Publicize Your Non-Profit Causes

The pupose of this page is to provide space for members to publicize their non-profit causes.  If you have a non-profit cause you would like to publicize, send your information to me, Paula Sweeley:

 Dyan DeCastro, "Essentrics" instructor
Dyan DeCastro, "Essentrics" instructor
Dyan offers one free class to anyone wishing to experience "Classical Stretch" for the first time. Contact her at (copy and paste into browser.)
Stretch and Strengthen
Stretch and Strengthen
That's me on this end. Read my blog page (See "Paula Sweeley" tab) about my experience with "Classical Stretch" (also known as "Essentrics".)
Build Strength and Flexibility
Build Strength and Flexibility
Looks easy but really takes some effort and definitely builds strong and healthy posture.
You can actually "grow" in height by stretching and strengthening your spine.
Deceptively Simple and Extremely Relaxing
Deceptively Simple and Extremely Relaxing
You will feel a sense of ease and relaxation after one session, and it only gets better as you exercise regularly.


Dyan DeCastro (on the right) is the first certified "Essentrics" instructor in CT and one of the few in the US. She is pictured here with Miranda Esmonde-White, the originator of this remarkable and revolutionary exercise system. See details at left for free intro classes.

Place your cursor on the photos above to read more about each one.


(also known as "Classical Stretch", aired on PBS TV stations)

For those of you who have been wanting to join our exercise group, or if you haven't heard about it yet and want to do something that's really fun and good for you, here is the new schedule for fall:

Come, just bring an exercise mat, wear some comfy clothes, and take a free class (register at ).  You'll feel great and want to come back for more. Essentrics is the creation of former ballerina, Miranda Esmonde-White.  See info about her NY Times Bestseller, Aging Backwards, at 

Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays at Jesse Lee Church in Easton,9:15 a.m. 

 6:30-7:30 at CT Dance School  40 Hadley Court,                   

                                        (off Commerce Drive in Fairfield )****

Thursday evenings  

****For full details and directions, go to: Dyan also teaches through Fairfield Continuing Ed and through other venues.  All info on her site.

If you decide you want to continue after your free first class, sessions are open to you at either location.

P.S. Please share this email with friends and family!

International web sites with information on Essentrics: |

THE VERY GOOD NEWS IS THAT ANYONE SIGNING UP FOR A SESSION OF CLASSES can use them at their own pace!!! SO YOU CAN FIT THE CLASSES TO YOUR OWN SCHEDULE and attend as time permits without being concerned about using your paid classes by any particular date. 

To read about my personal experience with Essentrics (Classical Stretch), continue reading below:


I have been a proponent of "Classical Stretch", also known as "Essentrics"(Check out the slide show above for some typical moves, and place your pointer on the photos to read the complete captions) ever since I found it on PBS (ch. 25 ATT Uverse weekdays at 6 a.m.) about 5 years ago. I tell the story on my blog page, Paula Sweeley. Click on that link if you'd like to read about it. I have enjoyed exercising in front of my TV with the daily shows and with DVDs ( which I have purchased. I would have loved the additional socialization and instructional benefits of a live class, but there were no teachers in CT and very few in the US. 

Now a friend of mine, Dyan DeCastro (a former McKinley School PTA president who initiated the McKinley World's Fair) has become a certified instructor.

Each of her classes is one hour after which you will totally loosened up and energized. ALL YOU NEED IS AN EXERCISE MAT AND COMFORTABLE CLOTHES. I find it most comfortable to wear stretchable clothing. The work is done barefoot (scientific reasons for that). This exercise system is wonderfully beneficial for people of all ages and all fitness level!!! I have experienced vastly improved posture and joint flexibility, relief of aches and pains, increased energy, strengthening and toning of muscles and help with weight control. An additional bonus benefit is that I've learned a lot about my physiology and enjoyed an interesting and varied selection of music along the way.

Go to Dyan's web site at  to learn about Dyan and this revolutionary exercise method which originated in Canada, is practiced in many parts of the world and is now beginning to catch on in the US.  Also, you can email me with any questions you might have. So, if you like to feel strong and limber and generally good, come on and give Essentrics (Classical Stretch) a try. It won't cost you anything, and chances are you'll be just as "hooked" as we (our growing exercise group) are. Paula ( ).   


Jewelry (and Rosie) at "The Store"
Jewelry (and Rosie) at "The Store"
Furniture at "The Store"
Furniture at "The Store"
Men's Women's and Children's Clothing at "The Store"
Men's Women's and Children's Clothing at "The Store"
Handbags at "The Store"
Handbags at "The Store"
Books and toys at "The Store"
Books and toys at "The Store"

Congregational Church Store

Even small furniture at "The Store". Call them before bringing furniture donations because space is limited.

(See slide show above.)

148 Beach Rd. (at the corner of Old Post and Beach Rds.)


 email -

(you can request to be put on their mailing list for weekly "specials")


If you're a bargain hunter, this is for you!!! Rosie Crossland, a volunteer at the Congregational Church consignment store, invites you to come and check it out. They handle gently used (sometimes new) clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories for men, women and children. In addition, they deal in household items and bric-a-brac, small furniture and table linens, and many books and games for children. You never know what you'll find, and there are new items coming in all the time.

Volunteers price and display the merchandise so that you can find what you're looking for easily and quickly, and to say that prices are reasonable is an understatement!!!!! All profits go to the church and to various charities selected by volunteers.

