Make Music Hartford Seeking Volunteers

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Make Music Hartford (MMH) is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, with concerts on the streets, sidewalks, and parks across Hartford. Every year, this summer solstice celebration is held in more than 800 communities around the world.

As we’re expanding even larger from last year’s highly successful and celebrated event, we’re looking for volunteers on multiple levels.

Street Team: Help us amplify the message of MMH by joining us at community events in the weeks leading up to the big day, delivering promo material to venues and restaurants, engaging audiences throughout the event, and of course, sharing on social media.

Neighborhood Music Hub Management: Be the point-person for bands as they arrive, keeping performance schedules on track, and working with sound engineers to help music be heard throughout the city.

Press Corps:  Take part in documenting what will be a historic day – join our squad of photographers and videographers – you will be required to use your own camera and editing software.

General Volunteering: This is a city-wide event, so we’ll need help with setting up/cleaning up, handing out free instruments, assisting Press Corps with photo releases, and more.

To Volunteer:  Please fill out this survey. The Street Team Orientation is Thursday, February 21 from 7-8:30 PM at Tainted Inc, 56 Arbor St #310.

The Main Gallery @ *WORK_SPACE to exhibit Hans Weiss Retrospective

50091135_1888895614566882_7667143800254365696_n.jpgWORK_SPACE is honored to host a retrospective of the work of Hans Weiss, a long-time and extremely engaged resident of Manchester. Curated by Christiane O’Brien in conjunction with Hans himself, the exhibit is scheduled to run from April 5-May 31, 2019. The opening reception will be on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 6-8p with a brief conversation with Hans to take place at 7pm.

Hans Weiss is an artist, an inventor, and a benefactor for art, culture and community. This exhibit is an opportunity to recognize the breadth of Mr. Weiss’s artistic achievements and celebrate the depth of his contributions to Manchester and beyond. In fact, his impact extends as far as the moon. Through the Dynamic Metal Products Company that he founded in Manchester in 1963, Hans created many aerospace devices; some making it to space including buckles for the Apollo astronauts’ spacesuits and lunar antennas for RCA that enabled communication between astronauts on the moon and NASA staff at mission control. Hans was awarded two U.S. Patents for recorders in punch clocks that automatically recorded elapsed time – this was in 1970 before computers were available. In 1989 Mr. Weiss sold his business and began painting fulltime in his Manchester Studio which sits next to the Hans Weiss Gallery at 138 Oakland Street.

For organizations and individuals interested in partnering with WORK_SPACE to honor Hans Weiss, please contact Stacey Zackin, 860.647.6022.


Innovations, Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Manufacturing Assistance

logo-CCAT-tag-698px.jpg3D printing, engineering design and prototype development are just some of the many services available to Hartford and East Hartford-based innovators through a manufacturing assistance program.

“There’s a wide array of area companies who perform advanced tech work, but they might not have the machines or resources to, say, build a prototype, optimize a process or fabricate a complex part,” said Paul Striebel of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). Goodwin College, the University of Hartford and CCAT are part of an effort providing easy access to advanced resources and services available at their facilities.

The Technology Labs Assistance Program (TLAP) has been created as part of the Hartford/East Hartford Innovation Places Initiative, which is striving to make the area a more vibrant hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Because of this affiliation, eligible TLAP applicants will receive substantial funding assistance on projects performed by the University of Hartford, Goodwin College and CCAT. Funding for the project subsidies is supported by CTNext.

Hartford and East Hartford-based companies with less than 300 full-time employees in their Connecticut facilities are invited to apply. Those chosen will receive a project subsidy of 50 percent off the total project cost, with subsidies reaching up to $10,000 annually.

“We are in a new era of interagency collaborations among state and private educational institutions and corporate partners,” said Cliff Thermer, Goodwin College’s Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Business Development and Department Chair for Business, Management, and Advanced Manufacturing. “The future of Connecticut innovation is bright.”

KidsPlay Museum Gets Donation from GoodWorks Financial


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

KidsPlay Children’s Museum in Torrington has received a $1,000 donation from GoodWorks Financial Group via Wheeler & Taylor Insurance, a GoodWorks Financial member.


This donation resulted from a unique program that earmarks 20 percent of commissions Wheeler & Taylor earned on policies bought by KidsPlay employees, volunteers and donors.

“It’s an innovative program.  Our employees and supporters can help sustain the Museum while getting a great deal on insurance,” said Eileen Marriott, KidsPlay’s Museum Director.

It’s the first year of the KidsPlay insurance program. Ed Ryan with GoodWorks Financial Group said that the annual donation should grow in future years as customers renew their policies and new ones come on.

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

Established in 1871, Wheeler & Taylor Insurance  is a full-service independent agency that serves customers in Connecticut and Massachusetts with the highest level of excellence and professionalism. It has offices in New Milford and Great Barrington and operates throughout the Northeast.  Web:

KidsPlay Children’s Museum  operates over 11,000 square feet of interactive exhibits that spark curiosity and creativity for children ages 1 to 10.   KidsPlay fosters whole family learning experiences and enriches the educational landscape for families in our Northwest Connecticut community and beyond. For information and hours, see

GoodWorks Financial Group is committed to supporting community nonprofits. Its members include Metayer Bonding Associates in Avon and Wheeler & Taylor.


American Eagle Financial Credit Union Named One of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut

American-Eagle-Federal-Credit-Union.pngEast Hartford-based American Eagle Financial Credit Union was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut by the Hartford Business Journal (HBJ).

This fifteenth annual recognition program was created by HBJ and Best Companies Group to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Connecticut, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 41 companies split into two categories: 24 small/medium-sized companies (15-199 US employees) and 17 large-sized companies (200 or more US employees). American Eagle Financial Credit Union has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut in the large-sized category.

“Our workforce of approximately 320 employees collaborate and engage with one another purposely for the benefit of our members, and through such efforts we have created a dynamic, responsive and committed team,” said Susan Bushnik, senior vice president & chief talent officer for American Eagle. “We are honored to be recognized by the Hartford Business Journal.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit business, not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in Connecticut;
  • Have at least 15 employees in Connecticut;
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The first part consisted of evaluating each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Connecticut, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

The ranked companies will be recognized at a special awards ceremony in February, and the actual rankings will be published in the March issue of the Hartford Business Journal. For more information on the Best Places to Work in Connecticut program, visit

Chelsea Groton Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of 13 employees following a Board of Trustees meeting

chelseagroton-300x300.jpg“Chelsea Groton Bank has been successful for 165 years because of the hard-working team of people we have here,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “Each of the employees earning a promotion exhibits the traits and behaviours we value and has shown a high level of dedication to their job and the communities we serve. Congratulations to these well-deserving members of the Chelsea team.”

Bill Mundell of Colchester, CT, has been promoted to Technology Operations Manager and Vice President in the Operations department. Bill will transition to the Technology department, expanding upon his skills and knowledge of the hardware, software and technical aspects of his current role.  Bill joined Chelsea Groton Bank in January, 2017 after nine years at Peoples Bank in IT and Electronic Services.  He is a graduate of American International College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management of Information Systems and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  He also holds the designation of Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

Susan Bailey of Norwich, CT, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President for the Retail Lending department. Susan joined Chelsea Groton Bank in 2016 with 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry. In 2018, Susan was promoted to Retail Lending Underwriter II and Assistant Secretary for the Retail Lending Department. She holds bachelors’ degrees in Magazine Journalism and Psychology from Syracuse University. She is actively involved in the United Way Allocations Panel and participates in several community and Bank-sponsored events.

Penni Harlow of Oakdale, CT, Customer Solutions Manager in Mystic, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.  Penni joined Chelsea Groton Bank as Head Teller of the Mystic branch in 2005 and has served in various retail positions. Penni was promoted to Mystic Branch Manager in 2015. She is a 2015 graduate of the Chelsea Professional Management Series and a 2017 graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Penni serves on the Board of the Greater Area Mystic Chamber of Commerce and volunteers for community events such as the Mystic Irish Parade, Mystic Eats, Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival, Special Olympics Penguin Plunge, and the Pirate Invasion.

Kelly Hoadley of Mystic, CT, Portfolio Administrator, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.  Kelly joined Chelsea Groton Bank in 2011 as a Credit Analyst.  She was promoted to Senior Credit Analyst in 2012 and to Portfolio Administrator in 2018. Kelly serves as a member of the New London Lions Club and the United Way Allocations Panel.  Kelly received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island. She is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management, RMA Loan Officer Resident Seminar, and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Leadership Program.

Nancy Murphy of Mystic, CT, Data Management Specialist, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.  Nancy joined Chelsea Groton Bank in 1998 as a Mortgage Processor and then held several positions in the Loan Servicing department. In 2009, she transferred to the Systems Department as a Programmer/Analyst and in 2012, she became a Business Intelligence Analyst in the newly created Business Intelligence department.  Nancy is a 2003 graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Nancy has been actively involved with the Groton Scholarship Fund, the Fitch Music Boosters and the Special Olympics Penguin Plunge.

Regan Nichols of Westerly, RI, Customer Solutions Manager in Groton, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.  Regan joined Chelsea Groton in 2005 and since that time has taken on retail banking positions with increased responsibilities.  Previously, Regan was Customer Solutions Manager in the Pawcatuck branch. Regan is a 2010 graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management, a 2013 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Leadership Program, and a 2015 graduate of the Chelsea Professional Management Series. Regan volunteers at many Bank-sponsored events and also serves on the scholarship committee for the Jonnycake Center of Westerly.

