March 29, 2017

Carney, MacLachlan to Hold Coffee Hours in Westbrook, Saturday

State Rep. Jesse Maclachlan (R-34th)

State Representative Devin Carney

State Rep’s. Devin Carney and Jesse MacLachlan will hold coffee hours in Westbrook at the Westbrook Public Library located at 61 Goodspeed Drive on Saturday, April 1 starting at 10 a.m.

This event will provide constituents with an opportunity to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government or local issues.

Anyone unable to attend, but who would like to speak to either legislator can contact Carney’s or MacLachlan’s office at 800-842-1423 or by email at: devin.carney@housegop.ct.gov andjesse.machlachlan@housegop.ct.gov.

Carney represents the 23rd General Assembly District, which includes the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and a portion of Westbrook.

MacLachlan represents the 34th General Assembly District, which includes the towns of Clinton, Killingworth and a portion of Westbrook.

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Letter to the Editor: LVVS Thanks Shoreline Web News (That’s us!) for Supporting Recent Fundraiser

To the Editor:

In our original letter regarding Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore’s Wine and Brew Tasting and Auction benefitting the organization’s tutoring program we set out to thank those responsible for the success of the event. The event, held on September 29th at the Saybrook Point Pavilion netted funds that will help L.V.V.S. continue the mission of eradicating illiteracy in the valley shore area well into 2017.

Many of our sponsors have longstanding relationships with our agency and support the work of eliminating illiteracy through a number of means. It has come to our attention that we inadvertently left off one of the most loyal and steadfast partners from that letter. Nigel and Olwen Logan of Shoreline Web News LLC provided LVVS with coverage and an ad for our fundraiser worth far in excess of the $200 normal ad space charge. We thank them for their continued support and for the fine work they do in covering area news and events.

Our agency exists because volunteers and sponsors, such as Shoreline Web News make it possible for us to raise the funds to help area residents improve their lives. Readers and advertsers can help in that work by supporting those businesses who are committed to causes such as this.

Thank You!

Sincerely,

John J. Ferrara

Editor’s Note: The author is the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, CT, Inc.

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Letter to the Editor: Thank You From Organizers of Literacy Volunteers April Fool’s Race

To the Editor:

The 9th Annual Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore April Fool’s Race benefitting tutoring programs for area residents came in like spring this year. A little slow on the starting blocks but run in beautiful weather and finishing with a kick. Racers from all over New England and as far away as Minnesota participated in the festivities to help commemorate the contributions of past volunteers Dot and Erl Nord.

We are especially fortunate to have an extraordinary combination that made this year’s event a rousing success. Special thanks to the Clark Group and Tower Laboratories, our title sponsors. Their generosity reached new heights with their sponsorship, which included the Backward Mile race. AAA Refrigeration answered the call with a Silver Sponsorship this year.

Thanks also to sponsors Edward Jones Investments-Clinton, Andre Prost, Inc., Pasta Vita, Kearney Insurance, Penny Lane Pub, Essex Savings Bank, Guilford Savings Bank and Big Y Supermarkets for their generosity in helping stamp out illiteracy.

A huge thank you to Race Director Elizabeth Steffen, who again worked very hard this year to make this event a success. We greatly appreciate the generous assistance from First Selectman Norm Needleman, the Town of Essex, Essex Police, Essex Parks & Recreation Department, our office staff and our many race volunteers.

Finally, thank you to all our racers and all those who brought “spring” to the race and the cause of literacy.

Sincerely,

John J. Ferrara,
Executive Director Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, CT, Inc. — serving the towns of: Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.
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Public Invited to Opiate Abuse Forum for Shoreline Communities, 5pm Tonight

mcsaacA free public forum and panel discussion on the growing problem of opiate abuse in Middlesex County will be held at Westbrook Library on Monday, March 14 at 5 p.m., sponsored by the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council (MCSAAC).

Connecticut loses hundreds of citizens every year to opiate overdoses. Thousands more are addicted and still more are in recovery. “Heroin-related overdose deaths zoomed in one year from 174 to 387, a 122 percent increase,” said Betsey Chadwick, director of MCSAAC. “In this public forum we’ll look at who is most vulnerable, and how we can contain, reduce and help prevent the problem.”

Five people will serve on the panel. State’s Attorney Peter McShane and State Trooper Wayne Buck will discuss the sources of excess opiates including doctor-shopping, pill peddling, the diversion of narcotics and heroin sales and what they’re doing about it.

Panelist J. Craig Allen, MD will talk about trends in painkiller use, how it can lead to addiction and heroin, and doctors’ response to the crisis.

CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon will speak about resources for treatment at the state level.

Rounding out the panel will be a young person in recovery from opioid addiction (Aware Recovery Care), describing the slow journey back from addiction.

The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. The Westbrook Library is at 61 Goodspeed Dr., in Westbrook. Use the rear entrance. For more information contact Betsey Chadwick at MCSAAC by calling 860-347-5959 or via email at betsey@mcsaac.org.

Editor’s note: MCSAAC is recognized by the State of Connecticut as a Regional Action Council, devoted to the prevention and reduction of alcohol and drug abuse, especially among youth. It is a Council of the Middlesex County Business Industry Foundation, Inc., an affiliate of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

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Carney, Linares to Hold Office Hours in Westbrook Tonight

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State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) will hold pre-session office hours in Westbrook at the Westbrook Town Hall on Feb. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd) and State Representative Jesse MacLachlan (R-35th) will join Carney at the Westbrook event.

State Senator Art Linares

State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd)

This session will provide constituents with an opportunity to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government. Anyone with questions about the event can contact Carney’s office at 800-842-1423 or devin.carney@housegop.ct.gov.

Carney represents the 23rd General Assembly District that includes Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and part of Westbrook.

Linares represents the 33rd District comprising Lyme along with Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook

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Carney, Linares to Hold Office Hours in Westbrook, Feb. 9

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) will hold pre-session office hours in Old Saybrook at the Saybrook Point Pavilion on Monday, Jan. 25, starting at 6 p.m., in Old Lyme at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library on Wednesday, Jan. 27, starting at 6 p.m., and in Westbrook at the Westbrook Town Hall on Feb. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Carney will be joined in Old Saybrook on Jan. 25 by State Senators Art Linares (R-33rd) and Paul Formica (R-20th).

At the Old Lyme event, Carney will be joined by State Senator Paul Formica: State Representative Jesse MacLachlan (R-35th) and Linares will join Carney at the Westbrook event.

State Senator Paul Formica (R-33rd)

State Senator Paul Formica (R-33rd)

These sessions will provide constituents with an opportunity to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government. Anyone with questions about the event can contact Carney’s office at 800-842-1423 or devin.carney@housegop.ct.gov.

Carney represents the 23rd General Assembly District that includes Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and part of Westbrook.

State Senator Art Linares

State Senator Art Linares (R-20th)

Formica represents the 20th District comprising  Old Lyme, along with Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London,Old Saybrook, Salem and Waterford.

Linares represents the 33rd District comprising Lyme along with Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam,  Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook

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LVVS Hosts Important Presentation Tonight on Refugee Crisis, Pathways to Citizenship

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (LVVS) will host a presentation on refugees and the paths to citizenship on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Westbrook’s Public Library. The presentation will feature Claudia Connor CEO of the International Institute of Connecticut and Alicia Kinsman, who is the Director and Managing Attorney of the organization’s Immigration Legal Services Program.

The International Institute of Connecticut, based in Bridgeport, CT (IICONN) is the state’s leading nonprofit provider of integrated legal and social services to new immigrants and refugees. Kinsman will address immigration issues and explain the various immigration processes that would be relevant to LVVS clients and Connor will explain the refugee admissions process, the security screening process and the refugee resettlement program.

Refreshments will be served.

The event is free but readers are encouraged to reserve as seating is limited. Contact the office by phone at 860-399-0280 or email at info@vsliteracy.org

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Vista Arts Center Hosts “Paint Night” Tonight at Madison

Participants in the upcoming “Paint Night” will paint the view of Tuxis Island from the Madison Surf Club.

Participants in the upcoming “Paint Night” will paint the view of Tuxis Island from the Madison Surf Club.

