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Keystone Place at Newbury Brook Special Presentation for Area Professionals

Please join us for a complimentary lunch or breakfast to learn first-hand about the plans for Keystone Place at Newbury Brook, a new rental independent living, assisted living and memory care community, currently under construction on Litchfield Street near Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

During each presentation, the concept for Keystone Place at Newbury Brook will be discussed alone with floor plans, pricing, service packages and planned amenities for this new senior living community. We would like to obtain your thoughts and opinions regarding the Keystone Place at Newbury Brook development.

Your attendance will help us plan a quality senior living community that could meet the interests of the clients you serve.
Please RSVP by phone to Lisa at (800) 596 -8183 or to

Two Convenient Event Locations;

The Litchfield Inn
432 Bantam Road
Litchfield CT 06759

Wednesday September 27th
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
(Lunch will be served)


The Torrington Country Club
250 Torrington Road
Goshen, CT 06756

Thursday, September 28th
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
(Breakfast will be served)

September 18, 2017

P.O. Box 161, Goshen Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

Hedy L. Barton
Director of Development
office: 860-567-9423, Ext. 252
fax: 860-567-8127
home: 860-693-8635



Litchfield – On Sunday, October 8, the Valley Collector Car Club (VCCC), and the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club (LHHAC) will collaborate with the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in presenting the Fourth Annual Cars for Kids Automobile Show. This event will be held on the Junior Republic’s Litchfield Campus on Route 63, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with gates opening at 8:00 AM for exhibitors. The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 15. Exhibitor bags will be provided for the first 200 show car registrants. The first 100 exhibitors to register will also receive a dashboard plaque. Automobile entries are $10 per car. More than 20 trophies and awards will be presented at 2:30 P.M. Spectators are welcome and admission is $5 per car.

Union Savings Bank is the event’s Concours Sponsor and FM 97.3 WZBG is the Media Sponsor. This event is suitable for the entire family and a variety of activities are planned for young children, including face and pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, farm tours and hay rides. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic.

“Community and partnerships are so important to both Union Savings Bank and the Connecticut Junior Republic. We applaud CJR for all of their efforts in helping the youth in the communities we both serve. The Cars for Kids show gets bigger and better every year and is a great family event with cool cars and activities for all ages,” noted Rick Judd, Executive Vice President for Union Savings Bank and CJR Board member.

Joseph Greco, Chair of the Steering Committee for the Cars for Kids Automobile Show and Treasurer of the CJR Board of Directors, expressed optimism about the success of this year’s benefit. “Last year, with the leadership of some very special friends, including Union Savings Bank and FM 97.3 WZBG, local businesses, and our sponsoring car clubs, we raised approximately $25,000 in net proceeds,” he reported. Mr. Greco noted that CJR’s 2016 Car Show was highlighted by a record attendance that included 350 automobile exhibitors, nearly 850 spectators and the involvement of more than 100 volunteers, including CJR students and staff. “We hope that our 2017 event will meet or exceed last year’s success in terms of attendance and funds raised,” he said.

Both the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club and the Valley Collector Car Club are non-profit groups dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of classic automobiles and to supporting charities in the community.

“We welcome antiques, muscle cars, trucks, custom cars, exotics and street rods, and hope to have at least 350 exhibitors again this year,” said Glenn Royals, President of the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club. “We also appreciate the support we have received from businesses and organizations in the community and hope this show is an increasingly significant fundraiser and vehicle for showcasing the important work of the Junior Republic.”

According to CJR Executive Director Daniel Rezende, the Cars for Kids Automobile Show will include the participation of students from several of CJR’s program locations. “Young people from our Litchfield campus and community programs look forward to preparing and serving lunch, assisting with tours and other parts of the show,” he said.

A variety of breakfast items and a luncheon consisting of a choice of a pulled pork or barbeque chicken breast sandwich plate will be served in CJR’s D’Assern Dining Room. A Food Court will offer a variety of foods to “eat on the go,” including hot dogs, hamburgers, kielbasa, popcorn, pretzels and ice cream sandwiches. The Litchfield Aid of CJR will offer home-baked cakes, cookies and other delicious items at its Bake Sale.

Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve nearly 2,000 boys and girls annually in 12 locations throughout Connecticut.

The Junior Republic conducts three residential programs for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus.  Regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, which is located on its Litchfield campus.  Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided.

CJR provides additional residential services for boys at its group homes in Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls in Waterbury.  A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive, home-based service and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s community locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury. Behavioral and mental health services are provided at these locations, as well.

A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on    Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division (CSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schools.  For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:


Pasta Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit Friendly Hands Food Bank

Friday, October 13, 2017 | 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

St Francis Cafeteria, 360 Prospect Street, Torrington, CT 06790
Tickets: $12.00 children under 6 FREE
Food Prepared by Scarpelli’s

Mental Health Connecticut Presents
Art of Wellbeing: An Evening of Jazz, Hope, and Healing

The Cabaret Theatre, Uncasville, CT
October 21, 2017- 6:00-9:30 PM

Join Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) at its 5th Annual Fundraiser for an evening of jazz, hope, and healing with special guests Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene, two inspirational and remarkable members of the Connecticut community and the parents of Ana Grace whose life was taken during the tragedy in Sandy Hook on December 14, 2012.
Connecticut-born, jazz musician Jimmy Greene will play music from his recent Grammy® nominated release. Through an intimate discussion, led by New England News Collaborative and WNPR’s John Dankosky, Jimmy and Nelba will share their experience of the power of healing through music and personal expression and how the Márquez-Greene family promotes love, connection, and community to honor their daughter, rebuild their lives, and impact the lives of those around them.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will jointly benefit MHC and The Ana Grace Project.

Presenting Sponsor: KOTA, A Mohegan LDI Enterprise
Platinum Sponsor: Lockton
Silver Sponsors: ConnectiCare, Minuteman Press
Bronze Sponsors: Hartford Federal Credit Union, Hartford Hospital, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Qualidigm, Silver Hill Hospital, and Ed & Carol Peltier

For more information, visit:

Founders Insurance Agency
New Name, Same Great Service!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Founders Insurance Agency, known for many years as a trusted, local independent insurance agency, is changing its name to AssuredPartners Northeast.

Founders joined AssuredPartners, Inc. in July 2015, and became part of the nation’s 13th largest insurance broker, with over 4,000 employees and more than 200 offices across the U.S.

Founders is now part of the AssuredPartners Northeast region, which includes 15 offices in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In Connecticut, AssuredPartners Northeast has offices in Torrington, Lakeville and Rocky Hill.

“While our name and logo have changed, our customers’ experience will remain the same,” Dennis Dressel, AssuredPartners Executive Vice President, said. “Our talented and dedicated team will continue to provide the exemplary service our customers have come to expect.”

Mr. Dressel’s office is located at 1300 Winsted Rd., in Torrington. Contact him at 860-482-3506 with questions or comments. 


Join VNA Northwest for a Complimentary Play Focusing On End of Life

VNA Northwest offers “Vesta”, a warm and often funny exploration of a family’s struggle with a variety of end of life issues as they come to terms with the illness and death of Vesta Pierson, their matriarch. Vesta is a 90 minute, seven character play about the last five years of the characters life.

September 24th at 2:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT

FREE Admission

Call 860-567-6000 or 860-482-0596 for reservations.

Presented in association with Hospice Foundation of America and The Litchfield Community Center

Salisbury Bank Offers Free Seminar on the Basics of Medicare

Lakeville, CT – August 16, 2017 – Salisbury Bank is offering a seminar which will focus on Medicare choices and options for eligible applicants.

In this informative seminar, attendees will be provided with an overview of Medicare, as well as the information they need to make smart decisions about their Medicare choices. Topics of discussion will be: How does Medicare work? What’s covered, what’s not covered? What are my choices? What is the difference between a Medicare Supplement and an Advantage Plan? What exactly do all 131 pages of the 2017 “Medicare & You” booklet mean?

Presenter Steven G. Irving, is a licensed Insurance Agent with Bankers Life, a 138 year-old company specializing in Medicare, Long Term Care/Home Health Care, Life Insurance and Retirement Income. Steven is a senior agent and is licensed in NY and CT and lives with his wife in Ancramdale, NY

Please join us:
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Salisbury Bank – Dover Office
5 Dover Village Plaza
Dover Plains, NY 12522

Juli Sinchak, Vice President,
Marketing and Sales Administration Manager
Salisbury Bank and Trust Company
5 Bissell Street, Lakeville, CT 06039

Reservations are suggested, but not required. To reserve a spot, contact Kevin Norton by calling 860.453.3497 or emailing at and type “MEDICARE” in the subject line.

