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Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Seal Tour
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

All Ages Hike at The Westerly Land Trust's Wahaneeta Preserve
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

"A Christmas Carol"
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Westerly

The Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Westerly

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Business Spotlight

Linehan joins Randall, Realtors

CHARLESTOWN — Randall, Realtors’ Charlestown office has announced that Paul Linehan, of Hope Valley, has become a member of the company’s sales team. He will concentrate in residential sales and rentals in the Washington County area.

Linehan has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently with Randolph Engineering Inc., where he held the position of national sales manager. While there, he consistently exceeded sales forecasts by a minimum of 20 percent and increased the company’s account base by more than 300 percent. In addition to his realtor career, he is currently co-owner of Image Cleaning in Hope Valley.

Linehan may be reached at the Randall, Realtors Charlestown office at 401-552-7895, via email at, or through his website at

Four Coldwell Banker agents honored

WESTERLY — The New York and New England regions of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation recently met for a two-day conference at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Four agents in the Westerly office of Coldwell Banker were recognized for outstanding performance: Sandy Bliven was recognized as the top producing agent in the Rhode Island region. She and Kimber Pope Kettlety were both recognized for their 2013 production by receiving the International President’s Elite Award. Jean Crowley and Mark Wright were also recognized by receiving the International Sterling Society award.

“Outstanding accomplishments of all our associates in 2013 propelled the Westerly office to receive the Number One Office Award in Rhode Island,” said Jim Cahoone, broker/owner.

Coldwell Banker Cahoone, Realtors is located at 29 Post Road. Call 401-596-6333 or email

People’s Credit promotes Cady, appoints Votta

MIDDLETOWN — Nancy Quick, vice president of sales and service, has announced the promotion of Cheryl Cady to branch manager of the credit union’s Middletown location, and the appointment of Sue Ann Votta as branch manager of the credit union’s Wakefield location. In these positions, Cady and Votta are responsible for managing the activities and staff in the branch office and providing service to members through the effective sales of all credit union products and services.

Cady joined the credit union in 2008 as branch manager of the Wakefield location. Soon after, she was transferred to the credit union’s North Kingstown location as the branch manager. Cady has an extensive background in the financial services industry, with almost 20 years of experience. Prior to joining People’s, Cady held several positions at Sovereign Bank, including branch manager, assistant branch manager and customer service supervisor. Cady resides in Warwick.

Votta also brings almost 20 years of financial services experience to People’s. Previously, she was employed as vice president/branch manager of Newport Federal Savings Bank. In this position she was responsible for the supervision of all staff, daily operations for all areas of customer service and originating, underwriting and approving all consumer loans. Votta holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations/business administration from Providence College, and an associate degree in public relations/business administration from Johnson & Wales University. She resides in Cranston.

“We are excited that Sue Ann has joined our team,” Quick said, “Her knowledge and experience will make her an asset to our Wakefield branch location. Cheryl is committed to our members and the staff of the Credit Union. I am positive her enthusiasm and expertise will make her successful in this new position.”

Taste of Mystic at Olde Mistick Village seeks restaurants

MYSTIC — The Taste of Mystic is gearing up for its 11th year at its new location, Olde Mistick Village, on Sept. 5-7.

The three-day festival attracts food lovers from all over the region and beyond to sample the dishes Mystic has to offer. The chamber seeks to welcome back previous participants, as well as invite additional area restaurateurs and caterers to join the festival.

For more information or an application, contact Stefan Ambrosch, event chairman, at or the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce at 860-572-9578.

Aquarion Water announces 5.6% rate reduction

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Aquarion Water Company has announced that recently issued tax law regulations by the Internal Revenue Service have resulted in a refund to the company. These regulations, issued in September, effectively allow Aquarion to adopt an alternative to how capital expenditures are treated for income tax purposes. As a result, Aquarion will be passing on this refund to customers beginning Jan. 1, 2015 and will reduce rates by 5.6% for the next three years. The total amount to be returned to customers through reduced rates is $29 million.

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority must review and approve this proposal before it is finalized.

“We are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality water and outstanding service,” said Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion president and CEO. “We are grateful that these regulations will allow us to continue to reliably provide safe, high quality water, at an even more economical rate. I am also appreciative of the assistance and support of the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel and the office of the Connecticut Attorney General in making this happen.”

In addition to the rate reduction, Aquarion announced that it will be delaying its next general rate case.

Aquarion will also delay its planned Water Infrastructure and Conservation Adjustment (WICA) from April 1, 2014 to October 1, 2014. However, Aquarion will continue to invest in WICA eligible main replacements during this time period.

The WICA program enables Aquarion to replace aging and undersized infrastructure to enhance water system reliability, public fire protection, and conservation of water and power.

Westerly Hospital surgeon to give presentation on inguinal hernias

WESTERLY — Hernias don’t go away on their own; they can be painful when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object, and can lead to life-threatening complications. Join Dr. Michael Betler, a general surgeon with L+M Medical Group, for a free presentation on inguinal hernias on April 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Westerly Hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center.

Learn more about this health condition and the latest surgical repair techniques available at Westerly Hospital. Dr. Betler’s experience in laparoscopic hernia surgery provides patients with a faster recovery, less postoperative pain, and quicker return to work and normal activities.

To register, visit or call 1-800-933-5930, ext. 3423.

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