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Windsor Food & Fuel Bank Walks Against Hunger – Eric Lazarus Appointed Executive Director

Posted on May 5, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb They may live next door, be seated nearby at a town meeting, attend a free summer concert in the park or be timidly pushing a cart in a grocery store. They are your neighbors, unsure of where their next meal will come from and their numbers are growing. Hunger is on the rise in the United States as the middle class shrinks say food bank directors. More and more Americans keep trying to tread water after a  job loss, due to wage stagnation, inflation, low wages or are retirees living on fixed and very limited funds. In Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties alone, the regional food bank, Foodshare, estimates more than 100,000 people are living in food…

Whimsical Cats & Dogs Scavenger Hunt Underway in Windsor, Connecticut

Posted on April 16, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb The hunt is on! A whimsical scavenger hunt for fancifully decorated statues of cats and dogs got underway April 15 in Windsor, Connecticut. It is part of the “Raining Cats and Dogs” public art exhibit and fundraiser to benefit two non-profits, the Windsor Education Foundation (WEF) and Windsor Chamber of Commerce (WC of C). The hunt continues through to May 20 and the winner will pocket $500. The month long hunt leads up to an auction of the animal art to be held on May 23, 2014 at historic Grace Church. And, some of the animals will be featured in a calendar. “Anyone can participate – residents, non-residents, in-state, out-of-state,” Jane Garibay, Executive Director of WC of…

Sen. Blumenthal Attends Windsor CT Chamber of Commerce Anniversary Auction – Doubles Donation

Posted on April 5, 2014

  Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb  United States Senator Richard Blumenthal charmed the “30 Years Windsor Chamber Cares” benefit auction Friday night, April 4, with humor and warmth. Addressing the event Blumenthal highlighted a special friendship he has forged, and then obliged a request from the crowd doubling his donation from not one, but to two breakfasts with him in Washington D.C. Held at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, it was the 30th anniversary for the Windsor, Connecticut Chamber of Commerce annual auction, this year benefiting Send Hometown Windsor to the Troops, the Windsor Education Foundation, Windsor Art Center at the Freight House, and, the chamber itself. Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks, Anita Mips and auction organizer Bill Gombert greeted the senator at the…

A Soldier’s Collection Jar – Remember the Troops During the Holiday Season

Posted on December 8, 2013

Write-up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb With so much discussion in the news about drawing down the United States military in Afghanistan, it might be easy to forget there are still American troops fighting there. Ann Walsh, the coordinator of Windsor, Connecticut’s “SEND” which stands for “Send Hometown Windsor to the Troops” is appealing to citizens to remember them, especially during the holiday season. At businesses throughout Connecticut’s oldest town “A Windsor Soldier’s Jar” can be found. The coins placed in those jars helps pay postage for the care packages mailed to American troops still in the Middle East war zones; SEND has gone from a high of 33 soldiers once stationed in war zones down to the current number of nine Windsor-related…

Washington Redskins & Former Windsor High Player Tackles Hunger in Greater Hartford

Posted on November 14, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb CONNECTICUT-Washington Redskins defensive end and former Windsor High School football player Chris Baker is tackling hunger in the Greater Hartford area. Baker was on hand earlier this week to present a donation to Bloomfield based-Foodshare from The Chris Baker Foundation. Baker’s foundation strives to foster education and literacy. According to a press release from Foodshare, Baker’s donation is expected to be the beginning of a continuing relationship with the food bank that serves the Greater Hartford region. It was noted that hunger can impede a child’s ability to perform well in school. “I feel really good about Foodshare and the work it’s doing. I want to support that work,” Baker was quoted as saying. Baker who went on to Penn…

Can’t Keep A Good Man Down – Windsor, CT Mayor Don Trinks Battles Back To Sweet Victory

Posted on November 6, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb It has been said you can’t keep a good man down and as far as supporters of Windsor, Connecticut Mayor Donald Trinks are concerned his victory in the November 5 election is proof that is true. “Five months ago I wasn’t even on the ticket. I had to fight to get on the ticket, I had to fight for the caucus, I had to fight for Amazon,” Trinks said Tuesday night referring to the on-line retail giant. Democrats had gathered at Union Street Tavern to wait for returns to come in. Trinks continued, “What you have to fight for means a lot. And so yes, this is a sweet victory.” The results said it all. Voters not only resoundingly returned…

Tavern Trot Raises More Than $100,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

Posted on September 17, 2013

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb  In its seventh year the Tavern Trot has reached a milestone now having raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. Hosted by the Union Street Tavern in historic Windsor, Connecticut on Sunday, September 15, the 3.5 mile trail and road race benefited Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. A special participant was the grandfather of the little girl who started the foundation – he took part just two months after receiving a lung transplant. “This $100,000 is enough to pay for a year of a research project,” said Jason “Jay” Scott, the father of little Alexandra “Alex” Scott who started Alex’s Lemonade Stand outside her Connecticut home to help other children fighting the disease before she lost her…