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Unforgettable Moments!

by Alexis Ann

It was a joyous occasion for Joe Pennell and Gina Fontaine, owners of Pennell’s Auto Center, Uncasville, when they tied the knot during the Grand Opening ceremony of their new location.  Two birds.  One stone on page 11.

More unforgettable moments, also on page 11, happened when the U.S. Navy’s NR-1, research submarine returned home from its final deployment.  NR-1, built by our own Electric Boat, Groton, served the Navy for 40 years.  Welcome home!

Mystic YMCA celebrated its 5th Anniversary with music, fun, hotdogs, kettle corn and more….The celebration marks Mystic Community Center’s merger with the Westerly-Pawcatuck and Arcadia branches on July 25, 2003, forming Ocean Community YMCA.  Catch the digital moment on page 6.

It was an unforgettable moment when the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) became the first ship to cross the North Pole, August 3, 1958.  Retired Navy Commander Al Charette told the story at the Submarine Force Library and Museum as part the celebration festivities for the Golden Anniversary of the “Nautilus 90 North”.  Share in the adventure on page 4.

Meet Melissa Dearborn on page 5 and learn about her memorable moment of receiving a grant for her brainchild, Use Another Word Program.  Melissa is a 5th/6th grade teacher at the Integrated Day Charter School, Norwich.  Congrats!

Wayne Richard moved his Mystic barbershop to 15 Holmes Street.  What a fun party and ribbon cutting ceremony.  Catch the moment on page 8.

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Community Spirit!

Community spirit makes the town! And, that’s what the Universal Store, in Noank Village is known for since its opening in 1947 when Pat Quaratella and Dan Simonelli bought the property. Today, son, Frank Quaratella, Sr., and his son, Frank Jr., do a superb job of running a Mom & Pop grocery store and deli. Hats off to Steve Jones, new owner of the property, not to be confused with buying the business. Get the scoop on page 4 and make sure to visit Frank’s old-fashioned meat department. It’s worth the trip!

The 6th Annual MASH Auction & Chef Competition was a smashing event held at pristine Enders Island. It was a beautiful evening enjoyed by ALL who attended. Of course, the best thing besides the winners of the cook-off, Jamie Fowler, Noah’s, Stonington and Kevin Rogers, Ledyard teacher and Bravo Bravo Bartender, was the cool $40,000 raised. Monies will benefit local homeless families and children. Catch the community spirit on page 8.

The American Legion Veterans Housing, Inc., held a kick-off fundraiser dinner in Griswold, last week for a $5M project to assist Homeless veterans. Plans are to rehabilitate the American Legion Hall building to create affordable permanent housing for vets in need. Let’s put our hands together for the anonymous donor who donating the first $20,000 on page 10.

The Resident Newspaper participated in the 30th Annual Groton Fourth of July Parade and what fun we had! We were lucky enough to march behind Remember the Heroes Band and in front of the Wayne’s Barber Shop Crew…it was rock’n and laugh’n all the way! pages 6-7.

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Spirit of Summer!

First, let’s put our hands together for the Essex Fire Department celebrating 175 years!!  Fire Departments from all over New England and even one from Essex, England came to the celebration on page 4.

Mystic Summer Sounds Concert Series is in full swing this summer of 2008.  See your friends from the Noank-Mystic Community Band during their June 24th performance in the Mystic River Park, on page 4.  And, Mystic Women’s Club 2008 Officers are also on page 4 with Coast Guard Captain David S. Brimblecom receiving the Legion of Merit Medal.

Wow!  Your friends at Chelsea Groton Bank presented a cool $13,000 check to the Peachtree Fire Victims Fund, on page 10.

Welcome home, Jeremy Powers, pro cyclist.  Native of Niantic, that’s where Jeremy began his biking passion.  Jeremy competed in the first Whaling City Cyclone Bicycle Race at FT Trumbull.  Meet him on page 10.

On June 26, 2008, Governor Rell officially proclaimed Billy Joel Day in the State of Connecticut.  That day also marked the birthday for the other boss in my life…my dad, Alex and the big tenth anniversary for Mohegan Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum and his wife, Kelly Lamy.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day, or July Fourth, U.S. holiday, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Celebration of it began during the American Revolution. It is the most important patriotic holiday ever since. Declaration of Independence, a full and formal declaration adopted July 4, 1776, by representatives of the Thirteen Colonies in North America announcing the separation of those colonies from Great Britain and making them into the United States. Look inside this issue for how your neighbors will celebrate and don’t miss the parades in your town.

Andrew Perry, longtime Stonington resident and former owner of Stonington Lumber and Hardware is the Stonington Historical Society’s Parade Grand Marshal. Andy invites you to come see the 4th of July parade scheduled to begin assembling in Wadawanuck Square at 9:45 a.m. Meet Andy on page 12.

Across the viaduct and Historic Mystic Bridge, Bill Jervis, Grand Marshal, will be leading Groton’s 4th of July parade, starting at 10:00 a.m. Wave to your Resident friends as we drive by in The Resident’s classic antique VW Bug Convertible. My “baby” since 1979 is waxed and ready to parade. Meet Bill on page 5.

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Natural Goodness!

by Alexis Ann

It’s down-to-earth farming in Center Groton at the Red Fence Farm, not far from Wally World, Route 184. Art and Cherrie Hiles invite you to meet their furry creatures, including special Highland Cattle and especially, Diogennes, the donkey. While you’re there, don’t forget to take home some farm fresh eggs from all organically grown chickens. You can tell the difference just by cracking them not to mention the taste! Farm fresh on page 5.

Meet Farmer John “Whit” Davis on page 10. If you know Whit, you know he’s still farming at 84 years young, right down the Greenhaven Road, Pawcatuck, just a hop, skip and a jump from The Resident Newspaper main office. Whit’s dad taught him how to plant a vegetable garden at age 11 and that’s what he still enjoys doing. “I’m keeping track of what I plant, when I plant, when I pick. So, somewhere down the line, a younger person benefits. All they’ll have to do is pick up that journal. They won’t have to wait to be 80 years old before they know what works best for this area.” Now, that’s the way Nature intended…sharing good ol’ Yankee ingenuity. Thanks Whit! We’ll be visiting your farm for your home grown veggies.

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P.S. Happy Father’s Day!

Abundance!

Where to begin? The casinos take front seat in the theater of economic development. Last weekend, MGM Grand at Foxwoods opened with a lion’s share of decadence. It is luxuriant. It is edgy. It is fun. It is electrifying and friendly. The opening parties were dramatic with lots of celebs taking the walk on the red carpet on Saturday night. “Michael, right here, please,” I said to Michael Douglas and pointed to my lens. Wow…what a photo op! Catch all the excitement on pages 8-11. Congratulations to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and MGM Grand for going over-the-top!

On top of the Mohegan Sun’s Winter Garage on a sunny spring day, some pyrotechnics, an awesome motorcycle, and Dan Aykryod with Tribal and Management officials, celebrated another Project Horizon groundbreaking. The cornerstone of the expansion will be a new 39-story hotel, featuring a unique House of Blues experience including 261 House of Blues-themed hotel rooms and an exclusive, members-only House of Blues Foundation Room. A House of Blues Music Hall, restaurant and retail outlet will be added to this Blues experience. Mitchell Etess, President and CEO, says, “This partnership is a marriage made in heaven!”
Meet Dan and the Blues Brothers on page 5.

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