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Message from Waterbury Superintendent of Schools ~Nov. 12th

November 12, 2020

Dear Waterbury Public Schools Community,

Recently, Governor Ned Lamont issued a COVID-19 community alert for several cities, including the City of Waterbury, due to the significant and continuing rise in coronavirus transmission. Based on the available health data, and in collaboration with Mayor Neil M. O’Leary and the City of Waterbury Department of Public Health, I have made the following decisions in the interest of the health and safety of our school community while balancing the needs of our families.

Community COVID-19 Testing by StayWell Health Center ~ Oct. 28

StayWell Health Center, in partnership with the State of CT Health Department, The Greater Waterbury Health Partnership, and the City of Waterbury, will be providing COVID-19 Testing on Wednesday October 28th at the StayWell Health Center site located at 1309 South Main Street in Waterbury. The testing will run from 8am-10:30am. No doctor approval is required and this service is offered for anyone who wishes to be tested for COVID-19. This testing site will offer Drive-Up and Walk-Up testing.

Hayes Legislation for Mental Health Care Signed into Law

Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) to strengthen mental health care for veterans was signed into law by the President of the United States. The bipartisan VA Mental Health Staffing Act and provisions from the VA Mental Health Counseling Act were included in the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 116-171. 

Free Naloxone Kits ~ Sept. 23rd Outreach Event

Wheeler and its on-site partner, Genoa Healthcare, will provide information about Naloxone (NARCAN), a life saving medication used to reverse overdoses, and medication-assisted treatment for addiction at a community outreach event on Wednesday, September 23.  A limited supply of Naloxene kits will be available, at no charge, for individuals who are eligible and do not have access to the life-saving medication, made possible by a grant from the American Savings Foundation.       &

Palace Theater Broadway Series Schedule Update

The performance schedule for the Palace Theater in Waterbury, like other performing arts venues across the country, is continuing to evolve.  While the Palace Theater awaits reopening guidelines, Broadway shows are planning and re-planning their national tour schedules. In order to include as many of the previously announced presentations as possible in the Webster Bank Broadway Series, the theater is expanding the 2020-21 Season to encompass dates in 2022.

Hayes Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Veterans' Health Care

Today, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes introduced two pieces of legislation to strengthen mental health care for veterans. The bills – the bipartisan VA Mental Health Staffing Act and the VA Mental Health Counseling Act – would ensure Connecticut veterans can access the mental health care and resources they need.

NVCC Welcomes Manufacturing Students Back to Campus

Naugatuck Valley Community College  CEO, Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D., faculty, and staff welcomed two cohorts of Advanced Manufacturing Technology students back to campus for the fall semester. CEO Dresdner expressed her enthusiasm for the opportunity this program represents: “We’re excited to welcome you to NVCC and into the Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, because it represents so much potential not only for you, but also for our communities when you enter the workforce!”  

American Rose Trials Bloom at NVCC

“There is something about a garden” many a phrase would begin, and so there is. Commenting on the gardens at NVCC, President Daisy Cocco De Filippis wrote. “The Gardens of Naugatuck Valley Community College are, above all, microcosms of the values we hold dear as an institution. Cultivated through many hours of hard work and labor, the Gardens are a product of intense study, understanding and application of theories learned. They are teaching laboratories that are open, transparent and beautiful and contribute much to make our College a humane and learned institution. Some have been built to support a particular horticultural concept, others to more closely examine plant species and three have been created in loving memory of colleagues past.”

COVID-19 Testing at Waterbury Community Health Center

WHO:  Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) is offering COVID-19 testing across Connecticut.

WHAT:  Drive-through or walk-up testing, with or without an appointment.

WHEN:  Every Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE:  Testing is available at the following CHC locations:

·CHC of Waterbury: 51 North Elm Street, Waterbury

CT Heating Assistance 2020 Deadline~June 1

Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying last winter’s home heating bills that there is still time to apply to the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). An extended application deadline of Monday, June 1, 2020, gives eligible families and individuals – including those impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency – more time to apply for this vital assistance.

Waterbury Reads StoryWalk® Debuts May 23

The Waterbury Reads StoryWalk® project will make its debut Saturday, May 23rd in Hamilton Park. StoryWalks® are a free and fun way to share books while enjoying the outdoors.

Waterbury Reads provides free books to local children in an effort to spark a lifelong love of reading. While the program is on break from distributing books during the COVID-19 crisis, these StoryWalks will provide a family-friendly way to encourage reading.

Sen. Rob Sampson Comments on 2020 Elections

Like you, I have watched as our country has become more politically divided in recent years.  There are quite a few causes, though it’s hard to say which is driving the trend.  The political parties themselves are definitely more divided than ever.  The major news media outlets have given up attempting fair reporting in favor of biased propagandizing.  Finally, we have begun electing candidates based on superficial traits rather than the values or principles they hold and promote.

Virtual Postpartum Care

Surprisingly, the US is the only industrialized country that does not provide postpartum healthcare coverage. For mothers that have just given birth during a pandemic, that is especially alarming. 

According to the CDC, although 15% of mothers experience postpartum mood disorders, the American insurance system does not include postpartum coverage. This is what led Mandy Major, Connecticut-based mom and certified doula, to launch That’s Major!, the new virtual doula agency that is changing how mothers receive postpartum care.

StayWell Health Center Opens Intensive OutPatient Program

StayWell Health Center is excited to announce that we are now accepting patients into our new Adult Co-occurring Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) located at 1309 South Street in Waterbury. This program runs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 9am until 12pm. Overseeing this program is Jackie Davis LCSW, LADC, our Assistant Director of Behavioral Health.