Business in brief: November 11, 2012

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will welcome Semolina Pasta Shop to Olde Mistick Village with an official ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14th. Located at Building 15D, Semolina Pasta Shop is owned and operated by Stephen Clemente, owner of Extra Virgin Oil Store. For more information visit

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut will once again this year collect toys for the Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots program.

Participants in the chamber's business after hours networking event Dec. 5 at the Holiday Inn, Norwich, are being asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a child. The networking event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Blvd., at exit 80 off I-395.

The cost to chamber members is $15 and $25 for non-members. An additional fee of $5 will be applied to walk-ins. To register, or obtain additional information, contact the chamber at 860-701-9113, or visit and click on programs and events.

Smith Insurance, Inc. of Niantic has been appointed to represent Cincinnati Insurance Co. as a provider of commercial insurance products. Cincinnati Insurance is a subsidiary of Cincinnati Financial and is among the nation's Top 25 Property and Casualty companies. They have been recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 100 of "America's Most Trustworthy Companies." Smith Insurance, one of Connecticut's largest independent insurance agencies, can be reached at (860) 739-3322 or

Elizabeth David, Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch in New London, recently joined the Board of Trustees of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. The non-profit organization, located in Westminster, Vt., is a home and school serving children in need from throughout the Northeast.

David, a 22-year resident of Old Saybrook, was raised in the town of Springfield in southern Vermont. Her parents, Sherburne and Marjorie Lovell, were active donors to Kurn Hattin Homes for Children and supported the school's efforts in numerous ways over the years.

For more information, visit

On Wednesday at 5 p.m., the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will officially welcome Baubles and Bling to the community with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony. Baubles and Bling is located at 29 Main St., Mystic. Baubles and Bling is owned and operated by Phyllis Snow Sharpe. Their collections feature necklaces, bracelets, watches, rings and more. For more information, visit

David Ornstein, regional sales manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage New Homes Division, has won a 2012 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Award from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Connecticut, Inc. Ornstein will be recognized as New Home Sales Manager of the Year at an awards dinner organized by the HBRA of Connecticut that will take place on Nov. 14 at the Aqua Turf Country Club in Southington.

Ornstein was recognized last year as the New Home Broker of the Year.

For more information, visit

Marvel Home Decorating announces a CEU seminar for the design industry "Minding Your Business 1: Planning Financial Metrics Made Easy" to be presented Nov.13 from 1:30-5 p.m. This is a 3 credit course under the IDCEC# 100283. Topics will include business planning and the tools that give insight into the financial health of your business.

Mike Weddington, Business Development Manager for Hunter Douglas, will present the course at Marvel Home Decorating. Reservations are required: (860) 443-8437 or email

The 3rd Quarter winners of the Westerly Community Credit Union Savings Challenge are Daniel Stratton of Westerly, 1st place, $500; Joleen Radicioni of Westerly, 2nd place, $250 prize; and Maureen Gavitt of Westerly, 3rd place, $100. By adding to their Savings Challenge CD, they are entered into quarterly drawings and are eligible for the year-end grand prize of $5000.00. To enter this contest, members must open a Savings Challenge CD with a $25 deposit.

For more information and complete contest details, call 401-596-7000 or visit

Pat Provost, manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Essex, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook sales offices, was recently honored with the President's Council award. As part of the recognition, Provost was awarded with a luxurious stay at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y.

This honor was awarded by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's parent company, NRT, to recognize the approximately top 20 percent of branch managers who demonstrated exemplary leadership and management skills in 2011. Only 157 managers nationwide of 725 offices achieved this recognition.

For more information, visit

The Frame Shop at Firehouse Square, 239 Bank St. Rear, behind The Gallery At Firehouse Square in New London, is celebrating its grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 15 during the opening reception for "A Miniature Show" at the gallery from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening's festivities will feature wine and food from Fromage Fine Foods and Sweeties of New London. Steve Eist from the Madry Temple Chorus of New London will perform traditional holiday music.

For more information, call 860-447-2519 or visit

John Antonino, president and co-owner of the Antonino Auto Group, will be the featured speaker Dec. 19 when the The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has the latest "Conversations with…" program.

The program offers informal conversations with senior-level executives at businesses in the region. It is scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. at Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, 917 Hartford Tpke., Waterford.

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


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