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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced recently that the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA ArtWorks grant. The developmental theater is recommended for a $50,000 grant to support new play development for its 2013 National Playwrights Conference and National Music Theater Conference season.“The National Endowment for the Arts substantial and increased support is an incredible vote of confidence in the O’Neill and the value we provide to the nation,” said Preston Whiteway, the O’Neill’s Executive Director. (above) Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director, National Music Theater Conference. Paulette co-founded the National Music Theater Conference, and has served as its artistic director since the beginning, 1978.Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Announces Increase In Federal Funding From National Endowment For The Arts

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced recently that the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA ArtWorks grant. The developmental theater is recommended for a $50,000 grant to support new play development for its 2013 National Playwrights Conference and National Music Theater Conference season.“The National Endowment for the Arts substantial and increased support is an incredible vote of confidence in the O’Neill and the value we provide to the nation,” said Preston Whiteway, the O’Neill’s Executive Director. (above) Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director, National Music Theater Conference. Paulette co-founded the National Music Theater Conference, and has served as its artistic director since the beginning, 1978.

 


The Eastern Federal Bank Foundation is currently accepting requests for grant applications for its 2013 grant award program . In June, the Foundation awarded a total of $19,500 to 22 local non-profit charitable organizations. “We were exceptionally pleased by the number of qualified grant applications we received during 2012 and look forward to approving as many applicants as possible in 2013,” said President Gerald D. Coia.Eastern Federal Bank Foundation Accepting Grant Requests

The Eastern Federal Bank Foundation is currently accepting requests for grant applications for its 2013 grant award program . In June, the Foundation awarded a total of $19,500 to 22 local non-profit charitable organizations. “We were exceptionally pleased by the number of qualified grant applications we received during 2012 and look forward to approving as many applicants as possible in 2013,” said President Gerald D. Coia.

 

 

 


The Citizens Bank Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Thames River Family Program, an affordable housing initiative that offers support services to low-income adults in the form of self-reliance and employment programs. The $5,000 granted to the nonprofit will provide affordable housing in conjunction with the support services needed to maintain safe and successful futures for members of the community. Kathleen, an intern at Thames River Family Program, and a child involved with the program have fun on-site.Citizens Bank Foundation Awards $5,000 to Thames River Family Program

The Citizens Bank Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Thames River Family Program, an affordable housing initiative that offers support services to low-income adults in the form of self-reliance and employment programs. The $5,000 granted to the nonprofit will provide affordable housing in conjunction with the support services needed to maintain safe and successful futures for members of the community. Kathleen, an intern at Thames River Family Program, and a child involved with the program have fun on-site.

 


Charter Oak presented the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center with $3,000 worth of turkeys on November 14. Charter Oak has given more than $575,000 to local community and non-profit groups since 2009 through its Community Giving Program. (l-r) Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing; Wayne Burgess, Chairman, Supervisory Committee; Maria Tuneski, Payroll Administrator; Lisa Gaudreau, Benefits Coordinator; Joshua Orlando, Marketing Assistant; Brian A. Orenstein, Chief Executive Officer, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union; Gemma Moran, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center; Shaun Formica, Public Relations Coordinator; Mel Olsson, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union; Kelly Horton, Vice President, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center and Food Policy Council, and Jack Hinds, Warehouse Specialist, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center.Charter Oak Awards $19,000: Program Grants Assist Ten Organizations

Charter Oak presented the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center with $3,000 worth of turkeys on November 14. Charter Oak has given more than $575,000 to local community and non-profit groups since 2009 through its Community Giving Program. (l-r) Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing; Wayne Burgess, Chairman, Supervisory Committee; Maria Tuneski, Payroll Administrator; Lisa Gaudreau, Benefits Coordinator; Joshua Orlando, Marketing Assistant; Brian A. Orenstein, Chief Executive Officer, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union; Gemma Moran, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center; Shaun Formica, Public Relations Coordinator; Mel Olsson, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union; Kelly Horton, Vice President, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center and Food Policy Council, and Jack Hinds, Warehouse Specialist, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center.

 


The Harp & Dragon was honored to have James (Jimmy) Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey Bourbon as a special guest of the pub on Tuesday, December 4. Jimmy Russell has been making bourbon at the Austin Nichols Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for 54 years. Scott Capano stated it was a pleasure and honor to have him visit the pub. (l-r) Zackary Fournier, Cook, Harp & Dragon, Thomas Banks, Manager, Harp & Dragon, Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey, Leslie Wapinsky, Bartender, Harp & Dragon, Scott Capano, Owner Harp & Dragon.Jimmy Russell Appearance at the Harp & Dragon Pub

The Harp & Dragon was honored to have James (Jimmy) Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey Bourbon as a special guest of the pub on Tuesday, December 4. Jimmy Russell has been making bourbon at the Austin Nichols Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for 54 years. Scott Capano stated it was a pleasure and honor to have him visit the pub. (l-r) Zackary Fournier, Cook, Harp & Dragon, Thomas Banks, Manager, Harp & Dragon, Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey, Leslie Wapinsky, Bartender, Harp & Dragon, Scott Capano, Owner Harp & Dragon.

Collaboration: Groton Rotary, Lions, Liberty Bank Make a Team

M. Gabriel Bevan with Lea Doran, President, Groton Rotary Club.

story & photo
by Alexis Ann

The Rotary and Lions of Groton teamed up to raise monies for Groton Social Services and Liberty Bank Groton Branch matched all funds raised.  A grand total of $9,29.24 was presented to Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Michael Gabriel Bevan on behalf of Groton Social Services.

