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Litchfield County Artisans Festival on July 20

<p><span style="color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">The Annual Litchfield County Artisans Festival will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00am until 5:00pm on the Green in downtown New Milford, rain or shine. This event, sponsored in conjunction with the Town of New Milford, will have over 80 vendors showcasing a wide variety of handcrafted items for sale, as well as several food trucks, and live music from the Bandstand all day long.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">Learn more </span><a href="https://www.newmilfordnow.org/events?event=LITCHFIELD-COUNTY-ARTISANS-FESTIVAL" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Questions? Email Janet Wittmann at <a href="mailto:janetmw@prodigy.net" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">janetmw@prodigy.net</a></p>

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5th Annual Steve Bennett Memorial Comedy Show  at JCC in Sherman on Friday

<p>Join the JCC Sherman for a night of laughter! The 5th Annual Steve Bennett Memorial Comedy Show will take place this Friday July 12th at 7:30pm</p><p>Laugh along with some of the freshest comic voices on the stand-up stage, in keeping with the raucous comedy events our longtime resident Steve Bennett organized over the years!</p><p>Come for the laughs, stay for the confectionary treats.</p><p>Learn more <a href="https://www.newmilfordnow.org/events?event=5th-Annual-Steve-Bennett-Comedy-Show" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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New Milford fireworks postponed and festivities on the Green canceled

<p>We are so sorry to announce that the Fourth of July festivities on the green this afternoon have been canceled due to the impending weather.</p><p>The fireworks for this evening will be postponed to the rain date of next Saturday, July 13th.</p><p>We will always error on the side of safety for you and your family, first responders, our volunteers, and all that are involved in ensuring a safe and fun experience for all.</p><p>Thank you for understanding.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Celebrate NMPL Summer Reading on July 24 with Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka!

<p><strong>Summer Reading Programs at NMPL</strong></p><p>Summer Reading is going strong! Children's and Teen Summer Reading programs continue through August 17. The Adult program runs until August 2.</p><p><strong>Celebrate Summer Reading </strong>with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, coming to NMPL on July 24th! The NYT bestselling author of the Lunch Lady graphic novels and many more funny books will entertain your family with his stories. Signed books will be available for purchase. This is an event for all ages. Registration is required.</p><p>This summer's theme is "Read. Renew. Repeat"--all about recycling and taking care of Earth's living creatures.</p><p><strong>Summer Reading for Children:</strong></p><p>We have beads and reading logs for ages 6-12 and activity sheets and reading logs for ages 2-5. Register for all the great family programs in the Children's Department. (See details below.)</p><p><strong>Summer Reading for Teens:</strong></p><p>We have a Bingo board for Teens! When you have a Bingo, email rrebstock@newmilfordlibrary.org or stop by the Teen Zone. Win one of our weekly prizes or our Big Prize of a Nintendo Switch Lite. Pick up your Bingo cards in the Teen Zone or print them out from our website: <a href="https://www.newmilfordlibrary.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.newmilfordlibrary.org</a></p><p><strong>Summer Reading for Adults:</strong></p><p>We have a Bingo board for Adults! When you have a Bingo, let us know at the front desk or email adultreading@newmilfordlibrary.org. We're rooting for you to win one of our weekly prizes or our Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire. Pick up your Bingo cards at the front desk or print them out from our website: <a href="https://www.newmilfordlibrary.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.newmilfordlibrary.org</a></p>

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‘Let Freedom Ring’ to kick off Fourth of July Celebration in New Milford

<p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">The Town of New Milford will play host to its annual Fourth of July Celebration July 6.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">The event is coordinated by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">The celebration will feature a special opening ceremony and the signing of a life-sized Declaration of Independence, free cupcakes from the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford, music, and a fireworks display.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">A rain date of July 13 is set for the fireworks only.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. near the bandstand on the Village Green with a special “Let Freedom Ring” flag and bell-ringing ceremony sponsored by the New Milford Celebrates America 250 Committee.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">The ceremony, held in partnership with the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, will take place on the steps of the Roger Sherman Town Hall, where flags will be presented and displayed.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">The ceremony will include the presentation of each flag of the original 13 states, honoring each state in the order they ratified the Constitution of the United States. It will conclude with the ringing of church bells on the Green.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">New this year be additional Fourth of July offerings presented by the town’s America 250 Committee, including greetings by a life-sized Roger Sherman, the only person to sign all four great state papers of the United States.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">Representatives from the committee, along with its partners, the Roger Sherman Chapter, NSDAR, the CT Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Charles Merriman Chapter, Children of the American Revolution, will be on hand to meet the public.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">The committee will again sponsor a summer scavenger hunt for youth. Information about it will be available at the committee’s booth during the festivities.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">In addition to the ceremony and America 250 offerings, members of the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford will create a large flag cake using cupcakes that will be served free to the public after 5 p.m.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(67, 67, 67);">Musical entertainment will round of the evening’s activities on the Green, with music by Dan Sawyer at the bandstand from 6:30 p.m. until the start of the fireworks at dusk, approximately at 9:30 p.m.</span></p><p class="ql-align-center"><br></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">For more information, call the Chamber office at 860-354-6080 or email </span><a href="mailto:nmcc@newmilford-chamber.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">nmcc@newmilford-chamber.com</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">.</span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Greater New Milford Chamber Scholarships Support Post-High School Education

