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For The People with John Voket

For the People with John Voket

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03/01/15

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 6:00:00 AM

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02/22/15

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 6:00:00 AM

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02/15/15

Have you ever heard of CAN-struction? This morning at 6 on the award-winning 'For the People' host John Voket introduces this new and fun way for school-age kids to engage in creative design while creating a philanthropic project to feed Connecticut's hungry families.
What if your child has a developmental disability? He'll talk to the state's Department of Children and Families about a brand new Behavioral Health Plan designed to identify and help kids get the support they need.
And how about taking the best care of Connecticut's youngest residents? For the People introduces a first of its kind initiative out of Yale called 'Minding the Baby'.

Posted 2/15/2015 6:00:00 AM

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02/08/15

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 6:00:00 AM

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02/01/15

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 6:00:00 AM

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01/25/15

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 6:00:00 AM

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01/18/15

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 6:00:00 AM

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01/11/15

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 6:00:00 AM

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12/28/14

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 6:00:00 AM

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12/21/14

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 6:00:00 AM

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12/14/14

We're going to touch base with Go Back to Get Ahead - a Connecticut State Colleges & Universities looking to assist another 500 individuals who hope to return to college and complete their education in 2015.
Then, on this second anniversary of the Sandy Hook School tragedy, we'll speak with surviving parent Dr Jeremy Richman about The Avielle Foundation - honoring his late daughter and working to prevent violence by fostering brain health research, education, and policy; while promoting community development, engagement, and responsibility.
And we'll close focusing on holiday depression with a representative from Saint Francis Behavioral Health Group - we'll discuss what causes it, how to recognize it, and what to do to mitigate it.

Posted 12/14/2014 6:00:00 AM

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12/07/14

Did you know that Connecticut has the second highest population of homeless veterans in the nation. We're going to open with the Connecticut State Coordinator for the National League of POW/MIA Families to talk about continuing efforts to address this shameful problem, as well as efforts to establish veteran outreach agencies in all of the state's 169 cities and towns.
Then we'll check in with our source at CT Better Business Bureau to bring you the latest consumer warnings and to help orient you on scams and other unscrupulous practices lurking around many corners this holiday season.
And we'll wrap with our annual visit with ConnPIRG the state's public interest research group reviewing their 2014 'Trouble in Toyland' report - to help warn all you gift buyers about the most dangerous and potentially harmful, even deadly toys that may be on your holiday gift list this season.

Posted 12/7/2014 6:00:00 AM

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11/30/14

We've got a rare four-part program this morning beginning with Boys & Girls Village - we'll chat with the agency's president about how their programs give some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and families the opportunity to heal, learn and grow.
Then we'll check in with Harmony4kidz, a grassroots movement in southern CT connecting young children and teens to the joy of learning how to play a musical instrument.
After the break, we'll continue our National Epilepsy Awareness Month coverage with a former state resident and her Colorado organization working to bring a breakthrough hemp-based supplement to our state next year to help treat intractable epilepsy.
And we'll wrap with Junior Achievement - training and equipping Connecticut's next generation of business professionals, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Posted 11/30/2014 6:00:00 AM

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11/23/14

We'll bookend the show inviting you to get into the spirit of the holidays by helping agencies that serve folks across Connecticut. We'll open focusing on Hartford's Holiday Light Fantasia benefiting the Channel 3 Kids Camp, and wrap our program featuring the Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Park in New Haven benefiting Easter Seals Goodwill Industries. In between we'll begin our annual Epilepsy Awareness Month focus with Connecticut's Epilepsy Advocate, and Colorado's Realm of Caring which is looking to bring relief to thousands of children and adults suffering from intractable epilepsy.

Posted 11/23/2014 6:00:00 AM

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11/16/14

This week, we're coming to you from the recent The Safe Kids Connecticut Injury Prevention Conference in Hartford. As we visit with some of the conference guests, we'll pass on some critical - possibly life saving information about poisoning and burn prevention; we'll chat with the 'Dr. Alisa Baer - the Car Seat Lady; and sit down for an extended conversation with Dr. David Strayer, author of a groundbreaking study on distracted driving.

Posted 11/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

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11/09/14

Preventing obesity in early childhood is a critical public health priority. So we'll touch base with Connecticut's Child Health and Development Institute to review its groundbreaking report on early determinants of child obesity and ways to prevent it.
Then we'll check in with a panel from NAMI Connecticut, whose volunteers have been there with support, education and advocacy for family members, people living with mental health challenges and Connecticut's communities for 30 years.
And since Nov. 14 is Diabetes Awareness Day - we'll close taking a look at how one CT Hospital is identifying staffers at risk for type 2 diabetes, and providing lifestyle modification programs to help prevent this life-changing, life-threatening health condition.

Posted 11/9/2014 6:00:00 AM

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11/02/14

Our last show before Election Day welcomes Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to celebrate Connecticut's successful on-line voter registration, and to explain the ballot question voters will be asked to answer when they head to the polls this Tuesday.
Then we'll talk long-term Care with the director of Connecticut's innovative Long-Term Care Partnership, which was the first of its kind in the nation and is now duplicated in dozens of other states.
And we'll wrap previewing a Fairfield University workshop for mental health professionals and parents featuring an authority on video or computer game addiction.

Posted 11/2/2014 7:00:00 AM

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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