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Jay Dempsey Band playing “Concerts in the Park” on Friday — August 15, 2017

Jay Dempsey Band photo

The Jay Dempsey Band featuring country music at its best will be being playing live at “2017 Concerts in the Park” on Friday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Park in the City of Groton.

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

Jay’s 2017 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 2017 BBQ Festival and the Taste of Mystic. A free, family fun City of Groton Concert not to be missed!

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

The remaining concerts are:  Friday, August 25 – Rewind; and Sunday, September 3 – Rock N’ Soul Revue.

You can also check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2017 schedule during the season on Groton Utilities’ web site at grotonutilities.com and the City’s web site at cityofgroton.com.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site.  The City of Groton Little League sells food and drink as a fund raiser.

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.

Auction – Bicycles and Motor Scooters — August 8, 2017

The City of Groton is auctioning 1 lot of unclaimed Bicycles and Motor Scooters.  The Operating Condition of these Auction Logoitems are unknown and  are sold “As Is”.  The auction ends on 8/22/17 at 7:00 PM ET (subject to an auto extension of the auction end time).

For more information or to bid on these items please visit https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=53&acctid=4417

Community Service Award Presented to Marcia R. Gipstein — 

Marcia R. Gipstein is the recipient of the 2017 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award for her many years of “Giving Back to the Community”.  The award was presented at the annual City of Groton Day celebration on August 4.

A check for $1,000 was presented to the Ledge Light Foundation Inc. in her honor. The charitable donation from Groton Utilities is the symbol of the award.

From 2008 to the present, Gipstein has been a major force and volunteer in the community effort to keep Ledge Light local. In nominating his wife for the award, Todd Gipstein, who is President of the Ledge Light Foundation, said that, while she is a transplant to Groton, “Marcia has embraced the community, helped Eastern Point, and been one of the driving forces behind the restoration and use of Ledge Light, a beloved local landmark.”

“For eight (8) years, she has often put in 40-hours a week (all volunteer) helping restore the light, create the museum inside the lighthouse, and run tours,” he explained.

Todd says that Marcia was the driving force behind the lighthouse’s 2009 Centennial Gala.  That event drew 220 people and raised enough money to commission important studies, start the museum and allow the Foundation to begin serous restoration work.

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, gave back to the community in many ways, including operating 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.  Groton Utilities created the award in 2004 during its 100th anniversary year.

In 2009, Marcia was the driving force behind the lighthouse’s Centennial gala, which drew 220 people and raised enough money to commission important studies to start the museum and begin serious restoration work.

For the past nine (9) years, she has been on the Ledge Light Foundation Board of Directors, serving as its treasurer.  Her involvement has also included all the preservation work on the light, writing grants, creating the gift shop.
She has also been in charge of tour guides, tour scheduling and been a guide herself.

Ledge Light LogoMarcia co-wrote the application for ownership of the light when the federal government offered it to a non-profit.  This was a joint effort with the New London Maritime Society to keep Ledge Light local.  The result was successful.

Her other volunteer efforts include serving as co-president of the Eastern Point Property Owners Association from 2007-2012 and contributing her time and energy helping on various projects such as the annual block party. She has been a member of the Eastern Point Historical Commission since 2009, helping to keep the Eastern Point neighborhood an historical gem.

Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award.  Other winners of the award are: Robert “Bob” Leeney, Mimi

Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance, Archie C. Swindell, Mildred “Milly” Carlson, Lian Obrey, James “Jim” Streeter and Charlie Ebbinghaus.

Concerts in the Park Revised Schedule — August 2, 2017

Due to an annoyingly consistent penchant for it to rain every Friday this summer we have unfortunately been forced to reschedule several of our Washington Park summer concerts – “Concerts in the Park 2017”. The good news is that we were able to reschedule each band for a future date – so hopefully no one will miss seeing their favorite band. Posted below is the revised concert schedule.

RFP – Update of Plan of Conservation and Development — August 1, 2017

CITY OF GROTON
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
UPDATE OF THE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The City of Groton, CT is accepting statements of qualifications and generalized scope of services and fee proposals from qualified professional planning consultants/firms to assist the Planning and Zoning Commission in the review and update of the City’s 2008 Plan of Conservation and Development. Interested consultants/firms shall have extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of municipal planning and zoning including, but not limited to, land use, housing, transportation, environmental/coastal resiliency and economic development trends.

Limited funding is available for this project and the update must be completed by November 2018.

A complete copy of this Request for Proposal is available on line at www.city ofgroton.com and upon request to Barbara Goodrich, City Planner, 860-446-4169 or goodrichb@cityofgroton-ct.gov. The City of Groton’s 2008 Plan of Conservation and Development is on line at http://cityofgroton.com

Questions should be directed to the email of the City Planner, goodrichb@cityofgroton-ct.gov. Please submit four (4) hard copies to Chairman, Planning and Zoning Commission c/o Human Resources, 295 Meridian St., Groton, CT 06340 and one (1) pdf, electronic copy (submitted via email to goodrichb@cityofgroton-ct.gov),. no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 22, 2017.

Read full RFP

Tonight’s “Rewind” Concert Cancelled — July 7, 2017

Tonight’s scheduled Concert in the Park, featuring the band Rewind, has been cancelled due to the inclement weather and wet grounds.

Every effort will be made to reschedule the concert.

Fort Griswold Pre-Fireworks Celebration — July 6, 2017

Rewind Plays “Concerts in the Park” this Friday — July 3, 2017

Rewind Band

It’s time to rock and roll with the band Rewind as they play this week at Concerts in the Park 2017. The show will be held on Friday July 7, 2017 at Washington Park in the City of Groton beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Rewind is a six-piece band consisting of digital drums, two keyboards, guitar, percussion and bass.  The group features strong vocals while performing the classic hits of groups like Journey, Doobies, Eagles, Billy Joel, Springsteen and many more.

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:

Friday, July 14, Rock N’ Soul Revue

Friday, July 21, Mass-Conn Fusion

Friday, July 28, 9Teen

Friday, August 11, The Cartells

August 18, the Jay Dempsey Band.

There will no concert on Friday, August 4, City of Groton Day.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

You can also check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2017 schedule during the season on Groton Utilities’ web site at grotonutilities.com and the City’s web site at cityofgroton.com. For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site.  The City of Groton Little League sells food and drink as a fund raiser.

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.

POSTPONED – Jay Dempsey “Concert in the Park” — June 23, 2017

Tonight’s Concert in the Park, featuring the Jay Dempsey Band, has been cancelled due to the pending inclement weather and public safety concerns. The concert has been rescheduled for Friday, August 18.

Request for Proposal – HVAC System — June 8, 2017

The City of Groton will receive sealed bids at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, 295 Meridian Street, Groton, Connecticut 06340, until 11:00AM on June 26, 2017 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 on site at 295 Meridian Street, Groton, Connecticut.

The bid due date has been extended to Friday June 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

The City of Groton’s invitation to bid on the HVAC for the City of Groton Municipal Building, with an extended due date of Friday June 30, 2017 at 1:00PM, will not be opened publicly.  All bid documents will become available once a contract is awarded.