First Selectman Pat Llodra, Director of Planning George Benson, Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter, and Grant Coordinator Christal Preszler have renewed the community’s “Newtown is Open for Business” initiative. This new team of economic development leadership is committed to supporting responsible, environmentally sound development, creating a strong local economy and increasing the tax base to offset the residential tax burden for residents. According to Ms Paynter, Newtown is committed to providing a reliable and friendly development process, including a Fast Track Permitting Process for appropriate large-scale commercial and industrial developments.
When last we left Newtown entrepreneur and baker Stephanie Schneiderman, she was packing to run away to Hollywood. And while she had no dreams of making it big on the big screen, she did make the acquaintance of dozens of Hollywood stars who turned out for a pre-Emmy Awards red carpet event where they stuffed swag bags with selected gifts including boxes of Ms Schneiderman’s Biscotti, Etc cookies. Ms Schneiderman was one of just a few dozen companies providing items for the television awards showcase event on August 23 in Los Angeles.
“They described the event as something like a celebrity trade show,” she said. Ms Schneiderman was told that each celebrity attending the gifting event would receive at least one sample of Biscotti Etc products, which turned out to be the case.
The Power Network, sponsored by the Monroe and Newtown Chambers of Commerce, is hosting a special workshop featuring Paul Nonnenmacher on September 18, from 8 to 9:15 am, at the Collaborative Work Center in Monroe. Mr Nonnenmacher’s talk, “Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking,” will address and share techniques to overcome nervousness and deliver winning presentations. Mr Nonnenmacher has been speaking in public for almost 30 years, addressing audiences as well as appearing on radio and television.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) will host a free LinkedIn workshop in conjunction with Nutmeg Healthcare Recruiters on Friday, September 19. The workshop will run from 11 am until 2 pm at RCN. In addition, photographer Michelle Babyak will at RCN at 9 am for anyone who would like to have a professional head shot done. Although the workshop is free, Ms Babyak is charging a $40 fee for her work.
Area teens and young adults are invited to a free “Hands On Banking: Money Skills You Will Need For Life” presentation by Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. This program was originally scheduled for September 17.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, is meeting Tuesday, September 9 at the Knights of Columbus building at St Rose Church. Linda Van Valkenburgh will speak on “LinkedIn 3.0 — Learn to Leverage the new LinkedIn to Fast Track Jobs, Sales Leads and Business Opportunities.”
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues its free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on September 10 from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Jeff Cowden of Yacko and Sons Tree Service, who will present "Simple Steps to Maintain Healthy Trees.”
Area teens and young adults are invited to a free “Hands On Banking: Money Skills You Will Need For Life” presentation by Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. The program had originally been scheduled for September 17.
Stephanie Schneiderman, who founded Newtown-based Biscotti Etc. just two years ago, was skeptical when she was asked to serve up her tasty treats at the 2014 Emmy Awards. But after doing a little detective work to determine the offer was legit, she quickly agreed. A recent visit by The Newtown Bee found Ms Schneiderman packing for the weekend adventure and preparing to ship several cases of her homemade biscotti out to Los Angeles. “I thought it was a scam,” she said after receiving an official-looking e-mail inviting her to be among 20 to 25 companies to supply “swag bag” items at a pre-Emmys red carpet event August 23.
Charter Communications customers in Newtown will receive more than 200 high definition (HD) channels, better picture quality, and significantly faster Internet speeds as Charter completes its move to a 100 percent all-digital network throughout 2014. The all-digital upgrade for customers in the Fairfield County area is scheduled for September 9. As part of this upgrade process, customers must take action by acquiring Charter-issued digital set-top boxes for each of their televisions. More than 90 percent of Charter customers in the Fairfield County area have adopted digital devices for at least one television in their home.