Bristol Center Offers Unique Approach to Ease The Stresses Brought on by COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo (c) Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. in Bristol is now offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in response to the new needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Shepard Meadows helps individuals with special needs by providing equine assisted activities and therapies. Over the past year there has been anRead More

Struggling Local Nonprofits Receive Essential Help Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Featured grant recipient Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach Main Street Community Foundation says local nonprofits are struggling due to the challenging effects of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. For these local nonprofits, there has been a significant increase in the demand for their services and a simultaneous decrease in both program and fundraising revenue. Main Street CommunityRead More

This Connecticut Trooper Went Nuts! Take a Few Minutes and Watch This Jaw Dropping Video

A video posted to social media shows an enraged Connecticut state trooper screaming profanity at a driver during a traffic stop. An internal investigation is underway. The driver said he was pulled over because he made an obscene gesture without realizing the other driver was a state trooper. The video shows State Trooper Matthew Spina handcuffRead More

Pier 1 to go out of Business and Close All 540 stores — 8 in CT

Pier 1, the seller of wicker chairs and scented candles, said it will go out of business and permanently close all 540 of its stores. The Fort Worth, Texas- based company said Tuesday that it was unable to find a buyer for its business after filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this year. It will startRead More

Another Extension: Connecticut Now Targets June 20 to Reopen Bars & Gyms

Here is the latest guidance from the state: Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited. This remains in effect until June 20, unless earlier modified. Face Coverings: When in public and six-foot distance is unavoidable, face coverings areRead More

Bristol to Partner with Local Restaurants on Outdoor Dining

Restaurants in Connecticut will be able to offer outdoor dining with significant capacity restrictions as well as stringent public health regulations for cleaning, sanitizing and food handling beginning May 20th, according to the Governor’s latest Executive Order. To prepare, the City of Bristol started Monday to partner with local restaurants by offering on-site consultations andRead More

It Could Be Weeks Before You Can Get A Haircut Again in Connecticut — 5/20 Reopen Date Clipped

It could be a month before people can get their haircut again in Connecticut. Governor Ned Lamont and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island announced their intention to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June. No specific date was announced. Hair salons and barbershops were initially includedRead More

Connecticut Grocery Store Employee Dies of COVID-19

An employee at a Whole Foods grocery store in Greenwich has died due to complications related to the new coronavirus, according to a spokesperson. “We have lost a member of the Whole Foods Market community who passed away on May 10 from complications related to COVID-19.” “This is a tragic loss for his loved onesRead More

Connecticut to Receive $111 Million in Coronavirus Relief Aid for Schools

Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving $111 million in federal coronavirus relief aid for the state’s school districts that will be used to support continued learning and address educational disruptions due to the global pandemic. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Elementary and SecondaryRead More

Fishing in Connecticut During COVID-19

Whether you’re fly fishing the Housatonic or Farmington Rivers, catching monster Northern Pike in Bantam Lake, or even cruising Long Island Sound for favorites like fluke, porgy, sea bass, and bluefish, fishing in Connecticut has never been more popular. And thanks to our friends at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), nowRead More

What to Expect on May 20 When Connecticut Starts Phase 1 Reopening

The four sectors of business that will be allowed to open on May 20 are restaurants, personal services, retail, and offices. During his daily news briefing this afternoon, Governor Lamont announced that his administration is utilizing seven criteria in its consideration for Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopening efforts: 50-percent capacity Outdoor dining only Tables 6 feetRead More

Updated list of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with residents who have tested positive for COVID-19

The following documents are updated lists of every nursing home and assisted living facility in Connecticut with residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, along with corresponding data regarding the number of related fatalities among residents in each facility. There have been 1,228 confirmed deaths among nursing home residents attributed to the new coronavirus inRead More

Glitches Fixed For Self-Employed Residents to File For Unemployment

Self-employed residents in Connecticut who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for unemployment and could receive payments in about a week if their applications were approved. The link to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program went live on the state Department of Labor website on Thursday. Click here to useRead More

Updated April List: Half of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Deaths Are From Nursing Homes

The state data released on April 30 1,249 shows nursing home residents had died from the coronavirus. Nursing home residents now account for 57.6% of the COVID-19-related deaths in Connecticut. Of the 215 nursing homes in the state, 115 had 10 or more cases. The state on Thursday also reported on COVID-19 cases in assistedRead More

This is How Connecticut Will Reopen The Economy

Governor Lamont presented an approach his administration is considering to reopen Connecticut’s economy in phases beginning May 20, 2020. Here are several slides from his presentation today. To watch the full video of the governor’s news briefing, click here. Subscribe to The Connecticut Roundup Follow the Roundup, along with over 125,000 other subscribers!

You Can Now File For Unemployment if You’re Self-Employed in Connecticut

Gig workers, independent contractors, freelancers and self-employed workers who lost their income due to the coronavirus may now qualify for unemployment insurance starting April 30, thanks to expanded benefits included in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.  The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows self-employed individuals and independent contractors, who are normallyRead More

Connecticut Releases Unemployment Claim Data by Age, Industry, Gender, and Town to The Public

The Connecticut Department of Labor launched a website containing spreadsheets that breaks down information on people who have filed for unemployment in the state by age, industry, gender, and town. The public release of the information will provide a valuable insight to municipal and state governments for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies forRead More

National Guard to Inspect Connecticut Nursing Homes

About 40 members of the Connecticut National Guard and Army Reserves will act as “the eyes and ears” of the DPH during the inspections and also provide education to staff on the proper use of personal protective equipment, said Capt. David Pitlik, spokesman for the Guard. DPH Director of Communications Av Harris said Monday thatRead More

Social Distance-Friendly Hikes in Connecticut

Many people are turning to the great outdoors for fresh air, exercise and the renewing power of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut’s parks, forests and trails are a great resource.  Below is a list of a few you might consider. But please check for temporary closures before you venture out and follow the guidelines provided byRead More

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