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Opinion Editorial: Thanksgiving in 2020

Posted on November 17, 2020 by admin


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Thanksgiving will likely look very different for many of us as the COVID-19 pandemic has altered life and changed the way we typically gather with friends and family for the holidays. Despite all of the unknowns and challenges of today, I invite you to join me in taking a few moments to reflect on what we do have to be grateful for. Let us use this time to check in with others in our community who may need a helping hand, offer some encouragement, or even someone to talk to. Let us also not forget

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Local State Lawmakers Announce Applications Now Being Accepted for the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program

Posted on November 13, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – Today State Senator-Elect Paul Cicarella and State Representatives Vincent Candelora, Dave Yaccarino, Craig Fishbein and Joe Zullo announced that the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has opened the application process for the new Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program.

The application opened at 8:00 pm on Thursday evening. The program is designed to help small businesses and nonprofits that have faced financial hardship caused by COVID-19. Eligible

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State launching Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program

Posted on October 21, 2020 by admin


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I just wanted to share with you that the state is launching the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000.

Funding for the program will come from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which utilizes federal

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Phase 3 Update

Posted on October 9, 2020 by admin


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Governor Lamont recently announced that Connecticut would move forward with Phase 3 of reopening beginning October 8th.

Phase 3 Business Updates include:

  • Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors – subject to COVID-19 safety requirements – for restaurants, personal services, hair salons, barber shops, and libraries;
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.) will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing requirements;
  • Indoor

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Purple Thursday on Oct. 22nd

Posted on October 8, 2020 by admin


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October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which strives to raise public awareness about domestic violence and the help that’s available to support victims. What began in 1981 as a “Day of Unity” has evolved into a nationwide month of action that celebrates survivors and raises awareness not only about the issue of domestic violence, but also about the services available to help victims and survivors. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, it is estimated that 1.3 million women and 835,000

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