Brendan Mayer New Single

Bredan Mayer New Single "Getaway Car"

Bredan Mayer New Single “Getaway Car”


Music has always been in Brendan Mayer’s blood. The son of longtime guitarist for Jimmy Buffett, Peter Mayer, Brendan grew up surrounded by the music industry and all that comes with it. Since a young age, he has been steadily crafting his own unique voice as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. As lead singer of Nashville buzz-band The Turf, Brendan played extensively throughout the Nashville area and elsewhere, sharing the stage along the way with successful acts like American Bang, Jeff the Brotherhood, De Novo Dahl, Turbo Fruits, and How I Became the Bomb, among others. Now, after graduating from Boston University, his current solo project is pushing his singular melodic style and voice to new heights. Possessing an adventurous yet mature musical sensibility that belies his still-young age, Brendan is ready to make his own mark on the world of music that he knows and loves.

Brendan Mayer

Norwich Fireworks rescheduled for Saturday, July 5th




Subject: City of Norwich Fireworks will be Saturday, July 5

Due to the impending bad weather, the City of Norwich Fireworks have been rescheduled to be at dark over the Norwich Harbor. Please join us for our annual extravaganza!

Questions can be directed to Michael Franklin Fireworks committee chair: (860) 460-8144
Updated information can be found on the fireworks Facebook page:

Thank you
Miria Toth
Office and Marketing Manager
77 Main Street; Norwich, CT
Office- 860-887-6964
Cell- 860-984-5522

Add Seafood to Your Family’s Diet

Add Seafood to Your Family’s Diet

Introduce a new protein your family will love

Quick-and-Easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos

(Family Features) The easiest way to get the family together for a meal is with a delicious, homemade dish with tasty ingredients, such as protein-packed shrimp.

There are many scrumptious reasons for including shrimp into your family’s diet. In fact, the American Heart Association and other experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week, and the FDA just announced this year that pregnant women should consume between 8-12 ounces of seafood a week. It’s easy to work towards this dietary goal by introducing Gulf shrimp into your diet. This versatile protein is easy to prepare; has a wonderfully salty and fresh flavor from the nutrient-rich environment in which it is caught; and is also widely available fresh and frozen at your local grocery.

Better-for-you benefits

Flavorful Gulf shrimp contains high-quality protein and a variety of essential nutrients, such as vitamins B-6 and B-12. Plus, it’s a natural source of vitamin D, low in saturated fat and offers healthy omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Simple substitutions

Add flair and flavor to your family’s meal routine (and keep the kids happy) with these easy meal ideas that incorporate Gulf shrimp:

  • Breakfast: Dice it up and add to omelets with fresh vegetables, such as sautéed spinach and tomatoes.
  • Lunch: Perk up your midday meal by adding it to salads and tortilla soups.
  • Appetizer or snack: Serve with simple cocktail sauce for a no-fuss crowd pleaser, or a light stick-with-you snack.
  • Dinner: Mix it into spaghetti sauce and serve on a bed of whole wheat pasta.

For more great Gulf shrimp recipe ideas, visit

Quick-and-Easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos


  • 1/4 pound tortilla chips
  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheese
  • 1/2 pounds small fresh or frozen Gulf shrimp (or large shrimp cut into bite-sized pieces), boiled and peeled
  • 1 large tomato, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup scallions, diced
  • Low-fat or fat-free sour cream (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Fresh guacamole (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to broil. In large, oven-proof platter, place tortilla chips in single layer. Sprinkle black beans and half of cheese on top of chips, then evenly distribute shrimp on top. Add diced tomato as next layer, then cover with remaining cheese.
  2. Cook under broiler for roughly 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Garnish nachos with sliced scallions, and top with sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

2-4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Recipe provided to the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition by Chef Justin Timineri of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Total Time:
10 minutes

Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition

A Healthier Relationship

Money Tips for a Healthier Relationship

(Family Features) The way someone saves and spends money can tell you a lot about them, and it can also impact how one chooses a future partner.

In fact, according to an April 2014 Valpak® Consumer Survey, 74 percent of panelists said they find people who save money responsibly more attractive, which is sparking a new relationship trend — savers, not spenders — are the new sexy. While expensive getaways and lavish gifts are nice to fantasize about, couples are finding enjoyment in celebrating the savings and practicing smart budgeting together.

With wedding season well underway this summer, and the national average wedding spend at an all-time high, the topic of money savings is front-and-center with couples nationwide. Renowned relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch, better known as The Love Doctor®, is the director of a landmark study called “The Early Years of Marriage Project,” funded by the National Institutes of Health. In her research, she has followed the same 373 married couples for more than 27 years.

“When couples don’t talk openly about money, it can become a sensitive subject and lead to conflict,” said Dr. Orbuch. “As a result, couples learn to avoid serious money conversations that need to happen.”

Four easy steps

Dr. Orbuch has developed four simple money strategies to foster a healthier relationship based on her expert research and observation of couples for more than two decades.

  1. Don’t let finances come between you

My research shows that in the early years of a relationship, money is the number one source of conflict. Too often, disagreements about finances have little to do with the money itself and more to do with other issues within the relationship. When a financial issue comes up, ask yourself if it’s really a money problem or if it’s a relationship problem. Think carefully as you discuss money issues with your partner to make sure there isn’t a larger problem at the core.

  1. Focus on smart saving

Studies show that being financially responsible (or saving smart) can increase the romantic desire between you and your partner. People who focus on saving smart are seen as more desirable and attractive, than those who spend excessively. This is because savers are viewed as responsible, trustworthy and more committed to the relationship.

  1. Have a direct and specific conversation

When you sit down with your partner to have a “money chat,” start with simple, direct questions like, “What are we spending?” or “How can we save?”  If talking about money is new or difficult for you as a couple, start with this approach. If one person in the couple is more familiar with handling finances, keep the language as straightforward as possible with a positive tone.

  1. Keep things exciting and new

It is very common for a relationship to fall into a rut. It becomes routine and humdrum, and partners start feeling as though they are missing all the good things that make relationships exciting. Reignite the excitement in your relationship by trying novel or surprising things together as a couple like a different cuisine. Take advantage of great Valpak® offers in your Valpak envelope and on the Valpak mobile app for activities you can both try for the first time together such as amusement park tickets, or quaint local restaurants.

When you’re prepared with a few financial tips, you’ll have everything you both need to keep your relationship strong and healthy. For more money-saving tips, visit the Valpak Behind The Blue Blog.


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Tom Cantone’s Book Release Party


Tom Cantone, Mohegan Sun’s Senior VP, is one of the nation’s top entertainment executives who has been a leading trendsetter in the entertainment, resort and casino industry. His marketing leadership has revolutionized casino entertainment. Venue’s Today Magazine best summed it up, “Tom has honed a highly effective marketing strategy that has helped build the entire casino industry.”

BOOK’EM covers some 250 major debuts, including: Eddie Murphy, One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Jerry Seinfeld, Taylor Swift, The Dixie Chicks, Billy Crystal, Pink, Robin Williams, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and even The Sopranos, to name a few.



Tom Cantone’s “Boom ‘Em” Release Party at the Friars Club, June 3, 2014 from Marc Cantone on Vimeo.

Red River Entertainment Press Release

Red River Entertainment Releases

The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy


Dale Watson Adds 3rd to Truckin’ Sessions Collection


AUSTIN, TEXAS — Back in 1998, maverick country traditionalist Dale Watson issued a 14-song collection of songs in the tradition of Red Simpson, Merle Haggard, Red Sovine and Dave Dudley called The Truckin’ Sessions.  A decade later and Watson released another 14-song outing, The Truckin’ Sessions 2.

 Now, the self-titled “Ameripolitan” artist is adding another new 14-song set, The Truckin’ Sessions 3, to the group, and Red River Entertainment will release them all in one package, The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy, on July 8. unnamed 2

 As with the first two releases, Truckin’ Sessions 3 is an immediately likable set and it doesn’t matter if the listeners are even truckers.  “The first two got great response, and a lot of women really liked the songs,” Watson said.  “That really did surprise me.”

 Watson stays true to form on the album, writing and recording without the use of modern effects and not trying to appeal to the current state of so-called “Country” music.  Rather, Watson follows the tradition set  by country troubadours like Ernest Tubb , Hank Williams, Sr., Bob Wills,  Waylon Jennings, among others. All the songs on the The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy could easily have been written in the 1960s.

 Watson manages some swing with “Texas Armadillo” and keeps humor alive on songs like “Suicide Sam,” “Phillip At The Station,” and “Lugnutt Harry.”   Watson is joined by duet partner Amber Digby for the charming “We’re Trucking Along,” which may be the first-ever truckin’ song duet.

 “Birmingham Breakdown” and “I’m A Truckin’” are right in the middle-of-the-hammer lane, while the Haggard-esque “It’s Been A Long Truckin’ Day” will appeal to anyone who works hard for a living.  Watson’s Lone Stars display some blistering playing on “10-100.”  Of particular note is “Freewheelin’” which Watson wrote live as a guest on Sirius XM Radio’s Roaddog Show, during which truckers called in and gave Watson the actual lines of the song!

unnamed Watson’s father was a trucker who moonlighted as a country singer so his love of the big rigs and truckin’ songs came honestly.  Watson grew up in the CB Generation when songs like “Convoy,” “Teddy Bear” and “Six Days On The Road” were part of mainstream country radio playlists.  “There’s a definite style of music that has to be used when writing a truckin’ song,” Watson explains. “The words mean a lot.  You can’t cover them up with a wall of music.”

Born in Alabama, raised outside of Houston and based in Austin, Watson first emerged on the music scene in the mid 1990s, bringing with him a hardscrabble honky-tonk tradition that has won him an international following, earned him induction into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and established him as a leading crusader against the “Nashville Rash” plaguing the country music industry. Without compromising his musical values, he sounds here like a singer with nothing to prove and no one to fight.


Watson wrote all the songs on The Truckin’ Sessions 3, and produced them using his own Lone Stars band. The results are pure Dale Watson.



The Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan Docks at New London

Morgan1_SITEBy Jon Persson


Generations of New Londoners scan the waters just beyond the Thames River, hoping for the first spotting of a whaling ship due to complete the first leg of her voyage into freshly charted history. The day is clear, with a fresh and fair breeze, and anticipation ripples through the leisurely crowd on New London’s City Pier. And then, she appears a figure on a passage across time and into the logbooks of new generations.

The Charles W. Morgan approaches the conclusion of this first venture onto the seas in seventy-three years with a cautious grace, testing the waters slowly despite the obvious confidence her keepers have in her ability to make the passage. It is a reverential handling of America’s oldest commercial ship, the last wooden whaling ship, the lucky vessel which plied a world of oceans for eighty years, to retire at the age of one hundred in a berth of gravel. Her role is that of teacher now, young generations born long after the heavy work of whaling had long since become passé. The thousands, the tens of thousands, who have walked her decks over the past decades have done so from a stationary perch on history’s long unfolding tale.

Morgan_Wide_SITEMay 17th, 2014, a Saturday, marks the day when the Morgan returns to sea and becomes a dynamic instrument of teachable moments. A ship is not built to be forever berthed, and waters flow under keels whether they are docked or underway. To bring the experience of a wooden whaling ship into ports where once they were a part of the common commerce is an obvious step which still requires the steady influence of knowledgeable people to direct the process forward.

The Charles W. Morgan grows larger as the distance to her waiting dockage grows shorter. The black hull and partially rigged spars, awaiting the sails which will be set for the first time at sea in decades, follows the lead of fireboats which announce her arrival behind spumes of water, which emulate the spouting of great whales whose generations have also passed to time. For this first venture at sea, the Morgan is under tow, with small craft offering steering nudges along the way.

A fleet of four whaleboats have rowed along with her, the lithe double-ended craft which once, bravely or foolishly, challenged the great leviathons of the sea to mortal combat in the name of commerce and lamplight fuel. Today their crews are volunteers, honored to escort iconic ship on her latest voyage into history

And finally the great ship is at City Pier, her second ever visit to this once great center of whaling. She brings with her opportunities to board the ship, to visit onshore displays and educational tents, to row in the whaleboats that have accompanied her. This is the mission now, to teach of old ways and old days, and thereby provide a perspective on how life today may effect life a century from now.

