Why continue learning?
There have always been people who have believed that lifelong learning is a worthwhile process. Increasingly, scientific research is proving them correct and technology is making it easier – adults can now take online college classes for the rest of their lives. For example, a recent article in The Atlantic reported that when individuals learn new tasks, they strengthen the part of their brain used in learning the task. Even better, this process makes the neighboring areas of the brain more resilient as well. This means that learning can make what you already know stronger, too.

So, without further ado, here are ten more reasons why you should always keep learning:

1. Fight Boredom. Most people feel bored when they aren’t challenged and boredom is the number one cause of bad decisions. If you’re constantly learning new things, you’ll be less prone to disinterest. And, in today’s world, with TED conferences and the Khan Academy, there are plenty of opportunities to enrich yourself.

2. Keep Your Brain Healthy. A 2010 study out of the University of California at Irvine revealed that learning keeps your brain functioning at a high level. Just like you need to exercise your body’s muscles and cardiovascular system, you need to exercise your brain to keep it in tip-top shape.

3. Grow Your Career. If you learn new work-related skills, you’ll be more likely to get a promotion or raise. And, with the rise of online education, you can even enroll in certified programs that allow you to learn and improve your career during your off-hours.

4. Model Positive Behavior for Your Kids. If you expect your children to focus in school and take the time to learn their lessons, you should exhibit the same commitment to self-improvement in your daily life.

5. Fight Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Science Daily, continued learning can slow the physical process of Alzheimer’s Disease. You’ll be healthier longer.

6. Keep in Touch With The World. If you don’t know the latest fashion, comedy and news trends, you’ll sound outdated and out-of-touch. By trying new things and learning new ideas, you’ll better be able to relate to those around you.

7. Find and Increase Your Pleasure. Learning isn’t necessarily a chore. If you’re interested in a hobby such as cooking, learning new recipes and cooking processes can be enjoyable. It can make you appreciate your hobby even more.

8. Look at the World with Fresh Eyes. Scientists believe that much of what is called creativity is simply the ability to apply skills learned in one setting to problems in another setting. If you’re always learning, this means that when you face a familiar problem, you may be able to come at it with an unorthodox solution, based on your new knowledge.

9. Keep Abreast of Technology. Computers become obsolete within a few years. If you’re not constantly learning new things about technology, you’re falling behind. Which means you’ll miss out on social, business and technological opportunities, simply because you didn’t keep up.

10. All the Greats are Doing It. Think of anyone, in any field, who is truly brilliant at what they do. They got where they are through constant self-improvement. Truly talented people are constantly learning and implementing new skills. It’s worth joining them in this passion.

There are plenty of fabulous reasons to keep learning new things, regardless of what they are. Forming new connections in your brain doesn’t have to be difficult, though it would certainly be a good idea to make sure it was some of the time. Now, it’s time to go out there and just do it.

Plant Sale Fundraiser
Torrington Trails Network

Many quality plants for sale including;  Perennials, Annuals, Vegetable Seedlings, and More!

  • Date: May 16, 2015
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Location: Torrington Library parking lot
  • Contact: ttn@nwcty.org

All proceeds go to Torrington Trails Network. 
The Torrington Trails Network is comprised of a group of citizens who work to create new outdoor trails, biking paths, and walkways in the City of Torrington, Connecticut.

Pick up an ARTS WALK map and hop from one gallery or arts event to the next. Appeal to your senses, and enjoy stopping at the many delightful eateries and pubs along the way.  Chase away the doldrums, get out and about! Experience quintessential downtown Torrington, it's architecture, history and its people. Please help all of us to get the word out! Let's make Torrington the destination spot it always enjoyed being. Restore Torrington to the center of culture and commerce that it deserves to be.   [Go There Now]
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Due to tomorrow’s Snow Storm prediction, municipal solid waste and recyclable collection in Torrington will not be done on Monday February 2, 2015.  Collections will be one day behind schedule for the remainder of the week with Friday’s collection being done on Saturday February 7th.
Your cooperation in digging out any solid waste and recyclables buried by the winter storm and re-placing them curbside for collection one day late this week is appreciated. Also, please do not place trash or recycle containers in the travel way where they can hinder snowplow passage.

Blizzard Warning


This month we pay tribute to the
Torrington Fire Department
and the community that supports them.

