First Choice Health Center’s Countdown to National Health Center Week 2017 Begins

First Choice Health Centers is proud to be a part of the national campaign celebrating Community Health Centers as the Key to Healthier Communities.  The Center is planning a variety of events as part of National Health Center Week (NHCW) thanks in part of our sponsor, OneDigital Health and Benefits. The national campaign runs August 13th-19th with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.

One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers like First Choice Health Centers, serve more than 25 million Americans, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. They have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings;
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent;
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget.

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and opioid addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing health care costs, and reducing chronic disease, health centers have a proud tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

There are NHCW events scheduled across the country, locally, First Choice Health Centers is kicking off NHCW with the Hartford Yard Goats on Saturday, August 12th for an employee & patient appreciation night.  The week’s events will include Cancer Prevention & Treatment education, BMI Screenings, Low Vision Education, Cooking Classes, Prenatal Health Workshop, DIY Container Gardening, STD/HIV/LGBTQ+ Education, Oral Health screenings and dental cleanings, Health Center Advocates and Parents As Teachers Ice Cream Social as well as a program titled “Voices of Recovery” featuring First Choice Health Patients discussing their ongoing recovery from opioid addiction.

For our full schedule of National Health Center Week events visit our website at


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Become our Next Chamber Digital Ambassador


1. Like the CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE page on Facebook, and invite
all of your friends.
2. Join our events on Facebook and invite your friends, promote upcoming activities.
3. Follow the CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’s Twitter and Instagram
page, and invite all your friends.
4. Subscribe to CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’s YouTube channel, and
invite all your friends.
5. Fully understand what CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is all about;
be familiar with our programs, events and opportunities to grow business (we can help
you with that!)
6. Be our eyes and ears, “listen” for how we can better serve our members and the
     community at large.
media pages has, the further our message travels.

Glastonbury Working toward Being More Bike Friendly


Deb Dauphinais, co-owner of Bicycles East in Glastonbury, has been working with the Town of Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department, the Town of Glastonbury Bicycle Advisory Group, and Bike Walk Glastonbury to design and implement a program that identifies bicycle friendly businesses and intends to make the town more bicycle-friendly while supporting participating businesses. Details of the program are as follows:

GLASTONBURY’S BIKE FRIENDLY FACILITY PROGRAM (BFF) Do you have a business or facility and are looking to attract more business and support cycling?  Or are you a cyclist looking to do business in places where you can safely park your bike or for a friendly place to stop during your ride around Glastonbury? Check out the information below to learn more!


Join other businesses and facilities in Glastonbury and become recognized as a Bike Friendly Facility (BFF)! This NEW program recognizes local businesses and facilities that provide amenities to bicyclists. Participation is FREE and the benefits to participation include:

  • A Custom Window Cling to Display
  • Listing of your Business/Facility Online:
  • Show of Community Support
  • Opportunity to Promote your Business/Facility to Bicyclists

In order to qualify as a Bicycle Friendly Facility, you must be able to provide the following amenities:

  • Bicycle parking that should accommodate a minimum of 4 bicycles and be visible from and close to the entrance it serves – 50’ or less is a good benchmark
  • Allow bicyclists to refill their own water bottle at no charge
  • One of the Following:

o             Use of restroom whether bicyclist is a customer or not

o             No public restroom but can tell a bicyclist of one they can use nearby

We can’t wait to see you join our growing list of businesses and facilities already recognized in Glastonbury!

Deb has shared this link for businesses to identify some bike parking options and she welcomes questions.


Cyclists heading out to ride around Town, check out the listing of businesses and facilities that offer these amenities. Please be respectful of any business/facility you visit by removing or wiping shoes with potentially damaging cleats and keeping restrooms neat and clean.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Bicycle Friendly Facility committee members at

Deb can be reached directly at Bicycles East, 331 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury; 860-659-0114, or




Thursday Evenings, 6:00 PM
All shows this year held at the Great River Park Amphitheater,  301 East River Dr.

Held Rain or Shine.  In case of inclement weather concerts are held indoors at the Cultural Ctr, 50 Chapman Place.
Phone: 860-291-7160 

July 6th:  Under Mountain Crossing
Bluegrass sounds & rock n roll!

July 13th:  On Call Band
Classic covers of today’s best hits!

July 20th:  Al Fenton Big Band
Big band sounds of jazz & the blues!

July 27th:  Full Crew
You’ll love the oldies and classics of rock!

Aug. 3rd:  Badlands
Tribute to the hits of Bruce Springsteen!

Aug. 10th:  Soul Sound Revue
The hottest Motown this side of Detroit!

