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Stonington to keep elementary school playgrounds closed to the public

The playgrounds at West Vine Street and Deans Mill schools will remain closed to the public due to vandalism and pet owners not cleaning up dog excrement.

Mystic Aquarium president was paid $563,000 in 2019

The year after aquarium President Stephen Coan was paid more than a half-milion dollars, a state rescue package included forgiveness of a $2.6 million loan balance.

Pandemic relief grants to bring sports, music programs to Norwich schools

Norwich school district will use federal COVID-19 recovery dollars to bring back sports, instrumental music, chorus to city schools.

UCFS to hold Pfizer vaccine clinic Saturday for people age 12 and up

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday for anyone age 12 and up at UCFS health center at 47 Town St. in Norwich.

Colleges and universities in eastern Connecticut to get $92 million in federal relief funds

Rep. Joe Courtney announced that seven institutions of higher education will get funding from the American Rescue Plan.


Free of the mask

We urged people to follow the science in wearing masks, social distancing and getting vaccinated. There is no reason to stop following the science now because it points to a return to normal.

Better pay for long-term care workers

Economic stimulus is the fundamental reason for federal covid relief funding; more, safer and better-paying jobs for thousands of workers would help to achieve that and also improve the lives of patients.

Connecticut COVID-19 Numbers

Data sourced from the Office of Governor Ned Lamont. Check here for the latest data.


R.I. expects quahog harvest to bounce back

Maine might extend the ability of its residents to use telehealth services beyond the coronavirus pandemic

Lamont announces tentative deal to avert nursing home strike

The agreement came two hours after the administration sweetened its offer to fund the industry in the next state budget.

Governor responds to CDC news that fully vaccinated people need not social distance, wear masks

Lamont also pushed for 12- to 15-year-olds to get vaccinated, during remarks on Thursday.

Connecticut nursing home workers postpone planned strikes

Unionized nursing home workers have agreed to postpone planned strikes on Friday at 26 facilities

Norwich starts planning how to use $21 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid

The city expects to receive the first half of the $21 million awarded to the city in the American Rescue Plan soon but wants more guidance on how it can be spent.

New London group aiding families seeking rental assistance

The New London Homeless Hospitality Center is providing free aid to individuals seeking to complete applications for the state’s UniteCT emergency rental and utility assistance program.

Where and when can those ages 12 to 15 get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine providers in Connecticut say those in this age group can get the vaccine as early as Thursday, at locations offering the Pfizer vaccine.

Lamont visits Saint Bernard School in Montville

Saint Bernard welcomed Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday in an event highlighting the release of COVID-19 relief funds to private and parochial schools.

Connecticut braces for Pfizer vaccine rollout to those ages 12-15

Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to rise, putting the state on track for its May 19 reopening date, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday.

Courtney announces $121 million in new federal support for eastern Connecticut schools

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, announced Monday that more than $121 million in American Rescue Plan funding is making its way to eastern Connecticut schools.




Bill Maher taping canceled after TV host's positive virus test

In this Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, file photo, Bill Maher arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. A taping of Maher's weekly HBO show was canc:eled after the host tested positive for COVID. Maher, who is fully vaccinated, is

A taping of Bill Maher’s weekly HBO show was canceled after the host tested positive for COVID-19

Vax Live concert raises $302 million, exceeds vaccine goal

Jennifer Lopez performs at

The Global Citizen fundraising concert advocating the importance of vaccine equity has pulled in $302 million, exceeding the goal for the organization’s campaign

NYC's reopening depends on a mayor who can revive jobs, tourism

Customers sit at the bar at Blooms Tavern in New York on May 3. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg).

Permanent business closures and still-vacant office buildings are keeping the economy from bouncing back swiftly.

All Zoomed out, seniors get moving again

Bill Juhnevicz leads a tai chi class Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the first day of in-person activities at the East Lyme Senior Center in over a year. That class and a knitting group, which had been meeting online, were among the activities offered Wednesday.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

As senior centers open their doors again, the 55+ crowd finds a new normal amid familiar friends.

With 'poise, perseverance and determination," Mitchell College's Class of 2021 graduates amid pandemic

Mitchell College graduates during the processional of one of the three in-person, limited capacity commencement ceremonies on campus Saturday, May 8, 2021, in New London. Later in the day, a full virtual ceremony was planned.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Mitchell College’s Class of 2021 graduated on Saturday, with their accomplishments celebrated during a virtual commencement ceremony in the evening and smaller in-person events earlier in the day.

Connecticut says 'vaccination breakthrough' COVID infections rare

New data from the Connecticut Department of Public Health show 242 of the more than 1.4 million people fully vaccinated later became infected with COVID-19

Mass. to loosen pandemic rules at amusement parks, road races

Fans of Massachusetts amusement parks and road races are among those who can begin enjoying loosened pandemic restrictions starting Monday

Connecticut, region hoping to tap into pent-up tourism demand

"Say Yes to Connecticut," a $1.2 million marketing campaign, is designed to take advantage of the state’s relatively high vaccination rate and Gov. Ned Lamont’s scheduled May 19 rollback of capacity restrictions.

Traffic slows to a crawl at Mohegan Sun vaccination site offering Johnson & Johnson shots

Pharmacist Kim Labrie, right, prepares to give Gail Gambardella of North Haven the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, May 6, 2021, in one of the several open stations at the Yale New Haven vaccination clinic at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Fewer than 50 people had scheduled appointments in advance and fewer than a dozen walk-ups had come by seeking COVID-19 shots by mid-afternoon Thursday.

Rhode Island shifts strategy to target the unvaccinated

Rhode Island is fast approaching its goal of getting 70% of the eligible population at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine

UniteCT mobile van to help residents apply for rental, utility assistance next week

Staff will help people apply for rental and utility assistance at stops in Norwich, Montville, East Lyme, New London, Sprague and Windham.

Governor: Nearly 70% of Connecticut adults have had at least first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Referencing President Joe Biden’s goal of getting 70% of all adults at minimum their first dose of vaccine by July 4, Gov. Ned Lamont said, “We’re already there, and we’re going to keep going.”

21 people notified to quarantine after COVID-19 case in Norwich school

Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow said the Teachers' Memorial student tested positive May 3 and was last in school May 4.

Pandemic layoffs at Mystic Seaport were permanent

Daffodils bloom March 31, 2020, around the sign outside the south entrance to the Mystic Seaport Museum, around the time that it announced it had laid off nearly all of its staff.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Only about a third of those who were laid off last spring have been hired back and the others are not promised new jobs being created.

Foxwoods rolling back most COVID-19 protocols

All of the casino’s slot machines will be turned on and ready for play, and capacity restrictions will gradually be lifted for table games, restaurants, theaters, events and retail shops.

Coronavirus could be under control this summer in U.S.

The report comes as administration officials and leaders in many states are sounding more confident that the country can return to a degree of normalcy relatively soon.

Federal judge vacates CDC's nationwide eviction moratorium

Landlords and property owners have consistently challenged the CDC order, arguing the policy sets an undue financial burden on business owners.

CVS, Walgreens have wasted more vaccine doses than most states combined

This June 4, 2014, file photo shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Two national pharmacy chains that the federal government entrusted to inoculate people against COVID-19 account for the lion’s share of wasted vaccine doses, according to government data obtained by KHN.

24-hour subway service returning to NYC

In this April 22, 2021, file photo, patrons wait for the #7 train at the 74th Street subway station in the Queens borough of New York. New York City's subway will begin rolling all night again and existing capacity restrictions for houses of worship and most types of businesses will lift statewide in mid-May as COVID-19 infection rates continues to decline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York City’s subway will begin rolling all night again and capacity restrictions for most types of businesses will end statewide in mid-May as COVID-19 infection rates continues to decline

COVID restrictions easing in U.S., Europe amid disaster in India

People ride an escalator along the Las Vegas Strip, Saturday, April 24, 2021. Las Vegas is bustling again after casino capacity limits were raised Saturday, May 1, to 80% and person-to-person distancing dropped to 3 feet. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pandemic-weary travelers are returning to the skies and casinos in the United States and eating out again in Greece as the vaccine rollout is sending news cases and deaths tumbling in more affluent countries, contrasting with a worsening disaster in...