Chelsea Groton Bank Employees Honored by Center for Financial Training

CFT Awards Photo 2018.jpgThe Center for Financial Training (CFT) recently honored 12 Chelsea Groton Bank employees – Susan Bailey of Norwich, Alyssa Bryan of Gales Ferry, Jessica Charette of Groton, Stephanie Han of East Lyme, Dorothy Houde of Bozrah, Lisa Lamphere of Quaker Hill, Kerri McGrath of Waterford, Amy Prince of Richmond, RI, Jennifer Seuferling of Groton, Allison Silva of Richmond, RI,  Lori Tracy-Dufficy of Groton, and Kayla Trenholm of Hope Valley, RI – during the annual graduation and awards ceremony.

“The Center for Financial Training offers courses of study in a range of topics that suit the individual interests of each employee,” said Denise Stapienski, Assistant Vice President and Training Manager. “At Chelsea Groton, we encourage employees to pursue continual education courses because we’ve found it benefits the employee, and in turn, improves the customer experience. Our employees dedicated many hours to their studies and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

Chelsea Groton team members were honored with the following awards and certificates:

  • Susan Bailey, AS, Retail Lending Underwriter – First in Class Certificate: Economics
  • Alyssa Bryan, Senior Direct Banking and eCommerce Representative – General Financial Services Diploma
  • Jessica Charette, Senior Teller at the Pawcatuck branch – First in Class Certificates: Business Math and Deposit Accounts and Services
  • Stephanie Han, Head Teller at the Waterford branch – Consumer Lending and Advanced Financial Services Diplomas, Introduction to Lending Certificate,  and First in Class Certificate: Selling Fundamentals
  • Dorothy Houde, Customer Care Representative –  General Financial Services Diploma
  • Lisa Lamphere, Loan Servicing Team Lead – First in Class Certificate: Consumer Lending
  • Kerri McGrath, Customer Service Specialist at the Mystic Branch – First in Class Certificates: Principles of Banking and Consumer Lending
  • Amy Prince, Customer Care Representative – First in Class Certificates: Teller Operations and Business Math
  • Jennifer Seuferling, Branch Manager at the North Stonington branch – Consumer Lending,  General Financial Services, and Advanced Financial Services Diplomas, , Introduction to Lending Certificate, First in Class Certificates: Accounting and Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Allison Silva, Retail Lending Underwriter – Introduction to Lending Certificate
  • Lori Tracy-Dufficy, EVP, Director of Sales and Service – First in Class Certificates: Money and Banking, Consumer Lending, Supervision, and Business Communications
  • Kayla Trenholm, Teller at the Pawcatuck Branch – Introduction to Financial Services Certificate and First in Class Certificate: Deposit Accounts and Services

 

Capital Classics Presents “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” in July 2018

Capital Classics Presents “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” in July 2018

Outdoor summer Shakespeare festival features adventure tale for the whole family

When you think of legendary travelers, names like Odysseus, Bilbo Baggins, and even Indiana Jones come to mind. But the Capital Classics Theatre Company would also like to suggest Pericles, William Shakespeare’s epic adventurer. Pericles matches wits with a murderous king, is pursued by an assassin, battles a shipwrecking storm, and fights knights for the hand of a beautiful princess.

And this July 12–29, we’re staging “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” for the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival on the beautiful outdoor grounds of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. As Connecticut’s oldest continuously running outdoor Shakespeare festival, Capital Classics has a reputation for making Shakespeare accessible and affordable. Over its three-weekend run, the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival attracts more than 2,100 fans, who attend each summer with family, friends, and picnic baskets to enjoy outdoor Shakespeare under the stars.

If your company would like exposure to our fan base—at our performances or on our extensive social media campaign—please contact Nancy Simonds at 860.254.5418. Showcase your business through sponsorship, advertising in our program, donating a prize for Prize Night, or volunteering at performances. Learn more at capitalclassics.org.

As Shakespeare would say, “I can no other answer make but thanks, / and thanks, and ever thanks.” (“Twelfth Night”).

POP Weight Loss to Become Sea Slim

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Co-owners of Old Saybrook and Glastonbury, CTbased POP Weight Loss, Donna Nucci, RN, MS, and Kerry Potts, RN, MS, announced today that the company is changing its name to Sea Slim, effective immediately.

“Our previous name had no real focus related to our company’s mission.  While customized weight loss will always be our focus, we wanted a name that reflected our vision to expand to more comprehensive products and services in the nutrition and health sector,” said Donna Nucci.

“Some people need to lose weight because of a health issue or upcoming surgery or want to lose that stubborn 10 pounds to look their best,” says Potts.  “However, we help people with a variety of health issues such as gluten or lactose intolerance, and people that simply want to become healthier overall to help in preventing cancer, heart disease and other conditions. Our new name positions us to speak to anyone who wants to better understand what foods they should eat to feel better, have more energy, and ultimately form positive, lifelong habits.”

The rebranding initiative, including a fresh new logo and updated website, not only better aligns the company name to nutrition and health, but also its deep-rooted connection to the sea.  Having opened its first location by the shore in Old Saybrook, and in finding that the sea is a common theme among many of its clients’ journeys, Sea Slim was born.

“The sea is where many people feel happy, find calm, and refresh their mental and physical well-being,” continues Nucci. “Since our mission is to ‘see’ the healthiest and best version of YOU, we welcomed the opportunity to have some fun with Sea Slim’s double meaning.”

Sea Slim rolled out branded programs in 2018 (listed below), signifying the company’s commitment to reaching a broader audience.  Both programs include a detailed guide written by Sea Slim owners Donna Nucci, RN, MS, and Kerry Potts, RN, MS.  Their plan is to expand to additional e-books, customized protocols and programs all written by Sea Slim nurses and nutritionists.

Sea Slim Nurse-Developed 21 Day Metabolic Reset

A short-term body reset program with long-term results aimed to help clients make healthy food choices a habit.  For 21 days, Sea Slim supports you as you say no to sugar, alcohol, and animal-centric and processed foods. This evidence-based wellness program stops unhealthy cravings and habits, reboots your metabolism, improves digestion, and recharges your immune system.

Sea Slim Sanity Session

Custom Family Nutrition Evaluation and Meal Planning

Sea Slim looks at every aspect of your health and nutrition and customizes a program that fits your busy lifestyle. After a one and a half hour session, you’ll leave ready to start your week armed with a seven-day meal plan.

Pure Vitamins & Supplements

No two clients are alike. Our team of healthcare providers considers each client’s needs. We are dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of all clients by providing innovative, high-quality, research-based nutritional supplements.

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Historical Society of Glastonbury Unveils Memorial Day Exhibit at Museum on the Green

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“A Sad Yet Pleasant Duty”: Glastonbury Observes Memorial Day

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. Three years ago, when he passed through Waterloo, NY, the Congressionally-recognized “Birthplace of Memorial Day,” HSG director Mike Berdan was surprised to learn that Memorial Day’s “founding father” was Glastonbury-born Henry Carter Welles. In commemoration of both Welles’ poignant creation and Glastonbury’s long-standing and faithful fulfillment of it, The Museum on the Green is hosting a special, temporary exhibit entitled “A Sad Yet Pleasant Duty: Glastonbury Observes Memorial Day”.  Through pictures and artifacts, the exhibit traces the long and colorful history and evolution of Memorial Day commemorations here in the town of Welles’ birth, beginning with the first, 20-mile procession in 1870. “A Sad Yet Pleasant Duty” will run into July.

The Museum on Green is located at 1944 Main Street (on the corner of Main and Hubbard Streets) and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and the third Sunday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE. The museum will also be open on Memorial Day, May 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Historical Society of Glastonbury is a non-profit organization located at the Museum on Hubbard Green,1944 Main Street, and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and the third Sunday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE.

The Welles-Shipman-Ward House Museum located at 972 Main Street (Route 17) in South Glastonbury, also run by HSG, is open for special events throughout the year and Tuesdays during the summer months.

The Historical Society of Glastonbury strives to educate through the preservation and promotion of Glastonbury’s extraordinary historical legacy. It has been instrumental in preserving and maintaining historic properties and a driving force in establishing five National Registered Historic Districts (NRHD), as well as a Local Historic District. Support comes primarily from over 350-member households, local businesses, foundations, donations, events, the state and town.  Visit the Historical Society of Glastonbury at http://www.hsgct.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

POP Weight Loss to Become Sea Slim

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Name Change Reflects Commitment to Customized Weight Loss & Vision to Expand its Nutrition & Health Products & Services

Co-owners of Old Saybrook and Glastonbury, CT-based POP Weight Loss, Donna Nucci, RN, MS, and Kerry Potts, RN, MS, announced today that the company is changing its name to Sea Slim, effective immediately.

