Norwalk's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:17:35 -0400 HamletHub.com RVNAhealth Needs Our Help and Support! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45886-rvnahealth-needs-community-support45886-rvnahealth-needs-community-support https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45886-rvnahealth-needs-community-support45886-rvnahealth-needs-community-support

As of yesterday, Connecticut has over 1,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, 60% within Fairfield County. This number is forecast to double every day for the next three weeks.  

Local hospitals are discharging patients to make room for those with critical needs. These are patients with COVID-19, as well as other complications. As their partner, RVNAhealth is accepting the care for these patients – going into their homes, providing medical care, keeping them safe.

Please donate to RVNAhealth to ensure patients' safety and protect our caregivers who are entering homes and assisted living facilities.  

Because of your quick response to our last appeal, we were able to purchase PPE (personal protective equipment) so desperately needed. Our clinicians are working around the clock – literally. And your support is making this possible.

However, there continues to be a shortage of masks and gowns, and prices have skyrocketed. We are purchasing PPE at an unprecedented cost. We have no choice.  

Your help is still needed, and we hope you can make a gift to RVNAhealth. At today’s rate, it costs $65 to outfit one nurse – for a single visit to a COVID-19 patient. 

As we deal with the financial burden of overpriced medical supplies, and our clinicians carry more patients and work more hours than normally required, our resources are stretched. We cannot handle this crisis without your continued support. Can you help?

The work we are doing is making a difference. And we are asking for your help to continue.

Please donate to RVNAhealth

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kerry@ducey.org (Theresa Santoro) Charities Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:26:51 -0400
Connecticut has 1,012 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, 607 in Fairfield County https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45885-connecticut-has-1012-laboratory-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19-607-in-fairfield-county45885-connecticut-has-1012-laboratory-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19-607-in-fairfield-county https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45885-connecticut-has-1012-laboratory-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19-607-in-fairfield-county45885-connecticut-has-1012-laboratory-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19-607-in-fairfield-county

As of March 26, 2020, a total of 1012 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents 

Cases have been reported in all 8 Connecticut counties. Fairfield County has 607 confirmed cases, 49 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. The latest data reports Ridgefield as having 43 COVID-19 cases.

Throughout the state, 125 patients were hospitalized, and 21 residents have died (13 in Fairfield County, 3 in Tolland County, 2 in Hartford County, 2 in New Haven County, and 1 in Middlesex County).

View today's cases by town and additional details here.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:45:37 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Jonesly MMA Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45823-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-jonesly-mma-academy45823-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-jonesly-mma-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45823-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-jonesly-mma-academy45823-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-jonesly-mma-academy

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Jonesly MMA Academy!

Four questions with Jonesly Theus, founder of Jonesly MMA Academy.

Why did you start your business?

I started JoneslyMMA Academy to share the lessons I learned from martial arts that changed the trajectory of my life. As the son of Haitian immigrants who came to America and settled in Queens, NY. I was faced with many obstacles, such as being bullied, feeling insecure, and being frightened. I decided something had to change. Thankfully, I found martial arts, and through training, I learned to overcome adversity, which is the best way to develop self-confidence. That feeling of true confidence is what I want my students to possess after training at JoneslyMMA Academy.

What is your best selling product/service?

My group classes are my best selling service. Like-minded people come together to train to achieve common goals. Which is to get in shape, learn effective self-defense techniques and develop the psychology needed to avoid a fight

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services), and can you name them?

I use three local companies to support my business. The first business is Tech Compass (my website designer), located at 181 W Main St #1a, Norwalk CT. The other business, Stephanie Anestis Photography (my videographer), checks her out at stephanieanestis.com. The third business Sign smart ( my sign maker) located on two 1st St, Norwalk, CT 06855.

I would like to nominate Tech Compass as another Norwalk business you would like to promote.

Jonesly MMA Academy is located at 61 Main Street in Norwalk. Visit Jonesly MMA Academy online here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:24:00 -0400
Norwalk River Valley Trail offers critical outlet for exercise and experiencing the healing power of nature https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45884-norwalk-river-valley-trail-offers-critical-outlet-for-exercise-and-experiencing-the-healing-power-of-nature45884-norwalk-river-valley-trail-offers-critical-outlet-for-exercise-and-experiencing-the-healing-power-of-nature https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45884-norwalk-river-valley-trail-offers-critical-outlet-for-exercise-and-experiencing-the-healing-power-of-nature45884-norwalk-river-valley-trail-offers-critical-outlet-for-exercise-and-experiencing-the-healing-power-of-nature

NRVT Covid-19 Public Service signs now on the Trail

Wilton and Norwalk: in times like this, the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) offers a critical outlet for exercise and experiencing the healing power of nature. There’s been a significant uptick in trail usage as the trail offers a reprieve from the issues that surround us.

If you choose to go for a walk, run, or bike, please remember that the CDC's guidelines for social distancing apply on the trail too! Be sure to allow for 6 feet of distance between yourself and others on the trail at all times. 

“The NRVT trails were created for everyone to enjoy healthy exercise and a sense of well-being. It’s wonderful so many people are out on the NRVT, but these are challenging times for all of us. The CDC guidelines on social distancing are important to follow for everyone’s safety.” said Charlie Taney, NRVT Board President. Today, the NRVT posted signs on the trail reminding everyone to enjoy the Trail and be safe.  

NRVT is a planned 30 mile, ten-foot wide, multi-use trail running through the Heart of Fairfield County from Long Island Sound/Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to the Hills of Danbury/Tarrywile Park going  through Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding on the way. To date, 8 miles of the NRVT have been completed, with an additional 3 miles slated for construction in 2020.

For more information, visit: www.nrvt-trail.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (NRVT) Places Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:03:24 -0400
Maritime Aquarium offers new online learning programs to public & to CT schools https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45883-maritime-aquarium-offers-new-online-learning-programs-to-public-to-ct-schools45883-maritime-aquarium-offers-new-online-learning-programs-to-public-to-ct-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45883-maritime-aquarium-offers-new-online-learning-programs-to-public-to-ct-schools45883-maritime-aquarium-offers-new-online-learning-programs-to-public-to-ct-schools

In response to the COVID-19 closures, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be streaming two of its popular educational programs for free each week, while also making a selection of paid marine-science classes available to all area schools.

Students, families and individuals can take part in a virtual “citizen science” class on Wednesdays at 4 p.m., while a story-time program for younger children will go online at 10 a.m. each Friday. Both of the 40-minute live-streaming programs are free but do require advance reservations to receive a needed link.

Additionally, The Maritime Aquarium has adapted its educational programming for schools into live streamable sessions available online to any classroom beginning next week. There are options for students ranging from early childhood through high school.

“With schools doing distance learning, and teachers and parents hungering for ways of inspiring and educating students at home, we have created virtual educational experiences that will bring our animals, our staff and the wonders of Long Island Sound into homes during the time when students cannot visit our facility,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of Education.

Free Online

The free public programs available starting this week are:

• “Citizen Science” at 4 p.m. each Wednesday (recommended for ages 12 & up): Even while practicing social distancing, there are still opportunities to observe nature during a walk around your yard or even to look out the window for birds, squirrels and other animals. Participants will be introduced to apps like iNaturalist that can be used to record what they see, thereby contributing to scientists’ knowledge of our local environment. Plus, they’ll learn how to identify birds and to contribute information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird project.

• “Fish Tales” at 10 a.m. each Friday (for preschoolers): During this interactive story time, an Aquarium educator will lead young children and their parents/caregivers through songs, rhymes, dances, book readings and maybe even a visit with an animal ambassador. There’s a limit of 20 log-ins per session.

To join in, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org/experience and click on Virtual Programs. Registered participants will receive an emailed link that will “go live” at the designated time.

For Schools

The Maritime Aquarium has adapted its regular STEM-based, standards-fulfilling educational programming into a selection of online offerings that teachers can use as they implement distance learning. Beginning next week, the programs can be scheduled through the Aquarium’s Reservations department, similar to scheduling an Aquarium visit. The programs will be streamed live to allow for questions and answers and for adaptations to specific curriculum needs. Naiman said the programs also will be recorded for later viewing; for example, by a student who missed the live stream.

Nine programs are available next week, and others will be added soon, including a “Virtual Plankton Lab” for older students that will stream from aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel.

“I often tell teachers that our goal is for every one of them to see the Aquarium as a true extension of their classroom,” Naiman said. “That statement is heartfelt at all times, but even more so during the current situation, when many teachers are facing the greatest challenge of their careers. We can’t wait to help them to engage and inspire their students through this new platform.”

The programs available next week are: “Fish Tales” for preschoolers and kindergarteners; “Shark Safari” and “Similarities & Differences” for Grades K-2; “Life Between the Tides” and “Water Pollution” for Grades 3-5; and “Sound Ecosystems,” “Meet the Expert,” “Spring into Science” and “Coasts That Shift and Change” for Grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Programs vary in length from 40 to 60 minutes, are for up to 30 students, and cost $60 per presentation. Financial assistance is available for many schools. Teachers can learn more and sign up by going to www.maritimeaquarium.org/experience, and clicking on Distance Learning.

The educational programs are in addition to live Q&As that the Aquarium is offering at 3 p.m. each day on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/maritime.aquarium. All of these online efforts are being presented because – like other Connecticut attractions and recreational businesses – The Maritime Aquarium is closed to the public through April 30. (The complex system of caring for 3,000+ animals inside the Aquarium continues on a normal daily schedule.)

Learn more about what’s available from The Maritime Aquarium during the COVID-19 crisis on the Aquarium Facebook page and at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Places Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:35:49 -0400
Connecticut State Parks and Forest OPEN to Norwalk Residents for Solitary Outdoor Enjoyment https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45882-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-norwalk-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-158507167945882-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-norwalk-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-1585071679 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45882-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-norwalk-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-158507167945882-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-norwalk-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-1585071679

Walking and hiking are healthy ways to reduce stress during this difficult time, but make sure to adhere to social distancing as outlined by the CDC - even when outdoors!

Governor Lamont has allowed the trails and grounds of Connecticut State Parks and Forests to remain open for solitary outdoor enjoyment.  If you plan on visiting a park, it should be for solitary recreation, not group activities.

However, please note, to prevent community spread of COVID-19, indoor spaces at State Parks and Forests are closed and public restrooms will be closed at most state parks. 

A list of parks near Norwalk can be found here:

Park Location
Bennett's Ponds State Park Ridgefield
C.P. Huntington State Park Redding/Bethel/Newtown
Centennial State Forest Fairfield
Mianus River State Park Stamford
Putnam Memorial State Park Redding
S.L. Pierrepont State Park Ridgefield
Sherwood Island State Park Westport
Silver Sands State Park Milford
Trout Brook Valley State Park Easton
Wooster Mountain State Park Danbury

CT DEEP is providing up to the minute information about our parks here

Please plan ahead as many amenities and indoor facilities are closed. Connecticut State Parks and Forests urges you to take the following steps to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors:

  • If you’re not feeling well, stay home! 
  • Rather than traveling to some of the most popular spots, for example, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park, or Bluff Point State Park, try a park you may not have visited before or one close to your home. Because most park and forest facilities do not have open restrooms, visitors are encouraged to plan a trip to a nearby park for a short, local visit.
  • If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or trail, or return another day or time.
  • Observe the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people, whether you’re walking, biking, or hiking. Practice it and know what it looks like.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell, or horn.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to the park. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and equipment.

All state parks can be accessed by Connecticut residents free of charge, supported by the Passport to Parks program. 

The DEEP will be monitoring visitor capacity at the state’s most popular parks and may reduce the parking threshold to further limit the number of visitors and help to prevent overcrowding. For up-to-date information on park closures, follow @CTStateParks on Twitter.

Please be aware that the opening of camping season at Connecticut State Parks and Forests will be postponed until Memorial Day weekend in May, unless a further delay is required. All campground reservations that were made for stays prior to Memorial Day weekend will automatically be canceled and refunds will be processed. 

DEEP will be closely monitoring state and federal guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and will make further adjustments to state park and forest operations as needed. More tips for safe enjoyment of outdoor spaces are available from the National Recreation and Parks Association at www.nrpa.org. 

To keep informed of the latest updates, please visit: Connecticut State Parks, follow us on Twitter @CTDEEPNEWS and @CTStateParks, and facebook.com/CTState

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Parks and Forests) Places Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:38:15 -0400
Connecticut Gas Prices Drop 13 Cents in a Week https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45881-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-158498581145881-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-1584985811 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45881-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-158498581145881-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-1584985811

Declining crude oil prices continue to drive average gas prices lower this week, says AAA Northeast.

In Connecticut today, the statewide average of $2.29 is 13 cents cheaper compared to last week and 39 cents cheaper compared to last year.

A similar scenario is playing out on the national level: today’s national average price of $2.13 is also down 13 cents compared to last week and 49 cents lower compared to last year.

In the last week, crude oil prices dropped to $22 a barrel, a low not seen since 2002, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Crude accounts for nearly 60% of the retail pump price so when crude is cheap, gas prices follow suit.”

Generally, gas prices tend to rise at the start of spring. “But, that’s not the case this year,” Mayko added. “With Americans staying home and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of Covid-19, we’re seeing less traffic, which ultimately is driving down demand, increasing inventories and pushing pump prices down.”

