Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:53:31 -0400 HamletHub.com 2021 CRAzies Award Winners & Nominees Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1763-2021-crazies-award-winners-nominees-announced1763-2021-crazies-award-winners-nominees-announced https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1763-2021-crazies-award-winners-nominees-announced1763-2021-crazies-award-winners-nominees-announced

The Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA) announced today the award winners and nominees for the 2021 CRAzies Awards Gala presented by Sysco, LLC. Each year, the CRAzies recognizes the exceptional ability and talent of Connecticut’s restaurant community at this prestigious awards gala. Restaurant owners, operators, chefs, vendors and more will come together to celebrate the success of the industry at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Monday, December 6.  

“We are extremely excited to celebrate our industry at the 2021 CRAzies, especially at a time when Connecticut’s local restaurants and caterers have been through so much, and worked so hard, over these past 19 months,” said Connecticut Restaurant Association Executive Director Scott Dolch. “Congratulations to our 2021 award winners and nominees, plus a special thank you to the efforts of the nominating panel who provided valuable insight throughout the selection process.”

The CRAzies selection process began earlier this week when a panel of more than 25 food writers, critics, bloggers, and social media influencers sat down to finalize the list of award winners and nominees. Restaurateur of the Year, CT Hospitality Hall of Fame, Vendor of the Year and Friend of the Industry nominees were brought to the CRA Board of Directors, where the overall winners were selected in each of these four categories. 

In the remaining categories, the public can now vote by CLICKING HERE through the end of November for each category: Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef/Baker of the Year, Bartender of the Year, Server of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Restaurant Newcomer, People’s Choice, Regional Restaurants of the Year and Overall Restaurant of the Year. Winners will be selected from not only the public vote, but also from our nominating panel members.   

The 2021 Restaurateur of the Year honoree is Bill Taibe of For The Food Restaurant Group, who owns and operates The Whelk (Westport), Don Memo (Westport), Kawa Ni (Westport) and The Norwalk Art Space Café (Norwalk). 

The Connecticut Hospitality Hall of Fame inductees for 2021 will be Louis’ Lunch (New Haven) and Match Restaurant (Norwalk). The 2021 Vendors of the Year are ClarkHirth Associates, an accounting, tax and consulting services firm located in Farmington, and FordHarrison LLP, a Labor and Employment Law Firm that is based in Hartford. The 2021 Friend of the Industry Award will go to CT DECD Commissioner David Lehman for his dedication and leadership to our industry throughout the pandemic.

Highlighting our finalist categories, one of the most coveted awards is Chef of the Year. The five finalists for 2021 include Michone Danae Arringtonfrom The Art of Yum (Waterbury), Ashley Flagg from Millwright’s (Simsbury), Joel Gargano from Grano Arso (Chester), Emily Mingrone from Tavern on State (New Haven) and Manuel Romero from Olea (New Haven).

Our 2021 Pastry Chef/Baker of the Year finalists are Kristin Eddy from Millwright’s (Simsbury), Chan Graham from BouNom Bakery (Avon), David Vacca from Nana’s Bakery & Pizza (Mystic) and Rob VanKeuren from Flour Water Salt Bread (Darien).

The Bartender of the Year finalists are Ryan Andrade from The White Hart Inn (Salisbury), Jade Ayala from Oyster Club (Mystic), Juan Meyer from Rosina’s (Greenwich), Khalid Williams from Taprock (Unionville).

The Server of the Year finalists are Amanda Casey from Viron Rondo Osteria (Cheshire), Jason Gould from Fleming’s Steakhouse (West Hartford), Brendan Hayes from Roma Ristorante (Oakville) and Jess Saunders from Dockside Brewery (Milford). 

The Caterer of the Year finalists are Delicacy Catering (West Hartford), Emily’s Catering (Bristol), Marcia Selden Catering & Events (Stamford) and The Mobile Pub (Watertown). 

The Restaurant Newcomer award highlights the best new restaurants in Connecticut. The 2021 finalists are Camacho Garage (New Haven), The Charles (Wethersfield), Dockside Brewery (Milford), Don Memo (Westport) and Shipwright’s Daughter (Mystic). 

A new category for 2021 is the People’s Choice Award, where the public selects their favorite dining establishment in Connecticut across any genre of food or style of dining. Finalists from this category are Red36 (Mystic), Taco Daddy (Stamford), The Place 2 Be (Hartford & West Hartford) and Twister Italian Café (Parkville Market, Hartford).

The final category is Restaurant of the Year, where the CRA recognizes four different regional winners, as well as an overall winner from the sixteen nominees. 

Finalists from the North Region (Hartford & Tolland Counties) are Arugula (West Hartford), Millwright’s (Simsbury), Present Company (Simsbury) and Shu Restaurant (West Hartford). 

The South Region (Middlesex & New Haven Counties) finalists are Le Petit Café (Branford), Shell & Bones (New Haven), Tavern on State (New Haven) and Viron Rondo Osteria (Cheshire). 

The East Region (New London & Windham Counties) finalists are Oyster Club (Mystic), Stone Row Kitchen & Bar (Willimantic), TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge (Uncasville) and Tony D’s (New London).

The West Region (Fairfield & Litchfield Counties) finalists are @ The Corner (Litchfield), Community Table (New Preston), OKO (Westport) and Taproot (Bethel). 

Log onto www.craziesawards.com today to learn more about the finalists, vote for your favorites, purchase tickets or become a sponsor. For additional information, please contact us at info@ctrestaurant.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Connecticut Restaurant Association) Events Tue, 05 Oct 2021 11:00:00 -0400
Piloting to Save Lives https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1764-piloting-to-save-lives1764-piloting-to-save-lives https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1764-piloting-to-save-lives1764-piloting-to-save-lives

Although the commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry is expected to grow into a $28 billion industry by 2029, there are some business sectors that are still better served by manned aircraft, like airplanes and helicopters.  That’s why Aquiline Drones (AD), an American drone manufacturer and cloud technology enterprise, has spent the past two years establishing an airline division dedicated to the timely transport of human tissue, organs, blood and other time-critical cargo.  The company today announced the culmination of its extensive effort and official formation of AD Airlines after being awarded its Air Carrier Certificate by the FAA on September 16, 2021, which enables AD to commercialize its lifesaving tissue and organ delivery service. 

Specifically, AD Airlines will implement its patent-pending and unique Mixed Modal Transport Model (R2M2), starting with the use of manned aircraft, and gradually incorporating drones as FAA approvals are realized.  R2M2 is an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven transportation logistics platform supported by the AD Cloud.  It uses AI algorithms embedded in AD’s cognitive agent “Spartacus’ to manage a hyper-ledger blockchain platform to optimize transportation logistics.  Essentially, AD Airlines plans on using both drones and planes on its Air Carrier Certificate to provide a first-ever comprehensive solution to the human organ and tissue transplant delivery system within the medical industry.  
“Every year, more than 40,000 patients die because they cannot get their life-saving organs in time.  This is not due to a lack of available donated organs, but rather, a cumbersome and archaic transportation system and I can’t think of a better use and combination of AI, aviation, drone and cloud technology, other than to save lives,” said Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones.  “Between AD’s U.S.-manufactured drones, its in-house AI lab, the AD Cloud and a growing fleet of aircraft, we are on a mission to eliminate the current 20% discard rate for unused human organs and ensure that they’re physically in the hands of the transplant surgeons in time to save a patient.”
Alexander emphasizes that AD Airlines will be used exclusively to expedite and improve the current airborne delivery system for human tissue and organs in the U.S. by at least 30%, starting immediately.  AD Airlines will initially focus on the Northeast region (region 11), working with organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and the Organ Procurement and Transportation Network (OPTN) to eventually expand its reach across the nation.  Working in partnership with Transportation Coordinators of America (TCOA) and American Expediting, initial revenue opportunities have already been created through inbound orders.
The Northeast (Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island) is the largest organ transplant region out of the eleven designated nationwide.  Hartford Hospital in downtown Hartford, CT is rising in popularity as a premiere transplant center.  Hartford Hospital is also home to the LifeStar air ambulance program, which has completed over 35,000 missions and has saved thousands of lives since its founding in 1985.
Specific steps to achieve this goal include:
  • Using traditional planes and helicopters to fly human tissue and organs - initially
  • Employing AD’s U.S.-manufactured drones with superior range and payload capabilities to deposit deliveries into small hospital areas
  • Providing blockchain logistics for transparency, real time tracking and monitoring of the transportation lifecycle
  • Building ground support infrastructure (mobile command and edge datacenters) for drone support, persistent communication, mission tracking and handoff
  • Activating an Enterprise Asset Management solution for scalability, synchronized with the AD Cloud   
Alexander started his decorated flying career at Hartford Brainard Airport, one of the few remaining downtown airports in the U.S. and intends on making Hartford Brainard Airport the hangar base for AD Airlines.  This huge business undertaking coincides with Alexander’s aspiration of making Hartford and the State of Connecticut, the drone capital of the U.S. 
Alexander and notes that the recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s approval of AD Airlines has been nearly two years - amid the COVID pandemic - of solid and continuous development and incubation with the company passing the final qualification gates and review and being issued its official Air Carrier Certificate.  AD Director of Operations Tom Keck led the effort in coordinating the entire Certificate development and management process.
“While there are a few other companies such as UPS Flight Forward, Inc. and Amazon Prime Air that are approved by the FAA to conduct drone delivery services, AD Airlines differs in that we are the only American drone manufacturing company with an Air Carrier Certificate dedicated to saving lives using manned aircraft with drones to follow,” clarifies Alexander. “As such, we can offer all-encompassing services, like mission planning, crew resource management, crew scheduling, crew planning, dispatch, safety management systems, maintenance control, technical publications, flight following and other crucial processes necessary for success.”
Another competitive advantage besides its new AD Airline division is the makeup of the company’s management team, which consists of fellow airline pilots, aerospace and software engineers, distinguished military personnel, including retired AF Generals, algorithmic mathematicians and other technologists.  Collectively, AD brings 300-plus years of aviation knowledge and FAA experience to the burgeoning drone industry, while being supported by a network of thousands of pilots nationwide.
Additionally, AD runs its drone operation like a traditional airline subjecting its drone pilots - both employed and contractual, to similar scrutiny and training akin to U.S. airline pilots.  As such, drone pilots enrolled in AD’s Flight to the Future drone pilot training program (www.flighttothefuture.com) subscribe to FAA-mandated drug and alcohol screening, a safety management system (SMS) and are managed through SkedFlex - an industry-leading airline crew resource management platform.
“With safety at the core of AD’s framework, combined with the exceptional speed and flexibility of our manned and unmanned aircraft, we are poised to usher in the ultimate transportation solution that will help save lives in the US and eventually, around the world!” concludes Alexander.
Interested organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and related companies are welcomed to email flights@flyadair.com or info@aquilinedrones.com for more information on partnerships and service.
About Aquiline Drones
Aquiline Drones Corporation (AD) is a progressive American drone manufacturer and cloud solutions company located in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut. Founded by CEO Barry Alexander, AD's core management comprises highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, IT gurus, military personnel (including veterans), and business strategists.  AD delivers a vertically integrated blend of products and services. These include an aviation cloud for commercial drones, U.S.-based drone manufacturing, drone "maintenance-repair-overhaul" (MRO) services, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions for large enterprises and governments, a superior line of Spartacus drone products, a robust UAS training academy, and the country's first 'drone-on-demand' service enabling customers to order drone services through a proprietary mobile app. AD's full spectrum of technological solutions is widely applicable across countless industries and environments for superior, real-time data processing and insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.
PHOTO: After a rigorous 2-year application process, Aquiline Drones (AD) recently earned an FAA Air Carrier Certificate for its new company division- AD Airlines.  The American drone manufacturing and cloud technology company will use both drones and planes to improve the human organ and tissue transplant delivery system within the medical industry.  (From left) AD Director of Operations Tom Keck awards Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones, with the FAA Air Carrier Certificate for the company’s airline division.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 05 Oct 2021 08:33:55 -0400
Aquiline Drones Gears Up Connecticut Manufacturers for High Tech Future https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1762-aquiline-drones-gears-up-connecticut-manufacturers-for-high-tech-future1762-aquiline-drones-gears-up-connecticut-manufacturers-for-high-tech-future https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1762-aquiline-drones-gears-up-connecticut-manufacturers-for-high-tech-future1762-aquiline-drones-gears-up-connecticut-manufacturers-for-high-tech-future

