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Posted on September 18th, 2017

Plantsville, CT — August 23, 2017
– Essex Savings Bank’s Diane Arnold has received a 2017 Woman of FIRE award by The Commercial Record. Women of FIRE is an annual award that recognizes the key, female players in the local FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) sector. The annual Women of FIRE award celebrates the best and the brightest women in the industry.

“As the underrepresented gender in these industries, women work particularly hard to rise to the top and achieve excellence on a day-to-day basis," said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group. "I am pleased to announce that the nomination process has brought us an exemplary class of winners for this year’s Women of FIRE. Whether executive, innovator, philanthropist, or all of the above, their powerful influence is being felt in some crucial sectors of our state’s economy. Please join us in giving them their well-earned praise.”

Diane is a Vice President, Senior Commercial Loan Officer/Senior Loan Administration Manager at Essex Savings Bank. She was recognized for the career she has built for herself in Commercial Banking. Beginning as a teller, her former titles include Credit Analyst, Assistant Vice President. Under Diane’s leadership the Bank’s commercial loan portfolio has increased by over $31 million in the course of just three years. Her attention goes beyond commercial lending as she serves as a mentor to many individuals in the lending area. In addition to Diane’s professional attributes, she was also recognized for her philanthropic work including the last eight years volunteering for organizations that aid the elderly.

“I have known Diane professionally since the start of her career in banking dating back to our shared time at Branford Savings Bank. At that time, I was thrilled to give her the opportunity to participate and excel in their first officer’s training program. I knew Diane would be a star in this industry and when the opportunity presented itself I sought her out as an Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. I am proud of the recognition she has been given in receiving this award. I have complete faith that she will continue to flourish in this industry”, stated Gregory R. Shook, President and CEO of Essex Savings Bank.

Upon receiving the award, Diane shared her sentiments, “I am so honored to have been nominated and selected as a Woman of FIRE for 2017. The Bank’s Senior Management team and the Board of Directors have been very supportive of me and provided me with growth opportunities within the Bank, for which I am very grateful. I have had several influential managers throughout my career and I hope to pay it forward by being a positive role model for others.” Diane was one of 14 women named this year’s Women of FIRE.

About the Women of FIRE awards:

The FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) sector has emerged as a keystone of the Connecticut economy, transforming the knowledge, wealth and dreams of the world’s most ambitious visionaries into reality. As more and more women rise to the top of businesses and institutions in this sector, there is a growing need to shine a light on their achievements to inspire others. The Women of FIRE awards celebrate these women and their hard work and service to others.

The Commercial Record delivers full access to award-winning news coverage of the Connecticut real estate, banking and financial industries – keeping you up to date on the latest trends, transactions, regulations and legal issues affecting your business. Access real estate and credit records statewide – compiled weekly for easy reading and analysis, in print and online.

Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook providing a full complement of personal and business banking. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Division, Essex Trust and wholly-owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC.

Posted on September 13th, 2017

Posted on September 11th, 2017

​Each September, the Connecticut Food Bank, in conjunction with Feeding America, marks national Hunger Action Month, when we, along with our partners, fight against hunger and mobilize everyone everywhere to get involved in ending hunger in America. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations or volunteering, individuals can find the way that’s right for them to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Visit to see more ways you can get involved.

Posted on September 11th, 2017

​The 2nd annual Eli's 5K Buddy Run is set for Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Eli’s Orange. The event features a scenic 5K course traveling rolling hills through suburban Orange. Participants receive technical running shirts. After the race, enjoy a post-race celebration featuring beer, hot dogs, awards, giveaways & more! Awards are presented to the top 3 age group finishers. The event benefits Best Buddies Connecticut.
Best Buddies Mission

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
How We Help

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society.
Sponsorship Information:

John Bysiewicz: (203) 481-5933
Laura Andrews: (203) 287-2837

Posted on September 5th, 2017

​The Griswold Cottage Bed & Breakfast - Guilford, CT May 2014 - '24 small New England towns you absolutely need to visit.' As it happens this year is Guilford's 375th Anniversary and here is the Griswold Cottage information and you absolutely can take a cooking class! First organized in the 17th century, the town of Guilford is replete with reminders of its historic past. With many colonial and victorian homes still standing, architecture is just one of Guilford's charms. There are various trails and parks where visitors can take in the sights of the Long Island Sound, along which Guilford is located.  Contact Kate Griswold at or 347-564-2938.

​Originally Posted on October 27, 2014, at 8:17 p.m.

Posted on August 30th, 2017

​Designers Circus Pop-Up Fashion and Accessories Sale Returns to Guilford Art Center
Guilford, CT — Designers Circus, a Boston-based creative fashion and accessories event, is returning to Guilford and will hold a “pop-up” sale in the gallery at the Guilford Art Center.  
Designers Circus is an “under-the-radar” sale, featuring new boutique women’s clothing at wholesale prices that are 50-90% below regular retail prices.  Shoppers will find creative fashions and accessories from over 70 domestic and international craftswomen and small-scale designers. 

The Shop at Guilford Art Center will also be open, with handmade American accessories, jewelry and more, to complement purchases. 
A portion of proceeds from sales at the Designers Circus event will benefit Guilford Art Center’s educational programs. All sales are final; there are no returns, refunds, credits or exchanges.
Designer Circus Pop-Up Shopping Event at Guilford Art Center
Friday, October 6, 10am-6pm 
Saturday, October 7, 10am-6pm
Sunday, October 8, 11am-3pm 
Admission is free.
For more information contact Guilford Art Center at or 203-453-5947.
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on August 25th, 2017

​H & R Block Offering Tax Classes

Evening class runs from September 5th through November 9th. Class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Morning class will run from September 11th through October 27th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Classes will be held at 684 Foxon Road, East Haven.

If you are bi-lingual, you will need to enter 27834 for a scholarship.

There is also a military scholarship for active duty, veteran, wounded warrior, or spouse of any of the these. Please enter 22160 to receive this scholarship.

Upon completion of the class you will be able to complete basic tax returns.

Additional classes will be held in Southington and Meriden.

For more details or information, please call Walter Benson at 860.736.7258 or e-mail at

Posted on August 25th, 2017

Connex Matching Donations to Children’s Hospital Through September 11th
Credit union will equal contributions up to $1,000 as part of Miracle Jeans Day

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Aug. 23, 2017) – Connex Credit Union has partnered with Credit Unions for Kids to support local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as part of the national Miracle Jeans Day campaign.

Any Connex employee who donates five or more dollars will be permitted to wear jeans to work on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Additionally, Connex is accepting donations in all seven of its branches now through September 11, and will match total contributions made – up to $1,000.

Miracle Jeans Day raises funds to help Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country adopt life-saving equipment, perform breakthrough research and provide more than $3.4 billion in charitable care. Each year these hospitals treat nearly 10 million patients. A donation as small as $5 could buy a blanket for a baby or a blood pressure cuff designed for tiny arms.
For more information, or to donate, please visit your local Connex branch or contact Roquita Johnson at 203-603-5787 or

About ConnexCares:

ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.
About Connex Credit Union:

As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 48,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit
About Credit Unions for Kids:
Credit Unions for Kids is a non-profit collaboration of credit unions, chapters and business partners from across the nation. These groups engage in fundraising activities that benefit 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network by funding cutting edge research and helping to develop new innovative technology. For more information, please visit

Posted on August 21st, 2017

Posted on August 21st, 2017