Greater Mystic Chamber Member News

Thames River Heritage Park Names Group Tour and Waterfront Coordinator

NEW LONDON, Ct. – The Thames River Heritage Park has named Shannon LaPoint as Group Tour and Waterfront Coordinator. Previously LaPoint had been a student at Central Connecticut State University where she received her Masters degree in Public History.

“Shannon will be responsible for overseeing our programming and events as they continue to grow, “ said Executive Director Amy Perry. The Park has created three themed group tours that have been promoted to organization such as senior centers and parks and recreation departments as well as a 90-minute historic boat tour which will be offered to the public. “Currently, we are expecting groups for a total of more than 200 people this summer who will visit many of our Park sites, enjoy lunch and a boat ride on our authentic navy utility boats. Shannon will coordinate all the activities and scheduling associated with theses tours and those we are offering to the public,” she added.

The public tour is a 90-minute military-themed boat tour “Submarines, Battlefields and Betrayers: Military Stories on the Thames.” The tours will begin in July 20th and run through August. From the vantage point of the river, riders will hear stories about the strategic value of this storied waterway and region and how they helped create our history.

These narrated tours will be offered Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. The tours will originate at City Pier. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

The Thames River Heritage Park is sponsored by Groton Utilities, Atlantic Broadband, Hall Communications, The Day, The Resident, Thames Valley Communications, Crockers Boatyard, Garde Arts Center, and Cross Sound Ferry with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

Contact: Amy Perry

Perryamy1@gmail.com

860-912-0950

Celtic Band to Debut Music Video at Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic, Conn. (June 21, 2019) — RUNA, a band that infuses Celtic music with Americana and roots music, will debut its newest music video at Mystic Seaport Museum in advance of its July 13 performance at the Museum’s Arts on the Quad.

RUNA shot the video for the song “The Banks of Newfoundland” on the Joseph Conrad, a full-rigged ship that is a floating exhibition at Mystic Seaport Museum. Visitors to the Museum can see the video on screens located at the North and South Museum entrances beginning Monday, July 8.

The song is about the trials and travails of young men from Ireland who were making their way to America via Greenland and Newfoundland at the turn of the 20th century. It was not an easy trip by any stretch of the imagination, lead vocalist Shannon Lambert-Ryan noted, and the song reflects the realities of the hardships they faced.

The group shot the video in April 2019 on the Conrad. The song is included on RUNA’s newest album, “Ten: The Errant Night,” which was released earlier this year.

RUNA opens the Arts on the Quad 2019 season at Mystic Seaport Museum with its July 13 concert on the McGraw Quadrangle, outside the Thompson Exhibition Building. In addition to the concert, there will be a lecture that evening about the Museum’s Benjamin F. Packard Ship’s Cabin exhibit, which will be open 5-8 p.m. that evening as part of the event. Suggested donation for admission is $10 per person. All Arts on the Quad programs run 5-8 p.m.

Arts on the Quad is a summertime series that hosts a variety of speakers and activities paired with live performances that celebrate the Museum’s diverse exhibitions. Guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs, picnic, and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar and concession snacks will be available. In the event of rain, performances will take place in a covered location on the Museum grounds. Rain location seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

Other performances scheduled for the summer are:

  • July 27, The New London Big Band and Streamlined: From Hull To Home
  • August 10, Figureheads and Flock Theatre’s performance of William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors”
  • August 24, Home Port children’s activity center and Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theatre

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. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that will feature J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, the most comprehensive exhibition of Turner watercolors ever displayed in the U.S. opening October 5, 2019. 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, 860.572.5317

dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Chelsea Groton Bank Celebrates 165 Years of Serving the Community

( GROTON, Conn.) – June 19, 2019 – On July 3, Chelsea Groton Bank will mark 165 years of serving the community. As has always been central to the Bank’s mission, all planned celebrations include opportunities for the Bank and its employees to connect with individuals and organizations in the community.

Planned celebrations

In the spring, the Bank participated in Pay It Forward Day. Giving teams made up of team members from all of our branches went to 13 local coffee shops, restaurants, and area businesses in our footprint to give out a total of 165 $10 gift cards to patrons of those establishments. The 165 recipients also received a card about Pay It Forward Day and how they could pass the kindness forward.

Five years ago, Chelsea Groton launched the Acts of Kindness initiative to commemorate the Bank's 160th anniversary. A $160 donation was made by the Bank on behalf of each employee to a cause or non-profit agency of each employee’s choice. Each year since, Chelsea Groton has given $100 on behalf of each employee, and this year, in honor of its 165th anniversary, $165 is being donated to the worthy cause of each employee’s choice.

On July 3, the Bank’s anniversary, which Chelsea Groton has dubbed “Feel Good About Your Bank Day”, each branch will hold a celebration including cake. And on July 4, dozens of Chelsea Groton team members, the CGB Beetle and Chelsea A. Corn mascot will participate in the Groton 4th of the July parade.

What we’re celebrating

When he became the first President of Groton Savings Bank in 1854, Nathan G. Fish, a sail maker, merchant, and ship builder, set a course for success by supporting fellow business owners. Now 165 years later, that same commitment to local economic development has helped make what is now Chelsea Groton Bank, the largest mutual bank in Eastern Connecticut. By providing creative customized solutions, the Bank has turned dreams into realities for countless individuals and families, as well as businesses of all types, from manufacturing facilities like New England Propeller, to eateries like Sift Bake Shop to multi-generational family businesses like Densmore Oil Company.

In addition to providing financial support, the Bank hosts informational programs for individuals, as well as for business owners and professionals to provide them with the tools required to succeed.

Besides sophisticated financial products and industry know-how, Chelsea Groton has spent the last 165 years focused on ensuring the decisions they make positively impact the local community. In 2018 alone, Bank employees volunteered a total of 9,223 hours of their time and gave $47,853 of their own earnings to various fundraisers for local organizations.

“Our employees often go above and beyond to enrich the lives of so many, both professionally and personally,” explained Chelsea Groton Bank President and CEO Michael Rauh. “We are very proud of the contributions that each of our employees makes toward forging deep and meaningful alliances with businesses and the community. This is what truly sets Chelsea Groton apart.”

Chelsea Groton’s dedication to cultivating meaningful connections with local residents and businesses extends to public partnerships that create a stronger, more vibrant community. The Bank sponsors hundreds of events and organizations each year, and the Chelsea Groton Foundation, Inc. has awarded over $3.4 million in grants to non-profit organizations in Connecticut and Rhode Island since it was established in 1998.

“None of this could have been achieved without the extraordinary men and women who are my teammates here at Chelsea Groton,” adds Rauh. “I am eternally grateful for their hard work and dedication to our mission as a community bank to serve the needs of local individuals, families and businesses. We look forward to showcasing our continued commitment to the communities we serve as we continue to celebrate our 165th anniversary this year.”

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 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, AVP, Marketing Manager; Phone: (860) 448-4118; Email: bcurto@chelseagroton.com

Publicity Contact: Alisa Picerno Phone;: (860) 217-0595; Email: Alisa@AlliancesByAlisa.com

Westerly Education Center & The University of Rhode Island

NEW DATE: GRANT WRITING II will be held on Monday, August 26.

Whether you sign up for one workshop or both, you'll learn the best methods to find available grants and write winning applications.

Blue Monday Concert Series – Starts July 1st in Mystic River Park

Blue Monday’s free concert series returns to Mystic River Park starting Monday July 1nd with renowned blues and soul musician Slam Allen. A horn section composed of Stonington Middle School Students will accompany Slam Allen during a portion of the concert.

Concerts run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (each Monday) ending on July 29. Blue Monday is a fundraiser benefiting local music education and food assistance for the neediest of our community. Last year’s fundraising totaled $16,600 and was split equally between the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and The Stonington Education Fund to support music programs in Stonington’s schools. This will be the 16th year, funds raised from previous concerts now exceed $140,000. Funding comes from sponsorships and donations. Bring a jar of peanut butter or other canned goods for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center’s food bank.

This season features some of this region’s best performers, July 1st Slam Allen, July 8th Ryan Hartt and the Blue Hearts featuring Paul Size, July 15th The Proven Ones with Kid Ramos, July 22nd Ward Hayden and the Outliers, special opening performance by Sondra Levine (start time 5:30pm), July 29th Sugar Ray and The Bluetones with special guest Duke Robillard.

Monday evenings in the Mystic River Park, the place to picnic and enjoy great live music (family friendly, no alcohol). Follow on Facebook at Blue Monday, rain location Mystic German Club.

For Additional Information please contact: The Stonington Education Fund, Inc. Blunt White 860 460-2881 bluntwhite@gmail.com

Performer Slam Allen opens the Blue Monday Concert Series on July 1, 6 – 8:00pm, Mystic River Park.

