Rain Doesn’t Dampen 33rd Annual Festival

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 22, 2017 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Although the weather wasn’t perfect, thousands still flocked to the Town Green on Saturday and Sunday to be part of the 33rd Annual Branford Festival on the Town Green.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We were all disappointed that we had to cancel the entertainment on Friday,” said chairperson Camille Linke (pictured.) “Residents were looking forward to seeing the Bon Jovi Tribute band and enjoying the great variety of food being offered by our vendors along the food court.”

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Sterling Ridge Housing Project Gains Favor

by Diana Stricker | Jun 21, 2017 8:00 am

With Permission The long-proposed Sterling Ridge residential project, in the heart of one of Branford’s historic districts, may be nearer to reality.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission discussed the most recent plans Thursday and asked the town planner to draft a resolution in favor of the project. The commission may vote on the resolution at the July 6 meeting. The property owner is seeking a modification of a previous Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plans. If approved, the next step would be filing specific site plans.

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Dominic Rapini Declares For U.S. Senate

by marcia chambers | Jun 20, 2017 1:34 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers Photo At 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, when it was clear Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States, Dominic Rapini, a Republican businessman like Trump, said to himself, “Maybe, just maybe, if he could do it, so can I.” 

From that point on, Rapini, a Trump supporter, started thinking seriously about running for public office.

Like Trump, Rapini, 56, has never before run for elected office. And like Trump he aimed high; in this case, running for the U.S. Senate from the state of Connecticut.

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Inland Wetlands Commission 2017

by Diana Stricker | Jun 19, 2017 7:28 am

Diana Stricker Photo Two volunteers are being sought to fill vacancies on the 10-member Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC); and two current members have been re-appointed. The commission has been in flux in the past two years since six members, who wanted to continue serving, were replaced.

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) also made appointments to the Branford Housing Authority to replace people who resigned.


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RTM Approves Limited Parking Plan for Legacy Theatre Neighbors

by marcia chambers | Jun 16, 2017 9:46 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) agreed Wednesday to allow limited special resident parking on a public road at certain times and for certain months as part of a four-way legal agreement that is expected to enable the Legacy Theatre to finally open its doors. 

Despite a last minute development that nearly derailed an agreement that took several years to work out, the RTM, in a 21-1 bi-partisan vote, overwhelmingly approved the agreement. The parties include the Legacy Theatre, the town of Branford, the Stony Creek Association (SCA), and a separate group of neighbors who live adjacent to the theater on Thimble Islands Road.

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Hail to the Champions! Girls Lax Wins Class M Title

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 16, 2017 8:16 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last Saturday the no. 4 ranked Branford Lady Hornets stopped a 23-year streak of missing a SCC school win a girls’ lacrosse championship when they defeated no. 1 Pomperaug 15-8 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.

Bill O'Brien Photo Before a raucous crowd of supporters from both teams, the Lady Hornets dominated the game from the middle of the first half to the very end. The victory was sweet revenge from an earlier loss to the Panthers on the road, 13-12, in overtime in the rain last month. Here team members show their championship medals as the coach holds the title plaque.

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Branford’s Coolest Event

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

Branford’s Trifecta

File Photo We’re heading into the three biggest events of the summer – the Branford Festival, the annual fireworks display, and the beginning of the Jazz series on the Branford green. They all prove that you don’t have to roam far to have a great time.

Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18

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A Boutique Hotel for the Branford River

by Diana Stricker | Jun 15, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo Ed Crowley, owner of the popular Stony Creek Brewery, unveiled plans Wednesday to build a 34-room boutique hotel along the Branford River.

Diana Stricker Photo The waterfront hotel would be built on the site of the former Paul’s Wire Rope & Sling company at 4-6 Indian Neck Avenue, which is across from the brewery. The Crowley family, who live in Branford, purchased the property for $600,000 in September 2016.

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Graduation 2017: “Be the Pebble that Starts the Ripple of Change”

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 14, 2017 7:16 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The decision to hold the high school graduation on the beautiful Branford Green last Friday was held off until late morning due to the threat of thunder showers. As luck would have it, the weather cooperated for the 250 graduates of Branford High School.

Bill O'Brien Photo It turned out to be a perfect evening and a large crowd of families and friends filled the green to witness the event, the awarding of their diplomas to the class of 2017.  Principal Lee Panagoulis (pictured) led the march in to the stage.

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Mollow & Ahern Seek Top Town Democratic Slots

by marcia chambers | Jun 13, 2017 5:30 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo RTM member Lynda Mollow and Board of Selectmen member Jack Ahern (pictured) will seek the town’s top Democratic positons in the local Branford election this November.

Active and engaged in local education and economic issues, Mollow,49, said she grew concerned that residents did not have a voice in local issues shaping the town of Branford. She decided to run for a position on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in 2015 and won a seat representing the 7th District on the 30-member legislative board. All members of the RTM are up for re-election in November. 

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