West Hartford CT Community Notes


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Residents ride on Team Lungstrong in Pan Mass Challenge 2012

Team Lungstrong fund raising efforts are geared to raising money for lung cancer research and treatment at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

All of the money raised by PMC goes to DFCI. Lungstrong's goal is to raise $250,000 this year. The team has grown to 28 riders and  welcomes new members to the team.  PMC is on target to raise 38 million dollars this year.

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. among every ethnic group and accounts for one in every 3 cancer deaths.  It will kill more people than the next four deadly cancers...combined.  It will kill over three times as many men as prostate cancer and nearly twice as many women as breast cancer.  One in five women diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked.  Over 60% of new cases are never smokers or former smokers, many of whom quit decades ago.  This year, more than 215,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 161,000 will succumb to the disease.

Attached is a PMC list of West Hartford residents who rode in 2011. 

 People can donate to PMC and/or sponsor riders. E-gift numbers are attached to make it easy to donate on-line.  To see the list of riders for 2012, visit www.pmc.org/profile/TL0096.





eGiftID:

Last Name

First Name

City/Town:

State:

DB0255

Boers

David

West Hartford

CT

JB0483

Boers

John

West Hartford

CT

SB0249

Boers

Sam

West Hartford

CT

DB0009

Brofsky

David

West Hartford

CT

NB0059

Brofsky

Nina

West Hartford

CT

DB0260

Burr

David

West Hartford

CT

JC0437

Capone

Jeff

West Hartford

CT

MC0303

Christopher

Michael

West Hartford

CT

DC0213

Cormier

Dave

West Hartford

CT

BC0195

Cote

Bryan

West Hartford

CT

PD0121

Dowling

Porter

West Hartford

CT

VD0011

Dowling

Vin

West Hartford

CT

VD0010

Dowling

VJ

West Hartford

CT

RH0113

Healy

Robert

West Hartford

CT

JK0208

Kinney

John

West Hartford

CT

SK0161

Kinney

Shea

West Hartford

CT

CL0089

Levy

Coleman

West Hartford

CT

GM0039

Matalon

Gerry

West Hartford

CT

JR0293

Roche

John

West Hartford

CT

JS0629

Sanderson

Julie

West Hartford

CT

BS0085

Siegal

Barry

West Hartford

CT

CT0047

Torla

Christopher

West Hartford

CT

CV0040

Vossler

Chris

West Hartford

CT

Monday, July 30, 2012

West Hartford 143rd to send off Norwich 248th Engineer Company

Hartford — A send-off ceremony will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday at the William A. O'Neill Armory for the 120 soldiers of the 248th Engineer Company of Norwich and 140 soldiers of the 143rd Military Police Company of West Hartford.
The 248th Engineer Company will mobilize and deploy to Bahrain and provide security and installation protection duties within the country. The 143rd will be sent to Afghanistan to work alongside the Afghan Uniformed Police.

Women's club awards scholarships


The Suburban Woman's  Club of West Hartford awarded two $1,000 scholarships to the following high school seniors: Cassidy Grinsell, Hall High School and Megan E. Cote, Conard High School.
The club, which will be celebrating its 60th year, has been actively involved in raising the $2,000 needed for these scholarships and to fund other needy causes such as the West Hartford Food Bank, Americares, Camp Courant, Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue and Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Alzheimer's program get $5,000 grant

The Mercy Community, which offers an integrated continuum of care and services for seniors, is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant from the Farmington Bank Community Foundation to further fund the Alzheimer's and Dementia Special Care Community at Saint Mary Home.
The grant from the Farmington Bank Community Foundation will enable The Mercy Community to ensure an even safer and more enriching environment for its Alzheimer's and Dementia Care residents.
 The funding will be used to purchase secure automated swing doors that will give residents from the Special Care Community access to an enclosed courtyard and provide music therapy intended to stimulate memory and overall wellness.  These are two elements of a larger program of upgrades to the Special Care Community's environment where respect for the dignity of each person is paramount.
 The Farmington Bank Community Foundation, developed by Farmington Bank to help both the economic viability and well-being of residents in the communities it serves, is equally enthusiastic about the program and its focus on a safe, nurturing environment for those in need of Alzheimer's and dementia care.
 "The Farmington Bank Community Foundation is pleased to provide Saint Mary Home support for its Alzheimer's and Dementia Special Care Unit. The provision of quality stimulation in a safe environment will help maximize the cognitive and physical level of those inflicted with these insidious diseases," said Christine Traczyk, executive director of the Foundation. 

Residents ride to help fight cancer

For the fifth consecutive year, employee-owners at the New England office of Burns & McDonnell will join together as "Team Courage" in an joint effort to raise much needed funds in the  fight against cancer. The group of twenty co-workers will participate in the Pan Mass Challenge, a two day annual bike-a-thon spanning 190 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown, MA.  
West Hartford residents Mr. Dave Boers and three of his children, John, Sam and Claire have a goal to pedal their way towards raising more than $26,000.
Founded in 1980 when 36 cyclists rode across Massachusetts and raised $10,200 for the Jimmy Fund, the PMC is known today as the "gold standard" of athletic fundraising events, due to the unprecedented sums it raises in one weekend.  Their collective goal is to raise $36 million this year for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund and bring the organization's 33-year fundraising total to more than $374 million.
Every rider on Burns & McDonnell's "Team Courage" has a reason that is motivating them to participate. 
The past four years, riders of "Team Courage" have motivated and challenged themselves and their co-workers to get involved and increase Burns & McDonnell's participation and fundraising.  This year, for the first time, Team Courage" has adopted Ethan Bairos as their Pedal Partner.  The Pedal Partner Program has offered an inspiring opportunity for members of the team to connect with Ethan, a courageous 7 year old boy battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).  Ethan is currently receiving treatment for the disease at Boston's Children's Hospital. 
Riding in honor of Ethan, and everyone else who is battling cancer, "Team Courage" has set an overall 2012 team fundraising goal of $140,000, which is well above the previous year's goal of $75,000; a goal which was achieved in excess of over $12,000.     
The funds raised are part of an overall effort by more than 8,500 participants and volunteers who contributed to this year's goal of the Pan Mass Challenge to raise over $36 million, 100% of which benefits cancer research via the Jimmy Fund.  To help contribute to "Team Courage's" fundraising goal, please visit http://www.pmc.org/profile/TC0147.

Comcast awards scholarships to West Hartford students


HARTFORD – The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, recently awarded 45 Connecticut high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. 

The program, one of the Comcast Foundation's signature community investment programs, recognizes students' leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.
West Hartford winners are: Hall High School student Pooja Agrawal; Conard High School student Lily Cannon; and Northwest Catholic student Christian Murphy.

"I would like to congratulate all of the scholarship winners and thank the Comcast Foundation for recognizing the achievements of some of our state's brightest young minds," said Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor.  "I encourage our winners to continue to engage both academics and civic involvement with the enthusiasm they have demonstrated to this point in their academic career."

Pizza box art raise funds for arts

Young participants in the Farmington Valley Arts Center's Summer Arts Adventures for ages 6 to 15 have been given a challenge: transform pizza boxes into works of art. Their reward? A free pizza lunch courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen on the Friday of each week-long camp session, plus the chance to win free pizza for a year
when the boxes are displayed August 22 at the restaurant in Farmington, Connecticut's Westfarms Mall.
California Pizza Kitchen is committed to supporting children in local communities through its CPK FUNdraisers program, and from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, the restaurant will contribute 20
percent of sales to the Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC), an Avon, Connecticut-based non-profit that provides a comprehensive assortment of arts-related programs and opportunities for all ages.
Diners will also have the chance to view the more than 40 pizza boxes created by students and to vote for a People's Choice Award Winner, who will have his or her box framed and displayed in the restaurant for a year and receive an MVP pass, good for 12 free kids' meals during the year.
There's still time for kids to enter the competition by painting pizza boxes, provided by California Pizza Kitchen, during upcoming Summer Arts Adventures sessions at the FVAC's Avon campus.
For more information or to register, visit www.artsfvac.org or call 860-678-1867.
Photo: Pizza box art by Jacqueline McConnell, West Hartford, age 11. Submitted.

West Hartford's Camp Isola Bella wins Campership funding

West Hartford, CT – The American Camp Association, New England  has just awarded West Hartford's own Camp Isola Bella with American Camp Association Campership Funds. Camp Isola Bella is just one of 65 ACA accredited day and overnight camps across all six New England states that have received camperships on behalf of specific campers.

One hundred and six children will experience the joy of day or overnight camp this summer thanks to the ACA New England Campership Fund. The first-ever Camp Champions Celebration held at Fenway Park last fall raised the funds that will make summer camp experiences possible for more than 100 lucky campers. The funds for each camper will go directly to each of the 64 camps.

Bette Bussel, Executive Director of ACA New England, notes that campers receiving camperships will attend an array of summer camps representing the tremendous variety of camp opportunities available in all six New England states—day and overnight, private and agency, religiously-affiliated and nonsectarian.

"At ACA New England, we believe there's a camp out there for everyone and that every child deserves to have a camp experience. ACA Accredited camps applied for campership funding on behalf of qualified campers, who met eligibility guidelines for the federal free and reduced lunch program. The recipients of these camperships are some of New England's most underserved children."

Plans for the second Camp Champions Celebration are set for the evening of Nov. 1 at Fenway Park's State Street Pavilion. Hundreds of supporters are expected to attend the event that will raise campership funds for the summer of 2013.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston will also receive ACA New England's Camp Champions Award for his significant support of New England's summer camps. More information can be found at www.ACANewEngland.org

Apply now for free USJ forensic science camp program

WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – The University of Saint Joseph has recently been awarded a grant by the State of Connecticut Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education. This funding, in the amount of $15,000, is administered by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, and will support a five-day summer camp program offered on USJ's West Hartford campus entitled, "The Science to Solve Crimes: The Science behind Crime Scene Investigation (C.S.I.)." 

CWEALF petitioned the State of Connecticut on behalf of USJ to secure the funding for this program. A group of students from the Hartford area will learn about the science behind a crime scene investigation; young women and ethnically diverse students in grades 8 - 12 have been actively recruited.

The program promotes and encourages participants to pursue the biological sciences and the health professions as possible fields of study in planning towards a future career. Students will focus on the cellular and molecular biology techniques used in forensic laboratories to solve crimes in collaboration with police and fire departments.

This program, which runs from August 13 - 17, 2012, is free of charge and offered on a first come, first served basis (space is limited). Hartford area high school students are encouraged to apply; for more information, email campusj@usj.edu

"This summer program helps stimulate interest among young people in the important fields of biology and health science," said University of Saint Joseph President Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D. "USJ is honored to offer this new learning opportunity for high school students on the science of investigating and solving crimes, and we are grateful to CWEALF for their collaboration on this project."

 University of Saint Joseph faculty who will be actively involved in "The Science to Solve Crimes: The Science behind Crime Scene Investigation (C.S.I.)," include: Christopher R. Zito, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology and Grant Program Director; and Lucia Jilaveanu, M.D., Ph.D., who serves as a member of USJ's adjunct graduate faculty.

Iron Maidens raise funds for great cause

Members of the Iron Maidens MS Motorcycle Ride fundraising team flex some muscle while at the 2012 NBC Connecticut MS Motorcycle Ride held recently at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford.

Since its inception in 2007, the team has raised more than $45,000 to support the fight against multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease for which there is no cure.

In photo, from left: team captain, Karen Butler; Diane Freer; Joy Gaughan; and team co-captain, Susan Petruzzi, West Hartford.

The 2012 NBC Connecticut Motorcycle Ride offered two satellite start locations, one in Norwalk and one at Gengras Harley-Davidson in East Hartford.

The ride attracted hundreds of riders from throughout Connecticut. For more information on National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, events, services and programs, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

Knights of Columbus steps up to assist food bank



NEW HAVEN – With poverty rising to the highest level since the 1960s, donations to the Connecticut Food Bank have been declining this summer just when they are needed most. 
 
To help the Food Bank continue to provide food at this critical time, the Knights of Columbus has announced that it will provide financial and food drive assistance to the Connecticut Food Bank to help it maintain its food programs this summer and beyond. 

A $12,000 check will be delivered to the East Haven offices of the Connecticut Food Bank by the Knights of Columbus tomorrow. The check will represent a $6,000 donation from the employees of the Knights of Columbus and a matching $6,000 from the organization.


Knights of Columbus Councils in Connecticut – beginning with those in New Haven – will also begin local food drives in support of the work of the Connecticut Food Bank.


"As our country deals with a combination of rising food prices and ever higher rates of poverty, we see this as an opportunity to help those most in need, which has been our mission and our work for 130 years," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "It is our hope that the support of the Connecticut Food Bank will keep families and their children from having to go to bed hungry at night."


The Knights of Columbus is headquartered in New Haven, and has local councils throughout the state. The Connecticut Food Bank has locations in Fairfield, Waterbury and East Haven, with its headquarters located at its East Haven location.

B-17 Memphis Belle and rare P-40 take flight over Hartford

"Memphis Belle" a restored WWII B-17 "flying fortress" bomber and rare Curtiss P-40 Warhawk will take to the skies over Hartford on their first national tour today.
Sixty five years ago these aircraft flew from bases far from home in an attempt to bring freedom to oppressed peoples.
The B-17 and P-40 mission for today is to educate the people of America about the courageous WWII veterans and to remember the brave aircrew members that never made it home.

'Innervisions - The Extraordinary Life of Stevie Wonder' at USJ



WEST HARTFORD– The University of Saint Joseph recently presented the ninth season of its Arts Integration and Multiple Intelligences Program culminating with "Innervisions - The Extraordinary Life of Stevie Wonder." 
This spirited dance performance included original choreography, colorful costumes and scenery celebrating Stevie Wonder's music, his social activism, the way he has used his art to create social change, and his vision of a world where people overcome differences to live in harmony. Pictured here is the energetic opening number featuring all show participants on stage in The Bruyette Athenaeum's Hoffman Auditorium. 
The performance was directed and choreographed by Kay Gayner of the National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York City and conceived by Oscar and Emmy Award winner Jacques d'Amboise H'03 who serves as artist-in-residence. AIMI is unmatched by other summer arts opportunities in combining both instruction and show preparation within a short time frame; 48 children and 35 graduate students from USJ's School of Education participated in the program.
Photo credit: John Marinelli Photography

Coldwell Banker West Hartford agent recognized


WEST HARTFORDCeynnon Bradley, a sales associate affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage West Hartford office, was recently recognized for placing outgoing referrals in the second quarter of 2012.
Bradley was the winner of a contest organized by the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Relocation Services division to recognize sales associates for placing outgoing referrals within the Cartus Broker Network.
The Cartus Broker Network is the leading network of real estate sales associates serving the clients and customers of Cartus. Cartus is the premier provider of global employee relocation solutions serving the corporate, government and affinity markets. Through its industry-leading mobility management, outsourcing, consulting, and intercultural and language training, Cartus helps the mobile workforces of organizations of all sizes achieve success worldwide. 
Bradley earned the Relocation Specialist designation after attending rigorous workshops and completing in-depth instruction on helping clients who are relocating to another part of the country sell their home and purchase a new home.

Marist College Dean's List

Geoffrey P. Des Rosiers, was named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2012 semester at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Geoff will be a senior in the fall and is majoring in Economics.

Friday, July 27, 2012

'Big Bang Event' a major success

The Zachs Family (from left Eric, Judi, Mayim Bialik, Henry and Jessica) were honored at Hebrew High School's "Big Bang Event" recently for their support of the school and philanthropy throughout the Connecticut Jewish community. 
The annual scholarship fundraiser, the most successful  in the school's history, was held at Beth El Temple in West Hartford. Bialik, the star of the CBS hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory" who had starred in the 1990s TV hit series "Blossom" and earned a P.h.D. from UCLA in neuro science, delivered galactic magnitude with a down to earth speech speech that mixed tidbits from her Hollywood career, her journey to being an observant Jew and her passion of "attachment parenting." 
 This year, 21 students graduated from HHNE at ceremonies at the school on June 17. The evening was also a celebration of the dedication to the school of Barbara Zalesch.

