Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:53:02 -0400 HamletHub.com Senior Living Expert Says Pay Now To Ensure Quality Care Later https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1854-senior-living-expert-says-pay-now-to-ensure-quality-care-later1854-senior-living-expert-says-pay-now-to-ensure-quality-care-later https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1854-senior-living-expert-says-pay-now-to-ensure-quality-care-later1854-senior-living-expert-says-pay-now-to-ensure-quality-care-later

Connecticut has one of the highest costs for nursing home care in the nation. For those who want to enjoy living near family and friends as they age, Assisted Living Services, Inc. encourages older adults to plan now during Long-Term Planning Month in October.

“The ideal age to start planning for your golden years is in your 40’s and 50’s,” said Mario D’Aquila, chief operating officer at award-winning homecare agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire and Westport. “Covering the costs of a comfortable living environment should be a key component of any retirement savings plan.”

The purpose of the month-long observance is to raise awareness among senior citizens and their caretakers to understand and prepare for the rising costs of healthcare for adults. Many are unaware that Medicare and most insurance plans do not cover the full cost of long-term non-medical care and assistance for senior citizens and their daily activities.

According to a 2021 State of Connecticut report, the average annual rate of skilled/intermediate service combined is $166,400. Families can also research CT Partnership-approved long-term care insurance policies for those wanting to remain in our state. D’Aquila suggests starting with an online long-term care calculator from AARP or consult your personal insurance agent to determine the best option and policy price.

“It is more economical, and most often preferred, to continue living at home,” explains D’Aquila. “Planning for in-home care can start with a free home assessment from an agency such as ours that will suggest modifications to improve safety and independence, such as adding bathroom grab bars or widening doorways.” 

In addition to physical equipment, there are countless electronic devices to monitor and assist with care in conjunction with support from compassionate caregivers. Caregiver duties include Activities of Daily Living and personal care services such as bathing, dressing, transferring, eating, toileting, or shaving. Caregivers can provide care for up to four hours per day all the way up to 24-hour care. Homemaker services include laundry, meal preparation, household/light cleaning, personal care, one-on-one supervision and socialization/companionship.

Families can be also compensated for providing care themselves through the CT Adult Family Living/Foster Caregiver program that pays caregivers a tax-free stipend of over $500 per week who serve as primary in-home caregivers to an elderly individual. ALS is a credentialed provider of the program, offering training and 24-hour support, as well as payment.

“Based on our 25 years of experience, we have created many solutions to mitigate the financial strain of aging in place,” adds D’Aquila. “A little planning now can save a lot of money and stress in the future, while securing a happy retirement.” 

About Assisted Living Services, Inc.

Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire and Westport has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Its unique CarePlus program blends personal care by over 600 employees and caregivers 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.

 

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 30 Sep 2022 06:41:02 -0400
Calling All Bad-Ass Women Across Connecticut! https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1853-calling-all-bad-ass-women-across-connecticut1853-calling-all-bad-ass-women-across-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1853-calling-all-bad-ass-women-across-connecticut1853-calling-all-bad-ass-women-across-connecticut

One doesn’t have to live in Hollywood to encounter some of the most famous celebrities when in fact, there are many local stars right here in Connecticut. The Power to B jewelry company, which quickly became a national brand after debuting at this year’s Academy Awards and beloved morning radio show hosts Christine & Salt from 96.5 TIC-FM, have recently teamed up to publicly recognize such individuals with a fun new campaign called, “The Bad-Ass Woman of the Week.”

Specifically, the program aims to reward women who have overcome a challenge and emerged stronger as a result with an empowering B Badass bracelet, as well as being a featured guest on the popular adult contemporary radio show. The first honoree- Dominique Ortiz of Derby, CT was named today in a surprise morning call by the radio hosts.

“At The Power to B, we celebrate women overcoming odds, reaching new goals, and lifting each other up,” said Raeann Baribault-Schwartz, co-founder of The Power to B. “That’s why we’ve partnered with Christine and Salt to feature a Bad-ass woman every week- and we know they’re out there!”

Each week, the Glastonbury-based jewelry company will pick a new bad-ass woman of the week and Christine & Salt will call and feature her on their radio show every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m.. She will also receive a B Badass bracelet to proudly wear and serve as inspiration to all those she encounters.

The program is open to any woman aged 18+, who has overcome adversity and come out on top. Individuals can either self-nominate or complete an entry form for a friend or relative: https://www.thepowertob.com/badass-woman-of-the-week/

Ortiz, a mother of 3-year-old twins, was the first honoree to be celebrated today over the airwaves for her compelling story of bad-ass success. Ortiz started a business in her home a couple years back as a side hustle after conquering fertility challenges. When her husband was laid off, Ortiz grew her business to immense proportions to provide for her family, often working until 3 a.m. when her babies were asleep. Listen to the entire interview here:
https://www.audacy.com/965tic/latest/local/badass-woman-of-the-week-dominique-ortiz

“From Oprah and Tom Hanks to Coldplay and Lizzo, Salt and I have talked to so many celebrities over our combined 50 years in the radio business,” said Christine Lee, morning show co-host at 96.5 TIC-FM. “But finding and recognizing the local heroines that walk among us each day on the streets of Connecticut is something that we’re super psyched to bring to light!”

Baribault-Schwartz explains that she created The Power to B jewelry line with her sister Christina Baribault-Ortiz because of their combined infertility issues that they both overcame by displaying visual messages of positivity throughout their homes. This inspired the third-generation jewelers to design trendy wearable words of encouragement to empower people of all ages to tap into their inner strength and courage. The collection emboldens everyone to B Badass B Strong, B Fierce, B Limitless or B Fearless. The bracelet links these power phrases with either a colorful bolo cord or a delicate chain accented with a black gemstone known for positive energy.

The Power to B cord bracelets retail for $68 and adorn the wrists of Viola Davis, Anthony Anderson, Jason Ritter, Kevin Dillon, Ashley Greene, Terrence Terrell, Adina Porter, Brecken Merrill, Isabella Ward, Kizzo, Mary McCormack, Patrick Gallagher, Violet McGraw and Yurel Echezarreta, among numerous other famous (and non-famous) folks.

For more information on the line, visit https://www.thepowertob.com/.

