Staff, clients of the Stamford agency tried to convince legislators that budget cuts would be devastating to their programs. Stamford, CT By BARBARA HEINS (Patch Staff)

Abilis CEO Dennis Perry and a group of 30 people with disabilities from the Abilis community joined some 50 organizations and more than 500 people in Hartford this week to advocate against state budget cuts. The effort on Wednesday, called Lobby Day, was organized by the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance.

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HARTFORD — Hospital workers dressed in white coats and scrubs stood with state lawmakers in suits Wednesday at the state Capitol to pressure Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to release state and federal aid he has put on hold. 

“I think people need to understand that hospitals aren’t a budgetary budgeting chip,” said state Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, whose district includes Newtown.

Hwang was among dozens of hospital workers and lawmakers who attended a news conference organized by the Connecticut Hospital Association at the Legislative Office Building.

By Skip Pearlman

GREENWICH, Conn. — Abilis, which helps people with developmental disabilities, hosted its second annual Sweetheart Ball on Saturday at Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom in Greenwich.

"The idea last year was to have some of our long-term relationships come down and have dance lessons for Valentine's Day," Keelin Daly, marketing director at Abilis, told Daily Voice. "Then the owner of the studio (Chris Georgopulo) ramped it up to be a Sweetheart Ball. It happened really quickly, so we didn't have a lot of couples come.

 Smiles were on every face as the sweethearts learned a few dance steps, then put them to work with the music and their partners as they celebrated Valentine's Day in style.

The couples enjoyed an evening of dance to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Greenwich, CT

By Barbara Heins

Arthur Murray Hosts Abilis Sweetheart Ball | Patch

Contributed photos, Keelin Daly