Putting Workplace Safety First… CONN-OSHA Offers Confined Space Workshop

The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) will outline the basic requirements and precautions necessary for a safe workplace during a 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. August 15 Confined Space Safety workshop at the agency’s Wethersfield office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard.

“Anyone working in tight quarters will agree that taking every health and safety precaution prior to the start of any job of this nature is critical,” notes Occupational Safety Training Specialist John Able. “This information is vitally important for anyone engaged in this type of job, or who has responsibility for employees working in confined space environments.”

The workshop includes an open discussion on the basic requirements and procedures as defined in General Industry Standard 29 CFR 1910.146, which covers this topic. According to Able, workshop objectives include:

  • Review of criteria for confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces
  • Description of the hazards that exist in permit-required confined space
  • Steps involved in developing a permit-required space
  • Training requirements overview

Admission to the workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Able at john.able@ct.gov to register or with any questions.

August 7 Family Medical Leave Act Seminar for Employers – How To Avoid Common Mistakes

WETHERSFIELD, July 9, 2018 – Employers are often wondering where to look for straightforward answers when trying to fully understand the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An August 7 breakfast seminar will provide assistance when Heidi Lane and Jennifer Devine, attorneys with the Connecticut Department of Labor, review and answer questions regarding frequently-made mistakes employers can experience when handling FMLA matters.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and the Connecticut Department of Labor, the August 7 seminar will take place at the Labor Department’s Wethersfield office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard. Check-in and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with the presentation and discussion held from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

“Even with the best intentions, it can be difficult for employers to avoid making errors if they don’t fully understand what’s required and the steps needed to comply,” Lane noted. Devine added that participants are encouraged to bring real or hypothetical questions and concerns to the seminar to help ensure an informative, open discussion.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Demystifying common misconception about FMLA
  • Knowing the employer’s rights under FMLA
  • Defining a “serious health condition”
  • Including important information in the employer’s FMLA policy
  • Using the medical certification to the employer’s advantage

Admission for the breakfast seminar is $25. Please visit https://fmlacommonmistakes.eventbrite.com for additional information and to register online.


DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Presented by the East Hartford Summer Youth Festival


The East Hartford Summer Youth Festival will present “DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” on Friday, July 27th at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 28th at 7:30pm and Sunday, July 29th at 2pm. Held at the East Hartford Middle School, 777 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford, CT.

General admission is $15 and Seniors over 61 and children under 13 are $12.  Tickets can be purchased on line at our website at WWW.ehsyf.org. or at the door the day of the performance. Doors open at 7pm.


The story of “DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” is the usual high school dilemma of rivalry, sports and love interests.

Troy Bolton, the star athlete at a small-town high school in New Mexico, falls for nerdy beauty Gabriella Montez at a holiday karaoke party. When they return to high school after winter break to which Gabriella has transferred to, Troy and Gabriella audition for the upcoming school musical together by mistake. Meanwhile, the jealous Sharpay Evans along with her brother, Ryan conspire to destroy their chances. The two must struggle to make it to auditions while also meeting their existing obligations to the basketball team and the academic decathlon. It is a story of love at first sight, high school antics, jocks, cheerleaders and brainiacs together with song and dance.

The production of “DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 423 West 55th Street, NY,NY 10019. Tel(212)5414684.www.MTIShows.com

The book is by David Simpatico with songs by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil; Ray Cham, Greg Cham and Andrew Seeley; Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn; Andy Dodd and Adam Watts; Bryan Louiselle, David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg; Jamie Houston. Music Adapted, arranged and produced by Bryan Louiselle and based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written by Peter Barsocchini.

Please join us for a night of song and dance performed by a talented cast where everyone is a star!



American Eagle Financial Credit Union Contributes $3,250 to Class of 2018, Project Graduation Programs

Project Graduation Radio Remote PhotoEAST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – American Eagle Financial Credit Union awarded the graduating class of 2018 at 13 high schools with a $250 contribution to each of the school’s Project Graduation Program, totaling $3,250.

The schools included Bloomfield, Cromwell, East Hampton, Manchester, East Catholic, Plainville, RHAM, Southington, South Windsor, Tolland, Vernon/Rockville, and West Hartford (Conard and Hall).


“The Credit Union is a long-time supporter of Project Graduation initiatives and an advocate of financial education for young adults,” said Credit Union President & CEO Dean Marchessault. “We congratulate the Senior Class of 2018 and send our best wishes as they embark on college and enter the workforce,” added Marchessault.

Live Radio Remote to Promote Financial Literacy for Students

KISS 95.7 FM held a live radio remote with DJ Jagger to promote financial literacy on July 2nd from 3-7p.m. at the Credit Union’s South Windsor branch. This was the culmination of “Graduation Week” in which students could bring a copy of their diploma to any AEFCU branch and get $50 into a new or existing Checking account. A $25 Graduation Gift offer is ongoing for Class of 2018 high school and college graduates.

