Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Tue, 02 Mar 2021 21:09:33 -0500 HamletHub.com RVNAhealth StayWELL Earns Employer of Choice Award https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51026-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award51026-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51026-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award51026-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award

RVNAhealth is excited to share that our StayWELL team has been awarded a 2021 Best of Home Care® – Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse.  This award recognizes RVNAhealth and our StayWELL business as one of the top performing non-medical home care agency employers in the nation, based upon unfiltered caregiver employee feedback.  Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience.  As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility. 

“As one of only 19 home care assistant agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of non-medical home care agency employers in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding employment experience. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I extend appreciation to our caregivers for their feedback and choice in working for RVNAhealth,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

In addition to the Home Care Pulse Employer of Choice Award, RVNAhealth is also an eight-time winner of the Hearst Media Top Workplaces Award, as well as a 2020 Home Care Pulse Provider of Choice, tributes also earned through unfiltered employee and client feedback. Learn more about RVNAhealth’s StayWELL services here, or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.  For inquiries into caregiver employment opportunities, please contact Human Resources.


 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:54:33 -0500
Today, about 2,800 Wilton residents aged 55 to 64 became eligible to receive the vaccine https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51025-today-about-2-800-wilton-residents-aged-55-to-64-became-eligible-to-receive-the-vaccine51025-today-about-2-800-wilton-residents-aged-55-to-64-became-eligible-to-receive-the-vaccine https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51025-today-about-2-800-wilton-residents-aged-55-to-64-became-eligible-to-receive-the-vaccine51025-today-about-2-800-wilton-residents-aged-55-to-64-became-eligible-to-receive-the-vaccine

Today, approximately 2,800 Wilton residents aged 55 to 64 became eligible to receive the vaccine. In addition, in-person education and childcare workers became eligible today.

Last week, following the Governor’s announcement of the new vaccine distribution schedule,  CT DPH instructed local health directors to proceed with all previously scheduled vaccine clinics during March.  But, any newly scheduled first dose clinics in March must be dedicated to vaccinating in-person education and childcare workers. 

Accordingly, this month Wilton’s Health Department will hold our two previously scheduled clinics. Any new first doses received during March will be restricted to in-person education and childcare workers.  

In-person education and childcare workers are not limited to municipal or state sponsored dedicated clinics. They are also eligible to receive vaccines from any general population provider.

Any vaccine eligible Wilton resident may request to be on our vaccine waitlist.  As noted on the request page, any requests from residents who are ineligible at the time of request are discarded.

Statewide, approximately 610,000 residents became newly eligible today.  When setting the vaccine distribution schedule, the Governor’s team assumed only 60% of those newly eligible or 366,000 residents, will choose to be vaccinated.   

The State has been allocated 131,000 first doses for this week, 30,000 of which are Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Next week, CT DPH does not expect to receive such a large number of J&J vaccines. 

Doing the math, it will require more than 3 weeks for the 366,000 expected residents to receive their first dose of the vaccine, as some previously eligible 65 and up residents are still receiving first doses this week.  If residents choose vaccination at a rate higher than 60%, obviously it will take longer.  Please manage your expectations and that of your family members accordingly.

The Town’s Coronavirus Resources webpage contains helpful information, including links to schedule an appointment.  Some providers have their own online appointment portal.  Others are using the CDC vaccine appointment system, VAMS.  The State and some providers have phone numbers to call to schedule an appointment.  It may take several attempts to find an available appointment. 

How you schedule your appointment and where you schedule your appointment is your decision.

Please remember, even if you have received the vaccine, you must still wear a mask and maintain social distance.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton First Selectwoman, Lynne Vanderslice ) Neighbors Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:51:38 -0500
Heart Health with Stay at Home in Wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51024-heart-health-with-stay-at-home-in-wilton51024-heart-health-with-stay-at-home-in-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51024-heart-health-with-stay-at-home-in-wilton51024-heart-health-with-stay-at-home-in-wilton

Stay at Home in Wilton and RVNAhealth have enjoyed a good long partnership, with RVNAhealth providing administrative support and collaboration from the moment Stay at Home in Wilton was founded over 10 years ago. The partnership continues today with events, programs and camaraderie to offer care, education, and entertainment.

