Greater Mystic Chamber Member News

DRWB@24 Announces Original Songwriter’s Night

May 2, 2019 | 7-10 pm With Phil Adams | 24 W. MAIN STREET, MYSTIC, CT, 06355

Phil Adams is an anthropormorphic cabbage. Or so he says when asked to describe himself. I’ll tell you he’s a singer/songwriter/musician out of Westerly, RI dedicated to social harmony and healing/inspiring people with music in the same way has music touched him. Gaining inspiration and influence from artists like Jamie Cullum, John Mayer, and John Legend to experimental / improvisational acts like Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, and Phish, the product yields the accessible familiarity of popular music with arrangements, segues, and grooves to satisfy a wide audience and keep listeners engaged. In his career, Phil has shared the stage with the likes of Max Creek, Donna Jean Godchaux, Assembly of Dust, Twiddle, Ryan Montbleau, The Breakfast, Consider The Source, Formula 5,Strange Machines, The Movement, Badfish, and Keller Williams, to name a few...

Phil can frequently be seen performing solo as well in his duo, The Choos. His solo albums “Pieces of Her” and “Silent Notes Society” are available on all major platforms. Phil also performs his music with Phil Adams Group and occasionally appears with Connecticut Jam-Rock outfit, Jeremiah Hazed.

If you happen to be one of those musicians or friends and feel like taking a moment to describe Phil and his music, please do — because it isn’t easy pulling teeth from a cabbage.

Original Songwriters Night was created by Linda Bonadies and Scott Parry and takes place on the first Thursday of most months at Drwb@24 (24 W. Mystic Ave, Mystic, CT). Serving excellent food and drink; this event is open to the public. There is a $10 cover which goes to the featured performer.

The featured performer goes on at 8pm, open mic starts at 7pm.

There are seven slots available for local singer/songwriters. PA, Mics and Piano Provided.

Sign up for open mic in advance; email: linda@lindabonadies.com. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/originalsongwritersmystic

WBDC to Elevate Women Entrepreneurs at 6thAnnual Women-Owned Business Day

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), the largest not-for-profit organization in Connecticut dedicated to women’s economic equity, will host the 6th Annual Women-Owned Business Day at the State Capitol, sponsored by The Hartford. All are invited to the free event on Tuesday, April 30th from 9:00AM to 2:00PM, beginning at the Legislative Office building, room 2D, in Hartford.

In recognition of the event, Governor Ned Lamont has proclaimed April 30, 2019 as Women-Owned Business Day in the state of Connecticut.

WBDC’s largest advocacy event is expected to gather together more than 200 women business owners throughout Connecticut to network with key national and state leaders to discuss the future of small business in our state. “It’s so important to be engaged citizens,” said WBDC Founder and CEO Fran Pastore. “There’s a lot at stake right now for women in the state of Connecticut. Women-Owned Business Day is an opportunity for women entrepreneurs in Connecticut to have their voices heard.”

The event will feature a presentation and discussion of Elevating Women in Entrepreneurship, a groundbreaking study by Erika R. Smith, CEO of ReNetX Bioand Brita Belli, of the Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications, and sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at the University of Massachusetts (Boston) will participate in the discussion.

The report finds that, “Although there is broader recognition of the problem, the barriers that have kept women from pursuing —or even considering—entrepreneurship continue to exist: lack of support and confidence; lack of access to mentors or networks; cultural barriers; a male-dominated venture and tech space that devalues women; and, for women, difficulty in recognizing themselves in the very word ‘entrepreneur.’”The study serves as a “playbook” from the nation’s top entrepreneurship centers for overcoming these barriers.

“The WBDC is excited to provide a forum for presenting this important study and discussing ways to smooth the path to success for current and future women entrepreneurs in Connecticut and throughout the country,” said Pastore.

The 2019 Women-Owned Business Day is co-chaired by House Republican Leader Themis Klaridesand Assistant Majority Leader Patricia Billie Miller.

“All Business is Risky Business,” a conversation and Q&A about best practices for managing risk in a small business will include Stephanie Bush, Head of Personal Lines and Small Commercial Insurance at The Hartford; The Hartford’s clients Terri Meyer and Sandy Greenberg, Co-Foundersof the advertising agency, Terri & Sandy; and The Hartford’s client Grace Cafe, President and Owner of C&C Janitorial. The discussionwill be moderated by Alison Malloy, Managing Director, Portfolio Acceleration Services and Director, Investments at Connecticut Innovations.

New this year, the day will culminate with a networking luncheon at the Capitol featuring a panel discussion about the resources available for small businesses in Connecticut. Moderated by Executive Presentation Skills Coach Gilda Bonanno, panelists will include Moraima Gutierrez, Assistant District Director at the U.S. Small Business Administration; Milena Erwin, Program Manager at the Entrepreneurial Center and Women’s Business Center, University of Hartford; Mary Kay Della Camera, Microenterprise Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center; Beth Wallace, Director of Business Services at Connecticut Economic Resource Center; Keisha Blake, Executive Director at the Women’s Presidents’ Educational Organization – NY; and Kenyetta Banks, Business Counselor and Program Manager at WBDC.

“We’re excited to extend the program this year and give participants a chance to mingle and discuss the issues that are covered throughout the day,” said Pastore. “We know that building a strong network is one of the critical factors for success with women in general, and women entrepreneurs in particular, so we’re happy to add this opportunity for our participants to strengthen their networks through the WBDC community. We are also grateful to welcome our distinguished panel representing the many resources available to small businesses in our state. It’s so important for entrepreneurs to be aware of the services offered by these organizations.”

The event’s Delegation Partners include Connecticut Innovations, CTNext, the University of Hartford Women’s Business Center, Supplier Diversity Program, The Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, U.S. Small Business Association, Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (seCTer), Lisa Carberg Communications, and the Connecticut Small Business Development Center.

To register, please visit https://ctwbdc.org.

About the Women’s Business Development Council:

Headquartered in Stamford with satellite offices in Derby and New London, the 501 (c)(3) non-profit has served nearly 19,000 clients, assisted in the creation of nearly 1,800 businesses and supported the sustainability and expansion of 3,800 established businesses and created more than 4,900 jobs. For more information on the Women’s Business Development Council, visit ctwbdc.org.

CONTACT:

Fran Pastore

203-353-1750

fpastore@ctwbdc.org

CHARTER OAK RECEIVES TOP 5-STAR RATING FOR 2018

Superior Ranking Reflects Credit Union’s Strong Financial Condition

Waterford, CT – April 12, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has earned the top 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial Inc. for its superior financial performance during 2018, which indicates that Charter Oak remains one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation.

“We’re proud to receive this top rating from BauerFinancial for our past year's financial performance because it represents an independent confirmation of our overall financial strength,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We work very hard each year to make sure that we manage our finances in a safe and sound manner and it’s very gratifying that BauerFinancial has once again recognized this with its five-star rating,” he said.

Charter Oak’s top 5-Star rating is based on December 31, 2018 financial data. 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 atwww.BauerFinancial.com or call 800.388.6686.

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. 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

Streamlined: From Hull to Home

Major Exhibition Opening June 15 Draws from Museum’s Vast Maritime Collection to Explore the Nautical Roots of America’s Iconic Style

Mystic, Conn. (April 10, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum explores the maritime origins of streamlined design and its journey from naval architecture and engineering into our everyday vocabulary in a new exhibition, Streamlined: From Hull to Home, which will open June 15, 2019.

Streamlining in design refers to a style applied to manufactured objects in the 1930s and 40s. Designers and manufacturers were eager to increase depression-era sales by harnessing the era’s enthusiasm for speed. Rounded forms, shiny chromed surfaces, low, horizontal shapes enhanced by parallel lines were used to suggest speed and infuse static objects like toasters, cameras, and even butter dishes, with a sense of modernity and movement.

Streamlined objects make obvious references to speeding trains and airplanes, but the origin of all advances in speed, and the creation of the shapes that allowed them, came from boats. The scientific study of wind and water resistance was developed for naval architecture and perfected there before migrating to aeronautics and automobile design. Fast car and airplane engines were developed and tested by marine engineers. Ideas and technologies advanced through boating quickly migrated to all other forms of transportation, allowing them to mature and eventually eclipse boats as our main method of fast transportation.

“There have been scores of museum exhibitions about Streamlining as a design style and they have all made the connection from the visual references to speed in things like radios and desk fans to airplanes, which were the best evidence of 1930s advances in speed,” says exhibition curator Matthew Bird, who teaches design and design history at Rhode Island School of Design. “But all have ignored the true origins of streamlining, which was being investigated and perfected in boat design long before it migrated to other forms of travel. Early passenger airplanes were called ‘flying boats’ for a reason; aeronautic engineers used hull designs, pontoons, and construction methods that were perfected by naval engineers. This exhibition shows the progression from boat to airplane to toaster, and tells the complete story in a way that hasn’t happened before.”

Streamlined: From Hull to Home features objects, photographs, print advertisements, and video content that illustrate the progression of streamlining from shipyard to modern day office lingo. Eight boats from the Museum’s collection demonstrate how streamlining developed as a marine practice. A highlight is the 1904 Elco auto launch Panhard I, a 31-foot motorboat whose round, pod-like hull form defies its age and provides a clear vison of the modern shapes to come. Multiple photographs from the Museum’s Rosenfeld Collection celebrate the early development of speedboats, and elaborate the advances in hull design that allowed dramatic increases in speed. Boat models and movies help explain how speedboats worked, and why the world became so excited about them. Thirty outboard motors illustrate the arrival of stylistic streamlining and its development into today’s everyday manufacturing, which can be seen through a collection of familiar manufactured objects that show the development of streamlining as a design and manufacturing practice.

Mystic Seaport Museum tells this story with a fresh perspective that is made possible by utilizing its vast maritime collections. The result is an engaging and visually exciting exhibition that will appeal to both design enthusiasts and the layperson.

Streamlined: From Hull to Home runs June 15-August 25, 2019, in the Collins Gallery of the Museum’s Thompson Exhibition Building.

The exhibition will be featured on the Museum’s website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #MSMStreamlined

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

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Names Stonington Organization "Nonprofit of the Year"

NESS Recognized for Outstanding Work in Eastern CT

STONINGTON, CT. At its Annual Meeting on March 27, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut named the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) "Nonprofit of the Year." This award recognizes the organization the provides a valued service with a physical presence in eastern CT.

The Chamber's Annual Meeting had over 230 people in attendance, celebrated the Chamber's impact this past year, and featured the presentation of its regional Chamber awards. As part of the award presentation, NESS received a formal commendation from the state's General Assembly endorsed by regional Senators and Members of the House of Representatives and signed by the President and Secretary of State.

When recognizing NESS, the Chamber highlighted the impact of the nonprofit's unique curriculum, the positive impact NESS has on students, and NESS's recent accreditation by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges as a school partner program.

Of the award, NESS President & CEO, Spike Lobdell, said: "We are honored to receive this award from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. We have come such a long way since our modest start in 2002 teaching 14 kids in dilapidated Optis. The NESS model of school partnerships is becoming even more critical to serve the educational needs of our students."

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 ocean adventure 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 out on the water.

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

Contact:

Caroline Knowles

Associate Director of Communications

860-535-9362

cknowles@nessf.org

www.nessf.org.

Friends of the Mother Bailey House

PRESENTATION TO BENEFIT MOTHER BAILEY HOUSE

The Friends of the Mother Bailey House invite you to Par 4 Restaurant at the Shennecossett Golf Course on Sunday, April 28 for an afternoon with Town Historian Jim Streeter. Join us at 2 pm as we learn about “Thames Street, Then and Now.” This fascinating program includes photographs of the buildings on Thames Street as they once looked, and what is there today. It will surprise you! Admission is $10 per person. Pizza and salad will be provided. Proceeds from this event will go toward the preservation of the Mother Bailey House.

The Friends of the Mother Bailey House Foundation, Inc. formed in 2017, with a mission to restore, preserve and maintain the Mother Bailey House. Our goal is for the house to serve as an educational resource by establishing an archival repository to preserve historical materials concerning Mother Bailey and other female Patriots. \

P.O. Box 422 ! Groton, CT 06340 ! motherbaileyhouse.org ! awbfriends@gmail.com

Contact: Susan Archer, President

Phone:904-655-1325

Email: awbfriends@gmail.com 04/04/19

CHARTER OAK PRESIDENT & CEO APPOINTED TO FED ADVISORY COUNCIL

Brian A. Orenstein Joins Boston Fed’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council

Waterford, CT ­– March 27, 2019 Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union’s President and Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.

“I'm truly honored to join the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s advisory council and hear the perspectives of community bankers and credit union officials from across New England,” said Orenstein. “And I look forward to sharing my views on our local economy and banking environment here in eastern Connecticut with the other council members,” he said.

The Community Depository Institutions Advisory Councils were established by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2010. These councils provide the 12 Federal Reserve Districts with a diverse perspective on the economy, lending conditions, and other issues facing thrift institutions, credit unions, and community banks.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston serves the First District, which consists of Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County), Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Advisory council members represent the six states within the Federal Reserve's First District.

The First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council meets twice a year at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where council members share information, offer advice, and make recommendations to Federal Reserve representatives who attend the roundtable discussions.

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

Mystic Seaport Museum to Honor Wendy Schmidt with the America and the Sea Award

Mystic, Conn. (March 27, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum will present its 2019 America and the Sea Award to American businesswoman and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt. The prestigious award recognizes those individuals and organizations whose extraordinary achievements in the world of maritime exploration, competition, scholarship, and design best exemplify the American character.

Schmidt has built an incredible portfolio of work devoted to our oceans made possible through the many organizations she has founded, led, and inspired, making her a natural and well-deserving recipient of the award. She is President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, which supports programs in renewable energy, healthy food and agriculture, and human rights. Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, an additional foundation program, supports the development of new ocean technologies with applications for conservation and research in areas including habitat health, marine plastic pollution, and sustainable fisheries. Schmidt has worked to advance the science and knowledge about the impact that climate change is having on ocean health and sea level, something directly affecting Mystic Seaport Museum.

Mystic Seaport Museum President Steve White remarked, “We are delighted to honor Wendy’s passion for and dedication to the sea. She stands as an exemplar for maritime studies and stewardship, and thus it is an honor for us to call more attention to her noteworthy work.”

Schmidt is co-founder, with her husband, Eric, of the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which operates the research vessel Falkor, a mobile platform to advance ocean exploration and discovery, using open source data to catalyze the sharing of information about the oceans. Since 2013, more than 500 scientists from 165 institutions and 30 countries have conducted research on R/V Falkor.

She has sponsored two XPRIZE Challenge Prizes focused on ocean health and currently serves as the lead philanthropic partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative, driven by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Schmidt has extended her oceans-focused work to the sporting world through 11th Hour Racing, partnering with the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race and the Vestas 11th Hour Racing team to put sustainability at the core of their operations, empowering race managers and athletes to be leaders and spokespeople on restoring ocean health.

In 2017, the Schmidts launched the Schmidt Science Fellows program, a post-doctoral fellowship that provides the next generation of leaders and innovators with the tools and opportunities to drive world-changing advances across the sciences and society. With an initial commitment from Schmidt Futures of at least $25M for the first three years, the effort is the beginning of a broader $100 million commitment to promote scientific leadership and interdisciplinary research.

A black tie gala will be held in Schmidt’s honor in New York City Wednesday, October 30, 2019. This affair is the premier fund-raising event for Mystic Seaport Museum. Past recipients of the America and the Sea Award include America’s Cup sailor Dawn Riley, philanthropist and environmentalist David Rockefeller Jr.; oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle; historian David McCullough; legendary yacht designer Olin Stephens; President and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation, Thomas Crowley; philanthropist William Koch; former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman; WoodenBoat Publications founder Jon Wilson; yachtsman and author Gary Jobson; maritime industrialist Charles A. Robertson; author Nathaniel Philbrick; and Rod and Bob Johnstone and their company J/Boats.

For invitations, please email advancement@mysticseaport.org or call 860.572.5365.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, currently housing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition developed by the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Canada), in partnership with Parks Canada Agency and with the National Maritime Museum (London, United Kingdom), and in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. 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

Groton Utilities Accepting Nominations for the Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award

GROTON - Groton Utilities has announced that it is accepting nominations for the sixteenth annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award. The purpose of the award is to honor a member of the community who has contributed his or her time, energy and resources to make the community a better place in which to live and work.

Persons eligible for the award must live in Greater Groton, which encompasses the City, the Town, and any of the subdivisions or fire districts. The person should exemplify all the qualities suggested by Groton Utilities’ slogan of “Giving back to the community.”

Groton Utilities will present the award to the winner of the sixteenth annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award during City of Groton Day 2019 on August 2 at Washington Park.

Groton Utilities named the award, The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award, to commemorate Mrs. Nixon’s service to her community. Jackie, as she was known to most, operated a food pantry in her residence for 24 years. She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families. Jackie passed away July 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer.

Like Jackie, the nominee’s contributions to the community should make other citizens describe the nominee as generous, committed, and other similar admirable qualities, which exemplify “service.”

The closing date for nominations is June 28, 2019. Applications may be obtained at the Groton Utilities Customer Care Center at the City of Groton Municipal Building at 295 Meridian Street. In addition, you can call our Customer Care Center at 860-446-4000 and request an application be mailed to you. The application is also available on our web site at www.grotonutilities.com.

Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award. Other winners were Robert “Bob” Leeney, E. Marion “Mimi” Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred “Al” Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance; Archie C. Swindell, Milly Carlson, Lian Obrey, James “Jim” Streeter, Charlie Eppenghaus, Marcia R. Gipstein, and Martin Cloudas.

Contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Manager Economic Development

Groton Utilities Spokesperson

(860) 446-4095

winklerf@grotonutilities.com

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and Area Youth Create a Native Meadow

Mystic, CT (March 22, 2019) – Students, staff, and community volunteers at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) are excited to create a native plant teaching meadow at Coogan Farm this spring and summer with funds from the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program administered by Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. Everyone, but especially children, will learn about native plants that have grown in this area since pre-colonial times, while getting a close-up view of butterflies, songbirds and other creatures that use the plants for food or shelter. The local chapter of the Wild Ones has been instrumental in helping to get this project off the ground.

The teaching meadow will be at DPNC’s Coogan Farm location at 162 Greenmanville Avenue in Mystic, CT. Positioned along the trails leading out to the Giving Garden, this prominent location will provide easy access for the public to see not only the finished meadow area, but the work as it progresses. Students from area schools, and DPNC’s after school program, “Neighbors and Nature”, will participate in all aspects of creating the native plant meadow area. Students will be learning about invasive plant species and helping to eliminate them from the area by pulling and smothering them with cardboard. They will have the opportunity to start native plants from seed and watch them germinate in pots before transplanting them to the meadow area. Students will also be able to participate in direct seeding. All plants and seeds being used are native to the Connecticut and are important to local wildlife. Plants such as milkweed and goldenrod will benefit monarch butterflies, ruby throated hummingbirds and native pollinators.

“We are excited about this opportunity to share with our visitors and children attending programs the importance of native plants in our landscape,” said DPNC’s Director of Education, Kim Hargrave. “Because native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, including soil and climate, they require less water and minimal care. In addition to providing vital habitat for birds and protective shelter for many mammals, other species of wildlife benefit as well. Native plants provide not only food for pollinators, but support for all stages of their life cycles.”

Lydia Pan, President of the Mountain Laurel Chapter of Wild Ones added, “This grant will strengthen the ongoing partnership between our organizations to teach how native plants are critical for the health of our environment and everything living in it.”

Members of the public are invited to stop by and see the progress. Wild Ones is a national non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the use of native landscaping to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. See their website at www.wildones.org. The local Mountain Laurel Chapter is based in New London and sponsored by the Connecticut College Arboretum.

About the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center:

Since 1946, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic has provided visitors and community the opportunity to experience nature first hand in year-round programs for all ages and interests. Visitors can explore over 10 miles of diverse trails and walk among 17th century stone walls, woodlands, wetlands and meadows to enjoy views across the Mystic River and beyond connecting our main facility and Coogan Farm. At the DPNC’s main facility, discover nature through meeting rehabilitated wildlife and natural history exhibits. The creation of the Coogan Farm in 2013 has added additional layers of education, history, and a Giving Garden that donates thousands of pounds of bionutrient rich produce to the food insecure of New London County each year. Our mission is to inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as part of it – past, present and future. It is our hope that through DPNC and Coogan Farm that we will help our visitors foster a personal environmental ethic.

Contacts:

Cassandra Meyer-Ogren, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Director of Marketing and Communications

cmogren@dpnc.org

860-879-0753

Lydia Pan, Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

Mountain Laurel Chapter President

lcpan01@gmail.com

860-383-3580

For grant information, visit http://www.wildones.org

Team Building & Charitable Events at Copper Creek Mini Golf

Here at Nature’s Art Village we strive to give back to the community. One way we are expanding on this initiative is opening Copper Creek Mini Golf to charitable events. Whether you are an organization looking to put together a fundraiser or a business looking for a fun teambuilding activity, while giving back to the community, Copper Creek Mini Golf is the place to do it!

Here is how it works:

  • Copper Creek Mini Golf will be closed to the general public. Each group gets the course to themselves during their allotted date and time slot.
  • Course reservations will be held on every Monday through Wednesday in May with the only exclusion being Memorial Day.
  • There is a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your date and time. This will be applied to your event.
  • Normal admission to Copper Creek Mini Golf is $11.99 per participant.
  • Minimum 10 participants. There is no cap on how many participants.
  • Each person representing this organization pays to play.
  • Nature’s Art Village will then donate back a minimum of 30% towards the charitable organization of your choice.
  • Optionally: Some organizations request an increased admission fee for their event. Excess amounts over regular admission will be donated.

To reserve your date and time, please contact us at info@naturesartvillage.com or call 860.443.4367.

Thank you for your participation!

Thames River Innovation Place Seeking Project Proposals

Groton, Conn. - March 18, 2019 - Thames River Innovation Place, (TRIP) as part of CTNext’s Innovation Places program, is seeking proposals for year three projects. Proposals will need to be reviewed, approved, and submitted to CTNext by April 30th.

The intent of new projects is to develop new initiatives and partnerships that will strengthen the region’s ability to: • Attract and retain top talent

• Create a great environment for companies to start and grow

• Increase access to sources of capital for emerging companies

• Create a more vibrant and cohesive live/work/play community

If selected, proposed projects would begin at the start of TRIP’s 3rd fiscal year on July 1, 2019. For more information about the proposal process or to submit a project, contact director@thamesriverinnovation.org.

TRIP is a critical driver and incubator for projects and programs that support the region’s economy. Success stories include the development of a Community Concierge program by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. The program includes a 4-minute video that highlights the attractiveness of eastern Connecticut along with a Relocation Guide designed to assist the region’s employers to attract and retain talent from across the country. www.communityect.com

Another TRIP success is the development of the Navel and Maritime Consortium. This timely program, working in partnership with the University of Connecticut, is designed to grow and support the naval and maritime supply chain by addressing challenges, sharing solutions and collaborating and capitalizing on business opportunities. www.navalandmaritimeconsortium.com

RD86 is located at 86 Golden Street New London. The purpose of this program is enhance food, arts and culture activity in downtown New London while training the next generation of future restaurant owners and staff. https://www.rd86space.com/

This request for proposals comes during a period of growth for New London and the region. The off-shore energy development along with the growth in the maritime industry and the resulting ripple effect provides wonderful opportunities for creative thinking in the development of products and services by entrepreneurs.

About Thames River Innovation Place The Thames River Innovation Place initiative is an unprecedented alliance of public, private, and nonprofit sectors in New London and Groton. Major institutions are collaborating to design a blueprint for the future of our communities that integrates existing plans and projects with new ideas that leverage and enhance all that is unique about the community & economy at the mouth of the Thames River. Visit https://thamesriverinnovation.org/ for more information.

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CHARTER OAK OFFERS HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Program Assists With Down Payment, Closing Costs

Waterford – March 18, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has been selected to participate in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Equity Builder Program, which assists local homebuyers with down payment and closing costs.

The $3.6 million program provides grants to financial institutions to assist households at or below 80 percent of the area median income. Eligible borrowers receive up to $15,000 in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. Buyers must also complete a homebuyer counseling program.

“We know that homeownership isn’t easily attainable for some households, so we’re pleased that we can lessen the financial costs associated with buying a home through this Equity Builder Program,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Owning your own home helps build wealth and creates financial stability, and programs like this can add to the overall vitality of the communities that we serve in New London and Windham counties,” he said.

Charter Oak is eligible to receive up to $150,000 during 2019 through the Equity Builder Program depending on availability of funds. Since 2003, the Equity Builder Program has awarded more than $38.8 million in Equity Builder Program funds assisting 3,512 income-eligible households to purchase a home.

Charter Oak has been eastern Connecticut’s Number 1 residential mortgage lender for nine consecutive years. Since 2010, when Charter Oak first became the top residential lender in eastern Connecticut, the credit union has originated 9,157 mortgages in New London and Windham counties combined with a total value of nearly $1.2 billion, based on annual data compiled by The Warren Group’s Residential Mortgage Marketshare Report.

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

To learn more about applying for assistance with the Equity Builder Program, please call our mortgage professionals at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237, stop by any of our convenient branches, or visit CharterOak.org.

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

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Mystic Seaport Museum Launches Program to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic

Mystic, Conn. (March 8, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum announced today an initiative to work toward eliminating single-use plastics on its 19-acre site on the Mystic River.

The program is being developed and implemented through the leadership of a staff Sustainability Committee in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The teams at each museum share information, resources, ideas, and results of implementation efforts, and will be giving a joint presentation at the 2019 Council of American Maritime Museums Annual Conference in Manitowoc, Wis., this coming April.

“Both of our museums are situated on estuaries, which brings with it the responsibility to be stewards of the water and shoreline that provide so much for our institutions,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “We recognize the gravity of our role in shedding light on the human impact on ocean health, and we believe in doing our part to help change that impact in a positive direction and to set a standard among maritime museums and surrounding communities.”

The Sustainability Committee at Mystic Seaport Museum began meeting in early 2018 at the direction of White, who encouraged the committee to make recommendations for financially sustainable, positive changes to the Museum’s impact on the environment that also will inspire and energize the public to adopt similar practices.

In conjunction with the Museum’s food-service partners Coastal Gourmet and Event Network, the following changes replacing single-use plastic products have been implemented:

· Paper shopping bags instead of plastic

· Nautical-themed reusable shopping bags made from 100-percent recycled plastic water bottles are available for purchase

· Plant-based straws and pasta stir sticks

· Plastic lids and straws are available upon request only

· To-go containers and serving ware have been switched to paper rather than plastic or foam

· Catered events are using wooden utensils, and plant-based cups, or rented china, glasses, and cutlery.

Moving forward, the Museum will continue to investigate ways to reduce single-use plastic consumption, while keeping in mind that alternatives used must be ecofriendly, and will focus on making changes across the Museum grounds to enable visitors to reduce plastic consumption and recycle more effectively.

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, Conn. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.