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George Crouse


Coach Of The Year

Holy Smoke!

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Visits Foxwoods Resort Casino


Mohegan Sun's novelle Lounge


Coast Guard Academy Swimming Coach

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Karen Etchells 15 Innovast

David W. Stone 17 Eastern CT Savings

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Backpack Giveaway

Since 2013, nearly 700,000 students have received free school supplies and a brand new backpack thanks to the Culture of Good. This year, Wireless Zone® Wireless Zone® is giving away a free backpack and other companies across the country are partnering together to show their to any child who one. We families are proud communities how much theyneeds care. Every year, many questionto just how they will be able to and prepare their children for athe successful school year - this is give back, offer fun for whole family, one way that together we can help. with food, entertainment, touch-a-truck, face

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ummer on the shoreline is in full swing! We hope you are enjoying the sunny days as much as we are! One perfect place to have some summer fun is the new pavilion at Ocean Beach. The New London Rotary Club replaced the old pavilion, which was destroyed during superstorm Sandy, with this brand-new one to commemorate their centennial! Read about this amazing gift to our community on page 6. Another beautiful local spot to visit during the warm-weather season is Enders Island. On page 5 we cover the recent Holy Smoke! Fundraiser, held each year to benefit this breathtaking landmark. In this issue we also feature three coaches who make a huge difference in the lives of students not only during the academic year but during summer, The Resident owner Alexis Ann and U.S. Army veteran too. First, on page 4, Fitch High School Varsity Eli Smith share a “thumbs up!ˮ for his trek to four Baseball coach Brian McGugan shares why corners of the U.S. for P.T.S.D. awareness. he's proud to be working at his alma mater. John Westkott, swimming coach at the Coast Guard Academy, helps cadets learn how to stay safe in the water; see page 11. Stonington's George Crouse, a long-time tennis coach with a 500-win record, was recently named National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year; read his inspiring story on page 12. And speaking of inspiring, we also have a profile of Eli Smith, a U.S. Army vet who's traveling to the four corners of the United States to raise awareness about the needs of our nation's bravest; page 8. Thanks for reading The Resident Good News! Please remember to patronize our advertisers for they make the good news happen! Alexis Ann editor & publisher, The Resident

Dear Editor Dear Editor, First, let me express our thanks for your coverage of the Mystic Flag Committee’s Flag Day ceremony and Annual Meeting in your latest issue. You have always over the years given us great coverage of one of our most important events of the year. Our friendship and association has and continues to be very valued. Thank you for all you do with your wonderful publication and your support for the Mystic Flag Committee. John H. Kennedy Vice President Mystic Flag Committee

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Fitch Falcons head varsity coach Brian McGugan loves coaching at his alma mater. major-league players who were around at the time. From there, it skyrocketed.” Br ian just f inished his second f ull season at Fitch. Af ter a yea r w racked w it h adversity, including losing two strong players to injury, Fitch miraculously ended the 2018 – 2019 season sharing a three-way tie for the Division I Baseball Championship in the Eastern Connecticut Conference with Waterford and East Lyme.

“The team has done really well,” he said. “Because I am coaching where I played myself, it comes naturally for me to want the program to be the best it can be and to be successful. I was a decent player, but not every good player can translate that into coaching. When I was asked to be the assistant coach in 2010 I didn't know how I would feel about it, but I loved it.” Brian's full-time job is with the Army National Guard in Groton; he enlisted at age 20. “We work with helicopters at the airport. I deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016 for about 10 months. I came home and got the junior varsity coaching job at Ledyard, and then the head coach job opened at Fitch in 2018.” The official baseball coaching season star ts up the second week in March and runs through Memorial Day weekend or the first week in June, depending on how the team does in the playoffs. When he's not actively coaching, Brian is always thinking ahead, planning ways to strengthen the baseball program at Fitch. “Being a high school coach is a yearround job,” he said. “The goal is always to make the program better, improve the field, and improve our reputation. We do well with fundraising, and recently bought new uniforms.” To find out more about how to support the Fitch Falcons baseball team, give Brian a call at 860.608.8478.


Meet the Artists and Artisans


lde Mistick Village, hosts its Annual Meet the Artists and Artisans 4 6t h a n nu a l shows - Ju l y 20-21, and Aug 31- Sept 1 & 2. Directions: 1-95 exit 90 North/ South Free Parking & Admission Rain or Shine! Award-winning, juried creative exhibitors discuss their work, as artists paint, draw, sculpt, handcrafters stitch, mold clay, turn and carve wood. The event is held on the treeshaded lawn next to Steak Loft. Exhibitors include: Kenneth Aunchman - original oils-Beach, boats, dolphins, light houses;

Susan Baker - hand-forged gemstone jewelry; lhor Barabakh - hand-painted shirts; Barbara Berkowitz - NJ. Frockks - Laugh aloud painted one-of-a-kind rocks and assorted oddities. Those interested in exhibiting may call Denise Morr is Curt 203.874.5672 (9-7), email info@meettheartistsandartisans. com or visit their website www. for more information on availability of exhibitor space. Only original work by the exhibitor is allowed. No imports/dealers/work, other than that of juried exhibitor.

Mystic Sea Captain painting by Denise Morris Curt, The Connecticut Limner.


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Holy Smoke! Dinner


his time-honored annual event took place on June 15 in an enormous tent on the Great Lawn of Enders Island, surrounded by breathtaking ocean views, blooming gardens and live music. Guests experienced the best the kitchen has to offer with steak and lobster prepared by master chefs. They also enjoyed a choice variety of seafood and shellfish at the raw bar, fine wines and spirits, and a swag bag with three cigars to smoke throughout the evening.

photos by Judy Caracausa

Mitch Belanger, Judi Caracausa, Market Realty LLC broker-owner, and Fishers Island Lemonade owner Bronya Shillo had a great

Father Thomas Hoar, “Holy Smoke! 500+ attendees, thank you!ˮ
















(l-r) Holy Smoke! co-chair Kate Careb, Hannah Careb, and co-chair Wendy Borawski “Ooh-la-la!ˮ








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(l-r) Jean Clark, Deb Neuman, and Kathleen Kennedy delighted in the festivities.


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See more at or call 1.888.MOHEGAN. Must be 21 or older to attend shows in the Comix Roadhouse or Wolf Den. Times and performers are subject to change.

Power Posse Productionsʼ Jerry Brown, Chaz Devito, and Gary Fletcher provided music.


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residentOn the Street Timothy Gordish asks area residents: “Where is your favorite place to get ice cream and why?”

Drew Jarvis, Naval Sub Base Groton Newport Creamery, they have great ice cream.

David McCallister Norwich I like Dairy Queen because I like the soft serve.

Kyle Dykes Ledyard Pop’s in Gales Ferry because it is close to home.

Carl Padilla Farmington Boardwalk Creamery has the best.

Donna Armstrong Mystic Dairy Queen because it is good and has all the childhood memories.

Carl Becket Willimantic We-Like-It of Abington because they make their own, even hot ice cream.

Beckett and Nico Bosrelli East Hampton Chattam Creamery! Mom says always support the local business owners. (Mom is Anna Bosrelli)



Rotary Helps in So Many Ways by Anna Trusky The New London Rotary Club recently brought a major project to fruition: Building a 7500-square-foot pavilion on the boardwalk at Ocean Beach Park and bestowing the magnificent structure to the City of New London for all to enjoy! But the club's major work is accomplished in the many less visible, yet significant, ways its members help those in need in their community. The pavilion, which had its grand opening on June 13, was built to commemorate the New London Rotary Club's centennial. Member Jerry Fischer was chair of the Centennial Pavilion Project. “The Rotary Centennial Pavilion couldn't have been built without the generous support of so many in our community, both philanthropic institutions and goodhearted individuals,” said the club's president Victoria Mueller, who will be retiring from her one-year term this summer, to be replaced by Reid Burdick. In selecting the project, the Rotar y Club “wanted to do something that would serve the whole community and region; something that would endure,” said Fischer. “The old pavilion had been destroyed by superstorm Sandy in 2012. It was used by many organizations and patrons of the beach.” The club received tremendous support from the community for the project. “Local foundations helped as well as individuals, the Rotary Foundation and the club itself,” Fischer pointed out. “It is really a remarkable success!”

Jerry Fischer, Chair of the New London Rotary Pavilion Committee, and Victoria Mueller, outgoing President of the New London Rotary Club, make good things happen in our community. Victoria, an attorney based in New London, is proud of all that the club has accomplished within the year she had the reins. “It has been nice to be in charge of a group I love,” she said. “The centennial project defined my presidential year, but it took a tremendous amount of effort from the entire club!” Mu el le r love d t h e w ay Rotary focuses on giving to the community, in big ways as well as small. “In the last year we've made valentines for service members and given dictionaries to every third-grader in New London. Once at one of our luncheons, a member mentioned that the New London baseball team had won the state

championship but couldn't afford to buy rings. Within a few minutes, we'd collected enough money for the team to buy their rings. We have a 'Do-Good Fund' of $250 that members can use for those in need in the community. We also sponsor a Camp Rotary every summer, where middle-school students take classes in STEM learning in the mornings and go to the beach in the afternoons, culminating in a trip to Block Island at the end of the summer. This is real 'boots on the ground' stuff!” she said. For more information, please visit the club website at www. newlondonrotar or call Victoria at (860) 442-2252.




ccording to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the number 100,000 represents the number of marine mammals impacted by plastic in the oceans. To commemorate these animals, FOUND beverage company launched the “100k Initiative,” donating one hundred percent of proceeds from 100,000 special glass bottles of the mineral water to Oceana, a non-profit organization that protects ocean habitats. “The 100k Initiative puts a

direct focus on the issue of plastic in the oceans and urges our customers to take a No-plastic Pledge in order to reduce plastic waste that directly affects ocean life,” explained Mark De Luca, Co-founder of the beverage company. “FOUND is made from 100 percent recycled materials and non-GMO ingredients. We offer an alternative to unsustainable plastic beverages bottles. “We are committed to purity, sustainability, and transparency. We have developed the lowest carbon-emitting glass bottle


by Anna Trusky


Beverage Maker Protects Sea Life for World Ocean Month

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from recycled materials with no labeling,” De Luca said.

It is important for people who live in coastal areas to be aware of the dangers plastic waste poses to our oceans. “The issue of plastic pollution in our waterways is extremely relevant to residents of Rhode Island and Connecticut, as states with ocean-front access,” Mark said. “Ensuring the survival of the marine creatures who call the ocean home in this region is extremely important for the generations of RI and CT parents and their children to be able to experience the beauty of the marine world and ensure that those who make a living from the seas can

continue to do so.” “It is critical that companies focus on reducing and not just recycling plastic,” said Andy Sharpless, CEO of Oceana. “We need to do this for our oceans and our future.” “Plastic bottles are the numberone plastic dumped into oceans,” Mark added. “We are delighted to offer people a choice that can help protect marine wildlife.” Mark invites readers of the Resident to go to and take the No-plastic Pledge and find out how to support Oceana.

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Students Graduate Electric Boat Shipbuilding Course Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly. All students completed the maritime skills courses while simultaneously enrolled in their high school programs. Following the success of a small pilot program for high school students last summer, WEC expanded the high school program to st udents f rom Westerly, Stonington, North Stonington, Coventr y and Exeter-West Greenwich school districts. Westerly Education Center supports employers, educators and industry professionals in the provision of high-quality professional development and employee training. All Rhode Island public higher education institutions (Community College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College) and the R.I. Department of Labor and Training are partners in the effort to provide workforce training and improved regional access to education. The facility features instructional classrooms and lab space for hands-on, industry-ready training programs.

Westerly High School pipefitting students and instructors (l-r) Instructor Jude Pescatello, Cole Chiaradio, Steven Bucklin, Antonio Laboy, Cody Leaycraft, Jonah Sherman, and Instructor John Koussa. Not pictured: Anthony Durante.

Stonington and North Stonington High School pipefitting students and instructors (l-r) Instructor Jude Pescatello, Mike Barney, Justin Reid, Jonathon Chanthamert, Wyatt Werling, Riley Burnside, Ian Cote, Mike Young, Kolin Fritscher, James Tuttle, Jeremy Ritchie and Instructor John Koussa. Not pictured: Malcolm Lewis.

Introducing... Dr. Sonia Motwani Celebrating... Our first anniversary We are so excited to be celebrating our one-year anniversary

traveling, baking, reading and playing tennis. She obtained both her

and are so grateful to all our patients who have welcomed

Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from

us with open arms. Our first year has been a great success

Stony Brook University, where she was part of its prestigious eight-

with the introduction of new clinical and administrative

year Scholars for Dental Medicine program. She went on to

technologies. Many of you have asked, when we are

complete her general practice residency at Jersey City Medical Center.

getting an additional dentist? Well, we are excited to announce that Dr. Sonia Motwani will be joining our team

Dr. Sonia realized dentistry was the “perfect fit” given its

in July. With the addition of Dr. Motwani, Dr. Cariappa will

combination of patient interactions, creativity and community.

still be here the same amount of time. The addition of Dr.

She consistently strives to provide the highest standard of care

Motwani will give her the opportunity to spend a day

and enrolls in continuing education courses throughout the

or two a week in Rhode Island where the patients

year. Currently, she is also a member of the Academy

she left behind will be able to see her.

of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and

Dr. Sonia Motwani was born and raised in Long Island, New York. In her spare time, she enjoys

New Jersey Dental Association.

Dr. Sonia Motwani

Please join us as we celebrate our one-year anniversary and welcome Dr. Motwani to our team. You will also have a sneak peek at our renovations, which will make patient visits even more comforting! Our open house will be held on Tuesday July 16, 3 - 7 pm. We will have appetizers and refreshments and are looking forward to celebrating with you all! P.S. Will also be celebrating Dr. Cariappa’s completion of courses to become Board Certified in Sleep Dentistry!!!! She will be one of two who will be Board Certified in Rhode Island, and the only in this area of Connecticut who is certified to treat obstructive sleep apnea and can give patients an alternative to conventional CPAP therapy.

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by Beth Bailey esterly Education Center hosted a graduation ceremony on We d ne sday, June 5 t o celebrate the 26 students who successfully completed courses in maritime pipefitting and maritime sheet metal. The workforce training and higher education center, together with Community College of Rhode Island and Electric Boat, offers the 240hour (pipefitting) and 200-hour (sheet metal) instruction courses for high school students interested in careers at Electric Boat. Some students will continue on with employment or internships at Electric Boat, and some will study at CCRI in the fall. Cour tland Leaycraf t, a pipefitting student, was awarded a $50 0 schola r sh ip by t he Westerly High School Alumni Scholarship Fund to be used for the purchase of tools. John Clemens and Meredith Eckel presented the scholarship on behalf of the fund. Seventeen of the students live in


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residentOn the Street Sarah Smith asks area residents:


Eli Smith Raises PTSD Awareness

“Where is your favorite place to get ice cream and why?”

Judy Gamboa Niantic Salem Valley Farms in Salem, because it is local, they use fresh ingredients, and they have my favorite flavors, basil and ginger ice cream.

Jane Calkins Niantic Dairy Queen in Niantic, because it's convenient and it's like a meeting place at night — you see everyone you know!

Vic Vicari Niantic Dairy Queen in Niantic, because it's handy because it's right there, and you don't have to go inside to get your ice cream, you wait in line outside. During his stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino, veteran Eli Smith met MPTN Chairman Rodney Butler.

Eric Stanistreet Chris Cayer Niantic Wolcott Salem Valley Farms Wentworth's in Ham- in Salem, because den, because the ice their ice cream is cream is made there sweet, but not too and it is fresh! sweet, and it is very creamy.

Cindy Cayer Wolcott Michael's Dairy in New London because their froyo ROCKS!

Moe East Lyme Dairy Queen in Niantic because they have ice cream with brownie. Ann Lombardo Niantic Tony D's in Niantic because their ice cream is homemade and delicious!

Stonington Community Center’s


Village Fair Fun for All Ages!

Saturday, Aug. 3, 11am-4pm Stonington Borough Green

fun-filled day of games, music, sweet bread sale, food, crafts and more

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by Anna Trusky n average of 20 U.S. military veterans lose t hei r l ive s t o p o sttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)related suicide every day. “That's an astronomical number,” said Eli Smith, an Army vet who has lost many friends to this terrible condition. “To put it in perspective, take every player on every team in the NFL, NHL, major league baseball, NBA, and NCAA college football, add all these conferences and teams up, and this is the number of veterans we lose in a year and a half!” To r a ise awa r e ne s s a nd financial support for vets who are suffering and dying, Eli sold everything he owned and embarked on a record-breaking journey that will bring him to the four corners of the contiguous United States. He's not driving, but rather walking and biking the whole way; an arduous and potentially hazardous journey. Eli started out on November 22, 2016, in Pensacola, Florida and walked all the way crosscountry to San Diego, California. From there, Eli cycled to Cape Flattery, Washington. On May 25, Eli reached West Quoddy Head, Maine, racking up over 11,000 miles. Wherever Eli stops, he visits VFW and American Legion posts, VA hospitals, veteran retirement homes, and homeless

veteran shelters. “I ask the vets what they want and what they need,” Eli said. “Often, they want good pizza and gift cards to Dunkin' Donuts, so I use funds donated to me to get them these things. The donations I receive go directly to veterans,” he explained. Eli also attends city council meetings and other venues, where he speaks about the needs of veterans. “I'm the busiest unemployed man in America,” he said. Since he has no income, Eli depends on the kindness of local folks to provide him with room and board wherever he goes. While heading south from Maine along the East Coast, he was treated to five days of hospitality by Foxwoods. He stayed at the Grand Pequot Hotel and dined at the Hard Rock Cafe, Stoney Creek, and the Rainmaker Buffet. Of Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman and interim Foxwoods CEO Rodney Butler, Eli said, “He's a nice guy to put me up for a while. The staff at Foxwoods were very nice and the food was great. Everyone has been awesome!” Eli also appeared on the Lee Elci show with the Resident publisher Alexis Ann. Sadly, not everybody has been kind to Eli along his journey. In Texas, someone tried to kidnap him. In California, a gang put a bounty on his head as an initiation

for new members. He was robbed at gunpoint, hit by cars, and had beer bottles and other objects thrown at him while on the road. He's gotten lost in the woods, run into bears, and been bitten by dogs. He has slept under bridges, by train tracks, and in the bushes off the side of the road. Yet he endures it all to help his fellow vets get the help they so desperately need. Eli will finish his journey on October 16, 2019, when reaches Key West, Florida. For more information on Eli's mission, to stay up-to-date on his progress, and to find out how you can help, go to or visit his Facebook page, Eli Smith 4CornersHike.

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Gero stacks Cypress planks. her build or during trade are being offset by a regenerative tree-planting scheme that gives back more to preserving the natural world than it takes, as well as providing sources of lumber for future ships in the line under the name of SAILCARGO INC. This ensures that the entire project is not only sustainable, but regenerative for all people and places involved – making it a muchneeded solution for the long term. The idea behind shipping cargo under sail is to connect the ethical consumer with the ethical producer and therefore be the missing link in an otherwise sustainable supply chain. Unlike before, your honestly

combustion-free and ethical from start to finish. Ceiba is ship for change; soon she will carry a special variety of products through Pacific waters, from Hawaii to Canada, the USA and Mexico before returning to her homeport in Costa Rica. The young founder of this special project, Danielle Doggett, visited Mystic end of June, to speak about the project during the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport. If you missed that chance to meet her and still want to learn more or invest in the project, visit their website www.sailcargo. org​or email i​

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by Cara MacDonald rt lovers and collectors looking for a fun and entertaining evening and an opportunity to acquire art at a “steal” will want to attend ACGOW’s 4th annual Art Heist. Once again, the Gala will take place at the beautifully restored Lanphear Livery at 1 Bay Street in picturesque Watch Hill on Saturday, July 27, from 6-8 PM. The impressive selection of art donated by members of the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly and additional local artists can be viewed after July 3rd at the Westerly Train Station. The collection includes colorful abstracts, a serene encaustic collage, and seascapes capturing the brilliant blues and greens of the ocean on warm summer days. In addition to a wide variety of paintings in oils, watercolor and acrylics, several multimedia pieces and 3D works of art including pottery, hand carved woodwork and a beautiful selection of handcrafted jewelry made with lampwork glass and sterling will be available for “heisting.” Each person or couple who purchases a $150 ticket for the Art Heist will walk away with a new piece for their collection created by a local artist. Art Heist festivities will begin with artisanal hors d’oeuvres, an open wine bar, and beer from Westerly’s own Grey Sail

Beer. Guests can also look forward to live music while enjoying a great selection of fresh oysters from Watch Hill Oysters and East Beach Blondes. Art Heist tickets are $150 and will admit two people to enjoy food, beverages, delicious desserts, entertainment and “heist” one piece of art per ticket. $25 tickets are available to those wishing to join the party without participating in the heist. Free parking for the event is available behind Lanphear Livery. Catalogues featuring the wide variety of art available to “heist” and tickets are available now at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly’s 14 Railroad Avenue location in the Westerly Train Station. Additionally, all of the art for the Art Heist is now on view at the Gallery in the United in Art Community Room. Tickets are limited so connoisseurs are advised to purchase a ticket at the gallery soon. The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is a non-profit organization located at the Westerly Train Station at 14 Railroad Ave. in Westerly, RI. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM and on Sundays from 1-5PM. Please call 401-596-2221 with any questions, visit ACGOW on Facebook, or visit www. for information about the Art Heist, upcoming shows and artists.

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produced, artisan coffee can reach your local shop completely emission-free, from seed to sale This “jungle” shipyard where the beautiful wooden ship is currently being constructed is a small paradise of organic fruit trees, unique workshops, wholesome food and a treehouse office overlooking the Golfo de Nicoya. Consequently, work begins early each morning as the dedicated team of volunteers and professionals strive to make this special shipyard into the first carbon-neutral one in the world, insuring the birthplace of C ​ eiba cohesively combines with the ideals of the entire project -



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n Saturday, June 22nd, fans and cameras lined up for a r e d - c a r p et event outside the entrance of Mohegan Sun’s new nightlounge, novelle, for the biggest night of its VIP launch weekend. Khloe Kardashian and Jonathan Cheban (Keeping up with the Kardashians), Ciara (singer & perfor mer who played in Mohegan Sun Arena prior to novelle appearance) and her husband, Russel Wilson (Probowl Quarterback for Seattle S e a h a w k s) , D J C a s s i d y, Melissa and Joe Gorga (Real Housewives’), Busta Rhymes (hip-hop legend), Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon (former Red Sox and New York Yankee prominent MLB players), Jaylen

Brown (up-and-coming Boston Celtics star), Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood (The Bachelor, who also appeared at a Mohegan Sun Reality Check Q&A earlier on Saturday) and more headed in to novelle to celebrate after their stop on the red carpet. O n F r i d a y, J u n e 21s t , Ludacris stopped by for a highenergy performance, and special guests also included NBA Hall of Famer, Dennis Rodman and playboy model, Lindsey Pelas. On Thursday night, rap star, Juice WRLD was out for a special performance as well to kick-off the first night of the novelle grand opening weekend. Located next to SolToro, the new night lounge at Mohegan Sun is a 15,000 square-foot,

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Thames River Heritage Park Names Group Tour and Waterfront Coordinator

Khloe Kardashian attended the grand opening of novelle. first-of-its-kind venue that features nightlife gaming, delicious small plates, an eclectic drink menu, high-profile DJs, bottle service and an energetic dance floor. novelle will be open 5:00am – 2:00am on Thursdays and 5:00pm – 3:00am on Fridays and Saturdays. Dining is open through midnight. For more infor mation, visit and follow on instagram @novellemohegan and on Twitter at novellemohegan. On June 28th, novelle featured DJ Mos with special guest Travis Barker, and on Saturday, June 29th, the new night lounge featured DJ Ross One.

The Thames River Heritage Park has named Shannon LaPoint as Group Tour and Waterfront Coordinator. Previously LaPoint had been a st udent at Central Connecticut State University where she received her Masters degree in Public History. “Shannon will be responsible for overseeing our programming and events as they continue to grow, “ said Executive Director Amy Perry. The Park has created three themed group tours that have been promoted to organizations such as senior centers and parks and recreation departments as well as a 90-minute historic boat tour which will be Shannon LaPoint, Group Tour offered to the public. “Currently, we and Waterfront Coordinator are expecting groups for a total of more than 200 people this summer who will visit many of our park sites, enjoy lunch and a boat ride on our authentic Navy utility boats. Shannon will coordinate all the activities and scheduling associated with these tours and those we are offering to the public,” she added. The public tour is a 90-minute military-themed boat tour “Submarines, Battlefields and Betrayers: Military Stories on the Thames.” The tours will begin in July 20th and run through August. From the vantage point of the river, riders will hear stories about the strategic value of this storied waterway and region and how they helped create our history. T hese nar rated tou rs will be offered Sat u rdays at 4:30 p.m. and Su ndays at 3:30 p.m. The tou rs will or iginate at City Pier. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at





leading the Academy's team, the Bears, to a second-place finish at the NEWMAC Championship in back-to-back seasons. In all, he has coached the Bears to six conference championships. John, who was born and raised in Narragansett, started swimming at the age of nine. “We had a brand-new YMCA in South Kingstown with a great pool,” he recalled. “My father was the swimming coach at URI, so it was kind of the family business. I wasn't good enough to win awards but I enjoyed it.” He attended URI, where he swam and played water polo; after graduation he served as the assistant swimming coach at URI, working for his dad, and coached the Rams Swimming Club, a





by Anna Trusky s members of a military branch that spend most of their time on the water, it's vital that those who serve in the U.S. Coast Guard have excellent swimming and diving skills. Thanks to John Westkott of Ledyard, who teaches and coaches men's and women's swimming at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, they do. John, a 2013 inductee into the Rhode Island Aquatics Hall of Fame, is in his 20th year teaching and coaching both men and women at the Academy. In 2019, he was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season after


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together, they are scored differently in competitions as members of NEWMAC. “We compete agai nst ot her tea ms f rom Connect icut and Massachuset ts, such as MIT [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] a nd Spr i ng f ield ,” Joh n explained. “We start training in September and then have meets from October through February. The regular-season competitions are like mile signs on highway and the conference championship is the ultimate destination. When we get to the end, more often than not we're pretty happy with how things happen.” One of the most satisf ying aspects of the job for John is “watching students improve athletically, academically, and

professionally, and being a part of that process. No day at work is the same; every day is different and every group of kids is different. It never grows old.” In additional to lear ning swimming and diving, the cadets are certified in lifeguarding, and are Red Cross-certified in first aid and CPR. Incoming freshmen learn survival at sea. “This is pretty fun,” said John. “We call it 'swab summer.' We do training here and then they get to spend a week aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle. Arriving sophomores for the 2019 – 2020 school year are on Eagle now.” John lives with his wife and children in Ledyard. His 10- and 12-year-olds are carrying on the family tradition swimmingly!


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by Anna Trusky eorge Crouse was “shocked” when he found out that he was named the 2019 National High School Coaches Association National Girls Tennis Coach of the Year. Of course, nobody who knows George were surprised a bit, given his long, successful tenure coaching both boys' and girls' tennis at Stonington High School. He earned his 500th career win this spring. George started coaching boys' tennis in 1973. Ten years later, he began coaching the girls. But his association with tennis started long before, when he was a young boy growing up on Church Street, on the Stonington side of Mystic. “Williams Beach introduced us to tennis,” he said. “I started playing at the courts across the street from the Stonington Community Center, which were put in in the late 50s and are still there. In high school I played basketball and baseball, and was a pretty good athlete. When I went to college at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, I got recruited by a Physical Education teacher, who was also the tennis coach, to play tennis. I wasn't very good when I first started out, I was just filling out the squad. But I really fell in love with tennis then, and later picked up a stipend coaching tennis at CCSU.” George played as much as possible, eventually becoming co-captain of the team. “The highest I got was three singles, but I was undefeated in five singles in junior year. I liked it so I kept working hard and didn't give up.” In 1967 George moved to Old Mystic and got a job at Stonington High School teaching social studies, government, sociology, and history; he started the local history class there, which is still popular with students today. (He retired from

teaching in 2003.) “The tennis program started in 1972. I was the second coach for the boys, in 1973. My teams won three times in the fall state tournament and with the boys we were runners-up twice in the annual state tournaments,” he recalled. Under George's guidance, through 2000, the boys' team had a 304 – 114 record, while the girls achieved 510 – 106 and have earned a reputation as the strongest high school girls' tennis team in the state. “I've worked with so many good players. I'm a competitive coach and I manage to get that competitive spirit into my players and we've done very well,” George said. “In 2013 we were the girls' state champions. The kids work hard. It's a good educational experience for them, and that's what it's all about.” George chalks up much of his success to his assistant coaches, Joe Ciriello and for the last 10 years, Glen Herbert. “These guys are very good, very knowledgeable, and we've worked well together,” he said. In addition to his busy career teaching and coaching tennis at the high school, George is an active presence in the Town of Stonington. He was on the board of police commissioners, served as First Selectman, is on the board of the Indian and Colonial Research Center, and is president of the Stonington Land Trust, which protects properties in town from development into perpetuity. When it comes to the national coaching award, George modestly says, “I thank my players. They created the record. I'm just the person who guided them. I've been very fortunate that we've had good players.” George received a plaque and a certificate, and noted that a local awards ceremony is being planned and he thinks a “few” people will show up. We're sure it will be much more than that, George!

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(l-r) Kyle Larson, Jason Guyot, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Marcus Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Speedway Motorsports Inc. steering through a winding course which featured drastic changes in elevation and sharp turns. I carefully maneuvered through the track to avoid spinning out or bumping into the other competitors. Karts sped past me loudly, screeching as they embraced the fierce turns. Kart #31 passed me again and again. It was Kyle Larson in his electric blue racing suit. In the race that I competed in, Kyle came in first place as having the fastest lap in the heat at 39.192 seconds. I came in seventeenth out of the nineteen competitors – I guess slow and steady doesn't always win the race! During the last heat, Kyle Larson was ranked as the seventh fastest lap overall. There were six

young men who had even faster lap times than him! Kyle posed for a group photograph with them after congratulating them on their speedy success. After the excitement of racing, fans met with Kyle for a Q & A session. One fan asked Kyle what career he would choose if he did not have racing. He laughed and said, “I don't know, I've never had a real job other than racing.” This is true, Larson has raced cars since the age of seven, and has earned himself an extensive racing career. When asked what Larson thinks of Monza's challenging course, he confidently replied, “it is one of the nicest indoor tracks I've ever been to!” I agree – it was the ultimate racing experience!


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Phil Monty, project manager and camp volunteer, said: “The men who served in World War II really were a great group who made extreme sacrifices. It is an honor for me to dedicate this pavilion to my father, Buck Monty, and my father-in-law, Gene Alassi, who both served during World War II”.


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Who was the last player before Charlotte’s Dwight Howard in 2018 to have at least 30 points and 30 rebounds in an NBA game? Answers: 1. John Olerud, with a .315 average. 2. Larry Walker. 3. Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bobby Dodd and Bowden Wyatt. 4. Minnesota’s Kevin Love, in 2010.

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nglers and gardeners — folks who live by the rhythms of nature — agree that things are changing. “We finally have some bunker, and our local guys have made good use of it,” says Pat Abate of Rivers End Tackle, reporting on the later-than-usual arrival of menhaden. “The bigger bait finally has some larger bass in tow. Some of those fish included several confirmed over 40 pounds and at least one that tipped the scale to 50. The Connecticut River, despite high temps, and local reefs including, but not limited to, Long Sand Shoal and Hatchetts have all produced at one time or another,” he reports. In Rhode Island, shore anglers have been catching smaller stripers from the West Wall at Point Judith as well as — get this — sea bass, bluefish and scup. And the first green bonito have arrived there and at the Center Wall, repor ts Elisa Cahill of Snug Harbor Marina. “Cocktail” blues — small bluefish — are in the bays and r iver mouths now. W hen the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association took 80 children fishing in late June, everyone

Tom Meade Author Essential Fly Fishing caught 12 to 18-inch bluefish on Greenwich Bay. The little blues are biting at the mouth of the Connecticut River, too. Fluke fishing continues to improve, but the f latfish are scattered. “We spoke to one guy who had a few nice fish in the Connecticut River, and Misquamicut seems to be as consistent as we have heard of,” reports Pat Abate. “A customer mentioned a nice limit of better f luke in the five-poundplus range from Montauk. It’s time to start looking deep in the Hatchetts and Black Point area now.” Elisa Cahill recommends

the waters near the Point Judith hooter buoy, East Grounds, and the windmills off Block Island. On the last Saturday in June, party boat anglers caught fluke and seabass. Seabass abound, and the season is open in Connecticut and Rhode Island. On the last weekend of June, “Captain Rich [Deluca] found some piles of sea bass to work on,” said Capt. Frank Blount, owner of the Frances Fleet. “Many anglers were leaving with full limits of sea bass to five pounds.” Fishing for scup, or “porgies” continues to improve. In Connecticut, anglers have been catch i ng the delicious panfish in Niantic Bay and off the Groton shore, says Pat Abate. In Rhode Island, Watch Hill is a great place to start. On the last weekend of June, anglers aboard the Black Hawk II out of Niantic caught some really big porgies. “Offshore fishing has begun. A big mako shark was landed at Snug Harbor Marine,” said Elisa Cahill, and small bluefin tuna have been spotted. She recommends starting near the Fairway Buoy and Cox Ledge.

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Eastern CT Savings Bank Welcomes David W. Stone as First Vice President, Senior Commercial Loan Officer


astern Connecticut Savings Bank is proud to announce the recent hiring of David W. Stone as First Vice President, Senior Commercial Loan Officer. David brings over 30 years of expertise and experience as a commercial lender to Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank. In this role, he will oversee the commercial lending team and will focus his efforts on developing new commercial relationships. David joins Eastern from Chelsea Groton Bank where he served as a David W. Stone, First Commercial Lender for seven years. Vice President, Senior “ D a v i d’s l e a d e r s h i p a n d Commercial Loan Officer. experience in commercial lending will certainly be an asset for our organization,” says Chief Credit Officer of Eastern CT Savings Bank John Mancini. David graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Communications and currently resides in Hebron, CT with wife, two daughters and son. He is active in committee work with the United Way Allocations and Outcomes Committee and United Way Tommy Toy Fund.

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nly nine of the standouts on the 1942 Stonington High varsity football team were available when this photo was taken for the Class of 1943’s yearbook, since four team members had enlisted for service in World War II - with their empty jerseys displayed in the front row. Shown here are (seated, from left) Carl Kie-

burg, Ellery Whitford, Charles Greene, Robert Birchall, Thomas Waddington, Austin Vargas and William Anderson; (standing, from left), assistant coach Larry Gates, Albert Jeffery, manager Joseph Marie, Edward Edgar, and head coach Mike Cronin. The jerseys on display were worn by Charlie Lathrop (41), Joe Ostigney (25), Hap Adams (20), and George


McKenna (33). The team, rated by many SHS followers as the school’s finest, won nine games; lost only to New Britain High; tied Stamford and was rated second in Connecticut Class AA. Cranston High’s perennial Rhode Island champions of that era were among the Bears’ victims.


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hampion (Champ) is a six-year-old boy who was recently rescued from an awful life. He spent his entire life in a small yard in Hartford. Never leaving the yard, he would come out early in the morning and then not go back inside until 9 pm. He sat day after day alone in the yard. His only friend was the neighbor Meet Champ! downstairs who would let him in and feed him. When his “ownersˮ moved and left him, a concerned person got them to surrender him and agreed to foster him. Champ has been vaccinated for the first time in his life and he has been neutered and microchipped. He is heartworm / 4DX negative and has begun taking preventatives. He loves kids and would do well with a non-dominant/ submissive dog. He has a pep in his step, showing his love for his new life and that he knows he is safe. Cha mp is fostered i n Glastonbur y. To ma ke Cha mp p a r t of yo u r f a m i l y ple a s e s u b m it a n a p pl ic a t io n a t

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e careful when using old reference books. Moder n research methods, excavations and old documents that were unknown for years have led to changed histories. The Chinese Export porcelain dishes that pict u re the sig ners of the Declaration of Independence originally were thought to be made about 1820 when they copied an 1817 painting by John Trumbull. The men posed while signing the document had Chinese faces, because the decorators probably had never seen a Caucasian man. Full sets were made in this pattern. Collectors and museums paid high prices for examples in the 1950s to 1970s. When the existing examples were studied, slight

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DEAR PAWS: I want to go camping with my dog “Tinney.” I’ve never been camping before, and I overheard someone at a party saying that dogs weren’t allowed at campgrounds. Is this true? How can I bring Tinney along with me? — James in Providence, RI DEAR JAMES: While some campgrounds expressly do not allow pets, others are fine with them — as long as you follow their rules. Most campgrounds require dogs to be kept on a leash at all times, and that you always pick up your pet’s poop.

Here are a few tips to make your first camping trip with Tinney a fun time: • Check with campgrounds in the area to make sure they allow pets. If a state or federal campground prohibits them, a private campground may be a good option. • Bring everything you need for Tinney: A food and water bowl, sleeping pad, leash, medications, his pet food and a doggy sweater in case it gets cold. • Purchase a tent that will fit both you and Tinney: a 3-person tent should be roomy enough. • Make sure Tinney is safe


: Will Pauley Perrette from“NCIS” ever find work again in Hollywood after she accused star Mark Harmon of physically assaulting her? — L.A. : Pauley, who played the quirky forensic scientist Abby on NCIS, has said that she didn’t want co-star Mark’s dog on the set after it allegedly attacked a crewmember. She said after that incident, Mark would bring the dog

A differences in the decoration led to the belief that t h is design was made for much of the 19th century. It probably was available during the 1876 Philadelphia celebration of the Centennial of the Declaration of Independence. This led to lower prices, but large or unique pieces remain popular and high pr iced. A pu nch bowl with a diameter of 11 1/2 inches sold several years ago at a Skinner auction in Boston for $5,228. It pictured 13 blue stars, the men in groups, and a spreadwinged eagle with a body that looks like the Union Shield.

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in your car as you travel to the campsite, either in a travel kennel or in a pet restraint. If you drive a pickup truck, do not tie him on a leash within the truck bed, ever. • Keep Tinney near you at all times. Remember, you’re responsible for him, even if you’re camping with a group. • Check Tinney’s fur and paws daily for ticks, f leas, thorns or other debris. • Make sure he gets plenty of water throughout the day and take the time to rest and play with Tinney so he enjoys the experience!

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residentHoroscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Don’t be surprised if, in spite of your well-made plans, something goes awry. But don’t worry. Your knowledge of the facts plus your Arian charm will help you work it out. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A personal relationship seems to be demanding more than you feel you’re able to give. Best advice: Confront the issue. You could find the situation su r pr isi ngly ea sy to work through. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Resist being pressured into meeting you r self-imposed deadline. This is important if you really feel that taking more time to finish a project could save time in the long run. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A vacation choice seems less interesting than when you first made it. Could it be a matter of the place or the people going with you? Find out before you consider a change of plans. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Someone might be overriding

your Leonine logic to get you to agree to “favors” that you would normally avoid. Take a new look at what you’ve been asked to do and see if you’ve been misled. V I RG O (Aug ust 23 to September 22) Try to keep that emerging “judgmental” aspect in check this week. Too many critiques on relatively unimportant issues could create a lot of negative bounce-back reactions. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Facing unpleasant facts about an associate isn’t easy. But ignoring them isn’t wise. Ask a trusted (and neutral) friend to help guide you on what to do and how you might do it. SCOR PIO (October 23 to November 21) A shift in opinion regarding a workplace situation could go a long way in vindicating the stand you’ve taken. But be aware that a satisfactory resolution could still be a long way off. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) It’s not like you to choose the easy way rather

around only when she was on set and that Mark “body checked” her. As for her f ut u re in Hollywood, her outspokenness doesn’t seem to have harmed her ca reer. CBS, t he sa me network that employed her on NCIS for 15 years, has hired her for a new comedy this fall titled Broke. So, whether or not her accusations against Mark are true, she obviously still has a good relationship with CBS.

than the right way to do things. So, follow your instincts and feel assured they will lead you to the right decision. Good luck. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Hold off on making a personal commitment until you find out what it really entails and whose interests are actually involved. There could be hidden facts you need to know. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A new friend offers an unexpected opportunity that could lead to a career change. Check it out caref ully and consider getting an assessment from someone familiar with this field. PI S C E S ( Fe br ua r y 19 to March 20) A sur prising d i s c ove r y le a d s t o m i xe d reactions from those involved in the “revelation.” But as you come to appreciate the truth, you’ll be able to come to terms with your feelings. BORN THIS WEEK: Your love of travel helps you appreciate the wonders of the world. You would find a satisfying career.

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Bozrah Fridays, 4 - 7pm, Maples Farm Park, 45 Bozrah St. through Oct. Colchester Sundays, 9 am - 1 pm, 97 Hayward Ave., through Oct. 14 Groton Tuesdays, 3 - 6 pm, Washington Park, 156 Meriden St., through Oct. 29 Lebanon Saturdays, 9 am - Noon, Town Hall Parking Lot, 597 Exeter Rd., through Oct. 13 Ledyard Wednesdays, 4 - 7 pm, Ledyard Fair Ground, 740 Colonel Ledyard Hwy., through Sept. Lisbon

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Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:30 pm, Lisbon Meadows Park, Rte. 169, through Sept. 19.


Tuesdays, 2 - 6 pm, Quiambaug Fire House, 50 Old Stonington Rd., through Oct. 20

1:30-2:30 pm, Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London. 860.447.1411


6:30-7:30 pm, Acton Public Library, 60 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook. 860.395.3184


6:30 pm , Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library Street, Mystic. 860.536.7721


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New London Wednesdays, 3 - 6 pm, L+M Hospital, 365 Montauk Ave., through Oct. 30 Fridays, 3 - 6 pm, Williams Park, through Oct. 25 Niantic Thursdays, 3 - 6 pm, Methodist St. Parking Lot, through Oct. 24 Noank Thursdays, 3-6 pm, corner of Main St. & Ward Ave., through Sept. 7 Norwich Mondays & Fridays, 10 am 1 pm, Parking Lot, 401 Thames St., through Oct. 29 Old Saybrook Saturdays & Wednesdays, 9 am 12:30 pm. Parking Lot, 210 Main St., through Oct. 31 Putnam Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm, 18 Kennedy Dr., through Oct. 26 Stonington Saturdays, 9 am - Noon, Town Dock, Northwest St., through Oct. 27


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Thereʼs a Superman in Town!


by Roger Zotti r a n k l i n To w n g a t e told The Resident that “because the major it y of literature today is geared toward Caucasian readers, I wanted to create something that multicultural readers can relate to”—and, yes, he did exactly that in his novella The Harlem Knight (Towngate Titles). His hope is that “multicultural communities will feel proud and happy that possibly a future comic character of their nationality exists.” Set in a Spanish Harlem neighborhood, Franklin said his book focuses on Valencia who, at age sixteen, “becomes a masked superhero to crack down on crime. Her ultimate fight is with an evil business tycoon who unleashes robotic dinosaurs on the town that causes mass destruction, which results to a frame-up and closure

of an innocent company. The book is a superhero/action adventure paperback novel for young adults.” Asked by The Resident what prompted him to write the book, Franklin said that “Meditating on the content of my favorite TV shows over the years gave me inspiration for ideas to become a creative writer. Even though, I didn't have the tools to be a TV or movie producer to express my creativity, I felt that writing a book is the next best thing.” W hat he fou nd most challenging about writing The Harlem Knight was “getting writer's block. Sometimes it's hard to choose the right words to use in a passage or write a great scene. Using a self-publishing platform and designing my own cover was a challenge also.” Paul Dini of DC Comics and Warner Bros. and Greg Weisman

“Never let anyone hinder you.” — Franklin Towngate of Disney are two writers who have influenced Franklin: “Their style of writing and story plots are similar to ideas I like to write about. They mix action, adventure and comedy together in

their writings. That's what makes entertainment enjoyable and is the type of writer I want to be.” Wr it i ng h is book was a learning experience, Franklin told The Resident, and what he learned was “to always do your utmost to achieve your goals in life. If you have talent and a creative mind, take advantage of that and make yourself expendable. Be ambitious to gain your success. Never let anyone hinder you.” In the page-turning Harlem Knight, one of Franklin’s most vivid, spot-on descriptions occurs when we he learns Valencia will be wearing, as a superhero, “a purple spandex cowl suit with a picture of a knight’s helmet pr inted on her chest, black spa ndex gloves, t he ut ilit y belt with [Professor Garcia’s] prototype weapons and also wearing the jet-propelled boots.”

Regarding what she wants to be called, she tells her friend Anna, “’The Harlem Hero and the New York Knight sound good. I like the word ‘Harlem,’ because I live in it…I like the word ‘knight’ because it’s a name that means warrior and I am going to war with criminals….I’ll be known as The Harlem Knight.’” If you like action sequences— which are difficult to write—check out the book’s final chapter. Brace yourself because that’s when the Knight and her nemesis, Angie Perez, tangle. No spoilers here, reader, but you’ll learn during their clash that The Harlem Knight is the real deal in her fight against crime! Franklin, who illustrated his book, can be reached at www. His book is available at b/9001665-the-harlem-knight.

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Thankful for Food Drive


Virginia Mason

President and CEO United Way of Southeastern CT

he United Way is grateful for the 2019 effort that has come to be known as Uniting for United Competitive Food Drive and has involved multiple businesses and organizations in food drives for the Gemma E. Moran United/Way Labor Food Bank and its multiple pantries and feeding sites! The effort to build community, inspire businesses, and collaborate helps ensure that there will be no hunger in the county this summer. For two summers, leaders from the United for United planning group have been suggesting that the effort become a county- wide event. Last year Dan and Maryann Spellman, who are supporters of the effort hosted an afternoon meeting at Pops Premium Ice Cream. They spoke that day on their desire for this program to take hold of everyone’s belief in being a worker for community. Barry Shead has been known for his efforts on behalf of

this program from the beginning. The goal of the drive is to ensure that there is enough food for those who need it to last the entire summer. The Eastern and Norwich Chambers of Commerce, working with a planning team, make this effort notable and keep in growing.

The Mobile Food Pantry truck brings big smiles to the community! GNACC Event Committee Cassandra Giovanni–Savings Institute Bank & Trust Sharon Peccini–United Way of Southeastern Connecticut Dan & MaryEllen Spellman–Pop's Premium Ice Cream Erica Williams–Byrnes Agency Insurance Angela Adams and Gabrielle Tudisca–GNACC Lisa Hageman–Backus Hospital Nadine McBride–The Norwich Bulletin Cody Elvin–KeyCorp Barry Shead–Savings Institute Bank & Trust The work that goes into spreading the word and involving so many businesses has become everyone’s business. United Way staff members have been impressed and inspired by an effort to ensure that no one goes hungry in the county this year and that food is available for all who might need it. The United Way Food Bank works closely with the Connecticut Food Bank with which it works as a Partner Distribution organization. “When I look at the United for United Website and see all of the care that has gone into it, I am truly motivated and inspired. It contains food lists for donors to follow in selecting food. It also contained tips and information about a healthful approach to food. When I hear Dan Spellman talk about his dream of spreading the word to businesses in the far corners of the county, I believe that it is possible. Thank you to all involved from the Food Bank and the United Way. Thank you to the GNACC Event Committee. Many thanks to everyone! Thank you to the person who wrote about the aspirations of the effort as making work community friendly, motivating others to get involved. Individuals involved have given time space and money. We note that our beloved Co-Campaign Chair from the Bulletin, Nadine McBride is on the committee. She has just finished her time as a co-chair and is an active member of the United Way Finance Committee. The United Way goes out with a mobile Food Pantry (MFP) 10 times month so that families can receive food, fresh produce, and milk. The United Way also works with 79 food pantries. Many thanks for a model for the future. The information about the Mobile Food Pantry and the feeding sites in the county can be accessed on the United Way website: www:


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Area Students Awarded $90K

Dean’s List

Pictured with Franklin Davis, Chair of StoneRidge Scholarship Committee (l-r): Front row: Sarah McMillin, Anne Boldt, Franklin Villalta, Nicole Stanford, Piper Meyers, Christian Marshall-Jones. Row two: Emma Stock, Michael Toole, Christiana Congdon, Cynthia Petersons, Jessie Burley Row three: Riley Colgan, Egypt Burley, Sophia Kane, Jordan Lombardi, Peter Luis Kiefer. Missing: Cooper Colvin McCormick, Tyler Colvin McCormick, and Shawn Conroy.


hallenging themselves to make a difference in the world, residents of StoneRidge Senior Living banded together and made 179 donations to a community-wide scholarship fund to support the academic pursuits of 20 area college students. In total, $90K was awarded to these students who are also employees of the senior living community (or children of employees). “We see these young adults (or their parents) regularly and know them well,” Said Franklin Davis, chair of the committee. “Most of us here are grandparents or great grandparents and we are familiar with the struggle to pay for college. These people are making our lives better each day by their service; we thought it only right to give them a boost and invest in their futures.” The generous contributions of StoneRidge residents in 2019 shattered previous records. This is the seventh year of the program and 13 of the 20 students who won scholarships this year were also recipients in 2018. The StoneRidge scholarship winners were selected from a strong pool of candidates, based on their financial need, academic achievement (and scholastic potential), their commitment to career goals and the strength of their personal essay. (All full-time employees, or children of full-time

employees, who are pursuing a post-secondary education are eligible.) Recipients of this year’s StoneRidge Scholarship Awards hail from New London, Mystic, Stonington, Groton, Gales Ferry, Ledyard, Waterford, Preston, and Deep River. They are: Franklin Villalta (Mitchell College) and Shawn Conroy (Salve Regina University) of New London; Anne Boldt (University of Rhode Island), Christiana Congdon (Yale University), Christian MarshallJones (Southern Connecticut State University), and Sarah McMillin (Susquehanna University) of Stonington; Cooper Colvin McCormick (Endicott College) and Tyler Colvin McCormick (Keene State College) of Deep River; Riley Colgan (University of Maine) and Cynthia Petersons (University of Connecticut at Avery Point) of Gales Ferry; Jessie Burley (Excelsior College), Piper Meyers (Three Rivers Community College), Emma Stock (Simmons College), and Michael Toole (Eastern Connecticut State University) of Mystic; Egypt Burley (University of New Haven) and Nicole Stanford (University of Hartford) of Groton; Rachel Kane (Marist College) and Sophia Kane (George Mason University) of Ledyard; Jordon Lombardi (Three Rivers Community College) of Preston; and Peter Luis Kiefer (Saint Peter’s University) of Waterford.

Damoya Nelson, New London, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Gianna Folz, Niantic, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Hayden Bustamante, Norwich, Bachelor of Music in Performance Carin Estey, Waterford, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies

Graduates Ithaca College

Ithaca College

Kristina Elizabeth Taylor, East Lyme, Bachelor of Science in Education

University of Delaware

Mikaela Mahar, Pawcatuck Colleen Mueller, Old Lyme Sarah Schrempf, Pawcatuck Hayley Sorrentino, Salem Lauren Watson, Waterford

Eastern Connecticut State University

Maggie Landry, Amston, Business Administration Brylene Laws, Amston, Pre-Early Childhood Education and Psychology Devon Thomas, Amston, English Cassaundra Epes, Baltic, History and Social Science Leigh Generous, Baltic, Political Science Mitchell McCullough, Baltic, Pre-Secondary Education Certification and History Marissa Digby, Bozrah, Psychology Tyler Hayslip, Bozrah, Sport & Leisure Management Athena Jaskiewicz, Bozrah, Physical Education Kathleen Provost, Bozrah, Pre-Secondary Education Certification and Biology Allison Reguin, Bozrah, Pre-Secondary Education Certification History and Social Science Liam Stolpe, Bozrah, Biology Koren Thomas, Bozrah, Business Administration Madison Bodley, Colchester, Psychology Alexi Boix, Colchester, English Tyler DelGaizo, Colchester, Pre-Elementary Education and Mathematics Cecilia Dell, Colchester, Art Michaela Gorski, Colchester, Art Caleigh Graff, Colchester, Communication Jessica Henowitz, Colchester, Psychology and Communication Melissa Henowitz, Colchester, Psychology and Communication Kashea Kenton, Colchester, Criminology Katrina Kirby, Colchester, Theatre Jared Kranc, Colchester, History and Economics Kayla Maldonado, Colchester, Business Administration Alicia Marvin, Colchester, Business Administration Ashley Morytko, Colchester, Business Administration Holly Ondras, Colchester, Art Tara Prochorena, Colchester, English Lauren Riley, Colchester, Political Science Ethan Shukis, Colchester, Social Work Le'Nora Stewart, Colchester, Social Work Benjamin Stratton, Colchester, Pre-Elementary Education and English Stefanos Stravoravdis, Colchester, Biology and Mathematics Pranav Thaker, Colchester, Business Administration Georgios Tsakiris, Colchester, Sport & Leisure Management Samantha Urbowicz, Colchester, Exploratory Arts & Humanities Jacqueline Verian, Colchester, Theatre Jameson Violette, Colchester, Business Administration Jahdey Wright, Colchester, Health Sciences Shelly You, Colchester, General Studies David Zachas, Colchester, Sociology


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