The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)
Multiple business openings ahead in 3 towns
MIDDLETOWN — October is moving right along, and the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce team continues to be on the move.
On the chamber calendar front, this week will feature another important municipal candidate forum at a chamber division, this time in the great town of Killingworth. Last week featured two very well-attended and productive forums in Middlefield and in Cromwell respectively.
We continue to appreciate the participation of our candidates for public office, and are grateful for their willingness to run and serve.
This week also features a human resource workshop, “Are You Ready for Connecticut’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Act?,” which will take place on Tuesday at 9 a.m. via Zoom. To register, please visit middlesexchamber.com.
Rounding out the week, our Board of Directors will be meeting on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. This meeting will feature reports from committee chairs, and key staff, on the many important ways in which we work to support the business community in Middlesex County.
It will also feature remarks from David Lehman, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, the state agency that oversees a wide range of programs promoting business retention and recruitment, brownfield redevelopment, the arts, historic preservation and tourism.
We look forward to continuing our great working relationship with DECD as we collectively pursue strategic economic development in our great state.
I also look forward to attending two important corporators meetings. On Monday evening, I will attend the annual meeting of the Middlesex Health Corporators, and on Tuesday, I will attend the Corporators and Donor Appreciation reception for Hospital for Special Care.
We are lucky to have these two outstanding health care facilities in our state, and I thank them both for their support of our chamber.
I also ask that everyone save the dates of Nov. 1 for our annual Support the Troops Breakfast, and Nov. 3 for our in-person annual awards dinner. There will be more to come on both of those events in next week’s column.
On the business development front, I look forward to attending three exciting grand opening celebrations this week.
The one for Owen’s Emporium in Portland will be held on Monday morning. The shop offers an eclectic flare with consignment furniture, gifts, high-quality artisan wares, old-fashioned candy and much more.
I would like to wish Amy Milardo and her staff great success with this new Middlesex County business.
The celebration for CleanHeart Juice Bar will be held on Tuesday afternoon. I look forward to joining Mayor Ben Florsheim and other local dignitaries for this exciting local business, which offers fresh cold pressed juices, smoothies and smoothie bowls, coffee, tea and many other items.
We would also like to wish Jillian Webber and her team great success at their Washington Street location.
Finally, on Thursday afternoon, I look forward to attending the grand opening for The Landon of Cromwell with Mayor Enzo Faienza and other local officials. This is a brand-new apartment complex on Country Squire Drive, which features great amenities, a convenient location, and floor plans to suit any needs.
We wish them nothing but the best.
On the major event front, the highlight of this week is our virtual member breakfast meeting featuring UConn Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Hurley on Wednesday at 8 a.m. Coach Hurley is about to begin his fourth season at the helm of the Huskies.
He will offer the audience a preview of this year’s team, and as always, will provide us with some insight on leadership and effective management strategies which is certainly relevant to the business community.
We look forward to another great event, and thank ConnectiCare for sponsoring and for their longtime support of our chamber.
Edward Mann passes away
I am afraid I must close this week’s column on a sad note after the recent passing of Edward Mann at 69. Ed Mann, or “Eddie,” as many of us called him, was a great friend, and someone who helped many people throughout his life.
I was fortunate enough to coach him on the football field and got to watch him grow into a true professional and a wonderful family man. Ed served in a variety of public service positions in his career, including as district manager for the U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District, and a 15-year stint as state director for U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd.
Those of us who knew Ed well were never surprised at how good he was at constituent services. The people of this state were lucky to have him in these important roles. Ed never forgot where he came from, and was a strong supporter of many community organizations and initiatives along the way. He was recognized on many occasions with a variety of honors and well-deserved awards.
On a personal note, I was certainly proud to call him my friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s wife Jillene, their daughter Melissa, son Matthew, their grandchildren, and their vast network of family and friends. Eddie Mann was one of the best, and he will be missed by many.