Solar Pause Button?

by marcia chambers | Jan 19, 2017 9:43 am

Harry Droz PhotoAre Connecticut’s farms and forests being paved over by avenues of solar panels?

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-102nd) and State Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-12th) are looking into that question. They have co-introduced a proposed Green Plan Law that is designed to figure out “best practices and rational approaches” to building grid-scale renewables and other energy infrastructure throughout the state.

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Election Reflection: Rosa’s Mom, “Come on, Girls, Make Ourselves Heard”

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 18, 2017 11:45 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,” said Congressional Rep Rosa DeLauro, pictured, (D-3rd District) Tuesday at Kick-Off Rally in New Haven for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Eighty buses are leaving from Connecticut on Saturday and a total of 1,100 buses will be heading to Washington.

Sally E. Bahner Photo To date, more than 600 “sister marches” are also planned across the country and around the world.

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Girls’ Hockey Splits Two Games with Conard-Hall

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 18, 2017 8:02 am

Bill O'Brien Photo In 2015 the Branford girls’ hockey team had a successful season finishing with a 16-3 record and winning the SCC D-II championship. As a result the Hornets were required to move up from Division II to Division I for the next two years. Last season the Hornets fell to a 9-10-1 record against the more difficult D-I schedule.

Bill O'Brien Photo Welcome to the more competitive division and the mostly bigger schools.

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A Litany for a Divided Country

by marcia chambers | Jan 17, 2017 8:00 am

Marcia Chambers  PhotoAs a young teen with a passion for the hurdles, James Barber (pictured) intuitively understood how to reach high even on the segregated track fields of Washington, D.C., where he grew up.

He came to Connecticut in 1960 from the nation’s capitol to attend college and he found racism here, too, only it was more subtle and indirect. He slowly figured out how they do it in the North. At one point he tried to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard. “I am fourth in line of the young men who were waiting, ages 18 to 25. Even though I am fourth in line and 13 other young men came in behind me,” he did not move up. 

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Shoreline Greenway Trail Approved

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2017 11:00 am

With Permission The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) approved plans Thursday to extend the Shoreline Greenway Trail across the town-owned Tabor property.

“We’re hopeful to start work in late spring,” said Engineer Kent Gannon, of Stantec Inc. in New Haven. “We’re pushing an aggressive schedule,” said Gannon, who presented preliminary plans at a public information meeting in October.  He said the state wants to get the project moving since and federal and state funding is already in place.

The vote was unanimous. Four members of the 10-member IWC were absent, two regular members, John Rusatsky and Merle Berke-Schlessel; and two alternates, Sandra Kraus and Eric Rose.



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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 14, 2017 8:15 am

There are 64 days until spring. And while we’ve been spared serial snowstorms and frigid temperatures, sweaters and turtlenecks are already feeling old. However, there’s a Danish tradition, called “Hygge,” which translates into getting together with friends for conversation (put away that phone), lighting candles, and enjoying a warm beverage by the fireplace; in short, coziness of the soul. Sounds like a plan! (Check out “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Viking.)

Saturday, Jan. 14


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“We Are All Immigration Lawyers Now”

by marcia chambers | Jan 13, 2017 8:59 am | Comments (2)

Lucy Gellman Photo As the Trump administration prepares to take office, David Rosen, a longtime New Haven civil rights attorney, and fellow lawyers are preparing to tackle new areas of law in order to protect people who may need them. 

“We are all immigration lawyers, now,” Rosen said quoting a colleague responding to comments by president-elect Trump that he plans to round up and deport undocumented immigrants and penalize “sanctuary cities” like New Haven. Trump will have broad presidential powers to crack down on those cities, USA Today wrote this week.

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Election Reflection: Professionals’ Perspectives

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 12, 2017 7:00 am

File Photo It’s safe to say that there has never been an election with the impact of the one that took place in November. Sentiments are still running high in the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Facebook has become a big platform for those struggling to understand what happened and how to cope with the future. People are reflecting, reaching out to each other, and mobilizing, Branford residents included.

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P & Z Approves Building and Expansion Projects

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2017 7:20 am

With Permission Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists’ expansion plans that were approved in July have expanded even before construction began. The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission approved revised plans last week for the North Main Street facility that will provide more outpatient surgical space; and also more overnight recovery rooms, which is a new concept for the Branford site.

The commission also approved plans for a kick-boxing fitness facility on West Main Street; and previously approved plans for an office building on Cedar Street; and a new storage facility on Harbor Street for Cherry Hill Glass Co.

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Town’s Top Public Works Leaders Quit

by marcia chambers | Jan 9, 2017 11:10 am | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers Photo Branford’s first major snowstorm of the year hit the town with a fury this past weekend and Department of Public Works crews, the town’s first responders in a snowstorm, were out plowing the town’s streets and byways. But this storm was different.

It was different because the Department of Public Works’ two top officials, the men who have led the department, were not there to oversee the operation. They resigned their leadership posts within the last month.

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