More than 225 business leaders learned about limitless opportunities in the drone industry at the Annual Meeting of ManufactureCT held on September 28, 2021 at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, Connecticut. As the state’s most prominent non-profit manufacturing association, ManufactureCT provides professional development, resources and information, advocacy and outreach, networking and ongoing support to a diversity of manufacturers and related industries operating in the area.
The evening began with an in-person networking for the manufacturing professionals, along with a welcome address by Executive Director Jamison Scott, full-course dinner and the President’s Message from Jill Mayer. The award for Outstanding Leadership in Government Affairs was presented to State Representative Kara Rochelle & State Senator Joan Hartley.
Keynote speaker Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones in Hartford, inspired the group by explaining his company’s new decentralizing manufacturing system – the Aquiline Agile Manufacturing Pod, or AMP, a portable, high-tech workstation that can be installed in homes, businesses, even the military battlefield, to address the growing demand for drone services. Each mobile AMP workspace transforms any 12 x 12-foot area into a mini manufactory center that can house one-three workers and come equipped with a 3-D printer, tools, electronic components, hardware, and partitions.
Additionally, Alexander shared how he constructed Connecticut’s only drone manufacturing plant during the pandemic, explained the necessity of hiring local talent in partnership with Capital Workforce Partners and CTHires, as well as the importance of producing American-made UAVs for state and national security.
“Barry’s message was a powerful call to action for our state manufacturing industry to move into the high-tech sector,” said Scott. “His incredible story of triumph over adversity captivated every manufacturing, political and business leader in the room.”
Attendees were also able to see Aquiline Drones’ popular Spartacus Max UAV up close on display. The commercial drone fulfills a variety of tasks for the manufacturing industry, such as asset inspection, plant maintenance and employee surveillance.
Earlier this year, Aquiline Drones was heralded as a shining example of Connecticut’s economic growth by Governor Ned Lamont as the first the first Black owned, Made-in-the-USA drone manufacturing and assembly plant in Connecticut.
About ManufactureCT
Formed in 1913, ManufactureCT changed its name in 2020 from New Haven Manufacturers Association because it now attracts members from across the state representing diverse verticals within Connecticut’s manufacturing sector. Outreach initiatives have successfully diversified the organization, growing its cohorts of young manufacturers and women in manufacturing. More at https://manufacturect.org/  
About Aquiline Drones
Aquiline Drones Corporation (AD) is a progressive American drone manufacturer and cloud solutions company located in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut. Founded by CEO Barry Alexander, AD's core management comprises highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, IT gurus, military personnel (including veterans), and business strategists. AD delivers a vertically integrated blend of products and services. These include an aviation cloud for commercial drones, US-based drone manufacturing, drone "maintenance-repair-overhaul" (MRO) services, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions for large enterprises and governments, a superior line of Spartacus drone products, a robust UAS training academy, and the country's first 'drone-on-demand' service enabling customers to order drone services through a proprietary mobile app. AD's full spectrum of technological solutions is widely applicable across countless industries and environments for superior, real-time data processing and insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.
PHOTO: Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones, addresses more than 225 top leaders at the ManufactureCT annual meeting on September 28, 2021at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven, Conn.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 04 Oct 2021 05:33:49 -0400
Family dog stolen from Fairfield Service Plaza is recovered, police in dogged pursuit of suspects https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1760-family-dog-stolen-from-fairfield-service-plaza-is-recovered-police-in-dogged-pursuit-of-suspects1760-family-dog-stolen-from-fairfield-service-plaza-is-recovered-police-in-dogged-pursuit-of-suspects https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1760-family-dog-stolen-from-fairfield-service-plaza-is-recovered-police-in-dogged-pursuit-of-suspects1760-family-dog-stolen-from-fairfield-service-plaza-is-recovered-police-in-dogged-pursuit-of-suspects

It took a few months, but Connecticut State Police Detectives were able to locate a family dog that went missing in February of this year.

In the very early morning hours of February 2, 2021, as much of the state was recovering from a major snowstorm, a vehicle containing a family dog – Cindy – was stolen from the northbound Fairfield Service Plaza on Interstate 95 in Fairfield. The stolen vehicle was recovered a short time later, but Cindy was missing.

Detectives from the State Police Western District Major Crime Squad assumed the investigation to commence this K-9 track. Detectives were in dogged pursuit of the suspects, there were no “paws” in their investigation in order to reunite Cindy with her family. Detectives executed – or in this case, un- “leashed” - numerous search and seizure warrants and conducted interviews.

On Sept. 22, 2021, detectives conducted surveillance operations in Waterbury and located and recovered Cindy without incident. Cindy was transported to a local animal hospital for evaluation. Cindy remains in the custody of CT State Police and Waterbury Animal Control until she can be reunited with her family.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and arrests are imminent, proving that the suspects were “barking up the wrong tree” when they took Cindy.

No doubt this was a “ruff” time for Cindy’s family, but they will be reunited soon!

kerry@ducey.org (CT State Police) Public safety Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:49:56 -0400
Discover Dance in Downtown Hartford! https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1759-discover-dance-in-downtown-hartford1759-discover-dance-in-downtown-hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1759-discover-dance-in-downtown-hartford1759-discover-dance-in-downtown-hartford

Acclaimed Artistic Director Sonia Plumb is leaping into the fall dance season with a new space, new instructors, and a renewed sense of purpose after an 18-month coronavirus closure. The School of SPDC was set to launch in March of 2020 and put on hold due to the pandemic. To celebrate the return of in-person instruction, the School of Sonia Plumb Dance Company (SPDC) invites everyone to experience the joy of dance at a series of FREE classes outdoors on the Old State House lawn in Hartford. Participants of all ages can move and groove while learning about the renowned contemporary dance company.

"We wanted to bring the community together in a collective expression of creative movement as we welcome students back to the studio," said Plumb, SPDC Founder, instructor and award-winning choreographer. "Our mission has always been to offer people from all cultures, age groups, abilities and income levels the opportunity to learn how to dance, appreciate dance and incorporate dance into their lives, and these events are the ideal introduction."

