Newfairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield Fri, 04 Dec 2020 18:55:57 -0500 HamletHub.com Governor Lamont Announces Executive Order Expanding Federal Lost Wages Assistance for Low-Wage Unemployed Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48756-governor-lamont-announces-executive-order-expanding-federal-lost-wages-assistance-for-low-wage-unemployed-workers-during-covid-19-pandemic48756-governor-lamont-announces-executive-order-expanding-federal-lost-wages-assistance-for-low-wage-unemployed-workers-during-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48756-governor-lamont-announces-executive-order-expanding-federal-lost-wages-assistance-for-low-wage-unemployed-workers-during-covid-19-pandemic48756-governor-lamont-announces-executive-order-expanding-federal-lost-wages-assistance-for-low-wage-unemployed-workers-during-covid-19-pandemic

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he plans to sign an executive order that expands eligibility to the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program for Connecticut residents who did not initially qualify for the program. Due to a federal rule requiring claimants receive at least $100 per week in unemployment benefits to receive the additional LWA funding, approximately 38,000 residents were excluded from the program when it ran over six weeks late last summer. Governor Lamont’s executive order will retroactively and temporarily increase weekly unemployment benefits to $100 for most of these 38,000 residents, allowing them to qualify for the program.

“This executive order gets federal funding in the hands of residents who need it and into our economy,” Governor Lamont said. “Thanks to the hard work of our Connecticut Department of Labor, the average resident newly eligible for six weeks of Lost Wages Assistance will receive more than $2,000 that they can spend to support themselves, their family, and their community. What a difference that will make to those most in need of some good news this holiday season. To date, Connecticut has disbursed more than $5.6 billion in unemployment funding and another $327 million in Lost Wages Assistance to workers. Those numbers demonstrate just how important these programs are to residents. I thank our Congressional delegation for their hard work to pass another COVID relief bill that includes enhanced unemployment benefits. I implore Senator Mitch McConnell to stop playing political games, come to the table, and negotiate an agreement that supports our fellow citizens, who through no fault of their own now find themselves out of work during this global pandemic.”

LWA was in effect from July 26 through September 5 and offered $300 in additional weekly funding to claimants who were unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who had a minimum weekly benefit of $100 or more. Expanding access to the program will cost the UI Trust Fund an average of $43 per week per claimant. That “plus up” from the state will bring in approximately $55 million in Lost Wages Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency – a seven to one federal match. That money is expected to generate $115 million of economic activity and provide small businesses across the state with a much-needed boost in consumer spending.

“This is an important and timely benefit for tens of thousands of residents trying to make ends meet during the pandemic, many of whom are low-wage workers whose weekly benefits didn’t qualify them for the original Lost Wages Assistance program,” Connecticut Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said. “We are urging claimants who did not receive LWA over the summer to check their mail and email for instructions and apply. I applaud Governor Lamont for bringing relief to so many and ensuring Connecticut expanded the reach of this program.”

In order to receive the LWA benefits, claimants must certify that they were unemployed due to COVID for the weeks covered by Lost Wages Assistance. They will receive information and instructions by mail and email directly from the Connecticut Department of Labor beginning the week of December 7, 2020. LWA benefits and the supplemental state payments are taxable income.

For example, if a claimant has a weekly benefit amount of $60, they will receive six payments of $40 to their account. They do not have to apply for these funds. That “plus up” will allow them to then qualify for the LWA program. They must certify that they were unemployed for any (or all) of the six weeks of the Lost Wages Assistance program. A few days after they complete the certification, they will see up to six additional deposits (one per eligible week), each for $300, in their account.

The executive order will also relieve reimbursing employers from charges for the additional funds needed to get claimants to the $100 threshold. Contributing employers have already been relieved of charges under Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7W.

The Connecticut Department of Labor has information and instructions on its federal supplements webpage and will notify customers directly through email and mail. The agency reminds customers that as part of fraud prevention practices, it will never ask for personal identifying information like username, password, or Social Security number in an email. Additionally, the state agency does not send any link by email that requires a username or password. Claimants are urged to call the agency’s contact center with any questions.

It is anticipated that Governor Lamont will sign the executive order later this evening. The order will be published on the governor’s website when it has been finalized.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Fri, 04 Dec 2020 10:40:24 -0500
Tips to help people stay safe online https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/48742-tips-to-help-people-stay-safe-online48742-tips-to-help-people-stay-safe-online https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/48742-tips-to-help-people-stay-safe-online48742-tips-to-help-people-stay-safe-online

These days most people are spending more time at home and a lot more time online. Whether people are online for work, school, a virtual gathering or shopping, online security is more important than ever.

Everyone should be mindful of risks they may encounter when they share devices, shop online and interact on social media.
Taxpayers might find the online security overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Even those who aren't super tech-savvy can stay safe online.
 
Remember security is important.
No one should reveal too much information about themselves. People can keep data secure by only providing what is necessary. This reduces online exposure to scammers and criminals. For example, birthdays, addresses, age and especially Social Security numbers are some things that should not be shared freely. In fact, people should not routinely carry a Social Security card in their wallet or purse.

Use software with firewall and anti-virus protections.
People should make sure security software is always turned on and can automatically update. They should encrypt sensitive files stored on computers. Sensitive files include things like tax records, school transcripts and college applications. They should use strong, unique passwords for each account. They should also be sure all family members have comprehensive anti-virus protection for their devices, particularly on shared devices.

Learn to recognize and avoid scams.
Everyone should be on the lookout for scams. Thieves use phishing emails, threatening phone calls and texts to pose as IRS employees or other legitimate government or law enforcement agencies. People should remember to never click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails. If someone calls asking for personal information, people should not to give out such details.

  • Protect personal data.
    Adults should advise children and teens and other young users to shop at reputable online retailers. They should treat personal information like cash and shouldn’t leave it lying around.
  • Know the risk of public Wi-Fi.
    Connection to public Wi-Fi is convenient and often free, but it may not be safe. Hackers and cybercriminals can easily steal personal information from these networks. Always use a virtual private network when connecting to public Wi-Fi.

More information:
Publication 4524, Security Awareness for Taxpayers

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Public safety Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:14:51 -0500
Greater Bridgeport Symphony A Light in the Darkness Virtual Premiere on Dec. 19 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48754-greater-bridgeport-symphony-a-light-in-the-darkness-virtual-premiere-on-dec-1948754-greater-bridgeport-symphony-a-light-in-the-darkness-virtual-premiere-on-dec-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48754-greater-bridgeport-symphony-a-light-in-the-darkness-virtual-premiere-on-dec-1948754-greater-bridgeport-symphony-a-light-in-the-darkness-virtual-premiere-on-dec-19

Greater Bridgeport Symphony returns for a season unlike any in its history, announcing a groundbreaking virtual 75th season calendar, adapted for the ever-changing times. The second show of the season, A Light in the Darkness, recorded at The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, CT, will be available for at-home viewing beginning Saturday, December 19 at 7:00pm.

World-renowned conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has already begun his seventh season, but because of Covid, they won’t be live. “Most orchestras in the country have not been able to play concerts,” says Jacobsen. “It’s so special that this orchestra has come together and said ‘We will continue to have music during this time.’  We figured out a way to do it, because the music has to keep on going!”

A Light in the Darkness features two concerti by Mozart performed by 23 year-old international prodigy, pianist Tiffany Poon.  A Hong Kong native, Poon has taken the world by storm, garnering hundreds of thousands of fans from around the globe for her virtual concerts. The show will also feature twenty-seven GBS musicians, all socially distanced.  This season, GBS has adapted to the conditions of the Covid crisis and will be recording its four concerts, each with as large a contingent of musicians as possible, with health and safety concerns in the forefront.  “This stage has fit seventy of our musicians in the past, plus a hundred-member choir,”  says GBS Executive Director Mark Halstead.  “But with health restrictions, we’ll make twenty-seven fit safely.”  Many other protocols were in place to protect the health of the musicians and crew.”

GBS will release each of these concerts on the nights originally planned for live concerts, with most of the videos being filmed at The Klein Memorial Auditorium – home to the symphony since its beginnings in 1946.  GBS President Jean Moffitt is excited about this bold new venture.  She says, “we’ve never attempted anything like this before. We want people to come to these video concerts and feel at home – not just in the comfort and safety of their own homes, but with the music coming to them from the symphony’s home – so that we can help our friends feel ‘normal’ again, for a while.” 

Adding audio-video capability took months of effort and added significantly to GBS’ operating budget, but the Board of Trustees and the artistic staff were determined to make it work, not just in this year without live audiences, but into the future.  Video presentations will allow greater outreach into schools and eldercare facilities and allow GBS concerts to reach fans who have moved out of the area.  “We worried that some of our loyal fans would shy away from recorded concerts,” says Halstead.  “The first  Crescendo 75 season installment was released on Saturday evening, November 14, and was remarkably well-received.  Most of our regular subscribers came back but we saw a lot of new names coming in, even from several other states.  They liked what they saw, and it reaffirmed what we suspected:  people need this music!”

A unique preview of GBS' December 19 release of A Light in the Darkness will be a Dreamstage livestream performance on Saturday morning, December 5 at 11:00am.  Poon will perform the two Mozart concerti live from The Klein.  Tickets for the livestream are available HERE for $15. A Light in the Darkness will also showcase these pieces, combined with holiday tunes, interviews with Poon and Jacobsen, a pre-concert talk, glimpses backstage, and more.

Two other video concerts will be released on March 13, 2021 and April 17, 2021.  The March concert will feature violinist Mira Wang.  If conditions permit a greater number of musicians to perform, GBS will be able to present grander and more intricate musical selections.

The concerts and behind the scenes videos are available by eSubscription at GBS.org, or by calling (203) 576-0263.  Individual concerts are available for $23.00, Four-concert season eSubscriptions are available for $76.00.  Once released, each video is viewable by subscribers unlimited times until April 25, 2021.  Says Moffitt, “No one needs to miss a concert this season since they will be available all season long!”

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kerry@ducey.org (Julie Lichtenstein) Life Fri, 04 Dec 2020 07:51:59 -0500
State and Local Agencies Encourage Residents To Use State Resources To Find COVID-19 Testing Sites https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/48753-state-and-local-agencies-encourage-residents-to-use-state-resources-to-find-covid-19-testing-sites48753-state-and-local-agencies-encourage-residents-to-use-state-resources-to-find-covid-19-testing-sites https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/48753-state-and-local-agencies-encourage-residents-to-use-state-resources-to-find-covid-19-testing-sites48753-state-and-local-agencies-encourage-residents-to-use-state-resources-to-find-covid-19-testing-sites

Officials Urge Residents to Learn Signs of Scam Artists Conducting Testing Activities

Governor Ned Lamont is advising Connecticut residents that as demand for COVID-19 testing increases across the country, they should be on the lookout for scam artists seeking to take advantage of people most in need, including when searching for places to get tested. People in Connecticut are encouraged to use the state’s official coronavirus website – ct.gov/coronavirus – or the website of a provider like their local health clinic, hospital, or pharmacy to find a testing site. The governor said that these are reliable sources that can ensure people’s personal and health information will be protected.

“Our testing program is one of the most robust in the country,” Governor Lamont said. “It’s troubling that scam artists would try to capitalize on that, but I know our municipalities — with our support — will continue to act quickly to stop these bad actors. Our residents should never hesitate to find a test if they are experiencing symptoms, living in a densely populated area, or living in an area with an outbreak.”

COVID-19 testing sites in the state are run by institutions like hospitals, health clinics, and pharmacies that have the clinical background and appropriate licenses to oversee healthcare operations. There have been a small number of reports, most recently in Bridgeport, of pop-up testing sites claiming to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and even local public health clinics.

Here’s what Connecticut residents should know to find valid testing sites:

  • Those looking to locate testing sites are encouraged to use the testing locator feature at ct.gov/coronavirus or by call 2-1-1. Sites listed through the state have been vetted and are legitimate.
  • If residents notice a pop-up testing site that is not at a health clinic, they should check ct.gov/coronavirus or call 2-1-1 to verify the testing site’s legitimacy before giving the site any personal information.
  • People will never be asked for their social security number or financial information to get a test for COVID-19. If someone asks for this information, it is a scam.
  • People should never be asked for cash at a testing site.
  • When someone is tested for COVID-19, their information will be kept safe. The only people in touch with the patient after a test will be from their testing provider and – if the patient tests positive – a contact tracer.

