Pullman & Comley Welcomes Retired Judge Michael E. Riley


Michael E. Riley, Connecticut Superior Court Judge (Ret.), is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice at Pullman & Comley. He retired from the bench in May, 2017 after 13 years of service as a Superior Court judge. As a member of the bench, he served as the Administrative Judge and as Presiding Judge for civil matters in the Judicial District of Windham and most recently as the mediation judge in the Hartford Judicial District Mediation Center.

Retired Judge Riley serves as a mediator and arbitrator in state and federal court civil matters. He has been board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1990. Judge Riley is a former trial attorney with 28 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of civil matters, including personal injury, professional malpractice, and insurance coverage disputes. Prior to being appointed to the Superior Court, he was a partner at a Hartford law firm practicing primarily in civil litigation and appellate work. Earlier in his career, he worked in-house at a large national insurance company for more than 20 years, most recently as managing attorney and claim counsel.

Judge Riley has received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV). He received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut and his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.

Become a Chamber Digital Ambassador


CALLING ALL SOCIAL MEDIA MAVENS – Do you want to be a CRVCC Digital Ambassador?

As a CRVCC Digital Ambassador, we have some missions to get you started:

1. Like the CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE page on Facebook, and invite
all of your friends.

2. Join our events on Facebook and invite your friends, promote upcoming activities.

  1.  Follow the CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’s Twitter and Instagram
    page, and invite all your friends.

    4. Subscribe to CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’s YouTube channel, and
    invite all your friends.

    5. Fully understand what CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is all about;
    be familiar with our programs, events and opportunities to grow business (we can help
    you with that!)

    ·      Use your social network to spread the word.

    ·      The more “likes” CT RIVER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’s social
    media pages has, the further our message travels.

    6. Be our eyes and ears, “listen” for how we can better serve our members and the
    community at large.

    As a Digital Ambassador, what CRVCC will do for you:

  2. Recognize your participation in our newsletters and Facebook
  3. Provide you with heads up on what’s coming up!
  4. Have fun periodic gatherings for you to get to know each other and for the Chamber to
    get the pulse of digital media from you!


Thank you Maria Tralongo, Langan Volkswagon, for being CRVCC Digital Ambassador for years, follow her lead!

See the Menu for Bids, Bites & Beer, Happening September 7th!


Killam & Bassett will be donating some farm fresh produce to be incorporated in the menu below:

§  Mac & cheese bites

§  Beer battered chicken

§  Chicken satay with alcoholic beverage inspired dips

§  Caprese skewer

§  Vegetable bruschetta on toasted flatbread

§  Housemade kettle chips

§  Mashed potato bar with all the fixings

§  Grilled street corn

§  Bow tie pasta with creamy ale squash sauce

§  Roasted beef steamship carving station

§  Soft pretzel bar with sweet and savory toppings (dessert option)

§  Chef’s choice dessert

Bids, Beer & Bites is an evening of farm to table food, craft beer & wine, and a silent auction.

Along with a main course dinner, attendees will be able to taste local foods including beer battered chicken, mac & cheese bites, grilled street corn, a roasted beef steamship carving station and much more. Several craft breweries & wineries from the area will be providing samples to pair with our farm to table presentation.

Thursday, September 7th
5 – 8 pm

at the Holiday Inn of East Hartford

Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities at InterCommunity

Rewarding Volunteer Opportunity!

Volunteers are needed to facilitate weekly Bingo nights beginning in May at InterCommunity’s Recovery House located in Hartford.   Groups of four to six adults per week are needed to run the Bingo game, provide prizes and snacks, and interact with the clients.  Bingo will be held from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings.

The Recovery House offers short-term housing for men and women with substance use and other co-occurring disorders who are waiting for another level of care or sober housing. The Recovery House offers a safe and structured living facility that allows for clients to participate in intensive outpatient treatment, life skills training groups, vocational services, AA and NA meetings, and other programs. The goal is to provide a supportive and sober transitional living environment for individuals who seek a positive sense of direction toward their recovery.

This volunteer opportunity is ideal for community-minded organizations that are looking to help make a difference in the lives of others.  If your group is interested, please contact Christina Lessard at 860-291-1306 or at christinalessard@intercommunityct.org.  To learn more about InterCommunity and all of its services, please visit www.intercommunityct.org.



Making Glastonbury ‘Bike Friendly’ with Bicycles East


Deb Dauphinais, co-owner of Bicycles East in Glastonbury, has been working with the Town of Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department, the Town of Glastonbury Bicycle Advisory Group, and Bike Walk Glastonbury to design and implement a program that identifies bicycle friendly businesses and intends to make the town more bicycle-friendly while supporting participating businesses. Details of the program are as follows:

GLASTONBURY’S BIKE FRIENDLY FACILITY PROGRAM (BFF) Do you have a business or facility and are looking to attract more business and support cycling?  Or are you a cyclist looking to do business in places where you can safely park your bike or for a friendly place to stop during your ride around Glastonbury? Check out the information below to learn more!


Join other businesses and facilities in Glastonbury and become recognized as a Bike Friendly Facility (BFF)! This NEW program recognizes local businesses and facilities that provide amenities to bicyclists. Participation is FREE and the benefits to participation include:


  • A Custom Window Cling to Display
  • Listing of your Business/Facility Online: http://www.glastonbury-ct.gov/bff
  • Show of Community Support
  • Opportunity to Promote your Business/Facility to Bicyclists


In order to qualify as a Bicycle Friendly Facility, you must be able to provide the following amenities:


  • Bicycle parking that should accommodate a minimum of 4 bicycles and be visible from and close to the entrance it serves – 50’ or less is a good benchmark
  • Allow bicyclists to refill their own water bottle at no charge
  • One of the Following:

o             Use of restroom whether bicyclist is a customer or not

o             No public restroom but can tell a bicyclist of one they can use nearby


We can’t wait to see you join our growing list of businesses and facilities already recognized in Glastonbury!


Deb has shared this link for businesses to identify some bike parking options https://www.sarisparking.com/catalog/outdoor-bike-parking and she welcomes questions.



Cyclists heading out to ride around Town, check out the listing of businesses and facilities that offer these amenities. Please be respectful of any business/facility you visit by removing or wiping shoes with potentially damaging cleats and keeping restrooms neat and clean.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Bicycle Friendly Facility committee members at bff@glastonbury-ct.gov


Deb can be reached directly at Bicycles East, 331 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury; 860-659-0114, or info@BicyclesEast.com


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – New England to host Charity Golf Tournament

From the offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | New England:

We are committed as a company to give back to others! The Sunshine Kids is a phenomenal organization dedicated to helping kids with cancer smile.  Our Golf Tournament last year raised over $26,000 and since 2002 our company has raised over $2.5 million for this great organization.  The money that we raise directly impacts kids with cancer right here in Connecticut.  Sunshine Kids has a regional office in Hartford and in recent years oncology patients from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford have participated in events locally and in New York City and have attended trips to New Orleans, Washington DC and more!  Click here to visit the Sunshine Kids website for more information.

There are many different ways that you can support this worthwhile charity via this event.

Please consider golfing with us or joining us for dinner and our silent auction or consider being a sponsor!  See the links below for all the details.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact one of our chairpersons:

Emily Turker, 860-559-5554 or emilyturker@bhhsne.com

Lisa Hutt, 860-836-8361 or lisahutt@bhhsne.com

Beth DiLoreto, 860-652-4574 or bdiloreto@bhhsne.com

Thank you in advance for your generosity!