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Aquiline Drones Launches “Flight to the Future” Drone Pilot Training & Business Ownership Program

As businesses and individuals struggle with an uncertain coronavirus-tainted future, Barry Alexander has a clear vision for success. The Black entrepreneur has always been on the cusp of innovation, mainly in aviation, in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Now through his company Aquiline Drones, the experienced pilot is offering others the chance to set a course for their future by offering a unique drone pilot training and small business start-up program called “Flight to the Future.”

“From the very beginning, as a person of color and native of St. Lucia, I decided to determine my own destiny by becoming a pilot and pioneering a crucial air ambulance service called Aquiline Air Ambulance that was designed to fly patients and medical resources to specialized hospitals across the Caribbean and into the US,” explained Alexander, CEO and Founder of Aquiline Drones. “Self-actualization is a necessity in combatting adversity and is the most appropriate gift that gives hope, empowerment, self-worth and balance where financial uncertainty looms over our economy”
As part of Alexander’s latest endeavor, Aquiline Drones (AD) - a progressive drone enterprise and cloud technology company (AD Cloud), the new online Flight to the Future training course prepares a participant to become a fully licensed drone pilot and business operator by using advanced technology to create high-paying (averaging $165/hr.) jobs to help transform the current unemployment landscape.
Alexander notes that Aquiline Drones’ Flight to the Future system utilizes the most sophisticated technological platform to achieve its goals, including AD’s proprietary digital agent named Spartacus that provides feedback throughout a participant’s curriculum and training. Spartacus then becomes a job advisor once the individual establishes his or her business by forwarding lists of requests for actual drone opportunities and missions.
“In addition to our cognitive agent Spartacus, our advanced DDS job recruiting system is what sets us apart from the competition,” adds Alexander. “Not only are we training people in a burgeoning industry, but we’re actually matching our newly certified drone service providers with real jobs and missions. In fact, their first job is very likely a part of the training package.”
The first wave of classes begins on September 1, 2020 with new semesters occurring every eight weeks. Further, the Flight to the Future program ranges in cost from $799 for licensed pilots to $999 for the public and takes as little as 6-weeks to complete depending on level of experience. “Aggressive nationwide enrollment has already started and is a clear reflection of society beckoning something positive- definitely good news.” said Alexander.
Registration is open now at www.aquilinedrones.com/flight-to-the-future.
The four steps of the Flight to the Future course offers participants:
  • Pilot Training and FAA Certification - Comprehensive online curriculum and real-time, one-on-one instruction features flight training that uses an online simulator and in-person sessions with a training drone. After successfully passing the FAA examination, the AD instructor will secure the official certification.
  • AD Cloud Immersion - A dedicated cloud for drone operations with edge computing and built-in analytics. All program participants will be provided with a free subscription to the AD Cloud for six months to conquer its Command and Control capabilities and interactive online content. Additionally, enrollees have access to a customized Flight to the Future dashboard, where one can begin working towards an independent drone business. When the business operation launches, this dashboard will send drone job opportunities and integrate with the Command and Control module to assign drone missions with proper FAA authorizations.
  • Master a Specific Industry Application - Specialized, online simulator and flight training will optimize one’s drone and cloud skills to master a specific use case. Program participants may choose from eight different areas of concentration.
  • Small Drone Business - Full business setup including business registration, insurance, virtual administrative support as well as AD’s Drones On Demand Service (DDS) on-boarding process for viable and continuous work opportunities.
“Small business is the lifeblood of our economy and we hope to register upwards of one million small drone businesses through this program by the end of the year,” adds Alexander. “We are jointly responsible as good corporate citizens to support the communities in which we thrive.”
As such, AD is offering individual training enrollments, while encouraging all states, municipalities and businesses of every type nationwide to contribute towards reversing the dreadful effects of unemployment by purchasing drone pilot training slots for as many individuals (both employed and unemployed) as they wish. Organizations can contact shop@aquilinedrones.com for information on enrolling multiple participants.
According to a recent report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in America has reached an all-time high of 23.9% - primarily because of the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it. But unlike our predecessors during the Great Depression, today’s 40 million jobless individuals have more options than ever before to quickly reboot their careers in our post-COVID world – and AD is on a mission to help Americans regain financial independence. The full-service, drone and cloud technology company has spent months conceptualizing and incubating this innovative new online drone pilot business training program for seasoned aviators, drone enthusiasts and the general public.
“As one of four drone airline companies in America and privately owned by professional aviators, we have witnessed a massive amount of our fellow pilots lose their positions and border on bankruptcy as a result of this detrimental pandemic,” said Alexander. “At the most basic level, drones are miniature aircraft and thus, a natural transition for commercial pilots. However, we’ve created a simple and tangible training program that appeals to the masses as well.”
I believe we can all transcend this hardship with a bit of resilience, ingenuity and tenacity.” Alexander adds. “Our powerful drone pilot training program is a chance to get out of unemployment, leave the present behind and reinvent oneself for the high-technology future.”
About Aquiline Drones
Aquiline Drones is an independent, American drone company founded by highly experienced aviators, systems engineers and IT gurus. With a customer-centric model, US-based manufacturing and supply chain and world-class MRO services, the company offers innovative and successful ways for using drones in commercial activities.
Supported by a dedicated UAV cloud and real-time OS, autonomous drone operations with real-time control and dynamic in-field decision making capabilities, Aquiline Drones’ full-spectrum of technological solutions provide a more expansive and deeper applicability across countless industries and environments by delivering real-time data insights. Aerospace-compliant processes for software, hardware manufacturing and systems integration, along with best-in-class mission capabilities are being planned and designed as the company continues to forge relationships with Federal, State and private organizations in an effort to develop and launch new drone system applications in a collaborative manner. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:31:18 -0400
Assisted Living Services Recognizes 20 Homecare Heroes During Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1696-assisted-living-services-recognizes-20-homecare-heroes-during-pandemic1696-assisted-living-services-recognizes-20-homecare-heroes-during-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1696-assisted-living-services-recognizes-20-homecare-heroes-during-pandemic1696-assisted-living-services-recognizes-20-homecare-heroes-during-pandemic

Assisted Living Services, Inc (ALS) is honoring twenty home caregivers by awarding each of them with a $1,000 bonus for their tremendous efforts caring for Connecticut seniors during this challenging time. Starting in February 2020, the family-owned homecare agency retooled its unprecedented monthly $5,000 Platinum Caregiver Award as the Homecare Hero Award in order to recognize more outstanding employees.

“It was already incredibly difficult to choose just one staff member per month for our award program and we wanted to give more caregivers the opportunity for a financial reward as they displayed incredible dedication to our clients from the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mario D’Aquila, MBA and Chief Operating Officer of ALS, with offices in Cheshire, Fairfield and Clinton.
D’Aquila explained the five monthly winners for February, March, April and May were chosen after clients were called at random by Homecare Pulse, a third-party survey company, to measure ALS customer satisfaction. The client or family member was able to rate ALS services and the quality of care provided. Clients had the opportunity to mention caregivers that went “above and beyond” and “exceeded expectations” for the quality of care that was given to them or their loved one. ALS also considered caregivers for this award that had taken on additional cases and helped out the company during this time of need.
“The new award is to thank our essential caregivers for making a positive difference in our seniors’ lives,” said D’Aquila, who shared just a sample of the reviews that illustrate all of the caregivers’ unwavering commitment to client care:
“My mother had anxiety and depression and was nervous about being alone. The caregiver saved our lives.”
“My mother worships the ground she [the caregiver] walks on. Previously she wouldn’t let anyone come into her home.”
The Platinum Caregiver Award program resumes this month. In addition to the monetary bonus, honorees receive a beautiful crystal statue and a certificate of merit.
For more than two decades, ALS has led the charge to raise the standards for quality of care across the board in the highly competitive homecare industry. The company gives tens of thousands of dollars each year to incentivize employees for superior performance or perfect attendance. Managers also receive incentives if quality assurance benchmarks are achieved. Incentives and genuine appreciation for staff members are just a few of the reasons ALS has a high employee retention rate with some employees still working for the agency for nearly two decades.
ALS employs more than 400 caregivers across the state, all of whom are insured, bonded, and supervised. Newly hired employees undergo a National Criminal Background Check and eVerify. All of their Personal Care Assistants have received specialized training to perform personal care or assist with activities of daily living. Additional training is provided in OSHA, Safety, Alzheimer’s Care, End of Life Care, Elder Abuse, Customer Service, and more. ALS is currently accepting applications for daily and live-in caregivers. 
Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire, Clinton and Fairfield has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their unique CarePlus program blends personal care with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:20:00 -0400
Connecticut school districts can have in-person graduation ceremonies beginning July 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1694-tate-informs-school-districts-that-in-person-graduation-ceremonies-can-be-held-starting-july-6-with-guidelines1694-tate-informs-school-districts-that-in-person-graduation-ceremonies-can-be-held-starting-july-6-with-guidelines https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1694-tate-informs-school-districts-that-in-person-graduation-ceremonies-can-be-held-starting-july-6-with-guidelines1694-tate-informs-school-districts-that-in-person-graduation-ceremonies-can-be-held-starting-july-6-with-guidelines

State informs school districts that in-person graduation ceremonies can be held starting July 6 following certain guidelines

Governor Lamont today announced that after consulting with Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona and state public health officials, he has determined that school districts will be permitted to hold in-person graduation ceremonies beginning July 6, 2020, following certain guidelines, including a requirement that they be held outdoors, limited to a maximum of 150 people in attendance (including graduates), and proper social distancing protocols must be followed.

The present requirements related to drive-in ceremonies will continue to apply if schools decide not to hold in-person ceremonies. These requirements include compliance with all public health related rules, orders, the instructions in standing Connecticut State Department of Education and Department of Public Health guidance, and that where:

  1. Cars are parked immediately next to each other, all car windows must stay closed
  2. Cars are parked at least six feet from each other, car windows may be open. All individuals in the car must wear masks.

The governor intends on issuing an executive order codifying this guidance within the next couple of days. The Connecticut State Department of Education will also soon provide school districts with additional guidance related to in-person ceremonies. To ensure they are making determinations consistent with public health and safety outcomes, school districts are asked to contemplate a local approach that best suits their respective communities and coordinate all activities with municipal officials, local law enforcement, first responders, and local health officials.

State Department of Education releases rules for operating in-person summer schools programs

The Connecticut State Department of Education has released guidance to every school superintendent in the state detailing rules for operating in-person summer school programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed by the PK-12 subgroup of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group with input of educators, students, parents, health officials, and the public, the rules state that in-person summer school programs can begin on July 6, 2020, provided that locations comply with certain requirements and the health and safety plans are reviewed with the district’s local director of public health and school medical advisor, if applicable.

To read the summer school rules, click here. To read a guidance document on preparing for a safe return to classroom learning, click here.

Connecticut receives $224 Million in federal COVID-19 funding for rail and bus operations

The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced that it has been awarded $224.3 million in federal COVID-19 funding from the Federal Transit Administration to help cover expenses (operations, maintenance, and personal protective equipment) for rail and bus operations in the state.

Under the recently passed “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (the CARES Act), funding is provided to urban and rural public transit systems for operating expenses that occurred on or after January 20. In general, operating expenses are those costs necessary to operate, maintain, and manage a public transportation system. Examples of these expenses include driver salaries, fuel, and items having a useful life of less than one year, such as personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.

Of the $224.3 million, $150 million will be earmarked for New Haven Line, New Canaan Line, Danbury Line, and Waterbury Line; $6 million for Shore Line East; $50 million for CTtransit, CTtransit Express, and CTfastrak services statewide; and $10.1 million for rural transit services within the state. Additionally, $8.2 million has been awarded for bus transit districts statewide with an additional $19.2 million in pending awards for the transit districts.

The state will be applying for additional funding totaling about $244 million later this year.

“This is very welcome news, and I thank Connecticut’s Congressional delegation for their support in securing this funding, and our partners at the Federal Transit Administration for their rapid review and award of these funds,” Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti said. “Our trains and buses continue to operate around Connecticut, and this funding will help ensure we can continue this essential service during this critical and challenging time.”

AAA reopens licensing services at eight retail stores in Connecticut

AAA today announced that they have reopened eight of its retail stores in Connecticut and are now providing Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) licensing services, however customers are required to make appointments in advance in order to provide for social distancing. Previously, these services had been available on a first come, first served basis.

Officials at the DMV stress that deadlines for all licenses that expire between March 10, 2020 and June 30, 2020 have automatically been extended by 180 days, so it is not necessary to renew these credentials until that extension has expired. However, anyone who would like to get their licensed renewed now has the option to get this done at AAA retail stores.

The AAA stores that have reopened include Avon, Cromwell, Enfield, Manchester, Old Saybrook, Southington, Waterford, and West Hartford.

To make an appointment with AAA, visit hartford.aaa.com/dmv-ct. For more information, read the press release issued today by AAA.

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:26:42 -0400
Connecticut DEEP Announces the Opening of State Parks and Beaches https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1693-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-15900012271693-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590001227 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1693-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-15900012271693-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590001227

State Parks Remain Open with Restrictions; Shoreline Swimming Areas Open; Inland Swimming Areas Closed, Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Guidelines Remain in Place

They also encourage visitors to select locations closest to your home. State parks and beaches near Hartford CC include:

Park City Location
Dinosaur State Park Rocky Hill Rocky Hill
Hop River State Park Manchester Multi-Town
Penwood State Park Bloomfield Bloomfield
Windsor Meadows State Park Windsor Windsor

While some of the information is guidance that DEEP has shared previously, the plan contains a good amount of new information, such as DEEP’s current plan for the swimming areas it oversees, and provides a “one stop shop” for the latest information on outdoor recreation offerings administered by DEEP.

As the state begins a phased re-opening of its economy, the vast majority of state parks remain open, as they’ve been throughout the pandemic. The restrictions that they’ve operated under, such as daily capacity limits, social distancing guidelines for visitors, and use of face coverings, also remain in place.

The operational plan can be found here.

Swimming and Beaches:

Last week, Gov. Ned Lamont, along with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced that they would open beaches in their respective states effective Friday, May 22. Gov. Lamont also announced that in Connecticut, state parks that feature beaches along the Connecticut shoreline will be open May 22, though with capacity limitations, and visitors are advised to follow social distancing guidelines.

At this time, DEEP is permitting swimming only at shoreline State Parks (not inland State Park swim areas). Guidance from the state Department of Public Health indicates that recreational swimming is not a known form of transmission of COVID-19, in saltwater or freshwater. At this time, DEEP is making decisions about permitting swimming at State Parks based on considerations of potential crowding and the ability to maintain social distancing onshore, at beach locations.

It is DEEP’s assessment at this time that shoreline parks that feature beaches, operating under limited capacity, can safely accommodate visitors on beaches, provided they follow recommended social distancing guidelines. Visitors to shoreline parks must maintain 15’ of space from other beachgoers (blanket-to-blanket).  This distance will allow for a 6’ radius around each person or family and a 3’ walkway in between groups.

Based on the very limited size of our beach and swim areas at inland state parks, and current social distancing guidance, DEEP will close beaches at inland State Parks, and prohibit swimming at inland State Parks. Again, this operational decision is based on the potential for on-shore crowding, not a concern of risk of transmission in freshwater.  Park staff will monitor beach closure and educate the public to ensure compliance with the closures. DEEP will continue to review this policy in alignment with public health recommendations and will consider the reopening of designated swim areas on a case-by-case basis. 

If you choose to visit a shoreline state park that features a beach, visitors are encouraged to select locations closest to home, and consider visiting early in the morning before crowds gather. At least 6 feet of social distancing must be maintained between persons, and groups over five remain prohibited. Visitors should recreate with members of their immediate household and not meet up with others. Visitors should bring face coverings and use them whenever they are in proximity to others. Face coverings should not be worn in the water. Visitors should not expect that restroom buildings will be open, but most locations will have portable toilets available.  

DEEP will reduce parking capacity and close beaches for the day if social distancing cannot be maintained, and will make adjustments to operations and consider longer-term closures if the situation warrants. Updates on closures are posted on the state parks Twitter feed,@CTStateParks.

Lifeguards will not be on shoreline beaches in Connecticut state parks early in the season.  These beaches are currently posted as "No Lifeguards on Duty."  It is expected that shoreline beaches will begin lifeguarding when adequate staffing, training, and safety practices meeting DEEP standards are in place. Lifeguards will be provided training to reduce the risk of virus transmission in the course of their duties, including providing CPR. Guidance for lifeguards is available from the American Red Cross. Lifeguards will not be posted at inland beaches while swimming is prohibited at those beaches.

Staff in DEEP’s Water Monitoring and Assessment Program will be monitoring water quality at the shoreline parks open for swimming. The water quality at the beaches will be tested for the presence of infectious diseases using standard bacteria indicator species. Residents will be able to find swimming area closure information at DEEP’s state parks Twitter feed, @CTStateParks, and will soon also be able to find that information on the DEEP website athttps://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Recreation-Information/State-Swimming-Area-Water-Quality-Report, or on DEEP’s toll free Water Quality Information Phone Line at 1-866-287-2757.

Connecticut municipalities continue to make decisions regarding the beaches and swimming areas they oversee. DEEP has been in consultation with municipalities during the pandemic, and will continue to be. DEEP’soperational planis available for municipalities to adapt to their needs if they wish to do so.

Limited swimming capacity at state parks, combined with restrictions made by municipalities around the swimming areas they oversee, mean that residents will have to plan beach and swimming excursions well in advance, and be ready with a back-up plan if their first choice is closed.

State Campgrounds, Cabins, and Youth Sites:

As was recently announced, state Campgrounds, Cabins, Youth sites, Backcountry and River Camping sites are closed until at least June 11.  Additional campground reservations for the 2020 season have been postponed for the time being to prevent the need to reimburse the public for future reservations if campgrounds remain closed.

Other options to open campgrounds are being considered that minimize staff and public risk.  The decision will be based on current public health guidance, cleaning protocols and the availability of adequate staff and appropriate personal protective equipment.  

As we move forward into the summer season, DEEP will continue to monitor and assess public use and recreational activities that occur at state parks and other DEEP managed outdoor recreation areas. Evaluation of that information may result in changes to the operational plan. While law enforcement personnel are authorized to enforce social distancing and group size guidance, DEEP seeks to educate first and ask people to follow the rules, in hopes that visitors will take personal responsibility and make sure that they comply. 

To view the operational plan, go here:https://portal.ct.gov/deep-parkscovid19.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT DEEP) Places Wed, 20 May 2020 09:14:03 -0400
Letter: CT Guidelines Miss the Mark, Do Not Allow for the Safe Reopening of Offices https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1692-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-15893874101692-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-1589387410 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1692-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-15893874101692-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-1589387410

Letter to the Editor

Guidelines Released by the Reopen Connecticut Taskforce Miss the Mark, Do Not Allow for the Safe Reopening of Offices

On May 9, 2020, a council of Connecticut business leaders, in concert with the Lamont Administration, released rules and guidance for the “safe” reopening of workplaces across the state. The processes, principles, and protocols issued by this taskforce reflect a failure to address some of the most basic needs that the state’s business community (including both employers and employees) desperately requires.

The guidelines state that “employees are encouraged to continue to work from home where possible.” While I am sure this statement was intended to highlight how even the most detailed and complete safety measures would still result in a substantial amount of risk present in any and all office environments, there is no excuse for the incompleteness of the issued guidelines.

Allow me to highlight some examples of where the program outline failed.

Reopen Connecticut failed to issue regulations or standards to be followed by building managers and landlords, which should have focused on the safe setup of common bathrooms, elevators, building access points, and even stairwells.

While the regulations issued state that all office spaces are required to be thoroughly cleaned prior to reopening (and on an ongoing basis), there are no clear guidelines as to ownership of this responsibility. What falls to the employer/tenant, and what will be the responsibility of building management? Given the fact that office spaces are most often cleaned by service providers secured directly by the landlord, standards for their cleaning needed to be defined, and were not.

Employers are responsible for providing office workers with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and Reopen Connecticut guidelines have made it clear that if PPE is not provided to employees, offices cannot open. However, the State has not provided a way for businesses to acquire the needed PPE, which will significantly hinder most from reopening their doors given how difficult it continues to be to acquire masks, gloves and, most importantly, sanitizing products.

Once offices reopen, there is also the inevitability that an employee or a member of their household will test positive for COVID-19. None of the guidance issued outlines steps a business must follow when this occurs. The cascade of challenges and issues that will shadow such an incident were very much overlooked by our leaders in Hartford, and protocols for meeting “re-certification” standards to reopen after such a diagnosis was also notably absent.

Even more troubling, there are also no specific requirements that mandate building management to notify tenants when an individual who has been in the building tests positive for COVID-19.

Businesses bringing employees back to the office will be required to post clear signage reinforcing all safety related protocols and policies, yet the State did not provide samples of these postings or indicate where they can be downloaded. It can be anticipated that the content of these notices may be incomplete and thus ineffective without the proper guidance from the taskforce.

It is understandable that Connecticut employers want to reopen their offices and welcome employees back as quickly as possible. However, in order to do so safely, they must be provided with a much more complete, robust, and clearly outlined set of standards and guidelines.

Those employed in the State of Connecticut are also eager to return to their workplace, but demand that they have confidence the office they return to is safe and that the State and their employer have done everything possible to ensure their health and wellbeing.

Reopen Connecticut fails miserably to address the needs of both Connecticut employers and workers. As a thirty-year resident of the state and business owner since 2001, I am incredibly disappointed in the taskforce’s efforts and output on this front. We all deserve better.

- David Lewis, Norwalk, Connecticut

David Lewis is CEO of OperationsInc (www.OperationsInc.com), the state’s largest HR Consulting Practice. The 90-employee consulting group is based in Norwalk.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (David Lewis - Operations Inc) Politics Wed, 13 May 2020 07:12:05 -0400
How Many Electric Vehicles are Registered in Hartford CC? https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1691-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-hartford-cc-15888720501691-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-hartford-cc-1588872050 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1691-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-hartford-cc-15888720501691-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-hartford-cc-1588872050

Roadmap Outlines Strategy for Accelerating Deployment of EVs in Connecticut

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day which took place a few weeks ago, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued its Electric Vehicle Roadmap for Connecticut (EV Roadmap), a comprehensive strategy for achieving widespread deployment of electric vehicles in the state, and a key tool in the state’s effort to improve air quality for residents while also addressing the climate crisis.

According to the DEEP, there have been 5,213 Electric Vehicles registered in Connecticut. Electric Vehicles registered in zip codes near Hartford CC include:

Zip EV Registrations
06033 66
06001 59
06032 46
06117 46
06107 45
06095 39
06074 32
06002 30
06111 27
06070 26
06119 26
06040 25
06109 25
06067 22
06042 20
06416 18
06118 17
06053 11
06110 11
06106 9
06105 8
06051 7
06108 7
06089 6
06103 4
06114 3
06050 2
06006 1
06101 1
06115 1
06120 1
06180 1

The top 10 towns in Connecticut for electric vehicle registrations are:

Town # Registrations
Greenwich 328
Westport 227
Stamford 181
New Canaan 140
Darien 111
Fairfield 106
Wilton 93
Ridgefield 79
Guilford 77
Weston 75

The top 5 models for Connecticut Registrations of EV’s are:

Model # Registrations
Tesla              1,218
Chevrolet              1,072
Toyota              1,016
Ford                  733
Nissan                  389

One of the focus areas of the EV Roadmap is scaling up electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) such as charging stations in order to encourage higher EV penetration rates. “Range anxiety,” or fear that an EV will run out of power before a destination is reached, will diminish as consumers become more confident in charging accessibility. 

There are 376 publicly-accessible EV charging stations with a total of 966 charging connectors in the state, including 50 direct current fast charger (DCFC) locations with 212 charging connectors. A significant increase in workplace Level 2 charging connectors, public Level 2 charging connectors, and public DCFC connectors will be critical to supplement residential charging and meet future charging demands.

The EV Roadmap focuses in on several key areas, including the transitioning of public and private fleets and medium and heavy-duty vehicles to EVs; making the consumer charging experience more consistent; minimizing grid impacts through demand reduction measures; providing demand charge relief for charging station owners and EV fleet operators; exploring opportunities for pilot programs with local innovators in the EV field; working with the state and municipal governments to modify building codes and permitting requirements to support EV infrastructure deployment; and leveraging financial incentives, such as the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR), to help make EV purchase price less of a barrier to consumers.

In issuing the EV Roadmap, DEEP is mindful of the pervasive impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on communities both locally and around the world, the full scale and effects of which, though unknown at this time, are and will be significant. DEEP will continue to monitor the COVID crisis and consider its impact on the long-term goals outlined in the EV Roadmap.
Environmental stakeholders from around the state applauded the EV Roadmap’s release.

To view the EV Roadmap, visit: http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DEEPEnergy.nsf/c6c6d525f7cdd1168525797d0047c5bf/f7ed4932eec438d0852585520001c81b/$FILE/EV%20Roadmap%20for%20Connecticut.pdf

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT DEEP) Life Thu, 07 May 2020 08:03:06 -0400
Public Schools in Connecticut Closed for Remainder of 2019-2020 Academic Year https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1690-public-schools-in-connecticut-closed-for-remainder-of-2019-2020-academic-year1690-public-schools-in-connecticut-closed-for-remainder-of-2019-2020-academic-year https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1690-public-schools-in-connecticut-closed-for-remainder-of-2019-2020-academic-year1690-public-schools-in-connecticut-closed-for-remainder-of-2019-2020-academic-year

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is ordering in-person classes at all K-12 public school facilities in Connecticut to remain canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year and continue providing distance learning during this period. Schools will also be required to continue providing meals to children under the school lunch and breakfast programs for consumption at home, as they have been throughout this emergency.

The governor is consulting with state and local education officials regarding whether summer school programming should commence as scheduled. He anticipates having guidance on that matter toward the end of this month.

Governor Lamont, State Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, and Office of Early Childhood Commissioner Beth Bye will discuss these issues during the governor’s 4:00 p.m. news briefing this afternoon.

“I know how important it is for so many students and teachers to finish out the school year, and I was holding out hope – particularly for high school seniors – that we’d at least be able to complete the final few weeks, but given the current circumstances and to protect everyone’s safety, it has become clear that it’s just not possible,” Governor Lamont said. “I want to thank the many educators across our state who have stepped up to provide remote learning during this time, as well as the many staff members who’ve been putting thousands of meals together for students each and every day.”

During the initial outbreak, Governor Lamont signed an executive order directing in-person classes at all K-12 public school facilities to be canceled effective March 17. That order was initially set to expire on March 31 but then was extended twice, most recently to May 20.

Upon the cancellation, the Connecticut State Department of Education immediately began working with every school district in the state to assess distance learning needs. A state team was formed to support districts that indicated having high or moderate needs in the area of distance learning. These teams have been in frequent communication with district leaders to offer and provide support and technical assistance. The state continues to provide vetted resources, guidance, and answers to questions on issues such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, attendance, grading, special education, and social emotional learning.

“The difficult decision to cancel classes for the remainder of the year is based on the health and safety of our students, their families, and our Connecticut communities,” Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said. “While technology and remote learning will never replace the experience of our students in their school community, we are committed to constantly improving access to high-quality materials and connectivity for our students. Districts are working hard to find creative ways to celebrate the success of our seniors, as well as students who are transitioning from fifth and eighth grade. With the Reopen Connecticut Education Team, we are committed to preparing re-opening plans for summer school, as well as fall classes. While we do this, we also thank our dedicated educators today for their service to their students’ academic and social emotional needs.”

Governor Lamont will soon sign an executive order regarding today’s announcement. It will be publicly noticed and published on the governor’s website shortly after he signs it.

Distribution of donated laptops and Scholastic books

The State Department of Education and the Governor’s Learn from Home Task Force have been continuing to coordinate the distribution of remote learning resources that have been donated to Connecticut, including 60,000 Dell laptops from the Partnership for Connecticut, and more than 185,000 high-quality Scholastic book packs for prekindergarten to eighth grade students from the Nooyi family. Due to global supply chain shortages during the pandemic, the laptops and book packs are arriving to Connecticut in staggered waves.

The task force has implemented a tiered shipment plan for the laptops in three rounds of delivery using a formula-based approach prioritizing equity, student need, and safe distribution. The first round of nearly 17,000 laptops, targeted for delivery around May 25, will be delivered to 19 districts where fewer than 60 percent of students have one-to-one device access at the school level. The staggered shipment plans are focused on connecting students who have been identified as in greatest need as soon as possible. Initial eligibility for the donated laptops was limited to high schools across the state’s Alliance District program. Once the needs were identified for those schools, eligibility expanded to include high schools beyond Alliance Districts where more than 40 percent of students quality for free or reduced-price meals.

