Monday, April 26, 2010

Litchfield county Writers Project

Devotion: spiritual questions of life, death and love - University of Connecticut, 855 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-626-6852. The UConn Torrington LCWP spring 2010 class, ?Word and Spirit,? examines Litchfield County authors? works on spirit, through personal exploration to how spirituality affects community and politics. . In the final guest event of the semester, author Dani Shapiro talks to Davyne Verstandig about the inspiration for and ideas that drove her to write her latest memoir,Devotion. A book sale and book signing follow the readings. Starts at 6:30pm. Free and open to the public. Email. Click here to visit their Web site.

New Opportunity in Integrative Health Studies

Announcing a New Opportunity  in Integrative Health Studies

The Graduate Institute of Bethany, CT is pleased to announce a new certificate program in Exploring the Integrative Care Continuum (EICC) offered at New Milford Hospital in New Milford, CT.

Exploring the Integrative Care Continuum (EICC) provides participants with a comprehensive survey of the major schemes and protocols that constitute Integrative Medicine. The program is self-contained, and eligible participants may transfer credits toward the Master of Arts degree in Experiential Health and Healing offered by The Graduate Institute ( The Certificate is completed in 9 months, with classes meeting one weekend per month (Friday evening, from 5 to 9 pm, and Saturday, from 9 to 5 pm) starting in June at New Milford Hospital.

Qualified participants who earn the Certificate may advance to the Master’s degree, having already completed 12 credits.

The EICC curriculum includes:

• Allopathy in the context of integrative models

• Ayurveda

• Art and Music Therapies

• Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

• Energy Medicine

• Homeopathy

• Mind/Body Techniques

• Movement Therapies

• Non-local healing

• Osteopathy

• Naturopathy

and more!

To learn more, attend an Information Session at New Milford Hospital (21 Elm Street, New Milford, CT):

• Wednesday, April 28th at 4 pm

• Wednesday, May 5th at 4 pm

• Tuesday, May 11th at 4 pm

• Tuesday, May 18th at 4 pm

To RSVP, visit or call (203) 874-4252 to speak to an Admissions Representative.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Count Down to April 28th, Lime Rock Park at Grand Central Station

Come On Down to Grand Central April 28!

* Open event for Lime Rock Park Fans!

* Lime Rock Park, Metro-North Railroad to Announce a Joint-Effort ‘First’

* Meet Grand-Am drivers, see the real Daytona Prototypes, GTs and Continental Tire Challenge cars

* Try the ‘Virtual GT’ Lime Rock Simulator!

Lime Rock to Showcase Daytona Prototype, Two GT Cars and Local Drivers in New York City, Wednesday, April 28: The Grand-Am race at Connecticut track on Memorial Day Monday is the focus.

In what is a first for both Metro-North Railroad and Lime Rock Park, the details of an all-inclusive Metro-North Getaway Package to the Grand-Am sports car races at Lime Rock will be announced at a morning press function Wednesday, April 28, at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Taxi Stand (East 43rd Avenue at Vanderbilt Avenue, on the west side of Grand Central Terminal in New York City.), beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until about 3:00 p.m.

Highlighting the April 28 combination public/media event will be leading cars and drivers racing on Monday, May 31, at Lime Rock, competing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 championship.

Four actual race cars – not show cars – along with their respective drivers, owners, crew chiefs and sponsors, will be on hand. High-ranking officials from Lime Rock, Grand-Am and Metro-North.

Fans can meet the drivers, crew chiefs and team owners associated with the following teams, whose actual race cars will be on site:

Michael Shank Racing #60 Crown Royal XR Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype

Drivers Oswaldo Negri and John Pew

The Racers Group (TRG) #66 AXA Financial Porsche GT3 GT

Drivers Andy Lally and Ted Ballou

SpeedSource #69 FXDD Foreign Exchange Group Mazda RX-8 GT

Drivers Sylvain Tremblay and Emil Assentato

CMA Motorsports #17 Jones Lang LaSalle Ford Mustang GT Continental Tire GS

Drivers Scott Panzer, Todd Snyder and owwner/driver Mark Ackley

The Memorial Day race at Lime Rock Park will be round five of the 12-race Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Teams and drivers will practice, qualify and race all on Monday, May 31. Grand-Am’s street stock series, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, will also compete. The series, which features high-performance Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and BMW M3s in addition to compact cars such as Mazda MX-5s, Honda Civics and Volkswagen GTIs, races on Saturday, May 29.

See you there!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Kent Film Festival

Kent Film Festival - Main Street, Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860 592-0059.

The Kent Film Festival is a grass roots organization dedicated to the development and education of artists with an independent vision and to create a platform for filmmakers to reach the best possible audience for their work. The Kent Film Festival screens films created by a richly diverse group of talent; students of film and independent filmmakers alongside well-seasoned film professionals. Films from the famous and not-yet- famous comprise four days of inspired choices in feature, documentary, animation, and film short categories that deliver stories of deep poignancy, gentle observation, artistic perspective and unfettered imagination. Stories which mirror and direct our lives. The festival runs for four days in April. Check the website for times and prices as the date nears.  Click here to visit their Web site.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Annual Barrel Tasting at Haight-Brown Vineyard

Annual Barrel Tasting at Haight-Brown Vineyard April  24, 25 - 29 chestnut Hill Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4045. Fax: 845-818-3770.

April , 24, 25- Spring Barrel Tasting Saturday and Sunday at 12, 2 and 4pm. $20/person. By reservation only
This is the kick off of our year. We invite you into our wine cellar to taste our new vintages - right out of the tank -un sweetened, un filtered..... a great event for wine connoisseurs, as well as novice wine drinkers. Join us upstairs at the winery, post tasting for a food reception and live music. Wine by the glass, gourmet foods, cheese plates, etc.. etc.. available for purchase.

Call early to reserve your seating time, as this event tends to sell out.

You can reach us at, or 860-567-4045 for questions or reservations.

Email. Click here to visit their Web site.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Therapy Dog Search

 12:00- 3:00pm - R. Derwin Clothiers,On the Green in Litchfield

The Good Dog Foundation, a non-profit animal-assisted therapy program, and R. Derwin Clothiers will host a therapy dog search on Sunday, April 11 at R. Derwin Clothiers in Litchfield, CT. After evaluation, the dog and handler may attend a training program and go on to join 783 other Good Dog volunteer teams who offer animal-assisted therapy to health care, social service, educational and community facilities in New York. Representatives of The Good Dog Foundation will be on hand to offer education on animal-assisted therapy.

Members of the public wishing to attend the event may call 718.788.2988 or e-mail for more information.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

40th Annual Earth Day Plant Sale at The Goshen Fairgrounds April 23rd-25th

The Northwest Conservation District will be hosting it's annual Earth Day plant sale at the Goshen Fair Grounds

Native Plants, Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Ground cover, grasses, berry bushes and more. 

For more information, call the NWCD at 860.626.7222 or go to their web site by clicking here for more information and an order form.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN HOUSING PROGRAM - Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee is presenting their annual Equal Opportunity in Housing Program on Thursday, April 15th at Cornucopia Banquet Hall in Torrington. This program is designed to educate tenants and landlords regarding fair housing issues and their rights and responsibilities and is open to the public at no cost. Please contac the LCBOR for more information



Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.

21 Prospect Street, Suite E

Torrington, CT 06790

PHONE: 860-482-9816

FAX: 860-866-4411



Thursday, April 8, 2010

Home and Business Expo

The Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce is hosting it's Annual Home and Business Expo at the Torrington Armory, Saturday April 10th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday April 11th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Admission is only $2 per person.  Loads of exhibitors and family fun! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Haven Restaurant Week 2010

New Haven is bringing back the ever popular Restaurant Week April 18th-23rd. This time around, 27 restaurants will be offering three course prix fixe meals for lunch and dinner. Pricing is $16.38 for lunch, and $29.00 for dinner. This is a great opportunity to check out the fantastic dining options offered in New Haven CT, and save a ton of money while doing so. The great thing about Restaurant Week is that the prix fixe menu allows you to try out new establishments without breaking the bank.

Click here for the list of participating restaurants.

TIP: Reserve early, especially at the restaurants that are normally very pricey!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Prevent Drainage Problems at Home

Drainage issues on a property can cost homeowners thousands of dollars in potential damage. They can also cause safety issues down the line, such as mold or mildew accumulation on walls, breeding grounds for insects, or even sink holes. It's important to ensure proper drainage occurs around your house.

Storm water runoff is a big culprit when it comes to drainage issues. Over time storm water can erode surfaces and redirect water to places where it doesn't belong. Also, improperly graded concrete work or misplaced landscaping items can create water pooling in undesireable areas. Mulch or wood chip decorative accents can wash away during storms and clog drains or create water ruts.

Repairing drainage issues can be an easy or a labor-intensive job depending on the severity of water accumulation. Here are some remedies you can try.

Sweep driveways and walkways rather than using a hose to clean debris. This not only saves water, but also it prevents excess debris from funneling into storm drains or your own property drainage system.

Install gutter covers and removable downspouts. This way you can routinely clean out debris that has collected, such as branches and leaves. Clogged gutters can cause rainwater to overflow and run down the foundation of a home, eventually infiltrating the interior.

Always ask for referrals when considering outdoor contractors. Make sure proper zoning permits and inspections are followed so that grading of work is in accordance with city or town ordinances.

Use caution when planting trees and shrubs. They could block the runoff of rainwater, or roots can compromise underground drainage pipes.

Consider installation of foundation drains to divert storm water away from your building's foundation, if water seepage is a big problem. Foundation drainpipes are perforated and usually surrounded by gravel. The pipes disperse the water rather than discharging in a concentrated area.

Regularly maintain your septic system if you have one. Routine pumping of the tank, ensuring only septic-safe items are flushed, and avoiding harmful chemicals can help prevent a wet landscape from an overflowing septic system.

Drywells can be placed in areas that cannot be connected to a storm water drainage system. Drywells are filled with gravel and surrounded by filter fabric. Water flows into the wells and permeates the ground through the gravel.

Sump pumps can be used indoors to pump out extra water caused by a high water table. They turn on when water reaches a certain level.

Dealing with drainage problems on your property can prevent issues down the line. If you think you have a drainage problem, you may want to consult your city's public work department to view drainage plans in your area. A licensed plumber or landscaper may be needed to help you resolve the problem.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

April Real Estate Update

For our month Real Estate Update Newsletter, please click here to go to the April Edition.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fire Prevention in the Kitchen


Dear Friends,
I was Executive Director of the Institute for Burn Medicine for San Diego and Imperial Counties when we lived in California . Besides raising the money to establish a Burn Treatment Center at the University Hospital there, I conducted extensive public education campaigns in Burn Prevention...

A friend recently sent me the attached short video - and, like an old fire-horse, I heard the bell ring and am rushing to send this excellent prevention piece to each of you.. It is well worth watching! And it could save your life.

I never realized that a wet dishcloth can be a one size fits all lid to cover a fire in a pan!

This is a dramatic video (30-second, very short) about how to deal with a common kitchen fire ...oil in a frying pan. It's a real eye-opener!!

At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a 10-foot pole toss water onto the grease fire. The results got the attention of the students. The water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated.

The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On the open field, it became a thirty foot high fireball that resembled a nuclear blast.

Inside the confines of a kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room. Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup of either creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

This is a powerful message----watch the video and don't forget what you see.  Tell your whole family about this video.