October 29th at the U.S Navel Submarine Base New London in Groton CT.
With Ruffles and flourishes, cannon salutes, and a call by first Lady Michelle Obama to “man our ship and maker her dive. The traditional commissioning ceremony was held Oct. 29, 2016.
Michelle Obama sponsor of the USS Illinois, (SSN- 786) helped with the Commissioning.. “Bought the ship to life”. (photos by Seth Bendfeldt)
Dedication of the home of the Moses Family Stonington, CT Sunday, December 11, 2016.
My name is Brandishea Moses. I’m a full-time working single mother of 2 wonderful children whom I love dearly. My daughter, Shya, is 9 years old. She loves to read books and is developing into a great poet. We also just found out that she was accepted into a school program that was designed for gifted and talented students who are mature enough to handle their school work at a higher level. Shya will be in the 5th grade this September and will be completing 6th grade work. My son, TuQuan, is 2 years old, he has a tremen-dous amount of energy and loves music. My daughter and son have an unforgettable and loving bond. I have been working at Dime Bank for 4 years and I am a Commercial Servicing Representative. I also attend New England College of Business with a major in Business Administration with concen-tration in Banking and Finance. I graduated with my Associates Degree in April of 2014 and I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree program. My career goals are to become a Commercial Loan Officer.
For about a year now I have been preparing myself to become a homebuyer. After my children and I were dealing with mold, dust, unsafe areas and moving from apart-ment to apartment I decided to apply for Habitat for Humanity. My son was con-stantly getting sick due to the mold that was everywhere in our previous apartment. So, we had to move in with my parents and 2 sisters and a brother. That is a total of 8 people living in the household. Our space is very limited. I have to share a room with my son, and my daughter shares a room with my sister, her aunt. My mom works 3rd shift at the hospital, and my son is unable to run around freely because she has to sleep for work. My family and I are very strong. We can make it out of any tough situation with God by our side. My oldest daughter has been very patient and has al-ways looked up to me for guidance. We are a Christian family who love God and believe that nothing is impossible.
This was my second time to apply. The first time I had decided to work on my credit so I could be more financially stable. Not long after doing my full application, I received a phone call for a home visit. About 2 weeks after that I received a phone call stating that I was chosen to receive a Habitat house; I screamed loudly with joy and thanked Habitat and, of course, God, for making this happen for us. For a long time I struggled with trying to make sure my children were safe and had a place where they can call home. I am so thankful and excited to start our new journey and that my children will have a place to grow and make unforgettable memories to look back on. I am excited to be involved with such a terrific organization as well as a great and blessed group of people. I love the fact that I will be a part of helping other families with their dreams of becoming home owners as well. We are truly blessed!
Welcome & MC Laurie Chipperfield, Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut Opening Prayer Father Deacon Juan Wilbur New Life Christian Fellowship Introductions Terri O’Rourke, Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut Special Guests Tom Dorsey, Eversource Energy Carlos Figueroa, The Travelers Companies Introduction of John Bolduc, Homeowner Family Volunteer partner to the family Family Remarks Shea Moses Presentation of Gifts Quilt Kathy Wright, United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry Prayer Shawl Michelle Cook, Crossroads Presbyterian Church Tool Box & Bible Patti Carter and Margaret Vermila, Calvary Episcopal Church Unison Reading Carlos Figueroa, The Travelers Companies Prayer of Blessing Pastor Pauline Wilkins Another Chance Ministries Key Presentation Tom Dorsey, Eversource Energy Special thanks to the volunteers, and each person who supported this family and build in any way.
Legislative Breakfast Meeting .
January 2017 with the senior elected and appointed officials from Southeastern Connecticut at the Mystic Marriott on Route 117 in Groton. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss issues relating to the future of Electric Boat.
Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger presented an overview of key issues facing the company, including: –
2017 Business Outlook – & Legislative Issues.