‘Rails to Whales’ in Glastonbury, CT



Yearly Local Artist Exhibit

Every spring, the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s Museum on the Green displays the work of a prominent local artist.  Recent featured artists include Christopher Gurshin, Lynn A. Damon, Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Harry White, Dave Magee, Glastonbury Art Guild Nutmeg Pastelists, Duffy Schade and April Quast.  The Historical Society is proud to announce that this year’s featured artists are Don Sineti and Ken Robert in a two-person exhibit entitled “Rails to Whales”.

Train enthusiasts and whale lovers both are encouraged to stop by to see this unique combination. The “Rails to Whales” exhibit will be featured at the Museum on the Green for six days over the course of two weeks beginning Monday, April 24th and ending Thursday, May 4th.  Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There will be an inaugural celebratory reception on Sunday, April 23rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Don Sineti will be exhibiting and selling the renditions he uses to produce his scrimshaw art. Don is a long-time advocate for whales, belonging to the Cetacean Society International a Connecticut-based, all-volunteer, non-profit conservation, education and research organization working on behalf of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their marine environment.
The late Ken Roberts, formerly of Glastonbury, was a photographer whose family gave the Cetacean Society hundreds of his photos of steam trains to sell as a way of raising money for the Cetacean Society.
This show not only benefits HSG’s education programs and preservation projects, but also the work of the Cetacean Society.
About the artists
Ken Roberts was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1925. After graduating from Syracuse University, he entered the world of black-and-white darkroom photography. Influenced by American masters such as Ansel Adams, Ken began traveling in the Southwest and Europe in the 1960s in pursuit of subjects for his evocative still life and landscape photography. Eventually Ken expanded his artistic focus to include self-printed color digital photography. His studio and darkroom were in Glastonbury and his award-winning work has been exhibited in galleries across southern New England. It can also be found in many private collections. Roberts passed away in September 2015.


Don Sineti, folksinger, songwriter, and shanteyman at historic Mystic Seaport Museum, is also an award-winning marine mammal illustrator with a number of prestigious exhibitions and books to his credit. For over forty years, Ken has combined his extensive knowledge of cetaceans with his boundless energy in  delivering rousing renditions of songs from the days of wooden ships and iron men with his own compositions, all dedicated to saving whales and preserving their threatened environment. Blessed with a booming voice and a hearty laugh, he shares his music and his unrestrained love for the whale with audiences of all ages.

ARI Launches new Website


Accounting Resources Inc. Launches New Website to Help
Small- to Medium-Size Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations
More Effectively Manage Accounting and Bookkeeping Tasks

Accounting Resources, Inc. (ARI) today launched a new website that details its comprehensive outsourced accounting offerings, from basic bookkeeping to CFO-level services, often available to businesses and non-profit organizations for less than the cost of maintaining these functions in-house.

Accounting and bookkeeping services include recording monthly transactions and reconciling accounts, managing cash flow, preparing monthly financial statements, ensuring regulatory compliance, supporting tax planning and tax preparation and assisting in budgeting and forecasting.

Ray Noeker, CEO of ARI, said, “Our mission is simple. We help our clients, from start-up companies to companies with $20 million in revenue, understand the financial health of their business on a monthly and yearly basis so they can improve profitability and make sound business decisions. Oftentimes our outsourced services prove to be less costly than hiring a full-time internal accountant.

Since 1988, ARI has also served many non-profit organizations. “We recognize that, when it comes to day-to-day accounting, grant compliance and cost allocations, non-profit organizations face unique challenges. Our accounting professionals help non-profits navigate their complex reporting requirements and rapidly changing grant environment,” said Noeker.

With ARI, clients quickly realize the benefit of having an entire team of accounting professionals at their disposal – not just one individual. ARI not only functions as the accounting department, their employees often become valued members of their client’s management team, helping them make important financial decisions.

“Business owners often expend a lot of time and energy managing and making sense of their day-to-day accounting functions,” added Noeker. “When they rely on us, they can focus more energy on their core business activities and can take comfort knowing they always have an experienced accounting professional to turn to with questions or concerns.”

Lux Bond & Green is Hiring!





Lux Bond & Green, one of New England’s most respected jewelry, watch and giftware stores, is seeking a Gift Wrap/Stockroom Support Associate for our store located in Glastonbury.

Position Responsibilities:

Inventory control: Handle all transfer activities, from preparing shipments going out to receiving the new merchandise coming into the store. Responsible for receiving jewelry and gift ware transfers. During the week, perform spot checks on various vendors to maintain correct inventory counts.
Stockroom Maintenance: organize and maintain all inventory in the stockroom to assist with inventory control and also customer service when we need to find an item. Be available to assist sales staff in finding gift ware in the stockroom in order to complete a sale.
Gift ware/Display: Fill in and replenish gift ware as sold and new received. Ensure all gift ware is represented on the selling floor. Work with the Store Manager to keep gift ware creatively displayed highlighting what’s new for customers.
Gift wrapping: Responsible for gift wrapping each piece of Lux Bond & Green’s jewelry and gift ware in our signature gold box with perfection keeping sales associates free to work on the floor.
Shipping: Securely package and ship customer orders and vendor returns via FedEx, ups or USPS.
Store Cleanliness: ensure the sales floor is organized, neat, clean and free of dust and fingerprints. Assist with dusting, restocking, trash and box removal, and vacuuming. Also need to clean windows as needed but at least once a month.
Supply Ordering: order all store supplies including boxes for shipping, office supplies, gift boxes, and maintaining the supply area. Keep gift wrapping and shipping supplies well stocked at all times.
• Help with opening and closing procedures such as take out jewelry bins and prepare for store opening and closing.
• Any other duties assigned by management.


  • Communication: Must have strong interpersonal skills to work with staff in order to make sure mail and packages go where they are supposed to. Listening, talking and understanding is very important to the job.
  • Stamina: Must be able to spend much of the day standing, and be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Organizational Skills: Must possess strong organization skills and attention to detail in order to deal with a high volume of incoming and outgoing merchandise.
  • Dexterity: Must be proficient at gift-wrapping with good hand/eye coordination and a passion to ensure every package is gift-wrapped beautifully.

Experience working with USPS, FedEx, and/or UPS is preferred as is 2+ years of work experience.


Since 1898, Lux Bond & Green has been committed to offering extraordinary merchandise, custom designs, master engraving, meticulous gift-wrapping, and unparalleled personalized service. Customer satisfaction, quality and value are trademarks of our entrepreneurial atmosphere. We are New England’s most respected jeweler with four stores in Connecticut (, Westport, Glastonbury, West Hartford, and the Mohegan Sun Casino), and two stores in Massachusetts (Boston and Wellesley). Our team of professionals makes Lux Bond & Green a great place to shop and a great place to work.


Lux Bond & Green offers a comprehensive wage and benefit package including medical, dental, and life insurance for full-time associates, paid vacations, 401k plan, and a generous associate discount. No relocation benefits are provided for this position.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter explaining your credentials and interest in the position to Human Resources at careers@lbgreen.com or fax 860-561-6559.


For more information about our company, please visit http://www.lbgreen.com.

Allison Burch and Michael Rogers Appointed to Board of Directors at American Eagle Financial Credit Union


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(East Hartford, CT) American Eagle Financial Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Burch as Director, and Michael Rogers as Associate Director, to three year terms on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors.

Allison Burch joined the Credit Union as a volunteer in 2009. She has served as an Associate Director since 2012, and is currently Chair of the Supervisory Committee. Allison is a Transportation Engineer in the Asset Management Group at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, where she has worked since 2005. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a licensed Professional Engineer. A resident of Simsbury, Connecticut, Allison joined the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary in 2005 and began serving as President of the organization in January 2017.

