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Independent film series at GPL

GROTON — On Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m., the Groton Public Library’s Independent Film Series features Broken, a film from the United Kingdom. The film is in English and runs for 90 minutes.

A 3-on-3 basketball tourney set

STONINGTON — A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Stonington High School.

Register at Stonington Human Services prior to Dec. 27. Divisions to include: Boys and Girls - Middle School (Grades 6-8); High School (Grades 9-12); Men and Women - Adults 18+ and Adults 30+. The fee is $50 per team.

For more information call 860-535-5015.

SAT preparation course offered

STONINGTON — Lentz & Lentz SAT Preparation is offering an 8-week session preparation course for the spring 2014 SAT Reasoning Test. The course features test-taking skills, essay writing, grammar skills, advanced math review, shortcut math, reading interpretation, time management skills, speed reading improvement techniques and tip sheets.

The program includes course materials, extra help at no charge, audio discs for review or as a supplement for missed lessons, complimentary review sessions and live make-ups.

The course is open to high school juniors and seniors and meets on Wednesday, March 5 to April 30 (no class on April 16) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Stonington High School, Room 107.

The fee is $327 and includes all course curriculum. For more information and to register: 1-800-866-SATS (7287) or

Driving school sessions are set

STONINGTON — An AAA driving school sponsored by Stonington Human Services will take place next month.

Students must be 16 years of age by the start of class. A student does not need a learner’s permit to attend a class. The winter session will begin on Jan. 13 and end on or about March 12. Class meets at Stonington High School, Room 122 Monday and Wednesday, from 3 to 5 p.m.

A parent/guardian must attend the first two-hour session. AAA’s Full Driver Education Program consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction (15 two-hour classes) plus eight hours of individual behind the wheel instruction (four 2-hour lessons) in one of our specially equipped training vehicles. Students completing the program receive a free one year AAA membership if a parent or guardian is already a member.

AAA member price is $595 or $650 for non members. Classroom instruction only is $250. Applications are available at Stonington Human Services. To sign up or see other offerings, go to or call 860 570-4235.

Affordable Care Act made easy

STONINGTON — The Stonington Free Library at 20 High St., is offering The Affordable Care Act “Just the Facts” workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This 90-minute workshop provides basic facts about what the law means for individuals and small businesses. The program is presented by David Desiderato from the Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut.

The session is designed to be user-friendly and interactive, so that each participant walks away with a basic understanding of the law, good resource information and a clear view of what comes next.

For more information and to reserve your space, please call the library at 860-535-0658.

SHS computer lab is open

STONINGTON — Stonington Human Services at 166 South Broad St., has tutorials available for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Access.

Appointments are available for those in need of basic instruction. Human Services will show participants how to get started, create an e-mail account and surf the web.

Book club to start season

MYSTIC — The Circle at the Square Book Club will hold its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St.

“The Art of Hearing Heartbeats,” by Jan-Philipp Sendker, will be the first book to be discussed.

The club also hopes to have the rest of the books picked by the time it next meets. Jan-Phillip will return to Mystic for a luncheon on Jan. 29 celebrating the sequel, “A Well-Tempered Heart.”

A solo sculpture exhibition

MYSTIC — A solo sculpture exhibition of found object assemblage by David Madacsi will take place at the Mystic Arts Center at 9 Water St., from Jan. 17 to March 1.

Entitled “Found Objects / Ambiguous Identities: David Madacsi: Solo Sculpture Exhibition,” the artist states “Found objects are objects that have been removed from the context for which they were originally fashioned and in which they had a defined purpose and identity. In the context of a found object assemblage, original identities are blurred and replaced by new, often ambiguous, ones.”

The exhibit is free, but donations are welcomed.

Fishing, Hunting Show Feb. 14-16

HARTFORD — The 17th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show will take place on Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Boulevard.

Show hours are Friday, Feb. 14, from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Affordable Care Act Fairs offered

GROTON – The Groton Public Library will be hosting multiple Affordable Care Act Enrollment Fairs during January, February, and March. These fairs give the community an opportunity to sit down, one-on-one, with an AccessHealth CT trained assister to enroll in a health insurance program.

