Velvet Mill Announces Art Opening and Gallery Reception

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The Velvet Mill Artists will host their semi-annual Art Show and Gallery Reception on Friday October 20, 2017 from 6 to 9 PM

The public is invited to this free event in the upstairs gallery at the historic Velvet Mill in Stonington Borough.

Everyone is encouraged to intermingle with the artists, ask questions, discuss process, and be the first to enjoy new works that will be on display through the holiday season.

The Velvet Mill continues to grow as a creative community of artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and small businesses that bring life to the renovated factory building.   

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    Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival

Come Celebrate the Greater Groton Community

Groton, Connecticut - Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival is 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 Groton Business Association (GBA) welcomes your photographic and editorial coverage of this important community event.

The Festival site is at Poquonnock Plains Park at 150 Fort Hill Road.

Contact us at:

Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
(860) 446-4095
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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.

Kathryn E. Greene Retirement Celebration
25 Years of Service Dedication and Commitment

GROTON, CT, Oct 2, 2017--The Light House will host a retirement celebration for Kathryn E. Greene on Oct 20, 2017 at the Great Neck Country Club (Langleys), Waterford, CT. The Kathryn E. Greene Retirement Celebration – Honoring 25 Years of Service, Dedication, and Commitment– will honor the women who founded The Light House and has spent the past 25 years working on behalf of the disability community. The evening will be filled with fun, laughter, great fellowship and fabulous food!

The Light House Director of Operations, Kassidy Brown, to give keynote remarks and fundraising guru, Joe Staley, confirmed as Master of Ceremonies.

Special musical performance by jazz and blues duo Mama Train.

The Kathryn E. Greene Retirement Celebration has been generously supported by Chelsea Groton Bank, Southeastern CT Women’s Network, Jane Ryan Insurance, O’Connor Davies, SAVA Insurance, Meggie Dawn Scholarship Fund, and the Andrew Feinstein Education Law Group.

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About The Light House

With a mission to educate and prepare individuals with disabilities for life, The Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center (The Light House) is a nonprofit that serves the needs of individuals with disabilities throughout Eastern Connecticut.  Divided into three “campuses”, The Light House has a broad range of programming including two state-approved private schools, residential and transitional services, and state contracted adult services. To learn more about The Light House visit or call 860-445-7626.

Kassidy Brown
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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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