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Salvation Army to Reopen CT Stores

The Salvation Army is set to open its stores in Hamden, Newington and Dayville on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The stores were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but are now ready to welcome shoppers with bargain-priced clothing, household items, electronics, books, toys, furniture and collectables.

Hartley Encourages Use of Student Loan Resource

State Senator Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) joined with Governor Ned Lamont to encourage any student loan borrower who has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to utilize additional resources newly available to them for free. Governor Lamont announced recently that borrowers can receive free assistance from the social enterprise Summer (, which offers resources including tools and experts who can help with finding, comparing and enrolling in dozens of loan assistance and forgiveness programs.

Childrens' Book on Quassy Amusement Park History

There was the Loch Ness Monster, then Champ in Lake Champlain; now there is Quassilla of Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury Connecticut. A book produced by husband and wife team Janis Hogan (writer) and by Don Farrell (illustrator), former Southbury residents, recounts the tale of a plesiosaurus from Mesozoic era rescued by Middle McFee of Quassmorrah Bay from the icy shores of northern Europe. Their journey takes them through a secret cave beneath Manhattan to a tiny spring-fed lake in CT.

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

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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.