Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Tue, 23 Jul 2019 20:58:34 -0400 HamletHub.com Hartford CC Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1643-hartford-cc-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-15596868571643-hartford-cc-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559686857 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1643-hartford-cc-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-15596868571643-hartford-cc-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559686857

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

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

Award recipients close to Hartford CC are as follows:

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

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

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

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

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

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

The top five high schools in Connecticut

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

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

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

Read the article in its entirety here.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 Today people have an overabundance of online accounts for everything from home security to food delivery. In an effort to keep all of this account info straight, many users practice poor password protocol, according to IT tech expert Eric Buhrendorf. The CEO of EVERNET, a computer consulting and service firm in Connecticut, is urging everyone to observe World Password Day on May 2 to protect against hackers who are literally testing every word in the dictionary against your password.
“Using the same password for every account would seem to simplify things, but it can actually cause more headaches,” cautioned Buhrendorf. “Hackers are taking the usernames, emails, and passwords from the hack of one company and automatically testing the same credentials at many other companies, as was the case with the latest reported Turbo Tax account hack. Turbo Tax itself wasn’t hacked… it was the poor password habits of their user.”
The 2019 State of Password and Authentication Security Behaviors Report, conducted by Ponemon Institute, found that despite an increased understanding of best practices, users are not taking precautions.
Passwords continue to trip up users and compromise security. The report noted 69 percent of respondents give coworkers passwords to access accounts, while 51 percent reuse an average of five passwords for both personal and business accounts.
Buhrendorf offered these five best practices for businesses and individuals:
1. Have unique passwords for every user and every account. Co-workers and family members using the same passwords leads to nightmare situations. To ensure that the length and complexity is appropriate, use a password generator like the free one from LastPass www.lastpass.com/password-generator.
2. Enforce a policy to change all passwords in a reasonable frequency – be it weekly, quarterly, twice-yearly, etc. But how do you remember all those passwords? Use a password management process. LastPass also provides a tool called a Password Manager that can be installed on all devices.
3. Use layers of authentication for additional protection. Take advantage of such effective safety measures as inputting a PIN emailed or texted to you, and responding to questions with preset answers.
4. Strong passwords make it significantly more difficult for hackers to break into systems. They should have more than eight characters comprised of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Spread out the numbers and special characters rather than bunching them together, and avoid the obvious such as a birth date or a child’s name.
5. Beware of phishing emails and phone calls looking for passwords. Trust no one – not even contacts you deem safe. Your IT department, boss, friend, bank or government agency should ever ask for your password. Employers can provide training and set protocol to immediately report if a device has been compromised so the damage might be contained.
Buhrendorf also warns to avoid any prompt from an outside source to do anything – such as provide a password or click on a link, as it is a red flag signaling a hacking. A good antivirus program can help prevent damage if the hacker is successful.
“No matter how strong your passwords are and how meticulous about safety you are, hackers can find ways to monitor your keystrokes. Make it as difficult as possible for them with up-to-date virus scanners and regular updates,” Buhrendorf said.
Buhrendorf shared an example of what can happen if virus protection is not updated. During a routine maintenance years ago, EVERNET recommended that a small business client replace its antivirus with the newer product. The owner declined to follow EVERNET’s recommendation and four months later – on Thanksgiving Day – the entire company was the victim of a cryptolocker attack. The entire business was shut down.
“We responded immediately and by the following week the business was back to operational,” said Buhrendorf. “With every client, if we see something, we say something. We always make recommendations that meet our standards and those of the industry if we see something deficient.”
EVERNET customers can call or email the EVERNET Help Desk with any questions or concerns about the legitimacy of a possible phishing attempt or any security related issue. If there’s been a breach, speed is of the essence to stop the bleeding of data and secure the network.
“Identity theft is one of the world’s fastest-growing crimes. Practicing active password management can help protect business data, personal emails, bank accounts and social media platforms,” Buhrendorf said.
Since 2007, EVERNET has provided trusted computer support for Connecticut businesses of all sizes. Its wide range of tailored IT solutions includes managed services, network administration, help desk support, training, onsite computer installation and repair, data backup and recovery, remote IT services and more. For information or to schedule a free consultation visitwww.evernetco.com  or call 860-656-7810.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Neighbors Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:56:25 -0400
Connecticut to Receive New Funding for Tick Research, Hartford CC Tick Data Shown Below https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1633-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-hartford-cc-tick-data-shown-below-15565614611633-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-hartford-cc-tick-data-shown-below-1556561461 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1633-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-hartford-cc-tick-data-shown-below-15565614611633-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-hartford-cc-tick-data-shown-below-1556561461

More help is on the way to study the tick problem in Connecticut.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently funded the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) to collect and test for more organisms that cause human diseases, including Lyme disease, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, CAES will begin testing for more tick species and for more pathogens.

