Pollinators: The Night Shift * 🌙 *

By Marca Leigh

Late summer evenings. Bats flitting through the air snapping up mosquitoes long after dragonflies have gone to sleep. Streetlights swarming with fluttering, fairy like moths, drawn to what they perceive is the moon.  Blinking phosphorescent fireflies float across open stretches of grass, hoping to attract a mate.

An art photographer takes time lapse images of fireflies in upstate New York, and brings up the point that if these are the insects you CAN see in the dark, imagine how many more are out there you cannot. There is a whole world out there while we are dreaming. However, human activity is making it harder and harder for them to do their job. We can change that with just a few adjustments.

The majority of land birds migrate at night, and some birds communicate, sing and mate only in the wee hours. Listen at dusk for the mockingbird calling or the robin’s spring song.  “Ornithologists estimate that five billion birds migrate in North America alone each fall!”

So much is going on that we are unaware of while we are sleeping (or working the late shift). Pollination, migration, communication, mating rituals.  Nature has evolved for millennia relying on the night: The safe dark skies, cool air, using the moon as a guide.

But as humans chip away at the darkness in the form of bright outdoor lighting- AKA light pollution – our evening wildlife is dwindling in numbers. The crazy spinning moths we are used to seeing are actually confused, much as we would be if we went outside to find 10 moons in the sky! Light pollution negatively affects migrating birds that navigate by the moon, bats who eat pests like mosquitoes seek dim skies, and lightning bugs/fireflies need the dark so that their glowing abdomens may attract a mate.

Amphibians like frogs and toads also mate during the nighttime:  “Glare from artificial lights can also impact wetland habitats that are home to amphibians such as frogs and toads, whose nighttime croaking is part of the breeding ritual. Artificial lights disrupt this nocturnal activity, interfering with reproduction and reducing populations.”  Bright lighting draws baby sea turtles away from the ocean, leading to their demise, and even causes crickets to chirp during the day, disrupting their mating rituals.

It turns out that moths are excellent pollinators, and tend to some plants to which bees and butterflies are not drawn.  A recent study found that nocturnal visits to plants was reduced by 62 percent in areas with artificial illumination compared to dark areas”

One of the benefits to humans is the beauty of night blooming flowers like the well known Moonflower, Evening Primrose and Four O’clocks , and moths like Saturniids, most notably the lovely Luna moth.

Another benefit to controlling light pollution is our own view of the night sky. As darkness fades away to the bright glow of cities, we are slowly stealing the stars from our own eyes. Some people have never even seen the Milky Way, and yet we are right beneath it. The darkness of our night skies is now measured by a “Bortle Scale”… we can find ours and others all over the world online here. Currently our area ranges from 5-8, with 1 being the naturally dark sky. https://astrobackyard.com/the-bortle-scale/

But what’s encouraging is that light pollution is reversible, and there are steps we can immediately take to lessen our impact while still finding our own way through the dark.

Downward facing outdoor lighting not only helps nature, but saves energy and therefore cost. Dimmer and warmer porch lighting and using motion detection security lights are another solution. The International Dark Sky association has multiple excellent resources for improving the way we light the outdoors.

They not only have a plethora of helpful information in regards to lighting, they also list places across the US and all over the world that are official  “dark sky” places you can visit, and REALLY see the stars. Those currently closest to Connecticut are in Pennsylvania and Maine, but hopefully there will be more as the word spreads.

We can make requests of our municipalities and energy companies to implement these lighting practices. We can also encourage dimmer, warmer bulbs shining downward only for streetlights and signage, and replace floodlights with sensory detection bulbs for security areas.  Lastly, we can make more of a detailed plan for natural areas that may not need lighting at all.

With all the interest in  pollinators pathways these days, it makes sense that we also give the nocturnal shift a leg up by dimming our lights and allowing the evening sky to “shine”.

Sources:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-022-03331-x

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/10/1116865857/this-hudson-valley-photographer-takes-mesmerizing-pictures-of-fireflies-every-su?fbclid=IwAR3OSFlW0eio9_85cchwrNKjbKLRkySXQZfPiWMt1x2Q5EfIi8HqaUbnHc8

https://web.colby.edu/mainebirds/2011/11/09/nocturnal-migration/

https://abcbirds.org/blog20/nighttime-singers/

https://sciencing.com/parts-firefly-bug-8555263.html

https://www.darksky.org/light-pollution/wildlife/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211102111005.htm

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturniidae

https://www.darksky.org/light-is-energy-estimating-the-impact-of-light-pollution-on-climate-change/

https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/finder/

https://www.usf.edu/news/2021/light-pollution-drives-increased-risk-of-west-nile-virus.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1xfqIaXyLFCa31yYdIfNGtehlYig9x0OpaspGgY_W8PhiRiVSB6d0qScI

https://www.darksky.org/get-involved/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nocturnal-pollinators-go-dark-under-street-lamps/

Raise a Glass for Scholarships!

ShakesBeer Festival

Saturday, August 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
American Shakespeare Theatre
Patron Saint of Festival the Stratford Oldtimers Athletic Association

The ShakesBeer Festival is back! Celebrating our 5th year and triumphant return with amazingly crafted beers and the fantastic humans that create them. Located on the grounds of the historic American Shakespeare Theater overlooking beautiful Long Island Sound. Featuring 50+ craft breweries, live music, local food trucks & vendors and games & activities with a fun vibe.

We proudly support the attending brewers by purchasing all of their beer for the festival. Unlike many beer festivals, there are no booth fees for brewers. The Stratford Oldtimers Athletic Association actually pays the brewers for their product on top of donating a portion of every ticket sold towards athletic scholarships for Stratford students.
You must be 21+ years of age or older to attend. Sorry, no babies or children are permitted. No dogs allowed.

This event is rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the event may be delayed as event officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the event. We do not schedule “rain dates”. Any decision to cancel an event is done as an absolute last resort and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel as appropriate. In such situations, there will be NO REFUNDS as registrants accept any such risk of their entry free when purchasing tickets. Please check the website, our Facebook page, and your email before the festival for any changes or cancellations.

What Does My Ticket Include? There are only 1000 tickets available and are $49 online or $59 at the door. Get your ticket today!!! General Admission tickets include entry to the beer festival, beer samples, live music and a commemorative tasting glass.
Tickets are available now at: https://events.beerfests.com/e/shakesbeer-fest
Parking: Limited parking is available directly on-site and the surrounding lots on a first-come, first-served basis.

Transportation: We ask that you please prepare accordingly and enjoy the beer fest safely by designating a driver, using ride-shares, or calling a taxi in advance.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Protocols:
This event is held outdoors. We will adhere to the current State of CT’s COVID safety guidelines and protocols. For more information, please see the latest guidance at ct.gov/coronavirus on vaccinations, mask-wearing, and social distancing.

Thank You!!
Our policies are in place for the health and safety of our attendees, staff, and vendors and will continue to be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis. Thank you for being so cooperative as we look to get back our beer fest safely.
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Attending Breweries
The ShakesBeer Fest is proud purchase all beer directly from the breweries in order to support the craft brew industry. Cheers!
• 3 Floyds
• Abomination Brewing Company
• Athletic Brewing Company
• Back East Brewing Company
• Bad Sons Brewery
• Barley Head Brewing
• Berlinetta Brewing
• Brewport
• Brooklyn Brewing Company
• Captain Lawerence Brewing Company
• Clocktown Brewing Company
• Collective Arts
• Cottrell Brewing
• Counterweight Brewing
• Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
• Equilibrium Brewery
• Fat Orange Cat Brewing Company
• Fiddlehead Brewing Company
• Firefly Hollow Brewing
• Frost Beer Works
Hog River Brewing
• Hops on the Hill
• Jacks Abby Craft Lagers
• Lasting Brass Brewing Company
• Lawsons Finest Liquids
• Magic Hat Brewing Company
• Marlowe Artisinal Ales
• Merican Mule
• Mycrene Ale Company
• Narragansett Brewing
• New England Brewing Company
• No Worries Brewing Company
• Nod Hill Brewery
• OEC Brewing
• Ommegang Brewery
• Other Half Brewing Company
• Powder Hollow Brewing
• Rogue Ales
• Sam Adams
• Shebeen Brewing Company
• Skygazer Brewing Company
• Spacecat Brewing Company
• Stone Brewing
• Thimble Island Brewing Company
• Tox Brewing Company
• Troegs Brewing Company
• Two Roads Brewing Company
• Velvet Libitations
• Victory Brewing Company
• Whalers Brewing Company
• Witchdoctor Brewing Company

Attending Food Trucks & Vendors

• Jonz N BBQ
• JTM Cupcakes
• Liberty Rock
• Micalizzi’s Italian Ice
• Snappy Dog
• Zack’s Frozen Yogurt

Live Music

• Jon Hollywood
• Symphonic

Mark Your Calendar

“Kids Day” on Monday at the Paradise Green Farmer’s Market Back Better Than Ever!!
Every Monday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Connecticut Grown and Made. Make plans to bring the family to the Paradise Green Farmer’s Market on Monday, August 29th when it will have “Kids Day”. There will be arts and crafts, Touch A Truck, Gardening Activities, Give-Aways! And Fun!

Go for a candlelight walk on Wednesday, August 31st. The Stratford Historical Society is sponsoring weekly Wednesday Candlelight Historical Walks. Walks begin at Judson House, 963 Academy Hill Road, at 7 p.m. Walks vary each week, and are led by the Stratford Town Historian, David Wright.

Wednesday, August 31st, last day to get your school age children vaccinated by the Stratford Health Department. For more information call: 203-385-4090.
On Thursday, the last Concert on Paradise Green will feature Michael Pulaski with acoustic guitar covers followed by the Chauncey Street Band with Blues. Bring your lawn chair, snacks and beverages, and have a great time!

Free tours and admission to Judson House for all children (and an adult) until September 5th. Tuesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teen Tiny Art Show presently on display at the Stratford Library. According to Senior Service Specialist Teresa Neville, teens were invited to flex their artistic skills on the smallest canvas ever by creating a tiny work-of-art in their own style based on the theme: “Summer”. Art supplies were provided by the Library. The “Teen Tiny Art Show” is currently on display in the Teen Department throughout the summer.

Student Loans Forgiveness

77,065 State Students Eligible

Source: CT Mirror, Education Data Initiative, Experian

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday he’ll forgive $10,000 in federal student loan debt for those who make a certain income — and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients — as well as extend the pause on loan repayments, providing relief for thousands of borrowers in Connecticut.  Most recipients are from families who earn less than $60,000 a year and require greater financial assistance to attend school.

In Connecticut, 13.8% of its residents have student loan debt. There are 497,700 borrowers that have about $17.5 billion in student debt, according to the Education Data Initiative. The average debt for borrowers in the state is $35,162, with more than half of borrowers under the age of 35.

There are eligibility restrictions based on income. It will apply to individuals who earned less than $125,000 a year during the pandemic, or under $250,000 for married couples who jointly file taxes.

Biden said his administration will also extend the freeze on student loan repayments and interest accrual for another four months, until December 31st. The moratorium has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 and was poised to lift at the end of this month. Wednesday’s decision is the fifth and final extension.

Students who have undergraduate school loans can cap their repayments at 5% of their monthly income, which is half of the rate of most current plans.

More than 45 million people across the U.S. hold a total of about $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. However, even for those who are eligible for loan forgiveness, it would only be a fraction of what they still owe.

The U.S. Department of Education said the application to receive this relief will be available some time before the federal student loan repayments resume in January 2023, the relief won’t be treated as taxable income.

Some members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have been working on the issue of addressing student loan debt for years. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has a bill that would allow borrowers who have public student loans to refinance them to an interest rate of 0% through the end of 2024.

“I have heard from constituents who cannot afford to buy homes, start families, or buy their basic necessities because of crushing student loan debt, and that is why I have called on the president to take this action,” Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, said in a statement. He’s a co-sponsor of Courtney’s bill.

Connecticut residents have an average student loan debt notably higher than the national average, according to the Education Data Initiative:

Editor’s Note:

Pledge to Advance Connecticut (PACT) was established by the legislature in 2019 to provide free tuition for students attending all twelve community colleges. PACT bridges the tuition gap students may have after receiving scholarships and other financial aid – and funds were allocated for this critical program in our new state budget.

PACT is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning grants cover any expenses remaining after students have exhausted federal, state and institutional financial aid opportunities. In fact, even students who have all their tuition and fees covered by financial aid are eligible for at least $250 per semester.

We are fulfilling our promise of tuition-free community college because everyone deserves a quality education that can put students on the path to success.

Funds for this academic year were closed on July 15th 2022, but 2022-2023 graduates should add this information to their college planning. Don’t delay! Funds are available on a first come, first served basis.

To qualify for PACT, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of a public or private Connecticut high school (GED and home-schooled students qualify).
  • Be a first-time college student (those who participated in dual enrollment programs while in high school are not excluded).
  • Complete the FAFSA and accept all awards.
  • Attend community college full-time (12 or more credits per semester).
  • Enroll in classes for first come, first served consideration.
  • Participate in a degree or credit-bearing certificate program.
  • Once enrolled, remain in good academic standing.

Students from all financial backgrounds are eligible.

For more information, click here:

https://www.ct.edu/PACT?gclid=CjwKCAjwu5yYBhAjEiwAKXk_eMj8luu5uVsgz3NeATXxesY_4Gh33e3TkQH7JYSxZLa8GAmk6nYDAhoC4gEQAvD_BwE

 

 

Letters To The Editor

Greatness of Our Country

By Thomas Sulier

“One person can make a difference and everyone should try.” President John F. Kennedy

Randy Weaver, who is a long time resident of our Town, is a devoted husband and father, a retired United States Navy Veteran, and a silent worker in beautifying our community in his own quiet way.

For years, he has adopted a point at the intersection of Pumpkin Ground and Cutspring Road, which lies nearby, to his home.  He has toiled without fanfare and cultivates a gorgeous garden at this singular point in our town, but also adds festive decorations during the various holidays.

The way I see it, it is not the money in a man’s pocket, or the clothes on his back that is important, but what is in his heart.

Randy exemplifies what good citizenship entails, doing what’s right and good for his neighbors, his community, without heralding his good works – as he has done in the past for his county.  He has also contributed in his own way to the ongoing development of the Stratford Veteran’s Museum.

His efforts, seemingly small and unheralded, should serve as a model for all of us to follow as practice good citizenship and serve as a model for the generations to come.

“Monday Matinees” Fall Lineup

Free Monthly Screenings of Popular Films 2022

Stratford Library in the Lovell Room at 12 p.m.

The Stratford Library continues its popular film series offering free showings of recent, popular films shown uncut and on widescreen each month through the fall.  All films will be screened in the Lovell Room starting at 12 p.m.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Monday, September 12th

The much-anticipated return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.  PG, 125 minutes

The Black Phone 

Monday, October 10th

Finney, a shy teenager is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawk) and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims.  Chilling thriller!  R, 102 minutes

Where The Crawdads Sing    

Monday, November 21st

From Delia Owen’s best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery about Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina.  She has for years, been known as the “Marsh Girl” isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, the community immediately casts her as the main suspect.   PG-13, 125 minutes

Top Gun: Maverick 

Monday, December 12th

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.  Blockbuster sequel to “Top Gun”.   PG-13, 131 minutes.

For information call: 203.385.4162

Student Debt? Top Tier US schools get $70K a year.

Here’s What Other Countries Provide For Their Students

Country  Tuition (Nationals) Tuition (Internationals) Details 2022 Population
Argentina Free Nominal fees Nominal fees 45,510,318
Austria Free EU-dependent Free for EU/EEA for two semesters. Nominal fees for non-Europeans 8,939,617
Belgium Free EU-dependent Minimal fees for EU/EEA. Nominal fees for non-Europeans 11,655,930
Brazil Free Language dependent Free, but must know Portuguese 215,313,498
Cuba Free Standard (med exepted) Full fees, but international medical students with Bachelor’s or equivalent may get scholarship 11,212,191
Czech Republic Free Language dependent Free for classes taught in Czech. Courses in English have fees 10,493,986
Denmark Free EU-dependent Free for EU/EEA & Switzerland. Notable fees for non-Euro undergrads. PhD programs free for all. Non-PhD classes may be in Danish 5,882,261
Egypt Free Standard Free for citizens, although system is in need of reform 110,990,103
Estonia Free Nominal fees Nominal fees for internationals. Scholarships available. PhD programs free. 150+ programs taught in English 1,326,062
Fiji Free Standard Full fees 929,766
Finland Free EU- & Lang-dep. Free for EU/EEA, Switzerland, & speakers of Finnish or Swedish. PhD programs free for all. Some classes only in Finnish or Swedish 5,540,745
France Free EU-dependent Free w minimal fees for EU/EEA. Fees for non-Euros rising, but scholarships available. Many courses only in French 64,626,628
Germany Free Free Free for undergrads from any country; may have small fee. Many courses in English, but some German-only 83,369,843
Greece Free EU-dependent Free for EU/EEA (most programs), nominal fees for non-Europeans. Must speak Greek 10,384,971
Iceland Free Free Free for all nationalities except for minor registration fee. Most undergrad classes taught in Icelandic 372,899
India Free Nominal fees Nominal fees for international students, but students are not allowed to work while attending 1,417,173,173
Iran Free Free w obligation Free, but grads must serve government for as many years as were needed to get degree 88,550,570
Italy Free EU-dependent Nominal fees (€900 and €4,000) for EU students 59,037,474
Kenya Free Free Free w high scores on on aptitude exams. Limited availability 54,027,487
Lebanon Free Nominal fees Nominal fees 5,489,739
Luxembourg Free Nominal fees Nominal fees. Most classes taught in English, German, or French 647,599
Malta Free EU-dependent Free for EU students and Maltese citizens, nominal fees for non-EU students 533,286
Mauritius Free Standard Full fees 1,299,469
Mexico Free Standard Full fees 127,504,125
Morocco Free Standard Full fees 37,457,971
New Zealand Free Standard Full fees. Slowly phasing in three years’ free instruction for New Zealanders as well as Australians with 3+ years residence 5,185,288
Norway Free Free Free w/ one year completed or strong placement test score. Minimal fees. Most undergrad courses taught in Norwegian 5,434,319
Panama Free Free Free to all. Spanish proficiency is helpful 4,408,581
Philippines Free Standard Free to Filipinos 115,559,009
Poland Free Nominal fees Free for EU/EAA students, nominal fees for internationals. Many programs in English 39,857,145
Russia Free Limited Free to Russians and Belarusians with adequate grades. International slots are limited (15,000). Classes taught in Russian 144,713,314
Slovenia Free EU-dependent Free for EU and many Eastern Europeans, nominal fees for internationals 2,119,844
Spain Free EU-dependent Free for EU, nominal fees for non-Europeans 47,558,630
Sri Lanka Free Standard Full fees. Free to nationals who score in top 15%-17% (approximate) on aptitude tests. 21,832,143
Sweden Free EU-dependent Free for EU/EEA and Switzerland. PhD programs free for all. Many scholarships available 10,549,347
Taiwan Free Nominal fees Nominal fees for internationals. Scholarships available. Classes may be in Mandarin 23,893,394
Trinidad And Tobago Free Standard Full fees 1,531,044
Turkey Free Nominal fees Nominal fees 85,341,241
Uruguay Free Standard Full fees 3,422,794

 

Public Hearing on Home Heating Assistance

State Representative Ben McGorty (R) 122nd District

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In early June, my Republican colleagues and I raised concerns about the rising costs throughout the state, especially the expense of heating your homes. With fall and winter months approaching, residents are preparing for the increased financial pressure.

We proposed a plan to use some of the state’s significant surplus funds to provide additional home heating assistance to those who would need it. Our plan fell on deaf ears. . Our concern on this subject continues as the legislature realizes that the one-time federal funding for people who rely on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has come and gone.

I want you to know that there’s a public hearing Monday, August 29th, that provides you an opportunity to share your concerns about this topic either virtually (via Zoom) or by submitting written testimony. I hope you’ll consider participating by telling state lawmakers about how rising home heating costs will impact you and your family members.

Here’s how to participate:

Testify by Zoom: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_frTdygJ7SNGvsx_0YyRA6A

Speaker order will be posted  on the Appropriations Committee Website by 5 p.m. the same day.

Submit written testimony: Email a Word or PDF document to APPTestimony@cga.ct.gov; ETTestimony@cga.ct.gov; HSTestimony@cga.ct.gov.

