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Posted on January 6th, 2017


Posted on January 4th, 2017

​The CPA firm, Bailey Scarano, is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Moalli as partner in the Firm. Steve joined our firm in 2007 and held the position of Manager and then Director of Auditing & Accounting.  Steve heads up our Credit Union Services Division and has specialized expertise in the manufacturing industry.  Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and is completing his Masters of Taxation at the University of New Haven. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the CT Society of CPAs.  Formerly a lifelong resident of North Haven, CT, Steve now resides with his wife and children in North Branford, CT.  Please join us in congratulating Steve as Partner. 

Posted on January 4th, 2017

​CT WINERIES HOST THE 4th ANNUAL “2017 CT COAST & COUNTRY WINTER WINE TRAIL” JANUARY 7th - APRIL 2nd
Come Taste Wines and Win Up To $4,500 in Prizes!

 
January 4, 2017 - GUILFORD, CT, – The 4th Annual 2017 CT Coast & Country Winter Wine Trail will begin January 7th and will run through April 2nd. Three Connecticut Wineries are participating in this winter wine trail. Celebrate fine wines from Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery in Guilford, Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery, and Gouveia Vineyards both in Wallingford. The 2017 Connecticut Coast & Country Winter Wine Trail will feature Grand Prizes from the CT Coast & Country’s Sponsors near the Wineries.  Prizes will include Spa Packages, Resort & Hotel Stays, Wine Packages, and Gift Certificates to Local Restaurants. Also include for the duration of the Wine Trail, is a 20% discount when you dine-in & purchase 2 entrees at Ballou’s Wine Bar in Guilford (excludes wine and holidays).
 
Connecticut agricultural tourism during the winter tends to take a slower turn. This Winter Wine Trail intends to provide people with an incentive to stay local, eat and drink local, and have fun while supporting local farms and businesses. Passports for the 2017 Connecticut Coast & Country Winter Wine Trail may be picked up at any of the participating Wineries. The Winter Wine Trail encourages participants to visit each one of these wineries between the dates of the program and get their “passport” stamped at each location. The incentive for people to participate in this program is not only being able to taste the variety of wonderful wines that Connecticut has to offer, but over $4,500 in prizes with multiple prize packages. To be eligible to win, you must visit all 3 of the Wineries and Vineyards, and get your card stamped.
 
Passports must be submitted to one of the three wineries and vineyards by April 2nd, 2017. There is no purchase necessary to receive a passport or get it stamped. The hours for participating Wineries and Vineyards may be found at their individual websites. For more information, contact Keith Bishop or Sarah Bishop DellaVentura at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery at 203.453.2338, or follow the CT Coast & Country Wine Trail on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTcoastcountrywinetrail.
 
 
2017 CT Coast & Country Winter Wine Trail | 203-453-2338 | www.CTcoastcountrywinetrail.com
www.BishopsOrchards.com | www.gouveiavineyards.com | www.paradisehillsvineyard.com

Posted on January 3rd, 2017


Posted on January 3rd, 2017

​Manager of Connex Credit Union’s Meriden Branch Michael Nowicky (right) presents Mukai Johnson (left) with a check for $500 after she was named a quarterly winner in the national Save to Win program.
 
Connex Credit Union announces that three of its members were recent winners in the national Save to Win program. This group, which featured two $25 monthly winners, was highlighted by quarterly-winner Mukai Johnson who received a check worth $500.

Save to Win is a national savings program featuring a prize-linked 12 month share certificate designed to assist those who find difficulty in cultivating strong savings habits. This initiative stimulates healthier financial futures by offering incentives to those who make a committed effort to saving money.

“Congratulations to Mukai on being rewarded for her commitment to saving,” said Carl J. Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union.  “Save to Win has helped us stress the importance of saving money and has encouraged many of our members to consciously strive toward improving their financial futures.”

A Save to Win account can be opened for as little as $25. This deposit is the first step on the saving journey and is also an entry for monthly and quarterly prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000. Members can receive additional entries for every $25 they deposit, up to ten entries per month. The more deposits members make, the better chance they have of becoming the next winner. The initiative has multiple benefits as members establish a savings account that accrues interest while simultaneously amassing opportunities to win prizes.

Since the inception of the Save to Win program, Connex has had 18 winners.
Those wishing to open a Save to Win account are encouraged to visit their local branch. Please visit connexcu.org for more information about the program.

About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 46,000 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 December 20th, 2016


Posted on December 20th, 2016

​​Connex Credit Union Creates Christmas Miracle for Widowed Mother of Five
With Donation of More Than $1,000 and 180 Household Items
Credit Union partnered with New Reach for the Adopt-A-Family program
From left: Roquita Johnson, marketing and electronic services specialist, Connex Credit Union; Mary Grande, community engagement manager, New Reach; Anita Annunziato, marketing specialist, Connex Credit Union; Louise Nestor, director of marketing, Connex Credit Union; Frank Mancini, president and chief executive officer, Connex Credit Union. 

