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Attorney Andrea A. Geyer and Attorney Kathleen M. Flynn and joined the law firm Muller Greene. Geyer, a Ledyard native, is admitted to the Connecticut Bar and Connecticut Federal Court. She practices in the areas of landlord/tenant defense, bankruptcy and foreclosures. Flynn, a resident of Pawcatuck, is admitted to the bars of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well as the Federal District Court of Rhode Island. She practices in the areas of personal injury, recovery, litigation and family law. Mueller Greene, located at 300 State St., Suite 209, New London, and can be reached at 860-442-2252.

Liz Burton joined Therapeutic Riding High Hopes, Inc. as director of development. She has over 20 years of experience in various professional environments, leading non-profit organizations and engaging in strategic relationships. High Hopes is a Therapeutic Riding Center and International Instructor Training Site, accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International (PATH Intl.) since 1979. For more information, visit www.highhopestr. org.

Brandy Happgood was promoted to District Executive for Centerville Bank and Junior “Junior” Ortega joined the bank as a district manager. Hapgood, who worked in banking for about 27 years, joined Centerville Bank in 2011 and was most recently a branch manager. She lives in Plainfield. Ortega is responsible for overseeing nine branch offices in Rhode Island and Connecticut and managing day-to-day operations. His banking career spans approximately 16 years. He lives in Woonsocket, RI For more information, visit www.centrevillebank.com.

Yvette Petite of Norwich was elected to the Norwich Arts CenterBoard of Directors for a 2 year term at a recent meeting. A resident of Norwichtown, she retired this year from Foxwoods Resort Casino as a senior luxury goods buyer. She also worked in Norwich for 14 years with Chelsea Outfitters as a store manager and buyer. Small has been involved in volunteer roles with the Rose Arts Festival and the Norwich Arts Center. For more information visit www.norwicharts.org/be-a-volunteer.


Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce, SECT Cultural Coalition and SeCTER will host a free webinar on January 20 on how best to use CORE, the region’s unique directory for events, activities, and professional development opportunities happening in Eastern Connecticut. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or 860-701-9113.


Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce will host its first Business After Hours of 2022 on January 26 at Mystical luxury cinemas, featuring networking and a film. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or 860-701-9113.

GOAL will host:

“FORWARD”, sponsored by KirkpatrickAward, presented by Maria Miranda, Creative Director of Miranda Creative, Wednesday January 19, 12-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

“Website Planning 101,” Jessica Baldwin, co-founder of Cardsetter, Tuesday January 25, 12-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

“Building Your Marketing Playbook (or 5 Thrifty Marketing Games for Small Businesses)” Sarah Blécher, Thursday February 3, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

“Small Business Loans: Issues and Options”, Chelsea Groton Bank, Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, Small Business Administration and Community Investment Corporation, Thursday February 10, 12-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at [email protected]


The bird bird has chosen as its 2022 Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden gift wrap program proceeds beneficiary. LOLFSG is a voluntary non-profit organization whose goal is to provide fresh produce to reduce food insecurity and support healthy eating for local families in Lyme, Old Lyme and surrounding communities. The Bowerbird donation program runs until October 31.

The Bowerbird in Old Lyme recently wrapped up their 2021 gift-wrapping campaign to raise money for New London-based Safe Futures. A check in the amount of $3,058 was presented representing 2,597 wrapped parcels. The Bowerbird charges a nominal fee for gift wrap purchases and donates 50% to local nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.thebowerbird.com.

Ocean State Jobs BundleThe Buy, Give, Get program collected 47,500 winter coats, an increase of 5,500 coats from the 2020 program, to donate to veterans in need this winter. From late October through the end of the year, the “Buy, Give, Get” program encouraged customers to buy a men’s or women’s winter coat for $40 and return it to the store to donate to a veteran. fighter. As a thank you for the donation, customers receive a $40 Crazy Deal gift card.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded $12,500 in grants to nine local health and social service organizations. The grants were announced by Michael Alberts, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation. United Community & Family Services received a $5,000 grant and Day Kimball Hospital received a $1,000 grant. Jolly John’s Keep You Truckin’ Fund, Plainfield Recreation Department, Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) Senior Nutrition Program, Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group, Northeast Placement Services and Westcott Wilcox Elderly Residential Housing Inc. also received grants of $1,000 . , a $500 grant was awarded to Griswold PRIDE. For more information, visit http://www.JCSBank.com.


Chelsea Groton Bank earned “Best of Bauer Bank” status from BauerFinancial, Inc. This distinction is reserved only for institutions that have achieved the highest rating (5 stars) from Bauer consistently for at least 25 consecutive years. This is the 111th consecutive quarter that Chelsea Groton Bank has been awarded a 5-star rating. For more information visit www.chelseagroton.com and www.bauerfinancial.com.


Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members: ACE Handyman Service of Hartford & New London; South East Mental Health Authority; Great Neck Country Club; and the capital of high tide.

The Great Mystical Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members: Advanced Window Systems, LLC; Grass and Bones; Green Planet Films, Inc.; HJ Smith Inc.; Just mystical; Legends in concert; Nanas Bakery and Pizza; Milestone Mortgage Solutions; My screen print guy; Mystic Oysters Co.; Mystical Massage LLC; Mystic Transportation Limited; pot of green; Power Posse Productions LLC; Robert Boris Ventures; Gold Lounge; SLR Energy – Smaran Shrestha; Southeast Connecticut Cleaning Company; Barn; Whalers Brewing Company; Wood River Health Services. If you are interested in joining the Grand Mystic Chamber of Commerce, call Membership Manager Morgan Yandow at (860) 572-9578, email [email protected]

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