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.


pennachio.jpgGlastonbury’s jewelry scene will soon be a little different when Pennachio Jewelers changes owners. The news is probably something most customers never expected of the business which has served Glastonbury and its surrounding communities for nearly 10 years.  Tracey Pennachio and Ron Drost, owners of Pennachio Jewelers who also happen to be married to each other, said that although business has been very good, the timing was just right to sell. “Our ten year lease was ending which got us thinking about the future of our business but also its impact on our daily lives,” Drost said. “As you can imagine, running a business is a 24/7 job and it takes its toll on family.” Drost went on to say that it basically comes down to priorities. “Our oldest son is in college and our youngest, at age five, has special needs so selling the business now just fits our family’s needs and where we are in life.”

The search for a new owner has been an exhaustive one as both Ron and Tracey said they wouldn’t just sell to anyone. “We had many parties interested in purchasing our store but wanted to find the right person who would continue building on the foundations that we had worked so hard to put in place,” Drost said.  “We love our customers and employees and wanted this to be a seamless transition with as little impact on them as possible,” Pennachio added. They expect the new owner to continue offering the same high quality brands at everyday low prices with great customer service.

Selling the store is not without sadness though according to Pennachio.  “Jewelry has been a huge part of my life from age 19 and owning my own store has been extremely fulfilling and the pinnacle of my career. I am also very passionate when it comes to meeting customer needs. Watching them fall in love with that perfect piece of jewelry is certainly something I’ll miss.” Drost goes on to say, “we cannot fully express our deep gratitude to our customers, the community, and our dedicated staff for their business and support. It has been nothing but an absolute pleasure.”

Pennachio Jewelers has been very active in the community over the years giving time and financial contributions to area charities as well as community events. Most notably, for four years straight Pennachio Jewelers celebrated their store anniversary with a series of free treasure hunts sending willing participants on real time treasure hunts throughout the area in search of hidden jewelry.

Looking ahead to the next few weeks Pennachio said, “there will probably be a lot of memory sharing and maybe even a little crying but we want our customers to be excited about this change as well.” The transfer of ownership is tentatively scheduled for November 30.

Tracey and Ron are planning to move to the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area once they wrap up all of their business and personal commitments in Connecticut. “Having a special needs child with tons of energy makes for very long winters here in Connecticut,” Pennachio said. “We are looking forward to warmer weather and new adventures as both Ron and I love to travel and this will give us more freedom to do so.”

Pennachio Jewelers is located at 120 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury CT.


Joint Commission GoldSeal_4color InterCommunity, Inc. announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Accreditation demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

InterCommunity underwent a rigorous onsite survey in late September. During the review, compliance with health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1951, The Joint Commission’s accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.  The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

“InterCommunity is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” states Kimberly Beauregard, President & CEO. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for those in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

InterCommunity, Inc. is a comprehensive non-profit health care organization dedicated to providing quality primary, mental health and addiction recovery services out of 17 locations in the Greater Hartford community.  For more information on InterCommunity, please visit

Alexis Kahn Joins Chelsea Groton Bank As Assistant Vice President, Business Banking Officer

Alexis Kahn.jpg Alexis Kahn joined Chelsea Groton Bank as Assistant Vice President, Business Banking Officer.  In this role, Alexis will be responsible for developing new business banking relationships and enhancing existing relationships as a subject matter expert for the suite of products and services the Bank offers business customers.

Most recently, Alexis worked for Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in New York where she gained experience as a Corporate Banker and Relationship Manager, assisting clients with cash management and commercial banking products.

“Over the past five years, we’ve built a suite of sophisticated Cash Management products to accompany a great service model.  We’re very excited to have Alexis join our team. She will help introduce our extensive offering to more potential customers, and she will also work alongside current customers as their business needs evolve and grow,” said Alex Masse, VP, Business Banking at Chelsea Groton Bank.  “Alexis brings a high level of customer service and experience to our team and her personality is a great fit with our culture and our community.”

A dressage rider, Alexis has volunteered with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Fairfield County, as well as with Student Sponsor Partners in New York City, where she mentored a student through her four years of high school.

Alexis graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Government and French and speaks fluent French.  She previously taught English in a primary school in France.  Alexis and her husband recently relocated to North Stonington, CT.

Donate Clothing to Help the Second Chance Shop Support Women in Need at The Village for Families & Children

1796080_740500099366621_1074448705765629156_o.jpgThe Second Chance Shop, and its charity partner J.Jill, are again teaming up to help women in need. Bring your donations of new or gently used clothing to J.Jill, Somerset Square, Glastonbury, from October 10 through October 22, to receive a coupon for 30% off a single full-priced item in-store at J.Jill. Items may also be donated at the Second Chance Shop, 730 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury; mention the event and you will receive a coupon. The Shop is a thrift boutique and is run entirely by volunteer Auxilians.
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. This mission is fulfilled by providing a continuum of behavioral health treatment and support services for children and adults – including support services for new moms, financial literacy 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

Breast Freinds Fund Getting Support from Local Businesses


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Breast Friends Fund will be partnering with many  local businesses & have many wonderful events.

