Saturday, November 22, 2014

Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society - Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy Drive

Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society - Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy Drive
Thursday, December 11, 5:30 p.m.
 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Middletown
Socialize with other young professionals, and brighten the holidays for Middletown kids and teens!
Please help us fill a cruiser by bringing an unwrapped gift for a student in grades k-12. Last year, you helped us collect more than 500 toys! Let's help make the season brighter for even more kids this year!
Wrapping paper donations also accepted.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be available, and happy hour drink specials available all night.
No time to shop? No problem. Credit, debit, and cash donations will also be accepted, and volunteers will go shopping the next day!

Cat Tales presents... Cats of the Week!! BLUE and BOOTS ~ URGENT!!

Cat Tales
Cats of the Week


Names: Blue & Boots (bonded pair)
Gender: Males
Breed: Russian Blue & Domestic Short Hair
Color: Gray & B&W
Age: 12 years old

BLUE and BOOTS are a bonded pair who’s owner went into hospice so it is URGENT we find them homes ASAP. Blue is loving and cuddly. Boots is nervous at first, but slowly comes around for petting. Both need a home and family that will love them for the remainder of their lives. They are indoor-only and LOVE their BIG scratching post. These kitties eat, sleep, and play together morning, noon and night. (No Dogs, No Children). 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Buttonwood This Weekend

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center offers a wide range of music this weekend with Reggae/Folk on Saturday and a Jazz quartet on Friday. Due to the request of folks who work in the City but live outside it, TBT is now offering more concerts on Fridays that will start earlier. Folks may now stay in the City after work - have some dinner at one of our numerous restaurants, enjoy a show and still be home by 9:30 (if they wish to)!

Medusa | A Jazz Performance

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm   $10

Performers include Jocelyn Pleasant on drums, Matt Dwonszyk on bass, Orice Jenkins on piano, and Corey Hutchins tap dancing.

Jocelyn’s jazz drumming draws inspiration from a range of styles, from Charlie Parker to Miles Davis. Talented collaborators on bass, guitar, and percussion will join her to present jazz that is both creative and expressive.

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Aligned with Source Workshop — Gratitude

November 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm   $5 minimum suggested donation

One simple word ….. a wealth of Grace

A Workshop – Aligned With Source: Hosted by Annaita Gandhy
A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, Annaita is experienced in applying varied healing modalities to a
wide range of situations. In these inter-active workshops, Annaita seeks to empower, sharing her deep
understanding of life, holism and spirituality, enabling you to rise above life’s challenges, live a healthy,
fulfilled & confident life.
Life is never easy and change must come from within. In today’s environment of hardship, ill-health,
corruption and inequality it is often difficult to see the Light. The purpose of this workshop is to
empower you to see yours.
Be the change you wish to see. All you need is Willingness.

"Get your groove on"

November 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

$10.00 General Admission/8.00 Students & Seniors

Gypsy Reggae
HannaH: Vocals, guitar
Bongo Bliss: Drums, bass, vocals

HannaH’s Field is a gypsy reggae duo and created their unique style when
the two came together living in Portland, Oregon.  They’ve opened for
Gov’t Mule(members of the Allman Brothers), Derek Trucks, and Donna Jean
of the Grateful Dead.

Secret Sage is a fresh and earthy acoustic group from central MA whose
lively rhythmic tunes are sure to get you moving! These five utilize a wide range of musical styles, from reggae to traditional folk.


 The Buttonwood Tree is located at 605 Main St. 860-347-4957

Thursday, November 20, 2014

‘Tis the Season! Wesleyan University Orchestra Spreads Holiday Cheer (Nov. 22)

CFA Arts Administration Intern Chloe Jones ’15 talks to Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, Isabel Csete ’18, David Lopez-Wade ’18, and Rachel Rosenman ’17 about the free Wesleyan University Orchestra concert taking place on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall, in this entry from the Center for the Arts blog
Winter is in the air, and the Wesleyan University Orchestra is here to usher in the holiday season. This Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall the Orchestra will perform an evening of popular holiday classics.

Free and family friendly, the concert will feature music from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival, Mykola Leontovych’s Carol of the Bells, and an orchestral suite from Disney’s Frozen.
Directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, the Wesleyan University Orchestra is comprised of students, faculty, and members of the Middletown community. Together they are a group of roughly 50 musicians.

“It’s a really friendly atmosphere,” said violinist Isabel Csete ’18. “Everyone is here to have fun and to do what they love.”

This is the Orchestra’s second concert of the semester, and markedly different from their first, which featured a selection of movements from several large-scale symphonic works of a more serious tone than the holiday tunes of this Saturday’s concert.

“I want my students to be able to learn all styles and genres of music,” said Professor Potemkina. “You have to play The Christmas Festival at least once in your life as a performer in a symphony orchestra. It’s a staple of the popular repertoire.”

“It’s songs we know,” said clarinetist Rachel Rosenman ’17. “And it’s fun to sing along.”
Ms. Potemkina will invite the audience to sing along during The Christmas Festival, a collection of famous carols.

Alongside these holiday oldies is a suit from Disney’s recent film Frozen, released in 2013.
“There are a lot of different characters in Frozen, and you hear them in the different songs we play,” said Ms. Rosenman. “All of their voices come out in the music.”

Frozen is really fun because it’s so new,” said clarinetist David Lopez-Wade ’18. “Everyone knows it.”

“It’s a cheerful concert,” said Professor Potemkina.

What better way to kick off the holiday season?

International Men's Day, November 19th

"Today is International Men's Day. It can be a great feminist cause," writes Ashwin Murthy in the Washington Post.  

Read the entire article at

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

World Record Attempt by MxCC Staff Member on December 5

Stationary cycling reaches a whole new level at Middlesex Community College as Trenton Wright, MxCC’s coordinator of institutional advancement, attempts to set a new world record for “Farthest Distance on a Static Cycle.”  The spinning, which begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 5, on the second floor of Chapman Hall, will also be a fundraiser for the MxCC Foundation which supports academics and student achievement at the College.  To be successful, Wright must cycle non-stop until 3 p.m.  The event, which is open to the public, will be photographed, videotaped, and witnessed for verification by the official Guinness World Record organization and the World Record Academy.  Results from the World Record Academy will be several days, while results from Guinness will be approximately 12 weeks.
Wright has been training for this record-setting event since August working out on a prop spin bike at home, at the Middletown Y and at Super Fitness in his hometown of North Windham, Conn.  As a former Division III cross-country and track athlete at Eastern Connecticut State University, he is familiar with the discipline and extreme dedication a physical endeavor such as this requires.  “It won’t be pretty and it won’t be easy,” he said.  “But world records seldom are.”
As this will be Wright’s second attempt to set a world record for stationary cycling, he has titled the effort “Unfinished Business.” Last year he tried to set the 12-hour world record, cycling for 187 miles.  Although unsuccessful at setting the record, he raised more than $2,800 for the MxCC Foundation. He hopes to outdo both performances this year – and remove one item from his personal bucket list.
Pledges or donations (cash or check) to the MxCC Foundation can be made the day of the cycling event, or sent by mail to: MxCC Foundation, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457.  Online donations using a credit card, PayPal account, or checking account can be made by clicking on the “PayPal Donate Now” button at (add “Spin-A-Thon” in the special instructions box).  An ALS ice bucket challenge will immediately follow the event.
The Guinness World Records ( is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement, first created as a result of the inquisitiveness of Sir Hugh Beaver, chairman of the Guinness Brewery in Ireland. The annual Guinness World Records book, which was first published in August 1955 is the best-selling copyrighted title of all time. Applying and attempting a record is free and, although the company receives more than 1,000 applications a week, fewer than 5% ever become a Guinness World Records title.
The World Record Academy (, based in Miami, Fla., is the leading international organization which certifies world records, based on unlimited categories. The group has the world's largest online database (text, photos and videos) of more than 2,300 world records, along with the largest off-line database of more than 250,000 world records.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ RIFKA

Cat Tales  
Cat of the Week!!


