Jacobs joins Randall, Realtors sales team CHARLESTOWN — Taylor Jacobs, of Richmond, has joined Randall, Realtors as a sales associate in the company’s Charlestown office. He will concentrate on sales and rentals throughout southern Rhode Island.Prior to joining Randall, Jacobs traveled worldwide with the U.S. Navy. He is a member of the Kent Washington and Rhode Island associations of realtors. Jacobs may be reached at 401-213-6082, ext. 1245, or via email at Taylor.Jacobs@randallrealtors.com. Weichert, Realtors welcomes Andrews to sales team WESTERLY — Weichert, Realtors-Suburban Properties has announced that realtor Kelli Andrews has joined the sales team of the agency’s Westerly office.A resident of Westerly with 2½ years of real estate experience, she will assist property buyers and sellers in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. She is a member of the The Kent Washington Association of Realtors, and has a background in property management.Andrews may be reached at the Westerly office at 401-637-4901. Junque N’ Java celebrates 1-year anniversary WESTERLY — Junque N’ Java celebrates its one-year anniversary today from 1 to 4 p.m. The business would like to thank its customers who helped make the first year a success, and welcome new customers to stop by. The celebration includes prizes, drink specials, tastings, music, and more.Junque N’ Java, located at 49 Beach St., features gourmet coffee, pastries, soups and unique retail offerings. It offers indoor seating as well as outdoor patio seating.For more information, call 401-315-0111. Parcel Center Inc. earns top shipper award WESTERLY — United Parcel Service has announced that Parcel Center Inc. has been named a Top Shipper Facility for 2013. The award was presented to Arthur and Zita Kachadourian on Feb. 26 by the UPS Corporate Office, based in Atlanta.With more than 5,000 participants in the program, the award is presented annually to the top 100 facilities in the country. Within that top 100, PCI placed in the top 30. PCI has earned this designation since 2005.Parcel Center Inc. is located at 62 Franklin St. in Ocean Plaza. For more information, call 401-596-0644, visit parcelcenterinc.com or visit its Facebook page. Eastern chamber names Preka top volunteer MYSTIC — David Preka, owner of Advanced Improvements, was presented the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Meeting on Feb. 26 at the Norwich Inn & Spa.Over the past year, Preka has worked closely with the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut on its Mud Run held at Fields of Fire in Mystic. He and his team also completed a window replacement project at the Riverfront Children’s Center, with additional help from the Dominion Foundation. Also, Preka was named the chairman for the Mystic March of Dimes walk held annually at Olde Mistick Village, where he has brought business leaders together to raise money for a good cause.Advanced Improvements is a full-service general contractor located in downtown Mystic that specializes in all aspects of remodeling and new home building. Mystic Blues Festival seeks sponsorships MYSTIC — The second annual Mystic Blues Festival, slated for June 27-29, has sponsorships available, ranging from inclusion on the custom Mystic Blues App Directory to exclusive sponsorships tailored to fit your company’s needs.Sponsors seeking exclusive contracts might consider sponsoring the Mystic Blues Tent, Mystic Blues Transportation, special activities for blues fans and families, or sponsoring the contract for a particular musician or band.For more information, contact Courtney Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org, Amy Leigh at email@example.com or visit mysticbluesfestival.com. ‘Stonington House’ at Whaler’s Inn undergoes major renovation MYSTIC — The Whaler’s Inn’s Stonington House, built in the 1970s, has undergone a major renovation, featuring modern subway tiled bathrooms with large pedestal sinks and walk-in showers. “We were able to update these rooms for a more modern feel, while still keeping the intimate inn aspect that our many returning guests enjoy,” said innkeeper Richard Prisby. Upon entering The Stonington House via a shared porch, guests will now be greeted with designer-selected fabrics and cool colors. Wall-mounted flat-screen televisions and central air/heating round out the updated modern amenities. The Whaler’s Inn welcomes any interested residents to stop by the property and take a tour. The inn offers discounted rates for local residents and businesses, and has a small conference facility for small business meetings or retreats.The Whaler’s Inn is located at 20 East Main St. For more information, call 860-536-1506. Chelsea Groton Foundation opens applications for spring grants GROTON — The Chelsea Groton Foundation is accepting applications for its spring grants. Applications are due by Friday, April 2. Grant application forms may be obtained by visiting http://chelseagroton.com/foundation.php. Applications should be submitted to Sue Olszewski for consideration for a share of the $160,000 in grants to be awarded during 2014, in celebration of the nank’s 160th birthday.“The bank, our employees and our foundation all share the same mission of serving with a passion in order to enrich lives,” remarked bank President and CEO Michael Rauh. “Our website has a terrific section on the foundation with information on what kinds of things we give to, recent grants we’ve made, and a full application package for grant requests. Please make sure that if you are involved with, or know of an organization in need, that you have them take a look at our site and consider applying for a grant.”Completed grant applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Chelsea Groton Foundation, 904 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT 06340.For more information about Chelsea Groton Foundation, call 860-448-4105 or email email@example.com. Chelsea Groton increases charitable giving, serving more than 250 organizations GROTON — Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation contributed a total of $361,355 in charitable donations in 2013, an increase of 18 percent from 2012 and 28 percent from 2011. More than 250 health and human service, educational, environmental, civic and cultural organizations located in eastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island benefited from Chelsea Groton’s philanthropic support. Additionally, Chelsea Groton employees volunteered their time and shared their talents with numerous community organizations in the region, logging 7,487 volunteer hours to support these organizations in attaining their missions.“Chelsea Groton and its employees are committed to supporting the organizations in our communities that are truly doing the heavy lifting,” said Michael Rauh, Chelsea Groton’s president and CEO. “This includes organizations with a wide variety of missions, including feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, educating our children, protecting our environment, and promoting the arts.” Assisting the region’s homeless populations was one such investment in community made by Chelsea Groton. With grants totaling $7,000 to the Covenant Shelter of New London, more than 50 men and women, many with children, received case management services to assist them in improving self-sufficiency and other life skills, thereby lowering their chances of recidivism. A grant of $2,500, provided to the American Legion Veterans Housing, will similarly assist homeless veterans. Malta Inc. will also use its grant of $3,000 to meet some of the most basic needs of homeless individuals.Hundreds of individuals with disabilities were positively impacted thanks to Chelsea Groton’s support: $5,500 granted to the Arc of New London County will support recreational and vocational program. United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut received $6,500 to support its mission to assist individuals with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives.