Puppy Mill bill signed into law!!

I am feeling incredibly happy and would like to announce that the Puppy Mill bill was signed into law Tuesday June 3rd !!

Thanks to my Co Chair on the task force Senator Bob Duff, my friend, Senator John McKinney, CT Connecticut Votes for Animals, ASPCA and the Humane Society for their hard work and dedication on behalf of animals!!!


http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=445&which_year=2014&SUBMIT1.x=0&SUBMIT1.y=0&SUBMIT1=Normal

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A Thank You from Brenda

It’s a tremendous honor to continue representing my hometown in the Connecticut General Assembly.

I’m incredibly grateful for my friends and family who dedicated so much of their time and energy. Those of us who serve the public know that our families sacrifice a great deal for us to be able to do this work. I’m very grateful for my husband Peter for holding down the fort while I campaigned over the last several months and the last two years while I worked for Fairfield in Hartford.

Peter works very hard and always puts our family first.

I count myself lucky to have such a dedicated friend in Alexa Mullady who helped me every single day giving up time with her family to stand with me every step of the way.

My treasurer, Bill Domeika, who took care of the finances, the website, and frankly a lot of details that came up and Casey Larkins and Dorothy Domeika for walking with me all over the district. I’m thankful for Dennis Polio and Rob Russo for their organizational work and Dennis for always jumping in when I needed an extra hand.

My very dear friend, Paul Pimentel, while busy with a new job in a new state, still dedicated his time to help.

Special Thanks to my biggest fan, my Dad, Len Benton who always believes in me and railed the troops. My Mom, Geri and mother in law, Yolanda who helped me with clerical duties and for my Mom for providing home cooked meals. My friends John McKinney and Jamie Millington who are both like family and are always there for me.

There were so many people who walked with me, kept up with the sign requests and made calls, sharing my message of common sense government.

I want to thank my brothers, Brad and Bill, my step mother, Caroline, my nieces, Allie and Gianna, Betsi & Chris Shays, Rep. Larry Cafero, Bryan Sundie, John Healy, Rep. Jason Perillo, George Gallo, Tom McCarthy, Steve Elworthy, Evaristo Lobato, The Flynn and Leclerc families, Ron Pine, Eric Sundman, Michael and Melissa Herley, Joe Palmer, Pam Iacona, Jill Kelly, Craig Massaro, Chris Catropa, Jon Crovo, Erika Lee Pocock, Beth Welch, the Muthersbaugh Family, the Brown Girls, Kevin Kiley, Justin Nowicki and Matt Morrissey from Fairfield University.

I’m truly blessed to have so many amazing friends and a wonderful family who dedicated their time and believe in me. It’s an amazing gift that fills my heart.

I want to acknowledge my opponent; Sue Brand for running a race based on ideas not personal attacks. Campaigns should be about real issues, ideas, voting and attendance records not character assignation. I also want to recognize Chris DeSanctis who was the subject of wrongful attacks. Chris and his wife are good and decent people and I’m proud to call them my friends.

I care deeply about public service and believe it’s important for my constituents to have their voices heard in their government. I’ve worked very hard to share information with my district and hope my constituents will continue to contact me with concerns, ideas or questions about legislation or help with a state related problem.

I strive to listen, learn and lead on issues that are important to the people of Fairfield and Southport and will work hard to earn the trust you’ve placed in me.

Rep. Brenda Kupchick

Monday Afternoon Update

Good Afternoon,

With temps dropping every night and the forecast calling for a nor’easter heading in Wednesday, I’m very concerned. There are many seniors and families with small children still in the dark and they are cold. If your area is still out, please check on your neighbors. If you have power, please consider offering a warm place for those who don’t.

I’ve been working to get United Illuminating to step up their response to help everyone without power—my family included. I’m concerned that streets listed by United Illuminating over the last two days haven’t been worked on. I will continue to share with them your information and areas that are still out.

I also encourage you to call UI at 800-722-5584 to report your outage.
I promise to hold UI accountable for their response. Residents being with out power and heat for 8 days and counting is a serious public safety issue.

