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Community Health & Wellness Welcomes Dental Director Dr. Prafull Das Gupta

COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS WELCOMES DENTAL DIRECTOR DR. PRAFULL DAS GUPTA

TORRINGTON, CT, December 1—Community Health & Wellness announces the appointment of Dr. Praful Das Gupta, B.D.S., M.D.S., D.M.D., as the center’s new Dental Director.

A native of India, Dr. Gupta is a graduate and Gold Medalist from King George Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow, India, and a Certified Clinical Research Fellow from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.  In 2013 he completed his master’s degree in Dental Surgery in Periodontology from I.T.S. Ghaziabad and worked as a Senior Resident in KGMU.

Having established Pankaj Harish Dental Solutions, a multispecialty dental practice in Agra, India, Dr. Gupta underwent full mouth rehabilitation implant training with world-renowned mentor Dr. In Seong Jeon.  He also underwent sinus lift training under Dr. Yong Seok Cho. 

While practicing full time in India, Dr, Gupta cleared the U.S. National Boards Part 1 and Part 2.  After moving to the U.S., he completed his D.M.D. from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, graduating with High Honors in 2021. Prior to joining CHWC, Dr. Gupta served at a dental practice in Washington state.

Dr. Gupta’s areas of clinical expertise include:  general dentistry; dental implant surgeries; anterior and posterior root canals; cosmetic dental treatments; laser surgeries; flap surgeries; and sinus lift procedures.  A sought-after keynote speaker and symposium participant, in November of this year Dr. Gupta spoke at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference in Seattle, Washington, on robotic implant placement procedures. 

As a philanthropist who focuses on promoting oral health and participating in outreach programs that increase access to dental care, Dr. Gupta’s charitable work includes: 

  • Screening leprosy patients for oral and dental diseases at the National JALMA Institute, Agra, India, for leprosy and mycobacterial diseases; 
  • Organizing and participating in ongoing biannual oral health checkup camps to make oral care available to underserved sections of the community.  Over a period of six years approximately 1,200 patients were screened, diagnosed free of charge, and provided treatment at a no-profit fee schedule;
  • Participation in an annual program of the Pankaj Harish Dental Solutions that assists the underprivileged community receive dental care and become educated about the importance of oral health;
  •  Educating and screening underprivileged children at Ek Pahel Welfare Society School of Agra, India, and motivating them to care for their oral health;
  • Lecturing at Vaish Haryali Samithi, a woman’s forum in Agra, India, on oral and dental diseases and treatment modalities such as oral care during pregnancy and smile improvement procedure.
  • Joined 500 other volunteers for a full day at the Cradles to Crayons program in 2019, assisting with the assembling and packing of more than 10,000 school supplies for children. 

Outside of his practice, Dr. Gupta enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking, exercising, and traveling.

“As a practitioner, the trust and wellbeing of my patient is always a priority,” said Dr. Gupta.  “I believe that teamwork, leadership, and ethical practice are the keys to success.” 

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Gupta as our new dental director,” said Joanne Borduas, CEO of CHWC.  “He is dedicated to making cutting-edge technology accessible to every sector of society and is expanding the range of dental services we are able to offer residents of the Northwest corner.” 


December 1, 2022


Barron Financial Group, LLP is excited to announce the promotion of John Seagrave, CFP, CRPC to partner, effective for the 2022 calendar year

Subject:  Barron Financial Group Welcomes John Seagrave as Newest Partner

The team at Barron Financial Group, LLP is excited to announce the promotion of John Seagrave, CFP®, CRPC® to Partner, effective for the 2022 calendar year.

“John has been a great addition to our team.  For over five years he has been learning the advisory practice and building his business.”, said Managing Partner, Jim Thibault.  “Yes, John has been a big part of our growth, but just as important, John has been very helpful in reviewing our business practices and offering positive suggestions.  I believe we are a better firm today than before we hired him.  That’s about as big a compliment as I can offer.”

John was hired by Barron Financial Group in early 2017 to assist the team in growing their advisory and planning practice.  Since his arrival, the firm has nearly doubled the size of its client base and assets under management as well as transitioned to an SEC-registered advisory firm.  During that time, John deepened his understanding of the industry by becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNING™ professional and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®).

“For more than five years I’ve had the privilege of working with and learning from some of the best people I’ve met during my professional career.”, said Seagrave. “To be with a firm as focused on honesty, integrity, and community – as Barron Financial Group has proven to be – is a dream come true.  I am truly excited for what the future holds.”

Jim & Sandra Thibault founded Barron Financial Group in 2006.  As Partner, John is now on a path to purchasing the firm from Jim and Sandra.  Jim will continue to be a big part of the firm going forward, particularly with investment strategies.  The bottom line is that Barron Financial Group will continue servicing clients, with the same personalized focus we’ve always had, for years to come.

Learn more about the BFG team at www.barronfinancialgroup.com.


November 29, 2022


Northwest Connecticut Human Resources Association Wins SHRM Pinnacle Award for Exceptional HR Program

Northwest Connecticut Human Resources Association Wins SHRM Pinnacle Award for Exceptional HR Program
Torrington, Connecticut, November 25, 2022 — Today, SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) awarded Northwest Connecticut Human Resources Association the 2022 SHRM Pinnacle Award in recognition of its high achievements advancing the profession of human resources.
The Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious honor SHRM state councils and chapters can receive. Created in 1991, it recognizes innovative projects created and implemented by SHRM affiliates. Northwest Connecticut Human Resources Association was one of 12 human resource organizations—out of more than 600 —from across the country to win the award in 2022.
“SHRM affiliates are leading the way in reinventing the future of work,” said SHRM President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP. “Through creating inclusive cultures and workplaces, investing in educational programs and increasing the workforce readiness and opportunities for underserved and underemployed groups, each SHRM chapter and state council winner helped to raise up their community.” “We are so honored to accept the Pinnacle award for “Enhancing the Society of Human Resources Community”. The program was created to meet our members’ needs as well as further the chapter with a robust retention and acquisition goal. To focus on the HR Profession to help cultivate, challenge, and grow our professional knowledge to provide best in class to our employers and businesses. To retain and increase our membership, which was declining year after year. The newly elected three-person executive leadership team developed a goal to rebrand and create a robust professional development program and professional mixers for 2022,” said Nancy Tarascio-Latour, President.
The awardees were recognized at SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders Business Meeting pre-conference webinar on November 7, 2022 and live on November 17 – 19, 2022
To learn more, please visit the SHRM Pinnacle Award Program website.
Media: Contact Eddie Burke at Edward.burke@shrm.org and 202 321 5026 or
Nancy Tarascio-Latour, nwcthra@outlook.com, https://nwcthra.shrm.org/
About SHRM
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on SHRM to be their go-to resource for all things work and their business partner in creating next-generation workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org and on Twitter @SHRM


November 29, 2022


YARDwork Co-Working- Front Desk Associate


Upscale co-working space in Litchfield is hiring a Front Desk Associate. Perfect for a local college student or someone looking to get back into the workforce.

8-10 hours a week with the potential for more (hours and days flexible for the right person)

$15 per hour

Coworking membership included

Responsibilities include:

  • Greeting and communicating with members and guests
  • Tours of the space
  • Basic administrative tasks (filing, phones, accepting credit card payments, etc.)
  • Keeping kitchen and common areas tidy and stocked with supplies
  • Opening and closing the space

Submit resume to jennifer@yardworkct.com


November 3, 2022


Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness- Be Homeful for the Holidays Campaign

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This is Victoria from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH). As we work to keep families safe in their homes, we cannot do it without help from the businesses like yours.  I am reaching out to ask for your support this year with the be homeful for the holidays campaign. This holiday season, give a little bit of comfort to a child in shelter and help a family remain housed in the process.

We appreciate any way in which businesses can contribute to the campaign, whether that is simply having information about the fundraiser in your storefront or directly donating. Attached to this email you will find a quick reference guide on how your business can help.

For every $25 raised, a child in shelter receives a Paddington™ plush bear, and all the money raised goes into a fund that prevents Connecticut families from becoming homeless in the first place.


October 14, 2022


Community Health & Wellness Center Celebrates Selection as Stop & Shop Community Bag Program Beneficiary

COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS CELEBRATES SELECTION AS STOP & SHOP COMMUNITY BAG PROGRAM BENEFICIARY

TORRINGTON, CT, September 28—Community Health & Wellness Center (CHWC) has been selected as a beneficiary of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program for the month of October.

The Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

CHWC was selected as the October 2022 beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Stop & Shop located at 211 High Street in Torrington. The Center will receive a $1 donation every time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during October, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

“We are honored that our local Stop & Shop recognizes the contributions we make to the community,” said Joanne Borduas, CEO of CHWC.  “The funds we receive from its  Community Bag Program will benefit the patients we are dedicated to serving.”  

To learn more about CHWC, visit www.communityhealthandwellness.org and follow the center on Facebook.

