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Posted on October 18th, 2016

​Guilford Human Services Network
The Network provides an opportunity for area human services
agencies to connect, share information, and collaborate to
better serve Guilford residents.
GHSN Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday October 19, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Nathanael Greene Community Center
32 Church St., Guilford 
Welcome and BreakfastPresentation:  Richard Porth, President and CEO of United Way of Connecticut, will present the findings of the 2016 ALICE Report on households that have earnings that exceed the Federal Poverty Level but fall short of a basic cost of living threshold. (ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). This detailed analysis and data helps to explain why so many in Connecticut are struggling, and can help to inform your organization's workNetworkingNext Meetings:
March 2017 – Legislators’ Breakfast (Date TBD)May 3, 2017 
Agencies are encouraged to bring handouts to share. 
Sponsored by the Guilford Foundation, Guilford Human Services Council, Guilford Youth & Family Services and Guilford Social Services

Posted on October 18th, 2016

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For tickets for the 19th Hole Party, the adult event, can be purchased by clicking on the link below:

Posted on October 17th, 2016

Guilford Art Center announces its free observation week for all classes, Nov 7-12, 2016.  All classes are open to the public and no registration is required

“Picture Yourself at GAC” Week
Guilford, CT –Guilford Art Center will open its classrooms to anyone who would like to visit and observe a class for FREE during the week of Monday, November 7 – Saturday, November 12, 2016.  The public is invited to see the studios, meet instructors and fellow students, and experience the class environment at GAC.  Classes are offered for adults and children in a range of mediums, including blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber arts, metalsmithing, painting, drawing and more. 
“So many people are curious about taking classes here, but are sometimes nervous or intimidated about getting started because they don’t know what a class will be like,” says Maureen Belden, GAC Executive Director.  “We want to give people the opportunity to sit through a class, so they can literally picture themselves as a student at GAC and get really comfortable with that.  We know they’ll discover this is a very warm and welcoming place to learn, explore and have a lot of fun with a great group of people.” 
All GAC class information can be found online at  No registration or payment is necessary for class observation, however, people should contact the office to make sure a class is running. 
Note: This opportunity is valid for one week (Nov 7-12) for classes only (no workshops).   
For more information contact the Guilford Art Center at 203.453.5947, email, or visit the website  

Posted on October 17th, 2016

Posted on October 14th, 2016

​Pearce Observes Day of Caring at New Haven Land Trust
16th Consecutive Year of Company-wide Volunteerism in Community
North Haven, CT (October 14, 2016) – For the 16th consecutive year, Pearce Real Estate employees and agents recently participated in its annual Day of Caring.  Company offices were closed and all official work was stopped as the Pearce workforce focused its attention on service to the community. This year, Pearce chose to volunteer its time and efforts to the New Haven Land Trust (NHLT).  
“Giving back to the community is inherent in our culture,” said Barbara L. Pearce, CEO and President of Pearce Real Estate, who led the Company’s presence at the New Haven Land Trust community garden on Grand Avenue, New Haven.  “Some of the Pearce team are weekend gardeners, some are not experts but all are committed to the task of giving a helping hand to a local organization which cares and makes the community more vibrant. As always, it was a great day for us that ended with a sense of accomplishment for what we did, and appreciation we felt by the gratitude expressed by officials at New Haven Land Trust,” she added. 
Under the director of Bradley Fleming, NHLT’s Community Farms Manager, the Pearce volunteers cut down trees, pulled old plants, refreshed raised beds, painted boards, re-positioned soil, did general cleanup and even performed some clerical work.  Justin Elicker, Executive Director of New Haven Land Trust, addressed the group and thanked them for their service. He reiterated the mission of NHLT which is to provide community gardening spaces, to preserve open spaces and to educate New Haven resident about the environment.   For more information about New Haven Land Trust, please go to
Pearce Real Estate is a full-service real estate company with more than 100 agents and eight branch offices in greater New Haven and the Shoreline. Corporate offices are located in North Haven, where the company was founded in 1958.  Commercial real estate offices are located in North Haven, Milford and Rocky Hill.  All listings can be found in color on the web at:  For a view of our Day of Caring 2016 and comments from Barbara Pearce and Justin Elicker, please also go to “See What’s Trending Now” on the home page of our web site 

Posted on October 14th, 2016

​Every Penny Counts: Connex Credit Union’s Coins-for-Change Program
Improves the Surrounding Community with your Spare Change
Don’t miss your last chance to donate and help make a difference in 2016.
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 13, 2016) – Connecticut residents are invited to check between their couch cushions, or under the seat in their car, and join Connex Credit Union in its quest to convert neglected spare change into a beneficial contribution for deserving charities. These contributions are made through the Coins-for-Change program as part of ConnexCares, Connex Credit Union’s philanthropic program.
Sorting, counting and wrapping coins can be a nuisance, but coin-counting machines can make the task quick and easy. Unlike most machines that charge high fees and profit from them, Connex donates one hundred percent of its modest fees to various community organizations each quarter. Connex’s coin-counting machines charge a five percent fee to Connex members and a seven percent fee to non-members and every penny goes towards a worthy charity via the Coins-for-Change program. Those looking to participate can find coin-counting machines at four Connex branches in Guilford, Hamden, Meriden and North Haven.
 “It brings me great joy to witness the immense success that Coins-for-Change has already experienced in 2016 by donating thousands of dollars to help our friends and neighbors in the communities we serve,” said Carl J. Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “We would like to stress that this opportunity is available to non-members in addition to our regular patrons. By working together, we can continue this success and improve the lives of those benefiting from these charities.“
Connex is proud to announce the charities that will receive donations from its Coins-for-Change program during the final quarter of 2016.
From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016, members and non-members can donate by visiting:
Connex’s Guilford Branch located at 849 Boston Post Road to donate to FISH of Greater New HavenConnex’s Hamden Branch located at 2100 Dixwell Ave. to donate to  Community PlatesConnex’s Meriden Branch located at 533 S. Broad St. (Townline Square) to donate to Operation FuelConnex’s North Haven Branch located at 412 Washington Ave. to donate to Wags 4 HopeFISH of Greater New Haven delivers free groceries to individuals and families who are homebound and cannot get to the grocery store. This includes the elderly, disabled and those undergoing major medical treatments.
Community Plates rescues food from partner sites such as grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants that would be typically wasted and provides it to people who face hunger. Repurposing this food helps solve food insecurity while simultaneously reducing the amount of unnecessarily discarded food.
Operation Fuel is a nonprofit organization that works statewide in Connecticut to ensure low and moderate income families have access to year-round energy assistance. Funds raised through Coins-for-Change would help support the energy assistance program.
Wags 4 Hope raises awareness about heartworm disease, supports shelter animals' medical needs and encourages responsible pet ownership.  These donations would go towards payment for heartworm disease treatment and other important medical procedures required to help deserving animals be happy and healthy again.
If you’d like to learn more about Coins-for-Change, or any of the other charitable ConnexCares initiatives, please visit
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 46,000 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 October 13th, 2016

​Susan Bader Named a CFO of the Year
Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists (COS) has announced that its Chief Financial Officer, Susan Bader, has been named a Fairfield County CFO of the Year by the Fairfield County Business Journal. “We are thrilled to have Susan’s nationally recognized talent and experience acknowledged in this market,” stated Glenn Elia, CEO of Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists. “She is an instrumental part of our efforts to bring a new level of orthopaedic innovation and convenience to Southern Connecticut.”
The award recognizes the best financial decision-makers working in Fairfield County and examines how these CFOs and financial leaders make the most of business challenges through innovation and transformation. Ms. Bader and the other winners will be honored at an event on October 18th.
At COS, Ms. Bader has seen the practice grow into one of the largest independent orthopaedic practices in Connecticut with more than 50 physician specialists, 600 employees and 23 locations in Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties. She is currently playing a key role in a new COS campus under construction in Wallingford as well as a new office to open in Fairfield proper in 2017.
According to Mr. Elia, Ms. Bader played a key role in merging four other orthopaedic groups into the COS practice and in integrating and training team members. She possesses more than 20 years of experience in all areas of accounting and finance, including five years as Director of Finance for Gap, Inc. She then assumed the role of CFO for U.S. Office Products division, McWhorter’s, Inc. in San Jose, California, with sales of $100 million and 700+ employees. Prior to joining COS in 2011, Ms. Bader served as CFO for OR&L Facility Services, Inc. with offices in Branford, Connecticut, and Winter Park, Florida.
A Connecticut native who currently resides in Madison, Ms. Bader obtained a bachelor of arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She began her MBA program at the University of Connecticut and then moved to San Francisco, where she completed her course work at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Posted on October 12th, 2016

Connex Credit Union to Award $3,000 to ConneXfactor
Grand Prize Winner at Special Culmination Ceremony on Oct. 12

$1,500 in additional prizes will also be distributed during the celebration at Connex’s Hamden Branch
WHAT:  The winners of the ConneXfactor financial fitness competition will be announced at a special ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Connex Credit Union’s Hamden Branch located at 2100 Dixwell Ave.
The grand prize winner will be awarded a check worth $3,000. First place and second place will receive $1,000 and $500 respectively

Now in its third season, ConneXfactor is a highly-regarded financial fitness competition where five individuals dedicate six months to see who can improve their overall fiscal situation the most. Each participant was assigned a committed ConneXfactor financial advisor who served as a coach providing real-life guidance and financial tips to help the contestants set, and in most cases, exceed financial goals.
Every participant benefits from tangible modifications to their financial lives including learning techniques for budgeting, reducing debt, developing a savings and more. Every contestant leaves ConneXfactor with a newfound wealth of fiscal knowledge and a better outlook on their economic futures.
The ConneXfactor ceremony will also feature a brief speaking portion. The speaking agenda will begin at 6:15 p.m. and proceed as follows:
Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit UnionFrank Mancini, president and chief executive officer, Connex Credit Union 

When:                  6:00 p.m. (Media encouraged to arrive early)
                              Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Where:                Connex Credit Union – Hamden Branch
                             2100 Dixwell Ave.
                              Hamden, CT 06514
Media:  Interview opportunities are available with ConneXfactor participants and their coaches, as well as, Vice President of Customer Advocacy Carl Casper and Chief Executive Officer and President Frank Mancini

​Contact:               Matt Szatkowski
                                Mason, Inc.
                                (203) 393-1101 x162
                                (203) 824-6606 (cell phone)

Posted on October 11th, 2016

​Private vendor tables are still available at $35 per table; to reserve, call the Guilford Park & Rec at 203-453-8086.      
This event is for the entire family - there is something for everyone

Posted on October 10th, 2016

​VNA Community Healthcare was recently named a national best practice agency by Fazzi Associates because of their proven leadership and excellence in patient experience and satisfaction with services received.

​“This level of success is commendable and is deserving of recognition and we (Fazzi Associates) are pleased to present VNA Community Healthcare with the Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction, states Gina Mazza, Partner, Director of Regulatory and Compliance Services at Fazzi Associates.  She added, “This is a significant accomplishment that VNA Community Healthcare’s employees should be incredibly proud of.”

The Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction was based on comparative analysis of other home healthcare agencies, VNA Community Healthcare’s overall satisfaction and likelihood of recommending survey questions place the nonprofit agency in the top 25% of Fazzi’s National Patient Satisfaction database.

VNA Community Healthcare, with offices in Guilford and Hamden, is a nonprofit, home healthcare agency that provides nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapies; mental health; and maternal child health in 35 towns throughout New Haven and Middlesex counties. In 2015, VNA Community Healthcare’s visiting staff helped 6,200 patients. They also offer free or low cost community wellness, health and family caregiver support programs.  For more information call their toll free Helpline at 1.866.474.5230 or visit

About Fazzi AssociatesFazzi Associates, parent company of Fazzi Healthcare Services, was founded in 1978. Its headquarters are in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is the largest outsourced ICD coding service provider in the US market. Fazzi’s mission is to make a real difference in healthcare by strengthening the quality, value and impact of home care, hospice and community based services.