The Antonacci Family Foundation has also teamed up with WFSB Channel 3, the River 105.9, and IHeart Radio to raise money for the foodbanks of Connecticut. Check out the article to learn how you can help!
RecycleCT Foundation Inc.’s public recycling outreach campaign throughout Connecticut shows how working together can improve recycling rates.
When Sherill Baldwin traveled to Nova Scotia, one of the three Maritime Provinces of Canada, she saw similar signage for recycling throughout the area. Baldwin, an environmental analyst in the sustainable materials management unit at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), says as she toured the province, regardless of where she went, she noticed universal messaging with color-coded signage for recycling being used across the province.
Baldwin brought this idea back to Connecticut. She serves as staff support for the RecycleCT Foundation Inc., a Hartford, Connecticut-based state-chartered fund that helps to raise public awareness and participation in recycling. The fund combines public and private resources to support the state’s recycling goals and material management strategies.
We hope you were among the thousands of people who came out and enjoyed the New Milford Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, July 2nd. The Green was the place to be as the Opening Ceremony kicked off with Ray Plue singing our National Anthem. Ray also dedicated a memorial plaque (that can be found near one of the trees by the bandstand) to our dear friend and voice of New Milford Curtis Thompson. The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, Pastor at the New Milford United Methodist Church delivered the invocation, followed by a few words shared by Chamber President Darren Piper and Senator Richard Blumenthal. As folks enjoyed the New Milford Lions Club Carnival on Young’s Field, The Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford constructed a delicious birthday cake and Perfect Timing entertained everyone on the Green. The finale of brilliant fireworks topped off this wonderful night of community celebration.
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who supported the July 2nd downtown events to celebrate America’s Birthday.
Special thanks to Fire Marshal Brian Ohmen and the members of the Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department who were on site all day long watching over the fireworks display. We’d also like to send out a special thank you to All American Waste for providing us with garbage toters to help us keep the Green beautiful during this and all our other community events.
The fireworks are organized by the New Milford Chamber of Commerce, and paid for by donations from businesses, organizations, individuals, and the Chamber. We are extremely grateful for the donations and support from everyone who helped give the community of New Milford a spectacular fireworks experience this year.
Thank you to:
Aspetuck Animal Hospital, Bank Street Investments, Donald & Pauline Grippo, Donald Ross, Grant & Jacqui Smith, James & Karen Hastings, Joseph Owens & Kathleen Mooney, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Law Office of Cecilia Buck-Taylor, Mark & Carolyn Haglund, Maureen Aumiller, Nadine Strossen, New Milford Commission on the Arts, New Milford Lions Club, Nordica Toys, Paul Barrett, Paul Hulton, Play LLC, Rotary Club of New Milford, and everyone who donated to our donation bucket at various Chamber events.
Can You Help?
In order to put together the fireworks display and community celebration, we need to raise about $10,000 every year. We fell quite short this year and are asking that you help us with this substantial financial undertaking. If you enjoyed the fireworks and can support it financially, we are still taking donations. Every dollar donated will help. Because of the generosity of you, our townspeople and businesses, we can keep this spectacular community event alive. This event is not funded by the Town of New Milford. YOUR donations keep this tradition alive!
Donations can be mailed to: GNMCC, 11 Railroad Street, New Milford, CT 06776. Please make checks out to GNMCC and put “fireworks” in the memo line.
The GNMCC is busy preparing for many exciting New Milford community events. Village Fair Days will be held July 29th & 30th on the Green; The Sensational Dan LaRosa will be performing a Comedy Hypnosis Show on Saturday, September 17th at 19Main; The Cast of Beatlemania will be performing on Saturday, November 5th at the New Milford High School; the Tree Lighting/Festival of Lights will take place November 26th on the Green; and theHands On Train Display will run from Dec. 24th through Dec. 31st (closed Christmas Day) at The Railroad Station.
Thank you!The New Milford Fireworks Celebration happens because of you. We thank you for your consideration and really appreciate your support.
Leaders from Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, Yale School of Medicine and key supporters, which All American Waste is proud to be one of, joined in the December 7, 2015 groundbreaking for the Children’s Hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care and Obstetrical Services units. The project will transform care for women and babies.
NEW HAVEN >> The area’s second refueling station for vehicles powered by compressed natural gas has opened in the city’s Fair Haven section.
The facility is on the property of All American Waste, a New Haven-based garbage hauler with a facility on Wheeler Street in the city. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp visited the new CNG refueling station for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.
“We are determined to do all we can to encourage business growth and expansion,” Harp said in a statement. “In doing so, we’re working to create good, local jobs for local residents. My administration has also made environmental stewardship a priority, and CNG-powered cars, trucks, and buses fit hand-in-glove with that.”
BRIDGEWATER – Over 54 weeks, Bridgewater’s pilot curbside composting program collected 22.5 tons of material from 147 participants. The program, which was created by Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority Director Jen Iannucci, is the first of its kind in the state.
Iannucci, a Bridgewater resident, said she got the idea after a meeting with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to talk about waste management.
“I was scratching my head over why so much of the conversion was about single stream recycling.” Iannucci said, “Thirty-two percent of our waste stream is organic material.”
Bridgewater — With a shout of “BLT!” as lunchtime peaks at the historic Bridgewater Village Store, chef Damian Krieg is doing pretty much the same thing he’s done for more than seven years – cranking out sandwiches, dishing up fresh soups and serving a changing array of specials.
But there is one difference, nearly imperceptible as he finishes making a king-size bowl of cole slaw during the increasingly infrequent lulls in the action. For the last three months, instead of dumping the cores of the cabbage and onions, ends of the carrots and the guts of the green peppers into the trash with everything else, he has been dropping them into a bucket beneath his workstation.
It’s his new compost bucket – part of a first-in-the-state curbside food waste pickup project in this largely rural southwestern Connecticut town.
“Anything that is biodegradable goes into the compost heap. You could even use paper which is biodegradable,” Krieg says. “The baker uses one upstairs and just before she leaves she brings her bag down here. We combine them with that. Sometimes we do have to empty them twice day.”
That means dumping them into a larger barrel behind the store. That barrel stays locked to keep critters and other undesirables out until its contents are picked up every Friday and taken a few miles away to the New Milford Farms compost facility where they will be made into soil products.
Simple? In theory, yes. But Connecticut’s efforts to wrench itself off the 25 percent recycling rate it has been stuck on for years (by doing things like finding other ways to handle its largest component – the one-third that is food waste and other organics) has been a slow go. Law changes in 2011 that mandated recycling large volume commercial food waste have been tough to implement.
So Connecticut lags as other states, as well as large cities like New York, San Francisco and Toronto, and many areas in Europe, are well into food waste disposal programs.
“Here we are pushing to go to a 60 percent recycling rate by…
Today is National Garbage Collector Day! Celebrate by supporting all the workers who collect our trash, recyclables and other garbage!
As you can imagine, the world would be a disgusting place without the garbage man. For many years people burned waste, fed it to animals, buried it, and most commonly, tossed it over their shoulder. Some cities became buried, and built over the waste, and others pioneered new ways to save their cities from vermin and disease. Recycling began as a necessity and ended up in present day as a responsibility to the environment.
The most amazing thing about garbage collection is the fact that it was there in the beginning and it will be there in the end. It was part of the package deal when we hit this planet. Our consumerism in the United States only gets larger every day. This brief history summarizes some facts and fiction that helped keep our planet clean.
Earliest Garbage Regulation Efforts
3000 B.C. – The first landfill is developed when Knossos, Crete digs large holes for refuse. Garbage is dumped and filled with dirt at various levels.
2000 B.C. – China develops methods of Composting/Recycling, and recycling bronze for later use.
500 B.C. – Athens, Greece develops new law claiming garbage must be dumped at least one mile from the city.
The town of Bridgewater will be the first in Connecticut to offer curbside pickup of food scraps and organic waste. 130 families in the town have volunteered to be a part of the 6 month pilot project. They will have their food scraps and organic waste picked up weekly by All American Waste and brought to either New Milford Farms or New England Compost in Danbury. After the 6 month pilot has concluded, the families participating will receive a bag of compost material to use with the soil in their yards.
A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of the project was held at The Burnham School on Friday, April 4, 2014. Speakers included Jen Iannucci, Assistant Director of Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, Eric Frederickson of All American Waste and Macky McCleary, Deputy Commissioner of DEEP.
All American Waste offers a wide range of services including options for food scraps/organics collection and recycling. To learn more see All American Waste’s flyer.
To read more information about Bridgewater’s pilot project, you can read this NewsTimes article.