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Groton Business Association (GBA) Announces Date for
Nineteenth Annual Holiday Lights Parade

 

GROTON – The Groton Business Association (GBA), an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, has announced that this year’s Nineteenth Groton Annual Holiday Lights Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 2 at 5 p.m.  The line of march is from Poquonnock Road at South Road, along Long Hill Road in downtown Groton to the Groton Shopping Plaza.

A special call goes out to bands, fife and drum corps and choral groups who make that special holiday music that everyone knows and loves.

The GBA urges all businesses along the parade route to decorate their windows and store fronts in the spirit of the season.

The GBA welcomes floats from businesses, clubs, organizations and marchers from all groups in the community. A panel of judges will view the parade in front of Chelsea Groton Bank. Prizes will awarded in various categories. While it is free to participate, all participants must complete an on-line application that can be found at www.grotonbiz.com. For those without access to the web, please call 860-536-5680 for assistance. The deadline to file an application is Friday, November 17.

Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will have the honor of lighting the holiday tree on the green at the rear of the Groton Shopping Plaza. Parents, you are invited to take your child’s photograph with Santa. Entertainment will be provided. This post-parade celebration is sponsored by the Groton Rotary Club.

The GBA invites and encourages representatives from local small businesses to volunteer as elves.  You can not only be part of the fun, but also advertise your business along the parade route.  Call the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce at 860-572-9578 for more information.

The GBA would like to recognize the companies who have committed to be a sponsor for this year’s event.  They are: Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks   and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors;  Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, a Keystone Sponsor; and Groton Shopping Plaza, a Sandstone Sponsor; and Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

For further information contact:

Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton Holiday Lights Parade 2017
(860) 446-4095
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Pumpkins Beware!

Stonington Community Center’s Annual Pumpkin Chunkin Returns

Stonington, CT: Pumpkins should consider this their fair warning. Come Sunday, Oct. 22 pumpkins will take flight as they are launched through the air, hopefully striking wooden targets, to the cheers of onlookers.

It’s the return of the Stonington Community Center (COMO)’s annual Pumpkin Chunkin event. An annual celebration of fall, this event brings together community, families and individuals young and young at heart for an afternoon of hurling pumpkins, tasty food and treats, music and other autumn diversions!

Participants will have their choice of launching pumpkins via a ballista, a catapult or a giant slingshot in order to hit the intended targets. Those who prefer to keep fall gourds on the ground and not flying through the air towards imminent destruction can enjoy other activities offering an array of autumn-themed amusement. Enjoy fair food, take a bounce in the moon bounce, or test your skill at some traditional fair games! 

“The Pumpkin Chunkin embodies the mission of the COMO – bringing people together and building community ties,” says Beth-Ann Stewart, COMO Executive Director. “People get caught up in the excitement, rooting each other on and cheering when they get a hit. We love that for over 70 years, we’re able to continue to provide unique experiences engage our community.”

The Pumpkin Chunkin is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Owens Field, Stonington Borough. Entry is free. Tickets may be purchased to participate in the chunkin event and other activities. More details about the event can be found online at thecomo.org/pumpkin-chunkin.  

About the Stonington Community Center: The Stonington Community Center (COMO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and community. For over 70 years the COMO has offered a variety of recreational, educational, enrichment family and community programs throughout the year. Located in the Stonington Borough, the center has become an irreplaceable part of the community, serving children and families regardless of financial need. For more information, please visit http://www.thecomo.org.

Media Contact:
Christina Moores
Stonington Community Center, Inc.
860.535.2476
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Groton Town Manager John Burt to Speak at GBA’s October Meeting This Thursday 

 

GROTON – John Burt, Groton Town Manager, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Groton Business Association (GBA) scheduled for this Thursday, October 19, 2017.  The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Route 184 near Walmart.

The meeting is open all members of the Greater Groton business community. GBA membership is not required, and there is no charge for admission.

Bring your business cards and any concerns you have about how things are going in Groton. Coffee and breakfast will be provided by the Hilton Garden Inn.

The GBA, a coalition of representatives from the local business community, the educational sector, the non-profit community and governmental units, is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Contact us at: www.grotonbiz.com

Frank E. Winkler
Groton Business Association
(860) 446-4095
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Serving Up Paddle Tennis Fun with the Pros

Stonington Community Center to Host Free Junior Paddle Day

Stonington, CT: The Stonington Community Center (COMO) is serving up a day of fun on the paddle courts for youth in 4th grade to high school. Youth are invited to join the COMO paddle pros and seasoned players on the courts for games, lessons and pizza on Tuesday, October 24th from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The free event is sponsored by the American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) as part of their First Serve initiative, intended to get youth on the courts and enjoying the sport early on.

No prior experience is necessary as the COMO Junior Paddle Day will teach youth the basics of the sport in an exciting environment. COMO paddle professionals, Steve and Trish Riggs are certified instructors of the PPTA (Professional Platform Tennis Association) and will lead the event.

Parents and/or guardians must complete a waiver prior to participation, which may be completed ahead of time and returned to the COMO’s front office at 28 Cutler Street, or may be completed at the event. More details can be found online at thecomo.org.

About the Stonington Community Center: The Stonington Community Center (COMO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and community. For over 70 years the COMO has offered a variety of recreational, educational, enrichment family and community programs throughout the year. Located in the Stonington Borough, the center has become an irreplaceable part of the community, serving children and families regardless of financial need. For more information, please visithttp://www.thecomo.org/

Media Contact: Christina Moores
Stonington Community Center, Inc.
860.535.2476
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Distinguished Friends of the Navy in SECT,

On behalf of CAPT Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base New London, I invite you to a special base event:

The Navy in the Southeastern Connecticut area will celebrate the 242nd Birthday of the Navy during a celebration at Noon, Friday, October 13, at the Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum.

On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, voted to send two swift-sailing, armed vessels to cruise against transports carrying munitions to the British Army in America.  The Continental Navy began the proud tradition that is carried on today by our United States Navy.

The Birthday Celebration will include a ceremonial bell ringing; a cake cutting; colors presented by the Silver Dolphin Color Guard from Naval Submarine School; and, music by Groton's West Side Middle School Band.

In conjunction with our Birthday Event, the Navy in the Southeastern Connecticut area will also host our Fourth Annual "Meet Your Navy" event from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the  Submarine Force Museum Parking Lot.

Once again, "Meet Your Navy" will be a fair like event with various local Navy commands highlighting what they do, or a unique mission related activity, through informational tables or engaging demonstrations.  Anticipated static displays at the event include: a Navy Harbor Security Boat, and various vehicles and fire apparatus. Anticipated activities will range from knot tying and an inflatable obstacle course to diving gear "show & tell." There will also be Military Working Dog demonstrations and drill team exhibitions. Opportunities to interact with Sailors from variety of ratings and base commands will abound.

These events are free and open to the public, so by all means, please feel free to pass along invitations to friends of the Navy and SUBASE.

Uniform for military attendees is Uniform of the Day.

If there are any questions that we may be able to answer, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanking you in advance, and looking forward to the possibility of your attendance,

V/R
Chris Zendan
Public Affairs Officer
SUBASE New London
Ph: DSN 694-5980, or Comm. 860-694-5980
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