Chamber Member News | October 2019
Celebrating Our Members
October 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!

AARP Connecticut
Naugatuck Exchange Club
Signatures Restaurant
Wise Wealth, LLC

*Joined 9/1/19 - 9/30/19
Member Spotlights
Meet Drescher's Restaurant & Bar
Recognized as a historic landmark by Waterbury’s Historical Society, Drescher’s Restaurant and Bar is Waterbury’s oldest standing restaurant, providing the city with authentic German cuisine dating back as early as 1868. For over 150 years, the Drescher legacy has provided downtown Waterbury with a restaurant where guests can create lasting memories with friends and loved ones over good food and cold drinks. With an ever-changing menu of lunch, dinner and drink specials, there’s always something new to enjoy. Discover Drescher’s history, menu and more 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!
Dick's Sporting Goods
Tuesday, October 8th
4:00 PM
275 Union Street, Waterbury
Rhino Garage Doors
Friday, October 11th
4:30 PM
14 Scott Street, Naugatuck
Waterbury Youth Services Child Advocacy Center
Wednesday, October 16th
12:30 PM
83 Prospect Street, Waterbury
Signatures Restaurant Under New Ownership
Signatures Restaurant, located at 29 Leavenworth Street in Waterbury, celebrated its new ownership with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 26th. Signatures serves American and European Cuisine with an extensive pre-fixe menu, bar menu, daily specials and classic favorites. Pictured are, from left: State Senator Joan Hartley; State Representative Geraldo Reyes Jr.; CEO of Main Street Waterbury Carl W. Rosa; Economic Development Director for the City of Waterbury Joseph McGrath; Mayor Neil O'Leary; Owners Diane Lafontaine Gorman and Robert Gorman; Amber Gorman; Theresa LaFontaine; and Robert Gorman Jr. See menus, hours and more at or call Signatures at (203) 575-1190

San Marino Ristorante Celebrates 50 Years
On September 30th, San Marino Restaurant hosted their 50 year celebration to commemorate this milestone in their business. In addition to great food and appetizers, the evening included a photo booth for all guests. Pictured are, from left: Economic Development Director for the City of Waterbury Joe McGrath; Chamber President & CEO Lynn Ward; Mayor Neil O'Leary; founding co-owner Michael Capobianco, owners Linnea and Anthony D’Elia; Senator Joan Hartley and State Representative Geraldo Reyes Jr.

Events From Your Fellow Members
Power, Presence and Impact for Women - 8-Week Program Begins October 1
Power, Presence and Impact for Women is an 8-week leadership development program that offers techniques, strategies and action steps that will inspire mid-level professional women to develop the grit to lead, the influence to impact change, and the confidence to pursue her goals without hesitation. The best-fit candidate wants to: avoid a mid-career slump, overcome feeling marginalized and under compensated, build the confidence to pursue roles and functions with a direct path to senior leadership, develop a customized strategy to accelerate her career growth, and access a network of peers and seasoned men and women in finance who will support her and help her navigate hidden challenges in the industry. Fall Program starts October 1, 2019; Spring Program starts April 7, 2020. 

Frank Pepe's Fundraiser to Benefit Waterbury Youth Services (October 3)
The Original Frank Pepe Pizza Napoletana will donate 25% of your check to benefit: Waterbury Youth Services, Inc. on October 3rd, 2019! From 11AM-10PM, Eat in or Take Out. This offer is valid only at: Frank Pepe’s at 130 Reidville Drive, Waterbury. Please present this certificate at the time of payment to have 25% of your check’s value, excluding tax and tip, donated to Waterbury Youth Services, Inc. Valid only on October 3, 2019.

Naugatuck Historic Home Tour (October 5)
Are you a Nosey Neighbor? Tour ten of the local historic homes in the Hillside neighborhood. This is a self guided walking tour with volunteers in each home sharing the stories of the homes and the families that lived there. Tour the home of the inventor of Diamond Ginger Ale. Early industrial powerhouses such as Samuel Hopkins and Oscar Warner lived in this neighborhood. See the inside of those houses, you know you want to see homes they built for themselves. Each visitor will get a program with a map and histories of the houses. Advanced tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $30 for everyone. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Naugatuck Historical Society at or 203 729 9039. The tour is recommended for visitors 14 and up. Tickets can be purchased that day at the Naugatuck History Museum at the Tuttle House, 380 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770.  

Learn About Buying a Home at Mortgage Day (October 7)
Are you Interested in buying a home? Learn everything you need to know at Mortgage Day! On October 7 th, this free seminar will review the home-buying process, renting vs. buying, how to apply for a mortgage, and when to refinance. Head to Savings Bank of Danbury at 2084 North Main Street in Waterbury from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served, and walk-ins are welcome! Call Michelle at (203) 770-7399 with questions. 

Main Street Waterbury To Present 2019 Main Street Community Partnership Award To John L. Hopkins, Post University CEO (October 9)
Main Street Waterbury (MSW) will present their 2019 Main Street Waterbury Community Partnership Award to Post University CEO John L. Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins will receive the fifth annual award during a reception at the Palace Theater on Wednesday, October 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The non-profit MSW created the award to celebrate the leadership and contributions of the late Stephen R. Sasala, former CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and former president of MSW Board of Directors. The award is presented to a commendable individual whose initiative, leadership, and personal commitment embody the spirit of partnership and community involvement. Tickets are $40/person and can be purchased in advance at the Palace Theater Box Office at 100 East Main Street in Waterbury, calling the box office at 203-346-2000, or visiting . Tickets will be available October 9th at the box office. For more information, visit

You're invited to Fitness Fury Experience's 5th Anniversary and Awards Celebration Night (but their very 1st GALA)! 
The date is set for Thursday, October 10th, from 6:00 PM-10:00 PM at the Grand Oak Villa, in Oakville. Fitness Fury renders health & wellness fitness program services not only to active older adults and seniors, but also to children, teens, and young adults.Fitness Fury also awards 3 urban community pre-graduating students with a financial gift (500-1500) who are enrolled in or looking to go into a health and wellness fitness career. Table of 10 is 350.00 or 40.00 per person. Get your tickets online at .

Quilts That Care 7th Annual Fundraiser (October 10)
Support non-profit organization Quilts That Care with their 7th Annual Fundraiser on October 10th. Enjoy food, beer/wine, music, chance drawings and FUN while you support a good cause! Tickets are $45 and the event will take place at The Village at East Farms, 180 Scott Road in Waterbury. Quilts that Care's mission is wrapping cancer patients and their families in comfort and hope, one quilt at a time. Visit to learn more. For tickets, call Deb at (860) 782-1043 or email

Paint and Sip at Hawk Ridge Winery with Literacy Volunteers (October 10)
Come Paint & Sip with Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury at Hawk Ridge Winery on Thursday, October 10th at 5:30 pm! Tickets are $40/pp and include 6 samples of wine, appetizers, and instruction on painting your own keepsake wine glass. To register please visit We hope to see you there!

Refresh Beauty and Wellness Spa Fall Open House (October 10)
Refresh invites you to their Fall Open House on October 10 th at 23 Candee Hill Road, Watertown, to meet their new aesthetician Nancy Roy. Nancy will share some amazing skin care tips using their Microcurrent treatment and beneficial skin care products to promote the best outcome for you skin. Enjoy light refreshments, raffle prizes, and a take home gift bag! RSVP at (860) 417-6888. 

“Fall Into Health” Free Public Event (October 12)
The Northern Connecticut Black Nurse’s Association/The Ungroup Society is hosting a free public health event on October 12 th at Jonathan Reed Elementary School at 33 Griggs Street, Waterbury. The event will be held from 9 AM – 1 PM and will offer FREE screenings, including dental, vision, EKGs, mammographies, podiatry, cholesterol, prenatal, blood pressure, BMIs, glucose, stress, insurance, drug/alcohol/behavioral workshops, medical and professionals speakers, and more! The event will also include food, prizes and giveaways. More sponsors and supporters are sought for this event. Click here to view the sponsorship form, and contact Crystal Coggins for more information at

Making Government Benefits Work For You – Understanding Social Security and Medicare (October 15)
Please join Fiduciam Financial, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as they invite you to a seminar focusing on Retirement, Social Security and Medicare. Derek Januario, Vice President – Marker Leader in the Independent Channel for BlackRock and iShares will be presenting. This seminar will be taking place on Tuesday, October 15. Doors open at 6:00 PM at La Bella Vista, 380 Farmwood Road, Waterbury. Dinner Buffet & Cocktails will be available. To attend this event, please RSVP to Lisa Gayle by Friday, October 4, 2019 by calling 800-895-6625 or emailing . Please note, space is limited and this is a first come, first serve event.

This is an informational event. There is no cost or obligation. Ameriprise Financial S ervices, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2019 Ameriprise Financial, Inc., All rights reserved. 

United Way of Greater Waterbury 2019 Bed Races (October 19)
Come one, come all. Businesses large and small, and groups of adventurists welcome. Put your racing caps on, and enjoy an exciting day with food trucks, mobile pub, live entertainment and fun for the whole family on Saturday, October 19 th from 11 AM – 3 PM at City Hall on Grand Street, Waterbury. And, all proceeds from this event will be invested in United Way of Greater Waterbury’s Community Care Fund. Rain Date: Saturday, October 26 th . Sign up to Race, Donate, Volunteer, or Become a Sponsor at

Are You Dense? ‘For the Girls’ 6th Annual Brunch & Auction (October 27)
‘For the Girls’ 6th Annual Brunch and Auction with Guest Auctioneer to benefit Are You Dense?. Sunday October 27, 2019, 12-4 PM at Grand Oak Villa. Executive Brunch w/Endless Bellinis & Mimosas, Live ‘Secret’ Auction, Raffle, Dessert Auction, Live Music by Twist of Lime! Tickets are $45.00, Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information contact Donna Johnson or

Salvation Army's Annual Kettle Kick Off (October 29)
Please Save the Date for The Salvation Army's Annual Kettle Kick off Dinner, October 29th, 2019. Funds raised at this event will continue to assist The Salvation Army in providing basic needs of food, shelter and clothing to the community. Please call Sofia Swaby for more details or visit to purchase tickets and find sponsorship information.  

Sacred Heart High School & Middle School 7th Annual 5K Dash to Benefit Scholarship Assistance Program (November 2)
The 7 th Annual 5k Dash for Sacred Heart High School & Middle School will take place on Saturday, November 2, rain or shine. The 5K is a Chip-timed race with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10:00 a.m. Little Hearts Dash is at 9:30 a.m. The race starts and finishes at Sacred Heart High School Campus. Adults 19+ are $20/Youth 18 and under are $15/Veterans and Military are no charge (military ID required). Make checks payable to SHHS. Paper Registrations may be dropped off to the Greater Waterbury YMCA or Sacred Heart High School Front Desk no later than 3 p.m., Thursday, October 31, 2019. You may also mail to Sacred Heart High School, Attn: 5K Dash Registration, 142 South Elm Street, Waterbury CT 06706, to also be received no later than 3 p.m., Thursday, October 31, 2019. For Online Registration Visit: Click here for registration form. 

Increase Your Confidence Now With Acting Skills And Professional Speaking Techniques (November 4)
This workshop will be presented on Monday, November 4, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Bridgeport, Waterbury Center, 84 Progress Lane, Waterbury, CT. Internationally-known speaker and body language expert Carolyn Finch and her Broadway actor and musician son David Finch will present this full-day workshop on ways to improve sales, relationships, and public speaking skills. Entry fee is $99/person when registered by Sunday, November 3, and $110 at the door on November 4. To register, call, text or email to Sue Troupe at 203-910-8988 or , or U.S. Mail check to Electrific Solutions, LLC, Box 971, 701 Main Street South, Southbury, CT 06488. For information, visit .

