Friday, July 31, 2009
BRANFORD — There will be a reception to kick off an exhibit called “Visions Toward Wholeness” from 4 to 6 tonight, Friday, July 31, at the Connecticut Hospice’s “Waterside Gallery” at the 100 Double Beach Road facility.
It is the first exhibition of “healing art” organized by the Visions Toward Wellness Educational Foundation, organizers said. The collection is designed to “visually document the power of art to assist in healing our spirit.” The lives of patients and families, while at the Connecticut Hospice, can be very much enhanced by participation in the Hospice Arts Program, which was the first hospice arts program in the country, organizers said. The program is staffed by a variety of artists, musicians, therapists, teachers and volunteers who offer daily opportunities for expression, creativity, and the relief of stress, boredom, pain or other symptoms, without cost to patients and families. The current exhibit is curated by Dr. Jon Moscartolo who, as an arts volunteer for the Connecticut Hospice Arts Program, runs an art expression program for visiting children and their parents.
Connecticut Hospice, the nation’s first hospice, is celebrating its 35th year.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
NEW HAVEN — Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven recently received a $39,000 grant from United Way of Greater New Haven to be used to support critical emergency shelter services for victims of domestic violence and their children.
"We are extremely grateful to the United Way of Greater New Haven for their continued support of our program and our mission to assist victims of domestic violence and their children to break the cycle of domestic violence and rebuild their lives," Sandra Koorejian, director of DVS said in a statement. "The grant funds will help us maintain our shelter program and meet increasing community demands for services."
Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven, a program of Birmingham Group Health Services, Inc., "seeks to create an environment that supports individual safety and breaks the cycle of domestic violence," the statement said. Services include 24 hour hotline, short term counseling and safety planning, emergency shelter, court-based advocacy, support groups and community education programs.
For more information about DVS, call (203) 865-1957, visit www.dvsgnh.org, or call the 24/7 Hotline at (203) 789-8104. For information about Birmingham Group Health Services, Inc., call (203) 736-2601, or visit www.bghealth.org and about United Way at www.uwgnh.org.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
GUILFORD — The 4th annual Shoreline Jewish Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 9 on the Green.
The festival features live Jewish music, kosher food, an art and book sale, children’s crafts and activities, and information booths from local Jewish organizations, organizers said.
"The festival celebrates Jewish life and living," said Rabbi Yossi Yaffe, director of Chabad of the Shoreline and coordinator of the event. "Each year we see hundreds of people of all ages enjoying the music, the food, and the whole atmosphere. The festival is becoming a Shoreline summer tradition."
Headlining the show is the Kabbalah Dream Orchestra from Israel via Philadelphia. The Kabbalah Dream Orchestra fuses traditional Chassidic tunes and ancient Jewish melodies with progressive jazz, funk, and rock themes, organizers said.
Also performing will be the The Mr. Shabbos Show, a rocking mix of Jewish lyrics and country/bluegrass/rockabilly music.
And for klezmer diehards, the festival’s lineup includes two different bands: The Klezmenschen and The Klezmen. A freylekhe (spirited) big band based in New London, The Klezmenschen play lively traditional Yiddish and Israeli folk melodies. Rabbi Yossi Hodakov of Westville will join them on vocals. The Klezmen are a popular band out of West Hartford who bring the Old World sound to life with clarinet, trumpet, keyboard and drums.
Children will enjoy the variety of entertainment: Jewish craft activities, jumping fun, fair food favorites, and two unique performers. For the young-and the young at heart, the Mr. Shabbos Show will lead an interactive sing-along that is sure to have everyone up on their feet and dancing.
Storyteller Levi Welton from San Francisco will perform a one-man show called "Meet King David." The act employs history and humor to introduce kids to the multifaceted King David-political leader, musician, warrior, poet, and spiritual guide. Welton will also do Jewish storytelling under a tree between shows.
The festival is much more than music. A vendor area will feature local and Israeli artists and artisans, selling a variety of Judaica, jewelry, art work and unique Israeli products. Books, videos and games of Jewish interest for children and adults will be available for sale. Festival-goers will be able to choose from a variety of kosher food, including Israeli and traditional fair favorites.
Artists can reserve a booth for the day for $85. Festival sponsors include Boris Mizhen and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. For more information, visit www.jewishoreline.org. To help sponsor this unique event, or to reserve a booth, please contact Janice Dipollina at (203) 453-5580 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Yaffe at chabad @snet.net.
Chabad of the Shoreline is dedicated to helping Jews connect to their heritage through study, innovative programs, and communal events. Chabad also reaches out to those in need of spiritual or material assistance.
Monday, July 13, 2009
FAIRFIELD — It’s time again for that terrific transaction of tomes: the Pequot Library 49th Annual Book Sale, to be held July 24-28 at the library at 720 Pequot Ave., in the Southport section.
There are more than 140,000 books to be offered for sale from a wide array of genres, as well as LPs, 45’s, CDs, DVDs, and tapes, all of which were donated to the library, organizers said.
