Deep River Ice — Ice Cream and Italian Ice Opening in Early July

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Chelsea Fremut said she and her fiance David McDonald love Italian ice, and they wanted to share it with Deep River. And just in time for the summer heat, they are opening Deep River Ice – a new ice cream and Italian ice stand on Main Street. “There’s not really much else anywhere local, the closest italian ice is in Middletown or New Haven,” Fremut said. “We want to enjoy the community that I grew up in and see the kids enjoy it.” The italian ice is coming from Micalizzi’s in Bridgeport, where McDonald grew up and became friends with

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Housing Activists Call for Action at Rally in Deep River

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DEEP RIVER —  At the front steps of Town Hall on Saturday about 75 people rallied in support of housing equity, zoning reform and S.B. 1024 — a housing and zoning bill that will likely advance to a vote in the General Assembly during the legislative session ending June 10.  Three groups — DesegregateCT, The Valley Stands Up, and March for Justice — co-hosted the “Rally for Housing Justice,” which included speakers who urged attendees to tell their state representatives and senators to support S.B. 1024.  “Legislative leadership must call this bill, we want for it to get a vote. We

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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 Horseshoe League At Play Every Thursday Evening

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It’s a tense moment as the teams head out to play. It may be the Yankees and the Red Sox, but this game there is no stadium, no bat and no ball. Instead, there’s a sandpit, a metal stake and some heavy horseshoes. And the Yankees and Red Sox are just two of the 16 teams currently playing in the Deep River Horseshoe League. The game of horseshoes has become synonymous with Deep River over the last 65 years. On Thursday evening in Deep River, the clank of metal against metal is heard far and wide as the league, the

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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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Deep River Taxes Still Accruing on Region 4 School Property

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When the Mislick Property was purchased in 2017, the first selectman of Deep River – the town hosting all of the Region 4 school properties — broached the topic of the district paying taxes to the town. “The reality is I believe and Deep River believes that there should be some sort of compensation for the schools that are all located in our town,” said First Selectman Angus McDonald. At the Wednesday night meeting, after an executive session discussion with legal advisors from Shipman and Goodwin, the Region 4 Board of Education said they would be working with the three

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