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Three Regional Nonprofits Embrace the Year of the Dog

Northwest Connecticut: The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation and Prime Time House are pleased to announce a collaborative public art project called Tails of NWCT which will build a sense of community in the region, promote tourism, and enhance the exposure of local artists. Tails of NWCT will also beautify the business districts and towns, encourage foot traffic into local businesses, and celebrate the uniqueness of the area.

Local artists are invited to create unique works of art by painting or decorating fiberglass dogs. Businesses and community members are encouraged to foster dogs for the event by sponsoring a dog, of which there are four types. The completed art dogs will be on display throughout Northwest Connecticut from mid-August through Columbus Day weekend. A regional map of all the display locations for the completed Tails of NWCT art dogs will be available to residents and tourists. Dogs that are not purchased back by their sponsors will be available for bid at the Tails of NWCT Auction on Saturday, October 20th at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility in Torrington.

“We are elated to have another opportunity to collaborate with Prime Time House and the Chamber’s Education Foundation. Our success last year with Over the Edge was largely due to our nonprofit partnership,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. “Tails of NWCT is yet another opportunity for the three organizations to truly engage the region’s citizens in a variety of ways. We chose dogs as the theme because 2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog. Dogs are very much a part of our lives, whether you own one or not. We can’t wait to see the amazing designs that our region’s professional and amateur artists will propose and certainly the completed Tails of NWCT dogs are sure to capture our hearts.”

All proceeds will benefit the three collaborating organizations, enabling them to strengthen arts and culture, provide scholarship opportunities, and improve the mental health of those living in Northwest Connecticut.  “We look forward to another outstanding public art project through this collaboration with Prime Time House, the NW CT Arts Council and the Chamber’s Education Foundation, said JoAnn Ryan, President & CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. “This gives us the opportunity to showcase our special northwest Connecticut region to residents and visitors alike and highlights the participants, artists and community.”

For more information about the project, including sponsorship opportunities and information for prospective artists, visit or call the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce at 860-482-6586.

Announcing the 3rd Annual City Wide Tag Sale Extravaganza

The biggest tag sale event of the year!  Join in on the fun!  
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
9am - 3pm

Residents, local businesses and non-profit organizations are participating in this gala event by having a tag sale and offering special deals to treasure hunters.  Locations throughout the city can be found on an interactive map at

Jeff Geddes, Nancy Rogers and Elena Simoes Join the Prime Time House Board of Directors

Torrington, CT, April 6, 2018: Prime Time House is pleased to announce that Jeff Geddes of Thomaston, Nancy Rogers of Litchfield and Elena Simoes of New Hartford have joined the Board of Directors. Prime Time House is a nonprofit agency that empowers local adults with mental illness to lead productive and independent lives by providing opportunities for education, employment, friendship, housing and transportation.

“I am very pleased to welcome Jeff, Nancy and Elena to our team,” said Susan Rea, Board President. “Their respective professional experiences and expertise combined with their commitment to the mission of Prime Time House will be invaluable as we move our organization to the next level.”

Jeff Geddes is the Senior Vice President at Torrington Savings Bank where he oversees the residential and consumer loan division including all aspects of lending from origination through servicing. Jeff is also a member of the bank’s senior management team and is charged with developing and implementing strategic initiatives that align with the bank’s vision, mission and values. Jeff is an active member of the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Northwest Ct. and the Litchfield County Board of Realtors® and the CT Association of Realtors®. Jeff served as United Way Campaign Chair in 2015 & 2016 and has participated in many community fundraising events such as Dancing with the Stars Northwest Connecticut and Over the Edge.

Nancy Rogers served as Director of Development for Susan B. Anthony Project, Torrington CT for 9 years, and as Director of Development at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford for 11 years. Prior to moving to CT she spent 25 years in NYC in the Fashion and Retail business working for Liz Claiborne, Inc., Saks Fifth Ave., and Lord & Taylor. Nancy serves on the Advisory Council of Susan B. Anthony Project. She is a past president of the Litchfield Community Center. She has also served on the Westleigh Condo Association Board, Litchfield, CT.

Elena Simoes served as the Finance and Operations Director for the Northwest CT YMCA for ten years, as Controller for Naugatuck Savings Bank for ten years and is a US Army Veteran. She is currently working as a consultant in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Elena has been active in our community since moving to New Hartford in 2003. She serves on the Advisory Counsel for Trinita Retreat Center, a religious educator for Immaculate Conception Church, and a supporter of various other community events.

Vintage Market Days® of West Connecticut - Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6

To benefit Prime Time House

Harwinton Agricultural Society, 150 Locust Rd., Harwinton, CT 06791

This is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Vintage Market Days® events are so much more than a flea market. Each Vintage Market Days® event is a unique opportunity for vendors to  display their talents and passions in creative venues.

Your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.  Admission for children under 12 is free.

Early Buying Event (3-Day Pass)  Friday, May 4, 2018, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm,  $15 admission

General Admission (Sat/Sun)

Saturday, May 5, 2018,  10:00 am to 5:00 pm,  $10 admission

Sunday, May 6, 2018,  10:00 am to 4:00 pm,  $5 admission

Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills

Give Local is an online giving event on April 24-25 hosted by our friends at Connecticut Community Foundation.  It's a 36-hour community give-a-thon!  Starting at 7am on April 24 - 7pm on April 25, every dollar you contribute through will be BOOSTED with bonus funds and prizes - making the impact of your giving even BIGGER!  

Check out our Give Local 2018 page for updates and more information.

Prime Time House Announces New Executive Director

Torrington, CT, January 16, 2018:  Prime Time House, Inc. is pleased to announce it has hired Christina Emery as Executive Director to lead the agency in its mission to support adults living with mental illness in Northwest Connecticut.


“I speak for the entire board of directors when I express how fortunate we feel that Christina is the new executive director of Prime Time House” stated President of the Board, Susan Rea.  “She is a seasoned leader who believes in collaboration, has strong ties to the Torrington community, and is sensitive to the challenges faced by our members and our organization. We are confident that she will move our organization forward in the years to come.”

Ms. Emery brings extensive leadership experience including non-profit, government, economic development and entrepreneurial enterprise to the position.   Emery comes to Prime Time House from The Arc of Litchfield County (LARC), in Torrington where she served as secretary, vice president and president of the board before accepting the position of Director of Development in 2012.   

“I am committed to advocating on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens to ensure they are able to fully participate in the community. It is a privilege to join Prime Time House as we collaborate with others to promote awareness of mental illness and help our members lead productive and independent lives.”   


She formerly served as a Selectman for the Town of Harwinton; as Interim Executive Director for the Torrington Development Corporation; and as Director of Economic Development for the City of Torrington.  Emery has served her community in a variety of volunteer positions including board member for the Torrington Development Corporation, volunteer for the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and a member of the Government Relations Committee for the NW CT Chamber of Commerce. 


Emery earned a B.A. in Economics & Management from Simmons College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Trinity College. She also attended the Washington Semester Program in Economic Policy at American University.  

Civic Life Film Released

Housatonic Valley Regional High School students published a Civic Life Film on June 9, 2017 featuring Prime Time House.  The film addresses the stigma of mental illness.   The video entitled The Dark Room can be viewed here: