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STRATFORD LIBRARY HOLDS ANNUAL BOOK SALE JUNE 3-5

STRATFORD LIBRARY HOLDS ANNUAL BOOK SALE JUNE 3-5

Board Fund-Raiser Begins June 3rd with “Advance Sale”

            The Stratford Library will return with its annual book sale Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2022.  The sale, which is a major fund-raiser for the library, is being organized this year by

the Board of Trustees under Co-chairmen Sue Johnson and Beth DaPonte of Stratford. 

            Browsers at this year’s sale will find thousands of books, videos, DVDs and audio tapes at bargain prices covering every conceivable subject from religion, business, music and art to philosophy, science fiction, biography, non-fiction and best-sellers.  The initial sale will commence with an “Advance Sale” on Friday, June 3 from 5-8 pm.  There is a $5 entry fee with all books full price. The general book sale will continue on Saturday, June 4 from 10 am-4 pm.  Saturday’s sale will be held in conjunction with Stratford’s annual Main Street Festival.  On Sunday, June 5 the library will offer a “Half-Price Sale” on all remaining books from 11 am-2 pm and $5 a bag from 2-4 pm (bags provided).  

             For further information, call the Stratford Library at 203.385.4161 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

LIBRARY TO CLOSE FOR MEMORIAL DAY

The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, CT will be closed on Sunday and Monday, May 29 and 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day.  The library will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 at 10 am.

Current library hours are: Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm, Friday & Saturday: 10-5 pm. 

For further Library information, call 203.385.4161 or visit its website at: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

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AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM SET AT LIBRARY

The Stratford Library, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), will offer another session of the “AARP Driver Safety Program”, a classroom driver retraining program designed to help older persons improve their driving skills on Thursday, May 19, 2022, 1-5pm.  The one-day class program, one of dozens offered by the agency every year, will be held in the Library’s Lovell Room.  Developed by the AARP, the program is the first comprehensive driver retraining course geared to the specific needs of older motorists. 

The course material covers the effects of aging and medications on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards, adverse road conditions, energy saving and accident prevention measures.  No written, physical or driving tests are given.  Research shows that older drivers are involved in more accidents than their middle-aged counterparts when the record is based on actual miles driven.  The physical changes of aging create difficulties for many older drivers when yielding the right-of-way, backing, turning, changing lanes and entering/leaving expressways.

            However, research also indicates that older persons can improve their driving abilities through additional training, attention and practice, enabling them to maintain their driving licenses longer while driving safer.  This is the ultimate goal of the “AARP Driver Safety Program”.       

Persons 50 years of age or older are eligible to participate in the library program and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of instruction.  The course is limited to 20 participates only and there is a nominal fee of $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members charged by the AARP. 

Reservations are required and can be made at: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/9093080.

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that the Exit 33 Southbound off-ramp on Interstate 95 will be open to motorists at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022. This follows the opening of the I-95 Exit 33 Northbound on-ramp in November 2021. The Interchange 33 Project in Stratford made the area a full interchange, with on- and off-ramps accessible in both highway directions.

“This project has been in the making for many years, and now with both new ramps open, access to a major shopping and economic area in Stratford is more convenient. I am pleased that we remain on schedule to have this project fully completed in time for the busy summer season,” Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti said. “Thank you to our federal, state, and local partners who helped us make this project possible.”

“Today marks the successful conclusion to a process long in the making. This is significant to Stratford as it marks the closing chapter to the long story of Stratford’s toll plaza. A toll that was bad for the environment, bad for traffic safety and commuters, and bad for local commerce and jobs. A toll that disrupted the flow of traffic, not only on I-95, but also the flow of traffic within our Town. The reopening of the Exit 33 on-ramp and now off-ramp, will provide Stratford with greater access to, and exit from, I-95; as well as an investment in our Route 1 corridor to improve traffic flow, enhance commerce, create jobs and broaden our local tax base,” Senate Minority Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford, Monroe, Seymour, Shelton) said. “So many people worked together over many years to move this project forward. I thank Mayor Laura Hoydick for her leadership in Town and in Hartford, former Mayor and State Representative John Harkins, many members of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce, DOT Commissioner Giulietti, former DOT Commissioner James Redeker and the entire State Department of Transportation, our federal government partners, Don Shubert, local labor and many more. Their efforts brought us to this point today.”

“Stratford has been waiting a long time for a fully functional interchange at Exit 33,” State Representative Joe Gresko (D-Stratford), House Chair of the Environment Committee, said. “Thanks to the DOT for their continued investment in Stratford, for affording residents improved convenience, and paving the way for improved economic growth.”

“The opening of the Southbound Exit 33 off-ramp of I-95 near Veterans Boulevard completes the full interchange project which was left on the cutting room floor back in the 1950s when authorities wanted to prevent motorists from using the exit to avoid tolls at the Stratford Toll Plaza,” Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick said. “The omission of this exit at the time created decades of poor highway accessibility, traffic flow, and business access, which we finally correct today. This off-ramp opening follows the opening of the on-ramp last fall, completing a project that serves as a true model of intergovernmental cooperation and support between the Town and the State, and bipartisan work with local legislators and town officials. I would also like to express thanks to former State Representative and Mayor John Harkins, who always kept this project at the forefront, and never let it leave our focus. We are thrilled to see it become a reality today!”

The Interchange 33 Project added an Exit 33 on-ramp for the Northbound Lane and off-ramp for the Southbound Lane, making it a full interchange. Roadwork on Ferry Boulevard and Barnum Avenue Cutoff, traffic signal work, and drainage improvements, were also included in this project. It was funded with 80 percent federal funding and 20 percent state funding.

While the Exit 33 off-ramp opens today, workers will remain in the area over the next several weeks to finalize the project. Motorists are advised to use caution in work zones: slow down, keep a safe distance, and stay alert. 

Aerial photo of Interstate 95 Exit 33 Interchange in Stratford showing new on and off ramps recently constructed

Stratford News: Internet Ad Robbery

On 04/23/2022 the Stratford Police Department investigated a robbery in the Town of Stratford. It was determined the victim placed an online Facebook Market Place advertisement to sell an IPHONE. The suspect and victim met at a prearranged location where the suspect assaulted the victim and stole his IPHONE. The victim observed a handgun during the robbery.

The Stratford Police Detective Bureau with the assistance of the Bridgeport Police Department Task Force identified the main suspect as SHAHIEM DONALD(DOB 10/09/2003) of Ansonia. It was later determined Donald and his co-conspirators would contact various victims throughout Fairfield County online to arrange to either buy or sell IPHONES and other items. Once the suspects met with the victims Donald and his gang would use force steal cellular phones and other valuables. On 05/04/2022 The Stratford Detective Bureau along with Bridgeport Police Department Task Force located and arrested Donald for Robbery 1st Degree, Assault 3rdDegree and Larceny 5th Degree. He was held on a $150,000.00 bond.

If anyone has any additional information they are asked to contact the Detective Torres or Detective Policano at 203-381-2098.The Stratford Police Department warns all to use caution when selling or buying items posted privately online.

MAYOR HOYDICK VOTES AGAINST SALE OF SIKORSKY AIRPORT TO CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY 

STRATFORD – During a Special Meeting late yesterday afternoon the Sikorsky Memorial Airport Commission voted in favor of selling the airport to the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA).  The vote was conducted over the objection of Mayor Laura R. Hoydick who cast the lone vote in opposition as the only Stratford member of the Commission. 

In March of this year, when Bridgeport changed their position from wanting to enter into an operator agreement with the CAA for the airport to outright selling it to them, Mayor Hoydick publicly expressed interest in pursuing the purchase of the airport by Stratford.  The airport, owned by the City of Bridgeport since 1937, is entirely situated within the territorial boundaries of Stratford. 

“We have expressed the concerns Stratford has about the probable expansion and development of the airport in a way that fails to take into account the nature of the surrounding community, or the environmentally sensitive marshes and wetlands surrounding the airport,” said Mayor Hoydick.  “With this vote by the commission yesterday, Stratford was denied the opportunity to make a case for the purchase of the airport and control the destiny of the airport and region. The airport should be run by those with a vested interest in the region because we live here, not a state entity located 70 miles away.” 

Hoydick noted that the needs and desires of Stratford and the region can only be served by having the airport run by those who answer to those who live in the region, and have the most to lose or gain, depending on the type of expansion that takes place. 

“Stratford has demonstrated itself as a strong steward of the environment, from our participation in the reclamation project at the great Salt Marsh, and our extensive work on coastal resiliency, to our numerous green initiatives and our Silver status through Sustainable CT,” she added.  “The CAA can boast no such record. Rather, while pursuing purchase of the airport, they simultaneously pursued legislation which would give them unprecedented eminent domain powers to potentially seize land surrounding the airport to accommodate the expansion which would be necessary for them to begin the kind of passenger service they have indicated they would like to initiate there.” 

The sale of the airport to the CAA must still be approved by the Bridgeport City Council as well as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

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Stratford Library Offers “Stress Management” Talk

Health Program Set for May 10 on Zoom

            The Stratford Library has announced that it will host a virtual, live program about managing stress.  “Stress Management: A Proactive Approach” is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 12-1 pm.  The program, available on the Library’s Zoom platform, is free and open to the public.

Wellness Expert Jill Patterson returns to the Library with an engaging workshop explaining what stress is, how the body responds to stress and how one can manage stress. Participants will learn about a variety of tools including nutrition for stress management, movement and other modalities.  Stress is very common today and can wreak havoc on the immune system, health and well-being.  Patterson will discuss strategies that will provide solutions for optimal stress management.

Guest speaker Jill Patterson, RDN, presented “Intuitive Eating” and “Gentle Stretching Exercises” at the Library recently on Zoom.  An award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, Patterson is also a certified fitness instruction and personal trainer.  She specializes in employee wellness and school nutrition and is passionate about helping people live their happiest and healthiest lives.

 “Stress Management: A Proactive Approach” will be held on May 10 from 12-1 pm on the Zoom platform.  To register online and receive a Zoom invitation for the program visit: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/8900081.

For further information call the Stratford Library at: 203.385-4162

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