Making Glastonbury ‘Bike Friendly’ with Bicycles East


Deb Dauphinais, co-owner of Bicycles East in Glastonbury, has been working with the Town of Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department, the Town of Glastonbury Bicycle Advisory Group, and Bike Walk Glastonbury to design and implement a program that identifies bicycle friendly businesses and intends to make the town more bicycle-friendly while supporting participating businesses. Details of the program are as follows:

GLASTONBURY’S BIKE FRIENDLY FACILITY PROGRAM (BFF) Do you have a business or facility and are looking to attract more business and support cycling?  Or are you a cyclist looking to do business in places where you can safely park your bike or for a friendly place to stop during your ride around Glastonbury? Check out the information below to learn more!


Join other businesses and facilities in Glastonbury and become recognized as a Bike Friendly Facility (BFF)! This NEW program recognizes local businesses and facilities that provide amenities to bicyclists. Participation is FREE and the benefits to participation include:


  • A Custom Window Cling to Display
  • Listing of your Business/Facility Online:
  • Show of Community Support
  • Opportunity to Promote your Business/Facility to Bicyclists


In order to qualify as a Bicycle Friendly Facility, you must be able to provide the following amenities:


  • Bicycle parking that should accommodate a minimum of 4 bicycles and be visible from and close to the entrance it serves – 50’ or less is a good benchmark
  • Allow bicyclists to refill their own water bottle at no charge
  • One of the Following:

o             Use of restroom whether bicyclist is a customer or not

o             No public restroom but can tell a bicyclist of one they can use nearby


We can’t wait to see you join our growing list of businesses and facilities already recognized in Glastonbury!


Deb has shared this link for businesses to identify some bike parking options and she welcomes questions.



Cyclists heading out to ride around Town, check out the listing of businesses and facilities that offer these amenities. Please be respectful of any business/facility you visit by removing or wiping shoes with potentially damaging cleats and keeping restrooms neat and clean.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Bicycle Friendly Facility committee members at


Deb can be reached directly at Bicycles East, 331 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury; 860-659-0114, or


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – New England to host Charity Golf Tournament

From the offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | New England:

We are committed as a company to give back to others! The Sunshine Kids is a phenomenal organization dedicated to helping kids with cancer smile.  Our Golf Tournament last year raised over $26,000 and since 2002 our company has raised over $2.5 million for this great organization.  The money that we raise directly impacts kids with cancer right here in Connecticut.  Sunshine Kids has a regional office in Hartford and in recent years oncology patients from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford have participated in events locally and in New York City and have attended trips to New Orleans, Washington DC and more!  Click here to visit the Sunshine Kids website for more information.

There are many different ways that you can support this worthwhile charity via this event.

Please consider golfing with us or joining us for dinner and our silent auction or consider being a sponsor!  See the links below for all the details.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact one of our chairpersons:

Emily Turker, 860-559-5554 or

Lisa Hutt, 860-836-8361 or

Beth DiLoreto, 860-652-4574 or

Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Volunteer Opportunities at InterCommunity

Rewarding Volunteer Opportunity!

Volunteers are needed to facilitate weekly Bingo nights beginning in May at InterCommunity’s Recovery House located in Hartford. Groups of four to six adults per week are needed to run the Bingo game, provide prizes and snacks, and interact with the clients.  Bingo will be held from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings.

The Recovery House offers short-term housing for men and women with substance use and other co-occurring disorders who are waiting for another level of care or sober housing. The Recovery House offers a safe and structured living facility that allows for clients to participate in intensive outpatient treatment, life skills training groups, vocational services, AA and NA meetings, and other programs. The goal is to provide a supportive and sober transitional living environment for individuals who seek a positive sense of direction toward their recovery.

This volunteer opportunity is ideal for community-minded organizations that are looking to help make a difference in the lives of others.  If your group is interested, please contact Christina Lessard at 860-291-1306 or at  To learn more about InterCommunity and all of its services, please visit



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


CONTACT: For questions or information about Team Glastonbury, email

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 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: