Small Town Connecticut Re-thinks the Drive-Thru

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Frank D’Andrea, who owns a Dunkin Donuts on Route 81 in Killingworth, and several others along the shoreline and New Haven area, applied to the Killingworth Planning and Zoning Commission last year to allow drive-thru windows in the town’s commercial areas. Last October, the commission unanimously approved the application, making drive-thru windows an accessory use in the town’s commercial district, so that now property owners can apply for a special exception, and Planning and Zoning can review and approve any plans to add a drive thru. Commission chair Thomas Lentz said that drive-thru lanes had been opposed in Killingworth for

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The Candidates: Haddam-Killingworth Board of Education

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Mask mandates, alternative pathways to college and curriculum diversity are all up for debate as candidates for the Haddam-Killingworth Region 17 Board of Education make their cases for election in the fall.  The regional Board of Education has eleven seats — five from Killingworth and six from Haddam. In November, three of the six Haddam representatives are running for re-election: Democrat Brenda Buzzi and unaffiliated members Prem Aithal and Joanne Nesti. Two board members from Killingworth, Republican Eileen Blewett and Democrat Kathleen Zandi, are also running for another term.  The elections come at a critical time for local schools, with

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After 12 Years, Cathy Iino Set to Step Aside as Killingworth First Selectwoman

KILLINGWORTH — After 12 years as first selectwoman, Catherine Iino announced on Thursday that she will not be running this November for another term. She is one of several town leaders in the region who have announced they are not running for another term, including Mark Nickerson in East Lyme, Rob Smith in East Haddam and Susan Bransfield in Portland.  “It was a difficult decision, but I’ve been doing this for 12 years, I have a granddaughter I haven’t really seen over the last year and a half, and I just think it’s time to do other things,” Iino told

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Killingworth Officials Announce Public Forums on Water Contamination

KILLINGWORTH — Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, were detected in three wells serving the age 55+ Beechwood Community, but only one of the wells exceeded state guidelines. Officials at Connecticut Water assured residents that the water, once treated, is safe to drink. Three wells registered levels of PFAS greater than 10 parts per trillion. Only one well exceeded the state guidelines of 70 ppt for the total accumulations of five specific PFAS chemicals in drinking water.  Connecticut Water stated in a release that because drinking water is treated, the guidelines “apply only to the treated water and not

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