Stratford's HamletHub Mon, 21 Sep 2020 05:59:53 -0400 State Rep. Gresko Joins Outing Aboard Maritime Aquarium Research Vessel

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk welcomed State Rep. Joe Gresko (D-Stratford) out on its research vessel early on Wed., July 8 to be part of an ongoing study of Long Island Sound’s water quality.

The outing, with a 6 a.m. departure time, was one of The Maritime Aquarium’s regular biweekly trips to collect data on the conditions in Norwalk’s outer harbor. Staff Scientist Dr. Dave Hudson gathered information on such factors as temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, water clarity and more from aboard the Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound.

The Maritime Aquarium is one of 23 organizations using standardized protocols to collect data for what’s called the Unified Water Study, which focuses on water conditions in bays and harbors all around the Sound. The effort was launched by Save the Sound in 2017 because conditions in bays and harbors – where much of the public comes into contact with the Sound – can be different from conditions out in the open waters.

Launched in 2015, R/V Spirit of the Sound is a 64-foot catamaran that was the country’s first hybrid-electric research vessel.

Gresko is vice chair of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, and a member of the Energy & Technology Committee.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s conservation efforts, as well as about exhibits, programs and public and private outings aboard the research vessel this summer, at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Thu, 09 Jul 2020 08:48:52 -0400
Stratford Rotary Honors DPIL

Stratford Rotary Club President 2019-20 and Stratford Library Director Sheri Szymanski recently presented $10,000 to Janet Lengel, coordinator of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project DPIL). The DPIL is a book gifting program that sends a new, hard copy book each month to children aged 0-5 in Stratford, Conn. at no cost to their families. The program fosters a love of reading and family connections as well as preparing children for school. In Stratford, there are nearly 600 children participating in the program, with a goal of reaching 1,600 over the next few years.  

The Stratford Rotary Club's gift of $5,000 was matched by the John and Ethel Kashulon Foundation, which has the goal of improving people’s lives through enhancing educational, children’s and cultural opportunities. Participation is free.

Individuals may cover the cost for one child for one year with a donation of $25 to The Stratford Education Foundation, C/O Robert David, 210 Pumpkin Ground Road, Stratford, Conn. 06614.


]]> (Thomas Holehan) Neighbors Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:32:33 -0400
Keeme chats with Bridgeport native and Broadway performer Juwan Alan Crawley about Broadway and Black Lives Matter

Keeme chats with Bridgeport native and Broadway performer Juwan Alan Crawley about Broadway and Black Lives Matter 

Fifteen year old Ajibola Tajudeen, better known as Keeme, is the host of New Paradigm Theatre's web series on BroadwayWorld. "Konversations with Keeme".  Keeme interviews seasoned television and film professionals like Tamara Tunie of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Renee Lawless of Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots, as well as Broadway veterans such as Emmy and Grammy winner, Paul Bogaev, and Broadway pros Christine Dwyer, Kelly Grant, local leaders and more.

The series follows Keeme's interviews as he receives advice on "the business", performing, and leadership from the pros in the performing arts industry. Staying current, the series is now "at home" and being called "Koronacation with Keeme" and asks how our stars are staying "creative during corona".  This month's focus is on interviews with people of color and their take on nation events and Black Lives Matter.

New Paradigm Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions. This series is one of the ways that NPT features their outstanding Youth Board of directors (all the production and on-camera work is facilitated by our Youth with some guidance from our Pros). Artistic Director and Broadway veteran, Kristin Huffman says, "New Paradigm is a theatre with a social conscience. We produce events and shows that not only entertain with Broadway pros, but that also connect directly to our community and teach youth leadership. Onstage and off we support and teach equality and diversity. 

Today's interview (found HERE) is with Juwan Alan Crawley (Broadway: Aladdin). He talks honestly about what "Black Lives Matters" means to him and the theatre community. Keeme and Juwan speak about what young leaders, like Keeme, can do during the Corona quarantine to make a difference.

NPT also recently hosted an online GALA.  Take a look:

And for more information or to donate please visit our website:

The NPT Online Gala, June 7, 7:30 PM

]]> (NPT) Neighbors Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:04:04 -0400
American Red Cross Announces Support for COVID-19 from Gone For A Run and ChalkTalk SPORTS

The American Red Cross is recognizing Gone For A Run and ChalkTalk SPORTS for their generous donation of $21,000 through their virtual race series “Running is NOT Canceled.” Their donation will help the Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission nationwide due to this public health emergency.

At the end of March, after the COVID-19 crisis had shut sports activities down, saw the need to help empower people to keep active and continue to run to stay healthy.  Knowing first-hand how beneficial running can be for maintaining a healthy body and mind, Gone For A Run sought to provide motivation for people to keep running while also helping others. Through its Virtual Race Series, Gone For a Run created the Running Is Not Canceled Virtual 5K Race, a unique race where runners and walkers can register for the race, receive their race package and run their 5K (3.1miles) on their own schedule and wherever they'd like to run. With this race, $5 of each race purchase was donated to the American Red Cross.

“We are grateful for the support of Gone For A Run, ChalkTalk SPORTS and to the community of runners who participated in this unique fundraising event,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Because of their collective generosity, the Red Cross is able to continue to deliver its mission during this challenging time.”

In addition to the virtual races, Gone For a RUN also created a full line of "Running is Not Canceled" merchandise and a $5 donation was made to the American Red Cross for every item purchased. Also, the brand created a line of tee shirts called "Sports Will Be Back" donating $5 of each sale to the American Red Cross.

“ChalkTalk SPORTS Group of brands is proud to have been able to support the American Red Cross through our Virtual Race Series,” said Julie Lynn, CEO and Founder, ChalkTalk SPORTS.  “This extraordinary organization saved our youngest son's life so it very dear to our heart. Due to an unknown rare blood antigen incompatibility we lost our third son. This same incompatibility risked the life of our fourth son at 30 weeks. If it wasn't for the amazing work of the American Red Cross to find and make available two pre-natal blood transfusions that helped save his life.”

To date this community of runners and sports enthusiasts have raised over $21,000 for the Red Cross through May 19, 2020. For more information on how you can support the American Red Cross visit

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Center for Family Justice Partners w/ BOA to Help Protect CT Residents

Bridgeport, CT – With stay-at-home restrictions in place, the coronavirus has triggered a rise in domestic abuse throughout Connecticut. Individuals and families are now faced with choosing between health risks associated with the coronavirus or staying at home with an abusive partner. The Center for Family Justice (CFJ), which provides crisis and support service to victims of domestic and sexual abuse in six local communities, is working tirelessly to keep vulnerable residents safe during the coronavirus. CFJ recently partnered with Bank of America to ensure its services are still available to victims of abuse.  

“Having Bank of America’s support at this critical time is a game changer for us as we strive to meet the growing and unprecedented needs of individuals and families experiencing what amounts to a second pandemic of trauma and abuse,” said Deborah A. Greenwood, President & CEO of The Center for Family Justice. “We are incredibly grateful to Bank of America for its incredible generosity.” 

Since Gov. Ned Lamont announced social distancing guidelines in March, Greenwood noted domestic violence crimes are on the rise throughout the state while rates for most other crimes have declined significantly. Meanwhile, the Safe Connect program run by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), noted a 54 percent increase in calls to its domestic violence hotlines throughout the state in April.

CFJ’s Kathie’s Place safe house, a 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders awardee, is at capacity and has been throughout the pandemic. “We have kept Kathie’s Place fully-staffed and operational as it is critical that victims have a safe place to go with their families,” explained Greenwood. “At the height of this health crisis, we were able to move a family escaping domestic violence into the safe house through the extraordinary efforts of our staff. Because of the support of Bank of America, we are able to continue to provide safety and protection to victims and their families.” 

