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Torrington to Hold "Virtual" Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Torrington will celebrate Memorial Day a bit differently this year.  To protect the health of residents and visitors, the regular downtown parade has been cancelled due to the continued threat of COVID-19.  In the spirit of continuing the longstanding tradition of Memorial Day ceremonies, Mayor Elinor Carbone and the Torrington Veterans Memorial Committee have decided to develop a “virtual parade” slideshow, and a video veterans’ recognition ceremony, to be shared through the City website and local media.

Liberty Bank Team Adds $100,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Grants

Building on their first round of $100,000 in emergency grants they approved in April for ten local hospitals, Liberty Bank of Middletown, Connecticut today announced that through their charitable foundation they will be providing an additional $100,000 in funding to support several other community organizations in their COVID-19 response.

CT Office of the Arts Opens 2 Grants for Artists

The Connecticut Office of the Arts opened two grants this week for state residents:
 
Artists Relief Grant: Award amount: $500 to be used for any need / Deadline: May 4, 2020

Information here: https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Arts-Culture/Funding_Opportunities/Relief-Fund-for-Connecticut-Artists

Artists Respond Grant: Award amount: $1000 for individuals, $2000 for collaborations to create new art to inspire, connect, and educate during this time

Rep. Hayes Introduces Legislation for CT Hospital Funding

This week, Congresswoman Hayes will be introducing the Helping Hospitals in Need Act, a bill which would direct critical resources to help hospitals in Connecticut and around the country that are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill would replenish funds for hospitals and providers authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act with another $100 billion dollars. It would also ensure that the Secretary prioritize hospitals that serve a high proportion of uninsured or low-income patients, and states that have the highest per capita hospitalization rates for confirmed COVID-19 cases – like Connecticut.

CT Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor COVID-19 Victims

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and State of Connecticut flags to be lowered to half-staff statewide effective immediately in recognition and mourning of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by COVID-19. The flags will remain lowered throughout the emergency. Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S.

Hayes Secures $3M+ CARES Act Funds for Community Health Centers

Representative Hayes (CT-05) secured $3,059,180 in funding for community health centers in CT-05 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded funding to 4 community health centers in Danbury, Plainville, Torrington, and Waterbury as a part of the legislation.
 

Statement from Waterbury Hospital & Nat'l Union of Healthcare Employers

Waterbury Hospital and Connecticut Health Care Associates District 1199, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employers (CHCA/NUHHCE), the labor union that represents the hospital’s nursing staff and technical positions including respiratory therapists, and radiology and surgical technicians, today hailed the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that has enabled them to work effectively together to care for the community during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

NVCC Awarded Grant to Support Minority Student Success

Naugatuck Valley Community College has been awarded a grant in the amount of $150,000 by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education for the Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS) program. PASS is a new initiative of the Minority Advancement Program (MAP) to address students of color who are placed on academic probation and need additional support to redress their academic standing.  A successful student of the PASS program will develop sustainable skills to remain on track to graduation and be removed from academic probation.

Waterbury Hospital Opens Drive Through Coronavirus Testing

In order to increase testing volume for patients suspected of having Coronavirus, Waterbury Hospital opened the state’s second Department of Public Health approved drive through Coronavirus Sampling Station for patients. Our colleagues worked very hard to get this station up and running by early Friday afternoon. The sampling station will be open seven days a week, from 8 am to 4 pm.

Anytime Fitness to Host Blood Drive ~ April 24th

Anytime Fitness at 152 Chase Avenue in Waterbury, in the Stop ‘n Shop/Target  retail shopping Plaza, will host a Blood Drive in cooperation with the American Red Cross on Friday, April 24, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  As a thank you for giving blood, donors will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email from the American Red Cross.

Free "Live Well" Chronic Pain Workshop

The Waterbury Senior center is hosting a free, six-week Live Well Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop on Mondays from 9:30 – 12 noon from April 6- May 11 at 1985 East Main Street in Waterbury.  Adults with chronic pain are encouraged to register for this program to help them take control over their life and health. Participants will learn better ways of dealing with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep. Techniques to improve or maintain strength and energy, appropriate use of medications and ways to improve nutrition will also be covered. The workshop also teaches easy, gentle chair exercises to help with pain and improve or maintain strength and energy. Breaking the pain cycle, pacing activities and rest and communicating with healthcare providers will be discussed. Live Well workshops are also beneficial for caregivers, family members and friends of those with chronic pain.