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AARP Fraud Watch Releases New Report on Identity Theft

There are 10 things Connecticut residents and all Americans do that put them at increased risk for identity theft, according to a new AARP Fraud Watch Network study. The new report, along with recent eye-opening interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Americans are falling even further behind in the fight to protect their identities as scam artists go digital.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network survey of 2,250 Americans ages 18+ shows common mistakes that put people at risk for having their identity stolen or their financial accounts compromised.

After hours of video interviews with a convicted ID thief for the October/November AARP: The Magazine story “She Stole My Life,” AARP fraud expert Doug Shadel offers these 10 tips on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

Lock your mailbox. Fifty-nine percent of Americans don’t use a locking mailbox.

Set up online accounts. Forty-two percent of Americans over age 50 don’t have online access to all of their bank or credit accounts.

Don’t leave wallets, computers, or purses in your car. Twenty-four percent of Americans 50 and older do.

Micro-shred documents. More than 21 percent of Americans never shred documents with personal information. Make sure to get a “micro-cut shredder.” Shredders that cut paper into long strips are easy for scammers to recreate.

Set passwords on electronic devices. Only 26 percent of people use distinctly different passwords on their online accounts and 44 percent of smartphone owners age 50+ don’t have a passcode on their smartphones.

Close inactive credit card accounts.

Don’t carry your Social Security card.

Regularly monitor your accounts online for suspicious activity. Fifty-two percent of Americans do not check their free credit report annually.

Register with the three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Just 17 percent of Americans check their credit regularly with one of the credit bureaus.

Put fraud alerts or credit freezes on your accounts.

In conjunction with the survey, AARP Fraud Watch Network unveils a new video featuring “Alice Lipski,” a convicted ID thief, who shared her playbook for scamming people of all ages. In the October/November AARP: The Magazine, Alice discusses how she took over one woman’s identity and ran up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges.

“Nowadays, it’s all about technology, and if you know what you’re doing with it, it’s easy for me to take over your life,” Alice says. “I took over everything and she didn’t even know.”

AARP arms Americans of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams so they can protect themselves and their families. The Fraud Watch Network is free for everyone. Anyone, of any age, can access their resources free of charge. It’s a go-to resource. Get real-time alerts about the latest scams, tips on how to spot them, and help if you or someone you know has been victimized. The Fraud Watch Network is also a scam-tracking network. Get connected to people in your state who are sharing their experiences so you know what to watch out for. Additionally, The Fraud Watch Network is a guide to outsmarting con artists. Learn to outsmart scammers before they strike with tips based on hundreds of undercover fraud tapes and hours of interviews with former con artists and their victims.

Breastfeeding Support Group to Meet

Monday, Oct. 20, La Leche League of Hamden/North Haven will hold its monthly meeting to provide information and support for women interested in breastfeeding. The meeting runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Grace & St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (lower level), 2927 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden (just off Whitney Ave.). Parking lot is directly behind the church.

For further info, breastfeeding support and questions, and for any newcomers planning to attend, please call Anne, an accredited LLL Leader, at 203.281.7689.

The topic for September’s meeting is “The Tricks & Treats of Starting Solid Foods.” Pregnant women and mothers and babies are always welcome.

In addition to the stated topic, any questions or concerns related to breastfeeding can be discussed. They pay special attention to the needs of pregnant women and mothers of newborns and address their concerns first.

Books, DVDs, and information sheets on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and parenting topics are available for borrowing.

Volunteer Computer Instructors Needed!

The Miller Senior Center in Hamden needs volunteer beginner computer class instructors! Classes are held during the day and meet once a week for seven or eight weeks. Morning classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A class syllabus is provided. Each class has eight students. If interested, please call Hamden Elderly Services at 203.287.2547 or 203.287.2548. 

Imperfect Hands-Free Systems Causing Potentially Unsafe Driver Distractions

AAA Urges Manufacturers to Focus on Accuracy, Usability to Reduce Cognitive Distraction

With three out of four drivers believing hands-free technology is safe to use, Americans may be surprised to learn these popular new vehicle features may actually increase mental distraction, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

This research can serve as guidance to manufacturers who increasingly market hands-free systems as safety features. The good news for consumers is that it’s possible to design hands-free technologies that are less cognitively distracting, according to the research.

The results, which build on the first phase of the Foundation’s research conducted last year, suggest developers can improve the safety of their products by making them less complicated, more accurate, and generally easier to use, a point AAA hopes to use in working with manufacturers to make hands-free technologies as safe as possible for consumers.

While manufacturers continue their efforts to develop and refine systems that reduce distractions, AAA encourages drivers to minimize cognitive distraction by limiting the use of most voice-based technologies.

“We already know that drivers can miss stop signs, pedestrians, and other cars while using voice technologies because their minds are not fully focused on the road ahead,” said Lloyd P. Albert, Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Southern New England. “We now understand that current shortcomings in these products, intended as safety features, may unintentionally cause greater levels of cognitive distraction.”

Using instrumented test vehicles, heart-rate monitors, and other equipment designed to measure reaction times, Dr. David Strayer and researchers from the University of Utah evaluated and ranked common voice-activated interactions based on the level of cognitive distraction generated. The team used a five-category rating system similar to that used for hurricanes.

The results show the following:

The accuracy of voice recognition software significantly influences the rate of distraction. Systems with low accuracy and reliability generated a high level (category three) of distraction.

Composing text messages and emails using in-vehicle technologies (category three) was more distracting than using these systems to listen to messages (category two).

The quality of the systems’ voice had no impact on distraction levels. Listening to a natural or synthetic voice both rated as a category two level of distraction.

The study also separately assesses Apple’s Siri (version iOS 7), using insight obtained from Apple about Siri’s functionality at the time the research was conducted. Researchers used the same metrics to measure a broad range of tasks including using social media, sending texts, and updating calendars. The research revealed that hands- and eyes-free use of Apple’s Siri generated a relatively high category four level of mental distraction.

To put this year’s findings in context, last year’s research revealed that listening to the radio was rated as a category one distraction; talking on a hand-held or hands-free cell phone resulted in a category two distraction; and using an error-free speech-to-text system to list or compose emails or texts was a category three distraction.

“Technologies used in the car that rely on voice communications may have unintended consequences that adversely affect road safety,” said Peter Kissinger, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety President and CEO. “The level of distraction and the impact on safety can vary tremendously based on the task or the system the driver is using.”

To assess “real-world” impact, Dr. Joel Cooper with Precision Driving Research evaluated the two most common voice-based interactions in which drivers engage, changing radio stations and voice dialing, with voice-activated systems found in six different automakers’ vehicles.

On the five-point scale, Toyota’s Entune system had the lowest cognitive distraction rating system (at 1.7), which is similar to listening to an audio book. In comparison, the Chevrolet MyLink resulted in a high level of cognitive distraction (rating of 3.7). Other systems tested included the Hyundai Blue Link (2.2), Chrysler Uconnect (2.7), Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch (3.0), and the Mercedes COMAND (3.1).

“It is clear that not all voice systems are created equal, and today’s imperfect systems can lead to driver distraction,” Albert added. “AAA is confident that it’ll be possible to make safer systems in the future.”

AAA is calling for developers to address key factors to mental distraction including complexity, accuracy, and time on task with the goal of making systems that are no more demanding than listening to the radio or an audiobook. AAA also plans to use the findings to continue a dialogue with policy makers, safety advocates, and manufactures.

To view the full report, Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Vehicle II: Assessing In-Vehicle Voice-based Interactive Technologies and other materials on distracted driving, visit NewsRoom.AAA.com. This study builds upon groundbreaking research conducted last year, which found that drivers can be dangerously distracted even if their eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel.

AAA Southern New England is a not-for-profit auto club with 51 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey, providing more than 3.5 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

Spring Glen Garden Club Announces Next Meeting

RangerPictured above: Park Ranger Wray Williams with a colorful Milk snake around his neck. Ranger Williams gave a wonderful talk at a recent meeting of The Spring Glen Garden Club.

The Spring Glen Garden Club, a charter member of the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut, Inc., and National Garden Clubs, Inc. since 1929, will hold its October meeting Monday, Oct. 20, at Noon. The meeting will be held at Lockwood Cottage, 890 Evergreen Ave., Hamden. Following a short business meeting, the program will begin at 1 p.m. The speaker will be a representative from Hindinger’s Farm, a fixture in Hamden since 1893. The subject will be “The History of the Farm.” This promises to be a very informative meeting

Bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverages will be served. The donation is $5.

For further information, please call Dorothy at 203.934.5975 and mention the Garden Club.

Alfonso Nero

Alfonso NeroAlfonso Nero, 78, of Hamden died peacefully at his home Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, succumbing to myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). He was the beloved husband of the late Francesca Caputo Nero. Alfonso was born in Pontelatone, province of Caserta, Italy, May 22, 1936, a son of the late Michelangelo and Antonietta Micca Nero. He moved to Hamden from Italy in 1968 to provide a better life for his family, and remained in Hamden for the past 46 years. Alfonso loved his family, was an avid gardener, and enjoyed taking care of his lawn. He was a long time parishioner of St. Ann Church.

Alfonso is survived by three sons, Michael (Suzanne) Nero, Francesco (Cindy) Nero, and Gerardo Nero, all of Hamden; his companion, Leigh Cassidy, of Hamden; eight grandchildren, Michael (Jodi) Nero, Steven Nero, Amanda Russo, and Christina, Anthony, Stephanie, Samantha, Jennifer, and Nicholas Nero; three great grandchildren, Luciana and Nicholas Nero and Caleb Nero-Lane; and his extended family, Nicholas, Gregory and Joseph Aurora. He was predeceased by two brothers, Biaggio and Onorato Nero.

Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven, was entrusted with the arrangements. Entombment will take place in Pontelatone, Italy, where Alfonso will be reunited with his beloved wife Francesca. Memorial contributions in Alfonso’s name may be sent to the MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad St., Suite 150, Yardville, N.J. 08620 or online at mds-foundaton.org/donate.

The Rippling Effect of Suicide

September was Suicide Prevention Month with walks, radio talk shows featuring professionals, and TV specials. Absent from this focus was the effect suicide has on those who are connected to the person who commits it. 

So many are touched by a suicide - a spouse, children, siblings, parents, friends, therapists, and all the people who knew of the person. The rippling effect fans out exponentially. The closer you are to the person, the more painful the loss and the longer it will take to heal.

It is suggested that time heals all wounds, but with a suicide, that may not be so. One never forgets, though the immediate pain lessens. The unexpected loss of someone you are associated with can have a lasting and devastating effect. 

Several years ago, I lost a patient who was hospitalized at the time for depression and substance dependence. He was smart, had a good job waiting for him at discharge, had remained sober for six months, and was beginning to reconnect with his family. He returned from a weekend pass and was found on Monday morning dead in his room. As I walked into that room, my gut response was to try to save him despite the evidence that it was too late. My head was spinning, my heart racing, and I felt nauseous. Close scrutiny of all the preceding events added to my guilt, shame, and sense of failure. I ruminated for a long time about what could have been, if only. The support of colleagues, family, and friends sustained me and supported my ability to move forward. 

So often, we fail to see what the suicidal person is struggling with. That is partly because of denial and partly because they don’t tell us about their struggle or how painful it is. It leaves us blindsided and unprepared to manage the aftermath of a suicide.

Typical responses include shock, disbelief, and physical responses, such as sleeplessness, poor appetite, nausea, headaches, and palpitations, especially initially. We are hurt, angry, and helpless. Why did this happen? What could I have done? What if?

Sometimes we do not accept that the person is really gone. We expect to see them come through the door, or to call us and tell us that all is well. We may see them passing on the street or in our bedroom. We might feel their presence or think that we have heard them. 

It feels as if everyone is looking at you and judging you. Maybe you are judging yourself. How could this happen to your family? Do people think your family is dysfunctional? Was there something you missed or should have done to prevent this?

You isolate yourself, stay home from work, and avoid family and friends. It leaves you feeling empty and deeply sad. You feel as though if you punish yourself enough, perhaps it will turn out differently, but you know that nothing will change. 

Though it seems inexcusable, there is sometimes relief that the long struggle and hopelessness of the situation is finally over. You will no longer have to worry about where and what the loved one is doing and whether they are safe. You feel guilt about this feeling especially, but it is normal. 

Holidays are particularly difficult in the first year, since the absence is painfully present. It may seem wrong to have moments of laughter or happiness. 

The most important factor to remember is that you need to allow yourself to heal. The first step toward that process may take a lot of energy, but is necessary. Allow yourself to talk to friends, family, therapists, blogs, or clergy. Join support groups. Make sure that you are connecting to others so you can move forward. 

The following are a few of the many resources, besides your own personal support systems: Mental Health Association of Connecticut, Support After Suicide sponsored by Jesuit Social Services, CompassionateFriends.org, and Mental Health Centers in your state.

Most of all, remember that you will eventually begin to live again. Although you will never forget, you will continue and hopefully be stronger. 

Mary Ann Starkes can be reached at Whitney Ave Clinicians, 203.248.9110.

Press|Cuozzo Realtors Donates to “Coats for Kids”

Coats for KidsPress|Cuozzo Realtors, Inc., has made a significant donation to the Hamden Rotary Club’s Coats for Kids campaign. As part of the club’s mission to help children, new down-filled winter coats will be provided to first grade Hamden Students in need. Several hundred coats will be purchased by the Rotary Club and distributed by school staff members.

A garment manufacturer will provide a variety of colors and styles for just $20 a piece for this event.

To contribute any amount to this tax deductible fundraising event for the benefit of Hamden’s children, mail a donation to Rotary Club of Hamden, PO Box 185304, Hamden, 06518. For further information, you may call 203.640.5049.

Photo: Brokers and Realtors at Press|Cuozzo Realtors, Inc.

Postcard Club to Meet October 19

The Connecticut Postcard Club will meet Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2630 Whitney Ave., Hamden. 

The club meets on the third Sunday of the month, September through May, and is free and open to the public. Come meet fellow collectors and browse thousands of cards, as well as bid in the Club’s semi-annuel Postcard Auction. 

Whether a long-time collector or you’ve only just started, there’s something for all. Please visit cpcc.seocom.com or call Katie Coleman at 203.787.0683 for more information.

Z’mirah Chorale Seeking New Members

The Connecticut Z’mirah Chorale invites prospective members throughout the state to the Chorale’s next rehearsal, Sunday, Oct. 19, from 7-9 p.m. All experienced singers who share a love of Jewish choral music are welcome. It will be held at The Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. To learn more, visit Zmirahchorale.padd.com or call 203.269.6210.

Dave Says

Dave SaysRehabbing to Sell

Dear Dave,

My husband and I recently inherited my parents’ home. It’s in a small, rural town with little industry, and we’ve been told that the place would be worth $85,000 if it’s cleaned up, compared to $75,000 as-is. Should we spend about $10,000 to really clean it up, replace a few things and make it presentable to sell it faster?

—Terri

Dear Terri,

It’s really up to you guys, because both options – whether you’re sitting on the house or rehabbing it – are going to take time and emotional energy. From a real estate person’s perspective, houses always sell better when they’re shined up and looking nice. When a prospective buyer walks in and sees and smells new carpet and fresh paint, they don’t have strain their imaginations looking past everything. When you force potential buyers to look past things, it usually ends up costing you money.

In most cases, if you spend $10,000 you gain more than what you put into the house. Honestly, I think one of the numbers you’ve given me is wrong –
either the $85,000, the $75,000 or the $10,000 you think it will take to fix up the place. In other words, if you spend $10,000 on a project like this, you’ll usually gain $20,000 when you’re talking about stuff like a thorough cleaning, new carpet and flooring, fresh paint and basics like that. My guess is if the place is worth $85,000 fixed up it’ll probably bring about $65,000 as-is.

If it’s me, I’m going to clean the place and fix it up. I’ve done hundreds, if not thousands, of these kinds of deals, and I can’t stand to try and sell something that’s dumpy, grungy and out of shape.

—Dave


Where Does this Money Go?

Dear Dave,

If you have a mortgage that will be paid off in the next two or three years, should you pay extra toward the house or invest that money over and above the 15 percent you recommend putting toward retirement?

—Walt

Dear Walt,

I would pay extra on the house. You know, a magical thing happens when you pay down a house and sell it somewhere down the road. The money comes back. You didn’t lose it.

Honestly, you’re not doing a bad thing by putting it into retirement either. But you don’t know exactly what will happen over the next several years of your life or the life of your investments. You might think you know. You might even have a plan. But the truth is even the best plans don’t always work out the way we want.

And, if that happens, it sure would be neat to own your home outright!

—Dave

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 eight million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com.

Jennie Dadio

Jennie DadioJennie Dadio, 63, of West Haven, formerly of Hamden, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Connecticut Hospice, Branford. Jennie was born in New Haven Feb. 18, 1951, a daughter of the late Harry J. and Amelia Balzano Dadio, Sr., and had resided in Hamden for most of her life before moving to West Haven in 2005. She is survived by a sister, Amelia (Joe) Diglio of Northford, a brother, Anthony (Carol) Dadio of Hamden, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Marie Gentile, and two brothers, Pasquale and Harry J. Dadio, Jr.

Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven, was entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Jennie’s name may be sent to the West Haven Community House, 227 Elm St., West Haven, Conn. 06516.

Autumn Costume Fling for Adults with Disabilities

The Hamden Commission on Disability Rights & Opportunities and the Hamden Recreation Department will be sponsoring an Autumn Costume Fling for persons with disabilities over age 21. The costume party/dance will be held Friday, Oct. 24 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Hamden Middle School Cafeteria. Music will be provided by DJ Master D. Refreshments will be served and a raffle held.

Cost is $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Registration forms must be completed and prepayment received by Oct. 22. Must provide own transportation and Group Home staff is required to stay for the event.

To obtain a registration form, contact Hamden Recreation Department at 2750 Dixwell Avenue.

Hamden Boy Scouts Announce New Eagle Scouts

Boy ScoutsBoy Scout Troop 608 in Hamden proudly announces five Eagle Scouts from the 2013-2014 season. The Eagle Scouts have demonstrated significant leadership. Each has advanced through all the scout ranks, been active in the troop, earned at least 21 merit badges, provided planning and leadership for a service project, and successfully completed a board of review. Troop 608 has two more scouts who have completed their service project and are slated to earn their Eagle in the fall. Troop 608 is an active, scout-led troop that meets weekly and has monthly outings. Scouts plan all the activities and gain valuable leadership, outdoor, and overall life skills with the help of dedicated scout leaders. The troop had a fantastic week in July at Camp Sequassen in New Hartford and looks forward to the 2014-2015 season. They have already been backpacking in Vermont, whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts, and went on a canoe trip. More activities planned for this year include: a Westpoint football game, a trip to a shooting range, a Christmas tree sale, a ski trip, and several camping trips to state parks and scout reservations. For those interested in learning more, come to a meeting (Spring Glen Church, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.). New scouts are always welcome.

Photo: Troop 608 in Hamden 2013-2014 Eagles scouts (left to right) – Austin Best, Tim Hamling, Adam Offutt, Angus Lamont, and Eli Morrow

Retired Firefighters Honor Their Own

FIREMANOctober is the month when fire departments traditionally honor their deceased members. Retired Hamden firefighters recently gathered to pay tribute to some of their former colleagues: ten men who passed away between 2011 and 2014. Their combined service to the town totals more than 300 years.

The tributes came during a meeting of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association at the Elks Hall on School Street. The family of each honoree received a memorial plaque bearing his name, rank, and dates of service. One former co-worker gave a brief reflection about each fireman’s career.

HFRA Historian and Secretary-Treasurer Dave Johnson says, “It’s a way for them to know that their loved one was appreciated and that they are not forgotten.”

The tradition began with a gathering in November 2010, when some retirees presented a plaque to Mrs. Mary Critchett. Her husband, Lieutenant Frank Critchett, had died the previous month and his former comrades wanted to pay their respects.

After that, Johnson says, “It was in suspension for about three years while we tried to work out details on how future plaques would be awarded.” The result was a ceremony that drew about 85 people.

Among them were four of Firefighter Paul Reutenauer’s children, and one grandchild. Reutenauer served from 1957 to 1993, and died in 2012.

Daughter Sheila DeChello says, “It brings back a lot of memories to see a lot of his old crew from Station Four.” Many stories were told.

Asked if she’d heard any new ones, DeChello responded no. “But I still laugh, just the same.”

Retired Battalion Chief Thomas Doherty presented the plaque, honoring a man he’d known since high school and worked with for most of Reutenauer’s 36 years with the department.

He remembers, “My cousin, Mary Lou, had seen Paul and asked me to introduce them.” He did, and, “the next thing I knew, they were married!”

Not all firefighters are related by blood or marriage. But, they do consider each other family. “You live together,” says HFRA President Robert Mordecai. “You cook, you clean…there’s not much that these guys don’t know about each other.”

The retirees see their group as a way to main those family ties and also keep a connection with the current firefighters, some of whom attended the retirees’ ceremony.  Retired firefighters now march with their active duty counterparts in the town’s parades.  (“Those of us who can still fit into our dress uniforms!” Johnson says.)

It’s also a way for the retirees to give back, Mordecai says, “not just to their organization but to the community.” The HFRA maintains a website, hamdenfireretirees.org, that’s full of local history and photos. The site gets about a thousand hits a month, from all over the country.

The retirees meet four times a year. Another ceremony will be held next October, if there are any firefighter funerals between now and then.

The honorees, with their years of service, are:
 
Firefighter Sidney Trower (1947-1980)
Captain Burton Hillocks (1950-1981)
Firefighter Paul Reutenauer (1957-1993)
Firefighter Charles Cargan (1968-2000)
Firefighter Richard Kenyon (1969-1993)
Firefighter Gerald Wolf (1957-1991)
Firefighter Harry Cubbellotti (1957-1993)
Lieutenant Howard Hurlburt, Jr. (1970-1994)
Firefighter Hugh McLean (1949-1987)
Firefighter Joseph Yoga (1965-1980)

Photo: Reutenauer’s family receiving the memorial plaque honoring Firefighter Paul Reutenauer (1935-2012), who served on the department from 1957 to 1993. Pictured (left to right): Battalion Chief Tom Doherty (HFD Ret.), Lieut. Bob Mordecai (HFD Ret.), HFRA president, Molly McKenna, Sheila DiChello, Kate Jensen, Officer Richard Reutenauer (HPD Ret.), and Daniel Reutenauer.

The Howlidays Approacheth…

Prepare your body, mind, and spirit for the upcoming festivities, and be prepared to be extra careful of your pets, as well.  With all the treats lying around, our pets are bound to get hold of something.  Here are some foods that we need to keep out of reach of our hungry pets’ paws:

Nuts:  We know for certain macadamia nuts are one of the most toxic nuts for dogs, followed by walnuts and almonds, especially bitter almonds.  When dogs get into these delicious nuts, they may develop tremors and weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters.  Sometimes there is pain or swelling when you manipulate the limb or touch the area. The toxicity doesn’t seem to last long; nevertheless nuts, in general, should be avoided.  Remember: nuts are often found in chocolate bars, candy, and other treats, so keep track of your Halloween candy.

Onions: It’s the toxic ingredient thiosulphate that causes the problem.  At first you might notice some vomiting and diarrhea, and your pet will become tired and lethargic.  Your pet develops haemolytic anemia, which is when the red blood cells actually burst within the body.  The breath in the body is much less because the red blood cells, which carry oxygen, have been reduced or destroyed.  Symptoms may not be apparent for a few days.  Be careful because it’s not just raw onions.  Dehydrated and cooked onions, including green onions, will cause harm. 

Grapes and Raisins:  Unfortunately, the reason why these are so toxic to our pets is still in question, but we do know that kidney failure can occur when dogs ingest grapes or raisins.  If your dog eats one, you probably don’t have to worry, but larger quantities are very dangerous and you should get your dog to the vet immediately. 

Chocolate:  We thought everyone realized how bad chocolate was for pets, but were surprised to find out some owners are still unaware of the danger. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is a diuretic. Your dog may be very thirsty and urinate a lot - vomiting and diarrhea are usual symptoms, as well.  Theobromine is also a cardiac stimulant, so it could increase your dog’s heart rate or cause irregular heartbeats. You may not see the symptoms for several hours after the dog has ingested chocolate, but your pet could actually die within 24 hours.  Cooking chocolate is extremely toxic, as is cocoa powder.

Alcohol:  A glass of that special vintage is definitely a no-no!  We mentioned how dangerous grapes are, so it’s logical that wine is equally bad.  Beware of alcohol poisoning, which can cause liver failure and even death. 

Bones:  No cooked bones!  Raw bones are a different story.  We highly recommend feeding your dog raw meaty bones for a number of reasons: they are packed with a complex and large amount of nutrients, protein, and fat, which provide plenty of energy for your dog.  They are also loaded with minerals and contain a perfect balance of phosphorous and calcium.  They are also fabulous for helping keep your pets’ teeth white and free of tartar and plaque.  Raw bones are actually living tissue with lots of living cells, and iron-rich marrow inside.  Dogs have been eating bones for ages and ages…raw bones, that is. 

Remember, although we may love and enjoy a variety of foods, feeding certain foods to our pets can be harmful and sometimes deadly.  Educate yourself and share this information on harmful foods whenever you can with your fellow pet owners to help keep everyone’s “babies” safe.

We hope this has helped you make your holiday fun a little safer for your beloved pets.  Enjoy yourselves and be sure to share some of those non-toxic treats with your happy pets! 

Erin McLaughlin is the Owner of Little Shop of Howlers Pet Salon and Spa, creating an enchanting escape for your pet.  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 www.LittleShopOfHowlers.com.

One Woman Musical, Oct. 26

Linda BonadiesLinda Bonadies presents her One Woman Musical, “Give It All Away,” at The Space Ballroom, Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. 
“Give It All Away” is an autobiographical musical written by Linda Bonadies and directed by Tanya Rubinstein. The show premiered in Santa Fe this past February. This is Bonadies’ first show on the east coast.  Rubinstein called Linda “a leader in a new form of musical theater.”

The story is set in Mystic, Conn., where Linda’s family spent the summers. The plot weaves in and out of Linda’s love for music, her dad, her husband, and her children, as well as the challenges each of them present. “It’s a story about sorting through a lifetime of joys and losses, struggles, and dreams,” Bonadies explains. “It’s a story about healing my wounds and learning to be myself, which requires forgiveness, creativity, and most importantly love.” 

Bonadies veered from the traditional Singer/Songwriter route and began writing her musical in the start of 2012. “People always told me that my songs sounded like they had a much bigger story behind them, and sounded like Broadway,” Bonadies explains. “You can only do so much with a three minute song. This genre provides a much deeper relationship and more meaningful experience for my audience, which is very important to me.”

“Each of us is a hero in our own story,” says Bonadies. “We have mentors that support us and shadows that torment us. We are tested and we must cross many thresholds in order to find the treasure we are seeking. Ultimately, we must bring our treasure to the world. That is our quest. I wrote my play in order to inspire others to heal themselves and find their treasure. ”

If you’re just looking for a great story with great music, don’t miss “Give It All Away.”  But, if you’re looking for a story to inspire you to heal your relationships and overcome the voices that tell you you’re not good enough, then this play is a must-see!

Written and performed by Linda Bonadies, tickets for “Give It All Away” are $18 and can be purchased at Theouterspace.net. Tickets are also sold the day of the performance for $20 at the door. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. More information on Bonadies can be found at LindaBonadies.com. The Space Ballroom is located on 295 Treadwell, St. Hamden.

It’s Autumn Time

Chris & ShalaA plethora of thoughts are running through my mind as I sit at my computer to write for you. I’m thinking about the mini-vacation we just returned from yesterday, the stomping of my children’s feet above me as they just came back from the playground, the autumn season and the nostalgia it brings, the book “Raving Fans” that Chris and I are presently reading, the Tae-bo DVDs we ordered yesterday to begin our workout regime together… There are so many things to tell you, but I don’t know where to start.

I will do this for now, I wish you a wonderful autumn season with the fall colors, holidays, and, hopefully, lots of good family time. And, I leave you with this poem (soon to be read in school) by Walter de la Mare, entitled “Autumn”:

There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o’er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

Family-Friendly Carpet and Tile that Work for Your Home

Tiled FloorYour home’s flooring matters. Not only can it affect property value, but it’s also a fundamental element of design and style. With so many choices available, it can be difficult choosing what’s right for your family and home.

Here are some guidelines that can help you make smart decisions that meet your budget and lifestyle.

Choosing Tile – “Tiling your home can be a great home improvement to easily add value,” says Keesha Hargis, a home décor specialist.

Easy to maintain, tile flooring tends to be very resistant to moisture, fading, and scratches. Tile allows you to create a variety of looks in your home from Tuscan to modern with the use of stone, such as slate, travertine, marble, concrete, and linen.

Natural stone floors are beautiful and elegant, but they are not always ideal for families. However, today’s engineered products are changing that. For example, PurSTONE, a pre-engineered tile flooring available through Flooring America, can be installed quickly with or without grout on any level of a home. Unlike natural stone that needs to be stained and maintained, this alternative can look better longer with minimal maintenance.

Choosing Carpet – There is a vast selection of styles, colors, and fibers to choose from in today’s marketplace, but a simple checklist can help.

“The activity level of the home should be considered first,” says Hargis. “For example, a traditional, patterned wool carpet may not be the right choice for a busy family with toddlers and pets.”

Nylon fibers will hold up well to foot traffic, but may not offer the stain resistance a well-used room may need. Carpets manufactured in today’s polyester and polypropylene fibers resist staining and can be found in vibrant colors and sharp multi-toned patterns, but may not last through years of heavy wear.

Newer fibers, however, are allowing for softness and durability to co-exist. For example, the Innovia Touch Collection has built-in stain and soil protection. Backed by a 20-year warranty, it can offer the resilience a carpet in a well-used room needs.

Some homeowners may want professional help in making their decisions. Think about consulting a qualified flooring specialist.

Design tips, home improvement advice, and information about innovations in flooring are available at FlooringAmerica.com.

Flooring is a long-term investment, so consider factors like maintenance and usage before making a final decision.

Hamden Democratic Party to Hold Upcoming Meeting

Hamden Democratic Party Chair Lewis Panzo announced that the Hamden Democratic Party will hold its next meeting Monday, Oct. 20 at the Party’s headquarters, 2600 Dixwell Avenue, First Floor, at 7 p.m. There are two vacancies in the First District that will be filled that evening. Any Democrat interested in being considered for the position should send an email to Democratic Chair Lewis Panzo at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and attend the meeting.

The agenda will also 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 are invited to contact the Hamden Democratic Party at PO Box 185658, Hamden. For more information about the Hamden Democratic Town Committee, please visit them on Facebook.

St. Rita School Honors Nominees

HopesCongratulations to Mr. Jamie Cappetta, school board chairperson; Mr. Dennis Michels; and Mrs. Jan Michels, current HSA president for being recognized as St. John Neumann honorees. Each school nominates two or three volunteers to represent the countless volunteers who give their time, talent, and treasure throughout the year in support of Catholic education.

Sciatica: Fact or Fiction? Find the True Source of your Orthopedic Leg Pain

Mike DowIn orthopedics, it is often believed that when someone experiences leg pain, the source is usually “sciatica” originating from your back. Although this scenario can happen, there are several other conditions that can mimic those symptoms.

Sciatica, defined as inflammation to the sciatica nerve, is often a result of a disc herniation between the last two vertebrae. The disc will push onto the nerve, causing inflammation. Depending on extent, it can lead to pain and often numbness along the back part of your leg and thigh, sometimes as far as your foot. Nerve pain like this tends to be sharp and can be triggered by certain spine positions. It may also be triggered by coughing, sneezing, or laughing hard, as these activities can put pressure on the trunk area and compress the spine temporarily.

In addition to nerve and disc origins, leg pain can also be referred from other structures, such as muscle or ligaments. The piriformis is a triangular muscle deep in your hip, underneath the buttock. It is responsible for hip rotation strength and also serves as a pelvic stabilizer. In about 15 percent of the population, females more than males, the sciatic nerve will run through the muscle belly of the piriformis. Tightness or weakness of this muscle can compress the sciatic nerve and often mimic the symptoms of a disc herniation. 

The sacroiliac joint is where the tailbone and pelvis meet. It is located in close proximity to the fifth lumbar vertebrae and shares ligaments with it. Often seen in our practice, patients with low back, buttock, and thigh pain can often have alignment issues with their pelvis and sacroiliac joint. There are several ligaments and muscle groups that directly attach to the pelvis, and their collective actions help keep it aligned. Treatment consists of skilled manual therapy techniques, as well as specific stretching and strengthening exercises. 

