Hearing Tonight for a 52,000 Square-Foot Gun and Archery ‘Destination’ in Portland

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PORTLAND – A Portland gun store owner is planning a major expansion and is seeking approval to move from his current 1,000 square foot space, to a new, nearly 52,000 square foot “destination” – complete with a gun and archery store, firing ranges, axe throwing and a cafe. Rob Pizzi, Jr., has run Central Connecticut Arms on State Route 66 in Portland since 2017, growing it into one of the top-selling gun stores in the state, and outgrowing the small store. He said he wants his new store proposed for the corner of Main Street and Route 17 in Portland

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Neighboring Towns Hope Federal Dollars Can Ease High Cost of Water Needs

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East Hampton may be best known for Lake Pocotopaug, a nearly square mile freshwater attraction, but that water does little to help town residents struggle to draw water from their wells every summer.  Town Manager David Cox said East Hampton has been trying for decades to figure out a way to expand its water service to bring water to these residents and to provide clean water to others faced with expensive treatment systems to manage pollutants including magnesium and PFAS. Nearby Portland has struggles of its own. Some of the pipes in the town’s 41-mile water system are over a

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