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Collinsville Businesses on the Move

June 2, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
On the stoop at Rootz. Back Row: Liz Jackson, Katie Noel, Dawn Leniak Front Row: Krista Johnson, Jennifer Gero Missing: Kathleen Kay, Sharon Coons

The staff at Rootz will soon work out of 124 Main St. in downtown Collinsville. The new location, like their current one at 110 Main, comes with its own front “stoop.” File Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – A business landscape is always fluctuating but it is certainly a time of notable changes in the downtown area.

This summer, Rootz Organic Salon, now in its 12th Year at 110 Main St., will be moving to 124 Main St., the 16-year location of Realty Works, which recently merged with William Raveis.

Rootz owner Jennifer Gero said the new space will allow her to fulfill her vision — a rustic, industrial look. It will be accomplished with the help of numerous area artisans.

“It’s a complete buildout,” she said. “I have these amazing people behind me, doing the majority of the work.”

Julius Fialkiewicz, former Realty Works owner and sales associate for The Realty Works Group at William Raveis, said the group will still have the ability to meet clients in Collinsville and retains a presence in town. Most agents will be based in nearby Avon but many also live in Canton.

He added that vacating the office is another way to save money in an ever-difficult business environment.

“The state of Connecticut is doing nothing to help small businesses stay in Connecticut,” Fialkiewicz said.

Valley Center, a real-estate education center and meeting space owned by Gail Fialkiewicz, remains at 128 Main St.

Julius Fialkiewicz said he feels Rootz is going to be a great fit for the building.

“I think they’ll be a really good neighbor,” Fialkiewicz said.

For now, Rootz continues to operate at 110 Main St. and Gero anticipates July 31 will be the last day in that space. She expects to open in the new location on Aug. 2.

“It’s a new beginning,” Gero said. “I’m excited for expansion as well as new updated equipment and facilities.” … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook PTO Dedication to Honor Former Teacher, Late Custodian

May 11, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
Submitted Photo

Submitted Photo

On May 19, the Cherry Brook Primary School Parent Teacher organization will dedicate picnic tables at a new playground pavilion to two former staff members.

Both Bev. Kibbe and the late Dave Hutchins will be honored at the 4 p.m. ceremony.

Kibbe retired in 2012 after more than 30 years as a kindergarten teacher in Canton.

Hutchins retired as head custodian at Cherry Brook  in January of 2013 after nearly 18 years in the district. Unfortunately, however, he passed away later that year.

Bev Kibbe and members of her family will be in attendance, as will several of Dave Hutchins’ family members, PTO members said.

“The PTO and the Cherry Brook School community are looking forward to officially dedicating these two picnic tables recognizing Bev Kibbe and Dave Hutchins’ contributions to the School,” PTO president Anne Marie Pelletier said. … Continue Reading

Esty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Avon

March 30, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
Elizabeth Esty

Elizabeth Esty

Submitted Release 

Waterbury, Danbury, & Avon – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold three regional town hall meetings next week to provide residents throughout Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District the opportunity to speak with her in person about the economy, national security, or any other issues important to constituents and their families.

“I’m looking forward to hearing directly from folks from across central and northwest Connecticut about the issues that are most important to them,” Esty said. “These discussions are always productive. I’ve taken the concerns folks bring to me at community roundtables, in town hall meetings and Congress on Your Corners, and through emails and phone calls to Washington to fight for legislation that will help all our families.”

All three town hall meetings are open to the public and to the press. At each event, Esty will make brief opening remarks before spending the majority of the time taking audience questions. Even if they are unable to attend in person, constituents are encouraged to visit Esty’s Facebook and Twitter pages and ask her questions on any topic they would like her to address at the town hall meetings.

If you plan to attend, you can RSVP at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/1Zy8Dg7G6a9—gyCQpK73EMN24-YOsa7l7CvxWRJMwk/edit

The following Town Hall Meetings are scheduled.

  • Monday, April 4, 2016, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM – Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, 440 Pierpont Road, Waterbury
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Rogers Park School, 21 Memorial Drive, Danbury
  • Sunday, April 10, 2016, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM – Avon Free Public Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Road, Avon

Canton Superintendent Recommends Using Choice Funds to Retain Third-Grade Staffing Levels for 2016-2017

Superintendent Kevin D. Case has recommended using the district’s 2016-2017 Open Choice grant to cover the cost of additional third-grade section that had been trimmed out of the school district’s proposed budget for next year.

At a Board of Education Tuesday, Case recommended using the Open Choice grant – funds the district receives for participating in state integration efforts – to pay for the position, which is approximately $52,000. The board will vote on the recommendation at its next meeting on April 5. Case also cautioned that the recommendation was based on current enrollment projections of 115 and could change if the numbers do.

“My recommendation to you tonight add a third-grade section next year and that we use (Choice) program dollars to do so,” Case said.

Earlier this year, Case had proposed reducing the number of third grade classrooms from 6 to 5. While the current second graders in five sections, with class sizes of 22 and 23, parents of those students objected strongly to the idea of cutting a third-grade section. Many stated they had assumed that their students would have the smaller sizes of 18 and 19 once they reached third grade. … Continue Reading

Senator Witkos Names George Demars of Canton Veteran of the Month

March 2, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) and George Demars. Submitted Photo

State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) and George Demars.
Submitted Photo

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CANTON – State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) named George Demars of Canton the “Veteran of the Month” this March. Demars, born and raised in Winsted, served bravely in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. His courageous acts of heroism earned him a Bronze Star with Combat V designation.

“I’m honored to recognize George this month for his incredible acts of heroism and service throughout his life,” said Sen. Witkos. “During his time in Korea, George became a true hero, risking his life in some of the most dangerous situations to help others. Since his incredible acts of service, he has continued to help others through decades of amazing community involvement and volunteerism. Thank you George for all that you’ve given our country and our community.”

Demars was born in Winsted in 1932. He attended the Gilbert School where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. After high school in 1950 George joined the United States Marine Corps. Early on he was assigned to the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. He played basketball for the fleet in North Africa and Europe. In 1952 he was sent to Korea where he would see much combat over the next 15 months. … Continue Reading

Portraits of Canton: Donating Blood with Peter Fortier

February 10, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

By John Fitts 

Continuing a habit he started at age 17, Peter Fortier is rapidly closing in on his 125th blood donation.

That represents more than 15 gallons of his own blood but the 51-year-old Canton resident isn’t slowing down any time soon. In fact, he’s only stepped up his efforts in recent years.

“I do it because I can; It doesn’t cost me anything,” Fortier said. “For all of our modern medicine, we haven’t figured out how to make blood yet.”

For the past three years or so, Fortier has donated platelets through Apheresis. During that process, blood is drawn from one of the patient’s arms and sent through a machine with a centrifuge that separates one component of the blood – either platelets or plasma – and deposits it into a sterile bag. The rest of the blood is circulated back to the donor.  … Continue Reading

Canton Land Conservation Trust Postpones Moonlight Hike

January 22, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
A scene from last year's hike. Photo by William Duncan

A scene from last year’s hike.
Photo by William Duncan

Due to the potential for high winds and other weather uncertainty, The Canton Land Conservation Trust has rescheduled its annual moonlight hike to Jan. 30.  The event takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hikers will begin at the Breezy Hill Farm Preserve and follow a luminaria-lined trail leading the way to a horse barn for a festive gathering, chili dinner and other refreshments.

There is no charge, although donations to the Land Trust are accepted. The Land Trust will provide chili and hot cocoa, and hikers are invited to bring side dishes or desserts to share.

The trail will be packed down, but winter footwear or snowshoes (should there be snow) are suggested. The Land Trust asks that you leave your dogs at home this time. Carpooling is encouraged. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Health Announces New Director of Nursing

January 12, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
Bridget Fortier

Bridget Fortier

Submitted Release 

Canton – Cherry Brook Health Care Center announces Bridget Fortier as the new director of nursing. In her new position, Fortier will oversee the nursing staff of the 100-bed skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation community, located at 102 Dyer Avenue.

Mrs. Fortier graduated from Naugatuck Valley Community College and has over twenty years’ experience in nursing. Her background includes working with short term rehab residents as well as comprehensive respiratory care with ventilator management working directly with board certified pulmonologists dealing with unique and complex respiratory cases. Bridget has had her hands in every aspect of nurse management working for the same health care center since 1997 until joining Cherry Brook this fall.
“I look forward to working with the residents of Cherry Brook and to help better serve and educate the community. It is my passion to serve the elderly. Every day I learn something special about them,” she said. … Continue Reading

Canton Schools Cancel Tuesday Evening Activities

January 12, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

The Canton Public Schools have canceled all after-school and evening activities, according to an email from Superintendent Kevin Case.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow after 4 p.m. with 1 to 2 and a half inches possible by late tonight.

No Injuries Reported in Accident involving School Bus

December 18, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Canton police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and school officials responded to an accident involving a school bus on Route 179 Friday afternoon.

Police radio reports indicate there was an accident involving a bus and another vehicle near the intersection of Route 44 but that there were no injuries.  



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