Democratic Statehouse candidate Rebekah Harriman-Stites and many of her supporters were riled by a Facebook post generated Sunday, September 20, that she said contained “sexist and misogynistic” infer...
Calls for Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps for the period of September 10 to September 16, 2020.
By Shannon Hicks
Published: Sep 20, 2020 11:30 AM
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, whose Congressional 5th District includes Newtown, has tested positive for COVID-19.
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.
Members of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission (SHPMC) met via teleconference on September 10 to receive an update on the memorial project from First Selectman Dan Rosenthal and design firm SWA.
As recently as this week, state DOT crews have closed Interstate 84 off- or on-ramps as road work is completed. But that work may not always involve the ramp, frustrating at least one
By Shannon Hicks
Published: Sep 19, 2020 09:44 AM
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.
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.”
By Shannon Hicks
Published: Sep 19, 2020 09:43 AM
Flags are being lowered across the country this weekend to memorialize United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Flags Lowered To Honor Supreme Court Justice GinsburgFlags are being lowered across the country this weekend to memorialize United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Flags are being lowered across the country this weekend to memorialize United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington D.C., according to the AP and multiple other sources. She was 87 years old.Only the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton. She had served on the nation’s highest court since August 1993.She died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to a statement by the court.Friday afternoon, Governor Ned Lamont directed US and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff “as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service” of Ginsburg.“Tonight, the nation mourns the unimaginable loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – a fierce and fiery champion for fairness and equality for all,” Lamont said. “Shattering the glass ceiling in the legal world, Justice Ginsburg overcame adversity both in and out of the courtroom – battling gender discrimination at a time when women were rarely serving as lawyers. She also fought cancer with rigor, rarely missing any days in court.“A giant inspiration and pioneer for women globally, Justice Ginsburg should not just be remembered for what she stood for but what she stood against. Our nation is greater for her tenacity, dissension, and adversity against injustice. As Justice Ginsburg put it best, ‘there will be enough women on the court when there are nine,’” the governor also noted.President Donald Trump also issued a proclamation, early Saturday morning, directing that flags at the White House and all public buildings and grounds and military facilities be flown at half-staff until the late Justice is interred. The date of interment has not yet been determined.The president has also directed that flags be flown at half-staff at all US embassies and other facilities abroad. The proclamation calls Ginsburg “a trailblazer, not only in the field of law, but in the history of our country.”Calling the late Justice “an inspiration to all Americans,” the President noted Ginsburg’s “commitment to the law and her fearlessness in the face of death,” saying those traits “inspired countless ‘RBG’ fans.”He also called her “A fighter to the end,” noting that the late Justice “defeated cancer and the odds numerous times — all while continuing to serve on the Court.Ginsburg has long served as “a as a role model to countless women lawyers. Her legacy and contribution to American history will never be forgotten,” Trump also stated in his proclamation.Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the US flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.
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.