Pumpkins Beware!

Stonington Community Center’s Annual Pumpkin Chunkin Returns

Stonington, CT: Pumpkins should consider this their fair warning. Come Sunday, Oct. 22 pumpkins will take flight as they are launched through the air, hopefully striking wooden targets, to the cheers of onlookers.

It’s the return of the Stonington Community Center (COMO)’s annual Pumpkin Chunkin event. An annual celebration of fall, this event brings together community, families and individuals young and young at heart for an afternoon of hurling pumpkins, tasty food and treats, music and other autumn diversions!

Participants will have their choice of launching pumpkins via a ballista, a catapult or a giant slingshot in order to hit the intended targets. Those who prefer to keep fall gourds on the ground and not flying through the air towards imminent destruction can enjoy other activities offering an array of autumn-themed amusement. Enjoy fair food, take a bounce in the moon bounce, or test your skill at some traditional fair games! 

“The Pumpkin Chunkin embodies the mission of the COMO – bringing people together and building community ties,” says Beth-Ann Stewart, COMO Executive Director. “People get caught up in the excitement, rooting each other on and cheering when they get a hit. We love that for over 70 years, we’re able to continue to provide unique experiences engage our community.”

The Pumpkin Chunkin is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Owens Field, Stonington Borough. Entry is free. Tickets may be purchased to participate in the chunkin event and other activities. More details about the event can be found online at thecomo.org/pumpkin-chunkin.  

About the Stonington Community Center: The Stonington Community Center (COMO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and community. For over 70 years the COMO has offered a variety of recreational, educational, enrichment family and community programs throughout the year. Located in the Stonington Borough, the center has become an irreplaceable part of the community, serving children and families regardless of financial need. For more information, please visit http://www.thecomo.org.

Media Contact:
Christina Moores
Stonington Community Center, Inc.
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Serving Up Paddle Tennis Fun with the Pros

Stonington Community Center to Host Free Junior Paddle Day

Stonington, CT: The Stonington Community Center (COMO) is serving up a day of fun on the paddle courts for youth in 4th grade to high school. Youth are invited to join the COMO paddle pros and seasoned players on the courts for games, lessons and pizza on Tuesday, October 24th from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The free event is sponsored by the American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) as part of their First Serve initiative, intended to get youth on the courts and enjoying the sport early on.

No prior experience is necessary as the COMO Junior Paddle Day will teach youth the basics of the sport in an exciting environment. COMO paddle professionals, Steve and Trish Riggs are certified instructors of the PPTA (Professional Platform Tennis Association) and will lead the event.

Parents and/or guardians must complete a waiver prior to participation, which may be completed ahead of time and returned to the COMO’s front office at 28 Cutler Street, or may be completed at the event. More details can be found online at thecomo.org.

About the Stonington Community Center: The Stonington Community Center (COMO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and community. For over 70 years the COMO has offered a variety of recreational, educational, enrichment family and community programs throughout the year. Located in the Stonington Borough, the center has become an irreplaceable part of the community, serving children and families regardless of financial need. For more information, please visithttp://www.thecomo.org/

Media Contact: Christina Moores
Stonington Community Center, Inc.
860.535.2476
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Distinguished Friends of the Navy in SECT,

On behalf of CAPT Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base New London, I invite you to a special base event:

The Navy in the Southeastern Connecticut area will celebrate the 242nd Birthday of the Navy during a celebration at Noon, Friday, October 13, at the Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum.

On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, voted to send two swift-sailing, armed vessels to cruise against transports carrying munitions to the British Army in America.  The Continental Navy began the proud tradition that is carried on today by our United States Navy.

The Birthday Celebration will include a ceremonial bell ringing; a cake cutting; colors presented by the Silver Dolphin Color Guard from Naval Submarine School; and, music by Groton's West Side Middle School Band.

In conjunction with our Birthday Event, the Navy in the Southeastern Connecticut area will also host our Fourth Annual "Meet Your Navy" event from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the  Submarine Force Museum Parking Lot.

Once again, "Meet Your Navy" will be a fair like event with various local Navy commands highlighting what they do, or a unique mission related activity, through informational tables or engaging demonstrations.  Anticipated static displays at the event include: a Navy Harbor Security Boat, and various vehicles and fire apparatus. Anticipated activities will range from knot tying and an inflatable obstacle course to diving gear "show & tell." There will also be Military Working Dog demonstrations and drill team exhibitions. Opportunities to interact with Sailors from variety of ratings and base commands will abound.

