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Westerly, RI (May 16, 2022) – Wood River Health Services (WRHS) announces that it has added Taryn Bishop, FNP to its dedicated team of Family Nurse Practitioners.

“I am delighted Taryn Bishop has accepted a position at Wood River Health Services,” stated Shital Desai, a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked at WRHS since 2015. “She is passionate about providing patient-centered care and empowering her patients to improve their health and well-being. I believe these attributes make her the perfect fit for our community health center.”



Contact: Laurie Cormier



Waterford, CT – May 12, 2022 Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has named Ron Wertz as its Vice President Director of Marketing overseeing Charter Oak’s marketing team.

Ron has 20 years of marketing experience as a creative designer, webmaster, data analyst, and content strategist. “Ron’s extensive marketing and analytics skills combined with his experience working with developers, designers, and brand managers are tremendous assets to bring to our marketing team,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“His proven record of analyzing metrics and applying the analysis to campaigns to make data-driven decisions will further strengthen Charter Oak’s marketing brand,” he said. Ron’s talents also include digital animation, UX research, IA and UI design, metric dashboard integrations and data aggregation.

Ron, who resides in Waterford, is an active volunteer in numerous community organizations and events such as Make-A-Wish,, and other local charitable events and organizations. He also volunteers design work to a network of local businesses and non-profit groups.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.55 billion as of December 31, 2021. For more information about Charter Oak’s broad range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, call our Contact Center at 860.446.8085 or visit Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.

Mystic, CT (May 6, 2022) — Always Home’s HEART TO HEART gala is set for Friday, May 13, 2022 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. This heart-inspired evening begins at 6 pm and includes a cocktail hour with open bar, three-course gourmet dinner, auctions of unique items and experiences and dancing to DJ Doug Jastremski of Power Posse. This year’s gala honoree is David Cruthers, a long-time supporter of Always Home and resident of Groton Long Point.

The gala is the nonprofit agency’s primary fundraiser for the year and benefits Always Home’s mission, Preventing Family Homelessness. “Inflation is threatening low-income families’ housing stability,” said Always Home’s Executive Director, Tricia Cunningham. “If you’re not a family making the region’s household median income of over $75,000 annually, then you’re struggling to afford housing and other basic needs like food and gasoline.”

Abbott’s Lobsters Opens Friday, May 6th – Celebrating 75 years

Noank, CT. May 6, 2021 – Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, on the Mystic River at 117 Pearl Street in Noank, opens Friday, May 6th at 11:00 am. Abbott’s is celebrating 75 years of operation.

The annual ‘Great First Customer Race’ is ON. Abbott’s looks forward to another season serving their fresh-caught North Atlantic lobsters, “Noank style” clam chowder, and their famous hot lobster rolls.

Every year, food critics and travel writers across the nation feature this legendary seaside lobster shack. Publications such as Fodor’s Choice, The New York Times, Yankee Magazine, Esquire, New England Travel Guide, RoadFood, American Way, Phantom Gourmet, and Zagat, are just a few that have featured Abbott’s.

Abbott’s hours of operation:

May 6 through May 26 || Open Friday, Saturday & Sundays 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

May 27 through Labor Day, Monday September 5 || Open Daily, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

September 6 through Columbus Day Monday October 10 || Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday (& Columbus Day Monday) 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Not because you shouldn’t.

Because you can’t.

To be in a calm and relaxed state more of the time would be a welcome and healthful adjustment for many of us.

But you can’t try to relax.

It’s physiologically impossible. It will only lead to failure and frustration.

And the harder you try, the harder you’ll fail.

Let me explain.

The Arc Eastern Connecticut was one of over 25 community organizations honored at the Putnam Lions Club’s annual Night of Giving on April 8th at the CT Audubon Center in Pomfret. The event is the culmination of a year fundraising events for both the Lions and Leos, who donate all the funds raised throughout the course of the year to local service organizations. The Arc Eastern Connecticut was presented with a check for $250 in support of its Community Life & Advocacy program, which offers health/fitness activities, enrichment programs and volunteer opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the region.

