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FAIRFIELD COUNTY

BUSINESS JOURNAL

August 13, 2012 | VOL. 48, No. 33

Alexander Soule

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Through new innovation hubs in Stamford, New Haven and elsewhere, 125 startups to get a leg up … 2

Shelter from the tax storm High earners rush the season for giving

Big Four firm back and forth with Connecticut., New York before First Five deal … 3 Connecticut tied for third lowest business tax rate in 2011 … 5 Gold coastal property: state props up $52M in affordable housing projects in Fairfield County … 8 Captive insurance law reels in first company in Thomson Reuters … 10 In the field: Northern Tier, Kayak up after IPOs … 12 N.Y. REIT shops in Wilton Center … 14

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“At this rate, it will take over 14 years to fully implement reform, but Jan. 1, 2014 is only a year and a half away.” 20

BY JENNIFER BISSELL

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Entering its second month in business at Ridgefield’s Branchville crossroads on Route 7, Ally Bally Bee’s shelves are crowded with all manner of handcrafted articles and knickknacks, from Redding-based American Flora’s yoga and dance garb fashioned from recycled plastic bottle; material to jewelry from a designer in Bar Mo Bags, page 6

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2011 when it trained 7,909 people. “The statistics are alarming when we look at how many people have suffered from cardiac arrest,” said Anne Fountain, director of health and social services for the city of Stamford. “If you can prevent deaths by this easy approach of creating a training program … to me it just makes sense.” Each year, about 785,000 people suffer a heart attack and fewer than one in four receive CPR from a bystander. The survival rate falls 10 percent each minute without CPR before medical assistance. Only 5 percent of cardiac arrest victims survive.

Hands for Life will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chelsea Piers’ 100-yard field house in Stamford. As a sports complex greatly concerned about safety, helping with the event meshed well with Chelsea Piers’ mission, said Erica Schietinger, Chelsea Piers vice president of corporate communications. Schietinger said the organization wanted to help the city in the event since it has been so supportive of the new complex. At the event, participants will learn the three Cs – call 911, check for breathing,

Mo Bags and more

Former research scientist delves into retail Morag Grassie in Ally Bally Bee.

BY ALEXANDER SOULE

casoule@westfairinc.com With a lease opportunity before her, Morag Grassie went with her gut in starting an artisan gallery named for a whimsical Scottish tune. As it turns out, going with the gut is right up the alley for retailers and research scientists alike.

Heartfelt endeavor BY JENNIFER BISSELL

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op income earners are scrambling to take advantage of estate and gift tax rates before the Bush-era tax cuts end and the Affordable Care Act income tax increases take effect. “There’s a little bit of a perfect storm here,” said Nicholas Bertha, director of wealth and trust planning at Fieldpoint Private. Many wealthy families are choosing to bestow portions of their wealth or businesses to their children now, as there likely won’t be as profitable an opportunity again in their lifetimes. “That’s why we’re so avid about reaching out to our client base so they can take advantage of a 100-year storm,” Bertha said. “This doesn’t happen very often.” Under the Bush-era tax cuts, only gifts and

The city of Stamford is hoping to teach 10,000 people CPR Aug. 25 with its event, Hands for Life. If successful, the city will break the current Guinness world record for the largest number of people trained and certified as CPR providers at a single event. The Singapore Heart Foundation currently holds the title for its event in January

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The Socratic method Can Connecticut learn how to run an effective ‘innovation ecosystem?’ BY ALEXANDER SOULE

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he Business Council of Fairfield County and the Stamford Innovation Center won $1.2 million in funding to become one of two initial hubs in the new Connecticut Innovation Ecosystem, along with InnoHVN in New Haven. The latter group was approved despite concerns by the board of Connecticut Innovations that InnoHVN had not cobbled together as much matching funding as the Stamford hub’s sponsors, as well as questions as to whether Yale University was doing its part to fully back the effort in New Haven. Connecticut Innovations, a state-backed venture capital entity, kicked off what Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hopes will become a statewide network of business accelerators sharing resources and ideas in a bid to jumpstart what will become a self-sustaining engine of startup formation and growth. Key to the vision are startup incubators at the city level, such as the new Stamford Innovation Center, linked into an overarching, “agile” Innovation Ecosystem to minimize overhead, respond to client company needs and share ideas, while maintaining a spirit of competition between hubs and services providers. Four groups were not approved to move ahead in the bidding process, according to Casey Pickett, a Connecticut Innovations manager who is coordinating the creation of the Connecticut Innovation Ecosystem. At a recent Connecticut Innovations board meeting, he said that groups in Hartford and Storrs are close to qualifying as hubs, and Connecticut Innovations is also eying Groton as a potential site. Given its proximity to Stamford and New Haven, it appears Bridgeport is not in the initial running as a hub site, despite the presence of a startup incubator adjacent to the University of Bridgeport and abundant cheap office space otherwise available downtown. With its budding Connecticut Innovation Ecosystem, the state hopes to make the state a magnet for both first-time entrepreneurs while helping a small group of existing “stage – two” companies – those with between 10 and 100 employees – grow.

Billable hours After years of lackluster venture capital investment locally – Connecticut companies won just $14 million in venture capital in the second quarter, the lowest quarterly total since 1996 – Malloy has concluded that the state needs to act as a catalyst in developing networks of entrepreneurs and support organizations needed to draw VC and angel

funding until the day those mechanisms are self-sustaining. As part of Malloy’s jobs bill last fall, the state authorized up to $250 million in new funding for Connecticut Innovations, both for direct investments in startups and for supporting efforts such as the Innovation Ecosystem. Connecticut Innovations is already disbursing up to $1 million in funding from a new TechStart Fund that lends teams of entrepreneurs up to $25,000 each, if they are selected to join a business accelerator affiliated with the Innovation Ecosystem. Teams do not have to accept TechStart funding if they enter an accelerator with their own sources of capital. Those loans do not require personal guarantees by founding teams. Accelerators will be expected to raise their own funds to provide stipends and in time the TechStart fund may require matching monies from investors. And Connecticut Innovations envisions a “proof-of-concept” center to vet for their commercial appeal and entrepreneurs will be able to hobnob in “clubhouses” leading to eventual entry into business accelerators if they so choose. Early TechStart participants include Stamford-based eBrevia L.L.C., which commercializes artificial intelligence technology created at Columbia University to analyze legal documents. “The process I unfortunately know all too well,” said eBrevia CEO Ned Gannon in a TechStart presentation in June. “I spent many nights as a junior associate scanning a computer screen at three in the morning. In a typical merger (or) acquisition, the legal due diligence process is extremely expensive because of the thousands of pages that must be reviewed and the fact that all these junior associates are typically billed out at $300 to $500 an hour.” The irony is that Connecticut hopes the Innovation Ecosystem will furnish far more work for local attorneys, investment bankers, accountants and other professional services firms on which startups rely to get off the ground. The Innovation Ecosystem will include $100,000 reserved for venture competitions awarding stipends and professional services vouches, funneling winners into city-level hubs for further development and support. With the goal of developing talented, high-tech workers, the Innovation Ecosystem plans to award at least 30 internships annually, splitting $6,000 grants with companies that hire applicants who are either attending public colleges and universities or who are Connecticut residents in private schools. And reflecting Glastonbury-based TopCoder Inc.’s ongoing contests for identifying computer programming talent, the

Stamford Innovation Center

“Over the past several weeks we’ve been working with leading organizations from across the state to launch a dynamic system that can diagnose and quickly respond to the needs of the state’s most promising new companies” —Tim Coates Innovation Ecosystem envisions a similar problem-solving test to build a directory of young talent.

What we know vs. what we do Connecticut Innovations and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) are to identify 50 new startups and 75 stage-two startups as “high–performance” companies, using unspecified benchmarks that assess private capital raised, market penetration, revenue growth and jobs. With $250,000, the Innovation Ecosystem will hire “entrepreneurs in residence” at innovation hubs and other mentors are expected to regularly assess their potential to hit those performance targets. Mentors are expected to volunteer up to three hours weekly working with companies and will be urged to pursue a “Socratic method of engagement” in Connecticut Innovations’ words. Specific performance goals include: • percentage quarterly growth in revenue; • percentage quarterly growth in jobs; • average salaries; • investment capital raised; and • market penetration. “It always takes time for what we know to become what we do,” said Tim Coates, man-

aging director of the Innovation Ecosystem with the Connecticut Technology Council, in a July blog. “Given that cities like New York and Boston work because of density, critical mass and rich networks of relationships among diverse people, the (Innovation Ecosystem) helps our suburban state act more like a city.” That means concentrating activity at local innovation hubs, while linking and reinforcing them at the state level. DECD and Connecticut Innovations selected the Connecticut Technology Council and the Connecticut Economic Resource Center as the Innovation Ecosystems’ system manager, “responsible for keeping everyone on the bus and keeping the bus traveling in the right direction,” in Coates’ words. “Over the past several weeks we’ve been working with leading organizations from across the state to launch a dynamic system that can diagnose and quickly respond to the needs of the state’s most promising new companies,” he stated. “There’s still a lot of work to do before an official ribbon cutting. But in a state like (Connecticut), where home rule is often the default approach, efforts thus far have already proven that more is possible when we work together. It’s a project that could become a national model for technology based economic development.”

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Deloitte deliberated, then did the deal BY ALEXANDER SOULE

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ig Four services firm Deloitte, in mulling whether to become one of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s “First Five” companies that add at least 200 jobs, deliberated so long it no longer qualified. But as one of Malloy’s “first fifteen,” the company may execute the largest expansion yet. New York City-based Deloitte L.L.P. committed to adding up to 600 jobs in Connecticut, becoming the seventh company to get incentives under Malloy’s First Five incentive program that now has authorization to enroll a total of 15 companies. Deloitte’s expansion will occur primarily in Fairfield County, where it has large offices in Stamford and Wilton, as well as a smaller presence in Hartford. Deloitte’s new First Five incentives include at least $9 million in grants over six years, with additional incentives available if it exceeds the baseline 200-job mark. Malloy said the company is contemplating as many as 600 new jobs in the state. That would amount to a better-than-50 percent increase, a major commitment even as the company continues to witness an economic expansion in Manhattan where it has its headquarters. The audit and consulting company becomes the seventh to get First Five incentives; the company currently has 1,150 employees in Connecticut, not counting those who live here and work in New York City. Deloitte has 45,000 workers in the United States. For a company that makes its living advising businesses how to grow, transform and protect against downside risk, Deloitte deliberated long and hard on the money Connecticut anted up, with Malloy suggesting it considered New York as well without

specifying any competing incentives that may have been on the table from the city or state. “We are responsible for setting the table, but ultimately the private sector has to decide where they’ll invest, where they’ll create jobs, and under what circumstances,” Malloy said, speaking in Stamford. “The First Five program is working. It’s giving Connecticut a significant advantage in attracting the top companies. “If they had made their decision earlier, they would have been in the First Five,” the governor said. “Because of the length of deliberations and the negotiations that went on, they can only settle for being one of the first 15.” Deloitte Managing Partner Steve Gallucci said Deloitte has no need to lease additional office space at this point in time to accommodate any immediate new hires as a result of the First Five funding. Gallucci said Deloitte is an impact company in Fairfield County, touching both the business and nonprofit sectors. “If I could describe Deloitte in a word, I would say it’s ‘community,’” he said. “First off, the business community: we work very, very hard to help the business community grow. We align our investments to the investments of the business community, to invest in those key sectors that are growing like financial services and media, and those sustained sectors that are key to the economy like aerospace and consumer-based businesses. “We annually take our workforce out of work for something called Impact Day,” Gallucci said. “Just this past June here in Connecticut, we delivered over 20 Impact Day projects totaling 4,000 hours from our people. But it does not stop just at Impact Day; we continue to volunteer throughout the year.”

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et’s see, the dog days of August, preLabor Day weekend checklist: 1. Clean grill for last summer hurrah; 2. Recharge smartphone for return from vacation; 3. Cash in all stocks until October has passed. Autumn fast approaches – or should we say the fall? Seems like just about every year, people return from their summer vacations, raring to get back into roaring business life, only to see the economic football yanked out from under us by an economic personification of Lucy Van Pelt. Last August, of course, it was a freefall in the stock markets caused by the European sovereign debt crisis, followed locally by the havoc of Tropical Storm Irene. In September 2008, it was the collapse of Lehman Brothers; in 2005, the destruction of Hurricane Katrina; in 2001, the double hammer of the 9/11 attacks and Enron. So when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggests the U.S. economy is still in a fragile state heading into September, it’s time to duck and cover. “Textbooks describe economics as the study of the allocation of scarce resources,”

Bernanke said in a videotaped speech in early August. “That definition may indeed be the ‘what,’ but it certainly is not the ‘why.’ The ultimate purpose of economics, of course, is to understand and promote the enhancement of well-being.”

“Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards.”

Bernanke pointed out that Bhutan abandoned altogether tracking gross national product 40 years ago, in favor of a Gross National Happiness index. More recently, the

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development created a “better life index” that cross-checks the national moods globally (at oecdbetterlifeindex.org, you can weight the varying inputs according to how important each is to you, be it income, health, and work-life balance among others). The United States performs very well in overall measures of well-being, according to OECD. “Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards,” the Paris-based organization states on its website. “In general, Americans are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average, with 76 percent of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day (feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment, etc) than negative ones (pain, worry, sadness, boredom, etc). It could be you prefer the 1988 Bobby McFerrin “don’t worry, be happy” refrain. If each fall brings its share of worry, it’s seldom boring anyway. March comes in like a lion, and the same could be said of September. Bring it.

The Mohegan Gaming Tribal Authority runs the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in eastern Connecticut, as well as Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. It has proposed another expansion north of the Connecticut border in Palmer, Mass. The Resorts was the first legally sanctioned casino to open in the United States outside Las Vegas, in 1978, and its owners at one point included entertainment

titan Merv Griffin. In 2010, it was bought by DGMB Casinos L.L.C. for a reported $34 million, which renovated it to reflect a theme of the Roaring Twenties era, on the heels of HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire.” Of course, the show covers the period encompassing the Great Depression as well, but that is beside the point. Thirty Emmy nominations says something about the nostalgia we have for the good old days.

Editor’s note We suppose our keen-eyed readers have already noticed a little change on our front page this week. But in the off chance that you are among those who missed it, we would like to take this opportunity to point it out and give a brief explanation. When you look at the cover, you will notice that our flag has been redesigned and the FCBJ logo has been shrunk and now fits nicely in a blue box. Why blue? Why not. It’s more pleasing to the eye than chartreuse. But the change all has to do with maintaining identity and brand. The FCBJ floating behind the flag in previous issues had outlived its graphic usefulness. In redoing our website – westfairlonline.com – we changed the logos of our

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Tribe bets on AC If the economy isn’t roaring back into motion heading into the fall elections, you can’t blame the operators of Mohegan Sun for trying to instill the spirit of the Roaring Twenties in their general neighborhood. In what is reportedly the first entry by a Native American group into a traditional U.S. gambling mecca, the Mohegan Gaming Tribal Authority will take over operations at the venerated Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J.

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State taxes: Low, high or in the middle? BY JENNIFER BISSELL

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report by Ernst & Young paints a different picture of Connecticut’s state and local business taxes: As a proportion of how much money businesses make, the amount they actually pay in taxes is relatively low compared with other states. But the Tax Foundation begs to differ. According to the report, Connecticut tied with Utah as the third lowest rate with 3.6 percent of revenue paid in taxes in 2011. The national average was 5 percent. New York businesses paid 6.2 percent and New Jersey businesses paid 5.1 percent. The rate, called the total effective business tax rate (TEBTR), is measured as a ratio of state and local business taxes to privatesector gross state product. Connecticut’s low rate results from its tax structure as well as the types of businesses in the state, said Andrew Phillips, senior manager at Ernst & Young QUEST. The state is more reliant on individual income taxes than most states, which means it’s less reliant on business taxes. “Connecticut’s state and local governments collect 27 percent of their taxes through the individual income tax, as opposed to 20 percent nationwide,” Phillips said. “This means that while Connecticut business taxes are lower as a share of state GDP, individual taxes may be higher.” The rate would seem to imply the state has low business taxes, but Scott Drenkard, an economist at the Tax Foundation, said there should be no misunderstanding: “Connecticut is a high–tax state.” The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research organization based in Washington, D.C., ranks the state in the bottom 11 in terms of business tax rates and structures. On tax burdens for citizens, it’s ranked No. 1. “They might measure well on one scale, but overall they’re a high–tax–rate state,” Drenkard said. It all comes down to the fact that Connecticut is a very rich state, so its tax revenues look low in comparison. Being on the extreme end of the mea-

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surement invites discussion, said Chris Bruhl, president of the Business Council of Fairfield County, but he doesn’t believe taxes are either high or low: “They’re middle of the road.” The structure of Connecticut’s taxes is very complicated and sometimes unusual, Bruhl said. Some business industries and corporate structures are taxed more than others. And while the income tax is high, it affects only the highest wage earners, which are very few people. Additionally, Bruhl suggested that the

lower TEBTR rate could be due to the fact that Connecticut’s businesses are often more productive and have lower tax rates generally. A consulting or financial – service firm is taxed at a much lower rate than businesses that are dependent on natural resources, like many of the businesses in Alaska for instance. Alaska had the highest TEBTR rate at 15.4 percent, but in the end, the tax burden on oil companies is really passed down to consumers out of state in the form of higher prices. Bruhl is a member of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s business tax policy review task

force. It is looking at the practical impacts of business taxes and will make recommendations for a more competitive structure. The task force has completed two-thirds of the research process. Regardless of whether business taxes are low, high or middle of the road, Bruhl said it’s important to keep in mind that Connecticut has a very high quality of life. The quality of workforce and proximity to housing are consistently ranked higher on the list of priorities than tax rates for businesses, Bruhl said.

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estate transfers more than $5.1 million are taxed and at a rate of 35 percent. The cuts are due to expire in January 2013, and unless a new deal is reached in Congress with President Obama’s approval, the rate will return to pre-2001 limitations of gifts more than $1 million, taxed at 55 percent. This means that if a family were to give their child a gift of $5 million in a trust, in 20 years, under the right circumstances, it could be worth $13 million after taxes. If they were to wait to give their inheritance through their estate after death, the amount after taxes would be worth between $6 million and $7 million.

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Harbor, Maine. Grassie hails from Glasgow, Scotland, and was originally a research scientist with Organon, which was later absorbed into Merck & Co.

“It’s all about a little girl who sits on her mother’s knee waiting for a wee bawbee to buy candy” — Morag Grassie

She ended up stateside six years ago after she and her husband cut a deal: Whomever got the first big promotion, the other would put their own career on the backburner to focus on the household and their kids. As it turns out, RBS needed someone to head its real estate services in the United States, and so the Grassie clan suddenly found themselves in Westport first and then Redding. Grassie applied unsuccessfully for a senior scientific position with a nearby pharmaceutical company. She suspects she did not get the job due to the gap on her resume spent raising her children in Connecticut, despite otherwise impeccable credentials. “I was so appalled,” Grassie said. “That was the break … I said, ‘All right, let’s do something different.’ “My gut feeling reaction as a scientist may be a little less spontaneous,” Grassie said. “I do gather all the facts and work out

Additionally, with the value of assets currently depressed from the recession, the benefits of giving a gift now continue. The gift would be taxed at a lower value than it is actually worth. That value will eventually increase, Bertha said, meaning paying taxes on it now means paying less in total down the road. But with a limited timeframe to make these gifts, there’s a professional concern that there will be a “planning tsunami” where all the pieces to families’ plans may not come together correctly. Each month Bertha said he’s seen the interest in taking advantage of current gifting rates swell. As a result, there’s already a backlog of work to be done. The estimated time to receive an appraisal in the area has increased from two weeks to eight, said attorney Jennifer Port at Ivey, Barnum &

O’Mara L.L.C., in Greenwich. The office has eight estate planning lawyers and each is dealing with clients considering or in the process of making a gift. “Gifting is what people are thinking about; it just takes time to find the right asset,” Port said. “People are asking, ‘Is this a once–in–a–lifetime opportunity that I’m passing by? And if it is, what do I do to take advantage of it?’ “For some, if you look at the numbers, this is a home run,” she said. But gifting isn’t the only thing bankers and CPAs are hearing about. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has placed a new tax on investment incomes as well. Currently there’s a 15 percent tax on net investment income, but if it resumes to pre2001 levels, dividends will be taxed at 39.6

percent, capital gains at 20 percent, plus an additional 3.8 percent on each with the ACA. The tax will apply to the top 2 percent of income earners or families earning more than $250,000 a year. “It’s just coming on to many of our clients’ radar,” Bertha said. “It’s a little bit of a game changer.” High earners are looking to change their stock portfolios from high–dividend payouts to stocks with slower growing capital gains. Additionally they’re looking into better bond payouts after taxes. “The problem is, you can’t commit to too much before you know what is going to happen,” Bertha said, reflecting on the unknown state of income taxes for high earners. “But doing strategic stuff back in the laboratory (helps).”

the numbers, but generally have made my decision very early on in the thought process based on gut feeling.” It is only a guesstimate, but Grassie thinks there’s a universe in “the high hundreds��� of local artisans that would potentially have items to sell through her shop, with more than 40 having dropped in to inquire on placing their wares on Ally Bally Bee’s shelves. While other artisan shops exist in Fairfield County and Connecticut – the Artisan’s Marketplace in Plainville has won statewide accolades three straight years from Trumbull-based Connecticut Magazine – craftsmen also have access to artisan e-commerce sites to peddle their wares. Etsy allows Zip code searches to identify products – some 81,000 products spanning Connecticut were being sold on Etsy as of early August, ranging from a simple sailor-knot bracelet from Mystic Knotwork to “the wall tentacle,” a mounted plaque from ArtAkimbo in Redding, whose motto is “Puttin’ the ‘eek’ in unique”. For her part, Grassie sells her own “Mo Bag” handbags in the store, estimating she has made about 250 to date. Those purses were what led her to originally shell out the sterling for the Ridgefield lease from Ancona’s Market, as she learned about the artisan scene selling Mo Bags through trunk shows and crafts fairs. As for Ally Bally Bee? “It’s all about a little girl who sits on her mother’s knee waiting for a wee bawbee to buy candy,” Grassie said. “The funny story is my husband was … chatting in Redding Pharmacy and there was a lady in front of him in the line and she turned around and said, ‘My great uncle wrote that song.’ “I was like, ‘What? You didn’t get her name, you didn’t get her telephone number?’ I’m waiting for the day that she walks in here, because it won’t be long. I’m sure she’ll be here soon.”

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found to increase the risk of heart attacks, according to a number of studies. A recent study shows that women who experience high job strain are 40 percent more likely to experience cardiovascular disease. Most recent studies have focused exclusively on women, who previously were excluded from similar research. High job strain was defined as jobs with high demand and low control in the study published by PLOS One, a peer-reviewed journal. Participants at Hands for Life can expect the training to take 30 minutes in total, including time to park, stand in line and receive the 15-minute lesson. Between 300 and 400 volunteers will be directing traffic, driving shuttles, registering walkins and guiding the flow of the event. Fountain said the training would help bystanders feel confident in their abilities to respond, as witnesses are often afraid to react.

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perform chest compressions at 100 beats per minute – and how to use automated electronic defibrillators. Compressions during CPR generate blood flow to the brain and heart, until circulation is restored by defibrillation or other therapy methods. If the city’s goal of 10,000 participants is met, roughly 8 percent of the city’s population will know CPR. So far, a couple thousand people have pre-registered. Fountain said she strongly encourages businesses to get involved and encourage their employees to be trained. The majority of all heart attacks are witnessed. “Heart attacks happen at work and having people around them be trained is a good idea,” Fountain said. Additionally, work stress has been

Hands for Life will take place at Chelsea Piers.

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SA F E T Y F I R S T. V I N C E N T’S One of only four hospitals in Connecticut to receive an ‘A’ rating from Hospital Safety ScoreSM

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Sometimes there is safety in letters, too. The 2012 “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group proves it. Under the guidance of a blue ribbon panel, The Leapfrog Group uses publicly available data on patient injuries, medical errors and infections to letter grade the safety records of more than 2600 hospitals nationwide. Our “A” represents our overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

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Developers get state aid Developers in Bridgeport and Norwalk will benefit from a “major commitment” to affordable housing, in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s words. “Connecticut for too long languished in its affordable housing commitments by not investing in this critical area of our overall

economic development,” Malloy said in a statement. “Housing is a key component of our success to get Connecticut moving again, one that helps individuals and families find stability and employment.” Under the Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP) initiative, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development will offer loans at reduced interest rates and with extended terms, intended as gap financing and not to exceed $5 million per development. CHAMP will help finance the: • $31.6 million Jayson/Newfield project

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GE Capital faces Hartford foreclosure A prominent Hartford property owned by GE Capital reportedly is headed for foreclosure after parties failed to reach a refinancing agreement with lender MetLife. GE Capital and its GE Real Estate division have their main offices in Norwalk. With a co-investor, GE Capital bought Constitution Plaza in 1999 and secured the mortgage in question in 2006, according to a Hartford Courant report, which added the owners put the plaza up for sale in April. Including two high-rises, the property totals 660,000 square feet of space. The state recently awarded incentives for the online golf company Back9Network to launch an expansion at Constitution Plaza. A GE Capital attorney told the Courant he remains “guardedly optimistic” an agreement can be reached.

VOIP provider to Westport … SigmaVoIP is relocating from Stamford to 980 Post Road East in Westport, where it is occupying 1,500 square feet of space. SigmaVOIP installs voice-over-IP telephony systems. The company told the Westport News it plans to hire up to 15 people this year, currently listing sales and installation openings throughout the Northeast on its website.

… while IT company stays put in Stamford U.S. Computer Connection relocated within Stamford to 933 Hope St., having previously been located at 456 Glenbrook Road. The company provides information technology and networking services for small and mid-size businesses.

Former Mel Gibson estate for sale Mel Gibson’s former Greenwich estate is for sale again for $33 million. The newly restored Old Mill Farm was designed in 1926 by noted architect Charles Lewis Bowman and is one of the last great estates, according to Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. The property spans 75 acres and is an Elizabethan-inspired Tudor residence of 15 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms, gardens, a guesthouse and more.

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Thomson Reuters is state’s first ‘captive’ BY ALEXANDER SOULE

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our years after Connecticut created a new law authorizing “captive” insurance companies in the state, Thomson Reuters became the first to establish one here, with the company among Stamford’s larger employers. Captive insurers operate to insure the parent entities’ own risks, putting a premium on capital preservation rather than operating results. The industry was born out of frustration with both insurance capacity shortages and rate swings, according to insurance analyst A.M. Best Co. Ironically, Connecticut landed its first captive in Thomson Reuters Risk Management Inc. amid an ongoing “soft” market of prolonged low prices, a scenario that makes companies less inclined to create captive insurers on the expectation of landing cheap rates in the standard marketplace. The CEO of the Greenwich-based carrier W.R. Berkley Corp. says he expects property and casualty insurance rates to go up in the coming few years. “History would suggest that areas that

get the ‘softest’ for an extended period of time tend to be the ones that offer the best opportunity in a hard market,” William R. Berkley said in a late July conference call.

“Captive sponsors have not always considered the U.S. as their first choice to locate, but that may be changing”

— Tina Bukow

That could drive more corporations to dump their insurance risks into a captive structure – and as more states such as Connecticut seek that business, consider relocating the domicile where companies maintain their captive entities. A marketplace snapshot by Oldwick, N.J.-based A.M. Best published in June

tive insurance law after Gov. suggested a 21 percent decline Dannel P. Malloy convened a in net income among U.S. special legislative session last captive insurers, reflecting fall focused on jobs. decreases in both underwrit“The governor has made ing and investment income, as it clear from the start that well as capital gains. Connecticut is serious about “Captive sponsors have growing the industry,” not always considered the Thomas Leonardi, commisU.S. as their first choice to sioner of the Connecticut locate, but that may be changTina Bukow Insurance Department, said ing,” A.M. Best Business Development Manager Tina Bukow stated in a statement. “Through professional and consistent regulation, the Insurance in a forward to the report. “Many U.S. states are increasing their Department will make certain that understanding of captive regulation, with Connecticut-based captives will be noted New Jersey and Tennessee joining the for their quality and financial stability.” Marsh Captive Solutions is Thomson expanding ranks of U.S. states that are captive domiciles. The number of cap- Reuters’ captive insurance manager and tives domiciled onshore continues to grow advised the firm on its relocation from nationally; it appears U.S. domiciled cap- Delaware, with Edwards Wildman Palmer tive groups are here to stay.” L.L.P. providing legal counsel. The trade publication Captive Review “For the emergence of a captive domicile ranked Vermont as the top state for cap- (market) … you need the intellectual infrative insurance companies, trailing only structure and you’ve got that in Connecticut,” Bermuda and the Cayman Islands world- said Nick Pearson, a New York City-based wide. Utah and Hawaii were the only attorney with Edwards Wildman, which has other states among the top 10 interna- a Stamford office as well. “I think that’s crititional captive insurer locales. Vermont has cal and I think that will make it much more feasible for Connecticut to move quickly into more than 900 captive insurers today. Connecticut updated its own cap- captive insurance.”

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IN THE FIELD In brief

Northern Tier, Kayak shares up after IPOs Overshadowed by the July 23 initial public offering of Kayak Software Corp., Northern Tier Energy L.P. saw its own shares appreciate nearly 8 percent in its first week of trading following its IPO July 26. Ridgefield-based Northern Tier raised $228 million using the proceeds to pay off debt incurred in its December 2011 acquisition of Marathon Oil Corp.’s interests in a Minnesota refinery and related assets. CEO Mario Rodriguez previously was managing director in the global energy investment banking division of Citigroup Global Markets, and the company’s president Hank Kuchta held the same title at the former Greenwich-based refiner Premcor, which was acquired in 2005 by Valero Energy Corp. for nearly $7 billion. In the first quarter, Northern Tier reported a $194 million loss on $1 billion in revenue.

Food initiative gets federal funding More than half a million dollars in federal funding will go to growing locally produced

food businesses in Connecticut. The Bridgeport-based Wholesome Wave Foundation is administering the New England Food Hub Initiative to meet the demand for locally grown food throughout the region. Some $570,000 will help the initiative connect businesses with capital and technical support. “This grant will mean more farm jobs and better nutrition for both rural and urban Connecticut,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said in a press release. “It will expand food production and link farmers with markets, so that fresher produce will be more widely available and affordable.”

DWR gains $1.8M in equity funding

to investigate Energy Plus Holdings L.L.C. for deceptive marketing tactics in soliciting customers. According to complaints, Energy Plus offers a one-month “promotional rate,” which is generally higher than its competitors’ standard price, and after a month the rate increases significantly, sometimes doubling the standard. After reviewing several customer complaints and marketing materials that appear to follow a pattern of misrepresentation, the attorney general has asked for an investigation to see if fines should be imposed or if the electric supplier’s license should be terminated.

