Connecticut Banks – CT Contra http://ctcontra.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 23:51:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ctcontra.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-141x136.png Connecticut Banks – CT Contra http://ctcontra.com/ 32 32 Fairhaven High Alum Rode Bicycle Cross-Country to 50th Reunion https://ctcontra.com/fairhaven-high-alum-rode-bicycle-cross-country-to-50th-reunion/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 23:51:32 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/fairhaven-high-alum-rode-bicycle-cross-country-to-50th-reunion/ Gary Valerio, Fairhaven High School Class of 1972, cycled from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic for a few good reasons, including attending his 50th high school reunion on Friday, June 24. Along the way, he tries to raise $100,000 to help fight cystic fibrosis. Joined by his fiancee, Darla Donovan, Valerio will feel a […]]]>

Gary Valerio, Fairhaven High School Class of 1972, cycled from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic for a few good reasons, including attending his 50th high school reunion on Friday, June 24. Along the way, he tries to raise $100,000 to help fight cystic fibrosis.

Joined by his fiancee, Darla Donovan, Valerio will feel a lot of emotions after cycling from Long Beach, Calif. to Town Beach on West Fairhaven.

The cross-country bike trip was created in the mind of an adventurous 13-year-old boy from Fairhaven decades ago.

“Then life got in the way,” Valerio said. “Until three years ago when I bought a used bike from the widow of a man who rode that bike from Boston to LA. It instantly reignited my dream. So Darla and I started training us a few years ago.”

Donovan said she was more the support part of her trip, making sure Valerio was well hydrated. Valerio did most of the driving, while Darla drove a vehicle slowly behind him with traffic signs and flashing hazard lights.

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While the vast majority of people were considerate and understanding, Donovan said there was a close call when an angry trucker came out of his rig and threatened Valerio for obstructing vehicles on the roadway .

“The hardest parts were the endless hills of Missouri and Connecticut,” Valerio said. “It made the ride very difficult with short, steep hills,” he said.

On Friday, Valerio will drive through the back roads of Dighton, Rehoboth, Freetown, Assonet, Acushnet and on to Fairhaven for a class photo and ceremony at 5 p.m.

“We dipped our rear wheel in the Pacific Ocean, and on Friday we will dip the front wheel in the Atlantic,” Valerio said.

Donations raised through awareness of this bike ride go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in honor of their niece, Libby Montigny of Fairhaven.

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Yellowstone Park reopens after flood-induced changes – NBC Connecticut https://ctcontra.com/yellowstone-park-reopens-after-flood-induced-changes-nbc-connecticut/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:25:16 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/yellowstone-park-reopens-after-flood-induced-changes-nbc-connecticut/ Visitors will return to an altered landscape of Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday as it partially reopens following record flooding that reshaped the park’s rivers and canyons, wiped out many roads and left some areas famous for wildlife viewing. wildlife inaccessible, perhaps for months to come. Park managers are lifting the gates at 8 a.m. […]]]>

Visitors will return to an altered landscape of Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday as it partially reopens following record flooding that reshaped the park’s rivers and canyons, wiped out many roads and left some areas famous for wildlife viewing. wildlife inaccessible, perhaps for months to come.

Park managers are lifting the gates at 8 a.m. Wednesday at three of Yellowstone’s five entrances for the first time since June 13, when 10,000 visitors were ordered out after the rivers in northern Wyoming and southern Montana swept over their shores as a torrent of rain accelerated spring snowmelt.

Some of the top attractions of America’s first national park will once again be on view, including Old Faithful, the legendary geyser that shoots steaming bursts of water almost like clockwork more than a dozen times a day.

Historic floodwaters swept through Yellowstone National Park this week, driving away more than 10,000 visitors, damaging surrounding neighborhoods and forever altering the landscape.

But the bears, wolves and bison that roam the wild Lamar Valley and the thermal features around Mammoth Hot Springs will stay out of reach. The wildlife-rich northern half of the park will be closed until at least early July, and major roads into the park remain cut off near the Montana tourist towns of Gardiner, Red Lodge and Cooke City.

It is not known how many visitors will show up immediately after the flooding. Park managers had braced for the crowds as the park celebrated its 150th anniversary a year after recording a record 4.9 million visits.

“We welcome one million people a month to Yellowstone in July and August,” Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said. “You can’t get a full tour in half the park.”

To reduce visitor numbers while repairs continue, fleet managers will use a system that only allows cars with last even digits on their license plates to enter on even days, while vehicles with last odd numbers may arrive on odd days.

Groups of visitors traveling together in different cars are exempt from the license plate system as well as people with reservations at campgrounds and park hotels.

If traffic along the park’s 400 miles (644 kilometers) of roads becomes unmanageable, Sholly said officials will impose a reservation system to enter the park.

A home in Gardiner, Montana fell into the Yellowstone River as the area suffered heavy flooding and mudslides.

The reopening comes as Yellowstone officials are still assessing the extent of the damage. According to other disasters in national parks, reconstruction could take years and be expensive. It’s an ecologically sensitive landscape with a massive underground plumbing system that powers the park’s geysers, hot springs, and other thermal features. The construction season only extends from the spring thaw until the first snowfall, a narrow window that means some roads could only receive temporary repairs this year.

This has turned some communities in Montana into dead ends instead of gateways to Yellowstone, a blow to their tourism-dependent economies. They are also struggling to clean up damage to several hundred homes and businesses that were submerged by flooding from the Yellowstone, Stillwater and Clarks Fork rivers.

In Red Lodge, one of those gateway towns cut off from the park, most businesses are open even as flood cleanup continues. The Montana Department of Transportation is beginning repairs to the road between Red Lodge and the scenic Beartooth Highway, and the National Park Service is working to restore access to some areas in the northern part of the park.

“We have to stay optimistic, but we also have to stay realistic that there’s a lot going on and a lot of moving parts to get there,” said Tim Weamer, who does marketing for the Chamber of Red Lodge business.

“We are optimistic about our survival,” he said. “We’re not going to have the summer we were hoping for.”

For others, the rebound may be faster. Yellowstone tour guide Derek Draimin said it was full Wednesday with four groups heading into the park.

“I think there will be cars piled up trying to get in, to be the first people to enter the park after the millennial flood,” he said.

Draimin lost about 25 visits to the flooding and says fewer visitors might come thinking the park is badly damaged. But with most of the park expected to be accessible within weeks, Draimin said it was also possible business could take a hit, as tourists who cannot enter through the park’s northern entrances are routed to West Yellowstone, where his company, Yellowstone Adventure Tours, is based.

“I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “I could see both things happening.”

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Hanson reported from Helena, Montana.

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Golf and Donations at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer https://ctcontra.com/golf-and-donations-at-the-shoprite-lpga-classic-presented-by-acer/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:36:04 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/golf-and-donations-at-the-shoprite-lpga-classic-presented-by-acer/ Pictured from left to right: Brooke Henderson, 2022 ShopRite LPGA Champion, Tim Vogel, Corporate Relations Manager for America’s Grow-a-Row, and Dave Snyder, Group Director, Retail Sales, for Coca-Cola North America. (Photo provided) Community Submitted Content Advertising Winners of this year’s ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer include America’s Grow-a-Row, the New Jersey agriculture and hunger […]]]>

Pictured from left to right: Brooke Henderson, 2022 ShopRite LPGA Champion, Tim Vogel, Corporate Relations Manager for America’s Grow-a-Row, and Dave Snyder, Group Director, Retail Sales, for Coca-Cola North America. (Photo provided)

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Winners of this year’s ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer include America’s Grow-a-Row, the New Jersey agriculture and hunger relief organization which received a $20,000 donation from The Coca-Cola Company during the tournament last week.

Coca-Cola, a major sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, donated $20,000 based on the number of Eagles golfers shot during the weekend’s three-day tournament at the Bay Course at Seaview in Galloway.

Eagle, as defined in golf, is a score two strokes under par on a hole. A Pittstown-based Grow-a-Row representative accepted the check on Sunday accompanied by 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic Champion Brooke Henderson.


A total of 25 eagles were recorded over the three days of competition at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, highlighted by Henderson making an eagle on the first hole of the playoffs to win his 11e LPGA Tour event.

The 144-player field competed over three rounds for a $1.75 million purse, and the event itself generated an additional $1.5 million to benefit dozens of community charities that help people in need.

Grow-a-Row provides 2.5 million pounds of free fresh fruits and vegetables each year to food banks and food insecure people, with the help of more than 9,000 volunteers who harvest, save and deliver the products.

For every Eagle made by golfers during the weekend tournament, Coca-Cola has pledged $800 to the farm, with a total of $20,000 for Grow-a-Row.

“Congratulations to Brooke Henderson, 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic Champion, and everyone who helped make this tournament a successful event for golf and the wider community,” said Mike Cassara, Senior Vice President of North Zone Customer Leadership & Retail for Coca-Cola North America. “We are proud to support America’s Grow-a-Row and hope this contribution will help the organization in its fight against food insecurity within the local community.”

“We are grateful to Coca-Cola and ShopRite for supporting our organization. This money will help us expand our reach, produce more food and feed more people,” said Chip Paillex, president of Grow-a-Row in the United States. “We are honored to be here today to celebrate all of the champions on and off the course who are fighting hunger in our communities.”

Recently, representatives from dozens of charities and community organizations received grants totaling $1.5 million at a special luncheon at the LPGA.

The ShopRite LPGA Classic is supported by more than 450 companies, and money raised through the LPGA is distributed by ShopRite Partners In Caring and Wakefern Food Corp. to non-profit organizations at the annual luncheon.

“The support and charitable contributions from ShopRite, Wakefern and participating sponsors like Coca-Cola on Tour are so important and a key part of what makes this event special,” said Tournament Director Bill Hansen.

Sunday’s final tournament aired live on the CBS Television Network and streamed live on Paramount+, marking the first time in tournament history that the ShopRite LPGA Classic has aired on network television.

About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.

With hundreds of supermarkets located in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves millions of customers every week.

Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to ending hunger in the communities it serves.

Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $50 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthwhile charities.

As title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $40 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups.

For more information, visit www.shoprite.com.

About Wakefern Food Corp.

From a small local co-op that started with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. became the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States.

Founded in 1946, the cooperative includes nearly 50 member families who today independently own and operate hundreds of supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market, Gourmet Garage and Fairway Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut. , Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

For more information, visit www.wakefern.com.

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Hall High School Jazz Band to Launch Greater Hartford Jazz Festival – We-Ha https://ctcontra.com/hall-high-school-jazz-band-to-launch-greater-hartford-jazz-festival-we-ha/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:08:49 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/hall-high-school-jazz-band-to-launch-greater-hartford-jazz-festival-we-ha/ The Hall High School Jazz Band of West Hartford, with special guest trombonist Chris Crenshaw, will kick off the three-day Greater Hartford Jazz Festival in Bushnell Park, an event expected to attract 70,000 music fans. Submitted The 31st Annual Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, New England’s largest free public jazz festival, kicks off Thursday, July 14 […]]]>

The Hall High School Jazz Band of West Hartford, with special guest trombonist Chris Crenshaw, will kick off the three-day Greater Hartford Jazz Festival in Bushnell Park, an event expected to attract 70,000 music fans.

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The 31st Annual Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, New England’s largest free public jazz festival, kicks off Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. with an hour-long performance by Hall’s 23-person jazz band High School and special guest trombonist Christopher Crenshaw. The show will also feature recent graduates from West Hartford’s Hall High School who were previously unable to perform due to the COVID-19 pandemic alongside the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center musician.

“We couldn’t be more proud to kick off our 31st Annual Greater Hartford Jazz Festival with West Hartford’s own Hall High School Jazz Band and special guest Jazz at Lincoln Center trombonist Christopher Crenshaw on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford,” said Charles Christie, president of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. “As Hartford’s own jazz show, offering four nights and three full days of free live jazz to 70,000 visitors who travel coast to coast for our celebrated guest lineup, we are thrilled to heralding another year by saluting our own talented aspiring jazz musicians and heating things up for 13 jazz icons who are part of our 2022 program.

“We have a packed program reflecting all styles and rhythms of jazz, from classical to funk and fusion, with over a dozen performers and beloved bands, from Chembo Corniel Quintet to Spyro Gyra, reflecting several facets of the jazz world. We have a range of sponsorship options for corporations, foundations and individuals to support us and we hope there will be a surge in sponsorship in the coming weeks,” Christie continued. “We are a volunteer-powered non-profit organization and rely on corporate sponsorship and individual donations to come back year after year with great music. There is still time to support our event which is so valuable to local businesses in the greater Hartford area.

Chris Crenshaw. Courtesy picture

The 2022 Greater Hartford of Jazz Festival lineup includes:

THURSDAY JULY 14

FRIDAY JULY 15

Chembo Corniel Quintet – 7 p.m.

Vincent Ingala – 8:30 p.m.

Boney James – 10 p.m.

Art From Da Hart with Whitney Lucky-J – time TBD

SATURDAY JULY 16

Will Prince and Friends – 2:30 p.m.

Isaiah Sharkey – 4:30 p.m.

Brian Simpson/Jakeim Joyner/Steve Oliver – 6:30 p.m.

Spyro Gyra – 8:30 p.m.

Medium White Band – 10:30 p.m.

Art From Da Hart with Betty – time TBD

SUNDAY JULY 17

Matt Marshak – 2:30 p.m.

Firey String Sistas – 4:30 p.m.

Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited (100%) – 6:30 p.m.

The Manhattan Transfer – 8:30 p.m.

Art From Da Hart with Klassy Katz – time TBD

The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will feature items from 50 artists and artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, apparel, gifts and beauty products. Area health and social service providers will also be present at the festival. An array of 20 food vendors, including mobile food trucks, reflecting the diversity of the greater Hartford area, will offer freshly prepared food and beverages throughout the festival, including plant-based cuisine as well as comfort, barbecue, Caribbean and other food categories.

About Chris Crenshaw

A graduate of Thomson High School, Valdosta State University and the Juilliard School, Christopher Crenshaw began playing the piano at age three and the trombone at age eleven. He grew up playing the keyboard with his father Casper in the Thomson, Georgia Gospel Quartet on Echoes of joy. He was with the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis since 2006 and founded The Horns of Georgia in 2011. He transcribed the music and wrote the arrangements for two Tony Award-nominated musicals, After Midnight and Shuffle Along…. He appears on numerous albums, including Ballads All Night by Marcus Printup, Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues, In the Blue Light by Paul Simon, The Presidential Suite by Ted Nash and The Abyssinian Mass. Crenshaw has two albums: TheGeorgia Horns Live at Dizzy’s Club with Marcus Printup, Thomson native Stantawn Kendrick, Kenny Banks, Jr., Kevin Smith and Brandon McCrae, and “The 1950s: A Prism” by Christopher Crenshaw with the JLCO with Stantawn Kendrick.

About the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival

Now in its 31st year, the Greater Festival of Jazz, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization, brings together the biggest names in jazz for its annual free three-day series of performances at Bushnell Park in downtown city ​​of Hartford, CT the third week of July.

Originally conceived by famed jazz bassist and Hartford music teacher Paul Brown in 1991, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz attracts over 70,000 attendees from across the country, fulfilling Brown’s dream of a jazz event world class in Hartford. Now in its 31st year, this free festival is supported by small and medium-sized charitable donations and donations from foundations, businesses and corporations, as well as grants from the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut. . The Festival is also generously supported by contributions from local jazz enthusiasts.

More than 100 volunteers donate their time to work at the Festival, a true testament to the popularity the Festival has grown to since its inception over 30 years ago. The Festival is accustomed to showcasing traditional, avant-garde, traditional and contemporary national and international jazz artists, budding local and regional artists and some truly wonderful young musicians from area schools and jazz programs. remarkable. For the duration of the Festival, the history of music was literally written on stage, perfectly matched to the intensity and appreciation of its audience. For more information, visit https://www.hartfordjazz.org/.

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Spritz Finance Invoice Payment Beta Released on Polygon Network https://ctcontra.com/spritz-finance-invoice-payment-beta-released-on-polygon-network/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/spritz-finance-invoice-payment-beta-released-on-polygon-network/ Greenwich, Connecticut –-News Direct– Spritz Spritz Finance, a web3 personal finance platform enabling decentralized finance (DeFi) users to easily pay their bills with crypto, today announced that the company’s closed beta for its bill payment product is now available to all Polygon Network users, starting with the United States. Polygon’s ecosystem creates opportunities for Spritz […]]]>

Greenwich, Connecticut –-News Direct– Spritz

Spritz Finance, a web3 personal finance platform enabling decentralized finance (DeFi) users to easily pay their bills with crypto, today announced that the company’s closed beta for its bill payment product is now available to all Polygon Network users, starting with the United States.

Polygon’s ecosystem creates opportunities for Spritz customers to earn more on-chain and generate passive income streams through DeFi, play-to-earn games, NFTs and their metaverse assets, all of which will soon be connected via Spritz to pay monthly expenses, such as mortgage and rent, utilities, credit cards, student loans, or even a Netflix subscription.

Chris Sheehan, Spritz founder and CEO of the company, said the integration with Polygon was a perfect fit for Spritz.

“The future of work is on-chain,” he said. “People everywhere are increasingly seeing blockchain as a place to save, invest and earn income, whether through yield farming, P2E games or NFTs. The missing link for these people is a way to use their on-chain earnings to fund their actual expenses. Spritz is the first native web3 bill payment service, and we are very proud to launch it on Polygon. »

By launching on Polygon, Spritz will be able to schedule payments from any Polygon smart contract directly to any US bill payment account, including banks, credit card companies and utility providers, at both at national and regional level.

Sandeep Nailwal, who co-founded Polygon, said Spritz gives Polygon users more options to adopt DeFi.

“I’m so excited to support Spritz and be a part of bringing personal finance into the Web3 era,” he said. “Mass adoption of crypto is our core mission at Polygon, so by enabling anyone to generate revenue streams through DeFi, P2E gaming, NFTs, and the Metaverse, Spritz is a perfect fit for our ecosystem.”

As part of its launch, and in addition to making crypto bill payments simple and secure, Spritz users can manage and grow their DeFi returns on popular Polygon apps, such as Aave, Sushiswap, and Quickswap, without the need for unwind positions. This can include growing their stable return farms and USDC payouts, or even mining other assets held in their Polygon wallets, such as MATIC or LINK.

Crypto holders and DeFi users on Polygon with US bill payment accounts are encouraged to join the Spritz waitlist by visiting spritz.financewhere they can request private beta access and join the Spritz beta community.

About Spritz Finance

Spritz Finance enables bill payments directly from DeFi protocols – with no bank required – on the way to eventually connecting every smart contract and every traditional use of funds worldwide: from mortgage payments and credit cards. credit towards monthly utility bills. With the company’s first product, customers can schedule bill payments from their favorite crypto wallets and DeFi protocols without ever needing to unwind their positions or go through a bank. The company is currently in closed beta with a waiting list, which can be joined from the Spritz website. https://spritz.finance

About Polygon

Polygon is the leading platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its growing suite of products provides developers with easy access to all major scaling and infrastructure solutions: L2 solutions (ZK Rollups and Optimistic Rollups), sidechains, hybrid solutions, standalone and enterprise chains, data availability, etc. Polygon’s scaling solutions have been widely adopted with over 7,000 hosted applications, over 1 billion transactions processed, approximately 100 million unique user addresses, and over $5 billion in assets secured.

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David Garner

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Company Website

https://www.spritz.finance/

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Armed and untrained officers are still patrolling some NJ towns https://ctcontra.com/armed-and-untrained-officers-are-still-patrolling-some-nj-towns/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 22:04:34 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/armed-and-untrained-officers-are-still-patrolling-some-nj-towns/ Last year, the New Jersey State Commission of Inquiry released an “Abuse the Badge” report which found that many municipalities in Garden State were still appointing constables. The practice began in the 1600s when there were no police, and the British used them to keep the peace and perform other rudimentary law enforcement services in […]]]>

Last year, the New Jersey State Commission of Inquiry released an “Abuse the Badge” report which found that many municipalities in Garden State were still appointing constables.

The practice began in the 1600s when there were no police, and the British used them to keep the peace and perform other rudimentary law enforcement services in the colonies.

The SCI report recommended that constables be abolished as many carry arms and wear official-looking uniforms and badges, but have no training or supervision. Some engage in dangerous and illegal behavior.

Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, has now introduced a measure, A3655, to get rid of constables altogether.

“They are imposing police officers, it is totally unnecessary, outdated, they represent a potential danger and it is time for the legislator to act,” he said.

The SCI report documents several examples of officers facing criminal charges for impersonating police officers.

In one case, multiple Essex County Mounties appeared at the scene of the Jersey City mass shooting outside a market in 2019.

They produced firearms and announced that they would provide reinforcements to the police officers who had been dispatched to the scene, even if the gendarmes did not have the power to do so.

The gendarmes are not cops

“Let’s be clear: the gendarmes are not police officers, the gendarmes have not received any certification. It’s time to act here,” Dance said.

He said there were more than 130 police officers across the Garden State and some of those people walked around and acted like they were law enforcement officials, sometimes even issuing tickets and warnings. arrest when they had nothing to do.

Why the gendarmes are seen as a problem

Dance said the position of constable had to be abolished before anyone got hurt.

“The gendarmes have the appearance of a law enforcement officer, but lack training, lack certification,” he explained.

Dancer said lawmakers need to go back and clean up old laws established during colonial times.

“We need to have the New Jersey Police Commission law enforcement officers certify today that constables are not police officers,” he said.

Constables are politically appointed

Dancer is considered that constables are politically appointed.

“There shouldn’t be politically appointed look-alike police on the streets of our state,” he said.

The SCI report indicates that in some cases, the gendarmes were appointed after paying a fee.

The measure has been referred to the House Law and Public Safety Committee, but no action has yet been taken.

Dancer said there was bipartisan support for the measure and he hopes it can move forward in the coming weeks.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at david.matthau@townsquaremedia.com

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Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rate drop https://ctcontra.com/asian-stocks-mixed-after-wall-street-rate-drop/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 04:52:30 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/asian-stocks-mixed-after-wall-street-rate-drop/ BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly down in Asia on Friday, with only Shanghai rising, after stocks fell on Wall Street on expectations that central banks will double down on inflation with rate hikes. ‘interest. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index lost 1.3% to 27,881.78 while Seoul’s Kospi lost 1.2% to 2,593.60. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 […]]]>

BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly down in Asia on Friday, with only Shanghai rising, after stocks fell on Wall Street on expectations that central banks will double down on inflation with rate hikes. ‘interest.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index lost 1.3% to 27,881.78 while Seoul’s Kospi lost 1.2% to 2,593.60. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.9% to 6,956.40. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 0.2%, losing its first gains, to 21,828.86.

The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.6% to 3,257.59 after the government announced that consumer price inflation remained subdued at 2.1% in May. That gives regulators more room to adjust policy to counter a prolonged economic downturn made worse by widespread restrictions imposed to counter coronavirus outbreaks.

In another market-related move, China’s Security Regulatory Commission released a statement saying it had yet to assess and seek relaunch of a plan by fintech firm Ant’s Group to proceed with a initial public offering. This contradicted a report that said IPO approval was pending, but the commission said it backed stock listings of “qualified platform companies” in domestic and overseas markets.

The government’s cancellation of Ant’s earlier efforts to launch an IPO came amid a broad crackdown on big tech companies that has rattled markets, particularly in Hong Kong, where many tech companies type are listed.


On Thursday, the S&P 500 fell 2.4% and benchmarks across the Atlantic also fell as the European Central Bank announced it would raise interest rates next month for the first time in addition to a decade. Another hike is expected for September, possibly double July’s, and the central bank will also end its bond-buying program next month.

It’s part of a growing global wave where central banks are scrapping the ultra-low interest rates that have supported borrowing, economic growth and stock prices during the pandemic and have also flooded markets with investment at the moment. search for higher returns. Today, central banks are focused on slowing growth to curb high inflation.

The risk is that such moves could cause a recession if they are too aggressive. Even if central banks can pull off the delicate balancing act and avoid a recession, higher interest rates can lead investors to swap stocks for other types of investments.

Most people expect the Fed to raise its key rate next week by half a percentage point, the second straight increase of twice the usual amount. Investors expect a third to hit in July.

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3 a.m. law firms may finally be free to opt out of representing sanctioned Russian banks https://ctcontra.com/3-a-m-law-firms-may-finally-be-free-to-opt-out-of-representing-sanctioned-russian-banks/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 23:01:17 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/3-a-m-law-firms-may-finally-be-free-to-opt-out-of-representing-sanctioned-russian-banks/ Three major Am Law law firms representing Russian banks that were sanctioned following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – White & Case, Debevoise & Plimpton and Latham & Watkins – will be able to walk away from the case provided that substitute counsel files notices of appearance this month. White & Case and Debevoise & Plimpton […]]]>

Three major Am Law law firms representing Russian banks that were sanctioned following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – White & Case, Debevoise & Plimpton and Latham & Watkins – will be able to walk away from the case provided that substitute counsel files notices of appearance this month.

White & Case and Debevoise & Plimpton have been granted permission to stand down on the condition that substitute counsel files a notice to appear by June 24. Latham & Watkins, which has already missed a deadline for substitute counsel to file a notice to appear, has been given until June 15.

The three companies are representing two separate Russian banks in a lawsuit that revolves around the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. The parents of an American who was among the 298 people killed after the plane was shot down are suing the banks, alleging they helped fund those responsible for the bombing. The defendants denied the allegations.

White & Case and Debevoise & Plimpton, who represent Sberbank, had been trying to get out of the lawsuit for some time. In March, Sberbank filed a motion asking the court to stay the action in the case, explaining that its lawyers at White & Case and Debevoise & Plimpton intended to end their relationship with the bank and were “actively seeking a substitute lawyer to represent Sberbank in this action”. .”

Latham & Watkins, which represents VTB Bank, also tried to convince the court to release her from the case. At the beginning of May, the American magistrate judge Gabriel Gorenstein gave him permission to step down if VTB Bank’s deputy counsel files a notice to appear by June 2. This date passed without any notice of appearance having been filed.

But last week, Latham & Watkins asked the judge to extend the deadline until June 15. Lawyers for Latham & Watkins told the court that VTB Bank reached an agreement in principle with lawyers from New York defense firm Brafman & Associates, but the imposed sanctions caused delays.

“Due to the current Russia-related sanctions regime in the United States, the logistics of finalizing the engagement are taking longer than expected,” Latham & Watkins attorneys wrote. “But VTB expects this process to be concluded shortly.”

The judge agreed to the extension but warned he would not grant future extensions without an affidavit from those involved detailing efforts to hire a new lawyer.

Brafman & Associates attorneys scheduled to appear for VTB Bank are criminal defense attorneys Marc Agnifilo and Zach Intrater. Agnifilo has represented many high-profile clients, including former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, who was convicted of defrauding investors; disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein; and former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was cleared of all charges related to several sex scandals. More recently, he has, with Intrater, represented former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng, who was found guilty of fraud in a lawsuit related to the 1MDB scandal.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine and countries started imposing sanctions, it has become clear that it is not easy to abandon a Russian client in an ongoing dispute.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer submitted a request to the US District Court in Washington, DC, in a separate case, asking it to allow another attorney to resume representing VEB Bank, another sanctioned bank tied to the Russian state. She provided the name of an alternate attorney, but that attorney, who is based in Connecticut, has not yet been admitted to Washington and has not submitted a notice to appear.

And in March, a court in the British Virgin Islands refused to allow the offshore law firm Ogier to withdraw from representing VTB Bank. The judge in that case told Ogier that “even outcasts have rights.”

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: BAV Awards $100,000 to Farmers’ Markets; Berkshire Bounty hires director; Greylock, Salisbury banks promote employees; Bidwell House elects new chairman of the board https://ctcontra.com/business-briefs-bav-awards-100000-to-farmers-markets-berkshire-bounty-hires-director-greylock-salisbury-banks-promote-employees-bidwell-house-elects-new-chairman-of-the-board/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 04:04:33 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/business-briefs-bav-awards-100000-to-farmers-markets-berkshire-bounty-hires-director-greylock-salisbury-banks-promote-employees-bidwell-house-elects-new-chairman-of-the-board/ Left to right: BAV Project Manager Ciana Barnaba, Dennis Iodice of Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Great Barrington Farmers Market Manager Maeve Dillion, Christa Stosiek of Markristo Farm, Elizabeth Keen of Indian Line Farm, Deb Roque of Justameretree Farm Maple and Maddie Elling of Hosta Hill. Photo courtesy BAV Berkshire Agricultural Ventures awards $100,000 to local farmers […]]]>

Left to right: BAV Project Manager Ciana Barnaba, Dennis Iodice of Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Great Barrington Farmers Market Manager Maeve Dillion, Christa Stosiek of Markristo Farm, Elizabeth Keen of Indian Line Farm, Deb Roque of Justameretree Farm Maple and Maddie Elling of Hosta Hill. Photo courtesy BAV

Berkshire Agricultural Ventures awards $100,000 to local farmers markets

GREAT BARRINGTON – Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) has awarded $100,000 in grants to nine Berkshire-area farmers’ markets to support SNAP matching programs. The grants were awarded through BAV’s newest grant fund, the Market Match Fund.

The Fund is an economic development and food access initiative that provides funds to increase the impact of Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP) benefits in farmers’ markets across the region. It provides funds to marketplaces to offer SNAP $1-for-$1 matching up to $30, giving SNAP recipients a total of $60 to spend at each participating marketplace. With continued community support, BAV hopes to increase the limit to $30 in the future.

Strengthening SNAP matching programs provides significant business growth opportunities for farmers and food producers who sell directly to consumers in these markets. Additionally, Market Matching Programs increase the purchasing power of low-income households, allowing all eligible SNAP customers to stretch their SNAP dollars while purchasing local, nutrient-dense foods.

BAV was able to provide funding to each 2022 applicant, with grants ranging from $2,000 to $30,000. The following farmers’ markets have received a grant from BAV’s Market Match Fund: New Lebanon, North Adams, Pittsfield, West Stockbridge, Lee, Great Barrington, Sheffield, Copake/Hillsdale and Millerton.

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Berkshire Bounty hires its first executive director

Morgan Ovitsky, executive director of Berkshire Bounty. Photo courtesy BAV

GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Bounty announced the hiring of Morgan Ovitsky as its first executive director. Ovitsky comes to Berkshire Bounty from Be Well Berkshires, a Mass in Motion-funded initiative that supports equitable access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. As project coordinator, she facilitated the Berkshire County Food Access Collaborative, a multi-sectoral collaborative platform to examine the region’s specific strengths and challenges in accessing local food.

Ovitsky takes the helm of the Berkshires nonprofit with a deep knowledge of the food and nutrition challenges facing families in the region, and his vast connectional capital in the world of food safety. of the Berkshires will give him a platform from which to jump into Berkshire Bounty’s role as a food relief organization dedicated to addressing food insecurity.

A member of the steering committee of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, the Healthy Pittsfield Partnership and the Age Friendly Task Force, Ovitsky said, “I believe access to nutritious food is a human right. Through my previous involvement with the Berkshire County Food System, I have a good understanding of our community’s barriers and challenges to accessing healthy food.

Berkshire Bounty recently established a formal board of directors, an important step in ensuring the sustainability of the nonprofit organization into the future. One of the first decisions of the board of directors was to hire a general manager.

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Greylock promotes seven leadership positions

PITTSFIELD – Greylock Federal Credit Union has promoted seven managers to assistant vice president and above.

Matthew Tekin was promoted to Assistant Vice President, IT Security, Audit and Infrastructure. In his new role, he is responsible for developing and maintaining IT policies, procedures and practices and developing an IT security strategy to ensure the security of member and employee information.

Jeremy Warren was promoted to Vice President, Programming and Project Management. His new role is to build Greylock’s capabilities and capacity in project tracking, software and reporting technology. He joined Greylock in 2017 as Head of Programming and Project Management.

John Masten was promoted to Vice President, Compliance. His new role is to provide strategic leadership around Greylock’s compliance with state and federal laws, rules and regulations that impact operations.

Jenay Simon was promoted to Vice President, Operational Risk. In her new role, she provides strategic leadership for Greylock’s enterprise risk management program and ensures the safety and soundness of Credit Union.

Shenna Brady was promoted to vice president, e-commerce. In her new role, she aligns strategy and leads research for digital channels and manages strategic projects for the organization.

Marc Kaley was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Contact Center. He joined Greylock in 2008 as Contact Center Manager. Mark manages a team of 12 employees who are responsible for over 90% of inbound phone calls to Greylock.

Michael Parrino was promoted to assistant vice president, consumer credit. He began his career at Greylock in 2017 as Senior Loans Officer after more than 24 years at Landmark Credit Union, where he served as Director of Loans.

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Salisbury Bank announces two promotions

LAKEVILLE, Conn. — The Salisbury Bank and Trust Company recently announced the promotion of two employees.

Andrea MacArthur was promoted to Vice President, Mortgage Advisor. MacArthur joined the Bank shortly after graduating from college in 2002. She started in mortgage servicing with no previous experience and was able to learn quickly, offer ideas and suggestions, and adapt to the change. She has held a number of positions throughout her tenure at the Bank, including Loan Processing Manager, Loan Closing, Closing Manager, Retail Department Manager and most recently Advisor. in mortgages in the Berkshire county market. MacArthur graduated in 2016 from the Connecticut School of Finance and Management.

John Staff was promoted to Vice President, Wealth Manager and Administrative Coordinator of Trusts. Stapf has been with the Bank for almost 12 years and plays a key role in the financial management of the Wealth Advisory department. She graduated in 2019 from the Connecticut School of Finance and Management and is currently a member of the Bank’s Leadership Development Program. Stapf’s most recent achievement is being awarded the Chartered Specialist in Fiduciary and Investment Risks (CFIRS) designation upon successful completion of an intensive three-year program.

