Tag Archives: Year In Review

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!

Year in Review: February – June 2012

Sue Murphy, Executive Director, Liberty Bank Foundation, opened the Business Breakfast at Three Rivers February 29, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Dominion Millstone Power Station, and Liberty Bank Foundation.Generational Diversity  Harnessed For Productivity

Sue Murphy, Executive Director, Liberty Bank Foundation, opened the Business Breakfast at Three Rivers February 29, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Dominion Millstone Power Station, and Liberty Bank Foundation.

 


Snip!  The new showroom of Grader Jewelers opened on March 30, on 217 Boston Post Road in Waterford. Peter, left, and Mark Grader wield the symbolic scissors at the ribboncutting along with Lorraine Grader, Don Stewart, and Linda Grader (center). Flanking them are State Senator Andrea Stillman, left, and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s President, Tony Sheridan, right, who honored the Grader family at the event.Grader Jewelers Sparkles With New Building In Waterford

Snip!  The new showroom of Grader Jewelers opened on March 30, on 217 Boston Post Road in Waterford. Peter, left, and Mark Grader wield the symbolic scissors at the ribboncutting along with Lorraine Grader, Don Stewart, and Linda Grader (center). Flanking them are State Senator Andrea Stillman, left, and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s President, Tony Sheridan, right, who honored the Grader family at the event.


(l-r) Herbert Lebowitz, West Hartford, Adolph Betterini, Avon, and Steve Cavallari, Kensington, take part in a meeting for the AmericanWarrior organization at the Rose City Senior Center. On May 26, the organization sent 100 World War II Veterans to see their national memorial for the first time. WWII Veterans: Day of Honor in Norwich Sees 100 Vets On DC Trip

(l-r) Herbert Lebowitz, West Hartford, Adolph Betterini, Avon, and Steve Cavallari, Kensington, take part in a meeting for the AmericanWarrior organization at the Rose City Senior Center. On May 26, the organization sent 100 World War II Veterans to see their national memorial for the first time.


Three generations of Whittles — Bob, Rick and Phil — are proud to carry on the family tradition of farming started by Robert Whittle in 1906.Willow Spring: A Whittle Tradition For Five Generations

Three generations of Whittles — Bob, Rick and Phil — are proud to carry on the family tradition of farming started by Robert Whittle in 1906.

 

 


On April 14, big scissors cut a big ribbon as young Ryan Hewes, assisted by Shari Holdridge Hewes and Mayor John Rodolico, symbolically re-open the Holdridge center in Ledyard. Left to right are Tony Sheridan (at microphone), Eric Kane, Mayor Rodolico, Ben Hewes, Ryan Hewes, Rep. Tom Reynolds, and Matt Hewes. Ryan is a sixth-generation Holdridge.Holdridge Helps Ledyard Stay Green

On April 14, big scissors cut a big ribbon as young Ryan Hewes, assisted by Shari Holdridge Hewes and Mayor John Rodolico, symbolically re-open the Holdridge center in Ledyard. Left to right are Tony Sheridan (at microphone), Eric Kane, Mayor Rodolico, Ben Hewes, Ryan Hewes, Rep. Tom Reynolds, and Matt Hewes. Ryan is a sixth-generation Holdridge.

 


(l-r) David B. Moorehead, Executive Director, Waterford Country School, and Scott Gladstone, owner of ten local Wireless Zone stores, holds the Community Service Award just presented to him at the School’s Recognition Night Dinner held at the Eugene O’ Neill Theater Center on May 23.Waterford Country School Recognizes Scott Gladstone

(l-r) David B. Moorehead, Executive Director, Waterford Country School, and Scott Gladstone, owner of ten local Wireless Zone stores, holds the Community Service Award just presented to him at the School’s Recognition Night Dinner held at the Eugene O’ Neill Theater Center on May 23.

 


L+M’s Friends and Family Celebrate a Century of Care

A sparkling gala for 2,000 friends and employees celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital on May 19. A few of the celebrants were (l-r) Martha Garvin, Jackie Linicus, Cheryl Copp, Beth Landa, MaryBeth Jordan, Nancy Shepard, Kim Tassone and Katrina O’Camp-Sheehan.

A sparkling gala for 2,000 friends and employees celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital on May 19. A few of the celebrants were (l-r) Martha Garvin, Jackie Linicus, Cheryl Copp, Beth Landa, MaryBeth Jordan, Nancy Shepard, Kim Tassone and Katrina O’Camp-Sheehan.

