Monday, June 30, 2014

ArtSpot Returns July 31 in New Haven featuring Sam Perduta and Daniel Eugene

NEW HAVEN - "Back for the summer is the Arts Council’s ArtSpot! Arts & Culture Happy Hour coming to the Yale University Visitor Center," 149 Elm St., according to a release 
"Musician Sam Perduta of the popular New Haven band Elison Jackson is set to perform and acoustic set. Perduta will be joined by artist/singer Daniel Eugene for a few performances. Tickets are $10 for Arts Council members and $15 for non-members. Ticket includes 2 free drinks and refreshments," the release said.

Also in the release:
About ArtSpot! Arts & Culture Happy Hour

For nearly 6 years ArtSpot! served as a regular monthly event for business professionals at various New Haven arts institutions before it ended in 2008. The events provided a wonderful way for the community to discover the arts, meet new friends and make a few lasting memories.

Our goal for the new ArtSpot! is to host the event once per season to help foster conversations about art, inspire professional and artistic collaborations and to provide a great and exciting event that the entire New Haven community can be part of.

For more information about ArtSpot! call the Arts Council of Greater New Haven at (203) 772-2788 or visit 

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Learn about fireworks safety

In a release, Yale-New Haven Hospital, courtesy of Dr. Grant Thomson, plastic and reconstructive hand specialist, and YNHH emergency room physicians, offered this advise on fireworks safety.
The following is from a press release, shared here as a public service:
With the long July 4th holiday weekend approaching and June being Fireworks Safety Awareness month, a steady stream of seriously injured adults and children into hospital emergency rooms will likely follow. Doctors call this period "trauma season.”
“Every year, we treat 10-20 individuals in our emergency room for injuries resulting from the mishandling of fireworks, most from illegal fireworks, such as M-80s,” said Dr. Thomson.” Alcohol is often involved too. The injuries we see the most involve the hands, face, and chest, and result in digit loss, and permanent disfigurement and scarring. All of which are preventable and avoidable.”
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), there were an estimated 9,600 fireworks related injuries during the Fourth of July season in 2013.  Most of these injuries would not have occurred if the fireworks had been used under close adult supervision and if some basic safety steps had been taken. The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks in hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced or eliminated:
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Use fireworks as directed on consumer product safety label; never alter products.
  • Observe local laws and use good COMMON SENSE.
  • A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activities.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • If you must use fireworks, use OUTDOORS in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.
  • NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can.

Read or download the Hobby Lobby Ruling

Per the Associated Press: "The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women."
Read or download the full ruling here:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-11 announces Safe Boating Class

WEST HAVENU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-11 is offering a one-day About Boating Safely class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 12, according to a release.
"In a classroom format, attendees will learn general information about boats and maintenance, navigation rules and aids to navigation, what to do in case of boating emergencies and Connecticut-specific law and regulations.  Individuals who successfully complete this course will qualify for the Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and the Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation,: the release said
The course fee is $60.  
The class will be held at the USCG Auxiliary West Haven Flotilla facility, 1 Kimberly Avenue, West Haven.  
For more information or to register, contact either Charlie Phippen at (860) 828-5438 or David Wendelowski at (203) 932-2651
 Alternatively, information and on-line registration is available at A free State of CT Conservation ID Number must be obtained before the class by registering at

Friday, June 27, 2014

Check out the New Haven Register mural!

The New Haven Register mural is in the cafeteria at the Long Wharf (Sargent Drive) headquarters, so not many people get to see it.

So I decided to snap some photos, and do some video, so the great work of artist Tony Falcone could be seen.

Walking along the mural makes you feel like you are walking along the shoreline from a nice floating height. It is simply fun and full of whimsy. (and familiar sites!)

Even we do not see it much anymore - as just like many businesses, not many folks use the café anymore. But it is a nice room and it also looks out at I-95.

Folks seemed to appreciate this as I posted photos on Twitter and Facebook, so I decided to post it here too.

I added a couple of pics here and more can be seen in the video above. The video below is my dorky attempt to sound like my friend Ann Nyberg. (Poor Ann!)


Also, remember that you can chat with editors of the New Haven Register any time using our live blog, or ask questions or comment on our news coverage on Twitter using the hashtag #asktheregister.

Check back for updates from New Haven Register staff about stories we're planning to cover, and see what other readers are asking about.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Read about the Connecticut Antiques Trail

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state Office of Tourism Director Randy Fiveash Wednesday announced the launch of the Connecticut Antiques Trail," a curated online guide to the finest antiquing experiences across the state," according to a release. 

"The Antiques Trail winds through historical and scenic Connecticut, representing all five regions – Fairfield, New Haven, Mystic, Hartford and Litchfield - and featuring collections of varying styles, periods and price ranges to satisfy all antique enthusiasts," the release said. 
“We launched the Connecticut Antiques Trail to create a more convenient way for residents and tourists alike to discover, explore and enjoy the very best destinations that the state’s antiquing community has to offer,” Malloy said, also in the release. “With the click of a button, we can connect people with everything from auction houses and historic inns to quaint boutiques located in every region of the state.”

The following, unedited here, also was contained in the release:
The Antiques Trail can be found through the state’s official tourism website at and is organized by region and against the following categories detailed below: Shops & Centers, Auction Houses and Experiences, Outdoor Antiques Events & Shows, Historic Inns, Outdoor Antiques Events & Shows to make trip planning seamless. Further, the state’s website also features a variety of restaurants, attractions and destinations within each region to help plan the perfect Connecticut day-long antiquing adventure, weekday getaway or weekend escape. 
“The creation of the Antiques Trail reinforces the revolutionary approach that we are taking to ensure that our residents and visitors can easily discover and enjoy the unique experiences that can be found in every area of Connecticut,” said Randy Fiveash, Director of Tourism.  “Many of New England’s earliest antique collectors were living in Hartford and the state continues to attract antique lovers from all over.  With the launch of the Antiques Trail we hope to introduce even more residents and visitors to this treasured Connecticut pastime and streamline trip planning along the way.”
Connecticut’s Antiques Shops and Centers
There are antiques shops, treasures and special finds waiting to be discovered all over Connecticut, ranging from large and sophisticated to smaller and quaint family-run businesses. With specialties in specific antiques fields, many renowned dealers and shop owners can offer their expertise and help guide a traveler’s search.
Litchfield Hills
·         Jeffrey Tillou Antiques: Offers a wide variety of collectibles from Continental/English furniture to American paintings to decorative arts and accessories. (Litchfield)
·         Rolling River Antiques: Experience an eclectic mix of antiques, mid-century and vintage furniture from around the world. (Kent)
·         Wayne Mattox Antiques: Displays paintings, folk art and American and European furniture. (Woodbury)
·         Madeline West Antiques: Wander through five rooms decorated in American, European and Asian antique furniture and accessories. (Woodbury)
·         Seymour Antiques Company: Find more than 80 dealers, antiques and curated house displays. (Seymour)
·         United House Wrecking Co.: Browse architectural salvage, antique and reproduction furniture, and unique furnishings for home and patio. (Stamford)
·         Antiques & Artisan Center: For a combination of antiques and design, see the offerings of over 60 vendors in stylized-room vignettes at this unique center. (Stamford)
·         Stratford Antique Center: More than 200 antiques and collectibles dealers. (Stratford)
·         Black Rock Antiques Center: A one-stop full service destination for live auctions, antiques, fine art, home furnishings, home accessories and beautiful works from local artists. (Bridgeport)
·         Michael Feinberg, Inc.: This wholesale/retail antique dealer – also known as Mara Fine Silver – specializes in fine antique English silver and silver-plate, tabletop, picture frames, baby and other fine gifts from the late 1700s and early 1800s. (Wilton)
Greater New Haven
·         Edwin C. Ahlberg Antiques: A family-owned antique business specializing in formal American and high-style country furniture. (Guilford)
·         Urban Miners: Offers a unique selection of used, salvaged goods and materials for any household, at an affordable price. (Hamden)
·         Old Beautiful: A shop of antique American furniture and accessories. (Clinton)
·         Hey-Dey Antiques: Shop has a diverse collection of gold, silver, jewelry, artwork, rugs and more. (Clinton)
River Valley
·         Rambling River Antiques, LLC: Group shop of over 30 dealers offering furniture, art, linens, nautical items, kitchenware, vintage clothing and collectibles. (Westbrook)
·         Old Saybrook Antiques Center: A multi-dealer group shop specializing in American/Continental furniture, silver, estate jewelry and glassware. (Old Saybrook)
·         Chubby Cherub Antiques & Collectibles: Features unique antiques, vintage items and collectibles. (Manchester)
·         The Mallard’s Nest: Search for antiques, collectibles, folk art, vinyl records and more at this charming country shop. (Stafford Springs)
Mystic Country
·         Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques, LLC: Renowned family-owned shop, with third-generation dealers in fine American art and antiques. (Colchester)
·         Antiques Marketplace: One of Connecticut’s oldest antiques mega-malls. (Putnam)
·         Grand & Water Antiques: Offers “antiques with a modern twist” including estate items, furniture, silver, porcelain and decorative accessories. (Stonington Borough)
·         The PAST Antiques Market and Museum at Nature’s Art Village: One of Connecticut’s newest antique shopping emporiums (opened in May) showcases antiques, home furnishing, glassware, collectibles from more than 60 dealers in one convenient location. (Oakdale)
Auction Houses and Experiences
Find authentic auction houses anywhere; from Litchfield Hills to Fairfield County to River Valley and beyond. Many locations hold live auctions weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly and feature merchandise from fine antiques and art, to estate jewelry, paintings, silver, books, rugs, collectibles and much more. 
Litchfield Hills
·         Litchfield County Auctions: Bid on fresh-to-the-market property from estates and collections. Buyers, sellers and consignors are all welcome. (Litchfield)
·         Woodbury Auction, LLC: An auction services division of Thomas Schwenke Inc. antiques gallery in Woodbury. Featuring antiques, fine arts and decorative arts, this auction house provides personal service to both buyers and sellers. (Woodbury)
·         Fairfield Auction: Bid on antiques, furniture, decorative arts and fine arts, or simply take in the evening’s activities. (Monroe)
·         Stamford Auction: This full-service auction house offers an online catalog and Internet bidding, collecting and sharing a fresh inventory from Fairfield County estates. (Stamford)
Greater New Haven
·         Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers: Close to the coast, find a selection of antiques, fine art and decorative objects. Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers specializes in American and European paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. (Milford)
·         Joseph Kabe Estate Auctions: Operating for more than 30 years, Joseph Kabe Estate Auctions handles single pieces or entire estates and offers appraisals. (Milford)
River Valley
·         Nest Egg Auctions: This family-owned auction house features online photography galleries, and an array of hidden treasures – including furniture, coins, paintings, sterling silver, clocks, estate jewelry and collectibles. Nest Egg also holds live auctions offering phone and absentee bidding open to the public. (Meriden)
·         Winter Associates, Inc.: This auction house specializes in estates, mid-century antiques, paintings, fine art, sculptures and porcelain treasures, selling over 25,000 pieces a year. (Plainville)
Mystic Country
·         Leone’s Auctioneers & Appraisers: Collectors of fine art and antique enthusiasts have been finding their treasures at this estate auction house since 1982. (Jewett City)
·         Russ Antiques & Auctions: Travel south to see what’s new to the market in antiques and fine and decorative arts from estates inventory. (Waterford)
Historic Inns
Across every region of the state, history enthusiasts are welcome to explore Connecticut’s charming historic inns. Each destination displays their own distinctive heritage, captivating antique lovers with history, alluring scenery and incomparable collections.
Litchfield Hills
·         The Inn at Kent Falls: With beautifully appointed guest rooms, The Inn at Kent Falls is ideal for romance, relaxation and rejuvenation. (Kent)
·         Roger Sherman Inn: The grand 1787 Roger Sherman Inn, offers a graceful getaway in a historical landmark bed and breakfast. (New Canaan)
Greater New Haven
·         Farnam Guest House: This historic mansion and bed and breakfast is situated in a gracious New Haven neighborhood where you’ll be close to shops, art galleries, restaurants and all of the energy of the Elm City. (New Haven)
Mystic Country
·         Whitehall Mansion Inn: Enjoy the charm and serenity of Mystic at the historic (circa 1771) Whitehall Mansion Inn with accommodations featuring period décor and close proximity to Mystic River. (Mystic)
River Valley
·         Griswold Inn: Built in 1776, this is one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country. With New England-style furnishings, the Griswold Inn offers guests a lively taproom, a fine dining restaurant, and a popular wine bar. (Essex)
Outdoor Antiques Events & Shows
In spring, summer and fall, visitors are invited to shop in the open air at one of the state’s many outdoor antiques events. There are plenty of opportunities to leisurely sift through hundreds of items and explore outdoor antiques shows and markets across the state.
Litchfield Hills
·         May through November: Explore the Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market, in New Milford, to discover seasonal items and antiques and collectibles – such as antique toys, old bottles, garden ornaments, dried flowers and weather vanes – all mixed in with some new merchandise too.
·         October 26: The Fall Antiques Market, in Wilton, features more than 100 exhibitors with antiques, folk art, furniture, prints, nautical antiques and other treasures.
Greater New Haven
·         August 23: Cap off the summer with the Madison Historical Society Antiques Fair, in Madison, with offerings from 75 antiques exhibitors, who will display 18th and 19th century American and European furniture, wicker, country collectibles, maps, Audubon bird prints, nautical antiques, shell art, and much more.
River Valley
·         September 20 - 21: Experience farming as it was in the past at the Antique Engine & Tractor Show, in Haddam. Take a hayride and see antique tractors, engines, hay machinery and farm equipment.
Mystic Country
·         July 26 - 27: View some of the most outstanding antique vessels from around the country during Mystic Seaport’s Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous. The annual event showcases restored antique boats, cruisers, sailboats, runabouts, and launches – all built before 1970 –and ends with a three-mile parade down the Mystic River.
·         March through November: On the eastern side of the state in Mansfield is the Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace, one of Connecticut’s largest indoor and outdoor (held rain or shine) flea markets. This runs from late-March through November on Sundays only.

St. Andrew the Apostle Society 114th Italian Festa celebration begins Thursday in New Haven

NEW HAVEN - The St. Andrew the Apostle Society and the Amalfitani-Italian Community of New Haven will continue to celebrate their heritage and traditions with the 114th Italian Festa celebration that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday with the opening parade through Wooster Square, organizers said in a release.

The festa at 515 Chapel St. will include Italian food, music, entertainment nightly and games and rides for children., the release said,

There is no charge for admission.

The festa open at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the release said.

See the schedule below:


Opening Night - Thursday, June 26, 2014

6:00 p.m.                   Opening Parade through Historic Wooster Square

                                                            Immediately followed by the Blessing of the Festa with the unveiling of the statue of Saint Andrew the Apostle by JOSEPHINE (PETTOLA) ESPOSITO and ANDREW CALABRESE, JR.


7:00 - 10:00 p.m.      Vocal talents of Michael Nigretti


Friday, June 27, 2014

5:30 -  7:30 p.m.       Vocal talents of Michael Nigretti

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.      Vinnie Carr


Saturday, June 28, 2014

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.        Charlie sALERNO Band and friends

7:30 - 11:00 p.m.      NEAPOLITAN NIGHT By Richard DiPalma & Special Guests. 


Sunday, June 29, 2014     

10:00 a.m.                             Old World Traditional Procession through historic Wooster Square

11:30 a.m.                             Mass at St. Michael’s Church in Wooster Square

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.        Strolling Italian Serenades by NICK GRASSO

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.       Vocal talents of Michael Nigretti with special guest Big Eddie

7:00 p.m.                               Honoring the Luigi and Elizabeth Pettola Family

                                                            Awarding of the St. Andrew’s Ladies Society Scholarships

9:00 p.m.                               Raffle Prizes


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer wellness at the New Haven Free Public Library

Summer wellness classes will take place at New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., the library said in a release. 
Programs are:
Library Yogaevery Wednesday, 1-2 pm.  Cost is $5 per class, drop-in only, payable to instructor, and participants should bring their own mat.  July classes are led by Alan Bitker. August classes are with Mary Graham Johnston and September classes are taught by Alison Beale.
Debbie Kahan offers free parent-child yoga classes on Wednesdays, Aug. 6-Sept. 3, from 6-7 pm. Register in the Children’s Room, or call 203-946-8129.
Kathleen Brenner’s Saturday Tai Chi classes continue through the summer, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. In good weather class will meet on the Terrace, and inside in rain. Classes are $8 each, payable to instructor; drop-ins are welcome.

New Haven’s Shambala Meditation Center offers free Meditation Classes on Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.

For more information call the library at 203-946-8130.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Shabbat Under the Stars at Temple Emanuel

ORANGE - Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven will hold "Shabbat under the stars " at 8 p.m. June 27, according to a release.

Rabbi Michael Farbman will lead the service on the lawn outside the sanctuary, the release said. 

"Bring a comfortable chair or blanket, and don’t forget the bug spray," the release said.

"Following the service, please join us for our traditional tasty TE oneg," the release said..

 For more information about this and other services and events at Temple Emanuel, go to, or call the TE office at 203-397-3000.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Myrtle the snapping turtle and her nest

Myrtle the snapping turtle did not pick a good place to lay her eggs - or maybe she did.

Alerted to the reptile lady's presence, I scooted out (Yes, it was dark and creepy in the woods) and checked her out.

I did not touch her or bother her in any way other than taking a video - as I was told that a turtle in this state is in something of a "trance" and it would be a bad idea even to move her further into the woods as it would so distress her.

While the Connecticut DEEP has suggested helping turtles across the road - this female clearly was staying put right next to the road - she had already been digging - possible a test nest. So I did not dare touch her (not because she would bite me) because I feared doing more harm than good.

Learn more about turtles here.

So whether the side of the road was a good spot or not - it was up to her to decide.

I said hello, did this video and left. 
(Addendum: A check of the area the next day revealed that the turtle had left the side of the road safely.)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

You can be a part of the “Osprey Nation”

The Connecticut Audubon Society has launched a new citizen science program called “Osprey Nation” with the goal of tracking and safeguarding the hundreds of Ospreys that nest in Connecticut, according to a release.

Connecticut Audubon is creating an interactive map, available on, that will show the location as well as key information about each nest. The data will also be provided to the Connecticut DEE.

Working in partnership with state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut Audubon Society "is recruiting volunteer stewards for Osprey Nation, to create a long-term record of information that will provide a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population," the release said..
"It was only several decades ago that the widespread use of DDT brought these great fish-eating raptors to the brink of extinction. But with a ban on this toxic pesticide and the efforts of government biologists, conservation groups and individuals, Ospreys have made a dramatic comeback. Ospreys now nest in dozens of locations along the coast, and on rivers and lakes further inland," the release said.
“The status of these magnificent birds provide us with invaluable insights into the health of our lakes, rivers, Long Island Sound – and ourselves,” said Alexander Brash, president of Connecticut Audubon Society, also in the release. “If Ospreys are doing well, we know that fish are plentiful and relatively free of environmental contaminants. If the Osprey population starts to fall again, it will be a signal that something is wrong somewhere.”
“In order to follow any population trends in our Ospreys, we need to know how many nests are in Connecticut and whether the birds are thriving over time,” Brash said.
Robert Klee, commissioner of the DEEP, said, also in the release: "Careful monitoring of the Osprey population continues to be important and the volunteer work of Connecticut's citizen scientists will provide the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection with valuable information that will help scientists determine how well Ospreys are doing in Connecticut. Since their comeback after the ban of DDT in the 1970's, the population has experienced a steady increase and can be seen all along Connecticut's coasts and rivers."
Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon Society’s senior director of science and conservation, said the organization is recruiting a network of volunteer stewards to collect data on Osprey nests, including location, arrival dates in spring, nesting success and departure dates.
“If you live near an active Osprey nest, own binoculars or a spotting scope, and want to join our network of stewards, please email us at,” Bull said.
Bull said he estimates that each volunteer steward would need to spend no more than an hour a month, from late March through August, observing, recording information and emailing it to Connecticut Audubon Society, the release said
Learn more here
Photo provided by Audubon is by  Diane Hull, on the Branford River.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival needs you

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival will be held this year from July 31  through  August  3 and help is again gratefully accepted and needed in the main food tent, organizers said in a release.

