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Women in Biz…Are Busier than Ever!

Celebrating 31 years of small biz!

Celebrating 31 years of small biz!

Back in 1982, when I incorporated my small business as an advertising agency, I never thought that my next creation would develop into The Resident Good News. When the economy changed in 1990, my marketing instincts told me that what our two-state region needed was a publication that focused on good news about people doing good things in our communities.
As a U.S. Army-trained journalist, I knew how to write stories and capture events on camera and that my clients from Alexis Advertising, Incorporated, would give me a leg up with their support on my new venture.
Now, with 31 years in the trenches as an entrepreneur, I reflect back on the ups and the downs and ponder reasons for success. I’ve concluded that the single most important mission is helping others to shine! Today, there are many women in the workplace who started out much the same as I did, and you can see them on these very pages. Ingenuity and imagination–and a lot of hard work–have fostered these entrepreneurial achievements. They coexist with community and civic honors.
Enjoy our stories about the achievements of women and some secrets to their success. The Bethsaida Community in Norwich justly named Rose Sinagra as the recipient of its Carol Croteau Humanitarian Award, and designated Nancy Bulkeley to receive their Community Impact Award. You’ll see their faces shining from pages 4 and 5, where four young YMCA women “Reach Out to Youth.” Nataly Kelly reaches across language barriers on page 7; Phyllis Moore recalls a rough night a half-century ago on page 8; matchmaker Hellen Chen has good words for marriage on page 15; Deb Peterson, the goldminer’s daughter, is worth her weight in gold on page 16.
Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, The Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, the Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Applause Rings Out for Our Region

Alexis and Mike Crowley

Alexis and Mike Crowley

If St. Patty’s Day is here, can Spring be far behind? The tenth anniversary of the Mystic Irish parade is a sure harbinger of a new season, as are the multitudes of rejuvenatory events which fill our calendars.
The big parade in Mystic steps out at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 24—a celebration of our region’s people and progress which is aptly reflected in the words of Neil Ryan on page 9. In Westerly, a landmark theater is coming back to life, likewise the work of many volunteers and much community enthusiasm. I myself have happy memories of the United Theatre; it screened the first movie I ever saw in a real movie house, and there were many more films to come over the years before it closed in ’86! Get in line with your popcorn and learn more on page 6.
Speaking of memories–and recreation–still another revitalization is coming soon in Old Lyme, where the historic Sound View public beach may be adding a new park, and a new outlook. Get some sand between your springtime toes on page 4.
And while we’re in laudatory mode—how about our Connecticut College alumnus and his wife at the Oscars! Sean Fine, and his wife Andrea Nix Fine, took a golden statuette for best short documentary for their telling of the tale of “Inocente,” a homeless young woman fighting her way out of poverty in San Diego. See more on this inspiring story on page 10.
In short, there’s much to see and do as the snow melts and the birds sing. Let The Resident come along with you as you explore the bright new world!
Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, the Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, the Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Step Back…But Look Ahead!

A gala Ball highlighted my birthday this year: Montana Governor Steve Bullock (center) and Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.), uncle of the Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, were part of the scene at the Governor’s Inaugural Ball on February 9 in Helena. I served in the Montana Army National Guard for eight years and was honored to be invited back to the Big Sky Country to share the festivities.

A gala Ball highlighted my birthday this year: Montana Governor Steve Bullock (center) and Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.), uncle of the Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, were part of the scene at the Governor’s Inaugural Ball on February 9 in Helena. I served in the Montana Army National Guard for eight years and was honored to be invited back to the Big Sky Country to share the festivities.

Sometimes you can go back, for a little while. My birthday this past February 9 featured the Inaugural Ball of Steve Bullock, the new Governor of Montana, and reunions with Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.) and his nephew, Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, which took me back to 1976.
Back then, as a member of the Montana Army National Guard’s 103rd Public Affairs Detachment, working with Special Forces troops—as a new (and first woman!) commissioned officer—I served with Jack, and interviewed him as the first guest on my TV show, “On Your Guard.” Together, we saw off John—who became Montana’s Adjutant General from 2008 to 2012 and is now its new Lieutenant Governor—to his basic training, which led to more than 30 years in the service here and overseas. John is a nominee to a commission that reports to the President on the current force structure requirements of the Air Force. Yes, it was fun—the reception at the Governor’s mansion, the Ball, the stories, the friends.
Back here, we’re looking ahead. What started as a small and colorful event is now a big one, supported by businesses, schools, and families alike. The tenth annual Mystic Irish Parade takes to the roadways Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at the Seaport and heads south through town under the cheerfully ceremonious leadership of Grand Marshal Mike Crowley. With 100 businesses and 1600 marchers, its budget is now a big $50,000 or so—consider helping it along with a donation! March right over to page 10 for your orders.
And as the snow melts, look for crocuses and robins … and Think Spring!

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, the Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

From the Publisher: A Gathering of Presidents

Bobby Soper, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun, pauses for a moment with The Resident’s Alexis Ann while mingling with the thousands of happy tasters at the 10th anniversary of the Sun WineFest.

Bobby Soper, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun, pauses for a moment with The Resident’s Alexis Ann while mingling with the thousands of happy tasters at the 10th anniversary of the Sun WineFest.

Sometime the stars align.

And they did indeed on a snowy February 5, when seven bank presidents convened for a meeting with newspaper editors at Dime Bank’s Norwich site on Salem Turnpike. Our community banks are pivotal to our prosperity; many of them are well over a century old, and grew along with generations of families in their communities. Check your account on page 5, and see some of the challenges the smaller banks face even as they work to serve us with success.

And, speaking of presidents, at the WineFest gala in late January we came across Bobby Soper, the president and CEO of Mohegan Sun, who was visiting the extravaganza along with Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, the Mohegan Tribal Chairman, and Lynn Malerba, Lifetime Chief. They were among thousands who came to taste and talk and hear tips from celebrity chefs.  The corks pop on page 6.

While you are paging along, note two more presidents: Steve Larcen of Natchaug Hospital on page 5, and Richard Porth of Connecticut’s United Way on page 9. They too keep our region running.

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, the Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

From the Publisher: Rebuilding Connecticut’s Heritage

Quentin Snediker, shipyard director at Mystic Seaport, gave publisher Alexis Ann a craftsman’s-eye look at progress on restoration of the historic whaleship, Charles W. Morgan. The Seaport is on schedule for a July 21 re-launching!

Quentin Snediker, shipyard director at Mystic Seaport, gave publisher Alexis Ann a craftsman’s-eye look at progress on restoration of the historic whaleship, Charles W. Morgan. The Seaport is on schedule for a July 21 re-launching!

In Connecticut, the past is all around us, memorials to the work of our forebears—whether Tribal Nations, old Yankees, or immigrants seeking better lives.

Mystic Seaport is one such memorial, with its stunning collection of vessels that built American history. And none is more imposing than the 172-year-old Charles W. Morgan. Stationed at the Seaport since 1941, she is the last of the great fleets that carried New England’s name to the loneliest expanses of the globe in search of a valuable and elusive resource: the whale.

At the Seaport, Quentin Snediker and his crew of 32 artisans are mastering the skills of the past in their restoration of the Morgan, pressing toward a re-launching of the vessel this July 21, followed by re-rigging and tuning of the vessel in New London before a regional voyage next year. The full tale is on page 4.

The shipbuilding traditions continue. Electric Boat, builder of the world’s finest submarines, now looks toward the next generation of boats coming out of Groton, Quonset Point, and New London. Up scope, and take a bearing on page 6!

EB employment is a big part of our picture, and so is the deliberation underway in Hartford for deficit reduction. At a Chamber gathering in Norwich, Governor Malloy outlined some of that planning for us on page 10.

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, The Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

From the Publisher: January’s Bright Lights Dazzle

The Big 2-0 is Here! The Resident’s Alexis Ann celebrates Wireless Zone’s 20th anniversary with the company’s co-founders, Neil Ryan, left, and Scott Gladstone, right, at Mohegan Sun in December. Neil’s and Scott’s mobile-communications company has grown to ten stores since its founding in 1992 by the two college friends from Keene State--see page 19 for details.

The Big 2-0 is Here! The Resident’s Alexis Ann celebrates Wireless Zone’s 20th anniversary with the company’s co-founders, Neil Ryan, left, and Scott Gladstone, right, at Mohegan Sun in December. Neil’s and Scott’s mobile-communications company has grown to ten stores since its founding in 1992 by the two college friends from Keene State–see page 19 for details.

Sunrise in Noank,” a stunning photo by Steven Spellman, sets a tone of awakening…and brings to mind that Steven and I were classmates at Stonington High, just yesterday! Our good Senator who is now retiring, Joe Lieberman, received stellar recognition from the Department of Homeland Security. The Distinguished Service Medal is their highest honor and reflects his role in originating the department; so cast a watchful eye on page 5.

Our own tall ship, the Coast Guard’s Eagle, has a new lease on her 77-year life, courtesy of a three-month maintenance effort by the Submarine Base and the Coast Guard. The dockside work at the base is her longest maintenance period there in some 20 years. Sail on to page 5 see her berthed at Fort Trumbull.

Then, look ahead and see what’s cookin’ on page 8, as Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine of TV’s “Restaurant: Impossible” demonstrates his energy at the Garde. And don’t forget that he’ll be back soon to show us his skills at the Mohegan Sun’s WineFest 2013, coming up January 26 and 27 in the Uncas Ballroom. Get your tastebuds ready!

