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Posted on December 4th, 2017

Posted on November 30th, 2017

Connex Stands Up to Cancer With More Than $700 Donation to Carl's Crusaders
Funds Were Collected Through Coins-for-Change Charitable Initiative
Connex Guilford Branch manager Kerry Perrotta (left) presents members of Carl's Crusaders (right) with a check worth $703.53. These funds were raised through the Coins-for-Change program which donates 100 percent of the fees collected at Connex's coin-cashing machines. 
GUILFORD, Conn (Nov. 28, 2017) - Connex Credit Union recently donated more than $700 dollars to Carl’s Crusaders in support of the organization’s mission to help families affected by cancer. These funds were raised through Coins-for-Change, Connex’s philanthropic program that contributes more than $13,000 annually to local charitable organizations as part of the ConnexCares initiative.

Carl’s Crusaders is a cycling team honoring 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 bicycle ride raising money for the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital where Hubbard was treated.

“We would like to thank Connex Credit Union for supporting Carl’s Crusaders in its mission to give back to the Smilow Cancer Center and assist families in their care,” said Heidi Schoenfeldt, a representative of Carl’s Crusaders.

To learn more about Carl’s Crusaders, or to donate to the Closer to Free ride, please visit

With the Coins-for-Change program, Connex charges a five percent fee to members, and a seven percent fee to non-members, to use its coin-cashing machines. Each fiscal quarter, 100 percent of this money is donated to deserving organizations in the local community.

Local non-profit or charitable organizations interested in participating in the “Coins-for-Change” program, are encouraged to contact Roquita Johnson at Connex Credit Union, at 1-800-CR-UNION 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 50,000 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. 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 November 30th, 2017

Posted on November 30th, 2017

Posted on November 30th, 2017

Posted on November 29th, 2017

Branford Folk Music Society
December 9, 2017 - The society closes out 2017 by offering a special holiday show featuring the infectious music and dance of Sicily and Southern Italy with Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata.

Love of the roots music from that region of the globe is what drives Rosa Tatuata to passionately interpret the traditions and melodies of their ancestors. Just as their name comes from Tennessee Williams' beloved play about the happy, raucous collision of immigrant and American cultures; likewise Rosa Tatuata's performance relates that incredible commingling to their beloved audience through song!

Fueled by their research into traditional instruments like the tamburo (Sicilian frame drum), organetto, marranzano (jaw's harp) and zampogna (Southern Italian bagpipes), Rosa Tatuata introduces traditional songs into different musical contexts that rhythmically mirror the commingling of Old & New World. With an enchanting mix of ballads and dance tunes, Rosa Tatuata will take your imagination to sunbathed Southern Italy and the clear, crystal-blue waters surrounding Sicily just as winter begins to creep into our own region.

Michela will be joined by Phil Passantino, Charlie Rutan and Jeffrey Panettieri as Rosa Tatuata in what is sure to be a concert with plenty of audience participation, whether singing or dancing. Bring your dancing shoes because in the concert's second half, Rosa Tatuata will teach and lead the audience in traditional Sicilian dances.

Michela is American-born-and-raised, but has been carrying on a love-affair with Sicilian music since growing up in a household where Sicilian dialect was spoken. Known for her fiery and passionate interpretations of both traditional and contemporary Sicilian folk and roots music, she turns world fusion songs into timeless pieces and infuses her vocals with the emotions of life. She enchants with a voice that seems to float between the ages.

Peter Covino, Pen America prize-winning poet and University of Rhode Island Assistant Professor of English said this about Michela: "Can you imagine the wild soulfulness of Tina Turner and the earthy yet ethereal voice of Neapolitan songstress Teresa De Sio combined? Well imagine that; then think even more vibrancy, more urbanity, in songs that somehow also feel impossibly intimate.... No wonder Michela Musolino has such a devoted underground following; full divahood seems scarily within reach."

Take a musical break from what can sometimes be the harried and hurried holiday times leading up to the turn of the year and join us for a rousing night of Sicilian music.

Admission: $20 non-members, $17 members, $5 children 12 and under.

Branford Folk Coffeehouse
First Congregational Church of Branford 
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT.
8:00 P.M.
Wheelchair accessible
For more information call 203-488-7715 

Posted on November 29th, 2017

Posted on November 29th, 2017

Posted on November 28th, 2017

                                                                                    Contact:  Paul Lavigne
                                                                                    Director, Sales and Marketing
                                                                                    Solstice Senior Living
(203) 458-3337

‘The Gables at Guilford’ Becomes ‘Solstice Senior Living at Guilford’
GUILFORD, Conn. (Nov. 27, 2017) – Local senior living community The Gables at Guilford is under new management and today announces a new name: Solstice Senior Living at Guilford. The announcement results from a recently launched, national joint venture, Solstice Senior Living, between the property’s ownership group, NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., (NHI) and Integral Senior Living, a premier provider of senior living management services nationally.
“Living and working at Guilford will only get better as we introduce new activities and culinary programs,” said Dale Cordle, Executive Director of Solstice Senior Living at Guilford. “So, aside from getting used to a new name, residents, associates, family members and community friends should not expect any disruption in their day-to-day experiences.” 
Solstice Senior Living has assumed management of 32 NHI-owned independent living communities nationally. Each community will be rebranded under the Solstice umbrella, with Integral Senior Living (ISL) providing its industry-leading management expertise and NHI maintaining business and real estate ownership of each property.
Gerald “Gerry” Jackson has been named Solstice’s senior vice president. Jackson has more than 30 years of experience in senior living, assisted living and behavioral health, including leadership roles in training, operations, and program and staff development.
“Solstice will create value for our residents by optimizing operations and programming, with the goal of taking our residents’ experience to a new level,” Jackson said.
Activity and culinary offerings are widely recognized as key factors in seniors’ selection of an independent living community, and Solstice’s goal of enhancing these services exemplifies the venture’s ability to combine management best practices with purposeful resident engagement to support community utilization and retention.
Solstice Senior Living at Guilford, and all other Solstice communities, will now feature ISL’s trademark Vibrant Life™ activity program as well as a newly developed culinary program, Elevate. Vibrant Life focuses on seven core components, ranging from inspiration and wellness to adventure and community connections. The program promotes joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities to connect residents with family, friends and the Guilford community.
Elevate will provide Solstice residents with flexible and changing culinary options. The new program will be complemented by monthly “Food for Thought” meetings, which have proved successful at other ISL communities in engaging residents in culinary and menu-related decisions.
Solstice Senior Living at Guilford is located at 201 Granite Road, Guilford, CT 06437. Visit for more information.
About Solstice Senior Living
Solstice Senior Living is a joint venture of Integral Senior Living and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., created to benefit senior living community residents by combining industry-leading senior living management and best practices with community-specific social, lifestyle and culinary experiences. Solstice manages 32 communities nationally.
About Integral Senior Living
Integral Senior Living (ISL), headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout 22 states. Ranked among the nation’s largest senior living providers, according to Senior Living Executive, ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated associates at each community are trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services. For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page.
About NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc.
NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., (NHI) is a public, non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that was formed to originate, acquire and asset-manage equity and debt investments in health care real estate. Specifically, NHI is focused on making investments in the needs-driven senior housing sector, which it defines as independent living communities, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities.


Posted on November 22nd, 2017