Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 22, 2017 8:00 am

Fall has officially arrived, but the warmth of summer is lingering. Tag sales, book sales, bike tourneys, and artwork for all tastes can all be found within the borders of our town. If the activist in you has been raised, check out Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible’s fall kick-off meeting with Rosa DeLauro (and be sure that you are registered to vote regardless of your political leanings). Looking ahead, round up your pups and kitties for Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals as its highlight. Need more ideas for activities? Read on!

Saturday, Sept. 23

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BHS Auditorium Renamed in Honor of Roding

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 21, 2017 9:10 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Call it the “feel good” meeting.

The Board of Education at its meeting Sept. 13 voted to rename the Branford High School Auditorium in honor of newly retired music director, Cathyann Rodding. The board also acknowledged John Prins’s Master Level designation for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE), welcomed several new certified teachers to the district and set the salary for its superintendent.

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Two Retail Stores Proposed for North Main St. Site

by Diana Stricker | Sep 20, 2017 7:52 am

Diana Stricker Photo Two retail buildings are being proposed for a vacant 14-acre lot at 250 N. Main St.  Since the project would impact wetlands, a two-hour public hearing was held Thursday before the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC), and will continue Oct. 12.

The site is located between Route 1 and I-95, and is adjacent to the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home on one side; and United Tire Inc. and Greystone Manor condominiums on the other side.

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Storm Prep: Just in Case

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 18, 2017 8:34 am

Sally E. Bahner photo Ahead of Hurricane Harvey, and subsequently Hurricane Irma, (and now there’s Jose and maybe Maria), I mentally checked off what I needed to do to evacuate with my two cats. Much of their stuff is in the family room, so that’s where I started.

Two large carriers with comfy blankets at the ready. Check.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 15, 2017 9:05 am

A big weekend along the shoreline! The Guilford Fair, a perennial favorite, kicks off the agricultural fair season. Every area of the state has its signature events, featuring midways, entertainment, baking contests, horse and oxen pulls, rides, and, of course, food. Kids with guitars (and drums and more) can strut their stuff on the green tonight and aim for stardom, while plant lovers and families stake their claim on Saturday and Sunday. Paddle your canoe (or kayak) along the Branford River and get a glimpse of Broadway as well. Read on! There’s more. 

Friday, Sept. 15

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Angie Remembers

by marcia chambers | Sep 15, 2017 7:22 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Remember Sept. 11, 2001, after the planes crashed into the Twin Towers in Manhattan when you started calling to find out if family and friends were okay? 

Bill O'Brien Photo Angie Higgins (top photo), the wife of Joe E. Higgins, Jr., now the town’s second selectman, but then a special assistant to the New York City fire commissioner, remembers her every action that day. On this 9/11, she told a compelling story to a rapt audience at Branford’s 9/11 commemoration at Fire Headquarters. 

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Walsh School & Community House/Senior Center Updates

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 14, 2017 7:35 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Public Building Commission (pictured) heard a Walsh update and discussed a list of value engineering (cost cutting) items for the $12.1 million Community House/Senior Center project at its meeting Monday at Fire Headquarters.

Scott Pellman of Colliers International, owner’s representative, said they were working toward the abatement of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenals) at Walsh, which were found to be slightly elevated in the pool and gym areas and a possible hazard to children 12 and under. Langan Engineering is handling the abatement and retesting will be done afterwards, conforming to state and federal regulations. The cost is expected to be $18,300, which is already in the budget.

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Branford ECS Funding Climbs But Falls Short

by marcia chambers | Sep 13, 2017 8:38 am

The CT Mirror In his August state budget proposal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave Branford zero ECS funding for its public schools. This month the governor changed that, giving the town in his latest budget proposal $1.639 million. That’s up over zero but down by $572,506 or 25.9 percent over the 2017 distribution of $2.211.8 million to the town’s school system.

Still, other towns fared worse. Guilford and Madison were still getting zero ECS funding from the state in the governor’s September redo. Click here to read an interactive CT Mirror story on the impact of Malloy’s latest budget proposal on the state’s towns and cities.

 

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