Newtown's HamletHub Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:02:02 -0500 Town of Newtown Announces Vacancies on Boards and Commissions

Newtown First Selectman Rosenthal seeks residents to fill openings on local boards/commissions

First Selectman Rosenthal is seeking residents to fill vacancies and openings on the following boards and commissions:

  • The Hattertown Historic District has an alternate position available to any registered voter. 
  • The Sustainable Energy Commission has a position available to a Republican voter.
  • The Sustainable Energy Commission also has a position available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.
  • The Economic Development Commission has a position available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.  Candidate recommendations must be received by 3/15/19.
  • The Community Center Committee has a position available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.  Candidate recommendations must be received by 3/15/19.

Any interested party can send a letter of interest and a resume to

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Newtown Residents Can Preserve Their Favorite Trail by Nominating it as an Official Connecticut Greenway

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Greenways Council today announced they are now soliciting nominations for official state greenway designations. Residents of Newtown can nominate their favorite greenway by downloading this form and emailing it to

A “Greenway” is a corridor of open space which meets the criteria defined here.

“Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternative transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development. Greenways make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history while cultivating town pride,” said DEEP Commissioner-designee Katie Dykes. “The Connecticut Greenways Council encourages municipalities to embrace the designation process to facilitate sustainable development, enhancement, and preservation of these special places.”

As an example, here are the CT Greenways within 20 miles of Newtown:

4 Mile Brook, Oxford
8 Mile Brook, Oxford
Housatonic Riverbelt Greenway
Larkin State Park Trail
Middlebury Greenway
Milford Greenway System
Naugatuck River - Torrington Section
Naugatuck River, Litchfield/Harwinton Section
New Milford River Trail Greenway
Newtown Greenway System
Pomperaug River Greenway, Southbury
Shelton Greenways System
Shepaug Greenway
Steele Brook Greenway, Watertown
Still River Greenway
The Ives Trail, Danbury
West River Watershed

For a map of all the greenways in CT, please click here. For more details about the above greenways, click here.

An official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition of a greenway, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives.  Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants.  There are currently approximately 75 designated greenways in Connecticut.

The Greenways Council will evaluate all nominated greenways for consistency with designation criteria.  Those selected for designation will be announced by the Greenways Council in conjunction with their National Trails Day event in June.

The nomination form is available as a word document or a PDF.  The preferred method for submission of completed nomination forms is by e-mail to, and digital photos and maps are preferred (digital photos of hard copy maps are acceptable).  Nominations may also be submitted on CD or other electronic storage device and can be mailed to Laurie Giannotti, CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. The deadline for submission of nominations is April 26, 2019.

For more information please visit

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Newtown Drivers In Love With Lower Gas Prices this Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and, according to AAA Connecticut, Newtown drivers continue their love affair with declining gas prices in The Nutmeg State. “Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular in Connecticut averages $2.45, down 3 cents compared to this time last week and 30 cents lower compared to this time last year,” says AAA Connecticut.

Nationally, things are not synonymous with the lower local prices at the pump. There are several reasons sparking an increase in national prices, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Frigid temps enveloping much of the nation have prompted a decline in consumer demand,” she said. “Couple that drop with ongoing refinery maintenance and cheaper crude oil prices, and drivers are seeing slightly higher prices at the pump.” The good news, however, is Connecticut prices haven’t yet reversed its downward trend, she added.

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

Greater Bridgeport - $2.56

Lower Fairfield County - $2.53

New Haven/Meriden - $2.46

Greater Hartford - $2.38  

New London/Norwich - $2.49

Windham/Middlesex - $2.43

Statewide Average:  $2.45

Today, Arkansas and Missouri both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.96 and $1.97, respectively.  California and Hawaii continue to trade places each week with the highest prices at $3.27 and $3.25, respectively. Connecticut moved down to the 10th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Average gas prices may be obtained daily through

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A Night of Comedy on March 1 at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown

New (snow) date: March 1!

