Groton Utilities Electric Vehicle Charger Now Available in Washington Park

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton are excited to announce the “grand opening” of our first public–use electric vehicle charger. The charger is conveniently located at the corner of Meridian Street and Mitchell Street in Washington Park and is free for all to use.

Mayor, Director of Utilities and EV

(left to right) Mayor Keith Hedrick, Director of Utilities Ron Gaudet and IT Support Assistant Ryan Southwell

The charger, purchased by Groton Utilities and installed by the Operations Division, is a level 2 charger – meaning that it is much faster than a standard house charger. Level 2 chargers can fully charge an electric vehicle battery in as little as two hours, depending on the capacity of the battery.

The charger is conveniently located in Washington Park, so it is near the highway as well as many local businesses. Additionally it is an ideal location for those who want to charge their vehicle while they enjoy spending some quality time at the park.

“We are really excited to have this charger in the park – it’s an ideal location for people to drop by and enjoy the park while they charge up their car,” said Ron Gaudet, Director of Utilities. “Electric vehicles are the future – they’re coming – so it’s important to us at Groton Utilities to be able to provide this service to our local community”.

The electric charger in Washington Park is part of Groton Utilities Energy Conservation Program. Through this program GU encourages customers and the community to find different ways to save money, energy and the environment through rebates on energy efficiency-related purchases, including Electric Vehicles, EV chargers, Mini split heat pumps and attic insulation, among other things.

“As a publicly-owned utility Groton Utilities prioritizes helping out our customers and the community in general,” said Manager of Communications and Community Outreach Dan Bouges, “We want to do our part in helping make Groton the ideal location for people to live and work. By providing highly-competitive rates on electric, water and sewage services along with our community outreach efforts and now this charger in the park, we feel like we are getting closer to that goal.”

Increasingly electric vehicles are becoming an attractive alternative to standard gasoline powered vehicles. They are quiet, cheap to run, kind to the environment and they help lower our dependence on fossil fuels. Upwards to 80% of people drive less than 40 miles a day for their commute, and with more and more EV models having a single-charge range of more than 300 miles, it is increasingly possible to go through a week on a single charge. Electric vehicles still cost more than a standard car, but with an abundance of rebates available (including through GU) it is relatively easy to lower the purchase cost a substantial amount.

To speak to someone at Groton Utilities regarding our Energy Conservation program, including rebates and the EV charger, please call Customer Service at 860-446-4000.

Groton Utilities employees and Mayor

(left to right) Key Account General Manager Len Mediavilla, Electric Division Jason Potemski, Mayor Keith Hedrick, Director of Utilities Ron Gaudet, Leader Electrician Steve Schaub, General Manager Projects and Planning Bruce Kruszewski and and IT Support Assistant Ryan Southwell

Concerts in the Park Rescheduled

Due to the ongoing national health crisis and the state’s limitations on crowd sizes we have made the decision to adjust our Concerts in the Park schedule for this summer. As of this moment the first concert is now scheduled to be held on Friday, July 24th with the band Mass-Conn Fusion, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Park.

At this point we cannot be certain that we will be able to hold to that date, but rather than cancel the concert series we instead want to try to push the schedule back and hope for the best. There is nothing more important to us at the City of Groton and Groton Utilities than the health and well being of our fellow residents, so if it appears that having concerts in the park is not safe for all, then we will adjust the schedule again or cancel the 2020 season. We do not want to get ahead of ourselves, because we love our concerts, so for now we will reschedule. Let’s hope for the best and please check back for updates.

Next Cabaret Concert – Azalea Drive Duo (2/9)

As we get deeper into the winter the City Cabaret 2020 Concert Series is going full-throttle with its third band of the series – Azalea Drive. Azalea Drive is one of the most popular bands in the region, playing at all sorts of venues throughout the area over the years. And now we have the distinct pleasure of having them play for us on Sunday, February 9th in the City of Groton Auditorium beginning at 3:00 p.m.

This is the trimmed down and mellowed up version of the popular full band Azalea Drive. Kym and Ron use their magical musical chemistry to bewitch audiences with the best of the last several decades, including Hall and Oates, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and much more.

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

All City Cabaret 2020 concerts are free and 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. Take Exit 87 off I-95. Then turn right at the first light.

Concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at roughly 5:00 p.m.

The full schedule of concerts is as follows:

December 15, 2019The Cartells Holiday Concert

January 19, 2020 – Clan O’Cleary.

February 9, 2020 – Azalea Drive Duo

This is the trimmed down and mellowed up version of the popular full band Azalea Drive. Kym and Ron use their magical musical chemistry to bewitch audiences with the best of the last several decades, including Hall and Oates, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and much more.

March 8, 2020 – Whiskey Wine and Coke

Whiskey Wine and Coke are a musical trio with a male and female lead singer and acoustic guitarist. The band skillfully covers songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and modern country. Through the intimacy of a trio, they engage their audience to experience musical nostalgia while dancing and singing along to timeless favorites!

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.

The Cartells Open Cabaret Concert Series with a Holiday Concert on December 15th

On Sunday, December 15, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department are excited to bring back The Cartells for a very special holiday concert that will be sure to be enjoyed by people of all ages. The Cartells are one of the most popular bands in the region, having wowed audiences with their skill and energy year after year. Come on down and enjoy the holidays with us.

All concerts are held on Sundays and are performed at the City of Groton Municipal Building Auditorium. Concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at roughly 5:00 p.m.

The full schedule of concerts is as follows:

December 15, 2019The Cartells Holiday Concert

January 19, 2020 – Clan O’Cleary.

Clan O’Cleary’s music is firmly rooted in the sounds and the instruments of Ireland. Beautifully harmonious in both voices and instruments, from the soft mysticism of New Age Celtic to the raucous songs of the Irish bar band, this is Irish music played with gusto and grace, as it should be.

February 9, 2020 – Azalea Drive Duo

This is the trimmed down and mellowed up version of the popular full band Azalea Drive. Kym and Ron use their magical musical chemistry to bewitch audiences with the best of the last several decades, including Hall and Oates, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and much more.

March 8, 2020 – Whiskey Wine and Coke

Whiskey Wine and Coke are a musical trio with a male and female lead singer and acoustic guitarist. The band skillfully covers songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and modern country. Through the intimacy of a trio, they engage their audience to experience musical nostalgia while dancing and singing along to timeless favorites!

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

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.

2019 Community Service Award Winner Announced

From left to right, Scott Boyle, Tod Evers, Tim LeHouillier, Mayor Keith Hedrick and Dan Bouges

At “City of Groton Day” this past Friday Groton Utilities presented the 2019 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award to Timothy LeHouillier for his volunteer contributions to the Greater Groton Community.

Tim was given the award for his outstanding efforts over the years as a volunteer at the Center Groton Volunteer Fire Department as well for a noteworthy commitment to assisting those in need in his neighborhood. Tim loves to help people, works hard and always tries to lift the spirits of those around him.

Tim is of great help to the elderly in his neighborhood, assisting in cleaning up yards, planting gardens, splitting wood and plowing snow from their driveways, free of charge. Tim will often plow driveways at 5:00 a.m. so that people can get out of their driveways. He also volunteers at the Center Groton Volunteer Fire Department while also serving on its board. Additionally, he was instrumental in painting the firehouse in order to save money as well as assist the other volunteers.

In Tim’s honor Groton Utilities donated $1,000 to the John E. Boyle Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. Representing the Scholarship Fund were Scott Boyle and Tod Evers, who received the check at the ceremony. City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick and Groton Utilities Manager of Communications and Community Outreach Dan Bouges hosted the ceremony and gave out the community service award and charity donation.

The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award is given out annually by Groton Utilities at City of Groton Day to honor a member of the community who has contributed his or her time, energy and resources to make the community a better place in which to live and work.

The award is named in honor of Jacqueline B. Nixon to commemorate her service to the community she loved so much. Jackie operated a food pantry in her residence for 24 years, distributing food to those in need. The winner of this award is someone who should contribute to the community and should be someone who others would describe as generous, committed, caring, and most of all someone who performs a “service” for the community. Tim LeHouillier embodies all of these attributes and therefore Groton Utilities is proud and honored to present him with this award as well contribute to his charity of choice.