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Historic Pine Orchard Chapel undergoes necessary renovation | News

BRANFORD — History has a way of repeating itself. At least in the case of the Pine Orchard Union Chapel.

Back in 1897, money was raised for the construction of the chapel. The Wallace brothers donated the land, neighbors held parties to raise $1,600 and children dug and sold clams and raised nearly $7 for the project.

Now, with extensive renovations needed to preserve the building, neighbors are again working together to raise money. And, they will see their donations at work when the groundbreaking for the restoration project takes place 11 a.m., Oct. 19, at the chapel.

This past summer, Sienna Torella raised some $4,000 selling homemade, fresh pink lemonade, along with tie-dyed masks, bandanas and shirts.

Her slogan, “Raise a Glass of Lemonade to Save Our Beloved Chapel.”

The Mary R. Tisko School third grader talked about the importance of this neighborhood.

“People have a lot of weddings

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Pine considering assessing need for improvements at community center

Pine officials are considering hiring a firm to conduct an in-depth review of the community center’s past to see if changes may be needed for the future.

The township has received proposals from two companies to conduct an assessment of the facility, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.

Jan Kowalski, the township’s director of finance, said such an assessment could help guide the township as it tries to adjust programs so they can be conducted while adhering to safety guidelines needed to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The review also could help the township adjust its programs, and even the physical space, to better serve the community.

“Like any facility, almost from the first day it opens, there’s always a sense of we should have done this or we could

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