Newfairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield Fri, 07 May 2021 21:45:01 -0400 HamletHub.com Lamont Announces Partnership With Nine Historically African American Fraternities and Sororities To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49413-lamont-announces-partnership-with-nine-historically-african-american-fraternities-and-sororities-to-encourage-covid-19-vaccinations49413-lamont-announces-partnership-with-nine-historically-african-american-fraternities-and-sororities-to-encourage-covid-19-vaccinations https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49413-lamont-announces-partnership-with-nine-historically-african-american-fraternities-and-sororities-to-encourage-covid-19-vaccinations49413-lamont-announces-partnership-with-nine-historically-african-american-fraternities-and-sororities-to-encourage-covid-19-vaccinations

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Public Health is partnering with the Connecticut chapters of nine historically African American, Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities to further combat COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and increase access to the vaccine within the state’s Black and Brown communities.

The partnership stems from the Department of Public Health’s Trusted Messenger Forum program, which works to train and provide trusted community leaders with messaging toolkits and methods to combat myths and misinformation with factual and scientific information about the COVID-19 vaccines. As a result of this partnership, the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities will be holding a series of free town hall events that will include discussions with well-known doctors, clinicians, and public servants who are members of each of the nine sororities and fraternities and serve as trusted messengers on the vaccines.

“Our administration is determined to reach out to every single person we can, particularly those within communities that have historically been medically underserved, so that we can increase access to this lifesaving vaccine and provide factual information that dispels myths,” Governor Lamont said. “This partnership is about stepping up to help our communities understand the vaccine, and provide a direct connection to medical experts who can build trust in our health care system. I’m particularly appreciative of the Connecticut chapters of these nine fraternities and sororities for standing up, taking leadership, and doing what is right for their members and allies.”

“The Black community has been hit hard by COVID-19, and the vaccine is proving to be one of the most effective tools we have against it,” Connecticut Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “At the Department of Public Health, we are pleased to be working with community leaders like the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities to make sure everyone has factual, accurate information so that they can decide whether to get the vaccine. We worked with these fraternities and sororities through our Trusted Messenger Forums and are very excited that they will be spreading the word to Connecticut’s Black communities about the vaccines and nearby vaccine clinics with their upcoming public forums.”

The fraternities and sororities partnering in this initiative include: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta. These organizations, most of which have been in in existence for over 100 years, share the common goal to promote civic and social change through scholarship, advocacy and community service. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Epsilon Omicron Omega Chapter has taken the lead in this effort to move this initiative forward in Connecticut.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Epsilon Omicron Omega Chapter has been serving the Greater Hartford area for 71 years, and is the sororities’ first graduate chapter in Connecticut,” Josie Wright, President AKA Inc, Epsilon Omicron Omega Chapter, said. “This year, Alpha Kappa Alpha is answering the call by leading this initiative to form an expert panel of medical professionals with members from each of the nine sororities and fraternities. This panel is designed to share factual information and dismantle concerns surrounding the COVID Vaccine within the communities we serve.”

The schedule of the virtual town hall events is as follows:

  • Kick-off town hall panel: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 7:00-8:30PM (Join the Webinar Meeting ID: 841 4616 0120 Passcode: 678815)
  • Community town hall event: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 6:30-8:00PM (Join the Webinar Meeting ID: 841 4616 0120 Passcode: 678815)
  • Community town hall event: Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6:30-8:00PM (Join the Webinar Meeting ID: 841 4616 0120 Passcode: 678815)
  • Community town hall event: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 6:30-8:00PM (Join the Webinar Meeting ID: 841 4616 0120 Passcode: 678815)
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Fri, 07 May 2021 13:41:46 -0400
The FTC weighs in on repair restrictions https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/49410-the-ftc-weighs-in-on-repair-restrictions49410-the-ftc-weighs-in-on-repair-restrictions https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/49410-the-ftc-weighs-in-on-repair-restrictions49410-the-ftc-weighs-in-on-repair-restrictions

When you buy a new smartphone, computer, home appliance, or other product, you may not always think about whether it can be fixed if it breaks or has an issue. But here’s the thing: some manufacturers prevent you from fixing the things you buy. They might do things like gluing in batteries, limiting the availability of spare parts, and not giving you the repair instructions and software to help figure out the problem.  

The FTC released a report today about repair restrictions and how they limit your ability to fix products that break. The report suggests what the FTC, lawmakers, and manufacturers can do to make it easier for you to fix the things that you own.

But there are some things that you can do yourself. Before you buy, do some research online to find out:

  • What is the average lifespan of the product?
  • What is likely to go wrong with it if it breaks?
  • How hard will it be to fix the problem?

Here’s something else to know, in case you find yourself in this situation. Let’s say you took a product to an independent repair shop to fix or maintain it. Then later you go to the product’s manufacturer for a repair — but one not related to the earlier fix. If that repair is covered by your warranty, and if your warranty hasn’t expired, the manufacturer can’t refuse to make the repair.

If you’re told that your warranty was voided or that it will be voided because of independent repair, we want to hear about it. Report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Emily Wu Attorney, Federal Trade Commission) Public safety Fri, 07 May 2021 04:22:39 -0400
Broadway To Re-Open September 13th at 100% Capacity https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49414-broadway-to-re-open-september-13th-at-100-capacity49414-broadway-to-re-open-september-13th-at-100-capacity https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49414-broadway-to-re-open-september-13th-at-100-capacity49414-broadway-to-re-open-september-13th-at-100-capacity

Beginning May 6 and Throughout May, Broadway Tickets Go on Sale for Shows Starting September 14 

Tickets Will Be Made Available at 100% of Theater Capacity 

Productions, Theaters, and Attendees Subject to State's Health Guidance

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo just announced that Broadway will fully reopen its doors this September, in accordance with the State's health and safety guidance. Beginning May 6, and throughout May, tickets for Broadway shows - which begin September 14, 2021 - will be made available for sale at 100 percent of theater capacity. Today's announcement builds upon the reopening of performing arts and live entertainment venues at limited capacities last month and further sets the stage for Broadway shows to return to theaters throughout the fall. 

"Broadway is at the core of our New York identity, and a big part of our economy which employees countless performers and show creators, and beginning this September, the show will go on," Governor Cuomo said. "Visitors from all around the world have come to New York to experience the arts and culture and see iconic performances on Broadway, and sadly, the pandemic put this unique New York experience on pause. Thankfully, as we continue to monitor the data and reopen our economy, we are now on track to allow full capacity performances on Broadway to resume beginning this September, bringing back this beloved world-famous attraction."

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said, "On behalf of the nearly 100,000 people who make their living on Broadway - on stage, backstage, and throughout the city and state - we are immensely gratified by the support of Governor Cuomo today. Restarting Broadway is a complex endeavor, requiring long lead times for productions the need to reconnect with a sustaining audience from across the country and around the world. Today's green light by the Governor to put our shows on sale now for the fall is vital to our success. Broadway is the beating heart of NYC tourism and we can't wait for the day soon when our hearts will beat before a live joyful audience."

Sarah Bareilles, singer, songwriter, actress and composer and lyrist for the Broadway musical Waitress, said, "The Broadway community and its legions of fans have something to celebrate!  The news we've been waiting for has finally arrived.  By the time we get to the Fall, nearly 18 months will have passed since my fellow actors, musicians and crew members have been able to do what we love most: perform live to a theatre full of New York audiences.  It's time to get back to work, and I can't wait to be back on stage very soon. Nothing beats Broadway and it's coming back stronger than ever."

The State will continue to work closely with Broadway industry partners to plan for the safe, successful return of this world-class cultural experience.  As public health conditions and the State's guidance for performing arts and live entertainment changes, Broadway stakeholders will remain flexible and adapt to applicable health protocols, such as face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection. 

The availability of advance sale tickets and marketing for shows begins the months-long process of reopening to full capacity, building momentum to sustain many long and successful Broadway runs.  The Governor, Department of Health, Empire State Development, and State agency partners join with the industry in their commitment to creating safe and heathy environments for audiences, performers, and employees to enjoy, perform, and work.  If performances need to be postponed due to the public health conditions, theaters have planned to offer customer-friendly refunds and exchange policies. 

To support the performance industry in New York City, the FY 2022 enacted budget included $1 billion in Small Business and Arts Relief and Recovery Assistance, which includes the New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit Program which provides up to $100 million in tax credits to jump start the industry and revitalize tourism in New York City. Under this program, productions which have their first performance scheduled through December 2022 are eligible for a 25 percent credit on eligible costs. 

Prior to the pandemic, almost 250,000 people were seeing a Broadway show every week.  Broadway supports nearly 97,000 local jobs and contributes about $14.7 billion every year to the New York City economy. For more information, please visit the Broadway League, the industry's trade association, at their website: www.broadway.org/

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Events Thu, 06 May 2021 14:35:12 -0400
Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49411-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-162033689149411-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1620336891 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49411-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-162033689149411-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1620336891

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 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021:

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)

342,282

+711

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

8,806,845

+36,968

Daily Test Positivity

--

1.92%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

324

-9

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

8,131

+7

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

County

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County

92

Hartford County

77

Litchfield County

3

Middlesex County

6

New Haven County

118

New London County

22

Tolland County

1

Windham County

5

Total

324

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.”

Data updates on vaccine administration in Connecticut

The following data represents the total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Connecticut, as reported to the state as of today:

Dose

Total Administered

First dose administered

1,939,401*

Fully vaccinated

1,467,381*

Total doses administered

3,289,783*

*A total of 116,999 doses of the single-dose J&J vaccine are included in all three categories

The Lamont administration anticipates that Connecticut will reach 70% of all adults in the state having received at least one dose by the end of this week.

All Connecticut residents over the age of 16 are currently eligible to receive the vaccines. To locate a vaccination clinic, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.

Data updates on variants in Connecticut

The following data contains the cumulative number of SARS-CoV-2 variants that have been identified among Connecticut residents as of today:

Variants of concern

  • B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom): 1,849 cases
  • B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa): 23 cases
  • P.1 (first detected in Brazil): 40 cases
  • B.1.427 (first detected in California): 62 cases
  • B.1.429 (first detected in California): 130 cases

Variants of interest

  • B.1.526 (first detected in New York): 637 cases
  • B.1.526.1 (first detected in New York): 152 cases
  • B.1.525 (first detected in Africa and Europe): 13 cases
  • P.2 (first detected in Brazil): 7 cases
  • B.1.617 (first detected in India): 0 cases
  • B.1.617.1 (first detected in India): 0 cases
  • B.1.617.2 (first detected in India): 1 case
  • B.1.617.3 (first detected in India): 0 cases

Substitutions of Therapeutic Concern

  • E484K: 557 cases
  • L452R: 351 cases

For more information on variants, see page 7 of this week’s extended COVID-19 data report.

Weekly update on the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes and assisted living facilities

The following documents contain the weekly data regarding each of the nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Connecticut that have reported positive cases of COVID-19 among their residents. The data is presented as it was reported to the state by each of the facilities.

Weekly update of the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Alert Map: 55 of 169 municipalities in red zone alert level

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today released its weekly COVID-19 Alert Map, which indicates that 55 of 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are currently in the red zone alert level, the highest of the state’s four alert levels.

The color-coded zones include:

  • Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
  • Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
  • Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
  • Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

The weekly alert map is also accompanied by a chart that provides guidance on recommended actions based on the alert levels for individual residents; institutions such as schools, houses of worship, and community organizations; and municipal leaders and local health directors.

The COVID-19 Alert Map is updated every Thursday afternoon and can be found within the Data Tracker page of the state’s coronavirus website at ct.gov/coronavirus.

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 Thu, 06 May 2021 14:34:43 -0400
NF Town Park Beach Opening... Summer Concerts... and More.... https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49409-nf-town-park-beach-opening-summer-concerts-and-more49409-nf-town-park-beach-opening-summer-concerts-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49409-nf-town-park-beach-opening-summer-concerts-and-more49409-nf-town-park-beach-opening-summer-concerts-and-more

Registration for summer camps is now open and there a limited number of spots open- register on-line soon! Daycamp is for K-6th grade from 8:30AM-3:30PM June 28-July 30th. Various sport camps are also available including soccer, track and multi sport. Reminder - your phone number is your password and your email is your username for on-line registrations.

