Greater Mystic Chamber Member News

Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) Opens Three Different Views of Contemporary Art


Mystic, CT – August 21, 2019 – Mystic, Connecticut. Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) announces the opening of three new exhibitions on August 23: Linda DiFrenna: Life, Death, and In Between; The Outsider Art of Ruby C. Williams; and MMoA’s 63rd Regional Exhibition. Individually, the three exhibitions present vivid contrasts in the practice of contemporary art. Taken together, they display the vast diversity of new art forms and techniques.

Linda DiFrenna works in mixed media and manipulated photography, focusing on the balance between image and material. DiFrenna blends innovative photographic processes with intimate and personal concepts and images. The resulting artwork is often unexpected, mysterious, spiritual—sometimes disturbing—but always thought provoking.

A farmer, minister, and grandmother, Ruby C. Williams is also a self-taught folk artist who took up painting in the early 1980s to pass the time while waiting for customers at her family’s produce stand along Florida’s State Road 60. Over the last three decades her brightly colored signs, rich with folk wisdom and observations of daily life, have drawn in just as many visitors as the vegetables and pies they advertise. Her family has farmed their land near Bealsville, Florida for generations; ever since Ruby’s great-grandmother, Mary Reddick, a freed slave, helped found the town.

In 2005, Williams received the Florida Folk Heritage Award. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums from Florida to the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC. Her artwork may be found online at http://folkvine.umbc.edu/ruby/home.html

This year, MMoA’s Regional Exhibition marks its 63rd anniversary since the inaugural event in 1956, when MMoA was still the Mystic Art Association. The 63rd Regional Exhibition is a juried show open to all artists working in all mediums. This year the juror was Emily Handlin, the Marsted Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum. As always, the jury process was very competitive. In all, 100 works were chosen for exhibition out of a field of 300 submissions this year.

All three exhibitions will be on display from August 23—October 5, 2019, with a free opening reception and a prize ceremony for the 63rd Regional Exhibition award winners on Thursday, August 29, from 5:30—7pm.

The Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) has served as a focal point for the arts in southeastern Connecticut for more than 100 years. Founded in 1913 as the Mystic Art Association, and expanded in 2004 as Mystic Art Center to offer a rich education program, MMoA is built on a strong foundation in both the exhibition and the practice of fine art. MMoA’s mission is to inspire creativity and critical dialogue by engaging the regional community in the understanding, appreciation, and practice of visual art.

Contact: Bill Furgueson, Director of External Affairs

Email: bfurgueson@mysticmuseumofart.org

Phone: 860.536.7601 x209

Westerly Community Credit Union Hosts Free Homebuyer Tips and Sips Event

Westerly Community Credit Union (WCCU) is sponsoring a Free Homebuyer Tips and Sips Event. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 18th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Whalers Brewing Co., 1174 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879. The tips will be presented by: Jeanne Abate, WCCU Mortgage Originator.

Tip topics include: steps to buying a home, how to get pre-qualified, the application process, and WCCU Mortgage Programs.

Complementary appetizers and drink tickets will be provided for attendees. For more information or to reserve your place by September 11th, please call or email Kate Craig, WCCU Marketing Specialist, at 401-596-7000 x2142 or kcraig@westerlyccu.com.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,000 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Membership is open to all who reside or work in RI & New London County, CT. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.

CHARTER OAK EARNS 5-STAR RATING FOR 1st QUARTER 2019

Top Ranking Indicative of Credit Union’s Strong Financial Condition

Waterford, CT – August 13, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has earned the top 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial Inc. for its superior financial performance during the first quarter of 2019, which indicates that Charter Oak remains one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation.

“This top rating from BauerFinancial continues to recognize that Charter Oak is a safe, sound and very strong credit union,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As eastern Connecticut’s leading financial institution, we’re honored to once again receive this top rating from a well-respected firm like BauerFinancial,” he said.

Charter Oak’s 5-Star rating is based on the credit union’s financial data as of March 31, 2019. BauerFinancial is the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. The firm awards its top 5-Star rating only to those financial institutions that excel in their capital, asset quality, profitability and other financial areas.

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

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.16 billion as of June 30, 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

Ulysses B. Hammond Appointed to Chelsea Groton Board of Trustees

GROTON, Conn. – Ulysses B. Hammond, retired Vice-President at Connecticut College and former Executive Officer of the District of Columbia Court System, was recently appointed to Chelsea Groton Bank’s Board of Trustees. Hammond became a Corporator of the Bank in 2005. He has also been a Board Member of the Chelsea Groton Foundation since 2015.

“Ulysses’ extensive background in administration and public service makes him an ideal addition to our Board of Trustees,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “Ulysses is a respected leader in the region. He is well-known by many organizations and individuals alike, and his insight and experience will help us better serve our local communities. I look forward to working more closely with Ulysses, and to the contributions he will undoubtedly make as a member of our Board.”

Hammond spent 27 years in public service at all levels of government. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the District of Columbia Courts from 1990 to 2000. He was the first African-American in the U.S. to administer an appellate and general jurisdiction court system. He also served as Associate State Court Administrator for the Michigan Supreme Court, and the Court executive for the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Detroit.

In 2000, Hammond joined Connecticut College serving as Vice President for Administration until his retirement in 2015. During his 15 years there, he was the Chief Business and Operations Officer, overseeing legal and community affairs, contract administration, property, space and land management, including academic, athletic, and administrative facilities on a 750-acre campus. The highlight of his tenure was a $100 million capital project, which included the creation of a fitness center, and the renovation of the library and science center.

Hammond has over 35 years of board and community service. Hammond was president of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund for 10 years and is a past Board Chair of Lawrence + Memorial Healthcare System, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and the United Way of Southeastern CT. In addition to his role on the Chelsea Groton Foundation Board and service as a Chelsea Groton Bank Corporator, he is currently the Chair of the Connecticut Mirror Board of Directors, Mitchell College President's Council, and Town of Waterford Elections Moderator.

Among the accolades bestowed upon Hammond are the Liberty Bell Award from the New London County Bar Association, the William Crawford Distinguished Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Kenyon College, as well as having a Connecticut College building renamed for him.

Hammond earned a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College, a Master of Public Administration from Wayne State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. He resides in Waterford, 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.

Contact: Barb Curto, AVP, Marketing Manager

Phone: (860) 448-4118

Email: bcurto@chelseagroton.com

Mystic Noank Library Offers Free Heartfulness Meditation with Marsha Thompson Fridays, Sept. 6 - Oct. 25, 2019

Join us for this exciting Meditation series at the Library! The class, which will go for one hour each Friday, will meet at 11 am for 8 weeks.

Heartfulness is a simple and natural path of heart-centered wellness that fosters balance, peace and wellbeing. The introductory practices include a relaxation exercise and a Heartfulness meditation. This approach to wellness centers on using the heart to guide us on our journey to personal development. With continued practice, Heartfulness can enable you to achieve inner transformation.

Come experience guided Heartfulness relaxation and meditation with Marsha Thompson, a practitioner and certified trainer who enjoys sharing her practice with one and all who have interest.

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

The Mystic & Noank Library is located at 40 Library Street in Mystic, CT and has an extensive collection of books and media for children, teens, and adults. Library hours are from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays throughout the summer. Visit our web page at www.mysticnoanklibrary.org, or find us at Mystic & Noank Library on Facebook.

Contact: Karen Wall, Library Director

Telephone: 860-536-7721

Antique Glass Bottles: A Local History Display at Mystic Noank Library

This wonderful collection of bottles was generously lent to us for our glass display case by a local student who has been collecting and digging antique local bottles for years now. Some of the highlights included are local milk bottles and medicine bottles dating from the 1880s to 1930s from areas including Mystic, Groton, Noank and more. Take a look at the history of glass bottles used in our local areas as well as some history behind them!

This display is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

The Mystic & Noank Library is located at 40 Library Street in Mystic, CT and has an extensive collection of books and media for children, teens, and adults.

Library hours are from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays throughout the summer. Visit our web page at www.mysticnoanklibrary.org, or find us at Mystic & Noank Library on Facebook.

Contact: Karen Wall, Library Director | Telephone: 860-536-7721

Nonprofit New England Science & Sailing Hosts Second Annual Fishing Tournament

STONINGTON, CT. The New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is hosting their second annual Fishing Tourney on Saturday, August 10. This fishing tournament is a catch and release tournament except for Porgies. Each participant can bring 1 Porgy back to NESS for an official measurement. All other fish will be measured on the water, photographed for proof, and released! While everyone is invited to participate, prizes will only be awarded to participants under age 18.

Don't have a boat to go out on? No problem! Participants may fish from land or rent a kayak from NESS. Limited spots will be available on a first come, first served basis to get out on NESSie, the nonprofit’s open-air Carolina Skiff. Fishing from the NESS property (i.e. docks) will not be allowed. Fishing rods, bait, and buckets will be available for rent.

Registration is available online at nessf.org/fishing. The check-in table will open at 8:00am for day of registrations. Fishing time is from 9:00am - 11:00am with awards at 11:30am.

Event Schedule:

8:00 Registration at NESS

8:45 All Anglers Meeting

9:00 Fish On!

11:10 Weigh In at NESS & Judging

11:30 Awards at NESS

All participants over the age of 16 must have a valid salt water fishing license from Connecticut or a reciprocal state. Participants under the age of 16 must have a youth fishing passport free from the state of Connecticut DEEP. Please visit the CT DEEP website for more information on licenses and youth fishing passport.

Prizes will be given to the top three anglers in the 12 and under age category, the top three anglers in the 13 to 18 age category, and the top three anglers in the kayak fishing category.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Francis Pandolfi, Tom & Nancy McLaughlin, Tom & Kathy Bishop, Watch Hill Outfitters, and Mike Wade.

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.

Mystic Seaport Museum Honors Benjamin Mendlowitz with William P. Stephens Award

Maritime Photographer Whose Work Chronicles the Renaissance of Wooden Boats

Mystic, Conn. (August 1, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum is pleased to announce it honored maritime photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz with the William P. Stephens Award.

Established in 1988, and named after William P. Stephens (1845-1946), known by many as the “Dean of American Yachtsmen” and “the grand old man of American yachting,” the award is given periodically in recognition of a significant and enduring contribution to the history, preservation, progress, understanding, or appreciation of American yachting and boating.

“We are deeply honored to present this award to Benjamin Mendlowitz to recognize his life’s work capturing the beauty and craftsmanship of wooden boats,” said Mystic Seaport Museum President Steve White. “Much as the Rosenfeld family chronicled the early and middle of the 20th century of American yachting with their iconic black-and-white photographs,

Mendlowitz applies his talented eye and intuitive sense of light and curve to portray the classic boats that remain from the past and to document the important vessels from our generation. His work helped drive the renaissance of wooden boats in America over the last 40 years.”

Mendlowitz was born and raised in New York City and drew his passion for boats and the sea from summers on the New Jersey Shore, where he was influenced by the local traditional boat builders. After graduating from Brandeis University, he embarked on a career in photography with his work appearing in WoodenBoat Magazine and other nautical publications. Through his company NOAH Publications, Mendlowitz publishes the Calendar of Wooden Boats, which has been a staple on the walls of wooden boat enthusiasts for more than 30 years.

Mendlowitz photographs have appeared regularly on the covers of many trade and educational books, and in feature articles and on the covers of the most respected boating magazines including WoodenBoat, Nautical Quarterly, Sail, Yachting, Cruising World, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Soundings, Chasse-Maree and L’annee Bateau (France), Classic Boat, (Britain), Yacht (Germany), and Arte Navale (Italy). His work has also appeared in magazines such as Time, Esquire, Money, People, Atlantic Monthly, Connoisseur, Historic Preservation, Field & Stream, Down East, Yankee, Sports Illustrated, The London Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, among many others.

Mendlowitz's newest book, Herreshoff: American Masterpieces, created in collaboration with Maynard Bray and Claas van der Linde, was published in November 2016 by W.W. Norton & Company of New York. In 1998, Norton published Wood, Water & Light, a large-format, full-color book featuring more than 180 of Mendlowitz’s finest early images with accompanying text by Joel White. In addition to seven other book published by Norton, two books published by NOAH Publications feature his photography: Joel White: Boatbuilder, Designer (2002), with text by Bill Mayher and Maynard Bray, and Aida (2012) by Maynard Bray.

The award was presented as part of the Castine Classic Race Symposium at the Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, Maine, July 31.

Previous recipients include Olin J. Stephens II, Jon Wilson, Elizabeth Meyer, Briggs Cunningham, John Gardner, Carleton Mitchell, Maynard Bray, John Rousmaniere, and Louie Howland.

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.

Higher Edge Welcomes New Team Members

New London, CT – Higher Edge is pleased to announce the hiring of Graciela Guzman as Success Program Advisor, and Jason Pellum as College Access Program Advisor. Jason will advise Windham area high school seniors to help them navigate the college application process. Graciela will advise and mentor Higher Edge students enrolled in college; with a focus on academic, financial, and career guidance.

“Jason and Graciela have prior experience working with students and an educational focus on guidance counseling. Their skills will be an asset to our team,” said Theresa Armendarez, Executive Director, Higher Edge. “They also have a personal understanding and commitment to improving access to higher education for low-income and first-generation college bound students. We are excited to welcome each of them to the Higher Edge team.”

Graciela, a longtime New London resident, holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and, a master’s degree in Counselor Education from Central Connecticut State University. As a graduate student, her research focused on assisting and empowering underrepresented students with professional and academic development.

Jason also grew up in New London and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. During his sophomore, junior, and senior college years, he was a Walk-On Basketball Player and helped the Huskies win both a Men’s and Women’s National Championship. He became interested in education after working as a professional recruiter and has joined Higher Edge with plans to obtain a masters degree in Counselor Education.

About Higher Edge, Inc.

Higher Edge guides low-income and first-generation students through enrollment, retention, and graduation from college by providing the support and resources needed for success. With locations in New London and Willimantic, Higher Edge will serve 72 high school seniors and over 200 college students during the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more, please visit HigherEdge.org or @HigherEdgeCT on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Higher Edge is listed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the IRS code.

“Mary Mattingly’s Open Ocean” Debuts at Mystic Seaport Museum August 10

Exhibition by Contemporary Artist Explores Themes of Time and Space, Invention and Commerce, and Climate Change and Depleted Resources

Mystic, Conn. (July 31, 2019) — On August 10, Mystic Seaport Museum will celebrate the opening of its new exhibition, Mary Mattingly’s Open Ocean, with a day of art-related activities, music, a lecture, live music, and the opportunity to meet the artist. Mattingly is a leading contemporary artist from Brooklyn, New York, with an interest in the sea as a platform for making art.

Mattingly comes to the project with a background in photography and sculpture. Her work consists mainly of sculptures and installations made from mass-produced objects that seek to call attention to everything we as a society create and consume. A personal motif is her practice of “bundling,” where she gathers found objects into large clusters contained by netting. “I think of these bundles as collaborative sculptures,” says Mattingly, “Made from packaging, props, rope, tools, and fabrics, they could be seen as bundles of things that many people have contributed to: from the people who mined, manufactured, and packaged these things to the people who purchased, used, and displayed them.”

Given the theme “Oceans as Commons,” Mattingly immersed herself for several months in the Museum’s collections vault, poring over artworks, opening drawers of artifacts, in search of “evidence of how the sea has always challenged the rigidity of modern, terrestrial life; how its very nature permits a different tenor of creativity.”

From that, she has developed an exhibition that examines the oceans from three perspectives:

  • As a largely unknown space that is shared by everyone but governed by few
  • As a massive component of private enterprise
  • As the “heart” of the planet, covering 50 percent of the Earth

The stories the exhibition will tell are ones of time and space, invention and commerce, and climate change and depleted resources.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, the Museum will hold an “open house” August 10 with a variety of related activities and programming throughout the day:

  • Meet the artist with Mattingly in the gallery interacting with visitors
  • A participatory activity by Mare Liberum, a freeform publishing, boatbuilding and waterfront art collective based in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, New York.
  • Live performances by the Museum’s sea chantey musicians
  • A talk by Matthew Friday of SPURSE,a a creative design consultancy that focuses on social, ecological and ethical transformation. He will discuss their OCEA(n) project, a multi-year collaboration with the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. This project, designed to transform the roles of fishermen into natural historians and consumers into citizens
  • Tours of the artifact storage vaults in the Museum’s Collections Research Center.
  • Mattingly “bundling” outdoors next to the exhibition building. Visitors are welcome to collaborate with Mary on her bundle. She will accept non-perishable donations under 20 inches, and lighter than 50 pounds.

The exhibition and all related activities on August 10 are free with general admission.

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

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

Mystic Seaport Museum

860.572.5317

dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

CHARTER OAK NAMED ‘BEST IN STATE’ CREDIT UNION IN FORBES SURVEY

Credit Union Honored for 2nd Straight Year In Nationwide Analysis of Financial Institutions

Waterford, CT – July 31, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has been named a “Best In State” credit union for the second consecutive year in the annual Forbes Media survey of the nation’s best financial institutions.

“We’re honored to be chosen again as a ‘Best In State’ credit union for all of Connecticut,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re committed to giving our members the best service and best products of any financial institution in our marketplace,” he said, “and we’re very pleased that participants in the Forbes survey have agreed for two years in a row.”

Charter Oak received a “Best In State” honor based on a number of criteria, including overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice.

The nationwide 2019 Forbes survey awarded “Best In State” honors to only 182 credit unions out of the more than 5,000 credit unions serving 117 million members in the United States. Forbes partnered with the market research firm Statista to produce its second annual look at the Best Credit Unions in each state. More than 25,000 customers in the United States were surveyed for their opinions on their current and former banking relationships. Financial institutions were scored on their overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five other categories, including trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial services.

Forbes noted that credit unions typically offer better interest rates than traditional banks, and their not-for-profit model also puts members first, resulting in overall higher levels of satisfaction. Forbes said in its 2019 survey that credit unions received an average satisfaction rating of 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5, compared to banks lower average score of 4.2.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.16 billion as of June 30, 2019. Charter Oak offers 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!

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Contact: Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing

860.446.3254

acronin@cofcu.com

Groton-New London Art At the Airport Program Opens Graphic Design Exhibit Celebrating Local Towns and Events

JULY 24, 2019 - NORWICH, CT - The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At the Airport program's summer exhibit, posters and artwork from local artist and graphic designer Rita Rivera, that opens on August 2 and will be on view through September 30 at the Groton - New London Airport.

Rita Rivera, owner of Love & Pop Designs, is a graphic artist, writer and illustrator who has created artwork, logos and posters for many of the region's cities, towns and major events. She has received numerous awards for her designs and is a tourism marketing and communications consultant for the Eastern Tourism District.

Rivera has created designs for the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Connecticut Food and Farm Magazine, Niantic Main Street, Garde Arts Center, and the Children's Museum of Southeastern CT. Rivera is a Best of Readers Choice awardee for graphic design and a recipient of the Southeastern CT 40 Under 40 award. The Art at the Airport exhibit features posters, logos and artwork highlighting events, cities and towns including Mystic, New London and Niantic.

As part of Groton - New London Airport's Open House and Walking Tour on Saturday, August 17 from 10am to 2pm, visitors can "Meet the Artist" and view the art exhibit. This is a family friendly event, featuring aircraft static displays, guided facility tours, drone pilot education and more. It is organized in celebration of National Aviation Day which is recognized nationally on August 19.

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.

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

For more information about the Arts At the Airport program, visit www.CultureSECT.org(http://culturesect.org/art-at-the-airport/).

Media Contact

Name: Wendy Bury

Title: Executive Director

Phone: (860) 448-5135

Email address: W.Bury@CultureSECT.org

ALWAYS HOME AWARDED MAJOR BIG Y DONATION

Mystic, CT (July 25, 2019) — At an in-store presentation today, Always Home received a $5,000 donation from Big Y. Always Home is one of 37 charitable organizations benefiting from the proceeds of Big Y’s annual Paul & Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing. “We are so pleased to be able to give back to the local community,” shared John Connolly, Store Director for the Stonington Big Y.

Always Home’s Executive Director, Betty Smith, acknowledged that this gift will have a positive and enduring community impact. “A single episode of homelessness can have a profound and lasting effect on young children’s social/emotional growth. Donations, like this one from Big Y, support our efforts to prevent family homelessness before it happens.”

In Fiscal Year 2019, Always Home served 232 families seeking emergency housing assistance (717 family members including 424 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.

“We are so grateful to Big Y for honoring Always Home and our mission with this major gift,” added Smith. “Many families’ lives will be changed for the better because Big Y, a family-owned business, cares about our community and the people who call it home.”

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

Coming Soon: Perkins Reserve!

Tucked into the coastal resort town of Mystic, CT, our brand new Perkins Reserve community proves that the perfect home does exist. From shopping and dining in the heart of Mystic to expansive greenery and a park right in your community, living here is all about an endless blend of luxury and leisure...

Pristine, stylish, and completely untouched, a new construction home is entirely yours from top to bottom. Apart from high-quality building materials, all-new appliances, and a completely fresh look, you get to be the very first person to call it home. In this gorgeous, quaint town where every day is a breath of fresh air, EG Home is the only builder offering new construction — and we’re so excited for you to experience the difference.

Within Perkins Campus, where you’ll find Hartford HealthCare’s brand new state-of-the-art medical center, our warm and welcoming Perkins Reserve neighborhood will feature 1,850-square-foot townhomes starting in the upper $300s, as well as 2,270-2,400-square-foot carriage homes with first-floor master bedrooms and basement foundations, priced from the mid to upper $400s.

Nestled along Stonington Harbor, you’ll also be situated within the desirable Stonington school district, with a close proximity to the highway for an easy commute. Finally, peaceful and private living is your everyday reality. From the Old World serenity of the Connecticut shoreline to the lovable charm of downtown, there’s a reason why this place is so easy to love. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sound of the waves just ahead on the harbor…

Best of all, each one of our 50 homes has easy walking access to wide open, grassy space, a walking path, a central park pavilion with grills and an outdoor fire pit, and a fenced-in dog park. With low HOA fees, which will cover landscaping, snow removal, trash removal/recycling, and exterior maintenance, living in Perkins Reserve is nothing but a breeze.

