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Posted on October 13th, 2016

​Susan Bader Named a CFO of the Year
Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists (COS) has announced that its Chief Financial Officer, Susan Bader, has been named a Fairfield County CFO of the Year by the Fairfield County Business Journal. “We are thrilled to have Susan’s nationally recognized talent and experience acknowledged in this market,” stated Glenn Elia, CEO of Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists. “She is an instrumental part of our efforts to bring a new level of orthopaedic innovation and convenience to Southern Connecticut.”
The award recognizes the best financial decision-makers working in Fairfield County and examines how these CFOs and financial leaders make the most of business challenges through innovation and transformation. Ms. Bader and the other winners will be honored at an event on October 18th.
At COS, Ms. Bader has seen the practice grow into one of the largest independent orthopaedic practices in Connecticut with more than 50 physician specialists, 600 employees and 23 locations in Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties. She is currently playing a key role in a new COS campus under construction in Wallingford as well as a new office to open in Fairfield proper in 2017.
According to Mr. Elia, Ms. Bader played a key role in merging four other orthopaedic groups into the COS practice and in integrating and training team members. She possesses more than 20 years of experience in all areas of accounting and finance, including five years as Director of Finance for Gap, Inc. She then assumed the role of CFO for U.S. Office Products division, McWhorter’s, Inc. in San Jose, California, with sales of $100 million and 700+ employees. Prior to joining COS in 2011, Ms. Bader served as CFO for OR&L Facility Services, Inc. with offices in Branford, Connecticut, and Winter Park, Florida.
A Connecticut native who currently resides in Madison, Ms. Bader obtained a bachelor of arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She began her MBA program at the University of Connecticut and then moved to San Francisco, where she completed her course work at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Posted on October 12th, 2016

Connex Credit Union to Award $3,000 to ConneXfactor
Grand Prize Winner at Special Culmination Ceremony on Oct. 12

$1,500 in additional prizes will also be distributed during the celebration at Connex’s Hamden Branch
WHAT:  The winners of the ConneXfactor financial fitness competition will be announced at a special ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Connex Credit Union’s Hamden Branch located at 2100 Dixwell Ave.
The grand prize winner will be awarded a check worth $3,000. First place and second place will receive $1,000 and $500 respectively

Now in its third season, ConneXfactor is a highly-regarded financial fitness competition where five individuals dedicate six months to see who can improve their overall fiscal situation the most. Each participant was assigned a committed ConneXfactor financial advisor who served as a coach providing real-life guidance and financial tips to help the contestants set, and in most cases, exceed financial goals.
Every participant benefits from tangible modifications to their financial lives including learning techniques for budgeting, reducing debt, developing a savings and more. Every contestant leaves ConneXfactor with a newfound wealth of fiscal knowledge and a better outlook on their economic futures.
The ConneXfactor ceremony will also feature a brief speaking portion. The speaking agenda will begin at 6:15 p.m. and proceed as follows:
Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit UnionFrank Mancini, president and chief executive officer, Connex Credit Union 

When:                  6:00 p.m. (Media encouraged to arrive early)
                              Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Where:                Connex Credit Union – Hamden Branch
                             2100 Dixwell Ave.
                              Hamden, CT 06514
Media:  Interview opportunities are available with ConneXfactor participants and their coaches, as well as, Vice President of Customer Advocacy Carl Casper and Chief Executive Officer and President Frank Mancini

​Contact:               Matt Szatkowski
                                Mason, Inc.
                                (203) 393-1101 x162
                                (203) 824-6606 (cell phone)

Posted on October 11th, 2016

​Private vendor tables are still available at $35 per table; to reserve, call the Guilford Park & Rec at 203-453-8086.      
This event is for the entire family - there is something for everyone

Posted on October 10th, 2016

​VNA Community Healthcare was recently named a national best practice agency by Fazzi Associates because of their proven leadership and excellence in patient experience and satisfaction with services received.

​“This level of success is commendable and is deserving of recognition and we (Fazzi Associates) are pleased to present VNA Community Healthcare with the Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction, states Gina Mazza, Partner, Director of Regulatory and Compliance Services at Fazzi Associates.  She added, “This is a significant accomplishment that VNA Community Healthcare’s employees should be incredibly proud of.”

The Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction was based on comparative analysis of other home healthcare agencies, VNA Community Healthcare’s overall satisfaction and likelihood of recommending survey questions place the nonprofit agency in the top 25% of Fazzi’s National Patient Satisfaction database.

VNA Community Healthcare, with offices in Guilford and Hamden, is a nonprofit, home healthcare agency that provides nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapies; mental health; and maternal child health in 35 towns throughout New Haven and Middlesex counties. In 2015, VNA Community Healthcare’s visiting staff helped 6,200 patients. They also offer free or low cost community wellness, health and family caregiver support programs.  For more information call their toll free Helpline at 1.866.474.5230 or visit

About Fazzi AssociatesFazzi Associates, parent company of Fazzi Healthcare Services, was founded in 1978. Its headquarters are in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is the largest outsourced ICD coding service provider in the US market. Fazzi’s mission is to make a real difference in healthcare by strengthening the quality, value and impact of home care, hospice and community based services.  

Posted on October 10th, 2016

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Posted on October 3rd, 2016

​Guilford Art Center’s Annual Shopping Event: Artistry: American Craft for the Holidays Offers Unique Works by more than 200 American Artists

Guilford Art Center announces its much-anticipated annual shopping event, Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays, which takes place November 3, 2016 through January 8, 2017. One-of-a-kind, handmade crafts by more than 200 artisans from across America will be featured, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, and more.
During Artistry, works spill from the shop into the gallery at the Center, making for a bountiful and festive display of fine craft objects. Scores of new artists will have their work featured this year, offering shoppers a huge array of unique gift ideas. New works are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will want to return to snag a “find” they might not have seen before.
“As distinct from mall and online shopping, Artistry offers the opportunity to find truly one-of-a-kind, special objects that you can find to really connect with your gift recipients,” says Guilford Art Center Executive Director Maureen Belden. “The opportunity to buy American-made goods is also very important to people.”
Artistry also offers visitors a variety of shopping experiences: personal shoppers are available for advice and gift-giving ideas; a registry makes gift-selection easy; and businesses can take advantage of personal shoppers and discounts for employee holiday gift-giving.
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 3, 5-8pm, free and open to the public.  Join us for shopping & refreshments.  

MEMBERS’ WEEK—SPECIAL MEMBERS’ BENEFITS: Nov 3 -November 9: Members receive 15% off all items and 10% off throughout the rest of sale. Become a member at any time and immediately receive this benefit.
CANDY, CAKE & COCKTAILS PARTY: Thursday, December 17, 5-8pm, free and open to the public.  Enjoy a sweet shopping experience! Treat yourself to special sweet treats and a signature Artistry cocktail while shopping for everyone on your list. 
ONEHOPE WINE TASTING EVENT:  Thursday, December 1, 5-8 pm Sample and purchase ONEHOPE wine while benefiting causes and non-profits, including GAC. Sip ONEHOPE whites, red, sparkling and reserve wines while you shop. Bring your friends and enjoy a festive evening while helping others (including finding them the right holiday gift!).  Free and open to the public. 
Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact
The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on October 3rd, 2016

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