Woodbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:18:30 -0400 HamletHub.com Flanders Haunted Hikes – Science Experiments Gone Terribly Wrong! https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1790-flanders-haunted-hikes-science-experiments-gone-terribly-wrong1790-flanders-haunted-hikes-science-experiments-gone-terribly-wrong https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1790-flanders-haunted-hikes-science-experiments-gone-terribly-wrong1790-flanders-haunted-hikes-science-experiments-gone-terribly-wrong

Join us at Flanders for our 2nd Annual Haunted Hikes!

Hermit Guides will take you across our fields and forests to find out what the big mystery is happening at Flanders!

Hikes will take place on Friday and Saturday nights October 23, 24, 30 and 31. Friday night hikes start at 5 PM, while Saturday hikes begin at 4PM. The early guided hikes on all nights will be kid friendly for spooky family fun with costumed characters.

From 6:30 - 8 PM the “fright factor” is ramped up! These hikes will kick off each half hour, will be truly spine chilling and are geared for adults and youth ages 12 and older.

Hikes will last about 40 minutes. Please leave your flashlights at home and come prepared for a night of adventure dressed for the weather!

Cost is$7 per person. There will be seasonal refreshments available for purchase.

To assure your spot in a search party, purchase your tickets today online at flandersnaturecenter.org or call Flanders at (203) 263-3711, extension 12.

About Flanders

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental education, and on the acquisition, conservation, and stewardship of open space. Through its land trust initiatives, Flanders actively works to protect important natural sites and the area’s landscape character and quality of life. Flanders manages over 2,300 acres of preserved land in Woodbury and neighboring towns. Educational programs for children and adults are offered at the Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary, Flanders’ main campus in Woodbury. Trails at its seven major nature preserves are open to the public at no charge from dawn to dusk. For more information, call 203-263-3711 or visit flandersnaturecenter.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Ana Jordan) Events Fri, 16 Oct 2020 08:56:07 -0400
Connecticut DEEP Announces the Opening of State Parks and Beaches https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1789-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-15900000681789-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590000068 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1789-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-15900000681789-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590000068

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 Woodbury include:

Park City Location
Black Rock State Park Watertown Watertown
George Waldo State Park Southbury Southbury
Kettletown State Park Southbury Southbury
Larkin State Park Trail Southbury Southbury/Naugatuck/Oxford/Middlebury
Mount Bushnell State Park Washington Washington
Southford Falls State Park Southbury Southbury

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 athttps://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Recreation-Information/State-Swimming-Area-Water-Quality-Report, 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:https://portal.ct.gov/deep-parkscovid19.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT DEEP) Places Wed, 20 May 2020 09:14:03 -0400
Letter: CT Guidelines Miss the Mark, Do Not Allow for the Safe Reopening of Offices https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/politics/1788-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-15893886651788-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-1589388665 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/politics/1788-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-15893886651788-letter-ct-guidelines-miss-the-mark-do-not-allow-for-the-safe-reopening-of-offices-1589388665

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 (www.OperationsInc.com), the state’s largest HR Consulting Practice. The 90-employee consulting group is based in Norwalk.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (David Lewis - Operations Inc) Politics Wed, 13 May 2020 07:12:07 -0400
How Many Electric Vehicles are Registered in Woodbury? https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/life/1787-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-woodbury-15888738381787-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-woodbury-1588873838 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/life/1787-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-woodbury-15888738381787-how-many-electric-vehicles-are-registered-in-woodbury-1588873838

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 Woodbury include:

Zip EV Registrations
06482 26
06488 26
06798 25
06478 23
06770 21
00000 19
06708 19
06762 18
06795 11
06783 10
06752 9
06751 7
06779 5
06704 3
06723 3
06793 2
06841 2
05515 1
06680 1
06710 1
06724 1
06794 1
10021 1
10128 1
10165 1
30348 1

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: http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DEEPEnergy.nsf/c6c6d525f7cdd1168525797d0047c5bf/f7ed4932eec438d0852585520001c81b/$FILE/EV%20Roadmap%20for%20Connecticut.pdf

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT DEEP) Life Thu, 07 May 2020 08:03:07 -0400
Find out where Woodbury High School ranks in U.S. News & World Report https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1786-find-out-where-woodbury-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-15883651191786-find-out-where-woodbury-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-1588365119 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1786-find-out-where-woodbury-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-15883651191786-find-out-where-woodbury-high-school-ranks-in-u-s-news-world-report-1588365119

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
Waterbury Career Academy #104 #5,778 97% 838
Watertown High School #125 #7,745 95% 836
Waterbury Arts Magnet School (High) #132 #8,505 92% 466
Naugatuck High School #137 #8,916 87% 1,226
Crosby High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 71% 1,147
John F. Kennedy High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 82% 1,273
W. F. Kaynor Technical High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 99% 776
Wilby High School #162-207 #13,345-17,792 71% 1,072
Newtown High School #23 #1,162 98% 1,624
Pomperaug Regional High School #30 #1,486 97% 1,197
Shepaug Valley School #57 #2,734 95% 263
Nonnewaug High School #58 #2,746 97% 710
Oxford High School #71 #3,547 96% 556

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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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (US News and World Report) Places Fri, 01 May 2020 11:13:04 -0400
Some Good News https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/life/1785-some-good-news-15875083391785-some-good-news-1587508339 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/life/1785-some-good-news-15875083391785-some-good-news-1587508339

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 Woodbury to share, please email communitymatters@hamlethub.com

Visit Community is not Canceled HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (HamletHub) Life Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:39:15 -0400
The Story Behind Connecticut's inspiring Rainbows https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1784-the-story-behind-connecticut-s-inspiring-rainbows1784-the-story-behind-connecticut-s-inspiring-rainbows https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1784-the-story-behind-connecticut-s-inspiring-rainbows1784-the-story-behind-connecticut-s-inspiring-rainbows

Casey Castillo, a nurse and busy mom from Orange, CT founded 203 Rainbow Hunt after being inspired by a community hunting for rainbows in upstate NY.  Her Facebook Page is spreading joy and the vibrant colors of the rainbow throughout Connecticut. 

Since launching the page just a few weeks ago, she has gained over 5,000 members (join here) who are finding rainbows in nature, seemingly mundane objects, and sharing artistic rainbow creations. 

In a blog post, one of the page admins and champion of rainbows, Caroline Hoffman said, “We are currently living in a situation we’ve never experienced before. It’s a little confusing, scary, frustrating. What we can certainly do is find rainbows throughout this storm.”

203 Rainbow Hunt not only brings town residents closer together, but it connects each community in the Nutmeg State. 

Thank you to Casey, Caroline, and all who are leading our “Hunt”. Please use hashtag #203RainbowHunt and share your rainbows on the 203 Rainbow Hunt Facebook Page here.

To find out which Connecticut communities are part of the 203 Rainbow Hunt (and to add yours) click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Sat, 18 Apr 2020 12:19:29 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Announces 2020-2021 Season, Tickets to Broadway Performances Now On Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1783-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale1783-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1783-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale1783-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale

It is with great joy and excitement that ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is able to announce the theater’s anticipated return with next season’s line-up of productions. After making the very difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows for this season, the ACT team has re-worked next season’s calendar to bring Ridgefield and the surrounding communities three unbelievable productions.

The 2020-2021 season will begin on October 1, 2020. ACT of CT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine says, “While it is quite possible that ACT would be able to open its doors before next season, we felt as though we wanted to make the most appropriate decision for both the theater and our community. Opening in the fall makes sense. Next season’s line-up is truly the perfect selection of shows after this period of isolation. I can’t wait to begin our work on these three incredible productions and to once again see our friends and neighbors. Our 2020-2021 line-up is entertaining, heartwarming, magical, and inspirational. Freaky Friday is the perfect show to re-open with. And if you are a Wicked fan, then Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots will be non-stop smiles. Into the Woods remains my all-time favorite musical, and I am beyond excited for our audiences to see what we have in store with this production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece.”

ACT of CT’s 2020-2021 Season Includes:

Freaky Friday

October 1 – 25, 2020
Book by Bridget Carpenter
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Based on the novel Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to make things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the hit Disney film, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. With music and lyrics by the TONY Award winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Freaky Friday has become one of the most popular new musicals of the year!

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook

The Presenting Stephen Schwartz Series
January 28 – February 21, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by David Stern

Conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern

Additional Music and Lyrics by David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kauffman, Alan Menken and Charles Strouse

Arrangements and Orchestrations by Steve Orich

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook is an original musical by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz. Snapshots follows a suburban couple on the verge of divorce after 30 years of marriage. A hidden suitcase in their attic containing photographs of their life together reconnects them with their past as younger versions of themselves appear and play out “snapshots” from their relationship. Snapshots incorporates over two dozen of Schwartz's songs, including songs from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, The Magic Show, Working, Children of Eden, and Enchanted. If you are a fan of Wicked (and other Schwartz musicals), this is the show for you!

Into the Woods
May 13 – June 6, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

A timeless and deeply relevant Tony Award-winning musical, Into The Woods is one of Stephen Sondheim's most inventive works. Directed by ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, this sophisticated fairy-tale mash-up tells the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two embark on a journey into the woods to change their fate. Many wishes are granted, but as the characters discover, every wish can have far-reaching consequences and “anything can happen in the woods”.

Subscriptions for the 2020-2021 Season are available now through the ACT of CT website at actofct.org. Season packages include a 10% discount on tickets to the 2020-2021 mainstage productions, free ticket exchange per production and advance notification of additional events. Purchase tickets HERE.

For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, fall education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with 11 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards in 2018-2019, its inaugural season. ACT of CT’s productions have garnered critical acclaim, too; they’ve been listed among the “top ten equity shows of 2019” by Hearst Connecticut Media Group, and have received similar “top ten” accolades from critics Nancy Sasso Janis and Jim Ruocco. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit actofct.org for further information.

 

ACT of Connecticut's 2020/2021 Season Announcement

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:33:35 -0400
Woodbury Residents Can Support Connecticut Food Bank By Participating in Race Against Hunger https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1782-woodbury-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-15862938051782-woodbury-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293805 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1782-woodbury-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-15862938051782-woodbury-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293805

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

Connecticut Food Bank needs the town of Woodbury 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 Woodbury 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 www.jbsports.com.
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 Woodbury. 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 4:30 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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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Food Banks) Events Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:43:32 -0400
Connecticut COVID Update: 3,128 Confirmed Cases, 69 Deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1781-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths1781-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1781-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths1781-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths

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

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

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

Summary

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

COVID-19 Associated Deaths 69 (+33)

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

Patients tested for COVID-19 15600 (+1000)

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

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:34:13 -0400
Governor Lamont Announces Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/politics/1780-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis1780-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/politics/1780-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis1780-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

How do I get mortgage relief and/or forbearance?

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

How long will the forbearance last?

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

What effect will this have on my credit report?

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

How long will these programs last?

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

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

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

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

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

Is the mortgage relief available to businesses?

The relief is currently only available for residential mortgages.

What if my mortgage servicer is not communicative or cooperative?

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

What impact does the CARES Act have?

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

How about commercial loans and commercial mortgages?

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

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:18:35 -0400
Gov Lamont Announces Open Fishing Season for Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1779-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856740371779-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585674037 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1779-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856740371779-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585674037

This week, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order that included the early opening of the fishing season in Connecticut. With spring showing its early colors, fishing is a perfect outdoor activity. It states:

opening the fishing season early in inland waters will help to limit community spread of COVID-19 by eliminating the large crowds that often accompany the traditional Opening Day of fishing in April

If you are suffering from cabin fever, head to your favorite fishing hole and drop in a line! Remember, even while fishing or engaging in any outdoor activity, social distancing is a MUST. Please remain 6' apart!

