For 25 years, Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the Annual Read Aloud Day. The Read Aloud program, currently sponsored by Alcoa Foundation, part of Alcoa-Howmet, is designed to stress the importance of reading to elementary school children throughout the Northwest Corner.
The sponsor of the program provides funding to purchase library quality books that are selected by a group of library media specialists and language arts consultants from local schools. Community volunteers are recruited to spend a part of their morning visiting an elementary classroom in the Northwest Corner. Each grade level is assigned the same book title. The volunteers read aloud the books and then leave them as a gift to the classroom library.
Volunteers in the Read Aloud program can be traced back to the beginning of the program, which was initiated under the sponsorship of SNET (now at&t). Stories of “Reading Aloud” experiences are heard over and over again. Reading Aloud has been a tremendously fulfilling experience for so many.
To volunteer to be a reader, please contact the Chamber at 860-482-6586.
The Celebration of Success honors three individuals and/or organizations annually with the Business Leader Award, the Quality of Life Award and the Community Leader Award.
The honorees are nominated by the Chamber membership and voted upon by the Celebration of Success Committee. The nominees’ contribution to the business environment is considered when selecting the Business Leader Award honoree. The nominees’ community involvement is considered when selecting the Community Leader Award honoree. The nominees’ commitment to the overall improvement in the quality of life in Northwest Connecticut is considered when selecting the Quality of Life Award honoree.
The Celebration of Success was previously known as the Chamber Persons of the Year Awards. The following are past recipients of the awards:
Freund's Farm, Business Leader Award
Kevin Sullivan, Sullivan Automotive Group, Business Leader Award
Connecticut Mutual Holding Company, Business Leader Award
Dan Hincks, Infinity Hall, Business Leader Award
George Malkemus & Anthony Yurgaitis, Arethusa Farm, Business Leader Award
|2011||Michael P. Patterson, Doyle’s Medical Supply, LLC, Business Leader Award
Sandra B. Roberts, Community Leader Award
The Center For Cancer Care Fund, Inc. Quality of Life Award
|2010||John R. Ursone, Northwest Community Bank, Business Leader Award
Robert F. Petricone, Community Leader Award
Susan B. Anthony Project, Inc., Quality of Life Award
|2009||Joseph J. Greco, The First National Bank of Litchfield, Business Leader Award
David Childs, New Hartford, Community Leader Award
LARC, Quality of Life Award
|2008||Victor Muschell, Esq., Mushell & Simoncelli, Business Leader Award
Cynthia Bianchi, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau, Community Leader Award
The Warner Theatre, Quality of Life Award
|2007||Michael Bryan Loftus, Wake Robin Inn, Business Leader Award
Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, Girl Scouts of NW Connecticut, Community Leader Award
Alcoa Foundation Alcoa Howmet, Quality of Life Award
|2006||Stephen Altschuler, Alteck Company, Business Leader Award
Roberta Lee August, Community Leader Award
Northwest Connecticut YMCA, Quality of Life Award
|2005||Val Bernardoni, Business Leader Award
Mary Coutant, Community Leader Award
Torrington Area Foundation for Public Giving/The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Quality of Life Award
|2004||Francis Delaney, West State Mechanical, Business Leader Award
Rev. Robert F. Tucker, St. Anthony’s Parish, Community Leader Award
Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Quality of Life Award
|2003||Domenic “Sonny” Toce, Toce Brothers, Inc., Business Leader Award
David Dolinsky, Dolinsky Associates, Inc., Community Leader Award
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Quality of Life Award
|2002||100th Anniversary of Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce|
|2001||Marvin “Muff” Maskovsky, The Warner Theatre
Sharon Dante, The Nutmeg Ballet
|2000||Alan Colavecchio, Colvecchio Design
Lorraine Calder, White Flower Farm
Paul A. Grossman, The China Shop
|1999||Jerry Baldwin, Canaan National Bank
Jeffrey Lalonde, Torrington Savings Bank
Mark E. Macomber, Litchfield Bancorp
Christopher A. Pitt, Northwest Community Bank
|1998||O&G Industries, Inc.|
|1997||William G. Harding, Past President, Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of
|1996||David Dolinsky, SCASCO
Robert H. Ellis, Sr., Ellis Limousines
Gordon C. Johnson, DVM, Lime Rock Animal Hospital
Raymond A. Turri, Turri, Inc.
|1995||John G. Groppo, State House of Representatives 1959-1985
Carl G. Hooper, Department of Children & Families
Peter B. Kent, Bicron Electronics Company
JoAnn M. Ryan, Kelly Temporary Services
|1994||Allan R. Borghesi, Borghesi Building & Engineering Company, Inc.
Susan Saint James Ebersol, FM 97.3 WZBG
John N. Lavieri, Sterling Engineering Corporation
Paul C. Minor, Southern New England Telephone
Terrence A. & Juliet Wybrants Moore, The White Hart Inn
|1993||Gladys Y. Cerruto, Torrington Metal Products
Frank H. Finch, Jr., Howd, Lavieri & Finch
Pasquale “Pat” Pallone, The Canaan Pharmacy
George A. & Doris D. Sweetman, Dwan & Company
|1992||Ed Eveleth, The Wilderness Shop
Ross Grannan, Printing Service Ink
John G. Phillips, Jr., Moore & Alvord Agency
Alan F. Seitz, Seitz Corporation
|1991||Thomas E. Bennett, The Torrington Company
Robert W. Doyle, Crutch & MacDonald
Perry Gardner, Pfizer, Inc.
D. John Vaccari, Vaccari’s Young Fashions
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2017
The Chamber of Commerce holds its Annual Business Meeting during the first quarter of the year. Past keynote speakers include: Governor Dannel Malloy, UCONN President Dr. Susan Herbst, and Congressman Chris Murphy.
The Chamber President provides an annual report of the organization. The Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors presents their recommended slate for election to the Board of Directors. The Secretary of the Chamber presents the minutes from the previous year. The minutes are then voted upon by the membership.
In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the Chamber recognizes its most dedicated volunteers by induction into the Chamber Hall of Fame. Past inductees include:
Joyce Muse, Photo Arts Printing Company
Thomas Villanova, Litchfield Bancorp
Barbara Douglass, Ph.D., Northwestern CT Community College
Michael McGuffie, American Bark Mulch & Playground Surfacing
Laurie Roy, Alcoa Howmet
Frank R. Buonocore, Jr., Founders Insurance Group, Inc.
Ann Bowen, Bowen Agency, LLC
William O. Riiska, Law Office of William O. Riiska
Fred & Josephine Bruni
Susan M. Burton, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
Douglas K. O'Connell, Howd, Lavieri & Finch, LLP
Doreen Roy, Northwest Hills Credit Union
Robert E. Teittinen, The First National Bank of Litchfield
Stay tuned for more information on the 2017 Job Fair!
Brought to you by:
The City of Torrington
The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board
FM 97.3 WZBG
Connecticut Department of Labor
The Register Citizen
For more information, call the Chamber at 860-482-6586.