Southeastern Connecticut SCORE Begins Mentor of Business Owners at Mystic Chamber Welcome Center

Mystic, Connecticut - October 4, 2017 - Southeastern Connecticut SCORE, a national volunteer organization, offers mentoring services the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center.

We recently spoke with organization mentor Buz Sawyer, to find about more about the organization. Southeaster Connecticut SCORE consists of about 45 volunteers that cover nine towns throughout the region, from Mystic to Guilford and Norwich to Middletown. The volunteer organization works with small business owners, at no cost to them, offering assistance in a variety of areas important to owning a healthy, profitable business.

The primary goal for businesses that get involved with SECT and who struggle in one area or another, is offer them free resources and mentoring and workshops that teach and promote healthy business habits and strong leadership. Both menor and business owner become invested in the success of the business, contributing positively to local communities and state economies.

Business owners must register online, as mentor meetings are by appointment only. Visit for more information or to register.


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 NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Kaitlyn McGrath 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.

Kaitlyn McGrath, a First Alert Meteorologist for NBC Connecticut, loves being responsible for breaking down critical information and relaying it to viewers.  Her passion for weather was sparked at a young age when she watched Hurricane Bertha tear through Ocean City while she was on a family vacation.

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.


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.


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 

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Dale Wolbrink
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Norwich, CT (September 24) – Center for Hospice Care is pleased to announce that it has once again been selected as one of The Hartford Courant Top Workplaces for 2017. The organization also received this distinction in 2014 and 2015.

Our distinction as a Top Workplace is based solely on employee feedback. An employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Workplace Dynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 45+ Major publishing partners across the US. Over the past year, more than 6000 organizations and 2 million employees in the U.S. have turned to Workplace Dynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. In our surrounding 5 counties, 863 organizations were nominated and only 60 were chosen to receive the Top Workplace award.

Since 1985, Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut has been the only community-based nonprofit hospice program in Eastern Connecticut.  We have served more than 12,500 patients and their families.  We are the largest hospice in the region and the only hospice that delivers all the care and services needed by patients and their families including extended group and individual Bereavement Counseling to anyone in the community who needs it, free of charge.  Our 90-experienced staff and over 140 trained volunteers provide expert hospice and palliative care that enables our patients and their families to optimize quality of life together.

Center for Hospice Care was designated as a Top Workplace because of our outstanding staff.  Our staff is unified in a common mission: to provide the very best care for those in our community facing a terminal illness and the death of a loved one.  In striving to fulfill our mission we are committed to serving all of the people in our care with respect and compassion.

Center for Hospice Care is not just a place where you go for a job; it takes special people to do such special work.  Working in interdisciplinary teams of professionals, every team member matters in the care of our patients and their families.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a terrific team.

“It is quite an honor to once again be recognized as one of the Hartford Courant’s “Top Workplace,” said Carol Mahier, President and CEO of Center for Hospice Care. “This is a very important honor for Center for Hospice Care because they confirm the passion and commitment our staff feels about what we do and how we do it.  Most importantly, it is recognition of the excellence and dedication of our staff; as a community of professionals, each with exceptional and concentrated skills, together we achieve more. We believe it signifies that our staff themselves, feel treated with the same respect, compassion and mutual appreciation as we collectively treat our patients and their families.”

For more information on Center for Hospice Care and our services, please call 860-848-5699 or visit our website at

The Hartford Courant published the complete list of Top Workplaces on September 24th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit and

Sean Mitchell
Director of Development
Center for Hospice Care
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Celebrate the Twelfth Annual Groton Fall Festival
Join Your Greater Groton Community Saturday, October 7, 2017

GROTON – Come celebrate your Greater Groton Community.  It’s time for you to discover Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017.  This is a special community event created and hosted by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is a rain or shine event.

The main Festival site at Poquonnock Plains Park will feature exhibits by local businesses and organizations.  Artists and crafters will be displaying their skill and have wares for purchase.   A complete list of businesses, organizations, participating artists, crafters, and food vendors, can be found at  This is the official Groton Business Association (GBA) and Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival web site.

There will entertainment throughout the day, including the Groton Parks & Recreation Karate Program, Little League Pitching, Grasso Technical High School student musicians, the Mystic Aquarium Touch Tanks, Gabriele’s Martial Arts, AmtGard, a medieval foam sword fighting; and Dance Country.

Are you ready for a scarecrow hunt?  Festival attendees will receive a list of all booths with scarecrows. In order to participate, you must visit each booth and take a picture of the scarecrow. If you get a photo of every scarecrow, then return to the GMCC booth to submit your entry for a chance to win great prizes!  Attendees also get to choose their favorite scarecrow, and the Exhibitor with the winning scarecrow receives a grand prize worth over $200.00!

Food vendors will offer a variety of food and drink.

The GBA would like to recognize the companies who have committed to be a sponsor for this year’s event.  They are: Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks   and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors;  Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, a Keystone Sponsor; and Groton Shopping Plaza, a Sandstone Sponsor; and Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

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.


Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
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Discover the keys to unlocking your happiness

Famed national author, Alexandra Stoddard, to lead local happiness workshop


Stonington, CT: Are there opportunities for you to be living a happier life? On Thursday, October 5th, modern philosopher and famed national author, Alexandra Stoddard, will share her insights and philosophies on personal happiness.

The intimate workshop is scheduled to take place at Indulge Coffee & Sandwich Co. in the Stonington Borough from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Learn the small tips and steps to being more mindful, navigating disappointment and being there for others. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Stonington Community Center (COMO).  

Stoddard is a pioneer of the “Happiness Movement,” believing that choosing happiness is the single best decision we can make. As an author of 27 books, Stoddard has inspired millions of readers and listeners. An established interior designer, traveler, writer and lecturer, Stoddard encourages individuals to live every moment fully. The public’s reception of her modern philosophies have resulted ininterviews with Barbara Walters and Katie Couric, appearances on Oprah, and hosting programs such as "Homes Across America," on the H&G television network.

Those interested in participating in the happiness workshop with Alexandra Stoddard can purchase tickets online or call the COMO front office at 860.535.2476 for more information.

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

Media Contact:
Christina Moores
Stonington Community Center, Inc.
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