Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bear In Westfield

From the Middletown Police Department
A 2006 Waterbury Bear,
From The Hartford Courant 

On October 21 there was a black bear sighted roaming the Westfield area. If you see a bear do not approach it. It is a wild animal, please leave it alone. Stay inside a building or vehicle until it leaves the area. Remember to secure any bird feeders, gas grills, garbage cans and any other food sources. Please refer to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection web site for further information about black bears.

Monday, October 20, 2014

WESU Record Fair Sunday!

Get excited for WESU’s Fall Record Fair! You’ll find dozens of vendors from across the Northeast, selling tons of vinyl, CDs, posters, T-shirts and more. There will be live WESU DJs and plenty of WESU gear and records, on sale to support WESU.

The record fair will take place on Sunday, October 26th from 11am-4pm in Beckham Hall, at 55 Wyllys Ave. on the Wesleyan University Campus Middletown, CT 06459. Limited vendor space is still available. Email Lee Berman (lberman@wesleyan.edu) if you want to rent a table to sell your merchandise.

Cleaning out your shelves but can’t make it to the event? Please consider donating your records for WESU to sell to aid in our fundraising efforts. Come support the station and invite your friends! Why? You can’t scratch an MP3.

ABOUT WESU 88.1FM Currently celebrating its’ 75th anniversary, WESU is one of the oldest non-commercial radio stations in the United States. By day, Monday through Friday, WESU offers a diverse mix of news and public affairs from NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local media sources. Week nights and weekends WESU student and community volunteer broadcasters provide a freeform mix of creative music programming featuring music not readily available elsewhere on the radio.

The station currently broadcasts at the frequency of 88.1 FM from its 6,000-watt transmitter located atop the Wesleyan University science tower in Middletown, CT with a potential to reach over one million listeners throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. WESU also streams audio, online through their website www.wesufm.org.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Registration opens Oct. 27 for Thanksgiving Baskets in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN – Registration begins Oct. 27 for Middletown families to apply for a basket of Thanksgiving food from the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project.

The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project was established four years ago to ensure that all Middletown families who couldn’t afford to purchase a Thanksgiving meal could still enjoy a feast on Thanksgiving. The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project will assemble baskets of food for more than 800 families this Thanksgiving.

Registration for Thanksgiving baskets will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. at Amazing Grace Food Pantry, 16 Stack Street, starting Oct. 27 through Nov. 21.

Those who wish to register must provide proof of Middletown residence and identification for each family member. Acceptable proofs of residence are utility bill, driver’s license or state identification, lease agreement or rental receipts. Acceptable forms of identification are driver’s license, birth certificate, medial card, or DSS or housing listing. No social security cards will be accepted.

Baskets will be available for pick up Tuesday, Nov. 25 between noon and 3 p.m. Families of two or more will pick up baskets at Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Road. Individuals will pick up baskets at Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

This project is supported by many generous local businesses, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, civic groups, and individuals. It is funded in large part by the Middletown Rotary Club.

The planning committee for the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project includes representatives from the City of Middletown, Cross Street AME Zion Church, Fellowship Church, Heritage Commons, Liberty Bank, Liberty Bank Foundation, Middlesex County Community Foundation, Middlesex Hospital Volunteer Services, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Kiwanis Club, Middletown Police Department, Middletown Public Schools, Middletown Rotary Club, St. Luke’s Community Services, St. Vincent De Paul Middletown/Amazing Grace Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, Wadsworth Glen Health Care Center, and Wesleyan University.

Monetary donations are being accepted to purchase necessary food and non-food items essential to this effort. If you wish to contribute, checks can be made out to “Rotary-MCTP” and sent to MCTP, c/o Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Rd., Middletown, CT 06457. For more information about volunteering or contributing a donation, please contact Lara SantaMaria at Fellowship Church at 860-346-1181 or MCTP2013@yahoo.com.

Runners and Walkers Invited to MxCC Foundation's 4k, 5k AND 10k Scholarship Race October 25

The popular MxCC Foundation Scholarship Road Race has been revamped for the October 25 race date to feature new 5k and 10k running courses along with a return of the 4k walking course. All races for this fundraising event begin at 10 a.m. in the lower parking lot on the MxCC campus in Middletown, and all courses travel through wooded areas, farmland, and along local reservoirs.  Registration forms, which are available by visiting www.mxcc.edu/roadrace, can be submitted anytime online, by mail or in person on race day (beginning at 8:30 a.m.).  Entry fees range from $15 to $30 depending on the race, with discounts available for MxCC students and faculty.   

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cat Tales - Cat of the Week - MIA - Call or email to adopt this sweetheart today!

Cat Tales
Cat of the Week!!


Name: Mia
BreedDomestic Short Hair
AgeLess than 1 year old
"I'm a very sweet and little affectionate girl I love to be pet, love attention and play. I like to be held and cuddled and would love to have a warm bed to sleep in next to you. I'd make a wonderful addition to your home and family. Please take me home with you!"
Please call Cat Tales at (860) 344-9043 or Email: info@CatTalesCT.org to inquire about Mia!

Free Computer and Electronics E-cycling on October 22

Middlesex Community College will hold a free “Computer and Electronics Recycling Event” in the lower parking lot at 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown on Wednesday, October 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Nearly anything with a cord or battery will be collected including computers, monitors, laptops, modems, toners, printers, fax machines, telephones, cables, server racks, Walkmen, and iPods (no air conditioners, washers/dryers, refrigerators, light bulbs, or household batteries).  Green Monster e-cycling of West Hartford will dispose of all materials in an environmentally friendly manner.  This event is offered in conjunction with Connecticut’s statewide “Public Higher Education Make a Difference Week.”  Donations help fund the Computer Club’s project to build and give away a computer to a needy MxCC student.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Margaret Roach to Speak on Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days

The Middletown Garden Club Welcomes Margaret Roach to the
Community Health Center, 675 Main Street
Thursday, October 16th, at 7 pm

Expressions commonly heard each September like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret Roach. She has worked for more than 20 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. Meet the plants and the philosophy that make it happen, delivered with a dose of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo.”  Margaret Roach, after 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, now writes the nationally acclaimed blog A Way to Garden (dot com) and is author of the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” about walking away from “success” for a quieter life lived closer to nature. 
Her newest book, “The Backyard Parables” (published January 2013) blends garden memoir and how-to advice. “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said of it: “As a passionate, hopeful and often self-delusional gardener (the only kind of gardener there is!), I loved this gorgeous book. Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.”
Suggested Donation: $10

Dr. Bernie Siegel to headline Arts and Aging Symposium November 7

The Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM and Middlesex Community College will be co-sponsoring a “Symposium on the Arts and Aging” on Friday, November 7 at the Community College. The event, which will run 2:30 – 6:30 pm, is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker at the Symposium is Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of the best-selling book “Love, Medicine and Miracles”. His talk is entitled “Grow Young With Me.” Bernie is globally influential on the use of painting and visualization in the treatment of cancer patients. In 2011 he was honored by the Watkins Review of London as one of the top twenty Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet. Bernie is an iconoclast who will be certain to challenge the assumptions of everyone in the room about how the arts can play a role in the lives of aging people and their caregivers.

Dr. Bernie Siegel

The afternoon will continue with a session of workshops, followed by a Panel Discussion with artists and scientists on the effects of aging on artists and the benefits of the arts to the aging.

Workshops will include “Memoir Writing” with writer and teacher Sari Rosenblatt, and “Sharpening the Aging Brain” with actor, storyteller and teacher John Basinger. Symposium participants will have the choice of attending one of the two workshops.

Sari currently teaches fiction writing at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT.  Her work has been published in many literary journals and received many prestigious fiction prizes. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Green Street Arts Center, as well as memoir writing at the Continuing Studies Program at Wesleyan.

John, who is eighty years old, played the title role in ARTFARM’s production of King Lear this summer. He is Professor Emeritus of Theater and Sign Language at Three Rivers Community College, has appeared in many films and was a long-time performer with the National Theater of the Deaf.  John has memorized and performs Milton’s Paradise Lost in its entirety, and uses physical and mental memorization techniques to keep his aging brain sharp.