Stonington Education Fund, Inc.

Blue Monday Concerts

PO Box 1922

Pawcatuck, CT 06379 (860) 460-2881

bluntwhite@gmail.com

CT PTAC Wins Statewide Non-Profit Partnership Award

Last month, the CT Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) was awarded the Non-Profit Partnership Award at the Annual CT Minority Construction Council (MCC) Awards Dinner. The event hosted prime contractors, local and state politicians, as well as other CT state agencies.

The Non-Profit Partnership Award is awarded to a non-profit organization that has worked with the Minority Construction Council in the areas of development and

advocacy for minority contractors. CT PTAC, a statewide program located in Groton, provides procurement assistance to businesses that are interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments. Procurement Specialist, Frank Dixon, led workshops and trainings with the MCC and was honored to accept the award on behalf of the CT PTAC the evening of Wednesday,

May 15. “PTAC has and will continue to work with its strategic partners to ensure that small business in the state of Connecticut receive the best possible technical assistance to grow efficiently and effectively,” Dixon explains. Other nominees for the award included UCONN, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Department of Administrative Services (DAS), the Department of Economic Community Development (DECD), and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

ABOUT CT PTAC: The Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s (CT PTAC) mission is to provide marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments. CT PTAC is a statewide program serving all cities and towns in Connecticut. This CT PTAC is funded in part through a PTAP cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency ABOUT THE CT MINORITY CONSTRUCTION COUNCIL: The Minority Construction Council hosts a number of networking events for minority contractors including the Partnership Awards Dinner, Construction Expo & Transportation Matchmakers and the Holiday Business Card Exchange. These events attract thousands of attendees each year. Join industry experts and leaders by becoming a Sponsor.

CHARTER OAK AWARDS $90,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

45 Local Students Each Receive $2,000 College Scholarship

Waterford, CT – June 17, 2019 – Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer, and Joyce Gresh, Supervisory Committee Chairperson, presented 45 college scholarships totaling $90,000 during the credit union’s annual scholarship reception on May 29th.

For five consecutive years, the credit union has recognized the achievements of students throughout New London and Windham counties via its $90,000 scholarship giveaway, and has rewarded 221 students with scholarships totaling $442,000 during that time. Students vying for Charter Oak’s annual scholarships are required to submit a brief essay, in addition to highlighting their academic, athletic, and community accomplishments.

Charter Oak’s scholarship program is notable throughout the region for its guarantee to award one $2,000 college scholarship to one college-bound senior at each high school within New London and Windham counties with an attendance of at least 100 students. Additional scholarships are given to students already enrolled in college. Recipients of Charter Oak’s scholarships tend to excel academically and most importantly take an active role in supporting local community initiatives.

This year’s high school student award winners include (sorted by school): Ryan Konon, Bacon Academy; Zachary Aquino, East Lyme High School; Daven Roberts, East Lyme High School; Lucy Driscoll, Ella T. Grasso Technical High School; Caitlyn Shetland, Griswold High School; Allia Izzarelli, Griswold High School; Bryce DonFrancisco, H.H. Ellis Technical High School; Melanie Straub, Killingly High School; Emily Watling, Killingly High School; Marissa Archer, Ledyard High School; Mikayla Fors, Ledyard High School; Madison Murphy, Lyman Memorial High School; Noah Rumm, Lyme-Old Lyme High School; Hannah Casey, Marine Science Magnet High School; Emma Giurleo, Montville High School; Rachel Liang, Montville High School; Mackenzie Ullrich, Montville High School; Taylin Santiago, New London High School; Nathaniel Crary, Norwich Free Academy; Liliana Lorenzo Concepcion, Norwich Free Academy; Justin Relaz, Norwich Technical High School; Katelyn Benito, Parish Hill High School; Emily Moran, Plainfield High School; Brandon Griffin, Pomfret School; Kayla Anderson, Putnam High School; Megan Clabby, Robert E. Fitch High School; John Marcolina, Robert E. Fitch High School; Cole Potts, Saint Bernard High School; Connor Naslund, Stonington High School; Emma Sabbadini, Stonington High School; Lauren Semancik, The Woodstock Academy; Travis Gladstone, Waterford High School; Julia Karlberg, Waterford High School; Sophia Kasem-Beg, Waterford High School; and Valerie Knowles, Wheeler High School.

Applicants not attending a qualified high school but who are members of the credit union were also eligible to apply. Winners in this category include Makayla Arriaga, University of Connecticut; Nina Bentley, Siena College; Veronica Dinneen, University of Rhode Island; Autumn Gardner, Three Rivers Community College; Allynna Grills, Springfield College; Hannah Meyers, Quinnipiac Law School; Ryan Schantz, Home Schooled; Jaden Stefanski, Fairfield University; Kailey Sullivan, Bentley University; and Nick Tibbetts, Yale University.

In addition to Charter Oak’s $90,000 scholarship giveaway, its employees awarded two separate scholarships through the employee-funded Community Outreach Program. Julian Faulk, a student at the University of Vermont, was awarded the $2,000 Community Outreach Memorial Scholarship, and Julianna Gray of Waterford High School was awarded the $2,000 Louise Jackson Community Outreach Scholarship.

Charter Oak awards scholarships on an annual basis and will begin accepting applications again in January 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. Since the inception of Charter Oak’s Community Giving Program in 2009, the credit union has awarded more than $2.75 million in donations back to the community via its channels of giving which include scholarships, sponsorships, grants, and matching gifts. To learn more about the credit union’s philanthropic efforts, visit CharterOak.org.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.15 billion as of March 31, 2019. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient network of 16 branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any 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, or 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 Announces Projects to Complement Mission and Enhance Grounds

Plans Call for Underwater Research and Education Center, Expanded Exhibition Space, New Restaurant and Hotel

Mystic, Conn. (June 13, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum announced today proposed changes to its grounds that will advance the Museum’s role as a leader in the maritime heritage field.

The three projects include construction of an underwater research and education center in partnership with the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE), the expansion of public display of its watercraft collection, and construction of a restaurant and boutique hotel.

The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose headquarters is currently on the Mystic Seaport Museum campus. GFOE designs, builds, and operates some of the most advanced underwater technologies used for scientific exploration. GFOE proposes to create an Underwater Research and Education Center on land to be leased from the Museum next to the James T. Carlton Marine Science Center. Phase One of this facility will house a work area for the research and development of underwater technologies. In addition, GFOE will provide an interactive, hands-on displays in the Museum’s Clift Block building, which will demonstrate to Museum visitors and school groups some of the cutting-edge technologies that GFOE uses in ocean exploration. Phase Two will include a pool for testing underwater robots and other technologies, while providing a space for hands-on activities for students and the public.

The new watercraft exhibit space will be located in the Museum’s Collections Research Center. Presently 460 historic vessels are stored in the center. Due to its configuration, public access is limited to occasional public viewing events, scheduled tours, and research visits by appointment. The plan calls for the conversion of 38,000 square feet of warehouse storage to exhibit space suitable for the display of boats in the collection. This permanent exhibit will feature a rotating selection of watercraft and be open to Museum visitors on a daily basis.

The proposed restaurant and hotel is being developed in partnership with Greenwich Hospitality Group and would be built on the site of Latitude 41° Restaurant & Tavern. Plans call for the demolition of Latitude 41° and the construction of a 20-25 room hotel with a restaurant and event space. The new building will continue the Museum’s role as a superior venue for weddings, corporate meetings, and group events in the Mystic area and the restaurant will provide a fine-dining destination for Museum visitors and the public. The building will be set farther back on the property from Route 27.

“We are excited to announce these three strategic initiatives, which will add significantly to the visitor experience of the Museum, support and share the important work of the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, and provide new sources of revenue to help sustain Museum operations,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum.

Mystic Seaport Museum is located within a Maritime Heritage District in the Town of Stonington. The Museum submitted an amendment to its master plan to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission to address the proposed projects.

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. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that will feature J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, the most comprehensive exhibition of Turner watercolors ever displayed in the U.S. opening October 5, 2019. 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

860.572.5317

dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Chelsea Groton Bank Employees Honored by Center for Financial Training

GROTON, Conn. – The Center for Financial Training (CFT) recently honored 16 Chelsea Groton Bank employees – Stephanie Han of East Lyme, CT; Jessica Charette of Groton, CT; Maria Grenier of Scotland, CT; Dorothy Houde of New London, CT; Elizabeth Owen of Norwich, CT; Kimberly Sanders of Stonington, CT; Jennifer Seuferling of Groton, CT; Susan Bailey of Norwich, CT; Kristen Brunelle of Salem, CT; Jennifer Gage of Mystic, CT; Jean McGran of Norwich, CT; Amy Prince of Richmond, RI; Allison Silva of Richmond, RI; Madison Stepnoski of Pawcatuck, CT; Lize-Anne Stewart of Baltic, CT; and Lisa Lamphere of Quaker Hill, CT.

