Weekly Update - April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024


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Dear Neighbor,

We are on the home stretch of our legislative session and I wanted to share this update on what we have been working on.

As always, please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.

The topics covered are as follows:

  • Legislative Updates
  • Today in CT History
  • Community Resources
  • CT Foodshare
  • Manchester Community Events 
  • East Hartford Community Events
Legislative Updates

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, street takeovers have become a national issue, including here in Connecticut. This cannot become the new normal. These takeovers pose a significant threat to public safety, endangering participants, innocent bystanders, and law enforcement officials.


On Wednesday, the House of Representatives took bipartisan and unanimous action to help cities and towns regain control of their streets as we voted 148-0 to pass
 HB 5413 to control takeovers, which have proven to be a concern for many of our residents.

HB 5413 seeks to provide more tools to municipalities in order to combat street takeovers, including:

  • Allowing cities and towns to destroy ATVs, dirt bikes, and motorcycles seized and forfeited for violating a municipal ordinance
  • Authorizing municipalities to adopt ordinances that penalize street takeovers, impose fines and allow law enforcement to seize vehicles
  • Changing and tightening penalties for violating state law on street takeovers, including permanent driver's license revocation for a third violation of the statute 

I am glad my vote provides additional tools and increased penalties to cities and towns to help deter street takeovers.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

Today In CT History

Today in 1939, Connecticut became the last state in the the union to ratify the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights — 150 years after the list of amendments was first proposed.

Why the delay? It certainly wasn’t because Connecticans didn’t care about securing individual rights. Connecticut’s colonial government codified one of the earliest sets of individual rights in American history in 1650, through a set of laws that included personal protections against murder, slander, forgery, and theft.

More to the point, the Connecticut General Assembly had also voted in favor of ratifying the 10 amendments back in 1789, when they were first presented. A procedural inconsistency between the upper and lower houses of the state legislature, however, had prevented the vote from becoming official. Thankfully, the General Assembly’s technical error didn’t jeopardize the adoption of the Bill of Rights. The Constitution required 3/4 of the states to approve amendments for them to become law, and that threshold had already been met.

On April 19, 1939, as the nation celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, Connecticut followed the example of Massachusetts and Georgia (the two other states that had failed to officially ratify the Bill of Rights in the 18th century) and held a vote to ratify the amendments. Both houses of the General Assembly unanimously approved the measure, and Connecticut became the last state to ratify the U.S. Bill of Rights — today in Connecticut history.


Dated a few days after the unanimous General Assembly vote, this was one of several official notices sent to Congress related to Connecticut’s belated approval of the original Bill of Rights.

Further Reading

The Code of 1650 or ‘Ludlow’s Code‘” State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library

Ratifying the Bill of Rights… in 1939” Pieces of History, National Archives

Town Of East Hartford

 Town Meetings
Regular Town Council Meeting

May 7th , 2024, at 7:30 PM

Community Cultural Center Auditorium (50 Chapman Place)

+1929-235-8441; ID: 565393232#    
Board of Education Meeting

May 13th , 2024, at 7:00 PM

857 Forbes Street


Town Resources



Town Newsletters

Pulse of East Hartford     

East Hartford Public Schools

East Hartford Works

Town Of Manchester

Town Meetings

Regular Board of Directors Meeting

May 7th , 2024, 7:00 PM

Lincoln Center Hearing Room (494 Main Street)

Board of Directors

Board of Education Regular Meeting

April 22nd , 2024, at 7:00 PM

 Lincoln Center Hearing Room (494 Main Street)

Board of Education



Below is the list of locations in Manchester that are open to the public; Bring a sturdy grocery bag! This program is made possible by Foodshare and Winn Residential - Resident Service Program. For more information call 860-646-1280.


Get mobile pantry updates in your area by texting the word Foodshare to 85511. 


 Link to the statewide map



  • Squire Village, 48 Spencer Street, 06040 (1st parking lot off Imperial Drive #78)
  • Faith Tabernacle – Manchester 110 Utopia Rd, Manchester, CT 06042
  • New River Community Church -314 Woodbridge St, Manchester, CT 06042


East Hartford

Below is the list of locations in East Hartford that are open to the public; Bring a sturdy grocery bag! This program is made possible by Foodshare and Winn Residential - Resident Service Program. For more information call (860) 291-7295 or (860) 291-7248


  • Hockanum Park- 75 Hamilton Park
  • Mayberry Village –St. Isaac Jogues Church Parking Lot (41 Home Terrace East Hartford)
  • Summerfield Townhouse (66 Plain Drive East Hartford, CT)
  • Veterans Terrace -102 Columbus St, East Hartford, CT 06108



Get mobile pantry updates in your area by texting the word Foodshare to 85511.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection April 20

Online Appointments are now mandatory!

The next collection date is April 20, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Manchester regional center for household hazardous waste collection.

For the full 2024 schedule and complete details, and to schedule your appointment visit:


FY25 Budget Adoption Meeting

The April 16th Budget Adoption has been rescheduled to May 14, 2024.

7pm in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room.

View the FY25 Recommended Budget by clicking here.

CERT Basic Training Class

Region 3, CRCOG will be hosting a CERT basic training class for anyone interested in becoming a trained CERT member.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may occur where they live. CERT trains volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as: Fire safety. Light search and rescue. Team organization.

This is a great opportunity to aid your community in a way that you may not have thought about.

Please contact your local team leader or Emergency Management Director for signup or email Koplowitz.s@gmail.com (put CERT class in the memo line); Be sure to include your email and contact phone number. Classes start April 27th.

Manchester Land Trust Earth Day Litter Cleanup

Saturday, April 20, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

The Manchester Land Conservation Trust in partnership with the Town of Manchester Sustainability Commission and the Conservation Commission is celebrating Earth Day 2024 with a community clean-up event dedicated to cleaning up litter along the Cheney Rail Trail & Center Springs Park.

  • Supplies will be provided (gloves, trash bags, etc.)
  • Come and go when you can, you are not required to stay the whole time
  • Dress for the weather (the event will be rain or shine)
  • Bring what you’ll need (water bottle, sunscreen, sweatshirt, etc.)
  • Pizza will be provided at the end of the event to volunteers
Town Of Manchester
Town Resources
Manchester Public Schools - One Manchester
Manchester Matters

The Town of East Hartford in collaboration with the East Hartford Veterans Commission are excited to announce that the third annual East Hartford’s Memorial Day parade and series of events will take place Monday, May 27, 2024 at 10 AM.

The event will consist of three parts, including a parade, program at the Fallen Star Memorial and celebration of East Hartford. The parade will begin promptly at 10 AM, proceeding from 9 Riverside Drive to the Fallen Star Memorial located at Goodwin University.

“It was the Town's priority to bring back the Memorial Day parade 3 years ago and it has now become a tradition that the community looks forward to every year," said Mayor Connor Martin. "I have a lot of respect for our Veterans and the Memorial Day Parade is a small gesture in which we honor their service and sacrifice." 




  • To make the event possible, the town would like to extend sponsorship opportunities to local businesses and organizations. Those who wish to sponsor the event or offer in-kind services, please fill out the electronic form below by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
  • *2024 East Hartford Memorial Day Sponsorship Registration*


  • East Hartford is also accepting applications from vendors who wish to participate in the Memorial Day event. Vendors will have to set up and disassemble their own tables, tents and chairs. Vendors who wish to participate are asked to register Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
  • *2024 East Hartford Memorial Day Vendor Registration*

The parade will be followed by a program at the Fallen Star Memorial and a family-friendly celebration of East Hartford with food trucks, music and activities.

To receive the latest updates on the Town’s news and events, visit www.easthartfordct.gov and subscribe at www.easthartfordct.gov/subscribe.

East Hartford's 3rd Annual Juneteenth

Community Celebration

The Town of East Hartford in collaboration with East Hartford Parks and Recreation, the East Hartford Black Caucus, the Commission on Culture and Fine Arts, and the East Hartford Public Library, invites you to attend the town’s third annual Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth, officially known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, is also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, at Alumni Park. Admission is FREE.

A family-friendly stage lineup will honor Juneteenth through a diverse array of performances. Enjoy music, dance, spoken word, and historical interpretation! Bring a chair or a picnic blanket and stay all afternoon.

The Juneteenth Fest is the perfect family-friendly, community event that offers fun activities for children and adults alike. Among many activities, there will be a variety of vendors, food, entertainment, bounce house, face painting, powerful storytelling and so much more. 

In case of inclement weather, this event will be held inside at Community Cultural Center (50 Chapman Place).


East Hartford is accepting applications from vendors who wish to participate in the Juneteenth celebration. Vendors who wish to participate must submit the applicable form to East Hartford Parks and Recreation.

*2024 East Hartford Juneteenth Food Vendor Application*

*2024 East Hartford Juneteenth Non-Profit Application*

*2024 East Hartford Juneteenth Vendor and Crafter Application*

Vendors are asked to apply by May 31, 2024. 

For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 860-291-7160 or visit www.easthartfordct.gov/parks-recreation.

East Hartford Public Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a virtual library event! Join featured poets Marilyn Johnston, Jane Schneeloch, John L. Stanizzi, and Elizabeth Thomas over Zoom on Tuesday, April 30, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.

Poets are invited to submit poems, raps, or spoken word pieces on the theme of GARDEN.

An open mic will follow the presentations of the featured poets. For more information, contact Adult Services librarian Rolande Duprey: rduprey@easthartfordct.gov. Audience members should register on the library's online event's calendar:


For more upcoming programs, visit our website:


Town Of East Hartford
Town Resources
Pulse of East Hartford Newsletter
East Hartford Public School News
East Hartford Works

My office is always open if you or your family are in need of assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at Jason.Rojas@cga.ct.gov or by phone at 860-240-8541.


Jason Rojas


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