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Dear President of the Affinity Group, My 15-year-old grandson’s English teacher, Mrs. Debby Salzman, inspired my grandson, Greg Rosen, to write an essay on my late brother 1/LT Howard Rosen’s Bronze Star service in Vietnam. My brother led his men in the movement of petroleum to front line mechanized infantry and armor there. In conjunction with Veterans Day, thanks to CPT Alexis Ann, Army National Guard Retired, this essay will be published in The Resident Newspaper, which Alexis founded in the 1980s and is located in the Norwich area of the Groton Submarine Base and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Alexis is also the publisher and editor. My childhood friend, entertainment and sports writer, Roger Zotti, is preparing an introduction to the essay. Thank you for all of your service on the University of Chicago campus encouraging the undergraduate and graduate students there to remember our fellow military who serve to protect our liberty. With warm regards, Stuart G. Rosen, LTC USA RET
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Lions Club Announces Honors and Awards by Karen Koerner
number of awards were bestowed Nov. 10 during the Groton Lions Club business meeting. George Salpietro, Lions Clubs International MD 23C District Governor, presented the Melvin Jones Fellow Award to Kevin Morin, a Groton Lion. This is the highest honor a club can request from Lions Clubs International. It honors a Lion for outstanding humanitarian and distinguished service to the members’ club, district and the community. Kevin has been a long-time member of the Lions International and has served in many capacities including President of the Groton Lions Club. George presented service awards to other Groton Lions as well. Perly Kent, Past Club President, received a 25-year pin and Governor’s Friendship Banner. Jan Miller, Past District Governor, received a 20-year membership pin and Governor’s Friendship Banner. Maria Doren Bobsein, Groton Lions President, received the Governor’s Friendship Banner and Lions centennial patch for the club’s flag. Steven Hurley, Past Club President, received a 20-year membership pin and
Governor’s Friendship Banner. James Streeter, Lion, earned a 15-year Membership pin. The Melvin Jones Award is named for the founder of the Lions, who in 1917, asked a simple and world-changing question — “What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?” Melvin formed the Lions Club in Chicago that year. Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries. The Groton Lions Club was founded in 1929. Its members are local businesspeople and others interested in making their community better. Groton Lions support organizations and initiatives like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Groton Social Services, Chelsea Foundation, Low Vision Center of Eastern CT, Bill Memorial Library in Groton, and many more.
Lion District Governor George presented service awards to Groton Lions: (l-r) DG George Salpietro, Lion Kevin Morin (Melvin Jones Fellowship Plaque), Jan Miller, Past District Governor (20 year Membership Pin & Governor’s Friendship Banner), Maria Doren Bobsein, Groton Lions President (Governor’s Friendship Banner & Special Lions Centennial Patch for the Club’s Flag), Lion and Past Club President Steven Hurley (20 year Membership Pin & Governor’s Friendship Banner), Perly Kent, Lion and Past Club President (25 year Membership Pin & Governor’s Friendship Banner). Not in the picture was Lion James Streeter who was awarded a 15 year Membership Pin.
Guardians of the Purple Heart Organize Poker Run
Guardians of the Purple Heart and Dead City Ink tattoo artists come together to help veterans. story & photo by Indigo Eve Cohen
rent Walker served six years, eight months and 18 days in the Army, during which time he deployed to Iraq twice. He was wounded while on his second tour and was medically retired in 2011 due to the injuries he sustained while on duty. Since that time Brent has been a driving force in fundraising efforts to aid wounded veterans. In 2012 he
founded the Wounded Warrior Poker Run, in association with the Three Rivers Community College Veterans Club. Brent’s wife, Jaclyn Walker, served as co-founder and it was with her support and the support of other Veterans Club members that they were able to raise a significant amount of money, all of which was donated to Wounded Warriors.
In 2014 Brent took a year off to reconsolidate and reorganize. In the next two years, Brent and the group of fellow veterans and supporters came together as the organization Guardians of the Purple Heart. In his new effort to help veterans, Brent decided to narrow the focus of the group’s mission “I wanted to change things around so that we benefitted someone locally,
someone we could meet and become involved with. It helps when you get to see the results of your efforts to really help someone.” The Guardians of the Purple Heart were now reorganized and ready to focus in a new direction. Doug Capazzi, an Army veteran who also served two tours of duty in Iraq, was elected president. With Morris Bodeen as vice-president, Bree Ann Brisson as secretary and Lyndsay Chester as treasurer, the Guardians had their first annual Purple Heart Poker Run in 2016. After careful consideration, they chose Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Clarence Hook, of New Haven, to honor with the proceeds at a celebratory dinner in honor of his service and sacrifice. On Veterans Day weekend the Guardians honored veterans in a unique way. In an effort to raise awareness for suicide prevention among U.S. troops and veterans, the Guardians held a tattoo event, Guardian Ink, at tattoo parlor Dead City Ink in Groton. The featured tattoo was of the following image: ;IGY6. It is a symbolic representation of unconditional and vigilant support for veterans and military personnel. As Guardians President Doug Capazzi
explains “It means ‘I got your six’, which in the military means ‘I have your back’. The semi-colon represents a story that could have ended but didn’t, referring to a close call that could have been the end of someone’s life.” The tattoo is also worn by non-military family and friends as a sign of their support of service members and their struggles including the many unseen challenges they face. Half of all of the proceeds from the event will be going to the Purple Heart recipient they benefit in 2017. The Guardians of the Purple Heart will be holding their annual Purple Heart Poker Run on May 20th 2017 at the Bozrah Moose Lodge in Bozrah. There is no preregistration; tickets are available at the event, $20 per driver and $10 per passenger. There will be an after party at 2:30. Those wishing to attend only the after party may purchase a $10 ticket to do so. This year the Guardians will also be accepting classic cars and jacked-up trucks as participants and there will be a small motorcycle, car and truck show on location with prizes. This and more information can be found on their websites: facebook.com/guardiansofthepurpleheart and facebook. com/PurpleHeartPokerRun.
Bronze Star Soldier “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misunderstood now.” — Richard M. Nixon, New York Times, March 28, 1985
Greg Rosen of Northborough, MA, is a freshman at Algonquin Regional High School, and Mrs. Deborah Lang Saltzman is his English teacher. Thanks to her teaching style, knowledge of writing, and ability to motivate her students, Greg wrote a poignant essay, “The Bronze Soldier,” which is certain to resonant with readers.
What Prompted the Writing Assignment That Motivated Greg’s Essay? As part of the freshman curriculum we read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, a work of non-fiction....We discuss various elements of non-fiction writing, and as a final assignment students write their own work of creative non-fiction. Students conduct an interview to gather information about a family story....We do exercises to practice compelling openings, closings, and dialogue; and students research one aspect of the story and put it together into an interesting story. Mrs. Deborah Lang Saltzman,
by Greg Rosen
eople can still feel the grateful wind that blows the flag on top of my Uncle Howie’s tombstone as he rests beneath the ground. He’s dressed in the same uniform he wore when he served in Vietnam. His services in the war changed its outcome and people’s lives today. In June of 1966, Howie Rosen, only twenty-one years old at the time, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army from the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Connecticut. Eventually, he would become a
petroleum officer. This meant he would be responsible for men moving oil for trucks, tanks and other vehicles. Transporting petroleum would also give the marine and coastal transportation services access to petroleum products of Vietnam National Petroleum. They would also get access to ship brokerage services, freight forwarding services, customs clearance services and Cargo handling services. Along with that, this duty contributed in the operation of ports and warehouses, including bonded warehouses, and the trading of petroleum, liquefied gas, and petrochemicals. Having this job put Howie’s life on the line because if the vehicle was damaged, it could lead to an explosion of petroleum, and he and his allies were pretty much defenseless against any form of attack. For example, heavy mortar and artillery fire came Howie’s way when he moved the petroleum for the U.S. Army. Worse still, young kids threw grenades in front of the petroleum trucks as they moved to the forward infantry, armor, and artillery troops. Howie felt a great deal of relief because he was not killed or severely injured by these attacks. Just before he left Vietnam in April, 1968, however, he was responsible for the troops guarding a perimeter. During this task he encountered an armed enemy carrying a rifle. Howie’s heart dropped as the enemy pulled the trigger and an explosive bang occurred as a bullet was released from the rifle. Because of the intensity of the situation, the bullet seemed to come at Howie in slow motion, but this did not mean he would be able to dodge the shot. The bullet started to rise more and more until it flew just over his head, and he reached his peak of fear. Once it passed him, his ally took out the enemy soldier. This event, along with others, made Howie happy to know that he would soon be heading back to America. Howie probably wouldn’t have been able to get through his journey if it weren’t for Major Joseph Volpe. Volpe was a logistics expert and a graduate of the U.S.
Howie Rosen, Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army.
Military at Westport. During the war he was Howie’s commander, and Howie admired Vople with a passion because Volpe stood up to generals when he thought they were exposing his allies to unnecessary risks. One time, their general announced that the soldiers would have to transport petroleum across a field that may have contained enemy soldiers. When nobody else spoke up, Volpe acted as a good leader and said, “Why should we have our troops do this task when it could put their lives at risk?” “This petroleum must be moved to the other station,” replied the general. He was surprised someone had questioned his authority. “Anyway, there is no guarantee the enemy will be encountered during the trip.” Volpe continued his argument: “Is there another route that ensures the safety of our men?” Because he spoke up, they ended up taking a safer route and made it to the other station safely. Over time, Volpe was able to become a full colonel. Howie and Volpe became so close that Volpe attended Howie’s wedding. While Howie was in service he was, of course, concerned with his life, but his relatives were worried as well. His brother (my grandfather), Stuart Rosen, was twenty-six at the time and also served in the United States military, but, luckily for him, did not have to participate in the war. Although he wasn’t in the war, his life was still on the line. His life depended on Howie’s because if Howie
died, Stuart would feel responsible. This is because Stuart was the one who encouraged Howie to get a commission like he did from the ROTC. If Stuart had not done this, Howie’s life would never have been put at risk, so if Howie died, Stuart would never be able to face his parents, Murray and Rose Rosen. Like Stuart, Murray and Rose felt scared everyday with Howie’s life on the line. However Howie’s relatives were affected by his service, he was affected a great deal more. Although he did not have any permanent physical injuries, he still had intellectual scars. These would always be there to haunt him for
the rest of his life, and there was no way of removing them. He also, before the war, had a great relationship with his girlfriend. He most likely would have married her, but he grew apart from her because of the war. He ended up marrying another woman, whom he later divorced. For his brave and dangerous services, he was awarded a Bronze Star at the end of the war. He lived the rest of his life away from warfare and died in April 2015. Because I was able to get to know him, I could clearly tell that the intellectual scars had been affecting his life every day. His Bronze Star is left with his son Nathan, and he received a proper military burial in Washington D.C. The letters BSM were engraved on his tombstone, and they stand for Bronze Star Medal.
I’m the mother of Dana Santillana, one of the members of the Robert E. Fitch Marching Band. I’m pleased to inform you that Fitch earned first place at the USBands New England States Championships in New Britain last October 29. Also, the Fitch Marching band took first place at the USBands New England Regional Championship - PRELIMS this past Nov. 5 in Bridgeport. I would like to share some pictures that I took last at the UsBands National Championships 2016, which took place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Fitch got 4th place out of 12 bands in Class II Open with a score of 95.863. They also won a caption award for Best Music. Could you share what our Marching Band has achieved? We would like to give a special shout out to Andrew Lefebvre (Marching Band Director) and assisting marching staff, and to every member of the Fitch marching band for their hard work, dedication and commitment. We are very proud of them!!!!!! One of the many Fitch Marching Band proud parents, Sonia Santillana Gonzalez.
1912 Time Capsule Reveals Things Change, Stay the Same story & photo by Karen Koerner
(l-r) Michael Passero, Mayor of New London, carefully lifts the lid from the copper time capsule while Steve Manuel looks on.
ozens of curious onlookers jammed the New London City Council Chambers Nov. 16 to witness the opening of a time capsule that had been encased in the cornerstone of City Hall for 104 years. Despite mold, crumbling papers and corroded artifacts, enough of the contents survived to elicit applause and laughter. Michael Passero, Mayor of New London, lifted the lid
from the copper box, flanked by Tom Brombia, Community Development Coordinator, and Steve Manuel, Executive Director of the New London County Historical Society. “The enemy is mold,” Steve said. He was able to partially open a copy of the Nov. 6, 1912 issue of the New London Day, and the audience laughed at the similarity to our recent election when he read the headline announcing
Woodrow Wilson had won at least 400 electoral college votes while incumbent president William Taft’s electoral votes only neared 100. The audience also was amused by the headline about a stenographer discovered trying to register at a hotel as her wealthy employer’s wife. “This is why I do the job I do,” Steve said, explaining that the selection of which items to include in a time capsule illustrate, “the material culture of the time.” Corroded coins were found in the box as were several copies of The Day, plans of the City Hall, Charter and Ordinances of the City of New London, and the charter of the Masonic Brainard Lodge 102. Additional crumbling documents could not be identified. Ted Nelson, a Masonic Deputy Grand Master, gave a brief explanation of how and why masons played a role in the laying of the cornerstone in 1912, and do similar ceremonies today. Two young operational masons from Loring & Son Masonry who
Steve Manuel opens a 104-year-old copy of the New London Day for onlookers at the Time Capsule opening.
chiseled out the Time Capsule from its corner also attended. Sally Ryan, local historian, gave a brief talk on the history of the building and State Street after the Time Capsule was carried to the display table by Ray Dolan, grandson of Joseph Dolan, who expanded City Hall in 1912. “Tonight brought it home,” Ray said after the ceremony. Artifacts will be further examined and identified, and eventually will be on display at City Hall.
The discovery resulted from planning for a $3 million renovation of City Hall. Renovations will restore historic parts of the building while making it more accessible. A new time capsule will be laid. What will be in it? That decision is many months away, but Mayor Michael observed with a laugh after seeing the decayed items in the 1912 box, “My only idea is that we’ll use a better capsule.”
Norwich VFW Post #594 Veterans Day Commemoration by Indigo Eve Cohen
n Friday, November 11th a poignant and patriotic ceremony was held to commemorate Veterans Day at the Richard E. Hourigan VFW Post #594 in Norwich. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 270 Color Guard began the service with a reverent presentation of the flags. After a moving rendition of the National Anthem by Jillian P. Barry, Senator Richard Blumenthal took the stage to offer a tribute to the nation’s veterans. He spoke of his sons, one is a veteran who had been deployed to Afghanistan with the Marine Corps and the other son who is currently serving. “My son is deployed in the U.S. Navy. I have no idea where he is as of this moment. The number of people serving, or who are veterans, is less than one percent of our population. That is the significance of this day, to remind us that we all have these freedoms because of the very few who have served and sacrificed.”
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 270 Color Guard presenting the colors.
Norwich Councilman and Marine Corp Veteran Tucker Braddock spoke, sharing his personal story of service during the Vietnam War “We made an amphibious landing in Da Nang, then started to move in country
and took Hill 327. I was in the 9th Expeditionary Force at that time and when the time came for my rotation back to the States, I decided to stay and signed up with the 2nd Marines 5th Battalion and spent the rest of my time with
them” Tuckered continued “The service is not for everyone. It sure helped me. It made a better person of me and for that I’m very thankful.” Commander James “Cory” Dyer, Chief Executive Officer of the Naval Submarine Base New
London in Groton and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT 2nd District) were on hand to pay tribute to veterans, along with other state and local dignitaries. Korean War Veteran and lifelong member of Post #594 Tom Freniere was in attendance with his wife Betty. Tom was drafted in 1950 and he served in Korea during 1951-52. When he mentions this his wife Betty chimes in “I was just born!” They share a flirtatious laugh and Tom replies “I robbed a very good cradle!” Tom describes his service in Korea “We came into Inchon and then we were on a mountain called 1062, near the 38th parallel, to the left of the Chosin Reservoir. When we landed it was thirty below zero and we didn’t have the right equipment. I froze my feet but when you are 21 you’re made of steel; you bounce back. One thing I learned in the service: respect and discipline. I’ve never forgotten it. Really and truly, I’ve lived by it all my life.”
Auctioneer Dan Stanavage Comes Full Circle With Award
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Brian Huta, Waterford
Sean Ventresca, Montville
Kelly Barry, Oakdale
That everyone can find love and happiness..
For my whole family to be back together again and to have fun together.
To spend time with my family.
Courtland Brown, Montville
Lauren Artone, North Reading, MA
Brodey Coutant, Curry College
To eat a lot of food and get presents.
To have a good break with my friends and family.
For world hunger and child starvation to end and to have peace amongst all people.
Dan Stanavage explains why winning the Bid Calling trophy was so special to him. by Karen Koerner
here’s a big loop in my life. A big circle,” says Dan Stanavage, a local auctioneer appreciated by the many not-for-profit groups that he supports. To explain, Dan points to the trophy for First Place Bid Calling Championship for 2016 that he won Nov. 5 at the Northeast Auctioneer Convention. The trophy is a reminder of childhood struggles, the power of overcoming, and of how important it is for people to give back to others. As a very small child, Dan was diagnosed with Legg-Calve’Perthes disease, often referred to simply as Perthes. It is a rare hip disease, which, according to the National Osteonecrosis Foundation, affects 1 in 1,200 children. In Dan’s case, treatment included metal leg braces and a long hospitalization in the Newington Children’s Home. In 1962 Dan was a toddler in the Newington Children’s Home when he met a man who was visiting. The man was studying how not-for-profit children’s hospitals operated, because he had just opened one himself. The man was Danny Thomas, who founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to fulfill a vow he had made when praying to St. Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes. Dan says that Perthes is easy to cure today, but when he had it, children struggled for a cure. It was just the first obstacle Dan
would overcome. Looking back, he says the one thing he learned early was to always keep trying. As a child, classmates teased him. Dan’s father died before Dan turned 20. As he grew older Dan achieved a lifelong dream by graduating from the Worldwide College of Auctioneering, but then could not break into the tightly competitive field. He worked at a number of sales jobs, often creating the opportunities himself while trying to get auctioning jobs. When he finally did open an auction house of his own in 1994, Rose City Auction House, his partner died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm. “What would make a person quit?” He asks today. “What would make a normal person quit? It’s whether you CHOOSE to quit or not,” Dan says. What makes the trophy especially important to Dan is the fact that the National Auctioneers Association partnered with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in 1995 and since then has raised more than $4.3 million to support the children’s charity. Dan is touched by the turn in events that circled his life’s work back to helping children with cancer at St. Jude, founded by a man who once wished him well when he was a hospitalized child. “I’m the only guy in the auction business who came full circle and didn’t know I was doing it,” he says.
Dan has imparted his philosophy of high standard and giving back to others to his daughters, Shenelle and Brenee’. They have helped him in his charity work, like the Rick Derringer auction for a local girl battling cancer. But most of all, Dan tries to impress on them and others that they should never quit. “No one gave me anything. I struggled through the whole thing. I’m glad I never quit. ”That trophy might not look like much. But it’s a lot to me.”
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To make my family happy.
To spend good times with friends.
(l-r) Dan Stanavage and Rick Derringer at the 1996 Rick Derringer auction to raise funds for a local girl with cancer.
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by Karen Koerner f you love the Beatles, you will love the Magical History Tour, which brings rooms full of Beatles memorabilia to Foxwoods Resort Casino through Feb. 5. Recordings, photos, letters, musical instruments, a reproduction of the stage at The Cavern where the Beatles played in Liverpool, England, and more are assembled there. The collection spans the history of the group, from the drum set of the Quarrymen, to the album that John Lennon signed Dec. 8, 1980 for Mark Chapman, who returned a few hours later to assassinate the legendary singer. The items were collected over the years by Jim Cushman, Dennis Toll, Peter Miniaci and other private collectors. These collectors share a love of the Beatles and are now sharing the fruits of that love with the public in the comprehensive interactive exhibit. “My motivation was really to capture that moment in time,” said Dennis, explaining why he first began collecting Beatles memorabilia. “After John was killed in ’80, I started collecting larger items.” While introducing the exhibit, Felix Rappaport, President and CEO, Foxwoods, praised everyone who worked to bring this exhibit to Connecticut.
Dennis Toll is sharing his love of the Beatles with the public.
“It’s a world-class exhibition. It’s a stunning display of musical history,” Felix said. Jim, who has been fascinated by the Beatles since seeing them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, said he has enjoyed his role in assembling the collection for the public to enjoy. “This is as close as many people will get to the Beatles,” he said. The Magical History Tour first opened in Vancouver, Canada then moved to Detroit, Michigan for a few months and opened at Foxwoods Nov. 10. Peter is the youngest of the three collaborators, but says
that his five older brothers introduced him to the Fab Four. “I gravitated toward the Beatles”, he said. “They were much more interesting personalities and their story was more interesting. Their music is timeless and transcendent.” Jim, Dennis and Peter worked with Exhibits Development Group (“EDG”), LUCI Creative and Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates to create a handson, theatrical and interactive experience. Beatles fans who visit The Magical History Tour at Foxwoods will be glad they did.
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Mohegan Sun’s New Earth Hotel Fills up Fast
“We recognize the importance that we get it right.” Kevin Brown, Chairman, Mohegan Tribal Council.
by Karen Koerner
“g’tine’mong” Sturges in the muddy land that now is home to Mohegan Sun, listening to the Chief’s vision for the land. “The spirit of Ralph Sturges is always with us,” he said. He and other speakers recalled that earlier plans to build the hotel were wisely postponed at the beginning of the recession in 2008. Construction began March 2015, and the project was completed on time and under budget. The Earth Hotel is connected to the original Sky Hotel by two impressively designed connectors, allowing entry from the Winter entrance and from the original hotel lobby. The much-needed expansion is already increasing the number of visitors to this resort. A/Z Corporation, headquartered in North Stonington and with offices in Hartford, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, managed construction. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is the architectural firm responsible for Mohegan Sun’s Project Sunburst
“The Tribal Nation itself should be very proud.” Dannel Malloy, Governor of CT.
expansion, which includes programming, master planning and the design of the magnificent exterior of Mohegan Sun. Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and U.S. Representative (D-CT 2nd District) Joe Courtney, joined Senator Richard in remarks praising the beautiful hotel and the effective partnership between the Mohegan Tribal Nation and state and local governments. Modeled after the existing Sky Hotel design, the Earth Hotel features a similar look and feel. The design reflects the Mohegan Tribe’s sensitivity to the natural landscape and pays homage to the geological and natural forms present on the property’s riverfront site. Kevin noted that when making decisions about expansions, education and health, the tribe considers the impact on the next 13 generations. “We do make decisions for the long haul,” he said. “Everything we do is done with quality in mind.”
(l-r) Tribal Council Treasurer Thayne D. Hutchins Jr., U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, and Chuck Burnell, Chief of Staff at Mohegan Sun, celebrate the Earth Hotel opening success. Courtney said the development “speaks volumes about this Tribe.” It has been a boon to local employment.
“This is magnificent.” Nancy Wyman, Lt. Governor.
“This Tribe is always in it for the long haul.” Joe Courtney, U.S. Representative.
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ohegan Sun’s brand new 400-room luxury Earth Hotel opened to its first guests Nov. 10, and by Nov. 18 when the official ribbon-cutting was held, it was already filled to 98 percent capacity. Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council and Lynn Malerba, Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, were joined by a host of elected officials on the outdoor terrace to celebrate the opening of the hotel. The $130 million project brought employment for 2,000 during its construction and created 200 permanent jobs upon opening, Kevin said. Lynn, or Chief Many Hearts, performed a smudging ceremony to ask blessings for the expansion. A number of leaders spoke. “This is a triumph of hope and vision over obstacles that would have deterred others,” said Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator (D-CT). Richard recalled walking with the late Mohegan Chief Ralph
“Our entire team worked tirelessly.” Ray Pineault, President and General Manager, Mohegan Sun.
State Representative Stephen Dargan of West Haven has fun photobombing Sagamore Maynard Strickland and Councilor Cheryl Todd.
Senator Richard Blumenthal chats with Mohegan Chief Lynn “Many Hearts” Malerba, who had offered a traditional blessing during the ceremony. In his address, Richard praised the late Chief Ralph “g’tine’mong” Sturges.
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Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut Honors Volunteers at 44th Annual Meeting
Dr. Manuel Rivera, Superintendent of New London Public Schools was the guest speaker for the 44th Annual Meeting of the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.
hild and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut honored its volunteers Nov. 15 during its 44th Annual Meeting. Dr. Manuel Rivera, Superintendent of New London Public Schools, delivered the keynote address before a packed room of Child and Family
Agency staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. The award ceremony, held at the B.P. Learned Mission in New London, recognized individuals who have donated their time and talents to support the work of the agency, promoting the well-being
and development of all children and their families. Child and Family Agency honored volunteers in three award categories: the Child and Family Agency Volunteer of the Year Award, the Lillian Erb Award for outstanding service at the Annual Sale, and the 2016 Auxiliary Volunteers of the Year Awards. Staff members were also recognized for their years of service to the Agency. Mary Dangremond, Lois Geary, Ellie Krusewski and Amanda Rutledge received the Child and Family Agency Volunteer of the Year for their many years of service, especially as co-chairs of the Child and Family Agency Annual Sale. All have served on the Board of Directors, have chaired or cochaired the auxiliary and other major initiatives on behalf of the Agency. SFC Trevor Evans, of the Army National Guard, was
awarded the Lillian Erb Award. Trevor has demonstrated outstanding service for Child and Family Agency, especially during the Annual Sale. 2016 Auxiliary Volunteers of the Year Awards were presented to Judi and Tom Mitchell, Beebe Miller, Carole Mackin, Laurie Walker, Carol Connor, and Earline Goebel for their service with the East Lyme, Essex River Valley, Groton, Lyme-Old Lyme, Myst ic/ Noank /Ston i ng ton, and New London-Waterford Auxiliaries. “The backbone of Child and Family Agency is the partnership between our 650-plus auxiliary volunteers, our board, and our 190-plus dedicated staff, all of whom believe that children’s health and well-being are of paramount importance to our communities,” said Rick Calvert, Chief Executive Officer, Child and Family Agency. “It is an honor to work with such a generous,
talented group of people,” Rick said. The Agency wishes to thank outgoing board members Sally Crawford, Mary Dangremond, Carole Mackin and Jen Daly McFadden as well as welcome Donetta Hodge, Jerome Fischer and Julie Stone to the board. Child & Family’s mission is to promote the well-being and development of all children and their families, focusing in particular on the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional and intellectual care and nurturing. Programs deal with children’s mental health, child abuse prevention, the treatment of family violence, teen pregnancy, children’s health care, childcare, and parent education. Last year families were served in 79 towns in New Haven, Middlesex, Windham and New London Counties, the Child & Family Agency service region.
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ear Neil: I have known this man since middle school, he was my best friend. But in the last year, we fell in love. Things were well, until one day he said he needed space. He said he has never loved someone like he loves me, and that it scares the hell out of him. The next day he had me served with a criminal protection order. He told the courts that I had threatened his life for the previous three weeks. The protection order got thrown out of court, and I believe this was a way for him to avoid the love he was scared about. But the thing that hurts even more is that we were best friends. Do you think there will ever be a chance for us to at least get our friendship back? — Dropped in Ohio
Dear Dropped: What would you guess to be the chances that you will ever trust him again? A criminal protection order is a serious charge. It says he doesn’t feel safe around you, and he wants the legal system to insure that you won’t come near him. If getting close to you feels that threatening to him, I would not assume that he will want your friendship in the future. Apparently, being close to you really did scare the hell out of him. So leave him alone. If he ever decides to re-establish contact with you on his own, go very carefully—and stay away from his house or apartment. But my guess is that the chances of the two of you remaining best friends are low. He clearly is afraid of getting close to you (or perhaps to anyone), so it sounds doubtful that he will open himself up to you again. Also, I suspect that you will never be able to trust him again as well. Dear Neil: Four years ago I fell in love hard and fast. Our time together was magical. Then he started pulling back and withdrawing emotionally. He insisted everything was fine, even though
I could sense it wasn’t. He started using porn, and it seemed as if it consumed him, so I cut things off. eight months later he came back more open than ever. Then the excuses started. He was too busy and too stressed, and he checked out again. People who run away like this have no idea the amount of pain they cause. The rest of us need to set boundaries and love ourselves enough to say “I deserve better.” — Hurt in North Carolina Dear Hurt: We all deserve the chance in life to love and to be loved, and to feel emotionally safe with our partner. If your boyfriend can’t offer you that, let him go so that you may find someone who wants it also--and who has the willingness and ability to offer it to you. Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster and Boulder. He is the author of the bestselling book Love, Sex, and Staying Warm: Creating a Vital Relationship. Contact him at 303-758-8777 or visit neilrosenthal.com.
Christmas in Clinton
he Clinton Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas in Clinton celebration on Sunday, December 4. Guests can expect to see annual activities such as Santa’s Workshop, Soup’s On, and the Human Dog Sled Race, but are encouraged to stay tuned for new activities. If you loved Christmas in Clinton in the past then you are in for a treat, the Chamber has all of your old favorites plus some new surprises. Last year, the Chamber had Characters from the ‘minions’ and this year they plan to have a Polar Express theme. Save the date for Sunday, December 4 starting at 1:00pm along East Main Street in Clinton. As the event draws closer you will be able to find updates and information at www.christmasinclinton.com . For more information please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 860.669.3889.
roblems are a cause while symptoms are the result. When dealing with challenges, you have to be able to differentiate between symptoms and problems. In order to make changes in your life you have to address problems. Treating only symptoms leaves problems untouched. For example, water dripping from your ceiling is a symptom. Putting a bucket under the leak does nothing to correct the problem. Bryan Golden The cause may be a leaking pipe, a Author “Dare To Live Without hole in the roof, a defective drain, Limits” or an overflowing sink. Until the source of the water is identified and repaired, the leak will persist. If the leak is not fixed, additional damage will occur, creating new problems. How people deal with stress, being upset, or any of a variety of emotional issues, is another good example of handling symptoms without correcting the problem. A common source of “relief” for emotional issues is drinking or substance abuse. Even if this approach provides a temporary reprieve from one’s feelings, the problems are still there once the effects wear off. When one becomes addicted to or dependent on substances to deal with their symptoms, they now have additional problems to deal with. Instead of attempting to drown sorrows, a more effective strategy is to identify and rectify the source of emotional discontent. How some people deal with finances is another pertinent illustration of the folly of addressing symptoms rather than correcting problems. Using credit cards to buy items one can’t afford can pile up debt without the means to pay it off. When you can’t afford to buy something, the problem is a lack of money. When people use credit to live beyond their means, they create the new problem of a debt load that grows faster than they can pay it off. Rather than spending more than they can afford, these people would be better served by spending less or increasing their income. So, a symptom is what happens and a problem is why. As the previous examples show, people distracted by focusing on symptoms wind up ignoring the causes. Not only does this strategy enable problems to persist, ignoring problems can make them worse. Furthermore, strategies for dealing with just the symptoms spawn new problems. However, it is important to pay attention to symptoms as soon as they occur. If you ignore symptoms, there’s no chance of finding and correcting problems. Symptoms are the signals that indicate something is wrong. In order to effectively deal with problems, you have to understand what is happening and then identify why. Here are four questions you can use as a guide to help you. 1. What happened? You have to maintain an awareness as to what occurred. This question seeks to identify symptoms. Answers might be, I got upset, I gained weight, I overslept, I don’t have enough money, I have a headache, etc. 2. Why did it happen? The answer to this question identifies the problem. You must be honest, objective, and willing to take responsibility when appropriate. It’s impossible to take corrective action until you have an accurate answer. 3. What did you learn? Problems provide you with an exceptional opportunity to learn. You can learn more when you encounter problems than when everything goes OK. 4. What can you do to prevent the same problem from recurring? The answer from the previous question is used to map out your future strategy. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result is one definition of insanity. Here’s your strategy in a nutshell. Be constantly vigilant for symptoms. Identify the root cause for each symptom. Devise a strategy to correct each problem. Take the appropriate action. Learn from your experience. This approach is an effective way to deal with problems as they occur. NOW AVAILABLE: “Dare to Live Without Limits,” the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or write him c/o this paper.
Meal Packaging Projects Enable United Way Volunteers to Fight Hunger in New London County
Virginia Mason President and CEO United Way of Southeastern CT
United Way community team working together to package 20,000 meals.
Father Adam Thomas from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mystic and his parishioners.
rea groups have been working together to help package and provide meals for tens of thousands of New London County residents in need. It all began on August 17 when the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut Community Leaders gathered at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center for the Annual Community Leaders Breakfast. As a CEO of the United Way, I spoke about the organization’s focus on values, engagement, and accountability which are “foundational to everything United Way is doing.” Brian Orenstein, Chairman of the United Way board and President and CEO of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union reminded all in attendance to stay after breakfast to pack food for the community. After breakfast, United Way leaders filled a room at Mohegan
Sun and worked together to package 20,000 meals. Organizing themselves into teams, they put their plastic gloves and hats on, measured the food, sealed it and packaged it to go. All the meals were delivered immediately to the Gemma E. Moran Food Center for distribution. Each pre-packaged meal contains six servings with a protein supplement added and a shelf life of two years. Jill Davoll, Director of Communications at United Way, walked around the tables with a microphone, making sure that all in attendance heard the statistics about hunger in the community and how valuable two hours of effort was in a county in which 1 out of five children is food insecure. It was an event to be remembered for its caring spirit. On October 23, the parishioners of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mystic sponsored another packing event. Between
Sunday services, they packed 10,000 servings of macaroni and cheese to help local families. Because of the Food Center and the Mobile Pantry of the United Way, the meals go out quickly and reach every corner of the county. Besides mac and cheese, meal choices for packing efforts are: apple-cinnamon oatmeal, rice and beans, or pasta with tomato-basil sauce. Both events brought about laughter, smiles and the sense of a “job well done.” United Way believes that the giving community members in New London County can work together to measurably reduce hunger for children and for families. Jill Davoll can be reached at 860.464.3309 to assist those who want to sponsor a meal packing event.
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hen cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans suffer from one billion colds annually. While adults catch an average of two to three colds per year, children suffer even more, especially during cold season. “The cold and flu are both highly contagious viral infections,” said Dr. Keri Peterson, a Manhattan-based physician. “While they spread easily, there are some easy measures that families can take to protect themselves from getting infected, and even while they are sick, to prevent prolonged illness and recover more quickly.” To protect you and your family, and to prevent the spread of illness, Peterson offers these tips for navigating cold and flu season: • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, especially after touching dirty surfaces like doorknobs and keyboards. Thorough washing should take as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice. • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. These are direct entry points for germs. Most adults touch their face about 16 times a day, and children even more often, increasing the spread of germs. • Germs live on surfaces and spread to humans through skin contact, so anything that you touch frequently can be a threat. Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down your workspace daily, as well as your telephone, mouse and keyboard. Make sure you regularly disinfect doorknobs and shared electronics like TV remotes. Also, wash your children’s toys after playtime. • Studies indicate flu viruses thrive best in cold and dry places, making winter air an ideal breeding ground. Use a humidifier to keep humidity levels in your home between 40 and 60 percent to reduce viruses’ chances at survival. Humidifiers can also help relieve cold and flu symptoms and discomfort. An option such as the Vicks Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier is a convenient way to meet the American Academy of Pediatricians’ recommendation to use a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months to help relieve congestion and cough in children. For adults and children ages 2 and older, Vicks VapoSteam paired with a warm mist humidifier or vaporizer releases a medicated steam with cough suppressant to help relieve coughs and colds. • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccination should take place soon after the vaccine becomes available to the public. • Watch your symptoms. Cold symptoms come on gradually and progress over time, typically starting with a sore throat, then a runny nose and eventually a cough. On the other hand, the flu hits fast and furious with the sudden onset of fever, aches, fatigue, cough and headache. • Fever can sometimes occur with a cold and is usually mild; with the flu it is common and higher, ranging from 100-102 F. Taking your temperature with a thermometer such as the Braun ThermoScan, the No. 1 brand among pediatricians and moms, is a good way to help determine which type of virus you have.
eet French Fry. He is a 5 month old Retriever/ Shepherd mix, born approximately 7/10/16. There is possibly a little Great Pyrenees thrown in somewhere in his lineage. He has double back dew claws & is very soft & fluffy! Frenchie likes to cuddle. He is fostered with a large pack of dogs and a cat. He has learned to respect his elders and does great with them. He is crate trained when he is tired, he actually asks to go in to his crate to take a nap. He sleeps all night. He is good on a harness & leash. He is working on his house training skills. He takes himself out the dog door to go to the bathroom and uses pee pads when the dog door is locked. He loves to chase & catch the falling leaves. French Fry would make a great addition to any family. We estimate he will be 50-60 pounds when mature. He is puppy playful, but not super hyper. He is neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations, dewormed & on heartworm/flea/tick prevention. The adoption donation is $400.00. Wings of Freedom Animal Rescue is a 501(3) charitable organization made up completely of volunteers based in Griswold. All of our animals are in private foster homes and come spayed/neutered, microchipped (registered in the adopter’s name when adoption is finalized), up to date on vaccinations, fecal tested, tested for heartworm/tick illnesses, on heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention. For more information about this or another rescue animal or to request an adoption application please email email@example.com or call 860.428.0807.
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I have a chalkware dog that has been in my family for at least a century. What exactly is chalkware? — Tommy, Shreveport, Louisiana
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While cleaning out a storage area, I found a box of older fruit jars. They are Atlas Mason jars, olive in color with zinc lids. Any idea of how much they are worth? — Stan, Des Monies, Iowa
Most jars of this type sell in the $10 to $12 range. As with most collectibles, there are always exceptions.
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DEAR PAW’S: I’ve had a lot of trouble training my Dalmatian, “Damian,” to behave around other dogs and people. It has really limited our outdoors time, which is very disappointing because I always envisioned bringing him around to my favorite neighborhood spots, playing in the dog park and having him in the same room with friends. What can I do to fix his bad behavior? -Jeff T., Atlanta DEAR JEFF: Although I always stress the importance of daily training in basic behavior, and how important it is to socialize puppies to both humans and other dogs, sometimes following these basics still isn’t enough.
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: A while back you had mentioned a TV series that was going to star Tom Hardy. Can you give me an update on it? — Genie P., via email : According to FX, “Taboo” is “set in 1813, based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. Tom plays the lead role of James Keziah Delaney, “a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.
BBC One in the U.K. in early 2017 (as of this writing, an exact date had not been revealed), and it will consist of eight one-hour episodes. Along with Tom, the series also stars Oona Chaplin (granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, and great-granddaughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill), David Hayman (“Sid and Nancy” and “The Tailor of Panama”), Michael Tom Hardy Kelly (of “House of Cards” fame) Now we know a little bit more and Jonathan Pryce (“Jurassic about it: It will premiere simul- Park,” “Evita” and “Game of taneously on FX in the U.S. and Thrones” alum).
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all of you social Lions just fine. However, one new friend might make demands that you could find difficult to deal with. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Communication doesn’t exist unless it’s two-way. So if you’re getting no replies to the signals you’re sending, it could be time to look for someone more receptive. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A workplace complication that you thought was ironed out develops new wrinkles that need attention. Meanwhile, expect continuing improvement in your home life. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A tense personal problem needs to be talked out before someone decides to walk out. Resist making decisions until full explanations are offered from both sides. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A technological glitch that caused problems recently will soon be repaired, and life can return to normal. A
colleague has a surprising message to deliver. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your partner might feel that you haven’t been as open with him or her as you should be. Deal with this now, before it turns into something more difficult to handle. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Good news: Many of the stumbling blocks that affected the progress of some of your career projects are fading away. Things also start to look up on the home front. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You’ll need that strong Piscean pluck to get through waters that will be turbulent for a while. A more positive aspect soon emerges, along with some welcome news. BORN THIS WEEK: You are zealous in the pursuit of truth. You would make an excellent research scientist.
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Cinema: “Imperium”. 6pm.; free; Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., Colchester 860.537.5752.
Tween Advisory Board Meeting. Make new friends (grades 5-8). 6pm. Otis Library, 261 Main St, Norwich, 06360.
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20th Annual Holiday Stroll & Luminaria. 5pm. Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck, 5 High Street, Westerly, RI.
Deck The Walls Preview party & silent auction. 6-8pm. 40 Palmer Street, Stonington. Open Forum Slide Night. 7pm. Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme St. More info: email@example.com Winter Reading sign up begins. Ages 7 and younger. Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington. Family Movie: Finding Dory. Janet Carlson Calvert Library, 5 Tyler Drive, Franklin, 4pm., 860.642.6207 Cookie Swap. Tasting, recipes. free; 6 pm., Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., Colchester; 860.537.5752 8 Bells Lecture Series. 12pm. Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport, 02840
December 2 Student Holiday Art Sale Open Reception. Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 5-8pm. 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme Groton A+ All-Stars vs. Harlem Wizards. 12pm. Fitch Senior High School Gym, 101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton Bargains Galore Flea Market. noon-5 pm. 133 Bank St., New London. Taste of Poland. Polish homemade food. 5-7pm., Divine Providence Church, 40 Golden St., Norwich. 860.887.2812 50th Annual Ye Olde English Christmas Faire. 5:30pm. Congregational Church, 1 Church St., Deep River 860.526.5045 Cookies & Caroling. 6:30pm. Calvary Nursery School, 27 Church Street, Stonington
December 3 Holiday Cookie Walk. 10am.12pm. Old Lyme Marketplace, Halls Road, Old Lyme. 50th Annual Ye Olde English Christmas Faire. 8am. First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church St., Deep River.
$10 Gen. Admin. $15 Ringside Constitution State Wrestling. Show your military ID to receive 1 free ticket with purchase of 1 or more. $1 off ticket with donation of canned good to benefit Groton Food Pantry.
Ella T Grasso Technical School. 189 Fort Hill Rd. Groton Gingerbread Creation Contest. 9am. Winthrop Baptist Church, 444 Winthrop Road, Deep River. Christmas Bazaar. 9am. Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly, RI. Holiday Open House and Wreath Sale. Smith Harris House, 33 Society Road, Niantic. 860.739.0761 Annual Christmas Bazaar. North Stonington Congregational Church. 89 Main Street, North Stonington. 860.889.1636 Craft/Vendor Fair. 9am. Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington St., Norwich. 860.887.4249
WHS Class of 2019 Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair. 10am. Waterford High School, 20 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford.
Cinema: Ab Fab: The Movie. Free. 6pm. Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., Colchester. 860.537.5752
December 8 Community Knit. 10 am. Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London. Adult Coloring, 12:30pm. bring your own colored pencils; free; East Lyme Senior Center, 37 Society Road, Niantic 860.739.5859 Bipolar/Depression Group. 6:30pm. Backus Hospital, 326 Washington St., Norwich. 800.842.1501
Christmas Music of the Tudor Court. Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 70 Cross Road, Waterford. 860.535.3631
Little Listeners Storytime. 10 am. Waterford Public Library , 49 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford Mother Goose & More. 10:30am. Otis Library, 261 Main St, Norwich
Bargains Galore Flea Market. 11am.-5pm.133 Bank St., New London.
Art=Gift Exhibit. 12 pm. Hygienic Art Park, 79 Bank Street, New London
Snowflake Jubilee. 4:30pm. Bozrah Centre Congregational Church, 19 Bozrah St., Bozrah. 860.889.6503
Brain Aerobics. 12:30-1:30pm. East Lyme Senior Center, 37 Society Road, East Lyme 860.739.5859
Holly Day Christmas Faire. 9am. Winthrop Baptist Church, 444 Winthrop Road, Deep River. 860.526.5241
Film and Meditation Series, 7 pm. Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton
Yuletide Celebration 1793. 1pm. Nathan Lester House, Long Cove and Vinegar Hill Roads, Gales Ferry.
Visit Mrs. Claus. 11am. Otis Library, 261 Main St, Norwich.
Animal Control’s Whisker’s In Wonderland. 1pm. Gales Ferry Fire Dept. , 1772 Rt. 12, Gales Ferry
Winter Outerwear Clothing Drive. 9am-noon. New London Firehouse, 289 Bank St., New London. 860.447.5221
Colonial Christmas Open House. 1-4pm. Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington St., Norwich. 860.889.9440
Overeaters Anonymous. 5:30pm. Backus Hospital, 326 Washington St., Norwich
Cookie Exchange. 6-8pm. Bill Memorial Library, 240 Monument Street, Groton. 860.445.0392
Open Computer Lab. 1:30-5 pm. Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton 860.441.6750
Crafty Kids. 10am. Free. Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford.
Christmas Bazaar at Calvary Nursery School. 11:30am. 27 Church Street, Stonington
Christmas Fair. 9am-5pm. Ivoryton Congregational Church, 57 Main St., Ivoryton. 860.767.8167
Christmas Bazaar. 10am-2pm. North Stonington Baptist Church, 5 Rocky Hollow Road, North Stonington. 860.535.0208
Chess Club. 4 pm. Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London 860.447.1411
Coffee, Donuts and a Movie. Free. Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford. 860.444.5805
December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony. City Hall, David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard, 100 Broadway, Norwich 860.608.0472 ‘
Bargains Galore Flea Market, 12:00 pm - 5pm. 133 Bank St., New London Ugly Sweater Party. 5:30pm. Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus. 7:30pm. Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford
December 10 Breakfast with Santa. 8:30am. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1650 Route 12, Gales Ferry Camp Harkness Playgroup. 10am. Camp Harkness, Great Neck Road, Waterford 860.271.4371 Niantic Jingle Bell 5k Run/ Walk. 10am. McCook Point Park, Niantic. Holiday Open House and Bonfire. 11am. Fort Griswold, Park Avenue and Monument Street, Groton. 860.449.8026 Bargains Galore Flea Market. 11am.-5 pm. 133 Bank St., New London. Local Author JessieMay Kessler. Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., Colchester. 860.537.5752 46th Annual Torchlight Christmas Parade. 6pm. Coulter Street, Old Saybrook. 860.399.9767 Cookie Walk. 9am. First Baptist Church of Norwich, 239 West Main Street, Norwich. 860.889.0369
December 11 1st Annual SECT Autism Family & Friends Sensory Friendly Christmas Party. 12pm. Oakdale Fire Company, 444 Chapel Hill Road, Oakdale U.S. Coast Guard Band. 2 and 7pm. Leamy Concert Hall. Mohegan Avenue, New London. 860.701.6826 Children’s Christmas Party. 2-5pm. American Legion Auxiliary, 16 York Ave., Niantic. 860.304.3094 Welcoming Light: Stories for a Dark December. Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown. 860.347.1064 Candle Lighting Service. 6:45pm. Norwich Free Academy, Atrium, 305 Broadway, Norwich. 860.884.5667
December 12 Computer Classes for Beginners. East Lyme Senior Center, 39 Society Road, Niantic. 860.7395859 Open Computer Lab. 1:30-5 pm. Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton 860.441.6750 Support group for people living with a chronic illness or pain. 10 am. Estuary Regional Senior Center, 220 Main St., Old Saybrook CFA’s December 12th Book “Pick” Auction. B. P. Learned Mission, 40 Shaw Street, New London. 860.908.8067
December 13 Waterford Senior Services 8:30 am. Cribbage, healthy stretch, yoga. Waterford Senior Services, 15 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford. 860.444.5839. Military Appreciation Tuesdays. 11:30am. Mango’s Wood-Fired Pizza Co., 27 Coogan Blvd. Building 8, Mystic Book Discussion Group. “Once We Were Brothers.“7pm. East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic. 860.739.6926 Drop-In Toddler Free Play. 10:30am. Otis Library, 261 Main St, Norwich.
