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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“You can't go wrong with this crew. Extremely patient and caring.”

Daniel S.

“Taylor, John, and Kristine and their crew are the best. They are patient, understanding, and a joy to work with.”

Daniel S.

“Sabina always has a pleasant, caring, and respectful attitude. I feel she treats me as she would as her own mother. She treats me the way she would like to be treated. We are a good “team” together.”

Tracy H.

“Diana has a total commitment of compassion, empathy, and respect for myself and my family. My daughters feel she is truly a tremendous caregiver. They know I am in good hands. She acknowledges with commitment of my physical, emotional, and practical needs, my quality of life has excelled due to Diana’s help. I look forward to her presence everyday her attitude is exceptional, Diana comes to work daily with a smile on her face. She enters the front door, singing softly ready to work. She has never taken a day off, I have had many caregivers, but Diana is truly the best!”

Anne H.

“Tina has been with us since the start, caring for my mom. Tina has nothing but my mom’s best interest at heart. She continues to go above and beyond to care for my mom, and ensure anyone else who may be there also understands my mom’s needs. Tina has even gone so far to rearrange her schedule or give up her free time to stay with my mom to avoid her having someone that doesn’t know her. I can see that she genuinely cares for my mom, and treats her as if she was her own family member. That also goes both ways, my mom lights up when she sees Tina. We consider Tina part of our family.”

David L.

“Always Best Care helped our family get through a very difficult time with my mother's care. Kristine and Taylor are a pleasure to work with. They are very knowledgable and had the answers to all our questions. They were able to help with all aspects of the care we needed. I highly recommend them.”

John S.

“Kristine and John are extremely caring and compassionate about helping their client's and family and making sure they receive the best care available. Highly recommended!”

Greg G.

“We needed some home care services for Dad who has dementia, and we made the right decision to trust ABC Senior Services for this support. Dad was lined up with a caregiver who was attentive and helpful, and she and Dad really hit it off. The management and administrative staff from ABC were also very effective and professional. You'll make a good decision to go with ABC Senior Services...”

Liam M.

“I approached Kristine regarding care for my elderly father. Even though he was outside her service area, she helped to find resources for us. Her commitment to providing outstanding care is only surpassed by her desire to help others. Thank you Kristine!”

Matt B.

“I have known Kristine Lajeunesse for many years now through business networking and she and her Team at Always Best Care are very caring and professional and exactly who you would want on your side if you have a loved one who needs help!”

Ann B.

“The client care at Always Best Care Senior Service is outstanding”

Kimberly O.

“Rosemary has many great qualities. She is a hardworker, sensitive, has a giving nature and has an immense desire to help my father. Reliability is vital trait in Rosemary. When my father was in the hospital and came home she immediately wanted to be by his side. My father has come to rely and depend on Rosemary. She is always on time whether it is giving medication or administering food and often encourages my father and helps my father maintain his dignity”

Denise D.

“Always Best Care provides caregivers to our building on a regular basis when we are short staffed. Due to our licensing, we can only have CNAs on the floor and Always Best Care has provided excellent CNAs every time we need some extra help. All of their CNAs have been helpful, willing to go above and beyond for our residents and we always have great responses from our own CNAs and supervisory staff. I am so thankful to Michelle and Wilda who will always staff a shift that I need, even if I call 30 minutes before the shift starts. You’ve been such a huge help!”

Kaytee S.

“I have known John and Kristine Lajeunesse for almost 20 years and when my dad needed care following a diagnosis of dementia, I knew there wouldn’t be anyone better to call than them. The caregivers that have worked with my dad have been wonderful. They are true saints to my family, allowing us the knowledge that Dad is okay to stay at home. They have navigated all of the changes in his cognitive state with grace and kept my father’s dignity in place. He was always a very active man and the caregivers have managed to keep him active, even as his health declines.”

Belinda F.

“Always Best Care helped me to get care lined up for my uncle, after I received their information from a close friend of mine that also used their agency. My uncle was a very proud man and did not want help from anyone, including family. Taylor met with me and spent time getting to know the ins and outs of my uncle’s care as well as his personality. She asked about his background so that they could look for a caregiver with similar interests. Although he took a turn for the worse rather quickly, the short time care was provided was wonderful. Thank you for your help and compassion.”

Karel O.

“My dad’s caregiver is great. He is a man of few words, but she is able to get him talking about all aspects and experiences of his life. They go out regularly and she encourages my dad to participate in the activities put on by the community he lives in. They run errands, go out for meals, or go for a drive just to get a change of scenery. I was nervous at first about how my dad would take having a caregiver come in to help him, but he seems so happy and has great things to talk about after his time spent with his caregiver.”

Martin F.

“Thank you, Kristine - I am very appreciative of the professional manner with which you and your organization operates. From the initial phone and in-person conversations with Taylor, to the ongoing support of my mother's care - it's been thorough, timely and well managed. I am also struck by how the home-health employees conduct themselves. They are reliable/responsive *and* responsible, and making every effort to work through the challenges day to day with my mother. Thanks for the great job you and your organization are doing. It means a lot to me, especially during this trying time! Best Regards”

Anna T.

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff for all of your hard work and dedication to their clients. When my parents finally realized they needed help in their home, I chose ABC as the company I felt would be the best fit. Yes, we have had some ups and down, but when you paired Leah with my parents, it was truly a blessing. My parents love her. She genuinely cares for them and they speak highly of her work ethic. As my mom says, “she is too good to be true”. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your working with me to find the right fit. Well on our end, Leah fits like a glove and I hope she feels the same. She is a special person so I wanted to acknowledge her hard work and dedication to my parents. It makes me feel more at ease knowing there is someone coming to the home to properly care for them. Again I want to thank you all and encourage you to keep up the good work.”

Craig F.

“My family provides the care to my mother 24/7, we called Always Best Care to provide respite care to my mom while we took some time to ourselves for a weekend. Mom’s caregiver, Gloria, was great and she had the perfect disposition to work with my mom. She was attentive and kept mom well fed and engaged during the time we were away. We would definitely call Always Best Care again when we need some time away.”


“The caregiver that helped my husband and I were so kind to us both, especially to my husband while I spent some time in the hospital and rehab. Our caregiver brought my husband to see me every day while I was at the hospital and at rehab, I knew he was in excellent hands and I could focus on getting stronger again.”

Heather R.

“i really like my caregiver, Victor very much. Victor is a very patient and observant aide who knows when I need his help. I knew from the first day meeting him that we would get along very well.”

Johnson L.

““I want to give a huge thank you for the care that Always Best Care provided over the last year and a half. They started out assisting just my dad since he was wheelchair bound and then began providing care to my mom as well who had advanced dementia. The two ladies that helped them both did an amazing job and gave me the confidence that they were being well cared for since I live on the other side of the country. Up to my dad’s passing, his caregivers were there for him to provide comfort and companionship while managing my mom’s emotions as well during the difficult time my dad had. Being a nurse myself and in the healthcare field for a while, I had high expectations which were exceeded by the caregivers and office staff of Always Best Care.”

harry B.

“Both of Mom’s caregivers are exceptional. They are always professional, calm and extremely patient with my mom. They know how to keep her calm and to manage her anxiety. My whole family is very grateful, knowing that Mom is getting really competent care, great meals and friendly companionship. Thank you.”

Kathleen F.

“My husband had care from Always Best Care until he passed away. Thankfully he is on his "next journey" and finally pain free, while he was here with us, his caregiver, Craig, did an amazing job caring for him and was here to help us from our first day of services. Craig always managed to get my husband to share stories from his time in the war that even I had not heard before. It was a great way to get to know more of my husband so his memory can continue with others around him.”

Beth F.

“I am very pleased with the care that Craig gave to my husband. My husband enjoyed having another man to talk to instead of conversation only between him and I. Craig managed to keep him occupied and safe so that I could go and get some time to myself, allowing me peace of mind that my husband was in great hands”

Sonia T.

“I hired Always Best Care to help my mom who was living with me at home. She was diagnosed with dementia and within 3 months she could hardly do much for herself anymore. I was able to continue working full time while my mom received care from Always Best Care. We had the same caregiver from day 1 and she was absolutely amazing. She kept everyone in the loop with any changes my mom experienced and the regular in person and phone check ins were a great added support to myself and my family. Thank you ABC for all the help and compassion that you showed my mom until her passing.”


“They are very caring and easy to deal with. They work with the family and the patient to see that the patient has what is needed for their care. In all we had a good experience with Best Care.”

Elaine G.

“Our caregiver is the absolute best, you all got lucky finding her.”

Bob G.

“Anything from Always Best Care is good to have. The care from them has given me my life back. I wasn’t expecting a perfect match on the first caregiver, but Always Best Care did a very good job.”

Claudia B.

“We have been using the services of ABC for almost three years, and I have worked personally with John, Kristine, Taylor, Michelle and Wilda, as well as the many wonderful caregivers who have attended to my mother’s needs with great care and attention. Throughout this time, my mother’s care needs have changed many times, and they have always been very responsive to any requests, including the directives of the hospice nurses that work in concert with all of them. Taylor and Michelle are incredibly diligent about keeping on top of issues that arise day-to-day, and running their questions and concerns by me. I remain a loyal customer to ABC because I feel that my mother is getting really great care, and will continue to see the warm, friendly faces she has come to know and trust today and every day. At 94 yrs old, my mother is quite dependent on the care providers for almost all her needs, and they always show up and make her feel safe and secure.”

Rachel C.
 In-Home Care Glastonbury, CT

How does In-home Senior Care in Glastonbury, CT work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Glastonbury, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Glastonbury, CT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

Respite Care Glastonbury, CT

During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Glastonbury,CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Wakefield's Jayd Bun receives best review, honored with Lego display from cute customers

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) — Jayd Bun, a popular Chinese food takeout spot in Wakefield, recently received what owners said is their best review yet.Having opened their doors just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Parisi and his wife Annie took a gamble.“We opened up October of 2019 right before the COVID outbreak," said Parisi. “It was pretty scary. It was slow, we weren’t even sure if we were going to survive the winter with COVID, but then things slowly started getting busier and b...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) — Jayd Bun, a popular Chinese food takeout spot in Wakefield, recently received what owners said is their best review yet.

Having opened their doors just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Parisi and his wife Annie took a gamble.

“We opened up October of 2019 right before the COVID outbreak," said Parisi. “It was pretty scary. It was slow, we weren’t even sure if we were going to survive the winter with COVID, but then things slowly started getting busier and busier."

Fast forward three years, and Parisi said his business is booming.

The couple prides themselves on their authentic Chinese food menu which is inspired by where Annie hails from: Tianjin, China.

The Parisi's said everything is house-made.

“We always ask people to spread the word, leave reviews, social media, and just little by little we’ve improved," said Parisi, “We care what people think. All we want to do is please everyone and make everyone happy. We want people to love our food. Whenever we get bad feedback or someone complains, we try to learn from it. We learn and get better from it.”

The reviews have been working.

Inside of the establishment, the Parisi's have hung their accolades all over, including articles from The Providence Journal, The Boston Globe, Yelp, and Best of Rhode Island, and other awards up for their customers to see and read.

“That way people can read it and see that it's just love," said Parisi.

The Sabins' of Glastonbury, Connecticut, can't get enough of their food.

They first tried it while on a family trip.

They had read reviews from nearby restaurants.

"We were like, 'This is the best food we’ve ever eaten,', We are big foodies, and hard to please, but this is by far the best Chinese food we’ve ever had,'" said Whitney Sabins. “We live in south Glastonbury, Connecticut, and yes, we do travel an hour and a half from time to time to get our Jayd Bun fix. This is a very welcoming place. You can tell there is joy everywhere, including in their food.”

On a most recent trip, after leaving, the Sabins' two kids, 12-year-old Keegan and 9-year-old Macaire, had an idea to show appreciation for their favorite restaurant.

“Keegan gets a lot of Lego sets for his birthday, Christmas, any type of thing with gifts. Then he builds them, we play with them, then we get tired of them destroy them," said Macaire. "We had a big bucket of Legos and we make anything out of the pieces, extra pieces that we have. We just looked at each other and we were like, 'Let’s make Jayd Bun.'"

The siblings took some time carefully constructing a replica of Jayd Bun using their Legos.

They even made a dumpling roof.

There was no detail too small.

“Keegan comes up, he's like, 'Mom, we created Jayd Bun.' I was like, 'What do you mean?' and I looked at it and I was like, 'Bud, this is like, one of your best creations,'" Sabins said. "It was so creative, and I loved it so much and I was like, 'I have to reach out.' I was super proud of them. They whipped it up it was so creative and it looks like Jayd Bun.'"

Sabins took a picture of the display and posted it on social media, hoping it would reach the Parisi's, and it did.

“I was like, 'Oh my God, that’s awesome,'" said Parisi. “I showed my wife, she actually cried a little bit, she was like, 'That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen,' she showed her parents in China, all her family in China, she was showing it off. I was like, 'I want to buy it.' She was like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, see if we can buy it.'"

After some thought, the kids negotiated a price and didn't mind giving up their Legos.

“I was like, 'We should probably do that because they need to be more recognized as such a great restaurant,'" said Keegan. "And so we thought we would do that.”

Currently, the Lego display is front and center at the business.

Parisi also printed out the original social media posts from the Sabins' so customers could understand where it came from and what it meant.

“As a mom, I was thankful they appreciated the work that my children put into that," said Sabins.

“It just shows customer satisfaction. It shows they went home and thought about us. They built it. It meant everything to us. It shows you what we’re doing is working, and that just meant a lot," said Parisi.

Connecticut Composer, Arranger and Producer Making A Mark In 2023

New Music and albums being released this year and working with new talent here and in the UK as well as existing partnerships.Music is the soundtrack of our lives, so why not make it a good one ! Keep the music playing !”— James A NorkawichGLASTONBURY, CT, US, February 17, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ -- In this social and economic time of uncertanity, James A Norkawich, Pianist, Composer and Arranger has been able through the ...

New Music and albums being released this year and working with new talent here and in the UK as well as existing partnerships.

Music is the soundtrack of our lives, so why not make it a good one ! Keep the music playing !”

— James A Norkawich

GLASTONBURY, CT, US, February 17, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ -- In this social and economic time of uncertanity, James A Norkawich, Pianist, Composer and Arranger has been able through the power of music to capitivate his audience in the USA and abroad with his unique style of Jazz, Classical Crossover, Pop and R&B just to name a few styles of music. In 2022, James A Norkawich has worked with Michelle Brooks-Thompson, Ellen Williams, Sara Janueva and more, and in 2023 things are heating up with new music that will sure to make an impact in this ever changing world that we live in. Norkawich thanks all of the listeners worldwide for a successful Christmas turnout with his debut album A Connecticut Christmas as well as the follow up single releases and EP's. Norkawich also hopes to do more interviews to share his story about his background, current music and goals and aspirations for 2023 and abroad. "Things are moving well" Norkawich says about this year releases, with such releases as the single " You Amaze Me " and a beautiful jazz rendition of " My Funny Valentine." Norkawich plans on performing and playing out this year with not only the music he has released but classic music that we all love and cherish.

In addition to recording, performing and playing, education in the arts with children from 8th grade- High School is something that is important to Norkawich's heart therefore he is working to get a program started in the Hartford Connecticut are like the one he was in during his highschool years. Norkawich believes by bringing children from all backgrounds, races, religions and skill levels into one arena, your able to unite each and every child under music and dance to form a common goal.. One band, One Sound. Norkawich believes in this credo and wants to encourage the youth of today to make music, make art, and become a positive role model in your community and not end up in an unhealthy place. There are so many options and the doors are open he states and its time we show the world what we can do through the healing power of music we can make a change in a world that is unsettled and set the tone for success and change.

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Rose’s Berry Farm in Glastonbury closes, future of farmstand uncertain

After years of being a premier farm for picking and homemade goods, Rose's Berry Farm in Glastonbury has closed down. This past weekend was the final time that Rose's Berry Farm was open for picking. Owner Sandi Rose said that the farm would continue "in another form that is still to be determined.""Thank you for all the love, friendship,and support over the past 40 years," Rose said in a ...

After years of being a premier farm for picking and homemade goods, Rose's Berry Farm in Glastonbury has closed down. This past weekend was the final time that Rose's Berry Farm was open for picking. Owner Sandi Rose said that the farm would continue "in another form that is still to be determined."

"Thank you for all the love, friendship,and support over the past 40 years," Rose said in a statement on Facebook. "But all things much change, and I am grateful to both the town of Glastonbury and private buyers who have allowed me to step-aside and know that our legacy will continue and be kept beautiful."

Rose, the namesake of the farm, said in the statement that she would be retiring and moving to a home on Lake Norman in North Carolina, which is near family. Despite Rose moving down the coast, she said that "part of us will always remain here, with our friends, families and memories of all that we shared."

"I have been fortunate to grow up and live my life in South Glastonbury. After college and some business experience, I left the corporate world to work side-by-side with Henry as we expanded the vision and offerings at Rose’s Berry Farm," Rose said in her statement. "This beautiful enclave in the hills of South Glastonbury holds so many [families] pasts and futures."

The farmstand on 1200 Hebron Ave., which is rented from the Holy Cross Cemetery, "may continue in 2023" depending on if another farmer is found to occupy the stand. As for the land, the Glastonbury Town Council voted earlier this month in favor of purchasing 23.18 acres of the farm for $1.09 million. The 23.18 acres are next to the 52 acres of the farm that Glastonbury bought for development rights in 2018. Glastonbury Town Manager Richard J. Johnson told the Journal Inquirer that a purchase and sale agreement could be drafted at the next Town Council meeting, which takes place on Nov. 9.

'It’s the biggest year ever' | Glastonbury home holiday light display returns

Affectionately known as “Lights on Fisher Hill," now it’s called “Lights on Eastbury Pond."GLASTONBURY, Conn. — It’s a holiday tradition well known in the Glastonbury community. After everyone is stuffed with their Thanksgiving favorites, “The Lights on Eastbury Pond” are turned on at 5 p.m. for the community to enjoy during the holiday season.With one click, houses turn into a winter wonderland....

Affectionately known as “Lights on Fisher Hill," now it’s called “Lights on Eastbury Pond."

GLASTONBURY, Conn. — It’s a holiday tradition well known in the Glastonbury community. After everyone is stuffed with their Thanksgiving favorites, “The Lights on Eastbury Pond” are turned on at 5 p.m. for the community to enjoy during the holiday season.

With one click, houses turn into a winter wonderland.

“It’s the biggest year ever,” said Janna Danco.

The Danco family has been doing this tradition for 14 years. It’s affectionately known as “Lights on Fisher Hill” but this year they’re in a new home not even a mile away from their old one.

Now it’s called “Lights on Eastbury Pond.”

“At our old house, we were at our max capacity so we couldn’t put a single light anywhere else. So here we have the opportunity to expand on four acres,” said Danco.

There’s history on these four acres, decades of it.

“This house was in my family for over 100 years. My father grew up here and he raised his four kids here,” said Kristen Cofiell.

Kristen Cofiell sold the house to the Danco’s after her parents passed away.

“You can’t ask for anything better when something means a lot to you and I have no doubt that my dad and mom who love to see the lights. They loved when it was time for them to turn on and they talked about them all the time and to now be looking down to see this on their property. I know how proud they would be,” said Cofiell.

The home and land that gave this family so many memories is now lighting up another family's life.

“To know that Jana and Steve are going to raise their boys here and their boys are going to be able to have some of the experiences that we had as kids and to know how much this property means to them, it just made it so much easier. It just made it so much easier to be able to walk about and be like maybe it’s not the Cofiell home anymore, but it’s still a home,” said Cofiell.

All Christmas lights bring cheer, but for folks here, these lights are even more illuminating.

“It’s amazing. It’s amazing,” said Cofiell.

This display is up until New Years Day from 4:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

If you’re unfamiliar with the display simply put “Eastbury Pond” into your GPS.

To enjoy the display, park at the Eastbury Pond parking lot.


