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Posted on September 19th, 2016

Guilford, CT — Designers Circus, a Boston-based creative fashion and accessories event, is returning to Guilford and will hold a “pop-up” sale in the gallery at the Guilford Art Center.  The sale will be open on Friday, October 7 from 10am – 6pm, Saturday, October 8 from 10am – 6pm & Sunday, October 9 from 11 am – 3 pm.
 
Designers Circus is an “under-the-radar” sale, featuring new boutique women’s clothing at wholesale prices that are 50-90% below regular retail prices.  Shoppers will find creative fashions and accessories from over 70 domestic and international craftswomen and small-scale designers. 

The Shop at Guilford Art Center will also be open, with handmade American accessories, jewelry and more, to complement purchases. 
 
A portion of proceeds from sales at the Designers Circus event will benefit Guilford Art Center’s educational programs. Admission is free.  All sales are final; there are no returns, refunds, credits or exchanges.
 
Designer Circus Pop-Up Shopping Event at Guilford Art Center
Friday, October 7, 10am-6pm, Saturday, October 8, 10am-6pm, & Sunday, October 9, 11am-3pm
Admission is free.
 
For more information contact Guilford Art Center at www.guilfordartcenter.org or 203-453-5947.
 
 

Posted on September 16th, 2016


Posted on September 15th, 2016

Essex, CT. September 15, 2016 –Essex Financial Services in Essex, CT, is pleased to announce that Financial Advisor and Vice President, James M. Sullivan, AIF®, has been named to the 2016 edition of the Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisers. The list recognizes the top financial advisers who specialize in serving defined contribution (DC) retirement plans.
 
This is the second annual FT 401 list, produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on asset management.
 
Financial advisers from across the broker-dealer and RIA channels applied for consideration, having met a set minimum of requirements. The applicants were then graded on seven criteria: DC assets under management; DC AUM growth rate; specialization in DC plans; years of experience; DC plan participation rate; advanced industry credentials; and compliance record. There are no fees or other considerations required of advisers who apply for the FT 401.
 
Once again, the final FT 401 represents a cohort of elite advisers: the “average” adviser in this year’s FT 401 has 18 years of experience advising DC plans and manages $950 million in DC plan assets. The FT 401 advisers hail from 41 states and Washington, D.C., and DC plans on average account for 74% of their assets under management.
 
The FT 401 is one in a series of rankings of top advisers developed by the FT in partnership with Ignites Research, including the FT 300 (independent RIA firms) and the FT 400 (broker-dealer advisers).
 
The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (September 2016). The FT 401 is based on data gathered from financial advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in seven primary areas, including DC plan assets under management, growth in DC plan business, specialization in DC plan business, and other factors. This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of this advisor’s future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401.
 
About Essex Financial Services:
Essex Financial Services is one of the leading independent financial advisory firms in the United States. Cited by Barron’s and other leading publications, the firm’s unbiased, independent, client-centric approach has made it a leader in providing exceptional service to clients for over three decades. For more information on Essex Financial Services please go to: http://www.essexfinancialservices.com
 
 

Posted on September 15th, 2016

 Photo Caption: (L-R) Carl Banks, former New York Giants player, Dr. Rowland Mayor and Dr. Stephanie Arlis-Mayor of the Center for Orthopedics.​

Center for Orthopaedics Doctors Help High School Athletes Avoid Injuries and Concussions
 
HAMDEN, CT - Doctors Stephanie Arlis-Mayor and Rowland Mayor, of the Center for Orthopaedics – a division of Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, addressed more than 200 fall sports athletes and coaches from New Haven high schools. DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson also supported the event which focused on understanding injury and concussion prevention and provided the opportunity to practice different drills and techniques to stay safe while practicing and strength training.
 
Dr. Rowland Mayor’s presentation focused on ways to prevent ACL injuries while practicing as well as workouts to reduce chances of injury.  Dr. Stephanie Arlis-Mayor discussed the prevention and diagnosis of concussions. She left the athletes with a better understanding of the five signs of a concussion as well as ways to prevent them. They were joined by Carl Banks a former New York Giants player and two-time Super Bowl winner who talked about the needs of good conditioning, the right equipment, and proper technique/coaching.
 
Members of the physical therapy team at STAR PT and the Center for Orthopaedics spent time with the participants running drills and practicing new conditioning techniques aimed at helping prevent injuries.
 
Photo Caption: (L-R) Carl Banks, former New York Giants player, Dr. Rowland Mayor and Dr. Stephanie Arlis-Mayor of the Center for Orthopaedics.
 
 Photos: http://bit.ly/NewHavenHS
 
About Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, PC offers all orthopaedic subspecialties including sports medicine, treatment for problems of the upper extremities and lower extremities, joint replacement surgery, pediatric orthopaedics, and surgical and non-surgical podiatry. It is one of the most respected orthopaedic groups in Connecticut and has been providing quality, individualized care to patients for over 50 years. COS has eight locations with in-house physical therapy, three OrthoNOW orthopaedic walk-in centers, two MRI centers providing in-house diagnostic testing and its own surgical center.
 
