Brookfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield Tue, 02 Mar 2021 20:57:19 -0500 HamletHub.com RVNAhealth StayWELL Earns Employer of Choice Award https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46322-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award46322-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46322-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award46322-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award

RVNAhealth is excited to share that our StayWELL team has been awarded a 2021 Best of Home Care® – Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse.  This award recognizes RVNAhealth and our StayWELL business as one of the top performing non-medical home care agency employers in the nation, based upon unfiltered caregiver employee feedback.  Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience.  As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility. 

“As one of only 19 home care assistant agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of non-medical home care agency employers in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding employment experience. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I extend appreciation to our caregivers for their feedback and choice in working for RVNAhealth,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

In addition to the Home Care Pulse Employer of Choice Award, RVNAhealth is also an eight-time winner of the Hearst Media Top Workplaces Award, as well as a 2020 Home Care Pulse Provider of Choice, tributes also earned through unfiltered employee and client feedback. Learn more about RVNAhealth’s StayWELL services here, or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.  For inquiries into caregiver employment opportunities, please contact Human Resources.


 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:54:33 -0500
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut seeks submissions for ‘Color Blind’ online art exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46321-the-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-seeks-submissions-for-color-blind-online-art-exhibit46321-the-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-seeks-submissions-for-color-blind-online-art-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46321-the-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-seeks-submissions-for-color-blind-online-art-exhibit46321-the-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-seeks-submissions-for-color-blind-online-art-exhibit

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is calling artists from Connecticut and New York for submissions for an online exhibit to open in May and showcase monochromatic works that demonstrate the struggle of a society that is decidedly not “color blind” when it comes to racial struggle.

Artists are asked to demonstrate through a colorless lens the symbols of liberation, resistance or empowerment that will offer a visually compelling account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that affect people of color. Artists have the power to control their use of color and imagery in ways that can create a better and constructive impact on our culture, making people understand the importance of life and its value.

“Sometimes a monochrome palette can say more than a full spectrum of color and create a striking contrast,” said Lisa Scails, Cultural Alliance executive director. “Artists with 2-dimensional works of all mediums are invited to share work that is composed of a majority of black, white and all shades in between.”

Artist and teacher Lisa D’Amico, who has worked as an independent curator for the past 15 years, will curate the show.

“As an artist, I believe every new work is a deep breath,” D’Amico said. “A new beginning to tell a story using creativity.”

She has managed exhibition programs that included juried, curated and invitational exhibitions, featuring the work of regional, national and international artists. She is also the co-founder of “The Bluefield Artists” and the creator of the annual small works exhibit, “Inside Small.”

The “Color Blind” exhibition will be unveiled online on May 14 and will remain on display through Aug. 27.

For further details and to submit a piece of art for consideration, please visit https://www.cawct.org. For more information, contact Lisa D’Amico email lisapainting@outlook.com.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is the heart of the region’s creativity to help communities connect and thrive. We are a 501(C)3 and regional service organization serving 10-towns in the Greater Danbury area. Our aspiration is to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy. The Connecticut Office of the Arts provides major support.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:58:15 -0500
Union Savings Bank Promotes Daniel Silva of Brookfield to Chief Information Security Officer, James Gerace Joins Bank as Director of Technology https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46320-union-savings-bank-promotes-daniel-silva-to-chief-information-security-officer-james-gerace-joins-bank-as-director-of-technology-and-data-services46320-union-savings-bank-promotes-daniel-silva-to-chief-information-security-officer-james-gerace-joins-bank-as-director-of-technology-and-data-services https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46320-union-savings-bank-promotes-daniel-silva-to-chief-information-security-officer-james-gerace-joins-bank-as-director-of-technology-and-data-services46320-union-savings-bank-promotes-daniel-silva-to-chief-information-security-officer-james-gerace-joins-bank-as-director-of-technology-and-data-services

Danbury, CONN. (March 1, 2021) – Cynthia C. Merkle, President & CEO, Union Savings Bank (USB), is pleased to announce that Dan Silva has been appointed Chief Information Security Officer and Jim Gerace has joined the bank as Director of Technology and Data Services.

In his new role, Silva will oversee information security, legal processing, physical security, and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance.  He joined USB in 1998 and since that time has served the bank in various capacities of increasing responsibility, most recently as Director of Technology and Data Services. Silva serves on USB’s internal Management Council.

Gerace assumes Silva’s previous role and is responsible for development and implementation of information technology initiatives, including network infrastructure, business applications and systems, cloud technology, telecom, and digital channels. He works in collaboration with USB business line and operational leaders across the organization to improve service quality, cost effectiveness, and business development, while supporting overall corporate objectives. 

“The areas of information security and data services are crucial to our overall risk management program, particularly as we see increased demand on digital services and ongoing cyber threats in the banking industry,” said Merkle. “Filling these two positions with two, seasoned professionals demonstrate our ongoing commitment to keeping our customers’ information secure, while addressing the ever-changing technology needs and regulatory compliance requirements. We look to Dan and Jim to lead the effort in these vital areas.”

Silva is a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is a member of the Central Connecticut chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) as well as Infragard CT.  Silva earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Western Connecticut State University. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Housatonic Habitat for Humanity. Silva resides in Brookfield, CT.

Gerace, whose career spans some 25 years, was most recently director of IT for Excelligence Learning Corporation, a national educational supply retailer, located in Monroe, CT. Prior to that, he held a variety of positions in IT, information security, and information services and support, as well as project management for several organizations including GE Capital and RBS Citizens. Gerace earned a BA degree in Computer Science from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and an MBA from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute (PMI), Newtown Square, PA. Gerace currently resides in Monroe, CT.

For more information, please visit unionsavings.com and connect with the bank on LinkedIn .

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Union Savings Bank ) Neighbors Mon, 01 Mar 2021 07:25:30 -0500
Brookfield Library Celebrates Read Across America Week! https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/events/46319-brookfield-library-celebrates-read-across-america-week46319-brookfield-library-celebrates-read-across-america-week https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/events/46319-brookfield-library-celebrates-read-across-america-week46319-brookfield-library-celebrates-read-across-america-week

Read Across America Week – March 1–6

This year the Library will be celebrating Read Across America Day with a week of daily fun facts and challenges from some of our favorite Children's books starting on March 1. On Wednesday, March 3 at 10:00 am, our outdoor storytime will feature stories by Dr. Seuss and other notable authors (weather permitting). Register here: Wednesday, March 3Read Across America Day Storytime!

The week will culminate in a Zoom craft session that will include stories and an at-home scavenger hunt.


Visit Brookfield Library online here to learn more and to register.

Read Brookfield Library's newsletter here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Brookfield Library) Events Mon, 01 Mar 2021 03:42:40 -0500
What's Your Brookfield Library Story? https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46318-what-s-your-brookfield-library-story46318-what-s-your-brookfield-library-story https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46318-what-s-your-brookfield-library-story46318-what-s-your-brookfield-library-story

How has the Library enriched your life? What are some of your fondest memories at The Brookfield Library? Or, what does your dream library look like? 
 
We want to hear from you. Send us your library story for a chance to win a canvas tote bag, a car magnet, and a gift card to Byrd’s Books. The winner will be chosen on March 22.
 
There are two ways to share your story:

You can fill out this form where you can include a photo or short video (under 1 minute). You can also fill out a notecard, available on the curbside pickup table or at the Circulation desk when we reopen.

If you have any questions, you can reach us at 203-775-6241 or socialmedia@brookfieldlibrary.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Brookfield Library) Neighbors Mon, 01 Mar 2021 03:31:20 -0500
Red Colony Diner Opens in Brookfield https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46317-red-colony-diner-opens-in-brookfield46317-red-colony-diner-opens-in-brookfield https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46317-red-colony-diner-opens-in-brookfield46317-red-colony-diner-opens-in-brookfield

Customers, employees and town representatives joined owner George Marnelakis and his family at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan 28.
 
Located at 121 Federal Road, the opening marks the return of the Red Colony Diner, which first opened at this location in 1968. Owner George Marnelakis remembers helping his father, Eddie, who owned the restaurant at the time. “There are so many memories here for me, I remember helping my dad paint the basement when I was a little boy”, said George Marnelakis. John Vlamis works there now as manager; it was his father Jim, who sold the business to Eddie.
 
Also at the event was waitress Anita Canfield who attended the first opening in 1968. “I think it is great that Brookfield finally has a diner back in town, it was something we really needed. It's even better that George's family has had a history with this location, and how fitting for him to open back up at the same location”, said Jim Fisher, Economic Development Chairman.
 
Vist ECDC online here.
 