Please see list below.



During the whole month of October 2 Hopewell Tavern & Bistro 2 Hopewell Rd South Glastonbury will donate $1.00 per Pink Ribbon Martini to BFF

During the whole month of October Dee’s One Smart Cookie 103 New London Turnpike Glastonbury will donate 100% of sales from Pink Ribbon Cookies to BFF

During the whole month of October Bliss Body Soul will donate 100% of sales from  Pink Breast Cancer Mala bracelets to BFF $12 each please contact Nicole 646-831-7512 to purchase

During the whole month of October Blow Out By Abbe 803 Hebron Ave Glastonbury CT  will donate a portion of in salon services to BFF

Friday October 6 Newbury Place 41 Oak Tree Rd Southbury CT will donate 15% of all sales to BFF from 930am-530pm ***Must mention BFF***

Tuesday October 10th Spike Out Cancer GHS Girls Volleyball vs Northwest Catholic  4-7pm. This event will honor local breast cancer survivors (515pm) Will have raffles, baked goods, concessions & a killer volleyball

Thursday October 12 Sow’s Ear 2400 Main Street Glastonbury CT will donate 25% of all sales to BFF from 3pm-9pm Also Naked Baking Ladies will be giving food samples & donating 25% of all sales to BFF. Wine generously donated by One Stop Spirits

Sunday October 15 Empowered Indoor Cycle 345 New London Turnpike Glastonbury 930am Empowered with a Purpose Cycle Class $25  Benefiting BFF

Monday October 16-Saturday October 20th Glastonbury Dance Center 2333 Main Street Pretty in Pink week for Breast Cancer Awareness Students will wear pink to class & all donations collected go to BFF

Saturday October 28 New Steps Dance 107 Oakwood Drive Ste A Glastonbury CT Sweat & Shop To Help Find a Cure 10am-2pm Various exercise & yoga classes  Also shop your small local businesses  & raffles

Sunday October 29 Designed Training 256 Oakwood Dr Glastonbury CT Raise The Barre workout for Cure 10am-1pm Barre Class Every hour $15.00

Date tbd in October final details this week: First & Last Tavern Glastonbury “Breast Friends and Beer Event “Pizza, light appetizers and a ‘tap Takeover’  with Back East Brewery. They will feature their ‘ice cream man’ IPA which is rated as one of the top 25 IPAs in the country. $40 p/p

More details on these events can also be found on our website or our Facebook page

Glastonbury to Host Mobile Flu Clinic at Apple Harvest Festival!

AHF logo color small for web.jpg In partnership with the Healthy Choices Program, the Glastonbury Health Department will host a Fastvax mobile flu clinic at the 2017 Apple Harvest Festival.  On Saturday, October 14th, and Sunday, October 15th, residents ages 4 and older will have the opportunity to receive a flu shot in a convenient and safe environment.  A mobile van staffed with licensed professionals will be parked at the Riverfront Community Center parking lot from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and from noon to 5pm on Sunday to administer the influenza vaccine to interested residents.  To receive a flu shot, residents must bring their insurance card, identification, and signed consent form.  For reduced wait times at the clinic, residents may download a form from the town website at and bring the completed form with them to the clinic. Forms can also be completed at the festival as needed.  Residents are advised to wear a short sleeve or sleeveless shirt to allow access to the shoulder for the injection.

All vaccinations will be administered by licensed and trained staff, including MDs, nurses, and pharmacists. Trained staff will administer the Flublok quadrivalent influenza vaccine for those 18 years of age and up.  Flublok is manufactured using modern recombinant DNA technology, which means it is not cultured in eggs & contains no egg proteins or gluten.  It does not contain thimerosal, antibiotics, or latex either.  For those 4-17 years old, Flucelvax, (egg and preservative free), and Fluarix will be available – both are quadrivalent.

This modern flu clinic is made possible by the Healthy Choices program, which was formed through the partnership of Protein Sciences, Hunter’s Ambulance, and Dr. Shahzad Zaki of HealthMed Urgent Care.  Hartford Healthcare is also an affiliate.  The program’s mission is to improve community health and effectively respond to the changing needs of healthcare by offering mobile access to flu vaccinations.

For residents who are unable to attend the Apple Harvest Festival, the Glastonbury Health Department is also hosting the annual walk-in clinics at the Academy Cafeteria on several dates this fall.  Residents ages 9 and older can bring their insurance card, ID, and signed consent form to the Academy building on October 19th or November 16th to receive a flu shot at either of these traditional clinics.  For more information on these events, or to obtain a consent form, please visit, or contact the Glastonbury Health Department at (860) 652-7534.