“Supporting our most vulnerable communities during the coronavirus is imperative, which is why Bank of America has committed local grants to non-profits throughout Connecticut,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut Market President for Bank of America. “With the unfortunate rise in domestic abuse, the bank’s partnership with the Center for Family Justice is vital to residents in need. We thank CFJ for being a strong advocate and safe harbor for domestic abuse victims.”

If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic or sexual violence and need help, call the Domestic Abuse hotline at 203.384.9559 or the Sexual Abuse Hotline at 203.333.2233.

About The Center for Family Justice: 

CFJ provides crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in the communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. 

Last year, CFJ provided these services to almost 5,000 adults and children from its service area. 

The free, confidential help and services CFJ offers to all of its clients include:

  • Kathie’s Place, a 15-bed safe house, which offers shelter for victims leaving abusive relationships. (For the past three years, this safe house has been full on an almost daily basis.) 
  • Short-term counseling for victims as well as support groups for more long-term help.
  • 24-hour crisis hotlines 
  • Safety-planning for victims in abusive intimate partner or domestic relationships. 
  • A court-based team that supports victims whose abusers are engaged with the criminal justice system.
  • Attorneys who assist with the many complex legal needs our clients face including divorces, child custody issues, restraining orders, immigration issues and housing matters.
  • A network of community partners, including law enforcement professionals, who work on-site at our headquarters. 
  • Camp HOPE America-Connecticut, a summer camp and year-long mentoring program for young people who have experienced the trauma of domestic or sexual violence. 
  • Services inclusive of LBGTQ victims and survivors.
  • A specialized team which works with children impacted by extreme abuse and trauma and coordinates forensic interviews for court hearings.
  • Our Rise & Thrive Self-Sufficiency programs which help our clients lead independent lives.
  • Campus Advocates who offer the same kind of help we offer at our Bridgeport headquarters to students on local college and university campuses.
  • Education programs focused on understanding and preventing the generational cycles of domestic and sexual violence.  

About Bank of America:

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at, and also connect on Twitter (@BofA_News).

Bank of America has delivered more than $2 billion in philanthropic investments since 2009, with approximately $250 million in 2019 alone. In April 2019, the company announced a $5 billion Bank of America Community Homeownership Commitment™ to benefit low- and moderate-income homebuyers and communities across the U.S. over the next five years. Also in 2019, Bank of America Community Development Banking provided a record $4.88 billion in loans, tax credit equity investments and other real estate development solutions. Between 2005 and 2019, Bank of America financed 202,800 affordable housing units. To meet the unique needs of its 12 million small business owners, the company provides advice, solutions and dedicated support. Bank of America maintained its position as the nation’s top small business lender at the end of 2019, with $38.9 billion in total outstanding small business loan balances (defined as business loans in original amounts of $1 million and under), up 7% year over year. 

For more Bank of America news, including dividend announcements and other important information, visit the Bank of America newsroom and register for news email alerts.

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Connecticut DEEP Announces the Opening of State Parks and Beaches

State Parks Remain Open with Restrictions; Shoreline Swimming Areas Open; Inland Swimming Areas Closed, Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Guidelines Remain in Place

They also encourage visitors to select locations closest to your home. State parks and beaches near Stratford include:

Park City Location
Centennial State Forest Fairfield Fairfield
Silver Sands State Park Milford Milford

While some of the information is guidance that DEEP has shared previously, the plan contains a good amount of new information, such as DEEP’s current plan for the swimming areas it oversees, and provides a “one stop shop” for the latest information on outdoor recreation offerings administered by DEEP.

As the state begins a phased re-opening of its economy, the vast majority of state parks remain open, as they’ve been throughout the pandemic. The restrictions that they’ve operated under, such as daily capacity limits, social distancing guidelines for visitors, and use of face coverings, also remain in place.

