Thursday, April 28, 2011

River Cleanup

The leaders of the Housatonic River Cleanup LLC today announced that boaters, fishermen and environmentalists within their group are seeking additional volunteers to join in a massive river clean up in three area communities along the Housatonic River – Stratford, Milford and Shelton.


The Housatonic River Clean Up will be held from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 7 (rain or shine). The event will be held in conjunction with the Town-sponsored Project Green Sweep, which is also part of the national Great American Cleanup. Volunteers are asked to meet at one of the following locations:


§  Birdseye Boat Ramp, Stratford

§  Sunnyside Boat Ramp, Shelton


Organizers of the event have arranged for refreshments throughout the day and supplies that will be needed for the cleanup (bags, gloves, etc.) Participants do not need boating experience but they are advised to dress for working outdoors. If they have a pickup truck, they are encouraged to bring it along. All participants will be entered in a drawing to win gift certificates.


Organizers of this event include the Housatonic River Cleanup LLC, all of the boat clubs along the River and businesses in Stratford, Shelton, and Milford.


To volunteer, show up at either of the above locations, and you will be given an assignment. If you have any questions, call Stratford Town Planner Dave Killeen at 385-4017.


Memorial service for Mayor Frank Logue

NEW HAVEN — Former colleagues and friends of the late Mayor Frank Logue will join in a public memorial Saturday.

Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will lead the program celebrating Logue’s life. He served as New Haven’s mayor between 1975 and 1979 after three terms as alderman. Logue died Dec. 31 at 86 years old, leaving his wife, the Rev. Mary Ann Logue and three children.

Other participants will include Superior Court Judge Thayer “Ted” Baldwin Jr., sculptor Ann P. Lehman, Hugh Price, Logue’s human resources director who is now at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, and Luis Alvarez, who led the Logue-founded National Urban Fellows program for many years.

City public school choirs will provide music and cantor Jonathan Gordon will lead those assembled in song. Light refreshments and a display of memorabilia will be available after the ceremony.

The public is welcome to attend the event, which will begin at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 165 Church St.

American Red Cross Volunteers in Connecticut will Deploy to Support Disaster Relief Efforts in Southern U.S.

The American Red Cross Connecticut Region is contacting volunteers willing to deploy to support Red Cross relief efforts in Alabama where many communities were devastated by damaging storms and tornadoes on Wednesday.


"We are contacting our registered volunteers to determine availability and are beginning to assign them to fill spots requested by the American National Red Cross to support the work of sheltering, feeding and counseling people affected by the storms," said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman.


People in more than half the country are seeking help from the American Red Cross as a record tornado season continues to devastate communities and serious flooding looms in parts of the Midwest, Shipman said. "Right now, Red Cross volunteers and staff are working in communities across much of the country to help many thousands of people to cope with and recover from these disasters. Our volunteers will help to meet these needs."


Shipman said that local Red Cross volunteers deploy to other areas of the nation when they can help by adding needed workforce numbers and by lending their expertise. "Many of our volunteers have experience in areas such as mental health counseling, shelter management, operations management, client casework or other functions vital to Red Cross relief work." That experience helps ensure an effective response by the Red Cross, Shipman said. "It also means that, when they return to Connecticut, they have even more experience to add to their skill in responding to local emergencies."


Shipman said that the American Red Cross Connecticut Region is focusing its recruitment efforts on its volunteers trained in client services, particularly health services. "These volunteers will be able to work with clients to provide emotional support and to make referrals to appropriate providers if there are other medical needs."


Shipman noted that the Red Cross deploys trained, registered volunteers. "We train volunteers to make sure they have the skills and information they need to safely and effectively do their jobs. Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer can help us locally or nationally in a broad range of capacities. Information about volunteering is at"


Shipman also said that people who want to help could do so by making a financial donation. "Making a donation will support current relief efforts and ensure our capacity to respond in the future." Donations may be made online at, or by calling 1-800-Red Cross. A $10 donation may be made on your mobile phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.


American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers. 



Editor's Note: All information in this post was contributed by Paul D. Shipman Chief Communication Officer American Red Cross Farmington

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Spring Open House 2011


NEW HAVEN – The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) invited interested citizens, legislators, and the media at their annual Spring Open House.  This year's topic, Safeguarding the Food Supply and Environment, was selected to showcase the various research and service activities of the CAES Department of Analytical Chemistry that serve to insure the safety of both the food supply and the environment.  Our programs focus on anticipated chemicals, such as oil-related compounds, pesticides and emerging contaminants (including nanoparticles).  We also conduct tests of compounds and toxins that may be used to intentionally compromise the food supply or environment. Departmental programs in these areas have Federal partners such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Civil Support Team of the CT National Guard, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  State partners include the CT Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), CT Department of Agriculture, CT Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), and the CT Department of Public Health (DPH).


Dr. Louis A. Magnarelli, Director of CAES, welcomed everyone to this yearly public event, which featured how Experiment Station scientists and technicians protect the food supply and the environment from toxic chemicals.  "The Experiment Station has assisted Connecticut residents since 1875 by providing research-based information on all aspects of plants and agriculture.  Today's event on safeguarding the food supply and the environment is of particular importance to our state and nation," said Dr. Magnarelli.


Attendees heard short presentations on (1) "The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response: The  Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the US FDA Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)," (2) "Examination of the Role that Pesticides Play in the Decline of Honey Bees," and (3) "Nanomaterial Contamination of Agricultural Crops"  Attendees of the guided tours learned about The Department of Analytical Chemistry testing program, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Mobile Laboratory, and The New Crops Program.  There was also a display from the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Program; the FBI WMD Coordinator collaborates with Department of Analytical Chemistry staff on issues related to chemical terrorism and food safety.  Experts also answered questions on plant identification and disease diagnosis, soil testing, and weed and insect identification—all important in maintaining a healthy environment and safe food supply.


Editor's Note: All information here is from a press release.

SS Chanteens Concert May 5 at New Haven Public Library

The whole family is invited to enjoy a program of traditional sea chanties sung by the fabulous SS Chanteens, a group of singers from The Sound School in New Haven, on Thursday, May 5, at 6 pm, at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.

About the SS Chanteens:
A sailing trip in Maine several years ago introduced students from The Sound School Regional Aquaculture Center in New Haven to sea music, and inspired a new Maritime Culture class. While some students helped build the schooner Amistad at Mystic Seaport, another group explored the songs of life at sea while building Margru, the ship's boat, in their shop class. Song filled the air, and in 2002 the S.S. Chanteens came together as a high-energy musical group led by Paula Daddario and Kristi Otterbach. 

There is no charge for this family-friendly performance of sea chanties, and free parking is available. Please reserve your seat at or call the library at 203-946-8835.

CAREGIVER’S BOOTCAMP AT New Haven Public Library May 11

New caregivers are invited to learn about the legal and procedural issues that are likely to occur in taking care of elderly and/or disabled loved ones at a seminar on Wednesday, May. 11,  6-7 pm, at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.  Connecticut attorney Julia Merkt will explore


· Advocacy in residential, long term care and medical settings

· Arranging for and monitoring home care services

· Assisting with relocation and evaluation of benefits available

· Coordination of medical care

· Transportation and concierge services

· Financial matters, including Medicare and Medicaid

· Conservatorship and Power of Attorney


Atty. Merkt is nationally recognized in the field of elder law and received the highest competency and ethics rating through Martindale-Hubble's peer review process.  A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) since 1992, she is also affiliated with the Connecticut Bar Association's Elder Law Section.  She is a member of the East Rock Village Association, an organization which is committed to the concept of supporting residents in aging at home. She is also involved in efforts to help the disabled achieve maximum independence in life.


There is no charge for this seminar, and free parking is available. Please register at or call the library at 203-946-8835.


Editor's Note: All information in this post was contributed

Open house at Chapel Haven

NEW HAVEN – Chapel Haven will hold an open house and tour for interested families from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 11. 
A light dinner and refreshments will be provided.
Chapel Haven is located at 1040 Whalley Ave. ( Participants can take part in guided tours of Chapel Haven's campus. Interested professionals and parents also will have the option of attending an evening workshop on social communication.
 Chapel Haven was founded in 1972 and provides a lifelong program of individualized support services for adults with cognitive and social disabilities, enabling them to live independent and productive lives. The May 11 open house will give participants the chance to tour two of Chapel Haven's transitional programs – the REACH program for adults with mild developmental disabilities and autism and the Asperger's Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) program.

In addition, Chapel Haven will offer a free workshop entitled "Social Communication Interventions: In the Classroom, the Therapy Room and at the Mall, "presented by Ginny Hodge, M.A., CCC-SLP and Vice President of Autism Spectrum Programming at Chapel Haven. For many children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, social communication challenges are the core of their difficulties in school and transition. This workshop will explore how social communication interventions and instruction can help individuals succeed in a variety of settings.

RSVPs are required by calling Connie Brand, Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing,, 203-397-1714, X111 by Monday, May 9, 2011. To learn more about Chapel Haven, log onto

  Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

Public information meeting on improvements to Stratford railroad station

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will conduct a Public Informational Meeting concerning the proposed surface parking expansion improvements to the Stratford Railroad Station on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at the Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main Street in Stratford. A presentation on the project will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by an open forum for individual discussions with DOT officials.

For more information, please visit the ConnDOT website:


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DEP Press Release - Be Bear Aware

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds residents to take steps to reduce contact and conflicts with bears.  These steps are becoming increasingly important as bears emerge from winter hibernation looking for food and because the state's bear population is growing.  This growing and expanding population is estimated at between 300 to 500 bears, increasing the need for people to know how to prevent problems.  In 2010, the DEP received over 3,000 bear sighting reports from 115 of Connecticut's 169 towns.  This spring, the DEP has already received several reports of bears coming into populated areas and interacting with humans and animals.  When bears emerge from their winter dens, natural foods are scarce and, as a result, bears are often attracted to human-provided foods found near homes.  On rare occasions they may attack livestock.
"As Connecticut's bear population continues to grow, residents of our state should familiarize themselves with steps they can take to avoid contact with this species," said Susan Frechette, Deputy Commissioner of the DEP.  "Most unwanted contacts occur when bears are attracted close to homes by food – such as bird feed, refuse and residue on grills – that is made available to them.  This can lead to more serious problems, including habituated bears that have lost their fear of humans.  The best method to prevent problems with bears is to avoid feeding them by taking down bird feeders in the spring, keep garbage cans in a shed or a garage or tightly secured and keep outdoor cooking equipment clean."
The two most common food attractants are bird feeders and poorly-stored household garbage.  Birdfeeders should be taken down and put away during spring, summer, and fall.  Household garbage should be stored in closed garages or sheds. In cases where this can't be done, ammonia should be added to the garbage bags and cans to discourage pilfering by bears and other animals.  Other items that can attract bears include pet and livestock foods, grease and drippings on barbecue grills, sweet or fatty food scraps in compost piles, and fruit on or dropped from trees.
            Although uncommon, bears will attack and kill livestock, such as sheep, goats, pigs, and fowl.  They also can destroy unprotected beehives.  One of the best precautions for these problems is well-maintained electric fencing.  Other recommendations for livestock growers include moving animals into sheds at night, keeping feed contained, keeping animals as distant from forested areas as possible, and using guard dogs.
The DEP encourages residents to take the following simple steps to avoid problems with black bears:
1.      Never intentionally feed bears.
2.      Take down, clean, and put away birdfeeders by late March. Store the feeders until late fall. Clean up spilled seed below feeder stations.
3.      Store garbage in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or storage area. Double bagging and the use of ammonia will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odor. Garbage for pickup should be put outside the morning of collection and not the night before.
4.      Avoid leaving pet food or dishes outdoors at night.
5.      Keep barbecue grills clean. Store grills inside a garage or shed.
6.      Avoid placing meat scraps or sweet foods in compost piles.
7.      Protect beehives, livestock, and berry bushes from bears with electric fencing.
8.      Keep dogs on a leash outdoors. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.

