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Posted on August 30th, 2016

The August edition of Connecticut Magazine carried the attached article on the results of April's Chili Challenge in Branford.  Kudos to the participants, chefs and charities that all supported this event!

Posted on August 29th, 2016

​               22nd Annual Men Who Cook

                         Gala Fundraiser

                   Sunday, October 16, 2016

28 talented amateur chefs cook for over 200 guests and raise money for Shoreline families. Fun chef competitions, auctions, raffle, music, complimentary wine and beer.

       Emceed by celebrity chef Ric Orlando.

                                                                                                                  Guilford Yacht Club

                                                                            379 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437


                                                                       Sponsor  by the Women & Family Life Center

                                                                              Early Bird Ticket $100/person until Sept. 12
                                                                         Regular Ticket $125/person after September 12
                                                                                              Patron Ticket $250

                                                                 Contact Mirjana Toyn, Development Director
                                            Contact phone 203-458-6699

Posted on August 26th, 2016

​Ronald Heiferman Professor Emeritus
Part-Time Faculty

BA, Brooklyn College; MA, Yale University; PhD, New York University

Branford - Sunday, Sept 11th: The Branford Forum presents a talk by Quinnipiac professor of Chinese Studies and author Ron Heiferman on Sino-American Relations under the Next President. 2:00. Blackstone Library, 758 Main St.
203-772-5494 for information.

Posted on August 26th, 2016

Posted on August 26th, 2016

​Branford Folk Music Society
2016/2017 Schedule
First Congregational Church of Branford,
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT
September 10, 2016 – Old Howard Troupe
The Old Howard Troupe is a nine-member vintage ensemble, bringing the “Old English Music Hall” to churches, taverns, museums and music halls of New England. Members of the Troupe wear Victorian-style stage costumes typical of the era and perform the hits of the music hall stage, with and without accompaniment. The troupe includes: Lynn Feingold, Anabel Graetz, Jeff Keller, 
Angela Kessler, Jeremy Kessler, Jean K. Monroe, Phil Nimerskern and Lynn Noel.
October 8, 2016 – Calan
Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe
new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
November 12, 2016 – Elias Ladino Ensemble
The Elias Ladino Ensemble is one of the very few Sephardic groups whose vocalists are native speakers of Ladino. They are the real thing, having been born and raised in that musical tradition. Their instrumentalists have mastered “A la Turka” ensemble playing as well as World Class solo virtuosity.
December 10, 2016 – Bruce Molsky
Bruce Molsky is “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones)
and a twice-Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song.
He has dug into the deepest reaches of mountain music, while growing his own unique voice.
January 14, 2017 – April Verch Band
While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. 
Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, featuringacoustic guitar, mandolin,
bass and clawhammer banjo in addition to Verch’s vocals, fiddle and foot percussion.
February 11, 2017 – Coracree
Coracree melds a transatlantic mix of traditional Celtic, Old-time, European, and original music with a playful, improvisational style. Featuring the lively fiddling of Jane Rothfield,
the driving swing of Bill Quern on tenor banjo, mandolin & melodeon,  Sarah Gowan’s inventive guitar stylings and the melodic and rhythmic stand-up bass playing of Allan Carr.
March 11, 2017 – Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem. This band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion).
April 8, 2017– Lou and Peter Berryman
Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences
for more than thirty-five years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance.
May 20, 2017 (third Saturday) – Tom Lewis
Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines; although now he's comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others' melodies.
Concerts begin at 8:00 pm
Wheelchair accessible
For more information call: 203-488-7715 or Email:
Branford Folk Music Society - Traditionally, the Best Folk Music in southern Connecticut since 1973
Branford Folk Music Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization recognized as 
tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Service Code section 501(c)(3).

Posted on August 24th, 2016

​LIFETIME Care at Home, a private in-home care provider that provides care throughout the shoreline and New Haven County, recently held a training session for their professional caregiving staff to address a growing need, helping those with neurological conditions.
               The reason for this increased training?  According to Guy Tommasi, Managing Director of LIFETIME Care At Home, “we’ve seen an increase in clients with ALS, MS and Parkinson’s diseases.  These diagnoses take a toll on family caregivers and our staff – they create very difficult emotional situations and mobility challenges.” 
               More than 30 professional caregivers attended the evening program that featured three,  hands-on learning models regarding ALS, MS and Parkinson’s diseases.  The expert instructors were: Stacey Rahl, LMSW, Care Services Director of the ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, Stephanie Han, RN, Health Promotion Nurse at VNA Community Healthcare and Lynne Keyser, specialty trained instructor of VNA Community Healthcare’s Parkinson’s Exercise Class. 
               “Our goal is to support and educate our staff as much as possible about issues they are facing, so that our clients and their families will have peace of mind and have the very best care and highly skilled caregivers,” Tommasi added.

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Posted on August 24th, 2016

​Registration is open for the 8th Annual Vista Tour de Shore cycling event and fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 16.
With 5, 25, 40 and 60-mile routes along the Connecticut shoreline, the Tour de Shore is open to cyclists of all levels, from seasoned veterans to those new to the sport. All routes start and end at the Westbrook Elks Lodge and travel along scenic byways, offering participants beautiful views of the shoreline during peak fall foliage. 
The Tour de Shore is an important fundraiser for Vista Life Innovations, a nationally accredited post-secondary program for individuals with disabilities. Fund raised at the Tour de Shore benefit the Vista Endowment Fund, a supporting organization that helps to ensure a vibrant and financially secure Vista exists well into the future.
A post-ride party featuring food, raffle prizes and entertainment will be held at the Westbrook Elks Lodge, 142 Seaside Ave.

Cyclists can start or join a team, or ride solo. To register or for more information, visit
With 250 cyclists, last year’s Tour de Shore raised more than $85,000 for the Vista Endowment Fund.

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

​Introductory lessons are open to members and non-members of the credit union
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Aug. 22, 2016) – Each month, Connex Credit Union features highly informative workshops designed to help you take control of your fiscal situation and progress towards financial independence. Connex Credit Union, one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions, hosts a series of free financial education workshops throughout the year as part of its ConnexCares initiative. The workshops are taught by industry professionals and are filled with information designed to help educate consumers on financial topics and how to set and achieve financial goals. In September, the credit union will be hosting multiple seminars for both members and non-members.
All workshops take place at Connex Credit Union’s North Haven Branch located at 412 Washington Avenue and can either be attended in person or online via WebEx.
The first workshop is entitled “Buying Your First Home” and will cover the basics of home buying from start to finish and will be taught by Connex Mortgage Loan Consultant Mark Frank. This seminar will help prepare you for what to expect when buying your first home. This workshop will take place Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Special guest, Dan Rocco of CPM Insurance, will present “Homeowners Insurance 101.” This session will feature an overview of homeowners insurance, discuss potential coverage gaps and highlight the importance of an annual review of your coverage. This seminar will be offered Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
 “Credit Score 101” will be presented by Kerry Perrotta, branch manager of Connex’s Guilford branch. This workshop will serve as the ultimate “How-To Guide” for understanding your credit score. You will learn what a credit score is, why it matters, how to establish credit and what hurts your credit score. This workshop will take place Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Additionally, Connex will also present “Car Buying Tips,” an educational seminar hosted by Connex Credit Union’s Assistant Vice President of Indirect Lending Mike Taylor. This informative workshop will ensure you are prepared to tackle the often daunting task of purchasing a car. It will cover topics such as choosing the right vehicle, leasing versus purchasing, evaluating payment options and how Connex Credit Union’s loan department can assist you. This free no-obligation workshop will occur Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Anyone interested in attending a workshop must call 1-800-CR-UNION (1-800-278-6466) or visit to register. During registration you will choose if you are attending in person or online. The workshops are open to members and non-members of the credit union, but act fast, seats are limited.

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

Posted on August 16th, 2016

Writer’s Workshop:
Finding Poetry Everywhere

Explore the style of poetic writing known as “found poetry,” where everyday elements like art, music, newspaper articles, family photographs and more are transformed into poems. Students will be encouraged to think outside the box and find the poetry hiding in their daily lives. Takes place at the Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on September 10, 17, & 24 at 10:00 a.m. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441-318.
Starting Your Own Business Workshop
Thinking about starting your own business? Join a business professional from SCORE New Haven for step by step tips for getting your business off the ground. Takes place at the Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Free. TO RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit
You Wrote a Book! Now What?
Jan Kardys will call on her experience working for ten of NYC’s biggest publishing houses to talk in depth about publishing, marketing, writing a query letter, finding an agent, the role of an editor, and design considerations for book covers. Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. To RSVP call 203-488-1441 x 318
Washboard Slim & the Bluelights
Washboard Slim & the Bluelights have been performing their blues, jugband, early jazz and rockabilly mix throughout the U.S. for over 25 years. They’ve recently introduced an Appalachian and Cajun twist to their eclectic mix. Free and open to the public. Saturday, September 25 from 2:00 p.m. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St.
Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body, & Spirit
Actor and author Ted Zalewski combines history, drama, & fun to give voice to many of Roosevelt’s own words, writings, and beliefs. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Sunday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP call 203-488-1441 x 318.
Intro to 3D Printing
Learn how to create 3D files for printing using the free 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. To RSVP call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit
Music and Nature: Romantic Masters
BRANFORD: Concert pianist Alice Michahelles illustrates some of the masterworks for piano in this recital. Music by Beethoven, Grieg, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, & Mendelssohn. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP call 203-488-1441 x 318.