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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 connexcu.org 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 connexcu.org.

Posted on August 16th, 2016

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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 www.blackstonelibrary.org.
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 www.blackstonelibrary.org.
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.

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.