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					STAMFORD business out look
September 4, 2007

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Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc.

A NEW SCHOOL YEAR

In This Issue:
A Marketing Publication From The Advocate

• Tutoring Achieves • news and information about uconn stamford

• lifelong learning • economic impact of The Achievement Gap

• And Much More

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New York Institute of Finance - Stamford

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Building Your Financial Career

WHAT’S INSIDE:
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The Time is now The Social and Economic Impact of The Achievement Gap “Tutoring - Achieves” - A Success Story Mary Matalin and James Carville to speak at VNHC Fundraiser in Stamford A New School Year Welcome New Members Inaugural University Pals Program Resounding Success Norwalk Community College Looks to the Future Teachers Look to meet Challenge of New School Year Lifelong Learning - Moving from “Common Sense” to “Common Practice” “News and Information about UConn Stamford” Adult and Continuing Education Lifelong Learning in Stamford Community Corner Company Recognition Members Making News

COURSES AVAILABLE:
Accounting for Derivatives & Hedging Asset Liability Management Brokerage Operations Credit Default Swaps: From Vanilla to Exotic Credit Risk Analysis Essentials of Corporate Finance Equity Derivatives Finance Essentials for the Professional Fixed Income Suite Foreign Exchange Marketplace Free Cash Flow: A Powerful Decision-Making Metric Fund Selection Hedge Funds Introduction to Credit Derivatives Introduction to Credit Risk Analysis Introduction to Financial Accounting Mortgage Backed Securities Overview of Structured Products Technical Analysis

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The Stamford Business Outlook is a monthly publication of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce. It is published in conjunction with the The Advocate Newspapers. This publication does not represent the views of The Advocate Editorial department. To advertise, please call 964-2448.

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OPEN HOUSE/LAUNCH PARTY! Special Guest: Ralph Acampora September 20, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30 pm email invite@nyif.com for more information. For More Information visit www.nyif.com/stamford, call 212-641-6616 or email customercare@nyif.com. Mention Keycode: STBA807
John Condlin, President, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Barbara Seiter, Vice President, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Marcia Groglio, Special Sections Supervisor, The Advocate Cindy Ross, Advertising Director, The Advocate Jim Reid, Retail Sales Manager, The Advocate Liz gueguen, Special Sections Designer, The Advocate Geri Fortunato, Director of Membership, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Cynthia McCullough, Program Coordinator, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Cover art: photographic memories, 203-321-8300

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The Challenge of Closing the Achievement Gap
Another summer has come and gone and as sure as the days are growing shorter, it signals the start of a new school year. Under the 2008 School Budget, the Stamford Public Schools System undoubtedly has the daunting task of how to do more with less. As a result of the tax challenges that the city faced this past budget period, substantial cuts were made to the proposed Stamford school budget. The challenge is how to prevent these budget cuts from eliminating the positive gains experienced this past year under the No Child Left Behind legislation. The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) scores just released showed positive gains across the board, but regrettably the achievement gap is still very substantial. Interestingly, a closer analysis of the subgroups shows that the gap not only exists along ethnic lines, as it has been recognized in the past, but also there is a clear margin occurring among special needs and economic lines. The challenge for the Stamford public school system in this difficult budget year is how to retain the programs targeted to help those groups. Unfortunately, those are the programs that have a tendency to be cut as the school system tries to balance a budget and maintain basic education for all students. The achievement gap is the biggest educational challenge facing society. And there is no quick fix or one simple solution. But positive gains such as the CMT scores indicate that the achievement gap can be narrowed with the hopeful goal of total elimination. The Stamford school system’s number one goal for this year as well as future years should be how to continue their upward spiral.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE STAMFORD CHAMBER

John P. Condlin President and CEO Stamford Chamber of Commerce

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The Time is now
LEN MILLER Chair, Stamford Achieves In 2003, Mayor Malloy appointed a Blue Ribbon Commission to study the achievement gap that exists in the Stamford public school system, and to make recommendations on how to close it. The achievement gap is the difference in standardized test scores between minorities and whites, and between rich and poor students. While this gap exists in urban areas throughout the country, Connecticut has the worst achievement gap of any state in the nation. When the Commission was formed, there was a great deal of uncertainty on how to close the gap, and some cynicism as to whether this was a “hopeless cause” - an inevitable consequence of poverty and the growing social ills of crime and addiction that were festering in our low-income neighborhoods. Yet there was a shared commitment among the Commission that the achievement gap must be closed if Stamford was to achieve its potential as a truly great city. That was the genesis of the public-private partnership that is now called STAMFORD ACHIEVES. Over the past four years, the Board of Directors of Stamford Achieves has spent a great deal of time researching the causes of the achievement gap and seeking solutions. We have examined progress made by urban schools in neighboring states and we have begun to mobilize implementing programs which have proven successful in similar districts. We have hired Dr. Christine Casey as our interim executive director, who has brought incredible knowledge and energy to the organization. We have met frequently with Superintendent Joshua Starr, who shares our commitment to closing the achievement gap, and we will soon issue a report to the community on progress made and where more help is needed. Programmatically, we have started “Tutoring Achieves,” which is already making a difference in the reading skills of the 100 students from Davenport and Springdale Schools who received remedial help this summer.. With the state accreditation that was just received, Stamford Achieves will be able expand that program and initiate others in the coming school year to help poor health and inferior diets and the readiness of children to learn. PTO’s need to do more to reach out to parents who may have language barriers or other issues that keep them from being a vibrant part of those organizations. And the entire school system - teachers, administrators, and the board of education - need to work together so that the achievement gap remains the number one priority until it is closed. Finally, more parents need to learn how to become deeply involved and engaged in the education of their children. If they have not received a high school diploma or a college degree, they can resolve that they will be the last generation to not benefit from higher education. The institutions of higher learning, such as UCONN-Stamford and Norwalk Community College, need to reach down to younger children about the advantages and importance of a college education. Both have made excellent starts on this front - but more can and should be done. Like any other major social problem, closing the gap will require hard work and the courage to deal with thorny issues such as racism, educational motivation, and community apathy. Stamford Achieves is proud of the fact that we helped bring awareness of the achievement gap to the community. Bringing awareness, however, is only the first step and now action must be taken and results must be attained. Now that we know that this issue exists, we all have an obligation to close the achievement gap without delay. As each school year goes by, we are at risk of losing more children if we accept the status quo. The time is now to strengthen our resolve - as one community - to close the achievement gap in Stamford.

