September 19, 2017

Our thanks to all that participated in the Annual DiMatteo Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament.  We raised over $30,000.  This year's charities were:  Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley, Make A Wish Foundation-Connecticut, and Valley Community Foundation, Inc. Each charity received $10,000 and additional monies will be given to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims.  

Our congratulations to our foursomes:
Ray Baldwin,  Mark and Joseph Lauretti

Chip Hunziker, Craig Shapero,  James Ingle and James Cilfone

Ssve the date - August 20, 2018 for our next tournament.

September 15, 2017

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old, according to the National Passenger Safety Board.  Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

One item that might not be used by caregivers and parents is the tether.  The tether connects the top of a forward-facing car seat to the vehicle. It helps to prevent serious head and neck injury.

Click here to down load "How to Use a Car Seat Tether" to add another layer of car seat protection for your children.

September 6, 2017

On June 9th, Kim DiMatteo was presented the Hall of Fame Award by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield Count at the Greenwich Hyatt.  The award, based on nominations by the Board of Directors, goes to a member that demonstrates consistent dedication and service​, as well as contributes time, financial resources, and outstanding leadership skills in direct service to the HBRA.

September 1, 2017

We want to take the opportunity to celebrate Labor Day by dedicating our prayers and resources to the people in Texas as they deal with the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

To assist in the recovering efforts and to provide food, water, and shelter, please donate today. To donate, click here to be directed to the donation page of The DiMatteo Family Foundation, where we will send the relief to the local charities in Texas.

Tragedies can bring us all together. Let the fruits of our labors go to the people of Texas letting them know they are not alone.

Thank you.

 

August 25, 2017

School is starting and is your child ready?  Keeping him/her safe from injury is extremely important.  To assist you, we have provided a Safety Checklist from the National Safety Council which speaks to walking to school, riding a bike to school, riding the bus, and then school safety tips such as back-pack related injuries and preventing playground injuries.

Take a moment to download this important document and prepare your child for traveling safely to school.

August 22, 2017

Our thanks to our sponsors and teams who participated during the DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament.  We had a great time.  Take a look at our video which we prepared for all.  See you next year!

August 18, 2017

We are set for unique experience on Monday, August 21st --  a total coast-to-coast solar eclipse. During that time, the sun will be blocked for two minutes and create eerie diamond rings of light, weather permitting.  So, if you are watching on tv or seeing it in person, you should be awed. 

If you are planning to view the eclipse in person, here are some safety suggestions:

Make sure you wear eclipse glasses for eye protection.  Safe solar viewing is ISO 12312-1. 

Experts stress that the only safe way to look directly at the sun, except at the brief phase of totality (in the path of totality), is using a special-purpose solar filter, popularly known as eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses block more UV rays than everyday sunglasses, protecting your retinas from burning even when you feel no discomfort looking at the sun through shades.

NASA offers the following solar eclipse viewing safety guidelines:

Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters. Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics. If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases. Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly. If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Be safe as you enjoy the eclipse - the next one is 2024.

 

 

August 10, 2017

You received your list of supplies your child needs to go back to school.  Here are some safety items you might consider adding to your list.  Each is designed to provide immediate ways to protect your child from unwanted attention.

Here is a video which explains each item in depth. 

Among them: React Mobile's Reach Sidekick, Wear Safe Emergency Buttons, Noise Grenade, Run Lights, and more.

All these items are available on the Internet.

Start school knowing you have provided your child with an immediate way to alert adults of a potentially dangerous situation.

August 4, 2017

August is Family Fun Month and keeping everyone safe while enjoying the outdoors can be challenging.  Here are some safety tips to ensure you have a wonderful experience from the NYSPCC. Practice water, sun, bike, barbecue, and fire safety.  To read the entire article, click here.

Follow these tips and enjoy your family fun.

July 28, 2017

But, I want a fidget spinner please?  Have you heard this from your child?  Fidget spinners are now all the craze and flying off toy shelves and mall kiosks. They can be found in just about any color, in character, camo or other trends, can glow in the dark or have blinking LED lights.  This latest fad has hidden dangers you should be aware of.

In case you are wondering what a fidget spinner is, they are small, palm-sized gadgets that have prongs and circular bearings that will spin between a person's finders.  The bearings in the center allow them to spin, and the bearing can be brass, steel, ceramic, titanium or other materials. The spinners themselves are made of various materials. Many look similar to a three-blade mini propeller or the triple heads on an electric shaver, but some have only two blades while others have four, five or more blades, or are completely circular. 

They have been used to help children with ADHD, autism and anxiety to improve focus by relieving the need to fidget.

What are the dangers to your child?

Because they can be taken apart, pieces can be choking hazards when swallowed.  Many spinners have weights about the size of a penny at the end of the blades which can get caught on the end of a child's finger. When spinning, some of them are designed with edges that are sharp enough to even cut through flesh. 

The Good Housekeeping Institute tested various spinners and determined that they are not suitable for children under three years old.  Fidget spinners are not approved by the FDA, so they are not regulated in their safety, product design or composition. Some brands do contain age restrictions and choking hazard warnings, but there are certainly no warnings of the dangers of their misuse.

We recommend that if you do purchase a fidget spinner for your child, that you supervise its use.  Follow all the instructions for recharging and examine the spinner after each use to insure that no parts are lose or sharp to the touch.

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