Business briefs -- May 12, 2013

Two additional presentations have been added to the program at the Total Life Expo, Saturday, May 18 at Mohegan Sun.

The Charter Oak Federal Credit Union will offer a discussion titled How to Retire and be Financially Fit at 2 p.m. and the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut will do "weird science" demonstrations.

The Total Life Expo, sponsored by the Mohegan Tribe, hosted by Mohegan Sun and presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Uncas Ballroom.

The program also includes cooking demonstrations, free health screenings, inspirational speakers and interactive exhibits. Details can be found at

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Business After Hours at La Luna Ristorante from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 14.

Business After Hours is a monthly networking event. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. To register, contact the Mystic Chamber at (860) 572-9578 or email

Three River Community College's Pre-manufacturing Certificate Program begin June 3-Aug. 16. The cost is $1,900 . The classes run Monday-friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In this 300-hour program, students will study manufacturing math, workplace skills and communications, computer applications, blueprint reading, manufacturing concepts, measurement, safety (Receive OSHA-10 Certification), bench work, lean manufacturing, and CNC essentials.

For more information, call Ana Gonzales at 860-885-2607

The Fairview Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut honored David Brown and Sen. Andrew Maynard at a special dinner on Saturday, April 27, for their extraordinary commitment to Fairview over an extended period of time.

Brown came to Fairview in 2005 as the Director of Development and has established a strong fundraising program and raised the visibility of Fairview within the community.

Maynard has been an unwavering champion of veterans and their families securing job and education benefits along with enhancing their quality of life. He also has worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of low-income families. He has also been instrumental in bringing state assistance to several district non-profits, including Fairview.

Caroline Gambardella has joined the sales team of the Weichert, Realtors-Suburban Properties' Guilford office. Gambardella will assist homebuyers and sellers in New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline.

Weichert, Realtors-Suburban Properties, owned by Broker Vincent Engingro, is headquartered in Mystic. with offices in Niantic, Guilford and Westerly.

Friends of Maria, a resource network for women based in Norwich, has appointed Phyllis Cappuccio to its board. Cappuccio is the Development and Outreach Director for The Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantry. She has an extensive background in grant writing and business. Her education includes Saint Joseph College and Eastern Connecticut State University.

The Friends of Maria Board supports Education for Employment, a project for unemployed and under-employed women in southeastern Connecticut. The project consists of a series of educational and instructive classes designed to improve job readiness and to bridge the gap for women who are ready to move toward self-sufficiency, but who are still lacking in basic workplace skills.

To volunteer, be a member or sign up for classes call Laurie at (860) 884-5256.

Oral Care Dental Group has relocated its office from 21 Montauk Ave. to 48 Ocean Ave., New London. The office is open and is accepting appointments.

Oral Care Dental Group is a family dental practice specializing in general dentistry, dentures, implants and oral surgery wit an on-site denture lab.

Most insurance is accepted including Medicaid and Husky. The new office has spacious treatment rooms, digital x-rays and is handicapped accessibility.

For more information, call (860) 447-9280.

Crescent Beach BNI has added two members: landscaper Jeff Martini of Landscape Solutions in Old Lyme and Jeff Sandstrom of TM Burrows Associates in New London.

With 26 members, Crescent Beach BNI represents potential sources of business referrals in the real estate, health and wellness, financial, business services and marketing and events.

The Crescent Beach chapter meets every Tuesday at Main Street Grille, 252 Main St., Niantic, at 7:15 am. For more information, contact Craig Caulkins at 860-739-3497 or

Yoga by the Sea, a studio in the Quiambaug Cove Professional Center in Stonington, will hold a grand opening celebration and open house Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free yoga classes will be offered all day, with an official ribbon cutting at noon with the Mystic Chamber of Commerce. Private ladies and men's dressing rooms are available with amenities.

For more information about Yoga by the Sea, visit

CorePlus Federal Credit Union is hosting two free seminars entitled "College Financing 101 - Understanding Your Award Letter" on Monday, May 13 at CorePlus, 202 Salem Tpke., Norwich, and Tuesday, May 14 at CorePlus, 67 Lathrop Road, Plainfield. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. with the seminars running from 6-7 p.m.

RSVP by calling 860-886-0576 x 3171 or at

CorePlus Federal Credit Union has branches in Norwich, Taftville, Backus Hospital, Groton, East Lyme, Waterford and Plainfield. For more information call 860-886-0576 or visit

Dime Bank's Dime Academy recently visited Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich, as part of the American Bankers Association - Teach Children to Save Campaign. The students learned about income and expenses, making a simple budget, and how to keep money safe. Over 60 students participated in the three workshops.

Teach Children to Save is a national program that organizes banker volunteers to help young people develop savings habits early in life.

For more information, visit

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation raised $7,960 in a recent bowl-a-thon at the Luxury Lanes & Lounge at MGM Grand Foxwoods.

The funds will be used to further the foundation's efforts to support non-profit groups that provide services and help to children in the region.

Lane sponsors were: Chelsea Groton Bank; Lou Ziegler; Charter Oak Federal Credit Union; People's United Bank-Broadway, Norwich; Interim HealthCare of Eastern Connecticut; Lawrence + Memorial Hospital; William W. Backus Hospital; Bouvier Insurance; ServiceMaster of Norwich/New London; Dime Bank; nd Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

More than 50 bowlers took part in the annual event.

Co-owners Amy Yeomans and Tara Mazzella will host a ribbon cutting May 31 at their new business, Cowlick's Creamery, in Waterford. The grand opening event has been organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

The business, a self-serve operation that will feature a variety of soft ice cream and yogurt flavors and other items, is located at 521 Boston Post Road.

The ribbon cutting and reception to follow is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, a waterfront bed-and-breakfast located in the marina district of Niantic, has been awarded Yankee Magazine's Best of New England ~ Editors' Choice award for having the "Best Water-View Inn" in Connecticut as identified in their May/June issue. This designation is awarded by Yankee Magazine's editors and contributors, who name select lodging facilities, restaurants and attractions in New England to the exclusive list.

Dave and Sue Labrie are the owners and innkeepers.

For more information, visit or call (860) 739-0331.

Three Rivers Community College would like to learn more about organizations throughout the community so it can help meet the educational needs of clients, employees and neighbors. A forum will be held Thursday May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the college's multipurpose room. To register, call Rashita Parker at 860-892-5750.

The Groton Business Association will meet at Groton Inn & Suites, 99 Gold Star Highway, on May 16 from 7:30-9 a.m. This will be a Groton Business Update, highlighting business on Groton's Thames Street Corridor.
The cost to attend is $15 per person. The panel discussion will feature John Scott (Bailey Agencies), Katy Green (The Light House), Vince Antonelli, DMD (Bridgeworks Family Dental), Danielle Curcuro (Danielle's Barber Shop) and Keith Hedrick (Chairman, Groton City Community & Economic Development Committee (CEDC).

This event is sponsored by Groton Utilities.

For more information, visit

Randall, Realtors has won the 2012 Premiere Service Company Diamond Elite Award from the REAL Living Real Estate franchise. The Diamond Elite Award recognizes a customer satisfaction score of at least 97 percent according to Quality Service Certification Inc., an independent research firm.

Randall, Realtors offices are in Mystic, Norwich and East Lyme, and Charlestown, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Westerly and Watch Hill, R.I.


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