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Maloney named senior mortgage underwriter at WCCU

WESTERLY — James Maloney has been named senior mortgage underwriter for the Westerly Community Credit Union. He will be responsible for managing the mortgage process and underwriting all first mortgages. His position within WCCU allows the credit union to close mortgages in as little as two weeks.

Maloney has been named a 2013 Five Star Home Professional. This is the second time that he has received this award, which is an indication of his mortgage professionalism and delivery of outstanding service and client satisfaction. He was selected for this award by Rhode Island’s realtors, who were asked their professional recommendations of real estate, mortgage and insurance professionals in Rhode Island who deliver this type of quality service.

James has more than 18 years of experience in the mortgage and lending industry, and currently serves on the board of the Hopkinton Affordable Housing Partnership. He resides in Bradford with his daughter.

For more information on the Westerly Community Credit Union, please visit us online at www.westerlyccu.com, stop by any of our four branch locations, or call 401-596-7000.

Siepietowski named dining room manager at the Pavilion

ASHAWAY — The Pavilion Steak House has welcomed Brendan Siepietowski as its new dining room manager.

“Brendan has been an outstanding team player at The Pavilion Steak House and is a great addition to our management team,” Mike Ogle, managing director of The Pavilion Steak House & Banquets, said in a news release.

Siepietowski will handle the daily operations of the dining room and has been a key to implementing Opentable, the restaurant’s new online reservation system. The Opentable service is a way for customers to easily book reservations online and earn points that can be redeemed at member restaurants. Visit opentable.com for more details.

The Pavilion Steak House and Banquets serves lunch and dinner daily. Visit thepavilionrestaurant.com or call 401-377-9900 for more information.

L+M named ‘Baby-Friendly’ facility

NEW LONDON — Baby-Friendly USA has named Lawrence + Memorial Hospital a Baby-Friendly birthing facility.

With the designation, L+M becomes just the seventh Connecticut hospital to achieve the status. Additionally, there are only 177 Baby-Friendly hospitals in the country.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

An onsite survey is completed by the Baby-Friendly USA team before designation is given. To learn more, visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

Hilltop Inn & Suites launches new website

NORTH STONINGTON — Hilltop Inn & Suites has a new online home. Hilltop, located just down the road from Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods, has partnered with Mystic’s CMB Creative Group — a full-service advertising agency specializing in marketing, Web and print design — to create its new website.

CMB was founded by Courtney Moore and Maura Blaney in 2006.

“Maura has been a pleasure to work with,” said Jay Weitlauf, general manager of Hilltop Inn & Suites. “She incorporated all of our requests, but the overall design is hers. We are very satisfied with our improved presence on the Web.”

“Working with Hilltop reminds us of the great importance of tourism in our area and in our industry,” Moore said. “As a premier hotel in our area, we are very pleased to work with them and meet their website needs.”

Mystic Garden Club announces officers for 2013-14

MYSTIC — Mystic Garden Club has announced its officers for the coming year. Candace Briggs will serve as president, Judy Salerno as vice president, Pam Alexander as recording secretary, Joy Molloy as corresponding secretary, Phyllis Ball as treasurer, and Joan Pulver as assistant treasurer.

The club meets from September through June. Its major fundraiser is the Greens Sale in December that raises over $20,000 to benefit the community. It also runs a plant sale in June at the Mystic & Noank Library. Annual donations include the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, the Mystic Art Center and other community organizations. It also awards scholarships to students from the Stonington and Groton area.

For more information on becoming a member, contact Judy Salerno at 860-712-5073. Mystic Garden Club, a 60-member organization, inspires beauty and raises money for good works in the community.

Savings Institute earns 14th straight 5-Star rating

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — Savings Institute Bank & Trust Company has earned a 5-Star superior rating from BauerFinancial for the 14th consecutive quarter. BauerFinancial, of Coral Gables, Fla., is a leading independent bank rating and research firm. The 5-Star rating is based on the overall financial picture of the bank and indicates that Savings Institute Bank & Trust, as of June 30, is among the strongest banks in the nation.

“Following on the heels of our successful merger with NewportFed, this recognition of our capital strength continues to bode well for our ability to serve our customers even more effectively, while competitively lending to businesses throughout Connecticut & Rhode Island,” said Rheo Brouillard, bank president and CEO.

NewportFed is a division of Savings Institute Bank & Trust Company, which is headquartered in Willimantic, Conn. The combined entity has 26 branches in Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut. Savings Institute Bank & Trust is a full-service community-oriented financial institution dedicated to serving the financial service needs of consumers and businesses within its market area.

People’s Credit Union earns prestigious award

MIDDLETOWN — People’s Credit Union has been recognized as one of the strongest credit unions in the nation by BauerFinancial in Coral Gables, Fla., the nation’s leading bank and credit union rating and research firm. BauerFinancial has been analyzing and rating the nation’s financial institutions since 1983, and People’s Credit Union has earned its highest rating for 5-Stars for the most recent 87 quarters. The latest rating is based on June 30 financial data and indicates that People’s Credit Union significantly exceeds all federal capital requirements and maintains a low level of delinquent loans, among other benchmarks.

Karen L. Dorway, president of the research firm, said, “A recent Gallup poll indicates that consumer confidence in financial institutions is beginning to come back. That confidence, no doubt, can be attributed to institutions like People’s Credit Union, that hold to the principles of sound banking. These are the shining stars of the industry. People’s Credit Union has been able to thrive without compromising its standards, and that’s commendable.”

Having continuously earned a 5-Star rating for this length of time merits an even more elite distinction of being a “Sustained Superiority Credit Union.” Only 7 percent of the nation’s credit unions have earned Bauer’s top rating for so long with such consistency.

Mystic chamber to hold Business Before Hours at NESS

MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Business Before Hours at New England Science & Sailing (NESS) on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m. NESS, located at 70 Water St. in Stonington, teaches sailing, marine science and adventure water sports to students ages 4 to adult.

Business Before Hours is a networking opportunity, so bring business cards. Admission is free.

‘Meet the Lenders’ lending matchmaker fair set for Oct. 4

PROVIDENCE — The Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a “Meet the Lenders” lending matchmaker fair on Friday, Oct. 4, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick.

The fair is an outstanding opportunity to sit face-to-face with SBA lenders. Participants meet with lending officers in 15-minute increments and pitch their loan request. Conversation between the small business owner and the lender will ensue to see if a deal can be made. Each participant will be able to meet with up to six lenders, as well as with members of organizations that provide consulting and mentoring at no charge.

Register by emailing matthew.spoehr@sba.gov or call (401) 528-4561.

CCRI to hold open house as part of National Manufacturing Day

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) and Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Services (RIMES) will sponsor an open house at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick on Friday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.

As part of the National Manufacturing Day effort, the program will include a tour of CCRI’s Integrated Manufacturing Center, including their CNC manufacturing and 3D modeling training facility from 1 to 2 p.m. Following the tour, attendees will hear comments from Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and CCRI President Ray DiPasquale.

This open house will provide an opportunity for manufacturers to see the range of services CCRI can offer to support their workforce training needs. As the Rhode Island manufacturing industry training partners, RIMA and RIMES are working with the academic team at CCRI to craft the curriculum needed to provide the future manufacturing workforce with effective training and education programs that will help reduce our state’s unemployment and close the skills gap many Rhode Island manufacturers are experiencing.

For more information, contact Bill McCourt (RIMA) at 401-751-0160 or Harsha Prakash (RIMES) at 401-270-8896.

BCBSRI employees volunteer during day of community service

PROVIDENCE — Close to 700 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) employees contributed an estimated 3,400 volunteer hours Thursday during the company’s second annual statewide day of community service, Blue across Rhode Island. The event benefited 15 local nonprofits focused on improving health care quality and access, ensuring health literacy and encouraging wellness through fitness and nutrition.

“Blue across Rhode Island is just one way that we can put a spotlight on the nonprofit organizations that help keep Rhode Islanders healthy all year long — it’s a powerful day for all of us,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO for BCBSRI. “At BCBSRI, we often talk about being ‘in this together’ and how real change in our state’s health and wellness will come when everyone does their part—we see Blue across Rhode Island as one more way we can hold up our end of that bargain.”

During Blue across Rhode Island, BCBSRI employees provided hands-on manpower to community organizations from Charlestown to Providence, participating in projects ranging from facilities upkeep like painting and landscaping to harvesting fresh produce and assembling children’s nutrition kits. Employees even helped Habitat for Humanity build two new homes in Providence. BCBSRI also provided each organization with a $5,000 grant to be put toward purchasing supplies for the volunteer project.

The company remained open and fully operational on Thursday, and two on-site volunteer projects took place at BCBSRI headquarters to allow more employees to participate without interruption to customer service.

A.T. Cross changes its name to Costa Inc.

LINCOLN — A.T. Cross Company has announced that it will now operate under the name Costa Inc. Earlier this month, the company sold its Cross Accessory Division and the rights to the A.T. Cross name, which has historically been associated with the writing instrument business.

“We are excited about our new direction,” said David G. Whalen, chief executive officer of Costa Inc. “Changing our name to Costa Inc. aligns the corporation’s identity with our largest brand and continues our evolution into a growth company focused on the continued rapid expansion of our premium sports sunglass business.”

The Company’s NASDAQ symbol will remain ATX. The company’s corporate website is now www.costabrands.com. Email address for the corporate entity will migrate to the @costabrands.com suffix. The company’s corporate headquarters has moved to 24 Albion Road, Suite 330, Lincoln, and its primary operating locations remain in Denver and Daytona Beach, Fla.



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