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ON THE RECORD This New President Wants To Do Southern “Justice” Focus: Raising The Profile and A Commitment To Community Dr. Joe Bertolini, a boyish looking 52 and a native of southern New Jersey, is the new president of Southern Connecticut State University. SCSU serves more than 10,000 students with 440 full time faculty and 1,100 staff. Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system and former chief of staff to Governor Dannel Malloy, led the search that chose him. Bertolini has an extensive administrative background in higher education. His most recent job was president of Lyndon State College, a small Liberal Arts college [1,500 students] in the Northeast Vermont community of Lyndonville. He was a VP at Queens College in New York and a Dean of Community Development at Barnard College of Columbia University in addition to holding administrative positions at colleges in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and SUNY on Long Island. Bertolini has a doctorate from Columbia’s Teacher’s College, a Master in Social Work from Rutgers, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton. ••• We’re going to start with a somewhat different question than might be expected, but Southern has had a growing tradition and strength in Sports and many of us look forward to the day that Owls’ Basketball teams best UCONN. Where does sports fit into the future as you see it at the University? I think they [sports] are very important. At Lyndon I would say sports were very important. I don’t think I realized how important it would be until I got there. Primarily because S eptember /O ctober 2016

there was nothing else there, it was the primary way for a small rural community to bring the student community together. Mostly centered on basketball, but hockey was also [big]. Prior to my Lyndon experience, I would certainly not classify myself about any sport whatsoever. And when you’re in a New York City school, people talk about professional sports. When I went to Lyndon, it was very important to me to be supportive of the students, whether it was sporting events or any other event, for that matter.

So we’ll see you at sporting events for sure. At the last football game, I was shooting the shirt canon. I’m not quite sure I’ll get to the Blue and White paint, although the students are anxious for me to do that. I did just go to the hockey game and drop the first ceremonial puck. If we went back fifteen or twenty years, we didn’t see the involvement of Southern in the wider New Haven community that we have under the previous two Presidents. At Barnard, you had the position of community development, what does that mean for us here in New Haven? It’s certainly multi-faceted. We’re part of the neighborhood and we need to be a good neighbor. You walk out of this parking lot, you make a right and you’re in the suburbs of Hamden. You make a left and you’re in the “projects.” We want to make sure that people know about us, that people are utilizing the resources that are here for the community and that we increase the number of New Haven residents coming to the University. [We push] community development by insuring that we’ve raised the profile that we’re involved in. Any way we can be with the community volunteerism initiative in the city, and that we’re partnering with the city, that we’re partnering with the chamber and business leaders, that we’re partnering with non-profit Continued on page 4 3


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leaders—it is my job to build those relationships and ask the question how can Southern help you and serve this community? I want us to be a resource. Is there a lesson you learned in Vermont that you can apply? Nothing I didn’t already know. At the end of the day, relationships matter. As a University, you have a responsibility. In that case, it was coming down from the hill to be part of the town and to make sure the folks in the town decided to come up the hill.

at the same time, it also provides an opportunity for students to be really informed and to take up issues that are important to them. For us as an administration, is to know what is happening and to be able to respond quickly and to provide help, support and resources [more so] than we could have done a decade ago.

} ”I don’t think the board or President Ojakian gave me a

directive, we need you to do X with this institution, that wasn’t the case at all”

I need us to be willing to go down Fitch and I need to be sure that folks are willing to come up Fitch and Crescent. Nothing could be better for Westville than to have more integration with the Southern Community. There’s an historic barrier, perhaps it’s a perception of safety? We have a responsibility to figure out how to bridge that. In my day, there were not very many peaceful days for a college president. And for most of the past twenty years, things have been very quiet on campuses. In the last two years, however, that has changed. There haven’t been any incidents of protest really at Southern, but it could certainly happen any day. What did you see with students? I think that students are socially aware. A lot of that centers around social media. Because there is a broader communication, students are seeing more in real time. Is that making the job harder? It runs both ways. It has the potential to incite certain behaviors, but 4

Now with [our] communications, we’re not just watching the newspaper, we’re keeping tabs on social media, on twitter. What was the communicating? This is the mission, we the University system, the state, that we’re looking for from the hiring group? What are you coming in thinking you were told should be the mission and what do you think it is? I don’t think the board or President Ojakian gave me a directive, we need you to do X with this institution, that wasn’t the case at all. It was here’s where Southern is and share with us what you can do?

institution needs to be raised. I think I expressed a concern that as I read all the materials, I can’t give you the elevator speech. There are lots of wonderful things happening, but you can’t be all things to all people in this market and try to sell yourself as the traditional comprehensive university. You need to pin down who you are and what you stand for. So the challenge I presented during the interview process is why should a student come here versus, Eastern, Central, Western, UCONN. What’s the distinction? Is it too early to say? Front and center for me is the concept of social justice. In a lot of institutions, social justice is not in the mission statement, it is here [and has been here]. An access institution that is focused on social justice and serving the public good, that is a powerful statement to me. I think it means a lot where 42% of your students are from under-represented groups, that is a big number. Sixty percent of students here are Pell eligible, last year our food pantry gave out 7,000 meals, and it wasn’t just to students. I think that speaks volumes about the student population we are serving, and the role we play.

} ”In a lot of institutions, social justice is not in the

For a while this has been controversy, especially from educators, that schools were doing too much training and not enough educating. When I was going to college during the Mesolithic Era, there wasn’t much discussion about education toward a job. I think controversy is too strong a word. Certainly in the context of the traditional academy the needle has moved on this issue. We are training students for jobs that don’t exist; we’ll train them for a job that exists as soon as they leave. The reality that they are going to have a decade from now, there is a good chance that for half of our students doesn’t exist yet, just like these things [pointing to iPhone] fifteen years ago. You are really training students for both, employers are looking for all soft skills; I need someone who can be trained, who can think, who can learn, who can write, communicate, who can represent themselves. The advantage for a place like Southern is we can train you to have all those soft skills and we can train you to have professional skills, so as soon as you walk out the door, you have a complement of both. My sense of Southern students is our students don’t take for granted what they have here. As a result, they have a stronger work ethic and work harder, and they are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Employer after employer will tell me, when in interns from XYZ, they’re good but interns from Southern aren’t afraid to take out the trash and do their jobs. BNH

mission statement, it is here [and has been here].”

The three things that stand out was that first I am a relationship builder. There was a perceived disconnect between faculty and the administration. It was clear that disconnect existed. It was an opportunity to have someone with a different style, a less traditional style. I did point out in my drive here, there wasn’t a whole lot that I saw that highlighted Southern, even in the signage, until I got to the door. It became clear the profile of the

When I hear UCONN does x or Yale does x, but we are in many respects the working class public University of Southern Connecticut. We want our students to leave here with a good education and we want them to leave here with a strong skill set and we want them to leave here with a job. | Business New Haven

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Arts & Ideas Makes Its Case, It Boosts City and State Economy Festival 21 Impact Jumps 23% The International Festival of Arts & Ideas announced the results of a highly successful Festival 21, which ran June 10–25 and generated an economic impact of more than $15.4 million according to an Economic Impact Study conducted by Quinnipiac University. This impact figure is an increase of 23% over the same study of last year’s Festival, which reported the same total attendance of over 100,000. “We’re thrilled with the success of Festival 21 and proud to continue playing an active role in making our Connecticut community a vibrant, prosperous place,” said Executive Director Mary Lou Aleskie. “Audiences turned out in enthusiastic numbers for one of our most ambitious artistic programs in recent years, including a record

number of world and American premieres in theatre, dance, and music. We welcomed a remarkable number of audience members who made their first visit to the Festival this year––and record numbers of visitors who traveled from beyond the Greater New Haven area and from out of state.“ Economic impact was determined by analyzing attendance figures and reported visitor behavior with an indepth survey of Festival attendees, along with analysis of attendance figures and ticket sales. Compared to other festivals in the United States, the Festival attracts more visitors and spending per capita over the 15-day Festival period. The Festival’s 170 events, more than 80% of which were free to the public, attracted 104,638 attendees. More than 7% of visitors reported that Festival 21 was their first trip to New Haven. Since 2014, attendance numbers reflect a 7% increase of Connecticut-based visitors from beyond the Greater New Haven area and nearly a 4% increase of visitors from out of state. Festival 21 visitors from beyond Connecticut comprised 13.1% of total attendance. Visitors to Festival 21 reported spending an average of $140.43 on food, retail, lodging, and transportation—up nearly 29% from Festival 20—and reported staying at the Festival for an average of 3.7 days. Visitors tended to attend the Festival in groups of at least 2 or more.

Visitor spending, combined with the Festival’s investment in jobs and local services necessary to produce the Festival, are generating further revenue for the state of Connecticut. The Economic Impact Survey reports nearly $1 million in additional sales tax revenue alone. Festival 21 employed a total of 213 full-time and seasonal staff members, a 22% increase over 2015 staffing, thereby generating significant state income tax revue. Dozens of Connecticut vendors, venues, and rental companies were brought in to help stage the Festival and provide materials, with some vendor relationships spanning the Festival’s entire 21-year history. The Festival’s Economic Impact Study was collected and analyzed by Dr. Mark Paul Gius, Professor of Economics at Quinnipiac University’s School of Business. Dr. Gius and Quinnipiac University have collected and analyzed the Festival’s economic impact since the Festival’s inception in 1996. Eight hundred and fifty-five artists and speakers performed or spoke at Festival 21, representing 14 countries. Their engagements at the Festival utilized 766 hotel nights in the Greater New Haven area (20% more than in 2015 and more than twice as many in 2014). As part of its showcase of arts and culture from around the world, the Festival also works to offer a showcase to artists from the Connecticut region, with this year presenting 527 artists from Connecticut, including musicians, theater companies, and dancers.

facts and figures from the Economic Impact Study (see below). The data to create this report was compiled and analyzed by Quinnipiac University, under the direction of Dr. Mark Paul Gius. FESTIVAL 2016 FACTS Economic impact: $15.4 million ($15,453,637) Increase of 23% from Festival 2014 Festival Budget for 2016: $3.32 million Total attendance at all events: 104,638 Attendance: free events: 93,875 (89%) Attendance: ticketed: 10,763 (11%) VISITORS, BY REGION: Greater New Haven area: 46.7% Other areas of CT: 40.2% Out-of-State: 13.1% (largest number of out-of-state visitors from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, California) EVENTS: Number of events: 170 Free events (85%): 146 Ticketed events (15%): 24 Per-capita spending (visitors): $140.43 average ARTISTS AND STAFF: Seasonal & Full-time Staff: 213 Artists & speakers: 855 US-based, 777 International 78 Of US-based artists: Connecticut-based 527 (238 from New Haven) National 250

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Bring your daddy’s checkbook, however, because at $175 million it is the most expensive private residence for sale in America. In 2014 in East Hampton, NY on Long Island, hedge fund manager Barry Rothstein bought 18 seaside acres and a historic residence for $147 million, the largest residential sale on record.

The property includes a full equestrian set up including Gran Prix riding arena and dressage and bridle trails.

Copper Beech Farm in Greenwich sold that same year for a town record of $120 million. The sellers took a big haircut having initially listed it for $190 million.

Timing for the new buyer will be pretty good as the Fairfield County’s 1/10th of 1 percenters are getting a new gas station.

The main house on Great Island includes six bedrooms, all with views of the sound and as you might have guessed, staff and guest quarters are also part of the price.

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Vol XX,III No.12 September/October 2016


Nation’s Income Gains Strong, But Connecticut’s Lag Far Behind




6th Lowest Poverty Rate and 7th Highest Median Income, But Smallest Progress


SURVEY: Connecticut – Very Bad Place To Be Hispanic

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ashington – The U.S. Census Bureau’s good news that median income rose significantly in the United States last year wasn’t as cheerful for Connecticut. The nation had a robust increase of 5.2 percent in household median income.The census said no state had a decrease in growth and 39 had statistically significant increases in 2015 over 2014. Of those states with significant increases, Connecticut had the

By Ana Radelat

The poverty rate declined in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex and New London counties, but there was no change in Tolland County and increases in New Haven and Windham counties, according to an earlier analysis by Trend CT. The median income in Connecticut in 2015 was up by $1,211 from the year before to $71,346, one of the highest in the nation. Maryland led the nation with a median income of $75,847.

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Meanwhile, there was little growth – and even a reduction of growth – in several middle-income brackets. The percentage of households earning $25,000 to $34,999 fell from 6.3 percent to 5.7 percent. Those earning $35,000 to $49,999 stayed flat at 9.4 percent, and those making $50,000 to $74,999 slipped from 15.3 percent to 15.1 percent of Connecticut households. There was also a reduction in the number of households earning $75,000 to $99,999 ���������������� – �������������� from 15.5 percent to 14.5 percent. But there was growth in all higher brackets.

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ber of families earning between $10,000 and $14,999.

UCONN Economics Professor Cartensen: The rich are getting richer, other Nutmeggers stuck in neutral.

