Volunteers Sought for Shoreline COVID Vaccine Clinics

posted by Robbin
January 25, 2021

The East Shore District Health Department is working with its three member towns, Branford, East Haven and North Branford, plus Guilford and Madison, to open vaccination clinics for people 75 and older, and is looking for volunteers to help staff them.

It’s calling the volunteers — who also will be vaccinated — the Shoreline Medical Reserve Corps.

Volunteers will assist older residents with online appointment registrations, administrative clinical support staffing and providing assistance from medically-trained residents to offer vaccinations to people who qualify for vaccination under the state’s schedule, said Health Director Michael Pascucilla.

“Our intent is to work with all five towns and put this infrastructure in place to serve our residents, 75 and over,” he said. That will be extended to residents 65 and over in a few weeks, Pascucilla said.

“Many of our senior residents will need assistance with computer access and vaccine appointment registration into the Federal Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS), communications as well as transportation to and from the vaccine clinics,” the department said in a release.

“If you are looking to help, we are asking potential volunteers to please go to the CT Responds website — ctresponds.ct.gov,” the release said. “Once you are registered, you will receive further instructions on the volunteer orientation and loyalty oath.

“This will enable a volunteer to work in their town, or surrounding communities, to volunteer at the senior’s clinics and other COVID related response activities,” it said. “This is an excellent opportunity to give back and assist your community, family, friends and neighbors.”

People who volunteer at the COVID-19 clinics will be offered the vaccination as they will qualify under the State’s Phase 1a priority group, the release said.

“We want to do a soft rollout,” Pascucilla said Friday. “So … we have a clinic scheduled in each town. Monday is Guilford, Tuesday is North Branford, Wednesday is Branford, Thursday is Madison and Friday is East Haven.”

In most cases, the clinics will be in local senior centers, Pascucilla said.

The East Shore District department also is coordinating the clinics in Guilford and Madison because they also are members of state Mass Dispensing Area 21, which includes all five towns, he said.

“Our plan is to do something like this every week — based on supplies,” Pascucilla said. “Our goal is to have 20 volunteers from each town.”

That will include 10 vaccinators, who will be chosen from nurses, LPNs, EMTs and paramedics who apply, plus 10 volunteers to act as support staff, he said.

Nurses and LPNs will do initial training at the clinic, while EMTs and paramedics also will do online do online state training, Pascucilla said.

As of now, the state has prioritized people 75 and older to receive the vaccine. Those people have options as to where they can receive the vaccine after registering on the VAMS system, the release said. The state also will allow people 65 and older to receive the vaccine in February as vaccination supplies increase.

Until people receive their vaccinations, “we really need people to follow the rules” so they can stay safe and keep other people safe, Pascucilla said.

Article by Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register: Sun. Jan 24, 2021 mark.zaretsky@hearstmediact.com

Time for a snowball fight at Madison Arts Barn to bring warm wishes, raise funds

By Sarah Page Kyrcz, New Haven Register, Sunday, January 24, 2021

Are you ready for a snowball fight?

Whether there is snow on the ground or not, you may get hit and unlike those cold spheres that fly across your yard, these snowballs are going to make you feel warm inside.

The Madison Arts Barn, also known as The Barn, has started a “warm wishes” snowball fight where hot cocoa bombs, hot cocoa critters and a hot cocoa “snowglobe” are being exchanged instead of icy cold snowballs.

Orders can be placed by visiting madisonartsbarn.org.

“For $5 I can put a smile on my nieces’ and nephews’ faces and it’s totally worth it,” said Susan Wivell, who sent hot cocoa bombs.

Each order has a personal message attached and is hand delivered to Guilford, Madison, Killingworth and Clinton.

The project will continue through the winter, with special items for Valentine’s Day.

“It’s fun, it’s cute,” said Robyn Klaskin, The Barn’s co-director. “People are very excited when I deliver them.”

The hot cocoa bombs are $5 or $12.50 for three. They are made with a white chocolate melt shell and has cocoa mix and mini marshmallows inside. Once immersed in hot water or milk the bomb opens and mixes into a yummy hot chocolate drink topped with marshmallows.

The Cocoa Critters are creatively packaged hot cocoa, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to make a hot cocoa treat. These are $8 for a four-pack.

The hot cocoa “snowglobe,” which includes a mug and one cocoa refill is currently sold out. They hope to offer this shortly.

There is also a “pay it forward” option. The Barn is working with Youth and Family Services to deliver the treats to families in need.