Most recently, Stay at Home in Wilton and RVNAhealth presented Heart Health 2021 on February 23rd, featuring a goody bag drive-through graciously hosted at the Wilton Historical Society and a virtual presentation with RVNAhealth experts discussing blood pressure (Jill Hart, RN), grip strength (Sarah Triano, OTR/L) and meditation (April Rodriguez, RN). The presentation was capped off with a Q & A with Ralph Kirmser, M.D., esteemed cardiologist and husband of Stay at Home in Wilton’s president, Sally Maraventano Kirmser.

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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:50:12 -0500
Lamont Activates Severe Cold Weather Protocol as Frigid Temperatures Expected To Impact Connecticut Overnight https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51023-lamont-activates-severe-cold-weather-protocol-as-frigid-temperatures-expected-to-impact-connecticut-overnight51023-lamont-activates-severe-cold-weather-protocol-as-frigid-temperatures-expected-to-impact-connecticut-overnight https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51023-lamont-activates-severe-cold-weather-protocol-as-frigid-temperatures-expected-to-impact-connecticut-overnight51023-lamont-activates-severe-cold-weather-protocol-as-frigid-temperatures-expected-to-impact-connecticut-overnight

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing Connecticut’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol to be activated beginning at noon on Monday, March 1, and remaining in effect through noon on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, as brutally frigid temperatures are expected to impact the state overnight and into the morning.

Forecasts are currently showing the state will experience a severe drop in temperature accompanied by strong winds that will bring the wind chill near or below zero across Connecticut on Monday evening. A wind advisory has been issued for the entire state, with gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour anticipated at times.

The protocol sets up a system for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe conditions. United Way 2-1-1 operates as the point of contact for individuals who need shelter and transportation to shelters.

Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 2-1-1 to get connected to these services. Safety measures have been enacted at shelters throughout the state to adhere to the needs of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“While many of us were hoping that the brutal cold weather had ended for the season, it looks like we’re not out of the woods yet, as wind chills will be near or below zero across Connecticut tonight,” Governor Lamont said. “Shelters are open throughout the state, and we need to spread the word to the most vulnerable in our communities that these services are available. If you know if anyone who is in need of shelter, please call 2-1-1 and they will connect you to the nearest available locations.”

While activated, the protocol enacts the following actions:

  • The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security activates its WebEOC communications network, which is an internet-based system that enables local, regional, and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.
  • The Department of Social Services, Department of Housing, and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, along with community-based providers, to provide transportation for people seeking shelter.

For emergency management news and resources, visit the state’s CTPrepares website at ct.gov/ctprepares or download the CTPrepares app to mobile devices at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Mon, 01 Mar 2021 08:17:21 -0500
Fran Lebowitz is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51022-the-ridgefield-playhouse-161438197751022-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1614381977 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51022-the-ridgefield-playhouse-161438197751022-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1614381977

Special Guest Host Paul Shaffer (Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, This Is Spinal Tap) will be conducting a Live On-Stage Interview – followed by a Q&A with Fran!

Straight from her hit Netflix series Pretend It’s a City, directed by Martin Scorsese, get ready for a night of no holds barred conversation with the queen of “tell it like it is!” Fran Lebowitz will take the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 7:30pm.   In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities, Lebowitz shoots straight from the hip; she famously doesn’t own a computer, doesn’t have an email address and refuses to join social media.  Instead, the cultural satirist and purveyor of urban cool, offers her acerbic view through essays and interviews on everything from current events well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage claim areas, and taxi drivers.

