Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:19:33 -0500 HamletHub.com Connecticut Residents Over 75 Can Now Register for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments as State Transitions To Phase 1b https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1721-connecticut-residents-over-75-can-now-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-appointments-as-state-transitions-to-phase-1b1721-connecticut-residents-over-75-can-now-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-appointments-as-state-transitions-to-phase-1b https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1721-connecticut-residents-over-75-can-now-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-appointments-as-state-transitions-to-phase-1b1721-connecticut-residents-over-75-can-now-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-appointments-as-state-transitions-to-phase-1b

1.3 Million Residents Are Eligible To Receive Vaccine in Phase 1b as 46,000 First Doses Are Expected To Be Delivered Weekly From the Federal Government

Governor Lamont Accept Advisory Group’s Recommendations To Expand Phase 1b To More Populations

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that phase 1b of Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021, and residents in the state over the age of 75 can now schedule appointments to receive the vaccine.

In addition, Governor Lamont announced that he is accepting the recommendations of the Allocation Subcommittee of the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group to expand phase 1b to include additional population groups. In the coming weeks, phase 1b will expand to include:

  • Residents between the ages of 65 and 74 (approximately 353,000 individuals); and
  • Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk of the virus (approximately 362,000 individuals).

This is in addition to those already in phase 1b, including:

  • Residents who are 75 and older (approximately 277,000 individuals);
  • Residents and staff of congregate settings (approximately 50,000 individuals); and
  • Frontline essential workers (approximately 325,000 individuals).

In order to ensure that the most vulnerable populations within phase 1b are prioritized, Governor Lamont has directed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to begin the phase by prioritizing the vaccine for persons over the age of 75 in the first wave. As supply increases and a significant portion of individuals over 75 have received the vaccine, phase 1b will open up to include more of the eligible populations with a focus on addressing issues of equity and risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19.

It is estimated that 1.3 million Connecticut residents are eligible for phase 1b. Currently, the state anticipates receiving about 46,000 first doses of the vaccine per week from the federal government.

All eligible residents are required to make an appointment in advance of receiving the vaccine. Beginning today, individuals over the age of 75 can make appointments utilizing the following tools:

  • Healthcare Provider: Many residents have already been or will be contacted to schedule an appointment by their healthcare provider if their provider is participating in the state’s vaccine program. Not all providers are administering the vaccine.  A list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccineResidents are urged not to contact their physician or healthcare provider directly for COVID vaccine appointments.
  • Online: A form can be accessed online at ct.gov/covidvaccine that allows individuals to schedule an appointment through the web-based Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
  • Telephone: Those without internet access can call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The phone system was created in partnership with the Department of Public Health and United Way of Connecticut and is specifically targeted to provide support for eligible vaccine recipients who have limited technology access, or who have language, disability, or other barriers that could prevent them from using existing self-scheduling options successfully. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.

Further details on phase 1b eligibility will be forthcoming and will include guidance for employers, employees, self-employed, and other individuals on when and how to schedule vaccine appointments and where vaccinations will be available.

Providers may fill appointments with other eligible phase 1b populations if spots are available.

“The Connecticut Department of Public Health has worked diligently with our healthcare partners across the state to increase access to the vaccine, but I must continue to urge patience at this point in time,” Governor Lamont said. “We know many people are excited to receive the vaccine and the promise of the future that comes with it, but we are limited in our ability to distribute them purely based on the amount we receive from the federal government. We are hopeful we will see increased allocations in the coming weeks and months, which will lead to even more light at the end of the tunnel.”

“Thousands of Connecticut residents have already received their first round of the vaccine, and second-dose shots started last week,” Connecticut Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “With the start of phase 1b, we are bringing on additional capacity to administer the vaccine to tens of thousands more Connecticut residents – protecting our seniors, our workforce, and the most vulnerable among us. Vaccinating millions of Connecticut citizens will take time and I urge patience and continued vigilance, including wearing face masks, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. Our state’s approach has been balanced, allowing for flexibility when it comes to who gets vaccinated, while ensuring as many of our vulnerable residents are at the front of the line during this phase.”

