Chamber Member News | August 2022
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 7/12/22 to 8/4/22
Events From Your Fellow Members
August 5: Brass City Jazz Fest Opening Soiree and Artist Meet & Greet
Don't miss #1 Billboard Jazz Contemporary Artist Paul Taylor, whose "Friday@5" track just hit the top of the Billboard charts this week, at this weekend's Brass City Jazz Fest. Paul Taylor will be the headlining act during the 2022 Brass City Jazz Fest, taking place Saturday, August 6, from 2 p.n. to 10 p.m. on the southside of Library Park in downtown Waterbury.

The 2022 Brass City Jazz Fest is presented by ACT Jams Productions, Main Street Waterbury (an affiliate of the Waterbury Regional Chamber), and The City of Waterbury.

The free, outdoor event will showcase a variety of acclaimed recording artists in addition to Paul Taylor, including, Doug Jones, Lori Williams, Sherry Winston, Steve Clarke, Taylor Sorice, Unit 3, and Willie Bradley.

The event will feature area food vendors, beverages, and merchandise for sale. Plenty of free parking!
Schedule of Performances
2 p.m. - Kick Off
2:15 p.m. - Taylor Sorice
3:00 p.m. - Sherry Winston
4:00 p.m. - Doug Jones
4:45 p.m. - Willie Bradley
6:00 p.m. - Unit 3 Deep Featuring Lori Williams
8:00 p.m. - Paul Taylor

Steve Clarke, Music Director
Lineup subject to change
August 8: Charcoal Chef Celebrates Its 66th Anniversary
The Charcoal Chef will be celebrating their 66th anniversary on Monday, August 8. Owner Judy Doran says: "We invite all our friends to help us celebrate. Please check our social media, web site, or just stop in to see what kind of surprises we have in mind. We will be serving retro cocktails throughout the month. We wouldn’t be here without our loyal customers so please stop by so we can say thank you. We will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. See you then!"
August 9: Dine at Jimmy's of Watertown to Benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury; Trainings, Benefits, and More
If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer tutor, now is your chance! Our next ESL 101 & ESL 102 New Tutor Trainings have been scheduled for August 10th & 17th from 6-8pm via zoom. Please call 203-754-1164 or email if you would like to join us!
If you are out grocery shopping this (especially at the Stop and Shop on Reidville Dr. in Waterbury) please consider picking up a Community Bag in support of Literacy Volunteers! We will earn $1.00 for each bag purchased before August 31st. Thank you in advance for your support!
August 10: Southbury Hills Grand Opening
Last opportunity to walk through Builder's Model Home before it closes! 
Wednesday, August 10th 
75 Vista Drive 
Southbury, CT 06488
Executive Estate Homes 
Beautiful 1.5 - 13 acre lots
Single & Two Story Homes
Offered from the mid $700's
Corporate Office & Design Center
3 Pomperaug Office Park, Suite 105
Southbury CT 06488
Newtown Savings 

 The Home Gourmet Kitchen & Market
Mattatuck Museum Receives Reaccreditation; August Events
The Mattatuck Museum recently underwent the extensive, year-long process to secure reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded to the nation’s museums. Accreditation is the museum field’s mark of distinction and offers high profile, peer-based validation of a museum’s operations and impact. It signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Mattatuck’s Accreditation Task Force was led by Executive Director Bob Burns and included Board Members Martha Bernstein, Pam Baker, and Ben Ortiz as well as many members of the Museum staff.
Peer Reviewers Anne Kraybill, Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA and Christine McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Provincetown, MA visited the museum in April and spent two days meeting with stakeholders and touring the museum. They noted in their report as an Exemplary Practice, that “The Mattatuck really understands its community and strives to be representative.”
Museum Board President, Sandra Senich said, “This accomplishment is a wonderful tribute to Bob and the staff @ The MATT. Their commitment to the Museum and our community is genuine and longstanding.” 

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, over 1,080 are currently accredited. The Mattatuck Museum is one of only 21 museums accredited in Connecticut. To learn more visit here.
Upcoming August Events
Art + Yoga = Relaxation 
Saturday, August 6, 9:30–11:00 a.m. 
Price: $8 Museum Members | $12 General 
Come to the Mattatuck Museum on the first Saturday of every month for a yoga class that combines physical exercise and art. With a certified yoga teacher, Lisa Davis, practice poses that help your body to release tension, calm your nervous system, and restore an overall sense of balance to your body, mind, and soul. Afterwards, engage in a guided mindfulness meditation practice using artwork on view in the Museum galleries. This practice will teach participants to look at art with a calm and focused attention, allowing them to see what is visually present. Pose modifications will always be shared so that everyone, regardless of fitness level, will feel safe and comfortable participating in the class. To purchase tickets please visit

Tunes on the Terrace: A Jazzy Summer Concert Series
Sunday August 7 & 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
August 7: Funk That
August 21: Goza Latin Jazz Band
Price: $15 Museum Members | $20 General
Enjoy summer Sunday afternoons at The MATT with some fun, good food, and drinks while listening to great music! Concerts will be held on the new Rooftop Terrace and moved inside to our Performing Arts Center in the event of inclement weather. To purchase tickets please visit

Lunch and Learn: The Flood of ‘55
Wednesday, August 10, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Price: $5 Museum Members | $10 General
This lunch and lecture series offers good food and interesting conversation about Waterbury history. Participants may either order lunch from the Art of Yum Café or bring their own as they learn about exciting topics from our guest lecturers. Join Michael Dooling, former Archivist of the Mattatuck Museum, for an in-depth look at the historic flood that devastated Waterbury in 1955. Mike will be providing a fresh perspective on the flood, mixing in the story of famous A-lister Rosalind Russell, who was in Waterbury at the time, as well as his own recollections and experience with it. To purchase tickets please visit

Terrarium Creation
Saturday, August 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Price: $45 Museum Members | $50 General
Join Julia Cavallaro, owner of The Painted Leaf LLC, in building a fairy garden-inspired terrarium! All materials and plants will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own accent pieces or vessels with 4-5-inch-wide openings of they choose. Be entered in a raffle to win a handmade terrarium by Julia when you register in advance! Prize will be displayed at th4 Museum’s Welcome Desk. To purchase tickets please visit
If you buy your ticket:
In-person BEFORE July 24: 3 entries | AFTER July 24: 2 entries
Online BEFORE July 24: 2 entries | AFTER July 24: 1 entry
Mary Rogers Williams: Defying Her Era’s Expectations
Sunday, August 14, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Price: $25 Museum Members | $30 General
Join Eve M. Kahn, an independent scholar and Antiques columnist for The New York Times, at the Mattatuck Museum to learn how one research phone call in 2012 led to her prizewinning book, Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857-1907 (Wesleyan University Press, 2019). Revolutionary artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857-1907), a baker’s daughter from Hartford, lived an extraordinary life. She biked and hiked from the Arctic Circle to Naples, exhibited from Paris to Indianapolis, trained at the Art Students League, chafed against art world rules that favored men, wrote thousands of pages about her travels and work, and taught at Smith College for nearly two decades, but sadly ended up in relative obscurity. To purchase tickets please visit

Scottish Rite Museum Van Trip
Wednesday, August 17
Van Option: Participants depart from the Mattatuck Museum parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and return around 5:00 p.m.
Price: $115 Museum Members | $125 General
Meet-up Option: Participants arrive at the Scottish Rite Museum at 11:00 a.m.
Price: $50 Museum Members | $60 General
A trip to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library will expand your understanding of the subjects in Mystery and Benevolence, which is currently on view @ The MATT. Located in Lexington, MA, the Museum’s collection related to American Freemasonry, fraternalism, and American history numbers more than 17,000 objects. Start the day off with a guided 1-hour tour and then explore the collection and exhibits on your own. Afterwards, enjoy lunch (not included) at the popular Merchants Row at the Colonial Inn. To purchase tickets please visit

Seniors Only Hour (65+) 
Wednesday, August 17, 10:00–11:00 a.m. 
Price: $5 Museum Member | $17 Seniors  
Includes Museum Admission. Guest passes do not apply. 
Enjoy the Mattatuck Museum’s collection and special changing exhibitions in a safe and comfortable environment during this monthly tour offering. In August enjoy a special tour of one of the Museum’s summer exhibitions Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art. This exhibition features carvings, sculptures, textiles, and regalia that bring to light hidden stories from two fraternal organizations, the Freemasons and the Odd Fellows. Private tours are also available. To register contact Angel Bleggi, Education Coordinator, at or (203) 753-0381 x118.
Thursday, August 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Price: $10 Museum Members | $15 General
If anyone asks, you never read this! Join the Mattatuck Museum for an undisclosed night of live entertainment with food and drinks available for purchase (shhh!) at the Museum. Secret instructions will be sent to you upon registration. The employees at the event will all have their identities hidden and you’d do best to hide yours too, so please provide an alternate identity when you sign up…and of course, don’t forget to “speak easy” about this! For more information, contact “J” at or (203) 753-0381 x114.
Masonic Celebration: Exclusive Dinner & Behind the Scenes Tour
Saturday, August 20, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50
Limited seating available to the first 150 registrants
Are you a Freemason? Harmony Lodge no. 42, celebrating their 225th anniversary this year, invites other Freemasons to join us for a dinner at the Mattatuck Museum. Attendees will visit both exhibitions and participate in an architectural tour of the building, highlighting its historic Masonic features. Afterwards, enjoy dinner in the former Asylum of the Knights Templar of the Waterbury Masonic Lodge with fellow Masons from throughout the region. Questions? Contact Emily Powers at or (203) 753-0381 x123.
Connecticut’s Shipwrecks
Thursday, August 25, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Price: $10 Museum Members | $15 General
Join the Mattatuck Museum and explore a new perspective on the rich history of the ships that permanently rest on the ocean floor off of Connecticut’s coast with Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni. Dr. Bellantoni has been involved with many shipwrecks and other maritime sites in Connecticut and will be sharing his insights and experiences with the participants. He serves as the emeritus state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and is adjunct associate research professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He received his doctorate in anthropology from UCONN in 1987 and was shortly thereafter appointed state archaeologist. To purchase tickets please visit
Night at the Museum: Mystery at Midnight Family Event
Friday, August 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Price: $20 Child | $10 Adult | $15 Museum Member Child | $5 Museum Member Adult
FREE for Children age 4 & under and for the first 25 Waterbury School Students that register.
Can you catch the MATT staff member who swiped a painting from the collection? Join the Mattatuck Museum for a night of detective work where you will create your own secret identity, visit the scene of the crime in search of clues to find the missing painting, narrow down suspects though a fun scavenger hunt, and even make a visit to the crime lab to help determine which suspect did it. 25 free tickets available for Waterbury School students. Pre-register by calling Jason Foberg at (203) 753-0381 x114 or email To purchase tickets please visit
September 12: 15th Annual Who's Your Caddy? Golf Tournament to Benefit Jane Doe No More
Tee off for a great cause! This fun networking event for men and women includes 18 holes of golf, cocktails, contests, prizes, raffles and more! All proceeds benefit Jane Doe No More. Sponsorships available. Visit for details and registration.

