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Rocky’s Ace Hardware, a family-owned business with neighborhood-based stores in seven states, is recognizing October as national Fire Safety Month with special events at all of their locations, which will include participation by local fire departments. The free events will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will also feature grilling demonstrations.

“We love the opportunity to host community events at our neighborhood stores, and this one will provide both education and entertainment,” said Rocky’s Ace Hardware President and CEO Rocco Falcone. “We have First Alert® fire safety items on sale, including fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, so attendees can leave with the information and tools they need to enhance their home fire safety efforts.”

Each Rocky’s Ace Hardware location will have local firefighters on hand to provide information and instructions about fire safety, including fire extinguisher demonstrations and the opportunity to check out their fire engines and equipment.

“Although summer has ended, grilling season is still going strong, so we’ll also offer grilling demonstrations, safety tips and specials,” said Falcone. “We’ll help everyone let their inner grill master shine all year long.”


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The Sacred Heart Academic Music Program will host a two-day Guitar Festival featuring concerts with the Joshua Breakstone Duo and the Diálogos Duo.


WHO: On day one, the Joshua Breakstone duo will perform the songs of jazz drummer Art Blakey. Breakstone is touring in support of his October CD release, Children of Art, a tribute to Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Joining him for this concert will be bassist David Kingsnorth.


On day two, the Diálogos Duo, guitarist Richard Boukas and clarinetist Louis Arques, will perform songs from Homages to Brazilian Masters. These works present a panorama of traditional Brazilian genres melded with contemporary classical and jazz.


WHERE: Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield


WHEN: Day 1: Thursday, October 17, at 7 p.m.

Day 2: Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m.


SPONSOR: Sacred Heart University’s Academic Music Program


TICKETS: Free admission


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Guilford Art Center has new art classes for kids and also for adults

Fall youth semester begins the week of Sept. 23.
Register now for classes and workshops for kids ages 4-12yrs, plus teen classes.
Children 13 yrs and older can register for any adult class.
Art is important for adults too!
The semester officially began for adults this past Monday, but many classes have yet to start – plus there are lots of workshops taking place all fall.
Check out the catalog here and register online or call us (203) 453-5947.
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No matter what your game this fall season, Ability Beyond is setting its sights for a hole-in-one and ace on the court by hosting its Annual Golf Championship and Tennis Tournament on Monday, September 16, 2019 at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury, CT.


The competition is one of Ability Beyond’s largest fundraisers, attracting over 120 golfers each year. Proceeds will help Ability Beyond provide critical supports – including home care and job training – to more than 3,000 people with disabilities in Connecticut and New York.

A round robin tennis tournament was added to last year’s charity event and became an instant hit with more than 20 players. Mt. Kisco Truck and Auto Parts is once again serving as the tennis sponsor.

“Last year’s event raised over $90,000 and we are very optimistic that we can surpass our goal as more supporters can enjoy a day of ball for all,” said Jim Kennedy, Ability Beyond Board of Director Vice Chairman and Chair of Golf Event Committee. “In addition to having a great time on the links or on the court, participants will be helping Ability Beyond empower every person, no matter their ability, to live, work and thrive as members of their community.”

The cost is $350 for an individual golfer and $1,400 for a foursome. Registration for the tennis tournament is $175. Deadline is September 12, 2019 and everyone can register online at Those who are unable to attend but still want to support the organization can also donate through the website.


After a day of play, attendees will enjoy a silent auction with fantastic items and a live auction featuring coveted prizes like a Hudson National Golf Club package at the private golf club located in Westchester County, New York and many more! Opportunities to win on the course include two chances to win a car with TWO hole-in-one sponsored by Colonial Automobile Group of Danbury and Ingersoll Auto of Danbury and awards for closest-to-the-pins and longest drive. The day kicks off with registration at:

  • 10:30 am followed by:
  • 11:00 am Lunch
  • 12:30 pm Golf Shamble Shot Gun
  • 2:00 pm Tennis Tournament
  • 5:00 pm Reception and Silent Auction viewing
  • 6:30 pm Dinner and Live Auction

The local business community is encouraged to join Ace sponsors Maplewood Senior Living & Network Support Co. in supporting Ability Beyond through a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Densie Musser at 203-942-9168 or for more information.

The Ridgewood Country Club is located at 119 Franklin Street Ext in Danbury, Conn.


Ability Beyond is a 501{c} (3) organization headquartered in Bethel, Conn. and Chappaqua, N.Y. It provides a wide range of services for over 3,000 people with a disability that inhibits their activities of daily living — including numerous residential alternatives, employment training, career counseling, job placement services, cognitive and life skills instruction, clinical and therapeutic support, and volunteer and recreational activities. Today, its services extend far beyond the Danbury community throughout Connecticut and the Hudson Valley, New York. For more information about Ability Beyond go to

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Partners Ed Goldberg and Brenda Larkin celebrated the official grand opening of their financial planning firm, Goldberg Larkin, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9 in West Hartford.  Mayor Shari Cantor joined members of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce to welcome the newest members of the local business community. Afterwards, nearly 50 invited clients, financial professionals and business leaders enjoyed a VIP evening reception featuring gourmet refreshments.

The full-service firm located at 433 South Main Street, Suite 105 in West Hartford is affiliated with Westminster Financial Companies. Goldberg, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA®, and Larkin CDFA® are both Certified Divorce Financial Analysts who work with numerous attorneys and clients in town.

“We appreciate the warm reception we have received and look forward to forging strong business and personal relationships,” said Goldberg.

Goldberg Larkin offers comprehensive financial planning, estate planning, insurance, retirement planning and business succession planning, particularly for people experiencing a major life transition. The firm manages a portfolio of over $100 million.



Chambers of Commerce Events



The trailblazing tech center created by Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. of Meriden and area partners was honored with the 6th Special Achievement in Innovation Award by the Midstate Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to the collaboration of MidState ARC, Assisted Living Technologies (ALT) and NESIT Makerspace for the Technology Training Center of CT at the Chamber’s123rd Annual Meetingon April 11, 2019 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

The annual Innovation Award recognizes “an individual or business who has done something new, extraordinary, or innovative in the last 18 months, including improvements, responsiveness to challenges, etc.”


The honorees joined forces in 2017 to establish the Technology Center of Meriden, located at 290 Pratt Street, as a one-stop resource for electronic devices that assist people with physical and developmental disabilities with the activities of daily life. The ground-breaking showroom is unique in that it also trains social service employees as technology assessors that can provide high quality, individualized services for the individuals they support.

“We are incredibly proud to be a part of this unique alliance and grateful that the Chamber recognized the difference the center has made in the lives of so people,” said Mario D’Aquila, Vice President of ALT. “Assisted Living Technologies pioneered the use of technology to supplement homecare in addition to successfully moving people from costly group homes to more independent living situations.”

Assisted Living Services Inc. and Assisted Living Technologies also served as Premier Sponsors of the Chamber event.