New-to-me: Northeast Slavery Records Index

New-to-me: the Northeast Slavery Records Index. From the front page: “The Northeast Slavery Records Index (NESRI) is an online searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and enslavers in the states of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. NESRI indexes census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources.”

Hartford Courant: Hartford Library wants you to check out The Beat, its new local music archive

Hartford Courant: Hartford Library wants you to check out The Beat, its new local music archive. “Hartford Public Library has created The Beat, a new archive of local music, curated by professionals, that can be played online by anyone with an internet connection. People with Hartford library cards can download the albums. The collection is being built gradually.” This site will grow relatively slowly, but I like the interesting mix of its first additions.

Help Wanted: State Misinformation Sheriff (New York Times)

New York Times: Help Wanted: State Misinformation Sheriff. “With a salary of $150,000, the person is expected to comb fringe sites like 4chan, far-right social networks like Gettr and Rumble, and mainstream social media sites to root out early misinformation narratives about voting before they go viral, and then urge the companies to remove or flag the posts that contain false information.”

News 12 New Jersey: Too young for social media? Bill would require parental consent until 16

News 12 New Jersey: Too young for social media? Bill would require parental consent until 16. “Some Connecticut state lawmakers want to make it harder for children to create social media accounts. The legislature’s Children’s Committee advanced a bill Tuesday afternoon requiring parental consent for kids under 16. Parents who object could ask a social media platform to remove their kids’ page. The app would have 10 days to comply. Currently, federal law sets the sign-up age at 13 years old.”

Hartford Courant: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum collection to move in its entirety to Fairfield

Hartford Courant: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum collection to move in its entirety to Fairfield. “The collection of art and artifacts that make up Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is moving in its entirety to Fairfield, it was announced on Friday by Quinnipiac University, which closed the museum last summer. Gaelic America Club (GAC) in Fairfield will be the new home of the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts about the 1845-1852 Great Hunger, QU spokesman John Morgan said in a news release.”

NPR: Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware set timelines to end mask mandates for schools

NPR: Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware set timelines to end mask mandates for schools. “Connecticut is the latest state to set plans to lift its statewide mask mandate for schools, following earlier announcements Monday from New Jersey and Delaware. The loosening guidelines are signs that the three Northeastern states are changing how they manage the COVID-19 pandemic as cases from the omicron surge continue to subside.”

WSHU: Connecticut police information will now be available online to the public

WSHU: Connecticut police information will now be available online to the public. “Connecticut residents will now have access to more than 100 police agencies’ information in the state. The ACLU of Connecticut launched ‘Project Flashlight’ on Tuesday to centralize information about policing in the state. The goal is to hold departments more accountable for police use of force and misconduct.”

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Agreement With Disability Rights Groups on Distribution of COVID-19 Rapid Tests and N95 Masks

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Agreement With Disability Rights Groups on Distribution of COVID-19 Rapid Tests and N95 Masks. “Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration, working in cooperation with the Office of Attorney General William Tong, has reached an agreement with Disability Rights Connecticut and Connecticut Legal Rights Project regarding the state’s ongoing distribution of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and N95 masks.”

Lamont: Connecticut schools to stay open despite record COVID surge (Greater New Milford Spectrum)

Greater New Milford Spectrum: Lamont: Connecticut schools to stay open despite record COVID surge. “Gov. Ned Lamont and other top state officials on Tuesday voiced their unwavering commitment to in-person learning for students despite an unprecedented surge in COVID infections and recent school closures and delays. Lamont, along with the state’s education and public health commissioners, attempted on Tuesday to instill confidence in parents and educators as they reiterated their commitment to in-person learning.”

WFSB: Handful of CT schools closures, delays due to COVID, staffing shortages

WFSB: Handful of CT schools closures, delays due to COVID, staffing shortages. “Several school districts announced closures or delays for Jan. 3 because of COVID-related staffing issues or transportation problems. Region 14, Enfield, Stratford, and Stonington public schools were closed on Monday. Other districts, such as Bethany, Danbury, New Fairfield, and Shelton posted two hour delays.”

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Plans To Distribute Three Million COVID-19 At-Home Rapid Tests and Six Million N95 Masks in Connecticut

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Plans To Distribute Three Million COVID-19 At-Home Rapid Tests and Six Million N95 Masks in Connecticut. “Governor Ned Lamont today announced plans to distribute three million COVID-19 at-home rapid tests and six million N95 masks in Connecticut in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19 during this heavy travel and holiday season.”

Associated Press: Company backed by Conn. first lady to exit COVID testing

Associated Press: Company backed by Conn. first lady to exit COVID testing. “A health care company whose investors include a venture capital firm run by Connecticut’s first lady will exit the COVID-19 testing business after questions were raised about contracts it received to run state testing sites. The CT Mirror reported Friday that Sema4, the company backed by Annie Lamont’s venture capital firm, has told public health officials and investors that it will leave COVID testing in mid-January and return to its core business, genomic testing.”

Just Released: A New Tool for Tracking Regional Employment Trends (Liberty Street Economics)

Liberty Street Economics: Just Released: A New Tool for Tracking Regional Employment Trends. “Today we are launching a Regional Employment web interactive that gives users a convenient place to measure and analyze employment trends in the Federal Reserve’s Second District…. The new interactive illustrates employment trends for more than twenty geographies in the region, including states and metropolitan areas, from the year 2000 to the latest available month.” From the Federal Reserve Bank of New York: “The New York Fed oversees the Second Federal Reserve District, which includes New York state, the 12 northern counties of New Jersey, Fairfield County in Connecticut, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Though it serves a geographically small area compared with those of other Federal Reserve Banks, the New York Fed is the largest Reserve Bank in terms of assets and volume of activity.” .

ABC News: State seeing ‘extremely concerning’ spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations

ABC News: State seeing ‘extremely concerning’ spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. “Connecticut has seen an ‘extremely concerning’ rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in recent weeks, health officials said, as the number of cases also continues to trend up. The state health department reported at least 500 hospitalizations on both Monday and Tuesday, marking a roughly 80% increase in the past two weeks — and the highest numbers since April.”