Business Buzz

•Bret Weinshank has opened Rare Finds in Lore's Plaza on Route 7 in New Milford.

The store sells antiques, collectibles, new and used furniture, and consignments.

For more information, call the store at 203-417-4437.

• The Kent Greenhouse is replacing the overgrown bushes in front of Kent Memorial Library with new bushes.

The business is donating its employees' time and the new materials needed for the job.

In addition to the bushes, new drainage pipes and better grading will pull rain water away from the building and prevent future basement flooding.

Trip Rothschild and Kathy Walsh, owners of Homeward Bound in New Milford, have announced the store has received two awards.

The store received the Retailer Excellence Award for Event-based Community Service and the Business Supports the Arts Award from the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance.

Nancy Deming, executive director of the VNA Northwest, Inc., which serves towns in the Greater New Milford area, has announced that the agency has been named to the 2009 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

The annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

Shayne Newman, founder of YardApes, Inc. in New Milford, recently presented a check for $8,000 at MVP-SOS' fund-raising dinner, wine tasting and silent auction.

Mr. Newman raised funds for the volunteer non-profit organization by sponsoring and organizing the fourth annual Bob Rasor Memorial Golf Classic held at The Bulls Bridge Golf Course in August.

The tournament's proceeds mark a four-year total of $32,500 that the YardApes Charity Fund has contributed to MVP-SOS, an organization that supports New Milford's youth in academic and athletic endeavors.

Run entirely by volunteers, the 2009 Bob Rasor Memorial Golf Classic raised $8,000 primarily through sponsorships and donations from local businesses and residents.

With more than 100 golfers in attendance, raffle ticket sales and a silent auction added to the success of the event.

• The VNA Northwest's recent 10th Annual Golf Tournament raised nearly $23,000.

The fund-raiser for the not-for-profit agency's home care and Hospice programs was held at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton on Sept. 21.

VNA Northwest, which serves the Greater New Milford area, uses funds raised by the annual golf tournament to pay for direct patient care.

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