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 5/5/23 to 6/6/23
New Member Q&A: Marcia Puc, Chef & Health Coach, of Rewind Wellness
I recently had a chat with Marcia Puc, who is the owner of Rewind Wellness, which offers personal and workplace health coaching.

So Marcia, tell me a little bit about yourself and Rewind Wellness.
As a certified integrative health coach I guide and support clients to reflect within themselves so they can be inspired to be the best versions of themselves. It is my belief that we are all born into this world to live fulfilling lives - full of joy, health and humanity. We innately know how to achieve this but somewhere along this journey, modern living tends to derail us. Much of our time as adults is spent on surviving day to day rather than thriving. We work together to build the life you were meant to live. 
It’s not all about the food…I work with clients to explore all aspects of their lives as it relates to health. Food and nutrition is only one small piece to the puzzle when it comes to health and wellness. I encourage clients to dig deeper and assess other areas of their lives which often play a much larger role in health than imagined. These include: spirituality, career, social connections, family life, joy, home environment, finances and creativity. 

How can a health coach benefit someone?
As your health coach, my main goal is to empower you to take charge of your own health and well being. You are never alone. ​ I will offer you accountability, encouragement and unconditional support in a safe and non judgmental space. We work together on a path of self discovery and goal setting while implementing lifestyle changes to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual well being.  

Whether you are challenged by weight loss/gain, motivation to move, stress reduction, or you are working with a clinician to address existing medical challenges, find out if health coaching is right for you! Coaches can help you stay on track, provide a confidential and caring space, hold you accountable to yourself and ultimately reach your goals.  

I offer complimentary consultations (30 minutes) for you to share your health journey and to learn more about me and how I can help you reach your goals.

Tell us about how you've partnered with businesses to make their workplaces healthier.
In addition to guiding and supporting private clients to achieve their health and wellness goals, I work with businesses to offer their employees wellness workshops, lunch and learns and cooking demonstrations. These are all in person within the greater Waterbury area. Typically a workshop lasts about two hours and a Lunch and Learn about 45 minutes.  I have predesigned sessions to choose from and can also customize a session based on the businesses' objectives.  
Events From Your Fellow Members
Are you passionate about helping others and looking to advance your career in social services? The McCall Behavioral Health Network may be the perfect place for you! McCall is hosting a special one-day hiring event on June 8th, 2023 to grow their team of caring professionals. They have various positions open in both Waterbury and Torrington. Candidates will be able to apply, interview, and be hired on the spot.
To register and learn more here: mccallbhn.org/hire

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Time: Stop by anytime between 9AM and 1PM
Location: 58 High Street, Torrington (Please enter through the front door of the main building on High Street)

Available positions and criteria:
• Recovery Support Professional, Level I (must have a high school diploma)
• Recovery Support Professional, Level II (must have an associate degree)
• Certified Peer Support (associate degree and peer support certification)
• Multiple licensed positions are also available: Licensed Practical Nurse – LPN, Licensed Clinician – LADC, LPC, LMFT, LCSW, and Clinician Program Director – LPC or LCSW.

Questions? Contact Danielle Brundage, HR Manager at danielle.brundage@mccallbhn.org
June 9: Palace Theater's Year-End Bash Returns
The party at the Palace is back and everyone is invited! Waterbury’s Palace Theater celebrates the successful end of the 2022-2023 theatrical season on June 9th from 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, when the Year-end Bash returns to Connecticut’s most elegant theater. Fun is in the spotlight with an evening of live music, dancing on the stage, complimentary beer and prosecco tastings, a laser light show, and lavish food stations.
This year’s entertainment line-up includes:
*The Kerry Boys, Connecticut’s favorite Irish balladeers will be performing in an outdoor beer-garden on the loading dock where attendees will enjoy complimentary beer tastings and delicious offerings from Frankie’s and Domenic & Pia’s.

*88 Keys Piano Bar & Café will present pianists Tony Aiardo, Jimmy Jannetty, and Sean O’Reilly in our Champagne piano lounge in the Grand Foyer.
*Hailing from Meriden, acoustic guitarist Jamie Showerda will perform in the more intimate setting of Poli Club where guests can enjoy a drink and chat with friends.

*Connecticut’s most fun dance party band Mass-Conn-Fusion will kick off the dance party on the Main Stage.

*DJ Christy from Powerstation and DNR Laboratories bring a laser light show and everyone’s favorite hits to the Main Stage at 10:30 pm to cap off the evening with a grand finale.

Whether guests stay in one place or sample all the locations, they are guaranteed an incomparable night of interactive entertainment at the Palace.
Tickets are $75 and include food, one drink ticket, plus beer and prosecco tastings. Purchase tickets at the box office (203)346-2000, on-line www.palacetheaterct.org, or in person at 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT.
The Palace Theater’s year-end Bash is more than just a party. It is an opportunity to make a difference in our community. All proceeds from this event help the Palace continue to be a focal point of cultural activity and educational outreach that enriches the local community and engages a multitude of audiences.
Special thanks to our event sponsors: Eversource, ION Bank, Post University, Savings Bank of Danbury, PowerStation Events, DNR Laboratories, CDS Corporate Display Specialties, Waterbury Arts & Tourism Commission, Waterbury Regional Chamber, Emily’s Catering Group, Frankie’s Hot Dogs, Cavallo’s Italian Specialty Shoppe, the Republican American, and WATR.
Upcoming Events at the Mattatuck Museum
CT Open House
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Museum Admission
As part of the statewide CT Open House the Mattatuck Museum will offer free admission to the Museum. Explore the Museum’s collection of American art, learn the story of our region’s history, and enjoy the special changing exhibitions currently on view.
In Ancestral Heirloom: Art of Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu, Nigerian artist Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu created this body of artwork to celebrate her African cultural identity in the hopes of “win[ing] back the minds of our brothers and sisters who have intentionally or unintentionally turned their backs on, or have lost touch with, their heirlooms.” Featuring eight never-before-seen works by Chiamonwu, Ancestral Heirloom makes a joyful case for celebrating one’s heritage.
Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936 – Present traces the extraordinary contributions of the female artists in American Abstract Artists (AAA).

Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936 – Present traces the extraordinary contributions of the female artists in American Abstract Artists (AAA).
Roberto Clemente: Life and Legacy presents a collection of art and other memorabilia including bats, balls, books and more. Discover the life and legacy of Pittsburgh Pirates legend and humanitarian, Roberto Clemente.
For more information please visit mattmuseum.org.
The MATT AT RIVERSIDE CEMETERY: Celebrating Ruth Muskrat Bronson
Sunday, June 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Join the Museum at Riverside Cemetery to celebrate the fascinating life and legacy of Native-American Ruth Muskrat Bronson, poet, educator and activist. The event will include a brief ceremony and overview of Ruth’s extraordinary life. To register please visit mattmuseum.org/calendar.

Member Perk Event: New Britain Industrial Museum
Tuesday, June 13, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
 The Museum is inviting its members on a behind-the-scenes tour of the New Britain Industrial Museum to learn about the contribution of New Britain to the region’s present and future development. Mattatuck Museum Members need to register in advance with Ryan Flanders at ryan@mattmuseum.org or 203-753-0381 x123. Space is limited, RSVP asap!
Lunch & Learn: Preservation CT’s Efforts in Waterbury
Wednesday, June 14, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
$5 Museum Members | $10 General Tickets
This lecture series offers the opportunity for good food and a guaranteed conversation about local 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.
In June, hear from Preservation Connecticut’s Executive Director, Jane Montanaro, about the organization’s efforts in Waterbury, both past and present.
To register please visit www.mattmuseum.org/calendar.
Spain 2024 Informational Session
Friday, June 16, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
 Join the Museum at The MATT for a free informational session on Friday, June 16 at 4PM to learn about our Spring 2024 Spain’s Classics Travel Experience.
 Hear from Bobbi Nappi from Largay Travel and Tracey O’Neill from Collette Travel Agency about this exciting 12-day tour to be hosted by Museum Director Bob Burns from March 15-26, 2024.

Summer Exhibition Opening Celebration: $5 Admission Day
Sunday, June 18, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free for Museum Members | $5 General Tickets
Celebrate Father’s Day @ The Matt and bring Dad to the opening of the Museum’s latest exhibitions, including Andy Warhol: Endangered Species. Frankies Family Restaurant will run a hot dog bar and there will be cornhole games on the Rooftop Terrace. The Museum will host family art activities and a community mural. Mattatuck Museum Director, Bob Burns, and Curator Keffie Feldman will open with remarks at 1 PM.  To register please visit www.mattmuseum.org/calendar.
The Art of Yum Café will be open with delicious meals, snacks, coffees, and sweet treats available for purchase.

On July 9 and August 13 the Mattatuck Museum is hosting a bus trip to the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. The double-decker bus will leave the Mattatuck at 8:00 AM and return at 6:15 PM.
The zoo contains more than 150 animals from around the world in natural settings, including a Komodo dragon, moon bear, red panda, snow leopard, and giant anteater.
Participants will receive an animal sketchbook on the way to the zoo. During the five hours at the zoo you’ll have free time to roam, participate in an art activity in the group’s private tent and experience an animal encounter that is only available to the group!
Tickets for the event are only $10 and include transportation to and from the zoo, animal encounters, and art activities. Tickets can be purchased at www.mattmuseum.org/calendar/roger-williams-zoo-bus-trip. Support for this trip is provided by Art Bridges.
On July 15 the Mattatuck Museum is hosting a summer van trip to beautiful Bannerman Island in the Hudson River Valley in New York. The van will leave the Museum at 9:00 AM and return at 4:00 PM.
Bannerman Island, located in the Hudson River, is the site of the remains of Bannerman Castle. The castle was originally built in the early 1900s to resemble a Scottish castle and used to stored ammunitions. It ceased being used in 1950 and the island and buildings were bought by New York State in 1967, which took possession after the old military merchandise had been removed and the relics given to the Smithsonian.
The trip will include a 30-minute cruise to Bannerman Island aboard the Estuary Steward, a 40′ by 12.5′ boat that originally served as a floating classroom. The cruise will be followed by a guided walking tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins and gardens.
You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes as there is some unpaved terrain on the walking tour portion of the experience. There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour, with a rest stop along the way.
Tickets for the event are $90 and include transportation to and from the island, a tour of the castle and grounds, and lunch. Those who wish to drive themselves and meet the group at the cruise can purchase tickets for $65. Tickets can be purchased at www.mattmuseum.org/calendar/van-trip-bannerman.
June 17: Comedian Dave Reilly at the Naugatuck Event Center
June 24: Are You Dense? MusicFest @ Seven Angels Theatre
Great music for a great cause! Are You Dense MusicFest 2023 features performances by The Flying Ivories Dueling Piano Show, The Royal Kings featuring Cookie Thomas, and pre-show lobby entertainment with Hot Acoustics. The mission of Are You Dense, Inc. is to educate the public about the risks and screening challenges of dense breast tissue and its impact on missed, delayed and advanced stage breast cancer to reduce advanced disease and mortality.
Other Upcoming Events at Seven Angels Theater
June 14: Charter Oak State College to Host Undergraduate Virtual Open House
Charter Oak State College (www.CharterOak.edu/FinishCollege) offers a virtual Undergraduate Open House Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 5:30 PM ET via Zoom for prospective students. Learn about the College and its high value, affordable, ONLINE degree programs. All event attendees apply free.  

The online College offers career-focused degrees and certificates in majors such as Business Administration, Social Work, Health Information Management, Nursing, Human Resources Management, Early Childhood Education, Health Care Administration, Public Safety Administration, Criminal Justice, Sociology, plus others. Charter Oak State College is well known for degree completion, honoring qualified existing college credits, prior learning, military, and professional certifications. 

Event Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Event Time: 5:30 PM ET
Register for Zoom link: www.CharterOak.edu/finishcollege
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O’Rourke & Birch Florists Has Relocated To 1 Chase Avenue In Waterbury 
“O’Rourke & Birch has been a one-family-owned business for the past 100 years and has been known as a ‘Waterbury Institution’ for most of those years,” stated Virginia Cookson O’Rourke, owner of O’Rourke & Birch Florists, president of O’Rourke & Birch, Inc., and a licensed Justice of the Peace.

Due to the City of Waterbury’s widely publicized current urban renewal project on Freight Street, O’Rourke & Birch recently needed to relocate due to the project’s demolition of the building where the floral company was previously housed.

“Gratefully,” O’Rourke Cookson stated, “we have moved into the very lovely space formerly occupied by the Orchid Florist at 1 Chase Avenue, plus keep on several of that shop’s highly skilled staff members.” In business for an incredible 96 years, the Orchid Florist closed in 2022 due to the untimely passing of the shop’s longtime owner, John Varanelli.