If residents believe they visited a fraudulent testing site or that their information may have been compromised, they should:

  • Contact their local police department and department of public health.
  • File a complaint with the Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of Facility Licensing and Investigations at dphflisevents.ct.gov/Complaints. They may also send an email to DPH.FLISlab@ct.gov.
  • Visit identitytheft.gov to report identity theft and make a plan to protect themselves.
  • Review any bank or credit card accounts to ensure no activity looks suspicious. If something appears suspicious, they should report it to their bank or credit card company immediately.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Connecticut has been able to significantly bolster its testing capacity which has been a critical tool in defeating the spread of COVID-19,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “In recent weeks, however, we have seen scammers set up fake COVID-19 testing sites trying to cash in on this pandemic. That’s why it’s so important that all of our residents take the necessary precautions when finding a testing site. Before getting tested, verify a testing site’s legitimacy by calling 2-1-1 or checking our state website. Make sure you visit a healthcare facility like a hospital or community health center, and verify that a pop-up testing site is run by one of those trusted entities. If you are experiencing any symptoms or were exposed to someone who is positive, don’t hesitate to get tested.”

“Testing plays an important role in public health and safety during this pandemic – but it’s important that our residents have confidence in the quality and legitimacy of the site they’re visiting,” Connecticut Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “I encourage everyone to visit ct.gov/coronavirus to find a test, and to continue following public health guidelines – including staying home if you feel sick, or have a known exposure to someone who has COVID-19.”

“It is important to get tested for COVID-19, and residents should not be deterred by potential scammers,” Connecticut Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull said. “Most testing sites are legitimate, but there are some people out there who are unfortunately hoping to take advantage of a high-stress time for personal gain. We don’t want the occurrence of these scams to deter people from getting tested for COVID-19, but just as you would take steps to avoid scams in other parts of your life, it is also important to take precautions when choosing a testing site. Simple and easy steps like using ct.gov/coronavirus or calling 2-1-1 to quickly verify a testing site is legitimate is the easiest way to protect yourself. A legitimate testing site will never ask you for your social security number or bank account information or require a payment.”

“Scammers are always looking for ways to exploit crises for personal gain, and this pandemic is no different,” Attorney General William Tong said. “Through our joint state and federal COVID-19 fraud task force, we are investigating a wide range of misconduct, including healthcare fraud, price gouging, charities fraud and lending scams. If you are aware of COVID-19 related fraud or abuse, I want to know about it. The vast majority of testing sites are legitimate and licensed and no one should be deterred from getting a test. By taking basic precautions like checking first with ct.gov/coronavirus or by calling 2-1-1, you can be sure your test is safe, secure and legitimate.”

“Bridgeport residents are fortunate to have access to various official COVID-19 testing sites throughout the city,” Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said. “We remain steadfast in our efforts to encourage everyone to get tested and take precautionary measures for their health and safety. While this is our new reality we will also safeguard against any individual that illegitimately uses this crisis as an opportunity to take advantage of people who are seeking help to prevent the spread of COVID in our community.”

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Thu, 03 Dec 2020 07:02:33 -0500
Hey college students: have you seen this scam? https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/48750-hey-college-students-have-you-seen-this-scam48750-hey-college-students-have-you-seen-this-scam https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/48750-hey-college-students-have-you-seen-this-scam48750-hey-college-students-have-you-seen-this-scam

Scammers are targeting college students. In the last year, we told you about a car wrap scam and a COVID-19 scam hitting college students. Today, we want to tell you about a fake check scam.

In this one, a scammer posing as a professor sends you an email. It uses a college domain name and a format like your.name@collegename.edu. The scammer offers you a part-time job, like personal assistant or dog walker. Then, the scammer sends you a check, asks you to deposit it, send some of the money to someone else, and keep the rest as payment. A while later, the bank realizes the check was fake and deducts the original check amount from your account. So, if you deposited a $1,000 check, they’ll take that back. But if you sent $400 to someone else, you’re now out $400 of your own money.

People report losing a lot of money to fake check scams. The median loss in 2019 was $1,988. That’s a lot of money for anyone to lose. But an FTC analysis published earlier this year showed that people in their twenties are more than twice as likely as people over 30 to report losing money to fake check scams.

So how do you avoid a fake check scam? Never use money from a check to send gift cards, money orders, or wire money to someone. It’s always a scam. And, once you send the money or put it on a gift card and give someone the gift card PIN, it‘s like giving them cash. It’s almost impossible to get your money back.

Banks have to give you money from deposited checks within a few days. But if the check turns out to be a fake, they’ll make sure they get that money back from your account. The bottom line is, if someone sends you a check and tells you to send money by wire transfer or gift card — it’s a scam.

Spotted a scam like this? We want to hear about it. Let us know at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Federal Trade Commission) Public safety Thu, 03 Dec 2020 05:47:34 -0500
U.S. Department of Agriculture Approves State's Request for Disaster Designation Due to Tropical Storm Isaias https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48751-u-s-department-of-agriculture-approves-state-s-request-for-disaster-designation-due-to-tropical-storm-isaias48751-u-s-department-of-agriculture-approves-state-s-request-for-disaster-designation-due-to-tropical-storm-isaias https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48751-u-s-department-of-agriculture-approves-state-s-request-for-disaster-designation-due-to-tropical-storm-isaias48751-u-s-department-of-agriculture-approves-state-s-request-for-disaster-designation-due-to-tropical-storm-isaias

Governor Ned Lamont announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved his request for an agricultural disaster designation as a result of damage sustained from the impact of Tropical Storm Isaias in Connecticut in early August. The designation means that farmers in the state are eligible to be considered for certain federal disaster assistance, such as emergency loans, to cover production losses they experienced as a result of the storm.

The USDA approved the disaster declaration for five of Connecticut’s eight counties, including Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham Counties. However, farmers in the remaining three counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, and Tolland Counties – will still be eligible for the emergency assistance since those areas are named as contiguous disaster counties.

To apply, farmers should contact their closest Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator. All applications for disaster assistance under this declaration must be submitted within the next eight months.

“Any bit of relief from the damage sustained during this storm will be a benefit to these small business owners,” Governor Lamont said. “I appreciate the USDA for approving this designation, and I encourage any farmers who’ve experienced damage from the tropical storm to contact their nearest FSA office and apply for assistance.”

“Connecticut’s agriculture producers have weathered a number of challenges this year, including Tropical Storm Isaias,” Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt said. “The USDA disaster declaration will provide much needed assistance to ensure they have the resources available to continue their farming operations.”

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Thu, 03 Dec 2020 05:34:39 -0500
The Golf Performance Center's Custom Clubs Holiday Lookbook has Arrived! https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48755-the-golf-performance-center-s-custom-clubs-holiday-lookbook-has-arrived48755-the-golf-performance-center-s-custom-clubs-holiday-lookbook-has-arrived https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48755-the-golf-performance-center-s-custom-clubs-holiday-lookbook-has-arrived48755-the-golf-performance-center-s-custom-clubs-holiday-lookbook-has-arrived

Looking for the perfect gift for the golf lovers on your list? Check out the 2020 Holiday Lookbook from The Golf Performance Center's Custom Clubs.

Choose from gifts available for curbside pickup, gift certificates at 10% off and more including the premier gift - A Tour Fitting Experience!
 
This offseason give the gift of a tour-like equipment evaluation and club fitting experience. Spend time with a Master Club Fitter using state of the art technology at one of the northeast's premier golf facilities.
 
Browse the Lookbook here

 

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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Life Thu, 03 Dec 2020 04:21:10 -0500
Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/48752-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-160697462048752-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1606974620 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/48752-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-160697462048752-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1606974620

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Total

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)

121,426

+2,672

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

3,319,482

+41,001

Daily Test Positivity

 

6.52%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

1,202

+50

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

5,091

+51

County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:

County

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County

375

Hartford County

309

Litchfield County

21

Middlesex County

27

New Haven County

392

New London County

59

Tolland County

6

Windham County

13

Total

1,202

For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Wed, 02 Dec 2020 19:49:45 -0500
Here’s how you can check if your charitable donation are tax deductible https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48737-here-s-how-you-can-check-if-your-charitable-donation-are-tax-deductible48737-here-s-how-you-can-check-if-your-charitable-donation-are-tax-deductible https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48737-here-s-how-you-can-check-if-your-charitable-donation-are-tax-deductible48737-here-s-how-you-can-check-if-your-charitable-donation-are-tax-deductible

The arrival of the holiday season is when many people think about how they can give back. Often taxpayers want to donate to a charity. The IRS has a tool that can help people figure out if giving to their favorite cause will also give them the gift of a tax deduction.

Tax Exempt Organization Search on IRS.gov allows users to search for tax-exempt charities. Taxpayers can use this tool to determine if donations they make to an organization are tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Here are some key features and functions of the TEOS tool:

  • It provides information about an organization’s federal tax status and filings.
  • Donors can use it to confirm that an organization is tax-exempt and eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.
  • Users can find out if an organization had its tax-exempt status revoked.
  • Organizations are searchable by legal name or a doing business as name on file with the IRS.
  • The search results are sortable by name, Employee Identification Number, state and country.

Users can also download complete lists of organizations eligible to receive deductible contributions, auto-revoked organizations and e-Postcard filers using links on the Tax Exempt Organization Search page of IRS.gov.

More Information:
Tax Exempt Organization Search: Frequently Asked Questions
How the CARES Act changes deducting charitable contributions
Interactive Tax Assistant, Can I Deduct my Charitable Contributions

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Life Wed, 02 Dec 2020 09:21:49 -0500
Holiday Gifts from Around the World - Be the Best Gift Giver https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48741-holiday-gifts-from-around-the-world-be-the-best-gift-giver48741-holiday-gifts-from-around-the-world-be-the-best-gift-giver https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48741-holiday-gifts-from-around-the-world-be-the-best-gift-giver48741-holiday-gifts-from-around-the-world-be-the-best-gift-giver

I put together a list of 17 gifts from around the world to help with your holiday shopping. They’re items from my travels and gifts that were given to me that hold special meaning. 

Did you know a Japanese teapot is a symbol of friendship and would make a meaningful gift for someone who is a source of comfort and reassurance to you. Signifying strength and beauty, a Connemara marble necklace from Ireland might be just the perfect gift for someone in your life who holds those qualities.

Even though we can’t travel to the places we love, we can give holiday gifts from around the world that have meaning.  Here are 17 gifts from around the world to make your holiday shopping easier. Click on the links to read the product description. 

Boulevards and Byways is a participant in the Amazon Services, LLC Associates affiliate advertising program. It provides a means to sustain the Boulevards and Byways blog by linking to affiliate sites at no extra cost to you.

Gifts from Japan

 

 

Japanese Sushi Set

A sushi dinnerware set makes a perfect holiday gift for someone who makes their own sushi or orders take-out. Japanese traditional designs and more elaborate artistry from the delicate veins of a petal, to the care taken shading the leaves, provide an authentic feel to eating sushi at home.

The idea of meals being presented as appealing, reflective, and works of art, is derived from the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang which emphasizes balance and harmony in one’s life. Is there someone on your gift list who would appreciate a gift as meaningful as this one?

Japanese Tea Set

Sometimes, nothing’s as soothing as a good cup of tea. Green tea, often presented as a gift in Japan, symbolizes good health and longevity. A teapot is a symbol of friendship. Honor someone special in your life with a gift of a genuine Japanese tea set and green tea. This year, a gift like this may be more meaningful than ever.

                                                  Holiday Gifts from Italy

 

Olive Oil in Hand-Painted Ceramic Amphora

An amphora is a vase with a narrow neck, literally meaning, two-handled pitcher, and was one of the most useful objects in Roman antiquity. This set gives you two beautifully designed hand-painted ceramic amphoras filled with Galantino extra virgin olive oil.

Galantino olive oil is cold-pressed, cold extraction, and produced in Bisceglie, Italy. It is the region that produces more olives than anywhere in the world. For the person on your gift list who likes to cook, these will look absolutely great on the kitchen countertop.

Italian Leather

Leather is one of the most popular and sought-after specialty items from Italy. Florence became the capital of Europe’s artisan leather and has continued to provide leather goods of high quality and durability since the Middle Ages. Strength, flexibility, protection, and warmth denotes the qualities in leather and it may also be the qualities of someone on your gift list.

Murano Vase – Made in Italy

For centuries, glassmakers across Italy flocked to Venice, a key city for trade, to hone their glass blowing skills. Murano glass is only handcrafted and hand-painted on the island of Murano, Venice.

The basic material used for Murano glass production is a rock crystal commonly called quartz. If you’re into crystal healing, some feel is it has healing properties promoting wellbeing. You don't have to be into crystals to love the beauty and workmanship that goes into Murano glass. It's a meaningful gift for anyone who appreciates the fine art of glass blowing. 

Gifts from France

 

French Gourmet Caramels with French Fleur de Sel of Guerande

Bring a little bit of France to someone with a sweet tooth special this holiday season. These gourmet Fleur de Sel caramels or salty caramels are created using the finest salt from Guerande, in Brittany (western France). Salt is used metaphorically to signify permanence, loyalty, and fidelity and would be appreciated by the candy lover on your gift list.  They’re all-natural, beautifully boxed, and ready for gift-giving.

French Perfume

Perfume became popular in France in the 18th century. The aromatic plants grown in the Grasse region of France provided the perfume industry with a diverse range of pleasing scents. A special gift, perfume is something people don’t buy very often for themselves. With beautiful packaging and alluring scents, perfumes are gifts that truly make the recipient feel special. 

Holiday Gifts from Germany

German Christmas Nutcracker

Wooden nutcrackers in the form of soldiers and kings originated in various regions of Germany in the 1800s. According to German folklore, nutcrackers serve somewhat like watchdogs guarding families against danger, bringing good luck, and protecting the home. Nutcrackers are now widely popular as collector items and are meaningful and much-loved gifts.

German Christmas Ornament

The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree during the holidays goes back to 16th century Germany when they were decorated with apples. Called paradise trees, they represented the forbidden fruit from Genesis in the Bible. Later in history, apples were replaced with hand-made ornaments that were round and made of glass.

Did you know a house ornament symbolizes family shelter and protection, a bird ornament reflects happiness and joy, and a heart ornament means there's true love in the home? An ornament is a meaningful and thoughtful way to spread holiday cheer.

Gifts from Turkey

Turkish Coffee Maker & Serving Set

Turkish brewing is the oldest method of coffee preparation. The Turks perfected the process in a special coffee pot beginning in the 15th century. This stunning 16-piece Turkish coffee set is made in Turkey by Copperbulll. It’s a uniquely special holiday gift for any coffee lover.

Turkish Towels

The invention of the towel in the 17th century is associated with the city of Bursa, Turkey. Turkish towels began as a flat, woven piece of cotton or linen called a pestamel, often hand-embroidered. Incredibly soft and well-made they’re a thoughtful gift anyone would appreciate receiving. 

 

Holiday Gifts from Mexico

Handwoven Mexican Blankets

These handwoven Mexican Blankets are thick, soft, and vibrantly colored. The bright colors represent the flair and zest for life that is central to the Mexican culture. Beautifully woven by artisans on a traditional wooden loom they’re perfect for yoga, a day at the beach, camping, evening strolls, or as a great accent throw.

This is a GIFT WITH A MISSION. This Mexican Blanket is part of the Fighting Poverty Collection. Each purchase gives back through a charity partner. It’s the perfect gift choice for holidays or any other occasion.

Mexican Pottery

Talavera pottery was first introduced to Mexico in the 15th century by Spanish settlers. The pottery continues to be made using the techniques and cultural influences attained over the centuries. The colors are just incredible. I bought a bowl many years ago in Mexico has been a favorite of mine ever since.

 

Gift from Hawaii, USA

Sea Glass Necklace & Earring Set

Naturally produced sea glass originates as pieces of glass from broken bottles, broken tableware, or even shipwrecks. Rolled and tumbled in the ocean for years, the edges become rounded, and the glass gets worn and frosted in appearance. Sea Glass is well regarded as a symbol of renewal and healing, a metaphor for life. 

This necklace and earring set reflects the beautiful islands of Hawaii and brings forth the “Hawaii Aloha Spirit.” Each comes with a gift box and a ribbon, ready to give as a gift. My sea glass necklace is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. It’s light and bright and brings me joy every time I wear it.

Holiday Gifts from Ireland

 

Connemara Marble Bead Necklace

Found exclusively along Ireland’s rugged wild Atlantic coast Connemara marble is as unique as the spectacular Irish landscape it is found in. The green has almost every hue in arresting layers and patterns. Signifying strength and beauty this could be a meaningful gift for someone who exemplifies those qualities.

Aran Sweaters from Ireland

Aran is a style of sweater, known as a fisherman’s sweater, originating in the Aran Islands in Connemara off the west coast of Ireland. The natural sheep’s wool retains its oils making these sweaters waterproof and perfect for cool, crisp weather. A welcome gift for any recipient, the stitch in the sweater is symbolic of success and wealth. 

Gift from Ghana, Africa

Handmade Basket

Bolga basket weaving originated in Ghana’s Northern region, Bolgatanga. The area’s dry soil paired with erratic rainfall and harsh weather conditions makes farming challenging. Basket weaving began as a means to supplement the income of the Frafra people, the main ethnic group of Bolgatanga.

Handcrafted in Ghana, West Africa, this multipurpose basket is perfect as a beach bag or great for shopping at the local farmer’s market. Woven with natural grass, it’s dye-free. Fair Trade Certified products make meaningful gifts as they support work in safe conditions, build sustainable livelihoods, and empower communities.

2020 has been a whirlwind of a year. But, if we can’t travel to the places we love, we can, however, give meaningful holiday gifts from around the world to those who are important to us.

Gifting is so much more than just the physical exchange of objects. It can be a way to celebrate another part of the world with someone else. In addition, it’s a way to bring something new and unique into another person’s life. Most of all, it should have meaning, as the holiday gift becomes a wish for someone’s happiness.

Finding a perfect holiday gift is no easy task. However, I’m hoping my favorite holiday gifts from around the world will make your gift-giving a little bit easier. My wish for you is an abundance of joy and health for this holiday season and in the year ahead. Be sure to read How to Travel without Leaving Home.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Sandy Ruyack) Life Wed, 02 Dec 2020 07:44:34 -0500
Renegades Holiday Fair December 13th https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48740-renegades-holiday-fair-december-13th48740-renegades-holiday-fair-december-13th https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48740-renegades-holiday-fair-december-13th48740-renegades-holiday-fair-december-13th

Join the Hudson Valley Renegades For Some Holiday Fun!

On Sunday December 13th, the Renegades will be hosting a last minute holiday shopping fair and their 1st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The fair starts at 3pm and ends at 7pm at Dutchess County Stadium. Vendors will include apparel, treats, jewelry, holiday decor, masks, wreaths, ornaments, ceramics and more!
 
Admission is free but there will is a $5.00 parking fee!

Dutchess County Stadium is located at 1500 Route 9D in Fishkill, NY

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Hudson Valley Renegades) Life Wed, 02 Dec 2020 07:37:49 -0500
Color For Santa Online Raffle https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48747-color-for-santa-online-raffle48747-color-for-santa-online-raffle https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48747-color-for-santa-online-raffle48747-color-for-santa-online-raffle

New Fairfield Lions Club's "Color For Santa" Online Coloring Raffle 2020
 
The New Fairfield Lions Club is sponsoring a "Color For Santa" online coloring raffle this year. Children of all ages are invited to enter!
Simply go to the New Fairfield Lions Club's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/newfairfieldlionsclub ; or go to our website at: 
e-clubhouse.org/sites/newfairfieldct ; to download the coloring sheets. Choose which one fits your child's, or your, artistic level. The coloring sheets vary from easy to difficult. Be creative and color in one of the coloring raffle sheets. When done, scan or take a picture of your coloring sheet, filled in with your child's, or your name, and contact information, and email it to: NewFairfieldCTLionsClub@gmail.com  to enter.
All coloring raffle sheets must be received by email no later than Friday, December 18, 2020 to be eligible to win. All raffle sheets will be sorted by age groups and gender and placed into separate raffle bins. There will be 6 winners chosen, one girl and one boy from each age group. Group 1: Up to 5 years old, Group 2: 6 to 10 years old and Group 3: 11 years and older. Each winner will receive a gift bag delivered to their home by Santa and our New Fairfield Lions Club Mascot before Christmas.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the New Fairfield Lions Club's Annual Breakfast with Santa had to be postponed until December 2021.
This year's coloring raffle was created to keep part of this annual Lions Club tradition available to you online and in the safety of your home. This is a Free event.
Like many non-profit organizations, the New Fairfield Lions Club had to cancel or postpone most of our fundraising events in 2020, including the Annual Lions Carnival, Car Show and Breakfast with Santa. If you are financially able and would like to make a donation to support the New Fairfield Lions Club, please mail in a check made payable to: New Fairfield Lions Club, P.O. 8106, New Fairfield, CT 06812. All funds collected will go to support the Charitable Endeavors of the New Fairfield Lions Club. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing all of you again at one of our Lions Club's events in 2021.

 

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tgigraphics@aol.com (John Tomaino) Life Wed, 02 Dec 2020 05:09:26 -0500
Lamont Announces Delivery of 141,000 Laptops To PK-12 Students In Need https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48749-lamont-announces-delivery-of-141-000-laptops-to-pk-12-students-in-need48749-lamont-announces-delivery-of-141-000-laptops-to-pk-12-students-in-need https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48749-lamont-announces-delivery-of-141-000-laptops-to-pk-12-students-in-need48749-lamont-announces-delivery-of-141-000-laptops-to-pk-12-students-in-need

Connecticut is the First State in Nation To Provide Access To Learning Devices for All PK-12 Students in Need

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that Connecticut is the first state in the nation to provide a learning device to every PK-12 student in need, achieving a major milestone in the fight to close the K-12 digital divide in Connecticut, particularly as many schools move toward remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor committed to closing the state’s PK-12 digital divide by purchasing every student who indicated a need with a learning device and a reliable, at-home internet connection.

Since the outset of the pandemic earlier this year, every local school district has been sharing data with the State Department of Education on the number of students who indicated that they were without a learning device or internet connection in their homes. Using this data, the nonprofit organization Partnership for Connecticut spent $24 million in March to provide 60,000 laptops to high school students in need. In July, Governor Lamont launched the Everybody Learns initiative, which included a $43.5 million investment from the state’s portion of the federal CARES Act, to purchase 82,000 laptops and 44,000 at-home internet connections for Connecticut students. Combined, these two initiatives have invested more money per student in remote learning since March than all but two other states in the nation and makes Connecticut a leader among Northeast states.

“One of my top priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic has been to minimize learning disruptions for Connecticut students and see that every K-12 student has the educational technologies they need to thrive in school,” Governor Lamont said. “Over the past eight months, we made significant progress in closing digital divides, especially for students of color and those in low-income communities. The work does not end here. My administration will continue to fight to ensure every last student in Connecticut receives a high-quality education, whether in person or remotely. I also want to extend my warmest thanks to Barbara and Ray Dalio for their partnership with the state and generosity in ensuring our neediest high school students received 60,000 laptops at the outset of this pandemic.”

“One of the core lessons learned from last spring was that we must aggressively tackle our PK-12 digital divide if remote learning was part of our future normal,” Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said. “Under the leadership of Governor Lamont and through the partnership of Ray and Barbara Dalio and so many committed stakeholders, we did that by collectively expanding access to devices and connectivity to help level the playing field and address the disparities exacerbated by the pandemic. We are now leading the nation in removing the tech barriers that stood in the way of every child receiving a world-class education. While today’s milestone is one to be celebrated, we need to continue leading with a laser-like focus on accelerating learning and prioritizing equitable access to high quality content, especially for our most vulnerable students.”

“Achieving this milestone in closing the digital divide for our PK-12 students is a reflection of the achievements we can make when we all come together and step up for our students,” Melissa McCaw, Secretary of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, said. “There are few responsibilities more important to the State of Connecticut than devoting our resources to ensure all students can access educational opportunities in the midst of a public health pandemic and that is why Connecticut devoted $266 million of its CARES Act funds to support our schools during this challenging time – one of the highest per-pupil allocations of this money of any state in the country. Investing in our children and closing this digital divide was an absolute necessity and is indicative of Connecticut’s commitment to building upon its status as one of the best states for public education in the country both for learning in the classroom and at home.”

Educational ambassadors across the nation extended congratulations to Connecticut on this milestone in educational equity.

“I applaud Governor Ned Lamont and all of Connecticut for being the first state in the nation to achieve this milestone in ending the digital divide,” Arne Duncan, former U.S. Education Secretary under President Barack Obama, said. “This pandemic has made it abundantly clear that in the 21st century, all students deserve access to the educational resources they need to thrive not only in the classroom but also at home. Thanks to the remarkable work of Governor Lamont and the State of Connecticut, our nation is one step closer to closing our digital divide and achieving equitable educational opportunities for all students.”

“I applaud Governor Ned Lamont and the State of Connecticut for their extraordinary fight to provide internet access and devices to all students in the Nutmeg State,” Adam Safir, director of the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, said. “The innovative public-private partnerships and bulk purchasing models they developed to help Connecticut students learn anytime, anywhere are great examples of putting CARES Act funding to its best use.”

“Closing the digital divide is vital to ensuring students’ ability to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic,” John B. King Jr., president and CEO of The Education Trust and former U.S. Education Secretary under President Obama, said. “I want to commend Governor Lamont and the leaders of Connecticut’s school system for working together with philanthropic and private sector partners to implement a plan that will provide a device and home internet access to every student in the state. These resources are most essential for students who are too often shortchanged. I encourage the governor and leaders to prioritize the continuous engagement and learning of Connecticut’s most underserved students.”

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Wed, 02 Dec 2020 05:01:24 -0500
Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48748-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-160688197348748-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1606881973 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/48748-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-160688197348748-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1606881973

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Total

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)

118,754

+1,459

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

3,278,481

+24,831

Daily Test Positivity

 

5.88%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

1,152

+54

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

5,040

+20

County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:

County

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County

346

Hartford County

297

Litchfield County

15

Middlesex County

31

New Haven County

383

New London County

61

Tolland County

5

Windham County

14

Total

1,152

For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Governor Lamont signs 83rd executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 83rd since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 9O enacts the following provisions:

  • Flexibility in hiring short-term substitute teachers: Allows the commissioner of the State Department of Education to suspend the statutory requirement that local school districts request and receive a waiver from the commissioner to hire short-term substitute teachers who do not have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Sale of alcoholic liquor at virtual events by charitable organizations permitted: Modifies certain state laws to enable charitable organizations to sell alcoholic liquor for off-premise consumption as part of virtual fundraising events.
  • Resumption of certain Judicial Branch requirements and deadlines: Amends previously enacted executive orders to resume statutory requirements and deadlines related to Supreme and Appellate Court operations and related to offers of compromise.

Weekly update to Connecticut’s travel advisory: No changes made this week

The State of Connecticut’s travel advisory – which directs incoming travelers from states and territories with a significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period – is remaining the same this week as no locations are being added or removed. The list is updated once per week every Tuesday.

As of today, the full list of impacted locations under the travel advisory includes:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Delaware
  8. Florida
  9. Georgia
  10. Guam
  11. Idaho
  12. Illinois
  13. Indiana
  14. Iowa
  15. Kansas
  16. Kentucky
  17. Louisiana
  18. Maine
  19. Maryland
  20. Massachusetts
  21. Michigan
  22. Minnesota
  23. Mississippi
  24. Missouri
  25. Montana
  26. Nebraska
  27. Nevada
  28. New Hampshire
  29. New Mexico
  30. North Carolina
  31. North Dakota
  32. Ohio
  33. Oklahoma
  34. Oregon
  35. Pennsylvania
  36. Puerto Rico
  37. South Carolina
  38. South Dakota
  39. Tennessee
  40. Texas
  41. Utah
  42. Vermont
  43. Virgin Islands
  44. Virginia
  45. Washington
  46. West Virginia
  47. Wisconsin
  48. Wyoming

The requirement to quarantine applies to any person traveling into Connecticut from one of the impacted locations. Impacted locations include those – other than the neighboring states of New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island – that have a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, and countries for which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice.

Anyone arriving to Connecticut from any of the impacted locations is required to complete a travel health form upon their arrival. The form can be filled out online at ct.gov/travelform.

For the most up-to-date information on the regional travel advisory, including an extensive list of frequently asked questions, visit ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:05:36 -0500
Lamont Announces Recipients of $9 Million in Grants To Support the Arts Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/48745-lamont-announces-recipients-of-9-million-in-grants-to-support-the-arts-community-during-the-covid-19-pandemic48745-lamont-announces-recipients-of-9-million-in-grants-to-support-the-arts-community-during-the-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/48745-lamont-announces-recipients-of-9-million-in-grants-to-support-the-arts-community-during-the-covid-19-pandemic48745-lamont-announces-recipients-of-9-million-in-grants-to-support-the-arts-community-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Governor Ned Lamont has announced that 154 nonprofit arts organizations in Connecticut will be receiving $9 million in grants this month under a program initiated by his administration to provide support to the state’s arts community amid the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID Relief Fund for the Arts, which is administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), was created to support arts nonprofits that:

  • Are performing arts centers, schools of the arts, or performing groups for whom grants will make a difference in terms of survival or rehiring; and
  • Have had to curtail operations for a period of time due to the pandemic and which have had limited ability to reopen due to pandemic restrictions or have had to pivot their service delivery due to pandemic restrictions.

Qualifying organizations will receive a base grant of $5,000. For organizations that have raised funds between March 10 and November 1, 2020, the program will offer a supplemental match of up to 50 percent of contributed income during that period. The program uses federal CARES Act funding from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

“Connecticut’s arts community provides an incredible amount of good for our state and supports thousands of jobs,” Governor Lamont said. “Like nearly every segment of our communities, many of nonprofit arts organizations are struggling to recover from its impact. These grants will provide some needed support so that these groups can continue providing the services in our state that on which many depend.”

“The year 2020 has presented unprecedented challenges to Connecticut’s arts organizations and they have risen to the occasion in every possible way,” Liz Shapiro, DECD’s Director of Arts, Preservation, and Museums, said. “These organizations play a critical role in shaping the character of our communities, providing forums for engaging public dialogue, and positively impacting the economy. While we are thrilled to offer this support, it is important to understand that this funding, while certainly helpful, does not solve these organizations’ financial challenges. I strongly encourage residents and donors to do everything they can to support these organizations in the months ahead.”

The recipients are as follows:

  • 1214 Foundation (aka NewArts), Newtown, $11,700
  • ACT of Connecticut, Ridgefield, $221,000
  • ActUp Theater, Hartford, $12,700
  • American Baroque Orchestra, North Haven, $5,000
  • Amity Teen Center, Woodbridge, $11,500
  • Architecture Resource Center, New Haven, $7,700
  • ARTFARM, Middletown, $7,100
  • Artists Collective, Hartford, $14,700
  • Artreach, Norwich, $9,400
  • Arts Escape, Southbury, $6,800
  • Arts for Learning Connecticut, Hamden, $57,400
  • ASAP!, Washington Depot, $52,100
  • BackCountry Concerts (aka BackCountry Jazz), Greenwich, $31,400
  • Ballet Theatre Company, West Hartford, $18,700
  • Broadway Method Academy, Fairfield, $8,600
  • Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, $43,200
  • Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Middletown, $8,600
  • CAPA/Shubert Theatre, New Haven, $118,800
  • Cappella Cantorum, Madison, $6,900
  • CAST Children’s Theater, Manchester, $15,700
  • Center Stage Theatre, Shelton, $32,100
  • Charter Oak Performing Arts (aka Connecticut Gay Men's Chorus), New Haven, $10,000
  • Community Music School, Centerbrook, $19,900
  • CONCORA, Hartford, $14,000
  • Connecticut Academy for the Arts, Torrington, $9,700
  • Connecticut Ballet, Hartford, $18,200
  • Connecticut Chamber Choir, Trumbull, $5,600
  • Connecticut Dance School, Fairfield, $9,700
  • Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps, Seymour, $11,300
  • Connecticut Players Foundation (aka Long Wharf Theatre), New Haven, $551,400
  • Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra, Windsor, $6,700
  • Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, New Britain, $18,100
  • Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, $77,300
  • Crescendo, Lakeville, $7,600
  • Crystal Theatre, Norwalk, $9,000
  • Cuatro Puntos, Hartford, $17,100
  • Curtain Call, Stamford, $81,300
  • Danbury Music Centre, Danbury, $38,000
  • Darien Arts Center, Darien, $41,700
  • Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport, $39,200
  • Eastern Connecticut Ballet, East Lyme, $21,600
  • Eastern Connecticut Symphony, New London, $56,700
  • Eli Whitney Workshop, Hamden, $84,000
  • Elm Shakespeare Company, New Haven, $45,200
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, $376,200
  • Fairfield County Children's Choir, Fairfield, $8,100
  • Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield, $106,400
  • Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, $15,400
  • Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, Torrington, $42,700
  • Flock Theatre, New London, $59,600
  • Friends of Madison Youth, Madison, $5,800
  • Friends of the Levitt Pavilion, Westport, $55,200
  • Garde Arts Center, New London, $182,800
  • Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, East Haddam, $532,100
  • Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Bridgeport $43,000
  • Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras, Fairfield, $44,400
  • Greater Middletown Chorale, Middletown, $13,800
  • Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich, $11,500
  • Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, $14,000
  • Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich, $19,300
  • Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theater, West Cornwall, $6,300
  • Guilford Art Center, Guilford, $63,300
  • HartBeat Ensemble, Hartford, $23,700
  • Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, Hartford, $26,600
  • Hartford Chorale, Hartford, $15,100
  • Hartford Performs, Hartford, $72,100
  • Hartford Stage , Hartford, $542,200
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hartford, $326,600
  • Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation, Hartford, $480,900
  • Hygienic Art, New London, $13,700
  • INTEMPO, Stamford, $63,600
  • Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton, $125,900
  • JIB Productions (aka Play With Your Food), Westport, $11,900
  • Judy Dworin Performance Project, Hartford, $37,000
  • Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook, $111,300
  • Klein Memorial Auditorium Foundation, Bridgeport, $58,500
  • Landmark Community Theatre, Thomaston, $29,900
  • Legacy Theatre, Branford, $17,700
  • Litchfield Performing Arts, Litchfield, $26,100
  • Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester, $30,800
  • Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, $23,200
  • Madison Lyric Stage, Madison, $12,200
  • Main Street Ballet Company, Woodbury, $6,200
  • Mariachi Academy of New England, Hartford, $7,200
  • Maurice C. La Grua Center, Stonington, $38,000
  • Milford Arts Council, Milford, $24,700
  • MOCA WESTPORT, Westport, $97,700
  • Music Haven, New Haven, $101,100
  • Music Mountain, Falls Village, $23,000
  • Music on the Hill, Wilton, $13,200
  • Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, $44,600
  • Mystic Ballet, Stonington, $48,000
  • Neighborhood Music School, New Haven, $166,900
  • Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Bridgeport, $30,900
  • New Canaan Society for the Arts (aka Carriage Barn Arts Center), New Canaan, $15,600
  • New Haven Ballet, New Haven, $13,900
  • New Haven Chorale, New Haven, $30,200
  • New Haven Symphony Orchestra, New Haven, $219,300
  • Newington Children's Theatre Company, Newington, $8,300
  • Norwalk Symphony Society, Norwalk, $25,100
  • Norwalk Youth Symphony, Norwalk, $14,600
  • Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, Torrington, $31,000
  • Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, Bristol, $10,000
  • Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, Middletown, $28,900
  • Open Arts Alliance, Greenwich, $9,700
  • Opera House Players, Enfield,$6,000
  • Opera Theater of Connecticut, Clinton, $9,100
  • Our House Meriden, Meriden, $7,600
  • Palace Theater Group, Waterbury, $149,700
  • Pantochino Productions, Milford, $13,000
  • Pilobolus, Washington Depot, $97,300
  • Playhouse Theatre Group, West Hartford, $74,500
  • Real Art Ways, Hartford, $153,700
  • Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Ridgefield, $30,400
  • Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, $14,300
  • Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, Ridgefield, $186,400
  • Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield, $25,000
  • Ridgefield Workshop for the Performing Arts (aka Ridgefield Theater Barn), Ridgefield,$16,300
  • Rowayton Arts Center, Norwalk, $17,300
  • Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury, $37,000
  • Shakesperience Productions, Waterbury, $26,200
  • Sherman Chamber Ensemble, New Milford, $8,600
  • Sherman Players, Sherman, $6,300
  • Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, $57,900
  • Simsbury Performing Arts Center, Simsbury, $19,000
  • Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Hartford, $21,600
  • Southington Community Cultural Arts, Southington, $36,200
  • Square Foot Theatre Company, Wallingford, $9,500
  • Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford, $50,000
  • Stamford Symphony, Stamford, $185,600
  • Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Old Greenwich, $6,600
  • Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan, $46,600
  • Thames Valley Music School, New London, $11,200
  • TheaterWorks Hartford, Hartford, $264,900
  • Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut (aka The Bradley Playhouse), Putnam, $17,800
  • Thrown Stone Theatre Company, Ridgefield, $5,900
  • Treetops Chamber Music Society, Stamford, $8,100
  • Tri State Center for the Arts, Sharon, $58,900
  • Trinity-on-Main, New Britain, $13,900
  • Vernon Community Arts Center (aka Arts Center East), Vernon, $9,500
  • Village Center for the Arts, New Milford, $16,600
  • Voice of Art, Cheshire, $7,700
  • Wall Street Theater, Norwalk, $6,800
  • Wallingford Community Theatre, Wallingford, $8,400
  • Warner Theatre, Torrington, $193,600
  • Waterbury Ballet Company (aka Brass City Ballet), Middlebury, $14,300
  • Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Waterbury, $57,000
  • Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, $15,800
  • West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, $18,400
  • Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Ridgefield, $14,900
  • Westport Community Theatre, Westport, $5,500
  • Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, $365,800
  • Whitney Players, Hamden, $11,100
  • Writer's Block Ink, New London, $11,100
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