Hudson - Litchfield News | May 4, 2012 - 9 Hudson Man Honored in Connecticut
submitted by Donna Ross Hudson resident Jerry Ross was the recipient of the 2012 Community Service Award in Connecticut this past Thursday, April 19. Ross was recognized for his work on behalf of individuals struggling with mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness. Over the span of his career Ross held a variety of roles in the human service field. For nearly 23 years he had been executive director of ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. in New Haven, CT, building that nonprofit into a multi- service community mental health agency. He retired in 2010 after merging his organization with The Connection, Inc. a $46 million, statewide entity noted for its comprehensive services to children, families and adults with behavioral health needs. In his proclamation designating April 19, 2012, as Jerald P. Ross Day in Connecticut, Governor Daniel P. Malloy cited Ross for his “leadership, vision and energy in building services for some of the most vulnerable populations in the state.”
Ross was seen as an innovator in the nonprofit field in Connecticut. He brought a holistic approach to community mental health programs, emphasizing practical supports to help individuals achieve independence. He
has grown to serve thousands of families each year. Once featured on the cover of Philanthropy Today for his fight against municipal efforts to tax housing for the homeless, he at the same time created a public-private partnership between his own agency and the Housing Authority of New Haven in order to better serve the poor. Ross also facilitated the merger of nonprofit organizations in order to maximize resources for their clients, helped create various nonprofit networks, and served on the boards of several nonprofit agencies and associations. Ross grew up in Hudson where he
championed efforts to reduce stigma and integrate persons with mental illness fully into the community. The Supportive Housing for Families program he developed in collaboration with The Connection, Inc. became a model for helping children and families at risk of homelessness, child abuse and mental health disorders, a program that today
graduated valedictorian from Alvirne High School in 1967. He moved to Connecticut to attend Yale University and later made his home in the New Haven area. After his retirement Ross continued to consult to nonprofits while traveling extensively as a member of The Friendship Force. Ross returned to New Hampshire in recent months where he has remained active in the social service arena, volunteering on the board of the Nashua Children’s Home, serving as a Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Nashua, and participating in the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua.
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Pitman-Robertson Act Marks 75 Years
This year, 2012, marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Pittman-Robertson Act. In 1932, Congress authorized an excise tax on firearms and ammunition that went into the general treasury of the United States. Five years later, with the passage of Pittman-Robertson, those excise taxes had to be passed on to state game agencies for the exclusive use of funding programs designed to improve wildlife habitat, as well as improve hunter access. Here’s a look at the state of game populations and hunting opportunities at the time Pittman-Robertson was passed: • In 1937, 11 states had no open seasons for deer and three others only had local seasons. Missouri’s deer season was only three days long.
• No states had dedicated archery or muzzleloader seasons. Here’s how things stand now:
• Today, virtually every state boasts lengthy deer seasons. • Missouri hunters enjoy more than 123 days of hunting for deer each year.
Hudson’s Eighth Graders Head to Washington DC
Excitement brews at Hudson Memorial School just before 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, as 242 eighth grade students and 25 chaperones board the five enormous coach buses, that will embark on a five day whirlwind tour of Washington DC.
• Special archery-only and muzzleloader-only seasons are held in nearly every state. Even considering recent declines in the total number of hunters, there is still more than twice the number of hunters in 2010 than there were in 1937. Celebrate the passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act and all it has done for hunters and wildlife.
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Alvirne Graduates Come Together in Two Different Careers
by Len Lathrop A budding filmmaker and a new business
owner, who graduated together from Alvirne High School just a few years ago, came together in the last couple of weeks to showcase the drive of these two young ladies. One, so that Courtney Carter could make a short film for her course at Emerson College and Felica Melo could market her store on YouTube, Facebook and other social media avenues. Melo, a 20 year old, has a vision and this spring took all her saving and somewhat mortgaged her life to open Season Vista, a flower and craft store in Brook Plaza on Lowell Road. As the store’s owner/ manager and only employee, Felica is determined to make her passion a success. Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, she offers flowers, plants, and many handmade crafts from local
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artists and specialty products she has brought in for her customers. In the academic track is Courtney Carter, a senior at Emerson College in Boston studying Broadcasting Journalism, who for a project had to produce a 5-minute film. Watching these young ladies work together to create this video was exciting. Use the QR code to watch or http://bit. ly/IUwBfX (YouTube).
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Come Celebrate with us Our Broadway Hair Fashion Show. New York City Style! on Friday May 11, 2012. At the Radisson Hotel Nashua, NH in “The Castle” Tickets are sold at Mogi’z Salon and are $75 for VIP front-row seating, $50 for middle rows and $30 for back row. Call: 603.204.5690 or Web: www.mogizalon.com
PROGRAM Start at 6:00pm into 12:45am 6:00pm to 8:10pm Meet the Sponsors • Cash Bar & Cash Dinner 8:10pm to 8:30pm Act I : “Masquerade” Performance By: The Breakdancers & 20 Top Models 8:30pm to 9pm
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