Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:08:26 -0400 HamletHub.com Kids Can Swap Candy For Cash And Cavity-Free Teeth https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1650-kids-can-swap-candy-for-cash-and-cavity-free-teeth1650-kids-can-swap-candy-for-cash-and-cavity-free-teeth https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1650-kids-can-swap-candy-for-cash-and-cavity-free-teeth1650-kids-can-swap-candy-for-cash-and-cavity-free-teeth

Elmwood Dental Group Hosts Halloween Candy Buy Back For Local Charity

While every child’s goal on Halloween is to collect as much candy as possible, a local dental practice is encouraging kids to donate their goodies for a good cause. Elmwood Dental Group in West Hartford is hosting a Halloween Candy Buy Back event to benefit the West Hartford Food Pantry. Not only will kids avoid tooth decay, they can put a smile on someone else’s face.
 
Trick-or-Treaters will earn $2 per pound of unopened, individually wrapped candy for up to a 3-lb limit. Candy can be weighed at the office on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 7 am to 4 pm and Saturday, November 2 from 8 am to 11 a.m. Everyone who donates will also receive a free oral hygiene goodie bag. Elmwood Dental Group is located at 1132 New Britain Ave. in West Hartford. All candy collected will then be donated to a local food pantry.   
 
“Of course, we want children to enjoy some candy in moderation, but every time we eat or drink something that contains sugar or starches, the bacteria in our mouths gobble them up to produce toxic acids,” said Dr. Ana Paula Gomes, owner of Elmwood Dental Group. “These acids can create holes in teeth and cause cavities.”
Dr. Gomes notes that the best time to allow children to eat treats is after meals because the production of saliva increases, which helps to wash acids out of the mouth. Another good idea is to have children immediately brush their teeth after eating candy. If that's not possible, tell children to rinse their mouths with water and drink a glass of water as well.
 
“We’re hosting the Halloween Candy Buy Back event to make families aware of sugar consumption overall in order to promote good oral care habits,” says Dr. Gomes. “The key here is to stop excessive eating of candy. It’s especially important for young mouths with developing teeth.”
  
According to NielsenWire, Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy during the weeks surrounding Halloween, which breaks down to a whopping 1.9 pounds of candy per person. 

The Halloween Candy Buy Back program is a public event open to all Connecticut children, patient or non-patient alike.
  
Elmwood Dental Group has been committed to caring for Connecticut families for over 37 years. Drs. Ana Paula Gomes, Rupal S. Patel, and Carissa Tanaka offer their patients a deep knowledge and broad experience in all aspects of general dentistry. Their comprehensive dental services include routine and restorative care, gum disease treatment, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and restoration of dental implants. In order to ease anxiety about a trip to the dentist, the practice offers amenities to keep patients of all ages entertained and comfortable before, during and after dental appointments with complimentary beverages, neck pillows, back pillows, cozy blankets, earbuds, free WiFi, and even fidget spinners!
 
Elmwood Dental Group LLC is a full-service dental, cosmetic and restorative practice dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality care with compassion. Since 1982, the friendly, family-oriented practice has proudly served the West Hartford, Newington, and Hartford, CT communities with patient education and oral care services for patients of all ages. The office is located at 1132 New Britain Ave. in West Hartford. The office is conveniently open Monday- Friday and Saturday by appointment. For more information visit www.elmwooddentalllc.com or call (860) 331-8748.
 
PHOTO: The team of female dentists at Elmwood Dental Group is hosting its first Halloween Candy Buyback Program on Nov. 1st and 2nd for all children across the state.  From left: Dr. Rupal Patel, Dr. Carissa Tanaka and Dr. Ana Paula Gomes, owner of Elmwood Dental Group.
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:58:04 -0400
Brush Up on Dental Health with 3 Tooth Tips from Top Hygienist https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1649-brush-up-on-dental-health-with-3-tooth-tips-from-top-hygienist1649-brush-up-on-dental-health-with-3-tooth-tips-from-top-hygienist https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1649-brush-up-on-dental-health-with-3-tooth-tips-from-top-hygienist1649-brush-up-on-dental-health-with-3-tooth-tips-from-top-hygienist

Elmwood Dental Group Targets Bad Breath, Toothbrushes & Gum Disease

The first line of defense against tooth decay is the Dental Hygienist who tackles the tartar, plaque and trouble spots that can lead to trouble. During National Dental Hygiene Month in October, the skilled Hygienists at Elmwood Dental Group in West Hartford are sharing their top-secret tips and tools to help all patients preserve their pearly whites.
 
Toothbrushes and Technique
“Both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at cleaning teeth if you use proper technique and brush long enough,” explains Megan Carlson, Registered Dental Hygienist at Elmwood Dental Group (EDG). “However research has found that an electric toothbrush may make brushing easier, resulting in better plaque removal.”
 
Carlson cautions that the electric toothbrush is not meant to be used like a manual toothbrush. Using it like a manual toothbrush can result in gum recession and/or enamel damage that can wear down and change the actual shape of the teeth. To properly use an electric toothbrush, hold it half on the gums, half on the teeth at a 45 degree angle gently for a few seconds in the same place before moving the brush. The electric brushing process should take the same time as manual toothbrushing at two minutes, twice a day. Benefits of electric models include a beeping timer to ensure length of brushing and more thorough results.
 
