Business in Brief: Jan. 13, 2013

Businesses that register for a booth at the Eastern Connecticut Home Show by Jan. 31 become eligible for a weekend sea package that includes a two-night stay in Mystic and a bottle of wine. The package includes tickets to the Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and the Builders Association of Eastern Connecticut are sponsoring the home show April 20 and 21 at the Mystic Marriott. Details about the show may be obtained at

The members of Fiddleheads Natural Food Cooperative will celebrate the fifth birthday of the coop at 13 Broad St, New London, on Feb. 2.

Festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Activities will be kicked off with the Winter Farmers Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will continue with area musicians, samples of local products and favorite vendors, hourly drawings of local prizes to area restaurants and shops, children's activities, cake and a 10 percent discount for everyone.

The Country Doc Walk-in & Wellness Center at 391 Norwich Westerly Road in North Stonington, owned and operated by Dr. Stefana M. Pecher, recently had its grand opening.

Located in the Holly Green Plaza, the office is decorated with original artwork created by local artists. The practice includes Dr. Anne Marie Gore of Back-to-Health Chiropractic Center, LLC, who joined the Center in November 2012. The Country Doc is also collaborating with Anne Nelson of Spirit Moves Yoga Studio to organize Health and Healing Workshops. The workshops are planned to begin in this month.

For more information call 860-535-4600/

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is sponsoring a trip to London and Paris, Aug. 8-15, with an optional three-night visit to Rome at the conclusion of the eight-day visit.

Additional details may be obtained by contacting Sheri Cote at the Chamber, 860-701-9113, or via email,

R.J. Connelly III of Connelly Law Offices Ltd., which has offices in Mystic and Pawtucket, R.I., attended a recent National Academy of Elder Law Advanced Elder Law Review in Washington, D.C.

The program, co-sponsored by the National Aging and Law Conference, featured 14 advanced special sessions led by experts in the field.

Connelly, a Mystic resident, serves on the Stonington Commission on Aging, the Estate and Tax Planning Council of Eastern Massachusetts as well as the Rhode Island Bar Association Probate and Trust Committee and Elder Law Committee. He has received the Rhode Island Alliance for Better Long Term Care's "Hero Award" for protecting elder rights.

Crescent Beach BNI has acepted three new members: Erin Corah of LMO, LLC in Niantic, Wes Firmin of Northeast Financial Group, LLC in East Lyme, and Attorney Lindsay Savona of Waterford.

With 27 members, Crescent Beach BNI represents potential sources of business referrals in the real estate, health and wellness, financial, business services and marketing and events.

The Crescent Beach chapter meets every Tuesday at Main Street Grille, 252 Main St., Niantic, at 7:15 am. Visitors are always welcomed and encouraged, and should bring business cards to share. Contact Craig Caulkins with any questions: 860-739-3497,

Mary Ann Hebert, a broker-partner at Bannon & Hebert Properties LLC in Middlebury, has been named the 2013 president of the Connecticut Association of Realtors.

Hebert takes the reins from Robert Kimball, a Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate in Mystic, who had been president of the association last year.

Hebert, a former president of the Greater Waterbury Board of Realtors, was 2008 Realtor of the Year for her local association and also was the 2011 State Realtor of the Year. She has served as president of Connecticut Multiple Listing Service, and is a founding director of the organization.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has announced that it will conduct a new member orientation Jan. 23 at 4 p.m., prior to the start of a business-after-hours networking event at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

The networking event is scheduled to run between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for others. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at no additional charge.

To register or obtain additional information, call the chamber at 860-701-9113, or visit and click on programs and events.

Mike Pinto has joined Precision Fitness in Pawcatuck. Pinto graduated from the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy in 2012, is a fully insured member of the AMTA and nationally certified under NCETMB.

He did internshipships with the Connecticut Sun basketball team and the Connecticut College swim team. He also offered post-event massage therapy at the Mystic Aquarium Penguin 5K Road Race. Pinto also has experience in Swedish massage, acupressure and energy work.

To schedule an appointment or to talk with Pinto call 860-608-8747.


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