The chart below shows the data from collected ticks for towns near Hartford CC in 2017, the latest available:

Town Total_Identified Total_Tested Total_Positive Percent_Positive
Hartford 1 1
West Hartford 17 14 3 0.214
Wethersfield 18 17 5 0.294
East Hartford 1

The full list including all towns is available here. A total of 5,577 ticks feeding on humans were submitted by residents, health departments, and physician offices for identification in 2017. Of these, 3,993 were tested for the evidence of infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative organism for Lyme disease, and 1,277 (32.0%) were found positive.  For information on submitting ticks please go to the CAES website here.

Connecticut provides a number of fantastic resources to help prevent tick-borne diseases including this fact sheet on prevention and use of insect repellents, and a handbook on tick management by Dr. Stafford. The CDC page on lyme disease https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

The Wall Street Journal said that Connecticut reported more than 35,000 cases of diseases contracted through tick bites from 2004 to 2016, according to the CDC. That makes it the state with the fifth most cases, behind Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Tick season stretches from April to October, although infections peak during the summer months.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Public safety Mon, 29 Apr 2019 08:50:00 -0400
Hunger Challenges Focus at Hungry For Change Legislative Day, May 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1632-hunger-challenges-focus-at-hungry-for-change-legislative-day-may-11632-hunger-challenges-focus-at-hungry-for-change-legislative-day-may-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1632-hunger-challenges-focus-at-hungry-for-change-legislative-day-may-11632-hunger-challenges-focus-at-hungry-for-change-legislative-day-may-1

Hungry For Change, a project of the Connecticut Food Bank, End Hunger Connecticut!, and Foodshare, will host its third annual legislative event on Wednesday, May 1, at the State Capitol. The event is aimed at bringing anti-hunger organizations and advocates together with legislators to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity and to build connections that will help improve outcomes for people in Connecticut who struggle with food insecurity. The event is set for May 1, from 10:30AM to 12:00PM in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol. 

The event is one of two each year that the project hosts. Each fall, Hungry For Change presents a half-day gathering of food assistance providers, human service agencies, anti-hunger advocates, and others with an interest in strengthening communities to hear from experts in food insecurity and to exchange ideas and best practices in fighting hunger.

“There is tremendous commitment and energy in Connecticut to end hunger,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “Along with Foodshare and our colleagues at End Hunger Connecticut!, we are part of networks that work every day to support hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents in need. We want to share that energy and urgency with legislators.”

“We have greater impact when we work together,” said Foodshare President and CEO Jason Jakubowski. “This legislative day provides an opportunity to speak together about this critical issue and to help legislators understand the challenge and their role in the solutions.”

“As the new leader at End Hunger Connecticut!, I look forward to meeting with legislators and my colleagues in the fight against hunger,” said End Hunger Connecticut! Executive Director Robin Lamott Sparks. “We hope that the day will help our networks make connections and reinforce existing relationships. Winning the fight against hunger will take commitment from all parties.”

Hungry For Change Legislative Day is Wednesday, May 1, from 10:30AM to 12:00PM. The event is designed as a forum for anti-hunger and advocates and legislators to meet and build connections to alleviate hunger in Connecticut. Registration for the event is at https://hungryforchangemay1.eventbrite.com. Registration is free of charge. Reservations for the event are required. 

About Hungry For Change:

Hungry For Change is project of the Connecticut Food Bank, End Hunger Connecticut!, and Foodshare, along with membership of their networks and allies in organizations devoted to human service and community development.

kerry@ducey.org (Paul Shipman) Events Thu, 25 Apr 2019 06:14:23 -0400
2019 Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Opens https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1631-2019-spring-wild-turkey-hunting-season-opens1631-2019-spring-wild-turkey-hunting-season-opens https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1631-2019-spring-wild-turkey-hunting-season-opens1631-2019-spring-wild-turkey-hunting-season-opens

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding hunters that the 2019 Connecticut spring wild turkey hunting season runs from April 24 through May 25.
This year will mark the 39th consecutive year that sportsmen have hunted turkeys in Connecticut. Healthy and abundant wild turkey populations exist throughout the majority of Connecticut’s woodlands.
During the 2019 spring season, two bearded turkeys may be taken on state land and three on private land. Hunting is permitted from one-half hour before sunrise until noon each day.
Recommended safety precautions for spring turkey hunting:
  • Become familiar with two or more areas to hunt, so if someone is already hunting in one of those areas, you can move to another site.
  • If another hunter is encountered in the woods, remain still and speak in a loud clear voice to announce your presence.
  • Eliminate the colors red, white, blue, and black from your hunting outfit. These colors are associated with a gobbler and could be mistaken as a turkey.
  • Hunters must be sure of their target and what is beyond it, prior to taking a shot.
“Spring turkey hunting requires preparation, patience, and persistence to help maintain a safe hunting experience and the opportunity to harvest a gobbler,” said Michael Gregonis, Wild Turkey Program Biologist for the DEEP Wildlife Division. “Scouting, calling, and hunting techniques for turkeys can be learned by attending seminars, reading articles, watching videos, and talking with experienced turkey hunters.”
Additional Information
Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp: Hunters are reminded that spring turkey permits for state and private land have been replaced by the Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. This $28 stamp ($14 for resident 12- to 17-year-olds) is valid for the calendar year and is required for hunting wild turkey, pheasant, chukar and Hungarian partridges, grouse, and quail. Stamps can be purchased online (www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing) or over the counter at some DEEP offices, town clerk offices, and commercial vendors that sell hunting, fishing, and outdoor equipment. All revenue from the sale of Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamps is deposited into a separate, non-lapsing account to use exclusively for managing game birds and their habitat.
Turkey hunters who hunt on private land are reminded that written landowner permission, on a form provided by DEEP, is required.
All harvested turkeys must be tagged immediately and reported to the DEEP online (www.ct.gov/deep/hunting) or by phone (1-877-337-4868) within 24 hours. Hunters must tag their turkeys with a 2019 Harvest Tag. Copies of the 2019 Harvest Tags and instructions are on page 34 of the 2019 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide and also are available on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting. After reporting their harvest via the Internet or by telephone, hunters will be given a confirmation number to write on their Harvest Tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that the harvest was legally reported.
More information on the spring turkey season, hunting regulations, junior hunter training days, and tagging and reporting requirements is contained in the 2019 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available wherever hunting licenses are sold and on the DEEP’s Web site (www.ct.gov/deep/hunting).
Participate in the Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey: Connecticut residents are encouraged to keep a tally of all sightings of hen turkeys and poults (young-of-the-year) from June 1 through August 31 as part of an Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey. Results from this survey enable the Wildlife Division to estimate the average number of turkey poults per hen statewide, assess annual fluctuations in the turkey population, gauge reproductive success each year, and evaluate recruitment of new birds into the fall population. Those interested in participating can download a “Wild Turkey Observation Form” from the DEEP website to record observations during the survey time period (www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife, select “Volunteer/Citizen Science Opportunities”). Instructions are on the data sheet. This is a great way to partner with the Wildlife Division to help monitor the state's wild turkey population.
Photo: Credit Paul J. Fusco/DEEP Wildlife Division


kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Life Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:48:20 -0400
Connecticut Golfer Attacked by Bobcat, Police Euthanize Animal https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1630-connecticut-golfer-attacked-by-bobcat-police-euthanize-animal1630-connecticut-golfer-attacked-by-bobcat-police-euthanize-animal https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1630-connecticut-golfer-attacked-by-bobcat-police-euthanize-animal1630-connecticut-golfer-attacked-by-bobcat-police-euthanize-animal

DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Euthanize Bobcat Suspected in Attacks in Baltic

At approximately 8:00 am today, April 18, a bobcat reportedly attacked a horse in Baltic.

Subsequently, at about 8:30 a.m. a bobcat attacked a golfer at the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Baltic.  Another member of the golfer’s team was able to drive the bobcat off.

The golfer was transported to Backus Hospital for treatment of lacerations.  His condition is unknown.

The horse received lacerations to the neck and eye and is currently being treated by a veterinarian for its injuries.

DEEP Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police were called to the scene.  They successfully tracked and humanely euthanized the animal nearby.   The bobcat was transported to UConn Medical Lab for testing.  DEEP believes this bobcat is the one involved in both attacks this morning.
Bobcats are shy secretive animals; attacks on humans are extremely rare.  The last reported incident was in Bozrah in late August, 2014.  That animal was found to test positive for rabies.
Background on Bobcats

Bobcats are common in Connecticut and found in most towns throughout the state. They are secretive, solitary and seldom observed, tending to hunt and travel in areas of thick cover.   Compared to many wildlife species, bobcats rarely cause conflicts with human activities and rarely contract rabies.  DEEP recommends that if you encounter a bobcat, you should keep your distance, make noise and back away from the animal.  For more information visit:  www.ct.gov/deep/bobcatfacts
kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Public safety Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:07:52 -0400
Congratulations to the National Corporate Merit Scholarship Winners Near Hartford CC https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1629-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-hartford-cc-15554568411629-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-hartford-cc-1555456841 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1629-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-hartford-cc-15554568411629-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-hartford-cc-1555456841

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Congratulations to these students close to Hartford CC! Included is the name of the winner, their school, scholarship name, probable career field, home town, and a description of the scholarship.

Erica R. Deskus
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc. annually awards scholarships to the children of active, full-time employees of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company U.S. divisions and subsidiaries. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a research-based, diversified health care company whose principal businesses are pharmaceuticals, consumer products, nutritionals and medical devices.
David R. Fu
Computer Science
Parker Hannifin Corporation, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures the world's most complete line of fluid systems components for the industrial, automotive, aerospace, aviation and marine markets. It has employees in more than 150 facilities worldwide. These scholarships are awarded to children of employees on a competitive basis under the sponsorship of the Parker Hannifin Foundation, which also sponsors a matching funds program for assistance to higher education institutions.
Grace Huang
Environmental Policy
Northrop Grumman Corporation, based in Los Angeles, California, is a global corporation primarily serving the defense and electronic systems requirements of governments, commerce, and industry in the U.S. and friendly nations around the world. Northrop Grumman Corporation annually supports Merit Scholarship awards for the sons and daughters of employees.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited

U.S. college or university of their choice.

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 64 competitions, expending or committing more than $804 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2018, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state-

representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit) Neighbors Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Connecticut State Police Accepting Applications at Locations Near Hartford CC for State Police Troopers until May 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1628-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-hartford-cc-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-15553728101628-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-hartford-cc-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555372810 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1628-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-hartford-cc-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-15553728101628-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-hartford-cc-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555372810

Today is the DAY! The Connecticut State Police is accepting applications for the position of State Police Trooper Trainee. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police is currently accepting applications to establish a pool of qualified applicants to fill future vacant State Police Trooper Trainee positions across the State.    

The Connecticut State Police offers numerous Career Opportunities across our beautiful State, with opportunities for promotional advancement and geographic transfers.   Adding to the attractive locations and upward mobility are excellent Compensation and Benefits including a full Health Benefitspackage, along with additional Supplemental Benefits and a 25 year Hazardous Duty retirement.  

The CT Troop  locations nearest to Hartford CC are:

Troop Street City Phone
TROOP C – Tolland 1320 Tolland Stage Tolland (800) 318-7633
TROOP H – Hartford 100R Washington Street Hartford (800) 968-0664
TROOP H – Bradley International Airport- 30 Firehouse Road- Building 85-361 Windsor Locks (860) 292-7400

There is a six stage process for hiring:

  1. Application Period:How to Apply for the SPTT Job Opening
  2. Physical Fitness Assessment: Candidates must take and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment that measures muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.  Valid CHIP cards will be accepted prior to the CT State Police Physical Ability Test, tentatively scheduled for August.  To register, please follow the instructions on the CHIP Test Schedule.     

   Instructional Video Links:

  1. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
  2. Background Investigation:  Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history.
  3. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement.
  4. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

Operational needs of the agency will weigh heavily on the initial assignment of hired Troopers.  However, we work with our staff to identify locations that are geographically compatible to their desired location.  The agency seeks trustworthy, motivated, driven individuals who are able to work well on their own as well as in a team environment.   We strive to provide superior Public Safety Services for Connecticut and achieve them through our Mission.

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish this mission, State Police embody core values with great PRIDE:

  • Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
  • Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
  • Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
  • Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
  • Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

To learn more about what it takes to become a Connecticut State Police Troopers, please view the video below and visit www.beaconnecticuttrooper.com.    

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT State Trooper) Public safety Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:04:38 -0400