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The Westerly Sun

N. Stonington health center sets open house

The Backus North Stonington Health Center will host an open house on Wednesday, April 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 82 Norwich-Westerly Road in North Stonington. The location is just south of the U.S 2 and Route 184 rotary.

The community is invited to meet primary care providers Amanda Conti, M.D., and Kara Mignosa, PA. Conti is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. Walk-ins are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, call 860-599-9961.

The Backus North Stonington Health Center was recently designated as a Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Optometrists opening office on Coogan Blvd.

Drs. Mitchel and Regina Strand are opening their third TotalVision location at 12 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, with a ribbon-cutting event from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24. The event is being held in conjunction with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. The business is offering free vision screenings, giveaways and hors d’oeuvres.

TotalVision currently has offices in Newington, Conn., and Uncasville. It is an optometric practice offering eye care for the entire family including the treatment and diagnosis of eye disease. Each location has a full service eyewear boutique.

The Strands have each been practicing optometry since 1984. They are certified by the American Board of Optometry and are members of the American Optometric Association and the Connecticut Association of Optometry. They are both avid boaters and are familiar with the Mystic area. TotalVision is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact the Mystic office for further information at 860-415-9292.

Program to aid UConn veterans in job search

The Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is introduce a new program aimed at helping local veteran students connect with potential employers.

Working in partnership with the University of Connecticut, the chamber will host a military veteran networking mentorship program. This will include chamber members volunteering to host a veteran who is nearing graduation from UConn at the Avery Point and Storrs campuses and looking to network in eastern Connecticut. The chamber will provide the participating students with free access to Business After Hours events, and a member mentor from the local business community will provide the vital link to networking resources. There will be no cost to the participating veterans.

Chamber members who wish to volunteer as a networking mentor should email Ashlee Donovan at In addition, UConn veteran students at Avery Point who wish to participate in the program should email Martha Young at Students at UConn Storrs campus should email Kris Perry at

Mystic chamber seeks volunteers

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is seeking student volunteers to assist with the tapings of Mystic Matters this summer. Mystic Matters is the chamber’s local public access program. Tapings will take place every other Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. starting May 13 in Groton. If you are looking to get involved in the local community, please contact Hannah Stewart at or 860-572-9578.

Pottery studio to be location for networking

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Stonington Community Center to provide its members with networking opportunities. On Thursday, June 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., the center’s Pottery Studio will be open for the first Not Your Normal Networking Event, a program created by the chamber to promote making business connections in a fun and different setting. This program is geared to appeal to young professionals.

The event will feature hands-on training to create your very-own ceramic piece, with complimentary wine and food. Attendees will use a slab roller and the slump mold process to create a salad bowl, dinner bowl, plate or platter. In addition, attendees can choose a color glaze for their clay piece to be fired with, and they can pick up their masterpiece to take home a week later at the chamber office. The cost is $20 to attend and space is limited: all those wishing to attend must RSVP to the chamber offices at 860-572-9578 or email

Labor standards presentation

The Business Workforce Center of the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training invites all past and present Self-Employment Assistance participants to attend a presentation on Thursday regarding labor standards in the workplace. The presentation will be conducted by Helen Gage, chief labor standards examiner for the Department of Labor & Training. The presentation will cover basic labor standard practices and an overview of labor laws you need to know when you have employees or if you think you may hire them in the future.

The program will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the department’s Center General Complex Bld. 73-1, 1511 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, 02920. Please respond by Tuesday to Connie Parks at


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