WHC-TV to receive National Excellence Award

West Hartford Community Television (WHC-TV) is the winner of the Alliance for Community Media 2012 Overall Excellence Award for Public Educational, and Government (PEG) Access in the category for centers with budgets under $300,000. WHC-TV will be recognized as best in the nation during the Hometown Media Awards on Wednesday, August 1st as part of the Alliance for Community Media Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, IL.
The Hometown Media Awards is local cable’s largest video awards competition designed to honor and promote creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge commercial television formats and move viewers to experience television in a different way. “We’re so pleased that the Alliance for Community Media has recognized the hard work, dedication and creativity of our staff, producers, volunteers, members and board,” said Roger Goldbeck, President of the WHC-TV Board of Directors. Awardees are selected from more than 1,000 entrants representing more than 3,000 PEG access television stations and cities from across the nation.
In 2009, WHC-TV was recognized for overall excellence in the Northeast Region. “It is gratifying to see our innovative approach to keeping residents connected via our channels, website, and social media received national recognition,” said Jennifer Evans, WHC-TV’s Executive Director. “It’s a tribute to this wonderfully engaged community and our talented team that we were selected for this prestigious award.”
“Alliance for Community Media congratulates the winners of the 2012 Hometown Media Awards, and we look forward to honoring them throughout the ACM Conference,” said ACM Executive Director Sylvia Strobel. “This year’s Hometown Media Awards winners showcase the depth and diversity of relevant local programming.”

Unique Polish encyclopedia donated to library

As part of the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford’s mission to preserve and promote Polish heritage, copies of the new Polish American Encyclopedia were donated to Connecticut libraries where its members reside.
Cliff Archie, president of the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. recently presented a copy of The Polish American Encyclopedia to Pat Holloway, director of the West Hartford Library.

The idea for this unique reference book was conceived in June 2005, when the Polish American Historical Association Board, at a meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, authorized the creation of an encyclopedia on the theme of Polish history and culture to be dedicated to Dr. Stanislaus A. Blejwas of Central Connecticut State University.
Dr. James S. Pula of Purdue University was appointed editor-in-chief. The encyclopedia was designed to contain three types of entries: Thematic, Topical and Biographical. McFarland Publishers expressed an immediate interest in the project, and were chosen to produce the book.
The completed work is the only reference encyclopedia in existence on American Polonia. It received acclaim as one of the outstanding reference books of 2011 by the American Library Association. Choice, the journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries, considered it essential.

Hadassah hosts Installation

The Greater Hartford Chapter of Hadassah recently hosted its Installation, followed by a luncheon and card party at the Wampanoag Country Club. Judy Schatz, former Hadassah National board member and past president of Western New England Region, lead the Installation ceremony. Co-Presidents Faith Helene and Deborah Rosenfeld were installed for their second term in office.
The 2012-13 Board also includes Jessica Borden, Bette Gutt, Adrienne Hopfer, Regina Karas, Helen Kosmin, Michelle Meyer, Ellie Norton, Edythe Weiss, and Lilda Williams. After a summer hiatus, the Greater Hartford Chapter of Hadassah will have monthly events and programs beginning in September. Co-Presidents Faith Helene & Deborah Rosenfeld From left: Edythe Weiss, Jessica Borden, Adrienne Hopfer, Ellie Norton, Lilda Williams, Regina Karas, Michelle Meyer, Helen Kosmin.Missing: Bette Gutt. Submitted.

Hall junior studies Chinese culture, living in Beijing

Washington, DC – Alec Stott, a Hall High School junior, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarships. NSLI-Y is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages.
The scholarship enables Stott to study Chinese in Beijing for six weeks this summer. Stott will attend classes during the week with 30 fellow American students plus Chinese students. On weekends, Stott will live with a host family in Beijing. The merit-based scholarship covers all program costs including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation, support and testing for language study; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; applicable visa fees; three basic meals per day; and accommodations with the host family. “I’m leaving behind everything that’s familiar and going to a country where I don’t know the culture or much of the language,” said Stott. “This is a great opportunity to fully immerse myself in the Chinese culture and learn all I can about the people, their history and their way of life. At the same time, I get to be an ambassador and represent the Unites States. I’ll learn a lot, and I hope they’ll learn from me as well.” Stott studies French and Chinese at Hall and credits his love of languages to his teachers, Gay Adams and Lauren Drazen, both teach at Hall. Drazen was instrumental is Stott winning the scholarship by encouraging him to apply and submitting a recommendation on his behalf. The goals of the NSLI-Y program include sparking a life-long interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dialogue in the private, academic or government sectors, building upon the foundations developed through person-to-person relationships. Launched as part of a U.S. Government initiative in 2006, NSLI-Y seeks to increase Americans’ capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal and informal language learning and practice and by promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural activities. NSLI-Y offers overseas study opportunities for summer, semester and academic year language learning in Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Russian and Turkish. NSLI-Y scholars are between 15- and18-years old. Through Stott’s participation in the program, he will be in the vanguard of international communication and will develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community.

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