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From the Publisher: Looking Forward to a Fine 2013!

Delaney Gagnon, left, of Ledyard is The Resident contest winner for the sold-out One Direction concert at Mohegan Sun on December 1. “The whole stadium roared with cheers!” she reports on page 8. Here, Delaney is greeted by Alexis Ann and “Santa” Tom Cantone, Vice-President for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

Delaney Gagnon, left, of Ledyard is The Resident contest winner for the sold-out One Direction concert at Mohegan Sun on December 1. “The whole stadium roared with cheers!” she reports on page 8. Here, Delaney is greeted by Alexis Ann and “Santa” Tom Cantone, Vice-President for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

As you take a look through this Year in Review, you’ll see many folks being honored and many businesses that are celebrating milestones and expansions. You’ll also take note of people and institutions that have “given back” to our communities: they enjoy serving us, and we’re proud of their accomplishments. They extend themselves well beyond the products or services they offer.

The Resident itself entered its 23rd year of publication this past October.  We enjoy sharing your good news! We especially take special pride in saluting the achievements of our military!

Certainly the majesty and drama of OpSail and the celebratory glamor of the centennial of Lawrence+Memorial Hospital touched many of us; and our two grand casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino, remain generous in their gracious hosting for a myriad of community gatherings, from the fun and fanciful to the august and commemorative. The two Tribes, around since the beginning—indeed, before the beginning–are welcome parts of our lives and our economy. Likewise, other major hospitality centers like the Mystic Marriott, Stonington Meadows, the Norwich Inn, Groton Inn and Suites, Norwich Holiday Inn, and Lake of Isles offer venues for events of regional significance and, yes, a chance to dress your best, flash a bit of your sweetest bling, and step out with others who care about you and our region.

Our regional financial institutions provide foundations for our homes and employment, so it’s a continuing pleasure to see them—and their people—prosper. The outreach of these companies—among them Dime Bank, Charter Oak, CorePlus, Putnam Bank, Citizens Bank, Liberty, Eastern Federal, Chelsea Groton, Scient, People’s, Wells Fargo—keep us on a solid footing even as they express faith in our future. Our service Clubs—Lions, Rotary, and the Chambers of Commerce—link civic pride to business throughout the year.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Year in Review: June – September 2012

Finbar Gittelman, Admiral and First Sea Lord of the Conch Republic, right, greets Lynn Malerba, 18th Chief of the Mohegans, aboard the Admiral’s vessel, Wolf, at OpSailCT 2012, held July 6-9.All Aboard Topsail Schooner Wolf

Finbar Gittelman, Admiral and First Sea Lord of the Conch Republic, right, greets Lynn Malerba, 18th Chief of the Mohegans, aboard the Admiral’s vessel, Wolf, at OpSailCT 2012, held July 6-9.

 

 

 

 


Sequins ablaze, (l-r) Membership Services Administrator Kirsten Petrizzo poses with Angie Smith and Executive Director Lisa Konicki on June 26.Angela Smith is Greater Westerly Chamber’s 2012 Citizen of the Year

Sequins ablaze, (l-r) Membership Services Administrator Kirsten Petrizzo poses with Angie Smith and Executive Director Lisa Konicki on June 26.

 

 

 

 


(l-r) Ken Capano Sr., Red Sox Hall of Famer Fred Lynn, N.Y. Hall of Famer Goose Gosage, Scott Capano, Owner, Harp & Dragon, and Ken Capano Jr. rally for group photo after the benefit tournament on July 31.Long Woods, Crisp Irons, Smooth Putts Net $200K for Anne Capano Foundation

(l-r) Ken Capano Sr., Red Sox Hall of Famer Fred Lynn, N.Y. Hall of Famer Goose Gosage, Scott Capano, Owner, Harp & Dragon, and Ken Capano Jr. rally for group photo after the benefit tournament on July 31.

