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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“I’ve been a nurse for over 40 years, and I am currently a nursing professor. When my mom was recently in the hospital, I knew it would not be possible for her to be completely on her own right away. She loves where she resides and enjoys all of the activities that are offered. My goal was to get her back into her apartment as soon as possible with the support she needed to increase her strength and return to her prior level of wellness she had before she went into the hospital. She was used to walking a couple miles a day. When I reached out to ABC I made it clear that my mom would need somebody who would be willing to walk with her in the morning, and in the evening enabling her to get back to her baseline. I would like to complement all of the staff at ABC who provided my mom such wonderful support after two weeks she returned to her baseline and remained in her apartment. She really enjoyed all of the staff that were with her , they were professional they encouraged her to walk, drink fluids, eat and were instrumental in assisting her to reach her prior level of independence. I would strongly recommend ABC to anybody who is in need of support for their loved one.”

Robin Y.
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“Mom’s care needs have been progressing over the past month - increased difficulty standing. walking, decreased appetite, increased incontinence. (Part of the expected declining process per her Dr.) Tara has been wonderful in adapting to Mom’s changing needs as they develop and a very helpful partner in troubleshooting. brainstorming how to adapt to best support Mom. It’s also been helpful in my regular communication with Mom’s Dr, to let her know in detail what has come up and how we have approached. Thank you (again) for your talented staff!”

Jeremy H.
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“Outstanding personal service from this company. All of the caregivers were personable and provided outstanding care to our aunt. I would highly recommend them to anyone who has an elder family member in need. Also, the staff that helped to set up their services was outstanding as well. They made the decisions easy to understand with no hidden agenda. Thank you again to "ABC!"”

KEVIN M.
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“You can't go wrong with this crew. Extremely patient and caring.”

Daniel S.
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“Caring for family can be difficult and challenging at times. It's so nice to know that Always Best Care Senior Services is there to help!”

Cathy K.
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“Taylor, John, and Kristine and their crew are the best. They are patient, understanding, and a joy to work with.”

Daniel S.
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“Sabina always has a pleasant, caring, and respectful attitude. I feel she treats me as she would as her own mother. She treats me the way she would like to be treated. We are a good “team” together.”

Tracy H.
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“Diana has a total commitment of compassion, empathy, and respect for myself and my family. My daughters feel she is truly a tremendous caregiver. They know I am in good hands. She acknowledges with commitment of my physical, emotional, and practical needs, my quality of life has excelled due to Diana’s help. I look forward to her presence everyday her attitude is exceptional, Diana comes to work daily with a smile on her face. She enters the front door, singing softly ready to work. She has never taken a day off, I have had many caregivers, but Diana is truly the best!”

Anne H.
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“Tina has been with us since the start, caring for my mom. Tina has nothing but my mom’s best interest at heart. She continues to go above and beyond to care for my mom, and ensure anyone else who may be there also understands my mom’s needs. Tina has even gone so far to rearrange her schedule or give up her free time to stay with my mom to avoid her having someone that doesn’t know her. I can see that she genuinely cares for my mom, and treats her as if she was her own family member. That also goes both ways, my mom lights up when she sees Tina. We consider Tina part of our family.”

David L.
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“Always Best Care helped our family get through a very difficult time with my mother's care. Kristine and Taylor are a pleasure to work with. They are very knowledgable and had the answers to all our questions. They were able to help with all aspects of the care we needed. I highly recommend them.”

John S.
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“Kristine and John are extremely caring and compassionate about helping their client's and family and making sure they receive the best care available. Highly recommended!”

Greg G.
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“We needed some home care services for Dad who has dementia, and we made the right decision to trust ABC Senior Services for this support. Dad was lined up with a caregiver who was attentive and helpful, and she and Dad really hit it off. The management and administrative staff from ABC were also very effective and professional. You'll make a good decision to go with ABC Senior Services...”

Liam M.
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“I approached Kristine regarding care for my elderly father. Even though he was outside her service area, she helped to find resources for us. Her commitment to providing outstanding care is only surpassed by her desire to help others. Thank you Kristine!”

