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The Westerly Sun

Yoga by the Sea, Healing Thru Touch combine for special class

STONINGTON — Yoga by the Sea has announced a new special Sunday class on Nov. 10 with Reiki Master Christina DeWick, owner of Healing Thru Touch. Both businesses are located in the Quiambaug Cove Professional Center, 107 Wilcox Road.

The class will feature a session of deeply restorative reiki while in a relaxing savasana (lying on one’s back). DeWick will lead a brief discussion about reiki, and Yoga by the Sea co-founder Casey Gash will lead a centering and very gentle stretching program to prepare for relaxation. The most healing supported savasana for each individual will be explored while DeWick facilitates a reiki session.

Those interested in attending are asked to bring a yoga mat and a pillow. (There is a limited number of yoga mats and pillows available at no additional charge on a first-come first-served basis.

“The interesting thing about this healing energy is that it naturally adjusts to the needs of the receiver,” said DeWick, who became a Reiki Master in 2004. “It is always safe because it can’t be used to harm. This energy will only harmonize and balance the energy of the person who receives it; always healing what is most important first. A common misconception about this energy is that the practitioner controls the energy. In truth, this incredible energy guides us intuitively to do the greatest good for the person being healed. This energy is very powerful, and I am blessed to be able to share it with so many people.”

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Marketing camps to offer tourism businesses a head start

MYSTIC/DANIELSON — Seven eastern Connecticut business development groups have joined together to host two Mystic Country Tourism Marketing Boot Camps designed to help tourism-focused enterprises get their marketing plans in shape for the year ahead.

Collaborators and planners for the two half-day camps include the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, the Eastern Regional Tourism District/Mystic Country, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Mystic Visitors Bureau, Miranda Creative, Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce.

Running from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tourism Marketing Boot Camps will be held on two dates, in two locations, for the convenience of attendees:

Wednesday, Nov. 6, Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic; and Friday, Nov. 15, Quinebaug Valley Community College, 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson.

Each boot camp will feature nine 30-minute rotated workshops on timely topics presented by experienced industry peers. The day will conclude with a working lunch, providing an overview of the resources and opportunities on and The cost is $25 per person, with continental breakfast and box lunch included. Reservations for either workshop may be made with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut online at

Practically Perfect Consignments accepting food donations

WESTERLY — Practically Perfect Consignments, 271 Post Road, will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items through Saturday, Dec. 21. Items will be delivered to local food pantries.

For more information, call 401-332-9077 or email

Wash. Trust finances $10.5M Fairfield County property

WESTERLY — Washington Trust’s Commercial Real Estate Group provided $10.5 million in commercial real estate financing to 180 Westport Partners LLC for the acquisition and renovation of a mixed-used property in Westport, Conn. The 32,103-square-foot office-retail space is located in Westport’s downtown retail corridor at 180 Post Road, just one block from the town’s Main Street.

“This property is ideally situated in a key area within one of Connecticut’s most affluent towns,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, president and CEO.

Washington Trust’s Commercial Real Estate Group provides commercial real estate mortgages for the construction, refinancing or purchasing of investment real estate projects. Financing ranges in size from several hundred thousand dollars up to multimillion dollar projects. For more information, contact Timothy Pickering, senior vice president, Commercial Real Estate Group, 401-348-1482 or 1-800-475-2265, ext. 1482.

WCCU expands Save for America School Savings program

WESTERLY — The Westerly Community Credit Union has announced that Narragansett Elementary School is participating in its Save for America School Savings program. The first school bank day took place on Tuesday.

The Save for America School Savings program is a bank-at-school program designed to help students learn the basics of saving money by filling out deposit slips, adding deposits in their savings books, as well as learning to set goals and save their money for something special.

Founded in 1980, Save For America is the only school savings program endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, Department of the Treasury and the White House. WCCU began sponsoring the educational program in 2005, and is currently coordinating the program in seven schools in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

For more information or any questions regarding the credit union’s school programs, contact Kim Gates, WCCU school program specialist, at 401-596-7000, ext. 2124, email, or visit their website at

Granite Group honored by Plumbing & Mechanical magazine

CONCORD, N.H. — The Granite Group has announced that it is the 2013 recipient of Plumbing & Mechanical (PM) magazine’s “Supply House of the Year.” PM magazine is widely considered to be the top source in the United States for the latest information in the plumbing and mechanical industry. This month’s issue will showcase The Granite Group and explain why it earned this prestigious honor in a feature article titled “Creating value through innovation: Best-in-class service keeps this New England wholesaler top-of-mind for its contractor customers.”

The article covers a wide variety of topics, including The Granite Group’s history and how, under the leadership of Chairman P. Kevin Condron, it “has spent 41 years growing its business and creating value for its vendors and its customers.” In addition, the article references the company’s innovative spirit, dedication to its customers and training, world-class and diverse product lines, massive central distribution center and fast-growing showroom arm (The Ultimate Bath Stores) as vital keys to their success.

Bill Condron, The Granite Group’s chief operating officer, noted the most vital key to the company’s success remains the employees: “The biggest strength of the company is the quality of the people we have working here,” he said, “and this award is a reflection of the tremendous effort and dedication we see from them every day.”

Featuring 27 locations throughout New England, including at 114 Cross St. in Westerly, The Granite Group is a full-service wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling and water supplies.

Shoreline Podiatry joining South County Medical Group

WAKEFIELD — Shoreline Podiatry has announced it is joining the South County Medical Group, a multi-specialty group of practices affiliated with the South County Hospital Healthcare System.

Its offices will remain at 24 Salt Pond Road, Unit E1, in Wakefield. While patients of Eric J. Buchbaum, DPM, and James McCormick, DPM, will not see any immediate changes except for the billing system.

The South County Medical Group is made up of several specialties — all affiliated with South County Hospital — that provide the community with a more coordinated approach to health care. All members share the same Electronic Health Records platform, which allows all physicians in the group to access up-to-date health records, essential to diagnosis and treatment.

Shekarchi installed as president of Kent Wash. Assoc. of Realtors

EAST GREENWICH — Mary Shekarchi has been installed as 2014 President of the Kent Washington Association of Realtors. She was sworn in on Oct. 3 at the Association’s Annual Meeting and Installation, which was held at the Warwick Country Club. Shekarchi is a broker owner of Shawomet Realty, in Warwick.

Shekarchi has been a member of the Kent Washington Association of Realtors since 1997, and has served the association in many capacities, including as treasurer, vice president and president-elect. She has also served on numerous committees for the Kent Washington Association and is a director for the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.

Other Kent Washington Association officers sworn in included Cely O’Brien, of Randall Realtors Real Living in Charlestown, as treasurer.

Report: New England home sales up for year, down for month

The RE/MAX of New England September Monthly Housing Report shows an uptick of 17.7 percent in home sales year over year, and a seasonal decrease of 23.2 percent month over month across the region. Pending home sales are up on average 31.2 percent over September 2012.

Every New England state that reported, except for Rhode Island, experienced an increase in available inventory over August’s numbers.

In Connecticut, the number of total transactions is up 14.3 percent year over year, while the median price is up 6.6 percent. Connecticut led all of New England in pending sales, up a staggering 37.2 percent year over year.

Rhode Island home transactions were up 16.2 percent, while median price rose 14 percent, the highest in New England. Pending sales were up 9.5 percent year over year.

Secretary of state to present NASS Medallion Award to Cardi brothers

PROVIDENCE — Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will recognize Nick, Ron and Pete Cardi for their outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) within Rhode Island, through voter education and participation and philanthropic contributions, which have significantly enhanced the quality of life for Rhode Islanders. The event will take place on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Meeting Street in Providence.

“The Cardi brothers reflect the mission, purpose and objectives of NASS, and promote the same ideals and dignity and stature that NASS has come to represent over the years. It is my pleasure to honor these fine men for their community service, charitable contributions to our community and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Rhode Islanders,” said Mollis.

Mollis said among the Cardi brothers’ achievements include participating in a voter registration campaign for the past three election cycles; hosting statewide voter registration drives at their flagship store, on the final day to register to vote, prior to every primary and general election; using advertising to encourage voter registration and turnout; hosting polling places at their flagship store during last year’s primary and general election; lending their prestige to the 2013 Civic Leadership Awards ceremony as keynote speakers; and helping organizations, which provide clothes for needy children, fight hunger and promote literacy.


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