Litchfield News




The Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA)
is a network of area business owners and managers
whose purpose is to support and shape
the future of the business community.
New members are always welcome!
LABA Social
Thursday, January 18 ~ 5:00-7:00 pm
Tavern Off the Green
Carriage Room @ Litchfield Inn
432 Bantam Rd., Litchfield
or call 860-3939156
Job Fair
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
10 am-1 pm & 4-6 pm
355 Goshen Rd., Litchfield
Job seekers with varied skills and experience levels are invited to a Job Fair in Litchfield at EdAdvance on Tuesday, January 23. The nonprofit Regional Educational Service Center serving western CT will hold the event at its Litchfield office, 355 Goshen Road, from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 4 PM to 6 PM.
The agency has current full-time and part-time openings in several of its educational and community services programs. Detailed job information and applications will be available that day. Applicants should be prepared to complete an online application and participate in a brief interview for positions of interest.
Positions available in both Litchfield and Fairfield counties include: Direct Support Professionals; Student Transportation Van Drivers and Aides; Head Teachers; Assistant Teachers; Substitute Teachers; Interventionists; Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapists; Adult Education Teachers; Certified Teachers; Therapists; Paraprofessionals; Head Start and Early Childhood Program Teachers; Substitute Teachers; Aides; School Food Services workers, and Facility Services workers (custodians). 
Visit to learn more or contact Human Resources at 860-567-0863.  EdAdvance is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
SCORE Workshops
@ NW CT Chamber of Commerce
333 Kennedy Drive, Torrington
Marketing in the Digital Era
FridayJanuary 26 ~ 8:30-10:30am
Business Model Canvas
TuesdayFebruary 6 ~ 5:30-7:30pm
What is Your Exit Strategy?
WednesdayFebruary 13 ~ 8:30-10:30am
Paul McLaughlin promoted to
Executive Vice President of Litchfield Bancorp
Litchfield Bancorp is proud to announce the promotion of Paul McLaughlin to Executive Vice President as of January 2018.
Paul McLaughlin began his career with Litchfield Bancorp more than 25 years ago and is an avid member of the community in Northwest Connecticut.
“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Paul to EVP, approved by the Litchfield Bancorp Board last week,” President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas J. Villanova said in announcing McLaughlin’s promotion. Mr. Villanova continued to say, “Paul is a leader in the community, a leader in our organization and a leader in the Connecticut Mutual Holding Company.”
Paul currently serves as a board member for the McCall Center for Behavioral Health; co-chairman for the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program; Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities Trustee; President of the Litchfield Area Business Association; Greenwoods Counseling Director and a member of the Torrington High School Governance Committee. In the past, Paul has also served as a President of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Northwest Connecticut; Held positions with the Oliver Wolcott Library as Board of Trustee, Annual Fund Chairman, Vice President and Treasurer; as well as a Rotary Member.  
In accepting his promotion, Paul stated, “I have had the honor and privilege of working for Litchfield Bancorp over the past 27 years. Time and time again they have supported me and allowed me so many opportunities. This promotion is truly humbling and is another great example of how Litchfield Bancorp supports its employees. I look forward to the years to come, working with this tremendous team!”
Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $240 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to or call 860-567-9401.

Misinformation has been posted on a web site indicating that there are job openings at Merritt Clarke’s Store in Bantam. That information is not accurate (we are currently fully staffed) and was posted without our authorization.  While we love to have people come into the store, we don’t want to mislead people about job opportunities that don’t exist. Thank you and hope you will come and see what we offer. ~ Yvonne Gilyard, owner Advertising
Rosemary K. Cockburn is the Advertising Sales Representative. She is handling all new advertising accounts and would be glad to talk with you about advertising on She can be contacted by phone at 860-567-4051 or via email at


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NCCC Offers Real Estate Principles & Practices Course
February 13 and runs through May 1, 2018
Classes will meet from 6:35-9:35 pm
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
The Center for Workforce Development at Northwestern Connecticut Community College is offering Real Estate Principles and Practices, which starts on February 13 and runs through May 1, 2018. Classes will meet from 6:35-9:35 pm.
This required course for real estate salesperson licensing provides clear explanation of modern real estate practices and a working knowledge of real estate in Connecticut.
Recognized by the Real Estate Consortium of Community Colleges of Connecticut and approved by the State of Connecticut Real Estate Commission, this course meets the minimum 60-hour requirement outlined by the State. Property owners, buyers, sellers, and anyone interested in pursuing real estate careers or operations will find this course beneficial and rewarding.
For more information, or to register for Real Estate Principles and Practices, please contact Jane Williams, Workforce Development Coordinator, at or call (860) 738-6444.
Litchfield-Morris Rotary
Guest: Oz Griebel, Independent Hopeful for Governor
Thursday, February 15 ~ 12:00 pm
Forman School Dining Facility
Independent candidate for Governor Oz Griebel, former leader of Hartford’s regional chamber of commerce – the MetroHartford Alliance – will be the guest speaker for the Litchfield-Morris Rotary Feb. 15 at noon at Forman School. The event is open to the public (Rotary members and guests).
“I’m looking forward to visiting with the Litchfield-Morris Rotary, listening to your ideas and working with you to reignite economic and job growth in Connecticut,” Griebel said. “No parties. No politics. Just solutions.”
For more information, contact
Chuck Conn, 860-806-1550 /
or Andy Thibault, 860-690-0211 /
2017 Business Highlights
A large development in the center of Litchfield was the opening of the former Litchfield County Correctional Center as a commericial, retail, office and residential building. The structure has undergone a massive renovation by its owners, Russell Barton, Susan Stone, Robert Myers and Harriet Saltzman, and has become a leading example of what can be done to repurpose a building.
June saw the opening of a new Stop & Shop in the Village Green plaza. The new store has been well-received and with its two entrances and exits has alleviated traffic congestion on Route 202.
It was an active year on the business front locally, headed by the renovation of the hugely-popular Bantam Market. Owners David and Deb Brenner reconfigured the inside of the store to make it easier for customers to stroll the aisles and are wrapping up a facelift of the exterior. With its selection of gourmet food items and everyday household food, cleaning and personal care products, the store has developed a large following from Bantam, Litchfield and beyond.
Stop & Shop's old home on West Street will become an Ocean State Job Lot this year. The discount retailer announced plans to move to Litchfield in October. On West Street, the former Workshop space was finally filled, by Jeffrey Lawrence Estate Jewelry, the R. Derwin Clothiers men's and women's shops are now in one location, and Bohemian Pizza tore down its old building and built a new one.
The Litchfield Athletic Club, considered Litchfield County's finest fitness faciity, celebrated its 20th anniversary under the ownership of Alan Landau. 
On the business front in Morris, residents were shocked to learn that a Dollar General store would be coming to town. The store is nearly built and is expected to open early in the new year. Morris also saw the opening of Bella Luna gift shop and the closing of the Cardinal Grill after two years.
Aquarion Water Company Warns
Customers of Imposter Phone Call Scam
BRIDGEPORT, CONN – November 2, 2017 – Aquarion Water Company is warning customers about a phone call scam, where an imposter is identifying themselves as Aquarion Water Company.  The imposter leaves a phone number for the customer to call back to make a water bill payment or pay a fine for tampering with their water meter. The only valid Aquarion Customer Service Center numbers are 1-800-732-9678 and 203-445-7310.
Any customers that receive a similar call should immediately contact their local police department. Anyone who has further questions or would like to confirm their account status may contact Aquarion’s  Customer Service Center at 1-800-732-9678. For more information on Aquarion Water Company and its subsidiaries, please visit
Women's Enterprise Initiative
"I Don't Know What To Do With My Life"
Have you ever felt like this when you came to a crossroad in life? Do you think you have it in you to become an entrepreneur? We've just published a blog on this subject, which you can see HERE. Want to pursue it? Contact us! We're here to help.
Our website,, offers a lot of information for small businesses and for non profits. We also spotlight some of our clients who are running and growing their own small businesses or non profits.
The Women's Enterprise Initiative of Northwestern Connecticut is a nonprofit organization which provides consulting on all aspects of business ownership and nonprofit management, free of charge, to entrepreneurs and nonprofits in Northwestern Connecticut. We work with both women and men. Please visit us to learn more. Click HERE to get to our website. Referrals are always welcome!
Best regards, Anthea Disney, Deborah Seidel, Maggie Selby, Carole St. Mark