Community Spirit!

Community spirit makes the town! And, that’s what the Universal Store, in Noank Village is known for since its opening in 1947 when Pat Quaratella and Dan Simonelli bought the property. Today, son, Frank Quaratella, Sr., and his son, Frank Jr., do a superb job of running a Mom & Pop grocery store and deli. Hats off to Steve Jones, new owner of the property, not to be confused with buying the business. Get the scoop on page 4 and make sure to visit Frank’s old-fashioned meat department. It’s worth the trip!

The 6th Annual MASH Auction & Chef Competition was a smashing event held at pristine Enders Island. It was a beautiful evening enjoyed by ALL who attended. Of course, the best thing besides the winners of the cook-off, Jamie Fowler, Noah’s, Stonington and Kevin Rogers, Ledyard teacher and Bravo Bravo Bartender, was the cool $40,000 raised. Monies will benefit local homeless families and children. Catch the community spirit on page 8.

The American Legion Veterans Housing, Inc., held a kick-off fundraiser dinner in Griswold, last week for a $5M project to assist Homeless veterans. Plans are to rehabilitate the American Legion Hall building to create affordable permanent housing for vets in need. Let’s put our hands together for the anonymous donor who donating the first $20,000 on page 10.

The Resident Newspaper participated in the 30th Annual Groton Fourth of July Parade and what fun we had! We were lucky enough to march behind Remember the Heroes Band and in front of the Wayne’s Barber Shop Crew…it was rock’n and laugh’n all the way! pages 6-7.

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