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For the People with John Voket

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10/26/14

We're going to introduce you to Connecticut's Health Care Advocate - and hear how her office is recovering millions of dollars residents have coming to them from health insurance claims that just can't seem to get resolved.
Then we'll reach out to more than 6,000 people in Connecticut living with MS with our guests from The Connecticut Chapter of the national MS Society and a prominent MS researchers who is doing groundbreaking work in the state.
And we'll close with LifeChoice Organ Donor Services which is encouraging more minorities to register as donors, and we'll meet one of their heart transplant recipients.

Posted 10/26/2014 6:00:00 AM

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10/19/14

We'll open touching base with The Kennedy Center, offering innovative, comprehensive community services to persons with disabilities and special needs. And we'll invite you to the Kennedy Center's 50th Anniversary Four Seasons ball coming up next Saturday.
Then we'll check in with the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) and hit a number of high points of the league's 2014 Environmental Scorecard, which tracks and rates your state legislators on how much they support, or don't support environmental proposals.
And we'll wrap with New England Young at Heart – an online community of resources for aging adults who want to live healthy and inspired lives. And we'll tell you how to join in on their first Internet webinar with Dr Bernie Siegel on October 27.

Posted 10/19/2014 6:00:00 AM

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10/12/14

Meet a panel talking about physical therapy for cancer survivors at the Center for Cancer care at Griffin Hospital, and their upcoming benefit walk and run October 18.
Connect with turningpointct.org, a web resource for Connecticut's young people developed by young people supporting thousands of peers dealing with mental health issues.
And get to know Shatterproof - a CT nonprofit protecting children from addiction and aiming to end the stigma facing those affected by addiction.

Posted 10/12/2014 6:00:00 AM

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10/05/14

Today we open with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and a couple of individuals who became supporters of MADD after drunk driving tragedies hit home in their families. And we'll ask you to participate in this year's Walk Like MADD events including a brand new walk coming to Fairfield County October 25.
Then we'll head to Waterbury to learn more about this year's 32nd annual Business Women’s Forum coming up October 10. We'll let you know how your attendance will help enhance your status as an entrepreneur, business owner or professional.
And we'll wrap with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries - promoting opportunities and empowerment for Connecticut's disabled. We'll help launch the agency's one million pound challenge and help you find a place for all those household items, furnishings and clothes you've been promising to get rid of this fall.

Posted 10/5/2014 6:00:00 AM

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09/28/14

Today we'll open with Fran Pastore, who founded and leads the Women's Business Development Council - offering advocacy and support for entrepreneurs, professionals women-owned businesses (and men, too). We'll talk about the role WBDC is playing in state and national labor and workplace policy making, and review a number of upcoming fall programs being offered across the state.
Then we'll get some sobering and shocking news from MCCA, a major substance abuse prevention and support system working in western Connecticut, about the epidemic of heroin use, overdoses and deaths, primarily among young, white suburban males in their teens and early 20s, and what loved ones and communities can do to help address the issue.
And we'll wrap up with Howard Schwartz of Connecticut BBB, which made national news this week after helping countless consumers get refunds on bogus supplements from a state supplier. We'll also talk about protecting yourself from recent retail data breaches.

Posted 9/28/2014 6:00:00 AM

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09/21/14

Did you know that one out of five 18 to 25-year-olds are affected by mental health issues? Fortunately, there are many ways to get help and are first guests this morning here to point you in the right direction. We'll introduce you to turningpointct.org, a resource site developed for Connecticut's young people by Connecticut's young people.
Then we'll give equal time to the Boy Scouts and The Girl Scouts councils here in Connecticut as they reach out to recruit new members into the 21st Century world of scouting.
And we'll wrap up chatting with Dr. Richard Garvey, a state physician participating in goodwill medical missions to Haiti, and we'll invite you to Bridgeport's Bijou Theater for a fun night of music raising funds for his cause.

Posted 9/21/2014 6:00:00 AM

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09/07/14

We were already planning a program on concussions before UConn's Casey Cochran announced his departure from football due to his multiple head injuries earlier this week, so with this latest news in sharp focus, we'll chat with a leading authority on concussions from Associated Neurologists of Danbury following a sports workshop at a local high school.
Then' we'll talk about the importance of fatherhood on the heels of an important new study out of Yale, and invite you to celebrate fatherhood next weekend when the second annual 'Dads Matter Too' event comes to Library Park in Waterbury.
And we'll wrap up with a Recovery Month spotlight on a statewide initiative called 'Speak up - Reach Out' which encourages people to talk about substance abuse and mental health issues in an attempt to further reduce stigmas against Connecticut residents, and to promote behavioral health and wellness.

Posted 9/14/2014 6:00:00 AM

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09/07/14

This morning we'll introduce you to the folks hoping to make the Creative Living Community of Connecticut a reality for future residents who will work alongside a population of permanent developmentally disabled resident workers in this first of its kind farmstead environment - and we'll invite you to the organizations upcoming farmstead fair.
Then we'll check in with Cindi Bigelow and two of the 18 recipient nonprofits that will benefit from the 27th Annual Bigelow Community Challenge coming to Southport on September 28.
And we'll wrap replaying an interview we aired earlier this year about another innovative program - the Technical Skills Training Initiative from the Connecticut Workforce Alliance.

Posted 9/7/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/31/14

What does the CT Sierra Club have in common with the CT Clean Energy Options program - our first guest for one thing - we'll open learning what the Sierra Club is doing nationally and locally, and we'll learn about the overlap to a statewide program helping residents enhance their residential energy efficiency.
Then we'll give you the lowdown on the latest AARP Scorecard - hey, even if your NOT over 55 - there is critical information in this new report if you live or work in Connecticut, or have loved ones here.
Then we'll wrap talking about how Planned Parenthood is opening up new programs and horizons for residents seeking healthcare options, and the expanding role the organization is playing in local public health initiatives.

Posted 8/31/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/24/14

Today we'll begin with the Alzheimer's Assoc CT Chapter and guests from Maefair and Northbridge health care centers talking about how new legislation and funding of Alzheimer's research is rolling out; the new CT Alzheimer's plan; and we'll invite you to a series of statewide walks and an upcoming dance in Stratford to benefit Alzheimer's Association outreach and research efforts.
Then we'll touch base with Operation Fuel and talk about two programs being offered, the first to help Connecticut residents pay for summer cooling and utility bills, and the second, Project BEST offering education and financial assistance to small businesses utilizing energy efficiency measures.
And we'll wrap introducing you to New Seasons Inc. providing state-of-the-art care and support for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities in from Hartford to Ellington, and joining Miss Connecticut inviting you to an upcoming golf tournament and wine tasting benefit.

Posted 8/24/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/17/14

This week we're taking aim at drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel. We'll plug into a press conference and bill signing that highlights new and tougher penalties for DUI drivers - especially for first offenders.
Then we'll learn about the All Stars Project and its sixth national base of operation which recently launched in Bridgeport. The All Stars Project is transforming the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults.
And we'll wrap with an update of interest to all veterans on Connecticut's Fisher House - building and maintaining long term residential facilities near military hospitals so families of seriously injured soldiers can stay close during the long rehabilitation process. We'll also invite you to support the effort at this year's Dancing With Our Heroes event coming up September 13.

Posted 8/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/10/14

Today we'll be visiting with two individuals on similar life-saving missions to help educate Connecticut residents about Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR, and the installation of AEDs - automatic external defibrillators which provide a life saving shock to individuals suffering from a heart attack.
Then we'll speak to the Director of the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It's been a deadly year for domestic violence victims in Connecticut, and the coalition has just released a very important report aiming to address the increasing incidents of intimate partner violence across the state.
And we'll wrap up talking about our beloved pets with a local animal control officer, and inviting listeners to Branford's Woofstock concert and fundraising event coming up August 16.

Posted 8/10/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/03/14

This week For the People makes its annual trip to the 2014 Gathering of the Vibes to preview Connecticut's largest music festival - and promote a number of the nonprofit causes and community building groups meeting and greeting Vibes visitors on the event's Nonprofit Mall. We'll also talk to one of the first acts to play this year's Vibes, as well as special guest Zane Keysey live from the Further bus!

