Monday, October 31, 2016

Southington Author Casey Morley to speak on overcoming abuse November 29th at St. Dominic Communoity Learning Center

as published in the Southington Citizen, Friday, October 28, 2016

Fifty Years – Untold Fears

Today’s story is about someone I virtually bumped into as my wife and I were weaving our way between the crowds of the Apple Harvest Festival two years ago. Even in the confusion of the mass of people, I saw that the lady whose path we crossed was at a table displaying books and literature outside the N. Main St. entrance to Branford Hall.

Clearly, an articulate and engaging person, discernible even in the thick of the crowd, we entered an abbreviated conversation as she introduced herself as Casey Morley, the owner and operator of Casey’s Image Consultants, a warm and comfy salon, as we later learned, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

I will preface the strikingly astonishing story in today’s column with a note to readers that Casey Morley will tell her story as part of an admission-free presentation of the St. Dominic Parish of the Future Educational committee, entitled: “Fifty Years – Untold Fears”, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the St. Dominic Learning Center located behind the church at Flanders Road and Laning Street.

When I met Casey in October 2014, she had recently published an autobiographical book of a most daunting journey of a half century of her life, entitled: ‘Crawling Out: One woman’s journey to an empowered life after breaking the cycle of abuse no one should have to endure.”

Cssey Morley, Author
I decided I wanted to know more about her story. It took many months of interviews with the author, time to read the book, research the issue, continued conversations with Morley, and finally writing a review of the author’s book in January 2016. Morley’s book recounts in starkly burning detail, her childhood years of unending emotional and physical domestic abuse living as “my mother’s slave” in a hopelessly dysfunctional family setting.
Casey simply knew no other way of life. The disease of victim hood sustained itself as a paralysis through her teen years and even more painful relationships as an adult.  

What did somehow sustain Morley herself was a spare few friends she could talk to, keeping journals on ruled yellow writing pads for years, and a powerful faith. Morley ultimately began the arduous process of many years before a breakthrough from an ever downward spiraling cycle of domestic violence. 

With the publication of her book and a new sense of self-worth and empowerment, Morley discovered her voice in a new career as writer and speaker dedicated to inspiring others that there is a way out for victims of abuse and their families. 

Casey Morley at a book signing
She started her speaking with a group at her own Mary Our Queen Church. In the past two years, Casey has spoken to many others at classes and conferences at universities and colleges, more than 20 book-signings, more than 25 other speaking engagements and was interviewed by 14 Radio and TV Shows.  

Morley recently received a letter from The White House, signed by President Obama, which reads, in part: “Sexual assault is an affront to our basic decency and humanity. I admire your courage in sharing your story of an issue that affects all of us and is about the safety of those we love most: our moms, wives, daughters and sons.  They must know they are not alone and that we stand with them.”

Post Script: All are welcome to attend and admission free presentation hosted at the St. Dominic Community Learning Center by its Parish of the Future (POTF) Education Committee. 

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016           Time: 7 to 8:30 pm

Dick Fortunato is a writer, columnist and proactive advocate for community and church service and volunteer in Southington since his retirement and move to Southington in 1995. Comments welcome at

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Free Open House Showcase of Services for older adults offered by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging

SOUTHINGTON – A special event on Thursday, Nov. 17 will give the public the opportunity to learn more about the programs and services available to older adults through Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. This informational open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial campus, 81 Meriden Ave.

Dementia specialists, resource coordinators, and transitional care nurses from Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging will be on hand to discuss resources, dementia care and medical information for current and future planning needs affecting an aging loved one. The public is welcome to just stop by. Informational materials will be available. “We look forward to meeting everyone and seeing how we can assist people with their needs,” said Wendy Martinson, Wendy Martinson, MSN, RN, Program Director Center for Healthy Aging, Director of Care Transitions Hartford HealthCare at Home.

There is no charge to attend. For more information, call Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at at toll-free 1-877-4AGING1 (1-877-424-4641).

Workshop for Veterans Who Own Small Businesses

If you are a veteran who has a small business read the following invitation from the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, the Southington Town Manager and the Southington Veterans Information Commission.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Southington Catholic School Students Honor Our Heroes in Blue

The students of Southington Catholic School responded proudly and with joy as they joined so many in the Southington community celebration of Southington Blue Day as their way of honoring and showing their appreciation of the courageous women of the Southington Police and Fire Departments. "The students were so pleased to take part in the collection of hundreds of food and snack item baskets which they presented to those who serve and protect our community." said SCS Prinicipal Eileen Sampiere. 

Visibly moved by the expressions of Southington's Police Officers, SPD Captain Lowell DePalma reported that so many were humbled by the children and the entire community's response to their recognition. DePalma noted that members of the department commented that they were overwhelmed by the response of so many people and community organizations. "So many said they felt a genuine sense of humility and appreciation for just doing their job!" DePalma said. 

Southington Police Officers Michael Fisher (left), and Chad Butler, (center), gratefully accepting gifts of foods and treats collected by the students of Southington Catholic School for the police force to honor Southington Blue Day. At right is Principal Eileen Sampiere. 

