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MARCH 7, 2006
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Jobs, Education and Transportation Are Key Issues for Stamford Jobs, Economic Growth and Property Tax Relief Master Transportation Plan is Primary Task for Legislators Energy for Connecticut’s Future The “Best Of” is Chosen at the Taste Stronger Economy, More Jobs: The Priority for Stamford and CT Welcome New Members General Assembly to Consider Multiple Economic Development Matters This Year’s Session Job One is Jobs Leaders focusing on restoring business confidence, boosting economy Welcome New Members Research Symposium to Address the Impact of Globalization Members Making News Membership Drive Company Recognition

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The 2006 Legislative Session: Could Change Be in the Air?
As the 2006 Legislative Session was entering its early stages, you could feel the change in the air and it was just more than the kooky New England weather that we were experiencing. This year’s session has seen great debate, conversation and pending legislation about the business community and what the state of Connecticut needs to do to stop the job loss.


Speaker of the House James Amann has made job growth one of his main missions in this year’s session. He is energetically working with many of the business organizations and leaders throughout the state. He recognizes the connection between economic development, job growth and a prosperous, well-balanced state. One of the lead issues being debated this year is transportation and how it has negatively impacted the state’s business community. You cannot separate business and growth from transportation: they are joined at the hip. A clear majority of the commerce and industry for the entire state has to come through the I-95 corridor and traffic is killing business. Thankfully the people living outside Fairfield County are finally beginning to realize that transportation is choking Connecticut’s economy. This information is just too powerful to ignore anymore. So the big question is will all this talk and debate turn into real change during this year’s session? The health and vitality of the business community and its direct link to a working transportation system are important issues for the future of Connecticut. It is important to note that the Hartford Courant did an editorial last month on transportation and how it is hurting the state’s economy. This editorial is a clear indication that change can happen and has to be considered a giant step towards getting back on track for the business community. So is real change going to happen this session? Only time will tell.

John P. Condlin President and CEO Stamford Chamber of Commerce


Jobs, Education and Transportation Are Key Issues for Stamford

Master Transportation Plan is Primary Task for Legislators
R E P R E S E N TAT I V E G E R A L D F O X , III District 146, General Assembly The 2006 legislative session transportation investment in two is currently moving ahead at a decades. It was a privilege to work swift pace with many ideas that in a bipartisan manner with my will have an impact on Stamford colleagues from Fairfield County and southwestern Connecticut. I to get this legislation passed in will continue to work with my special session. But we all recogfellow legislators in nize it’s not enough. the Stamford delegaInstead of an annual tion on the issues that piecemeal approach are most important to transportation that to our constituents, continually has the including education needs of one region funding, transportaof the state compettion improvements, ing against another, and economic develwe need to embark opment. I serve on on an overall stratthe Transportation, egy that will embrace Judiciary and Planning the entire state. This & Development Gerald Fox, III year we are uniquely Committees, and situated to build on through these committees I will the momentum of last year’s legfocus on areas where the legisla- islation and fully implement the ture can have a positive impact recommendations of the transon Stamford. portation strategy board. This 6.2 In my opinion, the most billion dollar proposal includes important task for legislators from 3 billion for the coastal corridor southwestern Connecticut in this along I-95. All methods for the session is to implement the mas- long term funding of transporsive transportation plan offered by tation must be considered, and Speaker Jim Amann. Last year’s we must not let this opportu1.3 billion dollar initiative repre- nity pass. Surveys have ranked sented the state’s largest capitol Connecticut 50th in job creation
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The most critical issues facing the Stamford Finance Commission which I believe is, unfortuarea are job growth, education funding and nately, long on Hartford-area representation and very short on Stamford and Fairfield County input. transportation. Senate Democrats came out early this session A meaningful discussion of this very important with Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive package of topic has been somewhat sidetracked by the govinvestments and tax credits designed to retain ernor’s proposal to eliminate automobile taxes, but and grow Connecticut’s workforce, particularly in at least that has engendered a larger legislative discussion of broader and more equitable high-tech fields like engineering and property tax reform. biotechnology. One of the highlights of Finally, as always, there is the issue this bill is our intention to phase out of transportation. Democratic House the tax on manufacturing equipment, Speaker James A. Amann has proposed which we believe will encourage busispending $6 billion to $7 billion over nesses to upgrade their older manuthe next decade to institute the mass facturing equipment and invest in new transit and highway recommendations technologies in order to remain efficient, as outlined by the state Transportation competitive and productive. In order to Strategy Board. This long-term approach implement this reform, we must also is coupled with the achingly slow but make municipalities whole on any lost nonetheless forward progress of replacrevenue as a result of this repeal. We Andrew McDonald ing Shore Line East and Metro North have also drafted bills to make better use of our rail lines and deep water ports, and I have rail cars. I also support the establishment of a personally lobbied for better use of our I-95 truck freight terminal at Bradley International Airport, weigh stations in order to ensure safer public travel increased incentives for moving freight by rail, and the creation of a commuter line from New Haven along our interstate highways. Equalizing the distribution of state education to Hartford. Hopefully, some of those initiatives— funding is another priority, although a final resolu- while not directly aimed at Fairfield County—will tion of this matter will likely not occur this session. have the effect of reducing traffic along our area’s The governor has convened her own Education congested highways.

Jobs, Economic Growth and Property Tax Relief


The 2006 General Assembly is now well underway and given our short time frame (Feb to May) we have our work cut out for us. Importantly, we will be focusing on the larger issues that will impact our state, but most importantly, Stamford stands to benefit greatly if we accomplish what we set out to do. Among the main topics will be to generate jobs and economic growth while also looking to provide property tax relief. Affordable housing is also a concern and we will continue to assist as many people as possible to help them achieve the American dream, and of course, transportation improvements

are vital to our future. We are looking at many suggestions and solutions but the trick is to be as fair and equitable as possible for all involved. One could argue, as I do, that these are all related. Economic growth relates to better jobs in the communities nearer to people’s homes and property tax relief means more people can achieve and retain the dream of owning their own home. Affordable housing allows people to live where they work, thereby further reducing trans-

portation congestion. Meeting these objectives inspires confidence and security. However this all hinges on our infrastructure and given how we have not invested properly prior to last year means our transportation needs are at a critical stage. The good news is we can recover and set the stage for growth… Carlo Leone but only if we have the vision and the courage to commit long-term and then implement that vision. We realize that even while we work the above projects in con-

junction with each other, the key for us is transportation. There is a plan and it was created by the Transportation Strategy Board. What was lacking was the funding to get the plan moving and into high gear. As vice-chairman of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee as well as a member of the Transportation Committee, I am able to participate in both the funding and implementation of the TSB recommendations. Building on the successful passage of the previous transportation package, we will be looking to pass a long-term funding proposal that once and for all addresses our transporta-

tion infrastructure needs and to also structure economic growth around the improvements. Providing a plan that incorporates all of our transportation requirements versus only one piece of the puzzle at a time, will prove to the business community, investors, our citizens and constituents that we are serious in rising to the challenge. Stamford is a great city to live, work, and play. I am honored and grateful to be in a position where I have the opportunity to make Stamford even better and I only see a brighter future ahead.

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the focal point for maintaining a dialogue with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission which sets market rules on the price of electricity relative to natural gas. It could also communicate with one voice with our neighbors in New York and New England. Without that our small state is in danger of being squeezed out of the energy market by out larger neighbors. None of this is intended to diminish the role of the Governor and the General Assembly as the final arbiter on this or any other issue. Rather we should recognize the reality that a part time legislature does not have the staff to track the daily changes which occur in this fast moving field, nor does it have the time to step back from the hurly burly of the legislative calendar and develop long term strategic alternatives. Last session Governor Rell successfully proposed a major transportation renewal plan to address the clear inadequacies in our transportation system. It is now time to do the same for energy.

and transportation gridlock is the main detriment to bringing new business to our state. We simply can’t afford to wait any longer. On the Planning & Development Committee, I work on bills that directly impact municipalities throughout our state, including smart growth, zoning, and economic development programs. With neighborhood master plan efforts under way in the Springdale, Glenbrook and South End areas of our city, we have an opportunity to bring about positive land use improvements in our communities. I have sponsored legislation to allow Stamford’s boards to utilize the tool of site plan review. Having served on Stamford’s Board of Finance and Board of Representatives, I attempt to remain cognizant of the practical impact legislation will have upon Stamford’s residential and business communities. Although this session is relatively short in duration, through diligent and persistent effort the legislature has an opportunity to make permanent changes in the condition of our transportation system and provide a much-needed boost to economic development throughout the state.

Energy for Connecticut’s Future

Connecticut needs more energy-it doesn’t have enough—and it needs an energy policy but does not have one. Connecticut has a host of energy problems. However, proposed “solutions” are going in the wrong direction. Fairfield County has an electric energy supply deficit, with demand growing steadily and supply severely constrained. Only last week Connecticut Light & Power indicated that there is an increased likelihood of blackouts in Southwestern Connecticut. Fairfield County’s slow recovery from the blackout of 2003 highlights the problem. However, when two new electric transmission lines were proposed from Bethel and Middletown to Norwalk there was a loud “NIMBY” (Not in My Back Yard) outcry. Electric deregulation enacted in 1998 has been a failure and has not brought prices down. Instead the Department of Public Utility Control recently approved a 22% rate increase. The state is also heavily involved with nuclear

power at the Millstone plant in Fund, the Connecticut Energy Conservation Management Waterford. A proposal is now being float- Board, the Department of Public ed to place a massive liquefied Utility Control and the Energy natural gas supply tanker three Management Division of the Office football fields long in Long Island of Policy and Management. The new department should Sound, which brings a host of environmental and security prob- be given the task of doing analysis of markets, lems without pricing, supply, any assurance of infra str ucture public benefit. and transportaHowever, simply tion and coming opposing this up with unified is not enough. energy stratAn adequate is egy. This would needed. include evaluatIt is clear ing the potential that Connecticut role for emerging needs an Energy renewable techDepartment nologies such as to sort out this fuel cells, solar jumble and creenergy and ate a comprewind power. hensive energy William H. Nickerson Without a proppolicy. It should incorporate the policy-making erly staffed department functionfunctions of the welter of “alpha- ing full time in today’s complibet soup” agencies which pres- cated field, energy decisions are ently include the Connecticut too often made by narrow interEnergy Advisory Board, the est groups, including the utilities Connecticut Siting Council, themselves. The department should be the Connecticut Clean Energy

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Imagine walking into the Sheraton Stamford Hotel and being greeted with a glass of champagne served by white-gloved waiters, sampling the delicacies of menu items served by Stamford area restaurants and caterers, satisfying your sweet tooth with a full-range of desserts from cannoli to chocolate fountains to outrageous ice creams, and sipping libations provided by wine, beer and martini specialists? This was the atmosphere that prevailed at the Stamford Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Taste of Stamford. More than 600 people turned out to savor this culinary extravaganza, which was sponsored by Diageo and featured their Smirnoff vodka Beaulieu Vineyard wines and their Guinness beer line. “It was a great time had by all,” says Stamford Chamber president and CEO Jack Condlin. “This is always a very festive night.” We keep the evening very light with no business talk…it’s strictly about eating, drinking and meeting up with friends and

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Best Display: David Cingari, owner and Melissa DeSousa, general manager (center) of David’s Soundview Catering accept the award for Best Display from Joyce Mazur, (l) UBS and chairperson of the Taste of Stamford and Jack Condlin, President and CEO, Stamford Chamber, at the 13th Annual Taste of Stamford.

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Best Beverage: Representatives from Guinness accepted the Best Beverage award from Joyce Mazur, (l) UBS and chairperson of the Taste of Stamford and Jack Condlin, president and CEO, Stamford Chambe at the 13th Annual Taste of Stamford.

colleagues. We really have to thank all the exhibitors, the sponsors, and our host hotel for their generous support of this signature event.” The hardest part of the evening came when guests had to vote for the Best Display, the Best Tasting, the Best Beverage and the Best Dessert. Ballots were distributed and the votes were tallied up. At the end of the evening, the announcements were made. The honors for the Best Display went to David’s Soundview Catering; the Best Tasting category went to Morton’s–The Steakhouse; Guinness gained popularity votes for the Best Beverage; and DiMare Pastry Shop received Best Dessert category. Proceeds of the Taste of Stamford benefit the Stamford chamber program development efforts, including the Kids Our Future Trust Fund, a notfor-profit organization created by the Chamber to raise funds to support educational programs with the Stamford Public Schools.

Stronger Economy, More Jobs: The Priority for Stamford and CT
R E P R E S E N TAT I V E L I V V Y F L O R E N Streng t hen i ng Connecticut’s economy and creating more jobs must be the top priority for the General Assembly in 2006. But achieving that objective will be next to imposLivvy Floren sible unless we take decisive action during the current legislative session to transform Connecticut into a more business-friendly state. Fortunately, we are off to a good start. Governor M. Jodi Rell set forth an innovative agenda in her ‘State of the State’ address and challenged the General Assembly to pass it. Her proposals reflect her Republican ideals. They include business tax relief; reforming the property tax by eliminating taxes on personal motor vehicles; and modifying the most burdensome and unfair features of the estate tax—and phasing it out completely by 2010. If they become law, Governor Rell’s initiatives will spur economic development and job growth. One proposal is of particular importance to the Greater Stamford area. It would streamline the state’s economic development efforts by consolidating and overhauling the various agencies responsible for fostering economic development, job growth and private sector investments. The Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, and the Connecticut Health and Educational Authority would be merged into a single Connecticut Finance Collaborative to provide one-stop shopping for business financing. The new agency would work closely with a new Department of Business and Employment. Governor Rell also understands the threat of future recessions. She would ameliorate the worst effects of such economic downturns by depositing $335 million of the state’s anticipated $500 million surplus in the ‘Rainy Day Fund.’ Her proposed budget shows it is feasible to invest in areas that are critical to Connecticut’s economic future, cut burdensome taxes on employers that stifle business growth and hinder job creation, and honor the state’s constitutional spending cap—all at the same time. Combined with energy tax relief, a job creation tax credit and mass transportation improvements, Governor Rell’s comprehensive economic plan should go a long way toward encouraging business growth and creating jobs in our area. It is now up to the state legislature to respond by supporting her proposals. The people of Greater Stamford—and throughout Connecticut—are counting on it.


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General Assembly to Consider Multiple Economic Development Matters
M I K E FRE I M U TH The steady drumbeat of dower reports about the Connecticut economy from business groups, state universities, federal agencies, study institutes, the banking community, and municipal officials has begun to register in Hartford as the General Assembly begins to contend with a multitude of economic development issues. None can be solved overnight (see transportation or housing). However, critical administrative, regulatory and planning changes are in the wind. Some are reflective of the need to update and streamline existing bureaucracies (such as the Governor’s proposal to set up a single cabinet agency). Others are being forced by court action (eminent domain). Still others are in response to the demand for creative answers to such escalating problems like energy costs that are increasingly making Connecticut non-competitive with other regions. Finally, the oft stated ‘globalization’ of manufacturing as well as business services has yet to finish coursing through the state’s economy. Within her State of the State Address, the Governor announced the consolidation of three state agencies, the Connecticut Development Agency, Connecticut Innovations Inc. and the Connecticut Health and Educational Finance Authority into one and tying it closer to a new state Department of Business and Employment, that itself will replace the existing Department of Economic and Community Development. The goal here is to eliminate the confusing patchwork of agencies set up to assist business and to coordinate economic policy making with economic development project solicitation and financing. A liaison to all state agencies to ensure that they are all on the same page when it comes to assisting business locate or expand is also created that reports directly to the Governor and is not caught up in the day to day line management of the programs. One of the more critical new elements of this effort will be an increased marketing and outreach program, where there has been little or none in the recent past. Southern states have been cherry-picking Connecticut companies and there is little or no balancing of perspectives as to the merits of being in Connecticut. Another public policy debate increasingly on the minds of the legislators is the power of eminent domain for economic development projects. Last year’s Supreme Court ruling that re-affirms the public sector’s ability to assemble real estate for commercial projects designed to increase property taxes and employment opportunities has led to a call to restrict or remove this power. The danger here is that the ‘baby will be thrown out with the bath water’. Assembling derelict or abandoned properties is critical if Connecticut cities, so reliant on the property tax, are able to create economic change in depressed urban neighborhoods. There are a variety of reforms regarding monetary awards, relocation assistance and public planning that will increase any identified weaknesses of the existing law, but some are arguing for the total elimination of the power, thereby creating a long winter for some derelict areas. Further complicating the debate is the issue of brownfields, abandoned polluted commercial properties that everyone agrees ought to be redeveloped. Cleaning and redeveloping these areas can lead to urban renewal, optimal use of public infrastructure and reduced pressure to develop the open spaces of the state. But the wholesale elimination of the power threatens our ability to clear title, assemble parcels and force redevelopment in these older industrial areas. In some ways, this conflicts with the states intention to encourage inner city renewal and growth in the municipal economic base. Perhaps, nothing has Connecticut business so worried as the every increasing cost of energy. Transmission issues, power plant construction fights, aging sub-stations, ever increasing fuel cost pass-throughs, federal regulatory rulings that will set up dual-pricing systems and electric quality concerns for ever more sensitive business equipment all are pushing this issue to the forefront of the economic development debate. One experiment that is getting an airing is the creation of energy improvement districts whereby property owners can join a cooperative to generate and distribute their own energy, purchase power at wholesale and utilize the existing grid as a backup. Microgeneration plants and co-generation systems will be encouraged as a means to put some control on the ever inflating energy problem. A variety of other initiatives that are being considered include modifications to the state overall plan of development to encourage more transit oriented redevelopment and a plan to authorize municipalities to establish a different tax rate for vacant property than developed property. Within the boundaries of Stamford, the city is pursuing funds for the design of new railroad underpasses into the South End neighborhood to match recent federal awards; for the Mill River restoration; for school construction grants; and for a variety of bond projects such as Holly Pond restoration and general park improvements. At a more macro level, a variety of tax surcharges on businesses are ripe for removal and modification to the recently increased estate tax is on the docket. It is clear that the state can no longer rest on its long time leadership in quality of life or education systems. Many other states and localities offer comparable qualities. We’re entering a period where structural changes in our way of governing are necessary and likely. The ‘short’ session of this General Assembly is just the beginning.

This Year’s Session
R E P R E S E N TAT I V E J A M E S S H A P I R O Unlike previous sessions where social issues absorbed much of the Legislature’s attention, the focus of this legislative session will be economic issues. First, the good news. The State of Connecticut projects a surplus for the fiscal year in excess of $600 million. Through an improved economy and increased government efficiency—yes, it can happen—the state is blessed with a second straight surplus year. The Legislature should, and I believe will, resist the pressures to create a host of new programs or greatly increase funding for existing programs. Instead, there is significant will to put our financial house in order by placing a large percentage of the surplus in the state’s Rainy Day Fund to gird against future deficits. Responsible uses of the remaining surplus funds have been proposed, including eliminating the corporate surcharge on Connecticut businesses, adequately funding the Teacher’s Retirement Fund, and increasing the property tax credit to lessen the burdens on taxpayers and local governments. Any way you look at it, this is a good situation for Connecticut’s businesses. Now, the less good news. An FDIC report showed that Connecticut was last in the nation in job creation. The silver lining is that the poor showing has sparked the Legislature to focus on jobs and the economy in a way we haven’t seen for years. There are a variety of proposals on the table to improve the business climate in Connecticut. As noted above, there are plans to eliminate the corporate surcharge. There are also proposals to eliminate the limited liability company tax that hurts small businesses. Moreover, there appears to be little support James Shapiro for proposals that while noble in intent would have the effect of drastically increasing the costs of employers’ providing health insurance. Finally, the Speaker of the House has proposed a ground breaking—and hopefully gridlock breaking—plan for improving the state’s transportation infrastructure. So, even the challenges Connecticut faces have helped put the Legislature on track to spurring business and jobs in this session. In today’s competitive environment, that is where the focus belongs.

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R E P R E S E N TAT I V E D O N A L D S H E R E R About 169,000 students attend public high school mer ahead for many graduates. in Connecticut and a record 172,700 go to college Not only graduating students feel the Connecticut here. This spring, an estimated 40,000 of them will job squeeze. Fully 37 percent of Connecticut residents tell pollsters that jobs and the economy enter the job market. For thousands are their top concerns—higher than any of these eager, energetic young people other single issue. That number is up entering the world of work, there simply will be no jobs. from 25 percent a year ago. Facts and figures bear them out. At most, economists estimate no Connecticut has lagged the nation for more than 18,000 new jobs will be years in job growth. The U.S. Bureau created in Connecticut from January of Labor Statistics ranks Connecticut through December this year. Some at the bottom of all 50 states in job creeconomists predict 2006 Connecticut ation. We rank near the bottom in terms job growth could be as low as 10,000, of business climate. Unemployment is 3,000 or even fewer jobs. About 18,200 at 4.8 percent, up from 4.5 percent a jobs were created in 2005. year ago. Simply put, the Connecticut econDonald Sherer According to state Labor Department omy currently is unable to absorb the young people coming out of college and high school, figures, the Connecticut job market is weaker in some as well as other men and women entering or reenter- areas of Connecticut, and only slightly more promising in our southwestern Connecticut. Employment ing the workforce. Regrettably, many Connecticut young people will in Danbury and Torrington market areas is down be forced to join the ranks of the unemployed. Many from a year ago, while the Bridgeport-Stamford frustrated graduates will take jobs below their skill region gained 2,800 jobs. In this context, the Connecticut state legislature levels. Still others will contribute to the brain drain of young adults fleeing the state for better prospects has made jobs the number one issue for the 2006 in the West and South. It is going to be a tough sum- session that ends May 3.

New Members,
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Concorde Funding Group
Darlene Blisha-Lee
1037 E. Putnam Ave., Riverside 06878 (203) 637-6339 Fax: (203) 286-1641 Mortgages • Mortgage Expert: Residential purchase, refinance, new construction & home equity

Compass Corporate Housing
Eric Fleming, President
127 Greyrock Place, Stamford 06901 (203) 325-2355/Fax: (203) 487-0117 Corporate Housing • Offering short and long-term fully furnished apartments throughout Connecticut, Westchester, Manhattan and New Jersey.

CTC Communications
Patrick T. Barras, Business Development Mgr.
570 Taxter Rd., Elmsford NY 10523 (914) 789-2055 Fax: (914) 347-6768 Telecommunications • CTC is a leading edge telecommunications company delivering voice, data, and internet services while focusing on maintaining exceptional levels of customer service.

Concentra Medical Centers
Faye Eustache, Health Services Manager
15 Commerce Rd., 3rd Fl., Stamford 06902 (203) 940-3903/Fax: (203) 324-9400 Health Services-Occupational • Occupational healthcare including: Workers’ Compensation treatment, drug screening, physicals and immunizations, etc.

Custom Phone
Craig Gironda, CTO
10 Norden Park, Norwalk 06855 (203) 943-1158 Fax: (203) 866-7090 Telecommunications • Custom Phone is telecommunications company that has been in business for 20 years. We are experts in designing, installing and maintaining.

Leaders focusing on restoring business confidence, boosting economy


Leaders from both sides of the political aisle in the legislature say the General Assembly must take bold action this year to help Connecticut’s economy recover—and they are urging businesses to hold lawmakers’ feet to the fire to make sure the work gets done. Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams (D-Brooklyn), Senate Republican Leader Louis DeLuca (R-Woodbury), House Speaker James Amann (DMilford), and House Minority Leader Robert Ward (RNorthford) recently spoke to about 300 business leaders from around the state at “Connecticut Business Day” at the Capitol. They agreed—mostly—on how the state can foster an environment that will encourage businesses to invest here and create more jobs, including, among

other things, by: ■ Phasing out the property tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment ■ Eliminating the corporate tax surcharge ■ Making major investments in the state’s transportation infrastructure and systems ■ Improving connections between the state’s education system and business community. While that bodes well for the state’s business community, said John Rathgeber, president and CEO of CBIA, “the challenge now is to take the rhetoric and turn it into action.” Connecticut has the sixthhighest business costs in the country, transportation and energy infrastructures that can’t keep up with demand, a shortage of skilled workers—and has

had no net job growth in the last decade. Legislators can restore business confidence and stimulate job creation by improving three key areas affecting business competitiveness—costs, the state’s transportation and energy infrastructures and the skills of its workforce. But lawmakers also need to reject such perennial antibusiness efforts as the “pay or play” health care tax, “captive audience” proposal that would stop employers from meeting with their employees, and efforts to

repeal the reforms of the workers’ compensation system that have made the system fairer, more effective and less costly. All of these harmful measures, and more, are in the legislature this year and taking up valuable time in the short, 12week session. Businesses can keep track of developments at the state Capitol by visiting www. cbia. gov, where there are continual updates on legislative actions and links to your local legislators and bills affecting the business Peter Gioia community.

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75 Coulidge Ave., Stamford 06906 (203) 219-2417


DeYulio & Fodiman
Andrew DeYulio, Partner
602 Stillwater Rd., Stamford 06902 (203) 324-3109 Fax: (203) 316-8056 Bail Bondsman • Providing bail bond services for over 25 years in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich and Darien.

Dollar Rent A Car
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Where do your traveling taste buds yearn to go today? Poland, Italy, South America, Lebanon, China? Or just to a great American town for some good ol’ barbeque, Philadelphia cheese steak, or simple fried chicken? Wherever your culinary wander lust takes you, Stamford’s East Side, with 23 different eateries to choose from is the next great destination where Fairfield County residents can sample authentic ethnic cuisine. Like New York City’s famous 9th Avenue, the East Side restaurants, delis and specialty food markets are a tribute to our area’s ethnic diversity. And, best of all there’s no need for “frequent eater’s miles” or a New York $30.00 parking fee! Located between exits 8 and 9 off I95 just north of the highway, Stamford’s East Side offers a plethora of culinary delights to tease your palate. More than just offering great food, the East Side restaurants are also among the most personable and friendly in Stamford. Visiting them you’ll feel just like a visiting Uncle Fred, or Stash, or Enzio, or Jose, or Mohammed, or Ming Chen. Hungry yet? Come On Over!

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◆ Friday, March 17, 2:30 p.m.—St. Patrick’s Day Party; Irish Step Dancers directed by Kathleen Mulkerin Jones ◆ Wednesday, March 22, 5 to 7 p.m.—An Artist Reception for Jeffrey Rosenthal, M.D., Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital, Conn., will be held. An accomplished artist and photographer, Dr. Rosenthal has practiced plastic surgery for more than 20 years while producing an eclectic array of paintings, drawings, and photographs. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. ◆ Saturday, March 25, 2 p.m.—Healing Arts and Music Program with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford; pianist and flutist performing ◆ Thursday, March 30, 2 p.m.—Dental Health Issues Lecture with Dr. Jack DeGrado; will cover topics such as bite and implants; question and answer session to follow.
All the above listed events will be held at Sterling Glen of Stamford, located at 77 Third Street, Stamford, Conn. For more information on cultural and educational events open to the public, call 203-327-4551.


