Groton Public Library to Hold Grand Opening Celebration


Please join us on Wednesday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m., for the grand opening celebration of the Groton Public Library Looking Forward, Giving Back renovation project. The renovations were made possible by a public library construction grant approved by the Connecticut State Library Board and matching funds provided by the Town of Groton. 

Local businesses and foundations and individual donors also stepped forward to provide the funding for a new local history room, computer area and tech lab. Refreshments will be served at 5:00 p.m. followed by a ribbon-cutting and tours of the space at 5:30 p.m.

Several interesting items from the local history collection, including the newly acquired 1705 document creating Groton as a town separate from New London, will be on display.

The public computer area and state-of-the-art tech lab will also be open for visitors. An expanded schedule of computer and tech education classes are planned for the lab.  The new space will allow opportunities for additional programs, services and partnerships.

Contact Betty Anne Reiter, Director of Library Services for the Groton Public Library locataed at 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT 06340. Phone is 860-449-7170, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.grotonpl.org for more information.

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STONINGTON COMO TO RENOVATE ITS TENNIS COURTS; LAUNCHES PUBLIC PHASE OF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN; ANNOUNCES AMOUNT RAISED TO DATE

 

STONINGTON, CT, February 21, 2017—The Stonington Community Center, better known as the COMO, today unveiled a plan to renovate its four tennis courts on Cutler Street, and replace them with a professional state-of-the-art  DecoTurf surface. The existing courts are over 30 years old and are in poor playing condition.

The COMO also announced that it has already raised over $265,000 for the project from private contributions. "This amount includes two very generous matching gifts: a $50,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor, which has already been met, and a $25,000 grant from the Stonington Village Improvement Association, which remains to be fully matched.”

The COMO is now launching the public phase of its fundraising campaign and is soliciting donations from across the community to raise the remaining needed funds and reach its overall goal of $300,000.       

“We are thrilled with the results of our Tennis Committee’s fundraising efforts to date and the level of support we have already received” said Beth-Ann Stewart, the COMO’s Executive Director.  She added, “We are now seeking the support of our entire community, including all tennis players in the area, as well as others who are committed to expanding athletic opportunities for the region’s youth, adults and seniors alike, regardless of ability or economic means”.  

Jon Nickerson, the President of the COMO’s Board of Directors, said, “We are excited to revive the legacy of tennis at the COMO, and are pleased to be able to upgrade and expand our year-round outdoor racquet sports facilities.” In this regard, Mr. Nickerson noted, “The renovation of the tennis courts is separate from our plan to build two more paddle tennis courts, which will be privately funded.”

The COMO expects to begin the tennis court renovation this spring and that the new courts will be ready for play sometime mid-summer.  For additional information or to make a donation, visit www.thecomo.org.

Volunteers Needed for Mystic Community Bikes

Mystic Community Bikes (MCB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering shoreline visitors the opportunity to explore the Mystic/Stonington area on two wheels.  MCB provides rental bikes and the rental season runs from May 15 to October 30.  Approximately 10 area businesses (lodging, retail, restaurants, etc.) serve as MCB bike rental locations.  Volunteers are currently needed for bike maintenance and/or service as a board member.

For more information, please contact us either via phone (860-823-9959) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or visit our web site:   MysticCommunityBikes.org to learn more about these volunteer positions.

Volunteer positions at MCB

Bike Maintenance Volunteers

During the bike rental season (May to October), each maintenance volunteer is responsible for maintaining bikes at one or two rental locations (approximately 10 bikes total).  Volunteer duties include visiting rental locations once or twice weekly to ensure bikes are properly maintained and safe for use (i.e., tires are properly inflated, brakes are in working order, basket and seat are in good condition, bike transport, etc.).  Volunteers trained in bike maintenance/repair may perform minor adjustments/repairs on site.  Bike repair training is provided by MCB members.   Bikes requiring more extensive work will be taken out-of-service for repair and replaced with a reserve bike. Typically one to two hours per week would be required.

