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Person of the Week • Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

White Helps Host The Gift Card Project

When four local women wanted to do something, fast, to help neighbors, local heroes, and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis, they put their heads together, brought their skills to...

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Local News • Published April 01, 2020 09:38 a.m.

Madison Announces First COVID-19 Fatality

March 31: It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of Madison’s first COVID-19 related death. We received confirmation yesterday that the resident who passed away was a 76-...

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Local News • Published March 31, 2020 04:38 p.m.

Attention Shoppers: New COVID-19 Normals Come to North Branford Big Y

Surrounding towns may have more than one large supermarket chain within their borders implementing COVID-19 precautions; but if you live in North Branford, there's just one: Big Y World Class...

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Obituaries • Published March 31, 2020 03:39 p.m.

Galen 'Jim' Gilstrap

 Galen "Jim" Gilstrap, the beloved husband of Patricia Lepre Gilstrap, died March 31 at his home in Branford. Jim was born in Startex, South Carolina, on Feb. 25, 1941, and was the son ...

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Obituaries • Published March 31, 2020 02:53 p.m.

Audrey Nelson

Audrey Nelson, 94, passed away peacefully on Feb. 1. She lived in Branford for 30 years. In her earlier life, Audrey attended Lynn English High School. Later she and her family lived in upstate...

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Local News • Published April 01, 2020 09 a.m.

Nonprofits and Small Businesses Threatened by COVID-19

The cultural cornerstones of Chester, Deep River, and Essex—from small businesses to nonprofit organizations in youth development and others in the arts and museum industries—are...

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Local News • Published April 01, 2020 07 a.m.

Spring Has Sprung in Essex

Signs of spring are arriving in Essex, particularly around Sunset Pond. Here, Donna Sheldon and Pat Kobylenski of Centerbrook sit (about six feet apart) on a bench, enjoying the sunshine and...

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Local News • Published March 31, 2020 03:20 p.m.

Essex’s Town and Educational Budgets Move to Public Hearing on April 16

On March 24, the Board of Finance moved the $7,708,432 Essex Board of Education and $8,632,452 town government proposed budgets for fiscal year 2020–’21 (FY21) to a public hearing...

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Local News • Published March 31, 2020 02:08 p.m.

Rise in COVID-19 Infections Expected in Weeks Ahead

As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads throughout Middlesex County, local health officials say a rise in the number of reported cases is inevitable.“At this point, we’re...

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Local News • Published March 31, 2020 02:46 p.m.

9 Town Transit Continues Bus Service—with Some Adjustments

While it hasn’t yet changed any bus routes or schedules, 9 Town Transit (9TT) is closely monitoring its services and ridership and doing its best to protect the health of its passengers and ...

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Local News • Published April 01, 2020 07 a.m.

Going Solo in Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook’s Great Cedars Conservation Area was a great place to bask in the warm sunshine on March 27. Here, Liz Palmieri found a peaceful spot to compile songs that she had written over ...

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Local News • Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Friends for Fluffy Furball

Furball is a shy, sweet, unassuming girl who is now at Forgotten Felines after a long and difficult life. This sweet, older girl has some medical issues and is looking for a very special home that ...

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Local News • Published March 31, 2020 02:06 p.m.

Clinton Budget Will Be Adopted by Town Council, Not Referendum

Clinton will not hold a budget referendum this year. Instead, the public will be able to provide input on the proposed budget electronically on Wednesday, May 6, and then the Town Council will...

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Local News • Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Cole Awarded PTA Generativity Award

The Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton announces that Reference and Young Adult Librarian Cathleen Cole received Clinton PTA’s second annual Generativity Award. Generativity is defined as ...

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Local News • Published March 31, 2020 03:18 p.m.

Scranton Library Ramping Up Digital Offerings, Online Book Club, and Remote Story Time in Response to Crisis

Like nearly every other library in the state, E.C Scranton has closed its physical location indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That doesn’t mean the library is going to...

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Local News • Published March 31, 2020 04:30 p.m.

Madison Unlikely to Enforce New Yorker Quarantines

With the town announcing an additional seven confirmed cases of coronavirus among residents this week, one area of concern is seasonal residents returning to Madison from any number of places but...

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Local News • Published April 01, 2020 08 a.m.

Madison Task Force Starts Work to Guide Local Businesses

With executive orders from Governor Ned Lamont ordering the shutdown of every non-essential business in the state and with restaurants and food-service establishments facing many other...

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Local News • Published April 01, 2020 07 a.m.

Scranton Library a Work in Progress

Construction continues at the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library. The project, which broke ground in March 2019, has a planned July grand re-opening....

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Local News • Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Madison Pastor Continues to Minister to his Flock

Along with other churches in the state, the Lutheran Church of Madison (LCM) reluctantly shut its doors on March 17 for an indefinite period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Pastor Volker Heide,...

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Local News • Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Lyons: Town Government is Here for You

As I pen this first column, our town is in the middle of a harrowing public health emergency. The outbreak of COVID-19 in Connecticut is growing daily, directly impacting the health and welfare of ...

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Obituaries • Published March 31, 2020 01:58 p.m.

Elinor Palmisano

Elinor Palmisano, 83, of East Haven, passed away on March 30 at Connecticut Hospice after a long battle with cancer. She was born in New Haven on May 30, 1936, to the late John and Eleanor...

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Local News • Published April 01, 2020 07 a.m.

With Fate of Proms Uncertain, Local Photographer Gives Free Photo Shoots to Students

With schools unsure of whether to host proms due to COVID-19 concerns, Catherine Kiernan Marganski of Kiernan Photography offered to take portrait photos of students all dressed up. She offered...

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Local News • Published March 31, 2020 01:37 p.m.

Panel of Guilford Doctors Provide Info, Dispel Myths About Coronavirus in Live Videoconference

On March 30, a handful of front-line health care professionals from Guilford joined a virtual video conference to answer questions and dispel various myths and misinformation about the coronavirus....

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Local News • Published April 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Guilford ABC Selected as a Big Y Community Bag Program Beneficiary

Guilford ABC has been selected as a beneficiary of the Big Y Community Bag Program for the month of April.The Big Y Community Bag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag...

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Obituaries • Published March 31, 2020 01:30 p.m.

Andrew Popolizio

Andrew Popolizio, 92, of Hamden, formerly of East Haven, passed away after a brief and rapid illness on March 16 at Connecticut Hospice. He was the loving husband of Madeline (Cusano) Popolizio...

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