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    Friday, January 27, 2023

    Business Briefs

    EMPLOYMENT

    Anthony Toklo has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Davis-Standard, which has its headquarters in Pawcatuck. He previously worked at ITW and GE. For more information visit www.davis-standard.com.

    Suzanne Walsh Erno of East Lyme has joined Union Savings Bank as Vice President, Senior Commercial Real Estate Lender. Prior to joining USB, she served as first vice president, senior commercial lender for Guilford Savings Bank, as well as vice president, commercial real estate relationship manager for The Washington Trust Company. For more information, visit unionsavings.com

    WORKSHOPS

    SCORE:

    PART ONE “Managing Your Business Finances with QuickBooks,” Intuit ProAdvisor Elizabeth Santaus, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

    PART TWO “Choosing the Right QuickBooks: The Basics of Setting Up Your QuickBooks Company,” Thursday, Dec. 1, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

    “2023: The Year Branding Thrives,” Maria Miranda, Thursday, Dec. 8, noon to 1 p.m., Zoom.

    “The Three-Page Business Plan,” sponsored by Essex Savings Bank, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2-3:30 p.m, Zoom.

    For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org

    EVENTS

    The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Tourism & Community Awards and Party of 12 will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Velvet Mill in Stonington Borough. The Joyce Resnikoff Tourism Award will be announced that night, as will the Keel Award winner, given to a community business leader who represents the future Mystic.

    In addition, 15 Over 50 Ballast Awards, acknowledging those business icons over 50 years of age who have made Mystic their own for 15 years or more. will be presented to Megan Marco, owner of Stonington Natural Health Center; Kimberly Piscatelli, owner of Cardinal Honda; Chuck Sneddon and Susette Tibus, owners of Simply Majestic Jewelers; and Jeff Marshall, owner of Mystic Shipyard.

    Stonington Public Schools and the Chamber, with support from the Inclusion A Sylvestre Foundation, will present the first "Just One Chance award to the Mystic Aquarium for promoting an inclusive environment for Stonington Public School’s students who have a disability.

    The Outstanding Arts & Cultural Business or Organization award recipient for 2022 is Love & Pop, Rita Rivera, owner. The Outstanding Business Supporter of Arts & Culture award recipient for 2022 is UCONN Avery Point.

    Area restaurants providing hors d’oeuvres include Shipwright’s Daughter, J&R Seafood, Angie’s, Rocks 21, Port of Call, Pink Basil, Sift, Andiamo, Daniel Packer Inn, Ignazio’s The Pizza and Surf Cantina. Entertainment will be provided by Sugar. For more information, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.mysticchamber.org.

    The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation will present the 37th annual Holiday Gala in-person celebration on Friday, Dec. 16 from 5:30-9 p.m. The event, presented in partnership with the Mohegan Tribe, will take place in the Uncas Ballroom, and will raise funds for the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs.

    For more information on the Foundation and its grants, visit www.ChamberECT.com. Donations for the live and silent auction are still being accepted. Contact Shöna Nilsson at snilsson@chamberect.com for donation interest. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 for a reserved table of 8. For information and tickets visit www.ChamberECT.com/gala or call 860-701-9113.

    GIVING

    Buon Appetito restaurant in North Stonington will donated 50% of all dinners on Monday, Dec. 5 in support of the families of Bristol Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy who were who were killed in the line of duty on Oct. 12. Petrit, Alex, and Mirela jakaj Marku said they hope to raise $5,000 for each family. The restaurant is at 386 Norwich-Westerly Road, North Stonington. For reservations call (860) 535-2333

    The Bristol Police Commissioners and the Bristol Police Union have established The Bristol Police Heroes Fund to support the families. Donations are being accepted at all Thomaston Savings Bank locations, as well as online and by mail. Contrtibutions can be mailed to Police Heroes Fund c/o Thomaston Savings Bank, P.O. Box 907, Thomaston, CT 06787-0907. Online contributions can be made at https://www.thomastonsavingsbank.com/heroes.

    This fall, the Chelsea Groton Foundation provided $173,975 to 37 non-profit organizations from Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Foundation has distributed over $500,000 to the community this year, including $294,000 in grants during the spring giving cycle, $8,500 in scholarships, $22,100 through the Acts of Kindness program, and over $13,000 in employee matches for the United Way. Inclusive of these donations, the Foundation has provided over $5.5 million in total grants to the community since 1998.

    The Foundation approved a $10,000 grant for Discovering Amistad. An additional $5,000 sponsorship was also promised for the program’s berth in Norwich next summer.

    Programs that help to combat food insecurity, including Martin House, Inc. ($10,000), Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) ($6,000), and Meals on Wheels of RI Inc ($500), and housing organizations, such as Furniture Bank of S.E.CT ($10,000) and Reliance Health, Inc. ($5,000) received funding.

    The Women’s Business Development Council Inc. was awarded $25,000 for the WBDC Equity Match Grant Program for women-owned small businesses. United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut received $10,000 for inclusion and advocacy activities.

    Separate from these approvals, the Foundation made final payments on pre-existing obligations to Thames River Heritage Park ($2,500), Norwich Free Academy ($5,000) and the National Coast Guard Museum Association ($20,000).

    Organizations who support critical needs are invited to apply for additional funding if needed, through the application on the Bank’s website, chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

    HONORS

    Courtney A. Simmons a lawyer with Davis Malm and a resident of Lyme, has been named a 2022 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star.

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented multiphase selection process is designed to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

    Rising Stars recognizes rising young attorneys 40 years old or younger, or who have been in practice for 10 years or fewer.

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