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Area towns open warming centers

Bitter cold is settling into the state through tomorrow. The Newtown Emergency Management Office is urging residents to be prepared and to take action to protect pets. First Selectman Dan Rosenthal also called on residents to check on any elderly or frail neighbors to be certain they are doing OK in this weather. 

Several warming centers will be open during normal operating hours.  The Newtown Municipal Center is open 8am to 8pm.  The Newtown Community Center is open until 8pm, the Senior Center from 9am to 4 and the Library from 9:30am to 8pm. 

New Fairfield First Selectman Pat Del Monaco says brutally frigid temperatures are expected to impact the state through tomorrow, with single digit temperatures today accompanied by winds gusting to about 20 mph, resulting in below zero wind chill temperatures. 

The New Fairfield Library and Senior Center will be open for warming during regular hours. The Library will be open from 10 to 7 and the Senior Center from 9 to 4.  Masks are required in both buildings regardless of vaccination status. 

Brookfield First Selectman Tara Carr says warming centers will be open today at the senior center, the library, and the Greenknoll YMCA during their normal operating hours.  Masks are required at each location.  The Brookfield Health Department cautioned against the use of space heaters, generator use or grills inside homes or garages. 

In New Milford, residents needing to get out of the cold can go to the Loretta Brickley Room at Town Hall from 8am to 5pm.  Seniors can also use the senior center from 8am to 4pm as a warming station.

Governor Lamont is directing the state’s severe cold weather protocol to be activated through noon on Wednesday. This is the first time the protocol has been enacted during the 2021-2022 winter season.

While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to make sure that anyone in need can receive shelter from the outdoors, including transportation to shelters.

Safety measures have been enacted at shelters and warming centers throughout Connecticut to adhere to the needs of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rich Valdes

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