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City Awards Minor Facade Improvement Grant to owner of 112-116 North Street — January 26, 2023

Congratulations to Ritchard Fox on receiving a Minor Facade Improvement award for the replacement of awnings at 112-116 North Street. When asked to share a few words on his experience with the City of Groton new grant program, Mr. Fox shared the following:

“Hello, I’m Ritchard Fox, owner of 112-116 North St in Groton City I would like to share a bit of my experience dealing with the City of Groton and the new Minor Facade Improvement Grant Program. 

First of all I would like to thank Cierra Patrick our Economic Development Manager for personally introducing herself to my 3 tenants and making us all aware of this new grant program.

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 My family has owned the property at the top of the hill since the mid-60’s. My Mom, Dad and brother ran the House of Good Spirits for more than 25 years. Today there are 3 local businesses there and all 3 have been great tenants for more than a decade and nearly everyone working there is a resident of Groton.

  • Jon at K&J Upholstery is a master of fine furniture re-upholstery.
  • The always pleasant Elizabeth at “Alterations by Elizabeth” can make alterations invisible.
  • And Sanjay and his team keep everybody’s spirits high with my parent’s former store “Hilltop Wine & Spirits”.


The Minor Facade Improvement grant has enabled me to replace the weather-beaten and torn-up awnings with brand new ones that definitely dress up the storefronts. I hope my fellow Groton City business owners do the same.

 Come on by and check us out…we’re on the hill but on the level too.”

                                         ~ Ritchard Fox.

For more information on this grant program please contact Cierra Patrick, City of Groton Economic Development Specialist at

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Notice of Review of the Annual Report for Stormwater Management Plan — January 17, 2023

City Cabaret 2023 Concert Schedule Announcement — January 4, 2023

The City of Groton and Groton Utilities are happy to announce the concert schedule for the 2023 City Cabaret concert series.

City Cabaret is a series of indoor concerts which start in January each year. These concerts are held in an intimate setting that gives spectators an opportunity to see smaller musical groups, allowing for a more-up close and personal experience.

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:

January 15, 2023 – Andre and Friends

This is the trio version of Andre and Friends – the smaller, more chill version of the larger band. But not too much more chill, as they will bring their trio version of R&B, Rock, Funk and Soul to the City of Groton for a little mid-winter fun. Andre and Friends love to play music and know how to entertain a crowd.

February 19, 2023 – 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 father-daughter 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 19, 2023 – Nick Bosse

Nick Bosse is an independent Nashville recording artist with 10 years in the music entertainment industry. Nick’s songwriting and music stylings are influenced by country, southern rock, and bluegrass legends; which he projects in every live performance.

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

The concerts are free. No alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

City Cabaret 2023

Labor Day Trash/Recycling to be Picked Up on Tuesday 9/6 — September 1, 2022

Trash RecyclingThe City of Groton offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th due to the Labor Day Holiday. All trash and recycling normally scheduled for pickup on Monday will instead be picked up on Tuesday, September 6th. Please plan accordingly.

Please note that the Public Works Department summer hours have ended and that standard operational hours are now  7:00am – 3:00pm, Labor Day thru Memorial Day. Residents should have trash and recycling out by the curb by 7:00 am going forward beginning 9/6.

Peruvian Independence Day Ceremony — August 1, 2022

On Friday, July 29th at noon at a ceremony on the steps of the Municipal Building Mayor Keith Hedrick declared July 28th as Peruvian Independence Day in the City of Groton. As part of this celebration the Peruvian Flag was raised.

July 28th commemorates the liberation of Peru from Spain by José de San Martin. The following day, July 29th celebrates establishment of the Republic of Perú. Together these two days are called Las Fiestas Patrias and are by far the most important national holidays in Peru.

Public Information Session – Parking Management Plan June 2022 Update — June 22, 2022

Juneteenth Ceremony Held on June 18th — June 21, 2022

This past Saturday the City of Groton celebrated Juneteenth with a ceremony on the front steps of the Municipal Building. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful ceremony, which commenced at noon and was well attended.Flag Raising

Many local dignitaries and members of the community participated in the ceremony, all of whom highlighted the significance of the date in history and the joy of it finally being recognized as a national holiday.

The Reverend Joseph Coleman of St. John’s Christian Church began the day with a prayer. This was followed by Raven Wu singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” while the Juneteenth flag was raised. City of Groton Police Captain Patricia Lieteau and cadet Elviany Quiroz did the honors of raising the flag.

Several speakers followed the flag raising, including Jean Jordan (President of the New London NAACP Branch), Mayor Keith Hedrick, Ginny Bitting (League of Women Voters Southeastern Connecticut), Barbara Crouch (Thames Valley Council for Community Action) and finally keynote speaker Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, the President, Mitchell College.

The ceremony ended with a prayer by Reverend Joseph Coleman and closing song by Raven Wu.

The entire ceremony was expertly organized by Juliette Parker of the Police Department.


Trash/Recycling Pickup Change for Juneteenth Holiday — June 15, 2022

Trash RecyclingThe Juneteenth Holiday will be observed on Monday, June 20, 2022 by the City of Groton. City Offices and services will be closed on Monday with all trash and recycling scheduled for that day being picked up on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 instead.

Also of note, Public Works Summer Hours began on Memorial Day and run thru Labor Day. Hours are 6:00 am – 2:00 pm. Residents should have trash and recycling out by the curb by 6:00 am.

For more information please call the City of Groton Highway Department at 860-446-4127.

2022 Concerts in the Park Schedule Announcement — May 19, 2022

Concerts in the Park AudienceJune is nearly here and so is our summer concert season! Get ready to rock out in the park with our stellar lineup of 2022 bands. First up is Groton favorite The Cartells on June 17th, followed by a different awesome band each Friday through the end of July.

All shows are at Washington Park in the City of Groton, starting at 6:30 pm. We have a wide variety of food trucks for each show as well as media partner Q105 – so come on down and start the weekend off right by rockin’ out in the park!

Check out the full schedule below:

June 17thThe Cartells

The Cartells are back again and ready to bring the party with them. Masters of jazz, swing, rock, Motown and R&B – The Cartells know how to play practically anything and leave the audience smiling. Come on down and enjoy a terrific band.

June 24thLast Licks

Are you ready to rock? Last Licks is a group of top-notch musicians specializing in 70s rock, playing music by Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bad Company, Deep Purple, Van Halen and much, much more. Governor Ned Lamont named Last Licks Connecticut’s Band of the Year for 2019, so these guys have serious credentials. Last Licks is new to our concert series, so if you want to see the new guys in town, come down to the park for a night of out-and-out rock and roll.

July 1stMass-Conn Fusion

Mass-Conn Fusion have played the park many times before and are excited to be making their triumphant return after a year off from our event. The band has an extensive repertoire featuring Motown, R&B, Funk along with hits of the 60’s right up to the present. Mass-Conn Fusion brings the fun every time out. Come on down to the park and prepare to have a great time.

July 8thRed Light

Voted Best of Northeast 2021 – Best Musician/Musical Group, The Bulletin Readers Choice Award. New to our concert series, Red Light is one of the most popular bands in the area and we are excited to have them play for us. Red Light is a five-piece modern and classic dance party rock, country rock and pop rock cover band that bring energy and musicianship to every show they play. Red Light plays the best party music spanning five decades in a fun, dynamic, high-energy presentation.

July 15thThe Pop Rocks

Did you see them last year at the park? They were so much fun – so much, in fact, that we had to bring them back again this year. Pop Rocks is Connecticut’s Ultimate 80s Experience, playing only the best pop and rock from the 80s! This band is going to knock your socks off and truly know how to entertain a crowd. If you love the 80s these guys (and girl) have it covered, playing the best of Journey, Starship, Heart, Brian Adams, Buggles and much, much more. Come down to the park for a totally awesome time.

July 22ndAmerican Honey

Are you ready to get your country on? If you are, come on down to Washington Park for a little American Honey. American Honey is a Modern Country Band that isn’t afraid to play a little Rock and Pop from the 90s and beyond. Made up of five friends who found each other through music, American Honey brings experiences from other local bands to create the ultimate modern country cover band. American Honey is always danceable and high energy with lots of chances for you to sing along and be part of the show. Don’t miss these guys – come on down to the park and enjoy the show.

July 29thWild Nights

Wild Nights is Southeastern Connecticut’s Newest party rock band. The band plays music spanning across multiple decades – something to make everyone dance and have a blast! With songs by artists ranging from Maroon 5, Dua Lipa, Alanis Morissette, The Weeknd and The B-52s all the way to Guns and Roses there is something for everyone. Come see this “new to the park” act and enjoy a terrific band.

General Concert Information:

This Friday Night summer concert series is held at Washington Park, Meridian Street in Groton. All concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

Food is available on site from food trucks and the concession stand. Restrooms are also available.

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.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Concerts in the Park

Detour Notice: Five Corners Intersection beginning May 9th — May 4, 2022

DetourBeginning May 9, 2022 traffic in and around the “Five Corners Intersection” will be disrupted due to ongoing construction.

Vehicular traffic on Benham Road between George Avenue and Poquonnock Road will be limited to local traffic only.  All through traffic will be re-routed to George Avenue and High Street and then on to Poquonnock Road. 

Chicago Avenue traffic will be limited to local traffic northbound from Forest Street to Poquonnock Road.  Through traffic will be re-routed to travel East on Forest Street to Benham Road.  Southbound traffic on Chicago Avenue will be open. 

Vehicles traveling East and West on Poquonnock Road as well as vehicles traveling southbound on Mitchell Street will be controlled by flaggers. 

Please expect minor delays and be observant for traffic directional signs and follow Officers/Flaggers direction.  Please travel slowly and safely in this area to ensure the well-being of all workers within the construction zone. 

Local restaurants, gas stations and other local business will remain open and pedestrian traffic should not be significantly impacted. 

We will continue to post updates as the construction progresses. 

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