Southbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:13:24 -0400 HamletHub.com Housatonic Museum of Art Receives $70K Donation From Werth Family Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/4802-housatonic-museum-of-art-receives-70-000-donation-from-werth-family-foundation4802-housatonic-museum-of-art-receives-70-000-donation-from-werth-family-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/4802-housatonic-museum-of-art-receives-70-000-donation-from-werth-family-foundation4802-housatonic-museum-of-art-receives-70-000-donation-from-werth-family-foundation

The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport–home to treasures by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Alex Katz and more–has received a $70,000 donation from the Werth Family Foundation.

A long-time benefactor of the museum, the Werth Family Foundation currently sponsors the Werth Family Foundation Student Docent Program, which introduces Bridgeport students to art, architecture and art history, teaches them to look at art critically, and provides them with an opportunity to develop visual, analytical and leadership skills. To date, the program has served over 4,000 students in 17 Bridgeport schools.

With this gift, the Foundation supports the museum’s programming, exhibitions and the preservation of its collection. It also provides essential funding for marketing efforts and new projects such as video interviews of the artists and donors that have contributed to the collection since its inception in 1967.

“This award is an important investment in sharing and exploring our arts and cultural heritage with those that live in and visit our region,” said Museum Director, Robbin Zella. “With this support, we can continue to provide engaging programming and educational opportunities, while also expanding our presence as a great learning resource.” The museum is planning for its grand re-opening on Thursday, September 5th with an exciting new exhibit entitled, Close to the Line: Mari Rantanen and Kirsten Reynolds. The museum has been closed for renovations since last summer.

To learn more about the Housatonic Museum of Art, please visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org or call (203) 332-5052. The museum is located on the Housatonic Community College campus at 900 Lafayette Boulevard in Bridgeport, CT.

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kerry@ducey.org (Laura Roberts) Places Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:23:08 -0400
Meet RVNAhealth Men and Women on the Front Line https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4801-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line4801-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4801-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line4801-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.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:49:47 -0400
Acts 4 Ministry Seeking Online-Only Donations During April 21-22 "Give Local" Fundraising Campaign https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/4800-acts-4-ministry-will-seeking-online-only-donations-during-april-21-22-give-local-fundraising-campaign4800-acts-4-ministry-will-seeking-online-only-donations-during-april-21-22-give-local-fundraising-campaign https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/4800-acts-4-ministry-will-seeking-online-only-donations-during-april-21-22-give-local-fundraising-campaign4800-acts-4-ministry-will-seeking-online-only-donations-during-april-21-22-give-local-fundraising-campaign

On Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22, Acts 4 Ministry will seek donations during the Connecticut Community Foundation’s annual “Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills” 36-hour online community giving challenge created to help 21 local area non-profit organizations raise needed funds and awareness of their organization’s ambitions.

“Every dollar donated to Acts 4 during the two-days-only campaign will be enhanced with bonus funds donated to our non-profit organization by the Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) and their sponsors. The more private donations Acts 4 Ministry receives, the more our organization will be eligible to win bonus cash prizes,” stated Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta, executive director of Acts 4 Ministry, Inc.

The “Give Local” campaign will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday the 21st and will end at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. is a charitable organization that assists individuals and families who have suddenly lost their homes to a fire, flood or other unexpected devastation or upsetting life event. These individuals and families are invited to visit Acts 4 Ministry’s 1713 Thomaston Avenue boutique shop to personally select, at no charge, clothing, dishes, glassware, furnishings, and items to meet other basic needs. The organization is dedicated to building relationships with people while providing them with the basics of daily living needs.

“Our volunteer board of directors, staff members and dozens of volunteers actively partner Acts 4 Ministry with churches, social service agencies, and public schools to help identify and serve people with these needs regardless of their faith, race, creed, or national origin, or their willingness to participate in religious activities,” explained Carabetta. Each year the organization distributes over 40,000 articles of clothing plus over 6,000 pieces of furniture to over 150 homes within Greater Waterbury. People of varying income levels are served, appointments are necessary.

