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Pinto joins Randall, Realtors Watch Hill office

WESTERLY — Michelle Colucci Pinto has joined Randall, Realtors as a sales associate in the company’s Watch Hill office. Pinto is the general manager and a partner in the Andrea Hotel in Misquamicut. A graduate of URI with a master’s in business administration, she ahas more than a decade of real estate experience specializing in property management and leasing.

Pinto is an active member of the South County community and currently serves on the boards of directors of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce and the Misquamicut Business Association. She is also involved in the Ocean Community YMCA, the Westerly Area Rest and Meals (WARM) Center and the Chorus of Westerly, among others.

Pinto is a lifelong resident of Westerly, where she resides with her husband Patrick and two children, Alex and Lila. She may be reached at the Randall, Realtors Watch Hill office at 1-401-348-0700 or

Chelsea Groton’s Stapienski appointed to United Way board

GROTON — Denise Stapienski, assistant vice president of training and development at Chelsea Groton Bank, was appointed to United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s board of directors and appointed co-chair of their Community Investments Committee.

“United Way enlists passionate, expert, resourceful individuals to advance their mission, which is to create opportunities for a better life for all. Denise is a perfect choice for their board,” said Anne Wilkinson, senior vice president and director of human resources. “She demonstrates great empathy and enthusiasm for serving those within the bank, through her personalized training and development skills; and for people in her community, including being a United Way Volunteer since 2001.”

In addition to her volunteerism for the United Way, Stapienski serves on the board of the New London County Emergency Food and Shelter Program, as well as the board of the Chelsea Groton Foundation.

Charter Oak branch manager to lead chamber’s Montville Division

GROTON — Michael Ballirano, branch manager of the Montville and Niantic branches of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, has been named the new chairman of the Montville Division of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

Ballirano, who has been with Charter Oak since 2011, is an active member of the regional chamber and is a member of its Leadership Program Class of 2015. He is also active with the Montville Rotary and the Thames Network BNI chapter, which meets weekly in New London.

As division chair, Ballirano plays an important role as an ambassador for the regional chamber within the local business community. In addition, division members work with the chamber’s Programs and Events Committee to advise about upcoming activities benefiting businesses and organizations across eastern Connecticut. Ballirano has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut since first joining in September 2012.

Ballirano is a Griswold resident and graduate of the Norwich Free Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Keene State College in Keene, N.H.

NSGC donates to eight organizations

NORTH STONINGTON — The North Stonington Garden Club has announced the eight 2013 organizations that have received its donations totaling $5,000.

They are Hewitt Farm Community Gardens, Hewitt Farm Trail Sign Project, Wheeler Library, Ashaway Free Library, Coogan Farm, GOSA, Riverside Children’s Center and West Vine Street School.

The mission of NSGC is to promote good gardening practices through education, outreach and example.

Downtown Mystic Merchants to hold Snowflake Social

MYSTIC — The Downtown Mystic Merchants will host the Snowflake Social on Friday, Feb. 28. Come meet the Mystic merchants during the event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water St.

Tickets are $40 and available for purchase at the Steamboat Inn, Whaler’s Inn and at the door on the night of the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sandy Ground Project.

The event will feature complimentary hors’ doeuvres prepared by downtown Mystic restaurants, two drink tickets for beer or wine, and music provided by D.J. Doug of Power Possee productions. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Funds raised at the Snowflake Social will enable the downtown Mystic merchants to continue to bring events to downtown Mystic, like the farmers market, Mystic Pirate Invasion, Spring Stroll and Solstice Luminary.

Mystic Chamber to celebrate opening of Green Submarine Deli with ribbon-cutting

MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will to celebrate the grand opening of Green Submarine Deli with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Saturday, March 1, at the deli’s location, 510 Thames St., Groton.

The Green Submarine Deli offers made-to-order take-out grinders and salads, plus gluten-free and dairy-free sides and salads, including its famous specialty: guacamole. The deli also offers party-size portions and platters for catering events, meetings, showers and more. Their specials include guacamole grinders such as Guac You Like a Hurricane, which features turkey, bacon and guacamole, and Guac Like an Egyptian, which features shredded chicken breast, mango guacamole, bacon and mixed greens.

Owners Dan Bruno and Molly Murkett, an engaged couple from Mystic, even offer a Take the Guac Challenge. If you don’t like guacamole or don’t know if you like it, try a free sample — they promise you’ll be hooked. Bruno is a third-grade teacher at Claude Chester Elementary School, and Murkett is a yoga teacher at Yoga by the Sea in Stonington and Meiklem Kiln Works/Centerspace Wellness Center in Bozrah.

Green Submarine Deli is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the Green Submarine Deli at 860-446-9252 or visit

People’s Credit Union accepting applications for two scholarships

MIDDLETOWN — People’s Credit Union has announced it is offering two scholarship opportunities to deserving students.

The eighth grade scholarship will be awarded to one eighth-grader in the amount of $500 in each city/town that People’s has an office. The recipients of the scholarship will have a chance to increase the scholarship amount each year of high school to a maximum of $1,000. The scholarship will increase by $50 for every final grade that is an A and $25.00 for every final grade that is a B, beginning in the ninth through 12th grades.

Scholarship applications must be submitted to People’s Credit Union by April 30. Winners will be notified no later than June 1. This is the seventh year People’s is offering the scholarship.

The credit union is also accepting applications for the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island (CUARI) College Scholarship. CUARI will award eight $500 scholarships to full-time students currently enrolled in or accepted to a college or university undergraduate program for the 2014 school year. Students who are members of People’s Credit Union or parent(s) or guardian(s) are members are eligible to apply. Submissions must be received by April 2.

Both scholarship applications are available online at or at any of People’s six branch locations.

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