Month: April 2020

BMW Of Bridgeport Buys Lunch For Bridgeport’s Finest

Today BMW of Bridgeport provided lunch to the Bridgeport Police Department as part of their effort to give back to the first responders during the pandemic. Last week BMW of Bridgeport provides lunch to American Medical Response (AMR) and the week before that medical teams at Bridgeport Hospital. General Manager/EVP Tim Kramer said the police have had a tough job before but now it’s even more stressful going into environments they are not sure of. This is a small way of saying thank you!

Fairfield News: Woman Bleaches Her Nasal Passage


The Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a 911 emergency phone call on Thursday afternoon from a Fairfield resident that mistakenly used a bleach solution in place of distilled water for a home nasal rinse.  Emergency Telecommunicators initiated a 3-way phone connection with the Connecticut Poison Control Center at UCONN Health to provide immediate medical advice over the phone to the resident. LT John Calandriello with firefighters of Engine 5 arrived on scene within 3 minutes of dispatch and found the resident had accidently used a homemade bleach solution from a distilled water bottle container labeled as “chlorine” on one side. Paramedics from American Medical Response attended to the patient and assessed their health condition.  Luckily, no immediate hospital transport was required for the resident.


“An important lesson learned from this incident is how our residents should be safely making homemade cleaning solutions due to the lack of supply of pre-mixed cleaning products during this Covid crisis,” says Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir. “Some of us may have been mixing these solutions in non-hazardous looking containers.”  “Although this container was labeled on one side, some residents may not be clearly labeling after mixing,” advises Assistant Chief Kalapir.  “Residents should ensure that all members of the household are aware of homemade solutions in bottles and containers.  These containers should be clearly marked and kept in locations where cleaning solutions would normally be found away from the access of children and toddlers.”


2020-04-30@1:11pm–#Fairfield CT– An elderly woman on Sherwood Farm Road said she sprayed a chlorine/bleach product into her nose and nasal passage.  Radio reports say she said the product was mislabeled and that her nose and nasal passages feel like they are on fire.  Fire and EMS on the way.


This news report is made possible by:


Visit Perez Tires Website:

Unemployment and Stimulus

HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) has successfully programmed its computer system and begun issuing the first round of weekly federal stimulus payments to filers receiving state unemployment benefits, with the first batch of payments having been issued this past weekend. The additional $600 weekly payment, known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, was created as part of the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is retroactive to March 29, 2020 and will be provided through July 25, 2020. For those who already received unemployment benefits for previous weeks – such as April 4, 11, and 18 – the agency will be providing retroactive payments as a lump sum by the end of this week.


Claimants can check their online accounts on the CTDOL website at  and see the deposits were issued over the weekend. Those who receive payments through direct deposit should begin seeing the additional amount appearing in their bank accounts by Tuesday.


The first $600 payments totaled more than $89 million. When combined with nearly $51 million issued in state benefits, the agency provided $140 million in unemployment benefits last weekend.


“Our Department of Labor worked day and night to come up with the technological fixes to ensure benefits were distributed in a timely way to our residents,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “There are hundreds of thousands in our state relying on our Department of Labor to help get them through this crisis, and the state’s loyal and hard-working team never lost sight of that. This is a difficult time for so many, and I appreciate that these new benefits are being distributed.”


“We are pleased to announce that the additional $600 is being added to any benefit issued this past weekend and onward,” Commissioner Westby said. “I want to thank the dedicated and talented staff at the Labor Department, as well as our partners and assisting agencies, for the tireless effort put forth to serve the public. The task was complicated, due to a 40-year-old mainframe using a COBOL operating system. Despite these challenges, we have now processed over 340,000 of the 402,000 claim applications filed since March 13.”


CTDOL continues to work nonstop to implement the remaining two recently established federal stimulus programs:


·       Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits for self-employed individuals among others, and

·       Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), a 13-week extension that allows eligible claimants to collect the additional weeks after exhausting the 26 weeks of state benefits.


The agency expects to begin accepting applications for PUA on April 30 and plans to have PEUC in operation by mid-May. Both programs will be retroactive.


This press release was made possible by:


Fairfield Parks And Beaches Update

The most recently published data shows Connecticut has 26,312 positive cases, 2,089 deaths, and 1,732 hospitalizations. Fairfield County has 10,874 confirmed cases and 747 associated deaths.

