Chamber Member News | November 2019
Celebrating Our Members
November 2019
In This Issue:
1) New Members 2) Member Spotlight 3) Ribbon Cuttings
4) Upcoming Events 5) Member News and Updates
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!

C.O. Sports Academy, Inc.
Grand Care Companions
HQ Dumpsters & Recycling
Natasha Faesy Burgess Insurance Agency, LLC
Total Planet LLC

*Joined 10/1/19 - 10/31/19
Member Spotlights
Meet NOSS: Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Spine Specialists
Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Spine Specialists (NOSS) is Connecticut's leader in neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery. NOSS is the most extensive independent practice in the City of Waterbury, boasting 15 specialty physicians with over 150 years of experience as well as 13 additional mid-level providers. The NOSS team of board-certified experts are highly skilled in the following areas: Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Care, Joint Replacement, Hand/Wrist Care, Sports Medicine, Pain Management, Physiatry, Sprain and Fracture care, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture and Worker’s Compensation.

At NOSS, each patient’s story is unique, deserves to be heard and warrants a personalized treatment plan. NOSS' Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer William Godburn helps lead a multi-specialty team that brings advanced methods and complete devotion to their patients. That’s how NOSS strives to ensure optimal outcomes for patients. NOSS has accessible locations in Waterbury, Southbury, Shelton, Cheshire, and Torrington. 

Experience Excellence, Experience NOSS. Learn more at
Meet Sign Pro, Inc.
Sign Pro, Inc is a custom sign, banner and vehicle wrap full service company that is located in Plantsville, Connecticut and services Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and has the capability to provide signage services throughout the United States.

With over twenty-five years of experience in signs, their team is committed to producing the highest quality signage while providing excellent service. They are proud to serve local businesses, regional sign partnerships and national signage programs throughout the United States and Canada.

Sign Pro takes clients through the entire process from conceptual design and production to installation and maintenance. Learn more about Sign Pro at
Ribbon Cuttings
The Chamber looks forward to celebrating our member businesses! Interested in a celebration for a milestone at your business, such as a grand opening, expansion, new location, major renovation or rebranding? Click here to learn more!
SH Properties
Thursday, November 7th
4:00 PM
55 South Main Street, Thomaston
Anytime Fitness
Tuesday, November 12th
1:00 PM
152 Chase Avenue, Waterbury
35th Anniversary: Allstar Home Appliance Center
Tuesday, November 19th
5:00 PM
1215 Thomaston Avenue, Waterbury
Dick's Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods celebrated the opening of their location at the Brass Mill Commons, 275 Union Street, Waterbury on October 8th with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The sporting goods store held a grand opening event from October 11th through the 13th with special discounts. Pictured in the official ribbon cutting ceremony are, from left: Waterbury Regional Chamber Membership and Business Development Director Courtney Ligi; Dicks Sporting Goods Employees Taylor Perzan and Matt Handley; Economic Development Director for the City of Waterbury Joe McGrath; State Senator Joan Hartley; Brass Mill Center Manager of Operations Dennis Acuna; Mayor Neil O’Leary; Brass Mill Center General Manager William DeMaio; Alderwoman for the City of Waterbury Sandra Martinez-McCarthy; Dicks Sporting Goods Store Manager Rob O’Marra; Employee Ron Roscoe; Assistant Store Manager John Smolen; State Representative Geraldo Reyes; and Brass Mill Center Property Management Associate Stacey Mendyka. To learn more about Dick’s Sporting Goods, visit them online at

Waterbury Youth Services Child Advocacy Center
Waterbury Youth Services invited local officials and guests to a ribbon cutting ceremony at their center at 83 Prospect Street, Waterbury to commemorate the historic transition of Waterbury Youth Services’ Greater Waterbury Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team to a full-fledged Child Advocacy Center on October 16th. The new medical space that was recently built out allows the team to conduct forensic medical exams onsite--one of the key developments that now qualifies them as a Child Advocacy Center. Waterbury Youth Services is grateful to MacDermid Solutions for their support of this project. Pictured participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony are, from left: Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Greater Waterbury Stacey Rubinfeld, PhD; State Representative Geraldo Reyes; Waterbury Youth Services Executive Director Kathi Crowe; Director of Economic Development for the City of Waterbury Joseph McGrath; and MacDermid Solutions representatives Don Cullen, Steve Castaldi and Ruth Grey. To learn more about Waterbury Youth Services, visit or call (203) 573-0264. 

Natasha Faesy Burgess Insurance Agency LLC
Natasha Faesy Burgess celebrated the grand opening of her State Farm Insurance office on Friday, November 1st with a ribbon cutting celebration at 686 Rubber Avenue, Suite 3 in Naugatuck. Natasha and her team offer Auto, Home, Business, Property, Life and Health Insurance, and you can see their full offerings at Participating in the ribbon cutting are, from left: Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce Director Courtney Ligi; Naugatuck Burgess Rocky Vitale; Deputy Mayor of Naugatuck Laurie Taf Jackson; Mayor of Naugatuck N. Warren “Pete” Hess; Owner Natasha Faesy Burgess, her husband John Burgess and daughter Ellayza; State Representative David Labriola; and State Representative Rosa Rebimbas. 

Events From Your Fellow Members
Literacy Volunteers GW Fundraiser at Amalfi's (November 5)
Come support Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury and enjoy a great hot meal for ONLY $10.00! All tickets purchased are good for dine in or take out and the meal includes: ziti, meatballs, pasta and salad. To purchase your tickets please call 203-754-1164 or email Jessica Reho at . Thank you in advance for your support!

The Ivy at Watertown Job Fair (November 5 & 6)
The Ivy at Watertown is holding a Job Fair on Nov. 5th and 6th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at 655 Straits Turnpike, Watertown, CT.
Applications will be available!

Interested in touring the newest Assisted Living Community in the area? The Ivy invites you to take a sneak peek at our Model Apt. Please contact Amie Hanrahan, By Appointment Only (413) 454-4556. 

A Taste of Hope (November 7)
The American Cancer Society’s A Taste of Hope , an evening of wine tastings, food pairings, and philanthropy, is set to take place Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m. at The Society Room in Hartford.
Greater Hartford residents, business professionals and leaders are invited to attend a memorable evening and special presentation honoring Jeffrey A. Flaks, president and chief executive officer of Hartford HealthCare for his commitment to integrated health care and dedication to access to care throughout the region. 

The event will also feature a unique live auction experience, Hands Up For Hope. Proceeds from this auction will benefit local American Cancer Society’s patient programs and services including free transportation for patients at risk of missing lifesaving appointments at area cancer centers and free or reduced-cost lodging for residents traveling out of state for treatment.

For more information , to purchase tickets, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please call Heather Byron at 203-379-4873 or email

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Please (November 7)
Join Easterseals at Jaguar Land Rover North Haven for a wine, cheese and chocolate tasting fundraiser! All proceeds raised will support Easterseals Driver Assessment program to create a fully functional vehicle, outfitted with specialized technology and adaptive equipment.

Easterseals Driver Assessment program provides a specialized
assessment and training for individuals of all ages who
have experienced an injury, illness or condition that may
impact the ability to drive. All assessments are performed
with a driving rehabilitation specialist. This program is in
need of a fully functional vehicle outfitted with specialized
technology and adaptive equipment.

Looking to purchase a ticket or sponsor Easterseals? Click here for more information.

Veterans Day Salute (November 7)
Join Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care as they invite you to honor Veterans with them. On November 7, visit The Village at East Farms from 2 PM to 3:30 PM for the event.

Please RSVP by November 4th to Dhurata Prevalla at 203-490-1000.

16th Annual NEDC Meeting (November 14)
Naugatuck Economic Development Corporation welcomes you to their 16 th Annual Meeting. They look forward to hosting you at The Naugatuck Event Center from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Enjoy great food catered by The Station Restaurant.

