February 23, 2020
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Essex’s Lone Grocery Store Closes Abruptly

Published Feb. 14, 2020 02:53 p.m.

The sole grocery store in Essex, Colonial Fresh Market on Westbrook Road, is “temporarily closed,” according to handwritten signs affixed to the doors with blue painter’s tape. The market’s sudden closure has left residents, neighboring stores and local officials with unanswered questions.

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Downtown Chester is Changing

Published Feb. 05, 2020 08:51 a.m.

With an impending Main Street project, the doors closing on some businesses, and other businesses opening, the landscape of downtown Chester is changing.

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Saybrook Point Inn, Marina and Spa Now Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

Published Jan. 31, 2020 02:05 p.m.

Saybrook Point Inn, Marina and Spa in Old Saybrook has been providing hospitality and sunrise views for four decades, and now, it will continue that tradition under a new name: Saybrook Point Resort & Marina.

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Large Technology Co. Eyes Madison for Corporate HQ

Published Jan. 28, 2020 01:50 p.m.

A large biotech/bioscience company is currently considering Madison for a large corporate headquarters on a property that is subject to a special zoning regulation, according to Town Planner Dave Anderson.

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Unilever HQ Redevelopment Proposals Go to Public Hearing

Published Jan. 28, 2020 03:00 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 3 the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) will hold a public hearing at which the public can weigh in on two applications concerning the future of former Unilever headquarters.

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Old Morgan Site Plans to Get Public Scrutiny at IWC, PZC

Published Jan. 28, 2020 12:37 p.m.

The proposed Indian River Landing development to be built on the old Morgan School property is another step closer to becoming a reality

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Ryan Dillon  Photo by Sarah Dillon

In Business: Generations Psychiatry Services

Published Jan. 23, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Generations Psychiatry Services (GPS) is a new private practice in Branford that provides comprehensive psychiatry services, including psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, and psychiatric medication management.

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Marc Romero of Colorado Prairie CBD Outlet Photo courtesy of Marc Romero

In Business: Colorado Prairie CBD Outlet

Published Jan. 23, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Colorado Prairie CBD Outlet offers cannabidiol (CBD) oil infused products for retail and wholesale, as well as other CBD and hemp products that come straight from the hemp farm and seed to sale operation in Colorado, in its new North Branford location.

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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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