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Dear Neighbor,
Dear Neighbor,
I hope you had a wonderful and rest-filled Labor Day Weekend.
September is one of those months that represents a lot of causes—Suicide Prevention, Hunger Awareness, Childhood Cancer, and World Alzheimer's.
This week I am highlighting both suicide prevention month and suicide prevention week. Sadly, death by suicide is something that touches all of us at one point be it in our own families, at our workplace, or in our schools. Resources are listed below if you or someone you know needs help.
Also included this week is a recap of the funding Canton is receiving for its police department communications console. Tomorrow, we will have a press conference in Canton to discuss the importance of this new technology.
Enjoy the other upcoming events happening below and have a great week!

State Funding for Canton
In May, the State Bond Commission voted to award the Town of Canton a $550,000 state grant for the replacement of its communications console and to renovate the room in which the console is housed. Tomorrow, I will join the Lt. Governor and local leaders to announce this investment in the Canton Police Department and public safety. 

The Town of Canton will hold a special town meeting on Wednesday, September 14 at 7PM at the Canton Public Library and Community Center, 40 Dyer Avenue, to vote on accepting the award. You can read more about the special town meeting here.
September is Suicide Prevention Month
September 4 through 10 is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Week, which aims to raise public awareness and support for suicide prevention efforts. We can all act to save lives and bring hope to those impacted by suicide. We can all be there to ask, support, and help keep someone connected and safe if they're having thoughts of suicide. 

In July, the 988 National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline was launched, replacing the 10-digit 800 number to the former National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Simply dial 9-8-8 to call or text the lifeline to receive free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals 24/7. If you or someone you know needs help, our state has a wide network of resources and support. Click here to learn more.
Complete the OEC 2022 Parent Survey
If you're a parent in Connecticut with at least one child 12 or younger, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood wants to hear from you about how it can better serve families in our state. Once the survey is completed, you'll be entered into a raffle to win 1 out of 20 $100 gift cards. The survey is available in a variety of languages. Click the button below to get started.
Take the Survey Here
Canton Police Department to Hold Car Seat Clinic
The Canton Police Department will hold a free Car Seat Clinic on Monday, September 19 at the Collinsville Fire Station, 51 River Road, from 8AM to 1PM. During the event, parents and guardians will be able to have a car seat inspected and installed by certified car seat technicians. Parents will also receive assistance on proper installation techniques and child passenger safety. Free car seats will be available on a first come, first-served basis.

Appointments are required. Residents can make an appointment and learn more about the event by contacting Canton Police Dispatch at 860-693-0221.
Avon Church Rummage Sale
Avon Congregational Church is seeking items for its 40th Annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, September 24 from 9AM to 3PM. 

Donations can be dropped off at the church, 6 West Main St, on the following dates:
  • Sunday, September 18 from 11AM to 2PM
  • Monday - Thursday, September 19 to 22 from 10AM to 2PM
  • Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20 from 5PM to 7PM
For more information about accepted items and the Rummage Sale, please click here. Anyone with questions can call the church at 860-678-0488.

Eleni Kavros DeGraw
State Representative

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