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Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Only Better

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce, the most active business membership organization in northern Connecticut, launched a new look on March 1 with an updated logo, website, mobile events calendar and two weekly enewsletters. The Chamber’s rebranding better reflects its role as a conduit between Windsor's businesses and the residential community. Executive Director Jane Garibay teamed up with representatives from Invisible Gold, Cerebration Writing + Graphic Design, Hosting Connecticut LLC and General Electric to create the new branding and collateral. 
 

A Truly Tasty Taste of Windsor

Enthusiastic people came from far and wide to enjoy extraordinary food and drink at the 6th annual First Town Downtown event "A Taste of Windsor" held at Loomis Chaffee School. The evening was filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by Windsor's own unique restaurants:  Bart's Beanery, Bear's Smokehouse, Concorde’s Restaurant, Dom's Broad Street Eatery, Get Baked, Izote Southwest Grill, Jim's Pizza, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Moneta Moments, Sweet Harmony Café, The Bean @226, Union Street Tavern, and Windsor Asian Bistro.
 

Windsor Chamber Cares

Get your tickets now for central Connecticut's most anticipated charity auction: Windsor Chamber Cares! The auction takes place on Friday, April 8th at 5:30 pm at Maneeley's Banquet Facility in South Windsor with scrumptious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and carving stations, good company and lots of exciting auction items up for grabs. There's nothing better than a Friday night full of delicious food and laughter with friends and colleagues while supporting several active non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations: Windsor Police Cadets, Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, Windsor Education Foundation and hosted by the Windsor Chamber of Commerce sponsored by Konica Minolta Printing Solutions and Windsor Federal Savings.
 

Watch the Windsor Feud!

Watch the WINDSOR FEUD Saturday, February 27th at 5:30 pm! Tune in to local Windsor Community Television channel 5 in Windsor OR watch online streaming live on http://win-tv.org. Mark it on your calendar!  Played just like the "Family Feud," this live game show is loads of fun and raises money to benefit the Chamber's community, education and business programs. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm at Town Hall. It is also possible for a portion to go to the team's favorite charity! Come down and watch in person or watch live on WIN-TV Channel 5 or online at www.Win-TV.org. You can also pledge now!
 

Geissler's Food Bank Donation Contest

Geissler’s Supermarket and the Windsor Food Bank developed a new program at Geissler’s in Windsor to get the public excited about donating food to the food bank.  Geissler’s offered $5 and $10 donation options to customers as they checked out all through January 2015.  Each person who donated was entered into a drawing. After collecting 1,700 pounds of food donations, Geissler’s randomly chose a winner, who turned out to be Brian Daly who won a Geisslers gift card.  The promotion was so well received that they are considering repeating the contest.
 

Is Your Website Like Grace's?

When 20% or more of your website visitors are viewing your website on a smartphone, it's time to make sure it’s mobile-friendly. Grace Builders, LLC found that out first hand recently when owner, Kevin Grace, noticed how many visitors browsed his website using mobile devices. He contacted Hosting Connecticut LLC to reconfigure his website so it would be responsive (readjust its layout) depending on what device is used to view it. 
 

Windsor Non-Profits Selected to Benefit From Chamber Auction

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce has has been supporting the Windsor community for 32 years with its annual benefit auction. The Windsor Chamber Cares auction supports the Windsor Chamber's many education, business and community programs to grow the local economy and improve the quality of life for the people of Windsor. It also benefits several non-profit organizations each year, which has resulted in funding of almost $600,000 over the auction's previous 31 years.  This year the auction will be supporting three Windsor non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations:  Windsor Police Cadets, Windsor Education Foundation and Windsor Food and Fuel Bank. The auction will take place on April 8th at Maneely's Banquet and Catering in South Windsor.
 

Windsor High School Santas

Members of the Leadership Council of the Windsor High School run a drive to collect toys for children and youth in need. In the photo, some of the students and their advisor Kendrick Moore.  (Read the article in the paper or pdf)
 

Two of Windsor's Finest Promoted

(left) A very proud Thomas McKee, retired Police Commander of the Glastonbury Police Department, pinned the new badge on the uniform of his son, Lieutenant Chris McKee, Monday. (right) Sergeant Teresa Baboolal’s new badge was pinned on her uniform by her husband, Nicholas Baboolal, a Middletown Police Department Sergeant. Photos courtesy of WPD.  (Read the full story in the paper or pdf)
 

Any-Time Gifts

Windsor gifts for friends!  Even though the holidays are over, there are still so many gift-giving occasions!  Many unique local gifts are available at the Windsor Chamber of  Commerce and Tourist Information Center at 261 Broad Street, Windsor. Gifts include Gift Certificates which can be used like cash at over 40 retailers and restaurants in Windsor, items made by local crafts people like honey and chocolate from Forgotten Acres Farm, note cards from Photographer Len Hellerman and items provided by local non-profit organizations like Windsor blankets from the Junior Women's Club, Shad Derby mini wooden houses, and personalized heritage bricks and ornaments from First Town Downtown. Stop by the Chamber office to browse the selection of local goods by December 22nd. 
 

HostingCT Launches CT Prevention

Hosting Connecticut announces the launch of a new, responsive website for the Connecticut Prevention Network, a statewide non-profit organization, at CTPrevention.org.  The Connecticut Prevention Network (CPN) is an association of the state’s 13 community partnership Regional Action Councils (RACs) that work to provide your community with education, training, and advocacy for substance abuse prevention and related community concerns such as violence, teen pregnancy, drunk driving, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and suicide.
 

JROTC Honors Veterans

The newly established JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) program at Windsor High School and its cadets played a big role in honoring this year our veterans. On November 5th, the Windsor/Windsor Locks Rotary Club continued its annual tradition of honoring veterans for their service to our country. The celebration this year was made even more special with the presence of four members of the Windsor High School JROTC program that performed their first public Presentation of Colors to open the Club’s formal program of the day.
 

150 Year Old Tuttle House Gets a Makeover

Thanks to the support of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Grace Episcopal Church’s Tuttle House roof is getting a makeHover. This 1865 GothicHstyle brick house on Windsor’s Town Green was the home of The Rev. Reuel H. Tuttle, the first resident rector of the church. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house was deemed “one of the finest examples of the style in the town” according to the town’s Historic Survey, of August 1981.
 

2015 Grads, a Class Act & 500 photos

The Class of 2015 is off to the world, and once again the kids of Windsor High School impressed with their maturity, compassion, energy, and optimism. Principal Russell Sills declared the class of 2015 the best class in the history of the school, a title that made the kids  immensely proud. For more on the graduation, read this week's issue, here or in the paper. Please allow some time for the photos to appear - they are more than 500!
 

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