The Affordable Care Act offers Americans better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that promise to: expand coverage, hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choice, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans. Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act expires on March 31.

The dates and times are: Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, March 6, 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration for the fairs is necessary to provide an adequate amount of time with each individual. To register, or for more information on this event, please call the library at 860-441-6750.

Courtney welcomes end to lockout

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Courtney said last week that he was encouraged by the recent announcement regarding the end of the lockout at L+M Hospital in New London:

“The decision by L+M to end the lockout is a very encouraging action that means there is positive movement by both sides to end the impasse,” said Courtney. “While the two sides negotiate final status issues, allowing trained nurses and staff to return to their posts will ensure that patients in southeastern Connecticut receive the high-quality care they deserve. The negotiators have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and endurance in the last week and I remain hopeful that their efforts will bear fruit with a comprehensive final agreement.”

Genealogy workshop being offered

WESTERLY – A genealogy workshop, conducted by Susan Cline, a professional genealogist, will take place at the Westerly Library at 44 Broad St., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m.

This workshop will concentrate on the features of numerous websites that are used for genealogical research. Both paid sites (such as, and free sites will be examined and described, as well as sites that are devoted to specific countries, such as Ireland or Canada.

There are also sites that contain military records, naturalization records, state censuses, and some that may have images of original documents. Every day, there are more and more records being placed on the internet. This workshop can help you find them!

Participants may bring a laptop, although is not a pre-requisite to participate.

Programs at the library are free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible.

Probate, estate Planning series at library

MYSTIC – The Mystic & Noank Library is sponsoring a four-part series of talks dealing with probate and estate planning. The second talk, “Estate Planning: The Basics,” will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. at the library at 40 Library St.

The first talk, “Understanding Probate,” which was canceled due to weather, will be rescheduled.

Probate Judge Nicholas Kepple, along with attorneys Neal Bobruff and Jack Reardon, will provide an introduction to estate planning and identify various types of estate assets. Documents such as a Will, a Living Will, Powers of Attorney and Attorney for Health Care will be discussed.

The series is sponsored by the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Probate Court, the Estate and Tax Planning Council of Eastern Connecticut, and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. The programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the library at 860-536-7721, email, or visit

Parks & Rec. hosts parent’s night

GROTON — Groton Parks and Recreation is hosting a parents’ night out movie night for kids on Friday, Dec. 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at William Seely School.

The program offers fun for kids ages 5 and up with a showing of Monsters University and free popcorn donated by Groton Cinemas. There is a $5 fee per child.

Parents can register their children at or in person at the Groton Parks and Recreation office at 27 Spicer Ave., Noank. For more information please visit or call 860-536-5680.

Jabez Smith Museum Open House

GROTON — If you have a love of history please stop by the Jabez Smith Museum’s open house at 259 North Road.

There will be tours of this early homestead and an opportunity to learn the revolutionary history of Groton and the Smith family, who were residents for more than 320 years.

The open house takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 28 and 29, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 860-445-6689.

YMCA offering vacation camps

WESTERLY — The Arcadia, Mystic and Westerly-Pawcatuck branches of the Ocean Community YMCA will offer vacation camp programs on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays through Jan. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of activities will be offered throughout the course of the day and may include both indoor and outdoor activities and field trips, depending on weather.

Program rates are $50 per day for members and $65 per day for non-members. Financial assistance is available. The program is free for Schools Out students. Call the Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch at 401-596-2894, Ext. 101, the Mystic Branch at 860-536-3575, or the Arcadia Branch at 401-539-2306, for more information.

Smoking cessation program offered

WESTERLY — The Westerly Hospital is offering a seven-week smoking cessation program called “Freedom from Smoking,” beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center, 25 Wells St.

Sessions will be held for seven consecutive Tuesdays. An additional session will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30. The program will be led by hospital respiratory therapists trained in the American Lung Association program. Participants will learn tools and strategies to recover from tobacco addiction. The cost is $25 per participant to cover the cost of materials.

The program is limited to 20 participants. You may register online at or call the hospital’s community education line at 401-348-2303, or 1-800-933-5960, Ext. 3423. Leave a message with your name and telephone number to automatically be registered.

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