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The Social and Economic Impact of The Achievement Gap
DUANE HILL, VICE CHAIRMAN Stamford Achieves For many of us who have successfully raised families in Stamford, problems like teen pregnancy, illiteracy and dropping out of school may seem remote. It is easy for us in the business community to stay within our “comfort zone” and convince ourselves that these social problems are being addressed by our elected school board and that they won’t have any impact on our lives. Yet recent studies should dispel any feelings of complacency. According to Education Week, 85% of white students graduated from high school in Connecticut last year. Yet only 61% of African Americans completed high school in 2006 and just 51% of Hispanics. The failure of our schools to educate all children - regardless of race or income - creates a social and economic burden which has an impact on all of us. Data are now available on the economic impact of dropping out of high school which serve as a proxy for the social and economic costs of an inadequate education. On average, high school dropouts earn just 37 cents for every dollar earned by students who graduate. The nation’s current dropout rate translates into between $58-135 billion in lost income tax and Social Security revenues annually. Based on the current dropout rate in Stamford, our local economy loses millions of dollars in earnings potential every year. But that is by far the smallest measure of the economic impact of our failing schools. Consider crime rates. It is estimated that a 10% increase in high school graduation rates would reduce auto thefts by 13% and assault arrests by 20%. That would have a material impact on reversing a dangerous trend in Connecticut, where we spent more on prisons last year ($611 million) than on higher education ($601 million). Connecticut now has the second highest juvenile incarceration rate for Hispanic males and the third-highest for African American males. What a waste of human capital! Perhaps the most sobering

Duane Hill

Len Miller

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more students, and to work with parents to help them become more involved with the education of their children. But we need more involvement - from all sectors of the community - and greater focus on this problem if we are going to make measurable progress in closing the achievement gap. The corporate community and the business associations in Stamford, that has been very supportive of the public school system, will need to do even more. The religious community should make this an important priority in communications with their congregations and in their community youth programs. Our healthcare professionals need to look at the connections between

measure of the cost of dropping out of high school is in the relative rates of disease and mortality between the two populations. On average, high school graduates live over nine years longer than high school dropouts. You cannot put a price on that level of inequity. So there is clearly an enormous financial burden, and incalculable human costs, associated with the achievement gap in Stamford. These costs are passed along to all of us in higher property and state income taxes. But those who suffer the most from the achievement gap are, of course, the poor and minority students whose hopes and dreams will never be realized. As a father, a tax payer and a businessman, I feel it is a moral imperative to work on closing Stamford’s achievement gap and eliminating this hidden tax. I hope others in the business community will join with us at Stamford Achieves on this important mission.

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“Tutoring - Achieves” - A Success Story
C H R I S T I N E M. C A S E Y, E D .D I N T E R I M D I R E C T O R Stamford Achieves What would you do if your child was struggling in math or reading in elementary school? You would hire a tutor, right? But what if you could not afford the fees that private tutors charge? Until very recently, there were very few options for the many students from moderate income families in Stamford who fall into that category. This problem was brought to my attention this spring at a meeting with a senior member of the School Superintendent’s staff. She told me there were not enough approved providers of supplemental educational services to meet the needs of all of the eligible children reading below grade level in Stamford. As a life-long educator, I know how critical it is for children to master reading at grade level. After all, a child cannot read to learn until she masters learning to read! So in May, Stamford Achieves began a tutoring program in reading for students from two pilot sites: Springdale and Davenport Elementary Schools. The program, which we call “Tutoring Achieves,” was offered at three community locations: CTE, Boys and Girls Club and Yerwood Center. Thirty three children identified by school staff in grades 1 -5 received one hour of intense tutoring three times a week. Certified teachers from Stamford Schools, and several retired teachers, used a research-based reading program (Benchmark) to work with small groups of up to three children. This small student/teacher ratio, combined with the skills of the teachers, produced important results. Many non-readers in this first cohort “turned the key” to reading during the brief four weeks by learning to decode words. The program continued this summer with even more intensity. Seventy children were identified and received the same program for one hour a day, four days a week. Several non-readers from higher grades received tutoring two hours a day. As a result, we are sending many students back to Springdale and Davenport ready to “read to learn” WW For the students attending during the summer, 62% went up for up to 200 students in the 2007/08 school year. But unlike other SES providers, who are limited to a budget of $1200 per student, the “Tutoring Achieves” program is committed to providing top quality remedial instruction until these students are able to reach grade level. After “graduation” from Tutoring Achieves, we will monitor their report cards to certain they maintain their gains. These first 200 children represent only a small part of the population of students in Stamford who need - and qualify for - subsidized tutoring in math and reading. Over time, we hope to be able to create local capacity for providing tutoring in all three community centers, using volunteers and high school students to supplement our certified teachers. Eventually, these and other centers will expand out and operate their own Tutoring Achieves programs as they scale up to serve all elementary school children in Stamford who struggle with academics. While that may seem like “Mission Impossible” - consider this: in 1999, a small group of business and educational leaders had a vision for a high tech high school in Stamford. It took seven years to make that vision a brick and mortar reality, but on September 4 the Academy of Information and Technology will be dedicating a $45 million building in Stamford. It may take that long - or longer - for Stamford Achieves to reach our goal of serving every struggling student who needs remedial help. But we are embarked on that path and we are committed to staying the course.

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Mary Matalin and James Carville to speak at VNHC Fundraiser in Stamford
H O L L Y B R O O K S T E I N , C O M M U N I C A T I O N S D I R E C T O R, VNHC On Thursday October 4th, 2007, at 9:00 AM, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Southwestern CT (VNHC) will continue their successful morning lecture series with an entertaining look at politics by conEhud Barak. Carville can be seen regularly on television as a CNN commentator. Carville and Matalin’s humor, straightforward discussion, and an inside view of political issues has made them sought-after speakers and TV guests. They both recognize the power that their celebrity has in helping non-profits raise funds. “The beauty of this event is that all of the expenses are underwritten by corporate sponsorships. This means that every dollar raised through ticket sales goes directly to VNHC for patient care,” says VNHC’s new Director of Development Mary Aly. VNHC is the oldest home healthcare agency in the area, serving all of lower Fairfield County with skilled nursing, physical therapy and home health aides. VNHC also offers compassionate hospice services to patients in their homes and at the Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice Residence. Tickets to the CarvilleMatalin event on October 4th at the Rich Forum are still available for $150. Please call Holly Brookstein at 203-276-3000

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one or more levels. For those students who attended both summer and spring sessions, the percent of students rising a level or more was 87%. (Tested using Benchmark Program) We will post a more comprehensive report on “Tutoring Achieves” on the Stamford Achieves website (www.stamfordachieves.org) in a few weeks. In July, Stamford Achieves was officially accredited by the State Department of Education as an approved Provider of Supplemental Educational Services. As an SES provider, Stamford Achieves will be paid with Title I funding to provide tutoring in reading and math

servative commentator Mary Matalin and her outspoken, liberal husband James Carville. This team’s sharp wit and political insights should provide a jolting look at the upcoming election. Mary Matalin formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, Matalin hosted CNN’s critically acclaimed debate show, Crossfire. James Carville is probably America’s best-known political consultant, serving as chief campaign strategist to Clinton and Gore in 1992. Recently, Carville has focused on foreign consulting, including such clients as Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Israeli Prime Minister