ABOUT COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

In a compassionate, patient-centered environment, CHWC services are accessible and provided without discrimination, with cultural competence, and where all people matter regardless of their ability to pay. CHWC offers healthcare services to over 6,000 underserved patients throughout Northwest CT, including medical, dental, chiropractic, nutritional, podiatry, and behavioral health services, as well as offering an on-site pharmacy. It strives to achieve the reputation of “provider of choice” for affordable, high-quality services that achieve positive patient outcomes in a welcoming and caring environment.

CHWC is located at 469 Migeon Avenue, Torrington, and 10 Center Street, Winsted, with plans to open a third center on property it purchased in Canaan.  CHWC also serves the following satellite locations: FISH of Torrington, 332 South Main Street, Torrington; Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert Street, Torrington; The Open Door Soup Kitchen, 160 Main Street, Winsted; YMCA Emergency Shelter, 480 Main Street, Winsted; Torrington Soup Kitchen, 220 Prospect Street, Torrington; and Oliver Wolcott Technical School, 75 Oliver Street, Torrington.

CHWC contact information:  www.chwchealth.org, on Facebook, and by phone at 860-489-0931.


October 4, 2022


Community Health & Wellness Center Receives Two Health Resources and Services Administration Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER RECEIVES TWO HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION AWARDS

TORRINGTON, CT, September 1—Community Health & Wellness Center (CHWC) has received two awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that oversees the country’s more than 1,300 health centers.  HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving health care for people who are geographically isolated, and/or economically or medically underserved. 

A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CHWC received a Uniform Data System (UDS) Quality Award for “Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Improvement.”  UDS is an annual reporting system that provides standardized informationabout the performance and operation of health centers delivering health care services to underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

CHWC also received an award recognizing its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) status. The Patient-Centered Medical home is a model of care that empathizes patient engagement and patient participation in decision making for their plan of care. PCMH practices build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams, and practices that earn recognition have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.

“We are extremely honored to have received these two awards,” said Joanne Borduas, CEO of CHWC.  “CHWC continues to rise to the challenges of the pandemic, and I am proud of our dedicated staff for the critical role they play in enabling us to provide compassionate, high-quality, patient-centered care. They consistently go above and beyond, making us a recognized center of excellence that offers integrated healthcare services to the Northwest region of Connecticut.”  

ABOUT COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

In a compassionate, patient-centered environment, CHWC services are accessible and provided without discrimination, with cultural competence, and where all people matter regardless of their ability to pay. CHWC offers healthcare services to over 6,000 underserved patients throughout Northwest CT, including medical, dental, chiropractic, nutritional, podiatry, and behavioral health services, as well as offering an on-site pharmacy. It strives to achieve the reputation of “provider of choice” for affordable, high-quality services that achieve positive patient outcomes in a welcoming and caring environment.

CHWC is located at 469 Migeon Avenue, Torrington, and 10 Center Street, Winsted, with plans to open a third center on property it purchased in Canaan. 

CHWC also serves the following satellite locations: FISH of Torrington, 332 South Main Street, Torrington; Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert Street, Torrington; The Open Door Soup Kitchen, 160 Main Street, Winsted; YMCA Emergency Shelter, 480 Main Street, Winsted; Torrington Soup Kitchen, 220 Prospect Street, Torrington; and Oliver Wolcott Technical School, 75 Oliver Street, Torrington.

CHWC contact information:  www.chwchealth.org, on Facebook, and by phone at 860-489-0931


September 1, 2022


Application Now Open: NW CT Arts Council Grants

Applications Now Open: NWCT Arts Council Grants

NEA American Rescue Plan Subgrants to Artists and Organizations 

LITCHFIELD COUNTY CT, AUGUST. 1, 2022 – Last fall, the Arts Council was awarded a grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), part of the American Rescue Plan grants to local arts agencies. These funds were given to be redistributed to the arts and cultural sector in Northwest CT to aid their recovery from the pandemic. In response, the Council created “Creative Partnerships” grants and “Access” grants to do just that. After months of planning and outreach, they are excited to begin accepting applications. 

Creative Partnerships Grants: Funding for collaborative artistic proposals with a focus on community engagement and betterment. Proposals could be the creation of new work or expansions or new realizations of existing programs and services. The Council welcomes partnerships between artists of all disciplines, all nonprofits, units of state/local government, schools, and federally recognized tribal governments. 

Access Grants: General operating support grants to arts and cultural nonprofits, schools, and/or units of state or local government dedicated to arts and culture. The Council hopes these grants will equip entities to carry out their missions with greater capacity for engaging underserved populations in the arts. 

