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The Westerly Sun

Weichert, Realtors’ Richard earns certification

WESTERLY — Weichert, Realtors-Suburban Properties has announced that broker associate Michelle Richard has earned the Military Relocation Professional certification, conferred by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Providing expertise in military benefits, the relocation process and support, the designation equips realtors to help military personnel and veterans find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allows them to take full advantage of their military benefits. Realtors who earn the MRP certification know how to work with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans.

“A certified realtor understands specific needs and timetables related to military service,” NAR President Gary Thomas said. “The Military Relocation Professional certification will help realtors hone their knowledge and skills for working with veterans and active duty military buyers and sellers to ensure that homeownership remains affordable and accessible to them.”

Homefront Health Care to hold job fair in Westerly

PROVIDENCE — Homefront Health Care, one of the largest nonprofit home care providers in Rhode Island, will hold a series of job fairs throughout the state in March.

Homefront has immediate openings for Rhode Island licensed Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) caring for elderly and chronically ill clients living at home throughout the state. Full- and part-time positions, some including benefits, are available. In addition to a competitive salary, Homefront also provides travel allowances and advanced training courses.

The job fairs will held in East Providence, Harmony, Woonsocket, Westerly and Warwick every Wednesday in March from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Potential candidate should bring a resume, a copy of their CNA license and their driver’s license.

CNAs are the primary caregivers to Homefront’s more than 800 clients statewide, providing assistance with daily activities in the client’s home. CNAs assist with bathing, dressing and other household activities.

Homefront’s Westerly office, 105 Franklin St. (Millpond Plaza), will hold its job fair on March 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 401-596-2519 for more information.

Mystic chamber announces new program

MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce has announced the addition of a new program to its lineup called “Tea with Tricia.” Held on the second Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m., “Tea with Tricia” allows GMCC President Tricia Walsh and her staff to connect with the chamber’s members on a personal and consistent level.

Attendees will be able to share tea and group discussion with the GMCC staff, as well as fellow members. The tea time will serve as an open-book forum to discuss whatever topics are prevalent and bounce ideas and advice off one another.

An open invitation will be sent to the GMCC membership with only 12 openings available each month. RSVPs will be required, and admission is $5. This program will be held monthly at the Old Mystic Inn, 52 Main Street, Old Mystic, generously provided by owner Michael Cardillo, while the tea is supplied by Spice & Tea Exchange of Mystic.

The first “Tea with Tricia” will be held on March 12. For more information, visit or call 860-572-9578.

Westerly Hospital offers free program on colon cancer

WESTERLY — Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the United States, and more than half of these deaths are preventable. In honor of national colorectal cancer awareness month, Westerly Hospital is offering a free program on “Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Screening and Early Detection,” presented by Brad Lavigne, MD, gastroenterologist, and Laryl Riley, nurse practitioner, of Gastroenterology Specialists Inc.

The program will be held at the hospital on Tuesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Henry J. Nardone Conference Center. It will help attendees understand risk factors for colon cancer, the latest screening techniques, and how to prepare for testing.

To register, visit or call 401-348-2300 or 1-800-933-5960, ext. 3423.

Four Mystic Marriot employees honored in Hartford

GROTON — Four sales managers from the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton were honored with Sales Champion awards during Waterford Hotel Group’s recent annual leadership conference and awards celebration at the Marriott Hartford Downtown.

Senior Sales Manager Judy Mackey, Senior Catering Sales Manager Amanda Brisson, Sales and Events Manager Darcey Eck and Director of Business Development Sherri Mancini were recognized during a celebratory luncheon as some of Waterford’s top sales producers for 2013.

The two-day conference, attended by Waterford Hotel Group representatives and 55 managers from properties in the company’s portfolio, provided attendees the opportunity to share ideas, set goals and foster the team spirit.

“These awards are a reflection of the commitment and dedication to sales excellence that Judy, Amanda, Darcey and Sherri have shown consistently in 2013,” said Rob Winchester, president and COO of Waterford Hotel Group.

Mystic chamber to partner with The Light House on program

MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and The Light House Voc-Ed Center have announced a partnership to create “Mystic Matters on the Road.” In addition to filming the “Mystic Matters” public-access television show at the Comcast studio in Groton, they will also bring the show to member businesses by filming at their locations.

The LIVECTA Programs, a division of The Light House, has developed an internship program for individuals with autism spectrum disorders to work on the show’s production. Working with experienced job trainers, the interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in multimedia production, aiding them in acquiring the 21st-century employment skills needed to be successful in today’s competitive job market.

The Light House staff and students will oversee the filming and production of each episode of “Mystic Matters on the Road,” while hosts Susette Tibus (GMCC adviser and owner of Simply Majestic in Mystic) and Tricia Walsh (GMCC president) visit businesses for tours and interactive experiences.

“We are thrilled to be working with The Light House staff and students to provide this opportunity to our members,” Walsh said.

Five episodes have been scheduled for taping in 2014. The first episode will air this spring.

Mystic chamber announces 2014 event schedule

MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce has announced its event schedule for 2014. Traditional events like the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Groton Fall Festival, Holiday Lighted Boat Parade combined with newer events like Fusion, Restaurant Week and others will be the driving force behind the fundraising efforts for the chamber in 2014. In the coming months, the chamber expects to make announcements regarding new events as well.

While established events continue to infuse the calendar, there are some significant changes. The most notable is the absence of the Taste of Mystic, traditionally held in September.

“While we are disappointed that changes in circumstances have made the Taste of Mystic unable to happen this year, we are excited for the new event opportunities this presents,” said Tricia Walsh, chamber president.

The chamber is developing supplemental events for the area and will continue to grow established events. A cocktail reception on Saturday evening to kick off the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is one of the newer additions.

The fundraising events calendar is as follows:

May 9, Fusion; Aug. 9, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Cocktail Party; Aug. 9-10, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival; Oct. 11, Groton Fall Festival; Nov. 29, Santa Arrives by Tugboat and Lighted Holiday Boat Parade; Dec. 6, Groton Lights Parade and Tree Lighting.


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