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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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Special Screening of Giants Rising at Bank Street Theater on June 19

<p class="ql-align-justify"><strong style="color: rgb(46, 68, 98);">Special Screening of&nbsp;Giants Rising on </strong><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm</strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Great Hollow and the Bank Street Theater are pleased to co-host a special screening of the critically acclaimed, feature-length documentary,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://ocerdgcab.cc.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Wgl6k9TI85JCo61yBK2hFokBKEOupqj1fSSsuwnKK4RQ3O-fMTXzNVzkevVW_sWoZT5XyhHcVS5cU4V5kHuPrtcS_7qdBuD-fKnLgzKxEK3wLI_pf4GSgdbcgI9vYnfSvO5Y4VAixdWIOj-CcQGVDWa9n3dwoVpcuSmS6J0_DQtvyf_wHFyFbMLD6-qOA7GnyEHSY1c-O4yf7iVa1cH_Fw==&amp;c=owxqNyFaN6094tg4IiGU8jwmsPk3PSyXoncwBXFHJS3VQzWTNqcJPQ==&amp;ch=U_3z2pqcNL1WzbAuB_bczLtWiEEIrSshyrmR9Y0oQO6xIrY4pMkzVA==" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Giants Rising</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">, followed by a Q&amp;A session with the film’s director, Lisa Landers.&nbsp;Giants Rising&nbsp;"takes us into the heart of America’s most iconic forests and reveals the secrets and saga of the coastal redwoods.&nbsp;It’s an epic tale that explores the wonders of these silent giants and our dramatic, ever-evolving relationship with them. Living links to the past, redwoods also hold powers that may play a role in our future, including their ability to withstand fire and capture carbon, to offer clues about longevity&nbsp;and even&nbsp;enhance our own well-being. How do they do it and how will redwoods keep working their magic as they’re pushed to their limits? Through the voices of biologists, artists, Native peoples and others racing to understand and safeguard these trees,&nbsp;Giants Rising&nbsp;reveals the scientific wonders of redwoods, our deep cultural ties to them, and efforts to help these iconic forests overcome the legacy of logging that nearly wiped them out. It’s a story that offers lessons about resilience and connection, and the promise of solutions that will help us all rise up from the past and face the challenges that lay ahead.”</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">You can watch the inspiring trailer and find out more about the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://ocerdgcab.cc.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Wgl6k9TI85JCo61yBK2hFokBKEOupqj1fSSsuwnKK4RQ3O-fMTXzNVzkevVW_sWoZT5XyhHcVS5cU4V5kHuPrtcS_7qdBuD-fKnLgzKxEK3wLI_pf4GSgdbcgI9vYnfSvO5Y4VAixdWIOj-CcQGVDWa9n3dwoVpcuSmS6J0_DQtvyf_wHFyFbMLD6-qOA7GnyEHSY1c-O4yf7iVa1cH_Fw==&amp;c=owxqNyFaN6094tg4IiGU8jwmsPk3PSyXoncwBXFHJS3VQzWTNqcJPQ==&amp;ch=U_3z2pqcNL1WzbAuB_bczLtWiEEIrSshyrmR9Y0oQO6xIrY4pMkzVA==" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">here.</a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The program will start at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 19th&nbsp;at The Bank Street Theater&nbsp;(46 Bank Street, New Milford, CT) with an introduction by&nbsp;Lisa Landers.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Purchase your tickets </span><a href="https://www.tickettailor.com/events/bankstreettheater" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.tickettailor.com/events/bankstreettheater</a></p>

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Writers Summer Camp at Village Center for the Arts

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Let your writing shine this summer.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">It’s that time of year again! Parents, are you looking for fun (yet educational) summer activities for your children this summer break? Local creative writing nonprofit Muse Squad will be running The Anthologies, a week-long summer series that will combine music history and the study of song lyrics to inspire students as they develop a variety of creative writing techniques and craft stories of their own.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Each day of the program will consist of one two-hour session, during which students will listen to and explore the world of a selected song by Joni Mitchell, whose soulful voice and lyrical poetry they will use to produce profound metaphors and examine universal themes in their own works of creative writing. The classes will place particular emphasis on rhythm and emotion, and will conclude with a Final Reading and reception to celebrate the inspired works created by each young writer over the course of the week.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Sessions will meet from 3:30-5:30pm Monday through Friday of the program week, and will be held at Village Center for the Arts (12 Main Street) in New Milford, CT. The program will run from June 24th-28th and will be open to all students aged 8 to 14.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Anthologies aims to provide a welcoming and supportive environment where children and teens can delve into their creative sides and experiment with a variety of writing styles under the guidance of Miss Brittney and the inspiration of fellow students. No writing experience necessary! Muse Squad welcomes all skill levels and a variety of age groups in its programs.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To register for The Anthologies summer series, visit the Village Center for the Arts site at </span><a href="https://www.villagecenterarts.org/summercamps" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://www.villagecenterarts.org/summercamps</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">. For more information on Muse Squad and future events, please visit </span><a href="https://musesquad.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://musesquad.org/</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Muse Squad was established in 2022 by Ridgefield mom Brittney Richardson, who dedicated herself to improving access to creative writing opportunities for local youth upon first moving to the area with her family. Ms. Richardson has a BA in English and MFA in Fiction and aims to use her expertise and guidance to foster an exploratory environment where local children and teens can experiment with their literary style and develop a toolkit of important creative writing techniques.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Muse Squad is proud to work with Village Center for the Arts in bringing summer creative writing experiences to local young writers. Village Center for the Arts has been an integral part of the fabric of New Milford and its community for over 20 years, and its mission of providing educational programs to further artistic creativity and development serves daily to positively shape the lives of many of the town’s youth.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Questions? Feel free to email </span><a href="mailto:info@musesquad.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">info@musesquad.org</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">.</span></p>

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New Milford resident Noah Coolbeth is College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winner

<p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(Evanston, Illinois) Today, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 2,900 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Among the winners is New Milford resident Noah D. Coolbeth a student at Emmanuel Christian Academy who received the National Merit Liberty University Scholarship.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2024 competition to more than 3,600.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">This year, 149 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 77 private and 72 public institutions located in 42 states and the District of Columbia.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of more than 6,870 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth nearly $26 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Learn more </span><a href="https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/start.aspx?gid=2&amp;pgid=61" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">here</a></p>

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New Milford Economic Development “Best of the Best” Awards scheduled for 9/12

<p>More time to vote for the Best of the Best… the winners will be announced at the Corporation for New Milford Economic Development’s “Best of the Best” Awards, now scheduled for September 12th at 19 Main Street, New Milford.</p><p>“Best of the Best” recognizes the achievements of small businesses and honors their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Corporation’s Façade Grant Program which helps local businesses enhance the aesthetic appeal of their storefrontsand facades.</p><p>Oley Carpp, Chairman of the CNMED Board, says, “The Corporation for New Milford Economic Development is proud to honor the achievements of our small business community…I wish we could toast them daily. These businesses are the backbone of our local economy and their perseverance and dedication deserve to be celebrated.”</p><p>In addition to recognizing and rewarding excellence, the awards event serves as a fundraiser for the Façade Grant program which assists local businesses in enhancing their storefronts and facades. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit this aesthetic initiative and be an investment in the integrity of the Town’s business landscape. Nominations for the New Milford Best of the Best Awards are currently open and can be submitted online through the CNMED website. In addition, the CNMED encourages businesses and individuals not only to attend this special event but to explore sponsorship opportunities. “By sponsoring the CNMED’s “Best of the Best Awards”, you not only showcase your support for our local business community but also gain valuable exposure to a diverse audience of stakeholders and community members,” adds Carpp.</p>

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Red Cross is helping three families after fire on Kent Road in New Milford

<p>The American Red Cross is helping three&nbsp;families – four adults&nbsp;after a fire yesterday&nbsp;on Kent Road, New Milford.&nbsp;The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the families'&nbsp;immediate needs. Responders included: Arthur Hopkins, Bert Goff&nbsp;and Steven Chen.</p><p>The Red Cross also provided a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more.&nbsp;The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as deodorant,&nbsp;toothbrushes, shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a fire.</p><p>Those affected will connect with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. The Red Cross is able to provide assistance through the generosity of our donors and commitment of our volunteers.</p>

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New Milford Arts Festival

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<p><span style="color: rgb(100, 116, 139);">Join us for a day of artistic celebration at the </span><strong style="color: rgb(100, 116, 139);">New Milford Arts Festival - June 29th - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on New Milford's Town Green</strong><span style="color: rgb(100, 116, 139);">. This festival is free to the public and promises a day filled with creativity for all ages!</span></p>

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