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November 5, 2012 | VOL. 48, No. 45

Patrick Gallagher

FCBJ TODAY Is a lack of affordable workforce housing costing businesses recruits? … 2


billion as Connecticut utilities, transit providers and government agencies labored to restore order and restart business. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Oct. 30 approved a federal

hroughout the war boom that has fueled Black Hawk sales, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has kept its eyes on the future with its high-speed X2 prototype and a Marine Corps helicopter that when built will be the biggest in the world. As it turns out, Sikorsky’s biggest question for the near future may be the appeal of a reconfigured commercial helicopter platform that’s more than 30 years old. After years of delay, the Federal Aviation Administration approved “type certification” for the Sikorsky S-76D, the newest model of the helicopter that debuted in 1979, and which Sikorsky has since delivered more than 800 of. The S-76D will provide the United Technologies Corp. subsidiary a new opportunity to demonstrate its value to the commercial sector, with the company’s struggles to land business on that front stretching back well before the recession. That has not been the case for all helicopter

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Investors hone in on sustainability ... 5 HR exec guides FuelCell back into green zone ... 7 Creating an ecosystem for startup growth… 8

In the field: WWE lobbies for spot in Malloy’s Next Five … 10

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy surveyed the damage brought by Tropical Storm Sandy in Stamford last week, along with Sens. Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal.

State dodges ‘absolute devastation’ Still no timetable for power restoration

Former Xerox CEO on getting “drafted into the war” … 12 Ad spending fuels Conn. campaigns as Nov. 6 nears ... 19


From Barbie to Barteca, Ria Rueda thrives in new role … 20

Companies seek to optimize web presence ... 21


conomists projected the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Sandy would result in total losses of between $30 billion and $50

Giving the Gold Coast a Motor City mentality … 22 Also … Time to give Simpson-Bowles its due ... 4 CEOs to Congress: now or never … 4



A horse of a different color: paint sales fuel growth for Darien co. ... 3

Invenio sets sights on YouTube, Idol and bedroom musicians... 9

Spirit of 76?

Foreign correspondent BY ALEXANDER SOULE


ank of England – but not the “Old Lady of Threadneedle Street” central bank that manages the United Kindgom’s monetary policy – is establishing a loan production office in Norwalk. In doing so, the tiny entity from the Ozarks is stitching a new chapter with a time-tested system for underwriting loans that may get a

fresh look by lenders in the era of Dodd-Frank financial oversight. A century in business with a focus on agricultural finance, today the England, Ark.-based Bank of England is quietly expanding nationally via its ENG Lending affiliate, which offers “correspondent lenders” the opportunity to set up loan production offices outside the purview of most state regulators. The records of the Connecticut Department of Banking, however, are crammed with cita-

tions against correspondent lenders for not maintaining surety bonds covering the loans they underwrite, and Bank of England has sought permission to establish the Norwalk office, as well as others throughout the state. On its home turf in Arkansas, Bank of England has only a half-dozen branches with barely $240 million in loans on the books as of September – not even matching the size of Bank of New Canaan. But ENG Lending has allowed Foreign, page 6

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Panel calls for public-private collaboration to stem youth flight Lack of workforce housing, recreational hub challenge recruitment efforts



estchester has the Hudson Valley. Fairfield County has its Gold Coast. The two counties are home to some of the most powerful public and private companies in the world, from General Electric Co. to IBM Corp., PepsiCo Inc. to Xerox Corp., and Bridgewater Associates L.P. to GAMCO Investors Inc. However, with many of the region’s largest employers facing a dearth of qualified and interested recruits, businesses are increasingly opting to relocate all or parts of their operations to more lucrative locations, such as New York City, or to cheaper sites, such as Jersey City or Hoboken. Highlighting the lack of affordable workforce housing in Westchester and Fairfield counties, panelists at an Oct. 25 roundtable discussion called for better coordination between businesses and government entities. “Everybody needs to get more involved because unfortunately, when we look through the list or recommend for friends where to live, where to rent, where to buy – it’s very expensive,” said Kevin McCarthy, of White Plains, N.Y., a senior associate of CBRE Inc.’s Stamford office. “We haven’t had a lot of product that’s come on the market recently that is structured to the professional housing that I can recommend to my friends who want to spend $1,200 to $1,500 a month in rent.” The panel, “Stop the Flight,” was held at Morton’s The Steakhouse in White Plains, N.Y., and hosted by the Fairfield County Business Journal and sister publication the Westchester County Business Journal. The discussion featured McCarthy, Denise Duca, senior vice president of human resources of Acorda Therapeutics Inc., based in Ardsley, N.Y.; Andi Gray, president of Strategy Leaders Inc., based in Chappaqua, N.Y.; Brendan Meyer, chairman of the Westchester County Association’s Young Professionals Group, based in White Plains; and Arthur

Parkos, vice president of the Strategic Technology and Innovation Center at Pitney Bowes Inc., based in Stamford. The event was moderated by Chris Dessi, CEO of Silverback Social, based in Chappaqua. A failure to address the housing issue could jeopardize businesses’ abilities to recruit new employees and could pose a significant risk to the towns and cities that depend on corporate tenants for tax revenues and on locally based employees to drive spending, Gray said. “Go to your towns. Find out what’s happening in your towns and get behind those initiatives,” said Gray, in reference to a countywide mandate in Westchester to develop workplace, or affordable, housing units in each municipality. “Because as employers, if we don’t do that, we’re not going to have a workforce left.” The key is not just housing, but developing hubs that feature a number of diverse attractions, Meyer said. “What draws people to a space is more people, not just a good restaurant or a movie theater but a lot of different things going on,” he said. While several towns and cities in both counties, such as Stamford and Harrison, N.Y., have placed an emphasis on allowing property owners to repurpose unoccupied or underused facilities, there are few true social centerpieces north of New York City, McCarthy said. “From working in Stamford you see what they’ve built down there,” he said. “They’re building something that’s two blocks from the train, they have parks, they have waterways, they have restaurants … and they’re building 4,000 units of housing.” On the contrary, he said, in Westchester “there really is a lack of a centerpiece.” “I know White Plains, everyone likes to congregate there … but there are no parks. You go to the downtown White Plains train station after 6 o’clock and it’s a ghost town. There’s no retail down there. … We need a centerpiece to hit on all levels, whether it’s recreation or housing or restaurants.”

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The primary roadblock is prohibitive zoning practices, Meyer said. White Plains’ West Moreland neighborhood is one of the areas the Young Professionals Group has targeted as an area that could benefit from redevelopment efforts. “We go through there, we have this company Public for Public Spaces that shows us what it could be, and I have a conversation with somebody who’s pretty well plugged in who says, ‘Brendan, that’s great, but it’s not zoned for that,’” Meyer said. “If we’re not in the conversation (with municipal officials), the only projects that are ever going to come across the boards in the different towns are going to be over-55 communities, because that doesn’t add any kids to the school districts, and luxury.”

Focus on employee development Duca said it is critical for employers to be aware of the types of benefits and the general work climate sought by young professionals. She said it’s important to offer employees a compensation structure that they have a stake in. “They want a component where they have some control over their bonuses – setting goals and being able to show their achievements,” Duca said. “What I’ve found also to be important is the environment: what is the culture like, what is the climate like, how much flexibility will I have in this organization, where can I go, is it growing?” Added Parkos, “It’s that notion of being adaptable.” Parkos said Pitney Bowes has been successful in providing young, up-and-coming employees as well as external startups partnering with Pitney Bowes through its entrepreneurial competition with leadership opportunities and exposure to the various technologies pioneered by the company. Through those development and mentoring-oriented programs, “We’re creating an ecosystem of new applications around the things that we do,” Parkos said.

A fresh coat of paint



ew paint can do wonders for room – and apparently for a home improvement retailer’s net sales, too. By focusing on paint sales, Darien-based Ring’s End has been able to survive and thrive in the current economic climate. Like many retailers serving the construction industry, the company took a big hit during the recession. Selling lumber, millwork and building supplies, sales were down significantly as new construction projects in Connecticut became increasingly rare. Compared to company revenue at the height of the building boom in 2007, revenue decreased 30 percent in the aftermath of the recession and 70 employees were laid off, said David Campbell, Ring’s End CEO. But just like a homeowner tired of living in drab surroundings, the company decided it was time for a makeover. It began focusing on paint sales. Twelve years ago, Ring’s End didn’t sell paint, but now it’s a driving force for the company, Campbell said. While customers may not be building new patios these days, they’re still making smaller home improvements, and painting a room is an inexpensive way to brighten a home. Capitalizing on that, the company now offers free color consulting. “It’s a strategy to get people in stores to

buy other products,” Campbell said. “It’s a way to get people in and keep them. Maybe they’ll buy paint this year and next year come back for a deck.” Many of Ring End’s consultants have art or home design backgrounds and are able to educate customers on what color schemes work best in various scenarios. “I’ve seen people come in and buy 10 different colors to paint one room and they can’t get it right,” Campbell said. “People have a hard time imagining what it will look like, so the consultants take the stress out of the process.” By offering color consulting, the company has increased its paint sales by 50 percent this year and staff levels are the highest in the company’s 110-year history, Campbell said. New paint centers have recently opened in Stamford, Fairfield and Westport and within two months another store will open in West Haven. In total the company has 14 stores, primarily located within Fairfield County. Next year Campbell anticipates another 25 percent increase in paint sales. “We’re in a position that when business comes back, we’ll be in great shape,” he said. The company has a new distribution center and has actively been working on making its processing more efficient as well. “We didn’t think (the recession) was going to last this long,” Campbell said. “But when it does start turning – and I think it is – we will be very well positioned.” FAIRFIELD COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL • Week of November 5, 2012




Executive Order 13531

n Feb. 18, 2010, President Obama created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and

Reform. The 18-member commission, led by former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, was charged with “identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run.” Nine months later, the co-chairmen released a draft proposal that included five recommendations: (1) Enact tough discretionary spending caps and provide for $200 billion in annual domestic and defense spending cuts starting in 2015; (2) Pass tax reforms that would reduce rates, simplify the code and broaden the base; (3) Address the rising cost of health care not by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but by strengthening the costcutting mechanisms present in the ACA while protecting doctors from a sharp scheduled cut in Medicare payments in exchange for other reforms and cost-sharing measures; (4) Cut farm and student-loan subsidies and reduce government pension benefits; and (5) Overhaul Social Security – with an eye toward keeping the program solvent – by raising the retirement age and reducing benefits for the wealthy.

The recommendations, as detailed in the Simpson-Bowles proposal, would achieve $3.8 trillion in deficit reduction and would ensure the solvency of the Social Security Administration. But at a cost: the proposal violated sacred cows ranging from the mortgage interest tax deduction to defense appropriations to retirement benefits, and ultimately failed to secure the full support of the president and his Democratic and Republican counterparts on Capitol Hill. At a press briefing following the publication of the draft proposal, Bowles called the plan “a starting point.” The reality was that in the 112th Congress and the Obama White House, Simpson and Bowles ran into a dead end. Executive Order 13531 stipulated that a final report would only be published with the support of 14 of the commission’s 18 members. Needless to say, that tally was never reached, as Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Democratic Sen. Max Baucus and Obama appointee Andy Stern joined Republican Sen. Mike Crapo and Republican Reps. Paul Ryan, Jeb Hensarling and Dave Camp in voting against the proposal. Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman criticized the proposal at the time of its release, charging that it would further inhibit what was at the time and continues to be a treacherously slow economic recovery.

Fast-forward two years to Tuesday, Nov. 6, when millions of Americans will cast their votes for whom they want to lead their towns, cities, counties, states and country. In some respects, this is no different from past elections. The results, regardless of who wins and who loses, will dictate the direction that each governmental entity, from Congress to the various municipalities, chooses to pursue. However, this election is rare in that the victors will immediately be faced with issues of crushing proportions. In an Oct. 18 letter to the president and to Congress, the CEOs comprising the Washington D.C.-based Business Roundtable urged Democrats and Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan agreement to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff. “But merely avoiding the fiscal cliff is not enough,” the CEOs wrote. “We further urge you and your colleagues to enact legislation that truly restores the nation’s longterm fiscal soundness.” The framework for a grand bargain already exists. It was drafted two years ago by the Simpson-Bowles commission. While two years ago the proposal submitted by Simpson and Bowles may have appeared unpalatable, failure to avert the fiscal cliff would spell global economic disaster. It is time to give Simpson-Bowles its due.

CEOs to Congress: Put a plan in place The following is a joint statement submitted by chief executive officers of more than 80 U.S. corporations to members of Congress concerning the federal deficit and impending tax increases. “Policy makers should acknowledge that our growing debt is a serious threat to the economic well-being and security of the United States. It is urgent and essential that we put in place a plan to fix America’s debt. An effective plan must stabilize the debt as a share of the economy, and put it on a downward path. This plan should be enacted now, but

implemented gradually to protect the fragile economic recovery and to give Americans time to prepare for the changes in the federal budget. In order to develop a fiscal plan that can succeed both financially and politically, it must be bipartisan and reforms to all areas of the budget should be included. The plan should: Reform Medicare and Medicaid, improve efficiency in the overall health care system and limit future cost growth; Strengthen Social Security, so that it is solvent and will be there for future beneficiaries; and Include comprehensive and pro-growth

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tax reform, which broadens the base, lowers rates, raises revenues and reduces the deficit. The recommendations of the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Commission, which saved $4 trillion and addressed all parts of the budget, provide an effective framework for such a plan. The plan should be conducive to longterm economic growth, protect the vulnerable, include credible enforcement mechanisms to ensure that debt reduction is achieved and leave the next generation better.” The above statement was first published in The Wall Street Journal Oct. 25.


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Sustainability grows as consumers up standards BY PATRICK GALLAGHER


orporations across Fairfield County and the U.S. have raced to bolster their sustainability initiatives around environmental, social and governance-related issues to meet market expectations that are higher than ever before, according to a new report. But investors, suppliers and even potential recruits have a message for corporate America: We’re not impressed. Brandlogic’s 2012 Sustainability Leadership Report, published last month, shows a dramatic increase in interest among the 100 companies surveyed in raising corporate sustainability standards and increasing third-party monitoring and analysis. However, data collected by the Wiltonbased branding consultant for the 2012 report indicate that the market perception of the surveyed companies’ efforts actually decreased on average compared to Brandlogic’s 2011 report. James Cerruti, senior partner of Brandlogic and the report’s author, said most of the companies’ actual performances have apparently exceeded their respective abilities to communicate the higher standards to consumers, investors and business partners and recent graduates. “There is a lot more communication around these issues and companies are taking it much more seriously,” Cerruti said. “Many are incorporating messaging around their sustainability into their corporate communications and even into their advertising.” Given the increased emphasis companies are placing on sustainability and on communicating the changes to the public and to investors, “there was a surprise change yearover-year in that the average perceived performance actually went down,” Cerruti said. Cerruti said that between 12 and 14 percent of consumers base purchasing decisions on perceived corporate sustainability practices. On the other hand, he said a whopping 88 percent of institutional investors rate corporate sustainability as being either “extremely important” or “somewhat important” when making investment decisions. “We know that institutional investors are increasingly factoring these issues into their investment decisions,” Cerruti said. “Many look to sustainability and performance in that area as a kind of proxy for overall leadership in companies today. There’s a whole segment that is called the responsible investing community. They alone represent 15 to

20 percent of investment today.” When Brandlogic asked about the significance of corporate sustainability practices to the community of institutional investors, “they overwhelmingly said it is extremely or very important to them,” Cerruti said. Over the last decade, companies have overwhelmingly sharpened their focus on corporate sustainability, Cerruti said. “Just year-over-year we saw a very substantial increase in the real performances of these 100 companies,” Cerruti said. “Ninetythree out of the 94 companies that we had in the study both years improved their real performance. You see everybody moving up in terms of their commitment to reporting and their commitment to improving their actual performance.” Top performers based on the results of Brandlogic’s 2012 report include IBM Corp., based in Armonk, N.Y., General Electric Co., based in Fairfield, and Danone, whose U.S. unit is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y. All three fell into the report’s “leaders” category, which comprises firms that have a strong track record in environmental, social and governmental (ESG) sustainability practices while also demonstrating success in communicating their achievements. “GE for instance – they really moved up in our study and became a leader this year,” Cerruti said. “They’ve done so from really mastering both the real aspects of sustainability management and the communications around that leadership.” Heineken, whose U.S. unit is headquartered in White Plains, and PepsiCo, based in Purchase, N.Y., both fell squarely into the “challengers” category – reserved for companies that have demonstrated a strong commitment to ESG sustainability practices but whose perception lags. UBS AG, with U.S. offices in New York City and Stamford, among others, straddled the line between the leaders and the challengers classifications. Xerox Corp., based in Norwalk, fell into the “laggards” category, indicating they have demonstrated a relatively low level of commitment to ESG sustainability. However, the report notes that Xerox had the biggest increase to its sustainability reality score – which measures actual steps being taken by companies to boost overall sustainability – of any company included. Avon Products Inc., which has offices in Rye, N.Y., fell into the “promoters” category, which comprises companies that are credited with ESG sustainability performance ahead of their actual achievements.

Citrin Cooperman Corner

LLC, Partnership, “S” Corp—Which One Is Right For You? BY NEIL BAYER, CPA AND MICHAEL A. TOLLA, CPA CITRIN COOPERMAN So you have decided to go into business. You have your business plan and have arranged for the necessary financing. So what Neil Bayer kind of entity are you going to use to operate this business? There are several choices: sole proprietorship, limited liability company (LLC), partnerMichael A. Tolla ship, corporation or “S” corporation. Before the advent of the LLC, almost all new businesses were either corporations or partnerships. The corporation was utilized principally to shield shareholders from creditor liabilities. Unfortunately, tax law makes corporations inflexible for small to mid-size businesses, including the fact that net operating losses are carried forward at the corporation level and cannot be used to offset a shareholder’s personal income. In this structure, corporate profits are taxed at the entity level and are then subject to a second layer of tax when distributed to the shareholders in the form of a dividend. To alleviate some of the potential pitfalls, a tax election (subchapter S) can be made by a corporation to provide that the corporation’s income be taxed to the shareholders rather than the corporation, which generally alleviates the double taxation. One of the few lingering benefits of an S-corporation is that distributions are not subject to FICA or Medicare tax. In an S-corporation shareholders can receive money in two ways: a salary subject to FICA and Medicare, or distributions that are not subject to these employment taxes. Regulations state that of the total amount that shareholders take out of their business, a reasonable amount must be treated as salary, and profits in excess of that reasonable salary can be treated as distributions not subject to FICA or Medicare. This rule has been under constant scrutiny and may eventually be changed. Until then, with Medicare rates rising to 3.8% in 2013, this could still be a significant benefit to a taxpayer. General partnerships offer no liability protection but can offer great flexibility in determining how income is divided between the partners. In addition, they don’t have many of the negative tax rami-

fications of corporations. Unfortunately, all of the net earnings of a partnership are subject to FICA and Medicare tax. Today, the entity of choice is the LLC. It combines the operating flexibility of a partnership with the liability protection of a corporation. A substantial advantage for most owners is that there is generally no tax paid at the entity level; the entity’s income is subject to tax only at the individual level, and losses may be used to offset an owner’s personal income. An LLC has the flexibility to enable owners to allocate income amongst themselves in any logical economic manner, and in certain circumstances the transfer of ownership interests may avoid being taxed. There are various additional forms of limited liability entities, such as a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC) and Professional Limited Liability Partnership (PLLP). All of these entities have some differences in the extent of the liability protection for members or partners depending upon the particular laws of the state in which they are formed. Generally, licensed professionals remain personally liable for claims arising in connection with their profession. Be careful, the state in which the entity is formed can have an impact on the liability protection and, in some cases, on the rights of minority shareholders and members. An entity can be formed in one state and operate in another state, but it must register in all the states in which it operates as an entity doing business in the state. As you can see, there are choices and differences in liability protection and tax consequences that need to be balanced to provide the proper amount of protection and maximize the tax aspects when determining what type of business entity to form. The next Citrin Cooperman Corner column will appear on this page Monday, December 3, 2012 dealing with the changing tax laws for 2013. About the Authors: Neil Bayer is a partner in Citrin Cooperman’s Norwalk office with over 40 years of experience in public accounting. Mike Tolla is a partner in the firm’s Norwalk office, and has more than 30 years of diversified accounting, auditing, taxation, and business consulting experience. Neil and Michael can be reached by phone at 203-847-4068 or via email at: nbayer@citrincooperman. com and mtolla@citrincooperman. com. Citrin Cooperman is a fullservice accounting and business consulting firm.