About The Power to B
Created by sisters and designers Christina Baribault Ortiz and Raeann Baribault Schwartz in 2019, The Power to B fine jewelry collection aims to bring women together in joyful empowerment. The stunning 14k gold- or gold-plated phrase bracelets, necklaces and rings remind women to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless, B Fearless, or B You. The Power to B is about being fearless enough to speak your dreams into the world and being strong enough to turn them into reality. Learn more at thepowertob.com.

About 96.5 TIC-FM
96.5 TIC is a hot adult contemporary radio station serving Hartford County, which is owned and operated by Audacy, The station has consistently clinched the number one position in its market as determined by Arbitron. Listeners of its popular weekday morning show can hear comedy, news, gossip, music, and more with Christine & Salt, Monday through Friday from 5:30am to 10am.

Christine Lee has been doing morning radio for over 25 years. She spent 18 years overseas while her father was stationed at various Air Force bases and got her start in radio at Armed Forces Radio and Television Network as an intern in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and has completed her Master of Science degree in Communication from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

PHOTO: Morning radio show hosts Christine & Salt from 96.5 TIC-FM, have recently teamed up with The Power to B inspirational jewelry line to publicly recognize women who have overcome challenges and succeeded in spite of them with a fun new campaign entitled “The Bad-Ass Woman of the Week”.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 30 Sep 2022 06:25:28 -0400
Baribault Jewelers Hosts Month-Long “Breast Friends Fund-raiser” for Customer Survivor https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1852-baribault-jewelers-hosts-month-long-breast-friends-fund-raiser-for-customer-survivor1852-baribault-jewelers-hosts-month-long-breast-friends-fund-raiser-for-customer-survivor https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1852-baribault-jewelers-hosts-month-long-breast-friends-fund-raiser-for-customer-survivor1852-baribault-jewelers-hosts-month-long-breast-friends-fund-raiser-for-customer-survivor

According to the American Cancer Society, about 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women across the United States this year and 25% of them will have metastatic or stage 4 breast cancer.  One woman who  has chosen to look at her disease not as a burden, but as a way to help others is Glastonbury resident Sandy Cassanelli, who founded Breast Friends Fund (BFF), a non-profit organization dedicated to research and treatment of metastatic breast cancer.  Now, Cassanelli charity is getting a boost from her BFF retailer - Baribault Jewelers and its premier The Power to B bracelet collection.  Specifically, the family-owned business is hosting a Charity Shopping Event on Thursday, October 132022, as well as offering a limited-edition The Power to B pink and silver bracelet throughout October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in which BFF will receive 20% of the proceeds from both jewelry programs.

“As a long-time customer, friend and neighbor, we support and applaud Sandy’s commitment to find a cure for metastatic breast cancer,” said Christina Baribault Ortiz, co-founder of The Power to B.  “In fact, her positive spirit and unwavering determination to raise awareness for this type of breast cancer was our inspiration in creating the ‘B Strong’ power word for The Power to B collection.”

 

The Power to B bracelets encourage its wearers to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless or B Fearless by linking the cursive phrases with a colorful cord or chain. The commemorative BFF bracelet is pink and silver, the signature colors of breast cancer awareness. The bracelet, which retails at an affordable $68 is available starting October 1, 2022 until inventory lasts at Baribault Jewelers’ store located at 81 Rankin Road in Glastonbury and on The Power to B website and at Water Street Jewelers in Guilford and Madison, CT

Besides the month-long bracelet campaign, Baribault Jewelers is also hosting a Charity Shopping Event on Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in which 20% of the proceeds from all jewelry purchases in the store and online will be donated to BFF.

“As one of my favorite shopping destinations, I am honored that Baribault Jewelers has made Breast Friends Fund the beneficiary of this powerful two-pronged initiative,” said Sandy Cassanelli, founder and president of Breast Friends Fund. “There’s a lot of competition among breast cancer charities this time of the year and we distinguish ourselves by earmarking every dollar to breast cancer research to produce a cure.”

Cassanelli further notes that 100% of monies raised through her volunteer-run non-profit are directed to Dr. Eric Winer, one of the foremost researchers on metastatic breast cancer in the country, who is leading a team of researchers at Yale New Haven Health’s Smilow Cancer Hospital.  Besides serving as Director of the Yale Cancer Center, Dr. Winer is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and President-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO).

“As a family who has been in business for nearly 75 years, we always heed the call to help relatives and friends in need,” adds Raeann Baribault Schwartz, co-founder of The Power to B. “We consider Sandy our surrogate sister and hope that our charitable collaboration shines a spotlight on the urgency to find treatments and a cure for breast cancer.  After all, it’s not just Sandy and her family who need a miracle - the entire world needs it.”

About The Power to B

Created by sisters and designers Christina Baribault Ortiz and Raeann Baribault Schwartz in 2019, The Power to B fine jewelry collection aims to bring women together in joyful empowerment. The stunning 14k gold- or gold-plated phrase bracelets, necklaces and rings remind women to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless or B Fearless. The Power to B is about being fearless enough to speak your dreams into the world and being strong enough to turn them into reality. Learn more at thepowertob.com.

About Breast Friends Fund

Sandy Cassarelli, a metastatic breast cancer survivor, created Breast Friends Fund (BFF) in 2016 as a fundraising initiative for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with a goal of finding a cure for the Stage 4 disease.  All donated funds are earmarked "restricted" for Dr. Eric Winer, an internationally renowned metastatic breast cancer researcher, who is currently serving as Director of Yale Cancer Center and Physician-in-Chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.  As of 2022 BFF has raised close to $900,000 and growing each day.  To ensure that a cure is found, BFF is volunteer-run, and operating costs are personally funded by Craig & Sandy Cassanelli. Sandy and her family feel a sense of urgency when it comes to supporting Dr. Winer and his team in their effort to find treatments and a cure for breast cancer for the future of our daughters, sisters, nieces, mothers, aunts, and friends.  Visit www.breastfriendsfund.org for more information.

PHOTO: Baribault Jewelers and The Power to B collection is donating 20% of the proceeds from every purchase of its limited-edition, inspirational, bracelet to the Breast Friends Fund non-profit organization during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to raise funds for metastatic breast cancer research and treatment.  The charitable bracelet is custom designed with a silver power word on a pink cord to give hope and strength to the wearer.