Osteoarthritis of the hip joint itself can often refer pain into the front, inner, and occasional back of thigh, referring down as far as one’s knee. Pain is usually dull and deep but can also be sharp with certain motions. In addition, moderate to severe arthritis nearly always comes with loss of joint rotation. Lack of appropriate joint rotation can place undue stress on the adjacent joints, including low back. Manual stretching and specific joint mobilization techniques to the hip may redistribute force off of the lower spine and decrease the pain associated with that stress. 

Another common muscle origin of leg pain is one’s hamstring. It is located on the back part of the thigh and attaches at both the knee and underneath the buttock onto the pelvis. It serves as a pelvic stabilizer as well as controlling knee motion. When strained, pain can be sharp or dull and occur most often when the leg is loaded in standing or walking.

Any of the above scenarios, or combination of these conditions, can contribute to leg pain symptoms. It is important to determine the exact origin of the symptoms, as the treatment for each can vary greatly. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, I recommend that you get an evaluation from a licensed medical professional to guide you as to the best course of treatment. Physical Therapy, diagnostic imaging, injections, or possibly even surgery may be necessary to eliminate your symptoms. In most studies, conservative treatment that addresses inflammation, restoring joint mobility and alignment, and appropriate strengthening have been shown to yield the best short and long term management of the above conditions.

Michael Dow, MSPT, is founder and Clinical Director of Amity Physical Therapy, now with three offices in Woodbridge, Hamden, and Branford. He received his degree from Fairfield University and is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for his work with the national Multiple Sclerosis Society. He works with patients of all ages, pediatrics to geriatrics, as well as local high school and college athletes. Michael can be reached at 203.389.4593 or Amitypt.com.

Westbrook Lobster Restaurant to Hold Benefit Dinner for Opportunity House

Come support Opportunity House, Inc. (located in Hamden), at Westbrook Lobster Restaurant in Wallingford, voted “Best Seafood in New Haven County” by CT Magazine in ’09, ’10, ’11, and ’12.

The dinner will be held Monday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m., at 300 Church Street, Wallingford. Make your reservations or just walk in, but remind them you are there to support Opportunity House. Westbrook Lobster will donate 15 percent of the evening’s profits.

Menu includes seafood, pasta, chicken, steaks, and much more. Visit WestbrookLobster.com for more menu options.

For more information, contact Tommy Dumas at 203.281.1839 ext. 303 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Children’s Education, Movement, Music, & Fitness Franchise Dances into Hamden

Continuing in its fight against childhood obesity, Kinderdance and its five movement programs are now available at The Smart Start Preschool, 4133 Whitney Ave., Hamden.                       
   
“It is exciting to be in this community to educate children who learn how to learn while they learn how to dance,” said Francine Mira, Franchisee of Kinderdance New Haven. “For young children, movement, music, and dance are natural tools for fitness, learning, and communicating while expressing their feelings.”

Kinderdance, operating 132 Franchises in 36 states and eight countries, places emphasis on building self-confidence and self-esteem in children through learning to share, lead, interact, and respond to others’ needs, as well as their own. Children learn through a professionally researched curriculum of “hands on” dance, motor development, and fitness instruction combined with educational tutoring taught by fully trained Kinderdance instructors.

“I look forward to the opportunity to offer all five Kinderdance programs to the families of New Haven County, Conn.,” said Mira. “Kinderdance is the finest physical fitness orientated program that is taught on site at daycare centers, fitness centers, YMCA’s, and other viable locations, giving families an easy, affordable way to sign their children up for an exciting and healthy enrichment program.”

For more information on Kinderdance of New Haven, please contact Mira at 203.626.1410, visit kinderdance.com, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). To gain information for programs at The Smart Start Preschool, please call 203.660.7158.

“Positive Choices” Campaign Promotes Above the Influence Day

Water BottlesHamden Youth Advisory Council’s (HYAC) Positive Choices Campaign to prevent underage drinking and drug use encourages all to join them in celebrating National Above the Influence (ATI) Day, Oct. 17. On that day, community partners around the country will participate in a variety of youth-focused activities that celebrate youth who have steered away from alcohol and other drugs. Hamden High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) members created the “Above the Influence, on Top of My Game” message that appears on water bottles that were distributed through the Positive Choices Campaign to Hamden High School (HHS) Athletes.

The “Positive Choices” campaign is an initiative of the Hamden Youth Advisory Council (HYAC) to prevent underage drinking in Hamden and to encourage youth to make positive choices to live a lifestyle free from the influence of alcohol and drugs. For more information about HYAC’s “Positive Choices” Campaign, contact Beth Chiarillo, Town of Hamden Youth Services Bureau, at 203.777.2610 ext. 137.

Hamden’s work is supported by The Consultation Center, Inc. with funds from DMHAS as part of a statewide initiative. For HHS Students interested in joining the SADD Club, please contact Jen Kendall, Hamden High School SADD Club Advisor, at 203.592.5917.

Photo: Members of Hamden High School’s football team have been utilizing the “Above the Influence, on Top of My Game” water bottles provided by the Positive Choices Campaign.

Change Is Coming

Rick & Lisa RoccoI love the Fall. It’s a beautiful time of year. The changing of the leaves on the trees, the crisp, cool air at night, and the warm breeze in the still of the day. Fall does, however, bring along challenges, like the flu…which at this time my husband is battling. So, he has asked me [his wife], Lisa, to jot down some of my thoughts, while he is resting on the living room sofa.

Fall is my most favorite time of year. I don’t love the flu, but do love that people have started lighting fires in their outdoor fire pits and I enjoy the smell of the wood burning. I love that I can take my scooter around town and have to wear a lightweight jacket and my nose gets a bit runny by the time I get back home. And, yes, I love the lack of humidity, and the fact that my hair doesn’t get frizzy after working on it for 20 minutes. Fall…a wonderful time of year.

This reminds me of a story in the Bible about a short, hated, tax collector. A man named Zacchaeus. He was intrigued with the so-called miracles that this “Jesus” had done and his reputation of healing the sick, raising the dead, rebuking the religious leaders of the time, and that he was coming to his town.

One big downfall about being short is that when you have other people standing around you, you can’t see, and Jesus had many people around him. So, Zacchaeus knew if he did not do something out of the ordinary, he was only going to get a glimpse of this man. Zacchaeus saw a sycamore tree just ahead of the arriving crowd. He quickly climbed up the tree to get a better view. Little did he know that major change was in his forecast and his life would be forever altered.

What about your life? What do you need to change? Is it a thought, a habit, perhaps a behavior, or possibly your attitude? Stop! for just a moment. Ask God to reveal it to you right now. He will. He does that so that we can lead a satisfied life.

Zacchaeus had many things in his life that did not line up with Jesus’ teachings, but one thing he did know was, in that moment, he needed to see Jesus. You just never know what could happen when you give Jesus an area of your life.

It says in Luke 19:5-9 that Jesus called Zacchaeus by name, to get out of the tree, and that He must stay at his house today. They went to Zacchaeus’ house and the people began to grumble. Zacchaeus stood up and said to Jesus that he would give half of his possessions to the poor, and if he had cheated anyone, he would pay them back four times the amount. Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to your house.”

Change is coming. Will you be part of it? If so, like Zacchaeus you, too, can do awesome things in your life. Now is that defining moment. 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.

TotemTom’s Talks

TotemTomGreetings, all! It’s time for another peek behind the scenes here at the library. In the past, we’ve visited the various departments so you could better understand what all these folks contribute to the day-to-day operations. But this time, instead of meeting our staff members, I want you to get to know one of our most active volunteers: Carol Mitchell. Carol is the manager of our fantastic Friends’ bookstore, Jean Akin’s Second-hand Prose. She not only recruits, trains, and schedules the volunteers that work in the store each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, but she and her husband, Marshall, are here at the library nearly every day, sorting through the donated books and moving them down to the store on the lower level where they price and shelve them. 

Yes, Carol is a familiar face to all of us here. I’ve heard her tell folks that it was always a dream of hers to run a bookstore and now that she’s retired, she’s able to do just that. We certainly appreciate it. Because the bookstore is the Friends’ major source of revenue, it’s very beneficial to the library. (I’m sure you know that along with sponsoring children’s activities and our Museum Pass Program, Friends have funded building improvement projects and special library collections over the years.) Carol and her work are indispensible to the library.

Oh, yes, while I’ve got your attention, I’m sure Carol would want me to remind you that the bookstore is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. They’ve always got a great stock of bestsellers, paperbacks, and children’s books, all at bargain prices. Say hi to me when you come by, or email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and follow me on Twitter!

Ten Tips to Save Money Inside Your Home

Saving MoneyWhether you’re a homeowner or a renter, savvy approaches to running your home can save you money according to house smart experts.

These simple tips from Homes.com, a leading online real estate destination, and sister site, ForRent.com, won’t take much time or effort to execute.

Programmable Thermostats: Available for about $50-$100, programmable or “smart” thermostats can save hundreds of dollars yearly on electricity bills, taking the guesswork out of finding a comfortable temperature for your home. Some models even come equipped with Wi-Fi so you can turn down the thermostat remotely.

Low-Flow Shower: Don’t wash money down the drain. By taking the environmentally friendly step of replacing outdated showerheads with new low-flow models, you can reduce your water use in the shower by 25 to 60 percent, as well as increase hot water efficiency, according to Energy Department statistics.

Extra Payment: Over the course of a 30-year loan, one additional mortgage payment yearly can save thousands on annual interest payments.

Unplug: Many gadgets and appliances consume power even when turned off, a phenomenon known as “phantom power.” Unplug or use a smart power strip to save an estimated five to ten percent on electric.

House Plants: With air pollution levels increasing, improving indoor air quality is important. But, air purifiers can cost hundreds of dollars. Consider houseplants to remove toxins from the air and add color, warmth, and comfort.

Dodge the Draft: As a house ages, hot and cold air from outside often creeps in. Weatherproofing is an inexpensive, simple task that can save up to 15 percent on heating and cooling costs. There are a variety of weatherproofing products, including v strip, felt, and foam tape. Research what your home needs. You can also get a home energy audit to discover ways to improve your home’s interior quality.

Do-it-Yourself: Redecorating can make a home feel new. However, professionals often come with a hefty price tag, so use online resources to jump on the DIY bandwagon or check out free DIY workshops at hardware stores, like Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Ceiling Fans: An air conditioner uses 3,500 watts of energy, while a ceiling fan only uses 60 watts. Ceiling fans can even be useful during winter. Set the fan to run clockwise and the reverse motion will push warm air down from the ceiling.

Shop Your Home: Before buying new home accessories, look for budget-friendly tweaks you can make. Rearrange furniture and lighting to change the feel of any space or switch decorations between rooms to make both feel different.

Laundry: Consider washing most clothes (except towels and linens) in cold water. Use the dryer efficiently by filling but not overfilling the machine. Some energy-efficient appliances can qualify your family for an additional tax credit.

For more money-saving tips, visit the Idea Gallery at Homes.com and the ForRent.com Apartment Living blog.

Exploring ways to reduce home expenses can help you save for important upgrades down the line.

Photo Courtesy: ©Monkey Business – Veer.com

Hamden Town Center Park to Host Food Truck Festival

To celebrate the end of the 2014 season at Hamden Town Center Park, Mayor Scott D. Jackson is excited to announce that the park will host its third and biggest Hamden Food Truck Festival Friday, Oct. 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Food Truck Festival has grown over the past year and, with more than 40 food trucks, there will be something for everyone.

Mayor Jackson said, “We are so pleased with the success of our Town Center Park events, especially the Food Truck Festivals. These events bring the Hamden community together to meet their neighbors and form a stronger bond to each other and the community. This year the October Food Truck Festival will be bigger and better than ever, and we are excited to invite residents and visitors to come out and celebrate with friends, family, food, and fun.”

Along with a long list of great food trucks, there will be musical entertainment and a Kids’ Fun Zone, featuring a dance party, videos on the big screen, a touch-a-truck area, crafts, and more. The Town will have some seating available, but attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for a true picnic in the park. Admission, parking, and entertainment are always free at Hamden Town Center Park.

Town Center Park is located at 2623 Dixwell Ave. in between the Miller Library and Hamden Middle School. There is abundant parking throughout the Town Center area.

Leadership Needed “from the Top Down”

Gov. Dannel Malloy has two hearts. He has opened his heart for the elderly who need help and closed his heart to the youths who need his attention. No leader, no role model.

Every evening, I notice on my way home as I cut through the Hamden Plaza, young boys and girls just hanging around doing absolutely nothing. Parents, do you know where your children are?

I can’t blame the children; our society has lost all sense of morality and it’s not only in Connecticut.

We have not had true leadership from our Congress or senators from the top down. I don’t know what the answer is and I won’t point any fingers. I know there’s an answer somewhere; whoever you are, please stand up?

Dino Zaino
Hamden

John Giametta, DPT Joins Amity Physical Therapy

John GiamettaJohn Giametta, DPT has recently joined the growing staff of Amity Physical Therapy, founded 11 years ago by Michael Dow, Clinical Director.

Giametta received his Doctorate in physical therapy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield and is an active member of APTA, the national organization of physical therapists. His clinical experience ranges from cardiopulmonary, neurological, and post-surgical conditions to his special interest in treating orthopedic and sports-related injuries.

An avid outdoor sports enthusiast, Giametta conditions himself with athletics, from ice hockey to rock climbing and golf. He will be based at the Woodbridge facility at 1 Bradley Road.

Amity Physical Therapy maintains three offices in Hamden, Branford, and Woodbridge. For more information, call 203.393.4953 or visit Amitypt.com.

Mini-Car Care Clinic Planned for Hamden

Although Dec. 22 is the official start of winter, that doesn’t mean you should wait until then to prepare your car for those unpredictable, cold days ahead.

Since October is Car Care Month, AAA Southern New England reminds motorists that cars, like humans, need seasonal checkups to maintain safety, maximize operational efficiency, and prevent unexpected future repair costs.

To generate greater awareness for car care, AAA is offering members free battery checks and a multipoint visual inspection from 9 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, Oct. 25, AAA Hamden, 2276 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

At the check, AAA technicians will test batteries and provide a boost if necessary. Members may buy a new AAA battery with technicians ready to perform onsite installations.

To ensure passenger safety and decrease your chances of a vehicle breakdown, it’s essential that you properly prepare your vehicle for winter driving. Learning how to handle common maintenance issues benefits anyone who gets behind the wheel, since proper maintenance can also extend the life of your vehicle and prevent costly repairs.

As a result, AAA recommends four simple car care practices that every motorist can perform regularly: Ensure your car battery is properly charged; check your tire wear and tire pressure regularly; inspect those windshield wipers and replace if they’re worn, cracked, or rigid; and work with a local repair shop you trust for routine maintenance and repair.

AAA Southern New England is a not-for-profit auto club with 51 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey, providing more than 3.5 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

Temple Beth Sholom Hosts Mah Jongg Tournament

Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Ave., Hamden, announces a Mah Jongg Tournament and luncheon to be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Temple.

The Tournament, sponsored by the Temple, includes six rounds (24 games) of play and a complete dairy lunch. In addition, “coffee and” will be served at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $30 per person, which covers the entire day. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, third, and fourth places.

Registration is required no later than Oct. 22. Register by calling Toby Gillman at 203.288.8991 or the Temple office at 203.288.7748.

Hamden Hall Presents “A Conversation with NPR’s Faith Middleton”

Faith MiddletonHamden Hall Country Day School will host NPR award-winning journalist Faith Middleton at a complimentary event open to the public Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., in the school’s Taylor Performing Arts Center.

The event, part of Hamden Hall’s Beckerman Lecture Series, is titled “A Conversation with Faith Middleton.” Also on hand will be Middleton’s senior producer, Lori Mack, whose daughter attends Hamden Hall.

Middleton will tap into the theme of her book, The Goodness of Ordinary People, a collection of true stories from her WNPR callers. She will also answer audience questions.

Hamden Hall’s Beckerman Lecture Series, sponsored by the Beckerman Family Foundation, is designed to promote engaging conversations about topics and themes that have shaped our world and continue to impact our place in the global community.

Middleton generates discourse on a near-daily basis as a result of being the host of The Faith Middleton Show on WNPR. Middleton has received two Peabody Awards and was inducted into The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Additionally, she holds two honorary doctorates, is a freelance newspaper and magazine writer, and taught The Art of the Interview at Yale University. 

