Screen shot 2017 12 12 at 3.27.54 PMWINDSOR: It won’t be going for $450 million but the an oil on board painting by Wayne Thiebaud (Am., b. 1920) titled Lollipop Tree, is likely to draw big bucks for a Connecticut auction that will yield as much as $3 million. The auction will take place on January 1st 2018.

Among the other items a “lovely art glass vase by Ercole Barovier (It., 1888-1974), and according to Nadeau’s auctioneers “one of the finest collections of Victorian furniture ever offered at their annual January 1 auction.

“This promises to be the most important sale we’ve held to date, one that will be even bigger and more special than previous New Year’s Day auctions,” said Ed Nadeau of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery. “In the past we strived hard to reach and surpass the $1 million mark, and more than once we actually hit $1.4 million. This one, though, has the merchandise to reach $2-3 million.”

Over 700 quality lots will come under the gavel, online and in Nadeau’s gallery located at 25 Meadow Road in Windsor. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be provided by, and Telephone and absentee (or left) bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held daily, from Dec. 27th-30th, or by appointment.



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Vanessa Vioude, owner of Vioude’s Designs Tutu business, with one of her happy customers at the YASbiz celebration and expo in December 2016. Vioude was awarded funding to start the business as a participant in annual Ability Beyond’s Entrepreneur Pitch Panel for young adults affected by Autism.

BETHEL: Ability Beyond will be sending what it descirbes as “a group of ambitious interns” to pitch their business ideas in a “Shark Tank”-style Entrepreneur Pitch Panel on October 27th in Bristol as part of their Explorations in Entrepreneurship curriculum.

Support for the program comes from Autism Speaks, a New York research and advocacy group.

“The creativity of these interns is astounding!” said Michelle Ouimette, Managing Director of Ability Beyond and Roses for Autism. “When answering critical questions like: What am I good at?  What do I like? What are my challenges and resources? some of them discover a passion that they want to turn into a money-making venture.”

According to Ability Beyond’s announcement, “21% of the youth with disabilities ages 16-25 who complete the Ability Beyond Transition Services or Explorations in Entrepreneurship programs are pursuing or are self-employed. Of the remaining participants, 51% are employed within 1 year and 29% are enrolled in post-secondary continuing education.”

“We, as a society, must do a better job of preparing the most vulnerable youth for independence and success in adulthood, and a better job of connecting them quickly with adult services that were designed for their benefit,” said Ouimette. “Transition Services is a groundbreaking solution to the unfortunate reality that students with disabilities continue to receive ineffective, often impractical, preparation for the real world and real jobs.”

The group of ten graduates who are presenting their business ideas at the Entrepreneur Pitch Panel on the 27th have prepared proposals that include: Online Comic Book Store, Therapeutic Putty, Meditation CD’s, and Flavored Seltzer.

Updates will be provided for previously funded businesses like Vioude’s Designs Tutu Business. The members of the panel include David Bishop from Mona Lisa Restaurant, and Brittany Bidmead from Streetsmart Ventures, as well as supporters from the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.



Abiout Ability Beyond | Since 2009, Ability Beyond has provided services for transition age youth, primarily individuals with developmental disabilities and autism, designed to teach them critical and transferable employment and social skills.  These programs consist of internship rotations at a variety of host businesses, classroom instruction, and community business exploration, with the goal of securing employment after successful program completion. For more information,


salestaximageonmoneyBy, Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

Connecticut’s top state senator said Wednesday he believes moderate Democrats are “growing increasingly comfortable” with a sales tax increase that could ease pressure to slash municipal aid and help break an impasse that has left the state without a budget.

“They’re growing increasingly comfortable recognizing it as an inevitability, I think,” Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, said of an increase in the 6.35 percent sales tax.