The VNA Northwest, Inc. Thrift Shop in New Preston is holding a storewide half-price sale on all merchandise.

The shop sells clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as kitchen and household items, books, movies and music.

The store is located in the Armoury Building at 233 B Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202) and is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations of gently used clothing and household items may be brought to the Thrift Shop during business hours or to the VNA Northwest at 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, Bantam, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Thrift Shop at 860-868-0884.

Palmer Property Management has opened its newest office location at 168 New Milford Turnpike (Route 202) in New Preston.

The company provides management, maintenance, repair, and remodeling for single family homes, multi-family properties, Home Owner Associations and seasonal properties.

For more information, call 860-868-9384 or visit

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, owner/director of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC in New Milford, recently presented a discussion, "How to Publicize and Market Your Business," as part of a Cheshire Chamber of Commerce program in Cheshire

Ms. Branagan-Mitchell also recently presented similar interactive programs for the Connecticut Bar Association's Small Firm Practice Management Section and the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2010-2011 Leadership Greater Waterbury members.

Frank DeLucia of Brookfield recently achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table -- The Premier Association of Financial Professionals for outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism with Prudential.

Attaining membership in MDRT is achieved by less than 1 percent of the world's life insurance and financial services professionals.

For more information, call Mr. DeLucia at 203-775-5800 or

Klemm Real Estate, which serves the Greater New Milford area, has added Susan Strickler , an Emmy Award-winning director and producer and longtime Litchfield Country resident, to its Lakeville staff.

For more information, call Ms. Strickler at 917-734-2616 or email her at

Paul Breunich, president and CEO of William Pitt Real Estate, LLC has announced the appointment of Carolyn Fugere as the new regional brokerage manager of the Litchfield Hills Sotheby's International Realty offices in Litchfield, Kent, Washington Depot and Lakeville.

She replaces Alan DiStasio, who will relocate to Hanover, N.H., with his wife Susan.

For more information, call Ms. Fugere at 868-868-6920 or email her at

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