Bethel's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:35:15 -0400 HamletHub.com Byrd Books' Third Battle of the Books on July 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/48291-byrd-books-third-battle-of-the-books-on-july-1448291-byrd-books-third-battle-of-the-books-on-july-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/48291-byrd-books-third-battle-of-the-books-on-july-1448291-byrd-books-third-battle-of-the-books-on-july-14

Byrd's Books will host its third Battle of the Books on Tuesday July 14 at 7 p.m. The 1,000 Books Battle of the Books is for five passionate readers each to make a case, in front of a live zoom audience, for a book they think should be on everyone’s "To Be Read" list. At the end of the “battle,” the audience VOTES for the book they most want to read or reread, a winner and runner-up are declared, and copies of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die and all five books on the program are offered for sale.

The five people will be Chris Durante, Elissa Altman, Pat Cosentino, Rebecca Myers, and Heather Mead. The books remain secret until the event.

This is a Zoom event. Please register to be given the zoom access codes for Battle III. Click here to register.

 
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sally.stra@gmail.com (Byrd's Books) Events Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:22:00 -0400
Connecticut DMV resumes select testing and registration services https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/48292-connecticut-dmv-resumes-select-testing-and-registration-services48292-connecticut-dmv-resumes-select-testing-and-registration-services https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/48292-connecticut-dmv-resumes-select-testing-and-registration-services48292-connecticut-dmv-resumes-select-testing-and-registration-services

DMV resumes select testing and registration services

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has resumed road testing services for driver’s licenses, as well as new vehicle registrations at select DMV locations. Knowledge testing for motorcycle learner’s permits is slated to resume on July 7, 2020 on DMV’s Bridgeport and Waterbury locations.

The DMV began collaborating with driving schools on June 23, in an effort to reduce its backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and was able to schedule nearly 1,000 road tests through June 30. Customers whose appointments were canceled due to the pandemic are encouraged to reschedule their appointments.

The expansion of DMV services comes on the heels of the department’s reopening on June 23. The DMV now requires appointments for all services. To schedule an appointment, utilize the following links:

For more information, read the press release issued today by the DMV.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Places Fri, 03 Jul 2020 06:41:00 -0400
Connecticut Respect PSA Campaign to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/publicsafety/48290-connecticut-respect-psa-campaign-to-reduce-spread-of-covid-1948290-connecticut-respect-psa-campaign-to-reduce-spread-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/publicsafety/48290-connecticut-respect-psa-campaign-to-reduce-spread-of-covid-1948290-connecticut-respect-psa-campaign-to-reduce-spread-of-covid-19

State launches “Connecticut Respect” PSA campaign

The State of Connecticut today launched the “Connecticut Respect” PSA campaign to reinforce practices that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The campaign includes spots filmed by Stew Leonard, Southern Connecticut State University Professor Jonathan Wharton, UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma, and a lifeguard.

View the complete series of PSA videos here.

Connecticut Respect: Stew Leonard

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Public safety Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:37:48 -0400
Matt Knickerbocker Provides Town of Bethel COVID Update https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/48289-matt-knickerbocker-provides-town-of-bethel-covid-update48289-matt-knickerbocker-provides-town-of-bethel-covid-update https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/48289-matt-knickerbocker-provides-town-of-bethel-covid-update48289-matt-knickerbocker-provides-town-of-bethel-covid-update

As part of the ongoing response to the financial disruption many families and businesses are suffering as a result of COVID-19, Governor Lamont recently announced new funding from state and federal sources that are being made available. Much of the funding is targeted towards families who rent their homes and are in danger of eviction. Here are some of the program highlights:

  • $10 million in rental assistance for qualified individuals and families, which may include direct payments to landlords who's tenants have fallen behind because of COVID.
  • $5 million in eviction prevention for renters in the process of eviction.
  • $10 million in mortgage relief for homeowners who have been impacted by COVID and whose mortgages are not federally insured.
  • $4 million in rapid re-housing funds to help people with security deposits and initial rent payments.

The Governor has also extended the moratorium on evictions through August 25th.  These programs are administered through the Connecticut Department of Housing. You can find more information about how to qualify and apply here:   https://portal.ct.gov/doh

CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY ISSUE TRAVEL ADVISORIES:

Due to an alarming spike in the rate of infections in certain states, and those state's difficulty in controlling this situation, the governors of CT, NY and NJ have issued a travel advisory. Anyone traveling to Connecticut from any state that has an infection rate above 10 percent infection rate over a 7-day average are strongly advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The names of states that meet this criteria will be updated as test numbers are adjusted. Currently, the following 16 states are on the list:  Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

This list will be updated as needed and you can find current info here

A WORD  ABOUT KEEPING UP THE GOOD WORK

I know this has been tough. It's summer, people want to get together, have backyard barbecues, go out for dinner with friends, go to the beach, just go back to living again. All those things are possible, but please remember to stay safe. Social distancing guidelines are still in effect and masks are still required when in public.

The fact is, Connecticut and our neighboring states are emerging as the national role models for how to handle this crisis the right way. States that locked down too late and reopened too early are suffering terrible setbacks. So bad, in fact, that the surge in infections is threatening to do more serious harm to the entire US economy than has already happened.

As inconvenient and frustrating as it might be, Connecticut's conservative approach of gradual reopening and maintaining strict mask and social distancing orders is working. Our state is continuing on its path of revitalizing the state's economy, but so far has avoided the severe increases in hospitalizations we see today in other states.

Please keep up the good work. It's worth it, and it's working.

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kerry@ducey.org (Bethel First Selectman, Matt Knickerbocker) Life Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:10:29 -0400
Bethel native Eggert recognized for participation with Alvernia's Active Minds Club https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48288-bethel-native-eggert-recognized-for-participation-with-alvernia-s-active-minds-club48288-bethel-native-eggert-recognized-for-participation-with-alvernia-s-active-minds-club https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48288-bethel-native-eggert-recognized-for-participation-with-alvernia-s-active-minds-club48288-bethel-native-eggert-recognized-for-participation-with-alvernia-s-active-minds-club

Emerald Eggert, of Bethel, participated as a member of Alvernia University's Active Minds Club while studying Occupational Therapy during the 2019-2020 school year.

Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. The club is changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities, and advocacy training to the next generation.

By developing and supporting chapters of student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses nationwide, the nonprofit organization works to increase students' awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as a liaison between students and the mental health community.

Through campus-wide events at Alvernia and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.

Through Alvernia University's rich campus life, students enjoy a full calendar of activities and events, more than 60 clubs, intramural sports and student leadership and governance opportunities. The University presents endless opportunities for students to gain leadership, problem-solving, collaboration and teambuilding skills. Students hone lifetime skills essential for any industry or field of study.

Student clubs and activities also offer students opportunities to connect with Alvernia's surrounding communities throughout Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania. Through service, engagement, and leadership, students learn indelible lessons outside the classroom. Campus clubs and activities are among the many ways in which Alvernia students gain real-world experience, contribute to more than 60,000 hours of community service each year, and help the university remain deeply anchored within its communities.

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kerry@ducey.org ( Alvernia University) Neighbors Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:19:38 -0400
Five Bethel Residents Named to the University of Delaware Dean’s List https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48287-five-bethel-residents-named-to-the-university-of-delaware-dean-s-list48287-five-bethel-residents-named-to-the-university-of-delaware-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48287-five-bethel-residents-named-to-the-university-of-delaware-dean-s-list48287-five-bethel-residents-named-to-the-university-of-delaware-dean-s-list

The University of Delaware would like to congratulate Samantha Burke, Shannon Burke, Kathryn Galvin, Sarah Mello, Rachel Wade who have all been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester.

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

The University of Delaware is a private-public research university located in Newark, Delaware. The University of Delaware is the largest university in Delaware. UD offers three associate's programs, 148 bachelor's programs, 121 master's programs, and 55 doctoral programs across its eight colleges.