All proceeds from the library’s biggest fund-raiser of the year go to help the library provide services to the area. The library serves Fairfield, as well as all other towns in Fairfield County and the entire region.
The library also offers book sale vouchers for up to $100 to teachers in the Bridgeport and New Haven school systems to purchase books for classroom or personal libraries with the cost being underwritten through a grant from the Renée B. Fisher Foundation.
As part of the library’s "Green Initiative," there also will be re-useable book bags imprinted with the library’s logo, for sale and the library seeks to eliminate use of plastic bags by next year, organizers said. Patrons who purchase more than $50 worth of books will receive a free bag.
The sale schedule is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 24, with all items double the marked price; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 25 and 26, items priced as marked; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 27, items half off marked price; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $5 a bag day.
For more information on the sale, or to volunteer at the event, email email@example.com, call the library at (203) 259-0346, or visit www.pequotlibrary.org.
WEST HAVEN — Flotilla 24-11 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a safe boating and personal watercraft course July 20-22.
The course satisfies state boating education requirements. People who successfully complete the course will qualify for the Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and the Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation, which will allow the person to operate any recreational vessel, including a personal watercraft.
The fee for the course is $65. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1 Kimberly Ave.
Walk-ins are welcome.
For further information contact Charlie Phippen at (860) 828-5438 or (860) 916-3379, or visit www.a0142411.uscgaux.info.
A party for Gamm, arranged by Probus Club members, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 19 at J. Roos Restaurant, 249 State St. in North Haven. Tickets are $15 per person and it is open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Probus charity of Gamm’s choice, organizers said.
Gamm, a Harvard Law School graduate who helped found the then Hamden Probus Club in 1950, has been an attorney since 1934.
For more information about the celebration call Roy Lukacas at 248-8656 or Charlie Mendlestein at 376-3648.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Shown in the photo are, l to r: R. Anthony Hill, career preparation instructor; Starks; Tami Schweikert, center director
Monday, July 6, 2009
“McDonald’s is proud to partner with CAS to honor the best and brightest high school scholar-athletes from all across Connecticut. We applaud the state’s top students for both their academic and athletic achievement,” Jim McGarry, McDonald's owner/operator and president of the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts McDonald's Owner/Operator Association said in a statement. “McDonald’s wishes each and every CAS Scholar Athlete all the best for continued success in the future.”
The Connecticut High School Scholar-Athlete 2009 Awards Banquet is the largest program of its type in the state, the statement said. Only one male and one female student are eligible for the award through a nomination from their principal for: demonstrating exemplary academic and athletic careers including participating in an interscholastic athletics; possessing personal standards and achievements that are a model to others; exhibiting outstanding school; and community service and carrying themselves with high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage, the statement said.
Friday, July 3, 2009
NEW HAVEN — The Group with No Name, otherwise known as TGWNN, (go ahead and try to pronounce it) has announced that the starting line location and time for New Haven’s fifth anniversary city-wide scavenger hunt, "Cluefest 7" is at 2 p.m. July 18 at Bru, 141 Orange St.
Cluefes, run by TGWNN, a group of city residents who volunteer their time because they love New Haven, aims to promote the city, particularly for people in their 20s and 30s, build community, encourage civic engagement, and increase the number of people who know about cultural and social opportunities here, the statement said.
For more information on Cluefest visit www.cluefest.com. Cluefest acknowledges generous support of its major sponsors: Seabury Hill, Yale University, Bank of America, United Way, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, and Higher One.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Left to right (front row) are Rosa Maria Lopez, Tanay Moore, Rosaly Rosario, Sallie R. Brooker, Ana Marie Trimble and Brittni Anderson. In the back row (left to right) are Orisel Castaneda, Monique Haynes, Imani Johnson and Leon Davis. Not shown are Stephanie Encarnacion, Chelsea Bennett, Leo James.
The Black and Hispanic Caucus of the Board of Aldermen honored winners of the 2009 scholarships Sunday. This year’s winners represent five city high schools and will be going to some of the most select colleges throughout the United States, the caucus said in a statement. Winners had to have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, participated in community service and been accepted to a two- or four-year college or university, the statement said. Winners, named above are: Anderson and Encarnacion, of High School in the Community; Johnson-Bell, Bennett, Castaneda, Chavez Davis, James, Lopez and Trimble, of Hillhouse High School; Haynes of Hill Regional Career High School; Moore of Hyde Leadership, and Rosario of Sound School.
Photo by Arnold Gold
Photo by Peter Mahakian
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
For more details, call Patricia A. Corradino, director of volunteer services, at 315-7510 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online class is an interactive, web-based program that includes animated illustrations and videos. It can be viewed on a PC or Mac. High speed internet is advised, but dial-up will work although it will take longer to download. The program also includes one scheduled face-to-face class with an educator.
For more information about fees, call "WELL/ A Mother’s Place" at 688.9355.
Sessions include sources in your possession; vital, Bible, church and cemetery records; probate, land, census, immigration and naturalization records; directories, newspapers, military records, Internet resources, and software.
Cost is $15 per session or $50 for all sessions.
To register, visit www.csginc.org or call (860) 569-0002.
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