COCC, a Financial Services Firm, Celebrates its 50th Year

It’s not often that customers think of the companies that work quietly in the background of their local banks. But COCC, a large financial services technology leader, has been humming along since it started 50 years ago as a small bank processing firm. Having reached its half-century mark, what was known first as the Connecticut… Read More COCC, a Financial Services Firm, Celebrates its 50th Year

Connecticut Basement Systems Celebrates 30 Years

A crack in a basement wall got Larry Janesky thinking about a void in the construction market. He learned how to patch his customer’s leak and started what, over the past 30 years, has become a construction empire focusing solely on basements and the often forgotten undersides of buildings. Basement Systems Inc., headquartered in Seymour,… Read More Connecticut Basement Systems Celebrates 30 Years

Clarke Outdoors Brings Boats to the New Milford River Trail

NEW MILFORD – The economic potential of the Housatonic River is being realized by a Cornwall business that brought boat rentals to the New Milford River Trail Greenway. The public park, next to the iconic Veterans Memorial Bridge, opened in mid-June. The green space is part of the town’s ongoing river redevelopment project and it… Read More Clarke Outdoors Brings Boats to the New Milford River Trail

Thompson’s Fine American Comfort Food Restaurant with Southern Flair Opens

NEW MILFORD – A husband and wife team with long ties to the hospitality industry is banking on nine generations of secret family recipes from the Deep South to draw diners to their new “southern flair” restaurant. Now open for business, they’re serving a light menu with plans to offer the full menu by next… Read More Thompson’s Fine American Comfort Food Restaurant with Southern Flair Opens

Area Author Publishes SEO Tutorial to Help Small Businesses

Jason Healey, who has become a nationally renowned master of steering web traffic to business clients, has released a book to teach what he practices to readers. “From Ranking to Revenue – A Business Owner’s Guide to Successful Search Engine Optimization” is on shelves now. A Connecticut native and Bethlehem resident, Healey is the founding… Read More Area Author Publishes SEO Tutorial to Help Small Businesses

Gallery 25 Cooperative Relocates to Historic New Milford Train Station

A group of artists is banking on the old New Milford Train Station to boost business. Gallery 25’s doors just officially reopened and its prominent new home is nestled inside the historic railroad depot. Located at 11 Railroad St., in the town’s bustling historic district, this fine art gallery cooperative for professional and emerging artists… Read More Gallery 25 Cooperative Relocates to Historic New Milford Train Station

Sherman School Art Show Celebrates 25 Years of Creativity, May 10 and 11

Now in its 25th year, the Annual Sherman School Art Show is celebrating a momentous milestone. To put this in perspective, over 25,000 creations made by every single student in the elementary and middle school grades have been prominently displayed for everyone to see and enjoy over the past 25 years. As for what it… Read More Sherman School Art Show Celebrates 25 Years of Creativity, May 10 and 11

Check It Off Personal Assistant Business Launches

Two Litchfield County women have launched Check It Off, a home-based personal assistant and home management company. Diane Carol, of Torrington, and Susan Smith, of Harwinton, started a business that’s more common on Connecticut’s Gold Coast or in Manhattan, where higher income earners enlist help for everyday activities. Though it’s not mainstream for residents of… Read More Check It Off Personal Assistant Business Launches

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers opens in New Milford

NEW MILFORD – What started with a single physical therapy practice in Waterbury in 2000 has grown to a sprawling business with 18 locations and 220 employees throughout the state. Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers, founded when Alan Balavender bought his first practice in Waterbury, is celebrating its latest location, now open at 43… Read More Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers opens in New Milford

Twin Star Herbal School Opens Holistic Apothecary

NEW MILFORD – Twin Star Herbal Education, a local school opened in 2001, has opened a storefront in the heart of New Milford’s Historic District. Twin Star Community Apothecary, at 57 Bank Street inside an early 1900s brick building, is an alternative healing apothecary and gift shop. The small business showcases handmade products from local… Read More Twin Star Herbal School Opens Holistic Apothecary

