Mystic Chamber Member News

CONNECTICUT SPRING IN-WATER BOAT SHOW TO BENEFIT SAILS UP 4 CANCER ANNOUNCES 2019 SHOW DATES

Essex, CT (January 24, 2019) The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5 at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT. The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Essex Island Marina, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and YachtWorld. 100% of attendee gate proceeds will go to Sails Up 4 Cancer, last year over $10,000 was raised for the organization.

"Boaters from all over New England down to New York get excited to visit the Connecticut Spring Boat Show to experience the wide selection of power and sail boats. The venue makes it easy to hop aboard and spend time chatting with knowledgeable brokers in a relaxed and fun environment." said Tom Pilkington, owner of Prestige Yacht Sales. "Due to changes in CT Tax law, which lower the state tax on boat purchases from 6.35% to 2.99% in 2019, we anticipate a growing interest in this boutique show.” said Pilkington.

"Safe Harbor Marinas is proud to sponsor this event annually” said Doug Domenie, Northeast Central Regional Vice President. “It is truly unique because of our beautiful, family friendly venue in the historic waterfront village of Essex, CT. No other show, boutique or otherwise, has a setting like ours and the SHM team really take pride in hosting it." Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private island on the Connecticut River, accessed by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. Over thirty land based nautical exhibitors are expected to grace the dockside lawns on the Island along with the seventy plus expected in water boats.

Over 2500 visitors are anticipated with a suggested donation of $5 per person to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization and local charity who distributes funds raised to families impacted by cancer. Attendees will see a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models with sea trials available. Boating gear, accessories, waterfront real estate and "water lifestyle" service companies will also be on site.

“We are really proud to have raised over $10,000 last year for Sails Up 4 Cancer.” said Ben Cesare, Publisher of WindCheck Magazine, the producer of the event. “This year, with the help of sponsor Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, we hope to double that! They will again bring their riverboat Becky Thatcher to provide food and beverages during the event and host a cocktail cruise to benefit the charity.”

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. To learn more, go to SU4C.org.

CT SPRING BOAT SHOW: The CT Spring Boat Show, May 3-5, 2019 features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats. The show is open to the public at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina with a requested $5 dollar donation to Sails Up 4 Cancer for attendees ages 13 and up. Free parking is provided. Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details or Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at contactus@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.

Voting is open in The Day’s Best of Readers’ Choice Awards Contest

Recognizing the area’s best people, places, and businesses


New London, CT – February 18, 2019 – Voting in the 5th annual Best of Readers’ Choice Awards Contest (an online readers’ poll), presented by The Day and Atlantic Broadband, will be open until March 12th at 11:59 p.m. at www.theday.com/bestof.

The nomination round was open from January 1st – February 4th. Individuals had the opportunity to nominate their favorite people, places and businesses in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island in 260 categories including arts & entertainment, food & dining, the great outdoors, health & wellness, home & garden, lifestyle & beauty, pets, services, shopping, and weddings. Over 60,000 nominations were cast by over 13,000 individuals during that time. The top 5 entrants who received the most nominations in each category advanced to the voting round.

Readers now have the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorite finalist in each category. The winners will be announced in the Best of Magazine publishing in The Day on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

“The Best of contest is for our community,” said Jaclyn Nardone, marketing manager at The Day. “We hear from people all year long who are looking forward to the next year’s contest because it is their chance to let their friends, family and coworkers know who they think are the best people to work with, businesses to support, or places to see. If you’re an individual or business who has won in the past, the honor brings extensive bragging rights with it: you won because the members of your community felt you were the best, and you can’t get that recognition anywhere else.”

For more information, and to vote for your favorites, visit www.theday.com/bestof.

G R O T O N R O T A R Y C L U B

Groton Rotary Club Scholar Awards Available

GROTON – The Groton Rotary Club through its Community Awards Foundation will award a total of $7,000 in academic scholar awards in June 2019. Three (3) $2,000 scholar awards, which are one-time awards, are available to graduating seniors from Fitch Senior High School, the Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School and the Marine Science Magnet School.

Students may obtain applications for the scholar awards at each school’s guidance counselor office. Applications are also available for download at the club web site at grotonrotary.org. The deadline for applying is Friday, April 19, 2019.

The Groton Rotary Club will also award a $1,000 scholar award to an adult student who is attending or wants to attend Three Rivers Community College. The applicant has to either live or work in Groton and desires to return to school to continue their college education. Candidates interested in applying for this scholar award may obtain an application at the club web site at grotonrotary.org. The deadline for applying is Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Criteria for selection of the winning applicants include scholastic accomplishment, educational goals, extracurricular activities (including work) and financial need. However, the scholarship committee will give heavy weight to community service and especially service to others in the spirit of Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.”

The Groton Rotary Club raises funds annually to finance scholar awards and grants approved by its community foundation.

The Groton Rotary Club is a community organization dedicated to the theme, “Service Above Self”, and welcomes new members. Persons interested in joining the club should visit the Club’s web site at grotonrotary.org or contact a local Rotarian. A list of Rotary Club members is on the website

For further information contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Public Relations Chair

Groton Rotary Club

Telephone: (860) 446-4095

E-mail: winklerf@grotonutilities.com

Groton Art At the Airport Program Opens New London's ISAAC Students' Nationally Acclaimed Photography Exhibit

JANUARY 31, 2019 - NORWICH, CT - The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At the Airport program's winter exhibit "Community Faces," presented by the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication, opening on February 1. The exhibit will be on view through April 30 at the Groton - New London Airport. There will be a reception for the public to meet the student artists on Thursday, February 21, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the airport, sponsored by the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (seCTer), with a snow date of February 22.

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.

Students from New London's Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC) created "Community Faces - Humanizing the Immigrant Label" - a project in which students wrote stories, took photos, shot videos and designed websites for a traveling exhibit and a book about sixteen local immigrants who came to the United States. The project was one of eighteen winning Better World Projects selected by a committee of Expeditionary Learning (EL) Education students, teachers, and leaders, from submissions across the country and featured at a national conference. The exhibit at Groton - New London Airport will feature portraits from the project and includes interactive, mobile phone QR component for additional information.

Since its inception in 2017, 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 terminal located at 155 Tower Avenue in Groton. The program is a partnership of the Cultural Coalition and the Connecticut Airport Authority.

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

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

G R O T O N R O T A R Y C L U B

Groton Rotary Club Seeks Players and Sponsors For Annual Golf Tournament on May 31

GROTON – The Groton Rotary Club is seeking players and sponsors for its annual golf tournament, scheduled for Friday, May 31, at the Shennecossett Golf Course, a historic Donald Ross designed 18-hole course, in Groton.

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

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

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

The Groton Rotary Club is seeking both corporate and hole sponsors. Corporate sponsorships are $1,000 and include a banner with the company’s logo, program recognition and a foursome. Corporate Scholarship Sponsorship are $2000 and include the benefits of a Corporate Sponsor plus the naming of a scholarship for the business. Hole sponsorships are $100 and include signage with the company’s logo.

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

The $500 cost will cover the greens fees for four (4) military service personnel. The sponsoring business will be recognized by a tee sign and in the program. The

Groton Rotary Club will recruit the military four-somes from all branches of the service in our military community.

There will be cash prizes for the top four (4) low gross scores. There will be raffles at all three Par 3 holes.

Make your check out to the Groton Rotary Club and mail it to John Silsby, 74 Sharon Road, Mystic, CT 06355.

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

The Groton Rotary Club raises funds annually to finance scholar awards and grants approved by its community foundation.

Frank E. Winkler

Public Relations Chair

Groton Rotary Club

Telephone: (860) 446-4095

E-mail: winklerf@grotonutilities.com

Nonprofit Receives Award from US Sailing

NESS Recognized for Outreach and Inclusion


STONINGTON, CT. New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) received the Jim Kilroy Outreach and Inclusion Award for its 2018 achievements. US Sailing is the governing body for the sport of sailing in the United States, and its Community Sailing Committee promotes and supports community sailing across the country. US Sailing's Community Sailing awards recognize organizations and individuals who are committed to promoting public access to sailing. The award was presented at the National Sailing Programs Symposium held January 31 through February 2, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL.

NESS, a nationally-recognized and award-winning ocean adventure STEM education nonprofit, provides students from all walks of life with year-round programming that includes marine science, sailing, powerboating, and adventure sports. For 16 years, NESS has offered community sailing programs to the public. Since its formation, NESS has been steadfast in delivering on their four core values: inclusiveness, experiential learning, personal growth and stewardship. NESS served 9,000 students in 2018 across New England with over 50% of their students receiving some form of financial aid. Since its inception, NESS has enabled over 35,000 students to get on the water.

As an organization, NESS was awarded with the Jim Kilroy Outreach and Inclusion Award in recognition of its outstanding work to introduce sailing and provide access to the sport to students from all backgrounds and walks of life throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. As described on the US Sailing website, the award "is given annually to a Program Director or Program that has made notable contributions to promote public access to sailing by finding and including people in their program that would normally have no access to sailing."

While NESS's mission centers on inclusiveness across all their programs, the most obvious and compelling examples are NESS's New London Community Boating (NLCB) program and its adaptive sailing program. The NLCB program is a part of NESS's larger New London Initiative and exemplifies NESS's drive for community outreach and inclusion. NLCB operates year-round alongside and inside the New London Public Schools (NLPS) with the NESS SEA AmeriCorps Program. The sailing program at NLCB is now a part of the public-school system, which provides access for these students to the marine environment in their own backyard.

NESS's adaptive sailing program began in 2017 and brings the fun and therapeutic qualities of sailing to individuals with diverse needs. The program's teaching methods and specialized equipment supports students with a variety of cognitive and/or physical disabilities aboard the adaptive designed Independence 20 sailboat.

Of the award, NESS's President, Founder, and CEO, Spike Lobdell, said: "We are honored to receive this prestigious award from US Sailing. NESS is passionate about getting students on the water learning and developing valuable life skills while at the same time having fun. We are making a difference in student's lives."

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.

Contact:

Caroline Knowles

Associate Director of Communications

860-535-9362cknowles@nessf.org

It’s Going to be an Amazing Summer!

Registration for Camp COMO is open

[Stonington, CT] - The Stonington Community Center’s (COMO) summer programs are now open for registration and as always, it’s guaranteed to be a phenomenal summer! The COMO’s summer offerings include athletic camps, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math), camps, leadership opportunities, traditional day camps and Preschool Explorers. Families can create a camp day based on their needs as Camp COMO offers half-day, full-day and extended day camp options for children entering kindergarten through seventh grade.

Camp COMO, a state licensed child care program, spans the entire COMO campus as campers play on COMO courts and fields, plant and harvest in the children’s garden, learn and experiment in the MakerSpace and create and imagine in the pottery studio. Camp COMO is led by qualified and caring staff and all participants have a blast as they discover, and explore at the COMO.

“My daughter never wanted to go to camp until this year. We signed her up for a week half day and by first-day pick-up, she begged to stay all day all week! Needless to say, she ended up doing four and a half weeks the entire summer and then brought her little brother along! Counselors are amazing and great role models for the kids!” said one Camp COMO parent.

The COMO offers exciting recreational, pottery and STEAM camps as well so that kids can explore specific interests and passions. This also gives parents the option to complete their child’s day camp experience by adding these on to their day camps at a discounted price. COMO pottery camp add-ons are a great way for youth to catch learn the basics of ceramics and create clay masterpieces in a pottery studio. Youth who want to try a new sport or polish their existing skills before the next school year can sign up for COMO athletic camps such as basketball, flag rugby, field hockey, soccer and more! Summer tennis clinics will provide youth the opportunity to play on the newly remodeled COMO courts!

Preschool Explorers, for ages 3 to 5, is all about exploring, socializing and having fun. The COMO’s caring and qualified staff inspire little explorers to build, learn, laugh and discover. Slots fill up quickly and include full-day, half-day, and before/after care options for two, three or five-day per week enrollment. The COMO preschool is a state licensed program with the additional distinction of being an accredited program by the National Association for the Education of Young Children- a recognition bestowed on less than 10 percent of childcare centers and preschools.

Young teens and high school students looking to develop leadership skills can apply for the COMO’s Junior Leadership Program. This year-long program instills personal and civic responsibility, shapes character, and shows young role models how they can lead by example.

And it’s not just all fun for the little ones- the COMO offers tennis clinics, lessons and programs on decoTurf courts with nationally-ranked racquet pro, Jerry Albrikes, as well as 6v6 soccer. Be sure to also check out beach passes to duBois and Sandy Point.

For more information about COMO Summer Camps or to register, visit www.thecomo.org/summer or stop by the COMO at 28 Cutler Street, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

About The Stonington Community Center

The Stonington Community Center, fondly known as the COMO, was founded on April 1, 1946, as a nonprofit with the goals of strengthening families and community. The first COMO programs included high school aged basketball, junior baseball teams, arts and crafts classes, teenage weekend dances and more. Over the years the COMO’s 16-acre campus has grown to include its own classrooms, Thrift Shop, four decoTurf tennis courts, art and pottery studio, annex, paddle tennis facility, and soccer fields. The COMO provides a wide range of educational, enrichment, athletic, family and community partnership programs throughout the year. Located at 28 Cutler Street, the Stonington Community Center has become an irreplaceable part of the Stonington community, serving countless children and families of the surrounding areas, regardless of financial need. For more information visit www.thecomo.org.

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Mystic Irish Parade Announces 2019 Grand Marshal

Mystic to celebrate Irish heritage with local fire chief

Mystic, Conn. (January 24, 2019) - This morning, the Mystic Irish Parade announced that Mystic Fire Chief Frank (Fritz) Hilbert will be the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Mystic Irish Parade. Hilbert has served as a firefighter for 48 years and as Mystic Fire Chief for 30 years.

“The Mystic Irish Parade is one of the biggest events Mystic has to offer, and I am excited to be participating as Grand Marshal,” said Hilbert. “It’s a great opportunity to be a part of one of the events that make our community such a great place to live in.”

On March 24, the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation will host its 16th annual Parade. The parade is the biggest single-day event in Mystic each year, and it is just part of the Irish themed festivities that celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The festivities will begin at the Mystic Seaport, starting at 1 p.m.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Mystic Fire Chief Frank (Fritz) Hilbert. Hilbert has served the town of Mystic as Fire Chief for 26 years and a firefighter for 44 years. He is on the executive board of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association and is the Commissioner of Fire Prevention and Control for the Connecticut Fire Academy.

“Fire Chief Frank Hilbert has dedicated his life to protecting our community,” said Neil Ryan, Vice President of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. “The Mystic Parade is excited to feature someone who is an essential supporter of the community as this year's Grand Marshal.”

This fun-filled event will feature floats representing outstanding community organizations, traditional Irish music, local school marching bands, bag pipers, local acts and celebrate all things Saint Patrick. For more information, visit www.MysticIrishParade.org.

About the Mystic Irish Parade:

This festive celebration, as well as many other annual area events, are planned and supported by the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation is 100% volunteer driven, supported by team members dedicated to promoting Irish heritage and organizing a spectacular parade for the community. The MIPF is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible and directly help fund local charities, as well as the annual parade. Excess funds raised are donated to local nonprofit organizations. Please mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you at these local events!

Contact

Neil Ryan

Mystic Irish Parade

860-608-4901

neilryan@snet.net

Lydia Leizman

Corrine Cunha

Kate O'Brien

The O'Brien String Trio Up Next at City Cabaret 2019

GROTONCity Cabaret 2019 will feature the O'Brien String Trio at its next concert on Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m.

The OBrien String Trio is a classical string trio, which plays everything from “Bach to Broadway.” The trio consists of Kate O’Brien on the violin, Lydia Leizman on the viola, and Corinne Cunha on the cello. The group will play a variety of music, including classical, and Kate O’Brien’s original arrangements of popular, ethnic and fiddling styles.

The OBrien String Trio concerts are designed for all ages, especially excellent for families, and feature a combination of many styles of music.

All City Cabaret concerts are held in the City of Groton Auditorium at 295 Meridian Street in the City of Groton on Sundays at 3:00 p.m., once each month January through March.

The City Cabaret concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

Whisky, Wine and Coke will close out the season with a performance on March 10, 2019

Dessert, coffee and bottle water will be available for purchase from the Fitch High School Alcohol and Drug Free Party Committee.

The concerts are free. No alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

Contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Co-Chair and Spokesperson

City Cabaret 2019

(860) 446-4095

winklerf@grotonutilities.com

ROTARY CLUB OF MYSTIC OPENS SPRING GRANT CYCLE ON FEBRUARY 20

The Rotary Club of Mystic is accepting applications for its spring 2019 grant cycle on February 20th. The club awards $8,000 in grants twice a year to local nonprofit organizations in need. Interested 501(c)3 organizations should fill out an application available at mysticrotary.org by March 31. For more information, send an email to contributions.mysticrotary@gmail.com.

NEW Free SCORE Workshop on “Relationships That Sustain: Cultivating Donor Relationships and Engagement for Non-Profits”

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Fundraising can be a difficult task in the best of times, but there is no more important task for the sustainability of your organization. In this interactive seminar, we’ll discuss how to identify and engage your donors to build “Relationships that Sustain.” Takeaways will include templates to plan your campaigns and channel selection tools.

DATE: Monday, February 25, 2019

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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

HOW TO REGISTER: REGISTER NOW

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

Photo Caption: Tom Gezo presents a new free SCORE workshop on “Relationships That Sustain: Cultivating Donor Relationships and Engagement for Non-Profits” on Monday, February 25, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Groton Public Library.

Westerly Community Credit Union Promotes Stoy to Network Manager

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce the following promotion:

Joe Stoy has been promoted to Network Manager for the Westerly Community Credit Union. He will be responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of all Credit Union IT technology. Joe has been with WCCU for two years and previously held the position of IT Analyst. He currently resides in Groton, CT with his fiancé.

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union wish Joe congratulations on his new position. For more information on the Westerly Community Credit Union, please visit us online 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. It currently serves over 18,500 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: 2018 CCUA Excellence in Social Responsibility; Best Employer by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chamber Choice Awards; and #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016 and 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Charter Oak’s ‘Matching Gifts’ Giving in 2018 Totals Nearly $400,000

Combined Donations from Charter Oak and Its Members Benefit 345 Charities

Waterford, CT – January 23, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union’s Matching Gifts Program’s donations during 2018 reached nearly $400,000, and the combined donations from the credit union and its members were able to assist 345 charities and non-profit groups.

“The overwhelming success of our 2018 Matching Gifts Program means that nearly $400,000 in combined donations from Charter Oak and our generous members were provided to help those in need,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “These donations ranged from helping to feed the hungry, to providing shelter for the homeless and research to fight breast cancer,” said Orenstein. “Each year, we continue to be amazed by the ever-increasing generosity of our members,” he said.