As a lifelong dancer, Plumb seeks to nurture young performers while inspiring adults to continue or engage in dance for the first time. Therefore, the first free class is for adults on Tuesday morning, September 28, 2021, (rain date September 30) starting at 9am with a faculty meet & greet, followed by Core Conditioning from 9:15 to 10am and SPDC Contemporary Modern from 10 to 11am.

Kids can join the fun on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 (rain date September 30) with a faculty meet & greet from 4 to 4:15pm, followed by a Mini Class for ages three to five from 4:15 to 4:35pm, a Mini Class for ages five to seven from 4:35 to 5pm, ending with a Modern/Creative Mini Class for ages eight to ten from 5 to 5:25pm.

"My team of incredible instructors is eager to start teaching again, particularly at our new facility," explained Plumb. "Although some of them are new to the staff, they all boast impressive résumés as accomplished dancers, choreographers and instructors."

In her role as Director of Education and faculty member, Julianne Guarnieri is delighted to rejoin the SPDC family, where she was a performing member from 2012 to 2014. In addition to her 15 years of teaching experience in the Hartford area, Guarnieri has had the pleasure of sharing her love for dance education as a pedagogy mentor at the University of Hartford's Hartt School Dance Department.

Instructor Rachel Calabrese graduated in May 2020 from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance. She has trained and worked with a variety of prestigious choreographers and most recently, she performed as a company member with the Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company.

Savana Jones is a Hartford native joining the staff. She has studied jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and social dancing. She graduated from The Hartford Conservatory in 2009. She is a well-known dance instructor and choreographer with five years of working with the youth of all ages and abilities.

Plumb has led the SPDC since 1990 and choreographed 50+ dances during her career. "I attribute my artistic style to a morphing of ideas with dance, constantly seeking to observe, learn, question, and collaborate." She is a three-time recipient of the Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence, received a SURDNA National Teaching Fellowship (2013), and was one of only nine artists nationwide to receive a Community Legacy Project award in 2015.

Studio classes begin on Monday, October 4, 2021, and run through June 5, 2022, with some mini sessions for young children. Classes are offered mornings and evenings to fit anyone's schedule. Masks must be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The studio is also adhering to its COVID protocol to keep everyone healthy. There are plenty of on and off-street parking options.

The School of Sonia Plumb Dance Company offers a myriad of classes for children, family and adults. Classes include multi-levels of Contemporary, Ballet, Modern, Creative, and Cultural Infusion. Dancers can take electives in addition to the core classes such as FloorBarre Conditioning, Wellness Workshops and Digital Dance. Class sizes are limited so sign up early! Most classes are offered both in-person and virtually. View the extensive selection of courses and register online at https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/index.php?account_id=22162.

Dance artists from beginner to professional level are invited to utilize the training programs led by SPDC and our team of interdisciplinary collaborators. Operating in radial circles, the organization offers arts integration programs for grades pK-8 with Hartford Public Schools, pre-professional level classes and training through School of Sonia Plumb Dance, high-level training through residencies and intensive workshops, while also running a touring professional company of dancers.

As a non-profit, performing arts organization, SPDC relies upon the generous donations of the community to help sustain it. Donations can be made by visiting https://soniaplumbdance.org/support/.

"Whether you're a novice dancer, seasoned professional, or simply seeking exercise and a creative outlet, you're sure to learn and grow when you enroll at SPDC, where passion meets purpose," concludes Plumb.

About Sonia Plumb Dance Company
Since 1990, Sonia Plumb Dance Company has been exciting audiences with contemporary modern dance performances that boast stunning visuals, vivid choreography, and compelling storytelling. Its global collaborations with musicians, composers, videographers, poets, professors and puppeteers have engaged thousands of audiences both young and old alike. From the main stage to the school classroom to the public park, the critically acclaimed, contemporary dance company is known for its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – making the art of dance available and accessible to all.

Founded and led by lifelong dancer and Artistic Director Sonia Plumb, SPDC is a 501(c)(3) organization offering dance instruction classes, professional apprenticeships, arts integration programs, and community outreach that serves more than 8,000 constituents throughout the Northeast and connects humanity through the world of dance. The studio office is located at 960 Main Street, Suite #555B, Hartford, CT 06103. For more information call 860.370.2057 or visit www.SoniaPlumbDance.org.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 21 Sep 2021 05:29:53 -0400
Fundraiser Planned For A Promise To Jordan at Old Well Tavern https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1758-fundraiser-planned-for-a-promise-to-jordan-at-old-well-tavern1758-fundraiser-planned-for-a-promise-to-jordan-at-old-well-tavern https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1758-fundraiser-planned-for-a-promise-to-jordan-at-old-well-tavern1758-fundraiser-planned-for-a-promise-to-jordan-at-old-well-tavern

The Old Well Tavern in Simsbury will host a fundraiser for A Promise to Jordan from 5 to 8pm. on Friday, October 8, 2021.  A Promise to Jordan began on July 26, 2018 and is named in honor of Jordan Arakelian, a Simsbury resident who died of a heroin and fentanyl overdose on June 30, 2018 at the age of 24.  His mother, Lisa Gray, started the 501c3 organization in his memory to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of substance use disorders, assist people in accessing quality care, and give hope that recovery is possible to those struggling with addiction.
For every dollar spent on food and/or drinks at the event, the restaurant owner, Frank Cardoso, will donate at least 10% back to the organization.
“We are so grateful to Frank and his entire team at The Old Well for continuing to help us out in such a big way,” said Lisa Gray, Founder and Executive Director of A Promise to Jordan. “We invite everyone to come down and enjoy the great food, drinks, and hospitality of The Old Well Tavern!”
Patrons can pick up their food and take it home, dine inside the restaurant, or, weather permitting, outdoors on the Old Well’s new patio. Patrons will be entertained by the music of Michael Sasportas, a local songwriter and musician.
Gray notes that the addiction and recovery community has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We continue to provide services and assistance by phone, through social media and through our website, with what we believe to be the most comprehensive listing of resources for help in our area and beyond, she adds.  “We are hopeful that we will be able to resume our in-person educational programming very soon.  This fundraiser could help a great deal in allowing us to continue to do our work to help people and families struggling with substance use disorders.”
Reservations are recommended for the patio and may be made by calling (860) 658-0050.  For more information on the event or A Promise to Jordan, visit the website or contact Lisa Gray at (860) 390-1391 or info@apromisetojordan.org.
PHOTO:  Michael Sasportas will be the featured performer at the Old Well Tavern in Simsbury on Friday, October 8, 2021 to benefit the nonprofit organization A Promise to Jordan.  Photo Courtesy of A Promise to Jordan.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:29:13 -0400
An Original Dance Odyssey Takes to the Stage in Hartford! https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1757-an-original-dance-odyssey-takes-to-the-stage-in-hartford1757-an-original-dance-odyssey-takes-to-the-stage-in-hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1757-an-original-dance-odyssey-takes-to-the-stage-in-hartford1757-an-original-dance-odyssey-takes-to-the-stage-in-hartford

