Andy Sherwood Dixieland Jazz Quartet Opens City Cabaret 2018 on 1/28

The Andy Sherwood Dixieland Jazz Quartet will perform its usual musical magic, when it is featured at City Cabaret 2018’s first concert on Sunday, January 28.

All City Cabaret 2018 concerts are free and are held in the City of Groton Municipal Auditorium at 295 Meridian Street in the City of Groton on selected Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

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

The quartet, an annual performer in the series, includes Andy Sherwood, playing the clarinet; Ian Frenkel on piano, Bryan Rizzuto on string bass, and Tom Briggs on drums.

Clarinetist and saxophonist Sherwood displays a style deeply rooted in the clarinet playing of Benny Goodman, “the King of Swing,” and Pete Fountain, “the King of Dixieland.” Andy grew up listening to these great clarinetists, eventually leading him to audition and win the position as jazz clarinetist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band.  He retired from the band in 2009 after 24 years.

The OBrien String Trio will be featured Sunday, February 18, 2018. This versatile ensemble will be playing innovative arrangements of all styles of music, appealing to all ages in the audience, including everything from “Bach to Rock and back to Broadway.”

The trio consists of Kate O’Brien on the violin, Lydia Leizman on the viola, and E. Zoe Hassman on the cello.  The group will also play Kate O’Brien’s original arrangements of popular, ethnic and fiddling styles.

The Cartells Quartet will get you into the swing of things, musically that is, on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The foursome will be feature Karin Barth, percussion and vocals; Bill Holloman, horns and vocals; Joe Grieco, keyboard and vocals; and Tom Majesty, guitar and vocals. The group will offer all your favorites in an intimate musical atmosphere.

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

There is no entrance fee, and no alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

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Groton Business Association 2018 Kick Off Meeting on 1/18

The Groton Business Association (GBA) will kick off its 2018 networking year with its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 18.

The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Incredible Weight Loss Center at 565 Long Hill Road.GBA Logo

The GBA will present the awards for the 2017 Groton Lights Holiday Parade.  These presentations have been a tradition for the first meeting of the year.

The meeting is open to all members of the Greater Groton business community.  GBA membership is not required.  There is no admission charge.  Attendees are encouraged to become members of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Bring your business cards and any concerns you have about how things are going in Groton. Coffee and breakfast will be provided by the Incredible Weight Loss Center.

The GBA’s February general meeting will be held at the newly renovated Center Groton Branch of Chelsea Groton Bank at 1317 Gold Star Highway.

The GBA, a coalition of representatives from the local business community, the educational sector, the non-profit community and governmental units, is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Customer Service Closing at 4:30 due to Storm

Winter Storm BrodyGroton Utilities Customer Service will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 due to Winter Storm Brody. If you experience a loss of services please call us at 860-446-4000 so that we can assist you.

CANCELLATION NOTICE – BLP Commission Hearing

The Bozrah Utilities Commission Public Hearing scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2018 is hereby CANCELLED due to pending inclement weather.

Winter Storm Brody Preparation

Winter Storm Brody is on its way and looks like it will dump a fairly substantial amount of snow on southeastern Connecticut.

Please use common-sense and try to stay off the roads throughout the storm. Additionally, here are a few storm preparation tips:Winter Storm Brody

*To report an outage call Groton Utilities at 860-446-4000.

*Stay away from any downed wires you may encounter outside your home and on the roads.

*Exposed water pipes sometimes freeze and burst due to exposure to cold weather. Make sure you know where the water shut off is in your home.

*Never use a generator inside your home. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.

*Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.

*Use Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.

For more storm preparation information please visit ready.gov
at https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Power Outage Log 12/5/17

Update (9:12 pm.):

Power has been restored to the Midaway Oval, North Road and Groton Long Point areas.

Update (8:57 pm.):

Tree branches slapping the power lines and losing branches are believed to be the cause of the 7 p.m. outage. A branch was found across the wires in the Groton Long Point area.

Crews are patrolling the area and will be removing the branch. We expect the power to be restored before 10 p.m.

Outage (8:07 p.m.):

Groton Utilities is currently experiencing an electrical outage. The Midway Oval and Groton Long Point areas are affected. Linemen are patrolling the areas to find the cause and will then proceed with repairs.

Holiday Lights Parade – December 2nd

Come join the Greater Groton Community for the Annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade on Saturday, December 2, at 5 p.m.  This is a special event, sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. The line of march is along U. S. Route 1 in downtown Groton from South Road to Drozdyk Drive. Plenty of free parking is available for parade attendees.Happy Holidays

This year’s marching musical units, include the Robert E. Fitch Senior High School Marching Band and Guard, the Nutmeg Volunteers Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, the Colchester Continental Fife & Drum Corp, the Westbrook Junior Colonials Fife and Drum Corps, and the Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corp.  There will be floats from community groups and local fire trucks.

Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will have the honor of lighting the holiday tree on the green at the rear of the Groton Shopping Plaza.   Parents, you are invited to take your child’s photograph with Santa

This post-parade celebration is sponsored by the Groton Rotary Club.  Dunkin Donuts of Groton is donating the refreshments.

The GBA would like to recognize the companies who have committed to be a sponsor for this year’s event.  They are: Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks   and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors;  Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, a Keystone Sponsor; and Groton Shopping Plaza, a Sandstone Sponsor; and Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

Judging will take place as participants pass by Chelsea Groton Bank.

For weather cancellation info, please call (860) 441-6791.

Customer Service Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

Groton Utilities Customer Service Department will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Thursday November 23rd through the weekend. If you have a service problem you can still call us at 860-446-4000 and we will attend to the issue. Have a great holiday weekend.

Groton’s New Streetlights are Using LED Technology

Groton Utilities is bringing state-of-the-art LED technology to local streetlights with a project that will save energy, cut costs, and improve areaLED Street Light lighting.

Begun this fall, the street lighting project will convert 2,000+ existing streetlights on public ways throughout the Groton Utilities service area to LED lights by the end of the year. The project’s estimated $850,000 cost will be funded through Groton Utilities’ conservation fund.

LED lights use 60-70 percent less energy than older technology, which saves money and is also a greener option as lower energy use means fewer emissions associated with power plants.

In addition, LED lights last three to four times longer than older lights, which helps hold down electric rates by cutting maintenance costs. And the improved light quality provided by LEDs – closer to a daylight spectrum – improves local safety. They also offer reduced light pollution with a more focused beam that lessens excess light spreading to unneeded areas.

What makes LED technology so efficient? Light- emitting diodes (LEDs) are solid-state devices that convert electric energy directly into light of a single color. Because they employ “cold” light generation technology, in which most of the energy is delivered in the visible spectrum, LEDs don’t waste energy in the form of non-light producing heat. In comparison, most of the energy in an incandescent lamp is in the infrared (or non-visible) portion of the spectrum. As a result, both fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps produce a great deal of heat.

You can get a preview of the new LED streetlights outside the City of Groton Municipal Building. We’ve installed them throughout the complex, so feel free to drive through and check them out.