“I think it’s a really great organization and a service and venue that’s all put together,” said Wivell.

“I grew up in Madison, been a Madison resident for 30 years now and I just really love to ‘Love Your Local,’ as they say,” she added. “Supporting local things during the pandemic has been really important and I also thought it was a super adorable fundraiser.”

The Barn is a small non-profit inclusive youth center that services youth and their communities with a focus on the arts. Their mission is to empower young people to pursue their interests and passions and to encourage a sense of community through creativity, music and the arts in a safe and supportive environment.

The Barn is financially stressed due to the closings and reduced capacity limits that were necessary due to the pandemic, explained Klaskin.

“We’ve had a very difficult time since COVID hit and so we’re trying to think of some creative ways to make money that will maybe put some cheer out into the community, as well,” she said. “It’s going to help us sustain during these difficult times.”

Wivell, a teacher and mother, is excited to participate in this project at a time when the youth need a pick-me-up.

“I know the kids are going through a lot right now, with in school, out of school, hybrid, this that and everything and so, I kind of felt like it’s a fun little time of the year, Christmas is over. I thought it would put a smile on their faces to be like, ‘Oh, my Gosh Aunt Sue — Sue sent me a cocoa bomb!’ ”

The Barn, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, 203-245-2689; madisonartsbarn.org; Facebook The Barn

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Relax in the comfort of your home with the ones you love and enjoy our Virtual Valentine Series!
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Thursday, February 11, 8:30pm 
Start your Valentine’s Weekend with this special “LATE NIGHT” edition of our popular signature fundraising event inviting adults to enjoy a night out – while staying in – with a virtual program featuring:
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  • Curated party box of beverages (including ingredients for cocktail demonstrations) and small snack bites
  • Link to the streaming event
  • Musical entertainment from rising Broadway stars 
  • Cocktail demonstrations from Ordinary and other surprises!
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Job Openings at Daily Nutmeg

posted by Robbin
January 23, 2021

Jobs at Daily Nutmeg

Daily Nutmeg, a smart, influential email publication highlighting good and interesting things in the New Haven area, is looking for talented people to come work with us! Scroll down to view current and potential openings.

Note: Daily Nutmeg is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or any other arbitrary standard.

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Freelance Editorial Contributor

Compensation: Fee per story plus approved expenses.

Responsibilities: Develop, write and photograph high-quality feature stories, working closely with editors.

The ideal candidate:

• has a strong command of the English language;
• is an exceptionally engaging and ambitious writer, with a nose for rooting out interesting narratives;
• maintains the highest journalistic standards;
• is proficient with a DSLR camera (though we’re willing to train);
• communicates efficiently and effectively behind the scenes;
• hits deadlines;
• grasps Daily Nutmeg’s unique editorial approach; and
• resides in New Haven, CT, or very close by.

To Apply: Using the subject line “Freelance Contributor / Daily Nutmeg,” please email the following materials to Dan Mims, DN’s editor, at hi@dailynutmeg.com:

• an in-email statement explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position;
• 2-3 relevant writing samples, between 600 and 1,000 words each;
• 4-5 story ideas you think DN should pursue, with a brief pitch for each;
• 4-5 photography samples, if you have them; and
• your resume.

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Advertising and Marketing Manager

Commitment: Full-time.

Compensation: Commensurate with demonstrated experience and proven sales ability. First-year pay will be a combination of salary plus commission on net collected sales revenue.

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• is self-starting and personable;
• emphasizes client satisfaction and develops lasting client relationships;
• actively prospects;
• communicates efficiently and effectively; and
• handles proposals, contracts, ad materials, etc. in a timely fashion.

To Apply: Using the subject line “Ad Sales / Daily Nutmeg,” please email the following to hi@dailynutmeg.com:

• a statement regarding your interest in the position;
• your current resume including software fluency and contact information; and
• a list of 8 to 10 advertising clients you think would make strong prospects for Daily Nutmeg.

Join the Step Up Connecticut Team

Step Up Connecticut is the effort to enlist everyone who is healthy, and able to help to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Volunteers and flexible staff are a critical part of how we can ensure that our residents have access to what they need.

We’re counting on residents to step up to become substitute teachers, volunteer at testing sites,  work in a variety of roles in nursing homes or hospitals, distribute food to those who need to stay home – and more.  

It’s important to know that we don’t just need medical volunteers and staff. We need everyone who can help – and we’re counting on you. 

Please, explore the opportunities below – and join the team today. 

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