"This is not what Clinton wants on our Main Street," said resident Jane Scully Welch, who, along with other like-minded individuals, protested today at Post Office Square.
The protest is related to the proposed signage and opening this month of Serenity Massage & Wellness Center at 1 East Main Street (former Clinton Music Center store) at the corner of Post Office Square and East Main Street in Clinton.
"We will be on Main Street and Post Office Square with signs and balloons and loud voices to let the landlord know and the renters know that we find this completely unacceptable behavior," said Welch. "We will be there at 10am and if you agree that it is not an acceptable store front...please come and join us!!"
The owner on record of the building is William Chittenden of Clinton.
Late last month, it was , was moving into the former Music Center's location. Owner Yuhan Cai, who spoke to Patch, promised there would be no problems like the former Jade Massage experienced in 2012 which included arrests for prostitution. Jade Massage is now closed, but was located just one storefront away on the same block belonging to Mr. Chittenden.
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The business is approved by the town's current regulations, but that isn't stopping many from protesting against another massage parlor.
Welch said that there are many new and nice things to celebrate about town including "the renovations to beautiful town hall, a great steeple on the Methodist Church, a wonderful harbor, many playing fields for our youth, some grand old homes, the Abraham Pierson School which stands among the history of Route 1, the quaint and lovely Church of the Holy Advent" and more.
"There are so many things to admire about our hometown," said Welch, "so why all the negativity? Let's start 2013, our 350th year on a positive note."
"I live in Clinton, I am involved in Clinton and I truly love this Town," said Welch. "BUT...there is one spot in Clinton that has just infuriated many of us. On the corner of Main Street and Post Office Square stands a building that has stood for many a year. It has in the past been many things, insurance, drug store, music shop and now it is poised to become a massage parlor!!! We all have lived here for many years and we love this town - don't you?? Should we not all be striving to make it a better place?"