Remembering 9/11 & Opportunities To Apply For Energy Assistance

September 11, 2023

Today, here in Connecticut and all over the world, we are remembering those who died on 9/11 in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. On this difficult day, and forever, the victims are in our hearts. Please join me in taking a moment to pay tribute to their lives.
Right now, you have several opportunities to save on your energy bill. Two different programs are taking applications. Please read more below to find out how you can register.

And the Ferguson Library has some amazing events planned in the coming weeks. You will find more information on all that below.

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Remembering 9/11

One of the worst days in America's history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans' history. We forever honor the heroes and lives lost on 9/11/01 including 161 victims who had ties to Connecticut. Their loved ones are in our hearts on this difficult day. May their memories be a blessing.

Opportunities To Apply For Energy Assistance

The application period for the 2023-2024 winter season of the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is open. CEAP provides vulnerable state homeowners and renters with crucial support for the associated costs with heating their homes.

Applications for the 2023-2024 winter season must be received by May 31, 2024.
If you are interested, there are several ways to apply:

Additional information on the application process can be obtained by visiting or calling 2-1-1. 

Basic benefits toward heating bills range from $180 to $530 depending on income, size of household, and need. Benefits are available for households with incomes up to 60% of the state median income, which equates to roughly $79,910 for a family of four. These benefits are usually paid directly to the utility company or fuel supplier. Households that heat with deliverable fuels like oil or propane may be eligible for multiple free tank refills.
Operation Fuel is also accepting applications for utility bill assistance through November 10 . The organization provides emergency energy and utility assistance, such as water, electricity, gas, and deliverable fuel, to households in Connecticut that are facing financial crisis. 

To ensure that your application is complete, gather proof of the following:

  • The last 4 weeks of income for all members in the household over 18
  • The name of your fuel vendor (if you are a deliverable fuel customer)
  • The most recent utility bill and payment history (if you are an electric, gas, and water customer)
Apply To Operation Fuel's Energy Assistance Program
Operation Fuel is collaborating with longtime partners at Connecticut Power & Energy Society to bring Connecticut's first annual energy expo to showcase renewable energy and efficiency strategies for residents and businesses!
If you're looking for ways to save, this free three-day event will give residents the opportunity to explore and learn more about energy-efficient solutions that will help change the future of energy.
The event will be held at the CT Convention Center Ballroom in Hartford on:
  • Thursday, October 19 from 2:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • Friday, October 20 from 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, October 21 from 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Click Here To Register!

Support For Women-Owned Businesses

Time is running out to apply for the next round of the Women's Business Development Council’s (WBDC) Equity Match Grant Program. The deadline is September 27. 

The program offers grants of up to $10,000 to women-owned businesses in Connecticut that have been in business for two or more years and have revenues between $25K and $2 million.

Since the start of the program, WBDC has distributed 216 grants of over $2 million to women-owned businesses in Connecticut.
Click Here To Apply!

Ferguson Library News

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Your library card is not only your ticket to check out books and movies, but also offers access to our many databases. Ferguson Library circulate museum passes, rolling pins, telescopes, and even sewing machines. Below you will find a list of upcoming events:
Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. He will discuss his book The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human, the story of how scientists discovered cells, began to understand them, and are now using that knowledge to create new humans.

A reception will be held at 6 P.M. ON Tuesday, September 12, followed by the program from 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. in the third floor auditorium in the main library. Please note that this is not a free event, and you must purchase a ticket to attend.

Buy Your Ticket Here
Richard A. Robinson, Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, will discuss the elements of leadership and what it takes to be a respected and productive leader at the inaugural Dudley N. Williams, Jr. Memorial Lecture.
This event will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 at the Main Library. REGISTER HERE!
The Stamford Art Association is curating the Ferguson Library's fall art exhibition "Connecting Nature and People." It launches October 3 at 6 P.M. and will remain open through January 18. The multimedia juried show, which features works by local and regional artists, will have cash prizes.