“Hands Up for Vets” Annual Fund Raiser
Saturday, September 16, 2017
6:30pm to 11pm
Groton Long Point Casino, Clark Hall, 46 Beach Road, Groton, CT
Saturday, September 16, 2017
6:30pm to 11pm
Groton Long Point Casino, Clark Hall, 46 Beach Road, Groton, CT
Mystic Rod & Gun Club will hold a Sportsman’s Swap Meet on September 16th,
9 A.M. – 2 P.M. at 44 Gun Club Road, Route 201, Stonington, CT 06378
For details or reserve a table, call 860-536-6640
story & photos by Alexis Ann
The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet on June 21 for honorees, Paul Donahue, Citizen of the Year and Joe Cugini, Key Award recipient at its annual membership banquet. Venice Restaurant was the perfect venue to host this extraordinary event on a gorgeous first day of summer.
The cocktail reception featured live music by The Westminister Youth String Ensemble outside on the terrace where all enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres to complement one’s favorite libation. The evening was a #10 weather-wise. The gentle whispering of cool breezes off the near-by mighty Atlantic was a welcomed addition. Inside the lounge area, people bustled about the silent auction making sure to keep an eye on their coveted items donated by an array of local businesses.
This event, a favorite ‘sell-out’ for the Chamber every year, acts as an official preamble to summer especially for our ‘snow birds’ just returning from sunnier states. For our seasonal business owners, it’s a time to renew acquaintances and discuss predictions for an upcoming bountiful summer season. You can feel the excitement in the air and the roar of laughter increases as the bartenders become more and more popular!
Soon, the crowd of 230 is guided upstairs via stairway and elevator to the Renaissance Ballroom. The round tables of ten are linened and decorated with fresh flower centerpieces. Lisa’s team, Ocean Chamber staff Erica Agnello, Administrative Assistant, Lou Martocchio, Events Manager, Maria DiMaggio, Membership & Operations Director, and Angie Smith, Board Member and Great Escape Auction chair person, have this event organized to the max. Our choices were chicken or salmon as indicated on our name cards.
Everyone is seated and Bruce Morrow, general manager of Valenti Subaru and Chairman of the Chamber’s Board, welcomes all and introduces Eddie Morrone, emcee. After the introduction of current board members and recognition of those completing service, installation of new board members, including Kerin DaCruz, L&M Hospital, Jim Traskos, Traskos Manufacturing Co., Alexis Ann, The Resident, and John Allen, Ivory Ella; and new executive board members, including Bruce, as chairman, Beth Frenette, Washington Trust Co., First Vice Chair, Jen Brinton, Grew Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, Grey Sail Tap Room, Second Vice Chair, Mike Benevides, Benevides & Turano, LLC, CPA’s & Business Advisors, Treasurer, Maria Allen, Bella Vita, Secretary, and Angela Thoman, Paddy Beach Club, Past Chairwoman, are called to the front of the room for a photo op.
The effervescent Lisa Konicki, Chamber president for the past 20 years, officiates the year-end report and the pro auctioneer extraordinaire Dan Stanavage begins and we all remember another reason why we’re here—to raise monies for this worthwhile organization that acts as a catalyst for increased value to the Westerly-Pawcatuck and two-state region.
Key Award recipient Joe Cugini is announced. This award was established to honor those whose selfless actions have helped the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce achieve its mission. If you know Joe Cugini, you know that he is dedicated to serving the Chamber and this community. He served as president of the Westerly Community Credit Union for 40 years and began his chamber affiliation working on the Town of Westerly Tercentenary. Joe always takes great pride in supporting community programs. Behind the scenes he continues to be a source of advice and guidance to the Chamber and those who ask. He will serve on a committee with the Chamber to help plan events for the Town of Westerly’s 350th Anniversary in 2019.
Citizen of the Year 2017 is Paul Donahue, owner of Westerly Paints. If you know Paul, you know he’s an Olympian for giving to his community.
As spoken, “Paul is a true gentleman, a generous non-profit supporter and loyal community advocate. While exhibiting an incredible work ethic running a successful business, he stays engaged with the everyday challenges and opportunities faced by his beloved Town of Westerly.”
Paul champions our community image with contractors, customers, and national companies with whom he conducts business. “We cannot imagine a more humble citizen yet a more consistently engaged citizen than Paul Donahue. He is an incredible volunteer, but even more important, an extraordinary human being. The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce is deeply proud to honor Paul Donahue as its 2017 Citizen of the Year.
by Roger Zotti
Recently The Resident interviewed Sandi Gold of Westerly, RI, who began writing her book, The Art of Living, twenty years ago. When friends suggested she publish it, she said, “I can’t think of that now. I’ve got to keep on writing.” Eventually she acquiesced, looked into the publishing business, and was shocked to learn how expensive it was to “publish a book like mine.”
Because Sandi believes in “not focusing on problems but rather on their solutions,” she created www.gofundme.com/sandigold, where “people can help me help many others by donating and helping me get my book published and read by as many individuals as possible. It is a book about helping people, and I believe I have a responsibility to share what I learned from my experience—which is, to live fully and find happiness, even under difficult circumstances; to have a strong support system [for] a loved one whose health is threatened; to use the arts as a confidence-building guide; and much, much more.”
You wrote about doing what your doctors said was impossible. Yes, I did. In 1986 I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor—life threatening but not cancerous—and was told by five neurologists I would die within a year. In 2011, two doctors urged me to have a mastectomy within a month to stop the spread of breast cancer. Instead I choose an all-natural treatment.
And what was the result? In five months my MRI and mammogram came back cancer free. Having had these unusual experiences and knowing that others can benefit from what I’ve learned, I share in my book the hope of helping others. Most people are so frightened when their doctor says they are going to die, or just hearing the word “cancer,” that they shut down and only do what their doctors tell them. Had I done that in 1986 I would have gone home to die—but I didn’t. In 2011, I had the advantage, as funny as it may sound, because I had proved five neurologists wrong—by living. Therefore I knew to say, ‘Wait a minute!’ on the mastectomy and look for other options.
I spent years navigating through the often-confusing and challenging medical world and [knew my knowledge] would help readers. I know how important the mind-body connection is and about surrounding oneself with a support system that encourages us to look within ourselves for answers— and why we need to avoid doctors and loved ones who try to strong-arm us into doing things their way.
What do you wish you had known before taking steroids or Trental? To first check if there was a natural equivalent before taking medications. They created the worst experience I’ve ever had. Thankfully, I received help from a naturopathic physician—Dr. Deidre O’Connor in Mystic—who suggested taking fish oils, which did what those medications were trying to do for months and without the horrific side effects.
Subscribe to Sandi’s blog—www.sandigold.com—and receive, free, her first chapter, which “lets people know the tone in which I write. There is no self-pity or gruesome gratuitous details. No woe-is-me. By reading the chapter, which is the book’s foundation, people can decide for themselves if they want to read more.”
Fundraiser will benefit the Connecticut Sports Foundation to help local families battling breast cancer, as well as support the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work at UCONN
Hartford, CT – October 1, 2014 – Panera Bread will partner with Rebecca Lobo to support the Connecticut Sports Foundation and the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work at UCONN, two areas that complement the life and work of Rebecca’s late mother, RuthAnn Lobo. The partnership, now in its second year, will take place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when Panera Bread will conduct its annual Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign for the 13th consecutive year. Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Connecticut* will donate 25 cents from each Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased during the month of October to the Connecticut Sports Foundation, which provides funds to families battling cancer to help with daily living expenses.
“I am excited to continue this partnership spearheaded by Panera Bread to benefit multiple charities near and dear to my heart,” said Lobo. We look forward to Connecticut residents joining in and helping others throughout the State.”
Rebecca Lobo is an American television basketball analyst and played in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2003, after leading UCONN’s 1995 undefeated national championship team and the 1996 US Olympic team. She is the daughter of RuthAnn Lobo, a long-time breast cancer survivor who lost her battle after 18 years.
