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Geraldine “Geri” Jacobson has joined Lyman Real Estate as a broker/associate. She previously owned her brokerage firm in Cromwell and  Old Lyme. In the 1980s, Jacobson owned a fish market and restaurant in Punta Gorda, Florida. Lyman Real Estate Brokerage & Development is headquartered in Westbrook. 

Donna Glaude was promoted to Vice President and Operations Officer at Putnam Bank. She has over 31 years in banking, 17 of which have been with Putnam Bank. Brandy Hapgood was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Area Manager. she has over 22 years in banking, and has been with Putnam Bank for 6 years. Melissa Stedman was promoted to Branch Manager of the Griswold Office. She begin her banking career with Putnam Bank 10 years ago.  

Other staff promotions and reassignments announced were: Leah Davis, Assistant Branch Manager, Danielson Branch; CarolAnn Blomberg, Loan Closing Officer; Patricia Kovacik, Commercial Loan Closing Officer; Jaimini Patel, CSR Supervisor, Griswold Branch; Alyson Davis, CSR Supervisor, Main Office; Joyce Borey, Loan Servicing Supervisor; Dawn St. Onge, CSR/IRA Coordinator; Amanda Tarryk, Loan Processor II; Denise Heuschneider, Assistant Head Teller; Suzanne Watters, Assistant Head Teller; Kimberli Long, Assistant Head Teller; Sandra Pellecchia, Senior Teller; and Seana Hendrickson, Senior Teller.

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Deven Spear has joined Connecticut-based Overabove as the strategic marketing firm’s Chief Innovation Officer. Former managing partner of Spear Consultants Ltd. and CEO and founder of BrightDoor Systems, Inc., Spear previously partnered with the Overabove team on successful sales and marketing engagements including Homestead Preserve in Virginia and New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Resort.

Overabove is a full-service strategic marketing firm located in Essex. John Visgilio is the Principal.


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will holds its next Business After Hours networking event on Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hygienic Art Park, 81 Bank St., New London, co-hosted with Liberty Bank. Admission is $15 for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $25 for non-members, and includes complimentary food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and entry to the evening’s door prize drawing. Register in advance to avoid an additional $5 walk-in fee at or call (860) 701-9113.

The Young Professionals of Eastern CT will hold a social at Mohegan Sun Golf Club on Wednesday, July 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., co-hosted with the Eastern CT Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network. Admission is free for members, $10 for non-members, and includes complimentary food, wine, beer, soft drinks, and entry to the evening's door prize drawing. Sign up online at or call the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT at (860) 701-9113.


Savings Institute has opened a Financial Solutions Center at 996 Poquonnock Road, Groton. The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on July 13.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Spark Emporium in New London on Thursday, July 20 from 5:30-8 p.m. at 13 Golden St. The Spark Emporium is the retail space of Spark Makerspace and features the work of local artisans. Learn more online at or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Copper Creek Mini Golf on Tuesday, July 18, 5-8 p.m. at 1650 Route 85, Oakdale. After the ceremony, guests will have an opportunity to play a few holes on the course. Each mini golfer will receive a free gift. There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP. Learn more at or call (860) 701-9113.


The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation is accepting 2017 grant applications from local 501(c)(3), 170(c)(1), and other qualified non-profit organizations in the communities served by Jewett City Savings Bank. Guidelines and grant applications for 2017 are available online at and at all offices of Jewett City Savings Bank. Completed applications must be received no later than Aug. 31. Funding will be awarded by Dec. 31.

Grants, available up to a maximum of $5,000, may be awarded for existing program support, general support, special projects, and/or start-up endeavors covering a variety of issues impacting the community. In 2016, the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation provided more than $75,000 in grants. For more informaton, visit

Bob’s Discount Furniture in partnership with Make-A-Wish Connecticut granted two wishes of Connecticut children on Tuesday, June 27, at their Niantic store. Bob’s welcomed the children and their families for a shopping spree to pick out items on their wish list.

Daniel, 15 years-old from Moosup, wished to have a movie theatre in his living room to create a space to invite friends over. The other wish child, a 12-year-old, wished a for a bedroom makeover. Cathy Poulin, director of outreach and public relations at Bob’s Discount Furniture, assisted during the shopping trip to help the children pick out items for their wishes.

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