AP-CT–Connecticut Daybook, CT

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The Associated Press Connecticut Daybook for Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 22. For questions about coverage, please consult the latest digest or contact the AP bureau in Hartford at 860-246-6876 or 1-800-842-2068.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21:

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. HEALTH OVERHAUL-INSURANCE BROKERS — Health insurance brokers attend half-day seminars in South Windsor organized by the Access Health CT health insurance exchange, established as part of the federal health care overhaul, and scheduled on selected dates from Thursday, Aug. 15, through Thursday, Aug. 29.

Note: 8 a.m. to noon seminar followed by 1 to 5 p.m. seminar.

Location: 2 Jeffrey Drive, South Windsor.

Contacts: Kathleen M. Tallarita, 860-757-5339.

Phil Boyle, 860-757-5329.

9 a.m. GOVERNOR’S SCHEDULE — The schedule for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy follows.

9 a.m. HARTFORD — During a meeting of members of the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services, Malloy discusses funding of nonprofit providers. Room 1B, Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

10:25 a.m. THOMPSON — During a tour promoting northeastern Connecticut tourist attractions, Malloy visits Fort Hill Farms & Gardens LLC, 260 Quaddick Road, Thompson.

11:15 a.m. PUTNAM — During a tour promoting northeastern Connecticut tourist attractions, Malloy visits downtown Putnam, 109 Main St., Putnam.

1:15 p.m. ASHFORD — During a tour promoting northeastern Connecticut tourist attractions, Malloy visits Westford Hill Distillers, 196 Chatey Road, Ashford.

2:20 p.m. MANSFIELD — During a tour promoting northeastern Connecticut tourist attractions, Malloy visits The Adventure Park at Storrs, 2007 Storrs Road (state Route 195), Mansfield.

3:25 p.m. COVENTRY — During a tour promoting northeastern Connecticut tourist attractions, Malloy visits the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry.

Contacts: David Bednarz, 860-524-7315 or 860-770-9792 (cell).

Juliet Manalan, 860-524-7314 or 860-770-8298 (cell).

Andrew Doba, 860-524-7308 or 860-770-8090 (cell).

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. BLUMENTHAL SCHEDULE — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Joseph D. Courtney lead a boat tour around Plum Island with environmental advocates from Connecticut and New York.

Note: Please notify contact Elizabeth Benton before attending by sending an email to Elizabeth(underscore)Benton@blumenthal.senate.gov or calling 860-729-3589 or 860-258-6940.

Location: Docks of the Conn. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Marine Headquarters, Ferry Landing Park, 333 Ferry St., Old Lyme.

Contacts: Elizabeth Benton, 860-729-3589 or 860-258-6940.

Liz Donovan, 202-225-2105.

Noon. BEARDSLEY ZOO — Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo presents the following events.

Noon – 3 p.m. WESTPORT — Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Zoomobile representatives present a free “SSSensational Snakes: Living Wonders” program at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport to mark the state’s observance of the “Year of the Snake,” and conclude the Zoomobile’s seasonal tour of nature centers and state parks that began Wednesday, July 3. Beach, Sherwood Island State Park, Sherwood Island Connector off Sherwood Island Lane and exit 18 of the Connecticut Turnpike/Gov. John Davis Lodge Turnpike (Interstate 95), Westport.

7 p.m. BRIDGEPORT — During a lecture titled “The Call of the Apes” as part of the Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association’s “Evening Lecture Series,” Sacred Heart University biology professor Thomas Terleph discusses his research of white-handed gibbons in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Hanson Exploration Station, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.

Contacts: Caryn S. Kaufman, 203-345-3430 or 646-765-6006 (cell).

3 p.m. UCONN AVERY POINT-STUDENT CENTER — University of Connecticut administrators including the director of the university’s Avery Point campus, Michael Alfultis, and President Susan Herbst mark the opening of a $9.3 million student center and auditorium on the university’s Avery Point campus in Groton.

Note: Speaking program at the student center followed by a reception at Branford House.

