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Betler joins surgery department at Westerly Hospital

WESTERLY — The Lawrence + Memorial Medical Group has welcomed Michael P. Betler, DO, to Westerly Hospital’s Department of Surgery. Dr. Betler joins Westerly Hospital surgeons Dr. Paul Bourguignon and Dr. Jeffrey Christian.

Betler received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa., and completed his residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. His special interests include laparoscopic repair of hernias, laparoscopic colon resection, general excision of lesions, biopsies of masses, and general surgical emergencies.

Betler is currently accepting new patients, and will have office hours in both Westerly at the Morgan Medical Building, 45 Wells St., Suite 104, and in Pawcatuck at Stonington Medical Center,91 Voluntown Road. To schedule an appointment at either location, call 401-315-5595.

For more information on Betler, visit

Smith joins Coldwell Banker Cahoone, Realtors

WESTERLY — Angie Smith has joined Coldwell Banker Cahoone, Realtors as a full-time sales associate working out of the Westerly office.

Prior to joining Coldwell Banker Cahoone, Smith met the Rhode Island real estate licensing requirements and completed the Coldwell Banker training program. Smith has 48 years of experience in residential real estate sales. She owned her own real estate company from 1966 to 1972, and was part time with other real estate companies from 1973 to joining Colwell Banker in September.

“We’re happy to have Angie Smith on our team,” said Jim Cahoone, broker owner at Coldwell Banker Cahoone. “She has an excellent background in residential sales, and is extremely knowledgeable about the Westerly market.”

Smith, a graduate of Stonington High School and the University of Connecticut, is an active board member of 15 years and past president of the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce. A native of Westerly, she has been involved in numerous community organizations and fundraisers, adding to her knowledge of community events and real estate properties.

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

Westerly Hospital to present free program on joint replacement

WESTERLY — Are you or is someone you know suffering from joint problems, including hips and knees? Join orthopedic surgeon Paul R. Benoit, MD, for a free community education program on Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Westerly Hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center. Learn about joint replacements and the various types of treatments available. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

To register, visit or call 401-348-2300, or, from outside Rhode Island, call 800-933-5960, ext. 3423. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, and program for which you are registering. You will automatically be registered in the program.

WPYPN to host Cocktail Challenge fundraiser

WESTERLY — The Westerly-Pawcatuck Young Professionals Network is set to host The Cocktail Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Windjammer Surf Bar. More than 40 cocktail recipes will be submitted to a panel of judges that will pick eight of the most creative, innovative cocktails from local Westerly restaurants. Guests will sample the eight cocktails and get to vote on their favorite. A first-place winner will be awarded from a Judge’s Choice, and a second-place winner from the People’s Choice. Guests will also be able to nosh on local food and listen to live music.

The fundraiser is to benefit Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children, an initiative of United Way of Rhode Island. All proceeds go to an education fund that will provide school supplies and scholarships to help low-income Westerly students at the Tower Street School Center gain access to educational programs.

The Westerly Pawcatuck Young Professionals Network is an initiative of the Greater Westerly Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce. This event is being sponsored by Elevated Spirits of McLaughlin Moran, Eat Drink RI, and the Windjammer Surf Bar.

Tickets are $40 per person and available at and directly at the Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Ave. For more information about the Cocktail Challenge, please call or email Susan Denice at 860-949-5930 /

Aquarion Water announces Walsh as Connecticut VP of operations

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Aquarion Water Company today announced that John Walsh has been named vice president of operations for Connecticut. In this new role, Walsh will be responsible for the operations and management of the company’s water systems in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Walsh has managed Aquarion’s Massachusetts and New Hampshire operations for the past year, and previously had been employed for 12 years by Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut as director of supply operations and manager of engineering.

“We are excited to expand John’s management role to include Connecticut operations, as well as Massachusetts and New Hampshire,” said Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion president and CEO. “John will bring significant skills and expertise to our Connecticut operations, and we are confident that both Aquarion and our Connecticut customers will benefit.”

Walsh received a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s in environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA in finance from New York University.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with the communities we serve in Connecticut, in addition to our communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire,” said Walsh. “I know that working together, leveraging the talent and resources of the company, we’ll be able to continue providing safe, clean water to our customers.”

R.I. Small Business Recovery Program changes name to Prophet Share Inc.

PROVIDENCE — Twenty-four business leaders have recently established a collaborative training network enabling them to share their knowledge and experience with local business owners. This new collaborative network is called Prophet Share Inc.

Prophet Share Inc., formerly known as the R.I. Small Business Recovery Program, is an example of what has become internationally known as “a sharing community.” In simple terms, “a sharing community” removes duplication that doesn’t add value and concentrates on things that do add value.

Through participation in Prophet Share, business owners and trainers (prophets) no longer have to individually own projection, video and recording equipment. Nor do they have to rent expensive classroom or hotel space in order to share their talent and experience with their peers. Instead, they jointly have access to a newly redecorated facility that will seat 42 attendees and has cutting-edge technology, Internet access for up to 40 individuals simultaneously and, a kitchen facility to serve food and beverages. As the result of this “penny-pinching” sharing approach, Prophet Share Inc. will be able to bring high-quality business training to the Rhode Island business community on a meager budget of less than $25,000 annually.

CL&P reminds that September is National Preparedness Month

BERLIN — September is National Preparedness Month, and with the height of Atlantic hurricane season upon us, Connecticut Light & Power is reminding customers that now is the time to prepare for emergencies.

“None of us can control the wrath of Mother Nature, but working together, we can be better prepared to respond,” said Bill Herdegen, CL&P president. “As part of CL&P’s year-round focus on emergency preparedness, we’ve developed new processes and technology to improve storm restoration; we’ve also been working with state agencies, municipalities we serve, and community organizations to be a trusted partner in emergency preparedness and response.”

This summer, CL&P participated in a statewide emergency preparedness drill led by the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to strengthen coordination and communication among state and local officials, utilities and the private sector. The company has also conducted wires down training sessions with local public works departments and emergency responders to practice a new statewide process for removing electrical hazards from roads and opening roads after emergencies.

While the state and utilities prepare for emergencies, it’s equally important that families and businesses develop and rehearse an emergency plan and keep a storm kit stocked with essential supplies. For an overview of what to include in a kit, check out CL&P’s “Shopping for a Storm Kit” video on YouTube at CL&P will continue providing tips on how to prepare for hurricanes and other emergencies on social media – @CTLightandPower on Twitter using #PrepTip and at

Customers who depend on electricity for critical medical needs are urged to contact CL&P at 800-791-3369 so they can be enrolled in a voluntary notification program intended to help them better prepare for scheduled outages or the potential for outages from severe weather.

The Connecticut American Red Cross, one of CL&P’s partners in emergency preparedness, provides helpful information and resources at For information on statewide response, please visit Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at

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