Naugatuck police help local restaurants stay in business


NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH)– This is a story about those who protect and serve. Naugatuck police officers are on a different beat during the coronavirus, on a mission to help local restaurants stay in business.

“It’s really important. Being in this borough, we love to support each other and having businesses open — a lot of the business owners are residents here — you know to keep the companies open, keep them afloat while they’re going through this time,” said Officer Elvis Vaszquez, Naugatuck Police Department.

That’s why lunch is taking on a whole new meaning these days. Officers going to places that have carry out or delivery service then posting their pics on social media, spreading the word that many family-owned places are still open for business.

Businesses that depend on each dollar now perhaps more than ever before. First stop, Witches Bagels and Brew, Jimmy Elka’s place that just opened three weeks ago.

“The first week it was really great. It’s just going down and down right now,” said Elka.

Another family-owned business, Hopbrook Pizza. Vito Polisi’s entire family is counting on pizza deliveries to pay their bills.

“This is where we all make our money from really,” said Polisi. “It’s declined a lot ever since the whole thing started.”

The idea for Naugatuck’s cop spot campaign came from the Fairfield PD, who’s doing this, too. Small business owners sharing their appreciation.

“Because we need it right now at a time like this,” said Polisi.

“They’re helping us out a lot,” said Elka.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Haven

East Haven Police report increase in package thefts; urge residents to take precautions

News /

Hamden CERT running weekly holiday toy and food drive

News /

The District in New Haven seeing success amid pandemic; owners advising local leaders, business developers

News /

Police investigate after person shot in New Haven

News /

In memory of grandma: Waterbury family and friends team up to help homeless on Thanksgiving

News /

Knights of Columbus to donate thousands of new winter coats to school-aged children across CT on Black Friday

News /
More New Haven

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss