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Easier mail-in voting and an alfresco dining option at restaurants — two public health ideas adopted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — are set to be extended after allowing the House of Representatives to the state on Wednesday. The House voted 126 to 16 in favor of a bill that includes the broad …

ELYSIAN PARK (CBSLA) – Donating blood has never been more critical. Nationwide, there is a shortage of blood that is worrying medical professionals. In an effort to provide aid to local hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange County, vans lined up at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, seeking to collect at least 150 units of blood. …

For nearly eight years, Greg Dembowski has been keeping a close eye on the first Chick-fil-A to open in Connecticut. “It’s a very successful business here in Brookfield,” said Dembowski, the city’s director of economic development. But that’s an understatement, given that the grand opening in October 2014 saw dozens of people lining up to …

February 23, 2022Updated: February 23, 2022 5:57 p.m. MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to hate crime charges stemming from his March 2020 stabbing attack on an Asian family at a warehouse, officials said. Jose Gomez III, 21, of Midland, Texas, pleaded guilty to three counts of hate crimes for …

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — You can’t pay your rent. Your boyfriend left you. Or, perhaps, as the pandemic drags on, you’ve lost hope that life will return to normal. No matter what makes you anxious, depressed or scared, Melissa Pappas is here to tell you that there is no problem too small to bring to …

A new grant program now available for young people in Hartford aims to help heal those struggling and disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Luke Bronin and the Department of Families, Youth and Recreation (DFCYR) announced the Hartford Unity Grant Program on Friday, which is available to children and young adults in the city. It …

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – The Connecticut House of Representatives has voted to extend a series of emergency powers for the governor in the event of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Connecticut House of Representatives has a decision to make. The results came in late Thursday evening. One of the extensions included ordering masks from …

ATLANTA (AP) — Tax revenues continue to roll into Georgia state coffers, supporting Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan for a big spending boost and a possible tax cut. Figures released Friday show Georgia’s general fund raised $17.8 billion through Jan. 31. That’s $2.7 billion, or 18%, ahead of last year’s pace. In the first seven months …

The first case of the COVID-19 omicron BA.2 subvariant also known as the “stealth variant” has been detected in Connecticut. Infectious disease experts tell NBC Connecticut the name comes from the fact that sometimes the variant can be difficult to detect in testing. The BA.2 variant is potentially more infectious than the Omicron BA.1, according …

Macy’s is preparing to close its longtime Puente Hills Mall store in the city of industry – a move that will lead to 117 layoffs. The retailer did not provide a specific date for the closure. But in a notice sent to the state Department of Employment Development last month, the chain said the job …

Joining a spinning class is more than a workout, it’s about camaraderie. At least that’s what the Vice President of Experience at CycleBar Tevia Celli thinks. According to Celli, that’s the very thing that spin class participants lost when the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered studios for several months. “It’s great to be able to train at …

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – The governor of Connecticut may request an extension of his emergency powers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Ned Lamont raised this possibility during a virtual press conference on Wednesday. “We are preparing for legislative leaders and the legislature a list of executive orders that we believe should be prosecuted, but I …

Dozens of schools have delayed the start time on Tuesday due to cold temperatures with wind chill factors appearing below zero. The temperatures felt will be between 0 and minus 20. The high temperatures will only vary from around 7 degrees in the hills to 13 in Hartford and 17 in New Haven, but the …

A Fairfield County school district has announced a change to the start time for the first day of school in the new calendar year amid an increase in cases as the highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron strain becomes more prevalent. Darien Public Schools Superintendent Alan Addley announced a two-hour delayed opening time on Monday, January 3 …

Christmas is almost here, and some churches in the state have held their annual services for the first time on Christmas Eve in nearly two years. The unified harmony of the instruments is a familiar sound to so many who have been eagerly awaiting to come together on Christmas Eve. Valerie McDonald has called the …

Nevada woman faces child abuse and sexual assault charges after authorities say she traveled across the country last year for a former CNN producer to sexually “train” her 9 year old daughter at her Vermont ski home. Henderson, Nevada Police said the 48-year-old woman, whose name Hearst Connecticut Media Group is withheld to protect her …

Gofer Ice Cream’s new Ridgefield location opens on November 21. Contribution photo. The past few weeks have seen a flurry of new Fairfield County restaurants that have opened or are ready for a near start. But while this new wave of restaurants and takeout offers more dining options in the region, many businesses in the …

The city of Hartford on Thursday announced a new program designed to bring businesses back to vacant storefronts in the capital. The program, called “Hart Lift,” comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic when a number of businesses have closed due to financial concerns. Hart Lift will use $ 6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, …

Some Salvation Army pantries are seeing two to three times as many customers as before the pandemic. Sterling House Community Center enrolled 10 more children in its Stratford School District food distribution program the week before Thanksgiving. Operation Hope in Fairfield has seen a more than 10 percent increase in the number of people passing …

WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut’s unemployment rate was 6.4% in October. The Connecticut Department of Labor announced the rate on Thursday and said it was a 0.4% drop from September. The number marked the fifth consecutive month of declining unemployment in the state. Connecticut added 5,300 jobs in October. The DOL also revised its September …

Tap & Vine in Wallingford feared it would have to close last Sunday as the restaurant struggled to find enough help to open. Now it looks like Tap & Vine will be able to stay open after candidates show up to fill the chef and line cook positions. Hector Samuel, the owner of Tap & …

Twenty-six Connecticut hospitals will lose some of their Medicare reimbursement payments over the next year as a penalty for having too many readmitted patients, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Nationally, Medicare is cutting payments to 2,499 hospitals, or about 47% of all facilities, with the average penalty being …

What there is to know Voters in Stamford, Connecticut’s fastest growing city, choose between a sitting state lawmaker and a former Major League Baseball manager on Tuesday for mayor of a community that has seen a significant influx of new ones arrivals during the pandemic. The contest pits Democratic state representative Caroline Simmons, who defeated …

Connecticut (WTNH) – Last year’s Halloween failed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but Connecticut residents – and their furry friends – are equipped and ready to make treats on this cloudy night and fresh. We asked, you delivered! Here are some fun Halloween images that have been sent to us in this spooky season. Georgie and …

Posted: October 25, 2021 / 9:56 AM EDT / Update: October 25, 2021 / 10:07 AM EDT WALLINGFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – After 18 months, Connecticut Foodshare will close its emergency drive-thru food distribution sites on October 30. Connecticut Foodshare officials said more than 14 million meals were delivered through the distribution sites, which opened at …

CONNECTICUT – The growth of large cities in the United States has started to slow, and urban core counties are experiencing population declines for the first time in a decade. The spotlight is now on the suburbs and small towns. Few states handle this type of urban / suburban planning better than Connecticut. Personal finance …

WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – At midnight on Friday, West Hartford repealed its mandate as a mask. West Hartford is in the COVID-19 yellow zone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a low level of community transmission. The news was welcome to members of gyms and fitness companies, who showed …

State Representative Doug Dubitsky R-Chaplin smiles during a visit to the Scottish Highland Games on Sunday, October 10, 2021, in Scotland, Connecticut. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Dubitsky and Craig Fishbein, both politically conservative lawyers and Republican members of the state’s General Assembly have become the go-to team for groups seeking to sue Connecticut for …

DARIEN – Forklifts were busy Wednesday morning in Darien, as piles of fresh wood and other materials arrived at the new Darien Commons complex which was due to open in a year, adding new storefronts and apartments. This is the first major new option for retailers looking to land in one of Connecticut’s wealthiest cities, …

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Lawmakers are due to meet for a special session Monday to debate an extension of the governor’s emergency powers in the event of a pandemic. Governor Ned Lamont’s powers will expire at the end of the month. Governor Ned Lamont calls for the General Assembly to meet in extraordinary session to …

In 1998, to help reduce people’s energy bills, Connecticut lawmakers created a new policy allowing state residents to purchase electricity from companies competing with their local power companies. . Today, about 25,000 people in the state get their electricity from competitive suppliers. But if the rationale for this controversial effort was to save money, then …

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Thousands of hotel, casino and restaurant workers marched on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday to highlight their call for employers to rehire more people who were laid off last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the reopening of casinos and hotels, Culinary Union officials said about a third of …

After a successful run during the pandemic, DoorDash is expanding its alcohol delivery program to 20 states and Washington, DC, the company said on Monday. Customers will be able to place orders for beer, wine and spirits (with or without food) at participating local restaurants and grocery stores in select markets. “Over the past year, …

WASHINGTON (AP) – Boasting that government policies can make a difference in improving the economy, President Joe Biden went too far on Thursday in taking credit for job growth since his input function. He has also dubiously suggested that wrongdoing is behind the rise in gasoline prices – something his administration will seek to correct. …

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Junior midfielder Addrian knights-browne marked in the 63rd minute against Central Connecticut and the Hartford men’s soccer team held on for a 1-0 victory over the Blue Devils on Tuesday night at Al-Marzook Field. Knights-Browne controlled a senior pass Tomer drimmer deep into the box and redirected it low to the …

HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – It has been more than a year since the government banned evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the Supreme Court has ruled that homeowners can start the process on people who don’t pay. Hartford owners say it’s kind of a relief and a burden on their shoulders for the …

As Tropical Storm Henri moved further east, sparing Connecticut from the brunt of high winds and heavy rains on Sunday, hospital officials said they were prepared for the worst. St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport has an emergency plan in place that allows service personnel to stay overnight on Saturdays and Sundays if necessary. The …

HARTFORD, Connecticut – Democrats and Republicans speak out on how to address the current issue of deterring youth crime, especially burglaries and auto theft. At a press conference today, leaders of the Connecticut Justice Alliance (CTJA), Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) and ACLU-CT, along with other state leaders and activists , called on lawmakers to …

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Hartford HealthCare plans to address a few dominant topics regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday afternoon, Hartford HealthCare Clinical Director Ajay Kumar, MD, will hold a virtual briefing. The briefing is set at 12:30 p.m. Kumar plans to fight what Hartford HealthCare calls “the unvaccinated pandemic” and the Delta variant. The …

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., July 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: BJRI) today announced the release of its second quarter 2021 results after market close on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The The company will host a conference call with investors at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) on the same day. The conference call will be …

British Airways has settled the not quite a class action suit * against it, paying around £ 32million to clear the data breach case in the High Court of England and Wales . PGMBM, one of the law firms that brought the group’s dispute against BA to the High Court, said in a statement that …

That’s the concern of the local health director, who is concerned about the impact that outdoor restaurant seating added during the COVID-19 pandemic will have on restaurants now that restrictions on dining at the interior have been largely lifted. On June 23, Westport Weston Health District Director Mark Cooper sent a letter to Assistant Planning …

Firefighter / paramedic Rocco Laudato was honored Tuesday as the American Legion’s Connecticut Firefighter of the Year for 2020. Left to Right: General Manager Matt Hart, Senior Vice-Commander Jeff Linden, Junior Vice-Commander Heidi-Anne Mooney, Former Station Commander Jeff Cole, Mayor Shari Cantor, Firefighter / Paramedic Rocco Laudato and American Legion’s CT Firefighter of the Year …

Madison County is looking for local restaurants to join their “Madison Local Eats” program. The program is a gift card matchmaking program, where individuals can sign up to get vouchers for their favorite Madison County restaurant and double their money. Customers will be able to subscribe to vouchers which they will redeem for a $ …

Press Releases 06/17/2021 Governor Lamont announces the retirement of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby and appoints Danté Bartolomeo as successor (HARTFORD, CT) – Gov. Ned Lamont today announced that Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby plans to step down from his post in the state by the end of June. The governor intends to appoint …

North Central’s Kalab Haven won his fourth individual wrestling championship on Saturday March 6, 2021. Photo of the SC High School League Several wrestlers in the Charlotte and Raleigh area began their offers to defend the state championships on Tuesday, at regional meetings of North Carolina public high schools across the state. Normally a winter …

