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Lady Hornets Hang On For Win; Play Amity Tonight

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 28, 2015 10:20 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Lady Hornets started out looking like the UConn Lady Huskies last week when they jumped out to a 15-2 lead over Wilbur Cross after the first quarter. 

Bill O'Brien Photo A couple of early baskets by junior Julia Moore (pictured) and sophomore Keira Integlia (top photo) jump- started Branford and it looked like it was going to be an early night for Cross.

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Hornet Wrestlers End Guilford’s Seven-Year Win Streak

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 28, 2015 10:17 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornets wrestling team achieved a milestone this week when they defeated the Guilford Indians for the first time in the past seven years.

“I’m very excited that we won our match today over a very good wrestling team like Guilford”, said Branford coach Chris Bonaguiso. “They have beaten us 7 straight years and to win we needed an “A” effort and that’s what we got today.”

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Branford: Blizzard Aftermath

by Marcia Chambers & Mary Johnson | Jan 28, 2015 9:10 am

Mary Johnson Photo It’s not often that everything stops in a town, including traffic, for 17 hours. But that’s what happened after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered all traffic off all state roads as major snowstorm enveloped Connecticut. It was a first for the state.

Mary Johnson Photo Mary Johnson, our photographer, set out to capture the impact of the storm Tuesday morning, a few hours before the governor lifted the travel ban at 2 p.m. The sun had just peeked through the bitterly cold, overcast skies in mid-morning.

Mary Johnson Photo She spied a neighbor as he began to snake his way down a path in his first effort to plow out his driveway. It was still snowing. 

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State Starts Moving Again

by Marcia Chambers & Mary Johnson | Jan 27, 2015 1:40 pm

Mary Johnson Photo The sun peeked through the snow this morning, perhaps an omen to come as the state slowly gets moving after a strong winter blizzard left more than a foot of snow overnight; more is expected as the day unfolds. The statewide travel ban will be lifted at 2 p.m. today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced at noon. 

Mary Johnson Photo Preparation paid off. The governor’s decision to close all state roads at 9 p.m. Monday meant there were far fewer accidents on the state’s primary and secondary state roads. In Branford, Route 1 and other state roads were closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and plow trucks clearing roads. The governor noted that in the aftermath of prior storms, electric companies had undertaken an aggressive tree cutting program that is now paying off. 

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Alzheimer’s Facility Joins Development at Exit 56

by Diana Stricker | Jan 26, 2015 3:45 pm

Diana Stricker Photo A 64-bed memory care facility for Alzheimer’s patients is slated for construction along Route 1, not far from the new U.S. Army Reserve Training Center and near a proposed site for the Costco complex. 

The project was unanimously approved by Branford’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) following a public hearing Thursday. The one-story building will be owned and operated by Artis Senior Living, which is based in Virginia.

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Parking Ban Readied As Crippling Blizzard Set To Arrive

by marcia chambers | Jan 26, 2015 2:45 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo UPDATE—Public Schools are closed today and on Tuesday as Branford braces for a potentially crippling and some say potentially “life-threatening” Nor’easter.  Forecasters predict coastal flooding and high winds when Juno, the all-out blizzard, slams into the state sometime later tonight.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency this morning, one that included prohibiting vehicular traffic from traveling on state roads after 9 p.m. This ban includes Route 1 in Branford, for example. “This prohibition extends to all vehicles except for those emergency response and recovery vehicles with the capacity to maneuver in heavy snow,” the governor wrote in his order signed this morning at 9:45 a.m. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and police officials discussed a parking ban on roads, but Cosgrove has decided to ask all residents to voluntarily avoid parking on town roads.   

Steady, strong snow, with accumulations predicted from two to three feet is expected. Winds may reach between 40 and 60 miles per hour. The voluntary parking ban may be replaced by a mandatory one depending upon the intensity and duration of the blizzard. Earlier in the day Police Chief Kevin Halloran said in an interview that a parking ban is essential. “The faster the snow is removed, the sooner residents will be able to resume their normal lives,” he said. A town ordinance bars parking on the even side of the roadway “during and for 24 hours after the snowfall is in effect.”  So an even side ban is now in effect and so is the governor’s ban on driving on state roads in town. 

Governor Malloy also said there will be no Shoreline East rail service Tuesday morning. The last Metro-North train leaving Grand Central Terminal in New York will be at 9 p.m. tonight.  “This will be a powerful storm,” Malloy said, adding that snow is expected to fall at roughly 5 inches per hour starting sometime after midnight.

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Branford Turns Out For Walter Camp Event

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 24, 2015 12:55 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford residents turned out for the 48th annual Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards Dinner in New Haven last weekend as the city became the college football capital of the USA. One of them was a student at the Mary T. Murphy Elementary School who attended a popular football clinic. Others included several leaders of the prestigious event. 

The activities began last Thursday with a ‘Stay in School Rally’ at the Floyd Little Athletic Center next to Hillhouse High School. Over 2,800 seventh and eighth grade students from many area towns sent their students to listen to speakers urging them to graduate from high school and not drop-out. 

Bill O'Brien Photo They included Yale football coach Tony Reno (pictured), Quinnipiac University women’s basketball coach Tricia Fabbri, and several former professional players.  Even the St Louis Ram’s mascot Rampage was there to entertain the youngsters and throw tee shirts into the audience. WTNH Anchor Ann Nyberg was the Mistress of Ceremonies.

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Green Knights Edge Hornets

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 23, 2015 1:48 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Notre Dame Green Knights came to Branford last week expecting an easier game then they ended up with. In the end the Knights beat the Hornets 40-34. 

Leading 10-4 after the first period the Green and Gold increased their lead to 10 points, to 19-9 at the half.

The Hornets were sluggish even into the third period and fell behind by 12 points to 34-22.

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Atlantic Wharf Concept Approved In Spirit

by Diana Stricker | Jan 23, 2015 1:26 pm

With Permission The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) won’t vote on the Atlantic Wharf project until the next meeting, but the commissioners certainly expressed their approval of the proposal Thursday.

Developer Robert H. Smith hopes to build a “live, work and play” community along the Branford River—just a short walk from the Town Center and the Shoreline East Train Station. As part of the project, Smith will remediate the contaminated Atlantic Wire factory site, and will realign a dangerous intersection that the town has been hoping to fix for years.

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Building Commission and Vets Committee Get Going

by Diana Stricker | Jan 22, 2015 1:22 pm

Diana Stricker Photo Branford has a new commission and a new committee to serve the needs of the town. Five people were appointed to the Public Building Commission Wednesday, and five veterans were sworn in to the Veterans’ Advisory Committee at its organizational meeting later in the evening.

The newly created Public Building Commission will tackle the numerous building proposals that town officials have been grappling with over the past several years. Those projects include a new public works building, a new senior center, and the proposed multi-million dollar renovations to Walsh Intermediate School and the former Branford Hills Elementary School.  The ordinance to create the commission was approved by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) six months ago.

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