Month: April 2021

Good Forecast!

Good forecast to get the car washed and the oil changed!

TonightIncreasing clouds, with a low around 40. Windy, with a west wind 21 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph.

SaturdaySunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph.

Saturday NightA 20 percent chance of showers after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 49. Southwest wind around 9 mph.SundayPartly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 10 to 13 mph.

Sunday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

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Heating Assistance

HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents who need help paying last winter’s home heating bills to consider applying for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. An extended application deadline of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, gives eligible families and individuals additional time to apply for this vital assistance.

“The cold weather is behind us, but I want to remind everyone that help is still available to pay home heating bills from this past winter,” Governor Lamont said. “Thanks to the Connecticut Department of Social Services and the dedicated staff of Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies and partners across the state, we are extending the application period on behalf of children, families, seniors, and all of those who need help with heating costs.”

“The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program helps protect tens of thousands of vulnerable Connecticut households from the cold each year,” Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford said. “It also helps residents who are behind on their utility heating bills avoid the risk of a shutoff.”

The new application deadline of June 15 is moved up from original cutoff dates of May 3 and May 14, depending on whether a utility-heated household has received shut-off notice from the utility. The change combines the two original cutoff dates into the single, new application deadline of June 15 for all households, regardless of source of heat.

Connecticut residents who need help paying their home heating costs are encouraged to apply, regardless of whether their home is heated through electricity, natural gas, or a deliverable fuel. If the household’s primary heat source is electricity or natural gas, the basic benefit award is sent directly to the utility company.

Additional flexibilities are in place to ease the application process, including suspension of the liquid assets test requirement for eligibility.

Fuel deliveries to eligible households have also been extended to May 20, 2021, if a household’s primary heat source is a deliverable fuel (oil, kerosene, propane or coal). A retroactive payment or credit to their fuel vendor for deliveries made between November 2, 2020, and May 20, 2021, may also be possible up to the amount of the household’s basic benefit award.

Home heating benefits are available for households with incomes up to 60% of the state median income (currently, $37,645 for a single person and $72,394 for a household of four). Payments are issued directly to fuel vendors and utility companies on behalf of eligible households.

The program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services through nine nonprofit Community Action Agencies, which coordinate application and eligibility determination statewide. Nearly 83,000 applications for energy aid have been received so far this program year, with nearly 64,000 households approved for basic benefits of up to $725. Funding for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program comes from the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Emergency funding is also available to repair or replace unsafe or inoperable heating systems for single-family, owner-occupied homes with incomes up to 60% of the state median income. A heating system must be deemed as unsafe or inoperable by a licensed heating vendor to be considered.

Applicants should contact the Community Action Agency serving their region or partnering intake sites around the state. To find the nearest application site, individuals can call 2-1-1 or visit www.ct.gov/staywarm. In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, households will also be advised how to complete applications remotely through a mail-in process or over the phone.

TEAM, Inc.

  • Derby/Ansonia area: 203-736-5420

Alliance for Community Empowerment (formerly ABCD)

  • Bridgeport area: 203-384-6904
  • Norwalk area: 203-384-6904 ext. 3027

This press release was made possible by our sponsor who accepts heating assistance:

Crash!

2021-04-30@11:58am–#Bridgeport CT– I just finished filling up at Massey’s (not a sponsor) and waiting to cross Hollister Avenue to get on the highway when a scooter/moped attempted to turn left on Logan Street when it was hit by an oncoming car. The scooter driver jumped up and picked it up and did not appear to be injured. It happened just out of sight of the dash and rear camera on my car.

Westport News: Probation Violation Discovered After Shoplifting

#Westport CT– On April 29, 2021 at approximately 4:05 p.m., Westport Police officers responded to the
local Super Stop and Shop on a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival, officers were advised that
the suspect, who was identified as Teri Torres, was being detained by store security. The Loss
Prevention Officer alleged that Ms. Torres walked throughout the market placing items in a
reusable bag and then reportedly exited without paying for any of the merchandise. While
investigating this matter, it was discovered that Ms. Torres had two outstanding warrants for
Violation of Probation.
Ms. Torres was placed under arrest and charged with Larceny in the Sixth Degree as well
as two counts of Violation of Probation. She was released from custody after posting bonds
totaling $66,500.00. Ms. Torres will appear the morning of May 27, 2021 at Bridgeport Superior
Court to be arraigned on the Violation of Probation charges and is scheduled to appear at
Norwalk Superior Court the morning of May 28, 2021 to be arraigned on the Larceny charge.

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Eversource Failure

Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong issued a statement today in support of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority decision finding Eversource failed to meet its obligations to ratepayers in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. The decision finds Eversource was imprudent in its response, opening the door to consumer credits, fines and penalties at a subsequent proceeding.

“Eversource failed and must regain our trust. Their failed response to Isaias put lives in danger, and left families in the dark and disconnected during a deadly pandemic. PURA’s strong decision correctly concludes that Eversource was ill-prepared and poorly managed throughout the storm crisis. PURA has rightly opened the door to strong penalties and corrective action, and we will continue to advocate for full accountability at every step of this process,” said Attorney General Tong.

In his brief to PURA filed on February 5, 2021 addressing Eversource’s Tropical Storm Isaias failures, Attorney General Tong argued that Eversource:  1) was imprudently unprepared to communicate with its customers during the Tropical Storm Isaias emergency; 2) imprudently administered the Make Safe phase of the storm response related to road clearing; and 3) ineffectively implemented its town liaison program during the critical early days of the public safety emergency.  PURA’s Final Decision correctly concludes that Eversource failed to comply with the applicable performance and prudence standards for each of these fundamental areas of storm preparedness and response.   

Attorney General Tong intervened last August on behalf of Connecticut ratepayers in PURA’s investigation into the response by both Eversource and United Illuminating to Tropical Storm Isaias. At the urging of Attorney General Tong, PURA agreed to open a contested case and prudence review—legal proceedings that enable the Attorney General to make the strongest possible claims on behalf of ratepayers and the state, to seek fines, penalties and injunctive relief, and to oppose the utilities’ requests for profits and reimbursement of storm-related costs. PURA has robust authority as the state’s principal regulator and the legal forum to investigate and pursue such claims against state utilities.

The Office of the Attorney General issued 58 interrogatories in the proceeding, questioning both Eversource and United Illuminating on all facets of their storm preparation and response.

Assistant Attorneys General Lauren Bidra, Matthew Fitzsimmons, John Wright, Robert Shea, Paralegal Specialist Casey Rybak, and Michael Wertheimer, Deputy Associate Attorney General & Chief of the Consumer Protection Section assisted the Attorney General in this matter.

This press release was made possible by:

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