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Collinsville Property Owner Moves Forward with Used Dealership Application but Leaves Options Open

January 27, 2017 Business No Comments

5 River Road.

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – The owner of 5 River Road has filed an application for a used car dealership but said he continues to market the property for other potential uses.  

Stephen Roberto has filed an application at the land use office, proposing the use of a used car dealership  with 30 spaces for vehicles, 7 parking spaces, two dark-sky compliant light fixtures and the ability to use two existing bays for limited repair and inspection. 
 
The application comes after a Burlington resident seeking to run a used car dealership decided not to pursue the business. The proposed use was already controversy but the withdrawal came amidst a flurry of controversy. (See this week’s Valley Press for more details). 
 
Now Roberto is pursuing a special exception that would allow the use on the property, The proposal is slated for a public hearing on Feb. 15. However, Roberto is also entertaining other proposals for the property, which is “offered for lease.” Currently Dentfix Express operates at the site. 
 
 See more details in a future edition of the Valley Press. 
 

Images of Canton: Francesca’s Reopens its Doors

Francesca’s Wine Bar and Bistro officially reopened its doors on Wednesday, Jan. 25. 

The Nadeau family, which originally opened the restaurant in the fall of 2012, reopened the doors Wednesday.

In August of 2015, the family had sold the business to a different partnership, and the doors closed in October of 2016. 

However, the Nadeaus have opened the restaurant again with original owners Francesca and Don taking a more minor role and their son Jonathan, who is also executive chef, as the primary owner. 

However, Francesca and Don will still be a presence at the restaurant, especially for the next year. 

“I feel like we never left, like it was yesterday,” Francesca Nadeau said Wednesday evening. “It feels so natural. It’s wonderful. It really is.” 

See more at https://www.francescaswinebar.com or https://www.facebook.com/FrancescasWineBarAndBistro/

Images of Canton: Aladdin Jr. Comes to Middle School Stage

The Canton Middle School Drama Club presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 27 and Friday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $5 for seniors, children and students and $8 for adults. 

The show takes place in the auditorium of the Canton Middle/High School campus at 76 Simonds Ave. Buy tickets at the door or via www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2811936.

See more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press

Mental Health, Opioid Addiction to Be Year-Long Discussion in Canton

January 25, 2017 Community, Health No Comments

Jennifer C. Kertanis, director of Farmington Valley Health District, speaks at the annual town meeting.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

CANTON – When one is struggling with mental health or addiction, it is often kept quiet. 

Family members often don’t talk of it and neighbors and friends, if they are even aware, hesitate to bring it up. 

But those leading a recent discussion on mental wellness and the opioid epidemic had a surprising suggestion. If you know someone going through such a struggle, break the ice by bringing the family a casserole, just as you would for a cancer patient. 

“Addiction thrives in isolation and we know that connectedness extinguishes it,” said Maria Coutant Skinner, Canton resident and executive director of the Torrington-based McCall Center for Behavioral Health.  … Continue Reading

Area Businessman Looks to Renovate Maple Avenue Building

A rendering of the proposed improvements at 61 Maple Ave.

By John Fitts

CANTON – A locally based financial advisor is looking to renovate a long-deteriorating commercial building on Maple Avenue. 

Michael Chadwick, who runs Chadwick Financial Advisors, wants to completely renovated the 6,150-square-foot building at 61 Maple Ave. and create approximately four office spaces, one of which would be for his company. 

The applicant plans to make numerous building, landscaping and parking improvements. 

This application is due to go before the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 15. According to a memo from town planner Neil Pade, a public hearing is not required for a site plan application but the commission “may schedule one.” 

Please see more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press. We also plan to follow up in future editions.  

61 Maple Ave as it exists today.

Canton Annual Report Dedicated to Late, Activist Couple

January 25, 2017 Community, Government No Comments

By John Fitts 

The late Lou and Judi Friedman at Roaring Brook Nature Center.
Photo courtesy of Roaring Brook Nature Center

Assistant Editor

CANTON — The late Judi and Lou Friedman were known throughout the world for their activism but the couple also strongly believed that it started locally. 