During Charter Oak's 2018 Matching Gifts “$100,000 in 100 Days” Program, the credit union’s Board of Directors authorized the matching of up to $200,000 of donations because of the volume of donations being received. Charter Oak received over 1,000 donations from its members that it matched, ranging from an individual $25 match up to a $500 member match. As a result, Charter Oak matched $194,525 in donations from its members. The combined donations from Charter Oak and its members totaled $389,050 at the conclusion of the 2018 Matching Gifts initiative, which began on August 14th and ended on November 21st.

Since 2016, when Charter Oak introduced its Matching Gifts program, nearly $790,000 has been donated by Charter Oak and its members to charities and non-profit groups in eastern Connecticut and far beyond. During the 2018 campaign, donations were made to charitable groups in a total of 24 states.

Charter Oak's 2018 Matching Gifts program matched all qualified donations made by its primary members to 501(c)(3) charities. Among the many charitable groups in New London and Windham counties to benefit from donations to Charter Oak’s Matching Gifts Program were the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, the Arc of Quinebaug Valley, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. and the Windham County 4H Foundation, Inc.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.12 billion as of December 31, 2018. 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. 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!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Anthony Cronin

AVP-Director of Marketing

860.446.3254 or acronin@cofcu.com

Registration for NESS's Ocean Adventure Summer Camp Opens 2/1!

Sailing, marine science, and adventure sports camp for kids 4-17


STONINGTON, CT. New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) will open registration for their 2019 Summer Camp on Friday, February 1, 2019. NESS summer programs run Mondays through Fridays for 10 weeks (June 24 - August 30). The half-day and full-day programs are open to students from ages 4-17 and located in Stonington, CT.

NESS, a nationally-recognized and award-winning ocean adventure STEM education nonprofit, provides students of all ages with year-round programming that includes marine science, sailing, powerboating, and adventure sports. NESS's summer programs offer a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to spark curiosity, enhance learning, and encourage students to step out of their comfort zones. Summer programs include courses in sailing, marine science, adventure sports, and powerboating. This year, NESS has brand new themes for all marine science programs, as well as for some sailing and adventure sport programs!

NESS's adventure sports offerings for ages 9-17 include surfing, fishing, powerboating, kayaking, geocaching & navigation, and more. Opportunities for students to experience hybrid adventure sports classes in which there are combinations of different sports within each class will be offered again this summer. NESS will introduce new programs such as The American Canoe Association (ACA) Kayak and Junior Lifeguarding courses which will be offered for older students to learn and practice their on the water skills.

The nonprofit will continue to offer sailing classes for students ages 6-16 with courses that vary in length from one to eight weeks. As with adventure sports courses, there will be combination classes for students to try different types of sailboats during the week-long class. New this year, NESS will be introducing foiling as a part of the youth sailing offerings!

NESS also offers a variety of marine science courses for students ages 4-15 with brand new themes this year. NESS will collaborate again this summer with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Project Oceanology, and the Mystic Aquarium on a few courses.

To learn more or register, please visit: www.nessf.org/summercamp. Classes fill fast, so interested families are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Financial aid is available to make the ocean accessible to all.

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.

Contact:

Caroline Knowles

Associate Director of Communications

860-535-9362

cknowles@nessf.org

Mystic Seaport Museum Celebrates Winter with First-Ever Ice Festival February 16-18

Mystic, Conn. (January 24, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum will hold an Ice Festival Presidents Day weekend, February 16-18. The event will be three days of winter activities in conjunction with the exhibition Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, now on display in the Museum’s Collins Gallery.

Families are invited to enjoy games, activities, music, and entertainment throughout the Museum’s grounds:

· Live Music

· Working dog demonstrations

· Winter crafts for children

· Indoor Sock Skating Rink

· Winter survival skills workshops

· Winter Games on the Green

· Special Planetarium show Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights

· Learn about Pemmican, the ultimate survival food

· Sledge pulls

· Make a Toy Boat

· Bonfire on the Village Green

· Victorian Selfie Station

· Franklin Expedition-related talks

The festival kicks off with an ice sculpture carving 10:30 a.m., Saturday, and free horse-and-carriage rides will be available 12 to 4 p.m., Monday.

Live music will be provided by the band Sharks Come Cruisin’, Saturday and Sunday at 12 and 3:30 p.m., and Sea Tea Improv will perform two shows on Monday.

On Saturday and Sunday, winter working dog demonstrations will take place. The Museum welcomes the Newfoundland Club of New England from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday. The Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club will bring their teams to the festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the New England Saint Bernard Club will be featured.

Also here for Saturday and Sunday is Steve Lancia, owner of Northcamp Wilderness Survival School, who will do a presentation on winter survival skills. A professional with the National Ski Patrol, Lancia is a licensed New York state guide, an American Red Cross instructor and a licensed emergency medical technician, and wilderness technician.

Included in the weekend is a special show in the Planetarium, Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are a breathtaking phenomenon — a natural wonder that illuminates the night sky with magnificent colors! In addition to the visual beauty, there is also some fun and quirky science behind this event. the show will explain what causes the Aurora Borealis, and simulate the shimmering curtains of light projected onto the Planetarium dome. There is an extra fee for the show: $4 ($3 for Museum members), ages 3 and younger are free.

The new exhibition Death in the Ice explores the fate of the Franklin Expedition, a tragic story of 19th-century Arctic exploration and death and one of the most enduring mysteries of maritime history. Displaying more than 200 objects from the collections of the National Maritime Museum in London and the Canadian Museum of History, alongside finds recovered by Parks Canada from the underwater wreck of Sir John Franklin’s ship HMS Erebus, the exhibition tells the story of the 1845 Royal Navy expedition to find the elusive Northwest passage to Asia and offers clues to the unknown fate of Franklin and his 128 men, none of whom survived.

Admission tickets purchased online will be valid for all three days of the festival. The Ice Festival is included in the cost of general admission. The Planetarium shows and toy boat building require an additional fee.

Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition is a traveling exhibition developed by the Canadian Mu­seum of History (Gatineau, Canada), in partnership with Parks Canada Agency and with the National Maritime Museum (Lon­don, UK), and in collaboration with the Govern­ment of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust.

