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

Story & Photo

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.


May 28
Flicks @ Six. Saving Mr. Banks. 6pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.

Get Real! Wise Women Speak. 6pm. La Grua Center, Stonington. 860.535.2300.

Classic American Films, Then and Now. 6-8pm. Brainerd Memorial Library, Haddam. 860.345.2204.

Homeschooling Workshop. 6-7:45pm. Westerly Library, Westerly, RI. 401.596.2877 x 3.

May 29
Video Game Night, 6-12 graders. 6pm. Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.0392.

“A Song of Whales & Men” traditional Maritime Songs. 6pm. Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.0392.

Time Out! Book Club. 10:30-11:30am. New London Public Library. 860.447.1411.

Let’s Look at Insects. 9:15am. Children’s Museum SE CT. 860.691.1111.

May 30
Friday Nite Live: Braiden Sunshine & Band. 7-9pm. Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe, Old Lyme.  860.434.1961.

Author Matthew Goldman Q & A. 5:30pm. Friends of Rathbun Free Library, East Haddam.  860.873.8210.

Closet/White Elephant Sale. 9am-noon & 4:30-6pm. St. Mary’s Church, Groton.  860.445.1446.

Twilight Trail Run Benefit for Safe Futures. 6pm. Bluff Point, Groton.

May 31
Town-Wide Tag Sale. 8am-2pm. Wheeler Library, N. Stonington. 860.535.0383.

Honky Tonk Dance Party. 6-10pm. Greenvale Vineyards, Portsmouth, RI. 401.847.3777.

June 1
Choral Club of Clinton Spring Concert. 4pm. United Methodist Church, Clinton. 860.669.2702.

Guided Tour of Stonington Borough. 2pm. Start at Old Lighthouse Museum, Stonington. 860.535.8445.

June 2
Scottish Talk by Jeff Robertson. 6:30pm. Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton. 860.669.2342.

CT High School Musical Awards. 6pm. Palace Theater, Waterbury. 203.346.2000.

June 3
Nerds to Go Talk: Computer Viruses. 6pm. Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton. 860.669.2342.

New singer auditions. 4-6pm. Kent Performance Hall, Westerly, RI. 401.596.8663.

June 4
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. 10am-5pm. Several locations and times. Call 203.230.1201.

The Fault in Our Stars Trivia Challenge. 5-6:30pm. New London Public Library. 860.447.1411.

The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini. 7pm. Garde Arts Center, New London. 860.444.7373 x 1.

Flicks @ Six. American Hustle. 6pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.

June 5
Garden Talk with Giddix and Reil. 6:30pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.205.5898.

Deadline for registration for Men Against Domestic Violence. Contact Safe Futures at  860.447.0366 x 203.

The Smithereens. 8pm. The Kate Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. 877.503.1286.

Intro to Internet Class. 6:30-7:30pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.205.5898.

Driving Miss Daisy Live Performance. 2, 4 & 7pm. The Kate Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. 877.503.1286.

June 6
Week-long Book Sale Preview Party. 5-7pm. Sale is June 7-14. Mystic & Noank Library, Mystic.  860.536.7721.

8th Annual Auction. Begins 6:30pm. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia Orthodox Church, Norwich.  860.822.9955.

Flowers & Fantasy/Into the Wild. Art Opening. 5-8pm. Artists Cooperative Gallery, Westerly, RI.  401.596.2221.

Madonna Place Wine Tasting and Auction. 6pm. Holiday Inn, Norwich.  860.698.6267.

June 7
Friends of Mystic & Noank Library Spring Fair. 9:30am-2:30pm. 40 Liberty St., Mystic. 860.536.7721.

Dr. Joe & Friends Jazz. 8pm. The Kate Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. 877.503.1286.

Walk With Naturalist, Ranger Russ Miller. 1pm. Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Westbrook. 860.399.0136.

June 8
Guided Tour of Stonington Borough. 2pm. Start at Old Lighthouse Museum, Stonington. 860.535.8445.