You may also bring donations during hours of operation. Space is limited, and so check with the management before bringing larger items.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon.-Fri.-10 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                 Sat. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.



Tony Andrade and his men's harmony group invite you men who enjoy singing to participate:

We are always looking for a few more voices to add to thye chorus!  If you have a love of singing, whether on stage or just in the shower, then come join us for a rehearsal!  No prior experience or music reading ability necessary-we'll show you the ropes and have you harmonizing with us in no time!!

We meet every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Unity Rd. and White Plains Rd. in Trumbull.

Call (203)816-0462 or email at for more information.  Check them out on the web at  ! 

Our REF member, Tony Andrade, is a very active with this group.  Ask him about it if you're interested:

Tony Andrade – 203-386-9147


Free Computer Phone Consults

Pat Dizney, a Fairfield Public Schools Technology educator who retired in 2012 from Fairfield Warde High School, is offering members free phone consults for your computer problems. He can also help out with i-phone difficulties and other technology issues. With over 25 years experience in the field, this is something very valuable to keep in mind when technology gets you down.

Email Pat Dizney at:

for free technology phone consultations.

Include a brief description of your issue and a phone # where he can contact you.

 Thanks Pat!!!  This is a very generous offer!!


Join Milt in supporting parents with hospitalized children at Bridgeport Hospital. Read his touching story at the left,

Milt Jacoby honors the memories of his wife and daughter with a place designed for the parents of Bridgeport Hospital's pediatric patients.

Parents of children receiving care in the P.T. Barnum Pediatric Center at Bridgeport Hospital now have a place to call their own, thanks to the generosity of the Joan Jacoby Fund. Bunny's Café,a glass-enclosed lounge area that opened in 2007, is full of amenities just for parents. They can send e-mail, enjoy coffee, warm a home-cooked meal or find a few moments of solace.

"There used to be a coffee pot right by the nurses' station that was available to parents," says Milt Jacoby, who with his wife, Bunny, founded the fund at Bridgeport Hospital in 1988. "But that communal coffee pot was neither conducive to conversation nor relaxation." When a larger area on the pediatric floor was identified as a possible location for a new lounge, Milt jumped at the plan. He felt that it was important to have tables and chairs available to provide the opportunity for face-to-face conversation.

In addition to a new coffee maker, tables and chairs, Bunny's Café includes a kitchen with a full-size stainless steel refrigerator, a microwave oven and a computer workstation with Internet access. Soft lighting and fresh flowers help make it feel more like home.

Bunny Jacoby, the Café's namesake, passed away in 2005 at age 65. "She was liked by everybody," says Milt, her husband for 40 years. Bunny was a teacher and a real estate agent in Fairfield, just like her husband. "She was so talented," he adds. "And she could do a crossword puzzle in practically eight seconds."

The Jacobys were all-too familiar with the experiences of parents of hospitalized children. Their daughter, Joan, spent the last two years of her life in and out of hospitals before she died of cancer at age 7 in 1975. "Back then, there were no formal support systems for parents and, relying on each other for information, we would band together and ask such things as where to stay, eat and find the bathrooms."

Every night, either Milt or Bunny would stay at the hospital with their daughter. Needless to say, it was a difficult time in their lives emotionally and physically. "I slept sitting up in a chair, and then I would go to work the next day," says Milt. It was equally draining on their other children, too. Janet, now 39, is Joan's twin. Her other siblings include Jim, 41, and Jason, 31.

Over the years, the Joan Jacoby Fund at Bridgeport Hospital has provided the means to purchase many necessary items: pediatric blood pressure cuffs, sleep chairs for parents and visitors, toys for the children's floor, a special waiting room, bathrooms, access to the Disney Channel and now Bunny's Café.

Bunny's Café is a very special addition to the P.T. Barnum Pediatric Center. Having a child in the hospital can be very stressful for a parent and amenities like Bunny's Café can make the experience a little easier.


"We wouldn't dream of doing this anywhere else," says Milt. "It just fits with the Bridgeport Hospital personality. This is a great place to be. Everyone here truly cares about the patients."

Show your support of parents with children in Bridgeport Hospital and give to the Joan Jacoby Fund.

To donate:   (mail-in form) (on-line donations)

(Copy and paste into browser if clicking doesn't work.)


Harmony On The Sound women's harmony choir.

If you like to sing, join Nora Kurmai, Sue Knox as well as many other lovely ladies on a visit to Harmony on the Sound Chorus. Discover your INNER DIVA! Sitting in on one of their rehearsals is the perfect way to find out more about us, and what we can do for you!

You're invited to join them on the risers to experience the music, friendship and fun for which Harmony on the Sound Chorus is known!

Come to a Rehearsal
Guests are welcome to view any Harmony on the Sound Chorus rehearsal, Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

St. Joseph's Manor
6448 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611

There are so many reasons to join! Spend time with a wonderful group of women, learn some amazing songs that are both classic and current, and get a chance to perform and strut your stuff!

You!!! Come and discover your inner diva!

Check out their web site: 

Dawn Hogan 07.11.2013 21:07

Is that our very own Walter in the Men's harmony group photo? !
(front row on right?)

Lots of great entertainment opportunities ahead!

Elizabeth Power 12.10.2013 05:02

Good going Milt.
I had the pleasure of knowing Bunny and she was a wonderful person. Always positive and always with her knitting needles and yarn.

Betty Mulholland 17.09.2013 21:31

How wonderful is that. Milt, you were so humble about such a wonderful project.

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