Newmilford's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:30:35 -0500 HamletHub.com Take Heed: Income Tax Changes for 2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3377-take-heed-income-tax-changes-for-20193377-take-heed-income-tax-changes-for-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3377-take-heed-income-tax-changes-for-20193377-take-heed-income-tax-changes-for-2019

It’s only January, but you may want to jumpstart your 2018 taxes since there are a slew of new regulations that may affect you. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 goes into effect this year so make sure you understand how tax reform may affect your 2018 taxes.

Take a deep breath and read about some of the ways tax deductions and credits have changed. While the changes may be daunting, The Tax Foundation anticipates, for millions of households, filing taxes will be simpler than it has been in the past.1

Tax deductions

This year you will notice sweeping changes to tax deductions.2 One major change is many of the itemized deductions you may have taken in the past are no longer available. Here are eight deductions you can no longer take:

  1. Children and other dependents. For 2018, you can no longer take a $4,050 deduction for each dependent you claim. The loss of deduction may be partially or fully offset by an increase in the standard deduction. An increase in the child tax credit may help, too, but it isn’t available to all families, reported Maryalene LaPonsie of U.S. News & World Report.3
  2. State and local tax deductions, including property taxes. There is a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions, which may negatively affect people in states with high property taxes. Some states have been introducing legislation and researching options that may help offset the loss of this deduction.3
  3. Mortgage interest deductions. For 2018, there is a lower dollar limit on mortgages qualifying for the home mortgage interest deduction. Taxpayers may only deduct interest on $750,000 of qualified residence loans. In previous years, the limit was $1,000,000.4
  4. Home equity loan interest. If you use a home equity loan to build an addition to an existing home or otherwise improve your home, interest on the loan may be deductible. However, through 2026, if the loan is used for something other than home improvements, the loan interest is not deductible. The home equity loan must be secured by the taxpayer’s home.4
  5. Unreimbursed employee expenses. Prior to 2018, money paid out-of-pocket for supplies, education, or other work-related expenses that were not reimbursed by your company, could be deducted up to 2 percent of adjusted gross income. That is no longer the case, reported Bill Bischoff of MarketWatch.5
  6. Various other itemized deductions. In the past, you may have deducted the cost of tax preparation services, safe deposit box rentals, investment fees, IRA/custodian fees, hobby expenses, and other items. Check with your tax professional to be certain, but many are no longer deductible.5
  7. Moving expenses. Relocating just became less attractive from a tax perspective. Through 2026, unless you are with the armed forces, you will no longer be able to deduct moving expenses that are not reimbursed by your employer.5
  8. Alimony payments. If you get divorced after December 31, 2018, you will not be able to deduct alimony payments. Conversely, recipients of alimony payments may no longer pay taxes on the income, according to Lorie Konish of CNBC.4, 6

To offset these new exclusions, standard deductions almost doubled for 2018. Under the new law, individuals who file taxes singly may be able to deduct $12,000, heads of household may be able to deduct $18,000, and married couples filing jointly may be able to deduct $24,000.7

In addition, TCJA increased the Child Tax Credit to $2,000 for each qualifying child, double what it was in the past. In addition, the income limits for eligibility begin phasing out at $200,000 of modified gross income (up from $75,000) for a single filer, and $400,000 (up from $110,000) for married couples filing jointly.8

Also, if you have dependent children who are 17 or older, or you support parents or other relatives, you may be able to take a tax credit of $500 for each qualifying person through 2025.8

While the loss of deductions may increase taxes for some, the Brookings Institute reported, “… in 2018, the TCJA will raise average after-tax income for households in every income group. Households in the lowest 20 percent of the income distribution (about $25,000 or less) will receive an average tax cut of $60, while those in the top 0.1 percent (with income of $3.4 million or more) will get an average tax cut of about $193,000.”9

This article does not explain all of the changes introduced by tax reform nor is the information provided intended to be tax advice. You can find additional information about tax law changes on the IRS website. Also, it’s a good idea to talk with a tax professional about how tax reform may affect you.

To learn more, watch this video of my colleague George Koeltl, CFP®, discussing the impact of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act on each section of Schedule A that individual tax payers use to file their tax returns.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Patrick Doherty, CFP®) Neighbors Tue, 22 Jan 2019 03:07:31 -0500
Gymboree and Crazy 8 Outlets in or Near New Milford to Close, Use Gift Cards Now https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3379-gymboree-and-crazy-8-outlets-in-or-near-new-milford-to-close-use-gift-cards-now-15481231333379-gymboree-and-crazy-8-outlets-in-or-near-new-milford-to-close-use-gift-cards-now-1548123133 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3379-gymboree-and-crazy-8-outlets-in-or-near-new-milford-to-close-use-gift-cards-now-15481231333379-gymboree-and-crazy-8-outlets-in-or-near-new-milford-to-close-use-gift-cards-now-1548123133

Bankruptcy proceedings for Gymboree, Crazy 8

Attorney General William Tong and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull today advised Connecticut consumers who may have unused gift cards or merchandise credits to Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie and Jack stores to use those credits before the retail outlets close their doors for good.

The Gymboree Group, parent company of the three chains, has filed bankruptcy petitions and announced its plans to liquidate and close all Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores – including nine and three Connecticut locations, respectively. The company is attempting to sell Janie and Jack outlets, including two Connecticut locations.

"As a general rule, it's always a good idea to use gift cards as soon as you can," said Attorney General William Tong. "While they may not expire, situations like bankruptcy and abrupt store closings do happen, and there aren't always a lot of options for consumers who have unused gift cards. In this case, consumers do have time to use those gift cards and because the clock is ticking on these store closings, they should do so as soon as they can."

"We always want to encourage consumers to use their gift cards right away, because we never know what might happen," said Commissioner Seagull. "While gift cards don't expire in Connecticut, stores may close, and other circumstances may prohibit consumers from using their gift cards. Consumers with Gymboree gift cards should use them as soon as they are able, and consider using other gift cards they may have received over the holiday season during the same shopping trip."

The following relevant stores are within 15 miles of New Milford:

Store Shopping Center Phone
Gymboree Danbury Fair (203) 730-9500
Gymboree Southbury Green (203) 264-3922

Gymboree Play and Music educational and developmental play locations are not owned by The Gymboree Group and are not affected by the bankruptcy proceedings.

Motions have been filed in the bankruptcy proceedings to continue certain customer programs, including return and exchange programs and gift card programs, through the first 30 days of store closing sales. Store rewards programs through which consumers received promotions or coupons have been terminated.

Consumers with questions can contact the Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Unit at 860-808-5240 or the Department of Consumer Protection at 860-713-6100.

Assistant Attorney General Brendan Flynn is assisting the Attorney General with this matter.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Jaclyn Severance) Places Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:09:30 -0500
State of Connecticut Launches Governor’s Council on Women and Girls https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/politics/3378-state-of-connecticut-launches-governor-s-council-on-women-and-girls-15481188533378-state-of-connecticut-launches-governor-s-council-on-women-and-girls-1548118853 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/politics/3378-state-of-connecticut-launches-governor-s-council-on-women-and-girls-15481188533378-state-of-connecticut-launches-governor-s-council-on-women-and-girls-1548118853

Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz and OPM Secretary McCaw to Spearhead Council

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated state response to issues that impact the lives of women and girls, their families, and the State of Connecticut.

The council, chaired by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, will be housed within the Office of the Governor, emphasizing the centrality of its work to the overall goals of the administration. Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Secretary Melissa McCaw will serve as the council’s vice chair.

“It’s true that women’s right are human rights. Honoring that reality here in Connecticut is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” Governor Lamont said. “That’s why I am proud to launch the first-ever Council on Women and Girls in our state to deliver on our administration’s commitment to gender equality and opportunity. With this council, we can ensure that women and girls have every opportunity to determine their future and make a good living for themselves and their families. I want to thank Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Secretary McCaw for leading this council.”

