Trumbull's HamletHub Sun, 20 Jun 2021 06:58:57 -0400 2,000 Expected at Branford’s Father’s Day Road Race - NEW Location!

Branford, CT: The 41st Annual Branford Road Race has returned to an in-person event and expects 2,000 participants at next weekend’s race. There are two separate 5k races this year that will replace the traditional 5-mile run. Each participant may choose one 5k run, a two-mile walk, or the Kid’s ½ Mile Fun Run. There are 7:00am and 9:00am starts to the 5k races this year, with the former limited to 800 participants and the latter limited to 1,000 participants.  With nearly 800 already registered, the 9 a.m. race will sell out early next week.  The two-mile walk is limited to 200 walkers and starts at 11:00am, along with the Kids Fun Run, with a limit of 200. The race annually supports local non-profit and community organizations and continues to donate thousands per year. In 2021, the Branford Road Race is supporting Camp Rising Sun, Notre Dame High School, and the American Parkinson Disease Association.

This year, the race has one major change with its transition back to an in-person event, and that is a location change, usually, the race would be held on the Branford Green. However, to maximize social distancing efforts, both the start and finish lines of this year’s race have been moved to Walsh Intermediate School. There will also be no race day registration allowed this year. Race Founder Ray Figlewski stated that although the race will look much different than the last in-person race in 2019, “the proper steps are being taken to maximize the safety of all attendees in order to have a successful and secure event.”

The Post-Race Party will also look different this year, as all food and drink will be pre-packaged and in a grab-and-go format. There will unfortunately be no live entertainment or activities post-race. However, Stony Creek Brewery is hosting a Post-Race Celebration that is offering UNLIMITED beer from 10:00am – 2:00pm! Tickets must be purchased during Race registration and the event is limited to 400 attendees. All official COVID-19 rules are available on

Sponsors of the 2021 race include Medtronic, H.D. Segur Insurance, Connecticut Orthopaedics, Stony Creek Brewery, soundRUNNER, Notre Dame High School, TYCO Print, 99.1PLR and The Sound.

]]> (John Bysiewicz) Events Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:00:17 -0400
Connecticut Housing Partners celebrates NeighborWorks Week June 5 – 12

Connecticut Housing Partners (CHP) residents, staff and volunteers will improve many of their communities during NeighborWorks Week, a weeklong celebration of neighborhood improvement activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week.

During NeighborWorks Week (June 5-12), Connecticut Housing Partners, and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country will focus on neighborhood change and awareness and host several events that educate, train, and inform. The events demonstrate the value of neighbors helping neighbors.

CHP will be on-site at their (2) Senior Affordable Housing Developments, Huntington Place in Trumbull, and Wilton Commons I & II in Wilton, throughout the week with plans to beautify grounds, grow healthy produce, feed families, offer some fun and engage seniors who have become isolated during the pandemic and solidify these communities.

The weeklong theme, Better Mind, Body and Wellness, will be incorporated into the events of the week including planting vegetables and herbs into the raised beds, a tech event to teach seniors how to use laptops to access valuable information, a Tai Chi workout demo, a Healthy Trivia Contest, and rock painting in on-site gardens with the help of volunteers. Food trucks and a healthy food demo with Chef Raquel Pablo, owner of A Pinch of Salt Catering, will wrap up the week at Huntington Place and Wilton Commons.

“We continue to pull our communities together when they need us most especially during this pandemic. We are more than a landlord.  We are offering our residents hope during these challenging times,” said Renée Dobos, CEO of CHP. Dobos adds, “We are happy to be able to pull these communities together after a very difficult year and are proud of the resilience shown by all. Our important partnership with NeighborWorks America helps us achieve our goals and take care of our communities. Many of these residents feel lost and alone and CHP is the bright light showing that management cares about them and wants to help them through this crisis.”

CHP is part of the National NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of nearly 250 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In fiscal year 2019, the NeighborWorks network provided 457,200 housing and counseling services; owned and managed 173,700 rental homes; and created 47,100 jobs. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

]]> (Robin Jerrild) Events Thu, 03 Jun 2021 12:31:16 -0400
Weller Foundation $15,000 Scholarship for Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown, Shelton, and Trumbull High School Students

The Weller Foundation, Incorporated, has announced that students who will be full-time seniors at Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown, Shelton, and Trumbull High School this fall may now request brochures from their Guidance Offices outlining specific rules for the 2021-2022 $15,000 Barton L. Weller Scholarship.

Established in 1978, the purpose of this $15,000 Scholarship is to encourage academic excellence in a substantial five-month original independent research or study project. Students may begin to formulate their one- to two-page proposal outlining the student’s project in any field of study. A student may submit only one proposal. Proposals must be submitted to their School’s Guidance Department for verification prior to being received by the Foundation by October 4, 2021.

Up to five finalists will be selected from all entries and will be notified on October 18, 2021. The finalists selected to compete will receive $200 on November 4, 2021 to help defray expenses. The finalists’ project development period will run from October 18, 2021 to March 2, 2022 with submission and documentation of the project due by March 2, 2022.

Final projects will be judged by a committee selected from outside the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The primary standards for judgment will be the degree to which, and the skill and care with which, the 1 original proposal is developed into the final project. On March 23, 2022 the judges will convene to interview the finalists and select the $15,000 scholarship recipient.

The finalists, who have successfully completed and submitted their projects on time, will be invited to a dinner in their honor on April 20, 2022. At that time, the $15,000 scholarship will be presented to the student whose project is judged to be the best, and all runners-up will receive $500 for completion and timely submission of their projects.

The Weller Foundation, Incorporated* is a non-profit organization that was established in 1962 to provide financial assistance to educational, charitable, and civic organizations. The primary object of the Foundation is to stimulate more responsible individual contribution to our community.

]]> ( Kimberly Hufschmied) Neighbors Tue, 11 May 2021 04:39:30 -0400
Artistic Celebration of Motherhood - A Creative Joint Venture- May 1 - May 30

Artistic Celebration of Motherhood  - A Creative Joint Venture- May 1-May 30, 2021                                     

 The creative collaboration between Christine Irvin, President of The Stamford Art Association (SAA) and Jeanine Careri Jackson President of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA) began several years ago when working together on ArtWalk, the yearly art gallery walk begun in 2012 by Christine and others with Jackie Wetenhall of Stamford Downtown to showcase local galleries and artists. Last November, Christine was looking to partner with other community art groups on joint exhibitions when SAA Board Member, Barbara Mathis - who also is a member of CSOPA - suggested that the two groups work together.  Since then, they have collaborated to create a unique art show called Artistic Celebration of Motherhood (ACM) with two concurrent virtual exhibits spanning a wide range of styles from classic representational portraits on to a variety of other styles on "Motherhood means many things to many people," observes Ms. Jackson of CSOPA. "Working with SAA opened a creative portal for artists from both organizations that we know people will enjoy." The interactive virtual opening reception May 1 from 4- 6 pm co-hosted by CSOPA and SAA features artists and many of the mothers who inspired them. Pre-registration is required to get free Zoom invitation with links on both websites or by going to In addition, Stamford Downtown has arranged a prominent storefront window display at 96 Bedford Street featuring selected works from both groups on view May 1-May 30. “It has been amazing to bring so many talented artists together through both organizations” says Ms. Irvin. 

21 Participating CSOPA Artists from 4 States

Stefani Allegretti

Ceighton, PA

Paige Bradley

Stamford CT

Eileen Brennan

Trumbull, CT

Linda Champanier

Olivebridge, NY

Angela Classi

Manhasset, NY

Polly Currie

Stratford, CT

Victoria Ghetu-Vuono

Norwalk, CT

Joan Elizabeth Goodman

New York, NY

Sonia Hale

Wellesley, MA

Deb Howland-Murray

Westport, CT

Jeanine Jackson

Riverside, CT

Barbara Mathis

Stamford, CT

Ashley MacLure

Milford, MA

Christine McBryan

New York, NY

Terence McManus

MT Sinai, NY

Lois Pluskey

Plains, PA

Nancy Stember

Norwalk, CT

Joseph Sundwall

Montgomery, NY

Nicole Troup

Greencastle, PA

ShawnaLee Waterbury-Kwashnak

Middlebury, CT

Yuko Ike

Darien, CT

26 Participating SAA Artists from 5 States

Tina Armando                                    Medford, NJ     

Gigi Barrett                                         Stamford, CT

Carol Battin                                         Stamford, CT     

Murray Beaver                                  New Rochelle, NY

Dawn Bisharat                                   Madison, CT

Linda Champanier                            Olivebridge, NY

Heidi Lewis Coleman                      Stamford, CT

Michael Connors                              Long Island City, NY

Grace Drake                                       Bedford, NY

Mary Ann Glass                                                Wappingers Falls, NY

Gayle Gleckler                                   North Salem, NY

Ellen Gordon                                      Stamford, CT

John Grieco                                        NY, NY

Carina Imbrogno                              Stamford, CT

Pam Ingalls                                         Vashon, WA

Sholeh Janati-Weinbaum             Westport, CT    

Sarah King                                           Stamford, CT

Linzie Long                                          Eagle, ID

Liz Jorg Masi                                       Garden City, NY

Susan McHale                                    Greenwich, CT

Lisa McLaughlin                                 Liverpool, NY

Cheryl Miller                                      Stamford, CT

Lina Morielli                                        Stamford, CT

Vivien Ponniah                                  Greenwich, CT

Kris Schnitzler                                    Stamford, CT

Richard Ventre                                  Norwalk, CT                                         

]]> (Ellen Gordon) Events Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:57:08 -0400
Mishkan Israel Food Drive, Services for Passover Holiday

Trumbull, CT - Congregation Mishkan Israel in Trumbull (77 Mount Pleasant Drive) has called for volunteers to assemble food packages for distribution to the needy for the Jewish holidays of Passover March 27-April 4.

In a year corresponding to 5781 on the Hebrew calendar, the holidays celebrate the freedom of the ancient Israelites from bondage and also commemorate Jewish deliverance. Anyone who would like to volunteer can contact the congregation at

With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions on religious assemblies, a stronger turnout for services is anticipated. Reservations are required for in-person Seders (Passover meals) at 8 p.m. March 27 (Saturday) and March 28 (Sunday).

Under the leadership of Rabbi Joseph Torenheim for more than three decades, Mishkan Israel serves the communities of Trumbull, Easton, Fairfield and Monroe, providing spiritual services, youth activities and a summer day camp for children. 

The rabbi noted the Hebrew word for philanthropy and charity is “tzedakah,” a form of social justice where “donors benefit from volunteering and giving even more than the recipients.”

“As in the case of justice,” said Rabbi Torenheim, “the critical social responsibility is done ‘with’ someone not ‘to’ someone. In Hebrew, the word meaning ‘to give’ is ‘natan’ which can be read forward or backward. So when we think about volunteering and philanthropy ‘to give’ is also ‘to receive’ and at the same time to build a trusting relationship.”

“Of the 613 commandments Jews are obligated to observe, a ‘mitzvah’ refers to any good deed and the ‘mitzvah’ of ‘tzedakah is regarded as one of the most important.”

Passover or “Pesach” is prescribed in the book of Exodus in the Old Testament (in Judaism, the first five books of Moses are called the Torah). The holiday incorporates themes of springtime, a Jewish homeland, family, remembrance of Jewish history, social justice and freedom—including recognizing those who are still being oppressed today. All of these aspects are discussed, if not symbolically represented, during the Seders. All leaven, whether in bread or other mixture, is prohibited and only unleavened bread, called matzo, may be eaten. The matzo symbolizes both the Hebrews’ suffering while in bondage and the haste with which they left Egypt in the course of the Exodus.