The unimaginably hard and austere life of a whaling ship crew was once commonly acceptable, the hunting of whales to near extinction a normalcy. The oceans were vast, uncharted, mysterious, and seemingly inexhaustible then; we have knowledge now, born of this historical experience, yet we too will one day be seen as unwise in our use of Earth’s resources. There are many lessons and much wisdom to be gleaned from a whaling ship on a new voyage of discovery.

The weekends of May 24-25 and May 31-June 1st will be open to the public for tours of the Charles W. Morgan, for dockside events, and observe the whale boats. More information may be found on the great oceans at



214 New Ensigns Commissioned

Photo  Template for the ResidentBy Mary Belanger

On Wednesday May 21, Cadet Memorial Field is staged and ready to begin the US Coast Guard Academy’s 133rd commencement exercises.

What a picture-perfect scene of a breathtaking celebration to honor such an elite group of young men and women.  The sun shining through the multiple shades of blue in the sky only enhanced the white uniforms of the cadets soon to graduate and be commissioned into the US Coast Guard.

The time is here, there is a vigilance of silence, the chapel bells are chiming, the sound of a 21 gun salute brings a note of honor and the Coast Guard Band captures our hearts with the sound of Pomp and Circumstance as the Cadets march in. 

Distinguished Graduate, Stephanie Jocis of Palos Verdes, California spoke of how she related her four years at the Academy to the likes of entering a revolving door. Stephanie spoke about each turn of the door as being another challenging year.  At times she felt isolated. With last year’s final turn, she was able to exit with the best version of herself.  She concluded that, “Camaraderie of the Academy changes everyone from I to We in the service of their nation.”

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department Of Homeland Security delivered the keynote address to the 214 graduates.  Secretary Johnson stated that, “Graduation represents an accumulation of four years of hard work, but it is not an end, it is not your destination, it is your next beginning.”  He gave reference to Stephanie Jocis,  “How at times she felt isolated” and said, “Yes, it’s been hard, and we make it hard for a reason, our nation, our department and our Coast Guard requires the best and the strongest.”  He asked the cadets to live by their moral and ethic compass, “Your fellow Americans will expect a lot from you. Set the example, behave as if the whole world is watching.”      

Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., Commandant of the US Coast Guard, who will be retiring at the end of the month, administered the oath of office to the cadets. As the Admiral stood before the cadets for the last time, he asked them, “Turn around and say thank you!”

Class president Bradley Pienta thanked the Admiral and voiced, “We promise to take all that we have learned from you into the fleet.”

Cardinal Gives With Flying Colors!

Photo  Template for the ResidentBy Alexis Ann

Here’s how it went down–disrespectful hoodlums stole the Garrison flag 12’ X 18’ from our beloved Liberty Flag Pole in the heart of downtown Mystic on Wednesday night.  The word of this obnoxious deed spread quickly and it was Steve Luft, VP Operations, Cardinal Honda, Groton, who heard it on the Lee Elsee Show 94.9 News Now on his way to work.

Always quick to help problem solve, Steve jumped on the case  by sharing the misfortunate news with Kim Cardinal-Piscatelli, VP, and dad, Stan Cardinal. “Let’s give them a flag,” said Stan and Kim in unison.

John Kennedy, VP Mystic Flag Committee, informed the Resident Good News of his call from Cardinal Honda on Thursday offering to donate a new 10’ X 15’ flag to the Flag Committee to replace the stolen one. “We gratefully accepted and picked it up yesterday.”

And that my friends is truly a GOOD NEWS story—giving with flying colors!

P.S. Be sure and attend the Flag Day ceremony on June 14 at 8 AM at Liberty Square.

Anne Assists with Rescue

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by Robert J. O’Shaughnessy

Captain Geof Jones and his father Stephen Jones had no idea they would be providing assistance to a disabled boater when they set out to watch the Morgan’s journey to New London.Upon returning to Mystic from New London Captain Jones heard a call from Stan Wells’  vessel, the Blue Chip off Avery Point in Groton.  Geof responded and reached the 25-foot vessel just as did the USCG and the Mystic Fireboat. The Anne then towed Blue Chip to Noank where Stan and Nancy Wells keep their vessel.  Another job well-done by Captain Geof and the Anne.