Local Information During Covid 19

The following is information that has come our way that we think you may not have heard….

(last updated 5/5/20 new on top)


PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 2020-2021 PROPOSED ANNUAL TOWN BUDGET: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 7:00 PM-9:30 PM. Click here to see the proposed budget. Write comments to the town on a dedicated email for your input: PublicInput@columbiact.org. Come to the public hearing via Zoom. Get Zoom code here.



We know not having access to the Library is hard.  We know that although there are many electronic resources we offer, for many of us it is not the same as having a good book in hand.  We remind you to not forget your old book shelves.  Maybe it’s time to return to that classic?  Or your kid’s reading list?  If budgets allow, there are several online book sellers that could offer you inexpensive purchases to tide you over:  See Book Outlet { www.bookoutlet.com },  Hamilton Books { www.hamiltonbook.com } a CT company, and  Daedalus Books { www.daedalusbooks.com }.  These companies may or may not have immediately published materials, most of their stock are “seconds”, but the materials while they may be shelf worn, are new.  They have a wide variety, are trustworthy companies and are very inexpensive!  There are other places on line that sell used books, also inexpensively to tide you over.  Rest assured, when we return, we will have the newest titles for you!

Federal Charitable Giving Incentive: The CARES Act contains a one-time, above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300 made to certain qualifying charities. All taxpayers would be eligible to take the deduction, even people who use the standard deduction. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. The new deduction would not apply to non-cash gifts or to gifts contributed to donor advised funds. For those who itemize their deductions, the bill would suspend for 2020 the normal limit on deductions for contributions, ordinarily 50 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) or 60 percent for cash.


Town Meetings, including Town Budget meetings have gone online. You can join the meeting via Zoom.  The town is also soliciting feedback which you can provide via email.  The email address for this is: PublicInput@columbiact.org

Columbia’s April Town Newsletter —  includes information on budget process and town functions.


Be on guard:

HealthNewsReview, a website affiliated with the Univ. of Minnesota School of Public Health, that provides guidance to news organizations on how to responsibly cover health news, highlights a new COVID-19 danger: physicians who seek to profit by promoting unproven treatments for this virus.  Read and listen carefully and fact check!



The FBI is warning about emails claiming to be from CDC and other organizations offering info about the virus. The Better Business Bureau has details about rip off schemes at www.bbb.org/council/coronavirus The state attorney general offers coronavirus cyber safety tips at https://bit.ly/33YuUzq People who receive suspicious emails, phone calls or social media posts are asked to call Atty Tong’s office at 860-808-5000.


Mountain dairy is delivering milk, eggs and more to Columbia on Fridays. Click here to visit their website for more information.


Hertz is offering free rental cars to NYC health care workers. Click here for more information.



Stop & Shop has announced changed in hours varying by store. But the company has announced that they will open all stores between 6 am and 7 am for those over age 60 to shop prior to the masses.


All major internet/phone providers have announced that they will keep internet on regardless of payment during the Covid shut downs.

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