The majority of the Scholastic book packs are expected to begin arriving from the manufacturer this week. Last week, the first shipments of 340 book packs arrived in Bridgeport schools, and 119 arrived at Bristol’s Early Childhood Center. Additional shipments to sites in Hartford and Norwalk are expected today and will continue over the next several days.

Connecticut schools have served four million meals under emergency meals programs

Throughout the emergency, Connecticut’s public schools have served more than four million meals to students under the emergency meals programs. A total of 130 school districts are currently serving meals at 458 locations statewide. In accordance with federal requirements, the state is operating two emergency meals programs:

  •          Under one program, certain school districts are authorized to serve meals only to students who attend their schools or any other child 18 years of age and younger residing in the same household.
  •          Under the other program, certain school districts are authorized to serve meals to any child 18 years of age and younger, regardless of which town or city the child lives or what school they attend.

Households should check with the individual school districts for information on the time and 

kerry@ducey.org (Ned Lamont) Life Tue, 05 May 2020 06:06:49 -0400
Find out where Hartford CC High School ranks in U.S. News & World Report https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1689-find-out-where-hartford-cc-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-15883644721689-find-out-where-hartford-cc-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-1588364472 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1689-find-out-where-hartford-cc-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-15883644721689-find-out-where-hartford-cc-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-1588364472

U.S. News & World Report reviewed more than 24,000 U.S. public high schools and 207 Connecticut schools made their 2020 rankings. Below are the rankings of high schools in and around {town}.

High School CT Rank Nat Rank Grad Rate Enrollment
Windsor High School #101 #5,690 93% 1,134
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts #107 #6,015 95% 446
CREC Medical Prof. and Teacher Prep. Acad #108 #6,148 97% 570
East Hartford High School #110 #6,326 93% 1,728
Sports and Medical Sciences Academy #116 #6,966 95% 435
Farmington High School #12 #556 98% 1,196
Manchester High School #130 #7,957 89% 1,555
Conard High School #13 #642 98% 1,462
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design #142 #10,071 93% 432
Great Path Academy Middle College High School at M #146 #10,884 97% 320
Bloomfield High School #149 #11,342 92% 520
Avon High School #14 #647 98% 1,011
New Britain High School #151 #11,379 81% 2,184
Achievement First Hartford Academy Inc. #156 #12,129 89% 162
Classical Magnet School #157 #12,272 96% 334
A. I. Prince Technical High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 99% 753
Bulkeley High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 56% 631
Capital Preparatory Magnet School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 98% Enrollment

According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest-ranked schools are scattered throughout the country, showing that the best schools are not concentrated in any one geographic area. Nine different states are represented among the top 10 schools. More broadly, the top 100 schools span 29 states.

U.S. News & World Report says that they take a holistic approach to evaluating schools, focusing on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. College readiness measures participation and performance on AP and IB exams.

Here are the top 10 high schools in Connecticut:
#1 Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford
#2 Weston High School
#3 Darien High School
#4 Staples High School (Westport)
#5 New Canaan High School
#6 Simsbury High School
#7 Greenwich High School
#8 Hall High School (West Hartford)
#9 Ridgefield High School
#10 Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern
See the complete Connecticut High School rankings HERE.
To see how schools in the state’s top metro areas ranked, check out the pages for Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Bridgeport.

View the article in its entirety here.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (US News and World Report) Places Fri, 01 May 2020 11:13:04 -0400
Nutmeg Funds over $3.8 Million in PPP Loans amid COVID-19 Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1688-nutmeg-funds-over-3-8-million-in-ppp-loans-amid-covid-19-pandemic1688-nutmeg-funds-over-3-8-million-in-ppp-loans-amid-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1688-nutmeg-funds-over-3-8-million-in-ppp-loans-amid-covid-19-pandemic1688-nutmeg-funds-over-3-8-million-in-ppp-loans-amid-covid-19-pandemic

Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union has had success serving local businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The credit union has been educating businesses about government relief options, including the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Disaster Relief Lending and more. With its frequent communications, the credit union plans to keep its business members in the know in regards to all relief options throughout the duration of the pandemic.