The Sonia Plumb Dance Company (SPDC) raises the curtain at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts auditorium on November 5-7, 2021 to perform “Penelope’s Odyssey.” The highly anticipated, in-person production was set to premiere last October but was forced to “take five” due to the pandemic.  Now, with the perseverance of SPDC Founder and Artistic Director Sonia Plumb and the generous support of dance aficionados across the state, the critically acclaimed contemporary dance company is excited to announce that the show must go on, especially as it portrays a powerful story of survival in today’s challenged world.
“Surely, the performing arts sector has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, but during this time of isolation, we never lost sight of our underlying mission to connect humanity through dance,” said Plumb, who choreographed the entire production.  “Our organization has always reached beyond the arts community with a diverse repertoire that often reflects upon larger societal issues and this performance is no different.”
Specifically, Plumb notes that during this historic moment of women’s voices and growth, “Penelope’s Odyssey” tells the story of Penelope and the women in the classic epic poem “Homer’s The Odyssey.” In this contemporary interpretation, the dancers focus on gender roles and societal norms as seen through the lens of time by weaving in topics of romance, betrayal, single motherhood, arranged marriage, war and perseverance.  Simply stated, it’s a story of a woman taking control of her life in a man’s world.
The performance opens with "Penelope's Home Video"- filmed on the island of Crete in August 2021. "Penelope's Home Video" is a compilation of her memories before her husband, Odysseus, left for war. 
"The video takes on a distorted reality, much like we all have in a way during this time of isolation from loved ones." says Plumb.  “Life is truly imitating art and history is indeed repeating itself with the profound themes prevalent in this performance.  The audience take-away? Women’s voices, men listening, equilibrium.”
Tickets to “Penelope’s Odyssey” are affordable  - $45 general admission; $40 seniors, active military and Veterans; $25 students – and can be pre-ordered by clicking this direct link: 
as well as purchased at the event.  
The performance schedule is: Friday, November 5 at 8pm, Saturday, November, 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 7 at 2:30pm.  All performances will be held at the Theater of the Performing Arts, Main Stage, 359 Washington Street, Hartford.  Due to COVID restrictions and social distancing requirements, only 300 seats will be sold at each performance. To ensure the safety of its performers and staff, audiences will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID PCR tests and masks are required. 
In addition, audiences are invited to engage in an exciting learning process in a variety of formats both in person and virtual including: streaming of pre-recorded webinars - “Women’s Voices Then and Now” with professor Lauren Caldwell (UMass Amherst), “The Odyssey – Hero, Host, God or Goddess” with professor Vincent Tomasso (Trinity College), open rehearsals and talk backs with the artistic team and Study Guides in both English and Spanish.
Presenting sponsors include the CT Humanities Council, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Edward C and Ann T Roberts Foundation and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development - Office of the Arts.  Corporate and individual sponsorships range from $500 to $10,000 and are available by calling direct at 860.214.0284 or by emailing development@soniaplumbdance.org.
As a non-profit, performing arts organization, SPDC relies upon the generous donations of the community to help sustain it.  Donations can be made by visiting https://soniaplumbdance.org/support/.
“Whether you’re a dance lover or a community member simply seeking a stimulating, social experience out of the house, Penelope’s Odyssey will be the must-attend fall event of the season!” concludes Plumb. 
To see a behind-the-scenes, sneak peek of the production, follow the dance company's social media sites.
About Sonia Plumb Dance Company
Since 1990, Sonia Plumb Dance Company has been exciting audiences with contemporary modern dance performances that boast stunning visuals, vivid choreography, and compelling storytelling.  Its global collaborations with musicians, composers, videographers, poets, professors and puppeteers have engaged thousands of audiences both young and old alike.  From the main stage to the school classroom to the public park, the critically acclaimed, contemporary dance company is known for its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – making the art of dance available and accessible to all.
Founded and led by lifelong dancer and Artistic Director Sonia Plumb, SPDC offers dance instruction classes, professional apprenticeships, arts integration programs, and community outreach that serves more than 8,000 constituents throughout the Northeast and connects humanity through the world of dance. Visit https://soniaplumbdance.org/ for more information.  
PHOTO: Connecticut’s award-winning contemporary dance company-Sonia Plumb Dance Company- debuts its long-awaited original production of “Penelope’s Odyssey” on Nov. 5-7 at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.


kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Events Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:11:05 -0400
Prevent Elderly Falls During National Falls Prevention Month in September https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1756-prevent-elderly-falls-during-national-falls-prevention-month-in-september1756-prevent-elderly-falls-during-national-falls-prevention-month-in-september https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1756-prevent-elderly-falls-during-national-falls-prevention-month-in-september1756-prevent-elderly-falls-during-national-falls-prevention-month-in-september