Electric toothbrushes never look worn like a manual toothbrush and should be changed every three months regardless. With cold and flu season approaching, the head should be changed after a person is sick as bacteria can live in the toothbrush.
 
Flossing
“Cleaning between your teeth once a day while brushing twice a day should be an important part of your daily hygiene routine,” says Carlson. “But don’t just move the floss up and down. Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.”
 
A water flosser or water pick is a handheld device that sprays a steady stream of water and uses the pressure of the water to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth. Water flossers comes in a countertop model or a cordless compact model and both are easy to use. The water can help to clean between and around teeth, but it is not recommended to replace flossing. It is a good alternative for people who refuse to floss, have a hard time reaching their back teeth, or have dental implants, bridges or braces. 
 
Battling Bad Breath
“The number one myth about mouthwash is that you have to use one with alcohol,” says Carlson. “The alcohol can actually cause dry mouth and can possibly trigger bad breath, so I recommend choosing a mouthwash without alcohol.”
 
Bad breath can be a result of several different sources from stomach conditions to teeth problems to diet. Most of the problems do however start with the mouth and may include:
 
  • Bacteria on the tongue - A tongue scraper can help in removing the extra bacteria from the tongue or use the tooth brush with a small amount of toothpaste to gently clean and remove the bacteria. 
  • Undiagnosed tooth decay - A cavity is the result of the destruction of the tooth surface brought on by the bacteria that exists in your mouth. The combination of cavities and the bacteria can cause an odor.
  • Poor oral hygiene - Brush twice a day and clean the bacteria out from between teeth with floss or a water pick.
  • Dentures that are not taken out daily and properly cleaned.
  • Dry mouth - Saliva helps to keep your mouth clean by removing food particles that can lead to bad breath. When saliva is decreased or stops a condition known as xerostomia. This can happen naturally when you sleep, which is why people find their breath a little stinky when they wake up in the morning.
 
Additional causes of bad breath include:
 
  • Eating certain foods - Onions, garlic, and certain spices contain odor causing food particles that enter the bloodstream. Once they do, they are carried to the lungs where they affect the odor each time a person exhales.
  • Coffee - Intense flavor and caffeine lead to a decline in saliva production. Less saliva means an increase in odor causing bacteria. 
  • Alcohol - In excess, it also causes dry mouth, which is the best environment for odor-causing bacteria the flourish.
  • Smoking - Whether it is cigarettes, chew or pipe, can all cause bad breath and also lead to more serious oral health issues. Not only can this smell linger, it is a leading cause of gum disease. 
  • Digestive issues – Acid reflux can cause unfortunate breath odors. It is usually the odors from recently consumed food that may make their way back up the esophagus and out the mouth causing bad breath.
  • Prescription medications- Hundreds of medications come with the side effect of dry mouth. Some medications, when broken down in the body, release chemicals that can be carried through the bloodstream to the breath.
  • Other health issues - Post nasal drip, tonsil infections, sinus problems, diabetes, liver and kidney issues, as well as certain blood disorders.
 
“Bad breath may indicate a much more serious health problem, so do not take bad breath lightly,” advises Carlson. “Don’t be embarrassed to discuss your concerns about your breath with your hygienist.”
 
Dr. Ana Paula Gomes, one of the dentists at Elmwood Dental Group, encourages people to take proper care of their teeth as poor dental practices can cause gum disease, a serious gum infection that damages the gums and can destroy the bone support around teeth. “This month we are celebrating the work of dental hygienists who have a primary, preventative role in a patient’s oral healthcare to help raise awareness about its importance.”
 
A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is a licensed dental professional who has been through an accredited dental hygiene course of study and passed national and state exams. The hygienist focuses on the prevention and treatment of oral disease. The RDH typically acts as ancillary dental staff under the supervision of a dentist. 
 
Elmwood Dental Group LLC is a full-service dental, cosmetic and restorative practice dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality care with compassion. Since 1982, the friendly, family-oriented practice has proudly served the West Hartford, Newington, and Hartford, CT communities with patient education and oral care services for patients of all ages. The office is located at 1132 New Britain Ave. in West Hartford. Convenient appointments are available Monday- Friday, and Saturday by appointment. For more information visit www.elmwooddentalllc.com or call (860) 331-8748.
 
PHOTO: The kind and caring team of dental hygienists at Elmwood Dental Group always make patients feel happy and relaxed from their first step into the practice office. Front row from left: Lisa and Christine; Back row from left: Amy and Meg

 

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:48:40 -0400
Connecticut Governor Proclaims Oct. 6 as Chowdafest Day https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1648-gov-proclaims-oct-6-as-chowdafest-day1648-gov-proclaims-oct-6-as-chowdafest-day https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1648-gov-proclaims-oct-6-as-chowdafest-day1648-gov-proclaims-oct-6-as-chowdafest-day

Westport, Conn – CT Governor Ned Lamont has officially proclaimed Oct 6, 2019 as Chowdafest Day in the State of CT.  This continues the recent tradition of state governors of the past 9 years.  “We’re very proud of the distinction,” said event director Jim Keenan.  “They don’t hand them out to everyone” he continued.  This marks the fifth consecutive year that the event will be held at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. making it the largest event at the state’s oldest park.