Here are the Fairfield streets that UI is working on today, and the company said work on these streets could impact those streets nearby:

COLLEGE PL
FOREST AVE
HORACE CT
RHODA AVE
NEWTON ST
MOREHOUSE DR
RONALD DR
CATAMOUNT RD
GILBERT HWY
WOODRIDGE AVE
PENFIELD RD
ROMANOCK RD
VALLEY RD
ARAN HILL RD
PROSPECT AVE
HOLLYDALE RD
FAIRLAND DR
MORITZ PL
HOYDENS HILL RD
GALLOPING HILL RD
VALLEYVIEW RD
VALLEY RD
DEEPWOOD RD
NORTH ST
BLACK ROCK TPKE
BROOKBEND RD
COLONIAL DR
ROUND HILL RD
RIVERVIEW CIR
EDGEWOOD RD
HILLCREST RD
HOMESTEAD RD
TOWNE HOUSE RD
PERRY ST
UNQUOWA RD
PLESZKO PL
CALICO LN
VILLA PL
ALDEN ST
FAIRFIELD
HAWTHORNE DR
ROLLING RIDGE RD
VERES ST
VALLEY CIR
JAMES ST

Fairfield beach-area residents must go through the town’s building department for details on the process to reconnect power to their homes.

I will send out additional information for protocols for beach area residents and FEMA information when I receive it this week. Please email me your questions directly and I’ll do my best to get them answered.

I’m also working on volunteer opportunities for residents who want to help our neighbors in the beach areas and those who suffered damage to their homes around the town. I’ll send that information once I have it.

Please email me at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov

Regards,

Brenda

Friday Update

With roughly 50 percent of Fairfield still in the dark, I’m writing to update you with information provided by United Illuminating during a conference call with state and local officials today. The utility company reported that it has 1,200 people on the ground in its 17-town territory. Unfortunately, they’ve decided against brining to Connecticut the additional 600 workers they said they requested earlier in the week. It was news I wasn’t happy to hear, and I told company representatives that my constituents would feel similarly.

Overall, they hope to have up to 45,000 customers throughout their territory restored by the end of today.

Like you, though, I’m frustrated that many areas of Fairfield remain without power—including my own neighborhood. Still, please understand that the men and women on the ground are working 16-hour shifts to restore power and that they have no say in restoration strategy. Poor treatment of utility workers in nearby Bridgeport was deplorable.

UI this afternoon provided a list of streets where their crews are performing work, though they provided no indication about the impact of that work on those roads or those nearby.

Here is a list of the streets where UI says
they’ve worked today:
FAIRFIELD: Mulberry Hill Road, Black Rock Tpke., Castle Ave, College Pl., Park Ave. Queens Grant Rd., University Dr., Reef Rd., Longview Ave., Candlewood Rd., Oakwood Dr., Carroll Rd., Lakeview Dr., Rhode Island Ave., Oldfield Rd., Birch Rd., Hillside Rd., Tuckahoe Ln., S. Benson Rd., Penfield Rd., Beach Rd. SOUTHPORT: Butternut Ln., Cedar Rd.

UI said today that roughly 1,700 outages in Southport will be fully restored by first thing tomorrow morning.

I participated today in an information session for beach residents attended by our first selectman, local fire and police department representatives and state Sen. John McKinney. The Forward Assessment Team of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now performing initial damage assessments; residents with damage to their home, vehicle or property are asked to register at DisasterAssistance.gov or 1-800-621-3362, giving your SSN, current and damaged address, phone and insurance Info.

USEFUL INFORMATION:
– The shelter at Ludlowe High School will remain open for sleeping only. Please bring your own pillows and blankets so you can get out of the cold.

– Libraries will remain open today until 7 p.m. The weekend schedule is as follows: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use the WiFi, warm up!

– Public Works Transfer Station and Green Cycle are reopening today and throughout the weekend from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Board of Education and Public Schools are closed until further notice.

– The state has granted a property tax extension for all residents through November 15th. The election will be held this Tuesday, and we are planning to have your normal polling locations open.

