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Posted on January 30th, 2017

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Posted on January 24th, 2017

​Wagging Tails, Happy Faces: Connex Credit Union Supports
Rescue and Shelter Animals with More than $1,300 Donation to Wags 4 Hope
Donations collected through the Coins-for-Change program at North Haven branch 
​Connex Credit Union Vice President of Customer Advocacy Carl Casper (left) presents Wags 4 Hope Founder Annie Blumenfeld (right) with a check worth $1,323.59. These funds were raised through Connex’s Coins-for-Change program.
Contributions from visitors to Connex Credit Union’s North Haven branch during the final quarter of 2016 were recently tallied and donated to a local non-profit.  As a part of its philanthropic initiative, ConnexCares, Connex Credit Union’s Coins-for-Change program collected more than $1,300 for Wags 4 Hope.

The Coins-for-Change program charges a five percent fee to members, and a seven percent fee to non-members, to use Connex’s coin-cashing machines. Each fiscal quarter, this money is donated to different charitable organizations in the local community, contributing more than $10,000 annually. 

“The support we received through this program has been such a wonderful surprise and I am truly thankful to everyone who took the time to contribute,” said Annie Blumenfeld, founder, Wags 4 Hope.  “These funds will benefit shelter and rescue animals in need, and help them find their forever home.”

Wags 4 Hope is devoted to raising awareness of heartworm disease, supporting the medical needs of shelter animals and encouraging responsible pet ownership. This contribution will fund heartworm treatment and other medical procedures necessary to ensure these animals can be happy and healthy again. Additionally, Founder Annie Blumenfeld creates and sells custom pet artwork to support the organization. To learn more, purchase a painting or donate, please visit ​
If you are a local non-profit or charitable organization interested in participating in the “Coins-for-Change” program, please contact Roquita Johnson at Connex Credit Union, at 203-603-5787 or

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

Posted on January 24th, 2017

Posted on January 18th, 2017

​Paint Night with Vista at Ballou’s - Monday, Jan. 23
6-7:30 p.m.
Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar - 51 Whitfield Street, Guilford
Enjoy a night out with friends as you recreate Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting "Flowers in a Vase." No prior painting experience is required to participate; Vista Arts Specialist Samantha Listorti will provide step-by-step instructions on how to paint this beautiful work of art. The finished product is yours to take home at the end of the night.
Cost is $35 and includes one glass of wine or beer. Space is limited.

Register online at, or contact Jess Lillge at or 860-399-8080 x.107

Posted on January 16th, 2017

​On February 6th and 7th Hair Cuttery will host Share-A-Haircut for the Homeless.

Every time anyone receives a haircut at any of the Hair Cuttery salons in New England, a free haircut certificate will be donated to a homeless person in the community.

To distribute the certificates to those in need, Hair Cuttery is partnering with local shelters and community organizations.


Posted on January 16th, 2017

Possessions Clothing of Branford offers a curated mix of on-trend, irresistible pieces that focus on each customer’s personal sense of style with an intimate, individualized approach.

However Elaine Parisi, owner of Possessions, has a gift for community outreach as well. Using a blend of promotion and donation, Possessions has, throughout 2016, donated to the following charitable organizations:

$2,860 for Feed the Needy Kids of Branford$2,180 for Relay for Life of the Shoreline American Cancer Society$1,700 for the Closer to Free Breast Cancer ProgramOur thanks and best wishes for a successful 2017 to Elaine and her staff

Posted on January 16th, 2017

​Auditions for “Man of La Mancha” in Madison
Performers from the shoreline community and beyond are invited to audition for Vista Life Innovations’ upcoming musical production of “Man of La Mancha,” which takes the stage in May at The Kate in Old Saybrook.
Auditions will be held Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 from 6 to 8: 30 p.m. at Vista’s Madison Campus, 107 Bradley Road, Madison. Performers ages 15 and older are encouraged to audition. Those interested should prepare 16 measures of sheet music for an audition song and be dressed to move. An accompanist will be provided.
A Tony Award winning play-within-a-play, “Man of La Mancha” tells the stories of tax-collecting-playwright-novelist Miguel de Cervantes and his unlikely hero, Don Quixote de La Mancha, a “mad knight” who seeks to attain “The Impossible Dream” and restore the age of chivalry.
“Man of La Mancha” will run May 19, 20 and 21 at The Kate under the direction of Pat Souney. The show, Vista’s fourth community theater production, is being funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.
Performers are asked to schedule an audition time by contacting Kristin Juaire at 860-399-8080 ext. 236 or Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Posted on January 16th, 2017

​Winter/Spring 2017
Pharmacy Technician Certification Program
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program is an intensive 20 week program divided into two 10 week courses, using the blended learning format.  Pharmacy Tech A includes job required skills and responsibilities and 10 hour OSHA Authorization course. Pharmacy Tech B includes Pharmacy mathematics and chemistry with wet lab, externship, and will conclude with registering for the PTCB Certification Exam.

Pharmacy Tech A will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15pm-8:15pm for 10 weeks beginning Monday, February 1st and ending Wednesday, April 5th.  The cost is $225.

Pharmacy Tech B will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15pm-8:15pm for 10 weeks beginning Monday, April 17th and ending Wednesday, June 21st.  The cost is $225.

The course fee includes the course curriculum delivered through Edgenuity online educational software and access to a Connecticut certified teacher, but does not include the $129 PTCB exam fee.  Please check the PTCB website ( for more exam information. Students should bring a calculator to class.  Please note that this is a rigorous program that will require a minimum of 8-10 hours of homework per week and at most two absences for successful completion.

Registration Guidelines:
Students interested in registering for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Program are required to take and pass a math and reading pretest prior to the first night of class. ERACE offers remediation classes in reading and math for students who do not pass the necessary pretests.  The fee for remediation classes is $80 per course for 8 weeks.
Students must have a high school diploma to take Pharmacy Tech B, but may concurrently enroll in a high school completion program during Pharmacy Tech A.
How to register:
Visit us on our website or call us 203.488.5693.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Contact us today!