Winsted EDC welcomes Second Home to Main St.



WINSTED – Second Home, a lounge bar located at 504 Main Street in Winsted, opened at the end of October and was greeted by the Winsted Economic Development Commission at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Owners Sean and Cheryl Hefferenan say the new nightclub will have live music and an ongoing art exhibition and sale featuring local artists each month.

Second Home has a light menu and sells local wines and beers. The space has a play and reading area and plenty of seating for couples and small groups. To find out more, visit

Brooker Memorial Welcomes New Board Members

TORRINGTON – Brooker Memorial recently welcomed four new board members.

Justin Giampaolo is president of Burlington Construction Company in Torrington. Harwinton residents, he and his wife Meghan have two children, both of whom attend Brooker Child Care. Justin was the core member of the team overseeing the construction of the new Brooker Memorial Building. He has been a corporate partner with Brooker since 2016 and plays a major role on the Brewfest event committee each year.

Amy Marchand is a Trust Administrator at Torrington Savings Bank. She and her husband Patrick live in Goshen and have two daughters who have attended Brooker Daycare from birth to kindergarten entry. She has been corporate since 2019. She is also very active in the community, notably at YMCA Camp Mohawk, and also volunteers at Brooker.

Judith M. Hogan joins the Board of Directors after serving from 2013-2020. Judy has been a corporate citizen since 1975. She has been instrumental in the gardening program and has volunteered for special events. Judy retired from a nursing career, including many years as a school nurse and wellness instructor at Wamogo Regional High School. She and her husband Tom reside in Litchfield.

Catherine Oneglia has been a corporate officer with Brooker since 2007. She is an active community member serving on numerous boards, including the Litchfield Community Center and the Susan B. Anthony Advisory Board. Her stepmother, Louisa Oneglia, was active at the Brooker Memorial many years ago.

Brooker Memorial is a non-profit community organization established in 1918 by Charles F. Brooker. The organization was named and dedicated to his mother, Maria Seymour Brooker in memory of her “works of benevolence, aid, charity and education.” Charles Brooker donated the homestead where Brooker Memorial is now located and created a foundation to ensure the success and longevity of this new organization.

Meals on Wheels receives a grant

LITCHFIELD – The Litchfield Hills Northwest Seniors Nutrition Program, which operates the local In-Home Meal Program, received $ 1,000 as part of the year-end Critical Needs Grant funded by Marion Wm. And Alice Edwards Fund and The Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. This grant will provide 230 emergency long-life meals to 115 homebound seniors who need them most. Meals are designed to be kept on hand in case the program is unable to deliver due to inclement weather. The program serves an area of ​​18 communities across Litchfield County.

New Britain Museum receives operating grant

NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that received $ 170,800 in support of $ 16 million from CT Humanities’ CT Cultural Fund. CTCFOSGs are part of the $ 30.7 million in support allocated to the arts, humanities and cultural nonprofits through the CTH over the next two years by the TC General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The CTCFOSG will help organizations recover from the pandemic and maintain and increase their capacity to serve their community and the public.

While some areas of the museum’s revenue have been stable or thrived – one-on-one support, support from foundations, and wisely invested endowment portfolio – revenue in the areas of admission, program fees, store revenue and coffee museum, fundraising event revenues and rental facilities were significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels. The unlimited operational support available under this program will allow the NBMAA to maintain a balanced budget by replacing some lost revenue, investing in increased marketing to work towards self-sufficiency in these revenue areas, and providing the flexibility to adapt in times of uncertainty.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency responsible for fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

The New Britain Museum of American Art is the first institution dedicated solely to the acquisition of American art. Spanning four centuries of American history, the museum’s permanent collection is renowned for its assets in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, the Ash Can School, as well as the extensive series of murals The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton. . The singular emphasis on American art and its panoramic view of American artistic achievements, achieved through the museum’s extensive permanent collection, exhibits and educational programming, make the New Britain Museum of American Art an important resource for a large and diverse audience.



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