The Vista Arts Center is hosting a special “Paint Night with Vista” at the Madison Surf Club on Monday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Participants will paint the view of Tuxis Island from the patio of the Surf Club alongside local celebrities Madison First Selectman Fillmore McPherson, architect Duo Dickinson and WTNH newscaster Jim Watkins. At the end of the evening, participants take their works of art home.

A social art class offered by the Vista Arts Center, “Paint Night” is open to community members of all artistic skill levels. No prior painting experience is required. The class will be led by local artist and Vista staff member Samantha Listorti, who will provide step-by-step guidance.

The cost for this special evening is $40 per person. Food will be available for purchase at the Surf Club. Because space is limited, registration is required.

To secure your seat, visit the Vista website or contact Amanda Roberts, Arts Program Manager, at 860-399-8080 or aroberts@vistavocational.org.

The mission of the Vista Arts Center is to provide quality arts programming to a diverse, adult population that promotes self-expression and learning in a nurturing, noncompetitive environment.

Based in Madison and Westbrook, Conn., Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success.

For more information about Vista, visit www.vistavocational.org

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Panel Discussion Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Landmark Women’s Rights Decision

Civil rights pioneer Estelle Griswold stands outside the offices of Planned Parenthood in New haven, Conn.

Civil rights activist and feminist  Estelle Griswold stands outside the offices of Planned Parenthood in New Haven, Conn.

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) has announced it will host a  panel presentation and discussion Commemorating the 50th  Anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut.  The event will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday evening, April 2, Westbrook Library (Lower Level), 61 Goodspeed Drive, Westbrook, CT  06498.

Guest panelists include Connecticut State Representative Kelly Luxenberg and Susan Yolen, VP for Public Policy and Advocacy for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. This event is free and open to the public.

In 1965, Estelle Griswold of Executive Director of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut and Yale Physician and Professor Dr. Buxton challenged the State’s interference in a woman’s right to access birth control, and by extension a woman’s right to privacy over her own body.  Upon opening a clinic in New Haven, they were both promptly arrested and appealed to the Supreme Court. Winning a 7-2 victory, they established case law that would ensure women this basic human right across the United States.

Fifty years later, the SLDW shines a light on Griswold and Buxton, and remembers the rights we take for granted today were often hard won, but are inalienable.

The SLDW (http://www.sldw.org) is a chapter of the Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women (CFDW), which is a chapter of the National Federation of Democratic Women. The SLDW continues to seek membership from women who live in Old Lyme, and Lyme as well as Clinton, Madison, Guilford, Branford, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, Essex, Westbrook, Chester and Deep River. Meetings are held monthly from September through May.

The SLDW is dedicated to educating its members about political and social issues important to women of all ages in the Valley-Shore area. Women in the local district are encouraged to join the SLDW and participate in the organization’s valuable work in the community. Members can be involved in any capacity, whether it is 30 minutes a month, or 30 minutes a year. As a part of the SLDW educational charter, members will be notified of important pending state and national legislation.

For more information, email sldworg@gmail.com or contact Kathleen Skoczen at 860-669-7034 or Belinda Jones at860-399-1147. Visit the SLDW website at http://www.sldw.org.

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Enjoy Old Lyme Library’s ‘Bookworm Ball’ Tonight, a Few Tickets Still Available

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The theme of this year’s Bookworm Ball sponsored by the Friends of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is  Hollywood Night at the Bookworm Ball.  The popular annual event planned for Saturday, March 21, from 7 to 11 p.m. will find the Old Lyme Country Club – the site selected for this year’s Ball – transformed into the setting for a glittering movie premiere.

Previous balls have featured such themes as the Roaring 20s, Buccaneers’ Ball, Rockin’ 50s and last year’s Evening in Paris. This year instead of costumes and historical props, plans call for a glamorous night of stars on the red carpet in their fashion finery, music and dancing, live and silent auction excitement, and elegant edibles — all in support of a beloved community resource, The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

This file image from the 2014 Oscar red carpet celebrations gives a hint of the glamorous night ahead at the 2015 Bookworm Ball!

This file image from the red carpet celebrations at the 2014 Oscar  celebrations gives a hint of the glamorous night ahead at the 2015 Bookworm Ball!

The Friends of the Library go all out for the fundraiser, with an event that last year brought in $27,000. The ball takes thousands of volunteer hours to put together, with sponsors providing financial support as well as donated items to be auctioned. Each year the non-profit organization pledges to raise more than $40,000 annually to buy new books and bring educational programs for tots, teens, and adults to the library. All net proceeds from the Ball are dedicated to the financial support of the Library’s programs and collections.

“We’re always thinking of ways to make sure this important fundraiser is first and foremost a fun event, ” said Leslie Massa, vice president of the Friends. We know that the library is much loved in the community, but it’s great to see so many people come out to support it.  It seems that word has gotten out that the Bookworm Ball is a good time, and thanks to the support of our sponsors, we’re able to keep the party affordable.” This year those sponsors include Reynolds Subaru, AXA Advisors, Paul Burdick Oil, All-Pro Automotive, Essex Financial/Savings, Jeffrey N. Mehler CFP, LLC and LymeLine.com

Tickets at $50 per person to Hollywood Night at the Bookworm Ball can be reserved by calling the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library at (860) 434-1684.

For more information about the Ball and the library, visit http://www.oldlyme.lioninc.org/bookworm-ball-2015/

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Letter to the Editor: Retiring State Rep. Giuliano Supports Carney to Succeed Her

To the Editor:

I write in support of Devin Carney for State Representative for Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook in the upcoming August 12th Republican primary.

Devin will work for all of us with energy, with integrity, and with an abiding interest not in politics, but in public service.

In the 12 years that I’ve served in the General Assembly, I’ve been an eye witness to what it takes to succeed in that world – the thought and deliberation required to craft good public policy; and the importance of each vote cast on behalf of 24,000 people. We speak of jobs, the economy, and political issues, but the work of the state representative is really about people, families and communities who count on the attention, the concern, and the commitment of their state representative. Devin Carney is known for these attributes and can be counted on to listen and to serve.

Each legislative session brings difficult challenges to confront and, for Connecticut, these challenges loom large. I am confident that Devin Carney will confront these tough issues with fairness, honesty, intelligence, and with an impassioned advocacy on behalf of us all.

Join me in supporting Devin Carney on August 12th.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Giuliano,
Old Saybrook.
Editor’s Note: The author is State Representative for the 23rd District.

 

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Republican Primary: Candidate Responses to our Questions

Two candidates, Devin Carney and Vicki Lanier, are running in the Republican Primary on Tuesday for the right to be the party-endorsed candidate for the 23rd District State Representative.  The 23rd District covers Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and the southern portion of Westbrook.  The seat was previously held by Marilyn Giuliano, who is retiring.

We asked each candidate to submit a biography of 100 words or less and to answer each of three questions in a maximum of 250 words.

The questions are:

  1. Why are you running for this position?
  2. What do you consider is the greatest challenge currently facing the state? What suggestions can you offer for solving it?
  3. What is your opinion on the recent ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision by the Supreme Court?

We thank both candidates sincerely for responding to our questions by the specified deadline.

Voting will take place Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Old Lyme and Lyme at the Cross Lane and Hamburg Firehouses respectively from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Only registered Republicans may vote in this Republican Primary.

DEVIN CARNEY

Biography

Headshot_247x283I was raised in Old Saybrook, but my family has been in the district since the 1950’s when my grandfather, Art, bought a home in Westbrook. I went to Old Saybrook High and graduated from Brandeis University.

I have worked on statewide and local Republican campaigns. I have experience in public health, real estate, and most recently starting a home-based business in the voiceover profession.

I am a passionate volunteer in the community and lector at Grace Episcopal Church. I live in Saybrook, but am in Old Lyme all the time as my long-time girlfriend her wonderful children live there.

1. Why are you running for this position?

The 23rd District encompasses everything I love in Connecticut, from its beaches to its forests to its wonderful people. But, for all of the reasons that bind me to Connecticut, there’s much work to be done to make our state affordable and prosperous for all.

Connecticut has lost a lot of our 25-34-year-old population. Folks my age have opted to go to other states because our economic climate is so bad. It’s very simple – when the youth can’t work then they can’t stay here. They can’t buy homes and start families. Parents and grandparents lose out because their children and grandchildren are forced to leave the state because it’s unaffordable, and that’s wrong.

I never had it easy and have been working since I was twelve years old, when I decided to take up a paper route to help my mother with expenses.  I understand the value of a hard-earned dollar. It’s simply unfair that so many people are forced to leave their homes because the cost of living is too high here, in the state they chose to live, work, and retire in.I’m running because I believe Connecticut is at a crossroads – we can stay where we are or we can work together to reinvent the way our government works.  I believe it’s time for fresh ideas and innovation up in Hartford, which is what I promise to provide as your next state representative.  I want you, your kids, your business, and your quality of life to thrive.

2. What do you consider is the greatest challenge currently facing the state? What suggestions can you offer for solving it?

The greatest challenge facing the state is improving business confidence so that our economic climate is healthy.  When private industry is successful there are more job opportunities available and more people staying in the district.  In order for business confidence and industry to improve, taxes must be lowered, roadways must be fixed, and Connecticut needs to be affordable.I would look at alternative programs that can provide better results at lower costs, particularly in areas like long-term care and corrections. I would promote improvements to fiscal planning that would work to reduce long-term unfunded liabilities, particularly with pensions. I would seek to avoid any tax increases that would harm our economic recovery thus encouraging employers to invest in Connecticut.

Our roadways must be improved for tourism and business to thrive. The government often takes tax dollars from the transportation fund and puts it in the general fund, which does our businesses no good. Too often I hear of the issues with I-95 in terms of traffic and safety – it’s about time we focus on this instead of kicking the can down the road.

Our state government must ensure state funding commitments to small towns, so as to avoid unfunded municipal mandates that raise property taxes. This requires the state to help with funding of education, particularly special education, and transportation. Another burden on many is the energy costs and, in some areas, flood insurance costs – I would work to help consumers by promoting innovation and competition in these areas.

3. What is your opinion on the recent ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision by the Supreme Court?

The Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision is now federal law.  The state government may choose to try to nullify the law, as Minnesota is trying to do, independent of federal mandates. If Connecticut chooses this route, then it may find itself in court, but likely with more liberal conditions since Connecticut courts are more liberal than the US Supreme Court.  It is not likely that many of our businesses, here in the 23rd, will be affected by the ruling at all since the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) exempts businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the ‘employer mandate’.

I do believe strongly in freedom of religion as stated in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Thus, I do not think that anyone’s religious liberty should be abridged so long as it doesn’t take away anyone else’s Constitutional rights. Employment is not a Constitutional right, but I do believe that it may be necessary for companies like Hobby Lobby to at least make it very clear of their beliefs, which is my main concern with the decision. Something like a church or a religious non-profit may be easily recognizable, so one must assume there may be company policies that reflect a particular religious viewpoint. But, Hobby Lobby is a large chain of craft stores, so it may not be reasonable for one to assume they are religious.

It is very clear is that Obamacare has many unanswered questions. We are likely to see issues regarding it for many years.

VICKI LANIER

Biography

Headshot_225x279Vicki lives and works in Old Lyme and is the mother of four children aged 7-22.   She owns a general practice law firm focusing on family and child protection law.  An involved member of the community, Vicki has served on the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee since 2007.   She was elected to the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education in 2009, serving as its treasurer from 2011-2013.  A room parent at Mile Creek Elementary School, Vicki is also actively involved with her children, who keep her busy with their participation in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and recreational sports.

1. Why are you running for this position?

I am running for state representative in the 23rd district because I am committed to being part of the solution in Connecticut.  Our bloated and ineffective state government has made Connecticut one of the worst states for businesses, retirees, and working families.  If we have any hope of turning Connecticut around, we must insist on real change in Hartford.  Real change starts by electing qualified candidates who offer relevant experience, with a reputation for delivering real results.

Because I believe in public service, I am running for state representative.  After serving on both the Old Lyme republican town committee and the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education, I want to serve the community in another capacity.  Utilizing my experience as an effective attorney, skilled negotiator, and creative problem solver will enable me to tackle the difficult issues facing our state.   I am running because Hartford needs fewer career politicians (seasoned or aspiring) and more practical, results-oriented leaders with the demonstrated fortitude to make difficult decisions.

