Legislators Debate Three Proposals for Healthcare

...protect jobs in the state. Susan Halpin, a lobbyist for the Connecticut Association of Health Plans, which represents the insurance industry, echoed this.  “[The public option] puts us out of business, if you take it down to its full conclusion,” said Halpin.  Concerns State Sen. Matt Lesser, D-Middletown, co-chair of...

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Groton City Mayor Keith Hedrick Makes his Case for a 3rd Term

...talks about the fact that he was the youngest legislator, the youngest African-American legislator, that he would be the first Latino mayor. The mayor of Middletown is 27, and if Aundré gets elected he’ll be 26, so then he’d be the youngest mayor in the state. To me, this is...

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Parties Split on Elections Legislation

...to move backward.”  State Sen. Matt Lesser, D-Middletown, said he thinks these measures will be important for people who can’t get to the polls on election day — individuals who work multiple jobs, for instance.  But allowing for early voting and no-excuse ballots would require a statewide referendum and an...

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Connecticut’s Cities Press to Recoup Tax-Exempt Revenue

...guidance counselor or a librarian in all the public schools. It’s a pattern that’s repeated in Hartford and Middletown. According to Elicker, Yale University pays $13 million in voluntary payments to the city. But if the University and Yale-New Haven Hospital were not provided with tax-exempt status, the tax revenue...

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Environmentalists Return to Unfinished Work Cut Short by Pandemic

...life for products,” said Kim O’Rourke, the recycling program coordinator for Middletown. “This would help transition pick up away from municipalities to producers, reducing the cost for the taxpayer.”  This year the focus is on passing legislation that would establish a tire, gas cylinder and paper and packaging extended product...

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Pharmacies Dial Back Free COVID Tests

...company does not offer in Connecticut. Walgreens offers the rapid ID NOW tests in Middletown, Torrington and Orange, and the PCR diagnostic tests at four locations in Fairfield County, and one in East Hartford. The website to make an appointment for a Walgreens-administered test now asks users for health insurance...

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Local Cider for the Holiday

MIDDLETOWN — The beauty of the tasting room at Spoke + Spy Ciderworks in Middletown is that customers can try a variety of ciders to see what they like, said owner Ron Sansone. “I think a lot of people have preconceived notions of what dry is, and it’s maybe the...

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Data Suggests Few Absentee Ballots Late or Rejected in 2020

...Bridgeport, Hartford, Middletown, Danbury and Waterbury — in part to make this comparison. In one example, out of the 8,659 absentee ballots that Middletown received, 99 were rejected. This represents 1.1 percent of the total number of absentee ballots received. Ashley Flynn-Natale, the town clerk, said that 20 of those...

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