The NF Beach will be open Memorial Day Weekend 10:30-6PM- season beach passes are available on-line ** reservations are NO longer needed.

Our summer concert series will begin on June 24th @ 6:30PM featuring On the Road Again and East Lake Ramblers . All Covid guidelines will be followed at P & R programs. For info go to parksandrec.newfairfield.org and follow us on facebook

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Town of New Fairfield Parks and Recreation) Events Thu, 06 May 2021 12:57:36 -0400
Let Aversano's Help You Celebrate Mother's Day https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/49408-let-aversano-s-help-you-celebrate-mother-s-day49408-let-aversano-s-help-you-celebrate-mother-s-day https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/49408-let-aversano-s-help-you-celebrate-mother-s-day49408-let-aversano-s-help-you-celebrate-mother-s-day

Aversano's Restaurant will be open at 75% capacity on Mother’ Days with their full regular menu along with several specials. Enjoy one of their house-made Peach Sangrias with a great meal. Full bar service will also be available.

Reservations are required for indoor or outdoor table seating on Mother’s Day.

Aversano's is open for all your catering and dining needs.

Take out is available but orders should be placed by Thursday May 7th. 

Delivery, take-out, & curbside pickup will be available as are cocktails to go.

Don’t forget Aversano’s offers catering as well!

Need a gift for mom? Aversano's Gift Cards - Order Online!

 

Aversano's Restaurant 

1620 Route 22 (Towne Centre)

Brewster, NY 10509

www.AversanosRestaurant.com 

Join Aversano's email club to receive emails with discounts and offers.

 (845) 279-2233

Order Mom a delicious meal from Aversano’s.

Place your order today for pick up or delivery.

845-279-2233

www.aversanosrestaurant.com Aversano’s is located at 1620 NY-22, Brewster, NY 10509

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (HH) Places Thu, 06 May 2021 11:54:20 -0400
Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Exceeds Five-Year Goal for Increasing Diversity in the Educator Workforce https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/49407-governor-lamont-announces-connecticut-exceeds-five-year-goal-for-increasing-diversity-in-the-educator-workforce49407-governor-lamont-announces-connecticut-exceeds-five-year-goal-for-increasing-diversity-in-the-educator-workforce https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/49407-governor-lamont-announces-connecticut-exceeds-five-year-goal-for-increasing-diversity-in-the-educator-workforce49407-governor-lamont-announces-connecticut-exceeds-five-year-goal-for-increasing-diversity-in-the-educator-workforce

Governor Ned Lamont has announced that over the last five years, school districts in Connecticut have hired more than 1,900 educators of color, exceeding the goal set by the State Board of Education to increase the number of educators of color by 10% – approximately 1,000 positions – between 2017 and 2021.

The governor said that while this five-year goal has been met, his administration will continue pursuing policies that do more to close the existing gap between educators and students of color so the workforce better reflects the diversity of the students in the classroom.

“Numerous studies have shown that students of color achieve better educational outcomes when they have teachers of color in the classroom, and as our student body becomes more diverse we should be doing everything we can to reflect that diversity among the educators who are mentoring and inspiring our next generation of young people,” Governor Lamont said. “All students, no matter their background, benefit from having a diverse classroom experience.”

“We recognize that we must continue to build upon and accelerate our efforts to cultivate and support the next generation of highly-effective and diverse aspiring educators,” Connecticut Acting Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker said. “Diversifying our pipeline of educators and leaders for our school systems will ensure the best possible outcomes for both students and adults.”

A wide range of evidence supports the benefits of a diverse teacher workforce, including its positive impact on strengthening schools and resulting in better outcomes for students of all races and ethnicities, such as reduced dropout rates, improved college admissions, and achievement gains. While the number of educators of color in Connecticut’s schools is on the ride, the students have also become increasingly diverse in terms of ethnicity and race with more than 45% identifying as people of color as of the 2020-2021 school year.

The Lamont administration and the Connecticut State Department of Education have made it a priority to diminish the gap between educators and students of color by amplifying efforts to build an educator workforce that reflects the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of its students. The department is taking a multipronged approach to promote a more diverse workforce beyond the established five-year goal by employing the following three strategies:

  1. Increasing pathways to certification by providing ongoing support to both traditional and alternate route educator preparation programs;
  2. Assisting districts with recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse educator workforce; and
  3. Supporting candidates to attract and recruit the next generation of Connecticut educators.

review of the last five years of work indicates the three focus areas and corresponding strategies have yielded positive results. While these initiatives will be sustained, the State Department of Education is focused on continued program enhancement that will diversify Connecticut’s educator pipeline for years to come. The department is also expanding efforts by implementing new initiatives in 2020-2023 across the PK-16 education continuum, including:

  • Educators Rising, which introduces high school students early on to careers in education and diversifies pipelines to the state’s teacher workforce based on research showing that pre-college engagement of prospective teachers allows districts to invest in current students of color while also cultivating future educators;
  • NextGen Educators, launched in partnership with Central Connecticut State University, created a pipeline that brings highly motivated college students seeking education degrees into classrooms to gain experience, and provide districts with immediate access to new talent to ease pressures on current teachers and address staffing shortages. The initiative will continue to support districts this summer and places special emphasis on attracting candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds; and
  • For the coming school year, the Connecticut State Department of Education is expanding its work on increasing the number of male educators with a component focused on male educators of color.
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Wed, 05 May 2021 07:49:05 -0400
Drive-In Movie This Weekend At The John Jay Homestead https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49406-drive-in-movie-this-weekend-at-the-john-jay-homestead49406-drive-in-movie-this-weekend-at-the-john-jay-homestead https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49406-drive-in-movie-this-weekend-at-the-john-jay-homestead49406-drive-in-movie-this-weekend-at-the-john-jay-homestead

Drive In Movie: The Karate Kid

Friday May 7 and Saturday May 8

The Friends of the John Jay Homestead are thrilled to partner with Bedford Playhouse to present our second season of Drive In Movies at John Jay Homestead, with The Karate Kid on the big screen.

Tickets and concessions are limited and must be purchased before the event.

$40 per car | Gates open at 7:15pm | Movie begins at 8:15pm

Purchase Tickets for Friday, May 7     Purchase Tickets for Saturday, May 8

Rain date for May 7 is May 14 | Rain date for May 8 is May 21

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Friends of John Jay Homestead) Events Wed, 05 May 2021 07:41:19 -0400
Happy Cinco De Mayo https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49405-happy-cinco-de-mayo49405-happy-cinco-de-mayo https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49405-happy-cinco-de-mayo49405-happy-cinco-de-mayo

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "Fifth of May" is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory of the smaller Mexican force against a larger French force was a morale boost for the Mexicans. Zaragoza died months after the battle due to illness. A year after the battle, a larger French force defeated the Mexican army at the Second Battle of Puebla, and Mexico City soon fell to the invaders.

More popularly celebrated in the United States than in Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. These celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. The day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s thanks especially to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies.

Today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments. The city of Puebla marks the event with an arts festival, a festival of local cuisine, and re-enactments of the battle.

Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores, which, in 1810, initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (From WikiPedia) Life Wed, 05 May 2021 06:46:04 -0400
CPSC and Peloton Announce: Recall of Tread+ Treadmills After One Child Death and 70 Incidents https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/49404-cpsc-and-peloton-announce-recall-of-tread-treadmills-after-one-child-death-and-70-incidents49404-cpsc-and-peloton-announce-recall-of-tread-treadmills-after-one-child-death-and-70-incidents https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/49404-cpsc-and-peloton-announce-recall-of-tread-treadmills-after-one-child-death-and-70-incidents49404-cpsc-and-peloton-announce-recall-of-tread-treadmills-after-one-child-death-and-70-incidents

Recall of Tread Treadmills Due to Risk of Injury

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Peloton are announcing two separate voluntary recalls of Peloton’s Tread+ and Tread treadmills.

Consumers who have purchased either treadmill should immediately stop using it and contact Peloton for a full refund or other qualified remedy as described in the press releases below.