Community Corner
The Stamford Symphony Orchestra performs the music of “American Legends” on Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 pm at the Palace Theatre. Music Director Eckart Preu will lead the Orchestra in a program of music by Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Samuel Barber, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Zappa, and Leonard Bernstein. The Greenwich Choral Society and cellist Wendy Warner join the Orchestra. Behind the Baton, the Symphony’s popular pre-concert lecture series, takes place one hour before each program when Maestro Preu will share the secrets and stories behind the music. Sunday’s concert is followed by a free MusiKids program onstage. Call 203.325.1407 x305 for details. The weekend’s performances are sponsored by the NewAlliance Foundation. Sterling Glen of Stamford, an independent and assisted living senior residence, announces its March art and music events open to the public and free of charge. ◆ Tuesday, March 7, 4 to 6 p.m.—Purim Party with Temple Shir Ami

Valencia Rainey, Director of Sales
789 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk 06854 (203) 523-2205/Fax: (203) 523-2292 Hotel • The Doubletree Norwalk is the newest full service hotel with 265 newly renovated rooms. Located conveniently off I-95 and Route1 close to many Fortune 500 Companies.

Law Office of Anzelmo Graziosi
700 Bedford Street, Suite 204, Stamford 06905 (203) 559-5066 Fax: (203) 965-0000


GTC Networks LLC
Kevin Kiely
15 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich 06830 (203) 409-9000

Dr. Jackie Schiff
22 White Birch Lane, Stamford 06905 (203) 322-963/Fax: (203) 322-9639 Psychologists • Dr. Jackie Schiff, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She specializes in helping people fi nd relief from chronic pain, Lymes, prepare for surgery and heal faster.

Computer/IT Networking Service Consultant
Founded in 1990, headquartered in Greenwich, CT , GTC Networks is a specialist IT services/solution provider that helps clients plan/build and support their IT infrastructures.

HCS Technology Group
Sam Valencia
65 High Ridge Rd., Stamford 06905 (203) 938-3325 Fax: (203) 938-3374

Dress For Success
Darryl Manning, Executive Director
35 Brentwood Ave., Fairfield 06825 (203) 333-6505/Fax: (203) 333-6599 Non-Profit Organization • A non-profit organization providing business attire & career development programs to women in need who are transitioning into the workforce-Suits to Self-Sufficiency.

Computer Consulting

Hello World
Henry DelAngelo, Independent Affiliate
67 Walbin Court, Fairfield 06824 (203) 259-2922 henry

Jeffrey Cahn, DMD
1435 Bedford St. #1P, Stamford 06905 (203) 323-2882 Dentists • Dr. Jeffrey Cahn, a caring, family dentist for patients of all ages, has been providing quality dental care in Stamford for over 22 years.

Merit Music
Polly Keane,Owner
143 Main St., Norwalk 06851 (203) 847-6100

Internet/Marketing Communications

provides integrated financial and retirement planning services to both individuals and business owners. Our plans are customized to meet your specific needs.

Franklin Management
Mele Orendorf, Senior Partner
363 Fallow Field Rd., Fairfield 06824 (203) 255-5126/Fax: (203) 255-5126 Management Consulting • Franklin advises early stage and middle market companies in the areas of marketing, sales, planning, IT and funding.

IL Falco
Vincenzo Cordaro, General Manager
59 Broad St., Stamford 06901 (203) 327-0002 Fax: (203) 967-8315


Northrop Grumman
Steven Sribnik, Business Development Manager
28 Top of the Ridge Drive, Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914) 725-3494 Fax: (914) 725-3494 Information Technology • Northrop Grumman IT provides managed IT services, network design, infrastructure management, systems integration, data center management, hardware and software maintenance, and help desk support.

Merrill Lynch
Peter L. Berry, Financial Advisor
301 Tresser Blvd., Stamford 06901 (203) 356-8657 Financial Advisors • I offer planningbased financial advice and management for individuals and small businesses, helping them understand the myriad choices available today.

Landfall Navigation
Capt. Henry Marx
151 Harvard Ave., Stamford 06902 (203) 487-0775 Fax: (203) 487-0776 Marine Service • Landfall Navigation is a Marine Chandlery specializing in Marine Navigation and Safety Products and the Marine Training Center for professional level education and certification.


Instant Replay Sporting Goods
Steve Terenzio, President
1054 Hope St., Stamford 06907 (203) 322-7502 Fax: (203) 595-9442

Law Office of Joseph Gasparrini
20 Brinckerhoff Ave., Stamford 06905 (203) 968-8830/Fax: (203) 968-8704

National Association for the Self Employed
Jack Rutherford, Agent
4482 Madison Ave., Trumbull 06611 (203) 258-2878/Fax: (203) 268-0688

Sports Apparel


Goldman Gruder & Woods, LLC
Descera Daigle, Attorney
200 Connecticut Ave, Suite 2F, Norwalk 06854 (203) 899-8900/Fax: (203) 899-8915 Attorneys • Law firm specializing in residential and commercial real estate, lending and business entities with a focus on client service.

International Association of Benefits
Carol Deutsch
36 Dubois St., Darien 06820 (203) 655-0882 cpsuccess Insurance • IAB is a Not-For-Profit association that offers Medical/Dental/ Rx benefits to Individuals, Families, & Businesses through our membership plans. Everyone accepted!

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Christopher Healey, Financial Representative
One Eliot Place Suite 200, Fairfield 06824 (203) 256-2163 (203) 254-2575 Financial Services • We provide expert guidance for a lifetime of financial security.

Marr & Caruso Realty Group
Phil Caruso, Owner
2023 Summer St., Stamford 06905 (203) 326-4590 Fax: (203) 326-4589 www. marr;


New American Partners, LLC
Christopher M. Tasik, Financial Planner
34 Fifth St., Stamford 06905 (203) 321-1212 Ext:28 Fax: (203) 621-3023 Financial Planners • New American


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Research Symposium to Address the Impact of Globalization on Science and Technology, Human Capital and Cultural Diversity in the World Economy
D O C T O R M I C H A E L E G O , U C O N N S TA M F O R D The University of Connecticut Center for Globalization and Commerce will present its inaugural Research Symposium on Monday, April 10, at the UConn Stamford Campus in the Gen Re Auditorium. The event will begin with registration at 12:30 p.m., and the formal program starts at 1:00 p.m. The symposium will conclude with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The Research Symposium will bring together scholars from the Storrs and Stamford campuses of the University of Connecticut, and business and corporate leaders from Fairfield County to engage in discussion and dialogue about the impact of globalization on commerce and economic development. The goal of the symposium to identify priority research questions that can be investigated by a collaborative process including research design, data collection and statistical/data analysis, that would involve both academic researchers and experts from the business and corporate community. Together, they would seek to conduct research that would produce outcomes and results that would be distributed to a regional, national and global audience. There will be three themes that will be addressed during the research symposium: • Impact of Globalization on Science and Technology • Impact of Globalization on Human Capital • Impact of Globalization on Cultural Diversity Each theme will be addressed by a panel of two UConn scholars, and two business and corporate experts, with a moderator posing questions to the panel. The symposium will begin with a keynote speech by Dr. Curt Hunter, Dean, UConn School of Business. The University of Connecticut Center for Globalization and Commerce is a joint endeavor between UConn Stamford and the Stamford Chamber of Commerce. It was officially approved by the UConn Board of Trustees in November 2005, and it was established to engage in empirical and applied research in a wide business, government, education, and commerce in Stamford and other Fairfield County communities. The Center provides opportunities for faculty exchanges and research collaborations with colleagues at universities around the world that will be developed through the Stamford Chamber of Commerce’s worldwide network, and will provide students with opportunities for fieldwork and internships. The Center is an important way for the campus to both take advantage of the many resources in the community, and to offer the address common research interests and topics. The partnerships the Center develops will provide tremendous advantages to UConn students upon graduation as they enter the global economy, and will permit UConn faculty and staff to contribute to the Fairfield County community. There will be a pre-registration fee of $25.00, paid prior to April 7, and $30.00 at the door. For more information and registration, the following websites can be accessed:

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New Members,
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Douglas Berkowitz, Design Consultant
10 Stran Rd., Milford 06460 (203) 878-0944 Fax: (203) 878-3726 doug@resavuecom Tradeshow Displays • A full service agency specializing in trade show displays, pop-ups, custom modulars, banners and wall size graphics that get results.

