Business in brief: Sept. 30, 2012

A special breakfast program and panel discussion on higher education and the requirements of the global economy will be held at 7:45 a.m. Friday, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

The program will take place at Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic. It will feature a panel consisting of Michael Alfultis, the director of the Avery Point branch of the University of Connecticut; Leo Higdon, president of Connecticut College; Grace Jones, president of Three Rivers Community College; and Mary Ellen Jukoski, president of Mitchell College.

For additional information or to register, call the chamber at 860-701-9113 or visit Tickets for chamber members are $17 and $25 for non-members.

The Light House, a Groton-based organization providing educational and community-based programs for children and adults with disabilities, has received a $500 donation from the Connecticut Sun Foundation.

Presenting the donation was Joanne Kasprzak of East Lyme, one of the foundation's inaugural Woman of Inspiration winners. She picked The Light House, formerly the Lighthouse Voc Ed Center, as the charity of choice for her award, in memory of daughter Mary, who attended the organization's programs.

Accepting the donation on behalf of The Light House was Kathryn Greene, executive director; Vita Rose, director of operations, and Sharon Callender, public relations liaison.

The People's United Community Foundation, philanthropic arm of People's United Bank, announced this month a $4,000 award to The Arc New London County to support its Sachem Street Café, a restaurant providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Participants will earn competitive wages as they build job skills needed to move on to community employment.

The Arc New London County provides individualized support services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Liberty Bank is seeking nominations from the public for its third annual "Youth in Action Award" program designed to recognize young people who have distinguished themselves through volunteer service, philanthropy or advocacy for community organizations.

Two Youth in Action Awards will be presented: one for a student in grades 6-8, and another for a student in grades 9-12. Nomination forms with program guidelines are available in all 44 Liberty Bank offices, and on the bank's website at www.liberty

Anyone in New London County and other towns served by Liberty is eligible. Nominations for the award must be signed by a staff member of a school, a youth-oriented nonprofit organization, or a faith-based youth group.

Each award recipient will be able to direct a $1,000 donation to the nonprofit organization or project of choice. In addition, each finalist will direct a $100 donation to a selected charity.

Operation Fuel will hold its 35th anniversary celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at Dominion, Northeast Utilities, HSB Group, Clear Channel Communications, and NBC Connecticut are major sponsors of the 35th anniversary celebration. NBC Connecticut news anchor Keisha Grant will be the event's emcee.

Operation Fuel is a private, nonprofit statewide program that has provided emergency energy assistance throughout Connecticut for the past 35 years to lower-income working families, the elderly and disabled individuals.

The Estate and Tax Planning Council of Eastern Connecticut will host a luncheon at noon Wednesday at Latitude 41 restaurant at the Mystic Seaport.

Guest speaker will be Conrad Teitell, a nationally renowned expert on taxes, estate planning and philanthropy. He will speak about the "Washington Legislative Climate for Financial, Estate, and Charitable Planning."

A principal in the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood, Teitell was profiled in Bloomberg Personal Finance as one of the nation's lawyers who has reshaped estate planning by helping clients protect wealth, avoid taxes, and benefit charities. Teitell was one of four invited witnesses who testified at the U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing on estate tax revision.

Advance registration is required. Contact Robert Henderson at or 860-245-5078 to RSVP or for more information.

Coastal Neurology Inc., the neurology practice of Dr. Carlo G. Brogna at 101 Airport Road in Westerly and in the South Kingstown Office Park in South Kingstown, R.I., closed at the end of this month.

Patients will be able to request a copy of their medical records until Oct. 31.

In a statement, Brogna said he will be changing his focus to explore several new opportunities and locations. His last child is close to finishing college, so Brogna said he feels the time is right to pursue other avenues.

"Westerly and Wakefield have been a great place for me to practice neurology and I'm very grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people here," he said. "I want to thank my patients for the privilege of serving them."

Bridget Morrissey with RE/MAX Property Consultants of Groton has been selected by The Commercial Record to receive the Women of FIRE Award 2012. The winners were honored at an awards luncheon Sept. 27 at the Hartford Club featuring Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman.

The 2012 Women of FIRE is an annual award recognizing key female players in the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sector celebrating the best and the brightest women in Connecticut.

For information, contact Lian Obrey, broker/owner of RE/MAX Property Consultants at 860-445-4663 or visit

Stuart Bryan of I-M Technology will present the latest in a series of brown bag luncheon programs on cloud computing Wednesday. The seminar is offered by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut at no cost to its members.

The program is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at the chamber office, 914 Hartford Tpke., Waterford. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

For additional information, or to register, contact the chamber at 860-701-9113, or visit and click on programs and events.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce's public access television show Mystic Matters will air Monday on Comcast Channel 12 and Thames Valley Communications Channel 12 at 8 p.m .

Mystic Matters is hosted by Susette Tibus and Tricia Cunningham and this week's guest is Jim Bates, co-chair of the Groton Business Association. He will be discussing the upcoming Fall Festival event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 at Poquonnock Plains Park in Groton.

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