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 is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 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

Nonprofit Recognized for Outstanding Youth Mentoring in Southeastern Connecticut

NESS Receives Award from the Eastern Connecticut Mentoring Collaborative

New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) received an Eastern Connecticut Mentoring Collaborative (ECMC) Award for their 2018 achievements. As a part of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, ECMC promotes mentoring as a means of empowering young people by ensuring access to mentorship throughout eastern Connecticut through schools, colleges and universities, youth service bureaus, nonprofits, faith communities, and grassroots efforts. ECMC's awards recognize organizations and individuals who have made a difference in young people's lives through mentoring. The awards were presented at the National Mentoring Month Celebration and Inaugural Awards on January 17, 2018 in New London, CT.

As an organization, NESS was awarded the Outstanding Mentor Champion Award in recognition of its NESS SEA AmeriCorps Program, staff, board, and volunteers for promoting youth mentoring in New London and strengthening their relationship with the New London community. NESS is a nationally-recognized and award-winning ocean adventure STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education nonprofit, providing students of all ages and all backgrounds year-round programming using marine science, sailing, powerboating, and adventure sports as teaching platforms. NESS has established an AmeriCorps program that works throughout the New London Public School (NLPS) District to provide NESS programming as well as academic and social support to the students of New London.

The NESS SEA (STEM Educator Ambassador) AmeriCorps program uses national service to engage the students of New London in STEM-based ocean adventure learning. Each year, NESS SEA AmeriCorps members join a national movement of over 75,000 Americans who dedicate themselves to intensive service in communities across the country. These NESS SEA AmeriCorps members serve alongside NLPS teachers and staff to provide students with additional support, mentoring, and tutoring during the academic day, while designing and implementing STEM-based, extended learning and summer programs to NLPS students before and after school and throughout the summer.

This year, NESS's team of fourteen full-time AmeriCorps members are serving at Winthrop STEM Elementary School, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School, Harbor School, Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, and the Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut. Members at each school work hard every day to offer mentoring services for the students. Elementary school members assist with Math and Reading Labs to help students develop and grow their skills. Middle school members attend classes to aid students who need support and motivation throughout class. NESS's high school member helps students in remedial math classes to provide individualized attention, so students can work towards meeting the mathematical standards for their grade level. Through the team's consistent work within the NLPS district, NESS has reached over 1,000 New London youth through in-class mentoring and after-school and summer programming. NESS appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the New London community and is incredibly honored to accept the Outstanding Mentor Champion Award.

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.

Charter Oak Promotes Two To Assistant Vice President

Sonya Armstrong, Michael Ballirano To Lead Regional Branch System

Waterford, CT – January 16, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has promoted Sonya Armstrong and Michael Ballirano to Assistant Vice Presidents and Regional Retail Managers of the credit union's expansive branch network in eastern Connecticut.

“Sonya and Michael have extensive experience managing some of our busiest and largest branches and that will serve them well as they take on their new responsibilities managing our regional branch system,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their strong service and sales skills, along with their combined years of experience here at Charter Oak, will benefit our branch teams throughout our 16-branch network,” he said.

Since 2013, Charter Oak has aggressively grown its retail banking network by opening four new branches in strategic locations within New London and Windham counties, creating one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any financial institution in eastern Connecticut.

Armstrong, who has been with the credit union since 2005, had served as the Branch Officer of Charter Oak’s Dayville, Willimantic and Killingly High School branches. She began her career with Charter Oak as a teller and continued on as a Member Service Representative and Work Leader before being promoted to Branch Manager in April 2008. Armstrong was promoted to Branch Officer in June 2014. She is a graduate of the Credit Union League of Connecticut’s Executive Education Program and is the President of the Eastern Chapter of the Credit Union League of Connecticut. She also serves as the Coordinator of the Eastern Connecticut Financial Reality Fair. In addition, Armstrong serves as Treasurer of the Brooklyn Cub Scout Pack 44 and is a member of the Killingly Business Association.

Ballirano, who joined Charter Oak in 2011, had served as the Branch Officer of the Mohegan Sun Branch. He began his career with Charter Oak as a Member Service Representative and was promoted to Branch Supervisor in September 2012 and then to Branch Manager in December 2013. In 2017, he was promoted to Branch Officer. Ballirano is a graduate of Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. In addition, he is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Leadership Program and serves as Secretary/Treasurer of The Lou Stefanski Foundation, Inc. Ballirano also is the President of the Thames Valley BNI, Chairman of the DeMond Fund, and a member of Young Leaders United, which is affiliated with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. He currently is attending the Credit Union League of Connecticut’s Executive Education Program.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.1 billion as of September 30, 2018. For more information about Charter Oak’s 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 or acronin@cofcu.com

Photo credit: Higher Edge, Inc.

Higher Edge Seeking Summer 2019 Paid Internships for Its Students

Three Higher Edge Success Program students who are attending local colleges.

New London, CT – Higher Edge is a nonprofit that guides low-income and first-generation students through enrollment, retention, and graduation from college by providing the support and resources needed for success. Students admitted into its College Access Program begin working with Higher Edge staff their senior year of high school to apply to college. Once enrolled, students transition to the organization’s Success Program. Higher Edge is currently seeking Summer 2019 paid internships for its Success Program college students.

“Success Program college students are pursuing degrees in a variety of fields, are succeeding academically and many have taken on leadership roles at their respective colleges,” says Higher Edge Executive Director Theresa Armendarez. “What better way to support and encourage these students to return to our Eastern Connecticut workforce after graduation than to give them an opportunity to gain skills from a local business as a summer intern?”

Higher Edge will market, email and gather resumes for a business’ open summer positions. The business selects the candidates to interview and Higher Edge will schedule the student interview - preferably before May 1, 2019. If your business is ready now to meet prospective summer intern candidates and/or would like to provide information to students about your company, Higher Edge’s Success Program will be hosting four “Winter Summits” in February 2019:

February 4, 2019

Eastern Connecticut State University Campus

February 5, 2019

UCONN Storrs Campus

February 6, 2019

Three Rivers Community College Campus

February 7, 2019

UCONN Avery Point Campus

For additional information, contact Luisanna Cabrera, Success Program Director, at 860.439.0034. To learn more about Higher Edge, visit its website at www.higheredge.org or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @HigherEdgeCT.

Fairview Announces New CEO

Fairview, the Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut has announced the selection of a new Chief Executive Officer.

From The City of Groton:Fairview, The Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut is happy to announce the selection of a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization. Current CEO, James Rosenman will be departing mid-January, taking a new position out of state. "James has done so much for Fairview during his time here and will truly be missed by all," said Edith Kalin, President of the Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut Board of Directors.

