Ion Bank Foundation Donates to Hoops4Life

Naugatuck, CT, - May 31, 2016 – Ion Bank Foundation presented a $1,000 check to Hoops4Life, Inc. Hoops4Life provides athletic and educational programs for youth. They learn leadership, teamwork, character, and life skills. Their objective is to provide year round personal development, both on and off the basketball court, in a safe environment.

“We are extremely grateful for Ion Bank Foundation’s generosity”, said Deneen Fryer. “The contribution will be used to keep registration costs at an affordable level”.


New Britain Named Finalist for All-America City Award

New Britain Named Finalist for All-America City Award

New Britain, Conn., May 17, 2016 – Fresh on the heels of being named a “Pacesetter Community” by the nationally renowned Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for its success in elevating the academic performance and engagement of city schoolchildren, New Britain is again in the national spotlight.

New Britain has been selected by the National Civic League as a finalist for the prestigious All-America City Award (AAC). The award, presented to 10 communities annually, celebrates and recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, tribes and regions nationwide that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges.

A community delegation will present the city’s story before a jury of nationally recognized business, local government and philanthropic leaders June 17-19 in Denver, Colorado. Twenty communities are competing for the 10 designations.


Ion Bank Foundation Announces Community Awards Program Winners

Naugatuck, CT – May 12, 2016 - The Ion Bank Foundation announced the winners of its Community Awards Program at a special ceremony awarding grants totaling $60,000 to 56 local non-profit organizations.

The program, which kicked off in January, encouraged Ion Bank customers to vote for a local charity of their choice to receive a grant from the Foundation. Over 1,873 customers voted this year and organizations
that received at least 1% of the total votes received a grant. In addition, for those receiving less than 1% of the total votes, a $500 grant was awarded to twenty randomly selected eligible recipients.

“This program is a wonderful collaboration between our customers, Foundation and the organizations that our customers feel have the most impact to local communities," said Charles J. Boulier III, Ion Bank President and CEO.
“Our customers are very passionate about their local charities and this program is a wonderful way for them to recognize those organizations and have a say in how our Foundation’s funds are distributed."



NEW BRITAIN – New Britain Youth Theater invites children to “Be our Guest” for a “Tale as Old as Time” as it produces Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr as its summer musical. Beauty and the Beast Jr is a version of the Broadway hit musical (based on the Disney film) for young performers and audiences. In addition to the roles of Belle, the Beast, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Chip, Gaston and LeFou, fun supporting roles include narrators, villagers, and dancing enchanted objects!

Registration is open to children and teens, ages 7 to 16, from any town, and space is limited. Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program on Mondays through Fridays from June 27 through July 22. Program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All children who register will be cast in the show, but auditions will be scheduled in June to place children in roles. Over the course of the program, the cast will rehearse the performance—including music and choreography—and will also help to make some of the props and costumes to be used in the show. Rehearsals and performances will be held at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71) near West Farms Mall)). Performances will be held on July 22, 23 and 24.

The cost per child is $400, and participation includes a free show shirt and an NBYT drawstring bag.

Although the full program is limited to ages 7 through 16, the theater offers an opportunity for a limited number of children ages 5 and 6 to join the program during the final week and be part of the cast. As with the full program, all children who register will perform in the show. Cost for this one-week program is $100.

For more program details, registration forms to download and print, and general information about New Britain Youth Theater, please visit the company’s website at www.nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

Contact: Darren Farrington, Executive Director

New Britain Youth Theater
Website: http://www.nbyt.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewBritainYouthTheater
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NBYT_onstage

About New Britain Youth Theater

Founded in 2010, New Britain Youth Theater is a professionally-run community and educational theater for children and teens in Connecticut. NBYT provides educational programming to schools in and around New Britain, produces a season of performances by and for children and young adults, and offers drama classes, individual coaching and lessons, and summer programs. The theater reaches children and their families in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and over fifty towns throughout Connecticut. NBYT programs include “Kids on Stage!” and “Little Kids on Stage!” productions, the NBYT Teen Company, Stage Performance classes, in-school and after-school arts-integrated and arts-enrichment programming, community outreach programs, and more. NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing social and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the performing arts. NBYT operates its programs in schools and community spaces throughout Greater New Britain. NBYT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


New Britain Featured in Where to Retire Magazine

Houston, TX (Oct. 7, 2014) – New Britain, CT, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. New Britain is one of eight cities profiled in a feature titled “Towns of Tradition” in the November/December issue, available nationwide on Oct. 14, 2014.

Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said these eight cities, including New Britain, give residents enriching experiences in other cultures. “Little pockets of Poland, Greece, Italy and other countries thrive in the United States, and many retirees seek out these locations, where they find traditions, festivals, food and culture that spice up their lives. About a third of New Britain’s residents are of Polish descent, and the city has maintained a European feel. Crowds come out for dancing, music and crafts during the annual Little Poland Festival, but the Polish presence is felt year-round. It’s not uncommon to hear the language spoken, and you can order a traditional meal at local restaurants,” Fuller said.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Where to Retire magazine, launched in 1992 with the goal of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and has a national circulation of 200,000. The magazine is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription to Where to Retire is $18 (a 39 percent savings from the newsstand price). For a magazine subscription or to purchase a back issue, visit WhereToRetire.com. All material in the magazine is protected by copyright law, and reproduction of content requires the permission of the magazine. Print and electronic reprints of an article may be purchased through Dave Hart, .

Towns of tradition featured: Tarpon Springs, FL; Winston-Salem, NC; New Britain, CT; Providence, RI; Holland, MI; Lafayette, LA; Fredericksburg, TX; Poulsbo, WA.



$27 Million Awarded in Funding For Round 5 of Remediation and Redevelopment Program

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by state and local officials in Bridgeport, today announced that the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded a total of $27 million in grants and loans to 20 brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects in cities and towns around the state.

In May 2014, Governor Malloy announced that DECD would be accepting applications for up to $20 million of brownfield remediation and redevelopment funding in the form of loans and grants to municipalities and developers, with applications due on June 30, 2014.

“Revitalizing Connecticut’s cities and downtowns is critical to continuing the State’s economic momentum, and with the announcement of today’s investments we are taking a significant step toward reactivating priority brownfield sites in every corner of the State,” said DECD Commissioner Catherine H. Smith

Awards made under this round of funding may be used for a range of brownfield remediation and redevelopment activities, including abatement, demolition, site investigation and assessment, groundwater monitoring, installation of institutional controls, and professional services fees associated with redevelopment including attorney’s fees, and planning, design and consulting fees.

For more on DECD’s state brownfield redevelopment programs and additional information on the rating and ranking criteria for this funding round, visit www.ctbrownfields.gov.

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