Monroe's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:15:21 -0400 HamletHub.com Notice of Monroe's Holiday Closings https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/life/1489-notice-of-monroe-s-holiday-closings1489-notice-of-monroe-s-holiday-closings https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/life/1489-notice-of-monroe-s-holiday-closings1489-notice-of-monroe-s-holiday-closings

In observance of Independence Day, The Monroe Town Hall Offices, Library, Highway Department, Food Pantry and Senior Citizen Center will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. 

In addition, the Gardner Landfill will be closed Friday and Saturday. Other closings include, The Spring Hill Road Transfer Station closed on Saturday and The Highway Division of the Public Works Department closed on Monday July 6th. 

Questions? Call (203) 452-2800 or visit monroect.org . 

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HannahL@HamletHub.com (Hannah Latorre) Life Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:20:08 -0400
Newtown Savings Banks Sponsoring Drive & Drop Food Collection https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/events/1488-newtown-savings-banks-sponsoring-drive-drop-food-collection1488-newtown-savings-banks-sponsoring-drive-drop-food-collection https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/events/1488-newtown-savings-banks-sponsoring-drive-drop-food-collection1488-newtown-savings-banks-sponsoring-drive-drop-food-collection

On June 26th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 27th from 9 a.m. to noon, Newtown Savings Bank will be collecting non-perishable food donations at all 14 locations to benefit local food pantries. 

You can find needed donation items here 

Locations of local Newtown Savings Bank branches can be found here .

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HannahL@HamletHub.com (Hannah Latorre) Events Wed, 24 Jun 2020 10:34:22 -0400
Anne McGee Named Employee of the Year at The Center for Family Justice https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/places/1487-anne-mcgee-named-employee-of-the-year-at-the-center-for-family-justice1487-anne-mcgee-named-employee-of-the-year-at-the-center-for-family-justice https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/places/1487-anne-mcgee-named-employee-of-the-year-at-the-center-for-family-justice1487-anne-mcgee-named-employee-of-the-year-at-the-center-for-family-justice

Bridgeport, CtThe Center for Family Justice is pleased to announce that Anne McGee, one of its Domestic Violence Adult Victims’ Advocates, has been named its 2020 Carol Roberto Employee of the Year, for her selfless dedication to the nonprofit’s clients impacted by trauma and abuse.

McGee, a Monroe resident who has been on the nonprofit’s professional team for the last five years, will be honored at CFJ’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m. This year’s meeting will be held virtually via Facebook (@centerforfamilyjustice) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

McGee was chosen to receive CFJ’s highest employee honor based on nominations from her co-workers, who cited her kind, compassionate and tireless advocacy for the victims and survivors she works with at the agency’s Bridgeport headquarters.  Besides her work with clients, McGee leads CFJ’s Domestic Violence Survivors’ Support Group and is an actively engaged participant at many of CFJ’s community outreach events. 

Last year, she created a series of poignant shadow boxes to memorialize more than 20 victims who died as a result of domestic violence homicides in the state during the previous year. 

“Anne is an extraordinary employee who inspires our entire team and is also deeply appreciated by her clients,” said Debra A. Greenwood, President & CEO of The Center for Family Justice. “We’re thrilled to honor her because she is someone who constantly goes above and beyond for clients who have experienced the trauma of abuse. She is also a dedicated and caring co-worker, beloved by our entire staff.” 

CFJ provides crisis and supportive services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in the communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. Last year, it provided these services to more than 4,500 adults and children impacted by abuse.

The Carol Roberto Employee of the Year Award was created to posthumously honor the late Carol Roberto, an administrative assistant at CFJ who, like McGee, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to CFJ’s mission. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Beth Fitzpatrick ) Places Mon, 22 Jun 2020 06:15:20 -0400
COVID-19 Restrictions for Summer Fun Days Camp https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/neighbors/1486-covid-19-restrictions-for-summer-fun-days-camp1486-covid-19-restrictions-for-summer-fun-days-camp https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/neighbors/1486-covid-19-restrictions-for-summer-fun-days-camp1486-covid-19-restrictions-for-summer-fun-days-camp

Image Credit; Monroe CT Parks and Recreation

Monroe Parks and Recreation Summer Fun Days Camp will begin on June 22nd. Restrictions have been applied for everyone's safety. 

"Campers will be in groups of no more than 10 with staff assigned to them. They would remain in that group for the entire week. The groups will be socially distanced and separated from each other at all times during the day. Intermingling or interaction between the groups and the counselors will not be allowed." Monroe Parks and Recreation writes. 

All campers will have their temperatures taken prior to entrance and may be denied if showing any symptoms such as cough, runny nose, rash etc. to ensure safety of other campers and staff. 

Camp is scheduled to run from June 22nd to August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Sign up today as some sessions are almost full! Find the full camp restrictions here 

Questions? Call 203-452-2806 or email  parksandrec@monroect.org

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HannahL@HamletHub.com (Hannah Latorre) Neighbors Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:33:44 -0400
American Red Cross Announces Support for COVID-19 from Gone For A Run and ChalkTalk SPORTS https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/charities/1485-american-red-cross-announces-support-for-covid-19-from-gone-for-a-run-and-chalktalk-sports1485-american-red-cross-announces-support-for-covid-19-from-gone-for-a-run-and-chalktalk-sports https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/charities/1485-american-red-cross-announces-support-for-covid-19-from-gone-for-a-run-and-chalktalk-sports1485-american-red-cross-announces-support-for-covid-19-from-gone-for-a-run-and-chalktalk-sports

The American Red Cross is recognizing Gone For A Run and ChalkTalk SPORTS for their generous donation of $21,000 through their virtual race series “Running is NOT Canceled.” Their donation will help the Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission nationwide due to this public health emergency.

At the end of March, after the COVID-19 crisis had shut sports activities down, GoneForaRun.com saw the need to help empower people to keep active and continue to run to stay healthy.  Knowing first-hand how beneficial running can be for maintaining a healthy body and mind, Gone For A Run sought to provide motivation for people to keep running while also helping others. Through its Virtual Race Series, Gone For a Run created the Running Is Not Canceled Virtual 5K Race, a unique race where runners and walkers can register for the race, receive their race package and run their 5K (3.1miles) on their own schedule and wherever they'd like to run. With this race, $5 of each race purchase was donated to the American Red Cross.

“We are grateful for the support of Gone For A Run, ChalkTalk SPORTS and to the community of runners who participated in this unique fundraising event,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Because of their collective generosity, the Red Cross is able to continue to deliver its mission during this challenging time.”

In addition to the virtual races, Gone For a RUN also created a full line of "Running is Not Canceled" merchandise and a $5 donation was made to the American Red Cross for every item purchased. Also, the ChalkTalkSports.com brand created a line of tee shirts called "Sports Will Be Back" donating $5 of each sale to the American Red Cross.

“ChalkTalk SPORTS Group of brands is proud to have been able to support the American Red Cross through our GoneForaRun.com Virtual Race Series,” said Julie Lynn, CEO and Founder, ChalkTalk SPORTS.  “This extraordinary organization saved our youngest son's life so it very dear to our heart. Due to an unknown rare blood antigen incompatibility we lost our third son. This same incompatibility risked the life of our fourth son at 30 weeks. If it wasn't for the amazing work of the American Red Cross to find and make available two pre-natal blood transfusions that helped save his life.”

To date this community of runners and sports enthusiasts have raised over $21,000 for the Red Cross through May 19, 2020. For more information on how you can support the American Red Cross visit RedCross.org/donate.

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kerry@ducey.org (Red Cross) Charities Tue, 09 Jun 2020 07:03:27 -0400
Connecticut DEEP Announces the Opening of State Parks and Beaches https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/places/1484-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-15900019291484-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590001929 https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/places/1484-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-15900019291484-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590001929

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 Monroe include:

Park City Location
Indian Well State Park Shelton Shelton
Osbornedale State Park Derby Derby
Paugussett State Forest Newtown Newtown
Rocky Glen State Park Newtown Newtown
Trout Brook Valley State Park Easton Easton

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.

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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/monroe/politics/1483-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-15893868471483-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-1589386847 https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/politics/1483-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-15893868471483-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-1589386847

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.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (David Lewis - Operations Inc) Politics Wed, 13 May 2020 07:12:04 -0400
How Many Electric Vehicles are Registered in Monroe? https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/life/1482-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-monroe-15888726581482-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-monroe-1588872658 https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/life/1482-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-monroe-15888726581482-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-monroe-1588872658

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 Monroe include:

Zip EV Registrations
06484 58
06611 50
06470 41
06825 40
06896 38
06468 32
06614 32
06482 26
06612 26
06478 23
06606 20
06461 14
06483 13
06418 8
06401 7
06610 4

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

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT DEEP) Life Thu, 07 May 2020 08:03:06 -0400
Find out where Monroe High School ranks in U.S. News & World Report https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/places/1481-find-out-where-monroe-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-15883662941481-find-out-where-monroe-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-1588366294 https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/places/1481-find-out-where-monroe-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-15883662941481-find-out-where-monroe-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-1588366294

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
Ansonia High School #114 #6,782 94% 567
Derby High School #154 #11,615 81% 353
Joel Barlow High School #15 #696 97% 893
Emmett O'Brien Technical High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 98% 582
Newtown High School #23 #1,162 98% 1,624
Masuk High School #34 #1,552 98% 1,017
Trumbull High School #39 #1,710 99% 2,107
Shelton High School #64 #3,056 93% 1,444
Seymour High School #68 #3,256 94% 660
Oxford High School #71 #3,547 96% 556

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.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (US News and World Report) Places Fri, 01 May 2020 11:13:04 -0400
Some Good News https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/life/1480-some-good-news-15875064541480-some-good-news-1587506454 https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/life/1480-some-good-news-15875064541480-some-good-news-1587506454

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!

Read about:

We are in this together. Stay strong. 

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

Visit Community is not Canceled HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (HamletHub) Life Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:38:52 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Announces 2020-2021 Season, Tickets to Broadway Performances Now On Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/events/1479-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale1479-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/events/1479-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale1479-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 07:33:28 -0400
Monroe Residents Can Support Connecticut Food Bank By Participating in Race Against Hunger https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/events/1478-monroe-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-15862932251478-monroe-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293225 https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/events/1478-monroe-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-15862932251478-monroe-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293225

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

Connecticut Food Bank needs the town of Monroe 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 Monroe 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 Monroe. Please call because there may be changes.

Date Time City Place
Tuesday, April 7 2:00 PM East Haven East Haven High School
Wednesday, April 8 9:30 AM Danbury New Hope Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 8 4:00 PM Bridgeport Roosevelt School
Wednesday, April 8 4:30 PM Hamden Hamden Middle School
Wednesday, April 8 5:30 PM Bethel Walnut Hill Church
Thursday, April 9 5:30 PM Naugatuck Naugatuck Convention Center

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
Community is not Canceled: Monroe Rings Bells, Unites Community https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/life/1477-community-is-not-canceled-monroe-rings-bells-unites-community1477-community-is-not-canceled-monroe-rings-bells-unites-community https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/life/1477-community-is-not-canceled-monroe-rings-bells-unites-community1477-community-is-not-canceled-monroe-rings-bells-unites-community

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. 

Monroe's Faith-Based Organizations will be ringing their bells nightly from 8:00 - 8:02 pm.

Residents are encouraged to ring bells as well -- to remind us all that while our community may be physically separated, we remain united, and that we will get through this together.


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) Life Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:28:50 -0400
Community is not Canceled: Monroe Chamber Holds Virtual Coffee Connection Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/events/1476-community-is-not-canceled-monroe-chamber-holds-virtual-coffee-connection-tomorrow1476-community-is-not-canceled-monroe-chamber-holds-virtual-coffee-connection-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/events/1476-community-is-not-canceled-monroe-chamber-holds-virtual-coffee-connection-tomorrow1476-community-is-not-canceled-monroe-chamber-holds-virtual-coffee-connection-tomorrow

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. 

Monroe Chamber Holds Virtual Coffee Connection on April 2

What’s the next best thing to meeting fellow business owners for coffee and conversation? Doing it “virtaully”, of course! Since it is not possible for Monroe Chamber to hold their networking breakfast meeting, they invite you to tune in from the comfort of your home. 

“Please bring your own coffee and come chat with other like-minded Monroe Community business folks about how things are going for you,” Monroe Chamber says.  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

You will receive the link to our Zoom meeting in your registration email confirmation

Visit Monroe Chamber online here.


 

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) Events Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:25:55 -0400
Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 3,557 Cases, First Pediatric Death in Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/neighbors/1475-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut1475-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/monroe/neighbors/1475-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut1475-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.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:54:57 -0400