Upcoming Events with WORK_SPACE



Each month, a local brewery and restaurant sponsor a tasting in our downtown art gallery, and then participate in a panel on their entrepreneurial journeys. May’s sponsors include the CT Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Lucky Taco, and Berkshire Brewing Company. This is a free networking opportunity for area professionals.

WORK_SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
MAY 2, 2019 | 5 PM – 6 PM | Free & Open to the Public (21 + only)

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/MAYbb19


Join us for an evening of Mexican inspired celebration. Enjoy a karaoke style piano lounge, margarita mocktails, and a light buffet provided by Lucky Taco.
WORK_SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
MAY 2, 2019 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | $10 includes admission, light buffet from Lucky Taco + 1 mocktail drink ticket.

TICKETS available here: http://bit.ly/2deMAYO


WORK_SPACE partners with the CT Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration and the Women’s Business Center to offer 4 Lunch & Learns on issues related to small business leadership.

WORK_SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
MAY 6 – 9, 2019 | 12 – 1 PM | $10 per session, Register for 4 and get 1 session free

More information coming soon: http://workspacemanchester.com/events/

MAKE-IT Art Workshops: Values-Based Vision Boards

Join us for a creative and interactive opportunity for personal growth as you learn techniques to honor your values and manifest your dreams. Creating a visual representation of things you value and want to attract in your life is a powerful way to celebrate what you’ve already accomplished while gaining clarity about future desires.  Workshop includes a visualization exercise, all art materials, and light refreshments. Facilitator Stacey Zackin, Manager of WORK_SPACE is a certified professional life coach with a master’s degree and PhD in Depth Psychology.

WORK_SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
May 8, 2019 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Program Fee $15 – $18
Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/visionboardWS

TED TALK Tuesday: Mental Health
At this monthly networking event professionals gather to watch a TED Talk over lunch (BYO), discuss the topic, and then eat cake. Cake and beverages provided. In honor of mental health awareness month, WORK_SPACE is partnering with Mental Health Connecticut to screen two short videos that approach the topic of mental health with energy and humor.
WORK_SPACE 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT  06040
May 21, 2019 | 12:15 pm – 1 pm | Free & Open to the Public

RSVP Here: http://bit.ly/MAYted2019

Eversource Partners with Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut to Help Them Save Money and Energy at 17 Locations


Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut store on Route 44, Avon


Upgrades save nonprofit more than $148,000 in annual energy costs

For nonprofit organizations, reducing operating costs means more money in the budget to support their programs. Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut, which provides skills training and work opportunities to more than 13,000 people every year, is no stranger to this concept. The organization recently partnered with Eversource to make 17 of its retail, distribution and sorting facilities across the state more energy efficient. The result: Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut will save more than $148,000 in annual energy costs.

“Since each location operates anywhere between 80 and 90 hours a week, Goodwill was a perfect candidate for energy efficiency improvements,” said Eversource Energy Efficiency spokesperson Enoch Lenge. “Goodwill is a vital member of the community, and it was important to us as a company to connect them to solutions for savings. The improvements will deliver almost $1.5 million in savings over the next 10 years.”

From Avon and Danbury to Stamford and Westport, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut wanted to reduce its energy use while providing the best environment for customers and employees. A no-cost, on-site energy assessment of its facilities by an Eversource-authorized contractor identified two primary saving opportunities long-lasting and efficient indoor and outdoor LED lighting and low-flow faucet aerators, which reduce the flow of water without reducing pressure – saving both water and energy. Additionally, control devices were added to beverage vending machines at each location to reduce the amount of electricity they use.

“We make it a priority to be proactive and take advantage of creative ways to strategically offset some of our operational costs,” said Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut Chief Financial Officer Jerry Segrue. “Every dollar saved with this upgrade is funding that can be redirected to our mission – supporting people with disabilities, economic disadvantages, and other barriers to employment. We plan to replicate the program’s success at our other Connecticut locations.”

Eversource and Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut worked with contractor Artis Energy of Middletown and Emendee Technologies, a Southington-based consultant, to make the energy-efficiency improvements. Participating locations included: Avon, Bloomfield, Bristol, Brookfield, Danbury, Enfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, New Milford, Newington, Oxford, Riverside, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, and Westport.

For more information about Eversource’s energy efficiency programs, rebates and incentives, or to schedule an energy assessment for your business, visit the Save Money & Energy section of Eversource.com  or call

877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873). Eversource is a proud sponsor of Energize Connecticut.

Chelsea Groton Bank Credits Community Reinvestment and Relationships for Financial Success at Annual Meeting


New Initiatives Help Customers Achieve Dreams While Generating Record-Breaking Earnings in 2018

 Chelsea Groton Bank recently reported impressive financial, educational, technical and community-based accomplishments at its 164th Annual Meeting on Monday, April 22nd at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, CT during which, President and CEO Michael Rauh presented the Bank’s 2018 results to Bank officers, Board members and Corporators.

As of December 31, 2018, the Bank’s total assets increased 3.9% year over year to $1.1 billion. Net income, after taxes, was $11,282,183, a $5,194,529 increase from 2017.

Rauh highlighted innovative initiatives that demonstrate the Bank’s commitment to supporting the goals and dreams of the community. “For some, the dream was owning a home and we were able to assist many first-time homebuyers. For others, the dream was retiring with the confidence to know they were financially ready. Others wished to start or expand a business, and our team was there to help.”

The Bank financed $139 million in retail loans and mortgages in 2018. Of this amount, the Bank originated $11 million Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) loans to help low-to-moderate income individuals provide housing for themselves and their families. Chelsea Groton proudly introduced the Community Heroes Homeownership Program, which provides down payment assistance to police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, nurses and teachers in gratitude for all that they do.

For local businesses, Chelsea Groton Bank funded $72 million in new commercial loans, providing the capital that companies of all sizes needed to grow. It increased its commercial portfolio to $251 million, and expanded reach in New London, Middlesex, Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield Counties. The Bank also hosted numerous informational programs for business owners and professionals to provide them the tools required to succeed.

The Bank debuted Chelsea University to formally brand its ongoing educational program for customers. As part of Chelsea University, 390 in-person financial and lifestyle classes were offered in 2018, more than double what was taught in previous years. An e-learning platform was made available to the public so community members can improve their financial know-how at their convenience. And the Chelsea U Student Banking Program helped over 650 young adults learn to manage money safely and effectively.

The Bank also paid it forward in a variety of ways last year. Financially, the Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation contributed a total of $638,000 to the community. The Foundation approved $532,749 in grants, including a $100,000 grant to Global City Norwich for the revitalization of Downtown Norwich and a $100,000 commitment to the building of the future National Coast Guard Museum. The Foundation also donated $22,100 to area organizations through the unique Acts of Kindness program. Bank employees volunteered a total of 9,223 hours of their time and gave $47,853 of their earnings to various fundraisers for local organizations.

For added customer convenience, Chelsea Groton adopted improved online and mobile tools, and instructional video tutorials on how to bank online. Language interpreter services were made available for customers to use in the branch or by phone, and the Switch Hotline allows customers to open banking relationships over the phone.

Additionally, Chelsea Groton Bank was once again voted “Best Bank” and “Best Financial Advisor” by the readers of The Day, and a “Top Workplace” in the Hartford Courant based on an employee survey. BauerFinancial, an independent bank rating service, awarded the Bank their “5 Star” designation for financial stability and exemplary excellence for the 99th consecutive quarter.

“None of this could have been achieved without the extraordinary men and women who are my teammates here at Chelsea Groton,” said Rauh. “I am eternally grateful for their hard work and dedication to our mission as a community bank to serve the needs of local individuals, families and businesses. We look forward to showing our continued commitment to the communities we serve as we celebrate our 165th anniversary this year.”

