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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


Jm Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, (860) 229-6018 x306,

Dennis Buden, DBPR, (860) 558-0514,



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

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Immediate Release
October 16, 2014

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

$500,000 in Grants Awarded by Hartford Foundation to Support Food Programs, Other Basic Services

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Grants totaling $500,000 have been awarded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to 65 nonprofit agencies to support programs providing food and other basic human needs to clients throughout Greater Hartford.

The grants support both regional and local agencies in Avon, Bloomfield, East Hartford, Enfield, Hartford, Manchester, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor. Grants range between $3,500 and $15,000 and are primarily funded through the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation. The size of each grant was determined by the type and scope of the program. The majority of the grants —more than $300,000—were awarded to agencies for use in food programs to support current needs as well as food services during the upcoming holidays.

The Open Hearth Association of Hartford offers a model of care, including an overnight shelter and transitional living program. Its staff provides support to residents in the areas of addiction recovery, educational initiatives, life skills, and career planning. The agency reports measurable improvement to the lives of the men who seek its help every year.

“At The Open Hearth, where occupancy is over 100 men every day or 36,500 per year, we used the $10,000 Basic Human Needs grant to help the 750 different clients address basic human needs (110,000 meals a year, daily showers, laundry and toiletries), but also lesser known essentials like securing client identification (birth certificate, social security card etc.) and other personal documents,” said Marilyn Rosetti, executive director of Open Hearth Association. “This would not be possible without the award from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.”
The Enfield Food Shelf serves 350 to 400 client families from Enfield per week throughout the year using a grocery-style pantry model. In total, there are more than 900 families currently registered with an average of 10 new client families registering each week.
“On behalf of the clients, volunteers and Board of Directors of the Enfield Food Shelf, we are so thankful that organizations such as Hartford Foundation for Public Giving provide basic human needs grants,” said Kathleen Souvigney, executive direct of Enfield Food Shelf. “Support like this $9,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation is essential to allowing us to maintain a sufficient variety of products available for our clients and to provide balanced meals for their families. Our families range widely in size and reason for need. With the food assistance the Hartford Foundation has helped to provide, our clients’ families are better able to manage the limited resources available to them and, in some cases, work toward self-sufficiency.”
Other services supported by the grants include emergency housing, fuel assistance, medical and dental services, employment counseling, clothing and other personal care items and radio services for the blind.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, founded in 1925, is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. It receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals, families and organizations and in 2013 awarded grants of more than $29 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Hartford Foundation, visit or call 860-548-1888.


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Science and the cosmos will be the subject of the November “My Favorite Universe” discussions at Duncaster. Part of the community’s Great Courses series which began in September, these final two discussions will be held on November 3 and 10 from 1:30 to 3:00. They are being held at Duncaster Retirement Community and are open to the public. Members of the community may sign up for the remaining two courses (one or both) with pre-registration.

My Favorite Universe will be moderated by Bill Graham and will include an explanation of several scientific subjects by Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson. These lectures will also delve into disciplines such as chemistry and biology as needed to explain events in astronomy.

On November 3, there will be two lectures titled “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and “Forged in the Stars.” On November 10, the discussions will revolve around two other topics, “The Search for Planets” and “The Search for Life in the Universe.”

The Great Courses program began at Duncaster in 2009, as part of Duncaster’s dedication to lifelong learning.

Duncaster’s Great Courses are free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, contact Fran Kent, or 860-380-5006.

About Duncaster Retirement Community
Duncaster is the Hartford Area’s first LifeCare community for active, engaging seniors. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the boutique retirement community is located just minutes from West Hartford and Simsbury, in Bloomfield, CT. Duncaster residents enjoy an intellectually stimulating lifestyle while experiencing security and peace of mind. Duncaster was voted the Best Retirement Community by readers of Harford Magazine and the Connecticut Law Tribune. Residents have a role in governance and sit on the board – a rare distinction. The community’s 94-acre campus includes apartment homes, assisted living apartments and short-and long-term skilled nursing accommodations (all private). Duncaster offers its residents lifetime protection against the potentially catastrophic costs of long-term care through the LifeCare plan. For more information, visit or call (860) 380-5005.

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Andrea Obston
(860) 243-1447 (office) (860) 803-1155 (cell)
(860) 653-2712 (home)

Mitchell College Holding 8th Annual Family Halloween Festival – Will Benefit Local Food Pantry

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Mitchell College’s Behavioral Science Club is hosting its 8th Annual Family Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 25th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Mitchell College Green and in the Clarke Center. The event is free and open to the public. Families from New London and the surrounding areas are invited to attend and bring canned food items for the Gemma Moran United Way/Labor Food Pantry.

The event features family-style fun with holiday-themed arts and crafts, games, storytelling by a host of fanciful witches and goblins, face painting, and a special performance by the Community Dance Ensemble, Inc. Halloween Costume Parades are scheduled throughout the day, so participants are encouraged to wear their holiday best. Balloons, baked goods, hot dogs, popcorn, beverages, and candy apples will also be available for purchase.

The event was originally created in 1994 by Don Helms, professor of Behavioral Sciences, as a way to connect local families with the Mitchell College campus community.

“Last year, as in years past, we had close to 500 members of the local community in attendance. Members of the College community (faculty, staff, and students) volunteered time, energy and creative talent,” said Jennifer Mauro, faculty advisor of the Behavioral Science Club. “The Behavioral Science Club takes pride in this event especially because it provides another opportunity to connect with local families and the community.”

For more information, please visit Or contact 860-701-7719 or Mitchell College is located at 437 Pequot Avenue in New London, Connecticut.

Nov. 14 “Partners in Achievement” Breakfast Features Local Students, Business Volunteers Highlighting Impact of Junior Achievement Education Programs

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The 5th Annual New Haven area Partners in Achievement Breakfast to support the financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship programs of Junior Achievement will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the New Haven Lawn Club.

The popular event brings together business leaders from throughout the region along with students and volunteers, highlighting the critical need for these programs in schools throughout the New Haven region.  It has been described as the “most inspiring networking event of the year.”  The breakfast begins at 7:15; the program at 8:00 a.m.

Thanks in part to the funds raised at last year’s Partners in Achievement event, roughly 33,000 students in 149 schools from kindergarten through high school have benefitted from financial literacy programs delivered by Junior Achievement volunteers.  Additional schools have expressed interest in being added to the JA roster of schools in the coming year, so that their students can learn financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills through JA programs.

Angela D’Arena, who has worked with students at St. Gabriel’s School in Milford alongside colleagues from EBP Supply Solutions, will speak about her experiences as a JA volunteer.

Student speakers will be Kevin Carnale, 12th grade student from Sheehan High School in Wallingford, who participated in JA’s Global Connection Program in China, and several students from Bishop Woods School in New Haven who have experienced JA’s classroom programs for several years.

“JA is focused on one of the most powerful ideas possible – giving young people the knowledge, the tools and the inspiration to understand our economy and make their way in the world,” said Lou Golden, president of JA of Southwest New England.  “The annual breakfast is incredibly inspiring, as students, volunteers and educators highlight the impact of these programs – and the volunteers who deliver them – on students’ knowledge, confidence and career prospects.”

Partners in Achievement breakfast sponsors include Marcum, Bohan & Bradstreet, and People’s United Bank.  JA’s Partners in Achievement breakfast is a fundraising event that supports JA’s financial education programs in the schools.  Though the breakfast is free to attend, guests will be asked to make a financial contribution.  The annual event has become one of New Haven’s best opportunities to network with the region’s business leaders and to be inspired by students, educators and volunteers who have all experienced JA programs.

“If JA never came to my school to talk to us about jobs and the world of work I would never have been so inspired. They work really hard for kids like me to be encouraged to dream big,” Gabriela Gonzalez, then a sixth grade student at the Columbus Family Academy in New Haven, told attendees at last year’s event.

The host committee for the Partners in Achievement Breakfast includes: Chris Berg of Go Berg or Go Home, Bo Bradstreet of Bohan & Bradstreet in Guilford, Jeff Klaus of Webster Bank in New Haven, Mary Mumper of Higher One in New Haven, Jeremy Soboleski of Snowden Capital Advisors in New Haven, and Kate Baumann and Kierstin Pupkowski of WTNH.  Also on the host committee is Diane Wishnafski, retired executive from NewAlliance Bank and a JA Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

Members of JA’s New Haven Advisory Board will also serve as ambassadors for the event.  They include: Sharon Burns (Walmart), Gregg Burton (Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey), Larry Carboni (McGladrey), William Creaser (Chase), Matt DesFosses (Anthem), Beth Higggins (Bohan & Bradstreet), Peter Kozodoy (GEM Advertising), Brian Levine (People’s United Bank), Joseph LoPresti (EBP Supply Solutions), Hugh Manke (Updike, Kelly & Spellacy), Samuel McKnight (retired; AT&T), James Miller (Marcum), Helene Robbins (Wells Fargo), Cathleen Russo (Milford Bank), Lynn St. James (Comcast) and  Brian Walker (Walker & Associates).  Edward Bradstreet of Bohan & Bradstreet and David Keiser, both JA Business Hall of Fame Laureates, will also serve as ambassadors.

Last year, 2,500 volunteers – business professionals, parents, retirees, and college students – offered JA programs to students in schools throughout New Haven, Middlesex, Hartford, Litchfield, Windham, Tolland, and New London counties.

To RSVP for the Partners in Achievement breakfast on November 14 please contact Jeremy Race at or 860-525-4510 x225.  To learn more about JA, visit

Roberta Flack and Morris Pleasure benefit concert for Guilford A better Chance

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ARTISTS: International stars Morris “Mo” Pleasure to perform with Connecticut’s own Rohn Lawrence (guitar) and David Lovolsi (bass) with a special performance by Roberta Flack. The Guilford High School Jazz Ensemble will open the concert.

WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Guilford High School, 605 New England Road, Guilford, CT

PROGRAM: 7:00 PM – Doors Open; 7:30 PM – Guilford High School Jazz Ensemble;
8:00-10:00 PM – Morris “Mo” Pleasure & Friends

TICKETS: $25 Open Seating (online at; contact Jim Schaffer at 203-912-2802 or for VIP tickets starting at $125 and/or $1,000, $500 and $250 event sponsor opportunities.


Roberta Flack is the legendary American singer and musician who was the first to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year two consecutive times. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” won at the 1973 Grammys and “Killing Me Softly with His Song” won at the 1974 Grammys. She remains the only solo artist to have ever accomplished this honor.

Morris “Mo” Pleasure produced two sold-out concerts in 2009 and 2011 at his alma mater, Guilford High School, for the benefit of Guilford ABC where he met his wife, Lori, when they were teenagers living in Guilford. An American composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and touring musician, Pleasure plays piano, bass, trumpet, and guitar, in genres that include pop, funk, jazz, R&B, soul, Brazilian, and classical music. Pleasure recorded and performed with artists such as Roberta Flack, Ray Charles, Najee, George Duke, Earth Wind and Fire (also served as music director for the band), Natalie Cole, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Peter Cetera, David Foster and many others.

Rohn Lawrence, widely acclaimed for his work with New Haven Funk bands such as “Good News” and “The Lift” (including saxophonist Marion Meadows), Lawrence continues to work with Meadows, George Duke, Diane Reeves, Jonathan Butler, Alex Bugñon, Freddie Jackson, Najee and many others.
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David Livolsi is an accomplished bass player also from Connecticut whose diversity led him to work with many world renowned artists such as John Scofield, Bill Evans, Jazz Is Dead, T Lavitz & Rod Morgenstein (from The Dixie Dregs), Jerry Goodman, Chuck Loeb, Sam Rivers, John Tropea, and David Spinozza.

The Guilford High School Jazz Ensemble is a Level 1 class that meets daily, with the students, grades 9—12, selected by audition the previous school year. The Ensemble performs music from the libraries of such great bands as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Gordon Goodwin, and Bob Mintzer. A four-time finalist at the Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center, the GHS Jazz Ensemble also competes at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival.


Guilford ABC, now in its 40th year, is dedicated to helping to close the opportunity gap for talented minority women. Guilford ABC prepares its scholars to succeed academically and to take a leadership role in their future endeavors. Founded in 1963, A Better Chance is a national program that refers academically talented inner-city students to elite private and public schools. In 1974, Guilford became one of ABC’s earliest public school programs. Its six female students reside in a house staffed with a resident director and tutor who live in attached residences. The Guilford community in many ways serves as an extended family. Guilford ABC graduates have gone on to attend colleges and universities such as Barnard, Boston University, Bryant, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Denison, Duke, Fairfield University, Fordham, Georgetown, Marist, Muhlenberg, NYU, Northwestern, Ohio State, Ohio Wesleyan, Paine, Quinnipiac, Rutgers, Smith, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Empire State, Trinity, University of Central Florida, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Redlands, University of Virginia, Vassar, Wellesley, and Wesleyan.

Bishop’s Orchards, Guilford Savings Bank, Turning Point and Guilford Public Schools

CHERE to Sponsor Workshop Focusing on Technical and Career Higher Education

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State-of-the-art programs from range of institutions, programs featured

The Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) is sponsoring a day-long conference, Technical and Career Education:  An Important Part of the Higher Education Continuum, to explore state-of-the-art practices at one, two and four-year technical education programs in Connecticut.  The event will be held on Friday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

The latest in CHERE’s series of higher education conferences in Connecticut will look at technical and career education beyond high school, highlighting good news and bad news, according to CHERE Executive Director David Johnston.

“More high school graduates – including underrepresented, first generation and adult learners – can see its potential… but they, their parents and their high school counselors are often not fully aware of how best to serve diverse students.”

