Hamden, Connecticut …a “Good News” Newspaper September 16, 2014
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Arrest of Nicholas Ferrucci - Reckless Endangerment

On September 10th at approximately 3:15p.m. Detective William Onofrio observed a motorcycle, which was equipped with a siren and flashing red and blue lights, proceed through a red control signal at the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Washington Avenue. The motorcycle had the word “POLICE” written on the front, rear and side of it.

Detective Onofrio observed the motorcycle continue onto James Street with its equipment activated. The operator of the motorcycle, who was identified as Nicholas Ferrucci, eventually stopped the bike at Legion Field.

Investigation revealed that Ferrucci’s motorcycle was unregistered and uninsured. Further investigation revealed that the motorcycle was equipped with a siren, red/blue LED emergency warning lights and a digital camera which was mounted on the handle bars. Officers learned that Ferrucci’s actions nearly caused 2 motor vehicle accidents.

Hamden Police arrested Nicholas Ferrucci, 21, of 23 Leighton Street in North Haven. He was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, Reckless Driving, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Operating without Insurance, Traffic Control Signal Violation and Unauthorized Lights and Flashing Lights. Ferrucci, who was released after posting a $1,000.00 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 24th.

Hamden Police have received numerous reports that an individual has conducted motor vehicle stops using a facsimile police motorcycle. The investigation is continuing.

Arrest of a 16 year-old - Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the 2nd Degree

In May of 2014, Hamden Police investigated an aggravated street robbery that occurred in the area of Burke Street and George Street.

Investigation revealed that a 15 year-old Hamden resident exited a school bus and was subsequently followed by several individuals. The group, which was comprised of at least 4 teens, then attacked the 15 year-old, repeatedly punching and kicking him, until he fell to the ground. The attackers stole the victim’s book bag and removed the sneakers he was wearing.

The 15 year-old sustained injuries to his arms, hands and stomach area. According to the victim, the beating “seemed like forever.”

That after a lengthy investigation, Officer Scott Jason submitted an arrest warrant application to the court for a 16 year-old Hamden resident. The warrant was approved by the court.

On September 11th School Resource Officers Scott Jason and Jay Bunnell took the 16 year-old into custody. He was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Assault in the 3rd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the 2nd Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the 2nd Degree. The 16 year-old is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court in New Haven on September 25th.

Arrest of Harold Trent Butler - Burglary in the 2nd Degree

Hamden Police responded to a Kaye Vue Drive residence yesterday on a report of a domestic dispute. Central Communications advised responding officers that the emergency call was disconnected and that they believed that an assault was occurring.

Upon arrival officers learned that the 45 year-old victim was lying in bed when her ex-boyfriend approached her open bedroom window. She quickly closed the window and ran to the front door. Her ex-boyfriend, Harold Trent Butler, subsequently forced the door open by breaking the glass. Butler then grabbed her cell phone from her hand. The victim, who injured her knee during the incident, was able to exit her apartment. She subsequently used a neighbors phone to call police.

Shortly thereafter, officers located Butler at his North Haven residence. Officers forced entry into his home, due to the severity of the crime and the injury he had sustained to his hand. Hamden Police subsequently arrested Butler, who continuously resisted arrest and fought with officers.

While at police headquarters, Butler threatened the arresting officers as well as wiping his feces all over the holding cell and window pane. His injury was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Hamden Police arrested Harold Trent Butler, 44, of 392 State Street in North Haven. He was charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Interfering with an Emergency Call, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct. Butler, who was detained on a $100,000.00 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden today.

ACES Wintergreen Magnet School Welcomes New Assistant Principal

Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicki Rose as Assistant Principal of Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School (WIMS). 

> Prior to her appointment, Ms. Rose was a Literacy Coach at Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School. She attended Southern Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Reading / Language Arts, and a 6th Year Diploma in Educational Leadership.
> Before joining ACES, she worked with the New Haven Public School System in several schools, including MicroSociety Magnet School, Celentano Museum Academy, and J. Hillhouse High School. She began her teaching career at Forest Hill Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Florida

> “Vicki brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She excelled as a Literacy Coach, and we are confident that she’ll do equally well in her new capacity. ACES is fortunate to have an educator with such a wide range of teaching experiences to serve as the assistant principal at Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School” expressed ACES Executive Director, Dr. Thomas M. Danehy.
> Located in Hamden, ACES Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School is a K – 8 magnet school that is dedicated to educating the whole child through inquiry, innovation and the arts in a diverse, compassionate and mindful learning community.

> ACES is a regional educational service center that provides schools, services and programs to the twenty-five communities in New Haven County. “For over 40 years, ACES has been a resource for our 25 member districts, their students and families, and the ACES region. In 2013 – 2014, ACES schools, services and programs served 2,300 students and more than 16,000 educators from over 60 Connecticut communities” stated Dr. Thomas M. Danehy, executive director, ACES. For additional information on ACES, go to www.aces.org.

Arrests of Travis Ingram and Shaquille Pearson - Burglary in the 3rd Degree

On September 9th at approximately 4:00p.m. Hamden Police responded to a Morse Street residence on the report of suspicious activity. Central Communications had advised responding officers that an individual had lifted a second individual through a window of the residence.

Moments later, officers detained the 2 individuals, who were still on the premises. Investigation revealed that one of the individuals forcibly entered the home via a window, while the second individual acted as a “look-out.” They were promptly arrested and transported to Hamden Police Headquarters.

Hamden Police arrested Travis Ingram, 18, of 83 Shepard Street in New Haven. He was charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Trespass in the 1st Degree. Ingram, who was in the possession of a small quantity of marijuana, was also issued an infraction for Possession of Marijuana. He was detained on a $25,000.00 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 25th.

Hamden Police also arrested Shaquille Pearson, 20, of 311 Eastern Street, Apartment E17, in New Haven. He was charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Trespass. Pearson, who was detained on a $25,000.00 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 25th.

Officer Matthew Barbuto conducted the investigation.

Police Log September 9

Annica Charleston, 22, of High Top Circle, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.]]

Malachi Daniels, 13, of State Street, was charged with No Insurance.

Anthony Freeman, 30, of Spring Street, West Haven, was charged with Operating under Suspension and Failed to Obey Stop Sign.

Travis Ingram, 18, of Shepard Street, New Haven, was charged with Criminal Trespass in First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit/Burglary in Third Degree.

Douglas Earl Locke, 23, of Dixwell Avenue, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Sabrina Latoya McCrea, 22, of Brook Street, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree and Forgery in Third Degree.

Deborah McKnight, 49, of Warner Street, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Shaquille Pearson, 20, of Eastern Street, New Haven, was charged with Burglary in Third Degree, Conspiracy to Commit/Burglary in Third Degree, and Criminal Trespass in First Degree.

Police Log September 8

Joshua Gharis, 27, of Murray Street, Norwalk, was charged with Larceny in Fifth Degree.

Keith Andrew Kent, 29, of Center Brook Road, was charged with Failure to Respond/Infraction.

Jemel Morrison, 38, of Dickerman Street, New Haven, was charged with Violation of Probation.

Arrest of 2 - 13 year-old - Theft of a Firearm - Possession of a Firearm on School Grounds

On September 5th at approximately 9:00p.m. a Hamden resident arrived at Hamden Police Headquarters to report the theft of his firearm.

The 42 year-old victim advised police that his 13 year-old daughter stole his Ruger 9mm handgun, from inside of his motor vehicle. He further advised officers that the firearm was inside of a locked glove compartment.

Investigation revealed that the 13 year-old removed the firearm from the vehicle and placed it inside of her school backpack. She then transported the gun to the Hamden Middle School. Further investigation revealed that she kept the handgun inside of her backpack for the duration of the school day.

At the completion of school, the 13 year-old told officers that she brought the gun to the Church Street School playground. She then gave it to a 13 year-old male acquaintance.

Hamden Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Hamden Police School Resource Officers, immediately gathered information and ascertained the address of the acquaintance. Investigation led to the search of his residence. Officers subsequently located and seized his backpack, which contained a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun. Police promptly arrested the acquaintance and the victim’s juvenile daughter. They were both transported to Hamden Police Headquarters.

Hamden Police charged the 13 year-old female with Carrying a Pistol without a Permit, Possession of a Firearm on School Grounds, Theft of a Firearm and Illegal transfer of a Pistol. She was released to the custody of her father. She is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court in New Haven on September 12th.

The 13 year-old male was charged with Theft of a Firearm and Illegal Transfer of a Pistol. He was released to the custody of his mother. He is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court in New Haven on September 12th.

Detective William Onofrio conducted the investigation.

Arrests of Brett Harrison and Sean Victory - Burglary in the 2nd Degree

On July 28th Hamden Police responded to Brian’s Guitars, 3000 Whitney Avenue on the report of a burglar alarm.

Investigation revealed that the place of business had been forcibly entered. The front door, which was constructed of glass, was completely shattered. Several guitars, worth thousands of dollars were stolen.

Detective Donald Remillard of the Hamden Police Department Detective Division conducted a lengthy investigation. His investigation led to the application of arrest warrants for Brett Harrison and Sean Victory. The court approved the arrest warrant applications.

On September 5th Harrison and Victory turned themselves in to police custody.

Harrison, 21, of 358 Talmadge Road in Cheshire was charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree, and Larceny in the 1st Degree. Harrison is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 18th.

Victory, 19, of 25 Brittany Court in Cheshire was charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree and Larceny in the 1st Degree. He was released after posting a $100,000.00 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 17th.

Police Log September 7

Linda Khampouy, 19, of Quinnipiac Avenue, North Haven, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Troy McRichards, 46, of Fourth Street, was charged with Assault in Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in Third Degree, and Disorderly Conduct.

Katelyn Puglisi, 19, of Bradley Street, North Haven, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Lizette Santos, 42, of Dewitt, New Haven, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Police Log September 6

Maurice Heard, 30, of East Pearl Street, New Haven, was charged with Failure to Appear in First Degree.

Robert Mcgeehan, 33, of Mather Street, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Blanca Salaa, 38, of Hallow Street, New Haven, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Jose Vega, 45, of Jesswig Drive, was charged with Breach of Peace in Second Degree and Assault in Third Degree.

Apple Pie Time at Hamden’s Dunbar United Church of Christ

The Women’s Fellowship at Dunbar United Church of Christ will begin making apple pies as part of their annual Apple Festival activities beginning Sept. 3. The group will meet every Wednesday morning from 9:30 until noon to peel and slice apples, roll dough, and assemble and bake pies. Volunteers are always welcome and no experience is needed. Those not able to attend Wednesday mornings are invited to join “The Holy Rollers”, who will meet Tuesday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. to roll pie crusts, peel, and slice apples. The church is located on the corner of Dunbar Hill Road and Benham Street in Hamden. Pie making takes place in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.

Famous Dunbar apple pies are also available for purchase ($10 for a 10” pie!), either frozen or freshly baked. To place a pie order from now until Oct. 15, please call 203.248.5484 for pickup on Wednesdays at 12 noon at the Church Hall. Calls may also be made to the church Wednesday mornings at 203.288.2342. Pies will be available for purchase at the Apple Festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Dunbar Church. Proceeds from the sale of apple pies help support many local charities.

Hikes in September

The Sleeping Giant Park Association invites you to join their Geology-of-the-Giant Hike Sunday, Sept. 7. Hike along and learn about the geological origin of the Sleeping Giant Park and its various rock formations. Meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk near the park entrance at 1:30 p.m. The hike is expected to last about three to four hours and involve traveling over uneven, rocky terrain, possibly with a degree of rock scrambling. Hikers should be in good physical condition. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes with good traction. Bring snacks and water if you like (preferably in a day pack). The hike is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not necessary. Out of consideration for other hikers, dogs are not permitted on the hike.

In addition, the Sleeping Giant Park Association invites you to join their new Biodiversity Hike Sunday, Sept. 14. Hike along and develop a better awareness of ecological concepts and a working perspective of biodiversity and the complex interrelationships among animals, plants, and the many different habitats within the Sleeping Giant Park. Hikers will also gain an appreciation for seasonal influences on life within the park, particularly the various adaptations that have evolved to allow animals and plants to survive the harsh conditions of approaching winter months. Meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk near the park entrance at 1:30 p.m. The hike is expected to last about three hours and involve traveling over uneven, rocky terrain, possibly with a degree of rock scrambling. Hikers should be in good physical condition. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes with good traction. Bring snacks and water if you like (preferably in a day pack). The hike is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not necessary. Out of consideration for other hikers, dogs are not permitted on the hike.

The Sleeping Giant Park is located on Mt. Carmel Avenue in north Hamden (off Whitney Avenue). The park entrance is directly across the street from Quinnipiac University.

For additional information, please check their website at Sgpa.org. Inquiries can be directed to the SGPA Hiking Committee at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Elks Soccer Shoot, September 21

The Hamden Elks 2012 Soccer Shoot will be held Sunday, September 21, at the Hamden Middle School Field. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the competition at approximately 10 a.m. There are four age brackets: 7 and under, 8 to 9, 10 to 11, and 12 to 13, ages as of August 1. There is no charge for the competition and entrants do not have to be soccer players. The younger entrants will kick soccer balls at various size goals. Older entrants will kick at a more difficult goal, able to score higher points in different goal areas. The boy and girl winners in each bracket will advance to a district event, then state and regional meets. The winners will be presented trophies at the Youth Awards Banquet to be held at a later date. Entrants must be residents of Hamden or North Haven to qualify for the Hamden Elks Lodge Shoot.