The non-profit gallery showcases the works of emerging and nationally recognized artists including; Power Boothe, Susan Bradley, Harriet G. Caldwell, Robert Calafiore, Karri Chapman, Jaclyn Conley, Noel Croce, Chuck Dmytriw,  Meg Danisi, Ann Devine, Jessica Fallis, Jenni Freidman, Bill Gusky, Jenifer Knaus, Victoria Jutras Kniering, Sam Miller, Kathi Packer, Jennifer Sabella, Stass Shpanin, Jen Simns, Mari Skarp, Janet Slom, Ryan Valentine, Patricia Weise, and John Willis.
Cat Adoption Alert:

The Torrington Animal Control is over capacity with cats! If you know anyone in need of cats or any shelters that would be willing to take some cats please send them their way! All of the cats are great and love to be picked up and be around people! They have cats of all ages and colors. If you want to adopt a cat please call and set up a time to come in and see them.

The adoption fee is five dollars if they are fixed and fifty if they are not -- which includes a voucher to get them fixed.

Contact: Torrington Animal Control {website}{email}{map}
Phone: (860)485-9165

Live Audio Feed
Torrington Police, Fire and Medic
Nodine's Smokehouse

Nodine's Smokehouse is a family owned business based in the foothills of the charming New England Berkshires. From humble beginnings as a small, custom smokehouse in 1969, we've become a leading American manufacturer of gourmet smoked meat, poultry, fish, and cheese. We now have a production facility, and offices, in Torrington, CT, where all our work is done. Our products are featured anywhere from small, hometown markets, to high class Manhattan restaurants;You can find us in grocery stores, delis, caterers, and restaurants across the country

Wholesale & Mail Order

Nodine's Goshen Retail Store

Store Hours:

American Red Cross Blood Drive
United Congregational Church

Please bring your driver's license or two other forms of identification and a list of any medications you are currently taking. If you are unable to give blood at this event ~ you can find other nearby locations {here}.

About Torrington:

Torrington is the largest city in Litchfield County, Connecticut and the Litchfield Hills region. It is also the core city of the largest micropolitan area in the United States. The city population was 36,383 according to the 2010 census.

Torrington is a former mill town, as are most other towns along the Naugatuck River Valley. It is currently competing with the neighboring city of Winsted to recreate a pleasant Main Street environment. Downtown Torrington is home to the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, which trains ballet dancers and whose Company performs in the Warner Theatre, a 1,700 seat auditorium restored in 2002 to its original 1931 glory. The theater, while originally built as a cinema by the Warner Brothers film studio, has been reborn as a performing arts venue and arts instruction organization, and will serve as a cornerstone of the city's downtown revitalization project. The theatre is in operation year-round with more than 80,000 patrons passing through its doors each year. It provides a dynamic art-in-education program that has reached thousands of young people from throughout the region. It features a community theater program that is supported by more than 400 volunteers—from actors to carpenters to ushers. It has presented some of the world's finest performers, from the Vienna Boys Choir to Anne Murray, and from George Carlin to the Washington Ballet. The Warner's dedicated Board of Directors represents a unique cross-section of business, education, government, and the arts, providing strong and visionary leadership for this important institution. Downtown Torrington also hosts the largest Lodge of Elks in New England. Elks Lodge #372 supports many community activities and events.

Torrington has two radio stations, WAPJ 89.9 FM, operated by the non-profit Torrington Community Radio Foundation, and WSNG 610 AM, owned by Buckley Broadcasting.

The daily newspaper in town is The Register Citizen, a Journal Register Company publication that serves Torrington and Winsted, in addition to most of the Northwest Corner. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has also developed into an important health care resource for the area. In 2008, Torrington was named by Bizjournals as the number one "Dreamtown" (micropolitan statistical area) out of ten in the United States to live in.

A Local Hero:

I just want to bring to the attention of the community that Netty LaRose has been posting information on the progress of the illness of a local resident.  Robert Blass is bravely fighting to be here for the ones that love him. He is a living testament that life is worth living and your kind words would be most appreciated on his {facebook} page. 

The Downtown Experience:

One of the great things our city has to offer is... the slice of small town values that exists downtown. A place where you may know a merchant as a friend and gather with neighbors just for the sake of being together.

Many changes have been happening downtown to restore what once was and also to create something new that reflects our modern times. If you haven't visited our downtown lately... I urge you to take some time from the hustle and bustle of your normal shopping routine to savor the downtown experience.

So, forget about the parking myths and just come on down!  I promise you will find parking with less hassle then in a busy superstore parking lot.  At least, if you do have to walk a bit -- it will be past charming architecture and you will not have to dodge shopping carts and cars backing into the shared road/pedestrian walkway.

Once you arrive... you will experience a little bit of your innocence lost in modern times. You may also be surprised to learn that the price for this quality experience is not as you have been warned. So, kick your shoes off (metaphorically of course) and take a stroll down newly renovated sidewalks that lead to a past you hadn't even realized you missed.

Stop in for some sweet treats and catch-up on the local town chatter or settle into to a pair of shoes personally fitted and of the quality to truly take a load off your feet.  Most nights there is Music in the air and Theater here and there. The days are filled with Art & Culture and great food can be found everywhere.  And, oh what food -- the kind that isn't fast because it wouldn't dare skimp on flavor and atmosphere.

If you haven't visited the new "Downtown Experience"... you are missing something that can only be understood by going there. The merchants, artists and treasures you'll find there are waiting to greet you with high fives and open hearts -- so, what are you waiting for?

by R. Stango
Torrington.INFO 01/09/2014



Time to Leave the Town!

The city is offering a  special four week yard waste collection during the weeks of November 11th thru December 6th 2013. {pdf}

Leaves and Yard Waste must be placed curbside for pickup on the same day as garbage pickup.  Please do not call to schedule pickup.

All yard waste is collected in separate trucks for recycling, please do not mix or place yard waste in piles with your garbage. Yard waste includes horticultural trimmings, which are free of stones, dirt, and sharp objects; or other natural organic matter, such as grass clippings, discarded from yards and gardens.

Only leaves and yard waste bagged in biodegradable paper bags or tied into bundles not exceeding fifty (50) pounds in weight will be picked up.  Individual branches shall not exceed four (4) feet in length or 3" in diameter.  Leaves or yard waste raked into piles curbside will not be picked up. Biodegradable Paper Bags can be purchased at many local stores.

Residents are reminded that leaves and grass trimmings are a recyclable material and cannot be picked-up as part of our normal curbside collection and disposal program.  Take advantage of our Spring & Fall clean-ups to properly dispose of these items.  Grass clippings can be easily managed during the growing season by removing grass catchers on mowers and leaving the clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings are 80% water and decompose quickly.  Clippings also act as a natural fertilizer returning nitrogen and other nutrients to the lawn.

Walmart Evacuated:
11/18/2013 at 6 p.m.

It seems there are reports of a bomb threat at the Walmart store at 970 Torringford St., in Torrington, CT. The building has been evacuated and the area is in a state of emergency.

An unknown person called the store announcing the threat shortly before 5:30 p.m.


Before we discuss some of the ideas for improving our community... I just want to bring to the attention of the community that Netty LaRose has been posting information on facebook about the progress of local resident Robert Blass.

Blass is bravely fighting illness to be here for the ones that love him. He is a living testament that life is worth living and your kind words would be most appreciated on his facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/242803009787/10151959763299788

NEEDED: Artwell Gallery and the Family Resources Center is partnering to present a Preschool Art Program for low income residents soon. They have plenty of yogurt cups, newspaper, and so on. But, need baskets, small-medium storage containers with lids, old cookie sheets and muffin tins?
Jacob Aronow
Exhibition: Trapezium Gallery

Jacob Aronow is an illustrator that boards a canvas like an explorer seeking strange, new worlds. What he often discovers is a place with a story to be told. His work is sprinkled with humor, a tad of the grotesque and a generous amount of empathy and wonder.

He will be exhibiting at Trapezium Gallery the month of November.  You are invited to take a journey with Aronow and visit the new worlds he has discovered.

♦ Dates:
♦ Location: Trapezium Gallery @ Morrison’s, 63 Water Street, Torrington, CT

There’s a new gallery in town!

The Trapezium Gallery is a small gallery/classroom located at Morrison’s Hardware dedicated to learning.

This is Artwell’s place for solo and small group shows. Our goal is to “examine the creative spirit through the people who make art.” our first show is Jacob Aronow, Illustrator and novice teacher.  Join us on November 1st from 6:00-8:00pm, for the opening and look out for events in this teaching exhibition space.

Benefit Auction for CERT
December 8, 2013

This will be a live auction with the items going to the highest bidder. The auction items will consist of all new goods and services.  One of the featured items will be a whole roaster pig, to be picked up in the spring, ready for a pig roast.  There will be restaurant gift certificates, oil changes, car detailing, car washes, sunglasses, tools, jewelry, department and grocery store gift cards, wine, and many other items. 