The search committee consisted of a few members of the Fairview Executive Board and the Fairview Senior Leadership Team. Kalin states, "we were fortunate to meet several high quality candidates and were unanimous with our decision to offer the CEO role to Pamela Klapproth." Pamela will be joining Fairview on February 11, 2019. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and comes to Fairview with a wealth of experience in managing skilled nursing facilities, continuing care retirement communities and home & community based services. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Covenant Village in Cromwell. Regarding Fairview, Klapproth says, "it is with great excitement that I accept the CEO position at Fairview and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the team in leading Fairview on its continuing journey toward a bright and prosperous future."

Pamela will oversee the entire Fairview campus, which currently specializes in Rehabilitation & Post-Acute Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Memory Care and Independent Senior Housing. Fairview has expanded in recent years and is poised for additional growth and diversification of services. Fairview is delighted to have Pamela leading the organization through this strategic growth.

Fairview is a hidden gem among skilled nursing facilities and providers of senior housing. It is the only not-for-profit skilled nursingfacility and continuum of care retirement community in the region. Beyond achieving consistently high ratings in clinical outcomes, the organization employs talented staff members who go above and beyond to provide our patients and residents with the highest quality of care.

Timothy Plungis Joins Local Office of Ameriprise Financial

MYSTIC, CTJanuary 14, 2019 – Timothy Plungis has joined the Mystic office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. as a financial advisor. He is joining Coastal Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Their office is located at 41 East Main St. Fl 1 Mystic, CT 06355.

MYSTIC, CTJanuary 14, 2019 – Timothy Plungis has joined the Mystic office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. as a financial advisor. He is joining Coastal Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Their office is located at 41 East Main St. Fl 1 Mystic, CT 06355.

“We are excited to have Tim join our team because he shares our passion for helping clients achieve their financial goals,” said Jason Cerniglia, CFP®, owner and Managing Director of Coastal Wealth Management. “Tim’s experience will help us better service our existing clients while also allowing us to help even more families plan for their financial future.”

“Helping align my client’s actions with their financial goals is the core of my business, and it will continue to be,” said Tim Plungis. “I’m excited to start this next chapter with Coastal Wealth Management and Ameriprise.”

Tim has eight years of experience in the financial services industry. Coastal Wealth Management has served the Mystic area since 2001. Plungis graduated from The University of Connecticut with a degree in American Studies.

As a private wealth advisory practice, Coastal Wealth Management, through one-on-one relationships, provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations. For more information, please contact Kristen Commander at (860) 245-0251.

About Ameriprise Financial

At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 120 years. With a network of 10,000 financial advisors and outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.coastalwealthmanagementct.com.

Contact:

Kristen Commander

Coastal Wealth Management

Ameriprise Financial

(860) 245-0251

(Pictured) Heidi Blais from Griswold, CT who is currently a Director of Business Sales at the Groton location since March 1999. Blais received the “Top Dawg Award Business Sale” award as well as the “Employee of the Year” award.

Wireless Zone's Groton, Westerly RI, New London, Glastonbury, North Windham, Putnam & Killingly Locations had their holiday party and award ceremony, celebrating a year of great growth for the business.

Wireless Zone®, an authorized retailer of Verizon Wireless, celebrated another strong year of growth at their their 7 locations, Groton, New London, Killingly, North Windham, Putnam, Glastonbury, and Westerly. Each year, their holiday party includes an awards ceremony recognizing Wireless Zone's top-performing employees, as well as those with extraordinary service to the company. Award winners included:

Peter Genovese from Branford, CT who is currently an Assistant Manager at the Groton location since December 2014 received the “Top Dawg Gross Profit” award.

Tim Bouchard from Dayville, CT who has been a sales associate at the North Windham location since November 2017 received the “Top Dawg Gross Profit” award.

DeVaughn Culbert from Danielson, CT who has been a sales associate at the Killingly location since January 2016 received the “Top Dawg Gross Profit” award.

Nicole Picariello from Danielson, CT who has been a sales associate at the Killingly location since March 2016 received the “Top Dawg HUM Sales” award.

Sarah Pepe from Ashford, CT who has been a sales associate at the Killingly location since June 2016 received the “Top Dawg HUM Sales” award.

Krista Kingsbury from Brooklyn, CT who has been an Assistant Manager at the North Windham location since April 2015 received the “Manager/Assistant Manager of the Year” award.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and the employees who strive to provide customer service to our customers on a daily basis. Also, we want to say thank you to our customers who visit any of our 7 locations and keep business local, we appreciate you. Stop in to your nearest location to congratulate an awardee or visitwww.wirelesszone.com.

Mystic Seaport Museum Offers Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Workers

Mystic, Conn. (January 15, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum is offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers and one additional guest throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown.

“We want federal workers to feel appreciated during this difficult period and this is our small way of ensuring we contribute positively by providing access to family activities,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “We look forward to welcoming them to our Museum.”

In order to receive free admission, federal employees must bring a government identification card and present it at the admission desk upon entering the Museum.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 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

Mystic Seaport Museum to Open When This You See, Remember Me: The Photography of Everett Scholfield and George Tingley January 19

Exhibition Invites Visitors to Explore and Experience Portrait Photography of the Late 1800s

Mystic, Conn. (January 10, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum will open its latest exhibition, When This You See, Remember Me, Saturday, January 19, 2019. The show explores advances in photographic technology and techniques in late 1800s studio photography from the perspective of both the sitter and the photographer.

Based on thousands of portraits in the Museum’s collection by local Connecticut photographers Everett Scholfield and George Tingley, the exhibition also features their original backdrops, cameras, coupons, and ads. Scholfield and Tingley worked with bulky and often-complicated equipment. They captured images on fragile pieces of glass and then had to mix and work with chemicals to create photographs. Color photographs did not exist and they could not make enlargements; to make a large photo they had to make a very large glass negative.

“In this age of smartphones and selfies, when everyone has a camera in their pocket, it is hard to imagine what it was like when photography was new and sitting for a formal portrait was a big deal,” said Elysa Engelman, director of Exhibits at Mystic Seaport Museum. “This exhibition returns the visitor to that time and asks them to consider the ways in which photography has changed and ways in which it has stayed the same.”

Using a recreated set based upon artifacts from Scholfield’s studio, visitors will be able to take their own 19th century-style portrait. They can practice composing a scene viewed upside down through a period camera, learn about the darkroom process, and experiment with props and poses. They then can take their own photo with their camera or smartphone.

Visitors will be encouraged to share their picture on social media with #MSMRememberMe and an Instagram feed of the resulting images will be streamed as part of the exhibition.

The two men’s overlapping careers spanned the years 1865-1930. Scholfield was an itinerant businessman and frequently moved to different locations around southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island, although he eventually settled in New London. Tingley spent the bulk of his career in Mystic. Framed photographs and an extensive slideshow brings visitors face-to-face with a diverse selection of people from those areas, including people of different backgrounds – African American, Asian, Native American – various occupations – woodcutter, postal worker, musician – and of all life stages, from infants to elders. Most of the subjects are not identified and visitors with local ancestors are invited to see if they can spot a relative in the show. Museum curators are hopeful the collection catalog can be expanded through the public exposure in the exhibition.

When This You See, Remember Me, will be located in the Museum’s R.J. Schaefer Building. It runs through April 28, 2019.

High-resolution images are available for download at https://bit.ly/2siWOnT.

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 is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 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

Westerly Community Credit Union Hires Small Business Lending Officer

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce that Benjamin M. Servideo has joined the Westerly Community Credit Union as the Small Business Lending Officer. Benjamin cares about the membership and our local community (like all team members of WCCU), and he wants to see businesses succeed. He is responsible to assist WCCU’s current business members, as well as new local businesses, with their business lending, deposit and service needs. Benjamin comes to WCCU with over 7 years’ experience in the industry, most recently from the Washington Trust Company, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. Benjamin currently resides in Pawcatuck, CT with his family.

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union congratulate Benjamin on his new position. To find out more about Westerly Community Credit Union’s business lending and deposit products, please contact Benjamin at (401) 637-4436 or bservideo@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 18,500 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: 2018 CCUA Excellence in Social Responsibility; Best Employer by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chamber Choice Awards; and #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016 and 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

CHARTER OAK AWARDS OVER $575,000 IN BONUSES TO MEMBERS

Total Bonus Payout Exceeds $3.6 Million Since Gold Rewards Began in 2010

Waterford, CT – January 7, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union awarded over $575,000 in annual $100 cash bonuses to its Gold Rewards members during December 2018, which is the highest amount ever paid since the unique program began nine years ago.

“Our Gold Rewards program continues to expand each year because it offers so many great benefits to our members, including our $100 cash bonus,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It's also a wonderful way for Charter Oak to say happy holidays to all our Gold Rewards members receiving this special bonus,” he said.

Charter Oak began its Gold Rewards program in 2010 and since that time the credit union has paid over $3.6 million in annual $100 cash bonuses. “Gold Rewards members are our most loyal members so this bonus is our way of showing how much we appreciate them,” said Orenstein. “Many of our Gold Rewards members are also longtime members of our credit union who have enjoyed these $100 annual cash bonuses year after year,” he added.

In addition to the more than $3.6 million in annual cash bonuses awarded since 2010, Charter Oak also has returned over $1.3 million in ATM rebates to its Gold Rewards members during that same timeframe. Gold Rewards has shown tremendous growth for Charter Oak, beginning with 2,590 $100 payouts in 2010 and increasing to 5,755 $100 payouts in 2018.

Charter Oak remains the only financial institution in eastern Connecticut, including both banks and credit unions, which pays out a $100 annual bonus to its members who qualify for the Gold Rewards bonus. Charter Oak created its unique Gold Rewards to provide additional value and financial rewards for its members who have made Charter Oak their primary financial institution. Gold Rewards membership brings with it an array of exclusive benefits, from the $100 annual bonus, to ATM rebates, special rates on deposits, discounts on new personal loans, and a $100 credit toward first mortgage closing costs with Charter Oak.

To learn how to qualify for Charter Oak’s Gold Rewards program, simply visit CharterOak.org, or stop by any of Charter Oak’s convenient branches in New London or Windham counties, or call our Contact Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.1 billion as of September 30, 2018. 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. 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

Mass-Conn-Fusion Duo Kicks Off City Cabaret Concert Season

GROTONThe Mass-Conn-Fusion Duo will kick off the fourteenth City Cabaret 2019 season on Sunday, January 13. The Duo pairs the up-right bass, played by Jim Healy, with saxophone, played by Liz Roberts. This unique combination separates them from the crowd. “All styles of music are fair game from Take 5 to Maroon 5,” the Duo says. “We enjoy bringing a sense of humor and a touch of class to all we do.”

All City Cabaret concerts are held in the City of Groton Auditorium at 295 Meridian Street in the City of Groton on Sundays at 3:00 p.m., once each month January through March.

The City Cabaret concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

The OBrien String Trio will be featured February 10, and Whisky, Wine and Coke will perform on March 10, 2019

Dessert, coffee and bottle water will be available for purchase from the Fitch High School Alcohol and Drug Free Party Committee.

The concerts are free. No alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

Contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Co-Chair and Spokesperson

City Cabaret 2019

(860) 446-4095

winklerf@grotonutilities.com

NEW Free SCORE Workshop on “Effective Financial Planning”

Financial planning is an integral part of business planning for both startups and established businesses. It helps you determine your funding requirements and the best way to meet them. The plan is the foundation for monitoring and controlling your business’ performance. And it’s an essential communication tool for stakeholders. This workshop addresses the major parts of a financial plan, how to use it, tools and resources for getting started, and more.

DATE: Monday, January 28th, 2019

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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

HOW TO REGISTER: REGISTER NOW

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

Photo Caption: SCORE Volunteer John Porter will present a new free workshop for SCORE on "Effective Financial Planning” on Monday, January 28th, 5:30-7:00 PM at Groton Public Library. Photo by CWR Photography.

ADVISOR JOINS CHARTER OAK RETIREMENT AND INVESTMENT SERVICES

Thomas J. Curtin Is A Seasoned Financial Professional With Over 25 Years of Industry Experience

Waterford, CT – December 20, 2018 – Thomas J. Curtin, an experienced investment professional with extensive financial industry experience, has joined Charter Oak Retirement and Investment Services* as its newest Financial Advisor.

Curtin has held senior management positions in the asset management and life insurance industries and also has 15 years of experience as a bond trader, portfolio manager and operations specialist.

Charter Oak Retirement and Investment Services has experienced strong growth over the past several years and its growing staff now includes two Financial Advisors and a Vice President of Wealth Management in addition to support staff.

Charter Oak Retirement and Investment Services offers a broad range of investment and insurance products and services, as well as financial and retireme planning. Its offerings include IRAs, mutual funds, managed accounts, stocks and bonds, life insurance, long-term care and annuities.

Curtin is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. He holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation and is FINRA securities registered as well as insurance licensed.

Curtin has a strong history of working with credit union members, as well as their family and friends and has access to a wide variety of investment and insurance products. His professional services include wealth management, portfolio management, financial and life insurance planning, retirement income planning and education funding.

“My primary objective is helping clients reach their retirement goals,” Curtin said. “My job is to help you, whatever your age, create a sound financial strategy for the lifestyle you want to live in retirement,” he said. “It’s easy to get started.” Curtin is available for no-cost, no-obligation consultations and can be reached via email at Thomas.Curtin@cunamutual.com or via telephone at 860.446.3477 or cell phone at 860.502.5111.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.1 billion as of September 30, 2018. 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 contact our Call Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237.

Contact:

Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing

860.446.3254

acronin@cofcu.com

Thames River Heritage Park Receives Grant

New London, CT: The Thames River Heritage Park Foundation (TRHPF) has received a grant from the Panoram Foundation for $30,000 for operational support and the development of collaborative efforts among the 17 sites that comprise the Park experience. A collection of national and historic sites and institutions on both shores of the Thames River linked by a seasonal water taxi, the Thames River Heritage Park is the only heritage park in Connecticut and operates as a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization.

“The Panoram Foundation has believed in the Park from the beginning by providing the funding that allowed the Yale Urban Design Group to complete the Park plan in 2015. Since that time it has continued to support our growth as demonstrated by this generous grant, which is the second consecutive five-figure grant they have awarded us,” said Executive Director Amy Perry. “They are a key partner not unlike the heritage sites and cultural institutions that play an essential role in our growth and success. We are grateful for the confidence they have in us today and for our future.”

TRHPF President Marian Galbratih adds, “Panoram’s vision and commitment to our historic institutions has proven to be a true asset to our community.”

Officially opened in 2016 and entering its fourth season in 2019, the Park operates the hop-on hop-off water taxi Friday – Sunday in New London and Groton, Memorial Day Weekend through mid-September and will be expanding its offer with historic boat and land tours.

Heritage sites within the Park include in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Bill Memorial Library, the Ebenezer Avery House, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Ledge Light, the Submarine Force Museum, and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, Fort Trumbull State Park, the Garde Arts Center, Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, Shaw Mansion, the Hempsted Houses, Monte Cristo Cottage, and Lyman Allyn Museum. For more information on the park and the water taxi, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Mystic Seaport Museum’s Annual Carol Sing Collects 610 Pounds of Food for the Needy

Mystic, Conn. (December 21, 2018) — Mystic Seaport Museum is pleased to announce its annual Community Carol Sing raised $550 and collected 610 pounds of food to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

The Carol Sing is a tradition at the Museum for more than 70 years; admission is waived for the day in lieu of a donation of a non-perishable food item. The event was held Sunday, December 16, and included a holiday concert by the Mystic Seaport Carolers and the Community Carol Sing in the center of the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle. The music was led by Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Connecticut, Jamie Spillane, backed by the Museum Carolers and a brass quartet, and the Mystic Middle School Chorus.

Despite inclement weather, more than 1,350 turned out to sing and help those in need.

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 is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 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

Mystic Seaport Museum to Expand Operating Hours January 1, 2019

Museum to Increase Opportunity for Public to View Death in the Ice Exhibition

Mystic, Conn. (December 20, 2018) — Mystic Seaport Museum will expand its operating hours January 1, 2019, to provide the public greater opportunity to visit the traveling exhibition Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition now open in the Museum’s Thompson Exhibition Building.

The exhibition explores the fate of the Franklin Expedition, which set sail from London in 1845 in an attempt to find the elusive Northwest Passage across the Arctic to Asia. Sir John Franklin and his 128-man crew, aboard the ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, all perished. The exact nature of their fate is one of the most enduring mysteries of maritime history.

Beginning January 1, the exhibition will be open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The show will be exclusively open Monday-Wednesday for a flat admission rate of $10 per person.

The Museum has a wider offering Thursday-Sunday that includes Death in the Ice, plus the indoor exhibition galleries, Planetarium, Children’s Museum, historic Buckingham-Hall House, and the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Highlights of the current exhibition slate include Monument Man: Kevin Sampson in Residence and When This You See, Remember Me, a new exhibition opening January 19 that explores late 19th- and early 20th-century portrait photography through the work of local photographers Scholfield and Tingley. Visitors will be able to step back in time to experience what it was like to take a formal portrait in that era and stage their own photograph with their smartphones.

Admission rates Thursday-Sunday through February 15 are Adults $19, Senior (ages 65+) $19, and Youth (ages 3-14) $12. Children (2 and younger) are admitted free.

The Museum’s Village and Shipyard will be closed to the public until February 16.

Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition is a traveling exhibition developed by the Canadian Mu­seum of History (Gatineau, Canada), in partnership with Parks Canada Agency and with the National Maritime Museum (Lon­don, UK), and in collaboration with the Govern­ment of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust.

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 is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 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

Higher Edge, Inc. is seeking Summer 2019 paid internships for our Success Program college students! We begin working with students admitted into our College Access Program their senior year of high school. Our Success Program college students are pursuing degrees in a variety of fields, are succeeding academically and many have taken on leadership roles at their respective colleges.

What better way to support and encourage these students to return to our Eastern Connecticut workforce after graduation than to give them an opportunity to gain skills from a local business while meeting your need for a summer intern? Higher Edge will market, email and gather resumes for your business’ open summer positions. You select the candidates to interview and we will schedule your interview - preferably before May 1st. If you are ready now to meet prospective summer intern candidates and/or would like to provide information to students about your company, our Success Program will be hosting five “Winter Summits” in early 2019:

January 11, 2019: Higher Edge, New London

February 4, 2019: Eastern Connecticut State University Campus

February 5, 2019: UCONN Storrs Campus

February 6, 2019: Three Rivers Community College Campus

February 7, 2019: UCONN Avery Point Campus

Thank you for considering Higher Edge students in your efforts to recruit outstanding summer interns for your organization. If you have any questions, contact Luisanna Cabrera, Success Program Director, at 860.439.0034 or luisanna@higheredge.org.