– For information on food, ice, water and charging stations, please read below or contact our Call Center at 203-254-4899.

As always, feel free to contact me at Brenda.kupchick@cga.ct.gov with your questions or concerns.

Thursday Evening Update

I’m writing to relay the details of today’s conference call with United Illuminating and to share a few pieces of information I hope you’ll find helpful.

UI officials yesterday promised they’d be able to provide specific estimates this morning about power restoration, but unfortunately they’ve pushed off release of that information until tomorrow. They did, however, say that 95 percent of customers in their entire coverage area would be restored by Monday, and explained they now have more than 1,100 people on the ground in their territory. UI said that while they still have teams working on safety issues, they have started actual power restoration work.

I know you’re frustrated—I am too. I feel that UI should have requested additional out-of-state workers ahead of the storm and had them here on the ground in Connecticut. I said as much today during a public meeting at Greenfield Congregational Church attended by residents, our first selectman and local public safety officials.

I will provide to you specific restoration information as soon as United Illuminating makes it available to me.

BEACH AREA RESIDENTS

Much of the beach area is still impassable due to floodwater. The town is using industrial-strength pumps to get water out of the area. UI is still working to shut off metered access to all flooded homes. Town officials with the help of the National Guard allowed access to homeowners in the beach-area this afternoon. I’m going to ask the town to provide another opportunity for residents to look at their homes over the weekend. You can also contact the Fairfield call center for additional procedural information: 203-254-4899. After power is restored and the area is deemed safe, some homeowners will find that their damaged property must be inspected before they can move back in. Town officials are in the process of outlining how that process will work, and I’ll share those details when they are made available. I’m also going to ask the town for information about what the markings mean on some of the homes in the beach area.
SOUTHPORT

I made UI officials aware that Southport is entirely without power. They said they include Southport in their overall Fairfield percentage total. Again, UI is working to first restore power to the towns top priority locations (nursing homes, vital infrastructure etc.) identified by local officials and will then tackle the largest grids first.

OPERATION HOPE

Operation Hope is back open but the organization needs help restocking its pantry or providing a cooked meal if you have power. Please consider making a contribution to their efforts.

This is a fluid process and I’ll do my best to get information out to you as I receive it.

If you have any specific questions, or problems you think I can help with please contact me at brenda.kupchick@cga.ct.gov.

Don’t reply to this email because it doesn’t go directly to me. Email me at the email address above.
USEFUL INFORMATION FROM TOWN OFFICIALS…

TOWN SERVICES:

– The Town Hall and both Main and Fairfield Woods Libraries are open.
– The Board of Education and Public Works Transfer Station and Green Cycle remain closed until further notice.
– Fairfield Ludlowe High School’s Shelter will be closing. Anyone needing shelter. Please call the emergency call center for Red Cross shelters.
– Fairfield Emergency Call Center 203-254-4899 is staffed 9-5, with a recorded message after-hours.
– Emergency Information Centers at Black Rock Tpk ShopRite & Stratfield IGA

POWER:

Charging Stations for electronic devices are open at Police HQ, Fire HQ, FD Station 2 at 600 Jennings Road, Command Posts at Shoprite on Black Rock Turnpike and IGA on Stratfield Road.

SHOWERS:

The Recreation Center in mill plains and Planet Fitness at 111 Black Rock Turnpike have made their showers available to residents impacted by the storm.

WATER/MRE:

Bottled water/MREs distributed out of Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

FOOD/FUEL/INTERNET ACCESS:

Various commercial establishments along the Post Road and Black Rock Turnpike including all major grocery stores (Shoprite, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods).

OXYGEN:

Power for machines available at Ludlowe HS Shelter; others may be transported to hospitals.

NON-OPERATING TRAFFIC SIGNALS MUST BE TREATED AS FOUR-WAY STOP SIGNS.

Thursday Code Red Update

Any resident, who would like to view their property on Fairfield Beach Road, West of Reef Road, may meet at Ludlowe High School, rear lot, today between 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM. You will be transported by a military vehicle to Fairfield Beach Road where you will have a brief opportunity to view your property. Again, if you wish to view the property, please be at Ludlowe High school rear lot today, between 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM for transportation. You may call the Fairfield call center at 203-254-4899 for more details.