"If you are interested in giving of your time for a few hours, especially on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. for the day shift, or the evening time, beginning at 4 p.m.,"  sign up, the release said.

Help also is needed on Sunday, beginning at noon. The carnival does not go into the evening on Sunday, the release said..
Assistance also is need Thursday and on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

"If your company would like to volunteer together, as a group, that would be great and very much appreciated," the release said.
Coldwell Banker-Orange volunteers on Thursday night and Weichert Realtors Orange comes in on Friday night, the release said.

Please remember that aside from having a good time pitching in with your neighbors and friends to help, the volunteer fire  department also helps keep our town taxes lower."

See more here.

Call or email Denise Mirto to add your name, at 203-795-1080  or

'Evenings at Hale: Turning Out Spies' (And don't forget New Haven's ties to Nathan Hale)

COVENTRY - Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead will present Evenings at Hale: Turning Out Spies at 6 or 8 p.m. July 3, according to a release.

"Discover true stories of how George Washington turned out spies that led to victory in the American Revolutionary War," the release said.

"Take a turn at utilizing various espionage techniques," in an event that takes place at the birthplace of America’s first spy, Nathan Hale. Hale also was a graduate of Yale University.

There will be two tours offered each evening, the first beginning at and the second at 8 p.m., the release said Admission is $25 or $20 for CTL members, which includes refreshments. Reservations required, call (860) 742-6917 for reservations.

About the Nathan Hale Homestead (the release said)
"Nathan Hale Homestead is the birthplace of Connecticut’s State Hero, Nathan Hale, who was hanged as a spy during the Revolutionary War. The house, built in 1776, belonged to Nathan’s parents and family, and is located on the only site he ever called home. Its furnishings include several Hale family possessions and other collections amassed by Connecticut lawyer and philanthropist George Dudley Seymour, who purchased the Homestead in 1914 and began a program of restoration that is largely preserved today. The Hale Homestead is situated on 17 acres, adjoining the 1500-acre Nathan Hale State Forest, lending to the site’s substantial rural

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Connecticut Service Plazas Sponsor “Share What You Can” Summer Food Drive in Milford

MILFORD  – A “Share What You Can” Summer Food Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 at  the Milford I-95 Northbound and Southbound Service Plazas (between exits 40 & 41), according to a release.
WPLR 99.1 FM and Connecticut Service Plazas will act as hosts for the drive, the release said. AJ from "The Chaz & AJ Morning Show" will broadcast live from the Milford southbound plaza, the release said.

Non-perishable food items, such as, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, tuna, pasta will be collected. Money donations also will be collected, the release said.
All food and money donations will be given to The Connecticut Food Bank.

"According to The Connecticut Food Bank, a family with two children must come up with 200 extra meals during summer months. Overall, there are more than 150,000 children in Connecticut who don’t always know where their next meal will come from," the release said/.

“In the summer, food donations are traditionally low, yet the demand for food is at its highest. Many kids are home from school and no longer have access to reduced priced meals,” said Connecticut Food Bank Communications Director Mary Ingnarra, also in the release . “Food banks run dry very quickly over the summer months and we need partnerships with organizations like CT Service Plazas and WPLR to encourage food donations.”

Paul Landino, President and CEO of Project Service, said, also in the release: “Many people in Connecticut don’t know that thousands of children in the state may go hungry throughout the summer since schools are not in session to provide meals. The Service Plazas want to do what we can to make it easier for people to donate to those in need at the time they need it most.”

Also in the release: "Project Service LLC, which has a long-term contract with the state to renovate and operate the Service Plazas, recently reopened the renovated Milford Service Plazas in spring 2012."

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Read the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling

Read the U.S. Supreme Court case: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission . Masterpiece Cakeshop Court Decision by H...