Volunteers Needed for City Environmental Committees

Middltown logoThe City of Middletown’s Planning, Conservation and Development Department is seeking citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on two advisory panels. There are currently four vacancies on the Conservation Commission and five vacancies on the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency. Continue reading

It’s Time To Call Your Legislators

CGACurrent law already bans pesticides (with some exceptions) on elementary schools and day-care centers. Now we need to expand this protection to high school students and the general public.  Also, these chemicals are killing our ponds, rivers and Long Island Sound.

Please take a few moments to call or email your Ct State Rep or Senator.  Legislator contact info and a sample message are below.

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Cash Lane Slim – Downshift – Live In Concert March 21 @ 7 p.m.

Cash Lane SlimThe Jonah Center of Earth and Art is pleased to sponsor the return of Middletown’s Cash Lane Slim in an exclusive one-night performance. Doors will open at 6:30 PM, and the 2- hour show will begin at 7 PM on Saturday, March 21st in the main hall of the Community Health Center, 675 Main Street in Middletown, CT.

Songsmith and guitar master Cash Lane Slim takes you on a trip through the heart of Americana with a blend of folk, rock, blues and ballad; an energizing mix of originals and standards with his unique interpretation and voice. Continue reading

Damn Those Ice Dams

Damn those Ice DamsA Workshop on Home Insulation: How to prevent winter ice dams, incentive programs for home insulation and air sealing. These programs (Home Energy Solutions and Home Performance With Energy Star) provide a wide array of subsidized home energy improvements and attractive financing opportunities.  For more details, click here.

Wed. April 22, 7 p.m. at the deKoven House, 27 Washington St. Middletown.

Co-sponsored by Middletown’s Clean Energy Task Force and the Jonah Center.

For more information, call 860-638-4854 or 860-398-3771 (mobile).


Middletown 200 million Years Ago

Dana Royer croppedA Presentation by Dana Royer
Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Wesleyan University

Tuesday, March 10, 2014, 7 – 8:30 p.m. (snow date March 24)
At The deKoven House, 27 Washington Street, Middletown

You may know something about the human history of Middletown, but what about our region’s geologic history? Our city and its surrounding towns have a very interesting tale to tell, one that spans several hundred million years. Professor Dana Royer will tell us about one waypoint along this journey: 200 million years ago. Continue reading

New Video on Home Energy Solutions

Energize CT logoA new video is now available on the Home Energy Solutions℠ program, an EnergizeCT service that provides utility-authorized contractors to perform an energy checkup on your home and make on-the-spot improvements. The video highlights the aspects of the assessment, from start to finish.
Valued at $1,000, a Home Energy Solutions assessment is provided for a $99 fee, or at no cost for income eligible residents. Click Here to View the Video.

To schedule a Home Energy Solutions visit, call  New England Conservation Services at 1-877-389-7077 and tell them you were referred by the Jonah Center.

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Environmental Scorecard for CT State Reps and Senators

Here are the summary  2014 scores for legislators in our area. (100% is the top score)

Sen. Dante Bartolomeo 100%  (Meriden and Middletown)

Sen. Paul Doyle 100%  (Middletown and Cromwell)

Rep. Matt Lesser 100%  (Middletown, Durham, Middlefield)

Rep. Phil Miller 94%  (Haddam, Essex)

Rep. Christie Carpino 80%  (Cromwell, Portland)

Rep. Joe Serra  78%  (Middletown)

Sen. Art Linares  73%  (East Hampton, Essex, Shoreline)

Rep. Melissa Ziobron 65%  (East Hampton, East Haddam) Continue reading