Bristol Receives a Grant to Purchase Life-Saving Devices

The Bristol Public Library and the Bristol Senior Center were the recent recipients of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) funded by a grant awarded to the City of Bristol from the Main Street Community Foundation. The grant helped to fund the purchase of three AEDs to help protect the welfare of the libraries’ patrons and theRead More

For Kids: Discover Connecticut – Virtually

Exploring Connecticut’s attractions is always a fantastic way to spend a day with the family, and while we may not be able to visit them all in person, there’s still much to discover –  virtually. Here is list of family-friendly virtual experiences. Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, Storrs Offering virtual puppet-making workshops and puppetRead More

Father’s Day in Connecticut: More Important Than Ever

As we prepare to celebrate Dad, we recognize that Father’s Day festivities may be different this year– but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the day special. Here are some great ideas for 2020. Gifts Made in Connecticut When shopping for a thoughtful gift for Dad, why not look right in your own state? PlentyRead 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

Connecticut Man Tells Police He Has Coronavirus — Then Spits at Them

A Milford man, Stephen McCarthy, 27, of Meadowside Road is accused of spitting on police officers and telling them he had the coronavirus, police said. On April 30, police responded to a local home on a breach of peace incident involving roommates, police said. “Investigation led to the arrest of McCarthy who is accused ofRead 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

‘It Doesn’t Have to be This Way,’ Bristol Assisting Living Owner Says of Coronavirus Deaths in Nursing Homes

A report from McKnight’s Senior Living — a national media company serving senior living and independent living owners says Tyson Belanger of Bristol — owner of Shady Oaks’ assisted living that his parents built 44 years ago — where 11 of his relatives, including his two grandmothers, have lived — thinks he has the solution toRead 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

Virtual Activities for Families in Connecticut

As the weeks of keeping our families safe at home continue, parents are looking for virtual activities to engage, teach, and add some structure to their kids’ day.  Many popular Connecticut attractions are now offering a wide array of virtual experiences from live animal webcams, to arts and crafts classes, science demonstrations, yoga classes forRead 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

Six Connecticut Friendly’s Locations Temporary Close During Pandemic — Some Could Never Reopen

Six Friendly’s locations have announced temporary layoffs totaling in excess of 120 employees and the temporary closing of the restaurants due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The impacted locations include: Manchester, Avon, Wethersfield, Mystic, Plainville, and Willimantic. Company officials said that because of the pandemic and the orders against in-person dining, Friendly’s had to closeRead More

Good News: Pet Adoptions Skyrocket Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

As coronavirus spreads across the U.S., Americans in some of the country’s hardest-hit regions have stepped up to foster and adopt animals, keeping them out of shelters. Animal shelters across Connecticut and other states have scene a huge surge in pet fostering and adoptions since the coronavirus lockdown took hold. New cat and dog owners have respondedRead More

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