Linda Hubbard, Nature Photographer and Entrepreneur

In the Spotlight: Linda Hubbard, a Connecticut native who recently moved to Sherman, is quickly becoming a recognizable name in the local art community. Known for beautifully photographing animals and birds in their natural surroundings, she also has a keen eye for capturing inviting and picture-perfect gardens and landscapes on camera. Although many in town… Read More Linda Hubbard, Nature Photographer and Entrepreneur

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Sherman Celebrate Anniversary

In the Spotlight: February 8 marks the official anniversary date of the Boy Scouts of America. Founded in 1910, this youth organization is the largest scouting organization in the country with over 2.4 million scouts and almost one million adult volunteers. Its vision is “to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible,… Read More Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Sherman Celebrate Anniversary

‘Coworking Movement’ comes to Litchfield County

NEW MILFORD – Entrepreneur and visionary Tony Vengrove opened the doors to Makery Coworking. He’s inviting freelancers and solopreneurs in the Litchfield County area to be part of his dynamic co-working space. At 20 Bank Street, in the heart of New Milford’s trendy historic district, Vengrove is bringing independent professionals together so they can work,… Read More ‘Coworking Movement’ comes to Litchfield County

Five Guys Burgers & Fries expanding to Litchfield County

NEW MILFORD – Known nationwide for serving up “made-to-order burgers with over 250,000 ways to customize your burger,” Five Guys Burgers & Fries will soon launch its first Litchfield County outlet on Route 7. Five Guys, which already has 24 restaurants in the state and more than 1,400 worldwide, plans to open a 2,380-square-foot location… Read More Five Guys Burgers & Fries expanding to Litchfield County

FISH of Sherman Celebrates 45 Years of Service

In the Spotlight: Friends in Service Here, commonly known as FISH of Sherman, is celebrating its 45th year of being in service to the community, and this is no ordinary feat! Since the non-profit’s founding in 1971, they have been providing residents who can’t drive with free transportation to medical, dental, and legal appointments in… Read More FISH of Sherman Celebrates 45 Years of Service

Second Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Amore Restaurant

Many adults and children gathered around the Christmas tree outside Sherman Commons to sing carols and celebrate the second annual tree lighting ceremony last Tuesday night. Sergio and Luisa Ragosta, owners of Amore Restaurant, got this year’s evergreen tree from the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department, and they added festive touches of sparkle and brilliance to… Read More Second Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Amore Restaurant

21 Places to Shop in ‘Sherman Style’ for the Holidays

There’s something extra special about shopping in Sherman that adds a touch of festiveness to the holiday season of giving. Right here in town, there are 21 places to go to find truly unique gifts for absolutely everyone on your shopping list. From locally sourced and handmade to international and free trade, there are neat… Read More 21 Places to Shop in ‘Sherman Style’ for the Holidays

Susanna Palmer Marker, NYC’s Bloomberg Producer-Reporter

In the Spotlight: Sherman resident and Bloomberg producer-reporter Susanna Palmer Marker is employee #300 out of thousands. Her impressive career at Bloomberg LP began 21 years ago, well before CEO Michael Bloomberg ever became mayor of New York City. In an interview, Susanna shared how she first began working for Bloomberg in 1995. She started out as a producer for world and national news for morning programming at Bloomberg Information Television, as it was known then. Just a few… Read More Susanna Palmer Marker, NYC’s Bloomberg Producer-Reporter

Family Fun and Excitement at the SPTO Harvest Fair

Saturday, October 15, was a simply perfect autumn day for the community to get together and celebrate the 13th Annual Harvest Fair at the Sherman School! Over 300 volunteers, supporters, and children with their families and friends attended this fundraising event that’s sponsored each year by the Sherman Parent Teacher Organization. The Harvest Fair event… Read More Family Fun and Excitement at the SPTO Harvest Fair

