Madison's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/madison Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:31:17 -0400 HamletHub.com Blood Drives Near Madison, Urgent Need Before Summer Ends https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/events/886-blood-drives-near-madison-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565988610886-blood-drives-near-madison-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565988610 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/events/886-blood-drives-near-madison-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565988610886-blood-drives-near-madison-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565988610

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Madison through August 31

Town Date Address
Clinton 8/21/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Andrews Memorial Town Hall*, 54 East Main Street
Clinton 8/27/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. HCH Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike/Route 81
Madison 8/19/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. St. Margaret's Church Hall, 24 Academy Street

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:37:56 -0400
Many Connecticut Cities Ranked Highest for Number of Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/charities/885-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565823709885-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565823709 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/charities/885-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565823709885-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565823709

Madison and other nearby cities data can be seen on the chart below.

The Bridgeport Region ranks 20th for the US regions with the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations according to Governing Magazine.  The Bridgeport metro area has a total of 1,391 nonprofits, which translates to 14.7 per 10,000 population.

The number of nonprofits in towns near Madison are:

City # of Charities Value of Assets
Centerbrook, CT 12 $2,790,867
Chester, CT 36 $70,078,001
Clinton, CT 66 $25,670,580
Deep River, CT 40 $5,943,731
Essex, CT 72 $55,599,069
Guilford, CT 167 $69,755,033
Ivoryton, CT 14 $17,938,680
Killingworth, CT 44 $2,998,208
Madison, CT 135 $97,105,901
Old Saybrook, CT 81 $39,909,600
Stony Creek, CT 1 $689,467
Westbrook, CT 48 $28,360,789

The magazine studied all of the regions in the United States to try to determine why some regions have more charities than others, and they found some interesting results. "What we found was that the concentration of locally focused nonprofits doesn’t just vary from one part of the country to another -- it varies a lot. The top 10 metro areas on our list have more than twice the number of nonprofits per capita as all those in the bottom quarter."

Other regions in the top 20 according to Governor Magazine include:

Metro Area Nonprofits
Nonprofits Per 10k Pop
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7

 

Other Connecticut regions on the list include:

  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford with 1,576 nonprofits
  • New Haven-Milford with 1,082 nonprofits
  • Norwich-New London with 318 nonprofits

The governing analysis is based on data published by The National Center for Charitable Statistics.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Charities Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:30:00 -0400
National Book Award Winner Colson Whitehead to Speak in Madison on July 19 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/events/884-national-book-award-winner-colson-whitehead-to-speak-in-madison-on-july-19884-national-book-award-winner-colson-whitehead-to-speak-in-madison-on-july-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/events/884-national-book-award-winner-colson-whitehead-to-speak-in-madison-on-july-19884-national-book-award-winner-colson-whitehead-to-speak-in-madison-on-july-19

RJ Julia Booksellers will host National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize winning, author Colson Whitehead for the launch of The Nickel Boys, the much anticipated follow up to his bestselling book, The Underground Railroad.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on July 19 at the First Congregational Church in Madison, Conn. The Nickel Boys dramatizes the true story of a Florida reform school through the lens of two boys sentenced to it during Jim Crow-era Florida.

Whitehead is the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Underground Railroad, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, Whitehead lives in New York City.

Tickets are available online at rjjulia.com and by phone at (203) 245-3959. Tickets are limited and are available while supplies last.

First Congregational Church is located at 26 Meeting House Lane in Madison, Conn.

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Books, Ink editors) Events Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:28:26 -0400
Madison Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/neighbors/883-madison-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559689245883-madison-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559689245 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/neighbors/883-madison-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559689245883-madison-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559689245

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

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

Award recipients close to Madison are as follows:

PublishedDate Student City Probable Career College Sponsor High School
2019-06-05 12:00 Owen S. Dray Guilford Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) National Merit Franklin W. Olin College Of Engineering Scholarship Guilford H. S., Guilford
2019-06-05 12:00 Matthew T. Lecky Middletown Chemistry National Merit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship Middletown H. S., Middletown
2019-06-05 12:00 Noah V. Sobel-Lewin New Haven Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Hopkins School, New Haven
2019-06-05 12:00 Finian H. McGannon Westbrook Mathematics National Merit Bowdoin College Scholarship Westbrook H. S., Westbrook

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Madison Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/places/881-madison-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558129267881-madison-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558129267 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/places/881-madison-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558129267881-madison-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558129267

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

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

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

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

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
8/10 Guilford High School 1083 9% 78% 91%
8/10 Daniel Hand High School 1164 5% 90% 94%
8/10 Old Saybrook Senior High School 444 13% 85% 92%

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

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

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:51 -0400
See Where Madison Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/neighbors/880-see-where-madison-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556665280880-see-where-madison-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556665280 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/neighbors/880-see-where-madison-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556665280880-see-where-madison-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556665280

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

High School CT Rank Nat Rank Grad Rate Readiness Enrollment
Daniel Hand High School #23 #1,000 99% 47.4 1,153
The Morgan School #109 #6,115 94% 27.5 559

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

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

The top five high schools in Connecticut

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

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

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

Read the article in its entirety here.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:39:14 -0400
Connecticut to Receive New Funding for Tick Research, Madison Tick Data Shown Below https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/publicsafety/879-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-madison-tick-data-shown-below-1556560823879-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-madison-tick-data-shown-below-1556560823 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/publicsafety/879-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-madison-tick-data-shown-below-1556560823879-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-madison-tick-data-shown-below-1556560823

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

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

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

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

Town Total_Identified Total_Tested Total_Positive Percent_Positive
Clinton 2 1
Killingworth 6 4 1 0.25
Madison 21 19 6 0.316

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

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

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

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

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Public safety Mon, 29 Apr 2019 08:49:59 -0400
Congratulations to the National Corporate Merit Scholarship Winners Near Madison https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/neighbors/878-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-madison-1555456260878-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-madison-1555456260 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/neighbors/878-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-madison-1555456260878-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-madison-1555456260

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

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

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

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

Kevin C. Li
DANIEL HAND H. S., MADISON
NATIONAL MERIT BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP
Electrical Engineering
MADISON
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc. annually awards scholarships to the children of active, full-time employees of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company U.S. divisions and subsidiaries. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a research-based, diversified health care company whose principal businesses are pharmaceuticals, consumer products, nutritionals and medical devices.

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

U.S. college or university of their choice.

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

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit) Neighbors Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Connecticut State Police Accepting Applications at Locations Near Madison for State Police Troopers until May 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/publicsafety/877-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-madison-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555371077877-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-madison-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555371077 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/publicsafety/877-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-madison-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555371077877-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-madison-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555371077

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

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

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

The CT Troop  locations nearest to Madison are:

Troop Street City Phone
TROOP F – Westbrook 315 Spencer Plains Road Westbrook (800) 256-5761

There is a six stage process for hiring:

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

   Instructional Video Links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT State Trooper) Public safety Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:04:38 -0400
State of Connecticut Partners With Dalio Philanthropies to Strengthen Public Education and Promote Greater Economic Opportunity https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/charities/876-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-1554814828876-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-1554814828 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/charities/876-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-1554814828876-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-1554814828

Dalio Philanthropies Pledges $100 Million to Connecticut; Collaboration Aims to Raise $300 Million to Benefit Youth and Under-Resourced Communities Throughout the State

(HARTFORD, CT) – Ray and Barbara Dalio of Dalio Philanthropies today joined Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, First Lady Annie Lamont, leaders in the General Assembly, students and other stakeholders to announce the launch of a partnership strengthening public education and promoting greater economic opportunity in Connecticut. Through Connecticut’s leadership and the support of Dalio Philanthropies, the partnership seeks to raise $300 million over five years: $100 million from the State of Connecticut that will be matched by $100 million from Dalio Philanthropies and another $100 million from other philanthropists and business leaders.

A video of the announcement is available here.

The $100 million from Dalio Philanthropies is the largest known philanthropic donation to benefit the state in Connecticut’s history. The partnership will benefit residents of Connecticut’s under-resourced communities, with a specific focus on communities where there is both a high poverty rate and a high concentration of youth (14-24) who are showing signs of disengagement or disconnection from high school.

Dalio Philanthropies and the State of Connecticut formed the partnership in response to the state’s current challenges:

  • More than one out of every five high school students in Connecticut are either disengaged or disconnected from school;
  • The annual fiscal impact of high school dropouts on the state budget is more than $900 million;
  • Connecticut ranks among the highest states in terms of income inequality; and
  • Employers across the state are looking to hire skilled workers in historic and emerging industries.

