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Bluff Point, other state parks reach social distancing capacity on sunny Saturday

Locations turned away visitors Saturday in order to maintain safe conditions for social distancing, according to a DEEP spokesman.


Municipal meetings

Municipal meetings for the week beginning Sunday, April 5, 2020.


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Far from perfect, but aid welcomed

Ironically, those who could most benefit from the $1,200 checks Washington is sending out could have the hardest time accessing the money.

Business bailout immense, need may be bigger

This program will have great impact on the southeastern Connecticut. Communication with the business community will be critical to make sure the region takes full advantage.

Making sense of mixed COVID-19 messages

We reach the conclusion that America must strengthen the containment strategy, knowing that it will not save us from a bad end, but cognizant that it can avoid a far more catastrophic outcome.

Raimondo's overreach

Less extreme measures, which do not raise constitutional concerns or invite reciprocal roadblocks to be set up at other state borders, could accomplish the goal nearly as effectively.

Incredibly costly and complex; undeniably needed

By any measure, it is the biggest emergency package ever approved in a single vote. How big? It equals 46% of the $4.8 trillion federal budget.

Small kind acts amid a big crisis

COVID-19 may have us in its grips, but the community is coming together in many ways to try to ensure we all have some bright spots in otherwise bleak days.

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Andre Jackson getting ready for first season at UConn

Andre Jackson of Albany Academy (N.Y.), warms up with teammates prior to a  game against Murry Bergtraum of New York City. Jackson, a 6-foot-7 swingman and UConn commit, has been working out at home on his own during the coronavirus pandemic to prepare for this first season in Storrs. (Photo by Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Andre Jackson is doing whatever he can under challenging circumstances to prepare for his first season at UConn.

Lyme and Old Lyme set up coronavirus relief fund to help residents in need

The towns also are rallying together a robust volunteer base to help those needing food deliveries, prescription pick-ups or even just walking the dog.

Seely School sale to go to public hearing Tuesday

The Town Council will hold a virtual public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the proposed sale of the former William Seely School property at 55 Seely School Drive.

For students with individualized education programs, distance learning presents additional challenges

Rebecca Atkins, a special education teacher with The Light House, delivers home lessons and a pizza-making kit Monday, March 30, 2020, to student Zach Blette, 17, at his New London home. James Blette, 6, looks on from the porch. The pizza-making kits were supplied by Daddy Jack's restaurant and include dough and toppings. Atkins meets with her students each day via video conference software and delivers lesson materials each week to their homes. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Remote learning is hard enough for students, parents and teachers in general, but for kids with autism, ADHD or dyslexia, there are additional considerations.

Rhode Islanders encouraged to use cloth coverings in public

Passers-by walk down a nearly empty street, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Many people are working from home and many business have closed indefinitely out of concern about the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rhode Island's top medical official is encouraging residents to wear “cloth-based coverings” on their faces when in public to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

Cuomo to order shift in ventilators to overwhelmed hospitals in N.Y.

Cars pass the Jacob Javitz Convention Center Friday, April 3, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that center will be

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will issue and order for ventilators be redeployed to overwhelmed hospitals from other places amid an alarming increase in COVID-19-related deaths

Stonington man dies from COVID-19 as cases in the state soar

Eric Vilcheck of Old Lyme EMS collects boxes of supplies as fire and emergency medical personnel from area departments line up to receive personal protective equipment distributed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health on Friday, April 3, 2020, at American Ambulance in Norwich. Departments from New London, Windham and Tolland counties were able to pick up boxes of N95 masks, face shields and surgical gowns at the site. Personnel from the Department of Correction assisted the Office of Emergency Medical Services with the delivery.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The death of a 94-year-old man is the first COVID-19 death in the Ledge Light Health District.

Farmers face volatile times amid restaurant closures, grocery shortages

Marci Tefft, left, of Stonyledge Farm in North Stonington, helps customers Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Stonington Farmers Market.  The winter location for the market is usually indoors at the Velvet Mill but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the market has been moved to the parking lot. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The state designated farms and farmers' markets as essential businesses that can remain open and operate as normal during the public health emergency.

While providing COVID-19 business assistance, some normal chamber activity carries on

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut held its annual meeting virtually last month, electing new board officers and announcing staff promotions.

Churches offer prayers for Norwich, New London hospitals

Pastor Joel Rivera, center, of Get Wrapped Church in New London, leads members of his congregation along with members of Norwich's Castle Church in a community prayer Friday, April 3, 2020, in the parking lot of Backus Hospital in Norwich.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

As hospitals deal with the evolving coronavirus pandemic, they have been getting some spiritual support from area churches.

SEAT announces service changes

Southeast Area Transit announced a series of service changes, some already in effect, during the coronavirus pandemic.

WNBA postpones start of season because of virus

The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic

Defense lawyers, ACLU seek emergency court hearing over prison COVID-19 concerns

The Department of Correction, which has been working to reduce the prison population, is reporting that as of 2 p.m. Thursday, 16 staff members and eight inmates at its 14 facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.

Bozrah company shifts to making hospital beds, partitions

John Uliano, director of operations for Gilman Brothers, demonstrates how the company's new beds are assembled Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at its facility in Bozrah. The company focuses on foam board material products transitioned to making the beds and partitions to meet the needs of COVID-19 response. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Gilman Brothers, which makes materials used for signage and exhibits, pivoted to making beds and partitions for medical facilities. It's already made 1,000 of each for makeshift hospitals where recovering COVID-19 patients will be sent.

Face coverings recommended, but Trump says he won't wear one

Lowe's customers wear gloves and masks as they shop, Friday, April 3, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

President Donald Trump has announced new federal guidelines recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public

HUD awards Mashantuckets grant to aid coronavirus response

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday it was providing the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe with nearly $17,000 in Indian Housing Block Grants.

Region leaders urge approval of online gaming for tribes; Lamont declines

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments had called on the governor to immediately grant the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes permission to provide online gaming.

Most of Westerly is outside Gov. Raimondo's border checkpoints

A member of the Rhode Island National Guard 169th Military Police Company talks to the occupant of a vehicle with New York license plates at a rest area located near Exit 3, in the area of Wyoming, R.I., Saturday, March 28, 2020, to find out if they are traveling through the state or planning on staying for a period of time.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Westerly, where there are so many cars with Connecticut plates, is largely spared the Rhode Island governor's interception of out-of-state drivers.

State courts to accept restraining order applications remotely

Forms and instructions for the new emergency procedure will be posted on the Judicial Branch website next week.

Stocks drop as coronavirus crunches the job market, economy

In this Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, the Wall St. street sign is framed by U.S. flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Global stocks are down, Friday, April 3, after the U.S. government said employers cut 701,000 jobs in March as they shut down or sharply curtailed business due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Stocks fell Friday following the latest grim reading of the coronavirus outbreak's economic toll

U.S. Women's Open in Houston postponed until December

The U.S. Women's Open is moving from the end of spring to the middle of December

The biggest bad guy at WrestleMania is coronavirus

In this March 29, 2015, file photo, Brock Lesnar makes his entrance at Wrestlemania XXXI in Santa Clara, Calif. While real sports have shut down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, WWE has pressed on and is set to run this weekend its first WrestleMania in an empty arena. WWE stood firm that the show must go on and largely moved a card highlighted by stars Brock Lesnar and John Cena to its performance center in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/Don Feria, File)

While real sports have shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, WWE has pressed

Playing politics during a pandemic? You no longer matter

This pandemic, if nothing else, has illustrated a few things to me: 1) politics during a health crisis are toxic and destructive; and 2) the unending need to be right about everything is overrated.

Checking in with ... Thomas Joyner III (Fitch)

Fitch's Thomas Joyner III throws the discus during the 2018 state track championship meet at Willow Brook Park in New Britain. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

(Editor's note: The Day will be publishing a profile of a spring athlete for each day the high school athletic season is suspended.) School: Fitch High School Class:...

H.S. coaches keeping teams connected — and fit — during social distancing era

Waterford coach Andrew Walker gets a high five from relief pitcher Maddie Burrows during last year's Class M semifinal win over Granby. The Lancers were scheduled to open defense of their state title on Saturday at Killingly before the COVID-19 pandemic put the 2020 season on hold. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Saturday was scheduled to be opening day of the spring season for CIAC schools before COVID-19 postponed it. Coaches have taken to social media and other platforms to keep their teams connected and ready to play.