Giusy Beaman of Griswold, CT, Branch Operations Manager, has been promoted to Assistant Treasurer. Giusy joined Chelsea Groton in 1999 as a part-time teller, and has earned several promotions in retail banking since that time. Giusy was promoted to Branch Operations Manager in 2015. She is a 2010 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Leadership Program, a 2015 graduate of the Chelsea Professional Management Series, and a 2017 graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Giusy received a 2013 George Strouse Spirit Award in recognition for embodying and consistently demonstrating the values and spirit of Chelsea Groton Bank. She is an active volunteer at Bank-sponsored and community events.

Ana Healy of Westerly, RI, Retail Administrator and Skills Development Coach, has been promoted to Assistant Treasurer. Ana joined the bank in July 2016 as Branch Administration Specialist. Ana was promoted in July 2017 to Retail Administrator and Skills Development Coach, and in January 2018 to Assistant Secretary. In 2018, Ana received the Chelsea Award in recognition of her exceptional performance in the areas of sales, initiative, and customer service.  Ana is a 2018 graduate of the Chelsea Professional Management Series. She is actively involved in the community and volunteers regularly at Bank-sponsored events.

Kelly Meakem of Oakdale, CT, has been promoted to Business Banking Operations Manager and Assistant Treasurer. Kelly joined the Bank in 2008 as a teller. She became a Deposit Services Representative in 2014, Cash Management Specialist in 2015, and Business Banking Specialist in 2017. In 2018, Kelly was promoted to Business Banking Supervisor and Assistant Secretary. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2010, and graduated from the Connecticut School of Finance and Management in 2016.

June Holaday of North Kingstown, RI, Assistant to the President, has been promoted to Assistant Secretary.  June joined Chelsea Groton in 2017. She provides administrative support and manages the Chelsea Groton Foundation.  She is a graduate of Villanova University and has held prior roles in marketing at several companies.  June is actively involved in the Cumberland-Lincoln Community Chorus, as well as other Bank-sponsored and community events.

Rebecca Magner of Westerly, RI, Customer Solutions Manager, has been promoted to Assistant Secretary.  Rebecca joined the Pawcatuck branch in 2016 as Assistant Branch Manager and transferred to the Groton branch in the same role in 2017. Prior to her time at Chelsea Groton, Rebecca worked in the banking industry where she held positions in retail, cash management and merchant services. She is a 2018 graduate of the Chelsea Professional Management Series. Rebecca is an active member of the Chelsea Activity Team and a committee member for the American Heart Association’s Greater Westerly Heart Walk. She also serves on the Board of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly.

Mario Siciliano of Westerly, RI, Technology Services Specialist, has been promoted to Assistant Secretary.  Mario joined Chelsea Groton in 2016 and has been instrumental in providing Bank-wide technical support and in developing the Bank’s new employee intranet, among other projects.  Mario has a degree in Information Technology, Network Engineering, from the New England Institute of Technology.

Alex Masse of Baltic, CT, has been named Operations and Business Banking Manager. In addition to his ongoing responsibility for sales leadership and operational management for Business Banking, Alex now has overall management responsibilities for the Deposit Operations department. Alex joined the Bank as a teller in 1998, and held various branch positions for 15 years. Since 2013, Alex has overseen the suite of treasury management tools and services offered at the Bank. In 2011, Alex was named a New Leader in Banking by the Connecticut Banker’s Association and in 2014, he was named one of Southeastern Connecticut’s 40 Under 40 honorees. Alex graduated from the Connecticut School of Finance and Management, the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Leadership Program. He serves on the Town of Sprague Board of Finance and is a Board member for the Sprague, Franklin, Canterbury Little League. He has also coached in the league for the past five years.


Golfers and Sponsors Wanted for Ädelbrook Golf for Kids Tournament

Adelbrook-golf-wrap-up-post-860x541.jpgÄdelbrook’s Golf for Kids Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT. In its 24th year, this exceptional tournament brings is an opportunity for sponsors to get their name out in the “fore” front with golfers from all over the state. The day includes 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet.  We also have contests for long drive and closest to the pin, free neck and shoulder massages, silent auction and a prize drawing, as well as other special contests throughout the tournament!

Golf for Kids presents an excellent opportunity to promote your business by offering a wide variety of sponsorship levels from $150 up to $3,500. This year Ädelbrook is offering three different sponsorship levels. Ice Cream Sponsor at $1,650, Hot Pretzel Sponsor at $1,000 and a Volunteer Sponsor for $750. Being a sponsor is not only great for your business but you can take pride knowing it is benefitting the many children and young adults who are served by Ädelbrook.

Ädelbrook is a multi-service agency specializing in behavioral and developmental services. We are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of families and individuals, of all ages, as they relate to intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved with Golf for Kids to support the children and families served by Ädelbrook. Download the golf brochure at

For further information please call 860-635-6010 x327 or email Sharon Graves at