Pawson Neighbors Protest Housing Plan at P&Z Hearing

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2016 7:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo Pawson Road neighbors say it’s wrong to build multi-family homes, under the guise of affordable housing, on a half-acre property that is prone to coastal flooding. They also object to the owner’s alternate request to build a single- family home on the site, which has been deemed an unbuildable lot.

About 90 people crowded into the meeting room Thursday at the Canoe Brook Senior Center for a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. They applauded State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-Branford) when she said similar situations are happening elsewhere in the state and efforts are underway to enact legislation to clarify the state’s affordable housing act.

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Chef of the Week: G-Zen’s Mark Shadle

by Emily Patton | Jul 22, 2016 7:59 am

“I’m coming from the farm right now, and I’m prepping for an event,” said chef Mark Shadle, prefacing his interview with a disclaimer.  “So I’m going to be kind of bouncing back and forth.”

Shadle’s G-Universe, which he manages alongside his wife and co-chef, Ami Beach Shadle, is an elaborate system of moving, growing, organically fueled parts—not the least of which is Shadle himself. At 10:30 a.m., the internationally acclaimed vegan chef was already firing on all pistons.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Jul 21, 2016 12:28 pm

Seize the month one day at a time with this week’s extensive list of cool events, which boasts a host of fun activities for every day between now and the end of July.

While some of these outings may take you outside Branford’s radius (overnight Moby Dick Marathon in Mystic, anyone?) others are closer to home, like this weekend’s Sidewalk Sales on the Shoreline, or next week’s Shakespeare Round Table at the Blackstone Library. Or tonight’s jazz concert on the Green.

Thursday, July 21

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Branford’s 10-year-old All Stars: “They Never Quit”

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 21, 2016 7:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford 10-year-old all star baseball team had a good run after starting the divisional playoffs with two straight defeats to the Hamden and Milford all stars. They then rattled off three consecutive wins over division foes North Branford, West Haven, and East Haven to qualify for the district playoffs.

Branford’s first game in the district was against the always-tough Annex Little League All Stars at Sliney Field and the game turned out to be a nail biter. Compared to earlier playoff games where Branford was averaging nearly 13 runs a game, this game turned into a pitcher’s duel with Branford edging out a 4-3 win.

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Storm Doesn’t Stop Steve Cole’s Sax Gig

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 19, 2016 8:38 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Even a quick late afternoon rain storm couldn’t keep the audience from coming to the Branford Green last Thursday to hear Steve Cole, one of the most celebrated sax players in contemporary jazz.

Bill O'Brien Photo Initially it looked like the Branford Jazz Series would have to cancel the popular Thursday night jazz program on the Green for the second week in a row.  Last week ‘Opius Bliss,’ featuring Michelle Walker couldn’t perform because of a heavy rain storm that lasted until 6:45 pm.

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Latest Train Station Delay Dubbed ‘Embarrassing’

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 18, 2016 10:07 am | Comments (5)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The delay in completion of a two-way Branford Train Station, now five years or two years beyond deadline depending on how you count, continues. And Department of Transportation Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton is not happy.

Fullerton learned last week of the latest delay in the two-way project, which was first announced in August 2008, with an expected June 2011 completion at that time.  Then came years of delay before shovels hit the ground. 

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Little League Rolls On to Regionals

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 18, 2016 7:06 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford 10-year-old Little League All Stars started out on the wrong foot. They lost their first two games in the District round robin tournament. First they lost 18-12 to Hamden and then they lost 16-6 to Milford. They needed to win at least two of the next three games to advance to the next level.

Bill O'Brien Photo The young charges of coach Jake Palluzzi didn’t roll over. Instead, they rose to the occasion winning three in a row to get to the district semi-finals.

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A Witness to the Dangers of Police Work

by Diana Stricker | Jul 16, 2016 11:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo A Branford police officer, who was injured when his cruiser was hit by a DUI driver, was able to steer his damaged cruiser onto the berm to avoid chain-reaction collisions at the busy North Main Street intersection.

I know that because I was there. The force of the impact caused the westbound cruiser to head toward my car, which was stopped in the far left turn-lane of North Main Street, waiting to turn onto Cedar Street. There were cars in the two lanes to my right, and vehicles behind us. But thankfully, no other cars were hit.

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Former Chair Seeks State Takeover Of IWC

by marcia chambers | Jul 15, 2016 1:10 pm | Comments (2)

The former chair of the Branford Inland Wetlands Commission has asked the state’s energy and environmental protection commissioner to take over the function of the agency.

He proposed that the commissioner also place a moratorium on commercial development until an investigation is undertaken into the replacement of former members of the wetlands commission.

In a three-page letter to Rob Klee, commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Danny Shapiro, who served as Inland Wetlands Commission chair for 22 years, asked Klee to intervene on behalf of an IWC “that has been battered. Specifically I am hoping that you will see fit to have the State take on the Commission’s function and place a moratorium on commercial development until this matter in our Town can be investigated.” 

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P&Z and ZBA Face Different Plans for Same Waterview Property

by Diana Stricker | Jul 14, 2016 12:17 pm

With Permission Branford’s regulatory boards have scheduled public hearings next week on proposals to build either a waterfront single family home or affordable housing units on Pawson Road, across the river from Branford Point and overlooking Branford Harbor.

In other business, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission recently approved plans to expand an orthopedic center on North Main Street, and discussed bylaws for the commission.The met in the community room at Fire Headquarters.

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