Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 2, 2016 8:24 am

This month is all about the holidays. There’s music, art, fairs, and train and trolley rides, and the downtown shops are bursting with holiday goodies. Branford is the type of town where the holiday spirit is alive and well.  Take some time amid all the activities to enjoy family, friends, music and the beautiful tree on the Branford Green.

Family Fun for the Holidays This Month

Santa’s Trolley Winter Wonderland

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Tree Lighting Parade Draws Huge Crowd to the Green

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 30, 2016 8:04 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Saturday couldn’t have been a better night to come to the center of town for the 16th annual Branford Tree Lighting Parade. The weather was cool but pleasant and a large crowd, about 2,500 people, including hundreds of kids and their families came to welcome Santa, view the parade and witness the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Bill O'Brien Photo It was quite an event.

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Hamden Boy Dies After Branford Crash

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 29, 2016 8:00 am | Comments (1)

East Haven P.D. Photo The Connecticut State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Squad (CARS) is investigating a crash at Exit 55 in Branford Sunday that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old Hamden boy who appears to have been seated on his father’s lap in the front seat of the car when the crash occurred, according to the state police accident report.

The child, identified by state police as Jairus S. Benjamin of 79 Bowen St., Hamden, was taken to Yale New-Haven Hospital, where he died. According to the Hartford Courant, Briana Simuel of Hamden, the boy’s mother, said his personal identification documents had been updated recently and his name is Jairus Little. Simuel said Monday that Jairus died of internal injuries Sunday night, according to the Hartford Courant.  He fought for his life for hours, she said, receiving a blood transfusion and other treatment before dying after 11 p.m., she said.

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Hornets Fall to Yellow Jackets on Thanksgiving

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 28, 2016 8:11 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford football team started out the season where they left off last year. The Hornets won five of the last six games last season, including a 10-7 upset win over East Haven knocking the Yellow Jackets out of state playoff contention.

Bill O'Brien Photo This year they started out winning three of the first four before going on a four-game losing streak, including the final game of the season to East Haven 14-0 on Thursday at Frank “Coach” Crisafi Field.

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Branford Cops Crack Down on Holiday DUI Drivers

by marcia chambers | Nov 25, 2016 8:28 am

Branford P..D. The Branford police have announced they are on the lookout big time for intoxicated drivers this Thanksgiving weekend and onto the Christmas holidays and beyond. 

Never shy about pursuing speeding motorists or stopping drivers who drive without registrations or driver’s licenses, the police are concentrating on drunk driving in the weeks ahead.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 25, 2016 8:03 am

Now that the turkey is headed for leftovers and the soup pot, the town is turning its attention to holiday activities. Branford has lots of great stores and the merchants will even take time to have a conversation with you. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy music and art in the next couple of weeks – including the Community Messiah if your vocal abilities are up to it. And, of course, what would the holidays be without a visit from Santa at this Saturday’s tree lighting.

Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27.

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Election Reflection: Branford Ponders the Future

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 23, 2016 8:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo It’s no secret that Branford is a diverse community, economically and socially.

How the new Trump administration’s policies will play out among the town’s immigrants – some here legally, some not – remains to be seen. Most are going about their lives, working, shepherding their kids through school, and taking care of their homes.

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P&Z Oversees a Four Hour Marathon

by Diana Stricker | Nov 22, 2016 8:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission held a marathon four-hour session Thursday with seven public hearings ranging from dog kennels to solar panels to condo projects. Even an old project, Sterling Ridge, found its way back to the commission. And when the hearings were over, The P&Z approved a special exception that will enable Hallock’s popular warehouse and outlet store to move to Branford. The outlet is currently located in West Haven.

Two hearings were continued, four projects were approved and one was discussed but no vote was taken. The commission scheduled five new hearings for Dec. 15 for new applications, and they discussed other projects that didn’t require hearings.

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Town Explores New Sites for Parkside Village

by Diana Stricker | Nov 21, 2016 8:10 am

GIS Photo Plans to replace the aging Parkside Village I are still in flux, and the developers are looking at alternate sites for the public low-income housing project. If none are found, the project would most likely be built at the current site at 115 S. Montowese St., which houses 50 low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

“Our intention right now is to see if there are alternative sites and we’re open to any and all offers of interest,” said Dara Kovel,  president of Beacon Communities LLC of Boston, the development team hired by Branford’s Housing Authority.  “I’m definitely dedicating my time to see if there is something out there.  On the timeline question, our target is to apply (for funding) next November.”

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