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Andy Sherwood Dixieland Jazz Quartet Opens City Cabaret 2018

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GROTON – The Andy Sherwood Dixieland Jazz Quartet will perform its usual musical magic, when it is featured at City Cabaret 2018’s first concert on Sunday, January 28.

All City Cabaret 2018 concerts are free and are held in the City of Groton Municipal Auditorium at 295 Meridian Street in the City of Groton on selected Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

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

The quartet, an annual performer in the series, includes Andy Sherwood, playing the clarinet; Ian Frenkel on piano, Bryan Rizzuto on string bass, and Tom Briggs on drums.

Clarinetist and saxophonist Sherwood displays a style deeply rooted in the clarinet playing of Benny Goodman, “the King of Swing,” and Pete Fountain, “the King of Dixieland.” Andy grew up listening to these great clarinetists, eventually leading him to audition and win the position as jazz clarinetist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band.  He retired from the band in 2009 after 24 years.

The OBrien String Trio will be featured Sunday, February 18, 2018. This versatile ensemble will be playing innovative arrangements of all styles of music, appealing to all ages in the audience, including everything from “Bach to Rock and back to Broadway.” 

The trio consists of Kate O’Brien on the violin, Lydia Leizman on the viola, and E. Zoe Hassman on the cello.  The group will also play Kate O’Brien’s original arrangements of popular, ethnic and fiddling styles.

The Cartells Quartet will get you into the swing of things, musically that is, on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The foursome will be feature Karin Barth, percussion and vocals; Bill Holloman, horns and vocals; Joe Grieco, keyboard and vocals; and Tom Majesty, guitar and vocals. The group will offer all your favorites in an intimate musical atmosphere.

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

There is no entrance fee, and no alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.


Frank E. Winkler
Co-Chair and Spokesperson
City Cabaret 2018
(860) 446-4095
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 Attorney Joseph J. Selinger Achieved AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Tobin, Carberry, O’Malley, Riley & Selinger P.C. is proud to announce that Attorney Joseph J. Selinger was recently designated as an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. Attorney Selinger was given an AV rating from his peers, which means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability

The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings evaluates lawyers based on the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar, including both those who are rated and those who are not. Martindale-Hubbell conducts secure online surveys of lawyers across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations, in similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated. Reviewers are instructed to assess their colleagues' general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice. Attorneys are rated in five key areas including legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience.

“All of the Firm’s forty-five employees are very proud that Martindale-Hubbell has selected Attorney Selinger for this recognition. He is widely known throughout the state for his excellent work as a corporate and securities lawyer, bond counsel, and commercial real estate practitioner serving governmental and institutional clients and local businesses," said Managing Partner Glenn Carberry.

“With Joe’s rating, we are pleased to report that all five of the Firm’s name partners (Tobin, Carberry, O’Malley, Riley & Selinger) have received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which we believe emphasizes our collective commitment to quality work and professionalism,” said Senior Partner Robert Tobin.


Attorney Selinger began his legal career in 1978 after graduating from the University of Connecticut Law School, and joined the Firm in 1987. In addition to being AV-Preeminent rated, Attorney Selinger was named a Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2006 in the field of Business and Corporate Law. He is a member of many professional associations, including the New London County Bar Association, American Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Notably, Attorney Selinger was a member of the Connecticut Bar Association drafting committee that reviewed, revised and recommended the model uniform limited liability company act for enactment which will become effective on July 1, 2017.

In 2017, Attorney Selinger was named President of the New London County Historical Society and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mystic Art Association and the Thames River Heritage Park Foundation. He is a past President, Treasurer and Director of the Mystic Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. Attorney Selinger also served on the Social Studies Curriculum Renewal Committee for the Stonington, Connecticut School System.


Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings were created in 1887 as an objective tool that would attest to a lawyer’s ability and professional ethics, based on the confidential opinions of other lawyers and judges who have worked with the lawyers they are evaluating.  

The company's online destinations contain profiles for over one million lawyers and firms in the United States, Canada and 160 other countries, serving as a fundamental legal resource and marketing tool.

For further information please contact Jayne Michalek at 860-447-0335, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





45 Students Will Benefit From Credit Union’s Scholarship Program


Waterford, CT – January 16, 2018 – For the second consecutive year, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union will be awarding $90,000 in college scholarships this spring to students in New London and Windham counties.

The credit union will accept scholarship applications now through Thursday, March 15, 2018. Applications must be submitted electronically, and can be found at https://charteroak.org/content/scholarship-program. Applicants must be members of the credit union; non-members can visit any branch location or call 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237 to become a member, and to become eligible for a $2,000 scholarship.

A total of 45 scholarships will be awarded. The scholarship program rewards students who are involved in their local communities through volunteer activities and who maintain a strong grade point average. The credit union prides itself on community involvement, and has awarded more than $2 million since 2009 to college-bound students, non-profits and community organizations.

This unique scholarship program will reward at least one high school senior from each eligible high school in New London and Windham counties with a $2,000 scholarship. Most high school student applicants will essentially be competing against their peers, rather than competing with students throughout eastern Connecticut.

Current college students are welcome to apply; their applications will be reviewed and scholarships will be awarded at Charter Oak’s discretion. All scholarship recipients will be recognized during a private reception this spring at Charter Oak’s headquarters in Waterford.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.05 billion as of September 30, 2017. 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 contact our Call 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! Learn more at CharterOak.org, or visit any of our convenient branches, or simply call 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237.

Shaun Formica, Community Relations Manager
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 SCORE of Southeastern Connecticut Launches "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" 
FREE Small Business Workshop Series

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Wednesdays, February 28 - March 28, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm
At CURE Innovation Commons, 93 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT.
Sponsored by Canon U.S.A.
Old Saybrook, CT – SCORE (sect.score.org), mentors to America’s small business, with the support of IGNITE Thames River, introduces a new business planning workshop series to aid start-up entrepreneurs.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series helps entrepreneurs, and those interested in learning more about business, test a small business idea and begin to plan a start-up.

This program is ideal for individuals in small business, those thinking about starting a new business and ‘students of life’ who want to learn more about business fundamentals.

This SCORE educational program includes 5 workshop sessions, each with a key focus area:

  1. “Start-up Basics” (February 28th, 2018)
  2. “Business Concept” (March 7th, 2018)
  3. “Marketing Plan” (March 14th, 2018)
  4. “Financial Projections" (March 21st, 2018)
  5. “Funding Sources”  (March 28th, 2018)

Each session includes exercises to help the entrepreneur plan for success.  The workshop itself is delivered at no cost to the participants, and SCORE also includes free and confidential mentoring sessions as part of the workshop series. Space is limited - register today!

Attend all five sessions, or any individual session. For more information and to register, visit https://sect.score.org.

About IGNITE: Ignite, a program of Thames River Innovation Place, sparks ideas, businesses, and innovative growth in the Thames River region by producing events, sponsoring education, and connecting entrepreneurs. Ignite is committed to growing the economy of southeastern Connecticut by creating high value companies, and to supporting innovation and entrepreneurs in our region. Ignite and the Thames River Innovation Place are made possible with support from CT Next. To learn more, visit www.thamesriverinnovation.org.

Canon U.S.A. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc., is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2014. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Learn more at usa.canon.com.

About SCORE: SCORE was established 50 years ago and is a resource partner of the SBA, the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE has more than 10,000 volunteers in 380 chapters nationwide. The southeastern Connecticut SCORE chapter office is located in the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce building with volunteers who provide free business mentoring each month in Guilford, Madison, Essex, Old Saybrook, Middletown, Waterford, Norwich, New London and Mystic.

To learn more about how you can become a SCORE volunteer or to schedule a free  appointment with a SCORE mentor, go towww.sect.score.org or contact Southeastern Connecticut SCORE at 860-388-9508 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Southeastern Connecticut Chapter
1 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475


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 GBA’s January Meeting Kicks Off the 2018 Networking Year


GROTON – The Groton Business Association (GBA) will kick off its 2018 networking year with its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 18.

The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Incredible Weight Loss Center at 565 Long Hill Road.

The GBA will present the awards for the 2017 Groton Holiday Lights Parade.  These presentations have been a tradition for the first meeting of the year.

The meeting is open to all members of the Greater Groton business community.  GBA membership is not required.  There is no admission charge.  Attendees are encouraged to become members of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Mystic.

Bring your business cards and any concerns you have about how things are going in Groton. Coffee and breakfast will be provided by the Incredible Weight Loss Center.

The GBA’s February general meeting will be held at the newly renovated Center Groton Branch of Chelsea Groton Bank at 1317 Gold Star Highway.

The GBA, a coalition of representatives from the local business community, the educational sector, the non-profit community and governmental units, is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Contact us at:


Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton Business Association
of Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
(860) 446-4095
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