Clean Energy for Connecticut

State Representative Joe Gresko, (D)
121st Connecticut House District

Dear Neighbor,

Prior to the start of the 2022 legislative session, I made it a priority as House Chair of the Environment Committee and member of the Energy Committee to support policies and bills that would help cut our carbon footprint, increase our reliance on clean energy sources, and protect the health of Connecticut residents.

I’m happy to report that two of these bills – S.B.10 and S.B.176 – have officially been signed into law!

S.B.176, An Act Concerning Clean Energy Tariff Programs (which I was proud to co-sponsor) looks to increase commercial reliance on rooftop solar energy by modifying existing energy caps involving shared clean energy facilities and expanding the Non-Residential Energy Solutions (NRES) and the Shared Cleaner Energy Facilities (SCEF) programs.

S.B.10, An Act Concerning Climate Change Mitigation requires Connecticut to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions produced by the state’s electric grid by January 1, 2040. After the transportation sector, our electric grid (essentially, how energy is supplied and consumed) is the second highest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the state. This law seeks to change that by setting giving utility companies and suppliers the necessary push to find cleaner, zero-carbon ways to provide consumers with energy.

While more remains to be done, these new laws represent significant steps forward for Connecticut in increasing our reliance on clean energy sources and protecting our environment for ourselves and for future generations.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me at the Capitol at 800-842-8267 or email me at

Letter from Igor Sikorsky Jr.

Women’s History Month – Joan Joyce

March 1st – Thursday, March 31st

“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.” Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

Source: Wikipedia; Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame

Women’s History Month Theme 2022

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2022 theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”

About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress  authorized and requested President Ronald Reagan proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”

In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

Stratford Scores a Hall of Famer

Joan Joyce is the softball coach at Florida Atlantic University, following a record-setting career as a softball player for the Stratford Raybestos Brakettes and the Chapman College Orange Lionettes. She also has set records on the LPGA Tour as a golfer and on the USA women’s national basketball team, and was a player and coach for the Connecticut Clippers volleyball team.

An extraordinary athlete, Joyce has lead multiple teams to national and international championships. She played competitive basketball and volleyball and qualified for the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour in 1977.

However, her fame was local to Stratford, as softball was the sport in which she made her biggest mark, and Joyce is considered one of the best softball players ever to play the game. Joyce joined the Raybestos Brakettes, an amateur softball team, at the age of 14. Three years later she began pitching, marking the first of 18 consecutive years in which she was selected as an Amateur Softball Association All-American.

She notably struck out Ted Williams at an over-crowded Municipal Stadium in Waterbury in 1961. She would do the same to Hank Aaron in a 1978 exhibition game.

In addition to playing, throughout her career she has been a champion of women in sports, coaching various sports at many universities and co-founding the International Softball Association for women to compete on a professional level.

Joyce attended Chapman College in Orange County, Calif., where she lead the Orange Lionettes to a 1965 softball title. Again proving her astonishing athletic ability, she competed in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, averaging 25 points a game, and was named an All-American in 1961, 1964 and 1965. In one notable 1965 game, she set an AAU basketball record by scoring 67 points.

Joyce moved back to Connecticut in 1967 and rejoined the Raybestos Brakettes, leading the team both as a pitcher and a hitter. Her pitching record while playing for the team was 753 wins and 42 losses, including 150 no-hitters, 33 perfect games, and a .09 ERA.

Her pitches were extremely fast at over 70 miles per hour. She pitched 150 no-hitters and 50 perfect games, with a lifetime earned run average of 0.09. In her record-setting 42-win season, she pitched 38 shutouts. Her 1974 Brakettes team was the first American team to win the world championship

At the plate her highest single-season batting average was .406 in 1973. Between 1960 and 1973, Joyce led the team with the highest batting average. She was the National Tournament Batting Champion in 1971, with an average of .467. 1974 brought a world title for the Brakettes when Joan set many records including most strikeouts (76). Less than a month after winning the world title, she pitched 45 scoreless innings in the national championship, leading the Brakettes to their fourth consecutive national title.

Joyce was the first woman to become a recipient of the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance’s Gold Key Award and the first woman ever to be invited to the awards banquet.

In 1977, Joyce qualified for the LGPA tour, finishing in sixth place both in 1981 and 1984. She holds the world record for the lowest number of putts in a single round of golf, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for lowest number of putts (17) in a single round (both men and women), set at the 1982.

Joyce began her coaching career in 1973 and has coached softball, volleyball, basketball and golf. Since 1994, she has been the head coach of Florida Atlantic University’s women’s softball team, leading the Owls to 10 conference championships and seven NCAA tournaments.

She has received numerous coach-of-the-year awards and has been inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame and The Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Joyce was also inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, and the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Wikipedia summed up her impressive record:

  • Most consecutive all-star team selections (18)
  • Eight-time MVP in the National Tournament (1961, 1963, 1968, 1971 (co-MVP), 1973, 1974, and 1975)
  • Most victories in a season (42) (in 1974)
  • Two no-hit, no-run games in National Tournament (four times)
  • Shutouts in a season (38 in 1974)
  • Most innings pitched in a game (29 in 1968 against Perkasie)
  • Career doubles (153)
  • Doubles in a season (22 in 1968)
  • Career triples (67)
  • Brakettes team batting champion (1960, 1962, 1967–69, 1973)
  • Highest batting average (.467 in 1971)

“I’m not an advocate of women’s lib per se, I don’t go out preaching it … I’ve done the things I wanted to do … and I didn’t let anyone stop me … One thing, though—when I grew up my biggest idol was Mickey Mantle. Now kids can also look to the women who play.”

-Joan Joyce

Tell Your Library Story

The Stratford Library invites storytellers of every kind – poets, journalists, filmmakers, dramatists, and comedians, novelists – to celebrate 125 years of the Library with their original stories.  The 125th Storytelling Event will take place on Thursday, March 24th from 7-9 p.m.

In a special Zoom event, held in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary of the Stratford Library, storytellers of all ages are invited to take part online using the theme: The Library

  • What does the Library mean to you?
  • When did you get your first Library card?
  • Is your home library significant in your life?

Any and all memories or original monologues are welcome for the event.

Storytellers can register for the evening at:

Stories should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.  Once registered, Library staff will reach out and coordinate individual sessions for March 24th.

For further information call the library:: 203.385.4162.

Be a Ninja! Krafts for Kids! Science for All!

Kids Library Events

December Activities for Kids of all Ages
Stratford Library

by Thomas Holehan

DIY Storytimes

The Stratford Library posts DIY Storytimes on the website at every Saturday. Families can enjoy these online storytimes any time. Themes for December include Ninjas (12/4) and Underwear (12/18).

The Great Family Read

The Great Family Read, a monthly book program for children grades 3 to 6 and their families. Each month, the Library will choose a high-interest book that both kids and their grownups will enjoy. The title will be available via the Library’s Hoopla ebook app (download the free app from your phone/tablet’s app store), so each person in the family will be able to borrow their own digital copy of the book at the same time. December’s Great Family Read will be The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

Register for this program at on the Events page, and the Library will provide you with discussion questions, information, and fun activities related to the book that families can use to create an engaging literacy experience. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Outside Storytimes

The Stratford Library offers storytime outside during December. Toddler Time meets Monday, 12/6 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 1 to 2. Preschool Storytime meets Tuesday, 12/7 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5.

Baby Lapsit meets Wednesday, 12/1 at 10:30 am for ages 0 to 1.

Friday Fun meets Fridays, 12/3 and 12/10 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 5.

To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Alphabet Parade

Stratford Library Alphabet Parade grab ‘n’ go craft kits will be available throughout December for children ages 3 to 6. With Alphabet Parade, children will receive a simple craft relating to a letter of the alphabet and a writing practice sheet. The letter “S” will be available starting 12/2; the letter “T” will be available starting 12/16; and the letter “U” will be available starting 12/30.

Register online to reserve a kit on the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Book Scientists

Book Scientists is grab‘n’go learning experience offered by the Stratford Library Children’s Department. Each month, children ages 3 to 12 can sign up for different Book Scientists topics. Each kit will include Library books, a craft and/or an extension activity. Library books will be chosen by the child’s age. The Book Scientists kits for December are Crafts (pick up 12/3-12/16) and Christmas (pick up 12/17-12/29). When you are done, return the Library books by their due date and keep everything else!

To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Zentangle Art

The Stratford Library offers Zentangle Art on Zoom on Saturday, December 4th at 2:30 p.m for ages 6-12. Children will use their initials to create intricate designs. Materials will be provided for pick-up before the class. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Coding Club

Stratford Library’s Coding Club meets online Monday, December 6th at 4 p.m. for children ages 8 to 12. Each class has two activities: a Scratch coding project and a group activity involving ancient codes like hieroglyphs or runes. Learn to think like a coder! To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Watch Kit

The Stratford Library will offer a movie watching kit for the animated film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Kits are for children ages 6 to 12 and their families. You supply the film, we’ll supply fun items for a movie watching time with family. The Library also has a few copies of the movie for check out. Pick up begins December 6th. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Jr. Scientists Grab’n’Go

The Stratford Library Children’s Department presents Jr. Scientists Grab’n’Go for ages 3 to 7 with pick up starting Wednesday, 12/8. Pick up a kit with a different science experiment each month. The kit contains items that children and their families can use together to test scientific principles. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Nutmeg Book Group

The Stratford Library hosts a monthly Nutmeg Book Group for children grades 4 to 6. The December book is “Sanity and Tallulah” by Molly Brooks. Participants will receive a free copy of the book as well as items related to the book to keep, courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund.

The discussion meets on Zoom on Monday, 12/13 at 7 pm. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Science Sunday

Every month, the Stratford Library Children’s Department posts a feature on the website called Science Sunday, with links to online information about a different science topic. The December topic is The Polar World. Check out the kids page at on or after 12/19 to see the December Science Sunday. 

Reading is Snow Much Fun – Winter Reading Challenge for Kids

If the weather outside is frightful, stay inside and read! The Stratford Library will offer a fun winter reading challenge for children in grades K to 6.

Families can sign up for the “Reading is Snow Much Fun” challenge beginning December 21st, the first day of winter. Children will have a snowflake displayed in the Library, with stickers added every time a child completes a reading challenge. Children who complete six reading challenges will receive a coupon for free ice cream in the spring. Register any time the Library is open in the Children’s Department on the second floor. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

New Year’s Family Vision Boards

The Stratford Library presents a New Year’s Family Vision Board grab’n’go kit for families with children ages 7 to 12. Vision boards are collages or collections of images that represent dreams and goals, and they are a great way to begin a new year. Kits can be picked up beginning 12/27. To register for a kit, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information, call the Library at 203.385.4165.

New Year’s Activities and Decorations Kit

Families with children ages 5 to 8 can register for a New Year’s Activities and Decorations Kit from the Stratford Library. Kits can be picked up beginning 12/28. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Let The Force Be With You!

Children’s Covid Vaccines Now Available in Stratford
Stratford Health Department
468 Birdseye Street

Shop Local – grab a bag and go to The Shakespeare Market

Season 2 – Act 10S

Sunday October 3rd

On tap for this Sunday:

Yoga Class starts at 10 a.m. by Head Space Training & Wellness – Sally Head.  I’ve been doing yoga since forever… even before I became a fitness buff! A flexible body is one of the most important parts of bone health and longevity. Every fitness program will include yoga, pilates and stretching.

Chair Massages by Alison Fand!

Food Producers

Eaglewood Farms:  Pre-Order!!  CT raised Pork and eggs

Daffodil Hill Growers:  Fruits and Vegetables, Apiary, Cheese and Dairy Products, tomato sauce and salsa

Wave Hill Breads:  Pre-Order!!  Breads and Pastries.  We are a family owned artisan bakery that has been in business for 15 years.

The Healing Herb Garden, LLC.:  We grow elderberry and other medicinal herbs. We make elderberry syrup, shrub, syrup kit and teas.

Bee’s Cupcake Bites:  Live. Love. Yum.

Oronoque Farms Bakery:  Pies and Donuts!

Impius Silvis Farm:  Wool products – yarn, dryer balls, stuffed animals, etc.!  I process all the wool from my sheep and angora rabbits and make my own yarn, knitwear, dryer balls, stuffed animals, etc.

Dave’s Angry Sauce:  We have a passion for the kitchen as well as for exploring new flavors from around the world. We take pride in using the best quality ingredients and the freshest produce harvested in our local farms and urban community gardens that creates the amazing flavors that is found in our three bottles of all natural hot sauce.

Doce it:  Homemade Brazilian goodies. the most yummy brigadeiros inside a box … Making people happy!

The Salt Shaker:  Unique, small-batch, flavored salt blends. Our goal is to provide elevated comfort food and retail products using organic, sustainable ingredients

Wanke’s Yankee Hot Sauce:  Yankee Hot Pepper Products.  My name is David, my friends call me Chile, feel free to do the same. I have been a professional chef for over four decades.

Hot Food

Calandrelli’s Kettle Corn:  We will be popping fresh kettle corn all day!  We are beyond excited to get popping!

Riehl Cool Crafts and Confections:  New Item!  Fried Oreo’s!!!! Hot Chocolate, Cocoa Bombs, Hot Tea, and Cookies!


Krafty Pineapple Creations:  Glitter/art resin tumblers, sublimation tumblers,  koozies, keychains, cold cups, earrings, coffee mugs & Glitter pens

Laurie Lynne’s Clay Jewelry:  Handcrafted clay jewelry in vintage settings. Hair accessories, wine bottle stoppers, bookmarks etc.

Ovelle Coffee:  Coffee: whole bean and grounds

Shakespeare Renaissance Festival:  Connecticut’s newest Renaissance Festival. Held on the grounds of The American Shakespeare Festival Theater Park! A classic Renaissance Faire with Harvest Festival and Halloween twist!

Let it Flo Studio:  Lazy Susan center pieces and other useful home decor, on wood, ceramic and canvas, using many mediums and finishing my pieces with high gloss resin.  This is my 3rd year in business as a Resin artist. Although I do all kinds of styles, the beach theme is my favorite.

Designs on Homestead:  Decorations, Art.  Designs on Homestead is a woodworking and others business. We make signs both personalized or not. We do custom orders and framing as well.

the paint box:  original paintings, drawings, prints

A Few Screws Loose:  Picture frames, Coasters, Plaques, Home Decor.  All available for custom orders as well!

IJB Aromatherapy:  I sell body scrubs made in small batches to ensure each one is made to perfection. I have never participated in any craft markets.

The Volume Just Increases:  Jewelry, Photography, Candles.  I’ve been a professional photographer for over 15 years. My subject focus is actually live music. I have photographed various of artists including Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, BB King and so many others. I have now taken my photos and started a company putting these images onto candles for fans of art and music called Phandles.

Merchant Ship Collective:  Clothing, Jewelry, Art, Leatherwork, and other handcrafted products.  Unique and one of a kind leather products.

Best Blends:  Hand knitted hats and hand knitted blankets

A Touch of Color Photography:  Color and black and white fine-art photographs. My signature style is black and white with “a touch of color”

Bead Happy:  I am a RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) graduate and have been a published book cover illustrator/painter and jewelry maker for over 30 years. I collect stones from beaches and create unique pendants by carving, painting, or applying my small photos in resin. I also make cairn stone necklaces.

The Crafty llama:  Wood Signs, coffee mugs, wine glasses, makeup brush holders, hats, cutting boards, masks, front door signs, unique cards, candle holders, car decals and other handmade unique gift items

Legrify Inspired Candle & Apothecary:  Legrify Inspired is a maker of hand poured, luxury soy based candles. We also make bath products such as bath salts, lip balms, beard balm and oils.

P’s Crocheted Designs:  Awesome crocheted character hats; hats for babies to adults.

Khokosake Crystal Apothecary:  Crystals, Gemstones, minerals, jewelry, incense, handmade art, crystal art.

Nurse Lady Soaps:  Hand Made Soaps.  Natural soaps that are made with non toxic ingredients. Nurse Lady Creations was started by Nurse Carly. A mom, nurse, and a person just wanting to share her creations. Hand made with love.

Pinwheel Productions:  We sell decorations, signs (personalized and non), ornaments, laser engraved items, woodworking items such as cutting boards, cocktail sets, woodworking tools.

Sew Stichin’ Crafty:  Handmade goodies…bags, quilts, home decor, backpacks, pillows

Sullivan and Wallace Dry Goods:  Reusable bags, embroidered tea towels, home and seasonal decor. All handmade

the dognut:  Accessories for the non-basic pet (bow ties, bows, bandanas, etc.)

Willow Bee Goods:  Dog Mom apparel, dog enrichment toys, dog bandanas


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library:  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that gifts free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities, like Stratford thanks to Janet Lengel and the Stratford Education Foundation

HEARTS OF HOPE:  Hearts of Hope is a nonprofit organization. We are the longest running and largest healing art program in the nation and have responded to national and international tragedies since 9/11 as well as to hospitals, grief centers, cancer centers and the military worldwide. We will be selling our Hope Kits, Angels of Hope, and our signature Heart necklaces .“Create hope” for those in need by painting and decorating hand made ceramic hearts which are accompanied by your hand-written messages of hope and healing. Hope kits come with everything needed to simply unpack and begin including unpainted ceramic hearts, paints, brushes, message cards, ribbons, gift bags, and instructions.

Breast Cancer Awareness

CARE’s October meeting

Wednesday, October 6th at 7 P.M. on Zoom

Each month CARE (Citizens Addressing Racial Equity) will discuss issues that affect and concern our community and how we’re able to enact change that benefits us all.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Our guest speakers are Senator Marilyn Moore and Sandra Fisher.  The Zoom meeting link follows for you to join in the meeting:

According to the CDC:

    • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American Women.
    • Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat, and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.
    • Symptoms can vary and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include…
  • any change in the size or shape of the breast
  • pain in any area of the breast
  • nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • a new lump in the breast or underarm

Risk Factors include 

  • Being a woman
  • Being older (most breast cancers found in women 50 and older
  • Having changes in your BRCA1 or BRCA 2 genes

Steps to reduce risk

  • Keep a healthy weight and exercise
  • Don’t drink alcohol or limit the amount of alcohol
  • If taking hormone replacements or birth control, talk to your doctor about the risks
  • Breastfeed your children if possible

*It is important to see a doctor right away if you notice any changes in your breast*

Hoopla Fund Raiser

Red Devil Hoops Golf Classic

Saturday, October 16th

The Stratford High School Boys basketball program is holding the 4th Annual “Red Devil Hoops Golf Classic” on Saturday, Oct. 16th at the Short Beach Golf Course.

A 9 a.m. shotgun start will kick off the fundraising event which will include contests, raffles, and a buffet lunch at the end of your round.

Cost is $60 per golfer. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the Stratford boys basketball program.

For more information, contact Tim Swaller at:



Stratford Lags Behind Fairfield County (and most of State)

Covid-19 Information

Sources: CT Department of Public Health Get the data; District 2 Councilwoman Kaitlin Shake; Hartford Health Care; Connecticut Hospital Association

Since April 2021, Stratford continues to have one of the lowest fully vaccinated rates in all of Fairfield County. The consequence of low vaccination and the Delta variant is our high community transmission rate.

Here in Stratford since early August our community transmission rate has been classified as High Risk designating us as a RED ZONE. The CDC, CT DPH, and World Health Organization recommend that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear a mask when in indoor settings.

However here in Stratford the Mayor only reinstated a mask mandate for public buildings and excluded businesses—therefore ignoring public health official’s recommendations.

The science and data is clear: getting vaccinated and wearing a face mask will help save your life and slow the spread of COVID-19 as recommended for communities classified in substantial or high risk transmission zones. We all have to do our part to slow the spread and protect one another.

There is overwhelming evidence that by not having a mask mandate in Stratford is costing us.  State Comptroller Kevin Lembo warned that the “lingering uncertainty” surrounding the fast-spreading COVID-19 Delta variant is impacting Connecticut’s economy and “jeopardizing the progress made over the last few months.” He said concerns about the variant and rising infection and hospitalization rates have led to modest drops in consumer spending and consumer confidence.