“The Center for Financial Training offers courses of study in a range of topics that suit the individual interests of each employee,” said Kristin Zummo, Assistant Vice President and Learning & Development Manager. “At Chelsea Groton, we encourage employees to continually learn and develop themselves, and the CFT program is one of many avenues employees can take to further their learning. Our employees dedicated many hours to their studies and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

Chelsea Groton team members were honored with the following awards and certificates:

Diploma:

    • Stephanie Han, Waterford Branch, Branch Operations Specialist- Financial Service Marketing

Certificates:

    • Jessica Charette, Pawcatuck Branch, Branch Operations Specialist- Intro to Financial Services Operations
    • Maria Grenier, Deposit Operations Manager- Introduction to Supervision
    • Stephanie Han, Waterford Branch, Branch Operations Specialist- Intro to Sales and Service & Universal Banker
    • Dorothy Houde, Customer Care Representative- Intro to Financial Service Operations
    • Elizabeth Owen, Credit Analyst - Intro to Accounting
    • Kimberly Sanders, Loan Servicing Representative- Intro to Human Resources
    • Jennifer Seuferling, North Stonington Branch, Customer Solutions Manager- Intro to Financial Services Marketing, Intro to Financial Services Operations, Intro to Sales and Services

Course Completion “First in Class”:

    • Susan Bailey, Retail Lending Underwriter- Marketing and Financial Accounting
    • Kristen Brunelle, Westside Branch, Branch Operations Associate- Human Relations
    • Jessica Charette, Pawcatuck Branch, Branch Operations Specialist- Consumer Lending
    • Jennifer Gage, Loan Servicing Set Up and Loan Sale Settlement Specialist- Analyzing Financial Statements
    • Jean McGran, Regional Sales and Service Manager- Principles of Banking
    • Elizabeth Owen, Credit Analyst -Statistics, Organizational Behavior
    • Amy Prince, Retail Lending Administrator- Customer Service Excellence
    • Allison Silva, Retail Lending Underwriter- Leading Your People to Success
    • Madison Stepnoski, Mystic Branch, Branch Operations Associate at Mystic Auto Branch- Marketing
    • Lize-Anne Stewart, Financial Analyst- Business Communication
    • Lisa Lamphere, Loan Servicing Team Lead-Business Math

About the Center for Financial Training

Since 1901, CFT has served the educational needs of the financial services industry and currently enrolls more than 10,000 financial institution employees in a variety of education and training programs each year. CFT is dedicated to providing professionally administered banker education and training that continually meets the educational needs of bank, credit union, and other employees in the financial services industry throughout our geographic market. To learn more, visit https://www.cftnow.org/.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 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.

CHARTER OAK RECEIVES TOP HONORS FROM UNITED WAY

Credit Union Awarded ‘Sponsor of the Year’ And ‘Benefactor’ Awards

Waterford, CT – June 12, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has received the Corporate Sponsor of the Year and Corporate Benefactor Awards from the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut for its extensive financial and employee support of the agency's successful 2018-2019 annual campaign.

“We’re honored to receive these awards and we’re proud to continue our longtime support for all that United Way does each day to help those in need across southeastern Connecticut,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have very caring employees at Charter Oak who regularly roll up their sleeves and help out, whether it’s through their countless hours of volunteering for United Way events or giving very generously to the annual campaign,” he said. “At Charter Oak, we really do believe in Living United.”

Charter Oak’s corporate support of the 2018-2019 campaign included grants to assist the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank, sponsorship of United Way’s campaign kickoff event, as well as an additional gift of $3,000 to the food center to help celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018.

During the 2018-2019 United Way campaign, Charter Oak had an impressive employee participation rate of 87 percent with employee donations exceeding $69,000. In addition, Charter Oak’s overall corporate support topped $20,000.

Charter Oak also was honored during United Way’s 2017-2018 campaign when it received the prestigious Chairman’s Award of Excellence for the credit union’s longtime partnership with the Gales Ferry-based United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.15 billion as of March 31, 2019. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient network of 16 branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any 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, or 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

ALWAYS HOME ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mystic, CT (June 10, 2019) — Always Home is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, Betty Smith. Smith is passionate about Always Home’s mission, Preventing Family Homelessness. She has been a member of Always Home’s Board of Directors and an active volunteer. Smith brings to the position a history of high-level, corporate experience and a commitment to volunteerism.

“Always Home is a non-profit that has had an out-sized positive impact in our community and is poised for tremendous future growth,” shares Smith. Of special interest to Smith are the children who, as a result of being homeless, experience detrimental physical and behavioral outcomes throughout their lifetime. “We help families stay together in safe, secure homes. We advise and guide parents in developing habits that help to ensure they don’t become homeless. We offer upstream solutions to many causes of homelessness, including the loss of an automobile, need for a security deposit, and lack of safe, affordable child care. We help families address these problems before they become toxic and homelessness becomes a threat to the development, and indeed, the future of their children,” said Smith. “I am honored and excited to lead Always Home at this time. The work that Always Home does matters greatly to Eastern Connecticut and, most importantly, to the over 200 families we help annually.”

Every day families in our communities struggle to remain housed. Many are living at or near the Federal Poverty Level, unable to afford the area’s high rents on their minimum wage jobs. For these low-income, working families a relatively minor financial crisis is enough to trigger an episode of homelessness. Helping families in housing crisis is of critical importance to the youngest members of our community as it spares them the negative and lasting impacts of homelessness. Last fiscal year, Always Home served 231 families seeking emergency housing assistance (729 family members including 435 children under the age of 18). By combining case management support, short-term financial assistance and creative homelessness prevention services, Always Home helped these families find immediate solutions to their housing crisis and create a viable path forward.

“Always Home is fortunate to have a leader like Betty who cares deeply about the organization and its mission,” states Always Home Board member and Senior Minister of Mystic’s Union Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Lonnie Brown. “She is willing to roll up her sleeves and get the work done.”

About Always Home

Always Home is a private 501(C)3) non-profit formed in 1998 to address the needs of Eastern Connecticut's homeless and imminently homeless families. Formerly known as Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality, Inc. (MASH), the agency continues to pursue its mission of Preventing Family Homelessness. As a key player in the Eastern Coordinated Access Network (ECAN), Always Home works closely with the other service providers in the Eastern Connecticut regional network to ensure that at-risk families receive the services they need to attain housing stability.

For more information about Always Home, visit www.alwayshome.org

America’s Cup Sailboats Come to Stonington

NESS Hosts American Eagle and Weatherly

STONINGTON, CT. Two 12 Meter racing yachts, American Eagle and Weatherly, will be sailing in Stonington Harbor on Monday, June 10 as part of a fundraiser for the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS). These two spectacular sailboats are pristine pieces of the living history of racing yacht design.

American Eagle and Weatherly are part of the 12 Meter Class of racing sailboats. This class of sailboats, which was at its pinnacle from 1907 to 1987, is renowned for its innovative designs by the world’s most distinguished naval architects. The boats vary in length from 60 to 70 feet and were sailed at the highest levels of international sailing competition – in the Olympic Games from 1908 to 1920 and the America’s Cup from 1958 to 1987.

Of the upcoming event, NESS’s President Spike Lobdell said: “NESS was founded on the spirit of inclusiveness and has the goal of getting everyone out on the water regardless of ability or financial need. To have these historically relevant boats come to Stonington Harbor for our fundraiser is incredibly exciting and a great educational opportunity."

NESS, a nationally-recognized and award-winning nonprofit ocean adventure education organization, provides students of all ages with year-round ocean adventure programming that includes marine science, sailing, and water sports. NESS scholastic programs support teachers’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula with a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. In 2018, NESS became the first school partner program to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In July, Newport is hosting the 12 Meter World Championships and the fleet will consist of boats built between 1928 and 1987 including both American Eagle and Weatherly.

About NESS: The New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, powerboating, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities. For more information, visit www.nessf.org.

Sails Up 4 Cancer & Holmgren Subaru Celebration Day

Please join Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) and Holmgren Subaru on June 11 at 1:30pm at the Holmgren Subaru Dealership, 3 New Park Avenue, North Franklin, CT 06254. Holmgren Subaru is proud to donate over $30,000 to Sails Up 4 Cancer through the Share The Love Campaign.

