Newfairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:02:40 -0400 HamletHub.com Coronavirus and Your Small Business - Live Q&A with SCORE Mentors https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/15-todays-events/47566-coronavirus-and-your-small-business-live-q-a-with-score-mentors47566-coronavirus-and-your-small-business-live-q-a-with-score-mentors https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/15-todays-events/47566-coronavirus-and-your-small-business-live-q-a-with-score-mentors47566-coronavirus-and-your-small-business-live-q-a-with-score-mentors

Small businesses have been hurt deeply by the coronavirus, and the impact will be felt for months. We know you have questions and need help now. SCORE is here for you with our trusted business mentors and resources.
 
Join us today for this LIVE Q&A webinar where SCORE’s expert, business mentors will address your questions and concerns regarding the current crisis to help you adapt your business and weather the storm.
 
You can submit your business-related questions during registration and during the live webinar.
 
TODAY'S LIVE WEBINAR:
Coronavirus and Your Small Business -
Live Q&A with SCORE Mentors
April 9, 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m PT
 
 
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commandercarey@gmail.com (SCORE) Todays events Thu, 09 Apr 2020 06:26:40 -0400
Guests Invited to Join Business Professionals Meeting via Zoom https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/47557-guests-invited-to-join-business-professionals-meeting-via-zoom47557-guests-invited-to-join-business-professionals-meeting-via-zoom https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/47557-guests-invited-to-join-business-professionals-meeting-via-zoom47557-guests-invited-to-join-business-professionals-meeting-via-zoom

Quarantining is not stopping the 300+ local business professionals who are taking their networking online. Master Networks is a national organization with chapter across the US. The local NY/NYC regional chapters have pivoting their weekly meetings using the popular video conferencing app, Zoom.
New visitors are invited to a special zoom video conference, Discover Master Networks on Monday, April 13 at 4:30PM. RSVP to receive the Zoom details to www.tinyurl.com/discoverMN.
 
“Our members rely on each other to build their businesses based on the relationships they develop in our meetings,” stated Tina Campbell, Master Networks NY Regional Partner, “Moving the meetings online was an easy transition. We are keeping our members connecting and supporting each other in a positive environment.”
Questions? Email Tina Campbell at tinacampbell@masternetworks.net or call 914.441.1383. To find out more about Master Networks, visit www.MasterNetworksNY.com.

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Master Networks) Events Thu, 09 Apr 2020 05:20:53 -0400
New Fairfield Residents Can Support Connecticut Food Bank By Participating in Race Against Hunger https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/47550-new-fairfield-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-158629382547550-new-fairfield-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293825 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/47550-new-fairfield-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-158629382547550-new-fairfield-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293825

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

Connecticut Food Bank needs the town of New Fairfield to help to support their efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic! Food Bank volunteers are working tirelessly during this unprecedented time to feed the hungry throughout Connecticut.
One way New Fairfield can support the Food Bank is by participating in The Race Against Hunger, a virtual 5K run and walk that takes place between April 13th - April 19th. Since it’s virtual, you can participate at the time and place of your choosing! Register at www.jbsports.com.
This virtual event is a way for Connecticut runners to stay connected and motivated while keeping our distance! Let’s come together to support those in need during these critical times. Register now to help the state's largest source of emergency food assistance!
The food bank is still open, but hours are modified. Below is a list of Food Banks within 20 miles of New Fairfield. Please call because there may be changes.

Date Time City Place
Wednesday, April 8 9:30 AM Danbury New Hope Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 8 5:30 PM Bethel Walnut Hill Church
Thursday, April 9 5:30 PM Naugatuck Naugatuck Convention Center


Keep checking Connecticut Food Bank’s website and social media for updates for the Mobile Pantry schedule.
Should you have questions, the Mobile Pantry Hotline is updated daily. Call (203) 741-9751 for info.

 

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Food Banks) Charities Thu, 09 Apr 2020 04:43:00 -0400
Metro-North Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines, Essential Travel Schedule Modification, Effective Monday, April 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/47564-metro-north-hudson-harlem-and-new-haven-lines-essential-travel-schedule-modification-effective-monday-april-1347564-metro-north-hudson-harlem-and-new-haven-lines-essential-travel-schedule-modification-effective-monday-april-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/47564-metro-north-hudson-harlem-and-new-haven-lines-essential-travel-schedule-modification-effective-monday-april-1347564-metro-north-hudson-harlem-and-new-haven-lines-essential-travel-schedule-modification-effective-monday-april-13

Starting Monday, April 13, Metro-North will operate on an hourly schedule on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines on both weekdays and weekends.

The new, temporary schedule is in response to a reduction in ridership of more than 95 percent as customers in the region have honored stay-at-home orders as a precaution against COVID-19.