Latest Wednesday Storm Update

I’m sorry for the late update today.

I spent time today checking on our neighbors sheltering at Ludlowe High School before accompanying Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, our first selectman and our police and fire chiefs to review the damage in the Pine Creek area and the area of Fairfield Beach Road across from the Creek. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were also assessing damage today too.

We saw the devastating impact of “Sandy.” Many homes were destroyed, some even floating in the creek.

My message to Lt. Gov. Wyman throughout the tour was clear and consistent: Fairfield needs more help, and we need it now.

I joined state Sen. John McKinney and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for a meeting at our local Emergency Operations Center to learn more about town’s efforts to help residents and their work to restore the town.

Our emergency personnel have worked in the beach area to assist residents who didn’t evacuate and now find themselves surrounded by floodwaters…and live wires. They’re also pumping out water that has pooled in those areas so wires can be tested and shut off. An effort is underway to unhook and de-energize boxes on homes to help prevent fire or electrocution when power substations are reactivated.

The town’s critical and first priority is to clear streets of all debris to allow public safety vehicles easy access to emergency calls to all streets in our town.

Fairfield’s Public Works department has tackled cleanup of roughly 270 problem trees—situations that did not involve power lines. Unfortunately, there are an estimated 280 downed trees where wires are part of the equation. Those require utility company involvement.

United Illuminating during our morning conference call told us they expect another 349 crew members on the ground in their coverage area tomorrow, and that the company has requested the services of another 600 people from places such as California, Florida, and Canada.

UI officials say they are still assessing the damage here in Fairfield and explained that they’ve deployed a second response team to perform advanced safety work for linesmen.

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, each of the 17 communities in UI’s customer territory provided their top 10 service priorities—spots that UI should focus its power restoration efforts. Here, those targets include places such as public safety complexes and nursing homes.

UI officials said they will provide us with power restoration efforts during a conference call tomorrow, and I’ll share that information with you right away!

I certainly understand the frustration of not knowing when your power will be restored—I’m without power myself.

While many of us are without power, many members of our communities can’t return to their homes and some have lost theirs to the floodwaters.

I’m doing my best to share our frustrations with UI.

Hang in there…

As always, feel free to contact me via email if you think I can be of assistance or have a question.

Brenda

Storm Update from Brenda

I hope you’re safe from the storm.

Yesterday’s storm hit Fairfield and many other coastal communities in Connecticut harder than The Great Hurricane of 1938. Recovery will be neither quick nor easy.

I participated in a conference call today with the president of United Illuminating and legislators who represent communities near ours. As of now roughly 150,000 UI customers are without power—down from 189,000 at the storm’s peak.

At this time, 72 percent of Fairfield is without power.

UI has more than 800 linesmen and service operators working their territory. UI had personnel on the ground at 4 a.m. doing damage assessment, and company officials say it will take up to 48 hours to review every street in Fairfield for downed lines and trees.

I just left Fairfield’s Emergency Operations Center, where a UI staffer is embedded. UI and local personnel are working to identify downed lines and trees. The company cannot safely activate substations and reenergize the lines until downed power lines are repaired.

Remember: There are significant safety hazards posed by downed wires and trees and flooding. Please stay away from flooded areas and wires.

UI is aware of what areas are without power, but you can help their efforts by calling EOC personnel at 203-254-4899 to help them pinpoint problem trees and lines.

You can monitor UI’s restoration efforts by clicking here. And the town’s Facebook page and website are good information sources accessible from your smartphone.

Again, our community sustained significant damage and recovery will not be easy. If you need it, the shelter at Fairfield Ludlow High School is open and your pets are welcome, but you should bring crates and food for your animals. The shelter also has food and supplies. There are charging stations available for your phones at the police station on Reef Road in the lobby and at all fire stations.

Call 911 in cases of emergency.

I know this is a difficult time but please know our emergency operations personnel and the crews from UI are doing their best to make sure people are safe and the lines are repaired and trees are removed.

Email me at brenda.kupchick@cga.ct.gov if you think I can be helpful. I’ll be charging my phone in the car so I should be able to respond.

I will be receiving updates from the emergency operations center and representatives from UI everyday and will keep you posted.

Please be safe.

Rep. Brenda Kupchick
Proudly serving Fairfield and Southport

Storm Preparation

I’m writing to let you know prep work is underway for the storm that’s forecasted to hit Fairfield as soon as Sunday night.

I have been in contact with police Chief Gary MacNamara and he shared with me that Emergency Operations Center personnel have conducted meetings and are finalizing their plans as they review incoming storm projections. They will be monitoring the storm all weekend at the Emergency Operations Center.

I want to encourage you to go to the town web site and sign up for the Code Red system to receive updates.

This is the best way for our Emergency Service Operations team to get information out to residents about conditions, evacuations and shelters.

The Chief also said that in an effort to keep calls to the dispatch center to a minimum they wanted to share that the town’s info line at 203-254-4899 will be updated periodically and may even be staffed depending on the severity of the conditions. You can also visit the town’s emergency services page for additional information and tips to stay safe.

You can also visit United Illuminating’s storm page for updates.

This storm has the potential to be severe, so please plan accordingly and be safe!

If I can be helpful in anyway, please feel free to either email me at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov or call me at home at 203-336-1724.

Sincerely,

Rep. Brenda Kupchick
Proudly serving Fairfield & Southport

State Senator McKinney endorses Kupchick

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney has endorsed Republican state Rep. Brenda Kupchick for re-election in the 132nd District.

In a statement released by Kupchick’s campaign, McKinney praised her preparation as a freshman legislator two years ago and said her small-business experience was “urgently needed” to address the state’s high unemployment rate and its business climate.

“During her first term, Brenda hit the ground running,” McKinney said. “Brenda built a reputation for straight talk, hard work and a willingness to work across party lines to solve problems.”

A Fairfield Republican, McKinney said Kupchick is “clearly the best candidate in this race.”

In a news release, Kupchick said she hopes to continue “working on the issues that matter to my constituents.”

National Federation of Independent Business Endorsement

‘Dear Representative Kupchick,

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Connecticut SAFE-Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Committee is pleased to inform you that we have endorsed your re-election campaign to the Connecticut General Assembly in November.

Your voting record over the last two legislative sessions on key issues important to small business indicated that you will continue to be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when you are re-elected to serve in Hartford.’

Endorsement from the Connecticut Doctors for Good Medicine (CDGM)

Brenda Kupchick, is on the right side of medical reform; by her willingness to help lower the cost of health care while protecting physicians practicing in the state. Mrs. Kupchick’s due diligence in protecting doctors shows in the General Assembly through their advocacy against harmful bills which would make it harder for doctors to practice medicine. Without her consistent presence on the House floor the cost of medicine would have increased significantly making it ever more difficult for patients to receive care. For these reasons, CDGM (Connecticut Doctors for Good Medicine) is in strong support of Brenda Kupchick and her campaign for another term in Hartford.

I personally want to wish you luck come this November, and I look forward to seeing you in Hartford next session.

Thank you,

Paul Thompson
CDGM Director

Resource for Fairfield Volunteers

As a lifelong Fairfield resident it’s been my experience that Fairfield is one of the most active volunteer communities in Connecticut. With that in mind, I’m contacting you today to tell you about Volunteer Square, a Fairfield County-based nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and groups of all ages and abilities connect with local nonprofit organizations through volunteering.

I recently met with Executive Director Rachel Reese, a Fairfield resident who described their Web site and program which allows residents to browse through a database of nonprofit agencies in our area that serve a variety of causes—from animal care and the arts to hunger relief and homelessness.

The site allows you to register to receive real-time email alerts about volunteer needs that match your skills and interests. It also connects you directly with organizations and volunteers through shared photos, video, and events relative to your experiences.

Best of all—it’s free to everyone.