The money, raised by Holmgren, will go toward funding education, prevention, care and cure for all types of cancer. For ten years, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with more than 660 non-profits to show the company's commitment to helping local communities. By the end 2019, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $100 million donated since the creation of Share the Love. SU4C one of Southeastern Connecticut's leading providers of financial assistance to cancer patients, is ecstatic to be the recipient of $30,000 from The Subaru America Share the Love 2018 campaign via Holmgren Subaru of North Franklin, CT.

"The Holmgren team and family have long been supporters of Sails Up 4 Cancer. We appreciate the organization for its unique niche in bringing much needed financial support directly to cancer patients and not through a third party," said Eric Holmgren, president of Holmgren Subaru. Eric Holmgren is an avid boater and dear friend to Bob Davis, President and founder of SU4C. Davis is a two-time cancer survivor and has an intimate relationship with cancer and cancer patients. Eric, and his wife Dawn, along with the Holmgren Family and the staff at Holmgren Subaru, believes that because of Davis' experience with two cancers and his personal empathy with the agony that patients endure, he is the perfect person to address their needs. Having lived through the stress of cancer and loss of income, Davis is in a formidable position to support those suffering with the hidden effects and stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

The collaboration with Subaru of America and the annual Share the Love Campaign allows SU4C to provide funding for families and patients in New London county. Subaru of America - and more specifically Holmgren - have been integral in the success of the Spinnaker Fund which SU4C is extremely proud of. This Fund has been specifically tailored to individuals and families suffering financial hardship as a result of the loss of income due to their struggles with cancer. Sails Up realizes that the last thing a cancer patient needs is additional stress as a result of this predicament. There are not many places to turn for assistance and Sails Up, with assistance from the Share the Love revenue, is proud to help fill this void. Spinnaker Fund requests are from patients who have problems putting food on their table or in their pantry. In addition to the struggle of the cancer diagnosis, now patients are thrown into financial pain and in addition to their disease. In 2018, Sails Up was able to provide much-needed financial assistance to 48 families with grants ranging from $500 - $2000.

"We cannot just provide lip service to those in need of financial assistance. We must heed the call and respond effectively and efficiently in sending financial relief ," explained Davis, "Imagine receiving a check from Sails Up 4 Cancer. Not a check large enough to cure your cancer or pay off your mortgage or satisfy all your bills. But maybe just enough to alleviate some financial stress - maybe just enough to know there is an organization that identifies with your issues and is here to help. Some people feel forgotten, helpless and lose all hope. Sails Up 4 Cancer is here and cares deeply.

Join us and celebrate this incredible donation and learn more about SU4C on June 11 at 1:30pm at Holmgren Subaru.

John Banks Joins Chelsea Groton Bank As AVP, Retail Lending Operations Manager

GROTON, Conn. – John Banks recently joined Chelsea Groton Bank as AVP, Retail Lending Operations Manager. In this role, John is responsible for managing the retail loan product processing teams and for developing systems and processes to continue improving the client experience throughout the lending process.

Prior to joining Chelsea Groton, John spent 14 years with Bank of America, first as a Retail Branch Manager, then in Operations, and most recently, as a team manager with Bank of America Home Loans Operations.

“John has proven experience in working directly with customers, as well as with developing teams and efficiencies in the back office for an improved customer experience. As we continue to focus on ensuring our team is providing the highest level of service to every prospective customer, John’s background and knowledge of each step of the lending process will prove invaluable,” shared Mike Sheahan, EVP, Director of Retail Lending at Chelsea Groton Bank.

John holds his MBA from Albertus Magnus in New Haven, CT. He volunteers with the Take a Vet Fishing Organization on the CT Shoreline, and mentors youths through several aviation education programs. John, his wife and their two young children reside in Niantic, CT.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 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 chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Media Contact:

Barb Curto, AVP, Marketing Manager

Phone: (860) 448-4118

Email: bcurto@chelseagroton.com

Attention Stonington Residents

Income and Expense Statements for owners of certain rent-producing properties are due to the Town of Stonington, Department of Assessment by May 31, 2019 to avoid a 10% assessment penalty. Forms and information are on the Town’s website at www.stonington-ct.gov or call 860-535-5098.

ALWAYS HOME AWARDED MAJOR MULTI-YEAR GRANT

Mystic, CT (May 29, 2019) — Always Home announced the award of a multi-year grant by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. The $75,000 funding, to be allocated over a three-year period, will support Always Home’s work Preventing Family Homelessness. The non-profit agency works exclusively with homeless and at-risk families with minor children.

Always Home’s Interim Executive Director, Betty Smith, acknowledged the importance of securing this grant. “Always Home is committed to addressing the issue of family homelessness in Eastern Connecticut,” said Smith. “We seek to tailor our programs and outreach efforts to best meet the needs of our client families in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The Community Foundation’s support gives us the opportunity to thoughtfully grow our existing programs, to explore new and innovative ways to enhance our homelessness prevention capacity, and to plan ahead with certainty.”

Every day families in our communities struggle to remain housed. Many are living at or near the Federal Poverty Level, unable to afford the area’s high rents on their minimum wage jobs. For these low-income, working families a relatively minor financial crisis is enough to trigger an episode of homelessness. Helping families in housing crisis is of critical importance to the youngest members of our community as it spares them the negative and lasting impacts of homelessness. Last fiscal year, Always Home served 231 families seeking emergency housing assistance (729 family members including 435 children under the age of 18). By combining case management support, short-term financial assistance and creative homelessness prevention services, Always Home helped these families find immediate solutions to their housing crisis, avoid time spent in shelter and create a viable path forward.

“Preventing family homelessness takes the work of many,” added Smith. “We are grateful to the Community Foundation and its philanthropic donors who, through this grant, will make a positive and enduring impact on the lives of our region’s most vulnerable families.”

About Always Home

Always Home is a private 501(C)3) non-profit formed in 1998 to address the needs of Eastern Connecticut's homeless and imminently homeless families. Formerly known as Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality, Inc. (MASH), the agency continues to pursue its mission of Preventing Family Homelessness. As a key player in the Eastern Coordinated Access Network (ECAN), Always Home works closely with the other service providers in the Eastern Connecticut regional network to ensure that at-risk families receive the services they need to attain housing stability.

For more information about Always Home, visit www.alwayshome.org

FY20 FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

· Regional Initiative Grants encourage and support small community arts-based projects that are relevant to a community's current society, culture, and trends. Applicants may request $1,000 up to $4,000.

· Arts Project Grants encourage and support arts-based projects of artistic excellence. Applicants may request $5,000 up to $15,000.

· Supporting Arts Grants provide general operating support to help support Connecticut's arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their mission. Funding allocations are made according to organizational budget size starting at $1,000 up to $15,000.

· Arts Learning: Presentation Grants provide funding for exposure to the arts through field trips (within CT), school or classroom visits, performance(s), informance(s), and/or lecture demonstrations by artists, artist groups, or arts providers. Applicants may request $500 up to $1,000.

· ARTE-accesible Grants (Spanish, pronounced Ar Teh Ock Seh See Bleh) provide funding to support proposals that enhance program offerings and provide greater participation in and understanding of the arts by people of all abilities. Applicants may request $500 up to $3,000.

· Artist Fellowships are competitive grants to encourage the continuing development of Connecticut artists. These grants provide support for artists to pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals. Grant amounts are $1,000, $3,000, and $5,000.

See below for more information on each program!

REGIONAL INITIATIVE (REGI) GRANTS

The Regional Initiative (REGI) grant program encourages and supports small arts-based projects that are relevant to a community's current society, culture and trends. REGI is a good fit for applicants that have a small arts-based project that targets a specific community matter, reflects on personal experience(s), and/or projects that bring neighborhoods together. REGI grants must be aligned with COA's READI framework.

Grant requests must range between $1,000 - $4,000.

Eligible Applicants:

· Connecticut Artist - may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor

· Creative Entrepreneur - may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor

· Curator/Event Planner - may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor

· Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor

· 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of offering publicly accessible arts-based program(s) or project(s)projects

· School District or Individual PK-12 School

· Library

· College / University

Guidelines: PDF

Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Saturday, June 1, 2019

Funding Period: October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020

Applicants should visit REGI's webpage for additional information and how to apply.

ARTS PROJECT GRANTS

The Arts Project grant program encourages and supports arts-based projects of artistic excellence that are aligned with COA's READI framework.

Grant requests must range between $5,000 - $15,000.

Eligible Applicants:

· Connecticut Artist - must apply with a fiscal sponsor OR apply using their legal business entity

· Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor

· 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of offering publicly accessible arts-based program(s) or project(s)projects

· Municipal Department

· School District

· College / University

Guidelines: PDF

Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Funding Period: October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020

Applicants should visit Arts Project's webpage for additional information and how to apply.

SUPPORTING ARTS GRANTS

The Supporting Arts grant program provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut's arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursues their mission. This type of grant is flexible rather than for specific projects or programs and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed.

An applicant must be either an Arts Organization or a Municipal Arts Department. Please review the definition of and required criteria for an arts organization and an municipal arts department on the program's webpage.

* First-time applicants to the Supporting Arts program are required to confirm eligibility by contacting Rhonda Olisky.

Funding allocations are made according to organizational budget size:

$1,000 - Micro: Organizational budget of $1,000 and below $30,000

$3,000 - Small: Organizational budget of $30,000 and below $100,000

$7,000 - Mid-Size A: Organizational budget of $100,000 and below $500,000

$12,500 - Mid-Size B: Organizational budget over $500,000 and below $1.5 M

$15,000 - Large: Organizational budget over $1.5 million

Guidelines: PDF

Application deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Friday, June 28, 2019

Funding Period: October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020

Applicants should visit Supporting Arts webpage for additional information and how to apply.

ARTE-accesible GRANT PROGRAM

The ARTE-accesible grant program (Spanish, pronounced Ar Teh Ock Seh See Bleh) supports activities that enhance program offerings and provide greater participation and understanding in the arts by all persons with or without disabilities and to all individuals regardless of language.

Grant requests, which may range from $500 to $3,000, can be used to support:

· Program and service offerings to improve the experience for audiences of all abilities

· Staff training and internal resource support to carry out accessible programs and services

· Support employment of Connecticut artists who identify as an individual with a disability

Guidelines: PDF

Application deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Funding Period: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Applicants should visit ARTE-accesible webpage for additional information and how to apply.

ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Artist Fellowship Program provides competitive grants to encourage the continuing development of Connecticut artists. These grants provide support for artists to pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals.

There are three types of grant designations awarded under this program based on reviewer assessment:

· Artistic Excellence grants: $5,000

· Artist Fellowship grants: $3,000

· Emerging Recognition grants: $1,000

Guidelines: PDF

Application deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Funding Period: January 1, 2020 - December 30, 2020

Applicants should visit Artist Fellowship webpage for additional information and how to apply.

ARTS LEARNING: PRESENTATION GRANTS - Coming soon!

Arts Learning: Presentation Grants provide funding for exposure to the arts through field trips (within CT), school or classroom visits, performance(s), and/or lecture demonstrations by artists, artist groups or arts providers. Applicants may request $500 up to $1,000. Guidelines coming soon!

For additional information on Arts Learning: Presentation Grants or if you have questions, contact Bonnie Koba.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Applicants must choose between Supporting Arts, Arts Projects and Regional Initiative. An applicant must choose one of these programs and submit only one application.

Applicants may apply to the Artist Fellowship, ARTE-accesible and/or Arts Presentation programs in addition to Supporting Arts, Arts Project or Regional Initiative.

Examples:

Supporting Arts + Regional Initiative = NO

Arts Project + Regional Initiative = NO

Supporting Arts + ARTE-accesible = YES

Arts Project + Artist Fellowship = YES

Arts Presentation + ARTE-accesible = YES

Regional Initiative + Arts Presentation + ARTE-accesible = YES

*All grants funds are dependent on state and federal annual appropriations as allotted by the Governor, the Connecticut General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts, therefore, all grant monies are contingent on availability.

Mystified Escape Room Adventures opens new game

Mystified offers live action escape game adventures. As a player, you will work with a team in a themed room full of puzzles, clues, codes, locks and hidden objects. Players must solve the game play within 60 minutes to win the game and “escape”. Mystified’s newest game is “The Curtain Call”.

In “The Curtain Call”:

It's one hour to “places” at La Rouge Mystére. Belle, the cabaret’s leading lady, is no where to be found. Everyone is worried because strange things have been going on backstage and accidents have been frequent. Her disappearance may be the latest tragedy. It is up to you, her fellow cast members, to find poor Belle and help her take the stage before the curtain call! Unless, of course, one of you are responsible for her disappearance...

A moderately difficult game perfect for groups.

Mystified features two additional escape room games: “Keeper of the Light” and “The Paradox”. Mystified also offers corporate team building and private parties during the mid-day.

Co-owner Shelly Wilson says, “Our Escape Games are receiving 5 star ratings! We are hoping “The Curtain Call” will appeal to a wide audience. Even after you escape, you will find your mind replaying the game play for days to come!”

Mystified, LLC is locally owned and operated by Shelly Wilson of Waterford, CT. Mystified takes bookings online through their website www.mystifiedct.com and in person during store hours. Games are available Wednesday-Sunday. Corporate team building and private parties may be booked Wed- Sun in the early afternoons.

Mystified, LLC. 14b Clara Drive Mystic, Ct 06355

Storefront: 860-245-5136

Owner's Cell: 860-694-9070

Mystic Seaport Museum Celebrates 40 Years of Sea Music

Annual Sea Music Festival Gathers Performers Old and New for 4 Days of Concerts, Workshops, and Demonstrations June 6-9

Mystic, Conn. (May 24, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum will host its 40th annual Sea Music Festival June 6-9, featuring concerts, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and a scholarly symposium – all celebrating the music of the sea. From songs of the golden age of sail to contemporary compositions, the festival includes a wide variety of sea music both modern and traditional, a children’s stage with special performances for families, and demonstrations of maritime work songs – or chanteys – aboard the Museum’s historic vessels.

As a premier sea-music event, performers come from around the world and across the United States to perform at the festival. This year’s highlights include the music of Ron and Natalie Daise (the duo behind the music of theNickelodeon TV show “Gullah Gullah Island”), Cliff Haslam, The Johnson Girls, The Rum-Soaked Crooks, The Rix, Between Two Thorns, and 19 other individuals and groups. They will be joined by the Mystic Seaport Museum Chantey Staff, including Geoff Kaufman, Craig Edwards, Don Sineti, David Littlefield, Marc Bernier, Chris Koldeway, Denise Kegler, Barry Keenan, Jesse Edwards, Anayis Wright, Chris Maden, Johann Heupel, B.J. Whitehouse, and Genevieve Corbiere.

“As we celebrate the festival’s 40th year of existence, we are taking the opportunity to look back and look forward at the same time and our roster of performers features many who were with us from the start, as well as new artists who are carrying this tradition forward, “ said Erik Ingmundson, the director of Interpretation at Mystic Seaport Museum. “Forty years is a remarkable lifespan for any music event and the longevity of the Sea Music Festival is a testament to the power and richness of the musical tradition and our shared fascination with the sea.”

All workshops and daytime concerts at the festival are included in regular Museum admission. Special tickets are required for evening concerts and can be purchased online, in person at the Museum’s entrances, or by calling 860.572.0711. Weekend passes are also available. College students will be admitted into the festival for the youth rate upon presentation of a current student ID.

As part of the festival, the Museum will also host the annual Music of the Sea Symposium Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. The symposium, co-sponsored by Mystic Seaport Museum, Williams College, and the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program, features presentations of themed papers by some of the country’s leading maritime music scholars and explores subjects from history and folklore, to literature and ethnomusicology, along with many other related topics. Admission to the symposium is included with Museum admission and festival passes.

For more information, including ticket packages, musicians’ bios, and a schedule of performances, visit www.mysticseaport.org/seamusicfestival

The evening concerts will be streamed live by iCRV radio at www.icrvradio.com.

This event is made possible by the Friends of the Festival, who raise funds each year to generously support sea music at Mystic Seaport Museum.

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. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that will feature J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, the most comprehensive exhibition of Turner watercolors ever displayed in the U.S. opening October 5, 2019. 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.

Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation Announces 2019 Project Innovation Winners

NESS Awarded $75,000 in Support of its New London Initiative

STONINGTON, CT. NBC Connecticut/WVIT, Telemundo Connecticut/WRDM, and the NBCUniversal Foundation named the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) as one of the recipients of its 2019 Project Innovation grant. The stations selected NESS and six other nonprofits across Connecticut to receive a total of $225,000 in Project Innovation grants.

Project Innovation is a grant program created by the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. NBC and Telemundo owned stations located across the country selected local nonprofits that are using innovation to develop real-life solutions for their communities. Now in its second year, Project Innovation is presenting $2.5 million in grants to 68 nonprofits across the country.

