August, 2012

Cookoff For a Cause

August 24th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

2012 is The Connection’s 40th anniversary year

 Thursday evening WTNH Community Affairs joined the Connection Fund at their annual Cookoff For a Cause at The Grove at Grand Oaks in  Middletown.  You may have seen their Associate Director of Communications, Claire Bien, on CT Style  last year speaking about the work they do in human services and community development.  They offer a range of services,  from behavior health to community justice, and have over 38 programs across the state.  Proceeds from the Chili Cookoff  went to support women, children and family services in Middlesex County.  

The weather was beautiful and the chili was spicy! First place went to Southside Market and this year the people’s choice award went to New England Emporium, upsetting the  two year record held by First and Last Tavern.  Speakers included, the Director of Fund Development Michael Woolworth  and Charles Michell, who spoke about coming through one of The Connection’s programs in 2008.   Michell told an inspiring story of how the program helped him to transform his life; he expressed such gratitude to the staff, volunteers, donors and people in the community that support The Connection and enable this kind of transformation for himself and many others.

 The event was a great success and there are many more to come for this non-profit celebrating its 40th anniversary year.  Please look for their Gala in Cromwell on September 18th as well as The Wicked Good 5k and Festival Family Festival in New haven on October 28th.

This years judges – State representative Matt Lesser, Middletown’s Mayor Dan Drew and Brian O’Rourke, owner of O’Rourke’s Diner


Christina Tomasso from Southside Market & Catering

Jaimie Stone from New England Emporium


Connecticut Communities help with Back To School Drives

August 23rd, 2012 at 12:35 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs


Closer to Free Ride

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:05 am by under Community, WTNH Blogs

September is getting closer and closer and among all the changes, from summer ending to the school year beginning, is an event that should not be overlooked.  September 8th is the Closer to Free Ride in New Haven!  This ride benefits the Smilow Cancer Hospital and The Yale Cancer Center and fundraising dollars go directly to support cancer research and improving patient care.  Last year this ride helped raise over 400,000!  What is unique about this ride is there are three different routes depending on the rider’s experience level and preference; a 25, 65 or 100 mile. 

A couple important deadlines:

August 31stis the deadline for the current fundraising challenge - winner receives a $100 gift card to The Devil’s Gear. 

Online registration ends at midnight, Wednesday, September 5th.
After the 5th registrations will take place the day of the event at the Yale Bowl. Participants must arrive by 6:00 am.

For more information about the ride and how to register please visit


Commitment to Community

August 21st, 2012 at 4:24 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

Hello Connecticut residents and all of our visitors!  I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Community Affairs Director here at WTNH.  I grew up in Connecticut, attended a Connecticut State University and continue to live, love and work in the wonderful Constitution state. 

I am amazed everyday with the amount of generosity and service in our communities; from the huge participation in charitable events to the men and women who have devoted their lives and/or careers to working for the benefit of others.

We at WTNH are passionate about making a place on this website where we can share information about community organizations that do invaluable work and learn how we as members of the community can play a role in that work.  Part of my goal is to infect you with the WTNH enthusiasm for community commitment; these organizations and our communities depend on all our involvement!

We are steadfast in our mission to be a voice for the people, especially when being that voice can impact your lives in positive ways.  We want to commend those organizations, institutions and people who share this mission with us.  

Thank you,

Kierstin Sieser