CRN Retailer of the Year Selected
Join us on Wednesday morning for the CRN Big Fall event
News and notes from around the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state 

  • Breaking news!  The Connecticut Retail Network’s Retailer of the Year has been selected, and will receive the coveted award next Wednesday, October 11, at our BIG Event.
  • CRN will recognize Michael and Christine Disibio and The Disibio Companies as Retailer of the Year in Connecticut, the highest honor bestowed by our Association.
  • You probably know them best by their retail brands… their first New Balance store opened in May 2006, their second in Avon in 2009, a third in Cranston, RI in 2015.  In 2018 they opened Vionic by Disibio in South Windsor; and last year purchased Connecticut Mattress and now operate four Connecticut Mattress stores in South Windsor, Avon, Southington, and Newington.
  • CRN congratulates our Retailer of the Year, a terrific Connecticut retailer, and we look forward to honoring their commitment to customer service and their local communities when we gather next Wednesday.
  • At this year’s BIG Event, the Connecticut Retail Network will also take note with a Special Recognition Award of the Iffland Lumber Company, which has been serving the Torrington area since 1903 offering a complete line of home improvement products and building materials for do-it-yourself customers, contractors and architects.
  • Our breakfast event at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford will also include a presentation on what retailers can expect this upcoming holiday season by Mark Mathews, Executive Director of Research for the National Retail Federation.
  • Rep. Kerry Wood, a strong supporter of the retail industry, will receive recognition as the CRN Legislator of the Year, and share a preview of next year’s legislative session. 
  • Reserve your space for this very special event!  Go to for tickets and sponsorship information.  Credit card payments can be made online, and a link to PayPal is available.  
  • The program begins at 9:00 AM; registration opens at 8:30. Our deluxe Breakfast Buffet will be catered by the popular Max Restaurant Group. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning!


News and notes from around the State Capitol

  • State Comptroller Sean Scanlon urged his former colleagues in the General Assembly to follow the state’s budgetary guardrails as closely as possible, even after six consecutive fiscal years in the black.  CT Mirror has the details here
  • Connecticut public safety chief James Rovella and State Police Col. Stavros Mellekas will step aside, Gov. Ned Lamont announced this week, in the wake of an ongoing scandal involving falsified traffic records. CTNewsJunkie has the details here.
  • Appointed by Gov. Lamont to lead the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is Ronnell Higgins, now associate vice president for public safety and community engagement at Yale, where he previously served as police chief.  WTNH News 8 interviewed Higgins here.  
  • There are new developments in the Bridgeport primary mayoral race as the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) expands its investigation to include additional complaints.  FOX61 reports on the latest developments here
  • Former State Senator and Connecticut Superior Court judge Eric Coleman is staying in the Hartford mayoral race, announcing that he is campaigning as a write-in candidate.  CTNewsJunkie reports on his plans here.


News and notes from around the state

  • Electric Boat has landed a $967 million contract from the U.S. Navy for modifications to its Virginia-class fast-attack submarines with much of the work expected to be carried out at the company’s Groton shipyard.  CTNewsJunkie reports on the announcement here.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Connecticut District Office facilitated $362.2 million in lending to the state’s small businesses over the last 12 months, an 18.5% increase over the previous year.  Hartford Business Journal has the numbers here
  • Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts announced that the states will work jointly on offshore wind projects in an effort to increase scale and cut costs at a time when the industry is struggling. The Hartford Courant reports on the new initiative here.  
  • Proposed changes to Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line could mean fewer trains for passengers to choose from.  The Connecticut Post has that news here.
  • A trampoline park may be in the offing for a Rocky Hill plaza, Hartford Business Journal reporters here.
  • Forbes’ list of the 400 wealthiest Americans includes six Connecticut billionaires, with hedge fund manager and New York Mets owner Steve Cohen at the top of the list.  See the other CT residents on the list in this report by Hartford Business Journal.