 

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zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (University of Delaware) Neighbors Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:08:05 -0400
ACT's Story Time with Mamma Mia! Star, Juliet Lambert Pratt https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/48286-act-s-story-time-with-mamma-mia-star-juliet-lambert-pratt48286-act-s-story-time-with-mamma-mia-star-juliet-lambert-pratt https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/48286-act-s-story-time-with-mamma-mia-star-juliet-lambert-pratt48286-act-s-story-time-with-mamma-mia-star-juliet-lambert-pratt

It's a new episode of STORY TIME!

This week, Juliet Lambert Pratt reads Little Elliot, Bg Fun. Juliet starred in ACT's 2018 production of "Mamma Mia!" We love partnering with our friends at Books on the Common for a new weekly episode.
 
Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, and his friend Mouse go to the amusement park to see the sights and ride the rides―water chutes, roller coasters, carousels, and more. But Elliot isn't having much fun―the rides are too wet, too fast, too dizzy, and just plain too scary―until Mouse figures out a way to help him overcome his fears. Together, Mouse and Little Elliot can do anything! Recommended for grades K-3.
 
To watch Story Time, simply click on the image in this post or here

STORY TIME! Episode 10: Little Elliot, Big Fun

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Life Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:03:52 -0400
Bethel Public Library materials can be returned in the library drop box! https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/48285-bethel-public-library-materials-can-be-returned-in-the-library-drop-box48285-bethel-public-library-materials-can-be-returned-in-the-library-drop-box https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/48285-bethel-public-library-materials-can-be-returned-in-the-library-drop-box48285-bethel-public-library-materials-can-be-returned-in-the-library-drop-box

Return your checked out library materials in the outdoor drop-box located by our entrance

If you have been holding onto library materials checked out before we closed to the public, now is the time to return them! Our grace period for fines related to checked out materials will be ending on July 10.
 
Returned materials are quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked in and able to circulate again. As we are dealing with large quantities of returned items at this time, please be patient if you do not see items immediately taken off your account. If you have questions or concerns about your account status, please contact us.
 
If you're looking for something new to read or watch, we are now doing curbside pickup for holds! Don't know what to read next? Browse through our virtual bookshelves on our website to see what our staff recommend! Place your requests online, and a staff member will contact you when they're ready to be picked up. Scroll down for more details.
 
We are still unable to accept donations at this time. Thank you for thinking of us, but we are unable to accommodate them at this time.
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kerry@ducey.org (Bethel Public Library) Places Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:03:10 -0400
Music Lifts Spirits at Bethel Health Care Concert Sponsored by Engraved Products and The Durkin Group https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48284-music-lifts-spirits-at-bethel-health-care-concert-sponsored-by-engraved-products-and-the-durkin-group48284-music-lifts-spirits-at-bethel-health-care-concert-sponsored-by-engraved-products-and-the-durkin-group https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48284-music-lifts-spirits-at-bethel-health-care-concert-sponsored-by-engraved-products-and-the-durkin-group48284-music-lifts-spirits-at-bethel-health-care-concert-sponsored-by-engraved-products-and-the-durkin-group

Noted local musicians preform for Health Care Center staff and residents

Health care workers and residents clapped, tapped their toes, and hummed along during a courtyard concert sponsored by Engraved Products and The Durkin Group. Musicians Corey Durkin, I Am Canyon, and Frank Viele performed selections from their most recent albums.

Says Graves Kiely, Engraved Products Managing Director, “Our aim is to support healthcare workers, who have endured so many sacrifices as well as promote positive recognition for them, their families and patients afflicted with the COVID-19 virus.”

Earlier this month, Kiely’s company made available 20,000 PPE masks to Greater Danbury Healthcare Facilities and the area’s small businesses. Bethel Health Care was one of the recipients of these mask donations. “This is just the beginning,” adds Kiely, “EP is mounting a campaign to recognize and support healthcare facilities and their courageous workers by not only providing needed equipment but funding where and when needed.”