CBIA VP and economist, Goia: Slow growth numbers should be expected in Connecticut.

smallest rate of household median income growth, just 1.8 percent. And not everybody benefited from Connecticut’s modest income growth.

But median income in Connecticut varied widely depending on where you lived, from a high of $86,414 in Fairfield County to a low of $62,905 in Windham County.

“While Connecticut still boasts the sixth lowest poverty rates in the United States, and only five states and Washington, D.C. have higher median household incomes, little progress was made in returning to pre-recession levels: statewide poverty remained stuck, and incomes inched upwards slower than most of the country,” said an analysis by Connecticut Voices for Children of the census bureau’s latest American Community Survey results.

And Litchfield County experienced a decrease in median income, falling from $73,816 in 2014 to $70,667 in 2015. The census also said there were changes in the proportion of Connecticut families in each income bracket. There was no change in the percentage of Connecticut families earning $10,000 or less, or those earning $15,000 to $24,999. There was a small increase in the num-

University of Connecticut economist Fred Carstensen said Connecticut is still struggling with income inequality. “Virtually all of the economic growth has been captured by the higher income brackets,” he said. “Connecticut is therefore becoming more divided by income even as overall there is modest improvement.” The census report is a snapshot of Connecticut’s demographics at one point in time. Carstensen said he is concerned there is a further “hollowing out” of Connecticut’s middle class. The census bureau said Connecticut has had a slight improvement in its “Gini index,” a standard economic measure of income inequality. But the state is still one of five, the others being California, Florida, Louisiana and New York, that had an index higher than the national average. | Business New Haven

Connecticut Voices for Children said only whites experienced meaningful median household income growth, leaving persistent “minority gaps.” In 2015, white households earned $36,906 more than blacks and $38,953 more than Latinos. The census bureau also said 94 percent of Connecticut’s residents in 2015 had health insurance, an improvement over the year. “As was the case particularly for states across the nation that expanded Medicaid, the rate of Connecticut’s uninsured fell, from 7 percent to 6 percent. The drop was small compared to other states, in part because Connecticut already boasted one of the lowest uninsured rates in the nation,” according to Connecticut Voices for Children.

Slow Job Creation Peter Gioia, vice president and economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, said he����������� ’���������� s not sur� prised Connecticut showed the weakest growth in median income. “In order to have strong income growth you need to have serious competition for jobs across all sec� tors. We don’t have that,” he said. Gioia said the Connecticut Department of Labor has es� timated that the state has only recovered 83 percent of the jobs it lost in the recession, while other states have recovered the jobs they lost and created new ones as well. Massachusetts, Gioia said, has recovered 270 percent of the jobs it lost in the recession.

Gioia said Connecticut’s moderate job growth has left the state “much better than it was a few years ago. But if you look at other states, it doesn’t look so hot,” he said.

economic growth continued to shrink until 2012 and the state’s recovery began nearly three years after the nation turned the corner economically.

He said the prospect of tax increas� es continues to worry businesses and has created an uncertain busi� ness climate.

“The census report basically confirms what we already knew,” he said. Connecticut is enjoying a very modest growth in incomes, but slow job creation since the recession. “There is nothing in this that is encouraging,” he said. “The best you can say for it is that Connecticut is not slipping backwards.”

Carstensen also cited Connecticut’s poor job growth as a reason for the state’s slow income growth, saying state employment is still about 12,000 jobs below where it was in March 2008. Carstensen said Connecticut’s economic output is still below the state’s previous peak in the fourth quarter of 2007, right before the nation sank into recession.

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He said employment in the state began to recover in 2010, but real

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No Estamos Haciendo Buen Señor Survey Says Hispanics Faring Very Poorly In Connecticut


ispanics are among the fastest growing minority groups in the U.S., buoyed by both native births as well as legal and illegal immigration. In Connecticut, Hispanics make up 15% of the population – 500,000 residents, but it turns out the Nutmeg State is just about the worst place in the nation for them. WalletHub, an online news and data site, reviewed the 50 states and D.C. to determine how Hispanics have integrated into

American society state by state. The survey looked at seventeen “indicators” including English proficiency, educational attainment, school test scores, high school graduation, home ownership, voter registration, income, employment, labor force participation, poverty rate and business ownership. Connecticut’s score, ranking 49 th in the country overall, is driven by poor educational integration and economic integration. Home ownership in the state was the lowest in the nation, median income 49 th, math and English test scores 46th and the state came in 47th in attaining Bachelor’s degrees. Connecticut’s Hispanics may not realize how poorly they’re doing compared to their peers in other states since Connecticut ranked 25th in “Cultural Integration.”

Connecticut Hispanics fare poorly in business ownership and sixteen other indicators compared to peers in other states.

Things aren’t much better for Hispanics elsewhere in New England with Massachusetts [51] and Rhode Island [50] being the only states that trailed Connecticut in the ranking. Vermont ranked 2nd and New Hampshire 14th, but they are home to very few Hispanics,

The Sun to Rise in The Far East

in 2020 and will include 200,000 square feet of gaming space, 1,500 hotel rooms, retail outlets and an entertainment arena at a cost of $1.8 billion.

Even as the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casino managements continue their search for a new off-reservation location for another casino, Mohegan Sun is planning on a $5 billion casino at the Incheon Airport [Korea].

Card Player magazine reports that in a nod to a growing medical tourism industry in Asia, the complex will also include medical facilities for cosmetic surgery.

The Inspire Resort, a partnership of the Mohegans and the Airport, is being built to reach the giant and what the tribe is calling the “underserved” Chinese and northern Asian market. The casino will be built on an 800 acre site owned by Incheon Airport. The project’s Phase One is expected to open

Here in little ol’ Connecticut, the tribes have reopened the RFP process, and extended the previously announced December 15 deadline for choosing a site. Advocates for a third and off-reservation casino claim that more than 9,000 jobs could be lost to the three casinos planned for Massachusetts.

The Korean connection for Mohegan Sun: a $5 Billion development at the Incheon Airport.

with the Hispanic population of Vermont and New Hampshire falling around 1% and 3% of their populations respectively. California, with 15 million citizens of Hispanic background, slightly more than non-Hispanic whites, came in at only 37th overall in the ranking.

Bradley Goes International Again Aer Lingus Debuts Service To Ireland WINDSOR LOCKS: After an absence of eight years, Bradley Airport is dusting off its international terminal again. KLM and Northwest Airlines abandoned their flight to Amsterdam in 2008 as the economy on both sides of the Atlantic cratered due to the financial crisis. Connecticut provided $9 million of “guarantees” to Aer Lingus to “back stop” any potential loses to encourage the new service to Ireland. Service has begun four days a week and is expected to expand to daily in the Spring. Consumers will see a cost of approximately $300 each way and business class a little more than double that. Chances are good that voters will support the subsidy as nearly one in five [18%, 700,000] of Connecticut residents have Irish heritage. The U.S. has approximately 35 million people of Irish ancestry. The population of Ireland is 6.4 million including Northern Ireland [4.6 in Ireland, 1.8 Northern Ireland], and has grown significantly from 2.8 million in 1960, but has yet to reach the pre-famine level of 1840, of 8.6 million people.

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Yale Bucks Investment Trend, But Still Falls Short


t’s been a tough year for large investors in the stock market and university endowments are among those reporting poor or even negative returns. Harvard, the university with the largest endowment in the country at just under $36 billion, saw their investments decline by 2% in the past fiscal year against an average 2.7% loss among major university endowments.

When Harvard, who will host, and Yale meet for their next historic football game on November 19, the Crimson, having won the last 9 games, will have gridiron bragging rights. Yale on the other hand, led by investment quarterback David Swensen, will be able to tout a 3.5% return on its now $25.4 billion dollar endowment. Swensen is a perennial at the investment super bowl for university funds by managing an 8.1% return during the past decade. The Swensen game plan of using external investment managers and a widely diversified portfolio is a strategy now being widely followed by other endowments. Swensen will have to do even better if New Haven/Hamden Senator

Senate leader Martin Looney: Tax Yale’s endowment.

Yale President Salovey: It requires 5% growth to stay even.

and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Martin Looney, has his way, he proposed taxing Yale’s endowment last winter. Yale’s President Peter Salovey explained in an interview this past summer with New Haven maga-

zine that Yale requires a minimum 5% return to stay even. Salovey added that Yale spends a minimum of 5% of its endowment each year, approximately $1.2 billion [34% of the budget], to support university programs and to fund financial aid for students.

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Lawsuit Bounced, Residential Developments Roll Forward The Court Kicks To the Curb New Haven’s First Modern Era Apartment Developer By Mitchell Young


any in New Haven saw it as a nuisance lawsuit by Philadelphia PMC Property Group to slow down the building of new competitive apartments in downtown, now PMC’s zoning lawsuit against the city has been tossed by the Superior Court. PMC’s lawsuit challenged the city of New Haven’s rights to rezone certain properties to allow the development of two projects first proposed in 2014 in the direct vicinity of PMC’s Strouse-Adler [Smoothie] Building. Developers Spinnaker Real Estate Partners of Norwalk led by CEO Clayton Fowler and developers Noel Petra and David Adam Realty of Westport both saw their efforts held until the court dismissed PMC’s lawsuit.

The Spinnaker project was approved for two hundred luxury apartments on the site of the former Comcast New Haven facility at 630 Chapel Street at the outskirts of Wooster Square, just past the train tracks to downtown. The Petra/David Adam proposal for a redevelopment of Olive Street also just past the train tracks, was approved for 299 apartments on a 2.6 acre site originally estimated as costing up to $70 million. While the lawsuit succeeded in slowing up those projects it didn’t stop the building of a host of new apartment complexes with nearly a thousand units of new apartments being built in the past two years in the greater downtown New Haven area. The Smoothie Building isn’t PMC’s only downtown apartment

property, it is one of downtown New Haven’s largest apartment owners, with apartment at the Chapel Square Mall, 214 State Street, and 38 Crown Street. PMC’s properties were first developed in the early 2000s by New Haven’s first of the “new era” of apartment developers David Nyberg, the nephew of PMC president Ron Caplan. Nyberg got his start in New Haven real estate working for developer Robert Mathews who had purchased the former SNET workhorse building 300 George Street for $500,000. That deal that would eventually look like a steal for Mathews it did however allow SNET to jettison the maintenance and tax liability


Money woes aside, what many believe really pushed Mathews out of New Haven real estate and ironically began a new era in apartment developments was a mysterious viral disease that technically “killed” Mathews in the hospital. To the delight of conspiracy theorists, Mathews was struck by the disease in 1999 at his then Nantucket vacation home a week or so after he loaned his house to

gage modification services of the National Mortgage Help Center. The government said NMHC had been incorporated by Matthew Goldreich of East Lyme shortly after HAMP was announced but operated only as a front and that the advertising misrepresented NMHC as being affiliated with government mortgage reduction programs.

A California man was sentenced in New Haven on Wednesday in connection with using a New London-based marketing firm for advertising mortgage modification services.

Vescera did plead guilty on each count last Spring and was being prosecuted by the the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.

While Mathews leased back the building to SNET for several years at a cost of $4 million, he eventually would be unable to put together the funds for the renovations needed for quality tenants.

An Olive Street development in downtown New Haven promises to have a “neighborhood” feel and approach with 299 new residences.

False Advertising, Mortgage Scam Yields Year In Jail

John Vescera, 60, of Dana Point, Calif., was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison. The charges were for false advertising and “misuse of a government seal.”

of the 500,000 square foot building off its books.

Additionally, the companies misrepresented how many homeowners they had helped. Vescera was president of First One Lending Corp and offered home mortgage modifications during the mortgage crisis. For two years beginning in February 2010, a New Londonbased marketing firm, National Media Connection, created marketing materials, including TV infomercials, promoting the mort-

The government said that 300 homeowners lost a total of $374,622 in the scheme, many of whom were previously compensated when First One paid about $1.5 million to resolve a federal lawsuit in the Central District of California in March of 2013. Vescera paid restitution of $30,320 to 24 of the victims. | Business New Haven

Bill and Hillary Clinton for a summer vacation. Apartment developers were few and far between Petra: Moving ahead in New Haven in 1999 when Mathews sold 300 George Street for $27.5 million and decided to sell the Palace Theater which he also owned. Nyberg convinced his uncle and PMC to buy the theater property

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and develop it for apartments. The purchase of the Chapel Square Mall by PMC and Spinnaker CEO its converFowler, betting big sion of the on New Haven interior mall to apartments would soon follow as did the Smoothie and Crown street properties.

Not all of Nyberg’s projects went smoothly especially the retail at the Chapel Square PMC’s Caplan loses Mall. NH suit but building When away in Philly Nyberg began doing numerous projects throughout New England he fell out of favor with PMC in 2009.

With Nyberg out of the play at PMC, the once most active developer in downtown New Haven took a backseat to others. One of those “others” Spinnaker, is expected to continue with its plans for the Comcast site and has also purchased a 3.3 acres parking lot from Frontier Communications where retail, apartments and a parking garage with as many as 700 spaces are planned. In an interview Petra said their project of 299 apartments in a town house format zoned for up to 70 feet in height is on track and will be starting by the summer of 2017.


ALMANAC New Commander for Warfare Center Groton: Just about one year ago,

Connecticut saw an uptick in new residents for a net inflow in 8 of the 10 years from 2005 to 2014. UWDC and bringing a flag officer back to Submarine Base New London.” Adding, “Rear Admiral Pitts is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and has served with distinction over the past three decades.” Among the responsibilities of the Center is developing the use of the Navy’s growing fleet of unmanned vehicles.

Less Likely To Be Murdered in CT the Navy opened the Undersea Warfighting Development Center. Rear Adm. James Pitts is taking over command of the Center from Rear Adm. Jeffrey Trussler. Congressman Joe Courtney said, “Admiral Trussler had a huge challenge coming into the role, both in starting up the

New FBI crime statistics reveal that violent crime is not only down in many regions, but at its lowest since 1974 in the Nutmeg State, leaving overall crime at its lowest since 1967. Connecticut saw the second most dramatic drop in violent crime of the 9 states boasting such decreases at 8.5%. According to the FBI, this

“includes a 2.6 percent decrease in rape, an 8.8 percent decrease in robberies, and a 10.1 percent decrease in aggravated assaults.” State officials also note that Connecticut’s prison population is also at a 20-year low. No word on whether retirement-reducing and housing-market-crashing white collar crimes are on decline, though.

Maybe We’re Not Completely Terrible A new study of data by the Connecticut Data Collaborative tracks the net migration of people moving into and out of the state. According to a close reading of the data, Connecticut saw an uptick in new residents for a net inflow in 8 of the 10 years from 2005 to 2014. According to one of the discussion leaders of the Collaborative’s new forum discussing

the issue, Thomas J. Cooke, Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut, “international migration is a key component driving Connecticut’s numbers – including a net inflow of working age college graduates.” The new forum will look at some of the key issues often discussed in relation to Connecticut’s population, including whether millionaires are fleeing the state with all of the college-aged youth, and what role taxes play in migration. The Connecticut Data Collaborative is a public-private partnership “that advocates for the public availability of open and accessible data.”

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Fuel & Hydrogen Cell Forum For Hartford This November, the Connecticut Green Bank will co-host a Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Forum along with the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster. The forum will take place in Hartford from November 17-18 and will feature fuel cell vehicles, manufacturers, suppliers, and investors in the industry. Forum participants hope to address climate and energy concerns relative to emerging fuel cell technologies and bring together stakeholders from all areas of the industry supply chain. For more information, check the website at www.h2fcforum. com.

Falcone Is A Bust Again With Coast Guard

for the Quonset Development Corporation in Rhode Island.

that found the industry has rebounded from the recession, now employing slightly more than 30,000 people.

The Connecticut Port Authority is a quasi-public agency created in 2014 and is responsible for marketing and coordinating the development of the state’s ports and maritime economy.

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Connecticut is home to three deepwater ports: Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London. According to a study published in 2010 by the Connecticut Maritime Coalition, prior to the onset of the “Great Recession.” Connecticut’s maritime industry contributed more than $5 billion to the state’s economy and employed more than 30,000 people. The Authority cites a Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development analysis

The Connecticut State Medical Society has recently sworn in Dr. Jeffrey A. Gordon as its new President. The CSMS, headquartered in North Haven, swore in Dr. Gordon as its 178th President. Dr. Gordon is a hematologist-oncologist practicing at The New London Cancer Center and has served in numerous leadership roles at the Society prior to his Presidency. He previously served in academic capacities as well, with both UConn and UMass.

Prospect-based artist Tony Falcone practically has a berth on a Coast Guard cutter after having been commissioned for a host of paintings and sculptures for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. His latest effort was to sculpt the bust of NFL Hall of Fame athlete Otto Graham. In 1963, Graham also became a Captain at the academy and as the academy’s athletic director, coached the academy’s football team. As coach, Graham led the team to their only no loss/no tie season. The bronze bust is the first of Falcone’s long career as an artist, and was unveiled recently at the opening of the Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence, an historic building on campus repurposed as an athletic facility.

New Leaders to Reshape Southern New England Ports Ports in Southern New England are getting new leadership. Iftikhar Ahmad is flying in as the new director of T.F Green Airport in Rhode Island. Ahmad was most recently the CEO at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, after “flights” at airports in Houston, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. In Connecticut, Evan Matthews will be steering the Connecticut Port Authority as its new executive director. Matthews was previously port director

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Bread Winners In the Era of the “Foodie,” the Baker Is King – Part One

By Claudia Ward-de León


n certain regions of the world--Europe or Latin America for example--it’s nearly impossible to find a neighborhood without a bakery. But in this region of the world, our relationship with the neighborhood bakery is complicated. Take the old American chestnut that something is “the best thing since sliced bread,” while the phrase today may sound a wee bit outdated, from an anthropological angle, it is a helpful indicator of our country’s culinary purchasing habits. As turn-ofthe-century innovations and inventions in the world of baking made uniform mass-produced loaves of pre-packaged, pre-sliced bread possible, the neighborhood bakery fell into obsolescence. As usual, it was convenience and the illusion of selection that steered regular customers and shoppers away from localized specialty shops and in the direction of super16

markets. But regardless of the number of types of rye, french bread, or ciabatta that a Big Y or Stop and Shop aisle can tout, there’s no substitution for that irresistible whiff of warm bread just as it comes out of the oven. Truly an experience only to be had at a local bakery. Today, companies that ensure one-of-a-kind tastes, crafts-

manship, and unique sensory experiences are what continue to drive the artisanal movement, creating demand for niche products like small-batch baked goods. Although consumer shopping habits will continue to be largely based on convenience, and the neighborhood bakery will never rival the supermarket, many shoppers

are willing to take the road less traveled for the undeniable quality and goodness of a fresh loaf. In the quest to see what’s happening in the local “������ ������� breadscape” we’ve talked to several area bakers--both old-timers and newcomers--to see what’s popping. | Business New Haven

Apicella’s Bakery 365 Grand Avenue, New Haven Years in Business: 89 # of Employees: 26 Best-selling bread: French bread Amount of Bread Baked Daily: 550 dozen rolls, 4,000-5,000 loaves of bread, 130-140 dozen grinders. How They Broke into the Bread Business: Al Cimino began working after-school for the bakery at the young age of 14. After graduating, he was lured to Massachusetts for a better paying job as bakery assistant supervisor at Hostess. In 1976, he was extended an offer by the previous owner of Apicella’s to buy the bakery, which was then located at 64 Houston Street and about the size of a two-car garage. Cimino recalls the transition back to Connecticut as seamless, especially because Cimino’s wife was able to live close to her family again. In the early ‘80s, the operation moved to its current Fair Haven location on Grand Ave. and neighborhood demand created an expansion in 1984 that now includes a bustling storefront where customers can get bread, specialty stuffed breads, morning pastries, and coffee. Distribution: Mostly in-state and carried by supermarkets in Cheshire, Meriden, Milford, Old Saybrook, and Stratford by a fleet of 8 delivery trucks.

Chocolate both worked at a local New Haven bakery where they met and fell in love. The Zapatas combined their skills as bread-maker and pastry chef to open the store on Whitney Avenue. Today, the original store hosts an expanded cafe space, and a bakery located on Sherman Avenue where their wholesale baking is done into the wee hours of the morning. Bread and Chocolate continues to be a family-run business with both of the couple’s daughters involved in running the day-to-day operations of the bakery. Plans for the Future: The Zapata family is opening a second store in Old Saybrook. Distribution: Lucky for them, most of their distribution success has come through wordof-mouth referrals. You can find Bread and Chocolate breads served by local Hamden res-

taurants like Luce and Mickey’s, but, according to manager Tiana Zapata, the company wants to stay regional so that they don’t ever have to sacrifice their recipes or the quality of their breads.

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Bread and Chocolate 2457 Whitney Avenue, Hamden Years in Business: 10 # of Employees: 6 Best-selling bread: Ciabatta How They Broke into the Bread Business: Before opening their bakery/cafe in Hamden, the husband-and-wife team behind Bread and S eptember /O ctober 2016

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Chestnut Fine Foods & Confections 1012 State Street, New Haven Years in Business: 30 years # of Employees: 6 full-time, 6 part-time, catering staff varies Best-selling bread: Baguettes, sandwich breads, and specialty breads like their Scottish oat How They Broke into the Bread Business: While most of Chestnut’s business involves catering for local businesses, Yale, area non-profits, weddings, and a variety of private functions, their 24-seat café on State Street offers fresh-baked loaves of bread for sale such as Sesame Whole Wheat and Cranberry Lavender Walnut, along with a deli case full of prepared foods such as lasagna, salads, and pesto penne for take out. Plans for the Future: Fred and Patty Walker, owners of Chestnut Fine Foods, are looking to expand their café hours thanks to their new neighbor, the Corsair, a luxury 235-unit apartment.

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Lupi Marchigiano 169 Washington Avenue, New Haven Years in Business: 116 # of Employees: 30 Best-selling bread: Wheat and artisan breads How They Broke into the Bread Business: The business was started by their grandparents on Dixwell Avenue in the Highwood section of Hamden and eventually run by four brothers Peter (Junior), Rudolph, William, and Johnny. In 1956, the four brothers purchased Legna Bakery and the business was known as Lupi’s Legna Bakery. In 1983, Lupi’s Bakery purchased a well known Hill Section bakery in

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Owners Peter Lupi III and Larry Lupi, stand in front of the Lupi Marchigiano bakery at 169 Washington Avenue in New Haven.


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In The 2013 Fiscal Year, Hospitals Paid $26.3 Million More Than They Received Back.

State Rejects Challenge to the Hospital Tax By Ana Radelat


wo state agency heads have ruled against Connecticut hospitals’ claims that the state tax on hospitals is illegal, clearing the way for the industry to take the state to court. Hospitals have long bristled at the tax, imposed during a budget crisis in 2011 and increased by hundreds of millions of dollars since then. Last year, 24 hospitals and the Connecticut Hospital Association challenged the tax, seeking declaratory rulings on its legality from the departments of social services and revenue services. Recently, Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby and Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan issued a 179-page ruling rejecting the hospitals’ arguments that the tax violated the Connecticut and U.S. constitutions, as well as state statute. The hospital association called the ruling “unfortunate but not unexpected,” and said it and the hospitals “intend to pursue every legal option at our disposal as we continue our efforts to challenge the tax.”

slated to receive $117.6 million as part of the tax – a net tax of $448.5 million. “The hospital tax, which now totals a staggering $556 million a year and is nearly 30 times what any other organization pays, is bad public policy,” the hospital association said in a statement. In the first year the tax was imposed, fiscal year 2012, hospitals paid $349.1 million and received $399.5 million back – a net gain for the industry. But since then, the state has reduced what hospitals get back (which also reduces the amount of federal funding the move generates, since the federal government only matches the money paid to hospitals). More recently, the state has also increased the amount collected. In the 2013 fiscal year, hospitals paid $26.3 million more than they received back. This fiscal year, the tax on hospitals is expected to total $566.1 million, although the amount the state expects to collect is lower because hospitals use tax credits to reduce their payments. Hospitals are

“The Malloy administration has argued that hospitals have benefited from a significant growth in Medicaid spending since the implementation of the federal health law, although hospitals say that, since Medicaid pays less than it costs to care for patients, treating more Medicaid patients doesn’t help their bottom lines. The administration also has pointed to hospital executive pay and the industry’s overall profitability in defending the tax, while critics say focusing on total industry performance obscures the fact that many hospitals have struggled financially. Edited version, full version available at Reprinted with permission from

Cara Starts Phase IIb Trial Pain Drug Stamford based Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CARA), began enrolling patients for a Phase 2b trial. The trial is an oral tablet formulation of its “peripherally selective kappa opioid agonist, CR845,” for the treatment of pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA). The Company expects to report top-line data from this trial during the first half of 2017. “The initiation of this osteoarthritis trial is an important step in establishing the potential clinical utility of CR845 in the treatment of chronic inflammatory pain,” said Joseph Stauffer, D.O., M.B.A., Chief Medical Officer of Cara Therapeutics. “The biggest challenge in analgesic development today centers on providing effective medications that lack the abuse burden of traditional pain drugs, and it appears from our previous preclinical and human abuse liability data that CR845 could represent a novel, non-addicting approach to the treatment of chronic pain.” 20

Primary Care Network Opens In New Haven


r. Lorenzo Galante and Dr. Sanjay K. Aggarwal of New Haven, have joined Healthcare2U of Austin, Texas’ Private Physician Network (PPN) medical care, wellness and chronic disease management. The New Haven location Galante is Healthcare2U’s first location in the Northeast, the company has 60 locations in Texas and Oklahoma.

make sure employees can see a physician when they need one. As Healthcare2U continues to grow, we will continue to look for ways to break down old models to redefine how healthcare is delivered by improving the consumer experience while controlling costs.” The company says it works with healthcare brokers and businesses “to provide a comprehensive suite of customized group health plans to deliver direct primary care.”

Through the New Haven clinic, Healthcare2U members will be able to access primary care, wellness coaching “One of the biggest and chronic disease challenges in management. In Aggarwal healthcare today addition to a network of is convenient and 60 affiliated clinics, the affordable access to quality company says Healthcare2U medical care,” said Andy delivers primary care through Bonner, president and CEO dedicated on-site employer of Healthcare2U. “We look based clinics and employer forward to working with shared clinics. Connecticut businesses to

Charlotte Hungerford In Pilot To Track Disease


cloud technology project that tracks a patient’s whole body statistics is being piloted at two facilities nationally, including Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. BIO is a cloud-based software collects details about nutrition, wellness and medical conditions and matches the individual’s details up against “existing medical knowledge, expert opinions and diagnostics” as well as a network of physicians, dietitians, life coaches and communities. BIO Wellness Inc., claims its program will “use an individual’s whole body information and the world’s ever-growing body of nutrition, medical and lifestyle information to generate recommendations that enable the delivery of low cost precision medical intervention to manage and treat chronic illness and reduce risk.” Additionally, the software “tracks and analyzes all implemented recommendations and results to provide true accountability.” The program’s other facility is Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Montana and together with CHH they are set to track a group of patients and their cardiovascular health to show how symptoms of cardiovascular disease can be reduced. The pilots in each facility are set to begin in September and last approximately 6 months. | Business New Haven


Katz Used His Huffington Post Column To Review A Book He Had Written

Big Y Gets Bigger, Drops Katz’s NuVAL System Western Massachusetts based Big Y Supermarkets is celebrating its 80 th anni� versary. Still a family owned business by the founding D’Amour family, the company has thirteen supermarkets in Connecticut and has just purchased eight stores in the Eastern Massachusetts market. The new stores were available to Big Y as the result of a spinoff of some Hannaford Supermarkets after that chains purchase by Stop and Shop, bring� ing Big Y to 69 stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Big Y heavily promotes its use of locally������ sour� ced foods, in-store bakery and its own private brands and until this Spring, for spearheading the use of NuVAL, a nutritional rating system. The system was developed by “healthy eating” advocate and New Haven Register columnist Dr. David Katz. The company adopted the NUVAL system six years ago, which created a shortcut for consum� ers to evaluate the nutrition and health compo� nent of food sold at Big Y.

ther, questioning Wilfork’s parenting as his son was also featured in the promotion. Katz wrote of the food that it was “carnage in the service of carnivorous palates.” What Katz did not include in his column was that he had a prior relationship with Big Y and that they had dropped his NUVAL system a few months prior to his column.

Business New Haven, recognizing Katz’s nutri� tion and health advocacy efforts, declared Katz a Healthcare Hero in 2010. Published reports have Big Y saying they dropped the NUVAL system because it was “outdated” and that consumers were more savvy about their food choices today. Regardless, Katz found himself accused of a conflict of interest as he wrote a column criti� cizing Big Y this summer for their promotion of a giant pizza and sandwich. The food promo� tion featured Vince Wilfork, a tackle for ten years with the New England Patriots, as he joined the ranks of very large NFL players that regularly promote what many see as unhealthy snacks and foods. Katz decided he needed to throw a yellow pen� alty flag when he wrote in the Huffington Post and the New Haven Register that Wilfork was “severely obese,” and that he was “a ticking bomb.”������������������������������������������� Katz ������������������������������������� then took the criticism a little fur�

Mintz Powers Up the Lineup Mintz + Hoke has added three new hires to its Avon based company, in media, account management and digital production. Alyssa Cianciosi is the agency’s newest account executive. She previously worked as an account coordinator with Avid Marketing Group in Rocky Hill. Rachel Edwards is the agency’s newest developer. She previously worked with S eptember /O ctober 2016

Katz told the Yale Daily News, which wrote about this lack of transparency, that he had no current financial interest in the NuVAL system, but was paid for his contribution in devel� oping it. In yet another column in the Huffington Post, Katz went on what could Dr. David Katz: His be described as a review of his own book diatribe against the was very enthusiastic. Yale Daily News for not covering his pos� itive accomplishments. The paper had also pre� viously reported that Katz used his Huffington Post column to review a book he had written under a pseudonym, and that the column was eventually removed by the website for violating its posting criteria.

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Life Publications, The Computer Company, and ZAG Interactive. Kristen Forbes is the agency’s newest media assistant. She previously worked at Organic Inc., in New York, Sense Advertising and Marketing in London and iHeartMedia in Hartford.

The owners of Saatva, a Westport based online luxury mattress company, are probably sleeping well these days. Their company has landed as the fast� est growing Connecticut com� pany on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list. Sales skyrocketed to $76 million last year from only $2 million in 2011, but apparently the staff doesn’t spend too much time nap� ping – 2016 sales are expected to more than double.


Ron Rudzin, company co-found� er and CEO, wasn’t stashing his money in an old mattress when

he invested $350,000 and started the company as an online seller of mattresses in 2010. Along with the idea to sell a more “�������� ��������� environ� mentally” friendly mattress built in the U.S., he had the help of co-founders Kris Brower and Ricky Joshi, led the develop� ment of its internet marketing and social media—and then sales took off.


TECHNOLOGY BBB Brings Down The Hammer On Nerds Local Business Cited For Consumer Failures Seymour-based t-shirt printing company The Nerd Cave LLC, has recently been subjected to a BBB investigation of its business practices. The investigation was prompted by the slew of negative consumer complaints received about the company, many of which were never acknowledged or resolved by The Nerd Cave. Complaints alleged that online orders made for screen printing and other products were accepted and credit cards were charged, but goods were never received. According to the Connecticut chapter of the Better Business Bureau, the company has not responded to its inquiry and as such, has received a BBB grade of F and BBB is sending out warnings to media outlets and local consumers to beware of The Nerd Cave. Consumers told the bureau that ads for the company appeared on social media websites as well as other wellknown media outlets and therefore seemed safe to make purchases. The business is registered with the Connecticut Secretary of State under an address in Seymour and lists Igor Dviniatin as owner/operator, but the bureau was unable to reach him for comment by mail.