We are conducting an auction to benefit the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  The monies raised will be used to purchase equipment for the volunteers.  The volunteers are trained in responding to emergencies and working at large scale community events. 

Beethoven:  Evolution
"Bridge from classicism to romanticism"

Timothy Alexandre Wallace, Pianist & Composer, conjours up, for your experience, the evolution of Beethoven the composer through piano sonatas from his Early, Middle and Late Periods.  The evening will include classical works of Beethoven such as Moonlight Sonata and the 'Waldstein Sonata.

Southern Voice
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Live on stage at the Downtown Cafe'

The Southern Voice Band is a popular CT based Modern Country band. Featuring talented male and female vocalists backed-up by a rockin' rhythm section, Southern Voice always delivers a highly entertaining show! They play a wide variety of country covers by artists like Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and many more. They will also add a few classic rock, modern pop, and R&B covers to the mix to keep everyone on the dance floor! 

Friday, November 15, 2013
Live on stage at the Downtown Cafe'

It was a great night featuring one of our favorite local bands. If you missed their performance look for them playing at the Downtown Cafe again soon.

Jacob Aronow is a illustrator from Winsted, CT.  He graduated from Hartford Art School with a BFA in illustration and currently available for commissions. Contact: 203 525 6909 jacobaillustration@gmail.com
Reporters Needed! If you know of a fun event and have a talent for taking pictures... we need your help! Help bring all the great things that Torrington has to offer to the attention of the community. Submit your info on what's happening and get published as the source. Contact: {EMAIL
Fundraiser: Maria's Unisex Salon.

Maria's Unisex Salon is holding a fundraiser donating 50% percent of the cost of hair cuts to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington was established in 1983, and is dedicated to serving hot, nutritious meals to those in need on a daily basis. The soup kitchen serves people from all walks of life, including homeless individuals and families and the working disadvantaged.  They are located in the basement of Trinity Church, on the corner of Prospect Street and Maiden Lane, Torrington. {Map}


A Thanksgiving in Need:

The Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington is in need of instant mashed potatoes, rice, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, coffee, egg noodles and pasta sauce for Thanksgiving.

Please help them with your generosity so they can help those without family, income or a place to find refuge and compassion on this festive day.

**** Tag Sale
Dates: (NO Early Birds)
    Friday, November 15, 2013 ~ 10am-3pm
    Saturday, November 16, 2013 ~ 9am-4pm
Address: 96 Heritage Way, Torrington, CT
Contents: Tons of items everything from A-Z. Something for Everyone. Most items $1.00.

**** Moving Sale
    Friday, November 15, 2013 ~ 8am-4pm
    Saturday, November 16, 2013 ~ 8am-4pm
    Sunday, November 17, 2013 ~ 1am-4pm
Address: 14 College Ave., Torrington, CT
Contents: Tools, furniture, baby clothes, electronics and more.

Premiere Event: Alfredo's Deli
October 26, 2013

Alfredo's Deli won the T-Town Torrington Chatter Cash Mob group's first event. Join in on this fun way to support a local Torrington business. Come eat some great food, help boost our economy and make this event a successful tradition. 

High School Music Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Enjoy a casual, distinctive dinner and Le Bistro by Avila will give back 15% of the check goes towards Torrington High School Music.

Le Bistro by Avila offers wonderful food specialties & atmosphere.  Serving up seafood and European (Spain, France, Italy) inspired  dishes -- sourced from local farms & purveyors whenever possible.  {menu}

Torrington: Burr Pond Hike:
Singles Only 30s-60s

These are co-hosted events with Active Singles. We hike at four different group levels; Social, Intermediate/Moderate, Advanced and Expert.

We look forward to seeing you on the hike!  Hike starts at 9:30AM sharp, please arrive at 9:00AM and will last approximately 2 hours.   Please bring Hiking Boots & Water - Sunscreen & Bug Spray recommended. For those of you new to Active Singles, please check-in with Charlie upon arrival (wearing baseball cap and bright colored shirt).  Optional lunch buffet follows each hike; Charlie will provide details and location at hike. If your plans change, please update your RSVP as soon as possible, so we can maintain an accurate event count and plan accordingly.  *NO KIDS - NO DOGS - NO SNEAKERS*

Meetup Group: Active Singles (Singles Only 30s-60s) {join}
Contact: Charlie {email}

Current meetups: Nothing scheduled at this time.

Last meetup:
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Start Time: 9:30am
Location: Burr Pond State Park at 385 Burr Mountain Rd, Torrington, CT
Directions: Route 8 No. get off at exit  45. Left turn end of ramp. Take 1st right onto Winsted Rd. Go 2 miles & turn  left at light onto Burr Mt. Rd. Go up hill & take 1st left into main  entrance. Meet in rear lot.

Arts & Entertainment:

See our {Arts & Entertainment} section for the best of Art and Music in Torrington... Artwell Gallery Exhibition, Five Points Gallery Exhibition,  The Desultory Theatre Club, Warner Theatre Shows and more.

Torrington is a Christmas Wonderland:

Torrington has the Christmas House, which to the unfamiliar, is the home of a private resident who has gone over-the-top nuts decorating the outside and inside of his home with Christmas light displays, Nativity scenes, moving Santa Claus figurines, rooms full of nutcrackers, snow globes, running train sets and more. Torrington has Christmas Village, which opened for its 63rd year yesterday and features Santa and Mrs. Claus and live reindeer, and has delighted generations of children in Northwest Connecticut. Torrington has the 1900 Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, which is decorated in turn-of-the-century Christmas style and offers tours throughout the season. Torrington has the world-class Nutmeg School of Ballet and its annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the historic and beautiful Warner Theatre. The Warner Theatre has a bunch of other Christmas programs on the schedule also, including “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “A Very Merry Doo Wop Spectacular.” Torrington has the amazing “Christmas Angelicus” concert at Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 19. Plus, the downtown and Coe Memorial Park are decked out in lights. Don’t forget ice skating at Major Besse Field, and one of the best sledding hills around. And shopping. Torrington has Christmas shopping opportunities galore. There’s East Main Street, and every big box store you could need, of course, but there are more small business shopping opportunities this year in our beautiful downtown. Main Street mainstays such as Libby’s Torrington Furniture, one of the best small toy stores in the state, Toy Jam, newcomers such as Barking Dog Guitar Traders and Bender Showrooms, and “shopping experiences” such as Brazen Betties, where you’re bound to see something that presents a unique gift opportunity. Come for Christmas Village and the Christmas House, enjoy the snowy scenery of the Litchfield Hills and check some hard-to-buy-for people off your shopping list. And tell me if there’s another community in Connecticut that has this much to offer for Christmas.
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Sullivan Senior Center: Got Knee and Hip Pain?

Thursday, September 12, 2013: The Sullivan Senior Center presents a one hour presentation on Understanding Joint Replacement And Other Options followed by questions and answers.
Presented by Orthopedic Surgeon David Freccero, M.D. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Joint Replacement and Orthopedic Center, Torrington. FREE admission and refreshments.

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time: 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Location: Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert Street, Torrington, CT (directions)
Admission: Free!

* The mission of the Edward E. Sullivan Senior Center is to provide an environment to enhance and enrich the lives of older adults by offering recreational activities, nutrition services, educational and wellness programs and social services to meet the diverse needs of all people.

Bargaineers Swap Shop:

Buy, Sell, Consign or Swap! The Bargaineers Swap Shop is a family-owned, second-hand retail store. They have a wide selection of merchandise which includes; furniture, clothing, housewares, electronics, tools, toys, appliances, books, CD's, DVD's, women's accessories and seasonal items at reasonable prices.

We highly recommend adding it to your treasure hunt. Stop by and dig around and you too will agree -- this place has something for everyone!

Location: 523 Main Street, Torrington, Connecticut (map)
Phone: (860) 618-5780
Email: bargaineers523@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bargaineers.SwapShop

Treasure Hunting at Yard Sales, Tag Sales, Garage Sales, Estate Sales, Flea Markets and Auctions is great fun!

Extreme weather conditions have left many in our community with property damage. Now is the time when your Torrington neighbors may need your help. Ask your neighbor in need if you can lend a hand. Sometimes an extra set of hands or just a warm, dry place to drink a cup of coffee and share the experience makes all the difference.

Here are some Helpful Tips for Cleaning a Flooded Basement.

Please feel free to explore our website and discover information about your community. There are also many opportunities to find your favorite local activities or explore new possibilities where friends (old and new) can gather to share common interests.
Heavy Rain Flooding: August 9-11, 2013

Flooding from heavy rains caused damage and road closings  throughout Torrington, Connecticut on Friday.