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Business Spotlights


Randall, Realtors names Nigrelli asst. manager

WESTERLY — Douglas Randall, CEO of Randall, Realtors and The Randall Family of Companies, has announced that Dottie Nigrelli will assume responsibilities of assistant manager of Randall, Realtors’ Watch Hill office. A lifelong resident of the Charlestown/Westerly area, Nigrelli has been with the firm since March 2011.

Nigrelli is a licensed real estate broker in Rhode Island and Connecticut, with 14 years of real estate experience. She is a consistent multi-million dollar producer and has earned numerous Circle of Excellence awards from the Kent Washington Association of Realtors, of which she is a member. She is also a member of the Rhode Island and National associations of realtors. Along with her new duties as assistant manager, she will continue to list and sell southern New England properties.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Dottie to the management team,” said David Godden, managing broker of the Watch Hill office and the firm’s director of Distinctive Homes. “I can’t think of anyone more qualified. She’s a hands-on realtor who has earned the respect of everyone who works with her.”

Nigrelli resides in Westerly with her husband, Tom. She may be reached at 401-348-0700 or

Coastal Consignments holding grand opening today

WESTERLY — Coastal Consignments, a new consignment store at 100 Main St. near the downtown area, is holding a grand opening celebration today at 10 a.m. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m., with a free gift for the first 25 customers and, thereafter, a free gift with a $25 purchase. Free gift bags will also be available for Christmas purchases. Light refreshments will be served.

Coastal Consignments found its home in the space where Wise Owl Toys formerly operated. It carries a variety of furniture, including tables, chairs, dressers, home décor, household items, accessories and much more. Apart from most consignment stores, Coastal Consignments does not carry clothing, opting instead to focus on home goods and furniture. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is closed Mondays. For more information, email Suzanne Martell at or call 401-315-2255.

Westerly Hospital nurse recognized

WARWICK — Westerly Hospital’s Erin Kennedy, RN, was recently honored at the annual Celebration of Excellence in Hospital Care awards ceremony, held by the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.

A nurse in Westerly Hospital’s Medical Care Unit, Kennedy was recognized, along with employees of the year, from HARI’s member hospitals by the HARI board of trustees for exemplary performance and dedication to health care. Kennedy resides in Newport.

Washington Trust announces two promotions

WESTERLY — The Washington Trust Co. has announced the following promotions:

• Rhonda M. Duckworth, of Wakefield, has been appointed vice president and regional manager, and is responsible for managing and supervising several branch locations, including Governor Francis and Centerville Avenue, in Warwick, as well as North Kingstown, Bonnet Shores, Narragansett and Wakefield. She is also responsible for assisting managers in sales management, administration and community involvement. Duckworth has more than 25 years of retail banking experience. Prior to working for Washington Trust, she served as vice president and branch manager at Citizens Bank and Fleet Bank.

• Christopher J. Sheehan, of Charlestown, has been appointed vice president and manager of the Business Banking Group, and is responsible for the growth and retention of commercial deposits and loans generated through the Retail Banking Division. He manages a team of four that works closely with branch managers and other banking partners throughout Rhode Island, and also assists with the retail budgetary function, as well as new branch development. Sheehan joined the bank in 1987 in the Consumer Credit Department, transferred to the Retail Division as an assistant branch manager of the Charlestown office and was appointed a regional manager in 2000.

Charter Oak hosts coat drive benefiting Safe Futures

GROTON — Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is hosting a coat drive benefiting Safe Futures through Friday.

The public is invited to donate new and gently used coats. Donations will be accepted at any of Charter Oak’s branches, including 20 Liberty St. in Pawcatuck, 32 Chicago Ave. in Groton and 625 Long Hill Road in Groton. For branch hours, visit or call 860-446-8085 or 800-962-3237.

Safe Futures, formerly the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut, benefits those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault in southeastern Connecticut.

Westerly Hospital to offer smoking cessation program

WESTERLY — Westerly Hospital is offering a seven-week smoking cessation program called “Freedom from Smoking,” beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center, 25 Wells St.

Sessions will be held for seven consecutive Tuesdays. An additional session will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30. The program will be facilitated by Westerly Hospital respiratory therapists trained in the American Lung Association program. Participants will learn tools and strategies to recover from tobacco addiction and help them stay quit for good. The cost is $25 per participant to cover the cost of materials.

The program is limited to 20 participants, so please register early. You may register online at or call Westerly Hospital’s community education line at 401-348-2303, or 1-800-933-5960, ext. 3423. Leave a message with your name and telephone number, and you will automatically be registered.

Washington Trust finances $14.5M Conn. office building

WESTERLY — Washington Trust’s Commercial Real Estate Group recently provided $14.485 million in financing to DIV 40 Richards LLC for a 147,000-square-foot office building in Norwalk, Conn., purchased in July 2013. The borrower is upgrading the building and adding amenities such as an expanded café, upgraded common areas, a new fitness center and shuttle service to the commuter station.

This project is sponsored by The Davis Companies (TDC), a full-service real estate firm located in Boston. Founded in 1976, TDC owns more than 10 million square feet of space across 17 states. The property is held by TDC’s $413.5 million real estate fund, Davis Investment Ventures Fund II, LP. The fund is actively seeking to acquire real estate equity, joint-venture equity, debt and securities. The fund’s focus is on distressed, troubled or underperforming assets that can be acquired below their intrinsic value, and where the firm’s operating platform, relationships and experience provide a competitive advantage.

KVH expands capacity of mini-VSAT broadband network in key region

MIDDLETOWN — To serve its growing commercial maritime customer base in the Asia-Pacific region, KVH Industries Inc., has doubled the service delivered by the JCSAT-1B satellite, which is part of KVH’s mini-VSAT broadband network. This additional capacity, available as of last month, will support mariners in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes some of the world’s busiest shipping routes, and is one of the fastest-growing areas in the world for maritime broadband demand.

“The additional capacity for JCSAT-1B dramatically enhances the ability of our mini-VSAT broadband network to support existing and future subscribers,” said Brent C. Bruun, executive vice president of KVH’s Mobile Broadband Group. “Designed to offer service and performance superior to traditional maritime VSAT services, the network is built upon a robust, flexible architecture, permitting us to quickly and easily expand the service. Most importantly, commercial, leisure and government mariners who rely on mini-VSAT broadband for their Internet and voice connections will enjoy the benefit from these enhancements almost immediately.”

Citizens Bank Foundation offering free family fun days

PROVIDENCE — Admission to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol will be free on the first Saturday of every month, courtesy of a grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation. Families can explore environmental exhibits representing Rhode Island’s diverse habitats, from upland meadow and cornfields to wetlands, salt marshes and the Narragansett Bay shoreline.

Situated on the beautiful 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, visitors can enjoy beautiful nature trails. The Environmental Education Center offers a wide variety of education programs as well as outreach to schools throughout the state.

Citizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Financial Group Inc., RBS Citizens N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation’s support is focused on housing, community development and basic human needs.

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