Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:10:21 -0400 HamletHub.com Monday is a game-changer for arts and culture in Ridgefield - move over social distancing! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66159-monday-is-a-game-changer-for-arts-and-culture-in-ridgefield-move-over-social-distancing66159-monday-is-a-game-changer-for-arts-and-culture-in-ridgefield-move-over-social-distancing https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66159-monday-is-a-game-changer-for-arts-and-culture-in-ridgefield-move-over-social-distancing66159-monday-is-a-game-changer-for-arts-and-culture-in-ridgefield-move-over-social-distancing

Monday will be artistically awesome in Ridgefield.

This Monday, April 6, a brand new art and cultural experience will be unveiled in Ridgefield. You will be beckoned to take a virtual step inside Ridgefield's many creative "hubs" where you will find entertainment and much-needed connectivity.

Enter Ridgefield Streams - an innovative platform that offers information about the many remote and virtual events that are being offered by arts organizations in Town.  Instead of having to stumble upon a Facebook posting about a virtual event, or reading about a livestream in a random eblast, this one central 'page' allows residents to see all 'goings-on' — in one location. 

Thank you to the local talent that have their hand in creating the dynamic website including Daniel C. Levine, Allison Stockel, Dee Dee Colabella, Bryan Perri, Katie Diamond, and Daniela Sikora. "There is no cost to the public and there is no cost involved to anyone visiting the website or any organization wishing to post on the site. All Ridgefield arts and cultural organizations are welcome to participate," says Daniel C. Levine, ACT's Artistic Director.
Questions? Email RidgefieldStreams@gmail.com.
kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:18:40 -0400
Ab at home: beauty necessities and tips to survive the quarantine https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66155-ab-at-home-beauty-necessities-and-tips-to-survive-the-quarantine66155-ab-at-home-beauty-necessities-and-tips-to-survive-the-quarantine https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66155-ab-at-home-beauty-necessities-and-tips-to-survive-the-quarantine66155-ab-at-home-beauty-necessities-and-tips-to-survive-the-quarantine

Ab at-home beauty necessities and tips to get your through the quarantine 

Oh, my hair! If you are taking the time to blow dry your hair, think about how to make it last longer. The ¾ updo, pulling all the hair from around your face up into a top knot… lightly hairspray OR spray with dry shampoo. The next morning, remove the topknot and brush your hair from roots to ends with a natural bristle brush.

Time to unwind and relax. Hey if it works for Madonna…if your pantry includes instant dry powdered milk, a cup of the powdered granules added to your bath will soothe skin and feel luxurious.

Gel nails that need attention now? Everyone who wears gel polish knows how removal works. After soaking your nails with cotton wrapped in foil, use a wood manicure stick to gently lift the old gel polish off. If a spot is difficult just ignore it until it is ready to flake off. Aggressive removal can remove the top layer of your nail. Lightly buff the surface of your nails, then soak your nails in warm oil (anything in the kitchen cupboard), and massage the soil in. It’s good to do this in the evening so it will soak in during the overnight hours when you are taking a break from handwashing.

Handwashing takes a toll on hands, disposable gloves are a perfect opportunity to boost your hand cream’s effectiveness …apply when you change gloves and end your stay in place or quarantine period with softer smoother hands. Pat excess hand cream off with a clean towel when you remove the gloves taking time to gently push back your cuticles.

Hey, those face masks are not doing you any good shoved in a drawer. Set them out, and use them often! When you take them off your face, if it is still moist, wrap it on heels, placing it under a pair of sox …or cut a piece to fit the back of your hand.

Avocados on my face? Why yes! If you purchased too many avocados, smash them up and do a facial by applying to clean, dry skin. Wash off with cool water when dry. Or, if you want to eat all of the avocados, save the skin! Rub the inside of the peel on your face (where there is often some green goodness left).

Humidifiers are smart and skin-friendly and are not just for sickness. Keep one ready to use in the bedroom and use it at night for better sleep and moisture retention of your skin or to relieve dry nasal passages and stressed skin.

kerry@ducey.org (adam broderick) Life Sat, 04 Apr 2020 06:15:47 -0400
Ridgefield Police Begin Storytime Video for Young Community Members https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66158-ridgefield-police-begin-storytime-video-for-young-community-members66158-ridgefield-police-begin-storytime-video-for-young-community-members https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66158-ridgefield-police-begin-storytime-video-for-young-community-members66158-ridgefield-police-begin-storytime-video-for-young-community-members

The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association wanted to let their little viewers know that beginning this Monday, April 6th the Department will post their first Storytime Video with a Police Officer. Tune into Facebook at 6pm.

Please visit the Ridgefield Police Facebook Page on Monday evening!

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Police) Neighbors Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:28:44 -0400
Ridgefield Neighborhood Creates Free Public Social Distancing Library https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66157-stonecrest-library66157-stonecrest-library https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66157-stonecrest-library66157-stonecrest-library

Stonecrest Free Public Distancing Library

Please help yourself to a Tinker Crate or a book or two!

Everything has been sanitized prior to being placed in the bin.

A thoughtful and generous family put together this collection of books for the neighborhood to share and enjoy during our Coronavirus shelter in place orders. Small acts of kindness like these are the glue that keep our community together.

Please ask yourself "What can I do to help others today?"

mantionetizzie@gmail.com (Tizzie Mantione) Neighbors Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:21:22 -0400
Test Your Knowledge of Ridgefield History with KTM&HC’s Battle of Ridgefield Digital Trivia Quiz https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66156-test-your-knowledge-of-ridgefield-history-with-ktm-hc-s-battle-of-ridgefield-digital-trivia-quiz66156-test-your-knowledge-of-ridgefield-history-with-ktm-hc-s-battle-of-ridgefield-digital-trivia-quiz https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66156-test-your-knowledge-of-ridgefield-history-with-ktm-hc-s-battle-of-ridgefield-digital-trivia-quiz66156-test-your-knowledge-of-ridgefield-history-with-ktm-hc-s-battle-of-ridgefield-digital-trivia-quiz

How well do you really know your Battle of Ridgefield history? It’s time to find out by entering Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s Battle of Ridgefield trivia contest.

In recognition of the 243rd anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield on April 27, 2020, KTM&HC is emailing daily trivia questions about this historic event from April 1st to April 30th. Most questions are multiple-choice; some require a little more thought; and all are quick, fun ways for adults and kids to test their history acumen from the comfort of their homes. All questions are answered on a dedicated, participant-only page on the KTM&HC website.                                              

“Every year for the past five years, KTM&HC has sponsored a spirited History Trivia Contest for adults and children,” said Catherine Prescott, lead curator and assistant museum director at KTM&HC. “This year we had to cancel our in-person gathering because of the coronavirus, so we came up with a creative way to make it a virtual game.”

The questions were researched and compiled by Charlie Pankenier, emcee of the popular “live” History Trivia Contest where contestants competed for the coveted Fountain Trophy and bragging rights.

“This year’s quiz will be spread across an entire month to keep within the guidelines for social distancing,” Pankenier said. “Instead of one team winning the trophy, everyone will have had the satisfaction of playing along for 30 days and learning key facts about this momentous event in our town’s history.”

KTM&HC encourages families, friends, and single contestants to play virtually. Everyone who plays is also invited to a private Facebook group where people can discuss their answers and general knowledge of history in a digital, salon-like setting.

Entry is free and open to all ages and levels of knowledge. To play, sign up to receive daily questions at this link here

kerry@ducey.org (Lynn Felici-Gallant) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:24:42 -0400
Ridgefield Attorney Answers Questions About COVID-19 Insurance Claims https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66154-ridgefield-attorney-answers-questions-about-covid-19-insurance-claimes66154-ridgefield-attorney-answers-questions-about-covid-19-insurance-claimes https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66154-ridgefield-attorney-answers-questions-about-covid-19-insurance-claimes66154-ridgefield-attorney-answers-questions-about-covid-19-insurance-claimes

Can my local business make an insurance claim for business interruption due to COVID-19?

We sat down with Joe Pastore, a longtime Ridgefield resident, and residential and national commercial litigator, to ask him some questions about insurance that may be available for local businesses impacted by the COVID - 19 pandemic.

What is business interruption insurance?

Business interruption insurance, also known as business income insurance, is commercial property insurance designed to cover loss of income incurred by an organization due to a slowdown or suspension of its operations at its premises, under certain circumstances. Business interruption insurance may include coverage for a suspension of operations due to a civil authority or order.

Business interruption coverage is generally triggered when the policyholder sustains physical loss or damage to insured property by a covered loss as defined in the policy. In the event of a claim for a business interruption related to COVID-19, insurance carriers and policyholders will dispute whether the physical loss requirement has been satisfied. In the aftermath of previous viral outbreaks early this century (e.g., SARS, rotavirus, etc.), the insurance industry responded by adding exclusions designed to preclude coverage for such losses. The insurance coverage arguments are varied, and those arguments will be the subject of litigation over the coming years.

Is this insurance available to local businesses?

Yes of course. But the policy would have to be acquired prior to the loss or the shutdown.

How do I file a claim for losses to my business?

Most policies are sold by an insurance broker. They should be able to direct you to the correct claim procedure. The policy itself should have provisions for filing a claim.

Will insurance companies cover the claims?

The answer is maybe. In part, it depends upon the language of the individual policy. Further, it depends upon how you frame the claim. Now, the insurance industry has staked out a position that business interruption policies do not, and were not designed to, provide coverage against communicable diseases such as COVID-19. However, the first case has been filed by a restaurant in New Orleans, and New Jersey has taken preliminary steps to alter the terms of insurance contracts.

Thus, the manner in which the claim is pursued could very much influence whether it is honored. Certainly, for larger claims, there could be a legal fight brewing.

When do I have to file a claim?

Claims are governed by the applicable statute of limitations. That stated, the courts and the insurance companies may become inundated with issues. Making it to the top of the pile never hurts.

Questions? You can contact Joe Pastore at Jpastore@psdlaw.net, 203.658.8454, or visit their website at psdlaw.net.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:59:01 -0400
Meet the RVNAhealth Front Line https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66153-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line66153-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66153-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line66153-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line

RVNAhealth has a team of amazing clinicians and caregivers on the front line battling COVID. They are heroes - though they don't view it that way. 

They are the clinicians and caregivers who step forward when others step back. They are also the leaders who don’t just coach from the sidelines but find their way into the field. The RVNAhealth Front Line is driven by commitment and conviction, and their unwavering belief that the difference they make in their patients’ lives is an important one. 

And never are they more correct than now.  RVNAhealth is proud to introduce you. 

Throughout the month, RVNAhealth be sharing glimpses of as many team members as possible. They will also be featuring our front line on a special web page.

Please visit the page often (we'll be updating it frequently), to meet the team. And -- if you can -- please help RVNAhealth keep them safe by Protecting a Caregiver.

Meet the RVNAhealth Front Line

Jessica Velasco, RN
Jessica has an interesting story.  In times of 'normalcy,' she is our Home Health Aide Supervisor and Chronic Care Manager.  But when COVID-19 began to take hold, Jessica elected to return to the field to help care for patients she had served in days gone by -- this time as a hospice nurse. Meet Jessica 

Joe Naber, OTR
It's funny, the course of one's life. In school, Joe studied Construction Management. But when post-graduate opportunities were limited, he took a detour to Rehabilitation. Joe is now an Occupational Therapist serving COVID-19 patients in their residences and facilities. Joe may not be managing construction, but he is building trust and hope wherever he goes. Meet Joe

Annecia Young, HHA
Annecia Young is young, but she's also wise, and a wonderful and compassionate caregiver. She learned at the hands of her mother -- a nurse -- and cares for her patients as she hopes to be cared for herself one day, with honesty and love.  The challenges of COVID-19 don't stop Annecia. Her energy runs strong. Meet Annecia

Marlene Alba, EHR Specialist
Behind every successful Front Line is a team of experts quietly keeping the wheels turning. Marlene Alba is part of that team. An Electronic Health Record expert and educator, Marlene is focused now on keeping our system in sync with the evolving COVID-19 needs so our Front Line team can focus on the patients they see. Meet Marlene


Throughout the month, RVNAhealth be sharing glimpses of as many team members as possible. They will also be featuring our front line on a special web page.


Please visit the page often (RVNAhealth be updating it frequently), to meet the team. And -- if you can -- please help RVNAhealth keep them safe by Protecting a Caregiver.


kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:49:47 -0400
Town of Ridgefield reports 90 COVID-19 cases, 10 community member have died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66152-town-of-ridgefield-reports-90-covid-19-cases-10-community-member-have-died66152-town-of-ridgefield-reports-90-covid-19-cases-10-community-member-have-died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66152-town-of-ridgefield-reports-90-covid-19-cases-10-community-member-have-died66152-town-of-ridgefield-reports-90-covid-19-cases-10-community-member-have-died

Health Director Ed Briggs confirms that we have 90 COVID-19 cases reported with ages still ranging from 2-101. Our death toll remains at ten and is a sad reminder of how diligent we must remain in keeping our most vulnerable population safe. Please continue to isolate as much as possible, practicing social distancing when we must go out and following all the CDC recommendations.

  • Ridgefield Responds, a charity under the Friends of Ridgefield (public 501c-3) has announced a residential rent assistance program for Ridgefield residents who have lost income as a result of COVID=19 and need help with rental payments. Details of this program are posted on the town website: ridgefieldct.org. Contributions can be sent to: Friends of Ridgefield – Ridgefield Responds, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Please notify employers who sponsor matching contributions.

If you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER, who will prescribe a test if needed. Immediately self-quarantine.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay at home. Ask friends or family or one of the many volunteer organizations available to utilize takeout and curbside services. PLEASE quarantine within your home by following CDC precautions on how to protect others living in your household.
  • Police are urging you to be aware of potential scams. No one will approach you and ask for information in order to receive your stimulus package. Do not give out information and if you have a question on whether something is legitimate, call the Ridgefield police department nonemergency line: 203- 438-6531.
  • Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team will postpone the live stream COVID-19 originally planned for today and will resume when there are actionable updates available. Go to ridgefieldct.org for an archive of all previous updates. For questions, go to Facebook – Ridgefield oem or email selectman@ridgefieldct.org.
  • To sign up to receive messages pertaining to Ridgefield, sign up for CTAlert.gov. For those without an email use: noemail@ridgefield.com. Be sure to put the town in the relevant field and check off how you would like to receive the message. Prioritize how to receive your messages or check phone only. CTAlert messages are delivered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or as needed.


kerry@ducey.org (Town of Ridgefield) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:18:57 -0400
Why Community Matters in Ridgefield: find out how Amy Piantaggini finds inspiration and connectivity https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66151-why-community-matters-in-ridgefield-find-out-how-amy-piantaggini-finds-inspiration-and-connectivity66151-why-community-matters-in-ridgefield-find-out-how-amy-piantaggini-finds-inspiration-and-connectivity https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66151-why-community-matters-in-ridgefield-find-out-how-amy-piantaggini-finds-inspiration-and-connectivity66151-why-community-matters-in-ridgefield-find-out-how-amy-piantaggini-finds-inspiration-and-connectivity

Why Community Matters

Local creativity is overflowing in communities as moms, dads, small business owners, nonprofit leaders and volunteers are finding new ways to communicate in this new world of social isolation. Their coping strategies and ingenuity are beyond inspiring! 

We are proud to introduce you to these innovators in “Why CommunityMatters”, a series made possible by LIFEWTR.

Meet Amy Piantaggini, Executive Director of Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance.

With the new norm of practicing social distancing, how are you finding creative ways to connect with family and friends?  

Our Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance board believes that live online classes are crucial to keeping our students engaged through dance and connected to their faculty and classmates.  The camaraderie developed in our classes over the school year, is in my opinion, integral to helping our students cope through this global health crisis.  Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance (RCD) is currently offering online dance classes, live-streamed via Zoom. 

Many teachers have already published syllabi, inspirational video links, and started interactive Q & A’s.  As Executive Director, I am working with other dance studio directors all over the nation through online forums and the National Dance Education Organization, the industry leader I am following closely.  This platform also allows parents, who have paid for an entire semester of education, to still receive services from RCD so that their children’s dance education is continued. We will be able to see students live and make real-time corrections that would not be possible if students merely practiced at home by following a recording.  This platform allows us to use an array of interactive materials that we never had even considered pre-quarantine days! It also allows us to honor our faculty’s contracts by allowing them to teach for the remainder of the semester.

Can you tell us if you or any of your colleagues are doing creative things at home to find joy and inspiration?  

I personally am doing a lot of cooking and doing live online workouts with Train2Excel of Ridgefield who has kept me moving through this time. Fit Club is also sharing online workouts. Other members of our faculty, many who commute from New York, City, are setting up dance instruction online.  Mary Beth Hansohn is offering yoga from her rooftop, and Danielle Marie Fusco is launching a variety of online classes including Jazz and Musical Theater. 

If you are a parent, have you found creative ways to engage kids at home? 

I await a large shipment of seed starter kits, to engage the kids through gardening.  My older son is a senior, and his stress reliever has been working on his truck and going for rides.  We are all spending a lot of time organizing and making our home space cozier.

Do you know of any local businesses or nonprofits innovating to serve communities during this difficult time? How?

ACT of Connecticut and Ridgefield Playhouse just broadcast an amazing performance and looks like many are following suit.  I think Ridgefield can look forward to an influx of livestream from its rich resources of arts in town!

Learn more about Amy Piantaggini and Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance here.

Community matters - now more than ever. We are thankful to LIFEWTR for helping us to connect and stay strong.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:58:12 -0400
Longtime Ridgefield Resident Arlene I. Hallett, 76, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66146-longtime-ridgefield-resident-arlene-i-hallett-76-has-died66146-longtime-ridgefield-resident-arlene-i-hallett-76-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66146-longtime-ridgefield-resident-arlene-i-hallett-76-has-died66146-longtime-ridgefield-resident-arlene-i-hallett-76-has-died

Arlene I. Hallett

Arlene I. Hallett, 76, of Ridgefield, left this world abruptly and far too soon on March 24, 2020 after a brief and unexpected illness. Arlene was born on September 20, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA; beloved only child of the late Orlando and Gertrude (aka "Dolly" DeVito) Iannotti, whom she now joins in heaven.
A longtime Ridgefield resident, Arlene was well loved and was a genuinely warm, caring, giving, family loving woman full of real-life wisdom. Arlene was a retired Real Estate Agent having worked in the area for 25 years. She was a long-time member of St. Mary's Church of Ridgefield and for decades hosted an epic post-Christmas-eve midnight Mass party that would last well into the early hours of Christmas morning. She was loved by her children's many friends, whom she welcomed into their home with open arms.
Arlene LOVED Pittsburgh and was an avid Steelers fan. She also loved dance and actively participated in Jazzercise for several decades. After retiring from real estate, she worked side-by-side with her daughter, Kristen, former owner of the Jazzercise Center in Stamford, where she welcomed hundreds of Jazzercise customers over the years and always had a smile and a kind word or a funny story to share. She was an active member of Founders Hall, taking exercise and tap dancing classes, history classes, playing canasta, going on excursions, and most importantly cultivating a family of close friends whom she cherished and who are all devastated by her sudden passing.
She and her beloved partner of thirty years, Roy Berardelli, enjoyed ballroom dancing and loved attending dances and ballroom weekends in the Poconos. They regularly visited Roy’s Wildwood Crest home where they enjoyed walking on the beach, collecting shells, quiet sunset dinners and frequently attending the Veteran’s Flag lowering ceremonies in Cape May.  
She loved her grandsons and being a grandmother was one of the greatest joys of her life.  She loved shopping, theatre, catching up and learning new things. She was a quiet force of nature.
Arlene is survived her daughter Kristen Hallett Rzasa (Richard), son, Thomas V. Hallett, Jr. (Heather), grandsons Landon and Chase and her companion and partner, Roy Berardelli. She was predeceased by her parents and her former husband, Thomas V. Hallett.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of her two favorite charities: Founders Hall in Ridgefield https://founders-hall.org and So Many Angels  https://somanyangels.org/
Due to the current health emergency, no services are planned at this time. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.
kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:40:00 -0400
Ridgefield's Landmark Fountain Bare and Beautiful https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66150-ridgefield-s-landmark-fountain-bare-and-beautiful66150-ridgefield-s-landmark-fountain-bare-and-beautiful https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66150-ridgefield-s-landmark-fountain-bare-and-beautiful66150-ridgefield-s-landmark-fountain-bare-and-beautiful

Coat of Armour Removed from Cass Gilbert Fountain 

The Cass Gilbert Fountain, in all its glory, has become a town 'rite of passage', and a true sign that the seasons are changing. Whether it is bedecked for the holidays, or artfully decorated with glorious flowers, passersby are reminded that time has not stood still.  

Today, the outer 'cage' of the fountain was removed. Spring flowers in full bloom will soon surround this town landmark (but it's beautiful just as it is!) Thank you to Jessica Collins for this amazing photo - taken this morning!