Join your friends for an evening of laughter and fun in Newtown when Edmond Town Hall welcomes comedian Alexandria McHale and friends to take the stage on Friday, March 1 from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

All tickets include free wine, beer, and dessert! Edmond Town Hall doors will open at 7:30 PM for general seating. The show starts at 8:30 PM.

Our pre-show VIP party begins at 6:30 PM in the Alexandria Room at the Edmond Town Hall and includes premier seating for the show. Enjoy beautiful dinner prepared by Sal E Pepe Restaurant of Newtown with wine, beer, and soda included and time with friends.

 Learn more and purchase tickets here.


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Winter Injury? Expert Care Without An Appointment At OrthoCare Express

Staying safe in the winter months

It’s winter time, which means cold, snow, and ice are here to stay for a while. With all the fun winter has in store, it also means that more accidents can happen. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy this season:

-Walk on footpaths where there is no ice to get better traction.

-When using stairs outdoors, take slow, shorter steps and hold an available handrail.

-Bend with your knees when snow shoveling.

-When the path to your destination is slick, be careful about lifting or carrying heavy objects, such as luggage or gear, as you are more likely to slip. Ask for help when available.

-Wear helmets when doing outdoor sports such as ice skating, sledding or skiing.

-Warm up before participating in outdoor sports. Warm muscles are less likely to get injured.

-Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration while doing outdoor activities.

Accidents Happen.

It’s important to have fun and enjoy your favorite activities in these winter months, but if you find yourself needing immediate care, OrthoCare Express is an excellent option. OrthoCare Express is the walk-in, orthopedic-specific urgent care service of OrthoConnecticut, the region’s leading multispecialty orthopedic practice.  OrthoCare Express has convenient locations in Danbury, Darien, Norwalk and Westport, providing Fairfield and Westchester County residents with direct access to Orthopedic Surgeons and orthopedically-trained Physician Assistants who can immediately diagnose and treat the full range of orthopedic emergencies, from broken bones from falls on the ice to knee ligament injuries from skiing.

Many urgent care offices exist, but OrthoCare Express is unique in that it is “orthopedic focused” which enables patients to avoid the step of seeing a generalist at another urgent care office who is not qualified to diagnose a musculoskeletal injury or ailment. A walk-in appointment at OrthoCare Express ensures that the patient promptly sees a highly trained, Board Certified orthopedic specialist or PA the first time - saving time, money and limiting the often painful interim period until treatment is delivered.

“We are delighted to be able to provide the finest orthopedic care on an emergency basis to people across Fairfield and Litchfield Counties in Connecticut, and to Westchester County in New York, states Sports Medicine specialist, Dr. Michael Brand. “Having trained, orthopedic specialists available so readily for emergency care has made OrthoCare Express desirable for patients driving from as far as 30-50 miles away and our 4 locations meet the growing demand,” he adds.

OrthoCare Express does not require an appointment. With on-site digital X-ray and all the resources to cast or brace right in the office, an emergency visit to OrthoCare Express provides the most efficient emergency orthopedic service in the region.

So, stay safe by being prepared and cautious so that you can enjoy all that winter has to offer. However, if you find yourself needing immediate orthopedic attention, skip the ER and go straight to the source at OrthoCare Express in Danbury, Darien, Norwalk and Westport. 

For more information and specific locations hours, visit

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Upcoming Business Programs at the C.H. Booth Library

Introduction to SCORE on Thursday, February 26 beginning at 7:00 pm

Are you thinking about starting or growing your own business? If so, the Western Connecticut SCORE mentors are here for you.

Come hear Cathy Lindstrom, 7 year SCORE mentor with 27 years of on the job training in HR, graphic design, marketing—you name it!—as she tells you what to expect from a SCORE counseling session and how to come prepared to make the most of your session.

Click here to register.