Work Vessels For Vets Founder Presents Van To Disabled story and photo by Karen Koerner
ork Vessels For Vets, Inc. (WVFV) presented a van to SSGT Eric Betz, USAF/USAFR of Newport, Rhode Island Nov. 22, at Valenti VW, Mystic. The gift was part of WVFV’s extensive effort to support service veterans who are working to improve their futures. Eric and his wife, Siobhan, said the gift will help their family immensely as Eric attends school, Siobhan works, and they juggle transportation of their six-year-old daughter. They had been relying on a single vehicle that is currently in the shop. The Dodge van they received was a gift from John and Mike Niekrash, brothers and founders of WVFV. Valenti VW donated their services as the dealer. John
(front) Eric and Siobhan Betz receive a Dodge van from Rob Valenti, President of the Valenti Family of Dealerships, Cathy Cook, Executive Director of Work Vessels For Vets, as well as (rear) John Niekrash, WVFV Founder, his brother Mike Niekrash and John Devine, General Manager, Valenti VW.
Devine, General Manager of Valenti VW, said the dealership often serves that purpose for WVFV. “We’re very excited and happy to get this vehicle,” Eric said. “(Siobhan) needs to work and I’m going to school. We didn’t have reliable transportation and now we do.” Catherine Cook, Executive Director of Work Vessels for Vets, said that in the nearly nine years of the charity’s existence, they have helped 1,500 veterans by providing $1.5 million worth of vessels, and other equipment that helps veterans succeed in studies or as entrepreneurs. The non-profit organization matches donations of vessels, vehicles, equipment, tools and electronics to veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan as they start a business or pursue career education. SSgt Eric Betz is a disabled veteran with twelve years and
seven months of service as a munitions expert in the United States Air Force. He has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan and stationed in Japan, Utah, Guam and Arizona. Recently relocated to New England, Betz is completing his career studies at Rhode Island College. He is studying computer science. Work Vessels for Vets is supported by donations, Cathy explained. They receive donations of vehicles and others types of equipment from individuals and organizations. “Individual donations keep us going,” Cathy said. In thanking the organization for the donation, Eric presented John with military coins that had been special to him. “Just pay it forward,” John responded.
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Veterans Day Parade
Submarine Capital of the World Celebrates 100 Years
(l-r) Joyce Walker, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Elders Council, Joey Carter, Parade Marshall, Rodney Butler, Chairman, Nafeezah Shabazz, Tribal Elder and Gary Carter, Sr. Vice Chairman of the Elders Council, assemble for the Veterans Day Parade held in the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. The seventh annual parade and ceremony included local veterans, Tribal Council and Elders, Mashantucket Pequot Honor Guard, Tribal dancers and drummers, and the New London High School Marching Band.
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(l-r) Lt. Cmdr. Reginald Preston, Officer In Charge at Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Library Museum, received a commemorative coin Nov. 17 from City of Groton Mayor Marian Galbraith. The occasion was the final meeting of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Submarine Century. Governor Dannel Malloy had designated Oct. 2015 - Oct 2016 as the Connecticut Submarine Century to celebrate the success of America’s First and Finest Submarine Base and Naval Submarine School.
Steven Tyler To Receive 2016 Humanitarian Award at the United Nations Ambassadors’ Ball photo by Alexis Ann Steven Tyler, musician and philanthropist gives The Resident a wave.
he Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations has named Steven Tyler the recipient of its 2016 Humanitarian Award. Tyler will be honored at the Ambassadors’ Ball on Dec. 3 in New York. The honor is in recognition of the musician’s philanthropic partnership with Youth Villages through Janie’s Fund, created by Tyler in 2015 to give his voice to vulnerable girls who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect and are being helped by Youth Villages. “As a father to three daughters, a son, and, now a grandfather, it broke my heart to learn that each year in Ameri-
ca alone 700,000 children are victims of serious abuse or neglect and 68,000 will be sexually abused,” Tyler said. “All abuse is wrong -- verbal, physical, sexual, emotional. We need to have better ways as parents to help our children and support them. Way too many kids are experiencing abuse, and we want to change that. Enough is enough.” In its first year, Janie’s Fund has gained 2,700 supporters from 38 countries who have contributed more than $1.9 million to help girls receive evidence-based help so that they can overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. This year, Janie’s Fund will allow Youth Villages to provide more than 18,000 days of care to girls in
need, directly helping more than 300 girls. Tyler has long had a desire to help with this issue, dating back to the 1980s when he was in a program for his own recovery. Hearing the personal accounts of women who had experienced incredibly painful and debilitating sexual abuse as children, he saw how the abuse put them on a path of suffering, post-traumatic stress and other disorders that eventually led to substance problems. It was their plight that inspired Tyler to compose the song, “Janie’s Got A Gun.” “I personally know how addiction can fracture lives,” Tyler said. “I don’t wish that on anyone. To use my voice and the voices of many others to help these girls once again find their voice is my mission.” Tyler, the frontman of the legendary rock band Aerosmith, recently released a country album “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and at the top of the iTunes country downloads. Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide; he has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy Award. In
addition to having nine number one hits, 25 gold, 18 platinum and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, Tyler, along with the rest of his band members, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has a long history in the fight to end violence against women. “Break the silence,” the secretary-general has said “When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act! Violence against women and girls will not be eradicated until all of us—men and boys—refuse to tolerate it!” “In choosing this year’s recipient, we searched diligently to find the humanitarian whose efforts are in harmony with the Secretary General, who will be saluted at this year’s Ambassadors’ Ball as his decade of UN leadership ends on December 31,” said Mel Gee Henderson, HCUND cochair. “We came to realize Steven Tyler is not only a gifted composer and musician with a great big voice but a soul with an even bigger heart who sincerely wants to help those suffering from the horrific pain of abuse.” Luz MacArthur, chairman, said: “Tyler may seem an unexpected choice at first glance. But the more we
learned about Janie’s Fund, the more convinced we were that Tyler is the person who can genuinely affect and inspire millions to help in the fight against violence inflicted upon girls and women, not just in the U.S. but around the world.” The 2016 HCUND Ambassadors’ Ball is sponsored by Cambria, an American-made quartz countertop manufacturer. “As a friend and strong supporter of Steven Tyler and Janie’s Fund, Cambria is proud to sponsor the event,” said Summer Kath, senior vice president of business development. “We value strong relationships with partners and communities and continue to serve through a multitude of philanthropic initiatives locally and abroad. We hope you’ll join us in supporting Janie’s Fund.” The Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations is the only nonprofit volunteer organization located within the United Nations Headquarters. HCUND promotes and strengthens understanding between all levels of the United Nations diplomatic community, and broadens their appreciation of American culture and customs while serving and residing in New York City.
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