Business briefs - May 19, 2013

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has named Todd Cooke as its new Mortgage Officer, originating residential mortgages in New London and Windham counties.

Cooke, a Danielson resident, has more than a decade's worth of experience in the real estate industry, including extensive experience in Windham County.

Vooke is the fourth Mortgage Officer on Charter Oak's residential lending team, which includes Mortgage Officers Sharon DiMarco, Ann Gauthier and Jeanne Lussier, who also serve New London and Windham counties. Charter Oak has been named eastern Connecticut's top mortgage lender by the Boston-based Warren Group from 2010 through 2012.

Cooke is a member of the National Association of Realtors as well as the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors.

Cooke can be contacted at or by calling 860-933-4113. For more information, visit

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, in conjunction with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, will honor student leaders from 10 high schools in the region with a special breakfast on May 24. The annual program is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Groton Inn & Suites.

Those being honored are from: Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School, Ledyard High School, Lyme/Old Lyme High School, NewLondon High School, Waterford High School, Wheeler High School, Stonington High School, East Lyme High School, Robert E. Fitch Senior High School and The Williams School.

Tickets for chamber members are $17 and $25 for non-members. To register, or obtain additional details contact the chamber at 860-701-9113, or visit and click on programs and events.

Bill Anderson has transferred to the Savings Institute Bank & Trust's commercial lending area. Anderson has for the past 18 years served the bank as a branch manager, a regional manager and most recently as the senior executive overseeing branch administration, marketing and residential mortgage lending.

As Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, Anderson will be working to continue to grow the bank's commercial loan business. He can be reached at (860) 456-6524.

Savings Institute Bank & Trust Company is headquartered in Willimantic, with 20 branches in eastern Connecticut.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is seeking restaurants for the Taste of Mystic, which will be held Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8. For more information or an application, contact Cherie'lin Toporowski at (860) 572-9578 or at

Fiddleheads Natural Food Cooperative in New London has expanded its hours. Fiddleheads is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To help staff these hours and the recent increase in business, they added five employees from southeastern Connecticut. The co-op recently held its annual meeting where General Manage Richard Virgin announced the co-op had a 78 percent increase in business in the past 12 months.

For more information contact Virgin at or 860-701-9123

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Business After Hours at Savings Institute, 80 Stonington Road, Mystic, on May 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. To register, contact the Mystic Chamber of Commerce at (860) 572-9578 or email

Natalie A. Webb, MS, RDN, daughter of the late Robert L Webb Sr. and June Webb of Mystic, has been promoted to Chair of the Department of Health, Nutrition and Physical Education by the board of trustees at Prince George's Community College, Largo, Md. Webb is a 1981 graduate of Robert E. Fitch Sr. High. She received a B.S. in dietetics, food service management at Drexel University in Philadelphiaand received a master in science in clinical nutrition at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Attorney Jeffrey Buebendorf of Brown Jacobson PC has recently been elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys, judges and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one-third of 1 percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

Buebendorf's practice focuses on employment issues and general civil litigation matters. He received his B.A. in 1983 from Hamilton College and his J.D., cum laude, in 1994 from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Buebendorf serves as Treasurer of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has served as president of his local Rotary and Lions Clubs and as an officer on their associated foundations. He is past vice president and current legal counsel/ex officio member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut and is a member of the Montville Education Foundation Board of Directors.

For more information, visit

To help support the entrepreneurial environment in the area, the Entrepreneur Network is sponsoring a monthly meet-up at 8:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Muddy Waters, 42 Bank St., New London.

Mary Fasano has joined Citizens Bank as Community Development Market Manager for Rhode Island and Connecticut. She is based in Providence. She lives in Warwick, R.I.

Eastern Savings Bank has pledged $5,000 to The Last Green Valley, Inc. over the next five years to support programming.

Charlene Cutler, TLGV Executive Director & CEO, said the donation brings the group closer to meeting its annual fundraising goal of $400,000.

The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor, the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. It includes nine towns in Massachusetts and 26 in Connecticut.

To learn more about The Last Green Valley, visit For more information about Eastern Savings Bank, visit

Sabrina Loeb of Mystic has been named Community Liaison for the East Lyme office of Masonicare Home Health & Hospice. Loeb will promote Masonicare's wide range of home health and hospice programs and services to physicians and skilled nursing facilities in the area as well as to the southeastern Connecticut community at large.

Loeb attended schools in Georgia and has several years of experience in the healthcare marketing field. Prior to joining Masonicare, she served as community liaison for Interim Healthcare. Loeb is a Corporator of Connecticut Community Care, Inc., and a member of Senior Resources Development Committee and SECT Women's Network. She and her husband, Tom, are residents of Mystic.

Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, with an office in East Lyme and several locations throughout Connecticut, is an affiliate of Wallingford-based Masonicare, Connecticut's leading not-for-profit provider of senior healthcare and retirement living.

The Montville Division of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut will present its annual State of Montville program on May 31 at the Montville Town Hall.

The program is scheduled from 7:45 to 9 a.m. and will feature Mayor Ronald K. McDaniel, Superintendent Pamela W. Aubin and Mohegan Chairman Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum.

The cost to chamber members is $5 and $10 for others. To register, or obtain additional details, call 860-701-9113, or visit and click on programs and events.

The town of Lebanon sponsors a regional farmers market each Saturday from 9 a.m-noon June 1 through Oct. 12 at Lebanon Town Hall, 579 Exeter Road.

Free reusable "Lebanon Farmers Market" bags are provided for those that spend $6 or more at a single vendor while supplies last.

Twenty vendors sell local fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses, eggs, meats, maple syrup, honey, baked goods, prepared foods, flowers and plants.

Lebanon Farmers Market is supported by the Department of Agriculture and is Snap and WIC certified. For information, visit


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