A Back-to-School Program to obtain gently-worn and new school uniforms and a Sleep Well Campaign to obtain beds, bed clothing and mattresses are two of several annual Acts 4 Ministry’s ongoing programs to distribute resources to individuals and families throughout the area. Photographed in January of this year was a family in Waterbury who received six donated beds for their nine children as part of Acts 4 Ministry's Sleep Well campaign.

“Additionally, when they come to our boutique store, they are provided with an atmosphere that preserves their dignity and allows them to walk around to select what they personally need vs. being handed clothing or furnishings they do not desire. This is a respectful environment where everyone is treated with caring support,” stated Carabetta.

During the 2020 “Give Local” campaign, Acts 4 Ministry will seek monetary donations to support their ongoing efforts to provide personal bed sets to residents in need along with their overall furniture donations program.

To contribute to Acts 4 Ministry on Tuesday, April 21 and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, visit https://givelocalccf.org/npo/acts-4-ministry or go to “Click to Give” in the top right corner of the homepage of www.acts4.org during the special 36–hour “Give Local” campaign.

To learn more about Acts 4 Ministry, Inc.’s clothing and basic household goods donation needs; home visits; furniture deliveries; and their support of health clinics, shelters, soup kitchens, disaster relief agencies, etc. visit www.acts4.org or call 203-574-2287.

Tax-deductible donations of clothing and household goods can be brought to Acts 4 Ministry’s facility Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Cash or money order donations can be U.S. Mailed to P.O. Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704.

To donate online with a credit card at any time, visit www.acts4.org and go to “Click to Give” in the top right corner of the homepage www.acts4.org.

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brancom@westnet.com (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Charities Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:10:47 -0400
OrthoConnecticut Offers Virtual Medical Visits https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/4799-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits4799-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/4799-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits4799-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.

ABOUT ORTHOCONNECTICUT

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).

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Page Bowler) Life Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:10:03 -0400
Southbury First Selectman Orders Removal of Basketball Hoops, Tennis Nets Due to Lack of Social Distancing https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4798-southbury-first-selectman-orders-removal-of-basketball-hoops-tennis-nets-due-to-lack-of-social-distancing4798-southbury-first-selectman-orders-removal-of-basketball-hoops-tennis-nets-due-to-lack-of-social-distancing https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4798-southbury-first-selectman-orders-removal-of-basketball-hoops-tennis-nets-due-to-lack-of-social-distancing4798-southbury-first-selectman-orders-removal-of-basketball-hoops-tennis-nets-due-to-lack-of-social-distancing

The Pomperaug District Department of Health has seen a significant increase in cases over the last week. At this time, 30 cases have occurred in the Pomperaug Health District. There has been 1 death.

Due to the lack of social distancing in Southbury Parks, the basketball hoops and tennis nets will be removed per order of the First Selectman.

The Health District’s Public Health Nurse has been following up on each positive case. Cases that occur in assisted living facilities or nursing homes will be investigated by CT Department of Public Health (DPH) epidemiologists and officials from the Facility Licensing and Inspection Section (FLIS). Part of the follow up involves review of infection control practices at the facility.

To date, the Pomperaug Health District has distributed 7500 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local long-term care and emergency medical partners as part of its weekly PPE distribution plan.

Please continue to stay home except for work and essentials, like food. Practice excellent hand hygiene and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently, including in your car. For more information on COVID-19 visit www.pddh.org.

For more Southbury news, updates and links regarding COVID-19 go to www.southbury-ct.org/coronavirus.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Neighbors Thu, 02 Apr 2020 05:08:08 -0400
Nominate a Southbury First Responder or Medical Professional https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/4791-nominate-a-southbury-first-responder-or-medical-professional4791-nominate-a-southbury-first-responder-or-medical-professional https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/4791-nominate-a-southbury-first-responder-or-medical-professional4791-nominate-a-southbury-first-responder-or-medical-professional

​Thank you to everyone who has already made a donation to our GoFundMe campaign​. With over $3600 raised so far, we are ready for the next two steps in this fundraising campaign. 

We have several deliveries planned this week to local hospitals and medical facilities involved in COVID-19 testing. Stay tuned for those updates.

We are also ready to start handing out the local restaurant gift cards that were purchased but we need your help!

Are you a first responder or medical professional who lives or works in Southbury?