The operational plan can be found here.

Swimming and Beaches:

Last week, Gov. Ned Lamont, along with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced that they would open beaches in their respective states effective Friday, May 22. Gov. Lamont also announced that in Connecticut, state parks that feature beaches along the Connecticut shoreline will be open May 22, though with capacity limitations, and visitors are advised to follow social distancing guidelines.

At this time, DEEP is permitting swimming only at shoreline State Parks (not inland State Park swim areas). Guidance from the state Department of Public Health indicates that recreational swimming is not a known form of transmission of COVID-19, in saltwater or freshwater. At this time, DEEP is making decisions about permitting swimming at State Parks based on considerations of potential crowding and the ability to maintain social distancing onshore, at beach locations.

It is DEEP’s assessment at this time that shoreline parks that feature beaches, operating under limited capacity, can safely accommodate visitors on beaches, provided they follow recommended social distancing guidelines. Visitors to shoreline parks must maintain 15’ of space from other beachgoers (blanket-to-blanket).  This distance will allow for a 6’ radius around each person or family and a 3’ walkway in between groups.

Based on the very limited size of our beach and swim areas at inland state parks, and current social distancing guidance, DEEP will close beaches at inland State Parks, and prohibit swimming at inland State Parks. Again, this operational decision is based on the potential for on-shore crowding, not a concern of risk of transmission in freshwater.  Park staff will monitor beach closure and educate the public to ensure compliance with the closures. DEEP will continue to review this policy in alignment with public health recommendations and will consider the reopening of designated swim areas on a case-by-case basis. 

If you choose to visit a shoreline state park that features a beach, visitors are encouraged to select locations closest to home, and consider visiting early in the morning before crowds gather. At least 6 feet of social distancing must be maintained between persons, and groups over five remain prohibited. Visitors should recreate with members of their immediate household and not meet up with others. Visitors should bring face coverings and use them whenever they are in proximity to others. Face coverings should not be worn in the water. Visitors should not expect that restroom buildings will be open, but most locations will have portable toilets available.  

DEEP will reduce parking capacity and close beaches for the day if social distancing cannot be maintained, and will make adjustments to operations and consider longer-term closures if the situation warrants. Updates on closures are posted on the state parks Twitter feed,@CTStateParks.

Lifeguards will not be on shoreline beaches in Connecticut state parks early in the season.  These beaches are currently posted as "No Lifeguards on Duty."  It is expected that shoreline beaches will begin lifeguarding when adequate staffing, training, and safety practices meeting DEEP standards are in place. Lifeguards will be provided training to reduce the risk of virus transmission in the course of their duties, including providing CPR. Guidance for lifeguards is available from the American Red Cross. Lifeguards will not be posted at inland beaches while swimming is prohibited at those beaches.

Staff in DEEP’s Water Monitoring and Assessment Program will be monitoring water quality at the shoreline parks open for swimming. The water quality at the beaches will be tested for the presence of infectious diseases using standard bacteria indicator species. Residents will be able to find swimming area closure information at DEEP’s state parks Twitter feed, @CTStateParks, and will soon also be able to find that information on the DEEP website at, or on DEEP’s toll free Water Quality Information Phone Line at 1-866-287-2757.

Connecticut municipalities continue to make decisions regarding the beaches and swimming areas they oversee. DEEP has been in consultation with municipalities during the pandemic, and will continue to be. DEEP’soperational planis available for municipalities to adapt to their needs if they wish to do so.

Limited swimming capacity at state parks, combined with restrictions made by municipalities around the swimming areas they oversee, mean that residents will have to plan beach and swimming excursions well in advance, and be ready with a back-up plan if their first choice is closed.

State Campgrounds, Cabins, and Youth Sites:

As was recently announced, state Campgrounds, Cabins, Youth sites, Backcountry and River Camping sites are closed until at least June 11.  Additional campground reservations for the 2020 season have been postponed for the time being to prevent the need to reimburse the public for future reservations if campgrounds remain closed.

Other options to open campgrounds are being considered that minimize staff and public risk.  The decision will be based on current public health guidance, cleaning protocols and the availability of adequate staff and appropriate personal protective equipment.  

As we move forward into the summer season, DEEP will continue to monitor and assess public use and recreational activities that occur at state parks and other DEEP managed outdoor recreation areas. Evaluation of that information may result in changes to the operational plan. While law enforcement personnel are authorized to enforce social distancing and group size guidance, DEEP seeks to educate first and ask people to follow the rules, in hopes that visitors will take personal responsibility and make sure that they comply. 

To view the operational plan, go here:

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Discovery Museum Hires Terry O’Connor as Interim Executive Director

Today, the Discovery Museum announced the hiring of Terry O’Connor as Interim Executive Director.  “Terry brings to The Museum his leadership skills and expertise in the educational and non-profit worlds in Fairfield County”, said Tom Vos, Chairman of the Board of The Discovery Museum.  “Terry has agreed to come out of retirement to add his experience to The Museum as it faces unprecedented challenges brought on by the coronavirus”, said Vos.

Terry is well known throughout Fairfield County for his work with children in non-profit and educational organizations.  Before his retirement in December 2018, Terry served for 26 years as Executive Director of The Cardinal Shehan Center, and before that he was head coach of the Fairfield University basketball program.  He began his career as a teacher and has an MS in physical education from Syracuse University.

Bill Finch, who will be completing his commitment to The Museum at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, will remain with The Museum for a transition period.  “When Bill announced to the board in March his intention to leave, the Executive Committee and I began to plan for a smooth transition”, said Vos.  “The turmoil caused by the coronavirus disruption forced us to look for an interim executive director to make sure we would not be left with a gap in our leadership.  We will begin the search shortly for a permanent executive director, but the most pressing issue right now is to plan for re-opening of The Museum and for ways to adapt our educational and hands-on STEM exhibit experience to the new realities we face.”

“I cannot say enough good things about my time with The Museum,” said Bill Finch. “We’ve made some great strides and I look forward to remaining one of The Museum’s strongest advocates. That said, when I signed on as Executive Director, the plan was always to spend two to three years to raise The Museum’s visibility and increase local financial support. I’m proud that has been accomplished, and I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition.”

Asked what his next step will be, Finch stated that it will be announced at a later date.

For media inquiries regarding this announcement, please contact Brett Broesder at (203) 781-6764 or

]]> (submitted) Neighbors Tue, 19 May 2020 08:21:42 -0400
Letter: CT Guidelines Miss the Mark, Do Not Allow for the Safe Reopening of Offices

Letter to the Editor

Guidelines Released by the Reopen Connecticut Taskforce Miss the Mark, Do Not Allow for the Safe Reopening of Offices

On May 9, 2020, a council of Connecticut business leaders, in concert with the Lamont Administration, released rules and guidance for the “safe” reopening of workplaces across the state. The processes, principles, and protocols issued by this taskforce reflect a failure to address some of the most basic needs that the state’s business community (including both employers and employees) desperately requires.

The guidelines state that “employees are encouraged to continue to work from home where possible.” While I am sure this statement was intended to highlight how even the most detailed and complete safety measures would still result in a substantial amount of risk present in any and all office environments, there is no excuse for the incompleteness of the issued guidelines.

Allow me to highlight some examples of where the program outline failed.

Reopen Connecticut failed to issue regulations or standards to be followed by building managers and landlords, which should have focused on the safe setup of common bathrooms, elevators, building access points, and even stairwells.

While the regulations issued state that all office spaces are required to be thoroughly cleaned prior to reopening (and on an ongoing basis), there are no clear guidelines as to ownership of this responsibility. What falls to the employer/tenant, and what will be the responsibility of building management? Given the fact that office spaces are most often cleaned by service providers secured directly by the landlord, standards for their cleaning needed to be defined, and were not.

