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Julia Werth

Julia Werth has 150 articles published.

Julia Werth is a Staff Writer specializing in education, health and the environment for the Connecticut Examiner. Julia previously worked for the Connecticut Mirror where she wrote on healthcare and juvenile justice. In addition to her work as a journalist, Julia is a registered dietitian, podcast host and owner of Werth Your While Nutrition. Julia holds a dual degree of the University of Connecticut in Journalism and Nutritional Sciences.
Posted on in Education/In the Region

Eligibility for Free & Reduced School Lunch Jumps in Semi-Rural and Suburban Towns Under New Formula

In the last three years, Old Saybrook Public Schools has seen a 11.1 percent increase in students receiving free or reduced school lunch. Putting aside the issue of declining enrollments in the district, 227 students qualified for subsidized lunch in 2018-19, compared to just 100 students in 2015-16. “The reasons for the increase are hard… Keep Reading

Posted on in Old Saybrook

12-and-Over Library Policy Raises Concern in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK — At the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook, all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. “It’s been our policy since at least 2004, but it was not enforced,” said Amanda Bouwer, the library director. “We aren’t here to act instead of the parent, so we ask… Keep Reading

Posted on in Environment/In the Region

A Pesticide Ban, New Revenues, Among Issues Highlighted at Environmental Summit in Hartford

With the legislative session just three weeks away, advocates, legislators and business owners filled Mather Hall at Trinity College on Wednesday for the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters 2020 Environmental Summit to settle on an environmental agenda for the February 5 start of session. “We got all the advocates and lawmakers in one room where… Keep Reading

Posted on in Education/Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook Board of Education to Phase-in Universal Pre-School

OLD SAYBROOK — The Board of Education voted unanimously to authorize the superintendent to proceed with a phased-in approach to adding universal preschool for 4-year-olds in the Old Saybrook. “We move very deliberately in this district,” said Jan Perruccio, superintendent of Old Saybrook schools. “It is a safe way to pilot this that allows us… Keep Reading

Posted on in Health/In the Region

Plans to Add 15 Mosquito Testing Sites for EEE Uncertain With Connecticut Budget Crunch

After four diagnosed cases — and three deaths — of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in southeastern Connecticut in 2019, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is requesting an additional $150,000 from the state to add 15 new mosquito testing locations. “We would like to add 15 additional sites in the east where we didn’t have a presence… Keep Reading

Posted on in Criminal Justice

Treatment Prevention Pathways Offers Alternatives for Addicts in Criminal Justice System

It costs the state of Connecticut approximately $179 per day to hold an individual with drug addiction in prison, according to the Court Support Services Division of the state’s Judicial Branch. That’s more than double the average cost for all other incarcerated individuals in the state, according to the State Department of Corrections. “For the… Keep Reading

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