Newcanaan's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:33:14 -0400 HamletHub.com New Canaan annual leaf collection begins on October 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5553-new-canaan-annual-leaf-collection-begins-on-october-265553-new-canaan-annual-leaf-collection-begins-on-october-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5553-new-canaan-annual-leaf-collection-begins-on-october-265553-new-canaan-annual-leaf-collection-begins-on-october-26

The Town of New Canaan annual leaf collection will begin on Monday, October 26, 2020

New Canaan Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced that leaf collection by town vacuum trucks is available to homeowners in zones of one acre or less.

Collection begins on Monday October 26 and ends Monday, November 23. Please note that laves put out after that will NOT be collected by DPW.

Leaves must be raked to curb in windrows, not piles.  No plastic bags, debris or sticks!

 CLICK HERE for further information about other zones, yard maintenance contractors and compost.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:04:17 -0400
New Canaan Parking Permit Renewals Extended https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5552-new-canaan-parking-permit-renewals-extended5552-new-canaan-parking-permit-renewals-extended https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5552-new-canaan-parking-permit-renewals-extended5552-new-canaan-parking-permit-renewals-extended

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, annual parking permits for commuter and business lots that were due to expire on June 30, 2020 will now be extended until December 31, 2020. 

Parking permit renewal applications will not be mailed out at this time since there may be a need to further delay renewals for the 2020-2021 year.  Residents or employees who have questions about obtaining a new commuter or business parking permit or residents would like to add their names to the commuter lot waitlists can contact the Parking Bureau at 203-594-3040 or email stacy.miltenberg@newcanaanct.gov.

Metered parking fees in all commuter parking lots will be suspended through December 31, 2020 and will not be enforced.

Metered parking fees will continue to be suspended in all downtown parking lots to help support the business community through December 31, 2020.  However, timed street parking, loading zones, no parking zones, handicap spaces and any other illegal parking will continue to be enforced and violators will be ticketed.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Life Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:57:08 -0400
Halloween Virtual Trivia Parties https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5551-halloween-virtual-trivia-parties5551-halloween-virtual-trivia-parties https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5551-halloween-virtual-trivia-parties5551-halloween-virtual-trivia-parties

With the recent announcement from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying; 'traditional trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, parties, hayrides and haunted houses should be avoided this Halloween'. There may just be an alternative.  

Local New Canaan moms Kristen Mitrakis and Rachel Lampen have created a solution. Since COVID-19 hit earlier this year, the 'in person' parties dropped off. That's when they decided to change things up by making their business Rock Paper Scissors Custom Events online. The dynamic duo now live-stream virtual trivia, bingo and scavenger hunt parties.

Lampen says: "It's a great way to connect people from all over safely, especially for those who may be immune compromised. We are hosting many private parties for Windward School, the children have an absolute ball."  

On Friday, October 30th at 4:30pm they will be hosting a 30 minute trivia comprising of tricky trivia, picture and audio round, memory test and scavenger challenges. Mitrakis adds: "Dressing up is highly recommended. Our kids trivia is great for 6-12 year olds, it's very energized."

To register click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-halloween-virtual-trivia-tickets-117403353591  

For adults there will also be a Halloween Horror trivia at 8:00pm - prepare to be scared! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-virtual-trivia-tickets-121050103117

If you are interested in hosting a private smaller 'in person' or online party please contact rachel@rockpaperscissors.events  

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rachel@lampen.co.uk (New Canaan HamletHub) Events Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:03:41 -0400
Exploration of French New Wave Cinema, by Professor Nicholas Paige via New Canaan Library Live Webinar https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5550-exploration-of-french-new-wave-cinema-by-professor-nicholas-paige-via-new-canaan-library-live-webinar5550-exploration-of-french-new-wave-cinema-by-professor-nicholas-paige-via-new-canaan-library-live-webinar https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5550-exploration-of-french-new-wave-cinema-by-professor-nicholas-paige-via-new-canaan-library-live-webinar5550-exploration-of-french-new-wave-cinema-by-professor-nicholas-paige-via-new-canaan-library-live-webinar

French New Wave cinema, arguably the single most important movement in post-war film, will be discussed by Professor Nicholas Paige via a live webinar from New Canaan Library on Thursday, October 8 at 7 PM EST. Zoom sign in information will be provided upon registration; please register at newcanaanibrary.org.

Fans of film and Francophiles alike will enjoy this unique lecture by Professor Nicholas Paige, PhD. Professor Paige will provide a brief introduction to French New Wave cinema, then rather than review New Wave filmography, he will point to select examples to explore the theoretical, technological, and cultural currents that converged to produce this remarkable source of talent which began around 1959.

Professor Nicholas Paige, who holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, has been teaching in the Department of French at the University of California Berkeley for about 25 years. While he regularly teaches a class on the New Wave, his main research areas lie in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His latest book, a quantitative study of the evolving “novel system” in France and England, is due out at the beginning of 2021. He is currently working on a book about art, literature, and worthlessness over the last five hundred years.

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kblance@newcanaanlibrary.org (KatherineBlance) Events Wed, 23 Sep 2020 08:54:07 -0400
New Canaan Library Presents Webinar with Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim, Joined by Matthew Busse of New Canaan YMCA https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5549-new-canaan-library-presents-webinar-with-bonnie-tsui-author-of-why-we-swim-joined-by-matthew-busse-of-new-canaan-ymca5549-new-canaan-library-presents-webinar-with-bonnie-tsui-author-of-why-we-swim-joined-by-matthew-busse-of-new-canaan-ymca https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5549-new-canaan-library-presents-webinar-with-bonnie-tsui-author-of-why-we-swim-joined-by-matthew-busse-of-new-canaan-ymca5549-new-canaan-library-presents-webinar-with-bonnie-tsui-author-of-why-we-swim-joined-by-matthew-busse-of-new-canaan-ymca

New Canaan Library is pleased to present a live webinar on Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm with Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim, an immersive and eye-opening perspective on swimming and on human behavior itself. Ms.Tsui will be joined in conversation by New Canaan YMCA Director of Pool Operations, Matthew Busse. Please register at newcanaanlibrary.org; Zoom sign in information will be provided upon registration.

Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein’s palace pool, modern‑day Japanese samurai swimmers, even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six‑hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what seduces us to water, despite its dangers, and why we come back to it again and again. She offers an immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming—and of human behavior itself.

Bonnie Tsui has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, and other publications. Why We Swim was named an Editor’s Choice/Staff Pick by The New York Times Book Review and a Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her previous book, American Chinatown, was the winner of the Asia/Pacific American Award for Literature and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. She lives, swims, and surfs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Matt Busse is the director of pool operations at the New Canaan YMCA. He grew up in New Fairfield, Connecticut, a lake town known for having a deeply rooted culture in aquatic recreation. Matt began his time at the New Canaan YMCA in 2019 as the assistant aquatic director. Matt is currently pursuing his master’s degree in recreation administration, focusing on non-profit management. He has been a member of the Impact Panel for the Water Safety Task Force for the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, where he stressed the importance of safety around water and parent’s engaging with their children while in water.

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kblance@newcanaanlibrary.org (KatherineBlance) Events Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:17:56 -0400
Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library: “Regarding Paul R. Williams,” Presented by Janna Ireland https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5548-glass-house-presents-at-new-canaan-library-regarding-paul-r-williams-presented-by-janna-ireland5548-glass-house-presents-at-new-canaan-library-regarding-paul-r-williams-presented-by-janna-ireland https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5548-glass-house-presents-at-new-canaan-library-regarding-paul-r-williams-presented-by-janna-ireland5548-glass-house-presents-at-new-canaan-library-regarding-paul-r-williams-presented-by-janna-ireland

The collaborative series “Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library” is pleased to offer a live webinar by artist and author Janna Ireland, discussing her book, Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View.  The webinar will be presented on Thursday September 24th at 7:00 PM EST. Please register online at https://newcanaanlibrary.org/calendar/.

