Sen.Chris Murphy Drops In on Local Biotech Firm

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 24, 2017 8:37 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Given its location along the I-95 corridor, proximity to outstanding universities, and abundant office space, Branford has become a magnet for the growing biotech industry.

Case in point is Mount Sinai Genomics Research Center, which moved three years ago into a facility previously occupied by 454 Life Sciences and employs approximately 50 people.

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Softball Falls to Tough Yellow Jacket Nine

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 24, 2017 7:43 am

Bill O You can always expect an interesting game when Branford plays East Haven in any sport.

Bill O Last week the East Haven Yellow Jackets girls’ softball team hosted a young Branford softball team that has four sophomores and three freshmen on the team. Team co-captains Olivia Datre and Hunter Kelly are the only seniors and Kelly can’t play because of a nagging shoulder injury.

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Fed Plan for High Speed Branford-Guilford Rail Tracks Draws Opposition

by marcia chambers | Apr 21, 2017 10:44 am | Comments (1)

Wikipedia Photo A plan by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to doubletrack railways between Branford and Guilford, part of future project to run Acela high-speed trains along the Northeast Corridor shoreline from Washington, D.C., to Boston, is producing stiff opposition in these close-knit communities. 

In recent months Old Lyme residents have mounted resistance to the FRA plan to build an all-new bypass line that would be created a mile or so inland from the shoreline, a bypass from Old Saybrook to Rhode Island. This new route would run through the town of Old Lyme. The FRA’s idea is to re-route the trains of the future away from the curving track along the shoreline east of Old Saybrook. Click here to read a story in the CT Mirror.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 20, 2017 12:02 pm

Saturday, especially, is jam-packed with all sorts of cool events. Celebrate Earth Day on the Branford green, take part in a bicycle ride in support of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, or March for Science. There are some great musical events as well, including a Fife and Drum Corp Jamboree at St. Mary’s School and, looking ahead, the Peace Project concert, a huge musical effort put together by the choral department at Branford High School. Add to all this, there are plenty of opportunities for …shall we say… intellectual enrichment!

Saturday, April 22

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Legendary Music Teacher Announces Retirement

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 19, 2017 2:12 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo In what is being talked about all over town as “shocking, unbelievable” or simply “you’re kidding” is the announcement yesterday that legendary music teacher, musical director, and choreographer of Branford High’s spring musicals, Cathyann Roding, is retiring after a 38-year career, the last 32 at Branford.

Bill O'Brien Photo In an email announcement to friends she wrote, “It’s finally time for me to stop… breathe… and relax just a little.” She added, “Anyway… I am leaving with no regrets, feeling very proud of all that my students and I have done over the years.” She indicated she has no plans and wants to just take it easy for a while. “I’d even just like to stay in bed and get some extra sleep for a change,” she said with a smile.

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Branford Police Canine Officer Sues Over Termination

by marcia chambers | Apr 18, 2017 7:31 am | Comments (6)

File Photo Luigi Amasino (pictured), Branford’s former police canine officer, filed a lawsuit against the town of Branford yesterday, asserting Police Chief Kevin Halloran threatened last December that he either withdraw a grievance against the police department or the chief “would destroy the plaintiff’s career as a law enforcement officer.”

In a four-page civil complaint filed in New Haven Superior Court, John R. Williams, Amasino’s New Haven attorney, says Amasino did not withdraw his grievance, a grievance filed in response to a two- day suspension ordered on Dec. 6 for alleged violations of departmental rules and regulations.

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Boys’  Lacrosse Rolls to Victory Over Wilbur Cross

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 17, 2017 7:12 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When you think of powerhouse boys’ lacrosse teams in the Southern Connecticut Conference, schools like Fairfield Prep, Daniel Hand and Cheshire come to mind. Wilbur Cross does not.  Basketball and track maybe, but not lacrosse.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Wilbur Cross Governors have struggled since they started a lacrosse program a dozen years ago and have only won 10 games in the last five years. Last week, they ran into the upstart Branford Hornets, who cruised to a lopsided 18-0 victory at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex. Here Robbie Lionetti gets past a Cross defender en route to one of his two goals. He also had an assist.

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Walsh: ZBA OKs Height Variance

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 14, 2017 8:41 am

With Permission The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) heard and subsequently approved hardship arguments this week that will enable the three-story height of a renovated Walsh Intermediate School to go upwards from 35 feet to 46 feet. Four of five commissioners voted in favor of the project. 

The ZBA meeting was a continuance of the March 21 meeting in which members requested more time to survey the property to determine how its height relates to the neighborhood. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 13, 2017 9:00 am

Spring cleaning applies to the town as well as your closets! Take a couple hours, pick up a trash bag and join other on the green to spruce up the town. Looking ahead, celebrate Earth Day on the Branford green or with the Rock to Rock ride to benefit the Shoreline Greenway Trail; there are courses for all levels. And, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those who are observing.

Saturday, April 15

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2017 Branford Summer Jazz Schedule Announced

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 12, 2017 11:03 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Jazz Concert Series and the Stony Creek Brewery presented an “Evening of Music” last week to benefit the Branford Jazz Music Scholarship Fund, featuring the Jay Rowe Trio. The event was held at the brewery from 6 to 8 p.m., which included an exclusive Branford Jazz pint glass and the first beer.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We wanted to do something to announce the summer schedule and tie it in to our jazz scholarship,” said Dale Izzo, a member of the jazz committee board.  The concerts will run every Thursday from opening night on June 29 through Aug. 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

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