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Petition-Signing at Eastern

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT - A task group of five social work juniors at Eastern Connecticut State University, in collaboration with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and Office of Wellness Promotion, is conducting a petition-signing event on April 22. The event will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The petition calls for supporting the Comprehensive Problem Gambling Act of 2009 (H.R. 2906). The bill aims to increase federal funding for the research, prevention, public awareness and treatment of problem gambling.

The task group's efforts are timely in the wake of recent news that a former East Lyme, CT, school lunch program director will serve up to 16 months in prison for embezzling more than $335,000 from her employer to cover losses she incurred playing slot machines at the region's casinos. The theft also cost two other Chartwells Dining Services employees their jobs.

The Problem Gambling Awareness Task Group consists of Social Work students Amy Gorman, Sarah Jenkinson, Amon Gitau, Victor Harley and Deborah Smith.

For more information, contact Thomas Broffman, assistant professor of sociology and social work, at (860) 465-5127 or


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