The ongoing crude price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia is also contributing to the drop in prices and until the two countries end their standoff, domestic crude is likely to remain low, Mayko said.

Here's AAA’s weekly price survey of Connecticut’s six metro regions:

Greater Bridgeport                $2.40          Lower Fairfield County:                    $2.40

New Haven/Meriden            $2.28            Greater Hartford                                $2.26  

New London/Norwich          $2.27            Windham/Middlesex                        $2.21

                                                                   Statewide Average:  $2.29

Today, Oklahoma and Ohio register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.74 and $1.81, respectively. Hawaii and California continue to hold the highest prices in the nation with $3.48 and $3.21, respectively. Connecticut moved to the 15th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation. Average gas prices may be obtained daily through www.gasprices.aaa.com.

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (AAA Northeast) Places Mon, 23 Mar 2020 08:28:11 -0400
What’s an Essential and Nonessential Connecticut Business? Governor Ned Lamont Releases List https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/45880-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-158498165345880-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-1584981653 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/45880-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-158498165345880-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-1584981653

Today, Governor Ned Lamont released a list of businesses designated as essential.  Non-essential businesses are ordered to restrict their in-person workforce from going to work. The entire list along with the explanation is provided below.

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On March 20, 2020, The Governor issued Executive Order 7H, directing all businesses and nonprofit entities in the State of Connecticut to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ.  That order also directed that, no later than March 23, 2020 at 8 p.m., each non-essential business or nonprofit entity (and therefore not including or applicable to any state or local government agencies, quasi-public agencies, political subdivisions or other entities that do not constitute businesses or nonprofits) shall reduce the in-person workforce at each business location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels.  Executive Order 7H authorized the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) to provide legally binding guidance about which businesses are essential. Pursuant to that directive, DECD hereby issues the following guidance concerning which businesses and nonprofit entities are “essential” for purposes of Executive Order 7H.  

Nothing in this guidance shall be deemed to modify or supersede any current or future Executive Order that separately and specifically addresses a particular business or activity.  Specific businesses or activities separately addressed by other current or future Executive Orders issued pursuant to the current declared public health and civil preparedness emergency must comply with any such orders unless and until those orders are modified or terminated separately.    

THE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR NONPROFITS DESIGNATED IN THIS GUIDANCE are not subject to the in-person restriction set forth in Executive Order 7H.  With respect to non-essential businesses and nonprofits, this guidance applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and the steps they may take to request that designation.  

The guidelines set forth here apply to places of business. Non-essential businesses may continue activities that are conducted off-site (e.g. a customer’s home) and/or by telecommuting or working from home. 

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 7J, issued on March 22, 2020, 1) non-essential retailers may be staffed on-site, provided that they may only offer remote ordering (e.g. phone, internet, mail, dropbox) and curb-side pick-up or delivery and 2) non-essential businesses and nonprofits to allow staff or third parties on site to the minimum extent necessary to provide security, maintenance and receipt of mail and packages. This includes, but is not limited to, auto, boat, bicycle, recreational vehicle, and all other vehicle sales, if conducted remotely. 

To the extent possible, employees of Essential Businesses whose duties are not critical to an Essential Business function described below should telecommute or utilize any work from home procedures available to them.  

For purposes of Executive Order 7H, “essential business,” means:


1. Essential workers in the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors, as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security unless otherwise addressed in a prior or future executive order pertaining to the existing declared public health and civil preparedness emergency.

2. Healthcare and related operations including:

  • biotechnology therapies
  • consumer health products and services
  • doctor and dentist offices
  • elder care, including adult day care
  • health care plans and health care data
  • home health care workers or aides
  • hospitals
  • manufacturing, distributing, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, including research and development
  • medical marijuana dispensaries and producers
  • medical supplies and equipment providers, including devices, diagnostics, services, and any other healthcare related supplies or services
  • medical wholesale and distribution
  • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  • pharmacies
  • physical therapy and chiropractic offices
  • research and laboratory services, including testing and treatment of COVID-19
  • veterinary and animal health services
  • walk-in-care health facilities

3. Infrastructure including:

  • airports/airlines
  • commercial trucking
  • dam maintenance and support
  • education-related functions at the primary, secondary, or higher education level to provide support for students, including distribution of meals or faculty conducting e-learning
  • hotels and other places of accommodation
  • water and wastewater operations, systems, and businesses
  • telecommunications and data centers
  • transportation infrastructure including bus, rail, for-hire vehicles and vehicle rentals, and garages
  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply, and transmission
  • 4. All manufacturing and corresponding supply chains, including aerospace, agriculture, and related support businesses

