What’s Going On At the Library

Library’s Major Fund Raiser — Books for Everyone

Stratford Library Annual Book Sale June 3rd (Advance Sale)
June 4th Books for Everyone During Main Street Festival

The Stratford Library will return with its annual book sale Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 5, 2022.  The sale, which is a major fund-raiser for the library, is being organized this year by the Board of Trustees under Co-chairmen Sue Johnson and Beth DaPonte.

Browsers at this year’s sale will find thousands of books, videos, DVDs and audio tapes at bargain prices covering every conceivable subject from religion, business, music and art to philosophy, science fiction, biography, non-fiction and best-sellers.

The Advance Sale will be on Friday, June 3rd from 5-8 p.m.  There is a $5 entry fee with all books full price.

The general book sale, held in conjunction with Stratford’s annual Main Street Festival, will be on Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

On Sunday, June 5th the library will offer a “Half-Price Sale” on all remaining books from 11 a.m-2 p.m. and $5 a bag from 2-4 p.m. (bags provided).

For further information, call the Stratford Library at 203-385-4161 or visit:

www.stratfordlibrary.org.

Celebrate 100 Years in Lordship

Lordship Community Church Spring Fair

 

CONTACT CHURCH FOR VENDOR APPLICATION

Terry Williams – Glory Gems Jewelry (Paparazzi Accessories)

Pam Mayo-Yacko – think goodness Brand Products

Debbie Pirulli – Designs by Debbie

Brittany Ruilova – Bees Cupcake Bites

Maria Zerillo – Besoleze

Venie Appleby – Scentsy

Short Bus Bicycles

Lenore Kalotai – Photography & Avon

Rosie Kiss – Pallett Grannie

Mary Ann Tooker – Daisy-Bella

Zack’s Frozen Yogurt

Sandy Owen – Pampered Chef

Sultan Kebab

Simon Aristizabal – Amway

Shameeka Hill – Artist

Cassandra Mendoza – Omnicase Crafts

Edith Morillo – Yanbal Beauty Products

Millisa Castagna – Tastefully Simple

Joanne Miller – Florals by Joanne

Tenisha Biggs – Sweet Milk and Porridge

Jackie Soltis – Jackie’s Nail Boutique

Bob’s Bird Houses and More

Public Hearing

Water Pollution Control Authority

Thursday May 26th at 6 p.m.
Town Council Chambers

The Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) will conduct a Public Hearing on Thursday, May 26th at 6 p.m. in Town Council Chambers to hear testimony on raising our sewer tax from the present residential rate of $396 to $483.69 per year.  This represents an increase of $87 to homeowners (a 22% increase).

WPCA History:

  • WPCA is entirely self-sufficient, all salaries, pensions, materials — everything — is paid by the sewer fees.
  • WPCA pays Town Hall $300,000 a year for in-kind services.
  • $600,000 for the town’s ‘rental’ fee” of property for WPCA
  • In 2015 the Stratford Town Council approved selling the Town’s WPCA to the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, but a petition movement garnered enough signatures — roughly 7,500 in a town of 33,000 voters — to force the town to hold a referendum on the proposal in November.
  • Referendum overwhelmingly defeated the proposal to sell the WPCA

VAX Facts

Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Stratford As Of Today

The Stratford Health Department and State Department of Public Health have confirmed 11,512 COVID-19 cases in Stratford, and 1,984 probable cases as of this evening, for a total of 13,496 cases. This represents an increase of 379 confirmed cases and a decrease of 6 probable cases since our last report of May 9, 2022. The Health Department continues to monitor these trends.  Unfortunately there have been 200 deaths to date.

The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of May 11th, 2022, 79.71% of Stratford’s population had been vaccinated with at least a first dose.

Note: Positive results from at-home COVID-19 tests are not included

The FDA and CDC now recommend a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for certain immunocompromised individuals 12 or older and all people over the age of 50. This second mRNA booster should be administered at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, adults who received a primary J&J vaccine and booster dose of J&J COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago should now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.  Data continue to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect individuals both from infection and from severe outcomes of COVID-19.

The FDA has approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the second COVID-19 vaccine to gain full approval. The vaccine will now be marketed as “Spikevax” for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 18 years of age and older.

Test To Treat Now Open

The CT Department of Public Health has announced the opening of more than 40 “Test to Treat” sites in Connecticut, which will allow individuals to access COVID-19 treatment immediately after testing positive.

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.

Get Vaccinated and Boosted.

 

Mary Your Calendars

Stratford Library Seeks Volunteers For Annual Sale:  The Stratford Library Board of Trustees is currently seeking volunteers for its upcoming June book sale.  The Board needs volunteers in May for cleaning and sorting donations and in June for set-up and running the sale itself. Those interested in volunteering their services should contact Geri Diorio at: gdiorio@stratfordlibrary.org or call 203-381-2063.

Library To Close For Memorial Day: The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, May 29th and 30th in observance of Memorial Day.  The library will reopen on Tuesday, May 31st at 10 .am.

Still time to register for Veteran’s Breakfast on May 25th

Sterling House Community Center Pre-School Open House .

 

 

Grow plants, sign up for Astronomy to view Blood Moon

Fun and Games on Tap

Stratford Library Kids Events

Book Scientists Star Wars

Join the Stratford Library in a galaxy far far away for our Star Wars Book Scientists kit for ages 3-12.  Registration started Tuesday, May 3rd.  Read and explore with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo & other members of the Resistance for a few books, a craft, or an activity. Kits are checked out on a Library Card.  Books are selected based on age of the child participating.  When you are done, return the Library books by their due date and keep everything else!

Seed Library Grab ‘n’ Go

Pick up a Seeds kit featuring Beans or Sunflowers on Thursday, May 12th and Thursday, May 26th for all ages.  Sign-ups begin 4 weeks prior, pick up starts on the date listed.  Included are the seeds and instructions for planting.  Seed kits will be offered twice a month for May & June.

Baby Lapsit

The Stratford Library will offer an in person Baby Lapsit on Friday, May 13th at 10:30 am for any infants who are still lapsitters. Come enjoy songs and rhymes with the littlest family members in your life. Lapsit meets in the Library Lovell Room. Summer story times begin June 20th. To register, visit the website at stratfordlibrary.org, then choose Events.

Astronomy Club Kit

The Stratford Library offers Astronomy Club Kits for ages 7-12 with pick up beginning Monday, May 16th.  Participants will receive an Astronomy sticker sheet and some facts about outer space! Astronomy Club will meet again in June.

Toddler Time

On Monday, May 16th the Stratford Library will offer an in person storytime for toddlers ages 0-2 which will meet outside at 10:30 am weather permitting. Enjoy some songs, finger plays, rhymes, stories, and more! Summer storytimes start June 20th.  To register, visit the website at stratfordlibrary.org, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children visit stratfordlibrary.org/kids.

Preschool Storytime

On Tuesday, May 17th the Stratford Library will offer an in person storytime for preschoolers ages 3-5 which will meet outside at 10:30 am weather permitting. Enjoy some stories and songs based on a new theme each month.  Summer storytimes start June 20th. To register, visit the website at stratfordlibrary.org.

Jr. Scientists Grab ‘n’ Go

The Stratford Library will offer a Jr. Scientists Grab ‘n’ Go kit with pick up beginning Wednesday, May 18th for ages 3-7.  For any science enthusiasts, come grab a Jr. Scientist’s kit with an experiment you can complete at home!  Please use with adult supervision.  To register, visit the website at stratfordlibrary.org.

Shapes Parade

Come explore the world of shapes with a Shapes Parade Kit, pick up starts at the Stratford Library on Thursday, May 19th with an activity based on a different shape.  For ages 3-6.  To register, visit the website at stratfordlibrary.org /kids.

Book Scientists US Armed Forces

On Friday, May 20th join the Stratford Library in learning about the men & women who fight for our country with our US Armed Forces Book Scientists kit for ages 3-12.  Included will be a few books and a craft or activity to highlight these brave individuals who give their all for our nation. Books are selected based on the age of the child participating and checked out with a library card.  When you are done, return the Library books by their due date and keep everything else!  To register, visit the website at stratfordlibrary.org

LEGO Club

The Stratford Library will offer LEGO Club on Monday, May 23rd at 4 p.m. for ages 5-12. Children will be given LEGOs and will work on different projects each month. LEGO Club meets outside, weather permitting.

Memorial Day Grab ‘n’ Go

Starting Tuesday. May 24th pick up a kit with a Grab ‘n’ Go activity to celebrate an early Memorial Day with ages 3-12.

DIY Garden Sticker Craft

Come celebrate spring with the Library’s DIY Garden Sticker Sheet, pick up beginning on Wednesday, May 25th for ages 4-9.

Superhero Grab ‘n’ Go

Let your imagination soar like a Superhero by registering on Tuesday, May 31st with our Superhero Grab ‘n’ Go Kit for ages 6-10. Each kit will feature an activity and a craft. We will let you know when kits are ready for pick up.

To register for all events or ask for more information go to:

Visit the website at stratfordlibrary.org, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203-385-4165 or visit stratfordlibrary.org/kids.

CARE Education Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting:

CARE (C.A.R.E. is a citizen coalition sponsored by the Office of Mayor Laura R. Hoydick in cooperation with the Stratford Partnership for Youth & Families, Stratford Clergy Association, The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Inc. and The Stratford Library Association.

On Tuesday, May 17th, the CARE Education Committee will have a meeting open to the public via ZOOM.

CARE Education Meeting Team Goals:

1. To continue to collaborate with the superintendent, principals, teachers and parents to improve the quality of the Stratford School System

2. To encourage CARE members to actively participate in SBOE (Stratford Board of Education) committees, meetings, diversity teacher training, Read Alouds, education strategy sessions.

3. To improve the academic achievement of all students, particularly
with an emphasis on closing the achievement gap between students of color and non color, over the next five years.

4. To continue to urge the SBOE to recruit more teachers, administrators and school personnel of color.

5. To ensure that the curriculum accurately reflects and meets the needs of the demographics of the town’s student population.

6. To ensure that every student develops a healthy social and emotional well-being, particularly in this pandemic and post-pandemic era.

7. To pursue a close working relationship with the newly created Supervisor of DEI position which was recently filled

8. To encourage all CARE Education Action Team members to increase their awareness and knowledge of other Best Practices which are successful in improving the achievement of students of color (ie. What initiatives are successful in towns with similar social-economic characteristics as our town?)

The meeting will have Parent Sessions with SERC (SERC is a quasi-public agency established to serve the CT State Board of Education in supporting educational equity and excellence through providing professional development and information dissemination; the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state; as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts.)

There will also be a discussion on the Board of Education Budget and an update on Board of Education Committees

Here are a couple of links to the CT Department of Education. There is a wealth of information here – district report card, grant reports (how much are we receiving? How much is going towards what purpose?), student enrollment (is the number of students increasing/decreasing? Is there more or less need based/more or less free/reduced lunch, etc.), to familiarize yourself with.

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Services/K-12-Education/Finance/Fiscal-Services

https://edsight.ct.gov/

Zoom Information: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81521733461?pwd=OEozYkRPNTdZb0U5THh6UDZtazlBUT09

Meeting ID: 815 2173 3461 Passcode: 5854141 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Bikers Alert – Wheels Up!!

Shortbus Bicycles Bus

Saturday May 21st from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lordship Community Chruch

Have a bike that needs repaired?  Are you looking to purchase a bike to ride around town? We have a solution!!!

Lordship Community Church will have the Shortbus Bicycles Bus at the 2022 Spring Vendor Jubilee on Saturday May 21st from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (rain date Sunday May 22nd, 11a.m.-3 p.m.)

Shortbus will have bicycles and bike accessories for sale, and they will do tune-ups and repairs to your existing bike (for a fee).

Shortbus is a mobile shop and are almost always able to make needed repairs on-site during the hours of their events. If your bicycle needs more extensive repairs or specialty parts, they will bring it with them to our shop (in Milford) and return it to you ASAP!

Don’t have a car to get the bike to them? They offer pick-up and delivery services for a small fee. Have a few bikes to fix? They will bring the bus TO YOU! This is ideal for those of you with three or more bikes in need of tune-ups or repair.

Contact Shortbus (text or email) in advance of the event to bring your bike down. It is first come, first serve, but a heads up in advance is appreciated! You can contact Shortbus Bicycles at 516-819-8503, contact@shortbusbicycles.com.

About Shortbus Bicycles:

Our goal is to keep bicycles out of the waste stream by repairing or restoring them, and getting them into the hands of people who want to ride. We especially love customizing old steel road bikes! We take pride in our restorations, thoroughly cleaning each bike and often putting on many new parts. Each bike is tuned and tested before it is sold so you can be sure the bike is safe to ride. We often buy bikes and accept trades, so please contact us if you have any you would like to sell. (Please include photos when reaching out to us.)

Happy Riding!
Joe & Eri

Explore Connecticut’s 169 Towns on Sunday

Sunday Talks At Stratford Library

Author Marty Podskoch Live & on Zoom May 15th

The Stratford Library concludes the current season of its popular “Sunday Afternoon Talks” series of informative and entertaining talks with “Connecticut 169 Club: Your Guide & Passport to Exploring Connecticut” with guest speaker Marty Podskoch on Sunday, May 15th at 2 p.m. The talk, presented live in the Library Lovell Room and on the Zoom format, is free and open to the public.

Every one of Connecticut’s 169 towns has a story shaped by its geography and its people–that first inhabited the state more than 10,000 years ago, the Dutch traders, English settlers, and Africans–enslaved and free–who settled towns as one of the original 13 colonies, and successive waves of immigrants who moved its story forward.

It’s a small state with amazing variety that makes the 169 Club a fun and rewarding adventure. You’ll experience historic town greens and new city centers, revitalized mills sprouting microbreweries and local farms offering local farm-to-table foods, and maritime villages and rural upland communities. Connecticut has it all! This guide, written by town historians and other local boosters, offers the backstory to your discovery of what makes Connecticut so special.

Historian Marty Podskoch is the author of the new book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. After moving to Connecticut in 2005, he traveled throughout the state and marveled at the great diversity of villages, cities, rivers, lakes, mountains and seashores. He realized that most of the residents had not traveled as widely as he had and he wanted them to explore this beautiful state. He created a book to be a guide and a passport.

Podskoch got someone from each town to write a short description highlighting their town’s location, history and interesting places to visit. He did this because local residents knew more about their town than he. The book has a space for travelers to journal about their experiences and a place to get the book stamped or signed by a resident or business. Travelers will get to know the locals and perhaps learn about a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction. In this way they get to know a lot about Connecticut and its residents.

The program is held from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Lovell Room and on the Zoom platform. Autograph copies of Podskoch’s book will be available in the Lovell Room for purchase following his talk. To register online and receive a Zoom invitation for the May 15th program visit: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/8849408.
No reservations required for Lovell Room attendance.. For further info: 203-385-4162.

The “Sunday Afternoon Talks” series, hosted by Charles Lautier of Stratford, will return in October.

Wait!? Awesome crafters, Live music & Yoga too?!?!?!

Yup! Sign up with the link! See you Sunday May 15 from 10-2. Class starts at 10:30!