The partnership will:

  • Work with local stakeholders to ensure that community voice and input shape programming design and help advance positive outcomes as quickly and sustainably as possible;
  • Serve disengaged and disconnected youth or entrepreneurs working in under-resourced communities;
  • Utilize practices with demonstrated positive impact in Connecticut or other states and communities;
  • Monitor, measure, and report progress against specific agreed upon impact objectives; and
  • Likely form an independent organization to leverage community expertise and administer resources with representation from Dalio Philanthropies, and the legislative and executive branches.

Given this unprecedented opportunity to leverage a 2-to-1 match, the governor is proposing to appropriate the first contribution from the projected surplus this year. The state match for future years of the five-year commitment will be discussed with the legislature before developing final budgets.

To promote greater economic opportunity, the partnership will support and encourage microfinance and community entrepreneurship initiatives. For example, the partnership might explore funding entrepreneurs with small loans and early stage equity capital and providing non-financial supports such as mentorship and access to networks to help individuals start their own businesses in under-resourced communities so that they can create opportunities for their families and fellow citizens.

To strengthen public education, the partnership will engage non-profit organizations, high schools, higher education, and employers to connect young people to upwardly-mobile jobs. Public education and workforce development programs will include an integrated focus on youth development and wraparound programming to give youth the holistic supports they need to succeed. This could include collaborative endeavors to support educators and schools in individualizing interventions for each student, particularly at moments of transition, as well as programming to reach disconnected youth by providing the supports they need to get back in school and/or connect to the workforce.

“The Dalios, especially Barbara, have made improving public education a priority and thousands of young people will have a better chance to succeed because of their commitment,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “There are many individuals who care deeply about Connecticut and its future generations. We’ve come together today for a historic investment to support, encourage, and mentor our young people so they can achieve their greatest potential. I’m grateful to the Dalios, to all our community leaders and educators, and to all of our young people who are working every day to make our state the best it can be.”

“Our educators and community programs provide extraordinary support to our young people in Connecticut,” Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) said. “However, our state needs more investment and initiatives in under-resourced communities. This partnership between Dalio Philanthropies, the General Assembly, Governor Lamont, and other philanthropists and business leaders is an important investment in our young people. The entire state appreciates the generosity and commitment of the Dalio family. I also want to thank Governor Lamont for his work in leading this effort that has the potential to be transformative.”

“This is not just about two people being proud of their state and wanting to give back, but also an understanding of the special challenges our youth in certain communities face and investing in their future,” Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) said. “Reaching our young people in need with mentoring and opportunity along with encouraging local entrepreneurship is exactly the formula we need, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.”

“We appreciate Governor Lamont’s out of the box creative thinking in moving the state forward in pursuit of alternative methods of funding, such as a public-private partnership,” the legislature’s Republican leaders, Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, said in a joint statement. “We share the goal of creating more opportunity for Connecticut’s youth. This is an idea that is certainly worth exploring, but also that needs to be vetted in great detail. The wellbeing of Connecticut and all who live here is of the utmost importance to all of us and we look forward to many more in-depth conversations to ensure that all people in Connecticut have the best opportunity to succeed.”

“Giving students the education that leads to career and job opportunities is one of the most important responsibilities that we have as a society,” Barbara Dalio, co-founder and director of Dalio Philanthropies, said. “When students are given the career and job training opportunities and they can see a path that excites them, they will thrive. Ray and I are thrilled to partner with Governor Lamont and communities to make this vision possible.”

“Equal access to education and job opportunities are required for any system to be fair and productive,” Ray Dalio, co-founder and president of Dalio Philanthropies, said. “Unfortunately, these are now lacking in Connecticut, particularly in poor areas of the state where poverty impedes children’s ability to get a quality education and for adults to get jobs. I believe that all members of our Connecticut community should pull together to rectify these intolerable circumstances. Barbara has for many years been tirelessly working alongside our state’s educational and community leaders to help provide our public school system with the support it needs to close the educational opportunity gaps. Building on her work and Governor Lamont’s call to work together, we are excited to help initiate this partnership to improve public education and provide jobs and microfinancing opportunities to those in the most depressed areas of our state. We hope to make these changes sustainable over the long run by raising incomes, lowering social costs, and making Connecticut a more hospitable environment for those who will contribute to its well-being.”