Pictured: Center, cutting the ribbon George Marnelakis, owner, Steve Dunn, First Selectman and Jim Fisher, Economic Development Chairman.
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kerry@ducey.org (Brookfield ECDC) Places Mon, 01 Mar 2021 03:27:50 -0500
Coffee with Brookfield First Selectmen on March 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46316-coffee-with-brookfield-first-selectmen-on-march-2246316-coffee-with-brookfield-first-selectmen-on-march-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46316-coffee-with-brookfield-first-selectmen-on-march-2246316-coffee-with-brookfield-first-selectmen-on-march-22

Coffee with Brookfield First Selectmen at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22

Residents are welcome to address the Selectmen with any questions, comments or concerns. View the meeting on YouTube or connect by phone to participate.
 
Meeting information can be found on the agenda on the town website.
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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Brookfield) Politics Mon, 01 Mar 2021 03:23:33 -0500
Brookfield Spotlight: COVID Vaccination Clinics, Town Budget, and More https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/life/46315-brookfield-spotlight-covid-vaccination-clinics-town-budget-and-more46315-brookfield-spotlight-covid-vaccination-clinics-town-budget-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/life/46315-brookfield-spotlight-covid-vaccination-clinics-town-budget-and-more46315-brookfield-spotlight-covid-vaccination-clinics-town-budget-and-more

A Message from Brookfield First Selectman, Steve Dunn

February was a tough month for weather. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Public Works Department for keeping Brookfield roads in such excellent shape last month. Well done!
 
Vaccination Clinics:
Brookfield's Health Department continues to hold very successful vaccination clinics at Brookfield Senior Center. We remain in debt to our dedicated volunteer nurses, doctors, and administrators who make this possible.
 
COVID-19: Effective March 1, anyone over the age of 55, school employee, and licensed childcare providers are now eligible to receive the Covid19 Vaccine. The CT DPH changed eligibility guidelines to an age group rollout and is no longer using medical history as a criterion for Vaccine eligibility. Scheduling for a vaccine can be done in a number of ways, please go to Brookfieldct.gov and read the Frequently Asked Questions which contains hyperlinks to many of the questions you have and places to register.
 
Please note, there is not currently sufficient allocation to support all those eligible to receive the vaccine immediately - patience will be required. Expect that the ability to schedule an appointment will be spread out over the month of March and into April at Clinics throughout Connecticut.
 
Town Budget: The town’s budget process for 2021-2022 is underway. The Board of Selectmen held numerous budget workshop meetings in February deliberating on my recommended budget. The board will finalize it, then forward to the Board of Finance with a March 2 presentation as noted below. The proposed date for the Capital Budget Special Town Meeting is Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. to set the Referendum date.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Brookfield First Selectman Steve Dunn First Selectman) Life Mon, 01 Mar 2021 03:19:55 -0500
A Record-Breaking Fairfield County’s Giving Day Raises $2.25 Million for Nearly 400 Local Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/charities/46313-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits46313-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/charities/46313-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits46313-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits

14,828 Individuals Generously Contribute to Region’s Biggest Day of Philanthropy, Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

 Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) today announced record-breaking results for its 8th annual Fairfield County’s Giving Day, which was held yesterday, Thursday, February 25, 2021. 

A total $2,250,154 was raised from 14,828 donors who made 21,187 total gifts — all Fairfield County’s Giving Day records — in support of 394 local nonprofits during the online 24-hour giving marathon.  The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified nonprofit needs and on Fairfield County’s Giving Day this year, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and businesses from across the region came together to give where they live and work.

“Everything about this year has been different -- everything but the generosity of Fairfield County donors and we thank every donor for their meaningful contributions.  We’re so grateful for the extraordinary, record-breaking response from our community for Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2021. While the pandemic made it impossible for nonprofits to raise funds in traditional in-person events, thousands responded to the call on Fairfield County’s Giving Day, contributing critical funds at a critical time for hundreds of local nonprofits.  The Community Foundation is honored to help make this truly momentous day of compassion, kindness, and goodwill possible for the communities we call home and all of our neighbors,” said Juanita James, President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

With the backing of Champion Sponsor, Bank of America, for an eighth year in a row, and other generous sponsors, this year’s record results exceeded prior high totals of $1,719,595 (+31% from 2019); 13,161 unique donors (+13% from 2015); and 17,236 total donations made (+23% from 2020). Since its inception by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in 2014, a total of $11,557,543 has been raised from 118,252 total gifts for 1,945 local nonprofits on Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

“Yesterday’s phenomenal Giving Day results are a reflection of the hardworking nonprofit community that has motivated so many donors to give back in recognition of their dedication and resiliency,” said Bill Tommins, President, Bank of America, Southern Connecticut. “In our eighth year as Champion Sponsor, the impact that yesterday will have on nonprofits within our communities will be substantial and long lasting, and we are proud to rally behind those making a difference.”

The community building-aspect of Giving Day continues to be a critical aspect of the initiative. As the region’s biggest philanthropic event of the year, Giving Day encourages thousands of individuals to come together and make a difference in the lives of their neighbors across all 23 cities and towns of Fairfield County.  Participating nonprofits represent a wide array of causes including the arts, education, animal welfare, human services, housing, and more. In addition to raising funds, Giving Day helps the more than 400 participating nonprofit organizations in increasing awareness about the important work they do across the region, while also providing trainings and workshops to empower virtual fundraising, marketing, and other resources.

Generous sponsors provided a bonus pool of more than $140,000 in prize money for participating nonprofits this year, another record total, surpassing prior highs in prize money by 40%.  Winners of Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2021 bonus prizes included:

  • Nonprofit Grand Prize: Most Unique Donors ($15,000 prize):
  • LifeBridge Community Services
  • Nonprofit Grand Prize: Most Dollars Raised ($10,000 prize)
  • The Greater Fairfield County Foundation, Inc. (not affiliated with FCCF)
  • Rookie of the Year ($1,000 prize to the first-time Giving Day participant with the most unique donors):
  • Lucky Dog Refuge

For a full list of prize winners visit FCGives.org/prizes. To review the full list of nonprofit fundraisers, inclusive of prize money, view the final leaderboard at https://www.fcgives.org/leaderboards.

Separately, grant-prize winners of the 2021 Why I Give Video Submission Contest were announced on Giving Day, and included: Grand Prize: Fairfield Center Stage; Runners Up: New Canaan Mounted Troop, Kids Helping Kids, and Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR).  To view these winning videos, visit: FCCFoundation.org/Give21

To view a recording of the Giving Day Virtual Launch Party that kicked off the day, visit FCGives.org

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation extends its gratitude to sponsors including Champion Sponsor, Bank of America; County Sponsor: Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Neighborhood Sponsor: Barbara Benton Davis Fund at FCCF, Back to You Fund at FCCF, Haddad & Partners, Altice; Power Hour Sponsor: The Jeniam Foundation, Fund for Women & Girls at FCCF, Immigrant Success Fund at FCCF, Herb B. West Award Fund at FCCF, Geller-Conarck Memorial Fund at FCCF, TargetOnstar, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Bridgewater Associates; Town Square Sponsors: Albourne Partners, Webster Private Bank, Greater Norwalk Chamber, Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Band Central; Magazine Partner: Moffly Media; Media Partners: 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9, WICC 600, WEBE 108.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation 

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $337.5 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond since 1992. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, the organization brings together community organizers, business experts, and philanthropists to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County with a focus on eliminating disparities in education, employment, housing, and health. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. Learn more at FCCFoundation.org and follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.  Listen to the Fairfield County Thrives podcast at FCCFoundation.org/podcasts.

 

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kerry@ducey.org ( Patty McQueen) Charities Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:52:13 -0500
Brookfield Resident, Former City Editor of Danbury News-Times, Michael S. Reiter, 67, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46312-brookfield-resident-former-city-editor-of-danbury-news-times-michael-s-reiter-67-has-died46312-brookfield-resident-former-city-editor-of-danbury-news-times-michael-s-reiter-67-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46312-brookfield-resident-former-city-editor-of-danbury-news-times-michael-s-reiter-67-has-died46312-brookfield-resident-former-city-editor-of-danbury-news-times-michael-s-reiter-67-has-died

With profound sadness, the family of Michael S. Reiter announces his passing on February 24, 2021, at Hackensack University Medical Center/Meridian Health, following a brief and aggressive illness. Michael, 67, was the loving and much-loved husband of Leslie (Vingan) Reiter, and father of Allison (Reiter) DiNapoli (husband Mark) and Adam Reiter.

Mr. Reiter was born in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 1954, son of Phyllis (Goffman) Reiter, currently of West Hartford, CT, and the late Abraham Reiter. He graduated from Granada Hills High School and received a BA degree in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
 
Michael enjoyed a 40-year career, initially as a journalist and editor at two California papers (Camarillo and Merced) and ultimately, City Editor of the Danbury (CT) News-Times. He then spent over 25 years at IBM in Corporate Communications, retiring in 2016.
 
A resident of Brookfield for the past 39 years, Michael enjoyed outdoor activities, neighborhood hikes, golfing, barbecuing, and reading on the deck. He was a voracious reader, and always had a book or two on hand or on the iPad, with History and Politics his favorites.  In retirement, Michael immersed in a bit of communications consulting work and many volunteer pursuits, most of them using all facets of his communications expertise. He worked as a Literacy volunteer, helping non-native speakers to learn and improve their English. 

He helped one of his students attain citizenship, prepping her for the exam. He edited the town newsletter and supported the First Selectman with related town communications.  Additionally, he worked weekly at the town’s Food Pantry to stock and service the needs of town residents, and actively worked the town polls at every local and federal election.
 
Michael was a member of the United Jewish Center of Danbury for 26 years and supported the UJC Brotherhood in community service projects.
 
In addition to his wife Leslie of over 37 years, children and mother, Michael is survived by sisters Janice (Reiter) Barshay (husband Stephen) and Marcia (Reiter) Macca (husband Bob), all of West Hartford, CT, brother-in-law Dr. Roy Vingan of Saddle River, NJ, and 12 loving nieces and nephews across the country.  He fought courageously and is already missed beyond measure by a large extended family and many loving friends.
 
Due to the concerns regarding large social gatherings, graveside funeral services and interment will be held privately for the immediate family at the United Jewish Center Cemetery, Gray’s Bridge Road, Brookfield on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 1 p.m., with Cantor Penny Kessler officiating, and a Zoom link provided. Shiva will be observed over Zoom at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday through Tuesday, February 28 to March 2.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider a donation to any of the following organizations: John Theurer Cancer Center, American Cancer Society Melanoma Research or the CT Food Bank.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Fri, 26 Feb 2021 03:40:26 -0500
Innovative Program Helps Struggling Households Afford Healthy Food During the Pandemic and Beyond https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46311-innovative-program-helps-struggling-households-afford-healthy-food-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond46311-innovative-program-helps-struggling-households-afford-healthy-food-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46311-innovative-program-helps-struggling-households-afford-healthy-food-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond46311-innovative-program-helps-struggling-households-afford-healthy-food-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond

With Help From Local Funders and Partners, the Healthy Savings Program Has Put More Than $88,000 of Fresh Produce on Area Plates Since Its Launch
 
An innovative program is helping struggling families afford healthy food amid the ongoing economic fallout of the pandemic.
 
Called Healthy Savings, the program became available to lower-income families in United Way of Western Connecticut’s region beginning in 2019. It has proven to be an easy and effective way to get more healthy food to struggling families, including those who may have lost jobs or wages as a result of COVID-19.  
 
Healthy Savings, a product of Solutran, Inc., is a leading health and wellness program that makes healthy food more affordable. United Way of Western Connectiut partnered with Solutran as part of its commitment to improving food security for the struggling households it calls ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Many of these households have difficulty affording healthy food, despite working hard. Healthy Savings participants receive a matched benefit on produce purchases and discounts on other healthy food items, allowing struggling individuals and families to put more nutritious food on their plates.
 
The produce match is dollar for dollar, up to $10. So for each $10 of produce a participant purchases each week, he or she receives an additional $10 in produce for free. Participants receive the benefit by showing their Healthy Savings Card or scanning their mobile app at participating grocery stores. The benefit was increased to $20 from March 23 through June 30, 2020, when the economy was at its worst. In July, as more of those families started received unemployment checks or went back to work, the $10 per week benefit resumed.
 
Since its inception in 2019, participants through the United Way’s program have received more than $88,000 in free, fresh produce and have saved thousands on other healthy food items, including meat, dairy, and healthy grains. Healthy Savings can reduce grocery bills for eligible users by more than $150 per month, and gives families the choice on how and when to use these savings.
 
Generous funding from donors, including Bank of America, The Goodnow Fund, and Synchrony allowed United Way to expand the number of households served from 400 to over 680 during the height of the economic shutdown this past spring, while also doubling the value of the produce benefit.
 
United Way is also partnering with Stamford Health. In 2019, Stamford Health conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). A key finding of the CHNA was that groups with higher rates of obesity and the lowest annual incomes were less likely to report having good or excellent access to high quality fruits and vegetables. Spurred by the findings from the CHNA, Stamford Health developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which identifies nutrition as one of three top health needs. In the CHIP, Stamford Health outlines several initiatives to address nutrition needs including collaborating with community partners, such as United Way. Through this partnership, the Healthy Savings program is available to a qualifying cohort of Stamford Health’s patients known to have food access barriers that include high cost. The partnership and $10,000 in funding from the Stamford Health Foundation has helped to enroll 200 new participants in the program.
 
“We know that good health is about more than just health care,” said Ben Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Marketing at Stamford Health. “We believe in harnessing the power of partnership to improve the health of our community, as evidenced by our backbone support for the Vita Health & Wellness Partnership―a collaboration between community organizations to support the health and wellness of Stamford residents. We are thrilled to be partnering with United Way to provide access to healthier foods at lower costs through Healthy Savings―an innovative and dignified program to improve food security for our patients.”
 
“For organizations like Stamford Health that want to improve food insecurity, Healthy Savings provides an easy-to-use, impactful model to do so,” said Chad Kelly, Chief Marketing Officer of Solutran, the company behind Healthy Savings.
 
“Healthy Savings is an innovative approach to address food insecurity in our community and we’re thrilled by its success to date,” said Isabel Almedia, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The program empowers families to access the fresh, healthy food that they need in a dignified way, giving them the flexibility to select the items that fit with their health needs and their culture. The demographic of clients that Healthy Savings serves is the same demographic that is being hardest hit economically by the pandemic. By increasing the number of participants and expanding the benefit when they needed it most, we got more healthy food onto their plates quickly. We’re grateful to the many funders and partners who have helped us to expand this successful program.”
 
Mary and her husband have five children. Her husband has a disability that sometimes prevents him from working his job as a carpenter. During those times, her budget is tight, but she places a high importance on feeding her children healthy food. She inquired about obtaining a Healthy Savings card when she saw her friend using one the week before Thanksgiving. She has been using it since then to purchase the types of fresh food her family likes.
 
“The United Way keeps my family going and moving in a healthy and positive direction. At times when I’ve been depressed about not having enough money to feed us the healthy meals that I know we need to have, the United Way has been there for me,” Mary said.
 
For more information about the Healthy Saving Program administered by United Way of Western Connecticut, contact Casey Levene, Vice President of Community Impact at 203-297-6246 or casey.levene@uwwesternct.org.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Caroline LaFleur) Neighbors Thu, 25 Feb 2021 06:38:43 -0500
Danbury-based Linde Recognized by S&P Global in The Sustainability Yearbook 2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46310-danbury-based-linde-recognized-by-s-p-global-in-the-sustainability-yearbook-202146310-danbury-based-linde-recognized-by-s-p-global-in-the-sustainability-yearbook-2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46310-danbury-based-linde-recognized-by-s-p-global-in-the-sustainability-yearbook-202146310-danbury-based-linde-recognized-by-s-p-global-in-the-sustainability-yearbook-2021

Linde (NYSE: LIN; FWB: LIN), headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, has once again been recognized for its strong sustainability track record with a Bronze Medal in The Sustainability Yearbook 2021. Linde was also ranked as one of the leading companies in the global chemicals sector.

Published by S&P Global, The Sustainability Yearbook is one of the largest and most comprehensive global databases on corporate sustainability. The results in the yearbook are based on S&P Global's 2020 Corporate Sustainability Assessment, which evaluated more than 7,000 companies across over 60 industries, awarding recognition to 631 organizations.

"In 2020, we made tangible progress against our climate targets," said Riva Krut, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Linde. "Sustainability is firmly embedded in our business and we are honored by this recognition from S&P Global."

Linde recently announced it had reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 16% at the end of 2020, compared to 2018. This places Linde on track to achieve its target of lowering GHG emissions intensity by 35% in 2028. In addition to its own sustainability targets, Linde also helps its customers improve their environmental performance and reduce their carbon footprint. It is the only company in the chemical sector to be admitted in the DJSI World for eighteen consecutive years. The company is a member of the FTSE4Good Index Series and was awarded an A in MSCI's ESG Ratings assessment in June 2020.

More information about Linde's sustainable development priorities, targets and performance can be found online at www.linde.com

About Linde

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2020 sales of $27 billion (€24 billion). We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet.

The company serves a variety of end markets including chemicals & refining, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde's industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions.

For more information about the company and its products and services, please visit www.linde.com

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kerry@ducey.org (Anna Davies) Places Wed, 24 Feb 2021 05:46:52 -0500
Brookfield Library Presents Mindfulness for All on Feb. 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/events/46309-brookfield-library-presents-mindfulness-for-all-on-feb-2546309-brookfield-library-presents-mindfulness-for-all-on-feb-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/events/46309-brookfield-library-presents-mindfulness-for-all-on-feb-2546309-brookfield-library-presents-mindfulness-for-all-on-feb-25

Mindfulness for All on Thursday, February 25 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Prabha Makayee will lead a guided meditation session for all ages. This program will take place on Zoom. Zoom info will be sent prior to the event. No camera or microphone necessary to participate.

Topics covered may include: Gratitude takes Guts, Self Sabotage to Self Love, I am the Boss of Me, I Want Answers, Failure is the Key, and Worrier to Warrior, and many more!

Prabha Makayee is an educator and mindfulness leader who has been offering mindfulness sessions to libraries in the area for the past year. She'll use anecdotal reflections and interaction to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to all with one second, one thought, one breath strategy. The session centers around guided mindfulness, and there is time for both silence and open discussion at the end. 

Register below or email alynch@brookfieldlibrary.org to receive the Zoom room information.

Register HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Brookfield Library) Events Thu, 18 Feb 2021 05:40:02 -0500
Students from Red Cross Club at Brookfield High School lead conversation about International Humanitarian Law on Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/events/46307-students-from-red-cross-club-at-brookfield-high-school-lead-conversation-about-international-humanitarian-law-on-saturday46307-students-from-red-cross-club-at-brookfield-high-school-lead-conversation-about-international-humanitarian-law-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/events/46307-students-from-red-cross-club-at-brookfield-high-school-lead-conversation-about-international-humanitarian-law-on-saturday46307-students-from-red-cross-club-at-brookfield-high-school-lead-conversation-about-international-humanitarian-law-on-saturday

Community Conversations: International Humanitarian Law on Saturday, February 20 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Students from the Red Cross Club at Brookfield High School will lead a conversation about International Humanitarian Law. They’ll provide an overview of the topic, and encourage questions and comments about the topic. This program will be held over Zoom.

Because of the sensitive nature of the content this program is best suited for high schoolers and adults.

Registration required. The Zoom link will be emailed in advance of the event.

This program was funded by a generous grant from the Brookfield Education Foundation

Register HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Brookfield Library) Events Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:43:58 -0500
Lamont Nominates Robert W. Clark To Appellate Court https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46308-lamont-nominates-robert-w-clark-to-appellate-court46308-lamont-nominates-robert-w-clark-to-appellate-court https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46308-lamont-nominates-robert-w-clark-to-appellate-court46308-lamont-nominates-robert-w-clark-to-appellate-court

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is nominating Robert W. Clark of Durham to fill a vacancy on the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Clark has served as Governor Lamont’s General Counsel since his term began in January 2019. At the time, Clark gave up his position as a Superior Court judge to serve in his current role. He will fill the vacancy that was created by Appellate Court Judge Douglas S. Lavine, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in December.

“Bob has served as my General Counsel during an historic an unprecedented time for our state, including most significantly during the current pandemic,” Governor Lamont said. “He has been instrumental in working through many of the complex legal questions faced by my office during that time, and he has done it with skill, wisdom, and unwavering commitment. He has had a distinguished legal career working in the private sector representing commercial and individual clients in the Connecticut courts, as an Assistant Attorney General and Special Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General working on some of the most significant and complex legal matters facing the State of Connecticut, and as a trial judge who handled criminal and juvenile matters. As a result of his highly varied career, he brings a unique perspective to the Appellate Court that will reflect his deep understanding of how government and the private sector work and how the justice system impacts the lives of litigants in all the different areas of the law.

“I am proud to nominate him to the Appellate Court because I am certain that he will serve with the same high level of competence, integrity, and wisdom that he has consistently demonstrated throughout his career.”

Clark graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1997, he graduated with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served as an Executive Editor on the Connecticut Law Review. He began his career in private practice at the firms of Day, Berry & Howard (now Day Pitney) in Hartford, and Kramer Levin in New York City. He subsequently served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation department of the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, and later as Special Counsel to Attorney General George Jepsen. He then served as a Superior Court Judge in Bridgeport criminal and juvenile courts before becoming General Counsel to Governor Lamont.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:17:22 -0500