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Penn Gardner) Neighbors Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:00:58 -0400
Lamont Expands State's Youth Employment Program https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/politics/48282-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program48282-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/politics/48282-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program48282-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is authorizing the state to release $2 million from the Coronavirus Relief Funds to expand the Connecticut Youth Employment Program, an ongoing initiative that provides year-round employment opportunities with community-based agencies throughout the state. The expanded program will help community health agencies respond to the pandemic by providing critical support and education to marginalized populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

“Not only will this help more youths gain employment during this difficult time, but it will also enhance the critical efforts of community health agencies in their response to the pandemic,” Governor Lamont said. “Connecticut has persistent health equity gaps that impact communities of color – this virus and its impact on health and the economy is no different. Increasing our investment in youth employment programs not only helps our young people, but will also make a difference for community health,”

The investment comes from Connecticut’s portion of the federal CARES Act funding. It will be added to the $4.5 million the state previously allocated for the program, which is administered by the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL), as well as $637,600 from the Youth Employment and Training Collaboration, a collaborative of the Department of Children and Families and CTDOL, giving the program a total of $7.1 million this year.

The Connecticut Youth Employment Program runs year-round and is implemented by the state’s five workforce development boards to increase youth leadership, improve job readiness, and improve economic stability. In 2019, it was funded at just over $5.6 million and served more than 1,700 young people.

“This program offers meaningful job opportunities to young people, helping them build networks, gain experience, and improve their resumes,” Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said. “It is our hope that this program will also introduce young people to the important work being done on the ground by our community health partners, and open new career opportunities for them. I applaud Governor Lamont for expanding funding at a time during a vital time.”

Some opportunities anticipated to be incorporated in the expanded program include:

  • Virtual outreach through social media to promote safer health practices
  • Delivery of educational materials to community and other organizations
  • Outreach and assistance to homebound families
  • Fostering youth-to-youth connections and acting as social distancing ambassadors

Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact their nearest regional workforce development board for more information.

Joseph Carbone, president and CEO of The WorkPlace, said, “We look forward to helping local youth explore career opportunities in the high growth, health care industry. I would like to thank Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Labor for facilitating this opportunity to employ youth in positions that respond to the COVID epidemic.”

William Villano, president and CEO of Workforce Alliance, the workforce development board for South Central Connecticut, said, “Providing work experience at an early age sets people up for success throughout their lives. Any work experience at an early age is an advantage, and health care is one of the better options overall.”

Catherine N. Awwad , executive director of the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, said, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to promote employment opportunities for our youth and young adults in raising public awareness of the COVID-19 crisis. These employment opportunities will serve as the foundation for career awareness and opportunities in the fields of health care and public health. We look forward to collaborating with our regional health care partners to provide a meaningful work experience while raising awareness about COVID-19 testing and risk mitigation.”

Mark W. Hill, interim CEO and president of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, said, “The Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board is very excited and fully supports the Governor’s COVID-19 Response Youth Employment Initiative. The program will provide meaningful employment opportunities for the youth in our region and state. For many participants, this initiative will be their first employment experience and become a foundation from which to develop future careers in the workforce. We are grateful to the governor and his administration for this investment in our community and our youth.”

Mark Masselli, founder, president, and CEO of Community Health Center, Inc., said, “This employment initiative focused on jobs and support for community-based organizations provides young people the opportunity to learn valuable skills while helping low income communities during the pandemic. It’s a creative approach by the governor to micro target Connecticut’s resources.”

Dr. Bruce E. Gould, director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Program, said, “Expanding the Connecticut Youth Employment Program at this critical juncture in Connecticut’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will allow young people from at-risk neighborhoods and communities to be trained to provide essential services in collaboration with federally qualified health centers, Area Health Education Centers, and other community agencies to address whatever challenges remain ahead of us.  We look forward to being part of this important effort.”

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:00:14 -0400
Connecticut Red Cross Offers 20 Ways to Stay Safe as You Celebrate the Fourth of July https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/publicsafety/48283-connecticut-red-cross-offers-20-ways-to-stay-safe-as-you-celebrate-the-fourth-of-july48283-connecticut-red-cross-offers-20-ways-to-stay-safe-as-you-celebrate-the-fourth-of-july https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/publicsafety/48283-connecticut-red-cross-offers-20-ways-to-stay-safe-as-you-celebrate-the-fourth-of-july48283-connecticut-red-cross-offers-20-ways-to-stay-safe-as-you-celebrate-the-fourth-of-july

The Fourth of July is just ahead, a time when people typically enjoy the summer holiday with backyard barbecues, fireworks or water fun. But this year, celebrating Independence Day will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross offers safety tips you can follow.

“If your community is reopening, it’s important to know which safety measures to take as you venture out in public,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Follow these coronavirus precautions.”

  • Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others, especially if you are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (over age 65 or any age with underlying medical conditions).
  • Continue to wear cloth face coverings in public. Face coverings are most essential when social distancing is difficult.
  • Follow guidelines for your area when it comes to how large gatherings can be. Avoid crowds and mass gatherings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

FIREWORKS SAFETY 

Many public fireworks shows are canceled this summer to avoid holding events where large crowds will gather. If you plan to use your own fireworks, check first if it is legal in your area.

  1. Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  5. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
    GRILLING SAFETY

    Grilling fires spark more than 10,000 home fires on average each year in the U.S. To avoid this:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, stays away from the grill, including children and pets.
  • Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire. 
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

WATER SAFETY 

Warmer weather means enjoying the water. Be “water smart,” have swimming skills and know how to help others. This includes home pools — where young children are most at risk of drowning — and open water, such as ponds, rivers and lakes — where people are more likely to drown than any other location. With less access to lifeguarded aquatic facilities this summer, some may consider open water environments that are not designated for swimming.

  1. Talk to your children, including older youth and teenagers, about water safety. A variety of resources are available at redcross.org/watersafety and redcross.org/watersafetyforkids.
  2. If you choose to take your family to the water, make sure the area is designated for swimming and has lifeguards on duty. Once there, maintain social distancing, both in and out of the water, between you and people who don’t live with you.
  3. Wear face coverings on land, especially when physical distancing is difficult. Do not wear them in the water as it may be difficult to breathe. Don’t share goggles, nose clips, snorkels or other personal items.
  4. Designate a water watcher whose sole responsibility is to supervise people .
  5. Kiddie or inflatable pools can be a great way to have fun. Drain the water from the pool and flip it over after swim time is over.

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross offers a series of free mobile apps to put lifesaving safety information in the palm of your hand. Download these apps by searching for “American Red Cross” in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.

  • The Red Cross Swim App has water safety tips and resources for parents and caregivers along with child-friendly games, videos and quizzes.
  • The Red Cross Emergency App can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts.
  • The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips.
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kerry@ducey.org (CT Red Cross) Public safety Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:58:59 -0400
Fairfield County Financial Services Advisors Receive Certified Social Security Claiming Strategist Designation https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48280-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation48280-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48280-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation48280-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation

Wilton, CT – June 29 2020: Fairfield County Financial Services is pleased to announce that Stephen Nitz, CFP®, CRC®, Nelson Ehinger, CFP®, RICP®, and Jamie Hunter, are now Certified Social Security Claiming Strategists (CSSCS). Stephen, Nelson, and Jamie successfully passed a rigorous examination after completing the course to earn the CSSCS designation.

The Corporation for Social Security Claiming Strategies is the creator and provider of the training course for the CSSCS designation. The organization is the only comprehensive retirement income training organization in the financial services industry dedicated exclusively to educating professionals on the nuances of Social Security retirement planning.

With corporations eliminating more than 84,000 pension plans since 1985, over a decade of unprecedented and ongoing market volatility, a Social Security system that has over 2,000 filing rules and a government workforce prohibited from dispensing advice, the ability to offer true expertise on the topic of when and how to develop a Social Security filing strategy is paramount to helping retirees remain financially viable throughout retirement.

We congratulate Stephen, Nelson, and Jamie on their accomplishment and welcome anyone at or near retirement to contact them to discuss their planning needs. Learn more about that by clicking here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:59:32 -0400
Bethel's Famous Pizza Closed for Summer Vacation through July 12 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/48278-bethel-s-famous-pizza-closed-for-summer-vacation-through-july-1248278-bethel-s-famous-pizza-closed-for-summer-vacation-through-july-12 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/48278-bethel-s-famous-pizza-closed-for-summer-vacation-through-july-1248278-bethel-s-famous-pizza-closed-for-summer-vacation-through-july-12

...and it has NOTHING to do with COVID! The awesome folks at Famous Pizza are closed for vacation and will reopen with pizza-bells on Monday, July 13!

Famous Pizza is using the time closed to update their HVAC system. Please read the note below (which they posted on their Facebook Page).

It's that time of year again where your Famous Pizza withdrawal will reach an all time high! This year we are taking some extra time off to make necessary repairs and some much needed time off after these last few months of craziness. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we firmly believe that this allows us to provide you with the best possible service throughout the year. We promise to come back refreshed & ready to serve you better than ever!

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:21:48 -0400
Athletes Need to Rest and Test After COVID-19 Before Returning to Exercise and Sports https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48281-athletes-need-to-rest-and-test-after-covid-19-before-returning-to-exercise-and-sports48281-athletes-need-to-rest-and-test-after-covid-19-before-returning-to-exercise-and-sports https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48281-athletes-need-to-rest-and-test-after-covid-19-before-returning-to-exercise-and-sports48281-athletes-need-to-rest-and-test-after-covid-19-before-returning-to-exercise-and-sports

Athletes Need to “Rest and Test” After COVID-19  Before Returning to Exercise and Sports

Athletes and weekend warriors, who have had COVID-19, will need to take special care and be cleared before resuming exercise, intense training and/or competitive sports.

Why? Because COVID-19, a viral infection, can cause heart complications such as arrhythmia or myocarditis. Since many people don’t actually know if they had Covid-19 (many people are non-hospitalized, mildly symptomatic, asymptomatic, or pre-symptomatic), this warrants caution for everyone.

So, what to do? I feel fine… is it okay to exercise again?

Here are some thoughts on returning to exercise and sports, but you must consult with your physician and your cardiologist to be sure you are cleared to exercise:

  • RECREATIONAL EXERCISER (who had mild to moderate symptoms, were not hospitalized, and had no cardiac symptoms or pre-existing cardiac disease): START SLOWLY and gradually after you have completely recovered, returning to a moderate exercise intensity but watching for any cardiovascular symptoms. Extra precautions are necessary for those with pre-existing cardiac disease and they should be risk assessed and tested before returning to regular exercise levels.
  • COMPETITIVE ATHLETES and HIGHLY ACTIVE PEOPLE (with COVID-19 with or without symptoms): REST during the infection and for 2 weeks after symptom resolution. If you are still symptom-free and have no abnormalities in a resting ECG at the end of 2 weeks, it may be okay to return to sports.
  • IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 INDUCED MYOCARDITIS: NO SPORTS for at least 3 to 6 months and you should be under a cardiologist’s supervision on when to return to sports. Assuming cardiac function returns to normal, it is likely that returning to exercise and training will be possible. Previous studies and registries of acute myocarditis, athletes with a complete recovery have a very good prognosis.

Exercise and physical fitness, especially outdoors now that the weather is good, can be an excellent way to improve health and emotional well-being following the pandemic outbreak and stay-at-home period. If you had Covid-19, be sure you are knowledgeable about any impact on your heart and be sure to have a cardiologist engaged that will monitor your heart health as you build your musculoskeletal strength.

OrthoConnecticut Can Help

Our physicians and physician assistants advise caution beginning exercise after COVID-19 and recommend consultation with a cardiologist about any cardiac conditions. For exercise advice or orthopedic concerns, we’re here to help.