 


Stan Cardinal received an award from Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut in Norwich on September 4 for its generous donations. The award was bestowed to Stan by Denise Hawk, Annual Giving and Special Events Manager, and Jeffrey Nelson, Hospice Director of Community Development.Cardinal Honda Receives Award from Hospice of SECT

Stan Cardinal received an award from Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut in Norwich on September 4 for its generous donations. The award was bestowed to Stan by Denise Hawk, Annual Giving and Special Events Manager, and Jeffrey Nelson, Hospice Director of Community Development.

 

 


OpSail 2012 in Connecticut filled the New London harbor with 23 Tall Ships, Navy vessels, and Coast Guard cutters July 7 and 8 as part of a national celebration to note the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a war that gave America its national anthem. Above, the Cisne Branco in breathtaking full sail with full crew.OpSail2012 Fills New London Harbor

OpSail 2012 in Connecticut filled the New London harbor with 23 Tall Ships, Navy vessels, and Coast Guard cutters July 7 and 8 as part of a national celebration to note the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a war that gave America its national anthem. Above, the Cisne Branco in breathtaking full sail with full crew.

 

 

 

 

 


A sharp, baby-blue, Caddy Convertible Coupe that dazzled eyes in ’62 was a Wild Wednesdays’ attraction in August at the Sun, where some great examples of the car-modifiers’ and -restorers’ art met Wednesday evenings. Chauffeuring is Alexis Ann of The Resident; in the back seat are the two owners, Bill Turner, left, and Paul Coutu, behind the driver. Time to hit the road!Wild Wednesdays at Mohegan Sun

A sharp, baby-blue, Caddy Convertible Coupe that dazzled eyes in ’62 was a Wild Wednesdays’ attraction in August at the Sun, where some great examples of the car-modifiers’ and -restorers’ art met Wednesday evenings. Chauffeuring is Alexis Ann of The Resident; in the back seat are the two owners, Bill Turner, left, and Paul Coutu, behind the driver. Time to hit the road!

LCAC-71 Storms Hole-in-the-Wall to Kick Off OpSail

by Jon Persson

(Watch two videos of LCAC-71 Storming the Beach here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheResidentNews?feature=watch)

Stormin' the sands of Niantic, LCAC-71 kicks up a wall of spray.

It’s D-Day..of a different kind.

It’s a sunny Friday, July 6, at 1600 hours and LCAC 71 storms the Hole-In-The-Wall Beach at McCook Point Park, in Niantic.

This is a well orchestrated operation of the the Navy Dock Landing Ship USS Carter Hall launching the Landing Craft Air Cushion from an offshore moored position. Spectators line the shore, covering the park’s expansive grassy hillside vista and along the rocky embankments which surround much of the park.

As the opening event of OpSail 2012CT, the Carter Hall and her LCAC bring to Niantic’s beach an event otherwise limited to distant viewing of the fleet of ships anchored off Niantic Harbor. The fleet, intermixed with private pleasure craft, includes a number of schooners, two Coast Guard vessels, the Coast Guard barque Eagle, and the Carter Hall, which at 609 feet dominates the horizon with her gray profile.

Soon, the LCAC can be seen, a giant spume of spray blasting into the air along her port side, curving over the vessel as it runs towards the beach. LCAC 71 makes two mock assaults on Hole-In-The-Wall Beach, the first a straight-on landing which sees the vessel completely ashore, her inflatable hull ring immediately deflated. A number of uniformed personnel disembark, and a contingent of dignitaries board for a pre-announced LCAC landing.

The second landing, at higher speed than the first, ends with a dramatic side-slip landing which brings the LCAC to rest high and dry and artfully turned sideways. The demonstration is completed with the deployment of a Humvee and a combat truck.

At the press conference which follows, Captain Timothy Spratto, Commodore of Amphibious Squadron Six, illustrates just how impressive the LCAC force is: “Seventy-two LCACs in the Navy inventory,” he says,  each capable of “carrying up to 72 tons  at speeds up to 40 knots with a range of 200 miles.” Their range gives them an “over the horizon” capability, allowing a greater element of surprise. They can deploy a squad of marines, trucks, even an M1A1 main battle tank. The USS Carter Hall is the tenth vessel of her kind, which carry a crew of 500 Navy and Marine personnel in “the Blue-Green team.”