If interested, please RSVP by Friday, November 8th to 203-723-4411 or

Foxwoods Veterans Day Parade (November 11)
Join Foxwoods Resort Casino in honoring the active duty Military and veterans in their 10th Annual Veterans Day Parade. Parade starts at 11 AM and will follow into a ceremony.

Anytime Fitness To Host Grand Re-Opening (November 12)
Bryan Joyce, owner of Anytime Fitness at 152 Chase Avenue in Waterbury will host a Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 12, between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. Open to the public, the event will feature tours of the club, classes throughout the day, demonstrations of the various fitness machines and equipment, refreshments, and a special ribbon-cutting ceremony with leading members of the Waterbury community at 1:00 PM. To learn more, visit , or call 203-527-5670. Anytime Fitness offers a free seven-day trial throughout the year.

NAMI Fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse (November 13)
When you visit Texas Roadhouse, 10% of sales will be donated back to National Alliance on Mental Illness, from 4 PM-8 PM. Join them in their Dine to Donate Night and help support NAMI. Remember to present this flyer to your server to be part of the fundraiser. There will also be a raffle and bake sale table, too!

First Time Homebuying Seminar (November 14)
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury and Thomaston Savings Bank will be presenting a free First Time Homebuyer Seminar on Thursday, November 14th from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Cross of Christ Church, 1555 Hamilton Avenue, Waterbury, CT Hear from local industry experts on the available options to buy a home. Designed to assist low to moderate income individuals and families.

Contact to RSVP or for more information.

Friendsgiving at Mattatuck (November 14)
Reserve a table and have a great time with friends at the Mattatuck Museum. You can even decorate your table and compete to win prizes! From 5:30 to 8:30 PM, you are guaranteed to be having fun with full stomachs.

If Interested, please click here, or go to

Cocktails and Conversations (November 15)
Enjoy Cocktails, light fare, raffles and discount packages with Cocktails and Conversations! Bring a friend or purchase from the wish list of packages and receive raffle tickets to a Louis Vultton Bag, Aesthetic treatment and more!

If interested, please call (203) 879-6171 or (860) 302-1226. Ask for Rebecca or Iole.

Naugatuck Exchange Club Annual Harvest Wine Dinner (November 16)
Looking for night out ideas? Saturday, November 16, treat yourself to the Annual Harvest Wine Dinner! Naugatuck Exchange Club is hosting the assortment of seasonal meals with the wine selection from select businesses. Come out and have a good time!
If interested, please call Jessie Camilles at (203) 723-2275 to make reservations and more information.

Crusader Hall of Honor Induction (November 21)
Holy Cross High School will induct nine individuals and one athletic team into the Crusader Hall of Honor on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at La Bella Vista at 6:00p.m. Alumni, teachers, administrators, friends and athletic teams are recognized in this prestigious group for their achievements and contributions to Holy Cross and/or their local communities. Tickets are $65.00 and can be purchased by calling 203.757.9248 ext. 221, by emailing Cary Fappiano ’85, Director of the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations at or by registering online at .  

Access Health CT to Host Enrollment Fairs Across CT
Access Health CT has set up 23—and counting—enrollment fairs across the state from November through December.  
The fairs will feature on-site staff from Access Health CT who will be available to answer questions and assist attendees in enrolling in quality, affordable healthcare coverage. In addition, certified brokers will be on-hand to provide plan recommendations.

To view the current list of fairs, visit here:

Attendees should plan to bring the following items in order to successfully enroll same-day:
• Dates of Birth
• Social Security number
• Visa, green card or immigration documents
• Most recent W2 and/or Form 1040, Form 1099
• Current insurance coverage
• Paystubs, Profit & Loss statements or other employment information to confirm income for all individuals within a tax household

Available Jobs
The Department of Allied Health Sciences: Assistant Professor Wanted
The Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor in Residence. This is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track appointment with an expected start date of August 23, 2020. The position is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance evaluations and comes with a competitive salary and benefits package.

If interested, or for more information, please click here .

