In The News: Gilbode, winner of the Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty Award

Jonathan Gilbode. Contributed

Jonathan Gilbode, senior vice president and director of digital banking at Thomaston Savings Bank, has been recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as a 40 Under Forty winner.

The Hartford Business Journal recognizes young professionals who go beyond their leadership roles within their industries. Recipients of this award will be celebrated at an awards ceremony on September 22 at Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford.

Gilbode worked at the bank for 15 years, starting as a teller and working in various positions of increasing responsibility. In his current role as Director of Digital Banking, he is responsible for overseeing the bank’s contact center, direct banking, deposit operations, digital banking, lending operations and marketing.

“Congratulations to Jonathan…this honor is very well deserved,” said Stephen Lewis, President and CEO of Thomaston Savings Bank.

Connecticut ranked among the best community college systems in the United States

Connecticut’s community college system was ranked #1 in the nation by WalletHub, and four state community colleges ranked in the nation’s top 15 in the financial website’s reports of 677 schools.

Naugatuck Valley Community College ranked 10th nationwide, Northwestern Connecticut Community College was 11th, Manchester Community College ranked 12th, and Capital Community College came in 15th.

WalletHub’s analysis of the “Best and Worst Community Colleges of 2022” attempted to determine where students can receive the best education at the lowest tuition rates, with 19 key indicators of cost and quality. The dataset ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio and graduation rate.

La Strega Italian Deli celebrates its opening

Staff, friends and family of Ana DeRocco recently celebrated the grand opening of La Strega Italian Deli in Middlebury. At the event, Lynn Ward, President and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and Middlebury First Councilors Edward St. John and Ralph Barra.

The Strega Italian Deli is located at 338 Middlebury Road and offers Italian delicacies and catering service.

The grocery store is open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10am-3pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-4pm; and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. He can be reached at 475 235-2347.

Bradley launches service to Las Vegas

The Connecticut Airport Authority has announced the launch of new nonstop service between Bradley International Airport and Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas via Frontier Airlines.

“Frontier is excited to continue to grow in Hartford,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial affairs at Frontier Airlines.

The new nonstop service complements Frontier’s existing menu of nonstop routes from Bradley. In addition to Las Vegas, the airline offers flights to Atlanta, Denver, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham and San Juan.

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