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Chelsea Groton Bank announced the following promotions of members of its executive leadership team: Tony Joyce, EVP, to Chief Operations Officer; Jennifer Pensa, EVP, to Chief Innovation Officer; Lori Dufficy, EVP, to Chief Experience and Engagement Officer; and Anne Wilkinson, SVP, to Chief Human Resources Officer. Alex Masse, Director of Operations and Business Intelligence, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and is newly appointed to the bank's leadership team. For more information, go to

Susan Connelly has been appointed Chief Operations Officer of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote. Connelly joined Catholic Charities in 2016 as Finance Director. In January 2020, she oversaw the operations of the organization, as Interim Executive Director, while maintaining her duties as Finance Director. Connelly announced the addition of Reverend Brian C. Maxwell to the Catholic Charities team. Father Maxwell was appointed by Bishop Cote on Oct. 1. He joins Catholic Charities in the newly created role of Outreach Coordinator.



"Is Being a Virtual Assistant for You?", Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

"Advertising Across Social Media," sponsored by Essex Savings Bank, Wednesday, Nov. 18, noon to 1:30 p.m., Zoom.

 "How to Start & Run a Successful Non-Profit Organization," Wednesday, Dec. 2, noon to 1:30 p.m., Zoom.

For registration information, email Anne Driscoll at


The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce has launched its Shop Local campaign with a GNACC Shop Local Facebook group.  Visit for a list of over 100 local businesses. For more information, call (860) 887-1647.


The Antonino Auto Group has announced the creation of their Community Strong Fund to give back this holiday season amidst the pandemic. Each of their nine dealerships will be donating to various local charities each month through March to such as the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, St. Vincent de Paul Place, Groton Social Services Food Pantry and Colchester Cares. The commuity can donate through their local dealership's website, with 100% going directly to charity. To establish the Community Strong Fund, Antonino Auto Group partnered with Givinga, a philanthropic technology firm.

The Arc Eastern Connecticut's Emporium thrift store in Woodstock that employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received a $2,432 grant from the Chelsea Groton Foundation to create inventory and storage space for donated items prior to their sale.


Six attorneys at Tobin, Carberry, O'Malley, Riley & Selinger, P.C. of New London were recognized by Best Lawyers. Attorney Robert Tobin was recognized for his work in Native American and Gaming Law. Attorney Glenn Carberry was recognized for his continued work in Land Use and Zoning Law. Attorney Thomas Riley was recognized for his work in Employment Law – Individuals. All three partners have been included in Best Lawyers for 15 years or more. Partners Kristin L. Wainright and William R. Sweeney, and Associate Attorney Emily R. Casey were recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Stephen J. White, Westerly Community Credit Union President & CEO, has been chosen as the 2020 Awards of Excellence "CEO of the Year" by the Cooperative Credit Union Association during its recent Virtual Annual Meeting & Convention. During his tenure, the credit Union has increased asset size from $84M to $365M and the number of branches from 2 in Westerly to 4 branches, in Washington County and New London County. For more information, visit or


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT welcomes new members: Golden Egg Concepts; Lahan & King, LLC; Rustic Boutique Catering and Events; Sweet Hill Farm, with Pop's Ice Cream Shop; and Work Vessels for Veterans. Visit to discover a full Chamber member directory.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes their newest members: Dale Carnegie Training offered by Results, Inc.; Johnny's Clam Shack; 24/7 Harmony Homecare Services, LLC; Artist Mia Mhoor; and Norwich Nutrition. For more information, go to


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