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Students Raise Trout and Tilapia

Sean Coleman, General Manager of Grossman’s Seafood Inc., is happy to be selling fresh, locally raised rainbow trout like the one MacKenzie Coty, a junior at the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, participated in growing as part of her aquaculture program.

story & photo
by Anna Trusky

Area diners can now enjoy fresh, locally raised trout and tilapia, thanks to recently passed legislation that allows students from the Marine Science Magnet High School (MSMHS) in Groton to sell the fish they raise as part of their aquaculture curriculum to Grossman’s Seafood Inc.

Bill 5447 permits the Commissioner of Agriculture to license aquaculture facilities in the state to sell farm-raised aquatic animals—tilapia, rainbow trout, soft-shell crabs, oysters, and shrimp—to seafood distributors and restaurants in Connecticut. Stakeholders from MSMHS worked with State Senator Andrew Maynard to develop and pass the bill; before the students, teachers, and MSMHS Principal Dr. Nicholas Spera testified earlier this year, there was no law that allowed state aquaculture facilities to sell aquatic animals for food.

“Our MSMHS family is excited to acknowledge all the stakeholders who helped make this dream a reality,” Dr. Spera said. “We are proud of the hard work and efforts that were accomplished by our students, parents, staff, and community leaders, which allowed for the passing of this bill and for the sale of our fish.”

Thanks to his leadership in helping the MSMHS to develop Bill 5447, as well as to achieve the highest CAPT scores in Connecticut, Dr. Spera was honored with the William Cieslukowski Outstanding First-Year Principal of the Year Award from the Connecticut Association of Schools at their annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The award is named after a late Killingworth elementary principal who was known for his leadership.

MSMHS acknowledged all those who were instrumental in creating and passing the bill, including Senator Maynard and Senator Andrea Stillman; David Carey, director of the CT Bureau of Aquaculture; Dr. Virginia Seccombe, executive director of LEARN; and Sean Coleman, general manager of Grossman’s Seafood.

“This is just the beginning,” said Senator Stillman. “I wish you great success, and I thank Grossman’s for selling locally grown fish.”

After the ceremony, a few dozen students trooped off to the aquaculture lab, followed by state legislators, representatives from Grossman’s, teachers and administrators, and a phalanx of reporters and photographers. When they got to the lab, the students donned special bright-orange gloves—not a pre-Halloween touch, but to make it easier to capture the wriggling fish. Then the intrepid students caught, weighed, and measured several hundred slippery tilapia and trout!

Junior Hayly Fogg of Ledyard recorded the statistics as they were called out by classmates who were measuring and weighing the wriggling critters. The fish ranged between 24 and 26 centimeters and 125 to 200 grams. “They can get bigger, but this is a good restaurant size,” she said as she jotted down numbers.

Once they’d been checked for size, the fish were plopped into buckets so they could be put on ice for shipping to Grossman’s. Hayly’s classmate MacKenzie Coty, who was putting the fish into the buckets, managed to hold onto a slippery trout long enough to have her photo taken. “I’ve really learned a lot,” she said.

Always willing to pitch in, Senator Maynard removed his blazer, rolled up his sleeves, and helped catch a few fish. “I can handle this—I grew up in Noank,” he said with a chuckle. “I remember fishing off the docks for fluke when I was a kid. I kind of miss it!”

Sean Coleman said, “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to sell locally raised fish. Our industry is changing through depleting stocks in the wild and increasing government regulations. To see this happening locally is incredible!” The fish are available in Grossman’s stores as well as in the restaurants Grossman’s supplies. Bill Hendriks, Executive Chef of Grossman’s catering business, is coming up with delicious recipes for customers to enjoy during the holiday season and all year-round.

Restaurant Write-up: Fisherman

New Winter Menu
December 8, 2012

Ocean to table from day one!

One of the newer culinary trends is to identify the sources of the products that are served in many restaurants today. Our chef has built long term relationships over the years with some of the highest quality vendors available. We’ve always cared!

Arguably, the world’s finest scallops come from nearby Stonington; the Bomster family has been harvesting this consistently superior product for generations now. Stop in at the Stonington town dock and you can buy their scallops and see the boats that landed them at the same time!

We have sources in Point Judith Rhode Island and Northern Maine that are simply the best. Codfish or fluke? We can make a call and find out the name of the boat that landed it, where they fished and maybe even the captain’s name; how’s that for source?

For our meats we rely on custom cut butchers from the very top of the line vendors; this means proper, sanitary and safe food service for our customers with fantastic quality.

We love to do interesting and eclectic salads and accompaniments and our produce comes from a vendor that you will only see at the very best quality restaurants and local farms are supported.

We are here for you our guests with the freshest and the best!

See great pictures of what we do
on facebook at the Fisherman Restaurant of Noank


Restaurant: Universal Food Store – Noank

Universal Food Store of Noank serves Southeastern CT and Western Rhode Island since 1947. Proprietor, Frank Quaratella, Jr. said “We specialize in Premium Gold Certified Angus Beef, especially prime ribs, crown roasts of pork, veal sliced to perfection and other premium meats. We have Bell & Evans Chickens and free-range turkeys by Gozzi Farm, Guilford, for the holidays. A full line of groceries is available, including fresh produce daily. Our authentic Italian pizza is baked fresh, and we prepare grinders, calzones, strombolis and party platters to order. Our choice, freshly cut, hanging meats include everything that you would like to serve your family and friends and we will cut, bone it and season it, so that it is oven-ready for you. It’s really like an old-fashioned Italian market.”

Universal Brings Community Spirit to Noank

by Barbara Reed Collins

The Universal Food Store makes the quaint village of Noank a “community.” Julie Sutphen Wechsler, now living in Maryland, returned to the neighborhood where she once lived.  She spoke at the Noank Historical Society’s annual meeting and potluck supper, June 18, in the Latham Chester Store.  Curator Mary Anderson gave a brief history in her opening comments for the program, titled “How the Universal Store Reinforces Community in Noank.”

Plain-talking Frank Quaratella Sr. stoked the standing-room-only crowd into warm applause and a loud appeal: “Come on Frank. Stand up Frank.”  Frank stood and spoke briefly.

The members of the Historical Society- now boasting 460-plus members- filled in the store reminiscing about the bygone days and praising recent renovations.  For some, memories  bring the people together in this community.

Seated elbow-to-elbow at tables during the supper,  residents reminisced about living on a little peninsular place that is unique. Mary Bradley Foster recalled that she was “about age 10 or so and would have to pick something up from the Universal for her grandmother.” It was an easy task. “You just told them what you wanted and they would get it for you,” she said. Mary was born in a house on Front Street and lived there until about 1949.

Howard Davis, seated nearby, remembered that his grandmother (the late Mrs. Charles Specht) would place an early morning order that would be delivered by noon. The total amount owed would be written on one of the delivered paper bags.

Alicia Crossman remembered her wishful window viewing of a special cookie that was not affordable until she grew old enough to earn babysitting money. She was finally able to pay the 10 cents for the chocolate covered cookie.

Even the dogs had their days, courtesy of Universal. Sal Quaratella, it was said, handed out bone treats so big the canines could barely walk with their trophies. Also, once upon a time, there were dances on the top third floor.

Pat Quaratella and Dan Simonelli bought the property and opened the Universal Store in 1947.  And, the rest is history in the making ever since.  The third floor was once the location for Van Zandt Sails. It was the site of Joe Quaratella’s wedding. A young man – then a recording artist – fell in love with the village in the 1970’s and wanted a place to live. Dean Wallace found it – courtesy of that same “community” spirit. He still has a small apartment in the building. In 1989, Frank Quaratella, Sal’s son, took over ownership of the Universal Store.

Recently, Steve Jones purchased the real estate. Congrats Steve!  The Quaratella name remains and is the signature to Noank as “community” in the finest sense of the word.  A heartfelt thanks to the Quartellas, for all you were in the past, and all you will be in the future. You are community!

National Learn How to Row Day

story & photo
by Chris Annino

The New London area is known for the annual regattas , the Harvard-Yale Race, and Mystic’s Battle Between the Bridges which is connected with Coast Week.

Battle Between the Bridges is unique because Olympic hopeful, Gold Medalist Anna Mickelson and local rowers from the area are invited to compete and sharpen their skills in a non-stressful, yet competitive environment.

Mystic resident, Hart Perry, Executive Director of the Mystic Seaport and world known rowing coach, was instrumental in the establishing of a National Rowing Hall of Fame at the Mystic Seaport..

Goran Buckhorn, Swedish native and current Mystic resident, is one key person to bring an international taste to this growing sport. He works at the Mystic Seaport Museum, and Groton Parks and Recreation. Through their boating club, he helped to generate an interest in the sport. There are some hopes that Mystic might become the next rowing capital of the world. “I started rowing in my early teens in my hometown of Malmo, I was instantly hooked on the sport. Rowing is for everyone, women and men alike, and at any age. You do not have to be “fit” to get something out of your rowing, although, of course your fitness will improve rapidly when you start rowing.”

Goran is the boating coordinatorfor the Groton Community Boating Club. He and a few other members of the club had the idea to invite “National Learn How to Row Day” to help fuel the fire of Mystic’s growing interest in the sport. The holiday is a world holiday that has been celebrated in our country for only eight years. The event was held June 7th. On the same day, the Groton Community Boating Club kicked off their “Go For a Row” series.

“‘Go For a Row’ is an event where we invite Groton residents and people from the surrounding areas to try out rowing for free at our boathouse by Beebe Cove in Noank. Everyone is welcome between 9:00 -11:00 a.m. Other dates during the summer for this event will be: June 28, July 26, and August 30,” Goran said.

Over twenty people came on the 7th of June, some were learning to row for the first time. Among those were Kellsey Butta, a rower for the Fitch Rowing Team, and her father Phil Butta who never rowed in his life. “It’s really cool to see something that I care about getting a second life to it,” said Kellsey.

For more information contact Groton Parks & Recreation at 860.536.5680, or e-mail Goran at gcbc-coordinator@hotmail.com