Alliance Members Now Eligible for Financial Support


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Edward F. Ryan (left), senior vice president at GoodWorks Insurance, presents check to Josh Lipshitz, director of business development for the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance.

The Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance recently received a $5,000 donation from GoodWorks Insurance. The Alliance, based in Hartford, represents 411 community nonprofits across the state.


“GoodWorks Insurance has stepped up again to help community nonprofits in Connecticut when government funding is being slashed, and we appreciate their commitment,” said Gian-Carl Casa, president and CEO of The Alliance.

Glastonbury-based GoodWorks Insurance is an independent insurance agency that donates half of its operating profits to local nonprofits.  The firm has become an Alliance Ally so that members can take advantage of programs and financial support GoodWorks Insurance offers to the nonprofit community.

The firm gives program sponsors 20 percent of the revenue it earns on insurance bought by Alliance members’ employees, volunteers and donors.

“We support the nonprofit community in Connecticut and nonprofits support us by using our services for their and their employees’ insurance needs,” said Paul Brian, president of GoodWorks Insurance. “It’s a natural fit and a win for both sides.”

Founded in 2006, GoodWorks Insurance is one of America’s fastest-growing insurance agencies. It offers business, home, auto and life insurance; surety bonds; and group programs. Fulfilling its mission of “Purpose Beyond Profit,” GoodWorks Community Grants go to local nonprofits that support education, healthcare, human services, public safety and community development.

Besides Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance has other Connecticut offices in Avon, New Milford, and Columbia, plus a California office in Walnut Creek. It is a member of GoodWorks Financial Group (

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Golfers and Sponsors Wanted for Ädelbrook Golf for Kids Tournament


Ädelbrook’s Golf for Kids Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT. In its 23rd year, this tournament brings golfers from all over the state with different business needs and is a perfect opportunity for you to get your company’s name out in the “fore” front. The day includes 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast and afternoon buffet, contests for long drive and closest to the pin, free neck and shoulder massages, silent auction and a prize drawing, as well as other special contests throughout the tournament!

Golf for Kids presents an excellent opportunity to promote your business by offering a wide variety of sponsorship levels from $150 up to $3,500. Being a sponsor allows you to get your company name out, while also benefitting the many children and young adults who are served by Ädelbrook.

Ädelbrook is a multi-service agency specializing in behavioral and developmental services. We are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of families and individuals, of all ages, as they relate to intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We provide short-term, long-term and respite residential programming for children and young adults. In-home and community-based services are customized from, as little as two hours a week, to round the clock staffing.  Additionally we provide an educational continuum for students aged 3 – 21.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved with Golf for Kids to support the children and families served by Ädelbrook. Download the golf brochure at

For further information please call 860-635-6010 x327 or email Sharon Graves at

CTDOT Announces Public Hearings on Proposed Fare Increases and Service Reductions

ctdot.JPGThe Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced a series of seven public hearings to gather input on proposed bus and rail fare increases and service reductions.  If approved, a rail fare increase would take effect in three phases – 10 percent on July 1, 2018, 5 percent on July 1, 2020, and 5 percent on July 1, 2021, for a cumulative total of 21.28 percent.  A 14.3 percent, or 25-cent, bus fare increase would take effect on July 1, 2018.  Rail service reductions would also take effect on or about July 1, 2018; no bus service changes are proposed at this time. A $1 increase in the car fare for the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury and Chester-Hadlyme ferries is also proposed, for which public information meetings will be held.

The rail service proposals include significant reductions to rail services on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines on the New Haven Line, and on Shore Line East.  The main line New Haven Line service would largely remain unchanged.

These actions are necessary due to an estimated $60 million budget shortfall for transit and rail accounts.  The implementation of any service and fare changes are subject to public input and contingent on action by the General Assembly to ensure the long-term solvency of the Special Transportation Fund which is supported by the gasoline tax and other revenues, and pays for CTDOT operations.

At these hearings, CTDOT will provide information and accept public comments about the fare and service proposals and the Service and Fare Equity Analysis (SAFE).  The SAFE process evaluates the proposed changes to determine if they will cause a disparate impact on minority populations or a disproportionate burden to low income populations. The SAFE analysis and additional details on the fares and service cuts will be published at as they become available.

