Friday, May 22, 2015

Amazing events at The Buttonwood Tree this Weekend

Come check out the following events happening at The Buttonwood Tree this weekend!

We are located at 605 Main Street
Refreshment available for the first three events.

Attila Vural and Eugene Ruffolo in concert

May 22 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm | $10

Attila Vural and Eugene Ruffolo will be performing two sets and introducing new songs.

Come listen to Attila push all boundaries of guitar playing and "give hope that not all guitar tones are discovered", and Eugene's "utterly intriguing voice" that is "masculine, yet sensitive and elegant at the same time". (Rolling Stone Magazine)
Their website: Attila  Eugene

Alba's Edge

May 23 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm | $10

Come to the concert by Alba's Edge and enjoy a tapestry of cultures: 
expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle music, jazz improvisation and harmony, funk bass lines, rhythms of Latin America, all woven together to form a cohesive and singular musical experience. 
Come enjoy this new sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called "a wonderful concoction".

Living in Love: An Aligned with Source Workshop

May 23 @ 10:30am - 12:00pm 

Explore simple concepts of living in awareness that: open you up to the wonders of life; discover who you are; let go of fear and all that keeps you stuck.
You create your reality and as co-creator of this world, find out how you can bring to it and you, peace, harmony, health and abundance. Each session ends in a powerful guided meditation.

Food Not Bombs

May 24 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help us prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Click to check out: Food Not Bombs


For more information, visit our event page here

We are working at The Buttonwood Tree to keep the Arts on the Rise, 
and we can't do it without YOU.

MxCC’s IT Program and Computer Club Get Boost From Eversource

Middlesex Community College’s Computer Club and Computer Information Technology Program have received a donation of 26 laptops and two desktop computers from Eversource, New England's largest energy delivery company. Students will use the computers to practice installing, diagnosing and experimenting with operating systems and other software.

The donation was coordinated by Bob D’Eon, an adjunct professor at MxCC and employee at Eversource, under the direction of Professor Donna Hylton.  Hylton, who is the Computer Club advisor as well as the Health Information Management, Computer Information Technology, and Management Information Systems program coordinator at the College, had been looking for a way to upgrade outdated classroom practice lab computers and to acquire equipment for the club’s use. She made a wish list and D’Eon worked with Eversource’s surplus equipment program to fulfill that wish.

“The unofficial motto of our Computer Club – and our overall IT program – is that ‘technology is a bit more fun,’ and having these newer computers available certainly helps make things more fun,” Hylton said with a smile.  “This donation by Eversource is another creative way our community supports the College, and we are thankful to Bob for reaching out to Eversource and making this happen.  The technology students as well as members of our club will benefit tremendously from all of this wonderful equipment.”

MxCC’s Computer Information Technology degree program offers students a diverse technical curriculum that provides an understanding of many areas of information technology (IT). Courses cover network security, operating systems/troubleshooting, database design, programming and networking. The Computer Club brings together students who share a common interest in computers and who want to learn about various aspects of the IT industry. The club hosts career and networking events as well as the several e-cycling events on campus to help local residents and businesses easily and safely dispose of unwanted electronics. 

With more than 8,000 employees across three states, Eversource ( transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 220,000 customers in 71 communities in Connecticut.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Middletown Garden Club Recreates Russell Library Garden

The Middletown Garden Club is recreating the beloved flower garden at the corner of Broad and Court Streets, which was destroyed last year in the course of building repairs.  Club members Sally Cornish, Jennifer Saines, Kathy Green, Mary and Ted Xenelis, Kathy Stromm, Melissa Roberts and Maria Madsen Holzberg worked with Nancy DeBruhle, Jane Harris and the Russell Library Facilities staff to plan and implement the project. 

The Middletown Garden Club has a long history of contributing to the beautification of Russell Library—inside and out.  To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Club is exhibiting panels throughout the Library that document the history of the Club and highlight their projects and activities through the years. The Club will also display memorabilia and books written by current and past members.  (Photo by Jason Neely.)

Jewish Geneaological Society Program, June 7, Yizkor Books and Search for Jewish Memory

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut invites you to join us on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield Street, Middletown, CT for a the program "Yizkor Books and Search for Jewish Memory."

Avinoam J. Patt, Ph.D., is the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, where he is also director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization.   Dr. Patt has also worked as the Miles Lerman Applied Research Scholar for Jewish Life and Culture at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). 

Yizkor, which means ‘Remember’ in Hebrew,  is the first word of a memorial prayer for the dead.  ompiled by survivors of the Holocaust, Yizkor books commemorate Jewish communities obliterated by the Nazis and their Jewish residents murdered during the Shoah and can be helpful as genealogical resources.


This program is free and open to the public.


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut houses its library at the Godfrey. JGSCT members can borrow items from the collection of books, periodicals, and audio and visual resources.
Visit our website for additional information.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ GOLIATH

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week


Gender:  Male  

Breed:  Domestic Short Hair
Color:  Black
Age:  3 years

Hello, my name is Goliath!  I'm a big, gentle love bug, who loves attention!  I talk to my foster parents and ask them to pet me. I even roll over for a good belly rub. When Cat Tales found me, they took me to the vet because they saw that I had a leg injury. It turns out to be a nerve injury, but it isn't going to get any worse. It doesn't slow me down at all, as I can still walk and jump like any other cat. I get along great with other cats!  I am a little shy with people that I'm not familiar with, at least in the beginning, so please be patient with me.  Come to meet me and you'll see that I'm the cat for you!  Will you adopt me?

No Dogs / No Children

Phone:  (860) 344-9043

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cat Tales - Walk-A-Thon/Run - June 20

The Cat Tales Annual Walk-A-Thon/Run is right around the corner!  Mark your calendars for this healthy fundraising event that directly benefits the Cats and Kittens of Cat Tales Non-Profit Rescue!

Date:  Saturday, June 20th (Rain/Shine)

Time:  9:30am check in/registration
           11:00am Walk/Run begins

Place:  Middlesex Community College
            100 Training Hill Road
            Parking Lot

The Walk is 2.2 miles and the Run is 3.1 miles

For more information, please visit the Cat Tales website here.

MxCC’s Veterinary Technology Program Earns Accreditation

Middlesex Community College’s Veterinary Technology program has received professional accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association. This important status, which was approved at the April 2015 meeting of the AVMA’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, takes effect immediately.  Students graduating from the MxCC Vet Tech program will now qualify to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), a vital career step for anyone in this field.

MxCC will graduate its first class of 16 veterinary technology students at its 2015 Commencement ceremony on May 28.  One of these students has been accepted to a highly competitive externship at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and most of the others have a veterinary technician job in place.  Twenty-four students have enrolled in the program beginning this fall.

According to the AVMA, the purpose of accreditation is to recognize programs that are fully capable of graduating capable technicians for veterinarians.  This designation is earned by submitting a detailed application, hosting a three-day site visit for the AVMA, employing credentialed teaching staff, and fulfilling numerous professional requirements.  Only 231 programs in the country meet these strict standards.

“The college began planning for a Vet Tech program nearly six years ago and accreditation was always in mind so students would be most prepared to excel in this competitive career,” said Dr. Steve Minkler, MxCC’s dean of academic affairs.  “Now, after much dedication by our team and our clinical partners at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Hospital, we have succeeded.  It is such a pleasure to add Vet Tech to the growing list of professionally accredited programs at MxCC, which includes Early Childhood Education, Ophthalmic Design & Dispensing, and Radiologic Technology.”

The accreditation process was completed under the guidance of Dr. Steven Levy, MxCC’s Veterinary Technology Program coordinator, and Amy Lawton, certified veterinary technician and MxCC instructor.  Input was provided by Dr. Rob Olson, Dr. Virginia Nuñez-Olson, and Kurt Oster of Pieper Memorial Veterinary Hospital, which partners with MxCC to provide student training in labs, on specialized equipment, and in hospital settings.  Details on the Vet Tech program can be found at

The American Veterinary Medical Association (, established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 86,500 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services.