Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 19, 2018 9:17 am

The winter chill continues, but there are plenty of activities to warm the heart. For those missing the fruits (and veggies) of summer, there’s a farmers market. Activists can take part in the Women’s Marches in Hartford and in New York City. And there are cool events for book lovers, would-be artists, film buffs, and music lovers, and much more. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Through March 31

Cityseed Winter Market

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IWC Approves Two Retail Stores

by Diana Stricker | Jan 19, 2018 9:08 am

A retail project on a vacant 14-acre site along Route 1 was unanimously approved by the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) last week. Plans call for two retail buildings, but the names have not been made public. Apparently there is no town requirement to do so.

The property is located at 250 N. Main St., adjacent to the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home on one side; and United Tire Inc. and Greystone Manor condominiums on the other side.

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Kennedy Speaks About Silence

by marcia chambers | Jan 18, 2018 7:11 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo“Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter,” state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. said as he spoke the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., to roughly 230 people gathered at St. Therese’s Catholic Church in Stony Creek on Monday. Then he said the words again. And he said them slowly, so their meaning would be felt.

Dr. King’s words formed the theme for the annual King breakfast held each year. Jan. 15 would have been Dr. King’s 89th birthday, a birthday now celebrated as a national holiday. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, nearly 50 years ago this year. He was 49 years old.

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RTM Approves 3-year Teachers’ Contract

by marcia chambers | Jan 17, 2018 7:38 am

BCTVA three-year contract between Branford public school teachers and the Board of Education (BOE) gives teachers lower yearly salary increases than in past years, requires teachers to pay an increasing amount toward their health costs, and overall, makes significant changes in how the teacher salary system works.

The $22.4 million-a-year contract between the BOE and the Branford Education Association (BEA), the union for the teachers, runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. The BEA represents 283 full-time teachers down from 310 teachers in 2014. This means in the first year the $22.4 million contract will increase by $526.000. In the second year the contract increases by an additional $629,000 and in the third year by an additional $656,000.

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Should Branford Create a Coastal Commission?

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2018 7:31 am

Diana Stricker PhotoOne suggestion for updating Branford’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) includes forming a permanent town board or commission to deal with coastal issues and climate change.

The possibility was mentioned at a meeting of the POCD Steering Committee Wednesday, and it’s included in Booklet 4C, which is part of the POCD materials available on the town’s website.

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Girls’ BB Team Loses to East Haven Rivals

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 14, 2018 8:08 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford girls’ basketball team had high hopes going into the game against their long time rival, the East Haven Yellowjackets, now ranked no. 8. But they fell short in their quest to upset their rivals, falling 67-39.

Bill O'Brien PhotoBranford entered the game with a 4-3 record with wins over North Haven, North Branford, Wilbur Cross, and Foran. East Haven came in at 6-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of the New London Whalers, the no. 1 girls team in the state.

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Cool Events this Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 12, 2018 10:09 am

Mary Johnson PhotoThe foot-high snowfall is giving way to expected torrential rains. Rising temperatures are causing the ice in Branford Point to break up – see the great photos by Mary Johnson on our Facebook page. Inside activities dominate the listings, but looking ahead, nature lovers can check out Branford Land Trust’s animal tracking classes. In the meantime, explore the area’s art, music, and cultural events.

Saturday, Jan. 13

 

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Parkside Village Approval Could Be Complicated

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2018 2:31 pm

Beacon CommunitiesThe Parkside Village I proposal could be approved by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission next week or in early February. However, a simple majority vote may not be enough to approve one of the three applications involved in the project.

At a special meeting Monday night, a majority of the commissioners directed the town planner to draw up resolutions in favor of the Parkside affordable housing project.

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RTM Approves Blackstone Library Project

by marcia chambers | Jan 11, 2018 12:45 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIn a bi-partisan vote, the Blackstone Library project was adopted last night by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) after strong views were voiced by residents, virtually all of whom came to support the $5.2 million renovation. The vote was 15-11.

All the Democrats present for the two-hour meeting voted for the renovation, and so did a number of Republicans. Republican RTM member Robin Sandler, vice-president of the Blackstone Library Trustees, recused himself. Two RTM members were absent. The moderator only votes to break a tie.

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Blackstone Library Beckons You to RTM Meeting

by marcia chambers | Jan 10, 2018 8:01 am

With PermissionIn a unanimous vote last month, the Board of Finance approved a $5.4 million bond authorization for the renovation of the Blackstone Memorial Library. The BOF recommended the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) do so as well. Tonight the RTM gets to vote. 

Residents should make their voices heard at the RTM meeting tonight. It will take place in the community room at Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St., starting at 8 p.m.

 

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