SCORE of Southeastern Connecticut Appoints Digital Marketing Veteran
Anne Driscoll to Workshop Chair


Old Saybrook, Connecticut -  SCORE SECT is excited to announce the appointment of volunteer Anne Driscoll to the role of Chapter Workshop Chair.  In this role Anne will be responsible for the planning and implementation of SCORE’s Workshop Program that is conducted throughout the year in Southeastern Connecticut.  

SCORE conducted over 45 workshops last year in southeastern Connecticut, all intended to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive as businesses. Workshop topics included “How to Build a Simple Business Plan”, “Social Media 101 for Small Business”, “Branding Fundamentals for Small Business”, and “How to Create a Simple Website”, to name a few.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Anne’s experience in this role,” says Margo Weitekamp, Chapter Chair of SCORE SECT.  “She has big shoes to fill following on the success of outgoing Chairs, Bill Ward and Ward Feirer,” she added. “Anne’s experience in building new age businesses in the digital sphere is particularly appealing to us, as it will help SCORE better serve its clients.”

Driscoll, a native of Westerly RI, has already put her mark on the Workshop program with the planned February launch of the Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Small Business Workshop Series (see separate press release included). In addition, she is in the midst of conducting a survey among SCORE clients regionally to ensure their needs are being met.  “It’s all about relevancy, and keeping pace with the constantly changing market we live in,” Driscoll commented.  “I’m thrilled to be supporting SCORE; they are an organization that impacts businesses and business owners in a meaningful way, and I’m proud to be part of this,” Driscoll concluded.

About Anne Driscoll:  Over the past 20 years, Anne has worked in General Management and Marketing with companies such as Victoria's Secret, Guitar Center, and Filene's Department Store, as well as smaller mid-sized companies and start-ups, to build financially sound integrated and omni-channel marketing campaigns. Her work over the last decade has focused specifically on digital marketing and the business of e-commerce, building and creating online brands, and developing business and marketing plans for large and small companies, including the optimization of programs in Search Engine marketing, Adwords and SEM management, analytics, email marketing, affiliates, Amazon and other marketplaces. She holds a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and an MBA in Marketing and General Management from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. She returned to her native Westerly in 2017 and currently runs a digital marketing and business consultancy, The Greatly Agency.

About SCORE: SCORE is a nonprofit association that offers free and confidential advice on starting your own business or improving and growing your existing small business. All 40 counselors in Southeast Connecticut are volunteers, receive no compensation, and are working or retired business owners, executives, and managers. SCORE’s nine counseling sites in Southeast Connecticut include Guilford, Madison, Mystic, New London, Old Saybrook, Essex, Waterford, Middletown, and Norwich. For more information on upcoming free workshops and how to schedule a free mentoring session with our counselors, visit   

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Southeastern CT SCORE    PO Box 283, Old Saybrook, CT  06475   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Telephone: 860.388.9508

Mystic Irish Parade Foundation- Grand Marshal Announcement


2018 Mystic Irish Parade


Let the green and good times roll, its Mystic Irish Parade season! In honor of the Celtic holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation will be hosting a variety of family fun, Irish inspired events thru the end of March, 2018. 

The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation is 100% volunteer driven, supported by team members dedicated to promoting the Irish heritage and organizing a spectacular parade for the community! The MIPF is a registered nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible and directly help fund local charities, as well as the annual parade. 

Going on its 15th year, the parade has become a renowned tradition in Mystic for the community of Southeastern Connecticut. The Mystic Irish Parade has grown tremendously each year and is the cornerstone of family entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day. It is an outstanding Irish celebration for people of all ages! 

The parade will take place on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 kicking off at 1:00 p.m. at Mystic Seaport and will continue through downtown Mystic and end at the Mystic Arts Center. With over 100 units and 2,200 marchers, this is sure to be a memorable day for the Mystic community and surrounding areas! 

“The 2018 Grand Marshals, father and son duo Bob & Rob Valenti of the Valenti dealerships, continuously give back to their local community year after year and it is an honor to have them lead this year’s parade,” says Neil Ryan, Vice President of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. 

The Grand Marshal is carefully selected each year by the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation’s Board of Directors. Regardless of their heritage, the primary prerequisite for leading the parade in this role is honoring, supporting and being a positive, contributing member in the Southeastern Connecticut community. 

Known for their exceptional customer service and catchy advertising campaigns, the Valenti family opened their first automobile dealership in the 1920’s. In 1973, Bob Valenti opened the second dealer location in Mystic, CT.  Bob’s son, Rob Valenti, joined the business in 1986, carrying on a tradition and company culture that began 65 years prior. They currently own and operate seven Valenti locations. 

The Valenti’s operate a locally owned company and treat their clients the same way they treat their staff, like family! They are committed to providing an exceptional experience and operate their dealerships with integrity, honesty and are passionately dedicated to giving back to their community. The parade is honored to have them as the 2018 Grand Marshals. 

Other events include the Mystic Irish Parade Dinner on March 9th, the Third Annual Mystic Irish 5K Road Race on March 17th and the Annual Raffle Drawing for a trip to Ireland on April 8th, 2018. More information about this year’s events, sponsorship opportunities, register for the parade or volunteering can be found on 

Contact: Neil Ryan 860-608-4901

       15th Annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Cook-Off

     Saturday February 24th, 2017 12:00-4:00pm, awards at 5:00pm

                  Held in stores throughout Olde Mistick Village

Olde Mistick Village will take on the warm and welcome aroma of chowder as the village hosts their 15th Annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Cook-Off on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 12 noon to 4pm. Awards to be given at 5pm.

All proceeds from this event benefit Always Home (formerly Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality), a non-profit service agency dedicated to preventing family homelessness throughout Southeastern CT.  For the past 20 Years, Always Home has provided case management services and emergency housing assistance to local families at risk of homelessness. Last year, Always Home prevented over 200 families from becoming homeless and helped them sustain housing. According to the Executive Director Jeff Anderson, “It is always in the best interest of the family, particularly young children, to avoid the trauma of emergency shelter. That’s why our mission focuses on preventing homelessness. We work to find families safe, secure housing with the supportive services necessary to achieve long- term housing stability.”

This day will be filled with family fun and community support! Many of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will serve up their signature chowder from the warmth of sponsoring shops in Olde Mistick Village. A team of celebrity judges at the event will choose the winners in three categories 1) Most Creative Chowder 2) Heartiest Chowder, 3) Best use of Regional ingredients. The public will vote for the winner of the coveted “People’s Choice Award” for the Best Chowder Category. All awards will be presented in the meeting house/chapel, in Olde Mistick Village at 5:00pm.

Chowder Tickets are $1 for each 3oz. cup of Chowder, or you may purchase 12 tickets for just $10. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event throughout the village in various store locations. Tickets do not go on sale until 12:00. All proceeds from the tasting benefit Always Home. In the past 14 years, this neighbors-helping-neighbors event has annually raised between $5,000 and $20,000 in just 4 hours! 2018 promises to be another banner year for charity.

Throughout Olde Mistick Village, both indoors and out, there will be Free family fun events for all. Activities in the past have included and not limited to:

Child bloom Guitar All stars

Police K9 Unit demonstration presented by the Stonington Police Department

Acapella Groups

Live Owl Presentations

General Nature Center Education

Birds of Prey Demonstrations

Touch and Learn by Aquarium

And More

With the generous participation of Olde Mistick Village Shops and Local restaurants and the support of our patrons and community, the Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Cook-Off will help many families in need. We hope you will join us in supporting this worthy cause.


Annie Hettick,

Olde Mistick Village Events Manager: 860-961-9605

Olde Mistick Village, Mystic CT



G R O T O N   R O T A R Y   C L U B

a groton rotary donation
HELPING THE CAUSE – The Groton Rotary Club presented the Groton Little League
with a check for $10,000 for new lights at Clinton Burrows Field. Pictured from left to
right are Jon Grossman, league president; Carol Venditti, treasurer; Ashlee Jackson,
secretary; Russ Ballou, vice president; and Gary Weale, Groton Rotary Club presidnet.
(Photo by Michael Whitehouse)


Groton Rotary Club Donates Funds for Groton Little League Lights


GROTONThe Groton Rotary Club presented a check for $10,000 to the Groton Little League to help finance lights at Clinton Burrows Field at a recent weekly meeting.  Gary Weale, club president, presented the donation to Jonathan Grossman, Groton Little League president.


The lights at the field were installed recently at a cost of $80,000.  There are four 60-foot lighting poles with a cluster of 18 LED lights atop each pole.  There are poles behind the two dugouts and two in the outfield.  The electrical connections are expected to be completed soon.

The Groton Little League is growing and realized that they needed additional space for practices and games.  The installation of lights at Calvin Burrows Field will allow the league to schedule both practices and games at the field on any given day.

The addition of the lights will better position the Groton Little League to host District All-Star baseball tournaments.

The Groton Little League has an enrollment of 300 children ballplayers both boys and girls, ranging in age from 5-12 years old.  The league has served the youth sports community in Groton for more than 60 years.

The Groton Rotary Club raises funds annually to finance scholar awards and grants approved by its community foundation, which is formally known as the Groton Rotary Foundation Community Grant, Inc.

For further information contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Public Relations Chair
Groton Rotary Club
Telephone:  (860) 446-4095
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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