Our beautiful Cass Gilbert Fountain was donated to the town in 1916 by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, within sight of his summer home in the historic Keeler Tavern. During his time in Ridgefield, Gilbert designed the 1913 Woolworth Building, for many years the world’s tallest skyscraper, as well as the 1935 Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:21:26 -0400
OrthoConnecticut Offers Virtual Medical Visits https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66149-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits66149-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66149-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits66149-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OrthoConnecticut is now offering telemedicine - virtual visits that enable you to see an orthopedic surgeon from the privacy and safety of your own home or office.

Did you know that many orthopedic issues, including some urgent issues, can be diagnosed using telemedicine appointments? You can get the specialized orthopedic care you need during this period of physical distancing and staying close to home. Telemedicine is simple to use, and the secure video conferencing technology can be used with any device.

Telemedicine Benefits

•          Get a diagnosis on new musculoskeletal issues

•          Follow up on an existing issue

•          Get post-surgical advice from your own physician

•          Practice physical distancing without reducing your quality of care

•          Review diagnostic tests such as x-rays and MRIs during a telemedicine visit

•          Simple and easy scheduling

•          Insurance processing for telemedicine and in-office visits are the same

How it Works

To schedule your telemedicine appointment with a specialist, call the number for the office location of your choice. All Telemedicine appointments must be booked by phone:

Danbury                203-797-1500

Norwalk                 203-845-2200

New Milford           860-355-8000

Pain Center           203-792-7246 

Our staff will help schedule your virtual appointment. A consent form and step-by-step directions will then be sent to you, explaining exactly how to perform a virtual visit with our physicians.  

OrthoConnecticut will continue to provide quality care while keeping our patients and staff safe by limiting unnecessary risk and exposure.  The practice appreciates the community’s patience while we navigate this unprecedented environment.


OrthoConnecticut is the region’s premier, multi-specialty orthopedic practice, helping patients regain mobility, lead active lives, and attain optimal well-being. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express, is open 7 days a week for emergencies and is available in Danbury, Darien, New Milford, Norwalk and Westport. To make a telemedicine appointment with any of the practice’s specialists, or to learn more visit http://www.myorthoct.com/ or call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1.833.678.4628).

kerry@ducey.org (Page Bowler) Life Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:10:06 -0400
John Frey Explains Governor's Executive Order 7T Prohibiting Nonessential Lodging https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/66148-john-frey-explains-governor-s-executive-order-7t-prohibiting-nonessential-lodging66148-john-frey-explains-governor-s-executive-order-7t-prohibiting-nonessential-lodging https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/66148-john-frey-explains-governor-s-executive-order-7t-prohibiting-nonessential-lodging66148-john-frey-explains-governor-s-executive-order-7t-prohibiting-nonessential-lodging

Governor Lamont this evening announced another Executive Order – Executive Order 7T.

Executive Order 7T restricts the occupancy of hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals including those arranged on-line to healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers and the homeless during the crisis. The Order modifies earlier guidance regarding bars and restaurants serving alcohol for off-premise consumption, suspends notary requirements for applications to the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program and allows the Commissioner of Early Childhood to temporarily waive requirements deemed necessary to maintain a sufficient capacity of childcare services or stabilize child care providers. It also suspends certain hearing rights for healthcare providers. The Order also makes changes to affidavit requirements for an order of protection and relief.

Executive Order 7T enacts the following provisions:

Prohibition on non-essential lodging: Prohibits all hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals (including those arranged through online hosting platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo) from renting to customers for leisure or vacation purposes. Instead, lodging at these facilities must be limited to:

Health care workers, first responders, and other essential workers;
Workers engaged in transporting critical materials to hospitals;
Vulnerable populations, including those who are homeless;
Connecticut residents who need a place to self-quarantine away from family or roommates;
Those receiving long-term care or specialized medical treatment;
Connecticut residents in need of housing as a result of property damage, such as a fire;
Persons unable to return home because of constraints on travel; and
Persons engaged in providing or servicing lodging.
Further clarification of limits on restaurants, bars, and private clubs: Permits, under certain conditions, food establishments and liquor manufacturers to deliver alcoholic liquor and allows additional manufacturers to sell alcoholic liquor for pick-up and delivery. This will provide additional opportunities for these businesses to safely deliver their products directly to customers and reduce travel outside the home.

Suspension of notarization requirement related to Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program: Suspends the notarization requirement for certifying compliance with nondiscrimination laws for applicants seeking assistance through the recently created Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program for small businesses in order to ensure that applications can be completed and processed in an efficient manner.