All of us at EG Home can’t wait to keep you updated about the progress of Perkins Reserve! Be sure to join our VIP list today to be the first to reserve your homesite. For photos and more information, please visit our website or contact Wendy O’Donnell at wodonnell@eghome.net or 203-723-7366.

Group Two, EG-9113

Link to a recent article published by The Day: Construction on Townhouses at Perkins Farm Begins

13th ANNUAL “SHORELINE WINE FESTIVAL” AUGUST 10TH & 11TH

A Celebration Tasting Wine on the Connecticut Shoreline

July 10, 2019 - GUILFORD, CT, – The 13th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival is one month away on August 10 and 11, 2019. This is the 13-year anniversary for the Shoreline Wine Festival, bringing in thousands of visitors over the course of the weekend. The Shoreline Wine Festival will celebrate fine wines from Connecticut Wineries and Vineyards from all over the state. Pair this with some of the area’s finest foods, with the backdrop setting of a beautiful farm orchard and background sounds of tasteful music to put you in the mood. The festival is hosted & sponsored by Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery in Guilford, CT. This year’s festival has brought in over $20K in sponsorships with Bishop's Orchards Winery, Clinton Crossing, Foxon Soda, Mosaic, Proforma, Miranda Creative, WTNH, and Shore Publishing.

The Shoreline Wine Festival will feature Connecticut Vineyards and Wineries from around the state, all offering their fine wines that range from grape wines to fruit wines. One of the many benefits to the Shoreline Wine Festival for attendees is that all wine that is sampled by the vineyards at the Festival, are available for sale that weekend to take home with you. This is something that many festivals do not and cannot offer. This two-day festival is a ticketed event that affords you the opportunity to taste the wines from all of the wineries, enjoy a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery, live music and entertainment, and a chance to visit with local vendors and artisans. Food offered at the event is from our eclectic food truck line, at an additional charge. Food trucks will include tacos, steamed burgers, lobster rolls, BBQ, grilled cheese, mac n cheese, fresh squeezed lemonade, Italian cuisine and pizza.

Wineries participating in this year’s festival include Hopkins Vineyard, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Jones Family Farm Winery, Paradise Hills Vineyard, Sunset Meadow Vineyards, and of course Bishop’s Orchards Winery. Drink the wines of Connecticut and listen to renowned band, Old Hickory Boys, and DJ services from Music in Motion, while taking in the scenery overlooking the apple orchards of Bishop’s Orchards.

Tickets for the festival are $35.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Designated Driver Tickets. Tickets are at a per person, per day rate, and they can be purchased online or at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market. They will also be available at the door of the festival. The hours of the event are Saturday, Aug. 10, 12 pm – 7 pm and Sunday, Aug. 11, 12 pm – 6 pm. For more information and tickets, visit our website at www.shorelinewinefestival.com or contact Erica DeNuzzo at 203.453.2338 x. 215.

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery | 1355 Boston Post Road | Guilford, CT 06437

www.BishopsOrchards.com | www.ShorelineWineFestival.com

Leslie McKillip Joins Chelsea Groton Bank Commercial Lending Division

(GROTON, Conn.) – July 11, 2019 – Leslie McKillip of Madison, CT, recently joined Chelsea Groton Bank as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Leslie will work to develop commercial loan and commercial mortgage relationships with centers of influence across the Bank’s market areas.

“With over 25 years of commercial lending experience, mostly in New Haven and Middlesex Counties, Leslie’s skills will be an immense asset to our team,” said Carolyn Welch, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Manager at Chelsea Groton Bank. “In addition to her experience managing all aspects of commercial deals, Leslie is recognized for developing excellent working partnerships that enhance and deepen business client financial goals and objectives. We are excited to welcome Leslie to the Chelsea Groton team.”

Most recently, Leslie was a Vice President, Senior Commercial Loan Officer at Liberty Bank in Middletown. Prior to that, she was Assistant Vice President, Small Business Relationship Manager at J. P. Morgan Chase Bank in Milford. Throughout her career, Leslie has held numerous management and business banking positions with local banks.

Community involvement is very important to Leslie. She is Secretary and member of the finance committee for St. Luke’s Home Inc. in Middletown, which serves older adults and veterans in the community. She also has been involved with Middlesex United Way and several Credit for Life Fairs in Middletown, Wallingford and East Hartford over the years, teaching high school students about credit, budgets and bill paying.

Leslie graduated from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT with a BA in Psychology.

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.

Westerly Community Credit Union Announces Promotions

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce the promotion of Wendy Gencarelli to Staff Development Manager. She will be responsible for planning, developing and overseeing the ongoing development of branch office staff throughout the Credit Union. Wendy will also continue her role as a registered representative of CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. and a licensed insurance agent. She will still be available to help members select from a variety of investment and protection vehicles including: mutual funds, 529 plans, fixed annuities and life insurance through our current Members Financial Services program. She has been with WCCU for over 14 years, most recently serving as Financial Service Manager of the Dunn’s Corner Branch.

Westerly Community Credit Union is also proud to announce the promotion of Jillian Jarrett to Financial Service Manager of our Dunn’s Corner Branch. She will be responsible for overseeing all branch operations, staffing and member needs. Jillian has been with WCCU for over 6 years, most recently serving as Assistant Financial Service Manager for the Dunn’s Corner Branch.

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union would like to congratulate Wendy and Jillian on their promotions. For more information on the Westerly Community Credit Union, please visit us at www.westerlyccu.com, stop by any of our four branch locations, or call us today at 401.596.7000.

About Westerly Community Credit Union: Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. Westerly Community Credit Union was recently awarded the Excellence in Social Responsibility Award 2018, Cooperative Credit Union Association; Best Places to Work 2018, Providence Business News; Best Employer, Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chamber Choice Awards; Spreadin’ the Love (Giving Back), Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 2019 Chamber Choice Awards; and Best Places to Work 2019, Providence Business News; #1 Best Bank, Sun Media Group’s Third Annual Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.

Greg Curtis Joins Chelsea Groton Bank As SVP, Chief Technology Officer

(GROTON, Conn.) – July 12, 2019 – Greg Curtis joins the Technology Services team at Chelsea Groton Bank as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Chelsea Groton, Greg served as the Director of Technology of the Mohegan Tribe where he managed the Cybersecurity, Network, and Helpdesk teams. Greg has over 30 years of IT solution development for various Fortune 50 companies.

“Greg’s extensive technology leadership skills ensure that Chelsea Groton will continue to offer secure and innovative banking solutions for our customers. Greg is a welcome addition to the team as cybersecurity becomes increasingly important,” shared Michael Rauh, President and CEO at Chelsea Groton Bank.

In his previous position at Dell, Greg became a Certified Information Security Officer. While working for top insurance companies like Aetna and Cigna, he attended the Insurance Institute of America in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He earned an Associate’s degree in Information Technology. He was also a member of the United States Coast Guard and graduated from the school of Mechanical Engineering. Greg is an active member of the Aetna ski team and enjoys volunteering in his spare time to teach security at the Center for Internet Security (DHS).

Greg currently lives in Old Lyme, 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.

Publicity Contact: Alisa Picerno

Phone: (860) 217.0595

Email: Alisa@AlliancesByAlisa.com

Bank Contact: Lori Dufficy

Phone: (860) 448.4184 | Email: LDufficy@ChelseaGroton.com

Wireless Zone is Proud to Announce Community Event Scheduled for Saturday the 21st!

Attend events at any of our stores as we’ll have fun for the whole family including face painters, Disney princesses, bouncy houses, super hero’s touch a truck and more! Below are links below for our Facebook event pages making it easy for your to share them!

Glastonbury https://www.facebook.com/events/352990298735407/

Princess Tianna, Face Painting, touch a truck

New London https://www.facebook.com/events/458941318258420/

Bouncy House, Princess Anna and Moana, Cornhole contest

Groton https://www.facebook.com/events/653486871785320/

Balloon art, Princess Elsa and Belle, Touch a truck and food!

Westerly https://www.facebook.com/events/1298407266986006/

Iron man, Face Painters, Bouncy house, touch a truck

Putnam https://www.facebook.com/wirelesszoneputnam/

Bouncy House with obstacle course, Princess Aurora and Snow White, touch a truck

Dayville https://www.facebook.com/WirelessZoneKillingly/?ref=bookmarks

Bouncy House, Princess Ariel and Cinderella, Super Heroes, touch a truck

North Windham https://www.facebook.com/events/2514072825316396/

Balloon Artist, Face painting, Princess Anna and Ariel, Caricature’s, touch a truck

Thames River Heritage Park to offer boat tours with a focus on our region’s significant military history

Former Sub Base CO and ex-Groton mayor to narrate the first tour

NEW LONDON, Ct. – Submarines, Battlefields and Betrayers: Military Stories on the Thames will be the latest themed tours to be offered by the Thames River Heritage Park, starting July 20 and continuing through Aug. 25th.

“This new tour is an exciting addition to the park experience,” said Amy Perry, the park’s executive director. “The Thames River has seen its share of historic happenings, some of them going back to the very founding of our country. We plan to highlight them and others.”

As the name suggests, the 90-minute boat tour will deal with a variety of topics. These range from the role submarines have played here, to the Revolutionary War’s battle of Groton Heights and the general role of the navy and coast guard here.

All the tours leave from City Pier behind New London’s Union Station. The tours on Saturdays leave at 4:30 p.m., while their Sunday counterparts depart at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under, and may be obtained through www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Retired navy Captain Paul Whitescarver and former Groton City Mayor Marion Galbraith will narrate the first tour.

The Thames River region is rich in military history, with museums and heritage sites on both the Groton and New London banks that highlight important periods in our nation’s history and the role our ancestors played in it. The Thames River Heritage Park is dedicated to supporting the effort to keep these stories alive.

The water taxis used in the tours 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. Appropriately, one is named Groton, the other New London. They are a central feature of the park’s operation.

“There’s really so much history and getting out on the water in our genuine navy utility boat gives riders a different perspective,” Perry said.

In addition to the themed tours, conducted both on the boats and in walking tours on the land, the Heritage Park offers regular Friday – Sunday round trip taxi fares for adults are $10; $5 for children and active duty military (military ID required.) Children three and under ride free. Adult season passes are $50; $30 for children.

Water taxi rides after 6 p.m. are $5 for a two-stop ride between City Pier and Thames River landing.

ABOUT THE PARK AND ITS SUPPORTERS:

Heritage sites within the Park in New London include Fort Trumbull State Park, the Garde Arts Center, Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, Shaw Mansion, the Hempsted Houses, Monte Cristo Cottage, and Lyman Allyn Museum. Heritage sites in Groton include the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and the Submarine Force Museum/USS Nautilus. For more information on the park and the water taxi, 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 state of Connecticut, along with cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

Mystic Seaport Museum to Host Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous July 27-28

Mystic, Conn. (July 19, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum will hold its annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28.

The event showcases high-quality antique vessels, including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. The classic vessels will create a colorful gathering along the Museum’s waterfront. Visitors are invited to see the displayed vessels Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An award competition will recognize excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship.

This year, the Museum will honor vessels designed by Elco, founded in 1893 as the Electric Launch Company. In its years of boatbuilding, Elco produced more than 3,000 pleasure boats and more than 1,500 military vessels, including 399 PT boats during World War II. Today, the Elco legacy continues with the company building electric motors and launches with quiet beauty and sound innovation. Valentine, hull number 1 of the 50-foot Cruisette model, built in Bayonne, NJ, in 1929, is the featured boat. She is currently cared for in Essex, CT.

The Rendezvous concludes Sunday at 12 p.m. with a parade of the classic boats down the Mystic River. Each will be announced on the shore at Mystic River Park as it passes through the Mystic River Bascule Bridge. The boats then make their way down river to Fishers Island Sound in what has become a highlight of the Mystic summer season.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/event/antique-classic-boat-rendezvous/.

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

Luisanna Cabrera Joins Chelsea Groton Bank as Mortgage Specialist

GROTON, Conn. – Luisanna Cabrera of Waterford, CT, recently joined Chelsea Groton Bank as a Mortgage Specialist. In this position, Luisanna will work with customers throughout New London County, Connecticut and Rhode Island who are in need of a variety of lending solutions, from traditional mortgages, to first-time homebuyer and affordable lending programs, to specialty financing and home equity loans. She is certified by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry (NMLS #1866854), and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

“Luisanna has spent the last nine years in customer service-related positions. She cares immensely about working with people to help them achieve their goals,” said Matt Morrell, Vice President, Retail Lending Sales Manager at Chelsea Groton Bank. “Her passion and dedication, as well as being bilingual in English and Spanish, will help ensure customers are able to navigate their financial needs successfully. We are very excited to have Luisanna on the Chelsea Groton team.”

Most recently, Luisanna was the Success Program Director at Higher Edge, where she oversaw programming, and worked with individual students and advisors to ensure college preparedness, financial aid and scholarships were acquired for students. Prior to that, she was a Client Service Representative at Bank of America for four years.

Luisanna earned a B.S. in business management with a concentration in entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the board for the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC) in New London. She previously served on the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT’s Education Council Committee, and is currently a member of their Young Professionals group.

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

Best of Bauer 5-Star Chelsea Groton Bank: Making a Difference in Your Neighborhood

GROTON, Conn. – Chelsea Groton Bank has achieved another Superior 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. In the 30-plus years that Bauer has been analyzing banks, there has been a rise of increasingly complicated investments as well as burgeoning regulation. Each has added another hurdle when it comes to earning a 5-Star Rating from Bauer, yet none have been a problem for Chelsea Groton Bank. Not only has the Bank maintained safe capital levels well in excess of what regulators require, but Chelsea Groton Bank has also been helping its neighbors and local businesses grow their community with prudent lending and innovative solutions – all without compromising its own financial health in the process.

“This is the beauty of community banking,” notes Karen Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “The success of a community bank directly correlates to the success of the community it serves. Community banks don’t need exotic investment instruments to make money for their shareholders. They much prefer to invest in local businesses and reap the benefits along with their neighbors. This approach has served Chelsea Groton Bank very well. Earning and maintaining Bauer’s 5-Star Rating continuously for over 25 years, gives the added distinction of “Best of Bauer Bank”. This designation is reserved specifically for banks who have earned Bauer’s highest rating consistently for a minimum of 100 consecutive quarters. You won’t see many (if any) mega banks with a track record like that.”

Today, after 165 years, the Bank continues to create a better banking experience for customers through conveniently located branches throughout New London County, a loan production office in Hartford County, and online at chelseagroton.com.

About BauerFinancial, Inc.

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

About Chelsea Groton Bank

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

Contact: Barb Curto

AVP, Marketing Manager

Chelsea Groton Bank

904 Poquonnock Road

Groton, CT 06340

(860) 448-4118 office (860) 448-4164 fax

bcurto@chelseagroton.com

Mystic Seaport Museum to Honor Dark Harbor 20 Class Owners with William A. Baker Award

Mystic, Conn. (July 2, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum announces it is honoring the Dark Harbor 20 class owners with the William A. Baker Award. The award is given to promote the awareness and appreciation of fine examples of one-design classes or boats of like kind, and to foster faithful preservation and restoration, and encourage their continued use.

The owners are being recognized for their effort to preserve and maintain a significant class of American sailing craft.

Antique and classic boat organizations throughout the country typically present awards for the preservation of wooden boats. As a rule, these awards are presented to individual owners or vessels, recognizing some superlative aspect of the work that has been done to keep them up, maintain original status, or examples of fine craftsmanship.

The William A. Baker Award is unusual in that it is presented to a class association or group of owners. The purpose is to recognize the people and communities that do the bold, arduous, and often expensive work of keeping a large group or class of vessels actively sailing.

The Dark Harbor 20 was designed in 1934 by yacht designers Olin Stephens II and his partner, Drake Sparkman, in response to a request from members of the Tarratine Club of Dark Harbor in Islesboro, ME, for a new sloop for club racing. The resulting boat is a narrow, fin-keel hull with long overhangs and a Bermudan rig. The first group of 16 boats was built by George Lawley in Neponset, MA, during 1934-6. The design proved to be a success, both on and off the racecourse.

The boats are fast, easily driven with particularly good windward performance, and easy to handle. Boat number 1 (Widgeon) was built for Rebecca Crane Tompkins, daughter of famed yacht designer Clinton Crane. Mrs. Tompkins sailed with Donnie Durkee and Gilbert Leach as crew for more than 25 years. Widgeon was then raced by her family until recently when her great-grandsons Ned and Peter Truslow donated it to the Islesboro Central School.

A second group of five boats (Hulls 17-21) joined the fleet after World War II. They were built by Al Norton on 700 Acre Island at what is now Dark Harbor Boatyard. All but one of the original Dark Harbor 20s are still in existence: Hull 19 was lost in a storm. With no way to expand the fleet to new owners, and with maintenance costs of the aging fleet growing, there was talk of switching to a new model, but instead in 2003, under the leadership of Commodore Bill Elkins, research began on a fiberglass version. The new boats were designed and engineered by Sparkman & Stephens to be identical in all relevant aspects to the wooden boats to ensure fair competition. They were built by Shaw Yachts of Thomaston, ME, and launched in 2005.(Hulls 22-25). More new fiberglass Dark Harbor 20s are planned.

“The owners of the Dark Harbor 20s are to be commended for their dedication to authenticity and active use of the class. That so many of the inaugural fleet are still sailing is a remarkable accomplishment and yet there is room for a next generation to continue the class for the future,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “We are proud to honor the Dark Harbor 20 owners for their continued effort to allow future generations to sail and enjoy these fine boats.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony at the Tarratine Club on Tuesday, July 30.

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.

Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank Foundation Awards $1,000 to The Arc Eastern Connecticut

Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank Foundation presented The Arc Eastern Connecticut (formerly The Arc New London County) with a $1,000 grant to support its Community Life & Advocacy (CL&A) program. CL&A’s Empowerment/Enrichment component offers a variety of life skills, work-readiness, self-advocacy and civic responsibility programs to more than 170 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 16 to 86. The Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank Foundation grant will assist with providing dedicated facilitators for these programs. Community Life & Advocacy, which also offers health/fitness and social activities, is the only program of its kind in the region and receives no state or federal support; it relies on community partners like Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank Foundation for its continued operation.

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

Chelsea Groton Foundation Awards Over $182K in Grants to Area Organizations

GROTON, Conn. – The Chelsea Groton Foundation awarded $182,654 in grants to 65 non-profit organizations from Connecticut and Rhode Island this spring. Inclusive of these donations, the Foundation has providedover $3.4 million in total grants to the community since 1999. The Foundation reviews applications and awards grants two times per year.

“For 165 years, improving the quality of life in our community has been at the core of Chelsea Groton’s values,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “Through the Foundation, we are able to support non-profits who play a critical role in our communities. These organizations work to provide education, alleviate hunger and homelessness, improve healthcare, support economic growth, deliver arts and cultural experiences, and more. Our team is always honored to contribute to our shared community and during this, our 165th anniversary year, we are grateful to once again help worthy organizations get the funding they need for projects that will have a significant impact on those around us.”

Spring grant awards included: $7,500 to FRESH New London for the Edible New London program; $5,000 to Operation Fuel for emergency energy assistance for New London County; $5,000 to Westerly Area Rest Meals, Inc. for the Children’s Summer Lunch Program and Anita’s Kitchen; $2,500 to Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region for economic development strategy implementation; and $1,500 to the Norwich Community Backpack Program to provide students with the supplies they need in order to be successful during the school year.

Each year, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation support more than 200 local organizations through monetary gifts, grants, sponsorships, scholarships and employee volunteerism. More information, including a list of all spring grant recipients, is available at chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

About the Chelsea Groton Foundation

The Chelsea Groton Foundation was formed in June 1998 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization. Initially endowed with a $2 million donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, and recently gifted an additional $5 million from the Bank, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $3.4 million in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the Bank’s market area. To learn more, visit:www.chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

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

Knights of Columbus Council 7054 Awards $1,000 to The Arc Eastern Connecticut

NORWICH—The Gales Ferry chapter of the Knights of Columbus awarded $1,000 to The Arc Eastern Connecticut from the proceeds of its 2018 Tootsie Roll Drive. Thanks to the continued support of the Knights of Columbus, The Arc can provide health and fitness programs and activities, including Special Olympics, to over 170 participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) from eastern Connecticut. The Arc’s Community Life & Advocacy program also offers self-advocacy, socialization skills, and civic engagement groups that help individuals with IDD live their best lives.

For more information on The Arc ECT’s Community Life & Advocacy program, please contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

CHARTER OAK AVPs COMPLETE EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Two-Year Intensive Program Focuses on High-Potential Credit Union Executives

Waterford, CT – July 2, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has announced that its two Assistant Vice Presidents who oversee its extensive branch network in eastern Connecticut have successfully completed the Credit Union League of Connecticut’s intensive management program for high-potential executives.

Michael Ballirano and Sonya Armstrong, Charter Oak’s Assistant Vice Presidents and Regional Retail Sales Managers, were among the small group of credit union executives selected annually for the competitive two-year program at the Meriden-based Credit Union League of Connecticut. The Executive Education Program is designed to broaden credit union professionals’ industry knowledge, as well as their leadership skills and career strengths.

Over the course of two years, the program’s participants complete numerous courses focusing on a broad range of subjects, from finance and economics to leadership and communication. In addition, they participate in numerous research projects and professional-development activities. The Executive Education Program runs on an academic-year basis starting in September and holds graduation ceremonies each May. Ballirano graduated from the program in May 2019, while Armstrong, who was Charter Oak’s first employee selected for the Executive Education Program, graduated in May 2018.

Ballirano joined Charter Oak in 2011 as a Member Service Representative and was promoted earlier this year to Assistant Vice President and Regional Retail Sales Manager. Prior to his most recent promotion, he had served as the Branch Officer at Charter Oak’s Mohegan Sun Branch. He is a graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science Degree. In addition, he is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Leadership Program, serves as the President of the Thames Valley BNI chapter, and is a member of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Young Leaders United organization.

Armstrong has been with Charter Oak since 2005. Prior to her promotion to Assistant Vice President and Regional Retail Sales Manager, she had served as the Branch Officer of Charter Oak’s Dayville, Willimantic, and Killingly High School branches. Her professional affiliations include serving as the President of the Eastern Chapter of the Credit Union League of Connecticut and as the Coordinator of the Eastern Connecticut Financial Reality Fair.

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

How many Sailors can the Mudheads get on stage?

The Mystic River Mudheads are already known for their ability to run a rockin’ race, but how many of these sailors can actually rock on guitar... or drums... or at the mike? Get ready to find out. July 19th and 20th mark the weekend of the Mudhead Benefit Cup for Center for Hospice Care. As with any regatta, skippers need Sailing Instructions, so for the Skipper’s ‘meeting’ - instruments are required to get your scratch sheet.

Beverages will be available and delicious food from Munchies food truck will be on site for Friday’s jam! The Racer’s Jam is slated for July 19th at 6 pm under the tent at Mystic Shipyard. Sailors and non-sailors welcome! Visit www.mudhead.org for more information and join your favorite rockin’ sailors for a goal of 100 guitars on stage!

And register to race in the regatta on July 20th followed by the MegaParty at Mystic Shipyard!

For further press info., please contact Courtney Moore, courtney@cmbcreativegroup.com • 860/536.5870

Friends of Fort Griswold Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park Foundation, Inc.

Behind the King's Lines - A story of Loyalists in Connecticut

On Thursday, July 18 at 7 pm, the Friends of Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park will host a free program called "Behind the King's Lines”, the story of a loyalist family from Preston who were forced into exile on Long Island during the Revolutionary War. The talk describes their experiences as refugees on Long Island, and their eventual return to Preston at the war's end. It will be presented by Patricia Oat, an independent historian who focuses on the experiences of people in southeastern Connecticut during the years of the American Revolution. This event is open to the public and starts at 7 pm at the Monument House Museum on Park Avenue in Groton. Refreshments will be served.

The program will be preceded by a brief business meeting and the presentation of the Patriot Award to longtime member Shirleyann Dunbar-Rose. For more information, contact info@fortgriswold.org.

Membership in the Friends group is open to anyone who shares an interest in the history of Fort Griswold and the Battle of Groton Heights. We are a 501(c)(3) advocacy group that works with the State to support, maintain, and promote the history of the Fort.

Contact: Hali Keeler, President

email: info@fortgriswold.org

PO Box 7032 | Groton, CT 06340 | fortgriswold.org | info@fortgriswold.org

2018 was a Banner Year for the COMO! ADA and security renovations were completed as we gussy up for our 75th in 2020!

Thanks to you, our donors, members, volunteers, partners and patrons, the parking lot was paved, a pick-up truck purchased and assorted infrastructure items were addressed throughout the aging campus. The MakerSpace was outfitted with emerging technologies and the COMO tennis legacy returned.

The COMO awarded $28,850 in college scholarships to Stonington youth in 2018. Each year these scholarships include the Whitman Award given to COMO youth members who best embody the values of the COMO. This year's Whitman Awardees are two outstanding COMO Junior Leaders:

Justin Paoloni & Christian Donovan

Sails Up 4 Cancer and Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Receive River Jam Donations

Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is the recipient of all bar tips received at the River Jam at Mystic Shipyard. Held in June, 2019 River Jam was able to raise over $1,000 for much-needed funds for SU4C.

“River Jam has become a great event, not just because Sails Up is one of the weekend’s beneficiaries but there is also a tremendous amount of talent on stage and great camaraderie throughout the weekend with the musicians, volunteers and attendees. We love being a part of the weekend, said President and founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer, Bob Davis. “We truly appreciate that the festival gives back to our community. It means a lot.”

Sails Up 4 Cancer has been able to fulfill requests from many area families for financial assistance due to cancer related medical bills or loss of income due to illness. Additionally, SU4C fulfills requests from area organizations such as the L+M Cancer Center in Waterford, CT and Center for Hospice Care in Norwich, CT. Further information can be found at: www.su4c.org. Sails Up 4 Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research, education, care and prevention for all types of cancer. (www.su4c.org)

Additionally, River Jam donated a percentage of proceeds to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. PNC’s mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life of residents of all ages living within the communities we serve by providing basic human needs, social interaction and senior transportation to obtain medical care. (www.the-pnc.org)

“The River Jam team works hard to make this a fun and safe festival for all; we are proud to be able to give back to two very, worthy charitable organizations,” said Courtney Moore, River Jam Committee member.

River Jam is in the planning stages for 2020. Held at Mystic Shipyard, the event will be June 18-20, 2020.

“We are pleased by the great turnout for River Jam, and we are always happy to host,” said Jeff Marshall of Mystic Shipyard. “The music is top-notch and it is a fun weekend for two great causes.”

For further information, visit: mysticriverjam.com

Westerly Community Credit Union Hires Operations Manager

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce that Michelle Johnston has joined their team as the Operations Manager. Michelle is responsible for the quality control and verification of Credit Union communications, data processing and reporting. She will provide guidance to the operations team and will assist in the development of policies, procedures and training to ensure efficient and effective Credit Union operations.

Michelle comes to WCCU with over 11 years of experience and is a graduate of Keene State College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics. Michelle shows her commitment to the community by volunteering her time to support the Relay for Life of Southern Rhode Island by assisting with Marketing and Public Relations.

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union congratulate Michelle on her new position. To find out more about Westerly Community Credit Union and their career openings, please visit www.westerlyccu.com.

About Westerly Community Credit Union

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. Westerly Community Credit Union was recently awarded the Excellence in Social Responsibility Award 2018, Cooperative Credit Union Association; Best Places to Work 2018, Providence Business News; Best Employer, Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chamber Choice Awards; Spreadin’ the Love (Giving Back), Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 2019 Chamber Choice Awards; and Best Places to Work 2019, Providence Business News; #1 Best Bank, Sun Media Group’s Third Annual Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.

Chelsea Groton Foundation Presents Scholarships to 16 Rising College Students

GROTON, Conn. – The Chelsea Groton Foundation recently presented scholarships to a select group of graduating seniors who represent 16 area high schools. Each of the individuals who applied for the scholarships excelled in academia, leadership and extracurricular activities during their high school years, and plans to pursue college degrees.

“The Foundation is committed to giving back to our communities. One of the best ways we are able to do this is by investing in the next generation of young adults, and supporting them as they work to achieve their goals,” said Michael Rauh, President & CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “The scholarship recipients are a distinguished group of students with bright futures ahead of them. We wish them the best as they pursue their college education.”

The 16 recipients of $500 scholarships were: Isabella Basile of Fishers Island School; Sneha Kumar of Fitch Senior High School; Tamara Acevedo-Ramos of Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School; Caitlyn Shetland of Griswold High School; Nayeli Contreras of Ledyard High School; Hannah Roby of Marine Science Magnet High School; Linda Chen of Montville High School; Rockenson Charles of New London High School; Mason Larkin of Norwich Free Academy; Marissa Madera of Norwich Technical High School; Nicole Lawton of St. Bernard School; Caroline Andrews of Stonington High School; Sophia Kasem-Beg of Waterford High School; Annie Celico of Westerly High School; Valerie Knowles of Wheeler High School; and Colin Ladd of The Williams School.

About Chelsea Groton Foundation

The Chelsea Groton Foundation was formed in June 1998 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization. Initially endowed with a $2 million donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, and recently gifted an additional $5 million from the Bank, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $3.4 million in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the Bank’s market area. To learn more, visit: www.chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

Contact: Barb Curto, AVP, Marketing Manager

Phone: (860) 448-4118

Email: bcurto@chelseagroton.com

Thames River Heritage Park Offers Free Groton Bus Shuttle

NEW LONDON, Ct. – Riders on the water taxi service offered by the Thames River Heritage Park (TRHP) will now be able to continue their journey on land to historically significant sites courtesy of a free Groton bus shuttle, thanks in part from the support of the Submarine Force Museum Association and Friends of Fort Griswold.

