Business in brief: March 31, 2013

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut's legislative affairs and manufacturers' council is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Friday at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

The council focuses on issues of importance to chamber members through its legislative affairs representative in Hartford and works in conjunction with other regional organizations.

Those interested in attending a meeting, or in joing the council, may contact Megan Cronin at 860-701-9113, or

Bill Engdall, owner of Niantic Bay Mobile Marine Repair LLC, has been retained by Bill Roof, partner of Roof & Rack Products, Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla., as the Northeast Coast director of sales.

The Roof & Rack company is the world's largest builder of boat dry storage systems, from outside boat storage racks to complete dry storage marinas, as well as boat storage building repairs.

Engdall and his partner, Peter Foss, are in the process of building a full service dry stack marina in Fort Trumbull, New London, using a Roof & Rack building.

The WARM Center in Westerly has announced a Washington Trust donation of $50,000 to support families and individuals of the Westerly area who need shelters and meals.

The money will be used to fund renovations to the existing WARM Center, as well as the construction of the new building which will include affordable housing for disabled Rhode Islanders.

Silvana Seltzer has joined the Westerly Community Credit Union as the assistant financial services manager for the main office in Westerly.

She will be responsible for assisting in all branch operations, staffing and member needs. She comes to WCCU with over 15 years in the banking industry, most recently at Charter Oak Federal Credit Union as a branch supervisor.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut will host the latest in its series of brown bag lunch seminars for social media platform users April 10 at the chamber office, 914 Hartford Tpke., Waterford.

Presented by Miranda Creative, the Norwich-based marketing firm, the program is open to chamber members without charge.

Reservations are required as seating is limited. Contact the chamber to register, or obtain additional information at 860-701-9113, or by visiting and clicking on programs and events.

Judith Halleran and Gale Fishbone, sales associates in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in East Lyme, have been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society award.

The honor goes to the top 9 percent of approximately 82,200 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Halleran and Fishbone can be reached at 860-739-6277.

Design 2 Consign in Waterford will have its grand opening weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13-14.

The shop, at 131 Boston Post Road in the Wynding Hill Plaza, will be offering specials and promotions and will give 10 percent of opening sales to the Thames River Family Program in Norwich, which helps provide housing and support services to those in need.

The store will sell designer and brand name women's clothing and accessories at affordable prices and support local artisans. Jason and Lacey Arndt are the co-owners.

For further information, call (860) 574-9151 or visit

Brewer Yacht Sales Inc. in Westbrook is preparing for its Third Annual Spring In-Water Boat Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27-28. The boat show will be held at Brewers Pilots Point Marina and is free to the public.

Registration forms and show details are available at To receive updates about the show, follow Brewer Yacht Sales on Twitter: @BrewerYacht.

The Young Professionals of Eastern Connecticut is scheduled to conduct a planning meeting April 9 to discuss upcoming events and community involvement opportunities.

The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ascot Pub at the Spa at Norwich Inn.

The YPEC is an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. Additional information may be obtained by visiting

The Groton Rotary has donated a Doppler ABI Kit to the Visiting Nurses Association of Southern Connecticut.

The ABI is an accurate indicator of common circulatory problems in the extremities, often referred to as Peripheral Vascular Disease.

The Doppler Sound equipment will become part of the routine care given to adult diabetic patients who are clients of the Visiting Nurses Association of Southern Connecticut.

The Rotary meets at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday. The luncheon meetings are held at the Octagon Restaurant at the Mystic Marriott Hotel on Route 117.

For information, call Donna Hogan at 860-383-4095.

Tony Joyce of Uncasville has been named a senior vice president in Chelsea Groton Bank's commercial lending department.

Joyce's primary focus will be managing the commercial loan team and expanding the commercial loan portfolio .

He serves as chairman of the board at Backus Hospital and sits on the finance committee of Saints Peter and Paul Church. Previously, Joyce served as treasurer of the Norwich Community Development Corporation.

Rustici Software LLC, a computer engineering firm founded by Pawcatuck native Michael Rustici, has been named one of the best places to work in Nashville, Tenn., for the fourth consecutive year.

Rustici, a 1995 Stonington High School graduate who earned a computer engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, now resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife, Beth, and daughters Amelia and Siena. His parents are Larry and Sharleen Rustici, and his grandparents are Joe and Nancy Rustici, all of Pawcatuck.


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