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Bob Duff

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Back-to-School Savings: Tax-Free Week Begins This Sunday!

The new school year for most children begins in less than two weeks, and that means back-to-school shopping.

For the 18th year in a row, most items of clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 can be purchased without paying any Connecticut sales tax during “Sales Tax-Free Week” beginning this Sunday, August 19, and running through next Saturday, August 25.

Tax-free Week.

For items costing $100 or more, the sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price.

Connecticut is one of just 16 states in America that offers its residents a tax-free holiday for back-to-school clothing and footwear purchases. According to the National Retail Association, the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spends about $600 on back-to-school shopping. That means Connecticut families will save about $4.1 million during this sales tax holiday week.

And there are no limits on how many items you can buy, as long as each individual item is priced less than $100.

I hope you’ll make some time to take advantage of these tax savings for your back-to-school needs!

Rehabilitation of Yankee Doodle Bridge Carrying I-95 over the Norwalk River in Norwalk

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that the rehabilitation of the Yankee Doodle Bridge carrying I-95 over the Norwalk River will begin on or about August 16, 2018.

The project consists of repairing existing steel, localized paint removal and field painting of existing repaired steel, substructure and deck concrete repairs, replacement of the bridge parapet including pedestrian protective fencing and median barrier, bridge drainage and storm water management improvements, and replacement of roadway lighting including the Norwalk River navigation lighting systems.

I-95 bridge


Existing Traffic Operations may be interfered on:

I-95 Northbound
(Sunday-Wednesday, 9 pm - 6 am)
Thursday 10 pm to Friday 6 am
Friday 10 pm to Saturday 8 am
Saturday 9 pm to Sunday 10 am

I-95 Southbound
Monday through Thursday between 6 pm to 6 am
Friday 10 pm to Saturday 9 am
Saturday 5 pm to Sunday 10 am
On adjacent streets and associated ramps Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily, or 6:00 pm to 6:00 am nightly.

The project is scheduled to be completed November 23, 2019.

NECA Celebration


It was exciting to speak to Norwalk High School NECA interns who are innovating and learning new skills for the jobs of the future. It's a great partnership with IBM, Norwalk Schools, State of CT and Norwalk Community College.


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