Chamber Member News | May 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 4/13/22 to 5/6/22
Events From Your Fellow Members
May 11: Groundbreaking at Parley Manor at Lutheran Home of Southbury
May 21: National Alliance on Mental Illness Annual Walkathon
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Connecticut will be holding their annual walkathon on Tuesday, May 21 at Bushnell Park in Hartford. The goal of the walk is to raise awareness regarding the need for America to build a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness, including children. Two years ago, NAMI Connecticut raised over $165,000 while gathering 1,200 people, all of whom helped to raise awareness of recovery and the challenges faced by those living with mental health conditions.

In order to achieve their goal, NAMI Connecticut is seeking sponsorships, in-kind goods, and services.

Sponsorships may be given now or sent to NAMI Waterbury, P.O. Box 2924, Waterbury, CT, 06723-2924. Call 860-274-5841 for more information.

Checks can be made out to NAMI, or donate to the NAMI Waterbury Affiliate team here.

For additional information, contact Iris Nazario, NAMI Connecticut Walk Manager, at 860-882-0236.
Upcoming Events at Foxwoods
See the theatrical classic Fiddler on the Roof come to life at Foxwoods Resort Casino!

Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific and The King and I bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony-winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
Mattatuck Museum Presents Iconic Artwork Rescued from Dumpster
The Mattatuck Museum is currently exhibiting a series of works by famed New York City artist Francis Hines that were discovered in a dumpster by local skateboard enthusiasts Jared Whipple and George Martin.
These works, originally discovered in 2017 by Jared Whipple of Waterbury and George Martin of Naugatuck, have garnered recent international media attention when they were reported to potentially be worth millions. The two men share the adventurous spirit of “American picking”, which is what led them to an abandoned barn in Watertown, CT that was being cleared of its contents by a new owner. When Whipple and Martin arrived at that barn, they were shocked to see a lifetime's worth of artwork, all signed “F Hines”, being thrown out. They decided that the collection needed to be saved from the landfill and returned with trucks to haul the work away to store it until they could find out the story behind the work and its creator.
After countless hours of research, phone calls, and emails Whipple learned who Francis Hines (1920-2016) was, what his artistic accomplishments were, and decided that the work needed to be seen. The works, originally exhibited at the Mattatuck Museum in September 2021, include paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Hines. The upcoming installation at the Mattatuck will feature a complete series of five studies created for the famed Union Square Park (NYC) public installation project by Hines, four of which were not included in the original exhibition at the Museum.
Whipple devoted the four years following the discovery to sharing Francis’ work, life, and story with galleries, scholars, and museums. He connected with friends and relatives of the artists and received their permission to keep the artworks he recovered. His journey ultimately led him to art historian and appraiser, Peter Hastings Falk, who visited Jared to view the rescued work. Falk determined that “Hines was unique among American artists because his abstract sculptures and paintings were the first to express the dynamic energy that occurs within the tension of materials under stress. Hines’ wrapping style differed significantly from that of his more well-known peer, Christo, and he was the only artist to ever wrap buildings and monuments in New York City.” Falk believes that Hines “is an artist who simply cannot slip through the cracks of art history forever,” and so he agreed to join Whipple in his quest to bring recognition to the artist and his work. 
In the 1970s and 1980s, Hines lived and worked in both NYC and Watertown, CT. He gained recognition as an artist for several large-scale public installation works, most notably his famous wrapping of The Washington Square Arch in 1980. Commissioned by New York University as a way of raising awareness for the terrible conditions of the Arch and to help raise the money needed to restore it, Francis wrapped the iconic monument in 8,000 yards of polyester fabric, temporarily turning the Arch into a giant fabric sculpture. A book documenting the project and documentary, which aired on PBS during the early 1980s, brought Hines recognition, but by the time of his death his accomplishments had been all but forgotten and his name was mostly unknown until his canvases were rediscovered and rescued from the dumpster by Whipple and Martin in 2017.
“I am excited that this series will be on view at the Mattatuck,” says Whipple. “I want my community to be able to enjoy these works by Francis that I’ve spent so much time researching and trying to bring attention to. This might be their only opportunity to see them on public view.”
A collection of the recovered works will travel to Hollis Taggart Gallery in Southport, CT for an exhibition titled Francis Hines: Unwrapping the Mystery of New York’s Wrapper, on view May 5-June 11, 2022.
May 6: Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury Designer Purse Bingo at Hawk Ridge Winery
Funds raised from this event go directly toward Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury's Adult Literacy Program
Save the Date: 2022 Brass City Jazz Fest - August 6, 2022
Save the Date: Waterbury Harry Potter Day: Friday, July 29
Come to downtown Waterbury for a multi-venue celebration of Harry Potter's birthday! Shops, restaurants and other locations will host quests, magic performances, wizardly eats and drinks and much more! Details will be shared as plans develop. A full map and schedule will be available day-of at Minuteman Press at 170 Grand Street.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.
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Viron Rondos of Viron Rondo Osteria in Cheshire Named 2022 SBA of CT "Small Business Person of the Year"
In the April 25, 2022 edition of the Hartford Business Journal, Viron Rondos of Viron Rondo Osteria highlighted in recognition of being named the 2022 Small Business Person of the Year.