About American Eagle Financial Credit Union: AEFCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut. It is the largest community credit union in Connecticut with 13 community offices, 135,000 members, and $1.6 billion in assets. The Credit Union offers banking services to everyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school and businesses in Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, and Tolland counties in CT. Employees of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft founded the Credit Union in January 1935. Member deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. government agency. For more information, visit www.americaneagle.org

Priam Vineyards Kicks Off Its 2018 Summer UnWINEd Concert Series on July 13


Michael Cleary Band to Provide Live Entertainment

Priam Vineyards of Colchester kicks off its 2018 Summer unWINEd Concert Series on Friday, July 13 from 6pm to 9pm with a concert featuring the Michael Cleary Band performing an array of original music styles from rock, blues, pop, country and funk. Food will be sold onsite by Mystic Oyster Company, Pizza Pixie and the Whey Station.

Summer unWINEd outdoor concerts are scheduled through the end of August. The 2018 line up so far is:

July 13 – Michael Cleary Band (Blues, Rock, Groove to top 40)
July 20 – Ramblin’ Dan Stevens (Folk & Blues)
July 27 – Nightshift Band (Rock & Blues)
August 3 – Shaded Soul Band (Big Band to top 40)
August 10 –  The 70’s Project (Dance & Party, 70’s Music)
August 17 – Frank Viele (Pop, Motown, Soul, Jazz & Classic Rock)
August 24 –  Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios (Americana / Rock / Latin)
August 31 –  Mixed Signals (Rock & Blues)

Concert tickets are $14 advance purchase and $16 at the gate. Advance sale tickets are available online until noon the day of the concert at: www.priam-vineyards.com/connecticut-outdoor-concerts. Ticket orders of 10 or more receive a 10% discount with the promo code: SUMMER18

Priam Vineyards is a solar-powered winery and sustainable vineyard nestled in the Salmon River Watershed area on the Connecticut Wine Trail at 11 Shailor Hill Road off Route 149 in Colchester, CT. Its thirteen international award-winning wines are estate grown, blended, bottled and cellared on premises. The vineyard is a popular site for weddings, corporate events, and is a year-round getaway for wine tastings, concerts, family outings and picnics. Priam’s outdoor summer concerts offer live music, wine, food and sunset in the vineyards. Picnics and dancing are welcome.


July 18 CONN-OSHA Trenching & Excavation Workshop Offers Guidance for Worksite Safety

Employees in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) will sponsor a 10 a.m. to noon July 18 Trenching & Excavation workshop at the agency’s Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield.

According to CONN-OSHA Occupational Safety Training Specialist John Able who will facilitate the session, the proper excavation process will be discussed, the necessary skill level to do this type of work, and an overview of federal guidelines – 29 CFR 926.650-652.

“Studies show that excavation work is one of the most hazardous types of work done in the construction industry,” Able notes. “The primary concern in excavation-related work is the cave-in; these are much more likely to be the cause of fatalities compared to any other construction-related accident.”

Admission to the event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Able at john.able@ct.gov to register, additional information, or if special accommodations are needed.

Max Chef to Farm: Savoy Road Show


Savoy Road Show. The Shiny Lapel Trio Band. Craft Brews. Local Wine. Lawn Games.

It’s July. It’s hot. Catch a breeze and enjoy some brews down at the farm. Savor Savoy Pizzeria & Craft Bar with farm fresh ingredients and other tasty surprises. Sample local craft beers and spirits. Show off your #cornhole skills and hear fine tunes by The Shiny Lapel Trio. Sunday Funday – Savoy style.

Tröegs Independent Brewing
Connecticut Valley Brewing Company
Collective Arts Brewing
Citizen Cider
von Trapp Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Finch Beer Co
New Holland Brewing Co.
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Relic Brewing Co
SweetWater Brewing Company
Back East Brewing Company
…and more to be announced soon!

Adult ticket price is $59 and all-inclusive except for Eventbrite’s processing fee. Ticket price includes 1 tasting glass, 2 oz. pours of some of the best beers in the region, plenty of food, yard games, and good music. Cash bar available for wine & cocktails.

Non-Beer Drinker/Under 21 Ticket price is $30 and all-inclusive except for Eventbrite’s processing fee.

We have provided a time frame for this festival – come when you wish. Limited seating and tables are available under our tent; lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. A valid driver’s license or government issued I.D. is required for entry for Adult ticket holders and no outside beverages may be brought to the farm. Max’s Catering and/or Rosedale Farms reserves the right to restrict or deny service of alcoholic beverage at their discretion.

Due to the type of events, tickets are non-refundable; however, if you cannot attend, you may transfer your tickets to someone else.

If you would like to purchase using Max Vantage points, please contact Ali Constable at 860.566.8360 (Monday through Friday).