For more information, call the Lodge at 203.248.2224.

The Elks Soccer and Hoop Shoots are part of the National Elks’ program of scholarships, drug awareness, scouting, and sports for the youth of America. These programs are run by Elk Lodges in communities around the country. The National Elks organization annually spends over $4 million for youth programs. The Hamden Elks Lodge #2224 is proudly celebrating its 50th year serving the communities of North Haven and Hamden.

Teacher of the Month

Teacher of the MonthFamily Music Center of Hamden is proud to announce that Jennifer Lucas is the Teacher of the Month for August 2014. Jennifer teaches most band instruments, as well as piano and vocals. On her behalf, Family Music Center will make a donation to “Donors Choose” to benefit her classroom.

Sorority Leader Organizations Receive Excellence and Achievement Awards

College Panhellenics from 32 universities recognized for their collegiate-level guidance and success

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), a premier advocacy organization for women and the sorority experience, announced that it has awarded College Panhellenics at 32 universities with excellence and achievement awards.

A College Panhellenic is a collective group of all the sororities on campus that are members of NPC. This group collaborates to provide governance, execute the recruitment process, and offer programming for the sorority community on each campus.

For the second year, NPC has recognized student-managed College Panhellenics with awards of excellence and achievement. The 11 Excellence Award recipients meet all seven criteria and the 21 Achievement Award recipients meet five or six out of the seven criteria. The seven areas of criteria are: recruitment; Panhellenic structure; communication with NPC area advisor; judicial procedures; Panhellenic programming; academics; and Panhellenic community impact and relations.

“Our high-performing College Panhellenics are an integral component of the entire fraternity and sorority community across the globe,” said Julie Johnson, Panhellenics Committee chairman for NPC. “It is an honor to work alongside these bright women who represent what it means to be a thriving sorority woman in today’s world.”

Quinnipiac University was a recipient of the Achievement Award for 2014.

NPC is one of the oldest and largest women’s membership organizations representing women at more than 660 campuses throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in more than 3,500 alumnae associations worldwide. NPC, one of the largest organizations advocating for women, is the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities. NPC sororities are located on more than 672 campuses with 353,345 undergraduate members in 3,184 chapters. Alumnae are represented in 3,773 associations throughout the world. For more information, including a complete list of NPC sororities, visit Npcwomen.org or find NPC on Twitter and Facebook.

Stephanie Birdsall Returns to Hamden Art League for Oil Painting Demo

Birdsall LemonsThe Hamden Art League will begin its 2014-15 season Tuesday, September 9, with a demo by guest artist Stephanie Birdsall. Birdsall is an internationally recognized oil painter and master pastelist and a member of the Putney Painters, a group of painters who work under the tutelage of Richard Schmid. She is a returning artist who skillfully demonstrated painting in pastels at a Hamden Art League meeting last fall. This year she will return to demonstrate an oil painting of items from the food garden, approaching her subject as if she were painting en plein air, without the distractions and challenges the artist faces when painting outdoors.

Birdsall received her formal training at the City and Guilds of London Art School in England. She spent time after graduation refining her skills as a plein air painter in Europe and the U.S. In 2006, Stephanie joined the Putney Painters, which began a period of intense focus and rapid growth as an artist.

Birdsall’s work has received more than 50 major awards in national and interna-tional competitions. The artist and her work have been featured in popular publications such as International Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, and the Pastel Journal. North Light Publishing has released three DVDs on her methods of working with pastels and oils.

Birdsall is a member of the Oil Painters of America; Salmagundi Club NYC; Putney Painters; The National Association of Women Artists; and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. She is also a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America, as well as a Master’s Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. A distinguished workshop instructor, the artist travels to paint on location en plein air, as well as spending time working and teaching in her studio and gallery.

Birdsall’s love of painting is well expressed by her words: “I am constantly inspired by the beauty of this world, each moment is precious, infused with feeling and wor-thy of recording…Whether I am plein air painting in the Rockies or in my studio, I work to convey the feeling of the moment…”

In her demonstration, Birdsall will use a limited palette based on the oil palette of Richard Schmid. She will demonstrate painting nature’s bounty from the garden, hopefully fresh lemons with their stems and leaves, because of the variety of colors within the yellow family.

The meeting will be held in the Social Hall of the Miller Memorial Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Coffee and conversation begins at 7 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting at 7:15 and the artist’s demo at 7:30. This event is free and open to the public. Please visit HamdenArtLeague.com for more information on the Hamden Art League.

Local Student Receives National Honor

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced Mercy High School student Charity A. Hammond from Hamden has been selected to become a member of the organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment that Charity has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Mr. Nobel. “Charity is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

“Our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities,” stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Charity build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community.”

Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, personalized recognition items, and publicity honors.

Formed in 2002, the National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. Currently, there are more than one million Society members in over 160 countries. NSHSS provides scholarship opportunities for deserving young people.

For more information about NSHSS, visit NSHSS.org.

The Gravity Vault to Open in Hamden

James Chi will be bringing the nation’s first indoor rock climbing franchise, The Gravity Vault, to Southern Connecticut.

James comes from an insurance tax background and is looking forward to taking on this new venture with the support of his wife, Min, who will be re-entering the workforce after spending several years as a stay-at-home mom. The couple are currently actively searching in Hamden for real estate, which needs to be at least 12,000 square feet in order to accommodate a climbing wall.

Lucas Kovalcik and Tim Walsh are the concept’s co-founders. Lucas and Tim opened The Gravity Vault in 2005 after the lifelong friends and avid rock climbers decided to make their passion their business and share their love of rock climbing with both novices and experts. The two were named New Jersey State Small Business Persons of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2013, and they have even worked with the U.S. government to certify over a dozen mechanics and engineers in rappelling to then perform maintenance on a 300 foot long, $500 million dollar Army spy blimp.

VNA Launches Family Caregiver School

VNA Community Healthcare is launching a Family Caregiver School this fall to help family caregivers who need coaching and guidance doing medical tasks at home.  This new, free program is in response to a 2012 research study of family caregivers done by the AARP Policy Institute that found more than half of the 1,677 caregivers polled were expected to perform medical/nursing tasks, such as wound care, incontinence care, medication management, and using medical equipment at home without much teaching or support.

While the family caregivers in the study found doing these tasks rewarding and helpful to their loved one, they also felt stressed and worried about making mistakes. Many did not have contact with medical professionals who could provide information or support. “We are passionate about helping family caregivers who are struggling and feel like they are all alone.  We (VNA Community Healthcare) want them to know that we are mobilizing our resources and reaching out to help,” comments Barbara Katz, RN, Director of Clinical Program Development at VNA Community Healthcare, who spearheaded the idea for the Family Caregiver School. 

VNA Community Healthcare, which has had a Caregiver Support Network since 2003, will start this project with a Family Caregiver School Open House Thursday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their 2319 Whitney Ave., Hamden office.  Please call 1.866.474.5230 to register for this free program. For those who cannot attend, there will be a virtual Family Caregiver School Open House available September 12 at ConnecticutHomecare.org/CaregiverSchool

At the Open House, VNA Community Healthcare’s clinical experts will provide family caregivers with three tips and one written tool on each topic, ranging from heart failure, wound care, medication management, diabetes, dementia, incontinence, and other medical topics of concern. AARP CT will also have a booth to distribute additional family caregiver materials.

In addition, sponsorships are now available to support VNA Community Healthcare’s Third Annual Harvest Breakfast Fundraiser Wednesday, October 22, 7:45-9:30 a.m. at Woodwinds in Branford. For additional information, please call Michelle Furguson at 203.458.4277 or go to ConnecticutHomecare.org.

About VNA Community Healthcare
Beyond nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapies; mental health; and maternal child health, as well as, free or low cost wellness, health and family caregiver support programs in 35 towns throughout greater New Haven and Middlesex counties.  Last year, VNA Community Healthcare made 320,000 healthcare visits in homes throughout the region.  For more information about the nonprofit home healthcare agency, call their toll free Helpline at 1.866.474.5230 or visit ConnecticutHomecare.org.

Statistics on Caregiving
Estimated number of caregivers living in Connecticut: 351,720 (the 28th highest in the country), based on state by state statistics for 2004 by the National Family Caregivers Association and Family Caregiver Alliance’s National Center on Caregiving.

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.
- National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

23% of family caregivers caring for loved ones for five years or more report their health as fair or poor.
-National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

Six in 10 family caregivers are employed.
-MetLife Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Costs; National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Mature Market Institute. February 2010

American businesses can lose as much as $34 billion each year due to employees’ need to care for loved ones 50 years of age and older.
-MetLife Caregiving Cost Study: Productivity Losses to U.S. , MetLife Mature Market Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving Business. July 2006

Up to 70% of family caregivers manage medications for their loved ones.
-Caregiver Action Network (National Family Caregivers Association), October 2012.

Spring Glen Garden Club Kicks Off New Season

The Spring Glen Garden Club, a charter member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., and National Garden Clubs, Inc., since 1929, will begin its 2014-2015 season Monday, Sept. 15, at Noon with an open meeting. The meeting will be held at Lockwood Cottage, 890 Evergreen Ave., Hamden.

Please bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be served. Donation is $5. After a short business meeting, the speaker at 1 p.m. will be Wray Williams, Park Ranger.

For further information, please call Dorothy at 203.934.5975.

Three Ways to Save on Monthly Expenses

SavingRegardless of income, everyone is looking for ways to save money. From improving your home’s energy efficiency to savvy shopping, you can cut back on your day-to-day expenses and monthly bills, alike.

The discount experts at Dollar General are sharing some money saving tips to help reduce your monthly bills.

Utility Costs – One of the top 10 monthly expenses for a family is utility costs. You may be able to lower your electric bills by frequently changing your air conditioning and heating system’s air filters. A dirty filter may cause your unit to work harder to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer. A new HV/AC unit can be expensive, but a new filter can cost as little as a dollar. By changing filters on a regular basis, you can help to keep your unit free from pollution and debris and perform better overall.

Another way you can save on utility costs is to use LED light bulbs. A LED light bulb typically uses less energy than transitional incandescent light bulbs. Plus, over the life of a LED bulb, it may save over $130 in energy costs.

Health Care – Preventive health care can save you time off from work and doctor visit copays. Keep vitamins, minerals, hand soap, disinfected wipes, and disinfect sprays on hand to help prevent colds or flu. Remember to also use preventive medicines during allergy seasons.

Disinfecting wipes make it easy to clean commonly-touched household items, such as door knobs, telephones, refrigerator door handles, and TV remotes. With disinfectant sprays, you can help protect your family from germs and freshen up your home.

Digital Coupons – Coupons can save money every day, but clipping them can be time consuming and, all too often, they are forgotten at home. Utilize digital coupon programs to avoid the hassle. For example, Dollar General has a new Digital Coupon Program in which customers can sign up online or at check-out in stores, and then load relevant coupons to their profile for everything from groceries and cleaning supplies to seasonal items. Digital coupons are then automatically applied when eligible items are purchased.

Monthly expenses can often add up, but these simple tips may help you save on the items you purchase frequently.

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Quinnipiac Bank & Trust Celebrates Opening of New Branch

North Haven Ribbon CuttingQuinnipiac Bank & Trust celebrated the opening of its newest branch in North Haven with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, August 11.

North Haven First Selectman Mike Freda, together with the North Haven staff and bank principals, Mark Candido, President & CEO, and Dick Barredo, EVP, participated in the event. Several members of the Chamber of Commerce and many new customers were also in attendance.

Mark Candido welcomed a lobby full of customers, friends, bank staff, and business associates to the new branch. Located on Washington Avenue, it is convenient to get to from the Merritt Parkway and I-91.

Candido commented, “The new branch expansion is a great way to gain more exposure to our hometown bank.” He added, “We have a dedicated experienced staff that will be able to promote a true Community Bank committed to the people of the greater North Haven area.”

Quinnipiac Bank & Trust is located at 2704 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, and 24 Washington Avenue, North Haven. They can be reached by calling 203.407.0756 or visiting QuinnipiacBank.com.

Photo (left to right): Nancy Dudchick (President, Hamden Chamber), John Siclari, Sandi Weber, Louis Silva (North Haven Branch Manager), Mike Freda (North Haven First Selectman), Mark Candido, Ken Innocenzi, and Dick Barredo

St. Rita School Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

St. Rita ALSSr. Maureen, Principal of St. Rita School in Hamden, was challenged by several people to partake in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She thought they could begin the year in service to others. The school held a raffle for 50 cents a chance. The total amount raised was just over $600, and all proceeds will be sent to the John Paul II Research Institute located in Iowa. The lucky winner was 6th grader, Brooke Wresien.  Brooke had the privilege of dousing Sr. Maureen with iced cold water!

Bus Trip to Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at Goodspeed

St. Joan of Arc Parish, Hamden, is offering a bus trip to see Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at The Good Speed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Thursday, Dec. 4. Cost is $114 and includes front orchestra seating, lunch at the Gelston House, coach bus, and driver gratuity. Departure at 10 a.m. from the commuter parking lot on the corner of Hartford Turnpike and Devine Street in North Haven. They will leave Goodspeed after the 2 p.m. matinee. Call Sue at 203.248.1069 or 203.530.4561 or call Helen at 203.281.1221.

Police Log September 5

Kela Larondsa Coston, 42, of Columbus Avenue, New Haven, was charged with Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle, No Insurance, and Operating Without License.

Brett Harrison, 21, of Talmadge Road, Cheshire, was charged with Burglary in Second Degree and Larceny in First Degree.

Kyle Moscovica, 24, of Brook Lane, Cheshire, was charged with Criminal Trespassing in First Degree.

Sean Victory, 19, of Bittany Court, Cheshire, was charged with Burglary in Second Degree and Larceny in First Degree.

Second Annual “Hot Dogs for H.O.P.E.” Food Drive & Picnic

Sunday, Sept 14, Dunbar United Church of Christ’s H.O.P.E. Initiative will hold its Second Annual “Hot Dogs for H.O.P.E.” Food Drive & Picnic. The community is invited and those attending are encouraged to bring a bag of non-perishable food items to help stock the shelves at the Hamden Food Bank. Suggestions for food donations are posted on Dunbar’s website, DunbarChurch.com. Cash donations will also be accepted. The event is free and will run from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., rain or shine. In addition to a free picnic lunch, the day will feature live music, face painting, chair massage, a moon bounce, and other activities. Join in and give H.O.P.E.: Help Other People Eat.

For more information, please call 203.288.2342, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit the Dunbar Church website at DunbarChurch.com. Dunbar UCC is located at 767 Benham Street on the corner of Dunbar Hill Road and Benham Street. For additional information about the mission of the United Church of Christ, please visit UCC.org.

Dave Says

Dave SaysRepair Now or Buy Later?

Dear Dave,

I’m driving a 10-year-old car with 195,000 miles on it. The car needs $1,500 in repairs, and it’s worth $5,000. I have $40,000 in cash saved, $40,000 in investments, and I make $80,000 a year. I also have $15,000 in student loan debt, but the only other thing I owe on is my house. Should I pay to repair the car or buy something else for $15,000?


Dear Dave,

Nice name! If you wrote a $15,000 check for a newer car and wrote a $15,000 check for the student loans, it would leave you with $10,000. I wouldn’t buy a $15,000 car in your situation. I’d buy a $10,000 car. You could sell your current car for around $3,500 if it needs repairs, combine that with your money and get a $13,500 car. Then, you could write a check and pay off the student loan.

With no car payment, no student loan payment, and a good car, you can really lean into your budget. Think about it. You’d have no debt except for your home, and you could rebuild your savings in a hurry and be in really great shape in about six months. Plus, you’d have $15,000 sitting there in the meantime!


No Pets Allowed

Dear Dave,

I have several rental properties, and lately I’ve been spending a ton of money remodeling them because I allow pets. Do you think I should begin refusing tenants with pets?


Dear Jim,

This is a tough one for me, because I have three dogs of my own. I’ve got a pug that’s older than dirt, a shih tzu with an attitude and the best golden retriever on the planet. I love animals, and like you, I’ve got a lot of rental properties. But I don’t allow animals in my properties.

Some people have accused me of hating all animals except my own. I can tell you that’s not true. But the fact is a lot of people don’t take good care of their animals and keep an eye on them. It’s hard enough to find trustworthy, responsible renters these days, and if you add a dog or cat on top of that you’re just asking for trouble. I’ve had situations in the past where I had to spend $10,000 to clean up a house after a tenant had a dog or cat in there. They’ll chew things up, stain and stink things up, and tear things up. Sometimes you even have to replace the floorboards!

I had a lady offer me $10,000 deposit the other day on one of my properties, just so she could move in with her dog. I said no. It’s in all my leases now — no animals. I don’t allow them in at the beginning, and if one of my tenants gets one after they move in they either have to find a new home for the animal or move out themselves. At that point they’re in violation of the lease.

The problem is I really do have a heart for animals. I love them. But as a landlord who’s running a business, it just doesn’t make sense.


Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He has authored five New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership and Smart Money Smart Kids. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 8 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at DaveRamsey.com.

Quinnipiac Bank & Trust Donates to St. Martin de Porres

St. MartinsQuinnipiac Bank & Trust made two donations to St. Martin de Porres in Hamden. St. Martin de Porres Academy is a faith-based, NativityMiguel Network middle school that provides tuition free, extended day education for underserved girls and boys from low-income families in the New Haven area. They are an independent Catholic school committed to a belief in the dignity and worth of every person. They strive to provide each child with a promising start in life and to equip them to fulfill their academic potential while achieving spiritual and social maturity. Children of all faiths, races, and cultures are welcome.

The donations included approximately 15 computers to be used by the students and a check for $500, which was a donation from all employees. The money came from a fundraiser the employees do once a month. Employees are allowed to wear blue jeans on the last Friday of the month for $5.00 to be donated to a charity. Charles Frey, Vice President for Advancement, accepted the donations on behalf of the school.

Mark Candido, President and CEO of the Bank, stated, “By donating the computers we are supporting the mission of St. Martin de Porres.” He also went on to say, “Education is very important to the growth of children today and these computers will be beneficial to that growth.”

Quinnipiac Bank & Trust is located at 2704 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, and 24 Washington Avenue, North Haven. They can be reached by calling 203.407.0756 or visiting QuinnipiacBank.com.

Photo (left to right): Gabe Dumitrescu (Teller), Leila Votto (CSR), Mark Candido, and Charles Frey (St. Martin dePorres)

Georgianna Lillian DiGioia Formerly of Harold’s Formal Wear

Georgianna-Georgianna Lillian DiGioia, age 98, formerly of New Haven and Hamden, died peacefully at the home of her daughter Rosemary and son-in-law Fred Abbate in Moorestown, New Jersey, August 17.

Born in New Haven, June 2, 1916, Georgianna was the daughter of Rose and Antonio Calandrella. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Ralph, in 1993 and by her siblings, Mary, Anna, Helen, Rita, Alfred, and George. Surviving are her sisters, Virginia Vitelli of Titusville, Fla., and Marge Pellegrino of Wallingford, Conn. In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, she is also survived by her grandsons Jonathan (Carolyn), Jason (Christine), Jeremy (Anina), and seven great grandchildren, Matthew, Catherine, Quinn, Stephen, Sara, Theo, and Camilla.

A graduate of Hillhouse High School and an active member of the Sacred Heart Academy Mothers Club, Georgianna spent many years as a salesperson and headpiece designer at Harold’s Formal Wear in New Haven. Her work there was a labor of love. On Sunday mornings she would scan the wedding section of the New Haven Register to look for “her brides.” Helping the would-be brides and their mothers pick out the most special gown they would ever wear was a true source of pride. Among her fondest memories were working with her dear friends Anita Anastasio, Connie Setaro, and Lois Pellegrino.

Upon retirement, Georgianna began work as an enthusiastic volunteer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Her time there was very fulfilling. Her beloved niece, Joyce Pellegrino, then an executive with the charity, saw to it that she was fully involved. The staff at MADD always called her “Aunt George.” In 2006, at age 90, she received a Community Service Award from that organization. While handing her the award, former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal remarked, “You sure don’t look 90!”

The true loves of Georgianna’s life were her three grandsons and their families. Their accomplishments and kindnesses were a source of great pride. She adjusted quite well to having three robust boys in her life, and the accomplishments of their children only added to her happiness. Just weeks before Georgianna’s death, her 15-year-old grandson, Stephen, brought his portable piano to give a concert by her bedside. She asked if she should sing and laughed as everyone around her shouted in unison, “No!” Weeks before that, 11-year-old Sara played a violin concert. Enjoying the music with everyone was the family dog, Olivia, the Westie she cherished who provided her with hours of delight.

For someone for whom the glass was always half full, Georgianna bore life’s ups and downs with a smile and a quiet acceptance. She saw her widowhood as a natural part of life’s circle. She had the joy of celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary in 1988 with many friends and family present to share in the happy occasion.

The family thanks her former neighbors, Ed and Valerie Canalori and the Ortiz and Jones families of Rochford Avenue in Hamden, for their kindness and care and for overseeing her during her widowed years on that street. These neighbors were like family, and her real family will be forever grateful.

Donations in Georgianna’s name may be made to Connecticut Public Television, 1049 Asylum Ave., Hartford, Conn. 06105. The station provided her and her husband with many happy hours of viewing.

Five Area Students Win Scholarships from Local Credit Union

ScholarshipStudents with local ties have headed back to school with scholarship help from Wepawaug-Flagg Federal Credit Union.

Wepawaug-Flagg awarded a total of $6,000 in scholarships to five students recently.

The Dennis Banks Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 was awarded to Alicia DiVito of Enfield, who is currently a junior at Southern Connecticut State University.

The Dennis Banks Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Dennis Banks, the former President/CEO of Wepawaug-Flagg who passed away in 2007.

The four winners of the General Scholarship were: Angelyn Cannon of Hamden, who will attend New York University this fall; Angela DeFilippo, from North Haven, who will attend the University of Connecticut; Molly Gambardella of North Haven, who attends Paier College of Art in Hamden; and Gleeson Ryan of North Branford, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania.

All four will receive $1,000 each.

Applicants for the Dennis Banks Memorial Scholarship were asked, “Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live. Give examples of specific projects in which you have been involved and what you have learned.”

Meanwhile, applicants for WFFCU’s General Scholarship were asked, “How has your education contributed to who you are today?”

WFFCU appointed a scholarship committee who volunteered their time to go through all the applications and select the winners.

Scholarships were open to all high school seniors, who will be full-time, degree seeking students enrolled at a U.S. accredited college or university or current college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Applicants either had to be members of the credit union, or have at least one parent who is a member.
Wepawaug-Flagg Federal Credit Union, located at 105 Sanford Street, Hamden, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that has assisted members since its organization in 1936.

Bereavement Volunteers Needed

Bereavement volunteers are needed in the following areas: Trained counselors and lay persons to lead bereavement support groups (Shelton, Norwalk, Wallingford, and Branford offices); clerical volunteers to send out grief and loss information mailings; data entry volunteers to keep database current; counselors and lay persons to make condolence calls; and volunteers to assist families with anticipatory grief.

Please contact Joan Cullen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 203.315.7510 to set up an interview.

In Need of Good Home

Pet Advert

Delicious Meals, Hot Food, and Coffee

Please remember to make your reservations 48 hours in advance at the Miller Senior Center Cafe by calling 203.287.0057 during business days, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon. A donation of $3 will be accepted and appreciated. Lunches will be served Monday-Friday, except holidays. All participants must have a completed Form 5.

Enjoy a wonderful catered hot lunch and meet the warm Hamden community. There will be random Monday raffles for lunch participants.

Adopt a Pet: Raven


Local Credit Union Supports National Night Out

National Night OutWepawaug-Flagg Federal Credit Union donated $250 to help support Hamden’s National Night Out, which was used to purchase fruit from a local farm to serve as a healthy snack for attendees.

National Night Out, which took place August 5, is an event held in cities and towns around the country to promote happy, healthy, and safe neighborhoods while enhancing community and police partnerships.

Hamden’s event, which was free and open to residents, included a cookout, moon bounces, information booths, performing acts, face painting, and other family-friendly activities.

The event was organized by the Hamden Youth Services Bureau and the Hamden Police Department.

Photo: Hamden Youth Services Outreach Coordinator Beth Chiarillo (left) and Youth Services Coordinator Susan Rubino (center) receive a check from WFFCU Marketing Manager David Hinchey for Hamden’s National Night Out. Hinchey also volunteered at the event.

TotemTom’s Talks

TotemTomHey, everyone! Here I am again, and I’ve got some timely tips for you. It’s September. That’s always an important month here at the library. First, it’s National Library Card Month, which leads me to ask, “Is your library card up to date?” Here in Hamden, library cards expire every three years. A card issued today will expire in Sept. 2017. To renew it, all you need to do to is stop by the library with ID and proof of Hamden residency. If you ask me, it’s certainly worth the time it takes to renew your card or register for a new one. What other piece of plastic that you carry around with you lets you bring home books, movies, and magazines; download e-books and audiobooks; or search proprietary databases—all for free? (And, don’t forget, now that we’ve joined the LION consortium, Hamden cardholders have access to the collections of nearly 30 other libraries with just the click of their mouse or a swipe on their smartphone or tablet.)

Also, September means that Miller Library is open again on Saturdays. Yes, we’ll be here from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Saturday, giving you more time to work on all those new homework assignments, find some pleasure reading, or browse through our DVD collection.

And, of course, the other good news is that the Friends’ Secondhand Prose Bookstore resumes its regular hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. I know they’ve got a lot of new stock that came in over the summer, always at bargain prices. Plan to stop in the next time you’re here.

Meanwhile, you know where to find me: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow me, TotemTom, in the Twitterverse!

Hamden Programs

Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Screenings
Second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. - noon
Cost is $35 for a full lipid profile plus glucose. Participants must be fasting for 12 hours. Call 203.458.4351 for an appointment (required). Get immediate results and nurse counseling.
VNA Community Healthcare, 2319 Whitney Avenue.

Mondays & Fridays, Sept. 15 – Dec. 12.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
$15 for series, call 203.458.4351 to register.
Increase muscle strength and improve flexibility and balance to prevent falls.
Miller Senior Center, 201 Dixwell Ave.
Funded by the Town of Hamden.

Healthy Habits for Life
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 16 (five classes)
No charge, call 203.458.4351 to register.
Miller Senior Center, 201 Dixwell Ave.
A five-part series that will help you communicate with your healthcare provider, make diet and exercise changes, and learn effective ways to manage your medications and use home safety strategies. 
Funded by the Town of Hamden.

