The Old Trinity Church in Torrington, late 19th century. From the collection of the Torrington Historical Society.
The Old Trinity Church in Torrington, late 19th century. From the collection of the Torrington Historical Society.

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Torrington Historical Society virtual program
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — The Torrington Historical Society will begin its series of FREE virtual programs on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm with a presentation by Sue Weston, Museum Educator. Beyond the Image: A Story in Black and White will share the journey of hundreds of glass plate negatives and their return to Torrington a century after they were produced. Illustrated with images from the glass plate negatives, this presentation will explore the clues that helped identify the Torrington photographer and the local places and people that inspired his work. Attendees will get a fascinating glimpse of late 19th and early 20th century Torrington as seen through the eyes of one photographer. To register visit the Society’s home page,

Sue Weston began working at the Society as a volunteer and her first project was the cleaning, scanning and housing of a large collection of glass plate negatives that had been acquired by the museum. The negatives had previously been owned by a woman in Vermont who, after noticing a ‘Flieg & Newbury, Torrington’ label on some boxes, offered them to the Torrington Historical Society. While some images were clearly identifiable as Torrington scenes others were unknown and the photographer was also a mystery. Sue’s extensive research eventually led to identifying the photographer and the location of many of the scenes. Don’t miss this interesting look into the project, the research tools used, and its discoveries.
This program is the first in a series of three virtual programs to be presented by museum staff.
Upcoming virtual programs will include “Black Friday: The Flood of 1955”to be presented by Mark McEachern, Executive Director, on May 19, 2021 and “What’s in a Name: The History of Torrington Streets”, which will be presented by Gail Kruppa, Curator on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. To be added to the Society’s email list visit:

Asnuntuck, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern CT and Tunxis CCs Ranked Among Best Colleges in Connecticut

WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities’ North-West region made the list of’s Top 41 Colleges in Connecticut for 2021.
Asnuntuck was recognized for “Best for Advanced Manufacturing,” Naugatuck Valley for “Best Articulation Options,” Northwestern CT for “Best Mentoring Program,” and Tunxis for “Best Year to Career Programs.” analyzed 151 colleges on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 41 making it to the final list. Each college was evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment, among other criteria.
“This is great news, and we are excited to be recognized in yet another ranking for providing relevant, quality education throughout Connecticut,” said Dr. James Lombella, North-West regional president of the Connecticut Community Colleges. “Through the work of our dedicated faculty and staff across the region, these colleges positively impact the lives of thousands of students’ each year, while playing an important role in filling Connecticut’s need for a highly skilled workforce.”
Approximately 11,000 credit and continuing education students are registered this spring in the North-West region at Asnuntuck (Enfield), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury & Danbury), Northwestern CT (Winsted) and Tunxis (Farmington) Community Colleges.

Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft class
WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — This Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) certificate course is taught by boating professionals sponsored by the Connecticut DEEP Boating Division. Successful completion fulfills the requirements to obtain the Connecticut Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft Certificate which enables individuals to operate jet skis and recreational vessels up to 65 feet in length. The course fee of $25 does not include the license fee.
Before taking the boating course, you must obtain a Connecticut Conservation Identification Number (ID). If you have a Connecticut Hunting or Fishing License, your Conservation ID will be the same ID number that was assigned with the hunting or fishing license. If you need a Conservation ID, go to Click on the menu “OUTDOOR RECREATION”. Choose “Sportsman Licensing”. Click the START button
Your Conservation ID as well as your month and day of birth are required to register. For more information or to register for this class, contact Laura McCarthy, Program Coordinator, at (860) 738-6351 or at

NCCC Students Attend Oxford Consortium for Human Rights Conference
WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE March 29, 2021 –Inez Ortiz and Isabella Jacobs spent the past three weekends attending the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights (OCHR) spring workshop, titled Racial Justice, Minority Rights and Religious Freedom, held virtually at Oxford University, England, March 12-28, 2021. The 35-hour workshop concluded with student presentations on March 28.
Inez and Isabella (Izzy) represented Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), which has had attendees at the OCHR workshop for five consecutive years. “This workshop has allowed me to learn about human rights issues around the world and has really given me a new perspective about careers in this field.” states Izzy, a first year Liberal Arts & Science student at NCCC.
Inez and Izzy are Torrington High School and NWR7 graduates, respectively. Inez will be completing her associate degree this May from NCCC and will be transferring to Western CT State University for her bachelor’s degree. Inez’s career goal is to become an environmental lawyer. Izzy plans to transfer after completing her degree in accounting, at NCCC. They are both members of Team Success Scholars, which helped to financially support their participation in the conference.
Team Success Scholars Program Director Susan Dichter also attended this spring workshop, facilitating breakout sessions and leading discussion groups. “These experiences are truly transformative for the students. They learn about human rights issues on a global scale, discussing with students from all over the world on actionable plans, and then they come back to their local community empowered with the skills and passion to make grass-roots change in their local community.”
Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University and Executive Director of the OCHR, has worked closely with NCCC students since 2016 on community action planning initiatives. Quinnipiac and NCCC students work collaboratively at community action summits to share ideas and best practices to better understand human rights in their own backyard, and to bring actionable change into their community. “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the incredible Susan Dichter and the outstanding students from NCCC’s Team Success Scholars program for many years now. It has been quite a privilege to work with NCCC for our global human rights workshops and to see, upon their graduation from NCCC, several students have come to Quinnipiac University to successfully complete our four-year university program. A special note of thanks to President Rooke and Northwestern Connecticut Community College for supporting the Team Success Scholars and enabling their participation in these opportunities. In the time that I have spent with them, I have seen them become true leaders and catalysts for their peers. I look forward to our continued collaboration on a variety of programs.”
The OCHR workshops are designed to provide structured and sustained conversations with leading scholars and practitioners of human rights, and equally as important, with outstanding peers from other institutions. The Oxford Consortium workshops include participants from throughout the United States and from a number of countries in the Global South. The University of Houston, University of Oregon, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, UCONN, and University of Southern California are among the many American universities that have sent participants to the OCHR.
On March 28, Inez and Izzy co-presented their community action projects to the OCHR workshop titled “The Politics of Visibility”, looking at two overlooked populations in society – immigrants who have made Torrington their home, and the challenges of social reentry of criminal offenders. Inez’s team has worked collaboratively with Mark McEachern, Executive Director of the Torrington Historical Society for three years to develop The Mosaic Project: Mark states, “The Mosaic’s purpose is to document and celebrate the diversity of the immigrants who have chosen to call Torrington home, and to serve as an online place where neighbors of various ethnic backgrounds can get to know and understand one another, thus building a stronger community.” Izzy’s team has researched the challenges of criminal offenders as they reenter society to seek employment, education, housing, and healthcare. Her team has collaborated with Mike Emmanuel, Professor of Criminal Justice at NCCC to understand these challenges and to develop a social reentry simulation to educate and raise awareness of the issue.
Financial support for the conference comes from the Team Success Scholars program, supported through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds, and administered through the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (NRWIB). WIOA youth funds are targeted at young people who are out of school to assist them in their career and educational development. These funds are allocated to the states by the US Department of Labor. Additional funds for the Team Success Scholars program come from the Northwest Community Bank of Winsted.
For more information contact Susan Dichter, Program Director of Team Success Scholars

CHH receives $120K grant from The Robert Rosenheim Foundation for its Youth and Family Center

TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center For Youth and Families in downtown Torrington has recently received a generous $120,000 grant from the Robert Rosenheim Foundation.
The Center for Youth and Families will be using the funds to equip its conference room at the Center with state of the art technology to enhance the video and telephone mental health services they offer to the community. These new resources will help the staff overcome the barriers to access and delivery of care and counseling as well as enhance collaborations with other healthcare and child advocacy professionals throughout the region and state.
“Improving access is so important especially now with increased mental health needs due to the pandemic and the long term access issues that exist for kids in the far Northwest Corner.” Said Joan Neveski, LCSW, Director of the Center For Center Youth and Families. “This will also help enhance sessions with patients where transportation is a physical or monetary barrier including those families in rural Northwest Connecticut who experience long round trips to Torrington with little mass transit opportunities. It will also provide an opportunity to connect to children and their caregivers during inclement weather situations where travel is not advised.” Joan added.
Remote family sessions also benefit children by giving people the opportunity to connect from their home if they cannot attend sessions otherwise due to various reasons. Using telehealth also improves coordination and communication with Center staff, educators, healthcare providers, psychiatrists, and pediatricians. The new technology will also assist Center staff provide more accessible group therapy and trainings where the sound and video capability will be top of the line.
“We are so excited to support the dedicated work of the CHH Center for Youth & Families. This gift will provide valuable services and resources to youth and their families in Litchfield County. The Robert Rosenheim Foundation was funded by the Estate of Robert Rosenheim, and as a foundation board member we are blessed with the honor of fulfilling the wishes of Bob Rosenheim. Although Bob had no specific requests for his foundation, his intentions were quite clear. His wish was that his money be used for the benefit and well-being of children and animals.” Said Diane V. Libby, CPA, of Adams, Samartino & Co., PC.
“The board of the Robert Rosenheim Foundation is diligent about finding the right opportunities to support. It is important that each gift be impactful, and in some way, have a tie in to Bob. He was an astute businessman, possessing the ability to recognize needs and provide solutions. As the foundation board we follow in his footsteps.” Diane added.

