M. Jodi Rell

Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently joined the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association to announce the donation of 30,000 gallons of heating oil to families of activated Connecticut service members in need of home-heating assistance this winter.

Rell praised the heating oil dealers’ pledge to help military families as “one of the most heartening and helpful donations that could be extended to our military families – a truly magnificent gesture.”

Representing the majority of Connecticut’s more than 350 home-heating oil dealers, the association is renewing its support to military families by increasing fuel donations from 12,000 to 30,000 gallons.

“Last year, Gov. Rell asked for our help and we responded immediately,” said association Executive Director Gene Guilford. “This year, the governor asked for our continued support, and we are expanding our assistance to 30,000 gallons. We are also tripling the number of participating local heating oil dealers to about 100. With Connecticut’s sons and daughters serving the cause of freedom far from home or here in the United States, we can think of no better way to support their service.”

Major Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, National Guard adjutant general, said, “We are extremely grateful for this generous support during this difficult financial time of the year for military families.”

The donations of home-heating oil are administered by the Connecticut National Guard Family Program, which provides a wide range of assistance to family members and veterans of any branch of military service throughout the state. Dependent families of National Guard members and reservists who have been ordered to “Title 10 Active Duty” are eligible for donations of heating oil.

Last winter, the heating oil donations helped about 25 military families in Connecticut.

“This winter, with the substantial boost in donations and a dramatically increased number of people currently on active duty, we estimate that over 100 families can be assisted,” said Kim Hoffman, the National Guard’s director of family services. “The Connecticut National Guard alone has 516 members currently deployed.”

Fumex Joins Page-Taft

Page-Taft Real Estate’s Madison office has recently added Juliette Fumex to its staff.

“Juliette’s negotiating skills and ability to focus on many details at once will be extremely beneficial for her clients,” said owner Karen Stephens.

Fumex is originally from France and worked as an attorney for PriceWaterhouseCoopers for eight years. She specialized in mergers and acquisitions for U.S. companies buying targets in France and has extensive contract experience.

Fumex has roots in Connecticut, so she and her family decided to move “across the pond” and follow a lifelong dream of living in the United States. Active in Alliance Francaise, a monthly group that meets to promote French language and culture, as well as the International Women’s Club, Fumex also enjoys being a member of the Island Avenue Parent-Teacher Organization. She, her husband Laurent and their three children live in Madison.

Page-Taft Real Estate is one of the Shoreline’s foremost independently owned and managed real estate firms. With offices in Essex, Guilford, Madison and Old Lyme, Page-Taft is in the position to represent properties along the Connecticut shoreline and in the river towns of the lower Connecticut Valley. Since opening its doors in 1980, the company has grown to include 55 full-time agents and a staff of 11.