 
Connex Credit Union recently donated more than $1,000 and 180 household items to a widowed mother and her five children as part of New Reach’s 12th annual Adopt-A-Family program. The credit union “adopted” this family after learning they were forced to relocate to a new home due to the tragic passing of their husband and father, losing many of their belongings in the process.  As part of its annual holiday drive and ConnexCares philanthropic program, each of Connex’s seven branches were dedicated to collecting a different item requested by the family.

Included in the nearly 200 contributions were winter clothing, bedding, toys and toiletries. $200 in various gift cards was also collected alongside a $1,000 monetary donation.

Connex President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Mancini (right) presents New Reach Community Engagement Manager Mary Grande (left) with a check worth $1,010.]  “We would like to thank each and every one of our staff and members that contributed to this amazing effort,” said Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “Your generosity and selflessness created a true holiday miracle for a family in need and is an embodiment of our credit union philosophy, ‘People Helping People’.”

All duplicates and extra items were distributed to other New Reach families.

 “We were overwhelmed by the outpour of support from the Connex community,” said Mary Grande, community engagement manager, New Reach. “These contributions helped reinvigorate hope in this family and are a true representation of the holiday spirit.”
To discover how you can help New Reach support families in need, please visit newreach.org.
More information about ConnexCares and all of Connex’s philanthropic initiatives is available at 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 46,000 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.

About New Reach:

New reach is a 501(c)3 that delivers an array of housing interventions to end homelessness and alleviate poverty. From operating emergency shelters to developing affordable housing and everything in between, New Reach is committed to building hopeful futures for those experiencing homelessness and poverty in Connecticut. 

Posted on December 19th, 2016

​Blackstone Library January 2017 Events
All events are free & open to the public


Fresh Start: Enhance Your Life with Tea
BRANFORD: Phil Parda of Savvy Tea will discuss the pleasures and benefits of tea. The “Fresh Start” tea program is all about taking steps to make the New Year a healthier and more enjoyable one by enhancing your life with tea.  It’s a great program for those new to tea, but also for those that have been drinking tea for years, and want to know more and go further into the benefits this amazing plant can offer their lives. Takes place at the Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Saturday, January 7 at 1:00 p.m. To RSVP visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318.
 
Scents and Sensibility
BRANFORD: Sniff through our stinky past and make your own herbal reed diffusers! Join us for a whiff of the past with historical tidbits, learn medicinal benefits of herbs and essential oils, and create your own 8-oz Herbal Reed Diffuser based on your preferences/needs. To RSVP, visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Saturday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m.
 
The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War
BRANFORD: Matt Gallagher, co-editor of Fire and Forget and author of Young Blood joins Branford native Adrian Bonenberger, author of The Afghan Post for a panel discussion about the new veteran fiction anthology The Road Ahead. Writers and editors Brian Castner and Teresa Fazio complete the panel. The Road Ahead is a diverse collection of fictional works written by 24 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, reflecting the evolving nature of what has become American’s “Forever War”. 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.
 
Argyle Sax Concert
BRANFORD: The Argyle Sax Quartet performs in a wide range of musical genres. This versatile ensemble entertains audiences with selections in classical styles, jazz styles, pop and novelty themes. Concert goers can expect to enjoy works by Rimsky Korsakov, Glen Miller, The Beatles and more; an eclectic mix with something for everyone! To RSVP, visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m.
 

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Big Nanny's soft Biscottis are the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal.

It's not too late. Call now to order 203-453-2253 

Posted on December 19th, 2016

​Open Arts Day Announced
at Guilford Art Center
 
 
Guilford, CT — Guilford Art Center is pleased to invite all community members to the 6th annual Open Arts Day on Sunday, January 8, 2017, 1-3pm. This event is free and open to the community.
 
The Art Center’s studios and classrooms will be open with instructor artists demonstrating their crafts and offering hands-on art projects.  Visitors are invited to try out a variety of art forms that they want to learn more about, including Pottery, Blacksmithing, Painting, Drawing, Stone Carving, Kids’ classes and more.
 
Open Arts Day coincides with the final day of Guilford Art Center’s Artistry: American Craft for the Holidays, open 12-5pm. All merchandise is on sale!
 
No reservations or registration are necessary, and all activities are free of charge.
 
Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street (Route 77), Guilford, across from the police station.
 
For more information call 203-453-5947 or visit www.guilfordartcenter.org.