Newmilford's HamletHub Sun, 11 Apr 2021 02:27:51 -0400 Lamont Announces Plans at Connecticut State Parks for the 2021 Outdoor Recreation Season

Governor Ned Lamont and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes today announced that Connecticut’s State Parks system and boat launches are planning to return to providing full services to visitors during the 2021 season, with some state campgrounds opening to campers with reservations today.

DEEP’s operation plan for this season was developed consistent with current guidance for the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 transmission (the virus that causes COVID-19) and based in consultation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. It was also informed by guidance on state parks and recreation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The plan will be updated as new information and operational conditions require.

“Connecticut has some of the best parks of any state in the country, and the State Parks system provides numerous opportunities across the state to explore the outdoors,” Governor Lamont said. “Enjoying outdoor recreation is not only good for physical health, but also for improving mental health, and I encourage everyone to explore some of the beautiful opportunities our state has to offer, particularly at those smaller, less explored state parks. Connecticut has 110 state parks and 32 state forests, offering plenty of opportunities for recreation.”

For a list of every state park in Connecticut, visit

Personal and group compliance with COVID-19 precautions, mask wearing, and maintaining social distance practices will be essential to the safety of park visitors and staff, and DEEP’s ability to ensure maximum safe access to these valuable resources.

There is a current 200-person limit for outdoor group activities in Connecticut, which may be further adjusted throughout the recreation season. Most park buildings, museums, nature centers, and other enclosed structures, including restrooms, will be opened on Memorial Day weekend. Six feet of social distancing must be maintained at all times while inside park buildings, along with adhering to mask wearing requirements. Visitors who do not abide by these rules may be asked to leave state park property.

The following health advisory remains in effect for all visitors:

  • If you are not feeling well stay home. Signs and symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste of smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Stay close to home. Do not travel long distances to parks or other recreational areas.
  • Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth at all times when in public settings with individuals from outside your household, especially where social distancing of greater than six feet cannot be maintained continuously.
  • When engaging in activities where masks cannot be worn (e.g. during eating, swimming, etc.) individuals should plan to maintain a minimum of six feet of distance (preferably more) at all times.
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities with members of your household or with others if consistent with current public health guidance. When hiking, masks should be worn when passing other groups within six feet.
  • Practice good hygiene when outdoors. Wash hands, carry and use hand sanitizer, and sneeze and cough into a tissue or elbow, not hands.

The following is a summary of outdoor services and amenities at various locations administered by DEEP:

  • Swimming permitted at shoreline and inland state parks based on DEEP’s assessment that visitors to Connecticut State Park beaches can be accommodated in conformance with public health guidance. While masks should not be worn during active swimming, masks can be used by individuals engaged in wading at water levels below the waist and is encouraged when wading areas are crowded and continuous distancing is not possible.
  • Lifeguards will be on duty at DEEP’s eight inland and all shoreline beaches if adequate staffing recruitment allows. DEEP anticipates lifeguard crews will begin working on Memorial Day weekend. Beaches without lifeguards will be posted with signage that reads, “No lifeguards on duty.” Lifeguards will be provided training to reduce the risk of virus transmission in the course of their duties, including providing CPR.
  • State park and forest campgroundsrustic cabinsyouth groupriver camping, and backpack camping sites will open during the spring for the 2021 season on a reservation-only basis. The campground reservation system is open for new campground and cabin reservations. These decisions are based on current public health guidance, cleaning protocols and the availability of adequate staff and appropriate PPE. Any changes to these expectations may result in adjustments to camping opportunities. Group campsite renters are responsible for being aware of and complying with current guidelines on mask wearing and group size.
  • Permanent food concessions will operate at Rocky Neck, Hammonasset Beach, Gillette Castle, Silver Sands, and Sherwood Island State Parks, and are scheduled to open on May 29, 2021. Visitors are required to follow social distancing signage and must maintain six feet of separation while standing in line.
  • Public restroom and bathhouse facilities will open on Memorial Day weekend. Portable toilets are available in certain other locations. The public is reminded to carry hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • State boat launches will continue to remain open to the public. The use of a state boat launch is low risk and can be safely utilized when patrons follow commonsense safety practices, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings. Environmental Conservation Police Officers and Boating Division staff will be monitoring activities at state boat launches to ensure social distancing compliance. If the public health strategies provided on signage are not complied with, staff will advise and educate users or take additional actions, as necessary.
  • The Boating Division expects heavy demand for boating access again in 2021. Boat launch capacity closures will continue to be announced through Twitter (@CTBoatingInfo). Boaters are encouraged to check the Boating Division’s Twitter account before heading out. The Boating Division will continue to be active on social media to highlight the smaller, out-of-the-way launches to encourage boaters – especially paddlers – to take advantage of all 117 launches. The Boating Division website contains information and directions for all 117 state boat launches.

