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Winsted Town Hall to reopen

WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE —  Town Hall will reopen to the public on an appointment-only basis beginning at 8AM on Monday, May 3, 2021.  Please be advised that building access is available to the public by appointment only and will be  for the purposes of conducting business that could not otherwise be completed remotely or virtually.  Any business that can be conducted remotely or virtually should continue to be done that way.  Each town department will be limited to scheduling no more than one appointment at a time. Masks and 6-foot social distancing within the building shall continue to be required at all times for employees and visiting members of the public.  Please note that violations of either protocol will initially receive a request to correct the behavior and, in the event of continued violation, may be asked to leave the premises. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to by all staff members when working with members of the public.
Below is contact information on some key departments:
Tax Collector – (860) 379-4474
Assessor – (860) 379-5461
Town Clerk – (860) 738-6963
Building Department – (860) 379-3818

Beginning Wednesday, May 19, 2021,  Town facilities will be fully open to the public.   When possible, it is advisable that any work that can continue to be conducted remotely or virtually should be done in that manner until further notice, and residents uncomfortable with visiting facilities in-person will be accommodated to the greatest extent possible.  Masks and 6-foot social distancing within the building shall continue to be required at all times for employees and visiting members of the public.  Please note that violations of either protocol will initially receive a request to correct their behavior and, in the event of continued violation, may be asked to leave the premises. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to by all staff members when working with members of the public.  One or more meeting rooms on the second floor will, during business hours, be converted into a “waiting room” to help ensure social distancing in offices that see numerous visitors at once. 
Public meetings will be permitted to be held in-person so long as remote access of some kind is also provided. The holding of public meetings in-person thereafter shall be in accordance with state law and the Governor’s executive orders. Masks must be worn at all times, and individuals in the audience must maintain general social distancing.  Members of the public violating either protocol will first be asked to correct their behavior and, in the event of continued violation, they shall be asked to leave.
In the event any individual has symptoms of COVID-19, a request is being made that they refrain from entering Town facilities, stay home, and get tested. While vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe disease, it is still possible for anyone to be hospitalized with the virus.  As more guidance is released from the CDC and the Governor’s Office, these guidelines will be amended. The Senior Center will have its own reopening process and is exempt from the timeline outlined above.
Please feel free to contact Town Manager Josh Kelly with any questions by phone at (860) 379-2713 or by email at jskelly@townofwinchester.org

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Torrington Historical Society program

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Free virtual program: The Flood of 1955 in Torrington

TORRINGTON/PRESS RELASE —  The Torrington Historical Society will host the second virtual program in a series of three staff-presented talks on Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30 pm. This program is FREE to the public and is sponsored by CT Humanities.  

“Black Friday: The Flood of 1955 in Torrington” will be presented  by Torrington Historical Society Executive Director, Mark McEachern.  This illustrated presentation is based on the Society’s extensive collection of photographs of the flood and its aftermath. Of special interest will be a selection of human interest photos taken by professional photographer James Miller of Torrington. To register, visit the Society’s home page, www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org

Early in the morning of August 19, 1955, the Naugatuck River unleashed the force of its overflowing waters on Torrington, then a city of 29,000. As residents slept, torrents of water poured through the city taking with it trees, boulders, debris, machinery, automobiles, bridges, houses – anything in its path. What followed would be hours filled with panic and fear, terror and loss. In the end, Torrington sustained its worst disaster on record. Seven lives were lost, 20 homes and 28 firms destroyed, not to mention the extensive damage to homes, businesses and industries. But, in a spirit not seen before or since, people came together, helped their neighbors and with the aid of state and federal services, rebuilt their city. Discover the story of the flood, the aftermath, and the work to rebuild Torrington.

The next virtual program will take place on Wednesday, June 16th at 6:30 pm.  “What’s in a Name: The History of Torrington Streets”, will be presented by Gail Kruppa, Assistant Director/Curator. To learn more about the Torrington Historical Society please visit www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org.

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