Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:22:25 -0400 HamletHub.com Hartford Company 1st to Manufacture Drones in USA with New Deal https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1712-hartford-company-1st-to-manufacture-drones-in-usa-with-new-deal1712-hartford-company-1st-to-manufacture-drones-in-usa-with-new-deal https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1712-hartford-company-1st-to-manufacture-drones-in-usa-with-new-deal1712-hartford-company-1st-to-manufacture-drones-in-usa-with-new-deal

Aquiline Drones (AD), the Hartford-based manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and cloud solutions provider for commercial drone operations, today announced that it has signed exclusive US manufacturing and distribution licensing agreements with Drone Volt (ALDRV.PA), a French aeronautic manufacturer of professional civilian drones, on-board artificial intelligence, edge computing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) production.

Under the terms of this five-year agreement, Aquiline Drones will take over the global production of two popular and proven drones from Drone Volt’s suite of products, including the Hercules 2 and the highly coveted, Altura Zenith. Aquiline Drones will also be the sole manufacturer of the Pensar smart camera, a multispectral sensor, complete with artificial intelligence and edge computing capabilities.
Further to this collaboration, Aquiline Drones will be the exclusive provider of the Hercules 2, Altura Zenith and the Pensar in the United States, thus filling a much-needed gap in American-made drone products and systems.
“We are delighted beyond measure for this aptly timed and mutually beneficial union with Drone Volt,” said Barry Alexander, CEO and founder of Aquiline Drones. “While we have been in operation for just under two years, we spent almost four years incubating this idea of making Hartford ‘Drone Central’ and the State of Connecticut the ‘Drone Capital’ of the US. Our partnership with Drone Volt has catapulted us to the front of the line with world-class design and unmatched capabilities in the commercial drone space.”
“This contract is a historic step for our group as it turns the largest market in the world into an important profit sector. Over the last months, we have created a strong relationship with the Aquiline Drones’ team, which could lead to additional contracts in the future,” said Sylvain Navarro, CFO of Drone Volt.
The new development comes on the heel of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) announcement on October 9th, that it has officially banned the use of DOJ funds to purchase or operate any drone from ‘covered foreign’ countries. China is estimated to originate more than 70% of the global share of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) drones. This development paves the way for US-based manufacturers of drones, such as Aquiline Drones, to enter an industry growing at 13.8% annually with a potential market of $127 billion.
“Being able to fill the national UAS void with competitively-priced, American-made drone products and supporting 100% US supply chain is a must -  we are extremely proud of this achievement,” said Retired General Brooks Bash, Chief Strategic Advisor at Aquiline Drones.  “What started as a casual conversation between our companies has quickly morphed into a close collaboration of synergies to address the needs of an extremely underserved market worldwide and, principally, in the United States.”
Aquiline Drones’ production process will manufacture 1,300 by the end of 2020 and an expected output rate of 10,000 drones per month by the end of 2021. The company will also add 55 new technical and manufacturing jobs in Hartford by year’s end, with the goal of exceeding 1,000 positions by the end of 2024.
Raza Khanji, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Aquiline Drones, will be responsible for the  technology integration with Drone Volt on the combined platforms, artificial intelligence and end-to-end IoT connectivity along with implementing AD’s blockchain infrastructure.  Khanji also heads AD’s Total Planetary Protection (TPP) initiative which includes AD Academy’s novel Flight to the Future (F2F) drone pilot training program, accessed via ADflight.to/future.
As part of the terms of the deal, both companies will exchange 10% of each company’s ownership with the other, an arrangement scheduled to be completed before year-end 2020.
“We believe an exchange in equity strengthens our commitment to each other to ensure we do what we can to move both brands forward optimally,” noted Alexander. “Our partnership with Drone Volt, as a publicly-traded company in Europe, will ensure robust and steady growth for its shareholders, while allowing us at Aquiline Drones access to years of cutting-edge research and development in UAS technology. This union makes both companies more potent than the sum of our parts, allowing for a US-based provider of commercial drone solutions both at home and abroad.”
About Aquiline Drones
Aquiline Drones, LLC (AD) is an American drone solutions and aviation cloud company located in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut. Founded by highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, IT gurus and business strategists, AD delivers a vertically integrated blend of products and services including a unique aviation cloud for commercial drones, US-based drone manufacturing, ‘maintenance-repair-overhaul’ services for drones, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions for large enterprises and governments, a superior line of Spartacus drone products, a robust UAS training academy, and the country’s first ‘drone-on-demand’ service that enables customers to order drone services through a proprietary mobile app. AD’s full-spectrum of technological solutions are widely applicable across countless industries and environments for superior, real-time data processing and insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.
About Drone Volt
Founded in 2011, Drone Volt is an international leader in the field of professional civilian drones and embedded artificial intelligence with operations in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, the United States, Switzerland and Indonesia. With its 3 brands, Drone Volt, Aerialtronics and Dandrone, the company is always developing more innovative solutions for the energy, construction, civil engineering and security industries for applications such as inspection, surveillance, surface treatment, thermography, search and rescue missions.  Drone Volt’s customers include government administrations and industrial groups such as the French army, the French Ministry of Defense, Engie, Total, Bouygues ES, ADP, the Air Transport Gendarmerie (GTA) and international government agencies.  Drone Volt has been designated as an “Innovative Enterprise” by Bpifrance.  Visit www.DroneVolt.com for more information.
PHOTO: In its new partnership with Drone Volt, Aquiline Drones will take over the global production of the highly coveted Hercules 2 drone design, thus filling a much-needed gap in American-made drone products and systems.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 16 Oct 2020 07:56:59 -0400
Connecticut's Phase 3 Reopening Begins Tomorrow, What Does it Mean? https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1710-connecticut-s-phase-3-reopening-begins-tomorrow-what-does-it-mean1710-connecticut-s-phase-3-reopening-begins-tomorrow-what-does-it-mean https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1710-connecticut-s-phase-3-reopening-begins-tomorrow-what-does-it-mean1710-connecticut-s-phase-3-reopening-begins-tomorrow-what-does-it-mean