The following is a summary of eased restrictions on gatherings and group size:

  • Indoor and outdoor structures where the public tends to congregate had been previously closed to the public. DEEP intends to open nature centers, visitor centers, Gillette Castle, Dinosaur State Park, and others on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Definitive decision making will be based on current metrics surrounding community transmission and COVID-19 case rates in Connecticut and guidance from the Department of Public Health and the governor’s office.
  • Picnic shelters are now open for small groups and for rental. They are open for appropriately sized groups only and six feet of social distancing must be maintained. Shelter renters are responsible for being aware of and complying with current guidelines on groups size. Many of DEEP’s picnic shelters are available for reservation through Reserve America.
  • Picnicking is permitted in our parks and forests. Picnic tables have been returned to their usual locations for public use in accordance with applicable public health guidance and group size limits.
  • Special Use License and Marine Event Permit applications will be accepted not later than 60 days prior, nor earlier than 90 days prior to the event date (the application window is 60-90 days prior to the event). At the time of application, the event must be consistent with the governor’s executive orders, Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) sector rules, and Department of Public Health guidance. Applications that are not consistent with such requirements will be denied. Special Use License and Marine Event Permit applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the scheduled event. Applications will not be accepted if they are received less than 60 days prior to the event. Applications that have been previously submitted and are currently under review for future events that exceed the current outdoor gathering size limits will be put on an administrative hold until consistency with the most current executive order is determined by the commissioner.
  • Outdoor Environmental Education programs (both those conducted by DEEP as well as events hosted by others) will be permitted if current gathering guidelines are followed, including size limitations, mask use, distancing, and exclusion of symptomatic, ill, or quarantined individuals. It is incumbent on event organizers to be aware and compliant with such guidelines.

DEEP encourages all visitors to take personal responsibility and make sure they comply with current public safety guidance. DEEP will always try to educate first. However, if people are blatantly ignoring the rules they may be asked to leave the park and/or face further enforcement action as required if actions and behavior are not corrected. If the parks experience too many visitors who are not following current safety guidance or adhering to recommended group sizes, DEEP may be forced to temporarily close some facilities.

DEEP’s operational plan is subject to change and daily observations and reporting of visitation at facilities will continue. Evaluation of that information may result in additional changes to allowed capacity, and perhaps other visitor management techniques, including consideration of limitation of hours of operation, and closure of specific facilities, as required.

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New Milford's Village Fair Days will not take place this year

Information regarding Village Fair Days 2021
New Milford Chamber of Commerce announced that the Town will not be holding New Milford Village Fair Days this year. 
"Much consideration has been given to the safety and well-being of our vendors, volunteers, and fair-goers. Based on the current climate we are erring on the side of abundant caution and believe this is the most responsible decision," they say. 
We look forward to seeing you next year at Village Fair Days 2022.
Learn more here.
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The Silo in New Milford Welcomes Kim Richey and Brian Dolzani on April 25

