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This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People visits with the American Civil Liberties Union to hear about a new law aimed at reducing the thousands of school-based arrests happening across the state every year.
Then we'll congratulate and learn all about the 2015 grads of Connecticut's Parent Leadership Training Institute - working to empower parents as leaders in their schools and communities.
And we'll wrap reminding state nonprofits about the 'Extreme Charity Makeover' competition, with its June 30 deadline approaching for nominations.

Posted 6/21/2015 7:00:00 AM



How do you take a snapshot of a half-dozen neighboring communities? And where can hundreds of returning Connecticut college grads go to find a job in their home state?
This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People unveils the Valley Community Foundation's community snapshot - the first step in a two year process to better understands the needs of the southern Naugatuck Valley. Then we'll treat you to a sub from Jersey Mike's, while explaining how to help benefit Connecticut Special Olympics. And we'll wrap inviting you to this week's 'RecruitCT' job fair, matching hundreds of in-state jobs to recent college grads.

Posted 6/14/2015 7:00:00 AM



Have you served in the armed forces? Or maybe you're interested in checking out some of the hot attractions at this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas? This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People brings back one of the state's most dedicated veteran advocates to discuss the ramping up of municipal veterans service offices and other issues related to all our local heroes.
Then we'll feature an exclusive preview of the 20th Anniversary Festival of Arts Have you served in the armed forces? Or maybe you're interested in checking out some of the hot attractions at this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas? This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People brings back one of the state's most dedicated veteran advocates to discuss the ramping up of municipal veterans service offices and other issues related to all our local heroes.
Then we'll feature an exclusive preview of the 20th Anniversary Festival of Arts & Ideas, and wrap up introducing a new and struggling domestic violence shelter serving the greater Waterbury area.

Posted 6/7/2015 7:00:00 AM



How much of what we pay toward fixing our roads actually ends up as real, sustainable improvements? And where can you turn if you can no longer afford to pay for the pets you dearly love?
This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People will chat with a representative of ConnPIRG about a recent study that pulls back the veil on the “users pay” myth when it comes to roadway improvements taxpayers think they are paying for.
Then we'll meet STARelief and Pet Assistance, helping keep pets and people together during financial hard times. And we'll tell you about protecting your pets and keeping them happy during the dog days of summer.
We'll also introduce Griffin Hospital's 'Wellness For Life' program and invite you to the 7th Annual Center for Cancer Care 5K Walk/Run.

Posted 5/31/2015 7:00:00 AM



Are you a man age 50 or over - or a woman older than 12? Maybe you're a homeowner who can't afford, but would benefit from energy-saving home improvements?
Today, John Voket and the award-winning For the People explores two rapidly escalating trends - skin cancer for men over 50, and breast cancer for virtually any woman in Connecticut. We'll keep you informed with experts in both fields of oncology.
We'll also tell Connecticut residents looking to do energy efficiency improvements, about a couple new programs to help make those projects more affordable - even covering the costs of a new furnace or solar installation!

Posted 5/24/2015 7:00:00 AM



How can you help save a life while you're calling 911 for medical help? How about saving money on your gas and electric bills - anybody in? And did you hear about Connecticut's new 'Bright Spot'?
John Voket and the award-winning For the People will highlight Bright Spot a first of its kind partnership to help loved ones enhance recovery at Liberation Programs. Then we'll pay tribute to all our emergency medical responders. It's National EMS Week - so we'll tap a couple of EMS experts to help you understand everything happening behind these calls for help.
And there's a new energy company in Connecticut - Eversource. So we'll introduce this new utility and get a few tips on how to save money on your energy bills.

Posted 5/17/2015 7:00:00 AM



This morning we'll celebrate Mother's day by reminding you about a fun and engaging new program aimed at helping homeless mothers, fathers and their families throughout Connecticut once and for all. We'll bring in guests from the CT Coalition To End Homelessness and the People's United Community Foundation to talk about the new 'Be Homeful' initiative you can begin supporting right now on Mother's Day.
Then we'll turn to an expert who heads up a foundation and has just written a comprehensive manual that we will all be able to use at some point - we'll be talking about end of life planning, and the ways to be sure the end of life care you may be helping provide a loved one is as positive, happy and fulfilling as possible.
And we'll wrap up calling on charities and those who work and volunteer for them. Have you heard about the second annual Extreme Charity Makeover. We'll bring on the individual responsible for this fantastic philanthropic initiative, and tell all you charities and nonprofits out there how you can get involved.

Posted 5/10/2015 7:00:00 AM



Can you believe in one of the world's richest regions, one agency sheltered at least one new homeless child every day last year? This morning at 7, John Voket goes to the front lines of homelessness with Alpha Community Services YMCA - which is hosting its next Walk to End Homelessness May 16.
What's a 'phantom debt collector'? We'll check in with Connecticut BBB to help protect you from phantom debt collectors, “reputation management” scammers, unscrupulous dating services, and other consumer predators.
And we'll wrap with the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence calling you to support two bills under legislative review - designed to better protect victims, and to fully understand the toll domestic violence takes on our children.

