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Posted on February 9th, 2018

Guilford, CT — Sample some of Connecticut’s best craft brews and barbecue at Guilford Art Center’s Beer & BBQ event, scheduled for Friday, March 9 from 6-8:30 pm at Guilford Art Center.
Guests are invited to try a selection of beers from area breweries, including Stony Creek Brewery, Thimble Island Brewing Co., Counter Weight Brewing Co., and Black Hog Brewing Co. There will be a selection of food provided by The Stand: Roadside BBQ & Market of Branford, CT.  Wine and non-alcoholic beverages also will be served.  Live music will be performed by alt-country musician Frank Nerkowski.   
Additionally, there will be a silent auction and art exhibit on view in the gallery featuring work by watercolor artist John Fleming. The GAC blacksmiths will be conducting live demonstrations in the blacksmith forge. 
“This event will be a really fun, relaxed evening that allows people to enjoy some great drink, food, live music and exhibits, while supporting the arts.  We’re excited to host all of the great local breweries and The Stand, and so appreciate their support of this event” says Guilford Art Center Executive Director, Maureen Belden.
Reservations for Beer & BBQ are $50 per person, with proceeds to benefit Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Reservations are limited; call to make a reservation: 203-453-5947 or pay for reservations online at
For more information contact Guilford Art Center at or 203-453-5947.
Photographs courtesy of Guilford Art Center
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 January 31st, 2018

February 10, 2018: Toby Walker - Toby Walker is a winner of the prestigious International Blues Challenge Award and has been hailed as a finger style guitar virtuoso. If you were with us in 2013 when he made his Branford Folk debut you know exactly what we're talking about.

Toby combines the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style. Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says, "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away". Kaukonen has employed Toby to teach at his internationally famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for more than a decade.

Toby was recognized as a "Master Blues Artist" by the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2014 and four years previous won the New York Music Award for "Best Instrumental CD," sharing honors on stage with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among other award winners. His crowning achievement, however, was winning first place in the International Blues Challenge Award given by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

He has toured America, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and, most recently, Cyprus, and he's been the subject of profiles in The New York Times, the London Sunday Times, on the London BBC and on Sirius-XM radio.

At a young age, Toby's passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music forms drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure – but immensely talented – music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James "Son" Thomas, Etta Baker and R.L Burnside, among others.

Toby recently released several instructional guitar DVDs for the renowned Homespun Tapes which have been garnering rave reviews and his latest CD release – "Mileage" – has been hailed by critics as a shining success in the genre of traditional blues. Carnegie Hall recently acknowledged his talent and hired him to augment and teach in their "American Roots" program aimed at honor level middle school students.

Admission: $20 non-members, $17 members, $5 children 12 and under.

Branford Folk Coffeehouse
First Congregational Church of Branford 
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT
8:00 P.M.
Wheelchair accessible

For more information call 203-488-7715 
Email:  or go to our website:

Branford Folk Coffeehouse welcomes refreshment donations of pastries, cold drinks and other assorted goodies!

Branford Folk Music Society - Traditionally, the Best Folk Music in southern Connecticut since 1973

Branford Folk Gift Shop: 

How about a gift certificate for one or more great traditional folk shows? Or a season membership?
Oh and of course to be totally comfy at our concerts or just about anywhere else, we have the Branford Folk logo cushions with removable, cleanable covers!  Only 4 left!
Really, shopping for yourself and your friends is easy, peasy when you select a gift from the Branford Folk Music Coffeehouse store. And you support our upcoming performances at the same time!

All of the above are available for sale at the upcoming concerts. Best choices for your folk music loving friends and family. Don’t miss out!

Posted on January 31st, 2018

​Please join me in walking and/or supporting my team - funds raised all go directly  to Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)! 
By making a donation to this team you will support IRIS in its work to resettle refugee families in Connecticut. 
Founded in 1982, IRIS has undergone dramatic growth and transformation over the past 35 years, but its goal has remained constant: to provide a new haven to refugees and other immigrants. Throughout its history, IRIS has helped refugees from all over the world.
Help raise money for Refugee Run/Walk with Meli benefiting IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

Simply go to the link below and click the big FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you'll instantly have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team.

THANK YOU - this a a GREAT cause and a GREAT organization!

