Chamber Member News | June 2021
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 5/4/21 to 6/7/21
Events From Your Fellow Members
‘3-D’ Fireworks Will Light Up Sky
Over Quassy Amusement & Waterpark
The Independence Day weekend will be one of celebration at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark. The highlight will be “3-D” Fireworks on Saturday, July 3, over Lake Quassapaug. Special “3-D” fireworks viewing glasses will be sold for $2 on July 3 at Quassy to benefit Give Kids The World Village.

Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Fla., that provides week-long, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from around the world. Quassy has long supported the village and participates in its World Passport Program for affiliated families.
For more information visit

Parking on July 3 and 4 is $15 with rides and attractions opening at 11 a.m. Rides will operate until after the fireworks on July 3. Quassy Beach and Splash Away Bay waterpark will operate until 7 p.m. during the holiday weekend with the rides closing at 8 p.m. July 4 and 5

Kick off Summer with PAL: Live Music, Food, and Drinks
Summer Hotel Sale, Upcoming Events at Foxwoods Resort & Casino
PPP Forgiveness Webinar Series - June
Transportation Reauthorization Webinars at AAA

The programs are free but require registration, so please register using the links above.

Contact or 401-200-0513 if you have any questions. 
 UConn Waterbury Accepting Fall MBA Applications
Application Requirements:
-Complete the online application
-Upload Current Resume
-Upload unofficial transcripts
-Complete two essays
-Provide two recommenders

Quilts that Care Meet and Greet
Litchfield Community Center
June 23, 2021

Free Admission, Quilt Display & Raffle

Questions? Call: 860-782-1043 

501(c)3 Wrapping Cancer Patients in Comfort and Hope One Quilt at a Time
Upcoming Dale Carnegie Course for Teens
Waterbury Downtown Businesses Sought for for Waterbury Harry Potter Day: July 30, 2021
Waterbury Harry Potter Day will be in its 3rd year when it returns to Waterbury’s downtown on Friday, July 30, 2021. This day-long event involves multiple businesses and institutions in creating a magical experience for attendees. After picking up a magic map from Minuteman Press, individuals can visit shops to enjoy butterbeer, wizarding menus, and pick up clues for the Wizard Quest scavenger hunt.  Silas Bronson will provide wand making as well as two fire-breathing magic shows, a sing-along, and other fun. Even The Mattatuck Museum is joining in with a daytime look at witches in fact & fiction as well as an evening, adult-focused look at spiritualism, mentalism and belief in the occult…offered by two local magicians.

  • We would love to invite other businesses to join in! We do not ask businesses to give money but simply offer for sale a product or service that is within their wheelhouse e.g. The Art of Yum offers a wizarding world menu for the day. This relationship is wonderful in that each business is creative and still true to its core!
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  • For a look back at past events, check out the 2019 coverage and 2020 coverage.
  • To get involved, contact Cyril John "CJ" May of the City of Waterbury at or 203-574-6851 ext. 7637
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Ward Leonard Awarded Prestigious Telly Award
Ward Leonard’s corporate video, Ward Leonard: The Power of Uptime, was selected as a Bronze Winner in the General – Non-Broadcast, Corporate Image category of the 42nd Annual Telly Awards.
The video was produced by local Connecticut video production company and Chamber member, MazzMedia, and features employees from Ward Leonard’s Thomaston, Connecticut location. In the video, employees share how their daily work makes a difference and the importance of the products at Ward Leonard.

“We are honored to receive the Telly Award,” remarked Bill Berger, VP of Sales and Marketing for Ward Leonard, “Our Thomaston facility is our center of excellence where we build, by hand, motors and controllers for the U.S. Navy. Ward Leonard is made up of hard-working, dedicated employees, and I am thrilled that we are able to share their passion with the world through this award.”
The Telly Awards were established in 1979 to honor and showcase video created for television and non-broadcast video. Annually, the Telly Awards receive more than 12,000 entries from 50 states and 5 continents.
Selim Noujaim Featured on Manufacturing Podcast
Selim Noujaim, Noujaim Tool Company, was featured on the Made in America Manufacturing Podcast last month.

View below!
Ion Bank Employee Honored with Citizen of the Year Award
The Naugatuck Exchange Club honored Kathleen McPadden with the Citizen of the Year Award at their 19th Annual Community Champions Celebration of Excellence Banquet. Kathy was bestowed this prestigious award for her outstanding service to the community. The Naugatuck Exchange Club recognizes outstanding community servants who give back to the community every day in their profession.
“Kathy’s commitment to the community is limitless in her professional and personal life,” said David J. Rotatori, President and CEO of Ion Bank. “Her values align admirably with a core mission of Ion Bank to serve our communities as an exemplary corporate citizen, through volunteerism.” 

Acts 4 Ministry Receives Donations From Two Quassy Cares Neighbors In Need Weekends
Acts 4 Ministry, Inc., the non-denominational non-profit located at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, received dozens of personal care items donated by residents in the Greater Waterbury community during the Quassy Cares Neighbors In Need Weekends last month. “We have been truly blessed with a bountiful donation from Quassy Amusement Park’s two weekends of the Quassy Cares Neighbors In Need program,” commented Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. Executive Director Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta (left).

“Emily Anderson, co-owner of Quassy Amusement Park, dropped off all of the donated personal care and toiletry items to our Waterbury facility. Many families, whether low income or forced into hard times due to the pandemic, have found themselves not having the funds to purchase personal care items. These donations will enable us to provide an average of $250 worth of personal care products to each family we serve.”

Donations can be made to Acts 4 Ministry year-round on their website, and by check or money order made payable to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. and U.S.-Mailed to PO Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. All donations are tax-deductible. Additional information is available at
Charter Oak State College Names New Provost
Charter Oak State College has named David Ferreira, Ed.D. as its new provost and vice president of academic affairs, according to college president Ed Klonoski. Dr. Ferreira joins Charter Oak having established a career in higher education providing academic leadership for urban and rural public college students in Connecticut, Maryland, South Carolina and Florida. Dr. Ferreira was most recently the Interim AVP of Academic Operations at the future Connecticut State Community College, as well as the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University, a M.A. in Political Science from American University and a Ed.D from Northcentral University. He resides in Barkhamsted, CT.

“Charter Oak State College is a leader in providing online learning for adults seeking to enter, transition or advance in their chosen career field,” said Klonoski. “Since our founding in 1973, we have been one of the most affordable and accessible options for adults seeking to earn credentials. By offering credit for professional credentials and by recognizing prior learning, Charter Oak is laser focused on meeting the needs of our students and today’s workforce.”

According to President Klonoski, “What attracted us the most about Dr. Ferreira is not only his commitment to academic excellence, but his commitment to adult learners and diverse student populations. While he will replace a Provost with a long history at the College, Dr. Ferreira brings a wealth of experience leading and operationalizing academic programs, student services, student resources and student assessment. His focus on the workforce and alignment of academic curricula will assist us in continuing to offer high-value low-cost credentials in high growth career fields to students here in Connecticut and across the country.”

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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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