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Tracey Leary, RPh – Saving Lives and Building Community

March 8, 2016 |

Clinton is fortunate to have pharmacist Tracey Leary as both a resident and employee of ShopRite pharmacy. Tracey is the Pharmacy Supervisor for Shoprite Pharmacy in Clinton, Norwich and New London. When the State of CT made an online certification course on prescribing Narcan available, Tracey jumped at the opportunity. Certifying herself as well as all of the Shoprite pharmacists, Tracey has made Shoprite the first pharmacy in Clinton to offer a life-saving medication to individuals coping with opioid or heroin addiction- Narcan.
Narcan instantly reverses the suffocating effects of heroin and opioids, and permits the individual to breathe on their own until medical assistance arrives. With over 440 deaths in Connecticut last year, heroin and opioid overdoses are at epidemic proportions, and Narcan can be key in providing these persons with another chance at life.
Partners in Community is thrilled to have Tracey as a partner in our efforts to empower Clinton residents and promote the health of young and old. For more information on obtaining Narcan, please call Shoprite at (860) 669-0107.


Here’s more on Tracey:

Your Name and Title: Tracey Leary RPh – Pharmacy Supervisor for Shoprite Pharmacy – Clinton, New London and Norwich

How are you a Partner in Community:
Shoprite Pharmacy is your community drug store – we are locally owned and operated by the Capano Family. My pharmacists are all Narcan certified. This means that we can dispense Narcan to those individuals who have a need or want to have Narcan on hand. Patients do not need a prescription, they can simply come into one of our 3 stores and ask for Narcan. My pharmacists will dispense a life-saving narcan kit and also personally train each individual on how to use the kit.

Why is it important to be involved?
Growing up in Clinton and also raising a family in this town, makes me feel very proud to be part of an organization that is helping today’s youth. I want people to know that at Shoprite we care about our community and we will do what it takes to make this town great.

What do you hope to accomplish?
What I hope to accomplish is that people in this town realize that there is an opioid problem. We need to work together to combat this problem, but also I want people to know that they can come into Shoprite and receive a Narcan kit that someday may save someone’s life.

If Ben & Jerry’s named an ice cream after you, what would it be called?
Community Care Crunch!!!!

Asif John Hussaini – Lending a Helping Hand

March 31, 2015 |


Clinton has been very fortunate to have Asif John Hussaini as a resident and businessman for many years! John is known for his generosity and desire to give back to the community during the most trying of times. John is always a friendly face, a warm smile, and the most steady of optimism for the Clinton community. PiC thanks you, John, for being an a leader in making Clinton a great place to live and work!

Name: Asif John Hussaini
Title/Company/Business/Office held: Subway – Eat Fresh
How are you a partner in community? Clinton Red Cross Disaster Volunteer, Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, Economic Development Commission, Clinton Placemakers, Clinton Democratic Town Committee, Former Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Why do you feel it is important to get involved?
Community service is the most effective way to serve my fellow man and to give back for the abundance of opportunities from which I benefit.
What do you hope to contribute or accomplish?
To alleviate pain and suffering for people who have experienced a disaster. To promote Clinton businesses and to help attract more commercial development for a more prosperous place to live and to do business.
If Ben & Jerry’s named an ice cream after you, what would it be called?
HumaniHussaini- Scooped together it makes Rocky Road smoother.

john hussani


Ed Tessman – PiC’s Treasurer

December 9, 2014 |

Ed Tessman

For the last several years, PiC has enjoyed partnering with Ed Tessman through his role as boy scout leader. In the last six months or so, Ed has increased his involvement and we are ever-so-thankful! Ed brings quiet leadership with a touch of humor, and PiC is all the more effective with him on board. Ed is now on the Board of Directors and is serving as Treasurer!

NAME: Edward J. Tessman

POSITION: Director of Security & Public Safety / New Haven Parking Authority, City of New Haven, PiC Treasurer

I am a partner in community on several different levels. First and foremost as a resident of Clinton for twenty years and as a father of three boys; Andrew who is 17, Ethan who is 13, and Henry who is 8. I have been involved with PiC for the last several years and am currently a Board Member serving as Treasurer. I and blessed to teach 2nd Grade CCD at St. Mary’s Church. I am a former Cub Master of Pack 7 as well as former Scoutmaster and current Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 7, here in Clinton I also serve as a Police Commissioner with the Clinton Police Department.

William Arthur Ward said, “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

My wife, Kathy, was born and raised in Clinton and is a proud graduate of the Clinton Public Schools. After getting married and working in New York City for a few years, we bought our first house in Clinton twenty years ago. Clinton was and still is a great little community. Clinton was a community we wanted to raise a family in. Getting involved and having a positive impact on the community and the youth of this community is critical to our town’s success. Being able to show my three sons the value and impact of getting involved and making a difference is an invaluable lesson that will help shape them into positive role models, respectable young men and leaders in life.

I hope to contribute to the continued success of PiC, especially at a time when our 10-year recurring grant funding will expire. PiC will be challenged to continue to provide the same level of service and key programs and activities that the town of Clinton and students of Morgan and Eliot have come to expect. I hope to be that catalyst for youth asset building, youth leadership development, and substance abuse prevention efforts in the Town of Clinton.

I am embarrassed to admit that I am not a big ice cream fan and I have never had Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. I am strictly a vanilla guy. With that said, I asked my boys to help me answer this question and they had a number of laughs at my expense. The flavor they chose was “License to Chill”.

Bette Lou Rush – New PiC President!

August 21, 2014 |

Bette Lou Rush has been elected as President to the PiC Board of Directors. She recently joined PiC after learning how closely PiC’s mission mirrors the values she teaches her son at home. PiC is elated to have a new, energetic and positive woman at the helm!

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