Employers are responsible for providing office workers with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and Reopen Connecticut guidelines have made it clear that if PPE is not provided to employees, offices cannot open. However, the State has not provided a way for businesses to acquire the needed PPE, which will significantly hinder most from reopening their doors given how difficult it continues to be to acquire masks, gloves and, most importantly, sanitizing products.

Once offices reopen, there is also the inevitability that an employee or a member of their household will test positive for COVID-19. None of the guidance issued outlines steps a business must follow when this occurs. The cascade of challenges and issues that will shadow such an incident were very much overlooked by our leaders in Hartford, and protocols for meeting “re-certification” standards to reopen after such a diagnosis was also notably absent.

Even more troubling, there are also no specific requirements that mandate building management to notify tenants when an individual who has been in the building tests positive for COVID-19.

Businesses bringing employees back to the office will be required to post clear signage reinforcing all safety related protocols and policies, yet the State did not provide samples of these postings or indicate where they can be downloaded. It can be anticipated that the content of these notices may be incomplete and thus ineffective without the proper guidance from the taskforce.

It is understandable that Connecticut employers want to reopen their offices and welcome employees back as quickly as possible. However, in order to do so safely, they must be provided with a much more complete, robust, and clearly outlined set of standards and guidelines.

Those employed in the State of Connecticut are also eager to return to their workplace, but demand that they have confidence the office they return to is safe and that the State and their employer have done everything possible to ensure their health and wellbeing.

Reopen Connecticut fails miserably to address the needs of both Connecticut employers and workers. As a thirty-year resident of the state and business owner since 2001, I am incredibly disappointed in the taskforce’s efforts and output on this front. We all deserve better.

- David Lewis, Norwalk, Connecticut

David Lewis is CEO of OperationsInc (, the state’s largest HR Consulting Practice. The 90-employee consulting group is based in Norwalk.

]]> (David Lewis - Operations Inc) Politics Wed, 13 May 2020 07:12:04 -0400
How Many Electric Vehicles are Registered in Stratford?

Roadmap Outlines Strategy for Accelerating Deployment of EVs in Connecticut

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day which took place a few weeks ago, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued its Electric Vehicle Roadmap for Connecticut (EV Roadmap), a comprehensive strategy for achieving widespread deployment of electric vehicles in the state, and a key tool in the state’s effort to improve air quality for residents while also addressing the climate crisis.

According to the DEEP, there have been 5,213 Electric Vehicles registered in Connecticut. Electric Vehicles registered in zip codes near Stratford include:

Zip EV Registrations
06824 106
06484 58
06611 50
06460 48
06477 40
06825 40
06614 32
06615 23
06606 20
06890 17
06461 14
06418 8
06605 7
06604 6
06610 4
06607 3

The top 10 towns in Connecticut for electric vehicle registrations are:

Town # Registrations
Greenwich 328
Westport 227
Stamford 181
New Canaan 140
Darien 111
Fairfield 106
Wilton 93
Ridgefield 79
Guilford 77
Weston 75

The top 5 models for Connecticut Registrations of EV’s are:

Model # Registrations
Tesla              1,218
Chevrolet              1,072
Toyota              1,016
Ford                  733
Nissan                  389

One of the focus areas of the EV Roadmap is scaling up electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) such as charging stations in order to encourage higher EV penetration rates. “Range anxiety,” or fear that an EV will run out of power before a destination is reached, will diminish as consumers become more confident in charging accessibility. 

There are 376 publicly-accessible EV charging stations with a total of 966 charging connectors in the state, including 50 direct current fast charger (DCFC) locations with 212 charging connectors. A significant increase in workplace Level 2 charging connectors, public Level 2 charging connectors, and public DCFC connectors will be critical to supplement residential charging and meet future charging demands.

