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CBIA Board Elects RSCC Executive as Chair

Members of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association’s Board of Directors elected an executive from RSCC Wire & Cable as its new chair at its recent meeting. Rina Patel, vice president of operations multi-site with RSCC Wire & Cable, while Jeff Hubbard, senior vice president and regional manager at Liberty Bank in New Haven, will go from board chair to immediate past chair. Kevin Grigg, the president of Manchester-based Fuss & O'Neill, and Matthew McSpedon, executive...

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CCM Recognizes State Legislators as ‘Legislative Champions’

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities honored six state legislators for their strong commitment to the cities and towns they represent, the organization has announced.  Two state senators and four state representatives received the 2021 ‘Legislative Champions of the Year’ at CCM’s annual statewide convention held recently at the Mohegan Sun Resort.  Among the honorees: Senator Rob Sampson, Senator Christine Cohen, Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Representative Joe Zullo,...

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JAX Farmington Facility Names Dr. Charles Lee as Endowed Chair

The scientific director at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) for Genomic Medicine in Farmington is the first chairholder of the recently-announced Robert Alvine Family Endowed Chair. Dr. Charles Lee, a geneticist, oversees 27 faculty who are investigating many aspects of human genomics and disease, including immune response, cancer genomics, the microbiome, and genome structure, according to JAX officials. The Maine-based non-profit company recently announced the establishment of three endowed...

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Eversource Appoints New President of Electric Operations in Connecticut

Eversource, which provides energy to businesses and residents, has announced the appointment of a Tolland resident as its new president of the company’s electric operations in Connecticut. Steve Sullivan, a company employee for the last 30 years, will work to help rebuild “the confidence and trust of our customers, the business community and elected leaders across Connecticut,” the organization announced. Sullivan officially became President of Connecticut Light & Power Company on Dec. 5....

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Roy & Leroy Government Relations LLC Hires Senior Lobbyist

The former General Counsel for the Insurance Association of Connecticut has joined Roy & Leroy Government Relations as a senior lobbyist, the firm announced today. Joy Avallone has also served the state of Connecticut as an assistant attorney general. “Joy has become one of the most respected voices at the state Capitol on a wide range of business issues,” said Craig Leroy, a Partner at Roy & Leroy and one of the firm’s co-founders, in a prepared release. Roy & Leroy, which...

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Realtor Of The Year Selected By Greater Hartford Association

The Greater Hartford Association of Realtors has recognized a 15-year veteran of the real estate industry as its 2021 Realtor of the Year for her dedication to fighting for fair housing. Cheryl Hilton, of eXp Realty LLC, was previously recognized with the Connecticut Fair Housing Empowering Communities Award in 2016 for her work in making fair housing a mandatory continuing education course for all real estate practitioners. Hilton has been a member of the Board of Directors for both the...

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McDowell Communications Group Welcomes New Digital Media Director

The woman charged with overseeing digital and social media for the state Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has now joined McDowell Communications Group as its Director of Digital Media. At the Hartford-based communications firm, Sabrina Rivera will be responsible for overseeing digital and social media for clients, developing digital content and managing the firm’s online presence, the company announced. Rivera had collaborated with McDowell Communications Group during the...

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Mystic Market Kitchen & Eatery Opens at Foxwoods Resort Casino Thursday

Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced that Mystic Market Kitchen & Eatery will open its fifth location this Thursday at the resort's Great Cedar concourse in the Great Cedar Hotel. The market – which has locations in Mystic, Westport, and Old Saybrook – features handmade artisan foods made from locally sourced ingredients. Owned and operated by The Coastal Gourmet Group, the market will offer a variety of items including pastas, brisket, and salads.  “Mystic Market Kitchen & Eatery is...

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Former Murphy Aide Joins Hartford Lobbying Firm

After working for U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy for nearly a decade, Zachary Dendas has joined a Hartford firm as a lobbyist and legislative associate. Representatives from Sullivan & LeShane, Inc. announced this week that Dendas joined their team. Dendas served in various capacities during his tenure with Murphy, most recently as Director of Outreach in Connecticut, working as a community liaison with the state’s policymakers and elected officials, according to a prepared release from...

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Former Inmate Turns His Life Around

Goodwin Instructor Publishes Book of Poems Stephen Campbell was just 20 years old when he started serving a nearly 10-year stint in prison in relation to a 2006 drug-related shooting in Hartford. “I fell into the wrong crowd and was just trying to figure out life,” Campbell recently recalled. “I ended up in a situation where it went all the way left.” But that experience led to a growth that has now resulted in Campbell publishing his own book of poems, titled “Sea Through Emotions: Poetry...

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