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Posted on April 13th, 2018


Posted on April 13th, 2018


Posted on April 13th, 2018


Posted on April 13th, 2018

Madison, CT – March 20, 2018 – Madison Lyric Stage, an award-winning, professional theater company serving the Connecticut Shoreline, announced that its first production of the 2018 season will be John Pielmeier’s religious thriller Agnes of God.
 
The drama will run for six performances April 20–29 at the MLS ‘black box’ theater at the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society located at 297 Boston Post Road in Madison, CT.  Show times are 7:30 for performances Friday – Saturday, and 4:00 on Sundays.
 
Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist is charged with assessing the sanity of a young novice, Agnes, who is accused of murdering her newborn. Mother Miriam Ruth, the Superior, determinedly shields young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? 
 
Agnes insists that the child was a virgin conception and Mother Miriam insists on the possibility of miracles. Livingstone, a confirmed atheist with a difficult religious past, insistently pushes Agnes with questions, which leads to explosive revelations.
 
Based on a true story, Agnes of God is a Tony Award-winning play and Oscar-winning film.
 
“I have always been fascinated by Agnes of God and its questions about faith and miracles,” said Marc Deaton, artistic director of Madison Lyric Stage.  “Are miracles still possible in our modern age; do events happen that are unexplainable; and what do we allow ourselves to believe?”
 
Agnes of God features Maureen Gallagher at Dr. Livingstone, Julia Lennon as Agnes, and Emma Palzere-Rae as Mother Miriam.  Ms. Palzere-Rae is appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.  The play will also feature a choir of six.  Marc Deaton directs.
 
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at madisonlyricstage.org or by calling 203-215-6329.  Season subscriptions are also still available at $90 for three productions.

Madison Lyric Stage will also present the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical comedy Company in July and the Benjamin Britten suspense opera The Turn of the Screw in October.  For the first time, the company will produce, in May, a young artist production of the Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell.
 
Madison Lyric Stage is a recent winner of a Broadwayworld Connecticut award for its 2017 production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
 
Madison Lyric Stage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity and arts collective for the Shoreline of Connecticut.  Its mission is to present affordable, professional-quality entertainment from the worlds of opera, musical theater and drama.  Past productions include:  A Little Night Music, Blithe Spirit, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Macbeth, Peter Grimes, Salome, The Glass Menagerie, and many others. 

For more information about Madison Lyric Stage, visit madisonlyricstage.org.

Posted on April 13th, 2018

Professional session open to both members and non-members

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (April 11, 2018) - Connex Credit Union announces free homebuyer workshop available in April. Join Connex for what to expect when buying your first home. You do not need to be a member of the credit union to attend this session.

The workshop entitled “Buying Your First Home” is led by Connex mortgage loan consultant Mark Frank, who will cover the basics of the home buying process from start to finish and what to expect when buying your first home. “Buying Your First Home” will take place Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Connex’s North Haven Branch located at 412 Washington Avenue. Connex encourages guests to attend in person, however, a simulcast webinar is available for those unable to be present during this session.

The seminar is free, and registration is required. Please visit connexcu.org or  call 1-800-CR-UNION (1-800-278-6466) to reserve your space. During this process, you will select if you plan to attend in person or via webinar. The workshops are open to both members and non-members of the credit union as a part of Connex’s commitment to the community.

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 50,000 members at seven 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. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex, or Fairfield Counties. For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org
 

Posted on April 6th, 2018

​Branford, CT March 27, 2018 - The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce announces the 6th Annual Chili Challenge for a Cause is returning to the Branford Green. The event is scheduled for Saturday April 7 from noon – 3pm. The event is a competition between local Branford restaurants – each of the restaurant Chefs will be cooking for a charity of their choice. Each restaurant chef will be setup in an indoor location around the Branford Green. This event encourages the attendees to stop by local merchants and businesses that they may never have visited in the past. 

Attendees of the event will pay $10 to stroll Main Street, Sample each Chili and Vote for their favorite. Some attendees will vote for their favorite tasting chili where as others might vote for the chef that is cooking for their favorite charity. It is a fun filled afternoon as many of the charities are out in full force trying to sway the voters. In the end, votes are counted, and the winning chef will be awarded a trophy “Shoreline’s Best Chili 2018” and a donation will be made to the winning chef’s charity of choice. This event is truly a community coming together as it helps to promote our local restaurants, local merchants and local charities.
Last year this event attracted over 600 people.
  
About the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce:

The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the economic success of its member businesses covering Guilford, Branford and North Branford. The Chamber provides opportunities for business marketing and professional development, raises awareness of government issues that impact business and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life on Connecticut’s Shoreline.
 
For more information about the Chamber call (203) 488-5500 or visit our website at www.ShorelineChamberCT.com

Posted on April 6th, 2018

 
Guilford, CT – Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo will bring more than 180 nationally-recognized craft artists to the scenic and historic Guilford Green on July 13-15, 2018. This year marks the 61st anniversary of Craft Expo, which is Connecticut’s premier outdoor juried show of fine American craft. Artists from over 20 states will display and sell their high-quality, handmade work in a variety of media, including Clay, Glass, Leather, Metal and Non-Metal Jewelry, Wearable and Non-Wearable Fiber, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Soap and Wood. 
 
“The fact that we are celebrating 61 years as a successful event is a testament to the quality of the artists we bring in, as well as the support and appreciation of our wide community of supporters”, says Maureen Belden, Guilford Art Center Executive Director. “We’re excited to see the beautiful mix of traditional, cutting edge and innovative work from both established and emerging artists.”
 
In addition to fine craft, there are a variety of other activities that will interest and entertain attendees, including a Family Art Tent for young visitors, silent auction of exhibitor-donated work, live craft demonstrations by Guilford Art Center faculty and students, and sale of Guilford Art Center student work. Attendees can enjoy a snack or meal in the food truck area, which will also feature live musical entertainment throughout the weekend.
 
Craft Expo is the Guilford Art Center’s single most important fundraiser, providing proceeds that support all of its educational and community programming. It is also sponsored, in part, by Shore Publishing Newspapers, with additional support from WSHU Public Radio. 
 
Craft Expo 2018 hours: Friday, July 13, 12-8:30pm; Saturday, July 14, 10am-7pm; Sunday, July 15, 12-5pm.

Admission: Adults $9, Seniors $7, GAC Members, children under 12, and active military Free. Multi-day pass $15.
 
For more information, visit www.guilfordartcenter.org, www.facebook.com/guilfordartcenter, email expo@guilfordartcenter.org, or call (203) 453-5947.
 
All images courtesy of the artist:

Metal Woven Cuff Bracelet by Margaret Aden
“Irish Bells” Wood Sculpture by Richard Nolan
Raku Textured Crackle White Stoneware Bowl by Tim Scull
Sterling Leafed Waterfall Necklace by Virginia Stevens
Blue Glass and Metal Sculpture by Maria Livrone
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957. It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round. The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on April 5th, 2018

Exclusive Conference Hosts Elite Gathering of Nation’s Pre-eminent Independent Financial Advisors and Industry Decision Makers
 
Orlando, FL (March 16, 2018) — David F. LaMay, CFP ®, CPWA ® attended the tenth-annual Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.  The invitation-only conference was held at the JW Marriot in Orlando, FL – March 14-16, 2018.
 
Many of the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors in the U.S., as ranked and published in Barron’s August 28, 2017 issue, were in attendance. This annual ranking is the basis for the Top Independent Advisor’s Summit and the advisors are chosen based on the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams and the quality of the advisors’ practices.  The top 100 Independent Advisors are comprised of Registered Independent Advisors and Advisors from Independent Broker Dealers. A total of 400 elite advisors took part in the event.

“I was honored to have been invited to the Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit this year,” said Mr. LaMay.  “The Barron’s conferences are among the best in the i ndustry and the invitation to attend is testament to the service we provide our clients at Essex Financial.  This conference provides the highest quality education and information and as a result, our clients benefit.”

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Attendees conducted workshops led by the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors that explored current issues of importance ranging from portfolio construction and management to investing in overseas markets, managing risk, technology applications and client relations.

“Investors today are looking to generate income while protecting their portfolios against downside risk,” said Sterling Shea, Head of Advisory Programs. “These top-tier advisors have clients that depend on them to meet critical financial goals for themselves, their families, their businesses or their institutional funds. Advisors will leave this conference better equipped to do just that.”

Mr. LaMay was one of the 400 financial advisors who were either selected by Barron’s or their affiliated firm to participate in the event. 

Essex Financial is one of the leading independent financial advisory firms in the United States. Cited by numerous 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 please go to: http://www.essex.financial.
 


Posted on April 5th, 2018

Exclusive Conference Hosts Elite Gathering of Nation’s Pre-eminent Independent Financial Advisors and Industry Decision Makers
 
Orlando, FL (March 16, 2018) — Kevin Nolan, Financial Advisor attended the tenth-annual Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.  The invitation-only conference was held at the JW Marriot in Orlando, FL – March 14-16, 2018.

Many of the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors in the U.S., as ranked and published in Barron’s August 28, 2017 issue, were in attendance. This annual ranking is the basis for the Top Independent Advisor’s Summit and the advisors are chosen based on the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams and the quality of the advisors’ practices.  The top 100 Independent Advisors are comprised of Registered Independent Advisors and Advisors from Independent Broker Dealers. A total of 400 elite advisors took part in the event.
“The Barron’s conference is a prestigious event in our industry and it was an honor to represent Essex Financial,” said Mr. Nolan.  “The opportunity to attend is really a testament to our clients and the great team we have at Essex Financial”

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Attendees conducted workshops led by the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors that explored current issues of importance ranging from portfolio construction and management to investing in overseas markets, managing risk, technology applications and client relations.

“Investors today are looking to generate income while protecting their portfolios against downside risk,” said Sterling Shea, Head of Advisory Programs. “These top-tier advisors have clients that depend on them to meet critical financial goals for themselves, their families, their businesses or their institutional funds. Advisors will leave this conference better equipped to do just that.”

Kevin Nolan was one of the 400 financial advisors who were either selected by Barron’s or their affiliated firm to participate in the event. 

Essex Financial is one of the leading independent financial advisory firms in the United States. Cited by numerous 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 please go to: http://www.essex.financial.

Posted on April 4th, 2018