A former Simsbury resident and school counselor at Granby Memorial Middle School, RuthAnn Lobo emerged as a tireless advocate and inspiration for women whose lives had been interrupted by breast cancer. In 1996, RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo wrote the book The Home Team, in which they chronicled how they dealt with RuthAnn’s cancer diagnosis. RuthAnn Lobo eventually underwent a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. In 2001, Rebecca launched the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship for Hispanic students admitted to the UConn School of Allied Health. A new RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work was then established in 2013 to support educating the next generation of hospital-based social workers working with cancer patients.
“We are extremely grateful to Panera Bread for its continued generosity and partnership,” said Amy Chesmer, Senior Director of Development for the UCONN Foundation. “As UCONN leads the way in personalized medicine, social workers are playing a critical role as members of the health care team to ensure that each patient’s personal needs are addressed,” Chesmer added.
The Connecticut Sports Foundation, inspired by the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work, presented a new “Social Worker of the Year Award” at its 27th Annual Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction on February 7, 2014. This award was granted to Hillary Keller and Charmain Ali, Hartford Hospital social workers who stood out for their advocacy, passion and dedication to their patients. CSF’s signature event raises over a half-million dollars annually to support Connecticut cancer patients and their families. The 2015 Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Mohegan Sun. For more information, please visit, www.sportsfoundation.org.
*The Pink Ribbon Bagel is baked fresh daily in each of Panera Bread’s bakery-cafes and features dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar. Participating Connecticut locations for the Rebecca Lobo Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign are located in Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Lisbon, Manchester, Newington, Southington, Waterford, West Hartford, and Wethersfield. These locations are among the 28 bakery-cafes owned and operated by leading franchisee, Howley Bread Group, LTD, based in Cumberland, RI. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit the company’s web site at www.panerabreadhbg.com.
The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, will hold water a quality activity “Stream Insects” on Saturday, September 27, 10 am to 12 noon. Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret and Program Staff with UConn’s Kids Are Scientists & Engineers Too, will lead the program.
Streams meander through many of Connecticut’s natural habitats and play an important role in maintaining a healthy environment. While they may appear to be crystal clear, the water quality in some streams can be questionable. The presence of certain aquatic insects can be indicators of water quality as some types of aquatic life are more sensitive to pollutants than others. Join naturalist and science educator Paula Coughlin and explore a small stream to learn about a community of aquatic insects that are water quality indicators. Bring appropriate footwear for moderate hiking and boots or old sneakers that can get wet. Dress for mucking about in the stream. Special nets and waders will be provided during this family friendly activity.
The program fee is $15, $10 for Museum members. Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 5 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For registration information visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar or call 860-486-4460.
Agroworld by DI ZIO S.R.L. is a company in the start-up phase (visit us on facebook and our project web site). Our business is about making a significant contribution to innovation within agricultural technology by the design, construction and sales of Agricultural machines and products.
The general manager is 29 year old Luca Di Zio, who for 5 years has led the company with an inventive business outlook.
Our business idea is to offer a wide range of products and equipment to offer innovative technological solutions to aid agricultural processing. Making agricultural mechanization more accessable.
In particular we are focussing on agricultural tools that will make fruit harvesting easier.
We do also supply other equipment, sundries, and seeds.
What we would like to do: Our project Alpha
We want to manufacture and supply to farmers, an automatic tool capable of easily and efficiently harvesting olives for the production of Extra virgin olive oil. The tool consists of a double rake with a pneumatically powered movement mounted on a telescopic pole, lightweight and quiet.
Compared to the traditional method of manual harvesting the tool will offer three major advantages to farmers:
1 Allow the the farmer to work safely from the ground without the need for ladders or hazardous tree climbing.
2 Less physical effort required from the farmer compared to the manual method
3 Reduction of harvest time by up to 80% compared to the manual method.
Results of the Alpha prototype
A prototype of the Alpha pneumatic rake has already been built and used to test and assess its functionality. The Alpha prototype was given to a farmer to be used for the harvesting of 1000 Italian Lecciono Olive trees (Olea europaea L.) which are the most common in the world.
We gave the possibility of using Alpha directly to the farmer plantation owner.
The result was surprising: Harvesting rates of approxiamately 80 – 90 kg of olives per hour were achieved with a total harvest of 80 000 Kg.