Meet Dr. Jeff Melendez: Sherman School’s New Principal and Superintendent

There’s no question about it, Dr. Jeff Melendez, the new Sherman School Superintendent-Principal, is qualified for the dual role. He brings with him an impressive 20-year career in education. In his most recent position, Dr. Melendez was the principal at Waverly School in Eastchester, New York for eight years. He was also the assistant principal… Read More Meet Dr. Jeff Melendez: Sherman School’s New Principal and Superintendent

In the Spotlight: Stephanie Spinner, Children’s Book Author

Sherman author Stephanie Spinner is a master of her craft in the world of children’s literature. Yet, if you ask her how many books she has written, she’ll probably just say, “a lot.” For the record, the number is 35, ranging from picture books, easy-to-read books, chapter books, to middle-grade and young adult novels. They’ve… Read More In the Spotlight: Stephanie Spinner, Children’s Book Author

Join Abbie Gardner & Special Guests this Saturday, September 24th

On Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m., the  award-winning songwriter and musician, Abbie Gardner, will take to the stage at Groovin’ in New Fairfield. Shawna Caspi, Lorkin O’Reilly, and Don Lowe will also perform live, making this an unforgettable evening with four talented musicians! Known as the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile, Abbie Gardner… Read More Join Abbie Gardner & Special Guests this Saturday, September 24th

In the Spotlight: Hannah McKinnon, an Award-Winning Writer

Hannah McKinnon just released her latest commercial fiction novel, “Mystic Summer.” This second book in a two-book deal with Emily Bestler Books of Atria / Simon & Schuster is quickly becoming a “great summer beach book” after hitting the shelves across the nation only two months ago. Bestselling authors like Elin Hillenbrand, Shelley Noble, and… Read More In the Spotlight: Hannah McKinnon, an Award-Winning Writer

Organic Farming Program for Kids at Strawberry Fields Farm

For five fun-filled days in August, the 22nd through the 26th, Strawberry Fields Farm in Sherman is offering an exciting, hands-on learning experience in organic farming for children ages 8, 9, and 10. Starting with a tour of the farm, children will learn the basics about how easy it is to grow veggies, herbs, and… Read More Organic Farming Program for Kids at Strawberry Fields Farm

Farm to Table Dining Indulgence at Strawberry Fields Farm

Carol Royal, organic farmer and owner of Strawberry Fields Farm in Sherman, is teaming up with Anne McClelland, a renowned local chef and owner of The First Bite Catering in New Milford. Together, they’re offering an unforgettable evening of fine dining inside the farm’s rustic and renovated barn on Saturday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m.… Read More Farm to Table Dining Indulgence at Strawberry Fields Farm

In the Spotlight: Sara Frischer, Sherman’s Landscape Painter

In 1994, Sara Frischer, a professional sculptor and figure painter, moved to town. Instantly falling in love with Sherman’s natural, raw beauty that surrounded her, she found a new source of inspiration right outside her door. Picking up her paintbrush, she began to capture Mother Nature in all her glory. Sara didn’t know it at… Read More In the Spotlight: Sara Frischer, Sherman’s Landscape Painter

Preserve New Fairfield’s House & Garden Tour is this Sunday

Do you like antique homes, contemporary gardens, fascinating stories and once-in-a-lifetime peeks into places not often open to the public? Friends, you are in luck! The semi-annual Preserve New Fairfield House and Garden Tour is right around the corner and we are reserving tickets just for you! Set for July 17, the self-guided tour promises… Read More Preserve New Fairfield’s House & Garden Tour is this Sunday

Carousel Kidsignment Boutique Celebrates Grand Opening

It was a momentous day for the Kopp family when they officially opened their doors to the cutest, and tiniest, little boutique and consignment shop ever! With only 300 square feet of retail space nestled inside the interior corner of Sherman Commons, it was wonderful to see how so many customers and well-wishers could fit… Read More Carousel Kidsignment Boutique Celebrates Grand Opening

Canadian Pension Fund Closes on Candlewood Lake

A Canadian pension fund just purchased FirstLight-ENGIE Group’s hydroelectric assets in Massachusetts and Connecticut — including all of Candlewood Lake, on June 1. PSP Investments, a pension fund management firm for public service, Canadian forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Reserve Force, paid $1.2 billion to close the deal announced in February. A Waterbury… Read More Canadian Pension Fund Closes on Candlewood Lake

Mighty Ploughboys Rocking the International Beer & Wine Food Festival on Saturday

Now’s your chance to see the talented Mighty Ploughboys perform many of their Irish rock hits and recent singles at the International Beer and Wine Food Festival on Saturday, June 11. This all-day event, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., will take place at the Danbury City Center Green, 101 Railroad Place. The Mighty Ploughboys… Read More Mighty Ploughboys Rocking the International Beer & Wine Food Festival on Saturday

JaxLegacy 3K / 5K Race at Veterans Park in Sherman on Saturday, June 11

There’s still time to sign up for the 2nd Annual JaxLegacy Race, which will take place on Saturday, June 11 at 11 a.m. in Veterans Park, Sherman. This fundraising and awareness event is for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Chiari Malformation. The race begins and ends at Veterans Park, and there’s a 3K or 5K run, walk,… Read More JaxLegacy 3K / 5K Race at Veterans Park in Sherman on Saturday, June 11

Sherman School Superintendent, Don Fiftal, Retires After 48 Years in Education

Summer Break is just around the corner and June 7 is the last day of school at the Sherman School. In the midst of all the energy and excitement is another big date on the minds of many people within the community. Don Fiftal, the esteemed Superintendent of Schools at the Sherman School for the… Read More Sherman School Superintendent, Don Fiftal, Retires After 48 Years in Education

Resident State Trooper Michael Saraceno Discusses Arrest of 48-Year Fugitive, Robert Gordon Stackowitz

Sherman, Conn. (Town Tribune) – Whenever the Town of Sherman makes the headlines, it’s typically about something good. This time around, news quickly spread like wildfire across the Nation about how Robert Gordon Stackowitz, otherwise known as “Bob Gordon” the boat repairman to many residents, is a convicted felon and fugitive who escaped from a… Read More Resident State Trooper Michael Saraceno Discusses Arrest of 48-Year Fugitive, Robert Gordon Stackowitz

In the Spotlight: Robin Frome, Sherman Playhouse President & Artistic Director

Four years ago this month Robin Frome landed a coveted position as President and Artistic Director of the Sherman Playhouse. In the world of theater, this is no ordinary feat. In an interview with Frome, he elaborated on why the Sherman Playhouse role is one of distinction. “Regarding the coveted aspect, when you graduate with… Read More In the Spotlight: Robin Frome, Sherman Playhouse President & Artistic Director

Julia’s Wings Fundraiser at Quaker Hill Country Club, Sat., May 21

Join the Board of Directors of Julia’s Wings Foundation at their 3rd Annual “Evening of Hope” as they honor the life of Julia Malsin by raising funds to help families battling Aplastic Anemia, PNH, and MDS.  This event will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Quaker Hill Country Club, 1013 Quaker Hill Road, in… Read More Julia’s Wings Fundraiser at Quaker Hill Country Club, Sat., May 21

First Selectman Clay Cope’s Run for Congress Gaining Momentum as Convention Nears

With the Connecticut Republican 5th District Convention just three days away, First Selectman of Sherman, Clay Cope, is quickly becoming the most visible and viable congressional candidate. Ever since Cope announced his candidacy in January to run in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District for a seat in the US House of Representatives, he has gained more… Read More First Selectman Clay Cope’s Run for Congress Gaining Momentum as Convention Nears