Tai Chi Advanced
Sept. 16 (12 weeks)
Tuesdays & Fridays, 9 – 10 a.m.
$30 for series, to register call 203.458.4351.
For those who have previously taken Tai Chi.
VNA Community Healthcare, 2319 Whitney Ave., Fourth Floor.
Funded by the Town of Hamden.

Tai Chi Beginners
Tuesdays & Fridays, Sept. 16 (12 weeks)
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
$30 for series, to register call 203.458.4351.
Improve your balance, prevent falls, and relieve arthritis symptoms with this gentle form of exercise.
VNA Community Healthcare, 2319 Whitney Ave., Fourth Floor.
Funded by the Town of Hamden.

The ABCs of Stroke
Tuesday, Sept. 23, Free Program
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Miller Senior Center, 201 Dixwell Ave.
A stroke is a medical emergency and prompt treatment is crucial. Learn how to identify warning signs, avoid complications, and prevent them through lifestyle changes. 

Muscle Maker Grill® Opens Hamden Location

Muscle Maker Grill®, a fast-casual restaurant franchise that serves freshly prepared meals with its guests’ health in mind, recently opened its Hamden location at 2300 Dixwell Ave., in the Hamden Mart. This location marks its third in Connecticut.

“This is a significant achievement for Muscle Maker Grill® and we are thrilled to report our steady growth,” said Rod Silva, founder of Muscle Maker Grill®. “Our truly unique concept of great food with your health in mind is gaining popularity throughout the U.S. and we look forward to helping each of our new franchisees grow their local presence with unparalleled corporate support.”

“Over the past 18 years we have created a menu that satisfies everyone from vegetarians to the carb-free consumer to people following a gluten-free diet,” said Silva. “We have created a friendly, relaxed, social environment where people can enjoy great-tasting food, learn about healthy eating and engage with fellow health enthusiasts in their area. We’re excited to bring our nutritious, quick service options to more consumers and plan to expand our footprint nationwide in years to come.”

Founded in New Jersey in 1995 by Rod Silva, Muscle Maker Grill® prides itself on creating healthier versions of mainstream favorite dishes that taste great, making it easy and enjoyable to eat healthy. Each restaurant offers catering, take-out, and delivery services for the convenience of its customers.
To learn more about the history of Muscle Maker Grill® and their variety of menu offerings, visit MuscleMakerGrill.com. Muscle Maker Grill® can also be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/MuscleMakerGrill, where fans can participate in online promotions, engage with other health-conscious individuals, and receive updates on new menu items, store openings, and tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

For Older Adults, Regular Exercise May Stem Aging Effects

AgingOne out of every three adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, for older adults with dementia, the risk of falling is three times higher than those with no cognitive impairment, according to the AARP Bulletin.

However, research supports the notion that many of the physiological changes related to aging – such as loss of balance – can be prevented or postponed with regular exercise. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that many senior living communities are making comprehensive health and wellness programs available to their residents.

“We’re seeing residents increase their mobility, endurance and balance, and improve their range of motion and fitness levels,” says Katie Westberg, national director of Life Enrichment at The Goodman Group, a company that has developed a new fitness program for its senior living and health care communities.

Additionally, Westberg cites that participants feel better and are having fun, showing quick results to their overall well-being, “Many of the residents involved in our FIT Functional Fitness program start seeing long-lasting and significant strength training benefits within an eight to 16 week period.”

The experts behind the FIT Functional Fitness program, a new, national, personalized functional fitness program developed by The Goodman Group in partnership with a physical therapist and board certified geriatric specialist, are offering some tips for older adults looking to improve their well-being and restore their vigor.

Engage in exercises that can improve your core strength, balance, and cardiovascular health. If you live in a senior living community, inquire about on-site programs. Additionally, many community centers and health clubs conduct exercise classes designed specifically for senior health.

Invest in a stationary bike. It’s easy to incorporate this activity into your day while watching TV, listening to music, or talking to your family, and pedaling lowers blood pressure, according to AARP.

Consult your physician before getting started. Your exercise routine should take into account your current health level and functionality as well as your physical needs.

Food and health are directly correlated, so pair your exercise with healthy eating. The FIT Functional Fitness program at The Goodman Group, for example, incorporates local, organic, seasonal produce, as well as lean protein alternatives and plant strong ingredients in their menu options.

Stick to it. Results may come quickly, but a long-term health benefit requires commitment.

For more information about senior fitness and health programs, visit TheGoodmanGroup.com.

While you can’t stop time, research shows that with exercise, you may feel better, longer.

Mt. Carmel Church to Hold Tag Sale

The Mount Carmel Congregational Church, 3284 Whitney Ave., Hamden, will hold a Fall Indoor/Outdoor Tag Sale Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine. Indoor spaces are $15 each and outdoor spaces are available for $10. Refreshments will be served. For further information or to reserve a table, please call 203.239.7135.

Miller Association of Seniors Seeking Publicity Chairperson

The Hamden Miller Association of Seniors needs a Publicity Chairperson. This person should have a computer. They will help advertise meetings, special events, etc., while working with board members. The Association meets the fourth Wednesday of each month.

If you are interested, please contact the Miller Senior Center at 203.287.2547.

Kids’ Programs in Hamden

The Town of Hamden Children’s Learn to Swim program is being offered for children in K–sixth grade only. Levels taught: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Intermediate levels. Eight classes each session. Enrollment is limited; register early. All sessions held at the Hamden High School Community Pool at Hamden High School, 2040 Dixwell Ave. Session One: Sept. 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, and Oct 1. Session Two: Oct 3, 6, 8, 10, 15, 17, 20, and 22. Day/Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5-5:40 p.m. except Oct. 10 and 17 from 6-6:40 p.m. Session Three: Saturdays only, Sept. 13–Nov. 1 from 10:30-11:10 a.m. Cost per session: $60 resident, $70 non-resident.

Swimmers should come fully prepared for lessons in swim attire. Cap is required for hair longer than four inches or secured with braids. A dry towel and a change of clothes are recommended after class.

Children will be considered registered only when payment and registration is received in the Recreation Office. No registration is taken at the pool. Parents are not allowed on the pool deck during lessons. Exceptions are only on the first and last class of each session.

Pool Passes for the 2014-15, which cover Sept. 1, 2014 – August 2015, are now available. Renewal forms may be picked up poolside or in person at the Recreation Dept. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Fees for Swim Passes are as follows: Resident family - $75 (applies only to immediate family, maximum four persons), two adults, two children; resident adult - $50 (18 and older); resident senior - $15 (60 and older); resident child - $15 (ages three to 17); non-resident family - $150 (applies only to immediate family, maximum four persons), two adults, two children; non-resident adult - $75 (18 and older); non-resident senior - $30 (60 and older); non-resident child - $30 (ages three to 17).

The Hamden Recreation Department is also offering diving lessons with Patty Althoff Conte, Hamden High School Class of ‘88 and Williams College Class of ‘92. She is the Hamden High School boys’ diving coach and the Cheshire High School girls’ diving coach. She was a two-time division III national diving champion while a student at Williams.

Three sessions are available for beginners or those with more advanced skills. Diving program is held at the Hamden High School community pool, located at 2040 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. Each session consist of six classes, $70 cost per session, Fridays, beginning Sept. 12 from 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. or Saturdays, Sept. 13 from 1:30-2:15 p.m. or 2:15-3 p.m. Check or cash only. Sorry, no credit cards. Stop by the Recreation Office at 2750 Dixwell Ave. to register or visit Hamden.com to download registration form and mail to the Recreation Office. All questions should be directed to Laura Luzzi, Recreation Supervisor, 203.287.2584.

The Town of Hamden, Recreation Dept. will be offering ballet lessons for children ages five to 10 years old. Class dates are Mondays, Sept. 15 through Nov. 24. Program takes place at Shepherd Glen School. The class time for five- and six-year-olds is 5:30-6:30 p.m. and for seven-10 year-olds 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Class size is limited to only 15 students per age group. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Office or online at Hamden.com. No registration will be taken at the gym.

Hamden Recreation Dept. and Bashta’s Martial Arts are happy to offer a Tae Kwon Do program for boys and girls ages six – 12. Session One begins Sept. 17 and runs for 10 weeks, ending Nov. 11. Session Two runs Dec. 3 – Feb. 18; Session Three, March 4 – May 13. Classes run Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. Cost per session is only $70. All sessions will be held at Shepherd Glen School, Skiff St Ext. 

Check out Bashtasmartialarts.com or Hamden.com for registration information or visit Recreation office at 2750 Dixwell Ave. For additional information, please call 203.248.2274.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

A photograph can tell more than one story; it is the time capsule that can be cherished for years to come. The Kerrian Company is proud to announce the grand opening of a new 1600 square foot photography studio August 15, 2014, at 2885 State Street, Hamden. The studio will be used to provide clients with a private and professional location for their photo shoots, especially for those interested in Boudoir. The Kerrian Company will provide photography for weddings, photo booth rentals, as well as creating beautiful and unique invitations for special events.  The studio can also be rented by photographers looking for a space to capture the photos of their clients. 

Owner of Kerrian Company, Kerrian Latty is a full time photographer who specializes in portraits and weddings; with a photojournalist approach, Ms. Latty is able to capture photos using both natural and studio light. Her objective is to capture the emotion pouring out from her clients at the time the camera clicks, transcending the photo into an unforgettable portrait filled with a lifetime of unspoken words. With publishing credits from AT&T Telecommunications, Costco, and the New Haven Register, Ms. Latty is provides clients with the art of capturing the essence and beauty within each moment. For booking and/or information, please visit KerrianCo.com.

The Rotator Cuff: The Athlete’s Achilles Heel

KyleNo athlete at any age or performance level can throw a football or pitch a baseball without that essential piece of anatomy known as the “rotator cuff.” The rotator cuff is a complex muscle group at the top of the shoulder near the bone joint. It affects most arm movement and the control of an athlete’s ability to deliver a football, baseball, shot put, javelin, or even a Frisbee for social weekend warriors. It can also affect your tennis or golf game.

A tear in the rotator cuff can be debilitating and painful. It can be torn by overthrowing, an awkward motion, or improper conditioning before or after athletic endeavors. However, proper conditioning and exercise can prevent injury.

Once it’s torn, the pain might eventually subside with rest. If not, physical therapy can dramatically speed up the healing process. Heat application, ultrasound, muscle and joint manipulation, and icing, all under the experienced care of a physical therapist, are encouraged. At home, follow the simple exercises recommended above, along with frequent applications of an ice pack. Refrain from your usual sports activity until the pain has fully disappeared. Again, during this time, therapy can expedite the healing process of the rotator cuff. It’s a far more delicate and intricate muscle group than the “bulky” muscles of quads, lats, biceps, etc. Healing takes time and care.

Even after healing, heed the advice of a therapist. Resume the specific exercises prescribed. The best words of advice: take it easy. Don’t rush the process of healing, and if needed, consult an experienced physical therapist for both a thorough diagnosis and treatment.

Kyle Branday, MSPT, is a licensed physical therapist and partner at Amity Physical Therapy with offices in Woodridge and Hamden. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with his Masters in Physical Therapy. He works with patients of all ages and ability levels, treating high level athletes with fractures and sprains to gait and balance dysfunction in the elderly. Kyle can be reached to set up evaluations at 203.389.4593.


College Students Wanted for Connex’s Internship Program

In today’s competitive job market, combining real world experience with a unique job experience title can help college graduates stand out and break through the clutter. To help students gain a competitive edge, Connex Credit Union is again seeking an ambitious college student to serve as its Vice President of Unbanking. The paid internship position is for an entire academic school year, starting Oct. 1, and is available to full-time college students in the New Haven area.

“This is the fifth consecutive year of our Vice President of Unbanking internship program,” said Louise Nestor, director of marketing, Connex Credit Union. “We find that the program certainly helps college students gain the real world experience they need to succeed, but it’s also a program that helps the credit union connect with a younger audience. We look forward to connecting with enthusiastic students who are interested in becoming a part of our marketing team to earn college credit, get paid, and gain invaluable work experience.”

The selected student will work within Connex Credit Union’s corporate marketing department and serve as an ambassador for Connex Credit Union and the Unbank brand. The “Unbank with Us” program is Connex’s current marketing campaign that positions the credit union as the better choice for personal finances.

For the 2013 – 2014 school year, Jaslyn Scribner took on the challenge as Connex’s Vice President of Unbanking. Scribner, a Quinnipiac University senior, graduated in May 2014 and is ready to hand over the position to a new student.

“The Vice President of Unbanking has been a rewarding position that has helped me grow into a young professional,” said Jaslyn Scribner. “This experience has definitely prepared me for the future.”

Nestor also added that the program helps students stand out during a job search. “The title ‘VP of Unbanking’ is something that is different, unique, and gets someone’s attention. It’s real work experience and a great conversation starter.”

Some of the duties of the Vice President of Unbanking include: coordinate, record, and edit video projects on topics, including financial education, community outreach, member testimonials, how-to-videos, and more; being responsible for Connex Credit Union’s social media programs and content; assisting in the development of marketing programs and projects; developing social media programs and content for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogging; and participating in special events and grassroots marketing efforts.

The selected candidate must be willing to work a minimum of 15 hours per week for an entire school year, commencing in Oct. 2014 and concluding in the spring of 2015. Financial compensation, work hours, and work details will be discussed in scheduled interviews. Interested students should visit Connexcu.org and click “Careers” to apply.

As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions, serving more than 47,000 members at seven branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Conn., Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking, and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in New Haven, Hartford, or Middlesex Counties. Hamden’s Connex branch is located at 2100 Dixwell Ave., and can be reached by calling 1.800.CR.UNION or visiting ConnexCU.org.

Latest Merger Expands Patient Access to Orthopaedic Care

CT OrthoConnecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, PC (Connecticut Orthopaedic) and Shoreline Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (Shoreline Orthopedics) have announced an agreement to merge their practices. This is the second merger announcement for Connecticut Orthopaedic in 2014, which now has 30 physicians working from 12 offices located around southern Connecticut.

“Once again, we are growing to better serve our patients,” stated Glenn Elia, CEO of Connecticut Orthopaedic. “By adding doctors and facilities, we continue to give our patients more choices and deeper access to high-end musculoskeletal care.” The merged practice features orthopaedists, podiatrists, physiatrists, and in-house physical and occupational therapists.

Shoreline Orthopedics is led by Dr. Mark D. Lorenze, Dr. Steven M. Luster, and Dr. Martin J. White, who will continue to operate from their flagship office at 12 Bokum Road, Essex, as well as satellite offices in Madison and Guilford. Their patients will now be able to utilize Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, PC’s two MRI units, as well as state-of-the-art surgical facilities located in Branford.

“Connecticut Orthopaedic’s high level of care coupled with their intense focus on enhancing the patient-doctor relationship was important to us,” stated Dr. Mark D. Lorenze, Practice Partner at Shoreline Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “We are looking forward to working with them to raise the bar even higher and give our patients access to a variety of additional services and neighborhood locations.”

Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, PC offers all orthopaedic subspecialties, including sports medicine, treatment for problems of the upper and lower extremities, joint replacement surgery, and pediatric orthopaedics, as well as surgical and non-surgical podiatry. It is one of the most respected orthopaedic groups in Connecticut and has been providing quality, individualized care to patients for over 50 years. Connecticut Orthopaedic has twelve clinical locations, eight in-house physical therapy facilities, three OrthoNOW orthopaedic walk-in centers, two MRI centers providing in-house diagnostic testing, and its own surgical center. They are located at 2408 Whitney Ave., Hamden. For more information, visit CT-Ortho.com.

Photo: “Connecticut Orthopaedic’s high level of care coupled with their intense focus on enhancing the patient-doctor relationship was important to us,” said Dr. Mark D. Lorenze.

Important Announcement by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation

The Hamden Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that they have been awarded an allocation of $285,000 of low income housing tax credits through the CT Housing Finance Authority for the development of zero energy housing in Hamden. C Corporations are eligible under this program for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit against State of Connecticut taxes. Interested companies may purchase all or a portion of the available credits. For more information about the program, visit Tinyurl.com/7ghbhdl.

This is a great opportunity to invest in the community and gain a major tax credit at the same time. If you are interested, please contact Dale Kroop at 203.287.7033 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). By early September, they have to identify businesses that are interested and eligible. The tax credits are to be purchased later on.

Hamden Heronettes to Offer Swim Clinic

Calling all girls ages seven and up who can’t stay out of the pool and want to spend the fall and winter months having fun and making new friends!

The Hamden Heronettes Synchronized Swim Team, swimming joyously for over 40 years, is holding their fall swim clinic beginning Monday, Sept. 22. The first clinic session is free and will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the Hamden High School pool. The pool is located in the back of the school at 2040 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Clinic sessions are held Monday and Wednesday. The clinic consists of 10 sessions Sept. 22, 24, and 29 and Oct. 1, 6, 8, 15, 20, 22, and 27. The cost is $135, with the first session free of charge. They welcome swimmers from all over Connecticut. Synchronized swimming combines swimming with dance and gymnastics to create a magnificent sport. Swimmers learn and perform a water routine. It allows athletes to demonstrate their strength, agility, grace, stamina, and more. Synchronized swimming is a local, regional, collegiate, and Olympic sport. Come out and try it!

The Hamden Heronettes welcome all swimmers ages seven and up. There are no skill requirements other than being able to swim the length of the pool free style (25 yds.). Wear your swim suit and bring a towel.

Please visit their website at Heronettes.org, where you can find information on past and future events as well as information about their team. You can also email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 203.535.4520 for more information. They look forward to welcoming you to the art and sport of synchronized swimming!

Sign Up for Water Aerobics!

Water Aerobics workout is designed to get your heart pumping for 45 minutes. Millions of people are discovering the benefits of working out in water: fitness enthusiasts, pregnant women, seniors, and even those recovering from injury or surgery. Working against water’s natural resistance makes for a healthier, more balanced workout than is possible on land, with virtually no risk of damage to the body. Did you know that every gallon of water you move weighs 8.3 lbs? Stay cool and work out to music at Hamden High School Community Pool, 2040 Dixwell Ave. Hamden. Classes are held Wednesdays, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 & 22 (8:15-9 p.m.); Fridays, Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 & 24 (6-6:45 p.m.); and Saturdays, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25 (7:15-8 a.m.). Select any 10 classes and pay only $75 resident / $85 non-resident. Bring a bathing suit, towel, water shoes, and sportijog belt (equipment can be purchased at Swimoutlet.com).

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Guided Walking Tour of Wooster Square

Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m., there will be a guided walking tour of Wooster Square sponsored by the Columbus Day Committee. Meet in front of the Christopher Columbus Statue in Wooster Square Park on Chapel St., New Haven. The Tour is guided by Mr. Christopher Wigren of the New Haven Preservation Trust and assisted by Mr. Robert Grzywacz. Visitors get to see the neighborhood’s architectural gems and historical sites.

The tour is free and open to the public, and there will be refreshments. For more information, visit Columbusdaynewhaven.org.

Bad to the Bone

LSOHWhenever I tell anyone what I do for a living the first question I am asked is, “Do you get bit a lot?” Of course I get bit, but there are different levels of dog bites, so it’s hard to answer that question with a simple “yes” or “no.”

There are times when a dog is playing, gets mouthy, and their teeth make contact with human skin. This isn’t a bite, it’s play. Be sure to recognize the difference because it can be disconcerting hearing your dog “bit” someone when what they were really doing was playing. On the owner’s part, it is our responsibility to train our dogs not to be mouthy during play, instead divert that attention to a tug toy or other appropriate toy to avoid any future problems with strangers.

The next type of “bite” is when the dog has told you several times he’s not happy with your actions and has asked you politely to stop. This is not play, but it is still a polite way for the dog to say to you, “Please stop.” They may put their teeth on you, but there is no pressure and no intent to cause harm. Of course, this can escalate to where they do begin to apply some pressure because you’re not heeding their pleas. 

Then there are the bites out of fear. These are dogs that are afraid and feel they need to protect themselves before the perceived threat gets the best of them. I do not think this is a character issue, but instead the dog needs some confidence boosting – being more socialized and exposed to different situations, slowly and with love and protection. 

Lastly, there are the dogs that seem to enjoy being naughty and almost getting a thrill out of biting. These are the dogs you have to be wary of as they can bite when seemingly unprovoked. This may be a character flaw that requires serious training or it may be as a result of a rough upbringing. A rough upbringing does not necessarily mean abuse. They could have spent their formative months with minimal human or other dog contact and so it makes them nervous to have to deal with them now.  Or, it could be that the dog is in pain and needs medical attention; this is especially true if the dog was never a biter before. On the owner’s part, it requires vigilance and responsibility when around other people. A biter is not necessarily a lost cause, but does require work, so seek out a positive reinforcement trainer who can help your dog. Hopefully, he or she will come out of this bad habit and, if not, can at the very least help the owner learn how to safely integrate this dog into society. 

Of course, my experience is based mostly on dogs being groomed, which is definitely a special circumstance.

Erin McLaughlin is the Owner of Little Shop of Howlers Pet Salon and Spa. Little Shop of Howlers is located at 26 Corporate Ridge in Hamden, and can be contacted at 203.288.3330. For more information, please visit LittleShopOfHowlers.com.

Do You Have a Complaint with Your Credit Card Company?

Pat LearyI recently became aware of a study done by ValuePenguin about credit card companies. We all carry credit cards and use them on a daily basis. Once the monthly bill comes in, it is important to review all of the charges. Those of us who receive our bills by email might be in a hurry and just make a payment without looking at the statement. Below are some interesting facts from the study that might be helpful to all consumers.

Working in the mortgage industry, I look at credit reports and often a consumer will have a “30 days late” listed that is incorrect. This might reduce their credit score by 35 percent, which could be very costly to the borrower.

ValuePenguin studied the credit card complaints database at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to learn about the credit card issues faced by today’s consumers.

Consumers should complain to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau if they’re unhappy. Twenty-five percent of the time, users got refunds. This jumped to 63 percent for late fees.

Amex and Chase are the best credit card companies, while Capital One and Citibank had the least satisfied customers based on complaints relative to spending volume.

You can find the highlights of the study at ValuePenguin.com/credit-card-complaints-study.

It pays to complain. Not many people know there is a federal resource for credit card complaints, and that it pays to submit a complaint with them. Our report shows that there is actually a one in four chance that consumers can get a refund when they submit a complaint through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This jumps to 63 percent for late fees. In these cost-conscious times, this is another way in which consumers can extract more relief.

Connecticut users complain more than average. Connecticut users complained more about their credit cards than the average American, but not as much as card members living in D.C. D.C. residents complained a whopping 13 times per 100,000 people – three times more dissatisfied than the national average. Delaware and Maryland rounded out to the top three. The happiest states were North Dakota, Mississippi, and Indiana.

Cardmember satisfaction. People tend to focus solely on rewards when deciding on a credit card, but they should also factor in card member satisfaction. Based on our study, Amex and Chase had the happiest customers. Their card members complained the least per dollar of spending.

Cardmembers’ biggest issues were billing disputes, account closures, and fraud. This is why it is so important to know your FICO scores and to look at your credit report twice a year. Your goal should be a 760 score or higher. There is nothing more important to your finances than your FICO credit scores. Having a good score can open countless doors for you. This number will determine your rate for a mortgage, a car loan, credit cards, or just about any debt you might incur. A FICO score will determine if a landlord will rent to you. It might determine if an employer will hire you. It determines if a telephone company will give you a phone, and it even determines what your car insurance premium happens to be.

Patricia Leary, known as The Mortgage Messenger, is a top producer at Atlantic Home Loans. Her work focuses on helping Connecticut State homeowners with their home-buying and refinancing needs. Beginning her career in the mortgage industry in 2001, she has always been in the service industry and great customer service has always been her mission. It is crucial for her clients to be happy with her from start to finish and to always understand what is happening throughout the transaction. Patricia has built her business on great communication, trust, and integrity, and it’s her client referrals alone that allow her to continue to grow her business. To speak with Patricia directly, please call 203.645.1037 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Upcoming Chamber Events

Hamden Regional Chamber LogoBusiness After Hours | Tuesday, September 9 | 5:00 p.m. | Hindinger Farm | 835 Dunbar Hill Road, Hamden | This is a Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event where participating restaurants will provide samples from their special menus. RSVP your attendance to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Business Before Hours | Wednesday, September 24 | 8:30am | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England | One Year Anniversary | 116 Washington Avenue, North Haven

Restaurant Week | Monday, September 15 through Sunday, September 21 | Restaurants all throughout town will be offering a $12 Prix Fixe Lunch, $24 Prix Fixe Dinner, or a Buy 1 Get 1 option

Senior Health & Wellness Fair | Thursday, October 16 | Thornton Wilder Auditorium at Hamden Senior Center/Miller Library | Vendors Reserve Your Spot Today!

MVA - Area of 2711 Dixwell Avenue - Injuries

This morning, at approximately 8:45a.m. Hamden Police responded to the 2700 block of Dixwell Avenue on the report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries.

Investigation revealed that a motor vehicle, which was operated by a 24 year-old New Haven resident, lost control while traveling southbound on Dixwell Avenue. The vehicle crossed the northbound lanes of Dixwell Avenue and struck a traffic control box and a utility pole. The impact of the accident caused the traffic box, which is no longer in use, to loosen from its base. The traffic box subsequently struck a 48 year-old Hamden resident, who was walking her bicycle on the sidewalk.

The pedestrian, who suffered a laceration on her leg, was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for medical treatment. The operator of the vehicle was also transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for observation, as well as the 72 year-old passenger, who injured his nose.

A single northbound lane of Dixwell Avenue was closed for approximately an hour.

No charges have been filed at this time. Officer Kevin Hall of the Hamden Police Department Traffic Division is continuing the investigation.

Congregation Mishkan Israel Hosts Open House: Shabbat Under the Stars

Congregation Mishkan Israel invites prospective members to its Shabbat Under the Stars at an Open House Friday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. The evening begins with traditional Shabbat Evening Services, followed by a barbecue and ice cream social. Meet the Rabbi, Cantor, and School Directors. Experience the warmth and vitality of the CMI community. There is no charge for this evening.

Congregation Mishkan Israel is a progressive Reform congregation, dedicated to creating a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere to all, regardless of religious upbringing or family structure. Members come from Hamden, Woodbridge, Cheshire, New Haven, North Haven, the shoreline, and beyond.

To RSVP and for more information, call the synagogue office at 203.288.3877. Congregation Mishkan Israel is located at 785 Ridge Road in Hamden.

Sleep Apnea Is a Women’s Issue

Dr. PreziosoDr. PreziosoA study was conducted at Uppsala University in Sweden on 400 women. Researchers found links between age, obesity, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea. Eighty percent of women with hypertension and 84 percent of obese women suffer from sleep apnea. There are many reasons to take care of your sleep apnea besides snoring. In a report submitted by Dr. Roberto Muñoz, a physician from Navarra, Spain, people suffering from severe cases of sleep apnea are 2.5 times more at a risk of suffering an ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke is the resultant of a blocked artery that supplies blood and oxygen to the brain. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, see your physician immediately and remember there are other alternatives to the C-Pap machine, like the TAP appliance.

Dr. Anthony Prezioso is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Find out more about him, his wonderful team, and practice at www.prezidental.com or call us directly at 203.281.1233. Remember to “like” Prezioso Dental on facebook.

“Veterans 4 Veterans” Group

The Miller Senior Center is trying to start a new veterans group. Meet with other veterans, enjoy group activities, and get to know others to discuss shared experiences. If you would like to join, please call Suzanne at the Hamden Miller Senior Center, 203.287.2547.

You’ve Got a Friend

Rick RoccoI have been riding my motorcycle for the last few weeks now…at a wild rate. I’m really enjoying the August weather and hope it continues right into September. You see, I haven’t had my bike all summer due to a broken part. I didn’t know what it was, all I knew was that it wasn’t starting and I didn’t have the cash to fix it. I had just spent over $300 at the beginning of summer to have it fixed. So, it sat for a month or so. I had a member of our church tell me that he would take care of the price of the repair, all I would have to do was bring it down to the shop and let them troubleshoot it for me. What a great brother in the Lord. A “high five” goes out to Mike!

An unusual thing happened, though. My foster son, Taylem, called me and told me that he wanted to look at the bike and maybe he could fix it. Well, he really has no experience in fixing bikes, but I thought, “What do I have to lose?” So, I agreed and he came over. To my utter amazement, he diagnosed the problem in three minutes. You see, he didn’t have motorcycle repair experience, but he did work on airplanes in the Marines and now helicopters at Sikorsky’s. It was an electrical ground wire that was worn, so we ordered one and voila! It was running!

Another great story that comes from this is that we didn’t know where to order the part, as my bike is 15 years old. We were at my friend John’s house, described the part we needed, and in a matter of 15 seconds, Ebay was shipping one to us! Wow to the people who know things!

Why is this so important? The Bible tells us that we all have something to contribute. Every one of us! 1 Corinthians 12 has a great illustration of this. Paul tells us that we are all a part of one body; many parts but ONE body. His basic message to us is this: even though there are what seem important parts and less important parts, we really need each other to be complete. There are really no un-important parts in Christ’s body.

1 Corinthians 12:18 says, “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”

Think about it. I had the bike and it was broken. Mike was willing to pay for the repair; Taylem diagnosed it; and John was able to find and have the part shipped! As a result, I get to enjoy the rest of the fall riding my “fixed” bike.

1 Corinthians 12:21 tells us, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

We all have a part to play in this thing called life. We just have to keep our eyes open and our hearts ready to serve. I love the old song written by James Taylor, “You’ve got a friend.” The whole song is amazing, but here I want to just focus on the chorus. “You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running, to see you again. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.”

Isn’t that what it’s all about? Our hand doesn’t feel obligated to feed our mouth nor do our feet rebel against the thought of getting us from point A to point B. They gladly work in harmony for the good of the whole body. In the same way, let us live in that way. To love, cherish, and do whatever we need to do for the good of each other.

Until next time, Faith Matters.

Rick Rocco is the Pastor of Frontline Christian Church at 2340 State Street, Hamden. For more information, please visit Frontlinecc.com or call 203.287.9417.

Mt. Carmel Congregational Church to Host Trip to Sturbridge Village

The Mt. Carmel Congregational Church is planning a trip to Old Sturbridge Village for Saturday, Sept. 20, leaving Hamden at 11 a.m. and returning about 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations need to be made by Sept. 9. For reservations or more information, call 203.248.6008.

New Residents, Old House

Warner HouseChuck and Lorraine Cohen like their house so much, they considered throwing a birthday party for it. The Paradise Avenue residents ultimately decided against that idea. But, each day they’re thankful for the chain of events that led them to the Hezekiah Warner House, which turns 250 this year.

The Cohens had lived in the same Manhattan apartment since 1975 and “had been looking for years,” for a new place, Lorraine recalls. She had just about given up when Chuck discovered the house.

“It’s freaky how we got it,” he says. Driving from West Hartford, to New York, he got off I-84 at Route 10 and was headed for the Wilbur Cross Parkway when he realized, “This is a really nice area, Hamden and Cheshire.”

They hadn’t been looking for a historic house. But, the Warner House had character and was “very, very reasonable” in price. The Cohens rented it while they weighed making Hamden their permanent home.

One factor in their decision was, in Lorraine’s words, “the best neighbors in the entire world” who welcomed them in 2011. They also discovered local spots, such as Eli’s (where Chuck, who is semi-retired, drives part-time), Paradise Nursery, and the Barking Lot for pug Skip.

Lorraine still commutes to her job as a speech pathologist in New York, which helps her appreciate Hamden that much more. She knew the move was right when “each weekend it was harder to leave.”

It’s a good thing they put down roots quickly. Hurricane Sandy arrived a few months after they bought the house in 2012. Lorraine says they did lose power for six days, but even that was “quite lovely,” the house was lit by candles and four original fireplaces.

The house is “pretty sturdy,” she says, with some original beams also remaining. Center supports in the basement are unusual: similar to stone walls, but with large pieces of wood interspersed. (Think Lincoln Logs, only a foot in diameter.) The Warner House also survived the Blizzard of 2013, unscathed.

It’s small by today’s standards: 1248 square feet. Still, that’s more room than they had in New York. “Plenty big enough for the two of us,” according to Lorraine.

She says they’ve done the opposite of what most people do. “Instead of downsizing and going to the city…we’ve moved to a bigger place, in the ‘country’!”

Paradise Avenue can be busy, but the couple’s back yard feels rural.

There’s a garden and plenty of space for Skip to run. Chuck appreciates that it’s “only a mile from Home Depot,” a frequent stop for their home improvement projects.

They’ve added touches that are new but appear to be antique, such as hinged wooden shutters. The home holds a variety of older furnishings, vintage-looking items, and keepsakes from their travels, especially to Mexico.

New projects could include converting the second floor to one large space, as it apparently was when the home was first built. A prior owner separated it into three bedrooms. Chuck Cohen says, “We’ve been wanting to remove that (the dividers) and expose the beams.”

Those may be plans for the future. For now, both are happy in their historical home and feel like they were meant to be there. “It’s hard to get your mind around it,” says Lorraine, “that people were living in this house before the Revolutionary War.” She hopes the Warners “would be honored,” with the Cohens’ care of the house.

About the Warner House: According to “Historic Hamden,” a 1976 publication of the Hamden Historical Society, Hezekiah Warner lived from 1740 to 1814 and served as town selectman from 1790 to 1792. The first U.S. Census, in 1790, shows him as the “head of family” for a household containing “three free white males over 16, three free white males under 16, and two free white females.”

Photo: The Hezekiah Warner House. On the front is plaque commemorating its construction in 1764.
Photo Courtesy: Chuck and Lorraine Cohen

Aging at Home

Do you want to stay in your own home as you get older?

If so, then join with others who feel the same way. Aging At Home, founded in 2005 by the Rev. Edward Dobihal and Irmegard Wessel, MSW, is a village-type nonprofit community organization that serves Greater Hamden and provides support for seniors who wish to remain in their own homes and neighborhoods. It has helped many seniors to remain independent ever since.

With a phone call, you can receive assistance with finding the help you need, whether it be a ride to a doctor’s appointment, a person to help with home maintenance, or other support services. Aging At Home also organizes monthly social gatherings where you can meet other members, plus programs of interest to seniors. 

For further information, please call 203.584.4286 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

It’s Bigger Than Me

Shala & ChrisDo you enjoy doing something nice for someone or love being involved in something bigger than yourself? I do.

Recently, I came across a wonderful opportunity on WhoIRun4.com. The organization, which began in January 2013, matches runners with “buddies” who have a hard time being mobile due to mental/physical disabilities or life threatening illnesses. I signed up to have a buddy. Do you know that they have a waiting list of over 3,500 runners who want to share their joy of mobility with someone else? Would you help me out? If you know someone who has a special needs child or adult, would you please point him or her to WhoIRun4.com and encourage them to be matched with a runner? We would love to be a support for them and they for us.

Oh, I am excited about being matched with one whom I can share my love of running. I am about 15 weeks out from a match. Until then, I will keep running and, hopefully, encouraging others along the way.

Arrest of James Benjamin - Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell

On September 3rd the Hamden Police Department Street Interdiction Team concluded a drug investigation with the arrest of James Benjamin. Police had earlier received several complaints from concerned citizens regarding drug activity in the area of Dante Place.

During the investigation, Benjamin was found in the possession of 23.9 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Hamden Police arrested Benjamin, 20, of 126 Church Street, Hamden. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell. Benjamin, who was released on a written promise to appear, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 17th.

Police Log September 4

Eric Joel Gonzalez, 18, of Hallock Avenue, New Haven, was charged with Assault on Peace Officer/Fire Marshall/EMS, Burglary in Third Degree, and Interfering with Officer/Resisting.

Hector Alvarado - Sexual Assault in the 4th Degree

In May of 2014 Hamden Police were summoned to the area of Church Street on the report of risk of injury to a minor.

The Hamden Police Department Special Victims Unit conducted an extensive investigation and determined that Hector Alvarado had sexually assaulted a child under the age of 12 years old. Detective Scott Levenduski submitted an arrest warrant application for Alvarado to the court. The court approved the arrest warrant application.

On August 28th Alvarado turned himself in to police custody. Alvarado, 58, of 83 Concord Street, Hamden, was charged with Sexual Assault in the 4th Degree and Risk of Injury to a Minor. Alvarado, who was detained on a $1,500.00 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 10th.

Police Log September 3

Charlene Ames, 21, of Mix Avenue, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

James Benjamin, 20, of Church Street, was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Sale of Controlled Substance.

Rachel Cohen, 22, of Jean Street, Wolcott, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Joshua George Jaipargas, 21, of Joyce Street, Eastchester, NY, was charged with Criminal Trespassing in First Degree.

Jessica Paige, 29, of Noble Street, West Haven, was charged with No Insurance and Failed to Register Vehicle.

Karlene Solomon, 25, of Mix Avenue, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Police Log September 2

Anthony Barbieri, 24, of Wooster Street, New Haven, was charged with Larceny in 
Third Degree and Forgery in Third Degree.

Robert Connyer, 64, of Whiting Street, was charged with Criminal Trespassing in First Degree and Criminal Attempt/Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Jovan Ghant, 31, of Elmer Avenue, was charged with Breach of Peace in Second Degree.

Renay Ghant Eaton, 51, of Elmer Avenue, was charged with Breach of Peace in Second Degree.

Chad Michael Stanley, 26, of West Helen Street, was charged with Identity Theft in Third Degree and Conspiracy to Commit/Identity Theft in Third Degree.

Joseph Thomas, 26, of 152nd Street, New York, NY, was charged with Identity Theft in Third Degree and Conspiracy to Commit/Identity Theft in Third Degree.

Motor Vehicle Accident - Pedestrian - Dixwell Avenue and Church Street

On August 31st at approximately 11:15p.m. Hamden Police responded to the area of Dixwell Avenue and Church Street on the report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.

Investigation revealed that a 17 year-old female was attempting to cross Dixwell Avenue, within the crosswalk, when she was struck by a dark-colored vehicle. The vehicle subsequently fled southbound on Dixwell Avenue.

The victim was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with several broken bones, including 2 broken legs and a broken arm.

Hours after the accident, Hamden Police was notified by the New Haven Police Department, that an individual had contacted their agency and reported that he may have hit someone with his vehicle. Officers responded to the caller’s address, 46 Hurlbert Street, 2nd floor in New Haven, and determined that the caller (Stephen Outlaw) was responsible for the accident. Outlaw was promptly taken into custody and transported to Hamden Police Headquarters.

Hamden Police arrested Outlaw, 23, of 46 Hurlbert Street, 2nd floor, New Haven. He was charged with Evading Responsibility and Failure to Grant Right of Way to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. Outlaw, who was detained on a $10,000.00 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 15th.

Officer Gregg Curran of the Hamden Police Department Traffic Division is conducting the investigation.

Arrest of Eric Gonzalez - Burglary in the 3rd Degree - Assault on a Police Officer

On September 4th, during the early evening hours, Officer Mark Gery of the Hamden Police Department observed approximately “8 to 10” mopeds, with passengers, traveling recklessly on Bradley Avenue.

As one of the mopeds stopped on Beacon Street, Officer Gery approached the operator and passenger. The operator struck Officer Gery in the chest and then fled on foot. The passenger, who was later identified as Eric Gonzalez, pushed Officer Gery and fled on foot. A foot pursuit ensued involving several officers.

Shortly thereafter, after a lengthy canvass of the area, Officers Robert Manfield, Michael Nawrocki and Robert O’Neill located Gonzalez, who had illegally entered a private residence on Scott Street. Gonzalez was found hiding in the basement, wearing the homeowners clothing. Further investigation revealed that the moped was stolen in New Haven.

A Hamden Police Officer was involved in a motor vehicle accident while responding to assist in the foot pursuit. The accident occurred on Pine Rock Avenue. There were no reported injuries.

Hamden Police arrested Eric Gonzalez, 18, of 204 Hallock Avenue in New Haven. He was charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Assault on a Police Officer and Interfering with a Police Officer. Gonzalez, who was released after posting a $2,500.00 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 18th.

The investigation is continuing.

Arrests of Lamont Keys, Rashid Whitley and a 16 year-old

On August 27th at approximately 2:00p.m. Hamden Police responded to a Dest Drive residence on the report of a burglary in progress. The caller had advised police that 3 individuals had broken into her home and were in a downstairs bedroom.

Upon arrival, officers observed that the first floor window was open. While looking inside, officers observed “a figure” moving quickly in the hallway of the house. Officers subsequently forced entry and entered the residence. Two individuals were found hiding in the bedroom closet. The third individual was located hiding underneath the bed. They were subsequently arrested and transported to Hamden Police Headquarters.

Investigation revealed that the individuals

Hamden Police arrested:

- Lamont Keys, 19, of 93 Lilac Street in New Haven.
- Rashid Whitley, 19, of 660 Winchester Avenue, Apartment 104, in New Haven.
- A 16 year-old New Haven resident.

Keys, Whitley and the juvenile were charged with Burglary in the 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the 1st Degree, Home Invasion, Conspiracy to Commit Home Invasion and Possession of Burglar Tools. Keys and Whitley were detained at police headquarters on a $100,000.00 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 10th. The juvenile is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court in New Haven on September 10th.

Police Log August 28

Hector Alvardo, 58, of Concord Street, was chagerd with Sexual Assault in Fouth Degree and Injury/Risk/Impairing Morals.

Dwayne Brown, 41, of Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Gail Javella Malloy, 49, of Newhall Street, was charged with Criminal Trespassing in First Degree.

Robert Rice, 44, of Daniel Street, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Pamela Jermaine Wright, 42, of Dix Street, was charged with No Insurance and Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle.


Police Log August 27

Lamont Dashaun Keys, 19, of Lilac Street, New Haven, was charged with Failure to Appear in Second Degree, Failure to Appear in First Degree, Burglary in First Degree, Conspiracy to Commity/Burglary in First Degree, Home Invasion, and Conspiracy to Commit/Home Invasion.

Mathew Scherer, 23, of Church Street, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Russell Scherer, 43, of Church Street, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Rashid Whitley, 19, of Winchester Avneue, New Haven, was charged with Manufacture/Possession of Burglars Tools, Home Invasion,Conspiracy to Commit/Home Invasion, Burglary in First Degree, and Conspiracy to Commity/Burglary in First Degree.

Update - Wild Animal Attack - Brinsmade Road

This morning the Hamden Animal Control Division was notified by the Connecticut Public Health Laboratory that the raccoon that attacked the elderly Brinsmade Road resident had tested positive for the rabies virus.

The victim and her family were notified immediately. Investigation revealed that no officer had direct contact with the raccoon.

Police Log August 26

Leslie Chadwick, 30, of Kneeland Road, New Haven County, was charged with No Insurance.

Arrest of Russell Gillian - Criminal Possession of a Firearm

On August 24th members of the Hamden Police Department Street Interdiction Team, while working a “Crime Suppression Detail” developed information that an illegal firearm was concealed inside of an engine compartment of a motor vehicle.

Further investigation led to the stop of the vehicle, which was operated by Russell Gillian, a convicted felon. A search of the engine compartment led to the discovery of a fully loaded .357 Magnum handgun.

Hamden Police arrested Russell Gillian, 24, of 67 Glenhaven Road in New Haven. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle. Gillian, who was released after posting a $100,000.00 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on September 5th.

Later in the evening, Street Interdiction Team members developed further information that 2 firearms were hidden in the vicinity of the Keefe Center Playground, located at 11 Pine Street. A child care center operates from this location. Officers subsequently located and seized a .22 caliber and 9mm handgun, which were hidden near the playground. An investigation is continuing in an attempt to identify the responsible individual(s).


Police Log August 25

Jefferine Barnes, 55, of Winnett Street, was charged with Threatening and Breach of Peace in Second Degree.

Carlos Jimenez, 52, of Whiting Street, was charged with Operation while under the Influence, No Insurance, Improper Use of Marker/Registration/License, and Following Too Close.

Matthew Kyle Steward, 20, of Metacomet Way, Marshfield, MA, was charged with Criminal Mischief in Fourth Degree and Breach of Peace in Second Degree.

Marquis Thompson, 26, of West Woods Road, was charged with Operation under Suspension and Failed to Have Stop Lamps.

Wild Animal Attack - Brinsmade Road

On August 24th at approximately 11:00p.m. Hamden Police responded to a Brinsmade Road residence on the report of a wild animal attack.

Investigation revealed that the 88 year-old resident heard a sound at the sliding glass door. She subsequently opened the door to allow her feline inside. A raccoon followed the feline inside. Moments later, the resident attempted to pet, what she thought was her feline. The raccoon then attacked her, biting her on the elbow, hand, forearm, lip and chin. The female victim was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital by American Medical Response.

Upon the arrival of Hamden Police, the raccoon charged at 2 officers. Hamden Police euthanized the raccoon before it inflicted further damage. The Hamden Animal Control Division has transported the raccoon to the Connecticut Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing.

The victim has been released from the hospital.

Animal Control - Bats

Since the beginning of July, the Hamden Animal Control Division has responded to approximately 35 homes with regards to bats entering the premises.

Hamden Animal Control has successfully removed the bats, which are a rabies vector species. None of the bats have tested positive for the rabies virus.

Hamden Animal Control Officer Christopher Smith would like to make the following suggestions pertaining to keeping bats from entering your residence:

- The chimney flue should be closed.
- Window screens should be repaired and properly placed.
- There should be no space surrounding the window installed air conditioning unit.
- Gable vents should contain a screen.
- Doors should not be left open.

If you are a Hamden resident and locate a bat inside of your residence, contact the Hamden Animal Control Division immediately at (203) 230-4000.

Arrest of a 16 and 15 year-old - Burglary in the 3rd Degree

On August 23rd at approximately 4:00a.m. Hamden Police responded to a Lent Road residence on the report of a tampering with a motor vehicle. Responding officers were advised that a witness observed an individual inside of the homeowner’s parked motor vehicle. A second individual was standing nearby, “acting as a look-out.”

Moments later Officer Mark Gery observed the 2 individuals riding their bicycles southbound on State Street. Further investigation revealed that they were responsible for the burglary.

Hamden Police arrested the 2 juveniles, who reside in Hamden and New Haven. They were charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny in the 6th Degree. Both juveniles were released to the custody of their mother. They are scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court in New Haven on September 4, 2014.

Police Log August 24

Rodney Lance, 47, of Brownell Street, New Haven, was charged with Larceny in Fifth Degree and Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Police Log August 23

Russell Gillian, 24, of Glenhaven Road, New Haven, was charged with Criminal Possession of Firearms/Electronic Weapon and Weapons in Motor Vehicle.

Marquis Anthony Grey, 23, of North Street, was charged with Operating under Suspension and Failure to Obey Control Signal.

Edward Madden, 42, of First Street, was charged with Operating under Suspension Failure to Renew Registration, Larceny in Sixth Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit/Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Shelley Nieves, 33, of Shirley Way, New Haven, was charged with Assault in Third Degree, Reckless Endangerment in Second Degree, and Threatening.

Police Log August 22

Michael Elliot, 40, of Batter Terrace, New Haven, was charged with Illegal Manufacture/Distribution/Sale/Prescription and Possession of Maijuana.

Charles Thomas Minor, 59, of Ludlow Street, Stamford, was charged with Risk of Injury to A Child.

Police Log August 21

Eric Joyner, 19, of Winnett Street, was charged with Use without Owners Permission.

Latonya Leigh Roberts, 41, of Newhall Street, New Haven, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Arrest of Junior Barry - Reckless Driving - Interfering with a Police Officer

On April 21st Officer Robert O’Neill of the Hamden Police Department observed the operator of a motor vehicle make an illegal “U-turn” on Dixwell Avenue, near Dudley Street.

Officer O’Neill attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on Arch Street. The operator disregarded the officer’s efforts. The vehicle subsequently traveled through several Hamden streets, committing numerous motor vehicle violations. It eventually entered the city of New Haven. The pursuit was terminated at this time.

After a thorough investigation, Officer O’Neill determined that Junior Barry was operating the vehicle. An arrest warrant application was submitted to the court. The court approved the arrest warrant application.

On August 17th Hamden Police arrested Barry, 28, of 1471 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. He was charged with Reckless Driving, Failure to Bring Motor Vehicle to Stop, Restricted Turn and Interfering with a Police Officer. Barry, who was detained on a $5,000.00 bond, is scheduled to appear in court on August 25th.


Arrest of Dennis Schoendorf Jr. - Burglary

On December 25, 2013 Hamden Police responded to “Liquor Mart”, 3837 Whitney Avenue, on the report of a burglar alarm.

Arriving officers observed that the front glass door had been shattered. A search of the interior of the business revealed that a cash register had been stolen and that a second cash registered had been damaged. Investigation revealed that an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Detective Mark Consorte conducted the investigation and determined that Dennis Schoendorf Jr. was responsible. Detective Consorte subsequently submitted an arrest warrant application to the court. The court approved the arrest warrant application.

On August 20th Hamden Police arrested Schoendorf, who resides at 19 Leetes Island Road, Building 1 in Branford. He was charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Larceny in the 6th Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree. Schoendorf was arraigned at Meriden Superior Court on August 20th.


Police Log August 20

Tyrone Joseph Morris, 25, of Kaye Plaza, was charged with Criminal Mischief in Third Degree, Assault in Third Degree, and Disorderly Conduct.

Dennis Schoendorf, 46, of Leetes Island Road, Branford, was charged with Burglary in Third Degree, Larceny in Sixth Degree, and Criminal Damage Property in Second Degree.

Officers Confiscate Heroin

On August 18, 2014, at approximately 6:00 pm, Hamden Police Bicycle Unit Officers were patrolling on the Farmington Canal Trail in the southern part of town, when they noticed a subject walk through an opening in the fence along the west side of the trail.  Officers Gregg Curran and Enrique Rivera-Rodriguez rode their police bicycles through the opening and noticed a motor vehicle parked behind bushes.  Further investigation led to the search of the vehicle and occupants, where officers located 94 glassine bags of heroin weighing a total of 32.6 grams.

Hamden Police arrested:  Jeffrey O. Crewe, 39, of 1146 Wintergreen Avenue, Hamden, CT, Lache McGee, 35, of 185 Morse Street, Hamden, CT, and JonMichael Young, 35, of 162 Shelton Avenue, New Haven, CT.  All three parties where charged with:  Possession of Narcotics, Conspiracy to Commit/Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics with intent to sell, Conspiracy to Commit/Possession of Narcotics with intent to sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Drug Factory, and Conspiracy to Commit/Operating a Drug Factory.  All 3 subjects were held on $100,000.00 dollar bonds and are scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on August 27, 2014. 

Active Fight

On August 14, 2014, at approximately 1:30 am, Hamden Police responded to 940 Dixwell Avenue (Talk of the Town) for an active fight in progress.  While on scene, Officers heard several gun shots coming from the area of Dixwell Avenue and Morse Street.  Witnesses stated that several subjects were shooting at each other from motor vehicles in the general area.  Area Hospitals were notified, but there were no reported victims.  Officers reported a very chaotic scene as patrons were leaving the Talk of the Town establishment, and they were unable to locate the persons involved in the initial fighting.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamden Detective Division @ (203) 230-4041.

Police Log August 18

Jeffrey Orlando Crewe, 39, of Wintergreen Avenue, was charged with Possession of Narcotics, Conspiracy to Commit/Possession of Narcotics, Illegal Manufacture/Distribution/Sale of Prescription, Conspiracy to Commit/Illegal Manufacture/Distribution/Sale of Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Conspiracy to Commit/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Drug Factory, and Conspiracy to Commit/Operating a Drug Factory.

Latosha Little, 37, of Beers Street, New Haven, was charged with Assault in Third Degree and Breach of Peace in Second Degree.

Leroy Lyons, 25, of Chatham Street, New Haven, was charged with Operating under Suspension.

Lache McGee, 34, of Morse Street, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit/Possession of Narcotics, Illegal Manufacture/Distribution/Sale of Prescription, Possession of Narcotics, Conspiracy to Commit/Illegal Manufacture/Distribution/Sale of Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Conspiracy to Commit/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Drug Factory, and Conspiracy to Commit/Operating a Drug Factory.

Delreece Smith, 29, of Warner Street, was charged with Failure to Appear in Second Degree.

Aline Winch, 38, of Main Street, Wallingford, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

JonMichael Young, 34, of Shelton Avenue, New Haven, was charged with Possession of Narcotics, Conspiracy to Commit/Possession of Narcotics, Illegal Manufacture/Distribution/Sale of Prescription, Conspiracy to Commit/Illegal Manufacture/Distribution/Sale of Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Conspiracy to Commit/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Drug Factory, and Conspiracy to Commit/Operating a Drug Factory.


Outdoor Enthusiasts: Tips for Gearing-Up

For outdoor enthusiasts, it’s always the right season to get outdoors. Whether you are mountain climbing, backpacking in the sun, or even headed to a snowy climate for some skiing, certain gear and tips can make it easier.