Year in Review: November – December 2012

Three Lions Clubs from Montville:  Mohegan Pequots, Asian and Americans together with the Montville Lions added 1,542 pounds of food products to the Social Services Food Pantry of Montville just in time for Thanksgiving.  Lion Ken Tucker established a joint effort with the three Lions Clubs of Montville to replenish the food used to aid those affected by Storm Sandy.  Lion Governor Jan Miller ran with the idea, obtaining a $2,500 grant from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).  (l-r) Susan Broyles, Tim Day, Wendy Wilbert, Beverly Lajoie, Bradford Ricardo-Hyde, and Ken Tucker.Lions: Synergy At Its Best!

Three Lions Clubs from Montville:  Mohegan Pequots, Asian and Americans together with the Montville Lions added 1,542 pounds of food products to the Social Services Food Pantry of Montville just in time for Thanksgiving.  Lion Ken Tucker established a joint effort with the three Lions Clubs of Montville to replenish the food used to aid those affected by Storm Sandy.  Lion Governor Jan Miller ran with the idea, obtaining a $2,500 grant from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).  (l-r) Susan Broyles, Tim Day, Wendy Wilbert, Beverly Lajoie, Bradford Ricardo-Hyde, and Ken Tucker.


AT&T Foundation presents a $5,000 grant for a Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital. (l-r) 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.AT&T Foundation Grant for Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital

AT&T Foundation presents a $5,000 grant for a Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital. (l-r) 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.


Bud McAllister volunteers for many things, and back in May of 1968 it was for a tour in the United States Army. The conflict  in Vietnam was at its desperate heights at home and in theater, yet for Bud the experience would ultimately become a cornerstone of his life and work to this day.Bud McAllister: Veteran Volunteer

Bud McAllister volunteers for many things, and back in May of 1968 it was for a tour in the United States Army. The conflict  in Vietnam was at its desperate heights at home and in theater, yet for Bud the experience would ultimately become a cornerstone of his life and work to this day.

 

 


Putnam Bank in Norwich was festive December 6 when the bank celebrated its 150th Anniversary by paying tribute to St. Vincent de Paul Place with donations of food and funding to support its community work. St. Vincent serves more than 82,000 hot meals every year to the area’s poor and homeless, and provides many other services to enable people to step forward into self-sufficiency. Left to right at the event are: Robert Halloran, Putnam’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer; Thomas Borner, president and CEO of the bank; Ben Lathrop, executive director of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce; Jillian Corbin, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Place; Barbara Goloski, branch manager of  Norwich Putnam Bank; and Jonathan Demers, the Norwich bank’s head teller.Putnam Bank Honors Work of St. Vincent de Paul Place

Putnam Bank in Norwich was festive December 6 when the bank celebrated its 150th Anniversary by paying tribute to St. Vincent de Paul Place with donations of food and funding to support its community work. St. Vincent serves more than 82,000 hot meals every year to the area’s poor and homeless, and provides many other services to enable people to step forward into self-sufficiency. Left to right at the event are: Robert Halloran, Putnam’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer; Thomas Borner, president and CEO of the bank; Ben Lathrop, executive director of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce; Jillian Corbin, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Place; Barbara Goloski, branch manager of  Norwich Putnam Bank; and Jonathan Demers, the Norwich bank’s head teller.

 


As the temperature dropped, things inside Mohegan Sun steamed up with Bingo After Dark on November 24. Doors opened at 8pm and the event kicked off at 10pm inside Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom.Bingo After Dark at Mohegan Sun

As the temperature dropped, things inside Mohegan Sun steamed up with Bingo After Dark on November 24. Doors opened at 8pm and the event kicked off at 10pm inside Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom.

 

 

 


A new ATM provided by Dime Bank adds convenience for patrons of Fiddleheads, New London’s cooperative grocery store that is now in its fifth year downtown. At December 1 opening ceremonies, left to right, Richard Virgin, General Manager of Fiddleheads; Nicholas Caplanson, President of Dime Bank; and Tony Sheridan of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of commerce, observe as Susan Zimmerman, President of Fiddleheads in New London, cuts the ATM ribbon  at the organic and fair-trade grocery store. Dime Bank ATM Opens at Fiddleheads Co-op Grocery

A new ATM provided by Dime Bank adds convenience for patrons of Fiddleheads, New London’s cooperative grocery store that is now in its fifth year downtown. At December 1 opening ceremonies, left to right, Richard Virgin, General Manager of Fiddleheads; Nicholas Caplanson, President of Dime Bank; and Tony Sheridan of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of commerce, observe as Susan Zimmerman, President of Fiddleheads in New London, cuts the ATM ribbon  at the organic and fair-trade grocery store.

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.