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Chelsea Groton Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge, Donates $1,500 to ALS Research

Chelsea Groton Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge, Donates $1,500 to ALS Research

Challenge: accepted.  Chelsea Groton Bank accepted a local bank’s friendly challenge to raise awareness for ALS research.  Led by President and CEO Michael Rauh, more than 70 employees joined together to participate in the challenge.  In addition to getting soaked for a good cause, Chelsea Groton Foundation donated $1,000 to the CT Chapter of the ALS Association and $500 to the ALS Soccer Cup in New London and called out the big national banks to match the donation proportionately. Visit to check out their challenge.

“In our 160 years of business, Chelsea Groton has never shied away from a challenge or responsibility so it was natural for us to join together, grab our buckets of ice water and answer the call,” remarked Michael Rauh.  “For us, it’s all about investing in the communities we serve to improve the quality of life for all.”

Since July 29, the ice bucket challenge has raised more than $100 million, donated by 3 million people, tofund cutting-edge research as well as care and support to people living with the disease.  To learn more about ALS association and the ice bucket challenge, visit

Cardinal’s “Project Graduation”

Cardinal Project Graduation

Westerly High School raffle winners (l-r) Chris Lombardo, Bryce Lombardo, Patty Lombardo, Dawn Pappadir, Michele Deary and Patty Michand are congratulated by (back) Jennifer Hardy, event coordinator and Kim Cardinal–Piscatelli, Cardinal Honda vice president.



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By Robert J. O’shaughnessy

Cardinal Honda has always had a continued commitment to the community that it serves. In 1990 Cardinal Honda established the Cardinal Foundation. Since its establishment, the Foundation has made gifts to a wide variety of community organizations and events. One of those events is Cardinal Honda’s commitment to the preservation of the “drug and alcohol free graduation party”. 

This year was no different. On April 26, the Foundation conducted a “Project Graduation” recognition breakfast at the dealership in Groton. Fourteen area high schools were the beneficiaries of a gift to use as a raffle item.. 

The program began with a welcome and congratulatory address from Kim Cardinal–Piscatelli, Cardinal Honda vice president and Steve Luft, vice president of Operations. After a buffet breakfast, each high school was presented a 32” HD television to use as a raffle item to raise funds for their drug and alcohol free graduation parties. Each high school was entered into a drawing for a grand prize of $500 to use towards their senior event. The grand prizewinner drawn was Westerly High School!



The U.S. Real Estate Market: First Impressions Make or Break Sales

House In hands

The Interior Redecorators Network® (IRN), the international organization of one-day decorators with members in more than 100 cities, has been witnessing a strong trend across the U.S. this spring: Home sellers are putting more time and money than ever before into the outward appearance of houses and condos before putting properties on the market.

One of the reasons home front fix ups have gained popularity is the affordability of outdoor decor. Installing new coach lights and house numbers in coordinated metallic finishes can provide most houses and condos with an elegant, updated look, instantly, without requiring major investment. Repainting mailboxes and adding fresh mulch to garden beds and at the base of trees reflects good care without requiring a major investment. Solar plant lights add drama by illuminating pathways and landscaping for homes shown in the evening and can be moved to new residences after properties have sold, if desired.

Real estate brokers are some of the biggest proponents of exterior enhancements as many prospective buyers refuse to get out of the car to view homes that don’t show well from the street. “First impressions are powerful. Buyers either want to see more or move onto another house, based on the appearance of a home’s exterior,” says Dina Maddock, a licensed real estate agent with Adache Real Estate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. IRN founder, Lauri Ward, concurs. “Like blind dates that don’t advance to the next level because of lack of attraction, homes that don’t look appealing from the outside won’t entice prospective buyers to look further, today.”

The Interior Redecorators Network is a 501C not-for-profit trade organization of certified interior redecorators located across North America and in Australia, Europe and South America. The organization’s founder, Lauri Ward, recognized for pioneering the one day room makeover niche, has become known through her frequent television appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” ABC Evening News,” The Today Show,” various HGTV shows as well as many other national programs and publications..

For more information on the Interior Redecorators Network, Resale-Ready™, and to locate a certified interior redecorator near you, go to

Jonelle Tannahill, Information Officer
Interior Redecorators Network
916 833-7807 or 916 660-9249

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Charles W. Morgan Begins 38th Voyage


Tallship the Charles W. Morgan

On the weekend of May 17th, the whaling barque CHARLES W. MORGAN will make her first port of call in over seventy years with a stop at New London’s City Pier. This will also mark the first visit by a wooden whaling ship to New London in nearly a century, an event which is part of the MORGAN‘s historic 38th voyage. So historic is this voyage that the United States Coast Guard has designated the required permitting as “an event of national significance.”


When the MORGAN first came to Mystic some 75 years ago, she was set in a berth of gravel, with the quite reasonable expectation that age and decay had relegated her to a role as permanent display. And then a remarkable revelation and a new frame of mind emerged; first, the discovery that the ship could be floated, leading to decades as floating, mostly static, display; then, the restoration of these past five years, and the bold decision to return her to her native element.


The 38th voyage of the MORGAN has planned visits to Newport RI, Nantucket Island, New Bedford and Boston, MA, and points in-between. But the choice of New London, once America’s second most productive whaling port, was made for practical reasons, befitting that history and the working aspects of sailing America’s oldest commercial vessel. The Morgan will be docking in New London for final outfitting, the rigging of spars, bending on of sails, and loading of ballast, operations not possible at her home port of Mystic.


These events, set amidst this voyage of a lifetime, will be held on May 24 and 25, and again on May 31 and June 1st. The Charles W. Morgan will then make several trial sails, to allow her captain and crew to learn the intricacies of handling this revered ship. At the conclusion of her 38th voyage, the Morgan will return to New London, fully rigged this time. This entire process affords a one-time opportunity for today’s children to tell tomorrow’s heirs that, once, they witnessed a wooden whaling ship under sail in New London harbor.


Easter Morning Sunrise

Morning Sunrise

Beautiful Easter Sunrise

As Worshippers gather atop Meetinghouse Rocks at the Avery Memorial Chapel of First Congregational Church of Norwich, they were greeted with this beautiful image for Easter mooring sunrise services Sunday.  The Rev. William Dunlap commented on the vision by saying “God is good, and blessed us with this vision of hope for the rest of the year to come.”  He went on o say “We have all Become a Different Person This Morning.”