I believe the people in the 23rd district want a representative that will defend our constitutional rights, reduce and repeal unnecessary legislation and regulation, insist on fiscal responsibility, promote local decision making, and reduce the size of state government.  I am running because I am the candidate with the personal, professional, and political experience necessary to further those goals in Hartford.

2. What do you consider is the greatest challenge currently facing the state? What suggestions can you offer for solving it?

The greatest challenge currently facing our state is our sluggish economy.  Connecticut’s economy is suffering because of our government’s inability or unwillingness to balance the state budget, the state’s onerous tax structure, and excessive regulation and taxation on business.  Our state legislators must stay focused on the role the state government plays in promoting a healthy economy.

The most effective way for state government to stimulate the economy is through prudent fiscal management of the state budget – including addressing the state’s unfunded pension obligations, reducing taxes on businesses and eliminating unnecessary regulations so that private industry can thrive.  Therefore, I am not a proponent of creating “new programs” to stimulate our economy.  Rather, I am a proponent of smaller state government.  I favor repealing the nearly 300 taxes that contribute less than .001% to our annual revenue.  This includes repealing the small business entity tax and other nuisance taxes.  I also support reducing the gas tax and eliminating the tax on retiree pensions.

In order for Connecticut to become a more business friendly state, legislators must examine current legislation, repeal unnecessary regulation and be thoughtful about enacting new legislation.  Before enacting any legislation, we must ask ourselves, “what is the problem this legislation is solving, does it effectively solve the problem without unintended consequences, and can we afford it?”  Our economy will not recover until our state government acknowledges that it must right size government, reduce our revenue requirements, and allow free enterprise to flourish with limited government intervention.

3. What is your opinion on the recent ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision by the Supreme Court?

I support the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Burwell, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al.  This case addressed whether the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could require closely held corporations to provide its employees health insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violated the sincerely held religious beliefs of the companies’ owners.

The Supreme Court held that such a requirement would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA).  The RFRA prohibits the federal government from taking any action that substantially burdens the exercise of religion unless that action constitutes the least restrictive means of serving a compelling government interest.  While the Supreme Court found the regulations of the HHS to serve a compelling government interest (providing health insurance – including coverage for contraceptive methods that are abortifacients), it did not find that the mandate was the least restrictive means of serving that interest.

Instead, the Supreme Court found that there were other ways that either Congress or HHS could ensure women access to the particular contraceptives at issue in this case.  Specifically, employees of any closely held corporation where the religious beliefs of the company owners prohibited offering such coverage for contraception could be offered coverage through the same coverage already available to religious non-profits.  This decision represents the appropriate balance between honoring our constitutionally protected right to freedom of religion with the current federal law (whether you agree with it or not) commonly known as “Obama-care”.

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Letter to the Editor: Similarities to Giuliano Make Lanier Best Candidate to Fill Giuliano’s Shoes

To the Editor:

For a seamless transition to elect a new State Rep in the 23rd District, Republican voters should consider the similarities between the retiring Marilyn Giuliano and Vicki Lanier when voting on August 12th.

Both are long-time Republicans with experience in elected office before running for state rep; Vicki was treasurer on Region 18 Board of Ed; Marilyn was vice chair of Old Saybrook Board of Finance.

Both are working mothers who balanced demands of parenthood, work, and volunteerism with their public service; Vicki is partner in her law firm, Marilyn is a public school employee.

Both devote time to community outreach; Vicki mentors women in need; Marilyn lent time to public health and housing. Both gave time and effort to PTO and Scouts.

In an ironic twist, both Giuliano and Lanier did not emerge with their party’s endorsement.  Twelve years ago, Marilyn won her primary.  Given the similar strengths and experience that both Vicki and Marilyn possess, please vote for Vicki Lanier on August 12th.

Sincerely,

Joan C. Carlson,
Old Saybrook.

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Letter to the Editor: Carney Has the Character to Continue Giuliano’s Work as State Rep.

To the Editor:

Devin Carney is a great choice to be our next State Representative for the 23rd District and we will proudly vote for him in the Republican primary on August 12th.  Marilyn Giuliano has held this seat for 12 years and it is important the next person represents us with the same passion as she has.  We believe Devin is that person.

Devin is committed to the 23rd District and believes in focusing on making it possible for our families and seniors to be able to continue calling it home.  Times are tough and no one better than Devin understands, first-hand, that when times are tough it means rolling up your sleeves and getting to work. We are reminded of when he was a kid and he started a paper route to help his single mom, Deb, make ends meet.  Through hard work and against the odds, he became the first person in his immediate family to graduate college.

We believe his character, morals, and values are exactly what our district needs and he is more than ready and able to continue what Marilyn began. Please join us on August 12th in voting for Devin Carney for State Rep.

Sincerely,

Sharon and Dave Tiezzi,
Old Saybrook.

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Letter to the Editor: Carney Understands Cost Challenges of Connecticut Living

To the Editor:

As a newly registered voter, I am very much looking forward to casting my first vote for Devin Carney  for State Representative on August 12th.  My generation (and many others) understands that we need to have strong representatives who want to focus on improving opportunities here in Connecticut.  I hope that when I graduate from UConn, I will be able to find work and afford to live in the state I love – Devin wants to help make that a reality. 

He understands that the high costs of doing business in Connecticut significantly diminish our competitiveness. I am confident that his vision of housing affordability to the new workforce, investing in our transportation system, and lowering taxes and regulations on business will help improve the job market.  Not to mention, he will fight to keep tuition costs low for our state schools, so that everyone can afford a quality education. 

Sincerely,

Sam Stadnick,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: After Declining Debate, Carney Now Needs to Offer More Details About Candidacy

To the Editor:

Unlike some residents of the 23rd District, clairvoyance is not my strong point.  I felt compelled to study the candidate’s most recent literature for more information about his professional background, and his solutions to problems he has identified that need correction.

After reviewing the material, I believe that the candidate still has no experience in government, no managerial experience in business, no background as a negotiator, and no stated solutions to problems.

It has been pointed out that vetting a candidate is a most important factor in the decision making process.  But how can we do that when Candidate Carney has ducked  a debate, which would have given us a true side by side comparison of the two office seekers?

Remember, Vicki Lanier accepted the invitation to debate, but Devin Carney declined!

Sincerely,

Joseph Bruno,
Old Lyme

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Carney Cruises to Victory in 23rd District Republican Convention

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Devin Carney

Devin Carney, Republican candidate for State Representative, won the 23rd District Convention by a vote of 10-4.  His campaign was able to earn unanimous support from Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.  This included votes from the Lyme First Selectman, Ralph Eno, the Old Saybrook First Selectman, Carl P. Fortuna, Jr., and the current State Representative for the 23rd District, Marilyn Giuliano, who also gave Carney his nominating speech and has endorsed him.

In a statement, Giuliano said, “I believe Devin will work for all of us with energy and integrity, and with an interest not in politics, but public service.”  Giuliano lost her convention in 2002 by onlytwo votes on a second ballot vote after the first vote failed to determine a winner by majority, but defeated her opponent in a primary due to her showing in her hometown of Old Saybrook.

In addition to the support at convention, Carney has received support from each town – which can be seen through his strong fundraising effort.  He collected 95 donations from Old Saybrook, 57 from Old Lyme, 35 from Westbrook, and 18 from Lyme.

Carney stated, “The results at convention were a testament to the hard work I’ve put in these past few months and to the confidence the delegates have in me to win in November.  I bring new, fresh ideas to the table and can’t wait to get up to Hartford to offer some much-needed common sense.  I am not your typical politician, but rather a regular person just trying to fix our economy, get jobs back in Connecticut, and help rejuvenate the Republican Party in this state.”

He continued, “Most importantly, I believe the people of the 23rd District deserve a representative who understands the unique issues in each of the four towns.  While I live in Old Saybrook, my family is from Westbrook, my mother lives in Lyme, and my longtime girlfriend lives in Old Lyme with her children.  I have a personal stake in each town and will be a representative for all; the people of the 23rd deserve nothing less.”

