Madison's HamletHub Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:51:02 -0500 State of Connecticut Launches Governor’s Council on Women and Girls

Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz and OPM Secretary McCaw to Spearhead Council

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated state response to issues that impact the lives of women and girls, their families, and the State of Connecticut.

The council, chaired by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, will be housed within the Office of the Governor, emphasizing the centrality of its work to the overall goals of the administration. Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Secretary Melissa McCaw will serve as the council’s vice chair.

“It’s true that women’s right are human rights. Honoring that reality here in Connecticut is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” Governor Lamont said. “That’s why I am proud to launch the first-ever Council on Women and Girls in our state to deliver on our administration’s commitment to gender equality and opportunity. With this council, we can ensure that women and girls have every opportunity to determine their future and make a good living for themselves and their families. I want to thank Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Secretary McCaw for leading this council.”

“I am honored to serve as chair of this critical council and I look forward to working with leaders from across state government to ensure that every program and policy we implement is created with women and girls in mind,” Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. “At their core, women’s issues are economic issues. In order to secure Connecticut’s economy and grow jobs, we must enact a family medical leave policy, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and ensure equal pay for equal work. Our administration is actively examining steps that we can take administratively to ensure that Connecticut’s government makes good on its commitment to women and girls.”

The Governor’s Council on Women and Girls was one of the recommendations made by the Lamont-Bysiewicz Transition Policy Committee on Women’s Issues. It will collaborate closely with civil society and the private sector, as well as the General Assembly’s Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, to better understand and address barriers to women’s and girl’s success.

The council will be comprised of the heads of each state agency, the constitutional officers, and a representative from each of the four legislative caucuses. Its mission is to ensure that women and girls, and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that too many of them face, are taken into account whenever state policies are developed and programs are created. The commissioners will also conduct a review and update of their agency’s current policies and programs to ensure they take the needs of women and girls into account.

The council is charged with focusing on four areas of impact: education and STEAM; economic opportunity and workforce equity; leadership; and health and safety. Subcommittees, composed of the relevant commissioners and focused on those core areas, will convene in advance of every council meeting to foster collaboration and breakdown silos between agencies.

The council is also tasked with recommending to Governor Lamont legislative proposals or changes to state policies or programs that would address issues of special importance to women and girls, as well as changes to state policies that have a distinct impact on women in the state workforce.

]]> (David Bednarz) Politics Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:57:44 -0500
This is SNOW Important: Let’s Make Madison Accessible for ALL

With the first significant snowstorm of the season predicted to hit Madison this weekend, we would like to remind local businesses of ADA regulations in regard to parking and store access. Please remember to maintain the accessible parking spaces and pathways on PRIVATE and TOWN-OWNED business properties. 

All accessible parking spaces should be cleared and made available when the rest of the lots are being cleared and ideally, as soon as possible. Accessible parking spaces should not be used to collect snow for later removal! This is worth repeating. Accessible parking spaces should not be used to collect snow for later removal!

Please note that snow-covered spaces STILL do not mean that you can park in available accessible parking spots if you do not have an Accessible Parking Permit.

A single wheelchair requires at least a 36" path, therefore please ensure a path that is at least this wide. Clear passages should include curb cuts.

Please help by sharing this information with business owners and the public so Madison is accessible for all during the winter months.

Any facility offering parking for employees or visitors must provide accessible parking for people with disabilities. An accessible parking space consists of vehicle space and a diagonally striped access aisle. The entire space must be kept clear of obstructions— including ice, snow, shopping cart corrals, trash cans, seasonal garden displays, and bicycle racks—at all times - ADA

For more information, please click here.


]]> (Sharol Signorelli) Places Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:04:29 -0500
Large Nor’easter to Impact Madison Saturday Night and Sunday Followed by Flash Freeze Sunday Night

Winter Storm Warning Issued for Litchfield County, Watches Issued by NWS for Rest of State

The GFS and NAM models are in fair to good agreement that a large northeaster will impact all of New England Saturday night and Sunday followed by an arctic cold outbreak Sunday night lasting into the middle of next week.  Some differences still exist between the models and any change in the storm track could still significantly change snowfall amounts.  The following forecast is based on a blend of the GFS and NAM models:

Saturday Evening: Snow is forecast to spread into the state from southwest to northeast between 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Towns should expect snow to become heavy at times by midnight.  Temperatures are forecast to hold in the 20’s.

