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Kristine Johnson, former Eastern Region Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, has been named the Resource Coordinator for the Center for Healthy Aging at Backus Hospital. Prior to her work with the Alzheimer’s Association, Johnson served as a Child Advocate for the Southeastern Connecticut Center for Juvenile Justice and Program Manager for Madonna Place in Norwich. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Quinnipiac University.

The Center for Health Aging at Backus, located on the hospital’s entry level at 326 Washington St., opened June 13. The new center is the 11th to be opened by Hartford HealthCare Senior Services across the state. The Center for Health Aging is a free service. Walk-ins are welcome. To contact the Backus Center for Healthy Aging call 860-425-5820


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and Miranda Creative host a workshop “Miranda Talks Brand - Everything You Should Know About the Hashtag Era, but Were Afraid to Ask” on June 26 from noon-1 p.m. at the Chamber offices, 914 Hartford Tpke, Waterford. Maria Miranda is presenter. Cost to attend is $5 for Chamber members/ $15 for nonmembers. To register, visit or call 860-701-9113.

The Women’s Business Development Council will host “Personal Finance Counseling,” with Samantha Cross, June 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., WBDC, 300 State St, Ste. 419, New London. Workshops are free. Register at or contact Susan Hackett at

Social Security and Your Retirement seminar will be held Wednesday, July 10 from 6–7 p.m. at Westerly Community Credit Union, 122 Granite St., Westerly. The free seminar is hosted by Wayne Lagasse, Vice President, Wealth Management. For more information, or to reserve your place by Wednesday, July 3, contact Kate Craig, Marketing Specialist, at 401-596-7000 x2142 or email

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut hosts a seminar on ConnectiCare Medicare Advantage on June 20 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at 914 Hartford Tpke., Waterford. The seminar, presented by Mark Lee of Mark Lee and Associates, will explain Medicare and how it works, talk about when to sign up for Medicare and how people can get additional benefits with a Medicare Advantage plan and realize savings. The event is free and open to the public.


The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce hosts Business After Hours at Chapter One, 32 Main St., Mystic, June 18 at 5:30 pm. $10 for members, $20 for guests. RSVP at or 860-572-9578.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce hosts Business Before Hours in Groton at Fairview Retirement Community, 235 Lestertown Road, Groton, June 20, 7:45 a.m. Free event. Featuring Guest Speaker CO Todd Moore of Naval Submarine Base. RSVP at or call 860-572-9578. 

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce hosts Business After Hours on the Argia Mystic Schooner, Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, June 25, 5-7:45 p.m. $10 for members, $20 guests. Seating is limited. RSVP at or 860-572-9578.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut hosts Coffee with the Chamber at NoRA Cupcakes, 60 Bank St, New London, on June 19 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. RSVP to Gary Rogers at or call 860-701-9113.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition with host ACT (Arts Culture & Tourism) Policy Update on June 19, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum Auditorium. This forum with elected officials and community leaders will discuss arts, culture and tourism-related updates from the recent legislative session. Speakers for the event include state Sen. Paul Formica, Co-Chair, Arts, Culture and Tourism Caucus; David Kooris, Deputy Commissioner, DECD; and Co-Chairs of ACT Policy Committee, Wendy Bury, Executive Director, SECT Cultural Coalition, and Stephen Tagliatela, Chair, CT Tourism Coalition. Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of Arts, Preservation and Museums, Department of Economic and Community Development, will be a special guest at the event. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested by June 14. Learn more and register at or call (860) 701-9113.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours event on Thursday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. co-hosted by Harp & Dragon Pub and Chelsea Insurance on the rooftop deck at 130 Main St., Norwich. Starting at 5:30 p.m. guests will gather at Harp & Dragon for an evening of networking. $10 GNACC members and $15 non-members. RSVP to the GNACC at 860-887-1647 or


The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will officiate a Ribbon Cutting for JOOJ, a custom jewelry, clothing and accessories boutique at 31 Broadway Ave., Mystic on June 22nd, 4:00 pm. For more info on JOOJ, contact owner Jill Miles at 860-912-2983 or visit


Overhead Door Company of Norwich welcomes the community to an Open House on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 88 Route 2A, Preston. The event is free. For more information call 860-889-3848.


Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has received the Corporate Sponsor of the Year and Corporate Benefactor Awards from the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut for its extensive financial and employee support of the agency's successful 2018-2019 annual campaign. Charter Oak’s corporate support of the 2018-2019 campaign included grants to assist the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank, sponsorship of United Way’s campaign kickoff event, as well as an additional gift of $3,000 to the food center to help celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. Charter Oak had an employee participation rate of 87 percent with employee donations exceeding $69,000. In addition, Charter Oak’s overall corporate support topped $20,000. For more information, visit or call 860-446-8085.

New London resident Catherine M. Foley of MeetingWorks has been named a 2019 IBM Champion for her work with ASAP University – the IBM Workload Automation User Community. This is the second year in a row that Foley has received this honor. Foley and her business associates at MeetingWorks, LLC serve as the executive and administration management team for the ASAP University - Workload Automation User Community. Services include strategic planning, board development, membership management, conference/event management, budgeting, webinars, website and social media services.

The Center for Financial Training recently honored 16 Chelsea Groton Bank employees: Stephanie Han of East Lyme, Jessica Charette of Groton, Maria Grenier of Scotland, Dorothy Houde of New London, Elizabeth Owen of Norwich, Kimberly Sanders of Stonington, Jennifer Seuferling of Groton, Susan Bailey of Norwich, Kristen Brunelle of Salem, Jennifer Gage of Mystic, Jean McGran of Norwich, Amy Prince of Richmond, R.I.; Allison Silva of Richmond, R.I.; Madison Stepnoski of Pawcatuck, Lize-Anne Stewart of Baltic and Lisa Lamphere of Quaker Hill. For more information, visit or


Ocean State Job Lot is running its "Choose-Give-Get" donation program. Any customer who chooses to donate $10 or more to one of eight causes supported through the OSJL Charitable Foundation will receive their donated amount back in a Crazy Deal Gift Card. Customers can choose from the following causes: feed the hungry, help the homeless, assist veterans and military families, aid animal rescue, care for children, advance healthcare, support the arts or promote learning. 


Epicure Brewing, 40 Franklin St., Norwich, is celebrating its second-year anniversary. The owners converted the former Norwich Bulletin printing press room into a 6,000-square-foot brewery and taproom. The taproom is be open Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 2-9 p.m., Saturday from noon-9 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Epicure Brewing is planning extending their operating dates over the summer to include Wednesday nights from 5-9 p.m. starting June 19 through Labor Day. 

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT celebrates the one-year anniversary of Rug Décor, 21 East Main St., Mystic, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will feature authentic Mediterranean cuisine, music and ambiance. Rug Decor LLC is a boutique of handmade rugs and art, featuring authentic Persian and other rugs, traditional and modern. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT welcomes its newest members: Caputo Trattoria, The Connecticut Indian Council, Inc., Independent Practice Advisor, Morgan Stanley in Mystic, and One Source Companies. Visit to discover a full Chamber member directory.

The Coastal Chapter of BNI in Waterford welcomes its newest members: Austin Gillespie of Avocare, and Maria Gallagher of KMG Therapy & Consulting LLC. Visit to see the complete member directory. The group meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at Charter Oak FCU Headquarters, 1055 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford.

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