October 21, 2014

High Hopes Hosts Fashion Show in Old Lyme, Thursday

fashion_showThe second annual High Hopes Fall Fashion Show will be held at the Lyme Art Association this coming Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Once again, the latest fall looks from The Apparel Shop at Saybrook Country Barn, one of Connecticut’s premiere clothing boutiques for women and men, will be featured.   Enjoy delicious light fare from Coffee’s Country Market while you watch High Hopes participants, volunteers and staff walk the runway at the Lyme Art Association.

Sponsors are Guilford Savings BankCoffee’s Country Market, and contributors ESSENCE Center for Beauty and Wellness and Mionetto USA. Tickets are on sale at $45 per person on the High Hopes website. 

For more information, contact Trudy Burgess at tburgess@highhopestr.org or call 860-434-1974860-434-1974, ext. 123.


Conference on Israel, Palestine Kicks Off in Old Lyme Today with Concert, Bazaar

TOL14 OL Poster 09-04_750The tenth annual Tree of Life Conference on Israel and Palestine will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, in Old Lyme, CT, at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL). Special emphasis this year will be on the children of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as children of warriors, and as tomorrow’s leaders and shapers.

Open to the public, the interfaith forum is organized by the Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF) and supported by organizations and individuals committed to peace and justice.

In announcing the Conference, the Rev. David W. Good, Chairperson, TOLEF, and Minister Emeritus of the FCCOL, commented, “Both Palestinian and Israeli children are growing up assuming that the world is not safe, that violence is a way of life, that some lives are more valuable than others. As we are citizens of the world, they are children of the world, our children, whose safety, well-being and journeys into adulthood must concern us. This year’s Conference speakers will address those deep concerns.”

Opening concert, bazaar, exhibition and reception – Saturday, Oct. 18 – 6:30 p.m.

The Conference opens on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., with a bazaar featuring Palestinian crafts and olive oil, along with books and publications dealing with issues that will be addressed in the Sunday speaker program. A concert featuring Palestinian musicians Tamer Al-Sahouri on the oud, singer Nadine Shomali, and percussionist Alber Basil – along with members of the Lyme-based Silver Hammer Band – will be the evening’s main event. Following the concert, attendees will be welcomed at a reception featuring an exhibition of Palestinian children’s drawings from Gaza, and photographs by Robert Shook taken on his recent travels in the West Bank.

Speaker program – Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.

The pressing question, “What will become of our children?” will be addressed on Sunday, Oct. 19, by speakers whose tireless efforts reflect their championship of a world free of prejudice and hatred.

Uri Gopher, an Israeli working to promote Arab-Palestinian-Jewish relations, will describe his work as executive director of Hagar, a non-profit organization in Be’er Sheva that runs a bi-lingual Arab-Jewish school there – recognizing that education is a springboard for social change and peaceful coexistence.

Ivan Karakashian, Advocacy Unit Coordinator at Defense for Children International-Palestine, will detail his efforts to defend and promote the rights of children living under Israeli military occupation.

Barbara Lubin, lifelong peace activist and Founder and Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, will talk about the impact of Middle East politics on children in the region, with special emphasis on the plight of children in war-torn Gaza.

Sahar Vardi, coordinator of the Israel program for the American Friends Service Committee, and peace advocate since childhood, will describe her opposition to the militarization of Israeli society, her refusal to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces and resultant imprisonment.

Danielle Yaor, an active member of Shministim, an organization of young Israelis who refuse compulsory service in the Israeli military, will present the open letter the group sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year.

Following the speaker program, a Middle Eastern dinner sponsored by the Islamic Center of New London and the Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations will be served.

The art/photography exhibit and the bazaar featuring Palestinian crafts and olive oil, books and information that opened on Saturday evening will be open on Sunday as well, and musical interludes on Sunday will be provided by the Palestinian performers featured in the Saturday program.

Admission, reservations, information

Both Saturday and Sunday programs are open to the public. Admission:  $10 per person on Saturday; $35 per person on Sunday. Students and attendees under age 21 admitted free to the Sunday program.  Advance registration and sponsorship commitments may be made online at www.tolef.org, or through the FCCOL office at 860-434-8686. The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is located at the intersection of Ferry Road and Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.

Editor’s Note: The Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational opportunities, helping participants to become more enlightened and engaged in make this a more just and peaceful world. Established by the FCCOL in 2002, TOLEF today operates independently.  TOLEF is joined in partnership with Friends of Sabeel-North America (www.fosna.org) and Kairos USA (www.kairosusa.org) in support of the Conference.  This year’s Conference speakers and musicians will also be appearing in TOLEF programs at several other locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York.


New London’s Main Street Stroll is Tonight, Enjoy Food, Fun Downtown

fallfoodstroll2014New London Main Street continues its most popular tradition of celebrating New London’s Historic Waterfront District at its Annual Fall Food Stroll on Wednesday, Oct. 15,  from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Participants experience a vibrant and safe downtown New London filled with people, good cheer and welcoming businesses.  The Stroll is supported by Presenting Sponsor Citizen’s Bank and the City of New London, The Day, Dime Bank and Garde Arts Center.  Premier local talent will perform along the stroll route.

Stroll through over 40 different restaurants, shops and arts and cultural institutions in downtown New London, tasting bite-size samples of dishes or drinks that range from seafood to sweets, organic to ethnic and everything in between.

Participating  venues are expected to include: 2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza, Bankok City, Bean & Leaf, Blissworks Yoga, Bravado Barbershop, Bulkeley House Saloon, Chaplin’s, Copperwood Grill, Daddy Jack’s (*NEW!), Dev’s on Bank, The Drunken Palette, Edible Arrangements, Ernie’s Café, Fiddleheads Food Co-op, Flavours of Life – The Fair Trade Store, The Firehouse Gallery, Franks Place, Garde Arts Center, Hanafin’s Public House, Hive Skate Shop, Hot Rod’s Cafe, In ‘N’ Out Caribbean Cuisine, Jasmine Thai, Lazy Leopard Thai Café (*NEW!), Mambo Bar & Restaurant, Muddy Waters Café, Nathan Hale School House, New London Fire Department, New London Maritime Society’s Custom House Museum, Northern Indian Restaurant, Northern Light Gems, The Oasis Pub,  The Old Roadhouse (*NEW!), Provinance Center, Sarge’s Comics, Seehund German Restaurant and Bar, Shaw Mansion, Spoiled Salon, Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, Thames Club, The New Roadhouse, State Street Saloon, The Steaming Kettle, Subway, Tony D’s, Washington Street Coffee House, Wings ‘N Pies, and more.

Food served will be judged in a competition, and judges include Jack Chiara of the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts; Thomas Johnson, Executive Chef for New London Public Schools and the Interactive Cooking School, Culinary Secrets with Chef Tomm, Citizens Bank AVP Stacey Taylor, and more to be announced.

Entertainers performing during the Stroll include Paul Brockett Roadshow, Frankenphil at the Seehund, Writer’s Block Street Team, Jeff Marttson, Tom Burgess, Teddy Gudias, Roxy 100.9, Q105, WCNI, and many more.

On the day of the event, the Stroll’s headquarters are at Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London from 10:00am.  A map containing stroll and entertainment locations will be available there and at www.newlondonmainstreet.org.

Tickets are $30 in advance ($25 for military, students and groups) in advance and $35 on the day or (if available) and are on sale at the following locations:

  • www.newlondonmainstreet.org, all day every day.
  • The Garde Arts Center box office, 325 State Street, M-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • New London Main Street, 147 State Street, Suite B, M-F 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

**Tickets purchased online can be picked up on the day of the stroll from 10 a.m. on at Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London.

Tickets are available on the day of beginning at 10 a.m. until they sell out at Harris Place, 165 State Street or at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street.

Winners of the food judging contest will be announced at 9:15 p.m. at Harris Place, 165 State Street, and judges will travel to each winning venue to announce their award immediately following the announcement.

Contest winners will be announced at 9:15 p.m.

The Food Stroll celebrates one of New London’s best features – abundant and delicious eateries – and attracts visitors from around the region to explore the downtown and experience its vibrancy, beauty and safety.

