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WATERTOWN — Bill Hosking, the fourth-generation owner of the James S. Hosking Nursery Inc. and Red Barn Gift Shoppe, has announced that the nursery, garden center and gift shoppe retail divisions will close later this year at the conclusion of a going-out-of-business liquidation sale.

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LITCHFIELD — The Grotto Gift Shop at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Route 118 will now be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday as well as Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

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SOUTHBURY — The Southbury Training School Thrift Shops — Thrift One, Thrift Too and the Little Shop — reopened recently by appointment only.

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Free Covid-19 testing continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday in the parking lot at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, 2132 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury. The park, which closed out its 2020 season on October 11, will reopen on April 24, 2021.

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SANDY HOOK — When Joshua Claffey and Kylie Harrington decided to start their own business, they wanted to make a difference in their community while offering a service. College Hunks fit that bill. Mr. Claffey described the residential and commercial hauling and junk removal company to Voice…

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MIDDLEBURY-WOODBURY-SOUTHBURY — As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Tribury Rotary is among the 45 local Rotary Clubs teaming up with Liberty Bank to make sure that everyone in central, eastern, and shoreline Connecticut can enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal.

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HARTFORD — The state Department of Economic and Community Development is now accepting applications for the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program.

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MONROE – The following property transfers were recorded in the town clerk’s office during October.

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WOODBURY — Town and Country Glass Shop, 244 Main St. North, is celebrating its fifth anniversary, a milestone that owner David Vincent Mirabilio described as, “Going very well,” despite the challenges of running a small business during a pandemic. He told Voices that he’s been very busy with…

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Earlier this year when face masks became a new necessity and Southbury resident Lynne Perry became the new owner of the popular local gift shop Newbury Place, she decided to offer customers unique and stylish versions of this now, regrettably, must-have item and to give back the profits to h…

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TORRINGTON — The Arc of Litchfield County, LARC, was recently awarded a grant from Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation to purchase two disinfectant fogger machines and disinfectant to deep clean the agency’s vehicles, which are used to transport individuals in LARC programs.

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MIDDLEBURY — To help serve the community during this latest rise in Covid-19 infections, Community Outbreak Covid-19 Testing will take place at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark 2132 Middlebury Rd.

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TORRINGTON — The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Department of Surgery welcomes surgeon David Aughton, M.D., who is now accepting new patients at 538 Litchfield St., Suite 201. Dr. Aughton is a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean Medical School in Coral Gables, Fla., and compl…

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WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum at Rose Hill has re-opened to the public. The museum is opened via appointment for hour-long intervals 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

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WATERBURY — The Woodbury Ballet School and Company will move its 2020-21 season to the Fulkerson Arts Center at Chase Collegiate. After operating for more than 40 years at the Woodbury Academy, official school of the Woodbury Ballet, the school decided to move its studios to Waterbury. The p…

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LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Historical Society is hosting Scarecrows in the Meadow, a walk through the Tapping Reeve Meadow from dusk until dawn until Saturday, October 31.

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While the dust has just settled on the 2020 season at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark, 2132 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury, the maintenance staff has already started prepping for next year. Sections of the Saturation Station interactive modular water play area have been repainted and are ready to…

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DANBURY — Union Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, and Newtown Savings Bank announced a fundraising alliance titled Feeding Our Neighbors Community Challenge.

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WATERBURY — St. Mary’s Hospital has welcomed Fatima Jalil, M.D., MPH, as an endocrine specialist for Trinity Health of New England Medical Group. Dr. Jalil will be joining the Diabetes and Endocrinology team which includes Dr. Thomas Gniadek, Dr. Anna Freitag, Dr. Shilpa Shetty and Geeta Sha…

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TORRINGTON — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Pink Rose Program will benefit from the proceeds of Torrington’s Big Y community bag program during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

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WATERBURY — The Waterbury Regional Chamber, in partnership with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, will host a free virtual job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, using a new online platform provided by Premier Virtual.

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MONROE — The following property transfers were recorded in the Town Clerk’s office during September.

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SEYMOUR — Bushi Ban Martial Arts and Fitness has been recognized for the 10th consecutive year by the Seymour Award Program, an annual award honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses in the Seymour area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the abil…

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MIDDLEBURY — The following land transfers were recorded in the office of the town clerk during September.

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WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system in Wallingford, announced that publicist Joy Savulak of Woodbury was recognized for her contributions to public relations and marketing campaigns by winning seven Lamplighter Awards from the New …

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Sensei John Lombardo of Bushi Ban Martial Arts and Fitness was among this year’s inductees in the American Martial Arts Alliance Awards. Sensei Lombardo received the Ambassador of the Year award and was inducted into the AMAA 2020 Martial Arts Masters and Pioneers and included in this year’s…

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Those donating a canned food item will receive $5 off the $21 price of an all-day ride wristband from October 3 to 4 at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark, 2132 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury. The park will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. All items collected will be donated to th…

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HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont has announced the launch of the state Department of Revenue Services multi-year IT modernization initiative that will improve the customer’s experience and deliver additional, user-friendly features such as mobile device-friendly design, secure web messaging and ad…

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WOODBURY — Drakeley Real Estate has announce that Karen Dibble-Flaherty has become affiliated with the office. As an affiliated real estate agent, Ms. Dibble-Flaherty will provide residential real estate services in the local and surrounding communities as well as throughout the state. As li…

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WATERBURY — Waterbury HEALTH has launched Ask the Doctor, a live informational series that connects doctors of different specialties with the community to answer questions about a variety of topics and address concerns regarding changes in care due to Covid-19.