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Home Care In Madison, CT

Home Care Madison, CT

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Robert M. Bashford House gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Madison, CT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“We had the most wonderful experience with Always Best Care. Cynthia was an answer to our prayers ????”

Mollys D.

“I am so appreciative for the time, patience, and insight that Cynthia Montano provided to my brother and me in helping us transition our mother from independent to assisted living. Cynthia educated us about the various “models” of assisted living communities in an effort to ascertain the appropriate level of support required for our mom. She was sensitive to finances and lifestyle preference. Cynthia has a network of relationships among assisted living facilities, and always did hands on research before presenting us with options to tour. She is truly a professional. Cynthia has generously made herself available to brainstorm, as we begin to think about eventual next steps. Thank you, Cynthia.”

Cynthia N.

“I am a current client of this provider They help me out a lot and things I can't do, they help me. I like that they are prompt and always on time.”

Robert M.

“This review is for Bernadette. She is exceptionally competent. You can feel how caring she is for her patient and for the entire family. Self directed.”


“I am a past client of this provider My Mom started requiring 24x7 care 2 years ago and her primary aid was attentive to her needs and treated her with dignity and respect. She would often call my Mom her "Queen". They always provided advanced notice whenever the aid needed time off and was responsive to questions and concerns. I don't know what we would have done if not for ABC and its services.”


“I am a current client of this provider The client feels comfortable with the provider. I like that they are attentive to the patient.”

Domenico B.

“I am a past client of this provider My Mom started only requiring part time care due to her cancer but as it progressed, we needed around the clock care. The aides were always extremely helpful and kind to my Mom and when we needed care 24x7 our aide was Na who was here for my Mom day in and day out. In a six month period she had only taken two days off where we needed coverage which Always Best took care of for us. Na was just wonderful and my Mom loved her and everything she had done to comfort her. I also appreciated everything Na had done for my Mom and to have an aide as dedicated to my Mom was critical in my eyes. I would also like to thank their entire office they always worked with me and were always available whenever I needed anything. Thank you Always best Care, my Mom couldn't have been treated any better!!!”


“I am a current client of this provider I deal with Deanna, and I can ask her to do what I need without question. I like that they're prompt.”

Gilmay L.

“I am a current client of this provider They are doing everything they can to help, they have sent me a lovely person that is agreeable. They came through on what they promised, I have a lovely person to come help me.”

Maria S.

“I am a current client of this provider The impact is great on my life, they have helped me in my house. They sent me people at fist that were not good but now they sent me a good person to work.”

Gloria S.

“I am a past client of this provider My mother had short term care while I was vacationing. The agency matched her up with a wonderful caregiver whom my mother loved. She arrived on time every day and helped keep my mother company by sitting and chatting with her while still helping out with the evening meal and housekeeping. We will use the services again in the future. It was a positive experience for my mother and our family.”


“I am a current client of this provider They give great service. I like that the caregivers are on time and they know how to do their job.”

Judy A.

“I am a current client of this provider They made a great difference in the client's life. I like that they work until they find the right person.”

Marcie D.

“I am a current client of this provider They have changed my life because they take me to the doctors and will take me to the grocery store I like that they help me clean my house for me.”

Odilia M.

“I am a current client of this provider She helps me with bathing and she helps me with my dinner. They are very reliable.”

Maryellen S.

“I am a current client of this provider We have worked with Linda and team at ABC for quite a while. Very professional and reliable at all times”


“I am a current client of this provider They only come once a week but it has been extremely helpful. They strive to get you the best care possible. If they can't fulfill something they work until they get you that.”

Judith K.

“I am a current client of this provider They have helped the most in providing care for personal hygiene. I like the caregiver that the company has provided us.”

Laurie W.

“I am a current client of this provider Always Best Care has been doing a tremendous job with my father’s daily needs. My fathers caretaker, has been doing a tremendous job and has really gone above and beyond with helping my father. Everything from getting a haircut, to bringing him to see a the podiatrist, and taking him out for food, it’s all gone very well. My father has grown accustomed to Steve and that has helped tremendously. I’m glad someone is there to fill in the gaps because it’s just not possible for me to do the things he needs solely on the weekends. The service is very flexible and has been a great help to me as I’m working full time and my father lives by himself. Highly recommended!”


“I am a current client of this provider Absolutely the BEST care provided! Simple and easy to deal with. Easy to contact and responded to our needs very quickly!”

Bruce B.

“I am a current client of this provider They watch over my mother because I am on a the road a lot. I need somebody who will do a good job taking care of her while I'm away. We were having problems finding an aide that was consistent.”

Richard W.

“I am a current client of this provider We are lost without them. My husband can't get out of bed in the morning without the aides helping him with a lift. I am not able to help him in the ways that he needs, so the services are critical. They could have more substitute caregivers available. Every once in a while, we need a substitute, but we have to wait.”

Linda A.

“I am a current client of this provider They have exhibited everything they are supposed to. When I have people who come and care for me, it means a lot and usually lifts my spirits. Care is very prominent in the people that come.”

John M.

“I am a current client of this provider The aides are very good. They are reliable. When they say something, it happens. The aides are very good and responsive on service issues. If they say something, it will happen.”

Paul C.

“I am a current client of this provider The caregiver is always here when she says she is going to be here. She comes in the door and asks what she can do. She is very very helpful to my loved one and me. She often helps my loved one get dressed. She will fix breakfast if we haven't had breakfast. She makes lunch for us. She will do pretty much anything I ask her to do. I like the fact that I can count on them to do what they say. They follow through with everything they say they will do.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Madison, CT?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is 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 gets older, 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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Types of Elderly Care in Madison, CT

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting James Madison Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local L'Etoile Restaurant or visit Harold C. Bradley House, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Madison, CT

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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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 - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, 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, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Madison, 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.

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 a nursing home. 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.

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 and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often 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 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.

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Affordable Care

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:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CT's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
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.
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.
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.
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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 Madison, 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.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Oak Park Place Madison East
  • BrightStar Senior Living of Madison
  • Assisted Living Madison WI
  • Eden Vista Madison
  • Renaissance Senior Living of Hilldale
  • Madison Pointe Senior Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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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 Always Best Care 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:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


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.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Madison, CT 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

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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Developer proposes to build 3-story office building on Wall Street in Madison near former Moxie

MADISON — A developer proposes to build a three-story, nearly 13,000-square-foot office building on Wall Street, on two lots just south of the former Moxie restaurant.A site plan review and Downtown Village District major alteration applications were submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission by Saltwater Properties Group, LLC and Saltwater Properties Group II, LLC.The Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the applications for Thursday, Dec. 21.The 12,836-square-foot Principle Weal...

MADISON — A developer proposes to build a three-story, nearly 13,000-square-foot office building on Wall Street, on two lots just south of the former Moxie restaurant.

A site plan review and Downtown Village District major alteration applications were submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission by Saltwater Properties Group, LLC and Saltwater Properties Group II, LLC.

The Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the applications for Thursday, Dec. 21.

The 12,836-square-foot Principle Wealth Partners offices would include a 3,400-square-foot cellar; 3,100-square-foot first floor, 3,400-square-foot second floor and a 2,896-square-foot third floor.

There will be a patio and pergola in the rear of the building, along with 31 parking spaces.

The proposal requests a reduction in the required 36 parking spaces for this project, per the Zoning Standards Schedule. The additional five spots would be located on Wall Street and the municipal lot.

On Tuesday, July 11, the project went before the Advisory Committee on Community Appearance.

“It was a preliminary discussion,” said Erin Mannix, town planner.

Discussions centered around the shapes of the windows and the elevator shaft.

“They ultimately felt that the scale of the building was appropriate for the existing street scape, but wanted to see more detailed renderings, including a street view with adjacent buildings,” Mannix said.

Developers will go before this committee again on Tuesday, Nov. 14, for more specific feedback, according to Mannix.

They also went before the Zoning Board of Appeals in September for a height variance.

“The rules for Wall Street state that there is an average height maximum that we may slightly exceed based on the proposed grading level required on this lot,” said Robert Paolucci, founder and CEO of Principle Wealth Partners.

“We have small dormers on the building, similar to many residential properties on the street, which required a 4-foot height variance, which they approved,” he said.

Paolucci purchased the quarter-acre lot in the spring. It is 64 feet wide and over 100 feet deep.

“The land requires a significant amount of fill and grading in order to raise it closer to street level,” said Paolucci.

“There’s a beautiful tree in front of the lot that we’re going to work around,” he said. “We’re going to keep that intact.”

Paolucci said he is building is a “residential looking, commercial building that blends seamlessly with the other properties on Wall Street.”

“From every aspect, whether it be the inside or outside, it’s going to have residential quality finishes, residential flooring, fixtures,” he said.

The material list for the project includes a foundation of thin stone veneer in Gray Liberty Stone, exterior siding of 7-inch exposure lap siding, white exterior trim and panels, aluminum storefront windows and a decking of solid wood Ipe.

Proposed plant materials for landscaping include shadblow and honey locust trees; boxwood, dwarf fothergillia and arrowwood shrubs and creeping lilyturf, Juniperus chinensis sargentii groundcoverings, in addition to native varieties of perennials.

There would be a total of 31 offices.

“This is going to be built to blend in,” Paolucci said.

The application includes demolition of two existing structures on lots 36 and 37 at 48A and 48B Wall St. prior to commencing construction.

The structure on 48A Wall St. is a 560-square-foot one story, bungalow and 48B Wall St. has a 1,050-square-foot Cape Cod style, vinyl sided house on site.

Paolucci said he is proud of the local team he has brought together for the project.

That team includes architect Gregory Nucci of Point One Architects, Madison and Old Lyme, along with Madison-based John Cunningham, TEC Landscape Design; Madison Earth Care; Paul Coady Construction LLC and Michael Ott, Summer Hill Engineers & Land Surveyors, P.C.

Paolucci moved to Madison in 2020 with his family and said, “I have a very vested interest in town, making sure it looks the way the town wants it to look.”

“I want to make sure Madison is what it’s supposed to be, which is a quaint New England town that has buildings and structures that match the charm of the town,” he said.

“I’m going to build something that adheres to those requirements.”

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Man catches shark off the coast of Madison

MADISON, CT (WFSB) – A man caught a shark while paddleboarding in the Long Island Sound off the coast of Madison.Eddie Carroll got the catch on video and posted it to Instagram.Carroll was fishing in the Bluefish Tournament over the weekend when he caught the 8 foot shark.“I knew it was big right when I hooked into it. It pretty much took all of my line,” Carroll said. “After you k...

MADISON, CT (WFSB) – A man caught a shark while paddleboarding in the Long Island Sound off the coast of Madison.

Eddie Carroll got the catch on video and posted it to Instagram.

Carroll was fishing in the Bluefish Tournament over the weekend when he caught the 8 foot shark.

“I knew it was big right when I hooked into it. It pretty much took all of my line,” Carroll said. “After you know, 20 minutes or so, I realized this probably isn’t a bluefish anymore.”

After an hour long fight, he realized it was a shark.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) identified the animal as a female sandbar (brown) shark.

“I got my phone out and got a little closer and quickly realized it was a giant brown shark,” said Carroll.

DEEP said there are three large species of sharks that live in Long Island Sound: the sand tiger shark, the dusky shark, and the sandbar (brown) shark. These sharks are harmless to humans.

“Brown sharks are pretty common in Long Island sound,” said a spokesperson for DEEP.

Jim Noel from Madison is on the water every day, and is no longer surprised by shark sighting.

“You see dolphins, we see lots of seals, so many more seals than we’ve seen in the past. Starting to get larger sharks in the area. It’s bound to happen. They’ve always been here but now we’re starting to see them a little more,” Noel said.

You can read DEEP’s guide on sharks in the Long Island Sound below:

“This is no cause for alarm as dusky sharks, sandbar sharks, and sand tiger sharks are harmless to humans – in fact, they could use our help!” said DEEP.

The department said if you catch one of the sharks, you should immediately release it back into the sound, unharmed.

Eddie has grown pretty comfortable fishing off his paddleboard, and is planning to head back out on the water soon.

“I think around here, people have the mentality that there are no sharks in the sound. I had that similar mentality. I was pretty shocked by what I had pulled up,” Carroll said. “People should be aware that they’re here.”

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School Construction Moves Forward in Madison, With Brief Debate Over Goals for Sustainability

MADISON – Plans to upgrade the HVAC system at Polson Middle School sparked a short debate about spending limits and the town’s goals for environmental sustainability at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.The work at Polson Middle School and the new elementary school are part of a larger $89.2 million project approved by referendum in Feb. 2022. The new school budgeted for $61.15 million and improvements on Polson budgeted for $21.55 million. There is a third project for improvements on Brown Intermediate Schoo...

MADISON – Plans to upgrade the HVAC system at Polson Middle School sparked a short debate about spending limits and the town’s goals for environmental sustainability at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

The work at Polson Middle School and the new elementary school are part of a larger $89.2 million project approved by referendum in Feb. 2022. The new school budgeted for $61.15 million and improvements on Polson budgeted for $21.55 million. There is a third project for improvements on Brown Intermediate School, budgeted at $6.5 million.

By a vote of 4 to 0, with one abstention, the board approved a $935,000 bid for the Polson project by BL Companies, a local architectural and civil engineering firm.

The $935,000 is divided into three different projects as part of the improvements at Polson.

$170,000 is for auditorium upgrades; $135,000 for electrical power distribution upgrades; and $630,000 for modernization of the HVAC system.

“This was all part of the referendum,” said Democratic First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons..

Republican Selectman Bruce Wilson, who was the one abstention, voiced concerns that the HVAC project for Polson was at odds with the town’s strategic plan and vision for sustainable energy.

“I think it’s a mistake to invest in traditional HVAC equipment in a renovation of this scope and magnitude, especially with the other work scheduled to go on on the grounds,” he said. “I’m particularly struck that the working draft of our strategic plan repeatedly talks about sustainability and investing in the future and this… we’re committing the town to at least another 15 to 20 years of fossil fuel use and it is difficult for me to support that and the strategic plan at the same time.”

In response, Lyons said that although a more sustainable system would have been preferable, it didn’t warrant the added investment.

The town has been under significant pressure to reduce spending for school construction.

Elementary school update

Graham Curtis, chair of the New Elementary School Building Committee, provided an update on the progress on the new elementary school, telling the board that the architects had completed a design for the school, and were in the process of getting the final sign offs from the state.

“Hopefully in the next two weeks, we’ll be going out to bid with the main package,” Curtis said.

There had been problems with the project going over budget.

After grants and rebates, the $61.15 million project was initially estimated to cost the town about $48.7 million, but with inflation, and the addition of four classrooms to meet changing expectations for student enrollment, the project was $5.9 million over budget.

In June, the board approved the transfer of $3.5 million from the Polson project, which was under budget, to help offset the cost, leaving $2.4 million of costs unresolved

“The building committee is working really hard to get us back on budget,” Curtis said. “We came up with $1.8 million in reductions.”

The “reductions,” Curtis said, do not reduce the number of classrooms, nor do they reduce programming in the school.

“They’re on budget and back on schedule,” he said.

As it currently stands, Curtis said, the rest of the contracts will go out to bid in early 2024.

“Hopefully we’ll hit a favorable bidding market when we go out to bid,” he said, “and we can get positive bids.”

Curtis said that construction should commence in the spring and take about 15 months, finishing by spring 2025.

“Hopefully despite some bumps in the road we’ll be able to bring that in.”

Madison Delays Strategic Plan Approval Amid Public Concerns, Seeks Further Input

MADISON — The Board of Selectmen voted to delay approving the town’s new 10-year strategic plan until December, in order to make amendments and get further public feedback.The Monday decision came on the heels of an informational session held an hour before the board’s meeting, where the community expressed concerns about the proposed plan.Sheryl Trent, founder of Colorado-based...

MADISON — The Board of Selectmen voted to delay approving the town’s new 10-year strategic plan until December, in order to make amendments and get further public feedback.

The Monday decision came on the heels of an informational session held an hour before the board’s meeting, where the community expressed concerns about the proposed plan.

Sheryl Trent, founder of Colorado-based SBrand Solutions, has spent the past six months consulting Madison in developing the strategic plan, and said the focuses are financial and environmental sustainability, a high-performing government, modern and innovative infrastructure, a safe and healthy community, and thriving business and economy.

“Each key focus area will have multiple goals and smart objectives underneath that goal,” she said, recommending that the board adopt the plan. “It is a living document and you continue to talk about the plan. The plan needs to be adopted so the staff can actually start doing work.”

First Selectman Peggy Lyons, however, said that after hearing feedback from the public, another review of the document would be the best step.

“I think the way we positioned this tonight is we’re going to do another pass through, at least one more public hearing, and then we adopt it,” she said. “We can do another hour before our next meeting and then meet in mid-December to vote to adopt it.”

The next scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting is Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.

Selectman Jen Gordon said the perception of the text needs to be clearer to remove possible misconceptions by the public.

“I think we know what this says, but perception is reality, and the way the public is reading it, we want it to be perceived the proper way,” she said. “We want to put the right wording in the document.”

Selectman Bruce Wilson said people reading the plan felt it excluded topics they wanted addressed.

“I think we probably would do well to polish our talking points,” Wilson said. “… We’re going to bring our sensibilities to historic preservation to everything we do. We’re going to bring our sensibilities to resource sharing and regional sharing to everything that we do. We would be alarmed if we inadvertently prevented something from happening.”

“This is not meant to be an exhaustive document,” Selectman Scott Murphy added. “We heard you, we have your feedback, but this is also a prioritized document. You go forward and find the most high-priority items for the town. Not everybody’s priority personal agenda item is going to make the town’s top priority agenda. We have to find an appropriate way to say that.”

Gordon said context is important.

“Clearly people were leaping to conclusions,” she said. “We want to be careful of that. I don’t want people to be alarmed … and have a major concern that the document is going to totally change the landscape of the town.”

She said the public needs a deeper understanding of the intention behind the plan.

“This is a plan that you, as part of the community, created over the course of many months,” Trent said. “It’s not a master plan. It’s not super specific. It does not have extreme detail, because it’s intended to be big picture, policy level guidance.”

Another concern raised during the information session was ensuring that decisions made by the Planning and Zoning Commission aligned with the vision of the strategic plan — a concern shared by Lyons, particularly regarding business development in North Madison.

Resident Allan Katz said the strategic plan should reflect public involvement in such decisions and that a referendum should be held.

“Shouldn’t people in town have a right to know their property designation is going from an R1 to a commercial zone overnight?” he asked.

Lyons said the Planning and Zoning Commission will have to pay attention to the plan and that she would ensure public discussions are had regarding zoning.

“Preserving our small town, preserving our history, is all part of it,” she said. “If they’re going to be making zoning changes, they have to pay attention to all this. These are important goals and objectives. This is a bigger picture.”

When discussing economic development, she said she is referring to items like supporting home based businesses and agrotourism.

