Chamber Member News | August 2020
Celebrating Our Members
August 2020
Welcome New Members:
A warm welcome to our newest members!* We encourage you to connect with them soon and see where your next partnership can be!

*Joined 7/1/2020 - 8/3/2020
Member Spotlight
Welcome to ALMA Therapy
At ALMA Therpay, they believe in the powerful healing benefits of massage therapy. It is a mind-body-spirit experience! Got stress? The best way to keep your inner balance is with regularly scheduled massages! It really works! Eileen is there to help you with your journey to wellness and she creates your massage to focus on what you need to get balanced in mind-body-spirit Eileen will combine various techniques that may include deep tissue modalities, such as trigger point therapy, Ashiatsu, Rossiter, Manual Lymph Drainage, orthopedic massage, etc. She may add heat therapy and cupping as needed to achieve the results you want. In addition to seeing clients, Eileen is a therapist for the Waterbury Hospital Wellness Program, an employee of VITAS Hospice Care, servicing hospice patients in their homes, nursing/rehab facilities or at St. Mary's Hospital and is a single mom who loves her work!

Events From Your Fellow Members
MATT By Night Virtual Escape Room (August 6)
Back by popular demand, MATT By Night Virtual Escape Room! Thursday, August 6, from 7 – 8 PM or 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Do you have what it takes to beat the times on the leaderboard? Join us Thursday for our next installment of our MATT By Night: Virtual Escape Room! Invite your friends and create a team, or let us place you with a group of sleuths and make new friends. You will get the chance to jump inside various paintings from the Mattatuck’s collection, but be careful…you only have 45 minutes to escape before the clock runs out! Learn more at

People's United Bank Back to School Drive to Benefit Annie C. Courtney Foundation
Local People's United Bank Branches are hosting a Back to School backpack and supply drive to benefit fellow Chamber member the Annie C. Courtney Foundation. All three bank branches in Waterbury, as well as the Straits Turnpike branch in Watertown, will be collecting supplies through Monday, August 31st.

United Way of Naugatuck & Beacon Falls 36th John E. Letts Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament (August 25)
The United Way of Naugatuck & Beacon Falls works to advance the common good by increasing opportunities for children and youth to succeed; helping people become more self-sufficient in meeting their basic needs; and increasing financial stability. We are proud to support our partner agencies that help to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors every day. Proceeds for the annual golf event provide support to our member agencies, which provide services to our families, friends and neighbors. We ask for your support. Please consider sponsoring a hole, donating a raffle prize and recruiting players to participate in this “FUN”raiser. To view all details and registration form, click here.

Carolyn's Place Summer Programming
CO Sports Academy to Present 4th Annual "Victory Always" Golf Tournament (August 8)
The Fitness Fury Experience Back to School Pizza Party (September 1st)
Engage with the Shakesperience Neighborhoods! Event, Either at Hawk Ridge Winery or Online from Anywhere (September 23)
As a twenty-two year-old theatre company, Shakesperience Productions, Inc. has spent the last seven years teaching area students of all ages to narrate, sing, and act the history of Waterbury, neighborhood by neighborhood. The company has also annually persuaded civic leaders of all stripes to do the same for fun and the benefit of educational theatre programs. On September 23, 2020, at 6:30pm, Shakesperience presents “Neighborhoods!” at Hawk Ridge Winery and virtually everywhere! The audience can participate virtually from anywhere, and up to 100 can attend safely outdoors at Hawk Ridge in Watertown. In-person participants receive a glass of wine and a selection from the Winery menu. The event will also include a virtual auction.
Whether attending virtually or in-person, the evening features scenes and songs to celebrate the history of the Brass City performed by Shakesperience students, actors, and David Drescher of Ion Insurance, Selim Noujaim of Noujaim Tool Co. Inc., Lena Fusco- Hassinger of Cavallo's Deli, George Frantzis of Quassy, and more!

Participants may purchase tickets soon. Students can enroll now by emailing to virtually rehearse for the performance with Shakesperience professional actors. And companies and individuals can support the event by calling 203.754.2531 to donate auction items and gift cards to support Shakesperience educational programs.
“Neighborhoods!” is sponsored by Waterbury Police Activity League, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Connecticut Community Foundation, Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Elizabeth Carse Foundation, Eversource Foundation, Hawk Ridge Winery, A6 Studios, and DECD Office of the Arts.
Shakesperience is a professional theater company located in Connecticut that reaches a Northeast audience of adults and students alike with outdoor and in-studio performances, Saturday and private acting classes, school & camp tours, and residencies. To find information on these programs visit the, or find us on Facebookm LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Job Opportunities
Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Seeking RNs
Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care is seeking a full time Registered Nurse for its home care program and an on-call Registered Nurse for its hospice program. Candidates must have a RN license; home care and hospice care experience, driver’s license, and understand computers. Nurses and staff uphold the mission of caring for individuals and families in their homes. Visit for more information or send resumes to: Marie Laffin, RN, Clinical Director –; Laura Borrelli, RN, Hospice Director –

Member News and Updates
Hand Sanitizer that Supports the Chamber from Pure Shaka
Pure Shaka is producing hand sanitizer - stock up and 15% of your purchase will benefit the Chamber! The company has been contracted to manufacture large volumes of hand sanitizer (70% alcohol) to service hospitals, 1st responders, etc. Sanitizer is available to ship OR Pickup in Prospect, CT .
The details:
  •  Sanitizer is 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  •  Factory Direct
  •  Gel Consistency
  •  FDA Registered
  •  NDC Registered
  •  Made in USA
  •  Kills 99.99% of germs
  •  Smells great

Current Chamber Member Lense Robinson of Life's Precious Moments said, "Before I met Eric finding hand sanitizer of any type was next to impossible so I had to make my own and what I did find smells like pure alcohol it was sticky. Eric's hand sanitizer is 70%, its well priced, it smells nice and it's not sticky. I am a massage therapist and that is all I use."

Need sanitizer dispensers? Email Eric at for wall mount and freestanding units.

Special Offers from Staples
Staples presents special offers exclusively to members of Chamber of Commerce. 10% Off your in-store purchase of regular priced items or 20% your in-store order of $50 or more on Print and Marketing Services. Both offers expire 10/3/2020. Click here for coupon to redeem in store and to view full details.

Waterbury Career Center Opens with Modified Hours
The Waterbury Career Center, located at 943 Wolcott Street, Waterbury, is open and ready to serve you! Check out their current hours and guidelines. NEW HOURS: 9AM to 4PM, Center will be closed from 12:45PM to 1:30PM for lunch. We are taking up to 2 clients per hour and you may visit for up to an hour. Clients will be admitted up to 15 minutes into a start time. Any later an arrival you must wait until the next start time. Clients are limited to 1 visit per day. No visitors may accompany you into the center. This includes children. Limited 1 on 1 assistance with coaches while social distancing. Clients’ temperature will be taken at entry as career centers are a confined space. Masks/face coverings are to be wore when entering the Career Center. Services Available include Online assistance with job applications, Job search navigation, Faxing and printing, Internet and Email Access, Microsoft Office certifications, Updates to existing cover letters and resumes. For questions, call 203-596-1216.
The Perfect Promotion offers Products for Returning to Work
Is your team heading back to the office? Check out all the essentials for a safe back-to-work experience with The Perfect Promotion powered by Halo Branded Solutions 
Brass City Raceway Offering 10% Off for Chamber Members
Brass City Raceway is Waterbury's premier indoor karting facility, featuring a high speed race track that is fun and challenging for all skill levels. BCR is offering 10% Off for Chamber Members on regular priced activities! The venue includes axe throwing cages, batting cages, arcade games and more. 10% off not to be combined with other promotions. To learn about all of the possibilities, visit
Lakewood Lanes is Open for Some Good, Clean Fun!
The Lanza Family is so very excited to finally re-open their doors to the bowling community and their loyal customers and friends. They have been working very diligently to make everyone feel comfortable and provide customers with a safe bowling experience. CURRENT SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION: MON - THURS: NOON – MIDNIGHT; FRIDAY: NOON - 2 AM; SATURDAY: 1 PM - 2 AM; SUNDAYS: 2 PM - 11 PM. See all of the details at

Branagan Communications Consultants LLC Launches Publicity Campaign for September Events at Wisdom House Spiritual Retreat Center
Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, owner of Branagan Communications Consultants, LLC for 27 years, a public relations, publicity placement and marketing communications specialty agency, launched a publicity placement campaign for three “Earth Wisdom” events to be held September 12 at the Wisdom House Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield. A “Spiritual Vision of Reality: Thomas Berry and Teilhard de Chardin” seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., a ceremony to donate 54 acres from Wisdom House to the Litchfield Land Trust will be held from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m., and an Artist’s Talk from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. will feature Northfield photographer Lee Cantelon to introduce “A Place For You”, his exhibit of photos of Nigerian women who were abducted by the Boko Haram when they were girls. Branagan Communications Consultants specializes in ‘creating positive awareness’ of a company or organization via press releases, event listings, and public service announcements (P.S.A.) placements with print and broadcast media outlets across Connecticut. Barbara Branagan-Mitchell offers free phone consultations to help businesses/organizations learn how they can publicize upcoming activities, achievements, recognitions, etc. Visit, call Barbara Branagan-Mitchell at 860-210-0149 or email to

Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board launches "Careerpath" Mobile App
The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board is pleased to announce the launch of its new smartphone and desktop app designed to guide those who are interested in pursuing a career in Manufacturing. “Careerpath” will guide participants to register on, meet with a career coach and acquire training to land them an interview at local manufacturing companies. The manufacturing industry is growing incredibly fast in CT, but employers face a barrier to fill open positions with skilled employees..
"This app is designed to be self-paced for those looking to begin a manufacturing career, not just a job." Says Executive Director Catherine Awwad. "The Manufacturing Your Future curriculum will prepare job seekers for entry into the field of manufacturing with stackable credentials that meet the needs of many area manufacturing employers." Visit for more!

Never a Better Time for Solar with SunNerds
Chamber members are asking this summer if it is a good time to invest in solar. Yes, Yes, Yes! “Why?” you might ask. The main motivation is the government help. Right now, between the state and federal programs, the government will help with about a third of your purchase. This will be eliminated in a matter of months. Now is the time to act. In addition, members may use the $300 coupon we have listed. Finally, this summer Sun Nerds is going to pay for the first three months of utility bills once your system is turned on. Please give me a call: Rod Ferguson @ 860-888-9698.

New York Life's Commitment to the Black Community
In recent weeks and months, the senseless killings of Black men and women has ripped at the fabric of our communities, highlighting the open wounds of racism across the country. At this moment in time, organizations and individuals alike have an obligation to reflect on how we can contribute to constructive dialogue and action to move forward against racism of any kind. We understand the importance of rejecting racism in all its forms. As a 175-year-old company, New York Life’s history is interwoven with that of our nation. This includes both its triumphs as well as its most inexcusable actions. Our predecessor company, Nautilus Insurance Company, sold policies on enslaved persons between 1846–1848. We have been open and transparent about this brief and regrettable period of our history, with the Nautilus sale of slave policies covered in detail in news accounts and books dating back to 1895. While we recognize that we cannot change the past, our understanding of those two years of our company’s history has shaped, and will continue to shape, our support for the Black community. Read the full statement here.

