Friday, June 29, 2012

Graphic Design Seminar at New Haven Public Library July 25

NEW HAVEN - Award-winning Elements Design Studio principal Amy Graver and senior designer Ben Jura will present an overview of design principles at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St., at 6 p.m.  July 25, according to a statement.   

"The designers will explore ways in which we encounter and are affected by design in daily living. They will provide examples of common design mistakes that highlight the importance of using good design sense.  Their discussion is based on their new book, 'Best Practices for Graphic Designers, Grids and Page Layouts: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Applying Page Design Principles,' and copies will be available for purchase.," the statement said. 

"Elements is a graphic design and marketing communications firm based in Branford founded in 1999 by Amy Graver.  She serves on the Advisory Board of Package Design magazine and regularly gives seminars on marketing/design, the power of social media and how to integrate  technology into marketing strategy. She is a founding member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) CT chapter and is a past president of the CT Art Director's Club."

"Elements senior designer Ben Jura graduated from The School of  Visual Arts and  has worked in advertising, branding and design in New York and Connecticut for clients such as Hinckley Yachts, Stanley Tools, PepsiCo and Bradley Airport," the statement said.

There is no charge for this seminar but registration is advised, online  at or by calling the library at 203-946-8835.

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

Ted Kennedy Jr. helps Connecticut Irish Festival recreate memories of his dad

Ted Kennedy, Jr. of Connecticut is shown at the 2012 ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Connecticut Irish Festival where he, along with others, recreated a photo of his dad’s visit to the 1967 Irish Field Day, when then U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy,Sr.,D-Mass., received a hurling stick from the 1967 organizers. 
In the photo, l to r, are Charles O'Hagan, Maureen Lynch (representing her husband, the late Mike Lynch), Ted Kennedy, Jr. (representing his father), and Michael Bohan (representing his father, the late Mike Bohan).

(photo by IrishNewsman/Donadio)

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

Connecticut officials offer fireworks safety tips for July Fourth holiday

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.  (except the line about how important it is, that was added)

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and Office of the Attorney General Friday issued a statement "reminding advance of the Independence Day holiday, that Connecticut law prohibits the sale, possession or use of fireworks without a permit."

 That is important information. And here is a guide to legal displays in Greater New Haven.

Further, the statement said: "Roman candles, smoke bombs, firecrackers, snakes, skyrockets, Daygo bombs, and bottle rockets are examples of illegal fireworks. Sparklers and fountains, which produce sparks when lit, are not considered fireworks and are legal in Connecticut, but cannot be sold or used by anyone younger than 16."

 “Each year at this time, emergency rooms across the country are filled with people who’ve been injured using fireworks,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein said, also the statement. “Although they are not technically fireworks, sparklers and fountains may also cause injuries. For good reason, they may not be sold to or used by anyone younger than 16.”

"Attorney General George Jepsen was Senate majority leader when state law was changed to exempt sparklers and fountains from the definition of fireworks. He said the public should have no trouble distinguishing them from illegal fireworks," the statement said

“If it explodes, it is not allowed to be sold in Connecticut or used without a permit,” Jepsen said, again in the statement. “Firework displays should be left to professionals,” Jepsen said, “and those using sparklers or fountains should exercise caution to avoid injury or property damage.”

 Also in the statement: "Earlier this week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released study findings on fireworks incidents ( It found that 65 percent of all fireworks injuries in 2011 occurred in the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July. At least four consumers were killed last year by professional-grade or homemade fireworks, while an estimated 9,600 consumers were injured."

Further, the agency said in the statement:  More than half the injuries were caused by unexpected ignition of the device, or fireworks not being used as intended. Injuries most often resulted in burns to the hands and head, including the eyes, face, and ears. Sparklers, firecrackers, and aerial devices were associated with the most incidents.

"Fireworks are not toys for children; sparklers are particularly known for causing accidental burns to youngsters,” Rubenstein said. “The Fourth of July is a great time to enjoy friends and family, so make plans to take in one of the many public fireworks displays across the state.”

Rubenstein, Jepsen and the CPSC offered safety tips.

·   Only sparklers and fountains are legal in Connecticut. Possession of other items will subject you to the possibility of arrest and prosecution.

·   The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public display conducted at a state-approved site by state-licensed pyro-technicians -- the  Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection has a list of 2012 events available online here.

·   Always have an adult closely supervise sparkers or fountains if older children are allowed to handle the devices.

·   Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device.

·   Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

·   Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning devices. Soak them with water and throw them away.

·   Never point or throw sparklers or fountains at another person.

·   Don’t handle spent devices until you have doused them with plenty of water from a bucket or hose.

The State Fire Marshal issues permits for supervised displays of fireworks.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal is now in the Department of Construction Services.  The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection licenses fireworks displays, special effects, fireworks and special effects shooters, and fireworks distributors and manufacturers.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Connecticut DOT reports: Construction and maintenance activities restricted for Fourth of July

In an email Thursday the Connecticut Department of Transportation shared some good news:

"There will be no maintenance or construction activities on major roadways from 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2012.  Only work of an emergency nature will be considered."

For more information, \visit the ConnDOT website:

And if you are on the road this Independence Day holiday week, here as some travel resources the state offers, also on a website.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bob Reid's “A Lifetime of Photography” to be featured at Orange gallery

ORANGE - The opening reception for a show by Bob Reid, called “A Lifetime of Photography,” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 7 at The Davis Gallery, 200 Boston Post Road.
The event is free and open to the public. Reid's work includes photographs from his extensive travels.
The showing also will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, from July 7 through Aug. 8.

The show is presented by The Davis Gallery, located in the Videolab Mezzinine.
For more information, call 203-799-7017 or please visit

Editor's note: All information and the photo in this post were contributed. Photo by Bob Reid.

Beulah Heights Social Integration Program and My Brother's Keeper to hold support group in New Haven

NEW HAVEN - The Beulah Heights Social Integration Program and My Brother's Keeper will sponsor a 10-week support group for those who have had to deal with the incarceration and the loss of a love one, according to a statement.
The group begins in September, runs for for 10 weeks and then again in the spring, through a grant given to them from CEIO.
Refreshments, incentives and a retreat at the Guest House in Chester will culminate the activity, the statement said.
The service will be open on a first come first serve basis, the statement said.

The case manager will be doing intakes at the Beulah Heights Church on Mondays and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call 475-238-8270.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

Read the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling

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