Trumbull's HamletHub Sun, 27 Sep 2020 23:21:18 -0400 Tashua Knolls Senior Men's Club Vormstein Golf Tournament results of 8/12/20

Tashua Knolls Senior Men’s Vormstein Tournament Results

The Tashua Knolls Senior’s Men’s Club Vormstein Golf Tournament was played on August 12 at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, CT..  The results were as follows:

The Low Gross winners were by Joe Deluca and Bob Vagnini with a 77.  In second place were George Leka and Jim Flewellyn with a 77 and in third place were Mark Ryan and Robert Winston with an 80.

The winners for the Low Net were Paul Wettenstein and Jerry Gregory with a 61, Frank Chudy and Peter Fatsy finished second with a 62, and Jack Miller and Marc Zaken finished in third with a 62.

Teams in first and second place qualify for the President’s Cup.

]]> (John Annick) Life Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:28:58 -0400
Connecticut Housing Partners receives the 2020 Best of Trumbull Award for the second year in a row!

Connecticut Housing Partners receives 2020
Best of Trumbull Award for the second year in a row!

Connecticut Housing Partners, headquartered in Trumbull CT and operates throughout Fairfield County, has been selected for 2020 Best of Trumbull Award in the Non-Profit Affordable Housing Developer category for the second year in a row!  Each year, the Trumbull Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in the communities that they operate and business category. These are local companies and organizations that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies/organizations help make the Trumbull area a great place to live, work, and play.

Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Award Program and data provided by third parties. The Award Program is an annual event honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.  

Renée Dobos, the CEO of Connecticut Housing Partners (pictured above) said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the second year in a row. Our work in Fairfield County is very important and impactful as providers of affordable housing.  We have pulled our communities together when they need us the most especially during this pandemic. We are not only offering stable housing to our residents, but we are offering them hope during these challenging times.”  Dobos adds, “We recognize that having a safe, affordable place to live is essential to achieving financial security. Our role as an affordable housing provider has grown dramatically to meet the current crisis. Our next initiative is to help our low-wage residents by giving them essential employment skills so that they can attain financial security. Many of these residents feel lost and alone CHP is the bright light showing that we care about the residents that we serve helping them through this crisis.”

]]> (Robin Jerrild) Neighbors Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:28:22 -0400
Connecticut Ranks #2 in WalletHub's Best School System in America

WalletHub, a website that offers free credit schools and reports, just released its 2020 ranking of America's school systems and places Connecticut in the #2 spot with a total score of 66.25. Massachusetts is on top with a total score of 71.73. 

What's more, Connecticut is #1 for Highest Median ACT Scores and #3 for Highest Reading Test Scores.


Here's the method behind the results:

WalletHub says, "We evaluated those dimensions using 33 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest quality of public K–12 education. Finally, we determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample."

WalletHub says they account for performance, funding, safety, class size, and instructor credentials when deciding on a school system's rank. To determine the top-performing school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key metrics. Click here to learn about their findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers, and a full description of their methodology.

1 Massachusetts 71.73 1 1
2 Connecticut 66.25 2 19
3 New Jersey 65.64 3 15
4 Virginia 63.75 4 3
5 Vermont 61.64 8 4
6 New Hampshire 61.27 7 6
7 Minnesota 59.89 6 22
8 Wisconsin 59.66 5 24
9 Delaware 59.65 15 2
10 Maryland 58.51 11 9


Meet WalletHub's team of experts here.

]]> (HH) Life Tue, 28 Jul 2020 08:10:40 -0400
Shelter Diversion Services Planned for CT Shoreline Communities

Through a partnership with the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford and the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Beth-El Center will now be providing shelter diversion services along the Connecticut shoreline from Milford to Madison.                                                          

Through its newly-formed shoreline diversion specialist staff position, Beth-El Center will be streamlining its efforts to prevent homelessness by identifying and supporting individuals and families throughout the shoreline area who are housing unstable and at the brink of homelessness. The diversion specialist will be assisting those who are at high risk for homelessness by identifying alternate housing arrangements and connecting them with services to help them return to permanent housing without entering into the emergency homeless response system.

“The collective impact of our three agencies working together to help vulnerable populations is significant,” says Jenn Paradis, Executive Director of Beth-El Center. “Homelessness knows no geographic boundaries so coordination and partnerships like this are important for the greater Milford community.”

This new position, which will be based at Women and Family Life Center in Guilford starting in mid-August, is funded through Connecticut's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, also known as the Small Cities Program, which the town of Guilford helped facilitate.

According to Meghan Scanlon, Executive Director of Women & Family Life Center, "We could not be more excited and proud to partner with Beth El Center on bringing the housing navigator position to our Shoreline community. If there is one thing this uncertain time has shown us it is that in order to tackle big problems like housing insecurity, we need to be creative and collaborative. Now, more than ever, families are facing very difficult choices between rent and food. This is not a new problem, but the pandemic has made it worse. To the extent we can avoid them entering the shelter system, we want to, which is why this position is so critical right now.”

The shoreline diversion specialist will be mobile throughout the region, engaging and collaborating with various community partners and targeting specific sites where vulnerable populations might found such as soup kitchens. Helping to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring and providing case management services is the goal.

“The long term effects of housing insecurity from this pandemic and other factors are our focus and this position is one piece of the puzzle in the larger fight to end homelessness," says Scanlon. 

For more information about Beth-El Center and its services, visit or call 203.876.0747.                                                        

About Beth-El Center

The Beth-El Center is a recognized leader in caring for and meeting the needs of those experiencing hunger and homeless in the greater Milford area. The Center serves individuals and families by providing shelter and case management services which provide support and assistance for achieving self-sufficiency. The Center’s soup kitchen offer hot meals to community members in need and feeds up to eighty persons daily. The Beth-El Center is located at 90 New Haven Avenue in Milford. Visit for more information.

