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‘Family’ Gives Thanks for MIF

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 26, 2015 6:42 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoEva Vidow may not have been on the list of 50 people who worked at MIF – formally known as Malleable Iron Fittings – for more than 50 years, but she had the proof with her.

File PhotoShe was one of 150 or so people who reminisced about the venerable old Branford factory at the Stony Creek Brewery, which recently hosted a family day for former employees and their relatives. The family day occasion followed the unveiling of a new granite monument honoring MIF employees last month.

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Cool Events This Weekend & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 25, 2015 8:00 am

This weekend marks the “official” beginning of the holiday season though for all intents and purposes, it’s been with us for at least a month. For many of us the mere mention of the Holidays is stress inducing. However, over the next couple of weeks, you can find a variety of events in Branford that will take you beyond the retail madness and add meaning to the season. And when you do shop, be sure to shop Local, especially this Saturday when stores are offering serious discounts. The town has many merchants with unique and handcrafted gifts.


Holiday House Decorating Contest

Houses will be judged on Dec. 9 and 10 between 6:30 and 9 p.m. To register, call 203-488-8304. Multiple prizes will be awarded.

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The Sand Has Disappeared

by Diana Stricker | Nov 24, 2015 8:10 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionShoreline residents know the effects of rising seas and climate change—the sand is disappearing and storms are becoming fiercer.

“I see water at the sea walls where there used to be beach,” said Branford Town Engineer Janice Plaziak, who is spearheading an effort to develop a Coastal Resilience Plan.

Branford is developing the resiliency plan to identify areas at risk for storm surge, erosion and flooding. The federally funded study will identify options and plans to help make the town more resilient to long-term coastal risks.

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New CBA Prez Seeks “Justice For All”

by marcia chambers | Nov 23, 2015 10:15 am | Comments (2)

Paul Bass Photo“Super-lawyer” William H. Clendenen Jr. has taken on a series of heavy-duty cases ranging from sex-trafficking to the poor’s right to counsel—not in the courtroom, but as head of the Connecticut Bar Association.

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Neighbors Say No to Vigliotti Housing Project

by Diana Stricker | Nov 23, 2015 7:03 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker PhotoA plan by developer Alex Vigliotti to build a 115-unit apartment complex under new affordable housing regulations met with disapproval from residents living near the Summit Place site. At least 20 percent of the units would be for “work force” housing.

The neighbors voiced their concerns at a public hearing conducted by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Thursday night.

Vigliotti is seeking a zoning map amendment under the new Incentive Housing Overlay District (IHOD) regulations. The sites at 14, 21 and 22 Summit Place are currently zoned Commerce Park, which is a commercial designation.  The IHOD designation would allow the developer to build a denser project with more residential units per acre.

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Cool Events This Weekend & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 20, 2015 7:45 am

It’s that time of year, a time to give and give thanks. Volunteer a few hours at the Community Dining Room on Thanksgiving and welcome the holiday season by attending Branford’s Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Churches and town organizations are hosting special events and holiday fairs – it’s all a chance to shop local. A few are listed here with more to come next week. Do you really want to fight for parking at the mall?

Friday, Nov. 20

West End String Trio

The Musical Arts Society of Branford will present the West End Strong Trio in a concert to benefit the Branford Historical Society. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on the Branford Green. They will present works by Bach, Beethoven, and Lutoslowski.
For more information, call 203-453-0287.

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Foote Memorial Park Moves Toward Town Ownership

by marcia chambers | Nov 20, 2015 6:13 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoThe Foote Family Charitable Trust, the Town of Branford, and two churches have agreed on major changes that will enable the trust to donate Foote Memorial Park to the town and will enable the town to oversee the operation and maintenance of the park. The agreement also greatly expands the Trust’s annual funding to Trinity and Zion Episcopal Churches, both named in the Foote will.

The agreement of the parties, announced yesterday morning at a hearing in Branford Probate Court, came about as a result of a series of meetings requested by Probate Judge Frank J. Forgione. It is dependent upon the approval of the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Finance, and the Representative Town Meeting. The judge took the first steps after the hearing, authorizing the Bank of America, N.A, the Trustee of the Foote Trust to convey or transfer the park lands to the town of Branford along with park equipment and a pickup truck. 

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New BOS Acts on IW & Other Commission Appointments

by Diana Stricker | Nov 19, 2015 7:59 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Board of Selectmen (BOS) approved the purchase of a dispatch software package for emergency services on Wednesday.  In addition, selectmen reappointed nine people to various boards and commissions; and moved two alternates to full membership—one on the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC), and one on the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

It was the first meeting of the newly elected board. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and Second Selectman Joe Higgins began their second term in office, and retired Branford fire chief Jack Ahern began his first term as third selectman—the sole Democrat on the board. Click here to read about the ceremony Tuesday when they were sworn into office.

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Judge Orders Forced Meds For Wang

by marcia chambers | Nov 18, 2015 2:13 pm | Comments (1)

With PermissionSaying it was “with great reluctance that I order this,” Superior Court Judge Thomas v. O’Keefe, Jr., today ordered Dr. Lishan Wang to be forcibly medicated so that he could be restored to competency and face trial on charges that he murdered Dr. Vanjinder Toor more than five years ago.

Dr. Wang was arrested in April 2010, and charged with the shooting death of Dr. Toor, a Yale doctor who previously had been Dr. Wang’s supervisor at a New York hospital. Dr. Wang believes Dr. Toor was responsible for his firing in 2008. Dr. Wang travelled from Georgia where he lived with wife and children to Branford and lay in wait for Dr. Toor as he left his Branford condo one morning. He is also accused of attempting to kill Dr. Toor’s wife, a probable cause hearing in the case has found.

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Are You A Hurricane Diehard?

by Diana Stricker | Nov 18, 2015 8:03 am

Mary Johnson PhotoCoastal Connecticut residents don’t have realistic attitudes when it comes to potential hurricane risks, according to two recent studies by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

“We’re self-reliant and independent and we tend to underestimate the risk,” said Dr. Jennifer Marlon, who co-authored the two studies.

Marlon said people’s perceptions of hurricane risks affect their preparedness and their willingness to evacuate.

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