Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Sat, 21 May 2022 06:07:44 -0400 HamletHub.com New Charity Bracelet Benefits UCONN & Local High School while Encouraging Strength, Hope & Confidence https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1813-new-charity-bracelet-benefits-uconn-local-high-school-while-encouraging-strength-hope-confidence1813-new-charity-bracelet-benefits-uconn-local-high-school-while-encouraging-strength-hope-confidence https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1813-new-charity-bracelet-benefits-uconn-local-high-school-while-encouraging-strength-hope-confidence1813-new-charity-bracelet-benefits-uconn-local-high-school-while-encouraging-strength-hope-confidence

For most graduates, the start of college or a new career is met with both excitement and fear; eager anticipation for one’s new independent chapter in life, but trepidation and hesitation of the unknown.  Glastonbury’s own Baribault Jewelers is helping all high school and college graduates harness their inner strength and resilience by custom-creating a new bracelet for the company’s popular The Power to B jewelry collection.  Specifically, the new piece will boast the signature royal blue color of Glastonbury High School and the University of Connecticut with the choice of all 5 power words, B Limitless (A graduate favorite) B strong, B Fierce, B Fearless, B Badass in silver.  What’s more, 20% of proceeds for the $68 limited-edition bracelet will be donated to the Glastonbury Education Foundation and the UCONN Foundation.

 

“Although we created The Power to B line as visual reminders to remain strong and hopeful during our pregnancy struggles, the beautiful thing about this jewelry is that it’s inspirational power can be transferred to any personal challenge, fear or experience,” said Christina Baribault Ortiz, co-founder of The Power to B.  “Our wearable words of encouragement are ideal for all grads who are ready to crush glass ceilings and conquer the world!”

Baribault Ortiz and her sister Raeann Baribault Schwartz created the line after each struggled with infertility issues that lasted an arduous six years combined before being able to conceive. What got them through the darkest time of their lives was their love for each other, as well as visual messages of positivity that they would place around their homes. This inspired the third-generation jewelry designers to create stunning bracelets featuring powerful phrases to remind men and women of all ages that they are not alone. The complete The Power to B collection emboldens everyone to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless, B Fearless, or B You.

The Power to B Co-Founder Raeann Baribault Schwartz notes that the jewelry line stole the show at the recent Oscar Awards as top male and female celebrities enthusiastically accepted the inspirational bracelets as gifts. “It was so well received that the entire line will be featured at an exclusive gift shop in Hollywood this summer,” she adds.  “What makes the line truly unique is the unisex versatility of it.  Everyone- regardless of gender- needs a dose of inspiration and The Power to B delivers it with simple elegance.”

Prices are $68 for a cord bracelet and $98 in a necklace. The Lux collection offers necklaces, rings and bracelets in 14k white or yellow-gold with diamonds starting at $495-695. Several exclusive items that debuted at the Academy Awards event are now available for purchase.

Future plans for the jewelry line include expanding the collection with a new version of the silver and gold bracelet design and hosting a contest for the next B word. 

“As Glastonbury High School’s mascot is the guardian and UCONN’s is the iconic husky, we hope that all graduates will simply look at their wrists and know that their “B Limitless” power bracelet is protecting them and infusing them with strength in their next exciting phase of life,” said Baribault Ortiz.

The Power to B collection can be purchased online at www.ThePowertoB.com or in-store at Baribault Jewelers at 81 Rankin Road in Glastonbury, Conn.  Additionally, the line is available at both Water Street Jewelers locations at 769 Boston Post Road in Madison, Conn. and 61 Whitfield Street in Guilford, Connecticut.

About The Power to B

Created by sisters and designers Christina Baribault Ortiz and Raeann Baribault Schwartz in 2019, The Power to B fine jewelry collection aims to bring women together in joyful empowerment. The stunning 14k gold- or gold-plated phrase bracelets, necklaces and rings remind women to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless, B Fearless, or B You. The Power to B is about being fearless enough to speak your dreams into the world and being strong enough to turn them into reality. Learn more at thepowertob.com.

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele.  While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love.  Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

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Glastonbury’s first jewelry store- Baribault Jewelers - is helping all high school and college graduates harness their inner strength and resilience by custom-creating a new bracelet for the company’s popular The Power to B jewelry collection.  Specifically, the new piece will boast the royal blue color of Glastonbury High School and the University of Connecticut with the choice of all 5 power words, B Limitless (A graduate favorite) B strong, B Fierce, B Fearless, B Badass in silver.  20% of proceeds for the $68 limited-edition bracelet will be donated to the Glastonbury Education Foundation and the UCONN Foundation.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Fri, 13 May 2022 04:45:06 -0400
Legacy of Leadership Luncheon Celebrates 110 Years of Girl Scouts https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1812-legacy-of-leadership-luncheon-celebrates-110-years-of-girl-scouts1812-legacy-of-leadership-luncheon-celebrates-110-years-of-girl-scouts https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1812-legacy-of-leadership-luncheon-celebrates-110-years-of-girl-scouts1812-legacy-of-leadership-luncheon-celebrates-110-years-of-girl-scouts

Girl Scouts of Connecticut invites everyone to celebrate 110 years of Girl Scouts by recognizing remarkable women at its Annual Legacy of Leadership Luncheon. The three honorees exemplify Girl Scout values as leaders in their community and workplace who pave the way for all girls to thrive. The fundraising event will take place on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 11am at the Woodway Country Club in Darien, Connecticut.

“What better way to mark our amazing 110th milestone than to spotlight these women who represent what Girl Scouts is all about—leading with compassion and making sustainable change in our communities,” said Diana Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut (GSOFCT). “We look forward to joining together to pay tribute to all of the women and girls who are making a difference and inspiring the next generation of female leaders.”

This year’s honorees are:

 

Judy Frey of Westport - Deeply committed to the mission of Girl Scouting, Judy’s legacy with GSOFCT spans over 30+ years. After serving as a troop leader for her daughter’s troop, Judy subsequently held several volunteer leadership roles, including as Board Chair of GSOFCT’s Southwestern Council. Judy has made significant contributions of her time and resources and is a member of the distinguished Juliette Gordon Lowe Society.

Polly O’Brien Morrow of Stamford - A dedicated changemaker and corporate philanthropic leader, Polly currently serves as Senior Program Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy for Pitney Bowes Inc, Vice President of the Pitney Bowes Foundation, and also Vice President of the Pitney Bowes Relief Fund. Polly’s passion for community was nurtured by her parents and through her own enriching experience as a Girl Scout and Troop Leader. Polly has dedicated her 35+ year career to being the consummate changemaker of tomorrow.

Jennifer Hubbard of Sandy Hook - President and Executive Director of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary honors the memory of her six-year-old daughter, Catherine, a kind and compassionate animal lover who lost her life at Sandy Hook Elementary school on December 14, 2012. To continue her daughter’s crusade of compassion, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary was created – a place where all creatures will know they are safe and people are kind. Jennifer served as a Girl Scout Daisy Troop Leader for Sandy Hook Elementary School. The troop included Catherine as well as eleven girls whose lives were also lost. GSOFCT honors Jennifer for the courage, confidence, and character she exhibits to forge ahead through unfathomable grief creating a place of healing for her family and their community while fulfilling her daughter’s dream.

The luncheon includes a silent auction and program. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet local Gold Award Girl Scouts and learn about their projects. Tickets are $100 or $1000 for a table of 10.

All proceeds from the Legacy of Leadership Luncheon fundraiser go directly towards Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. There is still a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for this high-profile event. Supporters can also donate auction items and purchase tribute journal ads. For tickets, sponsorships, and event details visit LegacyofLeadership

About Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit www.gsofct.org. Find GSOFCT on:

PHOTO: Girls Scouts of Connecticut celebrates 110 years of Girl Scouts at its Annual Legacy of Leadership Luncheon on June 8, 2022 at the Woodway Country Club in Darien, Connecticut. This year’s honorees are Judy Frey of Westport, Polly O’Brien Morrow of Stamford and Jennifer Hubbard of Sandy Hook.

Photo courtesy of GSOFCT

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Events Fri, 13 May 2022 04:26:14 -0400
Mother's Day Gifts That Give Back! https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1811-mother-s-day-gifts-that-give-back1811-mother-s-day-gifts-that-give-back https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1811-mother-s-day-gifts-that-give-back1811-mother-s-day-gifts-that-give-back

Baribault Jewelers, a 3rd generation family-owned jewelry company in Glastonbury, offers last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that give directly to both local and national charities. Connecticut families can choose from the largest collection of jewelry designs, styles and runway trends for any price point, including:

  • The Power to B “Hope for Fertility” Special Edition Bracelet– a gift with a purpose is twice as nice as Mom is inspired to B Strong, B Fierce, B Fearless, B Limitless and B Badass every day. The aqua-colored cord is perfect for the blooming spring season. Bracelets are $68 with 20% of proceeds being donated to The Hope Fertility Foundation.
  • The Sweetheart Collection – diamond pave, heart necklaces, stud earrings and bracelets allow mothers to take their children’s hearts with them wherever they go.
  • Crescent Jewelry – she loves her kids to the moon and back- now, crescent-shaped necklaces and earrings in gemstones and diamonds serve as visual reminders, starting at $300.
  • Paper Clip Link Bracelets- as the primary link of the family, link bracelets adorned with diamonds, white and rose gold offer a trendy and timeless option for Mom.
  • The Power to B Glastonbury Grads Bracelet- the future is calling all high-schoolers and the newest royal blue cord color of the empowering jewelry line will keep new collegiates confident. What’s more, 20% of proceeds for the bold $68 bracelet will be donated to the Glastonbury Education Foundation.

The store is located at 81 Rankin Road in Glastonbury.

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele.  While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love.  Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

About The Power to B

Created by sisters and designers Christina Baribault Ortiz and Raeann Baribault Schwartz in 2019, The Power to B fine jewelry collection aims to bring women together in joyful empowerment. The stunning 14k gold- or gold-plated phrase bracelets, necklaces and rings remind women to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless or B Fearless. The Power to B is about being fearless enough to speak your dreams into the world and being strong enough to turn them into reality. Learn more at thepowertob.com.

PHOTO: The “BStrong” necklace is one of many Mother’s Day gifts available at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury that benefit local and national charities.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Wed, 04 May 2022 06:04:23 -0400
West Hartford Hosts A Green Harvest of Goodness Every Sunday From Summer Through Fall SeasonsNew Blue Back Farmers’ Market Opens On Sunday, June 19thNew Blue Back Farmers’ Market Opens On Sunday, June 19th https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1810-west-hartford-hosts-a-green-harvest-of-goodness-every-sunday-from-summer-through-fall-seasonsnew-blue-back-farmers-market-opens-on-sunday-june-19thnew-blue-back-farmers-market-opens-on-sunday-june-19th1810-west-hartford-hosts-a-green-harvest-of-goodness-every-sunday-from-summer-through-fall-seasonsnew-blue-back-farmers-market-opens-on-sunday-june-19thnew-blue-back-farmers-market-opens-on-sunday-june-19th https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1810-west-hartford-hosts-a-green-harvest-of-goodness-every-sunday-from-summer-through-fall-seasonsnew-blue-back-farmers-market-opens-on-sunday-june-19thnew-blue-back-farmers-market-opens-on-sunday-june-19th1810-west-hartford-hosts-a-green-harvest-of-goodness-every-sunday-from-summer-through-fall-seasonsnew-blue-back-farmers-market-opens-on-sunday-june-19thnew-blue-back-farmers-market-opens-on-sunday-june-19th

New Blue Back Farmers’ Market opens on Sunday, June 19.

Connecticut is well known for its vast farmlands, plush meadows and countless fruit and vegetable stands.  In fact, according to the Connecticut State Department of Agriculture, Connecticut boasts nearly 6,000 farms that occupy more than 380,000 acres of land. Now, one West Hartford couple with a passion for locally grown produce and fresh fun is bringing the bountiful harvest from the green suburban fields into the city streets by opening a Certified CT Grown Sunday Farmer’s Market in West Hartford on Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

 

More than 20 vendors will line the rows of West Hartford’s new Blue Back Farmers’ Market every Sunday, including some of the most reputable organic and conventional farmers in the state, like Barden Farm, Clatter Ridge, George Hall Farm, Sub Edge and Sweet Acre, Lyric Hill, among others. Specialty vendors offering a range of products from linens to microgreens will rotate in each week so that visitors to the market will always find something new to experience.

“As both foodies and community supporters, we always seek out and prefer to purchase locally sourced produce and products – they simply taste better and last longer,” said Mary Collins, co-manager of Blue Back Farmers’ Market.  West Hartford is the perfect access point for Certified Connecticut Grown farmers and other vendors since the town is literally located in the middle of the state.”

Collins notes that the Blue Back Farmers’ Market plans to live up to its motto—Come for the food, stay for the fun—by offering extensive programming every Sunday. Upcoming summer events include:

  • Live, acoustic music each weekend
  • Meet the Chef Q&A
  • Meet the Nutritionist
  • Guest Author Reading by New York Times best-selling food and wellness author Terry Walters
  • Programs on composting and recycling
  • Art demos
  • Story-sharing program for veterans and seniors
  • Dog Days of Summer event in August

Visit www.bluebackfarmersmarket.org for a full calendar of activities and to read updates in the non-profit organization’s monthly newsletter, “Gatherings.”

