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Photo of Senator Bob Duff.

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

Supporting the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

I am happy to announce that this week the State Bond Commission approved a $5 million grant for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum for HVAC and electrical upgrades.

This grant will allow the Mansion to take a major step forward with the implementation of its Master Mechanical Plan. This plan was originally inspired and funded by the Board of Trustees in 2008, and with support from the City of Norwalk, Norwalk Historical Commission and previous state grants, several Americans with Disabilities Act phases have already been completed.

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Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is a cultural treasure and an important part of Connecticut’s history. I first went to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum as a Marvin Elementary School 5th-grader and fell in love with it. Since then, I have worked over the years to bring funding to restore the Mansion to its rightful glory. The Mansion is a community gem that has an important story to tell to our kids and our grandkids.

This funding will provide, for the first time, a fire protection system for the Mansion, bring electricity to the second and third floor of the Mansion, and additionally support a new heating system that will allow the museum to stay open during the winter months.

I am proud to have worked to help secure this funding so that the Mansion can continue its mission for years to come.

Come Out This Weekend to the Norwalk Boat Show

The Norwalk Boat Show pulls those interested from all over our region and is happening through Sunday at the Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk; the event is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily, and admission is $15 for adults and free for children under 12 (when accompanied by an adult).

Norwalk Boat Show.

Boating is a very popular pastime along the Connecticut shore, especially in Stamford and Darien. The boat show features a lot of new boats, accessories and other marine product for you to look at. You can also get a lot of boating tips from industry professionals at free seminars on topics like electronic navigation and fishing.

This year in the state budget, I supported legislation that cut the sales tax in half on the sale of boats, boat motors and boat trailers. That's great news, because boats are big business in all of Connecticut, whether you're selling them or repairing them or docking them.

This new change will reinvigorate our waterfront heritage and contribute again to our growing economy. The sales tax cut and events like the Norwalk Boat Show prompt more retail boat sales in Connecticut, which leads to more activity for marinas, restaurants, retail shops and diesel fuel dealers. That's good for business and great for our quality of life!

Local Events

Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop

Thanks to the owners and staff of the newly refurbished McDonald’s on Westport Avenue for hosting Coffee with a Cop this week. They made everyone feel welcome.

Women's Board of Norwalk Hospital

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The Women's Board of Norwalk Hospital held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of Treasure House thrift shop at their new location at 520 West Ave. It's a volunteer-driven organization that has given back over $3.5 million to the hospital. Stop in and look at their items for sale.