Jay Dempsey Band Playing Washington Park on Friday

Jay Dempsey Band photo

The Jay Dempsey Band

The Jay Dempsey Band featuring country music at its best will be featured at the 2018 Concerts in the Park on Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Park in the City of Groton.

Jay’s country band features some seasoned players from the bands “Highway Call” & “High Times.” Returning to the lineup are veterans Jim Pavelski on drums, Don Hemmer on pedal steel, electric guitar, Chuck Davis on bass & vocals and the talented Phred Mileski on vocals and keyboards.

Jay’s 2018 show includes some well-known traditional country tunes, featuring the pedal steel guitar, Texas Country, Southern rock and some favorite country contemporary radio hits. The band recently performed the Mohegan Sun 2018 BBQ Festival, the Taste of Mystic and North Stonington Fair.  A free, family fun City of Groton Concert not to be missed!

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series. Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

The remaining concerts:

July 27 –  9Teen

August 17 – Souls on Fire

Check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2018 schedule.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site. The Groton Little League operates the concession stand.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

Concerts in the Park Features The Cartells this Friday

Photo - The Cartells QuartetWhat better way to celebrate your summer fun than listening to The Cartells, one of the area’s most popular and long-running bands.

The  Cartells will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018 on Friday July 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton.  A local favorite band for more than 20 years, The  Cartells will present a wonderful mix of music of all styles, including jazz, swing, Motown, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series.

The remaining concerts:

July 20 –  Jay Dempsey Band

July 27 – 9Teen

August 17 – Souls on Fire

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

Check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2018 schedule

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site.  The Groton Little League operates the concession stand.

All concerts are free.

Concert Postponement Notice – Souls on Fire

The Concert in the Park scheduled for 7/6, featuring the band, Souls on Fire, has been cancelled due to the inclement weather and wet grounds.

The concert has been rescheduled for Friday, August 17.

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Souls on Fire Playing at Washington Park on Friday (7/6)

SOF LogoThe sounds of the band Souls on Fire will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018 on Friday July 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton. All concerts are free.

Souls on Fire is a 10-piece, soulful 1970’s band, featuring music from Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Motown and lots more.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series.

The remaining concerts:

July 13 –  The Cartells

July 20 –  Jay Dempsey Band

July 27 –  9Teen

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

Check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2018 schedule.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Food is available on site.  The Groton Little League operates the concession stand.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

Mass-Conn Fusion are Ready to Rock the Park on Friday (6/27)

Band - MassConn FusionThe rockin’ and funky sounds of the band Mass-Conn Fusion will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018 on Friday June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton. Made up of musicians from Connecticut and Massachusetts, the band has an extensive repertoire featuring Motown, R&B and Funk along with hits of the 60’s right up to the present.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

All concerts are free.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series.

Remaining concerts:

July 6 –  Souls on Fire

July 13 –  The Cartells

July 20 –  Jay Dempsey Band

July 27 –  9Teen

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site. The Groton Little League operates the concession stand.

 

Rock and Soul Revue Playing Washington Park on 6/22

Rock and Soul RevueThe sounds of the band Rock and Soul Revue will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018 on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton. All concerts are free.

You’re gonna want to start dancing when the Rock and Soul Revue strikes up the band with Motown, rock, pop and a touch of calypso.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

The remaining concerts are:

June 29 –  Mass-Conn Fusion

July 6 –  F & Blues Band

July 13 –  The Cartells

July 20 –  Jay Dempsey Band

July 27 –  9Teen.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site.  Groton baseball leagues will operate the concession stand.

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Final Call to Nominate Candidates For Nixon Community Service Award

2017 Winner Marcia Gipstein with Award

2017 Winner Marcia Gipstein with Award

The closing date for nominations for the fifteenth annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award is June 30, 2018.  Applications may be obtained at the Groton Utilities Customer Care Center at the City of Groton Municipal Building at 295 Meridian Street.  You may also call our Customer Care Center at 860-446-4000 and request an application be mailed to you.  Or use the posted form below.

Persons eligible for the award must live in Greater Groton, which encompasses the City, the Town, and any of the subdivisions or fire districts.  The person should exemplify all the qualities suggested by Groton Utilities’ slogan of “Giving back to the community.”

Groton Utilities will present the award to the winner of the fifthteenth annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award during City of Groton Day 2018 on August 3rd at Washington Park.

Groton Utilities named the award, The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award, to commemorate Mrs. Nixon’s service to her community. Jackie, as she was known to most, operated a food pantry in her residence for 24 years.  She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families.  Jackie passed away July 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer.

Like Jackie, the nominee’s contributions to the community should make other citizens describe the nominee as generous, committed, and other similar admirable qualities, which exemplify “service.”

Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award.  Other winners were Robert “Bob” Leeney, E. Marion “Mimi” Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred “Al” Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance; Archie C. Swindell, Milly Carlson, Lian Obrey, James “Jim” Streeter, Charlie Eppenghaus, and Marcia R. Gipstein.

