food insecurity 19 mins ago

Norwich Free Academy Food Pantry Receives Financial Boost From Backus Hospital

The shelves at Norwich Free Academy’s in-school food pantry are bare. The pantry became depleted when the pandemic first hit. Since then, it has been a challenge to keep the shelves stocked as t...

  • nursing homes 2 hours ago

    Connecticut Reopens COVID-19 Recovery Facilities

    Four facilities in Connecticut will once again welcome COVID-19 patients ready to be released from the hospital, but not ready to return home.  “Individuals that require a nursing home level of care and are still in their infectious period for Covid-19,” said Dr. Diedre Gifford, acting public health commissioner for the state of Connecticut. Four o...
  • coronavirus in connecticut 2 hours ago

    CT COVID-19 Positivity Rate at 4.09%; Nearly 900 Hospitalized

    Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate came in at 4.09% Tuesday, down from 4.8% the day before. There were 13,208 new tests reported Tuesday, with 540 coming back positive. Hospitalizations continue to rise, with a net increase of 16 reported Tuesday. There are 891 people currently hospitalized with the virus. Ten new deaths were reported, br...
  • Hartford 2 hours ago

    Truck Crash Causes Big Delays on I-91 South in Hartford

    A tractor-trailer crash caused significant delays in the southbound lanes of Interstate 91 in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened just before 2 p.m. between Exit 29A and Exit 27. The driver lost control rounding a curve an overturned, spilling its load of lumber onto the highway, according to state police. The driver suffered minor in...
  • first alert forecast 3 hours ago

    Chilly Day Today With Abundant Sunshine

    After some rain yesterday, today will be sunny before another rain chance later in the week. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the middle 40s. Tomorrow looks similar, but with less sun. Highs will be in the middle 40s. There is a chance for rain on Thanksgiving. NBC Connecticut meteorologists say an area of low pressure will track…...
  • CT Travel advisory 3 hours ago

    U.S. Virgin Islands Added to Conn.'s COVID-19 Travel Advisory List; No States Removed

    Thanksgiving is only a few days away and Connecticut’s latest COVID-19 travel advisory list of the states and territories considered hot spots for coronavirus has been released. It includes 48 states and territories after the U.S. Virgin Islands were added. No states or territories were removed. The only areas in the United States not currently on ...
  • gardening 3 hours ago

    Brightening Up Your Home With House Plants

    As we head into the colder winter months, you may find yourself wanting to brighten up your home. House plants are such an easy solution and good for your health. Stepping into Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe in West Hartford is an instant mood booster. Sometimes decompressing and breathing easy is as simple as adding a house plant. “They bring wonderfu...
  • UConn 2 hours ago

    UConn Women's Basketball Pauses Team Activities Following COVID-19 Case

    The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team is pausing all team activities after a member of the program tested positive for COVID-19. Team activities will remain on hold for at least 14 days per university protocol. Activities will resume when it is deemed safe to do so by medical professionals, the university said. The Hus...
  • Pomfret 6 hours ago

    Police Make Arrest After Seizure of Marijuana Plants

    State police arrested a Pomfret Man on Monday after they say he was growing marijuana plants on his property. Police said Shawn Cook, 56, had 15 fully mature pot plants on his property on Covell Road. The arrest comes after state police conducted a marijuana eradication operation in several towns in eastern Connecticut back in September. That opera...
  • Thanksgiving 7 hours ago

    Families in Connecticut Changing Thanksgiving Plans Amid Pandemic

    Thanksgiving will look a lot different for families across Connecticut this year. because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, fewer people will be gathered around the table. Stephanie Beck, of Bristol, said her plans have changed drastically this year. “We have three grown children that have their own families and traditionally we would be all toge...
  • Department of Public Health 7 hours ago

    DPH to Discuss Long-Term Care and Reopening COVID-19 Recovery Facilities

    The Connecticut Department of Public Health is in the process of reopening COVID-19 recovery facilities in the state, acting commissioner Dr. Deirdre Gifford. COVID-19 recovery facilities are entire nursing homes or parts of nursing homes designated for the care of patients who do not need a full hospital level of coverage. Admission into a recover...
  • new haven 9 hours ago

    19-Year-Old Woman Shot Multiple Times While Standing in Front of New Haven Business: PD

    A 19-year-old woman was transported to the hospital after she was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a business in New Haven late Monday night. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert and 911 calls of a person shot outside of a business on Ferry Street between Grand Avenue and Exchange Street shortly before midnight. When po...
  • connecticut coronavirus 13 hours ago

    Education Coalition Calls for Conn. Schools to Go Remote After Thanksgiving

    With concerns over COVID-19 cases rising over the holidays, teachers and school staff across the state are asking for stronger safety measures or for classes to go online full time. The Education Coalition is calling for schools across Connecticut to go remote after Thanksgiving through mid-January. “What we’re trying to make sure doesn...
  • coronavirus in connecticut 19 hours ago

    Education Unions Push to Move Schools Remote for Holidays; Want COVID-19 Testing in All Schools

    Several unions representing teachers and public education workers are calling for schools to move to remote learning after Thanksgiving until additional safety measures, including testing of students, can be put into place. In a report released by the Board of Education Union Coalition, whose members represent more than 60,000 public education work...
  • coronavirus in connecticut 20 hours ago

    New Haven Continues Focus on Testing Accessibility

    Nine months into the pandemic, New Haven officials say they are keeping their focus on accessible COVID-19 testing for residents as cases continue to grow. Their model has consisted of a mix of community partnerships with local health groups Fair Haven Community Health and Cornell Scott Hill Health, along with neighborhood popups sites. The latest ...
  • only in connecticut 20 hours ago

    Only in CT: Support Local, Small Businesses from Your Couch

    As we approach the gift giving season, small businesses hope you’ll consider shopping local. They say your business is a gift to them during these difficult times. This holiday season, you can check off your gift list and support your community from the comfort of your own home. Sassy Black Yarns is one of more than 60 small, locally owned…...
  • New Britain 23 hours ago

    New Britain Schools to Move to Online Learning for 2 Weeks After Thanksgiving

    The Consolidated School District of New Britain will move to full remote learning for two weeks starting Monday, Nov. 30, according to school officials. The online learning model will remain in effect through Friday, Dec. 11, the school district said. “While New Britain has been classified as a red zone by the State of Connecticut, the New Br...
  • Brooklyn 23 hours ago

    Brooklyn Schools Switch to Remote Learning After Thanksgiving

    Brooklyn public schools will transition to remote learning for at least a week following Thanksgiving break, school officials said Monday. The town of Brooklyn has had 31 new COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days and the school district itself had four new cases in the past week, according to school officials. School officials said that if COVID-19 ...
  • COVID19 24 hours ago

    State of Health Care Systems Amid Second Wave of COVID-19

    As the state surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 cases, health care systems are working to ensure they’re prepared for the future. The effort comes after many health experts say we’re experiencing a second wave of coronavirus cases. The last couple of months have been crucial for different health care systems like Hartford Health Care. The healt...
  • cancer survivor 24 hours ago

    South Windsor Kid Beats Cancer and Celebrates With Snow Monster

    Nolan McCann is one of NBC Connecticut’s favorite kids! He and his family have been a part of our blood drives held with the Red Cross since his diagnosis with cancer, before he even turned 2.  But Nolan no longer requires blood transfusions and has now finished chemotherapy. This fighter beat cancer. The 5-year-old has been living with A...
  • sports 24 hours ago

    UNH Athletes Take Polar Plunge to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

    The University of New Haven athletic teams haven’t played many games this year, but the pandemic hasn’t canceled the Chargers’ efforts in the community. On an unseasonably warm Saturday in November, athletes took the plunge to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “It’s definitely awesome to see everyone come together and raise money for such...
  • coronavirus in connecticut 24 hours ago

    ‘We're Barely Surviving'; Gym Owners React to New COVID-19 Restrictions

    Gyms all across the state are instituting new guidelines as we head into the winter months, but not everyone is on board with changes.  Gabriel Gordon owns Doomsday fitness in New Britain. Gordon said he’s doing everything he can to stay open after the state instituted new mandates in all fitness facilities requiring mask to be worn with...
  • coronavirus in connecticut 24 hours ago

    Unemployment Trust Fund Goes Broke, Businesses on the Hook

    The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on Connecticut’s workforce. A record number of people have filed for unemployment this year and hundreds of thousands of residents are currently collecting those benefits.  As a result, the unemployment insurance trust fund has run dry and the state is borrowing hundreds of millions of doll...
  • public health workers 24 hours ago

    Public Health Workers Get a Big Thanks, but Not a Day Off

    From reducing infant mortality to developing and distributing vaccines, tracking food-borne illness, and preparing for natural disasters, public health workers were never short on responsibilities.  However, their profile has certainly been elevated the last eight months. “Right now, you turn on the TV, you can see exactly what public health i...
  • coronavirus in connecticut Nov 23

    43 More COVID Deaths, 4.8% Positivity Rate in Connecticut

    There are 43 more COVID-related deaths and the positivity rate has decreased to 4.8% over the weekend. The state’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 4,871. With nearly 110,000 COVID-19 tests performed over the weekend, 5,271 came back positive. Connecticut’s average positivity rate over the past week is now 5.5%, which is a decrease fro...
  • Thanksgiving Nov 23

    Thanksgiving During COVID-19: How to Include Loved Ones Living in Long-Term Care

    With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman are reminding families with loved ones in long-term care facilities of current restrictions and highlighting the risks associated with celebrating Thanksgiving during the pandemic. In a letter sent to residen...
  • winterfest hartford Nov 23

    Winterfest Hartford Canceled for 2020-2021 Season

    The annual tradition of free ice skating in Bushnell Park will not be a part of the upcoming winter after Winterfest Hartford organizers announced the cancellation Monday of this year’s event. The iQuilt Partnership had been seeking to raise donations to help put on this year’s event. Winterfest is hoping to make a return next year for ...
  • first alert weather Nov 23

    Heavy Rain Winding Down After Soaking Morning

    A cold front moving through Connecticut brought heavy rain Monday morning. The rain caused poor drainage issues and minor flooding in the Norwich area, according to First Alert Weather meteorologist Bob Maxon. The heaviest rain will taper off as we head towards lunchtime with some clearing expected this afternoon. Southeastern Connecticut picked up...
  • Hartford Nov 23

    Health Care Workers to Call on Residents to Follow COVID-19 Guidelines Over Thanksgiving

    Health care providers gathered together in Hartford on Monday afternoon to call on residents to follow coronavirus guidelines and safety restrictions over the Thanksgiving and winter holidays, amid a rise in COVID-19 cases statewide. “We are at a critical period during this pandemic when the number of cases is trending upward rapidly,” ...
  • uconn basketball Nov 23

    UConn Men to Open Season Against CCSU, Hartford This Week

    UConn men’s basketball will open its season on Wednesday against Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday, the team announced Monday. The game between the Huskies and the Blue Devils will take place at 8 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. It will be the 15th meeting between the two teams. UConn is a perfect 14-0 against CCSU. Wednesd...
  • traffic Nov 23

    State Police Prepare for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

    Connecticut State Police are preparing to patrol the highways for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year, even though the traffic may look a little different due to COVID-19. State police said typically, the days before and after Thanksgiving are some of the busiest travel days of the year. This year, though, COVID-19 changed holiday plans for ...
  • Stratford Nov 23

    Man Suffers Substantial Burns After House Fire in Stratford: FD

    A man was transported to Bridgeport Hospital with what fire officials called substantial burns after a house fire on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters were called to a home on Mill Pond Circle around 1:45 p.m. after getting a report of a structure fire with one person trapped inside of the garage. When crews arrived, they said they found heavy fire vi...
  • Torrington Nov 23

    Route 8 South in Torrington Reopens After Multi-Vehicle Crash

    Route 8 south in Torrington has reopened after a multi-vehicle crash on Monday morning. State Dept. of Transportation officials said multiple vehicles were involved in the crash and Route 8 southbound was closed between exits 45 and 44. The highway has since fully reopened. There’s no word if anyone was injured. The cause of the crash is unde...
  • meriden Nov 23

    Newington Man Seriously Injured in Crash on Route 15 North in Meriden

    A Newington man was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after a crash on Route 15 north in Meriden on Monday morning. State police said a truck was traveling in the center lane of three on Route 15 northbound near the exit 67 on ramp shortly before 2 a.m. when a car rear-ended it. The collision sent the car…

  • Windsor Locks Nov 23

    New COVID-19 Testing Site to Open at Bradley Airport as Holiday Travel Surges

    There are long lines at airports across the country as millions of travelers head home for the holidays despite warnings from health officials. The travel wave is also making for long lines at testing centers. A new coronavirus drive-thru testing center is opening at Bradley International Airport on Monday. Hartford Healthcare is opening the drive-...
  • coronavirus in connecticut Nov 23

    Coronavirus Testing Expands as Thanksgiving Travel Gets Underway

    Experts are not expecting holiday trips to be as busy as usual amid warnings to keep festivities small this year. Still, many are scrambling to get tested before gathering with family including those arriving at Bradley International Airport on Sunday. Those coming from hot spots across the country must quarantine or get tested under the state’s tr...
  • Bridgeport Nov 23

    Crews Investigate After Pedestrian Struck in Bridgeport

    Crews are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and the driver fled in Bridgeport Sunday night. The incident happened at the intersection of Barnum Avenue and Seaview Avenue, crews said. The extent of injuries is unknown at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bridgeport police department’s tip line at 203-576-TIPS. N...
  • Joe Courtney Nov 23

    Congressman Joe Courtney Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Second District Congressman Joe Courtney announced Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Courtney said he found out last week that he was exposed to someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. “Upon learning of that initial exposure, I immediately began following the strict isolation guidelines laid out by the CDC and by my doctor wh...
  • South Windsor Nov 22

    One Injured in South Windsor Crash

    One person was injured in a crash on Interstate 291 in South Windsor on Sunday, according to fire crews. Officials said the single-car accident happened on I-291 westbound before exit 3. One person was trapped in the car and needed to be extricated, according to crews. The person has minor injuries, according to officials. No further information wa...
  • quinnipiac university Nov 22

    Quinnipiac Men's Hockey Postpones Season Opener, Cancels 2 Games After 2 Test Positive for COVID-19

    The Quinnipiac University men’s hockey team has postponed their season opener and canceled two other games as two players test positive for COVID-19, officials said. The season opener against the American International Yellow Jackets (AIC) men’s ice hockey team was postponed to Saturday, Dec. 26. Non-conference games against Long Island...
  • Department of Correction Nov 22

    Phone System Back Up and Running in Connecticut Prisons: DOC

    The Connecticut Department of Corrections is reporting that their phone system is back up and running after it was down on Saturday. The phone system was down for the incarcerated population into Sunday afternoon. It is unclear what caused the issue at this time. The DOC said they apologize for the disruption. No additional information was immediat...
  • Fairfield Nov 22

    5 Fairfield Town Officials Charged in Probe of Hazardous Waste Dumping

    Five former or current officials of Fairfield, Connecticut, are among several people who have been arrested in connection with the illegal dumping of hazardous materials next to the town’s public works garage and efforts to hide the extent of the contamination, according to police. Several of the officials were arrested this past week. The charges ...
  • New London Nov 22

    New London Public Schools to Use Only Remote Learning Through Beginning of December

    All students within the New London Public Schools will be remote learning through the beginning of December. District officials said out of extra precaution, they have decided to keep all school buildings closed from Monday, November 30, through Friday, December 4. During that time, all students will participate in remote learning. Students are exp...
  • Hamden Nov 22

    Man Flees After Stealing Vehicle With Infant Inside in Hamden: Police

    A man stole a vehicle with an infant inside of it in Hamden on Saturday and then fled into another vehicle, police said. Officers responded to State Street around 9:15 a.m. after getting a report of a stolen vehicle. According to police, a Honda CRV was stolen from the parking lot of a State Street business. The vehicle was unoccupied,…...
  • Manchester Nov 22

    Man Shot Multiple Times After Argument in Manchester Parking Lot: PD

    A man was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds after an argument in a parking lot in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Officers were called to a parking lot on Purnell Place around 3:46 p.m. after getting a report of shots fired in the area. When police arrived, they said they found a 30-year-old man with gunshot wounds to…...
  • first alert weather Nov 22

    Tracking Wet Weather to End the Weekend

    After a sunny and mild Saturday, clouds and cooler temperatures arrive for today. Rain is expected to arrive this evening and last into Monday morning. Rainfall amounts are expected to exceed one inch in many locations across the state. A cold front will eventually bring drier weather for Monday afternoon. Colder air will filter into the state head...
  • Stamford Nov 22

    Firefighter Injured Battling Garage Fire in Stamford

    A firefighter was injured battling a garage fire in Stamford on Sunday morning. Firefighters were called to Diaz Street around 5 a.m. after getting a report of a large garage on fire near several homes. When crews arrived, they said they found a large, three-bay garage well-involved in fire. The fire was coming through the roof of the building and&...
  • Manchester Nov 22

    Man Charged With Murder in Connection to Manchester Commuter Lot Shooting

    Connecticut State Police have arrested a man and charged him with murder in connection to a double shooting in a commuter lot in Manchester over the summer. State police said 21-year-old Gregory Crichlow, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was arrested on Saturday. He was taken into custody following a surveillance operation and a vehicle stop in Hartf...
  • Enfield Nov 22

    2 Taken to Hospital After Enfield Assault: Police

    Police are investigating after two people were taken to the hospital following an assault in Enfield. The incident happened in the area of the Red Roof Inn and Motel 6 on Hazard Avenue, officials said. Two people were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police. Police said there is no threat to the publi...
  • Norwalk Nov 22

    Two Norwalk Schools Transition to Remote Learning Through End of November

    Two Norwalk schools announced Friday that they will transition to full remote learning amid coronavirus concerns, school officials said. Brien McMahon High School and the Center for Global Studies will make the transition starting Monday, Nov. 23. The schools will return to the hybrid learning model starting Monday, Nov. 30. School officials said t...
  • New Britain Nov 22

    Conn. Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 Cases; Long Lines of Cars at Testing Sites

    Connecticut has reached a grim milestone when it comes to COVID-19 cases. On Friday, Governor Ned Lamont announced that the state has surpassed 100,000 cases. The milestone comes as long lines of cars continue to pop up around the state with people hoping to get a COVID-19 test. “I haven’t been able to get one at this location because t...
  • West Hartford Nov 21

    Northwest Catholic High School Switches to Remote Learning Amid COVID-19 Concerns

    Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford is moving to a full remote learning model for 14 days amid COVID-19 concerns, school officials said Saturday. School officials said that a member of the school community tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, a high number of students have been sent home to quarantine, according to school official...
  • Manchester Nov 21

    Police Investigate Shooting That Left One Injured in Manchester

    Manchester police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured on Saturday. Police said the shooting happened in the area of Purnell Place. One person was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. Officials said an altercation occurred in the area before the shooting and it appears to be an isolated inci...
  • new haven Nov 21

    3 Teens Arrested After Police Find Them in Stolen Car in New Haven

    Three teens were arrested after police found them sleeping in a stolen car in New Haven on Friday. The incident happened on Nov. 20 in the area of Greenwood Street, which is located in the Hill North Section of the city. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported there were several stolen cars in the area of Greenwood Street. An officer…...
  • silver alert Nov 21

    Silver Alert Issued for 83-Year-Old Woman Missing From Morris

    A Silver Alert has been issued for an 83-year-old woman who is missing from Morris. Maryann Sampson was last seen on Nov. 20, state police said. Sampson has gray hair and hazel eyes. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 145 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans with a green/white striped shirt, a gray zip-up sweater, black jacket, and pink…...
  • silver alert Nov 21

    Silver Alert Issued for Missing New Haven Man

    A Silver Alert has been issued for an 83-year-old man from New Haven. Vincent Galasso was last seen on Nov. 20, according to state police. Galasso has grey hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-8 and weighs 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket, grey sweatpants and slippers, officials said. Anyone with information on Galasso’s w...
  • Westfield Trumbull Mall Nov 21

    Man Arrested After Armed Robbery at Westfield Trumbull Mall, Six-Hour Long Standoff: Police

    Trumbull police have arrested a man who they said led officers on a pursuit after robbing a store at the Westfield Trumbull Mall on Friday night. Officers said they took 24-year-old Eddie Lynch, of New Haven, into custody early Saturday morning following a six-hour standoff with Bridgeport and Trumbull police. According to police, Lynch surrendered...
  • crash investigation Nov 21

    Route 74 in Tolland Reopens After Multi-Vehicle Crash

    Route 74 in Tolland has reopened after a multi-vehicle crash on Saturday morning. State police said two cars were involved in the crash and Route 74 was closed at Skungamaug Road. It has since reopened. Tolland firefighters said they requested multiple ambulances to the scene. Minor injuries were reported, state police added. The crash remains unde...
  • Trumbull Nov 21

    No Injuries Reported in Armed Robbery at Westfield Trumbull Mall

    Police are investigating after an armed robbery at the Westfield Trumbull mall Friday night. Bridgeport police said they cornered the man suspected of robbing Zales jewelry after he engaged in a pursuit with Trumbull officers. The pursuit ended with a car crash, according to officials. Officials said they have surrounded the man but he is not yet i...
  • Hartford Nov 21

    Employee Accused of Shooting 2 People in Taco Bell Parking Lot in Hartford

    Hartford police have arrested a fast food employee who is accused of shooting two people in the parking lot of his job while he was working earlier this month. According to police, 34-year-old Armando Perez, of East Hartford, turned himself into police on Friday to face charges in connection to the shooting. Officers were called to the Taco Bell pa...
  • Waterbury Nov 21

    Man Dies After Getting Struck by Vehicle in Waterbury

    A man has died after he was struck by a vehicle in Waterbury on Friday night. Officers were called to Chase Avenue around 9:15 p.m. after getting a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Investigators said a 41-year-old man was crossing Chase Avenue from the southbound side of the road toward the northbound side when he was hit…

  • first alert weather Nov 21

    A Mild Start to the Weekend, Cooling for Sunday

    After a very mild Friday, NBC Connecticut First Alert meteorologists are tracking a gradual cooling trend for the weekend. High temperatures on Friday reached the mid 60s in many parts of the state. The average high for this time of the year is 50 degrees. A weak cold front moved through on Saturday morning bringing somewhat cooler air for today&#8...
  • coronavirus in connecticut Nov 21

    New State Guidelines Require Face Masks at Gyms, Fitness Centers

    The state released new coronavirus guidance Friday that will require face masks to be worn at gyms and fitness centers. According to a release from Gov. Ned Lamont’s Office, the new sector rules will require face coverings with no exceptions, and reduce fitness class capacity to 25%. The new rules also prohibit all team sporting activities, e...
  • Wethersfield Nov 21

    Two Troopers Injured in I-91 Crash in Wethersfield

    Two troopers were injured during a car crash on Interstate 91 in Wethersfield on Friday. The accident happened on I-91 South in the area of 25N, state police said. Police said they initially responded to a car that was stopped on the left shoulder. While officers were at the scene, a separate three-car accident happened at the same location, offici...
  • ct adoption day Nov 21

    ‘CT Adoption Day:' DCF Commissioner On Keeping Kids Safe During the Pandemic

    Courts around Connecticut welcomed 20 kids into their forever homes Friday.While COVID-19 had slowed court access for adoption finalization, the state’s Department of Children and Families said staff and the community have stepped up to keep kids feeling safe and loved. On what’s called Connecticut’s Adoption Day, a New Haven family celebrated the ...
  • high school athletes Nov 21

    Former NFL Running Back Mentors Connecticut High School Athletes

    Matt Lawrence, a former NFL running back from Connecticut, is trying to make the transition from high school to college a little easier on athletes in New England with a new mentorship program called “The Commitment.” “We’re going to show the world what Connecticut is all about,” said Lawrence, a Bloomfield native who also attended Avon...
  • Highway Safety Nov 21

    Wrong-Way Driver Pilot Program Yielding Results

    Vehicle crashes involving wrong way drivers are some of the deadliest on our roads. NBC Connecticut Investigates has reported a series of stories about techniques to detect and prevent these kinds of crashes. One of the tools the state has been testing out is a wrong-way driver deterrence system. The pilot project is located on the I-84 off ramp at...
  • Education Nov 20

    Governor Announces Next Gen Educator Initiative to Diversify Teachers in the State

    The governor’s office on Friday announced a new initiative that hopes to fill a shortage of educators in the state while also bringing a more diverse group of teachers to the classroom. “This program Next Gen Educators specifically targets our education majors at the college level,” said Shauna Tucker, Connecticut State Department...
  • coronavirus vaccine Nov 20

    Vaccine Studied at Yale Reaches New Milestone as Connecticut Hits 100K Cases of COVID

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will look at two key factors as it decides whether or not to approve Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine: how effective it is in preventing the virus and whether it’s safe. “To date, the Pfizer vaccine has been very well tolerated,” said Doctor Onyema Ogbuagu, who runs Pfizer’s COVID vaccine trial at Yal...
  • coronavirus testing Nov 20

    COVID-19 Test Results Taking 72 Hours Or More

    “It felt like we were walking into an automatic, constant backlog,” Loren Dealy Mahler said. Connecticut has now hit over 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. And with rates on the rise – more than 30,000 Connecticut residents per day are seeking to get tested. That means waiting even longer to get results. “They said it will be anywhere bet...
  • West Hartford Nov 20

    Naugatuck Man Injures Trooper, Faces Several Charges After DUI Stop on I-84

    A man has been arrested after police say he failed to comply during a DUI stop, sped off, and injured a trooper on I-84 in West Hartford Thursday night. According to state police, they pulled 36-year-old Daniel Rapuano over near exits 43 and 44 after getting several calls of a vehicle driving erratically, swerving across all three lanes. Officials ...
  • connecticut schools Nov 20

    State Launches Initiative to Encourage Diverse Group of College Students to Become Teachers

    The Connecticut State Department of Education and Central Connecticut State University are working together to launch NextGen Educators, an effort to allow students studying education at Central Connecticut State University to get into elementary, middle and high school in Connecticut to ease pressures on current teachers. A news release from the g...
  • holidays Nov 20

    Christmas Tree Farms Adjusting to COVID-19 And The Ongoing Drought

    While drought conditions are beginning to improve, the record dry summer left a lasting impact across parts of our state. One industry that will feel the effects for years to come are Christmas tree farms. “The drought was most intense in this part of Southington since 1964,” explained Michael Karabin of Karabin Farms in Southington. “So with...
  • Bridgeport Nov 20

    Bridgeport Warns of Fraudulent COVID Testing Sites

    The city of Bridgeport is warning residents to be cautious of fraudulent COVID testing sites after officials located one this week. Director of Communications for the Office of the Mayor, Rowena White, said there was an unlicensed COVID testing site near Gala Foods on East Main Street on Friday. This site also had an illegal pop-up testing site las...
  • coronavirus in connecticut Nov 20

    Connecticut Now Tops 100,000 COVID-19 Cases Since Start of Pandemic

    Connecticut has now surpassed 100,000 total coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic back in March, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 positivity rate in Connecticut is up to 6.6 percent Friday, up from 6.48 percent on Thursday. Connecticut has now confirmed 101,469 COVID-19 cases, with 2,088 new cases sinc...
  • crime Nov 20

    East Haven Police Seek Suspect in Package Thefts; Will Increase Patrols Ahead of Holidays

    With the holidays fast approaching, East Haven police are reminding online shoppers to look out for package thieves as they plan to increase patrols in residential neighborhoods. East Haven police said between the holidays and the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve seen an increase in package thefts. They are currently searching for a suspect accused...
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci Nov 20

    Dr. Fauci to be Yale School of Public Health Commencement Speaker

    Dr. Anthony Fauci will be the 2021 Yale School of Public Health commencement speaker, the school announced on Twitter Friday. No further details have been provided on the event.

  • coronavirus in connecticut Nov 20

    CT Student Cases of COVID-19 Up 70 Percent in a Week

    The number of COVID-19 cases among school students in Connecticut is up 70 percent since last week, according to the state’s website. The state website says there were 1,146 new student cases between last Thursday and this Wednesday, up 70 percent from the week before. Of the student cases, 508 were hybrid students, 348 were in-person student...
  • Eversource Nov 20

    Eversource Suspends Service Shut-Off Due to Non-Payment

    As the holidays approach and cases of COVID-19 increase, Eversource said it is suspending disconnecting utilities for customers who have not made payments. “With COVID-19 surging and the holidays approaching, suspending electric service disconnections for our customers is a step that will make a big difference during the holiday season,” Eversource...
  • Ledge Light Health District Nov 20

    Ledge Light Health District Reports Highest Weekly COVID-19 Cases

    The Ledge Light Health District reported its highest number of new weekly COVID-19 cases last week. According to new data from the health district, 380 new coronavirus cases were confirmed the week of November 14, the highest number of new cases on record in the region. Both North Stonington (6.2%) and Stonington (6.3%) were reporting COVID-19 test...
  • Hartford Nov 20

    New Grocery Store Opens in ‘Food Desert' in Hartford

    Key Food Supermarket, a new full-service supermarket, opened in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood. It is just north of Pope Park, an area of the city with few grocery options. “We’re happy to be here and we’re happy to offer our services to the community,” said Jeffrey Perez, the co-owner Key Food Supermarket. Inside the 18,900 square-foot store cu...
  • interstate 84 Nov 20

    I-84 East Clear After Crashes in Southington, Cheshire

    Interstate 84 East was closed briefly as police responded to a vehicle that rolled over. There were delays for miles after a vehicle rolled over on I-84 East in Southington and there was another crash in the backup in Cheshire, according to state police. The CT Travel Smart website said a vehicle rolled over between exits 28 and 30 and…...
  • Waterbury Nov 20

    22-Year-Old Man Dies After Shooting at Waterbury Apartment

    A 22-year-old man had died after someone shot into an apartment in Waterbury Thursday night and police are investigating. Police said officers, as well as the fire department and an ambulance responded to an apartment on Cherry Street at 10:16 p.m. after a man was shot in the chest. They found the man unresponsive, lying on the floor, and he…...
  • Norwich Nov 20

    Hydraulic Oil Spill Closes Street in Norwich

    West Town Street in Norwich is closed because of a hydraulic oil spill on the road. Police called the spill significant and said West Town Street is closed from New London Turnpike to Pleasant Street. The road is expected to be closed for two to three hours.

  • Newington Nov 20

    Pickup Truck Crashes into Motel in Newington

    An investigation is underway after a pickup truck drove into a motel in Newington Friday morning. Crews were dispatched to Friendly Acres on the Berlin Turnpike for reports of an accident. Investigators have not said whether there were injuries or what the extent of damages to the building may be. NBC Connecticut will bring you the latest when it b...
  • Fairfield Nov 20

    4 Arrested in Investigation Into Use of Contaminated Construction Materials in Fairfield

    Four people were arrested as an investigation into the mismanagement of contaminants at a Fairfield fill pile continues. The arrests come as a part of the investigation into Julian Development on the city’s Department of Public Works property, which started in 2017, police said. Julian Development is a construction material processing facilit...
  • holiday shopping Nov 20

    Gov. Lamont Tries to Build Consumer Confidence Before Holiday Shopping Season

    Usually in a week from now crowds would be lining up for a shot at Black Friday deals. “Sometimes I do go to some of the malls and outlets for Black Friday. But this year definitely totally different,” said Trent Gunn of Bristol. In a twist this year some places including Best Buy and Westfarms will not be open on…

  • health care workers Nov 20

    ‘A Very Tough Job': Health Care Workers Seeing Hardest Moments of Their Careers

    No one would ever say a job in health care is easy. But the pandemic has added to the stress that many doctors and nurses feel. “It’s been a very tough year,” said Agatha Lis, a health care provider. Those in health care have seen some of the toughest moments of their career in 2020. As the pandemic exhausts them…

  • traffic Nov 20

    1 in Custody After Crash Involving State Trooper on I-84

    One person is in custody after a crash involving a state trooper on I-84 Thursday night, according to Connecticut State Police. Police said the trooper was not seriously injured in the crash, which happened on the eastbound side of the highway between exits 43 and 44. More details were not immediately available. This is a developing story. Check ba...
  • coronavirus vaccine Nov 20

    CT Pediatric Experts: COVID Vaccine Could be Available to Kids by Summer

    The Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics said ideally, it would like to see the COVID-19 vaccine available to kids by the next school year, with details about exactly when it will become available and how it will be administered still in the works. “I have a 20-month-old toddler at home and I’m eight months pregnant with......
  • coronavirus in connecticut Nov 20

    Hospitals Prepare for Dark December as COVID Rates Rise

    Cases continue to climb but it will be weeks before we see the full impact on our hospitals, according to one of Connecticut’s leading infectious disease experts. “December is going to be a very difficult month,” said Dr. Albert Ko, chair of Yale’s School of Medicine. Still, Ko said the strain is already being felt. “What we’re seeing is...
  • sports Nov 20

    Manchester Road Race Goes Virtual During Pandemic

    For all the differences of 2020, there’s one local tradition that’s finding a way to keep moving forward. The Manchester Road Race is off and running, even if the course may look a bit different this year. “Oh it’s different in every way,” said Jack Leonard, a member of the Manchester Road Race executive board. “There will be no.....
  • Canton Nov 20

    Canton Warns Residents of COVID-19 Mail Fraud

    The town of Canton and police officials are warning residents to be careful of COVID-19 mail fraud. Police said a Canton resident reported a fraudulent document they received in the mail. The document claims to be from the Administrative Offices in the Town of Canton, however, officials said the town did not send it. Canton police said similar soli...
  • Hartford Nov 19

    Families of Those Lost in Pandemic to Urge Following COVID-19 Guidelines for Holidays

    Thanksgiving is a week away and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Hartford residents who have lost loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic want people to follow coronavirus guidelines on Thanksgiving and during the holiday season. Bronin is asking people to avoid gatherings that could spread the virus he said school children will not be able to ret...
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