Board Member Positions

MCB is currently seeking to fill vacant Board Member positions. This is a one-year (minimum) position where participation in operating Mystic Community Bikes takes on a multi-task role.  Board meetings are held monthly from February to November (generally in the early evening).  Tasks include advertising, community relations with area businesses, fund raising, and brain storming on improving the MCB experience for local residents and visiting tourists.   Board members may optionally perform bike repairs and training will be offered to any interested board member wishing to learn these handy skills.

Ready, Set, Summer!

Explore the best of Stonington with Camp COMO!
Registration Now Open!

Stonington, Connecticut – Searching for the best way to spend a summer in Stonington? Think COMO! The Stonington Community Center offers a variety of summertime options, from leadership opportunities and athletics camps, to S.T.E.A.M. camps, traditional day camps and Preschool Explorers!

Preschool Explorers is specifically designed to get children ages 3-5 exploring, socializing, and having fun! Weekly themes, wacky Wednesdays, and age-appropriate curriculum will have your little explorer building, splashing, learning, and discovering the COMO Campus with caring and qualified staff. Slots fill up quickly, and include full –day, half-day, and before and aftercare options for 2, 3 or 5 day per week enrollment.

Camp COMO allows families to build the camp day around their needs. Choose from half-day, full day and extended day options for campers entering kindergarten through seventh grade! The COMO campus is your child’s oyster – campers play on COMO courts and fields, plant and harvest the COMO garden, learn and experiment in COMO’s makerspace, and create and imagine in the COMO art studio! Led by our qualified and caring staff, your camper will have a blast as they discover, play, and explore the COMO campus.

Complete your Camp COMO experience with add-on S.T.E.A.M, Athletic or Pottery camps! S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) camps offer a mix of fan-favorite classics, like Minecraft, Pottery and Siege camps, alongside new options, such as Build Your Own Video Games and Dungeons & Dragons Camps! Your child can create, design, program, and build to their heart’s content. Want to get a taste of upcoming S.T.E.A.M. camps? Sign up for one of COMO’s Makers Mornings Workshops, which run on select Mondays.

Does your child want to try a new sport or polish existing skills before the next school year? Sign up for COMO Athletic Camps. Options include basketball, flag rugby, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and more! Camp COMO attendees can also choose to add athletic camps to their day, at a discounted rate.

For young teens and high school students looking to develop leadership skills, apply for the COMO’s Junior Leadership Program! This year-long leadership program instills personal and civic responsibility, shapes character, and shows young role models how they can lead by example. New Member Training Week starts June 26th, learn more at www.thecomo.org/junior-leadership-program, or apply today!

For more information about COMO Summer Camps or to register, visit www.thecomo.org/summer2017/   Registration is open! You may also stop by the COMO at 28 Cutler Street in Stonington, MondayFriday, 9am – 5pm, or call us at 860.535.2476!


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Thames River Heritage Park Accepting Applications for Summer Internship Program

The Thames River Heritage Park Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates the Groton-New London water taxi, is accepting applications for its summer internship program. The Park includes sites of national and historical significance in and around the City and Town of Groton and the City of New London, including Fort Griswold Battlefield and State Park and the Avery-Copp House in Groton, Fort Trumbull State Park and the Hempsted Houses in New London and more than a dozen others.

“Our summer interns will be our Park Ambassadors, interacting with visitors and local residents as they navigate this new experience,” says Interim Executive Director Amy Perry. Working at the three water taxi landings in Groton and New London, interns will provide information about our partner heritage sites within the Park, help with directions, take survey information, create social media content, and assist with marketing and advertising. Interns will learn first hand about tourism marketing and non-profit collaboration.

The position requires a self-starter with excellent people skills, good verbal communications skill, as well as the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must enjoy being outdoors and active. An interest in American history is a plus. Training will be provided.

The positions are 2-3 days/week Friday – Sunday, beginning in mid-May and continuing through mid-September. This is a unpaid internship. There are six positions available.

Send resume and cover letter to: Amy Perry @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information go to our website.