Total 1st Dose Coverage: 65.70%
Fully Vaccinated: 60.83%
Population: 51,849

Vaccination data as of Sep. 15 


Total 1st Dose Coverage: 69.32%
Fully Vaccinated: 65.95%
Population: 54,747

Vaccination data as of Sep. 15


Total 1st Dose Coverage: 57.80%
Fully Vaccinated: 50.59%
Population: 144,399

Vaccination data as of Sep. 15


Total 1st Dose Coverage: 70.84%
Fully Vaccinated: 66.70%
Population: 62,045

Vaccination data as of Sep. 15


Total 1st Dose Coverage: 74.71%
Fully Vaccinated: 69.58%
Population: 28,491

Vaccination data as of Sep. 15


Total 1st Dose Coverage: 75.93%
Fully Vaccinated: 71.52%
Population: 35,673

Vaccination data as of Sep. 15


Total 1st Dose Coverage: 75.58%
Fully Vaccinated: 71.14%
Population: 10,252

Vaccination data as of Sep. 15

And for all of those who continue to protest and argue about unmasking children, here’s a chilling statistic from the CT Department of Health:

In mid-August, the state had more than 65,000 child cases. Each week, there have been roughly 1,000 new infections. That brings the number of Covid-19 cases in Connecticut kids to more than 70,000 children right now.

Those infected kids have consistently made up around 18.5% of total Covid-19 cases in the state.

According to the latest data from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, a total of five children (Age 0-19) have died during the pandemic.

This spike comes after a decline in child cases in early summer.

“It’s not much of a surprise. We were seeing already an increase in cases in the pediatric population even before school started, and it really is all being driven by the Delta variant,” Dr. Melissa Held, pediatric infectious disease specialist and dean for Medical Student Affairs at UConn, said.

Many parents are wondering when the vaccine will be ready for their kids, especially as schools reopen.

“The transmission in schools is probably still very low as long as there are preventative measures being taken, including continued mask-wearing,” Held said.  “Really it’s not until we get you know, into the 80%, maybe higher percent of coverage in our communities, that we’re going to start to see a slower rate of spread.”

“Thankfully, we have had no deaths here at Yale New Haven Health among any of our pediatric patients, but we have admitted more than 180 patients under the age of 18 … so this is not a trivial disease,” said Dr. Thomas Balcezak, Chief Clinical Officer for Yale New Haven Health.

“Does [mask-wearing] impede airflow? I think it does, but I think it’s minimal,” he said. “Is it uncomfortable? Sure, to some people. Is there a medical reason to not wear a mask? There are no contraindications to wearing a mask.”

As for the issue of the effectiveness of masks in slowing the spread of coronavirus, there is little debate in the medical community.

Balcezak said there is “no doubt about the science behind wearing masks,” and that more than a dozen studies have demonstrated that wearing masks in crowds prevents COVID-19 transmission.

COVID-19 Breakthrough Cases In CT  (Data as of 09/23/2021

Age Groups # (%) Cases # (%) Deaths
<=15 167 (1.3%)
16-24 1452 (11.5%)
25-34 1920 (15.2%)
35-44 1998 (15.8%) 1 (1%)
45-54 2115 (16.7%) 2 (2%)
55-64 2192 (17.4%) 8 (8.2%)
65-74 1469 (11.6%) 9 (9.2%)
75 1314 (10.4%) 78 (79.6%)
TOTAL 12627 98


My Tax Dollars, Your Tax Dollars

The estimated “preventable cost” of treating unvaccinated adults for COVID-19 in Connecticut’s 27 acute care hospitals was $4.2 million for June and $5.3 million for July, according to a new analysis by the Connecticut Hospital Association.

The final tally could be higher, however. The Connecticut Hospital Association, which provided the figures, relied on a national model developed by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) and the Peterson Center on Healthcare that assumed the approximate cost is $20,000 per COVID-related admission.

“I think it serves as sort of a directional data point to show there is just an enormous strain on the system, generally, for COVID,” said Paul Kidwell, Senior Vice President for Policy at the Connecticut Hospital Association, who noted how the disease has greatly impacted families, hospital staff and hospital expenses. “Also, it is an important piece of data to show that it’s really important that individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated get vaccinated because the vaccines have been proven very effective in keeping individuals out of the hospital.”