Businesses in Brief

Business and Organization Updates

• David Colella of David Colella Agency has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2013. The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed upon less than 38 percent of Allstate's nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and 33 percent of Allstate's Connecticut agencies. The David Colella Agency is located at 34 York Street in Guilford and can be reached at 203-453-9981 or

• Dr. Nikki Yee has joined Eye Doctors, an optometric practice with offices in Old Saybrook, Guilford, and Deep River. Yee, who is a SUNY College of Optometry valedictorian and an award-winning optometrist, has been featured in Women in Optometry magazine.

• The Guilford Food Bank recently received $500 from the Shoreline Business League, a networking leads group comprised of small business owners and professionals from the Greater New Haven and Shoreline areas. The group meets weekly to exchange leads, brainstorm and share ideas, promote their businesses, and network. One hundred percent of money raised through dues goes back to the group or local charities. For more information about the Shoreline Business League, visit

• The office staff at LIFETIME Care at Home of Guilford recently celebrated 14 years of helping seniors and their families. The private-duty homecare affiliate of VNA Community Healthcare, founded in 1999, offers eldercare services, including 24-hour live-in care, personal care assistants, homemakers, nurse medication supervision, and personal emergency response systems. Over the years LIFETIME has added new services, including prescription medication coordination, GPS emergency response equipment, and technology to help seniors remain safe in their homes. For more information, contact LIFETIME Care at Home at 203-458-5900 or visit

• Camille R. Murphy, CPA of Guilford was installed as president for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) 2013-2014 activity year. Her installation took place at the CTCPA Annual Meeting held recently at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Ms. Murphy is a partner in the firm of Bailey Murphy + Scarano, LLC in Branford.

• Dr. Beth Collins, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has opened her practice in Guilford. Recently, Dr. Collins was nominated as one of 40 under 40 most influential professionals by Connecticut Magazine. Her practice offers both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Dr. Collins has been awarded for her work in breast augmentation and body contouring. The newest addition to her practice is the opening of her state-of-the-art Med Spa and her affiliation with a celebrity stylist who will consult with Dr. Collins' patients by appointment. She resides in Madison, where she is active in the community.

• Demie and Drew Kufta of Guilford have opened ServiceMaster Restoration Services, a locally owned and operated franchise of ServiceMaster Clean, in part of the old Cott Bottling plant on Welton Street in Hamden. ServiceMaster Restoration Services handles water and smoke clean-up to total reconstruction.

• Charles L. Havrda has been elected to the position of chairman of the Board for Guilford Savings Bank (GSB), a $540 million, seven-office mutual bank headquartered in Guilford. Havrda is a resident of Guilford and has been instrumental in his role on the board since his election to the Board of Corporators in 1997 and the Board of Trustees in 2006, most recently serving as vice chairman.

Awards, Grants, and Recognitions

• The Guilford Foundation awarded scholarships to nine Guilford High School graduating seniors at their annual dinner and awards celebration May 30. The nine students (as well as their colleges) are:

Elizabeth C. Adams Fund: Michael Albergo (Harvard University) and Sarah Gavagan (Maryland Inst. College of Art)

Carl A. Balestracci, Jr. Humanitarian Fund: Samuel Belden (Fordham University) and Emily Ostrowski (New York University)

Al and Gene Bishop Fund for Vocational & Industrial Arts: Paige Cascio (University of Vermont)

Stuart D. Burt Fund: Jamie Serio (George Washington University)

Stephen A. Looney Fund: James Mackey (George Washington University) and Carla Puchini (Roger Williams University)

Elizabeth M. "Lizzie" Schwanfelder Scholarship Fund: Luke Summerlin (Washington University)

• MaKenzi Gennette of Guilford, a rising sophomore at UMass Amherst, was an intern with College Works Painting, which hires only 10 percent of applicants to represent their company as interns and start their own small painting business. Gennette is the first college student to bring this internship to Guilford. For more information on College Works, visit

• The Guilford Fund for Education and the Guilford Foundation awarded a grant of $2,450 to Guilford Art Center and Guilford Before and After School Care for a joint project to provide art instruction to After School Care students onsite at A.W. Cox, Calvin Leete, and Guilford Lakes schools in Guilford.

• The Guilford High School Interact Club Youth Advisory Group (YAG), an initiative of the Guilford Foundation to promote youth philanthropy, recently awarded four grants totaling $10,000 to five local organizations:

$1,000 to the Guilford Free Library to create a garden on the Library grounds as part of the summer reading program.

$2,000 to Guilford Parks & Recreation to support renovations at Jacobs Beach.

$2,000 to Guilford Social Services for the Back to School Program, which provides children from low-income families entering grades K-12 the opportunity to start the school year with new backpacks, lunch boxes and new school supplies.

$2,000 to Women & Family Life Center to support aa intensive budgeting program for families and to help working women get back into the work force.

$3,000 to the Guilford High School Music Boosters to help pay for new marching band uniforms.

• VNA Community Healthcare of Guilford and Hamden was selected to receive a $10,000 grant for replicating Eldercare Partners Caregiver Services, a program that pairs family consultants who coach caregivers so that they have the information, skills and life-balance tools to confidently provide care to their loved one with cardiac problems.

• Defibtech, headquartered in Guilford, received the 2013 "Exporter of the Year" Award on Capitol Hill from ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Defibtech creates and manufactures automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The company was the sole winner of the Exporter of the Year award in the medical/scientific product and equipment category, as well as the only winner from Connecticut and the New England region.

• The Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. (ECSI) has been awarded a $2,000 grant for their senior nutrition program, including Meals On Wheels, from the Guilford Savings Bank. ECSI is a regional nonprofit senior center located in Old Saybrook providing vital senior services including nutrition since 1974. Their services are offered at little or no cost. If you, or someone you know, needs Meals On Wheels, or would like information about ECSI's senior services, call 860-388-1811.

• Guilford companies MedPricer and Defibtech received Gold and Silver designations, respectively, in the 2012 Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Innovation Prize competition.

Charitable Contributions

• VNA Community Healthcare's Caregiver Support Network recently received a $2,000 donation from Guilford Savings Bank. For more information visit


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