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May 3rd Business CT 2017 Conference: Education And Workforce Partnerships; Strategies for Success

WETHERSFIELD, April 20, 2017 – Available education, employment and workforce development services, and how to successfully use them, will be explored at the 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 Business CT 2017 conference sponsored the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission (CETC) and Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL).

The conference offers morning presentations and employer panels, including a session featuring several companies sharing successful public-private partnership strategies. Afternoon workshop speakers will include Arlene Lugo, Program Director of Connecticut Tech Act Project, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services; Resa Spaziani, Director of the Labor Department’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards; Susan Pierson, State Adult Education Director with the Department of Education; and Glen Duhl, Principal Attorney with Zangari, Cutherbertson, Duhl and Grello, P.C.

Business CT 2017 provides excellent opportunities to hear from business leaders, education experts and workforce development professionals who can provide insight into the ways programs in this state can help grow employers, employees, and the economy,” said State Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson. “Attendees can also network with business associations, state agencies, non-profits, and human resources – all with an interest in further developing our state’s workforce.”

“Connecting with the appropriate services and having a full understanding of the employer-related programs in our state is key to a successful business, a stronger economy, and a workforce that can meet today’s challenges,” said JoAnn Ryan, CETC member/conference co-chair and Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “Businesses need every tool available to prosper, and in one day, Business CT 2017 offers information that could take months or even years for employers to discover.”

“This conference offers opportunities to hear from employers that have used a successful combination of educational programs and employment and training services to grow a business and its employees,” said Stuart Rosenberg, CETC member/conference co-chair and Johnson Memorial Hospital President. “In addition, workshops providing a thorough understanding of state law and best practices will give employers additional expertise in managing workflow and bringing innovation to the workplace. “

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens, Communications Director
200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109-1114
Phone: (860) 263-6535 – Fax: (860) 263-6536 –
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

According to Kathleen Marioni, Executive Director of DOL’s Office of Workforce Competitiveness, the morning session will include an overview of incentives, services available from agencies and public organizations. Following an economic overview from Patrick Flaherty, Assistant Director with DOL’s Office of Research and Information, the afternoon will offer a variety of workshops geared for educators, employers and human resource professionals, including:

  • Employment Law Basics
  • Adult Education at Work
  • Disability Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Top 10 Issues of Wage and Hour Law
  • Family Medical Leave Act and Paid Sick Leave
  • Effective Participation in the Unemployment Compensation Process

The $75 registration includes breakfast, lunch, and conference materials. Online registration and conference agenda can be found at The Farmington Marriott is located at 15 Spring Farm Springs Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

It’s That Time of Year!

With Graduation, Mother’s and Father’s Day just around the bend,
how amazed would your loved one be with this gift?

Survive the Drive’s – Behind the Wheel Defensive Driver Training Clinic

Wednesday, June 28th
(our only summer driving clinic in 2017)

ALL drivers are welcome and encouraged
to take advantage of this possibly life-saving program

A great way to practice new life-saving skills that may come up in daily driving
A fun activity while learning about new car autonomous technologies
You can never have enough training to keep sharp and ready for unexpected situations

Online registration is quick and easy
Sign up as an individual or as a family or group
(Morning and afternoon sessions available.  Be sure to select your desired session)
Register NOW

Our professional driving coaches will guide participants through;
Crash Avoidance Maneuvers 
Skid Capability & Recovery 
Emergency Braking & Lane Changes 
Vehicle Control  
Distraction Awareness 

For most, driving is our most dangerous everyday activity.
All driver’s with a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit are accepted.

Course cost is $299 per person.  Snacks and refreshments provided.

Course location is at Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT.

For more information please feel free to contact Lori at 860-806-3042 or email  

355 Goshen Road | Litchfield, CT 06759
O: 860.567.0863 | F: 860.567.3381

Press Release | 4/7/2017

New Autism-Related Services at the Center for Children’s Therapy

The Center for Children’s Therapy (CCT) located at the Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial, Inc. (Brooker Memorial) in Torrington, provides individualized therapy services tailored to each child’s specific needs across all stages of development. Available therapy services include occupational, physical, speech-language, and most recently, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. ABA therapy is often recommended for children who have deficits in their ability to process social interactions with others, such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

ABA therapy uses a series of evidence-based interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve a child’s behavior and achieve meaningful academic and social gains that positively impact his or her quality of life.  Several ABA methods are incorporated in CCT therapy sessions, including Naturalistic Instruction, Discrete Trial Training, and Behavior Modification with positive reinforcement. All ABA therapy services are provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

The Center for Children’s Therapy welcomes children ages birth to 21 who are in need of therapeutic services.  We accept most forms of insurance, including HUSKY Health (Medicaid).  A sliding fee scale is also available for families without insurance.

A video highlighting CCT services is available at:

For more information about the The Center for Children’s Therapy, please contact Brenda Johnson, Program Coordinator at 860.294.7473 or visit

(The Marie Seymour Brooker Memorial, Inc. in Torrington, CT)

WWW.EDADVANCE.ORG | Promoting the success of western Connecticut’s school districts and communities since 1966

EdAdvance is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9410.

Here we grow again!

Torrington, CT–Growth is the theme this year for Elevator Service Company, Inc. [ESCO]. Operating like a well-oiled machine, the company has brought in another associate, totaling three new employees for the current fiscal year. Katie Richard, the newest addition to the administrative staff will be providing customer support, maintenance and repair scheduling. Katie has a strong background in administrative support. Early last month Elevator Service Company added two more mechanics to the mix. Elevator Service Company, Inc. is currently licensed in CT, RI, MA, and NY. “We are positioning Elevator Service Company, Inc. for the future by incorporating talented personnel and superior products” said Steven Roth, President of ESCO.

ESCO is continuously releasing new products. Details to follow. Additionally, the company is entering a new venture and will be making the announcement in coming weeks.


Easter Bunny Express On April 9th and 15th Features “Egg-sighting” Rubber Duckie Hunt
THOMASTON, CT – March 25, 2017 – The Easter Bunny will be hopping aboard the Naugatuck Railroad on Sunday, April 9, and Saturday, April 15, for a scenic excursion along the Naugatuck River.   
All children will get to meet the Easter Bunny, according to Ellen Van Iderstine, co-chair of the annual event.  “Families are invited by the Easter Bunny to travel by train to his secret Easter Patch. Upon arrival, children will participate in an ‘egg-sighting’ rubber duckie hunt before returning to historic Thomaston Station. This event is pure magic and memories for children so don’t forget your camera!” 
“The Bunny will be distributing the eggs in the train for the kids to fill with rubber duckies they find in the patch. The Naugatuck Railroad offers a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and families to take a ride into our past,” said Sue Sample, the other co-chair of the event.   

Railroad Museum of New England president Steve Casey added, “We can all celebrate the beginning of spring, warmer weather, and Easter with our Bunny on the scenic Naugatuck Railroad!  The Bunny even welcomes selfies with all the kids and their families. 
Three train rides are scheduled on Sunday, April 9, and Saturday, April 15 at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  Children 2 years old and younger may ride free.   Children 3 to 12 are $16, adults are $18, and seniors 62 and older are $16.

Tickets can be purchased online at or phone 860-283-7245 anytime (24/7).  All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
Trains depart from the Thomaston Station at 242 East Main Street, Thomaston.  Passengers may pick up tickets at the Thomaston Station’s “Will Call” window on the day of the event.  Please arrive at the Station 30 minutes before departure time.  Trains depart promptly at the scheduled times.
The Railroad Museum Of New England (RMNE) is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The mission of the RMNE is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad.  The museum concept is more than artifacts, it’s also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad. It is located at the landmark Thomaston Train Station. The RMNE owns and operates the Naugatuck Railroad.
From birthday parties to corporate events, contact the RMNE to find out how the Thomaston Station and the Naugatuck Railroad can offer you a unique experience.
More information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at:

Media Contact: Railroad Museum of New England – Steve Casey,, 860.716.4854

Railroad Museum Of New England, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT 06787

For Immediate Release or New Story

Meriden Engineering Firm Establishing New Roost in Litchfield County

Defying statistics, family owned and operated Cardinal Engineering Associates thrives and expands to better serve area clients

News provided by:
Cardinal Engineering Associates
457 Bantam Road, Suite #3
Litchfield, CT 06759

Litchfield, Connecticut, March 27, 2017– Cardinal Engineering Associates has announced plans for its continued expansion, to include a new office location on Bantam Road in Litchfield. This announcement coincides with the celebration of the firm’s 55th year in business.

A new location.

On April 1st, Cardinal will open its first satellite office in Litchfield to accommodate an increased local workload and to better serve clients in the northwest corner of the state. On-going work in the Town of Litchfield includes the White Woods Road Bridge replacement project (scheduled for construction in June), the rehabilitation of the North Shore Road Bridge and the replacement of the Milton Road Bridge.

“With our growing list of projects in Litchfield, as well as in the surrounding Towns, it made a lot of sense for us to set up a local office – the timing was perfect. As a resident of Litchfield, it also positions me better to serve existing and prospective municipal clients throughout the county,” describes Director of Business Development Timothy Cermola.