Member News and Updates
NOSS Celebrates National Chiropractic Month in October
Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Spine Specialists (NOSS), Waterbury's largest independent practice with 13 doctors and over 150 years of experience, offers a wide range of services and expertise for patients. In October, the practice puts a focus on National Chiropractic Month and its chiropractic care offerings. Board-Certified Chiropractor Dr. Mark Mashia provides individually-tailored treatment programs involving hands-on manipulations and other techniques to apply specific, controlled pressure into a joint that has become misaligned or subluxated. He also recommends specific, home-based, corrective exercises to support recovery from injury to prevent future injuries. Chiropractic care helps relieve a wide variety of ailments, including headaches, neck pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, low-back pain, Sciatic pain, hip and knee pain, plantar fasciitis, sprains, muscle strains and arthritis. To learn more about NOSS's chiropractic offerings, visit

Youthbuild Program October Orientation Dates Announced
Earn While you Learn! YouthBuild has announced its orientation dates for October 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 29 & 30 at 10 AM. All accepted applicants will earn their GED, secure their lead and asbestos abatement training and apprenticeship trade opportuntities. Call to register as space is limited. Contact Joe Diorio at (203) 574-6971 EXT 434 or Jazmen Moore at (475) 559-1205.

Bronko Homes Real Estate Offers Unique 'Leave a Legacy' Program for Home Sellers
Bronko Homes Real Estate at 175 Church Street in Naugatuck is marking its one-year celebration by offering home sellers with the opportunity to “Leave A Legacy”. Adam Bronko, Licensed Real Estate Broker and Owner of Bronko Homes, and former NYC Police Officer, stated, “When a seller lists their home with us, we will 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.” 

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

Socks N Tops Running “Falling Prices” Sale Through End of October
The Falling Prices sale at Socks N Tops means you can get custom gear for your team at discount prices with no setup fee! T-Shirts are $5.50 Each, Long-sleeved T’s are $8.50 Each, and Hoodies are only $16.50 Each! Add $1 for each additional color print up to 4 colors. This offer is good up to size XL with additional $2 for larger sizes. Must buy 25 pieces total. Learn more at or visit Socks N Tops at 72 South Main Street, Waterbury. Contact Wesley at (203) 597-9719 or

Literacy Volunteers Selling 25% Off Shopping Passes
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury is selling 25% off shopping passes for Boscov's to be used on Friends Helping Friends Day, Wednesday, October 16th. Passes are only $5.00 and all proceeds benefit Literacy Volunteers. Please contact Executive Director, Jessica Reho at 203-754-1164 or if you are interested! Thank you in advance for your support. 

Meet Camile Hannoush - Michaels Jewelers New Owner
Camile Hannoush & his seven brothers’ dream came true when they opened their first Hannoush Jewelers store in 1980. Since then, Hannoush Jewelers grew to be one of the largest family run jewelry-chains in the U.S. After over 35 years, the brothers came to an agreement with a succession plan to continue with their children, and recently purchased Michaels Jewelers. Michaels Jewelers is owned by Camile Hannoush, President of 7C Diamond Inc. Camile and his three daughters, DeAnna, Tanya, and Alycia, are excited to continue and grow the family business in the Michaels Jewelers name. 

Eversource Offers No-Cost Energy Efficiency Evaluation
Did you know the average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes? An Eversource-authorized contractor will conduct a no-cost, no-obligation energy usage evaluation of the business, inside and out. You'll then receive a customized proposal with costs, incentives, financing and details on how the energy savings will translate to dollar savings. Connecticut businesses interested in getting started and learning more about the Business Energy Advantage can call Randy Vagnini at 860-665-4753 to schedule a visit and evaluation.

Nardelli's Offering $25 Off Catering Promotion
Get $25 Off your first online catering order with Nardelli's! Use promo code GRINDER25 when you purchase your catering order through their online portal. This special discount is applicable as a one-time promotion expiring on 10/31/2019 for ezCater first time customers only. Weekday orders with a minimum of $100 only. Limit one per customer. Click here to get started: nardellis-grinder-shoppe-1

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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