Zoom sign in information will be provided upon registration. This event is supported in part by Connecticut Humanities and the New Canaan Community Foundation. 

Ireland’s compelling book is a photographic exploration of the work of Paul Revere Williams, the first licensed Black architect west of the Mississippi River.

Known as “Hollywood’s Architect”, Williams was a Los Angeles native who built a wildly successful career as an architect decades before the Civil Rights Movement. He designed municipal buildings and private homes as well as banks, churches, hospitals, and university halls. His architectural designs ranged from public housing projects to mansions for celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.

In 1923, Williams became the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2017, nearly forty years after his death, he became the first Black recipient of the AIA Gold Medal. information.  

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kblance@newcanaanlibrary.org (KatherineBlance) Events Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:13:45 -0400
Aquarion Mandates Water Conservation Measures in New Canaan https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5547-aquarion-mandates-water-conservation-measures-in-new-canaan5547-aquarion-mandates-water-conservation-measures-in-new-canaan https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5547-aquarion-mandates-water-conservation-measures-in-new-canaan5547-aquarion-mandates-water-conservation-measures-in-new-canaan

As a possible third drought trigger approaches Southwest Fairfield County, Aquarion Water Company is asking residents to follow the mandatory, twice-weekly irrigation schedule or turn off irrigation systems for the season. Learn additional ways to conserve at www.aquarionwater.com/conserve.

All residents are encouraged to reduce nonessential water use by 20 percent. This may help the region avoid additional mandatory restrictions in the coming weeks. Learn additional ways to conserve at www.aquarionwater.com/conserve.

By hitting a third drought trigger, residents would be required to limit irrigation to one day a week and reduce indoor water use by 20%. In addition, all existing irrigation variances would be rescinded for the remainder of year. Learn additional ways to conserve at www.aquarionwater.com/conserve.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Life Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:34:42 -0400
Get to Know Your CBD Store in New Canaan via Zoom on Sept. 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5546-get-to-know-your-cbd-store-in-new-canaan-via-zoom-on-sept-305546-get-to-know-your-cbd-store-in-new-canaan-via-zoom-on-sept-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5546-get-to-know-your-cbd-store-in-new-canaan-via-zoom-on-sept-305546-get-to-know-your-cbd-store-in-new-canaan-via-zoom-on-sept-30

Your CBD Store in New Canaan - Zoom Introduction on Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m.

CBD is a chemical compound that comes from the cannabis or marijuana plant. It is nonpsychoactive yet has been demonstrated to possess medically useful properties. Anthony Pisano and his staff will discuss how CBD works in our bodies.

They will also do a walk around the store to showcase different products and explain what ailments they are used for.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:56:35 -0400
New Canaan Names New Emergency Management Leadership Team https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/publicsafety/5545-new-canaan-names-new-emergency-management-leadership-team5545-new-canaan-names-new-emergency-management-leadership-team https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/publicsafety/5545-new-canaan-names-new-emergency-management-leadership-team5545-new-canaan-names-new-emergency-management-leadership-team

The Board of Selectmen of the Town of New Canaan today appointed Russell Kimes III as Emergency Management Director and Philip Scheibley as Deputy Emergency Management Director to lead the Office of Emergency Management.

Russ Kimes is a third generation lifetime resident of New Canaan who currently serves as Assistant Chief and head of Volunteers for the New Canaan Fire Department.  He has been a volunteer of Fire Company #1 for 22 years.  He is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician and has many years of experience working in the New Canaan Emergency Operations Center including the major events Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

Russ is employed full time as a vice president with a leading global investment bank in New York City where he leads the HR Data Governance function.  He also served for 8 years with the US Marine Corps and was deployed in Iraq in 2003.  He is Commander of New Canaan’s Howard M. Bossa and Peter C. Langenus Post 653 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Phil Sheibley is a 16-year resident of New Canaan who retired from a 30-year career with Accenture where he held a leadership role in consulting in the Life Sciences industry.  Phil has been a volunteer with New Canaan’s all-volunteer Emergency Management Service (ambulance service) since 2015, for which he served over the last two years as Captain, responsible for EMS operations including the liaison role with the Emergency Operations Center in emergencies.