Skin Protection – For most outdoor adventures you won’t be decked out in a bathing suit, but your exposed skin can still get burned and permanently damaged. In fact, if you will be mountain climbing or simply enjoying nature in a hilly terrain, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays becomes more important at high altitudes.

Be sure to pack a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation and is water resistant. During breaks, don’t forget to re-apply – every two hours is a good guideline to follow.

Durable Gear – It’s always a good idea to outfit yourself with the proper gear, when selecting a watch you should opt for something sensible and functional. A water and low temperature-resistant watch that not only tells time, but monitors nature’s elements, can keep you informed with useful information.

For example, the latest watch in the Pro Trek series, the PRW3000-1, uses atomic timekeeping technology and features Triple Sensor Technology, this means it has an altimeter, barometer, and thermometer and a digital compass with bearing memory. And, because it’s solar-powered, you can be eco-friendly on your outdoor excursions.

More information about durable, outdoor watches can be found at ProTrek.Casio.com.

Temperature Control – Being active in the outdoors means that you can quickly go from being hot to being cold. These temperature swings can make you uncomfortable. But, the right clothes can do away with this concern.

For your base layer, think moisture-wicking fabrics that are breathable. You may not be able to actually control the weather, but you can look into new gear designed to help you pretend that you can. From caps to adjustable foot warmers, you can stay cool – or warm up – as you go.

Before heading outdoors, take the time to properly outfit yourself.

Hamden Theater Talent Enriches CT Free Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”

Six Hamden residents and a Hamden High School theater teacher were on stage and behind the scenes when critically acclaimed CT Free Shakespeare presented its 2014 production of As You Like It. Eric Brian Nyquist, an Actor’s Equity actor, played dual roles as Oliver and Amien; directed the play’s music and choreography; and led the show’s “living intermission.” LeRoy Walton, an Actor’s Equity Stage Manager, was also the company’s Production and Company Manager. Alejandro Lopez was the Props Master and Graphic Artist. Gabriel Aprea acted as Le Beau and was the company’s Equity Membership Candidate Coordinator and Understudy Coordinator. Gavin McNicholl played Charles the Wrestler’s Manager and was part of the ensemble.  Scott Redmond played William and was an ensemble player. Joseph Benitez was an ensemble player.

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies (and some say his silliest). This anachronistic adaptation by Ellen Lieberman sets the 400-year-old play in 1969 and features soul-stirring songs from the ‘60s. As You Like It had performances in July and early August in Stratford and Bridgeport.

For more information about CT Free Shakespeare, please call 203.232.8805 or visit CTFreeShakespeare.org.

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
9 of 10
PG-13 / 121mins / Directed by James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Bradley Cooper

The Guardians of the Galaxy aren’t your typical Marvel superheroes. They’re not recognizable to most people beyond the tight-knit comic community, they don’t have outrageous powers, and they don’t even reside on planet Earth. But, despite their differences, this super-group of ragtag individuals made, in my humble opinion, the best Marvel movie to date. 

While “The Avengers” was undoubtedly an amazing superhero team-up film, it used all the top characters from the comic books, a plethora of expensive actors, and took years of planning to get on the screen. The Guardians bring the same level of entertainment with none of the fuss. While the budget to make the film was very high, much less was spent on actors so Marvel could focus on making a movie with a well-written plot and beautiful effects. They achieved both of these goals and then some. The various space environments that the team visit are both intricate and eye-catching while the dialogue and plot are written with great wit, humor, and a slight sense of seriousness that will eventually effect the Earth-based Marvel Universe that we all know and love from previous films. While no direct ties are made to Earth, other than the main character’s origin story, Marvel fans will see some large elements emerge that are destined to become vital.

Beyond the winks to fans, “Guardians” delivers solid and constant entertainment as a stand-alone movie. Though it is part of the Marvel Universe and we are sometimes reminded of that fact with mention of bigger characters and overarching themes, more than anything else it is its own unique adventure. The romp across the galaxy is led by Peter Quill, a man who is taken from Earth at a young age and plunged into the wild worlds of outer space. He is played heroically by Chris Pratt, a man known for his role on the comedy show “Parks and Recreation.” Though many people doubted his ability to play a Marvel hero on the big screen, after seeing his work you will be shocked at how brilliant he was. His humorous background is perfect for the wisecracking Quill, and he manages to bring lovable heartfelt moments to the screen with ease. His supporting cast are equally impressive. From the green skinned duo of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) to the bounty hunters Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and the living tree creature Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), each character pulls their weight and makes picking a favorite member of the team a near impossible task. At the end of the film, you may not think that the movie was a typical Marvel superhero flick, but that’s the thing: it doesn’t need to be. It’s something so profoundly different and fun, it feels like a revelation. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a must-see, and nothing short of the “Star Wars” of our generation.

A Whale is Sighted in Hamden

WhaleShown in the picture is the whale, created by Sarah Smith, that has the children enacting Jonah’s experience of spending three days inside it. The vacation Bible camp, “Fun Times with God”, was held by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church this month. Acting out the story of Goliath and of Jonah and the Whale were two of the children’s favorite activities. The two weeks’ activities of crafts, movies, Bible stories, songs, and games were concluded with a picnic on the church’s south lawn and were enjoyed by the children and teenagers who helped, said Sister Ann O’Neill, the church’s Director of Religious Education.

Silver / Petrucelli Moves Up on Architectural Record’s List of Top 300

Silver / Petrucelli + Associates is pleased to announce it has once again been named to the “Top 300 Architecture Firms” list by Architectural Record magazine, a highly regarded industry publication and sister publication to Engineering News-Record. National firms were ranked by their 2013 annual revenue. This is the firm’s second appearance on this internationally recognized list published this year in the August 2014 issue. 
“We are especially proud to move up in the rankings to be amongst the top 250 firms on this year’s prestigious national listing,” said Bill Silver, AIA, president of the firm. “This recognition reflects our diligence in balancing our growth against an ever-changing industry.” Vice President Dean Petrucelli, AIA adds, “Moving up on the list is, of course, very rewarding for us and our staff as we strive to be successful in the extremely competitive environment here in Connecticut. Adding Enfield High School ($103M) and Central High School in Bridgeport ($77M) to our educational portfolio are two great achievements for the firm.”

Established in 1991, Silver / Petrucelli + Associates is a full service architectural, engineering, and interior design collaborative headquartered in Hamden. The firm provides sustainable, creative design solutions for financial, commercial, industrial, educational, municipal, and institutional clients throughout New England. They employ numerous LEED® accredited A&E staff. Silver / Petrucelli is located at 3190 Whitney Ave., Bldg. 2, Hamden, Conn. 06518, and can be reached by calling 203.230.9007 ext. 240. You can also visit them at SilverPetrucelli.com.

Connex to Hold Cash-in Charity for Opportunity House

Connex Credit Union will be holding a cash-in to benefit Opportunity House, a Hamden agency providing residential and employment services to adults with autism. The cash-in began in July 2014 and will take place until September 2014. When you cash in your change at a Connex coin counter, you’re also helping to raise money for a good cause. The more people who participate, the more money they’ll raise. Your spare change can change someone’s future.

Connex’s Hamden branch is located at 2100 Dixwell Ave. and is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. – Noon.

For more information, call 1.800.CR.UNION or visit Connexcu.org.

How to Maintain Your Smile While at Work or School

Dr. PreziosoHere are some simple tips that can help you maintain your smile in between your regular dental visits. Make sure you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Many people take a toothbrush to work or school to brush as soon as possible after eating. There are many dental rinses on the market; however, in a pinch you can rinse for 30 seconds with plain salt water. Remember the old rules of limiting your sugar intake and drinking water after your meals. Keep extra floss in your purse, car, and nightstand to get rid of the bacteria that hides in between teeth.

Dr. Anthony Prezioso is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and has been a dentist for 13 years.  Find out more about him, his wonderful team, and practice at Prezidental.com or call us directly at 203.281.1233.

Hamden Democratic Party to Hold Meeting August 18

Hamden Democratic Party Chair Lewis Panzo announced that the Hamden Democratic Party will hold a meeting Monday, August 18, at the Senior Center, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, at 7 p.m. The meeting’s agenda will focus on preparations for the 2014 elections.  The Hamden Democratic Party will be devoting its energy to the re-election of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, all of the other State Constitutional officeholders, as well as Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, State Senators Joe Crisco and Marty Looney, and State Representatives Brendan Sharkey, Michael D’Agostino, and Robyn Porter. The elections for these offices will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4.

All Hamden Democrats are invited to attend the meeting. Anyone who would like to work on the election campaigns this fall is invited to contact the Hamden Democratic Party. For more information about the Hamden Democratic Town Committee, please visit them on Facebook.

Made New!

Rick RoccoWhat an exciting time for us at Frontline this last Sunday! You could feel the anticipation in the air as soon as the countdown started and the worship band began playing a new song called “Made New.” Our lead church located in Edmond, Oklahoma, LifeChurch.tv wrote the song especially for this week. We participated in LifeChurch.tv’s “Global Baptism.” Together with 80 other LifeChurch and NetworkChurch campuses, we celebrated over 1700 baptisms! In our campus alone, we were honored to baptize seven adults and witness over seven more who raised their hands to signify that they were giving their lives to Jesus!

They have ALL been made new! They are not just numbers, but stories in which people have publicly professed Jesus as Lord in the way of baptism. They have been, as the apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

Everyone that truly gives his or her life to Christ has a story of redemption. The old is gone and they have been made new. What a profound miracle. I really love being a pastor. Performing weddings, witnessing true salvations, and participating in water baptisms are way up there on my list of some of the best things! There is something about being “made new.”

I had the honor of baptizing several people whom I personally invited to church over the last year. What a joy to imagine that I had a part to play in changing the course of an entire family’s future; to introduce a relationship with Jesus that could continue for generations to come. One soul reached could result in hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of stories of new life for years and years. This is what I live for!

There are several things that I believe happen at the point of baptism which we overlook, and I want to bring them to our attention.

Jesus tells us to follow Him so all the blessings that He walked in become our blessings. “I no longer live but Christ lives in me!” Let’s look at the account of Jesus’ baptism and see what we can expect for ourselves.

Matthew 3:13-17 says, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’”

It was a requirement, not a suggestion! There is a modern idea that salvation is a private matter and baptism is a personal choice. Not true! Jesus, the Son of God, needed to be baptized. “It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

Luke 9:26 says, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”

There is an open heaven that will be your blessing. “At that moment heaven was opened.” When you live in an open Heaven, your prayer life goes to the next level. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It feels like my prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling.” An open Heaven is when there is very little in the way between you and the Father.

The Spirit of God resting on you. “Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.” Acts 1:8 says that you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. The word for power is the same word that is used for dynamite. We start to walk in an explosive power of the Holy Spirit to be God’s witness.

You are acknowledged as a son or daughter. “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love.’” When we are dead to our old sinful nature and Jesus is alive in us, we become adopted into the family of God. 

Some people came to Jesus to tell Him that His biological mother and brothers arrived. His response is, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”

Mark 3:34 reads, “Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

You please God! “With him I am well pleased.” I don’t know about you, but I love to please God.

When a person acknowledges that they are a sinner and can’t live without the Lord and surrenders their physical body to being fully submersed in water, a lot happens! It is the greatest of miracles! It’s when Jesus started His ministry and when He had the power to overcome the devil’s temptations. I believe it’s the same with us! Let’s walk in the miracle of a life made new.

Until next time, Faith Matters.

Richard “Rick” Rocco is the Pastor of Frontline Christian Church at 2340 State Street, Hamden. For more information, please visit Frontlinecc.com or call 203.287.9417.

Back-to-School Shopping on a Budget

ShoppingThe excitement of back-to-school preparations can bring back fond memories of youthful school days. Once you have kids of your own, making new memories can be even sweeter by thinking about your child’s new friends and teachers and what the new year will bring – but they’ll need some cool new school supplies first!

So, while the start of the academic year may mean lots of new stuff for your kids, don’t let it be a budget-breaker. To make the back-to-school season easier and more affordable, do your homework and get your game-plan together.

The shopping experts at Dollar General are sharing convenient and cost-effective tips to prep the family for a great school year.

Cool Threads – For a new academic year, start with a fresh look. Any parent knows keeping up with fashion isn’t the only consideration for school wear – there’s price to think about, as well. Not only do styles change, but children grow and change, too. Be smart and buy the basics, like jeans, sweaters, and sweatshirts for those upcoming fall and winter days at low cost.

Kids quickly outgrow everything so you have to plan accordingly. For school uniforms, research online low prices, discounts, and free shipping offers.

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic – Pencils, paper, calculators, and everything else. For the little ones, you may need to stock up on pencils, markers, crayons, and arts-and-crafts essentials. Older children may have more advanced classwork and advanced supplies, like calculators, compasses, and composition notebooks.

Consider purchasing all of these items during the summer from an everyday low price retailer, like Dollar General. You can get a great deal and spread the cost of back to school supplies out over the summer months.

The Breakfast Club – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to help fuel their brains and muscles and meet their growing needs. Unfortunately, it may be quickly eaten in a rush out the door or completely forgotten all together.

Get off to a running start by clipping digital coupons and buying everyday items that can be eaten quickly, such as cereal or peanut butter. Save time and money by shopping online too. To help you save even more for the back to school season, text DGBTS to receive $5 off any $25 pretax purchase in more than 11,000 stores nationwide or online at DollarGeneral.com.

The season of great deals starts now, so don’t be late for school!

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