“Our previous name had no real focus related to our company’s mission.  While customized weight loss will always be our focus, we wanted a name that reflected our vision to expand to more comprehensive products and services in the nutrition and health sector,” said Donna Nucci.

“Some people need to lose weight because of a health issue or upcoming surgery or want to lose that stubborn 10 pounds to look their best,” says Potts.  “However, we help people with a variety of health issues such as gluten or lactose intolerance, and people that simply want to become healthier overall to help in preventing cancer, heart disease and other conditions. Our new name positions us to speak to anyone who wants to better understand what foods they should eat to feel better, have more energy, and ultimately form positive, lifelong habits.”

The rebranding initiative, including a fresh new logo and updated website, not only better aligns the company name to nutrition and health, but also its deep-rooted connection to the sea.  Having opened its first location by the shore in Old Saybrook, and in finding that the sea is a common theme among many of its clients’ journeys, Sea Slim was born.

 

“The sea is where many people feel happy, find calm, and refresh their mental and physical well-being,” continues Nucci. “Since our mission is to ‘see’ the healthiest and best version of YOU, we welcomed the opportunity to have some fun with Sea Slim’s double meaning.”

Sea Slim rolled out branded programs in 2018 (listed below), signifying the company’s commitment to reaching a broader audience.  Both programs include a detailed guide written by Sea Slim owners Donna Nucci, RN, MS, and Kerry Potts, RN, MS.  Their plan is to expand to additional e-books, customized protocols and programs all written by Sea Slim nurses and nutritionists.

Sea Slim Nurse-Developed 21 Day Metabolic Reset

A short-term body reset program with long-term results aimed to help clients make healthy food choices a habit.  For 21 days, Sea Slim supports you as you say no to sugar, alcohol, and animal-centric and processed foods. This evidence-based wellness program stops unhealthy cravings and habits, reboots your metabolism, improves digestion, and recharges your immune system.

Sea Slim Sanity Session

Custom Family Nutrition Evaluation and Meal Planning

Sea Slim looks at every aspect of your health and nutrition and customizes a program that fits your busy lifestyle. After a one and a half hour session, you’ll leave ready to start your week armed with a seven-day meal plan.

Pure Vitamins & Supplements

No two clients are alike. Our team of healthcare providers considers each client’s needs. We are dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of all clients by providing innovative, high-quality, research-based nutritional supplements.

About SEA SLIM

Founded in 2014 by two registered nurses, along with a team of master’s trained nutritionists, Sea Slim’s specialized professionals understand the importance of creating customized weight loss programs and nutrition and health products and services to fit everyone.  Compassionate and dedicated to every client’s journey, Sea Slim’s providers are qualified to advise about how food can improve certain health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, inflammatory conditions, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), infertility, food allergies, among other overall heath and weight loss issues.  Located in Old Saybrook and Glastonbury, Sea Slim’s mission is for every client to “see” a path to becoming the healthiest and best version of themselves.  For more information visit www.seaslim.com.

Support Women in Need as You Clean Your Closet this Season

 

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Last November, J.Jill shoppers donated 13 boxes of donated clothing to the Glastonbury Second Chance Shop. The two stores are teaming up again for another clothing drive. Bring your items to either store May 17-28, and receive a J.Jill coupon.

J.Jill and its charity partner, the Glastonbury Second Chance Shop, are again teaming up to help women in need. Bring your donations of new or gently used clothing to J.Jill, Somerset Square or The Second Chance Shop, 730 Hebron Avenue, from May 17 through May 28, to receive a coupon for 30% off a full-priced item in-store at J.Jill. Donated items will be sold at the Second Chance Shop and all sales proceeds benefit The Village for Families & Children.

 

For more than 200 years, The Village for Families & Children has been working to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. We fulfill this mission by providing a full range of behavioral health treatment and support services for children and adults – including parenting education classes, outpatient mental health therapy, substance abuse treatment, and foster care and adoption – which help them achieve real and meaningful change in their lives. For more information, visit www.thevillage.org or call 860-236-4511.

The Second Chance Shop – a thrift boutique run entirely by volunteer Auxilians − is located at 730 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury.

 

Local Family Sets Record on April Vacation

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Parents take a day off from work for a little Teamwork and FamilyPlay™

This April vacation, Ed and Michelle Fournier took time off from work during schools April vacation to spend time helping their children create a plan for their future at the Douglas Library in Hebron, CT. What the Fournier family did not know – and neither did local business owner Jim Cantoni, founder of Realizing Dreams who since 2005 has engaged over ten thousand of kids and adults was that the Fournier Family would end up setting a Realizing Dreams record for the largest and most creative card tower ever built in the company’s history.

“I feel very proud and confident and I know I can be a leader”, said third grader and 9-year-old Julia Fournier after helping lead the activities. Julia who wants to become a builder and architect when she grows up, was the driving force who led the family to set this record.

The Realizing Dreams card tower activity fosters resilience and starts off by selecting which of the 13 positive character traits shown on the cards that the family needs to be successful. They included a positive attitude, communication, leadership, grit and teamwork. The Fournier Family’s record setting tower was over 35 feet long and 3 ½ feet tall, and stretched like a winding mountain road with “S” curves, under tables, up like a staircase to the top of the table, then down two large tables, then back down to the floor using Teamwork and FamilyPlay, the national award-winning family engagement game that Cantoni created.

“I learned how to have a growth mindset and became more open-minded,” said 11-year-old 6th grader Rachel who said this was a life changing experience and now wants to study more and do better in life.  “I feel very happy”, said her 11-year-old brother Ben who liked how the activities help kids and adult’s creatively problem solve and understand each other better – especially when the card tower fell down. Ben, who likes to play football, not just once, but on several occasions, saw the avalanche of cards coming down, and like a wide-receiver, read the play and caught the cards ahead of the avalanche to stop the domino effect of the cards tumbling down.

Everyone learns how to work together and develop skills that schools know kids need to succeed. “In a game-style of play, the enrichment activities help adults discover what intrinsically motivates kids and see how to personalize and link learning to what kids are interested in. Kids develop the 4C’s and transferable skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem solving”, said Cantoni.  All ages learn the power of grit and to persevere in the Family Empowerment workshops which are part of the Realizing Dreams: YES! Youth Empowerment Summits that Cantoni facilitates in schools, summer camps, in businesses, sports arenas, private workshops in homes and even on the beach. The purposeful play intentionally engages families as partners in learning in the education of their children. The fun starts out with ice-breakers and conversation starters that help kids express themselves. “The collaborative family activities and tools help kids answer, ‘The BIG Questions’ in their lives. The purpose is to increase self-awareness and help parents inspire kids to develop a growth mindset to be the best they can be”, said Cantoni.

The student-centered tools were created to help kids talk about and discover their strengths, interests, hopes, goals, and dreams for their future. The critical thinking activities move the children’s inspired talk to action and all ages learn how to identify, set and achieve “Getting Smartr” goals and make a declaration to realize their dreams using the discovery games companion reflective action journal called 7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset by Jim Cantoni.  They both are grateful to Tilcon Connecticut for sponsoring the tools and to the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce. It all started when Cantoni met Fournier at Berkshire Hathaway – where he is Mortgage Loan Services Officer during the Chambers Business After Hours in February 2018.  The conversation led the two to put together an engaging and empowering family event during the schools April vacation.

“I was enthused as the activities were helpful to build teamwork. It showed my family that we can accomplish great things together.” said Fournier.  Mrs. Fournier who was climbing under tables with her husband and kids to construct the card tower, said she was better off because “My mind was open to new ideas. This will make my passion of teaching my kids more fun. I love the fact that the program was interactive and also individual – watching my kids embrace their goals and dreams and learn tools to achieve their desires”. The culminating activity invited the kids to make a promise to do the best in their lives and sign their personal My Declaration of Independence”. They presented what they accomplished, were they better off, and why?

“The day was all about a little “Teamwork and FamilyPlay and empowering youth through positive, purposeful play,” said Cantoni. Nine-year-old Julia left an inspiring response to the survey question, What would you change to make this program better? “Nothing because it <is> ‘extraextraordinary’.” She wrote, “I am closer to my goal of being a builder.”