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Duncaster to Present Program About Women’s Equality Day Aug. 26

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BLOOMFIELD, CT, Aug. 14, 2014 – Duncaster Retirement Community will present a public workshop on the women’s suffrage movement and what it means in today’s environment. The program will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. It is free to the public with preregistration.

The event corresponds with Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. The event kicks off with a suffrage parade, followed by a presentation on the women’s suffrage movement by Elizabeth Rose, PhD., a historian who has taught at Central Connecticut State University, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Vanderbilt University. The program will conclude with the viewing and discussion of the movie “Iron Jawed Angels” about a group of passionate and dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul and her friend Lucy Burns, who put their lives on the line to fight for American women’s right to vote. In 1912 they chained themselves to the White House gates and then went on a hunger strike following their arrest.

The event is sponsored by Duncaster’s Public Issues Committee, which is Chaired by Duncaster resident Helen Z. Pearl, a former Chair of the New Britain League of Women’s Voters and attorney.

Attendance is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Fran Kent at (860) 380-5006 or

About Duncaster

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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Duncaster Aquatic and Fitness Center Now Open To Public

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BLOOMFIELD, CT, Aug. 14, 2014 — The Duncaster Aquatic and Fitness Center will now be offering membership to those in the surrounding community.

Members are eligible for an annual fitness functional assessment by Duncaster’s Fitness Specialist, Susan Dawiczyk. She brings an extensive fitness background including Master’s degrees in physical education exercise science and health promotion.

The Duncaster’s Aquatic and Fitness Center includes a 75 foot lap pool and a therapy spa pool with 68 hydrotherapy jets. In addition to the pools, members have the full use of the Fitness Center’s gym equipment including both cardio and weight machines. Members may bring two guests during family swim on Sundays and four adult guests per year.

Members are also eligible to take part in any of the classes the Fitness Center offers at no extra cost. There are over 30 group classes available weekly. They run daily and include Aqua Strength and Tone; Cardio H2O; Yoga; Move, Stretch, and Strength; Tai Chi; QiGong; Sit and Be Fit and Water Walking. There is also a walking group that meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Duncaster’s Aquatic and Fitness Center is one of the components of the community’s wellness program, which focuses on body, mind and spirit. “We want members of the surrounding communities to look to this wellness program as a community resource. Wellness has always been a part of the Duncaster lifestyle, now we want people in Bloomfield, Hartford, and other surrounding towns to enjoy it, too,” Lawrence says.

Duncaster’s Aquatic and Fitness Centers is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Membership is available to people age 50 or older. Individual yearly membership is $500 or $850 for a couple. For more information, contact Duncaster’s Wellness Director, Linda Lawrence or 860-380-5027.

West Hartford and Danbury Urgent Care Centers Expedite Immigration Process

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For those entering the country, and vacationing abroad, Doctors Express Urgent Care is now able to simplify the often complex and overwhelming process of the healthcare component of the immigration and citizenship process.
Because Dr. Thomas Brown, Medical Director of both Doctors Express Urgent Care in Danbury and Doctors Express West Hartford, is a Certified Civil Surgeon, the walk- in urgent care centers can meet the needs of the large number of the incoming immigration population who enter both the Greater Danbury and Greater Hartford area.
People applying for citizenship are now able to utilize Doctors Express for the entire healthcare process, rather than the former process of having to go through multiple steps in various locations.
Tom Kelly, managing partner of Doctors Express, spearheaded this Initiative.

“In choosing our locations we studied the demographics of each area and researched the needs of the population of Danbury, Hartford and surrounding communities.  Through that process we identified that the health care elements of immigration can be cumbersome and often overwhelming. In our effort to better serve the entire community, it was important for us to achieve this designation and help streamline this process.  Many of our staff members, myself included, are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants.  We are particularly sensitive to the magnitude of this process and the effect it has on the lives of immigrants and the generations who follow them.  We are honored to be able to help folks through this early stage of the process.”
Doctors Express employs many bi and tri-lingual staff members and providers, many of them having gone through the immigration process themselves, can empathize with  the often frustrating and confusing paperwork and procedures.

States Dr. Brown:  “Our centers purposefully hire staff members who are not only well equipped to work with the immigrant population, but who also understand the emotional component of naturalization. It brings all of us great satisfaction to help educate them and navigate this piece of their journey. “

Kelly adds  “Every patient who comes to us for their immigration physical is given a warm welcome and an American Flag pin.  We like to make a big deal of it.”

Summer is a big travel time, both domestically and abroad. In addition to immigration services, Doctors Express Urgent Care also provides travel medicine services to all patients. Their board certified providers sit down with travelers preparing to travel abroad, and review their travel itinerary. They recommend necessary travel vaccines as well as offer tips for staying healthy abroad. Providers can also prescribe Anti-Malarial, Anti-Diarrheal, and motion sickness medicines for use while traveling.
Please visit or call (860) 986-6440 in West Hartford in Danbury or call (203) 826-2140 in Danbury for more information.

Community Leaders Take On Leadership Roles with Junior Achievement; Promote Financial Literacy, Job Readiness

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Bromberg, Whittemore, Rizzotti, Nigro Highlight Community Involvement with JA

Christine E. Bromberg, a partner at the law firm of Robinson+Cole, has been elected as chair of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Edward B. “Ted” Whittemore of the law firm of Murtha Cullina has joined the organization’s Executive Committee, and two new Board members are being welcomed: Jen Rizzotti, women’s basketball coach at the University of Hartford, and Laura Nigro, 2nd Vice President, Auto Product, at Travelers.

Bromberg, elected to a 2-year term, has served on the JA of Southwest New England Board since 2007. She is a partner in Robinson+Cole’s Tax Group, where she represents clients in connection with a broad range of domestic and international tax matters, with particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, divestitures, and spin-offs, as well as all forms of capital-raising activities. She is also a certified public accountant.

Whittemore advises public, private, emerging and nonstock/non-profit businesses on a broad range of corporate, securities and governance matters with a focus on general corporate law, registered and exempt securities offerings, SEC compliance representation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. He has been a member of the JA of Southwest New England Board of Directors since 2004.

In 14 years with the University of Hartford, head coach Jennifer Rizzotti has built the women’s basketball program into an America East power and a nationally recognized program, winning four regular season championships, five tournament championships, and making six trips to the NCAA Tournament. Rizzotti is a three-time America East Coach of the Year, and not only instills success on court within her program, she expects student-athletes to be successful in the classroom as well. Rizzotti was one of six members of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013 which was inducted on June 8, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Nigro is 2nd Vice President – Auto Product at The Travelers, responsible for ensuring product adherence to company performance standards for General and Personal Auto Lines, and serves as Litigation Defense Counsel for the company in General and Personal Lines Liability. An accomplished attorney with business law experience in litigation, regulation, and the insurance industry, she is an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the International School of Business at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and previously worked at law firms in New Britain and Hartford and at Prudential Investments.

Junior Achievement is the global leader in providing cutting-edge, hands-on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness education. With a range of programs designed for students from kindergarten through high school, JA is helping students understand the importance of saving and planning for future financial needs.

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. JA volunteers come from all walks of life and use their personal experiences to make the age-based JA curricula practical and realistic. Providing children with positive adult role models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our economic system is a hallmark of Junior Achievement.

JA helps empower young people to own their future economic success. Among the new and expanded programs during the past year are the JA Entrepreneurial Academy, which provides students a hands-on opportunity to launch a business working with fellow students and business mentors, and the JA Job Shadow Program, which gives students an inside look at jobs in their community, alongside current employees of local and national businesses. The number of students reached in by JA of Southwest New England programs has increased dramatically during the past decade, from under 23,000 in 2003 to more than 32,000 last year.

To learn more about volunteering and supporting JA programs and events, visit


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New permeable parking lot in Trumbull Park will replenish drinking water aquifer

New Haven, Conn.—Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE), celebrates the completion of a porous pavement installation project in at Trumbull Park in Plainville today. The 4,000 square feet of porous asphalt will allow approximately 400,000 gallons of rainfall to infiltrate the ground annually, replenishing the aquifer rather than entering the stormwater management system.

Porous asphalt, although similar in appearance to traditional asphalt, contains small air spaces that allow water to seep through the pavement into the ground below, rather than run off the surface. The water then percolates through the soil, which filters it, helping to recharge the regional aquifer.

The effort is part of Save the Sound’s Quinnipiac River Groundwater Recharge Project, which uses green infrastructure to recharge the local aquifer with water naturally filtered by the soil. Groundwater contamination at the Old Southington Landfill during the 1970s closed a drinking water well, caused long-lasting damage to groundwater, and rendered millions of gallons of water unable to be used as drinking water in the Quinnipiac River watershed. Following a five-year legal battle in which CFE participated, the EPA and the responsible parties reached a settlement to compensate for clean-up costs and the loss of drinking water resources.

The Quinnipiac River Groundwater Natural Resources Damages Fund, administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is now supporting an effort by Save the Sound, and its project partners, Connecticut Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Program (CT NEMO), and the United States Geological Service, to implement green infrastructure to recharge aquifers of the Quinnipiac River watershed.