Reservations for the complimentary event are suggested. For more information or to reserve seats, contact 203.752.2616.

Hamden Hall Country Day School, the nation’s fourth country day school, forms partnerships with the best resources in the area to bring learning to life for students. Since its founding in 1912, the school’s mission has been to challenge Preschool through Grade 12 students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity, social responsibility, and a global perspective while preparing them for demanding academic programs at the collegiate level. Hamden Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that enrolls students from over 35 communities. 

Hamden Hall Announces Campus Visit Opportunities

Hamden Hall Country Day School encourages the public to “Explore Our Halls!” during two upcoming visit opportunities.

Thursday, Oct. 16 from 9-10:30 a.m., prospective families are invited to a morning coffee and information session that includes personal tours of the 1108 Whitney Avenue campus while class is in session. 

Meet the entire school community at Open House Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions and onsite tours will be ongoing both at the Whitney Avenue campus and the Skiff Street Athletic Complex. 

For more information, visit Hamdenhall.org or call 203.752.2610.

Hamden Hall Country Day School, the nation’s fourth country day school, forms partnerships with the best resources in the area to bring learning to life for students. Since its founding in 1912, the school’s mission has been to challenge Preschool through Grade 12 students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity, social responsibility, and a global perspective while preparing them for demanding academic programs at the collegiate level. Hamden Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that enrolls students from over 35 communities. 

Hamden Resident Wins Citizens Bank Contest

CFG ColleaguesHamden resident and Citizens Bank Assistant Branch Manager Orlando Marquez joined Citizens Financial Group CEO Bruce Van Saun and other executives at the New York Stock Exchange for the company’s IPO bell ringing ceremony Sept. 24. Marquez and two other colleagues won the bank’s “Win Your Way to Wall Street Contest” in which more than 1,600 colleagues were either nominated by another person or shared their commitment to the bank for a chance to participate in the company’s opening bell ceremony. In his entry, Marquez shared that “Citizens extended to me the hand of employment at a time when I needed it most. I was able to marry my wife, buy a car, and have a baby daughter. This is more than a job – it’s a tremendous point in my life.”

RBS Citizens, N.A., is an affiliate of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Photo (left to right): Consumer Banking Vice Chairman Brad Conner; contest winner Orlando Marquez; Bruce Van Saun; contest winners Terri Smith, Jan Shorts; Commercial Banking Vice Chairman Robert Matthews; Director of Human Resources Susan LaMonica; Vice Chairman, Business Services; David Bowerman.

Burt Processing Expands for Third Time in Hamden

Burt ProcessingSept. 16, Burt Process Equipment held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at their newly expanded, 45,000 square foot manufacturing facility located at 100 Overlook Drive.

Burt Processing is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of high purity and corrosion resistant equipment, systems, and services. Burt Processing serves many industries, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microelectronics, metal finishing, and chemical processing.

In an effort to be more energy efficient, the company also recently completed the largest solar array, at 9,000 square feet, located on a business in Hamden. This array not only saves the company money, but also reduces their carbon footprint. Since January 2014, the solar project at Burt Processing has saved the consumption of over 9,000 gallons of gasoline.

The Town of Hamden played an important role in the most recent expansion of Burt Processing by offering several business incentives, such as a multi-year tax abatement, a grant, and a waiver of building permit fees. The Town also supported their efforts to install their impressive array of solar panels.

Burt Processing is one of Hamden’s most successful manufacturing companies and the Town of Hamden looks forward to its continued partnership with this exceptional company. As stated by Mayor Scott Jackson, “We have enjoyed a strong partnership with Burt Processing through the years. They are committed to growing their business and creating jobs. We couldn’t be happier.”

For more information about Burt Process Equipment, call 203.287.1985 or visit Burtprocess.com.

For more information on Hamden’s business incentives, contact Dale Kroop, Director of Economic and Community Development at 203.287.7030, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit Hamden-ct.com.

Photo: Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Jackson

Upcoming Chamber Events

Hamden Regional Chamber LogoBusiness Before Hours | Thursday, October 30 | 8:30 a.m. | Atlantic Home Loans |  2751 Dixwell Ave., Hamden

Business After Hours and Table Top Demo | Thursday, November 6 | 5-7 p.m. | The Farms Country Club | 180 Cheshire Rd., Wallingford | Join the Hamden Regional Chamber as they partner with the Midstate Regional Chamber Commerce. Exhibitor cost is $60 and includes draped table and two attendees. Event cost is $10 for members; $20 for future members.

Business Before Hours
| Wednesday, November 12 | 8:30 a.m. | Prezioso Dental |  3584 Whitney Ave., Hamden

Chamber Choice Awards
| Thursday, November 13 | 6 p.m. | Cascade | 480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden. | Please join us as we recognize this year’s honorees: Partyka Chevrolet, Business of the Year; Hearing Balance & Speech Center, Small Business of the Year; Little Fish Web Design, Home Base Business; SARAH, Inc., Service Organization; Senior Wish Society, Community Advocate; Al Gorman, Notable Citizen; Christopher Melillo, Assistant Superintendent, Hamden Public Schools, Educator of the Year; and Carly Semack and Nicole Ewerts of the Hamden High School graduating class of 2014, Students of the Year. | Tickets are $75 per person.

Business After Hours
| Tuesday, December 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Joseph A. Conte Jewelers |  2582 Whitney Ave., Hamden

Business Before Hours | Tuesday, December 16 | 8:30 a.m. | Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce |  2969 Whitney Ave., Hamden

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Snoring Can Be Treated by a Dentist

Dr. PreziosoSnoring is not just something people do. Sleeping should be a silent activity. Snoring is not natural unless you are suffering from a cold or congestion. You should breathe effortlessly when you are awake or asleep. Snoring can be indicative of a more serious health problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that can increase your risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, and depression.

Current estimates show that over 25 million adults in the United States have sleep apnea. That number has increased significantly in the last 20 years.

Sleep apnea is defined as a cessation of breathing. People with this condition typically take shallow breaths or have pauses in breathing while they sleep. Pauses can last from several seconds to minutes, and may happen 30 or more times an hour.

The person with sleep apnea will partially awaken in order to breathe, leading to fragmented, non-refreshing sleep which can be the cause of excessive daytime sleepiness. Other signs of sleep apnea include waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth, waking with a headache, and problems with attention.

Some other highlights include:

Researchers in Taiwan concluded that people with sleep apnea may have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and more likely to break. (4)

Researchers in Taiwan also determined that obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of pneumonia. (5)

Untreated sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure that is resistant to medications. Poor blood pressure control can significantly increase cardiovascular risks. (6)

A population study in Brazil revealed that 92 percent of patients with severe sleep apnea had abnormal heart rhythms at night compared with 53 percent of people without sleep apnea. (1)

The even greater concern is that when the airway collapses and oxygen is cut off, the body goes into a fight-or-flight response, putting a strain on the heart and increasing blood pressure. Over time, this can wear out the heart and lead to several different conditions stated above. Research shows that 26 percent of adults between the ages of 30 and 70 have sleep apnea.

Oral appliances (mouthpieces) that are custom made through your dentist are small, comfortable, dental mouthpieces that hold the lower jaw in a forward position. They have been proven to support the airway to prevent collapse and closing off of your airway.

Oral appliances are a great first-line therapy choice for mild to moderate sleep apnea. They can be fitted by a dentist knowledgeable with treating obstructive sleep apnea. This device has no compressor, it can fit in your pocket, and it is very durable if designed correctly.

If your sleep partner tells you that you stop breathing or seem to choke while sleeping, or if you have questions about obstructive sleep apnea and available treatments, talk to your dentist. Ask to be screened for this condition, which has proven to be fatal if not properly treated.

Sources used:
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1) American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Rising prevalence of sleep apnea in U.S. threatens public health.” Web. Oct. 6, 2014.
2) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. “What Is Sleep Apnea?” Oct. 6, 2014.
3) Mayo Clinic. “Sleep apnea.” Oct. 6, 2014.

4) Science Daily. “Osteoporosis risk heightened among sleep apnea patients.” Oct. 6, 2014.

5) Science Daily. “People with sleep apnea may be at higher risk of pneumonia.” Oct. 6, 2014.
6) “Severity of sleep apnea impacts risk of resistant high blood pressure.” Oct. 6, 2014.

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 them directly at 203.281.1233.

Home Invasion - 975 Mix Avenue

This morning, at approximately 1:00a.m., Hamden Police responded to 975 Mix Avenue on the report of a burglary in progress.

  Upon arrival officers spoke with the 30 year-old victim, who resides in an apartment at the Mix Avenue location. He advised police that he had earlier met a female on an internet dating site. They scheduled to meet at his residence early this morning.

  While they were in his bedroom, he observed 2 males enter the room. A physical altercation ensued, which resulted in the victim being assaulted with a tire iron. One of the males struck him in his back with the tire iron. The 2 males, and the female that he invited to his residence, subsequently fled. One of the males jumped off of the victim’s balcony, falling approximately 25 to 30 feet.

  Hamden Fire Rescue was summoned and rendered medical assistance to the victim. He sustained injuries to his back, finger and nose. He refused to be transported to the hospital.

  Investigation revealed that the female unlocked the front door of the apartment to allow the 2 males to enter. Further investigation revealed that the female stole several items, including electronic equipment. The victim was able to describe one of the males and the female. The male individual is described as a black male, 6’, thin build, with short dreadlocks. The black female is described as being approximately 18 years of age, 5’5”, short hair, wearing braces on her teeth.

  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at (203) 230-4000.

Suspicious Activity - Hamden Middle School Student Approached

PoliceOn October 2nd the Hamden Police Department School Resource Officer, who is assigned to the Hamden Middle School, was notified of a suspicious activity complaint.

A 13 year-old female middle school student advised Officer Jay Bunnell and the school administration about an incident that occurred at her assigned bus stop, located at the intersection of Dixwell Avenue and Lexington Street. She related that at approximately 7:30a.m. she was approached by an individual, described as a white male, 20’s, 5’8”, blonde/brown colored hair, who was in the possession of a tan colored backpack. The individual asked her several questions, including, “If I gave you a liquid would you drink it?” “If I gave you something to listen to, would you listen to it?” and “Do you like rap?” He then advised that middle school student that she was “no fun.” The individual was last observed walking northbound on Dixwell Avenue.

The middle school student told police that the individual made her feel “uneasy” and that she was both fearful and intimidated.

Hamden Police was able to obtain a surveillance photograph of the individual. The photograph will be attached to this release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Jay Bunnell at (203) 230-4000.

Police Log October 7

Jimmie Wilson, 52, of Fairview Avenue, was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Assault in Third Degree.

Nathaniel Worthy, 35, of Fairview Avenue, was charged with Assault in Second Degree with Weapon/No Gunfire and Breach of Peace in Second Degree.

Pedestrian Struck - Sherman Avenue - York Hill Campus

On October 5th at approximately 4:30a.m. Hamden Police responded to the report of a “pedestrian struck” on Sherman Avenue, near the entrance to the York Hill Campus of Quinnipiac University.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that Peter Lawnes, 21, of Huntington Station, New York was crossing Sherman Avenue, when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 39 year-old New Haven resident. Lawnes and the operator of the vehicle were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation revealed that Lawnes, a Quinnipiac University student, did not utilize at the crosswalk.

Officer Joseph Venditto is conducting the investigation, which is in progress.

Police Log October 6

Shanna Melinda Walker, 25, of Grandview Avenue, Staten Island, New York, was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief in Third Degree.

Police Log October 4

Anthony Carter, 30, of Bradley Avenue, was charged with Failure to Renew Registration, Operating under Suspension, No Insurance, and Failure to Appear in Second Degree.

Kayshawn Tyson, 21, of Circular Avenue, was charged with Misuse of Plate, No Insurance, and Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

Nicole Redd, 27, of Putnam Avenue, was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Violating Conditions of Release.

Rev. Joan B. Horwitt

JoanRev. Joan B. Horwitt, age 90, of Hamden, passed away Sept. 19, 2014, from complications following a stroke. Her family was with her when she passed. Joan was born in Wyncote, Penn., Jan. 25, 1924, a daughter of the late John O. Bower MD and Armorel Dixon Bower.

Joan was in the front lines of the struggle to get the Episcopal church to accept women into the priesthood. She graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1977. In 1979, she became the first woman to be ordained by a Connecticut Bishop, the Reverend Morgan Porteus; she then joined Christ Church in Ansonia, Conn., as a curate. In 1982, she became priest-in-charge at St. John’s in Sandy Hook, Conn. She retired from full-time ministry in 1989, but continued her service to others as an interim priest. From 1995 to 1997, she served as full-time, priest-in-charge at St. John’s Episcopal in North Guilford. She last served, unofficially, at St. Paul’s (now St. Paul’s/St. James) in New Haven, where she built the fledgling Clothes Closet into the substantial provider to the poor and needy that it is today.

Joan is remembered, loved, and revered by her family, former parishioners, and fellow clergy people for her strength, courage, intelligence, dry wit and humor, and most of all for her unflagging energy and determination to help those in need: spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

She is survived by her daughter, Elisabeth Horwitt-Putnam and her husband, Robert, and son, JP; her daughter, Jane Horwitt-Alter and her husband, Marc, and their daughter, Rosie; her son Jed Horwitt and his wife, Dorota, and their children, Katarzyna and Wojciech Lesniak; her brother, Robert Bower MD; and nieces and nephews, Leslie Kux, Sally Kux-Weiner, Holly Bower, Brian Kux, and Daniel Bower. Joan was predeceased by her sisters, Jill and Molly Bower; and her brothers, Jack and Ted Bower.

Grand Champion of Summer 2014

ChampionsThe Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden held a special awards ceremony Sept. 4 for its twelve annual Champion of the Week Tournament. The tournament was an eight-week program that started June 28 and ended August 23. At this tournament, the competitors had to demonstrate their self-defense concepts within their sparring techniques. “This tournament was designed for the students to be able to break the barrier between the sport end of the martial arts and reality. However, any competition that has rules or regulations is not true reality, but this type of sparring helps the students get closer to reality without injuries,” said Shihan Frank Ciarleglio, 5th Degree Black Belt and Instructor at the Academy.

The competitors sparred each other in a weekly tournament class in which the competitor had to successfully carry out that weeks’ self-defense concept. At the end of each tournament class there was one Champion for that week. That Champion was awarded a trophy for being that week’s tournament Champion, but to keep the title of Champion and the trophy, the competitor had to successfully defend his or her title at the following week’s tournament class. At the end of the eight weeks, the person who won the most Championship bouts was honored with the title of Grand Champion of Summer 2014.
 
There were two divisions, the children’s division and the adults/junior adults division. In the children’s division, Imran Lamhader was a one-time Champion; Mason Battle was a three-time Champion; and Gabriel Ciarleglio was a four-time Champion, earning him the title of Grand Champion of Summer 2014. In the adults and junior adults division, Benjamin Hawkins was a one-time Champion and Cazimir Bzdyra was six-time Champion, earning him the title of Grand Champion of Summer 2014.
 
“During any competition, winning is truly measured by how much someone learns from the experience, as in any life lesson. Congratulations to all who participated and became better for it,” said Ciarleglio.

You can find more pictures and information on the concepts used in this tournament at Academyofkempo.com. To contact the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts, call 203.288.9990.

Photo (left to right): Benjamin Hawkins, the Grand Champion of the Summer 2014 for the Adult’s Division Cazimir Bzdyra; J”Kob Adote; Mason Battle; Hailey Ciarleglio, the Grand Champion of the Summer 2014 for the Children’s Division; Gabriel Ciarleglio; Isaiah Williams; Nouhaila Lamhader; Imran Lamhader; Christopher Adote; and Shihan Frank Ciarleglio in the back.

Hamden Women’s Club to Hold Fashion Show

Fred McCarthy and Abner Oakes, members of the Hamden Veterans Commission, were guest speakers at the September meeting of the Hamden Women’s Club. They discussed all the good works being done by Fisher House and their continuing goals and needs.

This year, the theme of the Club’s 22nd annual Luncheon/Fashion Show/Raffle will be “American Heroes” and Fisher House will be the main beneficiary of this fundraiser.

The Luncheon will take place Saturday, Nov. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford. Fashions will be from Barn Sale of Cheshire. Cost will be $40 per person.

To purchase tickets, call Marge at 203.281.0118. For more information, contact Co-chairmen Annette at 203.281.0009 or Antoinette at 203.265.9407.

Kitten Needs a Home

CalebLook at that face! Caleb is absolutely adorable. This seven-month old kitten has a beautiful shiny black coat and a little white spot on his chest. His eyes are a pretty green color. He is a very sweet cat with a playful and curious personality. Caleb likes to be held and petted. He gets along well with other cats and likes to snuggle with them. He is an all-around wonderful kitten who will make a great family pet. He is neutered and current on shots.

For more information, please call The Animal Haven at 203.239.2641 or visit the website at TheAnimalHaven.com. The shelter is located at 89 Mill Road in North Haven and is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Getting the Most Out of Late Life

“Getting the Most Out of Late Life” is the topic at Aging At Home’s Eighth Annual meeting Friday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Great Hall of Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

They are honored to have Dr. Leo Cooney, Jr. as a speaker, who was named the first Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Yale in 1987. Dr. Cooney has won a number of teaching awards while at Yale. Although he stepped down as Chief of the Section of Geriatrics in 2012, he continues to a have an active clinical, educational, and program development role in the Section. His major areas of research are firstly finding ways to help older persons have meaningful and satisfying later years, and secondly teaching young physicians evaluation skills when treating the elderly.

This talk is aligned with the mission of Aging At Home, the Greater Hamden-based “village” committed to providing members with a social community and support services that enable them to stay in their own homes with independence and dignity.

All are welcome to attend this meeting. There is no charge and light refreshments will be available between 9:30-10 a.m. For more information, please contact Aging At Home at 203.584.4286 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tips for the 2015 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

MedicareIf you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs October 15 through December 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage.

According to Herb Fritch, president of Cigna-HealthSpring, a leading health service company and Medicare insurance provider, here are some things to consider.

Determine priorities. Make a list of priorities – such as lowering out-of-pocket costs – and use it to compare plans.

Understand the different parts. Part A refers to hospital insurance. The amount of the deductible depends on the length of the hospital stay.

Part B refers to basic medical insurance for doctor visits and other health care services. Medicare pays 80 percent of approved charges while you pay 20 percent in addition to a monthly Part B premium and annual deductible that will vary based on your income. Supplemental plans like Medigap and Medicare Advantage can help cover the 20 percent gap and most offer extra benefits.

Part C refers to plans operated by private companies that combine Part A and B benefits. Most include Part D prescription drug coverage, offer no or low monthly premiums, and extras like vision, dental, and gym membership benefits.

Part D refers to Prescription Drug Plans offering at least a standard level of coverage set by Medicare; some are available as stand-alone plans.

Do your research. Benefits differ from company-to-company and even state-to-state, so do your research. Look beyond premium cost to ensure there aren’t hidden copays or fees that will end up costing you more. Pay close attention to medication quantity limits and make sure your plan offers adequate drug coverage.

Pay your Medicare Part B premium. Even if you’re enrolled in a private Medicare plan, you must continue paying your Part B premium. If you’re having trouble, contact your local Medicaid office to see if you qualify for a Medicare Savings Program.

Don’t settle. Priorities change, so the plan that worked when you were 65 may not be best when you’re 75. Plans also change year-to-year so review before renewing.

Know your network. Many plans offer choices with a network of doctors. If you visit a doctor out of network, you could be responsible for out-of-pocket costs. However, networks offered by Medicare Advantage choices, such as Cigna-HealthSpring, can foster better coordination among doctors, leading to better care. Ask your doctors what plans they accept or check your network directory.

Don’t worry about the Exchanges. With a few exceptions, Medicare will be a better option than the Exchanges (also called “Marketplaces”). In fact, it’s illegal for someone to sell you an Exchange plan if they know you have Medicare.

Use free resources. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Plan Finder helps you compare costs, covered medications, and other items. Many insurance plans offer free seminars with no obligation to sign up. You can also check companies’ websites or call their Customer Service number for more information. Local agencies on aging can also be helpful.

This open enrollment period, make sure your health plan works for you.

Photo Courtesy: ©Wavebreak Media – Thinkstock.com

Hamden Student Performs in Violin and Viola Recital

Recital\Brandon Bao, a third grader from West Wood School, performed in the Ninth Annual Violin and Viola Studio Recital presented by Yaroslav Kargin, an internationally renowned performer and pedagogue. The concert was held at the Waveny Care Center in New Canaan.

At nine years old, Brandon performed “Minuet” by J. S. Bach and “The Pink Panther” by Henry Mancini. He has been studying with Kargin for one year and has made great progress. Besides the violin, Brandon loves drawing and Legos.

The concert featured compositions representing a variety of periods and genres from the Baroque era (pieces by J. S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, J. Pachelbel, G. Ph. Telemann) to the Classical period (pieces by O. Rieding, J. Offenbach, L. van Beethoven, M. Clementi, G. Rossini, F. Seitz) and included Romanticism (pieces by J. Strauss, A. Dvorak), popular film music of the 20th century (pieces by H. Mancini, “Frozen” and “Imagine Dragons”) and, finally, a jazz piece by K. Fujino.

Other recital students hailed from New Canaan, Riverside, Greenwich, Old Greenwich, Cos Cob, New Haven, Milford, and Farmington.

As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, Kargin has performed and recorded in over 15 counties. Kargin has performed with world-renowned conductors and soloists, including Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Montserrat Caballe, and Eugeny Kissin. Currently, Kargin is a frequent artist at Carnegie Hall, Broadway, Yamaha Studios, and other venues in Conn. and New York City.

Kargin studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and the Yale University School of Music. Kargin taught at the Yale University School of Music and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is on the faculty at the Festivals Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza and Edição Verão in Itu - São Paulo, Brazil, as the Professor of Viola. Kargin strives to continue the great traditions of the Russian String School started by David Oistrach and Isaac Stern. Kargin’s pedagogy strives to promote a love of music and enjoyment in playing it.

Kargin maintains a private violin and viola studio in New Haven. For more information, visit .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Photo: Recital Students

Hamden Miller Association of Seniors Meeting

Hamden Miller Association of Seniors will meet Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Thornton Wilder Hall of the Miller Library Complex at 2901 Dixwell Ave. They will be entertained by The Humble Bees. Afterward, be ready to participate in their tag sale. Refreshments will follow in the social hall.

New members are welcome to join for a minimal fee, and returning members are reminded that annual dues are owed.

How to Avoid Landlord Mistakes

Pat LearyWith the recent economy swing downward, many homeowners lost property value and have become landlords because their current properties are underwater. They needed a larger living space because of their growing families or because they have been transferred on account of new employment. If you want a new mortgage, you can’t have a short sale on your current property. If you do, there is a three-year wait to purchase. This has caused many to keep their current properties and use them as rentals, therefore, becoming landlords.

There are also investors who want to build wealth by purchasing properties to manage and buyers purchasing multi-family homes to live in who become landlordss as well. Here are some landlord mistakes to avoid.

Have you ever considered becoming a landlord? There are many reasons that you might, with the cost of renting escalating by 4.5 percent in the past year. You might also be tempted to buy a cheap property before all the deals in your area vanish. Becoming a landlord can be a profitable move, but you need to learn what is associated with the job.

Don’t underestimate the costs of owning the property. You will account for your mortgage, taxes, and insurance. Don’t miss expenses, such as garbage, water, gardening, snow removal, and regular repair and upkeep. You will also need to set aside money for larger ticked items, such as furnaces, water heaters, and roofs. Plan for a realistic estimate, not including your mortgage, to run at least 35 percent of your yearly rental income. It’s also a good rule to just calculate 10 or 11 months of rent per year in case you have someone who moves out.

Know the state laws concerning landlord and tenant. These laws can even vary city to city. For example, some laws require a month-to-month tenant to move out in 15 days, while others require you to give a 60 day notice. You should never use a generic lease, which doesn’t account for local laws. Most areas have landlord or apartment owners associations for a low cost. You also can’t discriminate when you advertise the apartment for rent. You can put a cap on the amount of occupants or pets.

You can’t skimp when looking for a potential renter. Don’t trust your instincts or be in a hurry. Never rent your property without first checking the prospective tenant’s credit and confirming their source of income. You also need to check references; the most important one would be a previous landlord. Look for income to be about 2.5 times the annual rent. Sites such as E-Renter.com and MySmartMove.com provide credit and background checks for a fee.

You will need to check out the property regularly. Don’t count on your renter to tell you about problems. A tenant will complain about an inconvenience, such as a plumbing issue, but not necessarily something like broken rain gutters or a water mark on the ceiling. While you have to respect your tenant’s privacy, you should find a way to take a regular look at the property. You can add a clause to the lease stating that you can inspect every six months. It’s also a good idea to drive by to look for exterior trouble spots.

At tax time, make sure you get professional help with your taxes. You will need to fully understand the rules associated with owning an investment property. Make sure that you keep all receipts associated with the property. You can deduct all of the costs involved in managing your property.

With rates still historically low, now is the perfect time to purchase that investment home. You can use a percentage of the rental income to qualify.

Call me now for a free consultation.

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).

Hamden Fathers Awards Scholarship to Alexandra Santelli

SantelliHamden Fathers Baseball/Softball Association is pleased to announce Alexandra Santelli as its 2014 Scholarship winner.

Alexandra played in the Hamden Fathers program from age six through her high school days.  She was presented with a MacBook Air for her hard work and dedication to the league.

Alexandra will be attending Manhattan College.

Every year Hamden Fathers presents scholarship awards to players who have shown loyalty and good sportsmanship, and combined these on-field talents with great work in the classroom.

For more information on Hamden Fathers Baseball/Softball Association, please visit HFBSA.com.

Photo: Alexandra Santelli

To Everything a Season

Rick RoccoAs I look outside the open window from my desk, I watch the gentle breeze blow through the trees and hear the rustling of the leaves as they turn from green to vibrant oranges, yellows, and rust colors. I feel a small, but noticeable change in the air temperature as the humidity leaves. It’s here again: Fall! It’s the great season between the hot summer days and cold winter nights. It’s saying goodbye to long, lazy days and weekend picnics and hello to crackling fire pits and crisp walks up Sleeping Giant with an old, worn, and familiar sweatshirt. There are seasons I like more than others, but each has something great about them. 

Brooksvale Fall Fest was amazing! We got to see hundreds of smiling kids go through the hay maze that our church sponsored, along with the KidZone tent where the young Hamdenites got their faces painted.
Everyone did a fantastic job. It was a great success thanks to those in charge and all the volunteers.

At this time of year, the apple picking and corn maze at Lyman Orchards are incredible, and the pumpkin patch and hayrides at Bishop’s are stellar. The motorcycle rides, though a bit brisk, are beyond words as you travel these beautiful New England roads. There is so much to be thankful for as we go through this change of life. 

As the crops yield their fruit and vegetables and the trees begin to lose their leaves, it brings me to a scripture that I memorized long ago, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

What a beautiful passage, one full of wisdom and council. We look at all the beauty of life and its splendor. Everything, both good and bad, has its time. We want good things to last forever and sometimes they might, but most of the time they don’t. There is beauty in change. God brings us from Glory to Glory. We have to give up things we love, for things we love even more. 

Maybe there are some habits that need to die in order for you to replace them with better ones. There might be some relationships that need to be reevaluated to make room for more fulfilling and encouraging friendships. How about getting rid of some things that just fill your time for opportunities that God has to propel you to His divine purpose in your life?

Isaiah 43:18 advises, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

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.

Hamden Arts, Recreation & Culture Department Offers Exciting New Bus Trips

The Hamden Arts, Recreation, and Culture Department is offering some exciting new bus trips for 2014 including days “on your own,” food tours, flower festivals, baseball games to historic tours, and weekend getaways. All fees include round-trip motor coach transportation.

The following trips are scheduled: Historic Deerfield Fall foliage, Oct. 5, for $99 per person; Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall – many dates and different priced packages on this one. Packages from single ticket $115 to $177 with a lunch from Sylvia’s; 9/11 Museum & Memorial & Circle Line Liberty Cruise, Nov. 15, for $107; NYC “on your own,” Nov. 15, for $67; Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth, Mass., Nov. 22, for $127 per person; Beacon Hill Holiday House Tour, Dec. 4, for $107 per person; New York City “on your own at Christmas,” Dec. 6, for $69 per person; Newport Holiday at the Breakers, Dec. 7, for $81 per person; and Historic Deerfield Heritage Holiday Tour, Dec. 13, for $99 per person.

Other trips to come. For information about registration, call 203.287.2579.

Bernice Scaramuzza

BerniceBernice Scaramuzza, 94, of Hamden died peacefully Sept. 22, 2014, at Conn. Hospice in Branford. Bernice was born in Branford, Sept. 19, 1920, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Coolac Tisko. She was the wife of the late Joseph Scaramuzza; mother of Denise (Gene) Brule of Bristol and Diane Pertesis of New Haven; grandmother of Susan and Jennifer Brule and Stephen and Leah Pertesis. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and her step-sister, Helen Whitaker.

Bernice was an active member and volunteer of the Hamden Senior Center for many years and a member of the Hamden Woman’s Club. She also volunteered at St. Raphael’s Thrift Store. A proud Marine Veteran, Bernice served during WWII as a prop specialist. She served on the Hamden Veterans Commission and was a member of American Legion Post #150. When she wasn’t taking care of her family or volunteering, she enjoyed traveling with her husband.

Hamden Art League to Host Pastel Artist Elizabeth Rhoades

Lingering ChillThe October meeting of the Hamden Art League will feature a demonstration by Elizabeth Rhoades titled “Emphasis on Underpainting.” The artist will demonstrate how to build a pastel painting on top of a watercolor underpainting. The watercolor layer lends mystery and softness to the pastel painting, and provides imagery the artist can respond to without copying a photograph.

As an award winning and highly recognized Connecticut artist, Elizabeth’s pastel paintings are characterized by their vibrant color and sensitivity to the natural forms and light in the landscape. Her work depicts a knowledge of and passion for the spiritual qualities of the landscape while expressing her love for the raw beauty of our earth. Rhoades paints mostly in the plein-air tradition, and in her studio in inclement weather, from value studies and reference photos she has taken on location. Her prior mastery of watercolor painting has provided her with an intuitive knowledge of color and value, allowing her to render her motif in pastels with an impressionistic touch. There is an emotional quality to her work that brings peace and tranquility to the viewer.

With art degrees from SCSU and Wesleyan University, Rhoades also holds an advanced degree of sixth level in art education. She was an elementary art educator in Connecticut for 35 years. The artist is a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Past President and Elected Artist Member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, an Elected Member of the Lyme Art Association, a juried member of the Academic Artists Association, the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, as well as the Pastel Society of New Mexico and the American Impressionist Society. Elizabeth Rhoades has painted professionally for over 40 years. Her individually commissioned pieces hang in private collections from Alaska to Maine, as well as in corporate collections.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 14 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. The public is invited to attend. For more info on HAL, visit Hamdenartleague.com.

Smart Tips to Make Fall Lawn Care Easier

LawnCareA beautiful lawn is important for a lovely home, but when those autumn leaves begin to fall, some extra effort is required to keep things picture perfect. This once meant firing up noisy machinery and piling up bag after bag of yard waste. Now that we live in more environmentally-conscientious times, this might not seem like such a responsible idea.

Doing things by hand doesn’t have to lead to a sore back. Learning some helpful hints can make your lawn really stand out this year and help you get the job done in a breeze.

Spring is when the lawn and garden really come into full bloom, but fall is when plants are storing energy and nutrients to have ready when the season turns. Like an athlete training in the offseason, get a step up on the competition by building a good foundation. Now’s the time to fertilize and aerate since roots keep growing and storing energy even when above-ground growth slows during the colder months. Don’t forget to keep watering too!

Weeding can be made less painful if you adhere to the old gardener’s trick of completing this task after it rains. When the earth is dry, it’s harder to pull out the whole weed without breaking off the top. After rainfall, the ground is soft, making it easier to pluck out entire weeds. They can easily be added to leaves and other debris that needs to be hauled away.

Leaves can smother your lawn if enough of them build up, preventing sunlight from reaching the grass and increasing the chances of lawn disease. Collecting the leaves in bags allows your lawn to breathe and receive proper sunlight.

The average cost to remove leaves is $374. There are easy DIY methods that can save you money. To make your life easier and get the job done faster, consider using tools such as the EZ Leaf Hauler, which acts like a giant dustpan for leaves, and is a cost-effective, green alternative.

Reduce waste by packing more leaves into every bag with tools like the EZ Leaf Stomper or using leaves and yard debris for mulch or compost.

Good posture can also prevent backaches when raking leaves. Keep your head up and back straight. Relieve back pressure by raking in the “scissors” stance: placing one foot forward and the other back and reversing position when comfortable. Another option is to haul tarps by using pull handles like EZ Tarp Tugger.

Opt for ergonomically designed rakes, shears and pruners that require less hand strength and provide a comfortable non-slip grip to help prevent muscle soreness. More information on innovative tools for raking, hauling, and bagging yard waste can be found at EZLawnAndGarden.com

Get a head start on home improvement this fall with smart lawn and garden care. Grab the kids and get the clippers, rake ‘em in, and bag ‘em up.

Dave Says

Dave SaysTithing and Giving While Getting Out of Debt

Dear Dave,

Do you recommend that people continue tithing and giving while getting out of debt?

—Sarah

Dear Sarah,

If you’re tithing, that would refer to you being a Christian or of the Jewish faith. To the best of my knowledge, those are the only two religions where tithing is taught as a part of the faith. The word literally means “a tenth,” as in a tenth of your income.

If you are an evangelical Christian, what does Scripture say? It says to take the tithe off the top before you do anything else. You keep doing it always, not from a legalistic perspective, but because it’s part of God’s instructions on the best way to live. It gives you a baseline for giving and generosity.

Then, get yourself and your household cleaned up and in good financial shape before engaging in other acts of giving, which are called offerings. This is the normal process that Scripture outlines. But remember, God is crazy about you and loves you very much. When you give, it’s the act of being unselfish and putting others first.

—Dave


Two Free Spirits

Dear Dave,

What’s your advice to a couple when they’re both Free Spirits with money?

—Steve

Dear Steve,

Being a Free Spirit just means you don’t major in details. You’re not the number cruncher, and you don’t wear a pocket protector. But being a Free Spirit doesn’t mean you can’t be a grown up. Maturity isn’t what I’m talking about here, and neither is initiative. I’m just talking about your personality style, and how you address life in general.

In my house, I’m the Nerd and my wife is the Free Spirit. I’m a naturally detail-oriented person who likes a solid, well-reasoned plan. My wife enjoys a plan, and she doesn’t mind sticking to one, but that’s not her default button. It doesn’t mean you’re not a grown up just because your default button doesn’t go straight to spreadsheets. And just because you’re like that doesn’t mean you can’t lay out a game plan and say, “Hey, we make too much money to waste it all. We have too much coming in every month to be deep in debt and broke!”

Being a Free Spirit just means you have to concentrate a little harder on the details, because those kinds of things just aren’t your nature. I mean, you have to pay attention to enough of the basic details if you want to win with money, but that’s true with almost any endeavor.

Want to know something else I’ve noticed about Free Spirits? In most cases, they’re extremely generous people. When they care about something or someone, they really care. And the fact that you’re thinking about these things leads me to believe you’re going to be all right. Just be intentional, Steve. Do it with a goal and a plan in mind, and do it on purpose!

—Dave

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.

Pumpkin Patch Open for Business

PumpkinsIt’s a sure sign that fall is here: the Pumpkin Patch on the lawn of the Hamden Plains United Methodist Church. Thousands of pounds of pumpkins arrived on a recent, summer-like Saturday afternoon, with dozens of church volunteers unloading an 18-wheeler. The process takes about three hours, but that’s just the beginning.

Organizer Stephanie Buggie calls her group “a fine-tuned machine.” Many of the church members have been part of that machine for years, some going back to 2002 when the fundraiser started.

A call of “We need hands!” starts the ball rolling. Men, women, and children form a chain that reaches from the truck to the edge of the church’s lawn, passing pumpkins hand-to-hand-to-hand until they’re stacked on wooden pallets or tables.

Older volunteers show the younger ones how to work most efficiently, and save wear and tear on their backs: “One line, one line…back and forth, back and forth.”

A diverse group takes part. “Everyone from about age 11 on up,” Buggie says. She needs a lot of help, since pumpkins of all sizes are available every day throughout the month of October. The tiniest ones go for a quarter, while jumbo-sized pumpkins of 50 pounds or more sell for $25. 

Buggie says by the time they’re done, between 1200 and 1400 will be sold. Proceeds are divided with the pumpkin growers.

Pastor Soon Ahn says the church takes in about $3000 per season. “We help the Hamden Food Bank, and the Fuel Bank…and a seminary in Congo, Africa. We are also excited to make contributions to Columbus House.”

A few hours after the pumpkins arrived, some of the same young people who spent their morning unloading the truck were headed to the shelter,  bringing dinner to the residents.

Hamden Plains is the only local church that does the Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. This year, the Hamden church got half of a 45,000-pound load, with the rest going to a church in Berlin.

A national organization, Pumpkins USA, partners with more than 1300 religious groups each year. Last year, they shipped 5.5 million pumpkins: enough to reach the International Space Station, 240 miles above the earth, and back! Pumpkins USA also offers suggestions for successful sales, as well as recipes and other uses for unsold or damaged pumpkins.

Truck driver Brian took four-and-a-half days to bring his cargo from a Navajo reservation in Farmington, New Mexico, to Connecticut. His big rig was one of 950 transporting pumpkins to churches across the country.

He says the “fruits” of the pumpkin harvest benefit many people before they even reach the churches. “They have about 300 Navajo workers living there (at the farm), and 300 more that come in during the day.”

During October, the “Pumpkin Church” becomes a landmark and somewhat of a tourist attraction for the town. In addition to buying their autumn decorations and future jack o’lanterns there, many stop and take pictures. Buggie calls it “a chance to get back to nature,” in the middle of an urban setting.

By the time the pumpkins were unloaded, it was sunny and close to 80 degrees. The word was out: just past noontime, people began stopping by to make their annual pumpkin purchases and bring them home.

The Hamden Plains United Methodist Church is at 15 Church Street (the corner of Church St. and Dixwell Ave.) Sales are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information about pumpkin fundraising is at: PumpkinsUSA.com.

Photo: Pumpkin Patch Complete with Scarecrow

Balance and Coordination

Michael Dow“Am I tripping, losing balance, getting older, or just clumsy?”

Balance issues can be a tricky thing to self-assess, until there is a fall that causes injury or more serious conditions, such as fractures of ankle or hips. Balance issues can affect all ages, and often gets ignored in the elderly or just attributed to getting older. There are several different systems that play significant roles, and knowing which one is the culprit (or culprits) will directly lead to the appropriate intervention.

Balance and coordination are complex and often involve the intertwining of several systems. The three major ones are vision, vestibular, and proprioception. For the purposes of this article, I’d like to discuss the two systems that we often see in physical therapy and are most likely to affect balance, even in the healthy individual. 

The first system is called the vestibular system and is comprised of three small bones in the inner ear named ossicles. These bones, like most in our body, can become degenerative or get out of alignment. The resulting interruption in feedback loops from the ossicles can lead to vertigo, loss of balance, dizziness, loss of neck rotation, and headache. Often times these symptoms may require evaluation from an ear nose and throat specialist. In the case of vertigo from ossicle alignment, our physical therapists administer an advanced technique called the Epley’s maneuver in the office to help realign the ossicles to stop the vertigo symptoms. Usually this technique is followed with other manual therapy to restore the likely precipitated loss of neck rotation. There are studies that have directly linked patients who suffer with vertigo with a loss of neck rotation, suggesting that the loss of rotation may actually increase likelihood of developing vertigo.

The other system that affects balance is the most common one addressed in physical therapy, called proprioception. There are receptor cells in our joints and muscles that tell our brain instinctively where our body is in space. This feedback loop is developed by our general movements. In instances where movement is impaired (acute swelling, immobilization from a cast, pain, spinal tightness, postural changes from aging), this information is fragmented and can alter balance. In the elderly, postural changes in the spine cause a flexed position with a loss of rotation, along with hip and lower extremity tightness. The lack of flexibility does not feed the system the appropriate feedback so when the person rotates too far, they can be at a much higher risk of fall. Generally, restoring rotation in the neck, spine, and hips can greatly help increase stability and reduce risk of fall.

Proprioception problems are not limited to the elderly. When athletes get hurt and have a period of immobilization (like a surgical recovery or use of a cast and crutches), the affective area does not move throughout the normal range of motion. Thus the receptors become inhibited from providing the same proprioceptive feedback to the brain to interpret. Physical therapists spend much of the treatment sessions performing joint mobilization techniques, flexibility and balance oriented exercises that not only increase range of motion, but directly increase proprioception. Restoration of movement is also necessary to increase muscular strength. You have to have motion available to use it. The further a muscle is elongated, the more potential force it can produce.

It is important to recognize that balance issues are not exclusive to just getting older and should not be overlooked. Recognizing which systems are compromised is the first step in helping reduce balance issues. Should you experience any balance-related symptoms, it is advisable to seek the opinion of your primary care physician, ENT specialist, or local physical therapist.

Michael Dow, MSPT, is founder and Clinical Director of Amity Physical Therapy, now with three offices in Woodbridge, Hamden, and Branford. He received his degree from Fairfield University and is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for his work with the national Multiple Sclerosis Society. He works with patients of all ages, pediatrics to geriatrics, as well as local high school and college athletes. Michael can be reached at 203.389.4593 or Amitypt.com.




Veterans 4 Veterans in Hamden

Interested in joining a new “Veterans 4 Veterans” group in Hamden?

They meet the second Wednesday of each month at the Hamden Miller Senior Center. Share experiences and obtain information on services. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the senior lobby. Contact Suzanne at 203.287.2547 for more information.

TotemTom’s Talks

TotemTomHere I am again. As promised, before the signs are up, before the press releases are sent, I’m here to tell you what the plans are for getting our fantastic renovation project underway. Remember, our goal is to expand—nearly double—the size of our children’s department so that there will be a brand new space where preschoolers can explore all the fun things the library has to offer while acquiring the literacy and pre-literacy skills that will prepare them for the wonderful world of reading. To make room, we’re going to clear out the media area (where the DVDs, CDs, etc. are now housed). Of course, that means we have to find a place to put all of those items! So, you see, this project is going to have a domino effect.

In the end we will be moving almost everything in the library to a new location, so there will be some unavoidable disruption of library services at various times. I’m happy to say that now I’m able to give you a heads up on what to expect. According to the schedule I’ve managed to procure, here’s what’s happening.

Week of Oct. 20: New shelving will be installed at Miller.
Week of Nov. 10: The move begins, some areas of the adult collection at Miller will be closed to the public, and the elevator may not be available.
Nov. 17-20: Miller Library closed. Branches remain open with additional staff.
Nov. 21, 22, 24: Miller reopens, but children’s area remains closed while work there continues.
Nov. 25: All areas of Miller will be open, including the new Early Learning Center.

Of course, you know what they say about schedules, but at least you now know what we’re planning! Send your comments and questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

St. Rita’s School Planted Pinwheels for Peace

Pinwheels for PeaceSaint Rita School community celebrated the International Day of Peace (which was observed Sept. 21) with a prayer service focusing on peace, followed by planting the “pinwheels for peace” on the grounds surrounding the school.

It’s a small, innocent gesture, but one that goes a long way in a continual effort to promote peace among Saint Rita School students.

Compassion Is Action

PublishersDo you ever just want to be left alone? To not have to be the source of everything for everyone? I have desperately felt that way recently. Okay, so maybe I don’t really want that, but at times, I get tired of being what is needed for my husband, my children, our business…just to name a few areas. It gets exhausting, especially when I don’t seem to get much alone time or a date night with my husband. They say that you should have a date night once a week. What? We are doing well to get a couple of hours every month or two. Anyway, I digress.

What should one do to recharge? What should one do to take care of him or herself so that longevity can happen? Do I really want to be by myself all the time so that not so much is demanded of me? Do I want to live in a selfie-centered world? No, thank you. I’ve already tried that. I have had a lot of enjoyment in my life and have pursued many endeavors for which I am thankful. I got married later in life. I was 38. I waited to have children. And, ultimately, I am grateful for all that has gone before my current season in life, and I’m thrilled (most of the time) with where I am now.

I want to make a difference, but sometimes being the change that is needed in an area is quite exhausting. Recently at church, our pastor spoke on compassion. He said that compassion is an action and not just “liking” something on social media. “Caring is not liking a post but loving a person.” It reaches down into our inner most being and touches something inside of us and then we must do something about it.

I know that although I am tired many days, there is something inside me that desires to be more. More to someone else that is in need, to someone that is hurting, to someone who needs a home, food, necessities, and love.

What about you? Whether you are filled with energy or exhausted, is there any area in which you need to share compassion? Quite possibly if we reach out, our own needs might be met. Do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Police Log October 3

Shameka Danielle Daly, 36, of Old Dixwell Avenue, was charged with Breach of Peace in Second Degree.

Hamden High School Class of 1953 Plans Reunion

The Hamden High School class of 1953 is planning a reunion for Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Brazi’s Restaurant from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to Brazi’s Restaurant and mailed to John Carusone at 120 Daniel Rd., Hamden, 06517. On the check, kindly list your choice of entree. The choices are scrod al forno, veal marsala, chicken francese, or chicken parmigiana. Wine is included with the meal. For information, call John Carusone at 203.288.6151 or Joe Sette at 203.248.1683.

Geraldine (Bourneuf) Tobin

GeraldineGeraldine (Bourneuf) Tobin, of Hamden and Mansfield Grove, died peacefully Sept. 24, 2014, at Fowler Nursing Center in Guilford. She was 89.

Born in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Flynn) Bourneuf. She attended St. Rose of Lima School and was a graduate of Hillhouse High School. Ger was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Father Taylor Circle, where she served as Regent, the New Haven Council of Catholic Women, St. Stephen’s Altar Society, and the New Haven Junior Women’s Club. She was an avid Yankee Fan, enjoyed Sunday Giants games, and loved watching the UCONN Women’s Basketball. She also enjoyed her beloved prayer group and bridge club that she was a proud member of for 56 years.

She was the widow of Luke E. Tobin and was predeceased by her brother, Joseph. She is survived by her daughter, Ellen M. Tobin of North Dighton, Mass; sisters in-law Frances Bourneuf of Hamden and Marion Tobin of New Haven; and her grand dog, Harley.

She was blessed her entire life to be surrounded by her loving family and her many lifelong friends and neighbors. Ger will be remembered as the most kind and loving person you would ever meet. Her family always joked that if she ran for political office she would never need to campaign. Her friends were the entire New Haven phone book. 

Annual St. Francis Day Pet Blessing

The Mt. Carmel Congregational Church will host its Annual St. Francis Pet Blessing Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. in the church courtyard (3284 Whitney Ave. in Hamden). All are welcome and encouraged to bring animal food, as well as old towels and blankets, which will be donated to a local animal shelter. For more information, please call the church office at 203.248.7408.

Take Control of Pain with Trio Lotion at the Senior Health and Lifestyle Festival!

A Senior Health and Lifestyle Festival will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to Noon at Thornton Wilder Auditorium at Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. The festival will offer the best local assistance for a life of health and wellness for mind, body, and soul!

This year’s event will offer flu shots, blood pressure screenings, and more. It will also feature Trio Lotion, a new product developed by a neurochemist. Trio Lotion was formulated to stop nighttime leg cramps, and its patented composition has additional applications that users of all ages can appreciate. It provides amazingly fast relief for a wide range of muscle aches, cramps, and spasms, including nighttime leg cramps, back spasms from sciatica and herniated discs, and back and neck pain.

It works fast and will provide long-lasting relief. Most cramps release before Trio even dries. Using Trio just once keeps most cramps away all night. Conquer even stubborn cramps and spasms with daily use.

Trio Lotion is safe and non-toxic. It washes off with water and doesn’t cross the skin. Trio does not contain quinine sulfate or herbal “remedies.” It is formulated for daily use, even long-term. It is odorless, and is not a heat rub or cold-heat combination product.

Trio Lotion does not affect prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs. It is not absorbed into the body.

For more information on Trio Lotion or to purchase a bottle, please visit TrioLotion.com or call 203.687.3075. Samples of the lotion will also be available at the festival.

Local Principal Receives Award

Mrs. TestaMrs. Maria Testa, Principal of St. Stephen School, 418 Ridge Road in Hamden, has been named as the 2014 – 2015 Archdiocesan Distinguished Catholic School Administrator. Mrs. Testa will also be nominated for national recognition as a potential Distinguished Elementary School Principal, an award given by the National Catholic Educational Association

A veteran Catholic school educator in the Archdiocese, Maria has served St. Stephen School for 22 years, first as a teacher and then as principal, a position she has held since 2000. St. Stephen School has long been an integral part of Maria’s life. She is a graduate of the school, as are her two children. In fact, she served on the St. Stephen School Board while her children were enrolled. The family tradition continues, since Maria’s grandchild is now enrolled at St. Stephen.

Following her own years as a student at St. Stephen, Maria continued her Catholic school education at St. Mary’s High School in New Haven and then earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages at Albertus Magnus College, followed by a Master of Science degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to pursuing her career in education, Maria managed all the financial aspects of Testa’s, a restaurant in Hamden owned by her family. The financial expertise gained in this role has served her well as a Catholic school administrator.

Before joining the full-time faculty of St. Stephen School in 1992, Maria worked as a permanent substitute teacher at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, Notre Dame High School in West Haven, and at St. Stephen, where she also served as a Kindergarten aide. She also taught Italian in the Hamden Adult Education program. Throughout her years at St. Stephen, Maria has spearheaded the self-study process, resulting in the school’s accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); served as moderator for both the Student Council and the school newspaper; acted as the adult supervisor for the After School Program and as the reading coordinator; and was a member of the Sharing the Faith steering committee to deepen the faith of Catholic school faculty.

Maria has also served the Archdiocese as a member of the Principals Advisory Committee for Elementary Schools (PACE) and as a mentor to new administrators. In addition, she has hosted professional development sessions in school governance and advancement, as well as curriculum conversations on teaching strategies for the New Haven Vicariate Catholic schools.

The Reverend Thomas Hickey, Pastor of St. Stephen Parish, wholeheartedly agrees that Maria deserves to be recognized for what she has done and continues to do at the school. “Maria Testa personifies all that a Catholic school administrator ought to be. All that she does springs from a heart of love—first of all, a love for our Lord and for the faith of the Church. That love then very obviously extends to the children in her charge, to their parents, and to her faculty. Coupled with her professional competence, years of experience, knowledge, and hands-on approach to her office, our school is an environment that fosters a love for learning and for God. If I had to use one word to describe Maria, it would be giving. She sees her position as an opportunity to give to others what she herself has received. It is rare to find an administrator who is constantly serving others, while remaining totally in charge. What she models is mirrored in the students who pass through our halls. God, give us more Maria Testas.” Father Hickey’s words are illustrated by this statement from Maria herself, captured at the point when she was applying to be principal: “Our young people also need to learn to be Christ-like themselves. A most essential facet of our job in a Catholic school is to help our children to become caring, responsible individuals, and to respect the dignity of all mankind. They must be willing to serve others…I strongly feel that as a Catholic school educator, my job is not just to teach academics, such as history and math, but to instruct my students spiritually, as well. Catholic schools provide the opportunity for us to contribute to the development of the mind, the body, and the soul.”

Dr. Hoyt commends Mrs. Testa’s commitment. “Maria’s quiet dedication to St. Stephen School and its students provides an exceptional model for other administrators. She continually strives to provide students with an excellent educational experience in an environment rich with Catholic identity and Gospel values. As a leader, Maria sets a fine example for students of a devout Catholic dedicated to her Church and to Catholic education. It is her priority to create a very dynamic learning environment and a perfect place to prepare young people in the faith. Not only is she an outstanding educator, but she is an extraordinary person, as well, and one who deeply deserves this award.”

Dr. Hoyt will officially present Mrs. Testa with the 2014 – 2015 Archdiocesan Distinguished Administrator Award in January during Catholic Schools Month.

Photo: Mrs. Maria Testa

Hamden Elks Holiday Craft Fair and Festival (Crafters Wanted)

Hamden Elks will be holding its First Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Festival Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Lodge Upper Hall, located at 175 School Street in Hamden. Vendors and Crafters wanted. Fee for a space large enough to accommodate a six foot table is $20, $25 if paid after Nov. 1. Member price: $15. Multiple adjoining spaces may be purchased.

Vendors and Crafters will be offering homemade items and treasures. Enjoy food, snacks, and gourmet desserts. Join for a day of fun and friendship while doing a bit of holiday shopping. Admission to public is $1 or a non-perishable food item to support local food pantries. Admission includes one raffle ticket. Under 10 years old, free. For more information, contact Andrea through the Lodge at 203.248.2224 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hamden Lodge has proudly served the communities of North Haven and Hamden for over 50 years. For Hamden Lodge membership information, please contact Andrew Caporossi at 203.819.6961.

Attention Hamden High School Staff Members—Veterans (Past and Present)

If you are or know of any former Hamden High School staff members who are Veterans, please send their names, branch of service, and the years they worked at Hamden High to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Oct. 20.

Whitney Players Theater Company to Hold Tag Sale

The Whitney Players Theater Company is having its first tag sale Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1409 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. Rain date is Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Whitney Players are a group of artists dedicated to bringing affordable quality entertainment to the Hamden community while educating young actors through music, dance, and drama. Come by and shop for a great treasure. Clothing, housewares, costumes, collectibles, books, and much more. For more info, call 201.281.6007.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Hamden Regional Chamber LogoBusiness After Hours | Tuesday, October 7 | 5-7 p.m. | Aunt Chilada’s | 3931 Whitney Ave., Hamden

Senior Health & Wellness Fair
| Thursday, October 16 | 9 a.m. until Noon | Thornton Wilder Auditorium at Miller Library

Business Before Hours | Thursday, October 30 | 8:30 a.m. | Atlantic Home Loans |  2751 Dixwell Ave., Hamden

Business After Hours and Table Top Demo
| Thursday, November 6 | 5-7 p.m. | The Farms Country Club | 180 Cheshire Rd., Wallingford | Join the Hamden Regional Chamber as they partner with the Midstate Regional Chamber Commerce. Exhibitor cost is $60 and includes draped table and two attendees. Event cost is $10 for members; $20 for future members.

Business Before Hours | Wednesday, November 12 | 8:30 a.m. | Prezioso Dental |  3584 Whitney Ave., Hamden

Business After Hours | Tuesday, December 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Joseph A. Conte Jewelers |  2582 Whitney Ave., Hamden

Business Before Hours
| Tuesday, December 16 | 8:30 a.m. | Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce |  2969 Whitney Ave., Hamden

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Hamden’s History Group to Hold Meeting

Hamden’s History Group, “Journey,” will meet Oct. 23, in the Miller Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, at 1:30 p.m. They are collecting Hamden’s past: photos, dated newspaper articles, and hobbies. Bring a friend and enjoy swapping stories of the past. Please bring your collectibles to share. David Johnson from the Historical Society will be there to scan items. Meeting will be in the conference room.

Members of the HRCC Community to be Honored for Their Contribution

Hamden Regional Chamber LogoOutstanding businesses and individuals will be honored at the 19th Annual Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Choice Awards Dinner Thursday, Nov. 13, at Cascade in Hamden.

Award recipients were selected as a result of their contributions, leadership, and commitment to the community. “It’s truly a pleasure to acknowledge the 2014 honorees,” said Guy Tommasi, Chairman of the HRCC Board of Directors. “Each represents the spirit of the Chamber Choice Awards.”

The 2014 Awardees are: Partyka Chevrolet Mazda Isuzu Truck - Business of the Year; Hearing Balance & Speech Center - Small Business of the Year; Little Fish Web Design - Home Base Business; SARAH, Inc. - Service Organization; Hamden Senior Wish Society - Community Advocate; Al Gorman - Notable Citizen; Christopher Melillo, Assistant Superintendent of Hamden Public Schools - Educator of the Year; and Nicole Ewert and Carly Semack, Hamden High School - Business Students of the Year.

“In keeping with the rich tradition of the Chamber Choice Awards, each of our recipients has earned a distinct reputation in our town,” said Nancy Dudchik, HRCC President. “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to honor them. They deserve to be recognized for all they do.”

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, with dinner and the program to follow. Tickets are $70 per person and are available at the HRCC office at 2969 Whitney Avenue or online at Hamdenchamber.com. For additional information, call 203.288.6431.

Periodontal Disease, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. PreziosoMedical and dental research has proven that people with untreated gum disease are at significantly higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Also, current patients who already have diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, making the need for effective gum disease treatment a clear medical priority.

Gum disease is proven to be connected to both diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The ability to eliminate periodontal infection is one way of improving overall health, and guarding against other serious medical conditions.

The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is such where part of the body’s natural response to infection in the gums results in an increase in the blood sugar level. This happens as the bacteria from the gums travels through the bloodstream. For people who already have diabetes, this can make managing the disease far more difficult. Unmanaged diabetes opens patients up to the chance of kidney and eye damage, stroke, or heart attack. For people without diabetes, a sustained increase in blood sugar levels makes contracting Type 2 diabetes far more likely than with normal blood sugar levels. Additionally, diabetics have a higher risk of gum disease because their bodies are less able to fight off infections than people without diabetes.

The effects of periodontal disease extend to patients’ cardiovascular (heart) health, as well. All people, whether or not they have diabetes, face far higher chances of having heart attacks if they have gum disease than do their counterparts with healthy gums. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, and as many as one third of people with heart disease die from their conditions. Talk to you dentist about gum disease and whether you are at risk. A full periodontal assessment should be part of your visit. Dentists can help with persistent periodontal infection, as well as prevention, with many different treatment modalities as alternatives to surgical intervention.

(Source: PRWEB, Dr. Tiger)

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

Musical to Be Performed at The Space Ballroom

Linda BonadiesLinda Bonadies presents her One Woman Musical, “Give It All Away,” at The Space Ballroom, Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. 
“Give It All Away” is an autobiographical musical written by Linda Bonadies and directed by Tanya Rubinstein. The show premiered in Santa Fe this past February. This is Bonadies’ first show on the east coast.  Rubinstein called Linda “a leader in a new form of musical theater.”

The story is set in Mystic, Conn., where Linda’s family spent the summers. The plot weaves in and out of Linda’s love for music, her dad, her husband, and her children, as well as the challenges each of them present. “It’s a story about sorting through a lifetime of joys and losses, struggles, and dreams,” Bonadies explains. “It’s a story about healing my wounds and learning to be myself, which requires forgiveness, creativity, and most importantly love.” 

Bonadies veered from the traditional Singer/Songwriter route and began writing her musical in the start of 2012. “People always told me that my songs sounded like they had a much bigger story behind them, and sounded like Broadway,” Bonadies explains. “You can only do so much with a three minute song. This genre provides a much deeper relationship and more meaningful experience for my audience, which is very important to me.”

“Each of us is a hero in our own story,” says Bonadies. “We have mentors that support us and shadows that torment us. We are tested and we must cross many thresholds in order to find the treasure we are seeking. Ultimately, we must bring our treasure to the world. That is our quest. I wrote my play in order to inspire others to heal themselves and find their treasure. ”

If you’re just looking for a great story with great music, don’t miss “Give It All Away.”  But, if you’re looking for a story to inspire you to heal your relationships and overcome the voices that tell you you’re not good enough, then this play is a must-see!

Written and performed by Linda Bonadies, tickets for “Give It All Away” are $18 and can be purchased at Theouterspace.net. Tickets are also sold the day of the performance for $20 at the door. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. More information on Bonadies can be found at LindaBonadies.com. The Space Ballroom is located on 295 Treadwell, St. Hamden. 

P.L.A.C.E. to Host the 8th Annual Arts & Culture Festival

LogoJoin in the celebration of community, culture, and creativity and don’t miss the unveiling of Connecticut’s new mobile art studio, The P.L.A.C.E. on the Go! Trolley

This year’s 8th Annual Arts & Culture Festival will be introducing P.L.A.C.E.’s new mobile art studio, the P.L.A.C.E. on the Go! Trolley. As an opportunity to bring the community together, the festival will offer families and friends trolley tours, live music and cultural performances, an open-air art gallery featuring local acclaimed artists, a community mural, a global village from cultures around the world, international food trucks, vendors, and more. The festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hamden Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, 06518.

P.L.A.C.E has embarked on bringing the local community a mobile art studio that will offer rich, interconnected programs that integrate activities within the museum. Thanks to IANH (International Association of New Haven) and NewAlliance Foundation for the recent grant awards, they were able to purchase the traveling trolley. This first mobile art and film studio in Connecticut will travel to schools, libraries, festivals, and other events throughout the state, providing multicultural arts and cultural competency programs for children and adults with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

P.L.A.C.E. on the Go! is an opportunity for P.L.A.C.E. to raise awareness of their programs in the community and develop new relations that will help garner a greater base of support and funding for the children’s museum. For additional information on P.L.A.C.E. and their traveling trolley, or to become a sponsor/vendor/artist at the festival, please visit their Facebook page.

Performances throughout the day include: Kids Time at the Trolley (Music, Yoga, Storytelling, and arts and crafts for the little ones), 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Alisa’s House of Salsa, 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Arunodhaya Dance Academy - Indian Classical Dance, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.; and Junko Fisher, Okinawan Dancer, 1:40 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

For an up-to-date listing of additional performances and times, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

Contact Jordana Carideo, on behalf of P.L.A.C.E. Multicultural Museum & Creative Arts Center at 203.393.1101 x166, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

P.L.A.C.E. (Partnerships in Learning and Creative Exploration Inc.) is a non-profit organization working to build a community children’s museum. P.L.A.C.E. provides a safe and nurturing environment for children and families to imagine, create, and explore through experiential learning opportunities. For more information about P.L.A.C.E. on the GO! as well as other programs, please visit Placechildrensmuseum.org or call 203.288.8600.

Ion Investment Employees Honored with Five Star Wealth Manager Award

Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Vincent Saggese and David Rogers of Ion Investments have been named as Five Star Wealth Managers for 2014. They both have received this award multiple years.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award winners represent an exclusive group of Wealth Managers who have demonstrated excellence in their field by satisfying ten objective selection criteria that are associated with providing quality service to their clients.

“Vin and David focus on the customer and provide outstanding customer service, which are fundamental features of the Bank’s service standards,” said Charles J. Boulier III, president and CEO of Ion Bank.

Ion Investments, located at Ion Bank, offers access to a full range of wealth management services that can be customized for individuals, businesses, or non-profit organizations to help prepare for the future. Ion Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ion Financial, MHC, has been serving customers throughout Connecticut’s Greater Naugatuck Valley and central Connecticut since 1870. Locally owned, the bank is committed to helping customers as well as the community at large. Ion Bank offers personal banking, business banking, and financial services at its 17 branch locations. For more information, visit Ionbank.com or call 203.720.5378. You can “like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/ionbank and follow them on Twitter at Twitter.com/ion_bank.

Investment and insurance products and services are offered through INFINEX INVESTMENTS, INC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Ion Investments is a trade name of Ion Bank. Infinex and the bank are not affiliated. Products and services made available through Infinex are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency of the United States and are not deposits or obligations of, nor guaranteed or insured by, any bank or bank affiliate. These products are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of value.

Ion Bank’s branch in Hamden is located at 2989 Whitney Ave. They can be reached by calling 203.672.6700.

River Cruises Are Hot, Hot, Hot!

John WeinsteinThere’s no question about it: river cruises are extremely hot right now. Its unprecedented popularity has led to more and more ships entering the market each year, with new destinations constantly being added to the current menu of rivers and destinations.

Last year, I ventured on my first (but not last) river cruise along the Danube aboard the Scenic Jewel, sailing from Nuremberg (Germany) to Budapest, stopping along the way in various ports in Germany and Austria.

While docked in Passau, located near the Austrian border, we visited Salzburg, the Austrian city of music. You may recall that this city is the setting for “The Sound of Music.” Our group stood at the movie’s famous gazebo and sang “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” None of us are professionally trained singers. Locals, perhaps offended by our lack of musical talent, covered their ears as they passed by.

Next, we visited Melk, one of the many pretty towns in Austria’s picturesque Wachau Valley. From Melk, our small group took to the country roads by bike (provided by the river cruise line) and peddled about 20 miles through the lush green countryside and along the Danube, all the way to the town of Durnstein, where our boat would be waiting for us. Passing through one small Austrian town after another, we frequently stopped to snap photos, visit churches, and buy fresh, organic fruit from roadside stalls. Those who know me would highly doubt my ability to ride a bike for 20 miles. The secret to my success was power assist motor equipped on each bike, which gave you a boost whenever you needed it. I used the power assist until the battery finally ran out, about 100 yards before our journey was completed. With my energy still intact, I walked around town before heading back to our boat. The Wachau Valley is famous for its apricots, so I bought a small jar of its homemade apricot jam from a local shop, which was absolutely mouth-watering and amazing.

One of my favorite highlights of our river cruise was when we were treated to a private evening music concert by the Vienna Imperial Orchestra at Liechtenstein Palace in Vienna. I felt like royalty—until the show was completed and we were asked to leave.

Our last stop was Budapest, the birthplace of Ignatz Adler, my great, great, great uncle and founder of Adler Travel back in 1925. I asked several locals if they remembered my family. Most looked dumbfounded, but I did meet one local gentleman who remembered the Adler name and claimed that my great, great, great uncle owed him money and wanted to know if I would make good on the debt.

All in all, a fantastic adventure!

For more information, please call John Weinstein at Adler Travel at 203.288.8100 or visit them at 1834 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Stephen P. Nista

StephenStephen P. Nista, age 64, passed away at his home in Hamden with loved ones by his side Sept. 19, 2014. Born April 29, 1950, he was a son of the late Constantine “Gus” and Cora B. Bergman Nista, and the beloved father of Phillip Nista of Hamden and Jennifer Struzinski of Clinton. In addition to his children, he is also survived by his best friend and the love of his life, Patricia (Dillon) Nista; a brother, Daniel F. Nista of Hamden; and a sister, Sandra Munroe of Cornish, N.H. He is predeceased by his brother, Michael Nista.

Stephen was employed for over 29 years as a diesel mechanic at Conn. Transit Company until his retirement in 2012. 

Make Fall a Safer Season for Local Seniors

New “Fall Prevention Checklist” Aims to End Number One Cause of Death Among Older Americans!

With the change of seasons comes an important safety reminder for our seniors. The statistics on falls among older Americans is staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the number one cause of injuries, hospital visits, and death among those 65 and older. One out of three seniors fall each year. In 2010, 2.3 million older adults were treated for fall-related injuries. In 2010, the direct medical costs of falls was $30 billion.

SYNERGY HomeCare wants to turn those numbers around by offering local families “Six Steps to Safety.” Families can also take advantage of free in-home safety assessments by a local SYNERGY HomeCare team member.

Step One: Home Safe Home. SYNERGY HomeCare’s comprehensive safety assessments evaluate the interior and exterior of the home. Some tips include: Paint or place bright tape on the edge of steps so seniors can see where one step ends and another begins. Provide handrails on both sides of stairs and grab bars in bathrooms. Provide light at the top and bottom of stairs and throughout halls. Paint the bottom basement step white to make it more visible. Secure rugs to the floor to prevent tripping. Attach non-slip strips to the bottom of slippers. On the outside, check steps and walkways for loose bricks, cement, or stone.

Step Two: Safety Shoe-in. Fall prevention research has demonstrated that wearing the right type of footwear can reduce the risk of a fall. Slippers may be comfortable and convenient, but they do not provide proper support to the foot, are often loose fitting, and can easily slip off, causing the senior to fall. A SYNERGY HomeCare expert can discuss the four easy ways to find out if footwear is safe.

Step Three: The Eyes Have It. Seniors should know their visual limitations and have their vision checked at least once a year. A good tip: consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for activities, such as walking outside.

Step Four: Medication. Medications can contribute to falling since many of them cause drowsiness and dizziness as a side effect. Let healthcare providers know if you notice a senior experiencing either of these after taking their medications.

Step Five: Exercise. Exercise is necessary to increase strength and balance; simple chair exercises are a good and safe way to achieve this for those with limitations. Seniors can do ankle circles while watching TV, and toe raises and heel raises while waiting for dinner.

Step Six: Nutrition. Appetite often decreases as we age, but the body still needs the nutrients that food and fluids provide. Water is recommended for hydration over caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and tea.

“At SYNERGY HomeCare, we have made it our responsibility to bring this issue to light and address it by offering free home safety evaluations to help minimize falls,” says Rick Basch, President of SYNERGY HomeCare. “We hope families take advantage of this important resource to keep their loved ones safe.”

This story affects all seniors and their families in your area. Help spread the word about Fall Prevention Awareness and the “Six Steps to Safety” by touring a home with SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers as they point out the most common danger spots.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Synergy HomeCare is a national franchise of non-medical home care dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need—including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more.  For additional information, please visit Synergyhomecare.com.

Academy of Kempo Martial Arts Honors Academic Achievers

Martial ArtsAugust 21, the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden held a Special Recognition Evening to honor Academic Achievers for the 2013-2014 school year: Kylie Ray, Maya Ray, Gabriel Ciarleglio, Benjamin Arnold, Hailey Ciarleglio, Christian Ruggiero, Logan Ruggiero, Katya Licherep, Xavier Austin, and Ashley Abad.

Academic Achievers demonstrated strength in their school work to be considered for the award. “Throughout the year, I collect report cards from our students to monitor their progress in school. This helps us to know how we should gear our character development program to better help the children, and it allows us to help our students with their goals. This also allows us to give positive reinforcement to the children who are doing well and who are improving from one marking period to another,” said Shihan Frank Ciarleglio.

“At the end of the year the report card will reveal the progress that has been made throughout the whole year. It is with this report card that will I determine whether our students have earned a position as an Academy of Kempo Martial Arts Academics Achiever,” Ciarleglio continued.

Grades were not the only qualifying factor to become an Academic Achiever. Ciarleglio looked at the whole person through the Comment, Work Habits, and the Social Skills sections of the report cards, as well as monitoring the students weekly throughout the year for qualities of a Martial Artist.

“The students must also be demonstrating the qualities of an Academy of Kempo Martial Artist: Respectful, Self-Disciplined, Self-Controlled, Helpful, Honest, Generous and Kind to Others,” said Ciarleglio.

The Academic Achievers were awarded a certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Academics and a medal for Outstanding Character.

Photo (left to right): Christian Ruggiero, Maya Ray, Kylie Ray, Hailey Ciarleglio, Benjamin Arnold, Gabriel Ciarleglio, Logan Ruggiero, and Katya Licherep with Shihan Frank Ciarleglio.

 
 
 

Hamden Elks 2014 Soccer Shoot

The Hamden Elks 2014 Soccer Shoot was held Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Hamden Middle School Field. Participants competed in four age brackets: seven and under, eight to nine, 10 to 11, and 12 to 13. The winners in each bracket will advance to a district event, then state and regional meets. The winners will be presented trophies at the Hamden Lodge Youth Awards Banquet to be held at a later date. 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. Hamden Lodge has proudly served the communities of North Haven and Hamden for over 50 years. For Hamden Lodge membership information, please contact Andrew Caporossi at 203.819.6961.

Shown are Elk Member volunteers with the 2014 Soccer Shoot Participants.

St. Rita Church to Hold 50th Anniversary Celebration

A Gala Anniversary Dinner will place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Cascade in Hamden. The cost is $30 per person includes a four course meal, entertainment, and door prizes. Tickets will be available for purchase as of early September and tables of up to 12 can be reserved.

All current and former parishioners are cordially invited to all or some of these special events. Please contact Carol Aloi at 203.288.8592 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you’d like more information.

Paier College Hosts CPH Training Course for Building Pros

The Paier College of Art’s Interior Design Department will host a Certified Passive House course for students and building professionals.

This seven day course of direct contact classroom training is aimed at all Building Professionals, including Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and Builders. It will be a combination of lectures by leading Passive House experts, two tours, group design and calculation exercises, workshops, and exchange with experienced contractors.

On successfully passing the exam, participants will receive the internationally recognized accreditation as Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer. This program has been accredited by the American Institute of Architects and is worth 45+ Learning Units and 28 BPI Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s).

The date is Oct. 9 to 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the exam is Oct. 18.

The Paier College of Art is located at 20 Gorham Avenue, Hamden, 06415.

The Paier College of Art, Inc. is a fully accredited school offering B.F.A. degree, diploma, and certificate programs in Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Photography, and Interior Design. For more information, call 203.287.3031 or visit Paiercollegeofart.edu.

Outdoor Enthusiasts: Create a Plan for Wildlife to Thrive on Your Land

Young BuckWhether your home rests on a small lot or a large woodland, there are steps you can take to create a thriving ecosystem for local wildlife. And if you live on woodlands, you may even consider turning your property into an ideal game habitat.

Deer, for example, could use more healthy land, say experts. There are roughly 15 million white tailed deer in this country, according to Cornell University Statistics – and this explosive population is always looking for a good habitat.

With a little foresight and planning, it’s possible to attract and maintain a healthy deer herd – complete with mature, trophy-class bucks – on relatively small woodland tracts.

“The key to success is providing for a herd’s four basic needs – food, water, cover, and space – throughout the year, by actively managing your woodland with deer in mind,” says Mike Burns, a forester who uses My Hunting Land Plan, a website from the American Forest Foundation that has free land management resources, such as a mapping tool that can be used to mark out features on your land.

But, landowners need to be proactive. Without a hands-on approach, woodlands tend to evolve into low-quality wildlife habitats. With that in mind, the experts at My Hunting Land Plan are offering some tips for creating a thriving home for deer and other creatures.

Discing: Also known as strip disking, discing is disturbing the soil through shallow tillage to stimulate the growth of native grasses and the resprouting of many woody species. It also helps control brush.

Creating openings: Depending on the surrounding landscape and size of your woods, about 10 percent of your forest acreage should consist of openings. Create them by clear-cutting one- to five-acre patches throughout larger forests.

Monitor your wildlife: Trail cams can be a great way to see what you have in your woods and track them throughout the year. Place your trail cams on larger tree trunks in areas where you have seen signs of animals. Be sure to mount it at the height of the animal you want to track.

Managing trees: Removing undesirable trees and cultivating mast-producing ones can help nourish and attract wildlife. Ideally, 20 to 30 percent of your woodland should consist of these fruit- and nut-bearing trees.

Share: If your land is really thriving, show it off by uploading trail cam photos or pictures from your woods, or answer the questions of others within the community “ask a forester” section on the My Hunting Land Plan website at MyHuntingLandPlan.org.

Plan: Advance planning is crucial. Use free resources, such as My Hunting Land Plan’s journal to log your projects. The site’s mapping feature is easy and intuitive to use and can be used to mark out the locations of trail cams, as well as your deer hunting stand.

Anyone with land can create a healthy ecosystem by being proactive – whether the intention is to attract trophy-class bucks to your woodlands or hummingbirds to a small garden.

Photo Courtesy: ©Tony Jewell

Hamden Resident Completes Backcountry Skiing Course

David Wise, 22, of Hamden, recently completed a wilderness expedition traveling in the Teton Valley with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). This past winter, Wise and four other students set out on a NOLS Backcountry Skiing course during which they did not have access to modern conveniences and were challenged to step outside their comfort zones.

On this 14-day winter camping expedition, the students were accompanied by two experts in the field. Wise and his course-mates spent two days refining their skills and skiing powder at Grand Targhee Resort. Heading into the backcountry, students of this course spent 10 days exploring the Palisades Mountains in Idaho’s Snake River Range. Each student pulled a sled with 60 to 70 pounds of gear and food. The students thrived in the winter environment, learning that hard work and a positive attitude make winter one of the most rewarding times to travel in the backcountry. Days were filled with tasks, such as digging snow shelters, cooking meals, and skiing powder. Over 40 inches of snow fell during this expedition and temperatures ranged from 37 degrees Fahrenheit to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, the group traveled 20 miles in a challenging winter environment. Highlights of this course included pulling sleds up the northwest ridge of Thompson Peak and enjoying the intimate group size. Students learned risk management, judgment, outdoor living, and environmental studies lessons not taught in a traditional classroom setting. Wise and his course-mates graduated from their NOLS course competent and responsible wilderness travelers and leaders.

An NOLS education stresses leadership that can be learned and is based on the belief that the outdoors is a challenging environment where students will learn technical skills and about themselves.  Curriculum focused on the NOLS leadership model in a winter environment that included avalanches. Instructors remotely triggered a 33-inch deep hard slab avalanche for teaching purposes. All students on this course received an avalanche awareness or Recreational Level One certification.

Since legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt founded the school in 1965, more than 221,000 students have graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Whether through field-based courses offered in locations around the world or classroom-based courses, the school provides transformative educational experiences to students of all ages. Graduates emerge as active leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills.  Students interested in traveling in the mountains this winter will find similar courses are still enrolling for the upcoming winter. NOLS students looking to escape from cold winter temperatures can learn technical skills such as sea kayaking and coastal sailing with NOLS Mexico.

To discover the NOLS experience or to bring the experience to your business or organization, call Kim Freitas at 800.710.6657 or visit NOLS.edu.

Police Log October 2

Lila Aglan, 19, of Linden Avenue, was charged with Misuse of Plate, Failed to Register Vehicle, and No Insurance.

Shaquetta Christian, 21, of Butler Street, New Haven, was charged with Failure to Appear in Second Degree.

Kerrell McNeil, 21, of Gorham Avenue, was charged with Operating under Suspension.

Rolando P Y-perez, 27, of Butler Street, was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Arrest of Angela Ferraiolo - Burglary in the 3rd Degree

On May 6, 2014 Hamden Police responded to a Mix Avenue residence on the report of a forcible burglary.

Investigation revealed that entry was gained via the front door. Once inside, the individual stole electronic equipment.

Detective Jomo Crawford conducted an investigation. He subsequently submitted an arrest warrant application for Angela Ferraiolo to the court. The arrest warrant application was approved.

On September 29th Ferraiolo was arrested outside of Meriden Superior Court, with the assistance of Meriden Police. Ferraiolo, 35, of 365 New Haven Avenue, Apartment A, Milford was charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Larceny in the 4th Degree and Larceny in the 5th Degree. She was detained on a court ordered $50,000.00 bond.

Police Log September 30

Tierra Shante Garrett, 18, of Shepard Street, New Haven, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Joseph Inigo, 36, of Third Street, was charged with Assault in Third Degree.

Joanna Johnson, 26, of Quinnipiac Avenue, New Haven, was charged with Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Priscilla Johnson, 55, of Goodrich Street, was charged with Failure to Appear in Second Degree.

Police Log September 29

Angela Ferraiolo, 35, of New Haven Avenue, Milford, was charged with Burglary in Third Degree, Larceny in Sixth Degree, and Larceny in Fourth Degree.

Bree Fischer Gooley, 23, of Failure to Appear in Second Degree.

Leba Idamkue, 41, of Helen Street, was charged with No Insurance, Misuse of Plate, Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Following Too Close.

Alex Pearie Lawrence, 22, of Goodrich Street, was charged with Failure to Appear in Second Degree, two counts of Failure to Appear in First Degree, and Violation of Probation

Malachi Angaza Mwando, 34, of Walnut Street, New Haven, was charged with Failure to Sex Offender to Verify Address/Minor.

Burglary - West Helen Street - Residents Asleep

This morning, during the early morning hours, a burglary occurred at a West Helen Street residence, while the homeowners were asleep in an upstairs bedroom.

Investigation revealed that entry was gained via an unlocked rear window. Once inside, the individual(s) stole a pocketbook, as well as house and car keys.

The Hamden Police Department Detective Division is conducting the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sean Dolan at (203) 230-4040.

Police Log September 28

Marvin Howard, 22, of Ella Grasso Boulevard, New Haven, was charged with Operating under Suspension and Traveling Unreasonably Fast.

Yadira Perez, 24, of Judith Terrace, New Haven, was charged with Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle, No Insurance, Misuse of Plate, and Operating without License.

Brendan William Pogoneiski, 28, of Knob Hill Drive, was charged with Larceny in Fifth Degree, Criminal Impersonation, and Forgery in Third Degree.

Police Log September 27

Oberie Obrian Binns, 34, of West Helen Street, was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Assault in Third Degree.

Joseph Wayne Campano, 49, of Williams Road, Wallingford, was charged with Evading Responsibility, Failed to Grant Row Private Road, and Larceny in Sixth Degree.

Leroy Lyons, 25, of Chatham Street, New Haven, was charged with No Insurance and Operating under Suspension.

Lonnie Williams, 25, of Concord Street, was charged with No Insurance, Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Operating under Suspension.

Police Log September 26

Bohdan Seniw, 59, of Parker Avenue, West Haven, was charged with two counts of Failure to Respond/Infraction.