Career Bus on Monday, March 18 - Social Networking for Employment from 10:00 am to noon

Click here to register

Job Search Assistance from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The computer lab on wheels comes to Edmond Town Hall! Sign up in the morning for a class on how to use the resources and tools of the most popular social networking sites to improve your job search and be seen as a credible candidate. In the afternoon, drop by for our walk-in job search assistance.

Co-sponsored by Edmond Town Hall and the Chamber of Commerce of Newtown, Inc.

Note location: Edmond Town Hall Parking Lot

The One Page Business Plan on Tuesday, March 19 

6:30 pm Networking

7:00 pm Presentation

If only there was a way to test the viability of your business idea before going all in. There is! At the heart of all the reasons for product failure is one core reason: we waste needless time, money, and effort building something nobody wants. Dr. Pauline Assenza, Associate Professor at the Ancell School of Business at WCSU, will speak on how to avoid this trap.

Co-sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank, The Economic Development Commission of the Town of Newtown, SCORE of Western CT, and the Chamber of Commerce of Newtown, Inc.


Marketing Your Business with Email ono Tuesday, April 16

6:30 pm Networking

7:00 pm Presentation

Is email marketing a relic of the past, or is there still a way to make it relevant? Join Robert Clark of LucidPointe as he updates us on best practices for 2019.

Co-sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank, The Economic Development Commission of the Town of Newtown, SCORE of Western CT and the Chamber of Commerce of Newtown, Inc.


Career Bus on Monday, April 22

Create a Great Resume from 10:00 am to noon


Click here to register


Job Search Assistance


1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The computer lab on wheels comes to Edmond Town Hall! Sign up in the morning for a workshop on creating a resume for the modern workplace. In the afternoon, drop by for our walk-in job search assistance.

Visit C.H. Booth Library online:

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Newtown First Selectman Rosenthal Announces Opening on Town Boards & Commissions

Newtown First Selectman Rosenthal seeks residents to fill openings on local boards/commissions

First Selectman Rosenthal is seeking residents to fill vacancies and openings on the following boards and commissions:

  • The Hattertown Historic District has a position available to any registered voter. 
  • The Sustainable Energy Commission has a position available to a Republican voter.
  • The Sustainable Energy Commission also has a position available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.

Any interested party can send a letter of interest and a resume to

Read more

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Newtown Parks & Recreation Activities Canceled Today

Newtown Parks & Recreation Cancellations

All Parks and Recreation activities have been canceled for today, Tuesday, February 12, 2019. 

Tennis at NYA has also been canceled, due to inclement weather. 

Makeup date for tennis will be determined. 

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Newtown's Healthy Community Survey

The Center for Support and Wellness and Town of Newtown welcomes residents to take their Healthy Community Survey.

"Over the past year, we have been working with town departments and organizations to examine what it means for Newtown to be a Healthy Community," the Town of Newtown explains.   

Take this quick 12 question survey to help us better understand the community perspective on health and behavioral health in Newtown.

Survey Link:

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106 Area Nonprofits Receive Over $1.3 Million in Grants from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has announced the details for its current grantmaking cycle. Competitive grants totaling $1,330,037were awarded to 106 nonprofit organizations who align with the Community Foundation’s result areas and its vision to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County by eliminating disparities in income, education, employment, housing and health.

The Community Foundation’s new strategic plan focuses on fostering a vital and inclusive community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive while promoting philanthropy as a means to create lasting change in Fairfield County. “It gives us great satisfaction to award 106 grants this season. It is Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s privilege and our honor to provide grants that help advance the work of these critical nonprofit organizations throughout the region. These grantees are creating lasting change and are working collectively to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County,” stated Juanita James, CEO & President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation’s result areas drive where the organization focuses its grantmaking, community leadership work, and fundraising efforts. The types of grants include program support, capacity building support, general operating support and the Fund for Women & Girls small grants. The following is a breakdown of recent grants by result area:

Result Area: All Fairfield County residents have safe, stable, healthy and affordable housing in communities of opportunity

Total Grants Awarded: $304,207

In this result area, the Community Foundation awarded grants to organizations that represent the Community Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting and sustaining thriving communities and ensuring equitable access to safe, healthy and affordable housing for all Fairfield County residents.  Grantees include Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Inc ($30,000); Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County ($14,000); Connecticut Association for Human Services ($20,000); Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants ($20,000); Connecticut Legal Services ($40,000); Connecticut Radio Information Systems ($6,657);

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center ($10,000); DataHaven ($35,000); Food Rescue US ($15,000); Norwalk Housing Foundation ($20,000); Partnership for Strong Communities ($25,000); Positive Directions - The Center for Prevention & Counseling ($7,250); Renewal House ($30,000); RYASAP ($6,000); and Southwestern CT Area Agency on Aging, Inc. ($25,000). Connecticut Legal Services, for example, will be utilizing its grant to support two efforts over the next year, including organizational strategic planning and legal advocacy on behalf of low-income housing residents in Bridgeport. Partnership for Strong Communities will be concentrating on its Reaching Home Campaign: Ending Homelessness in CT and utilizing the grant in this regard.

Result Area: All Fairfield County older youth and young adults have training and credentials that lead to meaningful career opportunities

Total Grants Awarded: $223,728

Young people in Fairfield County often graduate without the skills or preparation needed to secure a living-wage entry job. By aligning youth with educational tools and job opportunities, Thrive by 25 aims to empower every young adult to achieve self-sufficiency by age 25 – strengthening the future of our whole community. Within its comprehensive approach to empower every young adult to achieve self-sufficiency by age 25, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Thrive by 25 initiative stresses the importance of providing paid internships for youth and young adults in the region. Several organizations advancing that goal by providing critical paid internships were selected for grants, including: Inroads ($17,500); Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program in Stamford ($25,000); and Mill River Park Collaborative ($14,500). Additionally, a wide range of exemplary learning programs offered by local nonprofits were funded through this area of opportunity received grants. They include Beardsley Zoo ($25,000); Boys & Girls Village ($20,000); Housatonic Valley Association, Inc ($15,000); Justice Education Center ($10,000); Norwalk Community College Foundation ($44,178); SoundWaters ($5,000); Sterling House ($15,000); United We Dream, Inc ($17,500) and Urban League of Southern Connecticut ($15,000).

Result Area: All Fairfield County students graduate with a high school degree and are prepared for post-secondary education and employment.

Total Grants Awarded: $574,000

In this result area, the Community Foundation awarded grants to organizations that represent an ongoing commitment to education support to close the opportunity gap. The grants were awarded to Boys & Girls Club of Stamford ($5,000);City Lights and Company ($15,000);Educators for Excellence ($25,000);Connecticut Voices for Children ($20,000);Horizons at New Canaan Country School ($25,000);Horizons at Greens Farms Academy ($20,000);LifeBridge Community Services ($20,000);Project Morry ($25,000);SoundWaters ($20,000);Stamford Public Education Foundation, Inc. ($15,000);Green Village Initiative ($25,000);Norwalk Community College Foundation ($20,000);Center for Popular Democracy ($25,000);Center for Children's Advocacy, Inc ($30,000);Building One Community ($15,000); Carver Foundation ($25,000);Greenwich Alliance for Education ($20,000);Danbury Family Learning Center ($24,000);  Danbury Youth Services ($15,000);Horizons at NCC ($10,000);Bridgeport Caribe Youth League ($25,000);Best Buddies Connecticut ($15,000);McGivney Community Center ($15,000);ACCESS Education Service, Inc. ($15,000);Stamford Family YMCA ($15,000);Horizons at Sacred Heart University ($20,000);South End Community Center, Inc. ($15,000);Horizons at Brunswick School ($10,000); and Horizons National ($20,000).

