Coscob's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:22:18 -0400 HamletHub.com Lamont Directs Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Lives Lost or Affected by COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/politics/5542-lamont-directs-flags-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-lives-lost-or-affected-by-covid-195542-lamont-directs-flags-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-lives-lost-or-affected-by-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/politics/5542-lamont-directs-flags-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-lives-lost-or-affected-by-covid-195542-lamont-directs-flags-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-lives-lost-or-affected-by-covid-19

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and State of Connecticut flags to be lowered to half-staff statewide effective immediately in recognition and mourning of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by COVID-19. The flags will remain lowered throughout the emergency. Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags – including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise – should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

“This global pandemic is impacting the lives of so many families, friends, and loved ones in Connecticut, and we mourn for those who have been impacted,” Governor Lamont said. “This is an incredibly trying time and a tragic period in our state’s history. I continue to urge every resident of Connecticut to stay home and practice social distancing as much as possible, because not only may your life depend on it, but it could also impact the lives of others.”

“My family and I are thinking of every person who has lost someone during this pandemic, especially as we begin to approach Easter, Passover, and Ramadan,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “It is truly heartbreaking to know that so many Connecticut communities will be in mourning during this holy season. Our prayers and sympathies are with them in this very difficult time.”

The Office of the Governor will send out a notification when flags should be returned to full-staff.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Lamont) Politics Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:37:24 -0400
Ridgefield Playhouse Streams Tedeschi Trucks Live From Swamp Stream https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5543-ridgefield-playhouse-streams-tedeschi-trucks-live-from-swamp-stream5543-ridgefield-playhouse-streams-tedeschi-trucks-live-from-swamp-stream https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5543-ridgefield-playhouse-streams-tedeschi-trucks-live-from-swamp-stream5543-ridgefield-playhouse-streams-tedeschi-trucks-live-from-swamp-stream

At a time when live events all over the country have been canceled or postponed, The Ridgefield Playhouse remains dedicated to bringing the arts to our community. Now more than ever it is evident how important music and the performing arts are to our lives.  Through The Ridgefield Playhouse Facebook page we are live streaming some of our musician and performer friends who have been so incredible about keeping the arts alive during these uncertain times.

Each Thursday night at 8pm, fans can stream Tedeschi Trucks Band’s new weekly webcast series, dubbed Swamp Family TV, that highlights the band’s archived performances. “We’re digging into the archives and plan to share as much music from TTB (and some from our friends, family and extended musical network) as your eyes and ears can handle,” the band said in a press release.

In addition to streams from Tedeschi Trucks Band, music fans have also been able to tune into performances by Rob Thomas, Gavin Rossdale, Joshua Bell, Phish, Metallica, Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Kirsten Maxwell, Jewel, The Met Opera and an original live stream show with ACT of CT. Check out our website at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or follow our Facebook page for our ever-expanding list of musical events to stream from the comfort of your home. For tickets to upcoming summer shows call the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:03:59 -0400
Community is not Canceled: Baby Born at Greenwich Hospital Celebrated by Family in Age of COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5540-community-is-not-canceled-baby-born-at-greenwich-hospital-celebrated-by-family-in-age-of-covid-195540-community-is-not-canceled-baby-born-at-greenwich-hospital-celebrated-by-family-in-age-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5540-community-is-not-canceled-baby-born-at-greenwich-hospital-celebrated-by-family-in-age-of-covid-195540-community-is-not-canceled-baby-born-at-greenwich-hospital-celebrated-by-family-in-age-of-covid-19

Community is not Canceled 

Neighbors helping neighbors, community members reaching out to our local senior citizens, residents supporting our heroic first responders -the inspiring stories and acts of kindness brought forth by our current crisis are extraordinary. What's more, small businesses, local nonprofits, and civic organizations are innovating to stay connected and serve the community. 

Community is not Canceled, a series made possible by LIFEWTR will showcase Connecticut's awesome response to this unprecedented situation. We are in this together. Stay strong. 

Joyful Long Island family welcomes Greenwich Hospital newborn from afar in the age of COVID-19

written by Magaly Olivero

Every newborn at Greenwich Hospital receives a copy of the book On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman. Myles Mackenzie Mangan – born at Greenwich Hospital on Wednesday in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – will be able to write a book of his own!

Baby Mangan was born at 8:49 am via cesarean section to parents Miranda and Nick Mangan, of White Plains, NY. The hospital’s no-visitor policy due to the community spread of the coronavirus meant family members couldn’t be present. But that didn’t prevent Miranda’s father, stepmother, stepsister and brother-in-law from driving one-and-a-half hours from Patchogue, NY to Greenwich Hospital to wish the couple good luck and await the birth of the baby.

The foursome stood on the sidewalk displaying a homemade sign “Welcome Baby Mangan” toward Miranda’s hospital window. The family members arrived at 8 am. News of Myles birth came less than an hour later via a text from Nick. Myles weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces.

“This isn’t exactly how I pictured it,” joked Jason Lustig, referring to the arrival of his first grandchild. “Mom is doing well in recovery. That’s all we wanted to hear.” 

It’s the first child for the Mangan couple, who are both physical education teachers. She works for the Lakeland public school system; he’s in the Mamaroneck public school system.

Miranda has been on bed rest at Greenwich Hospital for more than a week. Nick arrived at the hospital Tuesday night in anticipation of the caesarean section.

“Greenwich Hospital has been terrific,” said Lustig. “They’ve been treating Miranda like royalty. We couldn’t be happier.”


Community is not Canceled! We are thankful to LIFEWTR for helping us to connect and stay strong.

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 08 Apr 2020 11:01:20 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Announces 2020-2021 Season, Tickets to Broadway Performances Now On Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5539-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale5539-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5539-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale5539-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale

It is with great joy and excitement that ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is able to announce the theater’s anticipated return with next season’s line-up of productions. After making the very difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows for this season, the ACT team has re-worked next season’s calendar to bring Ridgefield and the surrounding communities three unbelievable productions.

The 2020-2021 season will begin on October 1, 2020. ACT of CT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine says, “While it is quite possible that ACT would be able to open its doors before next season, we felt as though we wanted to make the most appropriate decision for both the theater and our community. Opening in the fall makes sense. Next season’s line-up is truly the perfect selection of shows after this period of isolation. I can’t wait to begin our work on these three incredible productions and to once again see our friends and neighbors. Our 2020-2021 line-up is entertaining, heartwarming, magical, and inspirational. Freaky Friday is the perfect show to re-open with. And if you are a Wicked fan, then Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots will be non-stop smiles. Into the Woods remains my all-time favorite musical, and I am beyond excited for our audiences to see what we have in store with this production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece.”

ACT of CT’s 2020-2021 Season Includes:

Freaky Friday

October 1 – 25, 2020
Book by Bridget Carpenter
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Based on the novel Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to make things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the hit Disney film, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. With music and lyrics by the TONY Award winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Freaky Friday has become one of the most popular new musicals of the year!

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook

The Presenting Stephen Schwartz Series
January 28 – February 21, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by David Stern

Conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern

Additional Music and Lyrics by David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kauffman, Alan Menken and Charles Strouse

Arrangements and Orchestrations by Steve Orich

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook is an original musical by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz. Snapshots follows a suburban couple on the verge of divorce after 30 years of marriage. A hidden suitcase in their attic containing photographs of their life together reconnects them with their past as younger versions of themselves appear and play out “snapshots” from their relationship. Snapshots incorporates over two dozen of Schwartz's songs, including songs from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, The Magic Show, Working, Children of Eden, and Enchanted. If you are a fan of Wicked (and other Schwartz musicals), this is the show for you!

Into the Woods
May 13 – June 6, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

A timeless and deeply relevant Tony Award-winning musical, Into The Woods is one of Stephen Sondheim's most inventive works. Directed by ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, this sophisticated fairy-tale mash-up tells the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two embark on a journey into the woods to change their fate. Many wishes are granted, but as the characters discover, every wish can have far-reaching consequences and “anything can happen in the woods”.

Subscriptions for the 2020-2021 Season are available now through the ACT of CT website at actofct.org. Season packages include a 10% discount on tickets to the 2020-2021 mainstage productions, free ticket exchange per production and advance notification of additional events. Purchase tickets HERE.

For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, fall education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with 11 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards in 2018-2019, its inaugural season. ACT of CT’s productions have garnered critical acclaim, too; they’ve been listed among the “top ten equity shows of 2019” by Hearst Connecticut Media Group, and have received similar “top ten” accolades from critics Nancy Sasso Janis and Jim Ruocco. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit actofct.org for further information.

 

ACT of Connecticut's 2020/2021 Season Announcement

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:33:33 -0400
COVID-19 Makes RVNAhealth Hospice Nurse Cry, Here's Why https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5538-covid-19-makes-rvnahealth-hospice-nurse-cry-here-s-why5538-covid-19-makes-rvnahealth-hospice-nurse-cry-here-s-why https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5538-covid-19-makes-rvnahealth-hospice-nurse-cry-here-s-why5538-covid-19-makes-rvnahealth-hospice-nurse-cry-here-s-why

This essay was written by Keri Linardi, RN, BSN, PHN, CHPCA, chief clinical officer at RVNAhealth. In her role, Linardi oversees all of RVNAhealth’s clinical service lines – home health, hospice, rehabilitation, and community health -- as well as the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement teams. With more than two decades of healthcare experience, Linardi is an accomplished clinical executive and practitioner who has managed multifunctional teams at large home health and hospice organizations, while never losing her dedication and connection to individual patients and their families.

There’s No Crying in Hospice

‘There’s no crying in hospice.’ Everyone I have ever worked with has known that as my mantra. Adapted from Tom Hanks’ famous line, ‘There’s no crying in baseball,’ in the 1992 movie ‘A League of Their Own.”  

I have been a Registered Nurse for 26 years, over 20 of them dedicated to end-of-life care. That mantra has served me well. Until now.

COVID-19 doesn’t play by the rules. That boundary – There’s no crying in hospice -- which I established and have lived by for my two decades in hospice nursing, dissolved within days of witnessing the devastation of the coronavirus. From seeing the suffering it inflicts, as well as the sheer number of people it affects.

I cried in hospice last week when our social worker asked me how I was. Her question was simple, but I cried because she knew. Her kind eyes and gentle question allowed me to remember. To bring pictures in my head of the devastation and suffering, the desperation to breathe, the question that has been haunting me – how could I not have been able to do more? How could I not have made everyone comfortable?

I cried.

Pull yourself together, I told my head. You are the Chief Clinical Officer, and no one can see you like this. ‘There is no crying in hospice,’ I told myself, as I had for two decades, to keep myself together.

So why am I crying?

I am crying because as COVID-19 ravages the country, and the world, it is bringing to the forefront a profound issue. That although death is a known outcome for all of us; and a real and immediate risk right now for the elderly (especially those over 80) and those with underlying health conditions, we are not preparing for it.

Death is coming soon for many, but still, we are not talking about it. In our society, negative words and thoughts often surround the notion of death, so we avoid the conversation. But death comes anyway. And often not comfortably.

We can change our approach.

When speaking with people about advance directives – their wishes for their own end-of-life care -- I often ask them to close their eyes, take a moment and reflect on how they envision their deaths. Open your eyes, did you envision yourself at home, surrounded by the people you love? On a beach or fishing trip, listening to the sound of nature? On your couch with your pet? In an ICU with a feeding tube, ventilator and foley catheter with drips going?

Many people do not anticipate or desire death in an ICU, yet that is what occurs in this country at an alarming rate. We are societally programmed to ‘fight,’ even when the battle will cost us the war.

The truth about COVID-19.

Connecticut has been working hard together to ‘flatten the curve,’ – to reduce the intensity and reach of the inevitable. But it’s coming. Across the country, healthcare systems have algorithms in place already (to determine who is most appropriate for care and equipment if demand exceeds supply); EMS has instructions on who to code and who not to code; laws allow for two physicians to collectively identify a patient as a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), without family involvement. As Connecticut heads toward its coronavirus peak in the next 2-3 weeks, systems will be over-burgeoned. We are prepared to care for the number of patients who will be infected with COVID-19, the problem is that we are not prepared to care for them all AT ONCE.

We need to be having the conversations.

Coronavirus needs to become personal to all Americans and we need to get serious about goals of care and advance care planning. Home health and hospice providers can, and should, be leading the way.

Our job is to keep the frail and sick out of the hospital system. We should be stepping in, not back. We should be nudging the conversations regarding wishes and what people want if they become infected with COVID-19.

We need to be realistic. For some populations, COVID-19 deaths are almost certain once infection occurs. This is terrible and unfair and deeply sad. But we need to not be afraid to address it, and we need to have direct conversations about the ‘What ifs’ to know wishes in advance of crises and to prepare plans that respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

We need to lead potentially hard conversations that address benefits verses burdens before arrival in an ER and in crisis mode. We need to know in advance if a loved one chooses aggressive treatment, or prefers a natural death at home, wherever they may call home. We need to help families understand the realities of COVID-19 and the realities of these choices. And we need to help families understand that, at times, the decision to allow a natural death, with dignity and supportive care for the whole family, can bring beauty and closure to a very sobering time and can be a very good choice.

RVNAhealth is now offering Advance Care Planning support to all community members – free of charge. The sessions are conducted via tele-health methods (phone, FaceTime, WhatsApp and other video-conferencing methods as needed) and will include the facilitation of discussion on such topics as wishes for care, COVID-19-specific conditions; benefits vs. burdens of particular decisions and more.

