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Posted on September 30th, 2016

Posted on September 30th, 2016

Take Control of your Financial Future with FREE Workshops This October
Provided by Connex Credit Union, these no-obligation seminars are open to members and non-members

Connex Credit Union, one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions, hosts a series of free, no-obligation financial education workshops for both members and non-members throughout the year as part of its ConnexCares initiative. These highly-regarded workshops have assisted many attendees in taking the first steps toward controlling their fiscal situation and progressing on their quest for financial independence.  Taught by industry professionals and brimming with valuable information, these workshops are designed to help consumers learn about important financial topics and discover how to set and achieve financial goals.
 “Steering Toward Retirement with Individual Retirement Accounts” will be presented by Connex Investment and Retirement Services Representative William DeBille who has nearly three decades of financial planning experience. It will cover the different types of Individual Retirement Accounts and which one is best suited for you. This discussion will be particularly beneficial to those who have not yet contributed to their financial futures.  This meeting will take place Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“First Time Homebuyer” was created to help make sense of the generally intimidating process of purchasing a home. This seminar will cover the homebuying process from start to finish and guests will leave with a newfound understanding of what to expect when acquiring their first home. This workshop will take place Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The October workshop series will conclude with “Online Security” presented by Connex Information Technology Network Engineer Mohammad Usman. Attendees will learn how to protect personal data online, prevent viruses, avoid phishing scams and more. This seminar will take place Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
All of these workshops take place at Connex Credit Union’s North Haven Branch located at 412 Washington Avenue. Additionally, for those unable to attend in person, online versions of the seminars will be available via WebEx.
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 September 29th, 2016

Branford, Conn: Blackstone Library’s fall fundraiser, CaddyStacks at Blackstone, returns for a second year. The library is installing an 18-hole mini golf course for all ages to play. On November 25, 26, and 27, 2016, everyone is invited to take a swing in the stacks.
The 18 greens and holes of the course will wind throughout the library, between the stacks and down stairs, on all three levels. Putters, balls, and scorecards will be provided to players, and favors and prizes will be offered throughout the course. A flat $5 admission fee applies to all daytime golfers, making this an affordable family outing and a great opportunity to support the Blackstone Library. Tickets are available online or at the door the day of the event. Visit for more information.
The mini golf event is not just for kids. On Saturday evening, there will be a special adults-only event, the 19th Hole Party. The event includes the opportunity to play the entire 18-hole course, an open bar with craft beer provided by Stony Creek Brewery and wine, finger foods, and prize drawings. Tickets for the adult event are $50 per person, or $150 per foursome and are on sale now. Purchase tickets online or at the library in advance.
Sponsorships of mini golf holes are still available. Approximately 500 individuals are expected to play at CaddyStacks, and since the library will be open, hundreds more will witness the fun – and see sponsor logos. Logos will be displayed at the sponsored hole and organizations will have the opportunity to decorate and place obstacles on their green. This is a great opportunity for businesses, organizations, or individuals to support the library and receive valuable community exposure. Sponsors include: Andy McKirdy & Attorney Robin Bruce Sandler, Connex Credit Union, Guilford Savings Bank, Matthew Hughes of Weichert Realtors, Michael Horton Associates, and Susan Barnes. For more information and to secure your sponsorship, please contact Katy Dillman at or 203.488.1441, ext. 313.
The funds raised by the CaddyStacks at Blackstone event will be used by the library to continue to enhance its mission of providing essential access to information, resources, and unique shared experiences to help ensure Branford is an educated and enriched community. Innovative programs such as “Math Matters” and “3D File Creation & Printing” for children, which incorporate stories and hands-on projects to reinforce the connections between the sciences, the arts, and literacy, and crucial services such as free computer classes, which help adult job seekers gain the skills they need for today’s workforce, are made possible with support from the community.

Posted on September 29th, 2016

​Blackstone Library October 2016 Events
All events are free & open to the public

Computer & E-mail Basics
BRANFORD: First-time computer users will learn common computer terms and features and will create an email account. Feel free to bring your own laptop or to use one of ours. No prior experience with computers is necessary. Takes place at the Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Thursday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Writing Short Stories
BRANFORD: Learn the basics of crafting short stories from understanding elements of plot to creating dynamic characters. Writing will be shared and discussed in friendly, constructive workshop settings throughout the class. Presented by Sarah Bradley. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22 at 10:00 a.m. To RSVP call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit

VNA Flu Clinic
BRANFORD: All vaccines administered by licensed & experienced nurses from VNA Community Healthcare. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Friday, October 14 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Art of Edgar Degas
BRANFORD: Professor Joy Pepe presents a lecture on the art of Edgar Degas, a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. Takes place at the Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441-318.

A Supernatural Evening with Trance Medium
BRANFORD: Leader of the New Haven & Guilford ghost tours, Chrystyne McGrath, discusses the difference between ghosts & spirits, shares stories of clearings of local homes, & tells scary stories of CT hauntings.  Chrystyne is a Trance Medium, Dowser, Reiki Master and Energy Bring your photos, objects and questions to this fun event! Takes place at the Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Free. TO RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit

Posted on September 28th, 2016

​WALK for Vista Fundraiser Returns to Madison Oct. 30
Area residents can enjoy the health benefits of walking while making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities during the WALK for Vista in Madison on Oct. 30.
The WALK for Vista is an annual event that raises funds and awareness for Vista Life Innovations, a post-secondary program supporting individuals with disabilities. Proceeds from the WALK benefit Vista’s programs and services, as well as the Ed Gallant Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship opportunities to Vista’s students and members.
Participants can enjoy a 3 or 5 mile walk through Madison’s idyllic downtown and shoreline neighborhoods. Both routes start and end at Vista’s Madison Campus on Bradley Road and are suitable for people of all abilities and ages. Dogs are also welcome.
This year’s event will feature raffle giveaways, team prizes and entertainment. Valley Shore YMCA will lead a group warm-up and the Lancraft Fife and Drum Corps will be on site to kick off the event.
Start or join a team today. Registration is available online at

Posted on September 26th, 2016

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