August 5, 2020
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COVID-19 Coverage

 • Published Aug. 04, 2020 09:32 a.m.

Guilford Schools Update Preliminary Reopening Plan; Now Aiming to Start with Hybrid Schedule

Guilford Public Schools announced on Aug. 3 a massively updated and more detailed reopening plan for the fall school year following new allowances from the state, now planning to launch in a fully ...

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 • Published July 31, 2020 03:24 p.m.

R4 School District Submits Reopening Plans for 2020–’21 School Year

The 2020–’21 school year is fast approaching and the decision as to whether students return to in-person classes, a hybrid model, or a full distance learning model will be made on a...

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 • Published July 28, 2020 02:42 p.m.

Madison School Reopening Plan Includes Split Virtual and In-Person Classes for DHHS, Other Adaptations

Madison Public Schools (MPS) released on July 24 its 111 page fall reopening plan that includes information about transportation, classroom and health procedures, cohorting, transportation, masks, ...

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 • Published July 28, 2020 11:18 a.m.

North Haven Schools Submits District Plan for Reopening to State

The deadline for school districts to submit the Plan for Reopening Schools to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) was July 24. Prior to submitting the plan to the state, North...

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 • Published July 27, 2020 01:51 p.m.

Deep River/Essex Survey Focuses on Reopening

Residents of Essex and Deep River can let their town governments know what issues they have faced during this period of COVID-19 and what issues they worry about as communities go forward into the ...

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 • Published July 21, 2020 12:08 p.m.

In Wake of Pandemic, Whelen Engineering Reduces Chester Workforce by 98

On July 10, Whelen Engineering, a manufacturer of emergency warning systems, announced a round of layoffs at its facilities in Chester, Connecticut and Charlestown, New Hampshire, due to the...

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 • Published July 21, 2020 11:34 a.m.

North Haven Pool Reopens with Reservation-Only Swim Times

While the Walter J. Gawrych Community Pool was forced to close in March due to COVID pandemic, along with the rest of the town buildings, changing state guidance and some new policies are allowing ...

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 • Published July 21, 2020 11:33 a.m.

East Haven Schools Prepare for 2020-’21 School Year

With a Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) July 24 deadline looming for school reopening plans, the East Haven Public School District is beginning to narrow in on a course of...

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 • Published July 14, 2020 03:00 p.m.

Concerts, Fireworks in Flux, But Guilford Youth Sports Start Off Smooth

The town is navigating a cautious way forward with outdoor gatherings and events, most notably concerts and youth sports, after the State of Connecticut paused the current reopening plan in...

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 • Published July 09, 2020 09:52 a.m.

RWA Offering Financial Assistance to Residents, Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

July 8, 2020  The COVID-19 pandemic placed an unexpected financial strain on families and businesses around the state, making it difficult to meet basic expenses. The Regional Water Authority ...

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 • Published June 30, 2020 05:48 p.m.

Essex Meadows Pays Fine for COVID-19-Related Oversight

The Essex Meadows Lifecare retirement community at 30 Bokum Road in Essex was one of several nursing homes recently fined by the state for public health code violations in relation to safeguarding ...

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 • Published June 30, 2020 05:46 p.m.

Acton Library’s Curbside Pickup Seeks to Bridge Gap Between Safety and Access

Since late May, Acton Public Library patrons have been making use of a curbside pickup program that bridges the gap between serving the town and curbing the COVID-19 pandemic. While the building...

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 • Published June 30, 2020 05:46 p.m.

As Town Halls Reopen, Officials Remind Residents of Services Offered Online, by Mail

After nearly four months of restricting on-site access and closing municipal offices to the public, the town halls in Chester and Deep River are planning to reopen for in-person services in early...

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 • Published June 25, 2020 03:17 p.m.

Travel Advisory Issued in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont, in conjunction with the governors of New York, and New Jersey, is directing anyone coming in from certain other states to quarantine for a 14-day period “from the time...

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 • Published June 24, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Valley Businesses Get Creative to Give Back

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced many local businesses to close their doors, several are now reopening, or planning to do so, with an eye toward helping others.The Earth & Fire Art...

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 • Published June 23, 2020 01:48 p.m.

Apple Rehab Saybrook Found in Violation of State Law

A state Department of Public Health (DPH) inspection of Apple Rehab in Old Saybrook, where 74 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20 have died, has documented violations of state...

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 • Published June 18, 2020 03:15 p.m.

East Haven Town Hall to Re-Open June 22, with Changes

The East Haven Town Hall will reopen to the public on Monday, June 22 with limited access. Face coverings are mandatory. Department-specific guidelines have been developed and are outlined below...

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 • Published June 18, 2020 02:24 p.m.

Clinton Town Hall to Re-Open—with Some Changes

After being closed for close to three months, Clinton’s Andrews Memorial Town Hall is set to reopen on Monday, June 22. The town is still encouraging the public to use online services...

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 • Published June 18, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Chester Rotary Supports Middlesex Health Team

The Chester Rotary Club made a special delivery of box lunches from the Wheatmarket in Chester to the Critical Care Unit at Middlesex Health last month. Each box had a note from Chester Rotary...

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 • Published June 17, 2020 09:30 a.m.

Some Clinton Rec Facilities Ready to Welcome Summer

As the weather warms up and people try to get outside more, the Clinton Parks & Recreation Department is encouraging people to be safe to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.The...

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 • Published June 18, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Saybrook Rotary Club Grant

to Benefit Three Towns

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Old Saybrook Rotary Club is donating funds to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to the towns of Old Saybrook, Westbrook, and Old Lyme....

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 • Published June 16, 2020 11:44 a.m.

North Haven Memorial Library Resuming Borrowing, Returns, Ahead of Reopening

Looking to get your summer reading back on track? The North Haven Memorial Library will open to North Haven residents for contact-free book pickups and returns on Monday, June 22.Library...

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 • Published June 16, 2020 11:34 a.m.

North Haven Fair Canceled Due to COVID-19

These are very challenging and unprecedented times that we are currently living in. We have been confronted with an unforeseen pandemic that has impacted all of our lives.Over the past few...

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 • Published June 15, 2020 11:17 a.m.

COVID-19 Claims Fourth Clinton Resident

A fourth Clinton resident has died due to COVID-19, according to an email from Town Manager Karl KilduffThe victim, a woman in her 70s, was a resident at a senior living facility located...

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 • Published June 15, 2020 09:48 a.m.

Chester Solicits Citizen Feedback to Inform Reopening Efforts

As the second phase of the state’s reopening plan begins in mid-June, Chester is soliciting feedback from residents to better understand how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and what...

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 • Published June 05, 2020 03:48 p.m.

Parks and Rec Camps Canceled, Department Increases Online Programming

The Town of East Haven Recreation Department has announced that all summer camp and recreation programs will not be taking place this summer due to COVID-19.“The challenges created...

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 • Published June 02, 2020 01:22 p.m.

Madison Navigating Next Phase of Reopening Process as Beaches, Summer Programming Ramps Up

Almost two weeks into Phase One of reopening as defined by the state, the Town of Madison is preparing to begin offering more services and limited summer programming while still reminding...

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 • Published June 02, 2020 02:33 p.m.

Guilford American Legion Post Paying it Forward with Stimulus Check Donations

Veterans, particularly those involved in organizations like the American Legion, are used to stepping forward in times of crisis. With the coronavirus pandemic guidance recommending many members...

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 • Published June 02, 2020 01:16 p.m.

Selectmen Grant Noise Variance for Possible Drive-Up Guilford Graduation Ceremony at the Fairgrounds

Though no final decision had been made at press time regarding a graduation ceremony for the Guilford High School Class of 2020, one option cleared some hurdles when the Board of Selectmen (BOS)...

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 • Published June 03, 2020 09:00 a.m.

‘I’m Really Afraid’: Westbrook Author’s Book Helps Children Cope with Pandemic

Retired from a teaching career of 30 years and a grandmother, Frances Coneybeer Russell knew that kids needed help understanding and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.“[M]aybe we as...

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 • Published June 02, 2020 02:00 p.m.

‘Enough to Get Us Through’: Saybrook Praised for Scrambling to Create Outdoor Restaurant Seating

On May 12, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order (EO) 7MM, addressing expedited approval for outdoor dining areas. This was just eight days before restaurants would be allowed to open outside ...

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 • Published June 02, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Old Saybrook Emergency Management Monitoring COVID Cases at Rehab Facility

On May 20, the Old Saybrook Emergency Management Department reported 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in town; by May 22, that number had jumped to 70—including 32 that had been tracked by...

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 • Published June 04, 2020 12:01 a.m.