We would like to remind customers that trains are running for healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel only. If you don't absolutely need to be traveling, please stay home.

The service modification also includes the following changes:

On the Harlem Line, trains will operate every two hours on weekdays between Southeast and Wassaic; there is no service between Southeast and Wassaic on weekends.
Trains will operate hourly on the New Canaan Branch and every three hours on the Danbury branch daily, and on the Waterbury branch there will be busing approximately every three hours daily, see details http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/03-29-20_WaterburyBusing_v3.pdf.


The new schedule is accessible at https://new.mta.info, or  http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm

Full details, http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/20200413EssentialerService.htm

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Metro North RR) Places Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:24:35 -0400
Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to Be Flown at Half-mast in Honor of Those We Have Lost to COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/47565-governor-cuomo-directs-flags-to-be-flown-at-half-mast-in-honor-of-those-we-have-lost-to-covid-1947565-governor-cuomo-directs-flags-to-be-flown-at-half-mast-in-honor-of-those-we-have-lost-to-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/47565-governor-cuomo-directs-flags-to-be-flown-at-half-mast-in-honor-of-those-we-have-lost-to-covid-1947565-governor-cuomo-directs-flags-to-be-flown-at-half-mast-in-honor-of-those-we-have-lost-to-covid-19

 

Flags Will Remain Lowered While New York is on PAUSE

Kosciuszko Bridge, Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Spire of One World Trade Center and LaGuardia Airport Parking Garages Will Be Lit Blue on Thursday, April 9th as Part of the #LightItBlue Campaign

Announces SUNY Albany President Havidan Rodriguez Will Work with State Department of Health and Northwell Health to Conduct More COVID-19 Data Research and Increase Testing in Minority Communities

Directs State Department of Labor to Make $600 in Additional Weekly Unemployment Benefits Available to All New Yorkers -- Extends Period Covered by Unemployment Benefits for Another 13 Weeks, for Total of 39 Weeks

Governor Will Issue Executive Order to Ensure New Yorkers Can Vote Absentee in the June 23rd Primary Elections

2,400 Brand New BiPAP Machines Donated to the State by Mercury Medical, Flown to New York from Florida for Free by JetBlue and Transported on the Ground by Southern Glazer's

Announces Delta, JetBlue and United are Offering Free Travel to New York for COVID-19 Medical Workers

State Has Distributed Over One Million Free Bottles of NYS Clean Hand Sanitizer AcrossAll 62 Counties

Confirms 10,453 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 149,316; New Cases in 52 Counties


 

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of those we have lost to COVID-19. The flags will remain lowered while New York is on pause.

Governor Cuomo also announced that on Thursday, April 9th, the Kosciuszko Bridge, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the spire of One World Trade Center and LaGuardia Airport parking garages will be lit blue as part of the #LightItBlue campaign. The initiative simultaneously lights up buildings, landmarks and LED screens across the US to show support and gratitude to those health care professionals and essential workers on the frontlines and create a universal symbol of solidarity and hope.

AUDIO PHOTOS

The Governor also announced that SUNY Albany President Havidan Rodriguez will work with the State Department of Health and Northwell Health to conduct more COVID-19 data research and increase testing in minority communities to determine why more people in minority and low-income communities have higher rates of infection.

Governor Cuomo also directed the State Department of Labor to immediately make $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits available to all New Yorkers. The additional benefits were included in the Federal CARES Act, but, unlike other states, New York began delivering the extra unemployment insurance to unemployed individuals before Federal funds are disbursed to the states. New York is also extending the period covered by unemployment benefits for another 13 weeks, for a total of 39 weeks.

Every number is a face and we have lost so many people, many of them front-line workers putting themselves at risk to do the essential functions that we all need for society to go on.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Governor also announced he will issue an Executive Order to ensure New Yorkers can vote by absentee ballot in the June 23rd primary elections. The Governor previously issued an Executive Order to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.

The Governor also announced that 2,400 brand new BiPAP machines have been donated to the state by Mercury Medical and are being flown to New York from Florida for free by JetBlue and transported on the ground by Southern Glazer's.

The Governor also announced that Delta, JetBlue and United are offering free travel to New York for COVID-19 medical workers. To date, more than 90,000 health professionals, including more than 25,000 out-of-state individuals, have signed up to serve as part of the state's surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor also announced that the state has distributed over one million free bottles of NYSClean hand sanitizer across all 62 counties in the state. The hand sanitizer has been distributed to county emergency managers, first responders, health care workers, nursing homes, law enforcement, homeless organizations and other non-profits, transportation systems including the MTA, Port Authority, Thruway and other public transportation entities across the state.

