Tallan Announces Second Annual Winner of Local Scholarship to Promote Women in STEM

20190531_193937185_iOS.jpgTallan has selected and awarded their second annual scholarship for a female high school student who is enrolled to pursue a degree in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this coming fall.

Tallan is an industry-leading provider of custom software development solutions and business consulting to enterprise and mid-sized companies across the country. Last year was the inaugural year for the scholarship program, and this year, more than 30% more applications were received. According to MachineDesign.com, women make up only 13% of the existing engineering workforce. In light of this, senior leadership at Tallan took that gap and used it as an opportunity to promote the #womeninSTEM movement.

Last Friday, representatives from Tallan’s leadership team attended the final presentations made by West Hartford students at Conard High School and, with the help of the Jackie Corricelli and Anthony Truss, computer science teachers at the West Hartford Public high school, selected the winner and awarded her an enterprise-grade developer laptop. The winner can already program in 8 different languages and has been coding since the 6th grade. It will be a great pleasure to watch her ambition and successes continue to grow throughout her college career.

Samantha Francis, Marketing Manager for Tallan said, “Being encouraged to be creative, and to find a way to make a difference by Senior Management has been so incredible. We, as an organization, have the ability and responsibility to promote the advancement of women in STEM fields. I’m so proud we are a part of the movement, and am looking forward to continuing to grow this program in the coming years.”

Chelsea Groton Bank Employees Graduate from CT School of Finance and Management



Barb Curto of Mystic, CT, Assistant Vice President, Marketing Manager; Sara Lundy of Oakdale, CT, Risk and Compliance Specialist; and Marielle Winkelman of Ledyard, CT, Assistant Secretary, Customer Solutions Manager of the Bank’s Waterford branch, recently graduated from the Connecticut Bankers Association’s Connecticut School of Finance and Management (CSFM).

“Chelsea Groton believes in encouraging our employees to continually learn and develop themselves, so we offer a wide range of learning opportunities to our team members. Some learning is delivered through online learning platforms or instructor led courses, while other education is provided by external programming initiatives such as the CT School of Finance and Management,” said Kristin Zummo, Assistant Vice President, Learning and Development Manager. “The CSFM program has proven to be a comprehensive and valuable learning experience for all who have completed it. We are very proud of Barb, Sara and Marielle for their accomplishments.”

The primary purpose of CSFM is to provide an opportunity for key employees of Connecticut’s banking industry to obtain a broader knowledge and awareness of banking theory, practices and procedures, capital markets and management functions which will be of substantial value in their preparation for new and greater responsibilities at or within the management level.

The two-year program is designed to increase the knowledge of students in their own specialties and at the same time introduce them to a wide range of banking topics. The program helps students develop a broader perspective of the industry, a more enlightened view of their own bank and most importantly, a better awareness of their individual capacities.

American Eagle Financial Credit Union Continues Grand Opening Celebration in Avon with Action-Packed Family Day,

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American Eagle’s Family Day continues a month-long celebration of the opening of its first branch in Avon. The celebration includes special product offers and gift card giveaways to local stores and restaurants.

In addition to the May events, American Eagle’s Avon branch will host an Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Avon community and thank the many people who have visited our new branch since its opening in April,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Dean Marchessault.  “Our outreach and participation in Avon continues our 84-year history as a community-based financial institution offering our members great rates on a complete line of consumer banking products. “

American Eagle Avon branch’s  Electronics Recycling Day on June 8 will be provided by Take 2, Inc. Acceptable items include unlimited computers, monitors, printers, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, copiers, fax machines, scanners, video game machines, iPods, PDAs, modems, keyboards, computer mice, stereo equipment, telephones, cellphones, cameras, tablets and e-books, microwaves, and other small appliances. Please do not bring batteries, ballasts, smoke detectors, freon-containing devices (such as air conditioners, refrigerators, dehumidifiers) and hazardous materials (such as lighter fluid, liquids, paint).

The Avon branch office is designed in a modern, member-friendly, open floor setting with approximately 2,500 square feet of main floor space, plus a drive-up transaction window and drive-up ATM.  In addition, the branch will offer a free coin counting machine for members.

Ädelbrook Announces New Chief Financial Officer

susan-brosseau-300x300.jpgÄdelbrook has promoted Susan Brosseau, CPA to Chief Financial Officer, a move that was made official in the beginning of 2019. Susan began working at Ädelbrook as the Assistant Chief Financial Officer in 2015. She brings over 15 years in public accounting experience, including 12 years at a Big 4 accounting firm.  She has over 30 years of experience in serving the not-for-profit community as an independent auditor, member of financial management teams, and as a board member and treasurer for several not-for-profit organizations, including Girl Scouts of CT.

“Ädelbrook is lucky to have Susan’s financial expertise, coupled with her passion for our mission. She is a team focused leader and will help guide us into the next chapter,” said Ädelbrook President and CEO, Alyssa Goduti.

“I look forward to using my financial leadership experience to further the mission of Adelbrook in the communities that we serve,” said Susan about her promotion.

In the four years she has been with Ädelbrook she has worked closely with state agencies to ensure that adequate funding is provided for the benefit of our residents. She has improved the internal financial reporting to make the budget process more efficient and transparent. She has been a leader in identifying and mitigating areas of risk within the agency.

American Cancer Society Supporters Attacking Cancer Across Connecticut This Spring

relay.pngConnecticut residents will be fighting alongside the American Cancer Society (ACS) this May and June through participation in their local Relay For Life events. Relay For Life is a noncompetitive walk and fundraising event that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost, and fights back against a disease that has taken so much from so many.

The ACS is the only organization fighting cancer on every front. Funds raised through participants involved with local Relay For Life events allow the ACS to attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer – from developing breakthrough therapies and innovative research, to building supportive communities that come together to help those affected by cancer with access to treatment. The ACS provides empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness and develop game-changing approaches to address the cancer burden for all people.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, the Relay For Life movement of 3.5 million participants across the world unite at more than 4,500 events to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer, the event can last up to 24 hours and empowers communities to take a stand against cancer. Since 1985, Relay For Life events in the U.S. have raised more than $6.3 billion.

Together, we can beat our biggest rival. Join or donate to one of the Relay For Life events in Connecticut by visiting www.RelayForLife.org.

Hello! East Hampton with Walt Jedziniak Coming May 2019

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Hello! East Hampton” is the title name of local photographer Walt Jedziniak’s premier solo exhibit in themed art photography.  Jedziniak, a well-known area resource for portrait photography of families, students, and fashion, has expanded his portfolio to include local historic landmarks.  Jedziniak will  showcase his original work with the new Sacrosanct Gallery : Contemporary American Art in their very first opening exhibition.

“Hello! East Hampton” features more than a dozen images of East Hampton, Connecticut’s iconographic public buildings and sites, a project Jedziniak conceived and embraced in his role with the town’s Economic Development Commission.  Jedziniak, who also serves as commissioner, has been working with officials to strengthen economic ties and business relations, particularly in the cultural and tourism sectors.  His efforts include a project for establishing a local directory of businesses, which is the impetus to this photographic exposé.

Sacrosanct Gallery curator Shauna Lee Lange said, “When I saw the quality of Walt’s images, and realized they represented more than just town history, the work seemed like a perfect match for our gallery’s opening exhibition.  Together, we are a community reinforcement that people, places, and partnerships are all intrinsically tied in the fabric of our lives.”

The color-photography exhibit will be available to the public free of charge from Monday, May 6, 2019 through Friday, May 31, 2019.  Images will be available for purchase in a variety of modern materials and framing options.  Jedziniak will also deliver a talk on the method, meaning, and inspiration for the work Tuesday evening, May 14th from 7 – 9pm (reservations required).  A closing reception open to the public will be held to honor the artistry and the artist on Friday evening, May 31, 2019 from 7 – 9pm.

Walt Jedziniak Photography is a full service, family-owned studio specializing in custom designed and unique packages for the community’s photographic needs.  Services include professional portraits, babies, maternity, seniors, engagements, boudoir, and model portfolios among others.  Jedziniak is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association.  He is reached at waljedphoto@gmail.com or 860.267.8618 or waljedphoto.com on the web.

Sacrosanct Gallery is at 82 Main Street, Suite 5 in the East Hampton Connecticut Historic Village District most days from 9a – 9p give or take while the gallery is ramping up.  They are reachable at sacrosanctgallery@gmail.com or 941.875.5190 or on the web at sacrosanctgallery.com.  Sacrosanct Gallery is a participating member of the New England Foundation for the Arts.  The public is warmly invited to participate in this thoughtful portrayal of active, small town lake life.

American Eagle Financial Credit Union Opens First Avon Branch

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American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Connecticut’s largest community-focused credit union, today opened its first branch office in Avon, located at 427 West Avon Road.

“American Eagle’s new branch office in Avon continues our 84-year history as a community-based financial institution offering our members great rates on a complete line of consumer banking products,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Dean Marchessault.  “Our new Avon location joins 13 other branches in central Connecticut that serve as active and committed partners in the community.”

To mark its new presence in Avon, American Eagle will host a month-long Grand Opening celebration at the branch office from Monday, April 22 to Saturday, May 18.

Leading American Eagle’s Avon office is Branch Manager Andrew White. White is a seasoned community banking executive who previously worked at the same location when the Avon branch was owned by another financial institution.  White also served as assistant branch manager in neighboring town, Unionville.

The Avon branch office is designed in a modern, member-friendly, open floor setting with approximately 2,500 square feet of main floor space, plus a drive-up transaction window and drive-up ATM.  In addition, the branch will offer a free coin counting machine for members.

The month-long Grand Opening celebration of American Eagle’s Avon branch office includes special product offers, a gift card giveaway featuring more than $2,000 in gift cards to local stores and restaurants, and events suited for all ages which are free and open to the public. On Saturday, May 4, the branch office will host a Paper Shred Day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or until the truck is full. The community is encouraged to bring their confidential documents for safe, secure and free shredding, with a limit of three boxes per household.  On Saturday, May 18, the branch will host Family Day which will include face painting, balloons and prizes, along with a live DJ on site.

After the Grand Opening, the Avon branch will also host an Electronic Shred Day on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.