Their actions at home included building a trend-setting energy-efficient home, instilling a love for the environment in generations of children, speaking and writing about local issues, fighting local polluters and pitching in at Roaring Brook Nature Center. 

Now, the town of Canton has dedicated its 2015-2016 annual report to the couple. The dedication was announced by First Selectman Leslee Hill at the Canton Annual town meeting Jan. 18, 2017. 

“Our sincere thanks and appreciation go out to the Friedmans for their years of continuous contributions to the Canton community – their passing has been deeply felt in the town of Canton and we appreciate and honor them through this annual report dedication,” Hill said. 

Please see more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press

 

Police: Passenger in Car that Crashed into Restaurant has Died

January 24, 2017 Fire, Police No Comments

The passenger in this vehicle has died from her injuries.
Photo by TAB Photographic

Canton police said the woman who was a passenger in the vehicle that struck the Crown and Hammer Restaurant has died. 

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday a car driven by Michael Stoppani crashed into the restaurant in downtown Collinsville. 

Margaret Stoppani, 86, of Canton, sustained fatal injuries, police said Tuesday morning. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death accidental, with blunt injuries to torso, head and extremities. 

 Michael Stoppani sustained minor injuries. 

The town of Canton volunteer Fire and EMS Department extricated the woman from the vehicle and secured leaking water and gas in the building. 

Police said only one car was involved. They are also asking any witnesses to call 860-693-0221. 

See more about the incident in our previous story

Woman transported to hospital after car crashes into Crown and Hammer

January 23, 2017 Fire, Police 1 Comment

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department use a hydraulic tool to remove the roof of the vehicle.
Courtesy of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Editor’s Note: Sadly, the female passenger in this vehicle has died from her injuries. See our updated story here

By Mark Jahne and John Fitts

A car slammed into the Crown & Hammer Pub Jan. 23, punching a hole through the wall. 

Police chief Christopher Arciero said an elderly female  was extricated by members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and transported to an area hospital. Her son was driving, police said. 

Fire officials said the car went three to four feet into the building. 

There was an active natural gas leak and water pouring from the structure, fire officials said, and Connecticut Water, Connecticut Natural Gas and Eversource also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, fire crews shut off the natural gas and water lines, as Canton’s paramedics and EMTs medically evaluated the driver and passenger, fire officials said.  Fire crews used a hydraulic tool to quickly remove the roof of the car while a paramedic worked to stabilize the patient, fire officials said. As a precautionary measure, fire crews also charged a hose line to the building, officials added. 

The accident, which occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m., is under investigation. Police are looking into exactly what happened. 

“We’re still trying to piece that together,” Arciero said.  … Continue Reading

Canton School District Retirees, Students Work Together to Make an Impact

January 19, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

CANTON –  Joan Reiskin and Heidi Zacchera retired from the Canton School District in 2007 and 2013, respectively, but that hasn’t stopped the two from continuing to lead ESTEEM, a team of high school students that teach fifth-graders about making good choices.   

“We started it and we love it,” said Reiskin, a 35-year social worker for the town and school district. “We see the results in play year after year. We hear from the teachers and the principals of those schools that this was such a positive influence on these kids.” 

Each year, the group visits approximately a half dozen schools, generally presenting to fifth graders. That included a recent trip to Canton Intermediate School. 

Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

Images of Canton: Wizards Come to Town

By John Fitts 

Assistant Editor

CANTON — With a host of antics, slam dunks, dancing and even a little football, the Harlem Wizards and local teachers took to the court and helped raise $7,500 toward an effort for permanent lights at the Canton High School track and field facility. 

The committee is working to raise some $250,000 for permanent lights at Canton High School track and field facility. Next up is a Snowshoe Scramble, sponsored by Lights on Canton and Canton Parks & Recreation Department, and set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. It is designed to be a gentle snowshoe, or walking event through the woods with refreshments at the end. Cost is $25 per person or $75 for a family of four.  More details, updated course information and online registration can be found at the Canton Parks & Recreation website, www.cantonrec.org/info/activities. (NOTE EVENT CANCELED) 

The committee has also announced several other initiatives. Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

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