Other Save the Sound initiatives funded under the project include installation of nine rain gardens at homes in Southington that act as sponges and filters to temporarily hold and clean rainwater flowing off roofs and driveways. A final green infrastructure installation at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Wallingford will round out the project later this summer.


Photos of the project from start to completion are available upon request.

Work of Local Artist Shauna Shane on Display at Duncaster Art Gallery throughout September

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The Duncaster Art Gallery will be showcasing a new exhibit in September featuring the work of award winning artist Shauna Shane. There will be an opening reception at Duncaster for the exhibit on Sunday , September 7 from 4- 5:30 PM. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. until September 26.
A native of Montana, Shane has been a professional painter for over 34 years she is currently the Resident Artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and began her career as Resident Artist at Yellowstone National Park. In addition to painting, Shane teaches classes at the Glastonbury Art Guild, the West Hartford Art League, and in her studio in Storrs, CT. Her work is displayed in collections in the US and around the world, including the Governor’s portrait in the State Capitol in Helena, Montana.
Whether of still life, landscape, animals or the figure, Shauna’s paintings reflect a solid academic training as well as the ability to communicate the emotion and unique atmosphere of a scene. Speaking about her work Shane says, “I believe one’s artistic journey is like learning to play a musical instrument; taking time and practice to master. What people call talent is better described as passion… My own artistic life is dedicated to achieving the skill, knowledge, and nuance that makes communication through a simple, well-placed brush stroke as beautiful and descriptive as the perfect phrase in a poem.”
Duncaster has been showcasing Connecticut artists for more than 14 years.
Attendance at the Opening Reception is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Visitors are also welcome to visit the exhibit weekdays from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. through the month of September. For more information or to make a reservation to attend the Opening Reception, contact Fran Kent at (860) 380-5006 or

La Cage Aux Folles opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse

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Ivoryton Playhouse Contact: Jacqui Hubbard
(860) 767-7318

Press Release
August 7, 2014
The Best of Times is Now!
La Cage Aux Folles
Opens At The Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton: It’s the dog days of summer but in Ivoryton, August is kicking its way on to the scene in feathers, glitter and six inch heels! LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, the smash hit Broadway musical opened in Ivoryton on August 6th and runs through August 31st. Written by Harvey Fierstein, Jean Poiret and Jerry Herman, the original 1983 Broadway production received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. LA CAGE was later turned into a popular movie, The Birdcage, starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, narrow-minded politician. Albin tries to help by making a perfect family with hilarious results. Further complicating the situation, Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer ‘Zaza.’ Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.

The show features some beautiful songs by Jerry Herman including I Am What I Am and Song on the Sand, and some hilarious situations. But, more than anything else, LA CAGE is an old fashioned love story wrapped in feathers, sprinkled with glitter and tied with a bow. Audiences were on their feet at both preview performances and the show promises to be an Ivoryton classic.

Directed by Lawrence Thelen, choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, the show features David Edwards* as Albin and James Van Treuren* as Georges. Edwards has appeared on Broadway in BY JEEVES and THE ROTHSCHILDS and Van Treuren was in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. Both actors have performed these roles before and are good friends on and off stage. Zach Trimmer* is reviving the role of Jean Michel for his third time; marTina Vidmar* is Jacqueline; Frank Calamaro* of Chester is Ms. Dindon and Samantha Talmadge of Groton is Mme. Dindon.The set is designed by Cully Long, lighting by Doug Harry, wigs by Liz Cipollina and costumes by Njaye Olds.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens in Ivoryton on August 6th and runs through August 31st. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. There are 2 extra matinees for this show on Saturday August 16th and 23rd at 2pm. Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.
Generously sponsored by: Sennheiser and Webster Bank
Members of the press are welcome at any performance. Please call ahead for tickets.
1. David Edwards*
2. James Van Treuren*, Phil Young and David Edwards*
3. Jay Garrick and Carlos Chang

Photo by Anne Hudson
*member of Actors Equity

CT Technical High School students excel at SkillsUSA national competition

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(Hartford, Conn., August 6, 2014) – Last month, the Connecticut Delegation – a group of students representing the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) – traveled to Kansas City, MO to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships as part of the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a national showcase of career and technical education.

After earning state-level gold medals and successfully qualifying for nationals during SkillsUSA Connecticut’s 37th Annual State Leadership Conference and Skill Championships held in March, 46 first place category winners and school teams went on to compete at the national level in 99 specialized contests that simulated on-the-job challenges. According to national statistics provided by SkillsUSA, students participating in the event were already considered to be in the top 2% in the nation before entering the national championships.

