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WXedge Academy

December 4th, 2012 at 12:30 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

Here at NEWS 8 we are asking local high schools if they have what it takes to join the WXedge Academy.

In case you are new to WXedge.com please check it out.  In a nutshell WXedge.com is a NEWS 8 website for everything weather related.  The articles, video and photos are created by our NEWS 8 meteorologists and reporters as well as individuals in the community  itself.

The WXedge Academy is an educational exchange; a program that  specifically encourages and engages local high school science classes and clubs to participate and become WXedge contributors.

How the WXedge Academy works is fairly simple.  Teachers apply to have their class or club become WXedge Academy Contributors and once accepted they share WXedge related knowledge in the form of articles, videos,  tutorials, pictures and Skype conversations with NEWS 8 meteorologists, anchors and reporters.  After they are seasoned contributors they receive our official WXedge Academy Expert Adviser badge of honor and the students’ content and possibly even the students themselves can appear on-air.

The Academy is a way for high school teachers to offer their students a peek into the working world while doing something fun.  The benefits are two-fold; offering students a platform to share their work with a wider audience gives them real world experience and a sense of pride while simultaneously letting the community share in their success and glimpse what high school science classes are exploring.

The areas of  scientific study that could potentially fit into the WXedge Academy really  span the high school syllabus.  Whether studying the space storms or meteor showers in Astronomy, the Physics of a thunderstorm or even the Chemistry that makes up the atmosphere around us, the possibilities are endless.

Check out our first WXedge Academy member class - Greenwitch High School Physics/Astro class here

If you are interested in joining please visit WXedge Academy


The Wicked Good Road Race

October 25th, 2012 at 4:20 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

It’s true there are an abundance of races and walks these days and all for really great causes but the Connection Inc’s Wicked Good Road Race stands alone for its originality and fun.  Not only is it nice to race in the autumn for the beauty and the relief of cooler weather, but what’s better than also getting to wear and see your favorite costumes; yes the participants in the Wicked Good Road Race are dressed for Halloween!  There will be prizes for the best costumes, carousel rides, excellent food and it all raises funds for one of Connecticut’s hardest working organizations.

The Connection Inc. is a human services and community development nonprofit.  From services geared toward women and children, behavior health and addiction to supportive housing and community justice; the Connection Inc. is committed everyday to develop and implement programs that solve some of  the community’s most pressing issues.  For more details about their programs visit here.

The Details:

Oct. 28th 8:30-noon
Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven

Race/Walk Fees:

$21 before 10/10; $23 10/11-27; $25 Race Day

Kids’ Half-Mile Fun Run Fees:
$8 before 10/10; $9 10/11-27; $10 Race Day



Connor Kusmit Memorial Scholarship Cut-A-Thon

October 12th, 2012 at 2:53 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

On Sunday Oct. 21st from 10am-2pm Chameleon Haircolor Café and Spa  will be hosting a Cut-A-Thon to benefit the Connor Kusmit Memorial Scholarship Fund. The entire staff is donating their time and talent for this fundraiser as  a way to honor Conner’s memory and the Kusmit family.

All Haircuts will be FREE with a $25 donation.


Chameleon Haircolor Café and Spa
323 Washington Ave North Haven CT


Operation Save a Life Updates

October 5th, 2012 at 1:24 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

Two more open houses coming up from some of the  Firehouses who participated in our Operation Save a Life:

Beacon Falls Fire House is having their Open House on October 10th from 6 to 9 PM.  With the help of a representative from the Home Depot they will be  demonstrating fire equipment including smoke detector installation.  There will be fire extinguisher training, a Get Out Alive trailer and at 8 PM a live fire demonstration focusing on how fast fire spreads and the need for smoke detectors and home sprinklers.



Also on October 10th the  Newington Fire House will be having their open house.  They are planning live demonstrations on fire extinguishers,  a smoke trailer which  simulates  ”smoke” conditions in a room, discussion on the importance of having an escape plan as well the distribution of  smoke and CO alarms to those in need.

Images For The New Haven Chorale

September 28th, 2012 at 11:21 am by under WTNH Blogs

This Nov 11 at Battell Chapel, the New Haven Chorale will hold their concert Thanksgiving and Remembrance.   In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season this will be a community celebration of the people, places, and experiences that have made a difference in the lives of both choristers and audience.

The Chorale is now requesting the community at large to send in images for inclusion in a projected-images concert component.  They ask the community to reflect on the positive influences and fond memories in their lives, go through photo albums (paper and digital) to find images of them, and send those photos to the Chorale for inclusion in the concert.

This is such an interesting way for the community to be involved in the concert and has the potential to reflect a broad range of the human experience.

Please send  images to media@newhavenchorale.org or by mail to  New Haven Chorale, P.O. Box 1897, New Haven, CT 06508

Smoke Alarm Give Away!

September 21st, 2012 at 2:31 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

Have you heard about Operation Save a Life yet? Please check out the link if you haven’t.  I wanted to update everyone on how the local firehouses are getting these smoke and CO alarms to the community.

The North Farm volunteer fire department will be having their open house this Saturday the 22nd from 11-3pm at 636 Barnes Rd in Wallingford.  They will be having public  safety demos, signing people up to join as volunteers and giving away smoke alarms.

Keep a look out for news about other Connecticut Fire Houses.

Child Safety Seat Installation

September 21st, 2012 at 11:44 am by under Community, WTNH Blogs

Some of you may have heard our NEWS story on Wednesday about how often child safety seats are installed incorrectly.  Public safety personal must be certified for safety seat installation in CT so if you are having trouble finding someone to help please see below.

The Guilford Police department holds regular child seat installations, free of charge on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 7:30am-9:30am and the 3rd Sunday of the month from 3:30pm-5:30pm.  This is not only for Guilford residents and they only ask that people please call beforehand at 203.453.8061.

Their safety efforts are made possible by the Kelley Mason family who after loosing their daughter in a fatal car accident have committed to community outreach for driving safety in her memory.  Rose Mason, Kelley’s mother, hopes their family’s efforts can help other parents avoid the tragedy of  loosing a child.

On this Sunday, September the 23rd from 11-3pm they will be holding a brunch at Anthony’s Ocean View.  100% of the proceeds from the $30 admission charge and a silent auction will go toward child safety seats being donated to the Guilford Police Department.


Feed Seniors Now

September 12th, 2012 at 3:42 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

Did you know a percentage of seniors are sometimes forced to choose between food and medication? This is unfortunately true and one of the many reasons why seniors are among the most vulnerable to malnutrition and hunger in Connecticut.

Comfort Keepers Connecticut offices are starting a month long food drive specifically aimed at fighting senior hunger.  All donations are going to the Connecticut Food Bank.    Here is how to participate:

  • By dropping off your food items at 722 Village Walk in Guilford any time during the week from 9AM to 4PM before September 30; and
  • By visiting comfort keepers at the Guilford Wellness Fair on the Guilford Green this Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 10AM to 2PM.
  •  virtual food drive
For a list of nutritious food and more information on the issue of Senior Hunger please visit here.




The New Milford Food Bank’s Walk-A-Mile

September 10th, 2012 at 5:34 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

In recognition of September as Hunger Action Month WTNH Community Affairs will be highlighting events/fundraisers that are  helping to fight hunger in Connecticut communities.

The New Milford food bank is holding their unique annual event Walk-A-Mile.  This event is designed to bring in much needed donations and raise awareness and empathy to some of the additional struggles of the economically disadvantaged.  New Milford Social Worker, Leah Pullaro, says that many clients of the food bank cope with issues such as car ownership, funds to purchase gasoline and even a bus ticket.

Participants purchase a bag of groceries and walk, carrying their purchases, about 1 mile to the local food bank. Once they reach the food bank, participants help sort their purchases and get the opportunity to see the pantry’s shelves begin to fill.

Sunday September 23rd, 2012

During the hours of 1pm-3pm

Meet at the Big Y Shopping Center

Walk to the New Milford Social Services Food Bank

Located at the Richmond Center (40 Main St.)

Please contact the New Milford Social Services Dept to register or with additional questions:

If you or your group cannot attend the walk but wish to donate items, or would like to walk on another date, the pantry says please feel free to do so.  Food and household items accepted at Social Services Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm.


Remembering September 11th

September 7th, 2012 at 5:37 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

Please share in the comments if you know of any other events this anniversary of September 11th

Trumbull Volunteer Fire Co. #1, 860 White Plains Road, is holding a blood drive through the American Red Cross on 9/9 from 9-5:30 to remember their fallen comrades and the anniversary of 911.

The CT United ride, 9/09, starts in Norwalk and goes through Fairfield county, ending in Bridgeport at the beach. This is a 60 mile ride with police motorcycle escorts and ending with a 5 mile parade through Bridgeport! In all 11 towns, each fire department is hanging American flags over the route!  Visit the website and learn how you can participate.

Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Patriot Day at St. Joseph Church, 4 Main Street, North Canaan, CT. This is a 24 hour vigil that begins at 12 midnight on September 10th.  Please contact Nick at 860-671-1018 if you are looking to participate in the event.