HomeFront offers free home repair for low-income families

HomeFront is looking for residents in need of home repairs for its upcoming 32nd annual repair blitz in spring 2019. Interested homeowners must apply before Nov. 16 in order to be considered for help in the 2019 season. HomeFront offers help with faulty windows, doors, steps, railings, leaky roofs, painting, plumbing and electrical needs at no cost to qualifying, low-income homeowners. Help is available throughout most of Connecticut, as well as Westchester County, New York. All inquiries are kept confidential. Information on how to apply for help, how to volunteer for HomeFront, or how to make a donation can be … Read more

Hartford HealthCare to acquire St. Vincent’s Medical Center

St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport has signed a definitive agreement with Hartford HealthCare (HHC) for HHC to acquire substantially all of the assets of St. Vincent’s and its related operations. The transaction is subject to required governmental approvals. St. Vincent’s, with more than 3,200 associates, includes a licensed 473-bed community teaching hospital, a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, a large multispecialty provider group, and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. St. Vincent’s is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system. “We are delighted to have reached an agreement whereby St. Vincent’s associates, physicians and volunteers will continue … Read more

Bridgeport Rescue Mission thanks community for funds to replace cooler

Bridgeport Rescue Mission is grateful for the community’s quick and generous response to their urgent call for funding for a new walk-in cooler when their aging unit failed. The cooler is vital to the Mission’s food outreach program, which provides three meals daily to as many as hundreds men, women and children in their emergency shelters and long-term programs and to low-income individuals and families in the community. The unbudgeted expense for the project, which includes the cooler, a concrete foundation and associated installation costs, totaled approximately $40,000. “When the community learned of this pressing need, our friends and partners … Read more

Operation Fuel preparing for winter energy assistance program

Despite relatively mild temperatures, Operation Fuel is already preparing for its winter energy assistance program as more than 300 people attended its annual Energy Assistance Conference Tuesday, Sept. 25. Operation Fuel held the meeting in partnership with Eversource Energy and Avangrid subsidiaries: United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas. There were representatives from fuel banks throughout Connecticut and several state agencies at the conference along with staff from Operation Fuel and the utilities. The energy assistance conference focused on the availability of energy assistance and various programs that the utility companies have to help lower- and moderate-income households … Read more

Interest free loans available to help seniors and disabled

In The Senior Housing Assistance Fund (SHAF) provides interest free loans to income eligible people who are 60+ or disabled for the purpose of obtaining and/or remaining in safe, affordable housing. The funds can be utilized for security and utility deposits, moving expenses, furnace or roof repairs and renovations. The borrower determines the repayment schedule. SHAF was established by the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and is managed by SWCAA in the following towns: Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton. For more information and application assistance, contact Nancy Lombard at the SWCAA, 203-814-3671. Brochures also are available … Read more

Bankwell collects supplies, donations to benefit local shelters

Katina Wargo, Animal Control Officer at Stamford Animal Control & Care Center with Bankwell’s Lynne Gomez (left) and Lucy French

Earlier this year, as part of the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project, the bank held a drive throughout its branch network to collect pet supplies and cash donations through its coin machines for local rescues in need.  As a result of the drive, Bankwell is sharing the supplies — and has matched the cash donations — to give a total of $2,500  to local shelters, including Animal Haven, ROAR, STARelief and Pet Assistance, Stamford Animal Control, Red Leash Rescue, Strays & Others, PAWS in Norwalk, One More Dog Rescue and WASA.  Bankwell is in the second year of its Pet Adoption … Read more

St. Vincent’s receives AHA Quality Awards for stroke and heart failure

St. Vincent’s Medical Center recently earned four Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association for 2018. Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with       Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll These awards recognize St. Vincent’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Hospitals must achieve 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75% or higher compliance with seven of ten Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality measures to … Read more

Beardsley Zoo kicks off campaign to reduce plastic waste

In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo announced that the Peacock Café has replaced its plastic straws with paper straws, and has replaced single-use plastic food containers and utensils with more sustainable options. Food containers are now 100% biodegradable. Providing sustainable solutions is in keeping with the Zoo’s commitment to wildlife and conservation efforts, including an active role in protecting the environment.   Assistant Guest Services Manager Peter Gordon has been challenged to find sustainable alternatives to plastic products at the café, an ongoing effort that will result in additional future changes. Gordon located … Read more

Redding Small Business Circle launches meetups

The Mark Twain Library Small Business Circle is launching  its first meetup, Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Redding Roadhouse. The meetup is an opportunity to meet and get to know other small business professionals in a casual setting. “This is a new, monthly event,” said Joey Davey, chair of the Small Business Circle. “After a day of working we want you to get out of your home or office, come down to the Roadhouse, and relax while you chat with fellow business owners. No registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards or … Read more

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