]]> (Marven Moss ) Events Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:09:10 -0500
Connecticut Housing Partners is planning to expand its affordable housing presence into Monroe, CT

Trumbull, CT - Connecticut Housing Partners has proposed to construct 49-units of affordable housing for Seniors on Main Street in Monroe. The plan was well-received during a Planning and Zoning Commission at the end of January. the plan is to build a three-story New England style building for residents age 62 and older on Main Street in Monroe as an attractive and well-designed project on a site naturally buffered from neighborhood impacts. 

Connecticut Housing Partner's attorney said, "This project would benefit Monroe especially its Senior Citizens!  It's something that everybody could be proud of."  One of the Commissioners in attendance said, "I think this is a beautiful plan that fills a great need in our town for our aging population and our ability to keep them here." 

The housing would be built on just over two acres at 195, 201, and 211 Main Street, close to where Skate Time Roller Rink used to be. Among Connecticut Housing Partners' Senior Housing is Huntington Place, 1235 Huntington Turnpike in Trumbull, Wilton Commons, 21 Station Road in Wilton and Greenfield Commons, 580 Villa Avenue in Fairfield. David Goslin, an architect from Crosskey Architects in Hartford, showed a rendering of the 50,000 square foot facility. "It is a very traditional looking building in keeping with the architecture of Monroe," he said. The independent living facility's front facade has bay windows and gables, according to the design. The facility will include a community room that would serve as a gathering place for tenants to have social events. 

Stay tuned as Connecticut Housing Partners continues with the process of bringing this much-needed development to life!

Connecticut Housing Partners is a 501 (c) 3 organization and its mission is to create and sustain innovative housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and enhance the quality of low and moderate income residents of Connecticut. We are also fighting to end homelessness.

To learn more about Connecticut Housing Partners, please visit 



]]> (Robin Jerrild) Life Mon, 22 Feb 2021 08:51:50 -0500
Miles for Smiles to Benefit Make-A-Wish CT

NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are once again partnering with Make-A-Wish Connecticut for their annual "Miles for Smiles" campaign starting this Monday, January 25 and culminating in a big, exciting surprise on Friday, January 29.

The pandemic has caused Make-A-Wish Connecticut to postpone nearly 150 wishes at a time when wish kids need hope the most. That means that close to 150 wish kids are in the pipeline waiting to travel. Make-A-Wish Connecticut is preparing NOW to ensure these wishes can be granted as soon as it is safe. And when it is safe, Make-A-Wish takes care of everything on a travel wish – including airfare, car rental or airport pickup, and hotel. And because of the pandemic, the organization's revenue is projected to be down by 50%.

"If you have ever thought about wanting to support us – with either monetary donations or airline miles - the time is now," said Pam Keough, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Connecticut. "In these times, hope is essential for children with critical illnesses. By granting a wish, these kids receive so much more than a temporary escape. They gain a wellspring of strength to keep fighting for better days. A child’s wish begins with hope and hope begins with YOU.”

From Monday, January 25 through Friday, January 29, 2021, the community can donate unused airline miles or make monetary donations online to help Make-A-Wish Connecticut grant wishes to local children with critical illnesses. For airline miles donations, visit; for monetary donations, please visit Or, viewers can call (855) 622-2830 to make all donations by phone.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are not traveling, yet their airline miles may expire. Miles donated to Make-A-Wish will not expire once transferred to the organization and will help offset costs to purchase flights for wish kids and their families when it is safe to travel. 

Participating Airlines are United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue. If you have accumulated a small number of miles on different airlines, it might take a long time to accumulate enough miles for a free ticket.  Make-A-Wish can combine donated miles to make a real difference. Whether it is 1,000, 3,000, 5,000, 10,000 miles or more, your donation will help make a travel wish come true. 

To make your online miles donations, visit


Make-A-Wish® Connecticut creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and volunteers across the state currently grant nearly 250 wishes a year. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted more than 3,400 wishes to local children. For more information about Make-A-Wish Connecticut, visit

]]> (Carin Buckman ) Charities Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:58:54 -0500
Make-A-Wish CT Appoints NatWest Markets Exec to Board of Directors

Trumbull, CT – Make-A-Wish® Connecticut warmly and proudly welcomed Paul Stevelman to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Stevelman has worked with NatWest Markets for 27 years. He currently serves as the Head of US, NatWest Markets and as CEO of NatWest Markets Securities Inc., with local supervisory responsibility for Trading, Customer Sales and Capital Markets in the region. He has also previously served as Co-General Counsel for the company.

Prior to joining the bank, Stevelman was an Associate in the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he specialized in structured finance and derivatives.

He has served on the Boards of Pro Bono Partnership, British American Business and Westchester ARC, an organization that supports families going through the journey of raising special needs children.  He prides himself on building high performance teams that support each other through adversity, and who embrace diversity.

Stevelman shares that he was drawn to Make-A-Wish because he has “a deep personal connection to families raising kids with vulnerabilities, medical or with special needs, as I raised my daughter with autism and am happy to now help support other families.”

Stevelman has a JD from New York University School of Law and a BA from Columbia College, Columbia University. He lives with his family in South Salem, New York.

“We are thrilled to have Paul join our team,” exclaims Make-A-Wish® Connecticut President and CEO Pam Keough. “His compassion for our mission and corporate financial expertise will serve us well and help us navigate new waters, particularly during these uncertain times.”


Make-A-Wish® Connecticut creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and volunteers across the state currently grant nearly 250 wishes a year. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted more than 3,400 wishes to local children. For more information about Make-A-Wish Connecticut, visit

]]> (Carin Buckman) Charities Mon, 07 Dec 2020 09:20:39 -0500
Chowda Club Announces November Chowder for Sale

Norwalk, CT – After postponing the 2020 Chowdafest event this year, the new Chowda Club was designed with the goal of providing the Chowdafest experience at home by shipping two different chowders each month. The club successfully launched last month and is proud to announce the two new chowders for November.

The goal is to offer Club favorite chowders plus introduce new restaurants that earned the right to be invited to Chowdafest. This month, Dunville’s from Westport is one of the featured soups as it has won Chowdafest four times and placed on four other occasions. The Club is using the recipe for its Louisiana Seafood Chowder, an in-house favorite.

New to Chowdafest is The Mason Jar Exchange, from New Haven, which wowed Chowdafest earlier this year with a unique spinach artichoke Parmesan soup. “We discovered their soup and it tasted just like the appetizer which we love so much,” said Jim Keenan, Chowdafest Chairman. “We invited them to compete in Chowdafest before it got postponed but we’re thrilled that everyone still gets to experience their soup.”

Chowders can be ordered by Oct. 23 with the goal of shipping them on Monday, November 2. You can place your order at www.Chowda.Club.  Each soup is shipped cold and includes two quarts, one of each soup. Anyone can order them, but Chowda Club members get perks like establishing their rating. To become a member, there's just a one-time free of just $10.

For additional information about this Chowda Club by Chowdafest and to become a member, visit www.Chowda.Club. The Chowda Club is sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Chica de Gallo, Copp's Island Oysters, Hood Cream, New England Dairy, Polar Beverages, Samuel Adams, The Farmer’s Cow, Westminster Bakery and Yankee Magazine.

]]> (Jim Keenan ) Life Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:59:17 -0400
Tashua Knolls Senior Men's Club Vormstein Golf Tournament results of 8/12/20

Tashua Knolls Senior Men’s Vormstein Tournament Results

The Tashua Knolls Senior’s Men’s Club Vormstein Golf Tournament was played on August 12 at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, CT..  The results were as follows:

The Low Gross winners were by Joe Deluca and Bob Vagnini with a 77.  In second place were George Leka and Jim Flewellyn with a 77 and in third place were Mark Ryan and Robert Winston with an 80.

The winners for the Low Net were Paul Wettenstein and Jerry Gregory with a 61, Frank Chudy and Peter Fatsy finished second with a 62, and Jack Miller and Marc Zaken finished in third with a 62.

Teams in first and second place qualify for the President’s Cup.

]]> (John Annick) Life Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:28:58 -0400
Connecticut Housing Partners receives the 2020 Best of Trumbull Award for the second year in a row!

Connecticut Housing Partners receives 2020
Best of Trumbull Award for the second year in a row!

Connecticut Housing Partners, headquartered in Trumbull CT and operates throughout Fairfield County, has been selected for 2020 Best of Trumbull Award in the Non-Profit Affordable Housing Developer category for the second year in a row!  Each year, the Trumbull Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in the communities that they operate and business category. These are local companies and organizations that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies/organizations help make the Trumbull area a great place to live, work, and play.

Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Award Program and data provided by third parties. The Award Program is an annual event honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.  

Renée Dobos, the CEO of Connecticut Housing Partners (pictured above) said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the second year in a row. Our work in Fairfield County is very important and impactful as providers of affordable housing.  We have pulled our communities together when they need us the most especially during this pandemic. We are not only offering stable housing to our residents, but we are offering them hope during these challenging times.”  Dobos adds, “We recognize that having a safe, affordable place to live is essential to achieving financial security. Our role as an affordable housing provider has grown dramatically to meet the current crisis. Our next initiative is to help our low-wage residents by giving them essential employment skills so that they can attain financial security. Many of these residents feel lost and alone CHP is the bright light showing that we care about the residents that we serve helping them through this crisis.”

]]> (Robin Jerrild) Neighbors Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:28:22 -0400
Connecticut Ranks #2 in WalletHub's Best School System in America

WalletHub, a website that offers free credit schools and reports, just released its 2020 ranking of America's school systems and places Connecticut in the #2 spot with a total score of 66.25. Massachusetts is on top with a total score of 71.73. 

What's more, Connecticut is #1 for Highest Median ACT Scores and #3 for Highest Reading Test Scores.


Here's the method behind the results:

WalletHub says, "We evaluated those dimensions using 33 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest quality of public K–12 education. Finally, we determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample."

WalletHub says they account for performance, funding, safety, class size, and instructor credentials when deciding on a school system's rank. To determine the top-performing school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key metrics. Click here to learn about their findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers, and a full description of their methodology.

1 Massachusetts 71.73 1 1
2 Connecticut 66.25 2 19
3 New Jersey 65.64 3 15
4 Virginia 63.75 4 3
5 Vermont 61.64 8 4
6 New Hampshire 61.27 7 6
7 Minnesota 59.89 6 22
8 Wisconsin 59.66 5 24
9 Delaware 59.65 15 2
10 Maryland 58.51 11 9


Meet WalletHub's team of experts here.

]]> (HH) Life Tue, 28 Jul 2020 08:10:40 -0400
Shelter Diversion Services Planned for CT Shoreline Communities

Through a partnership with the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford and the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Beth-El Center will now be providing shelter diversion services along the Connecticut shoreline from Milford to Madison.                                                          

Through its newly-formed shoreline diversion specialist staff position, Beth-El Center will be streamlining its efforts to prevent homelessness by identifying and supporting individuals and families throughout the shoreline area who are housing unstable and at the brink of homelessness. The diversion specialist will be assisting those who are at high risk for homelessness by identifying alternate housing arrangements and connecting them with services to help them return to permanent housing without entering into the emergency homeless response system.