Rondos was honored as part of National Small Business Week, when the Small Business Administration of Connecticut recognizes a handful of small companies throughout the state. These awards have been handed out every year since 1963, and the President of the United States issues a proclamation highlighting their contributions to signify the important role of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

You can view the article, along with the other winners, on page 28 of the April 25, 2022 edition of the Hartford Business Journal.
Diagnostic Radiology Associates and Waterbury Health Open New State of the Art MRI Office in Southbury
Diagnostic Radiology Associates and Waterbury Health are excited to announce the opening of a new MRI office in Southbury, the first groundbreaking Velocity Open MRI, providing the latest technology and highest imaging quality in less time with the comfort of a wide-open design. Currently, this is the only MRI of its kind in New England and the second one in the entire country!

Our radiologist Kenneth Allen states, “Historically, open MRI systems have had a reputation for limited image quality, because of the low magnetic field, producing decreased image resolution and longer exam times, resulting in patient discomfort and motion artifact.

Our new Oasis Velocity Open MRI avoids both pitfalls in having a 1.2 Tesla magnet, nearly the strength of the standard high field systems, and very rapid imaging times. These advantages are coupled with the open architecture of the magnet, resulting in a comfortable and non-stressful patient experience, yielding unsurpassed image quality.”

We can accommodate patients immediately, same day if the patient’s insurance will comply. The office is located at 690 Main Street South, Suite7LL, Southbury, around the back of the movie theater plaza where Alliance Medical Group is also located.

Current hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays by appointment only.

Call 203-755-OPEN (6736) or Fax your order to 203-262-6006
Authorization of exams will be done by our department if you are signed up otherwise, please authorize exams under Valley Imaging Partners, LLC. NPI 1366493926
Nail Technician Opportunities at adam broderick salon & spa
Have you thought about a career in nails? if you have, you are probably pursuing it, as nail artistry and competency is always built on passion. if you are a nail technician who is enjoying your work, it may be because you have found the place that allows you to function to the fullest on the passion for quality service that attracted you to the industry. and it may not be in a traditional ‘nail salon’.

Ten years ago it seemed like a nail salon was popping up in every center on every corner … and some of us tried them all. fast forward to today, and while there are fewer nail salons, some like adam broderick have found the groove that works. adam broderick nail professionals enjoy a career with job security, gold standard safety protocols, highest quality supplies and equipment along with a steady flow of new client opportunities.

Staying up on trends is easy too when the colors and textures are in abundance in the ab boutique or you can talk trend with busy colorists and stylists and find out what clients are asking about. right now it ‘s all about neon. trendy neon pieces in brunette or blonde hair … and it goes without saying that clients will be asking for it in pedicure polish colors as well.

While the team at adam broderick is always eager to meet skilled passionate professionals, over the years, they have also taken a hand in training from within, modeling successful development from intern positions that allow for training at your own pace without the pressure of ‘going it alone’.

The nail professionals at adam broderick have built their impressive careers at the ridgefield and southbury nail bars … if you are thinking of training in nails , perhaps returning to the industry or are interested in an internship, come speak with us! and, meet lina, she’s been at ab for 16 years, or brigitte who just celebrated 10 years with the company ... or any of our talented staff who value passion and quality as a base for the career of their choice. 203.403.4152 or
Charcoal Chef Fundraiser for Ukraine Raises over $9,000
Programs at Waterbury Youth Services
Healing Hoofbeats of CT: Open Farm Day May 15, Program Opportunities
Valued Technology Services TechTip Postcard
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IT News from Golden Technology Services Inc.
Yahoo Life reporter Korin Miller asks if phishing scams (a digital attack that tries to convince the victim to respond to a query, request or demand such as to click on a link in an email or text or download an attachment which can place a virus or malicious software {malware} onto your computer or device which ends up in your network. Then distributed around globally in minutes) are illegal?

Cybersecurity expert Jonathan Steinburg replied “in most cases, the act of sending a single phishing message is not explicitly prohibited by federal criminal law. There are multiple criminal laws that do apply to nearly all cases of phishing, whether it is perpetrated to steal money, data or identities.”

Latest Hacking Newsletter warns of Phishing scams. It is the most common cybercrime used in different parts of the world. Over 3.4 billion phishing emails are sent every day.

Ask yourself upon receiving an email. Were you expecting this? Do you know this person or company? Have you done business? Is what they’re asking you to do in the normal course of business?

If you have questions, contact them by telephone via a number you have to verify the authenticity of their request before reacting.

Justin Golden of Golden Technology Services Inc. (972)679-9738 (m)
Bsquared Intel Technology News
Let’s talk about how social media undermines your organization’s cybersecurity efforts.
For some businesses, social media is a key component to communicating with the public and for engaging in revenue generating activities. Here are some issues organizations have to contend with:
  • Security controls that aren’t implemented properly. This includes lack of two-factor authentication and/or if people are assigned to manage a profile, improper role assignments. Not everyone needs to be an admin.
  • Data breaches. In April of 2021, both Facebook and LinkedIn suffered breaches that affected hundreds of millions of users. Because phone numbers were part of the exposed data, this could lead to SMiShing attempts (phishing over text). If successful, this attack could compromise the organization.
  • Service outages. On October 4th, of 2021 Facebook experienced a self inflicted 6 hour outage. Users that solely relied on Facebook to conduct business took some financial hits that day.
To read more about this, check out our latest article “How Social Media Undermines Your Organization’s Security” at
Upcoming Event
Join us Thursday May 12th at 8PM EST over Zoom for our monthly virtual cybersecurity meetup. Our focus is social media security and privacy issues. Here’s the Zoom registration link:
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You can reach Bill Becker via email at or call/text 203.828.001
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Volunteer with SCORE
Are you looking for ways to help your small business community? Would you like to grow your network or develop professionally? As a SCORE volunteer, you get it all!
We would love to have you join our team of SCORE Western Connecticut volunteers. SCORE relies on our volunteers to help small businesses thrive.
Interested? Visit our volunteer web page to learn about the many benefits of volunteering and the right opportunity for you!

Volunteer Opportunities
SCORE is looking for volunteers with backgrounds and experiences as diverse as the small business owners we serve.
We offer multiple volunteer roles to fit many levels of experience, skills, and time commitment. Pick the role that best suits you:
SCORE was formed in 1964 as a resource partner of the Small Business Administration.  Our mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. Our vision is for every person to have the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner, supported by over 10,000 volunteers organized into 250 geographic chapters. The Western Connecticut chapter ranks among the highest in client satisfaction across these chapters. 

SCORE Western Connecticut
SCORE Western Connecticut and our volunteer business mentors are dedicated to providing the best possible professional quality, free, one-on-one advice face to face, phone, email and via Zoom. The Western Connecticut Chapter volunteers are dedicated and anxious to share their broad mix of entrepreneurial, management and small business experience.  They represent currently employed and retired executives, business owners and community leaders.

We offer a wide variety of on-line and in person workshops and webinars in addition to one-on-one client mentoring services.  We typically conduct more than 600 private, confidential sessions, and over 40 live workshops/webinars each year. SCORE volunteers use their expertise to help implement business practices to guide our clients on the path to accomplishing their business objectives.
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