ESSEX, CT — Shortly after The Black Seal Restuarant in downtown Essex re-opened and Deep River Roasters Coffee opened in Centerbrook for the first time, both businesses announced, via Facebook posts, Tuesday, March 16, that their doors are closed for now, due to possible Covid-19 exposure.,Deep River Roasters wrote to friends and customers that, "...due to a positive case of Covid-19 in our school community, members of our family have been quarantined.",They will reopen once everyone in the family gets negative Covid-19 tests back.,The Black Seal, following the CDC guidelines, is also taking health and safety precautions and posted that the restaurant will be closed March 16, through March 18, "to conduct a deep clean.",This is the same day that Governor Ned Lamont will roll back Covid-19 restrictions, including allowing restaurants to operate at full capacity, lessening rules on entertainment and sports venues and lifting the travel ban.

Scores of other residential communities, mixed-use developments, hotel projects and office developments either broke ground or were under construction in 2020.,Developments already under construction in 2020 included The Grand, a Frank Gehry-designed, $1 billion mixed-use development on Bunker Hill in the Financial District, citizenM Hotel, an 11-story hotel, being built with prefabricated modular units in the Financial District, and 755 S. Figueroa, a 64-story apartment tower with 784 units, also in the Financial District.,The Lightstone Group project will include a 37-story tower with two hotels, 727 guestrooms and 8,600 square feet of restaurant and retail space.,Eighth Figueroa, a 42-story tower with 438 apartments and 7,500 square feet of retail space in the city’s Financial District, also broke ground in 2020.,Downtown L.A. also saw some notable investment sales last year, including Silverstein Properties’ purchase of the US Bank Tower for $430 million, the sale of 915 Wilshire for $196 million to German investors and Avalon Bay Communities’ purchase of the Showa Marine cold storage site in the Arts District, which is entitled for 475 live/work units and roughly 50,000 square feet of retail.

A new vaccination site at Santa Ana College opening Wednesday, Feb. 17, aims to serve eligible residents in Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana neighborhoods that have seen some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the county and the largest numbers of people hospitalized or killed by the virus.,Like the county’s other PODS (points of dispensing), vaccinations at the Santa Ana College site will be by appointment only.,“The Santa Ana College site is a tangible example of the county and Board of Supervisors delivering on our focus on equity in vaccine distribution.”,The county is alerting people 65 and older who live in the affected ZIP codes and are registered with Othena that they can make an appointment for the Santa Ana College site, and it’s doing other outreach to eligible seniors who haven’t yet signed up through Othena, Kim said.,“I’m obviously excited that there is going to be a vaccination site here in in Santa Ana, and I’m even more glad that it is going to be addressing some of the most impacted residents in our community and our county,” he  said.

COLUMBIANA — A longtime city police officer has been chosen to fill the police chief position vacated by Tim Gladis in November due to retirement.,On Tuesday, council unanimously approved hiring Bill Myers as police chief following the recommendation from City Manager Lance Willard.,Willard said that Myers has supervisory experience, and has worked with all of the city departments over the years.,I think he has a passion for our town, and a passion to get out there and hit the streets and continue working with the storefront owners and the community,” Willard said.,Willard said the Civil Service Commission will provide the city with a list of the top 10 candidates to choose from and that the list is typically good for two years or until depleted.

COLUMBIANA — A longtime city police officer has been chosen to fill the police chief position vacated by Tim Gladis in November due to retirement.,On Tuesday, council unanimously approved hiring Bill Myers as police chief following the recommendation from City Manager Lance Willard.,Willard said that Myers has supervisory experience, and has worked with all of the city departments over the years.,On a related matter, Willard said that more than 20 people have signed up to take the civil service test to become a police officer.,Willard said the Civil Service Commission will provide the city with a list of the top 10 candidates to choose from and that the list is typically good for two years or until depleted.

BRANDON, Fla. — Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday at a Florida hotel room, days after authorities spoke with him as part of a welfare check, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.,“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,” Chronister said in a statement posted on social media.,“Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else,” the sheriff said, noting that Jackson, a South Tampa resident, was made an honorary deputy.,Mourning his death, Jackson’s former teams highlighted his dedication to community service.,“During his five seasons with our franchise, Vincent was a consummate professional, who took a great deal of pride in his performance on and off the football field,” Buccaneers owner and co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement, noting Jackson’s work in the community.

Thanks to the support of the local community, the United Methodist Women of Fairfield Community United Methodist Church, fondly known as the Community Angels, were able to donate a total of $3,200 to two local non-profit organizations that help women and children.,Since the pandemic eliminated in-person fundraising activities, the organization used a variety of virtual pop-up shops to raise money in 2020.,Even with the difficulties faced during the year, the UMW was excited to be able to support two excellent local organizations, with donations of $1,600 to each one.,Thanks to the generous support of these events by the community, the UMW has been able to donate over $65,000 to deserving local charities.,This is news or information provided by members of the community as individuals or on behalf of an organization or business.

Futures Inc., which has been in business for 30 years, has had a location in West Hartford for 16 years, but recently has become much more physically visible in the community.,In West Hartford, The Kitchen at Futures Inc. operates a teaching kitchen that shares space with the offices on South Quaker Lane, and in August 2020, they opened the organization’s third brick and mortar retail location, Good Cause Gifts, which shares space with Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union at 973 Farmington Ave.

Good Cause Gifts also has stores in Berlin and at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain – and the Kitchen at Futures Inc. also runs the cafe at the hospital.,“One of our biggest goals to opening a store in West Hartford Center was to get our name into the community and share what Futures Inc. and Good Cause Gifts is doing – while also providing another great shopping option for our town,” said DonAroma.,“In addition to shifting to a stronger online presence, simultaneous to opening our West Hartford Good Cause Gifts location, we also built an online store (goodcausegifts.org).,One of the key goals for opening the West Hartford Center store and launching the online store was working with more local vendors and businesses, and Futures Inc. has succeeded on that front as well. read more

There are three phases of development not only in our sports, but in all youth sports — the discovery phase where the athlete develops a curiosity and love for sport, easily learning skills when provided enough frequency and participation at this formative prepubescent age; the intrinsic motivation phase when the athlete develops a passion for sport that motivates them to do more of their own volition; and the aspirational stage when the athlete aspires to become the best they can be at their sport, working tirelessly regardless of skill level to attain their goals.,SSCV’s success is measured not by the results of our elite athletes, but by our ability to unlock the key for each and every athlete, regardless of age, skill level or snowsport, that will enable them to evolve through each phase to become the best they can be.,It is remarkable to see how much athletes can learn through the vehicle of a competitive snowsport, not only serving them well during their time at SSCV, but providing them the confidence and skills needed to be successful in their adult lives.,These past 10 months challenged the entire SSCV community in unprecedented ways — staff, athletes and parents alike — to work harder to navigate the times.,Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s objective is to provide the level of quality commensurate to the needs and goals of all its athletes so they can become the best they can be.

The McKinley Elementary School and the TJ MAXX Building had phrases like "Beijing Biden" and "Commie Harris" crossed out.,Police say a Fairfield Board of Education employee told them a sidewalk on McKinley Elementary School had been spray-painted with the phrase "United States of China.",Before Police arrived, Fairfield Public Schools Security and Facilities workers had removed more words spray-painted on the sidewalk that read, "Biden for socialism.",The Board of Education and Fairfield Public Schools released a joint statement that reads in part:

"As we process the events unfolding across our country, we know that many in our community are dealing with feeling anger, hurt, and fear.,Officers said they are working to identifying the people responsible and said in part, "The Fairfield Police Department understands that this incident has caused a great deal of alarm and varying levels of concern for many living within our community and with that in mind police have been working diligently to identify the responsible individual(s)." read more