Connecticut Phase 3 Reopening Begins Tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Oct 8, restaurants, hair salons and barbershops, personal services, gyms, and libraries all will be able to welcome their customers at 75% capacity indoors up to 100 people while accommodating the COVID-19 safety requirements of masks and social distancing.
For small businesses, you may be wondering how to prepare for the change of seasons? Or what additional training you should provide to your employees. Connecticut Small Businesses Center has put together a guide of FAQs for small business owners to reference as we enter Phase 3 of reopening.
View that guide in our COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center here.
Visit Connecticut Small Businesses Canter on Facebook HERE.
Learn more about Phase 3 on the State website here.
kerry@ducey.org (Connecticut Small Businesses Center ) Neighbors Wed, 07 Oct 2020 13:36:12 -0400
Aquiline Drones Sweetens Donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1709-aquiline-drones-sweetens-donation-to-alex-s-lemonade-stand-foundation1709-aquiline-drones-sweetens-donation-to-alex-s-lemonade-stand-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1709-aquiline-drones-sweetens-donation-to-alex-s-lemonade-stand-foundation1709-aquiline-drones-sweetens-donation-to-alex-s-lemonade-stand-foundation

Aquiline Drones in Hartford put the squeeze on childhood cancer by serving as a sponsor of the 9th Annual Newington Rotary Lemonade Golf Tournament held on September 29, 2020 at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, CT. The drone airline in Hartford helped to fuel the effort as the lunch and dinner sponsor. Additionally, a foursome from Aquiline Drones, led by Cathy Dionne, Director of Business Development, and Emily Guion, Office Manager, volunteered throughout day. They sold raffle tickets and helped with prizes between hitting the links.

“As a Newington resident, I am proud that our global company joined this crucial fight at the local level to help children everywhere,” explained Barry Alexander, CEO and Founder of Aquiline Drones. “We use drones as tools to help make the world a better place, so supporting charitable organizations is an important part of who we are as a company.”

Proceeds from the event will be added to the $175,000 collected by the Rotary Club thus far to aide in the research and cure for pediatric cancer. The nearly 100 tournament participants enjoyed a great round of golf, lunch and dinner, giveaways & raffles, along with contests for Hole in One, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and more.

The highlight of the day was an appearance by Alex's family, who provided updates on Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The pediatric cancer charity was started in 2005 by the parents of Alexandra "Alex" Scott, who lived in Connecticut and suffered from neuroblastoma. Alex hosted the first lemonade stand at the age of four to change the lives of children with cancer.

Since 1960, the Rotary Club of Newington has been helping the local, national and worldwide community. The club is especially involved when it comes to helping children.

About Aquiline Drones

Aquiline Drones in Hartford, Connecticut is an American drone company founded by highly experienced aviators, systems engineers and IT gurus. With US-based manufacturing and supply chain and world-class MRO services, the company offers innovative and successful ways for using drones in commercial activities. Aquiline Drones’ full-spectrum of technological solutions provide a more expansive and deeper applicability across countless industries and environments by delivering real-time data insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.

PHOTO: (from left to right) The team from Aquiline Drones - Randy Hamilton, Terry Borjenson, Manager of Operations Emily Guion, Richard McGeary and Clarence Corbin - joined the fight against childhood cancer as sponsors of the 9th Annual Newington Rotary Lemonade Golf Tournament held on September 29, 2020 at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, CT.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Mon, 05 Oct 2020 07:17:33 -0400
Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools New Initiative to Help Catholic Schools https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1708-foundation-for-the-advancement-of-catholic-schools-new-initiative-to-help-catholic-schools1708-foundation-for-the-advancement-of-catholic-schools-new-initiative-to-help-catholic-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1708-foundation-for-the-advancement-of-catholic-schools-new-initiative-to-help-catholic-schools1708-foundation-for-the-advancement-of-catholic-schools-new-initiative-to-help-catholic-schools

This has been an unprecedented year in the life of our Catholic schools, our communities, and the world at large.  Our pastors and educators rose to the challenge when our schools were directed to provide remote learning at the end of the 2019-20 academic year, and they excelled! 

In the words of one Catholic school parent: “This pandemic has brought to light the dedication of the staff, teachers, families, and students…I believe it is a direct result of the culture in our schools”.
Since the opening of our schools for the 2020-21 academic year, the staff in Catholic schools are a shining ray of hope for our students, their families, their parishes and the communities we serve.  The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) commends these fine people for their efforts and has stepped up to be with these schools in these trying times.
The Foundation has made a gift in the form of a grant of $7,500 for every Archdiocesan Catholic elementary and high school to help defray costs associated with implementing COVID- 19 safety initiatives.
These funds are to be used exclusively for COVID-19 safety preparedness undertaken by our schools for in-school learning. 
FACS believes this is a very worthwhile effort which will truly have an impact on schools’ ability to weather this storm. We are most happy to provide strong and concrete support for our Catholic school communities through this COVID-19 restricted grant.  We appreciate the extraordinary efforts of our pastors, school leaders and teachers in living the mission of Catholic education within our broader communities. 
FACS awards for academic year 2020-2021, including these grants, now total $725,818, one the highest amounts awarded annually in FACS history.
FACS is a 501(c)(3) organization; your gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Please contact the FACS office at: 860-761-7499 for more information. We welcome you to visit FacsHartford.org
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Wed, 30 Sep 2020 07:02:27 -0400
Caring for Elderly Parent is a Blessing Without Financial Burden Thanks to CT State Program https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1707-caring-for-elderly-parent-is-a-blessing-without-financial-burden-thanks-to-ct-state-program1707-caring-for-elderly-parent-is-a-blessing-without-financial-burden-thanks-to-ct-state-program https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1707-caring-for-elderly-parent-is-a-blessing-without-financial-burden-thanks-to-ct-state-program1707-caring-for-elderly-parent-is-a-blessing-without-financial-burden-thanks-to-ct-state-program

Ron Craft of Bristol is typical of many adult children who lovingly care for their aging parents. He considers it “a blessing” to be able to keep his mother, Shirley Dunphy, comfortably living in her own home. Also typical for family caregivers, Ron gave up his salary when he left his job as a financial advisor ten years ago to help his mom. However, Ron was able to ease his financial stress three years ago when he enrolled in the Connecticut Adult Family Living (AFL) program that pays him to provide care. Ron is supported by Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire, a credentialed provider of the AFL program.

“A lot of elderly parents don’t want to be a burden to their children, so they don’t ask for the assistance they need until there’s a crisis,” explains Mario D’Aquila, MBA and COO of Assisted Living Services. “The AFL program stipend eases any guilt parents may have about their child losing income, as well as financial stress for the caregiver.” 

D’Aquila explains that a caregiver can receive a tax-free stipend of over $500 per week, depending on the complexity of care, under AFL. The program is part of the Department of Social Services’ Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE).

Shirley, 80, required care after falling down the stairs 13 years ago and sustaining second degree burns on her legs. She never fully recovered. Ron, 57, lives with his mother and does all of the cooking & laundry, gets her dressed, drives her to doctor’s appointments, bathes her and pays her bills. Prior to the fall, Shirley was extremely active, travelled a lot, was involved in church and other activities and hobbies, and socialized with friends. Dunphy is still full of mental energy, but uses a walker and cane to move around.

“It was difficult at first for me to admit that I physically needed help as I was always very independent and took care of others,” shares Dunphy. “I had to learn how to allow others to care for me. There’s always a sense of pride in all of us not wanting to admit you need help. But it is so natural for a mother and son to care for and help each other.”

The pair also share a spiritual bond as they are both retired ordained ministers. Dunphy writes faith-infused, Christian-based books. She authored Windfall: A Cut Above on Amazon and Kindle with four more books in the works based on her life experiences.

Shirley learned about the AFL program during a home visit from the CCCI (Community Care of CT, Inc) organization. Ron had previously volunteered at a nursing home, so he was already comfortable with caregiving.

“Before we could even apply for the program, Mary Scagliarini RN, Director of the Adult Family Living Program at Assisted Living Services (ALS), came to our house to get it prepared by installing fire alarms, life alert, etc.,” said Ron. “She then guided us through the application process and it was approved within a few days.” He is grateful that today, ALS offers a huge support network to give guidance and answer questions. Mary and Nurse Andrea Murray are just a phone call away.”

In its formal role as a credentialed provider of the program, ALS provides Ron and other caregivers with the “tools” needed to be comfortable and successful at caregiving, such as: 

·         Provide the caregiver with orientation, education and on-going support.

·         Ensure that the home is properly maintained as required by the State.

·         Make sure the Caregiver is meeting the homecare and safety needs of the participant.

·         Pay the Caregiver weekly and offer direct deposit for convenience.

·         Provide respite coverage for the Caregiver for time off or vacations as needed.

·         Enlist resources, such as a Certified Dementia Care Specialist, to assist in training for certain circumstances.

·         Utilize the company’s unique and innovative program called CarePlus that combines caregiving and technology to help address client needs at no additional cost. “Personal care supplemented with wireless devices is the perfect combination,” said D’Aquila.

In order to qualify, applicants must be a Connecticut resident, 65 years of age or older, at risk of nursing home placement, meaning, the applicant needs assistance with critical personal care such as bathing, dressing, eating, taking medications, toileting or transferring, as well as meet the program’s financial eligibility criteria. 

“Most elderly people want to remain in their own home and home care is more cost-effective than an in-patient care facility,” said D’Aquila.

“God bless this program!” exclaims Dunphy. “It has allowed me to live with my son in my own house. My son is my eyes, heart and soul, he is my guide and I am so grateful to be cared for by him.”

For his part, Ron is thrilled to see his mother not just living, but thriving. “I encourage anyone not yet enrolled in the AFL program to reach out to Assisted Living Services, as it’s going to alter your life!”

For almost 25 years, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire with branch locations in 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: Ron Craft is the fulltime caregiver for his mother, Shirley Dunphy, through Assisted Living Services Inc. in Cheshire that oversees a state program that pays CT residents to care for seniors and elderly family members at home.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 25 Sep 2020 05:30:11 -0400
CIAC Announces Full Contact Football Canceled for 2020-2021 School Year https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1706-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year1706-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1706-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year1706-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year

CIAC Football Board of Control Update

At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full-contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.

DPH continues to recommend substituting “higher risk” athletic activities with “moderate risk” or “lower risk” options and /or postponing those activities to a later time. In alignment with those recommendations, by the end of this week, through its football committee, the CIAC will recommend low and moderate-risk football activities in which schools may continue to engage their football athletes.

“CIAC made every effort to weigh all factors in this decision, including the passionate voices of students, parents, and school personnel, and ultimately made the determination to align its decision with the recommendations of the Governor’s office and DPH to not hold high-risk sports at this time,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “In conversation with other state associations across the country, it was clear that a key factor in playing interscholastic football was alignment with the opinion of their state’s governor and state health agency.”

After consulting with DPH and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), it was apparent that CIAC’s football plan, though endorsed by the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, will not sufficiently mitigate the risk to lower the categorization of the sport from “high risk” to “moderate risk.” DPH encouraged CIAC to seek affirmation from the NFHS that its proposed mitigating strategies would meet the standards required to recategorize football from its classification as high risk. CIAC immediately consulted with the NFHS which responded by stating that, “As each state association has its own SMAC and state department of health/health agency, the NFHS SMAC will not exercise approval or disapproval of individual state guidelines.” Furthermore, in discussions with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), it was made clear to the CIAC that its members are not public health experts and, as such, on the matter of playing football, CAPSS would defer to the appropriate state and local public health authorities.

The CIAC is concerned that DPH’s recommendation to postpone higher risk sports to a later time is reserved for CIAC sanctioned interscholastic athletics. In fact, as the CIAC is not sanctioning a football season at this time, schools, with approval from their local DPH, may opt to play full contact football as a “club” sport, similar to girls ice hockey, without adherence to CIAC COVID mitigating plans. The CIAC has previously tried to make DPH and the governor’s office aware of the inconsistency that permits our same student population to engage in non-interscholastic high risk sports with less oversight and fewer COVID mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the CIAC has expressed its concern that this inconsistency promotes an inequity in sport opportunities.

In consideration of playing football at a later time, the board seeks to better understand factors such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How many sports are impacted to the extent where it cannot compete during its regularly scheduled season?

  • What other public health strategies have become available and are supported with better research?

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

  • The viability of synthetic surface fields passing the G-max test during winter months.

  • How has the COVID climate in Connecticut improved to support interscholastic high-risk athletics at a later time?

kerry@ducey.org (CIAC Sports) Life Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:38:26 -0400
Assisted Living Services, Inc. Rises in the Ranks of Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1705-assisted-living-services-inc-rises-in-the-ranks-of-inc-5000-fastest-growing-companies1705-assisted-living-services-inc-rises-in-the-ranks-of-inc-5000-fastest-growing-companies https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1705-assisted-living-services-inc-rises-in-the-ranks-of-inc-5000-fastest-growing-companies1705-assisted-living-services-inc-rises-in-the-ranks-of-inc-5000-fastest-growing-companies

Only CT Company in the Health Industry to Make Prestigious 2020 Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 87 Percent. 

Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire today announced that it has earned a position on the highly coveted annual Inc. 5000 list for 2020, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Assisted Living Services (ALS) is one of 36 Connecticut businesses who earned the distinction and the only one in the Health Industry category.  Making the Inc. 5000 list is most noteworthy given the fact there are over 30 million small businesses throughout the United States.

For the past two years Assisted Living Services, Inc. has adopted a performance management framework known as Objectives & Key Results. It allows the company to align its goals from top to bottom and measure progress. “One key to our success is that we put most of our emphasis on achieving audacious quality goals first and foremost. The other is that we strive to surround ourselves with the very best talent – from managers to field staff,” according to Ron D’Aquila RN, CEO.

“We have remained a family-owned and operated company since 1996, and to achieve this level of national recognition is a testament to the dedication of our entire team,” says Mario D’Aquila, MBA and Chief Operating Officer of ALS. “We pride ourselves on leading industry trends as we constantly adapt to a changing business environment. Demand for quality in-home care has exploded as Baby Boomers retire and prefer to age in place.”

D’Aquila notes the company’s astounding 87% revenue growth over the last three years also stems from its expansion into Fairfield County, moving its headquarters from Meriden to a larger office complex in Cheshire, as well as continued cultivation of positive relationships with key state agencies, business partners and industry associations. ALS is a credentialed provider with the CT Homecare Program for Elders administered through the Department of Social Services for seniors who are eligible for the state Medicaid program.

ALS has been honored with many local and national awards as a respected innovator in the home healthcare arena. Its unique CarePlus program blends providing personal care with state-of-the-art safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. The technologies used help to reduce falls, improve medication compliance, and improve rapid access to emergency care.

In March 2019, ALS launched the unprecedented Platinum Caregiver program that awards $5,000 to recognize outstanding caregivers every month.

“Our reputation has been built on our most valuable asset, our employees,” says D’Aquila. “Since day one ALS has been committed to providing a positive working environment to ensure our clients have well-trained, compassionate caregivers. We also consider the rave reviews from the scores of happy families that we have served over the years as the greatest indicators of our success.”

Assisted Living Services, Inc. is owned and operated by Sharon and Ron D’Aquila, RN. Sons Mario D’Aquila, MBA, COO and Nicholas D’Aquila, MBA, CIO, are heavily involved in operations. A company profile of Assisted Living Services, along with complete results of the Inc. 5000 and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 12.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held virtually from October 23 to 27, 2020.

About Assisted Living Services, Inc.

For more than 24 years, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire 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 the technology showroom at 290 Highland Ave., Cheshire, CT., online at www.assistedlivingtechnologies.com or by calling 203-235-TECH.  Assisted Living Services, Inc.’s website is www.assistedlivingct.com

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000


The 2020 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

PHOTO: (from left) Mario D’Aquila, Ron D’Aquila, RN, Sharon D’Aquila and Nick D’Aquila lead their family-owned and operated home healthcare company - Assisted Living Services - to new levels of national recognition and prominence.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:32:17 -0400
1 Million New US-based Jobs Start at Home in Hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1704-1-million-new-us-based-jobs-start-at-home-in-hartford1704-1-million-new-us-based-jobs-start-at-home-in-hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1704-1-million-new-us-based-jobs-start-at-home-in-hartford1704-1-million-new-us-based-jobs-start-at-home-in-hartford

Local Company Expands Corporate Operations, Strategic Partners To Create High-Tech Positions In Growing Drone Industry

Earlier this summer, Aquiline Drones (AD), the fastest growing US drone and cloud company, launched a new employment initiative called Flight to the Future (F2F) to help pilots and the general public re-boot their careers by becoming certified commercial drone operators. This is to fulfill the increasing demand for commercial drone services nationwide.  Now, the organization has announced a massive corporate office expansion, as well as a myriad of strategic manufacturing partners to make its mission of adding more than 1 million drone-based jobs to the US economy a tangible reality.   

Aquiline Drones currently has 16 staff members working at its downtown Hartford headquarters and 3 large external technology teams strategically dispersed, mainly in the US.  By the end of 2020, Aquiline Drones Founder and CEO Barry Alexander says that he will outfit the Hartford location with an additional 54 management, business and production professionals bringing its total Hartford crew to 70. Toward this end, AD has already signed a new 10-year lease to expand to the 13th floor and is in negotiations for two additional floors in the Stark Building. These new floors will be concurrent with its current occupation of the Penthouse Suite on floors 16 and 17.  In addition, Alexander is building the nation’s first public drone showroom where visitors can witness the entire production cycle of drones.  At its completion, AD will occupy nearly 30,000 square-feet for all business operations at its current location. 

“Our massive US expansion is aptly timed and will enable quick-start production of our new and superior line of commercial and industrial drones, dubbed “Spartacus”, while we simultaneously finalize numerous manufacturing licensing agreements with industry-leading Drone Vault of France and Aerialtronics of the Netherlands,” said Alexander.