If you encounter a bear while hiking, make your presence known by yelling or making other loud noises.  Usually, a bear will move from an area once it detects humans.  If a bear does not retreat, slowly leave the area and find an alternate hiking route.  While camping, be aware that most human foods are also attractive to bears.  Keep a clean campsite, and make sure food and garbage are secure (for example, keep food in a cooler stored in the trunk of a car).
Prevention and tolerance are the basis for learning to live with bears in Connecticut.  It is important to remember that although black bears regularly travel near houses, they are rarely aggressive toward humans and can usually be frightened away by making loud noises, throwing sticks, or spraying with a garden hose.  However, it is not uncommon for bears that have found food, such as birdseed from feeders, to ignore such disturbances. In the rare instance when a bear appears to be aggressive toward people, residents should contact the DEP Wildlife Division Sessions Woods office at 860-675-8130 (Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM) or the DEP's 24-hour dispatch line (860-424-3333) during weekends and non-business hours.
Bear sightings reported by the public provide valuable information to assist the DEP Wildlife Division in monitoring the black bear population.  Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting on the DEP's Web site ( or call the Wildlife Division's Sessions Woods office.  Some bears have been ear-tagged for research.  Information on the presence or absence of tags, including tag color, letters and numbering is particularly valuable.  To obtain informational fact sheets about bears, visit the DEP's Web site or call the Sessions Woods office.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Connecticut Food Bank receives $16,500 from Newman’s Own to support Kids' BackPacks

(From a press release by Connecticut Food Bank)

EAST HAVEN – Connecticut Food Bank is the recipient of a $16,500 grant from Newman's Own Foundation to help support the vitally important Kids' BackPack Program, which benefits nearly 1,750 students in 16 Connecticut school districts. The program supplies the students with nutritious food during weekends when other resources, including free/reduced-price school meals, are not available to them.

"Well-nourished children tend to have fewer illnesses and better school achievement than those who are chronically hungry," said Nancy L. Carrington, president and chief executive officer of Connecticut Food Bank. "We are extremely grateful for Newman's Own Foundation's support of the Kids' BackPack Program. It is such an important component of child nutrition for those who participate."

The Kids' BackPack Program serves 68 schools in 16 towns, including Branford, Bridgeport, Danbury, East Haven, Middletown, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainfield, Putnam, Stratford, Stamford, Torrington, Trumbull, Waterbury, West Haven and Winsted. A typical packet includes two each of packages of milk, 100 percent fruit juice, two whole-grain cereals, two high-nutrition entrees and two low-fat, low-sugar snacks.

"Paul Newman believed in sharing good fortune with those in need, which is what he did when he founded Newman's Own in 1982," wrote a Newman's Own Foundation representative to the Connecticut Food Bank. "Thank you for the work that you do in your community."

One in six children in Connecticut is food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from. In Connecticut Food Bank's service area, 53 percent of the food-insecure population does not qualify for food stamps or other government programs, so they often must rely on other sources such as Connecticut Food Bank and others to help feed themselves and their families.

Connecticut Food Bank serves approximately 600 community-based feeding programs in six of Connecticut's eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham. Connecticut Food Bank distributes 30 tons of food every business day.

Tomlinson Bridge closed Tuesday morning for maintenance

The Tomlinson Bridge on Forbes Avenue will be closed Tuesday morning, forcing drivers to detour around the Quinnipiac River crossing.

The state Department of Transportation said today the bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday (rain date, Thursday). The closing is for routine maintenance on the bridge, the DOT said.

Detours are as follows:

Traffic from the west side should take a left on East Street, a right on Chapel Street, a right on Ferry Street and a right on Farren Avenue, which becomes Townsend Avenue. Take a right on Woodward Avenue to Route 1.

From the east side, turn right on Woodward Avenue, left on Townsend Avenue, which becomes Farren Avenue, left onto Chapel Street and left onto East Street to Forbes Avenue.

Gospel groups join to benefit kidney charity

NEW HAVEN — “Another Anointed Time of Gospel Music” to benefit the Young Jock Kidney Fund will be held May 1 at New Trinity Temple Church, 285 Dixwell Ave.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. and the program starts at 4:30. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children 12 years and younger are $15. Food will be sold.

The event will feature Doc McKenzie and The Hilites of Lake City, S.C.; The Echoaires of Memphis; the Rev. Matthew Mickens and The New Highway Travelers of Hopkins, S.C.; Eric McKenzie and The Hilites Jr. of Paterson, N.J.; The Jr. Disciples of the Bronx, N.Y.; Lil Jay & The Spiritual Boys of New Jersey; and The Golden Stars and Nusounds of New Haven.

For tickets, call Debbie McCrea at 203-676-9405 or Ella Vereen at 203-668-5660.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Doggone good: Fundraiser to be held for New Haven police K-9 unit

NEW HAVEN — There’s a long list of raffle prizes for those who support a fundraiser Tuesday for the New Haven Police Department’s canine unit from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Christopher Martin’s Restaurant.

Tickets are $40 per person, and admission includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Lisa Siedlarz, president of the SoHu Neighborhood Association, said to get in on the raffle, it’s $5 for eight tickets.

Here’s the rundown on prizes:

- $75 gift certificate to Portafino’s restaurant

- $100 gift basket from Romeo and Ceasers

- $25 gift card to P&M Market

- $25 gift card to Nica’s Market

- Gift certificate for a 1-hour massage at Center of Gravity in Cheshire

- Certificate for any pizza at Modern Pizza

- $25 gift card to Christopher Martin’s restaurant

- $25 gift certificate to Black Bear Salon

- Gift basket from Claire’s Corner Copia

- Gift basket from The New Bottle Shop

$75 to Subway for the giant “feed your office” sub

For tickets or more information, email

SailQuest Mystic is setting a course for Connecticut

A new boat show is coming to Mystic Seaport: SailQuest Mystic, a unique, safe and family-oriented boat show, will be held May 13 – 15 at the Seaport, organizers said.
The show will include sailboats, trawlers, downeast style power and select brokerage yachts from 20 feet to more than 50 feet long, as well as several land exhibits, organizers said in a statement.
Entrance fees include the boat show and full access to Mystic Seaport’s historic exhibits, the statement said.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Mystic Seaport to bring this great springtime boat show to New England Boaters. Whether you currently own a boat or are looking to purchase a new boat, terrific pre-season deals are available and show goers can save thousands on their next boat,” said Rick Dieterich from Springline Yacht Sales, also in the statement.

The docks at Mystic Seaport will feature a wide range of models from quality manufacturers, including: Hanse, Jeanneau, Island Packet, Hunter, Lagoon, Hunt, Beneteau, J Boats, Summit Yachts, Dufour, Minor Offshore, Nordstar Yachts, North Pacific Yachts, Nordic Tug, Ranger Tugs, Pure Yachting RIB, Fathom Yachts, X-Yachts, Catalina, Cutwater Boats and more, the statement said.
"Additionally, a variety of companies will be on-site offering small boats such as Stagepoint, Destino, Sea Hunt, Pak Boat, Fatty Knees, Windrider Trimarans, Terhi Boats, HBI Hard Bottom Inflatables, Weta Trimarans, Maas and Alden rowing shells, RS Sailboats and Hobie, as well as personal and boat gear, sails, diesel engines, bow thrusters and other products and services, including clothing, jewelry, financing and insurance," the statement said.
"Discover Sailing and American Sailing Association will be offering free sails all weekend on small keelboats and larger yachts."

“At SailQuest Mystic, visitors will have the opportunity to view and board beautiful new and select brokerage yachts on the Mystic River while enjoying full access to Mystic Seaport’s interactive exhibits, including the Charles W. Morgan. What a great way to spend the day,” said Anne Hannan, publisher of WindCheck Magazine, also in the statement.

SailQuest Mystic hours are Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5.p.m.

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Editor's Note: All information in this post was contributed.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

An historical bargain in New Haven

The New Haven Museum, which has been open free to the public on the first Sunday of the month since January 2010, announced that it will also be open free on the third Sunday of the month beginning on May 15th through the end of the summer. Hours on Sundays are 1 to 4 p.m.

Two new exhibits, The Hill: New Haven’s First Suburb, which has attracted a wide audience, and Both Here and There: A Century of Transformative Encounters, which traces the 110-year history of the Yale-China Association, will be on display until June 30, 2011.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as The New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. For information, please call Michelle Cheng at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or email

Veterans Council seeking participants for West Haven Memorial Day parade

WEST HAVEN — The Veterans Council is seeking veterans and groups to participate in the annual Memorial Day parade set for 10:30 a.m. May 30.

Participants in the 90-minute parade must register and list required special accommodations.

Veterans Council Chaplain Francis Blanchette, 83, a World War II-era Army veteran, and Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Charlene Fischer-Atwood, 27, a veteran of Afghanistan, Qatar and Iraq, will lead the procession as grand marshals.

The milelong parade will march along Campbell Avenue from Captain Thomas Boulevard to Center Street.

The council is asking anyone with information on former grand marshals to call 203-937-3512.

Forms are available in the mayor’s office and are due April 29 to chief of staff James T. Burns Jr., Office of the Mayor, City Hall, 355 Main St., West Haven 06516, or faxed to 203-937-3705. Rain date is June 4.

Walks for the Connecticut Food Bank scheduled

The Connecticut Food Bank’s family Walk Against Hunger is a 2.5- to 3-mile walk is scheduled for three Sundays in May.

Registration and festivities for all three events begins at 1 p.m., with the walks getting starting at 2 on the following dates and locations rain or shine:

— May 1, College Woods Pavilion in East Rock Park, New Haven

— May 15, Seaside Park in Bridgeport

— May 22, Library Park, Waterbury

Participants get pledges prior to event. Pre-register at

New Haven Power Squadron to hold boating class

The New Haven Power Squadron will conduct a state-approved public boating course beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 2.

Classes will be held at East Haven High School, 35 Wheelbarrow Lane, East Haven. The five-session course will satisfy the state requirements for a Safe Boating Certificate and will qualify boat owners for insurance premium discounts. The areas of study will include basic safety, seamanship, piloting, and Long Island Sound charting. Personal watercraft certification is included and family discounts are available.

Coastal endorsements and advanced classes are also offered. To register call Ed Bruce at 203 239-0336

NOFA to Offer Free Organic Land Care Workshop in New Haven

NEW HAVEN  – The Northeast Organic Farm Association's Organic Land Care Program will hold a free workshop for homeowners interested in learning more about organic land care.  The workshop, titled "Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn Care:  Save Money and the Environment" will be held on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  
This is a free 1.5 hour workshop that will be held at the Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St., New Haven.

This informative workshop will provide the tools and informational resources needed to practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of organic land care.   Participants will receive a handout of resources and a guide to finding local land care professionals who have the knowledge to maintain lawns and landscapes organically.  The workshop will be taught by a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and includes thirty minutes for questions.

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program was founded in 1999 to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the landscapes where people spend their daily lives. In addition to the five-day accreditation course, it also offers a variety of advanced hands-on, in-depth workshops annually. Past workshops have included compost tea, organic invasives removal and advanced pruning techniques. The program also hosts the one-day, comprehensive, NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course, geared towards professional landscapers, municipal employees and anyone interested in growing healthy turfgrass organically.

The demand for organic landscaping services is increasing rapidly, driven by consumer concerns and regulatory pressures, including state legislation. The course curriculum – covering all topics of organic land care -- is especially important today as more people become aware of the danger that synthetic pesticides and fertilizers pose to biodiversity, water quality and ecosystem health.

To find a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional near you, visit and click on "AOLCP Search" or call the NOFA Organic Land Care Program office to request a copy of the NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care at (203) 888-5146. For more information, visit

This workshop is made possible by the generous support from the Quinnipiac River Fund.

Editor's Note: All information in this post was contributed and is presented here as submitted.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April Is Financial Literacy Month

NEW HAVEN - The 50+ Transition Center, located in the New Haven Free Public Library, will be tackling the challenges of planning for retirement during Financial Literacy Month in April.

The 50+ Transition Center received a competitive national grant that has allowed them to facilitate free financial education for the baby boomer community in New Haven and surrounding areas. The most successful education initiatives have been their comprehensive speaker series. Their upcoming event, Preparing for Retirement: Can You Catch Up? will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 6:00-7:30 and will feature Professor Mary Miller from the University of New Haven. She will be speaking on ways to prepare for retirement at any age.

Kate Cosgrove, 50+ Transition Center and Volunteer Coordinator says, "Preparing for Retirement: Can You Catch Up? and Managing Investment Risk are essential to todays fifty plus as they contemplate retirement or address a layoff and perhaps need to re-career." These are free programs that are solely intended to be a resource for the baby boomer community, no products or services are allowed to be sold or promoted. 

The AARP offers several common mistakes to avoid when planning for retirement saying, "An increasing number of people are entering retirement age with no pension, inadequate savings, a big mortgage (sometimes two), an average of about six credit cards and debt on one or more car." Instead of enjoying their lives, the AARP says, they "find themselves beholden to their jobs and struggling to make ends meet." 

The 50+ Transition Center was awarded a grant from FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), last year. They were one of only twelve recipients nationwide. FINRA provides underserved Americans with the skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout their lives. Their research contributes to foundation-funded learning materials, research findings and tools for libraries and other agencies. 

When announcing the recipients of this prestigious grant, John Gannon, president of the FINRA Foundation said, "Public libraries are ideally positioned to serve the financial information needs of their communities, and to do so without a sales pitch of hidden agenda."

The first program at the 50+ Transition Center was in 2004 at the New Haven Free Public Library. A constant project in the process, they have continually partnered with various agencies and organizations to expand their programs and continue to bring in influential and meaningful speakers and resources for the fifty plus community.  The 50+ Transition Center is a place for community members to turn to for information and reliable information to help make the more educated financial decisions. 

You can find out more information about the 50+ Transition Center, their upcoming events and Financial Literacy Month on their website or their Facebook page. Join them in person on April 28th to learn more about better preparing for retirement and making smart financial decisions. 

Editor's Note: All information in this post was contributed.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Greater New Haven Celiac Group to hold anniversary luncheon

The fifteenth anniversary of the Greater New Haven Celiac Group will be a luncheon buffet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 30 at Elizabeth's Restaurant, 825 Cromwell Ave., Rocky Hill.
The Greater New Haven Celiac Group was founded 15 years ago by Jane trevett and Bev Chevalier and  much has been accomplished by and through the group, organizers said in a statement.

The anniversary chairwoman, Lisa Turcotte "has coordinated a fabulous gluten-free luncheon with the staff at Elizabeth’s, the statement said.
"It’s an opportunity for celebrating, meeting fellow members and enjoying a safe gluten-free meal."
There will be a short presentation honoring the 15 years of the group's mission of striving to make the lives of celiacs more healthful and enjoyable.
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From 1-91S: Exit 23, right off of the exit (towards Route 3). Stay in center lane. At Route 3 intersection. Do not turn. Go straight into plaza. Elizabeth's is at the other end of the plaza.

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Haven fundraiser will help Bibi Aisha

NEW HAVEN — You’ve seen this face before.

'Facing Down the Taliban and the Atrocities in Afghanistan,' a benefit to help restore Bibi Aisha will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the new restaurant downtown, Red at 56 Orange St.

Aisha was mutilated by her husband under Taliban law and her plight gained world attention when she was on the cover of Time magazine for the story, “What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward Aisha’s facial reconstruction, and sales of photos, paintings, Afghan weavings and hand-made jewelry by Aisha will support her stay in New York while she awaits surgery.

A number of local musicians, including George Baker, will perform. For more information, call 203-859-6666 or go to

New Haven Register Fresh Air Fund needs your help!

The aim is to send kids to summer camp!

As the brutal winter finally is behind us and we begin to believe there truly are hot days of summer around the corner, the New Haven Register Fresh Air Fund is launching its annual appeal to send needy children from Greater New Haven to summer camp.

