Demolition Permit Sought for Atlantic Wire Factory

by Diana Stricker | Mar 29, 2017 8:17 am

Diana Stricker Photo The possibility of demolishing the former Atlantic Wire factory on Church Street could become a reality if a demolition permit is approved.

That could spur development of the property as an upscale apartment and commercial complex, if another legal appeal regarding the housing complex does not materialize. The developer has renamed the property Atlantic Wharf.

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Kennedy Seeks End to Spraying Toxic Herbicides along State Highways

by Staff | Mar 28, 2017 8:00 am

With Permission The state Senate environmental committee has approved a bi-partisan bill that would ban the Connecticut. Department of Transportation (DOT) from spraying toxic herbicides on state highways and roads. The bill, approved by a vote of 24-6, will soon head to the Senate floor.

As the committee’s business drew to an end, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., (D-Branford), co-chair of the committee, led the passage of the bill, which is designed to stop the practice.

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Rosa In Absentia

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 27, 2017 8:30 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd District) was scheduled to appear at a “happy hour” at the Stony Creek Brewery on Friday. DeLauro didn’t make it, but the event was happy nonetheless since she was still in Washington, caught up in the aftermath of the Republicans’ version of the health care bill, which was pulled at the last minute; there were not enough votes to send the bill to the Senate, where it was sure to come under further fire.

DeLauro and other key Democrats had appeared at a press conference just an hour or so earlier with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who said, “Today is a great day for our country – a victory for the American people.”

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New Plans Unveiled for Sterling Ridge Housing Project

by Diana Stricker | Mar 27, 2017 8:00 am

With Permission New plans are being proposed for the Sterling Ridge residential project located in the Canoe Brook Historic District in the heart of Branford. Various owners have attempted to develop the site since 2003, but were stalled by opponents objecting to the project.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission set a public hearing April 20 to discuss modifications to the previously-approved Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan. A preliminary sketch shown above depicts one of four proposed duplex buildings. 

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Hope’s Odyssey Resonates

by marcia chambers | Mar 24, 2017 7:14 am

With Permission Sometimes the story of a dog betrayed takes on a life of its own, and sometimes the process is transformative. So it is with Hope.

Laura Burban, the director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, says when she and her colleagues first saw Hope more than two weeks ago they reacted with “heartbreak and anger.” Now she and her staff have been uplifted and renewed. It is case like no other, she said. 

The emaciated black pit bull-lab mix dog, frightened and near death, was only 30 pounds when a woman brought her by car to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. The woman explained she found her walking and falling down near Branhaven Plaza across town.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 23, 2017 8:12 am

There are those who believe we may be already rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but if you’re looking for some solid entertainment by a talented group of kids, make a beeline to Branford High School Performing Arts production of Titanic, which runs through Sunday at 2 p.m. There are also two opportunities to dine out for good causes – a pasta dinner to benefit the Cosgrove Animal Shelter and an international dinner (have you ever tried Syrian cuisine?) in support of IRIS at the Short Beach Union Church. Looking ahead, there’s lots more! Got a Cool Event? Email by Wednesday at noon.

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An Uncertain $112.4M Town-School Budget Emerges

by marcia chambers | Mar 22, 2017 11:09 am

Marcia Chambers Photo A whopping $112.4 million budget, based on as yet-unresolved state education funding and a gubernatorial proposal to have towns and cities pay their share of teacher pension costs, was unveiled before the town’s Board of Finance (BOF) Monday. 

If the state legislature approves the governor’s pension plan, Branford’s budget will increase by at least 6.2 percent, possibly even 1 percent more. If the state legislature rejects the plan, the town budget will increase by about 3.2 percent, Joseph Mooney, the chair of the Board of Finance said at the hearing.

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Hope Plays Ball

by marcia chambers | Mar 21, 2017 4:35 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission Over the weekend Hope’s energy picked up. She was videotaped fetching a tennis ball and appeared generally energetic. She seemed to have no fear of a cat sitting in a room with her though we can’t say the same for the cat. She was upbeat and friendly. “You can really start to see her personality!” Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, reported.

On Sunday morning she did what most of us do on Sundays. She took the morning off, lounging on a couch. She also received lots of snuggles and belly rubs from the staff.

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Building Commission Welcomes New Reps; Hears Walsh Update

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 20, 2017 8:22 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Last week the Public Building Commission welcomed Dagmar Ridgway, Senior Center director, and Alex Palluzzi,Jr., Recreation director, as temporary members for the Community Center/Senior Center renovation project, a project that has now returned to the Building Commission after a long absence. They also welcomed two more members, one a permanent appointee to the building commission and another as a temporary member for the Walsh Intermediate School project. 

Robert Barnett, an architect who has served as project manager for several nationally acclaimed projects and has a child in the Branford School System, was appointed by the Board of Selectmen earlier this month as a permanent member of the Public Building Commission. He had been a temporary member on the Walsh project. Vincent Giordano III, project manager for Giordano Construction Company, his family’s business, took Barnett’s seat at a temporary member on the Walsh (Barnett had been serving on a temporary basis after commission member Paul Cianci moved.)

Overall, the focus of the evening was on the Walsh project. The commissioners met at Fire Headquarters.

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Hope Celebrates Saint Paddy’s Day

by marcia chambers | Mar 18, 2017 7:39 am

With Permission Hope’s caregivers had a surprise for her yesterday. They dressed her up in green ear pieces that said, “Kiss Me!” and they looped a green bowtie around her neck. Then came a dress that didn’t fit her. Never mind. Ham that she is, she loved it and posed eagerly for photos.

It doesn’t get better for this dog, a black pit bull-lab mix with soulful eyes. She was discarded, then found near Branhaven Shopping Center, emaciated and near death and brought to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter about a week and a half ago.

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