Heaven’s Hands Home Care Agency is having its annual Senior Spring Cleaning Event MAY 5th-7th

Heaven’s Hands Home Care Agency is having its annual Senior Spring Cleaning Event MAY 5th-7th. Heaven’s Hands staff and a group of volunteers will go to senior homes all across the state and help seniors with various cleaning tasks for free.

Tasks Include:

  • Help you organize your storage room or garage
  • General house cleaning (Dusting, Wiping, Vacuuming)
  • Help you get rid of old stuff you don’t need
  • Light yard work
  • Replace batteries in smoke detector
  • Replace batteries in carbon monoxide detector
  • Clean air vents
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Clean windows
  • Polish wood furniture
  • And more.

To sign up someone you know or yourself please reply to this message or CALL 860-519-1922. All participate must be +65 years old.

Team Glastonbury – Walk for Hunger

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Join Glastonbury neighbors for a day of fun and exercise. Grab your walking shoes and a buddy and come join Glastonbury Newcomers’ and Neighbors’ group at Foodshare’s 34th Annual Walk Against Hunger. Join thousands of walkers in a great community effort to raise money to fight hunger and food insecurity. There will be food trucks, music, giveaways and kid’s activities. Strollers are welcome. No fee to register or participate.

WHEN: Sunday, May 7; Check-in at 12:30 pm; walk starts at 2:00 pm (rain or shine)

WHERE: McGee Memorial Park is The Hartford’s employee park at 140 Garden Street, Hartford (close to Asylum)

WEAR: BLUE shirt to represent Glastonbury

PARKING: FREE Parking at 690 Asylum Avenue

REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/TeamGlastonbury

CONTACT: For questions or information about Team Glastonbury, email info@GlastonburyNewcomers.org

NOTES: No pets are permitted on Walk site or route (except service dogs). Bicycles, skateboards, and headsets are NOT permitted.

DONATE: If you would like to make a donation (optional, not required for Walk) click on https://tinyurl.com/TeamGlastonbury and select team captain “Julie Campbell”. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. Keep in mind that every $30 received allows Foodshare to provide a month’s worth of food for a hungry person in our community!



Chelsea Groton Bank Reviews Extraordinary Year, Focuses On Future

Chelsea Groton Bank Reviews Extraordinary Year, Focuses On Future

Financial highlights and other successes were shared during the Bank’s 162nd Annual Meeting

Chelsea Groton Bank held its 162nd annual meeting of Bank officers, Board members and Corporators on Monday, April 24 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, Connecticut. President and CEO Michael Rauh reported on the Bank’s 2016 results.

As of December 31, 2016, Chelsea Groton’s total assets increased $49 million year over year, surpassing $1 billion, and the Bank’s total net income increased to just over $7 million from just under $5.5 million in 2015. Chelsea Groton was voted “Best Bank” by the readers of The Day, “Best Business Bank” by the readers of the CT Law Tribune, and a “Top Workplace” in the Hartford Courant based on an employee survey. Bauer Financial, an independent bank rating service awarded the Bank their “5 Star” designation for financial stability, and the FDIC reviewed Chelsea Groton’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities and rated the Bank “Outstanding”, their highest designation, based on how Chelsea Groton met the lending, investment and service needs of the community. Chelsea Groton Bank also gifted the Chelsea Groton Foundation a $5 million endowment, enabling the Foundation to support more organizations in more ways in the future.

Other highlights included providing $40 million in loans for home purchases, which is more than any other financial institution in New London County. Of those loans, the Bank provided financing for 130 first-time homebuyers, with over half of the homebuyers benefiting from the Bank’s special financing programs through the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, the Federal Home Loan Bank or the Housing Development Fund. Overall, the Bank financed $148 million in retail loans in 2016, which is a $23 million increase from 2015.

In 2016, Chelsea Groton Bank introduced a new suite of cash management products, services and technology designed to better meet the needs of business customers today and help them grow in the future. The Bank also graduated 15 managers from the Chelsea Professional Management Series, an 18-month training program. Chelsea Groton taught over 150 financial literacy classes in the community; had 89% of employees participate in CFit Strive, an employee program aimed at improving physical and emotional health; and continued the Acts of Kindness program, in which the Bank donated $100 on behalf of each employee to their charity of choice.

At this year’s meeting, bank officials also announced the appointment of four new Corporators: Leo E. Butler, Jr., Meagan E. Seacor, Donna L. Yother and Catherine L. Young.

 Leo E. Butler, Jr.

Leo is the Director of Diversity at Norwich Free Academy High School. He graduated from Siena Heights University with a B.A. in History and Education. He earned his master’s degree from Brown University. Leo is a member of Norwich NAACP, 100 Men of Color Association, Norwich Adult Education Advisory Board, Sankofa Education and Leadership, Inc. and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Focus Group / Connecticut Department of Education. He resides in Providence, RI.

 Meagan E. Seacor

Meagan is a Managing Partner of UP Fitness Corporation. She is the chair of Young Professionals of Eastern Connecticut, a founding member of Shine a Light on Heroin, and a board member of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. She was named the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT “Volunteer of the Year” in 2017. Meagan resides in Niantic with her life partner, Gary.

 Donna L. Yother

Donna is the Owner and President of SAVA Insurance Group, Inc. She is a board member of Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut (2015-2016 Annual Campaign Co-Chair), and the Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut (Member Development Committee). Donna is a member of Southeastern Connecticut’s Women’s Network, a lifetime member of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and a member and trustee of Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. She resides in Niantic with her husband, Dave.

Catherine L. Young

Catherine is the Business Developer for the Connecticut Airport Authority’s five general aviation airports. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a MS from the University of Bridgeport. Catherine volunteers as vice chair of the Groton Town Economic Development Commission and she is co-founder of the Black Pilots of America – Connecticut Chapter. She is a member of Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region Economic Development and Marketing Committee, and an advisory board member of Women’s Transportation Seminar, WTS-Connecticut Chapter. She received the 100 Women of Color Award in 2017. Catherine resides in Groton with her daughter.

To learn more about the Bank’s 2016 fiscal results and to view the 2016 annual report, visit: https://chelseagroton.com/Home/DiscoverChelseaGroton/WhyChelseaGroton.aspx.



Walk, Talk, and Dinner Presented by the Historical Society of Glastonbury

This year’s Historical Society of Glastonbury’s “hike through history” will be an excursion to explore the Hopewell Mill ruins and upper Cotton Hollow on Monday, May 8th. Your guide and Glastonbury native, Dr. Brian Chiffer will lead you on a hike that will begin at the old Hopewell Mill site on Matson Hill Road.  The hike will explore the Hopewell Mill ruins and upper cotton Hollow, including the industrial sites of Pratt’s Forge, Timothy Easton Mill, Hunts Forge and go as far as Old Cotton Hollow Club.  Participants should wear hiking shoes that they won’t mind getting wet. Hiking poles are also strongly recommended, as wet moss-covered rocks can be extremely slippery. The route is not flat, with leaf-covered uphill and downhill stretches. Only hikers in good physical condition should consider this hike. The tour will be approximately ninety minutes followed by an optional dinner at Olympic Pizza.

This former hub of woolen clothing manufacturing is a historic explorer’s delight. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for an area you already know and enjoy. Attendees will meet on Monday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the mill site on Matson Hill Road just past the Grange Pool going east. Reservations are required. The walk, talk, and pizza dinner is $20. Walk alone $10. Funds go toward the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s education and preservation programs. So, reserve your spot (860.633.6890), get out your hiking shoes, and prepare to hike your way thru Glastonbury history.


Annual Hartwell Soccer Tournament Seeks Volunteers


Their biggest need is for a Site Coordinator to manage a specific site for the day at Veteran’s Field in Manchester and at Nayaug Field in South Glastonbury

Site Coordinators

You are responsible for everything that happens at your site.  You will check in and manage all volunteers, oversee vendors and any club retail, assign refs to fields (if you don’t have a ref coordinator), and ensure smooth operation including reordering supplies.  Familiarize yourself with the all roles at your site (Field Marshals, retail, parking) since you have oversight responsibilities for all of their activities at your site.

7:00 am

  • Set up fields (Use can use your field marshals to do the following):

Put out flags on each field and check nets (could be checked on Friday afternoon)

Check lines (could be done on Friday afternoon)

Put out garbage boxes w/ liners (put extra garbage bags in the bottom of each barrel or box)

  • Confirm Ambulance access for each field (also could be done on Friday afternoon)
  • Set up Tent – Tent will be set up but tables will be in a pile. Open tables and set up your space.
    • Teams who didn’t go to registration will check in with you before their 1st
    • Organize Team bags by field and time game time so bags are easier to find and so you’ll know if a bag has or has not been picked up.
  • Set up Retail

Display items on tables.

Post price sheet (2 price sheets are in plastic sleeves in the back pocket of your binder).

  • Food: Most sites have morning coffee sold by Hartwell.  Coffee & supplies will be delivered to you.

You’ll need to set this up early.  Field Marshals can help after they set up their field.

Check inventory often so you have time when requesting extra supplies.

Food Vendors will set up their own site- Note:  we don’t sell product if it competes with vendors.

  • Cash Box
    • Keep larger bills and any checks under the tray in the cash box.
    • Cash collections happen periodically by a Hartwell Committee Member.
    • If you are experiencing issues (i.e. in need of quarters, dollars etc.) or you feel you have too much money, call one of the financial contacts directly.

Ice – You will have a cooler of ice delivered in the morning.

Make a few ice packs w/ zip lock baggies provided (in case you need them for injuries).

If you have a ref coordinator they should have a separate cooler and water.

Field Marshals (FM):  Upon check in Request each field marshal read the field marshal responsibilities in front of you to validate they know what is expected of them.  Make sure they each understand they don’t leave until they ‘train’ the next FM and transition all materials to them.

Have 1st FM of the day set up the field and request last FM of the day break down and clean up.

Be sure all games start on time!

Welcome Teams

Each team is required to check in before their 1st game.

Be ready to give the team bag to the manager or coach when they check in.

  • Check bags (organized by game start time) before ½ time of each game and at ½ time deliver any bags not picked up (give to the coach or to field marshal to deliver).

12:00 pm Walk around and check trash cans (ask volunteers to help – Field Marshals should do this).

At end of the day

Collect all Flags

Clear all Trash:  Don’t fill dumpster past the maximum fill line or they won’t collect it.

            Pack up Money Box, Corner Flags and Balls and bring them home over night.

Last day collect signs /banners (Ref rovers should be able to help with this)

All interested parties please contact Tim Gourley (tim AT eastcoastsearch.com)

Innovate Hartford Offers Special Pricing to Chamber Members


Innovate Hartford is unlike any place you’ve been before. It is a place for innovators, entrepreneurs and startups. With its soft, brightly colored chairs, smooth desk and open layout, it is the prime place to be if you want to collaborate and build community within the City.

The space is located at 20 Church Street and consists of the 27,0000 square feet of mezzanine space, which once housed Fox61. Its co-working area is unlike anything in the Greater Hartford area, hosting a café and kitchen with free coffee, espresso and water, an honesty market if you need to purchase office supplies or snacks. Looking for an afternoon stretch or some peace and quiet? The combination yoga/meditation studio should do the trick.

If you are working full-time and have your own side project such as web design or app development, it is time to get out of that leaky basement or the lukewarm garage and join other like-minded individuals.

The space is so much more than co-working. It is about building community and filling the gap between entrepreneurial education and planning through programming, internships, mentors and bringing your idea to fruition. Come, sit, and collaborate with the creative!

There is special pricing available for Chamber Members:

  • Our full-time  membership at $300 instead of $350
  • Our associate membership at $150 instead of $175

Commit by April 30 , 2017 at you get into our exclusive launch party in May.

Signup quickly! They are going fast!

Follow us on Facebook: InnovateHart20  LinkedIn: Innovate Hartford  and Twitter @Innovate_Hart


For more information call 860-785-6510

Chelsea Groton Bank Earned “Outstanding” Rating Under Community Reinvestment Act


Chelsea Groton Bank received the highest possible rating from the FDIC for its most recent performance under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The Community Reinvestment Act requires federally insured depository institutions to help meet the credit and borrowing needs of the communities where they do business, including low- and moderate-income areas.

The “Outstanding” rating is based on how Chelsea Groton Bank met the needs of the community through mortgage, small business and community development lending; community development investments, and responsiveness to credit and economic development needs and initiatives; and community development services, bank hours, and access in the communities the Bank serves. Chelsea Groton Bank was assessed based on its activity throughout New London County, CT and Westerly, RI from June, 2013 through October, 2016.

“For 162 years, we have been committed to supporting the individuals, families, businesses and communities throughout our region,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “We are honored to receive this rating, which represents our efforts to serve all levels of need in our region, and speaks to the strong community partnerships we have formed over the years.”

The CRA evaluation made specific references to Chelsea Groton’s strengths, including the high percentage of loans made throughout the Bank’s assessment area and the Bank’s excellent responsiveness to the credit needs of individual customers of varying income levels and business customers of different sizes. During the review period, Chelsea Groton originated nine community development loans totaling $12.6 million, and 310 investments, grants, and donations totaling $8.2 million to affordable housing and economic development projects. The Bank is readily accessible to customers throughout its footprint, and is a leader in providing community development services.

Chelsea Groton’s loan portfolio increased by approximately 30 percent during the review period. The Bank increased commercial and industrial lending from $20 million to $53 million, after actively pursuing loans based on its assessment of credit needs in the community.

Chelsea Groton originated 1,278 home mortgage loans totaling $247.6 million, significantly exceeding the volume produced by similarly situated community banks during the review period. The Bank ranked first in the assessment area in reportable small business loans by dollar volume, having originated 504 small business loans totaling $74.1 million, more than doubling all CRA-reporting lenders in terms of market share by dollar volume.

During the review period, Chelsea Groton presented over 200 financial literacy classes to the community, a significant need for low- and moderate-income individuals. Finally, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation donated $588,000 to the community to support initiatives and organizations related to affordable housing, community service, economic development, revitalization and stabilization.