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Hartford announces free sports program for city childrenHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- There are plans to have hundreds of kids filling fields in Hartford, all playing sports for free. On Friday, the city announced a new partnership with the Active City program. It will give 1,200 children the chance to get involved in soccer, football, basketball and track at no cost. Kids ages 6 to 14 can participate. “This is a big part of our efforts to help our young people reengage, reconnect, begin to recover and heal from this long and hard year we've had,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. The spring season starts as the end of this month and goes through June, and the leagues will use city parks and school facilities. The mayor is hopeful this free sports initiative will expand over the summer and years to come. Families can sign up through the city's <a href=";type=activities" target="_blank">MyRec portal.</a>
Police arrest man accused in 2019 Bridgeport murderBRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -- Bridgeport police have arrested a man accused in a murder that happened more than one year ago. On Friday, police arrested 25-year-old Luiz Roman in Ohio. He’s accused in the murder of 23-year-old Miguel Afzal, who was found dead on Dec. 8, 2019. According to police, Afzal was reported missing on Nov. 21, 2019. He had last been seen with an acquaintance, identified as Roman. The day his body was found, police had been searching the abandoned Remington site on Barnum Avenue. Afzal’s body was found in one of the buildings. A medical examiner said Afzal’s death was a homicide, caused by a gunshot wound to the head. Detectives traveled to Ohio earlier this week and took Roman into custody. He was charged with murder and is being held on a $1 million bond.
Swastikas found drawn in chalk behind Easton elementary schoolEASTON, CT (WFSB) -- An investigation is ongoing after Swastikas were found drawn on pavement behind an Easton school earlier this week. Police said the Swastikas, drawn in chalk, were found on Thursday, behind Samuel Staples Elementary School on Morehouse Road. The school resource officer and staff members conducted an investigation. On Friday, the responsible individual was identified, and a ‘Hate and Bias’ form was completed and filed with the state by Easton police. School and district leaders are continuing the investigation. In a statement, Easton police said “It is important that everyone understands that this symbol is a despicable reminder of hate, bias and has no place in our community, which prides itself on being a welcoming, inclusive, and kind community.”
PD: Bloomfield woman shot and killed man during domestic disputeBLOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -- A Bloomfield woman is facing charges after police said she shot a killed a 39-year-old man Friday night. Police responded to a home on Filley Street a little after 10:30 p.m. When officers arrived, 37-year-old Marvyann Duncan told them she had just shot her gun. The victim was found inside the home, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man has not yet been identified. Police said it appears the man and Duncan were involved in a domestic dispute before the shooting. The Bloomfield Police Department’s Detective Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation with assist from the CT State’s Attorney’s Office.
Trinity Health 24-hour Vax-A-Thon continues SaturdayHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Trinity Health is holding a 24 hour vax-a-thon. This is the first 24 hour vaccine clinic in Connecticut. The clinic started Friday evening at 5 p.m. People, all with appointments, were seen waiting in line throughout the night on Friday. All appointments are booked at this time. They are accepting walk-ups, but you may have to wait or come at a later hour. Trinity Health says it's good to have some form of ID, but you will not be turned away if you don't you have it. By the time the 'vax-a-thon' is over, 4,000 people will be vaccinated. "It’s a good night. The weather is good and we all want to get vaccinated so we can get back to normalcy," South Windsor resident Jennifer Carr said. Jennifer and her family of four were all getting vaccinated Friday night. They've weathered the pandemic together and now they're getting vaccinated together. "Really grateful. I think it’s a great thing for the community," said Carr. Trinity Health's vax-a-thon at the Artists Collective in Hartford is the turning point for many. "It’s been tough, because I live alone. Hopefully the beginning of the end of this," Windsor resident Steven Masce stated. Nearly 275 volunteers will be working until 5 p.m. on Saturday to vaccinate 4,000 people. They're offering the Pfizer and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Volunteer Cherelle Rozie said this vax-a-thon is personal for her. "I survived COVID along with my siblings so experiencing it, but also getting the vaccine myself and hopefully protecting those around me in the future was really important," explained Rozie. As midnight and the early morning hours roll around, volunteers at the vax-a-thon will still be going, one arm at a time. "It’s awesome. It’s great trying to get everyone vaccinated, save the world, one step at a time," West Hartford resident Meg Scheibel added. The event was made possible in-part from a $50,000 donation from three community partners, including Fairview Capital Partners, Inc., Fairview “ALL IN” Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the JoAnn and James Price Fund for Community Safety at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. As of Friday evening, Connecticut has administered more than 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. More than 883,000 people across the state are fully vaccinated so far. Vaccination information for the rest of the state, including how to register and clinic locations, can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.
CT Vaccine Rollout: 16 and up now eligible to registerHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The coronavirus vaccine rollout is well underway in Connecticut. As of March 19, people aged 45 and up became eligible.Priority access was granted to those with certain medical conditions and intellectual disabilities on April 1.All other adults were also able to make appointments on April 1. People aged 16 and up were able to create a Vaccine Administration Management System, or VAMS, accounts on March 31. Getting in the VAMS system is the first step to registering for a vaccine appointment through the state. A link to the VAMS site can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. In addition to an <a href="" target="_blank">online appointment system</a>, there is a telephone appointment system for people who don't have computer access to schedule an appointment. The number is 877-918-2224. Healthcare providers reminded the public to be patient, as scheduling an appointment may take time. The age-based schedule is as follows: March 1, 2021: Expanded to age group 55 to 64March 19, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54April 1, 2021: Priority access for certain high risk patients and those with intellectual disabilitiesApril 1, 2021: Expanded to age group 16 to 44 State officials said residents with comorbidities and intellectual and developmental disabilities will have priority access to the vaccines as of April 1. Teachers and staff, pre-K through grade 12, along with childcare professionals were eligible to receive the vaccine at the beginning of March at special clinics. The information was available through school administrators and employers. Phase 1A, which included healthcare personnel, first responders and long term care residents, began in mid-December and was mostly completed. Phase 1B began in January, first with people 75 and up, then later included those 65 and up and people in congregant settings. On Feb. 22, the governor announced a switch in eligibility which expanded the rollout to include teachers and a more age-based schedule. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO BE VACCINATED (45 and older) Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) Schedule an appointment online by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a> or call the Connecticut COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.The line is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beginning Feb. 8, the state increased its capability of taking phone calls to schedule appointments, with 125 trained contact specialists being added to the team. Many providers can be accessed through the <a href="" target="_blank">VAMS scheduling system</a> including:Trinity Health of New England (hospitals and other locations)Griffin HospitalNuvance HealthStamford HospitalBristol HospitalCharlotte Hungerford HospitalMidstate Medical CenterMeriden Health ClinicLocal Health DepartmentsFederally Qualified Health Centers All information submitted through VAMS or the assist line will be kept private and will only be used to schedule vaccinations. The link also contains a detailed and extensive list of frequently asked questions about the vaccine, helping to ease any concerns members of the public may have. UConn Health: To schedule a vaccine appointment at UConn Health in Farmington, you must be registered in advance with <a href="" target="_blank">UConn Health MyChart</a>. Once registered, individuals can self-schedule a date and time through MyChart to receive the first dose of the vaccine. Second dose appointments are made when the individual receives their first dose.Detailed instructions to follow for online scheduling can be found by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.UConn Health phone scheduling: 860-679-5589 (Choose option 2). The program’s general line is 860-679-8888 for general questions or vaccine issues. Hartford HealthCare: To register online go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> In early March, Hartford HealthCare announced patients can choose <a href=";publicId=395" target="_blank">which vaccine they would like to receive</a>.To register by phone, Hartford HealthCare Access Center at 860.827.7690 or toll-free at 833.943.5721.Patients can also use <a href="" target="_blank">MyChartPlus</a>. Yale New Haven Health Yale New Haven Health is vaccinating individuals who are 65 and older. Appointments will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schedule your appointment online by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.More sites will be added as they are approved. Trinity Health of New England Trinity Health Of New England is offering those eligible, who would like to be vaccinated, several options for an appointment, which is is mandatory, as the clinics are not able to take walk-ins.Patients may schedule their own appointment using a valid email address via the state's <a href="" target="_blank">Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) online Enrollment Portal</a>, through their primary care provider, or eventually through MyCare.For more information on these options, please visit Trinity Health Of New England’s Schedule Your Vaccine webpage: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Community Health Center, Inc. Community Health Center, Inc. is providing vaccines to those eligible.Locations are available in Clinton, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, New London and Stamford.More information can be found on the CHC's website <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Walgreens Schedule your appointment online by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>. Walmart Participating Walmart Pharmacies are in communities throughout Connecticut, including: Torrington, West Haven, North Windham, New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford, and Norwalk. To schedule an appointment, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Waterbury Health Post University will open a drive-thru vaccination site at its 800 Country Club Rd. address on Jan. 25.Another site will be behind Naugatuck's parks and recreation building, next to Naugatuck High School. This will also on Jan. 25.Registration is required and done through Waterbury Hospital.Residents can register online <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or call 203-575-5250, extension 4 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CVS Pharmacy CVS will start administering vaccines on Feb. 11, but appointments will become available as early as Feb. 9.Participating CVS Pharmacies are in communities throughout Connecticut, including: Avon, Bristol, Coventry, Glastonbury, Guilford, Hamden, Middletown, North Haven, UncasvilleTo scheduled an appointment, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. Stop &amp; Shop <a href="" target="_blank">Stop &amp; Shop stores in CT</a> are currently offering the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccineIf you are a CT resident who is part of the groups eligible for a vaccine, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> to schedule a vaccine appointment Find additional pharmacies by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>. For more questions about the vaccine, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
FEMA helping alleviate funeral costs for families that lost loved ones to COVID(WFSB) - Families impacted in the worst way from the coronavirus are getting some financial help from the federal government. FEMA is providing up to $9,0000 to cover funeral and burial costs for coronavirus victims. This opens up on Monday. What can sometimes get lost in our daily reports are the lives and families just torn apart by this virus. In Connecticut alone, we have more than 7.900 COVID-related deaths and the government is helping with the financial side of the mourning process. "This last year has been like no other," David MacDonald of the Wallingford Funeral Home tells us. David has seen the heartbreak caused by coronavirus up close for the last thirteen months. "Twenty-five percent of our business was COVID-related," says MacDonald. While the pain may still be raw for families, FEMA is covering up to $9,000 in funeral expenses for people who died of complications related to COVID. This will cover: FuneralsIntermentsCremationsCasket or urnBurial plotHeadstoneDeath certificate costs, and more. "Over half a million people have been affected, so it is new to all of us," stated MacDonald. If you lost a loved one, we want to get you prepared. To qualify, the death must have happened after January 20, 2020. This is two months before the virus was officially labeled a pandemic. “COVID” must be on the cause of death portion of the death certificate and the death must have occurred in the U.S. We’re getting answers to some of your other questions. "[A lot of families pay together. How is that going to work?] The way FEMA has set up the process, for every COVID-related death, there can only be one application for reimbursement," explained MacDonald. FEMA says if documents are submitted separately for one death, the first applicant in the family will get paid. Receipts will be needed. "[What type of receipts should people keep?] The main one would be the statement of funeral goods and services, which every funeral home, by law, has to prepare," added MacDonald. It basically is an itemized receipt. The application process will start over the phone. The number to call on Monday, starting at 9 a.m., is 1-844-684-6333.
Police called to domestic violence incident at Plymouth home Friday nightPLYMOUTH, CT (WFSB) - A shelter-in-place order in Plymouth was lifted Friday night following a domestic violence incident. Police said an ongoing investigation prompted the order just after 8:30 p.m. The investigation was happening at a home on Prospect Street Extension. The order was lifted a few hours later. No injuries were reported. Police haven't said if any arrests have been made.
Mother that abandoned disabled son in Bridgeport arrestedBRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) - Police made an arrest after a young boy with a disability was abandoned in the pouring rain in Bridgeport. It happened around 5:45 p.m. near the corner of Burroughs and East Main Streets on Wednesday, March 31. City officials say 41-year-old Sharon Williams of Fairfield had pulled her car over and dropped her 5-year-old son off before driving away. The boy is only being identified at this time as Prince. Prince has disabilities, which prevented him from positively identifying himself or locating his family. Prince appears to be in good health and remains in DCF custody. Bridgeport Police were able to locate Williams Friday night and arrested her on several charges, including risk of injury to a minor and first degree reckless endanerment. Her bond was set at $250,000. She is expected to be arraigned on Monday.
Three COVID cases at Plainfield schools force dozens to quarantinePLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) - Over fifty Plainfield students are in quarantine after three positive COVID cases were reported earlier this week. According to Plainfield Superintendent Kenneth DiPietro, two Plainfield High students have tested positive for the virus. A total of fifty-eight students were told to quarantine as a result of the positive tests, citing that both students move around the building to get to their classes. Since one or both students played a sport at the high school, the respective sport(s) will also be impacted as well. Three students within the Plainfield school system reported earlier this week that one of their parents and siblings tested positive for COVID-19. Only one of the three, a student at Plainfield Memorial, had been diagnosed with the virus. Superintendent DiPietro said that that student's class will "remain out for the quarantine period", but the building will remain open. Those that were in that specific student's cohort that were deemed close contacts were told to quarantine. The other two students, who attend Plainfield Central Middle School, tested negative for the coronavirus, but remain in quarantine due to the family's current symptoms. Those students at Plainfield Central that had been told to stay home and get tested for the virus are expected to return to school on Monday.