To learn more about Community Life & Advocacy and The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s other programs, please visit or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

Creating Container Gardens with the Trillium Garden Club

Learn how to create an herb container garden and flower container

gardens for shade and sun from members of the Trillium Garden Club.

Participants will be eligible to win one of the finished containers!

We will meet outside, near the picnic tables.

NORWICH, CT — Last week, Dime Bank hosted its 153rd annual meeting at Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Conn., featuring Dime Bank President & Chief Executive Officer Nick Caplanson’s annual State of the Bank presentation to Dime Bank’s Corporators.

As part of the business portion of the meeting, the bank announced that Christian Miglio and Nimit Patel, M.D., both from Orthopedic Partners in North Franklin, CT, were elected as Dime Bank’s newest corporators.

Children will be able to work with local artists and participate in their choice of various art activities, including painting, crafting, and more. All ages welcome. Registration is not required; stop in any time starting at 10am–we’ll be creating until noon!

(Please note, for younger children parental supervision is required; no drop offs.)

The Bill Memorial Library in the City of Groton invites families to join Miss Mary-Jane each week for Outdoor Spring Story Time under our shady trees. Our sessions will be Mondays at 10:00 a.m. beginning on April 11, with a rain date the following Wednesday. This story time is suited for ages birth to 5, but all ages are welcome. Story Time features stories, finger plays and songs with live music. Bring your own chairs or blankets or sit on our benches. Be sure to check our Facebook page in case of inclement weather or call the library at 860-445-0392.

Libraries all over Connecticut are participating in this exciting program to make people of all ages aware of the power of their library cards. Take your library card and passport to at least five participating libraries to be eligible to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children.

Visit the Bill Memorial Library and ask for your Passport today &begin participating on April 1st!

Local community members and businesses join together to celebrate 50 years of serving the community with a Kentucky Derby Gala on Saturday, May 7th, 2022.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration is being held at the Dragonfly Equestrian Center in Stonington, CT. Over 200 attendees from the surrounding region are expected to attend. The tickets range in price from $75 to $125.

Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) is pleased to present Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post Covers: Tell Me a Story, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. The exhibition will run from June 18 through September 18.

The exhibition will present all 323 of the legendary covers created for The Saturday Evening Post by the renowned American painter and illustrator, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978).

Josh Piver Memorial Fund: Josh Piver is a son of Stonington, a graduate of Stonington High, an honorable citizen of our country. Josh was a special friend to many, a gentle soul to all. He could be depended on to bring a smile to the darkest moments with his sharp wit and love of fun. He was a leader among his peers as well as a devoted son, a caring brother, a generous uncle and a model grandson.

Josh died in New York City on September 11, 2001. We continue to keep his memory alive by awarding a deserving Stonington High School student, each year, with a scholarship. The chosen recipient must best epitomize Josh’s same passion for life, desire for honest leadership, care for family and friends and vision for a good and responsible career. The scholarship is awarded to a senior at Stonington High School annually. Awards will be distributed directly to the recipient.

How might art illuminate the everyday experiences of connection that make life meaningful? Join us for a performative lecture highlighting the principles of socially engaged art, the ways this practice can serve as navigation guide for a community, and an introduction to the local living archive project, The Ships in the Night. Please note that this event will go an hour and thirty minutes.

Suggested donation $5. Masks optional.

The Westerly Community Credit Union (WCCU) held its 2021 Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament which supports local athletes, sports programs, and schools. WCCU is the sole sponsor of the tournament since it started in 1984, underwrites all expenses, and donates 100% of the gate receipts to the participating schools’ sports boosters.

Wood River Health Services (WRHS) recently elected Frances Midori Hinteregger, MD, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Hinteregger formerly served as Medical Director at Wood River Health Services.

“I am delighted that Dr. Hinteregger has accepted our invitation to join the Board,” stated Francis X. Hopkins, WRHS’ Board Chairman. “She brings a unique perspective to this role, having served as a physician in multiple family practice settings and a patient of the community health center.”

As pianist/harpsichordist/organist Michael Bahmann was putting together recitals centered around Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, he was struck by the remarkable parallels between these studies of key and mood and similar ones by Chopin and Shostakovich. In his Affinity, six pairs of preludes and fugues by the three composers explore the essence of how keys and intervals relate to each other and evoke mood.

Wood River Health Services (WRHS) is pleased to announce that a new Family Medicine provider has joined its ranks: Michael McCarten, DO, MPH.

“We are delighted that Dr. Michael McCarten has joined our team of medical providers,” shared Family Medicine Physician Nadia Duvilaire, MD. “With his decorated military career, lengthy dedication to service, and passion for providing community heath care, Dr. McCarten will be a tremendous asset to our community, especially our Veteran population.”

GROTON, Conn. – Chelsea Groton Bank is hosting a career fair for candidates interested in pursuing a career in banking on Thursday, April 7 from 4 – 6 PM at the Bank’s Westside Branch, 444 West Main Street, Norwich. Candidates are encouraged to bring a resume and to dress professionally.

Mystic, Conn. (March 7, 2022) – Researchers, historians, and genealogy enthusiasts now have an expanded resource to explore the history of the whaling industry and the individuals who were part of the global enterprise, with recent additions to the Whaling History website (, a joint project of Mystic Seaport Museum and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Wood River Health Services (WRHS) announces it has hired Peer Recovery Specialist Monica Pendergraft to its Behavioral Health Team. She possesses over 20 years of experience helping youths and adolescents manage and overcome Substance Use Disorders.

To snarf the world’s finest nosh, most Connecticut Yankees travel to Manhattan. But here’s a case for the reverse commute. In recent years, for factors variety, many tri-state locals who cut their teeth in New York City hospitality have moved back home and reinvested in local towns. Others, who many have been drawn to the city in years past, opted to stay put. The result is world-class dining in small Connecticut towns.

Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz (Ret.), is the former superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London and the first woman to lead a U.S. Armed Services academy. She will discuss her new book Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters and speak about the aspects of leadership that can apply to many walks of life.

The Chelsea University Business Academy offered through Chelsea Groton Bank’s financial education program and in partnership with the Mystic Chamber of Commerce, is a FREE educational series that will provide prospective and current business owners with training and expert advice in many areas needed to start or maintain a business.

The New London HarborCam, a project of the New London Maritime Society, was lost in a windstorm on Presidents Day weekend.

The camera was attached to the 189-year-old wooden flagpole atop the Custom House Maritime Museum in July 2019 -- installed just in time to catch the SailFest fireworks! Since then, NL HarborCam has broadcast a livestream panorama of New London Harbor 24/7. In just 2 1/2 years over 2.7 million viewers have taken advantage of the view! When the 40' flagpole fell off the roof early Friday morning so did the camera! We are asking for contributions via a $3,000 Go Fund Me campaign: Donations are essential to replace this enormously popular eye on the harbor as the museum has been closed intermittently due to COVID-19.

Mystic Seaport Museum will present its 2022 America and the Sea Award to Captain William “Bill” Pinkney, former Mystic Seaport Museum trustee, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, sailor, educator, author, and adventurer. The prestigious award recognizes those individuals and organizations whose extraordinary achievements in the world of maritime exploration, competition, scholarship, and design best exemplify the American character. As a former trustee of Mystic Seaport Museum, Pinkney and his work to open the maritime world to inner-city youth and others around the United States embody the Museum’s mission to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.

It’s seal pup season, and the Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program has some tips for people who spot the animals along the shores of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Pups, after nursing for three to four weeks after birth, begin to learn how to survive on their own, a crucial period for their transition into adulthood, the aquarium said in a statement.

Mystic — A new coffee shop has opened at the Mystic Seaport Museum's north entrance in the Thompson Exhibition Building, the first in a series of changes coming from new food and beverage operator Lancer Hospitality.

Propeller Coffee Bar opened in mid-January, the same time Lancer took over as the museum's primary food and beverage operator.

St. Patrick's Day takes place on March 17 every year, with celebrations and parades throughout the month. While some events this year, like Bridgeport's parade, have been canceled due to the pandemic, other parades are returning for the first time in two years.

Hope Valley, RI (February 14, 2022) – Wood River Health Services (WRHS) announces that it has recently hired two Nurse Family Practitioners. Rachel Holland, FNP previously worked as a Registered Nurse in a long term and acute care facility. Kathryn (Kate) Roccon, FNP formerly worked at the Yale New Haven Health System. Both providers are accepting new patients of all ages, from infants to seniors.

The past few pandemic years have upended so much of the real estate market. Prices spiked, while inventory plunged. Buyers found themselves competing against other buyers for homes, and some — wisely or foolishly, time will tell — opted to waive their rights to a home inspection in the interest of endearing the seller. But a home inspection is a critical part of the homebuying process that is intended to reveal potential problems with a house or its systems, allowing buyers to make informed decisions about the current value of the home and whether it's a smart investment for them.

As part of Chelsea Groton’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility for all, the Bank now offers complimentary video interpreter services in 240 languages and American Sign Language from all branch locations through the Bank’s partnership with LanguageLine Solutions®. Chelsea Groton will continue to offer phone interpreter services, available at all bank locations or by phone.

With tall ships, lobster rolls, rope bracelets, a world-class aquarium, white whales, and lots of craft beer, the whole family will be singing sea shanties after a weekend in this famous New England seaport.

Wood River Health Services (WRHS) announces that it has hired a new dental provider. Dr. Milton J. Liu, DDS previously worked at Blackstone Valley Community Health Center in Pawtucket, RI.

The Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At The Airport program’s winter exhibit WHITE LIGHT, presented by Faith Satterfield, a locally and internationally trained illustrator and visual artist. The inaugural showing of this exhibit will feature paintings that are a mixture of latex, acrylic and spray paint on canvas.

Patrick L. Green, FACHE, President and CEO of L&M Healthcare and Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health, was recently elected to Chelsea Groton Bank’s Board of Trustees. Green became a Corporator of the Bank in 2020.

In response to the increased demand for behavioral health services in its community, Wood River Health Services (WRHS) has expanded its team of behavioral health providers by hiring Vicki Carter, PSYD and Tegwyn Lacz, LMFT.

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce they have recently awarded (19) WCCU Teacher Grants, totaling over $9,000, for the 2021/22 school year.

Keep the lights-on for this “nightcap”, the party is just getting started in the small downtown of Mystic CT restaurants and bars are crafting the world-class Espresso Martini.

The Harp and Hound isn’t the typical, seafood-serving tourist stop in Mystic, Connecticut, but it wouldn’t be out of place on a country lane in Ireland, either

Jamie Spillane directs the Community Carol Sing at Mystic Seaport Museum on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. The 74th annual event collected food and contributions to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

Mystic — Regan Enterprises staff were lighting candles in the luminarias Friday all over Olde Mistick Village before the start of its Festival of Lights.

A frequent winter visitor to the Mystic Seaport Museum in recent years has returned.

The Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived in Mystic on Dec. 1 and will be in the shipyard for much of the winter for maintenance.

Westerly Community Credit Union donated 50 Turkeys to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC), for the seventh year in a row. The PNC used these turkeys, in addition to all other donations they received, to create and distribute Thanksgiving baskets. These baskets contained a full holiday meal helping to feed those in need.

The Connecticut Restaurant Association handed out its annual CRAzies awards Monday night, honoring the top restaurants and culinary professionals in the state. Congratulations to our members, Red 36 and Oyster Club on winning an award!

There’s still pizza to be had in Mystic, Conn., but the small coastal town is gaining a big reputation as a booming foodie haven and an essential entry in any East Coast eater’s docket.

Chelsea Groton Bank recently introduced the ONE CHELSEA initiative, which highlights the strength of the Bank’s continuous commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout history, and its focus on ensuring an ongoing sense of belonging for all, today and in the future.

Westerly Community Credit Union (WCCU) is proud to announce that President and CEO Steve White has been elected to the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA)’s Board of Directors as the Rhode Island Representative.

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Mystic Event To Mix Holiday Gift-Giving Joy

with Environmental Sustainability- The Ditty Bag

Mystic Event To Mix Holiday Gift-Giving Joy with Environmental Sustainability

Christmas wrapping paper design contest for children and adults to be announced

MYSTIC, Conn. – Holiday gift-giving that combines creative fun for adults and children with sustainable practices will be demonstrated at The Ditty Bag here, 7 p.m., November 16. The event will be staged in person at the market/cafe and online via Zoom.

The free event will be open to the public with pre-registration required on The Ditty Bag’s Facebook page or directly at:


(1) Zero-waste wrapping, with use of craft paper and paper tape. The store recommends and will provide recycled white paper for children to color with crayons made from recycled crayons. At the event, Deniz Kayan, store manager, will announce a wrapping-paper design contest for children.

(2) Zero-waste gifts, such as wooden bathroom grooming and hygiene products in place of plastic; soaps and hand and body creams made from essential oils with no silicon and sold in plastics-free packaging.

(3) Gifts for children designed to encourage physically active outdoor play, not sedentary time before a television, computer, or tablet screen, such as kits for solar-powered toy rovers.


Ms. Kayan, committed to environmental issues in her studies at the University of New Hampshire and community activism, will lead the presentation and discussion on Zoom from Washington, D.C., where she is an intern with the Department of Energy. Store owner Jason –

Hine, a sailor and educator who has made it his mission to provide consumers in this area with zero-waste and plastic-free shopping options, will run the in-person session in the store, 7 Roosevelt Avenue, Mystic.

“As a SCORE mentor to The Ditty Bag, not to mention a grandfather, I have this event on my calendar,” says Frank LaMonaca, president of the SCORE Southeastern Connecticut chapter. SCORE is a nationwide, nonprofit association and resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration that offers free, confidential advice to small-business owners. For more information, on SCORE national: For information on the Southeast Connecticut Chapter:

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Fine Arts & Crafts Show and Sale

For immediate release:

Oct. 29, 2021

12th Annual Fine Arts & Craft Sale at La Grua Center

Saturday, November 20 from 9:30-3pm

Join us for our 12th annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show. A variety of offerings from local artists and artisans will be available for purchase. Bring a friend and get a start on your holiday shopping!

La Grua Center

32 Water Street

Stonington, CT 06378



Lori Robishaw

Executive Director


Kelli Rocherolle

Program Director


Spicer Plus Welcomes New Manager

October 14, 2021

Spicer Plus Welcomes New Manager

Industry Veteran Harold Davison Joins the Spicer Team

at Spicer Hearth & Home in Salem

Groton, Salem CT. – Thursday, October 14: Spicer Plus is pleased to announce their newest team member, propane and hearth shop specialist Harold Davison, has joined their team in Salem at Spicer Hearth & Home.

As the new Spicer Hearth & Home Sales Specialist, Davison is responsible for determining the needs of Spicer customers and offering heating and cooling solutions for their homes. Davison will continue to build on Spicer’s 100 years of celebrating their customers by cultivating long lasting relationships and providing superior customer service.

Davison, originally from Alabama, served for 12 years working as a Sonar Technician for the United States Navy, advancing to Chief Petty Officer.

Jon Holstein, CEO of Spicer Plus: “We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our Spicer team. Harold is an accomplished operations and sales manager who brings his extensive knowledge of propane products and services to lead our group in Salem. Harold’s perspective on customer and vendor relations is contagious making him the perfect role model for our team.

Spicer Plus is the parent company for Spicer Gas, Advanced Heating Oil, Sunshine Oil, Mohegan Oil and Spicer Hearth & Home. Staying committed to their customers and community, Spicer has been family owned and operated for over 106 years. They deliver propane and heating oil to homes and businesses in Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as hearth and home products from their store in Salem, CT.