The Light House Announces New Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of The Light House announces the retirement of Founder and Executive Director, Kathy Greene, as of Nov 1st.  Ms. Greene founded the non-profit in 1992 to provide community based functional academics and life skills for children and adults with disabilities, with the mission “to educate and prepare for life”.  What was created over the past 25 years has been ground breaking. All The Light House sites are directly in the community where students and adults can immediately access what they need and want. As Ms. Greene has said many times, 80% of our participant’s lives are spent as adults, so they need to be prepared for their adulthood.

The Light House has announced the selection of Kassidy Brown, MBA as its new executive director. The Board of Directors conducted a regional search in May, and after an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, the Board and staff stood unanimously behind Brown. His experience, knowledge of the organization, and vision for the future made him the ideal choice to take The Light House forward,” said Harry Watson, Board President.

Brown’s resume includes over 15 years of program development, disability services, and non-profit management. Prior to this appointment Brown was the Director of Operations for the Light House, overseeing all campus programs, business operations, and strategic development.

“I am so pleased that the Board of Directors has chosen Kassidy Brown to succeed me. With all his knowledge of the agency he will carry on the legacy well. I am excited about the future of The Light House with him at the helm”, stated Ms. Greene.

About The Light House

With a mission to educate and prepare individuals with disabilities for life, The Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center (The Light House) is a nonprofit that serves the needs of individuals with disabilities throughout Eastern Connecticut.  Divided into three “campuses”, The Light House has a broad range of programming including two state-approved private schools, residential and transitional services, and state contracted adult services. To learn more about The Light House visit or call 860-445-7626.

Harry Watson
President, Board of Directors
The Light House (Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center)

Kathy Greene
Executive Director, Founder
The Light House (Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center)

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GBA’s January Meeting Kicks Off Networking for 2018

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 2018 Groton Lights Holiday 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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Congratulations to our Member restaurants and stores that places in Connecticut Magazine's "Best Restaurants 2018"! 

Wow! We are SO proud of our Member restaurants/stores for placing in Connecticut Magazine's "Best Restaurants 2018: Readers' Choice"! CONGRATULATIONS to Sift Bake Shop Mystic for Best Bakery, Mystic Depot Roasters for Best Breakfast & Best Coffee Shop, RISE for 2nd place in both the Best Breakfast & Best Brunch categories, Grass & Bone for 2nd place Best Butcher, and Hilton Mystic mentioned in the Best Hotel Bar category, S&P Oyster Company for 3rd place Best Seaford Fine Dining, Cask'n Keg for 2nd Place for Best Wine Shop. Congratulations also go out to Costello's Clam Shack for mention in the Best Roadside category and Oyster Club CT and Red 36 for mentions in the Best Seafood category in the magazine's Experts' Picks! Check out the full list here...

 Bloomberg News Names Grass & Bone as one of "The Most Exciting Butcher Shops in America."


Friday, January 5, 2018, Mystic, CT – Bloomberg News Names Grass & Bone as one of "The Most Exciting Butcher Shops in America." Grass & Bone is honored to be named one of the superior butcher shops in the country in an article published today by Bloomberg Pursuits, the lifestyle, food and travel hub of Bloomberg News.

Kate Krader, food editor for Bloomberg News and former restaurant editor for Food & Wine Magazine, says “…at a new high are the number of superior butcher shops that double as restaurants. Across the country, meat-oriented chefs are fronting places that cater to the demand for aged cuts, expertly made sausages, and cured meats. These spots offer pasture-raised, humanely treated beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, as well as less common choices such as goat, venison, and game birds.”

“You’d expect the coastal town of Mystic to be all about fish—and perhaps pizza. Yet last summer, Daniel Meiser and James Wayman transformed a Tim Horton’s doughnut outpost into a cafe with offerings such as the Grandpa Reuben (made with house-made pastrami) and bronzed rotisserie chicken with garlic mayo. The focal point of the space is a refrigerated case filled with cuts of meat dry-aged up to 90 days and sometimes more. “We didn’t want to do a fake butcher program,” Meiser says. “We want people to come here and say, ‘I want a 2-inch-thick aged rib-eye to make for dinner.’”

Grass & Bone is the newest addition to the Oyster Club, Engine Room, Stone Acres Farm family, and the first butcher shop/restaurant in Southeastern Connecticut. In addition to offering a full menu of comfort food, rotisserie chicken and sandwiches, Grass & Bone specializes in whole animal butchery sourced from local farms, and dry aged on site.

Catherine Dzilenski
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24 E. Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355


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Be Wise! Analyze Before You Invest in Solar

GROTON – Thinking about solar, but not sure that you can afford the investment? Groton Utilities is offering its customers a free, unbiased, third party Solar Energy Financial Evaluation. Groton Utilities has arranged for an independent consultant to help you get all the right answers about your potential solar investment.

Most importantly, the evaluation results will be confidential.  The results will not be shared with Groton Utilities unless you, the customer, want to provide Groton Utilities with the results.

Groton Utilities wants you to make the best financial decision when it comes to investing in solar.  The investment in a solar system can be substantial – a nice way to say expensive - so it is important that you review all the information before making the right decision for you.

If you are ready to start an evaluation, visit our web site at  Point and click the “Happy Sun” icon, and you will be ready to start your free Solar Energy Financial Evaluation.  Please note that a proposal from a solar developer is required in order to complete the evaluation.

This evaluation is the best way for you to get the answers to all your solar investment questions.  Here are a few of the questions that the evaluation can help you answer:

  • Will you get a good return on your solar investment?
  • Are solar vendors overwhelming you with offers they claim are too good to pass up?
  • How do you compare one vendor’s proposal to another’s?
  • How do you balance the contractor’s proposal with Groton Utilities standard tariff?

Frank E. Winkler
Manager Economic Development
Groton Utilities Spokesperson
(860) 446-4095
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