Mudhead Benefit Regatta Gearing up for July 14 at Mystic Shipyard
Great Races! Great Party! Great Cause!


For over 25 years, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have raced to raise funds and awareness for Center for Hospice Care. This year, come and join the fun with over 500 of our friends and neighbors on July 14, 2018 hosted by the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association. The Mudheads will host their annual MegaParty starting at 5 p.m. at Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex Street, Mystic, CT. This party features great food, full bar, silent auction, prize drawings and live music by Rock N Soul Revue. Whether by land or by sea, we hope you can join us.

The MUDHEAD BENEFIT CUP has become the “Go to Regatta” on the ECSA Circuit and 2018 promises another exciting weekend of music, food, racing and days and nights of full out fun! All proceeds benefit Center for Hospice Care - a wonderful community organization.

The Mudheads have made the most of their opportunities to manage races over the years. The race committee team has won the accolades of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association with many awards for Best Managed Race.

Saturday night is the infamous MegaParty - under the tent - at Mystic Shipyard. There will be dancing, a buffet dinner provided by Mohegan Sun and beverages galore!

Center for Hospice Care provides care in the home and, often, in skilled nursing facilities for those facing the end of their life, regardless of age, disease or inability to pay. The organization also provides bereavement services for families in Eastern Connecticut free of charge, regardless of whether their loved one died under Hospice care or not.

Center for Hospice Care is a community-based, non-profit organization located in Norwich, Connecticut and serving Eastern Connecticut. It is Medicare/Medicaid certified, state licensed and CHAP accredited. Center for Hospice Care has been the hospice of choice for over 12,500 families since 1985.

For more information or to register for the race, visit:

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Allison Keck


Event and Communications Coordinator

Center for Hospice Care

860.848.5699 x204

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The Mudheads are Going Green for the 10th consecutive year

The Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association proudly announces that it has registered its annual Mudhead Benefit Race on July 14, 2018 as a certified Clean Regatta with the non-profit organization, Sailors for the Sea for the tenth year. By doing so, the Mudheads pledge their commitment to clean waters and shores, and vows to fulfill and encourage others to fulfill the goals and requirements set forth by Sailors for the Sea.

These goals include disqualifying any boat observed discharging trash into the water, providing recycling containers on shore and encouraging their use, including a list of non-toxic cleaning products in each skipper’s packet, and keeping the shore clean of debris. Additionally, again this year, The Mudheads will implement a system to decrease the use of plastic water bottles.

“We are committed to running our race as cleanly as we can,” said Bob Austin-LaFrance, Mudhead past commodore. “By signing up as a Silver Level Clean Regatta, we hope to create a focus for sailors in southeastern Connecticut for keeping our oceans and shorelines healthy.” Mudhead Race Committee Chairman, Greg Gilmartin, adds, “It’s common sense: no trash overboard, no discharging of waste, recycle your paper and cans, and have a good time on the water and at the party on shore.”

The Mudhead Benefit Race is a fundraiser for Center for Hospice Care, a non-profit organization providing quality end-of-life care, bereavement support and palliative care for the Eastern Connecticut community since 1985.

For more information or to register for the race, visit:

For more information on Green Regattas, visit:

For more information on Center for Hospice Care, visit:



Allison Keck

Event and Communications Coordinator

Center for Hospice Care

860.848.5699 x204

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Cardinal Honda and the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Partner to Raise Funds

Test drive a Honda Clarity today at Cardinal Honda in Groton, Connecticut, and for each test drive referred by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce from now through June 30, they'll donate $25.00 to the Mystic Chamber!

About the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Drive 89 miles on a single charge using NO gasoline! After that enjoy 47 MPG!

The Hybrid battery comes with a 8 year 100,000 mile warranty! Also we offer a FREE 10 year 120,000 powertrain warranty!

Imagine never refueling during your daily commute if you regularly charge your Clarity at home! 

Yes, you can use a regular 120v outlet to charge your Clarity, or use a 240v outlet for even faster charging!

Enjoy full pass through storage by folding the rear seats down, unlike a typical Hybrid!

What are you waiting for!? Get your Clarity Plug-In Hybrid today and forget your weekly trip to the gas station!

#hondaclarity #cardinalhonda



Concerts in the park logo 2018


 Band MassConn FusionII

 Mass-Conn Fusion Featured At Concerts in the Park

Come Hear the Music Play


GROTON - The sounds of the band, Mass-Conn Fusion, will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018 on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton. All concerts are free.

You will simply want to start dancing when the Mass-Conn Fusion strikes up the band with Motown, rock, pop and a touch of calypso.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series.

The remaining concerts are July 6, Souls on Fire; July 13, The Cartells; July 20, Jay Dempsey Band; and July 27, 9Teen.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

You can also check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2018 schedule during the season on Groton Utilities’ web site at and the City’s web site at

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Food is available on site.  The Groton Little League operates the concession stand.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing. 

Frank E. Winkler
Co-Chair, Concerts in the Park 2018
(860) 446-4095
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Joyce L. Gresh Charter Oak Supervisory Committee


Griswold Resident Will Chair Three-Person Committee That Oversees Various Board Functions

            Waterford, CT – June 20, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has appointed Joyce L. Gresh as Chairperson of its Supervisory Committee, which is responsible for oversight and audit responsibilities for the credit union’s seven-member Board of Directors.

            “Joyce’s talents as an administrator, educator and active volunteer in many of our communities have served us well on our Supervisory Committee,” said Guy Henry, Chairman of Charter Oak’s Board of Directors. “Our Supervisory Committee plays an important role here at Charter Oak, so I’m looking forward to Joyce’s insights and perspective as she takes on her additional responsibilities as chairperson of the committee,” he said.

            Gresh was first appointed by Charter Oak’s Board of Directors to serve on the Supervisory Committee in November 2016 and in May of this year was appointed to serve as Chairperson of the committee. Charter Oak’s Supervisory Committee provides important corporate oversight functions for the Waterford-based credit union. The committee assists Charter Oak’s Board of Directors in overseeing accounting, reporting and internal control responsibilities.

           Besides serving on the Supervisory Committee, Gresh plays an active role on Charter Oak’s Community Giving Committee, which reviews and allocates grants from Charter Oak’s Community Giving Program to numerous non-profit and charitable groups in eastern Connecticut. The Community Giving Committee also oversees Charter Oak’s annual Scholarship Program, which awards $90,000 in scholarships to community-minded high school and college students in New London and Windham counties. This year, the committee awarded individual $2,000 scholarships to 45 students from eastern Connecticut during a private reception on June 6th at Charter Oak’s Waterford headquarters.

            Gresh, who is a Griswold resident, has nearly four decades of experience as both an educator and administrator in numerous school systems in New London and Windham counties, including Griswold, Plainfield, Preston and Woodstock. In addition to her extensive education experience, she has earned numerous educational certifications and has served as an Acting Principal at both Woodstock Elementary and Woodstock Middle schools.

            Her community and civic experience includes serving as a member of the Jacques Cartier Club Auxiliary as well as serving as Past President of the Griswold Booster Club, where she has been an active member for many years. In addition, Gresh is a volunteer with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut where she volunteers in a variety of capacities and is one of the coordinators of the Mobile Food Pantry in Jewett City.

            She also served on United Way’s Allocations Panel this year and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2014 by the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. Among her many other community activities, Gresh serves as a Tribunal Associate for the Diocese of Norwich and is also a member of the Finance Council, Pastoral Council and lay ministries at Saints Thomas and Anne Church in Voluntown.

            Gresh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Science degree in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University and has a Sixth Year Degree in Administration from Sacred Heart University.

            Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.08 billion as of March 31, 2018 and 16 branches in 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 range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, or visit our website at, or contact our Call Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.


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