 

Azalea Drive Kicks Off “Concerts in the Park 2018”

drum setAzalea Drive opens the Concerts in the Park 2018 season on Friday (June 15) at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Park in the City of Groton.  All concerts are free.

Azalea Drive will present a wonderful mix of music from Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Aerosmith and more.  The four-member band includes Kym, Apicelli, vocals; Ron Apicelli, guitar; Dan Solomons, bass; and Dough Church, drums.

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

The remaining concerts are:

June 22 –  Rock and Soul Revue

June 29 –  Mass-Conn Fusion

July 6 –  F & Blues Band

July 13 –  The Cartells

July 20 –  Jay Dempsey Band

July 27 –  9Teen.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

You can check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2018 schedule during the season on Groton Utilities’ web site while each concert will be announced on the Groton Utilities Facebook page.

Azalea Drive

Azalea Drive

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site.  Groton baseball leagues will operate the concession stand.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

2018 Hydrant Flushing Schedule Released

Fire HydrantGroton Utilities will begin its water main flushing and testing program Tuesday, May 29th. The program is scheduled to be completed on June 22nd, weather permitting.

All Groton Utilities customers should expect intermittent intervals of water discoloration during the water main flushing process. Groton Utilities will clean water mains according to the following schedule.

Hours of flushing are 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Hydrant flushing schedule for May 29th – June 1st

•Fort Hill Road and Fort Hill Area
•Midway Oval Area
•Poquonnock Road to Highrock Road and all side streets
•New London Road
•Bel-Aire Drive
•Groton Long Point Road
•Mumford Cove
•South Road
•Thomas Road
•Long Hill Road
•South End Section of the City

Hydrant flushing schedule for June 4th – June 8th

•New Town Road
•Indian Field
•Route 117 to Ledyard Line and all side streets
•Long Hill Road
•Drozdyk Drive
•Route 12 to Ledyard Town Line
•Buddington Road
•Tollgate Road
•Route 184
•Mirra Estates
•Meridian Street
•Mid-Section of the City

Hydrant flushing schedule for June 11th – June 15th

•Thames Street
•Military Highway
•Pleasant Valley North and South
•Crystal lake Road
•Bailey Hill
•Dolphin Gardens
•Gungywamp Area Center Groton
•Route 117 toward Ledyard Line
•North End Section of the City
•Route 12 – Gales Ferry Area to Preston Line
•Long Cove Road
•Avery Hill

Hydrant flushing schedule for June 18th – June 22th

•Route 12 – Gales Ferry Area to Preston Line
•Long Cove Road
•Avery Hill
•Aljen Heights
•Route 117 to Ledyard Center
•Colonel Ledyard Highway
•Gallup Hill
•Ledyard Highlands
•Shewville Road

At various times during the cleaning, the water will be discolored due to the disturbance of naturally occurring minerals that have settled in the water mains.

The water is safe to drink. However, because of discoloration, Groton Utilities advises customers to store tap water in the refrigerator for drinking and cooking until the water clears up. Residents should also check the condition of the water prior to washing clothes and if it is discolored, delay doing laundry until the water is clear.

Please note that the dates and areas may vary slightly due to severe weather or other emergencies that may affect scheduling. For updates and changes please visit our website.

Sewer Services to be Fee Based

WPAF SignGroton Utilities will be gaining a new business on July 1st when sewer services become part of the Groton Utilities mix of business enterprises.

City residents and businesses will be billed for sewer services starting in July, when sewers become fee based and not tax based. Sewer bills will be determined on the amount of water consumed each month of the year. The sewer charge will appear as a line item on your water bill due to it being calculated at a specific rate per cubic foot of water used.

Essentially sewer charges will be using the same cost of service approach to rates as water and electric have been using for years. Sewers become an enterprise account.

The sewer rates are designed to be revenue neutral, meaning most customers will not see any major change in costs due to the change of how sewers are financed. In a practical sense, this means that any reduction in your tax bill will now be offset by your new sewer charge.

There are, however, exceptions because the volume of water used by various businesses can vary. Non-profits will also now be paying sewer fees, because the new rate system is based on water volumes. Prior to this change sewer costs were part of a property owner’s annual tax bill. The City of Groton was one of only a handful of municipals in the entire state who continue to use taxes to finance sewer costs.

One positive note is that by switching from tax funding to fee based funding for sewer services the City of Groton will be able to apply for special state grants, which it could not previously do because of the tax based sewer-financing system.

The new method of paying for sewer services will allow a more business-like approach. It will also allow for a more realistic approach to providing financing for upgrades to the city sewage system.

Groton Utilities understands that it is important to maintain the environmental integrity of the Thames River estuary and Long Island Sound. We contribute to that integrity by releasing quality effluent from the City of Groton’s sewer treatment plant. A fee based sewer system will enhance our historical support of meeting or exceeding that goal.