re: Any insight?
Yes. You need to update Connections to 8.5.6 or newer (I just released 8.5.7) to be compatible with WordPress 4.4. But like I said in my previous reply it is concerning it says “Connections (AppleBrides version)“. This indicates that someone altered the Connections plugin. There is no way of knowing what changes were made and will the effect will be if you update.