Melinda Alcosser
CT Experiential Learning Center

Posted on January 31st, 2018

Posted on January 31st, 2018

Guilford, Connecticut – January 30, 2018–Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.’s (PRMI), a top mortgage lender serving Connecticut, would like to recognize Robert Bradley, Senior Loan Officer, and Patricia Beale, Senior Loan Officer, as two of the Top 100 Loan Officers for the company.
“Both Robert and Patricia are integral parts of our company,” said Ian Perry, PRMI Guilford Division President. “Patricia is a long-time member of our sales team and loves a challenge. She is always eager to help her clients get their deals closed. Robert is a seasoned mortgage veteran. He always goes above and beyond to help his clients accomplish their financial goals.”
Robert is a long time resident of the Connecticut Shoreline and has been in the mortgage industry for nearly 20 years. He is also a member and president of Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce. Robert is one of PRMI’s Top 100 Loan Originators because of his communication and commitment to his clients.
“At PRMI, we are dedicated to customer service,” Bradley said. “My goal is to educate my clients in all aspects of the lending process and to make their experience as pleasurable as possible.”
Patricia is extremely hands on and walks her clients through the loan process with care and diligence. In addition to her forward mortgage origination, she specializes in reverse mortgages. She is a native to the Connecticut Shoreline region and has been in the mortgage industry for nearly 16 years.
“The clients’ needs come first and I make myself available 24/7,” Beale said. “I want to give our community members the tools and resources they need to help them as they make one of the biggest financial decisions in their lifetime.”
For more information, please visit

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI) was founded in 1998 by Dave Zitting, Jeff Zitting and Steve Chapman. PRMI has grown into a nationwide, multibillion-dollar operation with more than 2,000 employees and 250 branches. The company is licensed in 49 states and serves all segments of the market. PRMI is a privately held company that focuses primarily on traditional residential loan products. For information on PRMI, please visit PRMI is an Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #3094.

Posted on January 29th, 2018

​January 22, 2018 – Essex, Connecticut Essex Savings Bank held its semi-annual Trustees Meeting Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Bank’s Plains Road office in Essex. Bank Chairman, Mr. Doug Paul, welcomed the attendees and stated that the combined Essex Savings Bank, Essex Financial and Essex Trust posted record earnings at the end of the Bank’s 166th fiscal year that ended September 30, 2017.

Elected at the meeting were four new Bank Trustees, Kathryn Reynolds Wayland, Owner and CEO of Reynolds' Subaru and Reynolds' Boats; Tryon D. Clark, General Manager of Clark Development and Clark Corporation; Sean Rotermund, Founder, President and CEO of Clarity Software Solutions; and Matthew Needleman, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Tower Laboratories.

Mr. Gregory R. Shook, President and CEO, reported that the Bank’s performance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 resulted in the highest net income in the history of the bank, $2.4 million, surpassing last year’s net income of $1.9 million by 27%. Total assets grew to $375 million, an increase of $1.5 million reported in the previous year as capital increased by $2.74 million, far in excess of regulatory requirements. Mr. Shook also shared, “Deposits increased by $12.2 million allowing the payoff of $13 million in advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Due to this success, we set aside $132,000 for this year’s Community Investment Program, a 10% increase over last year. This will bring the year end total to $4.36 million distributed to area non-profits since the program’s inception in 1996.”

The Bank’s trust division, Essex Trust, reported an increase in revenue along with assets under management exceeding $300 million. It was also reported that first quarter results for Trust were extremely positive and at record levels.

Mr. Charles Cumello, President of Essex Financial Services, Inc., reported $18.1 million in revenue. Net income for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 amounted to $606,000 as assets under management or administration reached $3.44 billion at year end Mr. Cumello noted. He thanked the Bank employees and Trustees for their referrals and said, “We continue to receive many referrals from accountants, attorneys and pension plan actuaries who want their clients to have access to a broad spectrum of sophisticated financial planning services and personal attention we offer. All of this, in addition to the increased activity generated from Essex Trust, make us optimistic for this coming year.”

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 January 25th, 2018

The Shoreline Arts Trail announces its 17th annual Open Studios Weekend on November 10 and 11, 2018. Approximately 40 member artists who live and work in Branford, Guilford and Madison show and sell their work during the weekend. 

Artists with media such as ceramics and pottery, stained and fused glass, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, prints, photography, textiles, quilts, paper and wood are invited to apply for this event. Artists will be considered based on their mastery of methods and materials and originality of concept. All considered art must be handmade by the artist.

Among the benefits of becoming a member are: inclusion on the ArtsTrail map and website; statewide publicity via print and online; 13,000 brochures/maps distributed throughout Connecticut; and year-round marketing, networking, and social media opportunities.

To apply for this Call for Entry, please register at by creating a free profile, filling out all the requested information, and uploading three high-resolution images. The entry deadline is April 23, 2018. Jurying will take place in April and artists will be notified by April 30, 2018.

Please contact Barbara Shulman-Kirwin at or 203.314.3250 with any questions.

Posted on January 25th, 2018

Essex, CT. – On January 18, 2018, Gregory R. Shook, President & Chief Executive Officer of Essex Savings Bank announced the 72 organizations that will participate in the 2018 Community Investment Program ballot. “We are so pleased that our success continues to allow our customers the ability to direct funds to non-profits that matter most to them.” The Bank annually commits up to 10% of its after tax net income to qualifying organizations. The ballot initiative is limited to the immediate market area consisting of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook while other programs include the surrounding region.

Essex Savings Bank customers determine 30% of the fund allocations each year by voting directly for three of their favorite causes, charities or organizations who have submitted applications to participate. Ballots will be available at all Essex Savings Bank offices February 1st through the 28th to determine the allocation of funds. Beginning this year, customers are also offered the option to vote by logging onto their Essex Savings Bank online account.

The remaining 70% of funding is distributed by the Bank’s Directors, Senior Officers, Branch Managers and the Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary Essex Financial Services, Inc.
Organizations (72) qualifying to appear on the 2018 ballot include:

Act II Thrift Shop, Inc. * Bikes for Kids, Inc * Camp Claire * Camp Hazen YMCA * CDE (Chester, Deep River, Essex) Cooperative Nursery School * Chester Elementary School-Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) * Chester Historical Society * Chester Land Trust * Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. * Common Good Gardens, Inc. * Community Co-Op Nursery School of Old Saybrook * Community Music School * Con Brio Choral Society, Inc. * Connecticut Cancer Foundation, Inc. * The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock * The Country School, Inc * Deep River Ambulance Association, Inc. * Deep River Fire Department, Inc. * Deep River Historical Society, Inc. * Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Inc. * Deep River Land Trust, Inc. * E.C. Scranton Memorial Library – Madison * Essex Ambulance Association, Inc. * Essex Community Fund, Inc. * Essex Elderly and Affordable Housing, Inc. * Essex Elementary School Foundation, Inc. * Essex Fire Engine Company No. 1 * Essex Historical Society, Inc. * Essex Land Trust, Inc. * Essex Winter Series * Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc.- Meals on Wheels * Forgotten Felines, Inc. * Friends In Service Here (F.I.S.H.) * Friends of Hammonasset, Inc. * Friends of the Deep River Public Library, Inc. * Friends of the Essex Library * Friends of the Lymes' Senior Center, Inc. * High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. * Homeward Bound Adoptions CT, Inc. * Hope Partnership, Inc. * Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation, Inc. * The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) * Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, CT, Inc. * Lyme Ambulance Association Inc. * Lyme Art Association, Inc. * The Lyme Fire Company, Inc. * Lyme Public Hall Association, Inc. * Lymes' Elderly Housing, Inc. (Lymewood) * Lymes' Youth Service Bureau * Madison Ambulance Association, Inc. * Madison Lyric Stage, Inc. * Maritime Education Network, Inc. * Musical Masterworks, Inc. * Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc. * Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association * Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc. * Old Saybrook Historical Society * Pay Forward, Inc. * Region 4 Education Foundation, Inc. (R4EF) * Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation, Inc. * SARAH, Inc. * The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, Inc. * Simply Sharing, Inc. * Tait's Every Animal Matters (TEAM) * Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, Inc. * Valley Shore Animal Welfare League * Valley Shore YMCA * Vibe Show Choir Supporters, Inc. * Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. (VNLV) * Waggle, Inc. * Westbrook Project Graduation, Inc. * Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc.

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 January 24th, 2018

​What are you doing for Valentines and Mothers Day?
Get her something that she can hold, touch, see, and lasts forever.

​William Oakley Imaging

Posted on January 24th, 2018

​CLINTON, CT - January 23, 2018 - Since 1997, Enterprise Computer has been at the forefront of technology, providing a variety of IT services for homes, businesses, municipalities and schools. Today, its list of services includes computer repairs and sales, data recovery, point-of-sale solutions, networking, and web services. Its on-site, in-store and mobile support options are a testament to the company's ability to adapt to the changing needs of its customers. In a continued effort to meet those needs, Enterprise is proud to announce its partnership with RadioShack, the familiar and popular electronics retailer.
“We're excited about the addition of RadioShack to our offerings,” says Enterprise owner Richard Holton. “It means a wider selection of technology will be available again for local consumers, businesses, technicians and IT staff.”
The RadioShack line includes parts and tools, maker kits, batteries and power accessories, radios and scanners, audio and video products including speakers and cameras, computer and networking accessories, cell phone accessories, car electronics, drones, toys and remote-control vehicles, as well as an extensive line of home and office electronics like televisions, phones, weather stations, flashlights, alarm clocks, intercoms, security/surveillance and much more!
Matthew Eisner, Director of Sales and Strategy for RadioShack’s corporate team in Fort Worth, TX says, “We look forward to bringing RadioShack back to communities like Clinton. RadioShack’s customer base is loyal and we’re excited to return to their neighborhoods.”
The existing Enterprise Computer storefront, located at 83 W. Main Street in Clinton, is undergoing a redesign to have the look and feel of a modern RadioShack, while maintaining the customer service and local approach appreciated by its customers. A Grand Opening is planned for the spring of 2018!
Enterprise Computer has served the Connecticut shoreline and Middlesex Country, from New Haven to New London and north to Middletown, for more than 20 years. It has two locations, the Clinton storefront, and one in Branford at 71 West Main Street, near the East Haven border. For more information about its services and the RadioShack expansion, please visit, or call 860‐664‐3730.