Litchfield News




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whose purpose is to support and shape
the future of the business community.
New members are always welcome!
Next LABA Meeting
Tuesday, October 16 ~ 12:00-1:00 pm
Location TBA
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Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club Meeting
Guest Speasker: Judge Charles Gill, Retired
Thursday, September 20 ~ 12 p.m.
Forman School Dining Facility
Judge Gill graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.  He was named a distinguished alumnus of that University along with Governor Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Robert Craves, the co-founder of Costco.  Fresh out of law school, his Yale professor friends hired him to be the first neighborhood legal services lawyer in the country, a Ford Foundation project.  U. S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg presided over the grand opening of that publicized event in an inner-city neighborhood in New Haven.
His legal career as a trial lawyer was in a myriad of spheres, from criminal to corporate that eventually led him to become a Connecticut Superior Court Judge.  He has presided over literally thousands of cases, including, for examples, a corporate dispute that resulted in more than 100 million dollars in damages, as well as a dozen murder cases that resulted in life imprisonments, one of which is the subject of a popular novel by the famous New York trial lawyer, Louis Nizer, entitled “Catspaw”.
The Judge has keynoted at over 300 multi-professional conferences and conventions in more than forty states, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  He has been joined by noted columnists George Will, Molly, Ivins, and Thomas Sowell, as well as Tom Selleck, Susan Saint James, General Colin Powell, Rob Reiner and U. S. Senators Bill Bradley and Chris Dodd. He has appeared in the national media, with John Stossel on 20/20, Good Morning American with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson, and Nightline with Ted Koppel where he debated then U. S. Attorney General Janet Reno on the fate of the Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez.  (According to Koppel, the Judge won the debate as the entire audience, equally divided pro and con, gave him a standing ovation at the end of the show for his thoughtful solution).
The Judge comes from a diverse background that includes sports, business, politics, and media.  He did a radio call in show out of New York called “The Judge and Mrs. Jones”.  A TV version of that was marketed to combat what he views as the unreality shows such as “Judge Judy.”
He has addressed the U.N. General Assembly where he was honored on the occasion of International Earth Day for his work on behalf of abused children.  He also spoke at an international U.N. Convention on Domestic Violence.  He has testified in Congress on two occasions on these issues and received three honorary degrees, one along with U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, in recognition of his efforts.
His list of awards can perhaps be best summarized by the fact that two Presidents of both political parties honored him in the White House.  President George H. Bush had him in the Oval Office to receive the U.S. Attorney General’s Annual Crime Victim’s Award.  President William Clinton invited him to the Rose Garden for a ceremony decrying violence against Children.
“Judge Gill presents a compelling insider’s guide of how our courts really work. I have testified over 1,000 times around the world including in Judge Gill’s courtroom.  He runs his court with a unique combination of toughness, compassion and humor, He shares his years of experience and makes his presentations not only interesting but, exciting as well." Dr. Henry Lee, Forensic Criminologist Rotary members and their guests are invited to attend.
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s
Litchfield Brokerage Expands After Renovations
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced that the firm has renovated and expanded its Litchfield brokerage. The newly expanded office will take advantage of the latest technological advancements for the modern office, such as cloud based technology, electronic document signing capabilities and virtual meeting spaces. Regional Brokerage Manager Kristine Newell described the new office space as an office for “the real estate agent of the future.”
OrthoConnecticut celebrates Litchfield office opening (09-01-18)

Participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the OrthoConnecticut office in Litchfield are, from left, physician assistants Marie Darrow and Steve Saunders, Dr. John Mullen, Dr. Andrew Bazos and Jo Ann Ryan, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut. BZ photo
The Litchfield office of OrthoConnecticut, the combined practice of New Milford Orthopedics, Danbury Orthopedics, Connecticut Pain Care and Coastal Orthopedics, made its presence in town official this week.
Representatives of the practice joined Jo Ann Ryan, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, at the office for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.
OrthoConnecticut’s Litchfield office at 338 Bantam Road opened in the spring and has enjoyed significant growth as patients from the Litchfield area are taking advantage of its services.
The office is staffed by four fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons with areas of expertise in sports medicine, hand and upper extremity issues, total joint replacement, spine, shoulder and foot and ankle issues. The facility offers on-site X-ray facilities and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are excited to see patients in the Litchfield community to accommodate the growing need for orthopedic specialty care in the region,” said Dr. Michael Brand, president of OrthoConnecticut.
A familiar face in the new office is Steve Saunders of Litchfield, a physician assistant.
OrthoConnecticut also has offices in Danbury, Darien, New Milford, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Sharon, Southbury and Westport. To schedule an appointment, go to or call 833-678-4628. Advertising
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