Most prominently, Nutmeg has delivered immense financial relief to its business members throughout Connecticut through the Paycheck Protection Program. The credit union has already processed over $3.8 million in funds dedicated to supporting small businesses. This number is only expected to grow as Nutmeg works tirelessly to provide relief opportunities for its members.
The credit union uses its own custom technology to help make the process streamlined. “We are able to keep pace with the volume because we’ve invested in making our operation as streamlined and automated as possible,” said John Holt, President and CEO of Nutmeg.
Nutmeg has also taken steps to consider businesses that may be unsure of the current relief options. On April 9, the credit union hosted an online webinar open to all members to help explain the many complexities surrounding government business programs. Shane Dugan, Assistant Vice President of Nutmeg’s lending services, provided extensive details regarding the relief options currently offered and answered attendee questions to ease concerns. Following the success of the webinar, the credit union is now planning to host similar educational panels for the community.
About Nutmeg
Chartered in 1936 and headquartered in Rocky Hill, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in the Hartford, New Haven, Middlesex or Tolland Counties as well as the cities of Shelton, Stratford and Bridgeport, Connecticut. They offer members a friendly banking environment and take pride in educating consumers about the advantages of joining a credit union. Visit them at www.nutmegstatefcu.org for more information.


kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Thu, 23 Apr 2020 05:31:50 -0400
Some Good News https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1687-some-good-news-15875070361687-some-good-news-1587507036 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1687-some-good-news-15875070361687-some-good-news-1587507036

Some Good News!

Everyday heroes are emerging amidst the pain we are all experiencing. Their stories can inspire us all.

HamletHub has been received an abundance of stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things so we created a special "hub" to spread joy called Community is not Canceled.

Community is not Canceled features a plethora of inspiring stories that will give you many reasons to smile!

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We are in this together. Stay strong. 

If you have an inspiring story from Hartford CC to share, please email communitymatters@hamlethub.com

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (HamletHub) Life Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:38:58 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Announces 2020-2021 Season, Tickets to Broadway Performances Now On Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1686-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale1686-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1686-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale1686-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

kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:33:42 -0400
CT Credit Union Hosts CARES Act for Small Businesses https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1685-ct-credit-union-hosts-cares-act-for-small-businesses1685-ct-credit-union-hosts-cares-act-for-small-businesses https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1685-ct-credit-union-hosts-cares-act-for-small-businesses1685-ct-credit-union-hosts-cares-act-for-small-businesses

Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union’s Shane Dugan, Assistant Vice President of Lending, will decipher how the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) benefits local small businesses in a FREE Online Webinar on Thursday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m.

The federal CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 provides emergency relief to companies impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) however there are many questions about accessing funds. Key components include the 7(a) loan program and the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program that provides small businesses with financing to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities but must fall within program parameters.

Register for the webinar hosted through Zoom and broadcast on Facebook Live at www.nutmegstatefcu.org.

As a Small Business Administration (SBA) Lender, Nutmeg is dedicated to educating local business owners about every available resource to keep their doors open, rehire workers and ease concerns. The credit union can also provide additional security through its short-term lending options and wide variety of online services useful for remote banking. They are already helping businesses across the state bridge financial gaps and remain operational through the current crisis.


About Nutmeg

Chartered in 1936 and headquartered in Rocky Hill, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in the Hartford, New Haven, Middlesex or Tolland Counties as well as the cities of Shelton, Stratford and Bridgeport, Connecticut. They offer members a friendly banking environment and take pride in educating consumers about the advantages of joining a credit union. Visit them at www.nutmegstatefcu.org for more information.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:50:37 -0400
Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 3,557 Cases, First Pediatric Death https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1684-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut1684-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1684-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut1684-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut

As of April 1, 2020, a total of 3557 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Seven hundred and sixty-six patients are currently hospitalized. Eighty-five residents have died. 

Fairfield County currently has the most cases in Connecticut with 1986 positive COVID-19 cases. There have been 49 deaths in Fairfield County.

Earlier today, Governor Ned Lamont reported the first pediatric fatality in Connecticut linked to COVID-19. "A 6-week old newborn from the Hartford area was brought unresponsive to a hospital last week and could not be revived," he said.

View cases by Town and County here.

National COVID-19 statistics and information about preventing spread of COVID-19 are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A weekly report on seasonal influenza activity can be found on the DPH website.

The map you see here shows the number of patients currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by county based on data collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The distribution is by location of hospital, not patient residence. The labels indicate the number of patients currently hospitalized with the change since yesterday in parentheses.

Additional details can be found here.


kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:54:57 -0400
Community is not Canceled: Virtual Field Trips with Connecticut Science Center https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1683-community-is-not-canceled-virtual-field-trips-with-connecticut-science-center1683-community-is-not-canceled-virtual-field-trips-with-connecticut-science-center https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1683-community-is-not-canceled-virtual-field-trips-with-connecticut-science-center1683-community-is-not-canceled-virtual-field-trips-with-connecticut-science-center

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. 

Virtual Field Trips with Connecticut Science Center

Each Friday The Connecticut Science Center will take you on an adventure to a neighboring as part of their “Field Trip Friday” program. This #FieldTripFriday enjoy a trip to the nation’s capital to experience two of our national treasures. Experience spring’s beauty at the National Cherry Blossom Festival followed by a tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History featuring the Hall of Fossils– Deep Time.

Learn about the Connecticut Science Center’s Field Trip Fridays here.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:34:38 -0400
Connecticut COVID Update: 3,128 Confirmed Cases, 69 Deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1681-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths1681-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1681-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths1681-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.


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.

kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:34:13 -0400