2016 New Milford Fireworks Celebration Thank You!

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From www.newmilford-chamber.com:

We hope you were among the thousands of people who came out and enjoyed the New Milford Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, July 2nd.  The Green was the place to be as the Opening Ceremony kicked off with Ray Plue singing our National Anthem.  Ray also dedicated a memorial plaque (that can be found near one of the trees by the bandstand) to our dear friend and voice of New Milford Curtis Thompson.  The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, Pastor at the New Milford United Methodist Church delivered the invocation, followed by a few words shared by Chamber President Darren Piper and Senator Richard Blumenthal.  As folks enjoyed the New Milford Lions Club Carnival on Young’s Field, The Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford constructed a delicious birthday cake and Perfect Timing entertained everyone on the Green. The finale of brilliant fireworks topped off this wonderful night of community celebration.

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who supported the July 2nd downtown events to celebrate America’s Birthday.

Special thanks to Fire Marshal Brian Ohmen and the members of the Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department who were on site all day long watching over the fireworks display.  We’d also like to send out a special thank you to All American Waste for providing us with garbage toters to help us keep the Green beautiful during this and all our other community events.

The fireworks are organized by the New Milford Chamber of Commerce, and paid for by donations from businesses, organizations, individuals, and the Chamber.  We are extremely grateful for the donations and support from everyone who helped give the community of New Milford a spectacular fireworks experience this year.

Thank you to:

Aspetuck Animal Hospital, Bank Street Investments, Donald & Pauline Grippo, Donald Ross, Grant & Jacqui Smith, James & Karen Hastings, Joseph Owens & Kathleen Mooney, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Law Office of Cecilia Buck-Taylor, Mark & Carolyn Haglund, Maureen Aumiller, Nadine Strossen, New Milford Commission on the Arts, New Milford Lions Club, Nordica Toys, Paul Barrett, Paul Hulton, Play LLC, Rotary Club of New Milford, and everyone who donated to our donation bucket at various Chamber events.

Can You Help?
In order to put together the fireworks display and community celebration, we need to raise about $10,000 every year.  We fell quite short this year and are asking that you help us with this substantial financial undertaking.  If you enjoyed the fireworks and can support it financially, we are still taking donations. Every dollar donated will help.  Because of the generosity of you, our townspeople and businesses, we can keep this spectacular community event alive.  This event is not funded by the Town of New Milford.  YOUR donations keep this tradition alive!

Donations can be mailed to:  GNMCC, 11 Railroad Street, New Milford, CT  06776. 
Please make checks out to GNMCC and put “fireworks” in the memo line.

The GNMCC is busy preparing for many exciting New Milford community events. Village Fair Days will be held July 29th & 30th on the Green; The Sensational Dan LaRosa will be performing a Comedy Hypnosis Show on Saturday, September 17th at 19Main; The Cast of Beatlemania will be performing on Saturday, November 5th at the New Milford High School; the Tree Lighting/Festival of Lights will take place November 26th on the Green; and theHands On Train Display will run from Dec. 24th through Dec. 31st (closed Christmas Day) at The Railroad Station.

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Thank you!  The New Milford Fireworks Celebration happens because of you.  We thank you for your consideration and really appreciate your support.

 

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All American Waste Selected As A Sustainability Finalist

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All American Waste has been named a finalist for the DEEP and Hartford Business Journal’s Green Circle Sustainability Awards. The finalists include an elite group of Connecticut businesses, government entities, individuals/groups, schools and universities who are doing their part to ensure that the business they conduct is environmentally responsible and sustainable.

To celebrate the achievements of all the finalists, and to announce the winners of the Green Circle Sustainability Awards, Hartford Business Journal and DEEP will be hosting the Green Circle Sustainability Awards Gala at Infinity Hall Hartford on May 23rd, 2016.

For more information and a full list of the finalists please visit: Hartford Business Journal’s Website

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Bridgewater Organics Recycling Is Evolving

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Two years after Bridgewater launched its’ Residential Curbside Pickup of Food Waste Pilot Project alongside All American Waste and the (Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority) HRRA, the program is now transitioning the organics collection program to allow for drop off of material at the Bridgewater transfer station. All American Waste will donate the container and transportation to the local recycling/compost facility.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to All American Waste for donating their trucks, labor and thousands of dollars to run the first curb-side organics program in the state of CT in our home town of Bridgewater,” said Jen Iannucci of the HRRA. “This program would never have happened and continued for two years without their dedication and generous sponsorship.  Thank you All American Waste for helping Bridgewater be a leader in the State.”

All American Waste would like to thank Jen for her vision and work over the past two years on this project and looks forward to continuing collaborative efforts to pursue a proactive approach to help our local environment.

The program will continue to separate organic materials from the trash that should be thought of as a resource, not a waste. The Bridgewater curbside pilot program has provided valuable data and information that has allowed two other communities to start their own drop-off program, with four other communities in the works.

Properly composted organics are beneficial because they

  • Maximize plant growth
  • Effective at preventing soil erosion
  • Aid in Stream and land reclamation
  • Reconstruction of wetlands
  • Help with storm water management and construction sites
  • Reduces the need for fertilizers & pesticides
  • Over all soil amendment to improve soil health by increasing the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil
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All American Waste Participates At NCCC Home Show CT

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All American Waste participated and was a gold sponsor at the 47th Annual North Central Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) Home & Product Show CT, held on March 12 and 13th. The event took place at 69 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor, Connecticut in the former Walmart location and saw “the most participants in 20 years,” according to Gary Cote, Show Chairman of the NCCC.

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All American Waste Recognized By The Business Council Of Fairfield County

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On February 25, 2016, The Business Council of Fairfield County, through its Wellness Roundtable, identified 49 Connecticut employers who are doing something special to promote a healthy workplace and assist all employees to live healthier lives.

All American Waste and its family of companies was recognized as one of those 49 with placement in the Gold Category of Distinction.

“As I have been involved with this program since its inception, I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment these companies have devoted to wellness within their workplaces,” commented Matthew Fair, First Vice President, First Niagara Risk Management Inc. and co-chair of the 2016 Healthy Workplaces Employer Recognition Program. “Regardless of company size, these honorees have used innovative approaches to not just engage, but to measure the effectiveness of their programs over the long-term.”

Healthy Workplace Honoree 2016

All American Waste employees have been working hard to develop healthier strategies through increased efforts to quit smoking, lose weight, increase activity, and more. Those efforts have resulted in improvements in medical insurance metrics and in this recognition from the Fairfield County Wellness Roundtable.

In March, All American Waste’s 2016 Wellness Campaign will kick off with our Know Your Numbers II, Biometric Event as we continue to work at improving our employees’ health and wellness.

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All American Waste Supports the Connecticut Food Bank

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Ken Vallera, Director of Sales & Operations & Joe Engravalle, Major Account Manager of All American Waste presented a donation to the Connecticut Food Bank. The funds will support the Connecticut Food Bank’s relocation to its new, state-of-the-art headquarters and distribution center in Wallingford. The new facility offers double the warehouse capacity of the Food Bank’s former locations in East Haven and Waterbury combined. Interim CEO Paul O’Leary accepted the donation for the Connecticut Food Bank and took team members from All American Waste on a tour of the building.

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Ken Vallera (left), Director of Sales & Operations and Joe Engravalle (right), Major Account Manager of All American Waste present a donation to the Connecticut Food Drive’s interim CEO Pail O’Leary (center).

The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitable food donations. Some 700 partners and programs depend on the Connecticut Food Bank as a lifeline to nutritious food for the communities they serve. The Connecticut Food Bank partnered last year with retailers, donors, volunteers and growers to provide enough food to prepare more than 18 million meals to more than 300,000 people across 127 cities and towns in six Connecticut counties.

