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Posted on November 15th, 2016

Small Business Swag is now available at the Shoreline Chamber Office anytime before Monday. Come and get it while it lasts

Posted on November 15th, 2016


Posted on November 14th, 2016

​Guilford Art Center hosts ONEHOPE wine tasting fundraiser in
Artistry Holiday Shop 
 
Guilford, CT —The public is invited to a free wine tasting event at Guilford Art Center on Thursday, Dec 1, 5-8 pm.  Select wines from ONEHOPE will be offered in the Artistry Holiday Shop; a portion of proceeds of all wine sold will benefit Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs.
 
Shoppers will enjoy sampling a variety of whites, reds and sparkling wines while shopping for holiday gifts in the Guilford Art Center’s holiday Artistry shop.
 
ONEHOPE was founded in 2007 with the vision of making the world a better place through beautifully crafted wines.  The wine is produced with consulting winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr and a specific cause and quantifiable impact is built into every bottle. 
 
Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays, which takes place November 3, 2016 through January 8, 2017, offers one-of-a-kind, handmade crafts by more than 200 artisans from across America, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, and more.
 
During Artistry, works spill from the shop into the gallery at the Center, making for a bountiful and festive display of fine craft objects. Scores of new artists will have their work featured this year, offering shoppers a huge array of unique gift ideas. New works are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will want to return to snag a “find” they might not have seen before.
 
Artistry also offers visitors a variety of shopping experiences: personal shoppers are available for advice and gift-giving ideas; a registry makes gift-selection easy; and businesses can take advantage of personal shoppers and discounts for employee holiday gift-giving.
 
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
 
ONEHOPE WINE TASTING EVENT:  Thursday, December 1, 5-8 pm Sample and purchase ONEHOPE wine while benefitting causes and non-profits, including GAC. Sip ONEHOPE whites, red, sparkling and reserve wines while you shop. Bring your friends and enjoy a festive evening while helping others (including finding them the right holiday gift!).  Free and open to the public. 
 
Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact www.guilfordartcenter.org
 
About Guilford Art Center
The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.
 
 
 

Posted on November 14th, 2016

​Connex Credit Union Supports Playground Revitalization Project
With Nearly $1,000 Donation to Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO
Donations collected through the Coins-for-Change program at Hamden branch 

From left: Donna Lafata, board member, Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO; Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union; Sara Prior, chair, Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO . (*Please be advised the celebratory check has been incorrectly labeled and Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO Playground Revitalization Project was actually the recipient of a $970 donation).
 

​HAMDEN, Conn. (Nov. 11, 2016) – Contributions from visitors at Connex Credit Union’s Hamden Branch during the third quarter of 2016 have helped make a significant impact for one local community project.  As a part of its philanthropic program ConnexCares, Connex Credit Union recently donated nearly $1,000, from the fees collected by Connex’s coin-cashing machine at their Hamden branch, to the Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO Playground Revitalization Project. The Coins-for-Change program charges a five percent fee to members, a seven percent fee to non-members and donates this money to charitable organizations in the local community, contributing more than $10,000 annually. 

“Our partnership with Connex, and their support of neighboring communities, exemplifies the communal foundation of this revitalization project,” said Sara Prior, chair, Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO. “These funds will help us in our quest to construct a new outdoor playground for our community.”

The goal of the Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO Playground Revitalization Project is to reinvigorate the current structure at the school, which was built as a community project in 1989, so it can continue its legacy for future generations. They seek to create a high-quality outdoor learning environment that promotes exercise, education, exploration and play. The heart of this project is driven by children and the community.  To learn more, or to donate, please visit mjsplayground.weebly.com.

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 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 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 November 11th, 2016

Branford Art Center

Artists Opening for Meg Giannotti encaustic artist, and Phyllis Carlisle acrylic painter. Also Book launch with Bill Ludwig  called "Bottoms Up". Novemver 12th from 3-5pm. Refreshments. Free to public.

​​Branford Art Center
1229 Main Street
Branford, CT

Posted on November 11th, 2016

​A still-frame from Connex Credit Union’s new website set to launch November 15
​Connex Credit Union to Unveil New, Intuitive and
User-Friendly Website November 15

Fully-responsive design has been optimized for all platforms

​NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Nov. 10, 2016) – A complete overhaul of the Connex Credit Union website will go live on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. The URL will remain the same – connexcu.org – but Connex’s more than 46,000 members will have access to a fresh and innovative layout designed to enhance their user-experience.
This new, fully-responsive design will offer an optimal viewing experience across multiple platforms including computer, tablet and mobile. Streamlined menus arranged in a modern and organized accordion-style will serve to simplify and hasten navigation.
“We aimed to develop a website that allows our members quick and easy access to the information they’ll need to manage their finances and make important life decisions,” said Louise Nestor, director of marketing, Connex Credit Union. “Our commitment to customer advocacy was the driving force behind creating an intuitive and user-friendly interface that caters to all of our members, including the increasing number of mobile users.”
The re-design of this website will not affect the existing accounts or services of Connex members and will update automatically for anyone who has bookmarked the Connex webpage.
If you have additional questions please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.
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 November 11th, 2016

​WALK for Vista Sets Fundraising, Participation Records
 
Nearly 300 people took steps to make a positive impact at the WALK for Vista fundraiser on Oct. 30 in Madison, raising nearly $67,000 for Vista Life Innovations, a post-secondary education program supporting individuals with disabilities.
 
This year’s event stands to net a record high of $64,000. Proceeds from the WALK benefit Vista's programs and services as well as the Ed Gallant Financial Aid Fund, which provides scholarship opportunities to Vista's students and members.
 
The event also set a record for the highest number of participants with 294 registered walkers over 32 fundraising teams. Among the participants were state Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. of Branford and state Rep. Noreen Kokoruda of Madison. 
 
Held from Vista’s Madison Campus on Bradley Road, the WALK featured 3 and 5 mile routes through the heart of downtown Madison and along the shoreline. Participants enjoyed a warm-up led by Valley Shore YMCA and a musical send-off from the Lancraft Fife and Drum Corps.
 
Vista would like to thank event sponsors Walgreens, Essex Printing, Shore Publishing and Vornado Realty Trust. 
 

Posted on November 9th, 2016

​Celebrate “Sweet” Holiday Shopping at Guilford Art Center’s “Candy, Cake & Cocktail Party” on Nov 17, 5-8 pm

Guilford, CT —The public is invited to a free event at Guilford Art Center called “Candy, Cake & Cocktails” on Thursday, Nov 17, 5-8 pm.  Shoppers will enjoy sweets and festive cocktails while shopping for holiday gifts in the Guilford Art Center’s holiday Artistry shop.
 
Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays, which takes place November 3, 2016 through January 8, 2017, offers one-of-a-kind, handmade crafts by more than 200 artisans from across America, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, and more.
 
During Artistry, works spill from the shop into the gallery at the Center, making for a bountiful and festive display of fine craft objects. Scores of new artists will have their work featured this year, offering shoppers a huge array of unique gift ideas. New works are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will want to return to snag a “find” they might not have seen before.
 
Artistry also offers visitors a variety of shopping experiences: personal shoppers are available for advice and gift-giving ideas; a registry makes gift-selection easy; and businesses can take advantage of personal shoppers and discounts for employee holiday gift-giving.
 
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
  
CANDY, CAKE & COCKTAILS PARTY: Thursday, November 17, 5-8pm, free and open to the public.  Enjoy a sweet shopping experience! Treat yourself to special sweet treats and a signature Artistry cocktail while shopping for everyone on your list. 

ONEHOPE WINE TASTING EVENT:  Thursday, December 1, 5-8 pm Sample and purchase ONEHOPE wine while benefiting causes and non-profits, including GAC. Sip ONEHOPE whites, red, sparkling and reserve wines while you shop. Bring your friends and enjoy a festive evening while helping others (including finding them the right holiday gift!).  Free and open to the public. 
 
Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact www.guilfordartcenter.org

Posted on November 8th, 2016


Posted on November 7th, 2016