For more information about Carney’s campaign, contact Melissa Bonner at carneyfor23pr@gmail.com.

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Lanier to Primary on Aug. 12 for Republican Candidacy of 23rd District

Vicki Lanier

Vicki Lanier

Vicki Lanier (R) of Old Lyme has announced her intention to primary in August to be the Republican candidate for the state assembly seat of the 23rd District, which will be vacated by Marilyn Giuliano at the end of this year.  Giuliano, who has represented the district since 2003, announced in February that she would not seek a seventh term.

In six weeks of active fundraising, Lanier has exceeded the required amount of funds and number of donors to qualify for public campaign funds to be used both in any primary efforts and ultimately in her race against any Democratic candidate this November.  Lanier’s donors have come from both statewide and the four towns with areas in the 23rd District, namely Old Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

Lanier commented, “First, I offer congratulations to my Republican opponent [Devin Carney] for the result at the convention, which was not unexpected. The convention is the first part of our process in selecting a candidate to represent the Republican Part this November.”

She continued, ” I am reminded of a time 12 years ago when a strong candidate named Marilyn Giuliano, who lost the convention, felt compelled to let the full membership of the Republican Party make a choice about who would be the best qualified to not only defeat the Democratic opponent, but most importantly, effectively serve the people of the 23rd district.”

Lanier concluded, “As Marilyn emphasized at the Holbrook Dinner last Friday night, it was her practical experience that enabled her to be so successful in the legislature.  I am confident that the voters in the Republican Party will choose a candidate equally equipped with the life experience, professional skill set, energy, and proven track record to be our next representative. ”

For additional information on Lanier, contact vickilanier2014@gmail.com, visit her page on Facebook at “Lanier2014″ and her website at www.lanier2014.com.

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Republican State Rep. Candidate Lanier Reaches Goal to Qualify for Public Election Campaign Funds

Vicki Lanier

Vicki Lanier

Vicki Lanier (R) of Old Lyme has announced that in just six weeks of active fundraising, she significantly exceeded the required amount of funds and number of donors to qualify for public campaign funds to be used both in any primary efforts and ultimately in her race against any Democratic candidate this November.

Lanier’s donors have come from both statewide and the four towns with areas in the 23rd District, namely Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Lyme and Westbrook. Lanier commented, “I am excited by the level of support we have so quickly built for my campaign effort.  My extensive experience of true civic service and real accomplishments as an elected official have prepared me for the demands of serving as an effective state assembly member. ”

She added, “With the close of the 2014 legislative session, I would also like to express my thanks to our distinguished retiring 23rd district state representative, Marilyn Giuliano.  She has done an outstanding job of balancing leadership on issues with listening to constituents and advocating for their views.”

Lanier, a life-long resident of Old Lyme, was elected to the Regional District 18 Board of Education in 2009, where she served as treasurer.  She holds a law degree from Quinnipiac University and practices family law.  She is a contributing mentor to various women’s groups and active in community efforts supporting children and small businesses.

Devin Carney (R) of Old Saybrook is also campaigning for the 23rd District State Representative seat currently held by Marilyn Giuliano, also of Old Saybrook.  Giuliano, who has represented the district since 2003, announced in February that she would not seek a seventh term.  If both Lanier and Carney continue to pursue the Republican nomination, a Primary election will be held on Aug. 12, in which only registered Republicans in the 23rd District will be eligible to vote.

For additional information on Lanier, contact vickilanier2014@gmail.com, visit her page on Facebook at “Lanier2014” and her website at www.lanier2014.com.

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Shoreline Medical Center Hosts Open House Today

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The brand new Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center, pictured above, which held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, is hosting a community Open House on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Bring the whole family to enjoy:

    • Medical Center tours hosted by the staff
    • Free health fair with blood pressure screenings, child fingerprint IDs and more
    • “Touch-a-Truck” featuring paramedic and other vehicles
    • A roving magician and balloon sculptor to entertain the kids
    • Local food trucks offering barbecue, seafood, desserts & more for purchase

The Medical Center is located at 250 Flat Rock Place, Westbrook, CT 06498 .

For further information, contact Kathleen Russo at 860-358-6200 or Kathleen.Russo@midhosp.org

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