Posted 5/3/2015 7:00:00 AM



What does underage drinking have to do with the state's consumer agency? It's alcohol awareness month, so John Voket and the award-winning For the People will pass on some wise advice about the serious consequences of underage drinking from Connecticut's Consumer Protection Commissioner.
Have you heard about the big tribute to state veterans who served in Vietnam? We'll clue you in on the upcoming Vietnam War 50th Anniversary celebration with the director of CCSU's Veterans History Project, and a Vietnam Vet helping to organize the event.
And if you know of a child in crisis, stay tuned - we'll wrap up introducing you to the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center.

Posted 4/26/2015 6:00:00 AM



Did you know every dollar Connecticut is claiming to save in cutting services to the disabled and to mental health programs in the coming years could cost you $5, $7 or more just a few years down the road? This morning, John Voket and the award-winning For the People brings in Norwalk-based Keystone House, and experts from NAMI Connecticut to talk about proposed budget cuts and how they can jeopardize thousands of state residents. And we'll invite you to support the May 16 NAMI Walk in Hartford, and Keystone's Mystery Gala!
Then, we'll wrap with a representative and recipient from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). And we'll tell you how you can party with PHA and get to see Jay Leno at the Bushnell May 1st.
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Posted 4/19/2015 7:00:00 AM



How deep do you have to dig before hitting a water, gas, or potentially deadly electrical line? It's 'Call Before You Dig Month' in Connecticut, so this morning at 7, John Voket will give you the '811' on why you need to call wherever and whenever you're digging much deeper than a few inches.
Do you juice? We'll help you 'rethink your drink' with the folks at Get Healthy CT - pouring on some good advice about the surprising variety of unhealthy juices - and juicing practices out there.
Then we'll bring in the superintendent of Connecticut's Technical High School System - talking cutting-edge workforce development and STEM training for the system's many sought-after graduates.
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Posted 4/12/2015 7:00:00 AM



What are some of the biggest misconceptions about the state's medical marijuana program? This morning at 7, John Voket and the award-winning For the People brings you a perspective on medical marijuana straight out of one of Connecticut's licensed dispensaries in the last of our four-part series 'Going to the Drugstore.'
Then we'll check in with the DEEP's Safe Boating Division to talk about pre-season safety concerns and a move to involve boaters in improving the environmental health of two major state waterways.
And did you know 2015 is the International Year of Soils? We'll go to a USDA scientist to talk about why the soil health movement is growing, and why healthy dirt is good for farmers and consumers alike.
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Posted 4/5/2015 7:00:00 AM



What can the sea teach kids about science, history, technology and math? This morning at 6, John Voket and the award-winning For the People introduces the founder of Connecticut's Maritime Education Network - jump-starting kids' leadership and academic skills while letting them get their feet wet!
Did you ever wonder about your tax dollar ROI when it comes to Connecticut's environment? We'll check in with the state's Council on Environmental Quality and get a look at the CEQ's latest recommendations on how to get more green from your tax dollars.
Why would 21st Century pharmacists want to improve on skills their predecessors were doing a century or more ago? Part three of our series, 'Going to the Drugstore' and members of the state Pharmacist's Association will explain!
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Posted 3/29/2015 7:00:00 AM



Why do charter schools see themselves as a clear and distinct option for more families across Connecticut? This morning at 7, John Voket and the award-winning For the People will introduce you to Achievement First, where students are held to high expectations that they can and will achieve academic success.
Are you having trouble getting a good night's rest? Does your mate or roommate snore like a buzz saw? It's National Sleep Awareness Month and we'll bring a doctor/patient team in from St. Francis Sleep Center to help you fix that.
And what about vaccines? Part 2 of our series 'Going to the Drugstore' will pump you full of good info about why the Connecticut Pharmacists Association says you and your family need to stay vaccinated.

Posted 3/22/2015 7:00:00 AM



How does Hartford's growing population of homeless teens access legal help when they don't even have an address to receive mail? John Voket and the award-winning For the People will introduce you to a new mobile legal services clinic recently launched by the Center for Children’s Advocacy.
How often do you visit your neighborhood pharmacy? Today, we launch a new series - 'Going to the Drugstore' - examining the programs, services and front-line personnel in Connecticut's Pharmaceutical industry - featuring members of the state Pharmacist's Association.
And we'll wrap showcasing a new and successful program at the Danbury-based Women's Center aimed at reducing intimate partner violence among Connecticut's college age students called 'Where Do You Stand.'

Posted 3/15/2015 7:00:00 AM



Did you know that the upcoming Bowl-to-Benefit the The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services is less than a week away - so it's time to get your bowling shoes, get registered and keep your ear to the broadcast to learn about why - more than ever - it's mission critical to help support this worthy cause.
Are you financially challenged? Then we'll help you get banked - get saving - and cash in on a wealth of knowledge about managing and improving your financial practices with the free programs being offered statewide by The Connecticut Money School.
Is there a child in your life suffering with a learning disability? Our final segment will reveal how Connecticut-based Smart Kids with LD is supporting thousands of families and kids with information, workshops and advocacy to help them improve their learning skills and succeed in school.

Posted 3/8/2015 7:00:00 AM



Where can you and your family get the freshest, cheapest, most tasty veggies? Grow them yourself, of course. And who can help anyone from newbies to veteran farmers get the most from their garden, whether it's just a window box, or your whole back 40? NOFA CT, of course. Get pumped for NOFA's 33rd Annual Winter Conference next weekend at WestCONN in Danbury by checking out our recent broadcast from NOFA's 'Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference,' which was held back on January 24 in New London.

Posted 3/1/2015 7:00:00 AM



How is your town or city ever going to lower property taxes? This morning at 6 on the award-winning 'For the People' with John Voket, learn about CERC - a support agency working to lower your property taxes by retaining or attracting new commercial development.
Are you afraid your child could be enticed to try liquor or drugs? He'll introduce you to Ginger Katz and her Courage to Speak Foundation and invite you and your kids to their next family dinner event.
We'll open coming to you from the grand opening of Western Connecticut Hospice & Home Care's first of its kind residential hospice facility, and close talking immigration and a brand new study on the subject just released by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Posted 2/22/2015 7:00:00 AM



With a February 15 deadline to sign up for health care coverage on the Connecticut Exchange and across the nation, we'll replay a recent interview with AccessHealthCT that reviews some of the most important information you need to know about securing your health care coverage.
Then we'll check in with The WorkPlace and hear about how the agency's innovative Platform to Employment job creation program is succeeding not only across Connecticut, but in a growing number of cities across the nation.
And we'll wrap with our source from the CT Better Business Bureau discussing some of the winter and storm related scams victimizing vulnerable consumers, businesses and homeowners across the state.

Posted 2/8/2015 7:00:00 AM



This morning we'll open talking with AIDS-CT a robust clearinghouse agency supporting, educating, and advocating for the thousands of Connecticut individuals and families living with HIV or AIDS.
Then we'll touch base with Connecticut's Council on Environmental Quality, and learn about their punch list of recommendations to the state legislature this session designed to better protect and preserve the state's environment.
And we'll wrap up reminding folks who are at risk of losing their home, that there is emergency assistance out there from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, which is also helping residents into their first homes with below market borrowing rates and down payment assistance.

Posted 2/1/2015 7:00:00 AM



All of Connecticut's United Ways have collaborated in a report about something called ALICE – in some communities in Connecticut, ALICE can represent more than one out of every two households. ALICE means Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed - and today our first and last segment will begin exploring ALICE, where we'll be talking with United Way leaders from across the state, as well as members of ALICE households, to put their voices behind the issues in this report.
In between, we'll check in with the CT Business and Industry Association - CBIA, to hear what the state's largest business agency wants to see coming out of the 2015 legislative session.

Posted 1/25/2015 7:00:00 AM



We're going to introduce you to the director of one of five Connecticut Access Independence Centers and find out how they promote independence and opportunities for persons with disabilities through advocacy, empowerment and education.
Then we'll meet the co-founder of Live Green CT! - building environmental, economic and community sustainability in partnership with residents, community and municipal leaders, non-profits and eco-friendly businesses.
And we'll wrap reminding you the latest deadline to register for coverage under the affordable care act is February 15. We'll get you everything you need to know about why and how to register during our visit with Connecticut's health insurance exchange - AccessHealthCT.

Posted 1/18/2015 7:00:00 AM



This morning we're going to introduce you to a unique collaboration that linked together the CT Dept of Consumer Protection, The CT Science Center in Hartford, and the founder of Stamford-based Square One Financial Education that is helping teach financial literacy and good budgeting practices to adolescents, teens and their families.
Then we're going to bring you a reply of a segment we recorded last November with an expert on video and computer gaming addiction, Dr Paul Weigel who led a symposium on this compelling subject at Fairfield University last fall.
And we'll wrap talking with representatives at the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust about that agency's highly successful Homeownership Academy - a free series of one-on-one support sessions to help prepare future homeowners for one of the most important investments they will ever make.

Posted 1/11/2015 7:00:00 AM



We're going to open our last program of the year chatting with Veterans Services officials from Middlesex and Norwalk Community Colleges. These guys know the challenges and are ready to help with transitions from armed service back to school, because they are vets themselves.
Then we'll touch base with Operation Fuel, and talk with the economist and author of a new study highlighting the social costs for families who have to endure Connecticut winters in the cold, because they can't afford the state's extreme energy costs.
And we'll close with a question - What's the difference between normal postpartum baby blues, and a serious medical condition that can affect the critical early development between mother and child? Stay tuned and we'll clue you in with an expert on maternal depression from the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

Posted 12/28/2014 7:00:00 AM



Encore!Hartford fast tracks unemployed executives into leadership positions with CT nonprofits. We'll hear all about it and see if you qualify for the next Encore!Hartford class.
Then we'll put a call in to CT DEEPto review its latest GreenCircle Award Program which honors businesses, schools and organizations making a real difference preserving natural resources and protecting the quality of the state’s air, water and lands.
And we'll conclude with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, which just released its first environmental poll results indicating most Americans want the United States to take a lead role in combating global warming.

Posted 12/21/2014 7:00:00 AM