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – An executive order signed by Governor Ned Lamont that postponed tenant evictions is coming to an end. The moratorium on evictions was put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people lost their jobs. It allowed tenants to skip rent payments and not get evicted from their apartments. There are …

The glass appears to be half full in Connecticut as both houses of the General Assembly recently passed a law that would allow the use of automatic liquor machines in bars, restaurants and breweries. The ball is now in Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s court as the state awaits a decision that would allow people to …

As Connecticut encourages residents to re-enter the workforce, new job estimates show the varying economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic statewide. The Department of Labor released its annual estimates of unemployment in each Connecticut city averaging over the full 12 months of 2020 and prior years, deriving data from surveys. The data itself is questionable, …

After the low prices at the gas pump last year, motorists are getting a little sticker shock these days. The average price of gas in the state of Connecticut is $ 3.07 per gallon with the national average at $ 3.04, according to AAA. That’s a far cry from the low prices of 2020 when …

State lawmakers returned to the State Capitol on Tuesday to learn that the Hartford monument had been damaged by gunfire, most likely early Monday or Tuesday when the building was unoccupied, officials said. The damage appeared to have been caused by two or three bullets. Two bullet holes in windows and one in a hanging …

After being postponed to 2020 due to restrictions that were in place to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange Blossom Festival (OBF) returns to Castle Hill Showground, better and brighter than ever! Attendees will be treated to a bonanza of lights, beats and food with stunning LED light displays, concerts and mouthwatering street food, with food …

Bill Middleton has three restaurants in Mystic and by the end of the year will be opening a fourth and he anticipates a very busy year ahead. “Tourism is coming back. We are already seeing it. There is so much pent-up demand and people come out like caged animals, ”he said. How does he know …

Preparations are underway at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford to host eight teams from across the country this weekend for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Division I, II & III Championships. “It adds a lot of positive energy. It adds a sense of hope about what summer has in store and …

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This high school football offseason will be the shortest ever, and possibly the busiest when it comes to coaching changes. The shortened and delayed football season by the COVID-19 pandemic ended in mid-April. Fifteen Orange County football teams will have new coaches when action resumes in less than three months – the first full practices …

The State House on Tuesday approved a bill that equates the sea and land with agricultural land tax breaks after the Senate passed the bill in April. The bill now goes to Governor Ned Lamont’s office. By a bipartisan vote of 140 to four, the bill moved forward after a short debate. Supporters hailed the …

Connecticut residents donate clothing wagons to The BEST Chance program in Hartford to help those who were once incarcerated get back on their feet. Matthew Banever, Director of Consumer Sales for Bards Clothing, had the idea to donate clothes to the program. CT NBC “I’ve always heard the same response from customers who say, ‘I …

While there has been so much emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year or so, 2020 has quietly become a banner year for accidental drug poisoning deaths in Connecticut. Medical experts – as well as those affected by the tragedy – believe the problem will continue to worsen in 2021. NBC Connecticut Investigates …

The Connecticut Department of Education has issued guidelines that Connecticut school districts will not have to offer a distance learning option to families next fall. Education Department officials said they do not plan to have to force school districts to offer this option after this school year. “I really hope that our schools are open, …

The Capo Coyotes hockey team qualified for the United States National Hockey Championships last season. It seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity. Then life changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring. Nationals have been canceled. Sometimes life offers a second chance. The Capo Coyotes qualified for the national championships again this season. …

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – Woodmere Mayor Ben Holbert has plenty to smile about these days, and he happily discussed it during the Orange Education Council meeting with mayors on Wednesday, April 28. Holbert, a former Woodmere town councilor who has served as the village mayor since January 2018, saw such a positive transformation in Woodmere …

Senate Speaker Martin Looney (Photo by Hugh McQuaid) HARTFORD, CT – Democratic General Assembly leaders pledged their support Wednesday to change the electoral districts in which Connecticut has inmates this year, before those districts are locked down for another decade. Senate Speaker Martin Looney and House Speaker Matt Ritter appeared on the steps of the …