Phil is a former board member of the New Canaan Community Foundation and serves as vice-chair of the board of trustees of Lehigh University, his alma mater.

In announcing the appointments of Russ and Phil, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said: “First, I want to thank Fire Chief Jack Hennessey for his service and leadership as Acting EMD since early June, and especially during the recent Tropical Storm Isaias, where he stood up the EOC for 8 days straight. Jack served as Deputy EMD for almost a decade and remains a key member of the EOC team.”

Moynihan continued:  “New Canaan is very fortunate to have an amazingly talented and experienced Emergency Operations Center team, of which Russ Kimes and Phil Sheibley have been important members.”

“I am very pleased that Russ has stepped up to lead and further serve his hometown as Emergency Management Director as he has for many years as a volunteer leader with Fire Company #1, and as he served our country as a Marine.”

“Russ and Phil will make a terrific team to keep New Canaan prepared for future emergencies and to keep our residents safe.  I personally am very grateful for their dedication and service to our community.”

For questions or additional information, please contact Mimi Pitt at 203-594-3001 or by email to mimi.pitt@newcanaanct.gov.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Public safety Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:51:23 -0400
Absentee Ballot Information for New Canaan Voters https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5543-absentee-ballot-information-for-new-canaan-voters5543-absentee-ballot-information-for-new-canaan-voters https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5543-absentee-ballot-information-for-new-canaan-voters5543-absentee-ballot-information-for-new-canaan-voters

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, CT voters have two voting options: in-person voting, and absentee voting by mail.

There will be safe, in-person voting at New Canaan’s regular polling stations, located at New Canaan High School and Saxe Middle School, from 6:00am to 8:00pm. Masks must be worn to enter the polling place, 6-foot social distancing will be enforced, and election officials will be equipped with PPE.

To vote by absentee ballot, you must first fill out an application. Absentee Ballot (AB) applications will be mailed to all registered voters after October 2nd. You are encouraged to use the postage-paid application you receive by mail because it is bar-coded especially for you, and will help election officials facilitate a smoother process. Fill it out right away, and drop it in the Official Ballot Drop Box outside Town Hall, located at the entrance off the parking lot, or drop the enclosed postage-paid envelope in the mail.

If by September 30th you do NOT receive an AB application in the mail, download an application from our Town Clerk’s “Elections” page on our town website—newcanaan.info. Fill it out right away, and drop it in the Official Ballot Drop Box outside Town Hall for free, or return by U.S. Mail with your own postage affixed to the envelope.

As soon as you receive your ballot, carefully follow the instructions for filling it out, and place it in the Official Ballot Drop Box outside Town Hall, or return it in its postage-paid envelope by U.S. Mail. Note that ballots MUST be received by the Town Clerk, or deposited in the Drop Box, by 8:00pm on Election Day. Absentee Ballots will NOT be accepted at the Polling Places.


Thursday, October 1 at 1 p.m. Explanation of the different parts of the General Election Ballot and instructions for how to fill it out – and mail it back! The League of Women Voters is an independent non-partisan organization working on vital issues of concern to the public. The League does not support or oppose candidates or political parties at any level of government. Their goal is to help citizens successfully navigate our country’s electoral and political process. For more information on the Balloting process, go to https://www.vote411.org/connecticut

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Politics Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:34:27 -0400
RVNAhealth StayWELL Services Wins ‘Provider of Choice’ Award https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5542-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award5542-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5542-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award5542-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award

RVNAhealth is pleased to announce that its StayWELL service line has received a 2020 Best of Home Care® - Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. This award recognizes the top performing non-medical home care agencies in the nation, based upon unfiltered client satisfaction feedback. The recognition is a testament to RVNAhealth’s outstanding service and high-quality caregiving teams, each dedicated to the health and well-being of their clients.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience. As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility.

“As one of only 16 home care agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of agency options in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding service. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I also extend appreciation to our incredible clients for their feedback and trust in having RVNAhealth care for them or their loved ones,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

To learn more about StayWELL services, please visit rvnahealth.org/services/stay-well/ or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:35:24 -0400
New Canaan Library Hours and Returns https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5540-new-canaan-library-hours-and-returns5540-new-canaan-library-hours-and-returns https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5540-new-canaan-library-hours-and-returns5540-new-canaan-library-hours-and-returns

New Canaan Library Hours This Week 
  • Monday: 9am – 7pm
  • Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 1pm 
You MUST wear a mask and maintain at least a 6 foot distance from others for the duration of your visit.
 
RETURNS
 
24 hour returns are available at our outdoor drive-through book drop. We are required to quarantine all returned items for up to 5 days, so they will remain on your account during that time period. We backdate all returns, so no fines will accrue during the quarantine days.
 
Visit the Library online for additional information.
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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Library) Places Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:11:48 -0400
New Canaan COVID Update: Seven New Cases, Executive Order Allowing Municipalities to Issue Fines for Failure to Wear Mask or Comply with Gathering Restrictions https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5539-new-canaan-covid-update-seven-new-cases-executive-order-allowing-municipalities-to-issue-fines-for-failure-to-wear-mask-or-comply-with-gathering-restrictions5539-new-canaan-covid-update-seven-new-cases-executive-order-allowing-municipalities-to-issue-fines-for-failure-to-wear-mask-or-comply-with-gathering-restrictions https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5539-new-canaan-covid-update-seven-new-cases-executive-order-allowing-municipalities-to-issue-fines-for-failure-to-wear-mask-or-comply-with-gathering-restrictions5539-new-canaan-covid-update-seven-new-cases-executive-order-allowing-municipalities-to-issue-fines-for-failure-to-wear-mask-or-comply-with-gathering-restrictions

This evening, Friday, September 18, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and this is First Selectman Kevin Moynihan provided the New Canaan community a COVID-19 update and reported seven new positive COVID-19 test results reported for New Canaan residents since his update last Friday. Six of the new cases are college students currently residing out of state at their schools. The seventh is a middle-age individual currently residing out of state and isolating at home.

Moynihan went on to say the following:

Our Health Department also notes that there have been 147 negative test results reported to the state Department of Public Health for New Canaan residents this past week. You can find complete information about our coronavirus cases since March on the COVID-19 page of the Town website at www.newcanaan.info.

We would like to remind all residents to please continue to practice social distancing when out in public, wearing masks when social distancing cannot be maintained, and washing or sanitizing hands frequently especially after contact with public surfaces. It is also important to remind everyone that in our downtown business district mask-wearing is required since social distancing is generally hard to achieve on busy sidewalks. We kindly ask parents to please remind your children to wear masks when downtown and not to congregate in front of businesses. We all must continue to work together to keep our community transmission of the virus low and our town safe.

This week Governor Lamont issued an Executive Order which authorizes municipalities to issue fines for violators of mask compliance and Sector Rules events guidelines. The fines are $100 for failure to wear a mask where required, $500 for hosting, sponsoring or organizing an event that is in violation of Sector Rules for indoor and outdoor events, and $250 for attending an event that is in violation of Sector Rules. As a reminder, the Sector Rules maximum capacities remain 25 for indoor events and 100 for outdoor events.

We remind you that if you travel to any of the states on the Governor’s list of coronavirus hot states (except for less than 24 hours), you must quarantine for 14 days upon your return home or fulfill the testing requirements in the new Executive Order 9B and complete the travel form found on the State website.

For the most current complete list of applicable states and to download the travel form please visit the State’s coronavirus website (https://portal.ct.gov.Coronavirus/travel). Stay safe, New Canaan.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:02:20 -0400
Double Your Gift To CT Food Bank https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/5538-double-your-gift-to-ct-food-bank5538-double-your-gift-to-ct-food-bank https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/5538-double-your-gift-to-ct-food-bank5538-double-your-gift-to-ct-food-bank

September is Hunger Action Month, and it’s your chance to make TWICE the impact in our community

If you give right now, our generous friends Mark and Patricia Beckwith will MATCH your gift up to $25,000!

The fight against hunger has never been more difficult — or more important. The COVID-19 pandemic took a devastating toll on Connecticut, costing parents their jobs and families their livelihoods.

For a limited time, every $10 you give will be matched dollar for dollar, helping provide 40 nutritious meals to families fighting painful hunger.

This Hunger Action Month, kind neighbors like you are coming together, opening their hearts, and fighting the hunger that is devastating communities. In our area, more than 130,000 additional people are facing food insecurity because of COVID-19.

Please help make this the most successful Hunger Action Month ever. There’s never been a more important time to open your heart and extend your generosity. Use the link below to Double Your Gift today!

Double My Gift

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Beverly Catchpole, Senior Director of Development, CT. Food Bank) Charities Fri, 18 Sep 2020 04:47:10 -0400
CIAC Announces Full Contact Football Canceled for 2020-2021 School Year https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5537-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year5537-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5537-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year5537-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year

CIAC Football Board of Control Update

At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full-contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.

DPH continues to recommend substituting “higher risk” athletic activities with “moderate risk” or “lower risk” options and /or postponing those activities to a later time. In alignment with those recommendations, by the end of this week, through its football committee, the CIAC will recommend low and moderate-risk football activities in which schools may continue to engage their football athletes.

“CIAC made every effort to weigh all factors in this decision, including the passionate voices of students, parents, and school personnel, and ultimately made the determination to align its decision with the recommendations of the Governor’s office and DPH to not hold high-risk sports at this time,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “In conversation with other state associations across the country, it was clear that a key factor in playing interscholastic football was alignment with the opinion of their state’s governor and state health agency.”

After consulting with DPH and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), it was apparent that CIAC’s football plan, though endorsed by the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, will not sufficiently mitigate the risk to lower the categorization of the sport from “high risk” to “moderate risk.” DPH encouraged CIAC to seek affirmation from the NFHS that its proposed mitigating strategies would meet the standards required to recategorize football from its classification as high risk. CIAC immediately consulted with the NFHS which responded by stating that, “As each state association has its own SMAC and state department of health/health agency, the NFHS SMAC will not exercise approval or disapproval of individual state guidelines.” Furthermore, in discussions with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), it was made clear to the CIAC that its members are not public health experts and, as such, on the matter of playing football, CAPSS would defer to the appropriate state and local public health authorities.

The CIAC is concerned that DPH’s recommendation to postpone higher risk sports to a later time is reserved for CIAC sanctioned interscholastic athletics. In fact, as the CIAC is not sanctioning a football season at this time, schools, with approval from their local DPH, may opt to play full contact football as a “club” sport, similar to girls ice hockey, without adherence to CIAC COVID mitigating plans. The CIAC has previously tried to make DPH and the governor’s office aware of the inconsistency that permits our same student population to engage in non-interscholastic high risk sports with less oversight and fewer COVID mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the CIAC has expressed its concern that this inconsistency promotes an inequity in sport opportunities.

In consideration of playing football at a later time, the board seeks to better understand factors such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How many sports are impacted to the extent where it cannot compete during its regularly scheduled season?

  • What other public health strategies have become available and are supported with better research?

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

  • The viability of synthetic surface fields passing the G-max test during winter months.

  • How has the COVID climate in Connecticut improved to support interscholastic high-risk athletics at a later time?

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kerry@ducey.org (CIAC Sports) Life Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:38:26 -0400