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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 www.grotonbiz.com.  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.

Contact: 
www.grotonbiz.com

Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
(860) 446-4095
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CENTER FOR HOSPICE CARE SELECTED AS ONE OF THE HARTFORD COURANT’S TOP WORKPLACES AWARD FOR 2017

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 www.hospicesect.org.

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 www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

CONTACT:
Sean Mitchell
Director of Development
Center for Hospice Care
860.848.5699
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New Vision for Downtown Pawcatuck

Town land use officials adopt new tools to enable private investment in targeted neighborhood

STONINGTON - On Tuesday, September 19, the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission adopted a new zoning regulation “PV-5” that covers much of Downtown Pawcatuck. The town’s strategic planning tool, the Plan of Conservation and Development, recommends that the town review its 30 to 40-year-old zoning regulations and contemporize them for what residents, business owners, and investors want and need. To help facilitate this process, the Economic Development Commission has been hosting community meetings to gather community input that result in updated regulations. The contemporized PV-5 regulation is designed to incentivize rehabilitation and investment that creates a vibrant, walkable neighborhood. The new regulation takes effect October 9, 2017.

“I congratulate Planning & Zoning Chairman David Rathbun and his commission for approving the Pawcatuck Village 5 Zoning changes, “said First Selectman Rob Simmons, “because these changes promise to bring much needed economic development to Pawcatuck Village. As well, I thank the Economic Development Committee for their leadership and support of this important initiative.”

In March 2017, a community meeting was held at the Pawcatuck Fire House to discuss various options to help rejuvenate Downtown Pawcatuck.  The majority of attendees felt that Downtown Pawcatuck has lagged its peers in Westerly, Downtown Mystic and Stonington Borough and that land use regulations were often limiting redevelopment opportunities.

The community vision is to create a more livable and business-friendly Downtown Pawcatuck with higher-density, mixed-use buildings housing commercial businesses on the ground floor and apartments or other uses above. Many studies across the country show that people, especially Millennials want to live, work and play in the same neighborhood. By allowing larger buildings it could be economically viable for developers to expand existing buildings or build new ones that are closer to the curb, and have the parking at the back of the building. This planning approach is more conducive to a vibrant, walkable neighborhood.

In response to comments received at the March meeting, the new zone includes 156 properties and is focused on the area of West Broad, Liberty and Mechanic Streets (areas formerly zoned DB-5 and LS-5). Updates made to the zoning regulations include adding permitted uses, loosening the bulk requirements, significantly increasing allowed density for mixed use development and streamlining the permitting process.

Downtown Pawcatuck business owner, Jim Lathrop said “PV-5 is by far the largest comprehensive zoning change in Stonington since the 1970's. It cleverly incentivizes responsible development in the downtown Pawcatuck area."

The Stonington Department of Planning is a Town Charter-established agency that works under the direction of the First Selectman of the Town of Stonington. The team is comprised of land use and community development professionals, that work to implement recommendations in the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development, review land use applications, and enforce land use regulations. The Department provided technical assistance to the Planning and Zoning Commission as part of this amendment process.

Questions can be directed to...

Kevin Bowdler
Economic Development Commission
(860) 405-5434 
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Keith Brynes, AICP
Town Planner
(860) 535-5095 
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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 http://www.thecomo.org/

Media Contact:
Christina Moores
Stonington Community Center, Inc.
860.535.2476
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 Find the Next Great Book to Fall Into...

Village Fair’s beloved book sale rescheduled just in time for cooler weather

Stonington, CT: One of the most beloved traditions of the Stonington Village Fair is the used book sale, which was postponed this summer due to inclement weather. Now, the fan-favorite has been rescheduled just in time for reading by the fire! The Stonington Community Center (COMO) will be hosting a special fall book sale at COMO Thrift on October 7th in tandem with other specialty sales.

The event will feature all the deals, specialty books and rarities that readers have come to love at the traditional summer fair. The fall book sale will take place October 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Not interested in finding your next great read? COMO pottery studio manager and artist-in-residence, Rebecca Hnatiuk will host a pottery pop-up sale at the same location during the same hours. Hnatiuk’s ceramics feature advanced skills including wheel throwing, hand building and exciting surface treatments. Hnatiuk’s work combines the exploration, experimentation and the tactile natural world in sculptural and functional pieces.

Throughout the weekend, COMO Thrift will also have surprise sales on select merchandise. Shop 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th to get even better deals on COMO Thrift’s inventory of furniture, home décor, clothing and more! Details of the Columbus Day weekend events can be found 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 visit http://www.thecomo.org/ 

Media Contact:
Christina Moores
Stonington Community Center, Inc.
860.535.2476
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