Highways Are Closed—But Not Daf Yomi

Gov. Dannel Malloy is ordering all state highways closed today, due to Hurricane Sandy. After 11 a.m., trucks will not be allowed on state highways. After 1 p.m., state highways will be closed to all non-emergency vehicles.

“Residents need to take this storm very seriously,” Malloy said in a release. “Beginning in the next several hours, wind gusts will begin to exceed 50 m.p.h., making traveling along our roads—especially wooded areas like the Merritt Parkway—very dangerous.  We’re doing this in two phases, so that trucks will first be prohibited and then all non-emergency vehicles. If you’re in a non-evacuation area, stay home.”

Meanwhile, amid all the storm closings, one local institution reported it is proceeding with a regularly scheduled event during the storm. The Yeshiva of New Haven announced it will still convene its “Daily Daf” course Monday at 4:45 p.m. on the second floor at 765 Elm. St. The course is a daily study of Talmud coordinated with Jews around the world to cover the 2,711 pages of the Talmud in a seven-year cycle. “The Daf has never had a day off.  No matter the hurricane, rain, hail, sleet, or snow, the daf goes on. This is our daily lifeblood, it has NO day off and is never canceled,” the Yeshiva stated in a release.

Meanwhile lots of events are canceled.

Following are some of the local event postponements and center closings due to the storm. Send us any info .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) about cancellations, closings or other storm-related developments.

• The Board of Aldermen’s Aldermanic Affairs Committee’s Monday night meeting has been postponed to an as-yet-undetermined date.

• The Monday 5:30 p.m. Dancing Thru Pregnancy class at the Yale Health Plan is canceled this week.

• The day care centers at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s two campuses (including St. Raphael’s) are closed through Tuesday.

• Because of the storm religiously observant Jews should not use the eruv this weekend.

• CONNCAT’s art studio dedication, originally scheduled for Monday, has been rescheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m.

• START Bank is closed today. Meanwhile, the bank sent the following message: “The retirement reception scheduled for October 29 for Lynn Smith of Start Community Bank has been postponed due to the impending storm.  We love our customers and your safety is our first priority.  Check www.startbank.com for the new date.”

• The JCC is closed.

• Eli Whitney Museum sent the following message: “Due to the projected severity of the impending storm, we have changed the date of
the Annual Meeting 2012 to November 15th at 5:30 pm. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. We hope you will still be able to join the staff and Trustees of the Museum, Normand, Pat Kane and our other honorees that evening.
“Hope to see you then,
“Bill Brown.”

• From Balance Fitness: “Due to the Anticipated Severe Weather The Studio Will Be Closed Monday October 29th - Tuesday Oct. 30th We hope to reopen Wednesday October 31st.  Please stay in touch for the latest info.
“Yours in health and wellness
“Mubarakah Ibrahim”

• Yale cancelled Monday’s classes.

• Yale-New Haven Hospital sent in the following release:

New Haven, CT—October 28, 2012—The following Yale-New Haven Hospital outpatient clinics will be closed on Monday due to Hurricane Sandy’s expected impact:

—The Primary Care Clinics located on Howard Avenue (Adult, Pediatrics, Women’s Center, Nathan Smith); the Adult and Pediatric Dental Clinics; and Winchester Chest Clinic.
—The Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Centers, including the Pediatric Specialty Centers in the Children’s Hospital, at Long Wharf, and in Norwalk; the pediatric hematology/oncology clinics in Smilow Cancer Hospital and Guilford; and non-emergent pediatric phlebotomy, ECG and pulmonary function test services.
—On the Saint Raphael Campus, clinics for adults and children, as well as Chapel Pediatrics offices in Hamden and Center for Women’s Health and Midwifery offices in New Haven, Branford and Shelton will be closed.
—Outpatient Radiology offices in Hamden, East Haven, West Haven, North Haven, and New Haven.
—Smilow Cancer Hospital and its community Care Centers will remain open, however, please call ahead prior to your appointment.
—On both campuses, all elective procedures not requiring an overnight stay at the hospital are cancelled.
—The adult and pediatric emergency departments in New Haven and Guilford remain open.

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