Dollars for Scholars and restaurant team up
Stamford Dollars for Scholars is a locally run and supported, all volunteer nonprofit founded in 2011 with a simple mission: to mobilize the community and support Stamford students with impactful scholarship awards to pursue education beyond high school.
To raise funds for Stamford students to pursue education after high school, Olio Restaurant is hosting a special fundraising dinner event to support Stamford Dollars for Scholars beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26. Olio Restaurant, 934 Hope St., Stamford, will donate 20 percent of all sales to Stamford Dollars for Scholars to help fund local scholarships.
Call 817-0303 for details.
Two states, many realtors, big hearts
The Women’s Council of Realtors Dutchess County Chapter spearheaded a “Realtor to Realtor” social event with neighboring Women’s Council chapters in New York and Connecticut at Clancy Moving Systems in Newtown Sept. 12.
The gathering was an opportunity for the Realtors to promote their commitment of supporting the community in raising funds to be donated to the Newtown Rotary — Sandy Hook School Fund and to meet their colleagues in neighboring communities. Women’s Council of Realtors attending from New York were the Dutchess County, Empire Westchester and Greater Hudson Valley chapters; from Connecticut were the Greater Danbury and South Fairfield chapters. The event was made possible by the sponsorship of Tom Grimes and Clancy Moving Systems.
All-Star salute in Bridgeport
The Bridgeport Bluefish held Angel Espada Day at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
“Angel Espada was a cornerstone of this franchise for nine years and made a lasting impact in Bridgeport both on and off the field” said Bluefish General Manager Ken Shepard. “Angel is one of the greatest players in our history, a class individual and we are excited to retire his jersey.”
A special pre-game ceremony was held on-field recognizing Espada’s accomplishments with the Bluefish.
Espada played nine years in a Bluefish uniform, encompassing 734 games. He holds franchise records in runs scored (444), hits (817), and stolen bases (173). In 1999 he batted an impressive .356.
Shearin tapped as Pullman & Comley chairman
James T. Shearin has been named chairman of Pullman & Comley L.L.C.
Shearin was appointed to the position Sept. 16. He succeeds D. Robert Morris in the role.
Shearin, who is known as Tim, joined Pullman & Comley in September 1988 and has served in leadership roles at the firm for the past two decades. He has served on the Executive Committee since 1998 and as chairman of the Litigation Department since 1995. He serves as vice president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation Inc. Among his bona fides, he has been appointed by the chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program Advisory Board; and he was also appointed by the governor to the Judicial Compensation Commission.
“Tim has been a leader for many years, not just at Pullman & Comley, but in the legal community and through his work with many nonprofit organizations,” said Morris. “The firm will be in great hands under Tim’s direction.”
Morris remains on the firm’s executive committee and will continue to lead the tax section of its Business Organizations and Finance Department.
With nearly 90 attorneys, Pullman & Comley is one of Connecticut’s largest firms. Offices are in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and White Plains.
Kudos for Stamford franchise owner
Assisting Hands Home Care franchisee Gary Ferone of Stamford was honored recently by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. Franchise owner-operators representing 36 franchise systems were recognized during the IFA’s 14th Annual Public Affairs Conference for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.
Ferone said he is flattered by the award. “We have worked very hard to get our business where it is, and we are very happy with the support we have received from the home office of Assisting Hands Home Care and the International Franchise Association during the growth process,” he said
Assisting Hands Home Care of Fairfield County offers in-home, nonmedical support services that “fill the gap between living at home with dignity and the need for institutionalized medical care.”
From, left, developer Nick Owen of Sultan Realty Management; Forest City Residential Senior Vice President Abe Naparstek; Town Council Chairman Joe Kubic; and Mayor John Harkins at the ribbon-cutting recently for the new apartment community on Stratford Avenue at Main Street known as 1111 Stratford.
Thirty candles for law firm
The Greenwich law firm Gilbride, Tusa, Last & Spellane is marking its 30th anniversary.
“Anniversaries present not only an opportunity to celebrate the past, but also an occasion to remember the values that sustained us through the last 30 years and will fuel our success over the next 30 and more,” said Frank Gilbride, a longtime Greenwich resident and one of the firm’s founders.
“Over the years, we’ve enjoyed great collegiality and are very proud to still be around,” said Charlie Tusa, a Brunswick graduate who grew up in Greenwich and is another of the firm’s founders. “Most firms our size don’t last anywhere near as long as we have.”
John Tesei, another of the firm’s senior principals and a lifelong Greenwich resident, remarked that he was delighted to join the firm shortly after its founding in 1983 and has enjoyed his long association with the firm.
Besides Greenwich, the law firm has an office in New York City and it recently opened an office in New Canaan. Other offices are in West Palm Beach and Naples, Fla. The firm employs 18 attorneys in its various offices.
Webster Banker receives Patriot Award
Carrie Green, vice president, Six Sigma Black Belt; Jackie Jamsheed, Webster Bank senior vice president for enterprise risk management; and William Vernile, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve area coordinator, honored Jamsheed with the Defense Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award is given to a supervisor and company who support their Guard and Reserve employees and their families through flexible work schedules, time off and overall support and understanding of the strains that long-term deployments can have on family members.
“It is such an honor to receive this award as it is so fitting with Webster’s values,” said Jamsheed. “When we say we take responsibility for meeting our customers’ needs and respect the dignity of every individual — that includes our employees as well — because they are our family. Our hearts and our gratitude go out to all our service families. By keeping them strong, we help keep our communities and our country strong.”
Jamsheed was nominated by Carrie Green, vice president, Six Sigma Black Belt, whose husband, 1SG John Green, was deployed in Afghanistan.
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