Conn. Physician Assistant Foundation Gets Donation from GoodWorks Insurance for Scholarships

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The Connecticut Physician Assistant Foundation recently received a $2,000 donation from GoodWorks Insurance.

“We thank GoodWorks Insurance for helping assure the future of healthcare in Connecticut,” said Mark Schumann, executive director of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants.

The foundation provides scholarships to students who are enrolled in a Connecticut physician assistant program and state residents attending out-of-state physician assistant programs.

Headquartered in Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance is an independent insurance agency that donates half of its operating profits to local nonprofits that support education, healthcare, and public safety.

GoodWorks Insurance also donates to the foundation 20 percent of its commissions on business and personal insurance policies Connecticut APA members buy from it.

“It’s is a win-win that benefits our members and our foundation,” Schumann said.

Representing four dozen carriers, GoodWorks Insurance shops the market to unearth the best value on personal and business insurance and employee benefits programs.

Connecticut APA members can get more information about the GoodWorks/APA plan by contacting Mary Lynn Milazzo at 800-588-8330 (101) or

Based in Bloomfield, the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants is devoted to representing and promoting the interests of physician assistants. More information is online at

GoodWorks Insurance is one of Connecticut’s top independent insurance agencies, offering personal and business insurance, surety bonds, group health insurance and 401(k) plans. Besides Glastonbury, it has offices in Avon, New Milford and Columbia.  Web:

New Milford VNA Gets Sponsorship from GoodWorks Insurance for June Event


New Milford VNA Gets Sponsorship from GoodWorks Insurance for June Event

“Moonlight, Blues & Barbeque” features live music and great food

Moonlight, Blues & Barbecue, a fundraiser for the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, will be sponsored in part by GoodWorks Insurance, which recently donated $5,000.

“GoodWorks Insurance has stepped up to help make this fun event very successful,” said New Milford VNA Executive Director Andrea Wilson. “They’re model members of the local business community, and serving as a premier sponsor shows that.”

The VNA provides free care to people who aren’t covered by Medicare or other insurance.

An independent insurance agency in New Milford, GoodWorks gives half of its operating profits to local charities that support education, healthcare and public safety.

“We’re proud to support this wonderful community asset,” said James Kick, senior vice president at GoodWorks Insurance.  “I look forward to seeing many of our friends enjoying barbecue and music.”

A night of cool music, dancing, delicious libations and barbecue, Moonlight, Blues & Barbecue will be held at 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., June 23, at Candlelight Farms Inn in New Milford. Tickets are required.

More information is online at Or contact Debbie Matta at or

GoodWorks Insurance is one of Connecticut’s top independent insurance agencies, offering personal and business insurance, surety bonds, and employee benefit plans. Besides New Milford, it has offices in Glastonbury, Avon and Columbia. Web:

New Milford VNA and Hospice serves Danbury, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Fairfield, New Milford, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Warren, Washington, and Woodbury.  Hospice is provided to eligible patients free of charge.   We:

Contact:  Henry Stimpson, Stimpson Communications, 508-647-0705,

Historical Society of Glastonbury invites you to tour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House


Connecticut River Valley Mansion, Welles-Shipman-Ward House,
Open Every Tuesday June 13th – August 29th

Take a step back in time as you tour a Connecticut River Valley Mansion built in 1755.   Every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. throughout the summer, the Historical Society of Glastonbury (HSG) invites you to tour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House at 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury.

As a guest, you’ll be greeted by a costumed docent and given a tour of the 18th century mansion.   The house, originally owned by John Welles, a Glastonbury shipyard owner, features the largest known period kitchen fireplace in Connecticut, gorgeous unique antiques, including one of only two high-back Queen Anne corner chairs known to exist, a 300 year old working loom, and weaving and spinning wheels and much more!

You’ll walk through the backdoor herb garden on your way to tour the beautiful backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, kitchen garden, grape arbor and apple and maple trees. Learn about tobacco farming, and see antique vehicles such as the horse-drawn Buckingham Hearse (c. 1893.) inside our reconstructed tobacco shed.  Inside the White Barn exhibits show the developing technology of the 19th century.  Explore the 200 year-old, English-style bank barn, where you’ll find an array of treasures and tools, a sleigh, and ice making tools that early farmers used that your children will recognize from the movie “Frozen!” The Welles-Shipman-Ward house awaits your arrival.  Admission is $5 for ages 12 and over. HSG members, Glastonbury Partners in Planting and Glastonbury Garden Club members are free. Visit HUwww.hsgct.orUg, HUFacebookU, or Twitter for more information and current updates.