Business in brief: Dec. 2, 2012

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Advanced Back & Neck Care Center in Groton has announced the addition of two new doctors, Amy Cannatta and Olympia Dreszer.

Cannatta is a chiropractic physician. Dreszer, a medical school graduate from Poland, is a naturopathic physician and a board-certified acupuncturist.

Cannatta graduated cum laude from the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic in 2005. She is board certified in integrative medicine from the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

Dreszer has a special interest in treating a variety of health concerns, including PMS, chronic fatigue and migraine pain. She earned her medical degree from Karol Marcinkowski Medical Akademy in Poznan, Poland, and turned to holistic medicine after a car accident.

For more information, call 888-667-5235.

Beirut's Food Palace, a restaurant operated by Dina Matar and featuring Mediterranean cuisine, has opened in the front of the Groton Shopping Plaza at 754 Long Hill Road in Groton.

The restaurant, which opened Nov. 5, features a small dine-in area as well as takeout and catering options.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information or to order, call (860) 440-8178.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce held an official grand opening for Salty Dog Barber & Shave last week. Salty Dog is located at 3 Water St. in downtown Mystic. The Salty Dog, owned by Amy Rubin, specializes in men's haircuts and custom shaves. For more information, find the shop on Facebook.

Klingerman Travel in New London and Old Saybrook has been recognized by Travel Impressions as a "Best of the Best" travel agency, an honor bestowed on a limited number of travel agencies that are considered Travel Impressions' top performers.

Klingerman Travel received the award at the Travel Impressions' 17th annual "Best of the Best" gala event last month in Mexico. In attendance was Rebecca Mitchell of Klingerman Travel, which has received this award for the last six years.

Barbara Stone, patient care coordinator at Community Hearing Aids of CT in Norwich, attended with co-owner Ken Startz a training session in continuing education at the 2012 Audibel Ambassador Development Series in Eden Prairie, Minn.

The two-day series offered courses in ways to improve communication and customer service to the hearing-impaired community, and how to better understand hearing loss both for patients and their families.

Community Hearing Aids of CT has been designated a Platinum Clinic by Audibel indicating exceptional patient care, and training sessions are necessary to maintain this prestigious status.

For more information, call 860-326-5518 or visit

Christine Gentry, a clinical informatics nurse at The Westerly Hospital, was one of several people throughout Rhode Island recognized during an annual "Celebration of Excellence in Hospital Care" awards ceremony held by the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

Employees of the year from HARI's member hospitals were recognized by the HARI board of trustees for exemplary performance and dedication to health care.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Business Before Hours at 8 a.m. Thursday at Windham Falls Estates, 425 Drozdyk Drive, Groton.

Beverlyn M. McDonald, public affairs specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance, will present information on how businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy can apply for loans through the SBA.

For more information, call 860-572-9578 or visit

Natchaug Hospital has announced that the Chelsea Groton Foundation granted $500 to the Natchaug Hospital YouthWorks vocational skills program to assist in establishing a permanent workshop.

The YouthWorks program, which teaches vocational skills to students in grades seven to 12, currently operates out of a portable workshop which travels between the Joshua Center Northeast Clinical Day Treatment School in Danielson and the Thames Valley CDT School in Norwich.

As Natchaug restructures its southeast programs over the next year, merging Thames Valley and the Joshua Center Montville into a new building in Norwich, a permanent workshop for the YouthWorks program will be created at the new location to offer a more robust vocational experience to the CDT students.

Natchaug Hospital operates seven Clinical Day Treatment Schools across eastern Connecticut. Students are referred to Natchaug CDT by their local schools and follow individualized education plans.

CorePlus Federal Credit Union has announced the promotion of Candice Hanes to supervisor of its East Lyme branch, effective Monday.

Hanes, a New London native and Griswold resident, has been head teller in the Plainfield branch since 2008 and came to CorePlus after six years as a teller at Liberty Bank.

For more information, call 860-886-0576 or visit

A home mortgage refinancing seminar sponsored by CorePlus Federal Credit Union will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at the institution's headquarters at 202 Salem Turnpike in Norwich.

Topics to be covered are the HARP program, FHA loans, underwater mortgages, and the costs and benefits associated with refinancing. The one-hour free seminar, which is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. registration period, is being facilitated by Barbara Zendzion of CorePlus.

RSVP at any CorePlus branch, call 860-886-0576 x 3171 or email

Robert Watrous, lock technician with AA Lock & Key Inc. in Ledyard, has completed certification in multipoint hardware and profile cylinder servicing at the Yankee Security Conference & Trade Show in Sturbridge, Mass.

For more information, contact AA Lock & Key at 860-464-8664, email or visit

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut will host a social media platform user luncheon workshop Dec. 12 for its members.

The program, including a question-and-answer session, will be presented by a representative of Miranda Creative, the Norwich-based marketing firm.

Although the program will be offered without charge, registration is required. To register, or obtain additional details, contact the chamber, 860-701-9113, or visit and click on programs and events.

Edward Jones financial adviser Linda Griffiths of Niantic has received the TNT Client Development Award for outstanding service efforts over the past year.

Griffiths was one of only 738 of the firm's more than 12,000 financial advisers to receive the award.

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