Attendees enjoy unlimited sampling of chowder, soup and bisque while rating everything they try.  Over 30 distinguished restaurants from all over New England had been invited to battle it out in this year’s people’s choice competition.  

Chowdafest presented by Stop & Shop benefits Food Rescue US in the ongoing fight against food insecurity.  Over 2 million meals have been funded through Chowdafest in the past 4 years alone and the event hopes to add another half million meals to that number.  For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit www.chowdafest.org or email event director, Jim Keenan at chowdafest@gmail.com.  

Chowdafest is sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Chabaso Bakery, Chica de Gallo, City Carting, CT Bites, Copp's Island Oysters, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Even Hotels,  Foods of the Vine, Hood Cream, Local Food Rocks, Lowe's, Lucy’s, Michele's Pies, Mi Nina Tortilla, MINI of Fairfield County, Natalie’s Juices, New England Dairy Council, People’s United Bank, Polar Beverages, PKF O’Connor Davies, Silly Cows Farm, Tetley Tea, Toast Point of Sale, Wades Dairy, Vazzy’s, WEBE 108 and Westminster Crackers. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Jim Keenan ) Events Fri, 27 Sep 2019 07:37:20 -0400
Nutmeg Donates School Supplies For Hartford Students In Need https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1645-nutmeg-donates-school-supplies-for-hartford-students-in-need1645-nutmeg-donates-school-supplies-for-hartford-students-in-need https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1645-nutmeg-donates-school-supplies-for-hartford-students-in-need1645-nutmeg-donates-school-supplies-for-hartford-students-in-need

CREDIT UNION CONTINUES BACKPACK DONATION INITIATIVE FOR FIFTH YEAR

Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union recently donated over 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to students throughout the greater Hartford area.

As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and long-time supporter of local charities, this is Nutmeg’s fifth year of donating backpacks and school supplies. Since the start of this initiative in 2015, the credit union has donated a total of over one thousand backpacks to further the education of students in the Hartford area. To many, these donations are crucial to beginning the academic year successfully.
 
“We’re happy to give back to our communities in any way we can,” said John Holt, President and CEO of Nutmeg. “And while we may stress the importance of financial education, we also know how important it is for students to start off the school year right with the supplies they need.”
 
About Nutmeg
Chartered in 1936 and headquartered in Rocky Hill, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in the Hartford, New Haven, Middlesex or Tolland Counties as well as the cities of Shelton, Stratford and Bridgeport, Connecticut. They offer members a friendly banking environment and take pride in educating consumers about the advantages of joining a credit union. Visit them atwww.nutmegstatefcu.org for more information.
 
PHOTO: (From left to right) Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union employees Dan Fonseca, President and CEO John Holt and Charlene Higgins prepare backpacks for the school supply donation.  Credit: Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:43:27 -0400
Blood Drives Near Hartford CC, Urgent Need Before Summer Ends https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1646-blood-drives-near-hartford-cc-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-15659886701646-blood-drives-near-hartford-cc-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565988670 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1646-blood-drives-near-hartford-cc-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-15659886701646-blood-drives-near-hartford-cc-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565988670

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Hartford CC through August 31

Town Date Address
East Hartford 8/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. American Eagle Financial Credit Union, 333 East River Drive
East Hartford 8/18/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cabela's, 475 East Hartford Blvd. North
East Hartford 8/19/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hoffman Auto Group, 700 Connecticut Blvd.
Hartford 8/13/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. State Capitol Building, 210 Capitol Ave
Hartford 8/20/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. US District Court, 450 Main Street
South Windsor 8/30/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Broadridge Financial, 125 Ellington Road
West Hartford 8/23/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. University of Hartford Gengras Student Union, 200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford 8/27/2019: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St
West Hartford 8/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 50 Raymond Road

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:37:56 -0400
Many Connecticut Cities Ranked Highest for Number of Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1644-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-15658212721644-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565821272 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1644-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-15658212721644-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565821272

Hartford CC and other nearby cities data can be seen on the chart below.

The Bridgeport Region ranks 20th for the US regions with the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations according to Governing Magazine.  The Bridgeport metro area has a total of 1,391 nonprofits, which translates to 14.7 per 10,000 population.

The number of nonprofits in towns near Hartford CC are:

City # of Charities Value of Assets
Avon, CT 130 $170,457,712
Bloomfeld Ave Hartford, CT 1 $0
Bloomfield, CT 196 $469,063,233
E Glastonbury, CT 3 $0
E Hartford, CT 9 $5,956,681
East Harford, CT 1
East Hartford, CT 203 $2,160,422,923
Elmwood, CT 1 $0
Est Hartford, CT 1 $60,196
Farmington, CT 158 $599,329,284
Galstonbury, CT 1 $164,650
Glastonbury, CT 216 $43,463,300
Harfford, CT 1 $0
Harford, CT 1
Hartfor, CT 1 $1,018,017
Hartford, CT 1075 $14,279,540,266
Manchester, CT 258 $257,724,725
New Britain, CT 259 $1,218,546,130
New Britan, CT 1 $0
New Britian, CT 1
Newington, CT 146 $216,927,440
Poquonock, CT 3
Rock Hill, CT 1
Rocky Hill, CT 132 $493,382,753
Rocky Hilll, CT 1 $1,494,041
S Glastonbury, CT 29 $7,033,332
S Windsor, CT 1
South Glastonbury, CT 2 $1,185,012
South Windsor, CT 120 $82,489,360
St Hartfrd, CT 1
W Hartford, CT 35 $92,965,281
Weatogue, CT 12 $6,517,286
West Hardford, CT 1 $7,817
West Hartford, CT 468 $1,279,988,250
West Hartfrd, CT 7 $8,802
Weth, CT 1 $0
Wethersfield, CT 148 $480,488,476
Wethsfield, CT 1 $9,584,862
Windosr, CT 1 $21,724,206
Windsor, CT 180 $486,780,280

The magazine studied all of the regions in the United States to try to determine why some regions have more charities than others, and they found some interesting results. "What we found was that the concentration of locally focused nonprofits doesn’t just vary from one part of the country to another -- it varies a lot. The top 10 metro areas on our list have more than twice the number of nonprofits per capita as all those in the bottom quarter."

Other regions in the top 20 according to Governor Magazine include:

Metro Area Nonprofits
Nonprofits Per 10k Pop
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7

 

Other Connecticut regions on the list include:

  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford with 1,576 nonprofits
  • New Haven-Milford with 1,082 nonprofits
  • Norwich-New London with 318 nonprofits

The governing analysis is based on data published by The National Center for Charitable Statistics.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Charities Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:30:00 -0400
Hartford CC Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1643-hartford-cc-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-15596868571643-hartford-cc-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559686857 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1643-hartford-cc-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-15596868571643-hartford-cc-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559686857

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

Hartford CC area students were awarded College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. These students are part of a distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.

Award recipients close to Hartford CC are as follows:

PublishedDate Student City Probable Career College Sponsor High School
2019-06-05 12:00 Colton J. Glasgow Canton Astronomy National Merit Rochester Institute Of Technology Scholarship Canton H. S., Collinsville
2019-06-05 12:00 Helena M. Winkler Canton Bioinformatics National Merit University Of Rochester Scholarship Canton H. S., Collinsville
2019-06-05 12:00 Jonathan R. Plage Glastonbury Chemical Engineering National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Glastonbury H. S., Glastonbury
2019-06-05 12:00 Matthew T. Lecky Middletown Chemistry National Merit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship Middletown H. S., Middletown
2019-06-05 12:00 Ishika Choudhary Simsbury Computer Science National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Simsbury H. S., Simsbury
2019-06-05 12:00 Mansi Sharma Simsbury Finance National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Simsbury H. S., Simsbury
2019-06-05 12:00 Emily Donofrio South Glastonbury Finance National Merit Boston College Scholarship Glastonbury H. S., Glastonbury
2019-06-05 12:00 Abhiram Bhamidipati Southington Computer Science National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Southington H. S., Southington
2019-06-05 12:00 Michael R. Foster Wethersfield Medicine National Merit Fordham University Scholarship Northwest Catholic H. S., West Hartford

 

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100.

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2019 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 17 and winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 8. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 15. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:00:00 -0400
West Hartford’s Top Leaders Celebrate Grand Opening of New Firm https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1642-west-hartford-s-top-leaders-celebrate-grand-opening-of-new-firm1642-west-hartford-s-top-leaders-celebrate-grand-opening-of-new-firm https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1642-west-hartford-s-top-leaders-celebrate-grand-opening-of-new-firm1642-west-hartford-s-top-leaders-celebrate-grand-opening-of-new-firm

Partners Ed Goldberg and Brenda Larkin celebrated the official grand opening of their financial planning firm, Goldberg Larkin, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9 in West Hartford. Mayor Shari Cantor joined members of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce to welcome the newest members of the local business community. Afterwards, nearly 50 invited clients, financial professionals and business leaders enjoyed a VIP evening reception featuring gourmet refreshments.
 
The full-service firm located at 433 South Main Street, Suite 105 in West Hartford is affiliated with Westminster Financial Companies. Goldberg, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA®, and Larkin CDFA® are both Certified Divorce Financial Analysts who work with numerous attorneys and clients in town.
 
“appreciate the warm reception we have received and look forward to forging strong business and personal relationships,” said Goldberg.
Goldberg Larkin offers comprehensive financial planning, estate planning, insurance, retirement planning and business succession planning, particularly for people experiencing a major life transition. The firm manages a portfolio of over $100 million.
 
