Business Notes, August 8, 2021

THOMASTON – The Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation recently awarded 35 grants totaling $ 80,475.99 during Phase I of its annual grant cycle. Phase I Cities in Hartford County, including Bristol, Burlington, Farmington and Plainville.

To celebrate, the foundation hosted a grant reception which the recipients attended, as well as the board of directors, businesses and employees of Thomaston Savings Bank. The reception took place on July 13 in the new patio of the Connecticut Environmental Learning Center at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol.

The Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation was established in 1997 to distribute funds annually to various local programs. Each year, the Foundation organizes a round of grants to provide funding to organizations that help the community in their respective counties. The funds are used for the benefit of local organizations to ensure that charitable needs are met in all cities served by the Bank.

To better serve the community, the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation organizes its grant cycle in three phases: Hartford County, Litchfield County and New Haven County. The three phases of the 2021 grant cycle examine applications from local government and nonprofit agencies in support of the following focus areas: arts and culture, community development, education and youth services, health services and social and public security. Applications from religious organizations will be considered for grants that support programs that help meet the needs of the community and / or fall within the scope of the priority areas above.

Hartford County Grant Recipients: Veterans Strong Community Center, Bristol Adult Resource Center Inc., Bristol Public Library, Children’s Department, The New England Carousel Museum, Inc., Bristol Veterans Council, Inc., Bristol Recovery Club, Inc., Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, Inc., The Agape House, Inc., Prudence Crandall Center, Inc., Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 773, Grace Pantry, Hand To Hand Direct Care Ministry, Inc., City of Bristol, Region 5 Dive Team, Roberto Clemente Baseball League of Bristol, Bristol Preschool Child Care Center, DP Rescue, United Way of West Central Connecticut, The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, American Clock & Watch Museum, Lewis S Mills Band Boosters, Lewis Mills Football Boosters, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Farmington Food Pantry Inc., The Kids of Summer Foundation, Hartford Power Squadr sur, East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Plainville Community Food Pantry, Inc., Tunxis Community College Foundation, Inc., Wheeler Regional Family YMCA

Phase III of the grant cycle will open on October 1, 2021 and accept applications for New Haven County. To apply, find the full list of eligible cities in each county and more information at

Torrington practice receives Center of Excellence designation

TORRINGTON – The Charlotte Hungerford Pediatric and Adult Urology Hospital in Torrington was recently designated as a UroLift Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. James Devanney has achieved a high level of training and experience with the UroLift System, an FDA-approved prostatic urethral lift procedure using proven, minimally invasive technology used to treat lower urinary tract symptoms. , according to a statement from the hospital.

The UroLift System uses a revolutionary approach to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a disease in which the prostate enlarges as men age. BPH is very common, affecting nearly 40 million Americans and 500 million men worldwide. Symptoms of BPH often include interrupted sleep and urinary problems and can lead to loss of productivity, depression, and reduced quality of life.

UroLift is the only treatment for BPH performed by a urologist that does not require heating, cutting or ablation of prostate tissue. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis, and patients usually go home the same day without a catheter.

Dr Devanney has successfully used UroLift for several years and received the Center of Excellence designation from Teleflex, a global provider of medical technology, after training as a physician, performing at least 60 cases per year, attending events clinical training each year and documented improved outcomes.

Adult and Pediatric Urology at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington offers comprehensive adult and pediatric services to treat diseases and conditions affecting the urinary system. Our urologists use the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, including non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment for faster recoveries. The firm accepts most major insurance companies.

For more information on the UroLift practice and procedure, call 860-496-8990.

Women’s Giving Circle Announces Grant Recipients

WATERBURY – The Connecticut Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle, which includes 60 women motivated to advance the women and girls of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills, has awarded grants totaling $ 27,000 to seven organizations serving the region. Priority has been given to programs that promote results related to diversity, equity and inclusion, according to a statement.

The Women’s Giving Circle was formed in 2017 so that members could pool their money, study local concerns and award grants together to nonprofits addressing issues affecting women and girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. In four years, the Circle has donated $ 121,500 to 16 organizations in the region.

The 2021 Women’s Giving Circle grant recipients include scholarships of $ 5,000 to the following organizations:

Girls with Impact of Greenwich to support its Entrepreneurial Academy 2021 which will equip twenty girls from the Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills area with business, leadership, academic and career success.

Madre Latina in Waterbury for its Young Representatives of Waterbury program, which targets Latino high school students in the city. Participants will learn leadership and civic engagement skills to effect change in their community.

Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury to support their Women of Color Empowerment Collective. The program will recruit fifteen women of color to focus on leadership and college graduation.

Save Girls on FYER in Waterbury to support their Leadership Academy Summer Exchange Program. The grant will fund additional summer activities for girls attending the Save Girls on FYER Leadership Academy.

Women’s Choice Charitable Association in Waterbury for supporting their Community Doula project. The grant will allow the organization to provide free doulas to women of color giving birth in Waterbury who are facing financial hardship. This program will work alongside antenatal care provided by local hospitals and obstetrician offices.

Two other finalists, Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Sustainable CT, received $ 1,000 for general operating support.

To learn more about involvement in the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle, visit

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