One in four seniors suffer a fall each year and nearly half of people age 65 or older sustaining a fall do not resume independent living. Connecticut's homecare experts at Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) have seen firsthand the threats to personal safety that the elderly encounter on a daily basis in their own homes. During National Falls Prevention Month in September, ALS is sharing ways to create a safe environment and utilize new smart home and personal technology.
“The unfortunate reality is that some of our clients are hospitalized after a moderate to severe injury and are unable to return home,” said Mario D’Aquila, MBA, COO of Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire, Fairfield and Clinton. “We work with families to prevent these accidents in the first place by providing a complimentary home safety assessment at any residence in Connecticut.”
D’Aquila explains an experienced senior home care specialist uses a Quality Assurance Checklist to evaluate the living situation and identify areas of weakness, then makes recommendations such as reducing clutter and installing hand rails, to effectively lower the risk of falls. Specific technological devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. (ALT) may also be recommended after completion of the evaluation.
D’Aquila addresses the top causes of falls and how to prevent them:
Slips and trips can be prevented by wearing proper footwear, wiping up spills and cleaning excess messes, removing cords and hazards like scatter rugs, providing adequate lighting at nighttime and using bathroom safety devices properly.
Physical inactivity can actually lead to more falls! Participate in exercise or activities that improve balance.
Medications may have side-effects that can lead to falls such as blood pressure, sedatives, diuretics, anti-depressants, and pain medications, need to be discussed with a doctor, who may be able to make adjustments or provide advice to reduce symptoms contributing to a fall.
Poor vision can be prevented by getting an eye exam, potential cataract surgery, and avoiding the use of multifocal glasses when ambulating.
Improper use of assistive equipment such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs and others. Make sure the person is trained to properly and safely use equipment by their doctor or medical equipment specialist.
“Some independent seniors avoid using a cane or other physical equipment in public out of embarrassment, so we encourage the use of discreet wearable devices to provide peace of mind and a quick response in the event of an emergency,” said D’Aquila. “In the home, wireless sensors and detectors that are barely noticeable can be installed by caregivers or ALT technicians to prevent and detect falls.”
For example, Walabot HOME is the first and only automated fall alert system developed specifically for the bathroom, where 80% of falls take place. It is also the only fall detection device that does not require any wearable necklace or bracelet. It is automatically activated without pushing a button.
D’Aquila explains Walabot HOME starts by learning a home’s basic bathroom layout and movement activity, then continuously monitors for situations that indicate a fall using the world’s most advanced radio frequency sensors. It delivers four times more accuracy than other automatic fall alert systems while ensuring privacy to the individual. If a person falls, the designated emergency contact is notified through a two-way voice call and a text message. The alarm can be disabled at any time simply by standing up.
For other areas of the home, the indoor Wellness Motion Sensor is a wireless, battery-powered device that identifies the movement of a person within a specific area by sensing the infrared energy emitted from a body as it moves across the sensor's field of view. When this motion is detected, the sensor transmits an alarm signal to the control panel and will alert the family member and or the caregiver of movement.
Another fantastic product from Wellness are their Bed and Chair sensor pads. These pads are placed appropriately underneath the mattress of a bed or the cushion of a chair. Once the individual gets up and walks away the pad senses the shift in weight and caregivers or family members are alerted of the individual’s movement. Alerts can be received via text, email, and/or automated phone call.
To prevent falls from happening in the first place, ALS uses the Smart Caregiver product line of cordless bed pads, chair pads, and floor mats that alerts caregivers via an alarm pager when the elderly person is trying to get out of their chair or bed. The weight-sensitive pressure pads detect when someone is up-and-about, giving a caregiver time to react and ensure the person uses their wheelchair, walker or cane.
“Falls are not a normal part of aging,” concludes D’Aquila. “We encourage everyone to take steps today to stay safe and independent longer.” 
Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire 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. ALS was ranked on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies and recognized by Home Care Pulse® as a “Best of Home Care Leader In Excellence”, a designation given to the best home care providers in the nation. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.
PHOTO: The Smart Caregiver Alarm and Chair Pad Set, offered by Assisted Living Technologies, Inc., is a simple and affordable solution for monitoring a resident within a 300-foot range to prevent falls. Photo Courtesy of: Assisted Living Technologies, Inc.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 20 Sep 2021 07:58:08 -0400
Book Discussion on Recreational Marijuana Industry via Zoom https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1755-book-discussion-on-recreational-marijuana-industry-via-zoom1755-book-discussion-on-recreational-marijuana-industry-via-zoom https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1755-book-discussion-on-recreational-marijuana-industry-via-zoom1755-book-discussion-on-recreational-marijuana-industry-via-zoom

The Simsbury-based nonprofit, A Promise to Jordan, is inviting the public to a virtual event to discuss the book, “Smoke Screen:  What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know”, by Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. The discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00 P. M. via Zoom. 
Kevin Sabet is the President and CEO of SAM, (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), a nonprofit organization he founded along with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and David Frum, currently Senior Editor at The Atlantic.  Sabet is also a drug policy advisor to three U. S. Presidential administrations, and has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for over 25 years.
“This is an important book to read as Connecticut begins to grapple with the consequences of its recent legalization of recreational marijuana,” notes Lisa Gray, Founder and Executive Director of A Promise to Jordan.
Gray went on to state, “I think people will be surprised to learn that this is not an ‘anti-marijuana’ book, but rather an eye-opening and thorough examination of the fallout that has already been experienced and documented in other states due to an industry that is placing the importance of profits over that of public health.”
Free copies of the book are available by contacting A Promise to Jordan at (860) 390-1391 or info@apromisetojordan.org.
A Promise to Jordan is named in honor of Jordan Arakelian, a Simsbury resident who died of a heroin and fentanyl overdose on June 30, 2018 at the age of 24.  His mother, Lisa Gray, started the 501c3 organization in his memory to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of addiction, assist people in accessing quality care, and give hope that recovery is possible to those struggling with addiction. Jordan started using recreational marijuana at the age of 15.  For more information on this event or A Promise to Jordan, visit www.apromisetojordan.org.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 20 Sep 2021 07:34:11 -0400
CT Home Care Co. Offers Employees Shot at $1000 Cash to Get the Vax https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1753-ct-home-care-co-offers-employees-shot-at-1000-cash-to-get-the-vax1753-ct-home-care-co-offers-employees-shot-at-1000-cash-to-get-the-vax https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1753-ct-home-care-co-offers-employees-shot-at-1000-cash-to-get-the-vax1753-ct-home-care-co-offers-employees-shot-at-1000-cash-to-get-the-vax

One of the top home care agencies in Connecticut is giving employees a cash incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire, Fairfield and Clinton has launched the Vaccination Heroes program that will award $1000 to five vaccinated staff members selected in a random drawing on October 12, 2021.

To be eligible to win, caregivers simply need to receive their first and second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations, or the single Johnson & Johnson shot, any time between August 18 and October 12, 2021. To make the process even easier, ALS is offering employees assistance to find the nearest location administering vaccinations.