We are excited to announce our first live show of 2021 featuring Kim Richey w/ Brian Dolzani on April 25, 2021, at 2PM
This is an early afternoon, socially distanced, outdoor show.
Learn more and purchase tickets ($30) here.
The goal of each of our live events is to bring people together while supporting artists and giving back to the community.
This event will take place at The Silo, located in New Milford, CT. Formerly run by Skitch and Ruth Henderson, The Silo is a place for learning and celebrating through the arts and music while taking part in peace, love, and solidarity.
The Silo features an outdoor space that can accommodate up to 200 people. For this event, we will only be selling 70 tickets to ensure more than adequate spacing so that all attendees can feel comfortable. As well, the lawn area will be set up with specific areas for groups to sit that are clearly marked for social distancing.
In addition to purchasing a ticket for the event, we kindly request that each person bring 1 LB of non-perishable food that will be donated to the New Milford Social Services. We thank you in advance for your generous support of our community.
We will be following the procedures listed below in order to ensure the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of all attendees and performers.
Please note that these procedures are subject to change based upon local and national COVID guidance.
* All attendees must pre-purchase a ticket to the event. Tickets will not be available at the door.
* Attendees must wear a mask upon arrival. Your mask will be worn until you are seated, as well as anytime you leave your designated space (ie. to use the restroom).
* We will be unable to seat you without a mask. This is for the safety and comfort of all.
* Groups of attendees will sit together based upon tickets purchased and/or requests. Meaning, groups of families and friends may sit together.
* All groups will be six feet away from other groups (just like outdoor dining at a restaurant).
* Attendance will be less than half-capacity of the outdoor space to ensure comfort and safety.
* Please BYO chairs, as well as food and drink.
* Only 70 tickets will be sold. Tickets are non-refundable, and the event will take place rain (within reason) or shine.
We are so excited to welcome you to this show and look forward to safely joining together for the live music we miss so much! 
Learn more here.
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Coffee with a New Milford cop on April 24

Coffee and Conversation with Milford Police Officers

New Milford Police Department would like to invite the community to coffee at Johana's Restaurant (43F Main Street) on Saturday, April 24 from 9am to noon. 

Click here for additional information.

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Lime Rock Park Announces New Ownership Group

LAKEVILLE, Conn.—After 37 years of ownership, Skip Barber has announced a new Lime Rock Park ownership structure to propel future growth and opportunity for the Park in the years ahead. “I am extremely excited and proud to announce the acquisition of Lime Rock Park by Lime Rock Group, LLC,” said Skip Barber. “The Group’s General Partners, Charles Mallory, Dicky Riegel and Bill Rueckert along with a group of private investors have assumed control of Lime Rock Park and are bringing outstanding new vision and vitality to Lime Rock’s operations and to our local and regional community. They are the ideal stewards of the Park’s long and successful legacy. This is truly wonderful news for everyone involved with Lime Rock as we commence our 65th year of operations,” he continued.
Lime Rock Group, LLC was formed specifically for the acquisition of Lime Rock Park. Skip Barber will remain a significant owner in the new entity and will be an integral part of its Management Committee, as the business continues to leverage Skip’s worldwide reputation in the motorsports industry.
Dicky Riegel, former President & CEO of Airstream, Inc. and COO of Thor Industries, Inc., will serve as Lime Rock Park’s new CEO. “Lime Rock has been one of my favorite places and my home track for over 40 years; the same is true for my partners, Charles and Bill, both of whom consider Lime Rock a home away from home. All of us have deep roots in Connecticut and look forward to being active in the community and working collaboratively with the Town. To now be owners of this iconic and storied brand is a dream come true,” said Mr. Riegel.
As Lime Rock commences the 2021 season after a pandemic-restricted year in 2020, there is much to anticipate, including an expanding events calendar, new partners and sponsors, and additional new working capital to invest in future opportunities. Lime Rock Group’s investors include seasoned motorsports luminaries and automotive entities that will immediately drive new activity for the Park, including manufacturer and sponsor relationships. Most importantly, all of the Group’s investors are passionate motorsports enthusiasts intent on burnishing Lime Rock’s traditions and reputation while also evolving to meet modern demands.
About Lime Rock Park:
Opened in 1957, Lime Rock Park is a historic automotive and entertainment venue located in scenic Litchfield County, Conn. Along with hosting several televised spectator races and its storied Historics Weekend, Lime Rock is home to numerous special events, racing schools, driving schools, and the exclusive Lime Rock Drivers Club. Visit or @limerockpark on social media for more information.




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Celebrate Earth Day on April 24 with a Hike at Pootatuck Preserve!