In the Spotlight: Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Don Lowe

Don Lowe is a man of 21 talents. Professionally, he’s an adjunct professor who teaches composition and business writing at Naugatuck Valley Community College and public speaking at Mercy College. He tutors as well and teaches all subjects to “at risk” students for REACH in Newtown. In the Town of Sherman, he’s a well-known third… Read More In the Spotlight: Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Don Lowe

Sacred Grounds Coffee Roasters Expands New Business into Litchfield County Towns

SHERMAN — John Rich met skepticism in November as he opened Sacred Grounds Coffee Roasters in this rural community, but just months later his fair trade coffee business continues to grow. In four months Rich, 46, found a niche market and he is selling 16 certified organic and fair trade coffees from around the world… Read More Sacred Grounds Coffee Roasters Expands New Business into Litchfield County Towns

Learn to Create Unique Centerpieces With Vegetables & Flowers This Saturday

Strawberry Fields Farm in Sherman is hosting a special lecture, “How to Create Unique Centerpieces with Vegetables & Flowers” on Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. Guests will get their creative juices flowing with Loretta Stagen,  a professional floral designer with over 25 years of experience. She specializes in creative décor for weddings, parties, theater… Read More Learn to Create Unique Centerpieces With Vegetables & Flowers This Saturday

The Mighty Ploughboys Rocking Daryl’s House on Saint Patty’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is finally here me lads and lasses, so it makes perfect sense the Mighty Ploughboys, a popular five-member Irish rock band with roots in New Fairfield, Sherman, and Danbury, are in the spotlight tonight! The band is headlining at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, New York, a popular restaurant and live music… Read More The Mighty Ploughboys Rocking Daryl’s House on Saint Patty’s Day

Attend ‘The Elegance of Memorable Coffee’ Lecture this Saturday

Strawberry Fields Farm in Sherman is hosting a special lecture, “The Elegance of Memorable Coffee” on Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m.  Coffee enthusiasts will meet Dr. Gerald Ross, a barista’s barista. Based on years of research, explore the full range of coffee options with Dr. Ross. Improve your coffee game from espresso to presse-café… Read More Attend ‘The Elegance of Memorable Coffee’ Lecture this Saturday

6 Connecticut Companies Announce Hiring Plans

On Monday, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CT DOL) – Office of Research released their monthly Business and Employment Changes Announced in the Media report. For the month of February, six companies announced plans to seasonally or permanently hire a total of 1,615 employees. For this year, Home Depot plans to hire 900 seasonal employees… Read More 6 Connecticut Companies Announce Hiring Plans

Traveling and Cooking Lecture With John Jenner On Saturday

Strawberry Fields Farm in Sherman is offering three upcoming Edible Education lectures. The first of three begins at 2 PM on Saturday, March 5, and the highlight is all about European cooking. John Jenner’s “Traveling and Cooking in Europe” experiences are sure to captivate his audience. Mr. Jenner is well-traveled and he cooked extensively in… Read More Traveling and Cooking Lecture With John Jenner On Saturday

Wear Red! Julia’s Wings Awareness Week Kicks Off on Monday

February 29 through March 6 is the 2nd Annual Operation Wear Red Campaign to help raise awareness of Aplastic Anemia! First Selectman of Sherman, Clay Cope, First Selectwoman of New Fairfield, Susan Chapman, and their Boards; along with the Mayor of New Milford, David Gronbach, just issued formal proclamations and are encouraging their communities to… Read More Wear Red! Julia’s Wings Awareness Week Kicks Off on Monday

Sacred Grounds Coffee Roasters Brewing Up a Successful Business ‘That Rocks’ in Sherman

Especially in small town Sherman, it’s not an everyday occurrence when a new business opens its doors. When one does, word of the great news spreads quickly, and many residents can’t wait to find out for themselves what the business is all about. For John Rich, owner of Sacred Grounds Coffee Roasters, he knows firsthand… Read More Sacred Grounds Coffee Roasters Brewing Up a Successful Business ‘That Rocks’ in Sherman

Republicans Endorse Clay Cope for Congress

Danbury, Conn. (Citizen News) – Over 50 people gathered in the foyer at the Danbury City Hall last Wednesday afternoon to witness and show support at Clay Cope’s first official press conference, which put his campaign to run for Congress in the 5th District into high gear. In attendance were several high-profile Connecticut Republicans along… Read More Republicans Endorse Clay Cope for Congress

First Selectman Clay Cope Officially Announces Running for Congress in Connecticut’s 5th District

Sherman, Conn. (Citizen News) – It seems like just yesterday Sherman, Connecticut residents were voting at the polls in the 2015 local election. First Selectman Clay Cope won his third consecutive term in office. Just as he was getting settled in the New Year, Mr. Cope announced that he is officially running for Congress. This… Read More First Selectman Clay Cope Officially Announces Running for Congress in Connecticut’s 5th District

40 Places for Children to Have Fun Indoors This Winter

A Parent Survival Guide to Cabin Fever! Single degree mornings. Wind chill factors. Too cold to play outside. Yes, Old Man Winter is here and children are typically one of two extremes; bouncing off the walls or bored to tears. It’s amazing how many free, low-priced, and moderately priced indoor activities there are in our… Read More 40 Places for Children to Have Fun Indoors This Winter

Press Release: FirstLight Drawdown Update

UPDATE: Candlewood Lake Drawdown Now Underway New Milford, Conn. – FirstLight Power Resources (FirstLight), the owner and operator of the Rocky River Hydroelectric Power Station in New Milford, issued the following statement regarding the biennial shallow drawdown of Candlewood Lake: “The shallow drawdown of Candlewood Lake was recently delayed by a mechanical malfunction of one… Read More Press Release: FirstLight Drawdown Update

Will First Selectman Clay Cope Run for Congress?

Sherman, Conn. (Citizen News) – First Selectman Clay Cope, who is serving the beginning of his third term, was just informally asked to become a U.S. House of Representatives candidate for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District in this year’s election. Regardless of whether or not First Selectman Cope decides to formally accept the nomination, it’s an… Read More Will First Selectman Clay Cope Run for Congress?

Jolly Old Saint Nick Arrives by Fire Truck at Holy Trinity

In the wee hours of morning on Saturday, Jolly Old Saint Nick was seen rolling into Holy Trinity’s parking lot with sirens blaring and lights flaring. Over 100 children, parents, and volunteers were in awe and couldn’t believe their eyes. Once again, it was a magical moment for those who believe. After 36 years of… Read More Jolly Old Saint Nick Arrives by Fire Truck at Holy Trinity

Uniquely Sherman: 17 Distinctive Places To Go For All of Your Holiday Shopping

At first glance, holiday shopping options in Sherman for family and friends can appear to be quite limited. Our quaint and rural town is not about having tons of commercial buildings and streets lined with endless rows of boutique shops and national retailers. However, if one looks closer, Sherman certainly does offer “something for everyone”… Read More Uniquely Sherman: 17 Distinctive Places To Go For All of Your Holiday Shopping

First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Amore Restaurant

Passersby will most certainly notice a festive 10-foot Christmas tree as they drive by Amore Restaurant on State Route 37 East in Sherman this holiday season. Community togetherness was the hallmark of this celebratory gathering on Friday night. Over 50 people sang Christmas carols and shared a champagne toast with the Ragosta family at their… Read More First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Amore Restaurant

Santa in a Fire Truck is Express Delivering Gifts to Sherman Boys and Girls on Dec. 19!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is teaming up with the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department and Grade 4 Sherman School elves, who need money for their Washington D.C. class trip, to deliver holiday gifts directly to your home. Surprising the little ones with a delightful visit from Santa and his elves begins with an arrival at… Read More Santa in a Fire Truck is Express Delivering Gifts to Sherman Boys and Girls on Dec. 19!