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!
Next LABA Meeting
Tuesday, March 20 ~ 12:00-1:00 pm
@ Litchfield Firehouse 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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Ocean State Job Lot Celebrates Litchfield Store Grand Opening
with Discount Dash for Charity
Local media members and dignitaries, including 1st Selectman Leo Paul, to compete to raise money for charity
Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), a leading discount closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island with stores throughout New England, New Jersey, and New York, celebrates the grand opening of its 130th store in Litchfield, Connecticut. This 24,000 sq. ft. location, a former Stop & Shop, is Ocean State Job Lot’s 28th location in the state. The store’s arrival brings 50 new jobs and restores vibrancy to this previously-vacant retail location.
Ocean State Job Lot will host a grand opening celebration on March 17th, to include a ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by members of the Litchfield Board of Selectmen, Ocean State Job Lot executives and Litchfield Store Manager Steve Zembrzuski, as well as a presentation of $500 to the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation’s “Close to Our Heart” recipient: the Litchfield Prevention Council in support of the town’s drug education program. OSJL will also donate a kayak outdoor package valued at $750 for use in a future prevention council raffle.
The company will further its community-first approach to business with its first-ever Discount Dash for Charity, during which local media members and dignitaries will compete in a timed scavenger hunt for select Ocean State Job Lot products. The person or team who collects the most items in 130 seconds will win a $500 Ocean State Job Lot gift card for their charity; second and third place finishers will receive $250 gift cards for their charities. 1st Selectman Leo Paul is playing for Wounded Warriors/Fisher House; CT Ain’t So Bad Bloggers Jessica Bishop and Jenna Kijowski are playing for the Connecticut Food Bank, and Amy Ferrarotti of WZBG 97.3 radio is playing for Friendly Hands Food Bank in Torrington.
Doors open to customers at 8 a.m., who will enjoy special grand opening deals, including the opportunity to enter into a raffle for a $200 Ocean State Job Lot gift card.
Ocean State Job Lot  
331 West Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:00 a.m. – Store opens to the public for shopping
10:00 a.m. – Ribbon cutting ceremony followed by Discount Dash for Charity
Ocean State Job Lot Executives; 1st Selectman Leo Paul and town dignitaries; Amy Ferrarotti of WZBG 97.3 radio; Jessica Bishop and Jenna Kijowski, CT Ain’t So Bad Blog; local residents and shoppers     
About Ocean State Job Lot:
Now in its 40th year, Ocean State Job Lot is a growing, privately held retail chain with 130 stores in New England, New York, and New Jersey, approximately 5,000 employees, and annual sales exceeding $650 million. Job Lot sells brand name, first quality merchandise at closeout prices. Shoppers find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (holiday, gardening, patio, pool and beach supply), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price. The company was named by Forbes Magazine as a 2017 “Best Midsize Employer.” The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has a long history of philanthropic leadership, placing emphasis on local food banks in communities where Job Lot operates stores. The Foundation also supports medical and literacy initiatives, disaster relief efforts, the performing arts, military service members and their families, seniors, teachers, first responders, and special needs and foster children. Ocean State Job Lot is headquartered at 375 Commerce Park Road in the Quonset Point Business Park, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  Phone: (401) 295-2672; Web:
NW CT Chamber of Commerce
14th Annual Job Fair
Thursday, March 22 ~ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Torrington City Hall Auditorium
140 Main Street, Torrington
FREE and open to the public. Please bring multiple copies of your resume and some employers will have applications to complete on the spot. The hours for the Job Fair are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The goal of the Job Fair is to help job seekers and employers connect.  It provides an outlet for potential workers to meet employers, employers to gather resumes, and employers to network with each other.  Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume. 
This year’s Job Fair will feature over 30 employers representing a wide range of industries.  Companies representing opportunities in manufacturing, finance, transportation, healthcare, insurance, education and more will be exhibiting.  Click here for details.
BZ Advertiser News
Matthew Blondin, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Michael Shea, O.D.
Jessica Zebrowski, O.D.
Torrington 860-489-2781
Kent 860-592-0501
Call now to book your appointment! 
Litchfield Bancorp Sponsors Local Cash Mobs
First to be held at Hidden Valley Eatery, Washington Depot, CT
Litchfield Bancorp is excited to announce the launch of their community Cash Mob events. Each month one local business will be “mobbed” by Litchfield Bancorp employees as a way to support local businesses by shopping local. The kick-off inaugural event will be held on March 24th at Hidden Valley Eatery, 88 Bee Brook Rd., Washington Depot, CT during the hours of 7am to 9pm. The event is open to the public and customers are encouraged to mention that they are “Cash Mobsters” to obtain a special offer from Litchfield Bancorp.

“The Cash Mobs are part of our community outreach and Locally Owned, Locally Grown campaign,” says Tom Villanova, President of Litchfield Bancorp. “We deeply understand that the core of our communities is based in small and family owned businesses, and it’s our job as community leaders to support them. Our goal is to help our local businesses expand their brand awareness by bringing new patrons into their doors and to help them increase revenue as well.”
A cash mob is a group of people spending money together at a local business. Cash mobs create a fun and interactive way for an organization to support the local businesses in the community. Litchfield Bancorp will host a cash mob once a month in one of the local towns that it serves. The date, time and place will be announced at least 2 weeks in advance, encouraging the public to join. To learn more about the Cash Mob visit or follow us on Facebook for updates. Use #LBCCASHMOB to tweet and share posts.
SCORE Workshops
@ NW CT Chamber of Commerce
333 Kennedy Drive, Torrington
Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Charity of the Month Initiative
Celebrating four years of ownership in the Litchfield community, Andy Stowers and Brook Noel Stowers of Litchfield Saltwater Grille decided to launch an initiative to give back to the town that has supported them.
The Charity of the Month initiative will benefit a local charity or cause each month with the donation of a portion of each check during specific times of each day. Customers can make a reservation to support the designated charity on Sunday through Wednesday dinner (4pm-close) and Wednesday through Saturday lunch (11:30am-4pm). Litchfield Saltwater Grille will make one donation of 10% of all check revenue during those times at the end of the month. To make reservations for any day in March, please contact Saltwater Grille at 860-567-4900. The Charity of the Month for March will be the Litchfield Education Foundation
Aquarion Announces Call for Nominations for
2018 Aquarion Environmental Champion Awards
The Aquarion Water Company is again seeking to recognize adults, students, small and large businesses, and non-profits whose volunteer efforts have protected or improved Connecticut’s natural resources – its air, water, soils or plant and wildlife communities. 
For the eighth year, the company will select winners of its Aquarion Environmental Champion Awards in five categories: Adult, Youth, Small Business, Large Business and Non-Profit Organization.
“There are many organizations and people throughout Connecticut who are dedicated environmental stewards that work tirelessly to preserve Connecticut’s natural resources,” said Charles V. Firlotte, President and CEO of Aquarion Water Company. “It’s a privilege and honor to recognize them for their outstanding commitment, and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments during the 2018 Aquarion Environmental Champion Awards ceremony.”
Awards will include a $1,000 award for the student winner and $2,500 contributions to environmental non-profit organizations selected by the other winners. Aquarion will honor winners on June 2, 2018 at a special event to be held at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2018. Self-nominations and re-nominations are welcome. More information is available at and
Aquarion Water Company Warns
Customers of Imposter Phone Call Scam
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!