As a 2019 Project Innovation recipient, NESS will receive $75,000 in support of its New London Initiative. In 2012, NESS started its New London Initiative which gives students opportunities to access to the water, thrive outside of the traditional classroom, gain skills necessary to be successful in education and careers, and become good stewards of their community and the environment. NESS, a nationally-recognized and award-winning nonprofit ocean adventure education organization, provides students of all ages with year-round ocean adventure programming that includes marine science, sailing, and water sports. NESS scholastic programs support teachers’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula with a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. In 2018, NESS became the first school partner program to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.

NESS President Spike Lobdell said, “We are so very proud to receive this grant. NESS’s education model uses experiential and inquiry-based learning coupled with the intentional teaching of non-cognitive skills such as teamwork, perseverance, confidence, self-control, and communication. With the support of this grant, we are excited to deliver an educational experience that will transform the lives of our students.”

Of the award recipients, NBCUniversal said: “This year’s grant winners comprise a variety of programs that are introducing children to STEM-related fields to help develop the next generation of STEM leaders, non-profits that are mobilizing underrepresented communities by empowering them to take an active role in political elections and the upcoming 2020 Census, and groups that provide adults with market-ready skills to obtain successful and high-paying jobs in technology fields to help them secure a brighter economic future for their families.”

About NESS: The New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, powerboating, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities. For more information, visit www.nessf.org.

Congressman Joe Courtney will join the mayors of New London and Groton City

Congressman Joe Courtney will join the mayors of New London and Groton City Friday to help the Thames River Heritage Park officially launch the summer season with the start of water taxi service on the Thames.

Who: Congressman Courtney, Mayor Michael Passero, Mayor Keith Hedrick and Marion Galbraith, Chair of the Thames River Heritage Park.

When: Noon, Friday, May 24 (at the start of Memorial Day Weekend).

Where: At the water taxi landing located behind Union Station at City Pier in New London.

More on the ribbon cutting event from the heritage park’s Executive Director, Amy Perry:

The Thames River Heritage Park’s water taxi service will get underway May 24th, the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend with a new operator, new programs and a renewed sense of purpose to promote history and heritage sites on the Thames.

Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer here at the shore, and we are offering residents and visitors alike a great opportunity to launch their own holiday weekend by getting out on the water with family and friends. We tell people the water taxi is more than a ride; it’s an experience. And, it’s fun.

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Supports Merger of The Arc New London County and The Arc Quinebaug Valley

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has awarded $10,000 to assist with the planned merger of The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc New London County, forming The Arc Eastern Connecticut as of July 1. Through the Millard R. York Fund, the grant will help offset the cost of conducting the necessary due diligence and consolidation of accounts, property, and vehicles in an agency that will now support over 800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout eastern Connecticut, as well as 450 staff members. The planned merger, announced in January, will allow the newly consolidated agency to provide increased employment, programmatic, housing and education opportunities for people with IDD even in the region’s most remote areas, while reducing costs and optimizing service effectiveness. The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s new Board of Directors will be introduced at its first joint Annual Meeting on June 25th at The Arc’s Cook Hill offices in Danielson. “We are so grateful to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the faith they have placed in us and our mission to augment and expand service to people with IDD,” said CEO Kathleen Stauffer. “The Foundation has consistently supported equality of choice and equality of participation; we’re honored to have them as a partner.”

To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s programs, please visit thearcect.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Arc Eastern Connecticut

125 Sachem Street Norwich, CT 06360 T: 860.889.4435

TheArcECT.org

Contact:

Andrea Kaiser

The Arc New London County, dba The Arc Eastern Connecticut

akaiser@thearcnlc.org

860-889-4435 x118

TheArcNLC.org

CHARTER OAK SELECTED FOR ‘WORKFORCE HOUSING’ PROGRAM

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Program Offers Down-Payment Assistance To Eligible Homebuyers

Waterford – May 21, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has been selected to participate in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s new Housing Our Workforce Program, which offers down-payment assistance to eligible homebuyers in eastern Connecticut.

The unique $2 million program was launched earlier this year and will provide local homebuyers earning up to 120 percent of the area median income with down-payment assistance on their owner-occupied primary residences. The program offers a two-to-one match of down payments made at the time of purchase by eligible homebuyers. Borrowers can receive up to $20,000 in down-payment assistance on a first-come, first-served basis, and all those participating in the new Housing Our Workforce Program must complete a homebuyer education and counseling program.

“Owning your own home is part of the American dream for our local working families, but sometimes the costs associated with buying a home, including the down payment, may put home ownership out of reach for some,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “So we're very proud to participate in the new Housing Our Workforce Program, which will make home ownership more attainable for our local workforce here in eastern Connecticut,” he said.

Charter Oak’s members are eligible to receive up to $100,000 this year through the Housing Our Workforce mortgage down-payment program, depending on availability of funds. Charter Oak has been eastern Connecticut’s Number 1 residential mortgage lender for nine consecutive years. Since 2010, when Charter Oak first became the top residential lender in eastern Connecticut, the credit union has originated over 9,000 mortgages in New London and Windham counties combined with a total value of nearly $1.2 billion, based on data compiled by The Warren Group’s Residential Mortgage Marketshare Report.

Charter Oak offers a broad product line of mortgages, including our conventional 10, 15, 20 and 30-year terms as well as our Accelerator 8-year or 12-year mortgages. In addition, Charter Oak offers first-time homebuyer mortgages and has VA, FHA, USDA, and CHFA mortgages available as well as 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10-year adjustable rate mortgages. Charter Oak also offers lower-rate mortgages geared toward police officers, teachers, members of the military, and persons with disabilities.

To learn more about applying for down-payment assistance through the new Housing Our Workforce Program, please call a Charter Oak mortgage professional at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237, stop by any of our convenient branches, or visit CharterOak.org.

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 or acronin@cofcu.com

Water taxi service offered by the Thames River Heritage Park begins its fourth year of operation on Memorial Day Weekend

NEW LONDON, Ct. – The Thames River Heritage Park’s water taxi service will get underway May 24th, the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend with a new operator, new programs and a renewed sense of purpose to promote history and heritage sites on the Thames, Amy Perry, the Thames River Heritage Park’s executive director announced today.

“Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer here at the shore, and we are offering residents and visitors alike a great opportunity to launch their own holiday weekend by getting out on the water with family and friends,” she said. “We tell people the water taxi is more than a ride; it’s an experience. And, it’s fun.”

Following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut at New London’s City Pier, the fourth season of water taxi service will begin between City Pier, and Fort Trumbull State Park in New London and the Thames Landing near Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton.

The public is invited to the brief ribbon cutting, which starts at noon on the 24th.

The park has contracted with Vixen Ledge Marine LLC to operate the water taxi. The company is owned by Scott Arsenault. He’s no newcomer to the waterfront, having served under the previous operator as a captain on the water taxi since 2016.

He retired from the state of Connecticut in 2017 with 24 years of service, six with the Department of Corrections and 18 with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection—Environmental Conservation.

“Having been a captain on our boats for three seasons, Scott’s experience will make for a seamless launch this year,” Ms. Perry said. “The park and our visitors will benefit greatly from an operator who is intimately familiar not only with our operations but also with our Navy boats themselves.”

The water taxis are authentic Navy vessels, known as liberty launches that provided ship to shore transportation for sailors when they pulled into a port without docking facilities. The water taxis, one named Groton, the other New London are a central feature of the park’s operation.

New riders and return visitors will have new opportunities to experience the park:

  • A 90-minute military-themed historic boat tour “Submarines, Battlefields and Betrayers: Military Stories on the Thames” has been added to the schedule of summer activities.

The tours will begin in July and run through August. From the vantage point of the river, riders will hear stories about the strategic value of this storied waterway and region and how they helped create our history.

The narrated tours will be offered Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m., except during the annual Sailfest weekend in July. The tours will originate at City Pier. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

  • Organized group tours will be available this year. Tickets include lunch, a guide for the duration of the tour and admissions to park sites that are included in the three themed tours. For details visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org/group-tours.
  • The park will offer a Groton shuttle from the Thames River Landing to significant historic sites on the east side of the river, including the Submarine Force Museum and Historic Ship USS Nautilus, Fort Griswold, the National SubVets WWII Memorial East, which honors submariners who served in World War II and the Avery-Copp House.
  • Passengers who show their water taxi ticket can get a free same-day pass to the museum exhibit space at the Fort Trumbull Visitor’s Center during the center’s operating hours between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.
  • Water taxi rides after 6 p.m. will be $5 for a two-stop ride between City Pier and Thames River landing.

Round trip taxi fares for adults are $10; $5 for children and activity duty military (military ID required.) Children three and under ride free. Adult season passes are $50; $30 for children.

On launch day before 5 p.m., anyone bringing canned goods or a non-perishable food item will ride for free. All food will be donated to the New London Food Pantry.

“We are making this offer to encourage people to contribute to the worthy cause, Ms. Perry said. “Take a ride, visit some sites and help the community at the same time.”

ABOUT THE THAMES RIVER HERITAGE PARK: We offer visitors a collection of historic sites in Groton and New London, many within walking distance from our water taxi landings. Created by an act of the Connecticut General Assembly, we are unique among state parks in that we don’t have formal boundaries. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.thamesriverheritagepark.org. Tickets for the water taxi may be purchased at http://shop.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Viking Days Returns to Mystic Seaport Museum June 1-2

Mystic, Conn. (May 17, 2019) — On June 1-2, Mystic Seaport Museum will be transformed into a celebration of Viking culture, complete with craft demonstrations, live performances, and on-the-water activities.

Visitors can explore a Viking village encampment by living historians Draugar Vinlands and the clinker-built Viking longship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a “Great Ship.”

Scandinavian food and drink will be available for purchase and the waterfront with traditional faering sailing and a Nordic boat-building demonstration. There will be hands-on activities and games for children and adults throughout the day, and a special Planetarium show on Viking navigation.

Viking Days Activities include:

  • Public deck tours of the Draken Harald Hårfagre
  • Screenings of the full length Draken documentary Expedition America – a Modern Viking Adventure
  • Viking encampment with Draugar Vinlands
  • Hands-on activities including traditional Viking games, crafts, and tug of war
  • Build a toy Viking longship
  • Lectures on various aspects of Viking history by Dr. William Short and Lynn Noel, and talks about the Draken’s adventures by her captain Björn Ahlander.
  • Musical and stage performances
  • Mead-making demonstrations
  • Gotland sheep and woolen crafts
  • Special Planetarium show, “Stars of the Vikings”
  • Norse boat building and faering demonstrations (a faering is a traditional Norse boat)

Viking Days activities are included with regular Museum admission (separate charge for food, beverages, Planetarium shows, toy boat building, and children’s crafts).

For a complete list and schedule of all activities, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/vikingdays.

Images are available for download at the museum’s website.

Evening Concert: The American Rogues

Saturday evening features a concert by the American Rogues, who are returning to the Museum for their second appearance. The Rogues are an American-Canadian Celtic rock band that crosses the musical landscape to include jigs, reels, hornpipes, ballads, originals, covers, soundtracks, patriotic and military music, Irish foot-stompers, and more. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and requires a separate ticket. Advance tickets are $25 (up to 3 p.m., May 31). Day-of tickets are $35 ($30 for Museum members and $30 for Viking Days general admission ticket holders).

Tickets may be purchased online at www.mysticseaport.org or by calling 860.572.5331.

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. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that will feature J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, the most comprehensive exhibition of Turner watercolors ever displayed in the U.S. opening October 5, 2019. 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.

High School Athlete of the Year Event to be held June 26, 2019

The Day to host a dinner and awards ceremony honoring local high school athletes

New London, CT – May 16, 2019 – The Day will host an inaugural High School Athlete of the Year dinner and awards ceremony recognizing outstanding athletes from high schools in southeastern Connecticut. The event will be held June 26, 2019 at Port ‘N’ Starboard at Ocean Beach Park in New London and will serve as a celebration for each of the athletes who were selected as The Day's High School Athletes of the Year for the Fall 2018, Winter 2018/2019 and Spring 2019 seasons in their respective sports.

Since the 1982-83 school year, The Day’s sports writers have closely monitored the high school sports circuit, keeping tabs on scores and individual player stats. At the end of each season they analyze the data and select whom they deem as the Athlete of the Year in over fifteen sports. In addition, they also name the athletes who would have a spot on each sports All-Area team.

The event will feature a buffet dinner, special guest speaker and awards ceremony. At the close of the awards ceremony four additional awards will be announced, an overall male and female athlete of the year and overall male and female coach of the year.

The special guest speaker will be Heather Buck, a 2008 Stonington High School graduate who was named The Day’s Athlete of the Year three times for women’s basketball and was named to The Day’s All-Area team all four years of high school. In addition, Buck was the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the year twice and was an all-state selection all four years of high school. She finished her high school career with 2,205 points, 1,406 rebounds and 331 blocked shots. Buck attended UConn where she held a spot on the women’s basketball team and was part of three of their national championship teams.

“This will be a special night for the athletes we are honoring as well as their families who have given them so much support over the years,” said Timothy Dwyer, president and publisher of The Day. “It is also a chance for all of us in the community to come together and celebrate the success that these talented young men and women have achieved.”

The event is open to the public, tickets are being sold for $35.00 each. Each student honoree is invited to attend free-of-charge and is eligible to bring two free guests. Tables of 10 are being offered for $300. To purchase tickets and RSVP (by June 10th) contact Jaclyn Nardone at j.nardone@theday.com.

To further honor the student athletes, The Day will publish a special section which will be inserted into the newspaper on July 13th and will feature bios and photos of each of the athletes and photos from the event. Businesses and organizations interested in advertising in the special section or sponsoring the event should contact David J. Glaski at d.glaski@theday.com or call (860) 701-4203.

A roster of students being honored, and additional event information is available at theday.com/athletedinner.

CONTACT: Jaclyn Nardone

PHONE: (860) 701-4304

EMAIL: j.nardone@theday.com

IGNITE ANNOUNCES ONE-DAY EXPLORATION OF MARINE TECHNOLOGY FOR STUDENTS IN 7TH TO 10TH GRADES AT PROJECT OCEANOLOGY

MARINE MAKER DAY RETURNS ON JUNE 8th

(Groton, CT) May 13, 2019 – Ignite, a program of Thames River Innovation Place, is pleased to announce the return of its Marine Maker Day, an exploration of marine technology for students in grades 7 through 10. The full-day program will take place on Saturday, June 8th from 9 am - 4 pm at Project Oceanology in Groton. The registration fee of $45 includes an outing on a research vessel, Arduino kit and lunch. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit www.bit.ly/MarineMaker0608.

This one-day program explores marine technology - how to make it and how to use it. Students in 7th to 10th grades interested in marines sciences, computer programming, robotics or biology are invited to participate in this hands-on workshop. Students will gather for an overview of marine technology and how it combines computer programming, robotics and the marine sciences. Students will then each have a session on the water on one of Project Oceanology's vessels learning about the technology used on board. There will also be a session learning Arduino programming and about how sensors are used in marine research. The day will close with group discussion on how these technologies can be used to solve current challenges. Groups are facilitated by experts in each field.

The Marine Maker Day program launched last September, and the collaborative project continues with the second one-day workshop. Through this seminar, students will be exposed to various marine technologies in classroom, field and on-the-water settings. In alternating sessions, students will drive underwater vehicles, inspect various drifter and sensor designs, tour the UCONN underwater vehicle lab and use direct and remote sensing technology on a 65-foot research vessel. They will also be introduced to basic Arduino programming, led by professional programmers. These students will then be prospects for ongoing electronics and marine science meet ups throughout the year and for other future programs.

“Marine Technology is integrated into the fabric of Marine Science. Every aspect of studying the ocean involves technology in one way or another and those tools are indispensable to understanding the ocean and the organisms that live there,” said Michael O’Connor, the Chair of the Board of Project Oceanology and a science teacher at Waterford High School. “Students interested in marine research need an understanding of the technology they will use in the field, while students interested in technology will be exposed to the application of that technology. We are excited to bring a program that brings the two together to southeastern Connecticut.”

Locally, there are a large number of marine technology companies, military users and academia, making southeastern Connecticut the ideal location to host a hands-on and experiential marine technology intensive and introduce students to opportunities in the field.

This program is a collaboration of Ignite (a program of Thames River Innovation Place), Project Oceanology, Spark Makerspace and BioCT Innovation Commons.This program is made possible with the support of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund and the Pfizer Community Foundation. Ignite, a program of Thames River Innovation Place is made possible with support from CTNext.

About the Marine Maker Day

The Marine Maker Day’s goal is to engage students interested in marine biology and/or computer programming, bringing them together to create solutions to environmental and aquaculture challenges. The first part of the program will be a one-day seminar that will introduce participants to the issues that will be a focus, marine technology, basic Arduino (and/or Pi) programming, and marine biology concepts, and emerging conditions such as sea level rise and climate change.

About Ignite

Ignite is designed to spur new ideas, businesses, and innovative growth in the Thames River region by producing events, sponsoring education, and connecting entrepreneurs into the business development support system. The Ignite program is established under the Thames River Innovation Place and is made possible by support from CTNext . STEM programming for students is part of Ignite’s mission to create future innovation and build future workforce. www.IgniteThamesRiver.org.

Daydreaming (Landscape with Lions) Ellis Walter Ruley (1882-1959), o/b, c. 1950, collection of the Slater Memorial Museum

Groton-New London Art At the Airport Program Opens Ellis Ruley Exhibit

MAY 2, 2019 - NORWICH, CT - The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At the Airport program's spring exhibit, panels from Slater Memorial Museum's "Brought to Light: Ellis Ruley in Norwich," that opens on May 15 and will be on view through July 30 at the Groton - New London Airport.

The Art At the Airport program's purpose is to showcase the region's uniqueness, history, industry, culture and geography through visual arts in the airport's main terminal located at 155 Tower Avenue in Groton. The Art At the Airport program is a partnership of the Cultural Coalition and the Connecticut Airport Authority, which manages and operates Groton - New London Airport.

From the Slater Memorial Museum:

"Ellis Walter Ruley was born in Norwich in 1882 into modest circumstances. More unusual circumstances made him financially comfortable during the Great Depression; unusual for anyone, let alone an African American with a passion to paint. He died under suspicious circumstances in 1959 after establishing himself as a local "outsider" artist, and after his death, his work became highly collectible and even more revered. By 1996, a book cataloguing his work was published and a major retrospective exhibition toured the country. But in Norwich his grave was still unmarked, his homestead was derelict and his death remained a mystery. Decades later, the community, the City and local officials have embraced this native son and a celebration of his life is taking place. Under the auspices of the Ellis Walter Ruley Commemoration Committee, his homesite has become a public park with interpretive panels; a play has been written about his life; elementary and college students have been assigned to create their own works, inspired by his magical imagery.

The exhibition, Brought to Light: Ellis Ruley in Norwich, was developed by the Slater Museum and presented last fall."

Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition Executive Director said, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share the story and artwork of Ellis Ruley, who is well known in Norwich and a source of pride for the region, with the community in Groton and southeastern CT."

Groton - New London Airport's terminal is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm for public viewing of "Ellis Ruley." Parking is easily accessible and free.

The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributes to the cultural identity, economy and quality of life of Southeastern Connecticut by advocating and supporting arts, heritage, cultural and business activities and organizations. For more information about the Arts At the Airport program, visit www.CultureSECT.org(http://culturesect.org/art-at-the-airport/).

About Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition

The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributes to the cultural identity, economy and quality of life of Southeastern Connecticut by advocating and supporting arts, heritage, cultural and business activities and organizations.

Media Contact

Name: Wendy Bury

Title: Executive Director

Phone: (860) 448-5135

Email address: W.Bury@CultureSECT.org

Free SCORE Workshop on “QuickBooks: Advanced & Hands-On”

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: This advanced, hands-on workshop provides a comparison between QuickBooks Desktop and Online versions. We will set up a QuickBooks Desktop company from scratch, reviewing the setup preferences and decisions along the way. If time permits, we will also view preferences for a QuickBooks Online company to help those users understand their options as well. Attendees are asked to bring their laptops with QuickBooks loaded.

DATE: Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

TIME: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST

LOCATION: The Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library Street, Mystic, CT 06355

HOW TO REGISTER: REGISTER NOW

Contact for questions/info: Anne Driscoll, anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center to Participate in Blue Star Museums

Mystic, CT (May 13, 2019) - The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.

“We are pleased to be part of the Blue Star Museums program again this year,” said DPNC Senior Director of Operations Davnet Schaffer. “While we offer a military discount to the Nature Center year round, and we are glad to be able to give something more for active military during the summer season to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf. We welcome military families to visit, spend time in nature and create memories. ”

The Nature Center is located at 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic. It is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission includes the natural history museum, Night in the Museum theater, interactive exhibits and live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians. There are more than 10 miles of hiking trails, which are open dawn to dusk.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to celebrate the tenth summer of collaborating with Blue Star Families, Department of Defense, and especially the more than 2,000 museums across our nation that make this program possible, “ said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center are providing wonderful opportunities for military families to share a memorable experience together this summer.”

This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer at arts.gov.

“We've seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we're thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.”

“The Defense Department congratulates Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts on reaching an incredible milestone: ten years of service to the military community though Blue Star Museums,” said A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy. “We offer our sincere gratitude to the more than 2,000 museums across the country who open their doors through this wonderful program. Your patriotism and generosity have enriched the lives and experiences of our military families.”

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

About the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center:

Since 1946, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic has provided visitors and the greater Mystic community the opportunity to experience nature first hand, whether it be on over 10 miles of trails, in the natural museum, Nature Store, or as part of one of their many programs. The addition of Coogan Farm in 2013 has added further layers of education, history, and ecology to DPNC’s offerings. Our mission is to inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as part of it – past, present and future. It is our hope that through DPNC and Coogan Farm that we will help our visitors foster a personal environmental ethic.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Contact:

Cassandra Meyer-Ogren

Director of Marketing and Communications

cmogren@dpnc.org

860-879-0753

SCORE Southeastern CT to Host Free Workshop On "The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis”

Sponsored by R.B. Kent & Son Inc.

DATE: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET

LOCATION: Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT 06340

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: REGISTER NOW

The Southeastern Connecticut chapter of SCORE, Mentors to America’s Small Businesses, presents a free Small Business Workshop on "The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis.”

How important is it to have a business plan? Do you know what a SWOT analysis is? Can the two be connected? In this workshop with a representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration, you will learn the importance of both, what they are used for, what information they should contain, and what they say about your business.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

About Workshop Sponsor R.B. Kent & Son, Inc: In business for over 40 years, R.B. Kent & Son can handle the toughest heating and air-conditioning job, large or small. Their professionally trained crew can install, replace, service, maintain and repair all makes and models of air-conditioning systems. Serving all of Southeastern Connecticut. For more information, visit https://www.rbkentandsoninc.com/.

About SCORE: SCORE is a nonprofit association that offers free and confidential advice on starting your own business or improving and growing your existing small business. Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 11 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE’s 10,000 volunteer business experts provide hundreds of thousands of free small business mentoring sessions, workshops and educational services to clients in 300 chapters nationwide. In 2017, SCORE volunteers provided 3.6+ million hours to help create more than 54,000 small businesses and 116,000 full-time, part-time and contractor jobs. All 40 counselors in Southeast Connecticut are volunteers, receive no compensation, and are working or retired business owners, executives, and managers. SCORE’s nine counseling sites in Southeast Connecticut include Guilford, Madison, Old Saybrook, Essex, Waterford, Middletown, Mystic, Norwich, and New London. For more information on upcoming free workshops and how to schedule a free small business mentoring session with our counselors, visit https://sect.score.org.

Would You Like To Become A SCORE Volunteer? Your business knowledge and experience can help others start or grow a small business. Learn more about becoming a SCORE volunteer at: www.score.org/volunteer.

Contact: Anne Driscoll, anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org

Southeastern CT SCORE PO Box 283, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Email: ScoreChapter@gmail.com Telephone: 860.388.9508

Photo Caption: SCORE and the Small Business Administration will present a free workshop on "The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis” on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the Groton Public Library. The workshop is sponsored by R.B. Kent & Son, Inc.

Groton Rotary Club Announces Openings for Its Annual Golf Tournament

GROTON – The Groton Rotary Club has announced that there is still time to sign up for its annual golf tournament on Friday, May 31, at the Shennecossett Golf Course, a historic Donald Ross designed 18-hole course located in Groton, Connecticut.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the club’s youth scholars and community grants program.

The tournament is open to the entire community. The cost is $125 per player and $100 for players who are members of the Shennecossett Golf Club. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, lunch, dinner and awards.

Registration and lunch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The tournament will start with a shotgun tee off at 12:30 p.m.

The Groton Rotary Club is seeking both corporate and hole sponsors. Corporate sponsorships are priced at $1,000 and include a banner with the company’s logo, program recognition and a foursome. Hole sponsorships are $100 and include signage with the company’s logo.

The Groton Rotary Club is proud to continue its special sponsor category – the Military Sponsorship. This is a special opportunity for area businesses to help Rotary honor our community’s servicemen from all branches both active and veterans.

The $500 cost will cover the greens fees for four (4) military service personnel. The sponsoring business will be recognized by a tee sign and in the program. The Groton Rotary Club will recruit the military four-somes from all branches of the service in our military community.

All players and sponsorship checks should be made out to the Groton Rotary Club and mailed to John Silsby, 74 Sharon Road, Mystic, CT 06355.

For further details on the tournament, check the Groton Rotary Club website at www.grotonrotary.org. Or contact John Silsby at 860-383-3265 or e-mail him at johnpsilsby@yahoo.com.

For further information contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Public Relations Chair

Groton Rotary Club

Telephone (860) 445-0880

E-mail: ctwink136128@frontier.com