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Chelsea Groton Bank promoted 20 employees following a Board of Trustees meeting. They are: Jennifer Pensa of Stonington, Director of Operations and Technology, to Executive Vice President; Katherine Allingham of Preston, Director of Risk Management, to First Vice President; Kathryn Alves of Groton, Credit Department Manager, to First Vice President; Alex Masse of Baltic, to Director of Operations and Business Intelligence, and First Vice President; Jessica Todd of Niantic, Director of Finance to First Vice President; Barbara Curto of Mystic, Marketing Manager to Vice President; Beth Glynn of Oakdale, Retail Loan Originator to Vice President; Jean McGran of Norwich, to Member Experience Market Manager and Vice President; Kristin Zummo of East Lyme, Learning and Development Manager to Vice President; Michele Magowan of Groton, Retail Lending Sales Specialist to Assistant Treasurer; Christina Nocito of New London, BSA Manager to Assistant Treasurer; Matthew Benoit of Westerly, to Project Management Specialist and Assistant Secretary; Jamie Goulas of Moosup, Retail Loan Originator to Assistant Secretary; Matthew Hastava of West Hartford, Security Manager Assistant Secretary; Becky Jacoinski of Westerly, Benefits and Wellness Specialist to Assistant Secretary; Sara Lundy of Oakdale, Compliance Administrator to Assistant Secretary; Jessica Mazzaccaro of Newington, Retail Lending Production Administrator to Assistant Secretary; Damen Norton of Groton, Lending Compliance and Encompass Administrator to Assistant Secretary; Elizabeth Owen of Norwich, Senior Credit Analyst to Assistant Secretary; and Mario Siciliano of Westerly, to Technology Operations Manager. For more information, visit

Corinn Charlsen of Voluntown has been named branch manager at the East Greenwich, R.I., branch of Centreville Bank. She began her career at Centreville Bank in 2014 as a bank teller and has held various positions of increasing responsibility since then. Most recently she was retail operations supervisor at the East Greenwich branch. 


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Chamber 101: Membership Benefits and Orientation on Feb. 5, 4-5 p.m., at the Chamber offices, 914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford. Register at or call 860-701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a workshop series “Speechcraft: Improve Your Communication” presented by Niantic Toastmasters. The four-workshop series will have sessions on Feb. 10 and 24, March 9 and 23 from 5–6:30 p.m. at the Chamber offices, 914 Hartford Tpke., Waterford. Register at or call 860-701-9113.

SCORE will host:

"Small Business Retirement Plan Options," Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Sponsored by Grove Street Financial.

Q & A Panel on “Funding Sources for Your Small Business,” Monday, Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road. Presenters from Charter Oak Credit Union, Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, Small Business Administration and Community Investment Corporation. 

For more information contact Anne Driscoll at

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Business Breakfast and Mini-Expo on The Business of Cannabis on Jan. 30, 7:30-10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. Speakers are Michelle Seagull, commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protections, and Kay Doyle, commissioner of the Cannabis Control Commission of Massachusetts. Cost is $25 for Chamber members, $35 for nonmembers before Jan. 28, with an additional $5 after. For more information or to register, visit or call 860-701-9113.

The Women's Business Development Council will host:

"Marketing Counseling Day," Anne DiFrancesco, Coach, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment only, WBDC, 300 State St., Ste. 419, New London.

"Scale Up: Utilizing Financing Tools to Grow Your Business," Beth Scarborough, Instructor, Part 1 - Jan. 29, Part 2 - Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m., Chelsea Groton Bank, Groton.

“Personal Finance Counseling Day,” Samantha Cross, Coach, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., by appointment only, WBDC, 300 State St., Ste. 419, New London.

“Let’s Talk: Get Real Estate Savvy,” Molly Bruno, Instructor, Friday, Feb. 7, 9-10:30 a.m., Foundry 66, 66 Franklin St., Norwich.

“Build Your B.A.I.L. (Banker, Accountant, Insurer, Lawyer) Team,” Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m., WBDC, 300 State St., Ste. 419, New London.

“Business Concept Clinic: 6-part program,” Jacqui Torcellini, Instructor, Thursday Feb. 13, 5:30-8 p.m., application required, WBDC, 300 State St., Ste. 419, New London.

Programs are free. Register at or contact Susan Hackett at (860) 574-9246 for an appointment.


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT joins Wireless Zone for a Business After Hours on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 5-7 p.m. at 351 N. Frontage Road, New London. $15 for members, $15 for nonmembers before Feb. 3, add $5 after. To register or learn more, visit or call 860-701-9113.


Nearly 30,000 winter coats from Ocean State Job Lot’s “Buy, Give, Get” program are being distributed in partnership with the USA Veterans & Military Support Foundation throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The “Buy, Give, Get” program at 139 stores in nine states, which ran from November–December, allowed customers to provide a new winter coat to a veteran in their state. Customers received a $40 gift card. For more information, visit  

The Niantic/I-95 Exit 72 KOA Journey Campground, owned and operated by John and Sally Kelsey, will be participating this year in Pick Up America, a joint project between Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and Thor Industries. The program asks all campers, RV enthusiasts, and outdoor lovers to set a positive example by picking up trash wherever they find it. More than 100 KOA campgrounds throughout North America are participating in the Pick Up America program in 2020.For more information, go to


Michael Scarpa of Coastal Construction Management, LLC in Pawcatuck took home two Home Building Industry (HOBI) awards at the recent 2019 HOBI Awards gala at the Aqua Turf in Southington. Scarpa was presented with the award for Best Commercial Building for the building constructed on the site of the former Unk’s on the Bay restaurant. The building is the headquarters for Daversa Partners. Scarpa also received a HOBI for the Best Vacation Home 5,000-6,000-square-foot for a custom second home his company built on the Niantic River. The HOBI awards are offered by Connecticut Home Builders & Remodelers.

Bayview Health Care received the “Tier 2 Recognition” in the Quality Initiative Recognition Program, awarded by the American Health Care Association which advocates for quality care and services for frail, elderly, and disabled Americans. The AHCA will officially recognize the center at the Quality Summit in Grapevine, Texas, from March 9-11. Bayview Health Care met the criteria for the Antipsychotics and Functional Outcomes categories.


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT welcomes its newest members: American Integrity Restoration and Triton Technologies. Visit to discover a full Chamber member directory.

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