Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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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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Eviction of Colonial Fresh Market Lessee in Essex Delayed

Published July 13, 2020 12:06 p.m.

“It’s been frustrating,” said Prosser. “We actually did go through the eviction process with the courts. We have a court order that gives us possession of the premises. The...second to last step is actually executing that order.”

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Longtime Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Director Dee Prior Nesti retired ion June 25. Photo courtesy of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce

End of an Era for QChamber: Dee Prior Nesti Retires

Published June 30, 2020 02:59 p.m.

After a lengthy career with the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce including serving as its executive director, Dee Prior Nesti has retired from the chamber.

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Visit for a listing of auction items. Image from the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce

Saybrook Online Auction Will Benefit Businesses, Non-profits Hit by COVID-19

Published June 29, 2020 04:45 p.m.

Golf with the first selectman, a tandem sky dive, and brunch with a view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are just a few of the items that are up for bid in an online auction to raise funds for Old Saybrook businesses and non-profits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Valley Businesses Get Creative to Give Back

Published June 24, 2020 08:30 a.m.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced many local businesses to close their doors, several are now reopening, or planning to do so, with an eye toward helping others.

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Chester Solicits Citizen Feedback to Inform Reopening Efforts

Published June 15, 2020 09:48 a.m.

As the second phase of the state’s reopening plan begins in mid-June, Chester is soliciting feedback from residents to better understand how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and what steps the town can take to address areas of concern.

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Madison Navigating Next Phase of Reopening Process as Beaches, Summer Programming Ramps Up

Published June 02, 2020 01:22 p.m.

Almost two weeks into Phase One of reopening as defined by the state, the Town of Madison is preparing to begin offering more services and limited summer programming while still reminding residents that many restrictions will remain in place, and the danger of the pandemic is far from over.

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Following a scramble by town officials to streamline permit processes, restaurants like the Penny Lane Pub were able to get outdoor seating installed in time for a May 20 modified re-opening. Photo courtesy of Alex Foulkes

‘Enough to Get Us Through’: Saybrook Praised for Scrambling to Create Outdoor Restaurant Seating

Published June 02, 2020 02:00 p.m.

On May 12, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order (EO) 7MM, addressing expedited approval for outdoor dining areas. This was just eight days before restaurants would be allowed to open outside seating on May 20.

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The Madison Planning & Zoning Commission is considering a Special Exception Permit to use a former preschool facility on Old Toll Road to provide professional outpatient behavioral health services for adults. Photo by Jesse Williams/The Source

Neighbors Say ‘No’ to Planned North Madison Addiction Treatment Center

Published May 27, 2020 08:59 a.m.

A proposed treatment center for addicts in North Madison is drawing an outcry from neighbors with almost two dozen banding together to oppose the new facility, mostly on the belief that its clients would pose a safety hazard or engage in criminal behavior, which has not been an issue at other similar facilities.

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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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