Mass-Conn-Fusion Duo Kicks Off “City Cabaret 2019”

The Mass-Conn-Fusion Duo will kick off the fourteenth City Cabaret 2019 season on Sunday, January 13.  The Duo pairs the up-right bass, played by Jim Healy, with saxophone, played by Liz Roberts. This unique combination separates them from the crowd. “All styles of music are fair game from Take 5 to Maroon 5,” the Duo says.  “We enjoy bringing a sense of humor and a touch of class to all we do.”

All City Cabaret concerts are held in the City of Groton Auditorium at 295 Meridian Street in the City of Groton on Sundays at 3:00 p.m., once each month January through March.

The City Cabaret concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

The OBrien String Trio will be featured February 10, and Whisky, Wine and Coke will perform on March 10, 2019

Dessert, coffee and bottle water will be available for purchase from the Fitch High School Alcohol and Drug Free Party Committee.

The concerts are free. No alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

City Cabaret Announces 2019 Schedule

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Come hear the music play!  The schedule for City Cabaret 2019 has been finalized.  The fourteenth season kicks off in January.

All City Cabaret concerts are held in the City of Groton Auditorium at 295 Meridian Street in the City of Groton on Sundays at 3:00 p.m., January through March.

The City Cabaret concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

The Mass-Conn-Fusion Duo will kick off the City Cabaret 2019 season on Sunday, January 13.  The Duo pairs the up-right bass, played by Jim Healy, with saxophone, played by Liz Roberts. This unique combination separates them from the crowd. “All styles of music are fair game from Take 5 to Maroon 5,” the Duo says.  “We enjoy bringing a sense of humor and a touch of class to all we do.”

The OBrien String Trio will be featured February 10. The classical string trio plays everything from “Bach to Broadway.” The trio consists of Kate O’Brien on the violin, Lydia Leizman on the viola, and Corinne Cunha on the cello. The group will play a variety of music, including classical, and Kate O’Brien’s original arrangements of popular, ethnic and fiddling styles.

Whisky, Wine and Coke will perform on March 10. The band is a musical trio with two lead singers, Renee Morehouse and Dave Warner, along with guitarist Dean Cardinale.  In addition to the Coyote River Band set list, the trio does cover songs by The Beatles, Carly Simon, James Taylor, The Eagles, Etta James and much more.

Dessert, coffee and bottle water will be available for purchase from the Fitch High School Alcohol and Drug Free Party Committee.

The concerts are free. No alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

Robert “Bob” Zuliani begins Term as City Utilities Commissioner

Bob ZulianiRobert “Bob” Zuliani, a retired accountant, former City Councilor, and a former member of the Board of Education, has begun a new career as a policy maker for the City of Groton’s electric, water, and sewer businesses.

He is now a member of the City of Groton Utilities Commission, which sets policy for Groton Utilities’ three major businesses – electric, water and sewer services. Together their revenues are budgeted for fiscal year 2019 at 70 million dollars.

Zuliani is truly a local. “I never left,” he quips. “I’m home grown. I was educated here, married here, retired here. I lived all my life here in Groton.”

Local also translates to commitment. Zuliani has been active in the Greater Groton Community since his graduation from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Early on after his return home from college, he became involved in the community, serving two terms as a City of Groton Councilor from 1975-79.

He noted the Zuliani name was quite recognizable locally, because his father operated an Italian restaurant called Vic’s at the edge of what is now the Groton Shopping Plaza for a decade in the 1940s and 1950s. Zuliani laughed when telling the tale, because he says that he was not sure whether the people were voting for him or his dad, since his father had a respectable reputation in the restaurant business.

“This first local political experience started me out learning about local government,” he explained. “I learned about the relationship between the City Council and the utilities, and then about the City-Town relationship.” He explained that it helped that he was an accountant, as he educated himself about the workings of local government. This was especially relevant in trying to understand the city’s annual request to the Town of Groton for highway and police funding.

Zuliani’s career as an accountant lasted 30 years. He worked 15 years in the public accounting field, and then 15 years in corporate accounting. Then he left his working days behind, retiring at 55 in 2000.

His appointment to the City of Groton Utilities Commission is interesting in that he is a Republican, and City Mayor Keith Hedrick, who chairs the commission, is a Democrat. “I think the mayor was interested in that I had a long career in finance,” Zuliani explained. “I believe the mayor is looking to bring a variety of critical skills, backgrounds and experiences to the Utilities Commission.”

He was a member of the Groton Board of Education from 1995-2003, serving as chairperson of the Board’s Finance Committee.

He also served as Business Education Program Chairman for the Mystic Oral School Advisory Committee. He is also a past member of the Groton Jaycees and the Town of Groton Enterprise Zone Advisory Committee.

Zuliani and service extended beyond the local boarders. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, serving in Saigon, Vietnam.

His service to the community also includes serving on the Board of Trustees of the Bill Memorial Library and the Colonel Ledyard Cemetery Association, both in the City of Groton. You guessed it. He serves as treasurer for both groups.

Zuliani also is on the City of Groton Ethics Board and is its sitting chairperson.

Local is again relevant, as he is a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church of Groton.

Municipal Electric Consumer Advocate – Public Forum

The Connecticut Public Act 17-73 requires that the Municipal Electric Consumer Advocate convene an annual public forum on the second Wednesday in October, “for the purpose of describing the recent activities of the Municipal Electric Consumer Advocate and receiving feedback from consumers.” That forum will  be held on October 10, 2018, at 7:30 pm, at the headquarters of the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, 30 Stott Ave, Norwich, CT.

Electric Vehicle Pilot Rebate Program

Electric Car ChargingGroton Utilities has started a limited time, pilot rebate program for the acquisition of plug in electric cars (EVPI).  How does it work, you may ask?

The program provides a $2,000 rebate for the first 20 electric vehicle purchases by Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light & Power customers, and a $1,000 rebate for the first 20 electric vehicle leases by Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light & Power customers.

These rebates are available in addition to a Federal tax credit of $7,500 and a State of Connecticut $2,000 grant.  Within our local service area, Cardinal Honda and Girard Nissan are also offering rebates on their qualifying EVPI models.

The program also provides an additional rebate up to $600 for an approved Level 2 charging station.

Customers must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Provide a copy of the most current Groton Utilities electric bill paid in full, i.e. showing a zero balance.
  • Provide a proof of purchase of either an electric hybrid plug-in vehicle or an electric plug-in vehicle from any dealer selling new qualified EVPIs.
  • Provide proof of a dedicated 240V circuit installed by a Connecticut licensed electrician and signed off electrical permit from the governing building inspector.
  • The customer must also pass a Groton Utilities post installation inspection.

Groton Utilities is, as always, at your service.

Home Energy Savings (HES) Residential Rebate Program updated

Groton Utilities is updating its Home Energy Savings (HES) Residential Rebate Program to encourage residential customers to become more energy efficient and save money on their utility bills. Whether you heat your home with electricity, oil, or propane, you will want to take advantage of this service.

When the energy technicians come to your home and perform this service, you will receive four (4) LEDs free, if you have not participated in a HES Program earlier.

The HES program services, which are valued at approximately $1000, include:

• Up to 25 additional high efficiency light bulbs;
• Blower door testing and on-the-spot air sealing to eliminate drafts;
• Duct sealing to reduce duct loss (if you have a central system);
• Domestic hot water measures such as shower heads and aerators; and
• Health and safety testing

Groton Utilities will require a customer contribution of $100 for single family residents and a $50 customer contribution for condominiums, apartments, and multi- family residences. The customer contribution will be paid directly to Groton Utilities.

  • For single family electric heated homes, Groton Utilities’ maximum HES rebate will not exceed $1,000.
  • For single family non-electric homes, Groton Utilities’ maximum HES rebate will not exceed $750.
  • For electric heated condominiums, apartments and multi-family residences, Groton Utilities’ maximum HES rebate will not exceed $500.
  • For non-electric heated condominiums, apartments, and multi-family residences, Groton Utilities’ maximum HES rebate will not exceed $300.

If the customer installs a mini-split system, or a heat pump water heater, Groton Utilities will double the rebate amount for the qualifying equipment. If the customer participated in the 2019 HES program Groton Utilities will reimburse the customer double their HES contribution.

The term of the HES service is once every 5 (five) years.