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Moving Live and a Special Offer

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Hey There Friends:

You might have noticed I haven’t posted much here recently.

I’ve taken my updates to video, and have been posting live weekday mornings to our Facebook page. You will see more from me here soon, but it might not be as often.

I’m also in the process of re-opening my law office: Herz PLLC, where I’ll be concentrating on planning: trusts, wills, guardian and health care representative designations.

If you haven’t yet named someone to make medical decisions for you when you can’t, you should. And if you have kids, you should also be thinking about who will take care of them if you can’t.

I’m having a special right now to kick-start my return: “Pay What You Can Afford” for a simple will and health care directive.  And You Decide what You Can Afford. This offer is good until July 31, or I have the first twenty takers, whichever comes first.

Please know that any plan you come up with is likely to give you a better result than what the state will impose if you don’t share your wishes.

Also know that while a will and health care directive are a good start, in many cases, more advanced planning makes more sense. While I do my best to take care of all my people within their means, any additional or other services are not included in the “Pay What You can Afford” promotion. Particularly, this promotion does not include emergency/urgent services and unusual travel expenses.

Update: June 26

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Local Data as of June 24:

  • Stamford cases: 3265
  • Stamford case rate: 2516/100,000, or one out of every forty people in Stamford.
  • Stamford deaths: 199
  • Connecticut cases: 45,994
  • Connecticut deaths: 4298

Governor Lamont signs 56th executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

  • Clarifies the authority granted to allow boards of assessment appeals to extend deadlines to file tax assessment appeals to ensure that grand lists are completed on time.
  • Extends time for fire service personnel examinations: Modifies regulations in order to extend by 180 days the date by which examinations for fire service personnel must be completed.
  • Duplicate licenses and identity cards: Modifies regulations in order to waive for six months the requirement that customers appear in person at the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a duplicate license or identification.

More here.

Also the Governor and Commissioner Cardona released the framework for the 20-21 school year.

From the Mayor’s Office:

  • The City of Stamford announced it successfully negotiated tentative agreements with the UAW union and the MAA union that would avoid layoffs for City workers in these unions. The City continues to negotiate with all other unions to make the necessary budget cuts in accordance with the City budget passed earlier this month.
  • There will be a mask giveaway and pop-up testing available on Saturday, June 27 at the Union Baptist Church, 805 Newfield Avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pre-register online at drtabby.org. Testing is provided at no cost.

Municipal Meetings:

  • Stamford’s Board of Representatives next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, July 6 at 8 p.m. Zoom Link and Agenda.
  • Stamford’s Board of Finance next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Education next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Zoom link, Agenda; sign up to speak by emailing JGonzalez@stamfordct.gov.

Stamford Corona Update: April 30, 2020

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Hey there friends. Two notes. We’re starting with the city first today because we’re excited that you will be able to resume playing tennis and golf, if the weather will let you. Second note, you may have noticed I’m just not getting to this every day. It’s just a bit much. I expect to make at least three updates a week, and continue sharing Facebook those items of interest that come up on my feed.

From the City’s last Update

This is just a small sampling of the information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources, including opportunities to volunteer, donate, make a difference, and just learn more.


The City of Stamford will reopen — with strict restrictions — golf courses and tennis courts in Stamford on Friday, May 1st. These restrictions are guided by the United States Tennis Association’s recommendations for players and facilities, and standard practices at other golf courses reopened in the Northeast region. Restrictions include, but are not limited to:

Tennis Courts
  • Maintain at least six feet apart from other players, do not make physical contact with other players.
  • Players should consider not playing doubles.
  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment.
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, do not touch it. Players can return the ball with a kick or hitting it with a racquet.
  • After playing, wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.
  • Do not use the locker room or changing area, shower at home.
  • No extracurricular or social activity should take place on tennis courts.
  • All players should leave the facility immediately after play.
  • Full list of restrictions for players available here.
  • Full list of restrictions for facilities
    available here.
Golf Courses
  • Social distancing of six feet throughout all facilities.
  • Facemasks must be worn in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Golfers can show up no sooner than 20 minutes before tee time.
  • Golf carts restricted to one person per cart. Carts, keys, and pull cart handles are to be cleaned and sanitized before sold again.
  • Flagsticks are not to be touched or removed.
  • Individuals not playing golf or picking up food from the establishment’s restaurant will be asked to leave.
  • Full list of restrictions available on E. Gaynor Brennan’s website and Sterling Farms’ website.

The United States Tennis Association previously recommended against playing tennis at all, this motivated the City of Stamford’s original decision to close tennis courts.

Other public golf courses in the region have reopened or plan to reopen in the coming week, including Greenwich, Danbury, East Haddam, Hamden, Middlefield, Monroe, Oxford, Wallingford, and Woodbridge — as well as Ossining and Yorktown in New York State.

The City of Stamford’s marinas and boatyards policy is now available to residents. Governor Ned Lamont announced on April 18th marinas, boatyards, and marine manufacturers would remain open so long as they followed social distancing guidelines.


Stamford’s Board of Finance will Host a Special Budget Meeting

This evening, April 30th at 7 p.m. via webinar. Residents can attend the meeting by:
Visiting this link and inputting webinar id 387-986-835, or dial in at 213.929.4212, access code 390-927-042.

The City would like to remind residents:

  • Quarantine: Refers to a healthy person who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and is staying home/away from others.
  • Isolation: Refers to a known case of COVID-19, who may be experiencing symptoms, and is staying home/away from other.
Stamford’s Hosting a Food Drive for the Fairfield County Food Bank on Saturday, May 2nd.

Residents can drop off non-perishable food supplies to the Stamford Police Department, 805 Bedford Street, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Yesterday’s Governor’s Briefing


Positive trend for over a week. Hospitalizations continuing to go down.

Rudy Marconi, First Selectman, Town of Ridgefield

Suffered through COVID-19. He was on oxygen for eight straight days. The lesson, do not take this lightly. Continue to keep distance. Don’t pressure people to open. Listen to the governor. He’s got us on the right track.

Susan Bysiewicz, Lieutenant Governor

Taking the lead on making sure we’ve got a good count, and our responsiveness is the best in New England. We’ve done a great job engaging community partners.

State Representative. Jane Garibay (D), 60th District, Windsor, Windsor Locks

Also suffered. Was much more difficult than regular flu. It’s so easy to wear a mask. Please protect each other and do so.

Press Questions:
  • Supplies: Great on masks, gowns and swabs are still an issue.
  • Trying to get Assisted Living Data
  • Rudy: Need to keep moving and doing breathing exercises. Was fortunate to be able to stay at home and have wife push him.
  • Undocumented: We are providing healthcare, food and other services.
  • Contact tracing is an opt-in, you don’t have to. Chose Microsoft as a partner on this because of its excellent security and data protection and segmenting capabilities.

From Official Sources:

Connecticut Labor Department launches website to track unemployment data, providing valuable planning tool for state and municipal governments

The Connecticut Department of Labor today launched a website containing spreadsheets that breaks down information on people who have filed for unemployment in the state by age, industry, gender, and town. The public release of the information will provide a valuable insight to municipal and state governments for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details here

Rapid testing site in New Haven continues to take appointments seven days a week

The rapid COVID-19 testing site in New Haven that is operated by CVS Health in coordination with the State of Connecticut is continuing to take appointments seven days a week. Test results are provided within 30 minutes and at provided at no charge to anyone. Anyone who wants to be tested does not need to be referred in advance by a medical professional, however appointments are required prior to arriving at the test site. Click here to schedule.

Governor Lamont Urges Local Governments and Community Partners to Establish Long-Term Recovery Committees

“ Governor Ned Lamont is urging community stakeholders throughout the State of Connecticut – including municipal officials, community-based organizations, nonprofit providers, and philanthropic partners – to establish local long-term recovery committees that will help meet urgent needs, accelerate recovery, and expedite coordination with the state’s emergency management structure in the ongoing response and recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic”

See complete story at the April 29 Press Release.

Residents encouraged to consider non-perishable food donations to Connecticut’s food pantries

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents with extra canned and other non-perishable food items to make a donation to a food pantry in their area. To find local food pantries, visit www.211ct.org/foodpantries. Monetary donations are also welcome, as are monetary donations to Connecticut’s regional food banks – Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank.

This and more at the Press release of April 24.

Links and Data

Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Local Data as of April 29:

Stamford cases: 2339

Stamford case rate: 1802/100,000, or one out of every 56 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 125

Connecticut cases: 26,767

Connecticut deaths: 2168

Remote Learning Opportunities

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled. The next is: Tick Prevention on May 14.

Where to Help Out and Where to Get Help

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

Stamford Area Heroes

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With Veteran’s Day upon us again, we remember Stamford’s Medal of Honor Recipients. These are as reported at the Connnecticut Military Department. If you have a local hero you’d like to add to this list, please reach out.

Memorial Day 2018

Stamford Area Medal of Honor Recipients

Nicholas Fox

Nicholas Fox

  • Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 28th Connecticut Infantry
  • Place and date: At Port Hudson, La., 14 June 1863
  • Entered service at: Greenwich, Conn.
  • Date of issue: 1 April 1898
  • Citation: Made 2 trips across an open space, in the face of the enemy’s concentrated fire, and secured water for the sick and wounded.


John D. Magrath

John D. Magrath

  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company G, 85th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division
  • Place and date: Near Castel d’Aiano, Italy, 14 April 1945
  • Entered service at: East Norwalk, Conn.
  • G.O. No.: 71, 17 July 1946
  • Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty when his company was pinned down by heavy artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, near Castel d’Aiano, Italy. Volunteering to act as a scout, armed with only a rifle, he charged headlong into withering fire, killing 2 Germans and wounding 3 in order to capture a machinegun. Carrying this enemy weapon across an open field through heavy fire, he neutralized 2 more machinegun nests; he then circled behind 4 other Germans, killing them with a burst as they were firing on his company. Spotting another dangerous enemy position to this right, he knelt with the machinegun in his arms and exchanged fire with the Germans until he had killed 2 and wounded 3. The enemy now poured increased mortar and artillery fire on the company’s newly won position. Pfc. Magrath fearlessly volunteered again to brave the shelling in order to collect a report of casualties. Heroically carrying out this task, he made the supreme sacrifice–a climax to the valor and courage that are in keeping with highest traditions of the military service.


George Rose

George Rose

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Connecticut
  • G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901
  • Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battles at Peking, China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period, Rose distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. While stationed as a crewmember of the U.S.S. Newark, he was part of its landing force that went ashore off Taku, China. on 31 May 1900, he was in a party of 6 under John McCloy (MH) which took ammunition from the Newark to Tientsin. On 10 June 1900, he was one of a party that carried dispatches from LaFa to Yongstsum at night. On the 13th he was one of a few who fought off a large force of the enemy saving the Main baggage train from destruction. On the 20th and 21st he was engaged in heavy fighting against the Imperial Army being always in the first rank. On the 22d he showed gallantry in the capture of the Siku Arsenal. He volunteered to go to the nearby village which was occupied by the enemy to secure medical supplies urgently required. The party brought back the supplies carried by newly taken prisoners.


George Harry Rose was born in Stamford, Connecticut on 28 February 1880. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from that state and served on the cruiser USS Newark as a Seaman. During the China Relief Expedition of 1900, Newark, serving as flagship for the Assistant Commander of the Asiatic Station, was brought to the Peking area to protect Americans who were under threat from the rebellious Boxers. Rose voluntarily took part in land operations there in May and June 1900, distinguishing himself on several occasions, among them carrying dispatches on 10 June, helping to fight off an attack on his unit’s baggage train on the 13th, engaging in combat on 20-22 June, and obtaining medical supplies from an enemy-held village. For his “meritorious conduct” on 13, 20, 21 and 22 June, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

George Rose received a commission as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve in 1917. He served in the Third Naval District (New York City region) during World War I and was promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in mid-1918. On 15 July 1929 he became a Lieutenant Commander in the Merchant Marine Naval Reserve. George H. Rose died on 7 December 1932 in Newark, New Jersey and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.


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David H. Scofield

  • Rank and organization: Quartermaster Sergeant, Company K. 5th N.Y., U.S. Cavalry
  • Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., 19 October 1864
  • Date of issue: 26 October 1864
  • Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Quartermaster Sergeant David H. Scofield, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 October 1864, while serving with Company K, 5th New York Cavalry, in action at Cedar Creek, Virginia, for capture of flag of 13th Virginia Infantry (Confederate States of America)


SCOFIELD, DAVID S.—age, 20 years. Enlisted, October 22, 1861, at Connecticut; mustered in as sergeant, Co. K, October 31, 1861, to serve three years; re-enlisted as private, Co. K, January 1, 1864; appointed regimental quartermaster sergeant, July 1, 1864; reduced to ranks, June 8, 1865, for gross neglect of duty, and assigned to Co. K; mustered out with company, July 19, 1865, as Scofield, David H.

Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York For the Year 1894: Registers of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Regiments of Cavalry, N.Y. Vols., in War of the Rebellion, Vol. II, p. 290 (1895 Albany)

Homer L. Wise

Homer L. Wise

  • Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant. U.S. Army, Company L, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Magliano, Italy, 14 June 1944
  • Entered service al: Baton Rouge, La.
  • G.O. No.: 90, 8 December 1944
  • Citation: While his platoon was pinned down by enemy small-arms fire from both flanks, he left his position of comparative safety and assisted in carrying 1 of his men, who had been seriously wounded and who lay in an exposed position, to a point where he could receive medical attention. The advance of the platoon was resumed but was again stopped by enemy frontal fire. A German officer and 2 enlisted men, armed with automatic weapons, threatened the right flank. Fearlessly exposing himself, he moved to a position from which he killed all 3 with his submachine gun. Returning to his squad, he obtained an Ml rifle and several antitank grenades, then took up a position from which he delivered accurate fire on the enemy holding up the advance. As the battalion moved forward it was again stopped by enemy frontal and flanking fire. He procured an automatic rifle and, advancing ahead of his men, neutralized an enemy machinegun with his fire. When the flanking fire became more intense he ran to a nearby tank and exposing himself on the turret, restored a jammed machinegun to operating efficiency and used it so effectively that the enemy fire from an adjacent ridge was materially reduced thus permitting the battalion to occupy its objective.


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