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The Black Seal Restaurant re-opened Feb. 26 after being closed due to a January 2020 fire. The bar and dining room now have COVID prevention barriers set up. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

As State Rolls Back Capacity Limits, Landmark Restaurant in Essex Reopens

Published March 09, 2021 04:10 p.m.

Well before the pandemic started, the Black Seal on Main Street in Essex Village had to close its doors due to extensive damage caused from a January 2020 fire.

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The Dock and Dine restaurant at Saybrook Point, battered by storms Sandy and Irene, was dismantled in 2014. While rebuilding has been a challenge in the flood zone, a new proposal would site a trailer-based outdoor restaurant on the site. Harbor News file photo

From Dock and Dine to Smoke on the Water

Published March 09, 2021 03:00 p.m.

Smoke on the Water, a proposed outdoor trailer-based restaurant on the site of the former Dock and Dine at Saybrook Point, has progressed one small step toward actualization, now that Old Saybrook’s Planning Commission (PC) has recommended to the Zoning Commission (ZC) that it approve amendments to the town’s zoning regulations.

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Walls are rising at the site of the future Big Y grocery at Indian River Landing in Clinton. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Big Y Ready to Move in Clinton, Hoping for 2021 Opening

Published March 02, 2021 11:18 a.m.

Construction on Big Y, the first tenant in the redeveloped old Morgan School site, is set to start soon with developers projecting an opening date in late 2021.

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From left, New Haven Group Principal Steven Inglese; North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda; Guilford Savings Bank (GSB) Business Branch Manager Renee Miller, Vice President Shalonta Ford, and President & CEO Tim Geelan; and Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Sales & Marketing Gary Ciarleglio celebrate the ribbon cutting at GSB’s North Haven branch. 

Photo courtesy of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce

GSB Holds Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening in North Haven

Published March 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Guilford Savings Bank (GSB)’s newest branch office was set to officially open on March 1. Located at 158 Washington Avenue in North Haven, this new facility incorporates new designs and technology features, including a customer engagement bar.

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Clinton Forum Links Local Manufacturers with Local Students

Published Feb. 17, 2021 09:28 a.m.

To raise the awareness about the availability of manufacturing jobs in the area, the PTA, Clinton Public Schools, the Clinton Manufacturers Coalition (CMC), and the Clinton Economic Development Commission (EDC) will host a free online forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

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Town of Clinton Seeking New Operator for Harbor Food Stand

Published Feb. 09, 2021 01:27 p.m.

Changes will once again be coming to the town dock concession stand on Riverside Drive. On Feb. 3, the Town Council unanimously voted to release the operator of the Clinton Harbor Grill from the last year of his lease and will now look to find a new vendor for the space before summer starts.

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New Proposal Before Deep River’s PZC to Redevelop Historic Mill Building

Published Feb. 02, 2021 12:19 p.m.

A plan to revitalize a historic mill building and property at 112 West Elm Street (aka 2 Esico Lane) in Deep River is currently before the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC).

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The former Corn Crib Antiques building at 153 East Main Street in Clinton is set for demolition. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/Harbor News

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Clinton Condo Proposal Goes to PZC Feb. 8

Published Feb. 03, 2021 07:00 a.m.

There is an effort underway to save the corn crib and a historic house on East Main Street from demolition.

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Raffle Set to Expand Funds for Clinton Small Business Grant

Published Jan. 12, 2021 03:14 p.m.

A raffle kicking off on Saturday, Jan. 16 will help support a new program being offered to small businesses in town by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.

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Sidewalk Sale Still On as Businesses Move into 2021 with Cautious Optimism

Published Jan. 13, 2021 07:30 a.m.

With the holiday season behind and many more cold winter days ahead, Madison’s shops and restaurants will begin 2021 with the same struggles that characterized much of 2020—but 2021 will also bring much of what allowed businesses to survive and even thrive through 2020, according to Madison Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Eileen Banisch.

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Despite Much Interest and Discussion, Future of 30 Old Post Road Remains Unsettled

Published Jan. 05, 2021 04:35 p.m.

The future of 30 Old Post Road, something that has been a subject of interest for the past two years, remains up in the air.

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Madison Seeks Funds to Finish Downtown Center Project

Published Jan. 05, 2021 03:45 p.m.

The long-running downtown center project is taking “baby steps” forward, according to First Selectman Peggy Lyons, with $355,000 being proposed to finish the Phase 1 portion of the project sometime next fiscal year.

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Guilford Business Community Goes into 2021 with Hope, But Facing Significant Challenges

Published Jan. 06, 2021 08:36 a.m.

The year 2020 was an unprecedented challenge for the town as a whole, but for those running small businesses in Guilford, the pandemic created a uniquely difficult set of circumstances requiring a constant spirit of adaptation and cooperation.

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A rendering of Building 3 at The Indian River Landing  Image courtesy of Fuss and O’Neil

Development in Clinton: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Published Dec. 29, 2020 05:02 p.m.

Through 2020, two different major redevelopment projects caught the eyes an imaginations of Clinton residents: Indian River Landing and the former Unilever site.

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With a Dec. 14 Planning & Zoning Commission approval in hand, Van Wilgen’s Garden Center is clear to begin renovating and expanding the former Cashman’s Hardware site in Clinton. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Van Wilgen’s Get Green Light from Clinton PZC

Published Dec. 17, 2020 04:29 p.m.

The Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) has unanimously approved the application to build a Van Wilgen’s garden center and green house at the site of the former Cashman’s Hardware Store at the corner of Route One and Grove Street.

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Breakwater Books co-owner Richard Parent faces actress Donna Dupervil (right) and director Karina Silva (left) during filming for an international American Express ad campaign focusing on small businesses. Photo courtesy of Breakwater Books

Breakwater Books Takes Center Stage in International AmEx Ad

Published Dec. 08, 2020 02:52 p.m.

This holiday season more than ever, people are recognizing the power, the importance, and the need for small businesses.

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North of Havana co-owner Christopher Cassese (center) cuts the ribbon assisted by First Selectman Mike Freda (left) and Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Sales & Marketing Gary Ciarleglio. Photo courtesy of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce

North of Havana Cigar & Lounge Holds Ribbon Cutting

Published Dec. 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.

North of Havana, located at 77 State Street in North Haven, held a ribbon cutting grand opening on Nov. 12. The...

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Guilford Selectmen Consider First Draft of EDC Tax Incentive Proposal Encourage Development

Published Dec. 08, 2020 10:03 a.m.

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) broadly discussed a more detailed and revised version of an incentive plan that would provide a deferral and tiered phasing-in of taxes for certain types of developments, something that has been enacted in several neighboring towns and been discussed in Guilford a number of times over the last few years.

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Clinton STEM Initiative Gains New Partner

Published Nov. 25, 2020 09:11 a.m.

Clinton’s Economic Development Commission (EDC), Clinton Manufacturing Coalition, and PTA are working to spread the word about a new program and Facebook page aimed at educating parents and students about the benefits of careers in the STEM fields and manufacturing.

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Apartments at Former Unilever HQ Moving Ahead

Published Nov. 03, 2020 04:19 p.m.

A 47-unit apartment project that was approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) in May is moving ahead, with the developer filing an application for a building permit for the site of the former office building on the Unilever property.

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Town Manager Karl Kilduff and Town Council Chair Chris Aniskovich finalize the sale of the old Morgan School property to Greylock Property Group at town Hall on Oct. 5.

Photo by Mary Schettino

A Deal Years in the Making: Clinton Closes on Old Morgan Sale

Published Oct. 13, 2020 11:58 a.m.

Officially coming in fall 2022: Indian River Landing.

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In advance of a closing that occurred today, Oct. 5, heavy equipment has been allowed to stage on the site of the old Morgan School. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Clinton Closes on Old Morgan School Sale

Published Oct. 05, 2020 02:41 p.m.

The property will be tuned into Indian River Landing, a mixed-use development consisting of retail, restaurants, open space, a Big Y, a Starbucks and a hotel. Phase one of the project, which will include the demolition of the school and the construction of the Big Y and Starbucks is expected to be completed in fall 2022.

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Old Clinton CVS Site May Have New Activity in Early 2021

Published Sep. 29, 2020 11:36 a.m.

Clinton may soon have another development opportunity downtown. The lease between CVS and its landlord for its former store at 14 East Main Street is expiring in early 2021, freeing the property for a new tenant.

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Clinton Mini Golf Project Isn’t Over, Owner Says

Published Sep. 22, 2020 11:44 a.m.

At a Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) meeting on Sept. 14, a town official mentioned that a popular proposal for a mini golf course and ice cream café on the Madison town line may be in doubt.

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Clinton Seeks Grant for Downtown Improvements

Published Sep. 01, 2020 09:47 p.m.

Clinton has applied for a Small Town Economic Assistance Program STEAP Grant that, if awarded, would facilitate façade improvements for commercial properties in the downtown area.

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From left, Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Sales & Marketing Gary Ciarleglio, Guilford Savings Bank’s Kyle Eagleson, Timothy Geelan,and Shalonta Ford; First Selectman Michael J. Freda; Guilford Savings Bank Senior vie-President Renee Pallenberg; and Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Director of Membership Services Ray Andrewsen break ground on the Guilford Savings Bank at the intersection of Washington and Blakeslee avenues. Photo courtesy of the Guilford Savings Bank

Guilford Savings Bank Breaks Ground in North Haven

Published Aug. 27, 2020 12:01 a.m.

At the invitation of the Quinnipiac and Greater New Haven chambers of commerce, Guilford Savings Bank (GSB) officially broke ground on Aug. 12 on its latest branch office at the intersection of Washington and Blakeslee avenues in North Haven.

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First Selectman Matt Hoey stands with Brian McGlone following a surprise July 30 motorcade farewell in front of Town Hall. Photo by Jesse Williams/The Courier

Guilford Bids Farewell to Retiring Economic Development Coordinator Brian McGlone

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:40 a.m.

Economic Development Coordinator Brian McGlone, who has served as a lifeline for local businesses during the pandemic and spent nine years in Town Hall guiding and leading Guilford on economic issues, retired at the end of last month, with First Selectman Matt Hoey and Economic Development Commission Chair Mark Wasserman organizing an emotional goodbye motorcade showing the town’s appreciation.

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Indian River Landing at Old Morgan Still On Track

Published Aug. 04, 2020 02:55 p.m.

Despite some delays, the Indian River Landing development to be built at the old Morgan School site is still on track to begin the demolition phase shortly, according to the developer.

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In Wake of Pandemic, Whelen Engineering Reduces Chester Workforce by 98

Published July 21, 2020 12:08 p.m.

On July 10, Whelen Engineering, a manufacturer of emergency warning systems, announced a round of layoffs at its facilities in Chester, Connecticut and Charlestown, New Hampshire, due to the impact of COVID-19 on business operations.

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Madison Sidewalk Sale Dons Masks for an Extended Cut of Downtown Bargain-Hunting

Published July 14, 2020 04:30 p.m.

The Madison Chamber of Commerce’s annual sidewalk sale is adapting to the pandemic with a new timeline, new guidelines, and extended opportunities for shoppers. This year’s event, appropriately branded as a “masked sidewalk sale,” runs Tuesday, July 21 through Sunday, July 26.

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