by State Representative Joe Gresko, District 121
by State Representative Joe Gresko, District 121
The Farmers Market will continue its tradition of starting early on Labor Day so everyone can get the freshest food for their family meals on Labor Day.
The market will start at 10AM! The Gazy’s will hold down the fort until 5PM. The rest of the team will be there mostly until 2PM.
CARE’s September meeting on will be on Wednesday, September 1st at 7 p.m. Each month CARE discusses issues that affect and concern our community and how we’re able to enact change that benefits us all.
September is Suicide Prevention month, and our guest speakers are Giovanna Mozza, MSW, Director of The Hub, a program of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) and Tammy Trojanowski, Director of Community & Senior Services for the Town of Stratford.
Please Join Us:
Topic: CARE Meeting September 1, 2021
Time: Sep 1, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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CARE’s August meeting focused on continuing education. Guest speaker Omar Livingston, Director of Financial Aid of Housatonic Community College, presented “What You Need to Know About Financial Aid”.
Omar has been working in financial aid for close to 20 years. He has experience working in both private and public institutions. Omar is passionate about education and helping students and families achieve their educational goals. He often volunteers for events that promote financial aid awareness and access.
Prior to working in higher ed, he worked in the banking and mortgage industry. Omar was born in Jamaica, grew up in Stamford and attended Stamford Public Schools. After graduation he attended Norwalk Community College and then received his Bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus in New Haven.
Livingston led the discussion and shared Minorities and College Preparedness, Covid Impact, Financial Aid presentation. Members thanked Mr. Livingston for his informative presentation and grateful for the thoughtful discussion and suggestions.
Points of Interest
Students from high schools that qualify for federal aid because they enroll large numbers of low-income students are significantly less likely than their peers to have applied for aid to attend college, and students from high schools with large minority populations are almost three times less likely to have applied. Suburban students are significantly likelier than their urban or rural peers to have applied.
Normally FAFSA completion is almost a group affair: high schools or community organizations hold “financial aid nights” or attach FAFSA completion workshops to college fairs or other events for students who might be headed for college. And many high schools embed financial aid counseling and other forms of postsecondary readiness support into their broader advising activities, most of which happens in person during the school day.
Beyond those practical impediments, experts on financial aid and disadvantaged students cite evidence that some of them are deprioritizing college-going amid competing demands to work or take care of family members, and that “even in a normal year, those students are going to need more support and encouragement to navigate the college-going process” than their wealthier peers do, said DeBaun.
If they aren’t already doing so, schools and community groups should be conducting virtual college visits and having financial aid counselors conduct virtual seminars. “Now is the time,” DeBaun said.
And given how many colleges and universities are feeling the enrollment pinch more than ever right now, it’s incumbent on them to ramp up their outreach efforts in their big high school feeder districts to encourage FAFSA completion.
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by Lori Scala
Community Outreach Program
When some of the board members of the Old Lyme Sound View Beach Association, Inc. (SVBA) recently had solar installed on their homes, they realized that there were more benefits than just saving money on their electric bills and having a positive impact on the environment.
They also discovered a fundraising opportunity to have solar panels put on the roof of the Shoreline Community Center, which is sponsored by the SVBA. The center’s bills for electricity in the summer run about $400 a month, which is much too high for a non-profit organization. To lower the electric costs year round, the board wanted to install solar panels on the center’s roof. This would be a huge expense for the SVBA as the center is a commercial building and not eligible for federal residential grants.
In support of the Shoreline Community Center’s fundraiser, Trinity Solar offered to give the SVBA $100 for every homeowner that has an appointment in their home with one of their solar experts. If Trinity installs solar on their home, no matter what town it is in, the center will receive $1,000.
Stratford Forward is one of the partners that Trinity is working with to not only educate the homeowners in our community on the benefits of solar but, to help support local projects that everyone can benefit from.
Stratford Forward is focused on creating a blueprint for success by bringing people together to learn from each other in order to improve our community.
They are committed residents of Stratford who are non-partisan and believe in building a foundation of trust. We do this by listening to each other, creating consensus, holding forums, securing expert consultations and driving change one issue at a time.
Stratford needs a vision and a master plan – we have a great opportunity for the town to redesign itself and create a thriving future.
With this partnership, for anyone that is considering solar and signs up through the custom link below, Trinity donates funds for the appointment, whether you go solar or not, and for the installation, if you choose to move forward and have panels installed.
The Solar process is simple:
• Click on this link and fill in your information
•Someone from the Trinity Community Outreach team will call to ask a few qualifying questions and set up your personal appointment.
•If Trinity can help you save money and your home qualifies for their no cost solar program, they will make sure that they are with you every step of the way.
There is no commitment for signing up. Only the benefit of finding out more from a company that, not only has been in business for many years but, is also supporting our community.
If you would like to speak with someone before signing up through the link, you can contact the community outreach team at 800-655-2500 or speak to our Regional Account Executive directly at 203-895-8968.
Together, Trinity Customers Are Making A Difference.
39,875,424 – Trees Saved
5,983,985,169 – Miles Not Driven
5,316,548,916 – Pounds of CO2 Reduced
Figures based on EPA calculator – https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator
by Sterling House Community Center
Sterling House is sponsoring a Women’s Lacrosse Pick-up league for women and High school girls (ages 16+) Pick Up Lacrosse Games will play at Penders Turf Field.
Brought to you by Co-Directors Sarah Stevens (Stratford High School Girls Lacrosse Coach) and Stephanie LeBlanc (PAL Coach and Lacrosse Official).
Bring a pinnie, goggles, stick, and a willingness to meet fellow women’s players and have fun on the field. Games will be on Monday Nights , July 12th – Aug 9th, 6:30 – 8 pm Registration will be $55, and *Goalies are Free!!
Contact Catherine Proto for additional information: email@example.com.
Calling all Sterling House Community Center families (SHCC), friends, fans, athletes, campers, preschoolers, After Schoolers, and volunteers!
March in the Memorial Day Parade with us in your favorite SHCC gear! Whether it’s your SHCC baseball cap, soccer jersey, or an event swag item, we want to see you showing off your SHCC pride with us!
We can’t wait to march with you! — Please RSVP
Brought to you by Stratford Forward, a 501(3)c nonprofit dedicated to building the Stratford community.