Artists Respond Grant: Award amount: $1000 for individuals, $2000 for collaborations to create new art to inspire, connect, and educate during this time
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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.
The Historic 17-foot tall Seth Thomas Street Clock, dating back to 1921, was removed from its location on Bank Street and brought to Wakefield, Rhode Island in October 2019 to be fully restored. The clock is returning to its location on April 16, 2020.
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.
Connecticut Department of Labor employees provided more than $35 million in benefits payments to nearly 104,000 claimants for the week ending April 4. The agency has now processed nearly 133,000 claims of the more than 302,000 the agency has received since March 13, 2020.
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.
Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Andrew N. Mais called on insurers to consider lowering personal vehicle premiums and adjust commercial hired and non-owned auto insurance in light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
StayWell Health Center Opens Tele-Medicine to all patients
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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.
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 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.
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.
Two students from the Advanced Manufacturing Technology program at NVCC shared their stories at the Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the Governor's FY21 Budget Adjustments for the State's Higher Education Agencies. Their presentations were coordinated by NVCC and the offices of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) as part of a community colleges’ manufacturing student panel. The students credited the manufacturing program with giving them a new start with no debt.
Dates have been announced for the Waterbury return engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The musical will make its much-anticipated return to Waterbury to play the Palace Theater on March 17. Tickets may be purchased at the Palace Theater’s Box Office, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, on line at www.palacetheaterct.org or by calling 203.346.2000
Mrs. G’s Gourmet Gift Baskets, located at 634 Watertown Avenue in Waterbury, celebrated 30 years in business with a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 21st. The business provides custom, hand-made gift baskets to clients for all occasions.
Steve Culbertson has joined Wellspring as the Assistant Director of Education for Wellspring’s Arch Bridge School. With 35 years of experience in the field of education, Steve has focused his career on working with students with learning disabilities and emotional trauma. He credits his lifelong commitment, compassion and student championing to his parents, both educators, who managed residential campuses for children.