RBS reports $3.8B loss

Design Within Reach reported $1.8 million Royal Bank of Scotland reported a $3.8 bilin new equity funding, with plans to cap the lion loss for the first half of 2012, after taking round at $2.5 million. a $4.6 billion charge to account for tightenThe furniture company moved its head- ing credit spreads. quarters from San Francisco to Stamford in At last report, RBS had some 1,800 work2010. The company recently ran a contest with ers in Stamford, making it among the largest Dwell magazine to challenge up-and-coming employers in the city, and RBS Citizens designers to create a home-office “solution” Bank is among the top 10 retail banks in it could potentially manufacture. An Oregon- Connecticut with nearly 50 branches. based industrial designer won for her miniThe New York Post reported that RBS is malist work surface with storage wells.JOB 9-673 considering selling Citizens, citing unidentified sources who said TD Bank explored a 10 x 5.625 PURA to investigate potential deal three months ago. Business Journal Energy Plus Holdings In a prepared statement, RBS CEO Attorney General George Jepsen petitioned Stephen Hester said banks are in the midst the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of a “chastening period” in his words for

overzealous expansion and business practices leading up the recession. “We navigated Eurozone problems and a credit rating downgrade from Moody’s with no slippage in the balance sheet resilience painstakingly rebuilt in the first three years of our plan,” Hester stated. “The bottom-line loss we report for (the first half is) … itself an indicator of RBS’ recovery as our debt now trades at tighter margins.”

New Canaan consultant sentenced to prison An executive–search consultant from New Canaan was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for tax evasion. The office of U.S. Attorney David Fein said Sherwood Schaub, better known as Andy Sherwood, repeatedly failed to pay federal taxes that had been withheld from employees’ paychecks. Sherwood, 70, provided executive-search services under a range of business names, including New York City-based Goodrich & Sherwood, which is still active; Whittenwood Associates; GSA International; Stanton Chase of New York; and G&S Holding. On the Goodrich & Sherwood website, Sherwood’s biography includes having headed White House business task forces and having attended a CEO program at Harvard Business School. Sherwood is also founder of the advisory firm Goodrich Capital in New York City, which was not

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cited by prosecutors. Sherwood will pay $1.3 million in back taxes, interest and penalties.

Pitney Bowes sales down As it nears the debut of its Volly digital consumer billing and communication platform, Pitney Bowes Inc. saw its mainstay mailing business continue its decline in the second quarter, with sales off 5 percent from a year ago. The company reported its results just days after Maryland police arrested a man and charged him with threatening to “load my guns and blow everybody up” at a Pitney Bowes facility where he had worked on a subcontractor basis. The Baltimore Sun reported authorities confiscated two-dozen weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition from the man’s home. CEO Murray Martin did not address the incident in a conference call to discuss Pitney Bowes’ quarterly results. The Stamford-based company earned $99.7 million on $1.2 billion in revenue in the second quarter. “We have now signed more than 50 large third-party mail service providers who will offer the Volly secure digital mail service to more than 6,000 companies and consumer brands,” Martin said. “That’s an ongoing process, and … we are starting to connect those billers now, the 50.”

PartnerRe Ltd. stated it is unable to yet quantify the impact on its future results of the U.S. drought, the worst in at least a half-century. PartnerRe sells reinsurance to other carriers, underwriting the risks they take on. The company is based in Bermuda and has its U.S. headquarters in Greenwich. In the second quarter, net premiums earned were 1 percent lower from a year ago to below $1.1 billion.

can stream music to the shower. The iGrill from iDevices L.L.C. beams meat temperature wireless from inside an oven or grill to iPhones or other devices. The company also creates custom apps for businesses. The iShower allows users to pause, rewind and fast-forward recordings from devices up to 200 feet distant. The company said the device is selling for $99 online and in stores.

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Fairfield County Bank is closing its branch at i.Park Norwalk on Halloween. As of June 2011, the branch at 761 Main Ave. had accumulated just $10 million in deposits, a fraction of the $271 million Fairfield County Bank had piled up at three other Norwalk branches on Wall Street, New Canaan Avenue and Chestnut Hill Road. In separate news, the Ridgefield-based company appointed Irene Ropicki as vice president of secondary markets and loanquality control. She previously was a residential lending manager with First County Bank in Stamford.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $850,000 to replace the closed West Main Street bridge in Stamford with a pedestrian bridge, while Weston is receiving $400,000 to accelerate reconstruction of a Route 57 bridge over the Saugatuck River. “As we work to reorder federal spending, we need to prioritize investment like this that creates jobs in the short term while fulfilling our long-term transportation and infrastructure needs,” U.S. Rep. Jim Himes,

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iDevices releases new product The Canton-based maker of the iGrill meat thermometer released its second consumer product compatible with Apple Inc. and Android-enabled devices – the iShower, a waterproof, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that

said in a statement. Weston’s grant was awarded through DOT’s Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program. The project will use a new bridge replacement technology known as “bridge in backpack,” a lightweight system of arch tubes that are easily transportable and do not require the heavy equipment needed to handle the weight of traditional construction materials.

Littlejohn nails down investment in HBC Greenwich-based Littlejohn & Co. L.L.C. invested in Howard Berger Co., a Cranbury, N.J.-based maker of hardware and house wares. The companies did not reveal financial terms. HBC brands include Guard Security locks, My Helper cleaning products and winter tools, and Pooch ’n Purr pet supplies. – Jennifer Bissell and Alexander Soule

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Kimco Realty buys into Fairfield County market

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imco Realty Corp. entered the Fairfield County market via the $40 million buy of Wilton Campus Shops, even as its CEO said such highend properties are increasingly difficult to acquire. The seller was a partnership of Westportbased Kleban Properties, which owns the Wilton Executive Center adjacent to the retail property. Wilton Campus Shops is at 5 River Road

in Wilton and totals 97,000 square feet of space and is 98 percent occupied, anchored by a Stop & Shop alongside more than 20 specialty shops and several restaurants. Kimco Realty bills itself as one of the nation’s largest publicly traded owners of neighborhood and community shopping centers, with stakes in more than 1,800 properties totaling nearly 166 million square feet of space in 44 states. Starwood Capital Property Trust Inc., Fairfield County’s largest public REIT, by comparison has assets totaling $3.5 billion, only a fraction of it in retail.

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Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc., based in Greenwich as the case with Starwood Capital Property Trust, has just under $600 million in assets in the form of more than 50 properties totaling nearly 5 million square feet of space, many of them retail centers in the Tri-state area. Kimco has been led since 2009 by David Henry, who prior to joining Kimco in 2001 was chief investment officer at GE Capital Real Estate, a General Electric Co. subsidiary based in Norwalk whose assets today total $58 billion. Henry is chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a director of Ridgefield-based Fairfield County Bank. Kimco Realty lists a half-dozen existing retail centers in Connecticut, none in Fairfield County. The real estate investment trust is based in New Hyde Park, N.Y. In the second quarter, Kimco earned $24.6 million, after adjusting net income to reflect the impact of foreign currencies on its results, with the company maintaining sizable holdings in Mexico. The Wilton buy comes even as Henry hinted at Kimco accelerating sales of some properties in its portfolios, as the underlying

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commercial real estate market continues a comeback, including the secondary markets where equities are resold. “We are being very deliberate and … we are heartened by the fact that the market is improving for these lower-tier assets,” Henry said in an August conference call. “I think it’s because so many people have tried to buy the higher quality (assets) and there’s just so many bidders that they’re forced to go down a notch in terms of the markets to get retail (holdings) today.” “We are trying to take advantage of the decline in the market to do it,” Henry said. “Conversely, we are trying to be very careful about what we buy and make sure it’s the better stuff, and we’re trying to do as many off-market situations as we can.” Henry added that real estate remains a good investment as an inflation hedge that beats the performance of many alternative investments to include treasuries and corporate bonds. “People are just tired of sitting on cash,” Henry said. “There is a frustration in terms of a limited supply of truly high-quality retail in primary markets, so just like every other cycle, it has now moved downwards towards the ‘B properties.’”

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uinnipiac University expects its planned medical school to be the largest in the state within four years, with some 500 students focused on embarking on primary care careers in Connecticut. The Yale School of Medicine has more total students, but not all of those are pursuing medical degrees, with some choosing a master’s degree or Ph.D. in non – physician fields of study. For the past decade there has been a steady decline in the number of primary care physicians nationwide while the demand for services has been increasing with the aging baby boomer population. The school is aiming to become the national educational model for inter-professional health careers and improve the way health care is delivered, said John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations. Renovations for the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine will be made on the North Haven campus (Quinnipiac’s flagship campus is in Hamden) and cost about $70 million. The interactive classrooms will include the latest technology with a 48-bed

human anatomy lab, a six-bed prosection lab and two simulated operating rooms. The school will build on its school of nursing and school of health sciences programs. Quinnipiac’s doctorate program for physical therapy and master’s program for occupational therapy are among the largest in the country. Administrators and 14 faculty members have been hired so far. The university is waiting for its accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education at the Association of American Medical Colleges. The first class is expected to begin in the fall of 2013. For the area medical community, the new school is good news, said Dr. Michael Kinsky, president of the Connecticut State Medical Society. Faculty and staff will be hired and as the school grows, there will be more primary care physicians trained in the area, which will then lead to physicians opening up their own practices, Kinsky said. Each physician needs four supporting staff members at a minimum. The school opens up a lot of opportunities, he said. But at the same time, there are no guarantees. The school may be training students into the primary care field, but that doesn’t

mean they will still choose that career path in the end, Kinsky said. They are not necessarily tied into it and for many the career path is unattractive. The knowledge base expected of primary care physicians has exploded in recent years. Primary care physicians are expected to know more than specialist physicians generally, but their wages are less. For young doctors graduating with high student loan debt, the field is a hard sell. “Virtually no one graduates without debt,” Kinsky said. “It’s an enormous nut to crack.” Additionally, Kinsky said graduates might decide to leave Connecticut to states where the cost of living is lower and malpractice awards are lower. The school will be partnering with St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport as its primary clinical partner, meaning each of the state’s three largest cities will have a hospital with medical school partnerships, along with Yale in New Haven and the University of Connecticut serving the Hartford area. By adding a medical school, Quinnipiac will be one of 89 universities in America that have both accredited law and medical schools. The addition will “continue Quinnipiac’s transformation into a major national university,” Morgan said.

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Baker Law Firm, P.C. 24 Delay St., Suite 1, Danbury, CT 06810 885-134 • baker-law.com

Cacace Tusch & Santagata 777 Summer St., Stamford 06901 327-2000 • lawcts.com

Chipman Mazzucco 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Suite D-2, Danbury 06810 744-1929 • danburylaw.com

Cohen and Wolf P.C. 1115 Broad St., Bridgeport 06604 368-0211 • cohenandwolf.com

Collins, Hannafin, Garmella, Jaber & Tuozzolo P.C. 148 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury 06810 744-2150 • chgjtlaw.com

Coreen M. Sedor Attorney at Law 935 White Plains Road, Suite 207, Trumbull 06611 268-4800 • coreensedor.com

ElderCare Services of CT 17 Quintard Place, Westport 06880 319-1896 • elderservct.com

Green and Gross P.C. 1087 Broad St., Bridgeport 06604 335-5141 • gglaw.net

James M. Rubino 1100 Summer St., Stamford 06905 327-4212 • attorneyrubino.com

Law Offices of Eliovson and Tenore 117 Tunxis Hill Road, Fairfield 06825 336-2566 • connecticutelderlaw.com

Law Offices of Joel D. Muhlbaum L.L.C. 1100 Summer St., Stamford 06905 • 323-1818 191 Post Road West, Westport 06880 • 221-2620 ctnyelderlaw.com

Law Offices of Richard A. Sarner L.L.C. 184 Atlantic St., Stamford 06901 967-8899 • sarnerlaw.com

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates P.C. 191 Post Road West, Westport 06880 221-2617• preserveyourestate.net

Samuel J. Starks Attorney at Law 1100 Summer St., Stamford 06905 348-0441 • starkslaw.net

Top local executive(s) Year company established

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Description

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Michael J. Cacace mcacace@lawcts.com 1982

Practices include real estate, land use, family law, litigation, trusts and estates, elder law and tax appeals

Ward J. Mazzucco 1995

Estate planning and probate, including wills, irrevocable trusts, living trusts, tax planning, elder law, probate and estate administration

David A. Ball Managing partner 1951

Litigration involving appellate, bankruptcy, business and corporate, common-interest communities, elder law, employment, family and matrimonial, land use and zoning, litigation, personal injury, physicians' practices, real estate, securities, tax, telecommunications, trusts and estates

Francis J. Collins 1963

Practice areas range from family law to estate planning to personal injury litigation

Coreen M. Sedor 2000

Practice areas include bankruptcy, real estate transactions, social security disability, personal injury, wills and probate, elder law/title 19

Francine Schweiger Founder 1999

Comprehensive assessment, careful screening, placement and supervising of caregivers short-and long-term care planning, counseling for client, family and caregivers, arrangement and accompaniment of clients for medical appointments, medication assistance, referrals to geriatric specialists, referrals to financial and legal resources, assistance with mail, bill paying and insurance claims, guidance in choosing living facilities (independent, assisted or skilled nursing)

Joel Z. Green and Eric M. Gross Principals 1972

Practice areas include divorce, support and custody, estate planning and probate, elder law, commercial real estate, residential real estate, land use, equitable division of assets, civil litigation, business litigation, business formation and transactions

James M. Rubino 1987

Practices include elder law, estate planning, probate, real estate, federal and state income taxation, municipal tax appeals, corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, charitable organizations and giving planning

Lyn Eliovson Founder and principal NA

An elder law and family-counseling practice

Joel D. Muhlbaum 1997

Legal advice in elder law, Medicaid and special-needs planning, estate planning and administration, incapacity planning and probate court matters, conservatorship proceedings

Richard A. Sarner 1991

Estate planning, probate and asset-protection law firm

Barry D. Horowitz Founding partner Jeffrey A. Nirenstein Vice president and founding member 1986 Samuel J. Starks 1997

An estate-planning law firm

Practice primarily in elder and health law, estate planning, wills and trusts, probate litigation

Questions or comments, call (914) 694-3600, ext. 3005. NA Not available.

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SPECIAL REPORT Health Care Champions

Belden Square, the home of the new Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital pediatric specialty center.

Pediatric center boosts medical real estate Yale-New Haven takes over former Virgin Atlantic space BY JENNIFER BISSELL

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ale-New Haven Children’s Hospital has opened a new pediatric specialty center in Norwalk, with the resultant move spurring a mini medical-services real estate boom. The new center is in one of two buildings at Belden Square, which was formerly the headquarters of Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. Following the trend of converting office and retail buildings to medical spaces, it should be easy to attract more medical tenants to the buildings now that the center has moved in, said Kathleen Fazio, Cushman & Wakefield Inc.’s real estate director of health care practice. Currently there are two tenants looking to lease full floors with one having submitted a letter of intent. “Certainly over the last 10 years, we’ve seen hospitals expanding to provide services into the communities that surround them,” said Felix Charney, CEO of Summit Development L.L.C., in Southport, who led the project. “I think it’s a wonderful amenity to bring very high–qual-

ity pediatric health care to Norwalk and the surrounding community.” This is the fourth hospital expansion Summit has positioned medical real estate around, but the first in Fairfield County and the first with Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Similarly this is Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital fifth expansion and the first specialty center in Fairfield County. The hospital has a campus at the Bridgeport Hospital, which is an affiliate of Yale-New Haven Health System along with Greenwich Hospital. “We think it’s a terrific location,” said Cynthia Sparer, executive director of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. “We look forward to having a very long future where we are. I think it’s something we, once we saw it and realized what we could do there, moved quickly. The whole project was developed in six months.” The building had ample parking spaces, was already handicap accessible and was just off of Interstate 95. Fairfield County has one of the largest populations of children without a children’s hospital, Sparer said, which prompted the hospital to expand into the area. Additionally, when a child is in a vulnerable state, many parents want

all their visits to stay within Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital’s network, but sometimes that can result in long car rides. To better serve patients and their families, the hospital has built specialty centers for checkups, early diagnostic visits and other services. There will be 13 specialty services at the Norwalk center. At its other expansions, Sparer said she’s seen similar real estate developments, where medical services have moved to their location. The Long Wharf specialty center in New Haven opened two years ago and the building has seen many smaller businesses move in such as a pediatric dental practice, behavioral services and adult specialty centers. Sparer said she expects the same will happen at Belden Square. There are two other floors to fill in Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s building and a smaller building to fill also. Britain-based Virgin Atlantic left the building in 2005 when it decided to downsize its U.S. headquarters and lease less space at another site in Norwalk. “Were very excited to be there,” Sparer said. “It will work out extremely well. We’re very confident about that.”

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Who’s who in health care reform BY ALEXANDER SOULE casoule@westfairinc.com

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ith a scant 16 months to go before the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there may be no more hard-pressed champions of health care today than the two-dozenplus members of the Connecticut Health Care Cabinet, who come from a range of backgrounds, mainly at state agencies, advocacy groups, insurance carriers and health clinics. Only a few have experience on the purchasing end of health insurance, an audience that is key for health reform to work. The list includes directors of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange under development. Ellen Andrews is executive director of the Connecticut Health Policy Project in New Haven, which works to

improve access to affordable, quality health care. She has a Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University. Her group has been publishing ongoing “report cards” of the state’s efforts to implement health reform. “We are now 13.7 percent of the way toward health reform. Unfortunately we are up only slightly from last month’s 13.2 percent performance. At this rate, it will take over 14 years to fully implement reform, but Jan. 1, 2014 is only a year and a half away.” – from Aug. 1 Connecticut Health Policy Project blog. Pat Baker is CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation in Hartford, having previously been director of Connecticut government programs at Oxford Health Plans. She was also executive director of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut. “Now let’s do the work – take this opportunity, move all the incredible promises offered in the Affordable Care (Act) into realities in people’s lives. We’re lucky

Connecticut cares about expanding access here – cares about outcomes.” – from June 28 video following Supreme Court decision. Stratford resident Ben Barnes is secretary of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, previously heading operations for the Bridgeport Public Schools and before that for the city of Stamford. Phil Boyle is vice president of Health Consultants Group L.L.C. in Plainville and has been a director of Connecticut Benefit Brokers. Rod Bremby is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services, having previously led Kansas’ public health agency. “This is a computer system that’s 23 years old; that’s Cobalt-built; that has over 520 databases; that has over 3,000 computer programs built-in. So we can’t make the little tweak and the change that we would like to. What we’re doing, actually, is building a new system to get that old system removed.” – in July 24 testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly. Kevin Counihan is CEO of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange, having beaten out 75 candidates for the job. Most recently he was president of Choice Administrators Exchange Solutions in Orange, Calif., which helps states create exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. From 2006 to 2011 he was chief marketing officer for the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority, which administers that state’s health insurance exchange.

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Jeannette DeJesús is special adviser to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, running the state Office of Health Care Reform & Innovation. Previously she was vice president at the Connecticut Hospital Association. “We … have to understand that there isn’t any one health care reform decision that can be made in isolation, that we always have to look at these decisions and these policies that we create within the larger context of how they will affect other systems that we’re creating.” – in March 21 testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly. Michael Devine of Westport is focused on barriers to individual health care coverage for the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange and is CEO of Earth Energy Alliance, a biodiesel fuel company.

Janice Gruendel is deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, having previously served as an early childhood expert in the administration of Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Bonita Grubbs is executive director of Christian Community Action, a social services organization in New Haven. Mary Fox, a former Aetna Inc. executive, is on the board planning the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange, which is focused on issues relating to health insurance coverage for small businesses. Steven Hanks is chief medical officer at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, having previously led efforts resulting in all Connecticut hospitals banning smoking. William Handelman is a renal physician in Torrington who is president of the Connecticut State Medical Society and teaches at the University of Connecticut. Jai Henderson is CEO of the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in New Haven, previously leading T.H.E. Clinic in Los Angeles. “Our patients place their trust in us, all of us in the health care field, to do what is best for them. A successful hand-off or transfer of a patient and their clinical information, builds trust. And when coupled with the overt acceptance of responsibility for an individual’s care, then and only then have we all succeeded in transforming health care.” – in July 2 testimony to a U.S. Senate committee. Mickey Herbert is an expert on health care access issues faced by selfemployed people for the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange, having previously been CEO of ConnectiCare in Farmington. Joette Katz is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Starting her career at the Shelton law firm known today as Winnick, Vine, Welch and Teodosio, she became the youngest justice ever appointed to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Kevin Lembo is Connecticut comptroller, having previously been the state’s first health care advocate. “While the rest of the country is experiencing health care cost increases of more than 8 percent – twice the general rate of inflation – Connecticut, as an employer, will see no increase this year. This is not

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a coincidence but a direct result of health care innovations … that are moving the cost needle on health care.” – in July 17 statement on Health Enhancement Program that encourages preventative care.

Linda St. Peter is president of IBIS Consortium – Commercial and Investment Real Estate in Rocky Hill, and has served as president of the Connecticut Association of Realtors.

Thomas Leonardi is commissioner of the Connecticut Insurance Department, having previously been CEO of the Avon venture capital firm Northington Partners, and serving on the boards of multiple insurance companies. “We have a robust and competitive market in Connecticut with seven companies currently writing individual major medical health insurance.” – in Feb. 15 testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly.

Bob Scalettar is the former chief medical officer for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, acting as a health care delivery systems expert on the board of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange.

Jeffrey Lucht is senior vice president of United Healthcare overseeing actuarial, underwriting and health care economics for its employer and individual business. Previously he was an executive with Aetna Inc. and before that Johns Hopkins Healthcare L.L.C.

He is acting as a health care benefits plan administration expert for the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange. Vicki Veltri is Connecticut’s health care advocate, previously a staff attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid working on Medicaid and other health programs. Joanne Walsh is CEO of Constellation Health Services in Norwalk. Earlier in her career she was associate executive director at Family Services-Woodfield in Bridgeport.

of Dimes and the state of Maine. Cecilia Woods is vice chairperson of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, acting as a health care finance expert working on the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman previously was the longtime comptroller for the state of Connecticut. She is the individual health insurance coverage expert assigned to the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange board.

Rob Tessier is executive director of the Connecticut Coalition of Taft-Hartley Health Funds, a group of employee-benefit Ricka Wolman is director of pediPeter Zelez is fiscal administrative funds covering 65,000 union and family members. Previously he was adminis- atrics for the Connecticut Department of manager for the Connecticut Insurance trator for the New England Health Care Children and Families, having previously Department, having previously been a plan DDI-1062 Welfare DM CT 7.375x7.125-BW:DDI-1062 DM CT 12/21/11 3:33 controller PM Pagefor 1 Aetna Inc. in 7.375x7.125-BW medical positions for the March Employees and Pension Funds. served

Terrence Macy is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services and a past president of the board of the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, having also been executive director of SARAH Tuxis Residential & Community Resources Inc. in Guilford. Jewel Mullen is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, previously having been a public health official in Massachusetts. Frances Padilla is executive vice president of the Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut, having previously been president of New Paradigms Consulting with a focus on education, workforce development and neighborhood development. Patricia Rehmer is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, previously CEO of the Capitol Region Mental Health Center and starting her career at the Institute for Living in Hartford. Grant Ritter, a senior scientist with Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., is a health care economics expert working on the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange. Margaret Smith is chief dental officer for Generations Family Health Center Inc. in Willimantic.

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Bijou Theatre still a cultural hub

Situated in the heart of Connecticut’s largest city, the Bijou Theatre waits, poised for Bridgeport’s new beginning. Built in 1909, the Bijou is no stranger to change. Behind its intricate façade there is a history dating back to when vaudeville and silent movies first filled the intimate space. During its reign as a cultural hub, the Bijou changed names, hands, survived fires, turnovers and new directions. For nearly a century the Bijou established itself as an entertainment powerhouse until 1996 when the theater closed its doors. For the next decade, the Bijou remained a hidden gem in a dormant mine until 2005, when the renewed enthusiasm for local art and culture began to stir the town of Bridgeport. In the spirit of this downtown renaissance, Phil Kuchma bought the Bijou Theatre and uncovered this too-long neglected jewel. July 2012 marked the one-year anniversary of the Bijou’s much-anticipated revival. Since its reopening, One & Only Entertainment, headed by Christine Donahue Brown and Kathleen Reynolds, has brought the best in independent cinema, film festivals and celebrity guests, including comedians, musicians and award-winning entertainers to the Bridgeport community. After its renovation, the Bijou is proud to be part of Fairfield’s vibrant cultural scene once again. As the theater launches into its busy fall season, guests, neighbors and friends will continue to enjoy quality entertainment from unique cabaret seating. This fall, stop by to experience energetic musical performances, riotous stand-up comedy and quality independent films followed by engaging Q&A and director dialogue opportunities. Come be welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and most importantly a fully-stocked bar and decadent dessert menu! For additional information, contact Amanda at amanda@thebjoutheatre.com

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Westport Country Playhouse will stage the world premiere Aug. 28 of a new comedy, “Harbor,” written by twotime Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos. The cast includes Tony Award nominees Bobby Steggert and Paul Anthony Stewart, along with Kate Nowlin and Alexis Molnar. “Chad Beguelin’s play boasts beautifully observed comic writing about a very human, very dysfunctional, very loving family,” Lamos said. “I’m excited to be directing this world premiere because it is completely of-the-moment in its depiction of how the idea of ‘family’ is changing on a daily basis.” “Harbor” opens with Ted and Kevin, who have been together for 10 years, in their picture–perfect house in Sag Harbor. When Kevin’s ne’er-do-well sister, Donna, whom he hasn’t seen in years, and her 15-year-old daughter arrive out of the blue, the pair’s idyllic life changes and tensions quickly bubble to the surface. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting, touching and hilarious new comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family. Playing from Aug. 28 to Sept. 15, the performance schedule for “Harbor” is Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. The comedy is recommended for ages 16 and up. Single ticket prices, starting at $30, are subject to change based on availability. For more information or tickets, call the box office at 227-4177 or visit westportplayhouse.org.

PADDLE OUT TO COCKENOE ISLAND Join the Westport Historical Society for its third annual kayak tour to Cockenoe Island, Aug. 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The tour will be led by David Park, board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and author of the guidebook “Kayaking in and Around the Norwalk Islands.” Cockenoe Island was once the proposed site of a nuclear power plant.

The tour group will land on the island for a stroll and hear about how the Saugatuck River watershed effects the water quality of the Long Island Sound and wildlife of the Norwalk Islands. Cockenoe Island is of particular interest because of the current conservation efforts and successful nesting colonies of egrets, herons and terns. Tickets are $20; $18 for members. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the society at 222-1424.

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BUSINESS JOURNAL Longman, Stuart, Ridgefield. $1.9 million in favor of Schulte Roth & Zabel L.L.P., New York City. Property: Parcel B, Ridgefield town map 8438, Ridgefield. Filed June 29.

Toms, Therese and Paul Toms, Ridgefield. $60,605 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Property: 108 Peaceable St., Ridgefield. Filed June 22.

Ridgefield Academy Inc. Construct a new commercial building at 223 West Mountain Road, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $1 million. Filed July 2.

Lynch, Jeanne and Daniel Lynch, Ridgefield. $87,810 in favor of the Botas, Dorothy, Guilford. $32,839 town of Ridgefield. Property: 79 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Bayberry Hill Road, Ridgefield. Property: Lot C100008, Blue Ridge Filed June 22. Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22.

Tuccio, Joseph, Ridgefield. $33,190 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Property: 189 Ledges Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22.

Robert Fers Inc., North Haven, contractor for Equity One (Copps Hill) Inc. Perform interior renovations at an existing commercial building, 125 Danbury Road, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $820,000. Filed June 25.

Pelham Homes L.L.C., Ridgefield, contractor for Angela Turek. Perform interior renovations at an existing single-family residence, 15 Salem View Drive, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $60,000. Filed June 14.

RPTC L.L.C., Orange, contractor for Flat Rock Corp. Construct a platform tennis court and seating at an existing commercial building, 439 Silver Spring Road, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $444,500. Filed July 9.

Ramey Construction, Danbury, contractor for Stephen Zemo Residential. Construct a new four-bedroom single-family residence at 23 Sunset Lane, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $325,000. Filed June 20.

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Ridgefield Contracting Inc., Ridgefield, contractor for Ngan Huynh. Construct an addition at an existing single-family residence, 14 Christopher Road, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $421,000. Filed July 12.

Attachments Albin, Estate of Georgina, Ridgefield. $41,913 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Property: 180 Tackora Trail, Ridgefield. Filed June 22.

Venus, Michael, Ridgefield. $22,175 Maltas, Marilyn and R. Brian in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Cesca, L. Celia and Thomas Ces- Maltas, Ridgefield. $101,663 in Property: 865 Ethan Allen Highway, ca, Ridgefield. $179,110 in favor of favor of the town of Ridgefield. Ridgefield. Filed June 22. the town of Ridgefield. Property: Property: 145 High Ridge Ave., 180 Saint Johns Road, Ridgefield. Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Building Filed June 22. Oakes, Kimberly and David Chan, Fred, Ridgefield. $13,025 Oakes, Ridgefield. $68,867 in favor in favor of the town of Ridgefield. of the town of Ridgefield. Property: Property: 723 Branchville Road, 252 West Mountain Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Ridgefield. Filed June 22.

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Board of Education. Construct a new high school building at 840 Conklin, Estate of John, Ridge- Principi, Michael, Ridgefield. Old Town Road, Bridgeport. Esfield. $25,508 in favor of the town of $40,945 in favor of the town of timated cost: $44.4 million. Filed Ridgefield. Property: 20 Ridgebury Ridgefield. Property: 44 Bobby’s June 22. Court, Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Diacri, Christopher, Ridgefield. $41,744 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Property: 444 Bennetts Farm Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Harrington, John, et al., Ridgefield. $3,644 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Property: Lot C100136, Ninth Lane, Ridgefield. Filed June 22.

City of Bridgeport. Re-roof an Ragusa, Rosetta, Ridgefield. existing commercial building at 700 $19,468 in favor of the town of Palisade Ave., Bridgeport. EstimatRidgefield. Property: 79 Bayberry ed cost: $2.1 million. Filed June 25. Hill Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Roesch, Carl, Forest Hills, N.Y. $53,438 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Property: 61 Nod Hill Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22.

Schulz, Steven, Ridgefield. $31,840 Keillor, Jay, Ridgefield. $18,915 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Property: 3 Pump Lane, Ridgefield. Property: Lot F19-0043, Wilton Filed June 22. Road West, Ridgefield. Filed June 22.

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F. J. Dahill Co., New Haven, contractor for Aquarion Water Co. Re-roof an existing commercial building at 835 Main St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $54,181. Filed July 5. Judith Goldberg L.L.C., Woodbridge, contractor for BVS 345 Huntington L.L.C. Fit out an existing commercial space for a restaurant tenant at 355 Huntington Turnpike, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $100,000. Filed July 3.

Scribner, Carolynn and James Scribner, Ridgefield. $22,015 in favor of the town of Ridgefield. Property: Lot 117-002, Florida Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Moran, Clifford. Perform exterior renovations at an existing commercial building, 636 Ethan Allen HighSheahan, Sharon, Ridgefield. way, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $32,588 in favor of the town of $50,000. Filed June 7. Ridgefield. Property: 24 North St., Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Orlando Annulli & Sons Inc., Manchester, contractor for RySheehan Jr., Francis, Ridgefield. der Truck Rental Inc. Perform $20,007 in favor of the town of interior alterations at an existing Ridgefield. Property: 119 Poplar commercial building, 410 Howard Road, Ridgefield. Filed June 22. Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $165,919. Filed June 25.

Glenn Sr., Crooker. Construct an addition at an existing singlefamily residence, 22 Sprucewood Lane, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $190,000. Filed June 14.

Meyer Building Company L.L.C., Darien, contractor for Perrie Ridley. Construct an addition at an existing single-family residence, 21 Nutmeg Ridge, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $200,000. Filed July 11.

Sisca III, Joseph. Construct an addition at an existing single-family residence, 265 North St., Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $231,000. Filed July 5. Sobolewski, Ted, Milford, contractor for Maxine Bleiwies. Construct an addition at an existing singlefamily residence, 247 Grovers Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $52,000. Filed June 25. Sturges Brothers Inc., Ridgefield, contractor for Peter Lorenz. Construct an addition at an existing single-family residence, 28 Great Pond Road, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $80,000. Filed June 15. Sturges, Donald. Construct a new four-bedroom single-family residence at 100 Golf Lane, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $650,000. Filed July 10.

Toy, Aida and Sam Toy. Construct an accessory building at an existing Ridolfi & Sousa Home Improve- single-family residence, 253 Florida ment, New Canaan, contractor for Hill Road, Ridgefield. Estimated Habitat for Humanity. Construct John Bartolone. Construct an addi- cost: $86,340. Filed June 25. a new single-family residence at 302 tion at an existing single-family resBerkshire Ave., Bridgeport. Esti- idence, 160 Balmforth St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $129,000. William T. Drakeley Swimming mated cost: $90,000. Filed July 6. Pool Company Inc., Woodbury, Filed June 14. contractor for Ellen and George Utley. Install an in-ground pool Habitat for Humanity. Construct a new single-family residence at Rock Art L.L.C., Danbury, con- and enclosure at an existing single1076 Kossuth St., Bridgeport. Esti- tractor for Ronald Picone. Con- family residence, 318 Silver Spring struct an addition at an existing Road, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: mated cost: $90,000. Filed July 6. single-family residence, 10 Ridge- $68,000. Filed June 15. bury Road, Ridgefield. Estimated Hicks Construction L.L.C., cost: $75,000. Filed July 6. Ridgefield, contractor for Joseph Court Cases Fetherston. Perform interior renovations at an existing single-family Santini Services L.L.C., Ridgeresidence, 49 Shadow Lane, Ridge- field, contractor for James Mcfield. Estimated cost: $63,000. Filed Grath. Construct an addition at an existing single-family residence, 3 June 26. Peaceable Hill Road, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: $120,000. Filed June 5. Lang, Kathleen and Nicholas Digital Blue Inc., Atlanta, Ga. Lang. Perform renovations at an Filed by World Wrestling Entertainexisting single-family residence, 41 Santini Services L.L.C., Ridge- ment Inc., Stamford. Plaintiff’s atRemington Road, Ridgefield. Esti- field, contractor for Joseph Maurer. torney: Gesmonde Pietrosimone & mated cost: $50,000. Filed June 27. Construct an addition at an existing Sgrignari L.L.C., Hamden. Action: single-family residence, 46 Nod Hill The plaintiff alleges that the deRoad, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: fendant failed to observe payment Martins, Armando. Construct a $350,570. Filed June 8. terms of a February 2009 licensing new single-family residence at 9 agreement between the parties and Grenelle St., Bridgeport. Estimated Scott Swimming Pools Inc., that $72,480 relating to that agreecost: $98,000. Filed July 10. Woodbury, contractor for Eric ment remain outstanding and past Bostrup. Install an in-ground pool due from the defendant despite reand enclosure at an existing single- peated requests for payment by the family residence, 99 Stonecrest plaintiff. The plaintiff seeks repayRoad, Ridgefield. Estimated cost: ment of all outstanding amounts plus interest, costs and reason$65,000. Filed July 5. able attorneys’ fees. Filed June 14. Case no. CV126028160.

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on the record Helwig’s Café, et al., Milford. Filed by People’s United Bank, Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Benanti & Associates, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff alleges that it is the owner of a January 2000 business credit note issued by the defendant and that $8,160 relating to that note remains outstanding and past due from the defendant despite repeated requests for payment by the plaintiff. The plaintiff seeks repayment of all outstanding amounts plus interest, costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 14. Case no. CV126028159. Home Goods Inc., Hartford. Filed by Jane Nestler, Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: David R. Cheverie, New York City. Action: The plaintiff alleges that she fell while a business invitee on the defendant’s premises as the result of an unsafe condition arising from negligence on the part of the defendant, its agents and employees, which caused her to suffer serious, painful injuries and to incur substantial medical expenses. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 13. Case no. CV126028137. Hyatt Corp., et al., Old Greenwich, et al. Filed by Angelo Ellis, Brooklyn, N.Y. Plaintiff’s attorney: Thomas M. Yuditsky, Bridgeport. Action: The plaintiff alleges that he fell while a business invitee on premises owned or otherwise under control of the defendants as the result of an unsafe condition arising from negligence on the part of the defendants, their agents and employees, which caused him to suffer serious, painful injuries and to incur substantial medical expenses. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 14. Case no. CV126028155. Ingersoll-Rand Co., et al., Piscataway, N.J., et al. Filed by Donald Filosi, East Lyme. Plaintiff’s attorney: Embry & Neusner, Groton. Action: The plaintiff alleges that the defendants negligently exposed him to asbestos in the workplace despite extensive evidence of the dangers of such exposure and that, as a result of this exposure, he suffered serious and painful disorders and has incurred substantial continuing medical expenses. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 14. Case no. CV126028153.

Lock and Key Productions, Beverly Hills, Calif. Filed by Confirmed Freight L.L.C., Stratford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Stephan Skoufalos, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff alleges that prior to the date of this action it delivered goods and/or services to the defendant and that $49,931 relating to those deliveries remains outstanding and past due from the defendant despite repeated requests for payment by the plaintiff. The plaintiff seeks repayment of all outstanding amounts plus interest, costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 13. Case no. CV126028143. MCG Global L.L.C., Stratford. Filed by Dina Sienkiewicz, Woodbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Sabatini & Associates L.L.C., Newington. Action: The plaintiff alleges that she was illegally terminated from her employment with the defendant because of a physical disability, which caused her to incur a substantial financial loss and to suffer extreme emotional stress. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 14. Case no. CV126028162. Pine Brook Condominium Association Inc., Stamford. Filed by Christian Carrington, Glastonbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Ayars & Associates L.L.C., Glastonbury. Action: The plaintiff alleges that the defendant’s false representations regarding responsibility for repairs caused him to replace defective windows at his own expenses, which caused him to incur a financial loss of $3,584. The plaintiff seeks reimbursement of his personal expenditures plus interest, costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 13. Case no. CV126028138. Premier Graphics L.L.C., Bridgeport. Filed by Connecticare Inc., Farmington. Plaintiff’s attorney: Tolisano & Danforth L.L.C., Ellington. Action: The plaintiff alleges that it provided the defendant with business insurance during the period from July 2009 to February 2011 and that related premiums of $26,935 remain outstanding and past due from the defendant despite repeated requests for payment by the plaintiff. The plaintiff seeks repayment of all outstanding amounts plus interest, costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 14. Case no. CV126028149.

William Paulsen & Associates, Costa Mesa, Calif. Filed by The Lawyers Group Advertising, Darien. Plaintiff’s attorney: Law Office of Lori M. Dion, Fairfield. Action: The plaintiff alleges that the defendant failed to observe payment terms of a March 2009 advertising agreement between the parties and that $32,221 relating to that agreement remains outstanding and past due from the defendant despite repeated requests for payment by the plaintiff. The plaintiff seeks repayment of all outstanding amounts plus interest, costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 13. Case no. CV126028130.

Danbury Superior Court Acrylic Bath Specialists Inc., Stratford. Filed by Pamela and Ernest Tuska, Fairfield. Plaintiff’s attorney: Riccio & Beletsky L.L.C., East Haven. Action: The plaintiffs allege that the defendant failed observe terms and conditions of a home improvement contract among the parties, specifically in that it provided negligent workmanship and defective materials that caused the plaintiffs to incur a financial loss as a result of damage to their premises and effects. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed May 18. Case no. CV126010047. Clean Air Consultants L.L.C., Seymour. Filed by The Synergy Effect L.L.C., Los Angeles, Calif. Plaintiff’s attorney: Rosenberg and Press L.L.C., Stratford. Action: The plaintiff alleges that prior to the date of this action it delivered goods and/or services to the defendant and that $15,700 relating to those deliveries remains outstanding and past due from the defendant despite repeated requests for payment by the plaintiff. The plaintiff seeks repayment of all outstanding amounts plus interest, costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed May 21. Case no. CV126010055. Dollar Tree Stores Inc., Hartford. Filed by Paula Koulogianis, New Milford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Robert M. Kaufmann, Westport. Action: The plaintiff alleges that she fell while a business invitee on the defendant’s premises as the result of an unsafe condition arising from negligence on the part of the defendant, its agents and employees, which caused her to suffer serious, painful injuries and to incur substantial medical expenses. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 29. Case no. CV126009869.

Children’s Center of Cos Cob Inc., et al., Cos Cob, et al. Filed by Max Parker, Cos Cob. Plaintiff’s attorney: Whitman Breen Abbott & Morgan L.L.C., Greenwich. Action: The plaintiff alleges that, at an event held on premises owned or otherwise under control of the defendants, the minor Emily Parker was involved in a collision with another running child as the result of an unsafe condition arising from negligence on the part of the defendants, their agents and employees, which caused Emily Parker to suffer serious, painful injuries and to incur substantial medical expenses. Milford Wings L.L.C., et al., The plaintiff seeks damages in exWethersfield, et al. Filed by the es- cess of $15,000 plus applicable costs tate of Lauren Laflamme, Seymour. and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed Plaintiff’s attorney: Matthew D. June 22. Case no. CV126014518. McCormack, Waterbury. Action: The plaintiff alleges that the defendants served liquor to an intoxicat- Jordan’s Restaurant and Pizzeed patron, constituting an unsafe ria L.L.C., Norwalk. Filed by Tricia condition arising from their negli- Bocuzzo, Stamford. Plaintiff’s atgence, resulting in a subsequent ac- torney: The Pickel Law Firm L.L.C., cident that killed Laure Laflamme. Stamford. Action: The plaintiff alThe plaintiff seeks damages in ex- leges that she was struck by a closcess of $15,000 plus applicable costs ing door while a business invitee and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed on the defendant’s premises as the May 17. Case no. CV126010036. result of an unsafe condition arising from negligence on the part of the defendant, its agents and employToll Brothers Inc., et al., Hart- ees, which caused her to suffer seford, et al. Filed by Mitchell Katz, rious, painful injuries and to incur Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: For- substantial medical expenses. The mica Williams P.C., New Haven. plaintiff seeks damages in excess of Action: The plaintiff alleges that he $15,000 plus applicable costs and fell while visiting premises owned reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed or otherwise under control of the June 25. Case no. CV126014530. defendants as the result of an unsafe condition arising from negligence on the part of the defendants, Norwalk Donuts Inc., Westport. their agents and employees, which Filed by Phyllis Bonaddio p.p.a. caused him to suffer serious, pain- Marie Bonaddio, Norwalk. Plainful injuries and to incur substan- tiff’s attorney: Bach and DiScala, tial medical expenses. The plaintiff Norwalk. Action: The plaintiff alseeks damages in excess of $15,000 leges that an improperly sealed plus applicable costs and reason- container spilled hot liquid on able attorneys’ fees. Filed June 15. Phyllis Bonaddio as the result of an Case no. CV126010023. unsafe condition arising from negligence on the part of the defendant, its agents and employees, which caused Phyllis Bonaddio to suffer serious, painful injuries and to incur substantial medical expenses. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs BRCP CT Properties L.L.C., et al., and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed Hartford. Filed by Ramona Mosley, June 25. Case no. CV126014533. Stratford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Kerry M. Gleason, New Haven. Action: The plaintiff alleges that she fell while visiting premises owned or otherwise under control of the defendants as the result of an unsafe condition arising from negligence on the part of the defendants, their agents and employees, which caused her to suffer serious, painful injuries and to incur substantial medical expenses. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 22. Case no. CV126014522. Ehrlich, Timothy, M.D., et al., Shelton, et al. Filed by the estate of Richard Sinclair, et al., Derby. Plaintiff’s attorney: The Berkowitz Law Firm, Stamford. Action: The plaintiffs allege that the defendants have been guilty of professional malpractice, specifically in that their negligence during bariatric surgery performed on the decedent Richard Sinclair caused his untimely death. The plaintiffs seek damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed May 18. Case no. CV126010046.

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Palmer Hill Partners L.L.C., Stamford. Filed by Victor Fiorillo, et al., Bronx, N.Y. Plaintiff’s attorney: Brandner & Ponzini, Stamford. Action: The plaintiffs allege that their April 2010 contract to purchase a unit in the defendant’s condominium development did not close and that the defendant has failed to refund their deposit and related payments in the amount of $53,000. The plaintiff seeks repayment of all amounts due plus interest, costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 22. Case no. CV126014512. Parklands Office Park L.L.C., Stamford. Filed by Powerplay Marketing & Media L.L.C., New Canaan. Plaintiff’s attorney: Lampert Toohey & Rucci L.L.C., New Canaan. Action: The plaintiff alleges that the defendant violated terms of an August 2009 lease agreement between the parties by its unlawful removal of the plaintiff’s effects from leased premises, subsequent theft of which caused the plaintiff to incur a substantial financial loss. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $15,000 plus applicable costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Filed June 25. Case no. CV126014531.

U.S. District Court Avalonbay Communities Inc., et al. Filed by Eva and Bryce Johnson. Plaintiff’s attorney: Joseph A. Kubic. Action: claim filed for a petition for removal of an existing personal injury suit to an alternative venue. Filed July 16. Case no. 12CV01032. Burris Logistics Co. Filed by Edwin Lopes. Plaintiff’s attorney: Michael T. Petela Jr. Action: claim filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Filed July 16. Case no. 12CV01039. Burris Logistics Co. Filed by Jonathan Valdes. Plaintiff’s attorney: Michael T. Petela Jr. Action: claim filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Filed July 17. Case no. 12CV01045. Burris Logistics Co. Filed by Richard Lester. Plaintiff’s attorney: Michael T. Petela Jr. Action: claim filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Filed July 16. Case no. 12CV01041. Burris Logistics Co. Filed by Ryan Montalvo. Plaintiff’s attorney: Michael T. Petela Jr. Action: claim filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Filed July 17. Case no. 12CV01044.


on the record Credits, Clients and Awards Citi Foundation has awarded a grant to the Stamford-based New Neighborhoods Inc. (NNI) nonprofit housing developer and manager. The funds will support NNI’s affordable housing and preservation development program in Fairfield County. Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport has announced the state Bond Commission approved $500,000 to fund the purchase of new permanent exhibits, technology upgrades to the Challenger Learning Center and to make other needed improvements both to exhibits and to the overall physical plant of the museum. Levett Rockwood P.C. in Westport has been named a leading Connecticut law firm in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual directory of America’s preeminent lawyers, published by Chambers & Partners in London. The directory ranks and reviews U.S. law firms and lawyers based on in-depth interviews with lawyers and their clients conducted by independent researchers.

Newsmakers CABLEready in Norwalk, an international television-program distribution and development company, and its sister company CableU, a cable television-industry research company, have brought cable network programming veteran Steven Cheskin aboard as a consultant. Cheskin, “Shark Week” originator, previously served in senior roles for Discovery Networks and WE TV. Alexandra Carrow of Stamford has been named tax associate at Reynolds & Rowella L.L.C. in Ridgefield. Carrow recently obtained an M.B.A. degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield with a concentration in accounting. Reynolds & Rowella is an independent accounting firm with offices in Ridgefield, New Canaan and Wilton.

Amy Fischer recently joined the accounting firm McGladrey as a marketing manager in its Stamford office. Fischer was formerly the marketing manager for Withers Bergman, an international law firm in Greenwich.

Eric Osterberg of Wilton has opened Osterberg L.L.C., a new law firm in Stamford. The firm specializes in protecting businesses from copyright, trademark and patent infringement as well as other intellectual property abuses. 

Bruce Leshine has joined Robinson & Cole’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. The firm, which has nine offices, including locations in White Plains, N.Y., and Stamford, serves regional national and international clients.

Al Mirin, senior director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Private Capital Group, was selected as vice president of the Fairfield/ Westchester chapter of the Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut. Mirin has served as a director of the organization since July 2011.

Julie A. Parr has been appointed associate vice president for development at Quinnipiac University.  Parr worked at the University of Pennsylvania for 10 years, where she held development positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Penn State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. 

On the Go:Business, Etc. Tuesday Aug. 21 “Artist Talk: Selection of Guild Members from ‘Collective Vision,” 6 p.m., Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. For information, call 966-5617. Bridgeport Regional Business Council Open House, 8 to 9:30 a.m., 10 Middle St., Bridgeport. For information, call 335-3800.

Snapshot Reynolds & Rowella L.L.P. contributed a Day of Caring with 37 members of its staff from offices in Ridgefield, New Canaan and Wilton to move the offices of the Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (WeCAHR) to a new location at 268 Main St. in Danbury. WeCAHR is a nonprofit organization advocating for people with disabilities.

Barry B. Cepelewicz has been named a partner at Garfunkel Wild P.C. (GW), working primarily out of its Connecticut office, as well as its New York state location. Cepelewicz holds dual degrees in law and medicine. Most recently, he was partner and chairman of the health care group at Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. in Westchester County, N.Y. GW maintains offices in Stamford; Great Neck, N.Y.; and Hackensack, N.J. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County has announced the election of four new board members. Kenneth C. Edgar Jr. of Weston, now retired, was an attorney with the law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett for 30 years. James H. Higby of Wilton is group president of MediMedia, a provider of health and wellness information. Thomas G. Hoffman of Weston is managing director and chief investment officer of Samoset Capital Group L.L.C. in Employees from the Ridgefield, New Canaan and Wilton offices of Reynolds & Rowella. Darien. Craig H. Olin is a physician with Fairfield County Personal Medicine, Stamford Health Integrated Practices, and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University ColInformation for these features has been submitted by the subjects or their delegates. lege of Physicians and Surgeons.

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on the record CBS Corp., et al. Filed by Lea Williams. Plaintiff’s attorney: Christopher Meisenkothen. Action: claim filed for notice of removal of an existing action to an alternative venue. Filed July 16. Case no. 12CV01037. Central Admixture Pharmacy Services Inc. Filed by Kara Valentine. Plaintiff’s attorney: Richard E. Hayber. Action: claim filed in connection with job discrimination. Filed July 18. Case no. 12CV01056.

Deeds

Commercial 22 Owenoke Park L.L.C., Westport. Seller: Hee-Jung Moon, New York City. Property: 22 Owenoke Park, Westport. Amount: $4.4 million. Filed June 21.

Nest Egg 2 L.L.C., New York City. Demilec (USA) L.L.C., et al. Filed Seller: Lea and Gary Dunton, by Loretta and Christopher Al- Ridgefield. Property: 98 Golf Lane, banese. Plaintiff’s attorney: Ian L. Ridgefield. Amount: $1.7 million. Kleinman. Action: claim filed in Filed June 28. connection with product liability. Filed July 17. Case no. 12CV01053. Real Estate Holdings L.L.C., Ridgefield. Seller: Classic ConEOS CCA, et al. Filed by David necticut Homes L.L.C., Ridgefield. Buono. Plaintiff’s attorney: Sergei Property: 104 Nod Hill Road, Lemberg. Action: claim filed under Ridgefield. Amount: $3.6 million. the Fair Debt Collection Act. Filed Filed July 2. July 17. Case no. 12CV01048. Real Estate Holdings L.L.C., Google Inc. Filed by Robert Dog- Ridgefield. Seller: Kathy and ga, et al. Plaintiff’s attorney: Btian S. Devin Meenan, Ridgefield. PropCohen. Action: claim filed in con- erty: 102 Nod Hill Road, Ridgefield. nection with wire-tapping. Filed Amount: $604,488. Filed July 2. July 17. Case no. 12CV01046. Rojas, Petra, Norwalk. Seller: Law Offices of Howard Lee Schiff Wells Fargo Bank N.A., MinneP.C., et al. Filed by Christopher apolis, Minn. Property: 157 Black Probst. Plaintiff’s attorney: Daniel Rock Turnpike, Redding. Amount: S. Blinn. Action: claim filed under $550,000. Filed July 2. the Fair Debt Collection Act. Filed July 18. Case no. 12CV01055. School House Classic Cars L.L.C., New Canaan. Seller: Marilou SerMetro-North Railroad Co. Filed filippi, Ridgefield. Property: 16 Serby James Owler. Plaintiff’s at- filippi Drive, Ridgefield. Amount: torney: Scott E. Perry. Action: $465,000. Filed June 21. claim filed under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. Filed July 17. Sterling Empire L.L.C., Stamford. Case no. 12CV01054. Seller: William Sancho, Copley, Ohio. Property: 1131 E. Main St., Rivera Roofing and Home Im- Bridgeport. Amount: $220,000. provement L.L.C., et al. Filed by Filed July 10. American Insurance Co. Plaintiff’s attorney: Stuart G. Blackburn. Action: claim filed in connection with property damage. Filed July 17. Case no. 12CV01052. Ambrosino, Katherine and Vincent Ambrosino, Ridgefield. Road Ready Used Cars Inc., et Seller: Jennifer and Alfred Schretter, al. Filed by Alfred Hicks. Plain- Ridgefield. Property: 8 Encamptiff’s attorney: Daniel S. Blinn. Ac- ment Place, Ridgefield. Amount: tion: claim filed under the Truth $1.2 million. Filed July 3. in Lending Act. Filed July 17. Case no. 12CV01049. Barnett, Szilvia and Victor Barnett, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Seller: TJX Companies Inc., et al. Filed Kondaur Capital Corp., Orange, by Armineh Golazizian. Plaintiff’s Calif. Property: 95 Great Oak Lane, attorney: Michael A. D’Amico. Redding. Amount: $262,000. Filed Action: claim filed in connection June 25. with personal injury. Filed July 17. Case no. 12CV01050. Bomback, Dori and David Bomback, Weston. Seller: 56 Easton Road 502 CCO L.L.C., Westport. Property: 56 Easton Road, Westport. Amount: $1.9 million. Filed June 15.

Residential

Ciota, Rebecca, Ridgefield. Seller: Amaryllis and Paul Glass, Ridgefield. Property: 125 High Ridge Ave., Ridgefield. Amount: $950,000. Filed July 6.

Kelley, Nancy and Benjamin Kelley, Redding. Seller: Daphne and Marc Rich, Redding. Property: 24 Bayberry Lane, Redding. Amount: $402,250. Filed July 3.

Cook, Rebecca and Peter Cook, Larkspur, Calif. Seller: Rita Blanton and Jonathan Rich, Ridgefield. Property: 104 Main St., Ridgefield. Amount: $1.3 million. Filed June 20.

Larson, Jody and Aaron Larson, Ankeny, Iowa. Seller: Mark Beckwith, Ridgefield. Property: 40 Olmstead Lane, Ridgefield. Amount: $1 million. Filed June 27.

DiVincenzo, Allison and Glenn DiVincenzo, New York City. Seller: Cynthia and Bernard McDonald, Westport. Property: 3 Beachside Common, Westport. Amount: $2.3 million. Filed June 22.

McCarthy, Candace, Westport. Seller: Mariella and Michael Trager, Washington, D.C. Property: 10 Norwalk Ave., Westport. Amount: $1.8 million. Filed June 27.

Rogan, Jeanne and Michael Rogan, Chesterfield, Mo. Seller: Ruthe and Matthew Willis, Ridgefield. Property: 25 Chestnut Hill Road, Ridgefield. Amount: $1.1 million. Filed June 22.

Valassis, Vasiliki and Haralobos Valassis, Stamford. Seller: Susan and Raymond D’Amico, Redding. Property: 10 Picketts Ridge Road, Redding. Amount: $587,110. Filed June 25.

Roy, Jennifer and Noel Roy, Redding. Seller: Betsy Davidson, Bethel. Property: 667 Redding Road, Redding. Amount: $872,500. Filed July 2.

Yoshinaka, Michelle and Chad Yoshinaka, Phoenix, Ariz. Seller: Mary Utell, Redding. Property: Redding Woods, Unit 7, Redding. Amount: $640,000. Filed June 27.

Schramm, Amanda and Michael Schramm, West Chester, Ohio. Seller: Deborah and Raymond Oliver, Ridgefield and Syracuse, N.Y., respectively. Property: 5 Fairview Ave., Ridgefield. Amount: $1.1 million. Filed June 21.

Yung, Mui Yin and James McCoy, Katonah, N.Y. Seller: Thomas Senf, Ridgefield. Property: Unit 6, Yankee Ridge Condominium, Ridgefield. Amount: $760,000. Filed July 2.

McConaghy, Wendy and John McConaghy III, Stamford. Seller: Heintz, Julianne and Francis Mul- Christopher Cocco, Fairfield. Propvey, New York City. Seller: Kristen erty: 21 Woodhill Road, Westport. Schwabe, Margaret, Westport. and Allen Silver, Westport. Property: Amount: $2 million. Filed June 18. Seller: Anne and Leslie Carter, 1 Hyde Lane, Westport. Amount: Westport. Property: 9 Beachside $2.1 million. Filed June 28. Common, Westport. Amount: $4.5 Metro, Diana and Scott Metro, million. Filed June 15. Westport. Seller: Madhurya and Heinz, Lauren and Harold Heinz, Eymar Chitty, Westport. Property: Wilton. Seller: General Real Estate 40 Meadowview Drive, Westport. Simpson, Safiya and David SimpHoldings L.L.C., Danbury. Prop- Amount: $2.2 million. Filed June 12. son, Ridgefield. Seller: Leslie Lord erty: 94 Hopewell Woods Road, and Peter Borowski, Ridgefield. Redding. Amount: $562,000. Filed Property: 668 Ridgebury Road, Murphy, Allison and Greg Mur- Ridgefield. Amount: $725,000. July 3. phy, Calabasas, Calif. Seller: Mat- Filed June 26. tera Construction 29 Sturges Holder, Amber and Mitchell Common L.L.C, Westport. PropHolder, Ridgefield. Seller: Susan erty: 29 Sturges Common, West- Slayton, Beth and Daniel Slayand Daniel Friedrich, Ridgefield. port. Amount: $3.4 million. Filed ton, Ridgefield. Seller: Tina and Property: 195 Limekiln Road, June 26. David Huet, Ridgefield. Property: Ridgefield. Amount: $833,750. 60 Old Trolley Road, Ridgefield. Filed July 2. Amount: $1 million. Filed June 28. Newman, Gara and Gary Newman, Greenwich and Fort Lee, N.J., Huh, Inwha, Westport. Seller: respectively. Seller: Adam Derrick, Spallone, Donna and Mark SpallJanet and Michael Gehb, West- trustee, Westport. Property: 21 one, Bronxville, N.Y. Seller: Yvonne port. Property: 8 Tranquility Lane, Compo Beach Road (50 percent), and Kenneth Perkins, Ridgefield. Westport. Amount: $1.8 million. Westport. Amount: $804,000. Filed Property: 25 Arrowhead Place, Filed June 15. June 15. Ridgefield. Amount: $885,000. Filed June 28. Isufi, Iris and Erion Cano, New Haven. Seller: Kristen and Franklin Kern, Westport. Property: 4 Wheeler Gate, Westport. Amount: $1.7 million. Filed June 21. Kaplan, Kathleen and Joel Kaplan, Redding. Seller: Heidi and Ronald DeGraw, Redding. Property: Lot 18, Redding town map 1475, Redding. Amount: $699,999. Filed July 10. Karam, Shelly and Philip Markuson, Hinsdale, Ill. Seller: Diablo Realty L.L.C., White Plains, N.Y. Property: 375 W. Mountain Road, Ridgefield. Amount: $1.3 million. Filed July 3. Karpf, Lauren and Adam Karpf, Westport. Seller: Sabin Builders L.L.C., Monroe. Property: 10 Hunt Club Lane, Westport. Amount: $2.3 million. Filed June 27.

Foreclosures Kay, Jeffrey, et al. Creditor: Citimortgage Inc. Property: 8 Vani Court, Westport. Mortgage default. Filed June 13. Nunez, Diana, et al. Creditor: BAC Home Loan Servicing L.P. Property: 59 Carnegie Ave., Bridgeport. Mortgage default. Filed July 9. Sergy Company L.L.C., The, et al. Creditor: American Tax Funding L.L.C. Property: 1564 Seaview Ave., Bridgeport. Delinquent municipal taxes. Filed July 10. Shannon II, William, et al. Creditor: Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Property: 138 Haviland Road, Ridgefield. Mortgage default. Filed June 25.

Sullivan, Susan, et al. Creditor: Astoria Federal Savings & Loan. Property: 53 Ledgewood Road, Redding. Mortgage default. Filed Newman, Gara and Gary Newman, Greenwich and Fort Lee, N.J., Sucato, Tracey and Jonathan June 26. respectively. Seller: Charles Steak- Sucato, Ridgefield. Seller: Victoria ley, trustee, Westport. Property: 21 Tod and Theodore Hodgdon, New- Uva, Vito, et al. Creditor: Wells Compo Beach Road (50 percent), town and Danbury, respectively. Fargo Bank N.A. Property: 12 S. Westport. Amount: $804,000. Filed Property: 121 Eleven Levels Road, Shore Drive, Ridgefield. Mortgage June 15. Ridgefield. Amount: $717,000. default. Filed June 25. Filed June 25. Nguyen, Tram and Michael Guadarrama, Westport. Seller: Catherine and Craig Calle, Westport. Property: 59 Old Road, Westport. Amount: $1.7 million. Filed June 25.

Judgments Tassinaro, Pamela and William Tassinaro, Ridgefield. Seller: Amy and Robert Greif, Redding. Prop- Bentley, Colleen, Bridgeport. erty: 11 Ledgewood Road, Redding. $3,739 in favor of David R. Stebbins DMD, Norwalk, by Abraham HoffAmount: $740,000. Filed June 28. mann. Property: 240 Rosewood Oikoski, Carolie and Thomas Place, Bridgeport. Filed July 9. Oikoski, Stamford. Seller: Lisette Tummala, Vasundara and Viand Philip Austin, Ridgefield. kram Reddy, Westport. Seller: BarProperty: 10 Arrowhead Place, bara and Barry Schwimmer, West- Carey, Valerie, Ridgefield. $4,112 Ridgefield. Amount: $998,000. port. Property: 16 Cranbury Road, in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., Filed July 5. Westport. Amount: $1.7 million. San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 61 Madeline Filed June 25. Drive, Ridgefield. Filed July 9. Richardson, Martha and Samuel Mende, Ridgefield. Seller: Megan Ungaro, Kerri and Rocco Ungaro, and Gary Valentine, Redding. Prop- Bronxville, N.Y. Seller: Nancy and erty: 22 Drummer Lane, Redding. Jeffrey Wickham, Ridgefield. PropAmount: $895,000. Filed July 2. erty: 152 Nursery Road, Ridgefield. Amount: $1.1 million. Filed July 5.

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on the record Martinez, Jeannette and Abraham Martinez, Bridgeport. $5,096 in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 65 Freeman St., Bridgeport. Filed July 10.

Chavez, Gilberto, Bridgeport. $4,759 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 123 Birdseye St., Bridgeport. Filed July 9.

Muniz, Armando, Bridgeport. $2,695 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 375 Funson Ave., Bridgeport. Filed July 9.

Cianci, Pamela, Redding. $18,961 in favor of American Express Bank F.S.B., New York City, by Sara M. Gould. Property: 34 Fox Run Road, Redding. Filed July 9.

Nelson Jr., Herschell, Bridgeport. $5,096 in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 400 Newfield Ave., Bridgeport. Filed July 10.

Dailey, Prince, Bridgeport. $5,096 in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 69 Lee Ave., Bridgeport. Filed July 10.

Polyakov, Roman, Redding. $3,457 in favor of Portfolio Recovery Associates L.L.C., Norfolk, Va., by Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 26 Olmstead Road, Redding. Filed July 9.

Etienne, Jean and Dean Etienne, Bridgeport. $3,446 in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 8 Montgomery St., Bridgeport. Filed July 10.

Rose, Joseph, Bridgeport. $2,482 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 678 Grand St., Classic Car Care L.L.C., 397 N. Bridgeport. Filed July 9. Washington Ave., Bridgeport. $1,999, FICA and employee withSalazar, Magda, Bridgeport. $3,210 holding tax. Filed July 10. in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 102 Remington St., Bridgeport. Filed Davis Tree & Logging, 724 Redding Road, West Redding. $5,715, July 10. FICA and employee withholding tax. Filed June 25. Santiago, Ivette, Bridgeport. $3,181 in favor of CapitaL One Bank (USA) N.A., Richmond, Va., by Russell L. J&B Landscaping Inc., 32 Seth WW 101-107 Post L.L.C., WestLondon. Property: 951 Briarwood Low Mountain Road, Ridgefield. port. Filed by T. J. & Son Inc., Dan$8,680, FICA and employee withAve., Bridgeport. Filed July 9. bury, by Peter C. McEwan. Propholding tax. Filed July 9. erty: 101 Post Road East, Westport. Amount: $30,987. Filed June 13. Sassano, Steve, Bridgeport. $1,219 Klein, Virginia, 991 Post Road in favor of CapitaL One Bank (USA) N.A., Richmond, Va., by East, Westport. $6,568, FICA and Russell L. London. Property: 151 employee withholding tax. Filed Morehouse St., Bridgeport. Filed June 18. July 9. O’Brien Painting Company Inc., Grossman, Adrienne and WilSpodnick, Andrew, Bridgeport. 132 Seth Low Mountain Road, liam Grossman, Westport. Filed Ridgefield. $12,409, FICA and em$776 in favor of Portfolio Recovery by Flood Doctor Inc., Westport, Associates L.L.C., Norfolk, Va., by ployee withholding tax. Filed July 9. by Caleb Wright II. Property: 20 Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 100 Crooked Mile Road, Westport. Dover St., Bridgeport. Filed July 9. Premiere Flooring Systems Inc., Amount: $20,106. Filed June 20 54 Danbury Road, No. 167, RidgeTitus, Bernie, Bridgeport. $2,695 field. $20,121, corporate income Oakes, Kimberly and David in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., tax. Filed July 9. Oakes, Ridgefield. Filed by AcadSan Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. emy Design & Construction L.L.C., Wiener. Property: 155 Pond St., VK Real Estate L.L.C., 991 Post Newtown, by Ben Pilchard. ProperBridgeport. Filed July 9. Road East, Westport. $27,251, ty: 252 W. Mountain Road, RidgeFICA and employee withholding field. Amount: $8,550. Filed July 2. tax. Filed June 18.

Ewing, Tanisha, Bridgeport. $4,522 in favor of Portfolio Recovery Associates L.L.C., Norfolk, Va., by Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 84 Ashley St., Bridgeport. Filed July 9. Ford, James, Bridgeport. $5,096 in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 260 Lenox Ave., Bridgeport. Filed July 10. Henry, Violet, Bridgeport. $2,509 in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 561 Carroll Ave., Bridgeport. Filed July 10. Islande, Joseph, Bridgeport. $5,096 in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 239 Parrott Ave., Bridgeport. Filed July 10. Lusita, Barry, Ridgefield. $1,346 in favor of Capital One Bank (USA) N.A., Richmond, Va., by Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 21 Keeler Close, Ridgefield. Filed July 9. Martinez II, Roger, Bridgeport. $4,316 in favor of Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport, by Ian A. Cole. Property: 629 Stillman St., Bridgeport. Filed July 10.

Wood, Joseph, Ridgefield. $2,421 in favor of the Danbury Office of Physicians Services P.C., Danbury, by Robert L. Peat. Property: 6 Lookout Drive, Ridgefield. Filed June 25.

Mechanic’s Liens-filed

Castagneto, Catherine, Bridgeport. $1,608 in favor of World Financial Network Bank, Westerville, Ohio, by Stephen A. Wiener. Property: 42 Bywatr Lane, Bridgeport. Filed July 9.

Wendell, Marla and Darren Wendell, Redding. Filed by Centerline Construction L.L.C., Danbury, Leases by William Hogan. Property: 664 Blu Parrot L.L.C., by Adam Lubar- Redding Road, Redding. Amount: sky. Landlord: Liu and Chu Inc. $489. Filed July 9. Property: 60 Charles St., Westport. Term: five years, commencing July Wendell, Marla and Darren Wen1, 2012. Filed June 20. dell, Redding. Filed by Centerline Construction L.L.C., Danbury, McDonald’s Corp., by Martha by William Hogan. Property: 664 Lundin. Landlord: Stoligan Prop- Redding Road, Redding. Amount: erties L.L.C. Property: 1025 Main $525. Filed July 9. St., Bridgeport. Term: 39 years, commencing March 22, 1979. Wendell, Marla and Darren WenFiled July 9. dell, Redding. Filed by Centerline Construction L.L.C., Danbury, by William Hogan. Property: 664 Redding Road, Redding. Amount: Liens $2,416. Filed July 9.

Federal Tax Liens – filed

Cobblestone L.L.C., et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., BridgeThe following filings indicate a legal port. Property: 1860 Seaview Ave., action has been initiated, the out- Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on come of which may affect the title to the property to recover delinquent the property listed. municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9. 1225 Connecticut Avenue L.L.C., et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by Collins, Harrell, et al., Bridgeport, John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, BridgeBenchmark Municipal Tax Services port, for the Water Pollution ConLtd., Bridgeport. Property: 120 trol Authority of the city of BridgeBishop Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to port. Property: 33 Rosedale St., foreclose on the property to recover Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on delinquent municipal taxes as- the property to recover delinquent signed to the plaintiff for collection. municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 9. Filed July 10.

Lis Pendens

Adejedi, Ola, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 56 Harriet St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes Wendell, Marla and Darren Wen- assigned to the plaintiff for collecdell, Redding. Filed by Centerline tion. Filed July 9. Construction L.L.C., Danbury, by William Hogan. Property: 664 Redding Road, Redding. Amount: Anderson, Brian, et al., Bridge$701. Filed July 9. port, et al. Filed by Amanda Tiernan, West Warwick, R.I., for Bayview Loan Servicing L.L.C., Coral Wendell, Marla and Darren Wen- Gables, Fla. Property: 183 Asylum dell, Redding. Filed by Centerline St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose Construction L.L.C., Danbury, a delinquent mortgage in the origiby William Hogan. Property: 664 nal principal amount of $117,750 Redding Road, Redding. Amount: dated July 2006. Filed July 10. $880. Filed July 9.

Mechanic’s Liens—released

Dawson, John, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 393 Laurel Ave., Unit 413, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9. DeCristoforo, Virginia, et al., Redding, et al. Filed by Patrick J. Walsh, Ridgefield, for Fairfield County Bank, Ridgefield. Property: 30 Highland Ave., Redding. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $120,000 dated June 2005. Filed July 5.

Brutus, Jean, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 131 Palm St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Derezende, Cristiane, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Park Royal of Bridgeport Condominium Association Inc., Bridgeport. Property: 2600 Park Ave., Unit 10P, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the unit to recover delinquent common charges due the association. Castillo, Felipe, et al., Bridgeport, Filed July 9. et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Con- Deutsche Bank National Trust trol Authority of the city of Bridge- Co., trustee, et al., Los Angeles, port. Property: 421 Catherine St., Calif., et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on Bridgeport, for the Water Polluthe property to recover delinquent tion Control Authority of the city municipal water and sewer fees. of Bridgeport. Property: 91 Hansen Filed July 10. Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover deCharleston, Antonio, et al., linquent municipal water and sewer Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. fees. Filed July 10. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 247 Orchard St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

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on the record Devellis, John, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 206 Griffin Circle, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9.

Hamusovsky, Charles, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Davey Condominium Association Inc., Bridgeport. Property: 1575 Boston Ave., Unit B15, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the unit to recover delinquent common charges due the association. Filed July 9.

Maldonado, Angel, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 367 Olive St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9.

Rapp, Robert, et al., Ridgefield, et al. Filed by BM, Farmington, for JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 23 Old Musket Lane, Ridgefield. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $296,000 dated October 2002. Filed June 22.

Soomaroo, Kamela, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 50 Edwards St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9.

Wells Fargo Bank N.A., trustee, et al., Bloomington, Minn., et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 607 N. Summerfield Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

DiCocco, Jennifer, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Coachlight Square Association of Bridgeport Inc., Bridgeport. Property: 333 Vincellette St., Unit 50, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the unit to recover delinquent common charges due the association. Filed July 9.

Hernandez, Jose, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by Bradd S. Robbins, Bridgeport, for Fairfield Village Condominium Association Inc., Bridgeport. Property: 60F Leslie Road, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the unit to recover delinquent common charges due the association. Filed July 10.

Maria, Bernardo, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 787 Beechwood Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Sadler, Tracy, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 74 Rose St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Tacovillo, Dominick, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 984 Reservoir Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9.

William, Shirley, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 1530 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Dufane, Neclerc, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by Hunt Leibert Jacobson P.C., Hartford, for HSBC Bank USA N.A., Buffalo, N.Y. Property: 2051 North Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $324,800 dated January 2008. Filed July 10.

Jeffries, Robert, et al., Ridgefield, et al. Filed by HLJ, Hartford, for Bank of America N.A., Charlotte, N.C. Property: 42 Tanton Hill Road, Ridgefield. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $397,000 dated November 2006. Filed June 27.

McCoy, Kenneth, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 316 Mountain Grove St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Sanchez, Oswaldo, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 437 Shelton St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9.

Duque, Michael, et al., Ridgefield, et al. Filed by BM, Farmington, for Everbank, Jacksonville, Fla. Property: 80 Harvey Road, Ridgefield. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $314,204 dated September 2009. Filed July 3.

Johnson, Ena, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 660 William St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Moore-Hardison, Pamela, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by Hunt Leibert Jacobson P.C., Hartford, for Bank of America N.A., Charlotte, N.C. Property: 200 Elmwood Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $212,657 dated October 2009. Filed July 9.

Santhana, Phommachanh, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 643 Pearl Harbor St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., et al., Columbus, Ohio, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Coachlight Square Association of Bridgeport Inc., Bridgeport. Property: 200 Woodmont Ave., Unit 122, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the unit to recover delinquent common charges due the association. Filed July 10.

Murray, Astley, et al., Westport, et al. Filed by Hunt Leibert Jacobson P.C., Hartford, for The Bank of New York Mellon, New York City. Property: 40 Ferry Lane East, Westport. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $402,000 dated September 2007. Filed June 13.

Sauveur, Yvelon, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 590 Hallett St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Neto, Jose, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by Bendett & McHugh P.C., Farmington, for U.S. Bank N.A., trustee, Minneapolis, Minn. Property: 46 Berkshire Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $184,875 dated October 2005. Filed July 10.

Smith, Marsilvia, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 996 Pearl Harbor St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Paltauf, Robert, et al., Redding, et al. Filed by Bendett & McHugh P.C., Farmington, for JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 579 Redding Road, Redding. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $496,250 dated February 2005. Filed June 28.

Soltis, Estate of John, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by Bendett & McHugh P.C., Farmington, for Bank of America N.A., Charlotte, N.C. Property: 35C Nob Hill Circle, Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $45,081 dated September 2006. Filed July 9.

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., et al., McLean, Va., et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 456 William St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10. Fisk, Gregg, et al., Redding, et al. Filed by Assaf Ben-Atar, Bridgeport, for Georgetown Place Condominium Association Inc., Redding. Property: 56 Portland Ave., No. 6, Redding. Action: to foreclose on the unit to recover delinquent common charges due the association. Filed June 21. Grumman, Sarah, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by Bendett & McHugh P.C., Farmington, for Bank of America N.A., Charlotte, N.C. Property: 90 Brittin Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $280,000 dated September 2007. Filed July 9.

Kinnear Jr., John, et al., Ridgefield, et al. Filed by HLJ, Hartford, for Bank of America N.A., Charlotte, N.C. Property: 90 Cains Hill Road, Ridgefield. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $417,000 dated October 2006. Filed July 5. Lopes, Ruben, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 412 Logan St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9.

Transerve Bridgeport L.L.C., et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 810 Lindley St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9.

Williams, Maurice, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 1569 Central Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

U.S. Bank N.A., trustee, et al., Minneapolis, Minn., et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 2240 E. Main St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Williamson-Simon, Elaine, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for Benchmark Municipal Tax Services Ltd., Bridgeport. Property: 339 Beechmont Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal taxes assigned to the plaintiff for collection. Filed July 9.

Ukaj, Xherdey, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 231 Coleman St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Woods, Vernon, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 775 Ryon St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Waldorf 19 L.L.C., et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 19 Waldorf Ave., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

Mortgages

Waller, Ronald, et al., Bridgeport, et al. Filed by John J. Ribas, Bridgeport, for the Water Pollution Control Authority of the city of Bridgeport. Property: 242 Pearl Harbor St., Bridgeport. Action: to foreclose on the property to recover delinquent municipal water and sewer fees. Filed July 10.

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Carroll, David, Ridgefield, by David Carroll. Lender: Fairfield County Bank, Ridgefield. Property: 25 Griffith Lane, Ridgefield. Amount: $400,000. Filed June 21. Cove Dog L.L.C., New York City, by Jeffrey Wilkins. Lender: Bank of America N.A., Houston, Texas. Property: 62 Compo Mill Cove, Westport. Amount: $1.9 million. Filed July 29. Goshen Properties 8 L.L.C., Bridgeport, by Joseph Livramento. Lender: Caritas Capital Partners L.L.C., New Haven. Property: 199 Deforest Ave., Bridgeport. Amount: $151,150. Filed July 10.


on the record Rojas, Petra, Norwalk, by Petra Rojas. Lender: Entertainment Financial L.L.C., South Windsor. Property: 157 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding. Amount: $435,000. Filed July 2.

Genesis the Beginning of Fashion, 54 Fairmont Ave., Bridgeport 06606, c/o Aiesha Walcott. Filed July 5.

Redding Meditation Society, Container. Patent no. D664,428 9 Picketts Ridge Road, Redding issued to Rafael Rivera, Bridgeport 06896, c/o Michael Bresnan. Filed and Steven Pham, Naugatuck. Assigned to Inline Plastics Corp., July 9. Shelton.

J&S Rims and Tires, 212 Newfield Saasha Sutera Ph.D., 22 LounAve., Bridgeport 06607, c/o Joseph sbury Road, Ridgefield 06877, c/o Supreme Acquisition L.L.C., Myers. Filed July 10. Saasha Hogan. Filed June 4. New Haven by Robert P. Letuskus Jr. Lender: Entertainment Financial L.L.C., South Windsor. Prop- Keily Viajes y Envios II L.L.C., Stephanie Weiss Personal Trainerty: 1324 E. Main St., Bridgeport. 1093 E. Main St., Bridgeport 06608, ing, 54 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield 06877, c/o Stephanie c/o Esmeira Acevedo. Filed July 5. Amount: $175,000. Filed July 10. Weiss. Filed June 7.