James Carville

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A New School Year
J O S H U A P. S T A R R, E D .D., Superintendent of Schools All of us in the Stamford Public Schools are driven by our mission to prepare each and every student for higher education and success in the 21st century. Since I arrived in Stamford two years ago, our district has undergone a period of engagement, reflection, and evolution. I am certain that we are now on the brink of going from good to excellent. The commitment and intelligence of our educators will enable us to fulfill my vision for Stamford to be the highest performing small urban school district in the nation. This fall, each student in kindergarten through second grade will learn mathematics through a new program called Everyday Mathematics. Everyday Mathematics is a standards-based program that has been used with great success in districts throughout Connecticut and across the nation. It teaches children essential math skills through an approach that engages all types of learners. It is no longer acceptable for some children to be “math people” and others not. Today’s world demands that all children be able to think mathematically and grasp complex concepts while also being able to compute numbers in various ways. Additionally, this fall, all middle schools will implement a standards-based program called America’s Choice that will enable us to address the needs of those children who have struggled in mathematics. Both programs are part of our College Bound District Program (CBDP), which has been generously funded by the General Electric Foundation. Research shows that to achieve excellence, students must master Algebra by the 8th grade. Everyday Mathematics will provide the early foundation to make this possible, while America’s Choice will help those children who do not have that foundation to catch up. We will then start developing a common core curriculum for middle and high school mathematics for 2008-09, while we expand Everyday Mathematics in the elementary grades. The CBDP is also funding new science programs, which we will introduce in the 5th, 8th and 10th grades this fall. These improvements will serve students well, as the State of Connecticut will begin testing in science next year. Our programs are based on hands-on inquiry and the development of analytical skills, while not foregoing the “hard skills” that are necessary for success in the science field. I am also very pleased that this year, we are re-establishing two laboratory periods per week for all high school students who take Biology and Honors Chemistry. We will expand this offering to all Chemistry students next year, and the year after, to those who take Physics. Implementing new curriculum is never easy. In order to provide our teachers with the help and support they need, our schools will establish Professional Learning Communities and a Coaching model. Professional Learning Communities are based on the simple concept that teachers who regularly collaborate with each other on student achievement will be well-equipped to meet the needs of their children. In most professions, employees

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work in teams, constantly running ideas by colleagues in order to perfect a product or idea. Teachers are too often asked to work in isolation and very little time is available to plan or create together. Two of our most successful magnet schools, Westover and Scofield, are built on the concept of teacher collaboration, with designated time for teachers to work together. I am thrilled that we will be expanding opportunities in every school for teachers to collaborate and learn from one another. Additionally, through the CBDP, we are fortunate to be able to hire a Math Coach for every middle school and for AITE. These coaches will provide direct support to mathematics teachers as they implement our new programs and curricula. What we learn from the middle school coaches this year will help us to develop a coaching model for every other school using existing resources. The coming year also brings many challenges and questions. We will have $6.7 million less in our operating budget than I requested. This loss will require us to do business differently and to defer enhancements such as Gifted and Talented and Elementary Spanish. We also need to address performance in our middle schools, as I believe our current middle school program does not always maximize the commitment of our teachers nor fully engage all of our students. In the area of student discipline, new legislation from the State will require us to develop additional alternatives to our current approaches. This year, we will also develop a com-

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prehensive approach to teaching literacy and ensure equity in opportunities for all students to take music, art, drama and physical education/health. I am pleased that we have begun to make strides in those areas, but, of course, more work needs to be done. A new five-year partnership with the Panasonic Foundation and the Connecticut Center for School Change will help us align those efforts with the Board of Education’s strategic goals, and will include extensive input from teachers, administrators, parents, students and the community. I continue to be proud and privileged to be the Superintendent of Stamford Public Schools. There are few communities in America that have the kind of intelligence, commitment, willpower and vision that we do. The question before us now is how we corral the energy, complexity, and opportunities of Stamford so that we do not settle for just going from good to great. We are on a path to go beyond greatness; in Stamford, excellence is the point.

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Employment Agencies

Providing local businesses with exclusive marketing programs in their prime and most relevant markets in a highly community manner GoliathJobs.com
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A free web-based employment service specializing in the placement of students & alumni. Simple, Safe, Secure. Habitat for Humanity of CoastalFairfield County
Robert A. Knebel President/CEO

CBS sells and services Xerox & Minolta Copiers, and Kyocera printers. We also provide document management solutions. Domus/Stamford Academy

Domus operates two charter schools, three residential programs, afterschool programs, and a training institute for youth, educators, and parents. Express Personnel Services

Temporary & Permanent Staffing. “Our mission is to help people find jobs and our client companies find good employees”. Fairfield Community Marketing
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Non profit faith based housing developer Builds simple, decent housing, which is sold at cost to low income families. Investors Capital Corporation
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Residential property offering one to three bedroom apartments. The Cantering Caterer
Christian O’Dowd,President

Westport & Greenwich.Full service catering and design. The Waters Edge@Giovannis
Sal LaTorraca,General Manager

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The Cantering Caterer is a high end boutique company with offices in

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Financial Planners

Lord and Taylor
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Retail

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Personal Shopper

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REACH Prep provides 8 years of middle school through college guidance and preparation to Black and Latino students.

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Inaugural University Pals Program A Resounding Success
M I C H A E L M. E G O , P H .D. Associate Vice Provost, University of Connecticut, Stamford With summer vacation in full swing, why were more than 100 Stamford middle school kids ecstatic to still be in school? It’s because these rising eighth graders headed to classrooms and laboratories for a special four-week college experience at UConn’s Stamford Campus. The “University Pals” program began on July 9, and culminated on August 3 with a Commencement Ceremony, and is a college preparation program is designed to provide first-generation college-bound students an introduction to the significance of pursuing higher education. Although other institutions have given middle and high school students opportunities to attend college classes in various forms, the Stamford campus University Pals (UPals) program has a number of components that go beyond the traditional approaches. It is a blend of college courses, co-curricular activities, and the kids getting a chance to visit and interact with local community and business leaders directly related to possible career paths. Perhaps the most important part of the UPals experience is the requirement of parental participation, where the parents of each student came to a one-day orientation before classes began, and they also attended a mandatory parental meeting two weeks into the program. Since the parents did not attend college themselves, these sessions provide them with information about how to prepare their children for high school and college. During the four weeks the 102 students were on the Stamford Campus, they went through a simulated daily routine of going to college, which includes attending classes in the morning, having lunch with classmates, being part of study groups, going to the library, and other scheduled activities. Courses were taught by UConn Stamford professors and also by community members. Current UConn students act as mentors and group leaders for the middle-schoolers. On Friday afternoons, the program took the middle schoolers to visit a range of businesses in the community. The local organizations include Stamford Hospital, the Stamford Advocate, the Marriott Courtyard hotel, Purdue Pharma, the Laurel House, St. Luke’s Lifeworks, Law Office of Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin and Kuriansky, and the City of Stamford Mayor’s Office. The program was met with enthusiastic support from the Stamford community. It was funded entirely through corporate and foundation grants, with in-kind resources from the Stamford campus. The students will return for enrichment activities in subsequent summers, until they enter college in 2012.

