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COVID-19 concerns are forcing closings and cancellations throughout the region. To report a closing or cancellation email closing@shorepublishing.com
While eat-in dining establishments have suspended their traditional service, many restaurants remain open offering take-out or delivery. To report an open restaurant, email closing@shorepublishing.com.

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Creating a Viable Path Forward for Employers and Employees

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Rapidly Shifting Response to Crisis Leaves Businesses, Employees with Great Deal of Uncertainty

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Members of the Connecticut National Guard are out delivering medical supplies, including personal protective equipment such as face masks and gowns, and respirators, to medical personnel. Still, supplies of personal protective equipment are low. Local police and fire departments are accepting donations, as is the state, of face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other items. Photo courtesy of the State of Connecticut

How to Stay Safe and Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Stay Home. You Could Be Saving Someone’s Life

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Gefen Organic Red Beets

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

There are people who love beets and those who loathe them. This is just for those who, like me, adore them.

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In Times of Crisis, There’s Nothing Like Soup

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

As I write this column, I am using Tylenol to tamp down my fever that spiked to 100.4 last night.

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Robin Brace of True Bikram in Madison and New Haven is offering free Facebook live classes, and also is trying to set up classes through Zoom. Photo courtesy of True Bikram

When You’re Tired of Reading the News, Check Out These Options

Published March 25, 2020 07:00 a.m.

We all miss being out and about, and able to partake in activities like art museums, yoga, and fitness classes.

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Staying fit, even when you’re cooped up at home, is an important part of staying well. Privé-Swiss Fitness is offering a new YouTube channel, and an at-home fitness routine to help people stay fit at home. Photo courtesy of Privé-Swiss Fitness

Staying Fit at Home With the Help of New YouTube Channel

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Privé-Swiss Fitness, a fitness studio in Madison and Ivoryton, may be closed for now, but the folks there are not taking the time off.

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While it can be hard while the whole world seems like it’s going crazy, your goal should be to focus on positive thoughts and a restful home environment, says Alicia DeMartin, MSOM, LAc, a licensed acupuncturist at Privé-Swiss Wellness in Connecticut. 

Photo courtesy of Privé-Swiss Wellness

How to Keep Calm and Support ‘Righteous Qi’

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Stay calm? Yeah, right. How do you stay calm when it seems the whole world is going crazy?Well, we have an...

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Ellen Wasyl, an executive life coach at Privé-Swiss Wellness in Connecticut has some tips on how to stay connected, safely, as we move through this crisis. Photo courtesy of Privé-Swiss Wellness in Connecticut

Want to Stay Connected? Here are Some Tips

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Let’s face it, this whole self-isolating thing can quickly become a drag. Here are some ideas from Ellen Wasyl, MBA, CLC, executive life coach at Privé-Swiss Wellness in Connecticut, on how to stay connected with others during this quarantine.

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Helping Small Businesses Who Are Helping Us

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Small businesses along the shoreline and in the Connecticut River valley have been hit hard by the current crisis, and most of them, as of March 18, when the Living section went to press, were trying to figure out how to serve their customers while keeping everyone safe.

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Fromage also has instituted delivery and curbside delivery options for the wide array of foods and cheeses they have available. Photo courtesy of Fromage

Delivery, Curbside Pickup From Fromage

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

If you live in Old Saybrook, Essex, Old Lyme, Westbrook, Clinton, Deep River, or Chester, Fromage Fine Foods & Coffees, 873 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, is offering delivery with a $50 minimum order.

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Like many other small business owners, the owner of The Essex Market wanted to know how he could help his customers during this crisis. Photo courtesy of The Essex Market

Essex Market 'is Here to Help'

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Essex Market, 30 Main Street, Centerbrook, on March 18 posted this message:

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You can get sandwiches to go from Madison Cheese Shop, and you can opt for curbside pickup with pay over the phone. Photo courtesy of Madison Cheese Shop

Sandwiches, Hot and Cold, and More at Madison Cheese

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

In Madison, Madison Cheese Shop & Café, 119 Samson Rock Drive, Madison, is taking orders over the phone...

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Liuzzi is among many local businesses doing their best to stay open during this crisis. They ask that customers stay home if they are unwell, wash hands frequently, and consider their new delivery/curbside service when it goes into effect. Photo courtesy of Liuzzi

Keeping it Clean and Safe at Liuzzi

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Liuzzi Gourmet Food Market, 322 State Street, North Haven, says it will remain open until the state mandates...

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At Cheese Shop of Centerbrook, Paul, the owner has changed the layout of the shop and his purchasing to make sure he has what his customers need. Photo courtesy of Cheese Shop of Centerbrook

More Pot Pies, Meals at Cheese Shop of Centerbrook

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

At Cheese Shop of Centerbrook, 33 Main Street, Centerbrook, Paul, the owner, is like many other small business...

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With the shut down required by the recent crisis, The Kate Executive Director Brett Elliott says, “When something like this happens, it makes it extra challenging because now I’m trying to fit 43 shows into somewhere else.” Photo courtesy of The Kate

Kate to Customers: ‘We Need You’

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A lot of entertainment venues are having to reschedule shows in the wake of the closures and restrictions due to the coronavirus, and it’s an onerous task.

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A mashed potato apizza is just one example of food that can be shipped from Three Girls Vegan Creamery, which has lowered its local shipping fees. Photo courtesy of Three Girls Vegan Creamery

Three Girls Cut Local Shipping Fees

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Three Girls Vegan Creamery in Guilford has closed its storefront to focus all of its efforts on shipping locally and ...

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Chef Wynter Piekarz of Wynter’s Whisk, an online gourmet meal delivery service, says salads and soups are a great way to stay healthy. Photo courtesy of Wynter Piekarz

Combating Feelings of Powerlessness, One Meal at a Time

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Opening a new small business is always a nerve-wracking endeavor.

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Michelle Anya Anjirbag, formerly of Madison, who now lives in England, likes to try a new recipe when she’s bored. Photo courtesy of Michelle Anya Anjirbag

Bored? Wondering What to Do Next? Here’s a List of Things to Do

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Our writer Jenn McCulloch is good at many things, and that includes running a household full of kids in the midst of a crisis.

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At the Ivoryton Playhouse, Forbidden Broadway, shown here in rehearsals, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 27 to Sunday, June 14. Photo courtesy of The Ivoryton Playhouse

Theaters Scramble to Address Unprecedented Crisis

Published March 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I went to see Girl from the North Country on Broadway on March 12, and the theater was full. Yes, there were some empty seats, but since the show was sold out and standing room, those seats were filled at intermission.

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Christine Ohlman Photo by Michael Weintrob

Christine Ohlman The Beehive Queen on How to Go a Deeper Level of Deep

Published March 18, 2020 07:00 a.m.

Christine Ohlman has been performing since she was 16. She had a record on the charts when she was 17.

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Pudding for Us and for the Birds

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I love pudding.

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A Binge-Watching Guide for Netflix

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

With coronavirus spreading and causing people to quarantine themselves, we’re suddenly finding ourselves with a lot more time on our hands.

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What to Stock Up On (Answer: Wine)

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

When faced with the possibility of being trapped in your house for an extended period of time, what do you need to stock up on?

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We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The players on the 1989 varsity field hockey team of Danvers, Massachusetts, will do anything to win the state championship—even add their names to an Emilio Estevez notebook, tie a piece of blue sock around their arms, and dabble in black magic and troublemaking

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Wake, Siren by Nina MacLaughlin

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This collection of stories is based on Ovid’s nearly 12,000-line poem, Metamorphoses.

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The Exhibition of Persephone Q by Jessi Jezewska Stevens

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This book is the literary equivalent of a long walk alone at twilight. Percy contemplates pregnancy, technology, marriage, art, identity, and living in a newly post-9/11 New York City.

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Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Given an afternoon, you’ll read this book cover to cover. Writers & Lovers gives us Casey Peabody, a heartwarming protagonist who’s just struggling to get by.

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Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Still Here chronicles the life of the Broadway actress and singer Elaine Stritch, from her Catholic upbringing in Detroit through her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty

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American Rebels by Nina Sankovitch

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

We think we know John and Abigail Adams; we think of John Hancock mostly for his famous signature; and Quincy is a name that we may recognize but can’t explain.

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Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Published March 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This is an enchanting novel full of hope and magical realism, told through the eyes of 11-year-old Maximiliano.

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