Here are some recent stories you might have missed from around Connecticut:
Escape from New York
New Yorkers have been crossing state lines and hunkering down in Connecticut for generations, whether commuting to Manhattan from Fairfield County or spending weekends and summers in Litchfield County or along the shoreline. And according to a study by STORAGECafé, 27,361 of the 84,718 people who moved to Connecticut in 2018 came from New York.
The influx only increased with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that saw New York City become a hotspot for the virus. A combination of precaution and fear pushed more people over our borders, likely contributing to the spread of the coronavirus in our state. Eventually the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged people in the tri-state area to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for a two-week period.
According to a March 26 Hartford Courant story by Jesse Leavenworth, rental season started early this year and the number of available houses in western Connecticut was extremely low. Real estate agents were searching for homeowners willing to rent out their summer homes and secondary homes, even houses listed on the market that had yet to sell. Salisbury-based broker Elyse Harney Morris says in the story, “We’ve never been busier in all our lives.” — MW
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The amazing race
As the coronavirus began to spread and the prognostications became more grim, the urgency to find tests, cures and vaccines intensified. Workers and companies in Connecticut joined the race. Westport’s BioSig Technologies announced that it purchased the rights to Vicromax, an orally administered antiviral agent that has demonstrated “strong activity” against the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus in lab testing.
Guilford genomics guru Jonathan Rothberg and his company Homodeus were trying to develop low-cost, in-home tests for COVID-19. Rothberg told the New Haven Register, “The goal is to have you spit and get results in 30 minutes. And then scan the results into your iPhone; as simple and fast as a home pregnancy test.”
Meriden’s Protein Sciences is one of three companies with contracts from a federal drug development agency to try to create a vaccine for COVID-19. They previously attempted to develop emergency vaccines for the avian flu, SARS, Ebola and Zika.
NanoViricides, a company that develops antiviral therapies, is testing drug candidates in its Biosafety Level 2 lab in Shelton. The company is also working to establish collaborations for further testing. — MW
Trial of the 18th century
A murder and subsequent execution that took place in New London in 1786 is being revisited this spring and will culminate with a roundtable discussion at a planned Juneteenth celebration in the city. The most striking details of the case are the ages of those involved — the murder victim was 6, and the girl executed for the crime was 12.
Hannah Ocuish, a Native American girl, was hanged near the intersection of Granite and Hempstead streets as spectators watched. Eunice Bolles was white and the daughter of a prominent New London family. Ocuish is the youngest person to be executed in the U.S. and the last female to face capital punishment in Connecticut.
Tamara Lanier, the vice president of the New London chapter of the NAACP, and chapter President Jean Jordan assembled a group of people who are researching the case in the coming months to determine whether Ocuish, an orphan who was believed to have intellectual disabilities, received a fair trial. Ultimately, the group could ask the state General Assembly to clear her name. — MW
Failure to launch
According to a report by Lattice Publishing, Connecticut has the eighth-highest rate of young adults (25- to 34-year-olds) living with their parents in the nation. This is the case even though young adults in Connecticut earn more than the national average for their age group.
For the pre-coronavirus report, researchers at Lattice Publishing analyzed the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau looking at adults aged 25-35 in Connecticut and throughout the U.S. Here’s a closer look. — EO
Percentage young adults living with their parents
Connecticut: 22.3 percent
U.S.: 20.1 percent.
Unemployment rate among young adults living with parents:
Connecticut: 10.3 percent
U.S.: 10 percent
Unemployment rate among all young adults
Connecticut: 5.7 percent
U.S.: 5.1 percent
Median income among young adults living with parents
Median income among young adults: