Archive for May, 2020

May 24th, 2020

Phase 1: Restrictions Ease for Outdoor Dining

by Christopher O'Brien

Apprehension hung in the air like the string of light bulbs Nick Santopietro hung over a newly installed outdoor dining area at Vito’s Pizzeria on Meriden Road Tuesday evening. His restaurant joined others as part of the State’s Phase 1 reopening plan as state officials eased restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus.

“Businesses have faced some challenges and it would be good to have them at full capacity as well as all of their employees back to work as long as everyone is safe,” the town’s Economic Development Coordinator, Patrick McKinney tells the Whisper.

“We’ve been suffering for 9 weeks. Business is down 85%”

New distancing rules and changes to existing spaces brought a transformation in a community where only two restaurants previously had outdoor patios. “We communicated with town leaders, zoning, Fire Marshall and building inspectors that we needed to work together to have this happen,” said Chesprocott Health Director Maura Esposito. “We essentially had a week”, said economic Development Coordinator, Patrick McKinney. 

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May 24th, 2020

Somber Memorial Day Planned

by Christopher O'Brien

Reflection from a distance will take on a new sense of remembrance this Memorial Day in Wolcott.

A First Responders parade of emergency vehicles will traverse through Wolcott streets on Monday beginning at 11 am. Residents are invited to enjoy the parade while social distancing says a message on the town’s website. A map showing the route was released by the town this past week. After the parade, a memorial wreath laying ceremony and gun salute will be held, but closed to the public.

“In honor of the veterans we all lost, there will be a short ceremony. Even while we can’t all gather together, at least we can be proud we did someting in their honor this year,” says Mayor Thomas G. Dunn.