Amston resident Cameron J D’Auria named to Binghamton University Dean’s List

BINGHAMTON, NY (07/29/2014)– Cameron J D’Auria of Amston received academic honors from the School of Management at Binghamton University by making the University’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester.

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Binghamton University Students Receive Academic Honors

BINGHAMTON, NY (07/25/2014) — Binghamton University students receive academic honors for making the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester:

Emilie R Saccone of Gales Ferry CT

Rachel J Graham of Colchester CT

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Unclaimed “Lucky for Life” 2nd Prize Winning Ticket for Feb. 27 Expires Soon

Someone bought a CT Lottery “Lucky for Life” ticket in New Haven County for the February 27, 2014 drawing that matched the first five numbers drawn for the game’s $25,000 a year for life second prize. The only problem is that the drawing occurred nearly six months ago, and the winner has only until Tuesday, August 26, 2014 to collect their prize before their ticket expires.

The winning Lucky for Life numbers drawn on February 27, 2014 were 8-11-17-24-43 with the Lucky Ball number, 30.

The minimum guaranteed amount a second prize winner could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than that will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life.  The second prize “Cash Option” is worth $390,000.

The CT Lottery is urging everyone to once again check their tickets carefully, and to sign the back of their tickets immediately, if they have not already done so, to establish ownership.

In order to claim the prize, the winning ticketholder should go to any CT Lottery retail location prior to the deadline, have the ticket validated, and present the ticket to CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill.

To learn more about any CT Lottery game, visit the Lottery’s YouTube channel (, Facebook ( or Twitter ( sites, or stop by any CT Lottery retailer location.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly. For information about the CT Lottery, call (860) 713-2700 or visit CTLOTTERY.ORG.

Charter Oak Donates $19,000 to Local Organizations

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union approved 15 grant requests in its second-quarter totaling $19,000.

“We’ve been in the community for 75 years, and have always made an effort to give back to the communities we serve,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s Chief Executive Officer. “Giving back is what we do; whether it be monetary donations to a local non-profit, employees to clean-up a park, or a donation to a member in need – Charter Oak prides itself on relationships beyond banking.”

This past quarter, 15 local groups received a financial boost through Charter Oak’s Community Giving Grants Program. Grant recipients included: FRESH New London; Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board; Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut; Higher Edge; Horses Healing Humans; Ledyard Youth and Social Services; Little Angels Program; OIC of New London County; Seabird Enterprises; Thames Area Citizen Advocacy Program, Inc.; The Arc New London County; Groton Parks and Recreation; Read to Ride, Inc.; Windham Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc.; and the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut.

Each group received a grant ranging from $500 to $2,500.

Local non-profits are welcome to apply for a third-quarter grant. Grant applications can be found at and are due by October 1, 2014.

Since the inception of Charter Oak’s Community Giving Program in 2009, it has disbursed nearly $900,000 to local organizations, non-profits, college students, and members in need. For more information, visit

18th Annual Citizens Bank 5K Summer Fun Run and Middletown Festival Tonight

The Citizens Bank 5K Summer Fun Run and Middletown Festival will take place tonight. Citizens Bank and The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce are working together to create the annual family-oriented festival and road race. Community members and groups, including the YMCA and the Downtown Business District, help to make the festival a success. Last year, thousands of people came to the event and runners enjoyed extensive crowd support during the race.   The event also features a popular Kids Fun Run.

“Citizens Bank is proud to be the title sponsor for the 5K Summer Fun Run again this year, which brings the community together for an incredible evening of entertainment and athleticism,” said John Pitarra, Regional Manager of Citizens Bank. “We look forward to another great turnout as we work together to raise money to support so many deserving causes and organizations in our community.”

Race participants are encouraged to support Citizens Bank’s Gear for Grades program by bringing donations of new, unused school supplies. The Gear for Grades program is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program for contributing to the economic vitality of communities. School supply donations collected at the race will help ensure children return to school with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.

The festival features live entertainment for Run for Cover, Oddfellows street performers, a moonwalk and giant slide, clowns, balloon arches, face painting, a DJ along the 5K race course. This year’s race also features a number of team competitions including the Pratt & Whitney Corporate Team Challenge, Urgent Ortho Healthcare Challenge, Courthouse Challenge and School Team Challenge.   For team inquires please call (203) 481-5933.

This year’s 5K course again showcases Main Street and incorporates the historic Wesleyan campus. The first 500 5K entrants will receive a technical running shirt. The noncompetitive ½ mile Kids Run will precede the 5K race. Entry fees for Middletown children will be waived and all participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s ribbon. Oddfellows street performers will join the kids running the fun run.

The event schedule for tonight is as follows:

Raceday Schedule (Citizens Bank, Main St.)

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.            Raceday Registration & Packet Pickup
5:00 – 7 p.m.                   Clowns, Oddfellows street performers
5:00 – 9 p.m.                   Moonwalk; Giant Slide
6:30 p.m.                           ½ mile Kids Fun Run
6:45 p.m.                           5K Road Race
7:00 – 8 p.m.                   Post race snack
7:30 p.m.                           Awards
7:30 – 9 p.m.                   Main Street Festival continues with music &

Race President Tom Cartelli states, “The support from local businesses, City Hall, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business District, and other groups have been even better than we could have imagined.” Cartelli expects this year’s event to give a record amount to local charities. Over the last 17 years, the nonprofit event has given over $100,000 to many charities. Last year’s proceeds were donated to Chamber Mentor Program, North Middlesex YMCA, Oddfellows Playhouse, Kiwanis Club, Middletown Warm the Children, Art Farm, Amazing Grace and The Connection.

Major event sponsors include: Citizens Bank, The City of Middletown, Greater Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Pratt & Whitney, Urgent Ortho, Middletown Teachers Federation, iluvaballoon, Radio 104.1 WMRQ, Bomba 97.1, Downtown Business District, Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC, Price Chopper, Fortuna & Cartelli, PC Attorneys and Connecticut Rental Center.   To register for the 5K race or fun run, visit or pick up an application at any Citizens Bank branch. Participants can also get information by visiting or calling (203) 481-5933.

Allissa Porter was one of 389 scholar-athletes for the 2013-14 school year

ERIE, PA (07/23/2014)– Allissa Porter of Mystic (06355) was one of 389 Mercyhurst Scholar-Athletes in the 2013-14 school year. A student-athlete must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average to qualify for the list.

All 24 teams landed at least six student-athletes on the list. The total is a school record, topping last year’s 356 scholar-athletes. Sixty-two percent of Laker student-athletes were Mercyhurst Scholar-Athletes this year.

In the 2013-14 academic year, Mercyhurst student-athletes earned a 3.17 cumulative GPA. Twelve Lakers posted a 4.0 GPA this school year.


Mercyhurst University, founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, is a fully accredited, four-year, Catholic comprehensive institution in Erie, Pa. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors and concentrations as well as unique post-baccalaureate, advanced certificate and eight master’s degree programs. In 2013, the university introduced its first doctoral program in archeology. In addition, Mercyhurst provides certificate and associate degree offerings at branch campuses in North East, Corry and the Booker T. Washington Center. Learn more at

Protecting Trees from Asian Longhorn Beetles Lecture

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, presents “Protecting Trees from Asian Longhorn Beetles and Emerald Ash Borers,” a lecture by Katherine Dugas, Entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The lecture will be held at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History on the UConn Storrs Campus, Saturday, August 2 at 10 am.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) are two invasive forest pests that threaten Connecticut’s urban and rural forests. While the Asian Longhorned Beetle has not yet been found in CT, it is in Worcester, MA (35 miles from the CT border). The Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in CT in July 2012, and has since been found in 15 towns spanning the four westernmost counties of CT. The rapid spread of both of these forest pests can be prevented by limiting the long-distance movement of firewood.

Join Katherine Dugas, from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and learn about the history and biology of Asian Longhorn Beetles and Emerald Ash Borers, current survey methods, host tree identification, control and eradication efforts for both insects, and ways that the public can help to detect and prevent the spread of these and other destructive forest pests. Then step outside as we identity and examine some of the host trees found around the Museum.

This program is open to adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit or call 860-486-4460.

Presented by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn

Groton City Weekend!

Take it from the folks at SUMMER IN THE CITY. Groton City is a great place to be as the summer heats up and moves from July into August!
The four-day City Celebration begins on Thursday, July 31, when the internationally acclaimed COAST GUARD BAND performs at Washington Park. The concert begins at 6:30pm, so pack your chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and come on down to the park to pick your favorite spot on the hill! Washington Park concerts are always free and open to the public.
Festivities continue on Friday August 1st with the 30th ANNUAL CITY DAY celebration for City residents at Washington Park. Starting at 5pm, enjoy all kinds of City trucks and equipment up close – highway, fire, police, and more – along with Water Quality & Treatment and other displays, even a Police Divers Boat! There are fun activities for children and a variety of cool rides, including a bungee jump and rock wall. Gabriel’s Karate/Kickboxing will provide a demonstration and everyone is invited to be part of the City’s 50th Anniversary Photo at 7pm. At 7:30 the Annual Community Service Award will be presented, as will the very first City Pride Award. Groton City Day is FREE and open to all City residents and their guests, with food available at nominal cost.
Saturday, August 2, the sun rises on an all day FOOD TRAIL. Groton City restaurants will offer one-day-only specials – special menu items, special pricing or a percentage off your total bill. There is NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE in the Restaurant Trail; you pay only your restaurant checks. Discover new restaurants; visit that one you’ve been wondering about for so long; try some new ethnic food. You can eat three meals on the road and snack all day long! Participating restaurants are: the Arc General Store & Bakery, Benneditto’s Grinders, Buford’s Family Restaurant, Friendly Thai, Green Submarine Deli, the Jerk Center, Norm’s Diner, Ortega’s Mexican Restaurant, Par Four Restaurant & Sports Bar, Pizza Today and Ralph’s Coffee & Donut Shop. A complete list with Restaurant Trail Specials, links and a map is available on the Summer in the City website.
Complete your City Weekend with an outdoor concert featuring The Outriggers at the season’s second BOOGIE IN THE BACKYARD at the Groton Elks Club. The event takes place under the trees on the edge of Baker’s Cove with a view of small planes taking off and landing at Groton-New London Airport. It’s a great place for some live music, dancing and … it’s FREE! Bring you own chairs and wear your dancin’ shoes. There is also food available at low-cost and a ‘beer tent’ for those over 21.
Find more information on these and other Groton City events at Join us in the City of Groton for a great Celebrate the City Weekend. One summer… one City… so much to do!
For confirmation or additional information please contact:
Susan Bailey

Kent School graduate Elly Hilton conducts summer research at Colgate University

HAMILTON, NY (07/17/2014)– More than 200 Colgate students are conducing innovative research across academic disciplines on campus in Hamilton, N.Y., this summer.

Kent School graduate Eleanor Hilton is conducting Biology research.

Examples of some research projects this year include the examination of exoskeletons in barnacles, the genealogy of Confucianism, the flow of flexible filaments, and assessing the antibacterial activity of traditional medicinal plans used by some Native Americans.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by the dedication of its 294 full-time faculty-scholars, and its commitment to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Colgate offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.