Environmental Racism

Raising the BAR (Becoming Anti-Racist) Series

Thursday, May 20, via Zoom at 7:30 p.m.
Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport

The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (CCGB) have sponsored ongoing, monthly conversations and call to action on various segments exploring racism. Join us from 7:30 – 8:45 pm on the third Thursday of each month through May 2021.

The BAR (Becoming Anti-Racist) team has done an amazing job over the past 12 months. The team is made up of dedicated volunteers who have designed curricula which have been used in over 30 zoom sessions, attended by more than 600 people. They have facilitated series of meetings for CCGB members and friends, individual congregations, high school classes, and the Town of Stratford’s C.A.R.E. (Citizens Addressing Racial Equity). In every session people have learned, grown, and become acutely aware of the racism and inequities that are embedded in our history.

This coming summer CCGB will be offering a 5 part series, based on Jemar Tisby’s new book, “How to Fight Racism.” Building on last year’s summer series, participants will discover practical, concrete opportunities to put their faith and new understanding into action. The first session will be on Thursday, July 1st. Stay tuned for more information!
Pre-Session Homework:

To learn more and to register please go to: https://www.ccgb.org/content.cfm?id=9041

Who done it? Books Over Coffee

The Survivors, on Wednesday, May 26, 12 p.m.-1p.m.

Zoom program hosted by Linda LiDestri
The program is free and open to the public.

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Library

The Stratford Library “Books Over Coffee” program continues with an online discussion of Jane Harper’s popular mystery, The Survivors, on Wednesday, May 26th.

The Survivors, is a thrilling mystery by New York Times bestselling author Jane Harper. Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away.

Limited reading copies of The Survivors are available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. All “Books Over Coffee” titles are available at the Library or on Kindle eReaders for loan.

Patrons can also download the eBook or eaudiobook through the OverDrive app at the Library. The updated “Books Over Coffee” schedule through August 2021 is currently available at the Library.

For further information call the Library at: 203.385-4162 or register online and receive an invitation link for The Survivors at: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7322158.

Greatest Generation (and Beyond) to be Honored

Veterans Museum Ready to Launch- Looking for Donors

Photo: Connecticut Post

The new Veterans Museum at Boothe Park will be open from 10 am to noon every Saturday to collect items from local veterans as well as their own personal stories from their service. Many volunteers have worked hard to make this museum a reality, including Councilor Bill O’Brien, George Grom and Bob Mastroni.

If you have items or stories to contribute email them at stratfordveteransmuseum74@yahoo.com

The project is being led by a committee of volunteers headed by Army veteran and former Bunnell High School football coach Bob Mastroni, who also chairs the Veterans’ Monument Preservation Commission for Academy Hill.

Tee-Up

Save the Date! 
Sterling House 30th Annual Sterling Classic Golf Tournament
Monday, September 20th 2021

Space is Limited
Register your Foursome on the Sterling House website:
https://www.sterlinghousecc.org/

 

Juliette Low Park Arbor Day Celebration

Photos: Paul Tavares, Fourth District Councilman
by Joe Gresko, State Representative 120 District

Mayor Laura Hoydick delivered an Arbor Day Proclamation Friday April 30 th at Juliette Low Park on Woodend Road and Sedgewick Avenue. Joined by Third District Town Councilor Paul Tavaras, (the Third District Councilman), State Representative Joe Gresko, Town Councilor Bill O’Brien, Public Works Director Raynae Serra, Conservation Superintendent Kelly Kerrigan, as well as Cassandra Bryant, Ray Boychew and Matt Hurley from Rayzor’s Edge.

Rayzor’s Edge Tree Services donated over $15,000 of tree and grounds work to make improvements, remove dead trees, and plant new ones. in association with the Town’s Public Works Department. Four trees were planted at Juliette Low.

Juliette Low Park, located on Woodend Road and Sedgewick Avenue is named for the founder of the Girl Scouts, and was created by a Town Council Ordinance in March of 1973. The ordinance was introduced to the Council by Second District Councilman James Caraglior. The park was created on the site of the old Sedgewick School and the abandonment of some remnant properties on Woodend Road and Sedgewick Avenues. The park was enhanced and improved in 1975 through the use of some CDBG money.

Listed as a “small park less than 5 acres”, in 2019 a pavilion was built providing shelter from the rain, though no picnic tables or permanent grills, until last Friday when the town delivered several picnic tables for use in the park to acknowledge Arbor Day.

Travel to Transylvania: Home of Dracula!

Meet the Author: Author Roberta Secret To Discuss “Transylvania Trilogy”

Sunday, May 16th at 2 p.m. on Zoom

The Stratford Library will host Roberta Seret for a special “Meet-the-Author” program on Sunday, May 16 from 2-3 pm.   Seret will discuss her “Transylvania Trilogy”, which includes “The Gift of Diamonds”, “Love Odyssey” and “Treasure Seekers”, on the Library’s Zoom platform. The program is free and open to the public.

Roberta Seret, Ph.D.is the founder and executive director of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at United Nations, International Cinema Education Organization and the Director of ESL and Film for the Hospitality Committee of the United Nations. An adjunct instructor at New York University in English she has published various articles in film review for the Journal of International Criminal Justice and Oxford University Press. Her work in the United Nations Global Classroom has been praised by various influential Americans, including Michelle Obama, Mike Bloomberg, and Caroline Kennedy. The Transylvania Trilogy is her first fiction series.

“Transylvanian Trilogy” is a kaleidoscope of exotic colors set in Romania, Turkey and Iran, where governmental intrigues are little known and are waiting to be discovered. All three books, Gift of Diamonds, Love Odyssey and Treasure Seekers, can be read independently or interchanged. The main characters are Mica, Anca, Marina and Cristina, four friends since their teenaged days in Transylvania, who were known as the Four Musketeers, Poets of their Lives. As they narrate their lives, their stories interweave with fact and fiction to reveal political truths that have never been exposed before, especially in a novel.

To register for the May 16th Zoom program and receive an invitational link go to: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7483692 For further information, call the Library at: 203.385.4162.

Bark at the Park

Stratford Library Board to Host Welcome Table

Summer Preview at Jared’s Dog Park

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will host a special welcome table at Jared’s Dog Park in Stratford on Saturday, May 15 at 2 pm. The Board will highlight the Library’s upcoming summer season activities.

Through August a variety of all-ages programs are planned and include concerts, Grab-and-Go craft projects, timely talks, author events and storyhours. Many programs will continue virtually on the Library’s Zoom platform but several special events will also be held outside in the Library’s scenic courtyard area. The summer brochure, detailing all the events, will be available to take at the welcome table.

Jared’s Dog Park is located at 700 Peters Lane in Stratford. The Library will welcome visitors beginning at 2 pm on May 15. For further information, call 203.385.4162.

Feed America!

Holy Name of Jesus Food Bank

Drive-Thru Food Pantry

Holy Name of Jesus Church
1950 Barnum Avenue, Stratford CT

Today, Tuesday, May 11th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

To encourage social distancing and help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Stratford Health Department, CT Food Bank, and Holy Name of Jesus Church have partnered to offer a drive-thru food pantry. We ask for all those attending the drive-thru pantry to adhere to the following directions:

 Stay in your car at all times
 Pop your trunk (if possible)
 A pre-selected bag of food will be placed in your car
 One bag per car, identification

VAX Facts

The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of April 23, 22,746 or 43.87% of the town’s population had been vaccinated with a first dose.

Stratford clinics have dispensed 9,941 vaccines to date. It’s important to keep in mind that we are part of a larger regional and statewide vaccination network and effort.

Stratford does not vaccinate ONLY Stratford residents – many of residents and first responders have been vaccinated at locations outside Stratford, and conversely, many from outside of Stratford have been vaccinated here. Many residents and first responders have been vaccinated at locations outside Stratford, and conversely, manyfrom outside of Stratford have been vaccinated here.

The Stratford Health Department is partnering with Stratford EMS in order to bring COVID-19 vaccines to residents determined to be “homebound” and unable to safely access the vaccine clinics being offered by Stratford Health. This is being done under the Governor’s executive order 7HHH, and is being called “Operation Homeward Bound” by the Stratford Health and EMS team.

COVID vaccine clinics continue at the Birdseye Municipal Complex every Wednesday (9:30am – 3:30pm). Walk-ins are now welcome! No appointment necessary. Just bring an ID. Anyone 18 and older is eligible for the MODERNA vaccine, which is currently the only vaccine we offer.

Although now not required, we still encourage you to be register with the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) as your processing time may be much shorter. Registering in VAMS starts by visiting the CT DPH portal at: https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine.

However, if you are not in VAMS, we will enter your information while you wait and have you fill out a pre-vaccination form that asks questions about allergies, etc. The paperwork is also available on our website at: www.townofstratford.com/health.

The CT Veterans Administration is currently vaccinating veterans of all ages. Veterans (any age) must be enrolled for care with VA to receive the vaccine. Veterans can apply online at https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/. Mask and physical distancing required. To maintain physical distancing, if possible, we’re asking patients not to bring anyone with them to the clinic.

Governor Lamont announced all adults in Connecticut over the age of 16 will now be eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment beginning April 1st .

*Please Note: Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those aged 16 and 17. Anyone under the age of 18 getting a vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must sign associated paperwork. The Stratford Health Department is currently administering the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines which are approved only for those 18 and older.

Statewide Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics

To view a statewide list and map of COVID-19 vaccine clinics, go to: www.211ct.org/vaccineclinics, and enter your zip code or town in the location box on the right, and press the yellow search icon.

Telephone: Those without internet access can call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line: 877-918-2224. The phone system is targeted to provide support for eligible vaccine recipients who have limited technology access, or who have language, disability, or other barriers that could prevent them from using existing self-scheduling options successfully. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.

Important: If you are having a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it must be of the same type as your first dose. The vaccines cannot be mixed.

Effective Saturday, May 1, 2021

The curfew for restaurants, entertainment venues, recreation venues, and theaters will be moved back one hour to 12:00 am midnight. Bars that do not serve food can open for service – OUTDOOR ONLY.  Food is still required when serving alcohol indoors.

The 8-person per table limit will be lifted – OUTDOOR ONLY. The limit remains in effect for indoor dining.

Effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021 All remaining business restrictions will end.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will issue recommendations for indoor and large outdoor events (e.g., concerts).

 

Calendar of Stratford Food Banks