AP-CT–Connecticut Daybook, CT

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The Associated Press Connecticut Daybook for Thursday, Aug. 22, and Friday, Aug. 23. 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.

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; similar events are scheduled in Meriden on Thursday, Sept. 12, Friday, Sept. 27, Thursday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 11. 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.

11 a.m. XGR–DEMOCRATS-GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD — Democratic lawmakers including state Reps. Mae Flexer and Danny Rovero and state Sen. Donald E. Williams Jr., Heirloom Food Co. owner Wendy Garosshen and a representative of an advocacy group that opposes the use of genetically modified organisms in food, GMO Free CT, discuss a recently enacted state law that may require food labels to note genetically modified ingredients, as they visit the small company that specializes in organic “farm to table” food.

Location: Heirloom Food Co., 630 N. Main St. (state Route 12), Danielson.

Contacts: Adam Joseph, 860-240-8641 or 860-463-0067 (cell).

2:15 p.m. BLUMENTHAL SCHEDULE — The schedule for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal follows.

2:15 p.m. WINSTED — Blumenthal, Winsted Town Manager Dale Martin and executives from Winsted precision manufacturing firm Sterling Sintered Technologies Inc. discuss automatic federal budget cuts that began Friday, March 1, and efforts to reduce the effect of the budget cuts on Connecticut military contractors and technology firms. Sterling Sintered Technologies Inc., 249 Rockwell St., Winsted.

3:30 p.m. COLEBROOK — Blumenthal visits the YMCA of Greater Hartford’s weeklong camp for children and teenagers ages 5 to 17 who were diagnosed with cancer, “Camp Rising Sun,” joined by the camp’s manager, Tina Saunders, and participants. YMCA of Greater Hartford’s Camp Jewell YMCA, 6 Prock Hill Road, Colebrook.

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

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.

FRIDAY, Aug. 23:

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; similar events are scheduled in Meriden on Thursday, Sept. 12, Friday, Sept. 27, Thursday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 11.

Location: 2 Jeffrey Drive, South Windsor.

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

Phil Boyle, 860-757-5329.

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