Blue Back Farmers’ Market Co-Managers Scott Franklin and Mary Collins first met while working on a bicycle festival for the town of West Hartford. They soon realized that they both shared a deep love for community building, have different but complementary skills sets (he’s a lawyer; she’s a creative writing professor) and loved working together. After getting married in May, 2019 and weathering COVID together, they emerged determined to find a new community project as a couple. 

They recruited a Board of Directors that includes a farmer, experienced former farmers’ market manager and a range of professionals who have worked with them for a year on building out a farmers’ market that will draw visitors from all over the state.

Blue Back Farmers’ Market is located in the West Hartford Town Hall parking lot a few hundred yards from Blue Back Square and will have two primary entrances, one on Raymond Road and the other on Main Street. There will be ample free parking in the West Hartford Town Hall Parking Lot and surrounding streets.

“Many of us have felt ‘closed for the season’ since the start of the pandemic,’” Collins adds. “That makes the opening of the first annual Sunday Blue Back Farmers’ Market perfect for June. What better time to re-open ourselves and our community life than by wandering outside past the exceptional vendors and then lingering to watch guest speakers or art demos?!”

There are several convenient and affordable sponsorship levels available for companies and individuals interested in supporting the new venture ranging from $100 to $5,000.  Please visit www.bluebackfarmersmarket.org for more information.

The Grand Opening of the Blue Back Farmers’ Market takes place on Sunday, June 19, 2022 and runs every Sunday until October 23, 2022.

About Blue Back Farmers’ Market

West Hartford has increasingly become a destination for people from all across New England. Blue Back Farmers’ Market co-managers Mary Collins and Scott Franklin felt that the town could support a substantial Sunday Farmers’ Market that celebrated not only locally grown and produced food, but also the local culture. The Blue Back Farmers’ Market is their ambitious venture to create a successful “Third Place”—neither work nor home—where people linger, connect and belong. Stop for some fresh lettuce, pick up that special cheese, but then pause at the Story Tent or watch an artist demonstrate his or her craft.  Visit www.bluebackfarmersmarket.org for more information on participating farms, events and activities.

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The Janeway family of Sweet Acre Farm in Lebanon, CT, a small, diversified, family farm that produces Certified Organic vegetables and cut flowers, will be one of the featured exhibitors at the new Blue Back Farmers’ Market starting on Sunday, June 19, 2022.  The weekly event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the West Hartford Town Hall parking lot until Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Photo Credit: Sweet Acre Farm

 

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Wed, 04 May 2022 05:44:13 -0400
Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraiser “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” Returns to Westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1809-big-brothers-big-sisters-fundraiser-bowl-for-kids-sake-returns-to-westchester1809-big-brothers-big-sisters-fundraiser-bowl-for-kids-sake-returns-to-westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1809-big-brothers-big-sisters-fundraiser-bowl-for-kids-sake-returns-to-westchester1809-big-brothers-big-sisters-fundraiser-bowl-for-kids-sake-returns-to-westchester

After a two-year hiatus, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. invites the community to its annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 6 - 8 pm at Bowlero Lanes in White Plains.
 

“We haven’t been able to hit the lanes with this fun event since 2019 due to COVID, but we’re thrilled to bring it back in 2022,” said Valerie Brown, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  “It’s a great way for our community to support us and learn more about the life-changing mentoring work we do, while rolling strikes and competing for prizes.”

The last Bowl for Kids’ Sake in 2019 saw a turnout of 175 people and raised $35k.  This year Big Brothers Big Sisters is raising the bar with a goal of $40k.  Participants can sign up individually or create a team of 4 to 6 people.  Teams are asked to raise at least $500, or $100 per person.  It’s as simple as rallying friends, neighbors and co-workers to join in the fun.  Participants should register on the event webpage.
 
“Once your team is established the excitement builds from there.  We encourage all participants to generate momentum for this event by spreading the word on social media and across their communities,” adds Brown. “Ultimately, this event makes a huge impact in so many young lives. Every dollar raised helps us create and support more one-to-one mentoring matches that turn at-risk kids into confident, productive adults.”
 
To register for the event as an individual, team, or corporate sponsor, or to simply donate, please visit:  https://bit.ly/bowlforkids2022.
 
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
 
PHOTO:  Game on!  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County Inc. will host its Bowl for Kids’ Sake annual fundraising event on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 6-8pm at Bowlero Lanes in White Plains. The winners of the 2019 event were Big Alex and Little Carlos. The non-profit organization hopes to raise $40k to benefit its renowned mentorship program.
Photo Courtesy of: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County Inc.
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Events Wed, 04 May 2022 05:24:58 -0400
Senior Caregiver Wins $5,000 Award from Cheshire Employer https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1808-senior-caregiver-wins-5-000-award-from-cheshire-employer-16511804671808-senior-caregiver-wins-5-000-award-from-cheshire-employer-1651180467 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1808-senior-caregiver-wins-5-000-award-from-cheshire-employer-16511804671808-senior-caregiver-wins-5-000-award-from-cheshire-employer-1651180467

Debbie Davis of Waterbury is living proof that family does not just consist of one’s biological relatives; but rather, created as we help and support each other in life. The senior caregiver recently won the Platinum Caregiver Award for November, 2021 from employer Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) for providing exceptional care and outstanding services to her elderly client in New Haven.

The family-owned, statewide homecare agency with offices in Cheshire and Westport recently surprised and presented Davis with a $5,000 check, certificate of recognition and beautiful crystal statue in an impromptu celebration.

“What we love about Debbie is her unique ability to make every person she encounters feel like family- now that’s a gift!" said Mario D’Aquila, Chief Operating Officer at ALS. “Besides her compassionate commitment to her clients, she is extremely dependable, rarely missing work time.”

D’Aquila was joined by ALS Director of Marketing and Hourly Services Lynne Talbot and ALS Hourly Manager Tina Carbone.

Watch the exciting presentation here:                                                                                                                                                                                

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iH5dV_CXlY&feature=youtu.be

Each month, ALS’ senior clients are called at random by Homecare Pulse, a third-party survey company that measures customer satisfaction. Clients or family members rate the services and quality of care that is being delivered and have the opportunity to mention caregivers who exceed their expectations when caring for them or their loved one.

Davis has been employed with ALS since May, 2019. D’Aquila notes that caring for seniors in their own homes requires patience, compassion, empathy and persistence and that the best caregivers are able to strike a balance between being supportive, while providing enough freedom to enable their elderly client to enjoy their golden years.

“It’s important to mention that Debbie has received high marks across the board as another client also gave her a stellar review,” adds D’Aquila. “She is beloved by her clients and has earned a top position in our extended family business.”

About Assisted Living Services, Inc.

Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire and Westport has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Its unique CarePlus program blends personal care by over 600 employees and caregivers with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. ALS was ranked on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies and recognized by Home Care Pulse® as a “Best of Home Care Leader In Excellence”, a designation given to the best home care providers in the nation. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling203.634.8668.

PHOTO: Waterbury senior caregiver Debbie Davis proudly displays her Platinum Caregiver Award for November, 2021. Davis was presented the accolades by Mario D’Aquila, Chief Operating Officer at Assisted Living Services, Inc., Tina Carbone, Hourly Manager at Assisted Living Services, Inc., and Lynne Talbot, Director of Marketing and Hourly Services at Assisted Living Services, Inc. in her client’s New Haven home.

Photo courtesy of Assisted Living Services, Inc.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Thu, 28 Apr 2022 13:13:42 -0400
Senior Caregiver Wins $5,000 Award from Cheshire Employer https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1807-senior-caregiver-wins-5-000-award-from-cheshire-employer1807-senior-caregiver-wins-5-000-award-from-cheshire-employer https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1807-senior-caregiver-wins-5-000-award-from-cheshire-employer1807-senior-caregiver-wins-5-000-award-from-cheshire-employer

Putting others’ needs before our own is always a challenge, especially given the current health and economic issues of today; however, one Bristol resident makes it her passion to practice the golden rule every day of her life. Hannah Ofosu-Mensah, a senior caregiving employee at Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS), recently won the Platinum Caregiver Award for December, 2021 for going beyond the call of duty for her 82-year old client, Leona Martin.

The family-owned, statewide homecare agency with offices in Cheshire and Westport recently presented Ofosu-Mensah with a $5,000 check, certificate of recognition and crystal statue at Martin’s Bristol home.

“Hannah has been with our organization for nearly five years and is always willing to provide compassionate care mixed with humor and skill,” said Mario D’Aquila, Chief Operating Officer at ALS. “Her long track record with each senior client is proof enough that she was made for this line of work and we are lucky to have her on our team.”

D’Aquila was joined by ALS Director of Marketing and Hourly Services Lynne Talbot and ALS Hourly Manager Tina Carbone when they surprised Ofosu-Mensah with the accolade. Also present was Martin, with whom she has been connected for the past eight months.

Watch the exciting presentation here:                                                                                                                                                                                

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytTLJDlTYCo

To select the winning caregiver each month, ALS clients are called at random by Homecare Pulse, a third-party survey company that measures customer satisfaction. Clients or family members rate the services and quality of care that is being provided and have the opportunity to mention caregivers who supersede their expectations when caring for them or their loved one.

Ofosu-Mensah has been employed with ALS since August, 2017. Caring for seniors in their own homes is about striking that intuitive balance between being there for support, while providing enough space to enable them to go on enjoying their normal daily routines.

“In her initial interview, Hannah made it very clear that her calling is to help others in need. adds D’Aquila. “We’re honored to reward her for her passionate commitment and know that she will continue changing elderly lives for the better.”

About Assisted Living Services, Inc.

Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire and Westport has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Its unique CarePlus program blends personal care by over 600 employees and caregivers with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. ALS was ranked on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies and recognized by Home Care Pulse® as a “Best of Home Care Leader In Excellence”, a designation given to the best home care providers in the nation. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.

PHOTO: (From left) Leona Martin of Bristol, caregiver Hannah Ofosu-Mensah of Bristol, Tina Carbone, Hourly Manager at Assisted Living Services, Inc., and Lynne Talbot, Director of Marketing and Hourly Services at Assisted Living Services, Inc., enjoy a celebration to recognize Ofosu-Mensah as the monthly Platinum Caregiver Award winner for December, 2021.

Photo courtesy of Assisted Living Services, Inc.

 

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Thu, 28 Apr 2022 09:37:16 -0400
Charity Hosts “Drag Brunch” on June 12th https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1806-charity-hosts-drag-brunch-on-june-12th1806-charity-hosts-drag-brunch-on-june-12th https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1806-charity-hosts-drag-brunch-on-june-12th1806-charity-hosts-drag-brunch-on-june-12th

Simsbury’s Roux Cajun Eatery will be the place to be for fun and frolicking on Sunday, June 12 as The Imperial Sovereign Court of Connecticut proudly presents a “Drag Brunch on the Bayou” from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.

The restaurant is located at 10 Wilcox Street, in Simsbury, and is home to the area’s only Louisiana-style cooking.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit A Promise to Jordan, a Simsbury nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of addiction, help individuals access quality treatment, and give hope that recovery is possible to those struggling with substance use disorders.

“We are so excited and honored that The Imperial Sovereign Court of Connecticut selected our charity as the benefactor for this event!” said Lisa Gray, Founder and Executive Director of A Promise to Jordan. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to recognize that the LGBTQ+ community struggles with substance use and mental health issues, too, and learn more about how we may be able to help.”

The brunch will feature top-tier entertainment and delicious offerings from Roux’s extensive menu.

Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased by visiting imperialcourtct.ticketleap.com/bayoubrunch.

For more information, visit CTImperialCourt.org.

PHOTO: An Imperial Sovereign Court of Connecticut performer. Photo Courtesy of: The Imperial Sovereign Court of Connecticut

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Wed, 27 Apr 2022 12:54:39 -0400
AD Airlines Offers Flight Service from Brainard Airport to Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and the Islands https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1805-ad-airlines-offers-flight-service-from-brainard-airport-to-martha-s-vineyard-cape-cod-and-the-islands1805-ad-airlines-offers-flight-service-from-brainard-airport-to-martha-s-vineyard-cape-cod-and-the-islands https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1805-ad-airlines-offers-flight-service-from-brainard-airport-to-martha-s-vineyard-cape-cod-and-the-islands1805-ad-airlines-offers-flight-service-from-brainard-airport-to-martha-s-vineyard-cape-cod-and-the-islands

Aquiline Drones (AD), a full-service commercial drone solutions company in downtown Hartford, has always prided itself on its advanced aviation experience.  Founder and CEO Barry Alexander enjoyed over 25 years as an airline pilot, mainly as a Captain with his most recent assignment flying the massive Boeing 747 aircraft around the globe.  Now, to keep up with the demand of anticipated summer travel plans for Connecticut individuals, couples and families, Aquiline Drones today announced the expansion of its AD Airlines division into private chartered flight service from Brainard Airport to several local island destinations, including Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, Nantucket Island and Long Island, starting in June.

 

Specifically, AD Airlines, in collaboration with “My Vineyard Concierge” has started early bookings for private, daylong excursions for golfing, fishing, day-at-the-beach and sailing experiences on Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, Nantucket and Long Island.  Each all-inclusive package comes complete with pick-up and drop off, shuttle service upon arrival, primary excursion activity, to then conclude with a delicious dinner before a short and safe flight back to Hartford area airports.

“With mask mandates being lifted, and a staggering demand for outdoor activity, most Americans are seeking quicker and safer getaway options - even for a day!” said Tom Keck, AD Airlines Director of Operations.  “AD Airlines is able to fly into a variety of smaller airports to create the ultimate daytrip for young and old passengers alike, without exposing them to crowds.”

Besides individual chartered flights, AD Airlines plans on offering complete daytrip packages weekly that will include pick-up from one designated location and transportation to Hartford Brainard Airport. Guests can enjoy a variety of exciting experiences including golf, fishing, sailing, and dining on each island destination. At the end of their adventure, AD Airlines will return passengers back to their centralized location.

Thus far, AD Airlines has developed eight distinct Martha’s Vineyard packages designed for men, women, couples and families.

Highlights of each are below:

  • Private Charter Boat - four hours of fishing, bar hopping at Oak Bluffs Harbor or Edgartown Harbor, access to Mansion House Gym and Spa, dinner at Beach Road, Garde East or LaSophitta Restaurants, return to airport.
  • Alpaca Farm - private walk with an alpaca, picnic lunch, visit to the Flying Horse Carousel in Oak Bluffs, photo shoot at the Gingerbread Cottages, beach time at Jaws Bridge, access to Mansion House Gym and Spa, dinner at Vineyard Haven, return to airport.
  • Shopping at Vineyard Haven & Edgartown - coffee at Nat’s Nook, stroll through Vineyard Haven and Edgartown shops and galleries, access to Mansion House Gym and Spa, dinner at Vineyard Haven, return to airport
  • Sailing - late morning pastry picnic provided by the Scottish bakehouse, board dinghy to private boat, 3-hour sailing experience with boxed lunch, snacks, charcuterie and fresh fruit boards, wine and soft drinks, access to Mansion House Gym and Spa, special garden dinner, return to airport.
  • Oyster Farm Tour - board motorboat and tour oyster farm for 1.5 hours, enjoy freshly shucked oysters and Mimosas.  Return dock side where you will walk to a lovely lunch place close by. Enjoy beach time, access to Mansion House Gym and Spa, dinner at very nice restaurant, return to airport.
  • Organic Dairy Farm Tour & Tasting - a 2.5-hour private tour of Grey Barn in Chilmark, deluxe private cheese tasting with gourmet meats, fresh baked bread and wine, visit to Alley’s General Store for coffee, walk to Field Gallery to stroll through famous sculpture garden, arrive to Vineyard Haven to visit Main Street shops and galleries, access to Mansion House Gym and Spa, dinner at Sweet Life in Oak Bluffs under a twinkle light tent, return to airport
  • Art Lovers Day (Sundays only) - tour of the famous Gay Head Lighthouse in Clay Cliffs, tour of the Aquinnah Lighthouse, visit Native American gift and craft shops, lobster roll and chowder lunch overlooking the ocean, arrive at Kara Taylor Gallery for a wine reception followed by a visit to the Field Gallery in West Tisbury, ending with a trip to the historic Granary Gallery, dinner at Chilmark Tavern, return to airport.
  • Beach Road Concert Festival (August 26-28) - arrive at daylong festival with beach blankets, lunch and dinner vouchers for food vendors, access to Mansion House Gym and Spa, return to airport.

Prices start at $5,999 depending on the excursion and total number of passengers. Airplanes seat up to seven people who could comprise groups or couples and share cost if desired.  All methods of payment are accepted including a convenient financing option. Reservations can made by emailing: info@adairlines.com.

The formation of AD Airlines was the recent culmination of an extensive two-year effort, in which the company was awarded an Air Carrier Certificate by The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on September 16, 2021. Within two short months, the airline was booming with business, flying customers who desired a cost-effective and convenient way to reach their end places on time and within budget up and down the East Coast.

“With safety at the core of our framework, combined with the exceptional speed and flexibility of our manned aircraft, we are poised to usher in the ultimate luxury experience, ideal in our post-pandemic existence.  This has been a long time coming and we are now free to live our lives again,” said David Russo, AD Airlines Chief Pilot - a military vet and veteran airline Captain.  “Additionally, we bring 300-plus years of aviation knowledge to our new private charter offerings.”

About Aquiline Drones

Aquiline Drones Corporation (AD) is a progressive American drone manufacturer and cloud solutions company located in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut. Through Aquiline Drones Indemnity Corporation, the company insures its continuum of products and services, as well as those of its partners and affiliates. Founded by CEO Barry Alexander, AD's core management comprises highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, IT gurus, military personnel (including veterans), and business strategists.  AD delivers a vertically integrated blend of products and services. These include an aviation cloud for commercial drones, U.S.-based drone manufacturing, drone "maintenance-repair-overhaul" (MRO) services, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions for large enterprises and governments, a superior line of Spartacus drone products, a robust UAS training academy, and the country's first 'drone-on-demand' service enabling customers to order drone services through a proprietary mobile app. AD's full spectrum of technological solutions is widely applicable across countless industries and environments for superior, real-time data processing and insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Wed, 27 Apr 2022 12:43:22 -0400
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Recruiting Facilitators for Summer in the City Experience https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1804-girl-scouts-of-connecticut-recruiting-facilitators-for-summer-in-the-city-experience1804-girl-scouts-of-connecticut-recruiting-facilitators-for-summer-in-the-city-experience https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1804-girl-scouts-of-connecticut-recruiting-facilitators-for-summer-in-the-city-experience1804-girl-scouts-of-connecticut-recruiting-facilitators-for-summer-in-the-city-experience

Earn While Helping Girls Learn New Skills & Have Fun!

As countless girls head to Girl Scout camps in the countryside this summer, Girl Scouts of Connecticut (GSOFCT) is also engaging more girls through community programs in the city. GSOFCT created the summer program more than a decade ago in partnership with school superintendents, community agencies such as YWCAs, the Village for Family and Children and others, to ensure that Girl Scout learning opportunities are available in underserved communities. The organization also created unique paid positions called Community Outreach Program Facilitators. This year, GSOFCT is seeking at least ten Facilitators in Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Waterbury, New Haven, Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and New London.

The Program Facilitator is a temporary part time position that is accountable for implementing community based programming to girls in grades K – 12 through virtual, hybrid and/or in-person formats. All Community Outreach Program Facilitators earn $25 per hour and are trained in First Aid and CPR. There are usually 12-15 girls in a group who meet for one hour to 90 minutes per week at their designated school site. There is no cost for girls to participate.

“Although the job is listed as “part time, temporary” we have had some staff who have stayed with us for years,” said Ana Valentín, Director of Community Outreach & Inclusion at Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “These exceptional facilitators are community-builders, champions of fun, and role models for what it means to lead with your heart. Due to their mentorship, we have had excellent outcomes for girls within our staff-led troops.”

Hartford resident Samantha Altius was looking for more personal fulfillment when not working overnight shifts as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She decided to become a GSOFCT Community Outreach Program Facilitator two years ago and has been a positive guide for many girls across the Hartford and Manchester school systems with whom she has built lasting relationships. 

“Nothing makes me feel better knowing I make such a huge difference in a girl's life by sharing some of my skills, love, smile, hugs and just being,” she said. “Sometimes all they need is a place where they can be themselves and that's the message I deliver to all of my girls. Be yourself and be a leader.  You can become anything you want to but first you have to try!” 

In fact, research shows that the courage, confidence, and character girls develop as Girl Scouts has a measurable impact on them throughout their lives. Girl Scouts are emboldened to chase their dreams and make a positive impact in their communities and across the globe.

Valentín notes that the organization served approximately 2,000 girls last summer who gathered at their local schools and community centers to learn new skills through hands-on STEM activities. This year, due to everyone coming back from the pandemic, the learning focus will be around social-emotional issues, with team-building, conflict resolution and sharing exercises, with plenty of time for fun. 

“A 2020 Girl Scout study found 84% of girls are stressed about the future,” shares Valentín. “The challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have Girl Scouts deeply concerned about the stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues that they and their peers are experiencing,”

Facilitators receive comprehensive training and materials for this part time position (up to 19 hours a week). Hours are mostly after-school as GSOFCT partners with school districts and works with girls from K-8 grade for the most part. Read the full job description and apply online at https://girl-scouts-of-connecticut-inc.checkwritersrecruit.com/job/214121/community-outreach-program-facilitators?s=cw 

or visit the Careers section at www.gsofct.org.

About Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit gsofct.org.

PHOTO: Girls Scouts of Connecticut (GSOFCT) is once again hiring Community Outreach Program Facilitators across the state for its unique summer learning program for inner-city girls in underserved cities. From left: Community Outreach Program Facilitators Samantha Altius and Kelsey Dixon team up for an enriching activity with their GSOFCT group in Hartford.  

Photo Courtesy of: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

 
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Wed, 27 Apr 2022 12:34:46 -0400
Creating a New Army of Drone Pilots from the North to the South https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1803-creating-a-new-army-of-drone-pilots-from-the-north-to-the-south1803-creating-a-new-army-of-drone-pilots-from-the-north-to-the-south https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1803-creating-a-new-army-of-drone-pilots-from-the-north-to-the-south1803-creating-a-new-army-of-drone-pilots-from-the-north-to-the-south

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are 265,092 licensed drone pilots registered in the U.S.  Aquiline Drones, a CT-based commercial drone solutions company and Drake State Community and Technical College, a two-year vocational educational institution in Huntsville, AL, are planning on increasing that total immediately. Specifically, Drake State today announced a five-year partnership with Aquiline Drones (AD) to offer online, instructor-guided drone pilot training, making it the only technical college in Alabama to offer a drone program. The program will prepare students to take the exam required to become a licensed drone pilot under the FAA.

“For 60 years, Drake State has built a solid foundation on teaching the most advanced technologies in a hands-on learning environment,” said Dr. Patricia Sims, President of Drake State Community and Technical College.
 
Drake State will offer two courses:
  • Drone Operation and UAV Aeronautical Procedures - an introduction to drones, that prepares students for the FAA Commercial Drone Pilot (Part 107) certification exam
  • Cloud Connected Drone Operations, Computing and Analytics – focused on digital technologies that are enabling cloud-connected commercial drone operations and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) provider business formation.
Dr. Sims notes that the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal is located a short distance from Drake State and thus, the school plans on targeting military drone operators that are seeking to separate from service along with anyone else looking to improve or change their career. 
 
Industrial-grade drones have long been in demand by various branches of the military, especially the Army and Navy for safe intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) use cases.  Autonomous drones coupled with strategically placed sensors and mobile command centers (MCCs), can routinely patrol popular border crossings.  Since drone swarms and counter drone swarms are considered the future of warfare, the military has taken a keen interest in both the hardware that flies, rolls and swims for a universal system.
 
“This partnership could not have come at a better time for Drake State in terms of the current global events and our own particular geographical landscape,” adds Dr. Sims. “We plan on marketing this all across our state to new and prospective students of all ages.”
 
Aquiline Drones, a commercial drone manufacturer and cloud technology company in Hartford, Conn, created its Flight to the Future online drone pilot training program as a remedy for America’s staggering unemployment rates due to the ongoing pandemic.  Besides attracting applicants from all parts of the country and from a diversity of industries, Aquiline Drones Founder and CEO Barry Alexander noticed that numerous inquiries resulted from several community colleges in the area, which offer that training as only a certification course. 
Both courses offered at Drake State will take one month to complete and be available year-round starting June 2022. Visit drakestate.edu for additional information.
 
Not only are we offering an exciting high-tech journey with these compelling courses, but we are also priming its participants to enter a rapidly accelerating industry with a potential market share of $127 billion!” said Barry Alexander, Founder and Chairman of Aquiline Drones.  “We are creating limitless job opportunities in this rapidly growing space and know that Drake State graduates will reap those benefits.”
 
About Drake State Community and Technical College
Drake State Community & Technical College offers flexible, affordable university-transfer and technical degrees, certificates, adult and continuing education, and customized skills training to fulfill the diverse workforce need of employers in North Alabama and beyond. As a 2-year community college, we provide hands-on training for individuals looking to enter the workforce or those already in the workforce who are looking to skill up. Visit drakestate.edu for more information.
 
About Aquiline Drones
Aquiline Drones Corporation (AD) is a progressive American drone manufacturer and cloud solutions company located in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut. Through Aquiline Drones Indemnity Corporation, the company insures its continuum of products and services, as well as those of its partners and affiliates.  Founded by CEO Barry Alexander, AD's core management comprises highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, IT gurus, military personnel (including veterans), and business strategists.  AD delivers a vertically integrated blend of products and services. These include an aviation cloud for commercial drones, U.S.-based drone manufacturing, drone "maintenance-repair-overhaul" (MRO) services, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions for large enterprises and governments, a superior line of Spartacus drone products, a robust UAS training academy, and the country's first 'drone-on-demand' service enabling customers to order drone services through a proprietary mobile app. AD's full spectrum of technological solutions is widely applicable across countless industries and environments for superior, real-time data processing and insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Public safety Thu, 14 Apr 2022 09:36:27 -0400
Free Diamond Education Event For April Birthstone Hosted by Baribault Jewelers https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1802-baribault-jewelers-offers-diamond-education-event-for-april-birthstone1802-baribault-jewelers-offers-diamond-education-event-for-april-birthstone https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1802-baribault-jewelers-offers-diamond-education-event-for-april-birthstone1802-baribault-jewelers-offers-diamond-education-event-for-april-birthstone

In school, getting a “D” is not something that a student strives for; however, in the diamond hierarchy, a D-grade is the highest honor bestowed on the popular gemstone and very much desired by individuals. Baribault Jewelers, a third-generation, family-owned, fine jewelry company in Glastonbury, is offering a free educational seminar on the different diamond grades on April 21st, 22nd, 23rd in honor of the sparkly birthstone of the month.

“All diamonds are not equal!  When you look at a D-grade diamond you can see the difference in radiance right away,” said Baribault Jewelers Owner Lewis Baribault, Jr.. “Since they are completely clear and colorless, they reflect the most light and create the most sparkle making them the most in demand stones.”

Although many people assume that diamonds are transparent and colorless, Baribault emphasizes that most have a hint of color. Their pigmentation may range from a slight tint invisible to the naked eye to darker colors that are more obvious.  D-color diamonds are often referred to as white diamonds because they truly are completely colorless both to the naked eye and under magnification, hence earning them the highest rating on the color scale.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) developed the diamond color grading scale in the 1950s. The Institute understood that having an objective color spectrum would build trust when trading diamonds. The scale ranges from D to Z, starting with the stones that appear colorless even when viewed under a microscope.  Since D-color diamonds are the highest on the color scale, they are extremely rare and only a tiny percentage are available to the public

In business for nearly 75 years, Baribault Jewelers has established solid relationships in the diamond industry and has a proven reputation of sourcing the most special stones.  “Like any individual, each diamonds’ personality is different so the need for an expert’s eye when matching them is imperative,” adds Baribault.

For instance, creating a multi-stone tennis bracelet with all GIA-certified, D-color diamonds is extremely difficult since all of the diamonds must match exactly in color to produce the most radiant piece. Similarly, in the case of diamond stud earrings, each pair must be matched perfectly by GIA certification and GIA gemologists’ eyes to ensure that the brilliance is compatible.

Baribault Jewelers has curated one of the largest collections of D-grade diamonds in the U.S., offering the precious gemstones in engagement rings, earrings, pendants, wedding bands and bracelets with a price point starting at $1,000.

“You probably will never be able to go into any jewelry store in the world and see this many white diamonds and that’s what really sets us apart,” said Baribault.  “We’ve dedicated an entire showcase to them and excited to make them accessible to the entire Connecticut community.”

The D-Grade Diamond Education Event will take place on April 21, 22and 23 and feature a special collection of the colorless stones, as well as a variety of hand-crafted diamonds by Tacori, an internationally renowned diamond design company, that specializes in “blooming” diamonds, a process in which a standalone diamond is encircled with smaller stones that increases the original size of the stone by up to thirty percent.   

“Diamonds are without a doubt the most popular in the gem family and the options are endless in how we can create and customize diamond pieces that will make the most meaningful memories,” said Baribault.  “After all, that’s what it’s all about!”

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele.  While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love.  Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 12 Apr 2022 11:57:01 -0400
The Power to B Bracelet is the Big Winner at the Academy Awards https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1801-the-power-to-b-bracelet-is-the-big-winner-at-the-academy-awards1801-the-power-to-b-bracelet-is-the-big-winner-at-the-academy-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1801-the-power-to-b-bracelet-is-the-big-winner-at-the-academy-awards1801-the-power-to-b-bracelet-is-the-big-winner-at-the-academy-awards

The Power to B stole the show at a pre-Oscar event as top celebrities enthusiastically received the line of inspirational bracelets. Based on the buzz about the new jewelry collection, The Power to B will now be featured at an exclusive gift shop in Hollywood. 

“We certainly feel like we got our big break as our designs were so well received by both men and women,” says Christina Baribault Ortiz, co-founder of The Power to B. “It was an unforgettable opportunity to personally interact with all of the gracious celebrities and to see their excitement about wearing our bracelets.”

Among Hollywood A-listers like Viola Davis, Anthony Anderson and Jason Ritter, Christina and her sister and partner Raeann Baribault Schwartz particularly bonded with Terrence Terrell, the actor who plays Eli Russell on the CBS series “B Positive”. The pair is hoping to partner with him for some creative product positioning on an upcoming episode.

The siblings from Connecticut debuted The Power to B at the GBK Brand Bar on March 25 and March 26. The invitation-only gift boutique for celebrities, influencers and VIPs was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where many of the Academy Award nominees and attendees stay. 

As a result of the overwhelming response, GBK has selected The Power to B bracelets for a permanent spot at its high-end, bespoke general and gift store located at the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in the heart of West Hollywood. The Power to B joins the carefully curated selection of products described as the perfect place to find a gift for those who have everything.

“For a first time exhibitor at our show, The Power to B generated a lot of excitement among the top talent walking through our space,” said Gavin Keilly, President of GBK Brand Bar. “We look forward to having the jewelry company back next year.”

The emotional highlight of the event for both sisters was hearing attendee and actress Ashley Greene’s announcement that she is expecting her first child with husband Paul Khoury. The actress, best known for her role as Alice Cullen in the Twilight movies, shared the happy news on the first day of the gifting bar. “Since The Power to B designs were born out of our six-year combined struggle to conceive, it was so moving to witness her joy in person,” says The Power to B Co-Founder Raeann Baribault-Schwartz.

She explains how the pair found the fortitude to overcome many fertility obstacles by displaying visual messages of positivity throughout their homes. This inspired the third-generation jewelers to create stunning wearable words of encouragement to empower women of all ages to tap into their inner strength and courage. The collection emboldens everyone to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless or B Fearless.

The bracelet design links cursive phrases with either a colorful bolo cord or a delicate chain held by a lobster claw clasp accented with a black gemstone known for positive energy.

Prices are $68 for a cord bracelet, $78 for a silver, rose-gold plated or yellow-gold plated bracelet and $98 in a necklace. The Lux collection offers necklaces, rings and bracelets in 14k white or yellow-gold with diamonds starting at $495-695. Several exclusive items that debuted at the Academy Awards event are now available for purchase.

“Every aspect of participating in this event exceeded our expectations,” adds Christina. “We are thrilled to have our designs catapulted to prominence from coast to coast.”

Currently, The Power to B collection can be purchased online at www.ThePowertoB.com or in-store at Baribault Jewelers at 81 Rankin Road in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The line is also available at Water Street Jewelers locations at 769 Boston Post Road in Madison, Connecticut and 61 Whitfield Street in Guilford, Connecticut.

About The Power to B

Created by sisters and designers Christina Baribault Ortiz and Raeann Baribault Schwartz in 2019, The Power to B fine jewelry collection aims to bring women together in joyful empowerment. The stunning 14k gold- or gold-plated phrase bracelets, necklaces and rings remind women to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless, B Fearless, or B You. The Power to B is about being fearless enough to speak your dreams into the world and being strong enough to turn them into reality. Learn more at thepowertob.com.

PHOTO

American singer, songwriter and actress and former “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks was one of the many high-profile celebrities adorned with The Power to B bracelet collection at the exclusive GBK Brand Bar boutique in West Hollywood, CA.  The Power to B Co-Founders and sisters Christina Baribault-Ortiz (left) and Raeann Baribault-Schwartz (right) flank Sparks at the Pre-Oscar event on March 25 and 26, 2022.

Photo Credit: Oleg Bogdancom 

 

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 08 Apr 2022 12:01:13 -0400
Narcan and QPR Training Offered in Simsbury https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1800-narcan-and-qpr-training-offered-in-simsbury1800-narcan-and-qpr-training-offered-in-simsbury https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1800-narcan-and-qpr-training-offered-in-simsbury1800-narcan-and-qpr-training-offered-in-simsbury

The opioid epidemic is one of the most tragic, complex issues in our society. In 2021, more than 100,000 individual lives were taken by drug overdose, a 10% increase over 2020.  It is important that we act now and learn the critical steps to take in case of an emergency. On Wednesday, April 13, at 6:00 P.M., local nonprofit, A Promise to Jordan, will host a Narcan and QPR training session.  The training will take place virtually via Zoom and in-person at “The Barn” at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 124 Old Farms Road, Simsbury.

Narcan (Naloxone) training and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training are integral in case of an overdose or potential suicide. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that helps to reverse opioid overdose, administered either as a nasal spray or through injection. The mission of QPR training, is to reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative and practical suicide prevention training techniques. Together, these training opportunities will help to save lives and restore the hope of addicts and loved ones alike, before it is too late. 

The training will be led by John Lally, a retired psychiatric nurse practitioner with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Nursing. Mr. Lally held a private practice in East Windsor, doing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and has worked in the field of psychiatry and substance abuse for over 35 years in inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings. He is also a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Since the death of his son, Timothy, from a heroin overdose in January 2016, he founded and is the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization called Today I Matter, Inc. (T.I.M.).  Their mission is to work to reduce the shame and stigma of mental illness and addiction while promoting the physical, emotional, and mental health of our communities.

A Promise to Jordan is named in honor of Jordan Arakelian, a Simsbury resident who died of an accidental heroin and fentanyl overdose on June 30, 2018, at the age of 24.  His mother, Lisa Gray, started the 501c3 organization in his memory to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of addiction, assist people in accessing quality care, and give hope that recovery is possible to those struggling with addiction.

The session is free for all attendees, but pre-registration is requested.  All registrants will receive a free Narcan kit after completing the training. For more information about this training session or A Promise to Jordan, please visit www.apromisetojordan.org or contact A Promise to Jordan at (860) 390-1391. 

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Events Fri, 08 Apr 2022 11:44:36 -0400
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Creatively Connects Customers with Cookies https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1799-girl-scouts-of-connecticut-creatively-connects-customers-with-cookies1799-girl-scouts-of-connecticut-creatively-connects-customers-with-cookies https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1799-girl-scouts-of-connecticut-creatively-connects-customers-with-cookies1799-girl-scouts-of-connecticut-creatively-connects-customers-with-cookies

Use the App, Online Cookie Finder, DoorDash or Booth Sales to Feed a Girl Scout Cookie Craving

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is making it easier than ever for customers to get their hands on their favorite Girl Scout Cookies this season. Options range from buying directly from troops at Cookie Booths across the state, to DoorDash delivery at home when a cookie craving strikes.

“Cookie sales are critical for individual troops and for our organization, so we wanted to increase convenience for our customers,” said Diana Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut (GSOFCT). “The proceeds ensure we can offer a broad range of enriching experiences for girls, including summer camp.”

Connecticut girls and troops received their cookie delivery on March 26, 2022 to fulfill initial orders. Cookie booth sales began that same day at local restaurants, retail and grocery stores, and will continue until May 8, 2022.

Mahoney shares how to purchase Girl Scout Cookies quickly and easily using the Cookie Finder system on the GSOFCT website or by downloading the app. From the Cookie Finder, customers are able to support a local troop by ordering online for cookies to be directly shipped to them, finding a cookie booth sale in their community or ordering for same day delivery through Door Dash in selected areas.

“These DoorDash booths are an excellent chance for our older girls to take the lead!” says Mahoney. “Girls will be involved in each step of the process, from receiving, confirming and preparing the orders to ensuring orders are picked up correctly.”

Mahoney notes that each option allows customers to order their favorite flavors; Thin Mints®, Samoas®, Tagalongs®, Do-si-dos®, Trefoils®, Lemon-Ups®, and the new Adventurefuls™.

Most booth sales will also offer customers the opportunity to purchase cookies through Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Gift of Caring program, Cookies for Heroes. Cookies for Heroes donates boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to service women and men overseas and at home, as well as local community heroes.

Customers who want to donate and are ordering online can click “Cookie Packages Donated” on the cookie order form or the donation option on a Girl Scout’s Digital Cookie online storefront.

Cookies purchased for the Cookies for Heroes Program are $5 per package. All cookie proceeds remain in Connecticut. Funds earned from the cookie program support troop activities, such as community service projects and trips.  

For more information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program and to find a booth near you, visit gsofct.org/findcookies.

We Are Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit gsofct.org.

PHOTO: Girl Scouts of Connecticut is offering customers convenient options to purchase Girl Scout Cookies from now until May 8, 2022.

Credit: Girl Scouts of CT

 

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