Krystal Livingston Sings Nina Simone at Miss Lottie’s Jazz Cafe Sept. 12

The Norwich Arts Center in collaboration with the Eastern CT Urban Professionals presents Miss Lottie’s Café, a Jazz theater series of 3 shows celebrating the Icons of Historic American Music: Jazz!
The series begins with “An Evening with Nina Simone” featuring Actress/Recording Artist Krystal Livingston. Produced by Kia Baird and directed by Theresa Broach, the production is part of calendar of events presented by NAC. Nina Simone’s most memorable songs are, ‘Mississippi Goddam’, ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘To Be Young, Gifted and Black.’ The show will take place at the historic Donald L. Oat Theater at 62 Broadway, Norwich, CT on Friday Sept 12th at 8pm.  BYOB setups are available.
Other artists to be featured at Miss Lottie’s Jazz Cafe are Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling the Norwich Arts Center at 860-887-2789.

Illegal Immigrants Bring Risk of Ebola and Global Array of Viral Illnesses

By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

Ebola. Chikungunya. Dengue. Norovirus. Hantavirus. Swine flu. Varicella. Variola. The names sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Yet, threats to Americans are real, and escalating by the week. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on August 1 that serious diseases are spreading at detention centers for Illegal border crossers. Health care workers and Border Patrol agents, plus their children, have tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), swine flu, chicken pox, lice and scabies. Instead of being quarantined, illegal border crossers are being dispersed rapidly across the U.S., with those of school age being registered in public schools opening soon for all.

Border Patrol Council reports that 75% of illegal border crossers are from countries around the globe, other than Mexico. They are bringing diseases not common to, or eradicated from, the U.S.:

  • Multiple-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) is spreading in India and Pakistan. Illegals from those countries have been identified coming across our southern borders.
  • July 23, China announced it had sealed off the city of Yumen due to a deadly outbreak of bubonic plague. Chinese are so numerous in the current surge of illegals that the federal government has added Mandarin translations to emergency signs across the Texas border regions.
  • Mexico has serious outbreaks of dengue fever, which can produce debilitating physical and neurological effects, and also has more severe and deadly hemorrhagic forms.
  • Deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever is raging out of control in multiple countries in West Africa. Border Patrol agents confirmed that West Africans have been apprehended coming via Mexico into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, with a number of seriously ill individuals whisked away to undisclosed locations for treatment of undisclosed illnesses. ABC News reported in mid-July that seriously ill illegals were flown from Texas to Ventura Naval base recently with high fever, respiratory difficulties, and coughing blood. At least three required ICU admission. No information was released on what illness was diagnosed, but the time course, severity of symptoms, and need for immediate ICU treatment is not typical for tuberculosis and more consistent with Ebola or hemorrhagic forms of dengue fever.

Ebola is one of the most lethal diseases we face, with a death rate from 60-90% of infected patients. It is a horrible death as the virus attacks the blood vessels leading to hemorrhaging internally and externally. There are no good treatments or vaccines.

Ebola’s use as a weapon of terror and mass destruction has been documented by, which reports that the former Soviet Union biological weapons program had weaponized the Ebola virus, and that Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese terror group, recently sent members to Africa to harvest the virus during an outbreak.

After long neglecting the contagious disease issues that arose in early June, On July 31, ABC, NBC, CBS and other news outlets simultaneously reported the arrival of two Ebola patients from Africa. Does this give “plausible deniability” to the possible role of illegal border-crossers in bringing Ebola to the U.S.?

Not very contagious? Really? Then why do World Health Organization (WHO) officials say the “worst on record” Ebola outbreak in three countries in West Africa is spreading out of control? Why all the special haz-mat suits for doctors and nurses? Why did two doctors die treating Ebola patients? Why all the special and expensive isolation units for Ebola patients? In sharp contrast to WHO, US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and government spokespersons seem to be going out of their way to downplay risks to Americans.

Dr. Richard Besser, a former acting director of CDC during the swine flu outbreak, and now ABC News chief health and medical editor, said “There is nothing to prevent someone traveling here asymptomatically during the incubation period.” Then once ill, the person can easily infect many others, who in turn spread the virus further.

CDC has recently been under fire for mishandling deadly pathogens, including smallpox and anthrax. Yet Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, told reporters on July 31 that Ebola spread in the U.S. is “not in the cards.” But can we rely on his opinion that risk to Americans is low?

If risk is so low for the US, why is CDC quietly setting up Ebola Quarantine Centers in 20 cities across the USA? Why did the Congressional Record report that Ebola Bio kits have been deployed to National Guard units in all 50 states?

These are undisputed facts:

  • Experts agree that we don’t know all there is to know about Ebola’s methods of spread.
  • Border Patrol sources repeatedly warn that we do not know who is coming across our southern borders, all the countries of origin, what diseases they may carry, or where they go after being released with a summons to appear months later in court.
  • Agents report we are apprehending only about 3% to 5 % of the total illegal border crossers now.

There are too many unknowns. There is too much information being actively suppressed by this Administration and the politically appointed heads of DHS, HHS, CDC, ICE and other agencies.

Americans have a right to straight talk about risks. Americans deserve a government focused FIRST on protecting the health and safety of American citizens. Reckless disregard for health is not humane.


Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.,is a 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient, and the 2007 recipient of the Voice of Women award from the Arizona Foundation for Women for her pioneering advocacy for the overlooked hormone connections in women’s health.

Ted “Dutch” Van Kirk Died

ted dutch van kirkdonoTed “Dutch” Van Kirk died last Monday, navigator and last surviving Crew of the Enola Gay that bombed Hiroshima in WWII. This photo of him and Scott Hirst, was taken at exhibit hall at a Washington, D.C., Hotel as part of the Conservative Political Action Conference Welcome to Conservative Political Action Conference.

Kathleen Waller Named to Dean’s List at Saint Mary’s College

NOTRE DAME, IN (07/31/2014)– Saint Mary’s College named Kathleen Waller of Mystic, CT to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester. Kathleen is the daughter of Mark and Paula Waller of Mystic, CT. To earn academic honors at Saint Mary’s a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have at least 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C.

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study, such as business, nursing, art, chemistry, and social work. The College’s single-gender environment has been proven, in study after study, to foster confidence, ethical leadership, and strong academic success. Saint Mary’s College ranks 76 among the 248 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2014 published by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College’s mission is to educate women and prepare them for postgraduate success whether it’s a first job, graduate school, or postgraduate service.

Jessica Zod Named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 Semester

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (07/30/2014)– Jessica Zod of Mystic, CT, member of the Class of 2015, has been named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester.

Marist is an independent comprehensive liberal arts college with an enrollment of 4,700 full-time undergraduate students. Founded in 1929, the College offers 44 major fields of undergraduate study and 12 graduate degree programs. Marist is included in the Princeton Review’s 2013 guide to the top colleges and universities in the U.S., The Best 377 Colleges.

Marist is also ranked 10th in the northern United States in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “Best Colleges” guide and is listed by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as one of the best values in private colleges and universities. For more information visit

Filmmaker Releases WWI Documentary

One hundred years ago this week World War One broke out and in America the news began spreading via newspaper from shore to shore.

A young Frank Buckles began following the war, he would end up being the last WWI Veteran of the United States. His official Buckles Senate B W smallspokesman and biographer began filming in 2006 and has just released the documentary Pershing’s Last Patriot, telling the story of his life and efforts for a national memorial in Washington DC.

“To begin with, Frank Buckles story is beyond description. When you take into account the last 5 years of his life, his fame, his advocacy and his patriotism and record that for history, it is a huge responsibility. What Washington DC did with him and his efforts to honor 4,734,991 veterans is a tremendous and tragic portion of American history. This 90-minute film chronicles it.” David DeJonge said who is the Director & Executive Producer of Pershing’s Last Patriot.

