January 20, 2020
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Mini Golf Proposal Sparks Spirited Discussion

Published Jan. 14, 2020 03:11 p.m.

The Planning & Zoning Commission will continue its public hearing of a proposed mini golf course and ice cream café application on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

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Clinton Considers Tax Abatement for Unilever Redevelopment

Published Jan. 14, 2020 02:12 p.m.

In an effort to support the budding redevelopment at the former Unilever headquarters, the town is considering in offering a tax abatement to the owner of the property.

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Last year’s Souper Bowl IV chili champion was the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company, which nudged ahead of Madison Hose Company No. 1’s smoked brisket chili with cornbread. Chili fans can help choose this year’s winner at Souper Bowl V on Saturday, Jan. 25. File photo by Meglin Bodner/The Source

Madison ‘Souper Bowl’ Offers Best of Hearty Winter Fare, Fun

Published Jan. 14, 2020 04:37 p.m.

While NFL fans might be caught up anticipating the league’s annual football championship spectacle in February, Madison residents might want to start whetting their appetites for a different kind of Super Bowl.

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A proposal for a brewery, Kinsmen II, at the former Unilever HQ redevelopment goes before the Clinton Planning & Zoning Commission. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Formal Proposals for Former Unilever HQ Come Before Clinton PZC

Published Jan. 10, 2020 02:27 p.m.

Two separate applications - one for condominiums and another for a brewery - will be on the agenda of a Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) meeting on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

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Brewery Plans Firming Up for Unilever Redevelopment in Clinton

Published Jan. 09, 2020 11:05 a.m.

The land use office is expecting a formal application in the coming days, though there is no official application on record as of press time.

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From left are Coastal Concepts’ flooring installer Vincent Basilicato, owners Travis and Bryce Brestelli, and sales and installation manager Adam Brestelli. 

Photo by Take AIM Photography

In Business: Coastal Concepts

Published Dec. 26, 2019 12:01 a.m.

From its new location on the Boston Post Road, Coastal Concepts offers sales and installation of residential and commercial custom window treatments and quality flooring products.

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Photo by Copal Clean Beauty

In Business: Copal Clean Beauty

Published Dec. 26, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Copal Clean Beauty, formerly the Jennie Fresa Beauty Bar, is a retail store and holistic spa offering a carefully curated collection of clean beauty brands.

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Photo courtesy of Christine Magistro

In Business: Bella Lisa Pizzeria

Published Dec. 26, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Bella Lisa Pizzeria is celebrating 30 successful years in business in North Branford.

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Greenskies Vice President of Business Development Ron Wedeking, Town Council member Joseph Deko, Mayor Joe Carfora, Executive Assistant to the Mayor Tina Hedley, and Town Council member Marianne Cesare were among those gathered on Dec. 18 to break ground for the town’s new solar project. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

East Haven Breaks Ground on Landfill Solar Farm

Published Dec. 25, 2019 07:00 a.m.

It was a hardy crew that assembled Dec. 18 at the former East Haven landfill at 240 Commerce Street to break ground for a 1.3-megawatt solar project to be built by Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC. By spring, the intent is to have about 4,000 solar panels on the 20-acre capped landfill site.

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Jennifer Greenwald opened the Jai Yoga Center in October. Photo by sbCre8tive

In Business: Jai Yoga Center

Published Dec. 19, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Jai Yoga Center opened in Madison this October with the intent to elevate and expand unity and consciousness, offering Kundalini-inspired classes like Kundalini Yoga, Kids Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra, healing workshops, and more.

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Owner Sally Scott. Photo by Karissa VanTassel Photography

In Business: Sally Scott Interior Design

Published Dec. 19, 2019 12:01 a.m.

After 30 years in business, Sally Scott of Sally Scott Interior Design says she’s just as passionate about providing interior design services as she was on day one.

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Photo courtesy of Grano Arso

Best Restaurant in the State? It’s Chester’s Grano Arso

Published Dec. 17, 2019 04:14 p.m.

Chester is home to the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s Restaurant of the Year 2019: Grano Arso.

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An application for this mini golf course on Route One along the Hammonasset River, to be followed by an ice cream café, goes to public hearing on Monday, Jan. 7.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Mini Golf and Ice Cream on the PZC Agenda for Jan. 6

Published Dec. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Residents and visitors may have some new entertainment options next summer pending results on an application for an ice cream café and mini golf course off Route One at the Madison border.

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First of Many Old Morgan School Redevelopment Applications Received

Published Dec. 17, 2019 01:57 p.m.

The new year will bring fresh beginnings to one of Clinton’s most high-profile developments.

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Clinton Manufacturing Coalition Enters Second Year

Published Dec. 04, 2019 08:00 a.m.

In an effort to bolster the future economic development of Clinton, officials have turned their focus to strengthening the bonds between the town’s current manufacturing industries.

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Amanda Boehm and Paul Russ, owners of Vintage Home Décor in Old Saybrook, are among the more than 30 businesses ready to accept Peppermint Perks. Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce

Old Saybrook Chamber Offers Chance to Shop & Save with Peppermint Perks

Published Nov. 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Peppermint Perks, a holiday savings card introduced by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce, offers $5 off a purchase of $25 or more at 31 local businesses participating in the inaugural launch, which begins on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 and extends through Jan. 4, 2020.

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State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) talk with Sound Manufacturing Inc. CEO and President Kelli Vallieres, PHD, about increasing awareness in manufacturing and sparking interest in potential career opportunities among high school students. Photo courtesy of Jason Pheasant

Carney and Formica Tour Manufacturing Facility, Encourage Students to Pursue Careers

Published Nov. 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

As part of Manufacturing Month, State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) joined State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) and students from Windham, Old Saybrook, and Hebron high schools at Sound Manufacturing, Inc., and Monster Power Equipment, Inc., to see firsthand the types of the career opportunities the industry has to offer.

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Santa Claus Will Sled into ‘Small Business Saturday’

Published Nov. 27, 2019 08:45 a.m.

Small Business Saturday, an annual event meant as an alternative to the big-ticket scramble of Black Friday where smaller local retailers and shops invite invite patrons to get a little early holiday shopping done, will have a special guest this year in Madison.

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Richard Parent, left, and Paul Listro are the new owners of Breakwater Books in downtown Guilford. Photo by Jesse Williams/The Courier

Breakwater Books’ New Owners Say Right Place, Right Time

Published Nov. 19, 2019 01:57 p.m.

For almost 50 years, Breakwater Books has offered personal service for residents who’d rather peruse thoughtful displays and chat with someone friendly and familiar instead of trawling the Internet when searching for their next read.

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Walker Loden is celebrating 30 years in the center of Madison. Owner Peter Loden said the company’s longevity is due to the ability of a small business to respond to local needs, as well as a supportive local business community. Photo by Jesse Williams/The Source

Walker Loden Celebrates 30 Years of Community in Downtown Madison

Published Nov. 13, 2019 08:27 a.m.

It has been 30 years since gift and antique shop Walker Loden opened its doors in downtown Madison, and a lot of things have changed over the course of those three decades—both for the town and the shop

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PZC Approves Special Permit for 31-Lot Development Near Bittner

Published Nov. 12, 2019 03:30 p.m.

The Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) approved a special permit application by Branford-based Vigliotti Construction for a 31-lot development off Long Hill Road near Bullard Drive, setting unique restrictions and requirements on the construction based on an open space subdivision regulation.

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American Eagle Financial Credit Union President and CEO Dean Marchessault, center, celebrates the Oct. 10 North Haven ribbon cutting with $4,000 donation recipients (from left) Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Carlos Collazo, Diaper Bank of Connecticut Executive Director Janet Stolfi Alfano, SARAH Inc. Executive Director Denise Henry, and Jahmeca Galloza, branch manager of American Eagle’s North Haven office. Photo by John Marinelli

American Eagle Celebrates Opening of North Haven Branch with Donations to Nonprofits

Published Nov. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

American Eagle Financial Credit Union celebrated the opening of its branch in North Haven at 84 Washington Avenue with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 10.

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Tentative Agreement for Madison Downtown Center Project Should Avoid Eminent Domain

Published Nov. 05, 2019 03:29 p.m.

Town officials and representatives from power company Eversource have finally reached a tentative agreement with a property owner on Boston Post Road that would provide a utility easement that had been holding up the final steps of the Downtown Center Project—and avoid the possibility of seizure by eminent doman.

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Ordinance Adds New Regulations for Madison Salons, Barbers

Published Nov. 05, 2019 03:27 p.m.

The Board of Selectmen approved a new ordinance regulating Madison’s salons, barbershops, piercing and tattoo parlors, and other cosmetic service providers, that’s intended to better codify requirements for these businesses as well as ensure safe and hygienic environments for their customers, according to Health Director Trent Joseph.

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Anthony’s of Guilford is Alive and Well

Published Nov. 05, 2019 01:31 p.m.

In Economic Development Coordinator Brian McGlone’s article in the fourth quarter edition of Guilford Events, ...

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