June 9
Blood Pressure Clinic. 9-10am. CVS Pharmacy, Waterford. 860.444.1111.

Chip Tasting. 4-6pm. Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton. 860.669.2342.

Science Fiction Book Discussion. 7pm. Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.0392.

June 10
Teen Terrific Tuesday. 3:30-4:30am. New London Public Library. 860.447.1411.

Autism…Continuing the Conversation. 7-9pm. 46 Plaza Court, Groton. 860.445.7626 x 115.

Ongoing Events
Boy Scout Venturing Co-Ed Program. Ages 14-21. 2nd Friday each month. 6:30-8:30pm. The Lighthouse, Niantic. To join, call 860.445.7626 x 115.

Norwich VFW post 594 meets the 2nd Tues. of each month 7pm. 860.892.1400.

Joseph’s Living Center offers a monthly bluegrass jam. 7 – 9 p.m. Monthly on third Tues. Windham. 860.455.9400.

Full Throttle Biker Church meets the second Friday at Seaport Community Church 28 Great Brook Road Groton 860.448.6224.

Open computer time for practice and projects. Mon – Thurs 1:30-5pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

Toddler Time.  Wednesday Mornings. 10am. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

Preschool Stories. Thursday Mornings. 10am. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

Tiny Tots Table. Fridays. 10am-2pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.

Discussions about simplifying our lives. 3rd Monday of the month. 10am. Niantic Community Church. 860.739.6208.

Transitional Skills Workshops for young adults identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ages 16+. Weekly M-F. Niantic. 860.691.2546.

Caregiver Support Group. First Tuesday of the Month. 2:30-4pm. Griswold Senior Center, Jewett City. 860.376.2604.

Caregiver Support Group. Last Tuesday of the Month. 2-3:30pm. Ross Adult Day Center, Norwich. 860.887.3561×124.

Relative Caregivers of Children Meeting. Last Tuesday of the Month. 9-11am. Rose City Senior Center, Norwich. 860.887.3561×124.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10 Meeting. Buckingham Building, Norwich. Call for info. 860.546.9754.

Sign up for the Groton Fourth of July Parade! Groton Parks & Recreation. 860.536.5682.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of SE CT meets 1st and 3rd Wed. 7:30pm. 401 W. Thames St Bldg 301, Norwich. 860.537.3073.

Gentle Yoga By the Sea Sundays. 10am. Stonington. 860.572.9642.

Free Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Veterans. Fridays. 5:30pm. Stonington. 860.572.9642.

Call to artists: Art on Groton Bank. Apply early for July 19 show. Grounds of Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.7626 x 108.

Lyme Junior Women’s Club Art Show & Benefit. April 18-June 1. Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme. 860.663.3095.

Greasy Luck: The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan. Through June 8. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London. 860.443.2545.

Yoga Dance. Tuesdays 6pm. New London Healing Arts Center. 860.574.3572.

Common Ground Acoustic Open Mic. Wednesdays 7-11pm. Bulkeley House Saloon, New London.  860.444.7753.

Register for Groton Fall Festival, October 11, Groton. Deadline July 18.  860.572.9578.

From Stage to Screen and Back AgainMay 16- June 8. Granite Theatre, Westerly, RI.  401.596.2341.

Pine Point School Art Show.  April 30 – June 1. Artists Cooperative Gallery, Westerly, RI.  401.932.6728.

American Folk Art from the Fenimore Museum.  June 7 – September 21. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme.  860.434.5542.

Thistles and Crowns: The Painted Chests of The CT Coastline.  June 7 – September 21. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme.  860.434.5542

Call for Artists. Nautilus 60th Anniversary exhibit.  Deadline August 29. For more info, visit 

Rescuers of 12 Year Old Recognized


Rescuers of 12 Yr OldStory & photo

By Jon Persson



Keith Mutch is clearly not a man in search of a stage, nor is he at ease at the center of attention. But on May 4 his recognition of a developing crisis set in motion the series of actions that resulted in a young girl’s adventure being a lesson in life and not a tragic story. 


At a session of the New London City Council on May 19th, Keith relates how he watched as a 12 year old girl and her dog were being buffeted by waves off the mouth of the Thames River. He notes that he was concerned while waves were breaking over the small boat’s rails. Next, he watched the canoe capsize, casting the girl and her dog into the cold waters. Unable to contact 911, Keith used his handheld radio to contact the Coast Guard for assistance.


In recognition of his actions and the decisive actions of the crew of Cross Sound Ferry’s John H and the United States Coast Guard, State Representative Ernest Hewett sponsored a proclamation by the State Legislature, joined by proclamations and citations from Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy and New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio. Mayor Finizio begins the evening’s ceremonial presentations, declaring the recipients, “Heroes of the City of New London.” Representative Hewett  is next, presenting blue bound citations from, first, the Legislature, and then the Governor.


Keith Mutch is first to receive his awards, and is asked to describe his actions on that fortunate day. He is quick to say that, “Without the crew of the John H, the girl would have drowned.” 


The crew of the John H takes center stage, where their actions are described as maneuvering close enough to throw a life ring to the young girl, keeping her safely secure until the Coast Guard could arrive.


Next, the Coast Guardsmen are recognized. Commander Jonathan Theel comments on the daily practice and the teamwork present which resulted in a successful rescue, and “not a grieving family” had things not unfolded as they did. He then gives out Coast Guard coins to the crew of the John H, and to Keith Mutch, a traditional commendation transferred by a handshake between presenter and recipient.


The events and responses on May 4 by people aware and prepared to act resulted in the best of outcomes–A young girl treated and released from the hospital, to live with more wisdom and a dog found after making the long swim to shore. 


A Blessing for animals


9th Annual Blessing of the Animals

Grace Episcopal Church

8 Chapel Hill Road

Yantic, CT.  06389

Sunday, May 25 at 1 PM

Phone; 860-887-2082


For Immediate Release – May 12, 2014

Media Contact; Kevin Harkins, 860-886-0762


A special blessing for animals will be offered in front of Grace Church in Yantic at 1 o’clock on May 25.


The public is invited to bring animals and pets to receive prayer and blessing at 1 PM on Sunday, May 25, in front of Grace Episcopal Church in Yantic.  The annual event takes place on Rogation Sunday, a day set aside to ask God’s to watch over crops and creatures of all kinds.  Father Peter D’alesandre, Vicar of Grace Church, will preside at the short afternoon service.


“Cats, dogs and other animals are more than welcome”, said John Baldwin, Senior Warden at Grace Episcopal Church.  Baldwin suggests that our four pawed friends be leashed or in carriers as they will be close to other animals.


Rogation Sunday is the day when the Church has traditionally offered prayer for God’s blessing on the fruits of the earth and the labors of those who produce our food. The word “rogation” is from the Latin rogare, “to ask.”


Since 2006, Grace Church has been conducting this simple service giving thanks and seeking divine mercy for all growing things.  Those whose animals are unable to attend are encouraged to bring an item belonging to that creature such as a toy, food dish or bridle, for example.  The service takes place on the driveway in front of the historic old church.


Grace Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and offers a safe, welcoming community for all ages.  Weekly worship services and Christian education take place at 9:30 AM each Sunday, and child care is available.


To learn more about Grace Episcopal Church in Yantic, visit-

Or call, 860-887-2082.


Coast Guard Museum Ground Breaking

CG347: May 2, 2014: History in the Making National Coast Guard Museum Association board members join Adm. Robert J. Papp, Coast Guard Commandant (center) in letting the ceremonial dirt fly. (l-r) John S. Johnson, Treasurer; James J. Coleman, Jr., Chairman;  Richard J. Grahn, Esq., Secretary; Hon. Catherine W.  Cook and RADM John N. Faigle, USCG (Ret.) CG51: (l-r) Seamen Mockler, Linton, King and Yeacer of the United States Ceremonial Honor Guard stand ready to post the colors. CG90: Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. and James J. Coleman, Chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, salute the colors.

CG347: May 2, 2014: History in the Making
National Coast Guard Museum Association board members join Adm. Robert J. Papp, Coast Guard Commandant (center) in letting the ceremonial dirt fly. (l-r) John S. Johnson, Treasurer; James J. Coleman, Jr., Chairman; Richard J. Grahn, Esq., Secretary; Hon. Catherine W. Cook and RADM John N. Faigle, USCG (Ret.) CG51: (l-r) Seamen Mockler, Linton, King and Yeacer of the United States Ceremonial Honor Guard stand ready to post the colors. CG90: Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. and James J. Coleman, Chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, salute the colors.

Coast Guard Museum Groundbreaking

By Jon Persson

On May 2nd, Admiral Robert Papp formally accepted the transfer of the property deed from the City of New London to the United States Coast Guard where the National Coast Guard Museum will soon be built.

The pomp of these ceremonies is underscored by the towering presence of the Coast Guard barque Eagle, and CG36500, the lifeboat that rescued 32 crew members from the sinking tanker Pendleton during a fierce storm in February, 1952.

The first of the two ceremonies, held on the afternoon of May 2nd, officially transfers ownership of the waterfront property bordered by Union Station and the Cross Sound Ferry complex. New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio gives a brief legal tutorial on the procedure for such  transfer: after being sworn in, he signs the document on behalf of the entire city of New London. Admiral Papp then signs on behalf of the United States government. Mayor Finizio has asked that Mayors Henchey and Galbreath of Norwich and Groton witness the signing, in recognition of the two neighboring cities which share New London’s harbor.

Mayor Finizio and Admiral Papp are joined by Governor Dannel Malloy, Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and Representative Joe Courtney. Senator Chris Murphy notes that “efforts that are most worth it are always difficult,” adding that the Revenue Cutter Service, which later became the Coast Guard, was America’s “only naval force for the first ten years” of the nation. Governor Dannel Malloy offers that the history and presence of the Coast Guard has made it apparent that the “Coast Guard Museum needs to be in New London.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal promises to continue the difficult quest for funding, which has been bolstered by Governor Malloy’s pledge of $20 million dollars from the State. Representative Joe Courtney is quick to remember the work of Senators Joe Lieberman and Chris Dodd, and of his own predecessor Representative Rob Simmons, in establishing the legislative framework for the Coast Guard Museum to be specifically located in New London.

Finally, Jimmy Coleman, Chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, is introduced with the most poignant announcement of the day, that of a personal pledge of $150,000 to the museum project. With now-familiar modesty he offers praise for the work and exploits of others engaged in the task to memorialize the contributions of the men and women United States Coast Guard. 

The ceremonies close with a symbolic breaking of ground by the official party, Senators and Mayors wielding shovels embossed with the emblem of the Coast Guard. Funds still need to be raised and appropriated, contracts awarded, logistics worked out all before this museum can become a reality. Celebrity figures, John Amos and Arnold Palmer amongst them, have already joined the effort. The process has begun.

The Charles Morgan Journey


By Michael Johnson

The Resident

The Charles W. Morgan, a staple of Mystic seaport  is the last wooden whale ship in the world.  It  began it’s 38th voyage on Saturday.

The ship was towed to nearby New London, its first stop of a three-month-long trip to historic ports in New England.

The Morgan was built in 1841.  It has been docked at Mystic Seaport since 1941. On Saturday, The Morgan was guided  down the Mystic River by a tugboat. See more pictures on our Facebook page.  It was then pulled through Fishers Island and up the Thames River to New London, where it will dock at City Pier.

The Morgan will remain in New London until June 7. its next stop will be Newport Rhode Island, and then on to the ships port of origin, New Bedford Massachusetts.  The ships journey can be tracked on the mystic seaports website.









May 15, 2014

Press Release



Southington Library and Museum

255 Main Street

Southington, CT 06489

Jeanne Chmielewski phone 860-628-0947 ext 113 fax 860-628-0488



Let Inspiration Soar an ”Art for a Cause” exhibit to benefit student selected charities

Birds by Kelley Elementary School student artists are up for auction with more than 20 charities to benefit! ‘Let Inspiration Soar’ is a collection of 42 birds artfully decorated by kids in kindergarten through 6th grade. Completely transforming the Café area of the Southington Public Library for the month of May, the young students’ creativity has already raised almost $200 for charity!!

That’s a lot to chirp about! Up for auction now through May 30th: The artists participate in an after school art club called ‘Art for a Cause’. After they create they give ALL their work away to their community. How incredible is that?! For this project, they’ve donated all their birds to the Isthmian Gallery in order to raise money for charities that are important to them. Many students chose well-known nonprofits, others chose nonprofits to honor their peers who have passed away or to support those currently fighting a disease, and several chose local nonprofits in their own communities. To place your bid on your favorite bird and a complete list of organizations to benefit,  visit The Isthmian Gallery website at Bidding is easy: visit our website at and register for free by clicking ‘login’, then ‘register now’. Once you have registered, you can see all 42 birds by typing ‘Let Inspiration Soar’ in the search box. Clicking on a thumbnail enlarges the information and allows you to see more, and larger, photos of each bird. Bidding starts at just $10 and 95% of the purchase price goes directly to the student-named charity (the other 5% goes back to the Isthmian Gallery to make it all happen and support our other programs).

None of this would be possible without the dedication of the club’s leaders, Kim Rees and Clare Bean. Both ladies have been volunteering (along with the help of many parents of children in the club) since January 2013 when it was found, through a survey administered by the STEPS Coalition, that there was a strong desire for an extracurricular art activity. While they’ve received some grant money from the Joe and Kay Calvanese Foundation, their local JoAnn Fabrics, and the Isthmian Gallery*, they’ve still invested plenty of their own money (not to mention time & effort!!). Both Kim and Clare have created their own birds that are on display alongside the students. While their birds are not available for purchase through the Isthmian Gallery, they are available for anyone who would like to make a donation to the ‘Art for a Cause’ club by contacting Kim at

If you live local, or are passing through, be sure to stop by the Southington Public Library and have a peek at the wonderful display that took Kim, Clare and other volunteers countless hours to set up. Inside the library, you’ll not only find marshland, forests and flowering gardens full of beautiful birds, but also a binder that you should definitely look through. In this binder are pictures of each artist with their bird and, written in the artist’s own hand, how they intend to make the world a better place. It will definitely inspire you to bid on a bird or two, if you weren’t inspired already!!

Visit the exhibit in the library café while on display through May 31st.


Top Two Finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson

Top Two Finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson



AMERICAN IDOL XIII” Top Two Finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson Release New Singles Available Now!




SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in “American Idol” history, fans will be able to hear the Top Two Finalists Jena Irene’s and Caleb Johnson’s new original songs before they perform them live during the AMERICAN IDOL XIII Season Finale.  Both singles are streaming at and are available now on iTunes (

Caleb Johnson’s debut single “As Long As You Love Me” is written by Justin Hawkins and produced by Howard Benson.

Jena Irene’s single is “We Are One” written by Anne Preven, Felicia Barton and Mitch Allan and produced by Mitch Allan.

The AMERICAN IDOL XIII Season Finale will air Tuesday, May 20, (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) and Wednesday, May 21, (8:00-10:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) on FOX.

This summer, Jena and Caleb embark on the American Idol Live! 2014 concert tour.  The 41-show tour kicks off June 24, in Binghamton, NY and stops in major cities, including New York and Los Angeles, before wrapping in Redmond, WA on Saturday, August 23.  Tickets are on sale now via

AMERICAN IDOL XIII is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group.

About 19 Entertainment/CORE Media Group Inc.

19 Entertainment is a division of CORE Media Group Inc. and home to iconic and enduring properties like AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. CORE Media Group Inc. launched in May 2012 as a newly-branded version of the company formerly known as CKx. For more information about CORE Media Group Inc. and 19 Entertainment, visit


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