Business briefs for March 9, 2014


Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba has been appointed to Chelsea Groton Bank’s board of trustees effective Feb. 27. She is the 18th chief of the Mohegan Tribe and the first female chief in the tribe’s modern history.

Malerba began her career as a nurse, and for many years served as nurse manager and director at Lawrence + Memorial. She now serves on the hospital’s board of directors. She first put her leadership skills to work for the Mohegan Tribe in 1997 as director, then executive director, of the tribe’s health and human services department. In 2005, Malerba was elected to the Tribal Council, then became vice chairwoman, and was appointed chairwoman in 2009. In August 2010, Malerba was named chief of the tribe, a lifetime appointment.

Malerba earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut in 2008, and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Joseph College in Hartford. She is enrolled in a doctoral degree program at Yale University. She lives in Uncasville with her husband, Paul, and they have two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Angela.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Hospice Care, 227 Dunham St., Norwich. The cost is $20, $10 for members. To register, contact the Mystic Chamber of Commerce at (860) 572-9578 or email

The Silvester & Kappes law firm has opened a southeastern Connecticut office at 300 State St., New London. Silvester & Kappes handles all types of civil and criminal litigation in Connecticut’s federal, state and tribal courts. For more information, call (860) 278-2650 or visit

The best way to use social media to target specific demographics will be the topic at the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s next social media workshop. A representative of Miranda Creative will lead the program at noon Wednesday at the Chamber office, 914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford. The workshop is free to members. Register at or by calling (860) 701-9113.

The commercial lending group at Chelsea Groton Bank recently provided $3.5 million in financing to Eugene O’Neill Theater Center to build new facilities accommodating an expansion of its National Theater Institute at the Great Neck Road, Waterford campus. The project will include construction of additional housing, rehearsal and performance space, and provide for renovation of existing facilities. The new NTI program will focus on musical theater training for undergraduates.

For more information about Chelsea Groton’s commercial lending programs contact Anthony Joyce, senior vice president, commercial lending manager at or (860) 448-4107.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the “Greater Mystic Tourism Crawl,” which will take place June 2-6 throughout various venues in the area.

The event is an opportunity to celebrate the tourism industry in southeastern Connecticut. Different tourism-influenced businesses have chosen a time block over the course of the first week in June and will hold an open house to promote their organization. A schedule and a map will be created with all the participants. The event will come to a close on June 6 with a breakfast meet-and-greet.

For more information, contact the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce at (860) 572-9578.

Lyme resident Jeanne Rutigliano has been appointed sales manager of the Essex office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She will oversee about 30 sales professionals serving Essex, Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Haddam, Westbrook and the surrounding communities.

Rutigliano has 26 years of experience in the residential real estate industry and has held key leadership positions with local Realtor organizations. Prior to her new role, she was a top-producing sales associate affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Old Lyme.

Rutigliano owned and operated The Strong Agency in the late 1990s before it was acquired by a larger independently owned real estate firm.

She is a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Lyme and served as member of the Lyme Public Library board of directors for 15 years. Additionally, she serves as board secretary for the Lyme Public Library, Inc. and is a member and past president of the Lyme Garden Club.

For more information, visit

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the opening of Just in Jammies, a new retail store in Olde Mistick Village that specializes in sleepwear, with an offical ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday at the store, 27 Coogan Blvd., Building #8C.

Just in Jammies is the second of two local businesses owned and operated by Becky Braverman and Justin Mashuta. They also own Becca Rose Natural Body Care in Olde Mistick Village. For more information, contact Just in Jammies at (860) 384-7007.

R&B Apparel Plus, 78 Plaza Court, Groton, is the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month.

R&B Apparel Plus specializes in screen-printing, promotional products and embroidery. With over 50 years of combined experience, R&B Apparel Plus offers free screen-printing consultations and a graphic design artist on site.

R&B is owned by Rich Bernardo and Pat Jullarine. Bernardo has served on the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Committee for many years.

The Business of the Month honor is nomination-based and determined by several factors, including community involvement and overall success. For more information, visit

CorePlus Federal Credit Union is hosting an upcoming seminar to educate members and the general public about adjustable rate mortgage programs.

The seminar is being facilitated by CorePlus mortgage team leader Barbara Zendzion. There is no charge to attend.

The event will be held March 20, with registration at 5:30 p.m., at CorePlus Federal Credit Union, 202 Salem Turnpike Norwich

RSVP at any CorePlus branch by calling (860) 886-0576, extension 3171, or via email,

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut saw a record turnout at its recent annual meeting, held at the Spa at Norwich Inn. If you were unable to attend but would like a copy of the report, you can download it at

John W. Rafal, founder and vice chairman of Essex Financial Services, has been ranked by Barron’s as the No. 1 independent financial advisor in Connecticut, and No. 2 nationwide.

The Barron’s list of the top 1,200 financial advisors includes both wire house and independent advisors.

Rafal has ranked among the country’s top financial advisors since 2004, said Edwin A. Finn Jr., editor and publisher of Barron’s.

Mattress Depot in Wyoming, R.I., has changed it’s name, management and product mix according to Chariho Furniture president Ed Smith. It’s new name: America’s Mattress by Chariho Furniture.

America’s Mattress is the largest chain of independently owned mattress stores in the USA with nearly 400 stores.

Chariho Furniture sells only American made furniture and America’s Mattress plans to do the same. They will feature the largest Serta selection in Rhode Island as well as Tempurpedic mattresses, electric adjustable beds, solid wood American made beds and bedroom sets.

America’s Mattress will donate a percentage of every mattress set sold to local charities and nonprofits. America’s Mattress’s new manager is Ledge Tuchon.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a workshop with the Department of Revenue Services on Thursday to discuss changes in state government and the agency’s new vision and focus on customer service.

Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with the program by Commissioner Kevin Sullivan beginning at 8. The program will be held at New London County Mutual Insurance, 101 High St., Norwich.

Coffee and pastries will be served courtesy of Panera Bread of Lisbon.