"We are flattening the curve because we are rigorous about social distancing, and if we continue doing what we are doing, we believe the curve will continue to flatten, but this is not a time to get complacent," Governor Cuomo said. "That is the good news, but the bad news is terrible - the death toll has been going steadily up and it reached a new height yesterday. Every number is a face and we have lost so many people, many of them front-line workers putting themselves at risk to do the essential functions that we all need for society to go on. In honor of those we have lost to the virus, I am directing all flags to be flown at half-mast. And I continue to urge all New Yorkers to be responsible, adhere to all social distancing protocols and remember the life you are risking may not be your own."

 

Finally, the Governor confirmed 10,453 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 149,316 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 149,316 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

342

9

Allegany

21

4

Broome

88

2

Cattaraugus

15

2

Cayuga

14

0

Chautauqua

17

1

Chemung

55

6

Chenango

53

2

Clinton

39

2

Columbia

63

2

Cortland

16

0

Delaware

37

1

Dutchess

1,395

146

Erie

1,205

70

Essex

7

0

Franklin

10

0

Fulton

14

1

Genesee

47

14

Greene

25

1

Hamilton

2

0

Herkimer

29

2

Jefferson

40

1

Lewis

6

0

Livingston

25

2

Madison

90

2

Monroe

651

55

Montgomery

18

0

Nassau

18,548

1,938

Niagara

134

8

NYC

81,803

4,927

Oneida

125

7

Onondaga

347

12

Ontario

39

6

Orange

3,865

266

Orleans

16

1

Oswego

33

2

Otsego

38

4

Putnam

403

37

Rensselaer

75

8

Rockland

6,413

423

Saratoga

162

7

Schenectady

149

4

Schoharie

12

0

Schuyler

4

0

Seneca

12

2

St. Lawrence

69

9

Steuben

82

7

Suffolk

15,844

1,327

Sullivan

279

9

Tioga

12

4

Tompkins

99

2

Ulster

422

24

Warren

33

2

Washington

20

1

Wayne

39

4

Westchester

15,887

1,083

Wyoming

27

4

Yates

1

0

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Wed, 08 Apr 2020 20:45:44 -0400
Governor Lamont Provides Wednesday Night's Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/47563-governor-lamont-provides-wednesday-night-s-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts47563-governor-lamont-provides-wednesday-night-s-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/47563-governor-lamont-provides-wednesday-night-s-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts47563-governor-lamont-provides-wednesday-night-s-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts

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 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

Since yesterday’s update, an additional 1,000 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 8,781. To date, more than 31,700 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,418 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 335.

A county-by-county breakdown includes:

County

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19-Associated Deaths

Fairfield County

4,417

665

155

Hartford County

1,290

251

68

Litchfield County

292

20

12

Middlesex County

174

28

9

New Haven County

1,945

428

70

New London County

120

16

5

Tolland County

128

7

13

Windham County

49

3

1

Pending address validation

366

0

2

Total

8,781

1,418

335

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality and data broken down by age, gender, race, and other factors, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

State continuing to process donations for Personal Protective Equipment

The State of Connecticut is continuing to process inputs from people, businesses, and organizations who wish to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use in the state’s hospitals and long-term care facilities. To date, there have been 2,027 offers to donate items. Those offers are being processed through a collaboration between the Department of Public Health  and the United Way 2-1-1 of Connecticut.

The state continues to request PPE for health care workers, first responders, and other essential workers. To donate PPE, click here to fill out an intake form.

Governor Lamont announces medical surge plan in partnership with Connecticut’s long-term care facilities

Governor Lamont today announced a partnership with Connecticut’s long-term care facilities to collaborate on a medical surge plan that includes the establishment of COVID-19 recovery centers in nursing homes to accept patients who can be discharged from acute care hospitals, but are still impacted by COVID19 infection. So far, at least four such recovery centers will be opened in Torrington, Bridgeport, Meriden, and Sharon that will make available more than 500 new beds for COVID-19 patients.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health is also working with hospitals to ensure that more patients can be tested while they are hospitalized in order to receive the two negative COVID-19 test results 24 hours apart that are needed in order for a patient to be discharged to a general long-term care facility. There are currently more than 2,000 available beds in long-term care facilities that could be occupied by patients currently hospitalized who could be discharged when they get their negative COVID-19 tests.

“Residents of long-term care facilities represent our most vulnerable population during this pandemic, as the virus can spread quickly within the enclosed environment such as a nursing home,” Public Health Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell said. “We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure our nursing home residents get the care they need and that nursing home staff are protected with enough equipment. These new COVID-19 recovery centers will provide hundreds of new beds for COVID-19 care all over the state, and this will help to make hospital beds available to absorb the surge of hospitalizations we anticipate in the next couple of weeks.”

The Connecticut Department of Social Services and the Office of Policy and Management have determined a specific payment rate of $600 per day for the COVID-19 recovery centers, and additional payments of 10% across the board for all nursing homes in Connecticut during the course of the pandemic.

“This plan will assist our long-term care facilities and dedicated staff in their continuing efforts to protect residents and themselves from the spread of COVID-19,” Social Services Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford said. “By establishing facilities with a special focus on the care of individuals with COVID-19 and providing necessary funding, we will support the state’s overall medical surge response. This recognizes the additional costs being experienced by the industry at large. DSS is proud to support the Governor Lamont, our fellow state agencies, and key partners in this crucial initiative.”

Athena Health Care systems is one of the first private Connecticut nursing home providers to partner with the state on the effort to open up COVID-19 recovery centers.

Larry Santilli, president and CEO of Athena Health Care Systems, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented incredible and unprecedented challenges to the state. I am glad that Athena Health Care Systems is in a position to answer the state’s call for assistance at this critical time. Our history, experience, the expertise of our incredible team, and more than 35 years as Connecticut’s leader in senior care, make us well-suited to help the state and to help those afflicted with COVID-19. The true heroes in this battle are the amazing teams at Sharon and Northbridge Health Care Centers, as well as the new teams assembling in Torrington and Meriden. I believe that their work will help in the state’s goal to mitigate this pandemic as much as possible and as quickly as possible. These centers can provide nearly 500 beds of post-acute care, providing much needed support to our state’s acute care hospitals during the impending surge. Since the beginning of this pandemic, our leadership team in Farmington has been available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide counsel and management to every Athena center – and will now provide that expertise to new teams in Torrington and Meriden.”

Connecticut Long-Term Care Ombudsman Mairead Painter said, “Throughout this pandemic the governor, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, has had to make difficult decisions. I am thankful that they have kept the rights of residents, including the right to appropriate medical care, at the forefront of this decision making.”

Latest list of nursing homes with laboratory confirmed positive cases of COVID-19

The following is an up-to-date list of every nursing home in Connecticut with residents who have tested positive for COVID-19:

Town

Nursing Home

Bethel

Bethel Health Care Center

Bloomfield

Bloomfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Bloomfield

Caleb Hitchcock Health Center

Bloomfield

Touchpoints at Bloomfield

Branford

Branford Hills Health Care Center

Bridgeport

Jewish Living Center

Bristol

Countryside Manor of Bristol

Bristol

Sheridan Woods Health Care Center

Canton

Cherry Brook Health Care Center

Chester

Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation

Danbury

Glen Hill Center

Danbury

Saint John Paul II Center

Danbury

Western Rehabilitation Care Center

East Hartford

Riverside Health & Rehabilitation Center

East Haven

Apple Rehab Laurel Woods

East Haven

Whispering Pines

Enfield

Parkway Pavilion Health and Rehabilitation Center

Fairfield

Cambridge Health and Rehabilitation Center

Fairfield

Carolton Chronic & Convalescent

Fairfield

Ludlowe Center for Health & Rehabilitation

Farmington

Touchpoints at Farmington

Glastonbury

Glastonbury Health Care Center

Greenwich

Greenwich Woods

Greenwich

Nathaniel Witherall

Guilford

Guilford House

Hamden

Arden House

Hamden

Hamden Rehabilitation & Health Care Center

Hartford

Chelsea Place

Hartford

Trinity Hill Care Center

Litchfield

Litchfield Woods

Manchester

Crestfield Rehabilitation Center

Manchester

Manchester Manor Health Care Center

Manchester

Touchpoints at Manchester

Meriden

Curtis Home

Middletown

Middlesex Health Care Center

Middletown

Water's Edge Center for Health & Rehabilitation

Milford

Golden Hill Rehab Pavilion

Milford

West River Rehab Center

Naugatuck

Glendale Center

New Britain

Grandview Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

New Canaan

Waveny Care Center

New Haven

Grimes Center

New London

Harbor Village

Newington

Bel Air Manor

Newington

Newington Rapid Recovery Rehab Center

North Haven

Montowese Health & Rehabilitation Center

Norwalk

Autumn Lake Healthcare at Norwalk

Norwalk

Cassena Care at Norwalk

Plainville

Apple Rehab Farmington Valley

Portland

Portland Care and Rehabilitation

Ridgefield

Laurel Ridge Health care Center

Rocky Hill

60 West

Rocky Hill

Apple Rehab Rocky Hill

Seymour

Shady Knoll Health Center

Sharon

Sharon Health Care Center

Shelton

Apple Shelton Lakes

Shelton

Bishop-Wicke Health and Rehabilitation

Shelton

Gardner Heights Health Care Center

Simsbury

McLean Health Center

Southington

Summit at Plantsville

Stafford Springs

Evergreen Health Care Center

Stamford

Edgehill Health Center

Stamford

Long Ridge Post-Acute Care

Stamford

St. Camillus Center

Stamford

The Villa at Stamford

Stratford

Lord Chamberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Suffield

Suffield House

Torrington

Regal Care at Torrington

Torrington

Wolcott Hall Nursing Center

Trumbull

Maefair Health Care Center

Trumbull

St. Joseph's Center

Vernon

Fox Hill Center

Waterbury

Abbott Terrace Health Center

Waterbury

Regal Care at Waterbury

Waterbury

Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation

Waterford

Bayview Health Care

West Hartford

Hebrew Center for Health and Rehabilitation

West Hartford

Saint Mary Home

West Hartford

West Hartford Health and Rehabilitation Center

Wilton

Wilton Meadows Health Care Center

Windsor

Kimberly Hall North

Windsor

Windsor Health and Rehabilitation Center

Woodbridge

The Willows

Connecticut Department of Labor provides $35 million in benefit payments to 104,000 residents during pandemic

The Connecticut Department of Labor has provided more than $35 million in benefits payments to nearly 104,000 claimants for the week ending April 4. The agency has now processed nearly 133,000 claims of the more than 302,000 the agency has received since March 13.

“We recognize the critical role unemployment insurance plays, as it provides a lifeline to people who are out of work,” Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said. “During this time of need, the agency is working extra hours and weekends to process claims as quickly as possible and to program in computer changes to accommodate the new federal programs that will provide additional unemployment benefits.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began to dramatically affect Connecticut and its businesses community, the agency was typically issuing approximately 40,000 benefit payments weekly, providing $15 to $16 million in benefits to those seeking new employment. The $35 million dollars issued this past week represents a more than 100 percent increase in the amount of benefits that were provided the previous week.

“Typically the agency receives 3,000 new claims a week – but the applications we have seen in last 21 days represent more than we would handle in 18 months,” Commissioner Westby added. “Typically, a staff of 20 handles the weekly processing, but we now have over 80 CTDOL employees – including those from other units, retirees, and former staff who have transferred to other agencies – all working together to get benefits to our residents as quickly as possible. Additional staff are receiving training and will soon be assisting as well. The agency appreciates the public’s patience as it works to process the thousands of claims that have been filed as a result of the pandemic. Although there continues to be a six-week backlog, all eligible claims will be processed, paid, and retroactive to the date they were filed.”

While the numbers in Connecticut are staggering, Connecticut is not unique. Unemployment claims are up in record numbers across the country, as states close non-essential businesses to slow the virus.

To speed up the processing of their claims, unemployed residents who have not yet filed should:

  • Visit www.filectui.com
  • Click first on the message above the large blue button that notes, “For quicker payment of unemployment benefits, please follow these instructions.” The link will bring claimants to a guide that should be read before filing for benefits.

For residents who have already filed a claim, Commissioner Westby reminds residents that it is very important they check their email (including junk and spam folders) daily for updated messages from the Labor Department.

The agency hopes to be able to provide the federal benefits, including the weekly $600 in additional payments and benefits to self-employed individuals and independent contractors, in the next several weeks. Updates on the status of these programs will also be posted to the agency’s website, www.ctdol.state.ct.us. Federal benefits will be retroactive to the date they were signed into law.

For more information, read the press release issued today by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

State officials warn residents to be aware of work-from-home scams

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), the Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut, and Attorney General William Tong are warning families about work from home scams that may be targeting vulnerable workers during this time. DCP has received complaints about re-shipping scams since the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Connecticut.

How the scam works

  • Those out of work may see online job postings offering an easy work-from-home opportunity: simply re-shipping packages.
  • After a quick hiring process (that typically involves divulging personal information), victims begin to receive packages.
  • Next, they "inspect" packages, and re-ship them with new shipping labels provided by the company.
  • When they inquire about their payment, no one at the “company” they’re working for can be contacted, and they never receive compensation.

Risk of the scam

  • Items being shipped or picked up in this scam may have been purchased with stolen credit cards or funds – putting those who have fallen victim to the scam in potential legal trouble. This may include law enforcement visiting their home.
  • Those who fall victim to employment scams unknowingly put themselves at risk for several other types of fraud and identity theft, especially if they have provided personal or financial information such as a bank account numbers for payroll.

How to avoid work-from-home scams

  • Remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If anyone guarantees you employment – and a large amount of money – it’s a scam.
  • No legitimate company will ever charge you money to apply for a job or charge you a fee before you start – avoid any company or individual that says it’s a requirement.
  • If you do see a job posting, and you’re interested in applying, research the reputation of the company first, and even search the name of the company in conjunction with the words “fraud” or “scam” to see if anyone has reported suspicious activity in the past.

For more information, read the press release issued today by the Department of Consumer Protection.

Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. It intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Wed, 08 Apr 2020 20:13:28 -0400
Governor Lamont Directs Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Those Who Have Lost Their Lives or Have Been Affected by COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/47562-governor-lamont-directs-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-those-who-have-lost-their-lives-or-have-been-affected-by-covid-1947562-governor-lamont-directs-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-those-who-have-lost-their-lives-or-have-been-affected-by-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/47562-governor-lamont-directs-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-those-who-have-lost-their-lives-or-have-been-affected-by-covid-1947562-governor-lamont-directs-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-those-who-have-lost-their-lives-or-have-been-affected-by-covid-19

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and State of Connecticut flags to be lowered to half-staff statewide effective immediately in recognition and mourning of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by COVID-19. The flags will remain lowered throughout the emergency. Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags – including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise – should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

“This global pandemic is impacting the lives of so many families, friends, and loved ones in Connecticut, and we mourn for those who have been impacted,” Governor Lamont said. “This is an incredibly trying time and a tragic period in our state’s history. I continue to urge every resident of Connecticut to stay home and practice social distancing as much as possible, because not only may your life depend on it, but it could also impact the lives of others.”

“My family and I are thinking of every person who has lost someone during this pandemic, especially as we begin to approach Easter, Passover, and Ramadan,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “It is truly heartbreaking to know that so many Connecticut communities will be in mourning during this holy season. Our prayers and sympathies are with them in this very difficult time.”

The Office of the Governor will send out a notification when flags should be returned to full-staff.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Events Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:58:00 -0400
Moonlight Cafe's Weekly menu and Blue Plate Special https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/47560-moonlight-cafe-s-weekly-menu-and-blue-plate-special47560-moonlight-cafe-s-weekly-menu-and-blue-plate-special https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/47560-moonlight-cafe-s-weekly-menu-and-blue-plate-special47560-moonlight-cafe-s-weekly-menu-and-blue-plate-special

Looking for great meal at an affordable price that you can enjoy in your home?

They use locally sourced ingredients as much as possible and they have some of the best coffee in the area. Click on the accompanying photos to enlarge and see the Blue Plate special, Entree and cocktail menu. Give them a call at 845.279.9000 or email them @moonlightcafeBny@gmail.com and get ready for a culinary delight that is sure to please.

Tuesday's "Blue Plate Special" is  a Passover Dinner  which includes a1/2 Rotisserie Orange Glazed Chicken, Matzo Ball Soup, Potato Pancake, Vegetable

While supplies last! Please NO substitutions on the "Blue Plate Special" Served from 11am-7pm

Call 845.279.9000 for curbside pick up or free delivery* Click on the accompanying photos fo rthe special and their everyday menu

While supplies last! Pre-paid dinners will receive 10% off "Blue Plate Special" Served from llam-7pm
*FREE Delivery Service is NOW AVAILABLE Tues - Sat 4-7pm * 10 mile radius * $20 minimum

Moonlight Cafe is located at 850 Route 22 in Brewster.

Hours: 

Monday- CLOSED.

Tues. - Fri.

10am - 8pm

Saturday

10am-8pm

Now more than ever it is important to support local small businesses so that we are all still here when this situation finally passes.  This is an extreme hardship on many small businesses in our area so please consider purchasing a gift certificate that can be used at a later date.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Places Wed, 08 Apr 2020 12:15:02 -0400
Virtual Open House at Immaculate High School - Join Us! https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/47549-virtual-open-house-at-immaculate-high-school-join-us-158629279247549-virtual-open-house-at-immaculate-high-school-join-us-1586292792 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/47549-virtual-open-house-at-immaculate-high-school-join-us-158629279247549-virtual-open-house-at-immaculate-high-school-join-us-1586292792

A Virtual Open House for Immaculate High School will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please visit www.immaculatehs.org/openhouse to register for this or additional open houses on April 23 and April 28. Participants will learn about Immaculate’s college-preparatory program and meet virtually with administrators, faculty and other staff to learn about Immaculate’s academic, faith-based, athletic, fine arts and STEM programs, student life and more. Choosing Immaculate for your student has never been more important!

Despite social distancing mandates, every IHS student is currently following a regular class schedule virtually. In addition to required class attendance and coursework, students engage with counselors, peer tutors, the school therapist and the school nurse. They also participate in weekly physical education challenges and meet with their extra-curricular club advisors. “Our ability for our teachers and staff to provide a continuous engaging educational experience for our students daily exemplifies our school mission and ability to provide exceptional learning opportunities, especially during this time of uncertainty,” said Tom Burns, Director of Admissions. “For over 50 years, Immaculate has provided students with a Catholic education that is innovative and prepares the whole student for college and beyond.” he added.