Michael Rogers joined the Credit Union as a volunteer in 2010 serving on the Marketing Committee for five years before moving to the Supervisory Committee in 2016. Mike is currently the Managing Director for the National Accounts Northeast Region at the Travelers Companies in Hartford, CT. His career at the Travelers spans over 27 years covering territories in CT, MA, NY, and Canada. He previously held supervisory positions with General Motors before joining Travelers in 1990. Mike holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Bryant University, where he remains involved with Bryant University’s Alumnae Association. Mike resides in Glastonbury, CT.

“Allison and Michael bring quality years of business, finance, and technology experience to the Credit Union board,” said Credit Union President & CEO Dean Marchessault. “I know they will work with our entire board to help guide the Credit Union on behalf of the membership,” added Marchessault.

About American Eagle Financial Credit Union

American Eagle Financial Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative headquartered in East Hartford, CT. It is the largest community credit union in Connecticut with 13 community offices, 122,000 members, and $1.5 billion in assets. AEFCU has retail offices in Bloomfield, Cromwell, East Hartford, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Manchester, Newington, Plainville, Southington, South Windsor, West Hartford, and Vernon. The Credit Union offers banking services to everyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school and businesses in Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven and Tolland counties in CT. The Credit Union was founded in 1935 by employees of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Member deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. government agency. www.americaneagle.org.

CHELSEA GROTON FOUNDATION Gifted $5M Endowment; Now Accepting Grant Applications




Gifted $5M Endowment; Now Accepting Grant Applications

GROTON, Conn. – The Chelsea Groton Foundation was recently given a $5 million endowment from Chelsea Groton Bank. The gift, made possible through the sale of stock, was given with the intent of providing the Foundation with additional funds for the continued support of organizations that impact our region in the areas of health, human and social services; education; economic development; and arts and culture.

The Foundation is accepting applications for the spring grant cycle until Friday, April 21, 2017. Local and regional charitable organizations interested in applying should visit chelseagroton.com to access the fillable application and information on specific requirements.

“Since the Foundation was formed, we’ve supported organizations who work to lessen homelessness, alleviate hunger, treat mental health, improve economic opportunity, enhance recreational programming, and more,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “Having additional funds available to award to worthy organizations is very exciting for us.  We’ve always been honored to partner with local non-profits who strive to better our community, and we look forward to supporting more organizations in more ways in the future.”

The Foundation accepts grant applications two times per year.  Formed in June 1998, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $2 million in grants to hundreds of organizations located within the Bank’s market area.  Each year, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation support more than 200 local organizations through monetary gifts, grants, sponsorships, scholarships and employee volunteerism. More information, including a list of last fall’s grant recipients, is available at chelseagroton.com.

About the Chelsea Groton Foundation

The Chelsea Groton Foundation was formed in June 1998 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization. Initially endowed with a $2 million donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, and recently gifted an additional $5 million from the Bank, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $2 million in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the Bank’s market area. To learn more, visit: https://chelseagroton.com/OurstrongCommunitystrong/ChelseaGrotonFoundation.aspx.

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 chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.


Please Welcome Claudia Williams to William Raveis, Glastonbury

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The Bodeau Realty Group at William Raveis Real Estate is thrilled to announce the addition of Claudia Williams as a Sales Associate in their Glastonbury office.

Claudia is passionate about real estate and technology. She brings with her an innate ability
to establish meaningful relationships and client focus to the industry. Her dedication to
clients and love of helping others are what motivate her most. The combination of these
qualities along with her education will prove invaluable for her clients.

She earned a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Spanish from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Claudia joins the company after nearly a decade in the aviation industry working in a multitude of customer service roles.

A lifelong resident of Connecticut for 33 years, she is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family and volunteering in the community through the United Way and Relay for Life. Claudia is a talented professional and we are excited to welcome to the company.