“We want to give our water taxi riders a convenient way to visit all our Groton Bank sites including the Submarine Force Museum, which is not currently connected by water taxi,” said Amy Perry, the park’s executive director. It will also give those visiting the submarine force museum a convenient and fun way to see other historic sites.”

The Groton land shuttle is part of a stepped up effort to acquaint both visitors and local residents with the many historically important museums and sites on both sides of the river. The land service comes in anticipation of another significant change in 2020.

“Next year will be another story when our boats will be able to dock at our new landing right at the museum, thanks to funding from the Connecticut Port Authority, our partnership with the Museum and significant support from leadership at Naval Submarine Base New London.”

But for now, the land shuttle will take riders to the museum, along with Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and Bill Memorial Library, Ebenezer Avery House, the National SubVets WWII Memorial East, which honors submariners who served in World War II and the Avery-Copp House.

The shuttle bus will do a one-hour hop-on loop between these stops on Saturdays between 10:40 am and 3:40 pm in July and August. It will not operate on Sailfest weekend.

The land shuttle is part of the changes offered by the park that also include themed walking tours on both the east and west banks of the river. Details can be found on the park’s website, www.ThamesRiverHeritagePark.org.

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

Water taxi rides after 6 p.m. are $5 for a two-stop ride between City Pier and Thames River landing.

Heritage sites within the Park in New London include, Fort Trumbull State Park, the Garde Arts Center, Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Hempsted Houses, Monte Cristo Cottage, and Lyman Allyn Museum. For more information on the park and the water taxi, 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 state of Connecticut, cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

Contact: Amy Perry

Perryamy1@gmail.com

860-912-0950

“GOODSPEED TAILS” PET ADOPTION EVENT

Goodspeed Musicals to Host Connecticut Animal Rescue Groups at Special Adoption and Education Event

EAST HADDAM, ,CONN. June 25, 2019: Goodspeed Musicals is thrilled to partner with several animal welfare organizations for a special Goodspeed Tails pet adoption awareness showcase. Multiple local pet adoption organizations will be on-campus for this unique pet adoption event. Shelters and rescue organizations large and small will gather on the lawn of the Goodspeed Opera House to feature wonderful animals in need of forever homes.

This event will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, weather permitting. Attendees will be able to meet animals available for adoption on sight as well as make plans for adopting in the future.

In addition there will be opportunities to learn more about outreach, welfare, foster and wellness programs. Participating organizations include Bandit’s Place, BarkVille, Connecticut Animal House, Connecticut Humane Society, Help Willy’s Friends, Homeward Bound, Meriden Humane Society, Our Companions and Protector of Animals.

This event is being held in conjunction with The Goodspeed’s production of Because Of Winn Dixie, a new musicals about a girl, a stray dog and a town they’ll change forever. Because of Winn Dixie will run at The Goodspeed from June 28 to September 1, 2019. Cast of the new musical Because of Winn Dixie will be on hand to assist with adoptions.

As Bill Berloni, Tony Award-winning Animal Director of Because of Winn Dixie, Annie and many more says, “if we can change one person’s thinking and save one animal’s life, it is all worth it.”

Goodspeed encourages you to adopt a rescue animal and bring home your very own four-legged star.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS [As of June 25, 2019]

Bandit’s Place (East Hartford, CT)

In 1982 I went to a dog pound looking for a dog that had been advertised for adoption. I came out instead with a smelly, cross-eyed pooch that I had to bathe three times to see her actual colors. Over time, Bandit became an inspiration to all who met her. She taught kids who had been abused that fear and mistrust could be overcome with love and understanding. Bandit's Place is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless animals and placing them in loving, forever homes. It matters not where they've come from, but it matters greatly where they go. www.banditsplace.org

BarkVille (East Haddam, CT)

Established in 2016 BarkVille Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(C)3 Not-for-Profit Organization that is headquartered in Jasper, GA., with a second office in East Haddam, CT. Our Organization is dedicated to rescuing all breeds of dogs from those most in need to those readily adoptable, from any situation where their life may be in danger. We are committed to finding each of these dogs a loving and caring family to be their forever home, while also showing our volunteers how much we appreciate the work they do to make this happen.www.barktowndogrescue.org

Connecticut Animal House (Waterford, CT)

CT Animal House is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ending the euthanasia of adoptable dogs in Connecticut Pounds. We provide funds for emergency medical expenses, evaluation and adoption promotion. It's our mission to give every Pound dog the best chance of adoption. ​www.ctanimalhouse.org

Connecticut Humane Society (Newington, CT)

The Connecticut Humane Society is the leading resource in the state for companion animal welfare, enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty. The Connecticut Humane Society is not affiliated with any national animal welfare groups, does not receive government funding, and does not euthanize for time, space, breed or age. To learn more about the Connecticut Humane Society, please visit www.cthumane.org.

Help Willy’s Friends (Durham, CT)

Help Willy's Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare charity that collects pet food, supplies, and monetary donations, which are then distributed among the community’s animal shelters, rescue groups, pet pantries, and related organizations. Help Willy's Friends partners with the entire community, including local businesses and veterinary practices, to accomplish its mission. www.helpwillysfriends.org

Homeward Bound (Chester, CT)

Homeward Bound CT is a group of dedicated volunteers whose only goal is to help rescues find forever homes for the dogs they’ve pulled from municipal pounds, high kill shelters, and taken in as owner surrenders or strays. These individuals are the real heroes. They open their homes and hearts to dogs that others have turned their backs on. They feed them, provide vet care, and shower them with love. It’s because of these amazing people that we are able to help so many dogs find safe, loving homes. www.homewardboundct.org

Meriden Humane Society (Meriden, CT)

We believe it is our moral responsibility protect/improve the lives of animals in our care and to place them in loving permanent homes.

We can help the animals in our care by providing necessary medical care, sterilizations, consistent training, and a safe and healthy environment with unconditional love. These are critical for ensuring we set them up for future successes.

We are committed to working collectively with others who share our dedication and passion for the voiceless.

We are committed to helping our Community Members by providing food/supply assistance, education on the importance of pet sterilization, responsible pet ownership, disease control, humane treatment of animals, and resources to assist with a variety of challenges faced as a pet owner. www.meridenhumanesocietyrescue.com

Our Companions (Manchester, CT)

Our Companions mission is to advocate for animals in need by engaging compassionate people to help provide innovative community programs.

It is our promise to always do the right thing for animals and we are committed to helping animals in need today, while also providing programs to prevent animals from becoming homeless. www.ourcompanions.org

Protector of Animals (East Hartford, CT)

We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 no-kill animal shelter and rescue. POA was formed in 1975 to rescue abandoned, abused and stray cats and dogs. Today we are one of the oldest and most respected animal welfare organizations in the northeast. POA is here to stay! You will not find a more dedicated, experienced or thorough resource for improving the lives of Connecticut cats and dogs. We confine our focus to our home state because this is where our infrastructure and resources reside, as well as our leadership. poainc.org

For more information, to schedule an interview, or to receive stock art, please contact Elisa Hale (ext. 323) or Dan McMahon (ext. 324) at 860.873.8664, Elisa.Hale@goodspeed.org/Dan.McMahon@goodspeed.org

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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