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Dear Neighbor of Southeastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island…

Captain Marc W. Denno, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base, New London.

Every day, in the shadow of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, hundreds of local residents and visitors pass by an imposing conning tower and the polished granite wall of honor that encompass the Submarine Veterans of World War II Memorial East.

And whether by design or by impulse, many stop – drawn by these compelling visible reminders that the liberty and prosperity our Nation enjoys have been purchased… purchased by the sacrifice and service of 48 million men and women, who since our Nation’s founding, have donned the uniform and proudly stepped forward to defend our freedoms.

On Veterans Day, across our great land, Americans gather in public events or in private prayer to recognize these valiant men and women of our Armed Forces.

Ever since the first Veteran’s Day, originally “Armistice Day,” was established in 1919, Americans have paused to salute the service and remember the sacrifice of the men and women who have kept us free.
And many of those who gather can count themselves among our Nation’s more than 21 million living veterans.

Veterans past and present who have worn the cloth of our great Nation and contributed so much to guarding and maintaining the liberties we cherish.

President John F. Kennedy once said “in the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in the hour of its maximum danger…”

September 11, 2001 rung in that hour for the generation of active duty military members serving today.
We have been “granted the role of defending freedom.”

We view that critical mission as a sacred privilege and we follow in a long line of those that met and mastered that “maximum danger.”

I have the honor and pleasure of serving with some of these young men and women as I lead Naval Submarine Base New London.

These young service members support and crew the fifteen attack submarines stationed there.

They remind me everyday that the true strength of our Navy and our Nation does not lie in any aircraft, ship, submarine, sensor, or weapon.

The true strength of our great Nation and Navy lies in its men and women – America’s finest!

They follow an extraordinary legacy of honor, courage, and commitment; a legacy fashioned and forged by selfless service and sacrifice; a legacy passed onto them by the veterans they follow.

In the early days of the Second World War, Gen. George C. Marshall was asked if America had a secret weapon to win the conflict.

He replied that we did have such a weapon — he called it “the best darn kids in the world.”

I can assure you that the “best darn kids” still wear this Nation’s uniform!

I, for one, could not be prouder to serve with them and I thank you for all that you do to support them.

So this Veterans Day, I ask you to join me in saluting all those who wear or have worn the cloth of this great Nation.

I feel fortunate to enjoy the peace, liberty, and security that they have provided my family, my community, and my Nation.

 

 

Thank you,

Marc W. Denno
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer
Naval Submarine base, New London

Connecticut Tigers outfielder Zach Kirksey taking a swing at an oncoming fastball.

Taking the Field With the Connecticut Tigers

by Roger Zotti

 

C.J. Knudsen
Vice President and General Manager, Connecticut Tigers

“We’ve been getting great support from people, and we love being the minor league baseball team for Southeastern, Connecticut,” says C.J. Knudsen, Vice President and General Manager of the Connecticut Tigers. “We encourage everyone, if you haven’t been to a game yet, to come to Dodd Stadium and see how nice it is and help support the hometown Tigers. We have a ton of home games left.”  In its third season here, the Connecticut team is the American League Detroit Tigers’ Single-A/New York-Penn League affiliate.

“This season we continue having great promotions,” C.J. adds. “For example, on Mondays kids eat free. If they’re twelve and under, they get a voucher for a hot dog, bag of chips, an apple, and a bottle of water. On Tuesdays it’s Kayem Dollar Hot Dog Night. Friday nights it’s fireworks, which is always a good standby, and Saturdays is our major giveaway night—everything from bobble-head dolls to coffee mugs.”

C.J.’s credentials are impressive. A graduate of Keene State College, he began his career in 1995 as an intern with the NY-PL’s Vermont Expos/Lake Monsters. From 2000 to 2009, he was the team’s General Manager.  In 2003 he was the recipient of the NY-PL Executive of the Year Award; in 2006, he received the Robert Julian Community & Baseball Award.

He came to the Tigers organization in 2010, serving as Vice President of Operations. This year he’s the organization’s VP and GM. As for what his new duties entail, he says, “Well, I might be doing an interview with the media one minute and the next I could be filling a ketchup dispenser. I never know what I might be doing, and that’s what makes minor league life so enjoyable.”

When The Resident asked him what he’d consider a successful 2012 season, C.J. remarks, “One thing is definitely an increase in attendance.”  Also, there’s the brand of exciting baseball the Tigers plays: “Right now, after a slow start, the team is starting to play well. The players are definitely getting to know each other now. Remember, these guys play 76 games in 80 days, which is a lot of baseball.”

Connecticut Tigers outfielder Zach Kirksey taking a swing at an oncoming fastball.

For Jon Versteeg, the team’s Director of Media Relations, a successful season is “continuing to build on the progress we’ve made over the first two years with getting folks real excited about baseball in Norwich. We’ve been doing some great things here, and are always adding new things, like LIFE STAR coming here [July 21], and its crew delivering the first pitch against Lowell. There are so many cool and interesting things we’re doing. So I say stay tuned—the news is always coming out!”

A consistent, positive, and family-friendly philosophy has been and continues to be the organization’s goal since its Connecticut arrival two years ago. “We’re about baseball and, just as importantly, bringing people together,” C.J. says. “Of course, we’ll continue to provide affordable fun and safe entertainment options for families in Connecticut.”

For more information about the Connecticut Tigers, visit www.cttigers.com.

Jeff Hartmann, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun

Around the Region: Jeff Hartmann

Jeff Hartmann, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun

Summer is always an exciting season for us here at Mohegan Sun. We have the chance to celebrate the warmth with family and friends at delicious barbeques or in the pool, and especially here at Mohegan Sun with everything we have to offer this summer.

Here at Mohegan Sun, summer is in full swing. Our 15th Annual Hot Summer Fun celebration continues to make summer our favorite season with our themed days including Money Mondays where Mohegan Sun Player’s Club members can enter a Cash Cube to win big money, Two For Tuesdays with two times the deals, Wild Wednesdays featuring our signature fireworks and a rooftop celebration, Thirsty Thursdays with dining and shopping deals and lastly,

Free Shirt Fridays where Player’s Club members can grab a free Hot Summer Fun t-shirt.

The days are hot here at Mohegan Sun, but the nights are even hotter with our brand new GLO at the Pool pool party and nightclub oasis. We also invite you to visit Vista Lounge, our recently renovated nightlife venue at Wombi Rock.

We are also excited about all of the great entertainment coming to Mohegan Sun this summer. Some of the upcoming concerts to look forward to in the Arena include Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, Linkin Park, Eric Church and American Idol Live! Tour 2012. And in the Wolf Den, big names like David Cassidy, Skid Row, and MC Hammer will be performing. Hilarious comedic acts will also be visiting The Cabaret Theatre, as well.

Lastly, we encourage all to visit The Shops at Mohegan Sun featuring Tiffany & Co., Coach, Puma and Tommy Bahama. From clothing to electronics, The Shops at Mohegan Sun is a perfect place to take a break from the sun and do some shopping.

I hope that we see you for Hot Summer Fun and that you are enjoying everything our region has to offer during this season. Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Hartmann

President & CEO

Mohegan Sun