Mystic Aquarium actively seeks intern for development department

Development & Special Events Intern

The Development Department of Mystic Aquarium is seeking a motivated individual to work alongside the team in its efforts to fundraise for the nonprofit organization. The Department is responsible for pursuing grants, donations and major gifts, as well as organizing special events and managing the donor database. The ideal candidate will be pursuing a course of study in nonprofit management or event logistics, and have strong communications skills. Creativity, attention to detail, and the ability to interact professionally with donors, the general public, and staff are all critical to this internship opportunity.

The Development & Special Events Intern will assist with special event coordination, cultivation efforts, logistical coordination of VIP visits, and administrative tasks. Schedule is flexible within Monday-Friday normal operating hours. Interested individuals should send an application, cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Record Attendance at the 4th Annual Women’s Business Development Council Women-Owned Business Day at the Hartford Capitol

Stamford, Conn. – May 10, 2017 – The 4th Annual Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) Women-Owned Business Day took place on May 3rd at the State Capitol in Hartford with a record number of people in attendance. Under the theme of “Let Women’s Voices & Worth Be Known,” 16 presenters, including WBDC CEO Fran Pastore and Governor Dannel P. Malloy spoke to nearly 200 attendees about the importance of supporting women-owned businesses and the positive impact they have on the economy. The event gave attendees an opportunity to speak directly with elected officials and business leaders on matters of critical importance to women-owned business, from legislation to improving the business climate in Connecticut to access to capital and funding. 

“As we look to strengthen Connecticut’s economy, women entrepreneurs are critical to our success,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “In 2016, over 112,000 women owned businesses generated a total of $16.5 billion in sales in our state. It’s clear women-owned businesses are a bright spot in Connecticut’s economy and I commend the WBDC for leading the way in facilitating their continued growth.”

“Women entrepreneurs have made enormous contributions to the economy at the state and national level. Women-owned businesses are growing at an impressive rate five times faster than male owned businesses nationally and it’s critical that they have access to the right resources to continue to be successful,” said Fran Pastore, CEO, WBDC. “WBDC Women-Owned Business Day provided discussions with key national and state leaders to drive the continued growth of women-owned businesses and shine a light on their impact on the state and nation.”

Over the past 20 years, WBDC has worked with nearly 19,000 entrepreneurs and business owners from across the state. The WBDC develops women business leaders and strengthens the economy of Connecticut by providing financial and entrepreneurial educational programs and access to capital to start-up, emerging and established business owners. It also manages the WBDC Capital loan fund, the only financial program in the state that provides loans ranging from $5,000 - $50,000 along with one-on-one coaching and extensive financial and business development training for loan recipients.

“As women business owners, WBDC Women-Owned Business Day gave us an opportunity to speak with our elected officials and shed light on the significant role that women entrepreneurs play in driving and growing the economy in Connecticut,” said Camilla Gazal, co-president of Zaniac corporate and owner of two Zaniac Learning Centers in Connecticut and a WBDC client.  “It’s important that we get inspired, get engaged and get involved and that we let our voices be heard.”

“In Connecticut and across the country, women business owners play an important role in growing our economy and creating jobs,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “WBDC Women-Owned Business Day is a great opportunity for women business leaders from across the state to talk about the specific issues that impact them—and ensure their voices are heard at the Capitol. Diversity in our business community is important and makes our overall economy stronger.”

WBDC Women-Owned Business Day was sponsored by Traveler’s and Praxair, Inc., and produced in partnership with CTNext, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, a leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies.

About The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC)

The WBDC, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1997, is headquartered in Stamford with offices in Danbury, Derby and Hartford. To learn about the educational programs, to donate or volunteer please visit or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn. 

photo caption:  Fran Pastore, CEO, WBDC addresses attendees at WBDC Women-Owned Business Day at the Hartford Capitol.

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Mystic Seaport to Honor David Rockefeller Jr. and Sailors for the Sea with the America and the Sea Award

Mystic, Conn. (May 11, 2017) — Mystic Seaport will present its 2017 America and the Sea Award to David Rockefeller Jr. and Sailors for the Sea. Given annually by the Museum, the prestigious award recognizes individuals or organizations whose contribution to the history, arts, business, or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American character.

Sailors for the Sea, which was co-founded by Rockefeller, works to engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. Through its Clean Regattas and Ocean Watch programs and Green Boating Guide, the organization successfully motivates boaters to become environmental stewards.

“We are proud to recognize the tremendous contribution David Rockefeller Jr. and Sailors for the Sea have made to educate and activate the maritime community in the goal of conserving and protecting the health of our oceans.  By forging a connection between boaters and ways in which they can help conserve the environment, they inspire all of us to take better care of the world in which we live,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.  

"Sailors for the Sea and I are incredibly honored to join the illustrious roster of America and the Sea Award recipients. Through this opportunity we look forward to fostering an even deeper collegial relationship with Mystic Seaport, broadening the scope and outreach of both organizations. It paves the way for our two organizations to collaborate more directly on projects that serve our shared ideals, and raise awareness of the issues both organizations hold dear, our maritime past and present and the future vitality of our oceans," said Rockefeller.

David Rockefeller Jr., Chairman of Rockefeller & Co., is an active participant in the nonprofit arena, especially in the areas of the environment, the arts and philanthropy.  He served as a member of the Pew Oceans Commission from 2000-2003, and he founded Sailors for the Sea to educate the recreational boating community about significant challenges to ocean health and to motivate them to become ocean stewards. Sailors for the Sea is located in Newport, RI, with satellite offices in Japan, Portugal, and Chile.

Rockefeller is a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Cultural Council and the David Rockefeller Fund.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Former foundation affiliations include service as Trustee and Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, President of the Rockefeller Family Fund and Director of the Boston Foundation.  He is the former chair of the North American Nominating Committee for the Praemium Imperiale, the Japanese prize for outstanding international achievement in the arts.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and is married to Susan Cohn Rockefeller, an artist and filmmaker.

Past recipients of the America and the Sea Award include oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle, historian David McCullough, legendary yacht designer Olin Stephens, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation, Thomas Crowley, philanthropist William Koch, former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, WoodenBoat Publications founder Jon Wilson, yachtsman and author Gary Jobson, maritime industrialist Charles A. Robertson, author Nathaniel Philbrick, and Rod and Bob Johnstone and their company J/Boats.

Rockefeller will receive the award Wednesday, October 11, at a gala held in his honor in New York City. This black tie affair is the premier fund-raising event for Mystic Seaport. For invitations, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (860) 572-5365.


About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, beginning with the current show SeaChange. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit  
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About Sailors for the Sea
Sailors for the Sea was founded as a collective rallying cry for a community that loves and is passionate about protecting the ocean. Since its start in 2004 by lifelong friends and sailors David Rockefeller, Jr. and David Treadway, the non-profit organization has been inspiring and activating the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean.  Sailors for the Sea is a movement and pragmatic voice for action that addresses current environmental challenges including plastic pollution, ocean acidification, climate change and toxic chemicals that threaten marine life, our health—and the health of our children for generations to come. Their programs have been created to empower boaters to become catalysts for change while working to restore our ocean to the vibrant and bountiful resource it once was. To learn more about their work visit



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The Arc New London County

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May 11, 2017

Community Foundation Awards $15,000 to The Arc New London County

NORWICH—The Arc New London County received a $15,000 Southeast General grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut to expand its aquaponics program located in Ledyard. A portion of the grant was made possible through the Baker Costa Mallette Fund. The Arc’s aquaponics program is part of its agriculture and organic/green farming micro-enterprise, which trains and employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in all aspects of small-scale commercial vegetable farming; aquaponics crops include specialty lettuces, microgreens and herbs. The addition of vertical growing towers in the facility will significantly increase production and allow more people with I/DD to receive training that will translate into skilled jobs with area businesses.

For more information on The Arc NLC’s aquaponics and Farm Stand program, please contact Penny Newbury at (860) 889-4435, ext. 103.





“Giving Back to the Community”  

Press Release

May 9, 2017



Frank E. Winkler
Manager Economic Development

Groton Utilities Spokesperson

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Groton Utilities Honored With National Award
For Reliable Electric Operations


GROTON - Groton Utilities has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. David Lynch, Assistant Director of Utility Operations at Marquette Board of Light and Power, Michigan and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designations on May 8 during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

Groton Utilities was one of 110 municipal electric utilities to receive the RP3 designation and one of 42 to receive the Platinum Designation.  

Accepting the award on behalf of Groton Utilities were Vernon Page, Line Crew Chief; Matthew Lyon, Leader Lineman; and Dawn Renaldi, Executive Assistant – Electric.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Groton Utilities joins more than 220 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

This is the fourth time in twelve years that Groton Utilities has received this RP3 recognition.  In 2007, Groton Utilities was the only New England public power system to receive the Platinum Level Award.  Groton Utilities received a Gold Designation in 2005.

“Utilities that have earned an RP3 designation demonstrate public power’s emphasis on achieving leading practices and providing a high level of service to communities,” said Lynch. “We are proud to welcome all utilities earning this recognition for the first time and to those renewing their designations.”

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Reliable Public Power Provider,” said Ron Gaudet, Director of Utilities.  “Our staff at Groton Utilities works hard to provide reliable service and RP3 recognizes our commitment to serving the community.”

“We’re thrilled to earn the RP3 designation for the fourth time in twelve years,” said Gaudet. “This recognition is a testament to the quality work our employees do every day. It emphasizes our employees’ commitment to excellence and performance.”

“It is especially important for our customers to understand the level of our commitment to reliability, safety, training and system improvement,” he said.  “Today’s energy environment will continue to challenge us and other utilities across the country, but we believe our mission as a public power utility will continue to allow us to meet the challenges.”

Groton Utilities has been a municipally owned and operated electric utility since 1904 and serves a population of more than 35,000 in the greater Groton area, including Pfizer, Electric Boat and the U. S. Naval Submarine Base.  Groton Utilities also has a Water Division, which has 6,600 water customer accounts and serves a population of some 45,000 people.  The Water Division serves the City of Groton, parts of the Town of Groton, Groton Long Point, Noank, and sells water to the town of Ledyard and Montville.

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 12 years now. The Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.


groton awarded

WINNING SMILES - Groton Utilities received a national award for reliable electric operations from the American Public Power Association (APPA) in San Antonio, Texas. Accepting the award on behalf of Groton Utilities were (second from left) Matthew Lyon, Leader Lineman; Dawn Renaldi, Executive Assistant – Electric; and Vernon Page, Line Crew Chief. RP3 designees are pictured with David Lynch, assistant director of utility operations at Marquette Board of Light and Power, Michigan and chair of the American Public Power Association’s RP3 Review Panel (left) and Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services at the American Public Power Association (right).