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manufacturers. Textron Inc. subsidiary Bell Helicopter has been doing a boom business of late, delivering 46 aircraft in the third quarter versus 26 a year earlier, citing for success its 429 model introduced three years ago. “I think the market has remained strong,” said Scott Donnelly, Textron CEO, in a conference call. “I would say that we believe we are still continuing to gain some share and we’d like to think that we’ll continue to do that. I think the 429 has proven itself to be an outstanding helicopter and is doing very well and competing and winning around the world.” Rival AgustaWestland, meanwhile, has

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disaster declaration for the state’s four coastal counties, with subsequent disaster declarations expected for the state’s remaining four counties. While touring portions of Fairfield County that absorbed the bulk of the storm’s wrath, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said restoring electricity remains “a top priority” but warned residents and businesses that the recovery would take days, if not weeks. However, Malloy said the state’s first responders and utilities were better prepared than they were a year ago when Hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast, adding that Sandy’s impact on Connecticut’s coastal regions was somewhat lessened due to a late change in the storm’s trajectory as it made landfall in New Jersey. “FEMA is far more responsive than they have been in any event that I’ve been involved with them,” Malloy said while stopping in Stamford’s Shippan Point Oct. 30, along with U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Joe Lieberman. “I think the pressure on the utilities – they had more assets in place (Tuesday) morning than they had on day five on either of these instances last year. Hindsight will be 20/20 … but so far, so good.” The FEMA disaster declarations initiated multiple programs, including shortterm rental payments for temporary housing, grants for select home repairs, grants to replace personal property, unemployment payments for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster, low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance, and up to $2 million for small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations suffering from disaster-related cash flow problems. Malloy also signed four executive orders

been selling its AW139 and has additional competition for Sikorsky in the form of the new AW119Kx, whose avionics include “synthetic” vision, moving map and obstacle avoidance systems, with Life Flight Network in the Pacific Northwest reserving 15 aircraft. Sikorsky stated it has a backlog of orders on the S-76D amounting to more than $500 million and in October, the ExportImport Bank of the United States authorized more than $50 million to guarantee a loan extended by Apple Bank to Aeroservicios Especializados S.A. de C.V. The transaction will finance the export of a fleet of Sikorsky S-76D helicopters to Mexico with Ex-Im Bank saying the deal will support 450 jobs. The S-76D includes engines from Sikorsky’s UTC sister company Pratt

& Whitney, all-composite rotor blades, advanced avionics and autopilot system, active vibration control and can be equipped with a rotor ice protection system for allweather capability. If technically advanced, the S-76D has proven vexing as well, with Sikorsky having originally targeted 2008 for initial deliveries. It is not the only helicopter platform Sikorsky is currently struggling with, as the company is working out issues with its new CH-148 Cyclone designed for maritime duty in Canada. “We need a win-win on this with the Canadian government,” said Greg Hayes, CFO of UTC, in an October conference call. “Obviously, we’re disappointed we haven’t been able to deliver the helicopters. We’re

building them right now down at West Palm. We expected to build and deliver five this year (and) build and deliver 19 next year … but until we have an agreement with the Canadian government in terms of the final configuration and an interim configuration, we really can’t ship anything. So as I sit here today, I tell you we don’t have a solution.” Will the S-76D represent a short-term solution for Sikorsky? Time will tell. “I guess Sikorsky should have a very big fourth quarter,” Hayes said. “They’ve got almost 100 helicopters to deliver, so base business is actually going to do very, very well here in the fourth quarter. I think we got confidence that we’re going to hit that number.”

last week designed to assist with recovery efforts. More than 493,000 Connecticut customers were still without power as of noon Oct. 31, including 153,900 Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) customers residing in Fairfield County and 89,600 United Illuminating (UI) Co. customers in Fairfield County. At press deadline, neither CL&P nor UI had estimated when electricity would be restored. CL&P and parent company Northeast Utilities Service Co. said it had supplemented its workforce with 1,000 line workers, 600 tree workers and 500 service electricians from across the country. UI, a subsidiary of UIL Holdings Corp., said it had expanded its workforce to more than 600 full-time equivalents. The damage could have been worse, Malloy said. Had the storm surge been as high as it was projected the night of the storm, “absolute devastation” would have ensued, Malloy said. “Because it came ashore in New Jersey a little earlier (than expected), it may have taken some of the bite out of our highest tide situation.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority began providing limited service Oct. 31 on both the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad networks as it worked to regain power and clear debris from the Hudson and New Haven lines. Economic forecasting firm IHS Global Insight projected region-wide losses of $30 billion to $50 billion as a result of the storm, citing the idling of 70 percent of the East Coast’s oil refineries, disruptions to business activity and estimates that peg total infrastructure damages at $20 billion, with just half of that insured. For the 15-state region impacted by the storm, losses of $30 to $50 billion would rep-

resent 1 to 1.7 percent of the entire region’s $3 trillion annual economic output or gross regional product, according to IHS Global Insight. In comparison, the damages from Tropical Storm Irene represented about 0.5 percent of the gross regional product for the 13 states that were affected, while losses from Hurricane Katrina represented a whopping 9.6 percent of the gross regional product for the area comprising Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Property and casualty insurers are well positioned to absorb the losses according to A.M. Best Co., after a relatively quiet 2012 on

the storm front prior to Sandy’s arrival. A.M. Best, which has its main office in Oldwick, N.J., said the biggest impacts from Sandy on most primary insurers are likely to be wind and downed tree damage to roofs and cars, as well as business interruption losses from prolonged electrical outages. Insured losses stemming from Sandy are estimated to fall between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to catastrophe risk modeling firm Eqecat.

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Bank of England to increase the size of its workforce by half in the past year alone, a remarkable achievement even as small banks nationally have labored under DoddFrank compliance requirements. Last year U.S. Rep. Jim Himes coauthored a bill with a Republican congressman from Arkansas that eased Securities and Exchange reporting requirements for smaller banks. “One of the fair criticisms of DoddFrank is that the new regulatory apparatus, much of which makes sense … has put an undue burden on our smaller banks,” Himes said, speaking in late October at a pre-election forum sponsored by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce. “It’s (smart) to help the smaller institutions compete with the big ones and de-concentrate our system that way rather than saying, ‘OK, we’ve got a great way to break up Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase.’” Banks use the correspondent lender

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model to recruit mortgage brokers with a track record of generating big volume, allowing those individuals to essentially reserve credit lines from banks to underwrite their own loans. The model carries little risk for either party, in that the underwriter packages and sells the loan to a wholesale lender after it is processed. M&T Bank is in the process of acquiring New Jersey-based Hudson City Bancorp, which has been among the biggest buyers of correspondent loans in the tri-state area. Among other companies nationally, PennyMac is swiftly building a big correspondent lending business. “The correspondent landscape is going through a transformation as most of the big banks who have been the market leaders in the channel for many years are exiting or materially reducing their volumes,” said Doug Jones, head of correspondent lending for PennyMac, in the company’s most recent conference call with investors. “Many of those banks have shifted their focus to the retail channels; this has created an opportunity for non-bank financial intermediaries.”


From red flags to the green zone


roxy pressure can turn up the heat on even the largest companies these days – witness Pitney Bowes Inc., whose CEO Murray Martin agreed recently to forfeit $2 million in stock-based compensation. So imagine the angst at the comparatively small FuelCell Energy Inc. after discovering its own equity compensation structure had been “red flagged” by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. heading into proxy season, with shareholder approval of a new equity compensation plan on the line. A unit of New York City-based MSCI Inc., ISS examines a wide range of factors related to corporate governance – to include how much stock companies grant as part of their compensation plans – and makes recommendations to shareholders on whether to vote for or against corporate proposals during proxy season. Proxy votes carry increasing weight. In the case of Stamford-based Pitney Bowes, after stockholders did not approve an advisory resolution on executive compensation this past spring, the mail services giant has been discussing its policies with them. In

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addition to forfeiting the “key employees’ incentive plan” award he received in 2011 that vests in December 2013, Martin agreed to a reduction in his annual incentive target for this year from 165 percent of his base salary to 130 percent. At FuelCell, the updated ISS red flag

arrived late last year even as FuelCell was readying to ask shareholders to authorize it to issue 5 million shares of new stock to issue as part of the Danbury-based company’s equity incentive plan. FuelCell’s fiscal year ends Oct. 31, and the company has its annual meeting typically in early April. “We first noted in December of last year that the ISS GRId score had flagged our compensation practices as a ‘high-risk’ area,” said Darrell Bradford, vice president of human resources at FuelCell. “Although we were confident that our compensation programs and practices were well-aligned with shareholder interests, ISS periodically changes their criteria – for example when new legislation comes into play, or as best practices emerge. As a result of the change in the rules, we found ourselves slipping into the red zone.” Bradford took the initiative in addressing the ISS score, given the importance of equity compensation in FuelCell energy’s total compensation package, particularly in attracting and retaining executives. Out of 41 items in total, FuelCell found that ISS had identified about 10 different points, including language in its stock

plan description and executive change-incontrol provisions that could be improved. With guidance from its proxy advisory firm, FuelCell tightened the language in its equity compensation program and executive employment agreements. FuelCell found its way into ISS’ green zone with less than two weeks to go before its annual meeting, with ISS flipping its recommendation in favor of FuelCell directors up for election as well the equity proposal. It was a remarkable-enough feat that the Society for Human Resources Management’s southern Connecticut chapter made Bradford one of its three “HR leaders of the year” locally, along with Pitney Bowes Inc.’s Susan Johnson who leads executive succession and diversity strategies; and John Vitale of Maxum Petroleum Inc., which ironically is shutting down its Greenwich office after its sale to Pilot Flying J. Months after hitting the green zone, Bradford is still flying high from ISS experience. “We were literally monitoring the voting on a daily basis in days leading up to the annual stockholder meeting,” Bradford said. “We saw a dramatic swing in favorable votes as a result of the improved … score.”

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A commitment to innovation



usiness leaders and academics say it’s time for Fairfield County to rely on the innovators and entrepreneurs living within its borders rather than on ideas originating outside the state. Representatives from the University of Connecticut and the Business Council of Fairfield County participated in an Oct. 25 panel discussion at the Stamford Learning Accelerator that highlighted the need for businesses and government to provide an infrastructure to accommodate innovation in Fairfield County. As much as Fairfield County identifies with Connecticut and New England, the area is more accurately a reflection of New York’s economy, said Chris Bruhl, president and CEO of the Business Council. Citing Pepperidge Farm, Pitney Bowes, Sikorsky and Bridgewater Associates as innovative companies that have developed in Fairfield County, Bruhl said recent trends point to economic growth that is being fueled by companies relocating to Fairfield County from outside the state. “It’s been the outward growth of New York, rather than the indigenous growth within,” Bruhl said, and there’s a need to build an infrastructure for entrepreneurs to both start and speed up the development of new businesses. Earlier Oct. 25, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy launched Connecticut’s Innovation Ecosystem initiative, which will be led by the quasi governmental authority Connecticut Innovations. Bruhl said both the Business Council and UConn will participate as innovation hubs in Stamford and Storrs, respectively, providing financial, technical, professional and mentoring resources. Adding to the Innovation Ecosystem initiative, Bruhl said there are a number of other projects that could be pooled together to create an effective infrastructure for Fairfield County. Among them, Bruhl said more than 30 firms of lawyers, accountants, bankers, brokers and consultants, all specializing in growing companies, have formed the Connecticut Growth Network, which recently opened a “cell” in Stamford. In addition, seven other development entities have opened offices in Stamford, including the Center for Growth Resources, Connecticut Technology Council and Community Economic Development Fund. Additionally, UConn recently applied to the U.S. Small Business Administration to form a Small Business Development Center and distribute up to $2.2 million annually in low-interest loans.

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Outside of these efforts, Bruhl said the Business Council has also committed to annually creating 20 high-growth companies out of local startups. During the process, Bruhl said he expects the Business Council will serve more than 100 companies. The Business Council also plans to place a total of 10 interns within the high-performing companies to provide further development opportunities.

“We want to continue to build out the infrastructure that is required for entrepreneurs. We don’t have these services and structures. We’re still a desert. We’re still in that building stage.”

— Chris Bruhl

“We want to continue to build out the infrastructure that is required for entrepreneurs,” Bruhl said. “We don’t have these services and structures. We’re still a desert. We’re still in that building stage.” Panelists at the Oct. 25 event agreed a major step in helping to promote innovation would involve a partnership between UConn and the business community to prepare future generations for employment. Lincoln Millstein, executive vice president of Hearst Corp. and a 1977 UConn graduate, expressed his frustration over having to hire New York City residents to fill high-tech Connecticut jobs. “No one is qualified in Connecticut,” Millstein said. Seeking to address the issue, Millstein and Tim Hunter, who is heading up UConn’s new Digital Media Center, have collaborated on the design of the school’s program, which aims to teach students how to use digital media as a tool for analysis and communication for future job openings in fields as diverse as engineering and social work. UConn also worked with various digital media industry experts as it prepared to launch the center. In the future, Hunter said hopes companies like Hearst will be able to hire UConn graduates from the program. “I’m sincere when I say business drives our decisions,” Hunter said.


Fairfield startup takes on YouTube


nvenio Music L.L.C. is hoping to become the “next big thing” by combining American Idol and YouTube. The website, which launched in June and was co-founded by entrepreneur Dan Kupper, is a platform for web users to discover up-and-coming musicians and listen to newly released music. Kupper, who lives in Fairfield, said he came up with the idea after watching shows

A handful of musicians have become famous after being discovered on YouTube – Justin Bieber, for instance – but it can be hard to pinpoint talented musicians when surfing YouTube and similar sites, dan Kupper said. like NBCUniversal’s The Voice and Fox Broadcasting Co.’s The X Factor, and becoming addicted to YouTube videos of what he described as “bedroom” musicians, or those who perform cover songs in their own homes and post them to the web. “I became obsessed with listening to artists that were unknown and unheard of,” Kupper said. “They’re not hard to find but it takes a lot of time and research.” Kupper created the site with Adam Lanza, a classmate from Trinity College in Hartford, about a year ago. The co-founders are actively seeking investors. A handful of musicians have become famous after being discovered on YouTube – Justin Bieber, for instance – but it can be hard to pinpoint talented musicians when surfing YouTube and similar sites, Kupper said. In launching Invenio, Kupper said he hopes the site will become “the Facebook of music,” where users can find new music online and vote for their favorite musicians through the site’s ongoing competitions. He also hopes it will be a place where talent scouts will go to find new artists. Since going live in June, the site has 1,000 active users and 50 song submissions. For its most recent original song competition, grand prize winners received $300 in cash, free studio time in New York City, a professional evaluation and market feedback.

Kupper plans to continuously host original song competitions in addition to thematic competitions such as best DJ or cover song. It costs $10 to enter the original song competitions, otherwise it’s free to use the site and enter competitions. Jon Ericson, lead singer of the indie rock band Echo & Drake, said it can be difficult to connect to new fans and hopes Invenio will be the solution. Based in Hartford, Echo & Drake won Invenio’s first original song competition.

They’ve been named best band by the Connecticut Music Awards and number one Connecticut album by the Hartford Courant in 2011. The band has worked with Grammynominated mastering engineer Jeff Lipton to produce its music, but even with their successes, they still haven’t hit it big. As a result, the band often uses outlets like Invenio to reach new audiences. “Even if you’re fortunate, like we are, we’re sort of dependent on services like this

to reach out to new fans,” Ericson said. “I hope Invenio is the answer but it’s sort of a constant struggle to get your stuff heard.” Though winning Invenio’s competition didn’t necessarily bring the band fame and fortune, Ericson said the site is a good way to connect with people who wouldn’t have otherwise heard them. “It’s always good for us to get music out there anyway we can,” Ericson said. “The challenge is getting heard over all the other people shouting at the same time.”

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In brief

Study: Conn., NY most taxing Connecticut residents paid the highest state and local taxes in the nation in 2010, according to a new study, at nearly $7,000 compared to about $6,700 for New Jersey residents and close to $6,400 for New Yorkers. No other state cracked the $6,000 mark in combined state and local taxes, according to the Tax Foundation, which is based in Washington, D.C. Calculated as a percentage of net income, New York residents paid the highest state and local taxes at 12.8 percent, followed by New Jersey at 12.4 percent and Connecticut at 12.3 percent. The study focuses on the impact of taxes on individuals, rather than government collections; that means for Connecticut residents who work in New York and pay income tax there, the Tax Foundation counts them as part of the tax burden carried by Connecticut’s residents.

Xerox cuts continue in 4Q Xerox Corp. plans to take a restructuring charge in the current fourth quarter totaling anywhere between $50 million and $100

million, with the Norwalk-based company not immediately detailing the impact on its workforce. In the third quarter, Xerox recorded $17 million in severance costs related after it cut 870 jobs, primarily in North America, and was already lined up for an additional $69 million in restructuring charges in the fourth quarter on top of the new actions. Xerox’s worldwide workforce numbers 146,000 people, up more than 6,000 from the end of last year due to the impact of acquisitions. Xerox earned $288 million on $5.4 billion in revenue in the third quarter, with profits off 12 percent from a year earlier and revenue 3 percent largely due to a 14 percent decline in equipment sales.

Report: UK wants RBS Citizens sale Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC reportedly is under pressure to sell off its RBS Citizens Financial Group Inc. subsidiary in the United States. RBS is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has its U.S. headquarters in Stamford. RBS Citizens is based in Providence, R.I. According to The Wall Street Journal, as RBS controlling stakeholder the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority wants the bank to divest RBS Citizens to refocus the company on the British mar-

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ket. The newspaper reported that RBS has received informal offers in the past for RBS Citizens, but that CEO Stephen Hester has been against selling it. Toronto-based TD Bank Group, which has a major branch presence in Fairfield County, would represent the most likely buyer, according to an analyst cited by The Wall Street Journal.

WWE wants to be in “Next Five” World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. became the first company to publicly lobby for tax incentives under Connecticut’s “Next Five” program, with Stamford-based WWE saying it plans to hire at least 200 people for a TV network it is planning. To date, nine companies have received First Five tax incentives, which are reserved for businesses hiring 200 people or more. WWE stated its “Next Five” aims while defending its record paying Connecticut taxes, after released an internal WWE document that disclosed a recent $4.5 million tax settlement with state auditors covering a five-year period.

Gupta gets two years Former McKinsey & Co. managing director and Westport resident Rajat Gupta received a two-year prison term and a $5 million fine, after being convicted of leaking a tip on Berkshire Hathaway investing in Goldman

Sachs Group Inc. where he was a director. Gupta, 63, was investigated as part of a larger federal probe stemming from an insider-trading ring managed by Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, who received an 11-year sentence. Gupta was not convicted of profiting from any tips he provided and he is appealing his conviction. According to The Wall Street Journal, those expressing support for Gupta included Bill Gates. “His conduct has forever tarnished a once-sterling reputation that took years to cultivate,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, in a prepared statement. “We hope that others who might consider breaking the securities laws will take heed from this sad occasion and choose not to follow in Mr. Gupta’s footsteps.”

Ameristar springs casino details Ameristar Casinos Inc. one-upped the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and Penn National Gaming Inc., unveiling its plan for a $910 million casino in Springfield, Mass. Massachusetts has authorized three casinos within its borders, including one for the western part of the state. Mohegan Sun hopes to expand in Palmer, north of its flagship casino in eastern Connecticut that is among the largest in the western hemi-

sphere. Earlier in October, Penn National unveiled its plan for a Springfield casino that would cost more than $800 million to build. Las Vegas-based Ameristar says its Massachusetts resort would employ 2,300 people, in addition to creating more than 2,000 temporary construction jobs. The company’s plan for Springfield includes a 150,000-square-foot casino featuring 3,300 slot machines and 110 table games, a 500room hotel and a conference center.

Gartner tabs top 10 An “Internet of things” is among Gartner Inc.’s top 10 strategic technologies and trends for the coming year, which the Stamford-based company unveiled as part of its Gartner Symposium/ITexpo underway in Orlando, Fla. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on enterprises within three years, factoring in those that can disrupt a business, require a major investment or otherwise put a company at risk of falling behind. The top 10 include mobile devices and apps; cloud computing, including the “personal cloud;” and an “Internet of things” as more, everyday devices become webenabled.