5. Retail including:

  • appliances, electronics, computers, and telecom equipment
  • big-box stores or wholesale clubs, provided they also sell groceries, consumer health products, or operate a pharmacy
  • convenience stores
  • gas stations
  • grocery stores including all food and beverage retailers
  • guns and ammunition
  • hardware, paint, and building material stores, including home appliance sales/repair
  • liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees
  • pharmacies
  • pet and pet supply stores

6. Food and agriculture, including:

  • farms and farmer’s markets
  • food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities 
  • nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
  • restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

7. Services including:

• accounting and payroll services

• animal shelters or animal care or management, including boarding, grooming, pet walking and pet sitting 

• auto supply, repair, towing, and service, including roadside assistance

• bicycle repair and service

• building cleaning and maintenance

• child care services

• critical operations support for financial institutions

• financial advisors

• financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and check cashing services

• funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries

• insurance companies

• laundromats/dry cleaning

• legal and accounting services

• mail and shipping services

• marinas and marine repair and service

• news and media

• real estate transactions and related services, including residential leasing and renting

• religious services (subject to Executive Order 7D limiting gatherings to 50 people)

• storage for Essential Businesses

• trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing

• warehouse/distribution, shipping, and fulfillment

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including:

• food banks

• homeless shelters and congregate care facilities

• human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support social service agencies

9. Construction including:

• all skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers 

• general construction, both commercial and residential

• other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

• planning, engineering, design, bridge inspection, and other construction support activities

10. Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of all residences and other buildings (including services necessary to secure and maintain non-essential workplaces):

• building cleaners or janitors

• building code enforcement

• disinfection

• doormen

• emergency management and response

• fire prevention and response

• general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor

• home-related services, including real estate transactions, closings, appraisals, and moving services

• landscaping services

• law enforcement

• outdoor maintenance, including pool service

• pest control services

• security and maintenance, including steps reasonably necessary to secure and maintain non-essential businesses

• state marshals

11. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care, and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including: 

• billboard leasing and maintenance

• child care services

• essential government services

• government owned or leased buildings

• information technology and information security

• logistics

• technology support

12. Defense 

• defense and national security-related business and operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an Essential Business.

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should ONLY be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.

To request designation as an Essential Business, please click here.

Restrictions on requesting designation as an Essential Business:

• Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (e.g. attendant) is deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an Essential Business.

If you have further questions not answered above, please submit them to DECD at decd.covid19@ct.gov.

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Gov Lamont) Public safety Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:28:32 -0400
Red Cross Faces Severe Blood Shortage During COVID-19 Outbreak, Norwalk Residents Encouraged to Donate https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45879-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-norwalk-residents-encouraged-to-donate-158497621245879-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-norwalk-residents-encouraged-to-donate-1584976212 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45879-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-norwalk-residents-encouraged-to-donate-158497621245879-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-norwalk-residents-encouraged-to-donate-1584976212

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak.  “Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood,” the Red Cross says.

Many local blood drives are being postponed, but they are encouraging Norwalk residents to travel. You can find a Red Cross blood drive in or near Norwalk here.

Please note: you must wait 28 days to donate following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, or if you’ve been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon. 

Learn about What to Know about Coronavirus and Our Enhanced Blood Donation Safety Protocols

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Charities Mon, 23 Mar 2020 05:14:09 -0400
Celebrating the Puppies of Norwalk on National Puppy Day https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45878-today-is-national-puppy-day-norwalk-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-158497205145878-today-is-national-puppy-day-norwalk-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-1584972051 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45878-today-is-national-puppy-day-norwalk-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-158497205145878-today-is-national-puppy-day-norwalk-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-1584972051

Today, we celebrate puppies. Those furry bundles of unconditional love that bring so much joy to humans. We need that now more than ever.

"Rescue don’t shop" is the best rule of thumb when looking for a new pet.

Pet adoption is quickly becoming the preferred way to find a new puppy according to the Humane America Animal Foundation. The benefits of adopting a dog through a reputable agency over buying include:

  • More affordable
  • Most pets are housetrained
  • All shots and vet appointments up to date

Adopt a Pet is North America's Largest Non-Profit Pet Adoption Website. You can find pets to adopt near Norwalk by clicking on this link.

https://www.adoptapet.com/pet-search?clan_id=1&geo_range=50&location=Norwalk,%20CT

Adopt a Pet recommends finding out the ideal pet personality for you. Does the puppy fit with your lifestyle? With small kids?

Want to help in other ways?

  1. You can look for volunteer opportunities here: https://www.adoptapet.com/volunteer/opportunities
  2. Use social media to share pets up for adoption
  3. Donate

Happy National Puppy Day, Norwalk!

If you would like more information, please go here: https://www.adoptapet.com/get-involved

 

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Adopt a Pet) Neighbors Mon, 23 Mar 2020 04:48:04 -0400
Additional 104 Connecticut Residents Test Positive for COVID-19, State Total 327 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/45877-additional-104-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-state-total-32745877-additional-104-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-state-total-327 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/45877-additional-104-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-state-total-32745877-additional-104-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-state-total-327

Since yesterday, an additional 104 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the statewide total to 327. More than 3,600 tests have been conducted among the state and private labs to date. Approximately 51 people are hospitalized and there have been 8 deaths.

·       Governor Lamont is currently working on another executive order – his eleventh since the emergency declaration was made – that takes several additional actions. That executive order will be released Sunday evening.

·       The Department of Economic and Community Development is preparing guidance to Connecticut businesses for implementation of the governor’s executive order directing the statewide closure of all non-essential, in-person business functions effective 8PM on Monday, March 23. That guidance will also be released Sunday evening.

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut 

Since yesterday’s update, an additional 104 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 327. To date, more than 3,600 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories.

A county-by-county breakdown includes:

County

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

Hospitalized Cases

Deaths

Fairfield County

208

20

5

Hartford County

54

13

1

Litchfield County

12

3

0

Middlesex County

6

3

0

New Haven County

29

9

0

New London County

3

1

0

Tolland County

14

2

2

Windham County

1

0

0

Total

327

51

8

Since yesterday, three more Connecticut residents died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to eight. They include:

·       A man in his 80s who was a resident of a nursing home in Stafford Springs and recently hospitalized at Johnson Memorial Hospital (not to be confused with another man in his 80s who was also a resident of a nursing home in Stafford Springs and being treated at the same hospital, whose passing was reported in yesterday’s update);

·       A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a private home in Rocky Hill and recently hospitalized at Hartford Hospital; and

·       A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a private home in New Canaan and recently hospitalized at Norwalk Hospital.

For several additional charts and tables on testing performed in Connecticut, including a town-by-town breakdown of positive cases in each municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Governor Lamont finalizing an eleventh executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont is currently reviewing and finalizing another executive order – the eleventh since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his ongoing efforts to advance mitigation strategies that slow down the transmission of the virus. That executive order is anticipated to be released on Sunday evening.

Department of Economic and Community Development preparing guidance on the implementation of Governor Lamont’s executive order on non-essential business functions

The Department of Economic and Community Development is in the process of preparing guidance for businesses on how to implement the executive order Governor Lamont issued Friday directing all non-essential business functions in Connecticut to suspend in-person operations beginning Monday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m. That guidance is also anticipated to be released on Sunday evening and will be published on the state’s coronavirus website. 

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 information line is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. The hotline 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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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Sun, 22 Mar 2020 14:44:10 -0400
Norwalk Students can win $11,000 from AAA by Creating Safety Video https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45876-norwalk-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-158490663545876-norwalk-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-1584906635 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45876-norwalk-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-158490663545876-norwalk-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-1584906635

AAA is running a contest that will allow students to showcase their talents and help communicate a powerful message to drivers of all ages.

Students have until May 15 to enter in the AAA Northeast Video Contest for your chance to win more than $11,000.

We’re looking for original videos addressing the risks of marijuana-impaired driving.    

The winning videos will be shared on AAA Northeast’s social channels and on our website starting in June.

The contest is open to students in grades 9- 12 from cities and towns in the AAA Northeast territory.*

Enter the contest HERE.

If you have an Instagram account, follow @AAANortheast! We’ll be announcing the finalists on this platform.  And, if you have Facebook or Twitter, follow us there, too!

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (AAA Northeast) Events Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:53:30 -0400
Connecticut FAQ for Coronavirus Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/45875-connecticut-faq-for-coronavirus-pandemic-158490247245875-connecticut-faq-for-coronavirus-pandemic-1584902472 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/45875-connecticut-faq-for-coronavirus-pandemic-158490247245875-connecticut-faq-for-coronavirus-pandemic-1584902472

If you are a local business, HamletHub has created a form where you can provide community updates including special offerings as well as curbside pickup and delivery. Access the form here.

Testing places

The following is a list of testing hospitals within 25 miles of Norwalk recommended by the Governor of the State of Connecticut.  Please understand that you must first call your doctor before going to these testing sites.

Hospital
Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT
Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT
Danubury Hospital, Danbury, CT
Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT
Saint Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport, CT

TESTING FOR COVID-19 

Question: How do I know if I should be tested for COVID-19, and where do I go to be tested? 

Answer: 

If an individual has a fever (greater than or equal to 100.0°) and a cough, or shortness of breath, please call your primary care provider for information regarding local testing locations. You will need an order from your primary care physician to be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a primary care provider, and you have the symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever greater than or equal to 100.0°, and a cough or shortness of breath) please go to an urgent care center or to a federally qualified health center to get a doctor’s order to be tested.

TESTING CAPACITY AND SUPPLY OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Question: What is the state doing to ensure that there is adequate capacity for COVID-19 testing and a sufficient supply of protective equipment? 

Answer: 

Connecticut ordered personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Strategic National Stockpile. Due to high demand these items were on back order and so the supplies are expected to arrive March 19-20, 2020. Connecticut received significantly less than requested (only 14 percent of the initial request). State government agencies are implementing a plan to most efficiently distribute the equipment throughout the state. At the direction of Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the State of Connecticut has activated a framework for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection that are utilized by people providing healthcare services.

RESTRICTIONS ON WORKPLACES FOR NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

All workers at non-essential businesses in the state shall work from home. The governor is encouraging all businesses to employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work-from-home procedures that they can safely implement. The governor’s order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and similar critical services.

SCHOOL CLOSURES 

Question: Is my child’s school closed, and if so, until when? 

Answer: 

Governor Lamont has determined that to promote and secure the safety and protection of children in schools related to the risks of COVID-19, all public school classes will be canceled for all Connecticut students effective Tuesday, March 17 until at least March 31, 2020, and is encouraging private schools to follow the same schedule. As a result of evolving circumstances, the Governor has modified Executive Order 7 to account for the potential impact on schools that may be subject to longer-term cancellation of in-school classes and permits districts, upon reopening in the spring of 2020, to close schools on their normally scheduled end-dates, so long as local and regional boards of education provide 3/21/20 11 opportunities for continuity of education to all students to the greatest extent possible and consistent with federal and state guidance. 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING

Question: Will Advanced Placement (AP) tests still be administered this spring? 

Answer: 

The College Board, administrator of Advanced Placement exams, is offering students access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country beginning on Wednesday, March 25th. These optional, mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools. These classes will also be available on-demand, so teachers and students can access them at any time. These online classes are not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction as we know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible. Additionally, for the 2019-20 AP Exam administration only, we’re developing secure 45-minute online exams for each course. These streamlined digital exams will not require any test booklet shipments, external proctors, or any additional workload for schools. The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early-March. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. By April 3rd, we’ll publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will compromise each AP exam. Please find more details at: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/

CHILDCARE

Question: Will my child’s daycare center stay open?

Answer:

The state of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood is not instructing or requiring any program to close. Unless ordered by government officials, programs may remain open by their own determination which may be made considering guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Public Health and/or your local health department or district. Please be in direct touch with your childcare provider regarding plans to stay open or to close. As information regarding COVID-19 is continuing to evolve, the guidance provided by State Agencies is subject to change.

Question: Where can I find childcare if my child’s school is closed? 

Answer: 

Licensed family childcare homes may, within their licensed capacity, provide full-time care to enrolled school age children whose schools have closed due to the COVID-19 virus as done during school vacations. United Way of Connecticut’s 211 Infoline is available to help you locate childcare. You can reach the 211 Infoline by dialing 211 from any telephone, or online at https://www.211childcare.org.

For answers to additional questions including paid sick leave and family medical leave, click here.

 

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Governor Lamont) Life Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:30:24 -0400
SBA Announces Connecticut's 2020 Small Business Week Winners https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45874-sba-announces-connecticut-s-2020-small-business-week-winners-158489830945874-sba-announces-connecticut-s-2020-small-business-week-winners-1584898309 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45874-sba-announces-connecticut-s-2020-small-business-week-winners-158489830945874-sba-announces-connecticut-s-2020-small-business-week-winners-1584898309

10 CT winners of this year's award

Matthew Beaudoin, President & CEO of Mystic Knotwork in Mystic, CT has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2020 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s top award, according to an announcement made by Mark S. Hayward, SBA’s Interim District Director.

“We are extremely delighted to honor a truly amazing line up of small business owners and champions this year, said Mark S. Hayward, SBA’s Connecticut Interim District Director. It is important to recognize these outstanding small businesses in the state as they are the job creators, innovators and the fabric of our local communities!” “We hope the small business community will join the SBA and our host, Connecticut SCORE for an inspiring awards luncheon on May 7th in New Haven, CT.”

SBA Connecticut Winners 2020

  • Small Business Person of the Year - Matthew Beaudoin, Mystic Knotwork
  • Exporter of the Year - Richard Leite, Simtech, Inc.,
  • Minority-Owned Business of the Year - Maysa Akbar, Integrated Wellness Group
  • Microenterprise - Susan & Paul Doyle, Oasis Senior Advisors
  • Woman-Owned Business of the Year - Kelly Fisher, Kelly Construction Services
  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Yr. - Dr. Rachel Stansel, Environics
  • Manufacturer of the Year - Maria Pinto, Industrial Strength
  • Home-Based Business of the Year - Sharon K. Lewis, AdviCoach
  • Financial Champion of the Year - Gary Besser, M & T Bank
  • Womens Business Center of the Yr. - Women's Business Development Council, Southeastern CT

These prestigious awards have been recognized every year since 1963. The President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, recognizing the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, the dates are May 3 -9, 2020 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Charlotte, Denver, and Orange County/Inland Empire. A

As part of National Small Business Week celebrated May 3-9, Connecticut SCORE has invited the U.S. Small Business Administration to highlight the impact of outstanding small business owners and small business champions throughout the state.

These businesses will be honored at the annual award luncheon. For more information and to register: https://conta.cc/2T90BAW.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (SBA) Neighbors Sun, 22 Mar 2020 08:12:13 -0400
Something for Norwalk to look forward to - National Trails Day is coming June 6th https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45873-something-for-norwalk-to-look-forward-to-national-trails-day-is-coming-june-6th-158489523145873-something-for-norwalk-to-look-forward-to-national-trails-day-is-coming-june-6th-1584895231 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45873-something-for-norwalk-to-look-forward-to-national-trails-day-is-coming-june-6th-158489523145873-something-for-norwalk-to-look-forward-to-national-trails-day-is-coming-june-6th-1584895231

Did you know that Connecticut hosts the largest National Trails Day celebration in the nation according to the CT Forest and Park Association?

National Trails Day is scheduled to take place on June 6th and 7th.  You can register now by clicking here https://www.ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend/2020-connecticut-trails-day-event-registration-open

Last year the event attracted over 250 events and an estimated 5000 participants The event organizers are very helpful in making the event successful for first time participants.

Below is a list of hiking trails within 25 miles of Norwalk;

Location Trail
151 Brookdale Road & Merribrook Lane, Stamford Bartlett Arboretum & Mianus River Preserve & Park
Bennett’s Farm Road & 50 Barlow Mountain Rd, Ridgefield, CT Bennett’s Pond State Park & Seth Low Pierrepont State Park
Sunset Hill Rd., Redding, CT Collis P. Huntington State Park
314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary
1 Milford Point Rd, Milford, CT Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point
33 Pent Rd, Weston Devil's Den Nature Preserve
300 Grumman Ave, Norwalk, CT Gallaher Mansion and Cranbury Park
Howe Avenue, Shelton Indian Well State Park
1400 Georges Hill Rd, Southbury, CT Kettletown State Park
33 Pent Road, Weston Lucius Pond Ordway - Devil's Den Preserve
Merribrook Lane, Darien, CT Mianus River Park
Cary Road 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT Mianus River Preserve & Park Audubon Center of Greenwich
144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT New Canaan Nature Center
Sandy Hook, CT Paugussett State Forest
Old Mine Rd, Trumbull Pequonnock River Trail
Route 53 Sunset Hill Road, Redding, CT Saugatuck Reservoir Trails and Collis P. Huntington State Park
70 Southern Blvd, Danbury, CT Tarrywile Park
25 CT-136, Westport Winslow Park

If you would like more information, please click here https://www.ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend/7-reasons-lead-connecticut-trails-day-event.

For a list of all the state parks in CT, please click here https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Trail-and-Camping-Maps---CT-State-Parks-and-Forests

We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Trails) Events Sun, 22 Mar 2020 03:43:09 -0400