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Board of Finance Sets Mill Rate

by marcia chambers | May 19, 2015 4:26 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo The Board of Finance held its final budget approval meeting last night where it set the mill rate for the 2015-16 tax year.

“It is what you started with back in March,” Jim Finch, finance director, reported to Mooney. (In an unusual development, the Representative Town Meeting, which is now controlled by the Republicans, did not make any further decreases to the town-school $103.6 M budget.)

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Youth In Government Day Canned

by marcia chambers | May 19, 2015 12:35 pm

File Photo As last night’s Board of Finance (BOF) meeting was drawing to a close, board member Kurt Schwanfelder asked chair Joe Mooney what had happened to the Youth in Government Day this year. This was a program that paired high school students with the first selectman and town department heads, giving the students an opportunity to learn how town government works.

Typically the event takes place on the Monday the BOF sets the mill rate, an event that began in the high school and then moved to Town Hall some blocks away. Yesterday would have been the day.

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A Crown of Blossoms Bursting Forth

by Mary Johnson | May 18, 2015 11:42 am

Mary Johnson Photo In an exultant sign of spring, a crown of blossoms has again burst forth all over Branford.

Mary Johnson Photo The burst of pink and white buds is an annual event, one marking the arrival of spring, a word we have waited for over a long, difficult winter.

Mary Johnson Photo Depending on the weather, the Cherry Trees bloom for perhaps ten days to two weeks before falling to the ground.  The process has already started in some places.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere

by marcia chambers | May 15, 2015 1:02 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo Art?  Let’s welcome a new artists’ co-op in town.  And Crafts? Yes, an arts and crafts fair, along with a community gardens plant sale, is on tap on the Green.  And if you want a chance to Dunk-A-Cop, this, too, can be accomplished this weekend.

Friday, May 15

Branford Art Center Gallery & Workshop Opens

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Branford Sailing Team Ends on a Win

by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2015 9:45 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien Photo When thinking of high school sports teams that compete in the spring most people think of golf, tennis, baseball and softball. At Branford High School you can add ‘sailing’ to the list.

Bill O'Brien Photo Coach Amy Casey and her ‘sailors’ have had a successful season, finishing with 5 wins including a season ending victory recently over Xavier High School at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (YCYC) in Short Beach.

Bill O'Brien Photo The BHS team won the first two races of the best of three.  “The team loves sailing against Xavier,” said Coach Casey. “They are a nice group of young men”.

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Boys Golf Team Falls To Guilford & Hand; Then Rebounds

by Bill O'Brien | May 14, 2015 1:05 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford golf team recently suffered a double loss in their matches against Guilford and Hand high schools.

The matches were held at the Pine Orchard Club in Branford and resulted in Hand winning with a score of 164 followed by Guilford at 173 and Branford trailing at 179. The two loses brought the Hornets record to 6-3.

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RTM Endorses BOF’S $103.6M Budget

by marcia chambers | May 14, 2015 11:40 am

Marcia Chambers Photo This year Republican RTM Representative Marc Riccio, never shy about expressing his views on the budget, left his charts at home.

There was no need for them, he told the Eagle after the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) annual budget meeting, one that in years past might go to midnight or beyond. 

This year was different in a number of ways. Riccio said the players during this budget season “worked very well together. The department managers were great and I was very pleased with the results and pleased with the process. I didn’t have to bring my charts tonight. I didn’t need them.

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Motel 6 Scene of Felony Drug Arrests

by marcia chambers | May 12, 2015 8:59 am

Branford P.D. A 28-year-old man from Meriden named Jellybean Quintana, whom state police had ordered re-arrested after he failed to appear in court on felony risk of injury to a child charges five years ago, was arrested at Motel 6 in Branford Sunday night on a series of felony drug charges.

Quintana, Ivan Bruno, 39, of New Haven and Heather Kydon, 31, of Branford, were arrested in their motel room at 320 East Main St., after police found a stash of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, packaging supplies and other drug paraphernalia in their room. All three have prior criminal records.

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Firefighters Hop On Trolley To Fight Brush Fire

by marcia chambers | May 11, 2015 9:00 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Branford Firefighters hopped the trolley Saturday afternoon to get to a spreading, smoky brush fire in a dense section of woods off the Farm River. To get to the remote fire near the old Quarry, about a half mile from Clark Avenue, one had to travel by boat or by foot.

Branford Fire Dept. Or by trolley.

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Traffic & Water Issues Dominate Final Costco Public Hearing

by Diana Stricker | May 9, 2015 8:38 am | Comments (2)

It seems Branford would have some say in the design of a new Costco warehouse and in improvements to surrounding roads. And the Costco team says it will try to reduce the amount of impervious surface to meet local regulations.

But whether those assurances are enough to quell concerns about the Master Plan for 44-acres of land near Exit 56 won’t be known until the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission votes on the project.


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