by Melissa Bailey | Dec 12, 2013 6:07 pm
Just a year and a half after taking over New Haven’s Edgewood School, Principal Raeanne Reynolds shocked parents by announcing she plans to leave within weeks to take a job in Branford.
Reynolds said she will officially leave Jan. 1 to take a job as the new principal of Branford’s Mary Murphy Elementary School. Reynolds will replace Michael Rafferty, who has been leading the school in an interim capacity since longtime Principal Anthony Buono got promoted to the Branford superintendent’s office.
by Diana Stricker | Dec 12, 2013 1:58 pm
Representative Josh Brooks (left) asked First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove three hot-button questions at a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Wednesday night—questions about a proposed Costco store, a development at Tabor Drive, and the fate of the public works building.
Brooks, who represents the village of Stony Creek, said he would like a report from Cosgrove about what discussion his office has had with developers at Exit 56, where a master plan featuring Costco is in the works. (Click here to read a story about those plans.)
by marcia chambers | Dec 11, 2013 9:33 am | Comments (2)
Sometime on Tuesday, Oct. 15, a Walsh Intermediate school girl was surprised to find a disturbing statement inside a bathroom stall at her school. Written on a toilet paper dispenser were the words: “Walsh is in for a bombing tomorrow at 2 p.m.” Above the writing, a police report says, were a series of numbers: “/15/13.”
The girl, parents said later, did the right thing. She informed her guidance counselor of the words she found inside the stall that day. When those words were written remains unclear because the day before was Columbus Day and school was closed.
by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 10, 2013 8:06 am
Facebook’s Growing Up In Branford group posed a question: “What are your memories of the Branford Community House?” It drew a flood of responses. Many more were shared at the open house on Dec. 1 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the town institution.
Karen Festa, whose older brother Brian was a well-known camp counselor, remembers the ballet lessons, badminton, art classes, and gymnastics. “Love the trampolines!” she wrote.
by marcia chambers | Dec 8, 2013 5:37 pm
The Board of Finance (BOF) will soon begin the process of evaluating a 10-year financial overview designed to bond a number of needed facilities, including a public works building, a senior center and public schools.
The plan envisions major capital construction through bonding, which Town Finance Director Jim Finch said “should not hurt us.” The town is one of the few in the state with a triple A bond rating. At the same time the plan envisions the taxpayer as a strong part of the ten year equation. When it comes to the schools, the state will pay part of school building construction but not all.
by Diana Stricker | Dec 6, 2013 12:30 pm
A local industry is expanding in Branford, and plans for a housing development on Gould Lane are progressing.
That is the upshot of two recent commission meetings in town.
Wilson Arms, which manufactures gun barrels, is expanding production and consolidating operations by relocating its Wisconsin plant to Branford.
Hugo Vivero, owner of the Wilson Arms facility at 97 Leetes Island Rd., received unanimous approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for site plans at an existing building at 48 North Branford Rd. Vivero told the Eagle that he plans to purchase the property, renovate the building and move machinery from his plant in Bristol, Wisconsin. He hopes the move will be complete by the end of January.
by marcia chambers | Dec 5, 2013 1:09 pm
In the end, the core issue facing the pet industry is the care, quality and health of thousands of puppies shipped into the state and then sold to residents from one of the 16 commercial pet stores now operating in Connecticut.
It is a big business. Leaders, lobbyists and employees in the commercial pet industry and animal advocates seeking a new business model for pet stores (sell dogs and cats from shelters and private breeders) came to Hartford yesterday to testify before a special legislative task force that will report its findings to the legislature next year.
Possible legislation could restrict or ban the sale of commercially bred puppies and kittens in the state’s 16 pet stores. Branford’s All Pets Club is one of them. It has been the site of a number of protests over the sale of sick puppies. Click here for story.
by marcia chambers | Dec 4, 2013 8:59 am
Shortly before Ryan St. Pierre’s ninth birthday, he and his mom discussed toys he might want to receive as gifts. Then Ryan told his mom that he wanted to do something different.
Ryan, whose dream is to someday become a police officer, specifically a canine police officer, thought that instead of getting more toys, maybe he could take his toy money and give it to a canine unit—if Branford police had a canine unit.
by Nancy Barnes | Dec 3, 2013 12:33 pm
Should the latest iteration of the Stony Creek Theater as the home of the Legacy Theatre ever revive a Broadway musical, the ever-popular Kismet would seem a good choice.
“It has been uncanny how many charmed moments this project has seen,” said Keely Baisden Knudsen, a Guilford resident who co-founded the repertory company that purchased the 100-year old structure in March. “My board members no longer scratch their heads in wonder; it happens so often, we just shrug and say, ‘it’s charmed!’” Click here to read the story.
by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Dec 2, 2013 8:58 am | Comments (9)
A master plan for a significant retail development is in the works for Branford, including the new Costco proposed by First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove as part of his election campaign.
The new development would include several restaurants, a large drug store, a Costco gas station and possible relocation of roads leading from the highway interchange at Exit 56, according to an early site plan submitted to Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission.
The proposed Costco development, which has been discussed for months behind the scenes, came to light at the Nov. 21 P&Z meeting. A combined acre aerial site plan was submitted to the commission and became part of the public record. It is marked “Exhibit #2.” (See photo above.)