Salisbury Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut and presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury, and Sharon, Connecticut; Great Barrington, Sheffield, and South Egremont, Massachusetts; as well as Dover Plains, Fishkill, Millerton, New Paltz, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, and Red Oaks Mill, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for over 160 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and investment services.

Burlington Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Finnegans Tavern

Join us for a special ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of Finnegans Tavern

Friday, September 15, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Finnegans Tavern
292 Spielman Highway, Burlington

Join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Finnegans Tavern.
Finnegans is an upscale Irish Tavern with excellent food and exceptional service.
A place where you’re greeted with a smile, a song and maybe a limerick or two!???????

Branagan Communications Consultants Launched
PR/Publicity Placement Campaign For Authors of “The Little Brown Bears” Books & CDs

In August, Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, owner of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC (BCC) in New Milford, a public relations, publicity placement, marketing communications agency, launched a CT-NY-MA regional publicity placement campaign for the creators of the newly-released “The Little Brown Bear” series of children’s books and accompanying musical CDs. The two Washington Depot creators of Words to Music, LLC and the website, introduced their three “Little Brown Bear” adventure books written by internationally-acclaimed poet and author Susan Katz who reads aloud the stories on the CDs that are accompanied by the music of published pianist Sharon Ruchman. The collection sells for $19.99 in area stores including Silly Sprout in Litchfield and online at

During 2017, Branagan-Mitchell has been celebrating 24 years of entrepreneurial success helping small to medium-sized companies and organizations build public awareness of their products and services by writing and placing publicity with news media outlets statewide via press releases and captioned photos. Branagan Communications Consultants services include writing and editing of content for websites, newsletters, and marketing materials. To learn more, visit, or call Barbara directly at 860-210-0149, or email to

Incubator Space Available

Bring your talents to Act Natural Health & Wellness, LLC and become part of our Incubator Space!!
We have a beautiful collaborative space located just across the street from the store and above Round N Round Antiques at 27 Water Street in downtown Torrington…where good things are happening!
Want to offer a yoga, Qigong or medication class? Are you a massage therapist, reflexologist or reiki practitioner? Do you Zumba?
Do you offer sound, mindfulness or energy healing?
Are you an artist or photographer looking for an amazing place with natural light?
Want to teach a class or need rehearsal space?

Incubator space is a great way to launch your micro business as you share the space with other micro businesses. How can you benefit from a shared space?

1) You don’t have to worry about the monthly businesses expenses.
2) You are your own boss.
3) Networking among the collaborative.
4) Marketing opportunities through Act Natural Health & Wellness.
5) Participate in our Thrive on Thursday event every week.
6) Become part of our outreach community through expos and wellness fairs.
7) Be free to be who you are meant to be!

Want to learn more on how to become part of our TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More)? Visit our collaborative space facebook page Act Natural Energy Healing.

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why” – William Barclay

Media Contact
Rachel Tway-Grant
Office: 860-379-0006

Winsted Area Child Care Center teams up with The Flatbread Company for fundraising event

Winsted, CT (August 29, 2017) —Rachel Tway-Grant, Executive Director of Winsted Area Child Care Center (WACCC), a comprehensive licensed child care program who services children from 6 weeks in age to 12 years old, is proud to announce that the will be participating in a fundraising event with The Flatbread Company in Canton, CT on August 29th.

“We are really excited about this event and the graciousness of The Flatbread Company,” says Tway-Grant. “For every pizza sold, The Flatbread company will make a donation to WACCC. In addition, we will also have some fantastic raffle prizes. Winsted Area Child Care Center wouldn’t be where it is today without so many wonderful families and donations.”

Details on the Event:
Date: August 29, 2017
Place: The Flatbread Company, 110 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm

This event is open to the public and no reservations are required.

Winsted Area Child Care Center is a private, non-profit child care facility proudly serving the Winsted area and surrounding towns for almost 40 years. Originally started by 3 pre-school teachers, WACCC has grown into an accredited National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) program spanning 2 facilities, a Before and After School program (BASE) located on Lake St. and the Infant, Toddlers, and Pre-School program located on Prospect St. WACCC currently serves over 200 local families and employs 30 staff. Donations and fundraising events are an integral part of running WACCC. It allows them to do improvements to the facility, provide new furniture and technology for the classrooms, and provide the best care and services for the children.

Winsted Area Childcare Center’s main address is 185 Prospect Street, Winsted, CT 06098.

For information about WACCC: , 860-379-0006

2017 Back to School Clothes for Kids Campaign

Remember when you were a child? Remember how important it was to get new clothes at the start of school?

You can help and make these memories come true for some of the area’s less fortunate families who have children and are unable to go out and purchase new school clothes.

United Way of Northwest Connecticut will be conducting a “Back to School Clothes for Kids Campaign” which will provide new school clothes and school supplies for children living in East Canaan and North Canaan. If possible, we would like each child to receive:

  • 2 ‘outfits’ of clothing
  • 3 sets of underwear
  • 3 pair of socks
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 winter jacket
  • Backpack & school supplies
  • Personal care grooming items

Sponsor a child, individually or as a group. Approximate cost per child is $250. Please help a youngster “Dress for Success” this coming school year. Monetary donations also accepted.

For further information or to sponsor a child please contact Terri Hodge at:

United Way of Northwest Connecticut
333 Kennedy Drive, R101, PO Box 1001
Torrington, CT 06790


Technology Expo Event at Lime Rock Park

You are cordially invited to
Technology Expo Event at Lime Rock Park

Tuesday, August 8th, 9AM-4PM
Lime Rock Park
60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, CT 06039

Join Connecticut Business Systems for an exciting show featuring live software and hardware demonstrations, a catered lunch, multiple prizes and much more!
RSVP: Jordan Johnson, Account Manager
T: 203-295-1332

Goodwill’s Get Hired Hartford Career Expo
The state’s largest hiring event coming to Hartford in October

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (June 29, 2017) – Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut is once again hosting one of the state’s largest recruiting events. Presented by NBC Connecticut and HOT 93.7 Radio, the second annual Get Hired Hartford Career Expo will take place on Thursday, October 5 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Today, Goodwill is encouraging all employers from all sectors of the state’s economy to participate and become partners in putting people back to work in Connecticut.

Get Hired Hartford will not only connect job seekers with employers but will also provide free resources designed to help support their job search, including professional portraits and onsite resume review services.

“Goodwill’s mission is to provide individuals with the means to achieve independence and provide them the opportunity for meaningful employment,” said Vickie Volpano, President and CEO, Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut. “This event furthers our mission by connecting employers with qualified job seekers.”

For more information, along with a list of participating employers, please visit or call 203-581-5040.

About Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut:
Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut is a non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities, economic disadvantages and other challenges to employment. Goodwill helps people achieve independence and self-sufficiency through job training and other support services.

Red Barn Consulting announces launch of their Small Business Unit

New Hartford, CT (July 1, 2017) —Cindy Donaldson, President & CEO of Red Barn Consulting LLC, a marketing, operations, and sales consulting firm in New Hartford CT is proud to announce the launch of a new division at Red Barn Consulting, the Small Business Unit or SBU which will be headed up by Brand Ambassador, Amy Jock.

“Small businesses have unique challenges and needs, SBU was designed to help companies who are struggling to get to the next level of growth and are searching for affordable and easily implemented strategies to achieve their business goals,” says Donaldson. “As a small business owner, I’ve been in their shoes and understand their struggles. I’m excited to work with Amy and to share what I’ve learned and to help others grow.”

SBU will be launching a series of workshops and webinars led by Donaldson and Jock, in the fall of 2017 beginning with operations and business planning and strategies, followed by strategic sales planning and marketing including how to market your business on a budget. “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, and we feel very passionate about paying it forward and sharing our knowledge,” says Jock.

For more information about Red Barn Consulting’s Small Business Unit or to schedule a free consultation please contact Amy Jock at or 860-503-8094.

Red Barn Consulting is a full service strategic business consulting firm offering operations, marketing and sales consulting with niche markets in insurance, financial services and health care. To learn more about Red Barn please visit

YMCA Camp Mohawk in Litchfield is excited to be offering new options this year for retreats and team building programs. Whether you are looking to have a large family picnic for your company to relax and celebrate a job well done or are looking for new and exciting ways to strengthen your organization’s teamwork and leadership skills and increase workplace productivity, Camp Mohawk can accommodate any of your needs, including meals and lodging if desired.

Please see the attached brochure and visit us online at for more info and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at (860) 672-6655 or