Matt B.
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“I have known Kristine Lajeunesse for many years now through business networking and she and her Team at Always Best Care are very caring and professional and exactly who you would want on your side if you have a loved one who needs help!”

Ann B.
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“The client care at Always Best Care Senior Service is outstanding”

Kimberly O.
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“Rosemary has many great qualities. She is a hardworker, sensitive, has a giving nature and has an immense desire to help my father. Reliability is vital trait in Rosemary. When my father was in the hospital and came home she immediately wanted to be by his side. My father has come to rely and depend on Rosemary. She is always on time whether it is giving medication or administering food and often encourages my father and helps my father maintain his dignity”

Denise D.
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“Always Best Care provides caregivers to our building on a regular basis when we are short staffed. Due to our licensing, we can only have CNAs on the floor and Always Best Care has provided excellent CNAs every time we need some extra help. All of their CNAs have been helpful, willing to go above and beyond for our residents and we always have great responses from our own CNAs and supervisory staff. I am so thankful to Michelle and Wilda who will always staff a shift that I need, even if I call 30 minutes before the shift starts. You’ve been such a huge help!”

Kaytee S.
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“I have known John and Kristine Lajeunesse for almost 20 years and when my dad needed care following a diagnosis of dementia, I knew there wouldn’t be anyone better to call than them. The caregivers that have worked with my dad have been wonderful. They are true saints to my family, allowing us the knowledge that Dad is okay to stay at home. They have navigated all of the changes in his cognitive state with grace and kept my father’s dignity in place. He was always a very active man and the caregivers have managed to keep him active, even as his health declines.”

Belinda F.
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“Always Best Care helped me to get care lined up for my uncle, after I received their information from a close friend of mine that also used their agency. My uncle was a very proud man and did not want help from anyone, including family. Taylor met with me and spent time getting to know the ins and outs of my uncle’s care as well as his personality. She asked about his background so that they could look for a caregiver with similar interests. Although he took a turn for the worse rather quickly, the short time care was provided was wonderful. Thank you for your help and compassion.”

Karel O.
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“My dad’s caregiver is great. He is a man of few words, but she is able to get him talking about all aspects and experiences of his life. They go out regularly and she encourages my dad to participate in the activities put on by the community he lives in. They run errands, go out for meals, or go for a drive just to get a change of scenery. I was nervous at first about how my dad would take having a caregiver come in to help him, but he seems so happy and has great things to talk about after his time spent with his caregiver.”

Martin F.
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“Thank you, Kristine - I am very appreciative of the professional manner with which you and your organization operates. From the initial phone and in-person conversations with Taylor, to the ongoing support of my mother's care - it's been thorough, timely and well managed. I am also struck by how the home-health employees conduct themselves. They are reliable/responsive *and* responsible, and making every effort to work through the challenges day to day with my mother. Thanks for the great job you and your organization are doing. It means a lot to me, especially during this trying time! Best Regards”

Anna T.
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“I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff for all of your hard work and dedication to their clients. When my parents finally realized they needed help in their home, I chose ABC as the company I felt would be the best fit. Yes, we have had some ups and down, but when you paired Leah with my parents, it was truly a blessing. My parents love her. She genuinely cares for them and they speak highly of her work ethic. As my mom says, “she is too good to be true”. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your working with me to find the right fit. Well on our end, Leah fits like a glove and I hope she feels the same. She is a special person so I wanted to acknowledge her hard work and dedication to my parents. It makes me feel more at ease knowing there is someone coming to the home to properly care for them. Again I want to thank you all and encourage you to keep up the good work.”

Craig F.
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“My family provides the care to my mother 24/7, we called Always Best Care to provide respite care to my mom while we took some time to ourselves for a weekend. Mom’s caregiver, Gloria, was great and she had the perfect disposition to work with my mom. She was attentive and kept mom well fed and engaged during the time we were away. We would definitely call Always Best Care again when we need some time away.”

Brenda
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“The caregiver that helped my husband and I were so kind to us both, especially to my husband while I spent some time in the hospital and rehab. Our caregiver brought my husband to see me every day while I was at the hospital and at rehab, I knew he was in excellent hands and I could focus on getting stronger again.”

Heather R.
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“i really like my caregiver, Victor very much. Victor is a very patient and observant aide who knows when I need his help. I knew from the first day meeting him that we would get along very well.”

Johnson L.
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““I want to give a huge thank you for the care that Always Best Care provided over the last year and a half. They started out assisting just my dad since he was wheelchair bound and then began providing care to my mom as well who had advanced dementia. The two ladies that helped them both did an amazing job and gave me the confidence that they were being well cared for since I live on the other side of the country. Up to my dad’s passing, his caregivers were there for him to provide comfort and companionship while managing my mom’s emotions as well during the difficult time my dad had. Being a nurse myself and in the healthcare field for a while, I had high expectations which were exceeded by the caregivers and office staff of Always Best Care.”

harry B.
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“Both of Mom’s caregivers are exceptional. They are always professional, calm and extremely patient with my mom. They know how to keep her calm and to manage her anxiety. My whole family is very grateful, knowing that Mom is getting really competent care, great meals and friendly companionship. Thank you.”

Kathleen F.
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“My husband had care from Always Best Care until he passed away. Thankfully he is on his "next journey" and finally pain free, while he was here with us, his caregiver, Craig, did an amazing job caring for him and was here to help us from our first day of services. Craig always managed to get my husband to share stories from his time in the war that even I had not heard before. It was a great way to get to know more of my husband so his memory can continue with others around him.”

Beth F.
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“I am very pleased with the care that Craig gave to my husband. My husband enjoyed having another man to talk to instead of conversation only between him and I. Craig managed to keep him occupied and safe so that I could go and get some time to myself, allowing me peace of mind that my husband was in great hands”

Sonia T.
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“I hired Always Best Care to help my mom who was living with me at home. She was diagnosed with dementia and within 3 months she could hardly do much for herself anymore. I was able to continue working full time while my mom received care from Always Best Care. We had the same caregiver from day 1 and she was absolutely amazing. She kept everyone in the loop with any changes my mom experienced and the regular in person and phone check ins were a great added support to myself and my family. Thank you ABC for all the help and compassion that you showed my mom until her passing.”

Laura
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“They are very caring and easy to deal with. They work with the family and the patient to see that the patient has what is needed for their care. In all we had a good experience with Best Care.”

Elaine G.
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“Our caregiver is the absolute best, you all got lucky finding her.”

Bob G.
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“Anything from Always Best Care is good to have. The care from them has given me my life back. I wasn’t expecting a perfect match on the first caregiver, but Always Best Care did a very good job.”

Claudia B.
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“We have been using the services of ABC for almost three years, and I have worked personally with John, Kristine, Taylor, Michelle and Wilda, as well as the many wonderful caregivers who have attended to my mother’s needs with great care and attention. Throughout this time, my mother’s care needs have changed many times, and they have always been very responsive to any requests, including the directives of the hospice nurses that work in concert with all of them. Taylor and Michelle are incredibly diligent about keeping on top of issues that arise day-to-day, and running their questions and concerns by me. I remain a loyal customer to ABC because I feel that my mother is getting really great care, and will continue to see the warm, friendly faces she has come to know and trust today and every day. At 94 yrs old, my mother is quite dependent on the care providers for almost all her needs, and they always show up and make her feel safe and secure.”

Rachel C.
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“It has been a true pleasure working with you and your organization. You all demonstrate empathy and compassion in caring for frail elderly family members and insure distant families are comforted knowing you are there.”

Steve S.
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“Mom’s caregiver is a part of the family, we absolutely love her!”

Joe L.
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“Always Best Care has done a fantastic job in providing us with at-home care for my step-mother while we prepared for her transition to move permanently to a skilled nursing facility. With their help, she was able to spend a full six months at home before moving. We would not have been able to do it without them. All the caregivers we have met and used have been kind and attentive, frequently going the extra mile, whatever that may be on any given day. The office staff is friendly, empathetic and very diligent in keeping all parties informed of all aspects of day-to-day care. They are knowledgeable, respectful and efficient. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone who is looking for help in keeping their loved one at home for as long as possible.”

Sarah C.
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“I appreciate that they always accommodate me and have someone here to drive me, even if I only call them the day before. I’m so glad I was able to find them, because I didn’t know what I was going to do. I just lost my sister and she helped me out a lot.”

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“I appreciate that they always accommodate me and have someone here to drive me, even if I only call them the day before. I’m so glad I was able to find them, because I didn’t know what I was going to do. I just lost my sister and she helped me out a lot.”

Janey B.
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How does In-home Senior Care in Lebanon, CT work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Lebanon, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Lebanon, CT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Lebanon,CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Lebanon, CT

New Principal Appointed At New Lebanon School

Greenwich Public Schools this week announced the hiring of a new principal at New Lebanon School.Information via Greenwich Public SchoolsGREENWICH, CT — Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones announced this week the appointment of Dr. Daniel Russo as principal of New Lebanon School, effective July 1.Russo replaces Alexandra Michaelson, who announced in February that she will be leaving at the end of school for a head of school position in her hometown in California. Russo is currently the...

Greenwich Public Schools this week announced the hiring of a new principal at New Lebanon School.

Information via Greenwich Public Schools

GREENWICH, CT — Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones announced this week the appointment of Dr. Daniel Russo as principal of New Lebanon School, effective July 1.

Russo replaces Alexandra Michaelson, who announced in February that she will be leaving at the end of school for a head of school position in her hometown in California. Russo is currently the deputy superintendent in New York City Department of Education’s District 11 in the Bronx, a position he has held since 2020.

"I am honored to be joining Greenwich Public Schools as the next principal of New Lebanon School and I look forward to getting to know the students, staff, and parents of the community in the months ahead, as we begin to chart the next chapter for the school together," Russo said in a news release. "The vibrance of the Byram community, the staff's amazing reputation, and the limitless potential of the students inspire me to further build upon the great work done under Principal Michaelson's leadership. I am confident that my prior experience as principal of an International Baccalaureate, in a community with the same richness and diversity as New Lebanon's, allows me to meet the school where they are at this moment, with so many successes in recent years."

Prior to his time in District 11, Russo served as the principal of P.S. 294: The Walton Avenue School in the Bronx from 2013 through 2020. Russo helped transform one of the most historically challenging elementary schools in the Bronx into a thriving educational institution that had the highest ranking in standardized test proficiency in New York City, according to the Department of Education’s 2018 Student Impact Scores.

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At Walton Avenue, he was a two time Community Education Council District 9 Principal of the Year and a New Settlement Parent Action Committee Visionary School Leader Award winner. It was through Russo’s leadership that he brought the only International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) to the Bronx. He began his career teaching fifth grade at P.S. 76 in the Bronx and was awarded the distinction of Model Teacher by School Administration.

"Dr. Daniel Russo has an impressive body of work as a highly knowledgeable, analytical, dedicated, instructional school leader who knows how to work collaboratively for the best interest of all children, while also being a creative problem solver. He is extremely impressive and will be an amazing addition to the New Lebanon Community," Dr. Jones said in a news release. "The interview committee, consisting of GPS teachers, parents, and senior administrators, recognized Dr. Russo as a great fit for the truly amazing New Lebanon community and he was selected from an applicant pool exceeding 50 high-quality candidates from across the region."

Russo earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education & teaching, a master's in special education & teaching, advanced certificate, school district leadership, and professional diploma, school building leadership from Manhattan College, and a doctorate in leadership & innovation from New York University.

Hear ye! Hear ye! The Connecticut Renaissance Faire brings enchanted worlds to Lebanon

Anoint thy skin with herbal oils to keep the bugs and plagues away. Fill thy purse with ducats. Don a loosely laced puffy shirt, snug leggings and pointy boots. Now hie thee to the 2023 Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Lebanon.The outdoor event is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Sept. 2 through Oct. 15 at 122 Mack Road in Lebanon plus Labor Day and Indigenous Peoples Day.This is the 25th anniversary of the event. It was held in ...

Anoint thy skin with herbal oils to keep the bugs and plagues away. Fill thy purse with ducats. Don a loosely laced puffy shirt, snug leggings and pointy boots. Now hie thee to the 2023 Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Lebanon.

The outdoor event is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Sept. 2 through Oct. 15 at 122 Mack Road in Lebanon plus Labor Day and Indigenous Peoples Day.

This is the 25th anniversary of the event. It was held in several other cities over the years, including Hebron, Woodstock and North Haven, before moving to Lebanon in 2017.

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is an enchanted village of fun and frolic with tented shops and stages winding through an open field. You can eat turkey legs and kettle corn, try on a pointy hat, shoot an arrow or do a silly dance.

This year’s entertainment includes the theatrical troupes “Once Improv a Time,” “To Be or Not to Be a Princess” and The Crown Players, the dance acts Boom Boom Shake, the multi-talented Zoltan the Adequate, Juggler Lancelot the Bald, the law-abiding Sheriff Bracken, etiquette class with Lady Pretensia, the sword fighting duo The Lords of Adventure, animal act Flying Dog Circus, birds of prey controlled by Knightwings, Lute the Living Statue, Meadow Perry the “bubble magician,” the circus-styled “Thunder’s Power Show,” aerialist Shelli Buttons, magic from Master Hildebrand, seductive stories from the Harlot Queens and childbearing advice from “Midwife Crisis” and music from the Penniless Jacks, The Saucy Sailor, The Crimson Pirates, the carillonneur Cast in Bronze, The Harp Twins, The Lost Boys, the Misfits of Avalon and The Sisters Pendragon.

There’s also a maze, an archery range, fencing, axe throwing, blacksmithing, live-actin roleplaying games, face painting, a “living history encampment” and demonstrations of jousting, armored combat, weaponry, Renaissance-era medical practices and cooking and a knighting ceremony attended by the King and Queen of the Faire. Among the activities for kids are “Smite the Knight” and “Knight School.”

Every weekend has its own theme: Sept. 2-4 is “Royal Family & Market Weekend” Sept. 9-10 is “Pirate & Viking Invasion Weekend,” Sept. 16-17 brings “Roses & Romance Weekend,” Sept. 23-24 is “Wizards Weekend,” Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 is “Dragons & Adventure Weekend,” the long Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 7-9, is “Time Travelers Weekend” and the final weekend is “All Hallows,” early prep for Halloween.

Details of all the events, a complete list of the dozens of vendors and food purveyors and specifics on how you might be able to bring your pet with you are on the Connecticut Renaissance Faire website at ctfaire.com. Admission is $16, $10 youth, $5 pets, free for children under 6. Season pass $68, $45 youth, $25 pets.

Rescuers pull woman from swollen Connecticut River

This story by Frances Mize was first published by the Valley News on July 17.WEST LEBANON, New Hampshire — Brittany Silvio, 37, was hoping for a relaxing river-side evening with her son and daughter at the end of a sweltering day, but the Connecticut River, elevated by last week’s flooding and weeks of heavy rainfall, had plans of its own.After her inner tube was pulled into a ...

This story by Frances Mize was first published by the Valley News on July 17.

WEST LEBANON, New Hampshire — Brittany Silvio, 37, was hoping for a relaxing river-side evening with her son and daughter at the end of a sweltering day, but the Connecticut River, elevated by last week’s flooding and weeks of heavy rainfall, had plans of its own.

After her inner tube was pulled into a swift current, Silvio was rescued by the Hartford Fire Department on Monday evening nearly a mile from where she had been sitting at a river access near the 4 Aces Diner.

“Looks can be deceiving,” Silvio said of the river, which she admitted was higher than usual, but conditions didn’t seem treacherous enough to raise her concerns.

She had hoped to bob in her tube by the shore, “but as soon the river took me, I was gone.”