Ion Bank Breaks Ground on Second Branch in Farmington Valley
Ion Bank recently had a groundbreaking ceremony for its 19th branch at 75 Main Street in Unionville, the second branch in the Farmington Valley. “Ion Bank is pleased to expand its presence in the Farmington market with our second location in Unionville. The people and businesses in the area have been very receptive to our arrival and we look forward to serving them with an increased presence for many years to come,” said David J. Rotatori, President and CEO of Ion Bank. “As a true community bank, we are thrilled to continue on our commitment to the Farmington Valley region.” In addition to its lobby hours, an interactive Personal Teller Machine is available for extended hours on Saturday, along with before and after typical bank hours on weekdays. This technology gives customers the ability to interact with a live teller through two-way video. Bank customers may conduct typical transactions through Personal Teller Machines including making deposits and payments, transferring money, cashing checks, and more. The new Unionville branch is staffed with consultative Personal Bankers who can serve customers’ needs with everything from a new checking account, to a mortgage, business loan and a Commercial Lending team. Ion Bank’s family partners, Ion Investments and Ion Insurance, are trusted industry professionals offering you extended products and services to help protect you and your financial future. Photo, Left to Right: Jesse Camp, Project Superintendent, Construction Resources, Inc.; John Gagliardi, President, Construction Resources, Inc.; Cherilyn Spatola, Branch Manager – Unionville Office, Ion Bank; Jayne Kelly, Executive VP, Chief Commercial Lending Officer, Ion Bank; Dawn Derwin, Executive VP, Chief Retail Delivery Officer, Ion Bank; David Rotatori, President & CEO, Ion Bank; Richard Korris, Managing Member, JAZ-1 Investments, LLC; Rose Ponte, Economic Development Director, Town of Farmington; Gregg Rosen, President, NES Group
Literacy Volunteers Presents the 2020 Katherine A. Berman Memorial Scholarship to Carolina Nazzario
Chris Berman and Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury Executive Director Jessica Reho met with Kennedy High School student Carolina Nazario to present her with the 2020 Katherine A. Berman Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Carolina will be attending Stanford University in the fall. She has engaged in a wide variety of community service projects throughout her high school years. This includes helping to facilitate the Mattatuck Museum’s Youth Art Program, selling merchandise to raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and educating students on mental health, participating in a walk in honor of mental health awareness, and more. She is the president of Service is Key Club and National Honor Society and has planned community service projects that include making care packages for soldiers, participating in the local Kennedy Trunk or Treat, making murals, and encouraging positivity during Random Acts of Kindness through murals and art projects. She also worked with Waterbury Reads on more than one occasion to coordinate volunteers for the PAL Christmas and Thanksgiving events among others. She plans on pursuing psychology or a pre-med degree in the fall and continuing to be an active member of her community.

Valued Technology Services Offering FREE IT Networking Assessments
Connecticut Boys and Girls State Foundation Launches "Empowering Inspired Leaders" Podcast
The Connecticut Boys and Girls State Foundation is proud to announce the creation of our first podcast, “Empowering Inspired Leaders”, a podcast for leaders, by leaders. Episodes of “Empowering Inspired Leaders” will consist of interviews with local leaders across all different fields with the goal of educating our listeners on ways to become leaders in everything they do. If you or someone you know is a leader in their respective field and has a leadership story to share, please feel free to reach out to James Heffner at

Uniquely Yours Photography Pawsitively Adorable Pet Contest
Enter your ADORABLE PET in Uniquely Yours Photography, LLC's PAWSITIVELY ADORABLE CONTEST and help raise money for Perfect Imperfections, which educates people about dogs who are born deaf, blind, physical impairments and neurological issues. For all details, visit the contest form at

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center Offers Helpful Resources
Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers has compiled blog post articles, videos, a “Work from home healthy” packet and a poster that can be downloaded and printed for office use. Feel free to utilize any of these resources to bring your employees back to a healthy workplace! Ergonomics and Work From Home Healthy information packet (can be viewed and downloaded here):
Unique and fun ideas for getting active with your kids in quarantine:
Our experts tell you the 7 common mistake you’re making in your home workouts:
Exercises for seniors to stay active during social distancing:
Some “Handy” advice - experts offer ways to prevent hand pain while working from home:
Video: How PTSMC clinics are continuing to provide safe treatment in the clinics:
Video: How Telehealth PT helps people continue treatment:

Catch the Wave at Quassy
PThe new Tidal Wave giant pendulum ship is now in full swing at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury, Conn. The attraction, supplied by SBF/Visa Group of Italy, is shown during testing before the landmark property opened for the day. SBF/Visa Group is represented in North America by Rides4U, Somerville, N.J. Quassy, in its 112th season, is open daily through Labor Day. Learn more at

