'all.
Culinary Class Visit
As I visited the school this week, I had the great opportunity to visit Chef Tom, Chef Ben & the culinary class in the City of New London, Connecticut Multi-Magnet High School to see the students take pride in learning and cutting up a whole pig. Professional butchers from Salem Prime Cuts guided the students in how the class will use meat from the whole animal to make various preparations, including head cheese, sausage, bacon, and braised pork shoulder.
Having these culinary training opportunities builds their skills, and offers the food-related experiences students have in school to set them up for success, both personally and professionally, in the future!
Fair Housing Month
Let #FairHousingMonth be a reminder - you have the right to choose where to live, to raise a family, to own a home. It is your right to do so in dignity and without fear of discrimination because of your race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, or because you are disabled or have children in your family or are pregnant.
Fair housing in Connecticut also means you may freely choose a place to live without regard to your age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation or lawful source of income (which means that income from social security, SSI, housing assistance, child support, alimony, public or general assistance should not restrict your housing rights).
Find more information and resources on fair housing here: bit.ly/411Xsot
Groton Manufacturing Hiring Day
Please share - tell a friend who may be looking for a career change. General Dynamics Electric Boat is having a Groton Manufacturing Day. On the spot interviews and potential offers.
Date: 4/22/23
Time: 8 am - 12 pm
Location: EB Groton Employment Office - 75 Eastern Point Rd Groton, CT
Meals on Wheels
FYI: Info on TVCCA - Meals On Wheels - PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AGE 60 OR OLDER and homebound or the spouse or dependent of a senior that is 60 and homebound to learn more or apply for Meals on Wheels call at 860-934-1010 -visit tvcca.org -or check with your town.
New London Recreation Center
City of New London, Connecticut Recreation is calling all students in grades K-5! Learn about fitness and nutrition through fun activities like soccer, hula hooping, basketball, and more! Register at newlondonrec.com
Steak Night
FYI: Join New London Elks for a Steak Night on Monday, May 8th. Enjoy a 12 ounce steak served with a hot baked potato and vegetable together with salad and fresh Italian bread.
Register HERE.
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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