Silvio, who was wearing a life jacket, was carried under the rail bridge, her inner tube slowly deflating until she had to begin swimming herself. Her children, Dominic Rowe, 16, and Jenna Parks, 6, ran along the Mascoma Greenway calling her name.

“After a while, we lost sight of her, and then she couldn’t even hear us,” Rowe said.

That’s when the siblings’ shouts became pleas for help. Meanwhile, Silvio eddied out into a calmer waters on the Vermont side of the river, along the shore across from the Romano Circle apartments in West Lebanon.

“I was petrified,” Silvio said.

A boat staffed by the Hartford Fire Department retrieved her there, after being called onto the scene by a 911 call made from someone at Hannaford’s who had heard the family’s cries.

“It’s a successful rescue,” Lebanon Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeff Libbey said from the scene. The Hanover fire department also responded.

“They took me out of the water, out of my life jacket, and got me into the ambulance,” said Silvio, who refused medical attention.

After Silvio was reunited with her children, the trio were returned to where they started. The Polar Pops and gummy bears they had been feasting on before the action were still waiting patiently on the family’s towels.

“I just wanted to sit in my tube,” Silvio said. “Not go to New Jersey.”

The Connecticut River, still under flood watch, was at 14 feet on Monday evening, a level at which it moves in “swift flows,” and the National Weather Service urges caution to boaters.

Under similar circumstances, a 25-year old woman died last week in the Huntington River in Richmond, after slipping into currents inflamed by flooding.

“The universe had my back,” Silvio said. “I’m so grateful to those who responded.”

“As soon as I heard the sound of the sirens, I knew they had me.”

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Lebanon Homeowners Face Big Bills for Small Water System

A small neighborhood in the town of Lebanon has been operating its own water system since the 41 houses were built in 1965. But now faced with the rising cost of meeting state regulations and with maintaining an aging infrastructure, the two remaining board members of the Carefree Homeowners Association are asking state regulators to mandate that Aquarion take over the system.The outcome of the case could in part determine how the state manages all 497 ...

A small neighborhood in the town of Lebanon has been operating its own water system since the 41 houses were built in 1965. But now faced with the rising cost of meeting state regulations and with maintaining an aging infrastructure, the two remaining board members of the Carefree Homeowners Association are asking state regulators to mandate that Aquarion take over the system.

The outcome of the case could in part determine how the state manages all 497 community water systems across Connecticut, including Carefree, serving 2.7 million customers. They range in size from a well system in Andover serving 16 customers to the New Haven Regional Water Authority, which serves 418,900 customers. The median system serves 150.

Number of community water systems by town

2512

Map: CT Examiner Source: Connecticut Department of Public Health Created with Datawrapper

Bob Testa, president, and one of two remaining members of the water system’s board of directors, said Carefree has about $4,000 left in its reserve account and is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of infrastructure costs that it won’t be able to afford. Testa said the association will be forced to shut down, and if the state doesn’t order Aquarion to step in and keep the system running, there isn’t anyone else who will.

PURA will issue its final decision tomorrow, but a June 4 draft decision by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, and the state Department of Public Health, determined that the system provides adequate service and remains economically viable.

Before 2016, the president of the board was an engineer who managed the system himself, and the vice president handled water testing. Both retired in 2015, and with no one left with the expertise to run the system, the board was forced to hire an outside operator.

In 2018, in the middle of a drought, the water system tested positive for e. Coli. According to Testa, nearby private well owners also tested positive for the bacteria, but because Carefree is regulated as a water system, the Department of Public Health ordered it to cease use of two shallow wells and drill a third deep well as a replacement.

“We drilled a well and it didn’t put up enough yield, it only put out 2 or 3 [gallons per minute],” Testa said. “It was ridiculous. We had to hire an engineer, a surveyor, and then we had to drill, and we even had it fracked as a last resort – and nothing. I mean we spent $52,000 on this thing. It practically broke us, and we just didn’t have enough money to continue.”

Aquarion offered to buy the system for $20,000 in 2018, but backed out in the face of a consent order and the need for a new well. The department has since lifted that order, satisfied by a 4-log treatment system implemented by Carefree – but officials at Aquarion say they’re no longer interested in acquiring the system.

In addition to the costs, Testa said no one is left to oversee the system. He is one of two remaining board members – both in their 70s, and neither with any background in water. The rest have stepped down, he said, because they are tired of the “bullshit.” Testa only became president after several other members resigned.

“I’m 73. I mean, I’m having memory problems, and I just can’t do what I used to do,” Testa said. “I’ve put out letters on several occasions asking for new volunteers to take over for us, and we have gotten absolutely no response.”

Testa said Aquarion suggested applying for an involuntary takeover, which, if approved by PURA, would force the company to take control of the water system. So they did that, and hired a lawyer – which cost them another $25,000.

Carefree has tried to argue that the water system is not sustainable to operate, even after the Department of Public Health lifted its order for a new well. According to Testa, the pipes used for the system are approaching the end of their useful life. He said that 10 years ago, the board was quoted a price of over $1 million to fully replace the underground lines. A rusting holding tank would cost at least another $20,000 to replace. Department officials are requiring another $120,000 of capital projects within two years to improve water quality.

“Even if we tripled what the association fees are, it would take us years to come up with that kind of money,” Testa said. “In my opinion, we should just shut the thing down and just have people drill wells.”

Draft Decision

In a draft decision rejecting Carefree’s plea, PURA ruled that the association could pay for needed improvements by increasing its flat, monthly fee by $14 to $74 a month – or could pursue outside financing, including low-interest loans from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The Office of Consumer Counsel argued in filings that Carefree’s customers would pay more if Aquarion took over the system, given that the company has said it would invest about $300,000 in the system, and recover it through an $85 a month surcharge that would bring their bills up to $130 a month – more than double the current cost.

“It is possible that if its residents were aware that their rates would more than double under the Aquarion plan, they may now be interested in taking a more active role in the management of their water system,” the office said in its filing.

Testa said that surcharge would be ridiculous, as it would allow Aquarion to earn a return over 20 years that is more than double their proposed investment.

PURA also suggested in its decision that Carefree could hire another contractor to manage the administrative functions that currently fall to the two-member volunteer board and supplement the operator it has already hired. According to state regulators, Carefree is like many other smaller water systems, which have been able to comply with state requirements by using outside contractors.

Testa said the draft decision doesn’t make sense, and would put the system in an even more precarious position than when the board petitioned for a takeover in February 2020. Carefree’s attorney has filed a response, arguing that the draft was simply a “mathematical exercise” that understates the true cost of maintaining the system.

“I would tell PURA, ‘Look, we are going to shut down. I don’t know what you want to do, we just can’t afford to continue,’” Testa said. “We own the property, we can just turn it over to the town. I mean they would end up getting it anyway if we can’t pay taxes on it.”

Brendan Crowley covers energy and the environment for CT Examiner. T: 860 598-0050

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Connecticut court reject's Lebanon Historical Society's bid to regulate town green church

Friday's ruling by the state Appellate Court is the latest in years-long legal proceedings over ownership and conservation measures involving the green.Credit: APLEBANON, Connecticut — A Connecticut appeals court says a local historical society cannot try to impose its conservation rules on a congregational church that dates back to 1700 and is located on the celebrated Lebanon Town Green.Friday's ruling by the state Appel...

Friday's ruling by the state Appellate Court is the latest in years-long legal proceedings over ownership and conservation measures involving the green.

Credit: AP

LEBANON, Connecticut — A Connecticut appeals court says a local historical society cannot try to impose its conservation rules on a congregational church that dates back to 1700 and is located on the celebrated Lebanon Town Green.

Friday's ruling by the state Appellate Court is the latest in years-long legal proceedings over ownership and conservation measures involving the green.

The Lebanon Historical Society has preservation authority over 95% of the green and is seeking control of the remaining 5% that includes the First Congregational Church of Lebanon.

The society plans to appeal.

The court says that just because the society controls adjacent property doesn't mean it can seek to impose that authority on the church property.

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