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Ribbon Cuttings Celebrated In Sandy Hook



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Two Sandy Hook businesses celebrated formal ribbon cuttings in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, April 24, Great Ring Farm Co-Owner Chandravir Ahuja was joined by fellow business owners and political supporters for his ribbon cutting.

Ahuja and his wife Roberta have joined the many agricultural contributors to Newtown’s economy and quality of life. Their farm at 1 Great Ring Road produces everything from goat’s milk and eggs to a variety of traditional New England and ethnic specialty crops, along with flowers available through a CSA program.

On Monday, May 6, HillTop Kitchen hosted its formal opening less than a week after its soft opening. Generations of the Persaud family were joined by staff, additional relatives, friends and local business owner for the 10 am for the celebratory event.

The restaurant-cafe at 4 Riverside Road serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The new business is the latest undertaking for the Persaud family, who already own and operate Dodgingtown Market and Deli.

Chandravir Ahuja (center), co-owner of Great Ring Farm, looks up just as the ribbon begins to fall to the ground following his formal ribbon cutting ceremony on April 24. Joining Ahuja for the recent event were, from left, AliRose Grabarz, from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture; First Selectman Jeff Capeci; Newtown Land Use Deputy Director Steve Maguire; Economic Development Commission member Bryan Atherton; and local Realtor and supporter Kathy Hamilton. —Bee Photo, Hicks
Sandra Persaud (center) begins to applaud after daughter Gita Persaud successfully cuts a ribbon to formally mark the opening of HillTop Kitchen at The Village on Monday, May 6. Among the large group joining Monday’s celebration were Avi Idan Persaud, to the left of Gita (in the sunglasses); Sattie Persaud, to the right of her mother, in the blue and white dress; State Senator Tony Hwang, holding part of the ribbon; and First Selectman Jeff Capeci. The former home of The Villa Restaurant at 4 Riverside Road, HillTop Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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