“Our goal is that this funding will help foster collaboration and help build infrastructure to integrate the arts into community programming,” said Steph Burr, Executive Director of the Arts Council. 

The Council has assembled a peer panel to review applications. This panel will engage in several rounds of review during the month of November where they will score each application against the following pre-established scoring criteria: READI (Relevance, Equity, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion), artistic merit, artistic excellence, and sustainability. Panelists were selected based on the diversity of experience and perspectives they offer and in a manner to ensure fair, unbiased review. 

“It really is a privilege to have these funds and the chance to give life to some of the thoughtful proposals taking shape”, says Katherine Pelletier, Grant Administrator. “The creativity, talent, and dedication of local artists and nonprofits is beyond impressive. I know our panel will have a tough job deciding which proposals to fund”. 

Applications for both grants open August 1, 2022 and close October 31, 2022. Interested applicants can find specific program guidelines as well as the link to apply on our website  https://www.artsnwct.org/nea-arp-grants. Any questions concerning these grants can be directed to Katherine Pelletier, at katherine@artsnwct.org. Northwest CT Arts Council sincerely hopes all eligible applicants will submit an application. Spread the word!

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The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is to engage the public in building a strong and connected arts and culture community that is integral to the economic development and the collective well-being of the 25-town region it serves. Access to arts and culture is a universal human right, meeting both a social and psychological need. The Arts Council supports a vibrant, vital, and necessary component of the community through promotion and advocacy.

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, and the Connecticut Community Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation,

 


August 1, 2022


‘A helpful and valuable neighbor’: New Ace Hardware Store to Open in Litchfield

Ace Hardware recently announced that its new Litchfield, Conn., location will be hosting its grand opening on April 23 and 24.

According to a press release, the new Ace Hardware of Litchfield, located at 348 Bantam Road, will soon begin offering its products and home maintenance services to area residents.

“Our mission is to provide customers with the neighborly advice and assistance they have come to expect from Ace,” said Ace Hardware, according to a recent press release. “We look forward to becoming a helpful and valuable neighbor to the community, both inside and outside the walls of our store.”

The store will provide solutions to the specific needs of the Litchfield community and offer products for maintenance needs including paint, lawn and garden.

The Ace Hardware of Litchfield store will also include products in categories including hardware, electrical, plumbing, automotive and home décor.

Established 90 years ago, Ace Hardware provides its services and products to thousands of communities across the nation. 


April 25, 2022


EdAdvance Looking for Teachers

Would you be interested in teaching a class for our local adult-education program? I act as a Site Coordinator for Northwest Connecticut’s Region 1’s EdAdvance program, and I am currently planning our Fall 2022 course offerings. Would you be interested in teaching an Intro to Creating a Small Business or Intro to Moving from an Operational Manager to a Strategic Leader Class — or a similar class — for adult students ages 18+? We are doing online and in-person classes. It sounds like a wonderful subject for students to learn more about. Teaching a class can also a great opportunity to broaden the instructor’s audience and to emphasize one’s brand. I enclose a very brief Course Proposal Form to submit along with a brief bio/syllabus to that effect for your completion at your earliest convenience. We pay our instructors $20/hour.

Fall 2022 non-credit enrichment online classes can be held anytime — daytime, evening, and weekends. Many of our online courses are held via Zoom (either the instructor’s own Zoom account or a Zoom account that our agency can provide you that comes with a moderator to handle the technical stuff).

In-person classes can be held at any of our many sites that range from Falls Village to Waterbury (chances are, one of our sites is near you). Depending on the site’s schedule, in-person classes are held Mondays through Thursdays, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. All classes are weekly and can be scheduled anytime between October 2022 and mid-December 2022, excluding holidays. Classes are generally two hours maximum. The number of classes in a course can range from one class to a total five maximum; if a second-level course to the subject is desired, we can develop that as well.

We are putting together courses for the Fall 2022 semester in coming months. Many returning instructors will soon be filling up available time slots and classrooms. We would like to fit in your class. Please be sure to submit the completed very brief Course Proposal Form at your earliest convenience if you are interested. EdAdvance reaches about 81,000 households, and nearly double the amount of individuals, and it would be great to have such a class among our courses offered. Our courses have been acclaimed by several local media, including most recently by The Republican-American (Waterbury, CT).

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at the below contact information.

I hope you will consider doing a class. I look forward to being in touch. I appreciate your kind consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to assist.

Thank you,
Noel Ambery II
Site Coordinator
Region 1/Falls Village

ambery@edadvance.org


April 14, 2022