Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Center open as cooling center Monday, Tuesday

The Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Center at 195 Danbury Road, will continue to remain open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. as a heat wave cooling center today and tomorrow, July 3.  Hours of availability will be updated on Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory to the Ridgefield area, calling it a dangerous … read more

RVNA offers flu vaccines, prevention tips

The Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association said Tuesday that it still has inventory of the flu vaccine to administer to residents. April Rodriguez, the RVNA’s community health and wellness nurse manager, said the nonprofit health care provider has administered 1,100 flu shots to the public and an additional 1,370 shots at private clinics.  She said that while the association does not have … read more

West Conn laboratory reports sharply higher levels of deer ticks in region

The tick-borne disease prevention laboratory at Western Connecticut State University has reported that its weekly sampling for deer ticks — a common carrier of Lyme disease and other illnesses — has reached the highest population level recorded since the first year that the WCSU lab initiated field monitoring of area sites in 2011. Dr. Neeta Connally, director of the lab … read more

VIDEO: Father has plan to crush opioid crisis

Gary Mendell and his son Brian, who took his own life in 2011 when he could no longer cope with the stigma of addiction.

Two men from different perspectives but with a common mission to beat the opioid epidemic met on a recent Friday morning at the Easton Police Department to deal with the crisis. Former hotel executive Gary Mendell leads Shatterproof, a national nonprofit he founded to end the devastation that addiction causes families. Before joining the Easton Police Department in 2015, Chief … read more

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