DeJonge formed the WWI Memorial Foundation and was critical in raising awareness about the abandoned DC WWI Memorial (local only and on the National Mall). Frank Buckles advocacy led to the restoration of this memorial. Ultimately the politicians would ask Buckles to testify before Senate at the age of 108 as to why there needed to be a WWI Memorial in Washington DC on the Mall.

Frank and Harry Coin copy“History unfolded before my eyes and I just started filming. To see this frail veteran and American icon have to testify was baffling. What Senate ultimately did with the law was horrific and we have the story on film for the world to see.” DeJonge continued, “I promised Frank I would fight and that is what we continue to do. After showing this film nationwide not one American has said to me there should not be a memorial on the Mall in DC and it is time the DC system listens to the people—listen to America.”

DeJonge who has given his life savings to continue this fight has released the documentary for sale this week and for rent on Vimeo in the next week. They are also offering commemorative coins through Kickstarter of Frank Buckles, the last American doughboy and Harry Patch the last British Tommy to help fund the ongoing effort. DeJonge interviewed and photographed Patch in 2007“What do you say when the last WWI Veteran asks you to carry the torch of honor for 5 million veterans? You do it. Has that taken a toll on our finances? You better believe it. Our powder kegs are lean but we press on.”

Amston resident Cameron J D’Auria named to Binghamton University Dean’s List

BINGHAMTON, NY (07/29/2014)– Cameron J D’Auria of Amston received academic honors from the School of Management at Binghamton University by making the University’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester.

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Binghamton University Students Receive Academic Honors

BINGHAMTON, NY (07/25/2014) — Binghamton University students receive academic honors for making the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester:

Emilie R Saccone of Gales Ferry CT

Rachel J Graham of Colchester CT

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Unclaimed “Lucky for Life” 2nd Prize Winning Ticket for Feb. 27 Expires Soon

Someone bought a CT Lottery “Lucky for Life” ticket in New Haven County for the February 27, 2014 drawing that matched the first five numbers drawn for the game’s $25,000 a year for life second prize. The only problem is that the drawing occurred nearly six months ago, and the winner has only until Tuesday, August 26, 2014 to collect their prize before their ticket expires.

The winning Lucky for Life numbers drawn on February 27, 2014 were 8-11-17-24-43 with the Lucky Ball number, 30.

The minimum guaranteed amount a second prize winner could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than that will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life.  The second prize “Cash Option” is worth $390,000.

The CT Lottery is urging everyone to once again check their tickets carefully, and to sign the back of their tickets immediately, if they have not already done so, to establish ownership.

In order to claim the prize, the winning ticketholder should go to any CT Lottery retail location prior to the deadline, have the ticket validated, and present the ticket to CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill.

To learn more about any CT Lottery game, visit the Lottery’s YouTube channel (, Facebook ( or Twitter ( sites, or stop by any CT Lottery retailer location.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly. For information about the CT Lottery, call (860) 713-2700 or visit CTLOTTERY.ORG.

Charter Oak Donates $19,000 to Local Organizations

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union approved 15 grant requests in its second-quarter totaling $19,000.

“We’ve been in the community for 75 years, and have always made an effort to give back to the communities we serve,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s Chief Executive Officer. “Giving back is what we do; whether it be monetary donations to a local non-profit, employees to clean-up a park, or a donation to a member in need – Charter Oak prides itself on relationships beyond banking.”

This past quarter, 15 local groups received a financial boost through Charter Oak’s Community Giving Grants Program. Grant recipients included: FRESH New London; Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board; Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut; Higher Edge; Horses Healing Humans; Ledyard Youth and Social Services; Little Angels Program; OIC of New London County; Seabird Enterprises; Thames Area Citizen Advocacy Program, Inc.; The Arc New London County; Groton Parks and Recreation; Read to Ride, Inc.; Windham Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc.; and the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut.

Each group received a grant ranging from $500 to $2,500.

Local non-profits are welcome to apply for a third-quarter grant. Grant applications can be found at and are due by October 1, 2014.

Since the inception of Charter Oak’s Community Giving Program in 2009, it has disbursed nearly $900,000 to local organizations, non-profits, college students, and members in need. For more information, visit