Mayor’s Ball raises $15,000 for Letter from Italy, 1944 – Middletown Patch

The City of Middletown’s recent Mayor’s Ball designated Letter from Italy, 1944 as its major beneficiary this year.

The festivities took place June 1, 2013, at the Middletown Elks Lodge, and featured 20 members of the Greater Middletown Chorale fronted by Jack A. Pott and directed by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, performing Oh, the Sweetie Man for over 300 delighted guests. GMC member Adam Perrin introduced the selection for the rapt audience.

Read Cassandra Day’s account by following this link to the Middletown CT Patch. Ms. Day also provided a great video of the performance.

Fixing the Failed Elevator Pitch: Translating Military Skills for Civilian Employers


On one level this link has nothing whatsoever to do with PTSD. On another level, it could be a best friend for a traumatized veteran.

With the many challenges of reentry, it is already difficult to answer the question, “What did you do in the service?”  A veteran struggling with PTSD might find it nearly impossible.

This concrete tool, developed and promoted by a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, works like a translator to turn experiences into résumés that any civilian employer can read.

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MST themed retreat at Project New Hope April 12

Project New Hope will offer an MST workshop in AprilA retreat on MST—military sexual trauma—issues is being offered on the weekend of April 12-14 in Shutesbury, Mass.

Project New Hope is a resource that supports military veterans and their families. Unlike other resources focused solely on the vet, Project New Hope considers the veteran’s entire network of loved ones who also are affected by the veteran’s service and re-entry into civilian life.

The April 12 retreat is one of a series being offered this year with different focuses. They include “Gold Star & Survivors,” “Family,” and “Women Vets.” The registration deadline for this retreat is March 31.

The Rev. Todd Farnsworth, pastor of the Belchertown Congregational Church and a retreat presenter, said that “more men than women have signed up so far” for the MST retreat. Mr. Farnsworth will be offering a workshop on the discipline of “Tapping Prayer” as an aid in relieving trauma and anxiety in a spiritual framework.

Details for the MST retreat

Retreat attendance is free of charge for participants. All veterans are welcome. According to the Web site, participants need to bring “twin sheets, blanket (or sleeping bag), pillow, and personal hygiene items to include a towel and appropriate clothing for the season. [You should also bring] medication and inform Project New Hope Inc of any allergies.”

Greater Middletown Chorale production recognized by General Assembly

Members and friends of the Greater Middletown Chorale were recently cited by the Connecticut General Assembly for their work in bringing Letter from Italy, 1944 to life.

The citations were presented by retiring state Senator Len Suzio, who brought the engrossed citations to Middletown on his last day in office — and his birthday.

Sen. Suzio and Thayer Talbott of the Middlesex County Community Foundation also brought news of financial support for the Letter from Italy, 1944 project.

  • The state DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts has granted $60,000 to the Chorale in support of the documentary accompanying Letter from Italy, 1944.
  • The MCCF granted $5,000 in direct support of the Letter from Italy, 1944 production.

Read the account at this link:

Greater Middletown Chorale production recognized by General Assembly – The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT.