Sono's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/sono Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:16:22 -0400 HamletHub.com ACT of Connecticut Announces 2020-2021 Season, Tickets to Broadway Performances Now On Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3264-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale3264-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3264-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale3264-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale

It is with great joy and excitement that ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is able to announce the theater’s anticipated return with next season’s line-up of productions. After making the very difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows for this season, the ACT team has re-worked next season’s calendar to bring Ridgefield and the surrounding communities three unbelievable productions.

The 2020-2021 season will begin on October 1, 2020. ACT of CT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine says, “While it is quite possible that ACT would be able to open its doors before next season, we felt as though we wanted to make the most appropriate decision for both the theater and our community. Opening in the fall makes sense. Next season’s line-up is truly the perfect selection of shows after this period of isolation. I can’t wait to begin our work on these three incredible productions and to once again see our friends and neighbors. Our 2020-2021 line-up is entertaining, heartwarming, magical, and inspirational. Freaky Friday is the perfect show to re-open with. And if you are a Wicked fan, then Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots will be non-stop smiles. Into the Woods remains my all-time favorite musical, and I am beyond excited for our audiences to see what we have in store with this production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece.”

ACT of CT’s 2020-2021 Season Includes:

Freaky Friday

October 1 – 25, 2020
Book by Bridget Carpenter
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Based on the novel Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to make things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the hit Disney film, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. With music and lyrics by the TONY Award winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Freaky Friday has become one of the most popular new musicals of the year!

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook

The Presenting Stephen Schwartz Series
January 28 – February 21, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by David Stern

Conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern

Additional Music and Lyrics by David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kauffman, Alan Menken and Charles Strouse

Arrangements and Orchestrations by Steve Orich

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook is an original musical by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz. Snapshots follows a suburban couple on the verge of divorce after 30 years of marriage. A hidden suitcase in their attic containing photographs of their life together reconnects them with their past as younger versions of themselves appear and play out “snapshots” from their relationship. Snapshots incorporates over two dozen of Schwartz's songs, including songs from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, The Magic Show, Working, Children of Eden, and Enchanted. If you are a fan of Wicked (and other Schwartz musicals), this is the show for you!

Into the Woods
May 13 – June 6, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

A timeless and deeply relevant Tony Award-winning musical, Into The Woods is one of Stephen Sondheim's most inventive works. Directed by ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, this sophisticated fairy-tale mash-up tells the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two embark on a journey into the woods to change their fate. Many wishes are granted, but as the characters discover, every wish can have far-reaching consequences and “anything can happen in the woods”.

Subscriptions for the 2020-2021 Season are available now through the ACT of CT website at actofct.org. Season packages include a 10% discount on tickets to the 2020-2021 mainstage productions, free ticket exchange per production and advance notification of additional events. Purchase tickets HERE.

For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, fall education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with 11 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards in 2018-2019, its inaugural season. ACT of CT’s productions have garnered critical acclaim, too; they’ve been listed among the “top ten equity shows of 2019” by Hearst Connecticut Media Group, and have received similar “top ten” accolades from critics Nancy Sasso Janis and Jim Ruocco. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit actofct.org for further information.

 

ACT of Connecticut's 2020/2021 Season Announcement

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:33:23 -0400
Sono Residents Can Support Connecticut Food Bank By Participating in Race Against Hunger https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3263-sono-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-15862938853263-sono-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293885 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3263-sono-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-15862938853263-sono-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293885

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

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

Date Time City Place
Wednesday, April 8 9:30 AM Danbury New Hope Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 8 4:00 PM Bridgeport Roosevelt School
Wednesday, April 8 5:30 PM Bethel Walnut Hill Church

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

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Food Banks) Events Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:43:32 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Commits $100,000 to Help Feed the Community https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/3262-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community3262-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/3262-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community3262-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community

In response to the COVID-19 national health crisis, Fairfield County Bank announced today its new program, Feeding Fairfield County, and a $100,000 commitment to help feed the community.

“As a result of the outbreak, many of our community members are struggling to feed their families.  As we tirelessly work to help our impacted business and consumer clients overcome their financial challenges, it is also important for us to take a leadership position to help community members with the urgent need of putting food on the table,” says Dan Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank.

Feeding Fairfield County, Fairfield County Bank’s COVID-19 food security response program, is a multi-faceted program designed to improve access to food for community members suddenly impacted by the national health crisis.  The program includes direct contributions to local food banks as well as purchasing gift cards from local restaurants that will be donated to help feed at-risk communities and our heroic healthcare workers and first responders.

