Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:19:06 -0500 HamletHub.com Hartford's Aquiline Drones Ascends to New Heights as 1st Full-Service Drone Company in USA https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1661-hartford-s-aquiline-drones-ascends-to-new-heights-as-1st-full-service-drone-company-in-usa1661-hartford-s-aquiline-drones-ascends-to-new-heights-as-1st-full-service-drone-company-in-usa https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1661-hartford-s-aquiline-drones-ascends-to-new-heights-as-1st-full-service-drone-company-in-usa1661-hartford-s-aquiline-drones-ascends-to-new-heights-as-1st-full-service-drone-company-in-usa

Barry Alexander has always been on the cusp of innovation; mainly in aviation.  In his younger years, and as a native of the island of St. Lucia, he pioneered a crucial air ambulance service called Aquiline Air Ambulance - using airplanes to fly critically ill or injured patients, as well as health and medical resources to specialized hospitals across the Caribbean and into the US.  

Now, having recently retired from his career ‘dream job’ - flying Boeing 747s around the globe, Alexander has successfully launched his “final” entrepreneurial endeavor - Aquiline Drones (AD); one of the fastest-growing American drone companies. AD is privately held; owned and managed primarily by Alexander, along with other business professionals, fellow airline pilots, aerospace and software engineers, distinguished military personnel, including retired AF Generals, algorithmic mathematicians and other technologists. AD is also supported by a network of thousands of pilots nationwide!

“Both our company and our team are unique” said Barry Alexander, CEO and Co-Founder of Aquiline Drones.  “We are finalizing the purchase of a small airline making us one of four drone airline companies in the US operating under a FAA 135 Air Carrier Certificate.” 

Similar companies include Amazon Prime Air, UPS and Google’s Alphabet Wing.

“Another unique advantage is the makeup of our team; collectively, we bring 300-plus years of knowledge and experience to the forefront of this burgeoning industry!” Alexander added.  “We pride ourselves as exemplars, advocating safety first, followed by standardization under strict auspices of The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).” 

AD is a progressive drone enterprise, providing advanced drone solutions in manufacturing and OEM services, as well as superior cloud services through its Aquiline Drone Cloud (ADC) division.  And now, becoming an airline provides AD added leverage in achieving crucial waivers to perform complex and highly uncommon drone operations. 

“Our name AQUILINE, refers to the most majestic of birds - the eagle; a symbol of strength and adaptability,” said Alexander.  “Through our drone-related services, we provide the gift of a bird’s eye view - or drone’s eye view - to the general public…a superior capability throughout our anthropological history that has only been reserved for birds.”

Redefining the Global UAV/S/ Drone Landscape: The AD Drone Ecosystem

AD’s drones are intelligent robots, performing humanlike functions to save lives and provide services that aim to better society in a safe, responsible and eco-friendly manner.  AD uses advanced technology to provide full lifecycle solutions to clients along four prominent lines of business: 

  1.      Cloud Services: World’s first aviation-inspired drone cloud
  2.      Proprietary Operating System (OS): World’s first aviation-inspired drone OS
  3.      Manufacturing Services: US-based, US supply chain, large-scale manufacturing for internal use and OEM clients, as well as nationwide Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) services
  4.      Drone-on-Demand Service

Alexander explains how each division will work:

  • AQUILINE CLOUD SERVICES:   Designed with extreme security and compliance, the Aquiline Drones Cloud (ADC) supports real-time and autonomous drone operations and can be remotely deployed in battlefront applications, etc.  ADC is easily scalable and allows for third-party development (Platform-as-a-Service - PaaS).  ADC is the world’s first aviation-inspired drone cloud, capable of supporting a wide variety of drone solutions by gathering, analyzing, modeling and storing data/video for law enforcement agencies, State agencies (e.g. DOT), public works departments, large enterprises, military and individual clients (i.e. hobbyists) alike.
  • AD REAL-TIME OPERATING SYSTEM (ADRTOS): AD is happy to announce the deployment of its own proprietary Operating System (OS), the world’s first aviation-inspired drone OS based on RTEMS open-source technology, ARINC 653 software specifications, DO178, DO330, ARP4754 and other aviation compliant standards and protocols.
  • AQUILINE MANUFACTURING SERVICES: AD boasts a revolutionary drone manufacturing and MRO model; decentralized to provide drone manufacturing opportunities across socio-economic boundaries nationwide and using the latest in additive manufacturing technology.    
  • AQUILINE DRONE ON DEMAND SERVICE (ADD): Later this year, AD plans to deploy the world’s first true drone-on-demand service.  This service will allow customers to preorder drone services via a mobile app installed on smart phones and other hand-held devices.  Special features include Interactive Voice Command (IVC) and Remote Person Viewing (RPV).

Perfect Timing

Germane to this idea is the recent American Security Drone Act of 2019, which bans the federal procurement of foreign drones - mainly Chinese - and other unmanned aerial systems.  As two of the bill’s authors are US Senators Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both of CT, this gives Alexander extra encouragement and inspiration in his goal of making Connecticut the drone capital of America.

Key Partnerships

Successfully completing its first-year post incubation period, AD is actively onboarding new clients and key stakeholder agreements.  “We are not a tech startup, but a sound and innovative drone airline,” said Alexander as he took AD’s mission to the military this past fall by exhibiting at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit and Expo in National Harbor, MD; the Army Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence Symposium and Exposition in Detroit, MI; and attending the Commercial UAV Expo Americas in Las Vegas, NV. At each event, the company forged key relationships with industry innovators and suppliers for future growth.

“Agility, reliability, innovation and safety are at the core of AD’s framework,” adds Alexander.  “We are poised to usher in the ultimate UAV revolution, using our intellectual property to help people around the world.  A key thing to remember is that drones are not gadgetry, but aircraft. and if we want to gain the public’s trust, we must ensure safety first.  Safety is AD’s hallmark!”

2020 Vision

Future plans of this burgeoning company include the deployment of its novel Drone-on-Demand mobile app, expansion of its customer-facing cloud services and a nationwide MRO infrastructure supported by its cloud.

“We envision a world in which humans and drones live and operate in harmony, using their real-time control, autonomy and analytics to reduce costs, maximize return on investment (ROI) and create new business value” concludes Alexander. “At the same time, we recognize the awesome responsibility of ensuring our equipment work within a legal and ethical framework through our collaboration and ongoing communication with the FAA and other Government and public-interest organizations.  Just like our name, Aquiline Drones finds its direction beyond its vision!”

About Aquiline Drones

Aquiline Drones is a progressive American drone company founded by highly experienced aviators, systems engineers and IT gurus.  With a customer-centric model, US-based manufacturing and supply chain and world-class MRO services, the company offers innovative ways for using drones in commercial activities.

Supported by a dedicated UAV cloud and real-time OS, autonomous drone operations with real-time control and dynamic in-field decision making capabilities, Aquiline Drones’ full-spectrum of technology solutions provide a more expansive and deeper applicability across countless industries and environments by delivering real-time data insights.  Aerospace-compliant processes for software, hardware manufacturing and systems integration, along with best-in-class mission capabilities are being planned and designed as the company continues to forge relationships with Federal, State and private organizations in an effort to develop and launch new drone system applications in a collaborative manner.  Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.

Photo Caption: The talented tech team at Aquiline Drones, the first American-based UAS company, has been building strategic partnerships at various industry expos across the nation.  From left: Roger Nunamann - VP of Strategic Projects, Ethan James- COO, Kristin Mills- CFO, Jonathan Mills- Director of Innovations, Barry Alexander- CEO, and Macks Chang- Chief Cloud Architect, exhibit at a recent trade show.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:44:21 -0500
WH Dentist Recognized as Top Dentist for 12th Year in a Row https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1660-wh-dentist-recognized-as-top-dentist-for-12th-year-in-a-row1660-wh-dentist-recognized-as-top-dentist-for-12th-year-in-a-row https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1660-wh-dentist-recognized-as-top-dentist-for-12th-year-in-a-row1660-wh-dentist-recognized-as-top-dentist-for-12th-year-in-a-row

Dr. Ana Paula Gomes, owner of Elmwood Dental Group in West Hartford, has been named to the elite 2019 topDentists™ list for the twelfth year in a row. topDentists™ is a national database which includes listings for dentists and specialists in each state. The list of dental professionals selected in the Hartford Metro area is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. 

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers along with the other distinguished dentists,” said Dr. Gomes. “Our practice takes pride in providing each and every patient with quality dentistry in a caring and compassionate manner.”

Dr. Gomes has been listed in topDentists™ since 2007.

Dr. Gomes purchased the Elmwood Dental Group LLC in 2006 as a partnership and took over sole ownership in 2013. Dr. Rupal S. Patel and Dr. Carissa Tanaka are also with the practice. Dr. Gomes graduated with her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gomes is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Connecticut State Dental Association, and the Hartford Dental Society.

The selection process for the topDentists™ accolade begins with the question "If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?" Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and physical results. Past awards a dentist has received, status in various dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) can also play a factor in the decision.

The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed with the American Dental Association as well as dentists listed through their local dental societies. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists that they feel should be included in the list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer's work when evaluating the other nominees.

Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions and to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board.

topDentists™ began in January 2007 with the intent to identify the best dentists and specialists in the country and is the only list of its kind, chosen by the dental profession themselves. Virtually every dentist is given an opportunity to participate. Because dentists must be voted in strictly by their peers and listings cannot be purchased, inclusion in topDentists™ is considered to be a distinct honor. https://www.usatopdentists.com/.

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 with convenient hours Monday-Friday and Saturday by appointment. West Hartford. For more information visit https://www.elmwooddentalllc.com or call (860) 331-8748.


Photo/Caption: Dr. Ana Paula Gomes, owner of Elmwood Dental Group in West Hartford, has been named to the elite 2019 topDentists™ list for the twelfth year in a row. topDentists™ is a national database which includes listings for dentists and specialists in each state.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 23 Dec 2019 05:49:58 -0500
CT Trailers and Bolton Motors Donates Coats & Toys to Local Families https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1659-ct-trailers-and-bolton-motors-donates-coats-toys-to-local-families1659-ct-trailers-and-bolton-motors-donates-coats-toys-to-local-families https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1659-ct-trailers-and-bolton-motors-donates-coats-toys-to-local-families1659-ct-trailers-and-bolton-motors-donates-coats-toys-to-local-families

Connecticut Trailers & Powersports and Bolton Motors are sharing the warmth of the holidays with local families in need by donating a trailer full of winter clothing and toys. The two businesses partnered with their local State Police department to host the 5th Annual “Stuff A Trailer” charity winter clothing and toy collection.

The campaign accepted new coats, hats, boots and gloves for children and adults from November 29 through December 17, 2019 at both Bolton-based businesses. Additionally, Connecticut Trailers contributed coats from Zahner’s in Rockville in honor of every customer purchase during its Red Tag sale.
“We want to thank everyone for their generous donations that made this campaign such an incredible success,” said Gary Bergeron, President of Connecticut Trailers. “This was our first year collecting winter clothing along with toys and we met our goal to fill one of our largest trailers from top to bottom.”
Bergeron delivered 55 coats along with hundreds of toys and other clothing items collected to Connecticut State Police Officers with the Bolton Residents Troopers Office just in time for the Troopers to distribute the donations to local families in need and CT Children’s Medical Center before the holidays.
About Connecticut Trailers & Powersports
Connecticut Trailers is the largest trailer dealership in New England. The family owned and operated dealership is a full-service, one-stop-shop for trailer sales, parts and service, plus power sports-Golf Cars and UTVs. The company takes pride in offering the best USA-made trailer brands in the industry since 1997. Located at 7 Bolton Center Road (Rt 85 & Rt 44) in Bolton, CT, Connecticut Trailers is committed to giving back to the community and local charities. Learn more by visiting www.cttrailers.com or call (860) 649-7223.
About Bolton Motors
Since 1991, Bolton Motors, Inc. has been proudly servicing domestic and foreign cars, performance vehicles, classic cars and trucks in the greater Manchester, CT and surrounding area. The highly trained expert auto mechanics provide top quality diagnostics, service and maintenance to get your vehicle back on the road as quickly as possible. Bolton Motors is located at 99 New Bolton Rd. in Bolton, CT.  Learn more by visiting: www.boltonmotors.net or call (860) 643-9521. 
Photo:  From left: Bolton CT State Trooper Sebastian Nesci accepts a donation of winter clothing and toys from Gary Bergeron, President of Connecticut Trailers and Powersports, on December 18, 2019. Hundreds of items were collected during the 5th Annual Stuff A Trailer charity campaign hosted by Connecticut Trailers and Bolton Motors for local families in need.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 23 Dec 2019 05:37:03 -0500
Take Steps to Avoid Slips and Falls in Icy Conditions https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1658-take-steps-to-avoid-slips-and-falls-in-icy-conditions1658-take-steps-to-avoid-slips-and-falls-in-icy-conditions https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1658-take-steps-to-avoid-slips-and-falls-in-icy-conditions1658-take-steps-to-avoid-slips-and-falls-in-icy-conditions

American Family Care (AFC) offers prevention tips and treatment

Icy roadways, slippery sidewalks and slushy snow create dangerous conditions for driving and walking. When the snow falls, the number of slips and fall accidents rises. American Family Care (AFC) physicians have seen an early spike in sprains, strains and other injuries due to Connecticut’s early record levels of snow. 

“People are on high alert when behind the wheel in bad weather, but often forget to be more cautious when on foot,” said Dr. Iftikhar Ali, Medical Director of AFC urgent care. We have treated a lot of ankle, wrist and foot problems due to falls on steps and driveways.”
To help prevent injury, Dr. Ali recommends being aware when ice is likely to form. If it is raining and the air temp is below 32° F, conditions will likely cause the ground to freeze and precipitation will freeze on impact.
Broken and fractured ankles are the most common injury sustained from falls during winter months. The distal fibula and medial malleolus are damaged by twisting injuries. Surgery is often necessary for ankle fractures to achieve proper alignment during the healing process.
Some tips for avoiding falls and slips include:
  • Treat walking areas with sand or de-icer
  • Wear boots with grip soles such as those made of rubber
  • Use handrails when possible
  • When walking, curl your toes to grip the sole of the shoe and walk as flat-footed as possible
  • When getting out of your vehicle, look down and analyze the surface
  • Step, don’t jump down from vehicles and outdoor equipment
  • Don’t walk with your hands tucked into your pockets or your hands full, as this reduces your ability to use your arms for balance should you fall
  • Take short shuffling steps in icy and slick areas
  • Take caution when shoveling or using a snow blower
Other common injuries from falls that require medical assessment are muscle sprains, ligament strains, concussions and head trauma, back injuries and spinal compression fractures. AFC is open extended hours and can immediately assess an injury to determine the proper course of care.
A physician at AFC will start with a physical exam, then may utilize an onsite x-ray for further diagnosis. Sometimes a splint or other orthotic is needed. More serious strains or sprains may require physical therapy or further evaluation by a referral to an orthopedic specialist.
Dr. Ali warns a person may not feel the effects of an injury immediately. “Symptoms of swelling and pain may not appear right away, or a person may believe the pain will pass with time. Any symptoms of pain should not be ignored, they should be properly assessed.”
For a head injury, Dr. Ali notes if a person did not lose consciousness, they are probably okay. The exception is for people older than 65. They need to seek treatment regardless because they are at higher risk for bleeding in the brain. If a person is on blood thinners such as Warfarin, Clopidogrel, of aspirin, they are also at higher risk for bleeding and should potentially get a scan of their head.
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
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Public safety Mon, 16 Dec 2019 11:25:36 -0500
Gift from a Stranger Unwraps Musical Genius of Blind, Partially Deaf Pianist https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1657-gift-from-a-stranger-unwraps-musical-genius-of-blind-partially-deaf-pianist1657-gift-from-a-stranger-unwraps-musical-genius-of-blind-partially-deaf-pianist https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1657-gift-from-a-stranger-unwraps-musical-genius-of-blind-partially-deaf-pianist1657-gift-from-a-stranger-unwraps-musical-genius-of-blind-partially-deaf-pianist

Brian Horberg, 30, of Danbury, Connecticut remembers chatting with a man at Stop and Shop when was about nine or ten years old. But the chance meeting led to a gift that would ultimately change the course of his life. Horberg was born blind and is deaf in his right ear. His family received a call from Services for the Blind that the man, Glenn Smith, had a present for Horberg, a 66-key keyboard with preprogrammed songs. This generous act of kindness unlocked Horberg’s natural musical talent that led to his success as a musical entertainer.
Mary Casagrande is a Life Skill Instructor with Ability Beyond who has been working with Horberg for six years and has been instrumental in helping him grow his business-Brian Horberg Music. Ability Beyond is one of the nation's most respected service providers for people with disabilities in Connecticut and New York. Thanks to Casagrande’s coaching, Horberg performs four to five days a week at thirteen local senior centers, nursing homes, schools and Danbury Hospital. He’s even played at weddings.
“I am in awe of his gift and his playing truly touches people,” said Casagrande, “Brian started taking piano lessons at age seven, but it was the keyboard with the preset songs that really brought out his gift; playing by ear.”
Casagrande explains that Horberg doesn’t even practice, it just comes naturally. He hears a song two or three times then he can play it. Today he knows roughly 300 songs by ear, across all genres. His favorite is Amazing Grace. He also has perfect pitch.
With a nursing home background, Casagrande got Horberg started by offering the activity directors free performances. He quickly became a fan favorite and today they work together to arrange his paid and volunteer performances at nursing homes and senior centers. Casagrande accompanies him to ensure his concerts go smoothly.
“Because his ability comes to him so easily, he can get bored quickly when performing,” said Casagrande. “I’ll suggest songs and ask the audience for requests to keep him engaged.”
Casagrande also reminds him when it is time to play the closing song, “The Entertainer” or “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” during the holiday season.
Horberg is content with his current success, but his dream has been to play at Carnegie Hall. He still has the keyboard from Smith, although and he has since owned several larger keyboards.
His family calls Smith "an angel". When Smith personally delivered the keyboard decades ago, they learned that he had a 12-year-old son at the time and was an author living California. Horberg has a signed copy of Smith's book “Discovering Ellis Ruley”, the autobiography about the son of freed slaves who was born in Norwich, Connecticut and became an artist.
“It’s incredible that a normal conversation between strangers in a grocery line led to Brian’s discovery of his innate musical genius,” concluded Casagrande. “Brian and I have developed a great relationship over the years and we are always remarking about how far we have come.”
Ability Beyond is a 501{c} (3) organization headquartered in Chappaqua, NY and Bethel, CT. 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.
PHOTO: Brian Horberg from Danbury, CT became an accomplished pianist and entrepreneur after a life-changing gift from a stranger and Ability Beyond’s life skills program. The legally blind musician with partial hearing entertains audiences at nursing homes, hospitals, schools and more throughout Connecticut.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:47:12 -0500
New Britain Family’s Gratitude Garners Caregiver $5,000 Award https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1656-new-britain-family-s-gratitude-garners-caregiver-5-000-award1656-new-britain-family-s-gratitude-garners-caregiver-5-000-award https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1656-new-britain-family-s-gratitude-garners-caregiver-5-000-award1656-new-britain-family-s-gratitude-garners-caregiver-5-000-award

There were lots of hugs and happy tears from Elizabeth Acquah, a caregiver with Assisted Living Services, Inc., when she was surprised with the $5,000 Platinum Caregiver Award for October at the New Britain home of her client, Carmella Chiger on November 14, 2019. Acquah is the latest employee to earn the recognition from Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire.
Mario D’Aquila, MBA and Chief Operating Officer of ALS, led the prize squad that presented the giant check along with Tom Daly, Director of Live-in Services and Kristin Mercadante, Live-In Services Coordinator. Chiger’s daughter Donna Gryzbo and other family members wanted to be there as well to help Acquah celebrate.
Acquah was selected based on a nomination submitted by Chiger's family that praised her for “taking really good care of her mother, keeping the house immaculate and always being upbeat and happy”.
Acquah has been an exemplary CNA (Certified Nursing Aide) at ALS since March 2014. In addition to a check for $5,000, the monthly Platinum Caregiver Award includes a beautiful crystal statue and a certificate of merit.
Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire, Clinton and Fairfield has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their unique CarePlus program blends personal care with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.
PHOTO: From left: Caregiver Elizabeth Acquah, client Carmella Chiger and Chiger’s daughter Donna Gryzbo celebrate when Acquah was presented with the monthly $5,000 Platinum Caregiver Award from Assisted Living Services, Inc. on November 14, 2019 in New Britain, Conn. Photo courtesy of Assisted Living Services, Inc.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Neighbors Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:43:20 -0500
Nutmeg Wins 2019 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1655-nutmeg-wins-2019-dora-maxwell-social-responsibility-award1655-nutmeg-wins-2019-dora-maxwell-social-responsibility-award https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1655-nutmeg-wins-2019-dora-maxwell-social-responsibility-award1655-nutmeg-wins-2019-dora-maxwell-social-responsibility-award

Credit Union Awarded Third Consecutive Year For Community Excellence

Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union was presented the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award following its extensive collaboration with Channel 3 Kids Camp, an organization dedicated to providing educational camp programs to children across the state. This is the credit union’s third consecutive year as the winner after their previous work with the March of Dimes charity organization.

Each year, the Dora Maxwell award recognizes a Connecticut credit union that demonstrates a high commitment to community and social organizations. Nutmeg’s work with Channel 3 Kids Camp spans a ten-year partnership that has resulted in impactful events like the Hartford Holiday Light Fantasia, Channel 3 Telethon Fundraiser and Golf Tournament at Mohegan Sun. In 2018 alone, the credit union helped raise over $100,000 across all community events to benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp.
“We are honored to accept the Dora Maxwell award for a third year,” said Nutmeg President and CEO John Holt. “Working with Channel 3 Kids Camp has become so much more than just a partnership over the years. It’s an important community tradition that we intend to continue into the future.”
The credit union will now move on as a finalist in the running for a national-level award, which will be presented at the 2020 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, DC.
To learn more about Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union’s latest offers and promotions, visit www.nutmegstatefcu.org or call 860.513.5000.
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.
PHOTO: From left: Bruce Adams, President & CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, presents the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award to Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union; John Holt, President & CEO, Lisa Asadourian, SVP/Chief Engagement Officer, and Cory LaBreck, Community and Employee Development Manager. Photo courtesy of Nutmeg
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:34:23 -0500
Elmwood Dental Group Swaps 155 Pounds Of Sweets For The Soldiers https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1653-elmwood-dental-group-swaps-155-pounds-of-sweets-for-the-soldiers1653-elmwood-dental-group-swaps-155-pounds-of-sweets-for-the-soldiers https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1653-elmwood-dental-group-swaps-155-pounds-of-sweets-for-the-soldiers1653-elmwood-dental-group-swaps-155-pounds-of-sweets-for-the-soldiers

Patriotic children sold back more than 155 pounds of their Halloween treats to Elmwood Dental Group in West Hartford to benefit U.S. soldiers overseas. The practice hosted their first annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program from November 1-4, 2019 for Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to deployed troops and their families. The Buy Back program was actually extended by a day to allow those whose trick-or-treating was delayed due to weather to participate.
Children earned $2 per pound of candy, plus received free oral hygiene products. More than 30 kids swapped out their sweets and several of them declined the payout, choosing to simply donate their candy to the cause instead. 
“We were so impressed with the number of children who wanted to show their gratitude for the brave men and women who protect our country,” said Dr. Paula Gomes with Elmwood Dental Group. “We want to thank everyone who made this initiative so incredibly successful and are honored to show our support for those who serve.” 
The full-service dental practice located at 1132 New Britain Ave. hosted the Candy Buy Back event to encourage children to limit sugar consumption and promote good oral care habits by sharing their candy with the troops.
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: Dr. Paula Gomes displays some of treats collected for the troops overseas through Elmwood Dental Group’s highly successful Halloween Candy Buy Back program. The West Hartford practice collected 155 lbs. of candy for the military charity Operation Gratitude. Photo courtesy of Elmwood Dental Group.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:30:31 -0500
Free Flu Shots For Military On Veterans Day At AFC Urgent Care https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1652-free-flu-shots-for-military-on-veterans-day-at-afc-urgent-care1652-free-flu-shots-for-military-on-veterans-day-at-afc-urgent-care https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1652-free-flu-shots-for-military-on-veterans-day-at-afc-urgent-care1652-free-flu-shots-for-military-on-veterans-day-at-afc-urgent-care

American Family Care (AFC) is offering free flu shots to active and retired members of the military on Veterans Day in appreciation for their service on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 8 am – 8 pm.

November is the ideal month to receive a flu shot for optimum protection from the flu virus. The flu can lead to life-threatening complications, especially for those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease, During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older.

AFC locations are:

  • 135 East Main Street in New Britain
  • 1030 Boulevard in West Hartford
  • 2 Main Street in Danbury
  • 100 Mill Plain Road in Danbury
  • 179 Talcottville Road in Vernon
  • 1171 East Main Street in Torrington

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

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:24:35 -0500
Seven Hallmark and Lifetime Holiday Movies Filmed in Connecticut Towns https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1651-seven-hallmark-and-lifetime-holiday-movies-filmed-in-connecticut-towns1651-seven-hallmark-and-lifetime-holiday-movies-filmed-in-connecticut-towns https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1651-seven-hallmark-and-lifetime-holiday-movies-filmed-in-connecticut-towns1651-seven-hallmark-and-lifetime-holiday-movies-filmed-in-connecticut-towns

Holiday movies are on the horizon and, according to CT Visit, many of the season's Hallmark and Lifetime movies have recently been filmed in small Connecticut towns! 

Please click on the links below to be taken to the official movie website to view showtimes and watch movie clips.

Kicking off tonight, Friday, November 8 beginning at 9pm is Hallmark's "Holiday for Heroes" starring Melissa Claire Egan and Marc Blucas. Stonington, Mystic, Colchester, and Norwich provided the backdrop for this romantic film.

Lifetime's Rediscovering Christmas will air on December 15 at 8pm and was filmed in Wethersfield and Hartford.

Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane, a Hallmark movie, was filmed in Wethersfield.

A Very Nutty Christmas, Lifetime movie, was filmed in Mystic and Centerbrook. 

Christmas at Pemberly Manor, a Hallmark movie,  was filmed in Essex at the legendary Griswold Inn as well as a private residence in Old Lyme.

Hallmark's Romance at Reindeer Lodge was filmed in North Haven and Branford.

A Very Merry Toy Store, a Hallmark movie, was filmed in New Britain at Amato's Toy and Hobby and Miss Washington Diner.

 While many of the movies' premiere in the next few days, lucky for us, they will be repeated throughout the holiday season!

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 08 Nov 2019 06:22:21 -0500
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 The Troops

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 U.S. Military troops. 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 Operation Gratitude. The nonprofit organization sends over 200,000 individually addressed care packages to military personnel deployed overseas and to their children left behind.   
“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.
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.
“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


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. 

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


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
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.


cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:37:56 -0400