Attorney Miranda Joins Board of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce

Cramer & Anderson Associate Abigail Miranda has been invited to join the Board of Directors of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce. “We are happy to have Abigail join the Board of Directors of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce for a three-year term beginning September 1, 2017,” said the Chamber’s First Vice President, Attorney Katherine Webster-O’Keefe of the Law Office of Katherine Webster-O’Keefe, LLC in New Milford. “Abigail brings with her the perspective and history of someone who grew up in this community and continues to value it as her home and workplace as an adult,” Attorney Webster-O’Keefe added. “We look forward to her energy and her experience as one who works with individuals and businesses relative to their legal needs in this particular community.” While Attorney Miranda’s term officially begins in September, she becomes an acting board member immediately, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Chamber’s largest event, the annual Village Fair Days on the New Milford Green. The two-day festival, scheduled for July 28 and 29 this year, features entertainment, Bingo, bouncy houses, a food court and nearly 200 vendor and community booths. The Chamber calls the popular festival “a summertime destination for shopping, socializing, eating, and browsing.” “I am honored to have been asked to join the Chamber’s Board of Directors and look forward to contributing to the Chamber’s longstanding efforts to develop business in New Milford, encourage economic growth, stability, and collegiality among our local small businesses,” Attorney Miranda said. “New Milford is my hometown and I look forward to participating in its growth and evolution.” The appointment is the second...

Cramer & Anderson Sponsors New Milford Teddy Bear Festival

There’s a lot about President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt most of us have forgotten since high school history class. We know he liked to quote the proverb, “Walk softly and carry a big stick,” but may not recall he wasn’t elected to his first term but took office with the assassination of President William McKinley. Roosevelt ensured the construction of the Panama Canal, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese War—and, of course, he’s the namesake of every child’s most loyal companion, the Teddy Bear. These soft and cuddly creatures will be celebrated once again in New Milford June 3 at the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford’s 21st Annual Teddy Bear Festival. It will be held on the Town Green from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.   Cramer & Anderson is a proud Red Level Sponsor of the festival, which is the highest level of sponsorship. “The Woman’s Club is one of New Milford’s best kept secrets and does a wonderful job bringing the community together, while providing much needed support to other nonprofits, residents and important programs,” said Georgia Fredlund, the Office Administrator for the law firm. “Cramer & Anderson is pleased to sponsor this community program.” “Support from Cramer & Anderson, LLP, as well as other leading businesses, allows the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford to achieve the full potential of its fundraising efforts,” said Shannon Richard, President-Elect of the Woman’s Club. “Sponsorships allow us to expand the event for community enjoyment as well as market the event to ensure that we have participation,” she added. “Without it, over 40...

Cramer & Anderson Sponsors New Milford School Walking Project

Kids don’t walk to school anymore. This evolutionary change from the standard practice in the 1950s, 60s and 70s is well documented and based on factors such as “stranger danger” and shifting housing trends. In recent years there has been push-back, and even federal legislation securing the right of children to walk to school alone. Students’ walking during school is another matter entirely, and for the past decade Cramer & Anderson has been a Gold Sponsor of the Sarah Noble Intermediate School Walking Project. The four-week program each spring is designed to teach school children how to live healthier lives through walking, and as part of an educational experience that stresses the 4E’s: exercise, eating well, environmental awareness and emotional health. “In addition, it serves to foster school-community collaboration by inviting local businesses and organizations to partner with individual classrooms, mentoring the students and participating in healthful activities,” notes the Walking Project website. “We are encouraging kids to get out and exercise, eat right, respect the environment, and maintain emotional health,” said Cramer & Anderson Attorney Abigail Miranda, who is joined by Paralegal Kelly Simpson in walking with students in Joseph Raps’ fifth grade class. “We walk with them, we talk about healthy living, and we act as role models. We were all given pedometers to keep track of our steps,” explained Attorney Miranda. This year’s Walking Project goal is 52,017 miles. At approximately 2,000 steps per mile, that translates into roughly 104 million steps. If that seems unattainable, think again. “Our class in the first week logged over a million steps,” said Attorney Miranda, who took over the...

Attorney Weinshank Expands Advocacy for Ability Beyond

The idea of going the extra mile in a mission of enriching the lives of those who need a particular kind of assistance is encoded in the DNA and name of Ability Beyond. The Bethel-based organization is “dedicated to empowering every person, no matter their ability, to have the opportunity to live, work and thrive as an integral part of their community,” and “helps thousands of people with physical and mental disabilities discover their abilities and become a part of their communities.” Attorney Joshua Weinshank, a Trust and Estate Partner with Cramer & Anderson LLP, has taken a leadership role that has him going the extra mile for Ability Beyond. Attorney Weinshank, who prioritizes community-minded activism, was appointed in 2016 to Ability Beyond’s Planned Giving Advisory Council. He has since been named Co-Chair of the council. Attorney Weinshank will be speaking at a May 20 Planned Giving seminar for the families of Ability Beyond clients, focusing on special needs trusts, asset protection, estate planning and planned giving. “It’s open to families predominantly with folks who have disabilities,” said Paul T. Bernetsky, Vice President of Development and Community Engagement for Ability Beyond. “We asked Josh to spearhead this and he was great to say yes.” The presentation will follow one of Ability Beyond’s periodic meetings with the families of Connecticut clients, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Joining Attorney Weinshank will be Attorney Alexis Gettier, a tax and estate planning attorney with Day Pitney LLP and member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council, and Mark DeCruccio, a Westport-based Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth...

Pro Bono Award Given to Attorney Rivas at Law Day in Danbury

Cramer & Anderson Attorney Lisa Rivas, an Associate in the firm’s Danbury office who focuses on Immigration Law, received the Pro Bono Award during Law Day in events in Danbury May 5 for providing free legal assistance and teaching citizenship classes to members of Connecticut’s immigrant community. The annual Law Day, celebrated in Judicial Districts around the country, featured a morning ceremony at Danbury Superior Court in which the Liberty Bell Award and Pro Bono Award were given. A luncheon followed at Terra Restaurant at Hotel Zero Degrees, featuring a keynote address by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. As part of Law Day in Danbury, sponsored by the Greater Danbury Bar Association, third-grade students from King Street Elementary School were introduced to the workings of the judicial system, according a story in the News-Times. Law Day was founded during the Cold War by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in response to military parades that took place in Moscow each May 1, Judge Dan Shaban told students, saying, “Eisenhower started Law Day to show that our strength was not in our military,” according to the News-Times’ story. Cramer & Anderson Partner Dan Casagrande presented Attorney Rivas with the Pro Bono Award, lauding her for devoting countless nights and weekends during her four-year tenure with the firm to advising newcomers about their rights and obligations on the path to citizenship, as well as giving numerous presentations at local churches, schools, and nonprofit centers on immigration-related topics. As a volunteer at the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury for more than five years, Attorney Rivas teaches a citizenship course she made so popular it went from being offered...

Cycling Safety Signs Honor Law Firm Partner Who Died After Accident Near Bantam Lake in March 2016

A little more than a year after Cramer & Anderson Partner David P. Burke died as the result of a cycling accident near Bantam Lake, the law firm is donating bicycle safety road signs to Connecticut municipalities that had significance for Burke. Reflective yellow signs saying “3 feet – it’s the law” are being given in memory of Burke to New Milford, home to the firm’s flagship office, Danbury, where Burke helped establish the Cramer & Anderson office, Redding, where he lived with his wife, June Anne, and Litchfield, where the firm has an office and home to Bantam Lake and Route 209, where the cycling accident occurred. Each town is to receive 10 signs. In an April 24 meeting, the New Milford Town Council unanimously accepted the signs, which remind drivers that Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-232(a) requires drivers to respect the rights of cyclists to use public roads and grant them a “safe distance” when passing. “For the purposes of this subsection, ‘safe distance’ means not less than three feet when the driver of a vehicle overtakes and passes a person riding a bicycle,” reads the Connecticut law, whose bicycle passing requirements were enacted in 2008. At the meeting Cramer & Anderson Partner John D. Tower displayed one of the signs, along with a photograph of Attorney Burke riding on part of the Tour de France route with his daughter Victoria, a world-class rower. Attorney Tower and Partner D. Randall DiBella, who also attended, serve as Town Attorneys for New Milford. “David was a terrific person, an excellent attorney, a devoted father and bicyclist, and a close friend...