Honoring Southington Blue Day, Southington Catholic students presented snack packages and other goodies donated and collected by all the students of Southington Catholic School for members of the Southington Fire Department, (L to R), Firefighters Rick Molleur and Lee Dibble, Battalion Chief Eric Heath and Firefighter Rich Jones of the SFD. In behalf of our Firefighters, Chief Heath expressed the sincere appreciation of the entire SFD. 

Southington Community Services partners with the Knights of Columbus in Sharing The Joy of Giving 'Coats for Kids"

Asked about a recent delivery of five dozen brand new winter coats to Southington Community Services, Director Janet Mellon beamed with delight, as she displayed the racks of brightly styled children’s coats, neatly hanging in the SCS facility in Plantsville, all sorted by gender and size.  Mellon explained, “We started receiving these ‘Coats for Kids’ from the Knights of Columbus, (Southington’s Isabella Council # 15), a few years ago. The Knights support SCS in other ways during the course of each year, Mellon stated. “So, they know that we have the means to identify and select qualified families and the ability to distribute the new coats to children who might very likely go without this year or be left with the option of wearing worn, tattered or ill-fitting repeated hand me downs at best.” 

Happy faces of Bill Shatas, Janet Mellon and Richard Pillar as they show
several warm winterCoats for Kids donated by the K of C for distribution by
Southington Community Services
Mellon thanked K of C officers Richard Pillar, Grand Knight of Council 15, and Faithful Navigator Bill Shatus of the K of C (4th degree) Assembly 122 for their continued support of the new winter coats for children.  “We’re so grateful to the Knights, not only for their generosity, but especially for their kindness in providing an attractive assortment of design and color styles so kids can enjoy wearing their new coats with a joyful sense of pride and dignity.” 

 “Through the Coats for Kids program, one thousand six hundred twenty-five Knights of Columbus councils distributed 79,320 coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada in 2015.” Pillar said. 

Shatas added, “Since the program began in 2009, more than 306,000 coats have been distributed. We are honored to partner with Southington Community Services in this important mission in our town.

The Town of Southington’s Community Services provides a wide variety of life-supporting services to qualified Southington residents, also serving as an advocate and link between private providers, human services and governmental agencies with a substantial assist in private monetary and in-kind donations as well as an energetic complement of dedicated volunteers.

Founded in New Haven, CT in 1882 by Rev. Fr. Michael J. McGivney, today the Knights of Columbus is an international order of 1.9 million members world-wide and is the largest charitable organization in the United States.  In 2015, the Knights set a new all-time record with $175,079.192 in charitable donations plus 73.5 million hours of volunteer member service valued at $1.7 Billion. Founded in 1885, Southington’s Council 15 continues to apply the four core guiding principles of the Order in its work: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The most recent reported fraternal year, Council 15 and the 4th degree Assembly 122 donated more than $25,000 to more than 25 separate local charities.

Knights of Columbus Isabella Council 15 - Fall Breakfast Buffet - Sunday, October 23, 2016

Served buffet style all morning from 7 to 11:30 am 
Among several sources of revenue raised for charity, the Knights holds a popular annual spring and fall pancake breakfast. The 2016 Fall Breakfast Buffet will be held this Sunday, October 23rd at the Calendar House located at 388 Pleasant Street, from 7 to 11:30 am. Admission for adults is $7.00, Senior Citizens $6.00 and children under six free. Come and enjoy a warm, convivial and enjoyable event with your family. See the familiar faces of friends and become acquainted with some you haven’t met.  

As published: Southington Citizen, October 21,2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Faithful Fridays... a new feature of Appleseed Online

Public Square Rosary Rally
The Rosary in the Public Square takes place annually on the closest Saturday to the anniversary of the Sixth and Last Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun in Portugal 99 years ago on October 13, 1917.
Please join others in our community on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the Gazebo on the Village Green (Clock Tower Square) in Plantsville.
The praying of the Rosary will begin promptly at noon so arrive about ten minutes early. There is plenty of free parking around the Green. Bring lawn chairs if you wish. The event will take place... rain or shine.
For information, call America Needs Fatima District Captain, Bill Lozito at 860-803-8677.

Interesting facts:
In 2014, reports showed that there were 12,629 groups participating in the Public Square Rosary Rallies.

In 2015, there were 14,108 public square rallies.

This year, 15,000 groups are expected to take part, simultaneously, in cities, towns and villages across America ... all praying for our country and the world, together.

Learn more about The Sixth Fatima Apparition and the Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 2017

Read What people say; Laity

This edition of Appleseed online is the pilot of a new feature. 


Inspired by the perceived need for Americans to live by their sacred and traditional personal principles of faith, to better understand and respect the faith and values of others of good will in our challenging times.

Faith reflections from spiritual leaders of our diverse faith traditions from congregations within the Greater Southington area may be submitted and will be posted on a rotating schedule to Appleseed editor at