<p><br></p><p>The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of its 2024 scholarships. Each year, the Chamber provides two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors pursuing post-high school education. This year’s recipients are Faith Bargellini, of Bridgewater, who received the Frederick Wynne Scholarship, and Lindsay Mulhare, of Roxbury, who was presented the Bonnie Blackman Scholarship. Both students recently graduated from Shepaug Valley School in Washington.</p><p>“We were impressed with all of the applications we received this year,” said Chamber President Jennifer Birdseye. “All of the students who applied are standout students academically and have been active in the community. This year’s recipients have been so active in their school, volunteering, and in their extracurricular activities that we’re not sure when they sleep,” Birdseye said, emphasizing the students’ resume of accomplishments and activities.</p><p>The Chamber’s Scholarship Committee conducted a blind review of the applications. To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must have a Chamber connection, have been involved in community service, and have participated in the school community.</p><p>Faith has been a longtime volunteer for the Friends of the Lake’s Save the Lake cleanup day at Lake Lillinonah and a counselor-in-training at the Bridgewater Parks and Recreation Summer Camp. She was Class of 2024 valedictorian, a member of multiple honor societies, the debate team, and the track, cross country, and math teams, and a recipient of numerous awards, among other accolades. As class president, working with school administrators, she initiated a new scheduling system that incorporates a period of time designated for extracurricular activities, extra help, and more at Shepaug. Faith plans to study biomedical engineering.</p><p>Lindsay has been a member of Shepaug’s Leo and Simply Smiles clubs, a member of multiple national honor societies, a choreographer for the school’s musicals, and a tutor for both middle and high school students. She has been an active member and volunteer at Roxbury Congregational Church, a volunteer for Roxbury’s tree lighting ceremony, town cleanups, and a summer dance program for youth. Lindsay, who works at Tasty Waves, has been a dance captain at FineLine Theater Arts, where she obtained the highest level of training as a sophomore. She plans to pursue a degree in English/journalism.</p><p>The Chamber is a nonprofit organization aiming to develop, encourage, promote, and protect the commercial, industrial, professional, and general business interests of the community; and to promote the civic interests and general welfare of the town of New Milford and its trade area.</p><p>For more information, call the Chamber office at 860-354-6080 or email nmcc@<a href="newmilford-chamber.com." rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">newmilford-chamber.com.</a></p><p><em>Photo shows </em><em style="color: rgb(108, 117, 125);">Deborah Rose/Faith Bargellini, left, and Lindsay Mulhare, were each presented a $1,000 scholarship at the June Business Scene.</em></p><p><br></p>

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New Milford among among municipalities receiving award for EV charging station

<p class="ql-align-justify">Governor Ned Lamont today announced the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has selected nine applicants to build out electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Connecticut. The conditional awards totaling more than $5 million will fill gaps in the state’s federally-designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFC). Funding will support entities to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain EV supply equipment sites across Connecticut, at nine sites for a total of 45 charging ports.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The following locations were selected for conditional awards:</p><ul><li class="ql-align-justify">Danbury – I-84 Exit 5 (17 Thorpe Street Extension)</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Hartford – I-91 Exit 33 (165 Leibert Road)</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Meriden – I-91 Exit 16 Northbound (1101 East Main Street)</li><li class="ql-align-justify">New Milford – Route 7 / Route 202 Intersection (61 Danbury Road)</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Plainfield – I-395 Northbound Service Plaza (1 Connecticut Turnpike East)</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Moosup – I-395 Exit 32 (12 South Main Street)</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Putnam – I-395 / Route 44 Intersection (50 Providence Pike)</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Waterbury – I-84 Exit 22 Westbound (105 Meriden Road)</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Willington – I-84 Exit 71 (327 Ruby Road)</li></ul><p class="ql-align-justify">CTDOT is overseeing the implementation of nearly $52 million in National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula (NEVI) program funding established by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Each site will contain Level 3 EV charging stations with a minimum of four Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) ports. The charging stations will not be more than one mile from the exit ramps along the AFC.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">“Investing these funds toward making additional EV chargers readily available for commuters around the state will make it easier for people and businesses to continue making the transition to cleaner cars and trucks,”&nbsp;<strong>Governor Lamont said</strong>. “Thanks to the support of President Biden and our Congressional delegation, we have federal NEVI funding to ensure Connecticut has the infrastructure in place for residents, no matter what type of EV they are driving. Once again, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is paying dividends for Connecticut.”</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-gstlly-tlluktyukd-u/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>Connecticut NEVI Plan</strong></a>&nbsp;identified 12&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-gstlly-tlluktyukd-o/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>priority zones</strong></a>&nbsp;along AFCs to be built as part of Phase 1 of the plan. No eligible applications were received for three zones (North Canaan – Route 7, Old Saybrook – I-95, and Norwalk – I-95) during the Phase 1 solicitation, and a supplemental Request For Proposal (RFP) will be issued this year. A recently conducted survey on the NEVI Program and EV charging needs in the state generated nearly 3,000 responses, with that feedback helping influence future rounds of funding.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">According to the&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-gstlly-tlluktyukd-b/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>EValuateCT Dashboard</strong></a>, there are nearly 44,000 electric vehicles registered in the state, and approximately 500 available DCFC ports.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">For more information the Connecticut NEVI Program, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-gstlly-tlluktyukd-q/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>portal.ct.gov/nevi</strong></a>.</p><p><br></p>

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