Middlesex Chamber honors company with real estate leader award

EAST HADDAM — Gillette Castle State Park will be featured in an article to be published in the Fall 2021 edition of Estuary magazine.

The six-page article, “A Man’s Home is His Castle: William Gillette and the Seventh Sister” – focuses on the late actor’s history, writings, international performances and the retirement home he built on a hilltop above the Connecticut River.

The article by Eric D. Lehman features photographs of Gillette Castle’s interior and exterior by Kelly Hunt of Capture the Moment Photography. The article was written after consultation with members of the Friends of Gillette Castle State Park. The magazine’s publisher, Dick Shriver, said he grew up in Connecticut and has vivid memories of visiting the site.

Estuary promotes itself as a quarterly magazine for people who care about the Connecticut River’s history, health and ecology. Copies of the fall issue are to be mailed to subscribers’ homes in early September, according to Andy Wolfe, the magazine’s art and promotions director. Subscriptions may be obtained online at estuarymagazine.com.

The Friends of Gillette Castle State Park is a nonprofit, all-volunteer group dedicated to the preservation, conservation and educational activities of the building and its grounds. More information may be found at www.gillettecastlefriends.org.

Fasciani receives chamber’s real estate award

MIDDLETOWN —Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Real Estate Council members Nancy Currlin and Juliet Cavanaugh presented the Mary Ellen Klinck Real Estate Industry Leader of the Year Award to Sue Fasciani of Tiger Home & Building Inspections, at the June 16 Real Estate Luncheon at Lyman Orchards Golf Course. This award recognizes an agent who has made outstanding volunteer contributions to the Middlesex County region.

Fasciani joined Tiger Groups Marketing and Business Development Team in March of 2019. With 20 years of sales and marketing experience in many facets of the Real Estate Industry, Sue brings a high level of understanding and Real Estate expertise to Tiger. As a Licensed Realtor for over 13 years, Sue knows the expectation and importance of a home inspection within a transaction and is a firm believer in continuing education, as to why she is always providing it for free in the real estate community. Sue has been a Middlesex Chamber Member since 2002 and on the Real Estate Council for about 9 years and is involved as an Affiliate member in several Real Estate Associations and the Women’s Council of Eastern CT.

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Sue graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Marketing/Management BS Degree and has developed her marketing skills throughout her professional career. She prides herself on attention to detail, excellent communication skills and follow-through. In her free time, she enjoys walking, exercise, gardening, boating, and reading at the beach. Sue resides in Higganum, CT.

For more information on Middlesex Chamber events and activities go to www.middlesexchamber.com.

Gilead receives foundation grant

MIDDLETOWN — Gilead recently received a $15,000 grant to replace the handicap ramp at its Juniper Home residential program. “Replacing this ramp ensures safe access to the building and comfort for our clients,” according to a statement. “Our organization operates with an empowerment model and believes that community integration and involvement is vital for recovery and well-being. We often take clients out into the community for social and leisure activities to contribute to their recovery and wellbeing. Replacing this ramp will ensure that all current and future residents of Juniper Home will be safe and comfortable, and be able to participate fully in all activities within and outside the house.”

Gilead thanked the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation for their generosity and support of its programs, services, and mission. For information about Gilead, call Lucy McMillan at 860-301-6634 or visit us at our website at www.gileadcs.org.

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GMChorale welcoming new members

MIDDLETOWN — The GMChorale is presenting Creation’s Bounty for the 2021-22 season, and is seeking new singers of all ages and voice types. GMChorale is comprised of a diverse group of individuals of all ages and walks of life who are united in their love of music and a desire to create community. Members perform two mainstage concerts each season, as well as sing for the annual Festival of Carols at First Congregational Church of Cheshire.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 50 Court Street, Cromwell. GMChorale takes the COVID 19 pandemic very seriously and closely monitors and implements CDC recommendations. Further details about our COVID policies will be updated on our website.

For more information go to www.gmchorale.org/join-us-1, email New Member Coordinator, Margie Livengood, at margie.livengood@gmchorale.org, or call Margie at 860-633-6198.

Meals policy announced

OLD SAYBROOK — The Old Saybrook Schools have announced today the policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the NSLP.

Local school officials have adopted the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for family size and income criteria for determining eligibility. The following income guidelines will be used in Connecticut from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, for determining eligibility of participants for free and reduced-price meals in the Child Nutrition Programs. For information call 860-395-3157 or go to www.oldsaybrookschools.org

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