During the two-day competition more than 6,000 student contestants – representing technical high school students across the country – proved their occupational knowledge and trade, industrial and technical expertise in skilled and technical sciences, as well as occupational skills like architectural drafting, CNC milling, electronics technology, nurse assisting, technical computer applications, HVAC maintenance, culinary arts and more.

CTHSS students took home three silver medals and five bronze medals in addition to placing in the “Top 10” for 18 events and the “Top 20” for 10 events. Antonio Vargas, a student at Norwich Technical High School, was named a 2014 – 2015 National Officer, making him the first Connecticut student to earn this honor in nearly 30 years.

The following Connecticut students earned Silver Medals:
• Christopher Gonzalez and Jacob Hawran, Hartford – A.I. Prince Technical High School – 2nd place, Audio/Radio Production
• Raul Robles, Milford – Platt Technical High School – 2nd place, CNC Turning

The following Connecticut students earned Bronze Medals:
• Fation Ajro, Waterbury – W.F. Kaynor Technical High School – 3rd place, First Aid/CPR
• Daniel Benoit, Norwich Technical High School – 3rd place, Electrical Construction Wiring
• Joseph Devino, Waterbury – W.F. Kaynor Technical High School – 3rd place, Carpentry
• Shawn McAuley, Milford – Platt Technical High School – 3rd place, HVACR
• Anthony Pizzola, Milford – Platt Technical High School – 3rd place, CNC Milling

The following Connecticut students placed in the “Top 10”:
• Vincent Pierce, Danielson – H.H. Ellis Technical High School – 4th place, Masonry
• Alysa Chenkus, Amanda Gaedeke, Bryonna Geiste, Kathryn Mazzucco, Delany Ruiz, Brianna Vece and Alyssa Sinclair, Meriden – H.C. Wilcox Technical High School – 5th place, Opening & Closing Ceremonies
• Catherine Gonzalez, Willimantic – Windham Technical High School – 5th place, Job Skill Demonstration Open
• Katheryn Keene, Meriden – H.C. Wilcox Technical High School – 6th place, Graphic Communications
• Nathan Bugbee, Middletown – Vinal Technical High School – 7th place, Cabinetmaking
• Justin Cipriano, Waterbury – W.F. Kaynor Technical High School – 7th place, Culinary Arts
• Michael Dendrea, Milford – Platt Technical High School – 7th place, Job Interview
• Jake Forgette, Milford – Platt Technical High School – 8th place, Precision Machining
• Alexander Valdes, Norwich Technical High School – 8th place, Electronics Technology
• Mia Dupuis, Jessica Gavilanes and Amanda Wallace, Meriden – H.C. Wilcox Technical High School – 10th place, Chapter Display
• Gabrielle LaFlesh, Norwich Technical High School – 10th place, Nurse Assisting

The following Connecticut students placed in the “Top 20”:
Brian Phillips, Milford – Platt Technical High School – 12th place, Prepared Speech
Mark Nolan, Norwich Technical High School – 12th place, Plumbing
Conner Longwill, Norwich Technical High School – 12th place, Customer Service
Erich Pfistner and Kurt Aronson, Middletown – Vinal Technical High School – 13th place, Robotics & Automation Technology
Nicholas Donnangolo, Waterbury – W.F. Kaynor Technical High School – 15th place, Collision Repair Technology
Hassan George, Groton – E.T. Grasso Technical High School – 16th place, Restaurant Service
Vallerie Gorman, Wolcott High School – 16th place, Medical Terminology

Rachel Betts, Alan LeBreck and Samantha Zajac, Meriden – H.C. Wilcox Technical High School – 18th place, Community Service
Connie Kelleher, Middletown – Vinal Technical High School – 18th place, T-Shirt Design
Luis Martinez, New Britain – E.C. Goodwin Technical High School – 19th place, Commercial Baking

1,100 judges assessed students’ performance during the SkillsUSA Championships and Lowe’s Companies, Inc. sponsored the awards ceremony, featuring Lowe’s Senior Vice President Troy Dally as the guest speaker. Students received industry-related prizes to support their future employment or further education. Attendance at the overall conference was estimated to include more than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders and representatives from more than 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions.

More than $36 million in industry and education contributions were donated for the event including time, equipment and materials. The SkillsUSA Championships is considered to be the single greatest day in industry volunteerism in America.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national vocational student organization that is a partnership between students, teachers and the industry. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help each student excel to ensure a skilled future workforce.
SkillsUSA Connecticut is supported by over 100 industry partners across the state.

