Category Archives: Announcements

Volunteers Needed for Bird Research Project

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is recruiting volunteers to participate in Project FeederWatch and to maintain bird feeding stations and bluebird boxes.  A workshop, at Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby will take place from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012 to train participants in The Project FeederWatch protocols.
All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by adults.  The program is free to the public.  Pre-registration is requested.  For more information and to register, contact the Kellogg Environmental Center at 203.734.2513.

Otis Looks for Books…from You!

Freeing up bookshelf space? Moving? Downsizing?  October’s here and the Friends of Otis Library in Norwich is gearing up for its next semi-annual book sale, this year set for October 19 through 21.
The Friends are collecting clean, gently used books, CDs, and DVDs, two bags or boxes at a time, at the Main Circulation Desk of the Otis Library, 261 Main Street, Norwich.  The donations help the library provide patrons with new books and materials to keep the library’s collection up-to-date. All proceeds from the upcoming event will benefit the 162-year-old library; this is the tenth year for the book sales.
Categories on sale include Art/Music, Biography,  Children’s Books, Classics, Cookbooks, Fiction, Foreign Language, Gardening, Health, History, How-To, Humor, Nature/Animals, Poetry and Drama, Politics, Reference, Religion/Philosophy, Romance, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Self-Help, Sports, Women’s Issues, Young Adult…something for everyone!
The sale kicks off with an Early Bird Preview for $10 on Friday, October 19,  from 9-10 a.m. Otherwise, there is free admission: Friday, October 19, 10-3; Saturday, October 20, 10-3; Sunday, October 21, noon-3.
To give larger donations, please call 860.886.2365, ext. 125 or contact Ann Lathrop at  No textbooks, magazines, or encyclopedias, please.

First Certified MS Care Center to Open in Fairfield on October 18th

The National MS Society is partnering with a Connecticut neurology practice to launch what will be the first National MS Society-certified multiple sclerosis center in the state.
Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut  will host a ribbon cutting and open house Thursday, October 18, at 75 Kings Highway in Fairfield. The open house is open to the public, but registration is required.
As a society-certified center, Fairfield’s new MS Comprehensive Care Center will have a direct line of communication with experts at the National MS Society. This collaborative connection ensures quality care and support for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Since 2008 more than 80 centers, located across the U.S., have been approved.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, at 860.913.2550. For more information on multiple sclerosis and the many ways the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, assists people with MS, visit

Open House at Noank Fire Department

There will be an open house for the public, rain or shine, at the Noank Fire Department on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Children are welcome if accompanied by adults. Activities will include inspecting two fire engines and a rescue truck on display. There will be educational materials for children and a raffle for prizes provided by local businesses. Hot dogs, hamburgers, coffee and soda will be provided. Donations will be accepted. For further information, call 860.536.6040 during normal business hours.

DMV Issues Warning to Customers of Hamden Car Dealership

The Department of Motor Vehicles wants to hear from anyone who purchased a vehicle in the last 6 months from Bernardo Motors in Hamden. Department investigators have determined vehicles were sold without valid titles and registrations.
This means that owners may be driving unregistered vehicles in violation of state law. This also can affect some insurance policies’ coverage for crashes, property damages and injuries. In addition, customers were sold vehicles without titles, which establish ownership and are needed to sell the vehicle. DMV does not have an estimate on how many vehicles are affected.
In May DMV revoked the license of Bernardo Motors of 2575 State Street. It was found that the company owes more than $200,000 in state sales tax. Customers have filed complaints with DMV showing more than $7,000 in claims against the company. The former dealership is owned by David Taylor of Branford.
Customers who have vehicles purchased from the former dealership should call the DMV’s Consumer Complaint Center at 860.263.5405 to discuss the validity of both their registrations and titles.

Emily Newton of East Lyme Earns First Academic Honors

Emily L. Newton, a resident of East Lyme, has been named to “first honors” on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Spring 2012 semester. To be eligible for first honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (all A+s). Since its founding in 1887, Clark University in Worcester, Mass., is an innovative liberal arts college and research university.

Elizabeth Jay Enters St. Lawrence International Study Program

Elizabeth Jay, of Mystic, is participating in St. Lawrence University’s International Study Program for the fall 2012 semester. Jay, a member of the class of 2014 at St. Lawrence, is studying in London; she graduated from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School.
Over 46 percent of St. Lawrence University’s Class of 2012 studied off-campus during their careers, either in one its 17 international study programs or programs in regions of the United States.
Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,300 students, founded in 1856.

Over 60 boats participated in the Annual Mudhead Benefit Regatta. Photos by Chad Tjerandsen

Mudhead’s ‘Go-To’ Regatta and Party Benefit Hospice; ‘Open Jam’ Precedes Regatta at Mystic Shipyard

Patriot, the highest fund-raising boat, underway in the Mudhead Benefit Regatta for Hospice SECT.

For 23 years, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have raced their vessels to raise funds and awareness for Hospice Southeastern Connecticut. This year, some 500 friends and neighbors will also gather for a benefit party hosted by the Mystic River Mudheads. The  club’s annual MegaParty is on Saturday, July 21, starting at 5 p.m. at the Mystic Shipyard, Willow Point, in Mystic.

This party features great food, full bar, prize drawings and music from Rock ‘n Soul Revue, and the public is invited to join the fun.

The Mudhead Benefit Cup has become the “Go-To Regatta” on the ECSA Circuit and 2012 promises another exciting weekend of music, food, racing, and fun–all for Hospice Southeastern Connecticut.

The Mudheads have made the most of their opportunities to manage races over the years. The race committee team has won the accolades of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association with Best Managed Race four of the last five years. This year, the Spinnaker circle will be doing a couple of Windward-Leewards with PHRF and One Design Classes. The Non-Spinnaker circle will feature a point-to-point race around government marks in Fisher’s Island Sound.

Saturday night, the gala MegaParty under the tent at Mystic Shipyard offers dancing to the music of Rock ‘n Soul Revue, a buffet dinner provided many of the best Mystic restaurants, beverages galore!

The evening before the MegaParty, the shipyard will be jumpin’ as well.

The evening asks, and answers, the question: The Mystic River Mudheads are known for their ability to run a rockin’ race but how many of these sailors can actually rock—on guitar? Sailors and non-sailors are welcome to participate in a Friday, July 20, “Racer’s Jam”at 6 p.m. under the tent at Mystic Shipyard.

There is no charge for admission but people might consider a donation to Hospice. There are promised appearances by Past Mudhead Commodore Bob Austin-LaFrance, Past Commodore Andy Stoddard, Commodore Toby Halsey…plus potential guest appearances from Frank Murphy, Greg Gilmartin, and more!

The Mudhead Board Band will take on all comers for title of Best Sailboat Racing Band.

Hospice Southeastern Connecticut provides care in the home and often in skilled nursing facilities for those facing the end of their life, regardless of age, disease or inability to pay.  Hospice Southeastern Connecticut has been the hospice of choice for over 8,000 families since 1985.

Visit for more information and join your favorite rockin’ sailors for a goal of 100 guitars on stage! For more information or to register for the race, visit: For more information on Hospice SECT, visit:

Over 60 boats participated in the Annual Mudhead Benefit Regatta. Photos by Chad Tjerandsen



Greater Westerly Chamber Picks Angela Smith for Its Citizen of the Year

by Alexis Ann

(Check out an album of photos from the gala here:

The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce honored Angela Smith as its 2012 Citizen of the Year during the 50th Annual Awards Ceremony and Annual Membership Banquet at the Venice Restaurant on June 26.

“This is the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in my entire life!” said Angie Smith on receiving the Citizen of the Year Award.

Michael Rauh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chelsea Groton Bank, served as master of ceremonies and complimented many of the attending women, who were decked out in their most sparkling fashions as a tribute to Angie, known herself for trademark sparkly-feathery apparel.  “This is like ‘Dancing With the Stars’,” said Michael, who observed that “Everyone is sequined out.”

“The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce is deeply appreciative and very proud to honor Angie Smith,” stated Lisa Konicki, executive director.

The Chamber cited Angie as a person who lives by the adage, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

The Chamber award said that she immerses herself in an array of community services and events with the goal of improving the quality of life in Westerly, where she resides.

Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank, hosting the ceremony.

“She is an individual of outstanding community spirit, and is generous with her time, talents and resources,” said the Chamber. “During her many decades of volunteering, she inspired citizens in our community to give, and more importantly, she provided a shining example of how to live.”

The Chamber noted that her 42-year career as administrator at the Westerly Medical Center is exemplary.

One of the highlights of the evening, recalled onlookers, was seeing Angie carried to the podium by a half-dozen men while she was seated in a Cleopatra chair specially created by Barbara Stillman.  Upon reaching the podium, Angie remarked, “That was the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in my entire life! Now I know what it’s like to be Queen Elizabeth!”

“Volunteering is my hobby,” says Angie.  “My dad taught me to always help others.”

Groton Lions Install New Officers

by Sandy MacKay

Karen Bryant smiles as her term ends and Dave Fausset is installed as the new President of the Groton Lions.

Who are these Lions, that number over 1.35 million worldwide and reside in 46,000 clubs in 207 countries?

These thoughts were going through my mind as I was driving to the Installation Dinner meeting of the local Groton Lions Club, which was being held at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa on June 15.

The international website has a description of who the Lions really are: “Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed—in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.”

I could feel that energy as I was introduced from one member to the next prior to being seated for dinner. Outgoing President Karen Bryant thanked her fellow Lions for their support throughout her term. Then, First Vice District Governor Steve Novic grabbed the microphone and sang to the crowd of about 50 Lions and guests to the delight of all. The evening moved quickly as awards were handed out for special recognition and effort. The 12 new appointees, after hearing their title and job description read aloud by Steve, individually accepted their task and lit a candle to seal the deal.

Steve Novic, the First Vice District Governor of District 23C, congratulates and welcomes Dave Fausset as the new President of the Groton Lions.

Filling the new positions for the calendar year are: Dave Fausset, President; Lee Kusterer, First Vice President and Membership; Mark Williams, Second Vice President; Shannon Mack, Second Vice President and Tail Twister; Marilyn Searle, Lion Tamer; Britany Atkinson, Treasurer; Perley Kent, Membership; Maria Doren, Secretary. The Board of Directors comprises Kristina Medert, Karen Segal, Nick Utz, and Steve Hurley.

Despite the diversity in the room, the common thread was of a very tight family who all had one goal: community service. If you want to help serve your community, give Dave Fausset a call at 860.705.6689.


USS Nautilus, SSN-571, “Revolutionized” EB Shipbuilding and U.S. Naval Warfare

Representatives of a proud history are, left to right are Henry Nardone, who was the Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding project officer on Nautilus and later worked at EB for 37 years; John J. Kelly, who retired from Electric Boat as director of nuclear quality control and who participated in the last major repair period on Nautilus in Groton; and Paul Tranchida, who made valves, manifolds, and torpedo-tube doors for Nautilus while working in the shipyard foundry.

At a small but significant ceremony in Elecric Boat’s South Yard on June 14, Electric Boat and Navy representatives—and a few of the actual builders—of USS Nautilus, SSN-571, gathered to commemorate the 60 year anniversary of the keel-laying of the historic vessel.

Electric Boat President Kevin Poitras recalled that it was “60 years ago today—on this spot—[that] President Harry S. Truman laid the keel for USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine.

“The company’s involvement in the project came in response to an extraordinary challenge from Admiral Hyman Rickover, the visionary naval leader who is considered the father of the nuclear navy.”

Poitras cited President Harry S Truman’s remarks at the 1954 ceremony, quoting him:

“I wish I could convey to everyone what a tremendous and wonderful thing has been accomplished. All of this has been accomplished in an amazingly short period of time. When it was started four years ago, most people thought it would take 10 years if it could be done at all. …But one tough problem after another has been conquered in a fashion that seems almost miraculous, and the work has forged ahead …”

And Poitras also recalled the words familiar to residents of southeastern Connecticut of any age.

“Less than three years later,” Poitras recounted, “Nautilus went to sea, transmitting the famous message, ‘Underway on Nuclear Power.’”