]]> (Jocelyn Murray) Charities Tue, 28 Jul 2020 07:41:19 -0400
Changes Made to Trumbull Library Curbside Pickup Service

We reassessed our curbside services and made some changes. Once your holds are ready to be picked up, a staff member will call you to schedule a pick up day. You can pick up your reserved items (in brown paper bags) in front of the Main library. Bags are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

If you have any questions or if you need assistance, please call 203-452-5119.

Starting Monday July 6th, we will extend the pickup window from 8:30am until 6pm.

]]> (Trumbull Library) Life Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:13:54 -0400
Trumbull Parks & Recreation Announces Outdoor Pools to Open July 6th

Trumbull Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that we will be opening our outdoor pools this summer on July 6th! Due to the strict health and safety protocols in place, residents must register in advance for a 2-hour swim session and will be required to follow additional pool rules. Residents who do not register in advance for a swim session will not be allowed into the pool area. EVERY person must be on the reservation, including infants, nannies and guests. Registration for the July 6th opening of the pools will begin on Thursday, July 2nd . For more information visit You may also call to make a reservation during regular business hours at 203-452-5060. Please note, voicemail and email reservation requests will not be accepted.

We will also be offering a modified summer camp program this year. Camp begins July 6th and will run in 1-week sessions. For information about this program visit Hurry! Registration for the first week of camp ends on July 1st!

A valid Park Sticker is required for any vehicle parking within a Town Park. Many of you have received your vehicle tax bills and saw it included new, blue Park Stickers for up to 4 vehicles registered within the Town. The new Park Stickers will be enforced beginning August 1st, 2020 and will be valid until June 30, 2021. All 2019 (red) and 2020 (green) Park Stickers will be void after July 31st. For more information about our Park Sticker program, please visit

Have you forgotten your login credentials for our program registration website? Our office will be sending out a user name reminder to any household with an email address on file. Once you have your user name you can request a password reset on the website.

Finally, our office is now open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call 203-452-5060.

]]> (Trumbull Parks & Recreation ) Life Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:34:16 -0400
Newtown Savings Banks Sponsoring Drive & Drop Food Collection

On June 26th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 27th from 9 a.m. to noon, Newtown Savings Bank will be collecting non-perishable food donations at all 14 locations to benefit local food pantries. 

You can find needed donation items here 

Locations of local Newtown Savings Bank branches can be found here .

]]> (Hannah Latorre) Events Wed, 24 Jun 2020 10:34:20 -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.

]]> (The Center for Family Justice) Places Thu, 28 May 2020 08:11:38 -0400
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 Trumbull include:

Park City Location
Centennial State Forest Fairfield Fairfield
Indian Well State Park Shelton Shelton
Osbornedale State Park Derby Derby
Silver Sands State Park Milford Milford
Trout Brook Valley State Park Easton Easton

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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Connecticut Housing Partners is on the front line during COVID-19 and delivers 16,000 pounds of food!

With thousands out of work, and children not receiving meals in school, food insecurity is on the rise, including in Fairfield County, where Connecticut Housing Partners is taking care of their residents during the COVID-19 crisis. CHP has been managing food deliveries to their low-income residents since April 14th! Renée Dobos, CEO of Connecticut Housing Partners said, “We will not let any of our residents go hungry. We are not only offering food to our residents, but we are offering them hope during these challenging times.” CHP has delivered 8 tons of food to its residents thus far.

CHP’s Resident Coordinator, Melody Gonzalez, continues to reach out to Community Partners and the food delivery programs include weekly grocery deliveries to their 125 seniors, where it has been recommended that they not leave their units to stay safe from the COVID-19. Ruth in Huntington Place, said, “This is such a wonderful thing, I am so grateful the CHP is taking care of me so well.” Ruth is one of 125 seniors who has been receiving bags of groceries delivered right to their doors weekly. Ruth added, “I don’t get to see a lot of people these days and it is so nice to know the CHP staff cares about me and shows up at my apartment with groceries, a smile, and even a new mask when I need one!” The senior grocery program through SWCAA, Southwestern Agency Aging has delivered 9,000 pounds of food since April 28th.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission has provided almost 4,500 pounds of groceries to disadvantaged CHP families in Bridgeport and includes Maplewood Place, Merton House, and Yale Street Commons. Most of these residents have lost their income and do not know when they can return to work, if ever. Many of these residents feel lost and alone CHP is the bright light showing that management cares about them and wants to help them through this crisis. CHP is not just a landlord. They are a stable force that will help them this pandemic.  CHP has also expanded its social entity to include budget counseling and job search resources to all residents including those who have been given rental assistance through their Rent Bank program.

New to the “food line up” is a meal delivery program through Food Rescue US who provided 100 meals to Stamford residents last week and will deliver 200 meals to Stamford and Bridgeport this week. Melody, the Property Management Team, and the CHP staff are working tirelessly to expand these food programs daily to keep the food and support coming.

]]> (Robin Jerrild) Charities Tue, 19 May 2020 13:06:32 -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 Trumbull?

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 Trumbull include:

Zip EV Registrations
06824 106
06883 75
06484 58
06611 50
06460 48
06477 40
06825 40
06468 32
06614 32
06612 26
06615 23
06606 20
06890 17
06461 14
06418 8
06401 7
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

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Find out where Trumbull 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
Ansonia High School #114 #6,782 94% 567
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
Emmett O'Brien Technical High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 98% 582
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

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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