The Groton Business Association to hold next general meeting Thursday, April 20 at Survival Systems USA

The GBA monthly meeting will take place Thursday, April 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm, at Survival Systems USA, located at 144 Tower Avenue in Groton. 

Survival Systems USA, Inc., an employee-owned company dedicated to safety and survival education, is the world’s leader in underwater egress training and water survival techniques.  The facility features a state of the art Survival Training Simulation Theater (STST™) that provides the realistic settings where their professional staff offers training.  A tour and demonstration will be offered in the facility’s simulation theater!  With more than three decades of research and innovation behind them, Survival Systems USA teaches those whose business or pleasure takes them on, over, or near water the skills that could save their lives in an emergency event. As a company, Survival Systems USA has trained over 100,000 individuals with completion rate in excess of 99%.   

Franz Edson, a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and team leader for the AOPA Fly-In at Groton-New London Airport this October 6-7, will discuss the upcoming aviation expo event, which is expected to attract up to 500 aircraft and 3,000 attendees.  What can our business community do to welcome these visitors and encourage them to return to our beautiful area?  We’ll find out more about them, the event and AOPA, and network our ideas together!

The Business Social meeting, moderated by Susan Bailey, is open to the local business and civic community.  Registration fee is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Space is limited, pre-register online now!

About Survival Systems USA, LLC:

Survival Systems USA provides post-incident survival training; whether from an aircraft ditched in coastal waters, vessel abandonment in the open ocean, or a motor vehicle submerged.  They teach the skills needed to perform surface abandonment, underwater egress, and to survive in an inhospitable environment, land and sea, with limited resources until rescued. Trainees come from diverse industries, and each with unique life experiences, and backgrounds. The company has recently expanded its services to include Leadership and Team Building Development to help business professionals build confidence, increase stress tolerance and work better as a team.  With a broad array of product offerings there is a course for everyone. “Your success is our success. Your survival is our survival.”

About the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association:

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) mission is to ensure that the sky remains within reach of everyone who dreams of becoming a pilot.  AOPA boasts a membership of over 400,000 spanning 75 countries, and represents the largest aviation community in the world.

Whether through educating the public about the fun and the utility that aircraft can provide, preparing resources and training material to enhance the skills of pilots everywhere, or advocating for aviation within government agencies—AOPA strives to maintain the strength and vitality of the flying community.  

About the Groton Business Association:  

The Groton Business Association (GBA) is an affiliate of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.  The GBA meets monthly at different Groton businesses for networking, updates and business news specific to the Town and City of Groton.  Meetings include networking and promotion opportunities as well as regular presentations on topics of general interest to the local business community.  GBA meetings are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.  Please visit for a schedule of GBA meetings and to learn more about the many ways the GBA helps to foster and promote economic vitality in our community.

For confirmation or additional information, please contact Susan Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 860-405-4414.


COMO Partners with Rae’s Driving School for Accelerated Spring Course

Stonington, Connecticut – Complete the 38-hour driver education course in one week! The COMO is partnering with Rae’s Driving School to offer an accelerated course during Stonington Public Schools’ April Vacation, beginning April 10th, 2017.

Participants may either attend the entire session, or take the 8 hour Drug & Alcohol Course. Rae's Driving School, in business since 1960, is based in Waterford with locations in North Haven, Madison and Branford.  To register, call Mike at Rae’s Driving School, 860-444-8000 or go online to under Teen Classes and noting COMO site in the message box. For a full schedule of class dates, visit, or call us at 860-535-2476.

About The Stonington Community Center:

The Stonington Community Center, fondly known as the COMO, was founded 71 years ago in the Stonington Borough with the main goals of strengthening families and community. Since its founding, the COMO has continued to grow, providing a wide range of educational, enrichment, athletic, family and community partnership programs throughout the year.  We have served countless children and families of the surrounding areas, regardless of financial need, becoming an irreplaceable part of the Stonington community.  





STONINGTON, CT, February 21, 2017—The Stonington Community Center, better known as the COMO, today unveiled a plan to renovate its four tennis courts on Cutler Street, and replace them with a professional state-of-the-art  DecoTurf surface. The existing courts are over 30 years old and are in poor playing condition.

The COMO also announced that it has already raised over $265,000 for the project from private contributions. "This amount includes two very generous matching gifts: a $50,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor, which has already been met, and a $25,000 grant from the Stonington Village Improvement Association, which remains to be fully matched.”

The COMO is now launching the public phase of its fundraising campaign and is soliciting donations from across the community to raise the remaining needed funds and reach its overall goal of $300,000.       

“We are thrilled with the results of our Tennis Committee’s fundraising efforts to date and the level of support we have already received” said Beth-Ann Stewart, the COMO’s Executive Director.  She added, “We are now seeking the support of our entire community, including all tennis players in the area, as well as others who are committed to expanding athletic opportunities for the region’s youth, adults and seniors alike, regardless of ability or economic means”.  

Jon Nickerson, the President of the COMO’s Board of Directors, said, “We are excited to revive the legacy of tennis at the COMO, and are pleased to be able to upgrade and expand our year-round outdoor racquet sports facilities.” In this regard, Mr. Nickerson noted, “The renovation of the tennis courts is separate from our plan to build two more paddle tennis courts, which will be privately funded.”

The COMO expects to begin the tennis court renovation this spring and that the new courts will be ready for play sometime mid-summer.  

For additional information or to make a donation, visit .

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March 3, 2017
Contact us at:
Frank E. Winkler   
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
(860) 446-4095
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Register Now For Groton’s Fall Festival and Save


March 3, 2017 - Groton, CT - You can invest in your community by becoming a sponsor for Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival. Your sponsorship demonstrates your commitment to the Greater Groton community. Groton’s Annual Fall Festival is the local event of the year. Columbus discovered America. It’s time for you to discover Groton’s Annual Fall Festival.

Now is the time to act, if you want to save on the registration fee. If you register and pay by July 14, 2017, you can save $25.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017 and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.

Groton’s Annual Fall Festival is a special community event created and sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC).

You can obtain full information on how to register for a booth by going to the GBA web site at or calling the Chamber at (860) 572-9578.

The festival is held at Poquonnock Plains Park, centrally located in the middle of Groton.  This will be the site of an arts and crafts show, business displays, exhibits, food vendors and entertainment. 

For businesses, this is an opportunity to connect with your current customers and attract new ones.  For artists and crafters, it gives you access to thousands of new customers.  For non-profit organizations, it is an opportunity to promote your message to thousands in person.