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Norwalk Community College Looks to the Future
DAVID LEVINSON, PRESIDENT, Norwalk Community College The fall semester begins Sept. 4, 2007 at Norwalk Community College. The new semester is always a time of great anticipation on campus. There are exciting initiatives to engage learners of all ages and the NCC Foundation will host its biennial Le Bal d’Ecole gala on Oct. 20 to raise funds for scholarships and student needs. Over the summer, NCC debuted its first study abroad program. A group of NCC students, led by Professor Angeles Dam, spent three weeks learning Spanish language and culture in Nagarote, Nicaragua, Norwalk’s “sister city.” Back home, NCC welcomed high school juniors to campus for the College Pathway Initiative jointly sponsored by NCC and Briggs High School in Norwalk, and the AITE Magnet School and Wright Technical School, both in Stamford. In July, a delegation of educators from Singapore visited NCC’s Child Development Laboratory School to observe best practices and learn about NCC’s Brighter Futures program for preschoolers. Accompanying the delegation was Jane Gruendel, Senior Advisor to Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Early Childhood Education. When students return to campus on Sept. 4, they’ll enroll in more than 800 courses-ranging from Arabic to philosophy, culinary arts to chemistry, ancient history to weather forecasting. NCC’s new IFS University, a federally funded program which provides workforce training in the finance and insurance industries, will offer courses and certificates in four occupations with worker shortages-financial management, auditing, financial analysis and brokering. The insurance and financial services industry is a primary economic driver in Connecticut, representing 8 percent of the state’s workforce. This fall, the college’s UBS Student Success Center will continue to pro-

David Levinson

From left, Kumari Willoughby, Christina Sanon, and Aaron Young, participants in the University Pals college preparation program for middle schoolers at the Stamford campus, work on a project in the biology lab. Photo supplied by UConn Stamford

vide a first point of contact hundreds of new and potential students. The Center offers online and in-person advising. Students create a career portfolio, learn about financial opportunities, and access information on jobs and career pathways. On Oct. 20, 2007, Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will be Guest of Honor at Le Bal d’Ecole, a black tie benefit to begin at 6 p.m. The event has been held biennially since 1993 on various estates in Greenwich. For the first time, the gala will be held in a marquis tent on the NCC campus. Chuck Scarborough, co-anchor of News Channel 4 at 6 and 11 p.m., will be Master of Ceremonies. Also this fall, NCC will finalize plans for a 55,000 sq.ft. Center for Health and Science, to break ground in 2008. This facility for training a new generation of nurses and skilled healthcare workers is being developed with guidance from Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich hospitals. It will have three floors, each dedicated to a branch of healthcare education: nursing and allied health, the medical sciences and health and wellness. Finally, NCC will continue to develop a culture of self-assessment and data-driven decision making, and expand its capacity to deliver a wide range of learning experiences across the lifespan.

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LORI ROSSOMANDO, PRESIDENT, Stamford Education Association As teachers, we’re always thinking about what we do and how to do it better. But we aren’t just mulling over our thoughts, we’re transforming them into action. It’s important to note that this transformation process has never been more challenging. Shifting policies, changing practices and demographic developments - combined with mandates from Washington -- have commanded our attention. However, they have not sapped our energy; instead, they have deepened our resolve to work to provide each child with the best public education possible. Our gratitude goes out to corporate leaders and organizations that have labored hand in hand with the larger community for the betterment of schools. New activities provide opportunities to make improvements, share concerns, and generate solutions. Significant Stamford examples are: * GE College Bound District Program. This focuses on college readiness for all students and has a concentration on student achievement in science and mathematics. * Panasonic Foundation & CT Center for School Change. This initiative fosters collaboration among school district officials, Board of Education members and employee associations with an eye toward improving student learning. *Stamford Education Association Teacher Forums. This program provides a variety of inservice training and support. Its also encompasses aiding new teachers in meeting Connecticut’s rigorous certification requirements and promoting innovative approaches to special education. *Professional Learning Communities. This project has small groups of educators working collaboratively to study their teaching practices, build a shared knowledge base, and use student work/ data to identify improvements. It’s also exciting to consider that a new state law paves the way for innovation with a new school model called “CommPACT schools.” Space only permits a thumbnail sketch of these innovative programs. Suffice it to say that they’re varied and exciting with one common thread: they promote an inclusive model of setting policy and generating solutions. Is there more to be done to make our good schools even better? Without hesitation, we say, “yes.” Secure, healthy schools are critical. Developing consistent and reasonable student discipline policies are also on our priority list. Rest assured that this school year - as in past years - we will be pursuing innovative ways to help all students learn and prepare to become contributing citizens. As public school teachers, it’s simply what we’re all about -- preparing generations of youngsters for an exciting and productive future.

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Lifelong Learning - Moving from “Common Sense” to “Common Practice”
B Y J O S E P H M. C A R B O N E , President & CEO, The WorkPlace, Inc. Five years ago, using a GPS (Global Positioning System) in my car was inconceivable to me. Recently, I received one as a gift, and my tech-savvy staff and adult children installed it and taught me to use it. Now, it saves me time every day, and I could teach others even its advanced features. New technology has a way of opening minds to new ideas, skills and behaviors. It is a tangible example of the need for continuous learning. The mix of technology with training is in many ways a cornerstone of Lifelong Learning. Lifelong Learning is an orga-

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nized system of increasing personal and professional mastery designed to enhance the individual’s value and adaptability. Lifelong Learning is linked to the economic well-being and competitiveness of individuals, organizations, regions, and nations. Employers, educators, and policymakers generally agree on the need for continuing education and training. There are different views, however, on who is accountable for it, who should provide it, and who should pay for it. What’s in it for employers? Productivity. One study found that “a one-year increase in the education level of workers increase productivity by 8.5 percent in manufacturing and 12.7 percent in non-manufacturing industries.” Retention. According to an employee retention consultant, the opportunity to learn and grow on the job is a leading reason why employees stay with their employer. Paying worker tuition can help business. Who pays? Both the public and private sectors. A key recommendation of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce is for the public sector to create personal competitiveness accounts - a GI Bill for our times. “...the next few decades will be a time of increasing turbulence in the job market. In this environment, it will be extremely important that workers everywhere be able to get the training they need to move quickly to other jobs, other professions, and other industries over and over again.” “No other step the nation could take would have a higher payoff in economic agility and competitiveness, for both the individual and the society as a whole.” At the same time, companies are trying new approaches to encourage employees to take more initiative in their own lifelong learning. A recent New York Times article reported, “IBM says it will begin offering employees in the United States an opportunity to enroll in its new “learning account” program next year as a way to help save and pay for training and development in a rapidly, changing global economy. Similar to the 401(k) retirement plan, the program will allow employees to put up to $1,000 in a specialized savings account for training and development each year, with IBM contributing 50 cents for every dollar. IBM will contribute $40 million to learning accounts in the first three years of the program.” Education -- kindergarten through college -- needs to provide the foundation of literacy, numeracy, work readiness, and appetite for learning for future generations. But the “Tough Choices or Tough Times” report

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reminds us that “most of the people who will be in our workforce in 20 years are already in it. We have done a very poor job of making it possible for adults who have full-time jobs and family responsibilities to get the continuing education and training they need to survive in the world that is coming.” Our system of education and training needs to support adults throughout their working lives. Here in Southwestern Connecticut, The WorkPlace and other organizations seek to be vehicles of collaboration between the public sector, private sector, and individuals to create a system which is highly-responsive to changing needs and competitive pressures. I call on employers, educators, training providers, workforce development professionals, and policymakers to convene to meet this challenge - moving Lifelong Learning from “common sense” to “common practice.”

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“News and Information about UConn Stamford”
M I C H A E L M. E G O .P H D. , Associate Vice Provost University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus The UConn Stamford Campus relocated from its original home in North Stamford to its current downtown campus in January 1998, and has become the premier four-year public institution in lower Fairfield County. Today, college students are able to start and complete ten undergraduate majors and two graduate programs, all in the state-of-the-art facilities, at the UConn Stamford Campus. The faculty are all world-renowned scholars and outstanding professors who teach with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which enables students to gain greater access to full-time and adjunct faculty, both in and out of the classroom. To celebrate its 10th anniversary in downtown Stamford, the campus is planning a gala celebration in March 2008. In January 2007, the Stamford Campus initiated the Shuttle Van Service, wh ich provides FREE transportation to and from the Stamford Train Station. The new service runs Monday through Thursday, beginning with 7:00 a.m. pick up, and ending with a 10:30 p.m. drop off. The Shuttle Van Service has enabled students from throughout Fairfield County to take the train as it fits their schedules to attend classes at the UConn Stamford Campus, and the Shuttle Van Service is also available to faculty, staff and guest visitors. In collaboration with the School of Nursing, an accelerated nursing preparation is scheduled to begin in either July 2008 or January 2009, at the UConn Stamford Campus. The program is open to students who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline, who wish to enter the nursing profession. Upon completion of the 11 month program, students will be eligible for licensure exam, and they are able to earn a Master’s Degree in Nursing, by taking an additional 6-9 graduate units. There are several other academic programs that are being considered for the Stamford Campus. First, there are ongoing discussions with the School of Social Work to offer the M.S.W degree at the Stamford Campus in the future, and we hope to launch the program in the near future. Second, the Department of Economics is exploring the development of a Master’s Degree in Global/International Economics at the Stamford Campus, and we hope to begin earnest discussions this year. Last, there have been preliminary discussions with the UConn School of Law, which has indicated interest in offering law courses at the Stamford Campus, and we will begin exploratory discussions during the coming year. The Campus Art Gallery has provided an outstanding display of artistic talent throughout the past year, and will continue to feature regional artists in the coming year. Currently, the UConn Puppet ROSLYN NESIN, ADMINISTRATOR

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Adult and Continuing Education Lifelong Learning in Stamford
Stamford Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education The Stamford Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education program offers the opportunity for all adult residents to continue to learn. There are more than 100 courses in our Fall 2007 brochure. Adults can learn a foreign language, golf, oil painting, how to start your own business, bridge, scuba diving, yoga and many more. Register online, by phone/fax, in person or by mail. If a person prefers to take a course at home or in their place of business, he/she can register for an online course. These courses include web page design, computer programming, the internet, business writing, speed reading and QuickBooks. Visit www.ed2go.com/stamford to learn about additional online course selections. Education helps an individual gain or improve employment, earn a high school diploma and become a partner in their children’s education. Two routes to high school graduation are available. The High School Credit Diploma program has the same requirements for graduation and awards the same diploma as any other Stamford public school. The HSCD program is offered in the evening at Rippowam Center, 381 High Ridge Road. Over 50 people received diplomas in June 2007. Classes are also given to assist individuals in preparing for the GED State Examination in the morning and in the evening at the Adult Learning Center, 369 Washington Boulevard. Adult Basic Education is for people who need to improve their reading, writing and math skills before they can enter a high school program, job training or employment. During the 2006-2007 school year, there were 2,728 enrollments in English as a Second Language programs. These classes teach residents who are new to our country to understand, speak, read and write English in the context of life skills. In addition to our standard ESL classes, we offer an English as a Second Language/Workforce Development class and ESL/Family Literacy classes in elementary schools for parents of pre-kindergarten to fifth grade children. Citizenship classes prepare adults for the exam to become a United States citizen. Stamford Adult Education is able to offer classes for employees at their business site. We can customize a program to meet an employer’s need. Our Fall 2007 brochure has been sent to every home in Stamford and is available at the library branches, mall and Government Center. The brochure is available on the internet at www.stamfordadulted.com. Additional information is available by calling the Adult Education office at 977-4209.

Michael M.Ego

Arts Exhibit featuring Bart Roccoberton and Kate Katz runs through September 28, which will be followed by the Latin American Art Exhibit, featuring local artists from October 4 to November 29. We will close the calendar year with the “Pure Color” exhibit, featuring Gary Lichtenstein and Friends. The 2008 calendar is currently being finalized and will include the UConn Student, Faculty and Staff Show; the Juried Photography Exhibit; the Quilt/Fiber Exhibit, and the Children’s Illustration Show. The gallery is open to the public, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon. For up-to-date information about academic and community collaborations at the UConn Stamford Campus, please visit the website:www.stamford.uconn.stamford

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center September Calendar of Events For more information visit www.stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.322.1646 ext.6521. August. Through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008 The Motorcycle, Italian Style: Riding the Curves with MV Augusta. This vintage motorcycle exhibition traces the MV Agusta brand from its World War II inception to today. Transportation meets art in this spectacular salute to one of the most admired, esthetically-driven steel horses of all time. Sunday, Sept. 9th, 11 am to 4 pm Easy Rider, Italian Style Festival.. All bikes, vintage and new, are welcome at this mega-festival show to celebrate the culture of the motorcycle. September 26, 6:00 pm Stamford Museum & Nature Center and Maximum Terror are again teaming up for Fairfield County’s premiere haunted adventure. Casting call for actors .No scare experience required. Teen and adult frighteners are needed to play a swarm of monstrous characters. Teens must be 13 years or older. Fright training will be provided. For more information call Kathy Ritch at 203.322.1646 ext. 6530. September 30th Easter Seals “Walk with Me.” Participants will walk the museum grounds through the farm and across the museum Wheels in the Woods universally accessible trail and then over to the meadow for a Finish Line Celebration! Proceeds from this walk will go towards assisting those with disabilities and special needs. Register online at www.ct.easterseals.com. Saturday, Sept,29th-Sunday, Sept, 30th. Family Campout Pitch your tent, enjoy a barbeque dinner and join in on all the great activities, such as a tour of the farm, and a walk to the Observatory. Then enjoy a pancake breakfast the next morning! Curtain Call September Calendar of Events For more information visit www.curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461 6358 x32. Monday, September 11th, 8p.m. The Guys The events of September 11, 2001 have changed the world forever. In honor of the fifth anniversary of the many lives lost, we present this amazing two-person play which will be held in The Kweskin Theatre. Friday & Saturday nights September 14th - 30th at 8p.m.Sunday afternoons at 2p.m. The Mousetrap. Agatha Christie masterpiece. The longest running play in history. Cabaret-style seating / BYO Everything Format.

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Companies that are committed to Stamford’s business community
A.P. Construction Company Jonathan Burbank, Project Manager (203) 656-1804 Fax (203) 656-1802 www.bmwdarien.com
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BMW of Darien, a member of the Callari Auto Group, servicing Fairfield County since 1966. Citibank,
Laura A. Walker, Vice President

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Construction management and general contracting firm specializing in corporate interiors, educational facilities, healthcare and municipal facilities and residential properties. Branch office in White Plains, NY. Accountants, Inc.
Dennis Bresnan, Principal

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Banks

Easter Seals Connecticut provides varied programs and services for children and adults with disabilities or special needs throughout the state Empowered Learning Center
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Lou Ursone, Executive Director

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Appointments & New Positions
Margaret Preston,

Awards & Recognition

market executive at the Bank of America, was ARC, a nonprofit organization that provides programs appointed market executive for the southwest Connecticut and and services to individuals with special needs, received Westchester County, NY, at US. Trust, Bank of America Private a $25,000 grant from the Perrin Family Foundation in Wealth Management.

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Managing today’s portfolio parallels what every C.E.O faces daily, i.e. developing a strategy and culture that increases returns, dividends, and stock value at a profit. Investing is more complex than ever before. This phenomenon began 5 to 7 years ago and continues to develop at a rapid pace. Today’s portfolio opportunities include great breadth and depth. Areas that are currently performing better than average returns are coming out of sectors that include China, Asia Pacific, Developing Markets, European Small Companies, Energy, Utilities and Small Caps. For accredited investors other sectors that could be available to them include Land Banking, Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Leasing, 1031 TICS and institutional types of investments. It is my opinion that there is a strong correlation between understanding that your portfolio is a business and that as such you are the CEO of your company. The challenge then becomes to develop your financial plan with written goals and objectives that are reviewed regularly, actual versus plan. Depending on the results versus plan, current economic trends and future anticipations could result in a reallocation to maximize potential results. Remember fiscal responsibility includes a strategic exit plan for all contingencies. By possibly embracing and developing that your assets are a business and buying into the concept that you are the CEO of your business you could result with a portfolio that protects the principal and grows regardless of market situations. We hope to help you discover a new perspective with our circle of excellence bringing fresh ideas to better diversify your portfolio. For suggestions, comments and questions contact

support of ARC’s youth division.

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senior associate was promoted to vice president of The Housing Development Fund Inc. received a $25,000 grant CB Richard Ellis, a commercial real estate services company.

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from First County Bank Foundation,in support of its first-time home buyer program.
Sound Waters,

recently acquired the Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee (TROC) advertising account. TROC is looking to raise awareness about recycling in their area and to promote correct recycling practices by way of a media campaign to educate its residents.

an environmental education organization focusing on Long Island Sound, received a $21,000 donation from the Greenwich Alliance for Education,which will help support The Coastal Science Investigation program.

Elections
Michael LaVelle, a partner in the law firm Pullman & Comley L.L.C., was elected chair of the board of directors of The Kennedy Center, a non-profit rehabilitation agency. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center

received a Local Arts Agencies Partnership Grant for $10,000 from The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.
Stamford Center for the Arts Stamford Federal Credit Union announced that the credit union

announced the election of Juanita T. James, chief communications officer at Pitney Bowes, as co-president of its board of directors. C OMPAN Y RECO GN I TI O N , continued from page 12

received a five-star rating from Bauer-Financial Inc., an independent credit union rating and research firm.

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GRP Realty Company, a commercial firm, dealing with leasing, sales, property management and tenant construction. GRP specializes in office leasing Hannah Real Estate Investors, LLC Jennifer Triano,
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Fairfield County Laser Vision is the premier laser vision correction center in the area providing the highest standard of care. Fox & Fox LLP
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Retail ice cream shop located in Stamford and Darien GRP Realty Co
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Harold D. Munson,Optician 75 High Ridge Rd Stamford CT 06905 (203) 323-2181 Fax (203) 406-0139 www.hitchcockmunson.com
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Computer and network consulting and repair for corporate and home users. Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut
Janet Ursone, President

Accounting firm specializing in tax planning & preparations ReMax Ace One Realty
Emilio Reveron,General Manager

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TileAmerica!
Ryan Coyle, Branch Manager

Strategy Mortgage Corp. is committed to offering the lowest rates and highly competent service. One of Connecticut’s largest lenders. Sun & Moon Marketing Communications, Inc.
Madelyne F. Kirch, President

Providing high quality eye care and professional service for 57 yearsincludes eye exams, eye glasses, sun glasses, contact lenses, eye wear accessories maintenance and repairs. Housing Development Fund of Lower Fairfield County
Joan Carty, Executive Director

100 Prospect Street Suite 101 Stamford CT 06901 (203) 969-1830 Fax (203) 323-8958 www.hdf-ct.org
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200 Connecticut Ave Norwalk CT 06854-1940 (203) 854-1700 Fax (203) 8383331 http://stamfordct.ja.org Organizations-Nonprofit Junior Achievement provides Economic Education programs to students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade in the communities of Southwestern Connecticut. Law Offices of Alex. J Martinez, LLC.
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RE/MAX is one to the biggest international real estate franchises, with more than 60 countries, 5,000 offices and more than 100,000 associates around the world. Sandak, Hennessey & Greco, LLP
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Explore the world of tile, stone, glass and metal at our magnificent award-winning 9000 square foot showroom Ukrainian Museum & Library
Rev. John Terlecky, Director

The mission of the Housing Development Fund is to provide financing and technical assistance to facilitate the development of affordable housing in Fairfield County. IFM Productions, LLC Iggy Makarevich,Owner 67 Valley Road Cos Cob CT 06807 Fax (203) 661-9326 ifmproductions.com
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Boutique advertising agency specializing in commercial and residential real estate. Branding, logos, brochures, advertising, websites, collateral, premiums, and events. TEM Associates, Inc.
Gene D’Agostino, Vice President

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Museums

733 Summer Street Stamford CT 06901 (203) 978-0448 Fax (203) 978-0438
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Stamford Senior Center, Inc.
Jeanne Franklin Executive Director/President

700 Canal Street Stamford CT 06902 (203) 530-1908 Fax (203) 328-3735 www.temassociates.com
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The Ukrainian Museum and Library celebrates the ethnic heritage and arts of Ukrainian-Americans and operates a major information research center for Ukrainian studies Villa Crest Builders LLC
Lee Giannattasio, President

Law firm practicing in the areas of immigration, family, criminal and civil litigation McDonald’s
Chris Trefz,Owner

888 Washington Blvd. Stamford CT 06901 (203) 977-5151 Fax (203) 977-5152 www.cityofstamford.org
Organizations-Nonprofit

I work with individuals and companies who don’t believe they are getting the sales results they deserve. The Green Group, Inc.
Robert Green, Owner

86 Downs Avenue Stamford CT 06902 (203) 554-8731
Contractors-Building

IFM Productions provides graphic art and design services, web design, copy writing, illustration and voiceovers, flash films and video editing Insurance Solutions,
Michael Kristof, Principal

25 Bedford St. Stamford CT 06901-1908 Fax (203) 357-8044
Restaurants

New Canaan/Darien Magazine
Lisa Diggins, Advertising Director

The Stamford Senior Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing programming that will help Stamford’s Senior Adults, 50 years of age and older, also taxpayers in the City of Stamford. Stamford Suites Hotel
Brian Cole, General Manager

595 Hope Street Stamford CT 06907 (203) 656-1572 Fax (203) 653-5084 www.greengroup.biz
Roofing and Siding, Painting, Remodeling, Cleaning

Walker Systems Support Kathleen Roane, Executive Director Six Landmark Square Stamford CT 06901 (203) 359-5702 Fax (203) 359-5858 www.walkersystemssupport.com
IT Consulting & Support

800 Summer Street, Ste. 203 Stamford CT 06901 (203) 324-3900 Fax (203) 348-7800
Insurance Agents & Brokers

41 Grove Street New Canaan CT 06840 (203) 966-0077 Fax (203) 972-7253 www.mofflypub.com
Publishing/Advertising

Health insurance and long term care insurance consultant for small businesses specializing on groups of one to fifty employees IT Technology, Services Inc
Erik McCauley, Principal & COO/CIO

Moffly Publications is dedicated to publishing high quality paid circulation magazines that address the special interests of the residents of select upscale towns in Fairfield County. Peter J. Lombardo, CPA
Peter J. Lombardo,CPA/Owner

720 Bedford St Stamford CT 06901 (203) 359-7300 Fax (203) 359-7304 www.stamfordsuites.com
Hotels & Motels

Our 4 divisions have been serving the community since 1989. R.G. Green Co. - (remodeling), Architectural Exteriors (construction), Full Spectrum painting, Xtra Clean (Cleaning & maintenance) The Volunteer Center of SWFC
Roberta Eichler, Executive Director

Computer consulting computer firm providing IT support to companies throughout the state of CT.
WM Malloy Insurance Agency Inc. Bill Malloy, Owner

An all suite hotel with a full kitchen, living / dining room, executive work space and complimentary high speed wireless internet access Strategy Mortgage Corp.
Robert Krasnor, President

62 Palmer’s Hill Rd. Stamford CT 06902 (203) 348-7714 Fax (203) 967-9507 www.ucanhelp.org
Organizations-Nonprofit

87 Glenbrook Road Stamford CT 06902 (203) 351-9898 Fax (203) 351-9880 www.malloyins.com
Insurance Agents & Brokers

750 Summer Street Stamford CT 06901 (203) 324-6003 Fax (203) 569-4150 www.ittechnology.com

2777 Summer St Stamford CT 06905 (203) 975-0533 Fax (203) 975-0543
Accountants-Certified Public

222 Railroad Avenue Greenwich CT 06830 (203) 618-4444 Fax (203) 863-9191 strategymortgage.com

The Volunteer Center strengthens the nonprofit organizations in Southwestern Fairfield County by providing volunteers, training and resources.

Independent Insurance Agency providing auto, home, and health to individuals and property, liability, works compensation and group benefits for business.

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Junior Achievement Salutes Our Teachers
Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut, Inc. salutes the over 400 teachers who have opened their doors to our programs and volunteers, enabling us to reach over 12,000 students in the 2006-2007 school year. We extend our heartfelt gratitude and thanks for their dedication and professionalism.
Pictured left to right: Lynne Weinberg, Teacher, Roxbury Elementary School, Stamford, recipient of the “2006 Theodore White Outstanding Education Partner Award;” Richard Taber, representing First County Bank, recipient of the “2006 Theodore White Outstanding Business Partner Award;” Kristin Murphy, Chairperson of Junior Achievement of Southwest CT; Michael Guarnieri, General Electric, Stamford, recipient of the “2006 Karen Colangelo Outstanding Volunteer Award;” Wendy Field, UBS Investment Bank, Stamford, recipient of the “2006 Karen Colangelo Outstanding Volunteer Award;” Janet Ursone, President of Junior Achievement of Southwest CT.

DARIEN
Hindley Elementary School Gina Pellerito Nancy Selensky

GREENWICH
Greenwich High School Jan Reid North Street Elementary School Vicki Morrison Ilene Rietsch

Cranbury continued Marilynn Aymar Cathy Bartone Gina Ferraro Colleen Fitzgerald Dana Johnson Sue Masse Alisha Nelly Maria Quattrocchi John Turchick Jennifer Wallace Frank Yulo Howie Ziperstein Jefferson Elementary School Elene Aaron Chris Boyrer Gail Gans Marianne Jean Monique Leone Amy Luciana Joann Minoff Tricia Opper Cara Parmalee Bernadette Pavlowski Julie Signore Patricia Spinola Kendall Elementary School Jennifer Calvo Deborah Cimminello Sue Corey Kelly Dominick Martha Franco Kellee George Elaine Hamilton Heike Reichert Kristen Rubush Jayne Sardella Marvin Elementary School Katie Chase Nancy Couzelis Christine Enea Vida Ekstrom Priscilla Falcone Sharlia Gilman Kathi Hughes Nancy Lamb Jason Lee Morgan Mazza Kara Morrow Lindsay Mumbach Barbara Murawski Christine Murray Kelly Nguyen Tara Palmer Debbie Schneider Marianne Schulz Stephanie Stelly Michelle Suda Sharon Thawley Cathy Vaughn Lisa West Jane Wilkins Naramake Elementary School Allison Aymerich Joan Black

Naramake continued Sarah Carmody Suzanne Coridan Susan Daignault Roslyn Dobey Kathleen Durkin Lindsay Esposito Sandy Fisher Diana Guaglione Matt Hepfer Lori Huber Dan Lucia Cindy Rosso Jane Rossomando Colleen Rumsey Joan Smith Alvena Watkins Norwalk High School Jennine Gleason Norwalk School To Career Denise Evon Lisa Rivieccio Silvermine Elementary School Libbe Becker Barbara Besso Karen Canal Rosa Colon Damaris Cruz Ana Fernandez Heather Maloney Kenia Murillo Joan Papsun Sulma Sabbagh Lisa Taggart West Rocks Middle School Elizabeth Amaral Kate Botty Richard Bubbico Anita Chauvin Andrea Consiglio Keesha Daniel Joe DeVellis Pat Festa Kelly Hibbard Christine Martenson Mark Mashaw Katy Maty Lee Modugno James Petropoulos Rebecca Sabol Dennis Tegmier Laura Wax Louis Weinberg Martha Zombar Wolfpit Elementary School Nicki Gotouhids Liz Guzman Donna Hempstead Matina Panagotodis Teri Scatamacchia Cathy Scinto Shawn Sullivan Lavonne Williams

STAMFORD
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering Fran Galasso Ray Milo Cloonan Middle School Ruth Haendler Laureen Mody Melissa Moulketis Tom Moulketis Michelle Scott Tracy Shannonhouse Corlis Ward Davenport Ridge Elementary School Laura Baker Martha Bakes Lauren Haven Cynthia Huppert Lauren Kinzler Emily Maida William Margiotta Nancy Mould Karen Parker Kristen Shea Pam Woodside Dolan Middle School Sarah Benedict Joy Bodnar Nancy Bonardi Jennifer Bray Valerie Brown Missy Cole Kristen Corbi-Miller Laura D’Andrea Karen Francis-Barnes Scott Lerner Linda Lessin Rosanne Nuzzo Toni Peterson Cheryl Poltrack Barbara Ryan Mary Jane Wilson K.T. Murphy Elementary School Kim Andrade Nicole Carpenter Susan Cassidy Shanna Esposito Lauren Ferraris Sean Hutchinson Lauryn Margerum Alix Meza Marc Mojon Jennifer Mullin Lauren Pappalardo Kim Potochney Amy Rawden Frank Rodriguez Maria Sosa Antoinetta Tamburro Jeffrey Todd Stacy Welch King & Low-Heywood Thomas School Anne Henderson Sue Laramie