The EV Roadmap focuses in on several key areas, including the transitioning of public and private fleets and medium and heavy-duty vehicles to EVs; making the consumer charging experience more consistent; minimizing grid impacts through demand reduction measures; providing demand charge relief for charging station owners and EV fleet operators; exploring opportunities for pilot programs with local innovators in the EV field; working with the state and municipal governments to modify building codes and permitting requirements to support EV infrastructure deployment; and leveraging financial incentives, such as the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR), to help make EV purchase price less of a barrier to consumers.

In issuing the EV Roadmap, DEEP is mindful of the pervasive impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on communities both locally and around the world, the full scale and effects of which, though unknown at this time, are and will be significant. DEEP will continue to monitor the COVID crisis and consider its impact on the long-term goals outlined in the EV Roadmap.
Environmental stakeholders from around the state applauded the EV Roadmap’s release.

To view the EV Roadmap, visit:$FILE/EV%20Roadmap%20for%20Connecticut.pdf

]]> (CT DEEP) Life Thu, 07 May 2020 08:03:06 -0400
Find out where Stratford High School ranks in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report reviewed more than 24,000 U.S. public high schools and 207 Connecticut schools made their 2020 rankings. Below are the rankings of high schools in and around {town}.

High School CT Rank Nat Rank Grad Rate Enrollment
Stratford High School #112 #6,567 94% 958
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy #118 #7,457 73% 218
Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering And Physical Sciences Hs #121 #7,611 93% 475
Bunnell High School #122 #7,656 98% 1,045
Information Technology And Software Engineering High School #144 #10,283 94% 475
Derby High School #154 #11,615 81% 353
Central High School #160 #12,573 78% 1,612
Bassick High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 64% 970
Biotechnology Research & Zoological Sciences at the Fairchild Wheeler Campus #162-207 #13,345-17,792 96% 471
Bridgeport Military Academy #162-207 #13,345-17,792 96% 301
Bullard-Havens Technical High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 96% 778
Capital Preparatory Harbor School Inc. #162-207 #13,345-17,792 56% 148
Harding High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 60% 967
Platt Technical High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 98% 816
The Bridge Academy #162-207 #13,345-17,792 78% 179
Fairfield Ludlowe High School #18 #883 98% 1,510
Joseph A. Foran High School #36 #1,590 98% 912
Fairfield Warde High School #38 #1,683

According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest-ranked schools are scattered throughout the country, showing that the best schools are not concentrated in any one geographic area. Nine different states are represented among the top 10 schools. More broadly, the top 100 schools span 29 states.

U.S. News & World Report says that they take a holistic approach to evaluating schools, focusing on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. College readiness measures participation and performance on AP and IB exams.

Here are the top 10 high schools in Connecticut:
#1 Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford
#2 Weston High School
#3 Darien High School
#4 Staples High School (Westport)
#5 New Canaan High School
#6 Simsbury High School
#7 Greenwich High School
#8 Hall High School (West Hartford)
#9 Ridgefield High School
#10 Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern
See the complete Connecticut High School rankings HERE.
To see how schools in the state’s top metro areas ranked, check out the pages for Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Bridgeport.

View the article in its entirety here.

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Some Good News

Some Good News!

Everyday heroes are emerging amidst the pain we are all experiencing. Their stories can inspire us all.

HamletHub has been received an abundance of stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things so we created a special "hub" to spread joy called Community is not Canceled.

Community is not Canceled features a plethora of inspiring stories that will give you many reasons to smile!

Read about:

We are in this together. Stay strong. 

If you have an inspiring story from Stratford to share, please email

Visit Community is not Canceled HERE.






]]> (HamletHub) Life Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:38:55 -0400
HCC Foundation Helps Students Impacted by Pandemic

As COVID-19 takes a toll on college students everywhere, the Housatonic Community College Foundation is providing emergency relief to help students impacted by the pandemic.