To learn more or make an appointment to meet with the RVNAhealth Advance Care Planning team, call 203-894-5014 or write to AdvanceCarePlanning@rvnahealth.org.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 08 Apr 2020 05:53:21 -0400
Greenwich International Film Festival Goes Virtual in 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5537-new-canaan-library-is-a-proud-partner-of-greenwich-international-film-festival-20205537-new-canaan-library-is-a-proud-partner-of-greenwich-international-film-festival-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5537-new-canaan-library-is-a-proud-partner-of-greenwich-international-film-festival-20205537-new-canaan-library-is-a-proud-partner-of-greenwich-international-film-festival-2020

You are invited to join the 6th Annual Greenwich International Film Festival and first-ever VIRTUAL Viewing May 1 - May 3, 2020

This is a very special opportunity to experience 29 films from 8 countries – an exciting selection of Narrative Features, Groundbreaking Documentaries, as well as, the Connecticut Shorts Program. You have access to interviews with award-winning filmmakers and a chance to vote for the JP Morgan Chase Audience Award Winner.
 
Use our unique link below to make 20% of your ticket purchase come back to New Canaan Library to support our digital and in-house movie library, programming and adult & children’s collections.
 
To review film titles and synopses click here
 
Virtual Ticket passes $175 – 24 hour access May 1 – May 3, 2020. Purchase HERE.
 
Discounted Virtual Ticket passes $100 exclusively available for Health Care Workers, Seniors, Students, Military, First Responders
 
For more information and to express interest in becoming part of a post-film community video discussion, please email Brooke Moore at bmoore@newcanaanlibrary.org
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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Library) Neighbors Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:34:31 -0400
Cos Cob Residents Can Support Connecticut Food Bank By Participating in Race Against Hunger https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5536-cos-cob-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-15862951455536-cos-cob-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586295145 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5536-cos-cob-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-15862951455536-cos-cob-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586295145

Support for Connecticut Food Bank During COVID-19: Race Against Hunger

Connecticut Food Bank needs the town of Cos Cob to help to support their efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic! Food Bank volunteers are working tirelessly during this unprecedented time to feed the hungry throughout Connecticut.
One way Cos Cob can support the Food Bank is by participating in The Race Against Hunger, a virtual 5K run and walk that takes place between April 13th - April 19th. Since it’s virtual, you can participate at the time and place of your choosing! Register at www.jbsports.com.
This virtual event is a way for Connecticut runners to stay connected and motivated while keeping our distance! Let’s come together to support those in need during these critical times. Register now to help the state's largest source of emergency food assistance!
The food bank is still open, but hours are modified. Below is a list of Food Banks within 20 miles of Cos Cob. Please call because there may be changes.

Date Time City Place
Wednesday, April 8 4:00 PM Bridgeport Roosevelt School

Keep checking Connecticut Food Bank’s website and social media for updates for the Mobile Pantry schedule.
Should you have questions, the Mobile Pantry Hotline is updated daily. Call (203) 741-9751 for info.

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Food Banks) Events Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:43:32 -0400
Breast Cancer Alliance Get Fit For Hope Challenge – Where You Live https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5534-breast-cancer-alliance-get-fit-for-hope-challenge-where-you-live5534-breast-cancer-alliance-get-fit-for-hope-challenge-where-you-live https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5534-breast-cancer-alliance-get-fit-for-hope-challenge-where-you-live5534-breast-cancer-alliance-get-fit-for-hope-challenge-where-you-live

On May 17th Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) challenges you to “Get Fit For Hope” where you live. Fitness plays an important role in both prevention and recovery, so run, bike, do yoga – the choice is yours – and help BCA raise essential funding to defray breast health care costs for the growing number of underserved women who need our support now more than ever.

The mission of Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals BCA invests in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, and provides dignified support and screening for the underserved.   

“Get Fit for Hope” Challenge – Where You Live 

WHEN:   

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

WHERE: 

Where you Live 

PARTICIPATION:

$ 25 Join the “Get Fit for Hope” Challenge

$ 150 Underwrite a Mammogram for an Underserved Woman             

$ 750 Become a Sponsor beginning at $ 750

For all sponsorship levels, publicity will be given on the website, in advertising and on event signage, and teams are welcome, beginning with 10 walkers or runners and increasing by sponsorship.

GET FIT FOR HOPE 

Join us in! Pick your workout of choice, alone, or with family, and support the life-saving work of Breast Cancer Alliance by registering or making a donation today.

PRE-REGISTRATION OR DONATE AT https://breastcanceralliance.org/events

FOR MORE INFORMATION: info@breastcanceralliance.org

203-861-0014

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES: Christine M Biddle, christine@christinembiddle.com - 914-763-3710

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ullamaya@biddleandbellidora.com (CMB Communications) Charities Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:18:17 -0400
Lamont's 20th Executive Order Includes Safe Stores Beginning Tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/politics/5535-lamont-s-20th-executive-order-includes-safe-stores-beginning-tomorrow5535-lamont-s-20th-executive-order-includes-safe-stores-beginning-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/politics/5535-lamont-s-20th-executive-order-includes-safe-stores-beginning-tomorrow5535-lamont-s-20th-executive-order-includes-safe-stores-beginning-tomorrow

Governor Lamont signs 20th executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 20th since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus.

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7S enacts the following provisions:

  • Safe stores mandatory statewide rules: Effective upon the opening of each retail establishment for the first time on April 3, 2020, every retail establishment in the state will be required to take additional protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between and among customers, employees, and other persons such as delivery drivers and maintenance people. The order requires the commissioner of the Economic and Community Development to issue mandatory statewide rules prescribing such additional protective measures. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state and supersede and preempt any current or contemplated municipal order.
  • Immediately following Governor Lamont’s signing of this executive order, the Department of Economic and Community Development published the Safe Stores Rules on its website, outlining guidance for retail establishments. All stores must follow these rules beginning April 3.
  • 60-day grace period for premium payments, policy cancellations, and non-renewals of insurance policies: Beginning on April 1, 2020 for a period of 60 days, no insurer in Connecticut – including life, health, auto property, casualty, and other types – may lapse or terminate a covered insurance policy because a policyholder does not pay a premium or interest during this time. This grace period is not automatic. To be eligible, affected policyholders must provide additional information acceptable to their insurance carriers.
  • Extension of 30-day period of credit for liquor permittees: Modifies state law to permit the maximum period of credit for liquor permittees from certain creditors, including wholesalers and manufacturers, to be 90 days after the date of delivery for all permittees prohibited from engaging in on-premise sales per Executive Order No. 7D.
  • Daily payment of certain taxes changed to weekly: Modifies the tax payment requirements for Sportech, the licensee authorized to operate off-track betting in Connecticut, from daily to weekly so that its employees aren’t required to appear in person daily.
  • Flexibility to amend Medicaid waivers and state plan: In order to allow continued access to critical services for Medicaid beneficiaries, the order waives public notice and legislative hearing requirements for the duration of the declared public health and civil preparedness emergencies to allow the Department of Social Services to seek expedited approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to submit Medicaid waivers; amend existing Medicaid waivers; submit Medicaid State Plan Amendments that would have required a waiver but for the Affordable Care Act; and obtain relief from various other federal requirements on an emergency basis.
  • Relief from certain municipal tax deadlines and collection efforts: Requires municipalities to enact one or both of two options for providing temporary tax forbearance of property tax collection and reduced interest on delinquent tax payments to property owners under certain conditions, including that landlords agree extend commensurate forbearance to commercial, residential, or institutional tenants for the duration of the deferment.
  • Allow suspension of in-person voting requirements for critical and time sensitive municipal fiscal deadlines: Allows suspension of certain in-person votes of residents or taxpayers on certain fiscal decisions, in addition to the provisions in Executive Order No. 7I, for fiscal decisions needed to prevent property damage, protect public health and safety, or prevent significant financial loss, provided they comply with all open meeting requirements of Executive Order No. 7B.
  • Suspension of reapplication filing requirement for the homeowners’ elderly/disabled circuit breaker tax relief program and for the homeowners’ elderly/disabled freeze tax relief program: Allows recipients of this benefit to receive the benefit for the coming year without recertifying their eligibility.
  • Substitution of full inspection requirements pertaining to October 1, 2020 grand list revaluations: Allows 34 municipalities to continue with their scheduled 2020 revaluations, which are started up to a year in advance.The statute allows for Data Mailer Questionnaire to be mailed to the property owner when access is unobtainable; this eliminates having to request access, and allows for the revaluation to be completed via questionnaire.
  • Extension of deadline to file income and expense statement to August 15: Allows taxpayers additional time to complete their income and expense statements.
  • Suspension of non-judicial tax sales: Suspends foreclosures through non-judicial tax sales until 30 days after the end of the COVID-19 emergency.

Governor Lamont announces medical surge plan in collaboration with Connecticut’s long-term care facilities

Governor Lamont today announced that his administration is collaborating with Connecticut’s long-term care facilities on a medical surge plan that will involve moving some residents and the creation of dedicated spaces for residents who are COVID-19 positive.

As the number of individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 rises, the health care system will be stretched to extremes. Compounding this challenge is the fact that the elderly population will be at greater risk when diagnosed as being positive for COVID-19.

Nursing homes are an essential component of the medical surge plan. It includes the following options:

  1. Separation of COVID-19 positive residents: Anyone diagnosed as COVID-19 positive in a hospital and later admitted to a nursing home will be monitored and assessed for 14 days in an area that only has other COVID-19 positive residents. Anyone admitted who is negative for COVID-19 will be housed with other residents who are negative, as a mitigation measure.
  2. Dedication of space: Existing nursing homes will dedicate specific units that will group together residents who have been diagnosed as being COVID-19 positive, where applicable.
  3. Conversion of existing nursing homes: Residents of some long-term care facilities who either test negative for COVID-19 or display no symptoms will be able to voluntarily transfer to facilities where there are no COVID-19 positive residents. At the same time, some facilities will be converted to only house individuals who are COVID-19 positive and dedicate their new admissions to individuals who have been diagnosed positive. This concept also includes a facility who has a dedicated entrance to a unit within the structure that can physically isolate all care and services from normal operations. For existing nursing home conversions, individuals who are not positive for COVID-19 and/or asymptomatic will all be voluntarily transferred to the receiving destination prior to that facility accepting any individuals who are COVID-19 positive.
  4. Development of new alternate care sites: New spaces are identified that are currently vacant and in several cases have been vacated through recent nursing home closures. These sites would be licensed as chronic and convalescent nursing homes and the request would be made to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for an 1135 waiver for rapid certification. These alternate care sites, too, would be dedicated to the care of individuals positive for COVID-19. Alternate care sites developed will be inspected and approved by the Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH can also provide support regarding access to and moving of equipment, staffing and logistics.

The Department of Social Services and the Office of Policy and Management have determined a specific payment rate for options 3 and 4. Options 3 and 4 would also require providers to submit a written proposal to DPH prior to approval that will need to address staffing patterns, equipment needs and detail system supports that will be provided such as environmental and food services, among others.

Options 3 and 4 will create additional bed space for 1,175 people. The following nursing homes have been identified as potential sites:

Option 3 (conversion of existing facilities)

  • Evergreen Health Care (Stafford Springs, 180 Beds)
  • Sharon Health Care (Sharon, 88 Beds)
  • Touchpoints of Farmington (Farmington, 120 Beds)
  • Touchpoints of Bloomfield (Bloomfield, 30 Beds)
  • Greenwich Woods (Greenwich, 217)
  • Total beds in option 3: 635

Option 4 (new alternate sites)

  • Old Greenwich Civic Center (Greenwich, 90 Beds)
  • Silver Hill Hospitals (New Caanan, 90 Beds)
  • Westfield (Meriden, 120 Beds)
  • Green Springs (East Hartford, 120 Beds)
  • Vacant Nursing Home in Region 5 (120 Beds)
  • Total beds in option 4: 540

The following is the list of nursing homes in Connecticut with residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.:

Town

Nursing Home

Bloomfield

Bloomfield Healthcare Center

Bloomfield

Caleb Hitchcock Health Center

Bloomfield

Touchpoints at Bloomfield

Bridgeport

Jewish Living Center

Canton

Cherry Brook Health Care Center

Danbury

Glen Hill Center

East Haven

Whispering Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Greenwich

Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation

Greenwich

Nathaniel Witherell

Guilford

Guilford House

Milford

Golden Hill Rehab Pavilion

Naugatuck

Glendale Center

New Haven

Grimes Center

New London

Harbor Village Health and Rehabilitation

Newington

Bel-Air Manor

Portland

Portland Care and Rehabilitation

Rocky Hill

Apple Rehab Rocky Hill

Seymour

Shady Knoll Health Center

Sharon

Sharon Health Care Center

Shelton

Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes

Shelton

Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation

Shelton

Gardner Heights Health Care Center

Stafford Springs

Evergreen Health Care Center

Stamford

St. Camillus Center

Suffield

Suffield House

Torrington

RegalCare at Torrington

Torrington

Wolcott Hall

Trumbull

Maefair Health Care Center

Waterbury

Abbott Terrace Health Center

Waterbury

RegalCare at Waterbury

Waterbury

Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation

Waterford

Bayview Health Care

Wilton

Wilton Meadows

Windsor

Kimberly Hall North

Windsor

Windsor Health and Rehabilitation

Woodbridge

The Willows


Connecticut National Guard deploys additional medical capacity at Middlesex Hospital, SCSU, and WCSU

The Connecticut National Guard today continued efforts to deploy additional medical capacity at several sites throughout the state:

  • A Connecticut Department of Public Health mobile field hospital was set up at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. This is the third of these units to be deployed at hospitals across the state. Last week, the Guard deployed two other of these units at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford and Danbury Hospital.
  • The Guard today also deployed a 250-bed medical station provided by FEMA at the Moore Field House on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
  • In addition, the Guard today began preparations to set-up 300 beds of additional medical capacity from the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at the O’Neill Center on the campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Those beds will be assembled on Thursday.

