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>Sunday in Falls Village

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>I had the pleasure of spending the day manning our booth at the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce annual festival in Falls Village today.
We gave out several hundred copies of the Sunday Register Citizen, and I was struck in talking to people by the opportunity that we have on Sundays.
Many in the Northwest Corner, I am guessing, gave up on the Sunday paper a long time ago. Except for the comics and department store inserts and coupons, it had no more – sometimes less – than your average weekday edition.
Over the summer, though, we greatly expanded local news content. We also expanded space for features, opinion and world and nation news.
We added legendary Litchfield County author and journalist Owen Canfield as a featured Sunday columnist.
We reintroduced our weekly “A Life Remembered” feature and added another people feature and local business and history spotlights and even local crosswords and word searches.
And last month, we were pleased to add former Hartford Courant business editor George Gombossy’s weekly consumer advocate column.
PLUS … Every Sunday we run a roundup of news items from every single one of Litchfield County’s 26 towns.
If you gave up a while ago on the Sunday Register Citizen, it’s worth some reacquaintance.

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Written by mattderienzo

March 29, 2010 at 2:58 am

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>Connecticut remains the wealthiest state in the nation

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>The bad news?
Connecticut’s per capita personal income dropped by 3.3 percent from 2008 to 2009. That was among the worst 10 declines state-by-state, and exceeded the national average drop of 2.6 percent.
The reality that we pass over in dwelling on Connecticut’s problems?
We are still the wealthiest state in the nation, by a significant margin, $54,397 per capita, compared to #2 New Jersey’s $50,313, and a whole-different-world margin above poorest-state Mississippi’s $30,103.
CLICK HERE to see a state-by-state breakdown compiled by the Wall Street Journal.

Connecticut’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate was better than the national average of 9.3 percent, and far better than Michigan, which was hammered by auto industry woes and came in at 13.6 percent.

Written by mattderienzo

March 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm

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>This blog has moved

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Written by mattderienzo

March 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

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>We need your ideas for LitchfieldCountyMom.Com

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>We are planning a major redesign and improvement of our Web site, www.LitchfieldCountyMom.Com, to coincide in May with the conversion of our quarterly Litchfield County Mom magazine to an all-color, all-glossy format.

What kind of information and interactive tools would you like to see on this site?
Please send your thoughts to Jenny Golfin at jgolfin@registercitizen.com, or call her at 860-489-3121, ext. 357.

Written by mattderienzo

March 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

>LATEST COLUMN: How do you say thanks for a lifetime of community service?

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>How do you say thanks for a lifetime of community service?

Many people were kind and helpful to me when I returned to Torrington two years ago to become interim — and then “permanent” — publisher of The Register Citizen. But two people stood out in a “went-out-of-their-way-to-be-helpful” kind of way.

Written by mattderienzo

March 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm

>Bill Egan’s impact

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>I will have more about this in my column on Wednesday, but in case you missed it, longtime Northwest Connecticut United Way Executive Director Bill Egan is retiring next month.

Bill was one of the most welcoming people to me when I returned to Torrington two years ago, and has been a wonderful partner with The Register Citizen in projects such as Warm the Children and the Northwest Connecticut Diaper Drive.
He has done so much for so many people in need over the past two decades in Northwest Connecticut. He will be missed.

Written by mattderienzo

March 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm

>A familiar face rejoins The Register Citizen

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>I am pleased to announce that Rob Pazdziorko has rejoined The Register Citizen and Foothills Media Group as advertising director.

I worked with Rob briefly while I was briefly editor of The Register Citizen back at the start of 2004. He moved on to become general manager of the Step Saver in Southington, but never left Torrington, where had been involved in Rotary and with the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.
He brings an incredible amount of knowledge about marketing and advertising to our growing operation, and an optimistic, positive attitude that is refreshing.

Written by mattderienzo

March 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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