Travelers Championship Week Starts Tuesday

MIDDLETOWN — I’d like to start this week’s column with a recap of our 25th annual Cruise Night on Main Street, powered by NAPA, which took place on June 15th.

Downtown Middletown was once again filled with over 800 cars, great vendors and a fun atmosphere, which drew thousands to Main Street.

I would like to take a moment to thank the sponsors for their support of this important community event.

They are: Presenting Sponsor: NAPA; Top Gear Sponsors: Charles IT, Downtown Business District, Eli Cannon’s Tap Room and Key Chevrolet; High Performance Sponsors: Liberty Bank and Victory Church; Super Charger Sponsors: Alchemi Wealth, Apple Rehab Middletown, Ch’i Lash the School, Dunkin, Landmark Architects, Middletown Toyota, Purple Elephant Car Wash, Root Center for Advanced Recovery, The Flood Law Firm, The Powerwashing Kings and Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore .

The others are: Twin Turbo Sponsors: Absolute Air Services, Carlson & Dumeer, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Middlesex Educational Services and Wings Over Middletown; and power sponsors: Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Middlesex County NAACP 2018, Middlesex Music Academy, Mirabito, Multi-Focus Media, Overhead Door of Middlesex County Cromwell, Rehabilitation Specialists of Middlesex County, Seasons Federal Credit Union and William Raveis Real Estate .

This event would not have been possible without the support of our Cruise Night planning committee led by Joe Santaniello, volunteers, chamber staff and everyone who contributed to another successful event downtown. We would be remiss if we did not thank the city and all departments involved for their support of this and all downtown events.

Finally, I thank Mayor Ben Florsheim and the City Council for recognizing the importance of bringing this event downtown.


We have once again reached one of the most exciting weeks of the year in Middlesex County, Travelers Championship Week at Cromwell.

This year’s tournament is packed with outstanding players, including Harris English, who will be the guest speaker at Tuesday morning’s annual Travelers Championship breakfast at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill.

Harris is back to defend his title after a record win at last year’s tournament. This meeting has become a key part of tournament week, and we greatly appreciate The Travelers’ long-standing sponsorship not only for their breakfast support, but for the tournament as well.

I would like to take a moment to thank Chairman and CEO Alan Schnitzer, Executive Vice President and General Manager Andy Bessette, and the entire Travelers family for their strong and continued support.

We must also once again recognize the efforts made throughout the year by Tournament Director Nathan Grube and his team, including Director of Business Development Jason Soucy, who sits on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. and is very active within our organization.

In addition to the main event, Travelers Week features a number of tournament-related events and activities. For information, visit travellerschampionship.com. See you at TPC!

After breakfast will be our Middlesex County Career Fair at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cromwell from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Over 45 companies from across the labor market area will be attending.

The chamber is proud to partner with the Connecticut Department of Labor and Workforce Alliance on these important workforce development initiatives.

I thank DOL Commissioner Dante Bartolomeo and Workforce Alliance President and CEO Bill Villano not only for their support of the Middlesex County Career Fair, but also for their longstanding support of the Workforce Development in Middlesex County.

In anticipation of next week, our annual real estate luncheon will take place on June 28th. This event, to be held at Lyman Orchards Golf Course, celebrates our very active Real Estate Council, co-chaired by Nancy Currlin and Juliet Cavanaugh.

It offers local real estate professionals the opportunity to come together to network, encourage cooperation, share ideas and improve business relationships through collaboration and educational experiences.

Excitement continues to build for our 12th Annual Small Business Awards Celebration, presented by MEWS+, on June 29 at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland.

We look forward to honoring our 2022 Small Business Champions:

Company of the year (one to 50 employees): Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, East Hampton

Company of the year (51 or more employees): DATTCO, statewide

Business growth and expansion: Chris Cote’s Golf Shop, Portland

Manufacturer of the Year: Hobson & Motzer, Durham

MEWS+ Entrepreneur of the Year: Local Business Protection, Middletown

Minority-Owned Business of the Year: Courtney’s Cleaning and Moving Services, Middletown

Nonprofit Business of the Year: MARC Community Resources, Middletown

Exceptional new cases less than five years old: Sicilian Charcoal Pizza, Middletown

Retail of the Year: Black Hall Outfitter, Westbrook

Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year: Courtyard by Marriott Cromwell and Waterford Hotel Group

Congratulations to them all!

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the city for the quick action taken with the June 10 water main break on Main Street. The water and sewer department, led by manager Joe Fazzino, was able to isolate and fix the problem and restore access to the area within 17 hours.

As we all know, Friday nights are very busy for our Main Street restaurants and thanks to the hard work of so many dedicated people, the business community has had very minimal impact.

Water and Sewer, Public Works, Police, Fire and our Economic and Community Development Department, all led by Mayor Ben Florsheim, deserve applause for their response to this emergency.

The Middletown team was exceptional on Friday night, and the dedication of these municipal departments speaks to what makes Middletown so special.

Larry McHugh is president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce in Middletown.

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