Business Notes, July 3, 2022


WATERBURY – The Children’s Community School Board elected four prominent members of the Greater Waterbury community as officers at its annual meeting.

Whitney Cadett, vice president and head of marketing for Thomaston Savings Bank, was elected chair of the board. Cadett, who previously served as vice chairman of the board, succeeds Selim G. Noujaim, executive vice president of Waterbury-based Noujaim Tool Co., Inc.. Noujaim will remain on the executive committee of the board of directors as past president.

Ivelisse A. Cruz, office manager and legal assistant for Eugene L. DeFronzo PC Attorney at Law, was elected vice president.

Heather Laberinto, chief information technology risk officer for Webster Bank, has been re-elected as board treasurer.

Lanita Lathan-Eady, property and casualty underwriter for The Hartford, was re-elected secretary.

The Children’s Community School is the only private, non-profit secular school offering a comprehensive, year-round education for young people in downtown Waterbury. Founded in 1969, the school now welcomes nearly 180 children from kindergarten to grade 8. Nearly 95% of CCS graduates complete high school on time.

CVS Special Olympics Connecticut Scholarship

Special Olympics Connecticut received a $15,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation to support its Train to Treat program. The goal of the program is to train current and future healthcare professionals and engage them in the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program so they can interact with and better serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a statement.

As part of the program, the organization recently partnered with the Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education, to present “Building a Diverse and Skilled Workforce: Public Health Education for Disability Equity” to 54 health practitioners community and with the Department of Developmental Services to offer “Oral Health for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities” as part of the community oral health course at Tunxis Community College.

With support from the CVS Health Foundation, Special Olympics Connecticut will encourage new partnerships with associations, universities and health organizations to promote inclusive health – so that people with developmental disabilities can access and benefit from the same programs and services. than those available to non-disabled people.

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competition to more than 10,000 athletes of all ages with developmental disabilities and Unified Sports® Partners – their teammates without disabilities. Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement is transforming lives and communities across the state and in 170 countries around the world by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for people. of all abilities, on and off the field of play. Learn more about

Northwest Corner Gives supports non-profit organizations

The Northwest CT Community Foundation launched Northwest Corner Gives,, a crowdfunding platform, created by the Community Foundation to help nonprofits in Northwestern Connecticut raise awareness and raise matching funds for expenses, including programs that advance health care recommendations. public health and safety or that provide more equitable access to services and/or supports, with a preference for those related to childhood physical, cognitive and emotional well-being; programs or amenities designed to serve customers remotely, or that promote the long-term health, safety and well-being of staff and other demonstrable needs and opportunities related to COVID-19; operational support/capacity building; and construction/renovation projects.

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has committed resources to fund up to 50% of all nonprofit campaign goals. The rest is up to the community. The Community Foundation matches donations dollar-for-dollar, July 1-29, up to the campaign goal.

Campaign goals include grants for summer camps and arts programs; support for adult and adolescent mental health programs; child care equipment and supply costs; and operating expenses.

Discover nonprofit campaigns and support their goals on

Participating nonprofits include: ASAP! After School Arts Program, American Mural Project, Brooker Memorial, Canaan Child Care Center, Caring For Bethlehem, Inc., Community Kitchen of Torrington, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, FISH of Northwestern Connecticut, Food Rescue US, Friendly Hands Food Bank, Inc., Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theatre, Gunn Memorial Library, Housatonic Child Care Center, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau, The Housing Collective, Institute for American Indian Studies, Joyful Noise, Inc., KidsPlay Children’s Museum, LARC, Inc., Little Britches Therapeutic Riding, The Little Guild of Saint Francis, The McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Music Mountain, Northwest Connecticut YMCA, Pilobolus, Inc., Prime Time House, Susan B. Anthony Project, Torrington Youth Service Bureau, Warren Public Library, Winchester Youth Service Bureau and Winsted Area Child Care Center.


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