BETHWOOD – A proposal to build a gas station and convenience store is fueling a debate that cuts into the very fabric of a community whose slogan is “rural is beautiful.”
If built, the town’s only gas station would be located on a 1.72-acre parcel on the corner of Amity Road and Sargent Drive. The proposal was vetted at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting this week, during a public hearing that was continued from two previous dates in May.
Some residents do not want the gas station, arguing that it will forever alter the town’s rural character, while others who support it say the need for such a business is significant. The commission is looking to balance these two opposing views.
Check out the story to hear what residents, the applicant and commission have to say about the proposal.
STRATFORD – Police are investigating the first arson of 2011.
According to the fire department, officials determined that a fire that ripped through a Light Street residence last Saturday was intentionally set. Police are questioning “people of interest,” one fire official said.
Read the story to find out how the fire marshal determined the fire was arson, and to see a photo of the house.
NORTH BRANFORD – With a single snip from a giant pair of scissors, the new Family Resource Center (FRC) became a part of the community this week.
The FRC is the new home for K-Care, which provides before- and after-kindergarten care as well as before- and after-school care.
Watch a video and check out some photographs from the ribbon-cutting by clicking here.
CHESHIRE – It was a moment to reflect on the past and simultaneously cast an eye toward the future.
The Board of Education this week honored 18 retiring teachers who combined represent 491 years of teaching experience. And the board also praised two top students - Class of 2011 Valedictorian Audrey Dee Zhang and Salutatorian Brendan William Pier.
Read more about these students’ accomplishments in this article.