To date, more than 160,000 people in Connecticut have received the vaccine during phase 1a, which began December 14 and includes population groups such as healthcare personnel, residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and medical first responders.

Connecticut ranks number five nationally in the percentage of population that have been vaccinated so far.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Thu, 14 Jan 2021 07:30:30 -0500
New Book Shares How to Overcome Obstacles and “Aspire for Change” in Your Life https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1720-new-book-shares-how-to-overcome-obstacles-and-aspire-for-change-in-your-life1720-new-book-shares-how-to-overcome-obstacles-and-aspire-for-change-in-your-life https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1720-new-book-shares-how-to-overcome-obstacles-and-aspire-for-change-in-your-life1720-new-book-shares-how-to-overcome-obstacles-and-aspire-for-change-in-your-life

Motivational CT author Kenneth Hampton offers secrets to synergize spirituality and success.

Inspiration. Hope. Healing. Faith. These days, most people are looking for an antidote to the despair, fear and uncertainty that filled 2020. After overcoming a lifetime of obstacles by following a spiritual path, Kenneth Hampton of Connecticut found success as an entrepreneur, music producer and composer. Now Hampton is sharing his affirmations to encourage others to let go of the past and start a new personal journey in his first book “Aspire for Change”.

“Ken embodies his philosophy that ‘A changed mind leads to a changed life’ as he strives to empower everyone to overcome their fears and let God lead them to create their best life,” said Judy San Roman, the book’s publisher. “Ken helped me through a difficult time with his radiant words, so I approached him about putting it into a book. I think it’s perfectly timed as we can all use a word of encouragement right now.”

Roman, an actress and producer, known for films such as Fair Market Value (2019), Rich Boy, Rich Girl (2018) and In Sickness, explained how she met Hampton while working on their first Netflix film, The Brawler. She immediately saw his kind heart and found their friendship to be extremely rewarding. Hampton started texting her daily words of encouragement that really moved her. She thought, who doesn't need reassurance?

For the book’s forward, Roman wrote, “It provides the kind of simple sayings we need to hear and believe to come to terms with loss, whether by death or a bad break up, stress or anxiety, how you were raised, made too many mistakes. When you read his positive affirmations, they will help settle your mind for and during those challenging times. You will find joy and wisdom here.”

Other celebrities agree:

"I look forward each morning to the daily inspirational messages I receive from my great friend Ken Hampton. All based on God’s word, it’s truly a blessing. Ken’s words of wisdom, encouragement and inspiration speak directly to my heart, always lifts my spirit and gets my day off to a great start!" - Deborah Allen, American country music singer, songwriter, author, and actress.

“Brothers building up brothers: Ken has been sending inspirational messages since I met him at the VMA After Party last year. It’s good to see brothers encouraging in these days and times. I hope this book has a major impact to bring out the best in people.” - Treach (Naughty By Nature)

The 64-page, inspirational compilation includes the following uplifting chapters: The Divine Love, Your Royalty Blessings, Queen’s Affirmation, King’s Affirmation, Self-Love and Royalty and Daily Royalty Reminder to reflect Hampton’s view of all people already belonging to and entitled to the rewards and blessings of the kingdom of God.

Hampton has also enjoyed a prolific career in the entertainment industry. He is the Founder and Co-Ceo of Raise Em Up Records, as well as the Founder, CEO and Composer of Composers Media Group LLC. He is Vice President of Sales for Reel Film Cinema and Executive Director of Acquisitions at Reel Film Distribution. Hampton is also Executive Producer, Producer and Head Composer for Continuum Motion Pictures and Producer and Head Composer for Velero Films. He is both Composer and Music Supervisor for NANDAR Entertainment.

To date, he has worked on over 50 projects with multiple film companies for Film and TV in all genres.

Hampton shared that his life could have turned out much differently as a Black boy raised by a single mother in an inner city, where he witnessed “domestic violence, crime, drug abuse, and injustice.” Music had always been a means of escape for many of his life’s issues. He initially dreamed of becoming a famous rapper. Then in 1999, Hampton’s best friend invited him to his church. His friend had already turned his life around and Hampton was struck by the pastor’s sermon to never let another man go through what you’ve been through. He finally gave his life to Christ.