Member News and Updates
Sign Pro Inc. Recognized for Help Building Beehive Bridge
Sign Pro President, Peter Rappoccio, joined New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, local legislators, and members of the community in celebrating the grand opening of the new Beehive Bridge. Sign Pro served as a subcontractor to Martin Laviero Contractor for this project. “This project was two years in the making and came to fruition through the hard work from Connecticut companies. The hardest aspect was making all the parts work together, but it was an exciting challenge,” said Peter Rappoccio. “We applaud Mayor Stewart’s office for their innovative vision, and we take great pride in this project, which is now a gateway to the city.”
Sign Pro has been in the sign business since 1990 and is a family owned manufacturing company currently employing approximately 70 Connecticut residents. Sign Pro integrates lean techniques into all areas of the business to ensure the highest level of quality management practices. The modern technology deployed in Sign Pro business practices prepare the company for Industry 4.0 practices (Smart Factory), currently being globally deployed by Connecticut manufactures.

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

Southmayd Home Debuts Resident Tech Room
Thanks to a generous grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation, Southmayd Home opened its new technology room to residents in October. Equipped with large keyboard iPads, two workstations and a comfortable reading chair, the room is available to residents for internet access to gather information, Skype and email, play games and check medical portals. Holy Cross High School students will help train residents on the iPads and assist them in exploring opportunities. “I am thankful to Connecticut Community Foundation,” said Executive Director Kara Cunningham. “The grant provides an added benefit to everyday resident life that we were unable to provide before.”

Acts 4 Ministry Seeking Winter Coats & Accessories Donations for Children & Adults
Acts 4 Ministry Inc., a non-denominational, non-profit charitable organization, is seeking donations of new or gently-worn coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, and new socks, thermals, and undergarments for children and adults. Through Saturday, December 21st all donations can be brought to Acts 4 Ministry at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, Mondays through Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a receipt for tax deductions.
To provide monetary donations to the “Share the Warmth” drive, make contributions payable to Acts 4 Ministry and U.S. Mail to PO Box 4524, Waterbury CT 06704 or visit and tap ‘click to give’ icon. For large donations, or to volunteer, contact Alice’n Renaud, Acts 4 Ministry Operations Coordinator at 203-574-2287 or email to . For current donation needs, visit the Donate page of .
Branagan Communications Consultants LLC Launches PR/Publicity Campaigns for Several Chamber Members
Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, the owner of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC (BCC), announced that her public relations, publicity placement, and marketing communications services were secured by several Waterbury Regional Chamber members including Acts 4 Ministry for their current “Share the Warmth” winter coats and accessories drive; Anytime Fitness in Waterbury for their Nov. 12 Grand Re-Opening; Bronko Homes Real Estate in Naugatuck for their “Leave A Legacy” charitable offering; the October 29th Business Women’s Forum (BWF); and Carolyn Finch of Electrific Solutions, Inc. for an “Increase Your Confidence Now” workshop with her actor/musician son David Finch.

Throughout 2019, Branagan-Mitchell has been celebrating 26 years of sole proprietorship success. Branagan Communications Consultants also offers writing and editing of content for websites, newsletters, branding and sales materials, brochures, and presentations. For more information, visit, email to or call Barbara Branagan-Mitchell directly at 860-210-0149.
Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director Sarah Carabetta Recipient of Coveted Community Impact Award
Sarah Carabetta is recipient of the 2019 Sacred Heart High School’s Reverend John Meaney Community Impact Award which recognizes the leadership commitment of an individual(s) or organization that has had a strong impact on the greater Waterbury community through serving the needs of others.
Widely-known throughout the region as a visionary leader, Carabetta joyfully shares her love for God and ministry with her strong civic contributions and her desire to serve residents in need. She has worked as the executive director of Acts 4 Ministry for seven years, elevating the organization’s platform through her marketing, fund-raising and project management background. The non-profit assists people who have suddenly lost their homes to a fire, flood or other unexpected devastation or upsetting life event by providing them with the basics of daily living needs.
Southmayd Home Cookies, Cocoa & Carols Open House
‘Tis the Season to be Jolly! Southmayd Home will host a Cookies, Cocoa & Carols Open House on Sat., Dec. 7 from 1-3 p.m. at 250 Columbia Blvd., Waterbury. Bring your holiday spirit and singing voice and kick off the season with an old-fashioned carol sing with residents, neighbors and friends. Light refreshments, tours and merriment. For info contact Outreach Coordinator Laura Marsala, (203) 754-0360, ext. 211.

Haynes 20% Off to Chamber Members
Haynes is offering all Chamber Members 20% off all Haynes Outdoor Living products. 

Shop the incredible range of architectural stone, pavers and outdoor living fireplaces, fire pits, fire rocks, and outdoor kitchens at all-time low prices. Explore a remarkable selection of wall stone, veneers, flagstone and pavers, all perfect for New Home Construction and Home Remodeling. 

Bronko Homes Real Estate Donates 'Leave a Legacy' Contribution to Naugatuck Youth Services
Bronko Homes Real Estate Owner Adam Bronko of Naugatuck (2nd from right) recently contributed a portion of the commission his firm earned on the recent sale of a home to the non-profit Naugatuck Youth Services. Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Naugatuck-based real estate firm at 175 Church Street, Bronko is offering home sellers the opportunity to “Leave A Legacy” with the sale of their home. 

“When a seller lists their home with us,” explained Bronko, “it is our pleasure to donate a portion of our earned commission in that client’s name to a local charity or non-profit organization of their choice. We believe this program is a great way for our clients to give back to a community they’ve been a part of for many years. Not only were our clients of this particular sale happy with our service and how fast we sold their home, the Naugatuck Youth Services organization was just as happy to receive a donation through our Leave A Legacy Program.” Serving Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury and Oxford, Bronko Homes offers highly-personalized service to home buyers and sellers. Adam Bronko can be reached via, 203-714-6479, 203-889-1334, or via

Aria Holiday Happy Hour and Small Business Party
Join Aria for the Holiday Happy Hour on December 5! The following couple weeks, Aria is hosting a Small Business Party on the 14 and 20. The events will serve an array of food for their appetizers, entrees, desserts and so much more. Enjoy live entertainment and an open bar for those interested. These functions last from 6:30 PM to 12 AM, come out and have a great time with friends. 
If interested, or looking to reserve your table, please call (203) 758-0096.

The 34th Annual Santa's Workshop & Toy Drive
The Waterbury Youth Services is looking for sponsors for their 34 th Annual Santa’s Workshop & Toy Drive. Sponsorships are tax deductible under IRS Code 501 (c) 3. Please remit checks to: Waterbury Youth

Since 1976, Waterbury Youth Services has been at the forefront helping at-risk youth stay in school, strengthening families, and making our community safer. We serve 1,000+ children and youth annually, providing them with a safe place to go where they are mentored by positive role models that help them explore their potential, become more independent, develop leadership skills and reach education goals.

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 .

Nardelli's Extends Limited Edition Chicken Pesto Grinder
You asked and Nardelli's answered. The limited edition Chicken Pesto Grinder which was slated to have an October-only run will now be available throughout the month of November, too! Stop into your local Nardelli's today to give it a try - the perfect option if you're dreading the hassle of holiday cooking!

Pure Shaka- 20% Promotion
Pure Shaka Premium CBD Products is having a promotion discount for ANYTHING on their website. Until the end of the year, you can get 20% off your order. Just use code “PURE” at checkout, it’s as simple as that! Visit their website to claim your code.

Holiday Celebrations with the Grand Oak Villa
The Grand Oak Villa invites you to celebrate with them this holiday season! They are accepting booking dates for holiday celebrations. Not planning on booking a date? There are events for the holiday season you might find appealing.

Holiday Gala - Saturday, December 14, 2019
Jingle and Mingle - Thursday, December 19, 2019
Christmas Party - Friday, December 20, 2019
For more information, please call 860-945-0548 or visit their website.

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.
Text "chamber" to (203) 496-4462 to receive a few updates or reminders from the Chamber. You can respond to any text and we will receive your response!
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