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.

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Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

AT&T Foundation Grant for Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital

AT&T Foundation presents $5,000 grant: (from left) Natchaug’s Director of Ambulatory Programs, Dr. Carrie Pichie, Natchaug Board Member Judi Caracausa, AT&T External & Legislative Affairs Bill Turner, Natchaug President & CEO Dr. Stephen W. Larcen, and Natchaug Board Member Representative Betsy Ritter.

Natchaug Hospital received a $5,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation toward the incorporation of The Seven Challenges treatment model into the Hospital’s adolescent treatment programs.  Developed by Robert Schwebel, Ph.D., this evidence-based holistic program fits well with Natchaug Hospital’s current adolescent psychiatric treatment programs.

The Seven Challenges program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change — and to support success in implementing the desired changes. The program simultaneously helps young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems.

The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counselors using The Seven Challenges program teach youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them.

Natchaug Hospital, a provider of adolescent psychiatric services for 37 years, looks forward to incorporating The Seven Challenges into its ten-site network of mental health and addiction treatment programs.

Lions: Synergy At Its Best!

(l-r) Susan Broyles, Tim Day, Wendy Wilbert, Beverly Lajoie, Bradford Ricardo-Hyde, and Ken Tucker move boxes of food.

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by Alexis Ann

Three Lions Clubs from MontvilleMohegan Pequots, Asian and Americans together with the Montville Lions added 1542 pounds of food products to the Social Services Food Pantry of Montville just in time for ThanksgivingLion Ken Tucker established a joint effort with the three Lions Clubs of Montville to replenish the food used to aid those affected by Storm SandyLion Governor Jan Miller ran with the idea, obtaining a $2500 grant from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).

Food products were purchased at Tri-Town Foods and an impressive gathering of Lions and family members participated in delivering the food to the pantry.

How long will the food last?  “Only two weeks,” states Lion Ken.

New London Breakfasts: Seven Years Of Feeding People Well

Deacon Kent looks on as volunteers Mike, Jamie, and Laurie man the serving line at New London Breakfasts.

by Jon Persson

“Good morning and welcome to breakfast!” These words, delivered with indefatigable gusto by a smiling Deacon Kent Sistare, greet a new day’s congregation of the hungry to New London Breakfasts. The program, in its seventh year, serves hot and cold breakfast weekday mornings to people who have found they have run out of options for a morning meal. The need, ever-present, grows over time and crests at the end of every fiscal month.

For the people who stream into the Parish Hall of New London’s First Congregational Church, breakfast is a smoothly choreographed ritual where hot food is served cafeteria style, with coffee and cold cereal laid out on long tables. Monday through Friday the doors open at 7 a.m., and for a bustling half hour meals are served up in an assembly line of precision movements. Organized queues form and are criss-crossed in all directions by people with plates and cups going to and from their selected seats. There is familiarity on all sides of the process; people know each other by name in a social setting complete with newly made acquaintances.

In just 30 minutes breakfast is over and the cleanup begins. But for the people behind the scenes and the serving counter, New London Breakfasts is a commitment to a routine which begins around 5 a.m. on their appointed days to serve. The daily sign-in sheet lists a Cook-In-Charge—often by just a first name: Kent, Al, Liz, Jim, Bill, Diane—and the volunteers who help out for different blocks of time. The crews who divide up responsibility throughout the week are often local business owners, citizens of the community, patrons of the breakfast (some of whom may reside at area homeless shelters), and cadets from the Coast Guard Academy. And there is Deacon Kent, always the center of cheerful calm amidst the bustle of the breakfasttime.

A helping hand now benefits the community over time, as normalcy slowly returns to an economy which leaves people momentarily at a loss for where their next meal would otherwise come from.

ChelseaGroton Foundation Helps Fund Vocational Workshop

David Yellen, Principal, Thames Valley Clinical Day Treatment school, and Kevin Maines, Vocational Teacher, accept grant from ChelseaGroton Bank Foundation on behalf of Natchaug Hospital. Joann Lynch (left), and Lori-Ellen Wesolowski (right) from ChelseaGroton Bank Foundation presented the $500 grant that will help equip a workshop for the YouthWorks vocational skills program.

Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the ChelseaGroton Foundation has granted $500 to the Natchaug Hospital YouthWorks vocational skills program to assist in establishing a permanent workshop.

The YouthWorks program, which teaches vocational skills to students in grades seven to 12, currently operates out of a portable workshop which travels between the Joshua Center Northeast Clinical Day Treatment (CDT) School in Danielson, and the Thames Valley CDT School in Norwich.

As Natchaug restructures its southeast programs over the next year, merging Thames Valley and the Joshua Center Montville into a new building in Norwich, a permanent workshop for the YouthWorks program will be created at the new location to offer a more robust vocational experience to the CDT students.

YouthWorks, which was started in 2009, gives students the opportunity to learn vocational skills such as carpentry, bicycle maintenance, and horticulture to help prepare them for meaningful employment after graduation.

Natchaug Hospital operates seven Clinical Day Treatment Schools across eastern Connecticut. Students are referred to Natchaug CDT by their local schools and follow individualized education plans created with collaboration between theschool district and Natchaug CDT staff.