Tessa M. Jordan, CPA Elected Partner at Nicola-Yester

Tessa Jordan, CPA of Nicola Yester photo.JPGThe partners of Glastonbury accounting firm Nicola Yester & Company, P.C. are pleased to announce the election of Tessa M. Jordan as a firm Partner.  Tessa joined the company in 2011 and focuses her practice in accounting and auditing services for privately held businesses primarily in the construction, manufacturing, professional service, healthcare and retail services industries.

Tessa received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Eastern Connecticut State University and her Master of Science. in Accounting from Western New England University.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA), Professional Women in Construction, the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, and Associated Builders and Contractors and its Emerging Leaders Group.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Three Rivers College Foundation and Eastern Connecticut State University Employer Advisory Board.

Kelser Charity Challenge Raises $17,500 for Hospital for Special Care Center for Memory

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Kelser Corporation President and CEO Barry Kelly presented a check for $17,500 to Hospital for Special Care President and CEO Lynn Ricci on behalf of the Kelser Foundation and participants and sponsors of the Kelser Charity Challenge.

The golf tournament held last fall at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, fundraised for a new center for memory disorders at the New Britain-based Hospital. Donations continued to come in over the months following the tournament, so the funds were finally totaled and delivered this month.

“With Kelser Corporation’s support and generosity, we will be able to make significant strides in advancing the development of the Center for Memory Disorders,” said Lynn Ricci, FACHE. “Our team of neuropsychologists is developing a comprehensive protocol that incorporates the most effective evaluation and treatment techniques and will help to enhance community resources for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurocognitive disorders.”

The Center for Memory Disorders will provide neuropsychological evaluations to offer differential diagnosis of neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia and help individuals and families distinguish between these disorders and the normal aging process. The center will expand resources to provide treatment for behavioral and cognitive difficulties, helping individuals and their families adjust after a diagnosis of dementia.

“The work Hospital for Special Care does to treat unusual and difficult cases is just phenomenal and inspirational,” says Kelly. “All of us at Kelser truly admire their unique approach to medicine and are thrilled that we can help expand their work with patients experiencing memory disorders.”

Kelly’s brother Bruce founded Kelser and is currently living with Alzheimer’s. Several other members of the Glastonbury technology consulting firm’s team have loved ones affected by the disease.

The 2018 Kelser Charity Challenge will take place on September 18 at Indian Hill and continue to support the Hospital for Special Care’s Center for Memory Disorders. For information about sponsorships or to be notified when registration is open, contact Lisa Carroll lcarroll@kelsercorp.com or (860) 610-2220.

About Kelser Corporation and the Kelser Foundation

Since 1981, Kelser Corporation has helped organizations achieve their goals through technology. Based in Glastonbury, Kelser is proud to assist a wide variety of organizations in the Northeast—including some of the largest companies in Connecticut—in using technology to move their businesses forward. Kelser’s experienced team of technology consultants understand their clients’ businesses as deeply as the products and services Kelser provides. The result is technology that works on behalf of businesses, not the other way around.

Kelser is extremely active in volunteering and philanthropic activities contributing more than $900,000 and countless food items, man hours, and articles of clothing to those in need over the years. In 2011, the Kelser Foundation was created to expand and formalize these service efforts. In addition to the Kelser Charity Challenge, Kelser is the 2018 presenting sponsor of Manchester Community College’s Evening of Fine Wines and a sponsor of the Travelers Championship for the past 25 years, among many other events and initiatives.

More information: https://www.kelsercorp.com/kelser-foundation/

“Connecticut Made” presented by Cynthia Parzych

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The Historial Society of Glastonbury (HSG) brings you “Connecticut Made” presented by Cynthia Parzych, on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:30pm at the First Church Congregational, 2183 Main Street in Glastonbury.   This is the second of four free presentations open to the public which the HSG sponsors throughout the year.

Join Connecticut native Cynthia Parzych and learn about the spiritual “road trip” she took while researching and writing her book Connecticut Made: A Unique Guidebook to Local Resources and Cottage Industries. Learn about creative craftsmen, artisans and entrepreneurs that reside in Connecticut and what motivates their loyal supporters. This talk will inspire you to take your own road trip to visit local businesses, discover local history and have fun finding out what goes on in Connecticut.

About Cynthia Parzych

Born and educated in Connecticut, Cynthia Parzych is a writer, book publisher, editor and professional chef.  She lives in Glastonbury where she runs her publishing company and a food business. She utilizes the produce grown on her property and sourced locally to make sauces, soups, pesto, pickles, vinegars, jams and marmalades all sold from her house and farm stand.  This presentation is FREE and open to the public.  Parking is in the rear of the Church. Come in the bottom rear door or the side door facing the driveway.  Phone 860-633-6890 or visit www.hsgct.org for events and more information.

GOODWILL OPENS EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR CONNECTICUT’S LARGEST CAREER EXPO

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Today, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut announced that Early Bird Registration for the Get Hired Hartford Career Expo is now open. Get Hired Hartford is the state’s largest public job fair, attracting nearly 80 employers and 2,000 job seekers in 2017.