Students honored for fire prevention posters
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — Two students from St. John Paul the Great Academy and one student from the Forbes School are local winners of the 2021 fire prevention poster contest, sponsored each year by Connecticut FAIR Plan and the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association.
Torrington Deputy Fire Marshal Jarred Howe awarded certificates and gift cards to fifth-grade students Isabella O’Brien and Alexandra Mazzarelli on March 30 at the St. John Paul the Great Academy. Proudly looking on as classmates applauded were intermediate teacher Jennifer Nypert and academy principal Edward Goad.
Howe made a separate presentation at the Forbes School to first-place winner Mia Diaz, a fourth-grade student in Michelle Horn’s class.
Howe said the winning posters will be judged later at the state level. They will then be on display at Torrington City Hall during Fire Prevention Month in October.
He said winning posters must adhere to guidelines laid out at the start of the school year. They must be grammatically correct and created by the students. It is open to all fourth- and fifth-grade students in Connecticut.
“I think the contest gets kids thinking about fire safety more often,” Howe said. “When we talk to kids about fire safety when they’re young, they actually become the teachers at home. When they come home with this new information, they’re basically re-teaching their siblings and their parents. They look around their house and check their smoke detectors, and that keeps fire safety in the forefront of everybody’s minds.”
Joanne Creedon, principal of Forbes School, said in a statement, “Fire safety is a community
issue; fire prevention is our communal responsibility. We’re delighted to partner with the
Torrington Fire Department each year to give our students this opportunity to share their
knowledge with others through the Poster Contest. Congratulations to our Forbes winner, Mia Diaz!”
Edward Goad, principal of St. John Paul the Great Academy, congratulated his students and said, “This is important because we have to be aware of the health and safety of the students, the town and the community. It’s all very important to understand what the best practices are, how to be able to escape a fire and to be aware of the insides and outsides of the building in case of any emergency. It’s great to have the students involved in such a wonderful program. We are so blessed that the Torrington Fire Department works hard to keep us safe at all times.”

Jarred Howe, Torrington deputy fire marshal, stands between Isabella O’Brien (at left) and Alexandra Mazzarelli, fifth-grade students
at St. John Paul the Great Academy, winners of the 2021 fire prevention poster contest.
From left: Jarred Howe, Torrington deputy fire marshal, stands with Mia Diaz, Forbes School fourth grader, winner of the 2021 fire prevention poster contest.

Norfolk Library Presents An Evening with Sandra Cisneros

NORFOLK/PRESS RELEASE — Join us on April 8 at 7:o0 for this rare opportunity to be entertained, challenged, and inspired by one of our most influential writers.
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essaying, performer, and artist whose work explores the lives of the working-class.  She is the author of the classic, coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street, published in 1984, which has sold over six million copies and is required reading in schools and universities nationwide. She will be joined in conversation by Maria Acosta Cruz, PhD, Professor of Languages, Literature and Culture at Clark University in Worchester, MA.  Dr. Cruz teaches Spanish language and literature and is especially interested in Caribbean and Latino cultures, identity, and national and gender-based stereotypes.
This program is proudly presented as a collaboration of community libraries: The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Kent Memorial Library, The Norfolk Library, and Scoville Memorial Library.
Please register here and we will send you the Zoom link a few days before the program.

Lindsay Raymond and John Seagrave Join the Prime Time House Board of Directors

TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE —  Prime Time House is pleased to announce that Lindsay Raymond of Torrington and John Seagrave of Burlington have joined the Board of Directors.  Prime Time House is a nonprofit agency that empowers local adults with mental illness to lead productive and independent lives by providing opportunities for education, employment, friendship, housing and transportation. 

“We are excited to welcome John and Lindsay to our Prime Time House board” said Louisa Roraback, President.   “They bring significant professional experience and skills that will enable the board to continue its work with our staff and members to improve existing programs, fight stigma, and improve the quality of life for those that live with mental health issues on a daily basis.”

John Seagrave, CFP, CRPC is a local financial advisor with Barron Financial Group of Torrington.  Born and raised in Connecticut, John graduated from UConn with a Bachelors in Resource Economics and an M.S. in Education.  For eight years, John worked with the UConn’s Athletic Department in a variety of roles, including Director of Sales/Revenue Generation where he was responsible for managing a $10M marketing and advertising budget.  Upon leaving UConn in 2016, John pursued his passion of working with people one-on-one by becoming an advisor with Barron Financial Group.

John is an active member of the community.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a Corporator for Brooker Memorial and a member of the Hundred Club of CT.  His former volunteer work included chairing the United Way of Northwest CT’s campaign in 2018 and 2019.

Lindsay Raymond is a talented leader with extensive experience in nonprofit management, human resources, strategic planning, program development and fundraising.  Lindsay obtained her B.A. in Government from Cornell University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy & Administration from UConn.  She is the former Executive Director of Torrington PAL, where she was responsible for increasing programming, membership and fundraising.  She currently serves as the Grants & Contract Specialist for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. In this role, Lindsay reports directly to the Commissioner and is responsible for innovative funding and planning, grants and contracts management, and other special projects.

Lindsay serves her community by volunteering time as a Trustee of the Torrington Library and for the United Way’s Employee Giving Campaign.  She was a Board Member of the St. Peter St Francis School in Torrington, the former Board Chair of Newport MOPS, and a former board member of the Salvation Army of Newport.  

Prime Time House, Inc. empowers local adults with mental illness to lead productive and independent lives by providing opportunities for education, employment, friendship, housing and transportation.  Members are treated with utmost dignity, respect, and as equal partners in their recovery.  Prime Time is dedicated to reducing stigma and finding meaningful ways for members to better themselves both as individuals and as part of our community.

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