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The Connecticut Food Drive’s interim CEO Pail O’Leary (left) takes All American Waste’s Ken Vallera (second from left), Director of Sales & Operations, Joe Engravalle (second from right), Major Account Manager and Mike Powers (right), Sales Manager, on a tour of the their building.
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All American Waste Supports YNHH’s NNICU Expansion

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Leaders from Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, Yale School of Medicine and key supporters, which All American Waste is proud to be one of,  joined in the  December 7, 2015 groundbreaking for the Children’s Hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care and Obstetrical Services units. The project will transform care for women and babies.

For more information, read the full article here: YNHH Articles – NNICU Expansion

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All American Waste Attends Ride Closer To Free Event As Premier Sponsor

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On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, All American Waste attended the celebration at Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT to salute the Closer to Free Riders, Volunteers & Sponsors who went above and beyond in all fundraising efforts for the 2015 5th annual Closer to Free ride to benefit the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven that took place on September 12, 2015.

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Kevin Walsh, Yale-New Haven Closer to Free, Ed Crowley Jr. of Stony Creek Brewery and Joe Engravalle of All American Waste attend the Ride Closer To Free event at Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT on December 9, 2015.

Over 1,200 riders & 500 volunteers made this year’s event a huge success. $2.2 million was raised to bring us Closer to Free with 100% of the riders & volunteer fundraising going directly to Smilow & Yale Cancer Center due to the generosity of the sponsors such as All American Waste. This is the 5th year that All American Waste is proud to have been a premier sponsor. In attendance at this event was Joe Engravalle of All American Waste.

The 6th annual Closer to Free ride was also announced at this event. There are so many reasons to join us on September 10, 2016 for the 6th annual Closer to Free Ride for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. If you would like more information, here is their website: http://www.rideclosertofree.org/

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All American Waste Opens CNG Station In New Haven

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NEW HAVEN >> The area’s second refueling station for vehicles powered by compressed natural gas has opened in the city’s Fair Haven section.

The facility is on the property of All American Waste, a New Haven-based garbage hauler with a facility on Wheeler Street in the city. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp visited the new CNG refueling station for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.

“We are determined to do all we can to encourage business growth and expansion,” Harp said in a statement. “In doing so, we’re working to create good, local jobs for local residents. My administration has also made environmental stewardship a priority, and CNG-powered cars, trucks, and buses fit hand-in-glove with that.”

The new refueling station began operating… Read more at: Area’s 2nd CNG refueling station opens in New Haven

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Healthier Picnics Presented By All American Waste

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Improving the health of our employees and their families has been our focus for some time. In 2014 we established a Wellness Committee to take that focus to a higher level. This effort began in March of 2015 with a “Know Your Numbers” biometrics event that was held at several company locations. From this event, we were able to determine the top factors that were negatively impacting our employee-family quality of life.

It turned out that hypertension was one of those negative factors. Armed with this information, the Wellness Committee explored what could be done in the workplace to begin to address this issue.

Annual summer picnics have been highlights for our employees at various sites between June and September. Historically, the fare at these picnics has been traditional – cheese burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, ice cream and the like. The Wellness Committee detected a correlation between that menu and the problem of hypertension among our employees.

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Employees of Highland Park Market prepare food for All American Waste’s Healthier Picnic in New Haven, CT.

Teaming up with Highland Park Market, the “Healthier Picnics” initiative was developed. In East Windsor, Berlin, South Windsor, New Haven, New Milford, Waterbury, Stratford, Winsted, and Hartford, employees were offered an alternative to the traditional and a more healthy perspective on food that can be good, good for you, and fun.

Highland Park’s menu consisted of tossed salad, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, and grilled salmon. Sides of cucumber tomato salad, black bean salad, Italian-style cole slaw and fruit salad were available as were turkey, ham, and roast beef wraps. Frozen yogurt and healthy drinks rounded out the offerings.

Hundreds of our employees participated in “Healthier Picnics” and were overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Plans are in the works for 2016 to expand the number of “Healthier Picnics” and the menus offered.

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