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Mingle, Go On a Jungle Safari ~ and Have Your Zoning Questions Answered Along The Way With Business Council

By: Maria Moore

The Business Council has scheduled a triple-play of events for its growing membership ~ at last count 85 businesses! ~ that will be sure to meet their diverse needs. So pack your briefcase and follow this “road map” to embark on a fun and informative trip.

Tuesday, May 18, 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Morning Mingler at Passiflora’s, 526 Main Street in New Hartford

Make your first stop on Tuesday morning at Passiflora’s on Main Street in New Hartford center. This is a great opportunity to introduce your business to other business owners and find out more about their businesses, too. Bring plenty of business cards and be ready to give a capsule introduction of your business in one minute or less, but don’t worry: there’ll be plenty of complimentary tea and coffee to get you energized, thanks to our hostess, Karen Tyson.

This Morning Mingler is open to all business owners and professionals. RSVP’s required, deadline is today, May 15.  Email or call 860-238-7142.

Tuesday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Zoning Informational Meeting, Sessions Conference Room at Town Hall, 530 Main Street in New Hartford

Immediately following the Morning Mingler walk next door to the Town Hall for an informational meeting on the draft zoning regulations. Rista Malanca, the town’s Interim Zoning Officer has kindly agreed to meet with members of the Business Council to answer their questions regarding the new zoning regulations that are nearing completion and will soon be adopted by New Hartford. If you have input or requests on any of the regulations, please be sure to bring them to the meeting in writing and submit them into Rista.

Please be sure to review the draft zoning regulations before the meeting so that you may familiarize yourself with the new regulations and bring your specific questions for Rista to answer. The draft regulations are available online on the Planning and Zoning section of the town website; they are posted in their entirety and also individually by article. You may also obtain a paper copy of the draft zoning regulations by contacting Rista Malanca in the Land Use office at 860-379-7677. There is a $10 charge for the paper copy.

This meeting with Rista is specifically for business owners and professionals who may have questions about how the new zoning regulations may impact their business operation. The Planning and Zoning Commission is in the process of scheduling a Public Input Forum on May 26 for all residents to give their input on the draft zoning regulations; please see our May 14 article Zoning Regulations: Public Input Forum Planned For May 26.

Wednesday, June 2, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Jungle Safari Year-End Gathering at Ski Sundown on Ratlum Road in New Hartford

2010nhbc-banquet-inviteThe traditional Year-End Banquet held by the Business Council every June has been replaced this year by a Jungle Safari Year-End Gathering at Ski Sundown. So on Wednesday, June 2, forget about your ties and high-heeled shoes and reach for your khakis and pith helmets (aka “safari hats”) to dress for the occasion ~ “but only if you’re game” as the jungle safari flyer says.

The Safari Gathering will have music, door prizes and, of course, food. There will also be a mini expo. of local businesses. The New Hartford Business Council Scholarship will also be awarded to this year’s scholarship recipient who is not being required to attend in safari gear!

Please RSVP before May 22 via email at If you are not a member of the New Hartford Business Council, for a small donation you too can attend and have a “roaring” time!

If you would like to participate in the mini business expo. at the Safari Gathering,  please contact Ron Miller of Ace Marketing at

Many Thanks: To Deb Kuszaj of Blue Sky Foods and Susan Wacht of GeminEye Images for planning this Safari right here in New Hartford!

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