If you do not have internet access, you may provide testimony via telephone. To register by telephone, call the Phone Registrant Line at (860) 240-0033 to leave your contact information.

You can watch the hearing via CT-N or YouTube Live.

Please do not hesitate to reach me regarding any state issues,

Contact Rep. Ben McGorty

860-240-8700 | 800-842-1423

www.repmcgorty.com

ben.mcgorty@housegop.ct.gov

State Rep. Ben McGorty, 122nd District

VAX Facts

Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Stratford As Of Today

Number of Cases for the Past Seven Days: 49

Percent Positivity for the Past Seven Days: 11%

Total Cumulative Cases: 14,828

There has been 203 deaths to date. The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of August 10th, 80.02% of the town’s population had been vaccinated with at least a first dose.

Where to Go for Information

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Prevention includes hand washing, as well as covering up when coughing and sneezing. For more information visit: www.townofstratford.com/coronavirus.

Please email questions regarding COVID-19 to:health@townofstratford.com

CDC Recommends Moderna for those Aged 6-17

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed  the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine be used as an option for children ages 6 through 17 years, in addition to its already recommended use in children 6 months through 5 years and adults 18 years and older. The ACIP recommendation comes after a thorough review of the scientific evidence demonstrating safety and efficacy and supports the use of the vaccine among those 6 through 17 years of age. CDC recommends that Moderna COVID-19 vaccine be used for individuals 6 through 17 years of age to better protect them from COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend children 6 months through 5 years of age receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC now recommends that all children 6 months through 5 years of age receive either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to better protect them from COVID-19. 

All children, including those who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated. Although most children have only mild symptoms when infected, COVID-19 can cause some children to become very sick, even to the point of requiring hospitalization or even death.

The approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6-months old is another major step forward in the overall COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. Parents have many options for where to get a COVID-19 vaccine for their child including: 

Pediatricians’ offices: Hundreds of pediatricians will be administering COVID-19 vaccines across Connecticut. 

Pharmacies: There will be hundreds of pharmacy locations that offer the COVID-19 vaccine to children. Pharmacies provide a safe, convenient, and easy location to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

DPH Yellow Van Clinics: The updated clinic schedule can be found at ct.gov/coronavirus

Test and Treat 

Through the newly launched nationwide Test to Treat initiative, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – fill a prescription from a health care provider, all in one location. Test to Treat sites, located at select pharmacies, urgent care centers, and federally qualified health centers.  

DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD states, “In order for COVID-19 treatments to work, they must be started early, within five days of when your symptoms start.  The Test to Treat initiative provides eligible patients faster, easier access to potentially life-saving treatments.” 

A web-based site locator is now available to make it easier to find Test to Treat locations. Those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support locating a Test to Treat site can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8am to midnight ET, seven days a week.

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm ET or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org

Still Time To Sign Up to Get Down and Dirty

Registration Prices increase on September 1st

Sterling House Community Center

The Sterling House Down and Dirty 5K Obstacle Race is a family-friendly community-wide event. There is a little bit of Fun for everyone. Totally targets the “The Average Joe” looking to have a great time. You Will Not be timed and the only person you will be competing against is yourself. Go at your own pace. No need to rush!

Run, walk or crawl your way to the finish line – as you get sweaty, sandy, dirty and wet along the way! Best of all you are in it to win it for Sterling House. All proceeds will benefit our programs and services including camp, sports and preschool scholarships, as well as, food for those families and children experiencing food insecurity.

Please Note:

This is a fundraiser to support our programs and services -Refunds will only be issued if we have to cancel.

Children between the ages of 8-11 can participate on the full 5K course, but Must Have at least one parent/adult participating in the event with them. Please note some of the obstacles and distance may be challenging for younger children.

 

Register

Register July 1st – August 31st

Ages 8-20 yrs old- $25

Ages 21 and up – $50

Price Increase September 1st – September 8th

Ages 21 and up – $55

Wave sizes will remain reduced to keep you safe and distanced

Register today to secure your wave time!

To register and for further information go to:

Emily Shufrin

Email eshufrin@sterlinghousecc.org

Phone (203) 378-2606 ext. 107