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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 there and we have arts and crafts there and it’s just really fun,” the 8-year-old said.

“It would be sad and no one would really get married,” she said about the possibility of the chapel not existing in her neighborhood.

Carole Brown shares this love of this historic building and with her matching gift up to $100,000, Sienna’s donation will double.

“Especially at that age to think they were able to make that much money and then have it matched makes them so much happier,” she said of the lemonade stand. “They should be proud.”

Brown remembers attending church services when she was a young girl, while summering in Hotchkiss Grove with her family.

“It’s just so much a part of the area here,” the 85-year-old said.

“Architecturally, it’s a gem of Queen Anne Victoria architecture and there’s so many memories for so many people,” she added.

While originally built

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Three new model homes debut this weekend in Chapel Hill

Resident fun just got better in Chapel Hill with the addition of a second, competition-sized pool and a striking mid-century designed clubhouse complete with a covered patio and outdoor fireplace. Additional amenities include covered pavilions, a recreational pickleball court, a zero-entry, lagoon-shaped pool, a cabana and lanai, and tot lot. Walking trails are expanding through all phases of Chapel Hill.

Resident fun just got better in Chapel Hill with the addition of a second, competition-sized pool and a striking mid-century designed clubhouse complete with a covered patio and outdoor fireplace. Additional amenities include covered pavilions, a recreational pickleball court, a zero-entry, lagoon-shaped pool, a cabana and lanai, and tot lot. Walking trails are expanding through all phases of Chapel Hill.

Debuting this week during the 2020 HBA Fall Parade of Homes are three new floor plan model homes by Kansas City’s leading building companies.

Don Julian Builders, Inc., releases their Brentwood II reverse, which offers a master bedroom suite/wing plus an office off the kitchen. The lower level includes three bedrooms, a family room and a wet bar. Hollywood sliding glass doors open the space up to the covered deck as an entertaining bonus. Stunning touches of modern, clean-lined finishes enhance the experience all captured in a livable, almost 2,900 square feet of luxury.

NewMark Homes launches their newest reverse plan, The Timberland Reverse, a nice addition to their Timberland series of floor plan options. Features include two bedrooms on the main level, including an owner’s suite. Downstairs, the walkout lower level features a family room and two bedrooms. A covered deck is ideal for entertaining, and a soft modern farmhouse interior design includes architectural beams and other eye-catching enhancements. The home offers just over 3,000 finished square feet and several front elevation facades to choose from for prospective buyers to build their custom Timberland Reverse.

Additionally, Suma Design presents their newest reverse 1 ½-story. The Santa Claire R3 features stunning modern finishes, 12-foot folding glass doors that open to a covered deck, a glass handrail system, walnut hardwood floors and more. The new home is an ideal example of luxury at its finest, complete with more than

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Rothko Chapel closes Monday for 8-month renovation

If you have been thinking about visiting the Rothko Chapel soon, you’ll need to make it real soon.

Starting Monday, the landmark Houston art and spiritual site, which holds 14 monumental paintings by Mark Rothko, will close for a renovation project that will take all year to complete.

The Chapel will be open regular hours (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) on Thursdayand Sunday, March 3; with abbreviated hours Friday and Saturday, when the Rothko organization’s symposium “Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis” will occupy the space part of each day.

Public viewing hours are 1-6 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

The project will bring a reconfigured, more open entry space and a new central skylight designed to shed better light on the canvases. Across the street, work has begun on the site for a new welcome center and an energy house for the campus’ mechanical systems.

George Sexton of the lighting design firm George Sexton Associates, Stephen Cassell of Architecture Research Office and Christopher Rothko, the son of the artist and chair of the Chapel’s “Opening Spaces” capital campaign, will give a free talk with University of Houston art history professor Sandra Zalman about the building’s architecture at 6 p.m. April 8 at the UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.

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