Result Area: All Fairfield County women and girls are economically secure, healthy and safe

Total Grants Awarded: $$166,002.01

Through the Fund for Women & Girls, philanthropists come together to invest in sustainable solutions that support the safety, health and economic security of women and girls across Fairfield County. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls (FWG) awarded five grants through its Renewable Grants Program to the following organizations: Center for Family Justice, Inc ($20,000); Center for Sexual Assault Crisis and Education ($20,000); Triangle Community Center ($20,000); Women's Center of Greater Danbury ($20,000); and YWCA of Greenwich ($20,000) for its Sexual Violence Prevention Program. An additional $30,002 was granted through FWG’s Small Grants Program to organizations that actively promote leadership development and improve the education and employment prospects for women and girls.  They include: Women's Campaign School at Yale University ($3,500); Connecticut Women's Education & Legal Fund (2,797); Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame ($2,500); Franklin Street Works($1,500); Girls Lead ($4,000); LiveGirl  ($355); Mount Aery Baptist Church ($2,250); Ms President US ($3,500); Norwalk Community College Foundation ($2,100); Norwalk Housing Foundation ($2,500); and Saturday Academy ($5,000). A grant was also provided to DataHaven for a research report.

Result Area: Community Advocacy

Total Grants Awarded: $62,100

Nonprofit organizations received a total of $62,100 as part of the Community Foundation’s Community Advocacy initiatives, including its GET OUT THE VOTE 2018 campaign which had 18 grantees. Those organizations receiving grants include: All Our Kin, Inc; Bridgeport Generation Now; Burroughs Community Center; Center for Children's Advocacy, Inc; Center for Popular Democracy; CF Leads; Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance; Council on Foundations; DataHaven; Domus Kids, Inc; FaithActs for Education; Greater Bridgeport Latino Network, Inc.; Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County; Housatonic Community College Foundation; League of Women Voters – Stamford; League of Women Voters of Bridgeport; League of Women Voters of Northern Fairfield County; League of Women Voters of Norwalk; LifeBridge Community Services; NACCP- Norwalk Chapter; National Coalition of 100 Black Women - New Haven Metropolitan Chapter; New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Norwalk Community College Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; University of Connecticut Foundation; YWCA of Darien – Norwalk; and YWCA of Greenwich.

As a valuable best practice, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence educates and informs nonprofits on Results Based Accountability as a framework for articulating and measuring the changes they are working toward. A complete list of grantees and information about applying for a grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is available at

]]> (Helen Koven) Charities Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:38:57 -0500
Sen. Hwang Proposes CT Cybersecurity Czar Position

Hartford, CT - Just last month, Apple iPhone and Mac users were shocked to hear that a glitch in the device’s FaceTime app allows anyone calling to use the recipient’s phone to eavesdrop. The glitch allows anyone to place a FaceTime call to any number, and even without the recipient accepting the call, the caller could gain access to the recipient’s microphone and even a live feed of the recipient’s front-facing camera.

This is an incredibly concerning breach of privacy, and highlights the need for government and private sector to coordinate and cooperate to ensure individual user privacy as well as the security of government and corporate entities. 

State Senator Tony Hwang has introduced a bill to the CT General Assembly that, if passed, would establish the Office of the Cybersecurity Czar within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). This bill will enhance and broaden the scope of our current Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer beyond the Department of Administrative Services focusing on governmental and homeland security. This bill stipulates that the position would have the responsibility to develop policies, suggestions, and resources that will address the needs of (1) National and State Homeland Security including security of utilities and infrastructure, (2) Corporate Cybersecurity to protect trade secrets and clients’ data privacy, and (3) protection for individual consumer’s personal data and application security.


“It is time that our state has a dedicated group of people that deals with every level of cybersecurity in our state. We know that the pervasiveness of cyberspace and the World Wide Web has created opportunities for criminal and possible terror tactics to operate within it. Our personal and business dependency on unruly digital and cyber technology pose a real threat to the security of our state and the safety of Connecticut residents,” said Senator Hwang. “Government institutions, major corporations and individuals have suffered from hacking, and I believe the creation of this position within DESPP is a necessary step towards confronting the problems we are facing now and will continue to face in the future.”

“I envision this senior cybersecurity position to have the vision and responsibility to consult with and advise the Governor, the Legislature, state agencies, and private companies in the state to develop and implement a more integrated approach to protecting our cyber space, in addition to creating very clear recommendations and accessible resources for individuals,”Hwang continued. “It should be in everyone’s interest to protect our own and each other’s information, data, finances, etc. and the person who fills this position would have the expertise and the mandate to ensure we are all on the same page in this pursuit.”

This legislation has been reserved for a subject matter public hearing on February 14th at 11:00am. For any individuals, agency officials, and private sector professionals wishing to testify on this bill, please contact my office to arrange in-person testimony or send a copy of your written testimony to the Public Safety and Security Committee ( and to my office (

]]> (Grady Jacobsen) Politics Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:09:10 -0500
Great Connecticut Resources at Your Fingertips, Celebrate 211 Day in Newtown

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 stands ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

On Monday, 2/11, celebrate National 2-1-1 Day by reminding your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to dial 2-1-1 or visit for the information, education and connection to services they need. Are you in a housing crisis? Are you or someone you care about in need of mental health services? Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer in your community? In Connecticut, 2-1-1 Contact Specialists are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   

2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects more than 94 percent of our nation to essential health and human services either online or over the phone. 2-1-1 Connecticut is one of more than 200 2-1-1's located throughout the country.

Every day, highly-trained 2-1-1 Contact Specialists help callers access basic needs assistance, community resources and financial stability programs and resources such as free tax preparation assistance, job training and budget coaching. Contact Specialists also help callers in distress find relief when they are faced with food insecurity, homelessness, a mental health crisis or addiction. In 2018, 2-1-1 received more than 320,000 requests for service and more than 2 million web visits were made to

Have you created “My 2-1-1 Account”?

My 2-1-1 Account enables community providers, case workers and individuals to create custom resource lists and care plans that can be saved, shared, implemented and updated as needed.

Visit and click "sign up" in the upper right hand corner so that you can:

  • Create unlimited custom resource lists
  • Save resources to access at a later time
  • Create subject-specific resource lists
  • Email or text resource lists

In addition to providing information and referrals to programs and services, the 2-1-1 Connecticut contact center is certified in crisis intervention and accredited by the American Association of Suicidiology. Last year, Contact Specialists handled more than 114,000 crisis calls from individuals faced with situational, behavioral and emotional crises.

2-1-1 is proud to be the first place Connecticut residents turn to access help and find resources in their communities. 2-1-1 Connecticut is operated by United Way of Connecticut and receives support from the State of Connecticut and Connecticut United Ways.

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RVNA Health Source: Travel in the Time of Cholera

RVNA now offers recently-approved Cholera vaccine, Vaxchora 

The word ‘Cholera” almost sounds old-fashioned or fictional. But for those at risk, or who contract it, it’s decidedly not. 

Cholera is a disease that can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. At worst, and if not treated quickly, Cholera can lead to dehydration and even death. While very rare among US citizens, it is a risk to those traveling to parts of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. Cholera appears most commonly in people with longer stays and limited access to safe food and water – often travelers visiting friends and relatives, and those performing humanitarian work in outbreak settings. 

In addition to recommending strict adherence to safe food and water precautions, the FDA recently approved a single-dose cholera vaccine for use in the US. This vaccine is now available at RVNA for travelers ages 18-64 who schedule an RVNA Travel Consultation or bring a physician prescription. 

RVNA has already vaccinated patients traveling to Ghana and India. “Cholera is rare, but can be severe and fast-acting,” says Community Health Nurse, April Rodriguez. “Vaxchora is critical for travelers to areas of high cholera transmission.” And while Rodriguez admits that Vaxchora doesn’t taste “the best,” it’s a small price to pay for cholera-free travel.

]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO ) Life Sat, 09 Feb 2019 08:53:37 -0500
Behind-the-Scenes Look at ACT of Connecticut's WORKING, Opening February 14

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) is excited to unveil its brand new version of Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING.  Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine’s reimagined, multimedia adaptation of the musical has performances from February 14 through March 10, 2019.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at ACT's WORKING by watching this interview with legendary Broadway composer and lyricist, Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL), and Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine. The interview provides great insight into the upcoming adaptation of WORKING, which opens next weekend at ACT.

Get your tickets for the new WORKING before we sell out! Tickets at


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Newtown Is Invited To Stand With ALICE


Residents of Newtown are invited to a legislative forum on Monday, February 25 to learn about the true scope of financial hardship in Connecticut and to participate in an in-depth discussion on strategies to help ALICE households achieve financial security.

Six years ago Connecticut United Ways committed to shining a light on households that, despite working hard, live paycheck to paycheck and are unable to afford life's most basic necessities such as housing, food, child care, transportation, technology, and healthcare. We call these households ALICE, an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed.

Newtown residents can learn more about ALICE by visiting United Way of Western Connecticut, or calling (203) 792-5330.

According to the 2018 Connecticut United Ways ALICE Report, Connecticut's 3rd ALICE Report, 40 percent of Connecticut households are unable to make ends meet. Of this 40 percent, 30 percent (404,035 households) have earnings above the federal poverty line but below a basic cost-of-living threshold known as the Household Survival Budget.

ALICE cares for our children and aging parents, fixes our cars and works in our local grocery stores, retail stores, and restaurants. ALICE is our friend, neighbor, coworker and family member. We lean on ALICE for support; yet, many ALICE households are one emergency away from a financial crisis impacting their ability to feed their family, heat their home, maintain their housing, and ensure their medical care.

On Monday, February 25, Connecticut United Ways, the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors and the Commission on Equity and Opportunity are sponsoring a legislative forum on financial hardship. The forum will focus on the immediate needs of ALICE families and strategies to help families achieve financial security. Click HERE to view the We Stand With ALICE Legislative Forum Agenda.

"The 2018 ALICE Report confirms that a significant number of Connecticut's working families live under real financial strain, sometimes only one unexpected event away from distress" said Steven Hernández, Executive Director, Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, and Commission on Equity and Opportunity. "On February 25, we will bring together policymakers, researchers, business leaders, community providers and ALICE families to discuss how we can better serve those who struggle to make ends meet."

The event will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 2-E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), at 300 Capital Avenue in Hartford. Coffee and light refreshments will be offered in the 2nd Floor Atrium prior to the event from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The forum is free and open to the public, though anyone planning to attend is asked to register at:

"ALICE households are vital to our state's economic well-being, and we all know and depend on ALICE," said Richard Porth, President and CEO of United Way of Connecticut. "The ALICE legislative forum provides an opportunity for people who care about ALICE to think together about short-term and longer-term strategies that can lead to opportunity and financial stability for ALICE households."

We Stand With ALICE Legislative Forum Details:

When: Monday, February 25, 2019

Where: Legislative Office Building (LOB) Room 2-E, 300 Capital Avenue

Time: Coffee and Networking 12:00-1:00; Legislative Forum 1:00-3:00

Registration Link:

More information on ALICE and the We Stand With ALICE Legislative Forum:

About Connecticut United Way

Connecticut United Ways identify and build upon strengths and assets in their local communities, helping individuals and groups find ways to contribute their time and talents, support direct-service programs and community-change efforts, and advocate public policy changes toward advancing the common good. Connecticut United Ways advance the common good by creating opportunities for all, with a particular focus on education, income, health, and basic needs - the building blocks for a good quality of life. We engage people and organizations throughout our communities who bring passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done, and we invite everyone to be part of the change.

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