Business briefs for Feb. 23, 2014

BNI Crescent Beach and BNI Coastal Chapter are teaming up to benefit Care and Share of East Lyme for an evening of light hors d'oeuvres and raffle items Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6-9 p.m., at Flanders Fish Market and Restaurant, 22 Chesterfield Road.

A $10 donation at the door will give you the opportunity to meet other business professional. Cash bar available. Please also bring a nonperishable food item.

The Waterford Economic Development Commission, as part of its ongoing program of honoring Waterford's longest-running businesses, presented a Certificate of Recognition to Blackburn Carpet Cleaning during the annual "State of Waterford" meeting on Feb. 18 at the Langley Restaurant in Waterford. The State of Waterford event was presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and sponsored by Charter Oak Federal Credit Union.

The certificate was presented by First Selectman Dan Steward and EDC Vice Chairman Peter Karpinski to Steve and Irene Blackburn. The Blackburns started their business in 1970, and are dedicated to giving outstanding service to Waterford and surrounding communities. This family business and their more than 50 employees work hard to provide a value to others by their reputation, education, systems and guarantee.

The Blackburns provided cleaning services to Dominion Nuclear Power Plant for decades and other local businesses and residences.

Visit their new location at 977 Hartford Turnpike in Waterford or call (860) 447-2000.

Attorney Emily R. Casey has joined the TCORS law firm in the practices of Workers' Compensation; Employment Law, Intellectual Property and Cultural Property. Prior to joining the firm, Casey worked as a consultant for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in connection with a criminal investigation conducted by the Southern District of New York of a suspected major stolen antiquities dealer. From 2004 to 2009, Casey was a contract archaeologist and worked as a crew chief for a cultural resource management firm.

Casey grew up in Waterford and graduated cum laude from Drew University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both anthropology and classical studies. She also attended Yale University, where she received a master's degree in archaeological studies in 2008. Casey went on to earn her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 2012, with a certificate in arts and museum law. Casey is admitted to practice in Connecticut, and is a member of the American, Connecticut and New London Bar Associations.

For the third year, Dime Bank is promoting the nationwide effort to help people save more successfully by participating in America Saves Week 2013 from Feb. 24-March 1. Coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council, this week is an opportunity for organizations to annually promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to review their own saving status.

Dime Academy, Community Education from Dime Bank, will present a free seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to learn about savings strategies. You will learn about banking basics, budget skill and various types of accounts. The event will be held in Dime's Community Room at their Corporate Office at 290 Salem Turnpike, Norwich from 5:30-7 p.m. To register for the event, RSVP to either (860) 859-4300 or

Nature's Art Village presented Lawrence + Memorial Hospital with a $500 donation for the Hospital's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program for the second year in a row. The donation was raised during The Dinosaur Place's at Nature's Art Village 12th Annual Monty's Fall Festival. The grand total was delivered early this year under the famous Monty the T-rex to hospital staff.

Monty's Fall Festival took place over Columbus Day weekend at The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village in Montville. The event featured arts and crafts, child IDs, science programs, a petting zoo and other family friendly activities. $1 from each admission fee was collected as part of the donation for Lawrence + Memorial's Early Detection program.

For more information about the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, For more information on Nature's Art visit

Dominion, which owns and operates the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, recently donated $10,000 to Operation Fuel for its energy assistance program. Operation Fuel is a private, nonprofit statewide program that has provided emergency energy assistance throughout Connecticut for the past 37 years to lower-income working families, the elderly and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis and not eligible for energy assistance from government-funded programs. Operation Fuel works in partnership with businesses, communities, government and individuals to ensure that Connecticut households have access year-round to critically needed energy assistance.

The 33rd Annual Colchester Business Association Tag Sale will be held on the Green June 8. Those interested in a booth or the opportunity to be a featured entertainer can email

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut's Leadership Program has chosen to assist Reliance House in Norwich as its community service project for the year. Reliance House is a private 501(c)(3) community mental health agency providing assistance and support to more than 600 individuals a year experiencing mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities.

The 28 members of the Chamber Leadership Program will be spending Saturday, May 3, at the main office of Reliance House. Their chosen efforts include repainting offices, replacing carpet, repairing, power washing and staining the deck, and providing new furniture for client and staff use.

The group is seeking contributions to help defray the costs of paint supplies, carpeting, lumber, furniture, and other necessary expenses. Other fundraisers are also planned, including restaurant days, in-office events, and jeans days.

All funds raised will directly benefit Reliance House. Donations can be made via the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation, and will all be designated for the Reliance House project. Checks can be made payable and mailed to Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation, Attn: Megan Cronin, 914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford CT 06385.

Corporate sponsors are Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Quality Inn of Mystic, Pfizer, Dominion and Norwich Public Utilities.

The Annual Builder Ball will be held at Spare Time, formerly the Holiday Bowl, 27 Kings Highway, Groton, on Saturday, March 29, from 1-3 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Builders Association of Eastern Connecticut Training Center to help further the education of members, contractors and homeowners.

Corporate sponsor costs $250 per lane. Two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda for five corporate bowlers is $20 per person. Individual bowlers are welcome, too. For more information, go to

The Colchester Business Association Member Dinner Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 4, at Papa Z's Restaurant, 713 Middletown Road. A social and networking hour with appetizers and beverages will begin at 6 p.m. and buffet dinner will be served at 7. AT&T of Colchester is sponsoring the meeting, and will give a brief presentation about their services. Reserve your dinner seat by calling (860) 537-0340 or by email at RSVP no later than Feb. 28. The cost is $15 per person.

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