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Coldwell Banker donates $40,000 to Regional Hospice

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has donated $40,000 to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut  in support of the new hospice facility that is under construction in Danbury. The donation was made through the company’s charitable foundation, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Foundation.

Regional Hospice has begun a 36,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility on Old Ridgebury Road that is the first free-standing, private-room hospice in the state of Connecticut. The facility will have 12 private suites for patients, a family kitchen, chapel, library and common gathering areas. It will also house the Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children and Families, which provides grief counseling and support services.

“Our team at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is very pleased to help in getting this  important new facility built,” said Cathleen Smith, Ridgefield resident and president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut & Westchester County. “We recognize that Regional Hospice provides incredible support and compassion for patients and their families during a very difficult time, and we wanted to demonstrate our appreciation for this wonderful organization.”

Syndicated Solutions sets up coffee sales benefiting charity

Syndicated Solutions Inc. (SSI) of Ridgefield has joined with World Vision and Camano Island Coffee Roasters in a new partnership to provide world coffees through radio programs, travel companies, sports leagues, and civic organizations.

Sales are benefiting World Vision, which  works in nearly 100 countries assisting more than 100 million children and their families in struggles against poverty, hunger and injustice.

“They’re also focused on larger issues that include community development and advocacy for helping poor children and their families build sustainable and hopeful futures,” said Bob Carey, president of SSI.

Mr. Carey “brought these two organizations together as I realized the tremendous good we could collectively accomplish together.”

In the coffee program, called BuzzBox, people can purchase coffees from around the world through various partners SSI aligns with BuzzBox, and a percentage of the purchases go to World Vision. The coffees are  USDA organic, shade-grown, top 1% Arabica grade, and fair-traded.

“We are basically creating an alliance with these outlets through a subscription-based coffee program where 10% of purchases goes towards World Vision activities/campaigns,” said Mr. Carey. “Since the audience/participants get hooked on the great coffee, and then tell their friends, family, colleagues, etc. who also become members — it’s the annuitized aspect of BuzzBox that ensures continued expansion and long term revenues that are substantial for both the entity we associate with BuzzBox as a sustained fundraiser and the world vision cause. It’s truly a win-win!”

SSI has been beta testing the BuzzBox program for a month via one of SSI’s popular programs, The Rick and Bubba Show. To learn how it works and the coffees offered, visit rickandbubba.camanoislandcoffee.com.

“The World Vision ‘cause’ will vary from participant to participant, but in less than a month we’ve already secured more than 700 BuzzBoxers just via Rick & Bubba and are on our way to building 15 clean drinking water wells that impacts 30,000 people in Ethiopia,” said Mr. Carey. “And that’s with just one program.”

Schimenti is one of largest construction firms in region

A leading business publication recently named Schimenti Construction Company, headquartered in Ridgefield, as one of the largest construction companies in the New York–New Jersey region.

Crain’s New York Business, in its July 22, issue, lists Schimenti Construction Company as the 19th largest construction firm in a very competitive region.

“Schimenti Construction Company has a long history of growth, but we are particularly pleased to have maintained a solid level of business through the challenging years of the recession,” said vice president, Joseph Rotondo. “More recently, we have seen substantial year-over-year growth. Today our business volume has significantly increased from what it was five years ago, and we are poised for even more growth. I couldn’t be more proud of this company and its people.”

Founded in 1994, Schimenti Construction specializes in the urban retail construction industry. The firm builds stores for some of the nation’s leading retailers, including Clarks, Fossil, Kohl’s, REI, Sephora, Starbucks, Target, Victoria’s Secret and Zara.

For more information, visit www.schimenti.com.

Workshop offers resume assistance

Resume Assistance is a new workshop offered by Ridgefield Continuing Education.

This one-on-one session focuses on how to analyze one’s background and job history to determine the resume format that best highlights accomplishments and skills.

Instructor Glenna McNally of Ridgefield has more than 30 years experience in executive recruiting and human resources consulting and is owner of G. McNally Enterprises in Danbury.

Cost is $44 per a one hour session. Session availability begins Friday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. Visit www.ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 to register.

Carlson now sells Under Armour

Carlson Physical Therapy  is now an authorized dealer of Under Armour brand clothing and gear.

“The Under Armour brand mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation,” said Carlson. “Under Armour products make the athlete better, it provides that extra edge, that performance advantage.”

During September, Carlson is offering 30% off the price  all Under Armour products. To order call or stop in to get an order form, go online to UnderArmour.com

For more information call 203-431-7632 or email us Ridgefield@carlsontherapy.com.

Two will study Bikram yoga

Maritza Johnson, owner of Bikram Yoga of Ridgefield at 609 Main Street, will be sending Julia Marie DiAcri, a 1989 Ridgefield High School graduate who moved to Ridgefield in 1984, and Robin Idestrom, a Ridgefield resident of three and a half years, to a nine-week Bikram Yoga teacher training course in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 15.

When they return, both will teach classes at Bikram Yoga of Ridgefield.

Ms. DiAcri has been a town employee and personal trainer since 2003. She is also a mother of two and a private makeup artist.

Originally from California, Ms. Idestrom is a mother and a private voice teacher. At Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, she leads worship in the Contemporary Service, sings in the choir (directed by her husband), plays piano and is a Stephen Minister.

More information is available at www.bikramyogaridgefield.com.

Laurel Ridge offers rehabilitation info

During National Rehabilitation Awareness week Sept. 16 to 20, Laurel Ridge Health Care Center at 642 Danbury Road, will describe the benefits and impact of physical, occupational and speech therapy rehabilitation.

Each day specific therapeutic areas will be highlighted for guests. Highlights will include use of adaptive therapeutic equipment, variety of functional balance testing and modality use, different diet food to compliment therapy, and demonstrations of testing equipment and treatment modalities.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18,  Dr. Sanjay K. Gupta, board certified orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, will speak at 11 a.m., on “Is Joint Replacement Right for You?”  A complimentary lunch reception will follow program.

For more information or to reserve for the lecture,   call 203-438-8226.

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