Peloton has also stopped sale and distribution of the Tread+ and continues to work on additional hardware modifications. CPSC previously warned consumers about the Tread+ in April.

In the United States, the Tread was only sold as part of a limited invitation-only release from about November, 2020 to about March, 2021 and the company is currently working on a repair to be offered to Tread owners in the coming weeks.

Peloton Recalls Tread Treadmills Due to Risk of Injury

Statement of Robert S. Adler, Acting Chairman of the CPSC

“I am pleased that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Peloton have come to an agreement to protect users of the Peloton Tread+ and Tread products. The agreement, which the Commission voted this morning to accept, requires Peloton to immediately stop selling and distributing both the Tread+ and Tread products in the United States and refund the full purchase price to consumers who wish to return their treadmills. The agreement between CPSC and Peloton is the result of weeks of intense negotiation and effort, culminating in a cooperative agreement that I believe serves the best interests of Peloton and of consumers. I would like to thank the CPSC technical staff who have worked tirelessly to protect consumers and to warn the public. Today we have taken steps to prevent further harm from these two products.”

(See full statement)

Statement of Peloton’s CEO John Foley

“The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton’s Members and their families. I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+.  We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize. Today’s announcement reflects our recognition that, by working closely with the CPSC, we can increase safety awareness for our Members. We believe strongly in the future of at-home connected fitness and are committed to work with the CPSC to set new industry safety standards for treadmills. We have a desire and a responsibility to be an industry leader in product safety.”


 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products.  Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually.  CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) Public safety Wed, 05 May 2021 06:38:11 -0400
Hayes, Cohen, Moore, and Watson Coleman Introduce the M.E.A.L. Act https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49399-hayes-cohen-moore-and-watson-coleman-introduce-the-m-e-a-l-act49399-hayes-cohen-moore-and-watson-coleman-introduce-the-m-e-a-l-act https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49399-hayes-cohen-moore-and-watson-coleman-introduce-the-m-e-a-l-act49399-hayes-cohen-moore-and-watson-coleman-introduce-the-m-e-a-l-act

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) introduced the Making Essentials Affordable and Lawful (MEAL) Act to lift restrictions on the receipt of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits for people with prior felony drug convictions.

“SNAP and TANF are critical supports that would help Americans as they transition back to their communities after incarceration. Once a person has served their time, we should be ensuring they have the tools to succeed and become productive members of society. Denying access to safety net programs only puts needless obstacles in their path. I am pleased to work with Representatives Cohen, Moore, and Watson Coleman on this crucial legislation ensuring formerly incarcerated Americans have a fair chance at success and self-sufficiency,” said Congresswoman Hayes.

“Thousands of people released from state and federal prisons each year re-enter society and find significant challenges, including lifetime bans on food assistance and TANF. This bill would repeal the 1996 ban on people with drug felony convictions receiving SNAP and TANF, and it would allow them to apply for these programs before their release so that they can meet their basic needs on day one, reducing the likelihood of recidivism and increasing the quality of life of those aiming to reintegrate into their communities,” said Congressman Cohen.

“When you serve your time, the punishment shouldn't continue after incarceration. We need to give people the opportunity to rebuild their lives after incarceration, and that starts with ensuring they have access to the resources that can keep them afloat. People of color are still forced to bear the consequences for the War on Drugs, including bars to basic needs such as food aid, and it's time we redress this injustice and pass the MEAL Act,” said Congresswoman Moore.

“Reentering Americans face enough hurdles upon leaving prison without also facing the threat of going hungry. As we continue to reform our criminal justice system, lifting lifetime bans on food assistance programs is an important step in both demonstrating our humanity and reducing recidivism. Maintaining such a ban on during a pandemic and economic crisis is both cruel and counterproductive,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman.

“A drug conviction should never be the basis to deny a person their most basic needs. During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 and record unemployment, federal programs like SNAP and TANF are a lifeline for millions of Americans, ensuring they can still put food on the table and keep the lights on. Those with felony drug convictions—and especially those transitioning to society following involvement in the criminal legal system—already face significant barriers to obtaining employment and, in many cases, are the first to be let go during times like these. Having to go hungry should not be an additional barrier, especially when they have already paid such an overly severe price under the U.S.’ draconian drug laws,” said Grant Smith, Deputy Director of the Office of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance.