Posted 8/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

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07/27/14

Are you having trouble making your mortgage payments? - or you see that you'll be having trouble in the near future? We'll tell you how the free federal Making Home Affordable program can help - even if you're out of work, and even if you are upside down in your current home.
Then we'll shuck a few oysters and invite you to Connecticut's biggest one day festival - the 40th Annual Milford Oyster Fest. We'll talk about why oysters and aquaculture are so important to the state and regional economy, and give you all the details on the upcoming Oyster Fest and very special Oyster Eve celebration.
And then we'll close with the Meriden-based Community Economic Development Fund - offering business financing even when banks say no, and hosting loads of free workshops to help owners thrive and take their small businesses to the next level.

Posted 7/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

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07/20/14

What's making Connecticut sick, and what is the state and its Department of public health doing about it - in our first segment we'll talk to the lead physician at the DPH and get the low down on Connecticut's brand new chronic disease plan.
Then we'll key in on one of the things causing many of the chronic diseases here in the state - tobacco use - if you use tobacco and are trying to quit - even if you've failed before - stick around and learn about Commit2Quit, a free program being offered to anyone looking to kick the tobacco habit for good.
And what about you folks who are having trouble making your mortgage payments - or you see that you'll be having trouble in the near future - we'll tell you how the federal Making Home affordable program can help - even if you're out of work, or upside down in your current home

Posted 7/20/2014 6:00:00 AM

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07/13/14

We'll open with big news from the Norwalk Health Department which has just become not only the first municipal health agency in Connecticut, but the first in New England to receive national accreditation.
Then we focus on another critical health issue, tobacco use - and we'll clue you in on how to kick the habit for good with the new and expanded availability of MCCA's Commit2Quit program.
And we'll wrap with a reply of a segment we aired last quarter featuring The Kennedy Center's expressive arts program offering each participant with developmental or other disabilities an opportunity to express creativity, enjoy self-discovery, promote community-building and most importantly, experience the personal enjoyment of creating something beautiful.

Posted 7/13/2014 6:00:00 AM

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06/29/14 p2

This morning we'll help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Literacy Center of Milford by inviting you to the agency’s first-ever 2014 NEON NIGHTRUN to be held in Downtown Milford on July 12. And we'll talk about how the Literacy Center provides services at no cost to folks who want to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills.
Then we'll visit with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries a progressive, community-based agency enhancing employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
And we'll wrap introducing you to the local AARP Experience Corps based at the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut - engaging older adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools including those in the greater New Haven/Hamden areas.

Posted 6/29/2014 6:30:00 AM

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06/29/14 p1

This morning we'll help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Literacy Center of Milford by inviting you to the agency’s first-ever 2014 NEON NIGHTRUN to be held in Downtown Milford on July 12. And we'll talk about how the Literacy Center provides services at no cost to folks who want to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills.
Then we'll visit with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries a progressive, community-based agency enhancing employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
And we'll wrap introducing you to the local AARP Experience Corps based at the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut - engaging older adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools including those in the greater New Haven/Hamden areas.

Posted 6/29/2014 6:00:00 AM

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06/22/14

Whether it be storytelling, dance, music-making, visual arts, yoga, poetry or drama, The Kennedy Center expressive arts program - which is only in its first weeks of operation - is already helping the developmentally disabled individuals it serves. So we'll talk to one of the leaders of this innovative program.
Then we'll see what's cooking with the Cancer Project, promoting cancer prevention and survival through a better understanding of cancer causes, particularly the link between nutrition and cancer. And we'll invite you to a series of cooking classes to help educate cancer survivors and caregivers about improving that important health/nutrition linkage.
And we'll wrap with our long-time partners at Planned Parenthood, who are reaching out this summer reminding residents about the critical public health and prevention services they offer under the new affordable care act - many at low or no cost to those who cannot afford them.

Posted 6/22/2014 6:00:00 AM

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06/15/14

Today we are dedicating our first segment to emergency responders - whether law enforcement, fire service or emergency medical - if you are or know a responder, listen and learn about a first of its kind program happening next weekend in Newtown - a first responder tactical performance training clinic open to all state responders that could save and will greatly improve your life on and off the job.
Then we'll wrap up with a pre-summer visit by Connecticuit BBB - we'll clue you in on scams and unscrupulous activities that could ruin your summer, endanger your finances, and put your family and property at risk - so stay tuned for that important information.

Posted 6/15/2014 6:00:00 AM