Flexibility to maintain adequate child care infrastructure: Provides the commissioner of Early Childhood with the authority to implement a financial package to compensate emergency child care and stabilize the child care field to support providers through the emergency response.

Suspension of rehearing rights for temporary rate increases for certain health care providers: Enables the Department of Social Services to provide relief to various providers, including nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities for the intellectually disabled, and residential care homes, by way of a temporary rate increase to address the COVID-19 public health emergency without being subject to rehearings challenging the overall magnitude and methodology of the rate increases that can, in some case, take years to come to a conclusion and expose the state to increased costs beyond those necessary to pay the temporary rate increases.

Alternative to affidavits in relation to orders of protection and relief: Suspends the requirement that victims of domestic abuse sign an application for an order of protection under oath before a notary or attorney. Instead, the order enables them to sign an application outside the presence of a third party under the penalty of false statement. Governor Lamont thanks the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Judicial Branch for their input and coordination on this important matter. This order, along with additional changes the Judicial Branch intends to make to its Rules of Civil Procedure, will ensure victims of domestic abuse continue to have access to our courts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Order 7T can be read here

The governor’s full press release can be read here

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kerry@ducey.org (John Frey) Politics Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:03:48 -0400
Ridgefield Loses Three Additional Residents to COVID-19, Case Numbers Stay Steady https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66145-ridgefield-loses-another-resident-to-covid-19-case-numbers-stay-steady66145-ridgefield-loses-another-resident-to-covid-19-case-numbers-stay-steady https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/66145-ridgefield-loses-another-resident-to-covid-19-case-numbers-stay-steady66145-ridgefield-loses-another-resident-to-covid-19-case-numbers-stay-steady

It is with great sadness that we report three more losses from one of our assisted care facilities. We know all of Ridgefield joins in sending our deepest condolences. Health Director Ed Briggs confirms that our numbers remain consistent with ages still ranging from 2-101.

• Ridgefield Responds, a charity under the Friends of Ridgefield (public 501c-3) has announced a residential rent assistance program for Ridgefield residents who have lost income as a result of COVID=19 and need help with rental payments. Details of this program will be posted tomorrow, April 3 on the town website: ridgefieldct.org.

• If you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER, who will prescribe a test if needed. Immediately self-quarantine.

• If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay at home. Ask friends or family or one of the many volunteer organizations available to utilize takeout and curbside services. PLEASE quarantine within your home by following CDC precautions on how to protect others living in your household.

• Police are urging you to be aware of potential scams. No one will approach you and ask for information in order to receive your stimulus package. Do not give out information and if you have a question on whether something is legitimate, call the Ridgefield police department nonemergency line: 203- 438-6531.

• First Responders (Police and Fire) are taking an abundance of caution as they respond due to the finite number of responders. They ask you not to be alarmed if you see them in protective gear and to remember they are still your community police and fire showing up to help you.

• Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team will provide a COVID-19 live update tomorrow, April 3 at 4pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast) and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. The website also has archives of all previous updates. • To sign up to receive messages pertaining to Ridgefield, sign up for CTAlert.gov.

For those without an email use: noemail@ridgefield.com.

Be sure to put the town in the relevant field and check off how you would like to receive the message. Prioritize how to receive your messages or check phone only. CTAlert messages are delivered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or as needed.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Ridgefield) Neighbors Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:34:55 -0400
St Stephen’s Offers Palm Sunday Service on Facebook Live https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66144-st-stephen-s-offers-palm-sunday-service-on-facebook-live66144-st-stephen-s-offers-palm-sunday-service-on-facebook-live https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/66144-st-stephen-s-offers-palm-sunday-service-on-facebook-live66144-st-stephen-s-offers-palm-sunday-service-on-facebook-live

Reverend Whitney Altopp and a small team of St Stephen’s parishioners and musicians are offering a Facebook Live stream for Palm Sunday Worship Service at 10am, Sunday April 5.

“Now more than ever, we want to welcome everyone who is so moved to gather in prayer and worship during Holy Week,” says Whitney. “Last Sunday we noticed that our Facebook Live Stream was an especially easy place for new and old friends and neighbors to connect for a time of peace and reflection. We want to continue to share this opportunity as broadly as we can across the Ridgefield community.”

St Stephen’s Sunday Morning services will be happening here: St Stephen's Facebook page live stream.

Also refer to St. Stephen's Church website for additional information.

kerry@ducey.org (St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church) Life Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:08:36 -0400