Celebrate Earth Day with the Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust at their hike on Saturday, April 24th hike at Pootatuck Preserve! Meet at Squantz Pond's lower parking lot entrance for the 10am to 12pm hike.

Register here!

The hike is adult, kid and dog-friendly. Dress to hike on uphill, downhill, and some rocky terrain, with late April weather and insect conditions. Bring your own snacks, water and masks, per COVID safety guidelines.

The hike will take place in light rain or shine; please check your e-mail once you've signed up for the hike for updates in case of heavy rain.

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Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce Scholarships Application

Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce scholarships application deadline is May 1, 2021

To be eligible for the scholarship:
  • Chamber Connection: the applicant must have a parent or guardian who works for a business that is a member in good standing of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce or the applicant themselves may be employed by a business that is a member of the Chamber.
  • Community Service: the applicant must submit how he/she has served the community; this includes volunteering for the Chamber and overall community service.
  • School Involvement: the applicant must submit their involvement in the school community; this includes achievements, extra-curricular activities, and other notable awards received.
]]> (Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce) Neighbors Mon, 05 Apr 2021 04:38:54 -0400
New Milford Barn Quilt Trail

The New Milford Barn Quilt Trail consists of 19 colorful quilt patterns hand-painted on large weather-resistant blocks and hung on antique and vintage barns and historical buildings around our town. It honors our rich agricultural history, the exciting resurgence of family farms in New Milford today and the American tradition of quilt-making. It is the first barn quilt trail established in Connecticut.

Already, over 40 U.S. states, including New Hampshire and New York, boast quilt trails in a rapidly expanding movement that began in Ohio in 2001. Get in your car or jump on your bike and use any mobile device to access this site as you visit these barn quilt block sites.


1. Larson’s Sweet Corn – Larson Barn, 386 Danbury Road
2. Century of Growth – Sunny Valley Preserve, 8 Sunny Valley Lane
3. Blue Oars – GMS Rowing Center, 172 Grove Street
4. Tobacco Fields – Couillard Barn, 13 Dorwin Hill Road
5. Grandfather Hipp’s Cow – Centerbrook Farm, 150 Chestnutland Road
6. Red, White & Blue – 155 Chestnutland Road
7. Cows and Baskets – Harris Hill Farm, 122 Ridge Road
8. Five Leaves – Bright Green Farm, 173 Ridge Road
9. Mayor’s Garden – Old Tobacco Barn, behind Town Hall, 10 Main Street
10. Twin Horses – Geron Nursing Carriage Barn, 42 Main Street
11. Ferris Family Quilt – New Milford Historical Society, 6 Aspetuck Avenue
12. Maple Leaf – Sullivan Farm, 140 Park Lane Road
13. North Star – Lillis Farm, 241 Litchfield Road
14. Maple Leaves – Smyrski Farm, 227 Merryall Road
15. Our Mission! – Hunt Hill Farm, The Silo, 44 Upland Road
16. Forage Grass – Hunt Hill Farm Preserve, 60 Upland Road
17. Celtic Harvest – Finnegan’s Farm West Barn, 55 Upland Road
18. Tree of Life – Hacienda Polska, 93 Upland Road
19. Holstein Cow – Wieting Farm, 19 Wheaton Road

Please use caution as you drive, bike or walk along the country roads of the barn quilt trail. Remember that the quilt blocks are displayed on what is often private property and can be viewed only from public roadsides. Responsibility for any accidents while observing the quilt blocks rests entirely with the viewer.

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Passage of Legislation Relaxing State Laws on Outdoor Dining at Connecticut Restaurants

Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the Connecticut House of Representatives for unanimously voting today to approve legislation that codifies into state statutes the executive orders he issued during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that relax restrictions on outdoor dining at restaurants and enabling these businesses to provide expanded service to their customers outside.

The legislation permits restaurants to operate under these relaxed rules through March 31, 2022, and allows municipalities to expedite permanent changes to their zoning rules if they wish to expand the availability of outdoor dining and retail activity.

Governor Lamont said that not only is it a good idea for these relaxed rules to continue for another year, but he thinks the legislature may also want to revisit this concept again in the near future to enable restaurants to continue offering expanded outdoor dining on a permanent basis.