East Haven Rotary Distributes Masks to Seniors

The East Haven Rotary Club recently had the opportunity to deliver 486 surgical masks to help lessen the risk of COVID-19 to residents at Woodview Elderly Housing on North High Street and East...

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 • Published May 29, 2020 03:33 p.m.

Hagaman Memorial Library to Begin Reopening in Stages

The Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street, will begin to reopen the library in stages in order to protect the safety of employees and patrons.The first stage of the reopening will be...

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 • Published May 29, 2020 02:54 p.m.

Summer Tradition Deep River Ancient Muster Canceled

A long-held tradition on the third weekend of July each year, the Deep River Ancient Muster (DRAM) typically draws thousands of fifers, drummers, and spectators from around the world. But for...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 06:26 p.m.

Livestream Ceremony, Decorated Vehicles & Safely-Distanced Diplomas: Branford Class of 2020 Graduation is June 14 - 15 at BHS

The Branford High School (BHS) Class of 2020 will graduate in a unique, two-day event that will include a livestream video ceremony the first day, followed by a drive-up procession done in four...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 05:12 p.m.

Thank You, Branford: BCF COVID-19 Response Fund Raises $179,904 for Residents, Businesses in Need

May 22, 2020: Dear friends of the Branford Community Foundation: Thank you.It's been about 11 weeks since our community was rocked by COVID19. Thanks to you, we have been able to make a...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 04:27 p.m.

Branford Shares Info on Free Infrared Thermometers for Small Businesses, Nonprofits, Places of Worship

May 28, 2020: The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities ...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 03:52 p.m.

North Branford Public Schools Cancel 2020 Summer Camp

Superintendent of Schools Scott Schoonmaker notified parents today, May 28, that the district has canceled North Branford Public Schools (NBPS) 2020 Summer Camp and Special Education Summer...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 03:38 p.m.

North Branford Parks & Recreation Cancels 'Kids Camp' Summer Program

North Branford Parks and Recreation officials have made the difficult decision to cancel a family favorite, the summer Kids Camp program, for the 2020 season. The camp usually operates as...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 10:27 a.m.

Sen. Cohen Shares District 12 COVID-19 Update; Reviews 'Reopen CT' Report

A note from Zip06 -- On Tuesday, May 26, Governor Ned Lamont issued his Reopen Connecticut report developed with recommendations from the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group. On Wednesday...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 05:29 p.m.

Town Opens Branford Point Beach with COVID-19 Safety Measures

By setting up six feet apart and following all COVID-19 rules and guidelines, you can still dig your toes in the sand, catch a tan and take a swim at Branford Point....

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 • Published May 26, 2020 03:08 p.m.

Branford Recreation Summer Camps Canceled Due to COVID-19

For the first time in 70 years, Branford Parks and Recreation has canceled an entire summer of camp programs. The decision was difficult but necessary to ensure the safety and health of all, from...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 03:04 p.m.

Guilford Free Library Begins Offering Curbside Pickup, Slowly Moving Toward ‘Measured’ Reopening

With businesses and services around beginning to work gradually toward reopening, the Guilford Free Library is also taking its first big steps toward an eventual return to normal with a special,...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 03:41 p.m.

Area Camps Promise Special Summer Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

In 2009, Grace El-Fishawy was hesitant about attending sleep away camp in Chester, far from her home in New Haven. But by the end of her first summer at Camp Hazen YMCA, “I loved it,...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 12:11 p.m.

State Report Reveals Missteps in Infection Control at Aaron Manor

A state survey of infection control and preventative measures against spread of COVID-19 revealed oversights at Aaron Manor, a 60-bed nursing and rehabilitation center at 3 South Wig Hill Road in...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 11:56 a.m.

Community Leaves No Senior Behind for Morgan Class of 2020

Due to the pandemic, and the resulting disruptions to normal high school life, The Morgan School Class of 2020 caught the short end of the stick, to say the least. Luckily, a large group of...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Signs of the Time in Old Saybrook

The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark in many ways, including an increased dependence on communicating through signage rather than in person....

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 • Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Old Saybrook Distributes Masks to 156 Local Businesses

Old Saybrook’s Office of Emergency Management’s second round of mask distribution took place on May 18 at Old Saybrook Middle School (OSMS), where 3,740 FDA-approved masks were...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Salons Readying to Re-open, Again, After Delay

Among the businesses slotted to re-open in Connecticut on May 20 were hair salons and barbershops. And then, Governor Ned Lamont announced May 18 that their opening would be delayed until June....

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