“This conference will offer a close look at how career and technical education programs fit into the larger continuum of good choices for underrepresented, first generation and otherwise challenged students, and perhaps for some high-achieving students who might not think of themselves as candidates for such education,” Johnston added.

He noted that 30 and 60 credit programs, and some 4-year programs, serve motivated students and jobs usually follow, but more needs to be done to connect potential students with programs that would be an effective match for their skills and interests.

Representatives of several outstanding programs, plus a state official with oversight responsibility and a student panel, will provide a range of expert perspectives to stimulate a rich discussion.

The mission of CHERE is to “understand and improve policies and practices for challenged students that lead to higher college retention, from the summer after high school graduation, through the first year, to graduation, and to employment.”

Among the key questions of the day: How do we change that perception in an era of rapidly increasing costs of higher education?  How do we make sure that those who advise high school students — parents, counselors, teachers, community agency staff — understand the quality of career and technical education programs and see them as viable choices?

Previous CHERE conference topics have included Bridge Programs: From Here to There held at Western Connecticut State University in September; Summer Melt: Students Who Fail to Matriculate. Why? What To Do?, held at the University of Saint Joseph, and First-Year Experience: What Works and Why, held at Housatonic Community College last year.

Co-sponsors of the event on Nov. 21 include Housatonic Community College, the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, and the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU).  For more information or to register for the conference, please call David Johnston, at (203) 640-6201, email him at, or visit


Eastern CT Manufacturers and the Connecticut Technical High School System to Celebrate Progress and Discuss Goals at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School October 15

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(Danielson, Conn., October 13, 2014) – In recognition of Manufacturing Month and to learn about current and planned manufacturing education programs at three of Eastern 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), the Connecticut Technical High School System will sponsor the first of two precision manufacturing technology partner luncheons on Wednesday, October 15, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School, 613 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, Conn.

During the luncheon, CTHSS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nivea L. Torres will discuss the Connecticut Technical High School System’s short-, medium- and long-term goals under its Tomorrow’s Framework 2014-17 strategic action plan. Representatives of General Dynamics-Electric Boat, Westminster Tool and Alpha Q (all supporting members of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, or EAMA) will discuss their company’s skill needs as they relate to CTHSS manufacturing programs. Principals of Ellis, Windham and Grasso Technical High Schools will talk about how their manufacturing programs are expanding and adapting to meet these needs.

What: Eastern Connecticut Precision Manufacturing Technology Partner Luncheon

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School, 613 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT 06239

Presenters: Dr. Nivea L. Torres, Superintendent of Schools, Connecticut Technical High School System; Sharon Palmer, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Labor; Brian K. Mignault, Sr., Ph.D., Principal, Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School; Ray Coombs, President, Westminster Tool, Plainfield; Patricia Feeney, Principal, Ella T. Grasso Technical High School; Craig Sipe, Senior HR Manager, General Dynamics- Electric Boat; Mark D. Ambruso, principal, Windham Technical High School; Richard Hurley, Vice President, CFO/General Manager, Alpha Q, Colchester.

Cost: No charge. Representatives of area manufacturers, schools and the general public are invited.

RSVP: Diane Curtis, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Nivea L. Torres, Superintendent of Schools, Connecticut Technical High School System,, tel: 860.807.2200.

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, demographics and diverse populations. For more information, visit

Award-winning American-Egyptian Poet to Read at UNH on Nov. 19

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Award-winning American-Egyptian Poet to Read at UNH on Nov. 19
Oct. 13, 2014
WEST HAVEN, CONN. — American-Egyptian poet and writer Matthew Shenoda will read from his work on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the University of New Haven’s Arts@Night program.

Run by the Department of English, the program takes place in the Alumni Lounge in Bartels Hall, the student center, at the UNH main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.

Shenoda’s award-winning work has been featured in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. His first book, “Somewhere Else,” won an American Book Award in 2006 and the inaugural Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice. It also was named one of the year’s top debut books by Poets & Writers magazine.

He is also the author of “Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone” editor of “Duppy Conqueror: New & Selected Poems” by Kwame Dawes, and author of the forthcoming “Tahrir Suite: Poems.”

His work discusses identity and pan-Arabism. “This history of mine serves as a kind of translation, a new color applied to an existing piece of glass, each layer redefining the light that enters through it,” he says. “These two realities overlay constantly to inform one another so that in the most seamless moments they become something fresh, something not entirely defined by either tradition, something purely diasporic or transnational in nature.”

Shenoda is an associate professor and interim chair of creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago (Ill.) and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His work has been supported by the California Arts Council and the Lannan Foundation, among others.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.