Navy Lieutenant Commander Robert Sawyer, officer-in-charge of the Nautilus museum, spoke as a naval officer and historian, reflecting on the importance of the vessel in symbolic and practical terms.

“Of Nautilus,” he stressed, “we can say that the men and women who built her were a credit to American skill, hard work, and innovation. These were the artisans of Electric Boat, Westinghouse, and hundreds of other industry and Navy partners.

“What an incredible achievement: little more than four years passed from Congressional authorization in July 1951 to commissioning on September 30, 1954, when Nautilus joined the fleet, bringing radically new technologies and capabilities.

“She shattered submerged speed and endurance records. In the 84 hours of her shakedown cruise, she traveled submerged 1,300 miles to San Juan, Puerto Rico, averaging about 16 knots. In that journey, she traveled continuously submerged 10 times farther than any previous submarine, and 84 times longer than any submarine had done at such a high submerged speed

“Most famously, she reached the North Pole in 1958—in a daring adventure that captured headlines and gave the United States the strategic advantage of an entire ocean at the very top of the world.

“The success of Nautilus changed the equations that described a superpower.  The other world powers scrambled to join this club. The process and discipline established by Admiral Rickover has allowed the United States to decisively establish and maintain undersea warfare superiority.

“We simply must continue the work begun with Nautilus,” Taylor concluded.

Smart Power July 4th, 2012: Dean’s List

Gettysburg College

Sarah Cunningham  Niantic

Mallory Huard  Pawcatuck

Dominic Aleo, of East Lyme

Kathryn Tuneski, of Waterford


Lafayette College

Sarah Woodruff  Ledyard

Michelle Song  Mystic



Caroline Mills     Groton


St. Lawrence University

Russell W. Newton  East Lyme

Christopher T. Wiles  New London


Quinnipiac University

Stefan Aleo of East Lyme, CT

Michaela Belanger   Colchester, CT

Dana Bennink   Niantic, CT

Michael Burke   Mystic, CT

Kristen Campeta   Ledyard, CT

Kevin Castodio   Pawcatuck, CT

Marisa Evans   Mystic, CT

Melissa Gaines   Colchester, CT

Benjamin Ivers   Colchester, CT

Megan Kane   East Lyme, CT

Jessica Lakeman   Salem, CT

Corey LaLima   Waterford, CT

Kathryn Lanzarotto   Quaker Hill, CT

Sarah Marien   Norwich, CT

Daniel Mascaro   Niantic, CT

Kevin Noonan   North Stonington, CT

Brittany O’Connell   Amston, CT

Michael Platz   Waterford, CT

Kevin Raksnis   Ledyard, CT

Emily Reed   Uncasville, CT

Christina Sanchez   Groton, CT

Kira Smelser   Colchester, CT

Samantha Sproul   East Lyme, CT

Lauren White   Amston, CT

Nicole Zebrowski   Mystic, CT


UMass Dartmouth

Abigail Maker   Niantic

University of Delaware

Victoria Allen               Lebanon, CT

Cassandre Boudreau    Waterford, CT

Alexandra Buckingham East Lyme, CT

Madison Cannon          Stonington, CT

Hannah Grant               New London, CT

Summer Grant New London, CT

Meghan Griffiths           Salem, CT

Natalie Kazierad           East Lyme, CT

Calvin Linderman          Old Lyme, CT

Elizabeth Luketich         Mystic, CT

Rachel Maclellan          Niantic, CT

Emma Kate McNomee             Norwich, CT

Briana Minicucci           Pawcatuck, CT

Emily Mooradian          East Lyme, CT

Rebecca Runkle           Lebanon, CT

Anthony Tramontozzi                Norwich, CT

Courtney Vinchesi        Old Lyme, CT

Courtney Vinchesi    Old Lyme, CT

Cassandre Boudreau    Waterford, CT


University of Scranton

Laura Still         Amston


University of Vermont

Summer S. Atkinson     East Lyme

Elliot H. Brake  East Lyme

Sage A. Bierman     Ledyard

Karley E. Reising     Ledyard

Heather M. MacDonald     Norwich

Michael L. Massa     Old Lyme

Caitlyn K. Meeks     Old Lyme