English Premier League suspended indefinitely

The statue of the late England player Bobby Moore outside Wembley Stadium in London. The English Premier League suspended its season indefinitely on Friday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The English Premier League has been suspended indefinitely following a meeting of the 20 clubs where a series of financial measures were discussed amid the coronavirus pandemic

TV viewership climbing with people stuck at home by virus

This combination of photos shows, from left, Nicole Kidman in a scene from

With millions of people stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, television viewership is on the rise

NYC mayor urges national enlistment program for doctors

In this March 31, 2020 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the USTA Indoor Training Center where a 350-bed temporary hospital will be built  in New York.  De Blasio is calling for a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses, on Friday, April 3,  to handle an expected surge in coronavirus cases in New York and other places around the country. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses to handle an expected surge in coronavirus cases in New York and other places around the country

US sheds 701,000 jobs, ending a record-long hiring streak

A pedestrian walks by The Family Barbershop, closed due to a Gov. Gretchen Whitmer executive order, in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a stunning collapse in the U.S. workforce with millions of people losing their jobs in the past two weeks and economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage from the crisis piles up around the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that’s all but shut down the U.S. economy

Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

A person on a stretcher is removed from Carnival's Holland America cruise ship Zaandam at Port Everglades during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Those passengers that are fit for travel in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will be permitted to disembark. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A cruise ship where at least two passengers died of coronavirus and others were sickened while barred from South American ports has finally docked in Florida

Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The federal government is sending financial help to millions, but the timing of those payments may vary

Central Park houses hospital ward as NY races to add beds

The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort passes lower Manhattan on its way to docking in New York, Monday, March 30, 2020. The ship has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms that could be up and running within 24 hours of its arrival on Monday morning. It's expected to bolster a besieged health care system by treating non-coronavirus patients while hospitals treat people with COVID-19. AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York state is racing to roughly triple its hospital capacity as coronavirus cases surge

As virus takes hold, resistance to stay-at-home orders remains widespread

A growing number of states and cities are restricting Americans' movements in response to a fast-spreading pandemic likely to claim hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.

UN adopts resolution urging global cooperation on COVID-19

The U.N. General Assembly has unanimously approved a resolution recognizing “the unprecedented effects” of the coronavirus pandemic

New London reports 2 new COVID-19 cases; state records 27 more deaths

As of noon Thursday, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of the disease totaled 3,824, an increase of 267 over the previous day.

Plainfield native in Shanghai: 'I feel safer here than I would anywhere in the world right now.'

Amanda Crocker and her son Liam. (Courtesy of Amanda Crocker)

“I really want people to understand it’s strict but it’s tolerable and necessary,” said Plainfield native Amanda Crocker, whose been living and teaching in Shanghai, China, for three years.

From China to the past: Waterford native to resume coronavirus coverage in U.S.

Wall Street Journal reporter Stu Woo, right, has his temperature checked while colleague Julie Wernau waits as they arrive for their departure at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The publishers of three major American newspapers wrote an open letter on Tuesday asking China to reverse its recent decision to expel many of their correspondents working in the country. China last week expelled more than a dozen American journalists working for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post in what is believed to be the largest expulsion of foreign journalists from China since at least the 1960s. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Returning to a country where stay-at-home orders are still relatively new, and cases of the virus are still on the upward side of the curve, was odd for Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Wernau.

Norwich police launch online reporting for nonemergency incidents

Norwich police are increasing ways for the public to report incidents during the COVID-19 safety distancing protocols.

Guess they'll go hunt worms in Salem

Jamison McGovern, 3, and Sofia Dmuchowski, 9, watch while Jamison's mother, Laurie Jordan, all of Salem, looks for worms to use for bait Thursday, March 2, 2020, at Gardner Lake in Salem.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

What's there to do when almost everything's closed? Well, one solution is to go fish, but it can be hard luck if you don't have bait.

Learning her wheels in Norwich

Berkley Vendola, 7, of Norwich, gets a starting push from her father, Rick Vendola, while she learns how to ride her bicycle Thursday, April 2, 2020, on the athletic field at Norwich Technical High School.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Berkley Vendola, 7, of Norwich was learning how to ride her bike Thursday — with a little help from her father, Rick Vendola.

Economic fallout mounts, worldwide cases top 1 million

Workers move a coffin with the body of a victim of coronavirus as others coffins are stored waiting for burial or cremation at the Collserola morgue in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The coronavirus outbreak has triggered a stunning collapse in the U.S. workforce, with 10 million people losing their jobs in the past two weeks

Reedy to fish in Old Lyme

Andy Huynh and his son Leo, 12, of East Windsor fish Thursday April 2, 2020, among the reeds of the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Andy Huynh and his son Leo, 12, of East Windsor went fishing Thursday among the reeds of the Lieutenant River.

Britton reveals MLB has discussed several neutral sites

New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton delivers during a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers on Feb. 29 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Yankees union rep told Sirius/XM’s MLB Network Radio channel that empty stadiums and a neutral site for teams like the Yankees whose big league cities are hotspots for the virus are being discussed for when the game is able to resume.

Pizza and donut fundraiser for Mystic Aquarium

Mango’s Wood-Fired Pizza Co. and Deviant Donuts are hosting a monthlong fundraiser, in which they will donate a portion of pizza and donut sales to Mystic Aquarium.

The Waiting Game: For NBA coaches, that's the new schedule

Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford reacts during the team's game against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 10 in Memphis, Tenn.  (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Orlando's Steve Clifford is spending this NBA shutdown studying his roster and getting ready for a playoff run that may never start

R.I. testing capacity increased; Easter Bunny deemed essential

The Rhode Island Department of Health says the state now has the capacity to test everyone with symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus

Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

FILE - In this April 13, 2018, file photo the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is anchored off Manila Bay west of Manila, Philippines. The captain of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives. The ship is docked in Guam (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people

Norwich City Council meeting, budget presentation to be done remotely

Monday's Norwich City Council meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Norwich Channel 97, with aldermen participating by Zoom online conferencing.

Montville trying to help the vulnerable during pandemic

Town and charity leaders discussed a variety of services people can use.

Yankees pitcher Tanaka returns to Japan

The 31-year-old right-hander said he and his family had no symptoms of COVID-19, but he felt it best for his wife and their two children to return to Japan.

NYC residents should cover face when in public, mayor says

This video frame grab provided by Office of the Governor, shows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, as he speaks with his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo in his home basement, during the governor's news conference in Albany, NY, Thursday, April 2, 2020.  The prime-time host is one of the most visible media figures to test positive for the coronavirus,  (Office of the Governor via AP)

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio asked New Yorkers to wear a face covering when they go outside and will be near other people

Children, parents in limbo as child welfare agency, courts adapt to crisis

The Day spoke with several families this past week who are worried that the coronavirus pandemic has put children in the care of the state Department of Children and Families in a damaging state of limbo.

Trump administration moves toward promoting broader use of face masks

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many, if not all, Americans wear face coverings when leaving home, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus

Mystic Airbnb hosts pitch 'Corona Free!' apartments

The tourism season seems to have started early in Mystic, driven by people seeking refuge from coronavirus.

You've just lost your job? Here's what you need to know

Nearly 10 million Americans have lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits in the past two weeks — a stunning record high that reflects the near-complete shutdown of the U.S. economy

The Day will profile high school senior athletes in a series

Saturday will be a sad day for The Day's sports staff, one which will result in reflection.

Courtney announces $1 million in federal funds for COVID-19 response in New London and Norwich

Two federal grants totaling more than $1 million will go to the cities of New London and Norwich to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Social distancing means leave those seals alone, feds say

The federal government wants people seeking social distance to know they still have to stay away from seals they encounter at the beach

Patriots use team plane to help Mass., fly N95 in from China

In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, the New England Patriots customized Boeing 767 jet rests on the tarmac at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The New England Patriots' private team plane is returning to Boston from China carrying more than one million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus

States demand ventilators as feds ration limited supply

New York Go. Andrew Cuomo, left, speaks as he stands beside Rear Adm. John B. Mustin after the arrival of the USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship with a 1,000 bed-capacity, Monday, March 30, 2020, at Pier 90 in New York. The ship will be used to treat New Yorkers who don't have coronavirus as land-based hospitals fill up with and treat those who do. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The federal government is sitting on a stockpile of ventilators even as states are bidding against each other to obtain the desperately needed medical devices from private manufacturers

NYC and London stage productions with choreography by New London’s David Dorfman are put on ice due to COVID-19

David Dorfman (Photo by Aundre Larrow)

He was choreographing a new Off-Broadway show by Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow called "Whisper House."

We answer your COVID-19 questions and local towns come together in music and sound

June Ingram plays a rendition of America The Beautiful at her home as part of Music Unifies Mystic on Sunday, March 29. The event was organized by Ingram and one of her students Jacqui Keller.

We answer 14 of your questions and hear about what some of our local towns are doing to show solidarity and unity during this time of social distancing.

Traipsing on North Stonington’s trails: Vernal pools, stone walls and cockfighting rings

Hikers at the Babcock Ridge preserve in North Stonington step along planks laid down to protect a wetlands area. (Photo by Betsy Graham)

Hikers tramping through the woods of southeastern Connecticut sometimes stumble upon debris that reflect an era when farmers left defunct equipment to rust in the field and buried their household trash nearby. It can be disconcerting to encounter...

Economic fallout mounts, along with competition for gear

Residents carry their belongings as they walk past a toll booth to enter the city of Wuhan which is still under lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak but have started allowing some residents to return in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, April 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The coronavirus outbreak has triggered a stunning collapse in the U.S. workforce with 10 million people losing their jobs in the past two weeks and economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage...