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9,500 Acres at Risk - Protect NU's Lands in Merger Land Alert Take action to protect 9,500 acres of open space Open Space at Risk

Northeast Utilities (NU) owns nearly ten thousand acres of critical conservation land across Connecticut. Some parcels are large and well-known, like Maromas near Middletown. Many form greenbelts along miles of rivers like the Housatonic, Farmington and Naugatuck Rivers. Together they contribute valuable open space that preserves green landscapes, filters water entering our rivers, and provides recreational opportunity. (Read more about just a few of the parcels at risk.)

The proposed merger between NU and NSTAR could put these lands at risk. While CFE does not oppose the merger, we are concerned because there is no guarantee that the agreement to protect the lands, called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), will remain in effect.
You can help. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is currently accepting public comments about the proposed merger. Read on for details.
How to Make Your Voice Heard
You can submit public comments to be entered into the legal record.
Email your comments to dpuc.executivesecretary@po.state.ct.us by 4:00pm on Friday, February 24. In the subject line, include "Re: Doc. No. 12-01-07."

At the top of the letter, put "Re: Doc. No. 12-01-07, Application for Appeal of Holding Company Transaction Involving Northeast Utilities and NSTAR" and address your comments to the Executive Secretary. Request that the Memorandum of Understanding be extended in order to ensure that the nearly 375 parcels of land on the Conservation List are protected.

Remember to include your full name, your address, and details about why you care about this issue. If you are a representative of an organization or business, it is helpful to note that as well.

Citizens may also speak on the record at hearings. There are public hearings on February 22 and 24. If you would like to speak, please respond to this email and we will get you more information.

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(66) Imagine Your Town Without Trees: A Panel Discussion about Urban Forestry

(66) Imagine Your Town Without Trees: A Panel Discussion about Urban Forestry

URBAN YANKEES DON'T PANIC if you see a raccoon out during the day. They are out trying to locate a mate.

Feb 29, Join Us for Milford Green Drinks! Location: Citrus - 56 South Broad St Milford, CT 06460, RSVP to drowe@ibsgreen.com - Recommended

Presentation by Ed Bowman... Learn How The Town of Fairfield leveraged grants, utility monies and tax revenue to incorporate Sustainable Energy Solutions into the Town of Fairfield's operations. Bring your questions and your ideas....
6-7pm - Networking
7-8pm Presentation: Ed Bowman
Free Admission

ED BOMAN
Assistant Director of Public Works
City of Fairfield

The following were important to the Town of Fairfield's Energy Management Plan:

Grants from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund for the fuel cell, A Photovoltaic system and a wind power study
Loans and grants from United Illuminating Company's Energy Opportunity and Energy Blueprint programs
An ARRRA grant for the combined heat and power facility at the police station
DEP grants at the Water pollution control facility
Department of energy funds to build and upgrade a natural gas fueling station and buy 29 compressed natural gas vehicles
The use of local tax dollars when necessary
Support of the elected officials at all times

Bio: Edward Boman

Mr. Boman has served 14 years as a Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator, and since 1993, as Assistant Director of Public Works for the Town of Fairfield, CT. For the two years prior to that, he served as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Bridgeport. From 1988 to 1991 Mr. Boman was a partner in an environmental consulting firm that specialized in solid waste issues. Between 1984 and 1988, he was project manager for the State of Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority that built the Bridgeport RESCO 2200 ton-per-day, waste-to-energy facility and established a recycling system that serves both Fairfield and Bridgeport. From 1968 to 1984, Mr. Boman acted as Chief of Staff for the First Selectman of the Town of Fairfield.

Among his many accomplishments he has won more than $50 million in state and federal grants that helped pay for more than 1,000 acres of open space, miles of sanitary sewer extensions, two sewage treatment plant additions, a compost recycling system, a new town hall, new parks and beaches and $1.1 million for diesel particulate filters. In addition Mr. Boman created a program and acquired the necessary funding to preserve and enhance the public transportation system for the region. Mr. Boman was also responsible for the Town of Fairfield’s award of a AAA credit rating.

Mr. Boman has built CNG stations in the Connecticut communities of Fairfield, Bridgeport, Trumbull and Stratford, and developed and implemented CNG vehicle fleets in these same municipalities, to include school buses in Fairfield.

Mr. Edward Boman is a resident of Milford.

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Congratulations to Jeanette Diaz the Milford ECC's New CoChair

She's preparing a bio. Jeanette is an amazing young woman with 4 beautiful young daughters. She is studying Homeopathic Health. Jeanette is originally from India and brings cultural diversity that will enrich the ECC 2012 outreach.

I'll be posting soon! We will have a meet and greet celebration to welcome Jeanette. DTBA

How becoming an ECC Volunteer can help you Standout and Put Volunteer Work on Your Resume | Serviceleader.org

Put Volunteer Work on Your Resume | Serviceleader.org

Put Volunteer Work on Your Resume

by Susan J. Ellis of Energize, Inc.

When you are looking for a job, your resume gets your foot in the door. It represents you to a potential employer and you want it to stand out from the resumes of the other applicants. One way to capture the interest of an employer is to show that you are an involved citizen -- someone who works to make the community a better place to live. In other words, make sure your volunteer work appears on your resume.

It is a common misconception that there is only one "right" way to design a resume. Actually, the most important thing is to present the information in such a way as to document and support your career goal. If you tell a prospective employer that you want a particular job, your resume must prove that you are the right candidate to fill it. Sometimes your paid work history may not be as important as what you have done as a volunteer in demonstrating that you have the necessary job skills.

One approach used by many people is to add a section to their resumes called "Community Service" or "Volunteer Work." They list the highlights of their volunteering here, to show that they have interests outside of their employment history already described. This is certainly better than ignoring volunteer experience on a resume, but it is not the best way to highlight what you have learned as a volunteer.

Consider integrating your volunteer work into the section of your resume called "Work Experience." Even if you were not paid a salary and did not consider the volunteering to be "employment," it certainly was productive work and should count as "experience." The key is to translate what you gained from the volunteer activity into the language of the paid work world.

Don't use "volunteer" as a job title. It's an adjective and alone does not convey the work that you accomplished. So, if you did tutoring, use the title "Tutor." If you coordinated a project, identify your work accurately as "Project Coordinator." The fact that you filled this position in an unpaid capacity is part of your description of the work. First grab your prospective employer's interest with an accurate position title.

Next describe the volunteer work in terms of your achievements, highlighting the skills that you learned and demonstrated. What would be important to the work world about what you did? For example, did you raise $100,000? Did you manage a budget or accomplish goals on schedule? Did you supervise a staff of people? Even if they, too, were volunteers, your success required the ability to be a motivating leader. All these sorts of things impress an employer.

Take the time to analyze what you learned as a volunteer. Did you have the chance to practice public speaking? Write reports, news releases, newsletters? Plan projects, coordinate sub-committees, train others to do the work? Such skills are applicable to just about any setting.

Describe your activities and achievements fully. You do not need to say these were done as a volunteer, though you are of course welcome to do so. If you feel uneasy about representing volunteer work as equivalent to a full-time paid job, you can identify the volunteering as being part-time. Be honest. Don't overstate what you did. But also be sure to give yourself the credit you deserve.

If you are a student seeking your first real job, being able to show volunteer work on a resume demonstrates that you had interests beyond the classroom. If you are returning to the paid work force after some time away, your volunteer activities prove that you kept yourself sharp and involved. If you want to change career fields, it may be your volunteer work in the new field that tells a prospective employer you're worth the risk, even if all your paid employment history is in some other field.

Be unapologetic about giving space on your resume to volunteering. Since the whole goal of a resume is to get you an interview, think how more interesting your face-to-face conversation will be when you add all those community activities to show you who really are.