Governor Lamont announces creation of 4-CT charitable organization to unite donors with Connecticut programs responding to COVID-19

Recognizing the considerable demand on resources the COVID-19 public health emergency is having on nearly every aspect of life across the state, a group of Connecticut-based philanthropists today announced that they have established a charitable organization to raise new support for the state’s nonprofit organizations that are serving those impacted by the pandemic.

The Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection – also known as 4-CT – is an independent, 501(c)3 organization with the mission of bolstering the resources available to support the state’s frontline providers who are serving all areas impacted by the crisis. 4-CT will provide financial support to ensure their services can meet increased demand and have a positive impact. In announcing its launch, the charity has already raised $10 million from generous donors and is seeking to significantly increase these efforts in the coming weeks and months to further support to the state’s nonprofit community.

Governor Ned Lamont, recognizing the urgency of addressing the impact of the crisis on communities across the state, said the creation of this charity is an example of Connecticut ingenuity and generosity, and applauded the efforts of those who sought to bring it to fruition.

“I’m grateful to our community foundations, United Way of Connecticut, and the individual donors who support the work of nonprofits that provide critical services across our state every day – and during this crisis,” Governor Lamont said. “4-CT will expand the ranks of these philanthropic partners supporting the nonprofits on the frontlines.”

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

State Parks to reduce visitor capacity during COVID-19 pandemic

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7R, which Governor Lamont signed Tuesday, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that it will be enforcing stricter measures to support safe, solitary enjoyment of outdoor spaces at all state parks in an effort to maintain social distancing. This include plans to limit parking capacity at certain parks to manage visitor levels.

While state parks remain open for solitary recreation, the agency is closely monitoring park visitorship and is closing parking lots when lots become full and lowering parking thresholds where necessary. In some locations, additional visitors have been observed parking outside of park entrances that have been closed for capacity and walking in, which undermines DEEP’s ability to maintain manageable visitor levels. The executive order Governor Lamont signed gives DEEP the authority to impose penalties on individuals who enter parks after they have reached capacity.

Those considering visiting State Parks are encouraged to take these steps:

  • Check the Connecticut State Park’s Twitter account at @CTStateParks, where real-time information on park closures is announced;
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well; and
  • Rather than traveling to the more popular spots, discover a new place that is less traveled. Check out DEEP’s website for a list of every State Park and use the hashtag #CTTrailsLessTraveled on social media.

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

Connecticut State Colleges and University system donates PPE to facilities across the state

Higher education institutions from within the Connecticut State Colleges and University (CSCU) system have been making donations of PPE from their facilities to local hospitals to assist with emergency response.

“There are so many ways each of us can help out in some way, and I applaud these higher education institutions for utilizing their resources and giving them to our local hospitals, which are in need of this equipment at this time,” Governor Lamont said.

PPE donations from each CSCU institution to date includes:

  • Central Connecticut State University: Total Gloves Combined, 26,000; Total Masks Combined, 430
  • Eastern Connecticut State University: Total Masks Combined, 1,200
  • Western Connecticut State University: Total Gloves Combined, 400; Total Masks Combined, 1,550; Total Gowns Combined, 174
  • Charter Oak State College: Total Gloves Combined, 1,800; Total Masks Combined, 21
  • Tunxis Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 15,600; Total Masks Combined, 838; Total Eye Protection Combined, 48; Total gowns, 60
  • Middlesex Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 25,300; Total Masks Combined, 560
  • Norwalk Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 15,000; Total Masks Combined, 919; Total Gowns Combined, 130; Total Alcohol Prep Pads Combined, 1,800; Total Ventilators Combined (on loan), 3
  • Three Rivers Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 5,700; Total Masks Combined, 2,000 Total Gowns Combined, 189
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 15,100; Total Masks Combined, 1,890; Total Gowns Combined, 211
  • Manchester Community College: Total Ventilators Combined, 6
  • Housatonic Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 300; Total Masks Combined, 200; Total Gowns Combined, 120
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 28,400; Total Masks Combined, 200; Total Gowns Combined, 510
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 23,100; Total Masks Combined, 525; Total Gowns Combined, 85
  • Capital Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 27,700; Total Masks Combined, 1,012; Total Gowns Combined, 406
  • CSCU System Totals: Gloves: 184,400; Masks: 11,345; Gowns: 1,885; Ventilators: 9

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. It intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:14:12 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Commits $100,000 to Help Feed the Community https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5533-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community5533-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5533-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community5533-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community

In response to the COVID-19 national health crisis, Fairfield County Bank announced today its new program, Feeding Fairfield County, and a $100,000 commitment to help feed the community.

“As a result of the outbreak, many of our community members are struggling to feed their families.  As we tirelessly work to help our impacted business and consumer clients overcome their financial challenges, it is also important for us to take a leadership position to help community members with the urgent need of putting food on the table,” says Dan Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank.

Feeding Fairfield County, Fairfield County Bank’s COVID-19 food security response program, is a multi-faceted program designed to improve access to food for community members suddenly impacted by the national health crisis.  The program includes direct contributions to local food banks as well as purchasing gift cards from local restaurants that will be donated to help feed at-risk communities and our heroic healthcare workers and first responders.

“We want to contribute not only money but also create a program to bring together our local businesses, clients, and the overall community to further feed people in need.  We encourage everyone who can to join us in supporting the community through this program,” adds David Schneider, Fairfield County Bank CEO.

Dan Berta goes on to say, “The Bank’s restaurant clients are some of our most notable community leaders.  This is an opportunity for us to also help them during this crisis by purchasing gift cards that we then donate to people in need and using them to bring food to our front-line healthcare workers and first responders.”

Additionally, Fairfield County Bank will be directing some of its on-going community-focused efforts towards food-related causes, including the Bank’s Charity of the Month program, the Bank’s Coins for a Cause program, employee gift matching program, and volunteer efforts.

In the coming days, Fairfield County Bank will be providing details on how community members can join the effort.  For more information, please follow Fairfield County Bank on Facebook and check for routine updates on our dedicated Feeding Fairfield County webpage.  Charities or businesses interested in participating in the Feeding Fairfield County program can email Stephen Wooters at Stephen.Wooters@FairfieldCountyBank.com.

Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President, further emphasizes, “We are a community bank, and we are here for our community.  It’s not just a tagline when we say ‘We Are Fairfield County.’”