“Helping people find meaningful employment is central to Goodwill’s mission,” said Vicki Volpano, President & CEO of Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut. “Every day, our Career Centers help people throughout our community polish their résumés, prepare for interviews, and connect with employers. We take great pride in organizing Get Hired Hartford, and assisting thousands of Connecticut residents in their search for a good job and the independence that comes from it.”

Last year, participating employers included Aetna, Comcast, ConnectiCare, The Hartford, Kaman Corporation, Oak Hill, Waterford Hotel Group, Webster Bank, and more.
Registration and additional information can be found at http://www.gethiredhartford.org.

Town of East Hartford Receives High Ranking for Solar Permitting Process

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The Connecticut Green Bank has issued a scorecard detailing East Hartford’s residential impact on photovoltaic (PV) deployment in Connecticut. Out of 169 towns in the state, East Hartford ranked 20th overall across a number of factors including solar adoption by residents in the community, the Town’s engagement in supporting clean energy programs, the streamlining of the permitting process for residential roof-mounted solar PV systems and the time and cost for obtaining a permit.

East Hartford ranked 8th overall in its peer group of 38 municipalities within the Capital Region Council of Government (CRCOG), and 8th statewide in the overall permitting, which combines the permit process and time & cost scores for obtaining a PV system.

East Hartford’s total residential solar capacity was 1037 kW, compared to the statewide average of 633 kW, and a shorter permitting time of 6 to 10 days versus the statewide average of 11 days to obtain a permit to install a PV system.

“We are certainly proud of all that we have accomplished in our efforts to seek new energy efficient resources to become a greener community, and are excited to showcase our leadership in this statewide initiative,” said Mayor Marcia Leclerc.

In March 2012, the CT Green Bank unveiled the Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP) with a goal to support 30 megawatts of residential solar photovoltaics (PV) by 2022, which was met in June 2014. In June 2015, the program was expanded to support up to 300 MW of new residential solar PV by 2022. The 300 MW is an effective cap of the total solar PV that the program can support. The program is set to expire on 2022, or when new solar PV installations reach total capacity of 300MW.

The Yale Data-Driven Environmental Solutions Group (Data-Driven Yale) provided the study for the measurements in the scorecard. Data-Driven Yale is an interdisciplinary and international group of researchers, scientists, programmers, and visual designers based at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale-NUS College, Singapore. Working with scholars and policymakers across the globe, Data-Driven Yale strives to strengthen environmental policy at all levels, and promotes evidence-based approaches to problem solving while boosting information disclosure and transparency among public institutions, private companies, civic organizations and individual citizens.

East Hartford’s scorecard can be found online following this link. For more information on obtaining a solar PV permit, please contact our Buildings and Inspections Department at (860) 291-7340.

Jeffrey Rindfleisch Hired as Vice President of Consumer Lending and Collections at American Eagle Financial Credit Union

Jeffrey Rindfleisch Photo.jpgJeffrey Rindfleisch has joined the leadership team at American Eagle Financial Credit Union as Vice President of Consumer Lending and Collections. In his new position, Jeff is responsible for all Consumer Lending functions (indirect and direct auto, personal loans, and Visa® as well as related support functions of underwriting, processing, closing, and funding) and Collections.

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining American Eagle, Jeff was most recently the Chief Lending Officer at Seasons Federal Credit Union in Middletown where he oversaw all key lending functions and served other sales and service roles for ten years. Jeff also has prior experience as a financial advisor with Oppenheimer, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch.

Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Quinnipiac University. He resides in Killingworth with his wife and two sons and has served as a volunteer with Little League baseball for the past few years.

Glastonbury Education Foundation Seeking Grant Applications

GEFBoard-photo-Dec2017-s-1.jpgThe Glastonbury Education Foundation (“GEF”) is now seeking grant applications.  If you have an idea for an educational project and are seeking funding in excess of $3,000.00, a Letter of Intent may be submitted to the GEF at any time.  A full explanation of the grants program and application process may be found at: http://glastonburyeducationfoundation.org/grants-program/.

The GEF’s mission is to promote excellence, innovation and creativity for Glastonbury children and the community.  To that end, emphasis will be given to programs, projects and activities that fall into the following categories:

  • Innovative approaches to meeting and exceeding the challenges and requirements of 21st century education
  • Provide enrichment and add instructional, inspirational, and/or life experience value to the curriculum and/or to the community (i.e. expert-in residence, community symposiums, etc.)
  • Explore new and imaginative curriculum ideas and teaching practices or build upon a previously funded GEF grant with demonstrated success

 

Potential grants will be evaluated with the following considerations in mind:

  • Are broad in scope with a measurable impact (i.e., will impact a significant number of students/teachers/community members over an extended time)
  • Enhance collaboration among classes, grades, schools, curricular teams, and/or community initiatives
  • Promote community-school partnerships
  • Show creativity and innovation
  • Strengthen academics and meet curriculum objectives
  • Meet an essential educational need in the school or community

 

Should you have any questions, please contact the GEF Program Director, Debra Morgan, at director@glastonburyeducationfoundation.org for more information.