About Goldberg Larkin
Goldberg Larkin is a boutique financial planning practice committed to the financial success of each and every client. Affiliated with Westminster Financial, a full-service broker/dealer and registered investment advisor, Ed Goldberg, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA®, and Brenda Larkin, CDFA®, offer their clients a full range of financial products and services. Located at 433 South Main Street Suite 105 West Hartford, CT 06110. To schedule a FREE consultation visit www.goldberglarkin.com or call Ed at 860-706-1100 or Brenda at 860-706-1101.
 
PHOTO: Goldberg Larkin hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9, 2019 for their new financial planning firm in West Hartford, CT. Pictured from left to right front row: Beth Kerrigan - West Hartford Deputy Mayor, Brenda Larkin and Ed Goldberg – Partners at Goldberg-Larkin, Dave Marsden - Ambassador of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Back row: Miles Brazie – Chairman and CEO of Westminster Financial Companies, Theresa Reynolds – Member of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Kirk Stager – President and CEO of Westminster Financial Securities, Billy Grant IV, Member of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Tom LaBrie – Managing Director at Westminster Financial Companies. 
Credit: Alliances By Alisa Media Relations
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 31 May 2019 04:49:49 -0400
Hundreds Run in O’Neill’s Annual 5k to Raise $50k for Ability Beyond https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1641-hundreds-run-in-o-neill-s-annual-5k-to-raise-50k-for-ability-beyond1641-hundreds-run-in-o-neill-s-annual-5k-to-raise-50k-for-ability-beyond https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1641-hundreds-run-in-o-neill-s-annual-5k-to-raise-50k-for-ability-beyond1641-hundreds-run-in-o-neill-s-annual-5k-to-raise-50k-for-ability-beyond

An enthusiastic team of more than 40 Ability Beyond staff members, clients and families joined 700+ runners for the 7th Annual O’Neill’s 5K Run in Memory of Annie Curtin on May 19 in Norwalk. The charity event was established by Annie’s parents and O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant to celebrate Annie, who passed away almost nine years ago when she was 6 ½, by helping people in the community. Ability Beyond was selected as this year’s designated beneficiary. The race raised $50,000 that will be used by the nonprofit organization to provide critical programs and support for people with disabilities in Connecticut and New York.
 
“Ability Beyond has had a strong presence in Norwalk for the past 16 years, providing job training and placement, supported living, and recreational and educational opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Jane Davis, President and CEO of Ability Beyond.  “We are extremely grateful to O’Neill’s and the Curtin family for this generous contribution that will make a significant difference for those we serve with our innovative programs right here in the lower Fairfield County community.”
 
Ability Beyond assisted with race preparations and on the day of the race. Participants in the Ability Beyond Norwalk adult day program helped stuff the runner swag bags and individuals from one of Ability Beyond’s many residential programs handed out water to the runners. A team of employees also volunteered to help with event set-up, registration, kid’s tent activities and much more.
 
Following the race, runners and families returned to O’Neill’s Pub for a cookout, cocktails, music and more.
 
Ability Beyond is a 501{c} (3) organization headquartered in Bethel, CT and Chappaqua, NY. It provides a wide range of services for over 3,000 people with a disability that inhibits their activities of daily living -- including numerous residential alternatives, employment training, career counseling, job placement services, cognitive and life skills instruction, clinical and therapeutic support, and volunteer and recreational activities. Today, its services extend throughout Connecticut and New York’s lower Hudson Valley. For more information about Ability Beyond go to www.abilitybeyond.org.
 
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PHOTO: A team of more than 40 Ability Beyond staff members, clients and families joined runners and supporters at the 7th Annual O’Neill’s 5K Run in Memory of Annie Curtin on May 19, 2019 in Norwalk, Conn. to raise $50,000 for the nonprofit Ability Beyond organization.

 

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Neighbors Fri, 31 May 2019 04:38:28 -0400
Nutmeg Helps Underserved Communities with Unique Auto Loan Program https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1640-nutmeg-helps-underserved-communities-with-unique-auto-loan-program1640-nutmeg-helps-underserved-communities-with-unique-auto-loan-program https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1640-nutmeg-helps-underserved-communities-with-unique-auto-loan-program1640-nutmeg-helps-underserved-communities-with-unique-auto-loan-program
Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union has officially announced Working Wheels, an auto loan program designed specifically for low-income families. The program comes as a welcome addition to Nutmeg’s efforts as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), a federal designation granted in 2016 that allows the credit union to reach underserved markets with products and services.
 
As Nutmeg’s newest CDFI initiative, Working Wheels will empower hardworking, credit-challenged families and offer them a chance to gain an economic foothold. The program aims to help local families improve their financial standing by providing reliable vehicles, which are often necessary to maintaining a job.
 
“We are always looking for more ways to help the members of our community,” said John Holt, President and CEO of Nutmeg. “We were inspired to create Working Wheels after seeing how challenging it can be for some families to have a reliable way to get to and from work.”
 
To address this challenge, Working Wheels allows qualified families to borrow up to $10,000 for vehicle purchases without having to resort to predatory lending options. Applicants must have a minimum of 6 months employment and work at least 30 hours per week to qualify. The program also includes a required financial education component to stress the importance of proper financial management and maintenance. Interested candidates can find out more at www.nutmegstatefcu.org or by calling 860.513.5000.
 
