Business in brief: March 10, 2013

Reservations can still be made for the special breakfast program Fridayon the role played by the construction industry in Connecticut's economy.

The speakers are state Comptroller Kevin Limbo and Peter Gioia, vice president and economist at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

It is scheduled from 7:45 to 9 a.m. and is presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, in cooperation with the Builders & Remodelers Association of Eastern Connecticut and the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors.

To register, contact the chamber at 860-701-9113, or visit www.ChamberECT.com and click on programs and events.

The 80-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Waterford recently completed a comprehensive renovation to the hotel's public spaces and guestrooms. The 80-room Marriott is managed by Waterford Hotel Group Inc., a national hotel and convention center management firm.

The renovations included major upgrades to the hotel lobby, including a new front desk, business center, hot breakfast buffet, food market and the addition of a communal table with added seating that provides guests with a wide-open work space. The hotel's exercise area was also expanded.

Renovations to the hotel's guestrooms include new beds, carpet, and flat-screen televisions.

The New London County Retired Teachers Association will award four scholarships to graduating seniors interested in pursuing a career in the teaching field.

Two scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in education who have maintained high standards both in the classroom and the community and who show a financial need.

The third $500 scholarship will be awarded to a senior who has family members involved in education and are interested in following their footsteps. Financial need is not a consideration.

The last non-financial-need award is in memory of the faculty lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School and will be presented to a graduating senior interested in a career in teaching who has maintained high standards in the classroom and the community. The award will be for $500.

Applications have been sent to all New London County high schools and are also available online at www.artct.org. Only hard copies of the application can be accepted.

For further information, contact Trenda Caron at 860-848-3219.

The Ocean House in Watch Hill has been awarded the coveted Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide for 2013.

This year, only 76 hotels, 28 restaurants and 35 spas received the Five-Star rating nationwide.

The Ocean House's OH! Spa is recognized as a Forbes Five-Star Spa as well. The entire 2013 award winners will be showcased on Startle.com, the online home of Forbes Travel Guide.

The Ocean House, one of New England's last grand hotels, re-opened its doors in June 2010 after a $140 million rebuild and restoration.

Stonington/Mystic Patch is the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce's March recipient of the Business of the Month award. Patch provides up-to-the-minute news via social media and their network of individual town/city websites. For more information, go to www.patch.com. Nomination forms are available online at mysticchamber.org or at the Mystic Chamber at 2 Roosevelt Ave. For more information, call 860-572-9578

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Submit all items for consideration by Monday morning for publication in the following Sunday's business section. Generally, press releases should be no more than two to three paragraphs in length because of space limitations. Remember to include pertinent information, such as your company's telephone number, hours of operation and website address.

For general questions about Business in Brief submissions, call Lee Howard, business writer for The Day, at (860) 701-4356 or send an email to l.howard@theday.com.

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