New Businesses The Business Journal is not responsible for typographical errors contained in the original filings. All Equity Partners L.L.C., 3 Fraser Lane, Westport 06880, c/o Mikhail Gurvich. Filed June 14. Bodeur L.L.C., 80 Silver Spring Road, Ridgefield 06877, c/o Meg Bodeur. Filed June 20. Care Patrol, 549 Main St., Ridgefield 06877, c/o Margaret Russo. Filed June 11.

Kids’ World Family Day Care, 298 Jackson Ave., Bridgeport 06606, c/o Stone and Leaf Design, 137 Peaceable Ridge Road, Ridgefield Yudelsa Diaz. Filed July 9. 06877, c/o Christine Moreyn. Filed June 26. Kitchen Gallery Design, 714 Danbury Road, Ridgefield 06877, Tizanne L.L.C., 15 Mulvaney c/o Paulo Romo Jr. Filed May 30. Court, Ridgefield 06877, c/o Joanna Maxham. Filed July 2. La China Peruana L.L.C., 1882 E. Main St., Bridgeport 06610, c/o HeTWT Investment Partnership, ber Socualaya. Filed July 9. 77 Danbury Road, Suite C5, Ridgefield 067877, c/o Brian Mota. My Tech CT, 105 Tremont Ave., Filed May 29. Apt. D, Bridgeport 06606, c/o Michael Pilotti. Filed July 9. W Upholstery, 923 Branchville Road, Ridgefield 06877, c/o WilNew Paris Nails Inc., 1055 Hun- liam Valencia. Filed June 8. tington Turnpike, Bridgeport 06610, c/o Wang Hong. Filed July 11.

Carroll Avenue Properties, 431 Carroll Ave., Bridgeport 06607, c/o No More Victim Beginning a Kevin Stennett. Filed July 9. New Chapter in Your Life, 26 Bronx Ave., Bridgeport 06606, c/o Computer Detailing & Repairs, Jeannette Rivera. Filed July 2. 116 Laurel Place, Bridgeport 06604, c/o Victor Wilson. Filed July 9. Pablo Consulting, 69 Court A, Bridgeport 06610, c/o Pablo VioDaddy’s Market, 927 E. Main St., lanueva. Filed July 9. Bridgeport 06608, c/o William Razuk. Filed July 3. Physical Graffiti II, 1749 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport 06610, c/o Mark Destiny Pleasures, 210 Newfield Luther. Filed July 9. Ave., Bridgeport 06607, c/o Jacquelynn Webster. Filed July 10. Pitulos Landscape & Masonry L.L.C., 155 Clear View Drive, Elect Jeff State Rep, 16 Settlers Bridgeport 06606, c/o Romel SaliLane, Ridgefield 06877, c/o Jeff nas. Filed July 9. Bonistalli. Filed June 4. Professional Translators Team, Ellen Gang Design Studio, 4 Sun- 162 Lourmel St., Bridgeport 06606, nyside Lane, Westport 06880, c/o c/o Maissoun Barza. Filed July 9. Ellen Gang. Filed June 26. Project Pythons, 30 Silver Spring Fairfield Enrichment Club, 76 Park, Ridgefield 06877, c/o Michael Bulkley Avenue North, Westport Mirabelle. Filed July 9. 06880, c/o Mousumi Bhattachayra. Filed June 21. Quiet City Studios, 95 Homestead Ave., Bridgeport 06605, c/o Keith Karlson. Filed July 5.

Patents

Fully automated, computeraided intervention apparatus with operational stabilization apparatus for malfunctions, and appropriate method. Patent no. 8,234,192 issued to Matt Weber, Ridgefield. Assigned to Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., Switzerland.

Low-friction electrostatographic imaging member. Patent no. 8,232,032 issued to: Robert C. U. Yu, Webster, N.Y.; Edward F. Grabowski, Webster, N.Y.; Kathleen M. Carmichael, Williamson, N.Y.; Stephen T. Avery, Rochester, N.Y.; and Satish Parikh, Rochester, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk.

Fuser member coating having self-releasing fluorocarbon matrix outer layer. Patent no. 8,231,972 issued to Carolyn Moorlag, Canada and Nan-Xing Hu, Canada. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Curl-free imaging members Norwalk. with a slippery surface. Patent no. 8,232,030 issued to: Robert C. U. Yu, Webster, N.Y.; Yuhua Tong, High-K dielectric and metal Webster, N.Y.; and Stephen T. Avery, gate stack with minimal overRochester, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox lap with isolation region. Patent Corp., Norwalk. no. 8,232,606 issued to: Michael P. Chudzik, Danbury; William K. Henson, Beacon, N.Y.; Renee T. Digital electrostatic latent-im- Mo, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; and; age generating member. Patent Jeffrey Sleight, Ridgefield. Assigned no. 8,233,017 issued to Kock-Yee to International Business MaLaw, Penfield, N.Y. and Mandakini chines Corp., Armonk, N.Y. Kanungo, Webster, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. Ingredient systems comprising trehalose, food products conDual crossbeam sensor system taining trehalose and methods of and method for measuring lead- making same. Patent no. 8,231,925 edge and/or trail-edge media issued to: Krishnamurthy Ganesan, curl. Patent no. 8,234,092 issued to: Arlington Heights, Ill.; Hans Zoerb, Ming Yang, Fairport, N.Y.; Thom- River Falls, Wis.; Gerry Mullally, as Jay Wyble, Williamson, N.Y.; Westport; Dwight Weigle, Eden and Keith Andrew Buddendeck, Prairie, Minn.; and Timm Adams, Rochester, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Eden Prairie, Minn. Assigned to Corp., Norwalk. Cargill Inc., Wayzata, Minn.

Luminaire. Patent no. D664,706 issued to: Allison K. Schieffelin, New Haven; James A. Melling, New Haven; Wooyeon Cho, Stratford; and Matthew R. Bullard, Milford. Assigned to Sylvan R. Shemitz Designs Inc., West Haven.

Controlled release hydrocodone formulations. Patent no. 8,231,898 issued to: Benjamin Oshlack, New York City; Hua-Pin Huang, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; John K. Masselink, Old Tappan, N.J.; and Alfred P. Tonelli, Congers, N.Y. Assigned to Purdue Pharma L.P., Stamford.

Automatic rotated row placement in multi-up imposition. Patent no. 8,233,160 issued to Javier A. Morales, Irondequoit, N.Y. AsFaucet handle. Patent no. signed to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. D664,631 issued to David Schaefer, New York City. Assigned to WaterBlue transgenic fluorescent works IP Co. L.L.C., Danbury. ornamental fish. Patent no. 8,232,451 issued to: Alan Blake, Austin, Texas; Richard Crockett, Fault-tolerant mutual exclusion Wilton; and Aidas Nasevicius, locks for shared memory sysTampa, Fla. Assigned to Yorktown tems. Patent no. 8,234,646 issued to Technologies, L.P., Austin, Texas. Maged M. Michael, Danbury and Yong-Jik Kim, Durham, N.C. Assigned to International Business Cartridge for a dry-powder in- Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y. haler. Patent no. D664,640 issued to: Chad C. Smutney, Watertown; John M. Polidoro, Coventry; Benoit Forming implanted plates for Adamo, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; and P. high-aspect ratio trenches using Spencer Kinsey, Sandy Hook. As- staged sacrificial layer removal. signed to MannKind Corp., Va- Patent no. 8,232,162 issued to Roger A. : Booth Jr., Wappingers Falls, lencia, Calif. N.Y.; Kangguo Cheng, Schenectady, N.Y.; Joseph Ervin, Wappingers Compositions and methods for Falls, N.Y.; Chengwen Pei, Danenhancing corticosteroid deliv- bury; Ravi M. Todi, Poughkeepsie, ery. Patent no. 8,232,264 issued N.Y.; Geng Wang, Stormville, N.Y.; to Eugene H. Gans, Westport and and Yanli Zhang, San Jose, Calif. AsMitchell S. Wortzman, Scottsdale, signed to International Business Ariz. Assigned to Medicis Phar- Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y. maceutical Corp., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Method and apparatus for facilitating electronic commerce through providing cross-benefits during a transaction. Patent no. 8,234,164 issued to: Jay S. Walker, Ridgefield; Daniel E. Tedesco, Huntington; John M. Packes Jr., Norwalk; and James A. Jorasch Jr., New York City. Assigned to Walker Digital L.L.C., Stamford. Method and system for selecting and broadcasting audio/video content based on location. Patent no. 8,234,677 issued to Craig William Fellenstein, Brookfield and Steven Van Jackson, Yardley, Pa. Assigned to International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y.

Method and system to associate device models and accounts by utilization bands. Patent no. Ingredient systems comprising 8,234,138 issued to John C. Handtrehalose, food products contain- ley, Fairport, N.Y. and Jeffrey R. ing trehalose and methods of Earl, Pittsford, N.Y. Assigned to Xemaking same. Patent no. 8,231,924 rox Corp., Norwalk. issued to: Krishnamurthy Ganesan, Maple Grove, Minn.; Hans F. Zoerb, River Falls, Wis.; and Gerard Mul- Method for fabricating backlally, Southport. Assigned to Cargill end-of-the-line structures with liner and seed materials. Patent Inc., Wayzata, Minn. no. 8,232,195 issued to: Chih-Chao Yang, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; ShyngLawn and garden utility tool. Tsong Chen, Patterson, N.Y.; Shom Patent no. D664,730 issued to Ponoth, Fishkill, N.Y.; and Terry A. Mark Noonan, New Canaan. As- Spooner, New Fairfield. Assigned signed to Snow Solutions L.L.C., to International Business MaNew Canaan. chines Corp., Armonk, N.Y. Lead-palladium battery. Pat- Method for suppressing immune ent no. 8,232,003 issued to John E. system response to transplanted Stauffer, Greenwich. tissue or cells. Patent no. 8,231,868 issued to: Richard Leslie Edelson, Westport; Carole Berger, Bronx, Load balancing using distrib- N.Y.; and Michael Girardi, Madiuted printing devices. Patent no. son. Assigned to Yale University, 8,234,654 issued to Garrett Green, New Haven. Webster, N.Y. and Jehoiada Bernard, Williamson, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk.

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on the record Methods for automatically determining workflow for print jobs. Patent no. 8,233,180 issued to : Michael David Shepherd, Ontario, N.Y.; Vishal Monga, Webster, N.Y.; and Dale Ellen Gaucas, Rochester, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. Methods for making customized black toners. Patent no. 8,232,035 issued to: Mark Scheuer, Williamson, N.Y.; Mark Petrush, Webster, N.Y.; James Winters, Alfred Station, N.Y.; John Ianni, Medina, N.Y.; Julia Kohlmeier, Penfield, N.Y.; William Hollenbaugh Jr., Rochester, N.Y.; Kip Jugle, Bloomfield, N.Y.; and Jeffrey McEwen, Williamson, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. Methods for self-aligned selfassembled patterning enhancement. Patent no. 8,232,211 issued to: Larry Clevenger, LaGrangeville, N.Y.; Timothy J. Dalton, Ridgefield; and Carl J. Radens, LaGrangeville, N.Y. Assigned to International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y. Online survey spawning, administration and management. Patent no. 8,234,152 issued to: Stephen Jepson, Patterson, Calif.; Jody Francis Powlette, Bellbrook, Ohio; and Michael Queenan, Ridgefield. Assigned to InsightExpress L.L.C., Stamford.

Opioid agonist formulations with releasable and sequestered antagonist. Patent no. 8,231,901 issued to: Christopher Breder, Greenwich; Curtis Wright, Norwalk; and Benjamin Oshlack, New York City. Assigned to Purdue Pharma L.P., Stamford.

Polypyrrole containing intermediate transfer components. Patent no. 8,233,830 issued to Jin Wu, Webster, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk.

Print device selection in a networked print-job environment. Patent no. 8,233,178 issued to DaPage parallel RIP and cache tun- vid C. Robinson, Penfield, N.Y. and ing in print/copy job environ- Michael E. Farrell, Webster, N.Y. ment utilizing page-description Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. languages. Patent no. 8,233,185 issued to: Gerald S. Gordon, Rochester, N.Y.; John H. Gustke, Process manufacturing with Walworth, N.Y.; and Scott Mayne, least-cost formulation. Patent no. Rochester, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox 8,234,139 issued to: Elaine Wan, San Jose, Calif.; Thomas Daniel, Corp., Norwalk. Ossining, N.Y.; Rajender Nalla, Pomona, N.Y.; Graceann IannacPantograph methods, apparatus chino, Armonk, N.Y.; and Karen and systems based on UCR/GCR. Theel, Sherman. Assigned to OraPatent no. 8,233,197 issued to Shen- cle International Corp., Redwood Ge Wang, Fairport, N.Y. and Zhi- Shores, Calif. gang Fan, Webster, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. Products and processes for establishing multitransaction Particle accelerator and mag- relationships with customers netic-core arrangement for a of vending machines. Patent no. particle accelerator. Patent no. 8,234,207 issued to: Paul T. Breiten8,232,747 issued to Walter Fred- bach, Wilton; Sih Y. Lee, Northvale, erick John Crewson, Munsonville, N.J.; Paul D. Signorelli, Ridgefield; N.H. and Mark H. Kaltenborn, Daniel E. Tedesco, Shelton; James Ridgefield. Assigned to ScandiNo- A. Jorasch, New York City; Steva Systems AB, Sweden. phen C. Tulley, Monroe; Geoffrey M. Gelman, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Robert C. Tedesco, Fairfield. AsPet toy. Patent no. D664,722 is- signed to Walker Digital L.L.C., sued to Thomas McCann, Weston. Stamford. Assigned to Innovative Design & Sourcing L.L.C., Milford.

Purple transgenic fluorescent ornamental fish. Patent no. 8,232,450 issued to: Alan Blake, Austin, Texas; Richard Crockett, Wilton; and Aidas Nasevicius, Tampa, Fla. Assigned to Yorktown Technologies, L.P., Austin, Texas. Silicon device on Si:C-OI and SGOI and method of manufacture. Patent no. 8,232,153 issued to: Dureseti Chidambarrao, Weston; Omer H. Dokumaci, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; and Oleg G. Gluschenkov, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Assigned to International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y.

Systems and methods for controlling polygon-induced banding. Patent no. 8,233,021 issued to Robert Herloski, Webster, N.Y. and Martin Pepe, West Henrietta, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. Technique for selecting multiple entertainment programs to be provided over a communication network. Patent no. 8,234,679 issued to Marc J. Lawrence-Apfelbaum, New York City. Assigned to Time Warner Cable Inc., Stamford.

Three-dimensional vertical Efuse structures and methods of Spring-loaded, friction-driven manufacturing the same. Pattake-up roller for managing ent no. 8,232,190 issued to: Kerry long-scanned documents. Patent Bernstein, Underhill, Vt.; Timono. 8,233,835 issued to: Craig W. thy J. Dalton, Ridgefield; Jeffrey P. Martin, Henrietta, N.Y.; Mark A. Gambino, Westford, Vt.; Mark D. Nenni, Brockport, N.Y.; Guido Di- Jaffe, Shelburne, Vt.; Stephen E. mateo, Ontario, N.Y.; and Ronald Luce, Underhill, Vt.; and Anthony Dews Jr., Rochester, N.Y. Assigned K. Stamper, Williston, Vt. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. to International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y. System and method for automatic return letter generation. Patent no. 8,234,237 issued to Christopher Lee Jones, Rochester, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. System and method to detect changes in image quality. Patent no. 8,233,669 issued to: Wencheng Wu, Webster, N.Y.; John C. Handley, Fairport, N.Y.; and Beilei Xu, Penfield, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk.

Transistor with high-k dielectric sidewall spacer. Patent no. 8,232,604 issued to: Leland Chang, New York City; Isaac Lauer, White Plains, N.Y.; and Jeffrey W. Sleight, Ridgefield. Assigned to International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y.

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