Lebowitz’s lengthy film and television credits includes a 7-year run on Law & Order and a guest role in The Wolf of Wall Street. She can also be seen in various documentary films including the American Experience series on New York City, as well as Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Regarding Susan Sontag, and Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol, among others. In 2010 Martin Scorsese directed a documentary about Lebowitz for HBO, titled Public Speaking. A raconteur if ever there was one, Lebowitz has long been a regular on various talk shows including those hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, and Bill Maher.  Lebowitz was once named one of the year’s most stylish women by Vanity Fair and today, remains a style icon. Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

Tickets on sale NOW at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 203.438.5795

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lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:18:09 -0500
Exciting Outdoor Work Opportunities Available in Connecticut, Diverse Applicants Strongly Encouraged to Apply https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51014-exciting-outdoor-work-opportunities-available-in-connecticut-diverse-applicants-strongly-encouraged-to-apply51014-exciting-outdoor-work-opportunities-available-in-connecticut-diverse-applicants-strongly-encouraged-to-apply https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51014-exciting-outdoor-work-opportunities-available-in-connecticut-diverse-applicants-strongly-encouraged-to-apply51014-exciting-outdoor-work-opportunities-available-in-connecticut-diverse-applicants-strongly-encouraged-to-apply

DEEP Launches 2021 Seasonal Recruitment Effort

Want to work a fun job in the outdoors this year? The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) invites you to apply to join our seasonal workforce!

DEEP is actively seeking to diversify its workforce agency-wide. Seasonal positions are a great introduction to working at DEEP and a potential career working in the outdoors – we strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to join our fun-loving and hardworking team.

Seasonal positions with DEEP are available at various locations throughout the State of Connecticut. The majority of these positions are located within the State Parks Division at various state parks and forests. Positions include lifeguards, seasonal park rangers, maintenance workers, interpretive guides, seasonal Environmental Conservation Officers and more! Some seasonal employees also assist DEEP professional staff in research projects for forestry, fisheries and wildlife management.

To assist with navigating the wide array of seasonal opportunities offered, DEEP has launched a new seasonal employment webpage. This user-friendly webpage divides opportunities up by area of interest (Fisheries, Wildlife, Boating, Parks & Forests, Lifeguarding, Environmental Conservation Patrol Officer, and others), as well as by location.

Seasonal staff play a crucial role in keeping our parks open and waterways stocked with fish, keeping the outdoors accessible for all people as a reprieve in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. To fill these positions with a diverse group of staff reflective of the diversity of our state, DEEP is engaging in a comprehensive outreach effort to raise awareness about the opportunities available, including media engagement, outreach to schools, and hosting a virtual career fair.

“Increasing the diversity of DEEP is a top priority at the agency, and this is one of the ways we can do that,” Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Conservation Mason Trumble said. “Seasonal opportunities are a great way to ignite interests that can lead to a career in the outdoors, or even discover a passion for something that you never knew you had. We hope you’ll consider joining us!”

For more information, visit DEEP’s seasonal employment webpage here. Staff are available for interviews!

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Neighbors Fri, 26 Feb 2021 10:31:00 -0500
Wilton Go Green - Be A Part Of Nature, Not Apart From Nature on March 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50992-wilton-go-green-be-a-part-of-nature-not-apart-from-nature-on-march50992-wilton-go-green-be-a-part-of-nature-not-apart-from-nature-on-march https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50992-wilton-go-green-be-a-part-of-nature-not-apart-from-nature-on-march50992-wilton-go-green-be-a-part-of-nature-not-apart-from-nature-on-march

Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library present Wilton Go Green - Be A Part Of Nature, Not Apart From Nature on March 4 from 7 – 8 p.m.

Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library present an informative session where attendees will learn about conservation projects they can undertake on their own properties that are essential to reverse the environmental threats. Presenter Donna Merrill’s work in environmental conservation spans more than two decades.

 A Wilton resident for 36 years, she’s served as Executive Director of the Wilton Land Conservation Trust and a Wilton Conservation Commissioner. She was instrumental in bringing the Pollinator Pathway to Wilton and other municipalities. No charge. Online registration required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link.

