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MYSTIC FILM FESTIVAL OPENS TICKET SALES FOR 74 LIVE AND ONLINE SCREENINGS

Mystic, CT – October 5, 2020 – The third annual Mystic Film Festival will celebrate 74 narrative and documentary films from around the world before live audiences and through online streaming October 22 – 25. Tickets are now on sale for all live and online screenings at https://mysticfilmfestival.com.

Mystic Film Festival’s 2020 program is a diverse slate of feature-length and short-form independent films, including some by Connecticut filmmakers; conversations with filmmakers; and the festival’s first feature film screenplay competition. Following Covid19 safety distancing rules, live screenings will be hosted at Mystic Luxury Cinemas at 27 Coogan Blvd in Mystic, as well as the Velvet Mill and the La Grua Center in Stonington. Thirty-two of the festival’s films are scheduled for online viewing only via the festival’s easy-to-use cinema platform. Many of the films’ trailers are posted on the festival’s website. The will be Q&As with the filmmakers at the majority of live and online screenings.

The festival will honor American screenwriter, actor, comedian and executive Carl Gottlieb with a lifetime achievement award during an invitation-only closing night Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m., Oct 25 at the Mystic Luxury Theaters. Gottlieb, best known for co-writing the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s 1975 hit Jaws and two sequels, began his career in 1966 as a member of an improvisational, comedy theater group in San Francisco. Besides a lifetime of writing, acting, and directing for movies and television shows, he also co-wrote two autobiographies for musician David Crosby, and for many years served as an officer for the national Writers’ Guild of America.

“The difficulties of Covid19 don’t need to stop our communities from safely enjoying and supporting the arts,” said festival founder Shareen Anderson, an award-winning producer and director. “We chose to offer a mix of online and in-person screenings of independently produced feature and documentary films to ensure everyone can participate, and to encourage local and international filmmakers to continue creating movies that move us. Our online screenings open our local festival to the world of film lovers.”1

Documentary films by two local filmmakers will open the live festival screenings Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Mystic Luxury Cinemas. Stonington filmmaker Christopher Kepple’s documentary A Call to Arts chronicles the story of Irish Republican soldier, writer, and artist Ernie O’Malley and his Connecticut-born wife, sculptress Helen Hooker, their marriage, artistic partnership in photography, and the lifelong mission of their son, Cormac O’Malley, a Stonington resident and Irish historian, to discover and celebrate their legacy. Hooker and O'Malley created images to depict Ireland not for how it was, but for what it could become.

Opening night also will feature the short documentary Tall Tales: The Ireland of Orson Welles directed by Dillon Toole of Mystic about reknowned 20th century filmmaker Orson Welles’ two visits to the Emerald Isle - first as a young actor and later in life when his brilliant career was fading. Filmmakers Kepple and Toole will answer audience questions after the screenings.

The fesitval closes Oct. 25 with the 4 p.m. at Mystic Luxery Cinemas with the new documentary Entangled about the race to save North Atlantic Right Whales from extiniction. Directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Abel, the film chronicles how today’s climate crisis has accelerated a collision between one of the world’s most endangered species, North America’s most valuable fishery, and a federal agency mandated to protect both. Following will be a screening of Celestial, a short documentary by Jack Gordon about students who use the forgotten art of celestial navigation during a prestigious sailing race.

Mystic Film Festival is supported by sponsors and partners including Baobab Studios, Chelsea Groton Bank, the Connecticut Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media, the Connecticut Office Of The Arts, Digital CONNtent Creators, Garde Arts Center, Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, Green Planet Films, Innovast Digital Marketing, International Screenwriters’ Association (ISA), Jonathan Edwards Winery, La Grua Center, Mason’s Island Marina, Meditative Writing, Mystic Luxury Cinemas, Nutmeg Institute, Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, Power Posse Productions, Roadmap Writers, Saltwater Farm Vineyards, Wilkidoos Productions, Women in Film & Video New England, and Yankee Magazine. To become a sponsor or partner, please visit https://mysticfilmfestival.com/sponsorships/.

FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES

A Call to Arts, directed by Christopher Kepple

Assassins, directed by Ryan White

Fentanyl Madness, directed by Steve Hamm (online only)

Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story, directed by Robert Steven Williams Entangled, directed by David Abel

Father Unknown, directed by David Quint

Life in Syncro, directed by Angela Pinaglia (online only)

My Boys of Summer, directed by Mark Pernerewski (online only)

The Donut King, directed by Alice Gu

The Hardest Day, directed by Ross Taylor (online only)2

The Land of Azaba, directed by Greta Schiller

Uprooting Addiction: Healing from the Ground Up, directed by Tory Estern Jadow (online only)

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

Five Weeks in Westport, directed by Howard Friedman and Shirlee Hauser #Like, directed by Sarah Pirozek

Ten Minutes to Midnight, directed by Erik Bloomquist

The Miseducation of Bindu, directed by Prarthana Mohan (online only) NARRATIVE SHORTS

2 Dollars, directed by Robin Cloud (online only)

Anna, directed by Dekel Berenson (online only)

A Vital Sign, directed by Paul Robinson

Chicken Man, directed by Chris Romagosa (online only)

Christmas Roast, directed by Alexander Baghdasaryan (online only)

Everything’s Fine, directed by Danny Rhodes (online only)

Fruitless, directed by Robyn Paris (online only)

Hail Mary, directed by Joe LaRocca

Home Wreckers, directed by Joe Ferrera (online only)

House of La Reine, directed by Lisa Marie Tedesco

It’s Look Sunshine, directed by Kim Seung Hwan (online only)

Lancaster Park, directed by Lynda Reiss (online only)

Like Nothing Happened, directed by Catherine Black (online only)

Lost Treasure of the Valley, directed by Robert Husted

Out of Stock, directed by (online only)

Patrick, directed by Adam Swain Ferguson (online only)

Peppermint, directed by Jesse Cook III

#Princess Problems, directed by Maritza Gomez

Red, directed by Kewan J. Harrison

Reflections, directed by Vickie Rose Sampson (online only)

Rruga/The Path, directed by Besim Ugzmajli

Second Chance Cafe, directed by Donna Gustafson

Sticky, directed by Cameron Johanning

Supplements, directed by Sarah Phillips (online only)

The Christmas Gift, directed by Bogdan Muresanu

The Honey Makers, directed by Jeneffa Soldatic

The Light Thief, directed by Eva Daoud (online only)

The Pod Caster, directed by Ian D’Amelia (online only)

The Quiet Shore, directed by Alex Ramirez (online only)

The Squirrels in The Attic, directed by Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid

Unit 23, directed by Arianna Thibodeau (online only)3

When a Black Man Walks Home, directed by Nick Oski DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Activized, directed by Eric Stange (online only)

Burnt Feathers, Broken Wings, directed by Cady McClain (online only) Celestial, directed by Jack Gordon

Juvenile Life in Prison Without Parole, directed by John Spinnato May Day on the Green, directed by Reginald Christophe (online only) Sand in The Sky, directed by Sana Saint

Saudade, directed by Yanis Carreto

Tall Tales: The Ireland of Orson Welles, directed by Dillon Toole To the Surface, directed by Gnarly Bay

With Dad, directed by Soren Sorensen (online only)

STUDENT FILMS

Bullshido, directed by J. Rivière

Cadence of the Valley, directed by Rama Ayasra

Denver to Boston, directed by Joseph Anthony Marcello Dog, directed by Anat Eisenberg (online only)

Heat Wave, directed by Melanie Coffey and Ryan DiBiase Late Shift, directed by Laurel Pehmoeller

Junkie, directed by Alyssa Botelho

Living Swamp, directed by Lionel R. Jeffries

Modern Prometheus, directed by Nicholas David

Natálie, directed by Yinghui Fu (online only)

On The Whistle, directed by T. J. Noel-Sullivan

Out of Stock, directed by Bryan Taira (online only)

Rinse & Repeat, directed by Jacob Ehrlich

The Fall Line, directed by Maryann Lonergan

The Quiet Plan, directed by Timothy Amatulli (online only) Why We Fly, directed by Allie March

TOP 20 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FINALISTS

An Angel Whispers by Jeremy Storey

Brook Farm by Alexander Wake

Dirty Water Dogs by Terri Viani

Float Me Up by Daniel Talbott

Grynszpan/Thompson by Hal LaCroix

HashBrown by Erica Bock

Landlocked by Steve Becker

Land of Light by Nicholas Batchelder4

Lord of the Silver Hand by Gerald Killingworth

Never Say Goodbye by Denise Widman

Nikki Lix by Rose Schimm

Pass Over by Alexander Kaminer

Perigee Heart by Robert Languedoc

Riding on Duke’s Train by Ken Kimmelman and Mick Carlon

Runaway Ship by Theodore Carl Soderberg

Saving Mark Twain by Staton Rabin

Simmer by Derrick Haggerty and Owen Schwartzbard

Snowfall by Robert Languedoc

Steam by Robert Languedoc

Where The Men Are by Wendy Jean Wilkins

The top five winners of the festival’s first feature-film screenplay competition will be announced at the festival’s award ceremony on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Mystic Luxury Theaters for filmmakers with films in the festival and invited guests. The top prize is a “table read” of the winner’s script, which will be scheduled after the festival.

ONLINE FILMMAKERS’ WORKSHOPS AND PANELS

Six filmmakers’ workshops and panels will be offered online. Movement of the Camera will be presented by a director of photography on Oct. 22 at noon. Made In Connecticut, a panel discussion about film production in Connecticut on Oct. 23 at noon will feature local filmmakers and production companies, as well as representatives of the state’s Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media. Those wanting to improve their production-assistant skills may join Alecia Orsini Lebeda, president of Women in Film & Video New England, Oct. 24 9:30 a.m. to discuss how to make yourself invaluable to directors and film crews. A Screenwriters’ Panel featuring Felicity Wren from the International Screenwriters’ Association; Joey Tuccio, CEO of Roadmap Writers; and Jessica Hinds, founder of Meditative Writing, Oct. 25 at noon. A panel discussing Women In Film & Television will take place Oct 25 at 4 p.m., and Distribution Down Low, a free workshop presented by Christina Raia of Seed & Spark on Oct 24 at 2 p.m. All panels are free.

Please participate in Mystic Film Festival’s online communities via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mysticfilmfestival, Twitter @mysticfilmfest, and Instagram.

News Media Contact:

Shareen Anderson, Festival Founder

shareen@mysticfilmfestival.com | 347-731-4003

At Annual Meeting, Three New Members Join Nature Center Board of Trustees

Mystic, CT (October 20, 2020) — Three area women joined the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Board of Trustees on October 14 at the nonprofit’s annual meeting.

Rebecca M. Nolan, Jennifer Herbst and Claudia Bachmann-Bouchard join the board, which oversees the operation of the center. They will each serve a three-year term.

Nolan is a landscape architect who grew up in Mystic, and returned to the area in 2017. She lives in Pawcatuck. She is Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she has been a member of the Research Office team since 2018 helping facilitate interdisciplinary projects between RISD faculty, students and external partners. Rebecca is passionate about local history, open space conservation and environmental advocacy.

“I began following the Coogan Farm project while still living in New York, and I was eager to find a way to be more involved in initiatives that promote healthy living and outdoor education in my home area,” she said. “In addition, the history of Coogan Farm has been of personal interest as the Morgan Family previously owned the home where I grew up in West Mystic.”

Herbst, who is originally from Massachusetts, has spent the past 20 years working in environmental compliance for industry. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.

“DPNC has been an important part of our family’s lives since we moved to Mystic in 1998,” she said. “We have participated in classes, camps, Spooky Nature trails, Earth Day events and Mushroom Festivals. I consider the DPNC grounds an extension of our back yard and we frequent them weekly.”

Bachmann-Bouchard was born and raised in Argentina. She moved to Connecticut in 1995, and received a double major bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at Connecticut College. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction with STEM Certification from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

She teaches seventh-grade science at Teachers’ Memorial Global Studies Magnet Middle School in Norwich in a hybrid model due to Covid-19.

“I look forward to bringing together all my areas of expertise to help the Nature Center meet the needs of students, not only in Norwich and New London, but throughout the region,” she said.

The Board of Trustees of the Nature Center also includes:

President Karen L. Stone

Vice President Dorrit Castle

Secretary Richard B. Steele

Treasurer Rowland Stebbins II

Jean Hendren Ceddia

Ana M. Schneider

Stanton Ching

Jason Guyot

Fred Ziegler

Fatima Matos

Steven Dodd

Robert Martin

About the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic provides visitors and the community the opportunity to experience nature first hand in year-round programs for all ages and interests. Explore more than 10 miles of diverse trails and walk among 17th century stonewalls, woodlands, wetlands and meadows to enjoy views across the Mystic River and beyond. At the DPNC’s main facility, guests can discover nature through meeting rehabilitated wildlife and natural history exhibits. The creation of the Coogan Farm in 2013 has added additional layers of education, history, and a Giving Garden that donates thousands of pounds of bio-nutrient rich produce to the food insecure of New London County each year. DPNC’s mission is to inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as part of it – past, present and future.

Contact:
Cassandra Meyer-Ogren, Director of Marketing and Communications

cmogren@dpnc.org | 401.339.8018

Chelsea Groton Bank Accepting Applications for New Rotational Internship Program

GROTON, Conn. – Chelsea Groton Bank’s Interns in Banking Rotational Internship Program is designed to provide consistent and valuable work experience for undergraduate students considering professional careers in the financial services industry. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.chelseagroton.com/careers by Friday, November 6, 2020.

All “Interns in Banking” begin with one full year in retail branch banking. Students will work and gain hands-on experience part-time during the school year, and full-time in the summer. After one year, interns are invited to gain experience in other departments, including Accounting, Human Resources, Lending, Marketing, Technology, Risk & Compliance, Wealth Management and more. Throughout the internship experience, mentorship from bank leadership, networking opportunities and participation in leadership development programs will be made available to students.

“Through our rotational internship program, we’re focused on attracting and developing our future generation of financial service stewards and providing professional development experiences,” shared Anne Wilkinson, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer at Chelsea Groton Bank. “We recruit interns from a diverse pool of candidates who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. We provide them with knowledge and skills that will serve them in a future career either at Chelsea Groton Bank, or elsewhere in the industry.”

Chelsea Groton’s program provides the intern with experiential learning, mentoring and networking opportunities. All interns are paid and may be eligible for academic credit based on the college’s eligibility requirements. Upon successful completion of the internship and graduation from their applicable college, there is the potential of offering permanent employment to the trained and qualified intern.

In order to be eligible for the internship program, candidates must be a student in good standing with their college, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have a sincere interest in learning more about the banking industry and providing outstanding customer service. To learn more about additional requirements and to apply to the Interns in Banking - Rotational Internship program, visit www.chelseagroton.com/careers.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.4 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education programming. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Westerly Community Credit Union donates $5,000 to Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RICAN)

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $5,000 to the Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RICAN) to help them provide emergency food, clothing, and other necessities to people experiencing financial hardship in Washington County. This donation is continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that directly help those in the community struggling by the effects of COVID-19.

“The ripple effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be felt in many ways throughout the community,” stated Stephen White, President/CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. “We hope this donation will help RICAN replenish needed supplies and meet the rising needs of those who are facing hardship.”

“WCCU has been instrumental for so many businesses, and we at RICAN are incredibly grateful for their support,” stated Scott Straight, RICAN Board Chair. “WCCU’s timing could not have been better as we are seeing a drastic increase in families within our community finding themselves food insecure since the supplemental unemployment has run out. With this donation, RICAN is in now in a better position to help support our neighbors in need.”

If you would like to support RICAN through a personal or corporate donation, call (401) 364-9412. You can also donate directly by mailing a check made payable to RICAN at P.O. Box 73, Carolina RI 02812.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

The WCCU mantra, #WCCUCares, emphasizes their focus on caring about their members, their members’ financial success, and their community. Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution that currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Bank Award (2017-18-19 and top 3 in 2020); Southern RI Chamber Choice- Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019 & 2020) community service awards; as well as PBN Best Places to Work (2018-19).

About Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RICAN):

Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RICAN) provides emergency food, clothing, and other necessities for Rhode Islanders in crisis, primarily in Washington County. Donate food such as fruits, vegetables, and non-perishable items, as well as personal hygiene items directly. Also welcome are donations of clothing, furniture and more for the Thrift shop. Call (401) 364-9412 for more information.

Chelsea Groton Executive Vice President Jennifer Pensa Named New England Women in Banking Honoree

GROTON, Conn. – Chelsea Groton Bank’s Jennifer Pensa, EVP, Chief Innovation Officer, was amongst a group of 14 distinguished women named a Banking New England’s 2020 New England Women in Banking award recipient.

“Banking New England asked readers and banking professionals to nominate women deserving of the New England Women in Banking award. We set out to find the most talented, ambitious, innovative and philanthropic women who are achieving excellence and making a difference in these traditionally male-dominated industries,” explained Beverly Bolnick, Associate Publisher, Banking New England.

“Since Jenn joined the Chelsea Groton team, she has shown her commitment to the mission of the Bank, which is to help customers and communities achieve their specific goals by taking them on as if they were our own. Jenn is a leader and a motivator, and is committed to empowering her team members to grow in their roles, in order for the Bank to best serve our members,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “This honor is well-deserved.”

The nomination written about Jennifer noted the impact she had on Chelsea Groton Bank in a very short time: “Jennifer has used her leadership and vision to create a cohesive and collaborative force that has helped Chelsea Groton grow, innovate and manage risk all at the same time. One of the crowning achievements that Jennifer has led was the conversion to a virtual, cloud-based work environment for all team members. This project required a significant amount of time, resources, persistence and vision to complete, and the significance of this accomplishment was fully realized in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. When COVID-19 began to take hold of our area, thanks to Chelsea Groton’s virtual environment, the Bank was able to operate at full capacity while safely distancing from one another, servicing members without interruption in a time of crisis.”

Jennifer invests herself fully in the success of the members of her team and challenges team members to learn new things and think with a greater vision. She is also an active volunteer in her community, serving on government boards and teaching Bank-sponsored “Chelsea University” community education classes in the community.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.4 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education programs. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Media Contact: Barb Curto, VP, Marketing Manager

Phone: (860) 448-4118

Email: bcurto@chelseagroton.com

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CHARTER OAK EARNS TOP 5-STAR RATING FOR 1st HALF OF 2020

Superior Ranking Reflects Credit Union’s Continued Strong Financial Condition

Waterford, CT – October 13, 2020 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has earned the top 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial Inc. for its superior financial performance during the first half of 2020, indicating that Charter Oak is among the strongest financial institutions in the nation.

“We’re pleased to once again earn BauerFinancial’s top rating for our financial performance during the first six months of what has proved to be a very challenging year,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Despite the many issues that all financial institutions have faced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this five-star rating from a highly respected firm like BauerFinancial is a strong vote of confidence in the way we manage our finances at Charter Oak,” he said. Charter Oak’s top 5-Star rating is based on financial data filed with federal regulators as of June 30, 2020.

The Florida-based BauerFinancial is the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. The firm awards its top 5-Star rating only to those financial institutions that excel in their capital, asset quality, profitability and other financial areas.

Financial institutions that earn BauerFinancial’s top 5-Star rating are safe, financially sound and operating well above their regulatory capital requirements. BauerFinancial compiles its financial data based on information reported to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), which is the governing federal agency for credit unions. For more information about BauerFinancial, visit its website at www.BauerFinancial.com or call 800.388.6686.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of more than $1.3 billion as of June 30, 2020. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient network of branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing the largest and most convenient branch network of any local financial institution serving eastern Connecticut. For more information about Charter Oak’s broad range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, visit our website at CharterOak.org, or call our Contact Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is like a bank, just better! We’ve been proudly serving eastern Connecticut since 1939 and we offer great checking, deposit, lending, insurance and investment products. And because we’re a credit union, we’re owned by our members, not by shareholders. So we can offer lower rates on loans and higher rates on deposits. It’s easy to become a Charter Oak member: simply live, work, worship, learn, or volunteer in New London or Windham counties. So join today and see why Members Bank Better at Charter Oak!

Contact:
Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing

860.446.3254 | acronin@cofcu.com

Mystic Seaport Museum to Host Halloween Happenings Oct. 24-31

Seasonal Celebration features Pumpkin Carving, Jack-o-Lantern Walk, and Children’s Costume Parade

Mystic, Conn. (October 8, 2020) — Mystic Seaport Museum celebrates fall and Halloween this year with Halloween Happenings, three family-friendly events spread over eight days, with the highlight being a Jack-o-Lantern Walk through the Museum grounds.

Beginning Monday, October 26 and running through Friday, October 30, the Museum will transform its grounds into a spooky, haunted trail lit by more than 500 jack-o-lanterns. At the end of the walk, visitors can enjoy food and live music, play a lawn game, warm up by a roaring fire, or join a small tour that explores the darker side of the Museum’s historic village.

The walk runs 5:30-9:00 p.m. each night.

Admission to the Jack-o-Lantern Walk is by a special ticket:

· Adults (ages 13 and up) $20.00, Youth (ages 4-12) $15.00.

· Museum members: Adult $17.50 and Youth $12.00.

Tickets may be purchased online at checkout.mysticseaport.org/all/tickets.

Prior to the Jack-o-Lantern Walk, the Museum will hold two days of public pumpkin carving where visitors can carve one or more pumpkins that will be displayed in the walk. Pumpkins and all tools will be provided, and participants will receive a $2 discount coupon to be applied against admission to the walk. Carvers will be encouraged to come back and find their creation among the 500 jack-o-lanterns on display the following week. The carving sessions are Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Museum will culminate the series with a costume parade on Halloween Day, Saturday, October 31. All day long, kids in costume (ages 12 and under) will enjoy free admission to the Museum. After 4 p.m., the community is invited onto the grounds for free to gather on the Museum’s Village Green for a socially distanced Halloween Costume Parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. All participants will enjoy Halloween treats when they exit after the parade.

For more information and updates, visit our Halloween Happenings page at https://www.mysticseaport.org/halloween-happenings.

Mystic Seaport Museum follows all state and Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 guidelines. Visitors are expected to observe social distancing and to wear masks on the property.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Contact:
Dan McFadden
Director of Communications, Mystic Seaport Museum

860.572.5317 | dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Westerly Community Credit Union donates $5,000 to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $5,000 to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

This donation will help them assist people experiencing financial hardship within the Mystic, Pawcatuck, Stonington, North Stonington, and Westerly communities. This donation is continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that directly help those in the community struggling by the effects of COVID-19.

“We know people in our community are hurting due to the effects of COVID and helping our neighbors is WCCU’s priority,” stated William Quirk, Board Director and Donations Committee Chair for the Westerly Community Credit Union. “Working with the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center will have a direct impact for those in true need.”

“We are so grateful for this generous donation from the Westerly Community Credit Union,” stated Susan Sedensky- Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Executive Director. “WCCU’s President, Steve White, is also the President of the PNC’s Board of Directors and has been a dedicated and valuable board member for many years. PNC is proud to be a safety net for our neighbors in need, especially with the loss of jobs and business closures in our community due to COVID-19.”

If you would like to support the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center through a personal or corporate donation, call (860) 599-3285. You can also donate directly online at www.pawcatuckneighborhoodcenter.org

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

The WCCU mantra, #WCCUCares, emphasizes their focus on caring about their members, their members’ financial success, and their community. Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution that currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Bank Award (2017-18-19 and top 3 in 2020); Southern RI Chamber Choice- Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019 & 2020) community service awards; as well as PBN Best Places to Work (2018-19).

About Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center:

The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, founded in 1985, is a multi-purpose facility which offers a variety of social, educational, health and human services programs with an emphasis on community spirit.

The mission of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center is to be the resource for basic needs for people experiencing financial hardship; and services for seniors in need of socialization and transportation for those living in Mystic, Pawcatuck, Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly.

STONINGTON GARDEN CLUB ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE BOARD FOR 2020-2021

STONINGTON, CONN. (October 12, 2020) – The Stonington Garden Club (SGC) announced its 2020-2021 Executive Board members as follows: Deborah (“Deb”) Dodds, President; Kirby Williams, 1st Vice President/Membership; Carole Barnard, 2nd Vice President/Programs; Diana Beck, Recording Secretary; Jill Corr, Corresponding Secretary; and Laura Metzger, Treasurer.

“I am very honored to assume the role of President of this venerable Stonington organization and to work with this amazing group of dedicated volunteers,” said Deb Dodds. “During these uncertain times, we will continue to support our community with grants and horticultural projects, such as the COMO Children’s Garden, the Lighthouse Garden, flower beds and the Rain Garden on Wayland’s Wharf” she added.

Deb Dodds has been a member of the Stonington Garden Club since 2015 and has held several other leadership positions within the Club, including 1st Vice President/Membership Chair and Chair of the Children’s Garden at the COMO. Deb is also a certified Master Gardener and has held positions with the Garden Club of America Zone II. Prior to retiring in 2014, Deb worked in investment banking and retail marketing,

About the Stonington Garden Club

The Stonington Garden Club is a nonprofit, member-driven organization based in Stonington, Connecticut. The club’s mission is to educate and encourage interest in the environment, conservation, community projects and to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening. Club members are a diverse mix of active and dynamic women and men – all with an interest in learning more about gardens and helping each other. Members take great pride in the Stonington community and its environs. Community projects include the COMO Children’s Garden, the Lighthouse Garden, Borough Post Office flower beds, Wayland’s Wharf rain garden, wreaths for the Deck the Walls fundraiser for the Stonington Historical Society, floral sales at the COMO’s Stonington Fair and the tri-annual Gardens by the Sea garden tour. For almost 100 years, the club has had a lasting and positive impact in the community. For more information, visit www.stoningtongardenclub.org.

CONTACT:

Dodie Bump

jrbump@earthlink.net

(617) 733-9182

New In Mystic: Quick Help for Acute Spine Patients

Hartford HealthCare was ready to launch with fanfare its new Acute Spine Program at its Mystic HealthCenter in April, when the coronavirus pandemic began to surge in Connecticut.

The program still launched, but quietly. Linda Brozyna, RN, HHC spine nurse navigator, says that while the start was unexpectedly slow, now that Connecticut is in its phased reopening, patients are coming through the program, referred from PCPs, ED, Urgent Care or specialists.

The program is designed to help patients with acute neck and back pain (cervical and lumbar pain) see a provider within 24 hours of the referral. As the nurse navigator, Brozyna connects patients with the appropriate provider and creates a personalized care plan based on their individual needs. She is the first point of contact for all patients looking to schedule an appointment in the Mystic, Norwich, Waterford or Westerly offices.

Brozyna ensures that the patient is evaluated by specific trained providers, who then refer these patients for non-surgical related interventions such as:

  • Physical therapy

  • Integrative medicine (massage therapy, acupuncture)

  • Virtual reality for pain management

  • Injections

The program partners with a number of specialties to provide the patient with the most streamlined, personalized and coordinated care. Partnerships include:

  • Radiology

  • Physical therapy

  • Integrative medicine

  • Surgeons

  • Behavioral health specialist

This approach was first utilized at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, which created an Acute Spine Center. Bringing it to Mystic “is a huge step forward for patients experiencing acute back pain,” says Rebecca Durham, Senior Director of Institute Development. “Linda ensures each patient receives the most coordinated care our system can provide.”

Brozyna helps patients navigate the non pharmacological spine services at Hartford HealthCare including physical therapy, injections, integrative medicine and even virtual reality. From there she checks in with the patient throughout the course of treatment to make sure the care plan is working and help the patient get back to their optimum health status.

Jessica Brayman, a 36-year-old of Oakdale, received a referral to the Acute Spine Program for help with sciatic pain from a 2019 discectomy. “Once I got the referral, it was like, boom, boom, boom,” she said. “Linda got me in to see (pain specialist Dr. Adrian) Hamburger within a few days, and I got a treatment plan and physical therapy. She is very responsive, and so well organized, and she follows up with me regularly.”

Chelsea Groton Bank Team Members Complete Leadership and Management Training Programs

GROTON, Conn. – Chelsea Groton Bank team members recently graduated from the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce (GNACC) Community Leadership (LEAD) Program, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT’s (Chamber ECT) Leadership Program, and the Connecticut Bankers Association’s (CBA) Connecticut School of Finance and Management (CSFM).

Nicole Goodrow, Customer Solutions Assistant Manager at the Waterford branch, graduated from the GNACC LEAD Program, which helps develop knowledgeable, committed, and action-oriented leaders. Participants from diverse backgrounds and different perspectives enhance their existing leadership skills and gain a better understanding of themselves and their role in the community.

Bank graduates of the Chamber ECT’s Leadership Program were Samantha Powden, Deposit Operations Specialist; Megan Susi, Customer Solutions Assistant Manager at the Center Groton branch; and Bonnie Stanford, Customer Solutions Assistant Manager at the Niantic branch. The program prepares promising leaders for positions of responsibility by acquainting them with significant community processes and pressing issues. Participants engage in discussions with established leaders, go behind-the-scenes at the region’s key institutions, build their leadership skills, create a lasting network of contacts, and give back to the community.

Matt Morrell, Retail Lending Sales Manager; Matt Benoit, Project Management Specialist; Alyssa Bryan, Digital Banking Operations Specialist; Mandy-Lyn Crispim, Customer Solutions Manager at the Norwich Branch; and Maria Grenier, Deposit Operations Manager, graduated from CSFM. The primary purpose of CSFM is to provide an opportunity for key employees of Connecticut’s banking industry to obtain a broader knowledge and awareness of banking theory, practices and procedures, capital markets and management functions which will be of substantial value in their preparation for new and greater responsibilities at or within the management level. The two-year program is designed to increase the knowledge of students in their own specialties and at the same time introduce them to a wide range of banking topics. The program helps students develop a broader perspective of the industry, a more enlightened view of their own bank and most importantly, a better awareness of their individual capacities.

“Even through the challenges presented by the current pandemic, our team members remained committed to these programs, in an effort to further develop professionally,” said Kristin Zummo, VP, Learning & Development Manager at Chelsea Groton Bank. “At Chelsea Groton, we encourage employees to continually learn and develop themselves. In addition to the Grow, Launch, and Lead leadership programs offered internally at the Bank, many team members pursue additional opportunities offered through area chambers of commerce, local or online universities, various banking schools, and in their specific field to further their learning. We are proud of their accomplishments.”

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.4 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education classes. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Media Contact: Barb Curto, VP, Marketing Manager

Phone: (860) 448-4118

Email: bcurto@chelseagroton.com

Holmgren Subaru chooses Sails Up 4 Cancer for Share the Love Partner

Sails Up 4 Cancer is proud to announce that it has been selected by Subaru America as part of this year’s Share the Love campaign in conjunction with Holmgren Subaru in Franklin, CT.

Over the last twelve years, Subaru has donated over $170 million toward charities across the country. From November 16, 2020 until January 2, 2021 Subaru will donate $250 to Sails Up 4 Cancer for each car sold or leased.

Sails Up 4 Cancer is proud to announce that it has been selected by Subaru America as part of this year’s Share the Love campaign in conjunction with Holmgren Subaru in Franklin, CT. Over the last twelve years, Subaru has donated over $170 million toward charities across the country. From November 16, 2020 until January 2, 2021 Subaru will donate $250 to Sails Up 4 Cancer for each car sold or leased.

Sails Up 4 Cancer, founded in 2011 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Mystic. Over the past nine years Sails Up has donated over $250,000 to a variety of research centers, hospitals, hospice care, & cancer patients. Sails Up 4 Cancer is especially proud of its Spinnaker Fund which provides direct financial relief to individuals battling cancer.

Subaru of America, Inc. donated over $30 million to charitable partners during the twelfth annual “Share the Love” event in 2019. Since the inception of the program, Subaru has donated over $170 million. Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is incredibly proud to have been chosen as one of this year’s charities for their campaign. Thanks to Holmgren Subaru, in Franklin, CT, Subaru was able to donate $250 for every new vehicle sold or leased earlier this year, resulting in an incredibly generous gift to SU4C.

“Don’t lose sight of the fact that the Holmgren team has educated their customers about Sails Up. Customers have a variety of options as far as where the donations go but has chosen Sails Up 4 Cancer to keep their gift local within the community and supports the Sails Up mission,” explained Ken Scanzio, Subaru District Sales Manager.

Bob Davis, CEO of SU4C has partnered with the Holmgren team for numerous years on a variety of projects. “Bob has been a personal friend and he is passionate about Sails Up, it is impossible not to get involved and be supportive when the leader is someone who has not only survived two cancers but works incredibly hard to raise funds for future research and individual cancer care. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization,” said Eric Holmgren.

“No one plans to get cancer; and everyone is affected by it,” said Scanzio. “Subaru is proud to give to an organization helping people suffering from cancer.”

SU4C is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing.

Save the date for the Sails Up Regatta & Wellness Expo on the weekend of June 18-19, 2021 at Mystic Shipyard. For more information, please visit. www.SU4C.org

Westerly Community Credit Union extends Teacher Grant deadline to January 31st, 2021

Westerly Community Credit Union has extended their WCCU Teacher Grant application deadline to January 31, 2021. The extension is intended to provide eligible applicants with additional time to settle into the school year and assess their teaching needs, whether it be for in-person or remote learning. The Westerly Community Credit Union will be awarding $8,500 in grants, in values up to $500, for the upcoming 2020/21 school year. WCCU Teacher Grants are available to local Teachers, Administrators, or Staff from the following public-school districts: Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, North Stonington, South Kingstown, Stonington, and Westerly.

The Credit Union awards their grants annually to support creative and experiential educational projects or programs in the area’s school districts. Special consideration will be given to innovative projects that strengthen the relationship between our schools and the community at large, as well as to projects that support student excellence. All applications will be judged on the following criteria: Educational Focus, Promotion of Skills/Excellence, Creativity/Innovation, Community Connection, and Goal Clarity/Attainability.

‘We understand the monumental task at hand for our local Teachers, Administration, and Staff in meeting learning objectives and keeping everyone safe during this school year. We are pleased to offer teacher grants that enhance the overall educational experience especially during this very challenging time’, stated Steve White, WCCU President and CEO. ‘We feel this is a way to show our support and appreciation for their creativity and ongoing determination to help children succeed.’

Grant applications are available online at www.westerlyccu.com and must be submitted no later than January 31, 2021. Grants will be awarded by February 28, 2021. For more information regarding the WCCU Teacher Grant Program, please contact Kim Gates, WCCU’s Financial Education Officer, at 401-596-7000 x2124 or kgates@westerlyccu.com.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

The WCCU mantra, #WCCUCares, emphasizes their focus on caring about their members, their members’ financial success, and their community. Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution that currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Bank Award (2017-18-19 and top 3 in 2020); Southern RI Chamber Choice- Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019 & 2020) community service awards; as well as PBN Best Places to Work (2018-19).

Mystic Seaport Museum Awarded Grant for Digital Programming

Mystic, Conn. (September 29, 2020) — A $1,572 grant to Mystic Seaport Museum awarded by Connecticut Humanities will enable the Museum to hold a free online lecture series related to its new exhibition, Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea, which brings rarely-seen hand-crafted artifacts from the Museum’s collection to light. Three different speakers – Dr. Hester Blum, Nicolas Fox, and Dr. Nicole Williams – will explore Sailor Made from different perspectives, and encourage participants to dig deeper into the stories of the objects and their creators.

With content geared to adult learners, the lectures will appeal to college students, maritime enthusiasts, and craftspeople.

Dr. Blum’s lecture, “The Inner Lives of Sailors” on October 7, will explore what happens when a place of manual labor becomes a location of creative and intellectual work as well. Dr. Blum is a professor at Penn State University.

In his October 14 talk, “Wish You Were Here,” maritime artist Nicolas Fox will discuss the drawings and illustrations in the exhibition from the creator’s perspective: from their drive to create and share what they saw, to the multitude of materials they used.

Dr. Williams, a recent postdoctoral fellow at Washington University, will discuss how artists, writers, and museum designers of the early twentieth century shaped a lasting image of the American whaling industry as a preindustrial craft practice. Her lecture, “’With loving care he wrought’: Maritime America, Nostalgia, and the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1900-1940,” takes place October 21.

All of the lectures will take place at 1:00 p.m. ET, via Zoom. Registration is required.

“We are thrilled to offer digital programming for adults who wish to continue engaging with humanities content, but who may not be able to travel to the Museum in person right now. The high capacity of Zoom allows us to accommodate more participants from a more diverse geography than we could in person,” said Arlene Marcionette, public programs project manager at Mystic Seaport Museum. “We are grateful for this grant from Connecticut Humanities, which allows us to bring these stories to the public.”

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

For more information, or to register for the lecture series, please visit the calendar at www.mysticseaport.org.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Contact:
Dan McFadden
Director of Communications

Mystic Seaport Museum
860.572.5317 |
dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Photo credit: Jon Caspar

Kalmar Nyckel, The Tall Ship of Delaware Voyages to Mystic Seaport Museum

Arriving Saturday, August 28 for Haul Out Sunday, August 31; Dry Dock Hull Maintenance through September 18

Wilmington, DE How do you plan for an ocean voyage on the Tall Ship of Delaware during a pandemic? This week Kalmar Nyckel is voyaging from Wilmington for the first ocean voyage of 2020, with a small but mighty crew of 16 officers and volunteers who just completed a 2-week quarantine to safely voyage to Mystic Seaport Museum. The ship is going to “dry dock” which means it will be hauled out of the water for routine hull maintenance and required U.S. Coast Guard inspections, which must be completed by the end of September. No time to waste!

The ship is scheduled to arrive at the Mystic Seaport Museum shipyard on the high tide at 5:40pm Friday, August 28 with haul out on Monday, August 31. Based on their work schedule, the ship will depart for Wilmington on or about Monday, September 21.

Months in the planning, the Captains and Mates have worked with maritime medical experts and their crew on every detail of how to sail, eat, sleep, work, and live safely in close quarters. A total of 28 sailors signed up with overlapping shifts to not only voyage to and from Connecticut, but also to provide manual labor in the shipyard, scraping, caulking, and painting the ship’s hull.

Beyond the four professional officers and a chef, the crew are all volunteers, joining the ship from eight states and even Sweden. To qualify, each crew member agreed to a strict quarantine that began on August 9, with regular health checks and minimal human contact. They committed to these steps because of their loyalty to the Kalmar Nyckel’s mission and to each other. Many of the crew are retirees with an elevated risk for COVID-19, and they are not taking this challenge lightly.

This will be an unusual adventure in the “pandemic era” – with many high and low points – separated from friends and family, with long workdays, following rigid hygiene protocols, and keeping an eye on the tropical storm season. Stay tuned to follow this adventure of a lifetime!

Background: Kalmar Nyckel is a full-scale replica of the Swedish merchant ship that established the colony of New Sweden in 1638, the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware valley. Launched in 1997, today’s Kalmar Nyckel serves an ambassador for the State and offers people of all ages a variety of sea- and land-based recreational and educational experiences.

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-based educational organization, that built, owns, and operates Kalmar Nyckel. The ship has a crew of 200 trained volunteers who help maintain, sail, and teach its programs. No experience is required, and volunteers bring a wide range of skills and experiences on board. Kalmar Nyckel serves as a catalyst for social and economic development and outreach and, in a typical season, the ship sails more than 2,400 nautical miles from Norfolk, VA to Provincetown, MA.

For more information on Kalmar Nyckel sails, tours, charters, educational programs, volunteer opportunities and its home berth at the Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Maritime Center visit www.kalmarnyckel.org, call (302) 429-7447 and follow us on Facebook. Due to COVID-19, visitors cannot tour or sail on the ship this summer. Watch for Kalmar Nyckel sails in the fall in Wilmington, DE. Online tickets for sails can be purchased at www.kalmarnyckel.org/BookASail.asp.

Photo Credit: Jon Caspar, 2019 Chesapeake Bay

  • Horizontal and vertical shots. Hi res available

CONTACT:

Jan Ross

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

M 443.480.7486

jan.ross@kalmarnyckel.org

Westerly Community Credit Union donates $5,000 to the Jonnycake Center for Hope

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $5,000 to the Jonnycake Center for Hope. This donation will help them assist people experiencing financial hardship within Washington County. This donation is a continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that directly help those in the community struggling with the effects of COVID-19.

“The credit union philosophy is People Helping People. We take pride in making that a cornerstone in our #WCCUCares initiative to help our members and our communities,” stated Stephen White, President/CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. “Working with the Jonnycake Center for Hope will help many in the community, who are struggling with the financial effects of COVID-19.”

“We could not have responded to the public health crisis without the support of local businesses like Westerly Community Credit Union, who care about their neighbors who are struggling. With our thrift store closed and special events canceled, generous financial donations like this are allowing us to meet the need,” said Kate Brewster, executive director of the Jonnycake Center for Hope.

If you would like to support the Jonnycake Center for Hope through a personal or corporate donation, call (401) 789-1559 x15. You can also donate directly online at www.jonnycakecenter.org

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

The WCCU mantra, #WCCUCares, emphasizes their focus on caring about their members, their members’ financial success, and their community. Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution that currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Bank Award (2017-18-19 and top 3 in 2020); Southern RI Chamber Choice- Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019 & 2020) community service awards; as well as PBN Best Places to Work (2018-19).

About Jonnycake Center for Hope:

The Jonnycake Center is a nonprofit organization which offers a variety of programs: Food pantry, Fresh Start Coaching, Financial Assistance, Community Health Outreach, Hygiene assistance for toddlers to teens, Cooking classes, Clothing, Income Tax Assistance, and more, to those living in Washington County RI. The mission of the Jonnycake Center is to provide basic needs, resources, and hope to their community members. Their vision is a community without hunger and poverty, where everyone can reach their full potential and improve their quality of life.

Chelsea Groton Bank Recognized as Top Workplace for 5th Straight Year

GROTON, Conn. – Throughout its 166-year history, Chelsea Groton Bank has won countless awards for helping their customers and communities achieve their goals. Now for the fifth year in a row, employees have bestowed the Bank with the 2020 Top Workplaces honor based on a survey of Connecticut employers, sponsored by the Hartford Courant.

“We are truly grateful to accept this honor from the Hartford Courant for another consecutive year. Knowing it was earned in response to our team’s feedback about Chelsea Groton’s work culture, is especially gratifying this year,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “Fostering a positive workplace culture has always been a top priority. This obviously became more challenging in the spring, when staffing was limited in branches and many team members were working remotely. It’s challenging to ‘check in’ like you can in person, but we recognized the need to figure out a way and to be understanding now more than ever, of the many challenges our team could be going through in their personal lives.”

The annual Top Workplaces accolades are based on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Fifteen aspects of workplace culture were measured, covering four main areas, including how well employees work together toward a common cause. Employees were asked about company values, whether new ideas are encouraged or if managers help employees learn and grow. Pay, benefits and training also are key questions.

Chelsea Bank employees noted that their contributions both in and out of the office are highly valued and that they are members of a close-knit work family. Many feel proud to perform meaningful work that improves the lives of their neighbors, and to be a part of an organization that helped so many facing difficult times this year.

“At Chelsea Groton, we take great care in selecting benefits and initiatives that contribute to our employees’ health and wellbeing, and we celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments and efforts of our team,” said Anne Wilkinson, SVP, Director of Human Resources at Chelsea Groton Bank. “This spring, we also focused on remote employee engagement, which included everything from virtual get-togethers, to fitness classes on Zoom, to team pride days. It was very important to us to continue to have touchpoints and stay connected, and we’re thrilled our team felt that appreciation and effort.”

While Chelsea Groton offers traditional benefits for employees, the Bank also provides employees the opportunity to partake in a variety of continual education programs, and offers the Grow, Launch, and Lead leadership programs for team members at every level within the organization. Team members are invited to participate in a wellness program designed with incentives to track and challenge participants in physical, mental, and financial well-being. Community volunteerism, donations and supply drives have also always been a driving factor in bringing the team together.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.4 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education programs. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Media Contact: Barb Curto, VP, Marketing Manager

Phone: (860) 448-4118

Email: bcurto@chelseagroton.com

Woodstock Emporium Scheduled to Reopen October 5

The Emporium, an upscale thrift store on 22 RT 171 in Woodstock, will be reopening for shopping on October 5th. One of The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s micro-enterprises, The Emporium provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the skills they can use to secure competitive employment with area businesses. “We’re so happy to be able to finally re-open again,” said Jennifer Ricci, Director of Community Enterprise at The Arc.

“Our employees are eager to get back to work, and while we were closed due to the pandemic, we were able to still accept some really great donated items, which we’ll have ready for sale, along with hundreds of other beautiful things.” The Emporium sells high-end gently used clothing, household and vintage items, jewelry, and furniture. Store hours are Monday-Friday 10am-2pm. Please note: The Emporium will currently be allowing 5 people in the store at a time, and only one member of a family at a time. Temperatures will be taken and face masks must be worn while in the store to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut and its programs throughout the region, and for weekly agency updates and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.
The Arc Eastern Connecticut 125 Sachem Street Norwich, CT 06360 T: 860.889.4435
TheArcECT.org

Contact: Andrea Kaiser
The Arc Eastern Connecticut
akaiser@thearcect.org 860.889.4435 x118 | TheArcECT.org

Westerly Community Credit Union donates $5,000 to the Jonnycake Center of Westerly

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $5,000 to the Jonnycake Center in Westerly. This donation will help support programs designed to help those neighbors struggling in the communities of Westerly and Chariho. This donation is continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that directly help those in the community struggling by the effects of COVID-19.

“During these unprecedented times, helping those who need it the most has never been more important,” stated Stephen White, President/CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. “We know that the Jonnycake Center of Westerly will use this donation to help many in the community, struggling to make ends meet.”

“The Jonnycake Center of Westerly is incredibly grateful to Westerly Community Credit Union for their wonderful donation of $5,000 to help families who are struggling during this pandemic.” said Lee Eastbourne, Jonnycake Center of Westerly Executive Director. “Many in the community continue to suffer from the economic and financial fallout of COVID-19, and thanks to the generous, ongoing support of WCCU, we can continue to serve the most vulnerable in our local area during this time of extraordinary need.”

If you would like to support the Jonnycake Center of Westerly through a personal or corporate donation, call (401) 377-8069. You can also donate directly online at www.jonnycake.org

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

The WCCU mantra, #WCCUCares, emphasizes their focus on caring about their members, their members’ financial success, and their community. Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution that currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, and online at www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Bank Award (2017-18-19 and top 3 in 2020); Southern RI Chamber Choice- Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019-20) community service awards; as well as PBN Best Places to Work (2018-19).

About Jonnycake Center of Westerly:

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly’s mission is to provide a continuum of services in cooperation with other agencies in their service area to assist people through crisis situations and work with each individual to find a path out of dependency toward self-sufficiency. Jonnycake Center of Westerly has many programs to assist the community: Food Assistance programs, Social Services, Education, Scholarships, and Heating Assistance. For more information, visit jonnycake.org, become a fan on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, or call (401) 377-8069.

Destroy Documents and Declutter at Chelsea Groton Shred Days

Bank to host three free, secure, and safe shred and recycling events

GROTON, Conn. – Many have spent a lot of time at home over the last six months, and likely had an opportunity to go through old bank statements, bills, tax documents and other sensitive records. If you haven’t yet been able to securely shred this paperwork, Chelsea Groton Bank is providing FREE secure document shredding services this fall, to protect confidential information and avoid identity theft.

“The number of people who are victimized because sensitive data is stolen continues to rise,” said Lori Dufficy, EVP, Director of Sales & Service at Chelsea Groton Bank. “Although criminals are increasingly using cyber-attacks to gain access to personal information online, we encourage everyone to properly dispose of hard copy documents that can literally put their financial future in the wrong hands.”

To make the process quick, convenient and safe, three separate Shred Days will be available at Chelsea Groton Bank branches:

  • Saturday, October 3 from 9am – 12pm at the Center Groton Branch, 1319 Gold Star Highway

  • Saturday, October 24 from 9am – 12pm at the North Stonington Branch, 391 Norwich Westerly Road

  • Saturday, November 14 from 9am – 12pm at the Norwich-Westside Branch, 444 West Main Street

These complimentary services are available to members and non-members of the Bank. Simply bring up to three file-sized boxes of documents to any of the events and bank representatives will ensure everything is destroyed. Once shredded, the paper will be recycled.

In order to protect the health and safety of all present, please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and refrain from participating if you recently traveled to a state on the CT Travel Advisory. The staff assisting with shredding will be wearing masks and gloves.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.4 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education programs. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Media Contact: Barb Curto, VP, Marketing Manager

Phone: (860) 448-4118

Email: bcurto@chelseagroton.com

Best of Bauer Chelsea Groton Bank

Thriving in the Face of Adversity

GROTON, Conn. – BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, proudly announced that Chelsea Groton Bank, New London County, Connecticut has once again been awarded its highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability. That means that, even in the current climate, Chelsea Groton Bank is able to excel in such areas as capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality. Earning and maintaining this top rating for 106 consecutive quarters, especially now, makes this accomplishment even more significant. A “Best of Bauer Bank” designation is bestowed upon those banks, like Chelsea Groton Bank, that have earned and maintained Bauer’s highest 5-Star rating for at least 25 consecutive years.

