Business in Brief -- Oct. 20

Melanie J. Lawton has joined the Niantic office (860-451-8057) of Weichert, Realtors-Suburban Properties as a Realtor and Brian Valenti has joined the sales team of the agency's Guilford office.

A native of Norwich now living in Waterford, Lawton will assist homebuyers and sellers in southeastern Connecticut. A notary public, she is also a financial aid coordinator at Connecticut College.

A 40-year resident of Connecticut with 11 years in real estate, Valenti will assist homebuyers and sellers in New Haven. He lives in Cheshire.

Weichert, Realtors-Suburban Properties, owned by Broker Vincent Engingro, is headquartered in Guilford (203-689-5499).

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will honor Leo Roche of Harp and Hound as Employer of the Year, Scott Gladstone and Neil Ryan of Wireless Zone as Community Service Award recipients, and the Groton Business Association Events Committee as Volunteer of the Year.

The 2013 Annual Dinner and Silent Auction will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton from 5-9:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $75 per person. Contact the GMCC office at (860) 572-9578 for more information.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT has partnered with the Holiday Inn Norwich to host a re-launch event celebrating the completion of the hotel's renovations, along with the Norwich location's sixth anniversary on Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. The hotel has just concluded $1.3 million in improvements, and the local community is invited to tour the newly upgraded facility, enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, live entertainment, and giveaways, including overnight stays in Boston.

There is no cost to attend but RSVPs are encouraged; visit or contact Katie Weber at (860) 889-5201. This event is presented cooperatively with the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Edward & Mary Lord Family Health Center at UCFS, 47 Town St., Norwich, has expanded its hours. Dental and medical practices will be open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call (860) 892-7042 to schedule an appointment.

Family medicine Dr. Meghan Grant has joined The Westerly Hospital's medical staff. Grant will provide comprehensive primary care to children and adults , and is accepting new patients. Her office will be at 46 Wells St. To schedule an appointment, call (401) 596-0174.

Her special interests include women's health including prenatal care, dermatology, office based procedures including vasectomies and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

For information, visit

Ken and Kimballi Startz, Community Hearing Aids of Connecticut owners, were one of the first to receive continuing education about Audibel's latest technologies at the recent Audibel Owners Summit in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Courses during the weekend included detailed training on Audibel's A2/Start Classic hearing aid technology, retail marketing best practices, and continued education on how to provide individualized attention to patients.

Community Hearing Aids of Connecticut was presented awards for its extraordinary accomplishments in three categories: The Starkey Hearing Angel program for their contributions to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, The Directors Award "for going above and beyond to help the hearing impaired in our community," and the Customer Service Gold Award.

The business is at 441 Long Hill Road in Groton and 215 W. Town St., Norwich. For more information or to set up an appointment, call (860) 326-5518 or visit

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT has set a date for the William Crawford Distinguished Service Award reception and dinner. Jeanne and Steve Sigel of the Garde Arts Center will be honored on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa in Groton. Tickets, sponsorships and program advertisements are available. Reception begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner and award presentations at 7.

Gold sponsors include Connecticare, CorePlus Federal Credit Union, Foxwoods, Pfizer, The Day, and Mohegan Sun. To become a sponsor, purchase tickets, or learn more about the event, visit or call (860) 701-9113.

The Young Professionals of Eastern Connecticut will host a YPsocial after hours networking event Oct. 24 at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Niantic. This event, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is Halloween-themed and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in a variety of categories.

Attending a YPsocial is free for YPECT members, and non-members can attend one event for $10. Complimentary food and drinks are provided. Each month, the group convenes to socialize and meet new professional contacts in a casual and interesting setting.

YPECT is an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, and is sponsored by McCue Mortgage of New London, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, and Quality Inn Mystic. To learn more or register, visit or call (860) 701-9113.

Coastal Consignments has opened at 100 Main St., Westerly, in the former location of Wise Owl Toys. Coastal Consignments carries a variety of furniture, including tables, chairs, dressers, home décor, household items and accessories. Coastal Consignments does not carry clothing. Store hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Consignors are wanted. For more information, email Suzanne Martell at or call (401) 315-2255.

Customers whose financial circumstances have been affected by the government shutdown may qualify for assistance from Eastern Savings Bank. Assistance will be custom tailored to the needs of each customer and may include special loan programs, payment programs, waiver of fees, or financial counseling.

Customers may visit Eastern Savings Bank branches in Norwich, Jewett City, and Plainfield or call (860) 889-7381 for more information.

Washington Trust recently awarded Kevin and Donna Emery of Wakefield, R.I., a check for $5,000 toward home improvement as part of the Bank's Home Makeover Contest. The bank gave away Visa gift cards, worth up to $300, for new Home Equity Lines of Credit opened between April and July 2013. The Emerys name was randomly selected for the $5,000 cash grand prize.


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