Ordinary in New Haven reopening its doors for phase 3 with remodeled interior

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan starts Thursday. For a lot of restaurants, they will now be able to sit up to 75% capacity. 

Ordinary in New Haven will be opening its doors for the first time since March. Customers will be back in the dining area after eight months away. 

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Owner Tim Cabral told News 8 he could have opened the doors back in Phase Two, but took the additional time to remodel the inside, “With the world shutting down the way it did, we figured we would look to renovate our space not only for this time but a forward level thinking for our future.” 

They took the state-mandated safety guidelines, and with the help of Restoration Woodworks, made them look a bit nicer.

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“We figured if we’re going to do it, let’s do it right, were going to do it the way we think is right,” Cabral tells us. 

The large horseshoe-shaped booths are divided by detailed oak boards stained to match the woodwork throughout the restaurant. 

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The restaurant is nearing its eighth year in the Elm City, “We’re trying to make an unordinary situation ordinary.”

Now, customers will be able to make reservations or walk-in. However, a new change is the way people will enter the restaurant. Instead of the main entrance off Chapel Street, the customers will now come in through the Taft Apartments on College and enter through the back door of Ordinary. 

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Garden Club of Fair Haven Beautifies 3 Habitat for Humanity Homes

RUMSON, NJ – In the latest community service initiative completed by the Garden Club of Fair Haven, the nonprofit recently completed the beautification of three Habitat for Humanity homes in Monmouth County. Over the course of three years, the club designed, funded and installed landscaping and gardening projects for families in need.

To execute the large-scale initiative, The Garden Club of Fair Haven implemented a committee of talented members to design specialized landscaping in preparation. Garden club members, landscapers, volunteers and Rumson-Fair Haven High School students cleared the lot, cut the gardens and planted trees, scrubs, plants and bulbs and added additional arbor and fencing.

The Garden Club of Fair Haven was recognized by the National Garden Club for the massive project and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation.

The first house to be completed is in Rumson, with the other homes located in Long Branch. Plant materials were donated from Harry Cross Morganville Flower Farm alongside personal monetary donations and plants dug up from members’ personal gardens.

“Under the leadership of club’s president Beth Ruda and her design committee of Lynda Vaccaro, Lee Davidson, Sara Swijter, Lynda Griffith and her work committee of Kathryn Rose Storti, Paula Thorogood and Gume Monticito the project was brought to beautiful fruition for a family in need,” the organization wrote in a news release.

The Garden Club of Fair Haven, which has served the community since 1951, pursues civic projects to benefit and beautify the borough. Past projects have included the replacement of the fence at the bird sanctuary, landscaping Borough’s Memorial Park and sponsoring local flower shows.

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New apartment complex will house adults with disabilities in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, MI – A new apartment building for adults with disabilities will open next week with a socially distanced car parade to celebrate the new residents.

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Gracious Grounds, a Grand Haven, faith-based housing organization, will open Lakeshore Flats at 17003 Lakeshore Flats Drive on Thursday, Sept. 10, with a 4 p.m. car parade planned to welcome 25 residents to the building.

The apartments are structured to allow the residents, who range in age from 20 years old to senior citizens, to live independently while being part of a community, according to a press release.

“We believe that independent living for those with unique abilities is attainable,” said David Burdo, the housing group’s executive director, in the release. “The opening of Gracious Grounds at Lakeshore Flats expands on our mission to provide our residents with an opportunity to live a more independent life where they are able to socialize and integrate themselves into a welcoming community.”

With the opening of the building complex, the organization will house 40 people total, up from 15 currently at the organization’s other two properties.

All community members are invited to take part in the parade on Thursday, according to the release.

Gracious Grounds also provides “employability skills and opportunities, daily living skills and spirituality,” according to its website.

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