At this year’s meeting, Bank officials also announced the appointment of four new Corporators: Maura M. Dunn, Maryam Elahi, Dan Meiser and Jason Vincent.

Maura M. Dunn of Mystic, CT, is the Vice President of Organizational and Facility Development at Electric Boat. Maura is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and she earned an MBA in Business Administration from Averett University. Maura is a member of the Commission on Higher Education and Employability (representing CT) and serves on many education and trade boards, including the CT Career and Technical Education Board, the RI Career and Technical Education Trust Board and the Rhode Island CTE Construction and Marine Trades Advisory Board.

Maryam Elahi of Old Saybrook, CT, is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Eastern CT. Maryam is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Boston College Law School and Williams College. Maryam serves on advisory boards of numerous international human rights organizations. Maryam is the recipient of the 2014 Boston College David S. Nelson Public Interest Law Award and was the 2015 Global Impact Honoree by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Dan Meiser of Stonington, CT, is the Owner of 85th Day Restaurant Group, LLC, which includes Oyster Club, Engine Room, and Grass & Bone. Dan is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and Bucknell University. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Connecticut Restaurant Association and serves on several committee boards. Dan was voted Connecticut Restaurant Association’s “Restauranteur of the Year” for 2016 and received the 2008 “30 Under 30” award given out by Restaurant & Hospitality Magazine.

Jason Vincent of Griswold, CT, is the Director of Planning for the Town of Stonington and a shareholder at Epicure Brewing in Norwich. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and a certified professional land use planner with 20 years of experience within public and private sectors.  Jason serves as a policy maker, plan implementer and enforcement agent for Connecticut land use. Jason is the former President of the CT Chapter of the American Planning Association.

To view the Bank’s 2018 annual report, visit: https://chelseagroton.com/Home/DiscoverChelseaGroton/WhyChelseaGroton.aspx.


18 Reasons to Golf in Ädelbrook’s Golf for Kids Tournament


Ädelbrook’s Golf for Kids Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT. This golf tournament is celebrating its 24th year. Maybe you’ve golfed in it before, and you know what a great tournament it is. In the event that you haven’t golfed in Ädelbrook’s tournament before, and even if you have, here are 18 reasons you should register yourself and three friends. Golfers of all abilities are welcome!

1 – Help the children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders served by Ädelbrook

2 – Exclusive Ädelbrook gift for each registered golfer

3 – Golf on a beautiful course

4 – Lunch at the turn – New this year!

5 – Swag bag filled with things you can use on and off the course

6 – Lyman’s apple cider donuts and breakfast sandwiches

7 – Delicious afternoon buffet

8 – Hear about the great work being done at Ädelbrook

9 – Win awesome prizes

10 – Opportunity to try out an antique hickory stick club

11 – Experience a communication device used by our nonverbal students

12 – Great Sponsorship opportunities for your company

13 – Silent auction items

14 – Meet new people

15 – Have fun with old friends

16 – Free Apple Pie to go

17 – Long Drive Professional Golfer who can clear 300 yards

18 – See Reasons 1 – 17

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful day of golf that will help so many children. Ädelbrook is a multi-service agency specializing in behavioral and developmental services. We are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of families and individuals, of all ages, as they relate to intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved with Golf for Kids to support the children and families served by Ädelbrook. Download the golf brochure at https://adelbrook.org/learn-more/events/golf-for-kids

Registration for the 36th Annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is OPEN!


In partnership with our presenting sponsor Stop & Shop, this year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 8am-12pm at Dunkin’ Donuts Park – home of the Hartford Yard Goats. In addition to raising funds for an important cause, the Walk is fun-filled and family-friendly with activities, music, and giveaways (and yes, the baby goats will be there too!)

Who benefits? Funds raised from the Walk support Foodshare’s efforts to fight hunger year-round, as well as our nearly 300 partner programs who serve the 121,000 people in Hartford and Tolland counties struggling with food insecurity. The funds also support long-term efforts to increase access to healthy food and address the underlying issues that contribute to hunger. In supporting the Foodshare Walk Against Hunger, you will help us continue this important work. For more information and to register now please visit www.foodsharewalk.org.

If you have additional questions after visiting our website, please contact Carrie Titolo at walk@foodshare.org.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Walk, please contact Cherie Trice at ctrice@foodshare.org

Town of Glastonbury To Host Passport Processing Event at the WTML on Saturday, April 27th


The Town of Glastonbury is hosting a passport processing event on Saturday, April 27th at the Friends Room of WTML from 10am to 1:00pm. This event is open to all (Glastonbury residency NOT required) and is an opportunity to process your application for a New, Lost, or Stolen passport. The event will be a walk-in clinic and folks will be helped on a first come, first served basis.

Please bring the following items with you to the event:

  1. Completed Passport Application (DS-11 or DS-5504): Passport Applications can be obtained at https://travel.state.gov, in the Customer Service Center at Town Hall, or at the Welles Turner Memorial Library (WTML).
  2. Passport Photo – Photo services will not be provided at this event. Please bring your passport photo, which can be taken at a number of local pharmacies, as well as the UPS store on Main Street.
  3. Supporting Documents – Personal Identification, Citizenship evidence, proof of relationship – The required documentation will depend on the type of passport you need. Please visit the https://travel.state.gov website to verify which forms you need, or contact our Customer Service Center ahead of time at (860) 652-7710.
  4. Applicable Fees: Passport fees are listed below and you must bring both fees to the event. The U.S Dept. of State fee can be submitted in the form of check or money order, (checks made payable to the “U.S. Department of State”)  and the Town of Glastonbury processing fee may be made in cash, money order, or a check made payable to the “Town of Glastonbury”.
  5. For expired passports only – Current passport
  6. For minors only – Original long form birth certificate with parents’ information is required


Passport fees are listed below.  You must bring both fees to the event. The U.S Dept. of State fee can be submitted in the form of check or money order, (checks made payable to the “U.S. Department of State”)  and the Town of Glastonbury processing fee may be made in cash, money order, or a check made payable to the “Town of Glastonbury”.

Fee #1: Town of Glastonbury Processing Fee

  • $35

Fee # 2: U.S. Department of State Processing Fee

Passport Books:

  • $80 (under 16)
  • $110 (16+)

Passport CARDS

  • $15 (under 16)
  • $30 (16+)

For more information about passport processing, please visit the Passport Processing web page.


Glastonbury Education Foundation: Bill Landers Building Bridges Memorial 5K

BLK2019-final poster

Glastonbury Education Foundation: Bill Landers Building Bridges Memorial 5K Run/Walk: May 11, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Race presented by Melocowsky & Melocowsky

The Glastonbury Education Foundation (GEF) is proud to announce registration is under way for the 11th annual Bill Landers Building Bridges Memorial 5K Run/Walk which will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:30 am on the Hubbard Green in Glastonbury. Bill Landers was a board member of the Glastonbury Education Foundation, an avid runner, a Glastonbury High School graduate, Hartwell youth soccer coach and a beloved community member. The run was founded in his memory to establish college scholarships given to two Glastonbury High School students each year. In addition, monies raised during the event fund community grants made by GEF which promote excellence, innovation, and creativity in education for students and the community.

The run has become a fun, annual Glastonbury community event with participation steadily increasing each year. Awards are given for various age categories along with the coveted school spirit awards. And, for the truly young at heart, a free Kids Fun Run for youths 12 and under will be held at 8 a.m. around the Hubbard Green.

Back by Popular Demand: Race bib and t-shirt pick-up will be available at soundRUNNER, 63 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Race registration will also be available during these hours. On race day, race bib, t-shirt and new race registrations will be from 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. on Hubbard Green.

To register for the Bill Landers Building Bridges Memorial 5K Run/Walk please visit http://www.BL5K.org

For more information, please contact GEF Program Director, Debra Morgan at  director@glastonburyeducationfoundation.org