20 Gleason Ave., Stamford T06902 (203) 356-0187/Fax: (203) 316-0197 Contractors-General • Residential and commercial general contractor, custom homes, corporate interiors, tenant fit out, additions & renovations.

Law Offices of Ellery Plotkin
777 Summer Street, 2nd Fl., Stamford 06901 (203) 325-4457/Fax: (203) 325-4376

Sanford H. Benjamin, MD
23 Hoyt St., Stamford 06905 (203) 324-2918 Fax: (203) 965-8391


Quorum Federal Credit Union
David Sribnik, Business Development Manager
2 Manhattanville Rd., Suite 401, Purchase NY10577 (914) 641-3735/Fax: (914) 641-3730 Credit Union • A FREE benefit for your company and your employees! We offer quality financial products, personal service, and unparalleled convenience to over 40,000 members nationwide.

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Shorelands Home Inspections, LLC
Jerry McSorley, President
P.O. Box 542, Old Greenwich 06870 (203) 536-2500 Fax: (203) 698-2064 Home Inspectors • We inspect homes for buyers and sellers of residential homes based upon standards established by the state of CT.

Rebuilding Together Stamford/Greenwich
Thomas Cuddeback, Chairman
945 Summer St., Stamford 06905 (203) 921-1792/Fax: (203) 921-1792

Smith Barney
Chris Templeman, Financial Advisor
301 Tresser Blvd. 12th Fl., Stamford 06901 (203) 967-7067/Fax: (203) 967-7006

Non-Profit Organization
Our volunteers work on Rebuilding Day (last Saturday in April), on homes in disrepair owned by lowincome elderly & disabled.

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Promotion & New Positions
George N. Bagley was appointed senior vice president at Albert B. Ashforth, Inc., Corporate Real Estate Brokerage, a division of The Ashforth Co. Lena Getman joined Buyer’s Capital Real Estate as a sales agent.

Awards & Recognition
Attorney Raj R. Mahale, Murtha Cullina LLP, has been honored with the “Global Entrepreneur of the Year” award. The selection was made by the Jagatik Marathi Chamber of Commerce & Industries, jointly with Small & Medium Business Development Centre of India. Murtha Cullina LLP also announced that the following lawyers were among 27 lawyers from the organization that were featured in Connecticut Magazine as “Connecticut SuperLawyers:” Paul G. Hughes— Securities & Corporate Finance Paul E. Knag—Health Care Richard “Dick” McGrath— Business/Corporate Stamford Hospital named Keruzan Macemon, a special projects cleaner in its environmental services department, as its 2005

Employee of the Year. Pitney Bowes, a provider of integrated mail and document management systems, services and solutions, announced that its FastPac D1500/600 and DI900/950 inserting systems have each been awarded a 2006 Product Design Award by the International Forum. The Fairfield County Community Foundation presented the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk with a $25,000 grant that will allow 300 students from inner-city public schools in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford to participate in the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Project, which involves field research on the natural and cultural history of Long Island Sound.

office to Stamford. The relocation was made to take advantage of the quality businesses in the area that might be interested in their sophisticated web development, online applications and graphic design work. Their new address is 2 Eighth Street, Stamford CT, 06905 - Tel 203 316 8700

The Amsterdam Hotel celebrates 34 years of service to the Stamford and regional communities. The hotel has undergone renovations to most of its rooms as well as public areas. The hotel has upgraded its health and workout facility, and now features updated amenities such as “Senior” designated and handicapped-accessible rooms. The Victoria Room is available for meetings, groups, and gatherings.

Roaring Ants Communications, a full service web development and design studio, moved its

The Housatonic Community College Foundation announced the election of its board of directors. Among there were Deborah S. Breck, a partner in the law firm Pullman & Comley LLC.; Steven M. Gold, a partner in the law firm Shipman & Goodwin LLP; and Maria A. Stolfi, first vice president, total rewards and performance management at People’s Bank.
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Membership Drive
On Tuesday, January 10th, the Stamford Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Membership Campaign. This was a major undertaking with more than 50 volunteers contacting local businesses to recruit them for membership into its organization. The goal for the day was to bring in an additional 75 to 100 members to its existing roster which is currently an approximate 1,600 business members. Membership in a chamber is a relatively inexpensive way to market your business and make important connections, says Jack Condlin, President of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce. It also offers opportunities to contribute to the vibrancy of the community and legislative advocacy. The Stamford Advocate, generously donated the use of their facility and phones to hold the Drive. Part of the Membership Campaign includes recognizing the volunteers for their efforts with prizes donated by our members and an awards party, hosted by The Clubhouse Grill, 451 Stillwater Road. Chamber recruiting is a year-round effort, but the campaign offers a feeling of enthusiasm among the teams and their captains, as they compete for prizes and recognition, says Judi Borderud, Personal Financial Organizer. Borderud, Chair of the 2006 Membership Campaign, also serves as Chairperson for the Ambassadors Committee. Owners of small businesses and managers of mid to large sized companies should make time to take advantage of the wonderful networking and educational opportunities offered by the Chamber, said Geri Fortunato, director of membership. It offers them the opportunity to develop new relationships and find out what others are doing to improve their businesses. The day was a wonderful, fun-filled success, which brought in approximately 80 new members.


Members were busy calling their contacts to sign them up for membership in the Stamford Chamber’s annual drive. Pictured here are Left to Right (Front)—Suzette Plank, Suzette Plank Photographing Life; Carol Watt, Better Women’s Health; Peter Sandler, Minuteman Press; Kim Stumpf, Consolidated Tech; Tracy Persson, Media Ventures, Inc.; Left to Right (Rear)—Joshua Geraghty, National Legacy Group; Greg Smith, Merrill Lynch.

The Ones Who Made It Happen
The following individuals donated their time and energy to recruit new members during the Stamford Chamber’s Membership Campaign. This is a fine example of the type of volunteerism that makes the Stamford Chamber a successful business organization for all members. Please take a few moments to review their names and salute their efforts. Please also recognize the commitment made by their employers who afforded scheduling flexibility and work hours.
Barbara Barclay, Merritt Staffing Barry Monies, Computronix, LLC Brad Hartmann, Randstad United States Brad Yerks, Advocate Caitlin Lopez, Fore Restaurant Carol Watt, Better Women’s Health Nicholas “Coach Nick” Papadopoulos, Sky’s the Limit Courtney Baroni, Ultimate Staffing Dan Tual, Photographic Memories Dr. Brian Yomtov, Advanced Chiropractic Ernie DiMattia, Ferguson Library Eva Day, One Day LLC Francisco Delgado, Morgan Stanley Fred Blumer, Credit Professional Associates Greg Smith, Merrill Lynch–Private Client Group Harris B Towne, Commerce Bank Jeff Roberts, The Roberts Group R.E. John O’Brien, Printech Jolene Kalinowski, ARI of Connecticut Joshua Geraghty, National Legacy Group Judi Borderud, Judi Borderud, Personal Financial Organizer, LLP Kathryn Humphrey, Customized Networking Kevin Manning, A J Mandi & Son, Inc. Kevin O’Connor, Sandler Sales Institute Kim Colletto, CT Krav Maga Kim Stumpf, Consolidated Tech Linda Kuppersmith, CMIT Solutions Liz Kopyscinski, WGCH Radio Marc Halpert, Your Best Interest Marc Sullivan, Marc Sullivan Photography Marcus Lee, Circulent, LLC MaryAnn McGuinness, UBS Financial Services Inc. Matt Abel, Dale Carnegie Training Mike Feldman, William Raveis Real Estate Mindi Miller, Westchester Family Magazine Mitch Tublin, Leadership Management Institute Peter Helmer, Precision Sales Systems Peter Sandler, Minuteman Press Robert Hunt, Patriot National Bank Rose Lattarulo, Paychex Sara Cornwall, Wells Fargo Shaun Gagnon, Creative Benefit Planning Steven Frederick, Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, LLP Suzette Plank, Suzette Plank Photographing Life Tim Sheehan, Choyce Peterson. Inc Tom Lynch, Everett Hall Associates, Inc. Tracy Persson, Media Ventures, Inc.

Thank You for Your Donation
The Membership Campaign Committee would like to thank the following companies who contributed to or donated prizes for the 2006 Membership Campaign. Their efforts helped drive the success of the campaign and contributed to a friendly competitive rivalry.


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Start U up Office Consultants
Jeff Glick, President
20 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd., Darien T06820 (203) 202-9204 Fax: (203) 547-6172

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T-Mobile USA
Jay Kreizer, Nat’l Account Manager
76 Progress Drive, Stamford 06902 (203) 434-1123 Fax: (203) 328-8957 Telecommunications • T-Mobile is a provider of wireless voice and data service for domestic and international use.

The Golf Club at Oxford Greens
Steve Keating, General Manager
99 Country Club Drive, Oxford 06478 (203) 888-1600 Fax: (203) 888-5173 Golf Club-Public/Private • Open since Fall of 2004, the Mark Mungeamdesigned championship layout is already one of the state’s best golf courses.

Rosanne C. Begel Partner

OperationsInc provides expertise in the area of Human Resources. * Recruitment Management Services (RMS) * Sexual Harassment Prevention Training * Exit Interview Outsourcing * HR Outsourcing * HR Audits To learn more about our portfolio of offerings, contact David Lewis, President /Founder Telephone #: 203-322-0538 l Fax #: 203-329-3171 l

Harbour Square 700 Canal Street, Suite 319 Stamford, CT 06902

Tel 203.328.3061 Fax 203.328.3062 email:


The Mac Doctors
Doreen Hein, President
199 Gregory Blvd. #A1, Norwalk 06855 855-9363



Three Seas Liquors
Dan Briggs, Manager
587 Elm St., Stamford 06902 (203) 324-5988

Temporary • Temp to Hire • Direct Hire

Wine & Liquor Stores

Tiger Home & Building Inspections
Kara DeLaurentis, Regional Marketing Manager
70 Strawberry Hill Ave., Stamford 06902 (203) 316-9206 Fax: (203) 245-2065 Home Inspectors • Since 1992, Tiger Home & Building Inspections has been providing quality comprehensive Residential & Commercial Inspections & Environmental tests throughout Connecticut.

Maureen Mackey Principal/Founder

Maryann Donovan President
40 Richards Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854 TEL: 203 866-2444 TEL: 800 283-0087 FAX: 203 855-2093

20 Old Kings Highway South Darien, CT 06820 Tel: 203.655.1166 ext. 102 Fax: 203.655.0055

1740 Post Road Fairfield, CT 06824 TEL: 203 256-8444 FAX: 203 259-8224

Specialists in Permanent and Temporary Staffing

Tim Coffey Photography
Tim Coffey, Owner
1802 Bedford St., Stamford 06905 (203) 325-4599 Photographers • Tim Coffey Photography specializes in corporate photography, weddings and bar/bat Mitzvahs, and family portraits.

Barbara G. Barclay
Manager Sales & Marketing

595 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 325-3799 Ext. 111 Fax (203) 353-1593

Office Support • Administration • Accounting • Creative Services ComputerTutors


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Commercial Real Estate Update
by Gregg Glaser
Virgin Atlantic Relocates HQ to Stamford
Virgin Atlantic Airways has signed a 15-year lease to move its U.S. corporate headquarters to 650 Atlantic Street, adjacent to the Stamford Transportation Center in the South End. The building, to be called “Virgin Atlantic Center@ Stamford Station,” was previously occupied by Pitney Bowes. Originally built in 1892 by the Blickensderfer Typewriter Company, the property is on the National Register of Historic Places. Odyssey Ventures, LLC of Greenwich purchased the property from Pitney Bowes in November 2005 and is undertaking a complete state-of-the-art renovation of the building to preserve the historic character and spirit of the original structures. Once completed, the building is expected to obtain the designation of “Certified Historic Structure” under the guidelines and in cooperation with the Stamford Historical Society, the State of Connecticut Historic Preservation & Museum Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. “As a pioneer in new ventures,” said Odyssey partner Nicholas P. Kyriakos, “Virgin Atlantic’s presence in Stamford’s South End can only help to launch and ensure the success of redevelopment in the South End as it transitions to a transit intensive sector of the city.” Virgin Atlantic will occupy 15,200 of the 72,000 square foot, three-story building, situated on 2.6 acres. The mixed use facility will offer office and retail space with a two-story atrium lobby with north and south entrances. Construction management is being provided by commercial and high-end residential contractor NPK Building Corp., of Greenwich. Occupancy by Virgin Atlantic is expected by the end of the year. Inc. in White Plains, NY, have made an application to City of Stamford’s Planning & Zoning Boards for approval of a 37-story, high-end luxury condominium tower in downtown Stamford to be called Park Tower. Planned for the corner of Washington Boulevard and Broad Street near the University of Connecticut and Mill River Park, the building was designed by architect Costas Kondylis. “The project is not only going to be a spectacular addition to the Stamford skyline, but will offer an incredible package of public benefits that will be hugely helpful to the city as it continues on its path to becoming a 24/7 worldclass destination,” said Rich. Park Tower’s initial plans call for 185 residences, ranging in size from 1,000-square-foot one-bedroom units to 3,500-square-foot three bedroom duplex penthouses. Amenities will include high quality finishes, granite countertops, hardwood floors, top-of-line appliances, designer cabinetry, marble bathrooms and spacious terraces. The 7th floor will include a landscaped deck, an indoor swimming pool, a full-service health club, a clubroom, library, billiards and screening rooms and a state-of-the-art security system. Five levels at the base of the building will provide on-site parking. Approximately 3,000 square feet of retail space will be available at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Broad Street. The two-year construction project will generate 500 construction jobs a year, 15 permanent jobs once completed and add more than $1 million per year in property tax revenue for Stamford. Once approved, construction will begin this fall and is scheduled to be completed in two years. RBS Royal Bank of Scotland has filed plans with the City of Stamford’s Zoning Board for it’s 12-story, 500,000-square-foot North American headquarters on three acres north of Interstate 95. The complex will be home to RBS Greenwich Capital, currently located in Greenwich, and the Scotland-based bank’s North American corporate banking operations, which will move from Manhattan. The building will be located between Washington Boulevard and Mill River at Richmond Hill Avenue and will include working space for approximately 3,000 employees, plus a publicly accessible plaza linking Washington Boulevard with the Mill River Greenway. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2006 and should be completed by early 2009. RBS expects to move approximately 1,850 RBS to its new headquarters from RBS Greenwich Capital, RBS NY and from the continued growth of the company. The project is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs in Stamford.