Wheeler Receives Emergency Grant from Direct Relief to Bolster the Health Care Safety Net in Connecticut - Funding Supports the Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Four Community Health Center Sites
Wheeler received $50,000 in emergency grant funding from the medical aid organization Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers. Funds support the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use at its four community health centers in Bristol, New Britain, Hartford, and Waterbury. Wheeler was among 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding through Direct Relief’s $25 million COVID-19 Fund for Community Health, which recognizes the profound effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the finances, services, staff, and patients of community health centers. The grant facilitated Wheeler’s purchase of 50,000 disposable face masks for health center staff who have direct contact with patients and all patients who come into the health centers during their visit, as well as gowns, shoe and head covers for health center personnel; hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. Nearly 30 million (1 in 12) of the country’s most vulnerable residents -- including 1 in 3 individuals living in poverty, 1 in 5 Medicaid beneficiaries, and 1 in 9 children -- rely on federally qualified health centers like Wheeler for their health care. That number is expected to rise as more people lose employer-sponsored insurance. As a federally qualified health center, Wheeler is part of a network of community health centers nationwide that provide affordable, accessible health care for more than 29 million Americans. Learn more:

Foxwoods Drive In Movies Offers Advertising Opportunities
Foxwoods Resort Casino has an opportunity to sell ad space at their Drive In Movies! So far, the Drive In Movies have been sold out on most days and have been well received by the public. If you are interested getting your brand in front of a captive audience please click here.

Foxwoods Drive-In General Info:
  • Drive-in will run from now – October 31st
  • 1 feature film per night
  • August - showings Thursday-Sunday
  • September & October – showings Friday-Sunday
  • Lot 10 can hold approx. 150 cars
  • Average of 3-4 ppl. per carload
  • All reservations/purchases will be made online prior to event
  • Event will open at 7PM for parking and end around 11PM after film concludes
Marketing/Sponsorship Info:
  • Premium ad space available under screen (40 ft. W x 7 ft. H) 
  • Pricing for this ad space starts at $2000 for the duration of the Drive in Series
  • Ad slots also available to be shown on screen before film begins
  • Pricing for this ad space starts at $500 

State Farm Agent Marta Nerin Offers Rate Reduction
Marta Nerin State Farm is offering a big rate reduction for auto insurance customers starting in July as a part of our response to Covid-19. We would like to help our fellow chamber members and see if we can offer them a better value for their money. Many customers save even more when they bundle their Life, Home or Renters and Auto Insurance with Marta Nerin State Farm as well! Switching to Marta Nerin State Farm is easy, and we appreciate the opportunity to earn the business of chamber members. Please contact us by calling or texting: 203-528-3779 or email: to discuss.

Connecticut Manufacturing Assistance Center
Upgrade your business with the help of CMAC, an industry leading specialist in hand assembly and quality assurance. At CMAC, the quality, care and control are the same as you would want in your own facility. Let us take your hand assembly needs and execute them to your specifications and on your schedule.

Planning your next move?
Look no further! The Connecticut Manufacturing Assistance Center is here for all your hand assembly and quality assurance needs. Centrally located in Waterbury, CT, CMAC’s unique operation can assist by providing a high quality and on time product for you. For more information contact: Zachary Westfahl 920-204-4969 or email

AARP Connecticut Offers Year-Round Discounts
AARP Connecticut offers members terrific year-round opportunities to save money and connect them with people and places in their community while supporting local, nonprofit educational and cultural venues.

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – AARP members can enjoy great discounts on admission and memberships to a variety of Connecticut museums and cultural attractions, local theater, musical performances, educational classes, and more!

New offers are added throughout the year so bookmark and check back often for information about current discounts for AARP members and updates. Special restrictions may apply, so please be sure to read all offer details before purchasing. For information about discounts for AARP members from exclusive merchants and national retailers, click here.

Palace Theater Affinity Program
Did you know that as a Chamber member you get special discounts to select shows at the Palace Theater? As an affinity member, you receive a minimum 10% discount off most Palace events with the opportunity to receive even larger discounts on certain performances. When you purchase tickets by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Palace Theater Box Office, mention to your sales and service representative before the point of purchase that you are a Waterbury Regional Chamber Member and would like to take advantage of the Affinity Discount. If you are purchasing tickets online, at, use the Promotional Code: WRC. Please keep in mind that some restrictions may apply and discounts may only pertain to certain seating sections based on performance restrictions. For more information on show specific discounts, please contact the Palace Theater Box Office at 203-346-2000.
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