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


CT Nonprofits and Corporation of Independent Living Awarded $1.5 million Nonprofit Collaborative Incentive Grant

August 6, 2014 News, Releases No Comments

(Hartford, CT) Governor Malloy has announced that the Corporation for Independent Living (CIL) and Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) are recipients of a $1.5 million Nonprofit Collaborative Incentive Grant for the development of the CT Nonprofit Center (the Center) located at 75 Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford. The Center is designed to create a professional community where nonprofit leaders can share ideas, services and knowledge for the benefit of those served by their collective missions.

CIL purchased the two-building campus comprising 86,000 square feet, in June, 2013. Serving as the landlord and property manager, CIL has chosen to partner with CT Nonprofits to serve as the operating manager of the Center. CT Nonprofits is the anchor tenant and oversees the operations of the Center including tenant/member selection, internal and external community building and outreach. CT Nonprofits also facilitates the cost saving initiatives through the sharing of space, services and resources.

“The Collaborative Incentive Grant will allow CIL to complete extensive improvements that will improve energy efficiency, upgrade ADA accessibility and reconfigure space for our member agencies,” said Martin Legault, the President and Chief Executive Officer of CIL.

The Center offers unique cost saving opportunities to member nonprofits in residence who utilize the Center strategies such as below-market rent, shared meeting rooms reception and kitchen space, high-speed internet and state-of-the-art equipment for meetings.

The Center also serves as a space for nonprofit trainings, meetings, fundraisers and other community events in Hartford. Over time, the true value of the Center will reach far beyond its walls to enhance the capacity and visibility of the nonprofit sector at large.

“The CT Nonprofit Center will quickly become a gathering place for nonprofits coming to Hartford and within greater Hartford, “ said Ron Cretaro, executive director of CT Nonprofits. “The Center serves as an asset to the City of Hartford as well as nonprofits across the state. We cannot wait for the collaborative partnerships and initiatives which will emanate from the Center and its members.”

The Center currently hosts and serves ten nonprofit organizations with an additional three to five organizations expected to join them by the end of 2014. The Center will accommodate another 10 – 20 nonprofits of varying sizes over the next five years.

Current occupants at the Center include: CT After School Network, North American Family Institute (Professional Foster Parent Program), Sunshine Kids Foundation, Institute For Community Research, The Sheff Movement, Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund, Operation Fuel, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Guakia, Poverty & Race Research Action Council and CT Nonprofits.

About CT Nonprofit Center
The CT Nonprofit Center (the Center) is a program of the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. The Center serves as ‘home’ to multiple nonprofit organizations who share space, resources and services. The Center is designed to provide opportunities for participating organizations to achieve significant cost saving measures, foster meaningful collaborations and more effectively address their missions, thus increasing their impact on their constituents and the communities they serve.

About Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in Connecticut. As the voice of nonprofits, the association has advanced the social and economic impact of nonprofits for over 35 years. CT Nonprofits helps members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve by connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration. For more information, please visit

Local Community Events Earn Financial Support From Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

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New Britain, Conn., August 1, 2014 – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB) has awarded more than $5,000 in financial assistance to eight local events as part of its Community Sponsorship Awards pilot program.

The program marks the Foundation’s first foray into the arena of event sponsorship. In testing the program Community Foundation Vice President, Operations Bob Trojanowski noted the importance of successful community events to the overall health and vitality of the region and how that goal aligned with the Foundation’s mission.

“We understand the importance of community events in making our towns great places to live,” said Trojanowski. “We are pleased to provide assistance to those who work so hard to make these events successful, and at the same time raise awareness of the important work of the Foundation.”

Those receiving 2014 Community Sponsorship Awards include:

  • Apple Harvest Festival of Southington. $1,000 to support the 46th year of the community festival to be held October 3-5 and 10-12 in Southington.
  • New Britain-Berlin YMCA. $750 to fund the Tinsel Fun Run in Berlin on December 6.
  • New Britain Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone. $500 to help provide New Britain youth with a safe area to go trick-or-treating in Downtown New Britain on October 31.
  • New Britain High School Marching Band. $500 to fund the 2014 BENefit at Trinity-on-Main, bringing the community together in memory of NBHS graduate, Ben Cheny, on September 6.
  • New Britain Symphony Society. $750 to fund the Vienna Themed Family Concert at CCSU on November 2.
  • New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park. $750 to fund the Pumpkin Palooza Trail Walk on October 18.
  • Oneida Health Foundation. $680 to fund the Fall Wellness Fair at the Plainville Loop on October 18.
  • Southington Education Foundation. $750 to support the Fan of the Foundation community event celebrating education and the foundation’s work in Southington on October 24.

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


Bob Trojanowski, Vice President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, (860) 229-6018 x314,
Dennis Buden, DBPR, (860) 558-0514,



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