Sunday, September 14, 2008

In the News: defibrillators, Pirelli Scholarship, Back to Business

Since Franklin, which has five AEDs, began sending them out in every car during a shift several years ago, they've become an important staple, said Chief Stephen Williams.

"We have had to use them, and we have had saves," he said. "If we're there a minute or two before emergency services, minutes count for a person having a heart attack."

Read the full article about local police departments and their defibrillator inventory in the Milford Daily News here


Staff Sgt. Pirelli, 29, was killed in a gun battle on Aug. 15, 2007 in Diyala Province while serving a tour in Iraq with the Army Special Forces. The Green Beret had been a goalie for the Franklin High School Panthers hockey team.

"My main job for the rest of my life is to keep his name alive,'' Pirelli said.
One of the ways he will do that, with the help of family and friends, is through establishing a perpetual scholarship for Franklin High School graduates.

To raise money for the first set of scholarships, which the Pirellis plan to hand out in 2010, they are holding a comedy night (for ages 21+) on Sept. 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford (formerly the Milford Sheraton), at 7 p.m.

"We're really putting on a Las Vegas-quality show in Milford. There are headliners, Johnny Pizzi, who is in Vegas right now, Paul Gilligan, Tony Vee, Paul D'Angelo,'' Alberts said.
Read the full article about the Pirelli Scholarship fundraiser in the Milford Daily News here.


A "super mom'' was sitting with her, talking about how she had just sent her child to college and needed to find a job, but felt she had nothing to offer, Waters recalled.

"I thought she had it all together. She sat in front of me and started crying, and told me nobody would talk to her,'' Waters said.

The woman had spent a lot of time volunteering and was active in the community, but didn't think potential employers would value that experience, she explained.

So Waters used her corporate vocabulary and applied it to her resume, showing her she had many transferable skills.

"She started to sit up straight and became confident she was worth something out there,'' Waters said.

That woman, in turn, inspired Waters to start Back to Business, instead of one of the other dozen or so ideas she was kicking around, she said.

She spent the next year and a half researching, interviewing human resource managers, recruiters, and other hiring entities to learn what they wanted in employees.

"They're not against moms returning to the workforce, or people making a job transition. They just want to see transferable skills, computer skills, and they want the candidate to be clear about what they want,'' she said.

Waters realized she could bridge the gap and clear up misperceptions, she said.

Unable to find a good alternative to their situation, many women do nothing and simply continue feeling stuck, she said.

"We un-stick these fabulous women,'' Waters said.

"Confidence is the biggest thing missing,'' she said, adding that hiring managers do comment about applicants needing to have more of it.
Read more about getting women Back to Business in the Milford Daily News here.

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