“Merging the renown of two greatly respected Waterbury floral shops and the expertise of the two floral design specialist teams has created an exceptional opportunity for all of us, and for the customers of both shops,” commented O’Rourke Cookson.

O’Rourke & Birch Florists was originally founded in 1922 as a small shop in North Square at 417 North Main Street by O’Rourke Cookson’s father, John O’Rourke, and her aunt, Marie O’Rourke Birch when Marie was a teenager. O’Rourke Cookson purchased the business from them. 

O’Rourke Cookson is a member of the National Society of American Florists, FTD-Florist Transworld Delivery, and Teleflora Inc. She is a long-standing member of the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce, a previous Chamber Ambassador, and a long-time member of the board of directors of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Women’s Forum (BWF). She is also the recipient of numerous community and leadership awards including the 2000 Waterbury Regional Chamber Businesswoman of the Year Award.

To contact O’Rourke & Birch Florists, Inc. at 1 Chase Avenue in Waterbury, call 203-756-7857, email greensandmore@aim.com, or visit www.orourkeandbirchflorist.com
Acts 4 Ministry Raising Funds Through Travelers Championship’s Birdies For Charity Fundraiser
Through Sunday, June 25, the non-denominational non-profit Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. in Waterbury is participating in the Travelers Championship’s Birdies For Charity fundraising event. This fundraiser helps regional nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations across the northeastern United States raise much-needed funds to support their missions.
Thanks to event sponsor Webster Bank, each charitable organization will receive at least a 15% bonus on top of each dollar raised. 100% of every dollar donated to Acts 4 Ministry will go exclusively toward the organization’s ongoing mission. Through the Bonus Bucks Pool, each participating charity will receive an additional 15% of every donation dollar.

To learn more, visit www.acts4.org/about/acts4-news-and-events/. For more information on Acts 4 Ministry visit www.acts4.org or call 203-574-2287
It’s Phishing Season Again

Phishing (the attempt for a “bad actor” to get you to respond to an electronic communication e.g., email, text, and voicemail to convince you to provide sensitive information, click on a link or download an attachment that they are a trusted source) continue to plague people and companies in the United States. These cyberattacks are more sophisticated, relentless, and professional than previous attempts.

Ask yourself upon receiving this type of communication: Do I know you? Was I expecting this request, Is this in the normal course of business? Unsure, contact the sender via a telephone number you have for them first.

WorkWise is a suite of cybersecurity topics that increases your awareness and reduces the risk online.

Test drive one module of WorkWise via the tool, Social Engineering at no charge which improves your organization’s security.

Contact: Justin Golden
1(972)679-9738 (m)
Have you heard about Co-Managed IT Support? If not, you will learn something new today. Most mid-size and large businesses use this type of support! 
Here are the top 5 reasons CEOs opt for Co-Managed IT Support:
1. Frustration with their current IT team: CEOs may feel that their current IT team is not responsive or proactive enough in addressing their business needs.
2. Fear of a single point of failure: CEOs may be concerned about the risk of relying on a single IT person or team, which could put their business at risk if that person or team becomes unavailable.
3. Lower costs: Co-Managed IT Support can be a cost-effective solution for businesses that want to reduce their IT expenses. By partnering with a Co-Managed IT Provider, businesses can access a wider range of IT expertise and services at a lower cost than hiring a full-time IT staff.
4. Fear of a cyberattack: Many CEOs are concerned about the risk of cyberattacks and data breaches. They may opt for Co-Managed IT Support when they lack confidence in their current IT person or team to handle these threats.
5. Difficulty finding qualified IT staff: Finding qualified IT staff can be a challenge for many businesses, especially in today's competitive job market. Co-Managed IT Support can be an attractive solution for businesses that want to access IT expertise and services without the hassle of recruiting and hiring IT staff.
If any of these reasons resonate with you, consider exploring Co-Managed IT Support as a way to address your business's IT and Cybersecurity needs.
Contact us today to learn more about how Co-Managed IT Support can help your business stay competitive, compliant and secure. Dial (203) 528-4253 to get started or visit us online to request a consultation using this link: www.valuedtechnologyservices.com/co-managed-it-services