Starwood gets keys to InTown Suites Starwood Capital Group is acquiring InTown Suites, an extended-stay hotel chain with nearly 140 properties totaling 18,000 rooms, paying $735 million, including the assumption of $617 million in debt. Starwood Capital is based in Greenwich. InTown Suites was founded in 1989 and sold in 2007 to an investment group led by Kimco Realty Corp., which is based in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Decisyon ups round to $15m Decisyon Inc. made official what has become a $10 million round of financing, with another tranche of $5 million to follow in 2013. The Fairfield County Business Journal first reported in early October what Decisyon had disclosed as a $9.5 million round of funding, with the company led by Tom Cowan, a former IBM Corp. executive who later led OutlookSoft Corp. in Stamford before its sale to SAP. Decisyon is now based in Stamford, having previously listed its main U.S. office in California. The company was founded in Italy with software allowing managers to better integrate and analyze disparate sources of information from across the enterprise.

FLAG acquiring HK firm FLAG Capital Management L.L.C. is acquiring Squadron Capital, a Hong Kong private equity investment firm with $1.5 billion in

assets under management. Stamford-based FLAG Capital did not disclose what it paid Search Investment Group for its shares of Squadron Capital. The deal would increase FLAG Capital’s assets under management to more than $6 billion.

Connecticut schools listing average student debt, Yale University graduates at the lowest loan burdens at under $9,300, while graduates of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield faced the biggest sticker shock at more than $44,500 on average.

Study: Conn. graduates in hock

Tauck, Burns

take on Twain, Stowe In Connecticut, graduates of universities and colleges face among the biggest loan burdens Tauck Inc. is expanding its collaboration with in the nation, according to a new study, with Ken Burns to its home state of Connecticut, 2011 graduates’ debt up 5 percent nationally with the filmmaker working with the tour from their 2010 peers. operator to feature the Hartford homes of Connecticut graduates had debt of near- Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe on a ly $27,800 on average, according to the New England tour it offers. David7.375x8.5_Layout 1 7/10/12 8:41 AM Page 1 Institute for College Access & Success. For Norwalk-based Tauck already offers

tours of Civil War sites and U.S. national parks in partnership with Burns. “Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe had a similar goal, at a time when the experience and definition of ‘being an American’ was entirely dictated by the color of one’s skin,” Burns said, in a prepared statement. “These two remarkable individuals asked difficult questions of their country, and we became a better place for it.” When it officially begins operating next spring, Tauck’s “Hidden Gems of New England” tour will mark the first time the 87-year-old company has hosted guests for an overnight stay in Connecticut. – Alexander Soule

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Former Xerox CEO talks work-life balance


er career forced her to put her personal life on hold, but former Xerox Corp. CEO Anne Mulcahy told a group of women at an Oct. 24 event that her work ultimately didn’t stop her from having a family. The hotly debated question of whether or not women can “have it all” was at the crux of the first working women’s luncheon held by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce at the Westport Inn. The chamber plans to make the luncheon an annual event. “No one can have it all,” Mulcahy said. “(But) make no mistake. You can have a serious career and a life. And that life gets defined in a lot of different ways. I call it work and other.” Mulcahy, who has been a resident of Westport and Weston for 30 years, served as CEO of Xerox from 2001 to 2009. Currently she serves as chairwoman of Save the Children, a nonprofit organization serving children around the world in need. “I wanted a career and I wanted a family and I was willing to eliminate just about everything else in life,” Mulcahy

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said. “Hobbies, personal time, social life; it all took a hiatus for a couple decades. It was tough but it’s doable.” At the time Mulcahy took over the document management company, it was “unraveling,” she said. Revenue was on the decline, the company was running out of cash on hand for the first time and competition from Asia was charging less for their products than Xerox spent producing their products, Mulcahy said. “I didn’t actually get promoted, I got drafted into the war,” she said, quoting Warren Buffett.

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By investing in innovation and shifting the company’s focus to services, Mulcahy was able to leave the company in strong financial health after she stepped down as chairwoman and a director of the board in 2010. In addition to Save the Children, Mulcahy also currently serves on the board of directors for Johnson & Johnson, Target Corp. and The Washington Post Co. Speaking passionately about female leadership, Mulcahy noted the high number of women leading nonprofits and prestigious academic institutions. But

with only a couple dozen women currently CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Mulcahy said there was further progress to be made. “Women represent half the talent,” she said. “Last time I looked, 500 CEOs in the Fortune 500, we shouldn’t be satisfied until there’s 250 (female) CEOs in the Fortune 500.” Recalling a speech she made to females at Princeton University, Mulcahy said she knew there will be an abundance of opportunities for young women in the future. But it will be up to them to figure out how to balance working and their lives. “They’re going to fall off the corporate ladder faster than their male counterparts,” she said. “They’re going to struggle.” “The most important thing is to define your priorities,” she added. “Companies don’t do that for you … you want to do that for you.” Since retiring, Mulcahy has worked extensively with Save the Children, which she said was the next logical step in her career. “It’s time to give back,” she said. “It’s what that next life should be – taking all that you’ve learned and finding a mission that fits. (Then) spending your time, hopefully, making a difference.”

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Dealing with VUCA in business I heard someone use the term VUCA when talking about management and leadership. What does VUCA mean? How can it apply to helping run a successful business? Thoughts of the Day: Let’s start with defining VUCA, where it comes from and then get around to how it relates to management and charting a path for success in business. VUCA is an acronym: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. It comes from the U.S. military, the Army War College. The term is relevant to the business world as well. In today’s world, conditions change quickly, in unpredictable ways, with myriad impacts that aren’t clear as to how they’ll play out. In other words, VUCA. Learning to deal well with VUCA can result in a paradox: Be prepared by learning to live with not being prepared. In a stable, constant world, it is possible to prepare through static examples: if “a” happens, we do “b;” if “c” happens, we do “d.” When

the world becomes volatile, those who can think their way through ambiguity without getting lost in the complexity of information or hung up on uncertainty, win the game. Winners are more likely to be those who can craft a flexible strategy and constantly adjust tactics – and who recognize that sometimes it pays to be lucky. The survivors must quickly get moving, set their eye on the horizon and take steps to figure out a new game plan. What does that mean for management? It means educating your workforce. It’s about teaching people how to take action, which is more than memorizing what to do next. And for many business owners, stuck in the command and control of “do it because I told you to,” that means significant, personal behavior changes. Owners must learn to step back and allow their employees to practice dealing with uncertainty. Instead of giving people answers, ask them what they would do and encourage them to take chances. By experimenting with options and learning to make corrections, individuals build skill and confidence. Over time they learn that they can handle more complex situations without relying on some-

one else to tell them what to do. Owners must let go of control and instead look for ways to involve employees in situations that are ambiguous. Teach employees that it is okay not to have all the answers. Help employees to hone their judgment skills, while teaching them to take action even when they’re not clear about how things will come out. Find the leaders in your group of employees. Encourage them to test their skills at building confidence in the people who work with them. Develop a matrix environment, where no one relies on just one person to lead or take action. Build team decision-making and action-taking skills, such that a group can function effectively even when there are multiple opinions for how to proceed. Expose your company to VUCA. Help your people to trust what they learn from experience while also growing their ability to embrace change and try new things. Encourage risk taking – within limits – and help people develop critical thinking skills. Be sure to embed ethics in everything you teach and do. Stress can tend to bring out the

worst in all of us. Teach your people about the importance of integrity. Help everyone who works for you to build a strong, positive character to sustain themselves in difficult times. Keep in mind that unstable conditions often result in breakthrough opportunities. Instead of putting your head down trying to solve today’s problems, look up and anticipate what the world will need tomorrow. Involve employees, customers and suppliers in brainstorming sessions about the future. Teach everyone around you to see the world as full of opportunity. Looking for a good book? Try “If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st Century Leaders” by Doug Moran. Andi Gray is president of Strategy Leaders Inc.,, a business consulting firm that specializes in helping entrepreneurial firms grow. She can be reached by phone at 877-238-3535. Do you have a question for Andi? Please send it to her, via email at or by mail to Andi Gray, Strategy Leaders Inc., 5 Crossways, Chappaqua, NY 10514. Visit for an entire library of Ask Andi articles.

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Islanders’ Bridgeport affiliate thrives as NHL lockout persists



ith no end in sight to the lockout between the National Hockey League Players’ Association and franchise owners, there will be no Islanders hockey at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this November. However, the lockout hasn’t stopped the team’s lower-division affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and the rest of the American Hockey League (AHL) from dropping the puck on what league executives expect to be a banner season. The lockout hasn’t affected the AHL schedule, and in its Oct. 13 home opener the Bridgeport Sound Tigers set a record for opening-night attendance, said team president Howard Saffan. “We had our largest opening night ever,” Saffan said. “My gut reaction is that one, in light of the economy we’re very affordable so our business has gone up precipitously, and two, there are some hockey-starved people out there who are buying tickets.” The Sound Tigers experienced a 17.7 percent surge in attendance during the 20112012 regular season, giving the team the fourth-highest attendance increase among the AHL’s 30 teams. The team, which is a subsidiary of the Islanders franchise and is owned by Charles Wang, averaged nearly 5,000 fans per game last year, representing the second-highest average attendance in Sound Tigers history behind the 2004-2005 season, which coincided with a work stoppage in the NHL that forced the cancellation of the entire season.

In March 2011, Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment L.L.C., a subsidiary of the Sound Tigers, purchased the operating agreement of Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena, where the Sound Tigers and the Fairfield University men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. Since taking over the management of the arena, the franchise has worked to signifi-

(Naugatuck River) Valley into Bridgeport that wouldn’t ordinarily come here.” Aside from hockey and basketball games, upcoming events include concerts by Rush, Neil Young, Wiz Khalifa and The Boston Pops, and shows hosted by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) and by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. Saffan attributed the Sound Tigers’ success to the high level of play in the AHL and to the team’s proximity to New York City, Westchester County and even Long Island via the Port Jefferson Ferry. “The AHL is the second-best hockey league in the world … it may not be the NHL but on the ice you may be seeing 15 players who will get to the next level,” Saffan said, adding that more than 90 percent of the current NHL players debuted in the AHL. While the NHL lockout might boost attendance at the league’s AHL affiliates in the short term, Saffan said any prolonged labor action isn’t good for hockey. “It’s not healthy for the game,” he said, noting that without NHL games being broadcast on television and on the radio, “Hockey doesn’t come to mind.” Nino Niederreiter. Photograph by Christopher Pasatieri, The NHL is currently in the midst of its courtesy of Bridgeport Sound Tigers. fourth prolonged work stoppage since the cantly increase and diversify the attractions 1991-1992 season. 115144 it brings in on an annual basis, Saffan said. The league recently canceled all games “We purchased the operating agreement through Nov. 30, with published reports of the arena approximately 18 months ago stating that the total loss in hockey-related and we’ve gone from 90-plus events to 140- revenues through the end of November plus events,” he said. “So the answer is yes,4.25"would be $720 million. we’re a very strong economic motivator in “So overall, although we may see a little the area. We bring people from Westchester, tick up for us, it’s just not healthy,” Saffan Fairfield County, New Haven County, the said.

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Norwalk startup dubbed i1 Biometrics has stealthily begun raising venture capital funding, as it develops sensors, wireless systems and software to spot concussions in athletes or soldiers. As it may soon find out, the venture capital markets remain a headache in Connecticut and beyond. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) tracked 11 venture capital deals in Connecticut in the third quarter totaling $24.2 million, compared to 10 in the second quarter for $16.6 million. However, this year’s third quarter totals came in lower than a year earlier, when venture capitalists did 12 deals totaling $46.4 million. Venture capitalists continue to show “steady interest” and investment in emerging companies in Connecticut, according to Owen Davis, a partner in PwC’s Connecticut private equity and venture capital practice in Stamford. However, PwC, which tracks venture capital spending on its MoneyTree report, said the 2012 total is unlikely to match that of 2011. “The decline in funding for seed (and) early-stage companies is firmly in place,” said Tracy Lefteroff, global managing partner of the venture capital practice at PwC, in a written statement. “We’re seeing fewer new venture funds being raised, which means less capital is available for new investments. And we’re seeing venture capitalists be very cautious with the capital that is available due to the lack of a significant number of liquidity events. Instead, venture capitalists are continuing to support the companies already in their portfolio.” Under Lawrence Calcano, i1 Biometrics is developing a system to spot concussions. Calcano previously was CEO and remains chairman of Bite Tech, a Norwalk company designing high-tech mouthpieces for athletes that has been testing an “impact intelligence system” giving coaches and trainers data on how hard of a hit athletes will sustain. The Connecticut Technology Council did not include Bite Tech or i1 Biometrics among its 75 “tech companies to watch” with potential for fast growth in the near future, including nearly 20 in Fairfield County. Those businesses will participate in the sixth annual Innovation Summit scheduled for early November in New Haven. The Crossroads Venture Group is co-hosting the event sponsored by Cantor Colburn, Dickstein Shapiro, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and First Niagara Bank, among others. Startups were selected from throughout the Northeast, with Fairfield County “companies to watch” including: • Brain Parade, eBrevia, Milnaa and

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Relevance Partners in Stamford; Budderfly and Logic Technology in Shelton; Buses2, Electric Truck and Harvest NRG, and SURFACExchange in Greenwich; in Danbury; deets, LiveLobby and SecureRF in Westport; Local Yokel Media in New Canaan; MedAdherence and MediaCrossing in Norwalk; Solar Change in Bridgeport; and

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TCR and WHA Entertainment in Weston. Meanwhile, with an initial investment of $5 million, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy formally launched Connecticut’s new “Innovation Ecosystem,” with the Stamford Innovation Center already an early hub in the startup program as detailed in an Aug. 7 article (“The Socratic method”) in the Fairfield County Business Journal. Hartford, New Haven and Storrs will host additional Connecticut Innovation Ecosystem hubs, which like the Stamford Innovation Center


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Conference Centers

Conference Centers

Ranked by square footage of meeting rooms. Listed alphabetically in event of tie. Name, address, phone number Area code: 203 (unless otherwise noted) Website

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Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center 1 First Stamford Place, Stamford 06902 967-2222 •

The Heritage Hotel 522 Heritage Road, Southbury 06488 (800) 932-3466 •

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa 243 Tresser Blvd., Stamford 06901 977-1217 •


Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel


Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale


Sheraton Stamford


Amber Room Colonnade


Water's Edge Resort and Spa


Ethan Allen Hotel


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18 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury 06810 794-0600 • 155 Temple St., New Haven 06510 772-6664 • 700 E. Main St., Stamford 06901 358-8400 • 1 Stacey Road, Junction Route 37, Danbury 06811 748-3800 • 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook 06498 (860) 399-5901 • 21 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury 06811 (800) 742-1776 • 275 Summer St., Stamford 06901 358-8822 •


Holiday Inn Bridgeport Trumbull Fairfield


Courtyard by Marriott


Interlaken Inn


Nathan Hale Inn


Avon Old Farms Hotel

1070 Main St., Bridgeport 06604 334-1234 • 780 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton 06484 929-1500 • 74 Interlaken Road, Lakeville 06039 (800) 222-2909 • 855 Bolton Road, Storrs 06269 (860) 427-7888 • 279 Avon Mountain Road, Avon 06001 (860) 677-1651 •

Maron Hotel and Suites 42 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury 06811 791-2200 •


Holiday Inn Danbury


Delamar Greenwich Harbor


Hilton Garden Inn Norwalk

80 Newton Road, Danbury 06810 792-4000 • 500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich 06830 661-9800 • 560 Main Ave., Norwalk 06851 523-4000 •

Hyatt House 830 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton 06484 225-0700 •


Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford


Four Points by Sheraton


Hampton Inn Shelton - Trumbull

6905 Main St., Stratford 06614 377-3322 • 426 Main Ave., Norwalk 06851 849-9828 • 695 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton 06484 925-5900 •

Year hotel established

Number of meeting rooms

Number of guest rooms

Number of restaurants

Amenities and guest services

Total square footage of meeting areas

Guest suites


30 45,000

484 10


Swimming pool and heated whirlpool, high-speed Internet access, audiovisual capabilities, climate-controlled tent/pavilion for outdoor events, Senses Restaurant & Lounge, fitness facility by Precor, business center, local shuttle service, tennis courts, valet parking


25 25,000

163 5


Health club, indoor and outdoor pools, golf, tennis, spa, game room, business center, conference center


26 25,000

500 6


Full-service hotel featuring a newly renovated lobby, restaurant, health club and indoor/outdoor pool, located across the street from the Stamford Town Center mall with more than 110 stores and restaurants,


19 23,000

242 2


Fusion Café, JAYS (a contemporary restaurant and lounge), newly renovated guest rooms featuring exclusive Sleep Advantage Program, 37" flat-screen televisions and IPod docking stations


22 22,000

306 7


Concierge service, state-of-the-art fitness center, same-day dry cleaning, 24-hour business center and in-room dining, complimentary turndown services upon request, full-service JoBella Salon & Spa, Wi-Fi, fitness center


16 20,000

379 3


379 updated guestrooms featuring Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bedding, Link@Sheraton business center with Link Café, newly expanded Sheraton fitness center programmed by Core Performance, complimentary local office shuttles, private on-site covered parking


4 13,000

0 2


Full-service corporate conference and meeting center, event production and audiovisual support available, business lunch and corporate meetings, conferences, holiday parties


10 12,000

168 14


Full-service spa, valet parking, indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, fitness center, tennis courts, private beach, room service, coffee shop, gift shop


15 10,000

193 6


Conveniently located at exit 4 off I-84, rooms feature Ethan Allen bedding and décor, Keurig coffee maker in all guestrooms, free Wi-Fi access, business center, complimentary USA Today delivered Monday through Friday, daily dry cleaning service and 24-hour in-house guest laundry and gift shop, Fairfield's Restaurant and Lounge, room service daily until 10 p.m.


