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Annual Golf Tournament Raises $34,600 for Local Charities
On September 11, 2017 Burns, Todd & McNeil, Litchfield Bancorp and Northwest Community Bank jointly sponsored the 17th Annual BLN Charity Golf Tournament to benefit four local charities in Litchfield County. A total of $34,600 was raised for The Susan B. Anthony Project, FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity of NWCT, The Open Door Soup Kitchen of Winsted, and Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington, Inc. The event was held at Torrington Country Club and a number of volunteers helped organize and manage the event. Since its inception in 2001, the BLN Charity Golf Tournament has raised a total of $418,000 to contribute to those in need within our community.
Front Row L-R: Maria Skinner, McCall Center; Gina Devaux, Susan B Anthony Project; Lisa Hageman, Community Kitchen of Torrington; Christine Lavieri, Open Door of Winsted and Steve Casio of FISH
Back Row L-R: Paul McLaughlin, Litchfield Bancorp; Stephen Todd, Brooks Todd & McNeil and Steve Zarrella, Northwest Community Bank
Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $240 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to or call 860-567-9401.
Aquarion Water Company Warns
Customers of Imposter Phone Call Scam
BRIDGEPORT, CONN – November 2, 2017 – Aquarion Water Company is warning customers about a phone call scam, where an imposter is identifying themselves as Aquarion Water Company.  The imposter leaves a phone number for the customer to call back to make a water bill payment or pay a fine for tampering with their water meter. The only valid Aquarion Customer Service Center numbers are 1-800-732-9678 and 203-445-7310.
Any customers that receive a similar call should immediately contact their local police department. Anyone who has further questions or would like to confirm their account status may contact Aquarion’s  Customer Service Center at 1-800-732-9678.
About Aquarion Water Company:
Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 625,000 people in 51 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S. Based in Bridgeport, Conn., it has been in the public water supply business since 1857. Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices.  For more information on Aquarion Water Company and its subsidiaries, please visit
Transformed, former jail is open for business (10-19-17)
The former Litchfield County jail in the center of Litchfield has taken on a new life. BZ photo 
The first two businesses to set up shop in the former Litchfield County jail in the center of town are up and running. Luna’s Boutique and LuLu TFC are open for business. 
Luna’s Boutique, owned by April Matthews of Thomaston, will sell women’s clothing, boots, shoes, jewelry, scarves and other accessories. Matthews, who runs April’s Hair Salon in Thomaston, said her daughter, Logan Matthews, will be in charge at Luna’s. LuLu TFC offers cosmetic services.
The opening of the businesses is a sign that the transformation of the 19th-century building facing the Green is almost complete. Russell Barton of Litchfield is spearheading the project with partners Suzi Stone of Litchfield and Harriet Saltzmann and Robert Meyers, both of Cornwall.
Other tenants expected in soon are a bakery called the Bake House of Litchfield and a real estate office. A restaurant and a coffee shop will also be coming in, but their names have not been revealed as Barton works out the details of leases. The building also includes space for apartments and offices.
Planning and zoning approves Ocean State Job Lot (10-17-17)

The space previously occupied by Stop & Shop in Litchfield will become the home of an Ocean State Job Lot store. BZ photo
Ocean State Job Lot is coming to Litchfield. The Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday approved a site-plan application that will allow the national discount retailer to open a store in the former home of Stop & Shop at 331 West St.
Ocean State Job Lot will occupy all 24,000 square feet of space previously used by Stop & Shop before it moved to its new home in the Village Green plaza in late June.
Other than an Ocean State Job Lot sign on the building, there will be no changes to the building or to the parking lot, the attorney for the owner of the property told the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The attorney, Perley Grimes of Litchfield, represented Litchfield Developers LLC. In remarks to the commission before it unanimously approved the site-plan application, Grimes said the application represented a proposed use of the property identical to what has been going on there since the building was built in 1962.
“Retail goods are retail goods,” Grimes said in comparing Ocean State Job Lot to Stop & Shop and previous grocery stores that have occupied the building, along with a department store that was there in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.
Use of the property for retail falls under the designation of pre-existing, non-conforming. Zoning regulations weren’t adopted in Litchfield until 1970, which according to Grimes means any proposed retail use is “grandfathered in.”
The application was presented to planning and zoning in September, but the commission at the time wasn’t certain about the application because the commission’s land-use administrator, Dennis Tobin, issued a written opinion saying he believed a special-exception application was necessary under zoning regulations.
Under the special-exception standard, a public hearing would be required and planning and zoning would have to conduct a more thorough review of the application.
Planning and zoning’s attorney, Steven Byrne of Farmington, presented the commission with a legal opinion on Friday saying a site-plan application was sufficient because the property has been used for retail purposes since 1962.         
A Dollar General store coming to Morris center (10-04-17)
Land has been cleared at the future site of a Dollar General store in the center of Morris. BZ photo
Things perked up in Morris this week when it was learned that the property being cleared and leveled next to the post office on West Street will be where a Dollar General store will be built.
It will be the first national chain store to set up shop in the center of town. Dollar General, which offers discounts of household goods, has 13,000 stores in 44 states.
The store will be built by a developer, Garrett Homes LLC of Harwinton, on 1.24 acres at 16 West St. The property was sold to MCG Morris LLC of Harwinton by Sunset View LLC of Morris for $167,000 on Sept. 11. The principal of Sunset View LLC is Steven Cook of Morris.
Shortly after the sale was completed, work began to clear and level the lot. But it wasn't until Monday that a sign appeared advertising the location as the future site of a Dollar General.
The store will occupy a 7,544 square-foot building that was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission in July. The building as it was proposed met zoning regulations for the commercial zone in the center of town.
Many Morris residents are upset at the idea of a Dollar General in the center of their small town and some are planning to attend a meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission tonight (Wednesday) at 7 to voice their displeasure. Planning and zoning will be considering the design of the sign Dollar General is proposing for the property.
There's also a petition on that as of this morning had 869 signatures of individuals opposed to a Dollar General in town. The petition was started by Lisa Barker of Morris.
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