Specific positions being filled at Aquiline Drones include Chief Financial Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, Chief Information Officer, Human Resource Manager, Customer Service Representatives, Administrative Assistants, Receptionist, Warehouse Manager, Quality Assurance Inspectors, Drone Assemblers, Software Integrators, Testing & Quality Assurance Professionals, Packaging Professionals and Production Assistants.

Interested parties may submit a resume to info@AquilineDrones.com.

According to a recent report by Drone Industry Insights (DII), the commercial drone sector is growing at a rate of 13.8% compounded annually and is expected to double by 2025 to over $42 billion. 

Activities easily performed by drones include routine inspections of construction sites, tunnels, bridges, power lines, energy plants, railroad tracks, coastline erosion, real estate, agriculture, livestock monitoring and wildlife management, They are also unrivaled in assessing and mitigating potential disaster such as forest fires, power outages and other forms of mayhem that could ultimately lead to loss of livelihood, property or even life.

“Drones add a highly-beneficial ‘third dimension’ to our lives and most companies would benefit from incorporating a drone system into their day-to-day operations to improve business practices and elevate profitability,” said Alexander.  As the awareness of and appreciation for drones grow in their capacity to save lives, protect property, reduce transportation carbon footprints, the prospect of 1 million high-paying drone jobs is not only possible, but highly plausible!”

Alexander notes that his company’s Flight to the Future commercial drone pilot training program is essential to meet the growing demand. 

According to a recent report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.3 million Americans are still unemployed due to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We’re particularly mindful of our home base here in Hartford, where our unemployment rate hit 16% at the end of July,” said Ethan James, Chief Operating Officer at Aquiline Drones. “Our hiring boom to assemble US-made drones corresponds perfectly with the launch of Flight-to-the-Future, a gateway to create and improve income streams for anyone unemployed, underemployed or facing a furlough.”

Accessed via www.aquilinedrones.com/flight-to-the-future, the unique F2F drone pilot training and small business start-up program targets all Americans by using advanced technology to create high-paying jobs.  “For under $1,000 and in just a matter of months, certified and well-trained drone pilots will be on track to potentially earning six-figures!” adds Alexander.

Alexander notes that F2F not only produces qualified drone entrepreneurs and business owners, but also appeals to skilled professionals, like engineers, fire fighters, and EMS personnel, who can earn their drone pilot certification to do their jobs better and safer.

Further, F2F is designed to maximize each participant’s success by:

  • Preparing the student to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 exam
  • Immersing them in cloud technology, artificial intelligence, and the Internet-of-Things through the AD Cloud
  • Providing specialized training within their chosen area of expertise
  • Reducing ‘new business’ risks by establishing their own limited liability company
  • Procuring one commercial drone, one year of AD Cloud subscription, and one year of commercial drone insurance
  • Registering commercial drones with FAA – a regulatory requirement
  • Automatic enrollment in AD’s proprietary ‘drone-on-demand’ service (DoD) for fee-based, drone flying jobs

“Adding 1 million new jobs is a bold agenda and we’re calling on Federal, State and Municipal Government leaders, as well as all businesses of all types to sponsor enrollments for their employees,” adds Alexander.

The Flying Monkey Grill & Bar in Newington, CT was the first local business to purchase F2F enrollments to assist its unemployed workers.  “Our loyal patrons are the reason we’re surviving the pandemic and businesses should understand that” said Junior Baez, owner of the restaurant.

Once inside the ADflight.to/future portal, businesses can identify the button “Corporate Sponsorship” to purchase “Success Kits” for as many individuals - both employed and unemployed - as they wish. Alternatively, a direct email can be sent to info@aquilinedrones.com or Shop@aquilinedrones.com.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of America, and during difficult times such as these, many suffer because they do not have capital reserves or credit to wait out an economic recovery,” concludes Alexander.  “Aquiline Drones is committed to changing that dynamic.”

Enrollment is ramping up quickly for a September 1, 2020 start date and is expected to produce its first class of ‘drone-preneurs’ by November 1, 2020. 

About Aquiline Drones

Aquiline Drones, LLC (AD) is located in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut, and is an American drone solutions and aviation cloud company. Founded by highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, IT gurus and business strategists, AD delivers a vertically integrated blend of products and services including a unique aviation cloud for commercial drones (AD Cloud), US-based drone manufacturing, ‘maintenance-repair-overhaul’ (MRO) services for drones, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions for large enterprises, a robust UAS online training academy, and the country’s first ‘drone-on-demand’ service that enables customers to order drone services through a proprietary mobile app. AD’s full-spectrum of technology solutions are widely applicable across countless industries and environments for superior, real-time data processing and insights.  Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.


PHOTO: Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones, plans to train 1 million drone pilots to operate a new line of sophisticated drones through his company’s Flight to the Future program to fulfill the increasing demand for commercial drone missions across the nation.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:29:37 -0400
Connecticut Education Association Recommends School Opening Delayed, HVAC Systems Upgraded, Remote Learning Expanded https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1703-connecticut-education-association-recommends-that-schools-in-mid-september-hvac-systems-upgraded-remote-learning-expanded1703-connecticut-education-association-recommends-that-schools-in-mid-september-hvac-systems-upgraded-remote-learning-expanded https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1703-connecticut-education-association-recommends-that-schools-in-mid-september-hvac-systems-upgraded-remote-learning-expanded1703-connecticut-education-association-recommends-that-schools-in-mid-september-hvac-systems-upgraded-remote-learning-expanded

The Connecticut Education Association (CEA) announced yesterday that they have updated their "Safe Learning Plan" for reopening schools across the state to "protect Connecticut’s students, teachers, staff and their families in the 2020-2021 school year". 

Among their recommendations are delaying the start of the school year for two weeks or until mid-September, expanding remote learning, and upgrading HVAC systems.

In addition, they recommend implementing a comprehensive, school-centered contact tracing program "to help mitigate any exposures to the virus, and for any in-class learning, providing COVID-19 testing for all students and adults as soon as practicable, with results in 24 hours or less". Read the complete list of recommendations here. 

CEA President Jeff Leake said, "The primary consideration to any school reopening plan must be the safety, health, and wellbeing of students, teachers, and their families. The state must revise school reopening plans to protect our school communities, especially in light of new reports confirming that children can readily transmit COVID-19 and may be drivers of the pandemic. Remote learning is still the safest option. Any return to the classroom requires additional precautions, including strict social distancing and access to COVID-19 testing, that are not currently included in the state plan.”

Read CEA’s Full Report Safe Learning Plan

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Tue, 18 Aug 2020 08:35:23 -0400
Aquiline Drones Soars on the Course as Hartford Golf Tournament Sponsor https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1702-aquiline-drones-soars-on-the-course-as-hartford-golf-tournament-sponsor1702-aquiline-drones-soars-on-the-course-as-hartford-golf-tournament-sponsor https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1702-aquiline-drones-soars-on-the-course-as-hartford-golf-tournament-sponsor1702-aquiline-drones-soars-on-the-course-as-hartford-golf-tournament-sponsor

The team at Aquiline Drones helped ACEC CT rise to the top of the leader board by serving as a sponsor of the organization’s 9th Annual Golf Outing held on July 30, 2020 at Keney Park Golf Club in Hartford, CT. Specifically, the drone airline supplied Aquiline Drones-branded golf balls to the event participants, and hosted a display that offered information about its new drone pilot training and workforce development program called Flight-to-the-Future.

“Although we are a global in reach, we are always committed to our local community and area partners,” explained Barry Alexander, CEO and Founder of Aquiline Drones. “We work closely with engineering firms such as AI Engineers in Middletown who invited us to participate in this wonderful event.”

The nearly 100 tournament participants enjoyed a great round of golf and networked with associates on the course, followed by a dinner with raffle prizes.

Bradford Sabean, an engineer at AECOM, a multinational engineering company in Rocky Hill, CT, was the winner of a free success kit to Aquiline Drone’s Flight-to-the-Future training program which starts on September 1, 2020.

“Drone technology is only becoming more and more useful in our industry now with expanded capacities in the future, so I am very privileged and excited to be selected from such a large group of golfers,” said Sabean. “This pilot program will definitely be put to beneficial use!”

The Structural Engineers Coalition (SEC), a Coalition of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut (ACEC/CT), hosts the annual golf event to benefit the ACEC Political Action Committee. The Coalition was established to pursue the common interests of firms who practice structural engineering and who are members of American Council Of Engineering Companies of Connecticut (ACEC/CT) or Individual Members.

About Aquiline Drones

Aquiline Drones in Hartford, Connecticut is an American drone company founded by highly experienced aviators, systems engineers and IT gurus. With US-based manufacturing and supply chain and world-class MRO services, the company offers innovative and successful ways for using drones in commercial activities. Aquiline Drones’ full-spectrum of technological solutions provide a more expansive and deeper applicability across countless industries and environments by delivering real-time data insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com  for more information.

PHOTO: (from left to right) Randy Hamilton, Owner of Image360 in Newington, Piya Hawkes, Associate Vice President at AI Engineers in Middletown and Clarence Corbin, a Civil Engineer for the City of Hartford enjoyed a sunny and successful day of golf at the 9th annual ACEC/CT Golf Outing on July 30, 2020 at Keney Park Golf Club in Hartford, Conn. Aquiline Drones served as a sponsor of the prominent event.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:27:43 -0400
Connecticut Ranks #2 in WalletHub's Best School System in America https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1701-connecticut-ranks-2-best-school-system-in-america1701-connecticut-ranks-2-best-school-system-in-america https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1701-connecticut-ranks-2-best-school-system-in-america1701-connecticut-ranks-2-best-school-system-in-america

WalletHub, a website that offers free credit schools and reports, just released its 2020 ranking of America's school systems and places Connecticut in the #2 spot with a total score of 66.25. Massachusetts is on top with a total score of 71.73. 

What's more, Connecticut is #1 for Highest Median ACT Scores and #3 for Highest Reading Test Scores.


Here's the method behind the results:

WalletHub says, "We evaluated those dimensions using 33 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest quality of public K–12 education. Finally, we determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample."

WalletHub says they account for performance, funding, safety, class size, and instructor credentials when deciding on a school system's rank. To determine the top-performing school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key metrics. Click here to learn about their findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers, and a full description of their methodology.

1 Massachusetts 71.73 1 1
2 Connecticut 66.25 2 19
3 New Jersey 65.64 3 15
4 Virginia 63.75 4 3
5 Vermont 61.64 8 4
6 New Hampshire 61.27 7 6
7 Minnesota 59.89 6 22
8 Wisconsin 59.66 5 24
9 Delaware 59.65 15 2
10 Maryland 58.51 11 9


Meet WalletHub's team of experts here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Tue, 28 Jul 2020 08:10:40 -0400
DEEP opening eight inland swim areas and Seaside State Park Starting Tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1700-deep-opening-eight-inland-swim-areas-and-seaside-state-park-starting-tomorrow1700-deep-opening-eight-inland-swim-areas-and-seaside-state-park-starting-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1700-deep-opening-eight-inland-swim-areas-and-seaside-state-park-starting-tomorrow1700-deep-opening-eight-inland-swim-areas-and-seaside-state-park-starting-tomorrow

DEEP opening eight inland swim areas and Seaside State Park

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) plans to re-open inland swimming areas at eight state parks, Seaside State Park, and the marsh boardwalk at Silver Sands State Park effective Saturday, July 18, 2020.

The eight swimming areas to re-open are: Stratton Brook State Park in Simsbury; Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford; Day Pond State Park in Colchester; Gay City State Park in Hebron; Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth; Black Rock State Park in Watertown; Hopeville Pond State Park in Griswold and Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent.

They will be open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset each day. Lifeguards will not be on duty at these locations, so it is especially important for visitors and swimmers to follow these rules and guidelines for the safety of themselves and others.

These re-openings are the result of the improved COVID-19 situation in Connecticut and based on an analysis of available space sufficient to allow recreational usage consistent with crucial social distancing practices and are contingent on visitors recreating responsibly by wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing good stewardship of state recreational areas.

“It is an encouraging step that we are able to provide more amenities and services at this time as a result of the state’s progress in reducing infection rates,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “Our continued progress toward re-opening at a safe, responsible pace relies on the public’s adherence to proven practices of wearing masks and social distancing for the well-being of everyone. Cooperation in this area will ensure we can continue to provide, and gradually increase, accessibility to our valuable outdoor recreation areas.”

The wearing of masks and face coverings remains an essential practice to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including while outdoors and at the beach. Visitors to state beaches shall maintain 15-ft between blankets and 6-ft from other visitors not in their household. Masks shall be worn anytime except when in the water or seated on your blanket and 6-ft from others not in your household. CDC guidance on safe outdoor recreation habits can be found here.

For the latest information on Connecticut State Parks and what’s open outdoors during the COVID-19 emergency, click here.

kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Places Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:29:45 -0400
Ability Beyond Debuts New Virtual “Caring For The Caregiver” Series https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1698-ability-beyond-debuts-new-virtual-caring-for-the-caregiver-series1698-ability-beyond-debuts-new-virtual-caring-for-the-caregiver-series https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1698-ability-beyond-debuts-new-virtual-caring-for-the-caregiver-series1698-ability-beyond-debuts-new-virtual-caring-for-the-caregiver-series

Monthly Family Meetings Support Emotional and Physical Health of Caregivers and Clients

Juggling work, home-schooling and childcare has been a struggle for most families since the state shut down in March due to COVID-19. Parents of adult children with special needs have faced great adversity as they lost vital day and employment programs. To keep the 3,000 adults with disabilities served by Ability Beyond engaged and connected, the nonprofit organization has been providing virtual day programs for the people it serves, and is now launching “Caring for the Caregiver”, a series of virtual family meetings that will support the mental, emotional and physical needs of all family members.

“Many of the families we support rely on our programs 365 days a year,” said Jane Davis, President and CEO of Ability Beyond. “Although we are currently serving 460 people in our residential homes, the suspension of day and employment programs has meant that most of our families have had to figure out how to continue working and managing their days, while also providing the often challenging physical, mental, social and other supports that their adult children need.”

The new monthly series kicks off on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. EST with “Yoga for All”. Davis will provide a quick intro to the series followed by a free 45-minute stress-reducing movement class led by Heather Morgado. Morgado is the owner of YogaSpace in Bethel, as well as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement at Boehringer Ingelheim in Ridgefield.

The class is adaptable for anyone with mobility constraints and will incorporate healing breathing and relaxation techniques.

“The sessions were designed for family caregivers, the individuals we serve, along with Ability Beyond staff and Board members; however, we are excited to invite all families and individuals not served by Ability Beyond to participate in this valuable program as well,” adds Davis.

Those interested in taking the class can visit: https://abilitybeyond.org/event/virtual-yoga-for-everyone for details and the Zoom link. Space is limited to the first 100 participants.

Davis further explains that the series was created to reduce the incredible pressure placed on families by the abrupt loss of services. “Our families have been so supportive and flexible throughout this pandemic. We understand the stresses they have been under and hope our new series helps to ease that a bit.”

Ability Beyond has been supporting families throughout the pandemic with virtual weekly meetings that provide updates on the latest developments at the non-profit organization and its COVID-19 response plan. A Q&A session via the Zoom Chat feature addresses concerns following each presentation.

“We are grateful to Heather and Yoga Space for offering this class and helping us bring our Ability Beyond and regional communities together,” concludes Davis.

Ability Beyond is a 501{c} (3) organization headquartered in Bethel, Conn. and Chappaqua, N.Y. 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 far beyond the Danbury community throughout Connecticut and the Hudson Valley, New York. For more information about Ability Beyond go to www.abilitybeyond.org.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 07 Jul 2020 05:51:19 -0400
Hartford Entrepreneur Creates New Employment Opportunity for All Americans https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1697-hartford-entrepreneur-creates-new-employment-opportunity-for-all-americans1697-hartford-entrepreneur-creates-new-employment-opportunity-for-all-americans https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1697-hartford-entrepreneur-creates-new-employment-opportunity-for-all-americans1697-hartford-entrepreneur-creates-new-employment-opportunity-for-all-americans

Aquiline Drones Launches “Flight to the Future” Drone Pilot Training & Business Ownership Program

As businesses and individuals struggle with an uncertain coronavirus-tainted future, Barry Alexander has a clear vision for success. The Black entrepreneur has always been on the cusp of innovation, mainly in aviation, in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Now through his company Aquiline Drones, the experienced pilot is offering others the chance to set a course for their future by offering a unique drone pilot training and small business start-up program called “Flight to the Future.”

“From the very beginning, as a person of color and native of St. Lucia, I decided to determine my own destiny by becoming a pilot and pioneering a crucial air ambulance service called Aquiline Air Ambulance that was designed to fly patients and medical resources to specialized hospitals across the Caribbean and into the US,” explained Alexander, CEO and Founder of Aquiline Drones. “Self-actualization is a necessity in combatting adversity and is the most appropriate gift that gives hope, empowerment, self-worth and balance where financial uncertainty looms over our economy”
As part of Alexander’s latest endeavor, Aquiline Drones (AD) - a progressive drone enterprise and cloud technology company (AD Cloud), the new online Flight to the Future training course prepares a participant to become a fully licensed drone pilot and business operator by using advanced technology to create high-paying (averaging $165/hr.) jobs to help transform the current unemployment landscape.
Alexander notes that Aquiline Drones’ Flight to the Future system utilizes the most sophisticated technological platform to achieve its goals, including AD’s proprietary digital agent named Spartacus that provides feedback throughout a participant’s curriculum and training. Spartacus then becomes a job advisor once the individual establishes his or her business by forwarding lists of requests for actual drone opportunities and missions.
“In addition to our cognitive agent Spartacus, our advanced DDS job recruiting system is what sets us apart from the competition,” adds Alexander. “Not only are we training people in a burgeoning industry, but we’re actually matching our newly certified drone service providers with real jobs and missions. In fact, their first job is very likely a part of the training package.”
The first wave of classes begins on September 1, 2020 with new semesters occurring every eight weeks. Further, the Flight to the Future program ranges in cost from $799 for licensed pilots to $999 for the public and takes as little as 6-weeks to complete depending on level of experience. “Aggressive nationwide enrollment has already started and is a clear reflection of society beckoning something positive- definitely good news.” said Alexander.
Registration is open now at www.aquilinedrones.com/flight-to-the-future.
The four steps of the Flight to the Future course offers participants:
  • Pilot Training and FAA Certification - Comprehensive online curriculum and real-time, one-on-one instruction features flight training that uses an online simulator and in-person sessions with a training drone. After successfully passing the FAA examination, the AD instructor will secure the official certification.
  • AD Cloud Immersion - A dedicated cloud for drone operations with edge computing and built-in analytics. All program participants will be provided with a free subscription to the AD Cloud for six months to conquer its Command and Control capabilities and interactive online content. Additionally, enrollees have access to a customized Flight to the Future dashboard, where one can begin working towards an independent drone business. When the business operation launches, this dashboard will send drone job opportunities and integrate with the Command and Control module to assign drone missions with proper FAA authorizations.
  • Master a Specific Industry Application - Specialized, online simulator and flight training will optimize one’s drone and cloud skills to master a specific use case. Program participants may choose from eight different areas of concentration.
  • Small Drone Business - Full business setup including business registration, insurance, virtual administrative support as well as AD’s Drones On Demand Service (DDS) on-boarding process for viable and continuous work opportunities.
“Small business is the lifeblood of our economy and we hope to register upwards of one million small drone businesses through this program by the end of the year,” adds Alexander. “We are jointly responsible as good corporate citizens to support the communities in which we thrive.”
As such, AD is offering individual training enrollments, while encouraging all states, municipalities and businesses of every type nationwide to contribute towards reversing the dreadful effects of unemployment by purchasing drone pilot training slots for as many individuals (both employed and unemployed) as they wish. Organizations can contact shop@aquilinedrones.com for information on enrolling multiple participants.
According to a recent report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in America has reached an all-time high of 23.9% - primarily because of the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it. But unlike our predecessors during the Great Depression, today’s 40 million jobless individuals have more options than ever before to quickly reboot their careers in our post-COVID world – and AD is on a mission to help Americans regain financial independence. The full-service, drone and cloud technology company has spent months conceptualizing and incubating this innovative new online drone pilot business training program for seasoned aviators, drone enthusiasts and the general public.
“As one of four drone airline companies in America and privately owned by professional aviators, we have witnessed a massive amount of our fellow pilots lose their positions and border on bankruptcy as a result of this detrimental pandemic,” said Alexander. “At the most basic level, drones are miniature aircraft and thus, a natural transition for commercial pilots. However, we’ve created a simple and tangible training program that appeals to the masses as well.”
I believe we can all transcend this hardship with a bit of resilience, ingenuity and tenacity.” Alexander adds. “Our powerful drone pilot training program is a chance to get out of unemployment, leave the present behind and reinvent oneself for the high-technology future.”
About Aquiline Drones
Aquiline Drones is an independent, 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 and successful 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 technological 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.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:31:18 -0400
Assisted Living Services Recognizes 20 Homecare Heroes During Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1696-assisted-living-services-recognizes-20-homecare-heroes-during-pandemic1696-assisted-living-services-recognizes-20-homecare-heroes-during-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1696-assisted-living-services-recognizes-20-homecare-heroes-during-pandemic1696-assisted-living-services-recognizes-20-homecare-heroes-during-pandemic

Assisted Living Services, Inc (ALS) is honoring twenty home caregivers by awarding each of them with a $1,000 bonus for their tremendous efforts caring for Connecticut seniors during this challenging time. Starting in February 2020, the family-owned homecare agency retooled its unprecedented monthly $5,000 Platinum Caregiver Award as the Homecare Hero Award in order to recognize more outstanding employees.

“It was already incredibly difficult to choose just one staff member per month for our award program and we wanted to give more caregivers the opportunity for a financial reward as they displayed incredible dedication to our clients from the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mario D’Aquila, MBA and Chief Operating Officer of ALS, with offices in Cheshire, Fairfield and Clinton.
D’Aquila explained the five monthly winners for February, March, April and May were chosen after clients were called at random by Homecare Pulse, a third-party survey company, to measure ALS customer satisfaction. The client or family member was able to rate ALS services and the quality of care provided. Clients had the opportunity to mention caregivers that went “above and beyond” and “exceeded expectations” for the quality of care that was given to them or their loved one. ALS also considered caregivers for this award that had taken on additional cases and helped out the company during this time of need.
“The new award is to thank our essential caregivers for making a positive difference in our seniors’ lives,” said D’Aquila, who shared just a sample of the reviews that illustrate all of the caregivers’ unwavering commitment to client care:
“My mother had anxiety and depression and was nervous about being alone. The caregiver saved our lives.”
“My mother worships the ground she [the caregiver] walks on. Previously she wouldn’t let anyone come into her home.”
The Platinum Caregiver Award program resumes this month. In addition to the monetary bonus, honorees receive a beautiful crystal statue and a certificate of merit.
For more than two decades, ALS has led the charge to raise the standards for quality of care across the board in the highly competitive homecare industry. The company gives tens of thousands of dollars each year to incentivize employees for superior performance or perfect attendance. Managers also receive incentives if quality assurance benchmarks are achieved. Incentives and genuine appreciation for staff members are just a few of the reasons ALS has a high employee retention rate with some employees still working for the agency for nearly two decades.
ALS employs more than 400 caregivers across the state, all of whom are insured, bonded, and supervised. Newly hired employees undergo a National Criminal Background Check and eVerify. All of their Personal Care Assistants have received specialized training to perform personal care or assist with activities of daily living. Additional training is provided in OSHA, Safety, Alzheimer’s Care, End of Life Care, Elder Abuse, Customer Service, and more. ALS is currently accepting applications for daily and live-in caregivers. 
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.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:20:00 -0400