-Goatboy Soaps in New Milford will host its annual open house every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the rest of the month.

The farm at 1 Murphy's Way will have for sale a variety of gift items and an opportunity for patrons to visit with the goats.

For more information, call Lisa Agee at 860-350-0676.

-Curves of New Milford will celebrate its 10th anniversary in January.

The center is owned by Patti Garland.

For more information, call the New Milford Curves, located at 60 Park Lane Road (Route 202), at 860-354-4513.

-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 VNA Northwest, Inc., which serves the Greater New Milford area, has announced that two more staff members are now certified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN).

They are Sharon Kloczko, RN, CHPN, and Malisa O'Neill, LPN.

-James Baker, winemaker at Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, has received a gold medal and a silver medal at the American Wine Society's 2009 Commercial Wine Competition.

The competition was held in October in Pittsburgh, Pa., with more than 475 wines submitted from commercial winemakers from throughout the United States.

American Wine Society certified wine judges spent a two-day period evaluating all wines.

The gold medal was awarded to Hopkins' 2008 Estate Bottled Westwind, which is made of 100 percent Cayuga white.

The 2008 Estate Bottled Duet, made up of 60 percent Vidal Blanc and 40 percent barrel fermented Chardonnay, won a silver medal.

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

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