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WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — Friendly Hands Food Bank is proud to announce their latest collaboration with the town of Winsted and Mayor Candy Perez in an attempt to end food insecurity.
Friendly Hands Food Bank will begin senior meal/grocery deliveries on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in an effort to reach those in need. The FHFB van will deliver to seniors at the following locations on a monthly basis: Susan B. Perry Apartments, The Glen, Laurel Commons and the Winsted Senior Center.
This new collaboration with Winsted will also be followed up with a future satellite office in the Winsted area where FHFB will offer food bank amenities to Winsted residents as an alternative to driving to Torrington.
FHFB currently serves a large population of Winsted residents and after discussions with Mayor Perez, have decided to fulfill the need via this much needed endeavor. For more information please contact Karen at (860)482-3338

Additional Vaccination Clinic Scheduled in Winsted
WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — Emergency Management Director Steve Williams has announced a SECOND CLINIC is scheduled for COVID-19 vaccinations. The FEMA clinic, being coordinated through Griffin Hospital, has been planned for Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 11AM to 5PM at the Faith Bible Church located at 350 Main Street (located next to the Gilson Theatre). This second clinic is open to both people residing in Winchester as well as neighboring communities. No advance registration is required; walk-up registrations only.
This second clinic on Saturday is an addition to the previously announced WINCHESTER RESIDENT ONLY clinic planned for Thursday, April 15th at the former Bank of America building located at 44 Elm Street.
Hours for the Thursday, (4/15) Clinic are scheduled for 11AM to 6PM. Registration is required for Thursday and is currently only available for Winchester residents only. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION LINK. Walk-up registrations will be accepted. Please note that any Winsted resident who may need help registering for the clinic, please feel free to contact Social Services Coordinator Katie Vaill at (860) 379-2714 ext. 323
Insurance/ID may be requested but is NOT REQUIRED to receive a vaccine

Barkhamsted Food Box Distribution Event
BARKHAMSTED/PRESS RELEASE — The Town of Barkhamsted, in coordination with the Barkhamsted Lions, Barkhamsted Senior Center, Northwestern CT Cyber Lions and Riverton Grange #169, will host its 10th USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution event on Tuesday, April 13, at 12 noon in the Barkhamsted Senior Center parking lot. The event is open to anyone in need and all attendees are asked to drive into the Barkhamsted Senior Center parking lot at 190 West River Road in Barkhamsted, pop their trunk, and allow a volunteer to place the 30+ pound box of fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and milk into their vehicle. Event coordinator Dave Roberts said that “since we began distributing food boxes last year during the pandemic, we have distributed over 30,000 pounds of food to those in need in our community. This event would not be possible without the tremendous support from the Town of Barkhamsted, Barkhamsted First Selectman Don Stein, and all the volunteers who support this impactful initiative.” The event will last until all boxes are distributed, which usually takes about 45 minutes. For more information, please contact Barkhamsted Lions Club President Dave Roberts at dave@daveroberts.org or 858-775-9241.

Spring Fun Fitness
BARKHAMSTED/PRESS RELEASE — Register today for the new Spring Fun Fitness Program with the Barkhamsted Recreation Department that will be held on Thursday’s April 22, 29 and May 6 at Peoples State Forest-Mathies Grove Pavilion on the banks of the beautiful Wild and Scenic Farmington River! Details and register from the link below!

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CCC Accepted to CCRC’s Summer 2021 Institute on Guided Pathways
WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE— Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), has been selected, after a national application process, to attend the CCRC’s Summer 2021 Institute, Guided Pathways at Rural Colleges: Using Data to Launch Large-Scale Reform   The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University is an independent research center that studies two-year college institutions to strengthen opportunities and improve outcomes for their students, particularly those from underserved populations.
 The Institute is designed to help rural and rural-serving colleges overcome the unique challenges they face in implementing the nationally successful initiative of guided pathways.  With the support of CCRC researchers, NCCC will develop data-driven plans for implementing reforms that will help them to recruit and retain students, improve student success rates, and close equity gaps. NCCC will receive additional support from CCRC researchers through the end of 2021.
 “NCCC is already known across the country as a nationally-ranked community college.  The knowledge we will gain from having access to the finest researchers in the country, will ensure we provide the very best educational opportunities for our students and increase our success and graduation rates,” said Dr. Dave Ferreira, Dean of Academic & Student Affairs.
Dr. Michael Rooke, President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, added, “We are delighted to partner with the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, to get their support as we make this transition to a Guided Pathways approach. By changing our approach to the way that we guide and advise our students, we will help them make clear, achievable, academic plans from start to finish and see more of our students succeed! We are also grateful to the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education for the added investment of more academic advisors at Northwestern.”
NCCC will attend the summer Institute virtually, during the month of July and will begin implementing the reforms in fall 2021. 

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