To date, the Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCC Foundation) has raised over $60,000 in emergency funds to help Housatonic Community College (HCC) students meet basic needs so they can proceed with their studies amid the crisis. Grocery gift cards and emergency funding are distributed, and a new online request process enables the Foundation to respond rapidly to student needs.

Antonia Oglesby, an HCC student majoring in political science with dreams of becoming a civil rights attorney and Congresswoman, lost all three of her jobs due to shutdowns of all non-essential job sites. Her husband, a service writer at a car dealership, also lost his job due to a COVID-19 related layoff. With a five-year-old son and Antonia’s brother living at home, the couple was struggling to make ends meet.

“When I got the check from the Foundation I started crying, it felt like the world had been lifted and I could breathe,” said Oglesby. “I was able to buy groceries, put gas in my car and pay the light bill. It was amazing.”

In addition to providing emergency relief, the Foundation purchased 50 Chromebooks. The computers are on loan to students who don’t have access to adequate technology while the school provides online-only learning.

“The Foundation is committed to responding to student needs,” said Kristy Jelenik, Executive Director of HCCF. “So many of our students have lost their jobs or become sick themselves. Our goal is to help them persist in their education and be successful, and we’re enormously grateful for the outpouring of support we have received to help them through this crisis.”

The Housatonic Community College would like to extend a special thanks to donors who have contributed during this critical time, including Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Russell Berkowitz and Berkowitz Hanna LLC, Wells Fargo, Yale New Haven Health and a group of generous anonymous supporters.

The need for funding to help struggling students increases every day.

To make a donation, please contact HCC Foundation Executive Director Kristy Jelenik at or call 203-332-5078. Donations can also be made online by visiting

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Stratford Residents Can Support Connecticut Food Bank By Participating in Race Against Hunger

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

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

Date Time City Place
Tuesday, April 7 2:00 PM East Haven East Haven High School
Wednesday, April 8 9:30 AM Danbury New Hope Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 8 4:00 PM Bridgeport Roosevelt School
Wednesday, April 8 4:30 PM Hamden Hamden Middle School
Wednesday, April 8 5:30 PM Bethel Walnut Hill Church
Thursday, April 9 5:30 PM Naugatuck Naugatuck Convention Center

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




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Community is not Canceled: Stratford Library Announces DIY Puppy Storytime!

Community is not Canceled 

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

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

Welcome to Stratford Library’s online program, "Do-It-Yourself Storytime!" 

Each week, the Library will post a kid-friendly storytime theme on their Children's blog and include all the materials you'll need to run your own family storytime! The Library will gather links to books, songs, a fun coloring sheet, and more! There’s no need to register--you can do these activities in any order & at any time! 

Please share your artwork! Feel free to email the Children's Department and include your creation at:

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

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

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Community is not Canceled: Inspiring Poetry at Stratford Library

Community is not Canceled 

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

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

Stay Hopeful, Stay Inspired with Poetry in Stratford 

Stratford Library is preserving the power of poetry.

In the spirit of National Poetry Month, Stratford Library is posting an inspirational poem each week to their Facebook page. The videos will feature a librarian reading the poems aloud.

Check out this week’s poem, “Daisy Time,” read by librarian, Ms. Tess.

Listen along and stay inspired!

 Daisy Time by Marjorie Pickthall 

See, the grass is full of stars,

Fallen in their brightness;

Hearts they have of shining gold,

Rays of shining whiteness.

Buttercups have honeyed hearts,

Bees they love the clover,

But I love the daisies' dance

All the meadow over.

Blow, O blow, you happy winds,

Singing summer's praises,

Up the field and down the field

A-dancing with the daisies.


Visit the Stratford Library website to find out more about their updated resources and an April calendar of events.

You can also contact a librarian using the chat window Monday–Thursday 9:30am to 8pm, and Friday & Saturday 9:30am to 5pm.

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

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

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