OR

Do you know someone who is that you’d like to recognize?

Southbury Women’s Club (SWC) is seeking the names of those special people in our community who are helping on the front lines with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’d like to say THANK YOU, on behalf of our community for working to serve and protect all of us during this challenging time. Nominees will be awarded a gift card for a meal at one of our delicious local restaurants. (“Return the Flavor”).

Please click visit this link https://tinyurl.com/tk6bdmp to nominate that someone special. It takes less than a minute.

We greatly appreciate your support and our thoughts are with you and your families.

MAKE A DONATION NOW

This fundraiser will help fund local charities supported by SWC.

SWC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

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holly.archibald@proscientific.com (Southbury Women's Club) Life Thu, 02 Apr 2020 04:06:00 -0400
Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 3,557 Cases, First Pediatric Death https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4797-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut4797-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4797-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut4797-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut

As of April 1, 2020, a total of 3557 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Seven hundred and sixty-six patients are currently hospitalized. Eighty-five residents have died. 

Fairfield County currently has the most cases in Connecticut with 1986 positive COVID-19 cases. There have been 49 deaths in Fairfield County.

Earlier today, Governor Ned Lamont reported the first pediatric fatality in Connecticut linked to COVID-19. "A 6-week old newborn from the Hartford area was brought unresponsive to a hospital last week and could not be revived," he said.

View cases by Town and County here.

National COVID-19 statistics and information about preventing spread of COVID-19 are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A weekly report on seasonal influenza activity can be found on the DPH website.

The map you see here shows the number of patients currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by county based on data collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The distribution is by location of hospital, not patient residence. The labels indicate the number of patients currently hospitalized with the change since yesterday in parentheses.

Additional details can be found here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:54:57 -0400
Town of Southbury Edgewood Bath and Tennis Club Task Force: Virtual Meetings https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/politics/4795-town-of-southbury-edgewood-bath-and-tennis-club-task-force-virtual-meetings4795-town-of-southbury-edgewood-bath-and-tennis-club-task-force-virtual-meetings https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/politics/4795-town-of-southbury-edgewood-bath-and-tennis-club-task-force-virtual-meetings4795-town-of-southbury-edgewood-bath-and-tennis-club-task-force-virtual-meetings

On January 23rd, the Town of Southbury signed an Option to Purchase Agreement for the Edgewood Bath and Tennis Club. The Southbury Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve the signing after an executive session review.

Per this agreement, the Town paid a $3,000 non-refundable Option Fee to Edgewood for the right to purchase their 10.51 acres of land, all facilities, and equipment for $2,000,000. The purchase option expires on July 31st, 2020. The $3,000 Option Fee will be applied towards the Purchase Price if the Town does purchase Edgewood.

On February 3rd, the First Selectman, Jeff Manville, appointed an ad hoc task force to study the Edgewood property and make a recommendation as to whether the Town should purchase the property. This Task Force has done a lot of work and is now ready to present its findings to the Town.

The Town will hold two virtual Informational Meetings to allow the Task Force to present information and to gather feedback.

The first is a presentation of the Task Force's findings on Wednesday, April 1st, at 7 PM. This meeting will be live-streamed on the Town website.

There will be a second meeting on Monday, April 6th, where the Task Force will answer questions that are submitted by the public through the Town website at www.southbury-ct.org/edgewood. This meeting will also start at 7 PM and be live-streamed on the Town's website.

On April 8th, the Task Force will formally submit their recommendation to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance.

In a special joint meeting on April 13th, the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance will review the report submitted by the Task Force and vote whether to recommend to exercise the option.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Politics Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:46:22 -0400
Connecticut COVID Update: 3,128 Confirmed Cases, 69 Deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4796-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths4796-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4796-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths4796-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths

As of March 31, 2020, a total of 3128 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Six hundred and eight patients are currently hospitalized. Sixty-nine residents have died. In addition to the deaths related to COVID-19 that have been reported to the Department of Public Health (DPH), this update contains information on the number of deaths that have been reported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).

Today, the OCME provided information on 14 additional COVID-19 related deaths that occurred during March 17-29. There were 16 COVID-19 related deaths on March 30, and 3 on March 31. Moving forward, deaths reported to either the OCME or DPH will be included in the daily COVID-19 update.

Fairfield County currently has the most cases in the state with 1870 COVID-19 confirmed positives 1870. View the data per county and town here.

Summary

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 3128 (+557)

COVID-19 Associated Deaths 69 (+33)

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 608 (+91)

Patients tested for COVID-19 15600 (+1000)

The Dr. Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory has tested a total of 2008 patients for COVID19; 359 (18%) patients tested positive. The graph (image #2) shows the number of patients tested by date specimens were received. Hospital and commercial laboratories also are offering testing for COVID19 in Connecticut; in total, more than 15600 tests have been reported to date.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:34:13 -0400
Governor Lamont Announces Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/politics/4794-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis4794-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/politics/4794-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis4794-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has reached an agreement with over 50 credit unions and banks in Connecticut to offer mortgage relief to the state’s residents and businesses who continue to face hardship caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agreement, the following relief policies are being offered by participating financial institutions:

  • 90-day grace period for all mortgage payments: Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments. In addition, the institutions will:
  • Provide a streamlined process for requesting forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
  • Confirm approval and terms of forbearance program; and
  • Provide the opportunity to extend forbearance agreements if faced with continued hardship resulting from COVID-19.
  • Relief from fees and charges for 90 days: For at least 90 days, participating financial institutions will waive or refund mortgage-related late fees and other fees including early CD withdrawals.
  • No new foreclosures for 60 days: Financial institutions will not start any foreclosure sales or evictions.
  • No credit score changes for accessing relief: For those taking advantage of this COVID-19-related relief, late or missed payments will not be shared with credit reporting agencies.

The agreement, which was negotiated on behalf of the Lamont administration by Commissioner Jorge Perez at the Connecticut Department of Banking, builds upon similar initiatives that have been enacted in recent days in California and New Jersey, and has been endorsed by the Connecticut Bankers Association and the Credit Union League of Connecticut. More than 50 credit unions and banks statewide are participating, including Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank. Additional financial institutions are expected to join the initiative in the coming days. The Department of Banking will maintain updated list of participating institutions on its website.

“This agreement with our financial institutions will allow Connecticut residents to obtain some relief as this public health emergency has had an impact on thousands of people in our state,” Governor Lamont said. “I thank each of these financial institutions that will provide this relief and applaud their participation in this agreement. The way we are going to get through this crisis is by working together, and this is an example of how we are going to get that done.”

The Department of Banking, along with the state’s banks and credit unions, is reminding residents that their money remains safe during the COVID-19 crisis and protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). No deposits have ever been lost under the protection of the FDIC and NCUA.

“This is a time when we need our entire financial services industry to come together to work tirelessly for the people of Connecticut, which is why I have asked the banks and credit unions to join forces and present one united approach which tells all of Connecticut, ‘We are in this together,’” Commissioner Perez said. “I am pleased to see that these efforts are well underway and that they are helping Connecticut residents work through this challenge.”

Leadership at Connecticut’s credit unions and banks said that they are flexibly meeting member and customer needs everyday on a case-by-case basis in a number of ways that may include fee waivers, access to short-term loans, loan deferrals and uninterrupted access to digital services, even though some credit unions and banks have temporarily limited physical access to their lobbies.

Bruce Adams, president and CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, said, “We view ourselves as the financial first responders in this crisis, and I applaud Governor Lamont and Commissioner Perez for their leadership in partnering with us to provide even more financial solutions for the people of Connecticut.”

Tom Mongellow, president and CEO of the Connecticut Bankers Association, said, “Connecticut banks and credit unions are open for business, and statewide we have quickly and voluntarily responded to Governor Lamont’s and Commissioner Perez’s directives. Our financial institutions continue to ensure the financial well-being of the people and businesses they serve across the state, while protecting the health of their team members and customers.”

Adams and Mongellow are stressing that customers with loans should stay in close contact with their financial institution to identify their particular needs and work on customized solutions. They are also reminding customers that measures to protect people's health and safety continue to be available:

  • Drive-through services are available at numerous branches;
  • Individual appointments for in-person meetings are available at many financial institutions;
  • Call centers employees stand ready to assist customers and members;
  • Technology platforms give ready access to online services like bill pay, transfers, remote depositing of checks and ATMs for cash needs; and
  • People can use mobile payment channels and debit cards or credit cards to make purchases.


Questions and Answers on Connecticut’s COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Agreement

How do I get mortgage relief and/or forbearance?

You should contact and work directly with your mortgage servicer to learn about and apply for available relief. Please note that financial institutions and their servicers are experiencing high volumes of inquiries.

How long will the forbearance last?

 Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments.

What effect will this have on my credit report?

Financial institutions will not report derogatory information (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies but may report a forbearance, which typically does not alone negatively affect a credit score.

How long will these programs last?

It is still unclear how severe or how long the COVID-19 impacts will be. Financial institutions have committed to necessary relief and will be assessing the ongoing conditions and necessity of continuing relief.

What if my financial institution isn’t offering this relief?

At this time, Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank, in addition to over 50 other federal and state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers are supporting these commitments. The state will welcome any other institution that would like to meet the moment and provide much-needed financial relief to Connecticut residents. The Department of Banking will publish a list of participating financial institutions on its website in the coming days.

What if I already made a payment or was hit with a fee because of COVID-19?

These measures go into effect as of March 31, 2020.

Is the mortgage relief available to businesses?

The relief is currently only available for residential mortgages.

What if my mortgage servicer is not communicative or cooperative?

You can file a complaint with the Department of Banking through the complaint form on the department website or by contacting the department at 860-240-8299 or 1-800-831-7225 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday).

What impact does the CARES Act have?

The CARES Act has important protections for renters and homeowners. In particular, homeowners with mortgage loans that are backed by the federal government through the FHA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or other agencies can receive significant forbearance.

How about commercial loans and commercial mortgages?

Commercial loan or commercial mortgage customers should know that all financial institutions are working proactively with each commercial borrower experiencing challenges. Any bank or credit union commercial customer having financial difficulty, whether for-profit or nonprofit, should call their financial institution as soon as possible. Several important governmental actions have and will provide relief to businesses.

The Lamont administration’s quick actions resulted in Connecticut being one of the first states where businesses can access the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) economic injury disaster loan program for up to $2 million dollars. In addition, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development quickly created the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, which will provide up to $50 million of loans to small businesses and nonprofits

Importantly, last week Congress passed the important CARES Act, which includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and will provide loans and grants of up to $10 million, for companies of up to 500 employees. A wide variety of businesses will be eligible for the PPP as soon as next week and they include but are not limited to: private and public businesses, self-employed and independent contractors, nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, and tribal business concerns. Additional information on the PPP should be available from the SBA early next week.

In addition to the PPP, banks and credit unions continue to work with their commercial customers on a case by case basis to address the financial needs of their impacted business. We encourage any impacted commercial customers to contact their financial institution.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:18:35 -0400
Gov Lamont Announces Open Fishing Season for Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/4793-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856746064793-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585674606 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/4793-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856746064793-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585674606

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 07:22:42 -0400
Volunteers Wanted! Southbury COVID-19 Update https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4792-volunteers-wanted-southbury-covid-19-update4792-volunteers-wanted-southbury-covid-19-update https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4792-volunteers-wanted-southbury-covid-19-update4792-volunteers-wanted-southbury-covid-19-update

If you are looking to help your community, you can register as a possible volunteer with the Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Connecticut VOAD).

Volunteers need to keep a couple things in mind - they cannot be in a high risk group and they will need to complete a background check (a requirement by the state).  Once you have completed the registration process and background check, your information will be shared with any organization in our area that can utilize your skills and willingness to help. Those organizations will reach out to you directly as soon as possible to discuss volunteering with them. 

For further information and to register click here.