 

 

 

 

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Thu, 29 Sep 2022 11:44:08 -0400
Guys and Dolls at ACT of CT, Meet the Local Stars: Matt Faucher https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1850-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-matt-faucher1850-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-matt-faucher https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1850-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-matt-faucher1850-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-matt-faucher

From Connecticut to NYC and Back Again!

There are so many incredibly talented actors working on Broadway, on National Tours, and at some of the most prestigious regional theaters across the country. And many of these accomplished performers hail right from our area! Connecticut has always been a hotbed of talent, and so it is no wonder that, when thumbing through a Broadway Playbill, many cast members give a shout-out to their Connecticut hometowns!

Ridgefield’s ACT of CT is entering its 5th season this fall and has achieved incredible success since opening its doors in 2018 (including a Grammy Nomination for its cast album of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS!).

Actors with multiple Broadway credits jump at the opportunity to be cast in an ACT of CT production. The theater's productions are always nothing less than Broadway caliber, and it is no wonder that any ACT of CT cast list reads like a regular “who’s who” on Broadway. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these wildly talented performers are Connecticut born and bred!  

ACT of CT’s upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS runs from Oct 27 through Nov 20 and stars some unbelievable Broadway talent - like Donna Vivino from Broadway’s WICKED, and Phil Sloves from Broadway’s SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

The show is directed by Daniel C. Levine (from Broadway’s LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA, CHICAGO, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and ROCKY HORROR SHOW), choreographed by Sara Brians (from Broadway’s MATILDA and BILLY ELLIOTT), and music supervised by Bryan Perri (from Broadway’s WICKED, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and ALMOST FAMOUS). Featured in the production are 24 of the most talented actors (literally at the top of their game), some of whom are Connecticut natives and residents who are returning “home” to be a part of this remarkable production. 

Meet Matt Faucher, Michael Boland, Michael McGuirk, Val Moranto, and Richard Westfahl: all professional and successful actors (some with Broadway credits) who will be on stage in Ridgefield at ACT of CT performing in their upcoming musical, GUYS AND DOLLS!

In the coming weeks, right here on HamletHub, we will each of these incredible actors!

Meet Matt Faucher

Q: What is your connection to Connecticut?

A: I was born and raised in CT. Born in Bristol, where most of my family still lives. Found my love of theatre, living in New Hartford whilst attending Northwestern Regional #7 in Winsted, under the guidance of Les Ober. I graduated from Hartt School of Theatre. CT is where my heart is.

Q: You have such an impressive resume (including performing on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as well as touring with Jersey Boys). How does performing at a regional theater (like ACT of CT) compare to working on Broadway?

A: Broadway is undoubtedly the Mecca of the American Theatre, but great work can happen anywhere. Some of my most satisfying artistic journeys and proudest theatrical achievements have happened in regional theatre. Winning the CT Critics Circle Award for my work as Jud Fry in the Goodspeed Musicals production Oklahoma! is one such highlight. When storytellers come together with a shared purpose and artistic vision, it will be not only entertaining for the audience but also satisfying for the artist involved. This rare but beautiful craft can happen any place where truthful dynamic storytelling is paramount. I believe ACT of CT is one such place, and I am very excited to get Guys and Dolls up and running! 

Q:  Why are regional theaters (like ACT of CT) so very important?

A: Regional theatre is the lifeblood of the theatrical arts across the country. Sometimes, a local regional theatre will be the only venue in which to enjoy the magical storytelling of the stage. CT is quite lucky to be blessed with so many high-caliber, award-winning Regional theatres such as Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Goodspeed Musicals, and of course ACT of CT. They have been, historically, the testing ground for many of our great new works, and torch bearers of classic shows like Guys and Dolls. Regional theatres should be supported and celebrated for the bastions of the arts that they are. 

Visit ACT of CT 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 27 Sep 2022 06:36:27 -0400
Guys and Dolls at ACT of CT, Meet the Local Stars: Val Moranto https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1843-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-val-moranto1843-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-val-moranto https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1843-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-val-moranto1843-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-val-moranto

From Connecticut to NYC and Back Again!

There are so many incredibly talented actors working on Broadway, on National Tours, and at some of the most prestigious regional theaters across the country. And many of these accomplished performers hail right from our area! Connecticut has always been a hotbed of talent, and so it is no wonder that, when thumbing through a Broadway Playbill, many cast members give a shout-out to their Connecticut hometowns!

Ridgefield’s ACT of CT is entering its 5th season this fall and has achieved incredible success since opening its doors in 2018 (including a Grammy Nomination for its cast album of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS!).

Actors with multiple Broadway credits jump at the opportunity to be cast in an ACT of CT production. The theater's productions are always nothing less than Broadway caliber, and it is no wonder that any ACT of CT cast list reads like a regular “who’s who” on Broadway. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these wildly talented performers are Connecticut born and bred!  

ACT of CT’s upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS runs from Oct 27 through Nov 20 and stars some unbelievable Broadway talent - like Donna Vivino from Broadway’s WICKED, and Phil Sloves from Broadway’s SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

The show is directed by Daniel C. Levine (from Broadway’s LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA, CHICAGO, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and ROCKY HORROR SHOW), choreographed by Sara Brians (from Broadway’s MATILDA and BILLY ELLIOTT), and music supervised by Bryan Perri (from Broadway’s WICKED, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and ALMOST FAMOUS). Featured in the production are 24 of the most talented actors (literally at the top of their game), some of whom are Connecticut natives and residents who are returning “home” to be a part of this remarkable production. 

Meet Matt Faucher, Michael Boland, Michael McGuirk, Val Moranto, and Richard Westfahl: all professional and successful actors (some with Broadway credits) who will be on stage in Ridgefield at ACT of CT performing in their upcoming musical, GUYS AND DOLLS!

In the coming weeks, right here on HamletHub, we will each of these incredible actors!

Meet Val Moranto

Q: What is your connection to Connecticut?

A: I moved to Connecticut full-time (with my husband) from NYC in 2011. I had lived in NYC for 12 years before that. We bought a house in 2007 and lived in both CT and NYC for four years as I couldn’t think of committing to leaving NYC and moving to the beautiful woods of North Guilford. But now being here full time for 11 years, I love it! It is truly the best of both worlds living/working in CT and still doing lots of TV/Film work in NYC!

Q: Why are regional theaters (like ACT of CT) so very important?

A: Regional theatres like ACT of CT are super important because they bring Broadway-caliber productions to their communities for those who cannot get out to see shows on Broadway or in other larger cities. ACT of CT gives so much back to the beautiful community of Ridgefield and receives so much love and support from that community in return!

Q: You have worked in so many productions at so many theaters across the country. This will be your third show at ACT of CT. What is it about ACT of CT that keeps you wanting to return?

A: With one Broadway show and two Broadway National tours on my checklist, plus the various regional theatres I’ve worked at, ACT of CT has been one of my all-time favorite regional theatres to work at! What truly keeps me coming back are so many factors including how well I have been treated by the staff, the gorgeous production values and the true collaboration of the top-notch creative teams while working with their actors!

But the #1 reason for me, personally, is Daniel C. Levine’s brilliant visions and thinking outside the box with his masterfully produced & directed productions. For me, it has meant so much to me for Daniel to see me in so many versatile ways and roles: trusting that I could swing Smokey Joe’s Café and truly capture the various different and fierce women in that show; knowing that for Jesus Christ Superstar, I had a pretty hardcore rock voice to contribute but could also execute a strong-featured character like the Female Authority Figure; and then to turn around and give this Gospel, Soul Singing, R&B girl a chance to be in my 1st classic show like Guys and Dolls! He has given me opportunities that no one else would necessarily take a chance on. I feel like it is a nurturing environment in which to create and play and take risks and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful.

Working & creating at ACT of CT truly feels like my home away from home!

Visit ACT of CT 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 20 Sep 2022 04:42:45 -0400
Durham Business Is “Charged Up” For New EV Cash Rebates https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1849-durham-business-is-charged-up-for-new-ev-cash-rebates1849-durham-business-is-charged-up-for-new-ev-cash-rebates https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1849-durham-business-is-charged-up-for-new-ev-cash-rebates1849-durham-business-is-charged-up-for-new-ev-cash-rebates

Connecticut electric vehicle (EV) owners have already benefitted from a recent surge in state incentives, and now, business owners can also jump into the fast lane of savings!  Specifically, the recent passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, coupled with massive $20,000 to $250,000 annual rebates currently offered through Eversource and United Illuminating, are making EV charging systems very affordable for commercial entities.  Torrison Stone & Garden in Durham is one business that recently installed an EV charging system for its environmentally minded customers through CT Electric Car, the state’s first and foremost installer of residential and commercial EV charging systems.

“As a business that specializes in the design and construction of outdoor living spaces, installing two EV charging systems enhances our underlying company mission of creating a beautiful, earth-friendly environment,” said Tyler Gerry, owner of Torrison Stone & Garden.  “Since most of our customers are already green-minded, having the chargers onsite gives them another reason to visit us.”

In conducting his research for the EV charging systems, Gerry notes that CT Electric Car in Newington was the recommended electrical contractor on the State of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection website due to its 10-year expertise in the installation of EV charging systems. 
 
CT Electric Car owner Ed Ingalls maps out a plan for business owners wanting to install an EV charging system on their property including:
  • consulting with an experienced, licensed installer to assess the business’s current electrical system and ensure that the charging system will operate according to manufacturer’s specifications since EV charging system manufacturers can void the warranty if their equipment is not installed properly.
  • using a licensed professional installer who will ensure that the charger is compatible with all EV models to protect themselves from customer liability and avoid warranty issues.  CT Electric Car is a ChargePoint-certified installer and recognized as the state’s foremost installer of residential and commercial EV charging systems having specialized within the industry for the past 10 years.
  • realizing that there may be minimal or no out-of-pocket expenses. In fact, property and business owners can actually make a profit on their EV charging systems by allotting a fee for each charge.
  • ensuring that all necessary rebate paperwork is submitted to the State and the utility companies.
 
“For the past ten years, we have facilitated the installation process for home and business owners from start to finish, which includes acquiring an electrical permit, final inspection by the town electrical inspector and the rebate application,” said Ingalls.  “It can get complicated and confusing as new rebate programs continually roll out, so we serve as the liaison between the customer and the particular power company to ensure that the entire process goes smoothly.”
CT Electric Car has installed commercial charging systems in high-profile locations throughout the state including Blue Back Square, the UCONN campus in Storrs, Whole Foods, and Bishop’s Corner, as well as within multiple municipalities, state agencies, colleges and universities and police departments.  The company is also qualified to install and wire Tesla Motor Cars’ charging system throughout the state and its electricians are licensed contractors by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection.
Torrison Stone & Garden is an award-winning landscape construction company specializing in stone and landscape design, installation and maintenance. Since 2000, the family-owned business has worked with homeowners across Connecticut to improve upon and create outdoor living spaces that set the bar for the industry through quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and superior customer service.
CT Electric Car’s showroom is located at 72 Pane Rd in Newington where all of the latest options in home charging systems are on display. The company also offers complimentary EV charging systems in the parking lot for drivers who need a quick, free charge. The 12,000 square foot showroom is also the headquarters of Newington Electric Company, CT Home Generator Systems and CT Roof & Gutter Ice Melt Systems.
 
Newington Electric Company (NEC) is a second-generation, family-owned business that is the parent company of Connecticut Electric Car.  It specializes in the installation and wiring of residential, commercial and municipality car charging systems. The company is licensed in the State of CT by the Dept. of Consumer Protection and holds an unlimited electrical contracting license. For more information regarding electric car charging systems and tax incentives see www.ctelectriccar.com
  
PHOTO: Torrison Stone and Garden in Durham recently installed two EV charging systems at its company headquarters through CT Electric Car, the state’s leading contractor for the electrical wiring and installation of EV charging systems.  CT Electric Car also ensures that business owners amass the largest savings on their new units by walking them through the rebate process.
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:06:58 -0400
Three CT Generations Forever Linked with Permanent Jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1848-three-ct-generations-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1848-three-ct-generations-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1848-three-ct-generations-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1848-three-ct-generations-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry

The popularity of permanent jewelry is skyrocketing in Connecticut as the summer season winds down. Bridal parties, families hosting reunions, or BFF’s heading off to college can remain connected with welded-on jewelry. In fact, Jane Casey of Colchester recently brought her daughters Mia Hawlk of Portland and Shannon Santostefano of Colchester, along with her granddaughters Dylan, Payten, and Aria to Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury, one of the first jewelers in the state to offer the14K-gold bracelets. The three generations wanted a visual symbol of their everlasting love.

