Business Spotlight: July 27, 2014

Business Spotlight: July 27, 2014


Caterer’s demo at Gray Goose

MYSTIC — Ibby Archer, well known in the local area for her creative culinary skills, will present a cooking demonstration in the demo kitchen of Gray Goose Cookery in Olde Mistick Village at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

Archer is a caterer and runs the Starry Night Farm on Mistuxet Avenue in Stonington. “Creating Summer Hors d’oeuvre’s — As Pleasing to the Eye as They Are to the Palate” will cover preparation techniques and presentation. Participants will sample creations such as: Smoked Trout with Caper Cream Cheese on Cucumbers, Smokehouse Almond Curry Dip, Southwest Corn Dip, Garlicky White Bean Puree, Salmon Bites. There will also be wine pairings. Cost per person is $45. Call The Gray Goose Cookery to reserve; space is limited. 860-536-5306.

Bass joins L+M medical group

WESTERLY — Virginia Bass, M.D., has joined the L+M Medical Group’s obstetrics and gynecology practices in Westerly and New London. A member of both the Westerly Hospital and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital medical staff, Bass

provides patient-focused obstetric and gynecological care, including pre- and post-natal services. All labor and delivery services are provided at L+M Hospital in New London.

The doctor is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charlestown, and completed her residency at the Carillon Clinic in Virginia, the

Atlanta Medical Center in Georgia, and the Greenville Hospital System in South Carolina.

She joins Westerly colleagues Robert Greenlee, M.D.; Shereene Brown, M.D.; Joann Donnel, certified nurse

midwife; and Barbara Muir, physician assistant, and New London colleagues, Drs. Henry Amdur, Timothy

Barczak, and Edward Watson; and Janet Rufo, certified nurse midwife.

Bass is currently accepting new patients at both the Westerly office located at 45 Wells St., as well as

at L+M’s new Medical Office Building located at 194 Howard St. in New London. For an appointment at

the Westerly office, please call 401-348-0008. For an appointment at the New London office, please call

860-444-3366. For more information on the, visit

New marketing head at Crystal Mall

WATERFORD — Simon Property Group has promoted Debbie Botelho to director of marketing and business development at the Crystal Mall, which has 125 retail stores and restaurants. She will be responsible for all business development, media, events and marketing efforts including digital marketing and social media for the shopping center. She will also oversee and evaluate marketing staff, social media channels and advertising publications.

Botelho has been with Simon since 2011 and is familiar with the property as she previously served as the guest services manager. Her professional experience also includes numerous positions with Residential Properties LTD.

Botelho studied at Park University in Parkville, Mo., and completed her degree in general studies with the Community College of Rhode Island, where she graduated with high honors. She lives in Plainfield, Conn.

“We selected Debbie to fill this integral and demanding position because of her proven skills and experience, knowledge of the region, and because of her enthusiasm she brings to her job each day,” said Brian Nelson, regional vice president for the New England Region of Simon.

Nursery school joins BrightStars

WESTERLY — Central Nursery School, 16 Elm St., has joined BrightStars and is now recognized for its ongoing efforts to provide high standards of quality child care.

BrightStars is Rhode Island’s rating and improvement system for child care and early learning program; it is partnered with state agencies, the United Way and the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust.

A BrightStars rating recognizes programs that demonstrate quality above and beyond state licensing standards.

“We are passionate about providing high quality care for children and the families we serve and are proud to be recognized for that commitment,” said Lauren Sposato, director of the school.

In order to achieve a BrightStars rating, the program was assessed across many quality standards and criteria. “BrightStars raises the bar for early childhood and school age programs in Rhode Island,” said Lisa Hildebrand, executive director of BrightStars.

For information about Central Nursery School or other BrightStars programs, visit or call 401-739-6100.

Dave’s Coffee opens up shop in Providence

CHARLESTOWN — Dave’s Coffee, the artisan coffee roasting company that stated here in 2003, has expanded into Providence with a shop at 341 South Main St. that features a Slayer espresso machine.

“This is the only Slayer in a 50 mile radius,” CEO Dave Lanning said.

The Slayer, built to order in Seattle, has instruments that enable baristas to have full control of each espresso shot by varying temperature and pressure during brewing.

The components include stainless steel, brass rivets and Peruvian walnut handles, and there is no computer interface, so the machine is completely analog.

Dave’s Coffee Providence is now open for business from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The company, which began as a retail espresso bar and bakery at 5193 Old Post Road, now is a multi-channel organization with distribution of coffee and coffee syrup on shelves ranging from Whole Foods to Crate & Barrel.

All roasting and small-batch production is done by hand in Rhode Island.

DiPrete names survey manager

DiPrete Engineering, a civil/environmental engineering firm that serves Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, recently welcomed Robert Babcock as its new survey department manager.

Babcock, a registered land surveyor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, has 28 years of land surveying experience throughout New England.

“Robert’s broad range of technical, engineering design, field, and presentation skills is a huge asset to our company,” said Hemant Ajbani, chief operating officer.

Babcock, who was hired on May 6, said he was eager to enhance DiPrete Engineering’s processes and technology offerings. “Going forward, we will look to combine more advanced technologies such as 3D laser-scanning and drone surveying tools with DiPrete’s solid surveying process to produce comprehensive surveys for our clients.”

Before joining DiPrete, Babcock was as a field surveyor for Land Use Specialists, John Risser Associates, and Mark Hutchins Associates. He also served as survey manager for 16 years with Dunn McKenzie Inc., Norfolk, Mass. His predecessor, Peter Wagenaar, has moved back to Minnesota.

DiPrete Engineering has offices in Providence, Newport and Boston.

Charter Oak CEO on United Way board

WATERFORD — Brian A. Orenstein, CEO of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, has been elected to the board of directors of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, the Gales Ferry-based social services organization.

Orenstein is already serving as this year’s co-chairman of the United Way 2014 campaign appeal with Wayne J. Burgess, who is chairman of Charter Oak’s supervisory committee and president of the Southeastern Connecticut Central Labor Council AFL-CIO.

Savory to work in admissions at rehab center

NORTH KINGSTOWN — South County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a member of the Revera Inc. family, has promoted Joshua Savory as the center’s new admissions assistant. He will be work with the center’s director of admissions, Reginald Wilcox.

Savory, a URI graduate who has worked in the long-term care business since 2007, previously served as the concierge on the center’s specialized therapy and rehabilitation unit.

South County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offers post-acute care and therapy after surgery or illness for adults of all ages, as well as long-term, respite and hospice care.

For more information, visit on the Web or call 401-294-4545.

South County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Appoints Joshua Savory as Admissions Assistant

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