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10th Annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off

Chef Paul Krawiec from the Octagon Restaurant at Mystic Marriott serves chowder to a festival attendee at Southern Exposure in Olde Mistick Village.

Chef Paul Krawiec from the Octagon Restaurant at Mystic Marriott serves chowder to a festival attendee at Southern Exposure in Olde Mistick Village.

The taste of chowder will benefit the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Emergency Food Pantry this Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Olde Mistick Village will take on a warm and welcome aroma as the merchants of Olde Mistick Village host their 10th Annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off.

Tickets are $1 for each 3 oz. cup of chowder – or you can purchase 12 tickets for $10. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event at a variety of locations throughout Olde Mistick Village.

Vicki Anderson, Executive Director of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, says “There is no way to adequately state the importance of Cabin Fever to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center’s emergency Food Pantry.  We are currently feeding over 2,000 people in our local community of Mystic, North Stonington, Westerly, Pawcatuck and Stonington throughout the year.  We gave out  $493,024 worth of emergency food which is $55,000 more than last year.  We must be prepared to help feed our neighbors and Cabin Fever makes that possible. We are deeply grateful.”

Over 25 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will compete for top awards for Best Chowder. In addition to the People’s Choice Award a team of local media celebrities will be judging in the categories of 1) Most Creative Chowder; 2) Heartiest Chowder; and 3) Best Use of Regional Ingredients.  All awards will be presented on the same day by Senator Andrew Maynard and State Representative Diana Urban in the Meeting House in Olde Mistick Village at 5:00 p.m.

Over the years, the Chowder Cook-off has raised between $4,000 and $11,000. Lu Lupovich, chairperson for the event said “With the generous participation of over 25 restaurants this year, we just know we will exceed last year’s high of $11,000 raised – Cabin Fever really brings people together for a great event benefiting such an  important organization in our community.  It’s all about neighbors helping and feeding neighbors.”

Fun free family events will be going on all afternoon throughout the village.

Year in Review: September – October 2012

Sub Base Commander Marc Denno boards the train on a special ride from New London northwards to Willimantic on October 4 to demonstrate revived rail potential for the region; numerous civic and business leaders attended.Train Moves From Past To Future

Sub Base Commander Marc Denno boards the train on a special ride from New London northwards to Willimantic on October 4 to demonstrate revived rail potential for the region; numerous civic and business leaders attended.

 

 


At its Annual Meeting on September 20 at the Calabrese Club in Westerly, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC) honored Alexis Ann, founder, editor, and publisher of The Resident, with its 2012 Good Neighbor Award. (l-r) Seth Handyside, Communication Team Manager, the Resident; June Strunk, Board President, PNC; Tony Schillaci, Writer, the Resident; Alexis Ann, Founder, Editor & Publisher, Owner, the Resident; Don Church, Writer, the Resident; Vicki  Anderson, Executive Director, PNC; Anna Trusky, Writer, the Resident; and Carolyn Guzzo, Graphics and Production, the Resident.The Resident Good News Team Awarded “Good Neighbor Award” from Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

At its Annual Meeting on September 20 at the Calabrese Club in Westerly, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC) honored Alexis Ann, founder, editor, and publisher of The Resident, with its 2012 Good Neighbor Award. (l-r) Seth Handyside, Communication Team Manager, the Resident; June Strunk, Board President, PNC; Tony Schillaci, Writer, the Resident; Alexis Ann, Founder, Editor & Publisher, Owner, the Resident; Don Church, Writer, the Resident; Vicki  Anderson, Executive Director, PNC; Anna Trusky, Writer, the Resident; and Carolyn Guzzo, Graphics and Production, the Resident.

 


The Honorable Paul Cravinho with his wife, Kathleen Cravinho. Three things dear to every Stonington resident: the “COMO,” the fishing fleet, and civic mainstays like retired Judge of Probate and town leader, Paul Cravinho. And all three were honored at the 5th Annual Gala “Stars Over Stonington” event “in honor of the people who uphold the traditions and honor of Stonington.” The Stars gathering was on September 21 at Stonington Meadows.COMO Honors Paul Cravinho and Fishing-Lobstering Heritage

The Honorable Paul Cravinho with his wife, Kathleen Cravinho. Three things dear to every Stonington resident: the “COMO,” the fishing fleet, and civic mainstays like retired Judge of Probate and town leader, Paul Cravinho. And all three were honored at the 5th Annual Gala “Stars Over Stonington” event “in honor of the people who uphold the traditions and honor of Stonington.” The Stars gathering was on September 21 at Stonington Meadows.

 


For Lynn Malerba, the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, enrollment in a new Yale University doctoral program is a direct continuation of her professional life in nursing, and her deep responsibilities to her tribal nation. She is one of fourteen candidates in the new program. Chief Malerba Embarks on DNP

For Lynn Malerba, the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, enrollment in a new Yale University doctoral program is a direct continuation of her professional life in nursing, and her deep responsibilities to her tribal nation. She is one of fourteen candidates in the new program.

 

 


At ceremonies in Busan, Korea, Jan Miller was named a district governor for Lions Club International.Jan Miller Named Lions District Governor

At ceremonies in Busan, Korea, Jan Miller was named a district governor for Lions Club International.

Santa and His Crew Ring in the Season at the 16th Annual L.U.N.C.H. Holiday Show

“Diana Jones: Reindeer of the Lost Arc, The Christmas Skull, and the Search For the Holy Gruel”

In this year’s presentation of the 2012 L.U.N.C.H Holiday Show, three of Santa’s magic artifacts have been stolen and hidden in remote locations around the world.  Santa enlists the help of famed adventurer Diana Jones (and her Diana clones) to retrieve the missing items and save Christmas.   Since its inception in 1995, This community favorite family entertainment event features a light-hearted take on pop culture, with parodies of popular songs along with thoughtful original Christmas music.

Produced by  Local United Network to Combat Hunger and featuring  professional artists  including:  Connecticut State Troubadour and 2012 Grammy Winner  Bill  Pere; 2007 Immie-Award Winner Kay Pere;  and recording artist Larry Batter; supporting a cast of 30 kids from several area schools from Westerly to East Lyme.

The show will take place on Saturday December 1,  at 7pm, with  live pre-show music starting at 6:15. (Snow date is December 2) at the Stonington Community Center.

The show will benefit local Social Service Agencies in providing holiday food baskets and basic services to families in need.  Agencies which  benefit from the LUNCH Holiday events include:  The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, The New London Community Meal Center,  The Groton Food Locker,  MASH, WARM,  Covenant House,  and many more.  Typical of many local agencies,  the economy has resulted in fewer donations, while the need for assistance has risen.

General Admission Tickets in advance are  $10 (adults), $8 (under age 12) or on of the day of the show. If you  cannot attend but  would like to  help    with this community outreach, you  can sponsor seats  at  $10  each, and the tickets will be given to families who  otherwise might not  be able to  attend.  Tickets are available online at www.lunchensemble.com or by phone at 860-572-9285.  There are usually very few tickets left by the day of the show, and seating is strictly limited, so advance purchase is recommended.

Click here to see more pictures from last year’s show.

Robert A. Granato Senior Annex Groundbreaking

story & photo
by Jessica Warzeniak

(l-r) Selectman William Brown, Town of Stonington, Robert Elmer III, Chairman, Stonington Commission on Aging, Bruce McDonald, President, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Board of Directors, Carol Granato, wife of Robert Granato, Veronica Hunter, Community Development Specialist, State Dept. of Economic & Community Development, Representative Diana Urban, Senator Andrew Maynard, First Selectman Edward Haberek, Jr., Town of Stonington, and Virginia Turek dig the ceremonial first shovels at the groundbreaking of the new senior center to be built at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC).

First Selectman Ed Haberek opened the ceremony by explaining that the senior center will “…encourage independence and productive aging, celebrate life’s experiences, and support intellectual and physical well-being.”

“The extension will be known as the Robert A. Granato Senior Annex,” announced Bruce on June 5. Bob served on the Board of the PNC for 15 years and could be found almost everyday at the center working on something. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could see this project completed. “Bob’s energy and dedication lives on,” said Bruce. “Bob jumped up and worked tirelessly to play a role, a part, to make this dream a reality.”

The Resident and Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center 2008 Hunger Awareness Month Project

by Vicki Anderson

A joint fundraising, “awareness-raising” project by The Resident and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, once again brought about a number of wonderful things. We raised close to $4,000 to help feed children, on the federal “Free and Reduced Lunch Program” when they’re out of school over the summer months, and to help replenish our emergency food pantry shelves. Families face July and August knowing that they must now provide each of their children with 21 nutritious meals each week on a paycheck that probably didn’t grow as much ( if at all) as the cost of food has spiked.

We’ve watched tornadoes and floods hit the “bread basket” of the United States and the states that grow our oranges, lemons and apples. We know that all of this will have a profound effect on all of us at the grocery stores. Only through donations of the LOCAL community are able to meet the demands of our next door neighbors in need. We’ll need your help through the summer and through the year. Would you like to join our E-Mail Hunger Task Force? No meetings involved! You’ll receive an email when need items such as pasta sauce, macaroni, cereal or peanut butter. We CAN end local hunger!

Thank you for being a part of our local “Feed Your Neighbor” mission.

Ross Aiellos, Jr. ~ Cynthia Allyn ~ Scott Anderson

Vicki Anderson ~ Alexis Ann ~ Tony Antoch

Joan Bailey ~ William Banks ~ Jackie Baudro

Daniel Bennett ~ Brian Bergeron ~ Marjorie Berthasavage

Katheryn Bickford ~ Barb & Dan Blackstone ~ Michelle L. Boiselle

Angeline Boska ~ R & K Bressette ~ Diane Brown

Roger Brown ~ Rick & Linda Bruno ~ Nancy Bulkeley

Andrea Bundy ~ Terry Burzawa ~ Jean Cahill

Cheryl Calderado ~ Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Capalbo ~ Donna Ceccarelli

Julie A. Cinami ~ Orabelle S. Cofone ~ Melissa Colli

Bunny Comeau ~ Gina Cote ~ Katherine E. Cowles

Patricia Crowley ~ Thomas & Anne D’Amico ~ Luz Dickinson

Gail DiMarco ~ Dan DiSebastian ~ Mrs. Frances DiSebastian

Elaine Donahue ~ Marlene B. Donahue ~ Catherine Donohue

Captain & Mrs. Robert E. Ellis ~ Thomas J. Ellis ~ David Erskine

Marsha Erskine ~ Corrie AJ Faillie ~ Gloria Fowler

A Friend ~ A Friend ~ Sally Gagnon

Michael Garvey, CPA ~ Carol Granato ~ Chris & Kim Granato

Greg & Susan Granato ~ Jeff & Lori Granato ~ Stephanie Gromko

John & Alice Groton ~ Edward Haberek, Jr. ~ Carolyn C. Hanley

Gisela Harma ~ Lea Haselman ~ Dora Hill

Sandi Hill ~ Olga Hunihan ~ Jack Jacobs

Heather A. Jakan ~ Ron & Lynne Jason ~ Cathy & John Johansen

Eleanor Johnson ~ Barbara A. Kleeman, D.C. ~ Patricia Kluepfel

Jacqueline Korengel ~ Inez Lattimore ~ Mrs. Patricia R. Lewis

Drusiana J. Lidestri ~ Mrs. Agnes Lo Presto ~ Janet Longo

Julie Lumpkins ~ Emily Lynch ~ Merrily Lyon

Bruce MacDonald ~ Linda Maggs ~ Chris Manseau

Victoria Martinez ~ Emilia A. Mascaro ~ Edward McCabe

Rev. Joshua A. McClure ~ Celina McGuire ~ Sue McLaughlin

Charles & Barbara Mehringer ~ Colleen Miller ~ Karen MIller

Jeanna Miner ~ Marjorie Misovich ~ Jeannette C. Misuraca

Employees of Monsanto ~ Ann Moore ~ Cindy Moran

Kathy Morano ~ William Morrision ~ Alisa & Rusty Morrison

Tamie Murray ~ Mary Nardone ~ Julie O’Connor

Katie O’Donnell ~ Pauline R. Panatieri ~ Travis Pearson

Raymond Perrin ~ M. Wicks & R. Pervier ~ John & Rina Phelps

Mary T. Phoenix ~ Mary Joan Picone ~ Martin O. & Barbara A. Pierce

Amber Platt ~ Pochal Family ~ Frances & Curtis Ralls

Beverly Ravenelle ~ Thomas & Maureen Reynolds ~ Nellie Riley

Donald Robinson ~ Michael & Michelle Sammataro ~ Mary Sebastian

John C. Seremet ~ Darlene Serra ~ Edwin Shaw

Lorraine Shortman ~ Peter Simone ~ James E. Sisk

Sandie Smith-Andaloro ~ Keona Strickland ~ Alan & June Strunk

Chuck Sneddon & Susette Tibus ~ Bryan Sweet ~ Marilyn Taylor

Thomas James Taylor ~ Tom Taylor ~ Stonington Arms Tenants Association

Frank J. Terranova ~ Erin Tirrell ~ Sally Tocco

Marie T. Vacca ~ Larry Vetelino ~ Bruce & Marion Viau

John Vincent ~ Margaret Vuotto ~ Jessica Watrous

Judith Weber ~ Charlotte Whipple ~ Stephen J. White

Mary & Jon Wilska ~ Gail Zagarenski ~ Cathy Zeiner

Blanche Zimmerman ~ Anonymous ~ Anonymous

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Jean & Phil ~ Paula

Mystic Woman’s Club Donations

The Mystic Woman’s Club made donations and scholarships totaling $11,000 to various local organizations and high school seniors for its 2007-2008 fiscal year. The money is the net profit from the Thrift Shop located on Route 1, across from the Stonington High School, Pawcatuck. Hours of operation for the shop are Monday – Saturday, 12-3:30 p.m. Shoppers and donations are always welcomed during those hours. To join, call membership chairperson, Eleanor at 860.536.6730.

Recipients of this year’s donations are:

Scholarships – Cierra Patrick, Ella Grasso, Elizabeth Bolduc, Stonington High School, Meghan Mizak, Fitch High School

Donations - Child & Family Agency, Denison Pequotsepos, Denison Society, FRESH, Friends of Fitch Crew, GFWC/CT Art Contest, GFWC/CT Kind News, GFWC/CT State Project, Groton Animal Foundation, Katie Blair House, Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center, Literacy Volunteers of Eastern CT, Mystic-Noank Library, MASH, Mystic River Chorale, Mystic River Historical Society, Mystic-Noank Community Band, New Life Ministries of Stonington, New London Homeless Shelter, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Riverfront Children’s Center, Stonington Free Library, Stonington Human Services, Thames River Family Program, Westerly Adult Day Care, Westerly Area Rest Meals, and Wheeler Library.