About this Newsletter

This newsletter was born in April 2020 when we were all starved for some positive stories and the latest day-to-day updates in Hartford. We sent it to legislators every two weeks and received favorable feedback on our content and goal to break up the news cycle!

We took a short break and decided to expand our recipient list to help get the message out that Hartford indeed still "Has It" and hope we can see you soon either virtually or six feet apart.

The team at Sullivan & LeShane wishes all a happy holiday season! We are hoping 2021 is kinder, gentler and successful for all.

Please stay safe, careful and healthy and hope you enjoy our write-up!
AARP Bulletin
December 2020
Santa Tracking Project
Thanks to Verizon, we can track Santa on his journey to deliver presents on Christmas eve!

This week, Verizon announced its support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa tracking program for the 18th straight year. NORAD knows all about the importance of Santa’s whereabouts. For more than six decades, NORAD Tracks Santa (NTS) has helped children around the globe follow Santa as he and his team of world-class reindeer fly from Sydney, Australia to New York City, and everywhere in between. 

“It's a great source of joy for the Verizon team to volunteer alongside our partners at NORAD to help carry on the tradition of tracking Santa Claus' whereabouts around the world,” said Andrés Irlando, senior vice president and president, Public Sector and Verizon Connect at Verizon. “For 18 consecutive years, it has been an honor to support NORAD and their mission to help children believe in the magic of Santa Claus and the holiday season.”

On December 24th, Children can ask questions like:

  • Where in the world is Santa?
  • Is he close to my house?
  • Does Santa have to wear a mask?
  • What kind of cookies does Santa like?
  • Is Rudolph leading the reindeer this year?

For more information on Santa’s whereabouts, visit https://www.noradsanta.org/ or track via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Be sure to also download the NORAD Tracks Santa mobile app (Apple or Google Play).
City of Hartford Light Display on South Green
A Christmas light display has returned to the city of Hartford, thanks to a collaboration between Senator Chris Murphy, Mayor Luke Bronin, the South Park Inn Homeless Shelter, and several dedicated Hartford residents.

Senator Murphy and his family recently moved to the area and recalled that in years past, Hartford was home to a Christmas Lights Display on Constitution Plaza, one visited by his family and others in the suburbs of Hartford. These memories led to an effort to bring back Christmas lights but this time, in Barnard Park, which brought some much-needed holiday cheer to the South Green neighborhood in Hartford.

Senator Murphy commented on the effort while in Washington D.C. working on a federal COVID relief bill. “Economic security brings smiles. But for kids especially, so do the whimsical, silly things. And there aren’t many of those to be found this year. No, it’s not the most important thing. But sometimes the small, silly, fun things matter, too.”

The 40,000 feet of lights will go on at nightfall every evening until early to mid-January in the small triangle-shaped park, which is at the intersection of Main and Maple streets and Wethersfield Avenue. Murphy said if the neighborhood responds well to the display, he hopes it will become an annual event.

Read more in the Hartford Courant article here,
Holiday Open House at the Governor's Residence goes Virtual
Governor Ned Lamont and First Lady Annie Lamont found a creative way to continue the tradition of welcoming Connecticut residents into the Governor's Residence while its decorated for the Holiday season.

This week, to continue the spirit of the annual Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence, they released a video extending holiday greetings to the residents of Connecticut and taking them on a virtual tour of the house as it is decorated for the season.

The Governor’s Residence, located at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford, was built in 1909 and has served as the official residence of the chief executive of Connecticut since 1943. It is used for many official functions of the governor and is made available to nonprofit organizations for charitable events throughout the year. While it is owned by the state, its preservation, restoration, and maintenance are aided by the Governor’s Residence Conservancy, a nonprofit organization.

We encourage you to take this virtual tour of the Residence by visiting this link.
Sullivan & LeShane's Ugly Sweater Contest Winners
As many of you know, every year the Lobbying and Public Relations teams at Sullivan & LeShane host a holiday party to kick off the season. But this year it was a NO GO!

Instead, Sullivan & LeShane sent out a call for submissions for an ugly sweater contest. Each of the contestants entered hoping to win a $500 donation to the charity of their choice. Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo!

Each team picked the winner from submissions from their business associates, clients, friends and community associates – plus a grand prize winner - They are….

  • Sullivan & LeShane Inc. - Chris Sutter, $500 Charity Donation to Nutmeg TV

  • Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations - Sister Patricia Rooney, $500 Charity Donation to FoodShare

  • Grand Prize Winner - Terry Borjeson, $500 Charity Donation to Newington Food Bank