Monday, March 26, 2012
Hamden Dems, GOP choose delegates this week
for the 11th and 17th State Senate districts, and for the 94th State Representative district.
For more information, please contact HDTC Recording Secretary Joseph McDonagh by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 203-676-6271.
Labels: Political conventions
Happy Birthday, Fred
Monday, March 19, 2012
Camp fair coming...
Saturday March 24, 10:30 – 1 PM
Labels: Camp Fair
Friday, March 9, 2012
Two theater offerings in Hamden this weekend
A talented cast of young performers in 2nd - 8th grades will be performing the junior version of Bugsy Malone, directed by Jared Andrew Brown, this weekend, March 8-11 at The Square Foot Theatre in The Hamden Plaza. Call 203-464-8212 to reserve your tix and for more information. Saturday night's performance is a special benefit featuring the band Saville Row. BYOB and light food served. Raffles too.
And, the Whitney Players Theater Company is doing Footloose. Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m. are the last shows. Tickets $18, general admission, $15 students/seniors. Call 203-314-8599 for info on the show directed by Cindy Simell Devoe.
St. Baldricks at North Haven Middle School
Labels: North Haven St. Baldricks
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Altman new PZC chair in Hamden
Altman replaces Joseph McDonagh, who chose not to run again for the commission. Altman was vice chair for two years. Previously, she chaired both the planning and zoning sections of the commission. The commission changed its bylaws in 2009 and to streamline activities, abolished the sections, and now meets as the entire Commission twice a month.
Altman said she wanted to be chairwoman because she has to be someone an institutional memory of the commission's actions; she has seniority on the commission and she has a thorough understanding of Robert's Rules of Order. "In addition, I served on the Sub-Committee that rewrote the Zoning Regulations and, in fact, I copy-edited the entire document as part of my effort to familiarize myself with all the details. Election to Chair seemed to flow naturally from my prior six years of activity on the Commission," Altman said..
Her goals are:
* Complete transparency - so that all members of the Commission and the public have access to all the information that we use to make our decisions;
* Development of the public's understanding of the legal limits to the Commission's authority.
" I recognize that it is a great honor to be elected the first woman Chair of the Commission and I hope that I shall live up to the confidence placed in me by my colleagues on the Commission," she said.
Brack Poirier, Peter Reynolds and Michele Mastropetre opposed her election.
Gambardella new RTC chairman in Hamden
Monday, March 5, 2012
Hold on to your wallets, clean up your streets
At a meeting of the Legislative Council Monday night, Chief Administrative Officer Curt Balzano Leng reported that Mayor Scott D. Jackson and he are on the "19th cut" of the proposed budget, which Jackson will present to the council on March 15.
Leng said that between department requests, increases in medical self-insurance and needing to reserve a "reasonable amount" for the severely underfunded pension fund, there was a "minimum of $25 million" requested in the original budget calculations.
That would mean taxes would go up 6 mills, but folks ... don't get nervous... you won't see that number.
Leng said town officials are doing what they can to reduce the figure. "A lot of things are on the table. Potential department reorganizations, various ways to reduce medical self-insurance and a variety of pension solutions in order to get a sound budget that stabilizes finances without overtaxing residents."
Also Monday night, residents of southern Hamden returned to the council to keep their needs front and center. Residents who live on streets from Mill Rock Road to Goodrich Street attended for the second month to tell council members they need help on their streets. From potholes to bad sidewalks, to blight, they want town officials to pay attention.
"My street floods terribly. The sidwalks are busted up," said Norma Gorham of 331 Mill Rock Road.
Gloria Faber said she was concerned about who owns the land behind the Mill Rock condos because it is eroding. She also complained that it doesn't seem as if the cars belonging to visitors of the ball field across the street from her condo get parking tickets, yet she got one.
Other residents made other comments and Councilwoman Kath Schomaker, D-5, said that she has kept track of what they and others said during a recent visit to the neighborhood. She forwarded that list to Leng, who also said that the town has gotten some work done in the neighborhood, but more has to be done.
No insurance? Need a colonoscopy? How's this?
As a result of last year’s 30-in-30 program, we performed 30 free screening colonoscopies, removed over 47 polyps, 7 precancerous polyps, diagnosed diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and hemorrhoids. This proved to be a successful program for all patients and allowed our providers to give back to their community.
As of March 1
Colon Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Early detection can increase the rate of survival. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country and third leading cause of cancer death. While early screening has reduced the incidence of colorectal cancer, the ACS estimates that about half of the eligible population has not been screened.
"As gastroenterologists, we see how colorectal cancer dramatically affects the lives of people regardless of race, sex, or socioeconomic status. We know that there are safe and effective ways of preventing this disease starting with screening. At a time of record unemployment, there are many people who will not be screened due to loss of their health insurance," said Philip Jaffe, MD and Managing Partner of Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut, P.C. "Unfortunately, delays in screening can lead to devastating consequences for many families that are already suffering through extremely difficult times. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and a good time to address this growing problem. We are pleased to be able to provide this service and are also indebted to the Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut Pathology Laboratory, Milford Anesthesia Associates, Dr. George Yavorek, The Hospital of Saint Raphael, the Departments of Pathology and Radiology at Hospital of Saint Raphael and the Department of Anesthesiology at Hospital of Saint Raphael, who have all agreed to provide their ancillary service including pathology interpretation, surgery, radiology, hospitalization and other services free of charge."
Mark B. Taylor, MD and Managing Partner of Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut, P.C. adds, "Our physicians already provide healthcare to many uninsured and underinsured patients through our work in the clinics at the Hospital of Saint Raphael and this program is a natural extension of these services. It is our sincere hope that by doing our part to help people in the community we can have a positive impact on their lives."
For more information about our program, please contact Michele at (203) 281-4463 x5171. st, 2012 the physicians of Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut, PC, and anesthesiologists of Milford Anesthesia Associates are donating their time and facilities again in Hamden and Guilford to perform 30 free screening colonoscopies to help those in our communities who are without health insurance.
Friday, March 2, 2012