Stamfordnorth's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth Sat, 28 Nov 2020 12:52:57 -0500 HamletHub.com Lamont’s 2020 Thanksgiving message: people have come forward from all corners to help and volunteer https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2934-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer2934-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2934-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer2934-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Governor Ned Lamont delivered the following message to the residents of Connecticut:
 

This year, our family’s table will have fewer people gathered around it than we’re used to. It’s tempting to see that as another sign of the times, but I choose to see it as a reminder of the inspiring efforts made by the everyday people of Connecticut to make this meal possible for us all. Words cannot express how grateful I am to live in a state where its residents look after one another, respect one another, and offer help when someone is in need. For that I thank you.

At this time of year it’s traditional to take time to reflect on what’s most important in our lives and express gratitude. Like so many things during this past year, it’s hard to find comfort in this familiar custom when there are reminders of the strangeness of the times all around us.

There’s no way to put on a cheerful face and pretend that everything is whole when we’ve lost so much. The virus has cost the lives of over 250,000 Americans, the jobs and livelihoods of countless more, and robbed us all of our everyday reality.

And yet there’s hope and plenty to be grateful for.

The adversity of this moment has reminded us how inspiring and courageous our fellow citizens are who have made sacrifices on our behalf. Connecticut’s doctors, nurses, and other public health workers have worked tirelessly through unthinkably long hours while putting their own safety at risk. Medical professionals have come out of retirement to provide assistance to hospitals and nursing homes, where the help is sorely needed. Our state has seen an outpouring of support from nonprofit partners who’ve stepped up to the plate to provide aid and services to those suffering.

Connecticut’s teachers, some of the best in the country, have risen to the challenge of educating our children – a challenge in the best of times, as many of us found out first hand – while adapting to a remote environment.

All that is to say nothing of the ordinary Connecticut folks who have volunteered their time. People have come forward from all corners to man testing sites, deliver food to those in quarantine, and facilitate voting to ensure our democracy continues to thrive. Many have cared for their neighbors who are most at risk by delivering supplies to spare them from danger.

We have a lot to be thankful for.

At this moment, we also have hope in the form of a number of promising vaccines on the horizon. With this hope, despite the fatigue we all feel at having been deprived of even the most basic human interaction, it’s more important than ever that we honor the efforts and sacrifice of our fellow Connecticut residents by staying vigilant. It’s not easy, but the more we express our collective thanks by keeping each other safe when there are treatments so close at hand, the sooner we can get back to the life that we so dearly miss.

In the meantime, despite the impact COVID has had on volunteerism, there are still countless ways to step up and give back throughout this holiday season and beyond. Connecticut charities need your help more than ever – so consider donating time safely or supporting them however you can. We’re still one big family and in this together.

From my family to yours, I wish each of you a warm and happy Thanksgiving.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:32:41 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford (Reimagined): Phatburn https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2925-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-reimagined-phatburn2925-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-reimagined-phatburn https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2925-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-reimagined-phatburn2925-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-reimagined-phatburn

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside Phatburn!

We are not a gym. We are an experience. Our group workouts are scientifically designed to burn fat and tone muscles. And the best part is, you’ll have fun doing it and get in the best shape of your life— faster than you ever thought possible.

Three questions with Deborah Laurentino, team member at Phatburn.

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Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

We are currently offering online services, from classes to health life coaching. Classes are live, so our members can still feel that they are part of a community, but we also provide the recordings for the people that want to be more private.

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

Thankfully we were able to receive a few of the government loans to help us during this time, but members have been amazing about that too.

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines.

We had to adapt to many different levels - from the way that we provide our service to the way we engage our members. We are making sure that we follow all of the health department rules, and still keeping a welcoming environment with a sense of community.

Phatburn is located at 25 Bedford St. 2nd floor in Stamford. Visit them online here, and also make sure to check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages as well!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Wed, 25 Nov 2020 05:53:00 -0500
Connecticut COVID Update: Additional 5,271 Cases, 4.83% Daily Test Positivity https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2932-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday2932-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2932-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday2932-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday

Data updates on testing in Connecticut from Gov. Ned Lamont

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Total

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)

106,740

+5,271

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

3,031,062

+109,045

Daily Test Positivity

 

4.83%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

875

+27

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

4,871

+43

County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:

County

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County

241

Hartford County

220

Litchfield County

16

Middlesex County

24

New Haven County

321

New London County

46

Tolland County

2

Windham County

5

Total

875

For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Life Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:46:34 -0500
Metro North's Thanksgiving Schedule, No service North of Southeast https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2933-metro-north-s-thanksgiving-schedule-no-service-north-of-southeast2933-metro-north-s-thanksgiving-schedule-no-service-north-of-southeast https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2933-metro-north-s-thanksgiving-schedule-no-service-north-of-southeast2933-metro-north-s-thanksgiving-schedule-no-service-north-of-southeast

For this year's Thanksgiving Holiday, Metro-North will be there for you, from Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, November 29, transporting you safely, reliably, and affordably to your destination.

We would like to remind all our customers to please wear a face mask on all trains, in stations and on platforms at all times, regardless of social distancing.

This year, on Wednesday, November 25, Metro-North will be offering regular weekday service on its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines. There will be no early getaway trains this year. Off-peak fares are in effect all day.
From Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29, we will operate a weekend schedule. Off-peak fares are in effect all day, each day.

In addition, there will be no service between Southeast and Wassaic from Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29. No substitute bus service will be provided. Service between Southeast and Wassaic will resume on Monday, November 30, 2020.

The North End of Grand Central Terminal will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 25, but will be closed from Nov. 26 through Nov. 27.
For the full weekend service, please see our special schedule at http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/eoh_thanksgiving2020.htm.

For train times, visit us at mta.info/mnr, or download Metro-North's Train Time App for iPhone or Android.

All of us at Metro-North wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Metro North RR) Places Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:11:46 -0500
Falls Prevention, Tips and Tools, presented by RVNAhealth on December 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2931-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-32931-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2931-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-32931-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-3

Melissa Woodhouse, OTR/L, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Non-Medical Services, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at RVNAhealth invite you to attend a virtual  Falls Prevention Event December 3.

In the U.S., more than 1 of 4 people aged 65 and older will experience a fall each year. Join RVNAhealth virtually as we discuss the statistics and science behind falls, as well as strategies to help you prevent and reduce your risk. The session will include personal tips for exercise and home safety, and cover some professional resources such as therapy and personal medical alert devices.

This presentation will be given by Melissa Woodhouse, OTR/L, Director of StayWELL Non-Medical Services, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services.

Pleases register here

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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Events Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:53:24 -0500
Stamford Reports 495 New COVID Cases in a Week https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2929-stamford-reports-495-new-covid-cases-in-a-week2929-stamford-reports-495-new-covid-cases-in-a-week https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2929-stamford-reports-495-new-covid-cases-in-a-week2929-stamford-reports-495-new-covid-cases-in-a-week

City of Stamford COVID-19 Updates, Testing, and City Road Work

Today — November 19 — Stamford has 5,214 confirmed cases and 287 probable cases. Last week — November 12 — Stamford had 4,719 confirmed cases and 231 probable cases. These numbers suggest Stamford has had 495 new cases in the past week, roughly 70 new cases per day on average. The City of Stamford has compiled a visualization of the data up to November 18.

COVID Testing 

The City of Stamford is partnering with Community Health Center to open an additional COVID-19 testing site at Scalzi Park.

  • Testing is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please visit www.chc1.com for more information.

There are two upcoming pop-up testing events on Saturday, November 21:

    • From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (42 Cross Street) with Dr. Tabitha Fortt (insurance required).
    • From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westover School (412 Stillwater Avenue) with Optimus Health Care.

Stamford testing sites:

  • Stamford Hospital on Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.4111.
  • Murphy Medical Associates. 30 Buxton Farms Road. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 203.658.6051 or go online to schedule an appointment.
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.969.2000.
  • Community Health Center. 22 Fifth Street and Scalzi Park. Open every day, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.323.8160.
  • CVS Health. 1928 W Main Street, 229 Hope Street and 969 High Ridge Road. Drive-thru testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • Accessible Pharmacy. Offers in-home testing for blind, low vision, elderly, veteran, and disabled residents. Schedule an appointment online or call 215.799.9900.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.

Road Work

  • Starting on November 30th through December 14th the intersection of Weed Avenue and Route 1 will be reconstructed.
  • Access to Weed Avenue will be closed.
  • Local access to homes and businesses will be from the south end of Weed Avenue at Cove Road. Proper detour signs will be placed along the route ahead of time.
  • Updated information is available for the paving schedules:
  • Paving work to begin on Shippan Avenue at the Cummings Park access road.  
  • Milling in progress on Hope Street from Bouton Street to Woodway Road.
  • Milling in progress Woodway Road from Hope Street to Darien town line.
  • Milling in progress on Regent Court.
  • Milling in progress on Dorset Lane.