For the first time in his presidency, President Joe Biden addressed Congress. HARTFORD, Connecticut – President Joseph Biden addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time in his presidency on Wednesday, detailing how America is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and optimistically highlighted further growth post -pandemic. Connecticut lawmakers responded to the speech, …

Recently, Congress passed a $ 2 trillion legislative package aimed at helping individuals, businesses and the healthcare system as the entire country grapples with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Enacted on March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, the CARES Act, can also help keep workers on the payroll to prevent them from …

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Credit defaults in Brazil fell to all-time lows in October, figures released on Friday showed further evidence of the economy’s recovery and the fact that measures taken by the central bank to ease debt financial conditions were working. FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask and face shield waits to change …

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) filed a lawsuit this week against the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, AGC officials allege that the means by which SBA developed and deployed a Loan Necessity …

Band George Georgiopoulos ATHENS, March 23 (Reuters) – Alpha Bank ACBr.AT, one of Greece’s four largest banks, recorded a loss in the fourth quarter of last year but reported profits for the whole of 2020, she said on Tuesday. Alpha, 11% owned by the country’s bank rescue fund HFSF, reported net profit of 103.7 million …

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have skyrocketed since 1999, when the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that only 17 hybrid electric vehicles had been sold. Look further in the rearview mirror and you will find that the history of electric vehicles is much more complicated. By 1900 – 10 years after the appearance of the …

KALAMAZOO, MI – The pandemic hasn’t stopped a 16-year tradition in downtown Kalamazoo. Hundreds of people flocked to cook the town’s chili to savor the sunny weather and the chance to sample some nationwide chili recipes. While many annual events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cook took extra safety precautions and …

The country’s largest lender, the State Bank of India, has raised $ 1 billion from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to provide loans to the Japanese auto industry’s supply chain in India. SBI signed a loan agreement with JBIC, bringing the total facility to $ 2 billion. He signed a similar deal for …

Posted: March 25, 2021 / 10:44 a.m. EDT / Update: March 25, 2021 / 4:16 p.m. EDT OSWEGO, NY (WSYR-TV) – The city of Oswego announced Thursday that it is waiving all $ 276,000 in COVID-19 commercial loans made last March to help businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, when New York State …

Editor’s note: This article appears in the April 2021 edition of MReport, available here. The COVID-19 pandemic, the recession, and the US presidential election made 2020 an unusual year for the mortgage industry. With interest rates at historically low levels, rfinancing has carried the market, but this trend cannot last forever. The need for inventory …

Attorney General Phil Weiser led a 23-state coalition urging US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to pass additional reforms that would make the student loan payment process easier and prevent student borrowers from having to repay debts to for-profit and missing colleges who deceived them. “Student loan debt is a heavy burden that many Coloradans …

Sporting Kansas City and The Victory project, the club’s philanthropic foundation dedicated to making an impact in the lives of children with cancer, will partner with MLS WORKS and Continental Tire in September to raise awareness and fundraise during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The seventh annual Kick Childhood Cancer Campaign will see Sporting Kansas City …

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Five Washtenaw County high school students with significant and passionate involvement in community service have been named Young Citizens of the Year for 2020. The Young Citizen of the Year recognizes high school students in Washtenaw County for their outstanding achievement in community service activities outside of school-based extracurricular activities. The …

Improving Mental Health During The Pandemic: Easy Mind Exercises For Teens & nbspPhoto credit: & nbspiStock Images New Delhi: The COVID-19 pandemic has created a sense of uncertainty in all areas of our lives. However, while adults may still be able to strike a balance or reason with each other about why they can’t, teens …

Diet Meal Plans For Teens: 5 Foods To Eat Healthy During The Pandemic & nbspPhoto credit: & nbspiStock Images Highlights Healthy eating is important for people of all ages and genders A nutritious diet is especially important for children in their teens, as these are their growing years. Here are 5 foods that should be …

Latin American entrepreneurs like Jonathan Garcia, CEO of Simmitri Solar are significantly less likely to have their business loans approved by national banks. Nathan Bietz A recent study from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative offers a detailed look at the difficulty Latin American entrepreneurs often face in securing financing for their businesses – and indicates …