Many of the 600,000 people released from our federal prisons each year find serious challenges when they reenter their communities, including restrictions or lifetime bans on food assistance under SNAP and TANF. Most states have opted to alter or remove such bans, but lingering barriers continue to hinder returning citizens and expose them to higher risks of recidivism.

To fix this problem, the MEAL Act would lift SNAP and TANF restrictions for people with prior felony drug convictions. In addition, the bill would codify the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver that allows prisoners to apply for SNAP and TANF up to 30 days before they are released, ensuring that they will be able to meet their basic needs as soon as they reenter society.

The measure has 22 original cosponsors.

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Rep. Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture and proudly represents Connecticut’s 5th District.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Rep Jahana Hayes (Ct-5th Dist)) Life Wed, 05 May 2021 04:32:24 -0400
Relay For Life of New Fairfield: A HOPE for a Cancer-Free world https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49403-relay-for-life-of-new-fairfield-a-hope-for-a-cancer-free-world49403-relay-for-life-of-new-fairfield-a-hope-for-a-cancer-free-world https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49403-relay-for-life-of-new-fairfield-a-hope-for-a-cancer-free-world49403-relay-for-life-of-new-fairfield-a-hope-for-a-cancer-free-world

Each year 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer in the US. 

Roughly 600,000 people will die.

To put that in perspective, according to a new report just out, in 2020 345,000 people died from Covid-19 and 598,000 people died from Cancer. Top in leading cause of death only surpassed by heart disease. 

We have been counting the deaths due to Covid-19 because it is a new, scary and contagious disease. Thankfully, vaccines and limiting behavior can go a long way in containing and eradicating viruses like this. We have come across them before and we know how to tackle them. That number will be considerably less in 2021 thanks to these measures and though Cancer deaths are down a considerable amount in the last years, 580,000 people is unacceptable. That is 580,000 loved ones. 

The American Cancer Society is funding researchers who are on the cusp of a cure. A safe cure at that, using the body to heal from within. How cool is that? The American Cancer Society is also funding programs that, during the height of the pandemic were actually realized to be more vital than previously thought. 

    The Road to Recovery is one of these programs that took a hit. This program is where volunteers sign up to take precious cargo - our loved ones - to their cancer treatment and/or back home. Cancer treatments are rough on the body, because you are literally fighting your body for survival. Knowing you can get to your treatment safely and with care is so important. Sadly, during the pandemic it was not safe for our volunteers to ride with the immunocompromised patients and it was awful knowing they could not be helped. 

    Relay For Life of New Fairfield continues, not solely for the research, but for the people. We want our loved ones to know they are cared for, that one day our children will not have to get cancer. We Relay for LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY, HOPE and the knowledge that everyone matters and everyone deserves access to treatment, information, doctors and more. 

    Relay For Life of New Fairfield appreciates you for your involvement, no matter how it looks, and we hope when we are able to have another big event we can blow the roof off the town and remind every single person battling cancer that they are not alone because WE ARE THERE!

    In the knowledge that WE ARE THERE…. We want to announce our 2021 RELAY FOR LIFE OF NEW FAIRFIELD 2021 EVENT- a Drive-Thru Relay Experience! Join us on June 6th anytime from 1-3 pm for fun, photo ops, love, hope and goodies! Then come back for our first ever Drive-thru Luminaria both taking place right at New Fairfield High School! 

    We are asking that everyone register for free on our website per request of the town and school. There are no strings to registering on our website and it is quick and easy! www.relayforlife.org/newfairfieldct 

As always, keep an eye on our social media pages and when you register you’ll be the first to get up to date information!! 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (New Fairfield Relay For Life) Life Tue, 04 May 2021 20:06:30 -0400
Patterson Rotary Flea Market Grand Opening https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/49392-patterson-rotary-flea-market-grand-opening49392-patterson-rotary-flea-market-grand-opening https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/49392-patterson-rotary-flea-market-grand-opening49392-patterson-rotary-flea-market-grand-opening

The Grand Opening of the Patterson Rotary Flea Market on May 1st was greeted by enthusiastic vendors and over 600 attendees .  The market will be open every Sunday from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM through October.  Parking and admission is free. 
 