New London Main Street is committed to revitalizing New London’s historic downtown. The goal of Main Street is to build community through activities and programs that enrich the cultural fabric, preserve and enhance historic streetscapes and support and expand the economic base of the city center.

For more information about the Stroll, visit www.newlondonmainstreet.org/stroll.


Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association Welcomes Karen Veselka, RN, as New Town Nurse

Karen Veselka

Karen Veselka

The Board of Directors of the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association recently appointed Karen Veselka as the new Town Nurse. She graduated from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing in 1973.

Veselka’s work experience includes emergency room, Medical / surgical, pediatrics, post-partum, Oncology, respiratory and long term care.

Prior to accepting the positon as the town nurse for the Old Lyme VNA, Veselka spent the past 10 years working in long term care at Bridebrook Health and Rehabilitation.  She joined the staff of Interim HealthCare of Eastern CT, Inc. in August 2014.

She is a resident of Old Lyme.


Old Lyme VNA Hosts Health & Wellness Fair, Nov. 1

The 2014 Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association Health & Wellness Fair will be occurring at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and screenings for glaucoma, dental cancer and foot health will be available. Laboratory tests, including complete blood counts, metabolic panels, cholesterol and PSA counts will be available for a small fee.

In addition, numerous local organizations and individuals will be available to discuss issues from primary care to pesticides.


Old Lyme’s Health Director Issues Ebola, EVD68 Information for Residents

The Town of Old Lyme’s Health Director Dr. Vijay Sikand has issued some informational directives for residents regarding the current outbreaks of Ebola and Enterovirus D68 as follows:

Ebola virus

Ebola virus

Ebola is a rare but potentially deadly disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids.  There is presently a widespread outbreak in West Africa and one person who traveled to the USA from Liberia has died of Ebola after contact with a patient before traveling to Dallas.  Public health authorities and hospitals are implementing procedures to identify and prevent Ebola from spreading to the USA.

For more information, click on the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

There is presently a nationwide outbreak of infection with the Enterovirus D68 (EVD68) that may cause severe respiratory illness in children, especially those with asthma or other underlying chronic disease.  It is most common in the summer and fall, so we are currently within the latter part of the transmission season.  EVD68 is spread from person to person from coughs, sneezes or contact with a surface recently touched by others.

For further information about how to protect yourself and recognize the symptoms, click on the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html


Helping the Hungry of Old Lyme, Shoreline Soup Kitchens Launches Annual Appeal

clip_image002In a recent letter to the residents of Old Lyme, Rev. Ryan Young, board chair of The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP), posed the question, “Are there really hungry people on the shoreline? How about in Old Lyme?”

Noting that people often do not realize the number of residents in need, Young wrote, “For most of us, it’s hard to imagine not knowing where the next meal will come from; but for many of our neighbors, even in a beautiful town like Old Lyme, it is a reality they face every day. Last year SSKP registered 317 Old Lyme residents at one of our food pantries. Over half needed to come every week for food.”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of SSKP. By providing groceries through five separate weekly pantry distributions and offering daily hot meals at eight local meal sites, they help any resident of Old Lyme in need of food assistance. The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries also serves the towns of Essex, East Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Killingworth, Westbrook, and Deep River.

Young continued, “Most people are hard-working adults whose jobs simply do not pay enough. Others are people struggling with an illness that keeps them from being able to work. Many are families with young children, or seniors who simply cannot make ends meet.”

The Old Lyme Pantry is hosted at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. It distributed over 253,000 pounds of food last year. Volunteers at the Saturday morning distribution gave out enough groceries for over 273,500 meals to 1,805 guests.

Old Lyme residents are able to choose from a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits, canned and boxed foods, as well as meat, eggs and dairy. Also every Saturday morning at the First Congregational Church, rotating teams of volunteers prepare a hot nutritious breakfast, and last year, served 4,911 meals.

Young concluded his letter with an appeal for support. “To help reach our Annual Appeal goal the H.J. Promise Foundation has pledged to match the first $30,000. When you receive my letter, please consider helping your Old Lyme neighbors in need.”

The SSKP Annual Appeal is held from October through Dec. 31 Donations by check may be mailed to P.O. Box 804, Essex, CT 06426. To donate online or for a full listing of times and locations of the pantries and meal sites, visit www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org or call (860) 388-1988.


Old Lyme Fire Department Hosts Open House Tonight

The Old Lyme Fire Department hosts its annual Fire Prevention and Open House Night this evening between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Lyme Street Firehouse.  There will be a stove fire demonstration, fire truck rides, children activities, a ‘Jaws of Life’ demonstration, a smoke house, and refreshments.

Admission is free and all are welcome.


Lyme Library Opens New Building

The new Children's Room at Lyme Public Library.

The new Children’s Room at Lyme Public Library.

The Lyme Public Library opened in its new building yesterday morning. The building had been under construction for a year and features a 70 person program/meeting room and two smaller conference rooms, a self-contained children’s room, and a quiet reading area with a fireplace.

In addition to staff, Library Board members and members of the Friends of the Library were on hand to welcome patrons and help them find materials.

The Library is located at 482 Hamburg Road in Lyme. Regular Library hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Library is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Call 860-434-2272 for more information.


Plant Sale Today Benefits Old Lyme Historical Society

PerennialsThe Old Lyme Historical Society is holding a Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their new home on 55 Lyme Street in Old Lyme.  Judges Farm in Old Lyme is donating the plants in support of the capital campaign.

Visit www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org or call 860-434-0684 for more information.


Celebrate Autumn at Christ The King’s Harvest Fun Day Today

Christ The King's Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

Christ The King’s Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

Just in time to welcome Autumn, the annual Harvest Fun Day at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme offers something for everyone in the family.  Located in the heart of Old Lyme Village on the shores of Long Island Sound, Christ the King Church is an easy drive from anywhere in Connecticut.
What can you do at Harvest Fun Day?
·       Shop the King’s Rummage Sale for some extra-special finds.  From bikes to books, toys to teacups, Easter baskets to Christmas ornaments, you’ll find it here.  The Rummage Sale continues Sunday morning from 9am to 12 noon.
·       Take a chance at the Basket Auction!  Interesting and unique items are collected into themed baskets of goodies, including:  “Everything Chocolate”; “All Aboard” (railroad themed items); “Garden of Delight” (gardening items and services); “Cupcake Factory” (cupcakes plus items for making your own); and more.
·       Satisfy your sweet cravings at the Bake Sale, where delectable home-baked goodies await. With cakes and pies, cookies, cupcakes, and more — the hardest part will be deciding.
·       Let the kids entertain themselves at the Games and Crafts: Soccer Kick, Hockey Shot, Bowling, Paint-a-Pumpkin, face painting, and more.
·       Need to spruce up your home for fall? They have it covered.  Get your fall Plants & Producehere. Choose among premium mums, flowering cabbage and kale, and newly divided perennials from local gardens. Pick a pumpkin and a couple of gourds, add a hay bale, and you’ve got “instant autumn” for your front porch! New this year: gently used gardening tools.
·       When hunger hits, you can sample the Tasty Bites served up by Christ the King Men’s Club. Coffee, cider and donuts in the morning; hamburgers, hot dogs, and grinders later; snacks, ice cream, and drinks all day.
Harvest Fun Day takes place at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Rummage Sale, Bake Sale, and Plant Sale will continue Sunday morning (September 28) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (while supplies last).Visit www.christthekingchurch.net for directions.  For more information, call 860-434-1669.

Free Paper Shredding Event in Deep River Today

This Saturday, Sept. 27, a collection of documents for shredding will be held at 5 Dump Road, Essex from 9 a.m.to 12noon

This collection is open at no charge to residents from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme  along with those of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

Bring up to five boxes or bags (kitchen trash can size) of old personal papers, e.g., medical records, legal or financial documents, or tax returns.


OLPD Report Two Recent Burglaries in Old Lyme, One in Lyme

Old Lyme Police have announced that two residential burglaries occurred last Wednesday, Sept. 17,  in Old Lyme. At approximately 2:30 p.m., a Jericho Drive resident arrived home and observed a grey/silver small hatchback type vehicle in her driveway.  The male passenger fled on foot and the female driver drove away in an unknown direction.  Nothing was taken from the property.

The second incident occurred the same day between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., when suspects forced open the front door of a Neck Road residence.  The house was ransacked, but again nothing was taken.

A third incident occurred in Lyme on Hamburg Rd. where a a weapon was reported stolen.

Old Lyme Police advise residents to secure their homes as best as they can and report all suspicious vehicles and persons to the Police.

Follow the Old Lyme Police Department on their Facebook page and on Twitter at Old Lyme Police @ olpd2014.


Lyme Library Closed for Move to New Building

Architect's rendering of new Lyme Public Library building.

Architect’s rendering of new Lyme Public Library building.

The Lyme Public Library is now closed for the long-planned move into a new library building.  The Library will remain closed through at least Sept. 29. An opening date for the new library has not been determined yet, but is projected to be in early October.

Call 860-434-2272 for more information.


Estuary Council of Seniors Hosts Celebratory ‘Forty and Fabulous’ Gala at ‘The Kate’ Tonight

Join the Estuary Council of Seniors (ECSI) to celebrate its 40th Anniversary at a “Forty and Fabulous” Gala tonight at 6 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “The Kate,” at 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook. This fund-raising Gala will benefit the Estuary’s Meals on Wheels program. Last year, the ECSI provided 70,000 hot, nutritious meals to individuals in its nine town district and Madison.

Comedian Vincent McElhone

Comedian Vincent McElhone

This Gala evening will include wine and hors d’oeuvres under the tent, catered by Coffee’s Country Market of Old Lyme and “Comedy Tonight” on the stage featuring Old Saybrook resident Vincent McElhone, who has worked all over the country from Caroline’s in New York to The Tropicana in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Vince will be joined by Tony Liberati, a professional stand-up comic for 15 years, whose jokes have been published alongside greats like Chris Rock and Henny Youngman.

The Fred Astaire Ballroom Dancers of Old Saybrook, Heiko and Vera Leyhausen, will grace the stage where dancing expresses the joy of living.

Music will be by the Von Zells, who will provide music that is enjoyable for listening or dancing and starring three individuals with one unique sound.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling the Estuary at (860) 388-1611.  Attire is ‘Casually Elegant.’


Donations Needed This Week For King’s Rummage Sale to be Held at Old Lyme Church, Sept. 27-28

Christ The King's Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

Christ The King’s Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

Summer’s over. The kids are back in school. It’s a great time to clean out the house and get it ready for autumn.  But what to do with all the toys, books, dishes, tennis racquets, bicycles, Christmas decorations, furniture, etc., that you don’t need anymore?

Donate them to the King’s Rummage Sale at Christ the King Church’s Harvest Fun Day!  Donations are being accepted now through Sept. 19 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon) at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme (parish hall entrance). All donated items should be in good condition and saleable. No clothes, please.

Call the parish office (860-434-1669) if you need help moving a large item.

Harvest Fun Day takes place at Christ the King Church on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features the King’s Rummage Sale, a basket raffle, a bake sale, kids games and crafts, great food, and an autumn plant sale.

The Rummage Sale, bake sale, and plant sale will continue Sunday morning (Sept. 28) from 9 a.m. to noon (while supplies last).

Visit www.christthekingchurch.net for directions.

For more information, call 860-434-1669.


Flat Rock Hill Rd. Bridge Rehab Update

For those of you being kept awake at night by the ongoing construction (like a significant number of LymeLine staff!), the State Department of  Transport has advised that the bridge rehabilitation project on Flat Rock Hill Rd over I-95 in Old Lyme is on schedule for completion in May of 2015.

On-going activities include removal of the stage 2 deck and steel girders, rehabbing existing concrete pier and abutments, pile driving and associated work — all of which are apparently extremely noisy activities … especially in the wee hours!


Joining Night for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts is Tonight in Old Lyme

girl-scouts-logoOld Lyme Girl Scouts’ Joining Night will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd.

Scouts welcome girls from grades K-12.  The troop is also in need of adult volunteers to become leaders or assist with troops.

For more information, contact Jenna Duff at jduff@gsofct.org

Boy_Scouts_of_AmericaOld Lyme’s Cub Scout Pack 27  will also be hosting their Joining Night the same evening, Sept. 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd.

Cub Scouts is open to all boys in 1st through 5th grade.


‘Dinner and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire” Event This Evening Benefits Childhood Cancer Research

ACT flyerAn organization with a mission to raise funds for pediatric research, Achieve Change Together (ACT), is hosting a “Dinner, a Movie, Popcorn and More” event on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Clark Memorial Field in Old Saybrook.  Grass opens at 6 p.m. and the movie, now announced as “Mrs. Doubtfire,” starts at 7:30 p.m.  The costs is $20 per car, which includes the movie and popcorn.  Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Every dollar raised goes directly toward childhood cancer research via The Truth 365’s “Dream Team” of leading oncologists.  These talented doctors represent The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Sloan Kettering, St. Jude’s and Seattle Children’s (visit www.thetruth365.org for details).

The following editorial was submitted by event organizer Kristen Michalski Alexander:

Not so long ago, I learned from a friend about Madison “Maddy” Garrett.

In 2012, Maddy had been diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma.  One of the rarest childhood cancers.  It had spread into limbs, snaked through her spine, and had penetrated into bone marrow; the tumor was wrapped around organs and arteries, through her intestine and into her chest. The tumor in her three-year-old belly was so large that she looked nine months pregnant.

Maddy had a 30 percent chance at survival.

Inspired by her bravery, I researched what I could.  Though average cancer survival rates have grown for the last 40 years, many childhood cancers have survival rates much lower than the average.  The facts are unsettling:

  • Less than 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is directed to childhood cancer research (Source: St. Baldrick’s Foundation)
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. (Source: National Cancer Institute)
  • In the last 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs that were initially studied in children. (Source: American Association for Cancer Research)

During her journey to recovery, Maddy’s 5-year-old friend had been diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer.

Another child suffering.  Another family struggling.  I couldn’t sit back anymore.  I had to help win this war!

And so I decided to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer through a special event, “Dinner, A Movie, Popcorn and More.”  The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

I reached out to my high school classmate Lou Rolon, a guiding force for our community through Shoreline Neighbors, for advice.  Lou possesses an inspirational compassion, dedication, and strength. He offered to help however he could.

I then reached out to Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation (http://www.awoccf.org/). AWOCCF helped produce The Truth 365, an Emmy Award-Winning documentary film and social media campaign that gives a voice to all children fighting cancer.

I asked their co-founder Dena Sherwood if we could work together.  When she graciously agreed, it meant we could host the event with their 501(c)(3) status.

For continuing updates, “Like” the ACT – Achieve Change Together Facebook page and remember to join us on Sept. 6.

For further information, call: 860-339-6310,  via e-mail: actquestions@gmail.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ACT-Achieve-Change-Together/
Website coming soon

To donate: Please make a check payable to Arms Wide Open/The Truth 365 and mail it to P.O. Box 495, Ivoryton, CT 06442.  Or go online at http://www.awoccf.org/donate/ and select “Achieve Change Together Event – CT”.


Old Saybrook Couple, Old Lyme Church Sponsor Trip to NYC to Join Climate March, Sept. 21


Editor’s Note 9/14:  Bus is now full.
A committed Old Saybrook couple, Dave and Mariette Brown, have teamed up with the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to arrange for a bus of local residents to go to New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21.  The purpose of the trip is to attend, “The world’s largest rally in history to support meaningful action to combat the scourge of climate change,” according to the rally’s sponsors.

The New York City rally will coincide with a meeting of international leaders at the United Nations, focusing on stemming changes in the world’s climate conditions.  Over 850 groups from across the country are slated to come to the ‘Big Apple’ for a massive outpouring of support to deal with climate change.

So far, according to the Browns, half of the seats on the rented, 54-passenger bus have been reserved with some 20 seats still available.  To reserve a seat on the bus, call 860-388-9194 or e-mail dmbrown@snet.net 

The New York round trip on the chartered bus costs $35.  Also, persons who are unable to take the trip to New York, but who wish to buy someone else a bus ticket, should contact the Browns.

Although the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is co-sponsoring the trip to New York City, the Browns are responsible for handling the sale of the bus tickets.