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Posted on July 14th, 2017


Posted on July 14th, 2017

​Support a Child in Need This August With Hair Cuttery’s Share-A-Haircut Program

For each haircut purchased, one free haircut certificate will be donated to a child in need prior to the start of the new school year.
 
Vienna, Va., July 5, 2017 – Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be conducting its annual Share-A-Haircut program benefiting underprivileged children as they head back to school this year. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to a disadvantaged child in the community.
 
“It is important for every child to begin the new school year with a sense of confidence and excitement,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “While a back-to-school haircut may seem like a basic necessity to most, for some it’s a luxury. Our Share-A-Haircut program ensures that children, regardless of their financial circumstances, will look and feel good about themselves as they get ready to start the new school year.”
 
Within the first two weeks of August, Hair Cuttery is aiming to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates ahead of the new school year. Certificates will be distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations in communities across the country.
 
Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 2.16 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $35 million.
 
2017 marks the 18th year of Share-A-Haircut, with Hair Cuttery’s most recent campaign donating more than 81,000 haircuts to survivors of domestic violence this past spring. The company has an established history of charitable giving and has supported a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run.
 
About Hair Cuttery

Hair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA. For more information visit: www.haircuttery.com

Posted on July 12th, 2017

​KRISTIN ESTEP AMONG “BEST OF BEST”INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISORS
ATTENDING BARRON’S TOP INDEPENDENT WOMEN ADVISORS SUMMIT


Exclusive Conference Hosts Gathering of Nation’s Pre-eminent Independent Financial Advisors and Industry Decision Makers

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2017)  — Kristin Estep, Financial Advisor at Essex Financial, attended the second annual Barron’s Top Independent Women Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to exchange ideas and best practices, with an eye towards improving their business and serving the investing public in the best possible manner. The invitation-only conference was held June 12-14 at The Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

“I am very proud and flattered to have been invited to such a prestigious event. The advisors who attended this conference were nothing short of inspirational professionally and personally. I was honored to be among such a group” stated Estep.

This exclusive conference was designed to convene a group of highly successful independent advisors, to discuss how trends and shifts in the wealth advisory business create both unique challenges and opportunities for leading female practitioners. Barron’s-ranked women advisors, independent channel industry leaders and renowned advisor coaches conducted sessions that explored subjects ranging from human capital development, core business strategy and management, capital structures and innovation.

“America needs wise and proven financial leadership. This conference brings together the best advisors in the country to share information and ideas toward one goal – to better serve their clients, their families and their communities,” said Sterling Shea, Associate Publisher and Head of Wealth Management Programs at Barron’s “The financial markets and investing are more complex than ever. These leading advisors will leave this conference better equipped to help their clients find investing opportunities, avoid market traps and achieve financial well-being.”
Kristin Estep was one of approximately 150 financial advisors who were either selected by Barron’s or their affiliated firm to attend and participate in the conference.
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Essex Financial is one of the leading independent financial advisory firms in the United States. Cited by numerous leading publications, the firm’s unbiased, independent, client-centric approach has made it a leader in providing exceptional service to clients for over three decades. For more information on Essex Financial please go to: http://www.essex.financial

About Barron’s

Barron’s (www.barrons.com) is America’s premier financial magazine, known for its market-moving stories. Published by Dow Jones & Company since 1921, it reaches an influential audience of professional fund managers, financial advisors, affluent individual investors, financial-services professionals and senior corporate executives. With new content available every business day in digital form and every week in print, Barron’s provides readers with an intelligible recap of recent market action coupled with insights on what’s likely to happen in the market in the days and weeks to come. In addition, its annual series of exclusive conferences for financial advisors and investors is dedicated to identifying, enhancing and expanding best practices in investing. As a result of these initiatives, Barron’s is the trusted financial-publishing brand that people active in the market turn to for information, ideas and insights they can use to increase their professional success and enhance their personal, financial well-being.

Posted on July 12th, 2017


Posted on July 7th, 2017

Guilford, CT (July 1, 2017) - Karen Stephens, Executive Vice President of Page Taft- Christie’s International Real Estate, announced that Steve Spurrell, Realtor from the Guilford office, has secured a long term lease for the owners of Whitfield Square Realty. 4,000 square feet at 4 Water Street in Guilford has been leased to Viso Bello By The Shore. This will be the third location for this company with current locations in Middlebury and Waterbury, CT. This location was previously occupied by Ritual’s Spa.

Steve Spurrell brings a total of 31 years of construction and real estate experience to the Guilford and the Shoreline area. As a former Guilford Police Officer/ Patrol Dog Handler/ EMT, Steve has always believed in community reinvestment. He continuously dedicates his time and energy to many non-profits such as feeding the needy of New Haven with the Pizza People and the Captain of the Traffic & Safety volunteers for the “Closer to Free’ bicycle ride benefiting Smillow Cancer Hospital. He is also the founder of the “Rebuild the Guilford VFW Hall”, at no cost to the Veterans. He has secured an almost $1.4 million dollar State grant to do the same. Construction should begin in the Fall of 2017. Steve has lived in Guilford all of his life! Please visit www.stevespurrell.com or call him at 203-627-4404.


Posted on July 5th, 2017

Connex Supports Local Community Groups with Unique Program
Coins-for-Change donates fees from coin-cashing machines to charitable organizations
 

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (July 5, 2017) – Connex Credit Union is pleased to announce the community organizations benefiting from its Coins-for-Change program during the third quarter of 2017. Coins-for-Change raises more than $10,000 each year by converting spare change into noteworthy contributions for local charitable groups.

Sorting, counting and wrapping coins can be time-consuming, but coin-counting machines make the task quick and easy. Unlike most machines that profit from charging high fees, Connex donates one hundred percent of its modest fees to various community organizations each quarter. Connex’s coin-counting machines charge a five percent fee to Connex members and a seven percent fee to non-members and every penny goes towards a worthy charity via the Coins-for-Change program.

Coins-for-Change occurs four times each year as part of the ConnexCares philanthropic initiative and those looking to participate can find coin-counting machines at the Guilford, Hamden, Meriden and North Haven Connex branches.

From July 1 to Sept. 30, members and non-members can donate by visiting:

Connex’s Guilford Branch located at 849 Boston Post Road to donate to Carl’s Crusaders
Connex’s Hamden Branch located at 2100 Dixwell Ave. to donate to Bear Path School PTA
Connex’s Meriden Branch located at 533 S. Broad St. (Townline Square) to donate to Colin’s CrewConnex’s North Haven Branch located at 412 Washington Ave. to donate to World Ventures Foundation

Carl’s Crusaders is a cycling team developed in honor of former Guilford Volunteer Firefighter Carl Hubbard who passed away from cancer in 2011 at the age of 40. The group participates in the annual Closer to Free ride raising money for Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital where Hubbard was treated.

Bear Path School PTA provides enrichment opportunities for the children of Bear Path School in Hamden. Money raised will be used to sponsor field trips, scholarships, math and literacy nights, and more.

Colin’s Crew offers financial and emotional support to families affected by childhood cancer by raising funds through grassroots efforts such as the Coins-for-Change program.

World Ventures Foundation enhances the lives of children through sustainable programs promoting young people’s health, safety and development. Funds raised would go towards building a Dream Court in Bridgeport, a modern outdoor play space where underprivileged children can play basketball and build life skills.

To learn more about Coins-for-Change, or any of the other charitable ConnexCares initiatives, please visit connexcu.org or contact Roquita Johnson at rjohnson@connexcu.org.

About ConnexCares:


ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.

About Connex Credit Union:

As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 48,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.

Posted on June 28th, 2017

​​Vista Life Innovations, a nationally accredited post-secondary program that supports the personal success of individuals with disabilities, will celebrate the graduation of six students in a July 21 ceremony at The Kate in Old Saybrook.
 
Delivering this year’s commencement address will be writer, producer and teacher Jocelyn Ruggiero, who has worked with Vista students and members as an arts instructor since 2014. Among her various career highlights, Ruggiero’s written work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Food and Wine, Parade Magazine, Saveur and Yankee Magazine.
 
Graduation is a significant milestone in the lives of Vista students that acknowledges the independence and success they worked hard to achieve while in Vista’s on-campus transitional program.
 
The majority of Vista graduates go on to become independent and engaged members of the shoreline community, living in their own homes, apartments or condos while receiving individualized services or supports from Vista.
 
The 2017 Graduation Ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. on July 21 at The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. A reception will be held on site immediately after the ceremony.
 
Community members are welcome to attend graduation. To RSVP, visit www.vistalifeinnovations.org/graduation or contact Vanessa Pereira at 860-399-8080 ext. 263.
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Vista Life Innovations is a 501©3 nonprofit organization with campuses in Madison, Westbrook and Guilford. Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success. For more information about Vista, please visit www.vistalifeinnovations.org

​From left to right: Matt Seaman, James Pittenger, Ruth Roday, Amanda Lawler, Julia Kane and Sam Gluckman.

Posted on June 23rd, 2017


Posted on June 8th, 2017

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Jun. 7, 2017) – Connex Credit Union was recently announced as a Bronze winner in the nationally-recognized Telly Awards. Founded in 1979, The Telly Awards honor the best television, digital and non-broadcast productions in the world.

Submissions are evaluated by an esteemed group of creative professionals comprised of past winners who adhere to the organization’s strict standards of excellence. Each judge provides a score based on a strict performance scale, and the combined total determines if an entry is eligible for a Bronze or Silver award.

Connex was a winner in the “Local Commercial – Business to Consumer” category after submitting a set of television commercials highlighting the personalized services and support a credit union can provide to help satisfy the unique needs of the average family. Connex collaborated with brand development and integrated marketing communications firm, Mason, Inc. (Bethany, Conn.), on the creation of these advertisements.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive national recognition from an organization dedicated to promoting creative excellence,” said Louise Nestor, director of marketing, Connex Credit Union. “We are continually seeking innovative ways to grow our brand and emphasize the importance of credit unions within our community.”

There were more than 13,000 submissions to the 2017 Telly Awards, including representatives from all 50 states and five different continents. You can view the winning submissions, as well as other fun and educational content, on the Connex YouTube page.

To learn more about Connex Credit Union, please visit connexcu.org or call 1-800-CR-UNION.

About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 48,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.

Posted on June 8th, 2017

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (June 6, 2017) – After reviewing more than 50 applications, Connex Credit Union has selected three local students as the 2017 winners of its annual scholarship program. As part of its ConnexCares philanthropic initiative, the credit union awards $5,000 each year to assist with the high cost of tuition, books and living expenses.
To qualify, students were required to meet a strict set of educational standards and submit an essay highlighting the biggest financial challenge facing young adults – and how they plan to overcome it.
​The Arthur B. Haesche Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) was established and named in honor of one of the founding members of Connex Credit Union, and is awarded to a student majoring in business or finance. This year’s recipient, Mitchell Ives, is a Farmington High School Senior who was recently named Most Promising Future Business Leader by his peers. He plans to major in Business and Engineering at one of the four major universities he has been accepted to. 
​The Nicolas G. Hackett Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) was established in memory of Nick Hackett, a longtime volunteer at Connex Credit Union. The 2017 recipient, Durham resident Hope Mercugliano, is a senior at Mother of Divine Grace School. Mercugliano has been a straight “A” student for the entirety of her high school career and has also earned numerous scholastic, leadership and community service awards. This fall, she will be enrolling in the nursing program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio
​The John R. Edwards Community Involvement Scholarship ($2,000) was established in honor of Connex’s former President and CEO of more than 35 years, and is awarded to a student demonstrating a commitment to community service. This year’s winner, Lyman Hall High School Senior Megan Lane, recently earned a Certificate of Recognition for exemplary volunteer service from her hometown of Wallingford, as well as the President’s Volunteer Service Award for a commitment to strengthening our nation and communities through philanthropic efforts. Furthermore, she has worked closely with Habitat for Humanity, Masonicare and other altruistic organizations.
“While reviewing applications, I was truly inspired by the incredibly smart and dedicated young adults living within our communities,” said Frank Mancini, president and chief executive officer, Connex Credit Union. “The potential for these teens is limitless and, on behalf of Connex Credit Union, I wish them the best of luck as they embark on this exciting new phase of their lives.”
To learn more about ConnexCares or any of Connex’s other financial programs, please visit connexcu.org.

About ConnexCares:
ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.
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About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 48,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.