State Sen. Michael McLachlan, a Republican elected to a third term in office this week, will be collecting donated items for Superstorm Sandy victims today until 5 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Kennedy Avenue in downtown Danbury.
Items that can be donated include:
- Non-perishable food
- New socks and underwear
- Cleaning supplies
- Feminine products
- Diapers and baby wipes
- Soap and shampoo
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Toilet paper and paper towels
- Flashlights and batteries
- Matches and candles
McLachlan with have U-Haul trucks at the donation site to pack with the donated items, which will be distributed to areas in the region where the materials are the most needed.
Lots of backyard snow in Oxford.
Here we go again. Rather disturbing to see leaves on the lilac bushes and half a foot of snow on the railing.
Is this really the first week of November??
Maybe it will be like last year — pay your dues early and then the snow gods will be kind for the rest of the winter.
School superintendents around lower Fairfield County have been in constant communication with one another about the winter storm rolling through the region Wednesday afternoon and the effect it could have on local school districts that have already lost several class days due to Superstorm Sandy.
“A lot of the superintendents have been emailing, and the school districts that have all the trees and lines down, and with roads that aren’t cleared yet are thinking, ‘Oh my God, if the winds and the rain come, with the trees already down, we better call a delay,” Stamford Superintendent Winifred Hamilton said during a phone interview shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“We have a regular group here (at Government Center) that does lots of current updates … about the national forecast, and so far what we have in this area is that it will turn to all rain without any accumulation and it won’t be as windy as they thought,” she said. “So if that’s that case, we’re going to be on-time tomorrow.”
Hamilton said that of course the final decision will rely heavily on how the storm unfolds overnight, joking that sometimes evening calls can result in snow days for students caused by “six to eight inches of nothing,” which Stamford simply cannot afford after using up six inclement weather days already this year.
“Simply, the best information I have right now is that this will not in a sense warrant a delayed opening or something more serious like a cancellation, but we’ll take it right to the morning and see if anything changes, because you can’t always predict what is going to happen,” she said.
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UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. - All MBA classes scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Stamford campus have also been called off.
The University of Connecticut is cancelling all classes at the Storrs campus that start at 5 p.m. or later this evening, according to an update from University Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz.
In addition, classes that begin at 3:30 p.m. or later have already been canceled at the Torrington, Waterbury, Great Hartford and School of Law campuses. Classes at the Stamford and Avery Point campuses are not being affected by the storm, as of 3:45 p.m.
Classes are planned to return to their regular schedules on Wednesday, unless weather conditions require additional changes. Updates will be posted on http://alert.uconn.edu and the emergency information hotline 860-486-3768.
Snow started falling in Danbury this morning — hours ahead of predictions — and turned the city into a big snowglobe with fat flakes.
By 3:30 p.m., though, the flakes are finer and visibility is lower in the grayness.
Gusts throw the snow sideways and folks, it’s chilly out there (as you would expect with snow). This sure does not look or feel like the first week in November.
Conditions are still slushy, but the concern is that lowering temperatures can make the roads ice up. Be careful.
Sounds like I-84 is slow-going, especially through Waterbury. (Hard to tell if that’s because of the weather or the usual bottleneck.)
Norwalk Public Schools released students two hours early because of the nor’easter bringing snow, rain and wind to the storm weary region.
The district has also rescheduled its Board of Education meeting planned for tonight for next Tuesday.
Public school districts in Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and Greenwich have canceled after-school activities for Wednesday.
The nor’easter bearing down on the region is expected to bring damaging winds and moderate coastal flooding through Thursday morning.