Month: June 2020

Westport News: Burglary-Larceny

#Westport CT–At approximately 2:07 pm on Thursday, June 25, 2020, what was initially reported as a trespassing complaint was received from a Westport residence. The complainant alleged that an individual may have entered the home without permission, and provided a description of him which was broadcast to responding officers. A person matching that description was quickly located by officers near the residence in question and was detained for further investigation of the complaint. Officers met with the complainant; a realtor who is one of the listing agents of the currently unoccupied dwelling that contained some of the owner’s belongings. She reported that upon arriving at the home to do some maintenance, she encountered an individual who walked out from the rear of the residence. He told her that he had moved the key box to the side door and had left it there after trying to look at the house, however, he did not have an appointment to view it. It was also determined by the realtor that an additional key to the home, one that was described as being attached to a lanyard, was also currently unaccounted for. This key had previously been hidden outside of the home and had not otherwise been secured.

 

Officers speaking with the individual, later identified as Richaun Edwards-Marsh, found him to be in possession of a key attached to a lanyard that fit the lock of the residence. He admitted that the key belonged to the home but did not say how he obtained it. Also found on his person was a pair of disposable shoe covers. These matched the shoe covers that had been left inside of the locked residence to be utilized during showings of the home. An additional witness reported encountering this same individual in the neighborhood at approximately 7:00am that same morning, leading officers to suspect that Edwards-Marsh had spent a considerable amount of time within the home.

 

Edwards-Marsh was initially uncooperative with officers and continued this behavior throughout the booking process by providing a false name and then further refusing to identify himself. Through investigation, he was positively identified as Richaun Edwards-Marsh. Based on this investigation Edwards-Marsh was taken into custody. He was charged with 53a-103 Burglary 3 rd Degree, 53a-125b Larceny 6 th Degree and 53a-167a Interfering with an Officer. He was released on a written promise to appear. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Stamford Superior Court on Tuesday July 14, 2020 at 9:00am.

 

Westport Parks and Recreation Department Update

#Westport, CT – Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava is pleased to announce the following Parks and Recreation Department updates.

Longshore Golf Course:

As of June 27, 2020, two players may share a golf cart.  Both players must wear face-covering while in the cart and the same person must be the driver of the cart the entire time.  Exception: members of the same household will not be required to wear a face-covering while sharing a cart and valid drivers may alternate.

Tennis Courts:

The tennis courts at Longshore Club Park will be closed for maintenance on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 12:30 pm for the remainder of the day and will reopen at 8 am on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

As of June 27, 2020, all tennis courts at Longshore Club Park, Staples High School, Town Farm and Doubleday (behind Saugatuck School) will be open for both singles and doubles play.

Platform Tennis and Pickleball Courts:

As of June 27, 2020, all platform tennis and pickleball courts will be open for both singles and doubles play.

Lifeguards and Longshore Pools:

As of July 1, 2020, lifeguards will be staffing Compo and Burying Hill beaches during the usual hours of 10 am – 6 pm.  All regular beach rules will be enforced, in addition to all COVID-19 related rules.  The use of boogie boards and skimboards will be permitted.  The Longshore Pools will remain closed at this time due to the State of Connecticut restrictions and limited staffing resources.

Fava stated, “The Parks and Recreation Department has determined that it is best to focus our limited staffing resources at the beaches where we have the largest number of users.  By focusing our lifeguards at Compo and Burying Hill, we hope to increase our ability to provide lifeguards throughout the summer by following best practices related to staffing during COVID-19.”  Fava also stated, “The Department will continue to monitor the guidance from the State and should restrictions ease, and we can staff appropriately, we will re-evaluate the possibility of opening the pool complex.”

Social distancing and face-covering rules must be followed at all Westport Parks and Recreation facilities.

For updates, please check the Town website at westportct.gov/covid19 or #reopenwestportct.

 

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Small Business Covid Help

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) along with U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and a number of House members introduced the Rebuilding Main Street Act, legislation to help small businesses, nonprofits, and workers weather the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and support safe reopening. The legislation expands existing work share programs to allow employers to share their payroll costs with the federal government while receiving grants help to cover other fixed costs such as rent and needs for reopening safely like cleaning and protective equipment. After 14 straight weeks in which more than one million workers filed for unemployment benefits, the legislation would help laid off workers safety return to their jobs at reduced hours while continuing to receive a pro-rated unemployment benefit to compensate for their lost wages.

