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Boys Swim Team Wins—-And Loses

by Bill O'Brien | Mar 5, 2015 2:25 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo What’s wrong with this picture? There were twelve events in the recent swim meet between Branford and Hamden and Branford won eight but still lost the match.

“We just don’t have the number of swimmers we need to get points for the other top two spots to win the contest outright. It’s a numbers game.” said Hornet coach Ray Beaulac. Hamden won by a score of 91-83.

Bill O'Brien Photo The team continues to compete this week. The SCC diving championship took place yesterday and Branford’s Dean Conte came in second out of 18 divers. The swim championship will be held tomorrow(Friday) at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) at 6 p.m. 


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BOS Approves New Senior Home

by Diana Stricker | Mar 5, 2015 1:57 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission “This is the new home for the senior community,” said architect Sandra Vlock as she displayed sketches of how the Community House can be transformed into a blended center for recreation programs and senior citizens. 

The top photo shows the current Church Street entrance, and the conceptual sketch of the new entrance that eliminates the steps and adds a driveway and covered drop-off. Walkways will connect to the proposed patio, gardens and bocce court. The sidewalk will continue around to a new ground-floor entrance and the parking lot along Prospect Street. 

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Former Town Landfill Wedge Turns Solar

by marcia chambers | Mar 4, 2015 9:23 am | Comments (1)

With Permission First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, along with a group of town officials and an attorney who specializes in renewable energy are planning to head for Ecology Park this morning, seeking to set in motion a process to create renewable energy from solar panels. This three-acre site is located on the town’s former landfill and is bathed in sun. If the town succeeds, the winner is the taxpayer whose utility bills will be reduced.

“We are taking the old landfill to its next life,” said Dan McGowan, who manages the town’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department. McGowan said the proposed solar panel site is located on the south side of the former 39-acre landfill near Ecology Park.

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Community House May Merge With Senior Center

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Mar 3, 2015 7:00 pm

If the town’s proposal for a new senior facility is approved Wednesday night at the Board of Selectmen (BOS), seniors will find their new senior “center” will be an expansion to the Community House at 46 Church Street, a place they once called home. 

Before the Canoe Brook Senior Center was opened in 1975, senior activities were held at the Community House from 1962 to 1975. “So this is in a sense returning home, but returning to a new home” said Alex Palluzzi, Jr., the director of the town’s recreation department. Palluzzi oversees the Community House.

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Will All Roads Lead To Costco?

by Diana Stricker | Mar 3, 2015 8:30 am | Comments (3)

Diana Stricker Photo If plans for a Costco and seven other commercial buildings become a reality at Branford’s Exit 56, there will be a significant impact on traffic and changes to the surrounding road network.

The proposed master plan for development of 44 acres calls for two new access roads on Route 1 and two on East Industrial Road; plus three partial access driveways. One location for a new access road is pictured above, on East Industrial Road directly across from the I-95 southbound ramps.

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Stan’s Gang Takes Five

by Staff | Mar 2, 2015 12:00 pm

A new generation of musicians shared a bill with a four-plus-decade ensemble as jazz replaced legal argument in the Yale Law School auditorium.

The occasion was Sunday afternoon’s eighth annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert.

The concert each year brings together the Yale Jazz Ensemble, students conducted by Thomas C. Duffy; with the Reunion Jazz Ensemble, including a number of New Haven area jazz stalwarts.

The two groups have a muse in common: the late Stan Wheeler of Stony Creek, a Yale law professor who spent 30 years playing trumpet with Yale’s ensemble. Wheeler was also a stalwart of the Reunion Jazz Ensemble (including some of New Haven’s most established jazz performers) as well as a pioneering legal thinker and researcher. Both groups have gathered each year since his 2007 death to pay tribute to him—and pick up their horns and guitars and drumsticks to delight the crowd that gathers in the auditorium.

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Girls’ Hockey Team Wins SCC Crown

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 27, 2015 3:59 pm | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien Photo Hail to the champions, the fans declared as the Branford Lady Hornets hockey team defended their crown with a close hard-fought win over the Daniel Hand Lady Tigers.

Bill O'Brien Photo It was the culmination of the regular season in Girls’ hockey and it ended Wednesday night with a tremendous win in which the Hornets triumphed over the Tigers 2-0 in the SCC D II championship game at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven. It was the second year in a row Branford won the title.

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What’s Right In Handling Blight?

by Diana Stricker | Feb 27, 2015 9:45 am

Diana Stricker Photo Is it tall grass, wildflowers or a sign that someone needs help?

Sometimes something as basic as a home with overgrown grass that hasn’t been cut in months can be a sign of a more complex issue. How do you determine the difference between blight and a cry for help?

What needs to be done—is a blight ordinance the answer, or should a community task force address the issues?

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Banca Elected Chairman Of Building Commission

by Diana Stricker | Feb 26, 2015 11:43 am

Diana Stricker Photo Branford took a significant step forward Wednesday as five members of the newly created Public Building Commission held their organizational meeting at the Community House.

Peter Banca was elected chairman and was heartily congratulated by First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove. (See photo above.) Banca, a Democrat, is a former town treasurer who has had a long career in the banking and finance industry.

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Reunion & Yale Jazz Ensembles Play For New Haven

by staff | Feb 26, 2015 10:20 am

Reunion Jazz Ensemble is readying another reunion this weekend, as part of an annual jazz celebration in the Elm City. The ensemble will join the Yale Jazz Ensemble for a great afternoon of jazz at the Yale Law School. 

The event is the 2015 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert, named after a stalwart of the ensemble as well as a pioneering legal thinker and researcher. It begins at 2 p.m. in the law school’s Levinson Auditorium at 127 Wall St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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