Cheshire News http://www.cheshirect.org 2019-10-02T14:28:09 umbraco v4 All the latest news from the city of cheshire en Volunteers for School Modernization Committee http://www.cheshirect.org/news/volunteers-for-school-modernization-committee/ 2019-10-02T14:28:09 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/volunteers-for-school-modernization-committee/           The Town Council and the Board of Education are recruiting five volunteers from the Cheshire community to serve on the School Modernization Committee.  This eleven member committee will be responsible for conducting an RFP and developing a plan for the future or our school infrastructure.

          It is expected that the committee will meet at least twice a month, with additional subcommittee meetings, over the next year. 

          Residents or businesspeople wishing to be considered should submit a note of interest, including a brief description of areas of expertise, to the Town Council c/o atalbot@cheshirect.org by 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2019.

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          The Town Council and the Board of Education are recruiting five volunteers from the Cheshire community to serve on the School Modernization Committee.  This eleven member committee will be responsible for conducting an RFP and developing a plan for the future or our school infrastructure.

          It is expected that the committee will meet at least twice a month, with additional subcommittee meetings, over the next year. 

          Residents or businesspeople wishing to be considered should submit a note of interest, including a brief description of areas of expertise, to the Town Council c/o atalbot@cheshirect.org by 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2019.

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Evening activities restricted due to EEE risk http://www.cheshirect.org/news/evening-activities-restricted-due-to-eee-risk/ 2019-10-01T17:41:53 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/evening-activities-restricted-due-to-eee-risk/ Chesprocott Health District has reported that a mosquito in Bethany tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease carried by mosquitos.  At the recommendation of Chesprocott, and in collaboration with the Cheshire Public Schools, the Town of Cheshire will not allow outdoor activities on public property after 5:30 p.m. until further notice to minimize risk of exposure.  This prohibition includes Cheshire Public Schools activities and organized activities at all Cheshire parks and open spaces.

 

Residents are urged to take the following actions for prevention:

  • Minimize outdoor activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active.
  • Use insect repellent when going outside at dawn and dusk, and follow instructions for application.
  • Wear tightly-woven light, colored clothing, including long pants, socks, and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Keep door and window screens closed and in good repair.
  • Eliminate standing water.
  • Use mosquito netting for strollers and camping tents.

 

Chesprocott and the Town will continue to monitor this situation and will update restrictions as necessary.  Questions on EEE can be directed to Chesprocott at 203 272-2761.  Please contact the managing organization with questions specific to the rescheduling of their activities.

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Chesprocott Health District has reported that a mosquito in Bethany tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease carried by mosquitos.  At the recommendation of Chesprocott, and in collaboration with the Cheshire Public Schools, the Town of Cheshire will not allow outdoor activities on public property after 5:30 p.m. until further notice to minimize risk of exposure.  This prohibition includes Cheshire Public Schools activities and organized activities at all Cheshire parks and open spaces.

 

Residents are urged to take the following actions for prevention:

  • Minimize outdoor activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active.
  • Use insect repellent when going outside at dawn and dusk, and follow instructions for application.
  • Wear tightly-woven light, colored clothing, including long pants, socks, and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Keep door and window screens closed and in good repair.
  • Eliminate standing water.
  • Use mosquito netting for strollers and camping tents.

 

Chesprocott and the Town will continue to monitor this situation and will update restrictions as necessary.  Questions on EEE can be directed to Chesprocott at 203 272-2761.  Please contact the managing organization with questions specific to the rescheduling of their activities.

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Chesprocott EEE prevention http://www.cheshirect.org/news/chesprocott-eee-prevention/ 2019-09-26T12:40:43 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/chesprocott-eee-prevention/ How can I lower my risk of getting

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)?

  • Minimize time spent outdoors around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

  • Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.

  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.

  • Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to label instructions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

  • Caution should be taken when camping overnight, especially in areas near freshwater swamps. When camping outdoors in tents in other areas, make sure that your tent is equipped with mosquito netting and that repellent is used properly.

 

Common EEE Questions

  • What are the symptoms of EEE?

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. Most people infected with EEE virus do not become ill. When symptoms do occur they can range from mild fever and headache to coma. Other symptoms include high fever, fatigue, muscle aches, neck stiffness, tremors, or confusion. Severe cases include inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) which can lead to coma, convulsions, and death. 

  • How soon after being bitten by a mosquito infected with EEE virus do symptoms occur?

Symptoms usually occur 3 to 10 days after an infected mosquito bites a person. 

  • What is the treatment for EEE?

There is no cure for EEE, and 3 of every 10 people who get the disease die from it. Doctors provide supportive treatment, lower the fever, and ease the pressure on the brain and spinal cord. Some people who survive this disease will be permanently disabled and only about half recover completely. 

  • Is there a vaccine to protect humans from EEE?

No. There is no vaccine because the EEE virus occurs so infrequently in people. 

  • How is EEE spread?

Mosquitoes spread the EEE virus. The virus is carried by birds that live in freshwater swamps and is generally found only in these birds and in mosquitoes that feed on birds but not people.

 

 

For more information, contact Kathryn Glendon, MPH, CHES, CPS, Public Health Specialist, Chesprocott Health District, at kglendon@chesprocott.org  

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How can I lower my risk of getting

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)?

  • Minimize time spent outdoors around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

  • Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.

  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.

  • Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to label instructions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

  • Caution should be taken when camping overnight, especially in areas near freshwater swamps. When camping outdoors in tents in other areas, make sure that your tent is equipped with mosquito netting and that repellent is used properly.

 

Common EEE Questions

  • What are the symptoms of EEE?

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. Most people infected with EEE virus do not become ill. When symptoms do occur they can range from mild fever and headache to coma. Other symptoms include high fever, fatigue, muscle aches, neck stiffness, tremors, or confusion. Severe cases include inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) which can lead to coma, convulsions, and death. 

  • How soon after being bitten by a mosquito infected with EEE virus do symptoms occur?

Symptoms usually occur 3 to 10 days after an infected mosquito bites a person. 

  • What is the treatment for EEE?

There is no cure for EEE, and 3 of every 10 people who get the disease die from it. Doctors provide supportive treatment, lower the fever, and ease the pressure on the brain and spinal cord. Some people who survive this disease will be permanently disabled and only about half recover completely. 

  • Is there a vaccine to protect humans from EEE?

No. There is no vaccine because the EEE virus occurs so infrequently in people. 

  • How is EEE spread?

Mosquitoes spread the EEE virus. The virus is carried by birds that live in freshwater swamps and is generally found only in these birds and in mosquitoes that feed on birds but not people.

 

 

For more information, contact Kathryn Glendon, MPH, CHES, CPS, Public Health Specialist, Chesprocott Health District, at kglendon@chesprocott.org  

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Patching work on Linear Trail http://www.cheshirect.org/news/patching-work-on-linear-trail/ 2019-09-13T10:21:54 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/patching-work-on-linear-trail/ The Town will be patching cracks on the Farmington Canal Linear Trail from Cornwall Avenue the Hamden town line beginning Monday, September 16, 2019.  Narrow strips of asphalt will be sawcut and removed on either side of the cracks and will be patched with asphalt.

 

The trail will remain open.  Signs will be posted urging caution, and advising bicyclists to dismount and walk by the active work zones.  Cones with cross bars will be placed to keep people from crossing over the open excavations or soft asphalt.  None of these shallow excavations will be left open overnight, and work will be limited to weekdays.

 

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The Town will be patching cracks on the Farmington Canal Linear Trail from Cornwall Avenue the Hamden town line beginning Monday, September 16, 2019.  Narrow strips of asphalt will be sawcut and removed on either side of the cracks and will be patched with asphalt.

 

The trail will remain open.  Signs will be posted urging caution, and advising bicyclists to dismount and walk by the active work zones.  Cones with cross bars will be placed to keep people from crossing over the open excavations or soft asphalt.  None of these shallow excavations will be left open overnight, and work will be limited to weekdays.

 

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DPH urges precautions for mosquitoes and EEE http://www.cheshirect.org/news/dph-urges-precautions-for-mosquitoes-and-eee/ 2019-09-12T12:38:40 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/dph-urges-precautions-for-mosquitoes-and-eee/ The Connecticut Department of Health is urging residents to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites to prevent contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare but serious virus - click for the DPH press release.]]> The Connecticut Department of Health is urging residents to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites to prevent contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare but serious virus - click for the DPH press release.]]>