“The collective impact of our three agencies working together to help vulnerable populations is significant,” says Jenn Paradis, Executive Director of Beth-El Center. “Homelessness knows no geographic boundaries so coordination and partnerships like this are important for the greater Milford community.”

This new position, which will be based at Women and Family Life Center in Guilford starting in mid-August, is funded through Connecticut's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, also known as the Small Cities Program, which the town of Guilford helped facilitate.

According to Meghan Scanlon, Executive Director of Women & Family Life Center, "We could not be more excited and proud to partner with Beth El Center on bringing the housing navigator position to our Shoreline community. If there is one thing this uncertain time has shown us it is that in order to tackle big problems like housing insecurity, we need to be creative and collaborative. Now, more than ever, families are facing very difficult choices between rent and food. This is not a new problem, but the pandemic has made it worse. To the extent we can avoid them entering the shelter system, we want to, which is why this position is so critical right now.”

The shoreline diversion specialist will be mobile throughout the region, engaging and collaborating with various community partners and targeting specific sites where vulnerable populations might found such as soup kitchens. Helping to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring and providing case management services is the goal.

“The long term effects of housing insecurity from this pandemic and other factors are our focus and this position is one piece of the puzzle in the larger fight to end homelessness," says Scanlon. 

For more information about Beth-El Center and its services, visit or call 203.876.0747.                                                        

About Beth-El Center

The Beth-El Center is a recognized leader in caring for and meeting the needs of those experiencing hunger and homeless in the greater Milford area. The Center serves individuals and families by providing shelter and case management services which provide support and assistance for achieving self-sufficiency. The Center’s soup kitchen offer hot meals to community members in need and feeds up to eighty persons daily. The Beth-El Center is located at 90 New Haven Avenue in Milford. Visit for more information.

]]> (Jocelyn Murray) Charities Tue, 28 Jul 2020 07:41:19 -0400
Changes Made to Trumbull Library Curbside Pickup Service

We reassessed our curbside services and made some changes. Once your holds are ready to be picked up, a staff member will call you to schedule a pick up day. You can pick up your reserved items (in brown paper bags) in front of the Main library. Bags are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

If you have any questions or if you need assistance, please call 203-452-5119.

Starting Monday July 6th, we will extend the pickup window from 8:30am until 6pm.

]]> (Trumbull Library) Life Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:13:54 -0400
Trumbull Parks & Recreation Announces Outdoor Pools to Open July 6th

Trumbull Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that we will be opening our outdoor pools this summer on July 6th! Due to the strict health and safety protocols in place, residents must register in advance for a 2-hour swim session and will be required to follow additional pool rules. Residents who do not register in advance for a swim session will not be allowed into the pool area. EVERY person must be on the reservation, including infants, nannies and guests. Registration for the July 6th opening of the pools will begin on Thursday, July 2nd . For more information visit You may also call to make a reservation during regular business hours at 203-452-5060. Please note, voicemail and email reservation requests will not be accepted.

We will also be offering a modified summer camp program this year. Camp begins July 6th and will run in 1-week sessions. For information about this program visit Hurry! Registration for the first week of camp ends on July 1st!

A valid Park Sticker is required for any vehicle parking within a Town Park. Many of you have received your vehicle tax bills and saw it included new, blue Park Stickers for up to 4 vehicles registered within the Town. The new Park Stickers will be enforced beginning August 1st, 2020 and will be valid until June 30, 2021. All 2019 (red) and 2020 (green) Park Stickers will be void after July 31st. For more information about our Park Sticker program, please visit

Have you forgotten your login credentials for our program registration website? Our office will be sending out a user name reminder to any household with an email address on file. Once you have your user name you can request a password reset on the website.

Finally, our office is now open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call 203-452-5060.

]]> (Trumbull Parks & Recreation ) Life Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:34:16 -0400