The Panel, which will be moderated by Judith Felton, MxCC Professor and Coordinator of the Human Services Program at the College, will bring together artists, scholars and scientists to investigate the Arts and Aging. The audience will be invited to engage in an active dialog with the panelists, and the Symposium will culminate in a wide-ranging community discussion on how aging effects artistic people, how creativity and artistic expression can serve as antidotes to depression, loneliness, memory loss and other challenges of aging, and how the arts can serve as tools for persons working with aging populations.

Panelists include Neely Bruce, composer, pianist and Wesleyan University Music Professor; Donna Fedus, Gerontologist and Coordinator of Elder Programs at The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine; Carolyn Kirsch, actor, director and former Broadway performer; Carlos Hernandez-Chavez, a painter, musician, and Arts and Humanities Policy Development Consultant; and Wendy Black-Nasta, founder of Artists for World Peace

The afternoon will end with light refreshments and an opportunity to network informally with panelists, presenters and other attendees.

ARTFARM is a Middletown-based non-profit which cultivates high-quality theater with a commitment to simple living, environmental sustainability and social justice. Since 2006 ARTFARM has been presenting professional Shakespeare in the Grove on the MxCC campus each summer. The “Symposium on the Arts and Aging” is the culminating event of “The Lear Project”, a series of public talks and events around Aging held in association with this summer’s production of King Lear.

The Symposium will be held in Room 808 in Chapman Hall at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. The event is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to pre-register by emailing info@art-farm.org.  This Symposium is intended for artists, students, caregivers and anyone coping with the challenges of getting older. For more information, write info@art-farm.org, visit www.art-farm.org, or call (860) 346-4390. 
Photo below by Bill Dekine shows John Basinger as Lear and Marcella Trowbridge as Cordelia in ARTFARM's July, 2014 production of King Lear.

MxCC Shines Spotlight on Public Service October 19-25

In an effort to show solid support for our community, Middlesex Community College is rallying to make an extra effort to volunteer time and talent during Connecticut’s statewide “Public Higher Education Make a Difference Week” taking place October 19-25.  The College is reaching out to students, faculty, staff and supporters to take time out to collect food for the needy, help children with homework, and clean the environment. 

This campaign is part of a statewide program to celebrate and promote civic engagement while developing students’ citizenship skills, forging community partnerships and integrating service learning and volunteering at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities. The week-long initiative includes more than 50 projects around the state, and culminates on October 25 which is “National Make a Difference Day.”

Specific MxCC volunteer opportunities include:

  • FOOD DRIVESMxCC’s students and faculty are sponsoring a week-long food drive for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown from October 19-24. Bins for the non-perishable food items will be on campus in Snow Hall, rm. 508, Wheaton Hall, and the Student Activities office. Volunteers are needed to pack up food and deliver to the food pantry on Friday, October 24. MxCC’s Meriden Center will also conduct a week-long food drive and a school supplies drive. 
  • SOUP DINNER – Volunteers are needed to help serve and clean up at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Dinner on Thursday, October 23 from 4 – 8 p.m. at St. Francis Church in Middletown.
  • E-CYCLING – The MxCC Computer Club is bringing back Green Monster e-Cycling for another free collection of old or unwanted electronics for zero-waste recycling.  The all-day event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 22. 
  • AFTER-SCHOOL HELP – Volunteers are needed all week for the Green St. Arts Center’s Discovery AfterSchool Program located on Green Street in Middletown to serve as snack time assistants, teaching assistants, and homework helpers for students.
  • INVASIVE SPECIES CLEAN-UP – MxCC’s Student Environmental Association for Sustainability, in concert with the Middletown Conservation Commission, seeks volunteers to assist with clean-up of invasive species on open land in Middletown on Thursday, October 23 from 2-5 p.m. 

For more information, or to participate in any of these events, please visit http://mxcc.edu/ctmakeadiff or http://ctpublicsmakeadiff.org. Please follow MxCC’s volunteer activity on Twitter using #CTpublicsmakeadiff or follow posts to Instagram and Facebook at CTmakesadiff.org.