Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 17, 2017 9:16 am

BLT Photo Yes, Thanksgiving is arriving and the signs of Christmas are evident. Do take some time and enjoy these fall moments – the colors are still vibrant – before the Christmas crush. Put on your walking shoes and join the Branford Land Trust for its annual pre-Thanksgiving walk in the woods.  In this season of giving, there are plenty of good causes to support – the Community Dining Room, the Counseling Center, Branford Compassion Club, Feed Branford Kids, Toys for Tots, the Ben Callahan Memorial Fund, and more. Pick your favorite and lend your support. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

And don’t forget to give a “Give A Cop The Bird” this weekend. Then, take a deep breath and prepare for the next round of holiday activities.

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Buchanan “Wins” RTM Seat

by marcia chambers | Nov 15, 2017 8:36 am

(L-R): Jessica Buchanan and Michele Semper. One of two Democratic candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)  who tied for a seat following an official recount Saturday has decided to withdraw from the First District race. The First District is located in the heart of town.

Michele Sember, who tied for the RTM seat, decided to withdraw in favor of Jessica Buchanan. Both women had discussed a course of action during the recount and after being given several options. Initially Sember suggested they share the seat but that was not possible under current law. The RTM, the town’s legislative body, has 30 members representing seven election districts. 

In the end it apparently seemed better to take charge of the situation as opposed to leaving it to a coin toss, especially after a long campaign.

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Hornets Lose Hard Fought Title Game To Tigers In OT

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 14, 2017 8:17 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It was one of the best high school games of the year. On a recent Saturday, the Branford Hornets girls’ field hockey team battled the Hand Tigers through a scoreless 60 minutes of regulation and three 10-minute overtime periods before falling 4-2 in the penalty stroke session in the SCC title game at Guilford High School.

Bill O'Brien Photo SCC Commissioner Al Carbone presented the Regular Season Championship plaque and Runner Up plaque to captains LanLe Crotty (left), Brittney Bunbanlu, Sabrina Torcellini, coach Cathy McGuirk, and Autumn McHenry

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What Will Branford Look Like in 10 Years?

by Diana Stricker | Nov 13, 2017 7:50 am

Marcia Chambers Photo What would you like to change in Branford? Do you have suggestions or questions? Now’s the time to speak up.

A public workshop for updating the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walsh Intermediate School, 185 Damascus Road. The POCD is “a tool for guiding the future of Branford. It is intended to be both visionary and action-oriented,” the POCD said in introducing its 2008 report. The POCD is updated every 10 years, and this one is due for completion in November 2018.

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Tie Vote Emerges for District 1 RTM Seat

by marcia chambers | Nov 11, 2017 3:58 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo An election recount today between two first-time candidates for the RTM in the First District was a stunner with each emerging the winner.The first district is located in heart of town. 

Michele Sember and Jessica Buchanan, both Democrats, were within one vote of each other (Buchanan at 572 and Sember at 571) when they arrived at the Registrar of Voters Office today at 9 a.m.

Marcia Chambers Photo Four hours later, when John Mooney (L-seated), the head election moderator, announced the outcome, their one vote difference became a tie vote with each arriving at 573 votes. Sember went up two votes; Buchanan went up one. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 10, 2017 11:30 am

Have you turned on your heat yet? If you’ve been a hold-out, this may be the weekend – an Arctic cold front is descending on us, bring the coldest weather of the season. Indoor activities top the list this week, but given the fickle nature of New England weather, we’ll be heading outside soon. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Nov. 11

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Larger Turnout for Vets Parade Despite Rain

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 10, 2017 8:40 am

Bill  O'Brien Photo Would there be a good turnout for the Veterans Day Parade?

Bill  O'Brien Photo The committee that oversees the annual parade was eager to find out.  An effort was made to “get the word out” that unless attendance improved this might be Branford’s the last parade. Instead there would be a ceremony. Looks like getting the word out worked. Here the crowd gathers on Main Street as the parade steps off on the wet street.

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“Riffraff” Phobia Emerges At Parkside Hearing

by Diana Stricker | Nov 9, 2017 10:02 am | Comments (9)

Diana Stricker Photo Some opponents of low-income housing in Branford say the town will no longer be quaint, and the neighborhood will no longer be safe, if poor families are allowed to move into the proposed Parkside Village I apartments.

About 150 people attended the second session of a public hearing conducted by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last Thursday night at Fire Headquarters. Neighbors are questioning whether proposed low-income housing on South Montowese Street should be for seniors and people with disabilities; or for people of all ages.

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Cosgrove Sweeps Branford

by Sally E. Bahner, Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Nov 8, 2017 7:38 am

Mary Johnson Photo —UPDATE—Despite Democratic hopes of a “Trump effect” voter backlash in 2017, Republican First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove sailed to a reelection victory in Branford Tuesday, winning six of the seven voting districts against Democratic challenger Lynda Mollow. He took 60 percent of the vote. The Republicans kept a strong majority on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) as well. But the Dems took the competitive Tax Collector’s race. 

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