“Our industry does not have a mandate for vaccinations, however, we strongly encourage and promote vaccinations for all of our staff members,” said Mario D’Aquila, MBA and Chief Operating Officer of ALS. “We do require that all aides wear a mask when providing personal care and/or are within 6 feet of their clients or family members.”

D’Aquila explains the State of Connecticut is mandating workers at all skilled nursing, assisted living and communities to receive their first vaccine by September 7, 2021 in order to work those buildings and settings. ALS does employ aides who provide care to clients that reside in assisted living communities or other congregate settings, so those caregivers are adhering to all guidelines.

“This is not a gimmick. We're serious about our employees' health and we have confidence in vaccines,” said D’Aquila. “The core of our mission is to provide exceptional care for clients, so naturally we care for our employees the same way.”

D’Aquila notes this is the second incentive program created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. From February to May 2020, the monthly ALS $5,000 Platinum Caregiver Award program was retooled as the Homecare Hero Award in order to recognize more outstanding employees. Twenty caregivers were awarded with $1,000, along with a 

The family-owned homecare agency prides itself as a leader in employee initiatives that demonstrate how much they truly value each team member. For more than two decades, ALS has paid tens of thousands of dollars each year to incentivize employees for superior performance or perfect attendance. In fact, ALS has garnered several high-profile national awards for these bonus programs, including Home Care Pulse Employer of Choice and outstanding national workplace by the Great Place to Work Institute.

Incentives and genuine appreciation for staff members are just a few of the reasons that ALS has a high employee retention rate with some employees still working for the agency for nearly two decades.

ALS employs more than 250 caregivers across the state, all of whom are insured, bonded, and supervised. D’Aquila notes the company is actively hiring as the demand for at-home care continues to grow.

About Assisted Living Services, Inc.

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

Photo: The team at Assisted Living Services, Inc. Credit: Assisted Living Services


kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Wed, 01 Sep 2021 08:12:34 -0400
Annual Hartford Art School Galleries IDASE Cancelled Due to COVID Concerns https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1752-annual-hartford-art-school-galleries-idase-cancelled-due-to-covid-concerns1752-annual-hartford-art-school-galleries-idase-cancelled-due-to-covid-concerns https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1752-annual-hartford-art-school-galleries-idase-cancelled-due-to-covid-concerns1752-annual-hartford-art-school-galleries-idase-cancelled-due-to-covid-concerns

The 8th International Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition (IDASE) that was scheduled to kick off on October 25, 2021 is cancelled due to the rise in COVID-19 infections in Connecticut. Ironically, the Fiction, Fabulation, Futurity event at the Joseloff Gallery at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn was set to explore social disruptions, particularly pandemics, through words and images.

“We are incredibly disappointed to cancel this highly anticipated cultural event,” said Rico Reyes, former curator and director of the Hartford Art School Galleries at the University of Hartford. “However, it just doesn’t make sense to host a big public event in light of uncertainty caused by the Delta virus variant, combined with the politics of required vaccinations, mask mandates and limited access to the campus.”

Reyes elaborates that the 6-week art exhibition from October 25-December 5, 2021 and symposium on Oct. 28-30, had attracted award-winning artists and authors from around the world. In addition to exhibiting their works, the impressive roster of participants was going to contribute to panel discussions and lead workshops on a variety of artistic expressions.

About the Joseloff Gallery

The Hartford Art School Galleries include the Joseloff Gallery, the Donald and Linda Silpe Gallery, Kaman Print Study Center, and Art on Campus. These exhibition spaces inspire the Connecticut community year-round, and engage with students daily through creative visual experiences. Recent exhibitions have featured the works of Mark Dion, Marina Abramovic, Tracy Emin, Kelly Mark, Natalie Waldburger, and Keith Sonnier. The Joseloff Gallery, located at 200 Bloomfield Avenue in West Hartford, is open Monday through Thursday, 12-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12-5 pm. Visit https://www.hartford.edu/academics/schools-colleges/art/galleries/default.aspx for more information.  

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 30 Aug 2021 07:55:17 -0400
CT Art Heroes Celebrated at Infinity Hall in Hartford on Sept. 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1751-ct-art-heroes-celebrated-at-infinity-hall-in-hartford-on-sept-11751-ct-art-heroes-celebrated-at-infinity-hall-in-hartford-on-sept-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1751-ct-art-heroes-celebrated-at-infinity-hall-in-hartford-on-sept-11751-ct-art-heroes-celebrated-at-infinity-hall-in-hartford-on-sept-1

Please join us on Wednesday, September 1st to honor and celebrate Connecticut's Arts Heroes and Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Stephan Allison!
Arts Heroes are Connecticut residents who do remarkable work in the arts, for the arts, and through the arts. Stephan Allison - arts administrator, promoter, advocate and former Arts Coordinator for the Middletown Arts Commission - will be awarded a lifetime achievement award from the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Performances by Hartford Proud, Slade/ZTK, Raymond Pinto, YSANNE, DJ Ch'Varda, Youth Poet Jaida Tevaris and headline performance by PHAT a$TRONAUT!
The event is open to all, at no cost to attendees, and promises to be an AMAZING event! Doors open at 5:30 pm. Show starts at 6 pm.

CT Arts Heroes are nominated by anyone from the arts community and then selected by a committee from each of our regional arts organizations. 

RSVP here  

kerry@ducey.org (CT Office of the Arts) Events Thu, 26 Aug 2021 13:18:04 -0400
Lamont Announces Connecticut Department of Labor and Hartford Athletic Team Up for Veterans and Diversity Hiring Expo https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1750-lamont-announces-connecticut-department-of-labor-and-hartford-athletic-team-up-for-veterans-and-diversity-hiring-expo1750-lamont-announces-connecticut-department-of-labor-and-hartford-athletic-team-up-for-veterans-and-diversity-hiring-expo https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1750-lamont-announces-connecticut-department-of-labor-and-hartford-athletic-team-up-for-veterans-and-diversity-hiring-expo1750-lamont-announces-connecticut-department-of-labor-and-hartford-athletic-team-up-for-veterans-and-diversity-hiring-expo

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Labor and Hartford Athletic are teaming up to host the first annual Veterans and Diversity Hiring Expo at Dillon Stadium in Hartford on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and participants are encouraged to register online at HartfordAthletic.com/Expo.

The hiring expo seeks to support those who are underemployed, seeking new career opportunities, or most importantly, directly impacted in their careers by COVID-19. Each registrant will also receive a free ticket to the Hartford Athletic Veterans and Military Appreciation Night match against Louisville City FC following the expo at 7:00 p.m.

“These types of creative partnerships are exactly what Connecticut needs to continue to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and grow our economy far into the future,” Governor Lamont said. “Serving our veterans, diverse communities, and those who need us most is one of our most important jobs as a government and as neighbors. I want to thank the Hartford Athletic for stepping up to support this important effort, and our great team at the Connecticut Department of Labor for their dedication to this mission and public-private partnerships that fuel our state.”

“Connecticut has a jobseeker’s market. Whether you are just starting out, looking to advance your career, or just searching for a good paycheck, there are plenty of opportunities in just about every field,” Connecticut Department of Labor Interim Commissioner Danté Bartolomeo said. “Thanks to our Hartford Athletic partners and the other organizations supporting this event, the Connecticut Department of Labor can bring our American Job Centers and CTHires resources directly to residents and help them find their best job.”

“Hartford Athletic is thrilled to partner with the Connecticut Department of Labor on this very important initiative,” Hartford Athletic CEO Jim Burda said. “As an organization, we are not only committed to providing a world-class soccer experience, but also to providing pathways for everyone in our community through our year-round community pillars of support. Case studies in other markets have shown this format to create over 260 new career paths, and we expect even more in this great, diverse city and state.”

The expo will host up to 40 organizations that support a diverse workforce providing opportunities for veterans, people of color, women, and people with disabilities. In conjunction with the event partners, registrants will also be provided with educational opportunities including resumé assistance, interview strategies, and dress for success advice. Supporting partners of the event include the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Stop & Shop.

Companies interested in hosting a table at the expo or sponsoring the event should contact Eric Horn at ehorn@hartfordathletic.com. Jobseekers looking to register should visit HartfordAthletic.com/Expo.

The Connecticut Department of Labor is the State of Connecticut’s workforce agency. It provides worker training, employment and employer services, wage and workplace safety, and labor market information. Programs are supported by state and federal funding.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Politics Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:28:52 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Announces Individual Tickets To SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Are Now On Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1749-act-of-connecticut-announces-individual-tickets-to-smokey-joe-s-cafe-are-now-on-sale1749-act-of-connecticut-announces-individual-tickets-to-smokey-joe-s-cafe-are-now-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1749-act-of-connecticut-announces-individual-tickets-to-smokey-joe-s-cafe-are-now-on-sale1749-act-of-connecticut-announces-individual-tickets-to-smokey-joe-s-cafe-are-now-on-sale

ACT of Connecticut's production of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE September 30–October 24, 2021

Purchase your tickets HERE.

Aside from Season Packages, you may now purchase individual tickets to our upcoming production! One of Broadway’s longest-running hits, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE- THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER - is a celebration of legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, who virtually invented Rock ’n’ Roll. This high-energy and fast-paced show features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including “Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem” and many more. SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is not only a fun-filled night of 1950’s Rock n’ Roll, it's electrifying musical theatre that will leave you flying high!

This production’s Director / Choreographer will be Smokey Joe’s Cafe’s original West End production cast member, Stephanie Pope Lofgren. Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Season Subscriptions are still available! Purchase yours HERE.

Save over 10% on mainstage productions and these exclusive benefits: 

Broadway Unplugged: Holiday Edition: First access to our one-night-only Broadway Unplugged: Holiday Edition starring resident music supervisor Bryan Perri and friends.

Performance Flexibility: Subscribers can exchange their tickets to another performance (of the same show) for each of our mainstage productions.

 Dedicated Box Office Concierge: Access to a subscriber-only box office email address for any assistance and support needed to make the ticket purchasing process hassle-free.

ACT of CT Insider: Subscribers receive advance email notifications and early on-sale dates for any added special events.

2021-2022 Season Unwrapped: Subscribers will receive an exclusive “behind the scenes” year-end video by ACT of CT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine. 

Concessions and Merchandise: Subscribers receive a 10% discount on showtime concessions and ACT of CT merchandise.

Learn more of ACT of Connecticut HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Wed, 25 Aug 2021 04:56:00 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter: Hosting Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1747-why-small-businesses-matter-hosting-connecticut1747-why-small-businesses-matter-hosting-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1747-why-small-businesses-matter-hosting-connecticut1747-why-small-businesses-matter-hosting-connecticut

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Hosting Connecticut!

Three questions with Paula Pierce, founder of Hosting Connecticut, located at 75 Wyndemere Lane Windsor, CT.

Why did you start your business?

I had started a small online retail shop in 1997 while still working full time. I taught myself how to build a website, how to accept payments online, how to market my business, how to network effectively, and how to use the search engines to my advantage. By talking to other small business owners over those early years, I realized that I had a lot of hard-earned knowledge that they were desperate for.

So in 2003, I partnered with my web host and we founded Hosting Connecticut LLC to offer our services and experience to fledgling small businesses. Being a two-person business empowered us to challenge ourselves and allowed us to pivot at will without a layered management structure to wade through. After a few years, my partner headed in a different direction but I still wanted to provide the services that I knew other small business owners needed to thrive online, so I bought the business outright and have been growing ever since.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Website development - by far! We have been custom-developing websites for many years to best suit the needs of each client. From simple brochure sites to hefty e-commerce sites and custom application development, we are able to tease out the clients' technical needs and make them happen.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

I have been a long-time supporter of small and local businesses and was even awarded the Home Based Business Champion award from the SBA in 2008. I use local businesses like PC Development Group and Invisible Gold for technology needs, and I support other local businesses by joining my local and regional Chambers of Commerce and Main Street programs like First Town Downtown.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

We started as a website hosting company in 2003 and expanded into website design, marketing, and custom programming over the years. We now offer full-service digital marketing services from email marketing to Paid Google Search Advertising. We've come a long way!

Hosting Connecticut is located at 75 Wyndemere Lane in Windsor. Visit Hosting Connecticut online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages as well!

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Fri, 06 Aug 2021 08:40:07 -0400