Parents Confront BOE on Walsh Bullying Problem

by Sally E. Bahner | May 20, 2016 7:10 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Board of Education (BOE) Wednesday night faced a barrage of emotional comments and criticism from Walsh Intermediate School parents whose children have been the victims of bullying, allegedly by a seventh grade “Project Choice” student. Project Choice is a longtime program that enables the two-way movement of urban and suburban students in the areas neighboring Connecticut’s three largest cities.

The parents spoke during the public comments segment of the meeting, preceded by the warning from BOE chair Michael Krause that individual students could not be discussed and that the incidents will be investigated and actions taken as deemed appropriate. He said the board was not going to offer specific responses to the parents’ comments.

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Will Ahern Get IWC Review Results Before Commissioners Get Canned?

by Diana Stricker | May 19, 2016 7:21 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo Third Selectman Jack Ahern told First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove he wants to know the outcome of the town’s review of Inland Wetlands personnel before any votes are taken to replace commissioners.

Ahern addressed the issues at Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen (BOS) held at Fire headquarters. The Inland Wetlands commissioners, whose terms expire May 31, were not on the agenda, but several appointments and reappointments to other boards and commissions were made. Ahern said he didn’t receive the agenda with the listing of names until the day before the meeting.

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Girls Lacrosse Beats West Haven 16-5

by Bill O'Brien | May 18, 2016 7:23 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls’ lacrosse team is having a special year. After losing their opening game to Old Lyme 10-8 on April 5 the Hornets have rattled off 11 straight victories.

Bill O'Brien Photo Last week the Lady Hornets played West Haven at Home and defeated the Blue Devils by a score of 16-5. Five sophomores, led by Autumn McHenry (see top photo above)with four goals, scored 14 of the 16 goals for Branford. She also had four assists.

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Dems and Republicans Spar Over RTM Budget

by marcia chambers | May 17, 2016 11:00 am

Marcia Chambers Photo A $105,891,000 town-school budget for 2016-17 was approved last week after reductions of $292,306 were voted on at a divided and testy Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at the legislative body’s annual budget meeting at Fire Headquarters. 

Last March, after the Board of Finance (BOF) approved a combined school-town budget of $106M, the Republicans and Democrats held hearings, committee by committee where they listened to the budget needs of department heads. By town law the RTM may decrease the BOF budget but may not increase it.

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Coffee and Conversation with Cosgrove

by Sally E. Bahner | May 16, 2016 7:00 am

It’s not too often a top town official sits down with the locals to field questions about the state of the town.

But that’s what Branford’s First Selectman, Jamie Cosgrove, did two weeks ago at a morning event sponsored by the League of Women Voters. LWV president Carol Reimers and Denise Issac (pictured) made the introductions.  This is the closest Cosgrove has come to an annual “State of the Town” address, which under prior first selectmen provided an annual assessment on town operations and new projects designed to update residents and businesses.

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The Williams School Sinks Hornet Sailors

by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2016 7:41 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The first regatta of the season for the Branford High School sailing team ended in a loss when the team lost two races in a row to The Williams School of New London.  Race competition requires the winner to win two out of three. The regatta was held at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Short Beach last month.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We had some gusty practices and chilly temperatures so our work at practice has mostly focused on boat speed and handling,” Coach Amy Casey said. “Williams was our first race of the season and the first day with winds allowing for a true team race, tapping into tactics and strategy.”

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Cosgrove Accuses IWC of Abuse of Power

by Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | May 13, 2016 4:59 pm | Comments (12)

Diana Stricker Photo The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) voted 4-3 to adopt a revised set of regulations Thursday, saying it would be an “injustice to the town” to postpone the vote. Their action elicited a harsh reaction today from First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, who called the vote “an unprecedented abuse of power.”

Cosgrove chastised the commission for not waiting for a legal review of the regulations before voting at its meeting last night at Fire Headquarters. Costco had sought to develop a 158,000-square-foot warehouse store, along with a 16-pump gas station on land near exit 56, off I-95. Late last month Costco pulled its application a few days before the the inland wetlands commission (IWC) was set to begin deliberations and possibly vote. 

 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 13, 2016 8:00 am

With Permission A couple of tough choices for nature lovers this weekend – explore the Stony Creek Quarry or Killam’s Point. The weather is supposed to be perfect so flip a coin and head outdoors. Later on, rub elbows with Branford authors, catch some fine music, and drop by Walsh Intermediate School to support American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Restaurant of the Week: Café Fiore

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Community Working To End Beach Bacteria

by marcia chambers | May 12, 2016 7:57 am

File Photo Two of Branford’s public beaches,  Branford Point, one of town’s most famous beaches and Johnson’s Beach in Short Beach, have long had high rates of unsafe bacterial contamination.

Some years the level is higher, some years lower. What Curt Johnson, the executive director of Save the Sound, told a group of residents at a community meeting last night at Fire Headquarters is that scientists have found a correlation between bacteria levels and whether the weather is dry or wet. Higher levels of bacteria are typically found in wet weather, lower levels in dry weather, Johnson said.

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