I hope this is helpful for those of you who are looking for volunteer opportunities.

Sincerely,

Brenda Kupchick
State Representative for the 132nd District

Vegetation Task Force

Tree trimming has become a major focus of statewide efforts to improve storm preparedness in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and the October Nor’easter of 2011. The State Vegetation Management Task Force will soon release a final report with specific recommendations for roadside tree care. This is welcome news in leafy Fairfield County!

The public is invited to comment on the report at two public listening sessions scheduled for August 13 in Hartford. Fairfield is fortunate to have a representative serving on this important task force – Mary Hogue from the Fairfield Forestry Committee.

The Vegetation Management Task Force is an outgrowth of the Governor’s Two Storm Panel, which issued a series of recommendations earlier this year. We all became painfully aware of the dangers posed by trees when Tropical Storm Irene blew through the region in August 2011, leaving 800,000 customers without power. Trees knocked out 90 percent of the utility wires that came down in Connecticut. This was a record number of outages, until the Nor’easter that hit just six weeks later. That storm dumped up to 18 inches of snow and resulted in 880,000 power outages.

As devastating as these storms were, we should be prepared for worse in the future. In fact, according to the Two Storm Panel report, “they pale in comparison to the damage that will be inflicted on Connecticut by a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds between 100 to 120 mph.” By comparison, Irene had average maximum wind gusts up to 52 mph. Moreover, meteorologists say Connecticut is overdue for a Category 3 hurricane.

Just what would this mean? Consider these stats from the Two Storm Panel report: Irene downed approximately 1-2% of the state’s trees. A major hurricane may down up to 70-80% of Connecticut’s trees. And while it took between 9 and 12 days to restore power after each of the 2011 storms, a Category 3 hurricane could keep some areas in the dark for a month.

Trees are integral to Connecticut’s beauty and charm, but when they come down, people, property and power lines are put at serious risk. We got our wake-up call in 2011; now it’s time to answer with a coordinated system for tree pruning and maintenance.

For those interested in learning more about recommended tree maintenance, a final report by the State Vegetation Management Task Force will be available online on or before August 6 here.

Thank you,

Brenda Kupchick

Come to Pepe’s and Fight Cancer!

Eat a few slices of pizza this Thursday and help fight cancer.

Frank Pepe’s pizza of Fairfield will open its doors July 12 to assist the A Night of Music committee in its effort to help those with pancreatic cancer.

Pepe’s will donate 15 percent of each check to The Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease at St. Vincent’s Medical Center—established in 2010 through the efforts of Charlene Sabia Lebo and Suzanne Sabia DeSantie. The Fairfield residents lost their husbands Keith and Jimmy to pancreatic cancer.

Keith passed away in 2009, and his brother-in-law, Jimmy, a year later. Charlene and Suzanne chose to turn their shared tragedy into action focused on a cure.

On Thursday you can either eat at the restaurant or take out. You must present a voucher or tell staff you are supporting the benefit.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting this important cause.
 


Brenda Kupchick
State Representative for the 132nd District

Shoreline Preservation Task Force Meeting

Rep. Brenda Kupchick joined 15 other members of the State House and Senate in February, 2012 to form the bipartisan Shoreline Preservation Task Force and they have been actively identifying problems that affect towns located along Long Island Sound.

The Task Force is holding a series of public meetings this summer to discuss rising sea levels and other challenges our coastal residents and businesses face.

One of the meetings will be held right here in Fairfield, and Rep. Kupchick encourages you to join.

Monday, July 23 – 6:00pm
Penfield Pavilion
323 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield

Directions:http://cal.fairfieldct.org/content/2765/2789/default.aspx

Here’s a link to a recent article on a United States Geological Survey study that found that sea levels are rising much faster along the East Coast:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57459644/sea-rise-faster-on-east-coast-than-rest-of-globe/

If you have any questions about the Task Force or would like to share any information with me and the members please contact paul.summers@cga.ct.gov or me directly at brenda.kupchick@cga.ct.gov.