During this time of social distancing, fishing should be enjoyed as solitary experience or with members of the immediate household, not as a group activity. DEEP is encouraging all anglers to follow social distancing practices. Anglers should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, practice good personal hygiene, stay home and away from others if they feel sick, and avoid areas where anglers or others congregate. All other fishing laws and regulations, including requirements for a fishing license and trout and salmon stamp when needed, and all methods, creel limits and length limits remain in effect. More information and a helpful FAQ can be found on DEEP’s website

Please refer constituents to https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/CT-Fishing for more information. We continue to stock trout and plan on completely our spring 2020 stockings. Below you will find the listings of our stockings so far this spring. Anglers should also check out our Interactive Stocking map at: https://ctdeep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=70d13bc033854b89a87c04b1d11b1a43

You can find a helpful video here: https://www.facebook.com/CTFishAndWildlife/videos/1147555402243388/

A list of the fishing spots are listed below:

Around Bridgeport/Danbury/Norwalk/Stamford:

Lakes - Ball Pond, Beardsley Park Pond, Blanchard Pond, Candlewood Lake, Cobbs Mill Pond, Disbrow Pond, Factory Pond, Great Hollow Pond, Housatonic Lake, Isinglass Reservoir (Farmill), Lake Kenosia, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, Mamanasco Lake, Miller’s Pond, Mohegan Lake, Nells Rock Reservoir, Pierrepont Pond, Saugatuck Reservoir, Shelton Reservoir #2, Silvermine Pond, Squantz Pond, Starrett Pond, Tollgate Pond, Tungsten Mine Park Pond, Twin Brooks Park Pond, West Pequonnock Reservoir
Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Byram, Farmill, Mianus, Mill, Morrissey Brook, Norwalk, Pequonnock, Pond Brook, Pootatuck, Rippowam, Saugatuck

Around Hartford/New Britain:

Lakes - Angus Park Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Broad Brook Mill Pond, Brookfield Pond, Congamond Lakes, Freshwater Pond, Howells Pond, Manitook Lake, Rainbow Reservoir, St Martha’s Pond, Salmon Brook Pond, Salters Pond, Silver Lake, Stratton Brook Park Pond
Major Trout Streams – Blackledge, Cherry Brook, Coppermine Brook, Dickenson Creek, Farmington, Fawn Brook, Pequabuck, Podunk, Raymond Brook, Roaring Brook, Salmon Brook, Scantic, Stony Brook, Stratton Brook

Around Middletown/East Haddam:

Lakes - Bashan Lake, Beseck Lake, Black Pond, Cedar Lake, Dooley Pond, Great Hill Pond, Higganum Reservoir, Lake Hayward, Messerschmidt’s Pond, Miller’s Pond, Moodus Reservoir, Pataconk Lake, Pistol Shop Pond, Schreeder Pond

Major Trout Streams – Coginchaug, Hammonasset, Hemlock Valley Brook, Pine Brook, Salmon

Around New Haven/Naugatuck:

Lakes - Axle Shop Pond, Baldwin Pond, Barber Pond, Beaver Park Lagoon, Black Pond, Clarks Mill Pond, Clarktown Pond, Dayton Pond, Hancock Brook Flood Control Pond, Hop Brook Flood Control Pond, Housatonic Lake, Lake Chamberlain, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Stibbs, Lake Wintergreen, Lake Zoar, Maltby Lakes, North Farms Reservoir, Pages Millpond, Picketts Pond, Prospect Park Pond, Quonnipaug Lake, Scovill Reservoir, Silver Lake, Southford Falls Pond, Upper Fulton Park Pond, Wards Millpond, Wharton Pond, Woodruff’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Bladens Brook, Branford, Chatfield Hollow Brook, Eight Mile Brook, Farm, Hop Brook, Little, Menunketesuck Brook, Mill, Muddy, Nonnewaug, Pomperaug, Quinnipiac, Sprain Brook, Weekeepeemee Brook, Wepawaug

Around New London/Norwich:

Lakes - Amos Lake, Andersons Pond, Ashland Pond, Aspinook Pond, Avery Pond, Babcock Pond, Billings Lake, Bog Meadow Pond, Day Pond, Dodge Pond, Fitchville Pond, Fort Shantok Pond, Gardner Lake, Glasgo Pond, Godfrey Pond, Gorton Pond, Green Falls Reservoir, Hallville Pond, Hewitt Flyfishing Pond, Hewitt Pond (lower), Hodge Pond, Hopeville Pond, Horse Pond, Lake of Isles, Lantern Hill Pond, Long Pond, Mohegan Park Pond, Norwich Pond, Pachaug Pond, Pataganset Lake, Pickerel Lake, Powers Lake, Red Cedar Lake, Rogers Lake, Savin Lake, Sawmill Park Pond, Uncas Lake, Wyassup Lake

Major Trout Streams – Beaver Brook, Broad Brook, Choate Brook, Eight Mile, Gardner Brook, Green Falls, Hunts Brook, Indiantown Brook, Jeremy, Judd Brook, Latimers Brook, Meadow Brook, Mt Misery Brook, Myron Kinney Brook, Pachaug, Salmon, Shunock Brook, Susquetonscut Brook, Whitford’s, Wood, Yantic

Around Torrington/Winsted:

Lakes - Bantam Lake, Black Rock Pond, Black Rock Flood Control Pond, Burr Pond, Colebrook Flood Control Pond, Dog Pond, East Twin Lake, Hatch Pond, Highland Lake, Indian Pond, Lake Lillinonah, Lake McDonough, Leonard Pond, Mad River Flood Control Pond, Mohawk Pond, Mt. Tom Pond, Mudge Pond, Northfield Brook Flood Control Pond, Northfield Cutlery Co. Pond, Park Pond, South Spectacle Pond, Stillwater Pond, Tyler Pond, Waramaug Lake, West Branch (Hogsback) Reservoir, West Hill Pond, West Side Pond, West Twin Lake, Winchester Lake, Winnemaug Lake, Wononscopomuc Lake, Wood Creek Pond, Zeiner’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Bantam, Blackberry, Butternut Brook, Carse Brook, Farmington, Furnace Brook, Hall Meadow Brook, Housatonic, Lead Mine Brook, Macedonia Brook, Mad, Morgan Brook, Morissey Brook, Naugatuck, Nepaug, Pomperaug, Sandy Brook, Shepaug, Still, Whiting

Around Vernon/Mansfield:

Lakes - Bald Mountain Pond, Bigelow Pond, Bishop Swamp, Bolton Lakes, Bolton Notch Pond, Breakneck Pond, Coventry Lake, Crystal Lake, Eagleville Lake, Gay City Park Pond, Hamilton Reservoir, Holbrook Pond, Johnson Pond, Lafayette Pond, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Mansfield Training School Ponds, Mashapaug Lake, Mono Pond, Morey Pond, Shenipsit Reservoir, Somersville Mill Pond, Stateline Pond, Tankerhoosen Lakes, Walkers Reservoir, Whitney Flood Control Pond

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackledge, Broad Brook, Charter Brook, Crystal Lake Brook, Fawn Brook, Fenton, Furnace Brook, Great Meadow Brook, Hockanum, Hop, Judd Brook, Mt Hope, Natchaug, Quanduck Brook, Quinebaug, Roaring Brook, Scantic, Skungamaug, Tankerhoosen, Willimantic

Around Willimantic/Danielson:

Lakes - Alexander Lake, Beach Pond, Beachdale Pond, Beaver Brook Ponds, Bicentennial Pond, Black Pond, Griggs Pond, Halls Pond, Hampton Reservoir, Keach Pond, Killingly Pond, Lawton Pond, Little Pond, Moosup Pond, Muddy Pond, Paine Pond, Perry Pond, Pine Acres Lake, Quaddick Reservoir, Roseland Lake, Ross Pond, Tetrault Pond, Wauregan Reservoir, West Thompson Lake

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackwells Brook, Five Mile Brook, Five Mile R, French, Kitt Brook, Little, Mashamoquet Brook, Merrick Brook, Middle, Mount Misery, Muddy Brook, Natchaug, Quinebaug, Shetucket, Snake Meadow Brook, Still, Willimantic

Content last reviewed March 2020.

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Fish and Wildlife) Places Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:22:42 -0400
Connecticut State Parks and Forest OPEN to Woodbury Residents for Solitary Outdoor Enjoyment https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1778-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-woodbury-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-15850687091778-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-woodbury-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-1585068709 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1778-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-woodbury-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-15850687091778-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-woodbury-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-1585068709

Walking and hiking are healthy ways to reduce stress during this difficult time, but make sure to adhere to social distancing as outlined by the CDC - even when outdoors!

Governor Lamont has allowed the trails and grounds of Connecticut State Parks and Forests to remain open for solitary outdoor enjoyment.  If you plan on visiting a park, it should be for solitary recreation, not group activities.

However, please note, to prevent community spread of COVID-19, indoor spaces at State Parks and Forests are closed and public restrooms will be closed at most state parks. 

A list of parks near Woodbury can be found here:

Park Location
Above All State Park Warren/Litchfield
Black Rock State Park Watertown
Burr Pond State Park Torrington
C.P. Huntington State Park Redding/Bethel/Newtown
Camp Columbia State Park Morris
Camp Columbia State Forest Morris
Farmington Canal Greenway State Park Cheshire/Hamden
George Waldo State Park Southbury
Humaston Brook State Park Litchfield
Indian Well State Park Shelton
J.A. Minetto State Park Torrington
Kent Falls State Park Kent
Kettletown State Park Southbury
Lake Waramaug State Park Kent
Larkin State Park Trail Southbury/Naugatuck/Oxford/Middlebury
Lovers Leap State Park New Milford
Macedonia Brook State Park Kent
Mattatuck State Forest Multi-Town
Mohawk State Forest Goshen/Cornwall
Mount Bushnell State Park Washington
Mount Tom State Park Litchfield
Nassahegon State Forest Burlington
Naugatuck State Forest Naugatuck/Oxford/Beacon Falls
Osbornedale State Park Derby
Paugnut State Forest Torrington/Winchester
Paugussett State Forest Newtown
Pootatuck State Forest New Fairfield
Putnam Memorial State Park Redding
Rocky Glen State Park Newtown
Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden
Southford Falls State Park Southbury
Squantz Pond State Park New Fairfield
Stillwater Pond State Park Torrington
Sunnybrook State Park Torrington
Topsmead State Forest Litchfield
Trout Brook Valley State Park Easton
West Rock Ridge State Park Hamden/New Haven
Whittemore Glen State Park Naugatuck/Middlebury
Wooster Mountain State Park Danbury

CT DEEP is providing up to the minute information about our parks here

Please plan ahead as many amenities and indoor facilities are closed. Connecticut State Parks and Forests urges you to take the following steps to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors:

  • If you’re not feeling well, stay home! 
  • Rather than traveling to some of the most popular spots, for example, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park, or Bluff Point State Park, try a park you may not have visited before or one close to your home. Because most park and forest facilities do not have open restrooms, visitors are encouraged to plan a trip to a nearby park for a short, local visit.
  • If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or trail, or return another day or time.
  • Observe the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people, whether you’re walking, biking, or hiking. Practice it and know what it looks like.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell, or horn.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to the park. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and equipment.

All state parks can be accessed by Connecticut residents free of charge, supported by the Passport to Parks program. 

The DEEP will be monitoring visitor capacity at the state’s most popular parks and may reduce the parking threshold to further limit the number of visitors and help to prevent overcrowding. For up-to-date information on park closures, follow @CTStateParks on Twitter.

Please be aware that the opening of camping season at Connecticut State Parks and Forests will be postponed until Memorial Day weekend in May, unless a further delay is required. All campground reservations that were made for stays prior to Memorial Day weekend will automatically be canceled and refunds will be processed. 

DEEP will be closely monitoring state and federal guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and will make further adjustments to state park and forest operations as needed. More tips for safe enjoyment of outdoor spaces are available from the National Recreation and Parks Association at www.nrpa.org. 

To keep informed of the latest updates, please visit: Connecticut State Parks, follow us on Twitter @CTDEEPNEWS and @CTStateParks, and facebook.com/CTState

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Parks and Forests) Places Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:38:14 -0400
Connecticut Gas Prices Drop 13 Cents in a Week https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1777-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-15849876081777-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-1584987608 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1777-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-15849876081777-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-1584987608

Declining crude oil prices continue to drive average gas prices lower this week, says AAA Northeast.

In Connecticut today, the statewide average of $2.29 is 13 cents cheaper compared to last week and 39 cents cheaper compared to last year.

A similar scenario is playing out on the national level: today’s national average price of $2.13 is also down 13 cents compared to last week and 49 cents lower compared to last year.

In the last week, crude oil prices dropped to $22 a barrel, a low not seen since 2002, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Crude accounts for nearly 60% of the retail pump price so when crude is cheap, gas prices follow suit.”

Generally, gas prices tend to rise at the start of spring. “But, that’s not the case this year,” Mayko added. “With Americans staying home and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of Covid-19, we’re seeing less traffic, which ultimately is driving down demand, increasing inventories and pushing pump prices down.”

The ongoing crude price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia is also contributing to the drop in prices and until the two countries end their standoff, domestic crude is likely to remain low, Mayko said.

Here's AAA’s weekly price survey of Connecticut’s six metro regions:

Greater Bridgeport                $2.40          Lower Fairfield County:                    $2.40

New Haven/Meriden            $2.28            Greater Hartford                                $2.26  

New London/Norwich          $2.27            Windham/Middlesex                        $2.21

                                                                   Statewide Average:  $2.29

Today, Oklahoma and Ohio register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.74 and $1.81, respectively. Hawaii and California continue to hold the highest prices in the nation with $3.48 and $3.21, respectively. Connecticut moved to the 15th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation. Average gas prices may be obtained daily through www.gasprices.aaa.com.

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (AAA Northeast) Places Mon, 23 Mar 2020 08:28:13 -0400
What’s an Essential and Nonessential Connecticut Business? Governor Ned Lamont Releases List https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1776-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-15849834391776-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-1584983439 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1776-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-15849834391776-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-1584983439

Today, Governor Ned Lamont released a list of businesses designated as essential.  Non-essential businesses are ordered to restrict their in-person workforce from going to work. The entire list along with the explanation is provided below.

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On March 20, 2020, The Governor issued Executive Order 7H, directing all businesses and nonprofit entities in the State of Connecticut to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ.  That order also directed that, no later than March 23, 2020 at 8 p.m., each non-essential business or nonprofit entity (and therefore not including or applicable to any state or local government agencies, quasi-public agencies, political subdivisions or other entities that do not constitute businesses or nonprofits) shall reduce the in-person workforce at each business location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels.  Executive Order 7H authorized the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) to provide legally binding guidance about which businesses are essential. Pursuant to that directive, DECD hereby issues the following guidance concerning which businesses and nonprofit entities are “essential” for purposes of Executive Order 7H.  

Nothing in this guidance shall be deemed to modify or supersede any current or future Executive Order that separately and specifically addresses a particular business or activity.  Specific businesses or activities separately addressed by other current or future Executive Orders issued pursuant to the current declared public health and civil preparedness emergency must comply with any such orders unless and until those orders are modified or terminated separately.    

THE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR NONPROFITS DESIGNATED IN THIS GUIDANCE are not subject to the in-person restriction set forth in Executive Order 7H.  With respect to non-essential businesses and nonprofits, this guidance applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and the steps they may take to request that designation.  

The guidelines set forth here apply to places of business. Non-essential businesses may continue activities that are conducted off-site (e.g. a customer’s home) and/or by telecommuting or working from home. 

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 7J, issued on March 22, 2020, 1) non-essential retailers may be staffed on-site, provided that they may only offer remote ordering (e.g. phone, internet, mail, dropbox) and curb-side pick-up or delivery and 2) non-essential businesses and nonprofits to allow staff or third parties on site to the minimum extent necessary to provide security, maintenance and receipt of mail and packages. This includes, but is not limited to, auto, boat, bicycle, recreational vehicle, and all other vehicle sales, if conducted remotely. 

To the extent possible, employees of Essential Businesses whose duties are not critical to an Essential Business function described below should telecommute or utilize any work from home procedures available to them.  

For purposes of Executive Order 7H, “essential business,” means:


1. Essential workers in the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors, as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security unless otherwise addressed in a prior or future executive order pertaining to the existing declared public health and civil preparedness emergency.

2. Healthcare and related operations including:

  • biotechnology therapies
  • consumer health products and services
  • doctor and dentist offices
  • elder care, including adult day care
  • health care plans and health care data
  • home health care workers or aides
  • hospitals
  • manufacturing, distributing, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, including research and development
  • medical marijuana dispensaries and producers
  • medical supplies and equipment providers, including devices, diagnostics, services, and any other healthcare related supplies or services
  • medical wholesale and distribution
  • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  • pharmacies
  • physical therapy and chiropractic offices
  • research and laboratory services, including testing and treatment of COVID-19
  • veterinary and animal health services
  • walk-in-care health facilities

3. Infrastructure including:

  • airports/airlines
  • commercial trucking
  • dam maintenance and support
  • education-related functions at the primary, secondary, or higher education level to provide support for students, including distribution of meals or faculty conducting e-learning
  • hotels and other places of accommodation
  • water and wastewater operations, systems, and businesses
  • telecommunications and data centers
  • transportation infrastructure including bus, rail, for-hire vehicles and vehicle rentals, and garages
  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply, and transmission
  • 4. All manufacturing and corresponding supply chains, including aerospace, agriculture, and related support businesses

5. Retail including:

  • appliances, electronics, computers, and telecom equipment
  • big-box stores or wholesale clubs, provided they also sell groceries, consumer health products, or operate a pharmacy
  • convenience stores
  • gas stations
  • grocery stores including all food and beverage retailers
  • guns and ammunition
  • hardware, paint, and building material stores, including home appliance sales/repair
  • liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees
  • pharmacies
  • pet and pet supply stores

6. Food and agriculture, including:

  • farms and farmer’s markets
  • food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities 
  • nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
  • restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

7. Services including:

• accounting and payroll services

• animal shelters or animal care or management, including boarding, grooming, pet walking and pet sitting 

• auto supply, repair, towing, and service, including roadside assistance

• bicycle repair and service

• building cleaning and maintenance

• child care services

• critical operations support for financial institutions

• financial advisors

• financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and check cashing services

• funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries

• insurance companies

• laundromats/dry cleaning

• legal and accounting services

• mail and shipping services

• marinas and marine repair and service

• news and media

• real estate transactions and related services, including residential leasing and renting

• religious services (subject to Executive Order 7D limiting gatherings to 50 people)

• storage for Essential Businesses

• trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing

• warehouse/distribution, shipping, and fulfillment

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including:

• food banks

• homeless shelters and congregate care facilities

• human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support social service agencies

9. Construction including:

• all skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers 

• general construction, both commercial and residential

• other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

• planning, engineering, design, bridge inspection, and other construction support activities

10. Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of all residences and other buildings (including services necessary to secure and maintain non-essential workplaces):

• building cleaners or janitors

• building code enforcement

• disinfection

• doormen

• emergency management and response

• fire prevention and response

• general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor

• home-related services, including real estate transactions, closings, appraisals, and moving services

• landscaping services

• law enforcement

• outdoor maintenance, including pool service

• pest control services

• security and maintenance, including steps reasonably necessary to secure and maintain non-essential businesses

• state marshals

11. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care, and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including: 

• billboard leasing and maintenance

• child care services

• essential government services

• government owned or leased buildings

• information technology and information security

• logistics

• technology support

12. Defense 

• defense and national security-related business and operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an Essential Business.

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should ONLY be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.

To request designation as an Essential Business, please click here.

Restrictions on requesting designation as an Essential Business:

• Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (e.g. attendant) is deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an Essential Business.

If you have further questions not answered above, please submit them to DECD at decd.covid19@ct.gov.

 

 

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