Monday, June 30, 2008
Congress created the TV Converter Box Coupon Program for households wishing to keep using their analog TV sets after February 17, 2009. The Program allows U.S. households to obtain up to two coupons, each worth $40, that can be applied toward the cost of eligible converter boxes.
A TV connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service does not require a TV converter box from this program.
Details and options are available at www.dtv2009.gov.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Miles Rapoport sets Demos' agenda and oversees the management of the organization and fundraising efforts. Prior to assuming the helm at Demos, he served for ten years in the Connecticut legislature. As a state legislator, he was a leading expert on electoral reform, chairing the Committee on Elections. In 1994, he was elected as Secretary of the State of Connecticut. As Secretary of the State, Rapoport released two unique reports on the state of democracy in Connecticut. His articles have appeared in national magazines and newspapers, and he is the founder of Northeast Action, a leading political reform organization in New England. Rapoport moved to Demos from his position as Executive Director of DemocracyWorks, a Hartford-based group that works on democracy reform.--
submitted by Seth Godfrey,
Business, Jobs & Nonprofit Services, New Haven Public Library
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Today's Greater New Haven Development Roundtable explored ways to improve the potential for good media coverage of our programs, services and events. Our thanks to Paul Bass (New Haven Independent), Angela Carter (New Haven Register), and Mary Lee Weber (News Channel 8) for many useful insights and suggestions.
The following summarizes ideas combined from today's Roundtable and a recent seminar in Fairfield on the subject of working with the media:
1. Know your media outlet. Look at their website; track contacts by specialty; use the online calendars.
2. Build relationships: Provide advance notice (let them help develop the story) / follow up with targeted media (make sure they got the information they need).
3. Contact the media in a variety of ways, customized per event, program, service or initiative.
a. press releases (send well in advance of event for best coverage)
b. media alerts (photo op tomorrow!)
e. opinion pieces/letters to the editor
4. Compartmentalize & regularly update media database.
a. subject interest /geographic scope /other significant characteristics
c. preferred formats
5. Make programs newsworthy by tying them to current events and trends.
6. Conceptualize your event/program as part of larger story: collaborate with others for maximum effect.
7. Enhance story with photos, podcasts, videos, audio files, etc. Reporter can often provide help with video or photography: Ask! Use UTube: upload your video and provide UTube URL link.
8. Press releases: Write as if ready for paper/magazine/website.
a. Lead with most important info first: reverse pyramid.
b. Pay attention to preferred style & format.
c. Include presenter contact information in press releases to enable reporter follow-up.
d. Develop mission-based statement about your organization to use as boilerplate at end of each press release, offering basic information that might be useful as reporter is preparing story.
9. Email: Subject heading must be content driven (encourages opening). Press release should be included in email body and attached as Word document (avoiding formatting problems).
Full job description, and to apply: http://www.1000friends-ct.org/positions/education-outreach-coordinator.htm
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
It may be hard to believe given all we have heard about the mortgage problems in New Haven and across the country but June is National Homeownership Month. Here are some facts, figures and useful information:
If you want to understand the credit crisis that was generated by the mortgage crisis here is an engaging layperson’s explanation: http://www.thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1242. (I guarantee you will understand how we got in this mess, even if you do not know how to balance your own checkbook.)
President Bush on homeownership in 2008: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/05/20080529-7.html
What is the alternative to homeownership in Connecticut?
- On average a person must earn $21.11 an hour to afford a modest 2-bedroom apartment
- A person earning the state’s minimum wage must work nearly 3 full-time jobs to afford the statewide fair market rent of $1,098 per month for a 2-bedroom apartment
- A CT household must earn $43,911 a year to afford a typical 2-bedroom rental
More information at: http://www.nlihc.org/oor/oor2008/data.cfm?getstate=on&getmsa=on&msa=1080&state=CT
Submitted by Lee Cruz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, June 23, 2008
A limited number of scholarships for both programs wil be available to nonprofit organizations. To support the scholarships, consider attending the popular Comedy Night Fundraiser on Wed., July 16, at Amarante's Sea Cliff, New Haven. $30. RSVP: 782-4314.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Applicants should have an Associate's degree in Business Administration and 3 years relevant experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience), a working knowledge of public library functions, a strong working knowledge of bookkeeping and payroll administration, and experience with QuickBooks financial software, Microsoft Word and Excel.
Salary starts at $43,557. Applications are available at: http://russelllibrary.org/about_us/employment.html
Submit application and resume in hard copy by June 30 to Arthur S. Meyers, Director, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 06457.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
If you can help, please contact Sara at Best Buddies: 773-9233.
June 24--New Haven at JUNTA for Progressive Action
July 8--West Haven at University of New Haven
Details: http://www.real-fundraising.com/conn2008/$10 pre-registration/$15 at the door.
The Greater New Haven Literacy Coalition would like to share some of the innovative and successful reading programs available this summer to encourage students to begin on the road to a lifetime of reading for enjoyment. Read more at: http://www.nhregister.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/BigDaily?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_article&r21.content=%2FMAIN_REP%2FArticle%2F2008%2F06%2F12%2F2195720
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
State residents are invited to discover the attractions, cultural organizations, shops and lodging properties that are close to home.
Open House Day sites in Greater New Haven:
Henry Whitfield Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford:17th-century games and refreshments and free admission 10-4:30 pm.
Alliance Children’s Theatre at University of New Haven, West Haven: Free performance of Picnic at 2:30 pm.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Whitney Ave. & Sachem St., New Haven: Free admission all day.
Bishop’s Orchard, 1355 Boston Post Rd., Guilford: Free wine tasting and sampling of produce, bakery and grocery foods noon-5 pm.
Sponsored by the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism. Contact: Becky Giantonio (860) 293-0157 x25, or Jenny Smith, x15
Monday, June 09, 2008
All too often, the blood supply reaches critically low levels during the summer months. The New Haven Chapter House at 703 Whitney Ave. will hold blood drives every Friday from 12:15 to 6 pm during the summer. Please call 1-800-Give-Life to schedule an appointment, or visit www.bloodct.org.
Report by Robert Pollin & Jeannette Wicks-Lim
Fighting global warming and transforming the United States into a green economy is the work of a generation, and ... of millions of people, performing the jobs needed to build the green economy.
This report provides information on what kinds of jobs are needed to fight global warming and build a green economy in the United States. A green economy is based on the efficient use of energy, reducing polluting emissions, and the use of renewable sources of power. A green economy uses these investments to create new opportunities, good jobs, and stronger communities. [This report will] highlight many of the occupations that will play a central role in building the green economy.
submitted by Seth Godfrey, email@example.com
Small and Minority Business Showcase (CT Showcase) International Trade and Travel Symposium on Peru July 18 in Hartford
The event is designed to provide information on business trends, & travel and supply chain impact, products & services overview, hospitality. Register at (860) 509-6121 or (860) 509-6198 or visit www.ctshowcase.org.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
TutaPoint offering high school students a unique opportunity to engage in one-on-one math and science tutoring on-line and at no charge. TutaPoint, a member of the Better Business Bureau and recently featured on the Wall Street Journal small business report, offers live, one-on-one, private tutoring over a secure internet connection. No special equipment is needed.
WFLC mailing list members can receive up to six tutoring sessions at no charge by entering the code below. You will not need to enter a credit card if you are using this code, and you can schedule a math or science session at a time that is convenient for you. Simply enter code 8995894061 upon signing up at www.tutapoint.com. If you have any questions, email Beth Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 390-2370.
See TutaPoint for more details!
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Each day, pizzas donated by local pizzerias will be sold by the slice, along with Italian ice and beverages. All proceeds will benefit the clients and programs of ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc., www.al-corn.org. Details: Vito Esparo, 393-3005, or Claire Bien, 776-9900, x1003.