Location: Avery Point campus, University of Connecticut, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton.

Contacts: Stephanie Reitz, 860-486-0871 or 860-508-5615 (cell).

4:30 – 7 p.m. NEW HAVEN KINDERGARTNERS — Administrators and teachers from New Haven Public Schools, United Way of Greater New Haven representatives and other community volunteers visit homes of families with children entering kindergarten during “Kindergarten Canvass” events scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 17, Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 22.

Location: Event begins at the East Rock School, 133 Nash St., New Haven.

Contacts: Abbe Smith, 203-676-0463 (cell) or 203-497-7015.

Joshua Mamis, 203-691-4229 or 203-444-5336 (cell).

5 – 8 p.m. SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS — Over 100 volunteers, including teenagers who participate in the Greater Hartford YMCA’s programs, help fill 500 backpacks with school supplies as part of Citizens Bank’s “Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities” program and the program’s “Gear for Grades” initiative, for distribution to Y locations in East Hartford, Ellington, Granby and Hartford.

Note: A similar event was scheduled on Monday, Aug. 19, in New London.

Location: Wilson Gray YMCA, 444 Albany Ave. (U.S. Route 44), Hartford.

Contacts: Kimberly Bartlett-Manisene, 203-287-2823 or 860-395-9949 (cell).

7 p.m. SUPERSTORM-HISTORIC PROPERTY GRANTS — During a meeting in Bridgeport as part of a planned series of five information sessions that began Tuesday, Aug. 6, representatives of the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s State Historic Preservation Office discuss how owners of archaeological and historic properties in Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties can apply for grants to fund emergency repairs of damage from the severe storm that resulted from Hurricane Sandy, and to pay for technical assistance.

Note: Similar information sessions were scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Old Lyme, and on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in New London.

Location: City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport.

Contacts: Peter Yazbak, 860-524-7362 or 860-985-5528 (cell).

THURSDAY, Aug. 22:

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. HEALTH OVERHAUL-INSURANCE EXCHANGE — Representatives of the Access Health CT health insurance exchange, established as part of the federal health care overhaul, present the following events.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. SOUTH WINDSOR — Health insurance brokers attend half-day seminars in South Windsor scheduled on selected dates from Thursday, Aug. 15, through Thursday, Aug. 29. Note: 8 a.m. to noon seminar followed by 1 to 5 p.m. seminar. 2 Jeffrey Drive, South Windsor.

6 – 8 p.m. NEW BRITAIN — Representatives visit New Britain to continue a series of free public “healthy chat” events about health insurance changes and enrollment. Note: 6 p.m. registration and refreshments followed by 6:30 to 8 p.m. discussion and question-and-answer session. New Britain-Berlin YMCA, 50 High St., New Britain.

Contacts: Kathleen M. Tallarita, 860-757-5339.

Phil Boyle, 860-757-5329.

4:30 – 7 p.m. NEW HAVEN KINDERGARTNERS — Administrators and teachers from New Haven Public Schools, United Way of Greater New Haven representatives and other community volunteers visit homes of families with children entering kindergarten during “Kindergarten Canvass” events scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 17, Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 22.

Location: Event begins at the East Rock School, 133 Nash St., New Haven.

Contacts: Abbe Smith, 203-676-0463 (cell) or 203-497-7015.

Joshua Mamis, 203-691-4229 or 203-444-5336 (cell).

6:30 p.m. COMMUTER RAIL-POWER LINES — During a public informational meeting in Bridgeport, representatives of the state Department of Transportation discuss the proposed replacement of the catenary power line system along the New Haven main line of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s MTA Metro-North Railroad, expected to cost $60 to $90 million and take place from 2014 to 2017.

Note: 6:30 p.m. question-and-answer session followed by 7 p.m. design presentation.

Location: City Council Chambers, City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport.

Contacts: Patricia Scully, 203-341-1111.

Jay Young, 680-594-2881.

The AP-Hartford

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