“I vowed that until the day God comes to take my breath, I would love everyone, build and encourage them, spread God’s word and share His truth to everyone he places in my life,” said Hampton.  “God has given us the gift of life and we are the presents; we should unwrap our lives daily for others.”

Roman concluded, “I hope whatever your trial or tribulation, this book eases the pain and brings you comfort. We all have setbacks. We all grieve. It's part of our journey. This book is a blessing that will not let you be defeated.”

“Aspire for Change” is available on Amazon for $12.99 and Kindle for $5.99.

About Kenneth Hampton

Kenneth Hampton is a spiritual force for a new generation. For over 20 years, he has inspired people from all walks of life by utilizing God’s word through love to motivate change. Ken connects with and ministers to thousands globally through all types of social media platforms. He is an author, entrepreneur, music producer and composer with successful career in the entertainment industry. He is the Founder/CEO of Composers Media Group, Founder/CEO of Raise Em Up Records, Music Director of Hoboken International Film Festival and Cohost of the JCT TV show. For information visit www.raiseemuprecords.com.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 12 Jan 2021 13:24:22 -0500
Assisted Living Services’ $2,000 Donation to Food Pantry Tops a Year of Giving Back https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1719-assisted-living-services-2-000-donation-to-food-pantry-tops-a-year-of-giving-back1719-assisted-living-services-2-000-donation-to-food-pantry-tops-a-year-of-giving-back https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1719-assisted-living-services-2-000-donation-to-food-pantry-tops-a-year-of-giving-back1719-assisted-living-services-2-000-donation-to-food-pantry-tops-a-year-of-giving-back

In a year when businesses and families are facing financial hardships, Assisted Living Services, Inc. presented a $2,000 check to the Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Inc. on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Cheshire, Connecticut. The donation was generated from the home care provider’s “Jeans for a Cause” company initiative. Each year, employees give $1 on Fridays when they choose to wear jeans to work. ALS then matches the total contribution and gives the proceeds to a local cause.
“We chose the Cheshire Food Pantry as our designated charity based on rising food insecurity in our town triggered by high unemployment rates,” said Mario D’Aquila, MBA and Chief Operating Officer of ALS. “According to the Food Pantry, 20% of Cheshire residents or over 1,900 households are ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. That means they are above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost of living threshold.”
The contribution to the food pantry capped off a year of charitable giving by the compassionate corporate citizen.
ALS donated $1000 to The Child Guidance Clinic For Central Connecticut, Inc. (CGC). “Each year we participate in CGC’s Holiday Giving Program, where gifts are purchased by our office employees for children in need,” explained D’Aquila. “For many years, we have also supported the organization’s various other events and fundraisers.” The nonprofit Child Guidance Clinic provides comprehensive mental health evaluation and treatment, crisis intervention and outreach services to children, adolescents and their families in the greater Meriden Connecticut area.
D’Aquila notes that while ALS supports local organizations, the family-owned agency truly believes that charity begins at home. ALS awarded an astounding $60,000 in employee bonuses this year through its industry-leading Platinum Caregiver and Home Care Hero Award Programs. The monthly Platinum Caregiver Award program launched in 2019 awards $5,000 to a stellar caregiver who has exceeded expectations for quality care. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, as the Homecare Hero Award in order to recognize more outstanding employees.
“I am extremely proud of how our employees rallied together this year to not only keep our clients safe and healthy at home, but to assist our neighbors in need,” said D’Aquila. “I am humbled by their generosity as the pandemic created unimaginable professional and personal challenges.”
Additionally, ALS is encouraging others to help those in need by sharing a list of affordable gifts that give back to worthy causes in its recent company newsletter. The article shares “As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, forcing them to go without the essentials needed to survive. So why not put your money toward a present that brings joy to the recipient and helps a cause?” 
“We received a lot of positive feedback about the gift list as people are looking for little ways that they can make a difference,” said D’Aquila. “We’re happy to give back to our communities in any way that we can while showing appreciation for our extraordinary staff members.”
About Assisted Living Services, Inc.
Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire with branch locations in Clinton and Fairfield has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their award-winning CarePlus program blends personal care with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.
PHOTO: The team from Assisted Living Services Inc. presents a $2000 donation to the Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Inc. in Cheshire, Conn. on Thursday, December 17, 2020. From left Mario DAquila, chief operating officer; Sharon DAquila, co-founder and Kerry Walsh, executive director of CCFP.  Photo Courtesy of Assisted Living Services, Inc.
kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Fri, 08 Jan 2021 06:03:16 -0500
1st Annual Mocktail Tasting Fundraiser Benefits Substance Use Awareness https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1718-1st-annual-mocktail-tasting-fundraiser-benefits-substance-use-awareness1718-1st-annual-mocktail-tasting-fundraiser-benefits-substance-use-awareness https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1718-1st-annual-mocktail-tasting-fundraiser-benefits-substance-use-awareness1718-1st-annual-mocktail-tasting-fundraiser-benefits-substance-use-awareness

