Friday, January 15, 2021

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Raffle Set to Expand Funds for Clinton Small Business Grant

Published Jan. 12, 2021 03:14 p.m.

A raffle kicking off on Saturday, Jan. 16 will help support a new program being offered to small businesses in town by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.

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Sidewalk Sale Still On as Businesses Move into 2021 with Cautious Optimism

Published Jan. 13, 2021 07:30 a.m.

With the holiday season behind and many more cold winter days ahead, Madison’s shops and restaurants will begin 2021 with the same struggles that characterized much of 2020—but 2021 will also bring much of what allowed businesses to survive and even thrive through 2020, according to Madison Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Eileen Banisch.

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Despite Much Interest and Discussion, Future of 30 Old Post Road Remains Unsettled

Published Jan. 05, 2021 04:35 p.m.

The future of 30 Old Post Road, something that has been a subject of interest for the past two years, remains up in the air.

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Madison Seeks Funds to Finish Downtown Center Project

Published Jan. 05, 2021 03:45 p.m.

The long-running downtown center project is taking “baby steps” forward, according to First Selectman Peggy Lyons, with $355,000 being proposed to finish the Phase 1 portion of the project sometime next fiscal year.

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Guilford Business Community Goes into 2021 with Hope, But Facing Significant Challenges

Published Jan. 06, 2021 08:36 a.m.

The year 2020 was an unprecedented challenge for the town as a whole, but for those running small businesses in Guilford, the pandemic created a uniquely difficult set of circumstances requiring a constant spirit of adaptation and cooperation.

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A rendering of Building 3 at The Indian River Landing  Image courtesy of Fuss and O’Neil

Development in Clinton: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Published Dec. 29, 2020 05:02 p.m.

Through 2020, two different major redevelopment projects caught the eyes an imaginations of Clinton residents: Indian River Landing and the former Unilever site.

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With a Dec. 14 Planning & Zoning Commission approval in hand, Van Wilgen’s Garden Center is clear to begin renovating and expanding the former Cashman’s Hardware site in Clinton. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Van Wilgen’s Get Green Light from Clinton PZC

Published Dec. 17, 2020 04:29 p.m.

The Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) has unanimously approved the application to build a Van Wilgen’s garden center and green house at the site of the former Cashman’s Hardware Store at the corner of Route One and Grove Street.

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Breakwater Books co-owner Richard Parent faces actress Donna Dupervil (right) and director Karina Silva (left) during filming for an international American Express ad campaign focusing on small businesses. Photo courtesy of Breakwater Books

Breakwater Books Takes Center Stage in International AmEx Ad

Published Dec. 08, 2020 02:52 p.m.

This holiday season more than ever, people are recognizing the power, the importance, and the need for small businesses.

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North of Havana co-owner Christopher Cassese (center) cuts the ribbon assisted by First Selectman Mike Freda (left) and Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Sales & Marketing Gary Ciarleglio. Photo courtesy of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce

North of Havana Cigar & Lounge Holds Ribbon Cutting

Published Dec. 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.

North of Havana, located at 77 State Street in North Haven, held a ribbon cutting grand opening on Nov. 12. The...

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Guilford Selectmen Consider First Draft of EDC Tax Incentive Proposal Encourage Development

Published Dec. 08, 2020 10:03 a.m.

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) broadly discussed a more detailed and revised version of an incentive plan that would provide a deferral and tiered phasing-in of taxes for certain types of developments, something that has been enacted in several neighboring towns and been discussed in Guilford a number of times over the last few years.

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Clinton STEM Initiative Gains New Partner

Published Nov. 25, 2020 09:11 a.m.

Clinton’s Economic Development Commission (EDC), Clinton Manufacturing Coalition, and PTA are working to spread the word about a new program and Facebook page aimed at educating parents and students about the benefits of careers in the STEM fields and manufacturing.

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Apartments at Former Unilever HQ Moving Ahead

Published Nov. 03, 2020 04:19 p.m.

A 47-unit apartment project that was approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) in May is moving ahead, with the developer filing an application for a building permit for the site of the former office building on the Unilever property.

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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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