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Bidwell House Museum Board Chairman Rob Hoogs passes the baton

Rob Hoogs and Diane M. Austin. Photo courtesy of Bidwell House Museum

MONTEREY — After 12 years as chairman of the Bidwell House Museum board, Rob Hoogs completed his final term on May 21 and was honored by the board for his service.

In 2007, Hoogs worked with former director Martha Dailey on a land history and mapping project, then joined the board in 2008. He was elected president in 2010. During his tenure, he guided the Museum through a fundraising campaign; a multi-year renovation and preservation project; the creation of the Native American Interpretive Trail; an expansion of the Museum’s online and off-season programming; and the completion of a conservation restriction on 180 acres of the property. He has donated hundreds of hours of his time working with various board committees and, along with his wife Cindy, has spent many hours working in the gardens and grounds.

To thank Hoogs for all he has done for the Museum, the Board decided to name the newly renovated coachhouse in his honor and presented him with a plaque on May 21.

Diane M. Austin was elected as the new Board Chair at the May 21 meeting. Austin spent 25 years as Vice President of Student Affairs at Lasell College before retiring in 2019. She joined the Bidwell House Museum Board of Trustees in 2017 and has been active in program planning and fundraisers.

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Obituary: Gerald S. “Jerry” Gordon https://ctcontra.com/obituary-gerald-s-jerry-gordon/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 05:01:01 +0000 https://ctcontra.com/obituary-gerald-s-jerry-gordon/ Gerald S. “Jerry” Gordon PORTLAND — Gerald S. “Jerry” Gordon died June 1, 2022 in Bloomfield, Connecticut. A resident of Portland, Maine for over 60 years, Jerry was born April 9, 1933 in Lynn, Mass, the son of Nathan and Elizabeth “Betty” (Charcusky) Gordon. He was educated in Lynn Public Schools and graduated from classical […]]]>

Gerald S. “Jerry” Gordon

PORTLAND — Gerald S. “Jerry” Gordon died June 1, 2022 in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

A resident of Portland, Maine for over 60 years, Jerry was born April 9, 1933 in Lynn, Mass, the son of Nathan and Elizabeth “Betty” (Charcusky) Gordon. He was educated in Lynn Public Schools and graduated from classical high school in 1950 where he was elected a Fellow of the National Honor Society. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in management engineering in 1954 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. After graduating from RPI, he worked for Raytheon in Quincy and Newton, Mass, while studying for his MBA in finance at Northeastern University, which he earned in 1958.

He married the former Suzanne Mersky, a Portland native, on June 24, 1956. Their romance blossomed four years prior when they were both counselors at Camp Lown in Oakland, Maine. The couple moved to Portland in 1958 where Jerry entered the family shoemaking business. After some time in this business, he went to work for Portland Copper and Tank Company in South Portland as assistant to the general manager.

Eventually, looking for another business opportunity, he got into the life insurance business with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company (later Mass Mutual) as a field representative selling and servicing life insurance and investment products for over 50 years. Jerry has earned several industry certifications and served as president of the Maine Chapter, American Society of CLU, and vice president of the former Maine Society of Insurance Consultants. Jerry also made time to teach insurance, finance and business courses at the University of Southern Maine and Husson College, while being very active in civic organizations such as Portland Jaycees, Masonic Lodge and Rotary Club. One of Jerry’s proudest civic moments was as founder of Junior Achievement of Southern Maine. The program, which teaches K-12 students the value of free enterprise and prepares them for the world of work, began in 1965 with 100 students in the Portland area and, at its peak, served 11,000 students across the state. Another proud moment came as the head of the Portland Rotary International Service Committee, where he spearheaded a project that sent volunteer nurses and medical supplies from Portland to the Dominican Republic, along with their first X-ray machine. .

Jerry was also an active member of Temple Beth El in Portland where he served as chairman of its board, president of its men’s club, and was a “friendly visitor” to the elderly.

Jerry was a diligent student at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute and an active member of their outdoor walking club. Some of his other interests were World War II history, travel to Europe and the United States with his wife, and the fortunes of the Red Sox and Patriots. He is remembered for his devotion to his wife, Sue, to his children and grandchildren, and for his sense of humour, his love of music (especially marches, classical and ‘golden oldies’ ) and for his interest in current events.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife and lifelong friend Suzanne Gordon, as well as a brother, David Gordon. He is survived by his son Max, of West Hartford, Conn. and his wife Donna, son Bob of San Francisco, California and partner Juan Patino; his grandchildren Kasey, Matthew and Lev.

The family would like to thank Portland-based Paula Banks Consulting, Compass Concierge and Companions, and Connecticut-based Duncaster Assisted Living for the exceptional care and comfort they have provided over the past year.

An outdoor funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth El Memorial Park at the junction of Congress St and Johnson Rd in Portland.

Donations in his memory can be made to the charity of your choice

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