The nonprofit organization A Promise to Jordan is excited to host its first “Mocktail” Tasting fundraiser on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Real Art Ways in Hartford. The recovery-friendly event will bring restaurateurs and bar owners from across the state together to show off their best non-alcoholic cocktails and compete to be named the best!

“We are thrilled to offer an alternative to the typical beer or wine tastings since our organization is committed to fighting substance use disorders,” said Lisa Gray, Founder and Executive Director of A Promise to Jordan (APTJ). “Additionally, the food and beverage industry has been financially decimated by the pandemic and we wanted to showcase the mixology mastery of our local eateries, while finally having something fun to look forward to.”

The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the art gallery located at 56 Arbor Street, barring any COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time. The charitable competition is expected to draw hundreds of guests to taste the mocktails and appetizers, partake of the silent auction and raffles, and enjoy a great night out. If gathering restrictions are still in place, the event may be a mix of in-person and virtual or be completely virtual, if necessary. Virtual guests will receive a mocktail kit to make the delicious drinks at home by following along as the vendors mix the recipes live. In-person tickets are $45 and virtual tickets are $35. For more info or to purchase tickets visit https://mocktailtasting.eventbrite.com.

Gray notes that there is no fee for restaurants or bars to enter and that the nonprofit organization is even covering the cost of their temporary food permits. Interested restaurants to date include 110 Grill, Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar, DaCapo, Iron Horse Pizzeria, Lucky Lou's Bar and Grille, Roux, Soma Grille, and The North House. Plus, Athletic Brewing Company, of Stratford, has already signed on to serve their selection of non-alcoholic brews.

The evening is made possible thanks to the generosity of many fine businesses, including McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Tara Rahmy Realtor and InterCommunity Health Care. Custom sponsorship opportunities are available to meet the unique marketing needs of each business, organization or individual by contacting info@apromisetojordan.org.

“We are also accepting auction and raffle donations such as gift cards, gift baskets, decor items, jewelry and fashion or gourmet treats. We'll even pick them up!” said Gray.

Proceeds will benefit the organization that is dedicated to raising awareness about substance abuse, eliminating the stigma of addiction, assisting people in accessing quality care, and giving hope to those struggling with addiction and their families that recovery is possible. Gray created A Promise to Jordan after losing her then 24-year-old son, Jordan Arakelian, to an accidental overdose in 2018. 

“A Promise to Jordan wants to reach young people before they are in the grips of addiction,” explained Gray. “With the current opioid crisis, America is losing thousands of valuable lives every month. In 2019, over 1,200 lives were lost to overdoses just in Connecticut.  Because of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the numbers for 2020 are expected to be much worse.” 

In addition to community educational programs, A Promise to Jordan hosts NARCAN and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainings designed to save the lives of overdose victims and those contemplating suicide.

This holiday season, a holiday toy drive supplied gifts for individuals in residential treatment to give to their children when they came to visit.

About A Promise to Jordan

A Promise to Jordan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit named for Jordan Arakelian who died from an accidental opioid overdose on June 30, 2018 at the age of 24. Founded by his mother, Lisa Gray, the mission of A Promise to Jordan is to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of addiction, assist people in accessing quality care and give hope that recovery is possible to those struggling with addiction. Visit apromisetojordan.org for information and resources, or call (860) 390-1391.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Fri, 08 Jan 2021 05:51:07 -0500
Students Unveil A Monument To Civil Rights Icon M. L. King in Simsbury https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1717-students-unveil-a-monument-to-civil-rights-icon-m-l-king-in-simsbury1717-students-unveil-a-monument-to-civil-rights-icon-m-l-king-in-simsbury https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1717-students-unveil-a-monument-to-civil-rights-icon-m-l-king-in-simsbury1717-students-unveil-a-monument-to-civil-rights-icon-m-l-king-in-simsbury

A decade ago, a group of Simsbury High School students dreamed of constructing a permanent memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) after discovering he had spent two summers in their small Connecticut town. Now, a new generation of teens is unveiling the inspiring monument on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Simsbury Free Library. The striking series of five etched glass and stone panels commemorate the transformative journey of the civil rights leader that started when he worked in Simsbury tobacco fields in 1944 and 1947.
The grand opening will commence with a brief outdoor ceremony featuring students, teacher advisor Rich Curtiss, Tara Willerup, Vice Chairman of the Simsbury Free Library’s Board of Trustees and musical performances by The Henry James Memorial School Select Choir and the Simsbury Intonations Chorus.  The COVID-safe celebration on MLK Day continues with a parade of cars passing in front of the memorial. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live with Gospel music playing on local radio station WSIM AM.
“We invite the public to decorate their cars with balloons, streamers and other birthday fanfare and join in the procession down Hopmeadow Street to mark this remarkable achievement in our community,” said Willerup. “The committee hopes that visitors will be educated, engaged in self-discovery and inspired to live a life of inclusion, acceptance and tolerance.”
Willerup explains the project started in 2009 when a team of sixteen students from Simsbury High School set out to prove or disprove the popular suburban myth that MLK had lived in Simsbury. “With the support of their teacher Rich Curtiss and the Simsbury Free Library staff, they were able to document his time here, along with the influence it had on his life.” The small historical library is a treasure trove of Connecticut history and the people who lived there, if only for a brief time.
Based on their research, the students created a nationally acclaimed documentary that explored how instrumental Dr. King's time in Simsbury was in shaping his personal philosophies and in forming his decision to become a minister. The video revealed how his visits opened the young King's eyes for the first time to a desegregated world to which he was not accustomed. He saw a land of promise, not a world of segregation.
The idea to erect a permanent memorial to MLK’s experience here came to four of the students shortly after completing the documentary. In 2011, a new set of students dedicated themselves to designing an immersive display to honor MLK and keep his dream alive. Current student members broke ground in October 2018. Funds for the $120,000 project were raised through the sale of personalized bricks that were used on the pathway, along with contributions from generous individuals and businesses. Donations covered construction costs and created a fund for educational and enrichment programming, as well as maintenance for the future.
“Once the documentary was released, the students wanted to ensure that the inspirational lessons of MLK continue to have a prominent presence in Simsbury, said Willerup. “The Free library’s location in the center of town makes it the ideal place for the exhibit.” 
To determine both the design and elements used to convey the essence of the documentary, the students enlisted the expertise of master artist Peter McLean, a Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the Hartford Art School/University of Hartford. They designed a series of five etched glass panels that appear to float unsupported. The glass was chosen to reflect the idea that his words are not meant to be bound by walls, but to be available to all people. Each panel illustrates a different aspect of MLK’s life:
  • Family history
  • Journey to Simsbury
  • Time spent in Simsbury and why it was important to his life 
  • Leaving Simsbury and returning home to a segregated way of life
  • Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and subsequent legacy
Entry and exit markers are located at the south and north side of the memorial respectively, to convey MLK’s journey from the South to Simsbury. These markers will be made from brownstone, a native stone of Connecticut used in many of Simsbury’s historic buildings. There is also a bench made of Georgia granite from MLK’s home state.
Architect Jay Willerup donated his time to translate the students’ vision into actual building elements. He drew the plans, determined material, fastenings, dimensions, etc., all with input from the students. Construction firm Simscroft-Echo Farms Inc. in Simsbury completed the project.
“It is important to acknowledge that the memorial is not just a monument, but rather a place where people can sit, reflect, and learn about the beginnings of Dr. King’s life-long dedication to justice, peace, and equality,” concludes Willerup. “We are thrilled that the memorial has been chosen as a destination on Connecticut’s Freedom Trail, so that Simsbury can continue the inspiring work of MLK.”
To learn more about the MLK in CT Memorial visit www.MLKinCT.org.
About the Simsbury Free Library

