HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said plans are underway to expand hospital bed capacity in Connecticut to prepare for the anticipated surge in patients diagnosed with COVID-19, including transforming the field house at Southern Connecticut State University into a 250-bed temporary hospital.
BOSTON (AP) — The superintendent of a Massachusetts veteran's home was removed from his duties Monday after 11 residents died, including at least five who had tested positive for coronavirus and another five whose results are pending.
Editor’s note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, pretty much everything to do around the region has been canceled. Until this public health crisis passes, here’s a list of local social service agencies, venues and organizations and their statuses.
The new state restrictions on restaurants and bars to fight the coronavirus pandemic have prevented local residents from going out to eat. But many South County establishments are still serving via curbside takeout and delivery. Find out the status of your favorite local eatery by clicking o…
WESTERLY — A new web page created by the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce Foundation is being used to assist business owners, workers, local nonprofits, and health care organizations as the effects of the COVID-19 crisis mount.
As the United States faces its worst public health crisis in a century, we want you to know we are here for you — and with you.
BOSTON (AP) — Two colleges in Boston are marking the end of Women's History Month with an open event to update and enhance the Wikipedia entries of several female activists.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut political leaders had mixed views — and lots of questions — after President Donald Trump said Saturday a coronavirus quarantine might be needed for residents of their state, as well as New York and New Jersey. But the president backed away from the idea lat…
STONINGTON — Borough resident and Burgess Shaun Mastroianni was unanimously elected chairman of the Stonington Republican Town Committee at a special meeting held Thursday night that was conducted in part online with ZOOM video conference technology and in part in a parking lot on Williams A…
The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states' ability to provide basic services.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A southwestern Connecticut foundation raised $1 million in pledges over the past week to help nonprofits in the county hit hardest by the coronavirus. But demand for funding grew Friday by another $863,000.
BOSTON (AP) — All visitors arriving in Massachusetts are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as the state tightens its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have seized the guns, badge and cruiser of a trooper following his arrest in Rhode Island for allegedly pushing and shoving his on-and-off girlfriend, authorities said Thursday.
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration revoked a foundation's permission to carry passengers aboard its World War II-era planes after a deadly crash in October.
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fourteen families in Connecticut have been displaced because of damage to apartments caused by sprinklers that activated during a fire, officials said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.
STONINGTON — If you turn down the television, turn off the radio and pause your devices at 8 p.m. every night, you just might hear the sound of bells.
STONINGTON — It remains to be seen whether the school district will be able to hold graduation ceremonies on June 19 as planned, but local students can rest assured that there will be a formal celebration.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State workers in Connecticut are processing 20 times the number of unemployment claims they normally do, a deluge caused by the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering schools and non-emergency child care programs in Massachusetts to remain closed through the end of April as the state works to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Concord Coach Lines said it will suspend bus service throughout New England on Saturday after a former passenger tested positive for the coronavirus.
WESTERLY — Priests, ministers and other faith leaders came together Tuesday at Central Baptist Church for an interdenominational prayer service focused on unity, hope and service in the days of COVID-19.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut businesses adapted to new social distancing guidelines Tuesday, and state lawmakers were planning to continue work on an assistance package for small companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak despite the postponement of the legislative session.
BOSTON (AP) — The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, increased to 11 on Tuesday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public schools will be closed until at least April 20, the governor said Monday, and the state is looking into re-purposing old nursing homes and empty college dormitories to help free up space for hospitals as they brace for more COVID-19 patients.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Connecticut's appeal of a ruling that overturned a state law limiting the length of Tweed-New Haven Airport's main runway, handing the small airport a victory in its attempts to expand airline service.
MERIDEN — A blood drive will be held at the Connecticut State Police Academy today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for first responders to donate. Various police departments, fire departments and the National Guard have been asked to participate. With the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Red Cross is s…
MYSTIC — The Rotary Club of Mystic has extended the deadline for its 2020 Spring Grant Cycle to April 30. The extension will give 501(c)3 tax exempt organizations time to reorganize and adjust to the demands of the current coronavirus health crisis and take precautions against the spread of …
HARTFORD (AP) — Businesses across Connecticut, from the sprawling Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort casinos to small, independently owned Pilates studios, were preparing to shut down or curtail their services Monday to comply with a new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has announced a $10 million small business recovery loan fund to help companies struggling because of efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic.
STONINGTON — Patrick Kirker of Pawcatuck, a 45-year-old teacher, musician and photographer, just might have the luck of the Irish on his side.
Editor’s Note: Due to schedule changes in response to COVID-19 concerns, there are no additional events to report this week. The Week Ahead will return in the coming weeks. For up-to-date listings, more events/updates/changes, visit www.thewesterlysun.com/events.
HARTFORD — Connecticut officials banned utilities Friday from shutting off services to customers and warned of heavy demand for absentee ballots in the state's upcoming presidential primary as hospitals braced for more patients with the coronavirus.
U.S. hospitals are setting up circus-like triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients.
MYSTIC — The Mystic Seaport Museum announced Thursday that it would close starting on Friday and remain dark until March 30, pending further evaluation of the COVID-19 situation.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed an order Thursday banning gatherings of 250 people or more to slow the spread of the coronavirus, while personally recommending people avoid even smaller crowds.
Workers lost their jobs, parents came up with impromptu home lesson plans for children kept home from shuttered schools. Families fretted over dwindling retirement accounts, the health of elderly parents, and every cough and sneeze in their midst.
It was a routine game of schoolyard tag — except the children had dubbed this version “coronavirus.” The kids ran around and tagged one another, but instead of being "it," they “caught” the virus.
MYSTIC — The Mystic Irish Parade, a staple of spring in the region, has been postponed to Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago on Wednesday joined the ranks of cities around the world to scrap St. Patrick's Day parades amid concerns about spread of the new coronavirus, calling off an event that attracts tens of thousands of revelers who line the streets, pack themselves into pubs and peer into…
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun rights supporters are suing Connecticut officials over part of a 2013 state gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying it unconstitutionally bans people from loading more than 10 rounds of ammunition into their firearms.
PROVIDENCE — When the new coronavirus surfaced at Saint Raphael Academy after a school group returned from a trip to Italy, officials decided to close the Rhode Island Catholic high school for two weeks.
STONINGTON — State Sen. Heather Somers will hold a town hall forum at the Stonington Community Center, 28 Cutler St., on Thursday, March 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The forum will provide updates on the state’s response to the coronavirus.
ENFIELD, Conn. — For years prison inmate Rudy Ortiz only was able to see his children from behind a divider that prevented contact in tightly controlled, hour-long visits.