UNH Climbing The Rankings Ladder University of New Haven’s Tagliatela College of Engineering is quickly gaining esteem according to renowned higher education rankings outlet U.S. News and World Report. Just five years ago, the university’s engineering college ranked number 98 out of 198 top spots, but most recently the school has jumped to spot number 55 in the rankings for top undergraduate engineering programs that do not offer a doctorate. These rank22

ings are based on peer assessment surveys. The Tagliatela College of Engineering ($37,060/year) shared the #55 spot with fourteen other schools, including Trinity College ($52,760/year) in Hartford. A third Connecticut school, the University of Hartford ($37,790/ year), came in at #69. In the magazine’s rankings for Graduate Engineering programs, both Yale University and the University of Connecticut placed in the top 100.

Recently UNH Has Jumped To Spot Number 55 Aetna Partners with Apple To “Watch” Your Health By giving employees an Apple watch as a wellness incentive, the goal is for the health insurer to get its own employees to live healthier by monitoring their vital signs and tracking their exercise. The company will also test using the Apple watch’s health monitoring capabilities with select employers and members. The company will subsidize the purchase of the Apple watch during an open enrollment period.

Aetna has said that some of their major employers are already providing the device to their employees Apple has apps that can allow a doctor to remotely monitor patient blood pressure, heart rate, weight and other health factors. Aetna plans on creating exclusive apps that integrate the watch with PCs, tablets and mobile devices to help customers manage their medications and connect with providers for support.

Fast Growing Lighting Co. Shines With Small Biz

Connecticut Technology Council’s Tech Top 40 Awards. Revolution Lighting provides LED lighting products and has been named as “Program Partners” with Eversource‘s Small Business Energy Advantage Program (SBEA). The Energize Connecticut initiative is designed to work with small businesses with a peak energy demand of less than 200kW per month. Incentives available to businesses through the program could cover up to 50% of qualified costs. In 2016, more than $190 million was allocated for Energize CT‘s efficiency programs.

Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ: RVLT) was selected as the fastest growing technology company in Connecticut by the Partners With Top Recruiter FARMINGTON:, an on-line recruiting and career service technology platform which offers recruiters access to a marketplace of fee-based jobs, announced a strategic partnership with Top Recruiter, a leading film production company for the recruitment industry. has more than 3 million users and social media followers. Top Recruiter will promote the Job Market platform to tens of thousands of recruiters through its alliances and partnerships. Top Recruiter is a reality competition [in its fifth season] show for recruiting professionals, styled similarly to NBC’s The Apprentice. Now in its fifth season, will be a premier sponsor of all 2017 shows and productions. Michael Woloshin, CSO of, said, “Top Recruiter really moves the dial when it comes to production quality and excitement.” | Business New Haven


Famiglietti The law firm of Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. appointed Anthony C. Famiglietti as an Associate with the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights, Commercial Litigation and Employment & Labor Law practice groups. Previously, Farmiglietti was a law clerk for the Honorable Douglas S. Lavine at the Connecticut Appellate Court. He is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Farmiglietti earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of law and his B.A. from Brandeis University.

worth clients and has 17 years experience in the banking industry. Maglio previously worked as a senior service specialist at The Hartford. He earned his B.A. from Central Connecticut State University. Madorie O’ Hara manages accounts for high net-worth clients based in Stamford, previously with Citi Private Bank as their senior vice president, senior portfolio manager within the Tailored Portfolio Group. O’Hara earned her master’s degree from the College for Financial Planning.

O’Hara Housatonic Community College has appointed Dr. John Bonaguro as Associate Dean of Continuing and Professional Education. Previously, Bonaguro served at Western Kentucky University as the inaugural Dean of

Maglio Webster Private Bank promoted two bankers to senior vice president, senior portfolio manager. Robert Maglio manages accounts for high net-

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the College of Health and Human Services. Bonaguro has over 30 years of experience in higher education including work at Ohio University, Ithaca College and WKU. Bonaguro earned his doctorate from the University of Oregon in Health Education with a second emphasis in Community Service and Public Affairs and his M.S and B.S from Southern Illinois University. The accounting firm of Fiorita, Kornhaas & Company, P.C. has appointed two new principals: Brenda M. Aurelia and Scott R. Fawcett. Aurelia will be continuing the management of the firm’s accounting and tax departments. Aurelia earned her B.B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in finance. Fawcett is responsible for client development and supervision of all compilation, review and audit engagements as well as tax preparation direction services for corporations, partnerships and nonprofit organizations within the firm. He earned his B.B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in Accounting. Quinnipiac University appointed Adam Barrett as associate vice president and dean of law admissions. Barrett most recently worked at New York Law School as associate dean of admissions and financial aid. Barrett earned his B.A. from the University of New

Hampshire in political science and his law degree from Ohio Northern. Quinnipiac University appointed Julianne Hall

Hall as assistant professor of medical sciences at the Frank H. Netter MD school of medicine at the university. During her new position, Hall will be teaching pharmacology and physiology. Previously, Hall worked at Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as an assistant professor. Hall earned her doctorate from Duke University in pharmacology and her B.A. from Trinity College in biology. Jim Ray is returning to Robinson+Cole as a partner in the firm’s Environmental + Utilities Group. Ray was with the firm for 23 years before spending 18 months at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Gov. Dannel Malloy appointed Charles Gray as chair of the Connecticut Airport Authority. Gray is currently the Sales Leader for NCR’s Hosted Solution Group, responsible for all sales account

management and client relationships across North American and Latin America. Gray has been a member of the board since 2011. Charles S. Fuchs was named the new Yale Center Center director and physician-in-chief at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Fuchs currently resides as professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the gastrointestinal oncology division as well as the Robert T. and Judith B. Hale Chair in Pancreatic Cancer located at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. At YCC, Fuchs plans to continue his expansion of clinical trials and science and will align these efforts with discoveries that arise in Yale’s research enterprise. Fuchs received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Fuchs Jennifer Morgan DelMonico, Murtha Cullina LLP managing partner, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. DelMonico joined the CBIA Board of Directors in Dec. 2015. DelMonico was also chair of the Murtha

Cullina’s Litigation Department prior to her current position. DelMonico received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her Bachelor’s of Music degree from Northwestern University Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, The Jackson Laboratory for

DelMonico Genomic Medicine, and the UConn School of Medicine, has joint appointed, Ching C. Lau, pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher. Lau will serve as the Connecticut Children’s medical director of Hematology-Oncology, a professor specializing in pediatric brain and bone tumor research at JAX, and at the UConn School of Medicine as head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics.



Business New Haven September October 2016  
Business New Haven September October 2016