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as they bicker, banter and spar.”


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Pioneering The Growth Of Valenti Family Of Dealerships

Pioneering the Growth of Valenti Family of Dealerships

Say the name Valenti and the immediate thought is car, say the word car and the name that comes to mind is Valenti. How did that region wide response come to be? And what is the secret to the success of the Valenti Car Dealerships? Same answer to both questions – Bob Valenti!

When asked to account for the overwhelming success of his Auto Dealerships, 81-years young Bob Valenti without hesitation answers, “Being in the right place at the right time and making the right decisions.” Modest to a fault, that success is more based on Bob’s incredible work ethic, honesty, compassion, and commitment to the customer.

The year is 1946, WW II has just ended, assembly lines that turned out the tanks, artillery, and arms that supplied our Troops are now turning out the first cars in five years, In Wallingford, Connecticut, at a Dodge-Plymouth Dealership owned by his Dad, Fred Valenti, 14-years young Bob Valenti worked at the dealership in the morning and attended high school in the afternoon. “I can never be too thankful for how I was raised.” Bob reflected, “Dad instilled that nothing came to you – you had to labor to earn it.”

That year the Valenti Dealership sold 28 cars, today the Valenti dealerships sell 400 cars per month. Obviously, the instilling of a strong work ethic proved its worth.

Working side-by-side with his brother Fred Jr., Bob took on more and more responsibility from his Dad. Brother Fred continued his schooling in business, while Bob mastered the intricacies of engine and body repair at Wilcox Technical School, and together they grew the Family Business. When Dad’s health declined, a 23-year old Bob and his brother took over running the dealership.

In 1955, the Valenti family was awarded a Chevrolet dealership. Sales took off, but due to far more than just a booming 50’s economy. “Selling a new car to a person is only the first step in establishing a lasting relationship with a buyer. What has to follow is standing behind the product, providing the best of servicing, and doing all at as fair and reasonable a price as possible. Do that and you have a relationship that continues, the client comes back and sends friends and family. After decades in the business, we have reached a point where returning, not new, clients are the greater majority of our buyers,” Bob states with obvious and justified pride.

In 1972, Bob was traveling to a national dealership owners meeting and struck up a conversation with Bud Santin of Mystic while in-flight. Bud told Bob that his brother, Joe Santin might be interested in selling his Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealership located along the upriver side of the Drawbridge.

Wasting no time, Bob journeyed to Mystic, immediately found a fellow soul in Joe, and fell in love with the area. In relating the story, Bob smiled broadly in remembrance, “It was a kinder, gentler time. The contract that completed the sale was on a single sheet of 8 x 11 paper!” And thus, the Valenti name came to Mystic.

Two years of commuting from Wallingford six-days-a- week with four growing children proved arduous and time consuming. In 1975, Bob and family set forth from Wallingford and established roots in Stonington. Love of that community and service to it continues to this day.

One of the first to truly grasp the historic value of the Seaport, Drawbridge, and environs, Bob knew that the blossoming of that potential would be stymied by the location of his dealership. That combined with his having acquired dealership rights to market the Chevrolet and Ford products sent him looking for a location to combine all with state-of-the-art showroom and service facilities. Perhaps, this is where Bob’s reference to “right time, right place, and right decision” emanates from.

A ten acre parcel of land- locked property behind the Stonington Historical Society’s Home on Route 27 along Route 95 was for sale. Chemical Bank of New York had foreclosed on adjacent property that bordered on Jerry Brown Road in Mystic, and Bob went out on a limb and purchased both. The result is the unique and beautifully situated multi-maker auto dealership that exists today. Soon to be added to that were the highly successful Valenti Toyota and Subaru dealerships in Westerly RI, and the adding of the legendary Jeep in Mystic, in addition to Chrysler Dodge and Volkswagen.

An amazing career, and an astonishing history that links to a Nash dealership owned by his father in the 1930’s. And just as amazing is what Bob Valenti gives back to his community when not in the showroom. The National Historic Treasure Palmer House in Stonington would have gone to rack and ruin had not Bob purchased and restored it prior to it being taken by the Stonington Historical Society. Stonington enjoys fiscal security today due to Bob’s tenure as member and Chairman of the Stonington Board of Finance. His charity work is legendary.

