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Podiatrist Sean Colsen, DPM, has joined the Westerly Hospital Medical Staff. Colsen, who also performs foot and ankle surgery, received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, and completed his Podiatric Orthopedic and Surgical Residency at Boston VA Healthcare System. For more information, visit or call the physician referral line at 1-800-MDMATCH.

Rhona Heyl has joined the Watch Hill office of Randall, Realtors as a sales associate. She as more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry and recently served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Mystic & Noank Library and as President of the Rotary Club of Mystic. She holds real estate licenses in Connecticut and Rhode Island and is also a certified financial planner. For more information, visit


B. Michael Rauh, president and chief executive officer of Chelsea Groton Bank, was recently named chairman of the board of directors of L+M Healthcare and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. Rauh, who began his role in October, succeeds R. Alan Hunter. Rauh has been part of the L+M Hospital board since 2011 and the L+M Healthcare board since 2014.


The Young Professionals of Eastern CT will host a networking event on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Filomena's Restaurant, 262 Boston Post Road, Waterford. Admission is free for YPECT members, $10 for non-members. Learn more and register at or call the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT at (860) 701-9113. YPECT is administered as a division of the Chamber. Its Gold Sponsors include Atlantic Broadband and McCue Mortgage/Keith Turner.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host its Business After Hours networking event on Jan. 24 at Hoffman Audi, 490 Broad St., New London, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $25 for non-members. Register in advance to avoid an additional $5 walk-in fee at or call (860) 701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT has subscriptions available for its Business After Hours networking event series through 2018.  With a 2018 Business After Hours subscription, guests are automatically registered for each networking event, and can save 25 percent. Subscriptions can be purchased from or by calling (860) 701-9113.


SCORE will hold a workshop on “Social Media Basics for Small Business” Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. at Old Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main St. For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at


This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Westerly Community Credit Union Holiday Basketball Tournament. The tournament will welcome back the teams from Chariho, South Kingstown, Stonington and Westerly High Schools. Westerly Community Credit Union underwrites all expenses and donates every dollar of the gate proceeds directly to the participating schools sports boosters. Last year each of the four participating schools received $2,470.64. To date, this tournament has raised $214,351.25.

This year’s tournament will be held Dec. 26-29 at Westerly High School. All-day admission will be taken at the door: $3 for students and $4 for adults. For more information, visit


The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce announced the 2017 Annual Award recipients at its annual meeting, held Dec. 6 at The Kate. The recipients were: Business of the Year: Essex Printing, owner Bill McMinn and his wife Sigrid Kun; Nonprofit of the Year: Acton Public Library, Nathan Wise, Board Chairman; Volunteer of the Year: Peter Mezzetti, host and executive producer on his Public Access TV show with Valley Shore Community TV in Westbrook; and Community Impact Award: Valley Shore YMCA, Chris Pallatto, Executive Director.

Stephanie S. DeBiasi, a licensed Realtor at the East Lyme office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties, is now recognized as being “Commercial and Investment Real Estate Certified (CIREC)”. Realtors receiving this certification have completed a program learning the foundations needed to provide commercial and investment real estate brokerage services. Less than 1 percent or agents earn this designation.


TLC Floor Center at 682 Boswell Ave. will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is available at all U-Haul locations, enabling customers to access trucks and vans every hour of every day through the self-pick-up and self-return options on their account.

Business hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (860) 237-3909 or visiting

TLC Floor Center is owned by Marteen Hanania.


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut welcomed the following members: 385 Bank restaurant, New London; Breakwater restaurant, Stonington Borough; Howard Johnson Inn Mystic; Residence Inn Mystic; SpringHill Suites Mystic; Synergy Point Systems; and Tracy Lyn Designs LLC.  Find a full list of the Chamber's newest members at

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