Hayes Tests Positive For COVID-19 Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, whose Congressional 5th District includes Newtown, has tested positive for COVID-19.WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Jahana Hayes has tested positive for COVID-19. The Congresswoman issued a statement Sunday morning after learning of her test results. Hayes's district covers a large area of northwestern Connecticut including Newtown.Hayes will be quarantined for the next 14 days, she also said in her statement:“After going to two urgent care centers yesterday, I finally got an appointment at a third site and was tested this morning. Contrary to popular belief, Members of Congress do not get tested regularly. In fact we are not mass tested at all in DC. Masks, social distancing and frequent floor cleanings are the precautions that are taken in the House. I have taken every possible precaution and still contracted the coronavirus.“My experience and the experience of my staff underscores the need for a national testing strategy with a coherent way to receive speedy, accurate results. This level of anxiety and uncertainty is untenable. I am asymptomatic, except for breathing issues which are being monitored. Please keep my family and my staff in your prayers.”According to The Connecticut Mirror, Hayes was already in quarantine after one of her staffers tested positive for COVID-19.The congresswoman on Saturday said in an announcement that she had been working in “close contact” with the staff member.Hayes, however, did not say whether the infected staffer worked in her Capitol Hill office or in her district office in Waterbury. “After a phased in reopening of my offices, I was notified today that one of my staffers has tested positive for COVID-19," she said Saturday. "I have been in close contact with the staffer and I have worked in both my CT and DC offices over the last week. All of my staff has been notified and directed to quarantine and get tested.”On Saturday, Hayes self-quarantined, saying she would stay in that state until she could test and receive results. She also said her offices in Washington D.C. and the district will work remotely “until further notice.”This is the second time Hayes has announced she has quarantined herself because of the pandemic.Currently serving her first term in the US House of Representatives, Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture while representing Connecticut’s 5th District.She has been a public school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year.
Injured Hiker Rescued From State Forest A 55-year-old man was rescued the morning of Saturday, September 19, from Upper Paugussett State Park after a hiking trip turned into a medical emergency.A 55-year-old man was rescued the morning of Saturday, September 19, from Upper Paugussett State Park after a hiking trip turned into a medical emergency.Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a paramedic, Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue, and firefighters from Hawleyville, Hook & Ladder, and Sandy Hook were dispatched at 6:55 am, initially to the Pond Brook state boat launch on Hanover Road. Hook & Ladder Chief Engineer Mike Aurelia was the commanding officer on the incident.The injured hiker, who was part of a group of five, had started the hike from the state boat launch at the intersection of Hanover and Pond Brook roads. He and the others were on one of the state forest’s blue trails, when he fell and dislocated his hip.Aurelia did not know if the patient, nor any of the other hikers, live in Newtown.The group had reportedly been hoping to view, from the Newtown side of Lake Lillinonah, eagles at the Shepaug Eagle Viewing area in Southbury.Aurelia set up a command post at Hanover and Silver City roads. He was joined there by members of the three responding fire companies.NUSAR sent a boat toward the area where the hikers were reportedly waiting. Firefighters also began heading on foot toward the location of the group in the woods.While first responders were assembling, a private boat on the lake located the group. The operator of the boat picked up the injured hiker and transported him to the town boat launch at the end of Hanover Road.The ambulance crew had moved to that location, at the end of Hanover Road. Joined there by a paramedic, those first responders were ready for the patient when the private boat arrived with him.By approximately 8:30 am, the injured hiker was being transported to a hospital.Aurelia said the four other hikers “walked out on their own.”
Thank you for redirecting our attention back to when we could, collectively, mourn the lives of our fellow Americans without the political trappings that we find ourselves caught in today. May those who lost lives on Sept. 11 be remembered, loved, and honored.
Dear family of Mary Jo,
As coincidence would have it I’ve been thinking a lot about Mary Jo this last month. No particular reason. Memories of her just popped into my head. As a child I was her next door neighbor living in Santa Ana. She was an absolutely wonderful neighbor, so generous and kind. She always spoke the truth to me. I would not have gone to college if it were not for her encouragement. I lost tract of Mary Jo somewhere in my twenties but always thought of her and wanted to see her again. She and her husband settled in Almanor and I in San Francisco where I still live.
If there is a memorial after Covid is controlled, I hope that you will let me know. I would like to attend. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Janet Calhoun (Mier)
Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist killed in Iraq, a country he was in against UN orders, to destabilize a rebuilding nation and impose Shia dominance over Sunni and Christian minorities by causing chaos, terror and leading militia attacks. Iran has been a growing problem in the Middle East as it's failing authoritarian regime, propped up Russia, who buys their oil, and China, through the Belt and Road Initiative. This is not simply an American concern, but a concern for all area states seeking peace, and was a major driver behind the historic peace agreement between Israel and the UAE, with more likely to come as a hedge against Iran.