John O’Sullivan opened Art & Frame of Danbury two years ago, after having worked as a framer since he was 15 years old, at various locations. His love of woodworking was learned from his father, he said, growing up in Bethel, and he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The shop functions primarily as a frame shop, said the Newtown resident, “but I wanted a gallery, too.” Seven to eight times a year, the white textured walls on either side of the bright, rectangular space that makes up Art & Frame are covered with the works of local artists, solo or in groups. Each show is hung for approximately six weeks, allowing ample time for viewing during the Monday through Friday hours of 10 am to 7 pm, or until 6 pm on Saturdays.
Newtown residents are invited to visit and take pictures with Santa December 15 between 10 am and 2 pm at LeReine’s Cuisine, 31 Peck’s Lane. Owner LeReine Frampton decided to host the event, during which parents and caregivers take their own photos with Santa, as a fundraiser for the Newtown Hook & Ladder Building Fund. There is no cost to visit with Santa or take pictures, but Ms Frampton is hopeful that those attending will donate to Newtown Hook & Ladder Building Fund. Attendees are also welcome to purchase breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks, or baked goods that will be prepared for or cooked to order that day.
Local business owners and professionals are invited to join the Working Women’s Forum on Wednesday, December 11, for a holiday gathering at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook. All are invited. A wide variety of raffles will be offered, including spa services at A New Beginning Aveda Salon, portraits from Newtown photographer Marleen Cafarelli, cooking lessons from Lorraine Hurley, local author Sharon Cohen’s book Newtown Moving Forward, a wine basket, a Christmas decor basket, local designer Christina Wolf’s holiday embellishments, and much more.
Ice cream lovers don’t have to hibernate during the winter now that Frosty Bear is open just a mile or so south of the Newtown–Monroe border on Route 25.
For five years, John Martin operated a very successful seasonal ice cream stand near Staples High School in Westport. But a couple of years ago he decided to begin looking for a location where he could remain open year-round, especially for those with a sweet tooth and no reservations about enjoying a cone or sundae during the coldest days of winter. He found that spot in a space previously occupied by a small Italian eatery, tucked between Creative Music and a Dunkin’ Donuts shop. Mr Martin opened his doors in Monroe just as a heat wave descended on the region in mid-July, and he is seeing a steady stream of fair weather customers returning and expressing gratitude that they can continue to get their ice cream fix.
Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Labor have helped hundreds of small business people achieve their goals. Those agencies will participate in an outreach seminar providing Newtown and area business owners a breakdown of the various programs the state has to offer in efforts to help small businesses succeed and grow. The free seminar is set for Tuesday, December 10, from 8:30 to 10 am, in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library.
Praxair, Inc has announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jim Sawyer will retire on December 31 after 28 years of service with Praxair and its predecessor company, Union Carbide. Mr Sawyer has served as Praxair’s CFO for 13 years. Matthew White of Newtown will succeed succeed Mr Sawyer as senior vice president and CFO, effective January 1, 2014.
The Newtown Economic Development Commission (EDC) is reminding Newtown community members that Small Business Saturday is November 30, Thanksgiving weekend.
According to EDC assistant Betsy Paynter, when people shop at small, independent, locally owned businesses, 68 percent of what they spend stays right in their community supporting local organizations and services.
“Small businesses are the heartbeat of communities,” she said in a release. “The corner store that creates jobs and the locally owned shop’s presence makes a neighborhood, your neighborhood.”
The Newtown Economic Development Commission (EDC) is reminding Newtown community members that Small Business Saturday is November 30, Thanksgiving weekend. According to EDC assistant Betsy Paynter, when people shop at small, independent, locally owned businesses, 68 percent of what they spend stays right in their community supporting local organizations and services.
During his post World War II military service, Homer Bennett served in the precarious position of tail gunner in a fighter bomber flying from what was at the time the largest ocean-going craft on earth, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. So when he returned to his home town of Southbury, a growing suburban community tucked into the southern fringe of the Litchfield hills, he did what a lot of young returning veterans did — bought a car and got himself a job to pay it off. A short time later, Mr Bennett bought one of his first garbage collection routes in Oakdale Manor for $350, but balked at the $1,300 price tag the seller fixed to his garbage truck. Instead, he picked up a Model A Ford dump truck for $85 and began acquiring other trash routes, eventually amassing routes throughout Southbury and parts of Oxford.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will host a program on “The Resilient Life” on Wednesday, November 13, at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road. Networking and light dinner begin at 6 pm followed by guest speaker Dr John Woodall.