New Members,
TMK Sports & Entertainment, LLC
Tamara M. Kettler, President

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Concierge Service • Full concierge services: Errand, Information, Waiting and Notary Service. House sitting, Personal Shopping, Travel Arrangements, Meeting and Special Event Planning.

3 River Ave, Suite 2A, Greenwich 06830 (203) 531-3047/Fax: (203) 531-3048 Event Marketing • An event marketing company dedicated to providing unparalleled service. Event Planning, Event Management, Brand Building Promotions, Event Representation and Sales, Event Consulting and Public Relations.

Washington Mutual
Carmela Perito, Financial Center Manager
2169 Summer St., Stamford 06905 (203) 967-0451/Fax: (203) 967-0460


Tommy K Vitamins
Tom Karagianes, Owner
54 Research Drive, Stamford 06906 (203) 325-9544/Fax: (203) 979-0274

Weichert Realtors
David B. Wittenberg, Realtor
1051 Long Ridge Rd., Stamford 06903 (203) 322-8800 Fax: (203) 322-3434

Health & Wellness

TOUR GCX Partners
Phil Kanfer, Sales Executive
450 Park Avenue South, 3rd Fl., New York NY10016 (212) 685-2200 Ext:206 Fax: (212) 685-7171 Golf • With TOUR GCX you will gain unique access to play golf and entertain guests at a variety private golf clubs.

Real Estate

Stuart Welkovich, Attorney at Law
33 Oak Street, 2nd Fl., Stamford 06905 (203) 357-8904 Fax: (203) 348-8904


Women’s Mentoring Network
Louise Moss, Executive Director
141 Franklin St., Stamford 06901 (203) 348-3828/Fax: (203) 388-0142

VJ & C Concierge Service
Cecelia Martinez, Managing Director
65 High Ridge Rd. #348, Stamford 06905 (877) 430-9604/Fax: (877) 430-9604

Non-Profit Organization
Women’s Mentoring Network promotes economic empowerment for disadvantaged women and their families through education and quality employment.

Company Recognition
Co m p a nies who a re c o m mit t e d t o Sta mford’s Business Co mmunit y

Adow Pool Service, LLC
Robert (Bob) Zajkowski, Owner
393 Glenbrook Rd., Stamford 06906 (203) 357-9723/Fax: (203) 977-7031 Pool Service • Maintenance, Renovation, Construction.

Brennan & Vlahakis Insurance
Daniel Brennan, Partner
13 Spring St., Stamford 06901 (203) 324-6226/Fax: (203) 324-0090

Bank of Ireland Leases 20,359 Square Feet at First Stamford Place
The Bank of Ireland has leased 20,359 square feet at 300 First Stamford Place, noted as the first major 2006 lease transaction for Fairfield County by commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. The Bank of Ireland plans to establish a wholesale financial services branch for its Corporate Banking and Global Markets relationships in the U.S. in the Stamford location. The bank signed a long-term lease and will occupy space on the third floor of the building, owned by W&M Properties, with an agreement allowing for future growth. The Bank of Ireland is currently located at 75 Holly Hill Lane in Greenwich.

Insurance Agents & Brokers
Full service home, auto, life, health, and business insurance agency.

Alliance Limousine
Alan Oyugi, President
1011 Hope St., Stamford 06907 (203) 964-1100/Fax: (203) 325-4949

Chris Klimek
28 Cross St., Norwalk 06851 (203) 750-5613 Fax: (203) 354-0921

Limousine Service

Internet/Web & Telecommunications Services
One of the nation’s leading entertainment and telecommunication companies, provides advanced cable TV, high speed internet, digitalvoice-over- cable, Lightpath business telecommunication.

Bonded Waterproofing Services, Inc.
Louis J. Alloro, President
65 Woodbine St., Bergenfield NJ 07621 (877) 226-6333/Fax:(877) 796-4710

Park Tower— 37-Stories in Downtown Stamford

Capriccio Cafe
Giovanni Gentile, President/Owner
189 Bedford St., Stamford 06901 (203) 356-9819/Fax: (203) 356-9544


Thomas L. Rich of F.D. Rich Co. in Stamford and Louis R. Cappelli of Cappelli Enterprises,

Indoor and Outdoor drainage specialists-french drains, curtain drains, roof drains and sump pumps.


Real Estate Professionals
Edward Judge
Office: 203.321.4240 • Fax: 203.321.4247 Voice Mail: 203.975.2488 • Cell: 203.536.1142 Home: 203.329.2546 877 Long Ridge Rd. Stamford, CT 06902 For mortgage rates, pre-approval, financing - 800.330.5008 Toll Free

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Leonard Sansone, Jr.
Broker REALTOR® Gold Star William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 545 Bedford Street Stamford, CT 06901 t 203.327.2050 Ext. 350 888.242.7488 f 203.327.9685 c 203-962-8860
Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated


Junior Achievement of Southwest CT

20th Annual Bowl-A-Thon Bowlers raising the minimum are eligible for door prizes given out every five minutes.
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2006 TIME: Three Shifts Available (1-3p.m., 4-6p.m., or 7-9p.m.) WHERE: Rip Van Winkle Lanes in Norwalk COST: $20/Bowler Registration Fee (covers cost of lane and shoes) $100 pledge minimum per bowler. TEAM SIZE: 5-6 People Per Team
For more information please call Junior Achievement at 203-854-1700


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