Business Notes, July 4, 2021

THOMASTON – Thomaston Savings Bank recently congratulated Bank Agents Melissa Cipriano and Tony Sanchez, recent graduates of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Both completed a two-year program focusing on a wide range of banking topics while highlighting their own personal specialties.

“The CSFM is a tremendous amount of work and we are proud of Melissa and Tony who have been so dedicated to acquiring new and relevant knowledge in banking theory and management. We look forward to their continued growth and success. Congratulations and well done, ”said Stephen L. Lewis, President and CEO of Thomaston Savings Bank.

CSFM offers an intensive two-year banking management training program sponsored by the Connecticut Bankers Association. The program is designed to increase knowledge and awareness of banking theory, practices and procedures, capital markets and management functions that can be used to prepare for new responsibilities at the executive level or within of it. There have been over 2,000 graduates of the school since its inception in 1962.

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Coldwell Banker opens new office in Oxford

OXFORD – Coldwell Banker Realty in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, welcomed the first Selectman George Temple along with other dignitaries and members of the business community to the grand opening of its new real estate office located in Quarry Walk in Oxford on June 18. The Valley Chamber of Commerce and its President and CEO, Bill Purcell, provided a warm welcome to the city.

Temple cut the ribbon for the new office at 276 Oxford Road. at Quarry Walk, Oxford’s first new build development. Participants toured the office and enjoyed appetizers and drinks. The event was hosted by Joe Valvano, president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York; Dan Brady, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York; and Mark Fagan, branch vice president and managing broker for the Oxford Coldwell Banker Realty regional office.

“We were very honored to welcome First Selectman George Temple, Bill Purcell and all the other guests who have joined us to usher in this new era of real estate in Oxford,” said Fagan. “I look forward to helping all new and experienced agents in this office reach their greatest potential by providing unparalleled service to home buyers and sellers across Oxford and neighboring communities.”

The new Coldwell Banker Realty office is home to approximately 50 affiliated real estate agents who serve the needs of home buyers and sellers in New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield counties. The modern space has an open floor plan and shared workspaces, tailored to the needs of on-the-go agents and walk-in customers.

Coldwell Banker Realty chose the brand new Quarry Walk plaza for its beauty and efficiency, offering one-stop shopping through numerous stores along Quarry Walk Park, according to a statement. The plaza is located near Route 8 and I-84, as well as the 150 residential units under construction adjacent to the property. Fagan said Coldwell Banker Realty looks forward to continuing their Coldwell Banker Cares initiatives in the Oxford office, hosting events to benefit the community, such as holiday food and toy drives.

For more information on local real estate or affiliating with Coldwell Banker Realty, contact Mark Fagan at 203-305-8640.

Northwest Community Bank helps repair campaign

WINSTED – The ‘Light the Beacon’ fundraising campaign was launched by the Friends of the Heublein Tower to repair the historic 1914 Heublein Tower at Talcott Mountain in Simsbury. Recognizing the importance of restoring the Tower, Northwest Community Bank and its two divisions contributed $ 15,000 to the campaign.

“Preserving local history is an important tradition of our three banks,” said Stephen Reilly, President and CEO of the bank. “At Collinsville Bank and Litchfield Bancorp, divisions of Northwest Community Bank, we have a long-standing commitment to helping local nonprofits succeed. We are impressed by the Friends of the Heublein Tower plans to repair the Tower and grounds, expand community events and prepare for its future. Literally, as support increases, the future flagship of the Heublein Tower also looks bright. “

Jay Willerup, President of Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc. said, “The Light the Beacon campaign is about more than lighting the beacon on top of the historic Heublein Tower, which will happen with the success of this campaign. It is about building community and serving the larger mission of the group of friends to restore, improve and educate. The Heublein Tower receives thousands of visitors from around the world every year and is a beacon for the community and beyond.

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