Advertisements

Mayor’s Task Force to Hold Annual Candlelight AIDS Vigil

File Photo

The Bristol Mayor’s Task Force on HIV/AIDS will hold its annual Candlelight Vigil on Federal Hill Green on Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Alice Ferguson, the Task Force’s newest member.

Ms. Ferguson, a peer navigator with Human Resources Agency, has lived with HIV for over 35 years. She is the chair of the City of Hartford Commission on HIV/AIDS, a member of the Ryan White Planning Council and is a member of the State Innovative Model (SIM) Health Care Consumer Advisory Board.

The Task Force meets monthly at City Hall and includes a broad group of individuals and agencies all of whom recognize the seriousness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its effects locally. Task Force projects focus on identifying services for individuals and families affected by HIV as well as planning and implementing education and prevention.

For over twenty-five years, the annual HIV/AIDS Vigil has been held during AIDS Awareness month to remember those who have been infected and affected by this disease. This year’s commemoration will include the opportunity to add loved ones names to a panel for the National AIDS quilt. The names of loved ones affected by HIV/AIDS will be recognized by reading them aloud during the vigil.

Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu will address the group. Pastor Kristen Kleiman, minister at the First Congregational Church, will offer the invocation and benediction. The Church, on the Green, will serve as the rain site for the vigil. Beverages will be provided by the Salvation Army after the conclusion of the program. Musical performances are also planned.

The Task Force began meeting in 1991 when few services were available for those affected by HIV and little education had been done. There is no charge for attending the event. For further information please contact Valerie Ingram,

860-826-4741 or vingram@hranbct.org.

Advertisements

The Roundup is a popular magazine covering Connecticut news, Statewide news, National news, local events, commentary, and beyond!

 

The Roundup currently has over 5,700 subscriptions and a local social media following of over 95,000 readers across multiple social media sites, apps, pages, and groups.

 

The Roundup is also a proud member of WordPress. This affiliation offers readers more news from FOX 61 and CBS Connecticut on The Roundup.

Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61

Hot Tuesday with rising humidity; Tracking storms for Wednesday

Hot Tuesday with rising humidity; Tracking storms for Wednesday

If you love summer, this forecast will be your cup of tea with rising heat and humidity sticking around into next week. Today will be another very warm/hot day with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 80s-near 90 degrees. While the humidity will rise a little bit, it still won’t be too steamy out there. Wednesday is a different story, however. The humidity will surge as moisture from once tropical storm Barry moves in. That moisture will also […]

Fairfield County business owners pitch in to help in the search for Jennifer Dulos

Fairfield County business owners pitch in to help in the search for Jennifer Dulos

NEW CANAAN — When Sky Mercede, a New Canaan resident and Norwalk business owner, learned about Jennifer Dulos, the New Canaan missing mother of five, he said he had to do something. “I didn’t even know her but I’m trying to help,” Mercede said. Mercede taped a “missing person” flier in the window of his business, Forever Sweet Bakery, in Norwalk. Then he started to distribute fliers to some of his neighbors and friends. “It affected me, it affected my […]

Art meets the chainsaw in Southington

Art meets the chainsaw in Southington

SOUTHINGTON – The sawdust has yet to settle, and it won’t anytime soon in Jared Welcome’s world. Welcome is one of the few chainsaw carvers in the state and travels Connecticut putting his indelible touch on downed trees. “I do this because I have a passion for it,” said Welcome, who works as a teacher in an area correctional institution. Working at a house where Eversource was forced to cut down a tree that threatened power lines, Welcome was about […]

PD: 4 arrested in connection to fight at Ocean Beach Park in New London

PD: 4 arrested in connection to fight at Ocean Beach Park in New London

Story written by: Julia Matter  NEW LONDON —  Police said four people were arrested after a fight broke out at Ocean Beach Park Sunday evening. New London Police Department said they responded to Ocean Beach Park around 6:54 p.m., following a report of a physical disturbance. Police said when they arrived, officers came into contact with multiple individuals involved in the incident. Pepper spray was used by officers to gain control of the situation, according to New London Police. Police […]

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.