 

fact sheet on the Rebuilding Main Street Act is available here and bill text is available here.

 

“COVID-19 is a health pandemic that has created an economic crisis, and small businesses have been especially hard hit. As local governments and states across the country implement plans to safely reopen, Congress must keep workers and small businesses in mind. Since the beginning, I’ve worked to come up with smart ways to keep small businesses afloat and workers on payroll, and I’m proud to join my friend Senator Van Hollen in introducing the Rebuilding Main Street Act, which builds upon our previous Main Street work. Our legislation provides relief to workers and small businesses as we try to come out on the other side of this pandemic,” said Senator Murphy.

 

“COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on American workers, small businesses, and non-profits. And as our economy starts to reboot, it’s clear that many of the challenges they face aren’t immediately going away. Businesses and non-profits have to make tough decisions on payroll and mounting operating costs, while workers grapple with reduced hours and staying safe once they return. The Rebuilding Main Street Act provides relief that tackles these challenges head-on. It gives businesses and workers the immediate support they need for our economy to safely and successfully reopen, and we’ll be pushing for its inclusion in the upcoming relief package,” said Senator Van Hollen.

 

“We owe it to the people of this country to build solutions that keep workers paid, curb widespread layoffs and support small businesses all at the same time,” said Congressman Pocan. “Work sharing programs hold the key to guiding states through recovery while protecting workers against an economic recession and a public health crisis. Workers should never live in fear of losing their next paycheck, and small businesses should have the tools they need to operate safely. The Rebuilding Main Street Act would do just that. We must expand work share programs nationwide, make it easier for states to implement, and provide federal support to workers and small businesses across this country.”

 

“Since the coronavirus hit, I’ve heard from business owners and workers in every corner of my state that our communities need more help to get through this precedent-shattering crisis,” said Senator Merkley. “The path to the other side for small businesses and working families isn’t lining the pockets of the wealthiest and most powerful executives of huge corporations. We need to rebuild our economy from Main Street up. This urgently needed legislation provides a blueprint for small businesses and their employees to drive our recovery.”

  

“The ongoing public health and economic crisis in America demands solutions from Washington and Congressional action.  Small businesses, non-profits, and workers need support and it’s our job to provide it. Work share programs like the updated one we have in Wisconsin need to be supported so employers can avoid worker layoffs. Our Rebuilding Main Street Act will provide small businesses and non-profits the tools they need to keep workers on the payroll and move our economy forward,” said Senator Baldwin.

 

In addition, this legislation is cosponsored by Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Jesús G. “Chuy” García (D-IL), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Andy Levin (D-MI), Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

 

Employers and workers across the country are reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic shutdown. While Congress worked to pass four bipartisan legislative packages, large segments of the workforce and business sectors have not benefitted from the economic relief programs. The Senators’ proposal encourages and expands work sharing – an existing program supported by the CARES Act that still has far too much untapped potential – and provides additional support for employers and employees struggling during this time.

 

This legislation is supported by a broad coalition of organizations, including: AFL-CIO, Main Street Alliance, National Employment Law Project, Economic Policy Institute, National Women’s Law Center, Common Defense, Center for American Progress, American Sustainable Business Council, MomsRising, Communication Workers of America, United Steelworkers, and American Federation of Teachers.

                                                                                                                         

“I applaud Senators Van Hollen, Merkley, Murphy, and Baldwin for taking much-needed action to help those reeling economically from this devastating pandemic,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “We need to find more ways to keep workers attached to their jobs because too many working people, nonprofits and small businesses have been left behind in the previously-passed relief packages. Building on the HEROES Act, the Rebuilding Main Street Act is another important step in supporting those who are the backbone of America’s economy.”

 

“The Rebuilding Main St. Act solves the riddle of how to both preserve payrolls and businesses, and in so doing, it paves the way for a gradual, phased-in opening followed by a more robust recovery,” said Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

 

The Rebuilding Main Street Act is a smart and flexible program that gives employers the flexibility they need to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, while keeping their workforces in place and ensuring their workers maintain their salaries and benefits. This is an approach to building resilience and creating the certainty that business owners and their employees need to pivot and sustain during these uncertain times,” said Amanda Ballantyne, Executive Director, Main Street Alliance.

 

“Big businesses shouldn’t be the only ones survive this Covid 19 depression. That’s why Maryland small businesses – and their workers – need the Rebuilding Main Street Act,” said Maryland State Senator Jim Rosapepe (D-College Park), Budget and Tax Committee Vice Chair and Member of COVID-19 Legislative Oversight Workgroup.

 

“This is a brilliant expansion of Maryland’s existing work sharing program which will support local business from Annapolis to Ellicott City, Sykesville and Mount Airy.  Working with Sen Van Hollen’s team has been an extremely rewarding — true teamwork for the people of Maryland!  I applaud the authors for listening to local voices and offering this plan to reopen Main Street,” said Maryland State Senator Katie Fry Hester (D-Ellicott City), who is on the Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee and leads the Senate’s Bipartisan Small Business Work Group.

 

“The nation continues to face a public health crisis that has spurred an economic crisis unlike anything we’ve seen since the Great Depression. To help stanch the economic bleeding, Congress must think creatively and act boldly; the risks of doing too little far outweigh the risks of doing too much. We must prioritize policies aimed at keeping workers and small businesses afloat right now. Policies like the Rebuilding Main Street Act, which would use the large-scale deployment of an existing but underutilized part of the Unemployment Insurance program called Short-Time Compensation or Work-Sharing alongside a new grant program for firms to cover fixed costs, would help put us on a path to a stronger economic recovery. I commend Senators Van Hollen, Merkley, and Murphy for their leadership on this issue, and I urge Congress to make ongoing relief to workers and small businesses a top priority in the next legislative package,” said Heather Boushey, President & CEO and Co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

 

“Many countries have shown that work sharing can be an effective tool to protect workers from unemployment in a downturn. While work sharing has been part of many states unemployment insurance systems for decades, it is seriously under-utilized. The Van Hollen bill provides companies with a strong incentive to use work sharing rather than layoffs as a response to weak demand. It will also help to make employers aware of this option,” said Dean Baker, Senior Economist and Co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Visiting Professor at the University of Utah.

 

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#Westport, CT– This afternoon, multiple black bear sightings were reported in the northern section of town. One bear cub and one large young male bear were observed. The bears were not acting in an aggressive manner and were observed to be acting normally. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division (DEEP) was notified.

 

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut. In order to safely co-exist, residents are reminded to take precautions to prevent negative encounters with bears and nuisance behavior. Bears have an incredible sense of smell. To prevent luring them towards your property, secure your garbage in sturdy covered containers in a garage or outbuilding. Residents that compost are asked to do so responsibly. Do not throw meat scraps or greasy, oily or sweet materials in your compost pile. These kinds of food will attract bears and other animals. Clean greasy barbecues and grills after each use, refrain from leaving pet food outdoors and remove bird feeders from your property for the summer. Please keep your eye on pets and small children playing outside.

 

If sighted, use caution and do not approach the bear. The mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal. According to DEEP, if left alone and given an avenue for escape, the bear will usually wander back into more secluded areas. DEEP does not take routine reports of bear sightings over the phone. Sightings can be reported to Westport Animal Control at (203) 341-5076 or reported to DEEP via this link: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/187a8a495d4e4ca497261d163d6fffc9 For more information on bears, please visit the DEEP’s website; https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325930&deepNav_GID=1655

 

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$11.3 For Head Start Programs

HARTFORD—U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Jahana Hayes (CT-5) announced $13,485,100 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Head Start programs in the Greater Hartford and New Britain area.

 

“This federal funding will help grow Head Start early education programs, helping hundreds of our youngest learners thrive during these critical early years,” said Murphy, Blumenthal, Larson, DeLauro and Hayes. “We know that kids who participate in Head Start are served by that experience for decades to come – helping them to succeed in school and into adulthood. We’re proud to advocate for increased funding for these programs so they can continue to support Connecticut families for years to come.”

 

The breakdown of funding is below:

 

Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc., New Britain

·       $2,762,972 for Head Start & Early Head Start Projects

·       $2,161,744 for Bristol Early Head Start & Head Start Projects

 

Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), Hartford

·       $9,161,612 for Head Start & Early Head Start Projects

 

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