“The goal of Working Wheels is to help families gain financial independence and learn all about managing their money,” said Holt. “The program is another step in the right direction for us and I’m confident it will make a positive impact on the lives of so many families across the state.”
 
About Nutmeg
Chartered in 1936 and headquartered in Rocky Hill, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in the Hartford, New Haven, Middlesex or Tolland Counties as well as the cities of Shelton, Stratford and Bridgeport, Connecticut. They offer members a friendly banking environment and take pride in educating consumers about the advantages of joining a credit union. Visit them at www.nutmegstatefcu.org for more information.
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 31 May 2019 04:30:31 -0400
AMERICAN FAMILY CARE Warns Now is Prime Time for Lyme https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1639-american-family-care-warns-now-is-prime-time-for-lyme1639-american-family-care-warns-now-is-prime-time-for-lyme https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1639-american-family-care-warns-now-is-prime-time-for-lyme1639-american-family-care-warns-now-is-prime-time-for-lyme

More than two thousand Connecticut residents are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year and that number could skyrocket as the number of infected ticks continues to rise. American Family Care (AFC|) urgent care centers across the state are often the first line of defense to diagnose and treat this potentially debilitating disease. AFC Medical Director Dr. Iftikhar Ali is on a mission to educate families about the risks of ticks during Lyme Disease Awareness Month starting in May.
 
“We are entering the most active period for ticks, which is from mid-May to mid-July,” explained Dr. Ali. “About 30% of deer ticks carry a bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease, which raises the odds of contracting the disease from a tick bite. The illness can be difficult to diagnose, therefore prevention is of utmost importance.”
 
Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic red bull’s eye skin rash called erythema migrans. The disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods.
 
Dr. Ali suggests following these BLAST tips to prevent tick bites and potential infection:
 
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors from outdoor activities in wooden areas, (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  • Look for ticks and rashes. Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
  • Apply insect repellent. Use repellents that contain DEET on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Spray your yard or have it professionally treated to repel and kill ticks.
  • Treat your pets. People cannot contract Lyme disease from their pet, but pet owners are more likely to get Lyme because pets bring the ticks indoors. Ticks are very small – nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed and adults are about the size of a sesame seed.
AFC practitioners are experienced at removing ticks entirely and treating the bite. Patients will be asked how long the tick has been attached to their body, as the time of attachment is very important. Normally a tick has to be attached to the body for more than 48 hours to spread any disease.
 
“However, if the tick is attached more than 36 hours and it is a deer tick, it is recommended to start one dose of doxycycline (2 Tablets),” said Dr. Ali. “No blood work is needed at that time as it will be negative.”
 
If patients have a tick bite but no active rash or any other symptom, instructions are given to return to AFC in four weeks or go to their primary care physician for blood work for Lyme and other tick borne illnesses.
 
For patients that have the bull's eye rash, AFC sends the labs out for testing for all tick borne illnesses; Lyme, Ehrlichia or Babesia, and starts patients on the full treatment regimen for Lyme disease.
 
“Early treatment of Lyme disease is crucial,” concluded Dr. Ali. “If left untreated, it can lead to life-long health problems.”
 
AFC locations are open Monday through Friday from 8 am-8 pm and weekends from 8 am-5 pm. No appointment is required and care is dispensed with the utmost quality and efficiency. The centers are located at 1171 East Main St. Torrington CT; 135 East Main St., New Britain CT; 1030 Boulevard West Hartford, CT; 179 Talcottville Rd., Vernon, CT; Danbury locations 2 Main St., 100 Mill Plain Rd & 76C Newtown Rd).   All locations offer convenient, private parking. For more information visit www.afcurgentcare.com
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 31 May 2019 04:17:41 -0400
Hartford CC Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1638-hartford-cc-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-15581274711638-hartford-cc-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558127471 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1638-hartford-cc-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-15581274711638-hartford-cc-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558127471

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near Hartford CC).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
10/10 Avon High School 1038 6% 90% 94%
10/10 Connecticut Ib Academy 192 38% 96% 95%
9/10 Glastonbury High School 2037 10% 89% 93%
9/10 Conard High School 1540 23% 85% 92%
9/10 Hall High School 1463 17% 86% 91%
8/10 Rocky Hill High School 705 15% 83% 91%
8/10 South Windsor High School 1318 12% 88% 91%
6/10 University High School 431 42% 86% 89%

For a full list of schools please go to https://www.greatschools.org/connecticut/college-success-award/

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:50 -0400
See Where Hartford CC Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1636-see-where-hartford-cc-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-15566646241636-see-where-hartford-cc-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556664624 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1636-see-where-hartford-cc-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-15566646241636-see-where-hartford-cc-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556664624

U.S. News & World Report has just released their 2019 Best High Schools Rankings. The rankings of the schools closest to Hartford CC are:

High School CT Rank Nat Rank Grad Rate Readiness Enrollment
Achievement First Hartford Academy Inc. #3 #285 90% 75 152
Connecticut IB Academy #5 #321 100% 80.9 197
Hall High School #11 #521 98% 62.1 1,447
Conard High School #13 #545 95% 64.7 1,456
University High School of Science and Engineering #44 #2,208 96% 26.9 431
Sports and Medical Sciences Academy #69 #3,377 92% 33.7 444
Wethersfield High School #103 #5,488 93% 26.1 1,152
East Hartford High School #122 #7,424 94% 25.1 1,629
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts #124 #7,689 92% 25.5 469
Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy #126 #8,248 87% 15.4 449
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design #135 #9,118 86% 13.8 421
Classical Magnet School #140 #9,778 90% N/A 360
Capital Community College Magnet Academy #153 #11,273 97% N/A 57
A. I. Prince Technical High School #164-206 #12,935-17,245 schooldat

View the complete ranking of high schools in Connecticut here. View the complete ranking of high schools in the United States here.

U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools, out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to U.S. News, the number of ranked schools is up from more than 2,700 last year. The new rankings, developed in conjunction with nonprofit research firm RTI International, are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality for the 2016-2017 school year. View the methodology here.

The top five high schools in Connecticut

  1. Darien High School
  2. Weston High School
  3. Achievement First Hartford Academy
  4. Ridgefield High School
  5. Connecticut IB Academy

The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions, according to U.S. News.

U.S. News also assigned a separate STEM ranking for 250 high schools whose students excelled on AP science and math tests. To be eligible, schools had to appear in the top 1,000 of the overall national ranking, according to the article.

Read the article in its entirety here.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:39:14 -0400
New Boutique Financial Planning Firm Opens in West Hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1635-new-boutique-financial-planning-firm-opens-in-west-hartford1635-new-boutique-financial-planning-firm-opens-in-west-hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1635-new-boutique-financial-planning-firm-opens-in-west-hartford1635-new-boutique-financial-planning-firm-opens-in-west-hartford

Certified Financial Planner Edward Goldberg and Brenda Larkin like to joke that divorce is what brought them together six years ago. Today, the pair of respected professionals is joining forces to form Goldberg Larkin, a personalized boutique financial planning practice. The full-service firm is located at 433 South Main Street, Suite 105, in West Hartford.

“s (CDFA) and members of the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group,” explained Goldberg. “The more we worked together, the more we realized how similarly we approach the art and science of financial planning. Eventually we simply joined our practices together for form Goldberg Larkin.”

Goldberg, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA®, was previously with Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. in Windsor and Larkin, CDFA®, also with Sagemark Consulting in Windsor. When deciding where they should open their new venture, West Hartford was their immediate choice.

“We work with numerous attorneys who practice in town and many of our clients come to West Hartford to shop and dine,” explained Larkin. “Most importantly, we wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment in an area that is vibrant, fun and accessible.” 

Goldberg and Larkin’s deep, personal relationships with their clients are the reason they chose to become affiliated with Westminster Financial Companies in Ohio. Westminster Financial is a family-owned and run Registered Investment Advisor and Broker Dealer with a proud fifty year history. 

“As a rule, we really know our clients. Westminster is a smaller company, so culturally, it is a much better fit for us, and therefore for our clients as well,” said Goldberg. “We have direct contact with and immediate access to the entire leadership team and the investment team as well.”

Goldberg and Larkin also share the core belief that success starts with a comprehensive financial plan which encompasses all aspects of an individual’s or couple’s financial well-being. This holistic approach is not just focused on investments, but also estate planning, insurance, retirement planning and business succession planning. The firm manages a portfolio of over $100 million. Their clients are primarily couples and individuals, many of whom came to the firm subsequent to divorce.

The team’s extensive work within the divorce process has also provided them with specialized expertise to guide people through other major life changes, such as the death of a spouse or unplanned retirement.  

“People in transition often do not know where to turn,” said Goldberg. “Divorce is perhaps the most emotionally difficult transition of all. Brenda and I feel strongly that by helping people navigate the financial aspects of a life-changing transition, we can empower them to better face their financial future.”

Goldberg cautions that even exciting transitions like a financial windfall from a lottery win or inheritance, requires proper planning. “We had a client who sold his business for a lot of money and wanted to send all nine of his grandchildren to private schools. We demonstrated to him that if he spent that desired amount, he would likely run out of money in about 15 years. He then altered his gifting pattern to a more sustainable level.”

Throughout his more than 25-year financial services career, Goldberg has helped couples and individuals accumulate, preserve and transfer wealth. Sound money management practices and comprehensive planning help his clients achieve their financial goals throughout their business lives and in retirement. 

Goldberg is following his own advice for business owners to start succession planning well in advance. “Oftentimes In the financial planning industry, a vibrant practice can be valued, packaged, and marketed for sale to the highest bidder. I decided to partner Brenda, who is someone who shares my vision of financial planning. That way I know that when I eventually retire in the distant, my clients will be in the hands of someone who cares about them as much as I do.”

Larkin utilizes her 15 years of financial planning experience to develop appropriate strategies that may include: tax reduction strategies, retirement, investment, insurance, college funding and legacy planning. She also has specialized training in Divorce Collaboration and Mediation.

Goldberg Larkin’s official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in conjunction with the West Hartford Chamber on May 9 at noon. 

Goldberg Larkin is a boutique financial planning practice committed to the financial success of each and every client. Affiliated with Westminster Financial, a full-service broker/dealer and registered investment advisor, Ed Goldberg, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA®, and Brenda Larkin, CDFA®, offer their clients a full range of financial products and services. Located at 433 South Main Street Suite 105 West Hartford, CT 06110. To schedule a FREE consultation visit www.goldberglarkin.com or call Ed at 860-706-1100 or Brenda at 860-706-1101.

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PHOTO: Certified Financial Planner Edward Goldberg and Brenda Larkin have recently joined forces to form Goldberg Larkin, a personalized boutique financial planning practice. The full-service firm is located at 433 South Main Street, Suite 105, in West Hartford.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Neighbors Mon, 29 Apr 2019 19:01:59 -0400
5 Password Pointers from Computer Expert Improves Security https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1634-5-password-pointers-from-computer-expert-improves-security1634-5-password-pointers-from-computer-expert-improves-security https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1634-5-password-pointers-from-computer-expert-improves-security1634-5-password-pointers-from-computer-expert-improves-security

EVERNET shares best practices for world password day on May 2.

 Today people have an overabundance of online accounts for everything from home security to food delivery. In an effort to keep all of this account info straight, many users practice poor password protocol, according to IT tech expert Eric Buhrendorf. The CEO of EVERNET, a computer consulting and service firm in Connecticut, is urging everyone to observe World Password Day on May 2 to protect against hackers who are literally testing every word in the dictionary against your password.
 
“Using the same password for every account would seem to simplify things, but it can actually cause more headaches,” cautioned Buhrendorf. “Hackers are taking the usernames, emails, and passwords from the hack of one company and automatically testing the same credentials at many other companies, as was the case with the latest reported Turbo Tax account hack. Turbo Tax itself wasn’t hacked… it was the poor password habits of their user.”
 
The 2019 State of Password and Authentication Security Behaviors Report, conducted by Ponemon Institute, found that despite an increased understanding of best practices, users are not taking precautions.
 
Passwords continue to trip up users and compromise security. The report noted 69 percent of respondents give coworkers passwords to access accounts, while 51 percent reuse an average of five passwords for both personal and business accounts.
 
Buhrendorf offered these five best practices for businesses and individuals:
 
1. Have unique passwords for every user and every account. Co-workers and family members using the same passwords leads to nightmare situations. To ensure that the length and complexity is appropriate, use a password generator like the free one from LastPass www.lastpass.com/password-generator.
 
2. Enforce a policy to change all passwords in a reasonable frequency – be it weekly, quarterly, twice-yearly, etc. But how do you remember all those passwords? Use a password management process. LastPass also provides a tool called a Password Manager that can be installed on all devices.
 
3. Use layers of authentication for additional protection. Take advantage of such effective safety measures as inputting a PIN emailed or texted to you, and responding to questions with preset answers.
 
4. Strong passwords make it significantly more difficult for hackers to break into systems. They should have more than eight characters comprised of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Spread out the numbers and special characters rather than bunching them together, and avoid the obvious such as a birth date or a child’s name.
 
5. Beware of phishing emails and phone calls looking for passwords. Trust no one – not even contacts you deem safe. Your IT department, boss, friend, bank or government agency should ever ask for your password. Employers can provide training and set protocol to immediately report if a device has been compromised so the damage might be contained.
 
Buhrendorf also warns to avoid any prompt from an outside source to do anything – such as provide a password or click on a link, as it is a red flag signaling a hacking. A good antivirus program can help prevent damage if the hacker is successful.
 
“No matter how strong your passwords are and how meticulous about safety you are, hackers can find ways to monitor your keystrokes. Make it as difficult as possible for them with up-to-date virus scanners and regular updates,” Buhrendorf said.
 
Buhrendorf shared an example of what can happen if virus protection is not updated. During a routine maintenance years ago, EVERNET recommended that a small business client replace its antivirus with the newer product. The owner declined to follow EVERNET’s recommendation and four months later – on Thanksgiving Day – the entire company was the victim of a cryptolocker attack. The entire business was shut down.
 
“We responded immediately and by the following week the business was back to operational,” said Buhrendorf. “With every client, if we see something, we say something. We always make recommendations that meet our standards and those of the industry if we see something deficient.”
 
EVERNET customers can call or email the EVERNET Help Desk with any questions or concerns about the legitimacy of a possible phishing attempt or any security related issue. If there’s been a breach, speed is of the essence to stop the bleeding of data and secure the network.
“Identity theft is one of the world’s fastest-growing crimes. Practicing active password management can help protect business data, personal emails, bank accounts and social media platforms,” Buhrendorf said.
 
Since 2007, EVERNET has provided trusted computer support for Connecticut businesses of all sizes. Its wide range of tailored IT solutions includes managed services, network administration, help desk support, training, onsite computer installation and repair, data backup and recovery, remote IT services and more. For information or to schedule a free consultation visitwww.evernetco.com  or call 860-656-7810.
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Neighbors Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:56:25 -0400