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INTERVIEW: How to deal with election anxietyPatricia Rehmer, the Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health at Hartford HealthCare discusses how people can deal with election anxiety during the presidential election.
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Local fisherman spots humpback whale in Long Island SoundOLD LYME, CT (WFSB) -- A new attraction is hitting Old Lyme. A humpback whale has made an appearance and it was all caught on camera. Humpbacks haven’t officially been documented in Connecticut since 2017… that is until Wednesday. It was a rare and amazing sight on the waters of Long Island Sound by Joe Diorio on Wednesday, as the humpback whale was caught breaching on camera. He spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News about the experience, saying “We were a couple thousand feet away from it, but I’ve never seen anything like this, it was so cool.” Diorio had been on a fishing guide when he noticed it. “I go to my client, ‘we must be having some dolphin around,’ but the next thing you know, I see this big bunker shooting out of the water and this big mouth shooting up and ate a 1,000 bunker in one gulp,” Diorio said. After getting his camera ready, he got an up-close view of the mammal that rarely makes it to the Sound. “It jumped twice, and we got this real nice breach at the end, it was awesome,” Diorio described. Showing how infrequently humpbacks are sighted in Connecticut, a map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed a handful in 2015, and the last one in 2017. “I’ve been fishing this area for 30 years. I’ve never seen a humpback whale in this area,” Diorio said. Experts from the Maritime Aquarium say it appears the whale was feeding, which is typical in younger whales, which may be exploring on their own for the first time. Whatever the reason, Diorio is happy he was there for this once in a lifetime sight. “It was really cool, we talked about it all day, but that’s something I’ll never forget just because of how fun and how big it was. It was 35-45 feet,” he said. While it is exciting, officials are hoping people don’t hop in their boats trying to chase the whales, because the protected mammals are at risk of getting hit. They advise boaters to immediately cut their engines as soon as they see one.
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Glastonbury announces students will learn remotely on 'snow days'GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -- Glastonbury school officials announced on Wednesday that it will treat “snow days” as remote learning days for the 2020-21 school year. The State Department of Education recently approved that option for school districts, and in a letter to parents, Glastonbury’s School Superintendent Alan Bookman said they have decided to take advantage of that. The education department said the decision to utilize this will be made on the local level. “We feel prepared to do this because of our successful one-to-one iPad program and our experiences with eLearning during 2020,” Bookman said in the letter. On what would be considered ‘snow days,’ students will instead learn remotely, connecting with their teachers over the internet. He went on to say that parents will be notified of an inclement weather “eLearning day,” as soon as possible so they can prepare. In a case where there are widespread power/internet outages that impact teachers and students, there will not be a remote learning day. Instead, school will be closed and it will be made up at the end of the school year. "The continuity of learning is so important — the more days you have where it breaks up the learning, the harder it is to pick up. You’re doing review when they come back. Students do best when you’re following certain routines," Bookman said. He also outlined some tips for students and parents for when it comes to an eLearning day, including: If inclement weather is in the forecast, please be sure you are prepared to eLearn by bringing home any necessary technology and materialsTeachers will connect on with you on "snow days" using Zoom, Google Classroom, and/or Seesaw as your primary appsAttendance will be taken and you will follow the school schedule for that dayIn-Person extra-curricular activities will be cancelled unless road conditions improve enough to hold the activity Bristol Public Schools also announced that they will move to Remote Learning Days instead of snow days. The district sent a letter to families on Wednesday saying that the district will notify families and staff the night before a possible school closure due to weather and will announce a Remote Learning Day.
Early Warning Weather Alert: Rain begins Thursday, ends as snow for some FridayHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - It's no trick or treat, but there could be a few snowflakes in the air later this week. After a rainy start to the day on Wednesday, Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said it'll be quieter for the evening and overnight hours. However, it's what's left of Zeta that all eyes are on, as it is expected to impact the end of the week. Channel 3 issued an Early Warning Weather Alert for Thursday and Friday due to the potential for heavy rain and accumulating wet snow in the hills. Rain starts Thursday, between 9 a.m. and noon, and it will become steadier and occasionally heavy during the afternoon. That's expected to continue overnight into Friday morning. "Rain will mix with then change to snow over the higher elevations of Northern and Western Connecticut after midnight," DePrest said. All precipitation ends Friday afternoon. "It is going to be a very wet Friday morning commute, and there may be a slushy accumulation of wet snow in the hills," DePrest said. For the greater Hartford area, DePrest said snowfall totals could be anywhere from nothing to 1 inch of snow on grassy surfaces "This will be elevation dependent," he said. The higher elevations could see up to 2 inches of snow. Along the I-95 corridor, there should be no snow accumulation at all, just some flakes flying through the air. Heavy rainfall will add up, with totals likely ranging from 1-2 inches across most of the state. It's going to be windy and raw on Friday, with highs 40-45 degrees, and the wind chill dipping into the 20s and lower 30s. By dawn on Saturday, the mercury will dip into the 20s in many outlying areas, and a hard freeze is likely. Halloween itself, however, appears to be dry, but chilly at this point. Temps drop from the 40s into the 30s for those trick-or-treating. Sunday, clouds increase with a slight chance for a shower later in the day. It'll be milder, with highs in the 50s. Don't forget, Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m. This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and CO detectors now that we are entering the heating season. "Since we’ll be on Eastern Standard Time Sunday, sunrise will occur at 6:24 and the sun will set at 4:44," DePrest said. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
Bright Spot: Senior project uses art to help with these stressful timeThe Class of 2020 at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon worked on their post grad class project, which involved art to help get through these stressful times. This segment is sponsored by Connecticut Lighting Centers.
AHL delays start of 2020-2021 season to FebruarySPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM/AP) -- The American Hockey League has pushed back the start of their upcoming season. The league announced Wednesday that the 2020-2021 season now has an anticipated start date has been moved to Feb. 5, 2021 "due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis." This includes the Hartford Wolf Pack and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The AHL’s board of governors finalized that projected start date during a brief conference call. The AHL is the top minor league affiliate for the NHL, which is targeting a Jan. 1 start for the season. The league noted that they continue to work with their member teams with regards to local guidelines and developments in their 31 league cities. Further details of the upcoming season, according to the AHL, are still being worked out. A typical AHL season usually starts after the NHL gets under way. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said he doesn’t expect this news to affect the NHL’s planning.
INTERVIEW: October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness MonthDr. Elizabeth Deckers, the director of maternal quality and safety program at Hartford HealthCare sheds like on pregnancy and infant loss.
As cases rise, colleges may do more testing for students ahead of the holidaysSTORRS, CT (WFSB) -- With COVID cases spiking again, some colleges may do more testing before students leave for Thanksgiving. In three weeks, students at the University of Connecticut will be leaving campus and going home to finish classes and exams online. However, some want to make sure they’re healthy before they see their friends and families. “A lot of us go and get tested once every two weeks, or something. Even though the school isn’t making us do it, we kind of do it on our own,” said UConn student Alison Lund. “I think there is a bit of concern in the situation we are in right now, especially where Alison and I are living is pretty good. The best plan of action right now is get tested before we go home and quarantine the best we can,” said UConn student Aayush Chopra. On campus, students can get tested whenever they want. As of Wednesday, the COVID infection rate at Uconn is at its lowest, with 14 positive cases. In late August, when students were coming to campus, there were about 50 cases. At Sacred Heart University, officials said “we will be offering our students the option to be tested just before going home. Some have requested this because they have high-risk family at home, and we are happy to accommodate them.” “That’s one of the things we are talking to our regional governors about, because we would like to give guidance to those universities. We would like them to be exit tested before they get on planes, say a few days before,” Gov. Ned Lamont said on Wednesday. UConn is randomly testing employees, and at this point, they are not planning to require students to be tested unless cases on campus start going up. “I actually just got tested this morning. Not for a reason, but just because,” said student Nina Wright. She’s from Massachusetts, which was just added to the state’s travel advisory list. If a visit is longer than 24 hours, Connecticut residents are urged not to travel to the Bay State, which is one reason why Wright said she may stay put. “I am staying here for the foreseeable future, maybe holidays. I’ll go back for the most part or staying here,” Wright said. There are some immediate concerns with Halloween this weekend, and students are being told to avoid large gatherings. UConn is already making plans for when students return in January, where they’ll have to quarantine for two weeks.