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Local and state briefs: Oct. 2, 2013

Legislators host employers for Step Up Conference

HARTFORD — Sen. Andrew Maynard (D-Groton) and State Rep. Elissa Wright (D-Groton) will host employers from across southeastern Connecticut Thursday for a Subsidized Training and Employment Program (Step Up) Conference to inform employers of hiring incentives and other opportunities to benefit their businesses.

“This is an opportunity for area employers to get direct help with the many incentives available to expand their businesses and hire more people,” Maynard said. “There are tax credits for new hires, training grants, low interest business expansion loans and a variety of other programs that we hope local business owners will find helpful.”

Registration starts at 7 a.m. for the conference, which begins at 8 a.m. and will be held in the John DeLaura Auditorium at the Groton Municipal Building, 295 Meridian St. Topics to be discussed include a variety of business incentives including six-month wage reimbursement and training grants, low interest financing under the Small Business Express Program, job expansion tax credits, and a 130 percent wage reimbursement for new hires.

Volunteers sought for Special Olympics

GROTON — Groton Parks and Recreation is seeking teenage volunteers, ages 14 to18, to be Unified Partners for the Special Olympics volleyball team. Volunteers will attend practices Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and at events on Oct. 20, Nov. 23 and Nov. 24. Visit for more information or contact Eileen Cicchese at 860-536-5691.

LaGrua Center presents guitarist Simon Powis

STONINGTON — The La Grua Center, 32 Water St., will present a recital with Simon Powis, classical guitarist, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. Powis will explore the diversity of Isaac Albéniz, Fernando Sor, Leo Brouwer, William Walton, and Bach’s D-minor Ciaconna.

This event is open to the public, but seating is limited. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Newport restaurant closed after wall cracks found

NEWPORT (AP) — Authorities evacuated a restaurant and upstairs apartments Tuesday in Newport after cracks were discovered in an exterior wall.

WPRI-TV reports that the building housing Salvation Cafe on Broadway was closed Tuesday afternoon after crews found the cracks. Authorities also closed a portion of the street.

Crews having been working on the street and the owner of the restaurant says she believes the construction may have caused the cracks in the wall. The restaurant expects to reopen today.

R.I.’s Polish Americans celebrate in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Pawtucket has marked the beginning of Polish-American Heritage Month with a City Hall ceremony.

A group of Rhode Islanders of Polish descent gathered at Pawtucket City Hall on Tuesday to raise the Polish flag. Jean Babiec, who is stepping down after 25 years of leading a Polish-American heritage group, had a simple message to those assembled: “Be Polish, be proud of it.”

The group recited the Lord’s Prayer in both Polish and English and also sang the Polish National Anthem along with “America the Beautiful” before entering City Hall for a reception that featured Polish desserts.

A cultural display commemorating Polish-American Heritage Month will be on display at Pawtucket City Hall through the end of October.


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