These events are free and open to the public, so by all means, please feel free to pass along invitations to friends of the Navy and SUBASE.

Uniform for military attendees is Uniform of the Day.

If there are any questions that we may be able to answer, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanking you in advance, and looking forward to the possibility of your attendance,

V/R
Chris Zendan
Public Affairs Officer
SUBASE New London
Ph: DSN 694-5980, or Comm. 860-694-5980
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Groton Town Manager John Burt to Speak at GBA’s October Meeting This Thursday 

 

GROTON – John Burt, Groton Town Manager, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Groton Business Association (GBA) scheduled for this Thursday, October 19, 2017.  The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Route 184 near Walmart.

The meeting is open all members of the Greater Groton business community. GBA membership is not required, and there is no charge for admission.

Bring your business cards and any concerns you have about how things are going in Groton. Coffee and breakfast will be provided by the Hilton Garden Inn.

The GBA, a coalition of representatives from the local business community, the educational sector, the non-profit community and governmental units, is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Contact us at: www.grotonbiz.com

Frank E. Winkler
Groton Business Association
(860) 446-4095
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MYSTIC AQUARIUM TO HOST RESILIENCY FORUM IN WAKE OF STRONG HURRICANE SEASON

Panel Discussion to be held at La Grua Center on Oct 11

Mystic, Conn. (October 3, 2017): In one of the worst seasons on record, hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and beyond has dominated the news.  But, what if a powerful hurricane or another super storm were to hit Southeastern Connecticut? Would shoreline towns and ocean habitats withstand the onslaught?

Learn how Connecticut would fair and how local residents and other organizations can prepare on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00pm at the La Grua Center in Stonington, in partnership with Mystic Aquarium. The panel discussion “Coastal Resiliency: Now More Than Ever” will address the critical topic of climate change and coastal resiliency.

Moderated by Katie Cubina, Mystic Aquarium’s Senior Vice President, Mission Programs, expert panelists Juliana Barrett, University of Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, Dr. James O'Donnell, Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut, and the National Weather Service’s David Vallee will shed light on a range of topics related to coastal resiliency.  They will also share Connecticut’s experience with severe weather response and recovery.  A question and answer session will follow.

Juliana Barrett is with the University of Connecticut Sea Grant College Program. Her work focuses on climate adaptation and resilience as well as habitat management and restoration working with Connecticut’s municipalities, NGO’s and state and federal partners. She has developed numerous tools and websites for coastal and inland residents on native plantings and habitats.

David Vallee is the Hydrologist-in-Charge of NOAA’s National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center.  The center provides detailed water resource and life-saving flood forecasting services to National Weather Service Forecast Offices and the hundreds of federal, state and local water resource entities throughout the Northeast and New York.  David has studied the behavior of New England hurricanes for much of his career; focusing on hurricane preparedness and examining our vulnerability in New England.

David has worked for the National Weather Service for 30 years, serving in a variety of positions. His research activities span a variety of topics including flooding, severe weather forecasting and orographically enhanced heavy rainfall in southern New England. A winner of the prestigious National Isaac Cline Award for Leadership, David has appeared in documentaries on the Weather Channel, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. David is a lifelong resident of the Rhode Island.

As Executive Director of Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), Jim O’Donnell is responsible for bringing together the world class research and outreach capabilities of the University of Connecticut and the extensive practical experience of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to create and disseminate practical and sustainable strategies to enhance the resilience of the built environment while protecting natural ecosystems in Connecticut and the northeast.  In the last decade Prof. O’Donnell has been involved in the development of a permanent ocean observing system in Long Island Sound and the adjacent shelf.

“Coastal Resiliency: Now More than Ever” will be the first in a new series co-sponsored by Mystic Aquarium and the LaGrua Center.

ABOUT LA GRUA CENTER

The mission of the La Grua Center is to serve and strengthen community in a historic space where a diverse array of activities creates opportunities for people to come together and connect. The Maurice C. La Grua Center opened its doors in 2008 as a venue for education, the arts, celebrations, meetings and other activities that bring area residents together and enrich our lives.

ABOUT MYSTIC AQUARIUM

Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.

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Dale Wolbrink
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