Almanac - November 2012

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First Niagara a Partner in Prevention

NEW HAVEN — The Governor’s Prevention Partnership has recognized First Niagara Bank with its Partner in Prevention Award. The bank was cited for its commitment to youth mentoring  through financial support, employee participation and other resources. That Partner in Prevention Awards recognize corporations that make significant contributions statewide and in local communities that promote mentoring and the prevention of underage drinking, drug abuse, violence and risky behavior.

Last year First Niagara, through its charitable foundation, contributed $100,000 to strengthen mentoring initiatives. The bank partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, WTNH-TV and CBS Radio  to produce and air public-service announcements emphasizing the positive impact that mentoring can have on children’s lives.


Merchants Group Names Retailer of Year

EAST HAVEN — The Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) has named Town Fair Tire its 2012 Retailer of the Year. The Retailer of the Year award is given annually by the CRMA to a retailer that demonstrates the highest level of integrity and success in marketing, customer service, employee relations and community service. The winner is determined by a peer nomination and review process. Members of the CRMA board review the nominations and conduct onsite interviews with the nominees, and then vote to determine the winner.

Said CRMA President Tim Phelan of Town Fair: “They are a great Connecticut retailer, and have achieved tremendous success by consistently working at giving their customers the best shopping experience along with outstanding value and first rate customer service. In addition, their contributions to the community are marked by the countless causes they support and the high visibility in the markets they are in.”

Founded in 1961 and headquartered in East Haven, Town Fair Tire has stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

CRMA will present the award to Town Fair Tire at its annual awards luncheon November 14 at the Bushnell Memorial in Hartford. For more information about the event call "/orig/buy click here.


Calling All Companies

MERIDEN — The Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards program, to be conferred at the business group’s annual meeting and dinner next April. Nominations are sought for the 12th annual Small-Business Award, the 17th annual Large Business Award and the 21st annual Community Partnership Award. To nominate a chamber member business or individual, visit the chamber website at "> to download an application. The application contains the past award winners and nomination criteria. Self-nominations are " ">generic . Application deadline " /#there">there December 31.


Printer To Lay Off 135

TRUMBULL — Trumbull printer- and scanning-equipment distributor Oce North America will lay off 135 workers in three Connecticut communities, including Shelton and Trumbull, according to its notice with the state’s Department of Labor. The company, a subsidiary of Dutch printing service provider Canon Group, will lay off 124 employees in Trumbull, ten employees in Shelton, and one in East Hartford. The layoffs will take place between December 31 and December 31, 2013. The types of employees range from clerical to executive, according to the Hartford Business Journal.

Oce was acquired by Japanese digital image firm Canon Group in March 2010, and the consolidation of the company has been in the works since the acquisition.


Loaves; Hold the Fishes

NEW HAVEN — Chabaso Bakery found an unusual way to celebrate Election Day November 6 — by handing free loaves of fresh-baked Chabaso bread at Atticus Bookstore & Café on Chapel Street in downtown New Haven. Hungry voters brandishing “I Voted” stickers were invited to choose from among loaves of Chabaso’s new Ancient Grains Demi Ciabatta, Wheat & Olive Oil Demi Ciabatta, or Whole Grain Demi Baguette. This is the sixth year for the Chabaso Election Day bread promotion. Over that period more than 15,000 loaves have been passed out to voters (although the bakery does not keep records on the party affiliation of participating breadwinners).


Energy Panel To Convene

NEW HAVEN — The MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut will host a panel discussion on “New Energy Technologies” from 5 to 8:30 p.m. November 14 at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue. Panelists include: Samuel Brauer, principal of the technology and marketing consulting firms Nanobiz, LLC and Nanotech Plus, LLC; Kevin Burns, president and co-founder of Precision Combustion Inc.; John Camean, principal-in-charge of the power and utility practice group of Van Zelm Engineers; and Tim Maurer, vice president of “innoventures” and research for the DeSai Group. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is a must. Phone 203-387-7348.

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