Month: March 2020

Norwalk News: Burglary Arrest

On Saturday, March 28, 2020 at around 2:00 p.m. officers were called to Roodner Court located at 261 Ely Avenue for an assault. The victim reported he/she was assaulted by several individuals in their residence. Officers arrived on scene and the victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The Detective Bureau assumed this investigation and interviewed all parties, including the victim when the victim was released from the hospital. Detectives determined all parties were known to each other, and this was the result of an ongoing dispute over money.

Arrested: Ashley Dickson  Charges: Burglary in the First Degree  Bond: $10,000

Arrested: Taurean Hough Charges: Burglary in the First Degree  Bond: $10,000

Arrested: Regina Russell   Charges: Burglary in the First Degree,  Assault in the Third Degree Bond: $10,000


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Tips For Working At Home

I’m excited to be interviewing tomorrow Amy DeLardi, CEO of Infinite Web Designs on tips on working at home.  Amy said, “It’s a challenging environment for everyone, both personally and professionally, but I take comfort in knowing the shared experience may help bring us all closer together once the worst has passed”.

She will share with you My 8 Work At Home Tips for those of you new to this way of working or those of you who may have been struggling with productivity even before COVID-19.


I plan on featuring this “Zoom” interview tomorrow.




Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID

HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has reached an agreement with over 50 credit unions and banks in Connecticut to offer mortgage relief to the state’s residents and businesses who continue to face hardship caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agreement, the following relief policies are being offered by participating financial institutions:


·       90-day grace period for all mortgage payments: Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments. In addition, the institutions will:

o   Provide a streamlined process for requesting forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;

o   Confirm approval and terms of forbearance program; and

o   Provide the opportunity to extend forbearance agreements if faced with continued hardship resulting from COVID-19.

·       Relief from fees and charges for 90 days: For at least 90 days, participating financial institutions will waive or refund mortgage-related late fees and other fees including early CD withdrawals.

·       No new foreclosures for 60 days: Financial institutions will not start any foreclosure sales or evictions.

·       No credit score changes for accessing relief: For those taking advantage of this COVID-19-related relief, late or missed payments will not be shared with credit reporting agencies.


The agreement, which was negotiated on behalf of the Lamont administration by Commissioner Jorge Perez at the Connecticut Department of Banking, builds upon similar initiatives that have been enacted in recent days in California and New Jersey, and has been endorsed by the Connecticut Bankers Association and the Credit Union League of Connecticut. More than 50 credit unions and banks statewide are participating, including Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank. Additional financial institutions are expected to join the initiative in the coming days. The Department of Banking will maintain updated list of participating institutions on its website



“This agreement with our financial institutions will allow Connecticut residents to obtain some relief as this public health emergency has had an impact on thousands of people in our state,” Governor Lamont said. “I thank each of these financial institutions that will provide this relief and applaud their participation in this agreement. The way we are going to get through this crisis is by working together, and this is an example of how we are going to get that done.”


The Department of Banking, along with the state’s banks and credit unions, is reminding residents that their money remains safe during the COVID-19 crisis and protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). No deposits have ever been lost under the protection of the FDIC and NCUA.


“This is a time when we need our entire financial services industry to come together to work tirelessly for the people of Connecticut, which is why I have asked the banks and credit unions to join forces and present one united approach which tells all of Connecticut, ‘We are in this together,’” Commissioner Perez said. “I am pleased to see that these efforts are well underway and that they are helping Connecticut residents work through this challenge.”


Leadership at Connecticut’s credit unions and banks said that they are flexibly meeting member and customer needs everyday on a case-by-case basis in a number of ways that may include fee waivers, access to short-term loans, loan deferrals and uninterrupted access to digital services, even though some credit unions and banks have temporarily limited physical access to their lobbies.


Bruce Adams, president and CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, said, “We view ourselves as the financial first responders in this crisis, and I applaud Governor Lamont and Commissioner Perez for their leadership in partnering with us to provide even more financial solutions for the people of Connecticut.”


Tom Mongellow, president and CEO of the Connecticut Bankers Association, said, “Connecticut banks and credit unions are open for business, and statewide we have quickly and voluntarily responded to Governor Lamont’s and Commissioner Perez’s directives. Our financial institutions continue to ensure the financial well-being of the people and businesses they serve across the state, while protecting the health of their team members and customers.”


Adams and Mongellow are stressing that customers with loans should stay in close contact with their financial institution to identify their particular needs and work on customized solutions. They are also reminding customers that measures to protect people’s health and safety continue to be available:


·       Drive-through services are available at numerous branches;

·       Individual appointments for in-person meetings are available at many financial institutions;

·       Call centers employees stand ready to assist customers and members;

·       Technology platforms give ready access to online services like bill pay, transfers, remote depositing of checks and ATMs for cash needs; and

·       People can use mobile payment channels and debit cards or credit cards to make purchases.




Questions and Answers on Connecticut’s COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Agreement


How do I get mortgage relief and/or forbearance?


·       You should contact and work directly with your mortgage servicer to learn about and apply for available relief. Please note that financial institutions and their servicers are experiencing high volumes of inquiries.


How long will the forbearance last?


·       Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments.


What effect will this have on my credit report?


·       Financial institutions will not report derogatory information (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies but may report a forbearance, which typically does not alone negatively affect a credit score.


How long will these programs last?


·       It is still unclear how severe or how long the COVID-19 impacts will be. Financial institutions have committed to necessary relief and will be assessing the ongoing conditions and necessity of continuing relief.


What if my financial institution isn’t offering this relief?


·       At this time, Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank, in addition to over 50 other federal and state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers are supporting these commitments. The state will welcome any other institution that would like to meet the moment and provide much-needed financial relief to Connecticut residents. The Department of Banking will publish a list of participating financial institutions on its website

in the coming days.


What if I already made a payment or was hit with a fee because of COVID-19?


·       These measures go into effect as of March 31, 2020.


Is the mortgage relief available to businesses?


·       The relief is currently only available for residential mortgages.


What if my mortgage servicer is not communicative or cooperative?


·       You can file a complaint with the Department of Banking through the complaint form on the department website

or by contacting the department at 860-240-8299 or 1-800-831-7225 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday).


What impact does the CARES Act have?


·       The CARES Act has important protections for renters and homeowners. In particular, homeowners with mortgage loans that are backed by the federal government through the FHA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or other agencies can receive significant forbearance.


How about commercial loans and commercial mortgages?


·       Commercial loan or commercial mortgage customers should know that all financial institutions are working proactively with each commercial borrower experiencing challenges. Any bank or credit union commercial customer having financial difficulty, whether for-profit or nonprofit, should call their financial institution as soon as possible. Several important governmental actions have and will provide relief to businesses.


The Lamont administration’s quick actions resulted in Connecticut being one of the first states where businesses can access the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) economic injury disaster loan program for up to $2 million dollars. In addition, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development quickly created the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, which will provide up to $50 million of loans to small businesses and nonprofits


Importantly, last week Congress passed the important CARES Act, which includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and will provide loans and grants of up to $10 million, for companies of up to 500 employees. A wide variety of businesses will be eligible for the PPP as soon as next week and they include but are not limited to: private and public businesses, self-employed and independent contractors, nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, and tribal business concerns. Additional information on the PPP should be available from the SBA early next week.


In addition to the PPP, banks and credit unions continue to work with their commercial customers on a case by case basis to address the financial needs of their impacted business. We encourage any impacted commercial customers to contact their financial institution.

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Westport News: Parking Restrictions

Westport, CT – Parks and Recreation Director, Jennifer Fava announced today that parking at the Old Mill parking lot will be restricted to residents of Old Mill and Compo Mill Cove until further notice.

Ms. Fava stated, “Residents must display their Old Mill/Compo Mill Cove Resident Permits in their cars at all times.  Those without permits will not be allowed to park in the lot.”

“This is another step we must take as part of the Town’s efforts to protect our residents during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  We appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding and assistance during this difficult time.   We encourage people to get outside, but it is critical to follow physical distancing guidelines, not gather in groups and please, do not congregate at our beaches, parks and athletic fields,” said Ms. Fava.

For updates, please check the Town website at or #Westportctcovid19info.


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Tonight’s Vehicle Fire

2020-03-31@12:47am–#Bridgeport CT– Tonight’s vehicle fire is a motorcycle located on Keeler Avenue (off Wayne Street).


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Fairfield News: Mail Carrier Tests Positive

2020-03-30– #Fairfield CT– A mail carrier at the Commerce Drive post office has tested positive for COVID-19.  A number of carriers are concerned since they continue to use the truck he delivered the mail in.  I was also informed that carriers were just recently issued masks and gloves.  I spoke with the Fairfield Department of Health and this is what the recommend:

Follow these steps to safely manage packages and mail upon drop-off: 

  1. Avoid direct contact with the delivery person
  2. Leave the package outside for a few hours and/or spray it with aerosol disinfectant before handling
  3. Dispose of all outer packaging immediately
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds or more
  5. Disinfect any high-touch surfaces you had contact with after handling
  6. Avoid touching your face, including your mouth, eyes, and nose


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