To find the latest data for Southbury issued by the State Department of Public Health go here

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:05:08 -0400
One Place Still Open? The Great Outdoors! https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4790-one-place-still-open-the-great-outdoors4790-one-place-still-open-the-great-outdoors https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4790-one-place-still-open-the-great-outdoors4790-one-place-still-open-the-great-outdoors

Be safe while hiking and enjoying the great outdoors

Canceled. Closed. We’ve been hearing those words a lot lately. One thing that’s still open? The Great Outdoors. The team at OrthoConnecticut believes it’s important to get out and enjoy fresh air for your physical and mental well-being. Whether you choose to hike on one of our beautiful local trails or simply rediscover the nature around you in your own neighborhood, follow these simple guidelines to stay safe and injury free:

  •    Always check the weather to avoid surprise conditions
  •    When possible, go with a partner… but these days, make sure it’s a family member
  •    Practice physical distancing. Be sure to give fellow runners, walkers and hikers a wide berth – at least six feet
  •    Wear supportive shoes and comfortable socks to avoid blisters
  •    Bring a small backpack with water, first aid supplies, and a map or compass if exploring an unfamiliar area
  •    Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and bug spray, and as the weather warms, check for ticks when you get home
  •    Look before you step – keeping your eyes wide open and alert will help avoid accidents

Enjoying the outdoors is a great way to get exercise, fresh air, and to connect with your family. “In times of stress and uncertainty, one of the best things you can do is spend time outside and get some exercise,” says Dr. Michael Brand, Sports Medicine Specialist and President of OrthoConnecticut. “We are fortunate to have a wealth of resources around us and I encourage all patients to keep moving and enjoy the fresh air while practicing physical distancing.”

Take your mind off your newsfeed and soak up some natural vitamin D. Here are some additional tips for longer hikes: Hiking Tips. If you run into trouble and experience a fall, twist, break or sprain, and need medical attention, there’s no need to stress about going to the emergency room. You can visit OrthoCare Express, our orthopedic urgent care service, in Danbury (2 Riverview Drive) or New Milford (131 Kent Rd), or schedule a virtual telemedicine appointment. Our orthopedic specialists will promptly evaluate your injury and get you started on your path to recovery as quickly as possible. For emergencies, click HERE. For a telemedicine appointment, click HERE. Stay safe and be well. http://www.myorthoct.com/

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:12:14 -0400
Important Information: Recovery Bridge Loan Program https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/15-todays-events/4788-important-information-recovery-bridge-loan-program4788-important-information-recovery-bridge-loan-program https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/15-todays-events/4788-important-information-recovery-bridge-loan-program4788-important-information-recovery-bridge-loan-program

IMPORTANT Update on Recovery Bridge Loan Program from DECD

Within the last 24 hours, DECD, along with our partner Connecticut Innovations, has added additional staff to process applications for this loan program. In addition, we are doubling the funding in the program to $50 million. 
 
We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and keep in close contact with our small business and nonprofit partners as they grapple with the effects of this pandemic on their operations and employees. 
 
We feel it is prudent to hit pause and stop taking more applications right now to ensure we can process the current queue efficiently and get this much-needed money out the door as quickly as possible. 
We want to be fair to all applicants and taking more requests would not be right. 
 
We encourage businesses to apply for SBA disaster assistance loans here
 
You can find out about state business resources on the state’s coronavirus website. In addition, details on the forthcoming federal stimulus, which will provide direct assistance to small business and individuals, can be found here.
 
Our staff will continue to assist clients in need and connect them with the other state and federal resources that are currently available. Inquiries should be sent to DECD.COVID19@ct.gov.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (David Lehman, Commissioner) Todays events Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:54:30 -0400
COVID-19 Southbury Update https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4787-covid-19-southbury-update4787-covid-19-southbury-update https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/4787-covid-19-southbury-update4787-covid-19-southbury-update

As COVID-19 has ramped up throughout the country, tracking the movement of those infected by the virus has proven to be ineffective.

Public health officials were tracking person(s) who tested positive for the virus in the early stages of the pandemic in an attempt to contain and isolate it before community spread could ensue. Unfortunately, this has proven unsuccessful as community spread has already occurred.

With COVID-19 prevalent throughout Connecticut as well as our community, we have to practice good hygiene habits. The only proven measures to help protect yourself include:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Adhere to social distancing staying at least 6 feet away from others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Limit movement in the community
  • Limit visitors in your home

To find the latest data for Southbury issued by the State Department of Public Health click here

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Neighbors Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:26:17 -0400