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Posted on August 15th, 2016

Essex, Connecticut, July 27, 2016 – Essex Financial Services, Inc. (EFS) is pleased to announce that Robert Paolucci and Patrick Gingras, two of the firm’s Financial Advisors, have been appointed to serve on the company’s Board of Directors. In addition, both have been promoted to Senior Vice President.
In a statement announcing the appointment, EFS President and Chief Executive Officer Charles
R. Cumello, Jr. said, “We are delighted to add two of our most senior advisors to our board. We look forward to their ongoing contributions to the growth and oversight of the firm.”

Mr. Paolucci has been in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years and joined EFS in
2009. He has earned the Certified Financial Planner®. Robert and his family reside in
Killingworth.

Mr. Gingras joined EFS in 2006 after numerous years serving as an institutional advisor. He and
his family live in Old Lyme.

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 August 15th, 2016

​Halloween Window Painting:
On Saturday October 15th Guilford Youth & Family Services, Guilford Parks & Recreation and It’s Worth It a Guilford DAY initiative will collaborate to bring their annual Halloween Window Painting Contest to the Guilford Green.  Sketches must be submitted to Karolin Regan @ GY&FS by October 7th to ReganK@ci.guilford.ct.us.  The contest will take place from 10:00-12:00 p.m. Individuals, groups and families (up to 7 individuals) are encouraged to decorate a business window for the fall season.  Supplies will be provided.  Rain date:  October 16th.  Winner will be announced at The Halloween Spooktacular on October 30th.  $25.00 per group.  Register online at www.guilfordparkrec.com with program #41112 or call (203) 453-8068 for more information. 
Scarecrow Building Contest:
Also taking place on October 15th, The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce partnering with Guilford Parks & Recreation and Guilford Youth and Family Services will hold a Scarecrow Building Contest.  Businesses will have an opportunity to build a scarecrow that represents their business which will then be displayed on the town green.  $25.00 fee per scarecrow.  Proceeds to benefit It’s Worth It. A Guilford DAY Initiative.  Guilford DAY and its supporters help Guilford youth make positive choices, ultimately reducing drug and alcohol use.  Register online at www.guilfordparkrec.com with program #41112. 
Chowder Challenge for a Cause:
The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 3rd Chowder Challenge for a Cause from noon to 3:00 p.m. on October 15th.  Each chef chooses a local charity to partner with.  If they receive the most votes, their charity will receive a $500.00 check from the Shoreline Chamber.  The chef/restaurant will receive a trophy that they may keep for one calendar year.  Winner will be announced approximately 3:30-4:00 p.m. the day of the event.  Registration/check-in will be on the Guilford Green (under the tent) where you will receive a map of the chowder locations in restaurants or merchant locations, ballot, bottle of water and a tote bag.  This is a walking tour of Guilford as you taste chowder from local chefs and choose the best of 2016.  RAIN or SHINE!  Call the chamber for a ticket ($10.00) 203-488-5500 or go on the website to register: shorelinechamberct.com
October 30th Event:
Halloween Spooktacular:
On October 30th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. the Halloween Spooktacular will take place on the Guilford Green. This event is sponsored by Guilford Parks & Recreation, Guilford Youth & Family Services and It’s Worth It a Guilford DAY initiative.  Activities will be a performance on stage, inflatables, ice cream from Ashleys and more!  Park Street will be utilized for a “trunk or treat”.  Please register your families, organizations, businesses “trunk” to be part of this wonderful community event. To register a “trunk” for this event please go online to guilfordparkrec.com (program #41106).  For more information contact Ellen @ (203) 453-8068.

Posted on August 12th, 2016

​NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (August 8, 2016) – Connex Credit Union is seeking an ambitious communications, marketing or public relations student to join their team as the Vice President (VP) of Unbanking. This program is a paid marketing internship entering its seventh year and is highly-regarded for its ability to provide students with a relevant professional opportunity in an ambassador role.  This internship is open to all enthusiastic local sophomores, juniors or seniors, currently enrolled in the previously-listed (or similar) majors, who desire to be part of a dynamic marketing department offering real-world experience unlike any other internship.
“With our Vice President of Unbanking program, we have had the pleasure of watching ambitious students develop into true business professionals ready to tackle any challenge after graduating,” said Louise Nestor, director of marketing, Connex Credit Union. “We are proud to offer an opportunity that garners real world understanding and serves as a prominent addition to the résumé of those who participate.”
The primary function of this position is to assist Connex in adhering to its mission statement, “Improving the lives of our members, one member at a time.” This program will run from Sept. 2016 through April 2017 and the VP of Unbanking is required to have a minimum of 15 hours of availability each week.
Key responsibilities of the VP of Unbanking include:
Be exposed to and participate in every aspect of a working marketing department including direct mail, digital marketing, social media, on and off site events, and other duties as assignedDevelop social media programs and content for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and bloggingAssist in the development of other marketing programs and projectsParticipate in weekly marketing meetingsInteract with Connex Credit Union’s advertising and public relations agency as neededParticipate in special events and grassroots marketing effortsHave a flexible schedule. Hours will be primarily during the day, however candidate should be available for occasional evening and weekend events.Be willing to think outside the box and develop the position into your ownGenerate new ideas and think strategically
Track and analyze results on all internship driven projects 
All applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Windows and Office, as well as social media. The VP of Unbanking is expected to also have a willingness to continually learn and participate.
Discussion of compensation and hours will occur during interviews. In addition to payment, the VP of Unbanking may also receive school credit.
“VP of Unbanking is undoubtedly a title that will spark conversation during future interviews, and obtaining the relevant experience to accompany it will commence our interns on a path to career success,” added Nestor.
All those looking to apply should promptly send appropriate materials to connex_marketing@connexcu.org or mail to Roquita Johnson, Connex Credit Union, P.O. Box 477, North Haven, CT 06473. Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday August 31, 2016.
Please be advised: This is a marketing internship, and only students in the aforementioned majors will be considered.
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 August 11th, 2016

HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT (August 10, 2016) – Building on a relationship that dates back more than two decades, Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists (COS), has announced a new scholarship fund  and support agreement with Quinnipiac University. COS has been a long-time supporter of Quinnipiac University School of Health Science and now has expanded its relationship to include the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.
“Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists is proud to be a supporter of the Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine,” stated Glenn Elia, Chief Executive Officer at COS. “We give our financial support, professional time, and clinical expertise to their students and are excited to see them mature, give back to the community, and become a part of the health care delivery system in Connecticut.”
According to Mr. Elia, under the terms of the new agreement, COS will provide $250,000 over five years to support scholarships at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. A portion of the donated funds will also be used to attract students into the program. COS will also provide orthopaedic surgeons to instruct students in labs, teach seminars and mentor students who are doing honors research. Students will also be able to access COS facilities for learning opportunities as well. Other COS providers, including physician assistants, physical therapists and occupational therapists, will also provide support and instruction at the university as needed.
“The most important thing that COS offers to the medical school is the opportunity for our students to interact with their surgeons,” stated Dr. Bruce Koeppen, Founding Dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. “COS has been a great supporter of the programs at Quinnipiac University, particularly Health Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing. We are looking forward to being part of that as a medical school.”
“It’s important for us because they are training with us and many come back and work for us,” noted Diane Griffin, Director of Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at COS and graduate of Quinnipiac University, on the benefits of the relationship for both COS and students. “It's important for them because we provide an orthopaedic outpatient environment for them to practice in.” COS currently has ten physical therapists on staff who are graduates of Quinnipiac University.
Another aspect of the long-term commitment of COS to Quinnipiac University is its support of athletic programs. Currently, Dr. David Cohen, an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at COS, serves as orthopaedic team doctor for the Quinnipiac University men’s and women’s hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams. Dr. Cohen attends games, provides clinics and treats injured players at COS facilities.
About
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 nonsurgical 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 21 affiliated locations scattered about southern CT along the I-91 and I-95 corridors with in-house physical therapy, three OrthoNOW orthopaedic walk-in centers, two MRI centers providing in-house diagnostic testing and its own state-of-the-art surgical center.

Posted on August 10th, 2016

​Seeking a new Branch Manager for its Orange, Conn. branch, Connex Credit Union has selected to promote Assistant Branch Manager Michelle Panzo. Panzo has had involvement with nearly every facet of the credit union and has been part of the Connex family since beginning her tenure more than 25 years ago.
Panzo began her Connex career in 1988 as a full-time teller before progressing to a service coordinator. She obtained leadership functions when she oversaw all branch staff in her position as cashier, and in her eventual role as mortgage coordinator in the consumer lending department in 1995. She spent more than a decade in this department eventually serving as consumer loan officer from 2002 through 2007. Panzo leveraged her success in these ventures to transition back into branch work as an Assistant Branch Manager, a position she has held at nearly every Connex branch. She has been an Assistant Branch Manager for nearly ten years and was most recently stationed at the Orange Branch prior to her promotion to Branch Manager.
As Branch Manager, Panzo will be dedicated to helping Connex adhere to its mission statement, “Improving the lives of our members, one member at a time.” In this role, she will be expected to provide outstanding service to all members, find solutions for their financial needs and ultimately improve their fiscal lives. Panzo will also be heavily involved with business development to assist Connex with continuing its branch growth and increasing profitability. 
 “Michelle has been a valued member of Connex for nearly three decades and we are confident that her demonstrated member advocacy, work ethic and personality will allow her to succeed in her new role as branch manager and lead our mission to improve our members’ financial lives in the Orange Branch,” said Jason Rochefort, assistant vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union.
Panzo graduated from the University of New Haven with a degree in political science, but shifted to a financial field when she discovered helping people improve their fiscal situation better suited her personality. In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining friends at her home, crafting and spending time with her dog Roxanne.
In 2015, Panzo coached the winning contestant of ConneXfactor, Connex’s highly-regarded financial fitness competition.
For more info on Connex Credit Union please visit connexcu.org

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 August 9th, 2016

​Guilford, CT — Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of the ceramic works of Jasmine Gonzalez, the Center’s Resident Potter since January, 2015. The exhibition is on view in the gallery August 12-September 4, 2016, with a closing reception on Thursday, September 1, 5-7pm.
 
Gonzalez creates a balance of functional pottery as well as more conceptual works. Her work’s inspiration flows from the relationships she's created with the colorful people she meets as well as the natural environments we inhabit personally and communally. She is using both high fire and low fire clay in electric and atmospheric firing processes at Guilford Art Center as well as incorporating some other media such as wood, wire, sea shells, and plants to accentuate the ideas being portrayed in her upcoming solo show in early August.
 
Gonzalez received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School in 2014, with a major in Ceramics and Sculpture and a minor in Art History. She has been the first person to serve in the newly-created Resident Potter position, and this exhibition is the culmination of her work during her time at the Center. In her capacity, Gonzalez has been responsible for working with pottery students, overseeing the facility's studio practice times, and providing inspiration through her presence and her own creativity. The position is designed to provide the Resident with time and space to develop their own ceramic art while contributing to the workings of a communal pottery studio.  
 
Says Gonzalez: "Make every thing you touch like its the last thing you'll make...and make it for the whole world to see it!"
 
Jasmine Gonzalez: Resident Potter is on view August 12-September 4, 2016; Closing Reception on Thursday, September 1, 5-7pm, free and open to the public. Guilford Art Center Gallery and Shop hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm.
 
For more information, please visit www.guilfordartcenter.org or call (203-453-5947.

Posted on August 9th, 2016

​Guilford, CT —Registration is open for fall classes and workshops at Guilford Art Center.  Classes are offered for youth (ages 2 ½ and older) and adults.  The fall semester runs from September 12 – November 18.
 
In addition to all of the standard classes across mediums, there are a wide range of new and seasonally-offered classes. 
 
New adult classes include a “Sweater Chop Shop;” Encaustic Workshop; Intro to Carbon Steel Jewelry (in the forge); Mixed Media Fiber Techniques Workshop; Monitored Life Drawing; and a Stained Glass Ornament and Wreaths Workshop.
 
New children’s classes include Unified Art: Creating Art Together; After School Animation: Stop-Motion Narrative; and Young Clothing Designers.
 
New teen classes include Introduction to Digital Sculpting and Teen Art Lab. 
 
Also new this semester!  Free bus service to Guilford Art Center is available for Guilford middle and high school students directly from schools for weekday classes.   Students should check with their school office for more details.
 
Registration is available online at www.guilfordartcenter.org or by calling (203) 453-5947. 
 
For more information contact Guilford Art Center at www.guilfordartcenter.org or 203-453-5947.

Posted on August 3rd, 2016

​Students, members and staff of Vista Life Innovations, a community-based program for individuals with disabilities, worked together to help stock the shelves at the Guilford Food Bank.
 
Five boxes worth of food, household and personal care items were recently donated to the food bank following a month-long collection drive organized by Vista. The drive, which focused on items of particular need at the food bank, was also supported by local residents.
 
Community involvement is integral to Vista’s philosophy. Vista staff, students and members strive to be active and supportive members of the shoreline community by volunteering at local events, hosting food drives for various pantries, organizing American Red Cross blood drives on Vista’s campuses, and more.
 
With campuses in Madison, Westbrook and Guilford, Vista has been providing services and resources to individuals with disabilities for over 26 years.

Posted on July 25th, 2016

​Smiles, laughter and tears of joy were a common sight at the Westbrook High School auditorium on July 15 as 15 students from Vista Life Innovations—a nationally accredited education program for individuals with disabilities—celebrated the start of a new life chapter during a graduation ceremony.
 
Graduation is a significant milestone in the lives of Vista students that acknowledges the independence and success they worked hard to achieve in the Discover Program, Vista’s transitional program. More than 175 people attended this year’s ceremony, including family, friends, community members and elected officials.
 
“I’m extremely confident in what you’re going to accomplish going forward as you move into this new phase of life,” state Rep. Devin Carney (23rd District) told the graduates. “There’s really no end to your possibilities, so go forth into the world and do wonderful things.”
 
Joining Carney at the ceremony were state Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (101st District) and state Rep. Sean Scanlon (98th District), who was there in his capacity as Director of Community Affairs for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.
 
This year’s commencement speech was delivered by Keynote Speaker Joseph Comerford, executive director of the Estuary Transit District. Comerford, who began his career with the ETD in 2009, became a friend and supporter of Vista after getting to know the many students and members who utilize the 9 Town Transit buses daily.
 
“I have the pleasure of working with Vista staff and members on a regular basis,” Comerford said. “They add to our community with their strong sense of giving back and are a part of what makes the shoreline a great place to live.”
 
In addition to a Certificate of Graduation, each student received a letter from Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop; certificates from Sen. Murphy and Congressman Joe Courtney; and an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. (12th District), Sen. Art Linares (33rd District), Rep. Jesse MacLachlan (35th District), Rep. Kokoruda and Rep. Carney.
 
With campuses in Madison, Westbrook and Guilford, Vista has been providing services and resources to individuals with disabilities for over 26 years.

Posted on July 21st, 2016

​2016 Shakespeare and Human Nature is an expanded initiative to complement and support the current summer flagship program of Shakespeare on the Shoreline. Through a multi-tiered educational approach this programming will reach audiences of varying ages, schooling and income, targeting specific demographics including those with disabilities. It is designed to provide opportunities to think, explore and learn more about ourselves, our community and issues facing us today through the study and interpretation of live performances, community forums, and theatrical training opportunities. The targeted projects will focus on personal development of the individual through the unique educational value of a performing arts experience, will foster a life-long love of live theatre and a deeper appreciation of the arts, will build awareness of diversity within the community and will encourage greater participation and attendance at the annual Shakespeare on the Shoreline production. This multi-tiered approach has been made possible with a grant of $24,872 from CT Humanities.
According to Eric Dillner, CEO/Executive Director, “The mission of 2016 Shakespeare and Human Nature coupled with the existing Shakespeare on the Shoreline program ties directly to the mission of CT Humanities and deepens Shoreline Arts Alliance's mission to educate, encourage, enrich and engage through the arts, culture and heritage and as an economic driver for the region by providing summer jobs and revenue to artists, and local businesses. The 2016 project expands our efforts to unite the Shoreline community through theatre by presenting inclusive creative experiences that will foster friendships and open communications for participants of all ages and abilities.”
The 2016 Shakespeare on the Shoreline programming will include: (1) Rising Stars Summer Theatre Camp for ages 7-17 offering two one-week sessions; (2) Daytime performances and talk-backs of Gulliver’s Travels this summer’s production for young children and their families, including a Sensory Friendly performance; (3)Round Table Shakespeare Forums at public locations and Assisted Living centers. These will be facilitated by members of the cast and the artistic director (Emily Mattina). For those clients who are unable to attend a performance on the Green these round tables will provide stimulating discussion on the
program; (4) Expanded number of evenings of pre and post show talk backs to all five nights with the director and cast and provide an American sign interpreter for these discussions on Wednesday and Sunday evening; (5) Provide an American sign interpreter (August 3 and 7), large print and braille programs and assisted listening devices for the hearing and visually impaired; (6) Increase the post show lighting on the Green to make exiting the Green safer for all in attendance.
Admission to the Main Stage production, the forums as well as to the talk backs is free and open to all. They will provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of the language, themes, plots and characterization in Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona to enhance the comprehension and enjoyment of the main stage production. The format will be informal ‘round table’ discussion between artistic staff and audience.
Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities which funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. Connecticut Humanities brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.
Founded in 1980, Shoreline Arts Alliance is the “go to” source for the best arts, entertainment, and cultural activities for people of all ages along the central coastal region of Connecticut. As a Local Arts Agency of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Shoreline Arts Alliance is responsible for serving the broad cultural sector within the region and making the arts a part of the daily fabric of community life. Visit www.shorelinearts.org for more information on the Shakespeare on the Shoreline project or other services and programs of Shoreline Arts Alliance.