All in the family.

Shortly after its inception in 1962, the founding partners of Cardinal, joined by a bare-bones support staff, relocated the start-up operation from Waterbury to Colony Street in downtown Meriden. Founding partner and President Joseph A. Cermola, Jr. has thoughtfully grown his civil engineering firm into today’s 25-person operation, including three generations of the Cermola family.

Cermola has served in many significant capacities throughout the course of his career, to include being a member of the State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for nearly 20 years. He is the present Vice Chair of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority Board, and remains active in the National Society of Professional Engineers, Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers, and the Connecticut Association of Street and Highway Officials.

All the indicators of a successful family business are in place at Cardinal. With a steadfast focus on developing long term relationships by exceeding client expectations, the business is thriving decades since its inception. They are notably defying the odds, as statistics demonstrate 70% of family-owned businesses fail or sell before the next generation takes control. Only a fraction of the surviving 30% are successfully run by the third generation.

The backbone of Cardinal is its second generation. This team includes Vice President Joseph Cermola, III; Director of Survey Services Bernard J. Cermola; and Director of Business Development Timothy M. Cermola. The third generation hoping to carry on the family business is comprised of Survey Party Chief and CAD Designer Matthew Cermola (Joseph’s son) and Michael Cermola (Bernard’s son). Michael is currently studying Civil Engineering at Central Connecticut State University and supporting the survey team during college breaks.

Past, present and future.

Cardinal has an extensive portfolio of infrastructure design and construction inspection work throughout the State of Connecticut.

The need to comply with the Clean Water Act of the 1970s had Cardinal on the front lines in New Haven and Middletown, designing the separation of antiquated combined sewer systems in both cities to eliminate sewer overflows and to reduce pollution of the Connecticut River and the Long Island Sound. This work has been on-going for over 30 years.

In the past decade, Cardinal has been responsible for over 40 miles of roadway reconstruction throughout Connecticut. In 2016, the firm expanded its Meriden headquarters to accommodate its growing Bridge Department which has been tasked with the design of over 20 municipal bridges in the past few years alone. In addition to three bridges in Litchfield, other rehabilitation and replacement projects are underway in Orange, Suffield, Rocky Hill, Berlin, Shelton and Cromwell.

In addition to a long list of municipal clients, Cardinal serves the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The firm recently completed the design of the $25 million rehabilitation of Connecticut’s longest bridge – the Gold Star Memorial Bridge (I-95 Southbound) in Groton/New London – which spans over 6,000’. Construction is scheduled to commence this spring.

Cardinal continues to branch out in the northwest region of the state, with recent assignments including the Flats Rocks Road Bridge in Cornwall, the West Road Bridge in Winchester, the Spring Hill Road Bridge in Washington. Most recently, Cardinal became a prequalified on-call engineer for member municipalities of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments.

About Cardinal Engineering Associates:

Cardinal Engineering Associates is a family-owned and operated multi-disciplined consulting civil engineering firm, specializing in providing surveying, design and construction engineering services to municipalities and State agencies for a wide variety of public infrastructure projects including transportation, water resources, water and wastewater, and site development projects. On the web:

Timothy M. Cermola, Director of Business Development
860-361-6395 (Litchfield office)  | 203-238-1969 (Meriden office) |  860-597-9106 (mobile)

Les Beaux Vous Looking for Stylists to Join Their Team

Les Beaux Vous Salon & Day Spa In Torrington CT is looking to expand their family. LBV is looking for someone to rent a chair, and add to our beautiful second floor Salon & Day Spa. LBV has been around for a long time and would love to add a fresh new face to the family. Send us an email at or give us a call at 860-489-1748 for more information.


For Immediate Release
March 15, 2017

Media Contacts:
Justin Burke / Hannah Schiff
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P: 413.229.0370 x123 / x114

Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of 2017 Deadlines for Northwest Litchfield County

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017. Regional nonprofits, students and school communities are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about Judaism that aim to dispel religious prejudice, bias and intolerance. Grants of $500 will be awarded. Applications are due April 1.

The Andrea Wagner Women in Science Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 scholarships to female residents of northwest Litchfield County who are currently enrolled at a four-year college and majoring in natural or physical science or engineering. Applications are due April 1.

The Arts Fund for Region One provides scholarships to students of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury or Sharon who are interested in arts-related programs. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded. Applications are due May 1.

The Ferris Burtis Scholarship Fund sponsors graduating high school seniors who have been accepted at a conservatory or school of music. Grants of $2,000 will be awarded. Applications are due April 1.

The George H. and Lucille E. Buterbaugh Scholarship Fund awards $1,150 annually to graduating seniors who are residents of Salisbury. Applications are due April 1.

The Tabor Foundation Fund supports residents of northwest Litchfield County who plan to undertake education or training in a field of health care and to seek employment in their community afterwards. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded. Applications are due June 30.

The Teddy Lee Drumm Memorial Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 annually to residents of Sharon who have been accepted at an accredited college, university, vocational-technical or professional institute, as well as prior Drumm recipients. Applications are due April 1.

The Region One Athletic Fund helps students maintain a healthy lifestyle by supporting programs that give students the opportunity to compete in their chosen sport or physical activity. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded. Applications are due May 1.

The application process for all grants is online at
The application process for all scholarships is online at

About Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
For nearly 30 years, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has built stronger communities and helped donors make a difference through charitable giving in northwest Litchfield County, CT; Berkshire County, MA; and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. Each year, the foundation distributes over $8 million through grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection. Berkshire Taconic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. You can make a difference. We can help.

Self-Inspired Leadership-NEW!

This workshop is designed to help you focus on what is most important to you and use your strengths to lead yourself and others more effectively. We will explore new perspectives on what it takes to succeed in today’s workplace, and how to execute and get things done without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to learn how to use your strengths to empower others by deepening awareness, transforming communication, and developing practices that enhance productivity and unlock your potential. Class is March 17 th, 9 AM-12 PM in the Goulet Building at Northwestern CT Community College, 54 Park Place East, Winsted, CT. Cost is $50.00. To register, please call 860-738-6444.

Civitan Club To Host 8th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Dance

The Torrington Civitan Club will sponsor a Scholarship Fundraiser Dance” on Sat. March 25, 2017 from 7:30 – 11 pm at Chatterley’s Banquet Hall, 371 Pinewoods Rd, Torrington. Dance to the music of popular “Night Moves Band.” There will be a cash bar, bring your own snacks. A basket raffle will be held. Proceeds will benefit local college-bound high school students. To make donations to gift basket raffle or to purchase tickets, call Stephanie Peltier at 860-482-5655 or Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from any Civitan member or purchased at the door by cash only.

Throughout the years, Civitan Club has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to Torrington area college bound seniors. The Torrington Civitan Club is a group of local citizens who volunteer in a wide range of charity projects across Torrington. They conduct fundraisers and participate in charity projects to help others in the community, with a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. Civitan Club meets at 6 pm the second Tuesday of the month at Marino’s Restaurant in Torrington. For more information about Civitan International, go to

LCWN Announces March Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Crabby Al’s, 157 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT. Our speaker will be Nancy Sheed who is a social media strategist and online marketing consultant with nearly 20 years working in the communications and publishing industries. Nancy helps people and businesses get confidently connected online so they can
 be seen, be found, and be heard by their target audience. Her clients include authors, influencers and entrepreneurs seeking to authentically integrate social media and online marketing into their personal brand building and communications strategy.

She will be speaking on “Top Social Media Trends in 2017 – what you need to know to be seen, found and heard”.

Litchfield County Women’s Network has been around over 30 years. Our mission is to support other women in business. We meet once a month at a variety of different restaurants in the Litchfield County area. We provide scholarships to women who are continuing their education. Monies are used for schooling, childcare and books.

For more information please visit our website at or contact Doreen Dilger, President.

For most, driving is our most dangerous everyday activity.

WHAT: Survive the Drive’s Defensive Driver Training Clinic for all drivers with a valid driver’s license or leaners permit

WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2017. 10am – 3pm

WHERE: Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Rd., Lakeville CT., 06039

Course cost is $299 per person
Learners Permits accepted
Students will be participating in their personal or family vehicle
Lunch, snacks and refreshments provided
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required. Seats are limited.

This will be Survive the Drive’s only winter program for 2017.
Call 860-806-3042, email or register online at

CHECK IT OFF!- New Personal Assistant Company Opens in Litchfield County

Do you have a home that needs to be cleaned out? An estate sale to manage? Does taking care of the logistics of your elderly parents’ life overwhelm you? Too busy to get all your own errands done? Do you have a second home that needs overseeing? Two local women have recently combined their experience in real estate and direct sales to form a new personal assistant company called Check It Off LLC. Susan Smith and Diane Carroll saw a need for helping others in their everyday lives and decided to go into business together to meet that need. The list of what they can do is lengthy and if they can’t do it, they have the resources to help you find someone who can. For further information, they can be reached at 860-480-8091 or at their website,