2 9,000

115 10


Convenient location in downtown Stamford, surrounded by more than 70 restaurants and lounges; small boutique hotel with classical ambiance


8 7,483

209 5


Full-service restaurant and lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi and hard-wired Internet in all guest rooms, 24-hour laundry machines, indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool, 24-hour fitness and business centers


9 6,200

161 12


Conveniently located off Route 8 and within proximity to Interstate 95


6 5,500

86 8


Full-service conference staff, dedicated meeting space, on-site team-building programs, all audio video equipment included in meeting package, free high-speed Wi-Fi, complete meeting package available with accommodations for 5 to 125 people


5 5,400

98 NA


Full-service hotel, pool, hot tub and workout facility, home to The Blue Oak Restaurant and True Blue Tavern


6 5,000

157 2


Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and meeting space, continental breakfast and on-site parking; fitness center and sauna, outdoor pool and snack bar, hotel bar


5 5,000

87 64


Full-service hotel located across from Western Connecticut State University, Ives Concert Park, O'Neill Center, Candlewood Lake and Ridgefield Playhouse; VIVO! Bar & Grill located on-site for all restaurant and catering needs, provided by executive chef Larry Baccoli, indoor parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, USA Today, fitness center, business center


5 2,880

114 11


Complimentary Wi-Fi, business center, fitness center, outdoor pool, on-site guest laundry, evening room service, restaurant, bar and lounge


3 2,400

82 8


Waterfront meeting rooms with private terraces, Elemis spa, complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary shuttle within a three-mile radius, complimentary weekend harbor cruises, 500-foot private dock space


4 1,500

170 0


Wired and wireless Internet, secure printing to business center, 24-hour gym, indoor pool and whirlpool, Great American Grill & Bar serving breakfast, dinner and room service seven days a week, refrigerator and 32-inch TV in room, meeting space to accommodate up to 120 attendees, complimentary shuttle service to area restaurants


2 1,500

94 33


Spacious suites and guestrooms featuring full kitchens, indoor pool and whirlpool, complimentary breakfast with made-to-order omelets


2 1,375

135 (all suites)


Complimentary Suite Start breakfast seven days a week, complimentary Welcome Home reception Monday through Thursday, indoor pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, HDTV, flat-screen TVs, complimentary business center and Wi-Fi


2 1,008

127 6


Complimentary wireless Internet and bottled water, exercise facility, full-service restaurant and lounge, room service, executive level


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SPECIAL REPORT Advertising & Marketing

Ad spending swells as campaigns hit home stretch BY PATRICK GALLAGHER


n what has become a quadrennial economic stimulus, Connecticut candidates for office spent millions of dollars during the 2012 campaign on office spaces and supplies, meals, mailings, hotel rooms, train tickets, salaries, taxes, flowers and even wine and liquor. As the campaigns geared up for the home stretch, however, the latter items represented just a fraction of the total expenditures, with the overwhelming majority of all dollars going toward advertising and media services. The Democratic and Republican candidates in the race for Connecticut’s open Senate seat and in the state’s five congressional races reported a combined $23.5 million in expenditures from July through the end of September. The data were based on the candidates’ October Quarterly filings, which spanned the period from either July 1 to Sept. 30 or July 26 to Sept. 30. Of those expenditures, more than $17.25 million, or 73 percent, went toward television, radio, online and print media advertisements, advertisements placed at events and various venues, media and communications consulting ser-

vices, and media production services. While candidates spend large sums of money getting their campaign operations up and running, from renting out office spaces and buying office supplies to erecting signs and fliers, “The big nut is media spending,” said Kevin McEvoy, professor of marketing at the University of Connecticut School of Business in Stamford. “Those other things subtly add up, but it’s not something that’s automatically noticeable,” McEvoy said. “The big thing that is noticeable is the spending that goes into the media.” The race for the seat being vacated by long-time Sen. Joe Lieberman, who began his run in Washington as a Democrat but eventually switched his affiliation to Independent, has generated the most activity. Between July 26 and Sept. 30, Republican nominee Linda McMahon totaled nearly $12.8 million in advertising and ad-related spending and Democratic nominee and current U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy totaled more than $2.3 million in advertising and ad-related spending. “That’s blowing away previous spending for one particular seat,” McEvoy said. He said the Senate race has likely generated more buzz because there is no incumbent running,

with Lieberman retiring. “It’s considered a high-stakes race because there’s no incumbent and the incumbent we did have is a swing vote,” McEvoy said. “So both parties are intensely interested in being able to own that seat, to take it out of the swing vote category and put it deeper into their own caucus.” In Connecticut’s fourth congressional district, which covers most of Fairfield County, Republican nominee Steve Obsitnik doubled the advertising spending of incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Himes from July 1 to Sept. 30. Himes, a Greenwich Democrat, spent more than $235,000 for the October Quarterly period, while Obsitnik, a Westport businessman, spent nearly $528,000. The spending patterns of Connecticut’s 10 major-party congressional candidates differed significantly from those of the state’s Senate candidates. The bulk of the advertising dollars spent by Murphy and McMahon went toward television ad purchases provided by firms such as Media Strategies & Research, with offices in Denver and Fairfax, Va.; Struble Eichenbaum Communications, based in Washington D.C.; Mentzer Spending, page 23


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From Barbie to Barteca



y father always taught me to be a go-getter,” said Ria Rueda, marketing director of the Norwalk-based Barteca Restaurant Group, which owns and operates the popular Barcelona Wine Bar and Bartaco restaurants throughout Connecticut and New York, and most recently, Atlanta. Over the course of her career, Rueda has represented the likes of Dom Perignon, DeBeers, Salvatore Ferragamo and Clinique; served as a national spokesperson for Mattel Inc.’s Barbie dolls; and worked alongside Katie Couric as part of a national effort benefiting the National Colorectal Cancer Research Association. The “go-getter” mentality led Rueda from a sales position with the Ritz-Carlton just outside Washington, D.C. to a major role with one of the top marketing firms in Los Angeles and ultimately to Norwalk, where she took a chance on Barteca, and Barteca took a chance on her by creating a marketing position specifically tailored to Rueda’s skills and experiences. Rueda called her present role her dream job. “There are not a lot of restaurant groups here that have PR people,” she said. “It’s not like New York or L.A. because they’re smaller so they can’t afford somebody, and trust me, it’s not like they were banging on my door saying, ‘We’ll pay you whatever.’” While this position marks her introduction to the sometimes-brutal restaurant industry, Rueda, an admitted “foodie,” is passionate about the stylish sensibility and big-market ambition behind the Barteca group. That’s something she picked up over the last 20 years through her cross-country high-stakes career representing global luxury brands, making national television appearances and teaming up with the likes of Katie Couric. “Each job took me to a different level,” Rueda says, adding, “I feel like I’ve gone full circle, so when I got my job here, the stars aligned.” Initially, the New Canaan resident had no idea what to expect when she approached Barteca Restaurant Group CEO Andy Pforzheimer and Creative Director Sasa Mahr-Batuz to discuss a role within the company. Ultimately though, her father’s advice paid off and a key inhouse position was created for Rueda. Today, Rueda keeps busy with trips from Barteca’s small South Norwalk corporate office to meetings at the often filled-to-

capacity Barcelona Wine Bars and Bartacos in South Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich, New Haven, Fairfield, West Harford, Port Chester, N.Y., and Atlanta, while the company eyes at least three new openings this year. Barteca Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of Barteca Holdings L.L.C., has announced plans to open locations in Washington, D.C., Boston and closer to home in Westport.

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“The one thing that Sasa and Andy always want to stay true to is that they want it to be a neighborhood restaurant,” Rueda says. “You want to be able to cozy up at the bar, talk to Thalia, our bartender, and she knows exactly what you’re going to order or can introduce you to new things. And that’s the beauty of the restaurant philosophy and that’s what we want to maintain.” Rueda notes that Barteca doesn’t hire agencies, host media dinners (“I get why they exist, but I personally would rather bring people in one-on-one”) or advertise in local publications (“the press will come”), but they do read comment cards “like the Bible,” she assures. “The biggest excitement in my job,” Rueda says, “is keeping my restaurants that have been around for a long time still on the radar. That really invigorates my creative juices because when you’re new, everyone comes to you, but when you’ve been around for a while, you’ve got to work at that.”



hile it’s rare for a business to not have a website or at least a couple of social media accounts, for companies that do, the problem is whether customers are able to find them. There are 644 million active websites on the Internet, according to recent estimates. If your website isn’t applying search engine optimization (SEO) best practices, it’s likely no one will find it through a simple Google search, said Joel Burger, president of J3 Web Marketing, based in Fairfield. Addressing a room of small business owners at a SCORE workshop held in Wilton, Burger said there are many things people can do to improve their Google search rankings. “The internet is a level playing field,” Burger said. “It is within your control to affect your rankings.” SCORE is a nonprofit consulting service for small business owners, established by Congress in 1964. The national organization has 389 chapters, including a Fairfield County chapter based in Norwalk. Google ranks what web pages appear in its search results based on an algorithm that primarily determines relevance and credibility. It’s important to rank as high as possible – in other words, on the first page of search engine results – as most people don’t go past the second page of results. Burger said. Instead, they’ll choose new keywords or search terms. On the front end – what’s visible to anyone surfing the web, such as a website’s home page – business owners can tailor their website’s content to display specific keywords users might search. Burger suggests businesses choose two to three keywords to focus on, and they can put those keywords inside headers, text, in boldface, and elsewhere on their website and social media sites. For example, Burger said, on his website he uses the phrase “integrated web marketing” in hopes that users search for those terms. Google has a free service, Google AdWords, that offers keyword suggestions for site owners as well, Burger said. On the back end, which refers to the portion of a website that contains coding and dictates what web users are able to see when they access the particular site, Burger suggests installing SEO software that asks the website owner for additional keywords, tags and descriptions that can then be used by search engines. Burger said he uses the free website provider WordPress to manage his site and an

SOS? Not with SEO SEO software plug-in developed by Yoast. Besides keywords, Google also ranks its search results based on a site’s credibility. Google rewards websites that regularly have new content on it and when other websites, especially popular ones, link to the website as an authority on any given subject. If no one is linking to your site, Burger suggested commenting on blogs and participating in forums where you can post your site’s URL,

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or directly contacting websites to make a case for why they should link to your site. “The more visibility you have online the more people will be driven to your website,” Burger said. “Once they’re on your site, you have a prospective customer.” Though small business owner Cathy Paine gets most of her customers through inperson presentations, she said she still thinks it’s important to have a strong web presence.

“If there is anyone looking for me, I need them to do be able to find me,” she said. Paine’s company, Norwalk-based Integrated Movement Learning, helps clients improve their flexibility, posture and coordination through a specific study of movement. “But what I want is the right traffic,” Paine said. “It’s not about the numbers, it’s about attracting the right people who want me and need me.”

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Lessons from the Motor City



airfield County should be more like Detroit. So say the pioneers behind the implementation of the Connecticut Creative Corridor (C3), part of a national grassroots effort that seeks to promote local art, advertising and marketing communities. Led by the Fairfield County Communications Association, C3’s mission is to rebrand Fairfield County as a hotbed of creative talent to make it easier to attract top talent and clients. Currently, it’s not uncommon for large Connecticut companies to outsource their marketing or advertising to firms to New

York. C3 wants them to be looking in their backyards instead. Local advertising and marketing professionals comprising the C3 initiative held a forum Oct. 22 at the Stamford Innovation Center to discuss ways the group could model itself and the Fairfield County region after its Detroit counterpart. C3 hopes for advertising and marketing agencies within Fairfield County to work toward creating a town hall environment that would facilitate collaboration and create development and educational opportunities. “It’s not all about big business and old money,” said Luke Scott, a C3 pioneer. “It’s about educating the next generation … and changing the freakin’ way.”

Since unveiling its strategic plan in June, C3 has been reaching out to its counterparts around the country, including one in Detroit, in hopes of sharing best practices within the industry. The next steps for C3 include structuring its identity, finalizing its business plan, developing its web presence and kicking off fundraising efforts, said Scott, who also is the creative director at Westport-based Madison Mott Inc. Bethany Betzler, associate director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center and keynote speaker at the Oct. 22 forum, said the Detroit initiative aims to accelerate small business growth, attract larger firms, advance local talent and create a collaborative community. “(It’s) a grassroots creative movement

to bring Detroit back to the glory days,” Betzler said. Roughly 4,000 people are a part of the corridor initiative in Detroit. Since launching, the group has established a creative ventures incubation program that offers new businesses mentoring opportunities and other resources, and has successfully convinced a major San Francisco-based creative agency to move its Troy, Mich. office to Detroit.

“It’s not all about big business and old money. It’s about educating the next generation … and changing the freakin’ way.”

­— Luke Scott, a C3 pioneer.

The Innovators Series A Gathering of Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Variations on a theme – Your Elevator Speech is You The Innovators is a monthly networking event hosted by the University of Bridgeport to bring entrepreneurs and creative minds together. Come learn how local entrepreneurs went from a raw idea to new products and growing businesses. Network with others and get help with what you are working on. Wednesday, November 14, 2012


5:30 pm to 6:30 pm — Wine and Cheese 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm — Program and Q&A 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm — Networking

Douglas Campbell — “The One Minute Pitch” Debbie Fay — “Be Speak Presentations” Chet Latin — “Your Elevator Speech”

The Innovators series will be held at the Schelfhaudt Art Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center at 84 Iranistan Ave. There is no fee but please RSVP to or 203-576-4696.

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More than 10,000 people attended the Detroit Creative Corridor Center’s Detroit Design Festival in 2011, which attracted the attention of many national media outlets. With the help of its efforts, the creative sector in Detroit added more than 200 jobs and eight new firms in 2011. Betzler said the Detroit Creative Corridor Center sees the motor city as the center of creative innovation globally, but added that not everyone shares that view. Detroit has “obvious” social problems such as high rates of homelessness, unemployment and crime. But, Betzler said, the creative community can play a vital role in the city’s revitalization by offering creative solutions that market the city in a more positive light and by spurring the creation of more jobs within the marketing and advertising industries. “We can’t hide the fact there are problems,” Betzler said, saying she’s thankful for the strong art, design and music scenes. Without the same social problems as Detroit and with its easy access to New York City, Betzler said she was jealous of Fairfield County. Building off of the county’s strengths, Scott said it’s an exciting time to be in Connecticut. “We’re writing our own story,” Scott said. “I think it’s a great opportunity.”

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Media Services Inc., based in Towson, Md.; and Harris Media L.L.C., based in Austin, Texas. While several of the 10 Congressional candidates paid firms based in the Washington, D.C. and New York City areas to purchase ad slots on their behalf, many of the candidates also bought ad space directly from Connecticut publications and local television and radio stations and used Connecticut-based firms such as Capitol Report Media Group L.L.C., based in East Haddam, and Creative Content Marketing L.L.C., based in Wilton. “In the state of Connecticut, the biggest impact you’re going to see is in the local media,” McEvoy said. “There’s really not a question of whether the election cycle pumps money into the economy … it does a lot for the local economy.” Nationally, the presidential campaigns, including the various political action committees (PACs) and super PACs that support each candidate, have each raised well over $1 billion dollars. Between April 11 and Oct. 30, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s cam-

Advertising spending vs. total spending, July through September Candidate Linda McMahon* Chris Murphy* Elizabeth Esty* Steve Obsitnik Joe Courtney Jim Himes Andrew Roraback* John Larsen John Decker Rosa DeLauro Wayne Winsley Paul Formica*

Party R D D R D D R D R D R R


Ad Spending

Senate Senate Congress (D-5) Congress (D-4) Congress (D-2) Congress (D-4) Congress (D-5) Congress (D-1) Congress (D-1) Congress (D-3) Congress (D-3) Congress (D-2)

$12,769,200 $2,322,300 $796,800 $527,700 $373,300 $235,300 $138,200 $75,400 $11,300 $1,000 $1,000 $0

Total Spending $16,547,700 $3,113,300 $1,159,500 $761,000 $518,500 $513,500 $387,100 $347,900 $24,000 $66,800 $21,900 $42,700

Source: Federal Election Commission October Quarterly campaign filings. *Denotes candidates whose October Quarterly filing included expenditures from July 26 through Sept. 30 rather than July 1 through Sept. 30.

paign and its supporters spent a total of $386 million on television advertisements – 91 percent of them negative, according to data compiled by Kantar Media for The Washington Post. During that same period, President Obama’s campaign and groups supporting it spent $347 million on TV ads, of which 85 percent were negative. The candidates and their supporters con-

centrated the bulk of their ad dollars in a dozen or so key swing states, including Florida, where Democrats and Republicans combined to spend $147 million from April 11 to Oct. 30; Virginia, where they spent $131 million; and Ohio, where they spent $128 million. “For the more local elections, the spending won’t be $2 billion – it’s $15 million and a lot of that spending is going to be here” and to firms in Connecticut, McEvoy said.


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FACES & PLACES In honor of the CFO award nominees TD Bank recently hosted a reception at its Westport branch in celebration of the forthcoming 2012 Fairfield County CFO Award ceremony, which it is cosponsoring with McGladrey and the Fairfield County Business Journal. Tropical Storm Sandy put a damper on the award event, which was to have taken place Thursday Nov. 1. (As of this printing a new date had not been set.) The CFO award is a first for Fairfield County and it is anticipated it will become an annual program. Eleven of the 12 CFO nominees, three of the four judges, sponsor officials and guests attended the elegant reception honoring the nominees – three of whom will be announced as the winners and receive their awards at the re-scheduled event to be held at JHouse in Greenwich. 1. Shannon Legere of TD Bank, Allen Morton, dean of the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University, and Amy Fischer of McGladrey. 2. Michael LaBella, TD Bank market president for Connecticut, and Jerry Landau of McGladrey. 3. Peter Gioia, vice president and economist of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. 4. Dave Greco of McGladrey, and Bill Creaser of TD Bank. 5. Brian Feidt of Five Star Products, and Kevin Kearney of BroadReach Partners Inc., both CFO nominees. 6. K. Oni Chukwu of Triple Point Technology, a nominee. 7. Jeffrey Gulbin of Finacity. 8. Tony Ceci, McGladrey Connecticut managing partner, and Maureen Hanlon-Bellito of TD Bank. 9. Kevin Patti of Penske Automotive Group, a nominee. 10. Jonathan Soares of Amber Room Colonnade with Michael Marcinek of Fletcher Thompson, a nominee. 11. Patrick McCabe of the Bridgeport Hospital-Yale New Haven Health System, a nominee. 12. Douglass Polistena of Amber Room Colonnade, a nominee. 13. Brian Feidt of Five Star Products, a nominee. 14. Scott Fabricant of Precision Resource Inc., a nominee. 15. Tom Santa, president and CEO of Santa Energy Corp.

















The Greenwich Art Society at 100 Founded in 1912, the Greenwich Art Society (G.A.S.) is celebrating its centennial year. Our founders included many distinguished artists and art patrons. Our first president was Edward Clark Potter, sculptor of the lions that sit in front of the New York Public Library. Early members were Leonard Ochtman, Elmer MacRae, George Wharton Edwards, J. Alden Twachtman, and others associated with the Cos Cob School and the American Impressionist movement. Exhibitions were held in the hilltop house donated to the town by Robert M. Bruce when it became the Bruce Museum. In 1928, the prestigious Annual Members’ Exhibition moved to the art gallery of the Greenwich Library. We are looking forward to our next 100 years, but we realize for the arts to stay vital in our current economy, the arts organizations in lower Fairfield County need to collaborate with one another to cross-promote our various offerings and programs. We all offer our communities something unique. Today the Studio School at G.A.S. holds classes for all skill levels –in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Our school specializes in small classes with emphasis placed on individualized instruction. All classes (save those en plein air) take place in our fully equipped teaching studio on the third floor of the Senior/Arts Center on Greenwich Avenue. We hold classes year-round, and they are scheduled in mornings, afternoons and evenings every day except Sundays and holidays. G.A.S. is also very excited to be starting an Outreach Program this fall for children from the Bridgeport school system. The program is being spearheaded by Mary Newcomb, award-winning artist and co-vice president of classes at the G.A.S. The children will complete an art project that integrates art and musical history, including live performances by noted musicians. We also have a gallery on the second floor of the Arts Center for changing exhibitions of works by members, faculty, students and other selected artists. We present annual juried exhibitions in the Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Council, the Flinn Gallery of the Greenwich Library and at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich. For more information, visit our website at

FCBUZZ the new canaan historical society sees red (but in a Good way) She’s been the subject of artworks – including a William Wegman Weimaraner series – cultural studies, movies and now an exhibit. “Seeing Red: Little Red Riding Hood Visits the New Canaan Historical Society” (through Jan. 27) features the collection of Peggy Rice, who has spent 50 years in the thrall of the crimson one. (She’s the author of “The Peggy Rice Collection of Little Red Riding Hoods, II.”) Visiting the exhibit gives you a chance to be Red as you follow the path through town and into the shadowy woods to grandmother’s cottage. Along the way, you’ll spot advertisements, paintings, film memorabilia, household items, toys and other objects that reflect on the depth of the collection. The Historical Society, a privately supported nonprofit, will also present a series of exhibit-related programs. A Little Red Riding Hood puppet show will take place Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. as part of the Society’s Holiday Open House. The Town Players of New Canaan will present “Little Red Riding Hood – The Panto” Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 14,15, 16 at the Powerhouse Theatre at Waveny Park. Finally, there is a special event featuring a live wolf, “The Wolves of North America,” at 3 p.m. Jan. 12.

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Wedgwood Little Red Riding Hood service plate, circa 1890, from the collection of Peggy Rice.

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“Veti Dikata # 12,” a 15-by15-inch collage and thread by Diane Pollack of Fairfield, is part of the Holiday Exhibition at ArtPlace, the organization’s first in its new home – which it shares with the Fairfield Theatre Company. Pollack says she was inspired by the quilts made by Congo women to create this work, whose title means “The mind plays the pattern strongly.”

Art/Place, one of the oldest nonprofit cooperative associations in Connecticut, will feature small works of art, attractively priced for holiday giving, in its annual Holiday Exhibition. It’s the organization’s first show in the new gallery at 70 Sanford St., Fairfield, an address shared with the Fairfield Theater Company. “Artful Giving,” which includes paintings, prints, drawings and mixed media, continues through Dec. 22. There’s a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 and a “Meet the Artists Afternoon” from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Says John Reid, producing artistic director of the Fairfield Theatre Company: “We are very pleased to be able

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to share our space with Art/Place and are truly excited to see the arts flourishing right here in downtown Fairfield.” Diane Pollack of Fairfield and Florence Zolan of Bridgeport, are cochairwomen of Art/Place. Members include Phyllis Clamage of Stratford, Dave Pressler of Shelton, Carol Cole, and Elisa Khachian of Fairfield, Toby Michael and Mary Elizabeth Peterson of Westport, Barbara Bernstein and Susanne Keany of Weston, Cate Leach of Darien, Sandra Meagher of Rowayton, Mary Louise Long of Stamford and Martha Reinken of Greenwich. Artist membership applications are available from Sandra Meagher at For further information, call (646) 258-6912 or visit

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Green, Robert, contractor for Sikorsky Aircraft. Construct an unloading pad at an existing commercial building, 6900 Main St., Stratford. Estimated cost: $300,000. Filed Oct. 23.

Astrum Solar Inc., Annapolis, Md., contractor for Wendy S. and Patrick L. Lien. Install solar panels at an existing single-family residence, 429 Riverside Drive, Fairfield. Estimated cost: $8,250. Filed Oct. 16.

Nazzardo, Jamie, Stratford Executive Park. Perform alterations to an NEW BUSINESSES existing commercial building for This week’s electronic Records Teavana, 600 Long Beach Blvd., Section contains 20 more new Stratford. Estimated cost: $10,000. businesses on westfaironline. Filed Oct. 23.

Belanger, John R. Perform external renovations at an existing single-family residence, 15 Golden Hill St., Bethel. Estimated cost: $2,500. Filed Oct. 17.

Haven, contractor for Sikorsky Aircraft. Install engineering building underpass, 6900 Main St., Stratford. Estimated cost: $1 million. Filed Oct. 24.

contractor for Sara Cammarota. Lay foundation for a new singlefamily residence, 17 Nutmeg Lane, Stratford. Estimated cost: $225,000. Filed Oct. 12.

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Commercial AP Construction Co., Stamford, contractor for ESP Wexford II L.L.C. Perform additions and alterations at an existing commercial building, 2 Pine St., New Canaan. Estimated cost: $1 million. Filed Oct. 12. Giange-Le, contractor for Maria and Pat Stallano. Perform alterations to an existing commercial building for tenant, 867 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford. Amount: $3,000. Filed Oct. 23.

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Bethel Danbury Two L.L.C., White Plains. Construct a new single-family residence, 7 HopAnthony Tomas Builders L.L.C., kins Court, Bethel. Estimated cost: Norwalk, contractor for Elizabeth $211,044. Filed Oct. 16. and Peter M. Goman. Construct a new single-family residence, 13 Elm Place, New Canaan. Estimated cost: Bethel Danbury Two L.L.C., White Plains, N.Y.. Construct a new $842,000. Filed Oct. 17. single-family residence, 8 Hopkins Court, Bethel. Estimated cost: Apple Siders L.L.C., New Mil- $211,131. Filed Oct. 16. ford, contractor for Stephanie and Michael Galetzki. Perform external renovations at an existing Blackwatch Inc., Westport, single-family residence, 34 Ridge- contractor for Elizabeth M. Mcdale Road, Bethel. Estimated cost: Namara. Perform additions and alterations at an existing single$8,500. Filed Oct. 16. family building, 501 Mine Hill Road, Fairfield. Estimated cost: Astrum Solar Inc., Annapolis, $210,000. Filed Oct. 17. Md., contractor for Sharon and Lawrence K. Kaley. Install solar panels at an existing single-family Bowen, William. Re-roof an existresidence, 1162 Jennings Road, ing single-family residence, 36 Alice Fairfield. Estimated cost: $6,674. Terrace, Stratford. Estimated cost: $5,000. Filed Oct. 23. Filed Oct. 16.

C&D Contractors L.L.C., Norwalk, contractor for Michael D.Veno. Re-roof an existing single-family residence, 19 Quaker Ridge Road, Bethel. Estimated cost: $4,100. Filed Oct. 19.

Dobson, Brian. Lay foundation for a new single-family residence, 6 River Bend Lane, Sherman. Estimated cost: $25,000. Filed Oct. 23.

Greenwich Realty Development, Greenwich, contractor for Devon and Michael Pastor. Perform additions and alterations at an existing single-family building, 90 Five Mile River Road, Darien. Estimated cost: $750,000. Filed Oct. 17.

Dugas, Thomas. Perform alterations to an existing single-family Chimney’s Plus, Bethel, contrac- residence, 156A Apache Lane, tor for Mary S. and Francis Com- Stratford. Estimated cost: $7,200. Hertz Construction, Nashville, Tenn., contractor for Sue and er. Perform additions and altera- Filed Oct. 23. Chris McGoldrick. Perform renotions at an existing single-family vations at an existing single-fambuilding, 20 Quaker Ridge Road, Bethel. Estimated cost: $12,500. Dupray, Justin. Perform external ily residence, 3 Bittersweet Lane, renovations at an existing single- Darien. Estimated cost: $65,000. Filed Oct. 19. family residence, 713 Broad St., Filed Oct. 12. Stratford. Estimated cost: $3,000. Cider Hill Construction, Wil- Filed Oct. 23. Huss, Cecilia. Perform alteraton, contractor for Margaret and tions to an existing single-family Richard T. Carratu. Perform alterations to an existing single-family Early, Diane and Brian. Perform residence, 62 Middlesex Road, residence, 174 Indian Waters Drive, renovations at an existing single- Darien. Estimated cost: $8,000. New Canaan. Estimated cost: family residence, 130 Gina Circle, Filed Oct. 17. Stratford. Estimated cost: $5,500. $63,000. Filed Oct. 10. Filed Oct. 23. Innovative Reno and Design L.L.C., Wilton, contractor for Sheri Combis, Lee, contractor for Ken Fiveson. Perform alterations to an Edwin Home Improvement, B. Dean and Tanya A. Bickley. Perexisting single-family residence, Stamford, contractor for Caroline form additions to a single-family 27 Edgerton St., Darien. Estimated Hess. Re-roof an existing single- residence, 249 Old Stamford Road, family residence, 67 Swanson Ave., New Canaan. Estimated cost: cost: $28,000. Filed Oct. 18. Stratford. Estimated cost: $42,000. $2,000. Filed Oct. 9. Filed Oct. 24. Construction Management Group James Balasz Construction Inc., L.L.C., New Canaan, contractor for Michelle R. Hubbard, trustee. Per- Ener-G Tech, Stratford, contrac- Westport, contractor for 777 Comform alterations at an existing two- tor for James Conway. Perform merce Drive L.L.C., Perform renofamily residence, 123 Richmond Hill external renovations at an existing vations at an existing single-family Road, New Canaan. Estimated cost: single-family residence, 299 Wil- residence, 777 Commerce Drive, brook Road, Stratford. Estimated Fairfield. Estimated cost: $155,000. $210,000. Filed Oct. 22. cost: $13,300. Filed Oct. 23. Filed Oct. 15. Daley Construction Co. Inc., Westport, contractor for Amy E. and Morgan J. Michael. Perform additions and alterations at an existing single-family building, 219 Figlar Ave., Fairfield. Estimated cost: $12,000. Filed Oct. 12.

Dempsey, Mark. Re-roof an existing single-family residence, 262 Astrum Solar Inc., Annapolis, Brian & Bryan Construction Co. Ryegate Terrace, Stratford. EstimatMd., contractor for Corina and Inc., Redding, contractor for Ca- ed cost: $3,200. Filed Oct. 23. Thomas D. Havard. Install solar mille Protano. Perform alterations panels at an existing single-family in an existing condominium unit, residence, 224 Tuckahoe Lane, Fair- 17 Nature View Trail, Bethel. Esti- Dennis Vlohakis Construction, field. Estimated cost: $8,642. Filed mated cost: $25,000. Filed Oct. 15. Stamford, contractor for Margaret E. Ettinger. Perform alterations to Oct. 16. an existing single-family residence, Butler, Michael, contractor for 89 Hickock Road, New Canaan. Michael Kedersha. Perform altera- Estimated cost: $ 1.1 million. Filed tions and renovations at an existing Oct. 22. single-family residence, 55 Oyster Road, Fairfield. Estimated cost: $35,000. Filed Oct. 15.

Epply, Kent. Add a two-story addition to an existing single-family residence, 6 Contentment Island, Darien. Estimated cost: $700,000. Filed Oct. 15. Evanko, Edward, contractor for DJ’s Roofing. Perform external renovations at an existing singlefamily residence, 22 Allen St., Stratford. Estimated cost: $6,200. Filed Oct. 23. Gaines Construction Co. Inc., Fairfield, contractor for Maura W. and Matthew McCarthy. Perform additions and alterations at an existing single-family building, 25 Holiday Road, Fairfield. Estimated cost: $70,000. Filed Oct. 15.

Kuehn Building and Remodeling L.L.C., Danbury, contractor for Martha A. and John K. Wieber. Perform additions to a single-family residence, 144 Logan Road, New Canaan. Estimated cost: $415,000. Filed Oct. 10. L.A. Barnaby & Sons, Bridgeport, contractor for Fred Deasman, Reroof an existing single-family residence, 205 Bulmer St., Stratford. Estimated cost: $6,000. Filed Oct. 23. LCP Construction Management L.L.C., Fairfield. contractor for Barbara and Bruce Pollock. Re-roof an existing single-family residence, 130 Ferncliff Road, Fairfield. Estimated cost: $6,000. Filed Oct. 17.

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on the record Lecla L.L.C., Danbury, contractor for Jacek Stryjewski. Re-roof an existing single-family residence, 126 Rockwell Road, Bethel. Estimated cost: $3,200. Filed Oct. 15.

New England Skyline Builders, Wilton, contractor for Michele E. and Benjamin P. Ogribene. Perform additions to a single-family residence, 38 Harrison Ave., New Canaan. Estimated cost: $290,000. Filed Oct. 10.

Leopold, Kristen M. and William F. Perform alterations to an existing single-family residence, 333 Cedar New Ridge, Darien, contractor Lane, New Canaan. Estimated cost: for Mr. Mustafi. Perform additions and alterations at an existing $106,000. Filed Oct. 19. single-family building, 49 Huckleberry Lane, Darien. Estimated Cost: Lucido, Ronald, contractor for $192,000. Filed Oct. 17. Chris Shea. Perform external renovations at an existing single-family residence, 178 Prospect Drive, Power, Declan, contractor for Stratford. Estimated cost: $13,500. Brent Bodick. Perform additions and alterations at an existing sinFiled Oct. 23. gle-family building, 43 Lake Drive, Darien. Estimated Cost: $200,000. M&J Construction, Moorhead, Filed Oct. 16. Minn., contractor for Robyn A. Hoffman. Perform additions and alterations at an existing single- Pro Star Builders, contractor for family building, 19 Sand Hill Road, Keith Nelson. Perform interior Bethel. Estimated cost: $25,700. renovations and add a two-story addition to an existing singleFiled Oct. 22. family residence, 116 Floral Way, Stratford. Estimated cost: $25,000. MARC Shay Construction, Filed Oct. 23. Southbury, contractor for Jake Hendrickson. Perform additions and alterations at an existing sin- R&M Custom Contractors gle-family building, 577 Middle- L.L.C., contractor for Kristen and sex Road, Darien. Estimated Cost: Brett M. Belavender. Lay foundation for a new single-family resi$25,000. Filed Oct. 18. dence, 88 Home Fair Drive, Fairfield. Estimated cost: $300,000. Marter, Melissa and Richard. Per- Filed Oct. 17. form additions and alterations at an existing single-family building, 105 Canary Place, Stratford. Estimated Reinhold, Victoria. Construct a new single-family residence, 14 cost: $25,000. Filed Oct. 23. Chapel Hill Road, Sherman. Estimated cost: $150,000. Filed Oct. 23. McMorris, Carol. Perform additions and alterations at an existing single-family building, 99 High- Rockwell Edwin T. contractor for field Road, Wilton. Estimated cost: Carole A. Caprio. Re-roof an existing single-family residence, 88 Hoyt $25,000. Filed Oct. 12. Hill, Bethel. Estimated cost: $3,500. Filed Oct. 17. Mojick, Pandora and Greg. Perform additions and alterations at an existing single-family building, Rocky Richter Home Improve140 Spoonwood Road, Wilton. Es- ment L.L.C., West Redding, contimated cost: $20,000. Filed Oct. 12. tractor for Wooster Street Equities L.L.C. Perform external renovations at an existing single-family resiMontero, Alexander, contractor dence, 64 Wooster St., Bethel. Estifor Wayne Rollins. Perform external mated cost: $21,480. Filed Oct. 18. repair at an existing single-family residence, 425 Harding Ave., Stratford. Estimated cost: $17,000. Filed Royal, Carol. Re-roof an existing single-family residence, 70 Route Oct. 23. 55 West, Sherman. Estimated cost: $8,000. Filed Oct. 23. MR Remodeling, Bethel, contractor for TARAPSA L.L.C. Perform renovations at an existing single- Ryan, John, contractor for Michael family residence, 107-110 Green- Buono. Perform external renovawood Ave., Bethel. Estimated cost: tions at an existing single-family residence, 403A Montauk Lane, $25,000. Filed Oct. 22. Stratford. Estimated cost: $7,500. Filed Oct. 23.

S & G Solutions, Milford, contractor for Eric Giloli. Re-roof an existing single-family residence, 232 West Ave., Darien. Estimated cost: $8,000. Filed Oct. 17. Shay Homes, Darien. Lay a foundation for a new single-family residence, 569 Middlesex Road, Darien. Estimated cost: $50,000. Filed Oct. 17. SSM Builders, Trumbull, contractor for Jackie Carroll. Perform interior and exterior renovations at an existing single-family residence, 23 Alvord St., Stratford. Estimated cost: $30,000. Filed Oct. 23. Stonebridge Builders L.L.C., Monroe, contractor for Alejandra J. and Patrick Conroy. Perform additions to a single-family residence, 34 Gower Road, New Canaan. Estimated cost: $8,000. Filed Oct. 10. Sullivan, Peter L./East Brook Construction Co. Inc., Stamford. Construct a new single-family residence, 40 Country Way, Bethel. Estimated cost: $300,000. Filed Oct. 12. Tenk, Gary. Perform external renovations at an existing singlefamily residence, 280 Henry St., Stratford. Estimated cost: $25,000. Filed Oct. 23.

Drinks Americas Inc., et al., Wilton. Filed by Federal Insurance Co., Warren, N.J. Plaintiff’s attorney: Janine M. Becker, Bridgeport. Action: The plaintiff issued a package insurance policy to the defendant, which the defendant had failed to Veno, Michael D. Perform reno- pay; as a result the insurance policy vations at an existing single-fam- has been cancelled. The plaintiff ily residence, 19 Oak Ridge Road, seeks monetary damages in excess Bethel. Estimated cost: $31,000. of $14,999. Filed Oct. 15. Case no. Filed Oct. 18. 6030876. Toll CT II Limited Partnership, Danbury. Construct a retaining wall at an existing single-family residence, 2 Briar Ridge Drive, Bethel. Estimated cost: $4,400. Filed Oct. 18.

VMW Painting Service L.L.C., Stamford, contractor for Gloria B. and Edward W. Flanagan. Construct an accessory building at a single-family residence, 41 Proprietors Circle, New Canaan. Estimated cost: $50,000. Filed Oct. 9.

Ente’s Bootery Inc., Bridgeport. Filed by Fairfield Woods Plaza L.L.C., Fairfield. Plaintiff’s attorney: Stephan B. Grozinger, Weston. Action: The plaintiff brings this action to recover damages in connection with a breach by defendant of obligations under a lease of comWeiss, Deborah. Perform external mercial real estate. The defendant renovations at an existing single- has failed to pay rent in addition family residence, 318 Spruce St., to operating expenses and taxes asStratford. Estimated cost: $15,280. sociated with the building, which have been in default, totaling apFiled Oct. 23. proximately $23,055. Filed Oct. 22. Case no. 6031043. Williams, Tim, Newtown, contractor for Gregg Feldman., Perform additions and alterations at International Wine Merchants an existing single-family building, L.L.C., Newtown. Filed by CIT 7 Wilton Hills, Wilton. Estimated Small Business Lending Corp., Livingston, N.J. Plaintiff’s attorney: cost: $5,000. Filed Oct. 12. Jane W. Arnone, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff holds a promissory Zavada, Michael J. and Helen M. note, which is payable by the defenPerform additions to a single-fami- dant and on which it has defaulted. ly residence, 268 Shelter Rock Road, The plaintiff claims real propFairfield. Estimated cost: $5,000. erty for monetary damages. Filed Filed Oct. 16. Oct. 22. Case no. 6031056.

THD at Home Services Inc., Atlanta, Ga., contractor for Richard R. Change of Freedman. Perform external renoOwnership vations at an existing single-family residence, 50 Whites Hill Lane, Fairfield. Estimated cost: $2,184. Redding Roosters. Change of Filed Oct. 12. ownership restaurant license, 81 Greenwood Ave., Bethel. Estimated cost: not available. Filed Oct. 17. THD at Home Services Inc., Atlanta, Ga., contractor for Stephen C. Tsorvas. Perform external renoCourt Cases vations at an existing single-family residence, 58 Cummings Ave., Fairfield. Estimated cost: $2,184. Filed Oct. 12. THD at Home Services Inc., Atlanta, Ga., contractor for Sharon and Michael J. Daly. Perform external renovations at an existing single-family residence, 171 Edgewood Road, Fairfield. Estimated cost: $2,639. Filed Oct. 12. THD at Home Services Inc., Atlanta, Ga., contractor for Andrea and Shaun Fletcher. Perform external renovations at an existing single-family residence, 1167 Merritt St., Fairfield. Estimated cost: $9,705. Filed Oct. 12.

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P&G Home Improvement L.L.C., Fairfield. Filed by Community Association Underwriters of America Inc., Newtown, Pa. Plaintiff’s attorney: Stuart G. Balckburn, Windsor Locks. Action: The plaintiff, a duly appointed insurance agent, contracted with the defendant to do work on the insured property. The improvements that were made by the defendant caused water damages requiring the plaintiff to pay $100,000 to its insured for the repair and replacement of certain real property. The plaintiff demands monetary damages from the defendant. Filed Oct. 22. Case no. Budget Oil Company, et al., East 6031017. Haven. Filed by Inland Fuel Terminals Inc., Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Joel Z. Green, Bridgeport. PK Pub L.L.C., Fairfield. Filed by Action: The plaintiff and defendant Wayne E. Marsh, Shelton., Plainentered into a written agreement in tiff’s attorney: Ronald D. Williams which the plaintiff agreed to sell to Jr., Trumbull. Action: The plaintiff the defendant fuel on an open ac- sustained injuries while being recount. The plaintiff delivered the moved from the premises of the goods and is waiting for payment defendant. The plaintiff demands from the estate of the defendant, monetary damages in excess of and demands monetary damages $15,000. Filed Oct. 22. Case no. in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct. 16. 6031042. Case no. 6030885.

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Tippecanoe Canine Center L.L.C., et al., Norwalk. Filed by Cynthia Pascale, Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: Joseph P. Friedler, New Haven. Action: The plaintiff was caused to ingest high levels of carbon monoxide as a result of the negligence of the defendant, which failed to keep the premises in a safe and secure condition. The plaintiff demands monetary damages in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct. 15. Case no. 6030875.

Danbury Superior Court Board of Education of the town of Newtown et al., Newtown. Filed by MTM Transportation Inc., Waterbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: William J. Sweeney Jr., New Britain. Action: The plaintiff alleges a breach of contract by the defendant as it was awarded a transportation contract and performed extensive upgrades to its fleet in order to meet the defendant’s requirements, but the defendant entered into a separate agreement with another busing company, which replaced all the plaintiff’s school routes. The plaintiff has been financially damaged due to the actions of the defendant and demands monetary damages in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct. 19. Case no. 6010756. Centerplan Development Co., et al., Middletown. Filed by Thomas Capozziello, Newtown. Plaintiff’s attorney: Peter Rotatori III, Southbury. Action: The plaintiff alleges to have been caused to fall into an excavation trench in which he has sustained serious injuries and loss time from work. The plaintiff demands monetary damages in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct. 18. Case no. 6010750. R&F Danbury L.L.C., Liverpool, N.Y. Filed by Susan Raymond, Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Joseph G. Walsh, Danbury. Action: The plaintiff was a pedestrian who was caused to slip and fall on ice, which has caused her pain and suffering. The defendant has failed to keep the premises in a safe and secure condition for its patrons. The plaintiff demands monetary damages in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct. 23. Case no. 6010768.

on the record Credits, Clients and Awards St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport has received a five-star rating for coronary interventional procedures for the second year in a row by Healthgrades, a provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield has announced its bachelor’s degree in finance and investment management program has been approved by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute to participate in its university recognition program. To earn this acceptance, the program had to incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA program candidate body of knowledge and emphasize the CFA Institute code of ethics and standards of practice within the program.

“Keeping Customers,” 6 to 8:30 p.m., Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, 99 East Ave., Norwalk. For information, call 866-2521.

Thursday Nov. 8 Ladies Who Launch meeting featuring Cathy Kangas, international beauty brand CEO 6 to 8 p.m., Lyn Evans Potpourri, 103 Elm St., New Canaan. To register, visit kmcshane@ or call 803-9591.


Matt Spinolo, executive vice president for global client services at Cartus Corp. in Danbury, was named chairman of the WorldSaturday Nov. 10 wide ERC Board of Directors. He begins his one-year term with “Series Budget Planning Using Excel,” 1:15 to 3 p.m., Computer Granoff Architects in Greenwich has announced the ap- Worldwide ERC, a workforce mobility association, Jan. 1. Lab at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield. To pointment of two new staff members. register, visit or call 256-3160. Lauren Kushner joined the firm as a junior interior designer. Kushner holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Angela Raimondo joined the firm as a senior interior designer. Raimondo held previous positions at Perkins Eastman Wednesday Nov. 7 Architects and Esposito Design Associates, both in Stamford.  Fairfield University Charles F. Dolan, School of Business “Graduate Information Success,” 6 to 7:30 p.m., 1073 N. Benson Sylvie T. Hangen has been appointed director of financial Road, Fairfield. For information, visit aid for the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Most recently, Hangen served as director of student financial assistance systems and programs at Sacred Heart University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University. The Hudson Valley Hospital Center 52nd annual ball “A Halloween Masquerade” at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, attracted more than 500 guests. The event, which featured cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction, grossed $400,000 for the hospital’s R. Randolph Hatch of Wilton has joined Relyea Zuckerberg “Building on Excellence” campaign. Hanson L.L.C., a Stamford-based wealth planning and investment management firm, as director of strategic development. Most recently he was senior vice president and private client advisor with U.S. Trust in Westport, Stamford and Greenwich.

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Linda Kuppersmith, a CMIT Solutions partner based in Stamford, has been recognized with a Women of the Channel award by CRN magazine. The designation is given to outstanding women in the information technology industry. Kuppersmith has received this award for the past three years. She founded CMIT Solutions in 2005. Laxmi Parmeswar of north Stamford has been appointed executive director of the Human Services Council. Laxmi has more than 20 years of experience in social service organizations and educational institutions throughout the U.S. and India. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Emporia State University, Kansas, and a master’s degree in applied psychology from the University of Bombay, India.

From left, Debbie Neuendorf, vice president, administration; physicians of the NYU Langone Hudson Valley Cardiology Group: Glenn Hamroff, Howard Tarkin, Patrick Thomas, Craig Hametz, Richard Becker and Allan Slater; former New York state Gov. George Pataki; Kathy Webster, vice president patient services; John Federspiel, hospital president; Nancy and Jim Witt; Jeane Costella, vice president, human resources; and Edward B. MacDonald Jr., chairman of the hospital board.

Two Roads Brewing Co., a craft brewery in the transformed, historic U.S. Baird manufacturing facility, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Gov. Dannel Malloy, Stratford Mayor John Harkins, Stratford legislators, a representative from the office of U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, local dignitaries and officials from state agencies that helped fund the project were on hand to officially congratulate the Two Roads Brewing Co. owners.

Ted Randolph, an investment funds lawyer, has joined Wiggin and Dana as a partner to lead the firm’s new hedge fund and investment management practice group. He joins Wiggin and Dana from HSBC, after serving seven years as senior vice president and associate general counsel for HSBC Securities Inc. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from West Virginia University.

From left, Stratford Mayor John Harkins, Peter Doering of Two Roads Brewery, and state Sen. Kevin Kelly.

Lisa Scrofani of Derby has been appointed web writer and editor at Quinnipiac University. Most recently, Scrofani was the development associate at The Boys & Girls Village in Milford. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in public relations from Quinnipiac.

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on the record Top Flight Gymnastics Center Inc., et al., Brookfield. Filed by Savings Bank of Danbury, Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Christopher G. Winans, Danbury. Action: The plaintiff claims that the defendant owes $175,000, which is due on a promissory note and has defaulted on the repayment terms. The plaintiff demands monetary damages in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct. 16. Case no. 6010717.

Stamford Superior Court 19 Sterling Drive Development, L.L.C., et al., Westport. Filed by FYC L.L.C., Ridgefield. Plaintiff’s attorney: Glenn E. Coe, Hartford. Action: The plaintiff bought real property in Westport, which was built in 1930 and consisted of approximately 1,388 square feet of living area, for the purchase price of $807,500. The plaintiff filed an application to demolish the existing house and build a new house on the site. It was denied and the plaintiff demands the right to develop the property. Filed Oct. 17. Case no. 6015862. 74 Clapboard Hill L.L.P., Bronxville, N.Y. Filed by Michael Levin, et al., Stamford. Plaintiff’s attorney: John A. Cassone, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff entered into a written contract for the sale and purchase of residential property, on which the defendant had agreed to construct a new home. The plaintiff paid certain pre-construction fees to the defendant, but despite good faith efforts the plaintiff and defendant could not agree on certain plans and specifications. The plaintiff demands monetary damages in excess of $15,500. Filed Oct. 16. Case no. 6015819. Bill’s Service of Stamford Inc., Stamford. Filed by First Insurance Funding Corp., Northbrook, Ill. Plaintiff’s attorney: Bonnie D. Kumiega, Somers, N.Y. The plaintiff entered into a commercial premium finance agreement whereby it agreed to finance for the purchase of commercial insurance. The defendant has defaulted on making payments in accordance with the terms and conditions of the commercial premium finance agreement. The plaintiff demands and requests a judgment for monetary damages in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct. 17. Case no. 6015867.

Citibank N.A., Sioux Falls, S.D. Filed by Evgeniy Ardemasov Sr., Greenwich. Plaintiff’s attorney: Albert Feinstein, New York City. Action: This action seeks to recover damages resulting from Citi’s negligence and tortuous interference with a business relationship as it knowingly instructed Greenwich Ban to cancel the plaintiff’s revolving construction credit. As a result of the defendant’s actions, the plaintiff has suffered substantial direct and consequential material loss, and demands monetary damages in excess of $1 million. Filed Oct. 18. Case no. 6015892.

McInerney, James S. d.b.a. JV Mac Construction, Norwalk. Filed by Cach L.L.C., Denver, Col. Plaintiff’s attorney: Joseph M.Tobin, New Haven. Action: The plaintiff holds the right, title and interest of a credit account held by the defendant. The plaintiff demands a reasonable order of payments be made by the defendant. Filed Oct. 17. Case no. 6015836.

MJM Stone Supply of Stamford Inc., Stamford. Filed by ESSROC Cement Corp., Nazareth, Pa. Plaintiff’s attorney: Bonnie D. Kumiega, Somers, N.Y. Action: The plaintiff sold and delivered goods to the Fairlawn Variety L.L.C., Stamford. defendant on an open account. Filed by Core-mark Midcontinent The defendant has failed to settle Inc., Whitinsville, Mass. Plaintiff’s the balance of the account to the attorneys: Stephen P. Brown and value of $59,160.86. The defendant Andrea C. Sisca, Stamford. Action: is negligent of a breach of conThe plaintiff delivered goods to the tract and unjust enrichment. Filed plaintiff and has failed to tender Oct. 19. Case no. 6015899. funds to satisfy the outstanding balance of $5,751.22. The plaintiff demands a judgment against the de- Resnick, Dr. Lonnie, Norwalk. fendant of the outstanding balance. Filed by Allison Parker, Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: Richard H. Filed Oct. 19. Case no. 6015893. Raphael, Westport. Action: The plaintiff was in the care of the deGreenwich Boys and Girls’ Club fendant for foot problems, which Associated Inc., Greenwich. Filed were caused to become worse reby Hugo Partu, et al., Greenwich. sulting in surgery. The defendant Plaintiff’s attorney: David J. Baker, appears to be negligent in its failure East Haven. Action: The plaintiff’s to exercise a degree of care and skill son was a day camper on the prem- that is ordinarily utilized by podiaises when he was caused to collide trists conducting and caring of the with a bolt in the fence surround- foot. The plaintiff seeks monetary ing the property causing injuries, damages in excess of $15,000. Filed which may be permanent in nature. Oct. 23. Case no. 6015921. The plaintiff demands monetary damages in excess of $15,000. Filed Stew Leonard’s Holdings L.L.C., Oct. 19. Case no. 6015894. Norwalk. Filed by Sven Olsen, et al., New Canaan. Plaintiff’s attorInterlink Group Corporation ney: Nancy Aldrich, Westport. AcU.S.A. Inc., et al., Englewood tion: The plaintiff alleges that a sign Cliffs, N.J. Filed by American hanging inside the store suddenly Trade and Financial Corp., et al., broke and struck the plaintiff on the New Canaan. Plaintiff’s attorney: head, causing injuries. The plainRichard Slavin and Ari J. Hoffman, tiff demands monetary damages Bridgeport. Action: The plaintiff in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct.18. and defendant had joined in a busi- Case no. 6015891. ness venture of shipping broilerhatching eggs to Russia and other countries in the commonwealth of independent states, and to share in the profits equally buy each would be responsible for its own costs. The defendant has failed to split the profits equally and has caused the plaintiff to suffer damages as a result of the breach of contract. The plaintiff demands monetary damages in excess of $15,000. Filed Oct. 16. Case no 6015820.

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U.S. District Court Innovcase L.L.C., California. Filed by SCS Direct Inc., Stratford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Ari J. Hoffman, Bridgeport. Action: The plaintiff is claiming an infringement injunction on Sipping Stones and has learned that the defendant is now selling a virtually identical product and is using the same name. The plaintiff demands a permanent injunction against the defendant and payment for damages suffered as a result of the infringement. Filed Oct. 23. Case no. 12cv01511.

Schmitt-Sussman Enterprises Inc., et al., Orange. Filed by Pamela Alvino. Plaintiff’s attorney: Eric M. Desmond, Woodbridge. Action: The plaintiff claims that her employer has discriminated against her based on her gender and age, as she has not received the same benefits or authority that a male employee would have received. The plaintiff demands monetary damages and a trial by jury. Filed Oct. 19. Case no. 12cv01499.

Alesio, Phyllis and Mark A., New Milford. Seller: Janice L. Lovalo, Brookfield. Property: 31 Rollingwood Drive, Unit 2F, Brookfield. Amount: $112,000. Filed Oct. 15. Arvoy, Kimberly, Stratford. Seller: Laura Cardea, Woodbridge. Property: 18 Miranda Lane, Stratford. Amount: $170,500. Filed Oct. 17.

Barlow, Erin K. and Lucas J., Danbury. Seller: Deborah and Ultra Salon, Cosmetics & Fra- Richard D. Moss, Oakridge, Tenn., grance Inc., Bollingbrook, Ill. Filed 22 Hearthstone Drive, Bethel. by Tara Sagliano. Plaintiff’s attorney: Amount: $335,000. Filed Oct. 9. James V. Sabatini, Newington. Action: The plaintiff claims an unlaw- Belubekian, Maya E. and Leful discrimination of her civil rights von S. Kazarian, Greenwich. C&A Marketing Inc. Filed by SCS as the employee’s employment was Seller: David L. Hoffman, StamDirect Inc., Stratford. Plaintiff’s atterminated as a result of her preg- ford. Property: 25 Skyridge Road, torney: Ari J. Hoffman, Bridgeport. nancy. The plaintiff demands mon- Greenwich. Amount: $2.8 million. Action: The plaintiff is claiming an etary damages and a trial by jury. Filed Oct. 16. infringement injunction on True Filed Oct. 22. Case no. 12cv01503. on the Rocks taste and has learned that the defendant is now selling a Bianchi, Nicole and Douglas virtually identical product and is Richard Shore, Rio de Janeiro, using the same name. This action is Brazil. Seller: Melissa Parker. PropDeeds a federal trademark infringement, erty: 4 Marilane Road, Westport. false designation of origin and unAmount: $1.2 million. Filed Oct. 9. fair competition. The plaintiff demands a trial by jury and monetary damages. Filed Oct. 23. Case no. Bloom, Maxine and Daniel G. 12cv01512. Able Construction Inc., Norwalk. Roberts, Parkland, Fla. Seller: RobSeller: Linda Seay, Westport. Prop- ert S. Builione, Westport. Property: erty: 8 HuntingLane, Westport. 8 Abbotts Lane, Westport. Amount: Cox Media Group Connecticut. $1.2 million. Filed Oct. 16. Amount: $415,000. Filed Oct. 9. Filed by Gloria Powers. Plaintiff’s attorney: William S. Palmieri, New Haven. Action: The plaintiff alleges CPP 6 Meadowbank Road L.L.C., Bolinsky, Elizabeth and John age discrimination and a retaliation Stamford. Seller: Celeste Beaver, Gafney, Ridgefield. Seller: Dietter of her complaints. The plaintiff Greenwich. Property: 6 Meadow- Properties L.L.C., Brookfield. Propclaims a violation of Connecticut bank Road, Greenwich. Amount: erty: 10 Eagle Rock Hill, Bethel. Fair Employment Practices Act and $1.3 million. Filed Oct. 17. Amount: $660,000. Filed Oct. 19. demands compensatory damages and a trial by jury. Filed Oct. 22. Element 75 William L.L.C., Brelsford, Rachel A. and Richard Case no. 12cv015110. Greenwich. Seller: 75 William Street W. Jr., Stratford. Seller: Kristin and L.L.C., Greenwich. Property: 75 Geoffrey Shafer, Westport. PropSam’s East Inc., Bentonville, Ark. William St., Greenwich. Amount: erty: 5 Brookside Park, Westport. Filed by Jay St. Clair. Plaintiff’s at- $975,000. Filed Oct. 15. Amount: $515,000. Filed Oct. 19. torney: James V. Sabatini, Newington. Action: The plaintiff was denied reasonable accommodations Emerald City Dreams Investment Bull, Peggy R. and Sherman M., for his disability alleging the defen- L.L.C. Seller: JPMorgan Chase Bank New Canaan. Seller: Margaret dant’s negligence regarding his dis- N.A., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 67 S. and Robert M. Salmon, Vero ability and its interference with the Swanson Ave., Stratford. Amount: Beach, Fla. Property: 177 South Ave., Garage Unit 37, New Canaan. plaintiff’s employment privilege $108,200. Filed Oct. 18. Amount: $17,000. Filed Oct. 12. based on his disability. The plaintiff demands monetary damages and a trial by jury. Filed Oct. 22. Case no. Campbell, Kathleen A. and 12cv01502. William C. Reed, New Canaan. 2 Buena Vista L.L.C., Westport. Seller: Margaret S. and Robert M. Seller: Rebeccca A. Willis, West- Salmon, Vero Beach, Fla. Propport. Property: 2 Buena Vista Drive, erty: 177 South Ave., Unit 7, New Westport. Amount: $1.2 million. Canaan. Amount: $1.1 million. Filed Oct. 11. Filed Oct. 16.



Acevedo, Margie E. and Jose M. Montalvo, Stratford. Seller: Elaine Glovna, Bridgeport. Property: 124 Mary Ave., Stratford. Amount: $98,750. Filed Oct. 17.

CARISYL L.L.C. Seller: Kevin O’Connell, New York City. Property: 10 Cricket Lane, Weston. Amount: $66,664. Filed Oct. 15.

on the record Diorio, Jennifer M. and Jeffrey R., Mahopac, N.Y., Susan B. and David E. Lyon, Newtown. 5 Silver City Lane, Newtown. Amount: $425,000. Filed Oct. 11.

Gordon, Erin B. and John, Chicago, Ill. Seller: 9 Good Hill Road L.L.C., Ridgefield. Property: 182 Old Silo Road, Ridgefield. Amount: $513,000. Filed Oct. 12.

Kontogiannis, Vasilios, Redding. Seller: estate of Veronica DiFranco, Ridgefield. Property: 4 Peaceable St., Redding. Amount: $355,000. Filed Oct. 11.

Elken, Heather A. and Karl H. Seller: U.S Bank N.A., trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah. Property: 13 Obtuse Road, Newtown. Amount: $230,000. Filed Oct. 17.

Hatvani, Izabela and Levente, Stamford. Seller: Linda Scott Artis, Wilton. Property: 82 Village Court, Wilton. Amount: $500,000. Filed Oct. 8.

Kumar, Akshit and Pragati Soni, Stamford. Seller: Luciano LopezMay, Greenwich. Property: 39 Cross Lane, Greenwich. Amount: $960,000. Filed Oct. 16.

Farris, Mary C. and Nolan M., Stamford. Seller: Bernadine S. Claffey, Rebecca and Charles B. Stebbins, Redding. Property: Seller: Christa and John McNa- 129 Hickok Road, New Canaan. mara, Darien. Property: 181 Leroy Amount: $1.115 million. Filed Ave., Darien. Amount: $2.1 million. Oct. 4. Filed Oct. 11.

Hobbs, Victoria and Thomas S. Jr., Gray, Maine. Seller: Sharon L. Herman, Stratford. Property: 90 Knollwood Drive, Stratford. Amount: $265,500. Filed Oct. 10.

Carr, Lindsey S. and Andrew S., Darien. Seller: Edward W. and Barret M. Gargano, Darien. Property: 74 Middlesex Road, Darien. Amount: $1.3 million. Filed Oct. 15. Cederholm, Lucy and Carl, Brooklyn, N.Y. Seller: Eloise N. Grabowski, Stratford and Walter A. Dobosz, Westport. Property: 251 Riverdale Drive, Stratford. Amount: $280,000. Filed Oct. 10.

Fradette, James P. Seller: CiClements, Kathleen Henry, tiMortgage Inc., O’Fallon, Mo. Greenwich. Seller: Carolyn Hunt Property: 110 Morning Dew Lane, Anderson and Stephen B. Hunt, Stratford. Amount: $215,000. Filed Greenwich. Property: 101 Lewis Oct. 9. St., Unit A, Greenwich. Amount: $1.1million. Filed Oct. 15. Friedman, Drew, Weston. Seller: Janine M. and Clifford H. Peek, Cohen, Kate and David Murstein, Weston. Property: 5 Old Mill Road, New York City. Seller: Wormser 43 Weston. Amount: $1.1 million. North L.L.C., Westport. Property: Filed Oct. 10. 43 North Ave., Westport. Amount: $1.6 million. Filed Oct. 17. Fuscaldo, Alana, Norwalk. Seller: Mark Ames, Westport. Property: Corna, Rebecca H., Brookfield. 27 Guyer Road, Westport. Amount: Seller: John E. Rayner, Brook- $445,000. Filed Oct. 9. field. Property: 1 Clearview Drive, Brookfield. Amount: $240,000. Futterman, Aleema and Joe, Filed Oct. 12. Stamford. Seller: Laurie Wright, Westport. Property: 27 Mayflower D’Amico, Kim P., Newtown. Seller: Parkway, Westport. Amount: $1.5 Diana M. Thrall and Rose L. Fogel- million. Filed Oct. 12. man. Property: 27 West St., Newtown. Amount: $215,000. Filed Gary, Elizabeth C. and Robert Oct. 12. K., Weston. Seller: Frank Loiewski, Weston. Property: 28 Georgetown Davis, Ellen P. and Brian F. Road, Weston. Amount: $92,500. Dreyer, Westport. Seller: Mer- Filed Oct. 10. edith G. Hampton, Westport. Property: 8 Edgemarth Hill Road, Westport. Amount: $1.5 million. Gianukakis, Lori B. and John P., Darien. Seller: Reilly Builders Filed Oct. 12. L.L.C., Darien. Property: 36 Stanton Road, Darien. Amount: $2.2 Diamond, Dayna, New York City. million. Filed Oct. 11. Seller: Lisa Joy and Daniel P. Tyler, Weston. Property: 70 Kettle Creek Road, Weston. Amount: $760,000. Gilman, Laurie A. and William P. Martorelli. Seller: Kathryn Filed Oct. 12. Thomas. Property: 12 Cedar Road, Westport. Amount: $540,000. Filed Diaz, Josefina G., Stratford. Seller: Oct. 19. Lorraine D. Papa and Louise M. Norrell, 925 Longbrook Ave., Unit 206, Stratford. Amount: $80,000. Filed Oct. 10.

Mizzell, Victoria and Henry G., Brookfield. Seller: Rebecca H. and Mark A. Corna, Brookfield. Property: 8 Hillside Court, Brookfield. Amount: $315,000. Filed Oct. 10.

Simington, Robert K., et al. Creditor: Deutsche Bank National Trust, trustee, Los Angeles, Calif. Property: 20 Brinsmayd Ave., Stratford. Mortgage default. Filed Oct. 11.