Municipal meetings:

  • Stamford’s Board of Representatives next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, December 7 at 8 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Finance next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Education next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, November 24 at 7 p.m.

Please note: the information in this post was taken from the weekly newsletter released by the City of Stamford on Thursdays.

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Neighbors Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:14:34 -0500
Greenwich Historical Society Festival of Tabletop Trees Showcases Creative Genius of Local Designers, Merchants and Cultural Organizations https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2928-greenwich-historical-society-festival-of-tabletop-trees-showcases-creative-genius-of-local-designers-merchants-and-cultural-organizations2928-greenwich-historical-society-festival-of-tabletop-trees-showcases-creative-genius-of-local-designers-merchants-and-cultural-organizations https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2928-greenwich-historical-society-festival-of-tabletop-trees-showcases-creative-genius-of-local-designers-merchants-and-cultural-organizations2928-greenwich-historical-society-festival-of-tabletop-trees-showcases-creative-genius-of-local-designers-merchants-and-cultural-organizations

Greenwich Historical Society’s 2nd annual Festival of Tabletop Trees enables residents to view, purchase or bid on a spectacular collection of 25-holiday trees from the comfort of their homes. Trees can also be viewed and purchased safely in the Historical Society’s new museum lobby.

“Our collection of exquisitely decorated trees offers something for everyone, thanks to the extraordinary creativity of more than 20 Greenwich designers and organizations who contributed their time and talent to help residents make their homes festive sanctuaries during the holidays,” says Barbara Johann, Greenwich Historical Society Museum Store Manager. “We are extremely grateful for their support for this fundraiser which, like all Antiquarius events, helps to fund Historical Society programming.”

Click here to view the decorated trees and participate in the auction.

Special thanks to donors, including Bruce Museum Gift Shop, Dogwood Books & Gifts, The Drawing Room, Garden Club of Old Greenwich, Girl Scouts of Greenwich, Green Fingers Garden Club, Greenwich Botanical Center, Greenwich Library, Beth Krupa Interiors, Little Bow Chic, McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, Open Arts Alliance, The Rummage Room, Salon 221, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Something Special Florist, Sophia’s of Greenwich, Tiger Lily’s, Greenwich Community Gardens, Greenwich Exchange for Women and Greenwich Garden Club.

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kerry@ducey.org (Laura McCormick) Life Thu, 19 Nov 2020 06:59:49 -0500
Stamford JCC Co-host: Finding Your Voice as a Parent, Special Education Law & Advocacy Webinar https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2926-finding-your-voice-as-a-parent-special-education-law-advocacy-webinar2926-finding-your-voice-as-a-parent-special-education-law-advocacy-webinar https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2926-finding-your-voice-as-a-parent-special-education-law-advocacy-webinar2926-finding-your-voice-as-a-parent-special-education-law-advocacy-webinar

Finding Your Voice as a Parent: Special Education Law & Advocacy Roundtable Webinar on Wednesday November 18th 7:00 p.m. 

Please register here on Zoom: https://bit.ly/CV698

Speakers:

Attorney Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law (Westport and Guilford, CT)

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Director and Educational Advocate

Jennifer Weitz, Educational Advocate at JW Advocates LLC (Southbury, CT)

Points of Discussion:
• Understanding your child’s special education rights
• Coping with the rapidly changing school environment
•  Re-evaluating the IEP in the face of COVID/ Preparing for a PPT
•  Compensatory services - available to make up for lost IEP service hours that were not delivered due to COVID-19.
•  Regression: when the student does not master the curriculum

Q&A throughout the discussion

Co-hosted with the Stamford JCC (Stamford, CT)

Please email questions to Rachel Berliner rachel@berlinerspecialedlaw.com

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rachel@berlinerspecialedlaw.com (Rachel Berliner ) Events Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:49:07 -0500
Connecticut COVID Update: Additional 4,639 Cases, 49 Hospitalizations, 22 Deaths Since Friday https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2927-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday2927-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2927-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday2927-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday

 

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Total

Change Since Friday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)

93,284

+4,639

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

2,787,086

+86,210

Daily Test Positivity

 

5.38%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

757

+98

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

4,759

+22

County-by-county breakdown:

County

COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Confirmed

Probable

Confirmed

Probable

Fairfield County

28,814

2,398

1,137

322

230

Hartford County

21,972

1,294

1,208

330

165

Litchfield County

2,986

236

129

21

11

Middlesex County

2,652

152

158

39

18

New Haven County

21,564

1,549

998

169

285

New London County

4,766

140

120

35

37

Tolland County

2,169

220

54

15

2

Windham County

1,915

36

23

1

9

Pending address validation

380

41

0

0

0

Total

87,218

6,066

3,827

932

757

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Life Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:37:35 -0500
The Avon Theatre presents a FREE Holiday Screening of ELF on Saturday, December 5 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2923-the-avon-theatre-presents-a-free-holiday-screening-of-elf-on-saturday-december-52923-the-avon-theatre-presents-a-free-holiday-screening-of-elf-on-saturday-december-5 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2923-the-avon-theatre-presents-a-free-holiday-screening-of-elf-on-saturday-december-52923-the-avon-theatre-presents-a-free-holiday-screening-of-elf-on-saturday-december-5

The Avon Theatre presents a FREE Holiday Screening of  ELF on Saturday, December 5 at 11:00 am.

Please note: The Avon will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

ABOUT THE FILM:

Will Ferrell stars as the ultimate fish out of water, Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa's toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots. Unfortunately, they turn out to be a "Scrooge"-like father (James Caan) and a cynical eight-year-old stepbrother who doesn't believe in Santa. Worst of all, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. But using his simple elf ways, Buddy sets out to single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York, hoping to at last find his true place in the world.

Avon 2020 Safety Protocols:

The Avon Theatre in Stamford is open for in-person moviegoing every day. The theatre is currently operating with safety protocols in place, as patrons continue to enjoy the mix of new releases and classic films. For detailed information about our safety protocols, please visit: http://avontheatre.org/safety-protocols/

 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Avon) Events Mon, 16 Nov 2020 10:23:37 -0500
Stamford Averages 51 New COVID Cases per Day, Mayor Update https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2924-stamford-averages-51-new-covid-cases-per-day-mayor-update2924-stamford-averages-51-new-covid-cases-per-day-mayor-update https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2924-stamford-averages-51-new-covid-cases-per-day-mayor-update2924-stamford-averages-51-new-covid-cases-per-day-mayor-update

COVID-19 Updates

Today — November 12 — Stamford has 4,719 confirmed cases and 231 probable cases. Last week — November 5 — Stamford had 4,357 confirmed cases and 195 probable cases. These numbers suggest Stamford has had 362 new cases in the past week, roughly 51 new cases per day on average.

Residents are reminded to follow the Reopening Phase 2.1 health and safety guidelines:

  • Restaurants
  • 50% indoor capacity, 6 ft of spacing and/or nonporous barriers
  • No more than 8 people per table
  • Indoor and patio service must close no later than 9:30 p.m.
  • Takeout and delivery is allowed past 9:30 p.m.
  •  Personal services
  • 75% indoor capacity (unchanged), 6 ft of spacing and/or nonporous barriers
  • Event Venues (amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.)
  • 25% capacity, 6 ft spacing between parties, masks required
  • Must close no later than 10 p.m. 
  • Indoor Performing Arts and Movie Theaters
  • 50% capacity, 6 ft spacing between parties, masks required
  • No more than 100 people
  • Indoor recreation
  • 50% capacity, 6 ft spacing between parties, masks required
  • No more than 100 people
  • Religious Gatherings
  • 50% indoor capacity, no more than 100 people, 6 ft spacing between parties, masks required
  • Virtual services are encouraged
  • Private gatherings, commercial venue
  • No more than 25 people, indoors
  • No more than 50 people, outdoors
  • Private gatherings, residential
  • No more than 10 people (indoors or outdoors)

 

COVID Resources

Residents can read daily updates on new cases in Stamford by visiting the State of Connecticut’s dedicated website for COVID-19 updates located here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker.

Stamford testing sites

  • Stamford Hospital on Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.27
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.969.2000.
  • Community Health Center. 22 Fifth Street. Open every day, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.323.8160.
  • CVS Health. 1928 W Main Street, 229 Hope Street and 969 High Ridge Road. Drive-thru testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.

Community

  • The City will host a mask giveaway on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rippowam Middle School (381 High Ridge Road).
  • There are three upcoming pop-up testing events:
  • Tuesday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Courtland Dog Park (39 Courtland Avenue) Testing by Optimus Health Care.
  • Thursday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Courtland Dog Park (39 Courtland Avenue) Testing by Optimus Health Care.
  • Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (42 Cross Street) with Dr. Tabitha Fortt.

State

  • Governor Ned Lamont announced the State of Connecticut has launched its official COVID-19 exposure notification app, COVID Alert CT. The app informs users if they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 – all without sharing any personal information.
  • Click here for download instructions.
  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued a statewide public health advisory due to higher COVID-19 case rates across the state. In coordination with Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive order 9K, DPH Acting Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford MD MPH is issuing an advisory for all Connecticut residents to stay home between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in order to reduce the risk of further viral transmission.
  • The advisory applies to every Connecticut resident, except
  • 1) those who are essential workers who must leave home in order to go to their jobs; and
  • 2) anyone who must leave their home on an emergency basis to seek medical care or to purchase medical supplies, food or groceries.
  • The guidance for the operation of interscholastic, youth and other amateur sport activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic has been updated according to risk.
  • Click here for more information regarding risk associated with each sport.

Leaf Pickup

Stamford’s Leaf Pickup Program will begin this week. The City will also pickup storm debris placed alongside leaves this year.

  • Residents are asked to place their leaves curbside for City crews to pick up. Leaves can be “loose” or bagged, but they cannot block public roads or sidewalks.
  • Storm debris must be separated from leaves. Mixed debris and leaves will not be picked up.
  • Starting on November 30th through December 14th the intersection of Weed Avenue and Route 1 will be reconstructed. Access to Weed Avenue will be closed. Local access to homes and businesses will be from the south end of Weed Avenue at Cove Road. Proper detour signs will be placed along the route ahead of time

Road work in Stamford

  • Updated information is available for the paving schedules:
  • Drainage work in progress on Shippan Avenue.
  • Drainage work in progress on Hope Street from Bouton Street to Woodway Road.
  • Drainage work in progress Woodway Road from Hope Street to Darien town line.
  • Drainage work in progress on Regent Court.
  • Drainage work in progress on Dorset Lane.
  • The City will soon begin work on West Hill Road, near Drum Hill Lane to address drainage concerns.

Schools

Stamford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero coordinated a public webinar about COVID-19. A recording of the presentation and the presentation document is available on the City’s website. 

The presentation featured Mayor David Martin, Director of Health Dr. Jennifer Calder, Stamford's Medical Advisor Dr. Henry Yoon, and School Nurse Supervisor Moira Bryson.

  • Dr. Yoon went into detail on Stamford's contact tracing and how it impacts schools.
  • The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is partnering with the Stamford Public Schools to launch its Here-to-Help family engagement program. This program connects families with information to enhance school engagement and access community resources.
  • Family Needs Request Forms available in English and Spanish.

Events & Meetings

  • United Way of Western Connecticut and Stamford Food Collaborative will host a community food drive on Saturday, November 14 at First Presbyterian Church (1101 Bedford Street) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (time subject to change).
  • Donations can be made to United Way of Western Connecticut.

Municipal meetings:

  • Stamford’s Board of Representatives next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, December 7 at 8 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Finance next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Education next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, November 24 at 7 p.m.

BOE Live Stream

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Neighbors Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:39:09 -0500
The Avon Theatre presents holiday screenings of THE NUTCRACKER From Bolshoi Ballet https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2922-the-avon-theatre-presents-holiday-screenings-of-the-nutcracker-from-bolshoi-ballet2922-the-avon-theatre-presents-holiday-screenings-of-the-nutcracker-from-bolshoi-ballet https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2922-the-avon-theatre-presents-holiday-screenings-of-the-nutcracker-from-bolshoi-ballet2922-the-avon-theatre-presents-holiday-screenings-of-the-nutcracker-from-bolshoi-ballet

The Avon Theatre presents holiday screenings of THE NUTCRACKER From Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema on Saturday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m.

Ticket prices:

  • Avon Members $9
  • General Public $14.50

Patrons can visit www.avontheatre.org to buy tickets in advance.

ABOUT THE FILM:

On Christmas Eve, Marie receives a nutcracker doll as a gift. In her dreams, the toy turns into a courageous and charming prince, who takes the girl on an unforgettable adventure. This eternal holiday classic is the Bolshoi’s ode to wonder and imagination inviting audiences of all ages to be carried away on an enchanting journey of their dreams with young Marie and her Prince through a whirlwind of snowflakes, an intense battle against a Mouse King, and finally, a kingdom of delights on the Bolshoi’s majestic stage.

Avon 2020 Safety Protocols:

The Avon Theatre in Stamford is open for in-person moviegoing every day. The theatre is currently operating with safety protocols in place, as patrons continue to enjoy the mix of new releases and classic films. For detailed information about our safety protocols, please visit: http://avontheatre.org/safety-protocols/

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kerry@ducey.org (The Avon Theatre) Events Thu, 12 Nov 2020 10:20:33 -0500
Stamford resident inducted into political science honor society at Eastern Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2921-stamford-resident-inducted-into-political-science-honor-society-at-eastern-connecticut2921-stamford-resident-inducted-into-political-science-honor-society-at-eastern-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2921-stamford-resident-inducted-into-political-science-honor-society-at-eastern-connecticut2921-stamford-resident-inducted-into-political-science-honor-society-at-eastern-connecticut

Eastern student Fiorella Beccaglia of Stamford inducted into political science honor society

On Oct. 28, Eastern Connecticut State University inducted 11 students into Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA), the national political science honor society. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, students were not allowed to bring family members, but guests and those who chose to attend virtually were able to participate through WebEx.

Among the inductees is Fiorella Beccaglia, a senior from Stamford who majors in Political Science and Communications.

To be inducted into PSA, students must hold at least a junior standing and have an overall GPA of at least a 3.4, with a minimum 3.2 GPA in the political science major.

"The Honor Society is a nice reward to motivated students, so we wanted to do something special and as 'normal' as possible," says Professor Martin Mendoza-Botelho, chair of the Political Science, Philosophy, and Geography department.

Along with the students and staff in attendance, Dean Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke, as well as Sean Twombly, executive director of Pi Sigma Alpha at the national level in Washington, DC.

Pi Sigma Alpha celebrated its 100-year anniversary this year. Founded in 1920 at the University of Texas, PSA was created to bring together students and staff with a shared interest in government and politics. Once inducted, students receive recognition for academic excellence, potential scholarship opportunities for graduate students and opportunities for student leadership positions.

"Pi Sigma Alpha offers students a unique opportunity to link broadly with like-minded individuals in our country and beyond, in addition to that well-deserved academic distinction," says Professor Martin Mendoza-Botelho.

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kerry@ducey.org (Eastern Connecticut State University) Neighbors Thu, 12 Nov 2020 07:48:40 -0500
Chelsea Piers Connecticut Announces Partnership with Rod Martin Squash https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2920-chelsea-piers-and-rod-martin-partner-for-squash-training2920-chelsea-piers-and-rod-martin-partner-for-squash-training https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2920-chelsea-piers-and-rod-martin-partner-for-squash-training2920-chelsea-piers-and-rod-martin-partner-for-squash-training

Chelsea Piers Connecticut is pleased to announce a partnership with Rod Martin Squash for elite squash training at the Chelsea Piers Squash Club in Stamford.  Rod Martin Squash (RMS) provides professional coaching for aspiring elite and professional players.  Based out of Greenwich, CT, RMS has specialized in individualized training for juniors and professionals for the past 15 years.  

“We are so excited to have Rodney and his coaches join our staff of talented squash professionals.  Chelsea Piers has always prided itself on having the best learn to play programs in sports.  Our coaches combine athletic talent with the unique ability to teach children,” commented Bill Mountford, Director of Racquets at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

“With the addition of RMS Squash, Chelsea Piers Squash will provide the best training from the young beginner player to elite world tour professionals.”

RMS staff will complement the existing Chelsea Piers Squash coaching staff and be a resource for elite competitive players.  All RMS coaches have been coached by Rod during their playing career and therefore, understand and coach using the same methods.  This allows for consistency in training throughout the program.

Rod brings 20 years of professional playing experience as well as 20 years of coaching to the program.  Combining the Chelsea Piers Connecticut and RMS track record for taking high-level players to the collegiate level and beyond makes this coaching team perhaps the most powerful in the business.  Since the inaugural RMS Class of 2011 and the opening of Chelsea Piers Connecticut in 2012, dozens of players have been recruited to the top Ivy League, NESCAC and PAC-12 colleges. Athletes have gone on to play at: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Middlebury, Bates, Amherst, and more.