WHAT: 18-Hole Golf Tournament
WHEN:    Monday, September 12, 2022
7:30am - Registration/Breakfast Sandwiches 
8:30am - Tee off 
1:30pm - Lunch & Awards Reception 
WHERE:      Western Hills Golf Course, 600 Park Road, Waterbury, CT 06708
WHY: An opportunity to play golf, enjoy a great day outdoors and meet new people — all while supporting programs that benefit survivors of sexual crimes and provide prevention skills, education and awareness to children and adults in your community.
HOW: Registration required: visit  
September 20: Rotary Club of Watertown 32nd Annual Charity Golf Classic
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Acts 4 Ministry Seeking Volunteers
The non-denominational non-profit organization Acts 4 Ministry is seeking volunteers to help individual and family clients shop the organization’s boutique retail store, sort donations, organize resources, pick-up furniture from donors throughout the Greater Waterbury region plus clean, prepare, and load furniture onto the non-profit’s box trucks for delivery to area residents. Acts 4 Ministry is a collaborative group of a volunteer board of directors, staff members, and dozens of volunteers who desire to share God's love by meeting the comforting physical needs of others. They achieve this goal daily by collecting and distributing, free of charge to recipients, clothing, housewares, and furniture. Located at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, masks are still requested within the Acts 4 Ministry store. To volunteer, contact executive director Sarah Elizabeth DiMeo-Carabetta at 203-574-2287 or email her at To learn more about the organization, visit
Wireless Zone of Waterbury Now Hiring
Information Technology Update from Golden Technologies and Bsquared
Spying software also known as spyware is application that attempts to collect and use sensitive information about an individual or organization. It may provide this data to a third party that may put the security of your device at risk.

Legitimate websites may utilize a type of this spyware such as web tracking commonly tied to advertising.

ZDNet the news provider for IT professionals on trends and technologies wrote recently that there are ways to prevent a government agency, country, or cybercriminal from peeking into your digital life by using virtual private networks (VPNs), using end-to-end encryption, and browsers that do not track user activity.

WorkWise is an online suite of cybersecurity topics to increase your awareness and reduce your risk while online.

Test drive one module of WorkWise the education tool, Social Engineering at no charge which will improve your organization’s security:
At the end of May this year Verizon released it’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report. The trend is the same as the last few of their reports in that roughly 80% of the data breaches they saw were perpetrated by external threat actors. Of these breaches, over 80% were financially motivated.
The top way data breaches occurred was hacking web applications and the top action used that allowed bad actors in was through the use of stolen(hacked) login credentials.
A couple of tips:
  • Assure software, code, and hardware are up to date.
  • Ensure that proper authentication is tested and implemented.
The external stuff like your business website or social media platforms you use are in our wheelhouse when it comes to protecting your organization. Our entry service is our Cyber Catastrophe Forecast which shows you at a high level how susceptible you are to a cyber incident. As a Chamber member you’ll receive 20% off this service. To learn more and to see if you qualify, please use the contact info below.
Also make sure to follow our socials as we’re gearing up for a giveaway this month which we’re announcing there.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or just to say hello and network.
Happy summer!
Bill Becker
President Bsquared Intel | Email: | Phone: 203.828.0012
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