Jeffrey Rindfleisch Hired as Vice President of Consumer Lending and Collections at American Eagle Financial Credit Union

Jeffrey Rindfleisch Photo.jpgJeffrey Rindfleisch has joined the leadership team at American Eagle Financial Credit Union as Vice President of Consumer Lending and Collections. In his new position, Jeff is responsible for all Consumer Lending functions (indirect and direct auto, personal loans, and Visa® as well as related support functions of underwriting, processing, closing, and funding) and Collections.

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining American Eagle, Jeff was most recently the Chief Lending Officer at Seasons Federal Credit Union in Middletown where he oversaw all key lending functions and served other sales and service roles for ten years. Jeff also has prior experience as a financial advisor with Oppenheimer, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch.

Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Quinnipiac University. He resides in Killingworth with his wife and two sons and has served as a volunteer with Little League baseball for the past few years.

KidsPlay Museum Gets $2,500 Donation from GoodWorks Insurance for Fair


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Edward F. Ryan, senior vice president with GoodWorks Insurance, presents check to Eileen Marriott, KidsPlay Children’s Museum director.

KidsPlay Children’s Museum received a $2,500 donation from GoodWorks Insurance, which was named the Presenting Sponsor of the fourth annual KidsPlay Family Fun Fair in Torrington.


Families will explore exhibits, engage in creative activities, attend high-quality shows, and learn about family-oriented organizations and resources in the community.

“GoodWorks Insurance is helping us deliver a wonderful event that is all about family, community, and fun.  We so appreciate their support of this event and our work,” said Eileen Marriott, KidsPlay Children’s Museum director.

GoodWorks Insurance donates at least 50 percent of its profits annually to local nonprofits that support education, healthcare, public safety and community development. The insurance agency has offices in Glastonbury, New Milford, Columbia and Avon.

“We’re delighted to participate in this wonderful event and help get the word out that KidsPlay is a gem in their community,” said Edward F. Ryan, senior vice president with GoodWorks Insurance.

The KidsPlay Family Fun Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, at the Warner Theater and KidsPlay Children’s Museum in Torrington. It features exhibits, creative activities, engaging shows, a face painter, roaming entertainers and more. It also offers free eye screenings, child ID kits, medical and dental information, camp and childcare information.

The KidsPlay Family Fun Fair is the museum’s largest event.  The 2017 Fair welcomed over 1,150 children and caregivers.  They interacted with the 25 nonprofit organizations, three public organizations and nine-family oriented businesses.

KidsPlay Children’s Museum is a non-profit institution with over 11,000 square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits and a variety of educational programs.  At KidsPlay, children and their families engage their curiosity, explore and learn through purposeful play.

The recently expanded museum welcomes a larger, more geographically diverse visitor base and is making a positive impact on the economic redevelopment of downtown Torrington.

Fun Fair tickets are available at KidsPlay (61 Main St., Torrington), online at and at the door on the day of the event.

In addition to its donation for the Fair, GoodWorks Insurance has established the KidsPlay Charitable Fund that will receive 20 percent of all commissions earned on insurance policies bought by museum members, patrons, donors and volunteers. Both new and renewed policies will eligible, making the Fund self-sustaining.

“We believe the fund will provide revenue to the museum for many years to come,” Ryan said.

One of the region’s top independent insurance agencies, GoodWorks Insurance is part of GoodWorks Financial Group.  More information is online at and Facebook:

KidsPlay Family Fun Fair, Torrington, Feb. 18, Sponsored by New Milford/Glastonbury Agency


Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Story and Song

150316-robert-frost-10.jpgThe Historical Society of Glastonbury (HSG) brings you “Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Story and Song” presented by Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward and the musical group Band of Steady Habits, on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:30pm at the First Church Congregational, 2183 Main Street in Glastonbury.   This is the first of four free presentations open to the public which the HSG sponsors throughout the year.

In “Frost Season,” Walt Woodward and the musical group Band of Steady Habits present a unique occasion for you to enjoy the works of American poet Robert Frost paired with songs that reflect and amplify the power of New England’s most beloved poet. Robert Frost was a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner for volumes of his poetry. Walter Woodward was formerly a hit songwriter and is now an award-winning author of books about New England history and an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.  A long-time admirer of Frost, Woodward and his musical partners Rachel Smith, Teagan Smith, Jeremy Teitelbaum, Rick Spencer and Duke York present a unique tribute to Frost–  a lecture, love story, poetry reading, and song-pairing, all in one.

About Band of Steady Habits

The six-member acoustic Band of Steady Habits came together in 2014 to share their love of music, and to use their talents to help create a new kind of public history presentation. Rachel Smith, Teagan Smith, Jeremy Teitelbaum, Walt Woodward, Rick Spencer, and Duke York use banjo, guitars, violin, recorders, bass, percussion, and beautiful harmonies to perform songs – some old, some original, and some contemporary – to accompany the  rich and evocative stories of  Walt Woodward. The stories provide new insights and perspectives into topics ranging from the Civil War to the uniqueness of Connecticut, to the poetry of Robert Frost. The Band of Steady Habits has received rave reviews throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts where they are  gaining  fans  for both their stories and music.

This presentation is FREE and open to the public.  Parking is in the rear of the Church. Come in the bottom rear door or the side door facing the driveway.  Phone 860-633-6890 or visit for events and more information.

Nicola-Yester Announces New Managing Partner: STEVEN V. PRIGIONIERI, CPA, MSAT, CEPA

Steven V. Prigionieri, CPA, MSAT, CEPA ,Nicola Yester Managing PartnerThe partners of Nicola Yester & Company, P.C. are pleased to announce the election of Steven V. Prigionieri as Managing Partner effective January 1, 2018.  The firm was founded in 1986 by Timothy Nicola and Norman Yester who continue to work actively with the firm’s clients.

A veteran of 25 years of public accounting, Steve joined the firm in 2010, focusing his tax, and advisory, and accounting practice in servicing privately held businesses primarily in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and restaurant industries.

To further his service to owners of the firm’s closely held business clients, Steve was designated as a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) in 2015, having completed the rigorous MBA-style program of the Exit Planning Institute.  Through his training, he is able to assist owners in building, harvesting and preserving family wealth by integrating major exit strategy components into their planning and operations.

Steve received his B.S. in Accounting from Quinnipiac University and his M.S. in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Hartford.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).  He is a member of the Accounting Advisory Council at Quinnipiac University where he also served previously as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting.  Steve is a former NCAA Division 1 Football Official and officiated football for over 25 years.

Nicola Yester is a 20-person accounting and tax firm serving closely held businesses in the construction, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare industries.


GoodWorks and CEMA Help Operation Fuel Keep Connecticut Families Warm This Winter

BrendaWatsonandPaulBrianCheckPresentation3December 20, 2017–Operation Fuel recently received a $5,000 donation, with potentially up to another $10,000 or more to come, as a result of a partnership among GoodWorks Insurance, the Arbella Insurance Foundation, and the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA).

The funds will be used to help lower-income Connecticut families stay warm this winter.

GoodWorks Insurance donated $2,500 and is adding a $2,500 matching grant from Arbella. GoodWorks also will match up to $5,000 in donations from CEMA’s members, so the total could exceed $15,000 by next April.

“Operation Fuel does wonderful work throughout Connecticut, where one in five residents has a hard time paying for energy. We’re glad to join with CEMA and Arbella to support them,” said GoodWorks Insurance President Paul Brian.

“CEMA is proud to join GoodWorks, Arbella and home heating oil dealers across Connecticut to contribute to Operation Fuel’s mission to give people in need access to energy assistance,” said CEMA President Chris Herb.

“The generous support from GoodWorks, Arbella and CEMA members shows that we are all in this together. Without the support of the community, we could not do what we do,” said Brenda Watson, acting director of Operation Fuel.

Headquartered in Glastonbury, Conn., GoodWorks Insurance has other offices in New Milford, Avon and Columbia, Connecticut; in Western Massachusetts; and in Walnut Creek, California. It offers home, auto and business insurance, surety bonds and group health insurance.

One of America’s fastest-growing insurance agencies, GoodWorks donates 50 percent of its operating profit to local charities. Its mission of “Purpose Beyond Profit” is fulfilled through GoodWorks Community Grants and strategic partnerships with leading nonprofit groups.  More information is on the web at and

CEMA, based in Cromwell, Conn., consists of 585 Connecticut home heating oil dealers and gasoline distributors. It works to support and protect the hundreds of thousands of consumers its members serve in Connecticut. For more information, visit

Operation Fuel, which is based in Hartford, is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.  For more information on Operation Fuel, or to make a donation, visit  For energy assistance, call 211.

Since 2005, the Arbella Insurance Foundation has been committed to supporting local, nonprofit organizations that work hard to positively impact the lives of the people of New England.  More information is at

CHELSEA GROTON FOUNDATION Awards Over $170K in Grants to Area Organizations

2017_CGFoundationDonation.jpgThe Chelsea Groton Foundation awarded $171,247 in grants to 89 non-profit organizations from Connecticut and Rhode Island this fall. This dollar amount marks the greatest total awarded to area organizations in a single giving cycle since the Chelsea Groton Foundation was founded. Inclusive of these donations, the Foundation has provided over $2.6 million in total grants to the community since 1999. The Foundation reviews applications and awards grants two times per year.

Chelsea Groton Bank’s gift of a $5 million endowment to the Chelsea Groton Foundation in December 2016 enabled the Foundation to provide a greater level of financial support to organizations that impact our region in the areas of health, human and social services; education; economic development; and arts and culture.

“As a community bank, one of our most important responsibilities is to help improve the overall quality of life in the region,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “Through the Foundation’s increased endowment, we have been able to support more non-profits than ever before, at a time when they are in great need of our help. These organizations work tirelessly to provide education, alleviate hunger and homelessness, improve healthcare, support economic growth, deliver arts and cultural experiences, and more. We are so grateful for the work they do, and to be able to support them with grants from the Chelsea Groton Foundation.”

Fall grant awards included: $1,000 to Children First Groton to buy books for one year of the “Prescription to Read” program; $2,500 to FRESH New London to fund summer stipends for 10 New London teenagers who will care for urban farming sites, public fruit trees and community gardens; $3,500 to H.O.P.E. Inc. to fund a nine-week series of free home repair workshops for low income first time homeowners; $5,000 to MALTA to purchase food, toiletries, clothing and to maintain the Transitional Living Center; $1,000 to Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters to help fund the Foster Grandparents Program in New London, Norwich and Willimantic; and $5,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich to purchase food and necessities for the “Served Meals” program.

Each year, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation support more than 200 local organizations through monetary gifts, grants, sponsorships, scholarships and employee volunteerism. More information, including a list of all fall grant recipients, is available here.


American Eagle Financial Credit Union, With Help of Membership, Donates $5,000 to Community Renewal Team

DSC_0013.jpgIn honor of Veteran’s Day, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, with the help of its members, donated $5,000 to Community Renewal Team (CRT) of Hartford and Middlesex counties to help veterans in the local area. Members of American Eagle FCU were encouraged to use their debit cards on Veteran’s Day with $0.10 on every purchase made donated to CRT.

“On behalf of CRT’s Veteran Services, we are extremely grateful for the continued support of American Eagle Financial Credit Union, and this generous gift generated by their members,” says Christopher McCluskey, Vice President of Housing and Community Services for the Community Renewal Team. “These funds will go a long way in our efforts on behalf of veterans throughout Central Connecticut. It is because of these acts of kindness that we are able to maintain our programs throughout the year.”

Community Renewal Team (CRT) is a community action agency for Hartford and Middlesex counties. CRT connects people to resources, programs and services that resolve urgent needs, provide support for when individuals are the midst of a crisis and empower others to take steps to create their own opportunities. CRT has programs specifically for veterans; this includes Veterans Crossing, a transitional residence in East Hartford for male vets who are homeless. CRT’s Support Services for Veteran Families helps both male and female veterans and their families stabilize their housing, and avoid homelessness. Veterans can also find work through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.