Will Medicinal Pot Grow in Branford?

by Diana Stricker | May 21, 2018 8:33 am

Diana Stricker PhotoProspective producers of medical marijuana are looking at Branford as a place to take root, and the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission says those facilities are covered under existing zoning regulations.

In other business Thursday, the commission continued a public hearing on two proposed retail stores on North Main Street, and asked the developer to reduce the amount of excavation.

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Republican Bob Imperato Seeks State Rep Seat

by Diana Stricker | May 19, 2018 8:04 am

With PermissionRobert Imperato (pictured), who has expressed interest in the State Representative seat being vacated by Lonnie Reed, formally announced his intent to run for office yesterday.

Imperato appears to be the only Republican candidate who will seek nomination at the Republican Town Committee (RTC) caucus Tuesday.

Three Democrats will be vying for endorsement at the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) caucus May 29. Candidates include Robin Comey, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM); Adrian Bonenberger, a veteran and political newcomer; and John Prins, a member of the Board of Education (BOE).

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 18, 2018 11:00 am

If you haven’t yet explored the Stony Creek Quarry, you have a chance on Saturday. Former First Selectmen Unk DaRos (Branford) and Carl Balestracci (Guilford) will lead the group and share the quarry’s fascinating history. Then, kick back and enjoy some Sunday jazz at Home’s Living Room on Main Street. Check out our other listings for many other art- and music-related events.

Friday, May 18

Poetry with the Branford Land Trust

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John Prins Seeks Reed’s State Rep Seat

by Diana Stricker | May 18, 2018 10:10 am

With PermissionJohn Prins, a longtime Branford Board of Education (BOE) member, has tossed his hat into the ring for the State Representative’s seat now held by Lonnie Reed, who is not seeking a sixth term in office.

Prins, who is well-versed in state education law and has made many trips to the legislature on behalf of the school system over the years, plans to address the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) next week. He filed his papers before the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) Tuesday and was ready to announce his plans to the DTC Tuesday evening but the meeting was cancelled when storms ripped through the area.

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Girls Lacrosse Wins 15-11 Over Staples on Senior Night

by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2018 8:02 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFor the first time in history, the defending Class L Champion Branford Hornets girls lacrosse team hosted perennial FCIAC power Staples at the James L MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe senior-laden Hornets played their last home game of the regular season on Senior Night and won a hard fought battle, 15-11. Here Sophia Spencer gets one of her seven goals in the game

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Dog Frisbee Contest Draws Record Number of Entrees

by Bill O'Brien | May 9, 2018 8:47 am | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien PhotoOn the first Saturday of May for the past 15 years, Young’s Pond Park has been the site of the annual “Skyhoundz Dog Frisbee Contest,” organized by Victor Amatori, program supervisor of the Branford Recreation Department.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThis past Saturday, 23 canines were registered by their owners for this year’s competition. “That’s the most we ever had. It’s getting bigger and more competitive each year,” Amatori said. Here Jack, an 11-year-old Aussie, makes a great catch of his Frisbee.

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P&Z Honors Engineer Bob Criscuolo

by Diana Stricker | May 8, 2018 9:00 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission paid tribute Thursday to a local engineer who died last month after years of service to his community.

P&Z chair Chuck Andres opened Thursday’s meeting by honoring Bob Criscuolo (pictured), 61, founder of Criscuolo Engineering LLC in Branford,  for his work in countless projects over the decades.

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Robin Comey Seeks Reed’s State Rep. Seat

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | May 8, 2018 8:30 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionRobin Comey, long active in community and education issues in town, will announce her intention Wednesday to run for Branford’s State Representative, a seat now held by Lonnie Reed.

Comey has been a resident of Short Beach for more than 25 years. Her announcement is expected to take place on Johnson’s Beach Wednesday evening. She first ran for elective office last November when she won a seat on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), where she serves on the Education Committee.

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