“We are not directing what the zoning is going to be, that’s a separate conversation,” Lyons said. “Going forward, any of those types of changes need to be done in a more town meeting-type of environment so the public can have feedback.”

Resident Alex Province said he was concerned that Planning and Zoning could pass something antithetical to the strategic plan before it gets approved.

“As we spend time working on this, which has been a slow process, P&Z can do something really quickly that can undermine all this,” he said, expressing concern about historic structures and the town’s colonial history.

“I would like to see preservation of historic structures,” he said.

Resident Jim Nordgren also asked how the strategic plan would address population projections.

“Madison’s population has been declining in the past eight years and is projected to decline for another two decades,” he said. “How does the strategic plan plan on dealing with that? We have to figure out how the town is going to respond to a declining population.”

Lyons said the town needs to focus on being multigenerational.

“How do we attract that?” she asked. “Part of the population issue is the aging population in town.”

Focusing on economic development in North Madison would help, she said, by using tourism, agrotourism and farming to attract people to town.

“It’s trying to be more comprehensive about what we see around town, home-based businesses, agritourism,” she said. “This isn’t a commercial development zoning discussion. It’s more of we want to be supportive of all kinds of businesses around town.”

Resident Frank Angelino suggested a statement about economic development should be included in the plan that explains the board’s intent.

“That statement should somehow get into the report,” he said. “It’s an important refinement about commercial development. It’ll put people’s minds at ease that this is a way to develop commercially right in the center of a residential district. This is a projection of what the town is going to look like. What we want to do is keep that direction of making it better.”

Town beaches were closed in Madison as debris cleanup continues

MADISON, CT (WFSB) - Cleanup was underway at beaches by the shoreline.Flood waters upstream took out many docks and trees along with it. They landed on some popular beaches.Town beaches were closed Friday in Madison, but have since reopened.Crews worked all day to clean up debris.Department of public works, buildings, and grounds crews were cleaning up until Saturday evening.Crews made multiple runs to the dump with trucks full of trees, tree trunks, and branches.Some people even picked up trash that...

MADISON, CT (WFSB) - Cleanup was underway at beaches by the shoreline.

Flood waters upstream took out many docks and trees along with it. They landed on some popular beaches.

Town beaches were closed Friday in Madison, but have since reopened.

Crews worked all day to clean up debris.

Department of public works, buildings, and grounds crews were cleaning up until Saturday evening.

Crews made multiple runs to the dump with trucks full of trees, tree trunks, and branches.

Some people even picked up trash that washed ashore.

To keep people safe, there was no swimming or boat launching at the Surf Club, West Wharf, and East Wharf.

Beach goers had to make other plans but said it was nice the town was making the effort to clear the debris.

“It’s still nice, watching them clean it up and get everything back to normal,” said Hal Stephens of Madison.

“It’s alarming, it’s sad. This is supposed to be the best time of the year in Madison. We pride ourselves on how clean and pristine our beaches are, and then out of the blue to look out yesterday morning, at 9 a.m. have it be perfect and then quarter of 11 trees washing up ashore,” said Austin Hall, Director of Beach and Recreation for Madison.

Madison Harbor Master Steve Adkins said he isn’t worried about the wood in the Long Island Sound but boaters should still keep an eye out.

“Do you advise boaters to take more caution this weekend?” Eyewitness News asked.

“Without question and don’t go out at night, go out in the daytime, enjoy it and keep your eyes open,” Adkins said. “It’s wood, we all can agree it’s wood. The refrigerators don’t float, they’re at the bottom. The wood is floating and it’s on the surface so you can see it. To me it’s much ado about nothing.”

But the Connecticut River is a different story.

“Coast Guard issued a report yesterday saying keep off the river, keep away from the river. That’s smart,” said Adkins. “You go to the mouth of the Connecticut River right now, there’s this brown sludge coming out of the river.”

State beaches have red flags out as well.

At Surf Club Beach, they’ll evaluate how much washed ashore in coming days and will reassess when the beach will reopen to the public.

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