“Since launching our B Linked permanent jewelry collection last month, we have been inundated with appointments,” shares Christina Baribault-Ortiz of Baribault Jewelers and co-founder of The Power to B jewelry collection. “We’ve fitted everyone from couples, to mothers & daughters, to three generations of families with this beautiful memento of their lasting bond.”

Baribault-Ortiz explains the simple process starts by booking an appointment in advance online. Group discounts are available for bachelorette parties, birthdays, bridal showers, etc. Then choose your favorite from one of four styles. The chain will then be measured to your wrist and painlessly welded shut using high heat. Best of all, the jewelry can be easily removed at any time by cutting it off yourself with a pair of scissors.

Baribault-Ortiz also notes that the style trend stole the spotlight at the recent star-studded MTV Video Music Awards, the Emmy Awards and Fall Fashion Week from September 9-14, 2022 in New York City. TikTok fashionistas Victoria Jameson and Vienna Sky recently garnered over 160 million views using #permanentjewelry #permanentbracelet hashtags.

B Linked permanent jewelry ranges in price from $20-45 per inch. If yellow gold is not your style, custom orders for 14k white gold are available since silver does not wear as well over time. The minimum welding age is 10. Anyone under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian’s present.

“We are confident that permanent jewelry will continue to grow as an alternative to a tattoo or piercing to commemorate a special occasion or as a lasting connection to a loved one,” said Baribault-Ortiz.

For more information on the permanent jewelry offerings at Baribault Jewelers, visit https://baribaultjewelers.com/permanent-jewelry/

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele. While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love. Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

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Three generations of the Casey family in Colchester and Portland will forever B Linked with permanent jewelry at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury. 

Photo courtesy of Baribault Jewelers

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:05:14 -0400
Glastonbury Friends Forever Linked with Permanent Jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1847-glastonbury-friends-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1847-glastonbury-friends-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1847-glastonbury-friends-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1847-glastonbury-friends-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry

The fall season always ushers in change and for three friends in Glastonbury, it was important to visually display their everlasting bond to each other year-round.  Specifically, Nicole Herlands, Jean Miller, and Cyndi Jennings decided to remain connected to each other with permanent jewelry offered at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury.

“Since launching our B Linked permanent jewelry collection last month, we have been inundated with appointments,” shares Christina Baribault-Ortiz of Baribault Jewelers and co-founder of The Power to B jewelry collection. “We’ve fitted everyone from couples and best friends to mothers and daughters, even three generations of families with this beautiful memento of their lasting bond.”

Baribault-Ortiz explains the simple process starts by booking an appointment in advance online. Group discounts are available for bachelorette parties, birthdays, bridal showers, etc. Then choose your favorite from one of four styles. The chain will then be measured to your wrist and painlessly welded shut using high heat. Best of all, the jewelry can be easily removed at any time by cutting it off yourself with a pair of scissors.

Baribault-Ortiz also predicts the style trend will steal the spotlight at the star-studded Emmy Awards and Fall Fashion Week from September 9-14, 2022 in New York City. TikTok fashionistas Victoria Jameson and Vienna Sky recently garnered over 160 million views using #permanentjewelry #permanentbracelet hashtags.

B Linked permanent jewelry ranges in price from $20-45 per inch. If yellow gold is not your style, custom orders for 14k white gold are available since silver does not wear as well over time. The minimum welding age is 10. Anyone under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian’s present.

“We are confident that permanent jewelry will continue to grow as an alternative to a tattoo or piercing to commemorate a special occasion or as a lasting connection to a loved one,” said Baribault-Ortiz.

For more information on the permanent jewelry offerings at Baribault Jewelers, visit https://baribaultjewelers.com/permanent-jewelry/

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele. While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love. Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

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(from left) The best friend trio of Nicole Herlands, Jean Miller, and Cyndi Jennings of Glastonbury were recently fitted with permanent jewelry at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury. The long-time friends wanted the bracelets as a visual and beautiful reminder of their special, caring bond.

Photo courtesy of Baribault Jewelers

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:03:50 -0400
West Hartford Mother and Daughter Forever Linked with Permanent Jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1846-west-hartford-mother-and-daughter-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1846-west-hartford-mother-and-daughter-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1846-west-hartford-mother-and-daughter-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1846-west-hartford-mother-and-daughter-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry

The popularity of permanent jewelry is skyrocketing in Connecticut as the summer season winds down. Bridal parties, families hosting reunions, or BFF’s heading off to college can remain connected with welded-on jewelry. Mother Alecia Taylor and her daughter Marie Davis from West Hartford, were recently fitted at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury, one of the first jewelers in the state to offer the14K-gold bracelets. The pair wanted a visual symbol of their special bond.

“Since launching our B Linked permanent jewelry collection last month, we have been inundated with appointments,” shares Christina Baribault-Ortiz of Baribault Jewelers and co-founder of The Power to B jewelry collection. “We’ve fitted everyone from couples, to mothers & daughters, to three generations of families with this beautiful memento of their lasting bond.”

Baribault-Ortiz explains the simple process starts by booking an appointment in advance online. Group discounts are available for bachelorette parties, birthdays, bridal showers, etc. Then choose your favorite from one of four styles. The chain will then be measured to your wrist and painlessly welded shut using high heat. Best of all, the jewelry can be easily removed at any time by cutting it off yourself with a pair of scissors.

Baribault-Ortiz also predicts the style trend will steal the spotlight at the star-studded, Emmy Awards and Fall Fashion Week from September 9-14, 2022 in New York City. TikTok fashionistas Victoria Jameson and Vienna Sky recently garnered over 160 million views using #permanentjewelry #permanentbracelet hashtags.

B Linked permanent jewelry ranges in price from $20-45 per inch. If yellow gold is not your style, custom orders for 14k white gold are available since silver does not wear as well over time. The minimum welding age is 10. Anyone under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian’s present.

“We are confident that permanent jewelry will continue to grow as an alternative to a tattoo or piercing to commemorate a special occasion or as a lasting connection to a loved one,” said Baribault-Ortiz.

For more information on the permanent jewelry offerings at Baribault Jewelers, visit https://baribaultjewelers.com/permanent-jewelry/

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele. While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love. Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

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Marie Davis will forever B Linked with her mother Alecia Taylor after being fitted with permanent jewelry at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury. The pair from West Hartford wanted the bracelets as a reminder of their special bond.

