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Posted on February 8th, 2017


Posted on February 8th, 2017

​Become a Financial Rockstar: Register Now for the
ConneXfactor Financial Fitness Competition
​Connex Credit Union offers up to $5,000 in prizes as
participants compete to restructure their financial lives
​Kick your budget into overdrive and become a financial rockstar with the ConneXfactor financial fitness competition presented by Connex Credit Union. This highly-regarded contest returns for its fourth season as five individuals dedicate six months to reinvigorating their financial lives and compete for up to $5,000 in prizes, including a $3,000 grand prize. Registration for ConneXfactor 2017 is now open, and anyone eager to take control of their financial situation should visit www.connexfactor.com.

“ConneXfactor is a tangible representation of our commitment to improving the lives of our members and each year we marvel at the dramatic transformations the competition produces,” said Carl J. Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “Whether you’re engulfed in debt, overwhelmed by high-interest credit cards, or just struggling to maintain a budget, ConneXfactor is the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your financial situation.”

Each competitor will be assigned an experienced Connex Financial Advocate who acts as a “coach” offering tips and techniques to help them define and ultimately achieve their goals. A panel of judges closely follows the competition to determine the winners. However, regardless of the outcome, all contestants obtain the foundation necessary to continue their financial improvement beyond the competition.

While space for ConneXfactor is limited to five participants, anyone can share the experience by following the competition on the ConneXfactor website. The website will include participant updates, unique advice, and educational tools to assist your personal financial journey.
Applications are accepted through Mar. 6, 2017. ConneXfactor is open to individuals age 18, or older, who are current Connex Credit Union members, or who elect to join during the application process. For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit www.connexfactor.com.

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 February 7th, 2017


Please note:

Due to inclement weather, we have postponed this Thursday's Non Profit Workshop. 

Please see below for the new schedule:

BE A CHAMPION OF YOUR MISSION: March 9, 2017- Originally February 9, 2017
 
WORDS MATTER & SO DOES THE MESSAGE YOU DELIVER: April 13. 2017- Originally March, 9, 2017
 
ADVOCACY IS MORE THAN LOBBYING: April 20, 2017- Originally April 13, 2017
 
COLLABORATION 1+1 IS GREATER THAN 3 : May 11, 2017
 
We apologize for any inconvenience.
 

Posted on February 6th, 2017


Posted on February 6th, 2017

​Blackstone Library February 2017 Events

All events are free & open to the public

Create Your Own 3D Creatures
BRANFORD: In this class, we'll use the ipad to create creatures using a free 3D modelling program, 123D Sculpt. Join us if you want to try your hand at modelling from easy to use templates or from scratch. The final models are 3D printer ready! To RSVP, visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m.
 
Opera Preview: Rusalka
BRANFORD: Metropolitan Opera Preview of Dvorak’s Rusalka, with Marc Verzatt, recently retired from the faculty of the Yale School of Music. Sponsored by Shoreline Village Connecticut. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP, visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318.
 
Rave On! Concert
BRANFORD: RAVE ON! plays the music of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and other legends of early rock-n-roll. To RSVP, visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m.
 
Saturday Cinema: Manchester by the Sea
                       : Showing of Manchester by the Sea. Refreshments provided. To RSVP, visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Sat., Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Posted on February 6th, 2017

​“Art & Craft Beer” Fundraiser for
Guilford Art Center features local CT breweries
 
 Guilford, CT — Sample some of Connecticut’s best craft brews at Guilford Art Center’s Art & Craft Beer event, scheduled for Friday, March 3 from 6-8:30 pm at Guilford Art Center.
 
Guests are invited to try a selection of beers from area breweries, including 30 Mile Brewing Company, Black Hog Brewing Company, Stony Creek Brewery and Thimble Island Brewing Company.  There will be bar food; wine and non-alcoholic beverages also will be served.  Live music will be performed by One & Done, a local trio.    
 
Additionally, there will be a silent auction of brewery tours, growlers (large glass jugs for beer), and bar accessories designed by GAC staff and students.   The GAC blacksmiths will be conducting live demonstrations in the blacksmith forge. 
 
The Art Center gallery will feature the Faculty & Student Exhibition: In Honor of 50 Years, a show of works by instructors and students across all media from the past two years. 
 
“This event will be a really fun, relaxed evening that allows people to enjoy some great drink, food, live music and exhibits, while supporting the arts.  We’re excited to host all of the great local breweries and so appreciate their support of this event” says Guilford Art Center Executive Director Maureen Belden.
 
Reservations for Art & Craft Beer are $50 per person, with proceeds to benefit Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Reservations are limited; call to make a reservation: 203-453-5947 or pay for reservations online at www.guilfordartcenter.org
 
For more information contact Guilford Art Center at www.guilfordartcenter.org or 203-453-5947.
 

Posted on February 2nd, 2017


Posted on February 2nd, 2017

​ 
Vista Partners with Ballou’s for Paint Night
 
Community members of all artistic skill levels are invited to enjoy a night of painting at Ballou’s Restaurant & Wine Bar in Guilford on Feb. 20 during Paint Night with Vista from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
 
Paint Night with Vista is a social group art class led by Vista Arts Specialist Samantha Listorti. No prior painting experience is required; participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to recreate an original scenic mountain landscape.
 
Cost is $35 per person and includes one glass of wine or beer. Space is limited. To register, visit www.vistalifeinnovations.org/paintnight, or contact Jessica Lillge at 860-399-8080 ext. 107 or jlillge@vistalifeinnovations.org.
 
Ballou’s is located at 51 Whitfield Street in downtown Guilford.

Posted on February 1st, 2017


Posted on January 31st, 2017

​Connex Credit Union Announces $5,000 in Scholarships
Applications open TOMORROW Feb. 1, 2017

Two $2,000 scholarships and a $1,000 scholarship offered
 
Connex Credit Union announces it is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. Three scholarships worth a total of $5,000 are available to assist college-bound or currently enrolled students with the rising costs of higher education.

The scholarships offered in 2017 are:

$1,000 - Nicolas G. Hackett Memorial Scholarship: Established in memory of longtime Connex volunteer Nick Hackett 

$2,000 – John R. Edwards Community Involvement Scholarship: Awarded in honor of former Connex President and Chief Executive Officer John R. Edwards to a student who emulates the credit union’s commitment to community service 

$2,000 – Arthur B. Haesche Memorial Scholarship: Created to commemorate one of Connex’s founding members, Arthur B. Haesche, and reserved for a student majoring in business or finance 

“We are elated to support our student-members as they embark on the next phase of their educational journey,” said Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “Even the most financially conscious student can be impacted by the excessive costs of college and the opportunity to alleviate some of this burden directly correlates with our core values of customer advocacy.”

These scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled as, or who have committed to being, a full-time student at an accredited two or four-year University during the upcoming fall semester.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria for scholarship consideration:

A 3.2 GPA or higher
Can provide a copy of a current transcript
Current Connex primary member, or joins upon applying
Completes and submits both the application and essay to connexcu.org
Submits all required materials by March 24, 2017
*Please note that former winners are not eligible

Please send transcripts (including GPA) to:
Connex Credit Union
Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 477
North Haven, CT 06473

For more detailed information, please visit connexcu.org or contact Anita Annunziato at aannunziato@connexcu.org .
 
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.