Media Contact
GCAi for Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists
Darcy Fortune, 413.736.2245
dfortune@GCAiOnline.com
 
 

Posted on September 12th, 2016

Please scroll below to see contestants pictures
​Contestants from Connex Credit Union’s ConneXfactor
Financial Fitness Competition Improve their Financial Futures


Participants have reduced debt, refinanced mortgages and tackled financial hardships
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Sept. 9, 2016) – As part of its commitment to customer advocacy, and its philanthropic ConnexCares program, Connex Credit Union has developed the ConneXfactor competition to give its members the resources necessary to take control of their financial lives.
ConneXfactor, which began its third year in April, is a financial fitness competition where five individuals compete to see who can improve their fiscal situation the most. Each participant is paired with a Connex financial advocate who acts as a coach, providing them with tips and guidance throughout the duration of the contest. This program has progressed steadily throughout the summer. Recently, each contestant spoke briefly on their successes to-date.

Natalya Carmona-Bryant, a 29-year-old married mother of three, has learned first-hand that life is unpredictable. Her coach, Financial Advocate Mike Nowicky, helped her develop a financial plan to prepare for unexpected hardships; however, she quickly learned that the ability to make adjustments to this strategy is equally crucial.
Carmona-Bryant’s ConneXfactor experience was challenged when she experienced extreme financial difficulties, but Nowicky urged her to continue working towards her ultimate objective. Adhering to the financial tips she has received throughout the competition has allowed her to slowly, but steadily, navigate through these adversities. Carmona-Bryant shared high praise for her coach labeling him as “encouraging” and “helpful.” Additionally, Carmona-Bryant has now been able to put extra focus on maintaining her credit score. 
“I’ve learned that plan and goal timeframes may need to change,” said Carmona-Bryant. “But, it is important to keep the same mindset towards achieving them.”

Ruth Carruth, a 44-year-old divorcee, came into the contest with a situation that is unfortunately quite common and stressful. Working full-time at Yale University, and supplementing her income with a part-time job at Target, Carruth was struggling to pay off her credit card debt. With her current obligations, her goal to become a homeowner seemed like an impossible task.
The creation of an intricate budget plan by Coach and Financial Advocate Lamar Weaver was the catalyst necessary to set Carruth on the path towards her objective. She originally believed that budgeting would require a monotonous lifestyle devoid of any pleasurable activities. However, throughout the competition Carruth was introduced to a variety of alternative options for leisurely activities that allowed her to maintain an enjoyable life while adhering to her budget.
“Creating a budget plan was ultimately the change I needed to spark my progression towards accomplishing my goals,” said Ruth Carruth. “Lamar helped me put things into perspective and realize what my priorities should be, as opposed to what they were.”
 
Jennifer Johnson: a 23, single, and working full-time as an administrative assistant. Additionally, she works part-time as a bartender for special events at Yale University. One of the first things she accomplished during ConneXfactor was the creation of a budget summary highlighting her goals and dictating how each paycheck must be allocated to cover those expenses. This process has afforded her an appropriate timeline of when she will reach her targets, which has played a key role in keeping her engaged. She is currently making balanced progression towards paying off her credit card debt.
Working with Financial Advocate and Coach Michael Federico, Johnson has developed a system that has allowed her to keep her bills under control. With a proper and consistent procedure, she no longer has to dip into her savings to alleviate monthly costs. Johnson is now able to steadily build funds while reducing her debt.
“A major change that helped me progress towards my goals is learning how to budget and distribute the money I make bi-weekly,” said Jennifer Johnson. “It is not a lot of money, and my bills are nearly equal to the amount I make, however, with Michael’s help I have learned how to set up a proper routine to pay my bills.”

Christine Cohen is a 40-year-old mother of three who is also a business owner with her husband. Like many others, Christine often procrastinated when contributing to retirement accounts, life insurance funds and college savings for her children. When thinking about her future, she often felt overwhelmed and frightened. Coach and Financial Advocate Kerry Perrotta was able to assist Cohen in developing a strategy to ensure that her, and her children’s, financial situations would be stable in the future.
Cohen was previously hesitant about contributing to the college, retirement and life insurance funds because she did not believe she had an adequate amount of dollars to do so. Perrotta discovered a way for Cohen to refinance the mortgage, lowering her monthly payment significantly. This extra income has helped her make great progress towards the funds she had previously neglected.
“With the help of Kerry, I’ve been able to find creative ways to secure not only my children’s education, but ensure that my retirement and insurance accounts are properly funded,” said Christine Cohen. “The sense of freedom and security this has given me is priceless.”

Marilisa is 26, single, and currently working as a police officer. When she is off-duty, she is in school studying to obtain a master’s degree. She came into the ConneXfactor program struggling to manage her debt as she typically would pay her bills the same day she received her paycheck. This process left a minimal amount of money remaining for the rest of the week.
Financial Advocate, and winning coach from the 2015 ConneXfactor Competition, Michelle Panzo, has helped Anania learn the importance of budgeting. She has learned to withhold a small amount of money from each paycheck to use on her bills. This process has allowed her to gain control of her finances and allocate money for other expenses and necessities including a savings account.
Like many 20-somethings, Anania had been engulfed in student loan and car loan debt which were accompanied by two credit cards that were both nearly at their debt limit. With incredibly high payments, and seemingly endless compounding interest, Anania felt she would never be able to save money. Through proper budgeting, refinancing and consolidation, Coach Panzo has helped her make great strides towards reducing her debt.
“Michelle has helped me since day one,” said Marilisa Anania. “She has helped me refinance my car loan and consolidate my credit cards into one loan so I that I could use the extra money towards funding my savings or making higher payments on my loans to pay them off sooner.”
“This season of ConneXfactor has already produced profound, tangible results and our financial advocates have done an extraordinary job of setting these contestants on a path to financial success,” said Carl J. Casper, vice president of Customer Advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “Connex Credit Union remains committed to improving the lives of our members, and with ConneXfactor we are able to help them rebuild their financial situation and make major strides toward developing a healthy financial future.”

ConneXfactor will conclude at the end of September, but anyone can participate by following along on the ConneXfactor website or by visiting a Connex Branch. Any member can replicate this experience by registering for a free, no-obligation session with one of Connex’s Financial Advocates.

For complete updates on the competition and financial tips, please visit the ConneXfactor website at www.connexfactor.com.
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 45,000 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.

 
Ruth Carruth
Christine Cohen
Jennifer Johnson
Natalya Carmona-Bryant
Marilisa Anania

Posted on September 9th, 2016


Posted on September 8th, 2016

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Sept. 7, 2016) –  As part of its philanthropic program ConnexCares, Connex Credit Union is once again partnering with Credit Unions for Kids during the national Miracle Jeans Day promotion. All Connex employees who donate five or more dollars to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford will be permitted to wear jeans to work on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Furthermore, the credit union will also be accepting donations from its members through Sept. 26, and will match the total contributions made, up to $1,000.
Contributing has never been easier thanks to the donation feature on the Miracle Jeans Day website. Members can also donate through the staff at their local branch. All donations are tax-deductible, and every penny goes to aid the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in performing breakthrough research and adopting life-saving equipment.
“The opportunity to work alongside Credit Unions for Kids in their support of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to match contributions up to $1,000 and urge all of our members to make a donation, no matter how small, to the Miracle Jeans Day promotion to help change the lives of these young patients”
Credit Unions for Kids is a non-profit collaboration of credit unions, chapters and business partners from across the nation. These groups engage in fundraising activities that benefit 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network by funding cutting edge research and helping to develop new innovative technology. Each year these hospitals treat nearly 10 million patients. A donation as small as $5 could buy a blanket for a baby or a blood pressure cuff designed for tiny arms.
For more information please visit your local Connex branch or contact Roquita Johnson 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 45,000 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 September 7th, 2016

​Shore Publishing is once again hosting the Beacon Awards where we recognize 15 volunteers from across the shoreline.

This year’s winners will be honored at a gala event on Wednesday, September 28 at 6pm at The Water’s Edge. Tickets are on sale now at www.beaconawardsct.com

Posted on September 1st, 2016

​The community is invited to a memoir reading in Madison featuring members of Vista Life Innovations, a post-secondary education program for individual with disabilities, on Thursday, Sept. 15.
 
This free event is the culmination of a seven-week class led by professional writer Jocelyn Ruggiero in which Vista members wrote and published autobiographical memoirs about important people and events in their lives.
 
“This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the shoreline community to get to know the Vista members they see out and about in the community, or working in area businesses,” said Ruggiero. “By hearing their stories, we can all understand who these individuals are beyond and because of their disabilities.”
 
Ruggiero's writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Food and Wine, Parade Magazine, Saveur and Yankee Magazine.
 
The reading will be held at Vista’s Madison Campus, 107 Bradley Road, starting at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Vista Quality of Life Manager Amanda Roberts at 860-399-8080 ext. 255.

Posted on September 1st, 2016

​Has moved to to a new location at 116 North Main Street Route 1), Branford, CT

Still offering great skin care & cosmetic products, made in the USA plus Free Makeover/Consultations and Free 10 Minute Pampering Facials.  

Stop in Tuesday thru Saturday or call for an appointment, 203-481-9770, sallyanninc@sbcglobal.net.