Name: Rifka
Gender: Female
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Color: Black & White
Age: 10 years old
I've been bounced around 4 foster homes since my owner passed away. I have 2 brothers, Shalom and Shimon. I'm a very beautiful, sweet girl who's quiet and won't cause you any trouble. I like to play and love to be pet. I need time and patience to adjust to a new home but I'll be a wonderful companion. I am overwhelmed here at the shelter  - please adopt me! (No Dogs/Children)

Friday, November 14, 2014

After Thought.

Voter Turnout Was High In Middletown

64% of Middletown's 19,565 registered voters cast a ballot in last week's midterm elections, according to numbers from Denise Merrill, the Secretary of the State.

Our city's percentage turnout ranked 54th among the roughly 160 cities and towns that have reported their election results to the Secretary of the State's office.

However, we recorded the highest percentage among the 30 municipalities with the largest number of registered voters, barely edging Southington.

This was the first governor's election in which residents could register to vote on election day. Middletown had 407 election day registrations, second only to New Haven's 616.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

MxCC Foundation Elects New Officers and Members to Board of Directors

The Middlesex Foundation Board of Directors elected new members and officers for the 2014-2015 year during its Annual Meeting held on October 28, at Middlesex Community College’s Center for New Media.


Newly elected officers include Mary Anne Cox as chairman, H Brian Dumeer as vice chairman, Jay Keiser as treasurer, and Julé Crawford as secretary. Cox and Dumeer will be exchanging their roles from the previous year, while Keiser and Crawford are serving a second term in their officer roles.


“It's an exciting time at Middlesex with new programs like the Health and Life Sciences initiative and the Center for New Media offering new opportunities for students,” said Cox. “Newly completed building projects have transformed the campus environment and we have new Board members and corporators joining the Foundation. My hope is that this renewed energy will help us raise the funds needed for student scholarships as well as the latest instructional programs and technology that will provide students with an exceptional educational experience, academic success, and expanded career and transfer opportunities.”


Cox worked as assistant chancellor of the Connecticut Community College System for more than 24 years, working in communications to increase support for the mission of community colleges among the public, community, business and government leaders. She also is involved with the Connecticut Public Access Network (CPAN), and the Florence Griswold Museum. Dumeer is a partner with Carlson & Dumeer, LLC, in Middletown. He is actively involved with the Middlesex United Way, The Young Leaders Society, and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. Keiser is a retired real estate broker. He has served on the Middletown Board of Education, where he was chair of the budget committee, and as president of school Parent/Teacher Associations. Crawford practices family law in Middletown, and is a graduate of MxCC and the University of Connecticut School of Law.


Three members were also elected to the Foundation Board of Directors, serving terms until 2017: Robert Olson, DVM, owner of Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital and Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center; Rick Morin, CPA at Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski; and James Probolus, an independent management consulting professional.  


Elected as a new Faculty Representative to the Board is Rebecca Loew, MxCC assistant professor of behavioral sciences, who will join Judith Felton, faculty representative and professor of human sciences and psychology. Student Representative Tyquan Crump remains on the Board as well.


For more information on the Foundation’s Mission please visit

Aligned with Source Workshop — Your Health in Your Hands

November 15, 10:30am-12pm. $5 minimum suggested donation.
Your Health in Your Hands
Healing Modes, Divination Systems & Earth’s Bounty are all at your fingertips. How do they work? What
does this mean and how much do you trust? A brief overview of some of the wonders that abound.

“Beyond Visible” with Scotty Giffen and Emily Zeitlin

 November 15, 7-9pm. Free
Meditative photographs created by Emily Zeitlin and Scotty Giffen will be on view at the Buttonwood Tree, Main St, Middletown from Nov 15 2014
Techniques range from captured moments in nature to multi-layered images which invite the viewer to interact with the photographs.
The duo have an extensive background in light and color play as one time professional stained glass artists.
Zeitlin and Giffen have studied and participated in many forms of healing arts. Zeitlin is a Reiki master; Both Emily & Scotty have received, researched and participated in vibrational sound journeys, meditation and Tai-Chi. Their quest to receive and share this healing lead them to become enchanted with the tranquility and beauty found only in Nature. The displayed works reflect the spirit of Nature.
The community is also invited to attend a uniquely meditative experience – the viewing of a DVD containing several videos created by the artists accompanied with various forms of healing music.