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Giving Service Dogs a Good Start

Guiding EyesFor more than half his life, a Hamden man has been helping raise puppies that grow up to become service dogs. Joshua Elliott volunteers with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which is inviting other area residents to take part in the effort.

Elliott is 29 and currently raising Hermione, a puppy who was a year old in August. He says the “raisers” main job is to socialize the pups and prepare them for their professional training. “She (Hermione) needs to be able to settle for long periods of time and not be distracted.”

He and his mother raised their first puppy when Josh was around 11 and was being homeschooled. Mom Mary Ellen Stearman remembers “wanting to combine something he was interested in with giving back to the community.” Their service continued when Josh attended Hamden…

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Whitneyville Fall Festival

It’s September and time to “Fall in love with Whitneyville” — again. The Fourth Annual Whitneyville Fall Festival is back, bigger, and more exciting than ever. Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free festival will feature more than 60 local artists, artisans, and businesses offering their wares, services, and information. The music performed by local musicians will be lively,…

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Finding Your Rhythm

Chris & ShalaIt’s nice this time of year when summer vacations are over, kids are back in school, autumn is on the horizon, and life begins to have a rhythm again. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and the change and spontaneity it brings to life, but there is something comforting about the regularity and predictability of weekly children’s activities and work routines that makes life seem to flow a bit…

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Hamden Fire Department Acquires New Rescue Vehicles

Fire DepartmentThis is the first of the Hamden Fire Department’s three new Rescue vehicles, a Ford F350 pickup. It was placed in service Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Station # 4 (Memorial Town Hall Fire Station). The vehicles were purchased through the Town’s Capital Projects Plan and replace three 2007 Ford F550 high mileage diesel Rescue vehicles. The Fire Department Rescue vehicles are the busiest in the fleet,…

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Seventh Annual Pizza Fest Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s

New Haven County’s pizzerias will be serving up slices of their tastiest, handmade specialty pies in Hamden at the Seventh Annual Pizza Fest Fundraiser, Saturday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, Conn. Chapter.

Atria Larson Place, 1450 Whitney Ave., will host this event for pizza lovers. For a $10 donation, participants may…

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Chamber Hosts Pie Eating Contest

Pie Eating ContestSeptember 10, The Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce and Hindinger Farm hosted a Business After Hours to kick off Restaurant Week. As a highlight, five attendees took part in a pie eating contest. The goal was to eat a three pound blueberry pie with their hands behind their backs. “It was a sight to see. What troopers. They will never look at blueberries again the same way, I’m sure,”…

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Dave Says

Dave SaysCash Wedding on a Budget

Dear Dave,

I’m getting married soon, and my fiancée and I together have saved about $9,000 for our wedding. Right now, we’re doing really well on our budgets and almost always have money left over each month. Should we use the extra money to continue paying down our debt, or is it okay to use it for a few wedding incidentals?

—Nathan

Dear Nathan,

I love the…

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Adopt a Pet: Mr. Snow

Mr Snow

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Amity Physical Therapy Provides Pre- and Post-Race Therapy for Runners

Amity4In the recent high-attended New Haven Road Race (with some 7,000 runners), Amity Physical Therapy again helped runners with pre- and post-race therapy in warmups and cool downs.

Michael Dow, MSPT, and his staff of therapists were on hand for the popular New Haven event.  Amity Physical Therapy was the title sponsor in the Kids Run and delivered free onsite therapy to runners of all ages.

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