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    Calendar Photo Leads to Loss of Affiliation for Realtors

    It was supposed to be a way for Glastonbury businesses to promote themselves and raise money for the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, but a calendar photo has cost 4 realtors their affiliation with a popular realty company.

    The calendar is a fundraiser for the chamber and features men from various local businesses baring almost everything.

    The calendar sparked a controversy last week after some raised objections to the cover photo, which included four realtors from Coldwell Banker posed with a young boy who was nearly naked and held a sign that read "SOLD" across his waist.

    In a statement, Coldwell Banker said it has ceased its affiliation with the four men in the photo.

    "The company does not condone the action that the independent contractors took in this circumstance. It did not support the agents in their participation and did not authorize the usage of its logo in this manner," Aglaia Pikounis, public relations manager for Coldwell Banker, said in the statement.

    Pikounis stressed the men were not Coldwell Banker employees, but independent contractors with an affiliation to the company.

    NBC Connecticut reached one of the men in the photo, who said he did not want to comment at this time.

    The president of the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce said last week that he felt the chamber did nothing wrong by publishing the photo, but would change the picture for later printings of the calendar.

    Calls to the chamber regarding the Coldwell Banker agents have not been returned.