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Chelsea Groton Bank has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Hartford Courant. The Top Workplaces lists are based on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection.

“To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to employees is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”

“We’re honored to be named one of Connecticut’s Top Workplaces for a second year in a row,” said Anne Wilkinson, SVP, Director of Human Resources at Chelsea Groton Bank. “At Chelsea Groton, we are proud of the initiatives and benefits we are able to offer our team members, and we are pleased to know our employees feel fulfilled by the work they do and the communities we serve.”

While Chelsea Groton offers traditional benefits for employees, the Bank also provides employees the opportunity to partake in a variety of continual education programs, as well as a manager training program. The Bank recently developed a program geared at reminding employees of the history of Chelsea Groton Bank, along with the Bank’s core values and attributes. Employees are invited to participate in a wellness program designed with incentives to track and challenge employees in physical, mental, and financial well-being. Community volunteerism, donations and supply drives have also always been a driving factor in bringing employees together.

“One of the ways we are able to continue to grow as an organization, is to ensure our team feels appreciated, respected, and challenged,” said Michael Rauh, President & CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “We have always valued continual education and wellness opportunities for our employees. We recently trained select team members to help deliver financial literacy classes to the community. We also support the non-profits that are most important to our employees and we volunteer together in the communities.”

“Being able to support employees professionally and personally has always been important to us, and we’re pleased to know our team is aware of how much we value each of them,” continued Rauh. “We are honored to accept the Top Workplaces honor from The Hartford Courant for a second year.”


Edward Jones Named One of the Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE Magazine



Edward Jones was ranked the No. 3 Best Workplace for Women — highest in the financial-services industry — by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine, according to Eric Judge of Glastonbury.

The list of 100 companies considered more than 400,000 anonymous employee surveys from hundreds of buisnesses in all sectors of the economy. The ranking gauged women’s assessment of their organizations’ culture, leadership, fairness and other elements essential for a great workplace.

“As a growing firm, we offer talented women a variety of career paths to leadership and partnership,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “We are a family-friendly workplace offering generous leave for caregivers and flexible work arrangements, and we have a new initiative offering extra support to attract, develop and retain women financial advisors. Women are key to our firm’s long-term success at building relationships with our clients.”

Weddle was one of 150 CEOs to sign the “CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion” pledge, a new nationwide initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace as a means to improve corporate performance, drive growth and enhance employee engagement.

Edward Jones recently launched a firmwide network for female financial advisors – new and veteran – in a pledge to bring more women to the financial advisor role. The network, called WINGS — or Women’s Initiative for New Growth Strategies– offers tools, mentorship resources and coaching designed to strengthen and advance female career trajectories at the firm.

“At Edward Jones, more than one-quarter of our recruits are women – but the number should be higher,” said Monica Giuseffi, principal of Financial Advisor Inclusion and Diversity at Edward Jones. “As the dynamics of our workforce and the clients we serve continue to evolve, we must embrace diversity of thought, background and experience across our firm. We are actively working to increase client impact by attracting, retaining and developing talented individuals from various backgrounds, with different life skills to most effectively address their needs.”

Research from Great Place to Work has shown that women are five times more likely to plan a long-term future with their employers when they say they’re treated as full members of the team, regardless of position. The Best Workplaces for Women also set themselves apart from competitors in other important ways: 95 percent of women at these organizations describe them as friendly, and the same share say they’re proud to tell others where they work.

“The Best Workplaces for Women deserve recognition for crafting environments where men and women alike can bring their best selves to work each day,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.

The ranking assessed companies on a variety of measures, including:

· Key metrics for a great workplace. Great Place to Work analyzed how women rated their organizations in more than 50 areas, including respect, fairness, management and camaraderie.


· Gender comparison. The ranking considered women’s survey results compared to their colleagues’ to ensure women had as positive an experience as men. This took into account an index of factors where women often lag their peers, such as access to meaningful work, fair pay and plans for a future with their organizations.


· Consistent experiences in a diverse group. Great Place to Work also analyzed demographic patterns to ensure companies created great workplaces for all women, regardless of who they are or what jobs they do.

The Best Workplaces for Women is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. Edward also was ranked as a Best Workplace for parents, Millennials, Gen Xers, those close to retirement, camaraderie and flexibility by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

Edward Jones, ranked No. 5 on the FORTUNE Best Companies list overall, has been named one of the country’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance, ranking as the No. 4 large company. It was also the top-ranked full-service financial firm among all 40 companies on that list.

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, women, diversity, small & medium companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps its clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Eric Judge is the Glastonbury Edward Jones financial advisor. He is joined by Branch Office Administrator Barbara Oslund in the branch office located at 36 Welles St. Ste. D, Glastonbury CT (860-659-8145)..

First Choice Health Centers Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer Vasanth Kainkaryam, MD, MSHI, FAAP, FACP

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First Choice Health Centers is proud to introduce our new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Vasanth Kainkaryam.  Dr. Kainkaryam is a board certified Internist and Pediatrician, specializing in the care of individuals of all ages, from newborn through adulthood.  He was formerly the Medical Director of the Hartford HealthCare Health Center, a primary care practice resulting from a collaboration between Hartford HealthCare and Boston-based Iora Health, bringing a transformative and innovative value-based model of care to Hartford.

He completed his undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences and in Linguistics at Cornell University and went on to pursue his M.D. at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He subsequently trained at Baystate Medical Center/Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and went on to pursuing a degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, focusing on Health Administration Informatics.

He has special interests in shared medical appointments, innovative health care delivery models, patient education, deaf health, adult survivors of childhood illnesses, and especially the application of technology in health care delivery.  He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter School of Medicine as well as Assistant Professor of Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UConn School of Medicine School.

In his prior practice he was instrumental in advancing the use of electronic patient based communications and has experience in telemedicine which First Choice Health Centers is developing through our relationship with the Provider Transformation Network/CHCACT.  He has teaching affiliations with area residency training programs and as such will be developing on-site provider residency programs.  He will also assist the Center in developing research opportunities that will benefit the patients that we serve with access to newer medicines, treatments and technologies.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing (and just published his first book), loves traveling the world, learning about different cultures and languages, listening to Indian classical music, and has a passion for baking mini-cupcakes.  He speaks Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, French, has basic conversational proficiency in American Sign Language, and has studied Latin as well.

MSHI = Master of Science in Health Informatics

FAAP = Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

FACP = Fellow of the American College of Physicians

Our Companions Animal Rescue Celebrates Anniversary

CT145-logo.jpgOur Companions Animal Rescue, which rehabilitates abused, neglected, and special-needs homeless cats and dogs, will celebrate its 15th anniversary in October.

“We congratulate Our Companions on 15 years of doing great things for vulnerable animals,” said Edward F. Ryan, senior vice president, with Our Companions supporter GoodWorks Insurance in Columbia.

GoodWorks Insurance offers a way for people to support Our Companions without spending an extra cent. Whenever an Our Companions member, donor or employee buys insurance from GoodWorks Insurance, it will donate half of its profits. The money will be held in a special fund disbursed to Our Companions annually.

“This is a great way for people to support us while getting the best deals in insurance and responsive professional service,” said Our Companions CEO Susan B. Linker.

Local residents have taken advantage of the program, which was unveiled in March. GoodWorks Insurance offers, auto, homeowners, business, life and health insurance.

Our Companions is building three new animal cottages. The new facilities, which will open in early 2018, will double the number of homeless cats and dogs at the 43-acre Ashford Sanctuary.

The nonprofit has 22 full and part time employees and more than 400 volunteers. It is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) charity funded entirely by donations. From its headquarters in Manchester at the Valerie Friedman Program Center, it operates many other life-saving programs. They include dog training, dog and cat behavioral-support programs, feral cat management programs, adoptions and more.

GoodWorks Insurance is an independent insurance agency with offices in Glastonbury, Columbia, New Milford, and Avon that donates at least 50 percent of its annual profits to local charities.




Riverside Health & Rehabilitation, located at 745 Main Street, East Hartford will be hosting a Paint Night Fundraiser on Tuesday, September 26 from 5-7:30pm to support the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.

Our own creative and talented Scott Ginter will be the instructor for the evening and you will be given all the supplies to create a floral design canvas painting in honor of Alzheimer’s.   Riverside will also provide pizza, salad, and beverages.  All proceeds will benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Requested donation is $30 and payment is required in advance to secure spot; space is limited.  You may pay by cash or check which can be written out to Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter.  Please sign up by contacting Laura Falt at 860.335.7526 or via email at

Riverside is East Hartford’s only skilled nursing facility caring for residents with Alzheimer’s/Dementia in a secured setting and has been proud to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® for several years.  Additionally, the center offers traditional long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation following hospitalization on our designated Passport Rehabilitation unit.

UTC and Horizon Sign Lease Agreement for Outlet Shoppes

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Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc today announced the formal signing of a lease agreement between United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and Horizon Group Properties, paving the way for construction of a new 280,000 square-foot outlet center in the Town of East Hartford.

Mayor Leclerc also announced the opening of the new four-lane road at Rentschler Field, called East Hartford Boulevard North, which will serve as access not only to the new parking lots at the stadium, but as the main entry to the outlet center and a key first step in the development. The new road was completed by UTC’s Rentschler Field Development Corporation, and is a nearly one-mile roadway extending from Cabela’s to the new outlet mall and the stadium’s southernmost parking areas.

“The lease signing comes at an extremely exciting time for our community,” said Mayor Leclerc. “It coincides with the scheduled opening of the Pratt & Whitney World Headquarters, the United Technologies Research Center expansion, and equally important, the creation of hundreds of new temporary construction jobs and permanent jobs both at the retail center as well as at United Technologies.”

“Horizon Group Properties is thrilled to see the completion of the East Hartford Boulevard North,” said Gary Skoien, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Group Properties. “The road looks great and will show our tenants, and those considering The Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field, the great access the center will have. It will also show how the traffic flow among Cabela’s, the Outlets, the Pratt & Whitney campus and the stadium will work.”

The retail development will join Cabela’s as the first phase of a new life-style center at the Rentschler Field property. Subsequent phases will include housing, entertainment venues, and food establishments.

The new road has been constructed to Town of East Hartford standards and includes decorative lighting and fencing, as well as granite curbing. Completed in time for opening day of the UConn 2017 football season, the road utilized $7 million in State bond funds that were originally authorized in 2007. The Capital Region Development Authority administered this funding on behalf of the State Office of Policy and Management. The project began in the spring and has been completed on time and under budget.

The Glastonbury Auxiliary Donates $101,000 to Support The Village’s Mission


The Glastonbury Auxiliary of The Village for Families & Children has done it again! This year, the completely volunteer-run Auxiliary contributed over $101,000 to The Village.

For more than half a century, the Glastonbury Auxiliary has been supporting The Village’s programs that build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children.

The Village provides a full range of children’s and adult behavioral health treatment, foster care and adoption, and community support services for children and their families in the Greater Hartford region, serving 8,500 clients each year.

The Auxiliary supports this life-changing work by selling new and gently used clothes, accessories, antiques and collectibles, toys, and household items in its Second Chance Shop. The shop is run by about 60 volunteers.

The three Village Auxiliaries in Glastonbury, Simsbury and Suffield contributed a combined total of $256,000 to The Village this year, and almost $4.2 million over the past two and half decades.

“I am constantly amazed and gratified by the dedication of more than 400 volunteers in our Glastonbury, Simsbury and Suffield Auxiliaries,” said Galo Rodriguez, The Village president & CEO. “Their contributions − of time, treasure and talent − make true change possible for the children and families served by The Village.”

The Glastonbury Second Chance Shop is located at 730 Hebron Avenue and is open 10am-4pm Tuesdays-Fridays and 10am-2pm Saturdays.

For more information about The Village, visit or call 860-236-4511.