Futures Inc., which has been in business for 30 years, has had a location in West Hartford for 16 years, but recently has become much more physically visible in the community.,In West Hartford, The Kitchen at Futures Inc. operates a teaching kitchen that shares space with the offices on South Quaker Lane, and in August 2020, they opened the organization’s third brick and mortar retail location, Good Cause Gifts, which shares space with Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union at 973 Farmington Ave.

Good Cause Gifts also has stores in Berlin and at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain – and the Kitchen at Futures Inc. also runs the cafe at the hospital.,“One of our biggest goals to opening a store in West Hartford Center was to get our name into the community and share what Futures Inc. and Good Cause Gifts is doing – while also providing another great shopping option for our town,” said DonAroma.,“In addition to shifting to a stronger online presence, simultaneous to opening our West Hartford Good Cause Gifts location, we also built an online store (goodcausegifts.org).,One of the key goals for opening the West Hartford Center store and launching the online store was working with more local vendors and businesses, and Futures Inc. has succeeded on that front as well. read more

Strolling out the front door, still bleary-eyed and with bed-head hair, to pick up a box of warm pastries without having to get in the car and drive, lemon curd sticking to my fingers as I stumble back into my kitchen where a fresh pot of coffee is waiting.,But my fingers are still sticky with lemon curd, and I’ve got meringue smeared across the tip of my nose as I stumble back into my kitchen with an armful of fresh pastries an hour into my morning adventure.,Instead I’ve stuffed a couple of boxes with nearly type of pastry they offer — a morning bun filled with lemon curd, a fat blueberry scone, a gigantic lemon-filled doughnut, a pistachio-blueberry swirly thing, a coconut swirly thing, a half dozen chocolate chip cookies, croissants — every single one of which will be eaten by noon, at which point I’ll go back to bed.,The bun is made with wild-fermented croissant sourdough, which is rolled with the zest of local Meyer lemons and stuffed with sweet-tangy curd, the whole of which is topped with meringue.,Sourdough morning bun with Meyer lemon curd and toasted meringue from Rye Goods at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Sourdough morning bun with Meyer lemon curd and toasted meringue from Rye Goods at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) read more

And so therefore, how do we approach that in a way that isn't a one, two, three formula, but a series of small experiments, little things that we try to make sense of our particular team and our particular context?,01:36 Shane Hastie: You say teams as complex environments, this is the Engineering Culture podcast, surely, we can treat people like we treat process and engineering and stuff, or maybe not.,04:12 Doug Maarschalk: Autonomy is really around choice, and people having the feeling, the need, it's this feeling that the things that I'm doing are of my own volition, I'm deciding to do these things.,So this one particular team might not have a great sense of purpose, and that's showing up as a bunch of people doing things differently, and they aren't on the same trajectory.,07:27 Doug Maarschalk: Another interesting thing around that, that I've learned is autonomy is the sense of having choice.

And so therefore, how do we approach that in a way that isn't a one, two, three formula, but a series of small experiments, little things that we try to make sense of our particular team and our particular context?,01:36 Shane Hastie: You say teams as complex environments, this is the Engineering Culture podcast, surely, we can treat people like we treat process and engineering and stuff, or maybe not.,04:12 Doug Maarschalk: Autonomy is really around choice, and people having the feeling, the need, it's this feeling that the things that I'm doing are of my own volition, I'm deciding to do these things.,So this one particular team might not have a great sense of purpose, and that's showing up as a bunch of people doing things differently, and they aren't on the same trajectory.,07:27 Doug Maarschalk: Another interesting thing around that, that I've learned is autonomy is the sense of having choice.

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Lear, AFRS Strategic Marketing Division superintendent, and Master Sgt. Daniel Bedford, AFRS National Events program manager, began working together in 2019.,“I was first introduced to ‘Coach Dan’ (Bedford) through Chief Master Sgt. Michael Johnson (AFRS Chief Strategic Marketing Division superintendent),” Lear said.,Bedford served in the U.S Marine Corps before joining the Air Force Reserve and has a master’s degree in sports psychology, but it was Lear who used his instincts to help Bedford get back in the gym.,“Master Sgt. Bedford’s background in sports psychology is exactly what I needed as I age and require a different training perspective,” Lear said.,Since recovering from his car wreck with the help of Lear as his training partner, Bedford has won the USPA (United State Powerlifting Association) Texas State Bench Press Champion 2020 and the USPA Military National Bench Press Championship.

All restaurants in Erie County will be able to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity and no more than four people per table.,BUFFALO, N.Y. — Following a judge's ruling that WNY restaurant owners who filed a lawsuit against the state would be able to reopen under Yellow Zone restrictions; Erie County says they will apply the 'yellow zone' guidelines to all Erie County restaurants.,That means all restaurants in Erie County will be able to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity and no more than four people per table.,Judge Nowak said he understood the concern about Erie County being in an orange zone while other regions around the state like the Albany area post higher COVID rates and are not currently in any zone.,Counsel to the Governor, Kumiki Gibson, released the following statement Thursday afternoon reacting to the judge's decision:

"A court decision yesterday temporarily granted a select few restaurants located within an Orange Zone in Erie County the ability to resume indoor dining under the rules governing Yellow Zones. read more

January 10, 2021

Phil Marsh has a strong appreciation for downtown Mount Airy dating to his childhood, when many fond memories were made there.,In addition to his service with the DBA, Marsh owns two older buildings on North Main Street, including one housing an office for his electrical contracting business, which has further entrenched him in downtown Mount Airy.,Being an only child meant Phil Marsh probably spent more time in the fields than youths from larger families, whether it included priming tobacco, topping the plants or other tasks.,Yet the lessons of hard work learned early in life have helped define Phil Marsh as a person who continues to put in many hours with his electrical business and community endeavors.,Spearheading events read more

January 10, 2021

Phil Marsh has a strong appreciation for downtown Mount Airy dating to his childhood, when many fond memories were made there.,In addition to his service with the DBA, Marsh owns two older buildings on North Main Street, including one housing an office for his electrical contracting business, which has further entrenched him in downtown Mount Airy.,Being an only child meant Phil Marsh probably spent more time in the fields than youths from larger families, whether it included priming tobacco, topping the plants or other tasks.,Yet the lessons of hard work learned early in life have helped define Phil Marsh as a person who continues to put in many hours with his electrical business and community endeavors.,Spearheading events read more

In Arizona and Florida at MLB spring training, both minor- and major-league players don't know what's next.,While there was a 60-game MLB season in 2020 and teams could also have prospects at alternate sites, the minor-league baseball season was canceled, and most minor leaguers did not get a chance to play in organized games.,Several Angels players told Advocates for Minor Leaguers, a non-profit advocacy group working to provide a voice for minor league baseball players and improve working conditions, that they "didn't see a dime" certain months and have charged their organization for failing to pay.,According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, team officials claim "a vast majority of the players likely would have been released toward the end of spring training even if baseball hadn't been halted by the coronavirus pandemic.",MLB clubs also granted players the option of playing in independent baseball leagues despite many of those teams canceling seasons of their own.

The Sports Medicine Committee of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) has advised the CIAC to push back the proposed start of competition for the winter sports season to continue to view COVID metrics and data further.,The CIAC noted in its proposed winter sports plan, released on Monday to state athletic directors and adjusted after receiving further guidance from the state Department of Health that preseason practice for sports categorized as low or moderate risk could still begin Jan. 19 with games to begin as early as Feb. 1.,Stephanie Arlis-Mayor is the chairperson of the Sports Medicine Committee of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) committee and head team physician for Yale University athletics.,Since coaches have had the opportunity to have conditioning with up to four athletes at a time, Arlis-Mayor said the committee supports sports specific in-person practice to begin next Tuesday.,As far as recommendations on basketball and hockey players wearing masks, “We looked at the evidence transmission of COVID in sport and what we determined was there is not enough research and evidence to either support or refute the use of masks and therefore, will follow the guidelines of DPH and the American Academy of Pediatrics,” Arlis-Mayor said.