The Simsbury Free Library (the Simsbury Genealogical and Historical Research Library), located at 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, promotes interest in genealogy and history by providing access to research material and expertise, artifacts, and educational and cultural programs, to help visitors develop the skills required to create family trees, search local histories, look up census records, explore vital records, etc.
The Simsbury Free Library – the Gracious Yellow Lady – is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. as well as by appointment. To RSVP or for more information, visit www.simsburyfreelibrary.org  or call (860) 408-1336.

PHOTO:  A memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the transformative months he spent in Simsbury, Connecticut will be unveiled on January 18, 2021 on the front lawn of the Simsbury Free Library located at 749 Hopmeadow Street following social distancing safeguards.  Credit: Simsbury Free Library

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Sun, 06 Dec 2020 03:38:58 -0500
Aquiline Drones is Taking on the World While Giving Back Locally https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1716-aquiline-drones-is-taking-on-the-world-while-giving-back-locally1716-aquiline-drones-is-taking-on-the-world-while-giving-back-locally https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1716-aquiline-drones-is-taking-on-the-world-while-giving-back-locally1716-aquiline-drones-is-taking-on-the-world-while-giving-back-locally

Although Aquiline Drones in Hartford is currently creating powerful industry partnerships around the globe, America's fastest growing drone and cloud technology company never forgets its local roots! Founded by life-long Newington resident Barry Alexander and comprised of a staff in which 50% of employees also reside in town, Aquiline Drones recently offered a helping hand to the Town of Newington's Food Bank by having its employees collect and drive turkey meals to those in need as part of Newington's town-wide Annual Thanksgiving collection.

"Taking a few hours out of the workday to donate both the time and talent of our staff to such a beneficial human services organization is a no-brainer," said Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones. "We are only as successful as the community which sustains us and while we are in the process of changing the drone landscape across the world, we are never too busy to assist our local region in whatever capacity necessary."

Specifically, Terry Borjeson-VP of Public Affairs, Cathy Dionne-Director of Business Development and Emily Guion-Director of Operations, Purchasing and Facilities manned a 2-hour shift on Thursday, November 19, 2020, which consisted of collecting and distributing food at external drop off points around the Newington Town Hall, as well as packaging and delivering food to homebound, impoverished residents.

More than 400 turkey meals were collected and delivered during the day.

Other local charity events in which Aquiline Drones has recently sponsored and participated include the 9th Annual Newington Rotary Lemonade Golf Tournament, the 9th Annual American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut Golf Outing and numerous others throughout 2020.

"This year more than ever, people are experiencing economic loss and financial hardship which is compounded even more so over the holidays," adds Alexander. "Despite the chaos caused by COVID-19, America is still the land of plenty, and everyone deserves to enjoy a healthy and hearty turkey dinner on the Thanksgiving holiday."

About Aquiline Drones

Located in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut, Aquiline Drones is an American drone company founded by experienced aviators, systems engineers, and IT gurus. With US-based manufacturing and world-class MRO services, the company offers innovative ways for using drones in commercial activities. Aquiline Drones' full spectrum of customized cloud solutions improves business and enterprise processes across countless industries by delivering real-time data insights and edge computing. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.

PHOTO: (from left to right) Terry Borjeson-VP of Public Affairs and Cathy Dionne-Director of Business Development at Aquiline Drones stock up the Newington Food Bank in preparation for turkey meal distribution and home-based deliveries to local residents in need. photo courtesy of Aquiline Drones.