Bob is now retired. Son Rob has taken on the responsibilities learned via his Dad. Daughters Beth, Cheryl, Jean and spouses Bill Goodwin, Tom Quirk and Bruce Morrow, hold key management positions – still a Family Business! Bob and wife, June’s extended family boasts 17 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.

When asked what he’s driving? Bob answers, “My current favorite ride is my Corvette convertible, my best ride has been life.”

A great story, a great man – Made in America.

Belle Reception, Talk & Film

Belle Reception, Talk & Film


6:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 16
Wadsworth Atheneum
Museum of Art

The true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a British admiral
and an enslaved woman

With introduction by:
Emily Lordi

Assistant Professor of English, UMASS Amherst

More information


Presented with The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art,
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture and
The Mark Twain House & Museum


77 Forest St., Hartford, CT 06105

New Plans for New Athletic Complex


(Groton, Conn.) – On Monday, September 29, Kent + Frost Landscape Architecture firm will unveil a plan to build new athletic fields at the property formerly known as the Merritt Family Farm. The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Groton Town Hall Annex. The public is invited to attend and hear more about the proposed athletic fields plan.

The Merritt property is a 35-acre tract abutting Fitch High School along the south side of Connecticut Route 1 and Connecticut Route 215. 10 percent of the land has been designated for conservation and recreation. A 2013 Comprehensive Athletic Fields Needs Assessment determined that there is a need for multi-use recreational fields for use by the community. The current plan presented by Kent + Frost includes four full size regulation fields and one smaller field, including one championship quality field with lights, spectator seating, controlled access and the possibility for synthetic turf.

The current lack of fields has become a problem for the community. “Every year, Groton Parks and Recreation turns away user groups due to lack of field space,” said Jerry Lokken, Manager of Recreation Services. “The proposed Merritt field complex would certainly address the need for high-quality and safe fields and provide opportunities for citizens to be more active and healthy.”

Local residents have spoken out in favor of the plan, noting that the town’s current athletic fields are no longer meeting the community’s needs. John Casey, President of the Groton Mystic Lacrosse Association and Groton Resident said, “The prospect of additional fields in Groton that would be available for youth lacrosse programs is very exciting. Currently, we are limited by the number of fields, which we have to share among our teams, as well as with other sports. With more fields, and less conflicts, there will be more opportunity for kids to play sports.”

Another Groton resident and local business owner, Tom Vignato, owner and operator of Fields of Fire in Mystic, believes that the new fields will positively impact the local economy. “My kids play on travel sports teams and there are hundreds of other kids in Groton who also play on these teams,” said Vignato. “My family travels all over the Northeast every weekend to play in these tournaments and we spend a lot of money. We have to travel so far because of the lack of quality local facilities. To be able to attract these tournaments to our area would have a tremendous impact financially.”

For more information, please contact the Groton Parks and Recreation department at (860) 536-5680.

The Groton Parks and Recreation Department’s Mission is to provide quality leisure opportunities in a safe and healthy atmosphere and to enhance the quality of life of the community through the responsible management of fiscal and natural resources.


Safe Halloween Program

To the parents and students of ALL Schools in Sprague,

 The Baltic Fire Engine Company # 1 will be sponsoring our annual Safe Halloween Program again this year. We sponsor this program each year as a way to offer ALL of the children (and of course the parents,) the opportunity to do all of their Trick or Treating in a safe environment, free of speeding cars on a dark street, free of anyone trying to cause a problem by taking the candy that belongs to someone else and knowing that the candy that we pass out has not been tampered with in any way while in our possession.  During the years when we are not hit with blizzards, hurricane winds with power lines down, etc we have averaged approximately 1300 people walking through our fire house doors. This program involves hundreds of man hours to plan, set up, run and then to take down and we do all of this to help insure that we can provide a safe and a fun environment for all of Sprague youths to go Trick or Treating at.

Our Safe Halloween Program will start off with the annual Costume Parade which starts at 6PM at the Sprague Town Hall and will be escorted up to the Baltic Fire House by a fire truck where the candy will be waiting.

All that we ask in return is that everyone acts in a polite manner, do not walk to each table and grab piles of candy just because it is there, there are hundreds of children coming in behind you so PLEASE be polite, the other thing that we must ask for is a donation which in turn allows us to run this program, a program that uses NO tax dollars. Each year we give out close to two pickup truck loads of candy and chips. This is on top of the pumpkins and other prizes that are given away at our event BUT without your donation, we could not and would not be able to continue to sponsor this community program. 

Since our first year of hosting this program there have been a few businesses who have really came through for us each & every year and we would like to recognize a few of the top sponsors; they are as follows, listed by the amount of donations;

  Mr Ken Fontaine owner of AMGRAPH Inc, which is in the Village of Versailles, Baltic, Ct. has been the program’s  top donation and all the while only asking that we make sure that ALL of the children in town have a good time.                                                                                                                                            

Connie & Al Lehoux, owners of Sharkys Pizza have donated six (6) bikes since our first year which we in turn have given away for the costume contest, if only they could find the time to attend and watch the winner’s faces!

Vinnie Malerba of Malerba Farms in Norwich, Ct.  has donated all of the pumpkins that we give away every year for the children.

 Walmart Lisbon Store has provided a grant each year which in turn we use to purchase so many items needed for this event. Affordable Air LLC and the Frank Davis Jr. family; Baltic Wine & the Baltic Conveyance Store as well as many more businesses and families have made donations, which in turn allows this fire department to host this popular community event.



Reg Patchell  

Chairman Safe Halloween Program,   

Baltic Fire Engine Company # 1

P.O. Box 314;; Baltic, CT. 06330              

Cell # 860 917 5064

The Baltic Fire Engine Company # 1 is in need of donations which will allow our Safe Halloween Program to continue on. We are in need of donations such as; a monetary donation- the money will be used to purchase the loads of candy that we pass out at our Annual Safe Halloween Program. PLEASE make your checks out to the “Baltic VFD Safe Halloween Program” and mail the checks to the Baltic Fire Engine Company # 1, Attention Reg Patchell, P.O. Box 314, Baltic, Ct.  06330.  We are also in need of UN-OPENED bags of candy, ALL donated candy MUST have  the name and phone number written on the bag or on a piece of duct tape which is attached to the bag.  Along with the monetary and candy donations WE can ALSO use any candy coupons that you may come across. PLEASE either mail your checks and coupons to our mailing address listed above or feel free to drop them off at the Baltic Fire House, 22 Bushnell Hollow Road, Baltic, CT. OR at the Sprague Town Clerk’s office, Sprague Town Hall 1st floor, Main Street during normal business hours. If you need someone to stop by your place of business or home to pick up a donation , please feel free to contact me to arrange such a pick up at the following number; Reg Patchell, 860 917 5064.  This year we have recently learned of two businesses who use to make considerable candy donations for our program BUT have either closed their doors or been bought out and can no longer make any kind of donation – which in turn will mean that we will have to  purchase a lot more candy than our previous years.

This being said, we are asking for donations from the residents of Sprague (Villages of Baltic, Versailles and Hanover.)  These monetary donations will allow us to purchase the candy that we need to run this program.  Please make the checks out as follows:  In the area marked “Pay to the order of” Please write“Baltic FD Safe Halloween” and you can PLEASE also note “Safe Halloween Program” in the area marked “for or memo” in the lower left corner. Please mail your checks to “Baltic FD, P.O. Box 314, Baltic, Ct. 06330.  If you happen to have any coupons for candy, please feel free to send those along with the check, all donations are very much appreciated!!

The members of the Baltic Fire Engine Company # 1 wish to Thank you so very much for any donations that you may be able to send in or drop off at the fire house.  If you also would like to make a donation of candy, PLEASE  know that ALL candy MUST be in  its original sealed bag with your name and phone number written on a piece of duct tape, which is attached to the bag. The bags of candy can be dropped off at the Sprague Town Clerk’s office, Sprague Town Hall, or at the Baltic Volunteer Fire Department at 22 Bushnell Hollow Road or contact me if you have a quantity of candy to be picked up and I will come to your business or home.


Endicott Football Triumphs

Endicott Athletics

September 27, 2014
BEVERLY, Mass. – On Homecoming Saturday, the Endicott football team garnered a 28-6 victory over Curry in the opening weekend of NEFC action as senior quarterback Drew Frenette (New Bedford, Mass.) threw three of his four touchdown passes to senior receiver Brett Egizi (Walpole, Mass.) and the Gulls defense, led by a two-sack performance by fifth-year linebacker Andrew Holfinger (Sterling, Mass.), was able to subdue a Colonels offense that held a significant advantage in time of possession.

Endicott (2-2, 1-0 NEFC), after going 1-2 in their non-conference schedule through week three, have returned their overall record to .500 and now look ahead to their week five matchup at Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, October 4th. Kickoff is at 12:00 pm on Ritchie Field in Castine, Maine against a Mariner squad that is currently 2-2 (0-1 NEFC) after a lop-sided 80-16 loss at home to Western New England.

Frenette threw for 197 yards and connected with Egizi on touchdown passes of 37 yards and one yard in the first quarter and later added a 31-yard score with 54 seconds remaining in the third quarter to cap off the scoring. Frenette also hooked up with sophomore wide out Chris Lipscomb (West Springfield, Mass.) midway through the second quarter as the Blue and Green owned a 21-0 lead before Curry got on the board.

On Curry’s possession following the Lipscomb touchdown, Colonels freshman quarterback Spencer Tyler (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) led his team to their only points of the game as Spencer found sophomore running back Dean Anderson (Melrose, Mass.) on a short pass that turned into a 15-yard score. On the ensuing extra-point attempt, Fiero Parmalee’s (Seekonk, Mass.) attempt was blocked Holfinger to hold Curry to just six points on the drive.

Holfinger had an impressive overall game, totaling nine tackles including 2.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks, breaking up two passes, hurrying the quarterback twice, and blocking an extra-point. The defense was led by a standout effort from freshman linebacker Erik Goguen (Waltham, Mass.) who in his first game action of the season was a force with a team-high 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, and a pass breakup. Sophomore linebacker John Elnagger (Rowley, Mass.) had 11 takedowns and junior defensive back Brian Mey (Marshfield, Mass.) added 10 tackles, including four solo, with a tackle for a loss and a breakup.

Senior cornerback Jake Cox (Wrentham, Mass.) was a major factor in Endicott’s causing six changes of possession on defense as Cox intercepted Tyler in the second quarter which set up the Lipscomb touchdown catch. Cox was also relied upon to cover one of Curry’s better receivers in sophomore Alex Kershaw (Boston, Mass.) who last week hauled in eight passes for 179 yards and a touchdown. Kershaw had a solid game with six receptions for 77 yards but was blanketed by Cox for the majority of the game.

Tyler, who finished 31-of-51 for 252 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, used sophomore fullback Dave DiGiorgi (Watertown, Conn.) on a regular basis with short out passes as DiGiorgi had 12 catches for 77 yards. Curry’s offense did find some success on the ground with senior running back Trae Weathers (Revere, Mass.) who ran 11 times for 93 yards (8.5 ypc) with a long rush of 34 yards. Anderson added 26 yards on seven rushes.

The running game for the Gulls was shared between sophomore tailback Christian Martinez (Tariffville, Conn.) and freshman running back Lavante Wiggins (Dalton, Mass.) who combined for 94 yards. Martinez rushed 12 times for 49 yards (4.1 ypc) and Wiggins carried the ball eight times for 45 yards (5.6 ypc). Freshman Robert Williams (Wayland, Mass.) came on in the fourth quarter to rush four times for 18 yards including a nine-yard scamper for a first down.

On special teams, sophomore punter Kyle Regan (Nashua, N.H.) was impressive with four punts going for an average of 49.8 yards including a personal-best 61 yarder that was downed on the Curry 23. He had one punt land inside the Curry 20. Frenette himself contributed to the punting game, adding a pooch punt on 4th-and-1 just inside Curry territory.

Curry’s defense was led by freshman linebacker Devin Williams (Gardner, Mass.) who had a team-high 12 tackles and two tackles for a loss. The Colonels defense, however, managed just one sack as Endicott’s offensive line front of starters Michael Minerva (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Mike Marini (Trumbull, Conn.), Andrew Edwards (Falmouth, Maine), Nick Rowe (Avon, Conn.), and Anthony Fulmine (Carver, Mass.) protected Frenette the entire game.

This Winter Save Money On Heat

Connecticut Better Business Bureau®
BBB Tips to Reduce Home Heating Costs – and Avoid Furnace Maintenance Scams

Small Measures Add Up to Lower Bills for Electricity and Heating Oil
Wallingford, CT – September 29, 2014 – Winterizing your home doesn’t have to be expensive, according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau.

While the installation of energy-efficient windows and doors, and adding insulation can significantly bring down heat loss during cold months, there are also small fixes that can help reduce energy consumption.

A common winterizing checklist includes:

Changing air filters
Installing or re-installing storm windows in the attic to stop warm air from leaking
Clearing gutters to remove debris that could cause rainwater to freeze and damage them
Cleaning ridge vents to allow your house to “breathe”
Putting insulation film over windows to reduce drafts
Inspecting weather stripping for cracks and peeling
Installing a tight-fitting fireplace door or cover to stop the loss of heat through the chimney
Another way to keep heating bills under control is to compare electricity wholesalers’ prices at and select a plan before demand and the cost of electricity increase.

State lawmakers have put into place safeguards to stop wholesalers from the past practices of enticing consumers with a low introductory price, and then hitting them with a significant increase without advance notification.

Consumers who can afford to can pre-purchase heating oil to prevent being subjected to market fluctuations. The cost of heating oil may drop during a mild winter, however, heating oil prices typically rise at this time of year as demand increases. BBB recommends consumers research heating oil suppliers in advance, to ensure they are dealing with a reputable business with an established track record.

Furnace maintenance:

A dirty furnace is less efficient, so an annual inspection and cleaning is recommended.

This can also help spot potential problems that can end up leaving your family in the cold if your heating system breaks down.

However, if you are told you need a new furnace, get a second opinion and bid. Some unscrupulous operators attempt to deceive customers, by telling them that there are potentially dangerous problems with their furnace, and that it is unsafe to use.

One furnace maintenance contractor told a Connecticut consumer that his furnace had to be replaced, and wrote on a work order “System unfit for safe operation. Unit shut off & left off.” The consumer sought a second opinion and was told the furnace was in fact safe and did not need replacement. (See attached document) Total savings: $3,200.

Nonetheless, a damaged or dirty furnace can emit dangerous fumes. Signs of failure include soot on countertops and vents, and inefficient heating. Fumes also may cause watery eyes, a runny nose and headaches. In such cases, it is best to turn off the furnace and consult an expert.

BBB also recommends the following to winterize your home:

Plug holes – The average American home may have many small air leaks. Though they may not be large, they have a cumulative effect on home heating costs. Make sure windows close tightly. Check for leaks around them and use caulking to plug the leaks.

Consider insulating heating ducts: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that a centrally-heated home can lose as much as 60 percent of warmed air before it reaches vents if the duct work is poorly connected or not insulated, or if it travels through unheated spaces.

Get a chimney checkup: Before lighting the first fire of the season, your chimney should be checked for animals, nests, leaves and other debris, as well as for any necessary repairs. Select a reputable business or professional, rather than responding to solicitations.

This is also a good time for homeowners to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work, and install fresh batteries as needed. Detector units should be replaced every 10 years.

For additional consumer tips, and to research or select professionals you can trust, visit
For More Information:
Howard Schwartz
Executive Communications Director
Phone: 203-269-2700 Ext. 103
Cell: 860-384-5875

Better Business Bureau, INC.
94 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT 06492 – Phone: 203-269-2700

One “Step” Closer to Completion

Α The mainmast of the 200-foot Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was stepped yesterday in a dockside ceremony at The Hinckley Company in Portsmouth, R.I., marking a major milestone in the completion of Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel that will serve students of all ages from New England and beyond. Attending were supporters – including donors and Board members – of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI), the non-profit organization responsible for building and operating the ship.

“The stepping of a mast means it is erected and secured into its ‘step’ within the hull,” explained Perry’s Captain Richard Bailey, who served as Master of Ceremonies and first spoke while the massive 132’ mast hung at-the-ready in a sling held by a giant crane. “Earlier this month, the forward mast was stepped, also here at the Hinckley boatyard, where dozens of riggers and shipwrights have been working on the ship this summer.” (The mizzenmast, the last of the three masts on the square-rigged ship, was erected after the morning ceremony, late in the afternoon.)

The mainmast towers 13  stories (or 120’) above the deck of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. It is made up of three sections: the 65’ long lower section made of steel and its upper two sections (called the topmast and t’gallant) made of Douglas fir, which came from a private tree farm in Rainier, Oregon and was turned in Washington State on the largest spar lathe in North America. Collectively, Perry’s 19 wooden spars – including the mizzen, mainmast and royals for each; fore top mast and gallant; mizzen gaff; boom; and jib boom – weigh almost 36 tons and total 25,182 board feet – enough to build a house of over 3700 square feet.

After remarks by Bart Dunbar, Chairman, OHPRI, and Donald Christ, Esq., President, Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust (a major contributor for which the rig will be dedicated when complete), a 1936 Rhode Island Tercentenary Half Dollar, issued to commemorate the 1636 founding of Providence, R.I. and donated by OHPRI Board Member Jim Pickering, was placed in the Perry’s mast step. Samuel Appleton Treherne-Thomas placed the coin with help from Ben Grenier; both are family descendants of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the American hero (and Rhode Island native) in the Battle of Lake Erie for which the ship is named.

“There is a long and rich history of placing coins beneath masts to address an assortment of superstitions; today we place our coins to bring good luck and to memorialize a significant moment in the process of our ship’s creation,” said Bailey.

While one worker operated the crane, several more helped to position the mast vertically before it was lowered into place. When the mast was in place, the firing of the Perry’s cannon signaled that all was well with the progress of this privately-funded and publically supported project: the first full-rigged ocean-going ship to be built in the United States in the last 110 years.

Enlarged framed versions of the 2013 “Perry victory” quarter that sits under the ship’s forward mast, were presented to Vice Admiral Thomas Weschler, USN Ret. and Bart Dunbar in recognition of extraordinary service to the project. Admiral Weschler drew laughter from the audience when he quipped, “This is the most exciting thing I’ve done since World War II.” (The main cabin is named in honor of his brother, WWII hero Lieutenant Charles John Weschler, USN.)

Alluding to the date Perry’s steel hull was bought from a Canadian group, Dunbar added, “It’s a momentous day for this entire enterprise that began in 2008, and some might not realize how significant this particular mast stepping is, as well. There has not been a rig like this built for a U.S. ship in 110 years, so there was not one person or organization that we could go to and say, ‘We want one of those for SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.’”

Texas and Newport resident Dan Tutcher sponsored the purchase of the lower mainmast section as well as the lowers for the foremast and mizzenmast. Volvo of America and Combined Transport also contributed to the transportation of the spars from Washington.

The shrouds and backstays have been fabricated by a team of riggers employed by OHPRI since March of 2014. The team will spend the next eight weeks completing the rig while the ship remains at The Hinckley Company, which has generously donated dock space. Seven miles of rope and four miles of wire will be incorporated into the complex system that will support and allow the trimming of 20 sails with 14,000 sq. ft. of sail area.

Donald Christ shared his appreciation for OHPRI’s vision, which he said was presented to the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust “through the good graces” of Admiral Weschler a number of years ago. “He came over and over again to meet with us, and finally we said ‘we can’t say no.’ We have made a serious commitment to this ship, and to me, it makes possible the enthusiasm that we have at the Trust for some of the things that we can do. Many of the projects we fund disappear into the ether, and there’s nothing tangible you can look at, but when you sit here and see this dream-come-true, it’s a miraculous thing.”

OHPRI has raised over $14 million toward the completion of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and has $975,000 left to raise before the ship transitions into its operational phase for hosting education-at-sea programs next Spring.


(Credit Onne van der Wal)

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, when completed, will be a Coast Guard-inspected and approved steel-hulled technologically sophisticated 21st Century ship. In addition to her three decks, modern galley and Great Cabin (where captains, in days of yore, entertained), Perry sports, among other things, high-end navigation and communication systems, a state-of-the-art science lab (designed under the guidance of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography), and wheelchair accessibility (including accessible below deck staterooms, heads and a wheelchair lift). The Great Cabin will be used less for entertaining and more for education in its capacity as a classroom outfitted with monitors displaying real-time navigation and meteorological data. The other classroom space will house laptop computers (donated by Intel), interactive SMART boards (donated by Shanix Technologies, Inc.) and a well-stocked library.

“This is the flagship of our state of Rhode Island, for our tourism, for our marine industry, for our school and students, and for our citizens who appreciate that we are the Ocean State,” said Dunbar. “That is the statement we

are making.”

For more information about SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, please visit or contact Jess Wurzbacher at 401-841-0080, Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for current news and developments.


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The Mark Twain House & Museum has announced that Patti Philippon, Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator of the museum, will resign her position to become the Executive Director of the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut.


Cindy Lovell, Executive Director of the Mark Twain House & Museum, said, “Patti has been a wonderful chief curator at the Mark Twain House and takes with her a vast amount of knowledge as well as our best wishes. The American Clock & Watch Museum is very fortunate to have someone of Patti’s caliber take the helm, and I’m sure we’ll be finding opportunities to collaborate in the future.”

Patti Philippon said, “It has been my privilege to have worked at the Mark Twain House for the past 13 years. It is a wonderful museum with a dedicated and talented staff. I am looking forward to joining the team at the American Clock & Watch Museum, and working to showcase this exceptional museum.”

Ms. Philippon has worked in a professional capacity at The Mark Twain House & Museum since 2001.  During her tenure with the Mark Twain House, Ms. Philippon has held the roles of Collections Manager, Interim Executive Director and currently (since 2007) as its Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator.

As a part of her responsibilities at the Mark Twain House, Ms. Philippon was responsible for the care, development, presentation and interpretation of the museum’s 16,000 piece collection of 19th and early 20th century art, decorative arts, rare books, photographs, and archives. She oversaw the curatorial department, including staffing (paid and volunteer) and budget management.  In addition she was responsible for research and installation of furnishing and decorative art changes in the museum as well as the preservation and maintenance of the two historic buildings on the property.

The curatorial department at the museum will be staffed on an interim basis by Mallory Howard, Curatorial Assistant, and Steve Courtney, former Publicist at the museum and currently a curatorial consultant.

Howard Cohen, President of the American Clock & Watch Museum Board of Directors said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have secured a museum professional of Patti’s caliber for our new Executive Director.  The wealth of experience that Patti can bring to our museum with its historic ties to the City of Bristol and the overall horological community will be crucial as we chart our course for the future.”

The American Clock & Watch Museum, located in Bristol, Connecticut, opened its doors to the general public on April 10, 1954 with the mission of collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the history and science of clocks, watches and other timekeepers of horological interest.  The Museum operates a research library with historic and contemporary literature devoted to the history, development and manufacture of timekeepers. It also studies and interprets the history of American horology through educational programs to both general audiences and clock enthusiasts, and cooperates with other public and private agencies to make programs available to the widest possible audience.  Their website is

The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891.

Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. 

In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

The house and museum at 351 Farmington Ave. are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

Add Seafood to Your Family’s Diet

Add Seafood to Your Family’s Diet

Introduce a new protein your family will love

Quick-and-Easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos

(Family Features) The easiest way to get the family together for a meal is with a delicious, homemade dish with tasty ingredients, such as protein-packed shrimp.

There are many scrumptious reasons for including shrimp into your family’s diet. In fact, the American Heart Association and other experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week, and the FDA just announced this year that pregnant women should consume between 8-12 ounces of seafood a week. It’s easy to work towards this dietary goal by introducing Gulf shrimp into your diet. This versatile protein is easy to prepare; has a wonderfully salty and fresh flavor from the nutrient-rich environment in which it is caught; and is also widely available fresh and frozen at your local grocery.

Better-for-you benefits

Flavorful Gulf shrimp contains high-quality protein and a variety of essential nutrients, such as vitamins B-6 and B-12. Plus, it’s a natural source of vitamin D, low in saturated fat and offers healthy omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Simple substitutions

Add flair and flavor to your family’s meal routine (and keep the kids happy) with these easy meal ideas that incorporate Gulf shrimp:

  • Breakfast: Dice it up and add to omelets with fresh vegetables, such as sautéed spinach and tomatoes.
  • Lunch: Perk up your midday meal by adding it to salads and tortilla soups.
  • Appetizer or snack: Serve with simple cocktail sauce for a no-fuss crowd pleaser, or a light stick-with-you snack.
  • Dinner: Mix it into spaghetti sauce and serve on a bed of whole wheat pasta.

For more great Gulf shrimp recipe ideas, visit

Quick-and-Easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos


  • 1/4 pound tortilla chips
  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheese
  • 1/2 pounds small fresh or frozen Gulf shrimp (or large shrimp cut into bite-sized pieces), boiled and peeled
  • 1 large tomato, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup scallions, diced
  • Low-fat or fat-free sour cream (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Fresh guacamole (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to broil. In large, oven-proof platter, place tortilla chips in single layer. Sprinkle black beans and half of cheese on top of chips, then evenly distribute shrimp on top. Add diced tomato as next layer, then cover with remaining cheese.
  2. Cook under broiler for roughly 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Garnish nachos with sliced scallions, and top with sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

2-4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Recipe provided to the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition by Chef Justin Timineri of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Total Time:
10 minutes

Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition