-The VNA Northwest Thrift Shop in New Preston will hold a bag sale Nov. 27 through Dec. 4.

Patrons will have the opportunity to fill large bags at a cost of $5 each with clothing for men, women and children.

Kitchen and household items, along with books, movies and music are also sold at the Thrift Shop.The store, located in the Armoury Building at 233B Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202) in New Preston, is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop during business hours or at the VNA Northwest at 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, in Bantam Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Thrift Shop at 860-868-0884 or the VNA Northwest at 860-567-6000.

-Western Connecticut Dental Arts in New Milford will hold an open house Dec. 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The open house will be held at the business located at 120 Park Lane, Unit B201.

For more information, call 860-350-9232.

-lia sophia has announced that Kristine Raymond of Gaylordsville has achieved top honors for lia sophia's Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism.

-Sherman resident James A. Philipakos, a mortgage originator with Bank of America Home Loans in Danbury, has been named 2009 Affiliate of the Year by NFCAR, the Northern Fairfield County Association of REALTORS, Inc.

The award was presented to Mr. Philipakos Sept. 16 at the Tarrywile Mansion in Danbury during NFCAR's quarterly meeting.

The Award was given "with appreciation and sincere gratitude for services rendered to the real estate profession in 2009."

New Milford resident Joseph M. Garzi, president and founder of -Southridge Technology Group. LLC, in Ridgefield and Danbury, has announced that the company has been selected by the Connecticut Technology Council as a 2009 Company to Watch.

CTC, The Connecticut Technology Council is a statewide association of technology oriented companies and institutions that provides leadership in policy advocacy, community building and assistance for growing companies.

Each year, CTC recognizes companies with sales under $5M, an innovative product or service, and a business model that demonstrates potential for future success.

The Business Buzz is a Spectrum feature for local businesses to announce openings, anniversaries, personnel changes and other news.

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