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Amy Jagaczewski, P.E., of GNCB Consulting Engineers, P.C. of Old Saybrook has been promoted to Associate. Jagaczewski specializes in the investigation, analysis and rehabilitation of historic structures, and is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology International. Her work includes academic, religious, cultural, institutional, and commercial projects. Recent projects include the adaptive reuse of Holdredge Garage in Westerly and the reconstruction of St. Michael Church in Pawcatuck. She has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut.


Local Realtors convened in Norwich recently for the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors to install its officers and directors for 2018. The new ECAR president is Mathew LiseeCapital Property Group, LLC in Gales Ferry, and a resident of Baltic. The outgoing president is Marilyn Lusher, of RE/MAX. The other officers are president-elect Ryan Lajoie, treasurer Greg Hanner and secretary Paula Turley. The 2018 directors are Ron Bates, Tim Bray, Carol Christiansen, Quincy Clayton, Linda Davis, David Izzo, Norm Krayem, Hilarie Leone, Bonnie Nault, Mary Poola, Weimin Quian and Thomas Sheldon.


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Business Luncheon with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney on Monday, Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Groton Inn & Suites, 99 Gold Star Highway. Admission is $20 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. Atlantic Broadband is the sponsor.

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.


SCORE will host free workshops on:

“(Taking the Fear out of) Small Business Selling," Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6–7:30 p.m., Od Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main St. Presenter is Eric Munro. For more information contact Anne Driscoll at

“Marketing Your Small Business,” Wednesday, Jan. 24, 10–11:30 a.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. Presenter is Tanisha Baptiste of the Small Business Administration. For more information contact Anne Driscoll at

“How to Start and Run Your Non-Profit Business,” Wednesday, Feb. 7, 10–11:30 a.m., Old Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main St. Presenter is Bob Potter; contact him at

“How to Use QuickBooks to Manage Your Business Finances (I),” Thursday, Feb. 8, 10–11:30 a.m., Old Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main St. Elizabeth Santaus is the presenter. Contact Anne Driscoll at

“The ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis,” Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6–7:30 p.m., The Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library Road, Mystic. Presenter is Economic Development Specialist Tanisha Baptiste of the Small Business Association. For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at  


Westerly Hospital will hold a Job Fair on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 1-6 p.m. in the Henry J. Nardone Conference Center, 25 Wells St. The following departments with openings will be represented: diagnostic imaging, environmental services, food/nutrition services, laboratory, nursing services, rehabilitation services and respiratory services. Interested candidates should bring a copy of their resume. Onsite interviews will be available. To view current openings visit

The Community Concierge program invites residents to a cooking class on Thursday, Jan. 25, 6-8 p.m. at Coogan Farm Kitchen, 162 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. Admission is $25 per person requested in advance. Learn more by visiting or call (860) 701-9113.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will holds it Legislative Breakfast on Jan. 31, 7-9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Norwich, 10 Laura Blvd. There is no cost for members and $10 for non-members. The sponsors are US Foods and Holiday Inn. To register, visit


Matthew Morrell, VP, Retail Lending Sales Manager at Chelsea Groton Bank, was recently selected as a New Leader in Banking by the CT Bankers Association and Connecticut Banking Magazine. The 15 recipients are considered to be outstanding employees who have made a notable impact in their bank and their community, beyond their job description.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY-Fredonia and his MBA from Albertus Magnus College. He is a 2017 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Leadership Program. He lives in East Hampton. For more information, visit

Jonathan Duncklee, President and CEO of Duncklee Cooling & Heating Inc., has received the National Leadership Award from Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating. Thirteen out of 3,500 of the country’s most elite Mitsubishi Cooling and Heating diamond contractors were chosen by Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating as leaders in the ductless technology based on sales, education, innovation and leadership and were recognized with the National Leadership Award. In addition, these industry leaders were requested to meet with the Mitsubishi executive team to strategize for the upcoming year to continue to provide customers with the most efficient and comfortable ductless technology and services.

Duncklee Cooling & Heating has been servicing the eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island area since 1973. For more information visit

Marie Tyler Wiley, a Justice of the Peace and Event Coordinator in Mystic, has been selected as the 2018 ¬¬winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading online wedding brand and app. This is the 10th year Wiley has been selected and she has been inducted into their Hall of Fame. For more information, visit

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has been named the Best Credit Union for the second consecutive year in The Commercial Record’s annual reader survey. Charter Oak won the Gold Award in the Best of 2017 Survey. During 2017, Charter Oak also was named Best Credit Union in several other contests. This past spring, Charter Oak was voted Best Credit Union by readers of The Day newspaper as well as Best Credit Union in the “Best of Norwich Magazine” contest. Charter Oak was also honored as Best Credit Union in the “Best of Northeastern Connecticut” contest featured in the September issue of Norwich Magazine. For more information visit or


For the second consecutive year, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union will be awarding $90,000 in college scholarships this spring to students in New London and Windham counties. The credit union will accept scholarship applications through Thursday, March 15. Applications must be submitted electronically, and can be found at Applicants must be members of the credit union; non-members can visit any branch location or call 860-446-8085 or 800-962-3237 to become a member, and to become eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. A total of 45 scholarships will be awarded. 

Hair Cuttery is kicking off the 19th year of its philanthropic Share-A-Haircut campaign. Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 2.28 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $37.5 million to various causes. This February’s campaign will take place Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 5-6 with the goal of giving thousands of haircuts to the homeless.

For every haircut purchased on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, a free haircut certificate will be donated back to a homeless adult or child in the community. To distribute the certificates to those in need, Hair Cuttery is partnering with local shelters and community organizations.

Local shops are located at Norwichtown Commons, 42 Town St., Norwich; Montville Commons, 2020 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville; Crossing At Lisbon, 193 River Road, Lisbon; Groton Shoppers Mart, 985 Poquonnock Road, Groton; and Westerly Crossing, 143 Franklin St., Westerly. To make an appointment, visit

The award of $4,700 in grants from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation have been made in support of arts and cultural projects, according to Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank. The Preston Historical Society received $3,000  to replace window units of the historical Long Society Meeting House located in Preston. The Finnish American Heritage Society in Canterbury will use its $500 award to upgrade and redesign museum and library areas to improve the presentation of items and artifacts for members and community education and research. Also, the Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society in Danielson was awarded $200 for materials to build a shelving unit for the storage of museum displays. Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut in Pomfret received an annual support grant of $1,000 that helps to continue to bring musical performances to elementary school students. For more information, visit


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT welcomes new members Advanced Office Systems and Jensen’s Inc. Advanced Office Systems, located in Branford, provides its partners with information technology solutions. Jensen’s Inc. builds, owns and manages communities for people aged 55 years and older in eight states along the eastern seaboard, five of which are located in Montville and Old Saybrook. Visit to find a full list of the Chamber’s newest members.

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