“I am very excited to be part of the Chelsea Piers Squash program.  Chelsea Piers has one of the best squash facilities in the world and an excellent team of teaching pros with a proven track record of successfully bringing athletes to the sport,” commented Rod Martin.  “Our specialty in elite training, college placement, and competitive match play will add to the already strong program Chelsea Piers has in place.  Parents with aspiring young athletes will have a clear and consistent training and playing path if they wish to play competitively and are considering collegiate squash opportunities”.

The Chelsea Piers squash and fitness club is one of the best facilities in the country with 11 singles courts and 1 doubles court.  The facility was designed to accommodate State and National competition and is consistently selected to host US Squash regional competitions.  Dozens of athletes of all levels train in classes, clinics, private lessons, match play and summer training camps in the squash facility year-round.  The eight-year-old program has already sent more than two dozen athletes on to collegiate squash careers. 

About Chelsea Piers Fitness

Chelsea Piers Squash is located within the Chelsea Piers Fitness club in Stamford CT.  The Squash facility is one of the finest in North America and includes: 11 singles courts, one doubles court, a large central spectator viewing area, luxury locker rooms and a multi-purpose club lounge.  The Chelsea Piers Fitness club includes over 60,000 square feet of space for sports and fitness training, as well as, access to the club's Olympic-sized pool.  All squash members have full access to these Chelsea Piers amenities.  

Since opening in 2012, Chelsea Piers has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive youth squash programs in the country, with many of its young athletes being recruited by the top colleges and universities in the nation.  The success of Chelsea Piers Squash is built on the quality of its coaching staff and their collective experience playing at the highest levels of collegiate and professional squash.  Squash programming at Chelsea Piers Connecticut includes classes, clinics, private lessons, match play and summer camps. 

Learn more at www.chelseapiersct.com/squash.

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kerry@ducey.org (Chelsea Piers) Places Wed, 11 Nov 2020 04:02:48 -0500
State issues updated sports guidance, recommendations, and sector rules for the winter season https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/2919-state-issues-updated-sports-guidance-recommendations-and-sector-rules-for-the-winter-season2919-state-issues-updated-sports-guidance-recommendations-and-sector-rules-for-the-winter-season https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/2919-state-issues-updated-sports-guidance-recommendations-and-sector-rules-for-the-winter-season2919-state-issues-updated-sports-guidance-recommendations-and-sector-rules-for-the-winter-season

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today released updated comprehensive sports guidance incorporating sports to be played in the winter season for both interscholastic leagues, recreational, and private leagues for youth and adults.

The department’s recommendations will be codified as part of the updated sector rules on sports from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and do not apply to college-level or professional athletics. This revision updates comprehensive sports guidance released on September 25 and is intended to guide local health departments, municipalities, and league organizers in assessing the risk of play, and offer suggestions to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection to players, coaches, parents and spectators.

This guidance is based on a risk assessment for COVID-19 conducted by the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), a national organization governing high school athletics. The guidance includes a description of the risk categories for sports, breaks down the risks of different activity associated with those sports, and makes recommendations for each of those activities.

“As we get into the winter season, there is a higher level of community spread of COVID-19 than there was a few months ago, and that impacts athletes in all sports, especially those played indoors,” Acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre S. Gifford said.

“It is still important to remain as physically active as possible during the winter and I encourage that. It will be important going forward that sports league or event organizers give their coaches and players the tools to mitigate risks of transmission as much as possible. For our youth, this also clearly applies uniformly to sports played as part of a school-based league and private or recreational leagues. We have seen clusters of cases related to individual teams and sporting events, and this can be very disruptive to schools if youth or anyone else exposed then needs to quarantine due to exposure. Even though the effects of COVID-19 in youth tend to be less significant, children can easily spread infection to more vulnerable members of our community if exposed.”

“Our broader reopening strategy has always been focused on striking the right balance between allowing as much social and economic activity as possible while making sure the appropriate protocols are in place to keep our residents safe. Sports is certainly no exception,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman said. “We know how much these types of activities mean to our overall quality of life in Connecticut and I feel these new guidelines offer a smart path forward during the critical winter months.”

The full sports guidance document can be found online and is meant to be used as a tool to help organizers of athletic leagues for both children and adults.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Public safety Mon, 09 Nov 2020 13:05:26 -0500