The Rotary Club has reopened the Flea Market at the site of  the Patterson Olde Tyme Flea Market. The club, known for its community and fundraising events, is looking to remake this into a fun and engaging community gathering that will attract people from the entire region. 
 
Club President Paul Toscano was hopeful for a community event during COVID.  "We had a great soft open on the 18th.  with about a dozen vendors and over 300 people show up.  Our Grand Opening had almost twice as many people attend and we also grew the number of vendors. I am proud of how we really pulled together to kick this off and look forward to it growing each week.  It was great to see it grow for our Grand Opening."
 
The Flea Market at this site had been in decline for several years and the site was owned by the family of a club member, Jason Maxwell.   They decided to allow the Rotary Club to operate it and use the profits to fund the many local non-profit organizations that they support. "It was just a win-win.  We wanted to see the site flourish and the Rotary is a dedicated group and would give the money back to the community.  To see this happen is good for everyone," Jason explained.
 
The Flea Market is looking for new vendors and food trucks. Selling spaces are $30 each prior to Memorial Day and $40 after that date. 
 
"We anticipate this growing and our community can help.  If you are a quality vendor, please give us a try. You certainly won't find a better rate and every dollar helps local organizations," Toscano continued.
 
Rotary is an all-volunteer organization of problem solvers.  We are always looking for new members and this new endeavor will certainly require new members who want to help us create a vibrant and lasting market.
 
More information about the Flea Market, including vendor applications, is at http://www.PattersonRotary.org.
 
 
 
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Bob Dumont) Neighbors Tue, 04 May 2021 13:52:25 -0400
Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/49402-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-162016028949402-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1620160289 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/49402-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-162016028949402-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1620160289

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 Tuesday, May 4, 2021:

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)

340,962

+417

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

8,746,422

+13,833

Daily Test Positivity

--

3.01%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

343

+1

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

8,117

+5

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

County

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County

98

Hartford County

87

Litchfield County

2

Middlesex County

6

New Haven County

122

New London County

23

Tolland County

1

Windham County

4

Total

343

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 Tue, 04 May 2021 12:30:56 -0400
May the Fourth Be With You When You Take This Online Defensive Driving Course https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/47712-may-the-fourth-be-with-you-when-you-take-this-online-defensive-driving-course47712-may-the-fourth-be-with-you-when-you-take-this-online-defensive-driving-course https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/47712-may-the-fourth-be-with-you-when-you-take-this-online-defensive-driving-course47712-may-the-fourth-be-with-you-when-you-take-this-online-defensive-driving-course

Today May 4, is a big day for Star Wars Fans. The date is a pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you" which becomes "May the Fourth be with you" today. AND If you are a Star Wars fan you'll get the humor of this photo! Storm Troopers don't really seem to hit anything. This is the type of funny, quirky quips you'll find imbedded in this entertaining way to take a defensive driving course.

Use this link to get the course for less than $30.

The witty repartee is written by professional Hollywood writers. The Improv Online Comedy Traffic Safety Course has won countless accolades from students and the media, including “Best Traffic Course” designation:

•          100% Online (Mobile Compatible)

•          No Proctored Exams

•          Easy Multiple-Choice Open Book Quizzes

•          Same-Day Processing

•          Proof of Completion within 30 min.

•          Electronic Filing with Courts and DMVs

•          4-Free VIP Tickets to the Improv Comedy Club $60 Value (2)

•          No Garbage Fees

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Note: some restrictions apply so check their website for more details.

This course can also be used for point reduction. For NYers - The DMV will reduce four (4) points off your driving record. If you have no points on your driver’s record, you will still benefit from insurance reduction New York law requires that any insurance company offer you a minimum 10% discount in the base rate of your auto or motorcycle liability and collision coverage over 3 years upon a completion of a New York DMV- approved Defensive Driving Course. Certified by State of New York for our New York Defensive Driving School online. View certification.

Check their website for the other states where this course is approved.

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Margaret Carey) Life Tue, 04 May 2021 10:12:42 -0400