“Chelsea Groton Bank is proof that some banks are able to thrive even in the face of substantial adversity. And we know the secret. As your local, community bank, Chelsea Groton Bank has a deep understanding of the needs and conditions of this area, perhaps better than anyone,” reflects Karen Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “In times of need, community banks coalesce with the community itself and work toward one common goal, making it to the other side. Chelsea Groton Bank has been committed to the people and businesses in this community since 1854 and its dedication is stronger than ever.”

Chelsea Groton Bank was established in 1854 and has been working side by side with neighbors and friends for 166 years. Today, its guiding principles and can-do attitude are more important than ever as Chelsea Groton continues to be there for the people and businesses in the community. Currently, Chelsea Groton Bank operates through 14 retail bank branches in Southeastern Connecticut, a lending office in Hartford County, and online at chelseagroton.com.

About BauerFinancial, Inc.

BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Star-ratings are all available for free at bauerfinancial.com.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.4 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education programming. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Westerly Community Credit Union is the sole sponsor of the Ocean Community YMCA School's Out program

Westerly, RI – September 11, 2020: The Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce that they will be the sole sponsor of the Ocean Community YMCA’s School’s Out program. The sponsorship of $10,000 will help the Ocean Community YMCA continue to offer before and after school enrichment and childcare for families of elementary school children in the Chariho District: Charlestown, Hope Valley, Richmond schools. It will also now allow them to add the Westerly District: Dunn's Corners, Springbrook, and State Street schools.

These funds will help offset the initial start-up costs that the Y will incur to be able to bring the program to Westerly Public Schools sites. These expenses include staff training, file cabinets, cell phones for all three sites, materials for the program, and supplies related to COVID-19 such as PPE, thermometers, and sneeze guards for certain areas.

“Having before and after school enrichment will help many families during COVID-19,” stated Stephen White, President & CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. “Childcare for working families is crucial and we are happy to help an organization that shares our goal to strengthen and support our local community.”

“The Ocean Community YMCA is grateful for the generous support the Westerly Community Credit Union is providing for our School’s Out Program,” said Maureen Fitzgerald, President & CEO of Ocean Community YMCA. “This support will enhance our School’s Out program, the children involved will benefit from this wonderful support. The Westerly Community Credit Union continues to support local non-profits, and strengthen our community.”

If you would like to support the Ocean Community YMCA through a personal or corporate donation, call (401) 596.2894 or donate online at http://oceancommunityymca.org/support-the-y/

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

The WCCU mantra, #WCCUCares, emphasizes their focus on caring about their members, their members’ financial success, and their community. Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution that currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, and online at www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Bank Award (2017-18-19 and top 3 in 2020); Southern RI Chamber Choice- Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019-20) community service awards; as well as PBN Best Places to Work (2018-19).

About Ocean Community YMCA:

At the Y, strengthening community is their cause. The Y believes that social change happens when people come together and invest in our children, health and neighbors. To achieve this vision, the Y has three areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Ocean Community YMCA is recognized as one of the leading community organizations in our area by directly engaging children, adults and families from all segments of our communities in achieving healthier lifestyles. As a result, they inspire philanthropic support, engage more volunteers, develop staff and strengthen collaborations within the community.

The Arc ECT’s Annual 43rd Strides Road Race Continues the Tradition!

Consider involving family and friends from across the country and around the world

Waterford, CT- The 43rd annual Jack O’Keefe Memorial Strides Road Race, sponsored by The Arc Eastern Connecticut, will kick off in modern style going virtual this year. “Virtual road races are nothing new amid the pandemic, which has forced many agencies to think outside the box,” said Kathleen Stauffer, CEO of The Arc ECT. “So many people look forward to this event, and we knew we had to find a way to keep it going.”

This year’s race allows participants to enjoy the traditional Camp Harkness 5k, 10, or 1-mile fun/run/walk/roll on their own, or whenever the park is open from October 4-11th. Participants can also use their own measured course. Document and submit your winning time to be eligible for great prizes. All proceeds benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout Eastern Connecticut.

“Our community partners have been wonderful,” Stauffer said. “Sponsors signed on early, trusting that the race was going to be something special.” Platinum Race sponsors are Berkshire Bank, Gerardi Insurance Services, Inc., and the Robert F. & Maureen T. O’Keefe Family Foundation. The 21st Century Tolland Fund continues as the race’s official T-Shirt sponsor.

Gold Sponsors include Wireless Zone, Hilltop Contractors, LLC, The Schuster Group and Linemaster Switch Corporation LLC. Brunet & Company Real Estate, CorePlus Federal Credit Union, Spirol International, bankHometown, Willimantic Waste Paper Co. Inc., Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Putnam Rotary Club, and Putnam Bank a division of Centreville Bank are Silver sponsors.

Last year more than 275 runners participated in Strides. Because of the flexibility of a virtual race, even more people are expected this year. Runners and walkers can join in with their families and friends from all across the country or around the world.”

First hosted in the late 1970s, the race honors the late Jack O’Keefe, a great advocate for athleticism and inclusion for people with IDD. For more information, and to sponsor or register online, visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435 x116.

HIGHER EDGE SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS

NEW LONDON, CT – Higher Edge, Inc. is looking for those who might be interested in serving on its Board of Directors. “We are looking for community-minded, energetic, resourceful, forward-thinking people interested in ensuring college access and success services to limited-income students in Eastern Connecticut,” says Kristi D. Kelly, Board President.

Higher Edge guides limited-income and first-generation students through enrollment, retention, and graduation from college by providing the support and resources needed for success. With locations in New London and Willimantic, Higher Edge will serve up to 70 high school seniors and 200 college students during the 2020-2021 academic year.

If interested in serving as a board member, email a letter of interest and bio and/or resume to go@higheredge.org. To learn more, visit HigherEdge.org or @HigherEdgeCT on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Higher Edge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the IRS code.

C: Theresa Armendarez

T: 860.439.0034

Olde Mistick Village Celebrates 47th Anniversary

Members of the community will gather for a dedication ceremony of the refurbished waterwheel, a symbol of Olde Mistick Village since it opened on September 11, 1973.

Who: Olde Mistick Village

What: To celebrate the 47th Anniversary of Olde Mistick Village, Joyce Resnikoff and family will proudly install a refurbished water wheel, a fixture and symbol of the shopping center from its opening in 1973. During a dedication of the refurbished waterwheel, Olde Mistick Village is pleased to dedicate this renovation project to first responders of 9/11 and to all front-line workers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Susette Tibus will serve as MC, and State Senator Heather Somers will be in attendance, along with other local business and community leaders, friends and family.

Where: Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT 06355

When: September 11th, 2020, 11:00 am

Why: Olde Mistick Village was established in 1972 and has been a fixture of our community since it officially opened on September 11, 1973. More than 400 people attended its opening ceremony in front of the Meeting House, which was dedicated to Martin and Julie Olson. Olde Mistick Village was originally inspired by Peddlars Village in Pennsylvania.

Facebook: @OldeMistickVillage | Instagram: @OldeMistickVillage

A (Virtual) 75th Anniversary Celebration for the COMO!

Stonington Community Center celebrates 75 years with No Go Gala online auction.

The COMO is celebrating 75 years of serving the greater Stonington community with a no go gala and online auction. The two-week auction begins Saturday, September 19. Proceeds from this fundraiser will support the many educational, social and recreational programs the COMO offers year-round for youth and adults. This year, funds raised from the virtual Fund-a-Need “paddle raise” will support upgrades to the COMO gymnasium.

The auction features items such as gently-used designer brand clothing, local experiences, vintage treasures and local restaurant packages! Running from September 19 to October 2, ticket holders can bid on exclusive experiences including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ocean House, a personalized platter made by local artist Susan Pfeifer Scala, a party for 40 guests courtesy of the Stone Acres Farm and the ultimate SIFT experience including an exclusive tour and Q&A session with Chef Adam plus gift cards to enjoy delicious Sift and Young Buns Doughnuts treats.

A $25 ticket includes access to the online auction and bidding capabilities, and a $100 VIP ticket includes 3-day early access to view and purchase items via “Buy It Now” prices and entry into a drawing with the winner receiving their pick of any auction item (experiences not included). All ticket holders will have the ability to preview the auction items in-person at the COMO annex prior to bidding.

Tickets are available for purchase at thecomo.org/no-go-gala or by texting “NoGoGalaAuction” to 76278. If you are interested in sponsorship or ad opportunities, email Development Director Lacey Arndt at l.arndt@thecomo.org or call 860-535-2476.

About The Stonington Community Center

The Stonington Community Center, fondly known as the COMO, was founded in 1945, as a nonprofit with the goals of strengthening families and community. Over the years, the COMO’s 16-acre campus has grown to include its own classrooms, Thrift Shop, four decoTurf tennis courts, art and pottery studio, paddle tennis facility, and soccer fields. The COMO provides a wide range of educational, enrichment, athletic, family, and community partnership programs throughout the year. Located at 28 Cutler Street, the COMO has become an irreplaceable part of the Stonington community, serving countless children and families of the surrounding areas, regardless of financial need. For more information, visit www.thecomo.org.

For more information, contact:

Katherine Adami, Stonington Community Center

k.adami@thecomo.org | 860.535.2476

Photo: Left to Right: Stephen J. White- Westerly Community Credit Union President & CEO; Pete Stefanski- WCCU Board Chair; William Quirk- WCCU Board Director & Donations Committee Chair; Russ Partridge- WARM Center Executive Director.

Westerly Community Credit Union donates $5,000 to the WARM Center in Westerly

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $5,000 to the WARM Center in Westerly to help people experiencing financial hardship in Southern RI and Southeastern CT communities. This donation is continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that directly help those in the community struggling by the effects of COVID-19.

“Part of our #WCCUCares initiative means caring about our communities,” stated Stephen White, President/CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. “We know that donating to the WARM Center is a good start in helping those who need it most during difficult times.”

“Once again the Westerly Community Credit Union steps up to the plate to help those in need. WARM is honored to receive this donation from WCCU. This donation will go to help many of our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this difficult time”, stated Russ Partridge, Executive Director of WARM Center.

If you would like to support the WARM Center and your community through a personal or corporate donation, call (401) 596-WARM (9276). You can also donate directly online at www.warmcenter.org.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

The WCCU mantra, #WCCUCares, emphasizes their focus on caring about their members, their members’ financial success, and their community. Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution that currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Bank Award (2017-18-19 and top 3 in 2020); Southern RI Chamber Choice- Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019 & 2020) community service awards; as well as PBN Best Places to Work (2018-19).

About Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM):

Established in 1987, the Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) Inc. is a comprehensive social services agency providing professional and compassionate wraparound programs for those in need in Southern RI and Southeastern CT. Those programs include: Emergency Shelter, Anita’s Kitchen, Harvest Home, Supportive Homes, Community Outreach, Attire for Hire, Summer Lunches, and Street Outreach. Eight local churches and over 300 volunteers support the WARM Center, along with local businesses, civic groups, Westerly Hospital, and Westerly Fire Department.

From:
Meg Sisco, Vice President of Marketing
Westerly Community Credit Union

401-596-7000 x2117 | msisco@westerlyccu.com

Westerly Community Credit Union Receives “Spreadin’ the Love” Award

The Westerly Community Credit Union (WCCU) recently received the “Spreadin’ the Love (Giving Back) Award” by the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 2020 Chamber Choice Awards. This award was given to WCCU because of their support for charities and causes in the community. WCCU was one of six businesses nominated by fellow Chamber of Commerce members for this award and was selected as the winner by the members of the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.

"We are very proud that we were chosen to receive the ‘Spreadin’ the Love Award,” stated Stephen White, President/CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. "Giving back to the communities we serve is such an important piece of who we are, and we look forward to continuing this support for years to come.”

Westerly Community Credit Union serves over 19,800 members with branch locations in Wakefield, Richmond and Westerly. Membership is open to all who reside or work in Rhode Island & New London County, CT and open a $5 deposit account.

To become a member, or to learn more about Westerly Community Credit Union, please visit their website at www.westerlyccu.com.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

The WCCU mantra, #WCCUCares, emphasizes their focus on caring about their members, their members’ financial success, and their community. Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution that currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, and online at www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Bank Award (2017-18-19); Southern RI Chamber Choice- Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards; as well as PBN Best Places to Work (2018-19).

Mystic Seaport Museum Exhibition to Focus on the Art of the Sailor

Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea Dives Deep into the Museum’s Collection to Explore the Rich and Surprising Creativity of the American Seafarer

Mystic, Conn. (August 28, 2020) — When sailors went to sea in the 19th century, they faced difficult working conditions, cramped personal space onboard ship, and voyages that at times could stretch for months or even years. Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea, a new exhibition opening September 18 in the Museum's C.D. Mallory Building, explores the art that emerged out of this working world, reflecting sailors' connections to shipboard life, their thoughts about culture on shore, and the souvenirs they created to remember and share the experiences of their travels.

The second of four new exhibitions funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, Sailor Made highlights more than 200 objects from the Museum's collection, many of which have long been hidden from public view. Each artifact has its own story, and through the work of exhibition curator Mirelle Luecke, Ph.D., much new information has been uncovered about the objects in the show.

“When stuck in the difficult, dangerous, and sometimes monotonous environment of the ship, sailors used art to express themselves. The designs they inscribed on scrimshaw, the types of household items they made, and the ways they used different materials were all intentions, and tell us something about the sailors themselves, their experiences, and the world they lived in,” said Luecke.

These stories show how creating art enabled sailors to differentiate their labor and leisure time in the otherwise all-consuming work environment of the ship.

To do this sailors turned to art, carving scrimshaw, drawing in journals, sewing intricate embroidery, and creating intricate knot-work, to name but a few of the media on display. Highlights include:

· Personal items that spoke to sailor-makers professional life and skills, such as knives, needle cases, clothing, and elaborate macramé bags

· Household items such as bowls and boxes fashioned out of exotic materials

· A child’s hammock decorated with scenes from the circumnavigation voyage of the USS Columbia, made by one shipmate for another

· Examples of tattoo flash (sample drawings from which sailors could choose their tattoo)

· Numerous pieces of scrimshaw, including engraved teeth, jagging wheels, bodkins, and a knitting swift

· A coatrack constructed of narwhal tusks

· A cribbage board in the shape of the nuclear submarine USS Hartford

As self-taught artists, sailors engaged with the working world of the ship, imagined their ideal lives on shore, and created objects to commemorate their experiences at sea. This exhibition is a view into the world of the 19th-century sailor, with a few modern examples to show how those impulses and activities continue today in some naval and merchant mariners.

The exhibition is made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the curation and development of four new collections installations and related programming at Mystic Seaport Museum. These projects will provide new perspectives on the art and ensure the continued preservation and refinement of the collections while also promoting public access.

Access to Sailor Made is included in the Museum’s general admission.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Westerly Community Credit Union Announces Credit Union College Scholarship Recipient

The Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce that Sommer Choiniere of Kenyon, Rhode Island, has been awarded a Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) of Rhode Island College Scholarship.

The Association designed the CCUA College Scholarship Program to support the efforts of Credit Unions in Rhode Island and recognize the outstanding talents of three (3) college-bound students with a $1,500 scholarship. These students, their parents or guardians are members of a sponsoring credit union. Each Credit Union submits three applications for consideration. Sommer’s application was submitted by the Westerly Community Credit Union.

Applicants were evaluated on a variety of criteria including the student’s academic performance, extracurricular activities, and the quality and content of an essay that addressed the applicant’s major field of study and career goals. Sommer is a recent graduate of the Chariho High School. She is attending the University of Tampa and pursuing her degree in Broadcast Journalism. The Westerly Community Credit Union Board of Directors and staff wish to congratulate Sommer!

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,800 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards; Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce; as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.

About the Cooperative Credit Union Association:

The Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) is a regional trade organization serving as the voice for credit unions located in the States of Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Along with its legislative and regulatory initiatives and vigilance, advocacy at the CCUA also extends to consumers. Through the Better Values-Better Banking initiative, CCUA educates and builds awareness about credit unions; what they are, the value they offer, and the contributions they make to the communities they serve.

In Rhode Island, there are 19 credit unions who hold combined assets of $7 billion and a collective membership base of more than 436,000 consumers. Annually credit unions in Rhode Island provide their members with $37 million in direct financial benefits and have raised more than $1.2 million for Special Olympics Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.ccua.org.