Bennett’s Books Stocks Community Fridge for Families in Need

In the back of Bennett’s Books in Deep River is a small pink fridge stocked with milk, eggs, cheese, juice, and frozen burritos and spring rolls, free for anyone who might need them.   Colin Bennett, the owner of the store, got the idea for the fridge after hearing about Freedge, a worldwide network of community refrigerators. The refrigerators are stocked with food donations and are left outside for individuals to take food when they need to.  Bennett aired his idea on social media platforms and started to receive donations from “random people.” He received the donated fridge in March, but

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Deep River Seeks $119,000 STEAP Grant for Information and Communications Technology

DEEP RIVER — Instead of new sidewalks, this year Deep River is hoping to receive a $119,000 Small Town Economic Assistance (STEAP) grant from the state to assist the town in making meetings more accessible to the public. “With this proposed request we will have a couple of cameras and microphones so that people on zoom will be able to hear and see those at the meeting and those in the town hall will be able to hear and see those on zoom,” said Angus McDonald, first selectman of Deep River. Six months ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic policies moved

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Deep River Farms Plans a Bevy of Programs and Produce this Summer

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DEEP RIVER — A paradise of 60-plus acres of farmland and wooded trails, a small herd of rescue goats, 30 laying hens with another 250 approaching laying age soon, an abundance of locally-grown food — Deep River Farms is full of summer surprises. Owners Marissa Mathews and Kelly Simpson-Angelini have been hard at work ramping up the offerings at their community farm, which was incorporated in 2015. “The response from the community has been positive and extremely supportive,” said Simpson-Angelini, who is excited and proud of all that the farm has accomplished and is doing.  “We love our community in

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Deep River Follows other Towns and Considers Authorizing Short-term Borrowing

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Facing temporary cash shortfalls under new emergency tax-leniency rules and with the fiscal year beginning in July, more municipalities are considering a rarely-used short-term borrowing option. “We just don’t know where we’re gonna land,” cautioned Deep River First Selectman Angus McDonald. “I’m certainly hopeful that the majority of our revenue will come in as normal, but this is anything, but a normal situation.” Deep River typically collects about half its tax revenues in July and August. The town also completes the majority of its spending for the year prior to September, McDonald explained. The town has built its reserve fund

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Women Shop Owners Buy Property on Main Street, Deep River

DEEP RIVER — “We love the town and I feel so fortunate that I can make a living doing this and being part of the fabric of my community, so when the opportunity presented itself to purchase the building, we were thrilled,” said Sage Novak, leaning against the wood and glass counter in her women’s clothing shop, Compass Rose, in downtown Deep River on Friday morning. Novak opened a shop in Chester in 2015, but when the building at 4 River Street became available, she and her husband, Dan Kollmer, jumped at the opportunity to lease a space nearby to

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