About Dalio Philanthropies

Dalio Philanthropies furthers the Dalio family’s diverse philanthropic passions, which include strengthening public education in Connecticut, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship. Dalio Philanthropies has invested more than $50 million in the state’s public school districts, nonprofit organizations, and communities over the past four years alone. Dalio Philanthropies’ support for financial inclusion efforts total over $72 million to date. To learn more, visit www.daliophilanthropies.org.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT State) Charities Tue, 09 Apr 2019 03:57:47 -0400
Schools Near Madison Awarded by CT Department of Education as Schools of Distinction https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/life/875-schools-near-madison-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-1553904031875-schools-near-madison-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-1553904031 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/life/875-schools-near-madison-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-1553904031875-schools-near-madison-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-1553904031

The CSDE is recognizing 160 schools across the state as Schools of Distinction for high overall performance, high academic growth, and/or improvement in overall performance. It is commendable that 43 of the 160 Schools of Distinction are located in Alliance Districts.

“The 2017-18 accountability results show progress is being made on several performance and growth indicators and it is especially encouraging to see increases in performance and growth for our most vulnerable student groups,” said Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell. “This is a sign we are moving in the right direction and delivering on our promise of equity and excellence for all Connecticut students.

The Schools in the Madison area recognized as Schools of Distinction are as follows:

School Index-Score ELA Math Phys Fitness Distinction
Guilford High School 90.34% 95.05% 91.05% 83.51% High Performance
Melissa Jones School 92.29% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math
Guilford Lakes School 92.05% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA
Calvin Leete School 91.94% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA
A. W. Cox School 91.56% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA
Burr District Elementary School 90.57% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA
Mary R. Tisko School 86.30% 99.17% 96.74% 52.99% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
John B. Sliney School 79.84% 98.52% 98.62% 61.73% High Growth (All Students) - Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Mary T. Murphy School 79.78% 92.27% 93.07% 62.75% High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Kathleen E. Goodwin School 86.03% 92.90% 81.76% High Performance

Academic growth is a cornerstone of the Next Generation Accountability System. Unlike achievement which is a status measure, academic growth values the improvement in academic achievement of matched students in Grades 4 through 8. It is the best available broad measure of curriculum and instructional effectiveness. Connecticut’s academic growth results in 2017-18 were higher than in 2016-17. There is still room for improvement statewide toward the ultimate target of 100%. The CSDE is also pleased to release a document entitled Voices from the Field: Factors Influencing Academic Growth which is a compilation of the local policies, educator practices, strategies, and/or systems implemented by high growth schools that others may replicate.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Life Tue, 02 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Board of Regents Sets 2019-20 Average Tuition Rates to CT Colleges to Over $24k For Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/places/874-board-of-regents-sets-2019-20-average-tuition-rates-to-ct-colleges-to-over-24k-for-residents-1553898023874-board-of-regents-sets-2019-20-average-tuition-rates-to-ct-colleges-to-over-24k-for-residents-1553898023 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/places/874-board-of-regents-sets-2019-20-average-tuition-rates-to-ct-colleges-to-over-24k-for-residents-1553898023874-board-of-regents-sets-2019-20-average-tuition-rates-to-ct-colleges-to-over-24k-for-residents-1553898023

The system-wide average tuition and fees for the CSUs will be $11,417 for in-state commuter students and $24,716 for resident students for the 2019-20 academic year.

Under the adopted structure, tuition for CSU students will increase by 5 percent while mandatory university fees will be held flat and room fee increases will be capped at 2.5 percent

The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) today voted unanimously to set tuition and fees for the four Connecticut State Universities (CSUs) and Charter Oak State College (COSC). Under the adopted structure, tuition for CSU students will increase by 5 percent while mandatory university fees will be held flat and room fee increases will be capped at 2.5 percent. All told, CSU average tuition and fees will increase by $479 or 4.4 percent for an in-state undergraduate commuter student and by $860 or 3.6 percent for in-state residential students. Tuition for COSC students will increase by 2.9 percent, while fees will increase by 4.2 percent.

“Tuition increases are always a last resort, and the board did not take this decision lightly,” Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) President Mark Ojakian said. “We have always maintained that we would not balance budgets on the backs of students, and this step is no exception. Even despite the increase, we anticipate drawing down on up to $20 million in university reserves. Our state colleges and universities are and will continue to be the most affordable and accessible option for Connecticut students to receive quality and affordable higher education.”

Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal calls for flat funding plus partial coverage of SEBAC raises. Without additional state funding, this tuition increase is expected to leave universities with a budget gap of approximately $20 million. The ultimate shortfall will be closed with use of reserves, campus spending reductions, or a combination.

CSUs

In-State

Out of State

Tuition

5.0%

5.0%

University Fee

0.0%

-5.0%

*

University General

Fee

Up to 5%

Up to 5%

**

Room Fee

2.5%

2.5%

Food Service Fee

3.6%

3.6%

***

COSC

In-State

Out of State

Tuition

2.9%

2.7%

Fees

4.2%

4.5%

****

 

*  Held flat except out of state may be reduced by up to 5% to address competition

** May exceed 5% to rectify inconsistencies in tuition and fee schedules

*** Based on contractual costs

**** Mandatory fees

 The average COSC student will pay $319 per credit in the 2019-20 academic year. Tuition for community colleges has not yet been set and is expected to be decided at the April BOR meeting.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Board of Regents) Places Mon, 01 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0400
43,251 lbs. of Unneeded Medication Were Disposed of by CT Residents - Here are the Drug Drop Boxes Closest to Madison https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/publicsafety/873-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-madison-1553722274873-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-madison-1553722274 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/publicsafety/873-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-madison-1553722274873-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-madison-1553722274

CT State is proud to announce an increase in the use of drug drop boxes in 2018. The drug drop box program helps save the lives of Connecticut children as well as the environment.

Unwanted medication should not be flushed down the toilet or sink!  

There are now 95 drug drop boxes at law enforcement stations in Connecticut registered with DCP. The Drug Drop boxes closest to Madison are as follows:

Location_Name Address
MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT 9 CAMPUS DR, MADISON
GUILFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT 400 CHURCH ST, GUILFORD
DESPP DIVISION OF STATE POLICE TROOP F 315 SPENCER PLAINS RD, WESTBROOK
CLINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 170 E MAIN ST, CLINTON

In CT, there are several ways that consumers can safely dispose of unwanted medications.

“Disposing of unneeded medication safely is just one way to prevent addiction and overdoses,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “We’re pleased to see a steady growth in the number of drop boxes, and in the medication being disposed of. We want to thank law enforcement for hosting drop boxes in the state, and for their continued collaboration in making this program a success. We look forward to coordinating even more with our sister agencies and partner organizations to keep families safe”

Although using the toilet or sink prevents someone from accidentally taking the medications, disposing of them in this way causes water pollution and has adverse effects on septic systems, sewage treatment plants, fish and other aquatic wildlife. Trace amounts of all kinds of drugs have also been found in some drinking water supplies because they pass through septic systems and sewage plants untreated according to the CT Department of Environmental Protection.

“Thanks to the efforts of the people and communities of our state, in just one year, more than 20 tons of medications have been safely destroyed and kept out of the wrong hands,” said Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. “Preventing addiction and limiting access to dangerous medications is one way we can all play a role in stemming the tide in the opioid crisis.”

In addition to disposing at a drop box, families can dispose of medication safely at home by running medication under hot water, combining it with an undesirable material, sealing the container, and throwing it out.

Families with complaints, questions, or concerns may contact DCP’s Drug Control Division by emailing dcp.drugcontrol@ct.gov, or by calling (860) 713-6065.

Drop Box Collection Results By Year:

Year

# of Boxes

Amount Burned (lbs.)

2012

22

3,639

2013

34

8,149

2014

49

15,930

2015

53

23,651

2016

71

33,803

2017

79

37,541

2018

95

43,251

 

What CAN and CANNOT be discarded in local medication drop-boxes

YES:

• Over-the-counter medications

• Prescription medications

• Medication samples

• Medications for household pets

• Medicated lotions or ointments

NO:

• Needles or other “sharps”

• Hazardous waste

• Thermometers

• Personal care products (shampoo,etc.)

Safe disposal options for drugs can be found here. For more information, please see the CT State Department of Consumer Protection website here.

Note: Schools that want to dispose of controlled substances should call the Drug Control Division of the CT Dept. of Consumer Protection for assistance at 860-713-6065.     

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Public safety Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Connecticut Residents Faced some of the Largest Increases in Effective Property Tax Rate over Last Decade https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/places/872-connecticut-residents-faced-some-of-the-largest-increases-in-effective-property-tax-rate-over-last-decade-1553637026872-connecticut-residents-faced-some-of-the-largest-increases-in-effective-property-tax-rate-over-last-decade-1553637026 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/places/872-connecticut-residents-faced-some-of-the-largest-increases-in-effective-property-tax-rate-over-last-decade-1553637026872-connecticut-residents-faced-some-of-the-largest-increases-in-effective-property-tax-rate-over-last-decade-1553637026

Residents of the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut, metro area pay the highest property taxes in absolute terms in the US according to study

ValuePenguin released a study to determine where property taxes have increased the most, and it is not great news for Connecticut.  All four Connecticut Metro areas placed with the top 6 in the rankings for the top increase in effective tax rate for the last 10 years.

Top Ten Metro Areas by Change in Effective Tax Rate According to ValuePenguin

Metro Area

10-Year Change in Effective Tax Rate

2017 Effective Property Tax Rate

Change in Median Home Value

Difference in Cost for Median Homeowner

Kingston, NY

0.82%

2.36%

-$21,200

$1,573

New Haven-Milford, CT

0.77%

2.32%

-$36,800

$1,308

Rockford, IL

0.69%

2.87%

-$9,800

$623

Norwich-New London, CT

0.64%

1.85%

-$34,200

$1,111

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

0.61%

2.19%

-$7,400

$1,402

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

0.55%

1.75%

-$73,100

$1,474

Binghamton, NY

0.55%

2.78%

$14,900

$957

Ocean City, NJ

0.50%

1.49%

-$42,400

$1,054

Manchester-Nashua, NH

0.49%

2.17%

-$5,000

$1,293

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

0.48%

1.96%

-$2,000

$992

All four Connecticut metro areas saw a decrease in the median home value over the last 10 years. Nine of the top ten listed above also saw a decrease in median home values, although only 20.85% of the metro areas listed saw a decrease in median home values.

The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT metro area had the third largest decrease in median home values, beat only by Salinas CA ($-141,500) and Madera, CA (-$91,400).

"ValuePenguin calculated the effective tax rate in each metropolitan area by comparing a region's median real estate taxes paid and home value. We only used data for owner-occupied houses, and contrasted figures from 2007 and 2017, the most recent year for which data is currently available. Metropolitan areas were excluded from our analysis if data was missing for one or both years surveyed."

A full copy of the report can be found here.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Places Thu, 28 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Thomas the Tank Engine Coming to Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/events/871-thomas-the-tank-engine-coming-to-connecticut-1553550626871-thomas-the-tank-engine-coming-to-connecticut-1553550626 https://news.hamlethub.com/madison/events/871-thomas-the-tank-engine-coming-to-connecticut-1553550626871-thomas-the-tank-engine-coming-to-connecticut-1553550626

Toot toot!!! Thomas the Tank Engine, his buddy Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt are pulling into Essex Station for the “Steam Team Tour!” this spring!

Thomas & Friends will be in Essex on April 20th, 27th, 28th, as well as May 4th-5th, with departure times every 45 minutes from 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Passengers select a departure time when purchasing a ticket (ride is approx. 25 minutes), but can enjoy fun-filled family activities all day long!

After meeting Thomas, guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, and Percy the Small Green Engine! But wait, there’s more! Included in your ticket price, you and your little ones have access to unlimited rides on 5 carnival rides, face painting featuring Day Out With Thomas characters, Isle of Sodor storytelling, a special Thomas the Tank Engine video theater & magic show, and Thomas the Tank Engine play areas! PLUS, Caboose the Clown will be joining us and creating colorful balloon characters, while Sunny Train presents her beloved music show!

Included with admission at no additional charge:
  • Carnival rides (ride as many times as you want!)
  • Face painting
  • Isle of Sodor storytelling
  • Special Thomas the Tank Engine video theater
  • Coloring and creativity station
  • Thomas the Tank Engine  play areas
  • Magic show
  • Caboose the Clown creating colorful balloon characters
  • Sunny Train children’s music show

Kid friendly petting zoo provided by Circle K Farms

PURCHASE TICKETS

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Essex Steam Train) Events Wed, 27 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400