Are You Ready to Quit Smoking? -Virtual ZOOM Program

    Classes Begin Tuesday, May 5th   7:00 p.m.

    A 7-Week program, meeting once a week, to help you become tobacco-free!

    The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program is designed to give you the support you need in a comfortable, confidential group setting offered via ZOOM.  Our Tobacco Treatment Specialist has worked with hundreds of people on their journey to becoming tobacco-free.

    This program is being offered by Ledge Light Health District and is open to anyone who lives or works in Southeastern Connecticut.  This program is FREE and includes FREE nicotine replacement therapy.

    For more information or to register, Contact Carolyn Wilson     (860) 446-3062

    This program is supported by the Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


    May Virtual Presentations

    These virtual presentations are being shared by AARP, Seymour Public Library, Simsbury Public Library and Lyme Public Library.

    • Around the World in 80 Gardens Tues., May 4th  12:00p.m.

    Hear about the great gardens of the world including the lush gardens of the Pacific, South America, Europe, South East Asia, the gardens in Singapore airport, the arid gardens of Australia, the tropical gardens of the Seychelles, Canary Islands, English country gardens, gardens in US and Canada.

    Registration required at

    • Mindfulness Series Thurs., May 6th, May 13th and May 20th  10:00a.m.

    During this three part series, we will learn how aspects of mindfulness and self care can help us manage and navigate the feelings of stress.  We will have an open discussion on health, wellness & exercise along with how to manage stress with yoga & the breath.

    Registration required at

    • Sinking of the Lusitania Thurs., May 6th  6:30p.m.

    The Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat when she was only one day away from her destination.  1,198 passengers and crew members lost their lives in this tragic event.  764 were saved by the valiant and heroic acts of rescuers and survivors.  Join this ZOOM presentation and hear the details of Lusitania’s final voyage near the 106 anniversary of her sinking.

    Registration required at

    • P.T. Barnum: The Prince of Humbugs Tues., May 11th  7:00p.m.

    P.T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut into an age of ‘marvelous wonders’ and many home-grown entrepreneurs selling ‘snake oil’ to the gullible or anyone willing to part with a nickel.  Truly an American showman, he was also a businessman, entertainer, promoter of hoaxes, author, publisher, politician, philanthropist, millionaire, and founded the circus as we know it today.

    Registration required at

    • The History of Memorial Day Wed., May 19th  12:00p.m.

    Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a simple offering of flowers on the graves of Union soldiers.  The Civil War itself, the most deadly struggle in the nation’s history, forced a reckoning with death, sacrifice, and honor.  Join Dr. Matthew Warshauer from Central Connecticut State University, as he explores this day and how we remember our Veterans each year.

    Registration required at

    • Connecticut Waters Thurs., May 20th  7:00p.m.

    Caryn B. Davis takes us on a nautical journey exploring the many ways Nutmeggers have used our lakes, rivers, sounds and shores and how these waterways have defined our culture and state.

    Registration required by emailing

    • Learn to Make Strawberry Crumb Bars Mon., May 24th  6:30p.m.

    Join a registered dietitian from Food Explorers for a free ZOOM cooking class.  These bars can be made with any berry, fresh or frozen, or a mixture.

    Registration required at

    • Veggie Burgers & Veggie Sausages Thurs., May 27th   6:00p.m.

    Join us as we learn how to make veggie burgers and veggie sausages.  In this ZOOM cooking class, we’ll skip the processed stuff and make the healthier alternatives at home on our own.

    Registration required at


    COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

    Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 due to a COVID-19 related death of a family member.  Up to $9000 per funeral, max $35,000 per application if multiple deaths in a family occurred.

    To apply, call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line at 1-844-684-6333 

    A FEMA representative will help you complete a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application over the phone and let you know what information you will need to provided.  Multilingual services is available.  The phone line is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

    For more information visit:


    Renter’s Rebate Program 2021

    Assistance is available over the phone to apply. 

    No in-person appointments at this time.

    Please contact the appropriate person (below) for more information.

    A program for low income elderly (65+) or disabled individuals who have rented in CT in 2020 and have not applied for the homeowners Circuit Breaker Program.  Program open through October 1, 2021.

    Income Limits:    Single: $37,600 yearly or less               Couple: $45,800 yearly or less

    For assistance, please call:

    Norwich residents, 55 and older call the Rose City Senior Center at (860) 889-5960.

    Ask for Carolyn’s voicemail and leave a message.  Carolyn will call you back.

    If you are under 55 and a Norwich resident, call Norwich Human Services at (860) 823-3778.

    If you reside in Senior Housing, please call your

     Resident Services Coordinator at your housing complex for information.



    Saturday, June 19th- Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Paper Shredding

    Drop off Location: Norwich Public Works – 50 Clinton Ave.

    Saturday, June 19th   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    The Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resource Recovery Authority (SCRRRA) will be at Norwich Public Works in June to collect household hazardous waste and offer confidential paper shredding.

    Items that will be collected include: latex & oil paint, stains & varnish, paint thinner, oven cleaner, kerosene, old gasoline, light bulbs, home batteries, insecticides, fungicides, pool chemicals and more!

    For a complete list of acceptable items that will be collected visit: