Ed “Coconut Ed” Hartz of Sandy Hook founded Noelani Coconut Water in 2012, and recently announced the opening of its first retail store, in collaboration with The Molecule Store, at 259 East 10th Street, Manhattan. Mr Hartz began delivering Noelani Coconut Water to customers in the Hamptons last summer, and currently provides delivery to Scarsdale in Westchester County, Boston, various districts of Manhattan, and several towns in Fairfield County. What is good news for Newtown residents, Mr Hartz said, is that he will begin delivery service to Sandy Hook and Newtown homes and businesses in February.
Ronna Brier, certified consulting hypnotist, opened her office inside the Sound Center, at 31 Hawleyville Road (Route 25), in October. Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists in 2012, Ms Brier also teaches psychology at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. Ms Brier provides hypnosis for adults, primarily for smoking cessation and weight loss. Hypnosis can also be used to treat other issues, such as migraine headaches, stress, anxieties, and phobias, she said.
Nick Pirraglia and his son Daniel took ownership of King’s Restaurant on Route 25 in April 2012, but it is only recently that he has finished the first phase of sprucing up the iconic breakfast and lunch place, said Mr Pirraglia. Mr Pirraglia brings many years of food experience to King’s. “I grew up in the Bronx making pizzas,” he said, and for the past 30 years has owned Nick’s Corner Market in Armonk, N.Y., now under the management of his son, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. King’s now offers breakfast or lunch items on an all-day basis, from 8 am to 3 pm, seven days of the week. The only exceptions are items from the fryer, which are not available first thing in the morning.
In an effort to help foster business opportunities in the greater Newtown area, the Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be held at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on February 12, from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Angelo Marini of Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro (pictured, right). His presentation is titled “Ten Steps to Business Success — Lessons Learned from the Masters,” and will include a step-by-step process with which Mr Marini has achieved high business success throughout the past decade of the ever-changing economy.
For 15 years, Newtown residents Marty and Jennifer Lynch operated his Cornerstone Medical institutional durable medical supply company from a nondescript warehouse in Oxford. But the Lynchs saw a huge and untapped market among individual caregivers, including family members, aids, nurses, and other medical professionals who interact with seniors and younger patients who are disabled, along with those who sustained injuries that may experience short- to medium-term recovery periods.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “Putting The Puzzle Together To Live a Wellness Life” at its February 12 meeting. Featured speaker Tammy Gruber will discuss how to create balance in seven key areas of one’s life. She is an expert in the health and wellness industry with more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in finding the right combination of steps towards implementing one’s visions and goals.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce and Newtown Rotary Club will host a joint networking event on Monday, February 3, at 6 pm, at Proud Mary’s at the Inn at Newtown. Along with fostering relationships between both groups, the purpose of this meeting is to kick off 10th Annual Newtown Business of the Year Recognition program. In a new format, the chamber and Rotary will be celebrating the achievements of four local companies that have consistently displayed excellence in the way they serve their customers and how they support the town of Newtown. Nominations and voting of these companies will be drawn by soliciting input from the community. The winners will be announced on March 31.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) is looking for a marketing and communications professional to implement its new Sandy Hook Community Branding Campaign. The organization’s new “brand steward” will utilize the new community brand to create marketing pieces for Sandy Hook Village businesses and incorporate the brand identity with the village and SHOP events.
Elizabeth Stocker, AICP, Newtown’s director of economic and community development, has been elected to serve a second term as president of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), a not-for-profit membership organization committed to advancing the practice and process of economic development in the state. Its 330 members include municipal, state, and regional economic development professionals, private sector businesses related to the field, educators, economic development practitioners and local economic development commissioners.
A mixed-use commercial-retail development planned for the former Lexington Gardens site at Church Hill Road and The Boulevard is expected to bring about $10.5 million in commercial improvements to the area. Developers for the project — the Villages at Lexington Gardens — showed off plans and renderings of the proposed development to members of Newtown’s Board of Selectmen January 7 as part of a request for consideration for short-term tax abatement through the town’s Business Incentive Program. In an unusual move, selectmen asked the applicants and members of the town’s Economic Development Commission to reconvene so they can confirm the application, the amount of relief requested, and the time frame in which to award the tax relief is optimal for both the developers and the commission. Economic and Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker said the commission hastily approved a first draft request from developers Alan and Keith Weiner, which was received by the EDC on the day of its December 2013 meeting. That initial request, Ms Stocker said, would provide a 45 percent reduction to the anticipated increased assessment on the property based on the current mill rate once the development is completed.