“These relaxed rules could be the start of a new Connecticut tradition that increases activity in our towns,” Governor Lamont said. “One positive outcome of this unfortunate pandemic has been that we’ve been thinking about new, creative ways to offer activities outdoors, including at restaurants. Expanded outdoor dining has created a vibrancy in many of our neighborhoods in ways that we haven’t seen before, all while supporting locally-owned, small businesses. This is a great bill, and I urge the Senate to pass it so that I can sign it into law.”

The legislation is House Bill 6610. It was approved in the House by a vote of 141-0 and will next be transmitted to the Senate for consideration.

In addition to that bill, Governor Lamont has filed a separate bill to streamline the processes for municipalities to permit outdoor dining in their towns. That legislation, which is currently pending in the Planning & Development Committee, is House Bill 6448.


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Connecticut Speeds Up COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: Residents 16 and Up Eligible April 1!

Big news on the COVID-19 vaccine front! Governor Ned Lamont announced today that due to the efficient speed at which Connecticut’s vaccine providers have been getting doses out, the state plans to accelerate its vaccine program even further!

All Connecticut over the age of 16 will now be eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment beginning April 1, 2021 – several days earlier than originally planned. (Previously, the eligibility date for this age group was April 5.)

Those who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine in Connecticut include:

  • All individuals over the age of 45;
  • Healthcare personnel;
  • Medical first responders;
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities;
  • Residents and staff of select congregate settings; and
  • PreK-12 school staff and professional childcare providers.

Information on Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination program is available at


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TheatreWorks New Milford Presents 'Port Authority'

It is the intersecting story of three generations of Irishmen who live in their own private worlds but take turns confiding their memories of "what might have been" to the audience. This is a wickedly funny play with a poignant edge.

TheatreWorks' president Christine Daley is "thrilled we were able to put together this talented team of actors and director with BroadwayOnDemand to bring this touching, memorable story to our patrons virtually."

Featuring Jim Dieter of Watertown, CT as Kevin, a young underachiever in love with his roommate, Fred Rueck of Ridgefield, CT as Dermot, a middle-aged man who is starting a job he is unqualified for, and Will Jeffries of Soutbury, CT as Joe, a widower who looks back on a period of great passion in his life.

The production is under the direction of Francis A. Daley of Danbury.

Click here for tickets

Note: TheatreWorks takes the health and safety of our artists and patrons very seriously and are taking the necessary precautions as recommended by the state of Connecticut. We will outline these new procedures as we get closer to reopening the theatre.

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New Milford Police Host Grand Opening of Newly Renovated Substation on Saturday!

The New Milford Police Department will be hosting a Grand Opening of their newly renovated Police Substation at 7 Railroad Street on Saturday, March 27th from 12 pm to 2 pm.

Please stop by to see the substation, meet Community Policing Officer Toromanides (aka Officer "Toro") and speak with Mayor Pete Bass and Police Chief Cerruto about community policing.

Click here for additional information.

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ACT of Connecticut Announces Into The Woods - In Concert

ACT of Connecticut has an enchanting announcement to make:  Tickets for the upcoming concert production of Stephen Sondheim’s hauntingly beautiful musical, Into The Woods are on sale now! 

Purchase tickets

 In collaboration with Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, this spellbinding concert production brings a new and unique vision to a modern classic and will feature a powerhouse cast of Broadway talent, past ACT of CT stars, and a few fantastic local celebrities. On the heels of their last two wildly successful shows this season (The Last Five Years and Snapshots), the theater is creating yet another safe, responsible, and unique production for audiences to enjoy.

This elegant version of the Tony Award-winning musical, which will dazzle audiences for seven performances from May 12th through May 16th, will be conducted by ACT of CT’s Music Supervisor Bryan Perri, and directed by Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine.  Levine says, “We are creating a truly original version of Into The Woods. Don’t let the words ‘concert version’ fool you! Audiences can expect to see and hear the entire musical from start to finish!  Into The Woods is one of the most clever and entertaining pieces of theater ever written and to be able to experience the show in the way that we will be presenting it, is going to be unforgettable.”

With book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Into The Woods tells the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two embark on a journey into the woods to change their fate. Many wishes are granted, but as the characters discover, every wish can have far-reaching consequences, and “anything can happen in the woods”.

ACT of CT’s Executive Director Katie Diamond adds, “We are committed to keeping our audiences and talent safe, and current regulations allow us to have a fifty percent audience capacity. Dan is very skilled at being able to direct our live productions in a ‘COVID safe’ way without ever sacrificing the music or the storytelling, and his vision for this upcoming concert is so exciting. I am also delighted that we are collaborating with other local organizations and companies on this production including the fabulous Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and Barts Tree Service (just wait to see what our theater will look like!!)”

Into The Woods – In Concert will include two performances (Friday, May 14th & Saturday, May 15th at 7pm) which will be ACT of CT’s Annual Gala. This year’s honorees will be Rudy Marconi (Ridgefield’s First Selectman) and Kerry Anne Ducey (Founder and Editor of HamletHub).  ACT of CT’s Producing Director R. Erin Craig says, “Both Rudy and Kerry Anne are exemplary leaders in this community. Their love and support of our town, especially during this challenging year, is deserving of recognition and we are thrilled to be honoring them!” Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available by emailing or visiting

Into the Woods – In Concert will begin performances on Wednesday, May 12th and run through Sunday, May 16th.  The regular performance schedule will be Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm, Thursday at 7pm. Tickets for all regular performances are $72. Please note that all seating will be handled by a member of ACT of CT’s patron services team and is limited due to COVID-19 state regulations. Please email or call (475) 215-5497 to purchase tickets. 

 ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018, and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. In addition to fully produced mainstage productions, ACT of CT hosts an annual new works series, a “Broadway Unplugged” series, and an extensive education program including individual training, masterclasses, summer camp, professional workshops, and a year-round conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is committed to inspiring, creating, and nurturing a culturally diverse workforce and an inclusive, discrimination-free, and equitable environment for its staff, creative teams, cast, musicians, crew members, and audiences. 

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Connecticut Water Sustainability in the Spotlight This Week

HARTFORD, CONN. – In conjunction with World Water Day (March 22), water advocates from across Connecticut are focused on raising awareness and encouraging continued action toward waterway sustainability and quality standards by applying the recommendations and task lists of the State Water Plan passed by the CT General Assembly in June 2019.

This year's World Water Day theme is valuing water, which is about much more than its price. Water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource. 

Connecticut’s first State Water Plan, developed over several years by a broad group of stakeholders, takes into account these many human needs as well as ecological considerations like the need to keep enough flowing water in rivers and streams to sustain fish populations. The event also comes just days after the CGA Environment Committee’s Joint Resolution HJ 53 proposing the adoption of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, which catalogs the many natural resources and traditional human uses of the Sound’s waters, and offers guidance to balance and protect them.  

With regard to the occasion and related initiatives, CT State Senator Tony Hwang remarked, “On World Water Day, I am reminded about all the wonderful ways that Connecticut’s coastline and rivers contribute to life here in the Constitution state. Representing shoreline towns, I am especially familiar with the importance of protecting this incredible natural resource and have served as a staunch advocate for measures to sustain and preserve Long Island Sound and all Connecticut waterways. We have made great strides in recent years to take necessary legislative action to enforce proper environmental protections for both people and wildlife to enjoy for generations to come.”

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New Milford Police Welcome Community Policing Officer Toro!

New Milford Police Chief Cerruto introduces the new Community Policing Officer, Officer Toromanides, also known as Officer "Toro". He will be operating out of the newly renovated Police Substation at 7 Railroad St.
This position will to be a visible resource to the community in the downtown district including the Green, Main St., Bank St. and Youngs Field. The Community Policing Officer will be working to continually improve police/community relations, to be a resource to the community and to interact as a role model to youth in New Milford, as well as coordinating community/police events such as coffee with a cop.
We will be hosting a Grand Opening of the NMPD substation on Saturday, March 27th from 12pm-2pm. Please stop by to see the substation, meet Officer Toro and speak with the Mayor and Chief about community policing.
Learn more on the New Milford Police Department Facebook page here.
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