And while you’re looking forward, think of your special Valentine!  See our back cover for a chance to feature your Valentine tribute and photo on our February 13 front page. Maybe you’ll win a spectacular package of fun—a night at the Inn at Stonington, a gift from Fripperies, flowers from Garden of Eden, and dinner at Zack’s Bar & Grille in Stonington.  It will be a priceless memory that will last a lifetime!

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks for 2013. Remember, The Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region.

 

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

From the Publisher: Looking Forward to a Fine 2013!

Delaney Gagnon, left, of Ledyard is The Resident contest winner for the sold-out One Direction concert at Mohegan Sun on December 1. “The whole stadium roared with cheers!” she reports on page 8. Here, Delaney is greeted by Alexis Ann and “Santa” Tom Cantone, Vice-President for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

Delaney Gagnon, left, of Ledyard is The Resident contest winner for the sold-out One Direction concert at Mohegan Sun on December 1. “The whole stadium roared with cheers!” she reports on page 8. Here, Delaney is greeted by Alexis Ann and “Santa” Tom Cantone, Vice-President for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

As you take a look through this Year in Review, you’ll see many folks being honored and many businesses that are celebrating milestones and expansions. You’ll also take note of people and institutions that have “given back” to our communities: they enjoy serving us, and we’re proud of their accomplishments. They extend themselves well beyond the products or services they offer.

The Resident itself entered its 23rd year of publication this past October.  We enjoy sharing your good news! We especially take special pride in saluting the achievements of our military!

Certainly the majesty and drama of OpSail and the celebratory glamor of the centennial of Lawrence+Memorial Hospital touched many of us; and our two grand casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino, remain generous in their gracious hosting for a myriad of community gatherings, from the fun and fanciful to the august and commemorative. The two Tribes, around since the beginning—indeed, before the beginning–are welcome parts of our lives and our economy. Likewise, other major hospitality centers like the Mystic Marriott, Stonington Meadows, the Norwich Inn, Groton Inn and Suites, Norwich Holiday Inn, and Lake of Isles offer venues for events of regional significance and, yes, a chance to dress your best, flash a bit of your sweetest bling, and step out with others who care about you and our region.

Our regional financial institutions provide foundations for our homes and employment, so it’s a continuing pleasure to see them—and their people—prosper. The outreach of these companies—among them Dime Bank, Charter Oak, CorePlus, Putnam Bank, Citizens Bank, Liberty, Eastern Federal, Chelsea Groton, Scient, People’s, Wells Fargo—keep us on a solid footing even as they express faith in our future. Our service Clubs—Lions, Rotary, and the Chambers of Commerce—link civic pride to business throughout the year.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

From the Publisher: Happy Healthy Holidays!

Santa’s helpers—Allyn Brown and Alexis Ann—pause for a moment to read some good news in The Resident. They’re standing among hundreds of cut-your-own Christmas trees at Maple Lane Farms, operated by Allyn in Preston since 1978.

It’s difficult to believe that it’s this cheery time of the year again but one look around at the garland draped houses, windows dressed with wreathes and of course, the lights…all remind us that it’s a special time for giving.  In this issue of the Resident, Giving is exemplified by people across our region.  One look at the volunteers serving up breakfast in New London’s First Congregational Church is certain to get you in the spirit of this holiday season.

AT&T Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to Natchaug Hospital to help build their Seven Challenges program, specifically for adolescents with drug problems.  Natchaug, a provider of adolescent psychiatric services for 37 years, looks forward to incorporating the program into its ten-site network of mental health and addiction treatment programs.  Also, Chelsea Groton Foundation  granted $500 to Natchaug for its YouthWorks Program.

Synergy at its best is demonstrated by the three Lions Clubs of Montville when they purchased 1542 pounds of food product for the Social Services Food Pantry of Montville.  The gathering of Lions and family members who helped unload the food products from the trucks is captured in a photo on the cover.  Definitely it depicts the spirit of Giving.

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, The Resident reaches 54 communities and is the most cost-effective was to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Hurricane Sandy Brings Out the Best

First Lieutenant Colonel Richard B. Hansen, HQ 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) 1st SF, Utah Army National Guard awards Alexis Ann a Special Forces Coin in 1979.

Well, we got through it, mostly.

Hurricane Sandy proved kind to some and harsh to many, but brought out the best in us. In downtown Mystic, the good news is that it blew out the view-blocking Green Wall, and that the infrastructure will be in place by the end of the year, according to Rod Desmarais, a partner in Historic Mystic LLC. For those of us who sustained damage, FEMA forms must be filled out: go to theresident.com/FEMA and then to disasterassistance.gov, or call 800.621.3362 to start the process; it’s due by December 31.

The Resident’s office lost power for a week along with our neighbors, causing us to miss an issue for the first time in 22 years… but the good news is that all is back to normal. Let’s put our hands together for all the restaurateurs who served us during those power-less days. My rounds included Anthony J’s, the Ancient Mariner, Avanti’s, Mystic Pizza, and Carson’s. All were cheerful and helpful to the storm-weary. Also, kudos–bigtime–to the crews of CL&P and Groton Utilities for a great job!

Throughout this issue, you’ll read stories which give thanks to our Veterans, those who served us with pride and who are friends and neighbors in our communities. Their skills and strength enrich us all.

To brighten the holidays, be sure to complete The Resident’s crossword on page 15. Be the first to mail it to us, and win a turkey.  And take a look at page 19! In a partnership with The Resident and WBLQ, Santa Tom of Mohegan Sun wants to know why you’d like to win two tickets to the power pop band “One Direction” in concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Email us at contests@theresident.com. All entries due by November 30 for the December 1 sold-out show.

Thanks, Vets… and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, The Resident reaches 54 communities and is the most cost-effective was to advertise in the region. Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Pumpkin Seedlings Sprout Success

Hard to believe…but true! This 1,200-pound Great Pumpkin is this year’s fall feature at Whittle’s Willow Spring Farm. Alexis and Rick Whittle marvel at the harvest in Mystic.

Agriculture is a mainstay of Southeastern Connecticut, and is enjoying a resurgence with the local-produce movement. We have skills, traditions, soil, and weather to keep “Connecticut Grown” a source of pride…so see what’s coming up on pages 7 and 20. Don’t forget to take the kids to see Whittle’s Big White Pumpkin in Mystic and sample delicious Macoun apples.
Seeds planted today can flourish in old soils…the Central Railroad passenger tour from New London to Willimantic—and then on up as far as Brattleboro, Vermont—offered opinion leaders a fresh look at potentials for economic development along the old tracks, which were once integral to our prosperity. Take the ride on page 4!
Likewise, carefully nurtured skills yield brilliantly crafted items for hearth and home at The Lyme Tree Woman’s Exchange, a local exemplar of a tradition that’s 180 years old…knit one, purl two to page 4.
On the academic side, the relationship of students to their future careers is nothing if not a process of growth and harvest, of learning and application. See how schools are adapting to the changing economy on page 10.
And just sometimes… there’s a big win!  See how the dream of John Willis came true, with the collaboration of our community, on page 19.
We’re well into autumn’s fruitfulness…so enjoy its many blessings.
Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks! Remember, The Resident reaches 54 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region.  Please remember to patronize our advertisers.

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Jim Spellman Left a Legacy of Kindness

2012 PNC Good Neighbor Award winner
Alexis Ann with PNC Past President Martin
(Marty) Pierce.

They’ve been dubbed the “Greatest Generation,” those who emerged from the Great Depression, fought a great war, built a modern nation. And there are those within that generation who chose to focus on what they knew and loved, building and preserving their own communities even as the country encountered social change and technological revolution.
Jim Spellman, Stonington’s First Selectman for 24 years, saw his town through an era of change. When Jim “reluctantly” entered civic life in 1948, Stonington was a proud small town, a group of villages, really, unblessed yet by the Interstate and the Internet. During his 1961 to 1985 tenure as Selectman, he helped transform it to a premier tourism destination and home to sophisticated industries…without abandoning its essential New England character, a fine place to live and work. Highways, water and sewer systems, new schools, new industries, all spelled “growth,” but the town’s true character remained, thanks in no small part to his guiding hand. Salute Jim on our back cover.
Though he passed away at 92 on September 28, his work, gentle yet forceful enough to achieve results, remains as his legacy. More subtly, from him we inherited a way of doing things, touched with humor and concern for the town’s best interests for the long term.
I remember Jim as the Dad of two of my high-school classmates in Stonington, Jimmy and Steven, both football players. We’d go over to their house, have fun with the other kids, and he’d always have a good word, an amusing question, maybe a bit of remembrance of his Good Old Days of leather helmets and iron men–and, yes, a touch of advice for us.  Stonington is the better for him; his advice remains, and we heed it still.
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Happy Anniversary!!!

by Alexis Ann

First, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Since opening on August 11, 1998, the Museum hosted nearly two million visitors who toured its permanent and special exhibits, attended performances and presentations of Native American culture, and made use of its two libraries-one devoted to children. Upwards of 380,000 schools children and their teachers have taken advantage of special educational programs and tours designed by the Museum’s staff. Celebration on pages 10-11.

Winners of the 51st Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival are on page 7. Mystic Chamber of Commerce, hosted this wonderful event and leaders Tricia Cunningham and Alexa Shelton say, “It was a huge success!”

How about this one…Westerly Yacht Club celebrates 80 years of social and boating fun! It all began in 1927 on the steps of the Westerly Post Office. In a chance meeting, Geoffrey Moore and the late Sydney Alling laid the groundwork for the club. Happy Anniversary on page 23.

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