The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “Refining Your Public Speaking: Deliver Your Message Effectively” with Newtown resident and IT professional Alenda Calderbank on Wednesday, March 12, at The Villa Restaurant. Networking and light dinner begin at 6 pm, followed by the guest speaker. Many people find public speaking to be daunting, and have been discouraged from pursuing opportunities in order to avoid it, according to Ms Calderbank, a member of Toastmasters since 2005. In her talk, she will describe ways to get comfortable speaking before a group.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will meet Tuesday, March 11, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building. Entrepreneurs and business professionals are invited to join the group for networking, followed by a presentation at 6 by Mark Troncone on “Everything that you wanted to know about networking, but were afraid to try.” Admission is free.
As president and chief operating officer for Stamford-based Frontier Communications, Sandy Hook resident Dan McCarthy has a unique vantage point as his company moves through the process of taking over Connecticut’s residential phone and communications services and infrastructure from AT&T. On December 17, 2013, Frontier Communications announced an agreement to acquire AT&T’s wireline properties in Connecticut. Mr McCarthy expects the transition to close in the second half of 2014 while AT&T continues to provide service to its local customers.
On the strength of data compiled in a survey produced mainly by two Newtown residents, Governor Dannel Malloy announced that the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and its Office of Tourism’s “Still Revolutionary” campaign is paying off in a revolutionary way. New tracking results demonstrate the $22 million Statewide Tourism Marketing Fund investment over the course of 18 months has generated measurable gains in overall tourism spending to the state and has helped increase positive awareness of Connecticut as a place to visit. Since its inception, “Still Revolutionary,” the state’s award-winning marketing campaign, has reached target consumers in key markets with its message nearly 646 million times. According to a study conducted by strategic research firm Harrison Group, the effort is estimated to have generated dramatic shifts in perception about the state...
Ed “Coconut Ed” Hartz of Sandy Hook founded Noelani Coconut Water in 2012, and recently announced the opening of its first retail store, in collaboration with The Molecule Store, at 259 East 10th Street, Manhattan. Mr Hartz began delivering Noelani Coconut Water to customers in the Hamptons last summer, and currently provides delivery to Scarsdale in Westchester County, Boston, various districts of Manhattan, and several towns in Fairfield County. What is good news for Newtown residents, Mr Hartz said, is that he will begin delivery service to Sandy Hook and Newtown homes and businesses in February.
Ronna Brier, certified consulting hypnotist, opened her office inside the Sound Center, at 31 Hawleyville Road (Route 25), in October. Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists in 2012, Ms Brier also teaches psychology at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. Ms Brier provides hypnosis for adults, primarily for smoking cessation and weight loss. Hypnosis can also be used to treat other issues, such as migraine headaches, stress, anxieties, and phobias, she said.
Nick Pirraglia and his son Daniel took ownership of King’s Restaurant on Route 25 in April 2012, but it is only recently that he has finished the first phase of sprucing up the iconic breakfast and lunch place, said Mr Pirraglia. Mr Pirraglia brings many years of food experience to King’s. “I grew up in the Bronx making pizzas,” he said, and for the past 30 years has owned Nick’s Corner Market in Armonk, N.Y., now under the management of his son, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. King’s now offers breakfast or lunch items on an all-day basis, from 8 am to 3 pm, seven days of the week. The only exceptions are items from the fryer, which are not available first thing in the morning.
In an effort to help foster business opportunities in the greater Newtown area, the Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be held at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on February 12, from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Angelo Marini of Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro (pictured, right). His presentation is titled “Ten Steps to Business Success — Lessons Learned from the Masters,” and will include a step-by-step process with which Mr Marini has achieved high business success throughout the past decade of the ever-changing economy.
For 15 years, Newtown residents Marty and Jennifer Lynch operated his Cornerstone Medical institutional durable medical supply company from a nondescript warehouse in Oxford. But the Lynchs saw a huge and untapped market among individual caregivers, including family members, aids, nurses, and other medical professionals who interact with seniors and younger patients who are disabled, along with those who sustained injuries that may experience short- to medium-term recovery periods.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “Putting The Puzzle Together To Live a Wellness Life” at its February 12 meeting. Featured speaker Tammy Gruber will discuss how to create balance in seven key areas of one’s life. She is an expert in the health and wellness industry with more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in finding the right combination of steps towards implementing one’s visions and goals.