Showing posts from April, 2013

The Greater New Haven Heart Walk: Why I Walk

Got heart health? Many Americans don't. Heart disease is the number one killer of American men and women and has been been for more than 30 years. Heart disease   is actually a broad term used for a wide variety of diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm disorders called  arrhythmias   and defects of the heart present at birth, also called  congenital heart defects .  The good news is that we can do something about heart disease. The American Heart Association is diligently working to help all Americans  build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  They work to achieve this through advocacy efforts and campaigns in communities throughout the nation. I'm proud to let you all know that I will be participating in the 2013 Greater New Haven Heart Walk with UIL Holding Corporation's Team West . UIL has a group of team leaders walking to raise awareness and funds for research.  A little over a month fr

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day !! There is so much going on in the world today, but I'm happy to take a moment out to acknowledge how grateful I am to be living and on this planet. I take a great deal for granted in my life and our planet earth is one of them. I don't know about you, but I have noticed our changing weather patterns and have heard the reports about sea levels rising. It's got me a little spooked. Even my local weather man is hip to the difference. Some call it global warming others call it climate change and some still believe neither exists, but does that matter at this point? There's a difference in our climate and for better or for worse people are the contributing factors. I don't think most people intentionally seek out to harm the planet, but if you drive a car, have a smart phone, heat your home, or use a microwave (just to name a few), then you are having an impact on planet earth. Going green has become cliche over the last few years. It's in p

Boston on My Mind: Where Do We Go From Here?

Yesterday's events in the city of Boston are still very fresh in the news . I purposely didn't watch news coverage of it yesterday. I read some news articles online and listened to NPR, but I didn't want to see the TV coverage or hear the sound bytes of the tragedy being replayed and spun to set a specific agenda. Everyday we are inundated with messages and it is easy to forget the subliminal impact they have on our lives. Unfortunately news isn't always just news. There are so many questions to be answered and we won't know those answers for some time. Despite this fact, it doesn't stop certain individuals and news outlets from blaming certain groups of people or publishing inaccurate stories. While I understand the need for justice, I don't think it's productive to blame others when so much is unknown or speculated. I've been encouraged by some of the media coverage I've seen, heard on NPR or watched on television today. There seems to

Spotlight on Jim Chernesky, Author of Once a Fan

Author Jim Chernesky I'm thrilled to feature an author Q&A for this blog post! Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Jim Chernesky for an employee feature in Newsline , our company biweekly employee newsletter. Jim's work on his self published memoir Once a Fan serves as a personal reminder that goals can be achieved through dedication and hard work. Ready to meet Jim? Jim's bio: Jim Chernesky is the Process Manager for Electric System Operations. He is originally from Bridgeport Connecticut. His career has spanned 35 years and includes work in training, process and performance management for companies such as Unimation, Westinghouse, PHH Home Equity, Emery Worldwide and Uniroyal Chemical. Jim is also a professional photographer certified with the New York Institute of Photography and an adjunct faculty member at Post University in Waterbury where he teaches Art History. Jim lives in Oxford, Connecticut with his wife Beth three sons and a g