Help Raise Funds for K9 Safety Awareness Week

We would love to see our Members get involved with this great cause for promoting the safety and well-being of K9 police dogs. The funds raised will go towards outfitting K9s with protective equipment like GPS collars and bulletproof vests, as well as training seminars and grants for municipalities in need of K9 units.

On Thursday, March 2nd join the community along with Turnpike Motors Auto Body for an event at Radio 104.1 WMRQ in Glastonbury, for Police K9 Safety Training Awareness Night.



CHELSEA GROTON BANK Offers Free Financial Seminars in February

GROTON, Conn. – Chelsea Groton Bank is producing and sponsoring a number of financial literacy seminars this winter to educate members of the community. All classes are free and open to the public.

“Chelsea Groton Bank is always looking for ways to provide financial tools and resources to the community,” said Pam Days-Luketich, AVP, Community Outreach Officer at Chelsea Groton Bank. “We are excited about the courses we will be offering in February, and hope these classes help individuals make well-informed financial decisions for themselves and their families.”

 Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m.: What Is a Reverse Mortgage and Is It Right for You?

Chelsea Groton Bank Lending Center, 273 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury

Learn about reverse mortgages, the options available to you as a homeowner, and the advantages and the disadvantages you need to consider before deciding if a reverse mortgage is right for you.

Saturday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m.: Budgeting Basics

New London Adult Education, 3 Shaws Cove, New London

Learn how to create a budget, reduce debt and build your savings.

 To learn more about these classes, as well as additional courses being offered throughout the winter, visit  Contact Pam Days-Luketich at or 860-572-4024 with any questions.

Bill Mundell Joins Chelsea Groton Bank As Direct Banking / eCommerce Department Manager

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GROTON, Conn. – Bill Mundell recently joined Chelsea Groton Bank as AVP, Direct Banking / eCommerce Department Manager. In this role, Bill will be responsible for all electronic banking services, including online, mobile and telephone banking, debit cards and management of the Bank’s ATMs.  He will also oversee the sales and service activities of the Bank’s Customer Care Center.

Prior to joining Chelsea Groton, Bill was employed for eight years by PeoplesBank of Holyoke, MA, initially in Information Technology and then as an Electronic Services Specialist.

“Bill is well-versed in a wide variety of electronic banking services and in particular, our critically important online and mobile solutions,” said Bill Lidestri, SVP, Director of Operations and Technology.  “His in-depth experience implementing and enhancing these services will be a wonderful addition to our team.”

Bill graduated from American International College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management of Information Systems and a Masters of Business Administration.  He also holds the designation of Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

He volunteers his time with the United Way Day of Caring, environmental cleanups in West Springfield and Northampton, and food drives through the Food Bank of Western MA.  Bill currently resides in Westfield, MA.

 About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management and investment services. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.



February is American Heart Month



Join First Choice Health Centers in Raising Awareness with Red Sock Day!

Every 42 seconds someone in America has a heart attack.  With statistics like these, it should be no surprise that Heart disease is the number 1 killer of men and women in America.

To help raise awareness, First Choice Health Center staff will be partaking in our first annual Red Sock Day on Valentine’s Day!  Our staff will be encouraged to wear red socks on Tuesday, February 14th and use their unconventional ankle attire as a fun conversation starter with patients to share facts about Heart Health and ways they can reduce their risk of heart disease.

First Choice also encourages YOU to celebrate Red Sock Day and share some of these important facts with your family and friends.  Together we can increase awareness and hopefully lower our risk of heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms, and other coronary diseases this Valentine’s Day.

8 Ways to Lower Your Heart Disease Risk

  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Improve your cholesterol levels (total levels under 200 mg/dl)
  3. Control high blood pressure
  4. Get Active
  5. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, and other plant-based foods as well as fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna and lake trout
  6. Get to a healthy weight
  7. Control your diabetes
  8. Manage stress and anger


All of our community events are free and will be held at 110 Connecticut Boulevard (2nd floor conference center) in East Hartford unless otherwise noted.

February 1: Urban Zen and Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal Yoga 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Urban Zen  3:00-4:30 p.m.

February 7: Cooking Matters (6 week class)
2:00-3:30p.m. Learn how to shop and cook healthy meals on a budget!

February 8: Spanish Speaking Nutrition Class
10:00am.  Intended for Spanish speaking participants only goes over nutrition and diabetes.

February 14: Cooking Matters
2:00-3:30p.m. Learn how to shop and cook healthy meals on a budget!

February 15: Urban Zen and Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal Yoga 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Urban Zen  3:00-4:30 p.m.

February 16: Diabetes class
3:00-4:30p.m.  If you have been recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes/diabetes or have questions and would like help controlling your blood sugar, come to our Diabetes class.

February 21: Cooking Matters
2:00-3:30p.m. Learn how to shop and cook healthy meals on a budget!

February 28: Shoprite tour with Cooking Matters
1:30-2:30p.m. Meet Teresa Parker, First Choice Health Center Nutrition/Exercise Specialist at ShopRite on 31 Main Street in East Hartford to learn how to shop healthy on a budget.  This is the 4th class in the Cooking Matters series but anyone can join Teresa for this event.






First Choice Health Centers is proud to announce it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation as well as for Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care and meeting optional standards demonstrating a commitment to patient-centered care. PCMH Certification is a special add-on option for Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory health care organizations.

First Choice Health Centers underwent a rigorous, onsite survey. During the review, a team of Joint Commission surveyors with expertise in ambulatory health care, evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, management of medications, and patient education and training.  FCHC was also evaluated on standards related to how effectively the primary care clinician and the interdisciplinary team work in partnership with patients to provide comprehensive, coordinated and patient-centered care.

In his announcement, to the more than 150 First Choice Health Center employees, CEO Eugene Market commended them stating “Passing the rigorous standards established by TJC is no easy task so I am proud of the accomplishments that we have achieved together.  As a member of our staff you now have the distinction of working in a Joint Commission Accredited Community Health Center which demonstrates the higher level of commitment that collectively we have made to ensure the health and well-being of our patients and community.”

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tess Kryspin adds “By attaining this honor we are making a pledge to our patients that they will receive high quality, patient centered care coordinated through their clinical providers to ensure they receive the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand.”

“Ambulatory care organizations that pursue accreditation and PCMH Certification from The Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to the enhancement of staff education and quality primary care in the ambulatory setting” said Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend First Choice Health Centers and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care. Thank you for your commitment and entrusting The Joint Commission to assist you.”

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

First Choice Health Centers
Established in 1996, First Choice Health Centers provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services including pediatrics, women’s health, optometry, podiatry, geriatrics, infectious disease, fitness center, nutrition, care coordination and substance abuse services to over 21,000 patients annually.  First Choice is the largest principal safety net provider on the east side of the Connecticut River with 15 locations and serving 57 schools in East Hartford, Manchester and Vernon.  Its services are critical to improving health outcomes and overall community health status.




On January 3rd, 2017 b.good is partnering with nonprofit community partners at stores in every community they serve to support causes and organizations that matter to their customers.

The Glastonbury, CT b.good location is proud to partner with The Glastonbury Food Bank to donate back 5% of all store sales on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. b.good is dedicated to serving the causes and organizations that matter most to their customers through two programs: Community Partners and Fundraising Nights.

To learn more, please visit

b.good was started by two best friends who grew up eating in their uncle’s kitchen. Anthony’s Uncle Faris served the best homemade food.

Fifteen years later, they started a business together around a simple idea – make fast-food “real” by making it the way it should be… by people not factories. They loved fast-food but hated how it made you feel. So, they created a place where you can feel good about the food you eat.

b.good and The Glastonbury Food Bank

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

b.good | The Shop sat Somerset Square, 140 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT


The Glastonbury Food Bank operates year round to provide essential items to local residents in need. The food bank is part of a suite of services offered by the town of Glastonbury, including special services for seniors, help for families at the holidays and the start of the school year, and assistance in applying for SNAP funding. For more information about The Glastonbury Food Bank please visit


For additional information about b.good, please visit