Morgan, Elizabeth and Duane, New York City. Seller: Carla Lisa Judgments Giansanti, Darien. Property: 11 William St., Darien. Amount: $812,500. Filed Oct. 10. Adams, Mary L., Weston. $2,629.30 in favor of Target NationLakshimi, Vijaya and Raghuveer Nangia, Pratha and Kunal Sing- al Bank, Minneapolis, Minn., by Kurada, Riverside. Seller: Marie A. hania, New Canaan. Seller: Emily Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. and Peter A. Nikitaidis, New Ca- R. and Michael Grant Baker, New Property: 30 Georgetown Road, naan. Property: 729 Carter St., New Canaan. Property: 93 Thurton Weston. Filed Oct. 12. Canaan. Amount: $1.1 million. Drive, New Canaan. Amount: $1.4 Filed Oct. 15. million. Filed Oct. 19. Amaral, Kristin M., Bethel. $1,373.74 in favor of Danbury HosLilly, Brenda H. and Brian J., Nixon, Cathy Hall and Jeffrey, pital, Bethel, by Stephen A. Wiener, Scarsdale, N.Y. Seller: estate of Hel- Westport. Seller: 241 Sturges L.L.C., East Hartford. Property: 11 Payne en Zilinek, Woodbury. Property: Demarest, N.J. Property: 241 Stur- Road, Bethel. Filed Oct. 16.

Hutter, Emily E. and Jeffrey M., Brookfield. Seller: Phoenix Home Builders Inc., Bridgewater. Property: 5 Gereg Glen Road, Brookfield. 81 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding. ges Highway, Westport. Amount: Amount: $550,000. Filed Oct. 18. Amount: $185,200. Filed Oct. 17. $600,000. Filed Oct. 15. Amendola, John, Bethel. $394.84 in favor of Danbury Hospital, DanJones, Lisa Lorber. Seller: Caryl N. Ford, Wilton. Property: 6 Cardinal Linares, Amanda, Stratford. Seller: Norman, Mary Holmes and Rob- bury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Lane, Wilton. Amount: $735,000. Frank J. Salik, Stratford. Property: ert A. Christafulli Jr., Wilton. Property: 18-16 Hudson St., Bethel. 760-770 Stratford Ave., Stratford. Seller: Marilyn and Theodore Bihu- Filed Oct. 17. Filed Oct. 10. Amount: $89,000. Filed Oct. 15. Kane, Allyson and Daniel, Brookfield. Seller: Pamela M. and Ronald J. Picard, Brookfield. Property: 14 Surrey Drive, Brookfield. Amount: $365,000. Filed Oct. 15.

niak, Wilton. Property: 182 Catalpa Road, Wilton. Amount: $710,000. Arend, Shawn, Newtown. Filed Oct. 10. $1,272.49 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., Osuilleabhain, Shalini and Cian, by Stephen A. Wiener, East HartStamford. Seller: Kathleen K. and ford. Property: 14, Castle Hill Road, Kevin J. Cullen, Weston. Property: Newtown. Filed Oct. 12.

Markelon, Michele F. and George W. Wassell Jr., Norwalk. Seller: Robert C. Niedermeier, Trumbull. Property: 930 Black Rock Turnpike, Easton. Amount: $477,500. Filed Oct. 15. 7 Soundview Farm Road, Weston. Kilian, Edward J. III, Danbury. Amount: $895,000. Filed Oct. 16. Babbin, Barry T., Westport. Seller: Shannon Kenefick, George$1,121.72 in favor of Capital One town and Christopher Kenefick, Martin, Kevin M., Cos Cob. Seller: Trumbull Property: 163 Ump- Margiet Finnegan, Cos Cob. Prop- Pisa, Albert. Seller: Josephine D. N.A., Richmond Va., by Stephen awaug Road, Redding. Amount: erty: 79 Valleywood Road, Cos Cob. and Mark P. Quinn. Property: 441 A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: Amount: $895,000. Filed Oct. 15. $325,000. Filed Oct. 4. Nod Hill Road, Wilton. Amount: 72 Hillspoint Road, Westport. Filed Oct. 15. $1.9 million. Filed Oct. 16. May, Tracy M., Fairfield. Seller: Adelaida Egan, Stratford. Prop- Poucher, Berenice C. and Katherty: 322 Prospect Drive, Stratford. ryn P. Klett, Bridgeport. Seller: JacAmount: $234,000. Filed Oct. 18. quelyn B. and Randolph A. Nielson, Stratford. Property: 581 Bridgeview Place, Stratford. Amount: $310,000. Messina, Deborah M., Mama- Filed Oct. 11. Konitshek, Maria and Ronald roneck, N.Y. Seller: Katharine E. and Julius C. Japon. Seller: and Andrew J. O’Brien, GreenFrench Properties L.L.C. Property: wich. Property: 70 Riverdale Ave., Bobcat Lane, Newtown. Amount: Unit 904, Greenwich. Amount: Foreclosures $629,000. Filed Oct. 15. $700,000. Filed Oct. 16. Kinahan, Ellen M. Seller: Tonya and Patrick DeAngelis, Easton. Property: 200 Old Huckleberry Road, Wilton. Amount: $225,000. Filed Oct. 9.

Balbino, Lucelia T., Bethel. $3,441.11 in favor of FIA Card Services N.A., Wilmington, Del., by Russell L. London, Newington. Property: 24 Elizabeth St., Bethel. Filed Oct. 19.

Barth, Audra Dieder aka Audra Diederbarth, Newtown. $650 in favor of Danbury Hospital, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Limbo, Virgenes S., et al. Creditor: Property: 254 Berkshire Road, Kontogiannis, Vasil, Redding. Miranda, John. Seller: U.S Bank CitiMortgage Inc., O’Fallon, Mo. Newtown. Filed Oct. 18. Seller: Veronica Venus, Exectrix, N.A., trustee, Salt Lake City, Property: 510 E. Main St., Unit 122, Ridgefield. Property: 5 Red Coat Utah. Property: 270 Graham St., Stratford. Mortgage default. Filed Belanger, Sandra, Sherman. Lane, Redding. Amount: $355,000. Stratford. Amount: $87,100. Filed Oct. 9. $7,194.48 in favor of U.S. Equities Oct. 15. Filed Oct. 11. Corp., South Salem, N.Y., by Linda Strumpf, New Canaan. Property: 10 Farm Road, Sherman. Filed Oct. 10.

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on the record Bell, Dr. Sean, et al., New Canaan., $106,500 in favor of Silvio Benedetto Associates Inc., Greenwich, by William J. Kupinse Jr. and Andrew M. McPherson, Bridgeport. Property: 64 Douglas Road, New Canaan. Filed Oct. 11.

Etzel, Cynthia, Newtown. $1,434 in favor of Danbury Hospital, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Property: 65, Taunton Lake Road, Newtown. Filed Oct. 11.

Goldstein, Jerold, Stratford. $12,462.07 in favor of RAB PerBrunetti, Joanne, Newtown. formance Recoveries L.L.C., Para$1,245 in favor of Danbury Hos- mus, N.J., by Stephen A. Wiener, pital, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, East Hartford. Property: 75 Airway Danbury. Property: 77 Butterfield Drive, Stratford. Filed Oct. 15. Road, Newtown., Filed Oct. 18. Carino, Petra, Stratford. $706.68 in favor of Capital One N.A., Richmond Va., by Russell L. London, Newington. Property: 336 Lordship Road, Stratford., Filed Oct. 19. Coffey, Judith, Newtown. $918.56 in favor of Danbury Hospital, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Property: 1 Hunting Ridge Road, Newtown. Filed Oct. 10. Colette, Susan, Easton. $13,000.33 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 151 Adams Road, Easton. Filed Oct. 22. Davilla, Paula B., Stratford. $1,224.11 in favor of Portfolio Recovery Associates L.L.C., Norfolk, Va., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 126 Floral Way, Stratford. Filed Oct. 15. Debernardo, Donald, Stratford. $1,063.68 in favor of Portfolio Recovery Associates L.L.C., Norfolk, Va., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 1470 North Ave., Stratford. Filed Oct. 18. Debouver, Jenifer, Stratford. $886.45 in favor of Portfolio Recovery Associates L.L.C., Norfolk, Va., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 545 Chickadee Lane, Stratford. Filed Oct. 18. Degirolamo, Victor, et al., Newtown. $22,500 in favor of Tom Gay Bail Bonds Inc., Bridgeport, by Charles L. Kurmay. Property: 3 Strawberry Lane, Newtown. Filed Oct. 11. Eberlin, Heather, Newtown. $2,493.93 in favor of Danbury Hospital, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Property: 16, Shady Rest Blvd., Newtown. Filed Oct. 18.

Goldstein, Jerold, Stratford. $4,803.65 in favor of American Express Centurion Bank, Midvale, Utah, by Sara M. Gould, Stamford. Property: 75 Airway Drive, Stratford. Filed Oct. 10. Hazel, William III, Stratford. $7,419.98 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 1961 Broadbridge Ave., Stratford. Filed Oct. 15. Hutton, Kenneth, Redding. $9,789.55 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 75 Giles Hill Road, Redding. Filed Oct. 9. Hyonwoo, Shin, et al., New Canaan. $140,269.04 in favor of The New Canaan Country School Inc., New Canaan, by Patrick R. Linsey, Stamford. Property: 47 Weed St., New Canaan. Filed Oct. 11. Kelly, Patrick, Stratford. $2,983.69 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 535 Wigwam Lane, Stratford. Filed Oct. 18. Kelly, William P., Weston. $2,784.14 in favor of Capital One N.A., Richmond Va., by Russell L. London, Newington. Property: 291 Newtown Turnpike, Weston. Filed Oct. 19. Main Street Acquisition Corporation, Newtown. $3,534.45 in favor of Scott H. Linse, by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 139, Poverty Hollow Road, Newtown. Filed Oct. 12. Marciano, Fatima a.k.a Fatima Bensonmarciano, Bethel. $1,500 in favor of Danbury Hospital, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Property: 46 Maple Ave., Bethel. Filed Oct. 17.

Membreno Darlyn a.k.a Darlyn Ortega, Stratford. $2,836.32 in favor of Midland Funding L.L.C., San Diego, Calif., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 50 Shanley St., Stratford. Filed Oct. 15. Monroe, Joseph, et al., Bethel. $359.83 in favor of Western Connecticut Medical Group, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Property: 49 Juniper Road, Bethel. Filed Oct. 17. Murphy, John M., Stratford. $1,447.09 in favor of Portfolio Recovery Associates L.L.C., Norfolk, Va., by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hartford. Property: 279 Washington Parkway, Stratford. Filed Oct. 18. Nasuto, Andrzej, Stratford. $24,481.76 in favor of Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, by Nair & Levin P.C., Bloomfield. Property: 555 Stoney Brook Road, Stratford. Filed Oct. 15. Rothenhausen, Mark, Newtown. $1,095 in favor of the Danbury Office of Physician Services P.C., Danbury, by Stephen A.. Wiener. Property: 1 Papoose Hill Road, Newtown. Filed Oct. 12.

Ianus, Nicole and Vasilica, 1331 Success Ave., Stratford. $91,308.79, tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 9.

V K Reall Estate L.L.C./Remax Heritage, 991 Post Road East, Westport. $2,924.31, payroll taxes. Filed Oct. 10.

Jiri Krejcir L.L.C., 11 Lakeview Terrace, Sandy Hook. $7,069.89, White, Crystal, Westport. failure to file or file correct infor$27,609.34 in favor of FIA Card mation returns and payroll taxes. Services N.A., Wilmington, Del., Filed Oct. 10. by Russell L. London, Newington. Property: 229 Lansdowne, WestKosan, E. Micheal, 51 Forest port. Filed Oct. 19. Ave., Apt. 94, Old Greenwich. $21,959.39, tax debt on income Wilson, Michael, et al., Darien. earned. Filed Oct. 16. $35,285.03 in favor of Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Frederick, Md., by Nair & Levin P.C., Bloomfield. Property: Lang, Dana and John F., 24 Bau59 Echo Drive North, Darien. Filed er Place, Westport. $43,095.97, tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 15. Oct. 10.

Villadas, Diane L., 34 Tower Road, Brookfield. $96,749.42, trust fund recovery penalty and/or excise taxes imposed. Filed Oct. 10.

Sorrentino, Daniel, Newtown. $429.02 in favor of Western Connecticut Medical Group, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Property: 4 Surrey Trail, Newtown. Filed Oct. 18.

Zulfikar, Jafri, Darien. $1,599.26 in favor of SJA Services, West Hartford, by Adam J. Shelton, West Hartford. Property: 74 Holmes Ave., Darien. Filed Oct. 11.


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Lauer, Michael, 7 Dwight Lane, Greenwich. $2.5 million, tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 16.

Trister, Anne F. d.b.a. Bountiful Board Catering, 68 Stony Hill Maddox, Beth, 94 Bayberry Road, Road, Bethel. $5,925.65, payroll New Canaan. $190,046.02, tax debt taxes. Filed Oct. 15. on income earned. Filed Oct. 10. Federal Tax Liens – Notice of Partial Maddox, Matthew M., 94 Bayber- Release ry Road, New Canaan. $41,710.78, tax debt on income earned. Filed Tucci, Nancy, 12 Overlook Road, Oct. 10. Westport. $1,139.09, tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 10. McCulloch, Michele and Jardar Nygaard, 44 Leonard Ave., Riverside. $37,947.55, tax debt on in- Federal Tax Liens – Partial Withdrawal come earned. Filed Oct. 16.

Adams, Ronald N., 50 Flax Hill Road, Brookfield. $58,732.30, Rotondi, Michele aka Michael tax debt on income earned. Filed Mindline, Lev M., 20 Bruce Rotondi, Stratford. $5,959.40 in Oct. 17. Park Ave., Apt. 3, Greenwich. favor of American Express Centu$161,695.49, tax debt on income rion Bank, Midvale, Utah, by Sara American Alloy Wire Corp., 1 earned. Filed Oct. 16. M. Gould, Stamford. Property: 504 Wire Road, Newtown. $47,190.27, Jamestown Road, Stratford. Filed corporation income tax return. Niche, Margaret B. and Paul M., Oct. 10. Filed Oct. 10. 56 Grumman Hill Road, Wilton. $149,491.52, tax debt on income Roy, Jerrard J., Stratford. Athletic Performance Group earned. Filed Oct. 10. $17,234.32 in favor of U.S. Equities L.L.C., 264 Heights Road, Darien. Corp., South Salem, N.Y., by Linda $9,684.89, payroll taxes. Filed Oct. 9. Rivera, Betty and Robert, 35 Strumpf, New Canaan. Property: Eleven O’Clock Road, Weston. 2008 Broadbridge Ave., Stratford. Filed Oct. 15. Campbell, Donetta W., 29 Cross $108,500.63, tax debt on income Highway, Westport. $2,166.35, earned. Filed Oct. 11. tax debt on income earned. Filed Ruscoe, Kathryn, Bethel. Oct. 16. Schwartz, Alexander H., 3 Jan$1,594.59 in favor of Danbury Hosson Drive, Westport. $44,747.92, pital, Danbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Property: 26 Fairchild Connecticut Electrical Inc., 681 tax debt on income earned. Filed Drive, Bethel. Filed Oct. 17. Danbury Road, Wilton. $52,436.14, Oct. 10. payroll taxes. Filed Oct. 10. Tandon, Sapna and Robert W. Smith, Donna, Redding. $3,340.33 in favor of Danbury Hospital, Dan- Ginex, Francesca and Glenn C. Doohan III, 4900 Main St., Stratbury, by Robert L. Peat, Danbury. Connelly, 14 Forest Road, Weston. ford. $56,424.79, tax debt on inProperty: 67 Deer Hill Road, Red- $13,202.44, tax debt on income come earned. Filed Oct. 9. ding. Filed Oct. 17. earned. Filed Oct. 22. Touhey, Edward, 14 Woodcock Snook, David, Bethel. $528.41 in Hickey, Karen and Thomas J., 136 Lane, Westport. $146,962.26, tax favor of Danbury Hospital, Bethel, Weed St., New Canaan. $42,476.57, debt on income earned. Filed by Stephen A. Wiener, East Hart- tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 10. ford. Property: 3 Grove Place, Beth- Oct. 12. el. Filed Oct. 15.

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Eisenberg, Ronni G., 40 Silent Grove, Westport. $6,748.44, tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 10.

Federal Tax Liens – Released Altman, Elissa M., 13 Webster Place, Newtown. $10,251.81, tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 15. DeVita, Anthony, 18 Havemeyer Lane, Old Greenwich. $5,514.87, tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 16. Drenckhahn Bros. Inc., 105 River Road, Cos Cob. $5,402.39, payroll taxes. Filed Oct. 16. Engelskirger, John, 129 Valeview Road, Wilton. $32,329.23, tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 15.

on the record Mechanic’s Liens – Released

Budd, Elizabeth A., et al., Bethel. Filed by Loren M. Bisberg, Farmington, for JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 12 Vail Road, Bethel. Action: to Cohen, William G., Westport. foreclose a delinquent mortgage in Filed by Silk Plumbing & Heating the original principal amount of Kinard, Jason P., 65 Indian Har- Inc., Norwalk, by Scott Silk. Prop- $151,200 dated September 2003. bor Drive, Greenwich. $20,689.67, erty: 17 Harbor Road, Westport. Filed Oct. 12. tax debt on income earned. Filed Amount: $8,400. Filed Oct. 15. Oct. 17. Buffa, Anthony F., et al., Weston. Gregory, Raymond M. Filed by Filed by Taryn D. Martin, PlainKlimm, Mark, 45 Boggs Hill Road, Patricia Russell, by Edward P. Mc- ville, for Retained Realty Inc., New Newtown. $279,277.15, tax debt on Creery III. Property: 1498 North York City. Property: 101 Birch Hill Ave., Stratford. Amount: $45,600. Road, Weston. Action: to foreclose income earned. Filed Oct. 15. Filed Oct. 17. a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $389,000 Letendre, Dana A., 69 Sherwood dated August 1998. Filed Oct. 11. Lane, New Canaan. $23,630.60, Lis Pendens tax debt on income earned. Filed Oct. 16. Amrhein, George E. Jr., et al., Burke, Beverly R., et al., Stratford. New Canaan. Filed by Mario Are- Filed by Douglas Sauvé, Hartford, Mikes Exxon L.L.C., 109 Breakers na, Hartford, for JPMorgan Chase for Deutsche Bank National Trust, Lane, Stratford. $6,533.88, payroll Bank N.A., Columbus, Ohio. trustee, Los Angeles, Calif. Proptaxes and quarterly tax returns. Property: 101 Juniper Road, New erty: 34 Swanson Ave., Stratford. Canaan. Action: to foreclose a de- Action: to foreclose a delinquent Filed Oct. 15. linquent mortgage in the original mortgage in the original principal principal amount of $712,500 dat- amount of $276,250 dated May Old Greenwich Tailors and ed February 2003. Filed Oct. 10. 2006. Filed Oct. 15. Cleaners, 280 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich. $12,106.17, payroll Azzarito, Mark, et al., Newtown. Christy, Joel, et al., Stratford. Filed taxes. Filed Oct. 16. Filed by Loren M. Bisberg, Farm- by Loren M. Bisberg, Farmington, ington, for Wells Fargo Bank N.A., for JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Todaro, Cheryl Fishbone and Frederick, Md. Property: 246 Berk- Columbus, Ohio. Property: 115Frank, 12 Husted Lane, No. 4, New shire Road, Newtown. Action: to 117 Barnum Terrace, Stratford. Canaan. $14,457.12, tax debt on in- foreclose a delinquent mortgage Action: to foreclose a delinquent come earned. Filed Oct. 16. in the original principal amount mortgage in the original principal of $451,500 dated February 2005. amount of $362,558 dated June 2008. Filed Oct. 16. Filed Oct. 15. Fuseleir, David, 15 Drummers Lane, Bethel. $146,846.74, tax debt on income earned and trust-fund recovery penalty and/or excise taxes imposed. Filed Oct. 9.

Mechanic’s Liens – Filed

Brennan, Vincent P. Jr., et al., Stratford. Filed by Mark A. Piech, Hawley Lane Medical Center Farmington for CitiMortgage Inc., L.L.C., Filed by Custom Air Systems O’Fallon, Mo. Property: 45 Placid Inc., Bridgeport, by John J. Scianna Ave., Stratford. Action: to foreSr. Property: 49 Hawley Lane, Strat- close a delinquent mortgage in ford. Amount: $10,769.53. Filed the original principal amount of $232,000 dated September 2005. Oct. 9. Filed Oct. 16. Pandolfino, Jeffrey d.b.a. Green & Tonic L.L.C., Cos Cob. Filed by Strickland Holding Company L.L.C., Cos Cob, by Glen Coben. Property: 7 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Amount: $37,300. Filed Oct. 15. Weldon Construction Management. Filed by O & G Industries Inc., Torrington, by Paul J. Patch. Property: for work that was done at 1106 Smith Ridge Road, New Canaan. Amount: $21,292.33 Filed Oct. 11.

Brill, Robert K. III, Stratford. Filed by Nicole M. Fitzgerald, Farmington, for Federal National Mortgage Association, Washington, D.C. Property: 125 Winter St., Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $254,600 dated November 2007. Filed Oct. 11.

Del Vecchio, Ralph Jr., et al., Greenwich. Filed by Adrienne Roach, Hartford for U.S Bank N.A., trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah. Property: 91 Pemberwick Road, Greenwich. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $500,000 dated December 2004. Filed Oct. 15.

Henthorn, Michael A., et al., Stratford. Filed by Erika L. Mascaro, Farmington, for U.S Bank N.A., trustee, Salt Lake City Utah. Property: 156 Burbank Drive, Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $255,000 dated May 2004. Filed Oct. 17.

Macchio, Frank C., Newtown. Filed by Hunt, Leibert, Jacobson P.C., Hartford, for Newtown Savings Bank, Woodbury. Property: 6 Lyric Lane, Newtown. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $207,200 dated December 2003. Filed Oct. 11.

DeStefano, Mark, et al., Bethel. Filed by Loren M. Bisberg, Farmington, for Federal National Mortgage Association, Washington, D.C. Property: 91 Nashville Road, Bethel. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $328,000 dated October 2006. Filed Oct. 19.

Hojlo, Christopher J., et al., Stratford. Filed by Vincent M. Marino, Orange for Oronoque Village Condominium Association Inc., Stratford. Property: 241B South Trail, Stratford. Action: to foreclose a statutory lien on this unit. Filed Oct. 16.

Malley, Patrick K., Stratford. Filed by Anne R. Hoyt, Hartford, for HSBC Bank U.S.A. N.A., Buffalo, N.Y. Property: 10 Prospect Drive, Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $174,000 dated September 2006. Filed Oct. 9.

Clegg, Laura J., et al., Stratford. Filed by Robert A. Pacelli Jr., Bridgeport, for Oronoque Shores Condominium Association No 1 Inc., Stratford. Property: 106 Jamestown Road, No. 106, Stratford. Action: to foreclose on an association lien. Filed Oct. 17.

Jennings, Jeannine, et al., Newtown. Filed by Adrienne Roach, Doty, Sharon A., et al., Stratford. Hartford, for Green Tree Servicing Filed by Adam L. Avallone, Farm- L.L.C., Rapid City, S.D. Property: ington for The Bank of New York 9 Pocono Road, Newtown. Action: Mellon, trustee, New York City. to foreclose a delinquent mortgage Property: 86 Henry Ave., Stratford. in the original principal amount of Action: to foreclose a delinquent $360,000 dated September 2006. mortgage in the original principal Filed Oct. 16. amount of $228,000 dated April 2006. Filed Oct. 11. Jonker, Daniel David, et al., New Canaan. Filed by Douglas Sauvé, Edwards, Christopher L. Sr., et Hartford, for Wells Fargo Bank al., Stratford. Filed by Jeffrey M. N.A., Frederick, Md. Property: 21 Knickerboxer, Hartford, for Wells Crystal St., New Canaan. Action: Fargo Bank N.A., Frederick, Md. to foreclose a delinquent mortgage Property: 44 Ryan Ave., Stratford. in the original principal amount of Action: to foreclose a delinquent $325,000 dated November 2006. mortgage in the original principal Filed Oct. 17. amount of $158,000 dated September 2007. Filed Oct. 9. Lang, Grant M., Brookfield. Filed by Peter A. Ventre, Hartford, for Eoanou, John, et al., Westport. Metro Roofing Supplies Inc., StamFiled by David H. Raisner, Bloom- ford. Property: 50 N. Lake Shore field, for Lyon & Billard Co., Drive, Brookfield. Action: to foreBloomfield. Property: 53 Sturges close a delinquent mortgage in Highway, Westport. Action: attach the original principal amount of and obtain possession of the prem- $124,181 dated June 2008. Filed Oct. 22. ises. Filed Oct. 19.

Defelice, Michael V., et al., New Canaan. Filed by Adam L. Avallone, Farmington, for Bank of America N.A., Charlotte, N.C. Property: 19 Father Peter’s Lane, New Canaan. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $2.98 million dated September 2005. Filed Oct. 10.

Fransen, Jason A., executor, et al., Bethel. Filed by Adam L. Avallone, Farmington, for U.S Bank N.A., trustee, Salt Lake City Utah. Property: 32 Grassy Plain St., Bethel. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $314,400 dated February 2006. Filed Oct. 10.

Lawson, Veldeen, Stratford. Filed by Anne R. Hoyt, Hartford, for Deutsche Bank National Trust, trustee, Los Angeles, Calif. Property: 10 Eleanor St., Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $152,000 dated June 2003. Filed Oct. 18.

Mangini, Carmela A., Brookfield. Filed by Amy L. Harrison, Farmington, for CitiMortgage Inc., O’Fallon, Mo. Property: 14 Oak Crest Drive, Brookfield. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $212,563 dated June 2005. Filed Oct. 16. Mann, Franciss B. Jr., et al., Bethel. Filed by Robert J. Piscitelli, Avon, for U.S Bank N.A., trustee, Salt Lake City Utah. Property: 3 Ann Terrace, Bethel. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $280,000 dated January 2006. Filed Oct. 18. Navarrete, Rosa A., et al., Stratford. Filed by Amy L. Harrison, Farmington, for Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Frederick, Md. Property: 60 Fairfax Drive, Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $280,000 dated November 2005. Filed Oct. 18. Nederlof, Maarten, et al., Westport. Filed by Kevin Casini, Hartford, for U.S Bank N.A., trustee, Salt Lake City Utah. Property: 36 River Lane, Westport. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $1.36 million dated August 2006. Filed Oct. 16.

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on the record Sanon, Michele F., et al., Stratford. Filed by John F. Fahey, Farmington, for Midfirst Bank, Oklahoma City, Okla. Property: 1151 James St., Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $298,618 dated August 2007. Filed Oct. 9. Sarich, John Russell Jr., et al., Redding. Filed by Adrienne Roach, Hartford, for Countrywide Home Loans Servicing L.P., Dallas, Texas. Property: 23 Blueberry Hill Road, Redding. Action: to foreclose on an association lien. Filed Oct. 4. Saunders, Edith M., et al., Newtown. Filed by James W. Donohue, Farmington, for Bank of America N.A., Charlotte, N.C. Property: 24 Horseshoe Ridge Road, Newtown. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $645,000 dated July 2006. Filed Oct. 16. Shannon, Christina, et al., Stratford. Filed by Jo-Ann Sensale, Farmington, for JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 360 Second Hill Lane, Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $312,000 dated July 2006. Filed Oct. 15. Smith, Kevin D., et al., Bethel. Filed by James W. Donohue, Farmington, for The Bank of New York Mellon, trustee, New York City. Property: 22 Cortland Drive, Bethel. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $564,000 dated December 2006. Filed Oct. 11. Smith, Michael e., et al., Bethel. Filed by Karen J. Lucien, Hartford, for Newtown Savings Bank, Woodbury. Property: 17 Pound Sweet Hill, Bethel. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $230,000 dated February 2002. Filed Oct. 16. Spivak, David B., et al., Weston. Filed by Mario Arena, Hartford, for CitiMortgage Inc., O’Fallon, Mo. Property: 41 Rogues Ridge, Weston. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $1.5 million dated January 2007. Filed Oct. 11.

St Onge, Linda N., et al., Stratford. Filed by Mario Arena, Hartford, for Bank of America N.A., Charlotte, N.C. Property: 127 Smoke Valley Drive, Unit A., Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $216,601 dated October 2007. Filed Oct. 15. Thanasoulis, Costas, et al., Newtown. Filed by Mark A. Piech, Farmington, for JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Columbus Ohio. Property: 6 Wendover Road, Newtown. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $162,453 dated January 2003. Filed Oct. 17. Trenske, Veronica A., et al., Stratford. Filed by Steven G. Berg, Norwalk, for Tide Harbor Towers Condominium Association Inc., Stratford. Property: 50 Birdseye St., Unit 108A, Stratford. Action: to foreclose on unpaid common charges. Filed Oct. 11. Valentin, Pierre W. et al., Weston. Filed by Kevin Casini, Hartford, for CitiMortgage Inc., O’Fallon, Mo. Property: 9 Woods End Lane, Weston. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $680,000 dated March 2002. Filed Oct. 9. Weimann, Kevin A., et al., Newtown. Filed by Mark A. Piech, Farmington, for CitiMortgage Inc., O’Fallon, Mo. Property: 66 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Newtown. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $259,000 dated May 2003. Filed Oct. 15. Wickson, John S., et al., Stratford. Filed by Mark A. Piech, Farmington, for CitiMortgage Inc. O’Fallon, Mo. Property: 3699 Broadbridge Ave., Unit 201, Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $112,000 dated August 2007. Filed Oct. 12. Williams, Sherold, et al., Stratford. Filed by: Anne R. Hoyt, Hartford, for HSBC Bank U.S.A. N.A., Buffalo, N.Y. Property: 754-756 Stratford Ave., Stratford. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $273,600 dated March 2006. Filed Oct. 15.

Wistrand, Mark S., Weston. Filed by: Karen J. Lucien, Hartford, for HSBC Bank U.S.A. N.A., Buffalo, N.Y. Property: 492 Newtown Turnpike, Weston. Action: to foreclose a delinquent mortgage in the original principal amount of $205,200 dated December 2004. Filed Oct. 15.

Greenwich Place L/CAL L.L.C., Berwyn, Pa., by Thomas J. O’Brien. Lender: Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Westport. Property: 1 Western Junior Highway, Greenwich. Amount: $55 million. Filed Oct. 16.

Knowlton Associates L.L.C., Newtown, by Pablo I. Jiminez. Lender: Castle Properties L.L.C., 15 Taylor Ave. L.L.C., Bethel, by Easton. Property: 352-360 S. Main Curtis A. Verdi. Lender: Anthony J. St., Newtown. Amount: $125,000. DiPerrio, trustee, Danbury. Proper- Filed Oct. 19. ty: 15 Taylor Ave., Bethel. Amount: $100,000. Filed Oct. 15. MLB Properties L.L.C., Brookfield, by David L. MeCartney. Lend1563 Medical Associates L.L.C., er: Fairfield County Bank, BrookWestport, by L&G Ltd. Lender: field. Property: 14 Fairfield Drive, Bank of Fairfield, Fairfield. Prop- Brookfield. Amount: $925,000. erty: 1563 Post Road, Westport. Filed Oct. 17.


Amount: $2.925 million. Filed Oct. 15.

Bomba Industries L.L.C. d.b.a. T&G Charters, 6 Crown Hill Drive, Sandy Hook 06482, c/o Gregory C. Bomba. Filed Oct. 11.


Anhydrous flavor delivery composition and method. Patent Channel Prime Alliance Interna- no. 8,293,300 issued to Yuanzhen tional, 10 Westport Road, Wilton Zhong, Wayne, N.J.; Peter Given, 06897, c/o Channel Prime Alliance Ridgefield; Colin Ringleib, Thornwood, N.Y.; and Nick Feuerstein, L.L.C. Filed Oct. 11. Jamaica Estates, N.Y. Assigned to Pepsico Inc., Purchase, N.Y. Cotuit Highlands Associates, 122 Woods End Road, New Canaan 06840, c/o David Scannnell. Filed Aqueous cleaning composition containing copper-specific corOct. 10. rosion inhibitor for cleaning inorganic residues on semiconducDan Devore Painters, 4 Witch tor substrate. Patent no. 8,293,694 Lane, Westport 06880, c/o Daniel B. issued to William A. Wojtczak, AusVore. Filed Oct. 12. tin, Texas; Ma. Seijo, Hayward, Calif.; David Bernhard, Kooskia, Ind.; Farrow & Bail Inc., 396 Post Road and Long Nguyen, San Jose, Calif. East, Westport 06880, c/o Kathy Assigned to Advanced Technology Materials Inc., Danbury. Banfe. Filed Oct. 10.

MLB Properties L.L.C., Brookfield, by David L. MeCartney. Lend22 Owenoke Park L.L.C., West- er: Fairfield County Bank, Brook- Gaetano’s Market, 1886 Main St., port, by Neil Gabriele. Lender: field. Property: 14 Fairfield Drive, Stratford 06607, c/o Diana UkenaxJPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., West- Brookfield. Amount: $360,000. haj. Filed Oct. 11. mont, Ill. Property: 22 Owenoke Filed Oct. 17. Park, Westport. Amount: $1 milGreewich Tank Removal, 1 Baylion. Filed Oct. 10. SBA Monarch Towers III L.L.C., side Terrace, Riverside 06878, c/o Boca Raton, by Coleman Prewitt. Bryan W. Krois. Filed Oct. 19. 279 North Ave. L.L.C., Westport, Lender: Deutsche Bank National by Almag Geva. Lender: CitiMort- Trust, New York City. Property: 95 Grumman Group, 83 Grumman gage Inc., O’Fallon, Mo. Property: Country Club Road, New Canaan. Hill Road, Wilton 06897, c/o Hans 279 North Ave., Westport. Amount: Amount: $1.840 million. Filed Forland. Filed Oct. 23. Oct. 10. $4.9 million. Filed Oct. 10.

Flexible endoscopic stitching devices. Patent no. 8,292,906 issued to Eric J. Taylor, East Hampton; Peter Hathaway, Lebanon; Kevin Sniffin, Danbury; and Kenneth W. Horton, South Glastonbury. Assigned to Tyco Healthcare Group L.P., Mansfield, Mass.

Low-temperature deposition of phase-change memory materials. Patent no. 8,288,198 issued to Jeffrey F. Roeder, Brookfield; Thomas H. Baum, New FairHavas Worldwide Digital Wilfield; Bryan C. Hendrix, Danbury; CPP 6 Meadowbank Road L.L.C., Sil-Wel 6 L.L.C., New Canaan, ton, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton Gregory T. Stauf, New Milford; Stamford, by Richard J. Saunders. by Rocco Sillo. Lender: Fairfield 06897, c/o Adrenaline L.L.C. Filed Chongying Xu, New Milford; WilLender: Silo Hearthstone Fund- County Bank, Ridgefield. Property: Oct. 11. liam Hunks, Waterbury; Tianniu ing L.L.C., Stamford. Property: 3 Property: 220 Carter St., New CaChen, Rocky Hill; and Matthias Hearthstone Drive and 6 Meadow- naan. Amount: $1.97 million. Filed bank Road, Greenwich. Amount: Oct. 11. Ho Hum Hollow Farm, 200 Stender, New Milford. Assigned to $2.2 million. Filed Oct. 17. Chestnut Ridge Road, Bethel Advanced Technology Materials 06801, c/o Pamela Page and Igor Inc., Danbury. Jozsa. Filed Oct. 16. Emerald City Dreams InvestNew Businesses Method and apparatus for printment L.L.C., Las Vegas, Nev., by ing various sheet sizes within a Robert Hess. Lender: Secure CapiHouse Prep, 1594 South Ave., A1 Technical Solutions, 22 Kingpitch mode in a digital printing tal Group L.L.C., Stratford. PropStratford 06607, c/o Tatashima swood Drive, Bethel 06801, c/o system. Patent no. 8,295,749 issued erty: 67 Swanson Ave., Stratford. McMillan and Sean Harris. Filed Craig Kaye. Filed Oct. 15. to David Kerxhalli, Rochester, N.Y.; Amount: $100,000. Filed Oct. 18. Oct. 15. and David Kretschmann, Webster, N.Y. Assigned to Xerox Corp., NorAdecon Research , 52 Cedar Hill FC Stratford Tod L.L.C., Clevewalk. Road, Newtown 06470, c/o Chrisland, Ohio, by Mark Gerteis. topher Weigel. Filed Oct. 18. Lender: Manufacturers and Traders Systems and methods for analyzTrust Co., New York City. Proping, integrating and updating erty: Map 3714, Stratford. Amount: Antonella Designs, 5 River Road, media contact and content data. $15.2 million. Filed Oct. 12. No. 249, Wilton 06897, c/o Russell A New Beginning HIC is conduct- Patent no. 8,296,324 issued to Kurt R. Schmidt. Filed Oct. 17. ing business in Greenwich, 2 Boot Strumpf, Monroe; and Jon Victor, Greenwich Oaks L/CAL L.L.C., Shop 1A, Monroe 06468, c/o Santos New Canaan. Assigned to eNR SerBerwyn, Pa., by Thomas J. O’Brien. Bar Catering Services Inc. 256 Montanez Jr. Filed Oct. 12. vices Inc., Norwalk. Lender: Allianz Life Insurance Umpawaug Road, Redding 06875, Company of North America, West- c/o Meredith Miller. Filed Oct. 4. Sunhe Edie Hong is conducting port. Property: 219 Weaver St., business in Greenwich, 95 Horatio Greenwich. Amount: $41 million. St., No. 506, New York City 10014, Filed Oct. 16. c/o Sunhe Edie Hong. Filed Oct. 17.

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Business ConneCtions InsIde the CapItol


The Ins & Outs of Wage and Hour Issues

Governor Malloy: No Intentions of Raising Taxes


age and hour issues can be tricky. One wrong decision regarding an employee’s compensation or classification can lead to a complaint with the Department of Labor (DOL). Know the rules and intricacies of the law to protect your business.


arly next year, Governor Dannel P. Malloy will present a new state budget to the Connecticut General Assembly. Now two years removed from the largest tax increase in the state’s history, the governor says he has different plans this time around.

Sessions Exempt vs. Nonexempt Employees—Learn to define exempt versus nonexempt positions and the implications of employee classification for your business, especially when it comes to overtime pay.

“I don’t know what’s going to come out of Washington,” he told more than 400 business leaders at CBIA’s annual meeting in late October, “but I have no intentions of raising taxes.” Instead, he said, state government has to “learn to live within [its] means. We need to become more efficient. It’s not easy leaning state government, but we’re doing it; we’re improving and showing that government can be better.” Fiscal philosophy It’s a message the governor has been making sure a lot of people hear. Last month he shared his fiscal philosophy with hundreds of state municipal officials at the Connecticut Convention Center and with business leaders at a Construction Institute “State of the State” event in East Hartford. “My goal is to make Connecticut more competitive,” he told CBIA members at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. “You might not always agree with my approach. We did raise revenues [in 2011]. We did cut spending in the budget.”

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Gov. Dannel Malloy (right) chats with CBIA board chair, Tom Santa, president and CEO of Santa Energy (left), and Michael Wise, president of ConnectiCare.

in order and making government more efficient. “We have to approach the business of government the same way that you approach running your businesses,” said the governor. “I’m not a job creator. You’re the job creators. Government needs to get off your backs and get to yes or no in a reasonable period of time”—not, he suggested, the kind of response time that government is comfortable with but rather that businesses need and expect. Who Won?

Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. CBIA’s Election 2012 website ( will have coverage of the results of races for the state legislature as well as the U.S. Senate and House. Find out if your local candidates won and who will be serving in Connecticut’s next General Assembly in January, and get news reactions from around the state.

The governor said his administration’s 2011 negotiations with state employee unions yielded $21.5 billion in long-term savings, while addressing the state’s obligations for funding employee pensions and benefits. “Not a job creator”

The administration’s focus during the last budget cycle, he said, was on getting the state’s fiscal house

Get involved in education Gov. Malloy also urged the business community to continue its support of the state’s landmark education reforms and workforce development initiatives. And that support should be more than vocal. “You need to get directly involved in building a relationship with students so they can understand what it is you do,” he said.

“These kids are just looking for experience and unfortunately, we as a society have become more decoupled from the needs of our students. “We have to understand that we have a collective responsibility to get young people engaged.” ➤ Read more at

John G. Zandy, Partner, Wiggin & Dana Wage Payment Issues—We’ll discuss the many issues that affect your employees’ paychecks, including weather-related closings, garnishments, changing deductions, military leave, FMLA, and terminations. Patricia E. Reilly, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC Recording, Defining, and Counting Hours Worked—An examination of required recordkeeping practices and situations that affect how you calculate hours worked. We’ll address how to handle employees punching in early or late, compensatory time, overtime, training hours, travel time, and on-call employees. Pamela J. Moore, Partner, McCarter & English LLP


& register! Temps, Independent Contractors, Telecommuters, and Other Special Cases—We’ll review nontraditional employment situations and how wage and hour rules apply to special cases, such as those involving independent contractors, temporary employees, telecommuters, and job sharing. Gabriel J. Jiran, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin What to Expect from the DOL—Learn what the DOL looks at when presented with a complaint and how you can prepare for the investigation. Ron Marquis, Assistant Director, Wage and Workplace Standards, Connecticut DOL Date

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012


8:30 am–3:30 pm

Place Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Rd., Cromwell Cost

CBIA members, $129; nonmembers, $169

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