 Contact us today for an appointment and #getmovingCT!

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ACT of Connecticut Proves that Nothing Can Cancel Broadway or Community, Hundreds Attend Star-studded Virtual Gala https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48279-act-of-connecticut-proves-that-nothing-can-cancel-broadway-or-community-hundreds-attend-star-studded-virtual-gala48279-act-of-connecticut-proves-that-nothing-can-cancel-broadway-or-community-hundreds-attend-star-studded-virtual-gala https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/48279-act-of-connecticut-proves-that-nothing-can-cancel-broadway-or-community-hundreds-attend-star-studded-virtual-gala48279-act-of-connecticut-proves-that-nothing-can-cancel-broadway-or-community-hundreds-attend-star-studded-virtual-gala

Did you miss ACT’s Annual Gala: "Extended Intermission Edition” last night? Well if you did, here is what you missed (and how you can still “get in on the ACT!”)

Last night, more than three hundred Broadway lovers descended upon ACT of Connecticut and were treated to a star-studded experience - all while adhering to social distancing protocols and never stepping foot outside of their cars. A red carpet, paparazzi, and music reminiscent of the Academy Awards, set the stage for what would be an unforgettable and historical event in Ridgefield. 

The masterminds behind this innovative virtual Gala were ACT of Connecticut founders, Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri who, decked out in gala-wear (complete with jeweled masks) applauded as each guest pulled up to the red carpet (yes, pulled up). ACT choreographed this “moment” beautifully and made every guest feel as though they were starring in a big Broadway show! 

The trio who are credited with making Ridgefield a Broadway destination spent a couple of minutes “schmoozing” and posed for photos while ACT staff placed “Gallo to Go” meals and fabulous gift bags in the trunk of each guest’s car.

COVID can’t cancel Broadway or community.

The living rooms of the hundreds of locals became gala-central. Just pop your authentic Italian dinner in the oven at 400 degrees, reach into your gift bag and grab a few bottles of bubbly, and get ready for 65 minutes of pure entertainment. The performances of Broadway notables including Lauren Patten, Elizabeth Stanley, Kate Baldwin, and ACT’s own Bryan Perri, plus a few hysterical cameos (by people and animals) added an element of SNL to ACT’s first-ever virtual Gala. All this, along with some beautifully poignant moments, reminded us all of the incredible work this theater has done for our community.

After the finale credits rolled, a sweet finale awaited by way of decadent cookies from Ross’ Bread and a special treat from Vine & Co.

The ACT virtual Gala fun continues by way of an incredible auction which is “live’ until Tuesday. Bid for weekend getaways, sporting opportunities, Broadway faves, and more HERE.

And, this JUST IN - while it is too late to experience being a “celebrity” as you pull into the ACT of Connecticut parking lot, it is NOT TOO LATE to view the entertainment portion of the evening! Due to popular demand, ACT is offering people (who may have missed it) the opportunity to purchase the link to the gala performance! 

For $45, you will be sent a link and password to watch the amazing, star-studded, hysterical 65 minute show that was created for this gala and that aired last night. 

Please visit actgal a2020.givesmart.com

Thank you to ACT of Connecticut being innovative, entertaining, and awesome - oh, and for donating 10% of ticket sales from this virtual Gala to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Broadway and community matter now more than ever.

Much gratitude to following sponsors of the ACT Annual (and virtual) Gala: "Extended Intermission Edition!"

  • Anita and Nick Donofrio

  • John & Lori Berisford, Jon & Allison Stockel, Steve & Patti Ross

  • Gallo Ristorante

  • Rebecca & Scott Baglio

  • Bareburger - Ridgefield

  • Ann & Steve Carlson

  • Karen & Todd Kipnes

  • Kristin & Darren Beylouni

  • Nissan of Yorktown Heights

  • Vine & Co.

  • Ross Bread & Coffee Shoppe

 ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit actofct.org for further information.

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