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:41:51 -0500
Connecticut Caregivers Thankful To Be Employed At “Great Place to Work” https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1715-connecticut-caregivers-thankful-to-be-employed-at-great-place-to-work1715-connecticut-caregivers-thankful-to-be-employed-at-great-place-to-work https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1715-connecticut-caregivers-thankful-to-be-employed-at-great-place-to-work1715-connecticut-caregivers-thankful-to-be-employed-at-great-place-to-work

As thousands of Connecticut residents struggle with unemployment caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, the compassionate caregivers at Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) are thankful to be employed and appreciated by an exemplary company. In fact, ALS has been honored as an outstanding national workplace by the Great Place to Work Institute, an independent research and consulting firm.

The certification process considered more than 1,000 employee surveys from across ALS’ locations in Cheshire, Fairfield and Clinton. The survey evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employee completion of the Trust Index© Survey that asked them to share their experiences.

Donna Reynolds of Wallingford has worked with ALS for 7 years as a Personal Care Assistant:

I like working for Assisted Living Services because it is a family owned agency that cares for their employees. What has kept me there is they recognize their caregivers and the work they do, and it gives me incentive to give my clients the best care I can.

Kristin Mercadante of Southbury has worked with ALS for 14 years in various roles but is now our Fairfield Branch Manager/Service Coordinator:

I have been working for this great company over 14 years with some of the most amazing colleagues. ALS is “A Great Place To Work” because you feel like family here. Throughout the years I have had many opportunities to grow with the company through constant training, mentoring and encouragement. There is a great sense of pride in working here not just for the services we provide to the senior community but also in how all staff are treated. I am so proud to work for this family run company.”

“We are grateful for our fantastic team that was instrumental in helping us to once again earn recognition for our positive culture,” says Mario D’Aquila, MBA and Chief Operating Officer of ALS. “The core of our mission is to provide exceptional care for clients, so naturally we care for our employees the same way. In addition to sharing their job satisfaction, the feedback they provided will also help us run our business more strategically.”

D’Aquila notes the family-owned homecare agency has garnered several high-profile awards this year, including earning a position on the highly coveted annual Inc. 5000 list for 2020, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Assisted Living Services was the only Connecticut company in the Health Industry category. Additionally, Home Care Pulse selected ALS as a recipient of three of their top awards: Provider of Choice, Employer of Choice and Leader in Excellence.

Employees highlighted the monthly Platinum Caregiver Award program launched by ALS in 2019. The unprecedented initiative awards $5,000 to a stellar caregiver who has exceeded expectations for quality care. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, the program was retooled as the Homecare Hero Award in order to recognize more outstanding employees. From February to May 2020, ALS awarded 20 caregivers with $1,000, along with a beautiful crystal statue and a certificate of merit.

For more than two decades, ALS has led the charge to raise the standards for quality of care across the board in the highly competitive homecare industry. The company gives tens of thousands of dollars each year to incentivize employees for superior performance or perfect attendance. Managers also receive incentives if quality assurance benchmarks are achieved. Incentives and genuine appreciation for staff members are just a few of the reasons that ALS has a high employee retention rate with some employees still working for the agency for nearly two decades.

ALS employs more than 400 caregivers across the state, all of whom are insured, bonded, and supervised. D’Aquila notes the company is actively hiring as the demand for at-home care continues to grow.

“We applaud Assisted Living Services for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Kung, of Great Place to Work’s senior care affiliate Activated Insights. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace for high performance.”

About Assisted Living Services, Inc.

Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire with branch locations in Clinton and Fairfield has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their award-winning CarePlus program blends personal care with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance. Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com.

Photo/Caption: Donna Reynolds of Wallingford works as a Personal Care Assistant at Assisted Living Services helping elderly clients with activities of daily living. She credits her 7-year career at the company to the amazing recognition and incentive programs offered by its management for exceptional client care. Credit: Assisted Living Services

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 17 Nov 2020 04:41:25 -0500
Lofty Dreams Come True for Connecticut Man https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1714-lofty-dreams-come-true-for-connecticut-man1714-lofty-dreams-come-true-for-connecticut-man https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1714-lofty-dreams-come-true-for-connecticut-man1714-lofty-dreams-come-true-for-connecticut-man

Barry Alexander, CEO and Founder of Aquiline Drones, recently presented Timothy Demarest, an assembly worker from Meriden, CT, with free tuition to the Aquiline Drones Flight to the Future online drone pilot training program in order to launch a lucrative new career. Timothy, a lifelong drone-enthusiast, will earn FAA Drone Pilot Certification and gain access to the Flight to the Future job dashboard in order to start his own independent drone business.

“This is truly a gift from the heavens as I have always been fascinated with and appreciative of drones since childhood,” said Demarest, a 19-year-old manufacturing employee.  “I own a hobby drone, and actually created a video this past summer.  Thanks to Aquiline Drones, what has been a hobby can now become a viable career in a field that I love!”
The commercial drone sector is growing at a rate of 13.8% compounded annually and is expected to double by 2025 to over $42 billion as they grow in popularity and realize more potential across countless industries.  Activities easily performed by drones include routine inspections of construction sites, tunnels, bridges, power lines, energy plants, railroad tracks, coastline erosion, real estate, agriculture, livestock monitoring and wildlife management.  They are also unrivaled in assessing and mitigating potential natural disasters and other forms of mayhem that could ultimately lead to loss of livelihood, property or even life.  Further, drones are crucial to local, statewide, national and international border security.
“As the demand for commercial drone operations continues to increase, Tim will be armed with the proper knowledge, mastery, certification and specialization to successfully fulfill these jobs and opportunities,” said Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones.  “He, like the rest of our Flight to the Future program participants, are among the first licensed drone pilot business owners who are perfectly poised for a permanent career solution in the nation that millions of Americans can only dream of.”
Visit http://adflight.to/future to register.
About Aquiline Drones
Aquiline Drones is based in Hartford, CT, offering a full-spectrum of technological solutions for using drones in commercial activities featuring a customer-centric model, US-based manufacturing and supply chain, plus world-class MRO services. Aquiline Drones delivers real-time data insights supported by a dedicated UAV cloud and real-time OS, along with autonomous drone operations with dynamic in-field decision-making capabilities. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.
CAPTION: (from left) Tim Demarest, a drone aficionado and manufacturing employee from Meriden, officially accepts his complimentary tuition into Aquiline Drones’ proprietary Flight to the Future (F2F) program from Aquiline Drones Founder and CEO Barry Alexander. The online F2F program virtually trains and FAA-certifies new drone pilots, while preparing them for successful business ownership. Photo Credit: Aquiline Drones.


kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 10 Nov 2020 04:27:15 -0500
Hartford Company 1st to Manufacture Drones in USA with New Deal https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1712-hartford-company-1st-to-manufacture-drones-in-usa-with-new-deal1712-hartford-company-1st-to-manufacture-drones-in-usa-with-new-deal https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1712-hartford-company-1st-to-manufacture-drones-in-usa-with-new-deal1712-hartford-company-1st-to-manufacture-drones-in-usa-with-new-deal

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

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

Connecticut Phase 3 Reopening Begins Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Aquiline Drones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For almost 25 years, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire with branch locations in Clinton and Fairfield has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their unique CarePlus program blends personal care with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.

PHOTO: Ron Craft is the fulltime caregiver for his mother, Shirley Dunphy, through Assisted Living Services Inc. in Cheshire that oversees a state program that pays CT residents to care for seniors and elderly family members at home.

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

CIAC Football Board of Control Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Assisted Living Services, Inc.

For more than 24 years, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their unique CarePlus program blends personal care with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. Learn more by visiting the technology showroom at 290 Highland Ave., Cheshire, CT., online at www.assistedlivingtechnologies.com or by calling 203-235-TECH.  Assisted Living Services, Inc.’s website is www.assistedlivingct.com

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000


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

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

kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Life Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:32:17 -0400