“We want to contribute not only money but also create a program to bring together our local businesses, clients, and the overall community to further feed people in need.  We encourage everyone who can to join us in supporting the community through this program,” adds David Schneider, Fairfield County Bank CEO.

Dan Berta goes on to say, “The Bank’s restaurant clients are some of our most notable community leaders.  This is an opportunity for us to also help them during this crisis by purchasing gift cards that we then donate to people in need and using them to bring food to our front-line healthcare workers and first responders.”

Additionally, Fairfield County Bank will be directing some of its on-going community-focused efforts towards food-related causes, including the Bank’s Charity of the Month program, the Bank’s Coins for a Cause program, employee gift matching program, and volunteer efforts.

In the coming days, Fairfield County Bank will be providing details on how community members can join the effort.  For more information, please follow Fairfield County Bank on Facebook and check for routine updates on our dedicated Feeding Fairfield County webpage.  Charities or businesses interested in participating in the Feeding Fairfield County program can email Stephen Wooters at Stephen.Wooters@FairfieldCountyBank.com.

Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President, further emphasizes, “We are a community bank, and we are here for our community.  It’s not just a tagline when we say ‘We Are Fairfield County.’”

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County. In 2019 alone, Fairfield County Bank donated over $1 million to 415 local non-profit organizations with over 5,000 hours of volunteerism from their employees – a true testament to strengthening our communities. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank. #WeAreFairfieldCounty              

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Charities Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:42:13 -0400
Community is not Canceled: Maritime Aquarium Free Virtual Programs https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3261-community-is-not-canceled-maritime-aquarium-free-virtual-programs3261-community-is-not-canceled-maritime-aquarium-free-virtual-programs https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3261-community-is-not-canceled-maritime-aquarium-free-virtual-programs3261-community-is-not-canceled-maritime-aquarium-free-virtual-programs

 

Community is not Canceled 

 

Neighbors helping neighbors, community members reaching out to our local senior citizens, residents supporting our heroic first responders -the inspiring stories and acts of kindness brought forth by our current crisis are extraordinary. What's more, small businesses, local nonprofits, and civic organizations are innovating to stay connected and serve the community. 

 

Community is not Canceled, a series made possible by LIFEWTR will showcase Connecticut's awesome response to this unprecedented situation. We are in this together. Stay strong. 

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk Offers 2 FREE Virtual Sessions Weekly

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 Norwalk 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 to any online Norwalk classroom beginning next week. There are options for students ranging from early childhood through high school.

Learn more about these virtual educational programs here.


 

Community is not Canceled! We are thankful to LIFEWTR for helping us to connect and stay strong.

 

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:09:49 -0400
Gov Lamont Announces Open Fishing Season for Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3260-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856722743260-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585672274 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3260-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856722743260-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585672274

This week, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order that included the early opening of the fishing season in Connecticut. With spring showing its early colors, fishing is a perfect outdoor activity. It states:

opening the fishing season early in inland waters will help to limit community spread of COVID-19 by eliminating the large crowds that often accompany the traditional Opening Day of fishing in April

If you are suffering from cabin fever, head to your favorite fishing hole and drop in a line! Remember, even while fishing or engaging in any outdoor activity, social distancing is a MUST. Please remain 6' apart!

During this time of social distancing, fishing should be enjoyed as solitary experience or with members of the immediate household, not as a group activity. DEEP is encouraging all anglers to follow social distancing practices. Anglers should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, practice good personal hygiene, stay home and away from others if they feel sick, and avoid areas where anglers or others congregate. All other fishing laws and regulations, including requirements for a fishing license and trout and salmon stamp when needed, and all methods, creel limits and length limits remain in effect. More information and a helpful FAQ can be found on DEEP’s website

Please refer constituents to https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/CT-Fishing for more information. We continue to stock trout and plan on completely our spring 2020 stockings. Below you will find the listings of our stockings so far this spring. Anglers should also check out our Interactive Stocking map at: https://ctdeep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=70d13bc033854b89a87c04b1d11b1a43

You can find a helpful video here: https://www.facebook.com/CTFishAndWildlife/videos/1147555402243388/

A list of the fishing spots are listed below:

Around Bridgeport/Danbury/Norwalk/Stamford:

