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The Westerly Sun

Local Burger King supports cancer research

WESTERLY — Burger King customers can help fight cancer from July 29 through Sept. 2 by contributing $1 to the Jimmy Fund through the A Chance for Kids & Families program at participating Burger King restaurants, including the franchise at 99 Franklin St.

With each contribution, customers will receive a promotion card guaranteed to be a winner with prizes ranging from an all-inclusive trip from TNT Vacations Powered by Funjet Vacations, American Airlines miles and theme park tickets, to prizes from Burger King, Aubuchon Hardware and Old Navy.

“The Burger King family around the world is dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which we work and live,” said Jim Froio, Burger King franchisee and president, New England Association. “Cancer touches so many lives and A Chance for Kids & Families helps support the fine work done at Dana-Farber ridding the world of cancer. We are happy to continue our support of this program and look forward to supporting it in the future.”

In the last 13 years, participating Burger King restaurants have raised more than $10.9 million for cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“For the past 13 years, Burger King employees and their restaurant guests have been an invaluable partner in our fight cancer,” said Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund.

For more information about the Jimmy Fund or A Chance for Kids & Families, including official rules and an alternate method of entry, visit a participating Burger King restaurant,, or call the Jimmy Fund at 617-582-9675.

Waterford Hotel Group appoints Woll as director of sales for Mystic Marriott

GROTON — Waterford Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Lori Woll to the director of sales position for the 285-room Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. Woll previously served as director of catering for the Mystic Marriott from 2006-09.

The Mystic Marriott is managed by Waterford Hotel Group, a national hotel and convention center management firm.

“We are delighted to welcome Lori back to the Mystic Marriott,” said Brien Fox, vice president of sales and marketing for Waterford Hotel Group. “Lori’s prior experience with the award-winning Mystic Marriott, coupled with her extensive industry experience and strong community relations, makes her the ideal candidate to lead the sales and marketing effort at the hotel.”

Woll has more than 15 years of valuable experience in both hotel and restaurant management. As director of sales for the Mystic Marriott, Woll will assume responsibility of the sales and marketing functions of the hotel and actively seek out new accounts, while continuing to grow existing client relationships.

The director of sales will also be dedicated to consistency in meeting sales goals and exceeding the expectations of guests and clients.

Wash. Trust opens branch in Johnston

WESTERLY — Washington Trust, the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island, has announced plans to open its first branch in Johnston, to be located at 1383 Atwood Ave., the former site of Ribs & Company. Washington Trust’s 19th branch office is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014.

“Washington Trust has a 213-year history of serving Rhode Islanders and providing quality banking services,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are thrilled to offer our banking services to residents and businesses in the Johnston community.”

Washington Trust’s new 5,400-square-foot Johnston branch will feature four teller stations, three customer service areas and a walk-up ATM. Other banking conveniences include two drive-up banking lanes, night deposit services for small business customers and a drive-up ATM.

Local business owner attends Servpro nat’l convention

WESTERLY — Dion Luzzi, a local Servpro franchise owner, recently returned from Servpro’s 44th annual national convention, held June 17-21 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel and the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Luzzi owns Servpro of Washington County (401-315-2337 or and Servpro of Newport & Bristol Counties (401-847-8145 or

Servpro, an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services, again welcomed a record number of franchisees to its annual event, offering attendees the most extensive program ever offered at aServpro Convention — more than 60 workshops sessions covering more than 30 topics. This year’s keynote speaker was Walter Bond, a former NBA player.

“The variety and quality of this year’s educational and business sessions was better than ever,” said Sue Steen, chief executive officer of Servpro Industries Inc. “This convention is a great opportunity for our franchisees to learn about the latest initiatives from Servpro corporate, and the developing trends in our industry and to network with their fellow franchisees.”

In addition to providing a networking and educational forum for the more than 1,600 franchise owners in the Servpro franchise system, the annual event provides a platform for Servpro to recognize and reward franchisees for outstanding success in their businesses.

Pink Mermaid awarded August Business of the Month

MYSTIC — Each month, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce highlights a member business deserving of special recognition. The Pink Mermaid, 313 Gold Star Highway in Groton, is the August recipient of the Business of the Month award. The award is nomination-based and is determined by several factors, including community involvement, achievements and overall success.

The Pink Mermaid is a mastectomy boutique that serves all of Southeastern Connecticut and parts of Rhode Island. The boutique offers many specialized services for patients going through cancer treatments. Private fittings are available for patients who have gone through mastectomy or lumpectomy surgeries.

Also offered are fittings for a variety of garments used during lymphedema treatment.

In addition, the Pink Mermaid carries several brands of compression stockings — off the shelf stockings or custom fit stockings.

The Pink Mermaid also carries a large assortment of products for patients going through chemotherapy or radiation, and the store now hosts a cancer thrivers and survivors potluck every third Thursday of each month, as well as numerous support group sessions and learning seminars.

The mission of the Pink Mermaid and its owner Carol Ryall is to provide excellent service for their customers, as some deal with the difficulties of treatment and recovery. The main theme is that its customers, whether newly diagnosed or on the road to recovery, all deserve the best. Ryall’s hope behind the boutique is that by supplying properly fitted clothing and prosthesis, it will restore balance and symmetry to customers’ bodies, as well as provide a boost in self-confidence.

Nominated by a fellow local business owner, one nomination letter reads: “Carol has been in the cancer care business for many years. ... She is a very caring person and I believe that her business is very much needed in our area.”

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Mystic chamber’s Business After Hours set for Florence Griswold Museum

MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Business After Hours at Florence Griswold Museum on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, features a modern exhibition gallery, education center and restored artist’s studios. Business After Hours is a monthly networking event, so bring business cards.

The cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, contact the Mystic chamber at 860-572-9578 or email

KVH Industries reports 4th sequential record revenue quarter

MIDDLETOWN — KVH Industries Inc. has reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. The company reported second-quarter revenue of $43.2 million, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $1.5 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share.

The non-GAAP net income excludes one-time costs, net of tax benefit, associated with the Headland Media acquisition that closed on May 11. During the same period last year, the company reported net income of $0.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, on revenues of $32.0 million.

“The acquisition of Headland Media midway through the quarter was an important strategic move to expand our broadband communications product offerings with new media content, including the latest movies, TV shows, daily newspapers, and music.

Even excluding revenue contributed by Headland Media, our core business recorded our fourth sequential record revenue quarter,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer. “Our maritime VSAT business continues to enjoy solid growth and we are excited that we are getting a favorable reception from customers regarding the new content offerings which we plan to roll out toward the end of the year.”

For the six months ended June 30, revenue was $83.1 million, up 42 percent compared to $58.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. KVH reported a GAAP net income of $3.5 million for the first six months of 2013, or $0.23 per diluted share.

Excluding the Headland Media acquisition-related costs, the company recorded a non-GAAP net income of $4.2 million or $0.28 per diluted share. During the same period last year, the company reported a GAAP net loss of $0.9 million, or a $0.06 loss per share.

KVH more than doubles mini-VSAT broadband network capacity in Asia-Pacific Region

MIDDLETOWN ­— Continuing the network expansion strategy outlined with the announcement of its new TracPhone V-IP series satellite communications systems and IP-MobileCast service (expected to be available later this year), KVH Industries Inc. has more than doubled the capacity of its mini-VSAT broadband network in the Asia-Pacific region. The ongoing global network upgrade involves deployment of variable coding, spreading and modulation (VCSM) technology provided by ViaSat Inc., KVH’s partner in the mini-VSAT broadband network. This the fourth major capacity increase in less than eight months, following upgrades in the Caribbean, EMEA, and African and Brazilian regions that began in late 2012.

“Increasing mini-VSAT broadband network capacity in the Asia-Pacific region is a key step in our strategy to provide mariners with the connectivity they need at sea,” explains Brent Bruun, executive vice president of KVH’s mobile broadband group. “This area is a major hub for commercial shipping and the vessels traveling there need affordable, fast and convenient connections in order to optimize their operations. The mini-VSAT broadband network, particularly with the new TracPhone V-IP series terminals and upcoming IP-MobileCast service, provides those connections at an affordable price combined with a number of benefits that other providers do not offer.”

KVH recently announced a four-part strategy for the mini-VSAT broadband network, which is designed to bring a variety of economical and convenient content services to mariners for the first time. It involves deployment of VCSM technology to significantly increase effective network capacity, upgrading the TracPhone terminals used to deliver the mini-VSAT broadband service, creating a first-of-its-kind content delivery service, and building alliances with application providers to deliver a variety of high-quality content via that service.


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