Community News For The East Hartford Edition

FBLA Students Host Successful Toy Drive

EAST HARTFORD — The Future Business Leaders of America at East Hartford High School live up to their name. The students organized a successful toy drive in December of last year. Using donations of toys and money from staff and students at EHHS, as well as approximately $150 from a two-week bottle drive campaign they organized, the FBLA collected and purchased 332 toys to donate to local children.

Clearly surpassing their goal of 250 toys, the students loaded the gifts into two police cruisers, one driven by EHPD Officer Sullivan, who was personally involved in Santa's delivery of these toys.

Students created a storefront window promoting the toy drive and spoke to merchants, staff members and students to drum up volunteers and donations. FBLA members who participated are Leon Agyeman, Naomi Boisette, Eleusis Brito, Lauren Crooks, Jaizmyn Eschoe, Maddie Gay, Phobe Inthichack Michael Lachnicht. and Shannon Reilly. Special thanks to teacher Theresa Graziola for guiding and supporting the students. Pictured in the photo are Shannon Reilly, Maddie Gay, Eleusis Brito, Jaizymn Eschoe and Leon Agyeman.

Actors Sought

EAST HARTFORD — The rejuvenated Cue & Curtain Players will be hosting auditions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, for their production of the comedy, "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," by Neil Simon. The available roles are for one man and three women.

Auditions will take place on the first floor of the East Hartford Community Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. The production will be presented April 7, 8 and 9. Rehearsals will be three times a week, to be determined once the cast is set.

The story: Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married nebbish, wants to join the sexual revolution before it's too late. A gentle soul with no experience in adultery, he fails in each of three seductions: Elaine Navazio, a sexpot who likes cigarettes, whiskey, and other women's husbands; Bobbi Michele, an actress friend who he discovers is madder than a hatter; and Jeannette Fisher, his wife's best friend, a staunch moralist.

People auditioning will be asked to read from the script and fill out an audition form. People interested in working front-of-house or backstage can stop in and inquire on details. Anyone working on the production will need to become a member, at a cost of $20. Anyone with questions may call 312-450-9854 or email msrussell64@yahoo.com.

Breaking Bad Habits Workshop

EAST HARTFORD — Breaking Bad Habits, a workshop with Kadam Eve Arias, will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Odiyana Kadampa Buddhist Center, 36 Main St.

Attendees will hear about the source of habits and addictive behaviors and learn how to deal with them skillfully. The workshop will include guided meditations, practical advice and time for discussion and questions. All are welcome to attend. No experience is necessary.

Cost to attend is $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at www.meditationinconnecticut.org/habits. For more information, contact info@odiyana.org or 860-266-6041.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

EAST HARTFORD — January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month; a time to highlight cervical cancer, treatment and screenings. First Choice Health Centers is proud to offer affordable PAP testing at our Women's Health Center located at 110 Connecticut Boulevard. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, HUSKY, private insurance as well as uninsured patients and offers a sliding fee discount program. For more information or to book a Cervical Cancer Screening call 860-528-1359.

Event Schedule:

Spanish Speaking Nutrition Class: Jan. 10 and 25 at 1 p.m.

Diabetes Class: Jan. 12, at 4 p.m.

Yoga: Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. Only 10 spots available. Call 860-528-1359, ext.168 to RSVP.

Family Literacy: Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. at East Hartford Public Library; 840 Main St.

All our community events are free at the second floor conference center, 110 Connecticut Boulevard, unless otherwise noted.

Jazz & Wine

SOUTH WINDSOR — Quintessential, a student-organized and directed jazz combo of five from the Hebron RHAM High School, for Friday Night at The Wood: Jazz & Wine, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St. The snowdate is Saturday, Jan. 28.

Quintessential gives their own flair to the jazz classics of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and other greats. The talented band members from local towns include Garrett Masotti on piano, Olivia Knightly on bass, Jacob Ouellette on drums, Aaron Ouellette on trumpet, and Paul Tamburro on trombone.

Cassidy Hill Vineyard, a local Coventry winery, will provide a sampling of their well-rated wines for tasting. Light refreshments will be served.This event is for adults only. Pre-registration is required. The fee for this event is $15 per person or $25 per couple, payable in advance to Wood. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa or MC.

To register, call (860) 289-1783 or visit the library on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Honor Society

EAST HARTFORD — The Tucker Blake chapter of the National Honor Society at East Hartford High School proudly inducted 38 new members. Including the new inductees, NHS at EHHS totals 66 students. Pictured here is new inductee and junior, Lina Flores.

The new inductees are: Priscilla Agyei, Leon Agyeman, Lorenzo Alexander, Shenelle Amoy Anderson, Isis M. Bravo, Jenna Bucki, Tazhana Charles, Jack Corcoran, Lauren Crooks, Jadah Daley, Tyfany Carolina Fabian, Sarah Fletcher, Lina Flores, Heather Good, Kewan Tyrese Green, Cristian D. Guerrette, Johnson Minh Hoang, Ryswick Innocent, Tasnim Islam, Jason Jara, Paola Andrea Jimenez, Efua Koomson, Michael Lachnicht, Ryan Lam, Alyssa Simone Lawrence, Sean Michael Malin, Thomas Maragnano, Jalitza Ckylise Mathews, Leana Megan Mauricette, Bridget Nortey, Payal Patel, Kenia Hendlesha Pochette, Hannah Rivera, Rojaun Brandon Samuda, Logan J. Satalino, Hung Tu, Valeria Alexandra Ulloa, and Luz Vargas.

New To You Thrift Shop

EAST HARTFORD — New to You Thrift Shop, 70 Canterbury St., is a partnership between the East Hartford Senior Services Division and the Friends of the East Hartford Senior Centers, with proceeds directly benefiting East Hartford senior adults through the senior center. Call 860-569-5659 for details.

CoDA Meets Tuesdays

EAST HARTFORD — Co-Dependents Anonymous, CoDA, is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from co-dependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. The local CoDA meetings are on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1120 Silver Lane. Call Dan at 860-836-6566 for details.

Mental Illness Support Groups

EAST HARTFORD — The Manchester affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold a support group on the first Thursday of the month at the Crossroads Community Cathedral, 1492 Silver Lane, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This group is for family members and friends of the mentally ill only. Call Sandra at 860-461-6695 or Karen at 860-649-5659.

Dean's List

GREENVILLE, S.C. — East Hartford resident Bradley Shepard, a sophomore communication major, was among approximately 900 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2016 dean's list. The dean's list recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester.

Business Person Of The Year

EAST HARTFORD — The Connecticut River Valley Chamber Of Commerce has selected Mark Scheinberg, founding president of Goodwin College, as East Hartford's Business Person of the Year. Mr. Scheinberg has provided the leadership and financial support to convert a private career school into a nonprofit, four-year collegiate institution and has committed himself to serving the broader community. He has served on the board of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, since 2005 and served as its' chair from 2010 to 2011. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Connecticut Council of Independent Colleges and Connecticut Campus Compact. He has also served as president of the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce and on the International Board of the Young Presidents Organization. This organization recognized him in 2009 with the International Legacy Honor Award.

Mr. Scheinberg also received the 2009 DreamMaker's Award from My Sister's Place, the 2011 Paul Harris Award from the East Hartford Rotary Club, and the 1997 Distinguished Service Award from the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce. In April 2012, the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Chairman's Award for his contributions to the East Hartford community. In addition, Mr. Scheinberg was named one of Greater Hartford's 50 Most Influential People of 2009 and 2010 in Hartford Magazine. In 2011, the Hartford Business Journal honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Beginner Fly-Tying Classes

EAST HARTFORD — Connecticut Fly Fisherman's Association Beginner Fly-Tying Classes will be held Thursdays Jan. 5 through Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Cabela's, 475 East Hartford Blvd. Fees include all materials and one on one instruction. a free one year CFFA membership will be included for all non-members with paid class. Adults accompanying paid youth may take class at no cost. Adults - $50 Non-Members: $40 CFFA Members: Youths 16 and Under - $30. Class size limited to 20 persons. Contact Peter at flyon054@outlook.com or 860-620-2317, or Richard at fishing_retired@att.net

ECSU Awards Scholarships

WILLIMANTIC — Kassandra Agosto and James Doucette, of East Hartford, were among the recipients when Eastern Connecticut State University recently hosted its annual Scholarship Reception in the Fine Arts Instructional Center. The event brought together major ECSU Foundation scholarship donors and their respective student-recipients.

Local Students Selected

HARTFORD — Twelfth graders Michael Fydenkevez, Jalitza Mathews, and Colin Schleicher and ninth graders Alicia Barco, Adonis Cardona and Owusua Ennin, of East Hartford, are among the recipients of 2016 CHET Advance Scholarships. 2016 is the fourth year of the CHET Advance Scholarship program, which awards $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors and initial $2,000 scholarships to freshmen. The freshmen have the opportunity to receive an additional $500 if the student's family saves $500 in a CHET account by the time the student goes to college.

Birth Announcement

Manchester Memorial Hospital

Jordan Shakur, son, to Shakyra Slater and Jordan Johnson, of East Hartford, Nov. 21.

Through The Eyes Of Love

MANCHESTER — Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., will present Jason Castonguay's "Jason in Concert: Through the Eyes of Love," a pipe organ and piano concert taking place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22.

Castonguay, 37, has been blind since birth. The musician grew up in Bristol and now resides in Manchester. He won a local Connecticut Idol competition, which advanced him to an audition of "American Idol" in Las Vegas. Additionally, in 2005, he won a spot performing with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $8 for students; and free for children under age of 5. There is a snow date of Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. For more information, contact 860-647-9941.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary, training is provided and classes begin in mid-January. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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