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Successful Aging to Be Topic of Next Art and Science of Graceful Aging Series

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BLOOMFIELD, CT, Oct. 23, 2014 – “Successful Aging – Lessons Learned” will be the subject of the November Art and Science of Graceful Aging series at Duncaster. The session will take place November 20 at 3:00 pm at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield. Attendance is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. The discussion will be led by Dr. Robert Scott Dicks, MD, Duncaster medical director, Chief of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and Director of the Geriatric Medicine Program at Hartford Hospital.

Dr. Dicks will present an overview on what successful aging is and how it can be achieved, stemming from his years of experience as a geriatrician. Dr. Dicks will also discuss how to successfully age without disease and disability while remaining active late into life.

The program is part of Duncaster’s “The Art and Science of Graceful Aging” which is presented to the community by Hartford HealthCare Medical Group. The series features notable physicians leading discussions on improving health and engaging in life.

To register, or for more information, contact Fran Kent at (860) 380-5006 or fKent@Duncaster.org.

Latino Endowment Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Event to Focus on English Language Learners and the Impact on Education and Workforce in our Region

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Latino Endowment Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Event to Focus on English Language Learners and the Impact on Education and Workforce in our Region

The Greater Hartford region is more ethnically and culturally diverse than at any time in our history. More than 100 different languages are spoken in homes throughout the region, bringing diversity to our schools and our communities. Unfortunately when examining education and work force data, English Language Learners are far behind their English speaking peers in terms of education attainment and income. The Latino Endowment Fund (LEF) at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is hosting an event which will focus on successful efforts to reduce these disparities and take advantage of how our diverse population has a positive impact on our communities and our economy. The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 29th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Junior Achievement of Southwest New England located on 70 Farmington Avenue, Hartford.

“The Latino Endowment Fund is extremely pleased to be hosting this important discussion on efforts to support English Language Learners in our communities,” said Luis Cabán, who serves as chair of the Latino Endowment Fund Steering Committee. “This event also provides us with an opportunity to reframe how we think about our increasingly global community and recognize the advantages of people speaking more than one language to enhance the richness of our community and create stronger links to the global marketplace.”

The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Sara Sneed, director of education investments at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The panelists include Robert Cotto, director of urban educational initiatives at Trinity College, Monica Quiñones, director of ELL services at Hartford Public Schools, and Andy Tyskiewicz, coordinator of community education at Capital Region Education Council (CREC).

To RSVP for the event log on to www.hfpg.org/events and enter code: LATINO, or call Kandianna Valiotis at (860) 548-1888 extension 1035.

The Latino Endowment Fund was founded in 2003 by Latino leaders in Greater Hartford to increase philanthropy in their community and to strengthen nonprofits working to improve the quality of life for Latino residents. Members examine issues affecting the Latino community and recommend grants from the fund to address those issues. For more information, contact Betty Ann Grady at 860-548-1888 or bagrady@hfpg.org or go to www.hfpg.org/latino.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, established in 1925, is the community foundation for 29 communities in the Hartford region. It is dedicated to putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities within the Greater Hartford region. It receives gifts from generous individuals, families and organizations, and in 2013 awarded grants of more than $29 million to a broad range of area nonprofits. For more information, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.

Successful Aging to Be Topic of Next Art and Science of Graceful Aging Series

October 24, 2014 Events No Comments

“Successful Aging” will be the subject of the November Art and Science of Graceful Aging series at Duncaster. The session will take place November 20 at 3:00 pm at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield. Attendance is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. The discussion will be led by Dr. Robert Scott Dicks, MD, Duncaster medical director, Chief of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and Director of the geriatric medicine program at Hartford Hospital.

Dr. Dicks will present an overview on what successful aging is and how it can be achieved. Dr. Dicks will also discuss how to successfully age without disease and disability while remaining active late into life.

The program is part of Duncaster’s “The Art and Science of Graceful Aging” which is presented to the community by Hartford HealthCare Medical Group. The series features notable physicians leading discussions on improving health and engaging in life.

To register, or for more information, contact Fran Kent at (860) 380-5006 or fKent@Duncaster.org.

New Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Joins Staff at The Gym

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BLOOMFIELD, CT, Oct. 22, 2014 – Personal trainer and nutritionist Robbin Cappa recently joined the staff of The Gym at Bloomfield Crossing in Bloomfield. She brings over a decade of healthcare, fitness and nutritional experience to the Bloomfield-based health club.

Cappa offers members individual personal training, TRX training, nutrition and meal planning consultation, body fat assessments, boot-camp style classes and orientation to the club’s fitness machines.

Cappa earned her certification as a personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also a Certified Health Educator and a Certified TRX trainer. She earned a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech and an Associated in Nursing from Goodwin College.

The GYM is a health club that offers state-of-the-art equipment and a team of fitness professionals for personalized attention. The club offers fitness classes seven days a week. including yoga, Zumba and Kickboxing. It also has state-of the-art work out equipment and a juice and shake bar. For more information see: www.thegymct.com

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Andrea Obston aobston@aomc.com
(860) 243-1447 (office) (860) 803-1155 (cell)
(860) 653-2712 (home)

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp to Give Celebratory Remarks at VNA South Central’s 110th Annual Meeting

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New Haven (October 22, 2014) – John R. Quinn, President & CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC), announced that the 110th Annual Meeting and Community Awards event will be held on Monday, Oct. 27 beginning at 4:30pm at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp will be in attendance to give celebratory remarks as 2014 marks the VNA South Central’s 110th year in business.

The annual VNA/SCC Awards seek to honor organizations and individuals who have truly worked hand-in-hand with the VNA/SCC toward its mission of providing high-quality health care to those at home and in the community. “We at the VNA/SCC are deeply grateful to our community partners,” said Quinn, “I encourage members of the community to join us to help recognize their contributions and dedication to our mission.”

The President’s Award will go to State Senator Gayle Slossberg, Assistant President Pro Tempore and the VNA Board Volunteer of the Year Award will go to Anthony DiSalvo, Board Chair, South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority.

The 2014 Partnership Award winners are: Genesis HealthCare – Homecare Partnership Award; Walgreens Infusion Services – Corporate Partnership Award; Business New Haven/New Haven Magazine – Media Partnership Award; Valley United Way – Community Partnership Award, and Bruce Lively – Legacy Award.

About VNA Health Systems

VNA Health Systems is comprised of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC) and CareSource, Inc.

Founded in 1904, the VNA/SCC, which is the original VNA of New Haven, Milford, East Haven, and the Valley, is a state licensed, non-profit, community-based home health care agency. The VNA/SCC staff consists of highly skilled nurses, therapists, medical social workers and home health aides. A vital resource to the communities it serves, the VNA/SCC provides a wide range of specialized clinical services, community programs, the Nurturing Families Network and subsidized care, (through the Valley United Way and First Niagara Foundation) to those who are in need. The agency employs over 150 staff members, has an average daily census of over 855 patients and makes over 132,000 home visits per year. The agency is the founder of the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The VNA/SCC is supported in part by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Valley United Way, United Way of Milford, First Niagara, corporate sponsors and individual donors. To learn more about the VNA/SCC visit www.vnascc.org.

CareSource strives to maximize the quality of life for its clients and their caregivers in the home and health care settings. Their services include homemakers, companions and live-in aides. To learn more about CareSource visit www.caresourceinc.org.

The Amistad Center to Honor Enduring Work of The Roberts Foundation and Feature Noted Musician Willie Ruff at Annual Year-End Celebration

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The Amistad Center for Art & Culture will celebrate the organization’s 27th successful year, and mark The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation’s 50th year of supporting excellence in the arts, at their annual year-end event on Wednesday, November 5. 

 The evening will be highlighted by a special performance by noted musician and scholar Willie Ruff of the Yale School of Music. The Roberts Foundation will be awarded The Amistad Center’s Millard H. Pryor, Jr. Award for Service.  The event will take place at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford at 6:15 p.m.

The Amistad Center, located within the Wadsworth Museum, is dedicated to celebrating art and culture influenced by people of African American descent through education, scholarship and social experiences.

The Amistad Center’s annual meeting event is free and open to the public.  A Membership Appreciation Reception will immediately follow the program for Amistad Center members. Members may RSVP to the Reception at amistadcenter@wadsworthantheneum.com

The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation is a private, special purpose foundation founded in 1964.  In accordance with its founders’ wishes, the foundation is dedicated to supporting and encouraging excellence in the arts throughout Connecticut’s Capital Region. The Foundation focuses its support on the creation, presentation and performance of works of art, and has awarded more than $8 million to more than 150 area nonprofits.

A musician and scholar of wide-ranging interests and influence, Willie Ruff plays French horn and bass and is an author, lecturer, and educator. On faculty at the Yale School of Music since 1971, Professor Ruff has also been on faculty at U.C.L.A., Dartmouth, and Duke University. He is the founding director of the Duke Ellington Fellowship program at Yale, and his work in bringing jazz artists to Yale and New Haven public schools earned him the Governor’s Arts Award in 2000 and the Sanford Medal, the Yale School of Music’s highest honor, last year.

“Our annual celebration is not only an opportunity to mark our organization’s accomplishments this past year but  a wonderful way to express our appreciation to our members and to those who contribute so much to our cultural experiences, said Olivia S. White, Executive Director of The Amistad Center.  “We are especially pleased to honor the extraordinary and enduring support provided by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation to arts organizations throughout Greater Hartford, including the Amistad Center.”

In recognition of the first  century of the St. Louis Blues, Ruff, Professor of Music and Director of the Ellington Fellowship at Yale, will  perform a short and entertaining multi-media program describing the evolution of this iconic music. In addition to teaching Yale courses in arranging, ethnomusicology, and folklore, Ruff has led conferences and research projects exploring music’s wide-ranging impact and his varied work includes writing on subjects as varied as music and dance in Russia and on the introduction of American jazz in China.

The Amistad Center’s collection of 7,000 works of art, artifacts and ephemera documents nearly the entire history of the literary, artistic, military, enslaved, and free lives of Black people in America and inspires a range of exhibitions and public programs and events. The Amistad Center is an independently incorporated and managed not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, located in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – a “museum within a museum,” enjoying a unique institutional relationship that facilitates rich cross-cultural conversations between art and audiences.

The Amistad Center is not related to the many other organizations in Connecticut and across the country who share the name Amistad. Amistad is a popular choice as it remembers a significant event and calls to mind African American strength and history.

The Amistad Center’s educational programs are sponsored by Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas, Northeast Utilities Companies.  For more information on the Annual Celebration and the Amistad Center, visit www.AmistadArtandCulture.org or call 860-838-4133.

 

Regional Workshops Will Focus on Retirement Plan Trends in the Nonprofit Sector; Events to be Held in Hartford and New Haven

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Nonprofit organizations in Connecticut will have an opportunity to learn more about retirement plan trends from varying professional perspectives at a workshop organized by The Alliance for Nonprofit Growth and Opportunity (TANGO).  The workshops will be held during the last week of October in Hartford and New Haven.

The morning workshops will include three unique perspectives from industry leaders sharing the top retirement plan trends and issues facing the nonprofit sector, including fiduciary standard of care, strategies for plan oversight, and ways to help minimize risk.  The workshops will be held in Hartford on October 28 and in New Haven on October 30.

TANGO is a socially responsible nonprofit sustained by professional service providers dedicated to serving the nonprofit sector. The TANGO community includes more than 900 nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Presenters from CohnReznick, Reid and Riege, P.C., and Schuster Driscoll LLC will provide a rich discussion from their viewpoints of accounting, law, and plan facilitation, and take questions from nonprofit attendees throughout the morning session.

Schuster Driscoll, TANGO’s Founding Partner, specializes in retirement plan advisory services, employee benefits, and human resources consulting. Their retirement practice focuses on fiduciary guidance, investment management, and employee advice and education. CohnReznick is a top ten accounting and consulting firm serving many of the most respected not-for-profit and educational institutions in the United States. Reid and Riege, P.C. is a full service law firm providing legal counsel and representation to many of the region’s leading businesses and nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, corporations and individuals.

Each program begins with registration at 8:00 AM, followed by the two hour program, to end at 10:30 AM. Light breakfast is provided. For location details and registration, which is limited, visit www.TANGOalliance.org.

“By ‘giving back’ to our nonprofit members, TANGO Partners help strengthen the communities in which we live, coming together with the nonprofit sector to drive innovation and lower costs,” said TANGO President & Founder Rollin Schuster. “This important workshop is another example of how we help nonprofits thrive.”

TANGO’s thoroughly vetted partners – now numbering more than 30 – provide member nonprofit organizations with in-person forums and webinars hosted by TANGO partners that provide services ranging from employee benefits and retirement planning to marketing, IT, fundraising and board consulting, as well as employment law, accounting, and banking.

The Hartford workshop on October 28 will be held at Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, 70 Farmington Avenue in Hartford. The New Haven program on October 30 will be held at the Community Action Agency of New Haven at 419 Whalley Avenue. Free parking is available in both locations.

TANGO also provides a range of services, including equipment donations, social media expertise, and an ongoing exchange of intellectual capital. There is no cost for nonprofit organizations to become TANGO members.  Additional information is available at the TANGO website, www.TANGOalliance.org.

Connecticut Technical High School System hosts tour of renovated Ellis Tech; presents 2014-17 strategic action plan

October 24, 2014 News, Releases No Comments

(Danielson, Conn., October 20, 2014) – Connecticut’s manufacturers want skilled workers educated in the latest production techniques who expand their knowledge in state-of-the-art technical high schools, on the job and in their post-secondary studies.

Thanks to their collaboration with the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS), these manufacturers’ future employees will benefit from new precision manufacturing curricula and facility upgrades at three of Northeastern Connecticut’s technical high schools: Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, Windham Technical High School in Willimantic and Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton.

During a luncheon presentation October 17 at Ellis Tech, the three high schools’ principals and representatives of Electric Boat, Westminster Tool and Alpha Q joined with representatives from CTHSS and the Connecticut Department of Labor to get a glimpse of Ellis Tech’s updated classrooms, equipment and technology.

CTHSS Superintendent Dr. Nivea L. Torres presented the Connecticut Technical High School System’s short, medium- and long-term goals under its Tomorrow’s Framework 2014-17 strategic action plan, including expansion of its manufacturing education centers, re-vamped curriculum and certification requirements, and post-secondary programs that help students continue building their skills.

“CTHSS is grateful to the trade and business organizations, and the manufacturers across Connecticut that are helping us become a national leader in manufacturing training and technical education,” Torres said. “In collaboration with manufacturing programs at our state’s community colleges, including Three Rivers Community College in Norwich and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic, we’re incorporating the right equipment, tools, technology and instruction into our programs.”

“Connecticut’s partnership-in progress—an alliance of manufacturers, the Connecticut Technical High School System and our state’s community colleges—is laying the foundation for students’ continuous learning on the job and in school,” said Raymond (Ray) Coombs Jr., president, Westminster Tool Inc. and board member of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA). “What makes it work? Constant interaction between these schools’ instructors and the manufacturing leaders within our companies.”

Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School has been entirely renovated; its precision manufacturing program boasts new manual machining equipment, computer-numerical control (CNC) machining and turning centers and precision inspection tools.

Windham Technical High School’s existing precision manufacturing facility is being updated with new electrical and HVAC systems. The school is replacing all outdated machine tools and expanding its existing CNC capability with additional CNC machining and turning centers. And the school is actively working with business and industry partners to implement lean manufacturing principles and practices for a more effective classroom environment.

With its business partners, including General Dynamics-Electric Boat, Ella T. Grasso Technical High School is developing a comprehensive plan for workforce development in Southeastern Connecticut.

“Through new curriculum, training and certification initiatives, Grasso Tech will be teaching its students relevant skills to meet the workforce needs of our region, including that of General Dynamics Electric Boat,” said Electric Boat Senior HR Manager Craig Sipe.

Grasso Tech is adding a welding and metal fabrication facility with 28 welding booths, cutting and grinding stations and basic metal fabrication equipment. The program will teach all aspects of welding and brazing, including virtual reality integrated weld training.

CTHSS has also installed the latest computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) technology at Grasso Tech. Grasso students use the latest 3D modeling software and 3D printing capabilities using Fused- Deposition Modeling (FDM).

“School-industry collaboration has been part of the Connecticut Technical High School System’s charter for nearly 100 years,” said Torres. “No one understands better than our region’s manufacturers the skills an 18-year-old technical high school graduate must possess to begin his or her career on today’s modern production floors.”

About The Connecticut Technical High School System
The Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) currently operates 17 diploma-granting technical high schools, one technical education center and two aviation maintenance programs located throughout the state. The system serves approximately 11,200 full-time high school and adult day students, with comprehensive education and training in 31 occupational areas and 2,000 apprenticeship students. CTHSS is the largest high school system in Connecticut, serving all geographic regions and all demographic and diverse populations. For more information, visit cttech.org

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First Years First Early Childhood Development Initiative Highlights Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s Second Round of 2014 Grants

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New Britain, Conn. (October 17, 2014) – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has awarded more than $177,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and programs serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington, including more than $30,000 in grants to boost early childhood development as part of the Foundation’s signature First Years First initiative.

The funding marks the Foundation’s second round of community grants for the 2014 calendar year. With second-round awards of $177,121, the Foundation has made $477,680 in year-to-date grants throughout its four-town service area. A third and final round of grants will be awarded at year’s end.

The second round of 2014 grants includes First Years First grants of $19,200 to the Tunxis Community College Early Childhood Professional Educators’ Consortium to continue providing high-quality professional development workshops for area early childhood educators; and $11,850 to the Coalition to Enhance Family Literacy for the Foundation’s second-year of support of a program that helps increase family literacy through the use of leading-edge technology including e-readers. The Coalition includes Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut, the New Britain, Plainville and Southington Family Resource Centers, Plainville Adult and Continuing Education and the public libraries of New Britain, Plainville and Southington.

The largest single grant of the second round was a $50,000 award from the A.W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to Southington Community Cultural Arts toward the group’s major fundraising campaign to convert the Gura Building in Downtown Southington into a community arts center.

Additional second-round grants approved by the board of directors included:

Arts, Culture and Heritage

Southington Public Schools, $15,071. From the Talcott Stanley and Georgia Knapp Thomson Funds to support a partnership between the Southington Public Schools and the New Britain Museum Art that will enrich instruction in and exposure to the arts for all Southington 3rd graders.

Health and Human Services

Children’s Law Center, $15,000. From the Louis G. and Ada C. Amodio Fund for Children, Marshall A. Pease Memorial and the Johnstone Vance Memorial Funds to support expansion of the legal representation program at the New Britain court.

Living in Safe Alternatives, $11,000. From the Anna T. Deutsch and Anna Thornton Funds to Living in Safe Alternatives to renovate and update the living space at the Plainville Group Home.

Building Hope Together (formerly the Mayor’s Plan to End Homelessness), $15,000. From the Helen M. Lynch and the Marjorie Wright Tomlinson Funds to support implementation of this initiative which aims to help end chronic homelessness in New Britain.

Town of Berlin, Community Recreation and Parks Department, $20,000. From the A.W. Stanley Charitable, A.W. Stanley Discretionary and the Spencer P. Torell Funds to replace four pieces of exercise equipment in Berlin Community Center’s fitness/exercise room.

Urban Oaks Organic Farm, $20,000 matching grant. From the A.W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to help match a state grant award that will be used to restore six greenhouses and improve greenhouse efficiency at the New Britain operation.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org.

Contacts:

Jm Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, (860) 229-6018 x306, jim@cfgnb.org

Dennis Buden, DBPR, (860) 558-0514, dbuden@snet.net

 

 

NY & CT Long Island Sound Stakeholders Request Strengthened Sound Restoration Plan

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Immediate Release
October 16, 2014

Contacts:
Maureen Dolan Murphy, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, 516-390-7150
Sarah Ganong, Save the Sound, 203-787-0646 ext.128

NY & CT Long Island Sound Stakeholders Request Strengthened Sound Restoration Plan
Citizen Advisory Committee members ask for clear, focused blueprint for Long Island Sound

Bridgeport, Conn.—Today stakeholders from New York and Connecticut submitted a letter to the Long Island Sound Management Committee calling for a stronger and more focused restoration plan for Long Island Sound. The Committee has been updating the original Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP), first drafted in 1994, and is currently holding stakeholder meetings and accepting public comment on the draft document. The Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Committee (LISS CAC) is deeply grateful to the Management Committee for their work so far and looks forward to implementing the plan to protect and restore Long Island Sound.

“Long Island Sound is too important to rush a document. The Management Plan summary must be a visionary guide for Long Island Sound for the next 20 years. We need a plan that speaks to the public, can be measured by ecosystem improvements, restores Long Island Sound and is achievable. We look forward to strengthening this call to action for Long Island Sound,” stated Nancy Seligson, town supervisor for the Town of Mamaroneck and New York co-chair of the LISS CAC.

“The 23 million people who live within 50 miles of Long Island Sound deserve clean, safe beaches and wildlife-sustaining waters in their urban estuary,” said Curt Johnson, Connecticut co-chair of the LISS CAC and executive director of Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment. “We thank the Management Committee for their hard work in breathing life back into the Sound, and look forward to a strong plan that reduces nitrogen and bacteria pollution.”

“The Nature Conservancy believes the CCMP will help set the future agenda for Long Island Sound—a resource important to millions of people,” said Chantal Collier, Long Island Sound program director for The Nature Conservancy. “The CCMP is an opportunity to accelerate the water quality improvements we still need to assure healthy bays and harbors through reductions in multiple sources of nitrogen pollution. It should focus us on enhancing natural coastal habitats like salt marsh that help protect coastal communities from major storms. The CCMP can help realize the benefit of Sound-wide management for protecting both marine habitats and traditional uses like boating and fishing through marine spatial planning.”

“Long Island Sound is a key economic and natural asset in our region,” said Sandy Breslin, director of governmental affairs for Audubon Connecticut, speaking on behalf of the New York and Connecticut state offices of the National Audubon Society. “And the CCMP is our blueprint for the next 20 years of managing and investing in that asset. Though we live in one of the most densely populated areas of the US, Long Island Sound is situated at a critical juncture on the Atlantic Flyway, the migratory route followed by millions of birds each fall and spring. Its waters and shores host an incredible diversity of bird species from federal and state listed species on our beaches and on Great Gull Island in New York and Falkner’s Island in Connecticut, to historically significant populations of waterfowl and globally significant populations of saltmarsh birds. We applaud the work that has been done so far and call upon the Management Committee to ensure that the final CCMP will lead us to a healthy and sustainable future for people, birds and wildlife. The CCMP is our opportunity to chart a successful course to that future. We can’t let it pass by.”

“Over the last 20 years, we have made incredible progress in improving Long Island Sound water quality, restoring habitats, and preventing sewage pollution. This is due to smart strategic planning and a strong vision for the Sound’s future,” stated Maureen Dolan Murphy, executive programs manager, Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “It’s important that this new document provide the right pathway to success. The future of the Long Island Sound depends on it.”

The Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Committee is a volunteer organization comprised of 35 members including environmental not-for-profits, businesses, local municipalities, boating and fishing groups. As part of its mission to provide ongoing advice to the federal, state, and local government partners of the Management Committee, the CAC has submitted a detailed letter outlining specific goals and priorities that should be included in the revised CCMP for the strongest possible plan for the Sound’s future.

The CAC’s letter includes recommendations on nitrogen and pathogen reduction; habitat protection and restoration for birds, fish, and other wildlife; climate resiliency planning and implementation; and a bi-state marine spatial plan to guide uses of the Sound’s resources, among other topics. The full letter may be read at https://greencitiesbluewaters.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/cac-ltr-to-mngmt-committee-re-ccmp-10-14-2.pdf.