Immaculate High School encourages students to find success in academics, athletics, fine arts and clubs and is ranked in the top ten of all Catholic high schools in the State of Connecticut by NICHE. One of the more affordable private high schools, Immaculate High School is also among the highest ranked Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport and continues to attain the highest SAT scores in the Diocese. Immaculate High School students, a representation of area public, private and Catholic schools, seek academic challenges, discover leadership and engage in progressive learning opportunities and have high success rates: 100% of the Class of 2019 were accepted to colleges and universities of their choice and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $27 million. 

In addition to a college-preparatory academic program that offers over 33 Advanced Placement classes and a STEAM curriculum featuring advanced technology, a CISCO certification program, renovated science labs and engineering classes and a Certified Nursing Associate program, Immaculate High School has an award-winning Fine Arts program, a student career internship program, athletic teams that have won SWC and State Championships, 44 clubs and a Campus Ministry and community service program that instills faith, compassion and reverence for others. Immaculate High School, founded in 1962, is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. 

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Immaculate High School) Places Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:53:56 -0400
Breaking News: Bernie Sanders Drops His Bid For the Democratic Nomination for President https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/47559-breaking-news-bernie-sanders-drops-his-bid-for-the-deocratic-nomination-for-president47559-breaking-news-bernie-sanders-drops-his-bid-for-the-deocratic-nomination-for-president https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/47559-breaking-news-bernie-sanders-drops-his-bid-for-the-deocratic-nomination-for-president47559-breaking-news-bernie-sanders-drops-his-bid-for-the-deocratic-nomination-for-president

Sen. Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, setting up a head to head election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. 

The independent senator from Vermont announced his move in a conference call with staff after he suffered a series of crushing primary losses and the coronavirus pandemic stunted his campaign.

After early triumphs in the primaries, Sanders was unable to pull away and put any distance between himself and Joe Biden as the field that once numbered more than 20 dwindled down to a handful. Sanders saw early successes in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Colorado and California but was unable to garner support in other states which apparently led to his decision on Wednesday.
 
Sanders saw strong success among young and Latino voters but Biden consistently won black voters and older Democrats as he bested Sanders in key states such as Texas.
 
His decision leaves only Joe Biden to challenge President Trump in November.

Stocks surged on Wednesday after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race, relieving some of Wall Street’s political concerns. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 600 points, or 2.1%. The S&P 500 climbed 2% while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.8%.

“Sanders exit removes the tail risk of some of his policies" said Ed Mills, a policy strategist at Raymond James in Washington.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Politics Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:05:15 -0400
Cat of the week https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/47540-cat-of-the-week-158612278547540-cat-of-the-week-1586122785 https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/47540-cat-of-the-week-158612278547540-cat-of-the-week-1586122785

This is Ophelia!  This little girl is just 3 years old and so scared!   Ophelia is very sweet and loves to be petted, even when she won't come out of her tunnel bed.  She will come out when she knows you and she is very affectionate.  She would like a quiet home for sure


The NFSAW Team

Opt-to-Adopt
223 State Route 37 | PO Box 8232
New Fairfield, CT 06812
203.746.2925   www.nfsaw.org

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare Society) Charities Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:37:54 -0400
Allstate Offers Free Identity Protection https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/47555-allstate-offers-free-identity-protection47555-allstate-offers-free-identity-protection https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/47555-allstate-offers-free-identity-protection47555-allstate-offers-free-identity-protection

In addition to Allstate's Shelter-in-Place Payback to their customers, Allstate is also offering free identity protection, whether or not you are an Allstate customer.

FREE IDENTITY PROTECTION

  • Allstate Identity Protection helps protect people from identity theft and financial fraud, while giving them more control over the private information they share through online accounts.
  • U.S. residents can receive the Allstate Identity Protection product free for the rest of the year when they sign up in April or May, regardless of whether they are already an Allstate customer or not, by accessing https://allstateidentityprotection.com/

For more details contact:

Saini Smith-Clarke

Smith & Clarke Agency, Inc.
Allstate Ins. Co.
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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Smith & Clarke Agency, Inc. ) Neighbors Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:57:53 -0400
Dealing with Cancer and COVID-19, An Open Discussion https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/47556-dealing-with-cancer-and-covid-19-an-open-discussion47556-dealing-with-cancer-and-covid-19-an-open-discussion https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/47556-dealing-with-cancer-and-covid-19-an-open-discussion47556-dealing-with-cancer-and-covid-19-an-open-discussion

Support Connection, Inc. announces a free program open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer: “Dealing with Cancer and COVID-19, An Open Discussion” will be offered on April 13, from 1-2 pm (NY time). Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Coping with cancer is stressful enough under the best of circumstances. Coping with cancer in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis is a challenge none of us were prepared for.

We are all figuring out how to navigate this uncharted territory. There are so many new questions: How to handle medical appointments? How to cope with the isolation and loneliness? What are some self-care tools that can be used while at home?

As in any difficult situation, talking with others, and sharing resources and coping tips, can be invaluable. Since  we are all social-distancing, Support Connection is offering  this open discussion group by toll-free teleconference. You can call from home to connect with others facing similar challenges.

This is not an educational program, but rather a discussion group, led by a Support Connection Peer Counselor, where concerns and information can be exchanged. Please join the conversation as we discuss our common worries, share our ideas, and help one another deal with these new and unexpected issues.

SUPPORT CONNECTION, INC. is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but through our toll-free hotline and website we serve people throughout the country. Services include: One-on-one peer counseling and support groups, offering women the opportunity to connect with other cancer survivors; Ongoing wellness classes; Holistic health workshops; Educational programs; Information and referral services; A toll-free cancer information and support hotline (800-532-4290.) To learn more, visit http://www.supportconnection.org or call 914- 962-6402. Support Connection Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support: We’ve been there. We care.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Support Connection) Charities Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:05:21 -0400
Connecticut Safe stores mandatory statewide rules https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/47554-connecticut-safe-stores-mandatory-statewide-rules47554-connecticut-safe-stores-mandatory-statewide-rules https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/places/47554-connecticut-safe-stores-mandatory-statewide-rules47554-connecticut-safe-stores-mandatory-statewide-rules

Connecticut Governor Lamont, on April 1st, signed another executive order that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of theCOVID-19 virus.

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7S enacts the following provisions: 

Safe stores mandatory statewide rules:

Effective upon the opening of each retail establishment for the first time on April 3, 2020, every retail establishment in the state will be required to take additional protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between and among customers, employees, and other persons such as delivery drivers and maintenance people. The order requires the commissioner of the Economic and Community Development to issue mandatory statewide rules prescribing such additional protective measures. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state and supersede and preempt any current or contemplated municipal order. 

As of April 3rd, every retail establishment in the state will be required to take the following additional protective measures:

  • Occupancy, store layout, and managing customer flow:

    • Occupancy capped at 50% of store capacity. At entrance, staff will maintain a count of the number of customers entering and exiting stores.
    • Clearly mark 6’ spacing in lines on floor at checkout lines and other high-traffic areas and, as much as practicable, provide ways to encourage 6’ spacing in lines outside the store.
    • Post conspicuous signage and floor markings to direct customers and limit bottlenecks and/or encourage spacing and flow in high-density areas.
    • Have aisles be one-way in stores where practicable to maximize spacing between customers. Identify the one-way aisles with conspicuous signage and/or floor markings.
    • Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout lines, including, but not limited to, only using every other checkout line, where and when possible.
    • Install Plexiglas shields to separate employees from customers at checkout lines and other areas in the store where practicable.

    General: 

    • Communicate with customers through in store signage, and public service announcements and advertisements, there should only be one person per household during shopping trips, whenever possible.
    • Discontinue all self-serve foods (e.g., salad bar, olive bar) and product sampling.
    • Allow “touchless” credit card transactions. If not possible, sanitize credit card machines (including pen) regularly and consistently.
    • Cart and basket handles sanitized between uses (by staff).
    • Wherever possible, employees will wear gloves and face masks at all times that they are interacting with customers and/or handling products.


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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Places Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:55:53 -0400
Nuvance Health seeking volunteers who have recovered from COVID-19 for Blood Plasma Program https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/47548-nuvance-health-seeking-volunteers-who-have-recovered-from-covid-19-for-blood-plasma-program47548-nuvance-health-seeking-volunteers-who-have-recovered-from-covid-19-for-blood-plasma-program https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/47548-nuvance-health-seeking-volunteers-who-have-recovered-from-covid-19-for-blood-plasma-program47548-nuvance-health-seeking-volunteers-who-have-recovered-from-covid-19-for-blood-plasma-program

Nuvance Health is actively developing a Blood Plasma Donation program to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, they may be able to donate their blood plasma. This blood plasma contains antibodies that can be transferred to patients presently fighting the virus. 

Before the program launches later this month, Nuvance Health is presently recruiting volunteers. Potential donors are asked to register by filling out a questionnaire at the following link:  https://veoci.com/veoci/p/form/d9keubfc4gca

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set up criteria for donations that continue to evolve. Presently, in order to donate, a person must have had a positive COVID-19 test, be symptom-free for at least 14 days with a repeat negative swab or 28 days symptom-free with no need for a repeat swab. In the near future, it may be possible to evaluate people who may have had COVID-19 but were unable to get a test. 

Once a person registers, a member from the Nuvance Health plasma team will reach out to donors, with priority to those who meet the criteria. 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Nuvance Health) Public safety Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:42:12 -0400