Dear Chester,

We, as humans, are trying to make the most of our situation. Though dire circumstances has confined most us to our homes, we could make lemonade out of our lemons. And fresh baked bread, too. But a terrible thing is happening in the world around us, or in our own personal worlds. Many people are sick or have died. Many people, including ourselves or those we know, have lost their jobs, are struggling to pay rent or keep a shuttered business alive. So many of us are living in  fear .

Most of us prefer to rise above difficult situations to encourage and help others. We demand accomplishment and productivity from ourselves. If we are not working our regular job, or if our schedule and tasks have changed radically, we feel what is almost a responsibility to take up a new calling - make masks, take an online class, clean out the garage. But sometimes we must simply allow ourselves to be humbled by a situation that we can't control. To grieve, to not know what to do next. To feel scattered and unfocused.

If you’re feeling like all of this is too much—it’s because it is. Give yourself a break.

Be well,

Lauren S. Gister


On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Social Security Administration closed ALL local Social Security offices to the public for in-person service.

This change impacts the nearly 3.5 million U.S. citizens across the country who rely on their local Social Security office each month to get help applying for and receiving benefits. 


Metro-North is now operating on an hourly schedule on the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson lines on both weekdays and weekends.

The new, temporary schedule is in response to a reduction in ridership of more than 95 percent as customers in the region have honored stay-at-home orders as a precaution against COVID-19. “We would like to remind customers that trains are running for healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel only,” Metro-North said. “If you don't absolutely need to be traveling, please stay home.”
State partners with CBIA and CONNSTEP to help Connecticut manufacturers retool operations to meet medical supply needs during pandemic

The State of Connecticut is partnering with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and its affiliate CONNSTEP in an effort that will facilitate collaboration between the state’s manufacturers that are retooling their operations to make critically needed medical equipment and supplies, and the health care institutions that are experiencing specific shortages. The effort is focused on using manufacturers as non-traditional sources to meet needs that currently can’t be met in the market, which has become overwhelmed as global demand has dramatically increased.

Department of Revenue Services extends filing and payment deadlines for certain state tax returns

To provide relief to Connecticut taxpayers during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services is extending the filing and payment deadlines of certain returns until July 15, 2020. These extensions align Connecticut tax filing and payment dates with filing and payment extensions recently announced by the Internal Revenue Service.

For more information, read the press release issued today by the  Department of Revenue Services .

Reminder: Our contract with the transfer station in Deep River covers bulky waste and recycling only. Household Garbage is the responsibility of the resident to contract separately with a private hauler. Here are the regulations that control: Recycling and Bulky Waste Regulations