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Family trying to bring back father’s body from Puerto Rico after drowning while saving daughtersHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A Hartford father lost his life after heroically saving his daughters from drowning. The tragedy happening on a family vacation to Puerto Rico. The family is now running into obstacles in bringing their father’s body back home. On Christmas, the Gonzalez family surprised their daughters with a trip to Puerto Rico. It would be the girls’ first time and the second for their father, Jose. “They had this as a vacation for them. They bough them luggage, bathing suits, everything,” said Sophia Serrano, victim’s cousin. Excited to embrace their culture, 18-year-old Makiyah and 16-year-old Leilani, chronicled the trip nearly every step of the way. On Monday, they departed the cold weather and embraced the warmth. On Wednesday, the trip would take a tragic turn when the Hartford family visited a beach on the island’s north side. “The waves are strong, it’s different than the waves in San Juan and the other side of Puerto Rico,” said Frankie Huertas, victim’s brother-in-law. Frankie Huertas is Jose’s brother-in-law, and he’s been to Puerto Rico many times and knows the beach in Manati has a dangerous side. “My brother-in-law went over there and didn’t know the waters,” Huertas said. The girls went swimming and found themselves overwhelmed. “A wave came, and they couldn’t see his girls and went in there,” said Najelena Lobon, a cousin. Jose got his youngest daughter to shore. “The older one, she was more out at sea and struggling more,” Lobon said. Jose pushed her on a rock, but his family says the current swept the 42-year-old away. “She was kind of just looking at dad, like, ‘I love you, I think I’m going to die,’ but he said, ‘no, you’re not,’ and as a hero, that’s what he did. He pushed his daughter on a rock, and he did what he had to do and went out as a proper good father,” Lobon said. Jose made the ultimate sacrifice and for those he knew and loved, his final heroic moments came as no surprise. “His daughters were his life and no matter what, he would do anything to keep them safe,” Huertas said. Hearts broken back home, compounded because Jose’s daughters and his widow remain in Puerto Rico. “His wife doesn’t want to leave until he’s with her, so they’re all kind of just stuck there,” Lobon said. Bringing his body back home is proving to be a struggle, financially and logistically. They say they’re running into COVID obstacles when all they want is to give their hero the service he deserves. “He did the right thing to me because he’s a hero in my book. I would have done the same thing if I was in his shoes,” Huertas said. If you would like to help, the family has started a GoFundMe, which can be found <a href=";sharetype=teams&amp;utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=customer" target="_blank">here</a>.
Theaters, stadiums to remain under restricted capacityHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – By March 19, most businesses will be able to open at full capacity, but some venues, like theaters and stadiums, won’t be able to ease up on restrictions. Venues like Hartford Stage will have to remain at 50 percent capacity. One theater owner says he doesn’t expect crowds for another three to four months. Palace Theater in Waterbury will turn 100 next year and CEO Frank Tavera has a goal. “We say 100 years at 100 percent capacity,” Tavera said. But for now, they have to settle at 50 percent as many other businesses around the state get to scale up to 100 percent. <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: Gov. Lamont announces state's plan to ease some COVID-19 restrictions</a> That means the theater can only seat 650 people or less. Tavera says they’ve been dealing with groups much smaller and will likely continue to do so. “We’re doing small scale activities in the building where 100 people can gather safely,” Tavera said. As much of the state reopens, theaters and performing arts venues will continue at 50 percent. Indoor stadiums will be able to reopen April 2 at 10 percent capacity and outdoor event venues will reopen at a 50 percent cap. “We’re going to see that there’s not going to be that many fans. That’s made very clear to understand that you have more space in a venue,” said Johonniuss Chemweno, VIP StarNetwork. VIP StarNetwork sent compliance officers to work in entertainment and sports settings. CEO Johonniuss Chemweno says with the caps still in place, fans are going to have a different experience. “Clear exits and entrances, one-way traffic, a limited capacity of people being completely spread out around the venue,” Chemweno said. Tavera says he misses providing a live arts experience to people, but he’s okay with a slow reopening for now. “We want to make sure we can get people comfortable entering the building, comfortable convening with other people because it’s been a year since we’ve been allowed to do that, before we kind of really open the floodgates,” Tavera said. Masks and social distancing will continue to be required no matter where you go.
Gov. Lamont signs Crown Act, banning hair discrimination in the workplaceHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Governor Ned Lamont has signed the CROWN Act on Friday evening. The new law will end discrimination based on hairstyles typically associated with race. Called the Crown Act, it’s stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair. <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: Law banning natural hair discrimination in the workplace expected to be signed by Gov. Lamont</a> For so long, many people of color feared others would see their hair as unprofessional, but the soon-to-be law challenges this outlook.
Public Health Committee passes legislation to ban all flavored tobacco productsHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A big step forward to stop young people from smoking. The Public Health Committee passed legislation on Friday to ban all flavored tobacco, including e-cigarettes and vaping products. There are 15,000 different flavors like gummy bear, cotton candy and s’mores. This legislation would ban these flavors and the very popular and addictive menthol. Despite education and warnings, young people continue to smoke, and vaping is increasingly popular. The smoking rate among Connecticut high school students is 2.7 percent, but the number of those using e-cigarettes is 27 percent. While the tobacco industry has spent millions every year on advertising, Connecticut hasn’t spent any money towards helping people quit or prevent kids from starting. Some feel this legislation could help. “This is a very strong strategy that the tobacco industry was at the point of sales marketing. They want to normalize that tobacco is a life product in every aspect,” said Senator Saud Anwar. A majority of lawmakers on the Public Health Committee support a ban on all flavored tobacco, but some feel it goes too far. “It’s an overreach. I think at some point there is personal responsibility,” said Rep. Bill Petit. The ban would also affect menthol, which according to the American Cancer Society, is popular among youth and minorities. “These products are not safe, and I think they are being directly marketed to kids through these flavors. Flavors are a marketing weapon that’s used by tobacco manufacturers to target youth to a lifetime of addiction,” said Bryte Johnson, the American Cancer Society. Smoking attributes to 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Five states including California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island have laws or rules banning the sales of flavored e-cigarettes. The bill must still be voted on by the General Assembly.
Liberty Bank Surprise Squad recognizes local Dunkin Donuts manager for unselfish effortsSOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) - This week, the Liberty Bank Surprise Squad is thanking a woman who has been making sure her employees and customers have stayed safe during the pandemic. Today’s recipient is the manager of a local Dunkin Donuts. Her name is Lynette and her employees tell us she’s a truly special person. Lynette Maloon's positive attitude has been brightening the days of customers and employees at the Dunkin Donuts on Sullivan Avenue in South Windsor for more than a quarter century. Employees tell us Lynette, who is the branch manager, has done a great job ensuring the safety of workers and customers during the pandemic, but the crew tell us Lynette isn't just a great boss, she's a terrific friend too. "She’s been here for everything emotional personal everything she’s been there for," Dunkin Donuts employee Julie Frazier tells us. Julie has been friends with Lynette for more than forty years. She called the Liberty Bank Surprise Squad with a very simple secret mission, do something special for Lynette. "I figured she deserved something good and that’s why I called you guys," says Frazier. She called the right team. We told Lynette we wanted to interview her for a story about COVID-19 safety protocols, but once the camera was running, we revealed the truth and surprised her with a $500 visa gift card. "Thank you very much," said Maloon. Of course, Lynette proved almost immediately why her employees nominated her. "[Any idea what you’re gonna use the money on?] Right now, we are all getting pizza or something before I leave," stated Malloon. Lynette tells us the pizza party will be fun and she'll find a good use for the extra cash, but she's actually more excited that the team she loves so much went out of their way to make sure she knows they appreciate her. "They’re always there for me. I have a great crew. This Dunkin is more like another home to me," added Maloon.
Pothole Patrol: How crews patch up potholes during the winter monthsHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- The Channel 3 Pothole Patrol is back out on the roads, taking a look at how potholes are getting patched up during the winter months. In Connecticut, potholes are no stranger to drivers. During the cold winter months, there’s only one option to make a repair – a cold patch. “You can use it in the worst conditions, you apply it cold, as the name implies, and typically it's a short-term fix,” explained Kevin Nursick, of the CT Dept. of Transportation. “It's fairly durable, but when you're installing cold patch into a pothole, it's generally terrible conditions outside, it's very cold out, you may have water still on the roadway or in the pothole so you're trying to make that repair, but they tend to be temporary repairs.” He goes on to explain that the cold patch is a flexible material that eventually works its way out with additional freeze and thaw cycles. However, that sometimes leads to the temporary repairs to have to be done over again. “Traffic volume obviously has a big impact on how long a repair is going to last, and of course the severity of the pothole has an impact, so there are a variety of factors that are going to impact just how long these repairs are going to last,” Nursick said. In the springtime, when asphalt plants open back up, crews can get back out and make permanent repairs. “Hot mix asphalt is the ideal repair material to utilize,” Nursick said. He added that when crews are out making repairs, whether they’re permanent or temporary, drivers need to be aware, not only for the safety of the road crews, but for their own. “Watch your speeds and don't tailgate. Those are probably the two best things that you can do to prevent hitting a pothole or damaging your vehicle from hitting a pothole,” Nursick said. As always, if you see a pothole, report it on the Ch. 3 app <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or on the state's Dept. of Transportation website <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.
Meriden schools hoping to have in-person graduation ceremoniesMERIDEN, CT (WFSB) – As the state loosens restrictions, school districts are thinking the possibility of a traditional graduation is more of a reality. The Meriden superintendent is hopeful that graduations will be possible for students in the city. “Being a senior, you want to graduate, so you have to do the best you have to do,” said Brandon Kwarteng, Maloney High School senior. Students have had two school years upended and seniors are hoping their graduations won’t be another victim of the COVID era. “I’m hoping we can be together with all our family and friends and throw one big party,” said Gehad Saleh, Maloney senior. Those dreams are closer to becoming a reality with Governor Ned Lamont announcing some restrictions will be loosened in two weeks. Graduation is on June 10, so things could change dramatically for the good in those months. <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: Gov. Lamont announces state's plan to ease some COVID-19 restrictions</a> “We’ll let the health data guide us. Three months is a long time, so we’re not going to be premature in our decision-making,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Benigni, Meriden Public Schools. Indoor, outdoor, attendance capacities? Dr. Mark Benigni says those discussions are all happening now, but he is hopeful the students wishes will come true. “We have football complexes and sports fields that I think can accommodate a graduation that is socially distanced, but they also want their families to be part, so we hope the health guidance will allow for that as well,” Dr. Benigni said. Looking back at last year, Maloney did have an in-person ceremony that involved students walk, but social distancing and masks were required, and attendance was very limited. If the numbers continue to trend in the right direction, officials believe this year will be closer to normal.
INTERVIEW: Local doctor answers questions about the COVID vaccineInfectious Diseases Dr. Henry Anyimadu, of the Hospital of Central Connecticut, answers questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
While capacity restrictions will be lifted on gyms, social distancing will remain in placeBLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) – Gyms are one of the businesses that will no longer have capacity restrictions. Instead, they will be limited only by social distancing requirements, so will this mean larger crowds the next time you head to the gym? Because the social distancing rules are already in place, gym owners say they don’t expect to suddenly see more people going back. Governor Ned Lamont is allowing gyms to admit as many members as they can, so long as people can stay six feet apart. This is just in time for people to try and shed those extra pandemic pounds before summer. “It’s not like a typical gym where you can go in and stand six feet away from a machine while you wait for it,” said Erik Castiglione, owner of Viking Fitness. Erik Castiglione owns Viking Fitness in West Hartford. He says he’s already maxed out on the number of members he can have at once because of social distancing requirements, so the change on March 19 won’t mean bigger classes. “Our max capacity under the 25 percent rule was 49 and based on spacing requirements, we’ve had to have capacity at 14,” Castiglione said. The same goes for the much larger Planet Fitness. The big box change says it’s already set capacity limits for each of its 34 Connecticut locations based on size. “Not much is going to change. We have our guidelines,” said Mike Shapiro, Vice President of Connecticut Operations for Planet Fitness. Gym goers also need to continue to wear masks. Castiglione says that’s caused some members to stop going. “Some people got used to wearing masks, they don’t like it, but they put up with it. I’ve actually had a couple of members go on hold since they refuse to workout in masks,” Castiglione said. But Shapiro says attendance has gone up as people become comfortable again. Planet Fitness also has touchless entry and extra sanitation stations, things that will likely stay after the pandemic. “There’s absolutely no plan to ever stop this,” Shapiro said. CrossFit gyms like Castiglione’s are often in warehouses, which has bigger and better ventilation. Castiglione hopes this can mean an end to the mask requirement when the weather gets better and the doors are open all day.
Coronavirus Coverage: CT's positivity rate is at 1.84%(WFSB) -- The Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact Connecticut and the entire country. Below is a breakdown of developments as they happen: As of Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont said the state's positivity rate was at 1.84 percent. <a href="" target="_blank">Coronavirus Coverage: A guide to finding a COVID test, checking wait times</a> <a href="" target="_blank">CT Vaccine Rollout: Where to register for a vaccine if you’re eligible</a> For a complete town-by-town breakdown of the cases, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. March 5 On Friday, there were 285,330 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 830 since Thursday. Out of 45,062 tests administered, 830 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 1.84%. There were 11 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 7,704. Hospitalizations decreased by 5 on Friday, bringing the current total to 428. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 6,919,288 an increase of 45,062 since Thursday. March 4 On Thursday, there were 284,500 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 878 since Wednesday. Out of 47,132 tests administered, 878 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 1.86%. There were 15 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 7,693. Hospitalizations decreased by 18 on Thursday, bringing the current total to 433. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 6,874,226 an increase of 47,132 since Wednesday. March 3 On Wednesday, there were 283,622 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 494 since Tuesday. Out of 22,165 tests administered, 494 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 2.23%. There were 20 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 7,678. Hospitalizations increased by 38 on Wednesday, bringing the current total to 451. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 6,827,094 an increase of 22,165 since Tuesday. March 2 On Tuesday, there were 283,128 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 502 since Monday. Out of 17,331 tests administered, 502 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 2.9%. There were 7 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 7,658. Hospitalizations decreased by 4 on Tuesday, bringing the current total to 413. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 6,804,929 an increase of 17,331 since Monday. Mar. 1 On Monday, there were 282,626 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 2,680 since Friday. Out of 114,157 tests administered, 2,680 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 2.35%. There were 29 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 7,651. Hospitalizations decreased by 34 on Monday, bringing the current total to 417. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 6,787,598 an increase of 114,157 since Friday. To see previous statistics, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.