No charge. Sponsored by Wilton Library and Wilton Go Green. Online registration required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link. Register with Wilton Go Green here.

Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on the Wilton Go Green registration link. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Library) Events Fri, 26 Feb 2021 07:28:25 -0500
Summer Programs for Starting Kindergarten in Wilton! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51019-summer-programs-for-starting-kindergarten-in-wilton51019-summer-programs-for-starting-kindergarten-in-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51019-summer-programs-for-starting-kindergarten-in-wilton51019-summer-programs-for-starting-kindergarten-in-wilton

Wilton Continuing Education is announcing summer programs for students starting kindergarten in the fall of 2021.

Wilton Public Schools offer several extended day options to accommodate the various childcare needs of families. These programs promote the health, safety, and well being of the student and support child development by including some or all of the following age appropriate activities each day:

The Extended Day Programs offer parents the flexibility of having their child arrive at school early or stay late in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment. The programs include:

 Miller-Driscoll Before School for grades K - 2 (7:00 – 9:00 a.m.)
 Miller-Driscoll After School for grades K - 2 (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
 Cider Mill After School for grades 3 – 5 (2:15 – 6:30 p.m.)
There are two options for registering:
 Contract: students who attend on a regular weekly basis for the school year.
 Drop-In: students attend on an as-needed basis (24-hour advance notification required) for the
school year.

Please contact Doreen Esposito at espositod@wiltonps.org or Louise Rothwell at rothwelll@wiltonps.org with questions.

You can read/download the flyer here

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Continuing Ed) Places Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:45:43 -0500
A Record-Breaking Fairfield County’s Giving Day Raises $2.25 Million for Nearly 400 Local Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51021-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits51021-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51021-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits51021-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits

14,828 Individuals Generously Contribute to Region’s Biggest Day of Philanthropy, Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

 Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) today announced record-breaking results for its 8th annual Fairfield County’s Giving Day, which was held yesterday, Thursday, February 25, 2021. 

A total $2,250,154 was raised from 14,828 donors who made 21,187 total gifts — all Fairfield County’s Giving Day records — in support of 394 local nonprofits during the online 24-hour giving marathon.  The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified nonprofit needs and on Fairfield County’s Giving Day this year, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and businesses from across the region came together to give where they live and work.

“Everything about this year has been different -- everything but the generosity of Fairfield County donors and we thank every donor for their meaningful contributions.  We’re so grateful for the extraordinary, record-breaking response from our community for Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2021. While the pandemic made it impossible for nonprofits to raise funds in traditional in-person events, thousands responded to the call on Fairfield County’s Giving Day, contributing critical funds at a critical time for hundreds of local nonprofits.  The Community Foundation is honored to help make this truly momentous day of compassion, kindness, and goodwill possible for the communities we call home and all of our neighbors,” said Juanita James, President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

With the backing of Champion Sponsor, Bank of America, for an eighth year in a row, and other generous sponsors, this year’s record results exceeded prior high totals of $1,719,595 (+31% from 2019); 13,161 unique donors (+13% from 2015); and 17,236 total donations made (+23% from 2020). Since its inception by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in 2014, a total of $11,557,543 has been raised from 118,252 total gifts for 1,945 local nonprofits on Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

“Yesterday’s phenomenal Giving Day results are a reflection of the hardworking nonprofit community that has motivated so many donors to give back in recognition of their dedication and resiliency,” said Bill Tommins, President, Bank of America, Southern Connecticut. “In our eighth year as Champion Sponsor, the impact that yesterday will have on nonprofits within our communities will be substantial and long lasting, and we are proud to rally behind those making a difference.”

The community building-aspect of Giving Day continues to be a critical aspect of the initiative. As the region’s biggest philanthropic event of the year, Giving Day encourages thousands of individuals to come together and make a difference in the lives of their neighbors across all 23 cities and towns of Fairfield County.  Participating nonprofits represent a wide array of causes including the arts, education, animal welfare, human services, housing, and more. In addition to raising funds, Giving Day helps the more than 400 participating nonprofit organizations in increasing awareness about the important work they do across the region, while also providing trainings and workshops to empower virtual fundraising, marketing, and other resources.

Generous sponsors provided a bonus pool of more than $140,000 in prize money for participating nonprofits this year, another record total, surpassing prior highs in prize money by 40%.  Winners of Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2021 bonus prizes included:

  • Nonprofit Grand Prize: Most Unique Donors ($15,000 prize):
  • LifeBridge Community Services
  • Nonprofit Grand Prize: Most Dollars Raised ($10,000 prize)
  • The Greater Fairfield County Foundation, Inc. (not affiliated with FCCF)
  • Rookie of the Year ($1,000 prize to the first-time Giving Day participant with the most unique donors):
  • Lucky Dog Refuge

For a full list of prize winners visit FCGives.org/prizes. To review the full list of nonprofit fundraisers, inclusive of prize money, view the final leaderboard at https://www.fcgives.org/leaderboards.

Separately, grant-prize winners of the 2021 Why I Give Video Submission Contest were announced on Giving Day, and included: Grand Prize: Fairfield Center Stage; Runners Up: New Canaan Mounted Troop, Kids Helping Kids, and Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR).  To view these winning videos, visit: FCCFoundation.org/Give21

To view a recording of the Giving Day Virtual Launch Party that kicked off the day, visit FCGives.org

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation extends its gratitude to sponsors including Champion Sponsor, Bank of America; County Sponsor: Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Neighborhood Sponsor: Barbara Benton Davis Fund at FCCF, Back to You Fund at FCCF, Haddad & Partners, Altice; Power Hour Sponsor: The Jeniam Foundation, Fund for Women & Girls at FCCF, Immigrant Success Fund at FCCF, Herb B. West Award Fund at FCCF, Geller-Conarck Memorial Fund at FCCF, TargetOnstar, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Bridgewater Associates; Town Square Sponsors: Albourne Partners, Webster Private Bank, Greater Norwalk Chamber, Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Band Central; Magazine Partner: Moffly Media; Media Partners: 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9, WICC 600, WEBE 108.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation 

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $337.5 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond since 1992. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, the organization brings together community organizers, business experts, and philanthropists to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County with a focus on eliminating disparities in education, employment, housing, and health. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. Learn more at FCCFoundation.org and follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.  Listen to the Fairfield County Thrives podcast at FCCFoundation.org/podcasts.

 

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kerry@ducey.org ( Patty McQueen) Charities Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:52:13 -0500
Wilton Family YMCA Preschool Enrollment Now Open https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51020-wilton-family-ymca-preschool-enrollment-now-open51020-wilton-family-ymca-preschool-enrollment-now-open https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51020-wilton-family-ymca-preschool-enrollment-now-open51020-wilton-family-ymca-preschool-enrollment-now-open

Enjoy all your favorite extracurricular activities while building a strong foundation for learning!

The Wilton Family YMCA Preschool offers Swim Lessons, Zumba, Music, Yoga, STEAM, STEM, CATCH, and Cooking classes in addition to a quality curriculum and kindergarten-readiness education that follows the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards. 
 
Offering both small and whole group activities, our students participate in “hands-on” learning, fostering important social-emotional skills, early literacy, and physical development.
 
Our program is fully licensed with seasoned staff who have been here for over 10 years. We are currently operating under the Office of Early Childhood Guidance to mitigate against Covid-19.
 
Policy & Procedure can be found at www.wiltonymca.org/nursery-school/
 
To schedule a tour, please Contact Kimberly Fejes, Preschool & School Age Childcare Director at 203.762.8384 ext. 293 or kfejes@riverbrookymca.org
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Family YMCA) Places Thu, 25 Feb 2021 08:33:11 -0500
Three Fun Summer Programs for Wilton Learners https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51018-three-fun-summer-programs-for-wilton-learners51018-three-fun-summer-programs-for-wilton-learners https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51018-three-fun-summer-programs-for-wilton-learners51018-three-fun-summer-programs-for-wilton-learners

Wilton Public Schools Extended School Year Program is offering three exciting programs to benefit learners from age 3 to those entering 5th grade.

Wilton United Summer Fun 2021:

  1. "Oh the Places We'll Go"
    Open to students who will be attending Kindergarten at Miller-Driscoll School starting in the fall of 2021.
    Download the flyer.
     
  2.  "Olympics" (age 3 through Entering Kindergarten)
    Open Wilton Residents who are at least three years old, currently attending pre-school and those who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2021.
    Download the flyer.
     
  3. "Olympics" (Entering 1st Grade through entering 5th grade)
    Open to students who have completed Kindergarten through those entering 5th grade.
    Download the flyer.
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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Public Schools ) Neighbors Thu, 25 Feb 2021 04:49:56 -0500
Wilton COVID and Community Update: Reporting Delays, Transfer Station Hours/Fees and Case Data https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51017-wilton-covid-and-community-update-reporting-delays-transfer-station-hours-fees-and-case-data51017-wilton-covid-and-community-update-reporting-delays-transfer-station-hours-fees-and-case-data https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51017-wilton-covid-and-community-update-reporting-delays-transfer-station-hours-fees-and-case-data51017-wilton-covid-and-community-update-reporting-delays-transfer-station-hours-fees-and-case-data

As below you see below, yesterday, CT DPH reported 18 additional cases for Wilton.  We have confirmed that older, previously not reported cases have been included in this week’s numbers.  Cases reported to Wilton’s Health Department by CT DPH on Monday, Tuesday and today are as follows:

  • Positive cases tested from 11/11/20 to 12/9/20:         7
  • Positive cases tested from 12/16/20 to 2/5/21:           12
  • Positive cases tested from 2/17/21 to 2/22/21:           18

Current cases for the last three days have averaged 6 new cases per day. That daily average was more than twice the daily average for the two previous weeks.  The age breakdown of the 18 new cases was:  7-school aged.  2-aged 20 to 29, 6-aged 35 to 55 and 3- 56+. 

Residents have recently asked about the reduction of the hours at the Transfer Station.  If you missed last year’s discussion:

The Transfer Station was set up as a self-funding operation.  For years it operated at breakeven or better, but ongoing consolidations of private haulers have resulted in a decline in volume and revenue. Larger haulers often have their own disposal facilities and don't require the use of our Transfer Station.  

In 2013, thirteen private haulers paid disposals fees that accounted for most of the facility’s revenue.  This year, only four private haulers are using the facility. The number of households using the facility has also declined to well under 50%.  Transfer Station operations have required hundreds of thousands of in taxpayer subsidies.   Current user fees paid by users cover only about half the costs to process and dispose of their waste.  This is despite the fact that our fees are higher than those paid in larger surrounding communities.  

Last year, the Board of Selectmen adopted a plan to begin to address the situation.  It included both a reduction in fixed costs and better alignment of fees to costs, as follows: 

  • Reduced hours to better align with actual demand.
  • Increased fees for solid waste.
  • Introduction of fees for recyclables. Previously, Wilton and municipalities across the country were able to sell recyclables.  That ended with a change in policy in China. 

We implemented the reduced hours for the current fiscal year.  Many residents, not aware of the plan, incorrectly thought the reduced hours were solely in response to the pandemic.  Because residents were negatively impacted financially by the pandemic, we delayed the fee changes.  A new fee structure is expected to be announced in March.  Residents, who use the facility and work during the week, have asked that we reconsider the reduced Saturday hours. We are doing that.

We are also investigating longer-term solutions to not only reduce subsidies but also to encourage residents to generate less waste.  

The problem isn’t unique to Wilton. This is a statewide problem.  It is getting worse in some areas, like the greater Hartford area, where the old waste-to-energy plant, which serves 51 communities, is permanently shutting down. Instead, the 600,000 to 700,000+ tons of generated waste, previously converted to energy, will be trucked out to landfills in other states increasing costs and creating harm to the environment. 

None of this is sustainable.  There are proposals before the legislature advanced by many, including a large number of municipal leaders.  

What you can you do to make a difference as we seek solutions?  Food waste is often the most significant and heaviest component of household waste.  One option is to consider composting at home or hiring a company to bring your organic waste to the State’s relatively new anerobic digester.  The plant turns organic waste to renewable energy.  This is what the Wilton Public Schools are doing.  The result is a program that most kids and parents love.  Once food waste is removed from your regular trash, you may find the savings to dispose of the remaining trash offsets the cost of the new pick-up service.

Case Information

The following is data, as of 8:30 p.m. last night, from today’s CT DPH report versus yesterday’s February 23rd report.  

Data Point

Wilton

Fairfield CTY

State

New Cases

18

                   473 

        1,493 

       

Cases-PTD

         946 

              79,710 

    278,184 

       

Positivity

4.68%

 n/a 

3.14%

       

Tests Reported

         385 

 n/a 

      47,512 

       

Hosp. Patients

 n/a 

                   155 

           495 

       

Net Change

 n/a 

                       6 

           (16)

       

Deaths

           48 

                2,039 

        7,595 

       

Change

            -   

                       2 

             23 

Please practice the 5 W’s and behave as if you have the virus and as if those around you do as well.

5 W’s

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance whether indoors or outside
  • Walk, run or bike to the right in single file when passing another person on the NRVT, sidewalks and trails
  • Wait to host indoor gatherings
  • Wash your hands

If you have a question, please email me at lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton First Selectwoman, Lynne Vanderslice ) Neighbors Thu, 25 Feb 2021 03:15:53 -0500
Support Wilton Nonprofits on Fairfield County's Giving Day! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51015-support-wilton-nonprofits-on-fairfield-county-s-giving-day51015-support-wilton-nonprofits-on-fairfield-county-s-giving-day https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51015-support-wilton-nonprofits-on-fairfield-county-s-giving-day51015-support-wilton-nonprofits-on-fairfield-county-s-giving-day

The 8th annual philanthropic day to “give where you live” is TODAY Thursday, February 25, 2021!

Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Fairfield County’s Giving Day, the 24-hour, online fundraiser for nonprofits is even more timely this year as the coronavirus pandemic amplifies the need for these nonprofits to share their missions and connect with donors.

There are so many worthy nonprofits right here in Wilton that are changing the world for the better - on a daily basis! These nonprofits are on the front lines administering the COVID vaccine, they are helping residents with disabilities, bringing art, music, dance, and theater to our community (and beyond), providing services and programs to senior citizens and children, rescuing pets, and keeping us healthy. Let's help them continue to fulfill their important missions!

View a comprehensive list of nonprofits in our area here.

You can help by encouraging friends, family, and colleagues to “give where you live” by donating to participating nonprofits via FCGives.org on February 25th. Now more than ever, local nonprofits need our support. Each donation makes a difference and can give nonprofits a chance win over $140,000 in cash prizes made possible by generous Giving Day sponsors, including champion sponsor, Bank of America.

Support LOCAL today (and always). Make your donation FCGives.org

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Thu, 25 Feb 2021 03:14:35 -0500
Wilton Wahoos Breakfast Food Drive for Person to Person https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51016-wilton-wahoos-breakfast-food-drive-for-person-to-person51016-wilton-wahoos-breakfast-food-drive-for-person-to-person https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51016-wilton-wahoos-breakfast-food-drive-for-person-to-person51016-wilton-wahoos-breakfast-food-drive-for-person-to-person

Help the Wilton Wahoos collect nonperishable breakfast foods for Person-to-Person, a community agency that provides basic goods and services for those in need, including children throughout Norwalk. 
 
Please bring donations to Wilton Family YMCA by March 5!
 
Items needed:
 
Cereal
Oatmeal
Granola bars
Shelf stable milk
Juice boxes
Fruit cups
Pancake mix
Syrup
 
Donation bins are located in the Wilton Y lobby. Please ensure that all donations are within their best buy dates.
 
Donations need to be received by March 5!
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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Family YMCA) Charities Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:22:10 -0500
Town of Wilton Answers FAQs Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine, Case Data https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51012-town-of-wilton-answers-faqs-regarding-covid-19-vaccine-case-data51012-town-of-wilton-answers-faqs-regarding-covid-19-vaccine-case-data https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51012-town-of-wilton-answers-faqs-regarding-covid-19-vaccine-case-data51012-town-of-wilton-answers-faqs-regarding-covid-19-vaccine-case-data

As below, yesterday, CT DPH reported 23 additional cases for Wilton.  We are hoping 17 of these cases are actually delayed reporting and not a current uptick.

The following are responses to questions received from residents following the Governor’s release of the new vaccine schedule.  The new schedules follow below. 

  • Your eligibility date is the DATE YOU CAN MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.  
  • Information on HOW TO LOCATE A PROVIDER, INCLUDING LINKS, is on the Town’s Coronavirus Resources webpage.
  • You CAN’T PRE-REGISTER in VAMS.
  • The NEW SCHEDULE REPLACES THE PREVIOUSLY RELEASED PHASE 1B, PHASE 1C AND PHASE 2 schedules.
  • DO NOT EXPECT TO FIND AN AVAILABLE APPOINTMENT ON YOUR ELIGIBILITY DATE.  It may be 2 TO 3 WEEKS BETWEEN WHEN YOU ARE ELIGIBLE AND AN APPOINTMENT IS AVAILABLE.
  • During March, LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICTS, including Wilton, will receive FIRST DOSE VACCINES INTENDED for SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, not for the general public. We are awaiting further details. Already scheduled second dose clinics for March will be held.
  • CONCIERGE APPOINTMENT BOOKING SERVICES ARE LIMITED to RESIDENTS 75 AND UP. 
  • The vaccine schedule is BASED ON AN INCREASE IN DOSES BEING SENT TO CT AND THE APPROVAL AND AVAILABILITY OF THE J&J VACCINE.
  • The TOWN’S VACCINE WAITLIST IS FOR ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS.  REQUESTS BY THOSE NOT ELIGIBLE ARE DISCARDED. 

The following are the revised vaccine scheduling and distribution guidelines

  • March 1, 2021: Aged 55 to 64 become eligible to schedule an appointment and receive the vaccine.  
  • March 22, 2021: Aged 45 to 54 become eligible to schedule an appointment and receive the vaccine.  
  • April 12, 2021: Aged 35 to 44 become eligible to schedule an appointment and receive the vaccine.  
  • May 3, 2021:  Aged 16 to 34 become eligible to schedule an appointment and receive the vaccine.  

Please be patient and please wait your turn before attempting to schedule. 

Case Information

The following is data, as of 8:30 p.m. last night, from today’s CT DPH report versus the February 22ndreport.  

Data Point

Wilton

Fairfield CTY

State

New Cases

23

                   434 

        1,357 

       

Cases-PTD

928

79,237

276,691

       

Positivity

4.98%

 n/a 

3.92%

       

Tests Reported

         462 

 n/a 

      34,656 

       

Hosp. Patients

n/a

149

511

       

Net Change

 n/a 

                     (1)

             11 

       

Deaths

           48 

                2,037 

        7,572 

       

Change

            -   

                       3 

             10 

         

Please practice the 5 W’s and behave as if you have the virus and as if those around you do as well.

5 W’s

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance whether indoors or outside
  • Walk, run or bike to the right in single file when passing another person on the NRVT, sidewalks and trails
  • Wait to host indoor gatherings
  • Wash your hands

If you have a question, please email me at lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton First Selectwoman, Lynne Vanderslice ) Neighbors Wed, 24 Feb 2021 07:26:30 -0500