Community announcements Feb. 5: NWCT Virtual Arts Night Out and other virtual community events

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council logo
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council logo

Virtual Arts Night Out
NORTHWEST CORNER/PRESS RELEASE — The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is bringing back the popular networking series, Arts Night Out, in a virtual format for 2021. The first Virtual Arts Night Out will be hosted via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Artists and art lovers are welcome to share stories and participate in digital collaborations. The event is free and open to the creative community in Northwest Connecticut.
In previous years, the Arts Council hosted in-person Arts Night Out events in collaboration with businesses like breweries, galleries, and coworking spaces. To ensure Covid safety, but in the spirit of bringing people together, the Council decided it would be best to resume the series virtually.
“There is a need for genuine connection in our arts community, and we had that before the pandemic” says Maddie Stenson, Program Director of the Arts Council. “Many artists have asked if we could coordinate virtual networking events for artists, so we listened to that feedback. We are happy to bring back the adapted program to bring artists and creatives together again.”
To attend the Virtual Arts Night Out on Feb. 18 , you can join via Zoom at the following link:
Or visit for more details.
For more information about Virtual Arts Night Out or the NWCT Arts Council, call (860) 618-0075 or email questions to

Covid testing
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — Community Health & Wellness (CHWC), Torrington, will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing throughout the month of February. Testing will be conducted on Fridays in an outdoor tent at its Torrington facility at 469 Migeon Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The dates are: Friday, Feb. 12, Friday, Feb. 19, and Friday, Feb. 26.
In addition, CHWC will offer COVID-19 testing on Monday, February 8, at the First Congregational Church of Plymouth, 10 Park Street, in Plymouth, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Testing is available on a walk-up/first come first serve basis, with no appointment, insurance, symptoms, or doctor order needed. For those who wish to preregister, a form can be found on the CHWC website at The test is free, with results known within three days.
More testing will be announced in the future throughout the winter months. In addition, appointments can be made for testing at CHWC’s Torrington facility by calling 860-387-0400.

Vaccine Conversations
TORRINGTON — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Torrington Library are pleased to present a virtual community conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Hear from trusted experts
fact-based insights regarding the vaccine and how local health officials are working to distribute the vaccine efficiently within our community. There will be a question and answer segment at the end of the overview.
Registration is available for one of the two available sessions: Wed, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. or Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.
Learn more at

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Eversource Reminds Customers of Payment Assistance and Protection Programs Available
PRESS RELEASE — With Connecticut’s state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic extended to April 20th, Eversource is reminding customers to enroll in one of its payment plans or assistance programs if they need help with their energy bill. Both residential and non-residential customers are eligible for payment arrangements at this time and are encouraged to call the energy company at 800-286-2828 to learn more. Any residential customers experiencing difficulty paying their utility bill should contact Eversource’s call center to inquire about being coded hardship. Any customers ineligible for hardship status, including both residential and non-residential customers, should ask about the COVID-19 Payment Program.

Customers who’ve never needed assistance previously may not realize they qualify for protection from service disconnection and may also be eligible for other programs to reduce past due balances. For example, a household of five with an annual income of ~$84 thousand dollars meets the income-eligibility requirements. Eversource encourages all customers to contact the energy company at the number above or to check their eligibility on the state income-eligibility matrix – and find out if one of the energy company’s programs below could be beneficial to them.

Important Dates:
Enrollment for the COVID-19 Payment Program for non-residential and residential customers is open until April 20, 2021.

COVID-19 Payment Plan:
Available to any customer, residential and business, requesting financial assistance, without demonstrating financial need;
Requires no initial down payment;
Can be up to 24 months;
Any late payment fees or interest is waived in the calculation of the monthly payment amount;
Any customer enrolled in a COVID-19 Payment Program who is current with their payment terms cannot be disconnected even once service disconnections resume.

New Start Program:
Customers can reduce or eliminate their outstanding balance in as little as 12 months when they make on-time monthly payments and Eversource will make up the difference.

Matching Payment Program:
Customers who heat their home with electricity or natural gas can get help paying their energy bill. Customers apply for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and set up an affordable monthly payment arrangement with Eversource. Customers receiving certain government benefits are eligible for payments as low as
$50 per month. For every dollar a customer pays toward their bill by the agreed-upon time each month, a dollar will be credited to their past-due amount, down to a zero balance.

Eversource reminds customers to take advantage of its #1-ranked energy efficiency solutions to help reduce their energy costs. There are many energy efficiency options available to customers, including the Home Energy Solutions home energy improvement service as well as generous energy efficiency rebates and incentives. The energy company is also making it possible for customers to monitor their energy use with the Kill A Watt electricity usage meter which shows how much power is being used by most home devices. The Kill A Watt kits are available for borrowing from nearly 200 libraries around the state. A list of participating libraries can be found at, here.

Customers can learn more about payment programs and enroll online at Information on energy efficiency programs is available at

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