 

 Sincerely,

 


Brenda Kupchick
State Representative for the 132nd District

 

Brenda presents State Citizenship Award

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Recent Roger Ludlowe Middle School graduate John Gerber was given the 2012 Secretary of the State Excellence in Citizenship Award.

The Secretary of the State’s office gives out the award annually to eighth and 12th grade students across the state for “participation in civic or community activities, good scholarship and school involvement.” About 170 students in Connecticut earned the honor this year, but Gerber was the only Fairfield student to win the prize.

Gerber is the captain of Team Teddy, named after his younger brother, who died from cancer in 2010. Since then, Team Teddy has raised more than $200,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research into pediatric cancer. Gerber also organized a toy and book drive for the pediatric oncology department at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Gerber is also an active athlete, playing lacrosse, soccer and basketball. He made the honor roll through every quarter at Roger Ludlowe, and was a mentor for younger students in the school’s Character Education Program. He is also a member of the Ludlowe Corps volunteer group and will travel to Ecuador on a service trip this summer.

State Representative Brenda Kupchick presented Gerber with his award in a ceremony at the school Tuesday evening.

“John is a quietly confident young man who will excel at anything he seeks to accomplish,” Kupchick said in an e-mail. “It was really special to share in this proud moment for the Gerber family.”

 

Article written by Greg Canuel of the Fairfield Daily Voice.

Relay for Life

Friends,

Each year in the United States, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities join 20 other countries to take part in the Relay for Life.  This global phenomenon raises much needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.  One of these events is happening right here in Fairfield next weekend.

Relay For Life of Fairfield, CT

Event Date: June 9, 2012

Event Time: 6:00 pm

Event Location: Fairfield Ludlowe High School

 

To register click HERE.

 

The Relay For Life is an excellent way to honor cancer survivors, remember people we have lost, as well as fund research and awareness programs to help save lives.

You can participate in the Relay for Life in a number of ways, by attending all or part of the event, by making a donation to one of the teams or by dedicating a Luminaria in honor of someone you know who has fought or is fighting cancer.

To learn how to dedicate a Luminaria click HERE.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Opening Ceremony: 6:00 pm

Survivor Lap: 6:30 pm

Survivor Reception:  6:45 pm

Luminaria Ceremony: 9:00 pm

Fight Back Ceremony: 11:00 pm

Closing Ceremony: 5:45 am

 

For more information, click HERE.

 

This will be a memorable community tribute to the people in our lives who are faced with this illness.

 

I hope you’ll support the Relay for Life!

 

Sincerely,

 


Brenda Kupchick
State Representative for the 132nd District

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!

Today, we remember the brave men and women that served and are currently serving to defend the peace and freedom that we enjoy today.

It was an honor and a lot of fun marching today!

Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!

Brenda

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Mental Heath Awareness Month

Friends,

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and I wanted to take a few moments to alert to a very serious and growing problem in our communities.

This week, NBC featured a blog post quoting our chief medical examiner’s office saying the state’s suicide rate has climbed to a 20-year high.  While Connecticut’s suicide rate is still low compared to most other states, we now cope with more than one person committing suicide every day.

Officials say the suicide rate has been rising the past five years, and although it is not clear why, officials believe the economic downturn probably has been a factor.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says that 9 of every 10 suicides could have been prevented by proper treatment of the mental disorder.

If you, or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please connect to any of these organizations.  They are available around the clock with hotline support and advice on how to assist your friend or family member.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

http://www.afsp.org/

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

There is also a new outlet for people who would prefer to communicate via typed words

CrisisChat.org

 

I have spent my first term in office working hard to make sure that our students have a safe and comfortable environment to learn in and I have been working with other legislators and families of suicide victims to pursue stronger youth suicide prevention legislation this fall.

I promise I will do everything in my power to get this issue highlighted next session if I’m re-elected. 

 

Spreading suicide prevention awareness could be the difference between life and death.  My heart goes out to all of the families who have had to face this tragedy, and I hope that you pass this email on to your contact lists.

 

Sincerely,

 


Brenda Kupchick
State Representative for the 132nd District