The following is the schedule of public hearings.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm


New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2

200 Orange Street

New Haven, CT

(Snow date: Monday, March 5, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm


Waterbury City Hall

235 Grand Street

Waterbury, CT 06702

(Snow date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm


Capital Community College

950 Main Street

Hartford, CT 06103

(Snow dates: Monday, February 26, 2018 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, or Wednesday, March. 7, 2018- 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Hartford Public Library, Center for Contemporary Culture

500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm 


UCONN Stamford Campus Auditorium

One University Place

Stamford, CT 06904

(Snow date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm


New London City Hall

Council Chambers

181 State Street

New London, CT 06320

(Snow date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm


Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

60 Congress Street

Springfield MA 01104

(Snow date: Monday, March 5, 2018 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Monday, March 5, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm


New Britain Police Department Community Room

10 Chestnut Street

New Britain, CT 06051

(Snow date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The following is the schedule of informational meetings for Connecticut River ferry services.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm

ROCKY HILL (Ferries only)

Rocky Hill Town Hall

761 Old Main Street

Rocky Hill, CT 06067

(Snow date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm

CHESTER (Ferries only)

Chester Town Hall

Conference Room

203 Middlesex Avenue

Chester, CT 06412

(Snow date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Individuals are encouraged to provide verbal or written comment at any of the hearings. The hearing facilities are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.  Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department of Transportation at (203) 497-3374 at least 5 business days prior to the hearing. Persons having a hearing and/or speech disability may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). Language assistance is provided at no cost to the individual making the request and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.

The public comment period for the proposed service and fare changes will run from February 16 through March 9, 2018.  CTDOT encourages all members of the public and transit and rail riders to participate in one or more of the scheduled public hearings and/or submit written comments to COMMENT ON PROPOSED FARE AND SERVICE CHANGES, Connecticut Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 or  CTDOT will review and consider all comments received during the public comment period and take those comments into consideration when approving the final service and fare proposal.


Jeffrey Rindfleisch Hired as Vice President of Consumer Lending and Collections at American Eagle Financial Credit Union

Jeffrey Rindfleisch Photo.jpgJeffrey Rindfleisch has joined the leadership team at American Eagle Financial Credit Union as Vice President of Consumer Lending and Collections. In his new position, Jeff is responsible for all Consumer Lending functions (indirect and direct auto, personal loans, and Visa® as well as related support functions of underwriting, processing, closing, and funding) and Collections.

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining American Eagle, Jeff was most recently the Chief Lending Officer at Seasons Federal Credit Union in Middletown where he oversaw all key lending functions and served other sales and service roles for ten years. Jeff also has prior experience as a financial advisor with Oppenheimer, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch.

Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Quinnipiac University. He resides in Killingworth with his wife and two sons and has served as a volunteer with Little League baseball for the past few years.

KidsPlay Museum Gets $2,500 Donation from GoodWorks Insurance for Fair


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Edward F. Ryan, senior vice president with GoodWorks Insurance, presents check to Eileen Marriott, KidsPlay Children’s Museum director.

KidsPlay Children’s Museum received a $2,500 donation from GoodWorks Insurance, which was named the Presenting Sponsor of the fourth annual KidsPlay Family Fun Fair in Torrington.


Families will explore exhibits, engage in creative activities, attend high-quality shows, and learn about family-oriented organizations and resources in the community.

“GoodWorks Insurance is helping us deliver a wonderful event that is all about family, community, and fun.  We so appreciate their support of this event and our work,” said Eileen Marriott, KidsPlay Children’s Museum director.

GoodWorks Insurance donates at least 50 percent of its profits annually to local nonprofits that support education, healthcare, public safety and community development. The insurance agency has offices in Glastonbury, New Milford, Columbia and Avon.

“We’re delighted to participate in this wonderful event and help get the word out that KidsPlay is a gem in their community,” said Edward F. Ryan, senior vice president with GoodWorks Insurance.

The KidsPlay Family Fun Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, at the Warner Theater and KidsPlay Children’s Museum in Torrington. It features exhibits, creative activities, engaging shows, a face painter, roaming entertainers and more. It also offers free eye screenings, child ID kits, medical and dental information, camp and childcare information.

The KidsPlay Family Fun Fair is the museum’s largest event.  The 2017 Fair welcomed over 1,150 children and caregivers.  They interacted with the 25 nonprofit organizations, three public organizations and nine-family oriented businesses.

KidsPlay Children’s Museum is a non-profit institution with over 11,000 square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits and a variety of educational programs.  At KidsPlay, children and their families engage their curiosity, explore and learn through purposeful play.

The recently expanded museum welcomes a larger, more geographically diverse visitor base and is making a positive impact on the economic redevelopment of downtown Torrington.

Fun Fair tickets are available at KidsPlay (61 Main St., Torrington), online at and at the door on the day of the event.

In addition to its donation for the Fair, GoodWorks Insurance has established the KidsPlay Charitable Fund that will receive 20 percent of all commissions earned on insurance policies bought by museum members, patrons, donors and volunteers. Both new and renewed policies will eligible, making the Fund self-sustaining.

“We believe the fund will provide revenue to the museum for many years to come,” Ryan said.

One of the region’s top independent insurance agencies, GoodWorks Insurance is part of GoodWorks Financial Group.  More information is online at and Facebook:

KidsPlay Family Fun Fair, Torrington, Feb. 18, Sponsored by New Milford/Glastonbury Agency


Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Story and Song

150316-robert-frost-10.jpgThe Historical Society of Glastonbury (HSG) brings you “Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Story and Song” presented by Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward and the musical group Band of Steady Habits, on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:30pm at the First Church Congregational, 2183 Main Street in Glastonbury.   This is the first of four free presentations open to the public which the HSG sponsors throughout the year.

In “Frost Season,” Walt Woodward and the musical group Band of Steady Habits present a unique occasion for you to enjoy the works of American poet Robert Frost paired with songs that reflect and amplify the power of New England’s most beloved poet. Robert Frost was a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner for volumes of his poetry. Walter Woodward was formerly a hit songwriter and is now an award-winning author of books about New England history and an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.  A long-time admirer of Frost, Woodward and his musical partners Rachel Smith, Teagan Smith, Jeremy Teitelbaum, Rick Spencer and Duke York present a unique tribute to Frost–  a lecture, love story, poetry reading, and song-pairing, all in one.

About Band of Steady Habits

The six-member acoustic Band of Steady Habits came together in 2014 to share their love of music, and to use their talents to help create a new kind of public history presentation. Rachel Smith, Teagan Smith, Jeremy Teitelbaum, Walt Woodward, Rick Spencer, and Duke York use banjo, guitars, violin, recorders, bass, percussion, and beautiful harmonies to perform songs – some old, some original, and some contemporary – to accompany the  rich and evocative stories of  Walt Woodward. The stories provide new insights and perspectives into topics ranging from the Civil War to the uniqueness of Connecticut, to the poetry of Robert Frost. The Band of Steady Habits has received rave reviews throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts where they are  gaining  fans  for both their stories and music.

This presentation is FREE and open to the public.  Parking is in the rear of the Church. Come in the bottom rear door or the side door facing the driveway.  Phone 860-633-6890 or visit for events and more information.

Nicola-Yester Announces New Managing Partner: STEVEN V. PRIGIONIERI, CPA, MSAT, CEPA

Steven V. Prigionieri, CPA, MSAT, CEPA ,Nicola Yester Managing PartnerThe partners of Nicola Yester & Company, P.C. are pleased to announce the election of Steven V. Prigionieri as Managing Partner effective January 1, 2018.  The firm was founded in 1986 by Timothy Nicola and Norman Yester who continue to work actively with the firm’s clients.

A veteran of 25 years of public accounting, Steve joined the firm in 2010, focusing his tax, and advisory, and accounting practice in servicing privately held businesses primarily in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and restaurant industries.

To further his service to owners of the firm’s closely held business clients, Steve was designated as a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) in 2015, having completed the rigorous MBA-style program of the Exit Planning Institute.  Through his training, he is able to assist owners in building, harvesting and preserving family wealth by integrating major exit strategy components into their planning and operations.

Steve received his B.S. in Accounting from Quinnipiac University and his M.S. in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Hartford.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).  He is a member of the Accounting Advisory Council at Quinnipiac University where he also served previously as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting.  Steve is a former NCAA Division 1 Football Official and officiated football for over 25 years.

Nicola Yester is a 20-person accounting and tax firm serving closely held businesses in the construction, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare industries.