Photo courtesy of Baribault Jewelers

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:02:06 -0400
Marlborough Couple Forever Linked with Permanent Jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1845-marlborough-couple-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1845-marlborough-couple-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1845-marlborough-couple-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1845-marlborough-couple-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry

The popularity of permanent jewelry is skyrocketing in Connecticut as the summer season winds down. Bridal parties, families hosting reunions, or BFF’s heading off to college can remain connected with welded-on jewelry. Married couple Wendy and Brian Cusano of Marlborough wanted to B Linked together to solidify their love and were recently fitted at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury, one of the first jewelers in the state to offer the14K-gold bracelets.

“Since launching our B Linked permanent jewelry collection last month, we have been inundated with appointments,” shares Christina Baribault-Ortiz of Baribault Jewelers and co-founder of The Power to B jewelry collection. “We’ve fitted everyone from couples to mothers & daughters, to three generations of families with this beautiful memento of their lasting bond.”

Baribault-Ortiz explains the simple process starts by booking an appointment in advance online. Group discounts are available for bachelorette parties, birthdays, bridal showers, etc. Then choose your favorite from one of four styles. The chain will then be measured to your wrist and painlessly welded shut using high heat. Best of all, the jewelry can be easily removed at any time by cutting it off yourself with a pair of scissors.

Baribault-Ortiz also predicts the style trend will steal the spotlight at the star-studded Emmy Awards and Fall Fashion Week from September 9-14, 2022 in New York City. TikTok fashionistas Victoria Jameson and Vienna Sky recently garnered over 160 million views using #permanentjewelry #permanentbracelet hashtags.

B Linked permanent jewelry ranges in price from $20-45 per inch. If yellow gold is not your style, custom orders for 14k white gold are available since silver does not wear as well over time. The minimum welding age is 10. Anyone under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian’s present.

“We are confident that permanent jewelry will continue to grow as an alternative to a tattoo or piercing to commemorate a special occasion or as a lasting connection to a loved one,” said Baribault-Ortiz.

For more information on the permanent jewelry offerings at Baribault Jewelers, visit https://baribaultjewelers.com/permanent-jewelry/

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele. While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love. Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

PHOTO

Wendy and Brian Cusano of Marlborough will forever B Linked with permanent jewelry at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury. The couple were fitted with the bracelets in August to express their everlasting commitment to each other.

Photo courtesy of Baribault Jewelers

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:00:04 -0400
West Haven Friends Forever Linked with Permanent Jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1844-west-haven-friends-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1844-west-haven-friends-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1844-west-haven-friends-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry1844-west-haven-friends-forever-linked-with-permanent-jewelry

The fall season always ushers in change and for two long-time roommates in West Haven, that change will manifest as new living arrangements as each of them will move in with their boyfriends this September.  Specifically, Jane Schroeder and Tia Bonessi from West Haven decided to remain connected to each other with permanent jewelry offered at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury to serve as a visual symbol of their special bond. The family-owned company is the first jeweler in Connecticut to offer the14K-gold bracelets.

“Since launching our B Linked permanent jewelry collection last month, we have been inundated with appointments,” shares Christina Baribault-Ortiz of Baribault Jewelers and co-founder of The Power to B jewelry collection. “We’ve fitted everyone from couples and best friends to mothers and daughters, even three generations of families with this beautiful memento of their lasting bond.”

Baribault-Ortiz explains the simple process starts by booking an appointment in advance online. Group discounts are available for bachelorette parties, birthdays, bridal showers, etc. Then choose your favorite from one of four styles. The chain will then be measured to your wrist and painlessly welded shut using high heat. Best of all, the jewelry can be easily removed at any time by cutting it off yourself with a pair of scissors.

Baribault-Ortiz also predicts the style trend will steal the spotlight at the star-studded Emmy Awards and Fall Fashion Week from September 9-14, 2022 in New York City. TikTok fashionistas Victoria Jameson and Vienna Sky recently garnered over 160 million views using #permanentjewelry #permanentbracelet hashtags.

B Linked permanent jewelry ranges in price from $20-45 per inch. If yellow gold is not your style, custom orders for 14k white gold are available since silver does not wear as well over time. The minimum welding age is 10. Anyone under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian’s present.

“We are confident that permanent jewelry will continue to grow as an alternative to a tattoo or piercing to commemorate a special occasion or as a lasting connection to a loved one,” said Baribault-Ortiz.

For more information on the permanent jewelry offerings at Baribault Jewelers, visit https://baribaultjewelers.com/permanent-jewelry/

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele. While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love. Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

PHOTO

(from left) Jane Schroeder and Tia Bonessi of West Haven were recently fitted with permanent jewelry at Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury. The long-time friends and roommates wanted the bracelets as a visual and beautiful reminder of their special bond before they each move in with their boyfriends this fall.

Photo courtesy of Baribault Jewelers

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Mon, 19 Sep 2022 12:55:28 -0400
From Forgotten to Fashionable: Repurposing Old Jewels with New Style! https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1842-from-forgotten-to-fashionable-repurposing-old-jewels-with-new-style1842-from-forgotten-to-fashionable-repurposing-old-jewels-with-new-style https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1842-from-forgotten-to-fashionable-repurposing-old-jewels-with-new-style1842-from-forgotten-to-fashionable-repurposing-old-jewels-with-new-style

With the changing of the seasons, comes the changing of wardrobes, home décor and foods.  Glastonbury-based Baribault Jewelers is also encouraging Connecticut residents to change up the contents of their jewelry boxes.  Specifically, the 3rd generation, family-owned business offers a unique jewelry transformation program that provides new life and purpose to old, unworn jewelry and fine accessories that are too valuable and memorable to discard.  Due to the high demand of this specialty, the company will be hosting a three-day Jewelry Transformation Event on September 20th- 23rd from 10am-5pm at 81 Rankin Road in Glastonbury

“It’s time for people to take those family heirlooms out of the vault and transform them into jewelry they’ll want to wear every day,” said Christina Baribault-Ortiz, co-owner of Baribault Jewelers.  “Whether its rings, bracelets, pins, medals, necklaces or earrings, our team is up for the challenge of taking your most meaningful piece and reimaging it to be meaningfully you.”

Since opening a dedicated jewelry transformation department 7 years ago, Baribault-Ortiz notes some compelling customer conversions, including:

·                     Helping a female client from Plainville, CT who was tired of wearing both her engagement ring and 25-year anniversary ring, and combining them into one unique piece that better reflected her romantic and elegant style, while serving as a fresh beautiful reminder of the couple’s strong relationship.

·                      From Glastonbury, CT a daughter Honoring her father who worked decades with Delta Airlines by taking his sentimental lapel pins and transforming them into shining necklaces for herself and her two daughters. The pins went from collecting dust for years to being worn with pride every day, while connecting three generations together.

·                     Taking a vintage ring inherited from a Portland, CT client’s loving grandmother and re-infusing it with a modern, new rose-gold setting, thus, converting it into a show-stopping sparkler that she’s proud to wear every day.

“There is no project too big, small, or unusual for our team of dedicated experts,” adds Raeann Baribault-Schwartz, co-owner of Baribault Jewelers.  “With five jewelry transformation specialists, including three master goldsmiths, we proudly design and transform jewelry in-house so that your vision is brought to life from consult to creation. The possibilities are truly endless!”

For more information on the jewelry transformation process and to register for Baribault Jewelers’ event, please visit: https://baribaultjewelers.com/jewelry-transformations/.

About Baribault Jewelers

Since 1948, Baribault Jewelers has been guided by its core values of authenticity, integrity, service, gratitude, courage, trust and respect in providing sterling service to its local, statewide and national clientele. While styles come and go, the mission of the family business has always been to help its valued customers create beautiful memories with the people they love. Visit www.baribaultjewelers.com.

PHOTO: Baribault Jewelers is hosting a Jewelry Transformation Event on September 20 – 23rd at its Glastonbury store located at 81 Rankin Road.  Rene of Plainville, CT was tired of wearing both her engagement ring and 25-year anniversary ring, so the family jeweler combined them into one unique piece.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 16 Sep 2022 11:11:27 -0400
CT Electric Car “Powers Up” for Another Decade of Clean & Green Growth https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1841-ct-electric-car-powers-up-for-another-decade-of-clean-green-growth1841-ct-electric-car-powers-up-for-another-decade-of-clean-green-growth https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1841-ct-electric-car-powers-up-for-another-decade-of-clean-green-growth1841-ct-electric-car-powers-up-for-another-decade-of-clean-green-growth

Ten years ago, electric vehicles (EVs) were a relatively new offering across America.  Back then, there were two primary EV manufacturers; now almost every automobile maker offers an electric model.  In 2012, Connecticut’s first EV charging station was installed by CT Electric Car in Blue Back Square; currently there are 360 charging systems to service the 25,444 EVs driving throughout the state. 

The business, which is a subsidiary of Newington Electric Company, has been at the peak of the EV industry for the past decade and is positioned to propel forward as exciting developments hit the broad EV highway both statewide and nationally.  Specifically, CT Electric Car will host a 10th anniversary event to celebrate the growth and success of the state’s green energy industry, as well as unveil its new company brand to better reflect the future direction of the EV sector. 

 

The public commemoration to be held at CT Electric Car’s 72 Pane Road, Newington headquarters on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature legislative leaders, state agency commissioners, municipal and community forerunners, power companies, and customers who have contributed to the company’s milestones. 

“When we formed our company division dedicated to the installation of car-charging stations for Connecticut’s growing fleet of EVs ten years ago, we envisioned an immediate increase in business activity,” said Ed Ingalls, Founder of CT Electric Car.  “Unfortunately, uncontrollable market forces such as cost, lack of infrastructure and ‘range anxiety’ initially caused a brake pedal effect.  Today, however, with generous auto and EV charging system rebates, coupled with greater governmental support and public knowledge, the landscape is much improved.”

Ingalls notes that CT Electric Car’s 10th anniversary event will be both educational and entertaining, providing attendees with a retrospective on  the EV industry, important information on the rebate process and a future forecast of new developments on the horizon.  Additionally, participants will enjoy:

  • an official ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Newington Chamber of Commerce and public announcement of the new company name and brand identity- CT Electric Car Charging Systems
  • updates from governmental, municipal and community leaders, state agency commissioners and Connecticut’s two power companies – Eversource and United Illuminating
  • an extensive display of various EV models, including an electric van, and the ease of charging them with accelerated rapid-charge technology systems
  • a decade-long timeline of how the industry has changed and benefited CT businesses and residents with improved battery range and life span
  • hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy and other family-friendly refreshments
  • conversation with peers and EV industry supporters

“As with anything, good things come to those who wait and while we have certainly ridden the highs and lows of the EV industry these past 10 years, we are honored to help drive its success in Connecticut,” adds Ingalls.

Since its inception in 2012, CT Electric Car has installed more than 1,000 EV chargers for both home and business owners.  Some of its high-profile locations for commercial charging systems include Blue Back Square, the UCONN campus in Storrs, Whole Foods, and Bishop’s Corner, as well as multiple municipalities, state agencies, colleges and universities and police departments.  CT Electric Car is also qualified to install and wire Tesla Motor Cars’ charging system and its electricians are licensed contractors by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection.

CT Electric Car’s showroom is located at 72 Pane Rd in Newington where all of the latest options in home charging systems are on display. The company also offers complimentary EV charging systems in the parking lot for drivers who need a quick, free charge. The 12,000 square foot showroom is also the headquarters of Newington Electric Company, CT Home Generator Systems and CT Roof & Gutter Ice Melt Systems. For more information, visit www.ctelectriccar.com.   

Newington Electric Company (NEC) is a second-generation, family-owned business that is the parent company of Connecticut Electric Car.  It specializes in the installation and wiring of residential, commercial and municipality car charging systems. The company is licensed in the State of CT by the Dept. of Consumer Protection and holds an unlimited electrical contracting license.

PHOTO: Ed Ingalls, owner of CT Electric Car, installed the first EV charging system in Blue Back Square in 2012.  Since then, the company has wired more than 1,000 chargers for both the residential and commercial markets.  The company is listed as one of Tesla Motor Cars’ recommended car charging system installers in the region and a certified licensed installer by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.  Call 860.667.1819 for more information.

Photo Courtesy of: CT Electric Car

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Fri, 16 Sep 2022 11:03:42 -0400
Connecticut Suicide Survivor Shares Hope and Support https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1840-suicide-survivor-shares-hope-and-support1840-suicide-survivor-shares-hope-and-support https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1840-suicide-survivor-shares-hope-and-support1840-suicide-survivor-shares-hope-and-support

ROCKY HILL, CT — Steve MacHattie, LCSW and owner of the Charter Oak Family Center in Manchester, has lived experience - he began experiencing suicidal thoughts and survived his first suicide attempt when he was six or seven years old. “I remember being in my bedroom alone. I had a suicide plan that I thought would work and I tried to carry that plan out. After some amount of time, I realized what I was doing wouldn’t work and went downstairs to find my mother. The conversation I had with her, which simply dismissed my experience as a childish incident, was just the beginning of a battle with depression and suicide that would last for decades.”  

Suicide does not discriminate. In 2022, to date 110,792 Connecticut residents have reached out to United Way of Connecticut’s 211 mental health crisis team via 988, Action Line and 211 Option 1 for mental health and addiction resources, which are provided thanks to a close partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF). These residents, your neighbors, were equally male and female, but nearly 12,000 were under the age of 18! 

More than 40 years after Steve first experienced mental health issues, an award-winning mental health guide supported by United Way of Connecticut, Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health, is available to support social emotional learning and mental health education. The Guide helps kids identify when mental health needs attention, daily activities for coping, and how to connect with trusted adults. Gizmo’s Guide was recognized by AMCHIP (Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs) as an “Emerging Practice” on their Maternal and Child Health (MCH) database. Gizmo’s Guide, featuring Gizmo and his fellow therapy dog and K9 First Responder friends, introduces youth to what can be a challenging subject for adults to discuss and for youth to understand, in an age-appropriate way, with the hope that they may keep and apply what they learn for a lifetime to help them stay healthy and safe.  

Even though resources like Gizmo’s Guide were not yet available, Steve began his journey of recovery, little by little, with the help of those around him. He shares that his “struggles with my illness resulted in my illness often being my first reaction to life. If I had a bad day or week, depression was right there to remind me who I was. I feel like I internalized the stigma of mental illness from those around me. Even as things were going better and I progressed in my recovery, I still held myself back. I spent years, literally, hiding from people. My need to hide started when I was a child, though it gained strength as I got older.”

Shortly after Steve’s father passed away, he was struggling with suicidal thoughts while driving to a meeting. He pulled over and called 211 because “I needed to connect with someone who cared.” In a moment when he thought no one cared, he said the contact specialist who answered his call was patient, not rushed, really listened and cared. “Being able to talk through it helped me feel less anxious and angry. Having someone listen decreased my suicidal urges. She reminded me that there were still things in my life I wanted to do – that I had a future with hope and goals.” 

Having experienced 211 as a lifeline, Steve, now a clinical social worker, pays it forward by sharing his experience, strength and hope with his clients and by referring them to 211 when in crisis.  

Steve says that faith and hope are an important part of his story, and he isn’t hiding any longer. He joined a suicide prevention board, specifically, the Board’s lived experience committee. He’s taking singing lessons, and he puts himself up front and center teaching at the college level and loves it. 

According to Steve, “Mental illness may be chronic, but it does not have to be terminal. We can still accomplish great things. Life comes with challenges, stresses, sorrows, even successes. Life is full of surprises, and I don’t have to allow those surprises to define me or stop me. My hope is that by talking about mental illness and my struggles with mental illness, I will help open a door that others will be able to walk through. I also hope that people with mental illness can learn to not judge themselves as harshly as I have been known to do.” 

If you are struggling and need crisis and suicide prevention assistance, call 211. In Connecticut, 211 is the point of entry for all crisis intervention in Connecticut (988, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline [1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)], the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service’s “Action Line” (1-800-HOPE-135) and the Youth Mobile Crisis Line through Connecticut 211. 

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF CONNECTICUT 211

The mission of United Way of Connecticut 211 (UWC 211) is to help meet the needs of Connecticut and its residents by providing information, education and connection to services. 211 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people to essential health and human services 24 hours a day, seven days a week either online or over the phone. Every day, highly trained 211 Contact Specialists respond to inquiries related to food insecurity, childcare assistance, utility or rent support, homelessness or mental health and substance use. UWC 211 Connecticut has organizational accreditations from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), and the American Association of Suicidology for crisis intervention. Learn more at 211ct.org. Visit our media center for media requests and inquiries.

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kerry@ducey.org (Carin Buckman ) Places Wed, 07 Sep 2022 07:43:21 -0400
Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut Awarded More Than $900,000 to Support Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Program https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1839-goodwill-of-western-northern-connecticut-awarded-more-than-900-000-to-support-department-of-mental-health-and-addiction-services-dmhas-vocational-program1839-goodwill-of-western-northern-connecticut-awarded-more-than-900-000-to-support-department-of-mental-health-and-addiction-services-dmhas-vocational-program https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1839-goodwill-of-western-northern-connecticut-awarded-more-than-900-000-to-support-department-of-mental-health-and-addiction-services-dmhas-vocational-program1839-goodwill-of-western-northern-connecticut-awarded-more-than-900-000-to-support-department-of-mental-health-and-addiction-services-dmhas-vocational-program

Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut (GWNC) today announced it has received a grant of more than $900,000 to expand its Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Services.

These funds will allow GWNC to replicate the services it has been delivering in Greater Bridgeport to the Hartford area. The Hartford program, which will operate out of Capital Region Mental Health Center in Hartford, includes seven staff who will be embedded into teams of clinicians, psychiatrists, therapists, and other state employees who serve as support staff.

“Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut started its Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Program in 2010 and is proud to have supported more than 1,300 individuals during this time,” Heather Marquis, Vice President of Human Services, said. “We are thankful to DMHAS for engaging us to deliver these critical services to individuals in Greater Hartford and look forward to increasing our impact.”

“Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut has a history of excellence in delivering vocational services throughout its region. The funding we have received from DMHAS to support these services will allow us to serve three times as many individuals each year while expanding our geographic reach,” Rocco Tricarico, President & CEO, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut, said. “We look forward to working with the team at the Capital Regional Mental Health Center and providing vocational training to empower individuals looking for employment.”

GWNC’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Services are currently available to residents in the following communities: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull (Greater Bridgeport) and, Avon, Canton, Farmington, Hartford, Simsbury, West Hartford (Greater Hartford).

To learn more about GWNC’s employment services, including community employment services and vocational programs, visit: www.gwct.org.

 

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