“I am honored to serve as chair of this critical council and I look forward to working with leaders from across state government to ensure that every program and policy we implement is created with women and girls in mind,” Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. “At their core, women’s issues are economic issues. In order to secure Connecticut’s economy and grow jobs, we must enact a family medical leave policy, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and ensure equal pay for equal work. Our administration is actively examining steps that we can take administratively to ensure that Connecticut’s government makes good on its commitment to women and girls.”

The Governor’s Council on Women and Girls was one of the recommendations made by the Lamont-Bysiewicz Transition Policy Committee on Women’s Issues. It will collaborate closely with civil society and the private sector, as well as the General Assembly’s Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, to better understand and address barriers to women’s and girl’s success.

The council will be comprised of the heads of each state agency, the constitutional officers, and a representative from each of the four legislative caucuses. Its mission is to ensure that women and girls, and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that too many of them face, are taken into account whenever state policies are developed and programs are created. The commissioners will also conduct a review and update of their agency’s current policies and programs to ensure they take the needs of women and girls into account.

The council is charged with focusing on four areas of impact: education and STEAM; economic opportunity and workforce equity; leadership; and health and safety. Subcommittees, composed of the relevant commissioners and focused on those core areas, will convene in advance of every council meeting to foster collaboration and breakdown silos between agencies.

The council is also tasked with recommending to Governor Lamont legislative proposals or changes to state policies or programs that would address issues of special importance to women and girls, as well as changes to state policies that have a distinct impact on women in the state workforce.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (David Bednarz) Politics Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:57:44 -0500
This is SNOW Important: Let’s Make New Milford Accessible for ALL https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3376-this-is-snow-important-let-s-make-new-milford-accessible-for-all-15478386583376-this-is-snow-important-let-s-make-new-milford-accessible-for-all-1547838658 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3376-this-is-snow-important-let-s-make-new-milford-accessible-for-all-15478386583376-this-is-snow-important-let-s-make-new-milford-accessible-for-all-1547838658

With the first significant snowstorm of the season predicted to hit New Milford this weekend, we would like to remind local businesses of ADA regulations in regard to parking and store access. Please remember to maintain the accessible parking spaces and pathways on PRIVATE and TOWN-OWNED business properties. 

All accessible parking spaces should be cleared and made available when the rest of the lots are being cleared and ideally, as soon as possible. Accessible parking spaces should not be used to collect snow for later removal! This is worth repeating. Accessible parking spaces should not be used to collect snow for later removal!

Please note that snow-covered spaces STILL do not mean that you can park in available accessible parking spots if you do not have an Accessible Parking Permit.

A single wheelchair requires at least a 36" path, therefore please ensure a path that is at least this wide. Clear passages should include curb cuts.

Please help by sharing this information with business owners and the public so New Milford is accessible for all during the winter months.

Any facility offering parking for employees or visitors must provide accessible parking for people with disabilities. An accessible parking space consists of vehicle space and a diagonally striped access aisle. The entire space must be kept clear of obstructions— including ice, snow, shopping cart corrals, trash cans, seasonal garden displays, and bicycle racks—at all times - ADA

For more information, please click here.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Sharol Signorelli) Places Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:04:30 -0500
Large Nor’easter to Impact New Milford Saturday Night and Sunday Followed by Flash Freeze Sunday Night https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3375-large-nor-easter-to-impact-new-milford-saturday-night-and-sunday-followed-by-flash-freeze-sunday-night-15478344613375-large-nor-easter-to-impact-new-milford-saturday-night-and-sunday-followed-by-flash-freeze-sunday-night-1547834461 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3375-large-nor-easter-to-impact-new-milford-saturday-night-and-sunday-followed-by-flash-freeze-sunday-night-15478344613375-large-nor-easter-to-impact-new-milford-saturday-night-and-sunday-followed-by-flash-freeze-sunday-night-1547834461

Winter Storm Warning Issued for Litchfield County, Watches Issued by NWS for Rest of State

The GFS and NAM models are in fair to good agreement that a large northeaster will impact all of New England Saturday night and Sunday followed by an arctic cold outbreak Sunday night lasting into the middle of next week.  Some differences still exist between the models and any change in the storm track could still significantly change snowfall amounts.  The following forecast is based on a blend of the GFS and NAM models:

Saturday Evening: Snow is forecast to spread into the state from southwest to northeast between 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Towns should expect snow to become heavy at times by midnight.  Temperatures are forecast to hold in the 20’s.

Saturday Night: Moderate to heavy snow is forecast to change over to a mix from south to north overnight.  A mix line is expected to reach the coast by 1:00 AM and then move north to the Hartford area by 4:00 AM.  Total accumulations before the change to sleet and freezing rain are forecast to range from 2” – 4” near the coast, 6” – 10” in the Hartford area, up to 10” – 14” in the NW hills.  A moderate to major impact on overnight driving is expected in northern and central CT and a moderate impact is expected along the coast with several inches of snow cover on most roads. 

Sunday Morning: A mix of sleet and some freezing rain is expected in central and northern CT with plain rain in southern CT.  Temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid 30’s at the coast.  However temperatures inland are forecast to hold in the 20’s.  Freezing rain may cause some icing on power lines and trees.  The icing combined with NE winds gusting to 30 – 35 MPH and the weight of the overnight snow on trees may cause a moderate impact on power outages across the state.  Minor to isolated pockets of moderate coastal flooding are also possible during high tide at 10:00 AM in Western Long Island Sound.  A moderate impact on driving is expected. 

Sunday Afternoon: The mixed precipitation is forecast to change back to a few hours of light snow and end by mid-afternoon.  Temperatures are forecast to begin rapidly falling late in the afternoon which is expected to flash freeze any standing water on roads. 

Sunday Night: Bitterly cold air is forecast to rush into the state Sunday night with temperatures falling to near 0 F by daybreak on Monday with wind chills between -10 and -25 F.  A minor to moderate impact on driving is expected overnight. 

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor this approaching storm.

Learn more and receive updates on NWS website here.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Weather Service) Life Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:54:12 -0500
Westminster Dog Show - Meet & Compete https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3372-westminster-dog-show-meet-compete3372-westminster-dog-show-meet-compete https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3372-westminster-dog-show-meet-compete3372-westminster-dog-show-meet-compete

Saturday, February 9th - Meet & Compete – Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Join us as we travel to New York City to experience the iconic Westminster Dog Show 2019! We'll be participating with the "Meet & Compete" section of this year's show where we'll watch the Agility Preliminaries and the AKC (American Kennel Club) Meet the Breeds sections. Such a great opportunity to learn about your favorite canine breeds up close and personal and also experience the amazing physical feats that these animals are capable of! Cost is $80.00 per person and includes your admission ticket to the event, deluxe motor coach transportation, driver gratuity and more! In the event of inclement weather and we are not able to travel, a prorated refund will be issued. There are convenient departure locations on Route 202.

For more information, please refer to the Day Trippers Series at the parks & recreation section on the Warren Town Website www.warrenct.org  or call the office at 860-868-7881 ext. 113

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donmurphy1@charter.net (Warren Parks & Recreation) Events Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:09:29 -0500
Connecticut Among Top 10 States for Outbound Moves https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3374-connecticut-among-top-10-states-for-outbound-moves-15477564523374-connecticut-among-top-10-states-for-outbound-moves-1547756452 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3374-connecticut-among-top-10-states-for-outbound-moves-15477564523374-connecticut-among-top-10-states-for-outbound-moves-1547756452

Connecticut Residents Are on the Move

Connecticut residents are on the move, according to a recent study conducted by United Van Lines. Results show that for the fourth consecutive year, Connecticut is among the top ten states for outbound moves. 

Out of the four areas tracked, one area bucked the trend and had more people moving in than out.  The New London-Norwich area had a total of 245 shipments, 54.3% of those were folks moving into the area.

The area with the highest percentage of people moving out was the New Haven-Waterbury-Meriden area that had 282 shipments from a total of 385 in or out of that area.

Area

Total Shipments

From

To

%Out

%In

New London-Norwich, CT

245

112

133

45.7%

54.3%

Hartford-New Brit-Midltown, CT

759

460

299

60.6%

39.4%

Bridgeprt-Stamfrd-Norwlk, CT

893

556

337

62.3%

37.7%

New Haven-Waterbury-Meriden CT

385

282

103

73.2%

26.8%

United Van Lines reports, “New Jersey (66.8 percent), Connecticut (62 percent) and New York (61.5 percent) were included among the top 10 outbound states for the fourth consecutive year. 

The top outbound states for 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan

Since 1977, United Van Lines has annually tracked migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. “The 2018 study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state,” United Van Lines says.

Learn more about United Van Lines 2018 study here.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:15:27 -0500
Burn Calories, Be One with Nature! Snowshoe Trails Near New Milford https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3373-burn-calories-be-one-with-nature-snowshoe-trails-near-new-milford-15477516363373-burn-calories-be-one-with-nature-snowshoe-trails-near-new-milford-1547751636 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3373-burn-calories-be-one-with-nature-snowshoe-trails-near-new-milford-15477516363373-burn-calories-be-one-with-nature-snowshoe-trails-near-new-milford-1547751636

Finally…snow is headed to much of Connecticut this weekend! You don’t need to be a kid to get outside and bask in the white fluff! Why not give snowshoeing a try? Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of nature in New England while engaging in a low impact cardio workout.

"Snowshoeing is the best bang-for-your-buck, fat-burning workout in winter," according to Dr. Ray Browning of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado's Health Science Center and Vail Mountain Man champion. "It's an exceptional way to achieve cardiovascular fitness, expend energy and reduce your chance of heart disease; plus it's low cost, easily mastered and fun."

According to two independent studies conducted by Ball State University and the University of Vermont, snowshoers can burn between 420-1000 calories per hour. Here are some snowshoeing trails near New Milford courtesy of AllTrails.com:

Trail Difficulty Rating Park
Bear Mountain via Red, White, and Yellow Trails Loop MODERATE 4 Bear Mountain Reservation
Bear Mountain Reservation Short Loop MODERATE 3.5 Bear Mountain Reservation
Cranberry Mountain Trail EASY 3.5 Cranberry Mountain Multiple Use Area
Great Hollow Nature Preserve Main Trail Loop MODERATE 4.5 Great Hollow Nature Preserve, Ecological Research Center
Meeker Trail MODERATE 4.5 Macricostas Preserve
Mallory Preserve Trail EASY 4 Mallory Preserve
Upland Pastures - Towner Hill Preserves MODERATE 3 New Milford, Connecticut
Bald Mountain and The Pinnacle Loop MODERATE 3 Northern Connecticut Land Trust
Whitaker Woods to Soapstone Mountain via White and Yellow Blazes MODERATE 4 Northern Connecticut Land Trust
Pootatuck State Forest Loop MODERATE 4.5 Pootatuck State Forest
Herrick Trail Preserve via Appalachian Trail Loop HARD 4.5 Sherman, Connecticut

Please visit AllTrails.com for more information about the trails at https://www.alltrails.com/us/connecticut/snowshoeing

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Katie Connors) Places Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:49:42 -0500
Seven Connecticut Dogs Selected for 2019 Puppy Bowl https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3371-seven-connecticut-dogs-selected-for-2019-puppy-bowl-15476814583371-seven-connecticut-dogs-selected-for-2019-puppy-bowl-1547681458 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3371-seven-connecticut-dogs-selected-for-2019-puppy-bowl-15476814583371-seven-connecticut-dogs-selected-for-2019-puppy-bowl-1547681458

Bloomfield’s Brady from Dog Star Rescue to be part of the starting Lineup

Brady, a 17 week old Chihuahua/Russell Terrier from Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut will be part of Animal Planet’s 15th annual "Puppy Bowl", two hours of nonstop cuteness, on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3, 3 EST/12 PST).

Animal Planet says, “Don't miss the ultimate "Tailgating experience with the Puppy Bowl Pregame Show, featuring aww-analysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents including the infamous Rodt Weiler. Puppy Bowl XIV will kick off at GEICO Stadium.”

According to Animal Planet, the 7 year-running America's favorite "Rufferee," Dan Schachner, will return to call the puppy penalties, furry fumbles and terrier touchdowns. 

Six other dogs from Connecticut will be “Back Up Pups”.

Four puppies are from Danbury Animal Welfare Society:

  • Cole, an 18 week old Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Panda, a 19 week old American Bulldog/Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Scout a 15 week old Pomeranian/Chihuahua
  • Walnut, a 19 week old Boston Terrier/Miniature Poodle/Chihuahua/Dachshund.

Two puppies are from Pack Leaders Rescue of CT:

  • Smokey Blue a 13 week old Lab/Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier/Golden Retriever
  • Tuff a 16 week old Toy Fox Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier.

All dogs are available for adoption! View the Puppy Bowl starting lineup here.

*Fun Fact, Brady is a 2019 Howl of Fame inductee

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Animal Planet) Life Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:27:25 -0500
Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/politics/3370-gov-lamont-announces-public-private-partnership-to-assist-essential-federal-workers-during-shutdown-15476526583370-gov-lamont-announces-public-private-partnership-to-assist-essential-federal-workers-during-shutdown-1547652658 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/politics/3370-gov-lamont-announces-public-private-partnership-to-assist-essential-federal-workers-during-shutdown-15476526583370-gov-lamont-announces-public-private-partnership-to-assist-essential-federal-workers-during-shutdown-1547652658

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance.

In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.

Read More: Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Gov) Politics Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:21:45 -0500
Google Tech Training Tour Brings Seminars to 500+ Connecticut Job Seekers, Small Businesses and Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3369-google-tech-training-tour-brings-seminars-to-500-connecticut-job-seekers-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-15476418433369-google-tech-training-tour-brings-seminars-to-500-connecticut-job-seekers-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-1547641843 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3369-google-tech-training-tour-brings-seminars-to-500-connecticut-job-seekers-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-15476418433369-google-tech-training-tour-brings-seminars-to-500-connecticut-job-seekers-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-1547641843

 

February Trip Will Make Stops in Hartford, New Haven, and New London, open to all residents of New Milford

Google announced today that it will host three day long digital skills training sessions in Connecticut during the week of February 11, making stops in Hartford, New Haven and New London. The effort put on by Grow with Google (the company’s economic opportunity initiative) is part of a national tour of libraries in all 50 U.S. states to equip people with requisite skills to thrive in the digital economy. Each stop will consist of free hands-on courses in an array of tech topics, aimed at job seekers, small business owners, students, educators and entrepreneurs to improve their digital skills.

“Connecticut is one of our country’s most historic centers of innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are making a commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of the Constitution State’s growing economy,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.

Each event will include Google staff leading interactive workshops about issues ranging from search engine optimization and online marketing to coding and email basics. Attendees can also sign up for one-on-one training with Google staff, and tour demo booths to learn more about Google’s free products for learners and small businesses. Google is officially partnering with Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Hartford Public Library, New Haven Free Public Library, and Public Library of New London as well as the American Library Association for the trip, and will explore partnership opportunities with area organizations to help with job training and developing digital skills.

To learn more about the free event and to register, visit g.co/growconnecticut. Space will be limited; so please register in advance.

In its 2017 Economic Impact Report, Google found that 14,000 Connecticut businesses generated $4.13 billion in economic activity by using Google’s search and advertising tools.

DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS:

February 11th: Hartford

  • 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Hartford Public Library -- Albany Library
  • 1250 Albany Avenue,  Hartford, CT 06112

February 13th: New Haven

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • New Haven Free Public Library
  • 133 Elm Street,  New Haven, CT 06510

February 15th: New London

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • Public Library of New London
  • 63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

For more information, click here.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Google) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:17:44 -0500
Brookfield Theatre for the Arts Awarded by Broadway World https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3368-brookfield-theatre-for-the-arts-awarded-by-broadway-world-15476005163368-brookfield-theatre-for-the-arts-awarded-by-broadway-world-1547600516 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3368-brookfield-theatre-for-the-arts-awarded-by-broadway-world-15476005163368-brookfield-theatre-for-the-arts-awarded-by-broadway-world-1547600516

Brookfield Theatre for the Arts awarded as part of BroadwayWorld’s 2018 Theater Awards chosen by chosen by you - the local theater goers!

BroadwayWorld explains, “Regional productions, touring shows, and more were all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are bigger and better than ever, including over 100 cities across America, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia!”

Congratulations to Brookfield Theatre for the Arts for winning Best Choreography (Non-Equity) for Todd Santa Maria in "The Wild Party".

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Broadway World) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:36:45 -0500
Gas Prices in Connecticut Inch Down https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3367-gas-prices-in-connecticut-inch-down-15475578093367-gas-prices-in-connecticut-inch-down-1547557809 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3367-gas-prices-in-connecticut-inch-down-15475578093367-gas-prices-in-connecticut-inch-down-1547557809

Connecticut gas prices continued to decline this week, according to AAA Northeast. Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular gas in Connecticut averages $2.55, 3 cents lower than this time last week. Compared to last year, prices are 12 cents lower.

On the national level, a gallon averages $2.25, 1 cent higher than last week – the first increase since October. Compared to last year, prices are 28 cents lower.

“The price of crude oil has been slowly increasing this year, but unlike some parts of the country, the impact has yet to be felt locally by motorists at the pump,” said Adelle Zocher, Outreach Specialist for AAA Northeast.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

  • Greater Bridgeport $2.66
  • Lower Fairfield County: $2.62
  • New Haven/Meriden: $2.57
  • Greater Hartford $2.45    
  • New London/Norwich $2.58
  • Windham/Middlesex $2.52

Statewide Average:$2.55

Today, Missouri and Arkansas both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.89 and $1.90, respectively. California and Hawaii continue to lead the pack with the highest prices at $3.28 and 3.26, respectively. Connecticut holds the 9th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:27:44 -0500
CT Author Pens CT Guidebook to Adventure - available for purchase near New Milford https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3366-ct-author-pens-ct-guidebook-to-adventure-available-for-purchase-near-new-milford-15475561823366-ct-author-pens-ct-guidebook-to-adventure-available-for-purchase-near-new-milford-1547556182 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3366-ct-author-pens-ct-guidebook-to-adventure-available-for-purchase-near-new-milford-15475561823366-ct-author-pens-ct-guidebook-to-adventure-available-for-purchase-near-new-milford-1547556182

East Hampton, CT Author and Historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State.

The locations within 10 miles of New Milford where the book can be purchased are:

Place Address
Hickory Stick Book Store 2 Green Hill Rd., Washington Depot, CT

To purchase the CT 169 Club 8.5 x 11 hardcover book with over 300 photos & maps and 376 pages directly from the author, please send a check for $26.53 (that includes $24. 95 for the book plus $1.58 for CT Tax with free USPS shipping!) to:

Marty Podskoch, 43 O’Neill Lane, East Hampton, CT 06424

The CT 169 Club Book is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide.

Learn more about the author and the book here

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Martin Podskoch) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:07:50 -0500
Watercolor Class https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3360-watercolor-class3360-watercolor-class https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3360-watercolor-class3360-watercolor-class

Watercolor Class

4- WednesdaysJanuary 9, 16, 23 & 3010:00 am - 12:00pm

For beginner and intermediate. With the guidance of our local expert painter and instructor Betty Ann Medeiros. In this class, she will teach you the beauty of watercolor in a fun, relaxing, and comprehensive manner. In this class, you will work on technique, color mixing, charging, and layering. Each person works on their own painting.  $139, All materials included. Call (860) 354-4318 to register. 12 Main Street, New Milford, CT

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tvsheik@aol.com (Village Center for the Arts) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:00:29 -0500