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Towns Ask Arriving Summer Residents to Voluntarily Self-Quarantine for Two Weeks

Some local governments in southeastern Connecticut are asking their seasonal residents who returned early this year to self-quarantine for 14 days if they’re coming from areas that have had high numbers of COVID19 cases — especially New York City.  This follows a Tuesday recommendation from President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force that anyone leaving the… Keep Reading

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Food For Those in Need Seven Days a Week Across Southeast Connecticut

For those in need during the Coronavirus pandemic there are still services available and open. You can obtain groceries and prepared food in southeastern Connecticut from Clinton to Stonington every day of the week. Where: The Chester Food Pantry at Chester Town HallWhen: 9am to 12pm, Monday, Wednesday and ThursdayWhat: Pre-bagged GroceriesWho: Chester Residents How:… Keep Reading

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Lyme-Old Lyme Relief Fund Established — Rick Stout and Tom Britt to Double Initial Donations

The Lyme-Old Lyme Coronavirus Relief Fund was established yesterday by both towns and Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau in an effort to help those in need during this unprecedented state of emergency. “We’ve already helped homebound people with groceries, a family with diapers and one resident pay a portion of her rent,” said Mary Seidner, the… Keep Reading

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Major Repair of Goodspeed Bridge Slated for 2022, Plans for Pedestrian Crossing As Yet Unfunded

One of two remaining swing bridges across the Connecticut River, from East Haddam to Haddam, is in desperate need of repair. The National-Register-eligible structure, located near to the Victorian-era Goodspeed Opera House, is an iconic sight for the Lower Connecticut River Valley. “It will be a significant, substantial overhaul with rehabilitation of mechanical and electrical… Keep Reading

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Restaurants, Microbreweries, Adjust to the New Normal of Take Out and Delivery in Wake of Coronavirus Shutdown

Tuesday was St. Patrick’s Day. It was also the first full day of a state-ordered shutdown of eat-in dining and bars for the foreseeable future in an effort to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. The phone started to ring at 11:20 a.m. with takeout orders, but business was down compared to a normal day, said Deb… Keep Reading

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East Lyme Declares State of Emergency, Closes Town Hall to Public, in Face of Viral Pandemic

EAST LYME — All town buildings are closed to the public until further notice effective Monday night, after the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to uphold First Selectman Mark Nickerson’s declaration of a local state of emergency in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Nickerson told the selectmen at a Monday night emergency meeting that… Keep Reading

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Connecticut Inches Toward Foreign-Trade Zone Business Opportunities

Foreign-trade zones are an underused economic tool in Connecticut, but that could change as more companies begin to understand how they work and become aware of their potential benefits.  The zones operate under the supervision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and allow companies to manage the tariff or duty that is charged on imported… Keep Reading

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Deadlines for Proposed Waterford Solar Array Canceled

The Siting Council has canceled the March 31 public hearing for a solar project on Oil Mill Road in Waterford due to statewide measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  In a March 12 memo to parties and intervenors, Melanie Bachman, executive director of the council, said a new public hearing date for petition… Keep Reading

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As Southeast Connecticut Adopts “Social Distancing,” Local Businesses, Social Services, Step Up to Help Residents and Elderly

As efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus get underway across southeast Connecticut, all Meals on Wheels programs are continuing for now, said Stephanie Gould, the director at the Lyme-Old Lyme Senior Center. Many pharmacies, such as CVS, are offering medication delivery for free to anyone who is concerned about going out in public. “And… Keep Reading

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Declining Populations, Enrollments, Call into Question Viability of Elementary Schools in Essex, Chester and Deep River

The proposed Deep River Elementary School budget jumps by 5.08 percent this year compared with just 3.28 percent for Essex and 2.01 percent for Chester. The increase for all three towns is driven primarily by the 5.5 to 8.5 percent increase in employee benefits, in particular the long-underfunded health insurance reserve. Re-negotiated union salaries and… Keep Reading

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Towns Ask Arriving Summer Residents to Voluntarily Self-Quarantine for Two Weeks

Some local governments in southeastern Connecticut are asking their seasonal residents who returned early this year to self-quarantine for 14 days if they’re coming from areas that have had high numbers of COVID19 cases — especially New York City.  This follows a Tuesday recommendation from President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force that anyone leaving the… Keep Reading

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Food For Those in Need Seven Days a Week Across Southeast Connecticut

For those in need during the Coronavirus pandemic there are still services available and open. You can obtain groceries and prepared food in southeastern Connecticut from Clinton to Stonington every day of the week. Where: The Chester Food Pantry at Chester Town HallWhen: 9am to 12pm, Monday, Wednesday and ThursdayWhat: Pre-bagged GroceriesWho: Chester Residents How:… Keep Reading

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U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Loans to Small Businesses for Coronavirus Relief

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering economic injury disaster loans in affected states to provide working capital to small businesses for Coronavirus-related economic disruptions.  The loans are available to “small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private nonprofit organizations,” in declared-disaster areas, which includes all of New England, according to a… Keep Reading

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Medical Care in Connecticut Adapts to the Coronavirus

A week ago, I was about to leave for my cardiology appointment when I received a call. It was the receptionist, and the appointment was canceled. “Do you know if I can reschedule?” I asked her. She wasn’t sure. After a couple unexplained fainting episodes, a possible arrhythmia and a month of appointments it was… Keep Reading

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Food Pantries Seek Donations and Volunteers as Social Services adapt to Coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads and the state sets stricter guidelines for social distancing, food pantries and other nonprofits around southeastern Connecticut have to find new ways of serving their populations while also meeting a sudden rise in needs. Many of the area’s senior centers, nonprofit childcare centers, and other face-to-face services have been suspended amid… Keep Reading

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New-Haven-based Sarah Golley Sparks Online Music Event — The Quarantined Series

Every gig got cancelled. Then, a short pause. Then, online live shows began bubbling up and over the lid of the internet. Now a veritable phenomenon, examples of coordinated and impromptu performance are everywhere on social media: story book hours, dance-a-days, video projects of apartment-bound academics on sabbatical in Spain. Musicians are finding new ways… Keep Reading

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Fear, Stigma, Blame — UConn Prof Considers the Novel Virus

There are human tendencies in times of a epidemic that drive people to fear, bogus medical advice, and casting blame on society’s most vulnerable, said University of Connecticut Professor of English Thomas Long, who studies social reactions to epidemics in culture and literature. “Epidemics have often, not always, but often been described as having a… Keep Reading

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Connecticut Fly Fishing on “The Dirty”

Mina and I stepped into a prime bit of trout-holding water, offering catch and release fishing all winter, on a small stream we call “The Dirty.” Running through an industrial town in the Naugatuck Valley, filled with abandoned factories, its banks dotted with homeless encampments, the river is for many the most unlikely place to… Keep Reading

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Poignant Show by Singer-Songwriter Aiofe O’Donovan at Old Saybrook’s Kate

Irish-American singer-songwriter Aiofe O’Donovan summons all the whirring, humming, soaring, straining sounds of the cosmos in her latest solo project, Bull Frogs Croon (And Other Songs). The swoop and plumb of the strings, the poetry in the lyrics, left palpable vibrations in the air in her live performance at The Kate in Old Saybrook on… Keep Reading

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A Surfeit of Caution

There is an esprit de corps that has developed surrounding our collective attempts to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Social media is awash with posts suggesting ways to connect, ways to nourish each other, ways to survive the isolation. There has been an outpouring of support for those on the frontlines — the medical… Keep Reading

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