Conn. Physician Assistant Foundation Gets Donation from GoodWorks Insurance for Scholarships

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The Connecticut Physician Assistant Foundation recently received a $2,000 donation from GoodWorks Insurance.

“We thank GoodWorks Insurance for helping assure the future of healthcare in Connecticut,” said Mark Schumann, executive director of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants.

The foundation provides scholarships to students who are enrolled in a Connecticut physician assistant program and state residents attending out-of-state physician assistant programs.

Headquartered in Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance is an independent insurance agency that donates half of its operating profits to local nonprofits that support education, healthcare, and public safety.

GoodWorks Insurance also donates to the foundation 20 percent of its commissions on business and personal insurance policies Connecticut APA members buy from it.

“It’s is a win-win that benefits our members and our foundation,” Schumann said.

Representing four dozen carriers, GoodWorks Insurance shops the market to unearth the best value on personal and business insurance and employee benefits programs.

Connecticut APA members can get more information about the GoodWorks/APA plan by contacting Mary Lynn Milazzo at 800-588-8330 (101) or

Based in Bloomfield, the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants is devoted to representing and promoting the interests of physician assistants. More information is online at

GoodWorks Insurance is one of Connecticut’s top independent insurance agencies, offering personal and business insurance, surety bonds, group health insurance and 401(k) plans. Besides Glastonbury, it has offices in Avon, New Milford and Columbia.  Web:

New Milford VNA Gets Sponsorship from GoodWorks Insurance for June Event


New Milford VNA Gets Sponsorship from GoodWorks Insurance for June Event

“Moonlight, Blues & Barbeque” features live music and great food

Moonlight, Blues & Barbecue, a fundraiser for the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, will be sponsored in part by GoodWorks Insurance, which recently donated $5,000.

“GoodWorks Insurance has stepped up to help make this fun event very successful,” said New Milford VNA Executive Director Andrea Wilson. “They’re model members of the local business community, and serving as a premier sponsor shows that.”

The VNA provides free care to people who aren’t covered by Medicare or other insurance.

An independent insurance agency in New Milford, GoodWorks gives half of its operating profits to local charities that support education, healthcare and public safety.

“We’re proud to support this wonderful community asset,” said James Kick, senior vice president at GoodWorks Insurance.  “I look forward to seeing many of our friends enjoying barbecue and music.”

A night of cool music, dancing, delicious libations and barbecue, Moonlight, Blues & Barbecue will be held at 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., June 23, at Candlelight Farms Inn in New Milford. Tickets are required.

More information is online at Or contact Debbie Matta at or

GoodWorks Insurance is one of Connecticut’s top independent insurance agencies, offering personal and business insurance, surety bonds, and employee benefit plans. Besides New Milford, it has offices in Glastonbury, Avon and Columbia. Web:

New Milford VNA and Hospice serves Danbury, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Fairfield, New Milford, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Warren, Washington, and Woodbury.  Hospice is provided to eligible patients free of charge.   We:

Contact:  Henry Stimpson, Stimpson Communications, 508-647-0705,

Historical Society of Glastonbury invites you to tour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House


Connecticut River Valley Mansion, Welles-Shipman-Ward House,
Open Every Tuesday June 13th – August 29th

Take a step back in time as you tour a Connecticut River Valley Mansion built in 1755.   Every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. throughout the summer, the Historical Society of Glastonbury (HSG) invites you to tour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House at 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury.

As a guest, you’ll be greeted by a costumed docent and given a tour of the 18th century mansion.   The house, originally owned by John Welles, a Glastonbury shipyard owner, features the largest known period kitchen fireplace in Connecticut, gorgeous unique antiques, including one of only two high-back Queen Anne corner chairs known to exist, a 300 year old working loom, and weaving and spinning wheels and much more!

You’ll walk through the backdoor herb garden on your way to tour the beautiful backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, kitchen garden, grape arbor and apple and maple trees. Learn about tobacco farming, and see antique vehicles such as the horse-drawn Buckingham Hearse (c. 1893.) inside our reconstructed tobacco shed.  Inside the White Barn exhibits show the developing technology of the 19th century.  Explore the 200 year-old, English-style bank barn, where you’ll find an array of treasures and tools, a sleigh, and ice making tools that early farmers used that your children will recognize from the movie “Frozen!” The Welles-Shipman-Ward house awaits your arrival.  Admission is $5 for ages 12 and over. HSG members, Glastonbury Partners in Planting and Glastonbury Garden Club members are free. Visit HUwww.hsgct.orUg, HUFacebookU, or Twitter for more information and current updates.

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  To learn more about InterCommunity and all of its services, please visit