Lakes - Ball Pond, Beardsley Park Pond, Blanchard Pond, Candlewood Lake, Cobbs Mill Pond, Disbrow Pond, Factory Pond, Great Hollow Pond, Housatonic Lake, Isinglass Reservoir (Farmill), Lake Kenosia, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, Mamanasco Lake, Miller’s Pond, Mohegan Lake, Nells Rock Reservoir, Pierrepont Pond, Saugatuck Reservoir, Shelton Reservoir #2, Silvermine Pond, Squantz Pond, Starrett Pond, Tollgate Pond, Tungsten Mine Park Pond, Twin Brooks Park Pond, West Pequonnock Reservoir
Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Byram, Farmill, Mianus, Mill, Morrissey Brook, Norwalk, Pequonnock, Pond Brook, Pootatuck, Rippowam, Saugatuck

Around Hartford/New Britain:

Lakes - Angus Park Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Broad Brook Mill Pond, Brookfield Pond, Congamond Lakes, Freshwater Pond, Howells Pond, Manitook Lake, Rainbow Reservoir, St Martha’s Pond, Salmon Brook Pond, Salters Pond, Silver Lake, Stratton Brook Park Pond
Major Trout Streams – Blackledge, Cherry Brook, Coppermine Brook, Dickenson Creek, Farmington, Fawn Brook, Pequabuck, Podunk, Raymond Brook, Roaring Brook, Salmon Brook, Scantic, Stony Brook, Stratton Brook

Around Middletown/East Haddam:

Lakes - Bashan Lake, Beseck Lake, Black Pond, Cedar Lake, Dooley Pond, Great Hill Pond, Higganum Reservoir, Lake Hayward, Messerschmidt’s Pond, Miller’s Pond, Moodus Reservoir, Pataconk Lake, Pistol Shop Pond, Schreeder Pond

Major Trout Streams – Coginchaug, Hammonasset, Hemlock Valley Brook, Pine Brook, Salmon

Around New Haven/Naugatuck:

Lakes - Axle Shop Pond, Baldwin Pond, Barber Pond, Beaver Park Lagoon, Black Pond, Clarks Mill Pond, Clarktown Pond, Dayton Pond, Hancock Brook Flood Control Pond, Hop Brook Flood Control Pond, Housatonic Lake, Lake Chamberlain, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Stibbs, Lake Wintergreen, Lake Zoar, Maltby Lakes, North Farms Reservoir, Pages Millpond, Picketts Pond, Prospect Park Pond, Quonnipaug Lake, Scovill Reservoir, Silver Lake, Southford Falls Pond, Upper Fulton Park Pond, Wards Millpond, Wharton Pond, Woodruff’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Bladens Brook, Branford, Chatfield Hollow Brook, Eight Mile Brook, Farm, Hop Brook, Little, Menunketesuck Brook, Mill, Muddy, Nonnewaug, Pomperaug, Quinnipiac, Sprain Brook, Weekeepeemee Brook, Wepawaug

Around New London/Norwich:

Lakes - Amos Lake, Andersons Pond, Ashland Pond, Aspinook Pond, Avery Pond, Babcock Pond, Billings Lake, Bog Meadow Pond, Day Pond, Dodge Pond, Fitchville Pond, Fort Shantok Pond, Gardner Lake, Glasgo Pond, Godfrey Pond, Gorton Pond, Green Falls Reservoir, Hallville Pond, Hewitt Flyfishing Pond, Hewitt Pond (lower), Hodge Pond, Hopeville Pond, Horse Pond, Lake of Isles, Lantern Hill Pond, Long Pond, Mohegan Park Pond, Norwich Pond, Pachaug Pond, Pataganset Lake, Pickerel Lake, Powers Lake, Red Cedar Lake, Rogers Lake, Savin Lake, Sawmill Park Pond, Uncas Lake, Wyassup Lake

Major Trout Streams – Beaver Brook, Broad Brook, Choate Brook, Eight Mile, Gardner Brook, Green Falls, Hunts Brook, Indiantown Brook, Jeremy, Judd Brook, Latimers Brook, Meadow Brook, Mt Misery Brook, Myron Kinney Brook, Pachaug, Salmon, Shunock Brook, Susquetonscut Brook, Whitford’s, Wood, Yantic

Around Torrington/Winsted:

Lakes - Bantam Lake, Black Rock Pond, Black Rock Flood Control Pond, Burr Pond, Colebrook Flood Control Pond, Dog Pond, East Twin Lake, Hatch Pond, Highland Lake, Indian Pond, Lake Lillinonah, Lake McDonough, Leonard Pond, Mad River Flood Control Pond, Mohawk Pond, Mt. Tom Pond, Mudge Pond, Northfield Brook Flood Control Pond, Northfield Cutlery Co. Pond, Park Pond, South Spectacle Pond, Stillwater Pond, Tyler Pond, Waramaug Lake, West Branch (Hogsback) Reservoir, West Hill Pond, West Side Pond, West Twin Lake, Winchester Lake, Winnemaug Lake, Wononscopomuc Lake, Wood Creek Pond, Zeiner’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Bantam, Blackberry, Butternut Brook, Carse Brook, Farmington, Furnace Brook, Hall Meadow Brook, Housatonic, Lead Mine Brook, Macedonia Brook, Mad, Morgan Brook, Morissey Brook, Naugatuck, Nepaug, Pomperaug, Sandy Brook, Shepaug, Still, Whiting

Around Vernon/Mansfield:

Lakes - Bald Mountain Pond, Bigelow Pond, Bishop Swamp, Bolton Lakes, Bolton Notch Pond, Breakneck Pond, Coventry Lake, Crystal Lake, Eagleville Lake, Gay City Park Pond, Hamilton Reservoir, Holbrook Pond, Johnson Pond, Lafayette Pond, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Mansfield Training School Ponds, Mashapaug Lake, Mono Pond, Morey Pond, Shenipsit Reservoir, Somersville Mill Pond, Stateline Pond, Tankerhoosen Lakes, Walkers Reservoir, Whitney Flood Control Pond

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackledge, Broad Brook, Charter Brook, Crystal Lake Brook, Fawn Brook, Fenton, Furnace Brook, Great Meadow Brook, Hockanum, Hop, Judd Brook, Mt Hope, Natchaug, Quanduck Brook, Quinebaug, Roaring Brook, Scantic, Skungamaug, Tankerhoosen, Willimantic

Around Willimantic/Danielson:

Lakes - Alexander Lake, Beach Pond, Beachdale Pond, Beaver Brook Ponds, Bicentennial Pond, Black Pond, Griggs Pond, Halls Pond, Hampton Reservoir, Keach Pond, Killingly Pond, Lawton Pond, Little Pond, Moosup Pond, Muddy Pond, Paine Pond, Perry Pond, Pine Acres Lake, Quaddick Reservoir, Roseland Lake, Ross Pond, Tetrault Pond, Wauregan Reservoir, West Thompson Lake

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackwells Brook, Five Mile Brook, Five Mile R, French, Kitt Brook, Little, Mashamoquet Brook, Merrick Brook, Middle, Mount Misery, Muddy Brook, Natchaug, Quinebaug, Shetucket, Snake Meadow Brook, Still, Willimantic

Content last reviewed March 2020.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Fish and Wildlife) Places Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:22:40 -0400
The Maritime Garage Gallery Extends Call For Art for Next Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3259-the-maritime-garage-gallery-extends-call-for-art-for-next-exhibit3259-the-maritime-garage-gallery-extends-call-for-art-for-next-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3259-the-maritime-garage-gallery-extends-call-for-art-for-next-exhibit3259-the-maritime-garage-gallery-extends-call-for-art-for-next-exhibit

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery has extended its call for art for its next exhibit, entitled “DeFACEment: Through Artistic Eyes.” The new deadline for submissions is April 30, 2020. The exhibit, which was to open on April 30 has been postponed and is expected to open mid-2020, at a date to be determined.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting artists 18 and over for submissions of art that feature expressive personality and portraiture art depicting unique perspectives through the artists’ eyes. Artists are asked to search beyond the ordinary to develop compelling visuals, including both animate and inanimate forms that evoke thought, passion, as well as hardship, conflict, and spiritual freedom. Clever uses of medium, with the exception of pedestal sculpture, are welcome. The exhibit will be curated by Robert Abriola, the Maritime Garage Gallery's newly appointed curator and local Norwalk artist.

A jury will determine the best among the entries to receive Best In Show as well as First and Second Runners Up. Artist Bob Abriola will be curating the exhibit. For guidelines and submissions, go to www.norwalkpark.org/callforart. Please email maritimegallery@norwalkpark.org with any questions. 

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in parking spaces. The gallery is located at 11 North Water Street in the SoNo district of Norwalk. It is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Carolyn Ripp) Places Tue, 31 Mar 2020 05:51:41 -0400
Dalio Foundation Donates $500,000 to Connecticut Food Bank to Support Pandemic Response Needs https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/3258-dalio-foundation-donates-500-000-to-connecticut-food-bank-to-support-pandemic-response-needs3258-dalio-foundation-donates-500-000-to-connecticut-food-bank-to-support-pandemic-response-needs https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/3258-dalio-foundation-donates-500-000-to-connecticut-food-bank-to-support-pandemic-response-needs3258-dalio-foundation-donates-500-000-to-connecticut-food-bank-to-support-pandemic-response-needs

Ray and Barbara Dalio and Dalio Philanthropies have given $500,000 to Connecticut Food Bank as part of a $4 million donation to support medical care and food assistance to people in Connecticut affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds will support Connecticut Food Bank and its network by providing significant funding during a time of increased challenges facing the food bank in sourcing and transporting food to meet rising need across the region.

Connecticut Food Bank serves two-thirds of the state, providing food assistance through a network of 600 partners and programs. More than 144,000 people each month visit the Connecticut Food Bank network seeking food. The food bank expects the number of food insecure individuals to grow significantly as a result of measures taken to reduce spread of Coronavirus.

“We have seen an increase in requests for food from our agencies,” said Connecticut Food Bank Senior Director of Development Beverly Catchpole. “Pantries are trying to give their visitors enough food to help them if they’re required to stay at home for extended periods. And they are also starting to see more visitors as businesses across the state are forced to furlough or lay off workers.”

Catchpole said that the food bank is experiencing increased operational costs to meet needs. “Our trucks are making more trips to pick up and distribute food. We have fewer volunteers that help reduce time and expense in our warehouse. But we know that we are an essential service for people who are struggling.”

“This pacesetting gift from Ray and Barbara Dalio is an expression of support for and an investment in the people of Connecticut that will help now, when it is so very needed.”

“Connecticut Food Bank is doing amazing work on the ground to make sure Connecticut families in need have food during this crisis,” said Barbara Dalio. “We hope others join in support of this important cause.”

For more information about Dalio Philanthropies, visit www.daliophilanthropies.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Paul Shipman) Charities Mon, 30 Mar 2020 04:48:31 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Education Programs Go Online; Two Free Live Sessions Each Week Plus Special Classes Available to Norwalk Students https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3257-maritime-aquarium-education-programs-go-online-two-free-live-sessions-each-week-plus-special-classes-available-to-norwalk-students3257-maritime-aquarium-education-programs-go-online-two-free-live-sessions-each-week-plus-special-classes-available-to-norwalk-students https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3257-maritime-aquarium-education-programs-go-online-two-free-live-sessions-each-week-plus-special-classes-available-to-norwalk-students3257-maritime-aquarium-education-programs-go-online-two-free-live-sessions-each-week-plus-special-classes-available-to-norwalk-students

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 Norwalk 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 to any online Norwalk 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 Norwalk Schools

The Maritime Aquarium has adapted its regular STEM-based, standards-fulfilling educational programming into a selection of online offerings that Norwalk 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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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:43:54 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Jonesly MMA Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3236-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-jonesly-mma-academy3236-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-jonesly-mma-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3236-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-jonesly-mma-academy3236-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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kerry@ducey.org (Dan) Places Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:24:00 -0400
Connecticut State Parks and Forest OPEN to Sono Residents for Solitary Outdoor Enjoyment https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3256-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-sono-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-15850716763256-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-sono-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-1585071676 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3256-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-sono-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-15850716763256-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-sono-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-1585071676

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 Sono 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/sono/places/3255-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-15849858143255-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-1584985814 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3255-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-15849858143255-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-1584985814

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/sono/publicsafety/3254-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-15849816593254-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-1584981659 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/publicsafety/3254-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-15849816593254-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-1584981659

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, Sono Residents Encouraged to Donate https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/3253-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-sono-residents-encouraged-to-donate-15849762153253-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-sono-residents-encouraged-to-donate-1584976215 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/3253-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-sono-residents-encouraged-to-donate-15849762153253-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-sono-residents-encouraged-to-donate-1584976215

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 Sono 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/sono/neighbors/3252-today-is-national-puppy-day-sono-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-15849720523252-today-is-national-puppy-day-sono-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-1584972052 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3252-today-is-national-puppy-day-sono-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-15849720523252-today-is-national-puppy-day-sono-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-1584972052

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 Sono 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, Sono!

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
Sono Students can win $11,000 from AAA by Creating Safety Video https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3251-sono-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-15849066373251-sono-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-1584906637 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3251-sono-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-15849066373251-sono-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-1584906637

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