King & Low-Heywood Thomas continued Lise Leist Marie Rubino Ben Schwartz Newfield Elementary School Katie Elumba Nancy Ann Hicks Darci Krone Dawn Reynolds Michelle Romano Jeanne Scanlan Susan Stoogenke George Talboys Elyssa Walker Northeast Elementary School Jonathan Kolman Stephanie Marsh-Olive Dana Origi Ellen Suarino Our Lady Star of the Sea School Michelle DeRubeis Kristy Kozlowski Caroline McQuade Bobby Jo Taylor Heather Tully Debbie Yergeau Rippowam Middle School Miriam LaRusso MaryAnn Maguire Roxbury Elementary School Lynn Alswanger Maureen Cacace Joseph Claps Allyson Clark Denise DiBlasi Brenda Diedrickson Josh Fabryk Joni Gaines Karen Gasparrini Heather Hollen Donna Hughes Mia Iuso Elaine Kelemen Pat Kellogg Janet Landon Kim Lapolla Luciana Lira Kathy Lyndon Sharon Maloney Marisa Marquis Melissa McGovern Melissa Melchionne Jennifer Melchionne Diana Palmer Christina Parra Diane Phanos Karen Plomitallo Tami Raymer Marissa Rich Madeline Rosenbluth Mary Schoen Vicki Scott

Roxbury continued Sandra Stephenson Jim Stuart Carolyn Tschinkel Lynne Weinberg Scofield Magnet Middle School Theresa Moriarity Springdale Elementary School Kim Cassette Mary Ann Choquette Darlene Coppola Giusippenna Corrente Michelle Davis Susan Debrisco Sandy Defilippis Merry Flaherty Alice Hallowell Carol Hoegemann Jaime Janda Caroline Kinahan Susan Lathrop David Lyons Jill Matturro Margaret Miller Ellynne Plotnick Jim Sapia Denise Scott Dori Walker Erin Walsh Nancy Williams Tracy Winn St. Cecilia School Jude Baldwin Maureen Belford Katherine Blanding Jacqueline Klages Mary Jane Mashe Bonita York Stamford High School Howard Levy Mike Limone Dorothea Mackey Don Saldicco Julia A. Stark Elementary School Jeff Bianco Ernestine Breen Maureen Calorossi Tracy Chichester Amy Colandro Susan Conner Lisa DePaolo Betty DeSantis Nicole Faubel Kelly Finn Lou-Ann Finch Toni Fox Jamar Green Rachel Kroncke Laura Lynam Shira Mandel Emily Marron Marybeth Nagurney Joan Noblet Sarah Porco

Julia A. Stark continued Geraldine Rio Janet Samperi Danielle Simoneau John Specht Patricia Strayer Courtney Tobin Linda Tobitsch Diane Tung Bettina Vaccaro Maylise West Mary Jane Wilson Cyndal Wilmot Stacey Wood Stillmeadow Elementary School Meredith Andrews Angela Asaro Ellen Bobka Claire Brenner Kathleen Budzelek Katrina Davis Jennifer Deng Jaclyn Eberhart Helen Exias Gracie Faineli Diane Frattaroli Cara Garzancich Pamela Hall Kathi Holbert Jennifer Jimenez Reena Jones Kathleen Kelley Jodi Nathanson Cristina Papadopol Jennifer Ritch Julie Rizzi Iuliana Roata Dan Silva Melissa Strazza Jill Thompson Maria Walsh Jamie Watson Matt Williams Mark Woodward Joe Zaremskii Toquam Magnet Elementary School Cathy Austin Sarah Berkley Karen Biehl Renae Boothroyd Allison Brocking Donna Bushley Brian Byrne Mary Cummins Josephine Cuozzo Rebecca Downs Alessandra Formentin Judith Gill Stephanie Hall Donna Haynes

NEW CANAAN
New Canaan High School Linda Lombardo

Toquam continued Faith Kain Linda Karpowich Sara Kemmer Nikimya Ligon Monica Lloyd Maureen McLaughlin Doreen O’Leary Katie Pantazis Monica Peterson Jennifer Rinaldi Ann Robertson Susan Rubeck Lynn Smith Norma Stella Marialisa Valendra Susan Valente Donna Wachnicki Trinity Catholic High School Judith Romanello Turn of River Middle School Bryan Avruch Matt Kiger Jacquelyn Simmons Westhill High School Joyce Brennan Jeanne Melfi Smith William Treadwell J.M. Wright Technical High School Sid Abramowitz Amy Ciminio

NORWALK
All Saints Catholic School Tracey Broderick Ginny Colabella Maureen Fahey Mary Gordon Kathy Iannazzo Rachel Inzitari Brenda Jacobson Julie Maciejewski Gloria Rigalado Sheila Samuelson Katherine Simoes Judy van der Togt Elizabeth Williams Laura Wrinn Brien McMahon High School Christopher Scalise Brookside Elementary School Annette Bohrer Dorothy Brown Karen Camaratta Natusga Campbell Susan Gilroy Fawnia Henneghan Jan Jagling Jeanette Keefe Dolores Kemp Alison Kesney Melissa Labozzetta Lisa Lee Jeri Magrath Keith Morey Alma Samuel Marilyn Smith Tracey Sutton Imma Trofa Sarah Turbert Merri Ullman Linda Walker Cranbury Elementary School Casey Anderson

WESTPORT
Coleytown Elementary School Jane Gerard Stephanie Schock Ed Wolf Greens Farms Elementary School Mary Ellen Barry Nicole Fieschel Lisa Lewis Long Lots Elementary School Jennifer Ackerman Erica Belden Beverly Garon Blake Satterfield Cecilie Schachte Saugatuck Elementary School Katie Bloom Stephanie Carl Kristin Kain Wendy Montei

Volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please contact us at (203) 854-1700, or visit our website at http://stamfordct.ja.org.

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“I Have a Dream... ...I Want to Work for the F.B.I.”
Going to University College Will Help Me Fulfill It.

¿Sueña Usted con el sendero para lograr una vida mejor?
“I always had a strong interest in criminal investigation and dreamed of working some day for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When I found out about the support services for Latino students at University College of Sacred Heart, I decided to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice.” “I was able to take several accelerated courses and receive financial aid to make my path easier. This degree will give me great satisfaction, and it will show my children Lina Quintero, Age 30 that if I can earn a college degree, they can, too.”

“Permita que University College le ayude a realizar su sueño.”

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
AT SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

The Path to a Better Life
A Continuing Education Alternative for Adult and Part-Time College Students
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