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Clinton Officials Prepare for Retail, Restaurant Reopenings

Published May 19, 2020 03:30 p.m.

On May 20, the state is set to start reopening some businesses under new guidelines designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To help businesses comply with the new orders, Clinton’s land use officials will be instituting a number of new policies.

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Big Y Discusses New Clinton Site Selection

Published May 19, 2020 04:16 p.m.

On May 7, the Harbor News/ reported that Big Y is the first confirmed tenant of the Indian River Landing development to be built at the old Morgan School.

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Madison Restaurants, Retail Stores Headed for Gradual Reopening

Published May 19, 2020 11:07 a.m.

Town, Chamber Helping Navigate New Restrictions

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Guilford to Expedite Approval for Restaurants’ Outdoor Seating

Published May 18, 2020 03:02 p.m.

Guilford is working to expedite the process by which restaurants can begin offering outdoor seating service, with a handful expected to serve customers in the next week or so.

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Customers Welcomed Back Under Phase One of Governor’s Reopening Plan

Published May 15, 2020 02:55 p.m.

In Centerbrook, Meagan Foley of Meagan’s Barber Shop at 61 Main Street has been busy booking appointments since the governor set a May 20 deadline for reopening.

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Clinton Council Offers Landing Project $1.5+ Million Abatement

Published May 12, 2020 02:00 p.m.

In order to help the developer of the Indian River Landing project with its startup costs, the Town Council approved a tax abatement anticipated to be worth approximately $1.8 million for the project on May 6.

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Big Y Confirmed as First Tenant for Indian River Landing in Clinton

Published May 07, 2020 02:27 p.m.

The Indian River Landing project was given the go ahead in March from Clinton’s land use boards which excited the public. Still, no official tenants on the site were named. Rumors swirled about two potential tenants: Big Y and Starbucks.

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Clinton Plans to Lower Fees on Indian River Landing Project

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In order to provide some relief to the developer of the Indian River Landing project, the Town Council voted to reduce the land-use fees incurred by the application for the project.

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This trolley had a successful debut in Clinton last summer. Plans to have it return in summer 2020 are on hold. File photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Planned Return of Clinton Trolley on Hold

Published May 05, 2020 11:56 a.m.

The Clinton trolley that debuted in summer 2019 was slated to return this summer, but now that seasonal tourism and shopping are uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic, those plans are now up in the air.

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As a small business owner hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Old Saybrook jewelry designer Alicia Winalski is relying on a zero-interest line of credit for women- and minority-owned businesses funded by the state. Photo by Sandra Dalton

For Saybrook Jewelry Designer, a Line of Credit May be a Life Line

Published April 29, 2020 09:00 a.m.

Alicia Winalski has been the owner of Nyman Jewelers in Old Saybrook for about 20 years and, like any other business owner anywhere in the U.S., has never faced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The East Haven Chamber of Commerce participated in the East haven Proud Parade on April 11. Photo by Jennifer Higham Photography

East Haven Businesses Struggling, Adapting During COVID Crisis

Published April 21, 2020 02:03 p.m.

As East Haven and surrounding communities strive to keep residents safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the business community is taking part in the efforts, even as businesses large and small are facing their own crises.

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Juliana Pisanzio of La Marea Ristorante is one of the restaurateurs taking part in the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce’s Great Takeout Giveaway. Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce

Saybrook Chamber’s Great Takeout Giveaway Extended Through May

Published April 20, 2020 10:39 a.m.

Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce’s Great Takeout Giveaway, designed to support local restaurants, will continue through Friday, May 8, thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of donors.

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Local Businesses Contribute to Protective Gear for Healthcare Workers

Published April 14, 2020 01:12 p.m.

With supplies of protective gear dwindling, efforts on the state and local level are ramping up to secure much needed protective gear for healthcare workers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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From left, Premier Subaru General Sales manager Richard Marino and President Robert J Alvine present a $46,732 donation to Camp Rising Sun Community Outreach Coordinator Melissa Pandolfi. Photo courtesy of Premier Subaru

Premier Subaru Donates $46,732 to Camp Rising Sun

Published April 16, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Premier Subaru President Robert J. Alvine presented Melissa Pandolfi, outreach coordinator of Camp Rising Sun, with...

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Stencil Ease of Old Saybrook has shifted from making stencils to making faceshield assembly kits during the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo courtesy of Stencil Ease

Old Saybrook’s Stencil Ease Turns to Face Shield Production

Published April 07, 2020 01:47 p.m.

Old Saybrook business Stencil Ease does just what its name implies: It produces stencils for craft companies like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. But it’s now turning its focus to producing face shields in a time of crisis.

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Guilford Businesses Community Adapting and Uniting Against Uncertainties

Published April 07, 2020 11:02 a.m.

“Every day brings new challenges, both positive and negative,” said Alisha Rayner, owner of The Marketplace.

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Lee Co. Gifts Employees with Local Restaurant Gift Cards

Published March 27, 2020 04:06 p.m.

Employees of The Lee Company, headquartered in Westbrook, each received a surprise with their March 26 weekly paycheck: a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

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Rev. Ken Peterkin of First Congregational Church in Essex helped a group of volunteers recover perishable food from the suddenly closed Colonial Market, donating the still-fresh items to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Perishables Saved from Colonial Market Go to Food Pantry

Published March 17, 2020 04:00 p.m.

Colonial Market in Essex in now gone, but some of the perishable foods have had a second life.

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At the March 2 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, the Station’s Landing developer pulled one of two applications before the commission. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Clinton Brewery Plan Off the Table—for Now

Published March 05, 2020 03:40 p.m.

A separate application for apartments on the property has been continued to another public hearing on Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall

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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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