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County. In 2019 alone, Fairfield County Bank donated over $1 million to 415 local non-profit organizations with over 5,000 hours of volunteerism from their employees – a true testament to strengthening our communities. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank. #WeAreFairfieldCounty              

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Charities Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:42:13 -0400
Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund More Than Halfway to its Goal Thanks to Dalio Philanthropies https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5532-greenwich-covid-19-community-relief-fund-more-than-halfway-to-its-goal-thanks-to-dalio-philanthropies5532-greenwich-covid-19-community-relief-fund-more-than-halfway-to-its-goal-thanks-to-dalio-philanthropies https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5532-greenwich-covid-19-community-relief-fund-more-than-halfway-to-its-goal-thanks-to-dalio-philanthropies5532-greenwich-covid-19-community-relief-fund-more-than-halfway-to-its-goal-thanks-to-dalio-philanthropies

Greenwich United Way now accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations helping residents faced with increased challenges during the current crisis
 
GREENWICH, Conn., APRIL 1, 2020 – The Greenwich United Way’s Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is more than halfway to its $500,000 goal thanks to a recent donation of $100,000 from Dalio Philanthropies. The fund will provide disaster relief and recovery efforts for Greenwich residents experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Non-profit local agencies supporting relevant relief efforts can apply for grants from the fund.
 
“We are incredibly grateful for Dalio Philanthropies and their very generous gift to the Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. We would love to have a match so that we can quickly reach our goal and issue grants to help Greenwich residents who are most in need at this critical time,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way.
 
In addition to significant gifts from Dalio Philanthropies and the Town of Greenwich, there have been nearly 200 individual contributions to the Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund including a donation from Greenwich Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1042.
 
“It’s inspiring to see the people of our town rally to support their neighbors at a time like this,” said Rabin. “I encourage everyone to contribute however they can. All gifts will go right to work in Greenwich, impacting the lives of our residents facing challenges that we never could have foreseen or planned for.”
 
The Town of Greenwich’s Department of Human Services continues to experience a significant increase in requests for assistance. The organization received 30 percent more inquiries last week with many requesting help with rent, mortgage and food.   
 
Aiming for a quick turnaround, the GUW Grants Committee will review all proposals from local agencies, conduct a deep dive into each organization’s financials, and review the recovery needs. Grant funds are expected to be used for basic essentials and food assistance, emergency medical expenses, rental relief and childcare assistance.
 
Donations can be made to the Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund here. Please note COVID-19 on any donation made by check. Non-profits seeking funding should email GUW’s Director of Community Impact, Robert Moore at rmoore@greenwichunitedway.org.
 
About Greenwich United Way
The Greenwich United Way (GUW) shares a name with approximately 1,200 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the health, educational and self-sufficiency needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful, lasting solutions. Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly grant the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (KH) Charities Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:09:04 -0400
Connecticut COVID Update: 3,128 Confirmed Cases, 69 Deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5531-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths5531-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5531-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths5531-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths

As of March 31, 2020, a total of 3128 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Six hundred and eight patients are currently hospitalized. Sixty-nine residents have died. In addition to the deaths related to COVID-19 that have been reported to the Department of Public Health (DPH), this update contains information on the number of deaths that have been reported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).

Today, the OCME provided information on 14 additional COVID-19 related deaths that occurred during March 17-29. There were 16 COVID-19 related deaths on March 30, and 3 on March 31. Moving forward, deaths reported to either the OCME or DPH will be included in the daily COVID-19 update.

Fairfield County currently has the most cases in the state with 1870 COVID-19 confirmed positives 1870. View the data per county and town here.

Summary

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 3128 (+557)

COVID-19 Associated Deaths 69 (+33)

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 608 (+91)

Patients tested for COVID-19 15600 (+1000)

The Dr. Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory has tested a total of 2008 patients for COVID19; 359 (18%) patients tested positive. The graph (image #2) shows the number of patients tested by date specimens were received. Hospital and commercial laboratories also are offering testing for COVID19 in Connecticut; in total, more than 15600 tests have been reported to date.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:34:13 -0400
Governor Lamont Announces Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/politics/5530-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis5530-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/politics/5530-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis5530-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has reached an agreement with over 50 credit unions and banks in Connecticut to offer mortgage relief to the state’s residents and businesses who continue to face hardship caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agreement, the following relief policies are being offered by participating financial institutions:

  • 90-day grace period for all mortgage payments: Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments. In addition, the institutions will:
  • Provide a streamlined process for requesting forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
  • Confirm approval and terms of forbearance program; and
  • Provide the opportunity to extend forbearance agreements if faced with continued hardship resulting from COVID-19.
  • Relief from fees and charges for 90 days: For at least 90 days, participating financial institutions will waive or refund mortgage-related late fees and other fees including early CD withdrawals.
  • No new foreclosures for 60 days: Financial institutions will not start any foreclosure sales or evictions.
  • No credit score changes for accessing relief: For those taking advantage of this COVID-19-related relief, late or missed payments will not be shared with credit reporting agencies.

The agreement, which was negotiated on behalf of the Lamont administration by Commissioner Jorge Perez at the Connecticut Department of Banking, builds upon similar initiatives that have been enacted in recent days in California and New Jersey, and has been endorsed by the Connecticut Bankers Association and the Credit Union League of Connecticut. More than 50 credit unions and banks statewide are participating, including Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank. Additional financial institutions are expected to join the initiative in the coming days. The Department of Banking will maintain updated list of participating institutions on its website.

“This agreement with our financial institutions will allow Connecticut residents to obtain some relief as this public health emergency has had an impact on thousands of people in our state,” Governor Lamont said. “I thank each of these financial institutions that will provide this relief and applaud their participation in this agreement. The way we are going to get through this crisis is by working together, and this is an example of how we are going to get that done.”

The Department of Banking, along with the state’s banks and credit unions, is reminding residents that their money remains safe during the COVID-19 crisis and protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). No deposits have ever been lost under the protection of the FDIC and NCUA.

“This is a time when we need our entire financial services industry to come together to work tirelessly for the people of Connecticut, which is why I have asked the banks and credit unions to join forces and present one united approach which tells all of Connecticut, ‘We are in this together,’” Commissioner Perez said. “I am pleased to see that these efforts are well underway and that they are helping Connecticut residents work through this challenge.”

Leadership at Connecticut’s credit unions and banks said that they are flexibly meeting member and customer needs everyday on a case-by-case basis in a number of ways that may include fee waivers, access to short-term loans, loan deferrals and uninterrupted access to digital services, even though some credit unions and banks have temporarily limited physical access to their lobbies.

Bruce Adams, president and CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, said, “We view ourselves as the financial first responders in this crisis, and I applaud Governor Lamont and Commissioner Perez for their leadership in partnering with us to provide even more financial solutions for the people of Connecticut.”

Tom Mongellow, president and CEO of the Connecticut Bankers Association, said, “Connecticut banks and credit unions are open for business, and statewide we have quickly and voluntarily responded to Governor Lamont’s and Commissioner Perez’s directives. Our financial institutions continue to ensure the financial well-being of the people and businesses they serve across the state, while protecting the health of their team members and customers.”

Adams and Mongellow are stressing that customers with loans should stay in close contact with their financial institution to identify their particular needs and work on customized solutions. They are also reminding customers that measures to protect people's health and safety continue to be available:

  • Drive-through services are available at numerous branches;
  • Individual appointments for in-person meetings are available at many financial institutions;
  • Call centers employees stand ready to assist customers and members;
  • Technology platforms give ready access to online services like bill pay, transfers, remote depositing of checks and ATMs for cash needs; and
  • People can use mobile payment channels and debit cards or credit cards to make purchases.


Questions and Answers on Connecticut’s COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Agreement

How do I get mortgage relief and/or forbearance?

You should contact and work directly with your mortgage servicer to learn about and apply for available relief. Please note that financial institutions and their servicers are experiencing high volumes of inquiries.

How long will the forbearance last?

 Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments.

What effect will this have on my credit report?

Financial institutions will not report derogatory information (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies but may report a forbearance, which typically does not alone negatively affect a credit score.

How long will these programs last?

It is still unclear how severe or how long the COVID-19 impacts will be. Financial institutions have committed to necessary relief and will be assessing the ongoing conditions and necessity of continuing relief.

What if my financial institution isn’t offering this relief?

At this time, Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank, in addition to over 50 other federal and state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers are supporting these commitments. The state will welcome any other institution that would like to meet the moment and provide much-needed financial relief to Connecticut residents. The Department of Banking will publish a list of participating financial institutions on its website in the coming days.

What if I already made a payment or was hit with a fee because of COVID-19?

These measures go into effect as of March 31, 2020.

Is the mortgage relief available to businesses?

The relief is currently only available for residential mortgages.

What if my mortgage servicer is not communicative or cooperative?

You can file a complaint with the Department of Banking through the complaint form on the department website or by contacting the department at 860-240-8299 or 1-800-831-7225 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday).

What impact does the CARES Act have?

The CARES Act has important protections for renters and homeowners. In particular, homeowners with mortgage loans that are backed by the federal government through the FHA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or other agencies can receive significant forbearance.

How about commercial loans and commercial mortgages?

Commercial loan or commercial mortgage customers should know that all financial institutions are working proactively with each commercial borrower experiencing challenges. Any bank or credit union commercial customer having financial difficulty, whether for-profit or nonprofit, should call their financial institution as soon as possible. Several important governmental actions have and will provide relief to businesses.

The Lamont administration’s quick actions resulted in Connecticut being one of the first states where businesses can access the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) economic injury disaster loan program for up to $2 million dollars. In addition, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development quickly created the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, which will provide up to $50 million of loans to small businesses and nonprofits

Importantly, last week Congress passed the important CARES Act, which includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and will provide loans and grants of up to $10 million, for companies of up to 500 employees. A wide variety of businesses will be eligible for the PPP as soon as next week and they include but are not limited to: private and public businesses, self-employed and independent contractors, nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, and tribal business concerns. Additional information on the PPP should be available from the SBA early next week.

In addition to the PPP, banks and credit unions continue to work with their commercial customers on a case by case basis to address the financial needs of their impacted business. We encourage any impacted commercial customers to contact their financial institution.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:18:35 -0400
Gov Lamont Announces Open Fishing Season for Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5529-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856723515529-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585672351 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5529-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856723515529-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585672351

This week, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order that included the early opening of the fishing season in Connecticut. With spring showing its early colors, fishing is a perfect outdoor activity. It states:

opening the fishing season early in inland waters will help to limit community spread of COVID-19 by eliminating the large crowds that often accompany the traditional Opening Day of fishing in April

If you are suffering from cabin fever, head to your favorite fishing hole and drop in a line! Remember, even while fishing or engaging in any outdoor activity, social distancing is a MUST. Please remain 6' apart!

During this time of social distancing, fishing should be enjoyed as solitary experience or with members of the immediate household, not as a group activity. DEEP is encouraging all anglers to follow social distancing practices. Anglers should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, practice good personal hygiene, stay home and away from others if they feel sick, and avoid areas where anglers or others congregate. All other fishing laws and regulations, including requirements for a fishing license and trout and salmon stamp when needed, and all methods, creel limits and length limits remain in effect. More information and a helpful FAQ can be found on DEEP’s website

Please refer constituents to https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/CT-Fishing for more information. We continue to stock trout and plan on completely our spring 2020 stockings. Below you will find the listings of our stockings so far this spring. Anglers should also check out our Interactive Stocking map at: https://ctdeep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=70d13bc033854b89a87c04b1d11b1a43

You can find a helpful video here: https://www.facebook.com/CTFishAndWildlife/videos/1147555402243388/

A list of the fishing spots are listed below:

Around Bridgeport/Danbury/Norwalk/Stamford:

Lakes - Ball Pond, Beardsley Park Pond, Blanchard Pond, Candlewood Lake, Cobbs Mill Pond, Disbrow Pond, Factory Pond, Great Hollow Pond, Housatonic Lake, Isinglass Reservoir (Farmill), Lake Kenosia, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, Mamanasco Lake, Miller’s Pond, Mohegan Lake, Nells Rock Reservoir, Pierrepont Pond, Saugatuck Reservoir, Shelton Reservoir #2, Silvermine Pond, Squantz Pond, Starrett Pond, Tollgate Pond, Tungsten Mine Park Pond, Twin Brooks Park Pond, West Pequonnock Reservoir
Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Byram, Farmill, Mianus, Mill, Morrissey Brook, Norwalk, Pequonnock, Pond Brook, Pootatuck, Rippowam, Saugatuck

Around Hartford/New Britain:

Lakes - Angus Park Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Broad Brook Mill Pond, Brookfield Pond, Congamond Lakes, Freshwater Pond, Howells Pond, Manitook Lake, Rainbow Reservoir, St Martha’s Pond, Salmon Brook Pond, Salters Pond, Silver Lake, Stratton Brook Park Pond
Major Trout Streams – Blackledge, Cherry Brook, Coppermine Brook, Dickenson Creek, Farmington, Fawn Brook, Pequabuck, Podunk, Raymond Brook, Roaring Brook, Salmon Brook, Scantic, Stony Brook, Stratton Brook

Around Middletown/East Haddam:

Lakes - Bashan Lake, Beseck Lake, Black Pond, Cedar Lake, Dooley Pond, Great Hill Pond, Higganum Reservoir, Lake Hayward, Messerschmidt’s Pond, Miller’s Pond, Moodus Reservoir, Pataconk Lake, Pistol Shop Pond, Schreeder Pond

Major Trout Streams – Coginchaug, Hammonasset, Hemlock Valley Brook, Pine Brook, Salmon

Around New Haven/Naugatuck:

Lakes - Axle Shop Pond, Baldwin Pond, Barber Pond, Beaver Park Lagoon, Black Pond, Clarks Mill Pond, Clarktown Pond, Dayton Pond, Hancock Brook Flood Control Pond, Hop Brook Flood Control Pond, Housatonic Lake, Lake Chamberlain, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Stibbs, Lake Wintergreen, Lake Zoar, Maltby Lakes, North Farms Reservoir, Pages Millpond, Picketts Pond, Prospect Park Pond, Quonnipaug Lake, Scovill Reservoir, Silver Lake, Southford Falls Pond, Upper Fulton Park Pond, Wards Millpond, Wharton Pond, Woodruff’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Bladens Brook, Branford, Chatfield Hollow Brook, Eight Mile Brook, Farm, Hop Brook, Little, Menunketesuck Brook, Mill, Muddy, Nonnewaug, Pomperaug, Quinnipiac, Sprain Brook, Weekeepeemee Brook, Wepawaug

Around New London/Norwich:

Lakes - Amos Lake, Andersons Pond, Ashland Pond, Aspinook Pond, Avery Pond, Babcock Pond, Billings Lake, Bog Meadow Pond, Day Pond, Dodge Pond, Fitchville Pond, Fort Shantok Pond, Gardner Lake, Glasgo Pond, Godfrey Pond, Gorton Pond, Green Falls Reservoir, Hallville Pond, Hewitt Flyfishing Pond, Hewitt Pond (lower), Hodge Pond, Hopeville Pond, Horse Pond, Lake of Isles, Lantern Hill Pond, Long Pond, Mohegan Park Pond, Norwich Pond, Pachaug Pond, Pataganset Lake, Pickerel Lake, Powers Lake, Red Cedar Lake, Rogers Lake, Savin Lake, Sawmill Park Pond, Uncas Lake, Wyassup Lake

Major Trout Streams – Beaver Brook, Broad Brook, Choate Brook, Eight Mile, Gardner Brook, Green Falls, Hunts Brook, Indiantown Brook, Jeremy, Judd Brook, Latimers Brook, Meadow Brook, Mt Misery Brook, Myron Kinney Brook, Pachaug, Salmon, Shunock Brook, Susquetonscut Brook, Whitford’s, Wood, Yantic

Around Torrington/Winsted:

Lakes - Bantam Lake, Black Rock Pond, Black Rock Flood Control Pond, Burr Pond, Colebrook Flood Control Pond, Dog Pond, East Twin Lake, Hatch Pond, Highland Lake, Indian Pond, Lake Lillinonah, Lake McDonough, Leonard Pond, Mad River Flood Control Pond, Mohawk Pond, Mt. Tom Pond, Mudge Pond, Northfield Brook Flood Control Pond, Northfield Cutlery Co. Pond, Park Pond, South Spectacle Pond, Stillwater Pond, Tyler Pond, Waramaug Lake, West Branch (Hogsback) Reservoir, West Hill Pond, West Side Pond, West Twin Lake, Winchester Lake, Winnemaug Lake, Wononscopomuc Lake, Wood Creek Pond, Zeiner’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Bantam, Blackberry, Butternut Brook, Carse Brook, Farmington, Furnace Brook, Hall Meadow Brook, Housatonic, Lead Mine Brook, Macedonia Brook, Mad, Morgan Brook, Morissey Brook, Naugatuck, Nepaug, Pomperaug, Sandy Brook, Shepaug, Still, Whiting

Around Vernon/Mansfield:

Lakes - Bald Mountain Pond, Bigelow Pond, Bishop Swamp, Bolton Lakes, Bolton Notch Pond, Breakneck Pond, Coventry Lake, Crystal Lake, Eagleville Lake, Gay City Park Pond, Hamilton Reservoir, Holbrook Pond, Johnson Pond, Lafayette Pond, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Mansfield Training School Ponds, Mashapaug Lake, Mono Pond, Morey Pond, Shenipsit Reservoir, Somersville Mill Pond, Stateline Pond, Tankerhoosen Lakes, Walkers Reservoir, Whitney Flood Control Pond

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackledge, Broad Brook, Charter Brook, Crystal Lake Brook, Fawn Brook, Fenton, Furnace Brook, Great Meadow Brook, Hockanum, Hop, Judd Brook, Mt Hope, Natchaug, Quanduck Brook, Quinebaug, Roaring Brook, Scantic, Skungamaug, Tankerhoosen, Willimantic

Around Willimantic/Danielson:

Lakes - Alexander Lake, Beach Pond, Beachdale Pond, Beaver Brook Ponds, Bicentennial Pond, Black Pond, Griggs Pond, Halls Pond, Hampton Reservoir, Keach Pond, Killingly Pond, Lawton Pond, Little Pond, Moosup Pond, Muddy Pond, Paine Pond, Perry Pond, Pine Acres Lake, Quaddick Reservoir, Roseland Lake, Ross Pond, Tetrault Pond, Wauregan Reservoir, West Thompson Lake

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackwells Brook, Five Mile Brook, Five Mile R, French, Kitt Brook, Little, Mashamoquet Brook, Merrick Brook, Middle, Mount Misery, Muddy Brook, Natchaug, Quinebaug, Shetucket, Snake Meadow Brook, Still, Willimantic

Content last reviewed March 2020.

 

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COVID-19 Update: Total Cases in Fairfield County is 752, Greenwich has 77 Confirmed Positives https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5527-covid-19-update-total-cases-in-fairfield-county-is-752-danbury-has-85-confirmed-positives5527-covid-19-update-total-cases-in-fairfield-county-is-752-danbury-has-85-confirmed-positives https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5527-covid-19-update-total-cases-in-fairfield-county-is-752-danbury-has-85-confirmed-positives5527-covid-19-update-total-cases-in-fairfield-county-is-752-danbury-has-85-confirmed-positives

COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020

As of March 27, 2020, a total of 1291 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Cases have been reported in all 8 Connecticut counties. One hundred and seventy-three patients were hospitalized, and 27 residents have died (15 in Fairfield County, 6 in New Haven County, 3 in Tolland County, 2 in Hartford County, and 1 in Middlesex County).

According to the latest report from the State, Danbury has 85 positive COVID-19 cases and there are 752 in Fairfield County. There have been 15 deaths in the county from the virus thus far. Greenwich has 77 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.

The Dr. Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory has tested a total of 1450 patients for COVID19; 219 (15%) patients tested positive. Testing of specimens received since March 24 is on-going and does not reflect a decrease in testing. Hospital and commercial laboratories also are offering testing for COVID-19 in Connecticut; in total, more than 8400 tests have been reported to date.

To view cases by town and additional COVID-19 data, click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:01:12 -0400