Saturday Night: Moderate to heavy snow is forecast to change over to a mix from south to north overnight.  A mix line is expected to reach the coast by 1:00 AM and then move north to the Hartford area by 4:00 AM.  Total accumulations before the change to sleet and freezing rain are forecast to range from 2” – 4” near the coast, 6” – 10” in the Hartford area, up to 10” – 14” in the NW hills.  A moderate to major impact on overnight driving is expected in northern and central CT and a moderate impact is expected along the coast with several inches of snow cover on most roads. 

Sunday Morning: A mix of sleet and some freezing rain is expected in central and northern CT with plain rain in southern CT.  Temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid 30’s at the coast.  However temperatures inland are forecast to hold in the 20’s.  Freezing rain may cause some icing on power lines and trees.  The icing combined with NE winds gusting to 30 – 35 MPH and the weight of the overnight snow on trees may cause a moderate impact on power outages across the state.  Minor to isolated pockets of moderate coastal flooding are also possible during high tide at 10:00 AM in Western Long Island Sound.  A moderate impact on driving is expected. 

Sunday Afternoon: The mixed precipitation is forecast to change back to a few hours of light snow and end by mid-afternoon.  Temperatures are forecast to begin rapidly falling late in the afternoon which is expected to flash freeze any standing water on roads. 

Sunday Night: Bitterly cold air is forecast to rush into the state Sunday night with temperatures falling to near 0 F by daybreak on Monday with wind chills between -10 and -25 F.  A minor to moderate impact on driving is expected overnight. 

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor this approaching storm.

Learn more and receive updates on NWS website here.

]]> (National Weather Service) Life Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:54:12 -0500
Partial Rail Service Restoration for Shore Line East; Adjustments Made for Hartford Line Overcrowding

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2019, six weekday trains will be restored to the Shore Line East (SLE) schedule. CTDOT also announced changes by Amtrak to reduce overcrowding on afternoon trains on the Hartford Line between New Haven and Hartford.

The Shore Line East trains will replace scheduled bus service that has been operating since April 2018. Additionally, two Friday-only trains will now operate every weekday to provide customers with additional travel options.

On the Hartford Line, in order to address persistent overcrowding on afternoon Amtrak trains, the DOT has worked with Amtrak to limit advance ticket sales through Amtrak’s reservation system. The change took effect on January 2 for Amtrak Train 475 (Hartford to New Haven) and Train 474 (New Haven to Hartford), making room for up to 72 CTrail Hartford Line ticketed customers on these trains. CTDOT and Amtrak are monitoring ridership levels and will consider additional changes to the reservation system as needed.

Shore Line East is the train service between New Haven and New London owned and operated by Amtrak under an agreement with CTDOT. In addition to New Haven and New London, there are stops in Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook and Old Saybrook.

The following SLE trains will be reinstated on Tuesday, January 22:

Westbound to New Haven -

  • SLE Train 1627 – will depart Old Saybrook at 5:37 AM and arrive in New Haven at 6:22 AM.
  • SLE Train 1645 – will depart Old Saybrook at 7:50 AM and arrive in New Haven at 8:35 AM.
  • SLE Train 1675 – will now operate daily, departing Old Saybrook at 3:05 PM and arrive in New Haven at 3:45 PM.
  • SLE Train 1687 – will depart Old Saybrook at 6:13 PM and arrive in New Haven at 6:54 PM.

Eastbound to Old Saybrook

  • SLE Train 1604 – will depart New Haven at 6:55 AM and arrive in Old Saybrook at 7:36 AM.
  • SLE Train 1626 – will now operate daily, departing New Haven at 2:10 PM and arrive in Old Saybrook at 2:58 PM.
  • SLE Train 1638 – will depart New Haven at 5:10 PM and arrive in Old Saybrook at 5:56 PM.
  • SLE Train 1656 – will depart New Haven at 7:11 PM and arrive in Old Saybrook at 7:56 PM.

Customers should check their particular train departure time as it may differ from the bus departure time.

“We are pleased to return these trains to the schedule, but our work is not yet done. We will work tirelessly to restore full train service on Shore Line East. This is our goal. Our customers deserve no less.” said CTDOT Commissioner-designate Joseph J. Giulietti. “And on the Hartford Line, we believe these changes will alleviate some of the ongoing overcrowding on weekday afternoons. We thank Amtrak for its willingness to make these changes.”

CTDOT has been working with Amtrak to accelerate necessary repairs to the aging diesel locomotive and rail car fleet on Shore Line East. In order to get rail service back to normal, some rail cars and locomotives were shipped out of state to other Amtrak facilities for repair. Work shifts were added at the SLE New Haven shop.

In addition, another diesel locomotive was overhauled and recently released for service on SLE. The returned locomotive is part of the $46 million diesel locomotive overhaul program, which will when complete restore 18 diesel locomotives. The newly overhauled locomotives can be identified by their new red and black CTrail paint scheme.

Shore Line East customers are urged to check the service website at or call 877-287-4337 for the latest information. Hartford Line customers should check or call 877-287-4337.

]]> (CT DOT) Life Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:34:29 -0500
Connecticut Among Top 10 States for Outbound Moves

Connecticut Residents Are on the Move

Connecticut residents are on the move, according to a recent study conducted by United Van Lines. Results show that for the fourth consecutive year, Connecticut is among the top ten states for outbound moves. 

Out of the four areas tracked, one area bucked the trend and had more people moving in than out.  The New London-Norwich area had a total of 245 shipments, 54.3% of those were folks moving into the area.

The area with the highest percentage of people moving out was the New Haven-Waterbury-Meriden area that had 282 shipments from a total of 385 in or out of that area.


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United Van Lines reports, “New Jersey (66.8 percent), Connecticut (62 percent) and New York (61.5 percent) were included among the top 10 outbound states for the fourth consecutive year. 

The top outbound states for 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan

Since 1977, United Van Lines has annually tracked migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. “The 2018 study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state,” United Van Lines says.

Learn more about United Van Lines 2018 study here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:15:27 -0500
Burn Calories, Be One with Nature! Snowshoe Trails Near Madison

Finally…snow is headed to much of Connecticut this weekend! You don’t need to be a kid to get outside and bask in the white fluff! Why not give snowshoeing a try? Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of nature in New England while engaging in a low impact cardio workout.

"Snowshoeing is the best bang-for-your-buck, fat-burning workout in winter," according to Dr. Ray Browning of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado's Health Science Center and Vail Mountain Man champion. "It's an exceptional way to achieve cardiovascular fitness, expend energy and reduce your chance of heart disease; plus it's low cost, easily mastered and fun."

According to two independent studies conducted by Ball State University and the University of Vermont, snowshoers can burn between 420-1000 calories per hour. Here are some snowshoeing trails near Madison courtesy of

Trail Difficulty Rating Park
Green Rectangle Loop Trail MODERATE 3.5 Guilford Town Green
West Woods Loop Trail MODERATE 4.5 Guilford Town Green
White Circle, Red and Green Loop EASY 4 Guilford Town Green
Menunkatuck and Mattabasett Trails MODERATE 4 Guilford, Connecticut
New England Trail (NET) MODERATE 3 Guilford, Connecticut
Lake Hammo Loop Trail MODERATE 4 Killingworth, Connecticut

Please visit for more information about the trails at


]]> (Katie Connors) Places Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:49:42 -0500
Seven Connecticut Dogs Selected for 2019 Puppy Bowl

Bloomfield’s Brady from Dog Star Rescue to be part of the starting Lineup

Brady, a 17 week old Chihuahua/Russell Terrier from Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut will be part of Animal Planet’s 15th annual "Puppy Bowl", two hours of nonstop cuteness, on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3, 3 EST/12 PST).

Animal Planet says, “Don't miss the ultimate "Tailgating experience with the Puppy Bowl Pregame Show, featuring aww-analysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents including the infamous Rodt Weiler. Puppy Bowl XIV will kick off at GEICO Stadium.”

According to Animal Planet, the 7 year-running America's favorite "Rufferee," Dan Schachner, will return to call the puppy penalties, furry fumbles and terrier touchdowns. 

Six other dogs from Connecticut will be “Back Up Pups”.

Four puppies are from Danbury Animal Welfare Society:

  • Cole, an 18 week old Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Panda, a 19 week old American Bulldog/Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Scout a 15 week old Pomeranian/Chihuahua
  • Walnut, a 19 week old Boston Terrier/Miniature Poodle/Chihuahua/Dachshund.

Two puppies are from Pack Leaders Rescue of CT:

  • Smokey Blue a 13 week old Lab/Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier/Golden Retriever
  • Tuff a 16 week old Toy Fox Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier.

All dogs are available for adoption! View the Puppy Bowl starting lineup here.

*Fun Fact, Brady is a 2019 Howl of Fame inductee


]]> (Animal Planet) Life Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:27:25 -0500
Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance.

In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.

Read More: Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown.

]]> (CT Gov) Politics Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:21:44 -0500
Google Tech Training Tour Brings Seminars to 500+ Connecticut Job Seekers, Small Businesses and Nonprofits


February Trip Will Make Stops in Hartford, New Haven, and New London, open to all residents of Madison

Google announced today that it will host three day long digital skills training sessions in Connecticut during the week of February 11, making stops in Hartford, New Haven and New London. The effort put on by Grow with Google (the company’s economic opportunity initiative) is part of a national tour of libraries in all 50 U.S. states to equip people with requisite skills to thrive in the digital economy. Each stop will consist of free hands-on courses in an array of tech topics, aimed at job seekers, small business owners, students, educators and entrepreneurs to improve their digital skills.

“Connecticut is one of our country’s most historic centers of innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are making a commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of the Constitution State’s growing economy,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.

Each event will include Google staff leading interactive workshops about issues ranging from search engine optimization and online marketing to coding and email basics. Attendees can also sign up for one-on-one training with Google staff, and tour demo booths to learn more about Google’s free products for learners and small businesses. Google is officially partnering with Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Hartford Public Library, New Haven Free Public Library, and Public Library of New London as well as the American Library Association for the trip, and will explore partnership opportunities with area organizations to help with job training and developing digital skills.

To learn more about the free event and to register, visit Space will be limited; so please register in advance.

In its 2017 Economic Impact Report, Google found that 14,000 Connecticut businesses generated $4.13 billion in economic activity by using Google’s search and advertising tools.


February 11th: Hartford

  • 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Hartford Public Library -- Albany Library
  • 1250 Albany Avenue,  Hartford, CT 06112

February 13th: New Haven

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • New Haven Free Public Library
  • 133 Elm Street,  New Haven, CT 06510

February 15th: New London

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • Public Library of New London
  • 63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

For more information, click here.

]]> (Google) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:17:44 -0500
Artful Living Awarded by Broadway World

Artful Living awarded as part of BroadwayWorld’s 2018 Theater Awards chosen by chosen by you - the local theater goers!

BroadwayWorld explains, “Regional productions, touring shows, and more were all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are bigger and better than ever, including over 100 cities across America, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia!”

Congratulations to Artful Living for winning Best Actor in a Musical or Revue (Non-Equity) for Stephen Michelsson's performance in "Beauty and the Beast".

]]> (Broadway World) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:36:43 -0500
Snow predicted for Madison by week’s end, stronger storm Saturday night into Sunday

A quick moving but weak low pressure system will bring a light accumulating snowfall to Madison Thursday night, January 17 into Friday morning, January 18, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

A more significant storm system will impact the region over the weekend, bringing the potential for snow and heavy rain Saturday night, January 19  into Sunday evening, January 20. Strong winds will bring an arctic blast Sunday afternoon into Monday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 4 inches for interior portions of northeastern New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and Southwest Connecticut and one inch for NYC/NJ metro and surroundings before a changeover to rain. Less than one inch is predicted for Southeastern LI and CT before a changeover to rain.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to poor visibility and snow covered roads, particularly across the Interior, for the Friday morning commute.

In the wake of this system, a blast of arctic air is expected to rush into the region Sunday afternoon into Sunday Night, with the coldest air of the winter season expected into early next week.

Learn more on NWS website: NWS New York Website:

]]> (NWS) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:28:14 -0500
Gas Prices in Connecticut Inch Down

Connecticut gas prices continued to decline this week, according to AAA Northeast. Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular gas in Connecticut averages $2.55, 3 cents lower than this time last week. Compared to last year, prices are 12 cents lower.

On the national level, a gallon averages $2.25, 1 cent higher than last week – the first increase since October. Compared to last year, prices are 28 cents lower.

“The price of crude oil has been slowly increasing this year, but unlike some parts of the country, the impact has yet to be felt locally by motorists at the pump,” said Adelle Zocher, Outreach Specialist for AAA Northeast.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

  • Greater Bridgeport $2.66
  • Lower Fairfield County: $2.62
  • New Haven/Meriden: $2.57
  • Greater Hartford $2.45    
  • New London/Norwich $2.58
  • Windham/Middlesex $2.52

Statewide Average:$2.55

Today, Missouri and Arkansas both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.89 and $1.90, respectively. California and Hawaii continue to lead the pack with the highest prices at $3.28 and 3.26, respectively. Connecticut holds the 9th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:27:44 -0500
CT Author Pens CT Guidebook to Adventure - available for purchase near Madison

East Hampton, CT Author and Historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State.

The locations within 10 miles of Madison where the book can be purchased are:

Place Address
The Cooking Company 187 CT-81, Killingworth, CT
R J Julia Book Store 768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT
Stanton House Clinton Historical Society, Clinton, CT

To purchase the CT 169 Club 8.5 x 11 hardcover book with over 300 photos & maps and 376 pages directly from the author, please send a check for $26.53 (that includes $24. 95 for the book plus $1.58 for CT Tax with free USPS shipping!) to:

Marty Podskoch, 43 O’Neill Lane, East Hampton, CT 06424

The CT 169 Club Book is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide.

Learn more about the author and the book here

]]> (Martin Podskoch) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:07:49 -0500
Happiness is a well trained dog, Madison can participate in National Train Your Dog Month

If you are a new dog owner, or a seasoned owner who is yearning to teach your old dog new tricks, now is the time! Not only is it a new year, but January is National Train Your Dog Month!

The certified professional dog trainers within 15 miles of Madison according to the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) are:

Trainer Location
Bryony Aviles Branford, CT 06405
Janice Ann Liscinsky Deep River, CT 06417
Brian G. Tippy Branford, CT 06405
Robin E. Viele Northford, CT 06472

For a complete list please visit

There is a video series by Connecticut’s own Peace of Mind Canine available here.

We checked in with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and found out that they are promoting training the family dog with everyday manners – the behaviors found in the APDT's Canine Life and Social Skills program!

What’s more, throughout the month, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers is providing dog owners with free webinars that boast tips and tricks for teaching the basic commands including sit, down, stay, wait, coming when called and walking on a loose leash.

Visit Train Your Dog Month for a host of training videos and resources.

Dogs are the most popular pet by far according to AVMA. They report that 50% of Connecticut residents have a pet which places it 43rd on the list of pet ownership by state according to a 2018 study by AVMA. The national average is 57%.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Life Mon, 14 Jan 2019 06:30:34 -0500
CT BBB Offers Madison Residents Tips for Joining a Gym

The Connecticut BBB Offers “Tips for Joining a Gym”.

With the New Year comes determination and resolutions for many that involve a healthier lifestyle. This usually includes better eating habits and more exercise.

Joining a gym can be a big decision and before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. There are many things to take into consideration before signing a contract for a gym membership.

Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut and Madison wants consumers to get the most out of their new gym membership. Consider these tips before making your final decision:

Determine your fitness goals. Determining your goals first will help you select a facility that is most appropriate for you. It’s also a good idea to check with your physician before embarking on a new fitness regiment, especially if you have a medical condition.

Figure out your priorities. What amenities are you looking for in a gym? Do you want a gym that offers personal training? Access to a pool or hot tub? Is a sauna on your must list? If you travel for work, maybe a chain with numerous locations is best? These are all questions to ask yourself before finding the gym that is right for you.

Research. Find gyms that are at a convenient location for you or that have extended hours. Ask your friends or colleagues what gyms they belong to or look for customer reviews online. is a great resource that can help you narrow down the list of gyms you want to tour in person.

Take a tour. Make sure the gym has the equipment, classes, and trainers you need or expect. Pay attention to things that are important to you, whether it’s the cleanliness of the locker room or the availability of Wi-Fi. Ask questions and make sure you understand all the rules. Ask about busy times, wait times for equipment, if classes require pre-registration, and availability or cost of trainers.

Ask about free trials. Gyms often give a one-week free pass for potential members; this is a great way to see if the gym is a good fit for you. Try the gym at different times to see how crowded it is and whether there is a wait for certain equipment. Check out classes if they are offered.

Calculate the true costs. Gyms often use special introductory offers to encourage new members, but the price could go up more than you budgeted once the initial period is over. Make sure you understand what the regular monthly fees will be and what they include.

Understand the terms. Read the contract carefully before signing. Make sure that all verbal promises made by the salesperson are in writing. What matters is the document you sign, so don’t just take a salesperson’s word for it. What happens if you move or the gym goes out of business? Will your membership renew automatically at the end of the term? Can you get out of the contract altogether and under what circumstances?

Don’t feel coerced. Don't give in to high-pressure sales tactics to join right away. A reputable gym will give you enough time to read the contract thoroughly, tour the facilities, do some research, and make an informed decision.

Have you seen or heard a gym advertisement that seemed confusing or misleading? You can always report a bad ad to BBB AdTruth.

Remember to use BBB to look up a business before signing any contracts. Discover all that Better Business Bureau has to offer at

]]> (CT BBB) Public safety Sat, 12 Jan 2019 05:44:52 -0500