Harold Webster Smith Award Recipients Announced

The owner of the Viron Rondo Osteria restaurant, Fascia’s Chocolates and local rehabilitation clinic Peak Physical Therapy will each be honored at the 2022 Harold Webster Smith Awards breakfast in October.

The Waterbury Regional Chamber will present the awards on October 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility, 45 Murphy Road in Prospect. The annual awards recognize small businesses and small business leaders who have achieved excellence.

The recipients of the awards are: entrepreneur of the year, Viron Rondos, restaurateur and owner of Viron Rondo Osteria; Small Business of the Year, Peak Physical Therapy; and Maker of the Year, Fascia’s Chocolates.

Harold Webster Smith founded First Federal Savings of Waterbury in 1935 to help people build and buy homes. He was CEO until 1937 and chairman of the board until 1995, when First Federal was renamed Webster Bank in his honor.

Rondos, originally from Greece, is the owner of Viron Rondo Osteria, an award-winning Italian restaurant in Cheshire. In 2021, Viron Rondo Osteria received the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s 2021 Restaurant of the Year award for the Southern Connecticut region, and Rondos was the SBA’s Connecticut Small Business of the Year for 2022. The restaurant has been featured in architectural magazines for its interior design. and carefully manicured lush gardens that provide visitors with a European feel.

Peak Physical Therapy is a rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic in Waterbury. For more than a decade, the company has given back to the community in a variety of ways, including raising funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Angel Flight, and various food drives. The company also created a college scholarship awarded through the nonprofit Rivera Memorial Foundation.

Fascia’s Chocolates of Waterbury started in 1964 when electronics technician John Fascia needed to supplement his income and moved from roasting nuts to selling clusters of chocolate nuts, toffees, toffees and creams at home. Fascia’s Chocolates has a long history of supporting community organizations including United Way of Greater Waterbury, Exchange Club and Seven Angels Theatre.

Waterbury Hospital was recently honored

Waterbury Hospital was rated a High Performing Hospital by US News and World Report for the quality treatment of patients with stroke, heart failure and kidney failure in the 2022-23 edition of Best Hospital recently published.

The rankings are the latest quality accolades for Waterbury Hospital, which was ranked among the top 10 in the country to receive the Healthgrades Award for Excellence in Coronary Intervention. Additionally, Waterbury Hospital is a five-star recipient for heart attack treatment in 2022, according to new research published by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, doctors and healthcare systems. Earlier this year, Waterbury Hospital was rated a three-star hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, up one star from the previous year.

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