Friday, August 31, 2012

Congregation B’nai Jacob to hold 'Hazkarat Banim' service to memorialize lost children

WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob will hold its an annual service for families memorializing children who have passed away at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the synagogue 75 Rimmon Road.
The service is called “Hazkarat Banim,” according to a statement.
Those who have suffered the death of a son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew, or are friendly with someone who has experienced this painful event in his or her life, are invited to the Hazkarat Banim Service, the statement said.
“This memorial to departed children is very unique in its ability to address the feelings involved in the loss of a child. The service is performed within a comforting and supportive environment,” the statement said. Rabbi Joel Levenson will conduct the Hazkarat Banim Service. All denominations are welcome.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The start of a beautiful friendship: ‘Casablanca to be shown in Hamden park

The Town of Hamden will show the movie “Casablanca,” as the conclusion of its series of free movie nights, at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave.
The screening was originally  planned for August 10, it was rescheduled due to inclement weather, according to a statement.
Food available on site will include hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, kettle-popped popcorn and ice cream, the statement said.
For more information,  call 203-287-2579.

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

Friday, August 24, 2012

Benefit youths with disabilities Sept. 9 at annual Wheel-A-Thon in West Haven

A press release from the Center for Disability Rights

The 2012 Center for Disability Rights Wheel-A-Thon to benefit youth with disabilities takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Savin Rock Conference Center, 5 Rock St. in West Haven.

The Wheel-A-Thon is the annual community fundraiser for the Center for Disability Rights’ youth programs. Participants include individuals and teams that raise money by collecting donations or pledges for walking or pushing themselves in a wheelchair over a 1.5-mile course along the West Haven shoreline. It is non-competitive, low-intensity and low-pressure. It is geared at raising awareness of barriers in the community that prevent the inclusion of people with disabilities in the every day life of their community. Most of all, CDR's Wheel-A-Thon is about having fun.

For individuals with disabilities, CDR’s service area extends from Milford and runs up the Connecticut Shoreline to Old Saybrook and Old Lyme; up to Middletown and Portland, and down through Meriden to the lower Naugatuck Valley.

Last year, individuals and members of 10 teams raised nearly $13,500 for CDR’s scholarship program. Each year, money raised goes toward college scholarships for students with disabilities; advocacy with students to improve their education; facilitation services for youth groups; and CDR youth transition services.

CDR is still looking for participants and sponsors for this year’s Wheel-A-Thon. For information, call Jill at (203) 934-7077, Ext. 21, or visit the Wheel-A-Thon web site at for more information on registering, sponsoring and participating.

Center for Disability Rights, 764-A Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516; (203) 934-7077;;

Laugh it up and help Connecticut Food Bank's Kids' BackPack program

This is an edited press release by Amy Lupo,

NEW HAVEN — Three New York City-area comedians will perform at Joker’s Wild Comedy Club on Monday as part of a benefit for Connecticut Food Bank’s Kids’ BackPack Program.

Andy Fiori has performed in the 2010 New York’s Funniest Competition, which is part of the prestigious New York Underground Comedy Festival, the 2010 Laughing Skull Festival, and the 2010 Trial By Laughter Competition.

David Foster has performed on HBO and Showtime and was a lead cast member as the character Sauce, on MTV’s “Boiling Points.”

Dan Shaki is a stand-up comedian living in New York. Since the age of 6, it’s all he’s ever wanted to do. After receiving a degree in electrical engineering, he gave up many hours of sleep in order to work during the day and spend all the rest of his time in seedy New York comedy clubs at night.

The benefit will feature a raffle, featuring prizes from area businesses including AgroSanno Importers, Beardsley Zoo, Caseus, Fig Cooking School, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Arpaia Lang Jewelry, Stand Up Paddle CT, Lorenzo’s, Orange Hills Country Club, Firehouse 12, Meghan Patrice Riley Jewelry and On The Level Golf Tees.

The evening also will feature food donated by Carl’s Chicken and Napoli Imports and music by DJ Michael Martone of M3ProductionsCT.

Tickets are available for $30 and can be purchased by calling Joker’s Wild at 203-773-0733.

Connecticut Food Bank’s Kids’ BackPack Program offers a simple solution to a basic need for food that is not adequately met for many Connecticut children. Chronic hunger has an overall effect on the health and education of one in six Connecticut children. The Kids’ BackPack Program provides children with weekend access to healthy food that helps them learn and grow.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Greater New Haven Branch NAACP to elect Nominating Committee

NEW HAVEN - The Greater New Haven Branch NAACP will hold an election of the Nominating Committee at 7 p.m. Sept. 20  at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 111 Whalley Ave.

 All those who have a  membership that is current, as of 30 days prior to the meeting may be elected to the Nominating Committee, according to a statement. 

For more information, call the Branch office at 203 389-7275.

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

Free Family Support Group meets at St. Vincent's

A free Family Support Group for adult patients, family members and friends who are coping with a diagnose of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin’s Disease is being offered at St. Vincent’s on the first Tuesday of every month from to 4 to-5:30 p.m., according to a statement.
 The group meets in the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, Level 3 Medical Oncology Conference Room, adjacent to the Medical Center, 2800 Main St, Bridgeport.
The next meeting is Sept. 4. The group is co-sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the statement said.
The group is facilitated by social worker Eileen Bohan, MSW and director of Integrative Oncology Teresa Money McLaughlin, RN, MSN, AOCN, the statement said.
No reservation is required and parking is free with validated ticket.
For more information call the SWIM line @ 203-576-6158 or email

To learn more about this or other health and wellness programs and support groups offered through St. Vincent’s Medical Center, visit

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Free Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group offered at St. Vincent’s Medical Center

BRIDGEPORT - A free breast cancer survivor support group, sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets on the first and third  Tuesdays of every  month from 5:30 to- 7:00 p.m. on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care,  adjacent to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800  Main St. Bridgeport. Upcoming dates are Aug. 21 and Sept. 18, according to a statement.

"The Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group provides information and resource to women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship.  Breast cancer patients are also given the opportunity to share their questions and concerns about the disease," the statement said.

Facilitators are Maureen Pelletier, RN, OCN and Joyce Flynn, Network of Strength Volunteer, the statement said.

No reservations required, free parking with validated ticket.

For more information, call St. Vincent’s SWIM line at 203-576-6158 or visit

To learn more about this or other health and wellness programs and support groups offered through St. Vincent’s Medical Center, visit

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


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Haven students in Yale music academy perform Thursday

NEW HAVEN — Students from the New Haven Public Schools enrolled in the Morse Summer Music Academy at Yale School of Music will give their final concert for the season on Thursday.

The free concert showcasing the 75 students enrolled in the intensive music program takes place at 4:15 p.m. in Sprague Hall, 470 College St.

See a slideshow from the Morse academy here.

The Morse Summer Music Academy offers students from grades 5 though 11 the opportunity to spend four weeks of total music immersion. The academy, which this year enrolled 50 percent more students than last year, is a kind of musical boot camp for New Haven students who have never had this kind of experience.

The students explore topics from hearing to conducting to urban music, receive private music lessons and participate in orchestral, chamber and jazz ensembles. Field trips to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival — the summer home of the Yale School of Music — and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments are included in the program. All of this is offered free of charge, thanks to a generous endowment established by Enid and Lester Morse.

The students form a diverse group, playing instruments from piano to percussion, strings to winds and brass. Michael Yaffe, associate dean of the Yale School of Music, promises that audiences “will be amazed at the quality of the students’ music-making.”

The 2012 Morse Fellows participating in the program were selected in the spring based on an application, essay and audition. In addition to being musically accomplished and earning at least a B average on their report card, Morse Fellows must display enthusiasm and a commitment to rigorous musical instruction.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Haven seeking the perfect holiday tree for the Green

NEW HAVEN — It may only be August but the city Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees has begun the hunt for the city’s holiday tree.
The department is looking for a 55- to 70-foot tall Norway Spruce or Douglas Fir tree to stand tall on the Green during the winter months. The donated tree will be decorated with more than 30,000 lights and will serve as the holiday centerpiece of the historic Green.
The tree will be relocated free of charge. Trees between 25 and 40 feet high will be considered for future years or other locations.
To donate a tree, call Christy Hass at the Parks Maintenance Division at (203) 946-8004 or email her at If you have a photo of the tree, please include in your e-mail.
- Alexandra Sanders

Friday, August 3, 2012

Abandoned Animals, Inc. sponsoring a Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip

Abandoned Animals, Inc. is sponsoring a Mohegan Sun Casino Bus Trip on Aug. 25.
The bus leaves from the McDonald’s in the Hamden Mart on Dixwell Avenue at 1 p.m. sharp and returned from the casino at 7:30 p.m. sharp.
The cost is $30 per person and includes a casino package. All proceeds benefit Abandoned Animals Inc.
For more information or to make reservations call Linda at 203-230-5948. Participants must be at least 21 years old.
Abandoned Animals, Inc. is dedicated to giving animals shelter, food, medical attention and a “forever” home.
Find Abandoned Animals, Inc on

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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...