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Why some Glastonbury residents oppose new apartment complex

GLASTONBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application last week to construct an apartment complex on the corner of Hebron Avenue and Manchester Road.The building will have 74 units, including at least 30 percent that will be considered affordable housing.But Glastonbury residents have mixed feelings about the development.“I think allowing an apartment complex is a great idea because it allows those who otherwise have been priced out of Glastonbury a chance to live here,” said Dorothy ...

GLASTONBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application last week to construct an apartment complex on the corner of Hebron Avenue and Manchester Road.

The building will have 74 units, including at least 30 percent that will be considered affordable housing.

But Glastonbury residents have mixed feelings about the development.

“I think allowing an apartment complex is a great idea because it allows those who otherwise have been priced out of Glastonbury a chance to live here,” said Dorothy Mills, who has lived in town since 1938. “It will help with diversity and bring new friendly faces to town.”

Several others disagree. In the Glastonbury Friends and Neighbors Facebook page, residents expressed concerns about bringing an apartment complex to an area that does not have many amenities.

“I think it’s a horrible location for any development —commercial or residential,” one woman wrote on Facebook.

Amy Gallatin lives just over a mile from the site. Her concerns about the construction focus on the potential safety issues of drilling near wells and increased pedestrian traffic in an area where she feels there is no room for kids to play.

“I'm through that intersection all the time,” Gallatin said. “I see how people barrel down Hebron Avenue from that hill directly above that intersection, no matter the speed limit.”

The 2.4-acre parcel is located at 1199 Manchester Road (Route 83) and is owned by the Manchester/ Hebron Avenue LLC.

The property is across the street from the fire department and abuts the cul-de-sac neighborhood of Stanley Drive. It is the only parcel in the area zoned for greater than single-family housing.

Mills said she can understand some of the anger of those opposed to the development, but challenged them to consider the advantages.

“People are angry out of fear,” Mills said. “I challenge these people to take a look in the mirror and ask how they'd feel if they were in the shoes of the future apartment tenants. Let's open our arms and welcome our new friends to town as I have been doing for many, many years.”

But some residents seemed concerned about increased traffic in the area. Since Jan. 1, 2020, there have been 45 crashes on Hebron Avenue. On Route 83, there have been 113 crashes during that time period.

During last week’s meeting, the consulting firm, Tighe and Bond, discussed the results of a traffic study that indicated there are ample sight lines for traffic exiting the complex and the development will “not have an adverse impact on traffic conditions” according to Chris Granatini, professional engineer.

Diana Wind, of Glastonbury, who lives at nearby Hurlburt Street, spoke at the meeting to express her concerns about increased traffic. She said the addition of a Trader Joe’s supermarket farther down Hebron Avenue has already started to make the area more congested.

“My husband and I reject the proposal because of traffic safety, air quality, noise and overall quality of life in this area of Glastonbury,” Sandra Davis, a Manchester Road resident who lives across the street from the proposed construction site, said during the meeting.

“The additional traffic at this intersection will increase accidents and possible deaths.”

Section 8-30g housing sets a goal that each Connecticut municipality has at least 10 percent of its housing stock be affordable. This particular complex would qualify as a “set-aside development” because at least 30 percent of units for at least 40 years will remain at prices that are less than 30 percent of a family’s income.

“We cannot deny this application unless we find substantial health and safety issues,” Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary Michael Botelho said. “The record does not reflect those issues. We have reports from the town and the town’s consultants Tight and Bond to support that.”

Gallatin believes the development, while affordable, does not reflect a commitment to providing affordable housing that is safe and connected to the community.

“If the developer and his attorneys truly believed in the mission of affordable housing, they would not be horsing this development into an area with no supporting infrastructure and no walkability for those who would be availing themselves of this affordable housing,” Gallatin said.

The town planning and zoning commission members have not responded to requests for comment. Four commission members voted in favor of the development and two opposed.

According to Glastonbury's affordable housing plan, 6 percent, or 783 units, of the town’s housing stock is classified as affordable under 8-30g. The report acknowledges the vast majority of housing in Glastonbury is single family, and 40 percent of renter households are cost-burdened.

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