The Fresh Air Fund was founded in 1905 by John Day Jackson, the Register’s owner. The fund made possible trips to the countryside and nearby amusement parks. It was a respite from summer idleness and the hot city streets for the immigrant children of the workers in the city’s crowded factories.
The city air is much cleaner now. The soot from turn-of-the century factories is gone. But, the goal, providing a summer experience to those who would otherwise be denied it, remains the same. Today, the Fresh Air Fund supports sending more than 100 children to 15 camps — from Woodbridge to Hebron — where they form new friendships and are occupied with vacation activities, from tug of wars to swimming and hiking and amateur theatricals.
Each camp determines which child will receive Fresh Air Fund assistance and the dollar amount each child will receive. Camp costs vary, depending on whether it is a day or overnight camp, the level of need and the length of experience.
The time spent at camp is a memory that many former campers cherish. As the years pass, they become donors to the Fresh Air Fund so that other children can enjoy the opening up of new worlds and the fun of their own long ago camping days.
The Fresh Air Fund long has depended on individual donations and those who have volunteered their services at fundraising events: concerts, variety shows, road and bed races, lemonade stands, even the Register’s newsroom book sales. The roster of contributors is a cross section of our community: retired government workers, hospital staff, baseball leagues, those who give in memory of a parent or friend or to mark a birthday or wedding anniversary.
People’s donations are usually modest, but they add up and they are effective. Every penny is spent on sending children to camp. The Register absorbs all administrative costs.
We would like to send even more children to camp this summer. To do this, we need your help.
Please send your donation to New Haven Register Fresh Air Fund (attn: Jack Kramer, editor - and Register Fresh Air Fund president), 40 Sargent Drive, New Haven 06511.

Editor's note: In the 2009 photo shown,  a $1,000 donation to the fund was made from the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race. The organization made nearly $20,000 in donations, including the $1,000 gift to the Fresh Air Fund. Presenting the check to New Haven Register Editor Jack Kramer, second from right, who is president of the Fresh Air Fund, is, from left, John Courtmanche, board president, Christina Acampora, communication director for Stratton Faxon, and John Bysciewicz, race director.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Greater Hartford NAACP Elects New President

HARTFORD – The membership of the Greater Hartford NAACP has chosen new leadership.


Mohammad Ansari, a life member of the Greater Hartford NAACP and retired Executive Director at the Open Hearth center for men in Hartford, was elected by a nearly 2-1 margin, defeating incumbent Carrie Saxon Perry 71-47.


"I am humbled and honored by this show of support," Ansari said. "This presents a tremendous opportunity to strengthen the Greater Hartford branch, and work collectively with the State Conference to develop a statewide agenda."


"The election of Mohammad Ansari represents a new day for the Greater Hartford NAACP branch," State Conference NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile said. "I thank Ms. Perry for her service, and look forward to working closely with Mr. Ansari to enhance the efforts of the Greater Hartford branch.

Officers are: President Mohammad Ansari; First Vice President  Annette Shack; Secretary Ines Pegeas and Treasurer Ralph Dumas


The Greater Hartford NAACP meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Northend Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street in Hartford.


Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Yale University Appoints Advisory Committee on Campus Climate

New Haven, Conn.—President Richard C. Levin has announced the appointment of an Advisory Committee on Campus Climate.  The panel will be chaired by Margaret H. Marshall '76 J.D., the former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and a former fellow of the Yale Corporation.  The other members of the Committee are Seth P. Waxman '77 J.D., former solicitor general of the United States and a partner at WilmerHale LLP; Kimberly M. Goff-Crews '83 B.A., '86 J.D., vice president for campus life and dean of students at the University of Chicago; and Elizabeth (Libby) H. Smiley '02 B.A., former president of the Yale College Council and a director at Barbary Coast Consulting in San Francisco.

"It is imperative that the climate at Yale be free of sexual harassment and misconduct of any kind.  Should transgressions occur, they must be addressed expeditiously and appropriately," Levin said.  "I have asked the Committee to give me advice about how sexual harassment, violence or misconduct of any kind may be more effectively combated at Yale, and what additional steps the University might take to create a culture and community in which all of our students are safe and feel well supported."   
Levin further explained: "This Committee will spend time listening to members of our community about the situation as they live it, and make its own assessments.  Yale has a strong set of policies in place, and a number of recommendations developed during the last year are being implemented.  Nevertheless, I know that there is more that we can learn and do.  I am personally committed to this important work.  It is essential to the well-being of our students and our entire community.  I am grateful to the members of the panel for contributing their time and wise counsel."

The Committee will advise Levin directly, and he will review its recommendations with the Yale Corporation after the report is completed early in the fall semester.  After review by the Corporation, the Committee's recommendations will be made public.

Yale was recently informed by the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education that it will be investigating a complaint made by students alleging that the University is in violation of Title IX, which mandates that no one be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any federally supported education program on the basis of sex.  Yale has stated that is does not tolerate any sexual misconduct, and will cooperate fully with the Office of Civil Rights.

The panel will not seek to duplicate the investigation of the Office of Civil Rights, and will examine campus culture and systems rather than investigate particular events that may be part of the Office of Civil Rights investigation.

The University recently announced the formation of a University-Wide Committee (UWC) to address allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct of every kind.
The UWC will be available to all students and faculty across the University and will consist of students, faculty and administrative members drawn from throughout Yale.

"We believe that this streamlining will make it simpler for students and faculty to initiate and pursue any complaint," said Provost Peter Salovey.  "Yale must be a community that is supportive and safe, and does not tolerate sexual misconduct.  The new UWC will help to ensure these important results."

Biographies of the Members of the Advisory Committee on Campus Climate

Margaret H. Marshall

Marshall was chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts from 1999 until her retirement in 2010.  She was the first woman to serve in that position.

A native of South Africa, Marshall earned her B.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.  While an undergraduate, she was elected president of the National Union of South African Students, an anti-apartheid organization of some 20,000 members.

Marshall earned a master's degree in education from Harvard in 1969 and completed four years of doctoral work before studying law.  Following her graduation in 1976 from Yale Law School, she practiced law for 16 years and became a partner in the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart.

Marshall was vice president and general counsel of Harvard University from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, she was appointed one of the seven justices of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and three years later she became chief justice.  During her tenure the court held that denying the "protections, benefits and obligations conferred by civil marriage" to two persons of the same sex violated the Massachusetts Constitution. Marshall served a six-year term as a member of the Yale Corporation, the University's governing board.

Seth P. Waxman

Waxman is chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Group and partner of WilmerHale LLP.  He served as solicitor general of the United States from 1997 through January 2001.

Waxman focuses on complex challenges involving governments or public policy issues.  He has won landmark rulings in a number of Supreme Court cases, including Boumediene v. Bush, in which the court ruled that foreign citizens held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.

Waxman is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. His honors include the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award.

Waxman is president of the Harvard University Board of Overseers.  He received his B.A. from Harvard University and is a 1977 graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Kimberly Goff-Crews

Kimberly Goff-Crews has been vice president for campus life and dean of students at the University of Chicago since 2007.  A member of the President's Executive Staff, she provides leadership and strategic direction for the Campus and Student Life unit, which includes 350 staff members.  Goff-Crews provides university policy direction to develop new services to address the interests and needs of students, faculty, and staff and to create a vibrant campus community.  Among other responsibilities at Chicago, she supervises Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention and the Office of LGBTQ Student Life.

She previously served as dean of students at Wellesley College, where she was responsible for student life and for supervising 20 different departments providing academic support and enriched campus life.  She chaired the Academic Review Board and instituted a priority-setting process and a new assessment review protocol for her division.  She also worked closely with students on athletics, health, facilities, and funding issues.

Prior to Wellesley, Goff-Crews held positions at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Yale, where she was an assistant dean of Yale College.  She was also a practicing attorney.  Goff-Crews received her B.A. from Yale College in 1983 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1986.

Editor's Note: The entirety of this post is a press release. It is posted as a public service.

Libby Smiley

Libby Smiley is a director of Barbary Coast Consulting, a public affairs and communications firm serving the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her work focuses on community outreach for the firm's public sector clients and developing long-term strategic communications for various initiatives involving private companies, non-profit organizations, and the City and County of San Francisco.

Prior to her current position, Smiley worked with the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, on a presidential campaign in Iowa, and on deliberative polling to study the effects of policy debate on shaping attitudes and getting citizens involved with community issues and local government.

The president of the Yale College Council in 2000-2001, Smiley also served on the Dean's Advisory Committee, the Committee on Honors and Academic Standing, and the Tercentennial Steering Committee.  She received her B.A. from Yale College in 2002 and a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2007.


Gospel Music event in New Haven to benefit Young Jock Kidney Fund

NEW HAVEN — “Another Anointed Time of Gospel Music” to benefit the Young Jock Kidney Fund will be held May 1 at New Trinity Temple Church, 285 Dixwell Ave.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. and the program starts at 4:30. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children 12 years and younger will be admitted at the door for $15.

Food will be sold.

The event will feature Doc McKenzie & The Hilites of Lake City, S.C.; The Echoaires of Memphis; the Rev. Matthew Mickens & The New Highway Travelers of Hopkins, S.C.; Eric McKenzie & The Hilites Jr. of Paterson, N.J.; The Jr. Disciples of the Bronx, N.Y.; Lil Jay & The Spiritual Boys of New Jersey; and The Golden Stars and Nusounds of New Haven.

For tickets, call Debbie McCrea at 203-676-9405 or Ella Vereen at 203-668-5660.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Communiversity Day coming up in New Haven

NEW HAVEN — The Yale Undergraduate Philanthropic Society will present “Communiversity Day” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23 on Yale’s Cross Campus between College and Elm streets.

The free festival will include a children’s carnival, field day activities, free barbecue, community organizations and Yale student group.

Field day events include face painting, musical chairs and a giant parachute.

Display at New Haven City Hall stresses early childhood education

 NEW HAVEN - A display featuring notables like NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman and Walter Gilliam of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University can be seen at New Haven City Hall.

The display stresses "the importance of investing in high-quality early care and education initiatives," organizers said in a statement.

"The display, developed by the CT Early Childhood Alliance, was featured on the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building concourse in January. It now travels around the state to be displayed at early childhood centers, schools, town halls and town events," the statement said. "The display will remain at New Haven City Hall until the end of April and is hosted by the New Haven Early Childhood Council. NHECC has incorporated additional early childhood posters in with the Alliance display."

The display also coincides with a number of activities planned in New Haven to celebrate the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s “Week of the Young Child,” which focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs, the statement said.

“This display affirms the message that we know is true, that a quality early childhood experience is a significant way to provide a strong foundation for future learning,” said Pam Hansen, coordinator for the New Haven Early Childhood Council, also in the statement. “Having a variety of important community members represented in the posters with their words of support for early childhood education further emphasizes the value of a good start and a strong foundation for learning.”

Investing in high-quality early childhood initiatives including Care4Kids,School Readiness, Head Start, state-funded child care centers and family resource centers, helps close the achievement gap, helps reduce grade repetition, reduces the need for special education services and reduces high school dropout rates. It increases college graduation rates and helps form a productive and capable workforce. Research shows that for every dollar spent on early childhood programs, the return on investment can be up to $17, the statement said

The New Haven Early Childhood Council brings together community members who share a desire to improve the lives of young children and their families in New Haven. Its mission is to ensure that all children come to kindergarten with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, the statement said.

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a group of organizations and individuals committed to improving developmental outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security for children ages birth to eight, the statement said.

For more information on the display or to inquire about bringing it to your town, call the Alliance at 860-819-3647 or email


British Historian to Give Talk at Yale on Winston Churchill as Artist

NEW HAVEN— Renowned British historian Sir David Cannadine will give a lecture at 5:30 p.m. April 21 on the artistic pursuits of Winston Churchill at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 
 Cannadine's lecture, titled "Painting as a Pastime: Winston Churchill: The Statesman as Artist," is free and open to the public.
"Sir Winston Churchill was an uncommonly versatile and great man: not just a politician, statesman, and war leader, but also a soldier, journalist, historian, biographer, bricklayer, racehorse owner — and painter," note the event organizers. "For Churchill, painting was a pastime and a relief from the pressures of public life; and it was also therapy and an antidote to the "black dog" of depression, which plagued this towering figure throughout his life. Cannadine's lecture will explore Churchill's remarkable creativity as an artist with oils."
 Cannadine is the Whitney J. Oates Senior Research Scholar and professor of history at Princeton University. He is an eminent historian of British history from 1800 to 2000. He has published extensively on aspects of social, cultural, political and imperial history from this period, with a particular focus on the British aristocracy; urban development and the structure of power in British towns. Cannadine's publications include "In Churchill's Shadow: Confronting the Past in Modern Britain"; "Mellon: An American Life"; and "Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire."
Presented to the university by Paul Mellon, the Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collections reflect the development of British art, life, and thought from the Elizabeth n period onward. The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and educational programs, as well as numerous academic resources. One of the museum's greatest treasures is the building itself. Opened in 1977, the Center was designed by internationally acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn, the statement said.

Editor's Note: All information in this post was contributed.

Mothers Day at Old Sturbridge Village

Free admission for moms on Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village as OSV Celebrates motherhood through the centuries

STURBRIDGE, Mass - Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate Mother's Day on May 8 by offering free admission to all moms, according to a press release.
Mothers also will receive a free gift (while supplies last) and be entered into a raffle for one of three Village-made redware cookie plates, the release said.
In addition, the Village has several events planned so that families can celebrate the day together with hands-on activities. Children can plant a seed or make a card for their mothers and play a game of "French and English" (tug of war) together. The Oliver Wight Tavern will also be offering a special Mother's Day Brunch,  the release said. For more information, visit or call 800-SEE-1830.

"A favorite activity on Mother's Day and throughout the spring at OSV is meeting the new animals at the Village farms. New lambs and piglets born during the spring consistently delight visitors of all ages. Four lambs have already been born and more are expected in April and early May. Six week-old piglets of the English Black breed are due to arrive at the Village during the first weeks of May. Doc and Blue, the one year-old oxen, are also visitor favorites,"  the release said.

"Early 19th-century rural life may have been very different than today, but the essential challenges and joys of motherhood haven't changed much through the years. Visitors can learn more about childbirth and raising children in the 1830s by meeting Lydia Maria Child, author of the best-selling book, The Mother's Book and 19th-century midwife Lucy Tucker. Costumed OSV historians will provide insights into cooking and running a home in the 1800s. Visitors can learn about real-life early American mother Sally Towne while touring the Salem Towne House,"  the release said.

The Mother's Day holiday as we currently know it was not created until the 20th century when a Philadelphia woman named Anna Jarvis promoted its creation after her own mother passed away. Ironically, she spent much of her time and late mother's fortune trying to stop the commercialization of the holiday she had created. At Old Sturbridge Village, the original spirit of the day is preserved in a setting that celebrates the importance of family and community and the hard work required to raise a family – in any century,  the release said.

OSV is open year-round, but hours vary seasonally. Beginning April 2, the Village will be open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is: $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; $7 for children ages 3-17; children under 3 are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. Woo Card subscribers get 25% of adult daytime admission; college Woo cardholders receive 50% off adult daytime admission. For details, visit or call 800-SEE-1830.

 Editor's note: All information and photos in this post were contributed.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"To Save a Woman is to Change the World"

Here's how you can help
A 5K Run/Walk for Congo will be held beginning with check-in at 9 a.m. April 23 at Brooksvale Park, 524 Brooksvale Ave., Hamden.
The walk begins at 10 a.m. Registration is $30.
Water will be provided. Pets, children and strollers are welcome.
To register, donate or volunteer, contact Monica Johansson at 860-705-2666. Or, for more information about the organization, go to
All proceeds for to Women for Women International.

For directions to Brooksvale, go to

What is it?

The Yale Peabody Museum will tell you

Or at least they will try as tt's I.D. Day at the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18

"Bring that artifact or specimen you’ve been wondering about, be it a rock, shell, feather or other object, and experts will help you identify it," the museum said in a statement.
Admission $5-9. Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven.

Closure of Waterfront Street extended to May 7

What to Expect:

Waterfront Street between Forbes Avenue (US Route 1) and Waterfront Connector, will be closed to through traffic, Wednesday, April 13, 2011 through Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Traffic will be detoured to Stiles Street, Alabama Street and Waterfront Connector.

Local business access will be maintained.

These closures are necessary to facilitate the construction of piers spanning Waterfront Street.

All work will occur weather permitting and will be rescheduled if necessary.

Signs will be posted to help guide you.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is working to inform local residents of current and upcoming construction activities through bulletins such as this, as well as the I-95 NHHC Corridor Improvement Program website ( and the toll-free Program Hotline (1.866.277.9595).

If you have any questions about the program, please call us at 1.203.752.1996 or send an email to

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Wild about flowers!

According to a release from Shaun Roche, visitor services manager at the  Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, "Each spr...