The Town of Fairfield has 365 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and a total of 44 of our residents have lost their lives. Of the 365 residents who have tested positive in Fairfield, 154 have reported that they have fully recovered.

Today we announced the updated policies on Fairfield’s open spaces which will be limited to Fairfield residents only. You can watch our press conference from today by clicking on the image below and a link to the slides can be found at the end of this email.


The beach will be open for passive recreation only; no chairs, blankets, coolers, bonfires, any group gatherings or sporting activity will be allowed. Limited parking will be available at Sasco, Jennings and Southport beaches from 10 am – 8 pm for residents only with a valid 2020 beach sticker. The Penfield parking lot will remain closed. 

Know before you go – check the parking lot status online at

Only M stickers will be allowed access to the marina lot with 24 hour gate coverage. The Ash Creek open space lot will remain closed. Residents with a valid beach sticker will be allowed access to Ye Yacht Yard. 

GOLF COURSES  Arrive. Play. Depart.
The Carl J. Dickman par 3 will open May 1 with online tee times only. No carts will be available and USGA guidelines

 will be enforced. 

H.Smith Richardson will NOT open until the completion of the parking lot. Stay tuned for updates.

Effective May 1, parking will be available from 10 am – 8 pm to residents only with a valid 2020 beach sticker, or license/proof of Fairfield residency. The cascades lot will remain closed. All dogs must remain on a leash at all times. 

All other  town parks and recreation areas remain closed. We are working to provide opportunities for residents to exercise and enjoy our open spaces. I continue to urge residents to follow the CDC guidelines and the Governor’s executive order of 6′ distancing and wearing a face covering when such distancing can not be followed while enjoying our public spaces. 

Our early efforts as a community to protect each other and stay apart made a difference. Now is not the time to let our guard down.  Medical professionals have advised that we can carry COVID with no symptoms, which means that when you are out in public, you should assume you have it, and assume everyone else has it. 

According to the CT Department of Public Health (DPH), Fairfield’s case rate is 538 per hundred thousand. This is lower than 18 other towns in Fairfield County. Only Easton, Monroe and Newtown have lower case rates. Fairfield currently has the lowest case rate of all Fairfield County coastal towns in the I-95 Metro North corridor.

Further good news is that we have seen a decrease in hospitalizations for the past six days in Connecticut and Fairfield County. Fairfield has flattened the curve.


This press release was made possible by:


BMW of Bridgeport Digital Experience
See details at:

Himes On CARES Act

In March, Congress passed the CARES Act into law, taking important steps to help small businesses, keep employees on the payroll, and provide direct support for Americans with immediate financial relief. However, programs created by the CARES Act, like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Emergency Economic Injury Grants, quickly ran out of funding.

That’s why I drove down to D.C. last week to vote on the 4th Coronavirus Emergency Response bill. I was proud to pass further economic stimulus relief, providing more funding to our small businesses and nonprofits as well as much-needed funding for hospitals.  The bill takes a key step toward recovery, requiring a nationwide strategy for expanding testing procedures.

This increased funding refills the coffers of the PPP and sets aside $60 billion for financial institutions like credit unions, CDFIs and Minority Deposit Institutions to give smaller businesses without traditional banking relationships a fighting chance to access this support. The bill Congress passed includes:

· $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program
· $60 billion in funding for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
· $75 billion in funding for hospitals and healthcare workers
· $25 billion in funding for coronavirus testing
While this latest bill did not include additional funding for states and municipalities, I will continue to fight to ensure our communities, residents and first responders receive the support they need to get through this difficult period.
This press release is made possible by:
Visit Interstate’s website at:

Westport News: Structure Fire

2020-4-29@10:04 AM–#Westport CT– Westport firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire at a residence on Marilane. The initial dispatch was four Engines, one Rescue Company and the Shift Commander. A mutual aid Ladder company was added en route. Westport PD arrived and advised all occupants were out of the house. Westport Engine 6 located a fire in a 1 st floor bedroom and used a 1 ¾’ handline to extinguish the fire. The Rescue Company completed a primary search and checked for fire extension. Additional arriving companies assisted with ventilation, utility control, salvage, and overhaul. The fire was confined to the room of origin. There were no injuries to firefighters or occupants. The Westport fire Marshal’s office was on scene to investigate the cause of the fire. Additionally, Westport EMS and PD assisted on the scene, as well as the Red Cross. Wilton and Fairfield Fire Department provided mutual aid. The last Fire Department unit cleared at 12:10 PM.