CRN Golf Outing a big success
Gearing up for our next big event
CRN Board welcomes two new members
News and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • We are very pleased to report this week that our annual Golf Outing that was held on Tuesday of this week was a huge success.
  • We had a full field of golfers, close to 30 sponsors, and 40 of some of the best raffle prizes from all over the retail landscape.  On top of that, it was a beautiful day and we played at one of Connecticut’s top private golf courses, the Farms CC in Wallingford. 
  • We thank all the members of the CRN Golf Committee for their tremendous leadership in making this year’s event one of the best ever.
  • And of course, we want to thank all our very generous sponsors and those members who so generously donated raffle prizes.
  • We simply could not have put on this event without their support.
  • We are already beginning to develop plans for next year’s event, and will keep you posted along the way, but hope you will consider joining us next year.


Gearing up for our next big event

  • With our Golf Outing now in the books, we will take a beat over the next couple of weeks, and then start to gear up for our next big event – our annual awards luncheon that will be held in early October. 
  • Our fall event committee will begin in earnest finalizing plans for the event, and we will share those with you soon. 
  • Hope you will be able to join us in the Fall. 


CRN Board welcomes two new members

  • CRN held a Board meeting this week and voted in two new Board members to be part of the Leadership team. 
  • We are pleased today to notify you that Mr. David Skolnick of Mickey Finn’s and Ms. Rachel Kaprielian of McDonald’s were voted in unanimously by the full Board.
  • With the addition of these two individuals, our Board is further strengthened and continues to demonstrate the diversity of industry representatives on our Board. 


News and notes from the State Capitol

  • Gov. Ned Lamont tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, his office announced Thursday.  Details reported by CT Insider here.
  • The House of Representatives gave final approval in special session Thursday to an omnibus bill — a “grab bag,” in one lawmaker’s view — whose major provision grants a New Haven-based public water authority the ability to make a bid for the Aquarion Water Company.  The highlights reported by CT Mirror here and CTNewsJunkie here
  • The controversial program designed to bar legislators from spending “volatile” tax receipts continues to collect big dollars year after year, a contradiction that continues to frustrate those seeking to bolster core programs.  CT Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf looks at the numbers here.  
  • Connecticut lawmakers on Wednesday advanced legislation aimed at streamlining the redevelopment of historic properties, but only after removing a controversial provision that had drawn the ire of preservationists. Details from the Norwalk Hour here
  • Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has selected nine applicants to build out their electrical vehicle charging options.  The locations include Danbury, New Milford, Meriden, Hartford, Moosup, Willington, Putnam, Plainfield, and Waterbury sites.  WTNH News 8 has that story here
  • The Governor’s Working Group on Ranked-Choice Voting has begun discussing the merits and logistics of instant runoff voting, a procedure that could radically change how state elections are conducted. CT Mirror reports on the discussions here.
  • The cost of healthcare in Connecticut is too high, and getting higher, but officials from the Office of Health Strategy said Tuesday that the state’s benchmarking program is helping to manage that.  Details reported by CTNewsJunkie here
  • Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, gave what has been described as an extraordinary farewell speech Thursday to the House.  Details here from CT Mirror.


News and notes from around the state

  • There’s some uncertainty hanging over Connecticut’s nearly 100 Walgreens stores, following an announcement this week that the parent company is planning to close “certain underperforming stores” as part of a “significant multiyear footprint optimization program.”  Details here from Patch.
  • UConn Health said this week it expects to generate record-setting revenue of more than $1 billion in the coming fiscal year – its hospital and clinical operations in fiscal 2025 would represent a 133% increase in just the past 10 years, officials said.  Details reported here by Hartford Business Journal.
  • The University of Connecticut’s newly approved budget depends heavily on $100 million of temporary state funding, a move that has left several Board of Trustees members nervous about the next fiscal year.  CT Examiner reports on that news here
  • The Office of the Child Advocate and Disability Rights Connecticut have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice alleging disability discrimination in four Connecticut school districts.  CT Mirror details the action here.
  • For those who may have missed it, an op-ed by CRN’s Tim Phelan on the topic of association health plans was featured this week on the CTNewsJunkie website.  You can read it here.